Nashville Post Politics: Interesting One Would So Freely Admit This

Nashville Post Politics

Interesting One Would So Freely Admit This

A California man thinks hanging Barack Obama in effigy would be beyond the pale. Sarah Palin? Not so much.

“I know if we had done it with Barack Obama, people would’ve probably thrown things through our windows,” Morrisette said. “The image of a hanged black man is a lot more intense than the image of a hanged white woman — for our country — in the history of our country.”

Morrisette said his display might be unacceptable any other month, but his subjects are fair game during the Halloween season. “It should be seen as art and it should be seen within the month of October. It is Halloween. It’s time to be scary.

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OpenLeft: Egg Industry Shill Plays The Race & Class Cards On Prop. 2

OpenLeft

Egg Industry Shill Plays The Race & Class Cards On Prop. 2

The industrial egg industry has truly lost its collective head over the prospect of Californians passing Proposition 2, the legislation that would give farm animals the luxury of stretching their limbs.

Julie Buckner, the Californians for Safe Food spokesperson who went on Oprah to claim thatProposition 2 would destroy California’s egg industry, is trying a really tacky new tack,according to today’s New York Times.

Buckner told the Times that Winfrey’s implied support for the measure “only codified her sense that the ballot measure is being pushed by “wealthy, narrow-minded elitists” who do not understand its real-world consequences.”She went on to dis the Humane Society, who’s sponsoring Proposition 2, for being funded, apparently, by diamond-encrusted dog-loving dilettantes:

 

“This is an organization raising money from upper-middle-class white women writing $100 checks,” she said.”

Media Matters: KSFO’s Rodgers falsely claimed Obama “admits in one of his own books” that he would “stand with the Muslims” against “the Western world”

Media Matters

KSFO’s Rodgers falsely claimed Obama “admits in one of his own books” that he would “stand with the Muslims” against “the Western world”

Summary: KSFO’s Lee Rodgers falsely claimed Sen. Barack Obama “admits in one of his own books” that “in case of a confrontation between the Western world and the Islamic world, he will stand with the Muslims.” Rodgers’ assertion recalls a similar allegation in a chain email that has been previously debunked. As FactCheck.org documented, while discussing “my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans” in The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote: “[T]hey need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Hip Hop Republican: San Bernardino County Republican Party- Shame on You!

Hip Hop Republican

San Bernardino County Republican Party- Shame on You!

An example if how just out of touch our party is on the subject of race check out the idiots running “The San Bernardino County Republican Chapter” in Upland, California. They are in trouble after they ran an altered image (see above) of Barack Obama that utilized stereotypes of blacks and was labeled as a “food stamp.” The group used the picture in a newsletter it recently sent out to 200 members, along with the caption, “Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on ????? Food Stamps, what else!” You stay classy, San Bernardino.

The idea that (presumably) educated people would think it’s a good idea to circulate such racist imagery kind of makes our brains melt. At least this Sacramento group’s sign, while still offensive, was nothing new and simply borderline juvenile. We have to give props to California Republican Party chairman Ron Nehring who expressed the proper amount of rage at both incidents when he said:

Any material that invokes issues related to race is unacceptable, tarnishes our party, diminishes the hard work of the tens of thousands of volunteers who are working hard every day for our candidates, and must be condemned. This material I’ve seen inspires nothing but divisiveness and hostility and has absolutely no place in this election, or any public discourse.

Still, we wonder how many more examples of this absurd bullshit we’ll have to endure over the coming weeks as November 4th draws closer.

Booker Rising: Foul With All Caps: GOP Group Depicts Obama With Watermelon, Ribs

Booker Rising

Foul With All Caps: GOP Group Depicts Obama With Watermelon, Ribs

Hat tip to the reader (I can’t remember who it was) for bringing this one to Booker Rising’s attention yesterday. A San Bernardino County (California) Republican group has distributed a newsletter picturing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) dressed as a donkey on a $10 bill – called “United States Food Stamps” – adorned with a watermelon, ribs, Kool-Aid, and a bucket of fried chicken. Linking Obama to demeaning racist stereotypes drew denunciations from various GOP officials after the illustration appeared in the October newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women Federated.

Diane Fedele, president of the group, said she had no racist intent. “I never connected,” she said. “It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”

My response: How is there no racist intent?! You just so happened to pick the food groups historically associated with black stereotypes?! Threw in the food stamps thing too?! Ain’t buying it. By the way, there is nothing wrong with liking ribs, fried chicken, Kool-Aid, or watermelon. I like all four of them. I will gladly take them over, oh say, a Wonder Bread mayonnaise sandwich, sauerkraut, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Twinkies any day of the week. Ms. Raines should cancel her club membership.

Politics1: THE “BRADLEY EFFECT” POLITICAL URBAN LEGEND; PLUS THE USUAL SLEW OF DAILY POLLS.

Politics1

THE “BRADLEY EFFECT” POLITICAL URBAN LEGEND; PLUS THE USUAL SLEW OF DAILY POLLS.

BRADLEY EFFECT. Despite the frequent pundit references to the so-called “Bradley Effect” — 

the phenomena where 2-6% of white voters will purportedly lie to a pollster and claim to be voting for a black candidate when in reality they are voting for the white opponent — the “Bradley Effect” is simply a political urban legend. So says GOP political consultant Robert Wolfe, who was Southern California Political Director of the 1982 George Deukmejian (R) for Governor campaign against Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (D). Wolfe told Politics1 that anyone who “claims there was a ‘Bradley Effect’ in 1982 has no idea what they are talking about. Tom Bradley actually beat us on election day, and by a significant margin, so there was no ‘lying’ to the exit pollsters. Deukmejian only won because of the absentee ballots. That was the first year California allowed the use of absentee ballots and that was our secret strategy. We piled up absentee ballots from Armenian Democrats, because Deukmejian was Armenian. They were not likely voters, so they were under-polled. But there were roughly 100,000 Armenian voters living just in the area around Los Angeles County — plus lots elsewhere in the state. It was that absentee effort that gave us the victory — and earned me a position in the Deukmejian Administration. If it was just the election day votes, we would have lost. The only place you would have seen any lying was among those voters who claimed they were ‘uncommitted’ but were really voting for Deukmejian. But there was really no lying with voters telling pollsters they were voting for Bradley. There just was no ‘Bradley Effect’ and people should stop claiming there was such a thing. Trust me, I was there.”

PFAW RightWingWatch: Racist GOP Newsletter in California

PFAW RightWingWatch

Racist GOP Newsletter in California

If people are up in arms over the latest mailing from the Virginia GOP, they ain’t seen nothing yet. 

Check out this report from The Press Enterprise in California:

 

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women’s group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps — instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of “Obama Bucks” — a phony $10 bill featuring Obama’s face on a donkey’s body, labeled “United States Food Stamps.”

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist.

The group’s president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club’s meeting next week. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

“It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don’t want to go into it any further,” Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn’t my attempt.”

Sheila Raines, an African-American member of the club, was the first person to complain to Fedele about the newsletter. Raines, of San Bernardino, said she has worked hard to try to convince other minorities to join the Republican Party and now she feels betrayed.

“This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party,” she said. “I’m really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes.”