“It is not right to punish a whole group because of the supposed actions of a few. You in this room could have a pretty rough time if that was the case. It is not right to stigmatize and dehumanize women living the hard life of trying to raise children while living 60% below the poverty level. It is not right to use racist, bumper-sticker hate to inflict human misery for political gain.”—
Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee, testifying in front of the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on House File 171.
House File 171 would make it so that families on MFIP could not have their cash grants in cash or put into a checking account. Rather, they could only use a state-issued debit card at special terminals in certain businesses that are set up to accept the card. The bill also calls for not allowing the debit card to be used across state lines.
Displaying the standard Republican concern for women and children, Florida GOP lawmaker Kathleen Passidomo had this to say about a recently publicized case in which an 11 year old girl was allegedly brutally gang raped:
There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed up like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.
Passidomo made her comments during a subcommittee hearing about the vitally important issue of banning saggy pants in schools.
Wanna know what I find as deplorable as her original video? This motherfucker, that’s what. There is “a lot of work to do” because someone threatened this girl? Not because she felt justified in her incredibly arrogant racist rant, not because she was obviously so secure in those beliefs that she put them on YOUTUBE, but because someone might have (note the “if”) threatened her? Of course death threats - IF they happened - are unacceptable, but to insinuate that’s where the “work” starts is infuriating and a big ol’ festering example of why the planet had to deal with Alexandra Wallace’s horseshit in the first place.
People who feel more secure in receiving love and acceptance from others place less monetary value on their possessions, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire. The research was conducted by Edward Lemay, assistant professor of psychology at UNH, and colleagues at Yale University.
Lemay and his colleagues found that people who had heightened feelings of interpersonal security — a sense of being loved and accepted by others — placed a lower monetary value on their possession than people who did not.
Glenn Beck says Japan's earthquake might be a “message” from God.
"We can’t see the connections here," he said on his show Monday. “I’m not saying God is causing earthquakes - well I’m not not saying that either!”
"What God does is God’s business," Beck continued. "But I’ll tell you this…there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I’m just saying."
Beck continued trying to make a connection between human behavior and the natural disasters that have wreaked havoc in Japan, even casually mentioning “radical Islam” before revealing what he called “the answer.”
"The answer is, buckle up!" he said. "Because it’s going to be a bumpy ride."
In light of the disasters that have devastated Japan, the Fox host stressed people should follow the biblical Ten Commandments, or what he referred to as “10 rules of thumb.”
"What do you say we start doing those things?" he asked. "Because the things we are doing really suck. And they’re not getting better."
Concerning the "UCLA Girl", I completely agree with her. I mean I'm 100% Filipino, which you know of course is of the Asian race, and I didn't find this video the least bit offensive or racist. From the asian side, I understand how that would annoy people, and when I'm out with my asian relatives, I get embarrassed when they start acting like that. Now not all asians are like that, and she pointed it out, saying that she has asian friends, and that they in no way should take offense to this. But it's not just the asian groups, it's just that we're more prone to do these things, because of our broken culture. We try so desperately to fit in, sometimes we don't understand the limits and try to act more american than most americans. But in lo, I agree with her completely.
Thanks for a differing perspective on this. I’ve talked to a couple of my friends who are Asian and one of them said the same thing. However, two others said it was offensive. So I haven’t had many people offer their opinions to me on her video.
I think your perspective would matter for sure. I think she made the mistake of stereotyping a group of people based on very limited experience, and to me, that’s still wrong. However, I am not Asian, nor Asian-American, and I’m not sure how my view would change if I were.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate you offering your perspective.
Look at the comments. You're fueling the hate train to hell. She got a bit too mad and exploded. We all do this at some point in our lives and we wind up completely ignoring our better judgment for just a second and say the wrong stuff.
And look at the comments. "Skank"... "Tits or GTFO"... "Whore"... "Trash"... What makes you and everyone else any better? You're making the masses react, and they sure as hell are reacting in terrible, destructive ways.
Honestly, are you doing this for the views? It's her video, your mirroring it is just making things worse. There any hope left for humanity?
She’s fueling her own hate train by putting this racist piece of garbage up publicly. Alexandra didn’t seem too mad to me actually. In fact, she seems to have made peace with her racism.
I’m not the commenter. I didn’t post it on YouTube. I’m not mirroring anything but public content she distributed. The internet is forever.
Sure, we’ve all flown off the handle. But we don’t all get dressed up, make-up on, and post a rant for the rest of the world to see. Most of us call a friend or write a sad poem in our journal and move on instead of stereotyping a whole region’s worth of people.
I’m not making the masses react. She is making the masses react, and they should. However, comments like what you’re referencing are not constructive.
I’m not doing this for the views. I’m not even sure how I’d get views off this when I am one of many who’ve posted this. Plenty beat me to it. I’m doing this to spotlight the disgustingly racist rant of Alexandra Wallace in which she mocks people for having family and flippantly dismisses them for checking in on loved ones after the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan.
She didn’t ignore her better judgment for “just a second.” It probably took her a little bit to make it. She looks like she may have even gotten a little dolled up for the occasion. It takes at least 10 minutes to upload a video. In those 10 minutes, she could have thought about what she said. She could have clicked “cancel upload”. After she made it, she could have said, “Okay, I feel better” and not posted it. She obviously knew what she was saying was offensive, or else she wouldn’t have qualified her comments with the statements about how she didn’t want to offend *her* Asian friends, just some Asians in the library.
What makes me better than that is that I don’t post racist rants stereotyping a whole group of people based on anecdotal experience and limited encounters. I don’t make light of a tragedy where thousands have died because someone concerned may have interrupted my deep study.
To answer your last question, yeah, there’s a bit more hope for humanity when people like Ms. Wallace learn responsible use of a webcam.
Is UCLA going to do anything about Alexandra Wallace's rant about Asian? You see, there are a lot of violent incidents caused by people like her, VA Tech, the kid in FL, the other day in the news a 15 y/o student poured acid to her classmate over an older guy. What's UCLA's stand on this?
I have not seen anything about a response. The problem with responding to it is that if she made this video on her own, there’s usually little a school could do without violating the first amendment. However, if UCLA has some kind of regulation against racism, etc, then she may have violated it.
I imagine the school disapproves, but there’s little they can do about it right now. It”ll be interesting to see if there’s anything that will come out of it.
Republicans in Michigan have come up with a revolutionary solution to the state’s growing budget crisis: claim the right to auction off entire municipal entities, like cities, counties, school districts and water systems.
In a new bill being pushed by Governor Rick Snyder (R), the governor, or a company hired by the governor, would have the power to declare municipal entities insolvent. Amid the fiscal emergency, the governor or the governor’s agent would then be empowered to appoint an emergency manager to oversee all financial matters.
Under language in the bill, that individual would be able to cancel any and all contracts — including collective bargaining rights for unions — and outright dis-incorporate whole cities, dismissing lawfully elected officials in the process.
I’m so totally shocked! Another example of right-wing, family values hypocrisy.
Protesters who marched at the home of Wisconsin state senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) were met with something of a surprise on Saturday. Mrs. Hopper appeared at the door and informed them that Sen. Hopper was no longer in residence at this address, but now lives in Madison, WI with his 25-year-old mistress.
Blogging Blue reports that the conservative Republican’s much-younger new flame is currently employed as a lobbyist for right-wing advocacy group Persuasion Partners, Inc., but was previously a state senate staffer who worked on the Senate Economic Development Committee alongside Mr. Hopper. Her bio has been scrubbed from the Persuasion Partners’ website, but a screen-grab is available here.
Suppose someone were to describe to you a small country that provided free education through university for all of its citizens, transportation for school children, and free health care—including heart surgery—for all. You might suspect that such a country is either phenomenally rich or on the fast track to fiscal crisis.
After all, rich countries in Europe have increasingly found that they cannot pay for university education and are asking young people and their families to bear the costs. For its part, the United States has never attempted to give free college for all, and it took a bitter battle just to ensure that America’s poor get access to health care—a guarantee that the Republican Party is now working hard to repeal, claiming that the country cannot afford it.
So true. How many Tea Partiers are voting against their own economic interests? Part of American culture is the belief that anyone can make it, anyone can turn their life around and be a millionaire. And it’s true. There’s a reason they call us the Land of Opportunity. Unfortunately, many people will not make it, and end up destitute because they voted for legislators who think poor people are scum.
Ann Coulter is coming to speak at the University of Wyoming. Her invitation is because I sucessfully sued UW to bring Bill Ayers after he was banned from campus by the UW administration. The former UW College Republicans president has admitted this is why she is coming. Ayers spoke on education reform and theory. Her topic? "Why Liberals Are Wrong About Everything".
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“This is a deeply uncanny and very troubling development, it exists, and it wants to take us back. It wants to take us, I mean, way back. I mean sure, they want to go back before the 70’s and the 60’s to the 50’s, no doubt about that. They also want to go back before the New Deal to the 20’s, well they also want to go back before the Progressive Era to the Gilded Age. Well, not quite, they also want to go back before the Emancipation Proclamation to the days of slavery, not even, what they want to do is take us back to a moment prior to the Enlightenment; they want to take us back to a moment when faith registered more than reason. They want to take us back to an imaginary age of absolute moral clarity, when good was good and evil was evil and everyone could see the difference. They want to take us back to an imaginary Manichean age when you’re either with us or against us, which means you either are us or we’ll exterminate you because we can only tolerate ourselves, we can only tolerate those who share our values. If this movement were to be given a name, I think it would most appropriate to call it Christo-Fascism, and if anyone objects to my using the word fascism, because it seems so redolent of the Axis powers, and after all we valiantly defeated fascism once, well, understand this about fascism - when it arrives it never shows up in the discarded costume of some other country, and when fascism comes here, its not going to be wearing a toothbrush mustache with a Luger in his belt and go goose-stepping around the mall, because that’s Germany. And its precisely characteristic of fascism, that it seems absolutely, totally expressive of the homeland, it seems completely familiar, it’s when 150% America puts a flag on its lapel and a cross around its neck and a real folksy way a talkin’, but just because it’s red, white and blue, doesn’t mean it’s American.”—A Patriot Act, written by Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University
Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism By Dr. Lawrence Britt
[All emphasis, comments in brackets mine]
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. [Hmmmm….]
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. [No national outcry over torture, or the treatment of Bradley Manning]
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. [Paging Rep. Peter King, Gov. Walker, Gov. Daniels, Gov. Kasich, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, etc…]
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. [Our defense budget is considered a sacred cow, consuming, by FY 2012, $670.6 billon]
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.[Same-sex marriage and abortion are hot election topics for 2012…]
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.[Everyone’s guilty, but Fox is the worst.]
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions. [Republican Jesus is drastically different than biblical Jesus. Just sayin’]
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. [How many politicians, including sitting governors *cough Walker cough* are bowing to the will of the Koch brothers?]
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. [Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, etc…]
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked. [Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, etc… The academic elite aren’t to be praised any longer. The term is now a slur bandied about by adherents to the cult of the amateur.]
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations. [DHS says what? PATRIOT Act who?]
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. [Again, with the Koch brothers, the Tea Party…]
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections. [Look up the new bill in New Hampshire to deny voting rights to college students.]
How else to describe someone who “applauds” his own party’s state senators for destroying fifty years of civil and labor rights in a 30 minute closed-door session with nary an advance word to the public? How else to describe someone who sent his state into deficit by passing massive corporate tax cuts while preaching “fiscal responsibility”? How else to describe someone who expects people to applaud his desire to sell the state’s power supply using private, no-bid contracts? How else to describe someone who wants to defund planned parenthood, eliminate protections for same-sex couples, and then has the gall to preach “family values”?
An ex-soldier with ties to the white supremacist movement has been taken into custody in connection with the planting of a backpack bomb along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. March in downtown Spokane, authorities have confirmed.
Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, could face life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court. An initial court appearance is scheduled for this afternoon.
Harpham was arrested this morning during a raid at his home near Addy, Wash. by dozens of federal agents who had been assembling in Spokane during the past few days.
The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation.
“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” said Mark Potok, who is the director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project that tracks and investigates hate groups.
Not surprising. Hey, Rep. Peter King, when do we get to hold hearings into right-wingers not doing enough and not working with the government to prevent a very small minority from becoming radicalized. They’re not turning in their own! Or is that just for Muslims?
“In the end, the presidency is different than any other job. You want to be able to look into them and understand, do they share my values? Do they know what I’m frightened of? Do they have answers that are real? … In a sense, our Judeo-Christian civilization is under attack from two fronts. On one front, you have a secular, atheist, elitism. And on the other front, you have radical Islamists. And both groups would like to eliminate our civilization if they could. For different reasons, but with equal passion.”—Newt Gingrich, on the presidency and threats to America on The Christian Bible Network.
“Just the idea of whether the American electorate is ready for someone a bit unconventional, who is willing to tell it as she sees it, not be beholden to special interest or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of doing what’s right for the voters.”—Sarah Palin, talking to the BBC about what she needed to think about before making a decision on a presidential bid, and concurrently making heads explode back here in the USA.
In other words, conservative Evangelicals react to Jesus the same way they react to everything else: “What is in it for ME?”
Now think about it. This sort of selfish mentality also informs their reactions to things like marriage equality, because people who are only concerned with themselves tend to play victim when somebody else threatens to outdo them in quality of life, love, happiness, etc. They have so long convinced themselves that they are The Elect, and that their system of morality is the best one, so it really messes them up to consider that the rest of the population has no use for their patriarchal system, for their rigid shame-inducing lifestyle, or anything else about them, really. It’s the same mentality that has retirees on Medicare joining the anti-union pitchfork-fest in Wisconsin. That’s why it’s really not surprising that conservative, fundamentalist Christians are the most likely demographic when it comes to supporting selfish, awful policies that do nothing but hurt people.
“Mothers are so necessary not only to our very existence, but in defining and strengthening our very being. Perhaps pornography, misappropriated use of sex and abortion have so greatly robbed society of the dignity of motherhood that it is for this reason that America has lost its faith and moral code; and thus we are tragically close to losing our Republic.”—
Rep. Bob Brechtel, on his FB page about motherhood and the loss of the US Republic. Never mind the idea that you whores are destroying America…
He introduced rather extreme anti-choice legislation this year. Perhaps it would benefit Brechtel to visit the forced pregnancy laws in Romania under President Nicolae Ceausescu. Once he learns that history, perhaps he could visit the aftermath of the institutionalized “orphans”. They weren’t always orphans, but children the state took after the families could not provide basic needs.