Quote of the Day: Pastor Rick Warren

by TKOEd • Monday, Feb 11, 2013 • no responses - be the first

I predict that the battle to preserve religious liberty for all, in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade. If it takes a popular movement to reign in overreaching government, then Hobby Lobby’s courageous stand, in the face of enormous pressure and fines, will likely be considered the Birmingham bus boycott, where good citizens finally got fed up with having their rights trampled on, and decided to challenge those who favor conformity over freedom.

Warren is speaking on a lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts & crafts chain, to keep them from having to pay for healthcare that provides reproductive care to women. My first response is FUCK YOU, Rick Warren. I have to other point to make though:

1. The idea that a company already restricting women’s rights is at the forefront of any “new” civil rights movement is not infuriating, but extremely laughable. In the eyes of people like Rick Warren & Hobby Lobby’s owner, David Green the only person who’s right’s matter are the owner’s. Women, as usual, in these arguments are irrelevant. Their rights don’t even begin to matter.

2. I’m need people to immediately stop using the Civil Rights Movement (and MLK in particular) as some sort of leaping point for their hatred of the poor, women, & even minorities. That “content of character” quote doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Source.

Black Republicans & The “Plantation”

by TKOEd • Monday, Dec 10, 2012 • one response - join in

Why do Black GOPers like Herman Cain & Shirley Husar like to refer to Black Democrats as being on the “Democratic plantation” or in “bondage” to Democrats? Why do they always seem to do when addressing white Republicans? And why are they surprised after making such statements that a Black person might call them a “sell-out” or some variation?

I don’t know about you, but when you say that I’m a slave to the Democrats I suddenly don’t think very highly of you. And when you do it while addressing nearly all white audiences I’m become extremely skeptical of your motives. Because you’re clearly not trying to convince me to come over to your side. You’re not even talking to me. Usually you’re in the middle of giving advice to white GOPers about how they should “recruit” Black folks.

Herman Cain described himself as a “modern-day Harriet Tubman.” Shirley Husar (who? exactly) said:

It is time to lay down the tracks of a new “underground railroad,” a movement to help a people who are in bondage to the Democratic Party find hope and encouragement in the GOP…

These self-styled Harriet Tubmans didn’t do so well this year, Obama won 93% of the Black vote. Damn those stubborn coloreds. They really love their massa.

We have values that resonate strongly with GOP values – love of family, the desire to succeed, hatred of cronyism and concentrated power, which are often used against us.

Let’s break this down a bit.

Love of Family: The GOP is generally considered the party of “family values”, but are they really? The Family & Medical Leave Act passed, but nearly all who voted against it were Republicans. They’re anti-gay marriage. They’ve been anti-programs like S-CHIP. They’re anti-family planning.They voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Desire to Succeed: I’m not sure what this is referring to specifically, but I’m assuming it has something to do with work. GOPers are often cited as being on the side of “small business”, but who are they really in the pockets of? Big Business. Who are they always working for? Rich investors and/or rick business owners. They’re virulently anti-union. Again, they voted against Lily Ledbetter. They are generally the ones voting against raising the minimum wage. All these are ways in which people try to better themselves, and the lives of their families.

Hatred of Cronyism & Concentrated Power: Is she really serious with this one? “Heckuva of job Brownie.” Enron. The Wall Street recession. Iran Contra. Blackwater. As far as concentrated power goes, all I’ve got to say is reproductive rights.

Do these people think we’re stupid? Shirley says no:

Blacks and Latinos aren’t genetically Democratic. We aren’t stupid. We aren’t blind.

You’re right, Shirley. We’re not stupid. That’s why we aren’t persuaded by charlatans like yourself looking to bamboozle & swindle us. This isn’t about helping Black folks. It’s about selling the white GOP establishment on how you can magically bring minorities to their side, by telling them to get off the plantation.

Again you’re right, we’re not stupid, and we’re not blind. As a matter of fact, we see right through you.

 

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Kristol Gone, My Brain Rejoices

by TKOEd • Monday, Jan 26, 2009 • no responses - be the first

This is William Kristol’s last column.

No sentence with Kristol’s name has ever made me more joyous. I’d link to the piece directly but then I’d be linking to Bill Kristol op-ed. Here’s the Daily Beast piece by Scott Horton on why Kristol has been dropped.

Kos v Nader

by TKOEd • Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 • 6 responses - join us

Some folks out there need to get a clue. This Kos rant where he tells Nader & his supporters to fuck off has caused a little stir over at the Great Orange Satan. I stand firmly with Kos on this one. I’m so tired of pious liberals. No one will ever make these people happy. The person they are looking for does not exist. They are like militant vegetarians & vegans. Very few people can afford to eat like that. Very few people can afford to wait for the Perfect Progressive®. You may not think there is a big difference between Dems & the GOP but there are millions of people who do know & can tell the difference in their daily lives. The parents of the dead soldier, the brother of tortured Abu Ghraib inmate, the gay couple that just got married in MA, the drug addict that got rehab instead of jail. Obviously all Dems don’t fall on what I would call the right side of all issues but on a national or statewide scale if I want to vote for the person that’s closest to my ideals that can actually win that person will be a Democrat.

Where are all these great & magical pure progressive/liberal people that are going to win & change the world? How do you make a difference if you don’t have any recognized power? Change doesn’t come over night. It never has & it never will. Humans are not built like that. Every progressive milestone in history came because of years of hard work. People out there fighting bit by bit to get what they can. Sometimes you have to accept scraps because you can’t fight at all if you starve to death.

This is not about quelling criticism. It’s about facing up to what the actual playing field is not what we wish it were. I’m a lib all the way but I don’t believe in deluding myself or patting myself on the back for being pure. From your pure liberal ivory tower, maybe you don’t comprehend the difference between Dems in power or Repubs in power but I do. I grew up in a poor hood & I know what the difference between Reagan & Clinton was. Lots of parents of soldiers & parents of civilians in Iraq they can give you a pretty good hypothesis on what the difference between Gore & Bush would have been two.

So if you to take your ball & go home, if you want to only vote for that pure mythical progressive than I do say fuck you. Some of us have work to do. The shit that actually changes people’s lives not just makes ourselves feel good because we stayed “pure”. Blood is on you hands as well.

This is a man who called our 1st Black president an Uncle Tom. Fuck him. All of you who want to get on here and defend that mofo, defend that too.

Obama is not the mythological Liberal beast come to vanquish all before him. That person doesn’t exist. We will get more progressives into office by voting for the more progressive person that can actually win. Not by voting for the person we wish could win. You want more Libs start by fighting for & supporting them locally, or run for office your damn self. From the ground up folks. We will never have a truly progressive person as president if we don’t get more & more progressives winning locally. Stop bitching & whining & get to work.

Naderites you’re not progressives. Progressives are for you know progress. Tell me how you voting for Nader has brought progress?

OK. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!! SE. RI. OUS. LY. A QUOTE FROM A TREASURY SPOKESWOMAN (UPDATED)

by TKOEd • Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 • one response - join in

From this Forbes.com article.

In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.

“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!

This has got to be a bad dream. I mean for the love of God. These people are unbelievable.

This is bullshit. NO. FUCKING. DEAL.

UPDATE:

Bailout Questions from Marc Ambinder; emphasis mine:

So where did the $700 billion number come from?

We already know the answer to that.

Sec. Paulson told congress yesterday that the plan was to spend roughly 50 billion a month,

Sen. Schumer asked: why not $150 billion then, and let the next administration do a re-evaluation in January? No real answer.

So, why $700 billion? Where is it all going? And why do they need it all at once? And how do they know how much it’ll cost without knowing what criteria they’re going to use to buy firms
?

And what’s to prevent Paulson from engineering the bailout, and then, once he leaves office, taking the helm of one of these companies as it transitions back to the private sector?

And did the administration really have a bailout proposal stashed away for weeks without informing Congress?

NO. FUCKING. DEAL. (not 700 billion at least)

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