Sofa King We Todd Did

Does it bother anyone else that Rahm Emanuel has had to apologize to “advocates for the disabled” for using the word “retarded,” but he hasn’t had to apologize to his own political base, to whom he was referring when he used the slur?

It is also bothersome to note that Prudence Palin has seen fit to liken use of this word to the use of another certain pejorative term historically used in reference to African-Americans. Sorry, Prudence, but there is no word in the American lexicon that carries more cruel weight with it than that one.

Or did I miss it when they turned hoses on the developmentally disabled?

The Washington Generals Ride Again

Liberal talkers will be breathlessly reporting this story (watch for it on Keith tonight). But I guarantee you that tomorrow or the next day it will be reported as a hoax. I guarantee it. From Think Progress:

A new professional basketball league called the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA) sent out a press release on Sunday saying that it intends to start its inaugural season in June, with teams in 12 U.S. cities. However, the AABA is different from other sports leagues because only players who are “natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league.” AABA commissioner Don “Moose” Lewis insists that he’s not racist, but he just wants to get away from the “street-ball” played by “people of color” and back to “fundamental basketball.”

Tell me this is not a hoax. I call shenanigans.

Hairy Reed's Dangling Participle

It would be fair, would it not, in the case of the ongoing Imusization of Senate Majority Leader Hairy Reed, to actually read what he was quoted as saying two years ago off the record? Hmmmmm?

Years later, Reid would claim that he was steadfastly neutral in the 2008 race; that he never chose sides between Barack (Obama) and Hillary (Clinton); that all he did was tell Obama that “he could be president,” that “the stars could align for him.” But at the time, in truth, his encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama&@=#8212;a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he later put it privately.

The source of much of the phony outrage over this seems to be around the word “Negro.” Not a word we’re fond of these days of course, and it is somewhat regrettable that the sitting ML can be quoted as such. However. He did not say “Barack Obama is a Negro.” He did not say “I think it’s swell for Negroes to have to eat in separate restaurants from whites, and that if they try to fight us on that, we should be allowed to turn fire hoses and dogs on the Negroes.”

Because, see, that’s essentially what Trent Lott said that got him into trouble. That’s the difference. Lott suggested that the country should have elected a man presnit who was running specifically on a segregationist platform,, a platform that essentially said that black people should be killed and maimed before they should be allowed to share public facilities with white people. Hairy Reed suggested that Obama’s physical attributes and his strength at the podium might just help him win the White House.

Again, it gets us back to a question I tend to ask a lot regarding Republigoats like Michael “Lexington” Steele: Are you playing stupid, or are you actually that stupid?

Jimmy Carter Says

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man—that he’s African-American. I live in the south, and I’ve seen the south come a long way and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the south’s attitude toward minority groups at that time particularly African-Americans that racism in our nation still exists and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people—not just in the south but among the country—that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

Hi. This Is Sal Governale.

There is an essential idea that is often discussed on The Thom Hartmann Show that I find a valuable touchstone—in fact, he’s just discussed it now. What is wealth, as in, the wealth a nation creates? Hartmann maintains that wealth is only actually created in manufacturing, when you collect resources, apply a process to the resources, and turn it into something else, preferably something that holds more value than the original batch of resources. An economy that is as apparently eager as is ours to ship our manufacturing industry elsewhere is actually ridding itself of its own wealth-building infrastructure, he often argues. Just a thought.

Anyway. The issue of the day of course is health care policy. But I’d like to talk about a cracker dumbass.

On or about July 8, on a television program called Fox & Friends, they were talking about some study that indicated that people in relationships suffered less demornna. Demmoopoo. Dem…um…dementia. I guess the study was done in Sweden. Because it caused host Brian Kilmead to say:

We keep marrying other species and other ethnics…The problem is the Swedes have pure genes. They marry other Swedes, ’cause that’s the rule. Finns marry other Finns; so they have a pure society. In America we marry everybody. We will marry Italians and Irish. So this study does not apply to us.

I’m serious. This actually happened.

Remember. This cracker dumbass said “species.” “Species.” He has basically opened up a little piece of his soul to you, explaining to you without solicitation that, at his most base level, this is a man who firmly believes and is dying to espouse the most basic tenets of eugenics. Considering that, I think his apology is more wimpy and foolish than that of Stern show idiot Sal Governale.

I made comments that were offensive to many people. That was not my intention, and looking back at those comments I realize they were inappropriate. For that I sincerely apologize. America [is a] huge melting pot, and that is what makes us such a great country…

In fact, it reads a lot like Sal’s, doesn’t it?

No, any “apology” that doesn’t include the phrase “I am a cracker dumbass” won’t hit the mark in this case.

The Kingfish Question

Did Sen. Tom Coburn yesterday actually utter the following phrase yesterday at Nominee Sotomayor?

You’ll have lots of ‘splainin’ to do.

If there were an African-American seated in front of him, would Coburn have been justified in going all Kingfish on him or her? “Well, hello deah, Associate Justice Nominee! How you be doin’?”

And, if he did, would that be okay?

Meanwhile: Floating around in Leftblogistan: