Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rants: The Shirley Sherrod Incident

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The way this thing appears to be shaking down is that a malicious, racist landmine was set by a crypto-fascist disinformation operative, and the NAACP carelessly stepped on it, carrying the feckless Vilsap under one arm and chickenshit Barry Obama under the other. What a fucking mess. I'm howling with rage and convulsed with shame that this Breitbart scumbag was able to so easily pull off the same kind of shit that was pulled off in the demise of ACORN again, and so soon. What a nation of bleating merinos we are!

Never trust an American political conservative: they lack a fundamentally moral perspective.
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Update: Kudos to Tom Vilsac who has made a no-nonsense, straightforward apology to Shirley Sherrod and has offered her a new job. No "non-apology apology" here. This was good as gold. I can't ask for more--other than much better due diligence in the future.

Now: where the fuck is the White House? I'm waiting, Barry.

I. Can't. Hear. You....
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15 comments:

Moose said...

This was a complete bullshit move on Brietbart. And I don't buy the fact that he was just trying to prove a point about the media's coverage of the Tea Party and it's not about Sherrod to him. Give me a break. The speech she gave was actually an incredibly moving one that showed how, in the end, she was able to look past the issue of race. The way he played it to sound another way is disgraceful.

Anyway, I hope you're well and have been enjoying the music and baseball posts when I get the chance to stop in.

Rodak said...

Hey, Moose--
Nice to hear to from you.
The real target of the Sherrod attack was, of course, Obama and by extension the Democratic majority in congress. But it was typical of the "dirty tricks" that the GOP and its fellow travellors have been famous for since at least the time of Nixon.
I should be doing more of the baseball posts. I've kind of let them slide lately.
If I'd known anybody was actually looking at them (hint) I might have been better with it.
Any chance of our revitalizing Ragged Thots?

Mad said...

Sure, blame the conservatives, but who is more stupid: they for the usual race-baiting tricks, or the Obama crew for being so dumb-assed as to not even follow basic HR and management practices by getting the full story and investigation BEFORE making a determination?

I hope she sues the fuck out of the USDA, and THEN sues the fuck out of Breitbart.

Sorry, Rodak, idiot conservatives or not, your boy is a fucking idiot. Aren't you glad you voted for him? He's soooooooooo much different and better than Bush (eyeroll) ...

Anyway, let's get back to baseball and your magazine collection...

Rodak said...

I don't think that I've been letting Barry, Vilsac, or any of the Dems off the hook in my commentary. Quite to the contrary.

Rodak said...

You're right, though. We're past due for a Reporter post. I'll have to look into that this weekend.

Moose said...

Ok, I'll try to reply to the baseball posts. However, I have to admit that I am not very good it. My mom gave me a baseball trivia calendar of the page-a-day variety. I typically send out the question to a bunch of friends and keep track of who gets the right answers. I can't think of any other sport that has such a fascinating history to it.

Also, back to the matter at hand, I do believe MSNBC was all over this too. So they also forgot to do the due diligence and see if Ms. Sherrod actually finished the friggin speech with that or if she had more to say. So, a pox on all of them (sans Sherrod).

This reminds me of how people always use the quote from Coolidge: "The business of America is business" to paint him in an unfavorable light. When you read the rest of the speech, the whole gist of it is completely different than this one little snippet.

Hey Mad, what's up?

Rodak said...

Be that as it may, Moose, it was "liberal" reporters who exposed the hoax.

Mad said...

Yo, Moose, glad to see ya! Rodak's crib is the cyber place to be!

Rodak said...

There's certainly plenty of room.

Rodak said...

Madscribe has promised to launch a blog that will run mine right off the globe...

CRKeesey said...

The whole thing leaves me with a taste worse than vanilla in my mouth and the feeling of a lost boy in my soul. When people who I might agree with ideologically (i.e. limited gov't intrusion) are guilty of such heinous BS as Breitbart it leaves me wondering if a bunker 60 feet down with no communication and no affiliation with and to the outside world is the only means of assuring I am conversing with someone (myself) who I can talk to that I agree with who isn't guilty of turning discourse and the future of our country into a binary game where the loser gets destroyed.

Rodak said...

Regardless of one's ideological bent, it's certainly a bad sign for the national polity.

Mad said...

I said nothing about "running yours off the globe." I always bow to superior talent. I'm still contemplating how to put one together, while reigning in my frankness and keeping my job (lol). For example, I think I almost cost a cashier at a national breakdown when she asked for ID after I tried to buy a can of compressed air to clean my computer. After my exclamation of "OH, JESUS F______ CHRIST!!!" (apologies to his followers), she explained some stupid teenager had tried to get high from compressed air and now they have to card.

So, until I learn to keep this potential blog from being a bitchfest and keeping it on an intellectual keel like my elder, Rodak, I will continue its contemplation ...

Mad said...

Should have been

"For example, I think I almost cost a cashier at a national retail chain a nervous breakdown..."

Rodak said...

LOL. The last time I got carded I was pushing 39--going into a club in Bar Harbor, ME to hear Taj Mahal.
That story would've made a great kick-off anecdote for your new kick-ass blog, btw.
Fish or cut bait. Sheee-it!