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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yes, lynching is hilarious -- if you're a Republican
Posted by Jill | 6:41 PM

Republicans think this is funny

U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, Republican of Missouri, on death threats received by a Democratic Congressman from North Carolina:

Note how his audience cheers and applauds, and how he snarkly says he doesn't approve of lynching -- while his audience laughs.

That's your Republican Party, folks. And these are the people before whom the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats are capitulating on health care reform. These are the people Barack Obama thinks are worthy of bipartisanship -- people who would happily string him up from a tree.

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Anonymous Charlie O said...
Maybe you'll leave my comment up, maybe you won't. But I say fuck it, it's time to get medieval on these despicable reprobates.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
The new health care bill amounts to little more than a bailout bill of the HMO. The intention all along was to keep them not only on the playing field but squarely between the hashmarks of the gridiron on the fucking 50 yard line. Baucus made sure of that and keeping the single payer advocates away at about a dozen arm lengths. These wingnuts, if they'd bother reading even the abstracts of either the House or Senate bills, would see there's little to worry about if they're so concerned about the health care industry.

What they should really be worried about is what the GOP and Blue Dog Democrats are prepared to do to them in favor of the HMOs and Big Pharma. They think in their Soylent Green conspiracy theories we're trying to kill old people when what's really going on is that this bill would take away our five cherished rights (http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/24/news/economy/health_care_reform_obama.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2009072410).

What worries me is that their screaming and typical right wing thuggery that's gobbling up air time and ink will give the rest of America the illusion that they constitute a consensus or a majority. We saw this in Miami Dade county when Tom DeLay and others sent over a dozen thugs to "protest" the vote recount in 2000.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
The picture of the lynching victim is pretty tasteless. You do not know history. Southern Dems made up the lynch mobs in the vast majority of cases. What do you think the KKK was. Southern Democrats would be your answer. You are a wonderful writer and I actually agree with some of your posts, but you often appear to have little understanding reality.

Blogger Jill said...
And all those Southern Dems went and joined the Republican Party in the 1960's. Sorry, BC, but you can't hang that old canard on Democrats anymore. When the Democrats committed to the Civil Rights movement, the old Dixiecrats like Strom Thurmond became Republicans.

Yes, the picture is pretty tasteless, but it is the reality of what lynching looks like. And a room full of so-called conservatives laughed out loud at the idea.

That is also a reality.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
That is true that some Southern Dems joined the Republican Party in the 60's - 90's. I grew up with these people and fact is, Southern Dems dominated politics in the south until at least the mid 80's. Republicans were marginalized until fairly recently in most southern states. One reason that many southern Dems joined the Republican party was a drift by the national Dem Party from at least somewhat conservative values. I really do not think that a majority of people are all that concerned anymore with the skin color of elected officials. As far as a room full of conservatives laughing at the Reps reference to lynching; I doubt that any would have laughed if he had make the comment with a picture of the dead man in the background.

Blogger Jill said...
What makes you so certain?

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
Because most people (I said most, not all) have a sense of common deceny. This decency, I would think, transcends political persuasion. I might be wrong though, I could think about it more at the topless club this evening.

Blogger jurassicpork said...
Define decency, sport. I haven't met a single Republican yet who even had a passing acquaintance with anything remotely resembling decency.

I really do not think that a majority of people are all that concerned anymore with the skin color of elected officials...

Riiiight. That's why gun sale shot up (no pun intended) starting the day Obama was elected, right? I suppose that's why there are no more black senators and why not a single one has been elected in the south since Reconstruction. Because we've all magically resolved our race issues, right?

I'm sure that'll meet with a mixed reaction south of the Mason/Dixon line.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
Gun sales went up right after the election of the President because there is a genuine fear that the governmnet will endeavor to take them. The Democrat Party is more likely to pursue this than the Republicans.

You have a valid point on the non election of Black Senators from Southern states.

As far a decency goes, most people I believe have a common sense of decency regardless of any political persuasion. One thing I have learned in military service and taxi driving is that most people are basically the same when you get to the core. Everybody has hopes, fears, and yes some even some prejudices.

I would think further that anyone who automatically relegates anyone with differing opinions to the category of "evil" might be doing themseles a disservice. Extreme shrillness is part of the problem in this country and it comes from all sides of the political landscape. Anyway, that is just my opinion, sport.

Blogger Jill said...
BC: Part of civility is not using wingnut phraseology for political parties. The name of the party is "Democratic Party" not "Democrat Party".

"Democrat Party" was coined by a Republican who thought it was cute because it sounded like "rat." It is a right-wing hatemonger dogwhistle and when you use it, you blow all your credibility about being open to discussion of the "intelligent people of goodwill can disagree" variety.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
My apologies. Of course it is the Democratic Party. As for disagreeing or agreeing with you guys, I actually do agree with some things that are posted on your blog. At the same time, I think you guys stray beyond the pale of the Democratic Party and delve into something far to the left of most "Liberals." Could it be that you take yourselves a bit too seriously. Do you honestly think that America will go for all out "socialized" healthcare system. You seem to criticize even the healthcare reform that the President and his allies are advocating as not going far enough. I for one think that all health care in this country should be free; How is that for Liberalism? I also know that is unrealistic and nothing more than a "pipe dream." It ignores American cultural realities a couple of which are self reliance and free enterprise. These cultural traits are not going away. You live in fantasy land if you believe that this country will go even further to the left on the issue than is being proposed by the current administration. I enjoy your blog and probably will contribute financially (not a lot, I'm pretty broke right now) since you do not accept corporate advertising. Why is that incidentally?
Also use of words like "wingnut" "right wing hatemonger" etc. etc. ensure that only the vocal minority will take that language seriously. It could be compared to the rhetoric that Pat Robertson and his ilk spout. The only difference is the opposite extremes in ideology. Thankfully very few take Robertson seriously, but even fewer take Bolshevism seriously. Perhaps most of us discount the political extremes at our peril. After all the extremes on either Right or Left have historically led to tyranny.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
Sorry I guess you do allow for some corporate advertising.

Blogger Jill said...
Unlike some blogs, I approve or disapprove every ad that is requested on this site -- and I have turned down more than one.

I do not make my living from this blog. My "day job" allows me the freedom to not have to take every ad that is requested.

The button for Dreamstime is there because when I was doing web development, I purchased stock photos from them. If you are a stock photo user, I recommend them highly. Their rates are reasonable and they have a large stock of royalty-free images.

I have never once had an ad run from NJ Ad Network, which shows you how effective that is.

I recently had an e-mail exchange with an A-list blogger I won't name here, suggesting that s/he might want to reconsider accepting ads from Republicans. This blogger said he accepts them because Democratic candidates don't buy ads on blogs. I find this petulant and counterproductive, but it is his/her right to do this if s/he wants to -- but it makes that person as much of a sellout as someone who takes, say, Exxon/Mobil ads on a gren blog.

I also don't allow spammers to leave comments with links to snake oil or other scams. B@B is an independent voice and I intend to keep it that way.

Just wanted to make that clear.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
if i see a kkk i well kill him so bad for this his not funny!!!!