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He’s Not Racist BUT ….

Good grief, don’t know how I missed this one from last week:

Filmed at the church April 24, the 17-minute video has racked up nearly 40,000 views on YouTube in less than two weeks, and it has some websites asking whether Reagan is the most racist pastor in America.

“My god has nationalities outside the city,” Reagan says in the video, going into the gist of his argument that he doesn’t consider it right to marry white people with black people, continually calling such relationships “hybreeding.”

“Hybreeding, hybreeding, oh, how terrible, hybreeding,“ he says. “What white woman would want her baby to be mulatto, made by a colored man? Let’s stay the way God made us. I believe it’s right.”

This lunacy comes from the pastor of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in, you guessed it, Johnson City, Tennessee.

This gets me:

“I feel terrible,” Reagan said. “I’ve been sick since it came out and haven’t eaten in days.”

As terrible as Reagan feels, he’s not backing off the message. He said he’s seen the hardships those in biracial relationships have felt, and though he admits a lot of it has to do with being in a conservative area, he wouldn’t officiate biracial weddings in other parts of the country either.

Wow. Wonder if it ever occurred to this racist fuckwad that the hardships biracial couples experience are a direct result of the words and actions of people like Brother Donny Reagan?

But ya know, it’s so cool that he reminds us that he’s not racist and even has some black friends. Got it.

Watch the sermon here:

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There Is No Santa Claus, Idiots

Jesus effin’ Christmas Tree. This explains what’s wrong with your modern conservative, in a nutshell. Arguments over whether Santa Claus was white, black, orange or green are completely ridiculous when you dial back a bit and remember one crucial thing: Santa isn’t real!

You know, I’d love to use this nonsense to point out all of the other fictitious things conservatives believe in: the free hand of the market, trickle down economics, tax cuts create jobs, Obamacare death panels, Conservative Jesus, etc. Seems like I’ve had to remind conservatives about the difference between fiction and reality before, back when they were pretending Jack Bauer was a real person and torture was the best defense against terrorism. But that’s not what’s going on here.

That conservatives are divorced from reality when it serves them is not news; that they will go to the mat in defense of Santa’s “whiteness” speaks to something deeper. This is about race and identity and the pathetic need to hang onto the idea of white superiority. It wouldn’t matter what race a mythic figure like Santa Claus is if conservatives like Bill O’Reilly didn’t feel so insecure about their cultural position in the first place. It’s another manifestation of the conservative inferiority complex, broadcast on Fox News for all the world to see.

There is nothing more ridiculous than a privileged old white guy arguing that no, black people cannot have Santa Claus. He’s ours. Do you people even hear yourselves?

And they wonder why the rest of the world laughs at them.

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I’m Mad As Hell

Truly nothing shows how completely useless our news media has become than the endless discussion of the “Obama-Castro handshake.” This is Volume Two of the “Obama Bowed To Saudis” fauxtrage, another fabricated reaction to a completely meaningless incident. The Daily Show has already superbly skewered those pretending to be upset about this so I don’t need to go into all the times Republicans shook hands with horrible people. Suffice it to say, it’s just more manufactured outrage expressing the belief of the 27% that President Obama does not belong in the White House. How typical.

If the national news media hasn’t yet figured out that there’s nothing this president can do that won’t result in endless hand-wringing from the right wing over how the blackety-black Muslim usurper has destroyed American prestige and sullied the very institution of the American Presidency with his blackety blackness, then I really have no use for any of you.

I mean, Jesus. Did it completely escape your notice that Handshake-Gate came right on the heels of Selfie-Gate? Both completely overshadowed President Obama’s inspirational and defiant eulogy, which was both tribute and call to action to finish the work of Mandela, King and Gandhi. The utter irony of all of this is just tragic. The president’s message: continue fighting for justice and equality around the world. The message the American news media delivered: America’s first African American president is just not fit for office, he’s out of his element. Look how he behaves on the world stage. What an embarrassment.

Hey New York Times, CNN, network news: do y’all not have the self-awareness to see what you’re doing?

All I can say is, shame on you. Shame. On. YOU.

I eagerly await the day when some cable news reader takes one look at the Teleprompter and says, “You know what, guys? Fuck this shit. I’m not reading that. That’s just stupid.” I wonder if anyone on TV will follow the lead of the AFP photographer who took the so-called “selfie” picture. He said:

“Why do people care about a selfie?” he said. “This is a sad reflection of our society.” He’d gone to photograph the memorial with a team of ten photographers. They moved some 500 images on the wire. “Good images, nice, strong images,” he said. “Images of South Africans dancing, smiling, chanting, which is the way they express mourning for a man they consider to be their father.” It was a long ceremony; he took many photographs of world leaders giving speeches and South Africans grieving. And suddenly he saw the Danish prime minister lift her phone to take a photo of her face alongside seatmates Obama and Cameron. Schmidt dutifully clicked away. “They’re in front of you, this happens, you take the picture,” he said. “But I saw so many good images from that memorial. And the picture that’s getting played is the president in a selfie. That’s kind of a bummer.”

Yes, well, lesson learned. Now you know: when it comes to President Obama, the rules are different. Snapping a photo of the world’s most powerful man engaging in a candid moment with two other world leaders, acting like any other human being, is simply not done. Not when it’s Obama. If it were George W. Bush, that would be a different matter entirely. Because some people in America still just can’t get over the fact that there’s a black man in the White House and anything he does offends them. His very existence offends them.

And what’s worse is that the American news media eat this stuff up with a spoon every damn time. They simply can’t let right-wing uproar pass as the meaningless grumbling we know it is. These are sore losers who have been on the wrong side of every important issue since forever — yes, even the wrong side of the Apartheid issue. Why anyone pays attention to them, I do not know. Yet every time they call for the fainting couches it makes the national headlines.

This is how journalism dies in America. You’d think news people would be offended that their profession has been turned into the equivalent of a junior high school lunchroom. I guess you’d be wrong.

Please, someone, find your balls. Tell the people in charge to knock it off.

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Nope, No Racism Here

Oh, FFS:

NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper disciplined in 2009 for sending a racist message through the state’s email system has retired after being disciplined again for refusing to allow Tennessee’s only black female appellate judge to enter the state Supreme Court building, according to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Trooper Brent Gobbell, who had four prior disciplinary actions on his record, was reprimanded and docked a day’s pay for turning away Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille McMullen when she tried to deliver paperwork for a judicial colleague on June 14, according to the official discipline memo from Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons. He has since retired, a department spokeswoman said.

“Upon Judge McMullen presenting you with her official judicial identification card, you refused to take it into your possession and verify its authenticity. Instead, you told Judge McMullen, ‘Those are easy to come by.’ You were implying that her identification card could possibly be fraudulent without knowing what kind of identification she was presenting,” Gibbons wrote.

Ex-Trooper Gobbell has a bright future ahead of him verifying ID’s at polling places.

As for that racist e-mail, a 2009 story reveals the following:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A state trooper has been suspended for 15 days without pay and will be required to attend diversity training after he accidentally sent an e-mail proclaiming white pride to 787 state employees.

The e-mail from Trooper Brent Gobbell states, in part, “You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member … you call him a racist.” It also includes a list of racist epithets.

The message concludes, “There is nothing improper about this e-mail. Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on … BE PROUD TO BE WHITE!”

I am shocked that this guy wasn’t fired back in 2009. Seriously, WTF? This latest incident happened waaay back in June and I’m just hearing about it now? And he wasn’t fired, but allowed to “retire,” with all of the benefits which that implies?

I’m sorry, but are you fucking serious?

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A Question About Protecting The Right To Discriminate

Regarding this discussion about exempting churches from ENDA, I have a question:

Until 1978, Mormon church doctrine viewed black people as inferior. Blacks were prevented from joining the priesthood, which is something all male Mormons who’ve been on their mission get to do. If you’re not in the priesthood there’s a bunch of stuff you can’t do, events and rituals you can’t participate in, offices you can’t hold, etc. My question: were the Mormon Church and its institutions (like schools) exempted from the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Anyone know? Seems like a parallel here.

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You Might Be A Racist If ….

TN Republican State Senator Frank Niceley says he’s not racist, he just has a lot of really racist ideas.

In attempting to explain why he’s speaking to the Southern National Congress, a racist, secessionist group, Niceley says:

“They’re endorsing my ideas, I’m not endorsing theirs’.”

OH. Well, that’s completely different! So y’all just stop being such big, fat meanies!

Republican Rep. Judd Matheny had the good sense to back away from this group of merry hatemongers/fearmongers, but Niceley? Not so much.

Niceley is a few sandwiches short of a full picnic. He’s the one who famously declared mountaintop removal mining was good for elk, saying we need these “highland balds” to keep elk out of the roads, or some such nonsense.

The only thing dumber than Frank Niceley are the idiots who keep voting for him.

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Not Really Giving A Shit About Miss America, Sorry

Please stop telling me to give two shits about Miss America. Because I don’t. And I won’t.

I’m sorry some people on the dark corners of the internet were mean to her because she’s of Southeast Southwest Asian heritage, and they thought that meant Muslim. This is what the internet is for: to give equal voice to the stupids and extremists of the discourse. They are the minority. I’m sure most people don’t care and those who do were fine with Nina Davuluri. She seems perfectly fine.

What I find offensive is the entire concept of women “competing” for a meaningless title based on how they look in a swimsuit, formal wear and similarly superficial judgments. Whether she’s white, brown, caramel, yellow, or purple really is immaterial to me. I just find the whole spectacle offensive. Surely there’s an easier way to get a job on morning television.

But it’s all Kabuki. Seems like all of this is ginned up to bring some much-needed relevance to a completely outdated relic of our pre-feminist culture.

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Racist “Rallies” Coming To Middle Tennessee

[UPDATE] 2:

In case I haven’t made myself abundantly clear, I am under zero obligation to provide an open forum for hate speech here. Racists and members of the League of Extraordinarily White Southern Whites can get their own damn blogs. You’re not welcome here.

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Welcome, Wonketteers!

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I hesitate to use the word “rallies” because these events tend to draw in the tens not hundreds these days. But lookie what’s coming to Murfreesboro and Shelbyville:

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Maybe that racist Red Lobster customer was just scouting locations for this event. /snark

We’re getting an awful lot of this activity in Tennessee these days. What is it about Tennessee that draws the hatemongers out of the woodwork? Thinking … thinking ….

Anyway, you can read all about it here, but if you’re a sane person who doesn’t want to click on over to The League of the South, I’ve done it for you and posted some excerpts. Apparently these loons seem to think the U.S. is waging war in brown countries so they can bring the refugees over here and “dehomogenize” our communities, because George W. Bush and Barack Obama all hate white people or something. I dunno, doesn’t make a lot of sense but here ya go:

Southern nationalists are going to make the case that what the US Federal Government is doing, with the full support of Left-wing groups and the US media, is morally wrong. It is displacing a unique people and culture. It is replacing one people with another, actively opposing the interests of Southerners. And it is funding this action with the tax money of the people of Tennessee and at the same time restricting their right of free speech and free association. The entire fiasco is wrong and immoral. We invite those concerned about these troubling developments to stand with us in Tennessee. Make your voice heard; don’t passively accept being replaced in your own land.

The event will be held on 12 October in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. We will meet for a pre-demonstration briefing the morning of 12th at 9 AM in the parking lot of Best Western Plus in Shelbyville, where we are staying (see information below on lodging). From there we will travel to Murfreesboro. More information will be forthcoming on the exact area where we will gather to hold the demonstration in Murfreesboro. After the Murfreesboro, TN demonstration we will head back to nearby Shelbyville, TN, enjoy dinner together, spread the word about Southern demographic displacement there and then retire for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. One does not have to be a League member to attend the demonstration. We just ask that everyone follow the guidelines we have established for the event.

Your land? Native Americans might have something to say about that. Also, their guidelines are funny. No untucked shirts! No T-shirts! No holes in your jeans, hippie!

And hello, but I think the management and ownership of the Best Western Plus in Shelbyville might want to hear from some folks. I can’t imagine how having the League of the South staying at their establishment and gathering in their parking lot with their hate-filled signs will make their brown-skinned employees feel.

Also, here’s a screen-grab of more of their screed. Notice the use of the Murfreesboro city logo. Are they trying to give the impression that the City of Murfreesboro has endorsed this event?

RACIST RALLIES

As Vince Gill said, if y’all want to know what hate looks like, come on out and see for yourselves.

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Williamson County You Still Suck A Thousand Ways

God, I am so over the good, white Republican Christian folk of Williamson County. You people suck:

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A waitress at a Red Lobster in Tennessee posted this photograph of a receipt left from her customers with a special, racist note written in the total portion.

This was, as the photo shows, at the Red Lobster in Franklin, just south of Nashville. To be more specific: it’s the Red Lobster in Cool Springs, a very prosperous shopping community dominated by a gigantic mall, dozens of strip malls, and every restaurant chain ending in apostrophe-S you can think of. Cool Springs used to be farmland but decades ago it got developed and now it’s a shining ode to Consumer America. It is severely conservative, hard-right Republican, sanitized, cookie-cutter, mega-church, soccer mom suburbia: the kind of place people move to because “it’s a good place to raise a family.”

Yes, because racism is such a great family value. /sarcasm

It’s the kind of place where both the chair and first vice chair of the county Republican Party can openly and vocally speak out against a school breakfast program for poor kids, and feel no shame whatsoever.

There are places like it all across America, but I daresay Williamson County is both petri dish and microphone for the conservative worldview. Its Congressmonster Rep. Marsha Blackburn is a regular on Fox News. It’s the home of the Christian music industry, the Gospel Music Assn., and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Dave Ramsey is headquartered here. TCOT got founded here. Hell, Victoria Jackson lives here. ’nuff said.

So let’s not fein surprise that it’s racist as hell, too. Racism, intolerance and contempt for the poor are not Christian values but they sure do seem to be widespread in the modern conservative movement.

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Your Modern Conservative Movement, Summed Up In One Pseudonym

Alrighty, then:

Howie Felterbush stood on the outskirts of the demonstration crowd, watching.

“Justice was rendered,” he said. “That’s why we have trials instead of (verdicts based on) public opinion.”

Felterbush was in Orlando earlier in the day and came to the courthouse to offer an opposing view. “That wasn’t to be had,” he said. “There was 95% Trayvon supporters.”

The Melbourne resident believes the jury made the right decision, but he didn’t say it very loudly. The 49-year old declined to be interviewed on video, saying he was uncomfortable because of the “state of things.”

Seriously? “Howie Felterbush” is too scared of black people rioting that he came up with a misogynist pseudonym? Because that’s so much better?

Also: “Howie Felterbush” is 49 years old? This just says everything you need to know about your modern conservative movement. Racist, misogynist, paranoid, and with the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old.

I’m trying to figure out what’s more offensive: the Zimmerman verdict itself, or the raging paranoia from right-wingers convinced that every black person is gonna git the white folk. Seriously, get over your damn selves. It’s not like black people haven’t been on the receiving end of judicial injustice for, oh, a couple hundreds years now.

I’d also like to thank the state of Florida for reminding me why I’ve boycotted it for 10 years now. That ain’t changing.

Florida is officially a vigilante state. Not the kind of place I want to go on vacation. God forbid someone should get scared of me for some unknown reason that needs no explanation. Of course, since I’m a white person I probably don’t have anything to worry about.

Lucky me.

Cripes.

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