Friday, October 21, 2016

Attention all you white supremacist "christians:"

The face of the rightwing

In his long career as an accomplished journalist working across the American South, Steve Crump has come face-to-face with hatred and bigotry.
The Emmy-winning journalist spent time reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in which he, a black man, interviewed members of the organization, people who by their very membership profess to hate him due to the color of his skin.
For all that, though, Crump, 59, told The Washington Post that he’s never felt the blunt hatred he did in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 8.
Crump, who works for WBTV in Charlotte, was in Charleston working on a story about cleanup following Hurricane Matthew. Along with his camera crew, he was filming near the southern tip of the peninsula when he came across a young white man, he and later police identified as 21-year-old Brian Eybers, holding an iPad, apparently producing some sort of “citizen journalism,” as Crump put it.
The man, watching the WBTV crew, was narrating his story into the tablet when Crump caught wind of what he was saying.
“He basically said, ‘There’s a black guy here. No wait a minute, he’s a slave. No wait a minute, he’s a ‘n-word,'” Crump told the Post.
Added Crump, “I went from 0 to 60 in an instant, just like that. I just turned to [my cameraman] and said, ‘We need to get this guy on tape.’” (The result can be viewed above, with offensive language bleeped.)
Charleston’s racial history, like that of other Southern cities, isn’t pretty, and recent events have only reinforced that. The Gullah population, referring to descendants of enslaved Western African peoples in the Lowcountry, can be seen selling handwoven baskets to wealthy white patrons of the city’s palm tree-lined French Quarter, where high-end restaurants from celebrity chefs like Sean Brock collect tourist dollars by the fistful.
That disparity is difficult to miss in the Holy City, so named for the many steeples dotting the skyline.
Crump and the young man were near the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist but Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church sat only 10 blocks away. It was there, last June, that Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine black worshipers. Crump stood in that church, hours later, blood still drying. He stood there again a year later, to cover the wretched anniversary.
After the shooting, the family members of those slain chose to follow scripture by turning the other cheek and offering forgiveness, an act which turned the city of Charleston into a “disarmed powdered keg,” Crump said.
Naturally, all of this raged through Crump’s head as he stormed toward Eybers. After all, Crump, a great-great grandson of Kentucky slaves, spent his career considering race relations.
As Dennis Milligan, WBTV’s news director, told the Charlotte Observer, “You could safely call Steve the leading civil rights reporter in town with his documentaries and daily stories.”
Crump told The Post that in the moment, he faced a simple but difficult question: “Do you respond to it, or not? Do you let it stand?”
Given the city’s recent history, he decided he couldn’t let it stand.
“Say that a little bit louder,” Crump said to Eybers on tape. “Come on, what did you just call me?”
“I called you ‘sir,'” Eybers said, eyes shaded by glasses. He sat on the ground near the cathedral, wearing a white T-shirt with the logo for the band Sublime, shorts and a purple hoodie wrapped around his waist, along with a pair of Nike’s and black crew socks.
“You did not call me ‘sir,'” Crump shot back. “You called me in the n-word, right?”
At which point Eybers partially admitted to it by saying, “I believe I did call you the n-word.”
When asked to spell it, Eybers obliged with an eerie calm.
“N as in Nancy, I as in Indigo, G as in Grant,” and so on.
When Crump asked what gave Eybers the right to call him that, the young man cited the Constitution of the United States. Crump pushed further, his microphone pointed at Eybers as if it were any other interview. He asked if the young man felt superior.
Eybers pushed his sunglasses off his nose, revealing his eyes.
“Yeah, this one does make me superior,” he said.
The video continued, with Eybers continued to layer insult after insult atop one another, all aimed at Crump’s skin color.
“You’re a f—ing idiot,” Eybers told Crump, chuckling. “You’re ignorant, so you really are a n—-r, then. You’re acting niggardly.”
“What are you?” Crump asked.
“I’m Caucasian,” he said.
“And does that give you a right –” Crump began.
“It gives me every right I f—ing need. You don’t give me the right. God gave me the right. I was endowed by my creator,” Eybers said as he coaxed a flame from a lighter and held it up to an unknown item in his hand.
“And I’m not?” Crump asked.
“I can’t have the same lifestyle you have?” Crump said.
“No you can’t,” Eybers said. “Because I don’t want you to.”
Finally, after Eybers asked whether Crump is a Roman Catholic, the newscaster climbed into his van and called the police. Eybers stood in front of the van and continued to light the unknown item.
He again called Crump the n-word.
Finally, police arrested Eybers, who wore a creepy smile as he was guided into the back of a squad car.
He has been charged disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, specifically a glass crack pipe, police told the Charlotte Observer. It’s unclear if Eybers has a lawyer or had entered a plea. He has a court date on Friday.
“I’ve been around hate groups, that kind of thing . . . but it has never been this level of volatility,” Crump told The Post. “I’ve interviewed members of the Klan face to face, and they’ve never stooped to that level of vulgarity”

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Thje Trump campaign continues to spiral down the toilet

Emmy Award-winning producer Chris Nee alleged Sunday on Twitter that Apprentice producers are sitting on footage that includes film of Donald Trump using the n-word.

Nee made the comments in response to a former producer on the show, who tweeted Saturday that Trump has been caught on camera saying “far worse.”

According to Nee, who says she heard from “producers/crew” on the show, one of those “far worse” things is Trump saying the n-word. She tweeted the allegations at Mark Cuban, citing a $5 million penalty fee for leaking footage apparently included in most of Apprentice executive producer Mark Burnett’s contracts. This shouldn’t come as news to Cuban—his show, Shark Tank, is also produced by Burnett.

BuzzFeed reports that Burnett, who is a Trump supporter, has been threatening employees with access to the show’s unaired footage. Last week, more than twenty people involved in the show spoke anonymously with the AP about Trump’s behavior during the production. He would often speculate about women’s sexual activities and liked to discuss who he would and wouldn’t have sex with, sometimes in front of the person he was talking about. Once, in the middle of filming, the sources allege to the AP, he stopped and singled out a contestant.

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Evangelical "christians" are NOT Christian . . . they are filthy, evil, obscene hypocrites and liars

Courtesy of Buzzfeed:  

“Voters of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, create jobs, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” Faith and Freedom Coalition president Ralph Reed said in an email to BuzzFeed News. “Ten-year-old tapes of private conversation with a television talk show host rank very low on their hierarchy of concerns.” 

Asked if he had any comment on the tape itself and if he was definitely standing by Trump, Reed said, “I think the statement is self explanatory.” 

Tony Perkins, who leads the Family Research Council, also did not reject Trump in the wake of the revelations, but indicated that he doesn’t share Trump’s values. 

“My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues such as: justices on the Supreme Court that ignore the constitution, America’s continued vulnerability to Islamic terrorists and the systematic attack on religious liberty that we’ve seen in the last 7 1/2 years,” Perkins said in an email to BuzzFeed News. 

“The comments are obviously disgusting and unfortunate,” Bauer said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “But Donald Trump did not run as a evangelical or as somebody who ran the kind of campaign that a Pat Robertson would run.” 

“We’ll still support him, still work hard for him,” Bauer said. “His policies are 100% better than Hillary clinton’s for the country.” 

“I don’t see how any values voter that is sensible would take a tape from 11 years ago with totally inappropriate language and says somehow that leads me as a voter to stay home or vote for Hillary Clinton or throw your vote away on a third party candidate,” Bauer said. 

To be clear NONE of what is said above surprises me in the least.

In fact the entire reason this blog exists is to call out the hypocrisy of the conservatives and the so-called "Moral Majority." I knew the evangelicals were full of shit when Jerry Falwell was leading them to support Ronald Reagan and then George W. Bush, and they are just as full of shit today.

Just imagine the level of outrage that would have been directed at Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama if even a portion of the disgusting comments voiced by Donald Trump had been uttered by either one of them.

Simply put it would have ended their campaigns months ago, and the entire Democratic party would be tainted by those statements for decades to come.

But, if a GOP candidate says all that and much worse....ho hum.... no big deal....let's move on.

CNN now has a treasure trove of disgusting comments that Donald Trump made on the Howard Stern show, some much much worse than the "grab her pu**y" comments, and those will not change the minds of the evangelicals either.

By the way CNN's John King pointed out quite rightly that Donald Trump did not just make lewd and lascivious remarks, he essentially admitted to a crime.

But that won't make any difference to these people either.

Trump once said that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and it would not cost him any support, apparently he could also rape a woman on that same street and the so-called "Christian" majority in this country would simply turn a blind eye.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Badass? You want to see badass? Okay . . .

Two photos.  You tell me who is the REAL badass.

This clown . . .

-- or --

This real man . . .