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Meet Mexican Barbie. I’m going to stop there, because journalist Laura Martinez nails it:

The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed.
In addition to a “wonderfully bright pink dress with ribbon accents,” Mexican Barbie comes fashionably ready for a fiesta with her Chihuahua friend (we all do.) But that is not all: According to Mattel, this beauty features accessories that “add play value,” including a passport and sticker sheet.
It is not for me to inform you about the “play value” that a passport provides, so go ahead! Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don’t even think of calling her indocumentada. Oh, and she can be yours for only $24.50 on Amazon.com

I’m curious who at Mattel looked at the sketch for this Barbie and said, “You know what? She’s not Mexican enough. I know! Let’s make her legal!”
I’m sure that person exists somewhere in their design department. And that person is awful.

Meet Mexican Barbie. I’m going to stop there, because journalist Laura Martinez nails it:

The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed.

In addition to a “wonderfully bright pink dress with ribbon accents,” Mexican Barbie comes fashionably ready for a fiesta with her Chihuahua friend (we all do.) But that is not all: According to Mattel, this beauty features accessories that “add play value,” including a passport and sticker sheet.

It is not for me to inform you about the “play value” that a passport provides, so go ahead! Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don’t even think of calling her indocumentada. Oh, and she can be yours for only $24.50 on Amazon.com

I’m curious who at Mattel looked at the sketch for this Barbie and said, “You know what? She’s not Mexican enough. I know! Let’s make her legal!”

I’m sure that person exists somewhere in their design department. And that person is awful.

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In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.
Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>
Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 
Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”
Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 
America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.

Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>

Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so. 

Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”

Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck. 

America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:

"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”

Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.

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What the president wants to do is restrain capitalism through taxation. If you score big, he wants a big piece of the action so he can give what you get to other people.

Now I could be wrong about this, but I think Mr. Obama allows historical grievances — things like slavery, bad treatment for Native Americans and U.S. exploitation of Third World countries — to shape his economic thinking. Rather than seeing the U.S.A. as basically noble, he gives the bad things about America far too much weight, leading to his desire to redistribute wealth, thereby correcting historical grievance.

Mr. Obama is not a communist, he’s not a socialist. He’s a social justice anti-capitalist. That’s what he is.

Bill O’Reilly, giving us a healthy dose of WTF, topped off with a dollop of denial and sprinkles of American Exceptionalism.

Let me summarize this: “Ignore the bad shit, folks, nothing to see here. Reasons. Noble America. Capitalism.” I’d say these things are more than “grievances,” Bill O. And taxes? How ELSE do you suggest we fund the government? Unicorns and smiles don’t pay the bills.

Yeah…

Yes, Bill O. You’re wrong about this.

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Joe Arpaio Arrests Six Year Old Girl

In Joe Arpaio’s Arizona, a six-year-old child falls under his jurisdiction as a criminal, instead of a minor in need of care from Child Protective Services:

Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant Friday, the day President Barack Obama softened the country’s deportation policy toward young illegal immigrants.

The girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office…

The whereabouts of the girl’s parents or other caretakers is unknown. All of the people traveling with her claimed to know nothing about the girl.

"Where was she going? What are they going to do with her? We’re trying to get to the bottom of this right now," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

All of the other suspected illegal immigrants, who claimed to be from Mexico, were booked into jail.

"We enforce the human-smuggling laws here," Arpaio said. "Every chance I can get to take action on my own without turning them over to ICE, I do. Especially with the new policy the president has."

I fear any action that Arpaio takes “on his own” — keep in mind, he’s the target of a Department of Justice lawsuit over abuses towards inmates and residents of Arizona, particularly those with brown skin. And it sounds like he arrested this six-year-old girl out of spite over Obama’s new policy towards young undocumented immigrants.

For Sheriff Joe:

Well, Arizona, all your crimes are now solved, thanks to Sheriff Joe.

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Spotted on Third Street in Laramie, Wyo.

The bottom photo has two signs on the car. The first reads, “If Obama is a Christian, then I’m a flying pig.” The second one says, “18 to 30 year olds. Help us save America. Vote REPUBLICAN.”

Love the “I miss Reagan” sticker on the back. Not sure he understands St. Ronnie would never pass muster in today’s GOP.

Hey, at least it’s a Prius…

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Focus On The Family Pushing ‘License To Discriminate’ Initiative In Colorado

Oh hi there, Focus on the Family! Remember Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996)? You know, that one case where Amendment 2 was struck down in Colorado as unconstitutional for discriminating against GLBTQ people?

Well, this is awfully similar. I’ll refresh your memories. Here’s the case.

And since you tighty-righties seem to have the attention span of ferrets in a glitter factory, here’s the Wiki entry and a case brief.

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When you have 40 percent of kids being born out of wedlock, and among certain ethnic groups the vast majority being born out of wedlock, you ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future? Because these kids are raised in poverty in many cases, they’re in abusive settings. The likelihood of them being able to finish high school or college drops dramatically in single-family homes. And we haven’t been willing to talk about this.

Mitt Romney, at Wednesday’s CNN debate in Arizona. 

Hey, you know what prevents unwanted pregnancy? This.

Love the insinuation that poverty IS child abuse. And the racism. That throwaway remark is quite possibly one of the worst things to come out of last night’s debate.

I could say more, but Elon James White said it much better than I ever could:

I salute you, sir.

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Santorum Cites Racist Author To Defend His Views On ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’

In not-shocking news:

Santourm’s decision to rely on Charles Murray is no less distressing. Murray co-authored The Bell Curve, which argues that black people score lower on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior to whites. To reach this conclusion, Murray relied on studies backed by the Pioneer Fund, whose original mission was to pursue “race betterment” for people “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original thirteen states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.”

Murray’s latest book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, is a similarly rigorous work of scholarship.

Let me remind you, Rick Santorum — previously an also-ran afterthought in the GOP nomination race — is now the front-runner for the GOP nod.

I don’t care for Obama, but damn GOP — it’s like you want him re-elected. 

Wait…

If they get Obama re-elected, they don’t have to try to unbreak shit. They can keep blocking everything and blame Obama for doing nothing.

I see what you did there, GOP. Run the birth control-hating, slightly racist stooge, lose, bitch about everything. Bravo.

That is your plan, right?

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If our national security is on the line, the defense of your children, your family, when that’s on the line, who do you want manning the Howitzers? Who do you want manning the M-16s. Who do you want manning the fighter planes? Do you want somebody who is characterized by sensitivity, warmth and apprehension? That is somebody who is sensitive, who is warm and who is easily spooked? Is that who you want defending your national security?

Or do you want somebody who is characterized by emotional stability, dominance, rule, consciousness and vigilance? Well if your answer is B, which I think any objective, logical, right thinking, clear-headed, non-politically correct corrupted thinking person would think, clearly you have just said we ought to have men in combat. … Women are not wired, either by evolution or by God, whoever is responsible for this difference, they are not prepared by DNA and innate personality characteristics to be in those positions.

Bryan Fischer of professional hate group American Family Association explaining why women aren’t suited for combat

We’re delicate flowers, y’all! Too fragile!

Yes. You know why? Because Fischer is a patriarchal asshat who believes women violate evolutionary principles when they do something but be brood mares because we’re “apprehensive” and “easily spooked.” Yeah, every single time a balloon pops I dive under my bed and cower. Now I know why! Love how he cites “evolution” as a possible reason when it seems to suit his argument…

In conclusion:

And especially Bryan Fischer. And P.S. - AFA + Rick Santorum = TRU LUV 4-EVA. You know, the same Rick Santorum who walked back similar comments about a week ago.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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