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Congressional Black Caucus member: “Tea Partiers want blacks hanging from a tree”

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Looking for a new tone in political discourse?  The Congressional Black Caucus has your new tone–same as the old tone for today’s Democrat party.  Which is to say angry, race-baiting politics:

A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.

Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC’s chief vote counter, said at a CBC event in Miami that some in Congress would “love to see us as second-class citizens” and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”

Why is Carson using such vile rhetoric?  Frustration over the utter failure of the left’s spend and spend some more policies:

Carson’s spokesman, said the comment was “in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’s inability to bolster the economy.”   Tomcsi, in an email, wrote that “the congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.

“The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities,” Tomcsi wrote. “We are talking about child nutrition, job creation, job training, housing assistance, and Head Start, and that is just the beginning. A child without basic nutrition, secure housing, and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life.”

Raising taxes on their perceived enemies and spending money to solve any problem are the only solution they have for anything.  When that fails then, well, it’s all about race-baiting for Democrats.   Their constituents will continue to suffer.  And if anyone raises objections (in this instance, the Tea Party), they vilify that person or group as wanting that  suffering to continue.  Then you have explanations like that from Carson’s office.

It is the vile underbelly of leftist politics.  And as the economy continues to sour, we will be seeing more hateful rhetoric from the left.

[h/t Drudge]

UPDATE.  Video/audio added, via Hot Air:

Carson’s comments start about 10 seconds in, with additional commentary by other angry CBC members throughout the video.

The Hurricane Irene post

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Totally obligatory. 

Yesterday we rented a bunch of movies, and loaded up on water and some vino.  This morning, I went out to get the paper and ran some errands, all the while it was about 80 degrees and a bit muggy. 

The best part?  This afternoon I was attempting to get some wind chimes down from the top of our patio, and awkwardly landed on my foot, apparently crushing my big toe.  At least it feels like that.  I’ve iced it down throughout the day, but that didn’t stop it from swelling to an uncomfortable purple color.  And throbbing.  I don’t think its broken, but whatever.  Just another addition to the anxiety.

Right now (about 10:30 PM EST) there’s a light, steady rain, and winds blowing about 10-15 miles an hour.  The Tee Vee tells me that Irene won’t touch New Jersey until sometime around 1 to 2 am tomorrow morning, and is not expected to leave until about twelve hours later.  The only serious thing I’m expecting is loss of power, which would just really suck.

Nevertheless, I’m relatively safe, but not so comfortable thanks to my busted toe.   To anyone reading this, hope all is well on your end.

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And another Steve Jobs has resigned from Apple post

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

There are many, many people commenting on the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, and not all of it is glowing.

Say what you want about the man, but he resurrected the company from being a laughing-stock in the industry, to one of the largest and most successful companies in the world.    Here is one of the more honest assessments of Jobs as I’ve seen so far:

Steve Jobs could be arrogant and unpleasant, a brutal man a sane person would not want to work for. But the products he created will be his monuments. And so will the memory of how he created those products.

Unlike those folks in Washington who dare not offend their favored constituencies—Republicans unwilling to raise taxes, Tea Party members who praise James Madison’s belief in small government but not his belief in checks and balances and compromise, Congressional Democrats unwilling to offend senior citizens or labor, a President unwilling to stick his neck out to endorse the work of the bipartisan budget-balancing commission he appointed—Steve Jobs has been a true leader.

Like Edison, he’s been an inventor and a man who has changed our lives.

Sounds like a real leader in a world where we have too few.

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Serenity now!

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Earlier this year, while trying to figure out where to go on vacation, we came up with a few destinations, one of which was Maine.  That didn’t pan out, and we ended up having a great week-long trip to Cape Cod instead.  We had gone to Rhode Island the previous summer, and this year to Harwich Port on the Cape.  My appreciation for New England grows with every trip we take.

Still, Maine is on my list and if it’s anything as relaxing as this video, I can’t get there too soon:

 

[Hat Tip:  Twitter]

 

Maxine Waters: The Tea Party can go to hell

August 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Bitter old bag:

On Saturday in Inglewood, Calif., Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had some harsh words for the tea party.

“I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California congresswoman told constituents in footage that appeared on ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, not backing down from comments made about President Obama earlier in the week. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell.”

That proclamation was met with cheers from the audience, including attendees sporting purple SEIU T-shirts.

Tone down the rhetoric, indeed. 

The Democrats thrive on hate and anger, and this story is just another example of that.  And make no mistake, if it was up to progressives, Maxine Waters would be President and not Barack Obama.   She’s right up their alley.

[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]

Yes, liberalism is racial politics.

August 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Results be damned, it’s all about electing more and more liberals to positions of power, to keep blacks more and more suppressed:

[T]he bad policies that have always failed are the big government liberalism that has defined modern black politics.

With further thought, blacks might realize […] that growing government and electing black politicians would make blacks better off — that explains why blacks have remained disproportionately “hurtin”.

Take the Congressional Black Caucus itself. The average poverty rate in Black Caucus districts is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. Yet, these black politicians have 100 percent re-election rates.

Maybe blacks will realize that they should blame Obama. Not because he is black, but because he is a liberal.

Or maybe it’s because of those racist, terrorist Tea Partiers.  Read the whole piece.

UPDATE.   Stacy McCain as usual, drives the point home:

Appealing to the credulous resentments of ignorant mobs has long been a political speciality of the Democratic Party, which habitually excites the fears and hatreds of its constituencies, even as it exploits their foolish hopes […] 

Democrats execise power through such cynical manipulation of their supporters’ dreams and nightmares. The Democrats grow rich while the people who elect them grow poor and yet always — always — the blame for their failures is externalized onto […] the Republicans.

[T]he fools who vote for Democrats certainly deserve no better than what they’ve gotten from Obama: Absolutely nothing.

 

Obamas fly into Martha’s Vineyard on two seperate jets

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s almost as if they enjoy kicking the nation in the collective groin:

Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.

The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.

I know I’ve been dismissing criticism of the Obamas trip to MV in recent posts, but I’ve also acknowledged that the optics are tough.  Stories like this only add fuel to the fire.

[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]

 

 

 

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