Stopdog in the NY Times

Stopdog in the NY Times

To the Editor:

Frank Rich (“In Defense of White Americans,” column, Oct. 26) provides a compelling analysis of why racially divisive political tactics have failed in 2008, but when he says “there are not and have never been enough racists in 2008 to flip this election,” he misses an important point.

Studies using the Implicit Association Test have amply demonstrated that most of us, regardless of our conscious views, harbor unconscious biases against other racial groups.

Racially charged tactics in the “Willie Horton” vein aim not to mobilize unrepentant racists, but to manipulate the rest of us — decent people with a strong belief in racial equality — by tapping into these unconscious attitudes.

This is a far more insidious tactic, but fortunately, when the racial subtext of those messages is made explicit and our better angels are free to act, we recoil from the implicit racism.

Devon Kearney 
Ludovic Blain III
New York, Oct.
27, 2008

The writers are, respectively, associate director of the Center for Social Inclusion and project director,

ABCNews: WATCH: ‘Washed-up Terrorist’ Ayers Stays Mum on Ties to Obama


WATCH: ‘Washed-up Terrorist’ Ayers Stays Mum on Ties to Obama

His background with a 1960’s domestic terror group, the Weather Underground, has been recounted in hundreds of news articles.


His words could add to the evidence that debunks the claims Obama was “palling around with terrorists.”


But Bill Ayers is staying mum, and working hard to duck reporters and the campaign spotlight in the final week before the election.


He told a journalism student attending a education justice symposium in New York Sunday he and other former radicals were being “demonized” by Fox News. “We’re nice guys, right?”


Asked by the student, if he repudiated the actions of the Weather Underground, which carried out a series of 1960’s robberies and bombings that killed at least six people, Ayers walked away without answering.

ABCNews: Surging Obama Campaign Suggests U.S. Racism on the Wane


Surging Obama Campaign Suggests U.S. Racism on the Wane

The issue of race has been intertwined with the history of the United States since its inception. It has brought out the nation’s best and its worst — from the courage of the civil rights workers to the murderous terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan.

“It’s an astonishing and wonderful thing that so many Americans are finding common ground,” says Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey. “It could be a moment of such historical consequence and tremendous racial meaning … but Barack Obama winning the U.S. presidency does not translate into the end of racial stereotyping or the end of racial inequality.”

For many veterans of the civil rights movement, like former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, much more is at stake than an election.

“The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States would be the greatest thing for racial reconciliation and racial understanding that we could have happen in this country,” says Winter. “And I think it would mean so much to us as a leader in the world as well as to be able to point to him as president of the United States.”



Support Jesus’ General: After our white women

Support Jesus’ General

After our white women

So the B looks like a mirror image, maybe the mugger was dyslexic.

So the wound looks a bit too superficial to have been made by an angry mugger with a knife, Maybe he was only a little angry, very weak, and used a butter knife.

So there is no swelling around the eye, Well, uhhhh, maybe it’s a non-swelling kind of black eye.

I don’t know why Michelle Malkin doesn’t believe her. When did she start hating America?

Update: The police are in on the conspiracy:

Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence from the Citizens Bank ATM where she claims the incident occurred, police said


Update 2: She made it up.

Police tell KDKA that a campaign volunteer has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

I hope this courageous College Republican gets what she deserves.

AmericaBlog: Anti-Defamation League condemns Pro-McCain Republicans in Pennsylvania for ‘trivializing’ the Holocaust


Anti-Defamation League condemns Pro-McCain Republicans in Pennsylvania for ‘trivializing’ the Holocaust 

A lot has been written about Sarah Palin’s and John McCain’sdisturbing ties to anti-semites. And today, even more problems for John McCain and Sarah Palin, now from the ADL. The Anti-Defamation League, probably the lead organization in charge of fighting anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice and bigotry, today condemned pro-McCain Republicans in Pennsylvania for trivializing the Holocaust (via email):

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned an e-mail message sent to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania, reportedly paid for by the “Republican Federal Committee of PA – Victory 2008.”

The e-mail suggested that a vote for Barack Obama would be a “tragic mistake,” and “Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision,” adding that “many of our ancestors ignored similar warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement from Poland, where he is traveling with an Israel Defense Force delegation visiting Auschwitz and other historical sites associated with the Holocaust:

Ugly, divisive personal attacks against a candidate for any political office should never be acceptable, and using Holocaust analogies is completely beyond the pale. 

Regardless of which candidate one supports, it is shocking and profoundly distressing that anyone would see fit to make such an odious, false and repugnant analogy. Not only does it further debase the level of our political discourse, but it also diminishes and trivializes the virulent anti-Semitism and Nazi aggression that led to the slaughter of six million Jews and millions of others.

NY Times Caucus: Pennsylvania Republican Apologizes for Anti-Obama E-mail

NY Times Caucus

Pennsylvania Republican Apologizes for Anti-Obama E-mail

An author of the e-mail we told you about last week that the Pennsylvania G.O.P. sent to Jewish voters, equating a vote for Senator Barack Obama with the “tragic mistake” of those Jews who “ignored the warning signs in the 1930’s and 1940’s,” has apologized for it.

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge Sandra Schultz Newman, a member of John McCain’s national task-force monitoring Election Day voting, who initially stood by the letter when we contacted her about it on Friday, said Monday that she had not read the final draft before it was released.

“Some of the language was inappropriate and intemperate,” Ms. Newman wrote in an e-mail statement Monday. “I apologize to anyone who was offended by this misguided e-mail.”

The e-mail had also falsely asserted that Senator Obama had taught workers at ACORN how to “commit voter registration fraud.”

State GOP officials disavowed the e-mail on Friday night, saying they could not support that assertion as well as another in which the e-mail reported that the former Weather Underground leader William Ayers believed Al Qaeda didn’t do enough on September 11. The letter was twisting a quote Mr. Ayers gave to The New York Times, published on September 11 – before the attacks – speaking about his groups’ bombing campaign in the 1970’s, which resulted in several deaths include those of three police officers.

Little Green Footballs: Neo-Nazi Assassination Plot Discovered

Little Green Footballs

Neo-Nazi Assassination Plot Discovered


Thank goodness this plot was discovered before these neo-Nazi creeps had a chance to harm anyone: Assassination plot targeting Obama disrupted.

WASHINGTON — Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday.

In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.

Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the two men planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The men also sought to go on a national killing spree, with Obama as its final target, Cavanaugh told The Associated Press.