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    Playing the Race Card on a Conservative Friend

    BENEATH THE SPIN * ERIC L. WATTREE

     

    Playing the Race Card on a Conservative Friend

     

    Me and My Racist Friend

    This is where the party ends
    I'll just sit here wondering how you
    Can stand by your racist friend
    I know politics bore you
    But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
    You and your racist friend

       - They Might Be Giants

    Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers (a NBA team for those who don't follow sports) is in some hot water because of some racist comments caught on tape. The New York Times in yesterday's op-ed concluded:

    There’s a larger obligation here. The league’s top leadership tolerated and sheltered Mr. Sterling for much too long. The new commissioner, Adam Silver, needs to make clear that there’s no place in the league for owners with plantation attitudes, whether or not they’re caught expressing them on tape.

    The Elusory Turn, the Equivocal Change

    Guildenstern: It really boils down to symptoms. Pregnant replies, mystic allusions, mistaken identities,arguing his father is his mother, that sort of thing; intimations of suicide, forgoing of exercise, loss of mirth, hints of claustrophobia  not to say delusions  of imprisonment; invocations of camels, chameleons, capons, whales, weasels, hawks, handsaws - riddles, quibbles and evasions; amnesia, paranoia, myopia; day-dreaming, hallucinations; stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in public  - knock-kneed, droop-stockinged and sighing like a love-sick schoolboy, which at his age is coming on a bit strong.

    Some of you may be wondering why I altered my user name and avatar.  Maybe none of you are, but I will try to explain regardless. As I mentioned in past blogs, I was laid off at the beginning of 2013. I am still unemployed (although I have done some temporary manual labor work over the months), but if the truth be told I didn't try that hard to find a job.  This had to do in large part with my personal wrangling with the question: What is it that I want to do?

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    Do Black People See Obama As the Messiah?

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

     

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    The Fossil Fuel Companies Will Have to Give Up Trillions of Dollars of Wealth to Stop Global Warming

    The most important issue that the world faces right now in global warming. We are beginning to see the effects of it in extreme weather world wide. It is very depressing to see the politicians be bought by and owned by the fossil fuel companies. This week Rachel Maddow covered how Oklahoma passed a law placing a fine or fee on anyone who uses solar or wind energy.  This bill was written a lobbied for by Koch industries owners through their political efforts. It seems to defy reality that is all around us, that we need to reduce are carbon foot print.  

    Chris Hayes has published an essay recently in the Nation that has an interesting look at why the fossil fuel industry has gone to war to prevent any restraints on their industry and protect the high dependency on fossil fuel.  He compares it to the value of slaves owned in the old south to the value of the resources that are owned by fossil fuel companies. We are going to have to ask the companies to give up trillions of dollars of future wealth and leave 80% of it in the ground. Like the south they will not give that up with out a big fight.

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    WHAT IS HIPOCRISY?

     PEGGY NOONAN

    (Noonan is on the lower right)

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    A Little Known Fact - The Statue of Liberty Wears Shackles

    For over a hundred and twenty years the Statue of Liberty has greeted immigrants to these shores with open arms and the promise of the kind of freedom that they had never known. As a result, that towering, stately, and majestic lady has come to represent the quintessential symbol of freedom, liberty, and justice for people all over the world. Just the sight of her brought hope and inspiration to millions of European immigrants as they entered New York Harbor, and that initial vision sustained them as they started their new lives in America.

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    Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself

    Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

    Dr. Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself

     

    Mayhem for Federal Unemployment Benefits

    I have to admit that I love the Mayhem guy for the Allstate Insurance commercials.

    http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608004315095764621&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

    The actor Dean Winters does an amazing job in my opinion harking back to the slapstick comedy of olden times, combining it with a modern sensibility.  Plus, he just seems to be having a hoot doing the spots.

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    Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free

    "IF YE WERE ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN, YE WOULD DO THE WORKS OF ABRAHAM"

    Every since I wrote the column "Crabs in a Barrel," the gross hypocrisy of South Carolina State Senator, Rev. Darrell Jackson, has lingered with me. In that column I describe how the Black, South Carolina State Senator, who was also the pastor of the 10,000 member, "Family Way Bible Life Center Church," came out against Senator Barack Obama afer selling his support to Senator Hillary Clinton for $10,000 a month--a dollar amount that corresponded exactly with the number of members he had in his church.

    Now, as I drive through the Black community and see the magnificent "houses of God" towering over the community in the midst of poverty, social need, and in some cases, squalor all around them, I can't help but wonder how many of them are really doing God's work.

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    Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

     

    “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves." George Orwell

    What lurks within...

     

    Behold Bill O'Reilly in 1979 Gl2jic9soyvgcyskfwyk

     

    Awhile later:

     

     

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    Princeton Scientific Study: America is No Longer a Democracy; It’s Now an Oligarchy

    A scientific study done at Princeton University indicates that the United States is no longer a Democracy. The country has now morphed into an Oligarchy. That means that the nation is no longer controlled by the people. It is now controlled by a handful of wealthy and powerful puppet masters. It also means that we are no longer in a race war; we are now in a class war. Thus, the poor and middle class, of EVERY race, are now the new niggas. So wake up, America, while you still have a chance of fighting back.
     

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    DIAPERS FOR 15TH AMENDMENT PURPOSES

    DO NOT THROW ASPERSIONS ON MY ASPARAGUS!

    During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls. But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom.

    Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.
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    RACHEL MADDOW AND WISCONSIN BILL KRAMER

    Flag of Wisconsin

    I watch Rachel every night. Maybe I hit five minutes, maybe I hit thirty minutes. It depends upon my mood or how interested I am in the subject matter or maybe I am enrapt in some drama on the tellie. Anyway, I get two other shots at her program after first air.

    Tonight, I was enthralled.

    The Majority Leader in the Wisconsin Senate, has been formally charged with heinous crimes against women.

    Chris Christie:"You don't have a noose big enough for my fat neck..."

    Paul Fishman, US Attorney for New Jersey and therefor man tasked with sorting out the sundry Christie-gate's that have entertained us since the Fort Lee lane closure kerfuffle, was seen shopping at Morty's Big and Tall, in the company of David Wildstein, former caporegime for the man whose mob nickname is "Big Chicken" (h/t Charlie Pierce)

     

    Aid to Ukraine

    Here is an email I got today.  Any comments?
     
     


    Ukraine buys almost all its energy (natural gas) from Russia.

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    WILLIE MAYS AND THE ACA

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    FUNNIEST LINE

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