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Hometown: East Coast
Home country: USA
Current location: West Coast
Member since: Tue Sep 3, 2013, 01:59 PM
Number of posts: 817
As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, the righteous reaction of Republicans was entirely predictable. Nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP, humiliated and worried by Trump’s sudden rise in the polls, immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck. No doubt some of them, like Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of his Arizona colleague, were truly incensed by Trump’s slur. But either way, the incident presented an irresistible opportunity to stoke public indignation against an opponent whose taunting has become unbearable, even as his rise appears inexorable.
Whether this episode will cost Trump the admiration of the Tea Party horde remains uncertain. Many of them already dislike McCain and may hear Trump’s insults as brutal candor. But in denigrating a war hero to advance himself, the casino mogul did nothing more or less than what other “conservatives” have done for political expediency in elections past. Nobody should be shocked to hear a right-wing chicken-hawk disparaging a worthy veteran at this late date. In the Republican Party, it is standard operating procedure — and for any Republican to pretend otherwise now is risibly hypocritical.
Need we recall every example of this profoundly distasteful and unpatriotic conduct? One of the most poisonous occurred in 2002, when a Georgia Republican named Saxby Chambliss ran ads suggesting that Senator Max Cleland, a Vietnam War hero who had lost both legs and one arm in an accidental grenade explosion, lacked the guts to face down Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Cleland, a Democrat who had served in the Veterans Administration under President Carter, had cast a vote protecting the rights of civil service workers in the new Department of Homeland Security, thus earning him a smear at the hands of Chambliss — one of those smooth favorite sons who had nimbly avoided the Vietnam draft.
When Cleland spoke up against President George W. Bush two years later, Ann Coulter sniped at him with an even nastier shot:
“Max Cleland should stop allowing Democrats to portray him as a war hero who lost his limbs taking enemy fire on the battlefields of Vietnam,” she wrote, describing his misfortune as “an accident during a routine non-combat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman …. Luckily for Cleland’s political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.” Ugly and appalling, even from her reliably foul mouth — and replete with lying insinuation. Although he lost his limbs in an accident — when a young infantryman dropped a live grenade that Cleland picked up — he is an authentic war hero who won a Silver Star for “exceptionally valorous action” at the Battle of Khe Sanh.
Posted by tenderfoot | Mon Jul 20, 2015, 11:05 AM (1 replies)
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ‘way far’ left — ‘not my Democratic Party’
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) slammed the liberal wing of the Democratic Party on Fox News Sunday this week and said that liberals who are against the Confederate Flag sound just as divisive and wrong-headed as Donald Trump’s remarks about Latino immigrants being “criminals” and “racists.”
Webb announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 earlier this summer. After a discussion of national security issues with Fox News Sunday host Brett Baier, Webb asked if he might address the controversial nature of Trump’s statements.
“This kind of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric by people who want to be commander-in-chief is not helpful, and we have seen from the liberal side as well this kind of rhetoric as it goes to Southern white cultures,” he said.
At one point in the interview, Webb said he feels that the Democratic Party has “moved way far to the left.”
“In a party that seems to thrill to Bernie Sanders and maybe long for Elizabeth Warren, who are the Jim Webb Democrats?” asked Baier.
“I believe we can bring a different tone to the Democratic Party. You’re right,” Webb agreed. “The party has moved way far to the left, and that’s not my Democratic Party.”
Posted by tenderfoot | Tue Jul 14, 2015, 12:55 PM (7 replies)
2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb ran to Fox "news" this Sunday to trash liberals and conflate the push to remove the Confederate flag from government property with Trump's racist remarks about Mexicans. If Webb wants to assure he never gets above that two percent mark where he's polling right now, keep this up.
Jim Webb Stands Up For 'Southern White Cultures':
Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb on Sunday suggested that recent efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were as "divisive" as Donald Trump's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.
Without prompting from "Fox News Sunday" host Bret Baier, who had been asking questions about national security, Webb asked if he could please talk about Trump, the billionaire GOP candidate who has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Webb criticized Trump before pivoting.
"This kind of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric by people who want to be commander-in-chief is not helpful, and we have seen from the liberal side as well this kind of rhetoric as it goes to Southern white cultures," the former Virginia senator said, apparently referring to recent debates over the Confederate flag.
"We need to be inclusive and recognize that we have problems and that we can come together to solve them," Webb said. "But don't be throwing these bombs to our cultural groups."
Webb has seemed eager to distinguish himself as the only Democratic candidate with a really nuanced take on the flag, in an apparent effort to win over white working-class voters who increasingly vote Republican. On Sunday, Baier asked Webb whether he thought efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were racial healing or political grandstanding. In response, Webb again compared the Confederate debate to Trump trashing Mexican immigrants.
Posted by tenderfoot | Sun Jul 12, 2015, 01:56 PM (17 replies)
If I'm wrong on that, feel free to correct me.
You heard me - fucking trolls.
Posted by tenderfoot | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 01:22 PM (1 replies)
Militia goons mock combat vets who display ‘f*ggoty ass yard signs’ asking for fireworks courtesy
A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.
The OAF Nation account posted an image Wednesday evening that showed a bearded veteran wearing a T-shirt reading “comfortable with violence” standing beside a placard distributed by a mental health advocacy group.
“Combat veteran lives here: Please be courteous with your fireworks,” read the signs, which were shipped for free to veterans by the group Military With PTSD.
OAF Nation and a related account, Operator as f*ck, each posted identical homophobic posts mocking veterans who display the signs.
“Well which one is it, sister?!” the posts read. “Are you ‘comfortable with violence’ or do you want people to cater to your fragility because you volunteered to be around sh*t that blows the f*ck up? Thank f*ck the Taliban and AQ don’t have roman candles and firecrackers.”
“What do you guys think about these f*ggoty ass yard signs?” the account administrator asks group members, listing several hashtags intended to underscore the posts’ subtext.
Screen capture of post on OAF Nation Facebook account
the facebook page were the post originated: https://www.facebook.com/Operatorasphuk/timeline?ref=page_internal
Posted by tenderfoot | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 12:15 PM (45 replies)
Rahm Emanuel is disgusting and I hate him the power of a thousand suns.
Chicago Pension Investments: Rahm Emanuel's Proposed Merger Could Benefit Campaign Donors
Just 12 weeks after Rahm Emanuel won a bruising battle for re-election, the Chicago mayor has unveiled a pension initiative that could be a significant financial boon for his largest campaign contributors. On Wednesday, the mayor proposed shifting city teachers' retirement savings into a state fund that invests heavily in -- and pays big fees to -- financial firms whose executives bankrolled the mayor’s campaign.
At a city hall press conference, Emanuel portrayed the plan as a way to solve Chicago’s educational funding crisis. Emanuel said teachers could agree to either contribute 7 percent of their pay to the existing city pension system or merge the city’s own $11 billion teachers' pension fund -- controlled by the teachers themselves -- with the $45 billion state teachers' fund controlled, by statute, by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Emanuel said the latter proposal would mean that the state funds teacher pensions equitably. As of now, the city of Chicago pays a larger share of its teachers' pensions than other municipalities in Illinois do.
What the mayor did not say is that the initiative could end up shifting billions into a fund whose portfolio is run, in part, by Grosvenor Capital and Madison Dearborn Partners, two firms whose executives have together given over $4 million to the mayor's campaigns and affiliated PACs. That includes over $2.7 million from Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks and his wife, Cari. Sacks has been called Emanuel’s “fixer” and “go-to guy;” he was appointed by Emanuel to serve as vice chairman of World Business Chicago, an economic development group that Emanuel chairs.
Posted by tenderfoot | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 11:58 AM (5 replies)
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On Saturday night, following the violence that broke out near Camden Yards, a photo of me supposedly protecting a woman from violent protesters surfaced on BuzzFeed and then trickled down to the conservative armpit of the internet where it was mischaracterized. In the photo, I look strangely heroic, and the picture was quickly co-opted by those who like to present an all-too-common and easy narrative: white people being terrorized by black people.
The truth, or as much as I have been able to cobble together from my own memory and notes, videos online, video I shot, and videos from City Paper’s Managing Editor Baynard Woods, is far less interesting, though much more important than “white dude saves white lady.”
I’m not exactly sure how the violence broke out around 6 p.m. in front of Pickles Pub on Washington Boulevard and traveled up the street to The Bullpen, Sliders Bar & Grill, and Frank & Nic’s West End Grille then down Howard Street. I know a small group of protesters and a small group of baseball fans started whipping bottles at one another and brawling. When the protesters turned the corner onto Washington Boulevard from Camden Street chanting “black lives matter,” some baseball fans applauded and a few angrily chanted back, “We don’t care”—someone who worked at The Bullpen confirmed this for me. He also said that some patrons chanted “run them over,” and one yelled “go get them.” Other protestors, including City Paper contributor D. Watkins and gang members interviewed on WBAL, recall bar patrons calling them “niggers,” among other racist epithets.
I don’t know who threw something first, but I heard a shift to jeers and boos from the people drinking and ran right over to it and saw beers being tossed from behind a gate that keeps Pickles drinkers from standing in the road and bottles being whipped back at the drinkers. Some people at Pickles stood up and moved toward the protesters though they were protected by the gate. Then, protesters pulled away the gate protecting Pickles customers from the street. Men from Pickles and elsewhere charged toward the protesters and the protesters charged the Pickles customers. It was at this point that I stopped being a journalist and became someone who was trying to help out.
A young woman from the bar threw a stool at me and others, and then affected a “come at me bro” stance. At the same time, many protesters were trying to tell the ones who were fighting and throwing things to stop causing trouble and keep moving. Some protesters began to grab bags of peanuts from a small stand and throw them at the people at the bar. The woman who threw the stool got hit in the face with a bag of peanuts and she went down. I helped her back up.
Posted by tenderfoot | Tue Apr 28, 2015, 11:18 AM (0 replies)
When Breitbart’s Matt Boyle isn’t framing xenophobia as “pro-worker” or rambling on about a big gay hate machine (don’t ask), he’s attending baseball games with his family. A harmless enough act, and one I’m glad to see rightwing demagogues and communists alike can agree is a wonderful way to spend a spring evening. While attending last night’s Orioles game, however, things quickly got out of hand for the Breitbart journo when unrest resulting from the apparent police killing of Freddie Gray boiled over into property damage and “clashes” between police and angry citizens outside of Camden Yards baseball stadium. Boyle’s piece begins with the type of breathless hysteria one would expect from Breitbart: “War Zone: Baltimore Erupts Into Violence, Chaos as #BlackLivesMatter Riots Rage.”
Where to start. First off: it’s not a war zone. Property damage and confrontations with police are not a “war,” they’re standard features of domestic unrest. Secondly, this was not a “#blacklivesmatter riot.” This was a #blacklivesmatter action that, like any large system, had a number of random people take matters into their own hands and damage some property. Finally, even the use of the term “violence” here is conveniently used. As activist Deray Mckesson point out on Twitter this morning:
When the police snapped #FreddieGray’s neck, the @BaltimoreSun did not call it an act of violence. Only black folk are “violent” to them.
Boyle would go on, again and again, pandering to an entirely unfounded fear that black activists were somehow targeting white people, despite the fact that several of the police they confronted were black and a great deal of the protesters were white. But never mind, Boyle had paranoia to sow and an agenda to push:
The crowd of protesters then stopped a blue station wagon carrying a white family as they tried to drive past Pickles, Bullpen and Sliders along a narrow one-way stretch between the bars and the main road (…) As hundreds of people looked on, including several police officers who didn’t engage the violent protesters, the white woman in the front seat—middle-aged and a little heavyset with dark hair—was visibly terrified. The group of black men who ripped open the car door suddenly realized they were separated from the larger group of protesters and abandoned their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside in front of hundreds, driving out of the one-way street back onto the main road and presumably out of dodge.
White nationalist dog whistles don’t get much louder than that. What, in this context, does the race of either the “rioters” or those in their car have to do with anything? Again, there were white protestors and, presumably, several African-Americans attempting to exit the game. Indeed, Boyle’s further attempt to smear the menacing “protesters” belied the racial motive altogether:
…their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside
I wonder what username Boyle uses here?
Posted by tenderfoot | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 07:45 PM (4 replies)
10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens
10,000 people from across the country peacefully protested in Baltimore in support of the seeking of justice of the death of Freddie Gray. Despite the fact that 100 of the 10,000 acted up and approximately 35 people were arrested after the peaceful protest, (that’s about 1%), much of the mainstream media used attention grabbing words in their headlines like ‘Protest Turns Destructive, (USA Today)’ ‘Scenes of Chaos In Baltimore… (NY Times), Dozens Arrested After Protest Turns Violent (WBAL TV). One website BreitBart.com’s headlines read: 1,000 Black Rioters In Baltimore Smash Police Cars, Attack Motorists In Frenzied Protest.
The truth is you had 10,000 plus people come together in unity in support of the fight for justice for Freddie Gray. While the numbers vary, 100 or so were the ones you saw acting up on the news and the 35 persons who were arrested were the ones you read about. But reporting that won’t bring in the ratings that attract a heavy advertising revenue.
CNN reported: Protesters angry over the death of Freddie Gray got into physical altercations with police Saturday night in downtown Baltimore near the city’s famed baseball stadium.
Some of the hundreds who confronted lines of police officers got into shoving matches with helmeted cops while other demonstrators threw objects. At least five police cars were damaged by people who smashed windows and jumped on them.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was profoundly disappointed by the violence, adding that 95% of the protesters were respectful but a “small group of agitators intervened.”
Time.com reported: The demonstration was aimed at police, who had Gray in their custody when he suffered injuries that would prove fatal. Baltimore police said 35 people, including four juveniles, were arrested and six officers suffered minor injuries during the latest protest.
Posted by tenderfoot | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 07:41 PM (14 replies)
I'm sure by now everyone has heard about Kristin Lindsey, the veterinarian who shot a neighborhood cat through the head with a bow and arrow and then bragged about it on Facebook. Everyone with at least half a brain knows it was a horrible thing to do. Countless people have spoken out against her horrific actions, including liberals and "the mainstream media."
That's when conservatives HAVE to take the opposite stance. Just like with every other major headline, whatever most sane people agree with, the wacky right wingers feel compelled to be different. (See: George Zimmerman, global warming, Bundy ranch, etc.)
"If she had just had an abortion and was holding up the dead fetus, some of these same people would have been cheering her on." 339 votes
"Who cares, If it was in her yard it is fair game. If the owners have a problem with it they can keep the cat at home or on a leash just like a dog." 259 votes
"Texas is an open range state, if it was on her property so be it, I will be more than glad to use her veterinarian services any time, but would never use the clinic she was fired from if I lived in the area."
Posted by tenderfoot | Sat Apr 25, 2015, 12:12 PM (41 replies)