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Dep't. of WTF: #Christie, George Will, Obama urinal cakes (!), Planned Parenthood edition


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Every so often I read a cluster(f***) of stories that simultaneously has me shaking my head, mumbling "no words..." and screaming WTF!?  Today is one of those times. There were more stories than I could list in the headline, so you get a bonus link. Suffice it to say, I need a Valium. Or at the very least, some Pepto Bismol with a chaser of Pinot.

Welcome to today's Moments of WTF. Let's start the show off with everyone's favorite fallen GOP star, Chris Christie:

I have complete faith and confidence in Scott,” Christie said, according to The Bergen Record, adding: “I believe he has great integrity.” (via TPM)

Seriously, Gov. War on Drugs? You have "complete faith and confidence" in this Scott?

Then again, look who's talking. Moving on to George Will's horrible rape column. Via Think Progress:

...Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

Pot. Kettle. Delusional. Speaking of which...

A George Will column about sexual assault, which received lots of criticism and caused one newspaper to drop the longtime syndicated conservative columnist, had all male editors, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported on Friday. (via TPM)

Par for the Republican course.

Next up: Faith And Freedom Conference Features Obama Urinal Cakes. You read that right. Far, far right:

Classy, guys, real classy. Remind us to point this out again the next time someone complains that we called GW Bush a chimp.

So are you ready for the Planned Parenthood link yet? I'll wait while you get something sharp with which to poke your eye out.

All set? Here we go, a field trip to WalkerWorld. You remember Walker, right? He's the guy Chris Christie has "complete faith and confidence" in. Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

MADISON — Planned Parenthood will close its family planning health center in Fond du Lac on Sept. 25 after 36 years of service to the community.

It is the fifth Wisconsin Planned Parenthood health center to close due to state cuts in the last budget cycle, according to a Planned Parenthood news release. [...]

The centers provided birth control, cervical and breast cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, Well Woman Exams, pregnancy testing, and HIV testing. None of the health centers provided abortions, the release said. The centers provided 18,848 health care services to 3,104 patients each year... Gov. Walker ended state funding for women who receive health care at Planned Parenthood. This, coupled with the governor’s rejection of federal funds to expand health care coverage and the drastic rollback of BadgerCare coverage, has increased the need for affordable health care options. These politically motivated actions will have a significant impact on women seeking affordable health care.”

What "great integrity" Scotty has, right Chris Christie? When you're done gagging and pledging donations to Democratic candidates, I'll resume.

Okay, here we go, today's final WTF Department entry. There are plenty more where these came from, but there's only so much we can take in one sitting. This story involves the always-and-ever-vile and thankfully-former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL). Need a refresher course on this asshat? Here you go, scroll your hearts out. Via HuffPo:

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois), the outspoken, tea party-backed congressman who was ousted in 2012 after just one term in Congress, went on a Twitter rampage Thursday evening after being kicked off his own radio program for using racial slurs on-air. [...]

Walsh, by his own account, used several epithets during a discussion on the Redskins' controversial name, including the n-word."

Please link over for the details. In fact, link over to all the stories, because a snippet does not the whole story tell.

And that concludes today's Department of WTF.

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Similar Words, Different Meanings


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I'm looking for two six-letter words, they both start with "I" and end with "T" but what's in the middle couldn't be more different than night and day.

If you guessed any of these, according to similar words, you're good:

idlest, illest, imaret, impart, import, impost, incant,
incent, incept, incest, incult, indent, indict, induct, indult,
infant, infect, infest, ingest, inject, inkjet, inkpot, inmost,
insect, insert, insist, insult, intact, intort, intuit,
invent, invert, invest, irrupt

But the two I'm looking for are Intent vs. Impact. There's a terrific example of the difference in Everyday Feminism.

Frisbee in the park

Imagine for a moment that you’re standing with your friends in a park, enjoying a nice summer day.

You don’t know me, but I walk right up to you holding a Frisbee. I wind up – and throw the disc right into your face.

Understandably, you are indignant. Through a bloody nose, you use a few choice words to ask me what the hell I thought I was doing.

And my response? “Oh, I didn’t mean to hit you! That was never my intent! I was simply trying to throw the Frisbee to my friend over there!”

Visibly upset, you demand an apology. But I refuse. Or worse, I offer an apology that sounds like “I’m sorry your face got in the way of my Frisbee! I never intended to hit you.”

Now think Paula Dean. Think Michael Richards. Think Alec Baldwin. After they went on their unthinkable tirades or rants, they said they were  really sorry. Of were they really saying, they were sorry... "your face got in the way?"

Micheal Richards "N" word rant, Paula Dean's similar utterances and comments, and even Alec Baldwin's anti-gay slurs were most likely not uttered with the intent to hurt. But their impact was felt by many.

From Paula Deen to Alec Baldwin to your annoying, bigoted uncle or friend, we hear it over and over again: “I never meant any harm…” “It was never my intent…” “I am not a racist…” “I am not a homophobe…” “I’m not a sexist…”

I cannot tell you how often I’ve seen people attempt to deflect criticism about their oppressive language or actions by making the conversation about their intent.

At what point does the “intent” conversation stop mattering so that we can step back and look at impact?

After all, in the end, what does the intent of our action really matter if our actions have the impact of furthering the marginalization or oppression of those around us?

We have an obligation to be more careful in how we treat and reflect upon others. It's not okay to just say something and then apologize. You have to mean it. Paula Dean found that out. Sponsors dropped her. Michael Richards all but disappeared from the comedy scene. And over time they will be forgiven.

But it doesn't hurt to think before you speak, and pay attention to what you say. Sexist. Racist. Homophobic. It doesn't matter. They are all grave ills and we would be better served to start thinking accordingly. I'm sorry at some point just isn't going to cut it. So cut it out.


VIDEO: Conservative rappers at CPAC appear to use N-word, then claim they were saying "Knickers"


At the "Red Carpet Blogger Awards" at CPAC, 2/10/12. Rappers: Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch.

Relevant segment at about 1:50.

NewsOne and I report, you deride:

An African American technician walked away after the pun which was clearly intended to reference the n-word judging by the following lyrics.

H/t: @Lensman23


VIDEO: Calling Obama a Muslim is a backdoor way to calling him the "N word"


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When one of my Twitter pals, ToureX, popped up on the Dylan Ratigan Show today, he nailed it (at right around 3:00). In fact, I was so impressed, I tweeted a (paraphrased) quote from the segment:

Calling Obama a Muslim is a backdoor way to calling him the "N word".

Godthatwasgood. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Toure. It's about time somebody said it that simply, that succinctly, that clearly so that even the densest (read: most conservative) viewer could grasp it.

But there was a lot more to Toure's rant than that, including that pesky "The Other" topic I've covered a lot, the "Them" vs. "Us" mindset.

Please watch. And then please get this video around.