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On February 4, 2012, Blogcritics published “Holder Incompetent, Tries to Hide It By Playing Race Card.” The article was about Attorney General Eric Holder’s incompetence, and how he is President Barack Hussein Obama’s lapdog. Well, now we are getting very close to home, to what President Barack Hussein Obama and his political hacks, er, handlers plan for the 2012 election. He can’t run, except for Kool-Aid drinkers, on his dismal record. So he plans to run on blame, blame, and more blame. He has had much practice, blaming everyone, particularly former President George Walker Bush, for anything and everything that has not been beneficial to/for him. Why change now? And the MSM goes right along with his blame game. A list of his 2008 campaign promises, none of which he kept (partially or fully), is available here.

And if anyone, for any reason, calls attention to what he has failed to do, that person will be called a racist. In the 2012 race, voters will be subjected to an endless recitation of race baiting, something that Democrats hope will distract voters from real issues such as the economy, the real unemployment rate, and gutting the military.

From Politico (hardly a bastion of conservatism), in an article entitled, “The Race Issue Rises Again,” we learn:

  • Newt Gingrich labeled Obama the “food stamp president.” Racist? Here are the facts. Obama is the food stamp president, with food stamp usage at a record high of nearly 15% during his presidency. Gingrich also said that Mitt Romney is “little food stamp.” Is that statement also racist or a code expression?
  • Michelle Obama got mad when she was called an “angry black woman.” Racist? Here are the facts. Michelle Obama told CBS’s Gayle King on “This Morning” that she took issue with the book The Obamas, by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor. Michelle Obama told King, “But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day that Barack announced – that I’m some angry black woman.” Please explain how something Michelle Obama said herself can be racist! 
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wagged her finger at Obama. Racist? Here are the facts. Brewer pointed her finger at President Obama during a heated exchange that he instigated. The Brewer finger-pointing incident has to be one of the silliest “racism” charges ever. Was it yet another code expression? Yes, Brewer gave several versions of what was said, but none of them had any racial overtones.

Jesse Jackson said in an interview that it’s time to decipher the “code words” spoken by Gingrich and “code expressions” such as Brewer’s finger wag. Said Jackson, “They need to be decoded because they are becoming voluminous and dangerous.” He continued, “This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and the great divide has been revived.” Jackson sees the resurgence of states rights rhetoric, brandished by Brewer and other Republicans, as a dog whistle with darker motives. “It can’t be ignored. Black America feels the attack.” Let’s see, is the same Jesse Jackson who spit in “whitey’s” food? He can, said sarcastically, be counted on to be quite objective about race.

Al Sharpton said, “I’ll just say it straight up. There are some people, not all, in this country who cannot stand the fact that this is an African American who is now one of the most powerful individuals on the planet. And there are those who cannot consciously and subconsciously handle it.” And we all know how truthful, objective, and reliable a source Al Sharpton can be. Does anyone remember Tawana Brawley?

So when the blame game starts, some fact checking and complete truth telling is in order. And when the race card is played, just remember which party played it, and what supposed incident caused it to be played. The MSM will set up the racial “straw man,” then report anything as racial. Someone accurately accuses Obama of lying or not telling the complete truth. Racial. Someone gestures while disagreeing with Obama? Racial.

But that’s just my opinion.

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  • Igor

    Warren, you’ve sunk to a new low in cross-quoting yourself, in the very first sentence!

    You’ll end being the regular figure of fun if you keep this up.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Dreadful

    I guess Warren couldn’t be bothered to look up Newt Gingrich, Michelle Obama, Jan Brewer, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s middle names.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    I particularly liked the “list of his 2008 campaign promises, none of which he kept (partially or fully), is” a hubpage from 2010. Now that’s a reliable resource. No doubt it took him a while to find information that fit his opinion.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Dreadful

    Yes, I mean Warren could have gone to the resource everyone else uses, which lists and rates all 508 of Obama’s campaign promises, rather than Kevin Keyboardpecker on Hubpages, who just cherry-picked 11 of them, but whatever.

    Maybe he just thinks we’re all stupid.

  • Arch Conservative

    See Warren, more proof that you just can’t fix stupid.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Arch –

    You’re right! You just can’t fix stupid! The only question is, who’s the stupid ones?

  • Arch Conservative

    Shouldn’t that be who are the stupid ones?

  • Zingzing

    I kinda like “who’r”. sounds like someone from jersey.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren! Oh, Warren!

    I just wanted to post a few other examples of Republican racism for you to ignore:

    “My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack” said the president of the University of Texas College Republicans.

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    On the Facebook page of Audra Shay, vice president of the Young Republicans, “Eric Piker” posted:

    “This is still America… freedom of speech and thought is still allowed… for now any ways… and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boy… and if yur ass is black don’t let the sun set on it in a southern town…”

    “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

    Eight minutes after the second post, the owner of the FB page weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.” Audra Shay was called out by others, after which she claimed she was referring to something else (which the reference ably debunks)…and eventually “unfriended” those who called her out, but not the one who posted the racist language.

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    Then there was the Republican congressman who referred to Obama as a “Tar Baby”…which happened a week or so before former GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan referred to Obama as “your boy”…and Warren, you DO know very well that “boy” used in reference to a black man is considered racist. I know you know this because you are very familiar with where I was raised in the Delta, and you know very well that if you call a black man on the street a “boy”, you’re not being too smart.

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    There’s the “Obama Monkey Doll” that a Palin supporter brought to one of her rallies…but I’m not too bothered by this one since he was only an attendee and did not in some capacity officially represent the GOP as do ALL my other examples.

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    There’s the following by a South Carolina Republican activist in June of 2009: The image shows a post by an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster describing Friday morning’s gorilla escape at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.

    Longtime SCGOP activist and former state Senate candidate Rusty DePass responded with the comment, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

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    Let’s not forget Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R), who apologized for forwarding an email that referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. Yo’ Mama.”

    The email featured a photo of Michelle Obama juxtaposed with an image of the cartoon character “The Grinch” with the subject line reading “Twins separated at birth?” Written in the email was: “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation – at our expense, of course”

    ==================================

    There’s also Marilyn Davenport, a CA GOP official, who sent out a picture of two chimps and Obama’s face pasted on the “baby” chimp and states, “Now you know why there is no birth certificate.” She later claimed that the image wasn’t meant to be racist at all and blasted the oh-so-terrible liberal media for reporting what she did.

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    And of course in Warren World, the repeated playing of “Barack the Magic Negro” by one of the most powerful conservatives in America isn’t racist at all!

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    Y’know, Warren, having been a racist, I’ve known quite a few racists – some within my own family. Oh, they’d swear up and down that they’re not racist, and they’d point out how they deal with blacks every day and count them as good friends and share food their own gardens with blacks in need…but when they were once more alone with trusted (read: white conservative) friends, out would come the n-word and all kinds of proclamations, and then they’d say, “well, so-and-so’s a good man and his color doesn’t matter, but that other guy is just a plain old [n-word]”.

    You see, this kind of racist means well – they really do – but they honestly don’t realize that yes, they’re only reinforcing the racist attitude.

    Yes, Warren, you DO know whereof I speak. ALL white adults who know the Delta as well as you and I do know what I’m talking about. This is the same kind of racism that pervades much of the GOP, as is evidenced by the many examples I gave above.

    So whenever you go complaining about how wrong it is for liberals to point out the racism that is endemic in much of the GOP, I’ll just point out that I know where you’ve been…and that any white adult who is as familiar with the Delta as you are who denies the level of racism that exists there to this day, well, I won’t use the ‘racist’ accusation. You’ve been very careful. But if what I’ve said above applies to you, then I would not need to make the ‘racist’ accusation – your gut is already making the accusation for me.

  • Arch Conservative

    Has anyone ever told you that you’re absolutely no fun Glenn?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Arch –

    I’m sorry – I didn’t know that pointing out rank hypocrisy and outright malice in others wasn’t fun.

  • zingzing

    warren: “And if anyone, for any reason, calls attention to what he has failed to do, that person will be called a racist.”

    ah, the preemptive strike race card. a race card that’s not a race card. wait. a race card’s a race card’s a race card.

    good work, warren. keep playing that card…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    zing –

    It’s sorta like the ‘rape card’ wherein the woman is actually the rapist because she had the temerity to accuse the man of raping her. That’s the modern conservative defense – anything that a person ever accuses conservatives (and especially the GOP) of doing, well, that person is actually the one who committed the crime in the first place!

  • zingzing

    i also have to say that this article has to have the greatest headline ever written. maybe “2012” or just “the” would have been even more epic.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    What’s worse, one comment with incorrect subject-verb agreement or two comments with different punctuation errors?

    I’d disagree with about the title, zing, but it’s got to the point now that Warren’s very limited writing ability is just too pathetic to deal with. It’s like picking on the asthmatic kid’s lack of athletic ability.

  • Zingzing

    C’mon, el b… Warren is an ok writer. He gets his attempt at a point across owith some degree of readability. Or at least he’s got some grasp of grammar and spelling. Or at least he does have apparently have a functioning brain. Or his fingers work. His knuckles are probably bloody. But, hey, the right has a right to write, no matter how much they maybe should not. Warren’s not got many defenders around here, so you must at least acknowledge his tenacity. He’s a great source of comedy at the minimum.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    zing –

    To back up what you said, the most controversial articles tend to get the most comments – and Warren’s been pretty good about writing articles that get a lot of comments. Of course he’s providing a bit of an easy target as is evidenced by either a total lack of awareness of racism among Southern conservatives, or a sheer determination to help hide it a la Bart Simpson’s quip “I didn’t do it nobody saw me do it you can’t prove I did it”…but if it’s the latter, then just like Bart Simpson, Warren doesn’t understand that his denial is really an obvious admission. IF it’s the latter.

  • Zingzing

    Warren’s my man. I wish him happiness in all things non-political.

  • Igor

    #10-Arch Conservative apparently thinks that blatant racism is “fun”.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Walker Dreadful

    Warren’s my man. I wish him happiness in all things non-political.

    And utter misery on the morning of November 7, 2012, right, zing? :-)

  • Igor

    I had my doubts about this Obama guy, but he seems to be doing a terrific job, and that with no help from congress.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Igor –

    That’s what Warren’s not understanding – his GOP is blaming Obama for not waving a magic wand and fixing the economy while at the same time the GOP has from day one done their utmost to prevent Obama from being about do anything at all.

    It’s sorta like sending a boxer into the ring with one hand tied behind his back, and then covering his eyes with a blindfold, and then blaming him for not being able to win the match right away.

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Re: comment #3, EB, the source I cite was an evaluation of his performance as of 2009. Here it is 2012 and we are still waiting…

    Re: comment #4, Dr. Dreadful, I am quite aware of the resource you cite. But I don’t see anywhere in your comment addressing ANY of Obama’s promises from either source. Let’s turn our attention to the source you cite, Politifact. Have you examied the list of promises he “kept?” And did you bother to examine the promises he did not keep? Let’s see… the source I cited focused on (IMHO) major promises, not pitddling-ass promises you say he kept. We’ll let readers look at both sources, then decide.

    Re: comment #10, Glenn, why do you insist on living in the past? My post, with references I might add, is about the UPCOMING election. And I NEVER said anyone was a racist. I am reporting (with sources that you will choose to ignore) what we can expect in the coming months. And regarding your last entry in your rant, first consider who coined the phrase “magic negro”: David Ehrenstein, in a Los Angeles Times op ed column of March 19, 2007, not Rush Limbaugh. Further, consider who popularized the phrase “magical negro”: Spike Lee. Finally, consider in whose voice it was sung and why: Al Sharpton, who sings that white people will vote for Barack Obama for President instead of Sharpton, because Obama is a magical Negro, not a real black man from the “hood”. Have you ever listened to the song? It is anything but racist.

    Re: comment #12, zz, considering the point you are TRYING to make, what??? I again cite what we can expect in coming months. Did you bother to actually read my post?

    Re: comment #22, Glenn, do I again need to remind you of two FACTS? (1) Democrats controlled BOTH houses of Congress during Obama’s first two years in office, and (2) Obama has had three years, hardly “not being able to win the match right away.”

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    *sigh*

    Even your fellow BC conservatives would know better than to make some of the same claims that you just did…but for your benefit (like you’ll even pay attention), I’ll show you your blatant errors:

    Re: comment #10, Glenn, why do you insist on living in the past? My post, with references I might add, is about the UPCOMING election.

    Oh, you mean that all the Republican racism I pointed out (which was ALL during Obama’s candidacy and presidency) was all in the PAST!!!! And NOW the Republicans aren’t racist anymore, never mind that some of the incidents I listed occurred in 2011, just last year!!!!

    Warren, you DO realize of course that your claim is sorta like that of a man who beats his wife for years and then all of a sudden tells her that it was all in the (VERY recent) past, that he won’t do it ever again, honest John!

    And I NEVER said anyone was a racist. I am reporting (with sources that you will choose to ignore) what we can expect in the coming months.

    You “NEVER said anyone was a racist”???? Then please explain this statement in your previous article: “Holder feels that some minorities, blacks in particular, should be accorded greater rights, privileges and entitlements, especially at the expense of others, notably whites. The racist bias that has suffused the Department of Justice (DOJ), is exemplified in his dropping the New Black Panther Party case.”

    Oh, wait – let me guess – because you didn’t expressly say “[this person] is a racist”, then you NEVER called anyone a racist. Is that it? And btw – if you’ll check comment #57 of your previous article, you’ll find that I not only read your reference but also listed a site that provided a MORE COMPLETE quote than the site you referenced. So…how could I do that if I – as you claim – simply ignored your reference? Hm?

    And regarding your last entry in your rant, first consider who coined the phrase “magic negro”: David Ehrenstein, in a Los Angeles Times op ed column of March 19, 2007, not Rush Limbaugh. Further, consider who popularized the phrase “magical negro”: Spike Lee. Finally, consider in whose voice it was sung and why: Al Sharpton, who sings that white people will vote for Barack Obama for President instead of Sharpton, because Obama is a magical Negro, not a real black man from the “hood”. Have you ever listened to the song? It is anything but racist.

    Did I say that Rush “coined” the phrase? NO. I said that Rush PLAYED THE SONG on his radio show several times. Warren, your point is sorta like claiming that a person saying the “n-word” isn’t racist because that person didn’t “coin” the word. And your claim that the song can’t have been racist because it didn’t say anything strictly racist…look back at the first paragraph in the last section of my first reply to you here. It applies to that song. Does it apply to you? Probably, because you’re using the same kind of “No-I-can’t-be-racist-because” excuses I’ve heard too many times in my life. Maybe you’re not racist – maybe I’m stupidly wrong. But who knows? I suspect we both do.

    Re: comment #22, Glenn, do I again need to remind you of two FACTS? (1) Democrats controlled BOTH houses of Congress during Obama’s first two years in office and (2) Obama has had three years, hardly “not being able to win the match right away.”

    During which time you know very well the Republicans filibustered nearly everything, including legislation that would have been considered routine in ANY other administration. That, and there were several blue-dog Democrats and Joe Lieberman who were more Republican in their actions than either GOP senator from Maine. In other words, to get ANYTHING done required 60 votes rather than a simple majority. It’s not for nothing that I’ve said that Obama’s faced the most obstructionist Congress since the Civil War, and you know I’m right. No other president since Lincoln has had to face such an obstructionist Congress – the sheer number of filibusters is proof enough of that!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Walker Dreadful

    Have you examied the list of promises he “kept?”

    Yes. Do you think I’m “stupid”?

    And did you bother to examine the promises he did not keep?

    Yes.

    Let’s see… the source I cited focused on (IMHO) major promises

    That’s just it: in your opinion. It’s a get-out-of-jail-free card which allows you to decide arbitrarily that a promise is not “major” if it is rated as “kept”.

    Or to say that he “broke” it if there has been even one tiny sliver of revision or compromise, regardless of whether the original intent of the promise remains intact.

    not pitddling-ass promises…

    “Pitddling”-ass promises like the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, the passage of a universal health care bill, ending the use of torture and reducing nuclear stockpiles?

    Also, things like a credit card rating system for consumers, expanded loans for small businesses, housing vouchers for homeless veterans and enabling Cuban-Americans to visit their homeland may be “piddling” to you, but they’re mighty important to a lot of people.

    …you say he kept.

    I said nothing (until just now) about whether any promises were kept or broken.

    We’ll let readers look at both sources, then decide.

    I think most informed readers will prefer to decide based on a reliable website that presents all the evidence, not a highly subjective blog post that cherry-picks bits of it.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Doc –

    I do wish you’d spend some time among the white conservatives in the Mississippi Delta. If you were able to spend enough time there to gain their trust so that they could speak to you in an unguarded fashion, I’m fairly sure you’d find what I referred to in the last section of my first comment.

    But I think there’s little chance you could do so – too much of your education and common sense are evident for what I once called my fellow rednecks to trust you. Ever.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    “We’ll let readers look at both sources, then decide.”

    Yes, let’s. I’ll be curious to see who else agrees with you that 167 promises kept and 51 compromises equals zero.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    zing,

    never said he didn’t have a right to write. he’s just lucky the bar is set so low.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    El B –

    I’ll be curious to see who else agrees with you that 167 promises kept and 51 compromises equals zero.

    Who would agree with that? Why, the same people who would agree that zero sex ed in school equals lower teenage pregnancy rates, and lower taxes on the rich equals higher tax revenue for the nation!

    George Orwell would be having a field day today…if we could keep him from committing suicide because he was so right about the rise of doublespeak.

  • Clavos

    …enabling Cuban-Americans to visit their homeland…

    Just for the record, Doc, Cubans have been able to visit their homeland since long before Obama was in office. I was operating thrice weekly charters from MIA to four different Cuban cities throughout the nineties, and other airlines operated them before AND after I did. The charters were authorized by both governments and were open only to Cubans who had relatives on the island. And every single one of them went out (and returned) dead full — no empty seats at all.

    The program long predated Obama’s election. It was all already running since the eighties.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Walker Dreadful

    Didn’t know that, Clav.

    Took another look at the Politifact page on the subject, and apparently the pledge was to allow Cuban-Americans unlimited visits to relatives in Cuba, and to send them money.

    Don’t know if that was the case when you were operating your charter flights.

  • Clavos

    No, they were restricted to one visit every so often; can’t remember the specifics, so he has definitely made a change there.

    Incidentally, Cubans have long gotten around visitation restrictions (illegally) by flying to Cancun, then purchasing a ticket from Cancun to Havana and continuing. Both Mexican carriers and Cubana fly regular daily service on the route; Mexico has long been friendly to Castro.

    And all restrictions imposed on US-based Cubans traveling to the island have been imposed by the US; Castro welcomes the influx of dollars they bring.

  • Clavos

    In fact, the restrictions (and the licensing of the charters) are the reponsibility of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), not the Dept. of State.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I really don’t understand why we have any restrictions at all against Cuba – I’ve never understood it. I’ve heard somewhere that some of the most vocal supporters of the Cuba embargo were Cuban expats – but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, since it seems to me that the most effective way to spread democracy is to encourage rather than to discourage trade and travel.

    Clavos, could you please edjimicate me on this matter? I honestly don’t know the issues on this matter.

  • Igor

    IMO the restrictions against Castro/Cuba are the result of the pique that Americans felt when Castro declared himself marxist upon overthrowing Battista.

    The feeling many Americans had was that Fidel was OK (we were all ‘Fidelistas’ then) and Fidels communism could be accommodated as long as he was another Client State.

    A large part of that pique was the trickle down of the Mafias hatred of Castro since he kicked over the Mafia whorehouse in Havana.

    IMO all that mix resulted in what we have today, but we should have reconciled with Cuba 40 years ago. Every year that goes by is to our great disadvantage in the USA. But our policies toward Latin America have been generally neglectful and stupid.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Hussein Walker Dreadful

    Pretty much, Igor.

    The ongoing US embargo against Cuba is basically the longest sulk in world politics.

    And has accomplished precisely nothing except to produce a nation of absolutely incredible auto mechanics.

  • Clavos

    As to the inception of the embargo and the reasons therefore, you are essentially correct, Igor, although what really turned Americans against Fidel early on were the mass of assasinations carried out in front of the infamous paredón (wall), as early in his ascendance to power he systematically eliminated tens of thousands of enemies, both real and imaginary, while simultaneously imprisoning (often for life) tens of thousands more lesser apostates.

    However, it’s well known in Cuba that Fidel doesn’t want the embargo lifted, because it’s a means of controlling the people better. The Party faithful are paid in hard currencies, usually USD, and have available stores open only to them (and which require payment in dollars) wherein they can acquire pretty much anything that can be purchased here. The “outsiders,” on the other hand, are kept in check by the very scarcity brought on by the embargo; they dare not upset the apple cart for fear the government, which controls all the production and distribution of goods, will deny them the miserable access they do have.

    Since Raul was elevated to sitteth on the right hand of Fidel, he has begun to experiment with allowing non Party citizens to produce and market a limited amount of goods openly, so we may yet see a point when the Castro brothers will decide the embargo no longer serves their purposes, at which point negotiations between Washington and Havana will probably result in the lifting of the embargo, at least to a limited degree.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    Thanks.