Disgraced chef Paula Deen´s fans rush to her defense DESPITE racist comments as they line up outside her restaurant and bombard Food Network with thousands of angry comments for firing her Daily Mail [UK], by Staff
The goddess of Southern comfort food Paula Deen may be out of a job after admitting to using racial epithets, but she still has the support of her many fans, who wasted no time heaping abuse on the Food Network for letting her go. Watching Deen´s cooking show was a weekend ritual for Marilynne Wilson, who says she´s furious at the channel for dumping the TV chef after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. ‘I was shocked. I thought she´d get a fair trial,’ Wilson, a nurse from Jacksonville, Fla.,
This may seem trivial to those who are fans of hers, but there is something bigger going on here. A well-known person of means is being attacked & taken down for something she admitted doing many years ago. This sets a precedent. Who among us is going to be safe from lawsuits when something said, which is NOT A CRIME, BTW - comes out of the long ago past & destroys your present livelihood? I just finished reading the insights of the guys over at Hillbuzz & they had a very astute take on this situation. There is a pattern of the lefty media in this country taking down mature, self-made white women. Think Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman & Martha Stewart. A message is being sent: It is open season on you. This is getting awfully close to the "Thought Police" gestapo that is becoming less like imagined fiction & more like present-day reality.
If you are involved in a civil lawsuit, the deposition process is almost without limits as to what they will ask you. Fishing expeditions that would not be allowed at trial, are allowed during the deposition, even if you are represented by the best attorney available. I would guess that having a black man putting a gun to your head during a robbery might cause some excited comments coming from your mouth. And I watched an hour of CNN last night, where they ignored all of the problems of the world, and of our incompetent government, to delve into every detail of Paula Deen´s business. It was most amazing. Priorities on CNN, and MSNBC, are interesting.
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Fiesta del sol, 6/23/2013 6:30:03 AM (No. 9389188)
I don´t even like Paula Deen, (I think she´s a big phony), but this is ridiculous. How many tv channels show Ice Cube´s movie, "Barbershop"? He used to be part of a rap group NWA Nword With Attitude. They had a song called Cop Killer, and used the N word quite often. Elliot Spitzer had a show on CNN for Pete´s sake.
If the N word is so bad, then why do I hear it used all the time when I´m at the mall or at Wal Mart? And it´s not white people using it. This whole thing ticks me off, because Paula is one of the worst hosts on Food network!
Dog Chapman was fired from A&E for calling his son´s girlfriend the N word in a private conversation which was taped by his son and released to the media. He did his mea culpas on many venues and after a few months he was back on the air. I suspect the same will happen to Paula after she has sufficiently debased herself apologizing over and over. She should save her pride and go. The media is disgusting in their hypocritical double standards.
Amen, #13. But, aside from Deen´s perceived or actual racism, the Food Network is a business and she´s damaged them with this mess. They are under no obligation to keep her on while she tries to undo it.
People who get all the facts seldom make morons of themselves by defending the indefensible. One. Deen was already badly damaged by how the she hid her Type 2 diabetes from everyone, including the Food Network, even as she continued to push empty calorie laden food. That was poor judgement. Two. She compounded this error by turning around and cutting a deal to hawk diabetes medication. That stunk of pure greed and it embarrassed those carrying her shows. Finally, to have the queen of phony Southern nostalgia then be shown embracing the very worst aspects of that culture with a fantasy of a plantation themed wedding reception featuring color coordinated "slaves" as the wait staff was the last straw. That image is what did her in, not the use of racial epitaphs many years ago. The only way to embrace Southern nostalgia is to be quite firm about that part of it that isen´t nostalgic.
I´d have let Queen Bee Deen go, too. This is not a person I´d want in a high profile spot in my business.
Paula should have pulled a Hillary: I have no recollection; however, I will bet you dollars to Krispy Kreme donuts that, as a Southerner, Paula has been far more respectful to blacks than are 95% of Northerners. And furthermore, far more respectful to blacks than many blacks are to whites. I lived in lovely home (which I had to leave behind) in a black area for 13 years and cannot print the names I was called or that I heard blacks call each other. #2 is right. Check out a rapper´s lyrics.
"Have I ever spoken the N-word? Honey child, I don´t recall. It depends on what the meaning of the word ´spoken´ is, sugar. Aw, darlin´, did you just bite your lip? Maybe you should put some ice on it, dumplin´."
See Paula? That´s what you should´ve said. That´s how you Democrats give depositions. Get with the program, girlfriend. Here I am giving you good advice, and I don´t even like you.
IMHO this is a shakedown, pure and simple. If Deen is being sued because ´´men looking at pornography on work computers or on their phones´´, she needs to tell them that they are there to work, not browse pornography.
And FYI, Paula: I will not patronize your restaurant - not because of ´´racial disrespect´´ but because you supported Obama.
What does it say about people who are so smug and self-righteous in pointing out perceived racism in others. One day we will have to give account to God for the words and deeds we have said and done in this life. Thank goodness God forgives because if left to be judged by our fellow man, we all would be in trouble.
I don´t really care if Paula Deen is racist to her toes or if she was simply careless with her rhetoric and actions. She has messed up several times, with the diabetes, the drug contract and now this ugliness. Her fans can certainly smooth over as much as they want, they can continue to buy her books and eat at her restaurants, but any employer has an obligation to protect its image and that´s what FN is doing.
Deen has deep pockets and so she was targeted. Who among us has lived a perfect life? The media has sentenced her and the idiots of Food Network jumped on it.
Remember the OJ case? The evidence against him was largely thrown out, not because the evidence was tainted, but because some of the officers has used racial epithets at one time.
Those were not aimed at OJ, and as a result Robert Kardashian became a media superstar and now we are stuck with "the Kardashians" in our face all the time. Another media creation about the shallow lives of people famous because their name is Kardashian.
The media can put someone up, or create some phony controversy and make it "viral", just like the Regime does, and we stupidly play along.
The very idea that in a country with our first amendment that we have such grotesque constructions as "N-word", "F-word","A,B,or C-word" is insane. The whole purpose of the first amendment was so people could say things that annoyed, hurt, discouraged, disappointed, or PO´d other people. That was the purpose of it. What is this silly game we´re playing?
Read yesterday that Paula was a big supporter of Obama. Is this a case of being hoisted on your own petard?
The media, including idiots like Matt Lauer, need to just go away and talk to themselves and quit bothering all of us with their foolish, useless babbling.(I can´t watch that show; it would rot your brain with its imbecility. The last time I flipped by it some guys were having a lawnmower race -wow, talk about a serious group of "journalists.")
Why conservative don´t go after advertisers of people like these fools, I don´t know. They all talk about "spineless RINO´s. Well, grow a spine yourselves. These silly twits all need a dose of their own medicine. After all, reciprocity can be a real you-know-what.
That´s the real problem with the ´Rules for Radicals´ approach. Reciprocity is real.
Those protesters need to start making notes of advertisers and giving them a little jingle. It works. Ask Saul Alinsky.
I think everyone should support Paula Deen...not because she deserves supporting but because it´s time to de-weaponize that word. Democrats and grievance-mongering blacks have succeeded in making that word radioactive. And they love it. Not just because it gives them perverse pleasure to have exclusive use of it, but also because they can selectively nuke any person who uses it without their permission. Or who used it any time in the past, apparently. Quentin Tarantino has their permission. Paula Deen doesn´t.
One might say that the frequency with which they dole out permission is quite niggardly.
Regardless, it´s way past time to either de-weaponize that word for everyone, or to make it equally radioactive for everyone.
Love her or not, this whole thing is ridiculous. She told the truth, she apologized, and that should do it. She didn´t commit a heinous crime, and raising censorship to this level is very dangerous. Our society is a hodgepodge of nationalities, races, and beliefs. No one is perfect. This whole thing is a tremendous overreaction. The "punishment" does not fit the "crime."
I never heard of this woman before all this, but I did see her humiliate herself on the news with the apology. I just wanted to cringe. You´d think she got into a car drunk and plowed into a crowd of crippled nuns. Good grief people. This is America. Say what you want. If people disagree they can say so or just not listen. You are not required to adhere to the activist´s fluid "standards".
I read all 150 pages of Paula´s deposition so I would know the facts and not media spin. She did many "I don´t recalls" just like Hillary. This lawsuit is mostly about her brother Bubba´s sexual harassment in the workplace. He was accused of stealing, coming in drunk every day and watching (and asking female employees to watch) porn constantly. An independent HR firm concluded Bubba alone was the problem. Paula continued to enable him, saw nothing wrong with his behavior, and as owner, allowed it to continue. That´s the main reason for the lawsuit plus the employee treatment based on race. Paula was naive if she thought her Democrat libs in the media would cover for her.
George Carlin´s list gets another word. What word would describe the Bloods, Crips, etc.. Homeboys ?. Crackers?. Scoundrels?. Ruffians ?. Freedom in America has been replaced with political correctness. Don´t even think it. #18 says it best. If I spoke my mind, its off to the gulag.
Bingo #7! Waiting to find some racial comment to do her in. I don´t like her shows and lately she´s been a guest on other shows more than her own cooking show. Her cooking to me is sloppy and loaded with too much grease and butter. She was a success with her bag lady resturant and has talent. Too bad the gestapo was out to destroy her and they did. Move over Martha here comes Paula.
I guess Susan Rice can lie five different times on national tv and get a job promotion. Bill Clinton can lie by declaring what the meaning of is, is. I hate to mention what I hear after people have had a few drinks.. the air is blue with slurs.
I love her. She´s outrageous and yes, she is a genuine Southerner. But she isn´t perfect and what goes on in her private conversations isn´t anyone´s business, or so we were told when Bill Clinton had sex with Monica and a cigar in the White House, which is a far greater transgression than Paula Deen´s.
#4 and #6 are right: This is becoming a Thought-Police state, where everything you ever said, especially if it goes against Michelle Obama or her charming Over The Rainbow husband, will come back to haunt you.
The issue is far greater than Paula Deen and her brother: The issue is intimidation of anyone remotely resembling a conservative, fat-eating, successful white person.
Left out of this whole mess is that having watched Paula´s show many times, she has MANY black guests on her show, frequently. So I guess that doesn´t count. But what she said years ago does.
It´s fine to call Jews and Christians names and hope they all die, but let someone diss a black person, years ago, and all hell breaks loose.
The whole culture is infected with metastasized political correctness and it´s killing us.
Once again the double standard, and outrageous hypocrisy , of the left is on full display. Going after a benign tv host...when currently occupying the WH are two obvious racists who hate all non-fawning white people ( go online and read moochele´s laughable, so-called "thesis" to see how bitter this woman is)...and who can forget Evita and her "FJB" comment??
A lot of great comments here that I agree with. #20 hits on something that we should be wary of. We have turned into a society of destruction where people cab destroyed because of a mistake, instead of a pattern, simply because of Political Correctness. Regardless of what you may think of Paula, she has a lifetime of accomplishments thrown away because of a comment? This is the kind of stuff that gives these PC addicts way too much power. The woman apologized. I say let her survive on her ratings instead of buckling to the Wesayso Corporation and their PC Enforcers.
This isn´t about free speech. It´s about the right on an employer to let go anyone who embarrasses them and damages their image.
Queen Bee Deen already had two strikes against her with the diabetes coverup before she did her female turn as Ashley Wilkes, waxing on about the gracious look of a staff of all middle aged black men in white jackets serving the white folk.
I am still not clear what all of this fuss is about and why did we have to get details from the UK Mail? Too bad Paula can´t ignore the press and go on with her life. Why the heck is she out there apologizing for her ´free´ speech. It is unseemly. I heard the apology first. Why? This makes no sense. There is no law about using the N-word. It´s not polite, but there is no politeness in our current culture anyway. Since I don´t watch the Food Network it´s no loss to me, either. Much ado about nothing.
#38 You´re right. She also called the Jewish people a slur word too. Furthermore, she covered it with something like, one of her relatives married a Jewish person. I guess that was enough contrition for the media.
Let´s face it, Paula has a big mouth and may have said a lot of things she wished she can take back over the years. Personally, I think this N word thing has been overplayed now for decades. It´s an old ugly slur that doesn´t have any meaning in this day and age. She apologized and that should be enough. Right Hillary?
This is Obama et al going after free speech for white people. Black people will retain free speech, white people will not. This has been in the works for a long time by the Left. Black people revel in calling themselves by that name-that-cannot-be-used-by-white-people; but if a white person were to use such terms they will be treated like Paula Deen.
As far as Paula´s diabetes situation, heck, that was her own private business. She cooks how she cooks. People eat at their own risk. It´s no one´s business but her own. And this is still America. She can ink all the deals she wants with drug companies, etc., and to heck with judging her for the timing of it. She´s a shrewd business woman and some of you sound downright jealous of her success.
Both Paula and the FN come off poorly in this debacle - Paula for wanting to recreate a plantation-with-slaves themed event (come on, people, how stupid is that!) and the network for firing her supposedly for long-ago spewed epithets.
I grew up in a time and place where I almost never heard foul language of any kind from adults, and only occasionally from children. One bad habit I am thankful I didn´t have to break.
And don´t forget that Hillary Clinton was also a victim of that "get successful white girls" war that was waged by Zippy´s Chicago-style Thugland presidential primary campaign. Ramona (the Pest)
I´m not forgiving her but this "one way" political correctness is infuriating. Remember Mark Fuhrman? He was accused of uttering the "N" word and it destroyed his career and he had to move to Idaho. It also let a murderer walk. As soon as they comb through Michelle Obama´s past for references to Whitey, Honky and Cracker I will be more sympathetic.
Well, just love all the posts. I am glad to see "push-back" by anyone about anything. Proves that we still have Americans with strong opinions and they will not be silenced. That´s my take, but I learned a lot from the info provided by other L-dotters. Kind of funny to think that all of the comments will be preserved forever in that huge facility in Utah. Will we be able to take them out and read them again when we are having a gloomy day?
Let´s step back a few moments and look this situation over completely...
Not -- as the PC crowd wants it spun -- but -- fairly and without emotions....
Those of US over the age of 50 -- have at some point used the "N" word. It was a culural thing. So -- if someone asked me have I ever used the "N" word -- I would have to say yes. My husband still calls blacks "colored" -- it´s the way WE were raised....
I could list a very long list of words used to describe blacks, polish, irish, arab, etc.
It´s not "right" -- but it happens. If WE learn from our mistakes then it´s a win/win for everyone...
So -- back to WHY suddenly the politically correct crowd want her out. I suspect it has to do with the Democrats in the South wanting a "big/bad/evil/white" to run against.
The demorats can´t defend their record -- so they are out for "distraction".
It´s dump. I am not a regular viewer -- but -- this is just wrong and I will search out where she lands and support her..
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St. Pitbull, 6/23/2013 10:05:17 AM (No. 9389447)
If her offenses were 100 times worse than what is reported - BIG DEAL. I don´t care if she fantasizes about being a mean, slave owner. The whole notion that people can´t say or think a certain way is what keeps the dem party afloat. That and freebies and voter fraud. Compare this to Benghazi arm-dealing, American killing or IRS intimidation or Fast & Furious or any of the other REAL scandals that are a daily occurrence from the Øtard. This country has become an ADD ferret on meth.
Enjoy celebrities for what they are noted for. Enjoy Paula Deen´s food--or not. Enjoy Tiger Woods golf skills--or not. I fear we are all trying to judge celebrities on things few of us know anything about other than what the MSM wants us to know. Aren´t we wiser than that?
Talk about a tempest in a teapot. I firmly believe if you want to use a racial slur you have every right to do so. I am sick to death of PC BS. Paula Deen has had a long good ride. No doubt she is a millionaire and will continue to be so with all her residuals. She will be just fine one way or the other.
The incident that caused her to say that word, in the 1980´s for pity sake, was in regards to a creep who was holding a gun on her and robbing her. If we follow the protocols set by the libs here, nearly every lib in Congress should be either fired, or on trial, or in jail for their behavior.
That creep in no way ever deserves any kind of respect ok? She called him correctly. If current libs have a problem with that, then too darn bad for them.
Libs only oppose the kind of tyranny that they aren´t in control of.
I also read through the whole suit. I felt like I needed a shower after I finished. Her brother has some very vile behavior and she allowed it. They both appear to have no respect for their employees. She also does not come off as the lovely southern lady she projects on her shows. I am not going to dump some of her recipes I have enjoyed, but I would not have watched her shows anymore. I think FN made the right business decison. Whatever else this debacle may be about FN has to look to it´s reputation and time will tell the rest.
Thw question p[ut to Paula Deen in the Deposition delivered to the Plaintiff´s Lawyer was your basic ´trap´ question: " Have you ever beaten your children?" (or any other variant of that Law School Trap.)
Paula Deen went for the bait and answered truthfully, as anyone from the South(and her age group would have to.) My gut tells me that someone at Food Network had an axe to grind and had the perfect opportunity to wound the ´Deen Brand´[approx. worth: about $70 Million Bucks]. Most likely, to use it in an upcoming negotiation for a Contract for the Deen Brand´s continuing Production. You basic no good deed going unpunished scenario. My bet Deen Productions & Shows will move to another network, ASAP.
Not crazy about her but I believe per First amendment rights, she has the right to "say" the N word. It once was a free Country.... That being said this is a shake down from one of the "protected" class to get some grievance money...
Yesterday in the there was an article posted about a man with "kill whitie" tattooed on his forehead.
Paula is a self-made business woman who has built her business from the ground up, published cookbooks, opened restaurants, has a television show - all of this translates into employment for thousands of people which in turn generates lots of dollars that the government confiscates from said people.
Her punishment is to take away that money making operation by using browbeating shame tactics and therefore putting lots of people out of work - hence less tax dollars coming in.
What is the punishment for the noble prize winner with the racial slur tattooed on his face and or what is the punishment for individuals who make a living off of the very same racial slur that Paula used to make money in the music/entertainment industry who also employ many and pay taxes? Think JayZ, 50cent et al.
Discuss, talk amongst yourselves and ponder this riddle...
...and since when did it become the law that you had to be a certain color or of a certain ethnic back round to use certain words in this country? Gee....I guess when I hear 2 people calling each other that word it´s okeydokey as long as they fall in a certain place in the color spectrum but people who are....not of color - hence invisible - cannot use certain words....
My my what a tangled web the liberals weave when first they practice ....to tie us up in knots!
I´m not the biggest Paula Dean fan, but I´ve got to comment re: the idea that somehow her diabetes diagnosis was anybody´s business but hers.
First of all, nobody "causes" themselves to become a diabetic. You don´t eat your way to the diagnosis. (Look at the ADA site, for starters...) Southern food did not make her a diabetic. For heavens´ sake, look at the food other Food Network chefs prepare! On the whole, her food is no more caloric or full of fat than theirs. Paula´s sin is that her food was "home cooking", and she didn´t pretend to wallow in some sort of guilt-fest every time she prepared and served it.
Secondly, since when do I have an obligation to tell my employer if I´m sick, or have some sort of chronic condition, especially if I´m still able to perform my job duties? When did my personal business become everyone else´s?
do not care that: dem senator ted murdered a woman dem senator byrd was kkk dem president bill is a sex predator dem elmo puppeteer is a pedophile dem senator mendenez like schoolgirl prostitutes dem rangle stole tax dollars from tax paying americans dem president obama is an idiot dems have enslaved 20million blacks on their plantation of murder, ignorance, drug addiction, illegitimacy and dependancy ...but paula deen used the n word 20 years ago...WE DO NOT CARE!!!
I´m not a Paula Deen fan, not a fan of her cooking by any means, but this made me crazy. Crazy enough to shoot an email off to The Food Network. Now, if you notice I typed crazy and shoot in the same paragraph, don´t you know the NSA clowns are drooling right now.
Despite the woman admitting to saying the one word that is nuclear in today´s society, she is being railroaded out by something other than this particular...crime? Enough. The tables must turn.
Read through part of the deposition: (1) Her home address should have been but was not redacted. (2) She was under oath and required to speak the truth. Kudos to her for being honest even to her own hurt. That speaks to the true nature of her character. (3) I seriously doubt that there is even one Southerner over the age of 19 who has never spoken or thought of using the "N" word. Not to mention all the other " " words that would spring to mind while someone is holding a gun to your head and robbing you. (4) She loves her brother and should have exercised tough love instead of covering over or ignoring the boorish behavior alleged in the complaint. (5) She was not involved in the day-to-day management of his restaurant. Can´t help wondering - if Bubba was 100% owner would there be a lawsuit? (6) The "wait staff" of "middle-aged black men," wearing "beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie" sounds impressive to me too. As does a wait staff of ANY middle-aged men wearing beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. There is visual power in that type of uniformity.(Think Mormon Tabernacle Choir, bridesmaids/groomsmen at a wedding, etc.) (7) I think Food Network over-reacted. Maybe they were just looking for a reason to get rid of her or renegotiate her contract from a more favorable position. After the "noise and the fog of controversy" subsides, I hope she lands on her feet. Food Network is not the only game in town. (8) Let´s have some mercy and forgiveness.:-) Who among us has never spoken words that we later regretted?
Eric Holder Attorny General of the USA and her citizens..."MY PEOPLE"
Barak Obama, President of the USA..."Pay your fair share" while he´s redistributed wealth and taxes to such a degree that 67% of GDP not goes to entitlements...and the beneficiaries of government taking over private industry ALL goes to his financial backers
Reverd Wright...The Obama´s pastor for 25 years "God damn America"
Michele Obama in her 40´s..."I´ve never been pound of my country"
It goes on...the left is trying to criminalize language for any who are not them...But commit crimes as a hater of America, such as lying to Congress, illegally shipping arms to our enemies, destroying our economy, leaving Americans to be tortured and murdered , sending Seal Team Six on a death mission set up...and well...we refuse to talk about that ...Heil Satan
Hate to post twice but if Paula Deen´s big racist mouth is going to end her career then when are the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, Fity Cent and all other rappers careers going to end? That would be a happy day because they use racist language in everything they rap about even talk of murdering policemen.
Why are the N´s so upset with what Paula did? I´ve heard them use the N word more then any whites. Oh, I get it for an N to call another N an N is ok because N´s aren´t racists. But whites calling N´s N´s is racist since we are white.
Into what rabbit hole do you have to fall for all that to make sense?
She didn´t want a plantation wedding with servers dressed as slaves. At the restaurant where she saw the waiters, they were dressed in formal wear, black slacks, white dinner jacket and white shirt and black bow ties. This would be quite impressive.
There is probably a Department of distarction and News-Cycle ontrol in the WH. Every Week it is a different topic. the Obamanites even release "scandals" on themselves. Then the topics of importance and disaster that they have created are driven off the family dinner table and off the front pages or the TV news. Anyway I thinkPaula Den is abig obama supporter
They call each other N****ers a lot in every rap song and on every ghetto street corner, so this is nothing but more liberal hypocrisy and PC garbage..phony left-wing idiots trying to control "the message" and trying desperately to portray America in their typical fantasy mentality, so totally devoid and distant from REALITY!! You LIARS!!! Stop attacking our good white folks!!You guilt-ridden phony jerks!
PLUS it smacks of AGE-ISM and REVERSE RACISM!!!
There are so many more FAT BLACK WOMEN OF COLOR who are REAL RACISTS!!! Why dont you lefty liars go after them????Huh??? I´m waiting..........
Ok for thee and not for me..is rampant..HRClinton the biggest sewer mouth around..shrieking at Dick Morris.."you f----ing J-- B---ard. Rappers spewing the word..everywhere..Bill Mahr..calling Sarah Palin vile names.. but that OK they are libs.... and I do think that the comment re The Mooch did her in.....a lib deep sixing a lib..
I quit watching Paula many years ago when she has Jimmy Carter on her show and called him the best President the country has ever had. The woman bringing the lawsuit is white and probably won´t get anything. All she had to do was leave her job if she was having all of these problems, and then file a sexual harassment suit. Instead she was fired, and thus the lawsuit.
Paula is very southern and very white. That´s enough for most liberals to commit the sin of profiling (used to be called stereotyping) and assume she´s a racist. Once that happens any past behavior (like an old timey southern style wedding) that can be interpreted as racially insensitive is proof of that racism. The only thing that can get you accused of racism faster is being southern, white and a Republican, never mind that the south was mostly Democrat when racial discrimination was actually practiced there.
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The largest government employee union in the country issued a call-to-arms to its 80,000 Facebook followers, encouraging them to leave negative Amazon.com reviews for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.” “Don’t waste a second reading it though,” reads a post from the Facebook page of the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “Let us save you some time by sending you right to the parts where he mocks public employees as lazy, overpaid, and corrupt here and here.” Walker’s book was released November 19.
There´s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you´ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you´re good to go. Plus, you don´t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat
US authorities have launched an unusual mission to kill troublesome snakes in Guam - parachuting in 2,000 dead mice laced with deadly painkillers. The brown tree snakes have caused numerous problems at Andersen Air Base on the remote Pacific island, between Japan and Indonesia, one of the most strategically important US bases in the region. There are an estimated 2 million of the snakes on the island, thought to have arrived stowed in a cargo shipment in the mid-20th century. They often gnaw and wriggle their way into important electrical stations, causing power failures at the base. They also threaten
A federal ruling Tuesday has taken the fight over fixing Detroit´s massive debt issues—brought on by a shrinking tax base generated from high unemployment and deserting residents—out of the hands of feuding city officials and creditors and under court supervision. And it´s given the city, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July, a break from paying off its $18 billion debt while it assembles a restructuring plan for its finances. The presiding judge called the hiatus "an opportunity for a fresh start." But the eligibility for bankruptcy protection is by no means a get-out-of-jail-free card. That fresh start requires
They may look like the same thoughtful photographic portrait of Morgan Freeman, but in fact one of these is a hyper-realistic finger-painting, created using only an iPad. If you are still not convinced, the British artist responsible, Kyle Lambert, 26, has produced a video to accompany his painstaking work viewed by almost four million people on YouTube - the only thing it is missing is a trademark narration by the Hollywood legend. The ultra-detailed picture, originally by photographer Scott Gries took Lambert one month and constitutes 285,000 finger strokes that blend ontop of one another to produced the precise wisps
Emphasis on “average.” He’s dipped below 40 in individual polls before but never in so many at the same time that the rolling average among them brought him into the thirties. Until today. Luckily, Paul Krugman says ObamaCare’s destined to be a smash hit so this will all turn around soon. That graph shows his job approval as of early this morning, when he was at 39.9 percent. The big mystery: Would Gallup’s new approval-rating data, released every weekday at 1 p.m. ET, nudge him back over the 40 percent threshold? Nope — he ended up dropping a point in Gallup
David Plouffe, a former top Obama adviser still close to the White House, sees a future in which fixing the technical problems of Obamacare will give President Obama the energy and clout he needs to finally accomplish his most important second-term priority: immigration reform. "Let´s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that," Plouffe said on ABC on Sunday. "Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns. I think the president´s numbers will recover, I think people´s confidence [in Obama] will recover, and then we
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as