Washington Post defends appallingly racist column.
Huffington Post: The Washington Post is defending the publication of a column Tuesday that argues George Zimmerman was justified in being suspicious of Trayvon Martin on the night he stalked and killed the unarmed teenager because Martin was wearing a hoodie -– a “uniform we all recognize,” according to the column.
“I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist,” wrote longtime Post columnist Richard Cohen. “The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.”
Politico later asked Cohen about the hoodie “uniform” that he described Martin as wearing the night he was killed.
"It’s what’s worn by a whole lot of thugs," Cohen said. “Look in the newspapers, online or on television: you see a lot of guys in the mugshots wearing hoodies.”
That this argument is nearly logically identical to the “women in short skirts are begging to be raped” argument is apparently lost on both Cohen and the Post. But the underlying argument is far worse — that Zimmerman was justifiably suspicious of a young black male, simply because he was a young black male.
Where is the politician who will own up to the painful complexity of the problem and acknowledge the widespread fear of crime committed by young black males? This does not mean that raw racism has disappeared, and some judgments are not the product of invidious stereotyping. It does mean, though, that the public knows young black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime. In New York City, blacks make up a quarter of the population, yet they represent 78 percent of all shooting suspects — almost all of them young men. We know them from the nightly news.
You wonder if Cohen has ever heard the term “driving while black” or knows that 50% of the people who are subjected to NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy are black, despite that demo making up only 10% of the population. Black people don’t commit more crimes than white people, black criminals are just caught more often because black people are heavily over-policed. Inversely, if police didn’t stop black people, few black people would ever be arrested and whites would make up the bulk of arrested criminals — but it wouldn’t mean that whites were suddenly committing more crimes. And if whites intereacted with police as often as blacks, the percentages would be pretty much equal.
But that’s math, math is a science, and science is of the devil.
Cohen’s column is as inexcusably racist as it is logically nonsensical. Not only should it be pulled, but Cohen should be fired. It’s the 21st century, not the 19th.
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So basically, it’s pretty much identical to the NYT’s paywall. I’ve found this model to be surprisingly unburdonsome. If you have favorite columnists or bloggers, bookmark their Twitter or Facebook feeds and you should be able to continue to read them no problem. I’ve also found that aggregators get through the paywall — I have no problem reading Krugman through links on my own Must-Read Superfeed — presumably because they’re redirected through Feedburner and Yahoo! Pipes. I guess this qualifies as “shared links.” I’m assuming that bloggers like Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent will work the same way. Worse comes to worst, run the link through TinyURL and it should get you through.
We’ll find out for sure on June 12th and I’ll make any adjustments to the Superfeed that need to be made. But judging from WaPo’s own reporting, it doesn’t look like I’ll have to change a thing.
News Roundup for 10/19/11
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"POLL: The Third Most Common Word Used To Describe Rick Perry Is IDIOT."
Noted Josh Brolin impersonator and Texican President Rick Perry got some bad news in a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll — people don’t think much of him. The poll asked respondents to tell them “the one word that comes to mind” when a top GOP candidate’s name was mentioned. For Rick, the top choices were “Texas,” “No,” and “idiot/idiotic.” So things aren’t going so well there.
Mitt Romney did a little better with “Mormon,” “healthcare/Romneycare,” and “flip-flop/flip-flopper.” In my opinion, “flip-flopper” may be bad, but “idiot” is worse. It’s an unscientific analysis, I’ll admit.
Finally, Herman Cain did pretty well. He’s “9-9-9,” “businessman,” and “interesting.” Of course, there’s no way of knowing whether they associate “9-9-9” with “crazyassed,” as I do. Still, if you take the first two as neutral, “interesting” sounds kind of positive.
Of course, this poll was taken on the 13th, before last night’s debate where everyone piled on Mittens and the Hermanator looked like an idiot — so things might’ve changed by now. You never know.
But one thing’s for sure; Rick Perry’s probably out for good as the “I’m not Romney, who we all hate!” candidate. Right now, that’s Herman. So we should totally get excited about the Cain ticket, until Herman finally explodes and Mittens becomes the nominee — just like we all know will happen.
That’s what you like about this whole GOP nominating process this cycle; the nail-biting suspense. (Business Insider)
-And while we’re on that subject-
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"Interesting," indeed. (McClatchy)
"GOP debate crowd cheers idea that jobless are to blame for their plight."
Or “Return of the Psychopathic Republican Debate Audience.” (Plum Line)
Stories to Watch: 10/2/11
Rick Perry’s getting some flack today for a Washington Post article that reports his association with a hunting camp. The problem; the camp until fairly recently a big, black rock at the entrance with the word “Niggerhead” painted on it. Here’s the thing: I have my doubts that this will bother anyone who was planning on voting for Perry. Expect the familiar “Oh, don’t be so PC!” responses from the right if this story gains any steam — although Herman Cain is already the exception to that rule.
In other Perry news: let’s invade Mexico! No, really.
Police arrested more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday, as the protests spread to other cities.
Dick Cheney wants an apology from Barack Obama for all the mean (and accurate) things he said about the Bush administration’s “War on terror.”
The Herman Cain campaign begins shedding staffers, which is always a sign that everyone thinks everything’s going just super-great.
Brainwash your kids to believe paranoid, rightwing BS the Glenn Beck way! It’s only “indoctrination” when lefties do it.
Finally, reason 5,329,405 explaining why I often call Fox & Friends “a show that’s such ridiculous bullshit that you wish there was a stronger word for bullshit.”
News Roundup for 9/13/11
Noted hypocritical lunatic Shelly Malkin
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"A few more words about Koward Krugman."
Michelle Malkin is really pissed off at Paul Krugman. You might remember that Krugman wrote a 9/11 anniversary post about how the right has snatched up 9/11 for personal and political gain. Of course, they have, but that’s beside the point — it’s poor manners to point that out and Shelly will not have it. Such things simply are not done.
So she goes off on a tirade of grievance, following the rest of the rightwing blogosphere in failing to address Krugman’s argument in any way. It’s all bluster and outrage and oh-my-god-it’s-the-worst-thing-ever, but no actual rebuttal to the claim that wingnuts have taken 9/11 as their own political totem — mostly because there is no possible rebuttal. They clearly have.
Anyhoo, you’re here for the fun, not Shelly Malkin’s failure to debate while pretending to debate. Don’t worry, it’s coming. See, Malkin calls Krugman “Koward Krugman” because, for this 9/11 rant of his, he turned off the comments to his blog.
Here’s a fun game; go to Shelly’s login page and try to register to comment. Guess what? You can’t do it. She turned off registration in 2005 and only rarely opens it up to new commenters. And, when you are able to register, your comments damned well better be along the lines of “OH MY GOD, YOU’RE SO AWESOME!!" or you’ll be banned right pronto.
So Krugman shut comments down for a day, while Shelly’s been allowing only the most fawning commenters for six freakin’ years.
I’m sorry, who’s the koward again? (Michelle Malkin)
-True patriots go splat-
Tom Toles takes on the right’s love for austerity.
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Don’t worry, it’ll spur good old American innovation; i.e., you’ll figure out how to fly before you hit the ground. (Washington Post)
"Fox News Cold Freaking Out Over Obama’s Use of Crappy Paper Clip."
No, really. (Wonkette, with video)
News Roundup for 8/30/11
Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade
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"Fox News Forces Candidate to Defend Reality."
You might remember a tweet sent out by GOP presidential candidate John Huntsman a few weeks ago. Huntsman, who’s staked out a losing position as the “sane Republican” in the race, decided he’d had enough of the other GOP crazies. “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming,” he tweeted. “Call me crazy.”
So, of course, the good folks at Fox & Friends were up to the challenge — specifically pure white ubermensch Brian Kilmeade, who may very well be the dumbest person to ever get a gig on live TV (and that includes this guy).
Basically, Bri-bri took the Rick Perry position that scientists make shit up to score that sweet, sweet grant money. It’s all very stupid, which explains why Kilmeade goes there. This would have to be a massive scam and a hoax unlike any we’ve seen in the history of mankind. As the Washington Post reported, 97% to 98% of all scientists support the idea that global warming has a human cause. But Kilmeade, like Perry, is either unwilling or unable to do the mental heavy-lifting it takes to grasp the enormity of what he’s suggesting (I vote for the latter). Want an idea of how unlikely it is that Kilmeade and Perry are right? It would have to be on the scale of faking the moonlandings, like the nutjob flatearthers believe.
But this is Brian Kilmeade and he is very stupid and this is Fox News, after all. Dumbassery is to be expected. (American Prospect)
-Can’t tell the players without your scorecard!-
Having trouble telling your GOP presidential candidates apart? Try this handy chart!
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Remember, Mittens is the “sane” one. (Reddit)
"Five Brave Souls Attend Christine O’Donnell Book Signing In Florida."
A glimpse into Sarah Palin’s future. (Wonkette)
The Worst Possible Deal?
Let’s start with a look at the real world.
More consumers had trouble making payments on credit cards and other debts during the first three months of the year due to higher food and gas prices, an industry report said on Thursday.
The American Bankers Association said the data showed a downturn from prior quarters and described the most recent quarter as a “soft patch.”
"Consumers are feeling insecure about the economy and whether their financial resources can carry them through until conditions improve," ABA chief economist James Chessen said in a statement.
This is the problem with the economy. For all intents and purposes, this is the only problem with the economy. People simply don’t feel safe spending money. If you save tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, it won’t do a damned thing to solve this problem and the economy won’t improve. Worse, if you you take money from consumers to fund these high-end tax breaks, you’ll make the problem worse.
Which is why the following is bad, bad news:
President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue.
At a meeting with top House and Senate leaders set for Thursday morning, Obama plans to argue that a rare consensus has emerged about the size and scope of the nation’s budget problems and that policymakers should seize the moment to take dramatic action.
The term you’re looking for is “boneheaded.”
I want to make something extremely clear here — the people receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits have paid for them. This is your tax money coming back to you. By taking this money away, the president is proposing what amounts to a demand-side tax hike at a time when consumer demand is struggling. And he’s doing it because Republicans demand that tax breaks for the wealthy be considered sacred.
This is a transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to people who not only don’t need it, but have done nothing to deserve it. We’re going to take money from you to fund continuing a tax giveaway that has not done a thing to help the economy.
Why do Republicans want this? To cover their ass. Paul Ryan’s Medicare-slashing plan put the party in a bad spot, so — to make up for a boneheaded political move — they demanded entitlement cuts. If Democrats join in with Republicans in cutting entitlements to pay for tax breaks for the rich, then the heat is off. This isn’t about job creation, it isn’t about economic recovery, it’s about getting Republicans out of a hole so that more of them will be reelected.
Hope that this is a trial balloon and contact your senators, reps, and the White House. See to it that this incredibly stupid deal falls through.