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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:25 PM
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An open letter to the woman with the "Lyin' African" sign:



Dear Ma'am:

I do not know your name. Chances are, I will never know your name, nor will the billions of other people totally oblivious to your existence. You see, you and I, we are the anonymous. While I do aspire to do great things with my life, I have resigned myself to the fact that the probability is high that my name likely will never be a household name, and I am quite fine with that. Being a good husband, father, employee, citizen, human being--that alone is enough for me to judge my success in life, without having my face thrust into the spotlight.

So, as a fellow member of the anonymous, I must implore you--what the hell were you thinking? From the looks of it, in 20-30 years you probably will have passed on from this world. And us anonymous folk, well, we only leave little tidbits of our existence on this earth after we are dead and buried. A mention in the local newspaper here, a donation plaque on the wall of the library there, and the rest is relegated solely to the memories of relatives and friends that you directly dealt with when you were alive. So few are the easter eggs that one leaves behind to remind the common person of one's existence.

So given that you will live and die for the most part anonymously, and unlike the great men and women of history, your legacy will be razor thin, you have chosen to define your legacy to the world with a simple sign. A sign with clearly obvious racial overtones to it. A sign that appears to be poorly crafted and poorly worded to boot.

Yet there you are, grinning and smiling, holding up your poorly crafted and not-so-subtly racist sign, and congratulations. You and your shit-eating grin have been beamed through cyberspace for thousands--perhaps millions--to see. You have voluntarily exposed yourself to be a racist, the worst kind of a person, someone who judges people solely on physical appearance and place of origin as opposed to the character they present. They may never know your name, but they will know you for who you are, and whatever your name may be, it would surely be mud to anyone who sees your face.

On your finger I see a wedding ring. You are somebody's wife, and likely somebody's mother and perhaps grandmother. You have placed your husband, your children and your grandchildren in a horrible spot--they must now defend you to the rest of the world and plead with them--no, she wasn't really like that. She loved dogs. She made a whopper of a peach cobbler. Yes, so she was a little "antiquated"--so what? Aren't we all deep down inside? No?

The bitter irony of this all is that the gentleman who is the subject of your sign will have a great legacy. He is one of only 43 individuals to hold the highest office of power in this country. People will remember him for many great deeds and words and decisions. Yes, at some point in his life he too may have his public moments of embarrassment or shame like you have--he is, after all, merely human. But unlike you, he has more than ample opportunity to counter-balance any missteps with acts of greatness. You and I, however, as members of the anonymous do not have any such luxury.

Therefore, you have made your sign to the world, and now you must be forced to wear it in perpetuity. My only hope is that in the remaining years of your life is that you somehow wake up and realize how perverted and hateful your mindset has been up to this point, and change your life accordingly. Otherwise, we will only know you for the photo you gave us.

Sincerely,

A fellow anonymous
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:29 PM
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1. To the greatest page!
Great Job.

:applause:


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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:31 PM
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2. Thank you for writing that, Tommy_Carcetti. Excellent. nt
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:32 PM
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3. Be kind and gentle always, and my friend, you were very kind! n/t
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tinkerbell41 Donating Member (722 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:32 PM
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4. KNR!
:kick:
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:34 PM
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5. Add one line to it: If I am still around when you pass on
I will try to sing "Dixie" at your funeral.
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infidel dog Donating Member (186 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:11 PM
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44. The Horst Wessel Song would also be appropriate.
What a sad, sad human being...
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:35 PM
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6. This was a perfect response
I hope she eventually sees it, though the points may go over her clearly not to bright head.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:36 PM
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7. If this photo was taken in AZ ,I'm afraid.
Looks like my 80 yr old right-wing aunt (she looks really good for her age).
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:26 PM
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20. From the site where I found the photos....
...there was a companion sign the woman was holding where she had a question, "What's the difference between the Cleveland Zoo and the White House?" You see--it was a joke. Ha-ha. Perhaps she was a writer for that god-awful Fox News Daily Show rip-off that lasted 2 episodes.

I'm guessing from the Cleveland reference she was from that good city. (Somehow I doubt lions are unique to only the Cleveland zoo.)


Cleveland, you have my sympathies. Well, at least you have Dennis Kucinich.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:31 PM
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22. Kucinich is our curse, not our blessing.
But sympathies accepted regardless.

(Sorry, not a Kucinich fan. I remember him as a mayor.)
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:31 PM
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53. Kucinich is NOT our "curse". Not "our" curse, anyway.
May you enjoy your curse, because for me, Kucinich is one of our only blessings in this dark time.
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:21 AM
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107. I second and THIRD that!!
I guess the Kucinich-hater would rather have Cleveland's power to have been privatized.
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:17 AM
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112. Kucinich is our BLESSING, NOT our curse.
Time and again, he has spoken truth to power. His voting record shows that he is doing the job of WE THE PEOPLE, not them, the corporations.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:58 PM
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58. odd thing to say after Kucinich saved your craphole town.
I believe he kept the public utilities from being taken over by the banks, did he not?
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:42 PM
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76. Feh
You are friggin lost. At least Kucinich stands up for single payer universal or public option. He also stands up against banks and the wealthy in favor of the little guy. (insert stupid short joke)

I really think you must have some kind of fatigue from having to see a lot of Kucinich's supporters standing up and saying: "What the hell, why didn't you jerks support him" or "Why the hell didn't I support him when I had the chance."

I suppose if you are a moderate-moderate-moderate squishy neo-liberal "sensible economy" sort you might decide that he's 'just too liberal.' Or you might exclaim how horrible it is for him to run for President. But now that he is not running for President what the hell is your problem? Explain other than Republican stolkholm syndrome or liberal fatigue syndrome, why you think he is bad.

In closing, as a citizen of the state of Minnesota, though thankfully not a resident of her distrcit, I would officially like to offer to trade you Michelle Bachman for Dennis Kucinich. Perhaps then you would understand what a curse really is.

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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:01 AM
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100. Are you kidding me?
Kucinich is one of three or four members of Congress who actually represent the American people.
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:18 AM
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110. give the man
a fucking break. That was like 30 years ago!

Hold a useless grudge forever all the time? Or just against short Politicians?

:eyes:

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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:03 AM
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117. How many times have you posted this comment?
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:13 AM by Algorem
that alzheimers is really kicking in,huh?
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AuntPatsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:37 PM
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8. The most thoughtful and well put response Op I have seen in a while...
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:37 PM
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9. Wow... that's fantastic.
:thumbsup:
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:37 PM
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10. Well said!
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:39 PM
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11. Please submit this to some newspapers, especially the one where that
picture originated. Or fix the language to tell about the sign itself and send the letter to an editor.
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april Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:31 AM
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134. I agree! what newspaper did this ?
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Walk away Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:41 PM
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12. She will be mortifying her grandchildren years after she dies.
I hope she goes down in the history books as a prime example of the last gasp of racism in this country. This organized bigotry is beyond belief.
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DMNinFL Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:35 PM
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24. Yes little Timmy and Mary.......
Grandma was was an out and out bigot. She was proud of it. It's too bad. But, please little Timmy and Mary. Don't tell anyone, and don't show anyone the picture.
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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:42 PM
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13. Thank you!
This is perfect! while she may never see this letter, we do get to see it...and it is the best thing I have read in a while...hopefully it will get out there and a million or more so will also get to read it as well.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:43 PM
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14. And THAT'S the name of THAT tune!
Beautifully done.
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trueblue2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:45 PM
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15. YOU MADAM....ARE A RACIST!!! There are potholes in Hell for people like you.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:47 PM
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16. Excellent. I hope someone recognizes her and sends this letter to wipe that smile off her face.
I hope the Obamas don't see this crap, as they are so gracious to everyone and then receive this kind of treatment.

The human race has some major problems and we are seeing more and more of the bad side.
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cyndensco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:36 AM
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114. The Obamas have dealt with it all their lives.
I'm sure they would not be surprised.
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:53 PM
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17. looks like the sister
of the purple band-aid lady.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:39 PM
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25. My impression, too.


Same load o' mindless self-satisfaction.
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Ticonderoga Donating Member (489 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:05 PM
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59. Wow lady...those are some hella dentures ya got there.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:58 PM
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77. Whenever I see this picture, ALL I can look at
are those horrible, plastic dentures, which appear to grabbing onto the upper lip and using it as leverage to escape that rancid mouth.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:36 AM
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135. It's like the top plate is protruding. EWWWW!
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:54 PM
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18. Excellent post.
:applause:
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:00 PM
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19. I think these pictures of warped people should go up on national news. I wonder
what would happen if their family, friends, co-workers and others saw these people doing this, how they would react.
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:29 AM
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89. I saw this picture last night on MSNBC.
I think it was on Keith's show.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:31 PM
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21. You more than make up for her ignorance and bigotry.
And what a great Dad too!

She'll NEVER understand what you wrote, even if you published it in every paper in the country, because Racists never admit to being Racists, only cute.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:34 PM
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23. She looks sooo proud of herself
:wtf: :puke:
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:40 PM
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26. Re-elect Tommy Carcetti
Picture perfect post. :yourock:
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:51 PM
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28. Ha ha!
Fellow Wire fan, I presume?
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:09 PM
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31. You presume correctly
I didn't have HBO while the show was airing. I received a promotional option that allowed me to watch seasons 3-the finale on-demand. Great show. I hate that a person needs to pay a huge monthly bill to watch high quality, adult shows.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 02:41 PM
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27. Likewise have passed on many who were the face of hateful racism in Little Rock in 1957.
And for that matter the face of lynch mobs for nearly 100 years after the end of slavery.

And of course the face of slave owners for hundreds of years before the Civil War.

The face of generations of Klan members.

But, unfortunately, though such faces have passed on, or the more-recent largely so, they have managed to reproduce. And they are now the face of teabaggers/deathers/birfers, too often young faces, today.
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Thickasabrick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:00 PM
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29. Incredible Post. I wish I could recommend 100+ times. Thank you nt
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:07 PM
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30. That woman and other crazed teabaggers are MESSED up
I mean I can't really laugh at her lame attempt of "humor". Of all the sleazy signs that were carried around the weekend protests, I can understand why you singled this one out. At least when liberals called Bush a chimp, that ain't being racist, but rather facist. Heck, when the Iraq War started I would've created a sign like hers, except "The zoo has lions and chimps, and the White House has a lyin' chimp!"
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Nancy_Thompson Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:18 PM
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34. Very well done
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:17 PM
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32. What it looks like it's saying is this:
(assuming the photo of a lion represents the word "lion")
The zoo has an African
And the lion White House has
a lyin' African!

Which doesn't make a lot of sense. I think the lion picture is supposed to be at the end of the first line: "The zoo has an African lion", but that's not what it looks like.

But hey, maybe I shouldn't waste effort trying to decipher a tea bagger's sign.
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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:08 PM
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43. The meaning must have been, "The zoo has an African lion, and the WH has a lyin' African."
Edited on Tue Sep-15-09 04:10 PM by LuckyLib
Good Gawd, what a pitiful excuse for a mind. I'm with those who hope her colleagues, neighbors, family and friends see it and shake their heads at knowing such a person.

Wonderful post.
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:26 PM
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71. I think she just blew the line and forgot the word "lion."

Either that, or she and her two friends made up the sign, each one had a different idea of how it would really read, and by the time they were done and knew, vaguely, that it wasn't perfect, they were too cheap to go out and get another poster board and do it again.

Alternately, maybe she did make it all by her proud self and this is actually the 6th poster board she bought to for it, having totally blown the previous 5 drafts, she decided this one was close enough.

And these people say the government doesn't work?

Sad morans.

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Butch350 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:14 AM
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118. The lion's picture WAS in the wrong spot...

That shows pure stupidity on her behalf - it shows the intelligence level of that individual. And just think. It's votes!
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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:17 PM
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33. What an asshole she is. I feel sorry for her children. nt
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:20 PM
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35. k&r
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:27 PM
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36. That's so true.
In thirty years, somebody will see that photo and say, "People sure were idiots back then."
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:27 PM
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37. k&r.....
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:34 PM
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38. And you know what the ultimate irony will be?
Edited on Tue Sep-15-09 03:35 PM by DFW
Her final years, probably accompanied by painful ailments resulting from the unhealthy eating habits of the
ignorant, stand a good chance to be made a lot more comfortable by policies implemented by a Democratic
Congress and made law by the signature of that very "African."

And you know what else? She will never find that out on her own, and will deny it if someone tells her.
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Lena inRI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:42 PM
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39. Bravissimo Mr.Carcetti !
. . .Ziiiiiinger perfecto! Look. . .look world. . .


A N
A N O N Y M O U S
A S S H O L E !




:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 03:55 PM
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40. where?
Where was this? (I looked on the web for the image, but all I found is that apparently it is a widespread freeper "joke.") I don't know how some people look themselves in the eyes in the mirror in the mornings. So much stupidity and evil, my head hurts.
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archiemo Donating Member (257 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:00 PM
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41. This post really touched me...
I often struggle with the "what impact am I having on the world" question. I'm so thankful, that after reading this post, I know that no matter what I do or leave behind it will never compare to what this woman has left behind. Ironically, I'm sure she sees it as a shining moment in her life.
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George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:05 PM
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42. Well said, Tommy.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:14 PM
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45. Beautiful post. K&R n/t
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scarface2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:20 PM
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46. courtesy of wonkette....
this has gone seriously viral!!!
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WillieW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:21 PM
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47. Absolutely fabulous letter. Tanks
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 04:24 PM
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48. Accolades for your ability to keep a civil tongue is your discourse.
I find myself unable to do the same when confronted with such ugliness...

Cheers to you.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:15 PM
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49. Wow. Putting the BAG in Teabagger . . . nt.
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:21 PM
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50. Wow!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

Recommended, HIGHLY recommended!
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d_r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:24 PM
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51. When I saw her I thought I recognized her




Right behind her left shoulder, there she is, 52 years ago.
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BluDemocratGirl Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:04 PM
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68. Lady, Your Racist Ass is Busted!
It's time to throw mama off the train!
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CitizenLeft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:39 PM
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82. my God, look at their faces.
That one in the striped/polka dot dress... unforgettable hatred stamped permanently on her face. Just wow.
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singingbiscuit Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:26 AM
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131. Not anonymous anymore?
You just can't fix stupid. Ignorance, maybe.
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BooScout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:28 PM
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52. What on earth......
What on earth goes thru someone's head when they decide to make a sign like that? How totally sick and sad.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:32 PM
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54. She is a proud "ugly American"
:puke:

Sonia
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:35 PM
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55. I have to believe that most people are like you,
And not like her. Some days it's hard to breathe with all the hate in the air. Nice job Tommy! Thank you from another anonymous fellow human. :hug:
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Lifelong Protester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:47 PM
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56. fantastic writing
truly a heartfelt and great response. Of all of the pictures of the rally on 9/12, this one also bothered me the most.

Not racism?? I think we all have our answer on that now.

I hope this woman has her "George Wallace" moment, but whatever the outcome, she will live in infamy with this horrible, horrible image, juxtaposing a hateful racist sign with a grin.
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 05:49 PM
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57. I guess I'm not really surprised at this.
If we're going to tie all conservative's political objections to racism, I suppose the actual few racists have nothing to lose by being open abt it.
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:08 PM
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60. Well, that's the stupidest thing I've read all day. Thanks for nuthin'. n/t
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:59 AM
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99. Guy's a serial "Punchy McWantstostartshit".
Completely denies obvious Republican racism. You know, because grizzled Reagan Democrat leftovers supposedly have very legitimate gripes against the President that have nothing to do with his skin color, but against the hypothetic communist enslavement that will inevitably ensue under a Democratic official. :eyes: :eyes:

Best not to feed it . . .
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:18 PM
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61. nothing really to add, but I admire your combination of intelligence and humanity
:thumbsup:
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:37 PM
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62. She didn't even get the line right. An "African Lion" and a "Lyin' African"
I'm pretty sure that's what it was meant to say. Pathetic, inept, STOOPID racist thugs.
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ShrimpScampi Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:42 PM
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63. Well said.
Your post beautifully reflects a basic question we all have to ask ourselves, which is: what kind of person am I? At the end of the day and our lives, we KNOW the choices we made. We are responsible for our own character and choosing how we navigate through this world. Every moment we choose to heal or harm, to be part of a solution or part of the problem.

Too bad this person chose the latter.
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 06:45 PM
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64. A reasoned, heartfelt reply
Which would most likely be sneered at by this waste of human life in the picture.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:40 PM
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65. 'Lyin African!' I get it! She's so funny!
Racist POS.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:39 AM
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137. By the looks of that shit eatin' grin, she so proud of herself, too.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 07:40 PM
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66. Thanks to everyone.
And don't forget, we are all "anonymous."
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:01 PM
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67. I wish I could rec this a few hundred times
Excellent
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:35 PM
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81. Ditto that!
Blessings and here's to hope for a better world.

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BluDemocratGirl Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:09 PM
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69. Bitch, this is 2009!
Excellent letter, Tommy. She is nothing bu ta prejudice piece of shit.
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:22 AM
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101. not bitch
Using a term that demeans all women does not help this situation. Like, do you think it would be okay to call a Black Beck follower the n-word?
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:22 AM
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102. Republican'ts still ain't letting go of "TEH RED MENACE" in 2009.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 04:32 AM by HughBeaumont
Calling Democrats "COMM'NISTS!" or "SOSH'LISTS!" or "COMM'NIST SOSH'LIST FASHIsT NATZEEEEEES!" without knowing what the hell any of those terms mean is a lot easier than thinking.

So it's probably not a huge surprise that they still haven't let go of their Klannish leanings either, as evidenced by this and many, MANY other 9-12 and/or Teabirther Party signs . . .



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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:59 AM
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128. whoa, the stupidity and hate is astounding
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:46 AM
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141. Let's not forget this gem from earlier:
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:15 PM
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70. The wingnuts teach each other now to be racists & assholes and how not to have
Edited on Tue Sep-15-09 08:19 PM by applegrove
empathy. How to be better human beings is what mankind has been fighting for for the last few thousand years. Yet here we have people who want to turn back the clock and stall any plans Obama has like healthcare. They march against their own self interest because they are misdirected by the right wing, some very rich people, the neocons and all the rest of the cluster****. Very sad.
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varelse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:30 PM
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72. Oh god damn it
(ok that's kind of hollow since I'm an aethist but nothing else came to mind)

I have never EVER wanted to set another human being on fire before today - no, seriously, it's never crossed my mind until I clicked on this thread and saw that picture. :(

I'm shamed by your far more measured and temperate response to... that... :puke:

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maxpower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 08:34 PM
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73. Great post
I have no words for the ignorant racist bitch (pardon my French). I am embarrassed to be a white man yet again.



Peace,
Max
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:16 PM
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74. It's high time that someone took steps to end this racism.
Maybe it should be punishable by a large fine, or prison sentence. Maybe it should be a felony. SOMEONE has to stop this garbage.

It's stupid. We should all just get along.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:38 PM
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75. From another fellow anonymous, thank you Tommy. Recommended.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 09:59 PM
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78. Wow! Just Wow!.....
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:06 PM
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79. Good point. The blonde girl shown screaming at the Black girl
who was integrating her high school decades ago ended up shamed for life, and so did the adult woman who screamed at the little Black kids integrating their school with the help of US Marshalls. These people never lived down the embarrassment.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:31 PM
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80. thank you, that almost brought tears to my eyes..
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CitizenLeft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:41 PM
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83. outstanding letter. Deeply moved.
Thank you. People like you give me hope that, someday...

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demigoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 10:52 PM
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84. such a brain dead look!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 11:25 PM
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85. The eyes behind those glasses are quite crazed.
Beautiful letter. A shame she probably wouldn't comprehend a word of it.
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InfiniteThoughts Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 11:38 PM
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86. amazing letter ...
i think this is one of THE BEST articles that i have come across in DU.

Shame be on that lady who has neither class nor dignity
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:24 AM
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103. not a lady
Why do people call females who are demonstrably not ladies ladies? It's like the cops calling an ax murderer who just got convicted a gentleman.

signed,

the language police about one of her hot buttons
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 11:54 PM
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87. But no, she isn't a RACIST piece of trash, so stop sayin' that!
How fucking disgusting.

That even ONE such person lives in America is fucking disgusting.

I THANK GOD she isn't any relation of mine!!!
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BobTheSubgenius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 11:55 PM
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88. Much, MUCH more contained than I could have been. Kudos to you, sir.
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:43 AM
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90. very nice!!!
thank you!
That was an excellent post.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:45 AM
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91. Ya they think it is real fucking funny.
I guess all that self-loathing makes one a racist asshole.
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FreedomTrain Donating Member (66 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:46 AM
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92. What I get from your letter,
that I admittedly only quickly glanced through, is that you think it somehow inferior to be an African, and that we therefore cannot mention if someone is one. I see no obvious racism in that sign, just a pun on words. The president is an African-American. You've got a problem with that?
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XOKCowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:12 AM
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93. Oh so everyone is mistaken? She was complimenting our President?
That's what I "get" from your post.

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ima_sinnic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:39 AM
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97. she forgot the "American" part! also, what does Obama's race have to do with anything?
If she thinks he's lying about something, why bring race into it?

You obviously aren't very bright if that's your takeaway.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:26 AM
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104. Deleted message
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:28 AM
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94. That's an incredible piece of writing.
Glad to rec. It just strikes to the heart of what we mortal humans think about in the dark of the night: what kind of legacy or influence, tiny as it may be, will I leave when I'm gone?

It's not morbid to think of this before taking action. It's rational.

I pity this spiritually-fugly ignorant wench for the way history will remember her (if at all). I'd rather be forgotten than to be a nameless hateful face in the next generation's gallery of Shameful Pictures of Racism.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:29 AM
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95. K&R
I hope her grandchildren give her holy hell.
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BooBluePotion Donating Member (201 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:37 AM
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96. 333 Votes
I can't add to the letter so +1

Thank You
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:51 AM
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98. This photo emphasizes Jimmy Carter's point about racism.
It's as simple, and as profound, as that. Jimmy Carter speaks truth in so many ways.
Thank you for the wonderful post.
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brettdale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:36 AM
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105. Kick
Kick
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:47 AM
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106. A slight quibble
He is one of only 43 individuals to hold the highest office of power in this country.


Obama is #44. 44 individuals.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:02 AM
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108. I believe they count Grover Cleveland twice....
....since he served non-consecutive terms......but maybe I'm wrong about that.

Even if I was wrong, though, the last guy to hold the office barely qualified to hold the title.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:18 AM
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111. You're right. Obama is the 43rd man to hold the office
Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president, but it was the same man both times, so Obama is indeed the 43rd man to hold the office.

On another note, the poster the woman is holding seems very much photoshopped (note the hands and, especially, the digital clarity of the lion as opposed to a photo of a photo glued onto a poster), not that your point is less valid for all that.
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TicketyBoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:37 AM
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122. I stand corrected.
I learn something new every day. And sometimes twice a day (if I'm lucky).
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:05 AM
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109. good letter, but...
I think your writing is above elementary school level and she is probably illiterate.
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GTurck Donating Member (569 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:20 AM
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113. Re-reading....
Eric Hoffer's "True Believer" and this woman is a perfect example of his thesis on who joins mass movements. Clearly she is not worried about her next meal or where she will put her head so being bored, and certain she is incapable of making life better for herself she carries a racist and ignorant sign of the movement that gives her meaning. How sad!!
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:37 AM
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115. One of the BESTS posts EVER on DU!
Definitely belongs on a newspaper op-ed/LTTE page.

Thank you, Tommy.

:kick:
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:44 AM
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116. NOT a wedding ring - it's on her right hand
You cannot see enough of her left hand to discern a ring.


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singingbiscuit Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:27 AM
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133. Well, hopefully
there's nobody at home to torture ... let's pray there are no four-leggeds around either.
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BigD_95 Donating Member (728 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:21 AM
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119. I only wish
that some reporter or someone would find out who this lady is. Get her name, address, and phone #.

Start a protest right in front of her house. Have thousands of people march around her house, with signs calling her, what she is... a racist. Have the news media show up and get her name all over TV and print. Make her life a living hell to the point that she has a nervous breakdown.

Its time we hold these people responsible for their actions. Yea she has the right to free speech. But that doesnt mean her free speech cant be held accountable. Then maybe the next time one of these closet racist will stay in the closet. They will think before they do something.

Im so sick of these crazy people.
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april Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:03 AM
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142. i agree want info
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Butch350 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:25 AM
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120. Probably the most creative thing she's done in her life...

and then f**ked it up the first time out.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:32 AM
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121. Great letter
I wonder if we will ever know the name of this woman.
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abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:06 AM
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123. You Should Send This as a LTTE to the Cleveland Papers
You have shown, with her help, how racism is not a figment of the left's imagination. You spoke so thoughtfully. I will try to learn from you.
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kegler14 Donating Member (541 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:35 AM
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124. Where did you find this? Link?
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:44 AM
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127. You can find it and other disturbing signs from the protest here:
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kegler14 Donating Member (541 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:29 AM
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152. thanks
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lapislzi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:41 AM
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125. Pass the eye bleach
Priceless post. Ironic, isn't it, that were she to read it, she wouldn't understand the vocabulary.
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april Donating Member (826 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:43 AM
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126. what state is this from? I think we should take out a page add & show the ignorance!
who do you think you are ?what part of you thinks you are so superior? where are your ancestors from?
do you go to church? do you believe in nothing more than hate ???

WE ALL NEED TO START CALLING THESE SUBHUMANS OUT !!!!AND REALLY SHOW THEM WHAT THEY ARE NOT .
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:41 AM
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139. This was from the 9/12 rally in DC.
So really, this woman can be from ANYwhere.

It'd actually be funny for her to log in and defend her stupid sign. I can envision LOTS of typos, backpedalling and "some of my best friends are black"-like comments.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:18 AM
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129. What a "Jackass"!
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:23 AM
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130. What a stupid fucking sign.
As a black man, I have to say that some racist bullshit is just too fucking stupid for me to even get offended by. I think I'm more offended by the stupid, self-satisfied look on her dumbass face.

Oooh, you made a funny. Lion and lyin' kinda sound alike. Good job. And she looks so proud of herself for coming up with such a lame-ass pun. Stay in school.
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:27 AM
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132. ...
:kick:
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savings Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:39 AM
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136. nice
Nice letter, do people think before they do things?
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:43 AM
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140. Welcome to DU, savings
n/t
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:40 AM
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138. Nice Job Tommy
Another "rec" for you.

(Not that you need it)

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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:05 PM
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143. Way to go Tommy!
from yr pal Jimmy McNulty
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:15 PM
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144. Ooh - ooh -- I agree w/Skidmore and april -- submit this to the newspaper! nt
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:21 PM
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145. As "anonymous", I consider this free domain...
.....and therefore any brave soul at DU is welcome to use it and submit it to the papers, for example, the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:28 PM
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146. Watch, they'll be deluged by 1000 submissions by DUers! This is just so
good, I'd like everyone to see it. Rachel, Ed, Thom, et al -- and I'd like for you to get credit. But I'll see what I can do. :7 :hi:
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:23 PM
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149. That rag could use a little truth, except
A. It'd have to be pared down. LTTEs to the PD have like, a 1000 word limit or something?

B. Getting a letter like this published would be like winning 50.00 in a scratch off lottery ticket. It's nice when it happens, but I wouldn't count on it. The PD would rather take lie-filled letters from any under-the-steps TeaBirther and make themselves look like fools for publishing it.
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YellerKitty Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:18 PM
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147. Beautifully expressed
It's so easy to fall into the trap of responding in kind to
some of the brainless bigotry we see every day.  You did a
beautiful job of avoiding that and finessed the trick of
stabbing with a stiletto made of sugar!  Bravo!
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:21 PM
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148. Perfect!
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lupinella Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:59 AM
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150. Beautiful letter
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 01:00 AM by lupinella
I join with so many others in asking that you send this out to everyone you can, because I know we will be. Your work was simple beauty; hers was simply vile. :applause:
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Zookeeper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:14 AM
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151. I get the feeling she is calling the President an "African" based...
solely on the color of his skin. Or she's a Birther. Either way, she looks pretty damned proud of being really, really stupid.

Thank you, TC, for your post. This should be a LTTE or be contributed somewhere as a editorial, as it is very well written. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

:patriot:
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