Former OFA Worker in Village Voice: “Decay of White Brain”

Here is a formula:

Poorly write a too-long, not-smart-enough-to-be-snarky racist piece on the “white brain.”

Because your business is worried that it might not get enough traffic on its own, hire a PR/social media firm to send out emails like the one below baiting bloggers into giving an otherwise undeserving piece written for shock’s sake (you remember what I said about shock as art) some attention.

Good morning!

Wanted to pass along this week’s Village Voice cover story from Steven Thrasher – it’s an interesting take on the decay of the white brain and attempt to determine if it can be cured.

Although, you cannot help but chuckle at the “Sources of White Stress” diagram in the piece, which supplements the various examples of white baby boomers behaving “insane.” Thrasher attributes this to the “stingy” reaction from these boomers who fully understand that their tax dollars are going to education, healthcare and welfare for the “coming browns” (40% of our nations population under 18, whites will be a minority by 2023).

The URL to the piece follows below  - would be interesting to see your reaction. Let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information on this week’s Village Voice.

Thanks,
Marissa

Village Voice
White America Has Lost Its Mind
The White Brain, Beset with Worries, Finally Goes Haywire in Spectacular Fashion
By: Steven Thrasher
September 29, 2010
http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-09-29/news/white-america-has-lost-its-mind/


Marissa Arnold
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I’ll be your Huckleberry.

Just imagine for a moment if someone had written “Sources of Black Stress” and portrayed people like Al Sharpton or John Lewis in this manner.

I couldn’t even read through the entire article. I’ve read critiques of conservative America before and have even chuckled, as Marissa said, with those, but that’s because the author could write well enough to accurately convey sarcasm without offense. Unfortunately, that’s not what we have here with a publication whose online life must thrive for the print side to make financial sense. I wonder if that’s why dinosaur publications must go to such extreme lengths to attract eyeballs – and they depend upon the blogosphere to push them with reaction.

The article is a frosh attempt to characterize the entire conservative movement as being solely Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and a few other white people. Thrasher insists that it’s an all-white movement. As a former OFA worker, Thrasher is doing his party proud by following the cardinal rule of soc-prog politics: ignore the black conservatives. Deneen Borelli calls this “plantation politics.” Why is the media so terrified acknowledging the existence of black conservatives? Pretty soon, they’ll have people standing in front of the polls … oh, wait.

Thrasher also tries to identify racism:

After the 2008 election, when former House majority leader Tom DeLay suggested that instead of a formal inauguration,Barack Obama should “have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million.”

Right. Because saying “chicken” is racist. Does Thrasher think that only black people eat chicken and because of that, immediately assumes this is racist? Because I ADORE chicken. DeLay is from Texas, after all, and in certain parts of the hemisphere, that’s considered a pretty damn good meal, race aside.

While Thrasher projects, he ignores:

- The Kenneth Gladney beating

- The NAACP presser wherein Gladney was ridiculed and called slurs in public

- White liberal/progressive/socialists mocking and name-calling black Republicans, on tape, at the 8/28 event in DC

- Bill Clinton’s remark on Obama: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”

- Harry Reid: Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

- Obama: Blacks are a ‘Mongrel’ People

- The revered former KKK grand cyclops/dragon/something Democrat Roberty Byrd a few years before his death:

But because they said “sorry” after they were caught and trashed in the public, that totally absolved them of any racist feelings in their hearts. Repentance? In faith, it’s motivated by wanting to do better as a person, not a formality one must begrudgingly endure so as to bypass a PR disaster.

Thrasher wants to shock with an intentionally non-amusing piece:

White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).

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White people have simply gone sheer f*cking insane.

Thrasher cites Acorn, the group which plead guilty to massive voter fraud in St. Louis.

It doesn’t take a genius to see how this may be validated then:

November 2009, Public Policy Polling found that more than a quarter of Americans (and an outright majority of Republican voters) believed that ACORN had stolen the election for Obama.

OMGWTF! You mean Americans distrust a group which plead GUILTY to VOTER FRAUD? Nooooo!

More tired conspiracy theories. Thrasher makes the birthers and truthers look sane:

Months later, O’Keefe was arrested by the FBI in a bizarre prank at Senator Mary Landrieu‘s office, in which he was either attempting to plant a wiretap or, in his explanation on Breitbart’s website, just trying to find out whether her phone system worked to help her constituents reach her. (Yeah, that was a good one.)

Perhaps he never read the police report wherein O’Keefe was never picked up for “wiretapping.” For someone to complain about white people and puppets so much, Thrasher does a helluva job in letting the liberal white patriarchy pull the strings of the talking points. Everyone on the same page!

More:

This summer, Breitbart picked out another black target with another selectively edited video, this one of a USDA employee named Shirley Sherrod. His editing so mischaracterized Sherrod’s words

Thrasher honestly has no clue what he’s talking about, a very important prerequisite if you’re going to write a blabbering piece airing out your hatred of conservatives and your refusal to acknowledge black conservative America.

Breitbart never edited the Sherrod tape. He released what he had, an excerpt of it. As I wrote in July (full original Sherrod tape and Breitbart excerpt both embedded):

As I said on King last night, apparently, I’m one of few who’s actually read the original post, watched the original video, and watched the entire 45-minute-15-second video in its entirety. Some points.

- People need to get out a dictionary and look up “exculpatory.”

- The original post and video was to highlight the applause of discrimination towards a white farmer. It was given in context.

- The original video was not “doctored” nor “out of context,” and the irony is that those making such statements are actually taking the context away from its original presentation. Sherrod was building to a lesson in her speech – but went on later in her speech to talk about how people who support HCR are racist, essentially. It’s at 23:53 in. Look, I did your homework for you.

“I Haven’t seen such mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of this racism we thought was buried didn’t it surface?” Now we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff that these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.”

Um … soooo people who wanted to make their own medical decisions over their own bodies were doing it because they were racist?

While I’m continuing to do your homework and critical thinking for you, check this at 25:00 in:

“I couldn’t say 45-years ago, I couldn’t stand here and say what I will say to you tonight … God helped me to see that it’s not just about black people, it’s about poor people.”

Why can’t it just be about PEOPLE? PEOPLE, PERIOD?

It’s easier to get a paycheck for writing a diary entry on how badly you hate conservatives when you don’t research the very topics about which you’re writing.

Cute, Thrasher:

We’ve had rat-fuckers like Breitbart and O’Keefe around forever

Why isn’t he calling the people who are trying to bilk billions of dollars from the public via the fraudulent and corrupted Pigford case (the reason that the White House acted so quickly to toss Sherrod under the bus; the didn’t want the public to find out that she was connected to a massive case of fraud which could implicate the president as it was he, as a senator, who ushered Pigford back to Washington) ratf*ckers? Here’s a challenge for you Thrasher: be worthy of the journalist title which you claim and write a five-page diatribe on that.

My interest trailed off when he decided that Mark Williams was the tea party head  (which, if that’s the game he’s playing, I’ll go ahead and assume that Jeremiah Wright is the head of all progressives) that, and I was tired of being screeched at by an angry former OFA worker whose knowledge of the issues he tackled was limited to whatever Kos had posted about them.

And dinosaur media wonders why America has given them a vote of no confidence.

Joe Biden to Dems: “Buck Up”

Click image for video.

If you were hoping for some inspiration words from the VP to explain away the president’s dismal approval ratings, tough. Buck up, little camper.

RCP has some high negs for the Slurpee-lover.


Hope and change = tripled deficit.

To all those on the left complaining about the lack of jobs, the collapsed housing industry, the record-high unemployment, “buck up.”

*UPDATE: adding insult to injury … Dems are polling equally unwell in battleground states.

Libs Quiet on Conservative Assaults

I’ve been watching Media Matters fake concern over the Reid-supporting chick punched at a townhall forum this week.

Suddenly Eric Boehlert is a defender of women. Except when those women are conservative, because hey, Kelly Owens and Allee Bautsch TOTALLY had it coming, right?

Because Media Matters likes to portray itself to its three readers as being objective and high enough to serve as a faux-journalism critique, I expected to find tons on the on-video, cop-witnessed (as per police report) assault of Kelly Owens by the SEIU crowd. So I did a little search in the Media Matters’ archives:

What? That bastion of media purity, the calvary to the rightwing media, the Soros-funded “media” outlet didn’t have anything about the assault of conservative Kelly Owens?

OK, so I imagine that they’re hurriedly drafting a post now to remedy that glaring oversight, since, afterall, they’re such huge defenders of women all of a sudden.

I figured that Media Matters/Eric Boehlert/George Soros would also have written about the severe beating of Allee Bautsch, too, right?

That’s ‘No for $200,’ Alex. Oh, wait, sorry, MMfA did mention Bautsch’s name in an attack on Jim Hoft. So, that’s something, right?

So why, after all this time, nothing on MMfA on either Owens or Bautsch? Why the silence? Why the double-standard?

We’ve had:

tea partiers attacked in Florida:

an Obamacare supporter bite the fingers off a man;

SEIU and lefty crowd beating Kenneth Gladney;

- I received threats concerning my children just last week from a leftist and have since involved the police and the cyber crimes division and, along with my station who is involved, am pursuing maximum criminal charges against the perpetrator

- leftists threatened Andrew Breitbart in Nevada

- leftists spit on people, call Breitbart and conservatives at Right Nation gay slurs

- leftists assault a videographer at a public event

- a lefty congressman assaults two college kids

- the assault of Nathan Tabor and his wife

- More lefty assaults, lefty screeching and intimidation, threats of assault, advocating violence, hateful rallies.

Meanwhile, the tea parties repudiate any such things.

Violence in lieu of discourse is wrong, period. Party, ideology is irrelevant.

Why are only the conservatives saying this, though?

Maybe Media Matters can do a story on it.

Obama: “We Can Absorb a Terrorist Attack”

Whiskey tango foxtrot? From Bob Woodward’s new book:

Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

For the sake of argument I’ll play devil’s advocate for a moment. I get what he’s saying: he’s saying essentially “let me be clear, we’ll do whatever we can to prevent another 9/11 but worst case scenario, if another one were to happen, we would recover, just as we recovered from 9/11. Whatever kills you doesn’t make you stronger!” And then Kayne would come out singing his bastardized Daft Punk track and boo-yah, another party at the White House.

This isn’t the biggest capslock OMG moment for me, from advance excerpts of the book, it seems as though Obama is committing the same faux-pas liberals allege that Bush committed in not listening to his generals. That is a bigger problem, especially coupled with the admin‘s inability to acknowledge radical Islam as the fuel for terrorism. Are we doing everything to keep America safe? We can’t even acknowledge the enemy’s motivation.

Just the Facts, Jack: GOP Pushed Insurance Competition in HCR

From last night, on who pushed to purchase health insurance across state lines:

Disgraced Governor-Turned CNN Host Spitzer Credits Liberals for Health Insurance Across State Lines Initiative …

However, it was the Republican Party that fought for the ability for consumers to purchase insurance across state lines. This had long been a policy point offered by the GOP, even at the height of the ObamaCare debate, as shown in a Feb. 25 post on the GOP House Conference blog. Spitzer’s erroneous assertion led to this back-and-forth with Loesch:

LOESCH: That came out in the Patients’ Choice Act.
SPITZER: … why that – why that has not been permitted…
LOESCH: No.
SPITZER: What do you mean? You can’t say no. Facts are facts. The reality is …
LOESCH: Patients’ Choice Act – the fact is the Republicans came out with a Patients’ Choice Act. I have to correct you on that point.
SPITZER: Talking over somebody isn’t going to change the facts. The reality is…
LOESCH: Well, I had to point out the facts.
SPITZER: … the opposition to interstate competition has come from the Republican Party. And that remains to be the case.

A 2009 study showed that health insurance premiums would be reduced by 61 percent forMassachusetts residents if they were allowed to purchase insurance in North Carolina, which, as the GOP conference blog pointed out, is something that could have easily been put into the Democrat’s health care reform legislation. And as Loesch explained, it was House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., who was at the forefront of this push – not the “liberal wing of the Democratic Party,” as Spitzer claimed.

“No. That is – that’s – that’s an error. That’s a factual error – Patients’ Choice Act. It came out. Eric Cantor, a number of congressional Republicans came out,” Loesch said. “And that was one of the main talking points, the patients’ bill of rights.”

The bottom line is this: if it had been a point championed by liberals, why was it never included in the health control law or even in the draft?

Surprise: Liberal Group Releases List of Republicans It Hates

CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, not to be confused with the infinitely more awesome crue, released a list of the Mostly Republicans We HateCrooked Candidates” for 2010. They’ve been getting play on a couple networks and former Democrat activist and CREW head Melanie Sloane has been insisting at every opportunity that her group is “non-partisan.”

Right.

Non-partisan in that seemingly every person listed as a title-holder on the group’s website is a democrat and that members have worked with SEIU, Tom Harkin, Al Gore’s climate protection initiative, and even Joe Biden (Sloane), which I think is important to mention considering the majority of CREW’s criticism is, momentarily, directed entirely at Christine O’Donnell who is vying for Biden’s old seat. The group is also funded by far left umbrella Democracy Alliance, an outfit founded by two former Clinton operatives who publicly lists George Soros as a major donor.

But hey. NON-PARTISAN.

Their list of crooked candidates lists two from Missouri (but oddly, not a whisper about Russ Carnahan who is now at the center of a controversy being that he voted ‘yes’ on the stimulus and his brother’s windfarm received $90 million dollars in stimulus money) and of course, Christine O’Donnell. They make hay over the allegation from a disgruntled O’Donnell staffer but their website makes no mention of the below, among others:

  • The Pigford scandal which could cost Americans billions if passed by congress in invetted USDA claims
  • The story of Eleanor Holmes Norton who was caught on tape violating FEC law by calling lobbyists and shaking them down for cash in voicemail
  • Geithner, save for this, the most critical of the words written him (previously as reference only) on the website – note the difference in aggression when compared to O’Donnell
  • An in-depth look of stimulus waste (it seems they focus mainly on lobbyists)
  • An examination of non-elected health panels and the new process by which the FDA will regulate medicine under health control
  • The ridiculous disparity between their address to Democrat candidates and their over-the-top, torches and pitchforks approach to Republican candidates. To wit: a letter CREW sent “expressing concerns” over the Dodd-Frank act in the Consumer Protection Act:

Today, CREW and 10 other government transparency advocates sent a letter to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) outlining concerns with provisions in the recently passed Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Chris Dodd, one of the causes of the Fannie/Freddie disaster and they “express concerns.” Did they send a Hallmark card apologizing afterwards? Meanwhile their homepage is the equivalent of the graffiti on a girl’s bathroom stall wall, subject: O’Donnell. They pay a penance of going after fish-in-a-bucket target Charlie Rangel but a handful of obvious easy criticisms does not make a group non-partisan; consistency and lack of ties to a well-known progressive sugar daddy does.