The Star Of The Show - James Corvus Brachyrynchos!
In a recent comment thread, one of our wrong-winger friends made the comment that 'hater' has joined 'racist' as a lefty insult aimed toward conservatives. I'm not going to make the claim that either applies to all conservatives, for that clearly isn't true. But for the radical fascists that have taken the Republican Party far from its roots, I declare that insults BOTH apply - and justifiably so.
I will show reports of official hatred and discrimination against Blacks, Gays, and those suffering from AIDS.
Wanted: Recruiter. Uncle Toms Only.
A former field director is accusing the Florida Republican Party of racial discrimination in a federal lawsuit. Nadia Naffe also named the Republican National Committee and Bush-Cheney '04 in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Tampa. Naffe says she was fired from her job, which she held from August 2003 to April of this year, after she complained about being assigned to work with black organizations, events and issues. Naffe, 25, of Tampa, was the only black field director at the time. She said she was told, "You understand your people." After refusing the assignments, Naffe said she was called insubordinate and "not a team player." The lawsuit says she contacted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and was soon after fired.
"Instead of true conservatism, she found herself faced with discrimination and intolerance. And instead of compassion, she found retaliation," said one of Naffe's lawyers, Cyrus Mehri of Washington.
Are you SURE You Want to Exercise Your Voting Rights?
The old methods of U.S. discrimination at the polls have been replaced by "subtler and more creative tactics," according to a report released on Wednesday. Julian Bond, the board chairman of the civil rights group NAACP, voiced special concerns about attempts to turn away minority voters. "Minority voters bear the brunt of every form of disenfranchisement, including pernicious efforts to keep them away from the polls," Bond said in a statement. The statement said the report, by the NAACP and People for the American Way Foundation, found that the kinds of voter intimidation found in the past -- discriminatory literacy tests, poll taxes and physical violence -- have been supplanted by other methods, including:-- a plan in Kentucky to place "vote challengers" in African-American precincts during the upcoming elections;
-- the use of armed, plainclothes officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to question elderly black voters in Orlando as part of a state investigation of voting irregularities in the city's 2003 mayoral race, which critics said intimidated black voters, potentially suppressing this year's turnout;
-- the barring of Native Americans from voting in South Dakota's June primary after they were challenged to provide photo identification, which is not required by state or federal law.
In a separate development, the AFL-CIO union federation said it will watch for any attempt to reprise voting rights violations that marred the 2000 election. Voting irregularities in Florida threw the presidential contest four years ago into a muddle that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, putting Republican George W. Bush even though Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote. "We're particularly concerned about treatment of African-Americans, Latino, Asian-American and Native American voters, who were disproportionately disenfranchised in the 2000 federal elections," the AFL-CIO's Cecelie Counts said in a statement.
The AFL-CIO, which represents some 13 million workers in 60 labor unions, plans to work in 12 states where the 2004 presidential election is expected to be close, calling attention to changes in election procedures, voter education and possible technical problems. The labor federation will focus on communities in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington state and Wisconsin.
It's been nearly 40 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 attempted to put an end to voter intimidation and suppression. Prior to the passage of this landmark civil rights law, the politically powerful harassed and intimidated black citizens away from the voting booth through literacy tests, character vouchers and poll taxes as well as outright acts of violence. And, these practices were not isolated to the Deep South. More subtle forms of voter suppression existed throughout the country.
Over the last year, several disturbing examples have made clear that the close national election is bringing out the worst in American campaigns:
* In last year's mayoral election in Philadelphia, many African American voters described troubling experiences at the polls. Men in suits with clipboards bearing official looking insignia were reported at many precincts in African American neighborhoods, and voters reported being asked to provide proof of identification to these unofficial "observers". This well organized ruse went so far as to include a fleet of 300 cars featuring decals resembling those of law enforcement agencies such as the DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
* In a rare burst of candor, state Representative John Pappageorge, a Michigan Republican, said, "If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we're going to have a tough time in this election."
*Florida, one of a handful of states that does not allow former felons to vote, continues to attempt to disenfranchise thousands of African Americans falsely by using a poorly developed “purge list.” Recent reports indicate that state officials may have knowingly used a list that included African Americans while leaving off Hispanic Americans.
Ain't Gonna Be No "Where De White Wimmin?"
Sean (Puffy) Combs hasn't had a day like this since J.Lo kicked him to the curb. His Diddiness scrubbed last night's scheduled performance at the new Ohio slavery museum over what the rap mogul feels was a snub by the First Lady's office. Combs reportedly was on his way to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati to play at the museum's dedication concert when somebody told him Laura Bush would not feel comfortable sharing the stage with him. "He was planning on doing it," a Combs aide told us. "But we don't understand why she wouldn't want to stand with him. He hasn't been partisan at all."
A White House spokesman in Cincinnati for the event laughed off the claim. "I attribute any of this stuff to rumor or hearsay," said the aide. "We don't have anything to do with who is in the show or not. Mrs. Bush is happy to be here and be part of a historic occasion."
Is The Most Vicious Land Shark The Straight White?
If you're looking for a life partner and are too busy to get enmeshed in the dating scene, hope is on the way: There are myriad dating services that promise to find you the perfect mate. If you're a white supremacist, William Regnery's new whites-only dating service might be right up your alley.
Regnery, one of the lesser-known members of the right wing publishing family, is currently searching for seed money to launch a service that promises to hook clients up with their very own special white supremacist love connection. In a letter to subscribers, Regnery expressed his concern about the decreasing percentage of white people in the population and announced plans for a new dating service that he claims will address the problem. Internet-based and earmarked only for whites, Regnery's service aims to increase the white population in the United States through marriage and procreation.
According to the Intelligence Report, Regnery pointed out that in addition to its money-making potential, the Caucasian-only dating service would be an opportunity to ensure "the survival of our race," which "depends upon our people marrying, reproducing and parenting."
Regnery and his family have long been involved in "promoting white nationalism," the Intelligence Report pointed out. "His grandfather, William I, signed incorporation papers for the America First Committee, an organization that opposed fighting Nazi Germany in World War II." It was his father, Henry, who created Regnery Publishing, which during the Clinton-era became a "major purveyor of books by right-wing attack dogs like Anne Coulter and G. Gordon Liddy." (For a more complete list of Regnery-published titles see the posting by DeepModemMom at DemocraticUnderground.com.)
So how does Regnery connect to the GOP?
Regnery's recent book, Unfit for Command by John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi, is a scathing attack on John Kerry's war record and has shaken up the presidential race during the past few weeks. There's no doubt that O'Neill -- a longtime GOP operative and Kerry-hater -- and Harvard's Corsi -- who according to Capital Hill Blue is an "anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic homophobe who carpets bombs conservative bulletin boards with hate-filled screeds calling Kerry 'John Fucking Commie Kerry' and Senator Hillary Clinton 'the fat hog'" -- have made their own love connection.
William Regnery must be proud!
And so are the radical fascist Republicans! For the rest of you conservatives to whom that epithet doesn't apply, you might check out this site:
The New Clown Under The Big Tent
Big tent? Try big tent of hate.
Donnie McClurkin, one of the just-announced entertainers to be performing at the GOP Convention in NYC, thinks homosexuality is a "curse," that it's caused by men raping small children, that being gay is a choice, that it can be cured, and most explosively, that gays are trying to "kill our children." The recent limelight on the homosexual agenda has Donnie stirred. "The gloves are off," he says. "And if there’s going to be a war, there’s going to be a war. But it will be a war with a purpose." Donnie believes this is the era for the mega-church. He says that if the churches can get together and unite, then Christians can have a major voice against the homosexual agenda. "There is not enough being said. Thank God for The 700 Club – no fanfare intended. There are no Christian programs telling the news like it is. It’s time for Christians to stand up and fight," he says.
Amazing how the most devout are the ones who should know better:
I discovered that there were vultures also in the church--predatory men who would soon attempt to take advantage of a broken boy and his confusion. My world of security was invaded when other broken men, in need of healing, revealed their secret lifestyles and introduced me to a deceptive underworld in the church....I was sexually abused and raped by this uncle, and it caused great hurt and confusion in my life for many years to follow... a seed had been planted-- a seed of homosexuality that I would struggle with for many years to come. I was not born with these sexual tendencies. It wasn't chromosomal and had nothing to do with my DNA. These tendencies surfaced because a broken man thrust an 8-year-old boy into this whirlwind. Thus my first sexual relationship was with a man. Before I could ever know the purpose or pleasure of a woman, have my first date or even my first kiss, the wound was inflicted, and the seed was planted.... I was 13 when I was sexually molested again. This time it was by my uncle's son, Clarence Jr. If the seed of homosexual lust and desire was planted with my uncle, it was surely fertilized and deeply rooted with his son's sexual violation of me....
The Ringmaster Speaks
"Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with," Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. "With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to. The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage," he said.
Bush backs a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, a move Cheney says was prompted by various judicial rulings, including the action in Massachusetts that made gay marriage legal. "I think his perception was that the courts, in effect, were beginning to change, without allowing the people to be involved," Cheney said. "The courts were making the judgment for the entire country."
Just like in Florida in December of 2000 - but that was OK, because the ruling went the GOP way!
Put 'compassion' into 'compassionate conservatism'!
At the convention, "Bush will speak about compassionate conservatism," said Minou Arjomand, a Columbia University student who passed out flyers. "In his State of the Union address, the president pledged to fight the AIDS epidemic, especially in underdeveloped countries. But those countries were hand-picked." Arjomand said Bush had asked creditors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to pardon Iraq's debts, but not the debts of sub-Saharan countries where millions of people are dying of AIDS and money is needed for treatment and prevention. "Countries are spending all the money they have on paying off debt when they could be spending that money on prevention of HIV," said protest organizer Eustacia Smith, 36, a Brooklyn social worker.
That's what I have. What do you wrong-wingers have to refute this? Let's leave Alan Keyes and JC Watts and Condi and Colin out of this - their guilt is by association - Steppin' Fetchits all in the New White-Supremacy GOP Uncle Tom's Straight Jim Crow Revue.
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