Follow the leader: GOP congressman goes into Trump mode

Since the GOP nominee for president constantly gets away with saying stupid shit, other members of the party see no reason to not say stupid shit. Case in point:

A United States representative from North Carolina said in a television interview on Thursday that protesters in Charlotte “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” and then hours later recanted and apologized.

The representative, Robert Pittenger, a Republican whose district includes parts of Charlotte, was interviewed on a British Broadcasting Corporation show, BBC Newsnight, when he made the comment.

And, of course, he gave a non-apology apology:

So, when you translate this, he’s saying, “Maybe I offended someone, so I’ll apologize to that person. But I know the people who voted me into office feel the same way I do, so they don’t need an apology.”

He doesn’t care about peace and calm. He just wants Charlotte’s non-whites to shut up.

And because his constituents are most likely further to the right than he is, he’s going to be reelected in November.

Let’s take a look at his BBC comment:

So he quotes Martin Luther King, then he plays the government puts blacks in bondage through welfare, and police shootings are no reason to protest.

Since TV people in the U.S. are incompetent and would have let him get away with this, as Matt Lauer proved in the “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” as Chris Wallace proved when he said his job isn’t to fact check someone who lies to him and as Chuck Todd proves every Sunday on “Meet the Press,” we should have the BBC interview American politicians. At least they don’t back down.

Haven’t we heard this somewhere recently?

A few excerpts involving religious freedom from the alt-Right in the 1950s:

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Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch tweeted these oldies but goodies from segregationist pastors in the mid-1950s. Compare and contrast today and yesterday. Substitute today’s “problem” group (gays) for yesterday’s “problem” group (blacks), and, as the Four Tops once said:

“It’s the same old song,
but with a different beat.”

And one of the singers today from the “God told me to hate these people” hymnal is Gov. Trumpfluffer, the Indiana Republican who signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and was rewarded for his effort by being selected to run as vice president on the ticket with Mr. Billionaire Personality Disorder.

Fifty years from now, people will be watching documentaries on the things that are happening today and yelling at their TV screens, “what the hell was wrong with those people?” But 50 years from now, there will be another “segregationist,” “alt-Right” group under another made-up moniker saying “God told me I have to hate this other group,” and using pretty much the same arguments you see at the top of this post.

I have no idea what group they’re going to go after, but it’s definitely going to happen.

Decoded: Racist stereotypes that used to be the opposite

Let’s just say that somehow the racists still find a way to apply all of these stereotypes to African-Americans. Which can in itself be a loaded term, because Africa is a big continent, and it consists of black and white people.

Like how many of you refer to this person an African-American?

Yes, Charlize Theron is African American. She became an American citizen in 2007. She was born in South Africa, and when she won the Oscar for the 2003 movie “Monster,” it was considered an honor for the nation. Nelson Mandela said so, so it must be true.

Now if we ever become a land that elects a caramel clown for president, and people just like these two weren’t world famous but still had high moral character, which one do you think the alt-White/alt-Right folks would let in while claiming the other was a terrorist sympathizer?

That was a roundabout way of saying that the stereotypes in the first video aren’t applied to African Americans, they’re applied to blacks. And since all of these once ethnic stereotypes have been turned on their ear, repurposed into racial stereotypes, let’s deal with the fact that race, from a scientific standpoint, isn’t real:

And now that we’ve done our dissertation on skin color, let’s get to the issue that is guaranteed to further fuel the Trumpster fire that’s making America hate again.

Are Hispanics/Latinos white?

Well, yeah, there are whites who are of Latino heritage (I’m old. It’s going to take a while for me to reach Latinx).

One immediately comes to mind, and he’s a hero to the alt-racist crowd:

George Zimmerman says he acted in self-defence

That’s George Zimmerman. He’s the pseudo-Neighborhood Watch fascist who got away with murdering Trayvon Martin, a black kid headed to his father’s house, in 2012. Zimmerman was born in America (Virginia to be exact). His father is American and his mother came from Peru. But he was white until someone down in Florida decided to make him Latino so people would stop saying the murder was racist.

Which is was. And still is.

If you’re driving slowly, get out of the left lane

Yes, yes, yes! I cannot agree with this more!

I lived in Europe for seven years, and the first thing I noticed when I got back to America — besides the outrageous enormity of American vehicles — was that slow people wouldn’t get out of the damn passing lane. It is absolutely inexcusable.

And, NO!!! Just because the speed limit is 55 doesn’t mean you can drive in the left lane and delay the rest of the world because you’re driving 55, and you’re legal and screw the 100 cars behind you filled with people who ACTUALLY HAVE PLACES TO GO!!!

Yes. I speed. And when I’m caught, I just take the ticket because I know I speed. And if I wasn’t speeding, I’ll take the ticket anyway, because I know I was speeding somewhere along the way.

But those of you who block traffic by driving the limit aren’t cops and aren’t doing the world a favor. You’re disasters waiting to happen. That’s the reason there are so many people in graves with headstones marked, “I was driving the limit.”

That reference to the Autobahn in Germany: absolutely true. I’ve taken the Autobahn on many trips between Belgium and Germany, and when I hit the German border, I absolutely gunned it. Great roads, perfect driving conditions.

I remember numerous times going 110 miles per hour (Yes, mph, not kph, even though the speedometers in Europe are in kilometers), or more in my little Volkswagen Polo, and I had to move out of the fast lane, BECAUSE SOMEONE BEHIND ME IN A MERCEDES WAS DOING 130!!! And it was perfectly normal, and traffic flowed fine. Because people understand what a passing lane is in Europe.

You do 110 or 130 in America, you’re going to die …

… BECAUSE SOME IDIOT IS DRIVING 55 IN THE FAST LANE.

You really can’t imagine how annoyed I get when I’m on the road. Especially when there’s a car in the fast lane doing 55, while the cars in the slow lane are doing 54. If you’re in the passing lane, PASS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!! The longer you linger, the greater the possibility you’re going to cause a 50 car pileup.

And this is why, since I’ve been back in America, I avoid driving whenever possible.

Fox News’s Jabba the Hutt isn’t dead: Another News Corp. atrocity

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced he would take over as CEO of Fox News with the resignation of Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since the announcement of a lawsuit against Ailes by former “Fox and Friends” anchor blonde Gretchen Carlson, 25 women have described similar sexual harassment that goes back to the 1960s.

So people think the story is over as far a control of Fox News is concerned. Ailes is out. Rupert is in. So why does this seem slimy?

Roger Ailes, the founder and chief executive of Fox News, has resigned from his position under fire, but will remain with the company until 2018 as a consultant, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, said Thursday.

Ah … the fine print … so why is 2018 significant?

With the scandal erupting rapidly, Fox executives began negotiating the 76-year old executive’s departure. Ailes’ severance package includes about $40 million of payment, or roughly the amount he was owed for the duration of his contract that was set to expire in 2018, according to a person briefed on the matter.

So, Ailes is getting at least $40 million, and Rupert is going to follow his advice until 2018, when Ailes’s contract was going to expire anyway.

roger-ailes-jabba-the-hutIn other words, it’s just cosmetics. Nothing changes. Ailes will still call the shots, but the words will come out of Rupert’s mouth.

Has this ever happened before?

Rupert Murdoch acted with characteristic ruthlessness by closing the News of the World, Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, in a desperate attempt to limit the political and commercial fallout from the phone-hacking affair engulfing his media empire. …

There was immediate speculation last night that the paper will be replaced by a Sunday edition of the Sun which could be produced by staff at the daily. The domain names TheSunOnSunday.co.uk, TheSunOnSunday.com and SunOnSunday.co.uk were registered two days ago.

The News of the World was shut down in 2011 when investigators revealed the paper was hacking phones of celebrities, royalty and dead people, including a girl who was murdered. In the murder case, the hacking actually led police to believe the girl was still alive, throwing off the investigation.

So Rupert closed News of the World, a Sunday paper, and then immediately added a Sunday edition to the Sun, one of his other papers. So where do you think he found a staff fast enough to open a new Sunday edition?

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but it gets worse, according to TPM:

Trump said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that, at first, he didn’t want to comment on Ailes. Ailes announced he was leaving Fox last week amid sexual harassment allegations.

“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him,” Trump said.

“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person,” Trump continued. “And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

Leah kills Jabba at Fox News

This just in:

Roger Ailes, the former GOP political operative who oversaw the creation of the Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of American conservatism, is in final negotiations to leave as CEO of the network amid a budding sexual harassment scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be done shortly, the person said.

Although the lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, it appears that another Fox blonde may have delivered the final blow, according to New York Magazine:

According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megan] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

This is how Kelly downed the Hutt: