Civil rights icon Julian Bond defended the IRS for targeting tea party groups, on Tuesday, labeling them “the Taliban wing of American politics.” “I think it’s entirely legitimate to look at the tea party,” Bond said on MSNBC. “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who’ve tried as best they can to harm President Obama in every way they can.” [snip] “I don’t think there are any parallels to what we’re seeing today,” he said. “Of course we were unfairly targeted.”
"Psychological projection is a form of defense mechanism in which someone attributes thoughts, feelings, and ideas which are perceived as undesirable to someone else. For example, someone who harbors racist ideas while believing that racism is socially undesirable might come to believe that a friend is racist, projecting his or her racism onto the other person."
I also get that kind of hateful language about the Tea Party from college educated white NPR listeners. We really need to do something about that extremely erroneous perception. Well we COULD if the government would stop silencing us.
It seems to me that with the election of O many of our black neighbors (not all, I hope) are coming forth and speaking about their true, negative feelings about their paler neighbors.
O was supposed to be a uniter - he´s anything but. He has increased the friction between the people of this country. If there has been such bitterness hidden for white people for so long, to come out now with all its hate that was in the shadows, all that does is decrease any kind of trust that may have been there.
People of color may feel vindicated being able to speak of their hates, but what has it really done? It hasn´t helped one bit. That´s not how to build bridges - not on hate. And they have fallen for one heck of a con artist who promised them a better life and gave them the opposite of one.
I remember watching this idiot at a convention years ago. Someone was interviewing him and he was so full of himself. When it was suggested that he might run for potus (it was a potus convention)he leaped at the idea. Finally, after much pontificating, someone mentioned the clause in the Constitution addressing the age requirement. It was evident that he had never read our Constitution. Years later he is still the same idiot.
Once upon a time Julian Bond was regarded in some quarters as a bright young man with a future. He has always been a radical Leftist, perhaps a Communist. But this latest rant shows us that whatever promise he might have had has gone unfulfilled. It is a combination of partisan mendacity and logical incoherence.
The Tea Party is by no means "admittedly racist." That is a slander by people like Julian Bond. And as for the charge that it is "political" - well, in this strange confusion Mr. Bond seems to have the same unconventional view of American government and politics, namely that they are not, or ought not to be, "political." What is meant here seems to be that everyone should agree with Julian Bond and Barack Obama and other radicals and Leftists, who are, according to themselves, bipartisan and somehow above mere politics! This is a truly amazing misunderstanding of just about everything pertinent to human nature, history, governance, American history and everything else. I have never seen partisan, ideological dogmatism and tunnel vision taken to the extreme the current crop of extremists have taken it. These people seriously think they know it all, have all the answers, are never wrong, and that there is no valid, ethical reason for anyone to disagree with them about politics. They really believe this. They are, of course, fanatics. Their politics is a kind of faith for them and its dynamics akin to those of so-called "radical," i.e. orthodox Islam.
For the past several decades the race card has always been a successful defense for the liberal Democrats. Anytime the race card was played by the liberal Democrats against the Republicans, it usually worked, with the Republicans just going along to get along with the liberal Democrats in an effort to keep the liberal Democrats from publicly declaring them (the Republicans) to be racists.
The long run up to the sub-prime mortgage fiasco and the resulting financial crisis is a good example of that. The problem for the liberal Democrats in dealing with the Tea Party, is that instead of remaining docile as the establishment Republicans did in the past, the Tea Party faction has a propensity to bite back.
Since Barack Obama became President we have certainly learned quite a bit about what black people think and the inner workings of their thought processes. Indeed, we have received quite an education: we have learned about pent up anger, the blind loyalty that skin color engenders, what many blacks think of the Constitution, and much, much more..... but almost everything we have learned can be summed up by skin color and what that means to people with black skin, even if their skin is not all that black.
As I posted on the other thread about Bond, he divorced his Black wife of nearly 25 years who bore his children in the late 80´s about a year after she went public alleging his heavy cocaine use...he married DC lawyer Pamela Horowitz in 1991, who is QUITE WHITE! Julian is steeped in communist ideology and moved in to take control of the NAACP years ago after the Republican lawyer-judge-preacher-civil rights leader and GOP appointee Ben Hooks left the helm. Wonder what Pamela´s relationship is to David Horowitz since he was with the Black Panther setup at the same time Bond was with its loose affiliate SNCC...
Julian used to be quite the Black Leader way back when. Only thing is he could never let his guard down to enjoy the freer world now open to blacks. Instead, he clings tightly to his anger at the nebulous ´man´, not realizing he has become one of those men, who succeed through capitalism. He, like Belefonte, should simply move to Cuba or Venezuala and be done with it.
Hey, black man, I am a white guy who also has CIVIL RIGHTS! Whenever you toads like Sharpton and Jackson and Bond and Juan Pierre Williams get that through your thick african skulls, if ever, then maybe you wont be so shunned as "racists" by Italians like me, or the Irish, or Germans, or English, or Asians, or Hispanics, or Greeks, or Jews, or Lebanese, or anybody else who resents you always putting yourselves FIRST,always crying that you´re picked on by whitey, never quite being able to assimilate, causing more violence,public school dropouts, abortion, and the most incarcerations in jails and prisons of any group in America! And then you have the nerve to condemn the tea party patriots?
The tea party is not and has never been the problem!
The problem in every city in America is YOU!
Now when will you SHUT UP and do something about all the thug ghetto black on black criminal violence? And all the little black baby abortions? (MURDERS!) Hello? When???
The Urban League of Greater Dallas fired one person and suspended three others after a video from a conservative activist reportedly showed the workers encouraging health care applicants to lie. An edited video was released Monday that seemingly shows so-called health care Navigators encouraging people to lie on forms signing up for health care to get better rates. The video was released by Project Veritas, which was started by conservative activist James O´Keefe. O´Keefe gained notoriety for videos in 2009 that eventually brought down ACORN.
Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top. Gonzalez is on a list of 31 breast cancer patients waiting to have tumors removed at one of Venezuela´s biggest medical facilities, Maracay´s Central Hospital. But like legions of the sick across the country, she´s been neglected by a health care system doctors say is collapsing after years of deterioration.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that some of the government´s surveillance activities reached too far. Answering questions about the surveillance controversy on Thursday from attendees of the Open Government Partnership conference, Kerry said that some of the actions occurred because the program was on autopilot, inferring that the Obama administration was unaware of what was going on.
Identity theft is a scary phenomenon. It´s unnerving to think your identity could be out there somewhere, shambling around like a rotting zombie from The Walking Dead, wreaking unfathomable havoc on your reputation and credit score. But in the hands of a nefarious fraudster, that´s exactly what your digital identity could be doing. Unfortunately, it´s becoming more and more likely that you could fall prey to these thieves.
MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—The N.S.A. leaker Edward Snowden today reached out to the United States government, offering to fix its troubled healthcare.gov Web site in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Speaking from an undisclosed location in Russia, Mr. Snowden said he hacked the Web site over the weekend and thinks he is “pretty sure what the problem is.” “Look, this thing was built terribly,” he said. “It’s a government Web site, O.K.?” Mr. Snowden said that if an immunity deal can be worked out, “I can get to work on this thing right away—I don’t need a password.”
A two-decade family feud came to a violent end when a man shot dead the two home invaders that killed his wife and son, not knowing the assailants included his long-estranged daughter, authorities said Sunday. Though the investigation of Friday´s shootings continues, authorities said it appears Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger planned to murder her family at their rural central Pennsylvania home — but it remains unclear what exactly led to the deadly confrontation. [snip] Police say Roberta, 64, answered the door, and cried out something like "Oh my God, they have guns!" before her daughter shot her at point-blank range.
Less than four hours after a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals reversed former U.S. House of Representative Tom Delay´s felony convictions and acquitted him of money laundering and conspiring to money launder, prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney´s office said they will ask the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review that ruling.
The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That´s just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.
Kim M. Catullo does not like giving interviews or getting behind a microphone. At political events, she tends to hover in the background, so much so that she is sometimes mistaken for a member of her wife’s security detail. But with the primary just weeks away, Ms. Catullo, the wife of Christine C. Quinn, is edging out of her comfort zone to take on a more visible role in Ms. Quinn’s campaign for mayor of New York City.
SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of the Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up,” explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake. “I guess I was just kind of browsing through their website and not paying close attention to what I was doing,” he said. “No way did I intend to buy anything.” Mr. Bezos said he had been oblivious to his online shopping error until earlier today, when he saw an unusual charge for two hundred and fifty million dollars on his American Express statement.
CLEVELAND — A former school bus driver who pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape, after imprisoning three women in his west Cleveland house for a decade, gave a rambling justification for his crimes at his sentencing hearing Thursday, denying that he was depraved or violent and saying instead that there had been “a lot of harmony in that house.” Afterward, the man, Ariel Castro, 53, was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 1,000 years by Judge Michael J. Russo of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Anthony Weiner shouldn´t count on Eliot Spitzer for support in the New York City mayor´s race. Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned because of a prostitution scandal, was asked Monday by Chris Matthews on MSNBC whether his fellow disgraced Democrat should not be mayor of New York. "Fair point, that is correct," Spitzer said. Spitzer, who is running for New York City comptroller, said he would fire any municipal employee who engaged in the same behavior as Weiner.
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia. HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s
An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus. A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported. Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive. "That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,"
AUBURN, Ala. — In a season of miracles for Auburn, all it has taken is one mistake to give the Tigers life. No. 1 Alabama made just enough of them Saturday to change the course of history. With no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
Sen. John McCain is starting to sound like a Tea Party “wacko bird.” In a new fundraising letter for the Republican National Committee released Friday, McCain lashed out at “Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Washington liberals,” who he claimed are destroying the United States. Liberals, he warned, “have taken us down a dark and dangerous path defined by record levels of debt, ever-expanding government, and a lead-from-behind defense strategy. There´s not much time left to turn things around.” McCain’s name carries a lot of weight in fundraising because he was the 2008 GOP nominee and is a leading voice of
President Obama took part in Small Business Saturday by heading over to Politics and Prose, a locally-owned bookstore in Washington, D.C. Wearing a brown leather coat and tan sweater, the president mingled with customers and wished them happy holidays. He brought daughters Malia and Sasha, who occasionally left his side to shop as he chatted with others. At the register, when asked what books he purchased, Obama said, “it is a long list ... books for every age group, from 5 to 52.” In all, Obama purchased 21 titles, including, “All That Is” by James Salter; “Collision Low Crossers:
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.
It only took five years for the American media to get tired of President Obama´s spoon-fed propaganda -- well, at least one aspect of it. Earlier this month, 38 news organizations, including the Associated Press, ABC News, The Washington Post, and Reuters demanded more photojournalist access to the president. The White House responded with what one reporter described as a middle finger. Now some news organizations are responding by formalizing policies not to publish White House-distributed photographs. Last week the USA Today announced that it will not use “handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in very
Appearing on Friday night’s On the Record, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer strongly criticized President Barack Obama for his “cavalier attitude” towards the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. “Democrats will rue the day that they allowed all this,” Krauthammer declared. “I’m talking about how the administration, particularly the president, seems to think that he has the right to change duly passed statutes on his own or to suspend parts of laws on his own,” Krauthammer said when asked to clarify his critique of the Obama administration’s “lawlessness.” “The Constitution is pretty clear,” he continued,
As America struggles with high unemployment and record inequality, everyone is offering competing solutions to the problem. In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact. "Rich people create the jobs." Specifically, by starting and directing America´s companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else. This statement is usually invoked to justify cutting taxes on entrepreneurs and investors. If only we reduce those taxes and regulations, the story goes, entrepreneurs and investors can be incented to build more companies and create more jobs. This argument ignores the fact
NEW YORK— New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will sweep into office in January with a powerful mandate for progressive change, but a looming fiscal crisis threatens to derail his agenda before it begins. De Blasio, a Democrat, faces a multifaceted dilemma years in the making that he´ll be forced to confront within weeks of taking office. He will contend with soaring worker health care costs, a still-fragile recovery from the recession and potentially a dramatic reduction in the vital aid supplied to New York by the state and federal governments. But de Blasio´s most immediate crisis is presented by
I used to keep a picture on my desk, taken on Castro Street, in 1983, at the moment when it seemed as if gay life in San Francisco was ending forever. There were two men in the photograph: the first, tall and gaunt, was leaning over the other, who was in a wheelchair, tucking a blanket around what little was left of the wasted man. A friend had given me the picture just before I began covering the AIDS epidemic for the Washington Post, along with a message. “Don’t forget these people when you write this story,” he told me.