OPEN THREAD: Pentagon’s Everything MUST Go Sale!

Consider this an open thread, but I had to start out with this funny video from Reason.com…

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Aaaaaaannnnd, Open Thread… GO!

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  • Commander_Chico

    That video is pretty damn funny.

    • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

      Yep, it is damn funny. Who says conservatives can’t be funny?

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        The damn liar to whom you respond has imputed that in the past.

      • Commander_Chico

        Well, Reason libertarians maybe.

        Neocons and religious fanatics not so much.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Thank you for sharing the damn liar position.

          • Commander_Chico

            You’re certainly a barrel of laughs.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            How shall I ever survive the opprobrium of a damn liar?

    • Retired military

      So Chico goes with Option B.
      Obama is bad but Bush was worse.
      Hey Chico how about answering a few questions.

      “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

      How about practising what you preach Chico.

      1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
      policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
      Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

      2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

      Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

      Salon writer Joan Wals
      It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

      O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university

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      Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”
      Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”
      Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

      If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”
      — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

      “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”
      — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

      Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”
      Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”
      Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”
      — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

      “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”
      — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

      “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”
      — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

      “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”
      — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

      Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”
      Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”
      Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”
      Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”
      — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

      You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”
      — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

      Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”
      MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”
      — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

      They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”
      — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

      “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”
      — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

      What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”
      — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

      The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”
      — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

      “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”
      — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

      ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”
      — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

      ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”
      — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

      Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

      Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

      Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

      Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

      PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

      JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

      PRESS: It’s silly.

      HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

      PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.

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      Hunter – Daily Kos
      MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.

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      Ron Fournier – Twitter

      The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>

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      Ron Fournier – Twitter
      In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”

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      “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think
      the party has to deal with this.”

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      Markos MoulitsaS

      …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.

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      GERALDO
      “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”

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      From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

      In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

      At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were


      “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”

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      HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.

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      CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””

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      MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

      WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

      NOAH: Right.

      WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

      NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

      So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

      WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.
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      In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

      Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny
      the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who
      refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”

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      Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser
      “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.

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      From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

      A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats

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      Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com

      When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.
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      Paul krugman NY Times

      Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

      We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

      One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.
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      Huffington post 8 apr 2014
      There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

      Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?
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      Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

      DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

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      Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.
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      WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”
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      The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era
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      Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.
      I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”

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      Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’
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      WAPO article

      “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

      Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”
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      Hank Aaron

      “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””
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      Yahoo news article by Matt Bai
      So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”
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      Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

      Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

      • Retired military

        Part 2 since proof of Dems calling republicans racist have outstripped the capacity of a DISCUS reply.

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        Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”
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        Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths
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        Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”
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        Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”
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        WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”
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        Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”
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        Ed Schultz MSNBC

        “So the president goes to the other side of the world and that’s what he gets asked about, racism. How sad is that? But you know what? When you’re the first, you always get picked on. And I have to tell you that this president, I think, is very bold, very strong, very well guided, and has a moral compass. And there’s absolutely no question about it that he has been picked on because of the color of his skin. And there’s no doubt that he has been called many names by conservative talkers in America, many names. He has been targeted, he has been obstructed. And I think that the way this president has been treated empowers jokers like this (alluding to Sterling), like, well, the government does it, we all see it. I guess we can say whatever the hell we want and act however we want. That’s my take on it. I, I, I think that this is a scab that’s been ripped off again and it’s a scab that really, undoubtedly is gonna happen again and again on America. But I believe, I pin this attitude that we have in society being inflamed by right-wing talkers who hate this president, that embolden people such as this guy to go on and act disrespectful against society.”
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        Dorian Warren, Columbia professor “There’s a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for,”

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        MSNBC’s Touré “Some of these folks who own these NBA teams, and this is breaking news, Ari. Some of them are not the most savory folks. Some of them are bankrolling anti-gay marriage initiatives. Some of them got rich off of fracking. Some of them are Russian oligarchs.”

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        Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson “Let’s face it, pretty much all criticism of Obama is racist”
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        Eugene Robinson WAPO ” This worldview has found a home in the tea party movement, which harbors — let’s be honest — a racist strain.”

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        Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson ” Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom” “Sen. McConnell is a racist”
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        “Voting Rights Erosion Is Greater Racist Outrage” Albert Hunt Bloomber

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        New York magazine Jonathan Chait, “America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery.”
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        Theatlantic.com

        Dem Rep Bennie Thompson told a radio show. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States … that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

        For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

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        “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy,” stated Ed Schultz

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        Charlie Crist “Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama”
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        Speaker at Democrat sponsored White Privilege Conference
        “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”

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        New York Times columnist Bob Herbert “Republicans are hostile to the interests of African-Americans” a
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        Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Racism–and sexism and homophobia–are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.”
        the Atlantic

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        NPR :
        For some Democrats, the explanation is simple: race. In recent weeks, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have all said racism is the driving force behind Republican resistance to the president.

        Republicans, unsurprisingly, say their disdain for Obama is based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his policies.

        “If any white Democrat had pushed through a billion-dollar stimulus plan and a takeover of the health care industry, he would have been equally detested by conservatives and Republicans,” says Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster and consultant.

        There’s no question we’re living in a time of divisive politics, when roughly half the country is likely to hate the president, no matter whom he or she might be.

        But race has been a factor in American politics since the very beginning. It’s certainly part of the mix in terms of responses to Obama.

        His status as the nation’s first African-American president exacerbates the concerns of those who feel the country is changing rapidly in ways that are not always comfortable.
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        Josh Marshall – “For years, we’ve had a running conversation about how much or whether the often vitriolic, seemingly gut level opposition to President Obama as opposed to simple partisanship, opposition to policies and more. It’s a tangled question since supporters and opponents each bring preconceptions and commitments to it. And it’s a question that is inherently over-determined since the same people who might bear a racial animus toward the President probably also oppose him intensely purely on policy grounds.
        … To whatever extent opposition to President Obama is racial, it’s not only because he’s black himself, it’s because he’s the leader of the party that is the institutional representative of black people. Indeed, in a way that wasn’t nearly so clear 22 years ago, the Democratic Party now disproportionately represents African-Americans, Hispanics, East Asians and South Asians. It’s the most visible force in American political life that stands for an America that looks a lot more like the current Democratic Party than the current Republican Party
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        Krystal Ball

        “And a necessary part of this delusion is the belief that young people, city dwellers and minorities aren’t part of real America so they don’t count or at least they shouldn’t count. Which is where disenfranchising voting laws come in. Unfortunately for conservatives, our votes still count the same as everyone else.”
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        Chris Matthews on GA senate race “the GOP primary will likely head to a runoff and “the reason they have these runoffs is to make sure no black guy ever won a nomination down there.””
        ==========
        “I think it’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on,” Rockefeller said. “I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good-especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true.

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        Rep CLyburn (dem representative) Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction Benghazi Committee to Racist Democrats During Reconstruction – “Bhenghazi committee is like racists during reconstruction”

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        LA Weekly cover cartoon shows Tea Party republican as a Klansman.

        Editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske explained the L.A. Weekly’s cover art to Breitbart News on Sunday.

        “The goal with any cover is to get people to pick up the paper and read the journalism within. They’re not a literal illustration of the story inside (otherwise you might have seen a very dull caricature of Kashkari and an equally bland one of Donnelly),” she said.

        Fenske allows that the goal of the cover was to mock the GOP: “Our creative director, Darrick Rainey, worked with the illustrator to incorporate some funny images of constituencies who might want to shape the future of a party that’s fallen on very hard times in California: fat-cat bankers, Minutemen, Tea Party activists, etc.”

        She told Breitbart News that the choice of a KKK figure was inspired by a claim by David Duke in 2011 that Tea Party activists had urged him to run for president. “David Duke claimed some activists urged him to run for president in 2012; it’s not inconceivable his ilk might want to be among them.”

        She provided no actual proof of Tea Party support for the KKK–an organization closely connected, historically, with the Democratic Party.

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        Andrea Mitchell “is the rise in extremism due to an African American President?”
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        Howard Dean
        The Last Word
        June 16, 2014

        “First of all, not only do they (the Tea Party) not have any solutions, there is no solution that will satisfy the Tea Party people except going back to the ’60s. I’m talking about the 1860s, not the 1960s.”
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        Daily Beast writer Christopher Dickey

        “Lee’s nobility and charisma, and the carnage that he commanded, gave cover to all those incendiary Southern politicians who did not, in fact, feel ambivalent about slavery. These “fire-eaters,” as they were called, not only wanted to perpetuate their peculiar institution, they wanted to reopen the slave trade with Africa…

        The fire-eaters were a minority then, as the Tea Partiers (their spiritual descendants) are today, but like today’s Tea Party they promoted extremist agendas and pounded down on wedge issues that sundered the nation and very nearly destroyed it.”


        “These basic facts about a moment of history that Obama obviously
        holds dear are worth going over again right
        now because, in fact, the secessionists of 1860
        are the ideological forebears of the Tea Party
        movement today. No, the United States is not on
        the verge of another violent breakup, not close
        at all, even if Tea Party icons like Gov. Rick
        Perry in Texas or some of Sarah Palin’s friends
        and relatives in Alaska may toy with the notion
        of secession. But there is in American politics
        today a discourse of such cupidity, bigotry,
        and self-delusion about the role of government
        that it would have been familiar to anyone
        following the rhetoric of the Southern
        “fire-eaters” pushing the country toward a
        conflagration 150 years ago.”

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        Huffington post article titled
        Charlie Rangel Suggests Republican Opposition To Obama Is Rooted In Racism

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        MSNBC Joy Reid
        ” Voter ID is a Racist Plot to restrict African-American Voters”
        ————

        Chris Matthews: “Tea Party In Miss. used
        ‘Jim Crow-Era Law’ to Intimidate Black Voters”
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        CBS news article
        A Fourth of July parade float in Nebraska that showed a dummy standing outside an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library” is drawing cries of racism from local residents and the Nebraska Democratic Party
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        Alex Wagner MSNBC Host “are Voter ID laws the new “Jim Crow”

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        Yahoo article from Liberal Obama supporting author entitled “n word in the white house”

        If the headline wasn’t strange and shocking enough, the New York Post reports that the op-ed is actually a pro-Obama piece, in which Collier argues that, “far right voters hate Obama because he is black.”
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        Berkley law professor John A. Powell

        ” The point is we had levees breaking and thousands of black people were stranded.

        So it was a racialized system because it distributed resources – it was designed to racialize anxiety.

        They took money away from protecting the levees because the levees were protecting Black people.”

        ============
        Eric Holder
        “administration’s political opponents.

        ADVERTISEMENT

        “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

        ——–

        Eric Holder

        “Is it possible to oppose Obama and not be a racist?”

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        Juan WIlliams

        You listen to Michael and you understand why lots of Republicans think [Obama's] a demon,” Williams said. “Lots of people in the minority community see it as an attack against the first black President. They think it’s unfair, and so it’s gonna spur their turnout in the midterms, which is going to be critical in several races.”

        “If you just break it down as a matter of political analysis and say who is this group [calling for impeachment], it reminds me that the Republican Party has become almost a completely white party,” Williams continued. “The people who want him impeached are all white, they’re all older, and guess what — they’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”

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        “Ten years ago, Barack Obama came upon the American public as a breath of fresh air. He spoke in ways that awakened our hopes, broke through the clouds of cheap politics and stormy rhetoric….But how many other Americans saw a different reckoning, when confronted with that name, ‘Barack Obama,’ right there on the ballot in front of them – how many saw that name and that face and that man with dread?…Check the numbers: 57 percent of the Republican Party wants this man run out of office and thrown to the curb. They can’t come up with a reason he deserves impeachment, but that’s not their fault. Not really. You see, they never went looking for a reason. They never needed one. It was not what he did. It was from the outset who he was.”
        - MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the July 28 edition of Hardball, recalling the 10th anniversary of Obama delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention.
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        Wasserman Schultz: Bigotry ‘Deeply Embedded’ in ‘Too Many’ House Republicans

        • Commander_Chico

          and for the twentieth time, Chico only answers for Chico.

          • Retired military

            And for the 2000000 th time Chico uses Option E. Ooohh look a shiney.
            The questions ask Chico’s opinon which Chico still hasn’t given.
            But Chico knows this and Chico still refuses to answer.

          • Commander_Chico

            What am I supposed to say? Some people hate Obama because he’s a “nigger,” some people don’t.

            You know that, every sane person knows it.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Just the kind of language we’d expect from a damn liar.

          • Retired military

            And Chico goes once again with Option E. Oh look a shiney. Use a potty mouth slang and try to distract from the fact that you still haven’t answered the questions.

  • westcoastwiser

    This guy looks an awful lot like Bob Costas.

  • jim_m

    In the spirit of the open thread:

    What is going on in the UK?!?!

    In the last few weeks we have learned that:Britain is poorer than any US state except Mississippi, except with the UK you don’t get the sunshine or the racial harmony that you do in Mississippi.

    The Liberal Democrats came out as the pro sexual harassment party.

    And now Labour has put itself in the position as the pro child rape party.

    And Britain’s most energetic political minds are to be found in the UKIP party?

    And Scotland seems poised to vote for independence. But then who could blame them with the UK apparently driving toward total chaos?

    What’s next? a UKIP/BNP parliamentary majority? Actually that would potentially be good for the UK because it would sure as heck stop the outrageous erosion of culture and appeasement of muslim violence.

    It’s sad that what Churchill meant as inspirational is now looked at as depressingly prophetic

    Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.

    It looks quite possible that the UK will cease to exist before the centenary of that speech.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      That’s what the progs want for the US – economic collapse leading to total government control over every facet of our lives with a large dose total national irrelevance.

      • Brucehenry

        Kooky Jim-like nonsense

        • jim_m

          What in my comment above was nonsense?

          • Brucehenry

            Nothing really (except maybe your Nostrodumbass prediction of the UK’s imminent demise) but most of what you write here is. Which is why my reply TO WALTER was that HIS comment was “kooky jim-like nonsense.”

          • jim_m

            Looks possible is not a prediction dumbass. Learn to read. It’s possible that the Cubs could win the world series next year too, but I’m not predicting that either.

            But it does look quite possible that the Scotland Independence referendum could succeed and if that happens then there is little left of the UK.

            Most of what you write is fascist supporting bullshit too. You don’t like that characterization. I’d rather be a kook than a neo-fascist.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Thank you so much for sharing the fucktard view with us brucehemorrhoid.

          • Brucehenry

            No, thank YOU, M. Soi Disant, for the excellent job you do “moderating” this comment section.

            Of course, when idiots appear and post the same repetitive comment 6 times in one thread (about Ebola, remember?), or when racists and neo-Confederates show up calling black people “apes” and “animals,” you’re nowhere to be found.

            But when a cheap, fifth-grade potshot is needed in response to me or to Chico, you are RIGHT THERE. Excellent job, as I said.

          • Retired military

            Bruce
            How do you feel about Chico referring to Obama as the N Word?
            You seem to have left that out.

          • Brucehenry

            Did you notice the quotation marks? I probably wouldn’t have said that but I know what Chico was trying to get across there.

            And so do you, so really, not a gotcha.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            The brucehemorrhoid will never differ from the asshole from which it depends…

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Looking at what Obama has done to the economy and what he’s done to our nation’s stature in the world – then looking at the attacks he gets from the left – the only answer remaining is that the progs want our economy and our standing on the world stage to be like the UK’s, after Scotland leaves.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes sure the only answer. Of all possible answers to your biased framing of the issues, that is the ONLY answer, lol.

          • jim_m

            When you see what obama’s feckless foreign policy has resulted in over the last year you cannot but wonder what the motivation has been. Either it is incompetence on a scale never before seen on the world stage (he even makes Neville Chamberlain look like a cunning diplomat), or he intends the results.

            I actually do believe that he intends to reduce America’s standing. He spent the first year of hs admin apologizing for American influence and presence around the globe and has spent the remaining time undermining our influence. This is the world he wanted even if he disclaims the results. This is what you voted for twice.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Nobody could possibly be that incompetent. He is the smartest President, evah, remember? But you could be right. If he hasn’t done to the economy and to our world stature what he has done on purpose, then he is the most hapless, feckless, inept and just plain ignorant President in our history. But, again, you could be right.

          • jim_m

            Offer an alternative explanation that doesn’t depend on obama either doing this deliberately or being either completely incompetent or an ignorant ideologue without understanding of how the world really works.

            And, no, blaming Bush or anyone else doesn’t wash. obama has been President for 5 years and if Reagan could correct the problems created by Carter in less time then obama has had more than enough time to fix this. Reagan actually brought the USSR to its knees resulting in its collapse shortly after he left office.

            What has obama done? He’s paved the road to the recreation of the Soviet Union. He’s made our enemies stronger. Every decision he has made has lead us down that road. Those decisions were predicated only on his ideology. No one made him do it. He has failed in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan… He owns all of these failures.

            So which is it Bruce? Is he a rigid ideologue? The dumbest President ever? or deliberately destroying the nation? There really aren’t any other choices and you are unwilling (or too dimwitted) to offer any others.

          • Brucehenry

            Your question is based on assumptions that are incorrect. I’ll start with your laughable assumption that Reagan “corrected the problems created by Carter.” The problems I assume you are thinking of – the rise of fundamentalist Islam, erratic and dangerous behavior by the Russians – were neither created by Carter nor corrected by Reagan. If anything, in his drive to weaken the Soviets, Reagan did more to exacerbate the problem of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism than anyone in the West before or since. Now whether his choices were deliberately to strengthen Islamism at the expense of Godless communism, or whether he was just unable to foresee the unintended consequences I am unable to say.

            In your list of links below you talk about the rise of ISIS, the fall of Mosul, the persecution of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis as if the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not the basic precipitating factor in all of those things. History did not begin on 1/20/2009, genius, and Obama must still deal with the consequences of Bush’s blockheaded decision to invade. Again, whether Bush was deliberately trying to enhance the power and riches of his buddies in PNAC or whether he was just so stupid they manipulated him into the decision, or indeed whether there WAS no other choice is a matter for debate. The links dealing with the Russian aggression in Ukraine apparently mean that Bush’s acceding to Russian demands in Georgia are wiped from your memory.

            You can say “blaming Bush or anybody else won’t wash” all you like, the fact is that each president deals with circumstances as he finds them and makes decisions accordingly. Blaming Obama for every problem around the world isn’t helpful and is inaccurate. Was FDR to blame for Ho Chi Minh’s or Kim’s rise to power in North Vietnam and North Korea in 1945? Was Nixon to blame for the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War? American presidents don’t control or even influence every actor around the world, and can often be defied if they try, despite the fantasies of neocons who think the US could be omnipotent if only it were even more aggressive.

            And really, genius, blaming Obama because more Frenchmen are anti-Semitic these days? WTF? How much power and influence do you think any American president has? Could Bush reach into European hearts and make them more enlightened about these matters? Laughable, biased tripe, and ridiculously, transparently prejudiced thinking from a guy who prides himself on being all cosmopolitan and shit. LOL.

          • jim_m

            First of all, I was speaking to the economic “malaise” that Carter left us.

            Second, it does not logically follow that because Bush involved us in Iraq and Afghanistan that the failures there are ultimately hhis responsibility. You make the assumption that these things were inevitable at some point. They were not. Iraq was a stable environment when obama took office.

            I do not blame obama for every incident around the world. I only blame him for the ones where you can draw a direct connection to his incompetence. Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, are 100% his. Others like Ukrain, China, Egypt’s attacks on Libya, are all in part due to his flaccid national defense posture and his epic ineptitude in foreign policy.

            You are funny in how you blame international circumstances for obama’s failures. Perhaps you should talk to your butt buddy Chico about how Bush didn’t control the terrorists on 9/11 and how 9/11 isn’t Bush’s fault. Seems that you guys have a bit of a double standard going on. What a shock.

          • Brucehenry

            Syria, Libya, Afghanistan are all still situations that are unfolding and are not “failures” — at least not yet. If Iraq is a failure it is Bush’s failure. And again, it is laughable that you have swallowed the line that Iraq “was a stable environment.” There may have been a lull in the violence but the problems and tensions created (or unleashed) by the invasion, and the horribly botched occupation, remained, and Obama has dealt with them as per his campaign promise — as the American people wanted him to do.

            “I do not blame obama for every incident around the world” says Jim — yet you post a list of links counting as one of his “failures” the alleged increase in anti-Semitism by Greeks and Frenchmen. And it’s my contention that whoever the US president is China will increasingly flex its muscles in the years to come. And so far, at least, China has not captured any American plane and held captive its crew.

            Let me know when you can make an honest attempt to think impartially and without reflexive Obama-hatred about these issues. Until then you’re just another wingnut slinging around FOX talking points and WND nonsense.

          • jim_m

            How is Iraq a failure of Bush when he left it as a stable nation and the only thing that prevented us from keeping it that way was obama’s failure to renegotiate the status of forces agreement?

            You see, this is exactly your problem. When obama fails, it is always someone else’s fault. You cannot, he cannot, accept responsibility for his actions. Libya was a failure, or have you forgotten Benghazi? Or do you still, like Chico, maintain that it was the fault of the video? Syria was a failure as obama was humiliated with his idiotic red line talk.

            As for the rise in anti-semitism, you are correct that this is an issue is other countries that we cannot control. But having an openly antisemitic President doesn’t help.

          • Brucehenry

            Iraq’s seeming (to you and your fellow wingnuts) “stability” was a temporary lull in the sectarian violence that will continue to plague this “country” — a country that itself was an invention of British and French imperialists of the 1920s. This violence will continue as long as Sunnis hate Shiites, and will be held in check only by a strongman like Saddam, despite the stupid and ignorant fantasies of Neocons who dreamed of a blossoming of American-style democracy in the heart of the Middle East. Bush didn’t “leave [Iraq] as a stable nation” — he left it as a nation in which all sides were temporarily exhausted by strife, but ready to explode again at any time. And Maliki’s ineptitude, corruption, and heavy-handed anti-Sunni policies are to blame, too.

            If Obama had accepted the Iraqi demands in the SOFA, wingnuts like yourself would be screaming that he had left our forces open to arbitrary and capricious prosecution — and you would be right. Maliki wanted his cake and also wanted to eat it. Doesn’t work that way. Now he wants us to pull his chestnuts out of the fire.

            As far as Benghazi (in which four Americans died) being Obama’s failure, does that mean that you accept the 1983 Lebanon bombings (in which hundreds of Americans died) as being “Reagan’s failures”? Do you accept the headlong retreat from Lebanon that year as a “failure” on Reagan’s part? Do you blame Reagan for the consequent emboldening of Islamic terrorists in Lebanon and elsewhere?

            Talk about your double standards!

          • jim_m

            As to Reagan and the marine barracks bombing etc. Yes, that was a failure of Reagan’s policy and execution. I do not consider it as emboldening terrorism as the remainder of his Presidency sent a very different message of strength. You cannot look at one incident of an 8 year presidency in isolation and claim that it overrides the remainder of a Presidency that sends the opposite message.

            So, to answer your question, I am not the antisemitic hypocrite that you are. I recognize that GOP presidents screw up, but I also put failures in the context of the whole Presidency and do not look at them as exclusively isolated issues.

            obama has had issue after issue and they have all been resolved in the same manner: The US is wrong to be involved overseas, the US presence overseas is evil and the US should run back home as soon as they can. Each individual issue is resolved this way and as a whole they send a message that the US will never stand up for itself or its allies. It is a message of weakness and incompetence. It is in the individual events and is the overarching theme of this administration.

          • Brucehenry

            Framed in apocalyptic terms and over-the-top rhetoric as always, wingnut style. Alternate-reality hogwash as per usual.

            Reagan indeed demonstrated strength as to his policy toward the Soviets. And the Islamic nutjobs he was using, appeasing, and retreating from used his policies to gain strength and influence. His show of strength toward the Soviets resulted, indirectly perhaps but still inexorably, to disaster 13 years after his leaving office.

            Obama is trying, to what degree of success history will show, to navigate the world’s minefields without setting us up for a similar unintended consequence down the road. But continue to snipe and make stupid apocalyptic predictions all you like. There used to be a saying among conservatives that “politics stopped at the water’s edge.” They never abided by it but they at least gave lip service to it. But it’s your right to make these kinds of unhelpful proclamations if you are dumb enough to believe them. Fire away.

          • jim_m

            I will ask you to point out when, if ever, the right has ever acted in the way that the left has acted over Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the most blatant display of hypocrisy ever. The dems voted for military action and then turned around and did everything possible to undermine it. You sent our troops into the field of battle and you betrayed them.

          • Brucehenry

            When a Democrat is in office the constant refrain of conservatives is that the administration is “weak” or has “sold out” or is “in league with our enemies.” It was done to FDR and Truman (Yalta and “who lost China?”), it was done to JFK and Carter, and it is being done to Obama. The exception was Clinton, when every flexing of American muscle was characterized as an attempt to Wag The Dog. Cynical unpatriotic hypocrites.

          • jim_m

            Bullshit. Although my frame of reference is Carter and Clinton, I do not think that your claim has any merit. FDR lead the nation through WWII and no one was calling him weak. The main objection from the right was that he was embroiling the nation in another european war. Hardly a claim of weakness!

            Carter really was weak and sucked up to the soviets and declared that our economic “malaise” was a permanent feature. Clinton was criticized for his cruise missile military posture, but not that he was weak, just inappropriate and ineffective lobbing missiles into an islamic nation whenever his polling needed a boost.

            I will note that you do not deny that you and the left are a bunch of turncoats, voting for military action and then betraying our troops leaving them to die without your support.

          • Brucehenry

            Lol you may “note” what you wish and I will “note” that you are completely ignorant of the history of the 20th century.

            Google “who lost China” and see what Republicans and other conservatives said about FDR’s and Truman’s policies at the time. Look up “Yalta Conference” and educate yourself about what Nixon, McCarthy, and other influential Republicans said at the time. Look up “Kosovo air campaign” controversy to see the Wag The Dog claim being made over and over, thus undermining the president’s foreign policy.

            Selective memory, easily fact-checked. Only proves your rube credentials.

          • jim_m

            That’s fine. Defend your incompetent president. Claim that there is no common theme in all his actions, that every incident is a ‘one off’. Go ahead and compare real one off’s from other presidents from both sides of the aisle to claim that somehow only dems get criticized (and never mind that you already trotted out the favorite one off of the left, which is Reagan’s actions in Lebanon, let’s all be very clear that you claim that only dems get criticized when you have already pointed this one out).

            You want to look at every incident in isolation and claim that it bears no relation to any other event. Sorry, but the real world doesn’t work that way and only idiots like you try to even think that way.

          • Brucehenry

            No, Reagan’s sucking up to Saudi Islamist radicals in order to weaken the USSR wasn’t a one-off. And his craven retreat in the face of Iranian terror in 1983 was followed up by years of caving to the demands of Hizbollah kidnappers in Lebanon, so there’s that. But to be fair, he showed those uppity Grenadians a thing or two, now didn’t he?

            Whatever criticism Dems habitually make of Republican administrations, it isn’t that they are “weak” or “soft,” it’s usually more like they’re bullies or too aggressive. That doesn’t undermine policy as much as claiming the Leader of the Free World is a pushover. Why, no wonder Putin believes it — John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been telling him so for 6 years.

            You can’t admit that you look at every action of Obama’s through the prism of your unreasoning hatred. That’s fine, you have the right to be a prejudiced asshole as a Real American.

          • jim_m

            I see. And obama, Clinton, Carter, they all never sucked up to the Saudis. Hypocrite.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Reliably un-reliable.
            Consistently feckless.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            They just built on their Vietnam era base.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Twice.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Actually, The Foreign Policy “gravitas” of the 0bama [mal]Administration (Joe “plugs” Biden) was claiming Iraq as a triumph for the 0bama [mal]Administration, in point of inconvenient (but I repeat myself as all facts are inconvenient to you and your ilk) fact.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Less butt buddy and more the anus from which the brucehemorrhoid depends…

  • jim_m

    Speaking of defense issues…

    Let’s look back at the last year and see all that obama has accomplished:

    The Chinese increased their ADIZ,
    The Russian annexation of Crimea
    The rise of ISIS
    The Russian invasion of Ukraine
    The fall of Mosul
    The end of Hungarian liberal democracy
    The Central American refugee crisis
    The Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya
    The extermination of Iraqi Christians
    The Yazidi genocide
    The scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses
    The Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities
    The reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism
    The racial riots in middle America

    Not bad for a man who spends all his time on the Golf course. Where does he find the time to lead the world to the brink of another world war?

    • jim_m

      Let’s just remember that as the Ukraine fights for its existence, Poland seeks financing to arm itself against its centuries old enemy, and the Baltic States strategize on how to make themselves indigestible to a neo-Soviet empire seeking to reclaim lost territories, obama scoffed at the notion that Russia was a geopolitical threat.

      This is what Bruce and Chico voted for. A world war, genocide in the ME, and millions of dead.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Don’t forget our porous border, which El Presidente is going to, singlehandedly, make the status quo for the foreseeable future. That’s not good for national defense.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    What can match Obama’s incompetence? Al Gore’s predictions:

    Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million
    square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it
    would be ICE-FREE by now….

    “The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The
    North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be
    completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from
    now.’

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/30/the-arctic-sea-ice-spiral-of-death-seems-to-have-reversed/

    Add to that the Antarctic ice cover and you’ve got a story that would make alarmists’ heads explode – if the American MSM would ever publish it:

    “Like watching the number of days that a major hurricane has not made landfall on the United States (now over 3000 days), we can now watch the number of days that
    Antarctica’s sea ice continues to be above the 30 year baseline. The constant growth is remarkable.

    We are now on day 1001 of positive anomaly based on the 1979-2008 baseline.”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/22/antarctic-sea-ice-has-been-above-average-for-1000-straight-days/

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Ah yes, the laser like focus on the threat of AGW which is now well established to be nothing but a play for political power.

  • jim_m

    I think that it is high time we face the facts and tell the truth:

    The obama administration is engaging in child trafficking. Thousands of children have crossed our borders, been seized by the federal government and disappeared. The feds will not say where they are going, will not say who they are, and will not say what has happened to them.

    If anyone else did this we would assume the worst. I think that we should do so in this case as well.

    After all, without proof of what they are doing how do we know that the obama admin is no better than Boko Haram? It would sure as hell explain why obama did nothing to stop Boko Haram from selling hundreds of girls into sexual slavery if he was engaged in the same activity.

    • Brucehenry

      lunatic

      • jim_m

        How predictable that Bruce should arrive to provide an excuse for why it is perfectly OK for the federal government to disappear thousands of people and tell the public and the press that they have no right to know what happened to them or where they went.

        As I have claimed many times before there is no excess that the federal government cannot do under obama that Bruce will not support. There is no action that Bruce will not reflexively support.

        Sure the government probably isn’t selling children into sexual slavery, but Bruce stands up to defend the government from having to reveal what they have done and would be defending it even if they really had done so because he has no way of knowing what actually happened.

        Like I have said before Bruce, you will excuse fascism as the people are marched off to death camps.

        • Brucehenry

          “Sure the government probably isn’t selling children into sexual slavery…” But yet you said it probably was and if I hadn’t called you a lunatic you’d have let the comment stand.

          I am defending nothing. I am ridiculing your ridiculous lunacy.

          • jim_m

            Had you attended high school you would understand the uses of hyperbole.

            But yes, I do think that we should assume the worst until the government proves to us otherwise. Especially with this criminal administration.

            You however, do not seem to think that there is anything wrong with the government disappearing thousands of people and then refusing to say where they are.

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah I know what hyperbole is but some here ain’t all that familiar with the concept. If hyperbole was your aim, and I assume it was, you were a little too subtle this time. You can’t spout loonytune shit 99% of the time and then say the looniest 1% is hyperbole.

          • jim_m

            Perhaps if you weren’t so bent on apologizing for fascism you would have spotted it.

            THAT was my ultimate point and I demonstrated it very well with your assistance. I’m only surprised that I had to wait an hour for you to respond to the bait.

          • Brucehenry

            Sure you did. Whatever you say.

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