Texas Republican Lynches An Empty Chair

Texas Republican Lynches an Empty Chair

Strung Up! Texas Republican Lynches an Empty Chair.

Yesterday in Texas, the Burnt Orange Report received a photo of an empty chair, representing President Obama in a bizarre Clint Eastwood homage, being lynched in the front yard of a Texas Republican.

The poor chair was lynched in the front yard of an Austin, Texas homeowner and has many on the right asking, “How is that racist?  Chairs have no race!”

The problem, as pointed out by Katherine Haenschen, is that Texas has a long history of very real lynching. From 1885 to 1942, only Mississippi and Georgia had more lynchings and the overwhelming majority of those lynchings were of African-Americans.  He didn’t have to include a winking emoticon to make sure we all get his point.  It’s pretty easy to translate.

When contacted and asked about the chair by Haenschen, the Austin homeowner had this to say: “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don’t give a shit. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street.” Ahhhhhh, the freedom to choose!  I wonder if all of his neighbors have the same option to avoid his bigoted message.  I believe his comment says all we need to know about the intent and the very audible dog-whistle sent by this… He wants President Obama hanged and has already done so on his front lawn in effigy.

The man is not alone in presenting this message either. This report from Blue Virginia shows another empty chair lynching in that state.

Check out the entire story here from the Daily KOS and add two more to the ever growing list of Republicans that are racist.

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Mitt Romney’s Racist Joke At A 1% Fundraiser

As Mitt Romney was giving a speech at the Los Angeles Hispanic Chamber of Commerce yesterday, a video was being leaked from a Romney private fund raiser held in the residence of one of his 1% supporters.  Judging by the camera position, someone was being sneaky and getting a recording of a speech that Romney certainly didn’t want leaving that room.  Well, in this day and age, there is no such thing as complete privacy.  Now we can let the real Mitt tell you how he feels.

“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

That’s right, kids.  Romney thinks things would be better for him if he had been born Latino instead of drawing the short straw and being born white, rich beyond most of our wildest dreams, and ruggedly handsome.  The poor man has suffered so much, as we all know from the RNC, and all he wants is to be a minority.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez of San Antonio had the following to say: “It’s not about being a Latino that would make Romney a better candidate,” Gonzalez said. “Latinos, and all Americans, look at the substance of a candidate’s proposals to determine who is the better candidate and who best represents the priorities of their community. That is why upon examining the policies willingly supported by Romney on the economy, health care, and immigration, Latinos overwhelmingly support President Obama.”

Now is your time, loyal GOP defenders, to step up once again to declare yourselves innocent.  The truth keeps coming out, though.  When among their own kind and unaware that any outsiders are listening, even Republican Presidential Candidates are racists.

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Rodeo Clown Makes Racist Joke And Proves That Rodeo Clowns Aren’t Funny

Ann Romney and First Lady Michelle Obama

Ann Romney left and US First Lady Michelle Obama (Credit: Getty Images )

On Saturday, Rodeo Clown Mike Hayhurst of Barstow CA made an offensive joke over the PA system at the Creston Classic Rodeo. Most people in America were already very aware that rodeo clowns simply aren’t funny unless they are getting a bull horn in the seat of their Wrangler jeans. We really didn’t need another reason not to laugh at them but here comes yet another.

Rodeo Clown Mike Hayhurst of Barstow, CA

Rodeo Clown Mike Hayhurst of Barstow, CA

During some ad-lib with the rodeo announcer, Hayhurst told a joke that goes like this: Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine, and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for their magazine.

Later that day, Hayhurst apparently suffered a head injury that landed him in the hospital. On Sunday, the press called him at the hospital to ask him if he wanted to apologize for making the sexist and overtly racist joke. Hayhurst only responded by saying “I cannot believe how insensitive you are. I am in the hospital.” He then uttered a vulgarity and hung up. Now THAT is funny.

Hayhurst is a self-professed Republican (as if the joke itself wasn’t evidence enough) and, as one of my readers pointed out, is a Superintendent for Excelsior Charter Schools in California. According to his rodeo clown website, Hayhurst offers “good clean family comedy always!” Before you book him for your next rodeo, however, make sure that the families that are attending are white… And racist.

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Why I left the GOP – An Insider Comes Clean

George W. Bush

This week, Salon.com published an article by Jeremiah Goulka that was an unexpectedly good read. I feel I should share this piece as it discusses a subject that I find particularly fascinating….  The refusal to admit to yourself when you’ve been fooled and how it relates to so many in the Republican Party.

This is the story of how in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and later in Iraq, I discovered that what I believed to be the full spectrum of reality was just a small slice of it and how that discovery knocked down my Republican worldview.

I always imagined that I was full of heart, but it turned out that I was oblivious.  Like so many Republicans, I had assumed that society’s “losers” had somehow earned their deserts.  As I came to recognize that poverty is not earned or chosen or deserved, and that our use of force is far less precise than I had believed, I realized with a shock that I had effectively viewed whole swaths of the country and the world as second-class people.

This is not your typical party switching story as it crosses over into the subject of this website.  It helps me get closer to answering questions that I have been asking myself for years.  Why do so many Republicans not understand their advantages?  How can good Christian people be so callous towards the poor?  How did a party with a proud history of fighting for civil rights take such a racist turn?  It’s also a very interesting read.

Many people see the wider spectrum of reality because they grew up on the receiving end.  As a retired African-American general in the Marine Corps said to me after I told him my story, “No one has to explain institutional racism to a black man.”

Jeremiah Goulka writes about American politics and culture. His most recent work has been published in the American Prospect and Salon. He was formerly an analyst at the RAND Corporation, a recovery worker in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Check his story out.

On a website with such an unpleasant theme, it’s nice to post something that gives you a little hope every once in a while.

“Why I left the GOP” on Salon.com. Originally published at TomDispatch.com.

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Anti-Obama Billboards in Hanson, Massachusetts: Racism or Just Bad Taste?

Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it's idiot.

Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it’s idiot.

I get it. If my candidate was an empty suit with hundreds of millions of dollars who didn’t give two craps about people like me that make under $100k per year, I’d be pretty frustrated too. That’s why these signs don’t surprise me in the least. At the RNC, we saw a similar theme. It wasn’t a Convention that was buzzing with excitement for their candidate… It was one boiling with hatred for the President.

These billboards, which have been put up on the small town of Hanson, Massachusetts, aren’t put there to cheer for Mitt Romney. They were put there to further smear the President and continue to try to make him “not one of us.” The first one, “Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing it’s idiot,” is an old re-tread from the early days of the Tea Party. We’ve seen it before. The second adds a twist.

Thanks, Obama!  Here's my middle finger.

Thanks, Obama! Here’s my middle finger.

This second billboard adds completely imaginary statistics (35 years of paychecks???) and a young girl giving the finger to an invisible Obama… Or to passing motorists depending on whether or not you have time to read it. Eric Folsom, a parent from a nearby town, said that the sign puts him in a tough spot with his 6 year old daughter.

“If she saw that, she’d say ‘Why is that little girl doing that? What does that mean?’” he said. “How do I explain that?”

Both signs were put up by local motorcycle shop owner Robert Sullivan.  For more info, go check out Enterprise News and HuffPo.

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Martin Dyckman: Reading the polls: The weight of race | StAugustine.com

Over the weekend, Martin Dyckman (formerly of the St. Petersburg Times) wrote an article on StAugustine.com that won’t be received well in Florida. In this article, he discusses the weight of the “race card” in the 2012 elections.  As a Florida native who spent over 30 years living in the state, I know it’s bigoted underbelly (read: the Panhandle.)  Here are some snippets:

Another reason is the opposition’s relentless campaign to demonize not only Obama’s record but his personhood and even his Americanism. The birth certificate nonsense is an example of that. So is the widespread belief among senior citizens that Obamacare is a threat to Medicare rather than an element essential to its survival. Paul Ryan’s budget contemplated the same $716 billion in reduced payments to hospitals and insurance companies, but you won’t hear that from the Obama haters.

And he touches upon the outright and provable lie being told in Romney ads about the President supposedly removing the work requirement from welfare.

The Republican ads falsely accusing Obama of waiving welfare’s work requirement are unsubtle appeals to the residual racism that some racists won’t admit even to themselves.

Click the link below to check it out.  My Republican readers will want to spam the comments with accusations the author’s own racism and his “librul media” race baiting tactics…  But the rest of you, reasonable readers, will clearly see the point that more and more Americans wake up to every single day…  Republicans are racists.

Martin Dyckman: Reading the polls: The weight of race | StAugustine.com.

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The Republican Twitterverse’s Racist Response to President Obama’s DNC Speech

Tweet by Leslie Bennett (Proud to be an American and Christian - Nashville, Tennessee)

Tweet by Leslie Bennett (Proud to be an American and Christian – Nashville, Tennessee)

Twitter, since it’s creation, has always been a unique window to peek in at the demons living inside of people’s heads. President Obama’s rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC was just another opportunity for the crazies to let loose their racist tongues and rain ignorance upon the rest of us.

The speech actually set a political record for Twitter with people tweeting at an amazing 52,757 tweets per minute.  As you can imagine, a disturbing amount of those tweets weren’t exactly a discussion of policy.  Many quickly broke down into straight up, unadulterated racism.

Tweet by Leslie Bennett (@kAiT_B_tAyLoR)

Tweet by Leslie Bennett (@kAiT_B_tAyLoR)

What’s sad is that the twitter users that seemed to offend the most also claim to be Christian and many Republican. Make sure to stop by their Twitter pages and say howdy. I know most of my readers here are Republicans and I’m sure these people could use some new followers.

For the Complex.com list of the top award winners, click here!

Tweet by Henry Berger (@Hankthetank15)

Tweet by Henry Berger (@Hankthetank15)

Tweet by Laura (@damnbeaner)

Tweet by Laura (@damnbeaner)

Sorry to post such vulgarity but I just can’t help it… Twitter Republicans are the most vocal Racists of all.

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Albuquerque Attorney Patrick Rogers Wants to Avenge Little Bighorn

Albuquerque protest opposes racist slurs against Native Americans

Albuquerque protest opposes racial slurs against Native Americans by right-wing Albuquerque attorney Patrick Rogers

In an email sent in June to Republican Party cronies, right-wing Albuquerque attorney Patrick Rogers expressed his anger with New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez due to her meeting with Native American tribal leaders from across the state. Apparently not someone who chooses to pick on an ethnic group the size of his own, Mr. Rogers stated that “[t]he state is going to hell” and that the Governor’s meeting “dishonored Col. Custer.”

That’s right.  We’re going to fight Little Bighorn again… And this time the Europeans have an even bigger advantage.  Native American populations continue to shrink and for some members of the GOP, it’s still not enough.  Next they will be calling for an invasion of Indian reservations and a completion of our domination of the Native inhabitants of North America.

After the email was publicized, hundreds of people wrote letters to the Republican Party of New Mexico as well as to Rogers’ law firm, Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque.  On August 31st, a group called ANSWER NM (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) staged a protest against Mr. Roger’s comments. Shortly before the ANSWER NM picket line began, Modrall Sperling announced that Rogers had submitted his resignation and was leaving the firm.

In a statement, Governor Martinez said she deplored the racist remarks but said that she “forgives” Rogers and that he should be allowed to retain his position in the New Mexico Republican Party. She did not demand that Rogers apologize to the thousands of Native Americans and others that he offended.

This story won’t get even a blip on the national radar so I thought that it was worth a mention here.  If you think a meeting with tribal leaders is an affront to Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and our national pride, then you have forgotten the story of the Indian Nations…  And you are one Republican who is Racist.

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Republicans Kicked Out Of The Republican National Convention

CNN first brok this story and it has since been confirmed by RNC officials.  Apparently, two attendees got the boot for tossing peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman while shouting “This is how we feed animals!”  The two were asked to leave by security.

Now is about the time  when the GOP Powered Media steps in and demands proof.  This is the same response they had to members of the Black Congressional Caucus being spit upon outside of the Capitol during the signing of the Affordable Care Act.  Deny, deny, deny and then claim that the people pointing out the racism are actually the racists.  The fact is that a couple of GOP rowdies got drunk and spoke out loud what so many others in that audience were only thinking.

Catch the speech by Condoleeza Rice last night?  My favorite part was how they kept showing close-ups of one black audience member and then they would pan out to show how he was alone in a sea of white people.  I know they wanted to highlight diversity at their convention but all they really did was illustrate one point…  Republicans are Racists.

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Hurricane Bears Down on NOLA: Rush Makes a Suggestion

Here we go again.  The defacto leader of the Republican Party has a new plan for killing “Democrats” (read: poor, black citizens) in New Orleans.  Alas, no action was taken and the levees held but Republicans can keep their fingers crossed that another storm will visit Louisiana this season and maybe they will be able to get this plan in place.

Here’s a transcript for those that can’t stand to listen to Rush’s voice.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Okay, folks, it’s a moment of truth. We are mere hours away now from Tropical Storm Isaac, which everybody is desperately hoping becomes a hurricane. I can’t believe this. They are desperately hoping that it becomes a hurricane. It’s the Democrats’ wet dream that this thing hit New Orleans. So, you know me. My middle name is Solutions. I have some ideas for the Republicans. How to deal with the tropical storm, slash, hurricane hitting New Orleans.

The first thing we do is offer to send 500 bus drivers to New Orleans, paid for by us, to make sure that the buses that were not used by the Democrat mayor during Hurricane Katrina will be used to evacuate people should it become necessary.

The second thing that I think the Republicans ought to do is send bags of money instead of sand. Bags full of money to shore up the levees in New Orleans. This would accomplish many things. A, it would show our compassion. B, we could have Romney’s five sons who CNN last night asked, “What’s it like to be rich as sin,” or whatever. They did. Piers Morgan asked Romney’s sons, (paraphrasing) “What’s it like to be stinking rich?” So we have Romney’s five sons deliver the bags of money to shore up the levees.

Now, this will accomplish much. It will show our compassion, and it will do something else. Once we publicize that we have sent 500 bags of money — well, whatever number of bags, bags filled with money to shore up the levees, what will happen? The poor of New Orleans will storm the levees and steal the bags, thereby putting themselves at risk for the eventual flooding that will happen once they remove the bags of money. And that way the Republicans can get rid of even more Democrats in Louisiana and shore up the state for themselves. How about those two ideas, folks? Am I not thinking or am I thinking?

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