Documentary detailing the corporate sponsors of the Tea Party and the history of the whole movement.
Documentary detailing the corporate sponsors of the Tea Party and the history of the whole movement.
Meet John Huppenthal, an Arizona school official. A top Arizona school official. Keyword: School. Where he was responsible for the "public instruction" of, you know, impressionable kids. Apparently, Mr. Responsible isn't fond of the Spanish language, which is likely spoken by many of the impressionable kids at the schools he oversees. Translated into his version of English that means, "You are not welcome here, brown people." To quote Superintendent Big Tent, "This is America. Speak English."
How so American of him. Give me your tired, your poor, your English Only. Your white. Your Republican.
What was that about America being a melting pot again?
1. a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.
2. a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures is taking place.
Pressure on the state's top school official to resign continued to mount Monday as more anonymous blog posts from John Huppenthal emerged.
Using an online alias, the superintendent of public instruction posted several comments on a conservative-leaning website calling for no Spanish language in the state.
In one post Huppenthal wrote, "We all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English."
Not offensive enough? How's this? Superintendent Racist went on to say that he "doesn't mind" if Mexican food is sold, as long as the menus "are mostly in English."
Anyone know the English word for tamale? Or tortilla? Or burrito? Or a**hole, for that matter. I'm guessing El Pollo Loco may have issues with Señor Huppenthal, what with the name of the entire chain being so unAmericanly Spanishly balkanized and such.
And how about that First Amendment freedom of speech and press thing that conservatives rely on so often, right Sup. "patriot"? M.I.A. How exactly does he justify shutting down TV stations and newspapers that fall under that constitutionally protected right? Silly me, I forgot. IOKIYAR:
Señor Gilipollas then displayed a total lack of self-awareness when he followed all of that up with:
"And, I'm not being humorous or racist."
Well, he was half right. He sure isn't funny.
All these statements were made in 2010, and as reported above, under a pseudonym. Did I mention he also called welfare recipients "lazy pigs"? Project much, Hup?
Go here for more details and reaction.
I've been noticing a lot of articles in my daily Los Angeles Times about the gubernatorial race here in California. They've mainly covered a couple of GOP candidates, one being whackadoodle and State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. The other is Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and the guy the Republican establishment favors.
Right now, Donnelly's ahead in the polls, beating Kashkari by five points, per the Public Policy Institute of California. And that is causing California and DC Republicans to fret. Why? Well, there's this: GOP candidate Tim Donnelly: Breitbart CA site A-OK, undocumented immigrants are rapists, child molesters. In that post, I wrote:
For starters, Tim Donnelly was a leader of the Minuteman organization, a group of militia men ("bigots and weekend warriors") that got off on patrolling the US-Mexico border. They "thought it should be legal to kill illegals."
In a speech a few years back, Donnelly described undocumented immigrants as "an insurgency," and compared crossing the border to war.
Whoever wins would face Dem Governor Jerry Brown, who is expected to win re-election in November.
Roll Call's post explains why this gubernatorial race could result in a boost to House Democrats:
A controversial Republican gubernatorial candidate in California could cause the GOP headaches in down-ballot House races in a state crucial to the party’s hopes of increasing its House majority.
So his offensive anti-immigration 'tude could light a fire under Hispanic and other Democratic base voters. And if that fire is lit, those voters may very well make bee lines to the ballot box in an election that usually has low turnout.
Their fear is that the increased turnout to oppose Donnelly could in turn boost the re-election hopes of vulnerable House Democrats and even improve the party’s chances to add to its ranks in the already Democrat-heavy delegation. A consultant with ties to Kashkari is among the Republicans sounding the alarm.
“It would be a fucking disaster,” said Jason Roe, a San Diego-based consultant who has worked with numerous congressional campaigns and whose firm is consulting for Kashkari.
How's that new outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?
More details at the link.
Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with a not-very-fun topic: prejudice, starring-- who else?-- Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Take it away, Will:
LAZY STUPID HAM BUTTS
Wasn’t what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant Caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent- hearing bad.
First, Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who patriotically refuses to pay grazing rights on government land, tried to stretch his 15 minutes of fame a few microseconds too long, expanding his realm of influence into the field of behavioral sciences by buttonholing a New York Times reporter: “I want to tell you what I know about the Negro.” He proceeded to execute a wonderful performance piece from a 1870s traveling minstrel show. Al Jolson would have been proud.
But, alas, the grizzled xenophobe denied any ironic context and the hemming and hawing that followed would have kept sewing circles in the state of Iowa busy for month. Even his posse of right wing militia supporters disappeared like dew on the sun.
Then, Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was acknowledged to be the voice of an audio recording so racist, it made Mr. Bundy sound like the recipient of an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award. An award about to be bestowed on the exact same NBA owner of which we speak. For the 2nd time. You can't make stuff up like this.
Since African- Americans make up 76% of professional basketball players, and figure prominently in the marketing and as consumers, you could say the NBA’s brand new commissioner, Adam Silver, (yes, it’s a Sterling- Silver thing) was encouraged to take swift action. You could also say carpet tacks make lousy dessert topping.
He banned the team’s owner from attending any games or entering any Clipper facility or participating in any business decisions of the Clippers or NBA. For life. Hope the guy lives to be 110.
He’s even prohibited from using the word clippers. From now on, the Sterling household will only stock nail- trimmers and beard- scissors in their medicine cabinet. “Remember Shelly, it’s my money holder. Not a clip.” For life.
When will everybody realize this whole black/ white thing is plain ridiculous? Nobody’s white. If we were actually white, we’d scare the bejesus out of each other. People would take to carrying around garlic and crosses and wooden stakes to wave and stab. Even albinos are an off- white. Beige. Tawny. Ecru. Eggshell. Desert Stone. And if you ever run into anybody who’s the same hue as that flesh colored Crayon in the big box of 88, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Conversely, no one’s truly black. If they were really black, they’d be absorbing light and we’d keep bumping into each other. Hell, the NBA Finals would be a blur. “And there’s David Lee and a bunch of other guys. I have no idea what’s going on. It’s up. It’s in. Yes!”
Although some founding fathers found support for their exclusionary views in the Bible, prejudice has always been hard to rationalize. Pre- schoolers know that if you take the time to get to know someone, you’ll discover a thousand reasons to loathe and despise them. On an individual basis. Prejudice people are just plain lazy. And stupid. Lazy and stupid and smell like ham butts. Without the ham.
Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about his new CD, “Elect to Laugh,” the one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” a calendar guide to personal appearances and info about the documentary film “3 Still Standing” benefit to raise post production money at 142 Throckmorton on May 9th.
Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling seem to have something in common. Well, other than their bigotry and racism. And their ignorance. And their lack of self-awareness. And their arrogance. Bundy and Sterling actually have a lot in common. But per a couple of Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, Bundy and Sterling have the "Lookameeee!" Syndrome in common, too.
To any regular reader of The Times, none of the Donald Sterling mess should come as a surprise.
After seeing hundreds of his kitschy self-aggrandizing ads for his charity work, it should be clear that Sterling does not need money; he needs attention.
This entire fiasco has given him something worth far more than his $1.9-billion fortune. It has made him a household name, something his money could not buy.
He will not give up easily. He will milk the attention and publicity to the detriment of the Clippers and the city.
One day, he can have this engraved on his tombstone: "Everybody knows who I am!"
Renegade Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ceaseless self-promotion has become ever more incredible. He has claimed that federal authorities want to kill him.
Not so. What the government really wants is the money Bundy owes for grazing his cattle on federal land. Next best would be to have him languishing in jail until he pays up.
The last thing the government wants is Bundy dying in an epic gun battle; that would spur his supporters to portray him as a folk-hero martyr.
Far better for Bundy to remain unharmed with his assets tapped to satisfy government liens.
Supposedly rational middle-aged men parade around in the self-glorifying garb of elite combat troops and Old West lawmen. They wield assault weapons and mimic military jargon and tactics — as if such a wacky, potentially deadly display might lend credibility to the twisted views of an aging anti-government cattle rancher.
The grotesque affectations of Bundy and his assemblage amount to rank thuggery. These aren't patriots.
History surely will judge Bundy and his militia no less harshly than the Oklahoma City bombers or the Branch Davidians should deadly violence ensue in Nevada.
There was a good reason that government agents backed off the Cliven Bundy militiamen gun fondlers. They didn't want another Waco on their hands. But they still have wackos on their hands. These extremists are still pushing their intimidation to the limits, seeing just how far they can go.
Residents, normal every day residents, continue to be terrorized by Bundy devotees... allegedly. And now-- surprise!-- the residents want Bundy and his gang to leave Nevada.
The armed militiamen's provocative actions are described in a disturbing report from the Las Vegas Sun about a letter from Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie. Here is an excerpt:
[M]ilitiamen have a presence on state and local roads as well as federal highways. In some areas... militiamen have set up checkpoints where drivers are stopped and asked to provide a proof of residency.
They’ve been seen carrying high-caliber weapons and keep a round-the-clock security detail on Bundy.
So they're still up to their bullying tricks, but now they're using them on their neighbors. Gee, one might see that as intrusive or infringing on their fellow citizens' freedom. How ironic.
Did I mention that the militiamen's big, brave hero is still a racist? But hey, they're fine with that. They support that. So let us not forget that. Let's not allow their threatening, bullying maneuvers overshadow that very important fact. This is who they are.
So much for the Supreme Court opinion that we are a post-racial nation.
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