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Some argue that we are engaged in conflict around the world to defend liberty. To promote the idea of a free society ruled in a democratic manner fueled by free market capitalism. The reality is that only a small inside group knows why we are engaged in conflicts around the world and what these conflicts are really all about. Modern war is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the many.
Now, before I continue, I will say that I believe in defense, and I believe we have every right to defend ourselves from tyranny foreign and domestic. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we fight.
The trouble we are experiencing today in America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here for the very rich and powerful, they get restless and decide they must go overseas to get 90 to 100 percent. This has been happening over the past five decades and it is advancing faster the pace today. The flag follows the dollar and the American armed forces follow the flag.
I believe that there are only two things we should defend. One is the defense of our homes/country and the other is the Constitution/Bill of Rights of the United States.
Why does our government continue to avoid telling our armies that we’ve been engaging in war for the past 50 years to protect the investments of corporations and investment bankers.
America is ruled by individuals who identify the “boogie man”, the enemies of America, we have “muscle men”, usually the American poor and middle classes who are sent to destroy our enemies, and we have “strategist” smart people who plan war preparations, working along side Wall Street Predatory-Capitalist who have no loyalty to the United States, seeking new markets using our military to open avenues of access protected by taxpayer bought missiles and tax funded armies.
Marine Corp Major General Smedley Darlington Butler once wrote: “I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism”.
He went on to say, “looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents”.
Now, I know that there are many of you out there who are suffering from mental faculties that are in suspended animation. This is typical with those who believe politics is a waste of time and who ignore the growing concerns about our economic well being and public infrastructure related issues that need to be addressed.
But aside from the fact that most of the modern wars our military has been engaging in have given Wall Street a steady rise in the market, and have done nothing to curb terrorism, the American veteran who did do his duty, ready to die for his country, is being tossed under the bus.
The payback for the service veterans of America: Congress votes against veterans by not extending/expanding health benefits and education.
This week roughly 28,000 pages of emails and other documents that were collected during the investigation of Kelly Rindfleisch, who served as former Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s deputy chief of staff in 2010 and who was convicted in 2012 of misconduct in office, a felony, for doing campaign work for Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis on government time, was released to the public.
The records were released by a state appeals court after the Associated Press and other media organizations pressed for them to be made public.
So far the documents have become a political shmorgishborg for Walker’s enemies to use against the governor.
One particular email highlighted yet another racist incident in which Walker’s former county chief of staff Tom Nardelli forwarded a racist email that read, “Say it isn’t so!!! I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, Oh dear God, please don’t tell me I’m a Democrat.”
Yes, this came from an individual who was Walker’s Chief of Staff in Milwaukee County government – a position of power. I wonder how many times Nardelli refused to support an issue because the advocate was “black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend?”
Here are some other nuggets that have come out of the documents so far:
•As Milwaukee county executive in 2010 Walker ordered a top aide to organize a daily conference call with a combination of state and campaign aides.
• Rindfleisch and other top Walker officials in the county executive officeused personal laptop computers for campaign business on government time. They also set up a clandestine wireless router with those computers.
• After a Walker staffer quit for admitting to pseudonymously posting 70 comments on Wisconsin Journal Sentinelstories and blog posts in October 2010 the documents show that Walker told one of his top aides “We cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day etc.”
• Walker aides were stressed after theydiscovered that an employee in the Behavioral Health Division had a “checkered past” as a thong model. The aides notified Walker and moved to have her released from the position. Because the employee’s name was not included in the email exchange it’s not clear what happened to her.
For his part, Governor Scott Walker stated in an interview with WISN 12 News: “These people are naysayers who want things bad to happen in Wisconsin, so they are going to be circling again today,” Walker said. “It’s exactly what’s wrong with the political process that they’re hoping for something bad to happen in Wisconsin. It’s not. They’re going to do what they’ve done in the past which is over-hype things. And politically they’re going to be disappointed.”
My guess is that there will be nothing that will put Governor Walker in a criminal light, but I’m pretty sure that as these documents continue to be reviewed, this is going to be very embarrassing and clearly a bad pill for any presidential ambitions for Walker.
On Tuesday, Mark Belling admitted on his radio show that he was a child speaking on a mic. To further prove his childlike mental state of mind, Mark Belling went on a childlike tantrum complaining about the fact that I spoke at the Ronald Reagan celebration organized by the Milwaukee County Republican Party.
If you don’t know Mark Belling, allow me to remind you of the attack on the Latino community in 2004 by this bigot when he slurred our community saying that the Latino community was populated by “WETBACKS”.
I was one of the organizers who went after Belling and helped organize protests, calls and e-mails to the Federal Communications Commission and put pressure on Belling’s advertisers to pull their ads from the Mark Belling radio show.
The organizing forced Clear Channel Communications, the San Antonio owner of WISN, to suspend Belling from his highly-rated afternoon talk radio show. The suspension came despite initial reaction from WISN management to stand behind Belling and two Belling apologies for the slur.
Now I was invited to give a toast to former president Ronald Reagan at the event organized by the Milwaukee County Republican Party Chairman, David Karst.
I spoke for a few minutes as U.S. Senator Ron Johnson; Governor Scott Walker; Congressman Paul Ryan; Congressman Sennsenbrener and Republican National Committee Chairman Rince Priebus, in addition to a very large conservative audience, listened to what I had to say about my former Commander-in-Chief.
I accepted David Karst’s invitation to say a few words because I do respect and appreciated the leadership of Ronald Reagan. I also wanted to help break the perception that Belling would like people to believe that we, Latinos are not real Americans because we do not look or act like Mark Belling.
On Tuesday of this week, Mark Belling launched into a childlike rant of lies and misinformation about me and Esperanza Unida on his radio show. In the end, he had to come clean that his misrepresentation of facts is in part his personal feelings towards me for almost getting him fired after he called our community “WETBACKS”.
Belling like a little boy said over the radio “Miranda tried to get me fired”. Unfortunately, that did not happen because Clear Channel, Mark Belling’s employer, was about to cut a deal with some Hispanic leaders, who today enjoy the benefits from that deal to keep Mark Belling on the radio.
Mark Belling is a bigot and that will never change. Yes. I tried to get him fired for his elementary racist attack against our community, but in the end his boss found a few Hispanic leaders who pocketed the little silver and gold and other goodies that allowed this bigot to remain on the radio.
Mark Belling is the example for why the GOP will have a tough time reaching a large part of the Latino electorate. His message is without question racist and his child mind is clearly evident by his hate-filled words coming from his forked-tongue mouth.
Mark Belling, my love for my country is stronger than yours will ever be. As I’m looking to bring Americans together, you want Americans to war against each other. Your personal hatred of me is my badge of honor.
Taking Sides with Robert Miranda”on AM radio 1460-WJTI this Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:00am to 10:00am. Join host Robert Miranda and “Diversity Television Network” founder Troy Shaw; DJ TB featuring local musical talent. Topics: After speaking a few words at the Ronald Reagan day event hosted by the Milwaukee County Republican Party, radio hosts Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling have been on a rampage because Robert Miranda spoke at the event. Tune in for Miranda’s response.
During State of the Union speech president Obama said: “…if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in
the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when
people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and
create jobs for everyone. So let’s get immigration reform done this year.” The President’s inclusion of immigration as a matter of economic necessity reinforces resolve to redefine how we think about immigration reform. Immigrants create jobs as consumers and entrepreneurs and spend their wages in U.S. businesses—buying food, clothes, appliances, cars, etc. This builds our economy as businesses respond to the
presence of these new workers and consumers by investing in new restaurants,
stores, and production facilities. Also immigrants are 30 percent
more likely than the native-born to start their own business. The end
result is more jobs for more workers. America’s immigration system is broken.
Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the
country. The president said that “Together we can build a fair, effective and
common sense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation
of laws and a nation of immigrants.” Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the fifth highestranking Republican in House GOP leadership, told Breitbart News that
he thinks the president is more interested in politics over policy. “The concern is
we’re not convinced yet that the president’s really a willing party to work on policy,” Lankford said. “He seems to work very hard on the politics of immigration but not
the actual policy of it. There’s a real belief within a lot of Republicans
that whatever we pass he’s not going to enforce. He made that clear even
with statements tonight that he’ll go around Congress to do this. There’s
this sense of what if we pass stronger enforcement, everyone agreed to
it and the president just ignored it? He seems to have that pattern. That
doesn’t help us in the immigration process. In one moment he’s saying we
should do it and in another he’s undercutting the hopes of it.” Wisconsin Congressman
Paul Ryan states that, “Immigration legislation must include a fair and reasonable way
to address the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. We need to invite people out of the shadows and give them a way to get right with the law, without letting them cut in line in front of others who have come to our country illegally. This includes finding a way forward for the “DREAMers” – unauthorized
immigrants that came to the United States as children through no fault of their own, grew up in our country, and are now seeking to pursue an advanced degree in America or enlist in our military. It is not reasonable to expect the deportation of 11 million
undocumented immigrants. Instead, we need an immigration plan that is realistic and works to the benefit of all Americans.” The time to reform immigration has come.
The question once again becomes, is there political will to make it so.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is considered Wall Street’s anointed son for the presidency. He’s backed by some of the ruthless and suspect figures in New Jersey politics. Among other supporters Gov. Christie has hedge fund managers and corporate executives and billionaires like the Koch brothers.
However, Gov. Christie’s supporters have to be sweating it out now that the brewing scandal over the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, is proving to be in retaliation for the Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to support the governor’s 2013 reelection. During his re-election Governor Christie was pitched to the public as a regular guy, someone who speaks bluntly and candidly, someone you would want to have a beer with. But this is public relations crap. He is and has long been a hatchet man for corporate firms and big banks. But even though Governor Christie is wounded, he’s not down. Chris Christie will most likely emerge scathed from this mess, but he’ll continue as governor. He’s apologized for the actions of his staff. Some Democrats insist that he should resign precisely because he didn’t know what was going on. This is hypocritical on their part; it’s like blaming President Obama for the NSA scandal.
As for his presidential bid, some Republicans claim Chris Christie isn’t really one of them. Some pundits are claiming, even as scandal erupts around him, that he’s a “different kind of Republican.”Christie is said to be “heartless, smug, bullying embodiment” of a thug politician. He and his staff reflect a world in which other people are nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
And that’s coming from political hacks in his own party. In truth, the Fort Lee scandal happened because Mr. Christie (or his aides) weren’t content with winning re-election. He wanted to make sure that he was seen as the Don in his state.
Christie’s large public entourage always includes a videographer who captures the governor’s frequent public humiliation of those–public school teachers are his favorite targets for ridicule–who have the audacity to question his judgment. These exchanges are immediately edited and uploaded to YouTube to show how tough he is and that as the Don, no one can touch him.
The visceral need by Christie to ridicule and threaten anyone who does not bow before him, his dark lust for revenge, his greed, gluttony and hedonism, his need to surround himself with large, fawning entourages and his obsequiousness to corporate power are characteristics corporate titans embrace and understand. Which stands to reason why so many in his party are now after him. The emperor has no pants, shirt, socks or suit. He is now vulnerable to the same Donlike politicians lining up to run for president representing his party. A presidential dream Christie can forget about.
Last week Zamarripa stated on WITI television that since Illinois and Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, she pledges to push for its passage in Wisconsin, but Gov. Scott Walker says not under his watch.
For Zamarripa to state that she is going to make same-sex marriage her top priority in the legislature for 2014 reeks of special interest politics.
If the electorate of the 8th Assembly District mandated for Zamarripa to make same-sex marriage her top priority, that’s one thing, but if she is going to pledge to make same-sex marriage her number one issue to pass at the legislature (because of the lobbying efforts and campaign contributions to her from groups advocating for same-sex marriage), then Zamarripa is just another politician selling herself to special interest groups paying her way to fame and glory.
The 8th Assembly District is in the Milwaukee Metropolitan community. Her district sits in the heart of the City of Milwaukee. She represents a part of the city which in the whole is experiencing high unemployment, hyper segregation and is now recognized as the 10th most dangerous city to live in the United States. Zamarripa pledges to push this agenda as her number one issue in Madison, where the Governor has taken a stand against it and the Assembly controlled by the Republican Party is not for it, yet Zamarripa is perfectly willing and happy to represent the 8th Assembly District as pushing an issue that is dead on arrival.
In the meantime, rather than be a voice that deals with the issues that affect all families, gay or straight, the electorate of the 8th Assembly District becomes expendable because of her personal quest to please her special interest funding sources. Although this may be a worthy issue, jobs are down, crime is up and people are hurting. It makes no sense to push forward with an issue the Governor and the majority of Republicans stand against unless she is doing it simply for the payola and fame.
Advocating for an agenda because the majority of your constituents demand that you do is one thing, but leading a political agenda because it stimulates people towards contributing money to your campaign for reelection is self-serving and typical of a hack politician.
The Republican party recently got Salvadoran immigrant Jessie Rodriquez elected to represent the 21st Assembly District of Wisconsin, making her the second Latina to be elected to the State Assembly and the first GOP Hispanic elected to state government. So you would think that she would be able to join the Black and Latino Caucus in the Wisconsin legislature.
Apparently, a discussion on whether or not the Latina State Representative Rodriquez Faces Discrimination?
legislator should be invited as a member of the bipartisan BLACK and LATINO CAUCUS has to take place. But this is not the insult. The insult is the fact that the BLACK and LATINO CAUCUS chairman, democrat Mandela Barnes is moving to invite 73 year old Caucasian male Fred Kessler, into the BLACK and LATINO CAUCUS, Jessie Rodriguez requires some kind of internal vetting process. Is it because she’s Republican and that makes her not Hispanic enough to be part of the BLACK and LATINO CAUCUS?
So the chairman of the BLACK and LATINO CAUCUS, Democrat Mandela Barnes wants to hold discussions on whether or not to invite Representative Rodriquez, yet he has no problem inviting liberal whites to be part of Black and Latino Caucus.
Mandela Barnes has to be perfectly aware of the fact that the black community he represents is in dire straights, yet his solution is to bring YT into the kitchen to be guest executive chef to watch over the black chefs in order to make sure that black chefs are running the kitchen right? Is that what I’m understanding here? So Mandela’s theory is to invite the fox into the black hen house so that the fox can help the black hens focus on keeping all the other hens in the barn yard safe? In the words of and in my Samuel L. Jackson voice: “kneegrow please!” Between having that fox inside the black hen house and Colonel Sanders harvesting outside, black hens ain’t got much of a chance at survival under Mandela’s leadership. So why even have a Black Caucus at all? If identity politics is obsolete, then why even have such caucuses? The identity of the caucus is Black. That’s why it’s called the Black Caucus. So if Mandela Barnes agrees that we live in a color blind society, then why argue lack of Black or Hispanic representation in private or public venues of economic and political importance? I’m just going to be blunt. Those whites who control Black elected officials in this community understand perfectly well that if the black community prospers and becomes economically strong, the voting trend would eventually move towards being more conservative. Black families, like other families, are going to want to keep more of thier wages in thier pockets rather than having them taken by increasing federal, state and local taxes. if prosperity grows in the black community this would weaken politically the white liberal establishment that controls city politics and open the door to more conservative agendas focused on economic growth and prosperity, rather than socialist economic political theories that allow poverty to sustain itself in the black community. More economic growth in the black community means more political independence for black elected leaders.9
Phil Robertson, the star of “Duck Dynasty”, a semi-reality television series, was suspended for remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine. The people defending him say he was just expressing his views as a sincere Christian pointing out the sins of homosexuality.
The people defending Robertson say that the condemnation of Robertson therefore amounts to condemnation of views that are part of Christian doctrine. Mind you, these are the same doctrines Pope Francis seemed to brush aside
when he spoke out about homosexuality in which he stated he was not here to judge Gays.
But there are Christians who believe that their faith require them to condemn homosexual acts.
Well, who are Robertson’s defenders? And if you’re defending Robertson for saying what he said about homosexuality, here’s what you’re defending also about him:
Robertson thinks black Americans were treated just fine in the Jim Crow-era South, and that they were happy there. “ I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Robertson thinks the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor because they didn’t believe in Jesus. “A ll you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”
Robertson hates gay people. Robertson in 2010: “ Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.”
This last one is key. My inbox is full of “love the sinner, hate the sin” defenses of Robertson’s 2013 remarks. But Robertson doesn’t love gay people. He thinks they’re, well, “full of murder.”
As a side note, it’s remarkable how often these things come as a package. Robertson’s sincere Christian doctrinal view about the sinfulness of homosexuality comes packaged with animus toward gays and retrograde views about blacks and non-Christians. Is social conservatism primarily fueled by the need to preserve the privileges and political beliefs of white Christian bigots, rather than base its faith on sincere religious convictions?
Is it any wonder why many people not part of the support Robertson base keep getting the sense that conservatives and Republicans just don’t care for them. The “Duck Dynasty” episode, with Ted Cruz and others rushing out to defend Robertson’s honor, is just another example of why the GOP is losing ground.
Last week, a courageous humanitarian gave compelling and heart wrenching testimony of the insidious actions being conducted upon the people of Honduras, by their government and Chief Executive Officers of multinational corporations working in partnership with the Honduran government.
Honduran journalist, Edgardo Castro was recently elected to the Honduran Congress. After winning the election Castro was forced to flee Honduras after receiving death threats. He left his country long enough to tell the story of the Honduran people’s struggle for life and liberty. He returned to Honduras this week.
The Associated Press reports that the elections recently held in Honduras included a “hotly contested presidential race…plagued by violence and poverty…with the major candidates disappearing from public view and the electoral count coming to a halt without final results or explanation.”
Why is this an important matter for our community to pay attention to?
It’s important because Honduras is a nation controlled by drug warlords/cartels, multi-national corporate hucksters and elected Honduran government shysters, all coordinating efforts to maximize profits on the backs of the country’s workforce, using intimidation and murder against the people who stand against them.
Many Americans are unaware of the social subjugation strangling the people of Honduras. The murders of those brave souls, willing to stand against the widespread corruption destroying the country’s stability, gounreported in America’s corporate controlled media.
During an interview I had with Mr. Castro, he stated that over 30,000 Hondurans have been killed and that over 300 Honduran journalists have lost their lives over the past three years standing in opposition to the current government of Honduras.
He said that the majority of the Honduran people live in abject poverty, cities are controlled by drug traffickers and the national government suppresses the people with hired thugs, while the military uses its resources to kill those opposing the government.
A representative of the Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC) stated that “a lot of human rights workers and observers have contacted the Obama administration and LASC members have met with the American ambassador to Honduras (Amb. Kubiske).”
LASC representative, Babette Grunow, said LASC was given only platitudes. “They (US Government) have continued to arm the military, including the military police,” whom LASC Grunow states is controlled by a guy called El Tigre, who ran the Honduran death squads in the 1980′s.
Grunow of LASC states that, “Honduras is the murder capital of the world and has had more assassinations of journalists than any other country since the coup d’etat in 2009 that ousted democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Edgardo Castro began receiving threats after reporting on corruption and the threats increased after his election.”
Castro states that the November 24th elections are being disputed by his
LIBRE party and another party, the Anti-Corruption Party or PAC, who are challenging the elections as fraudulent.
LASC states that “both parties have presented extensive evidence of vote-buying, purchasing of credentials for election judges, manipulation of vote tally sheets, killings and intimidation of party members and other irregularities”.
Following this tragedy in Honduras is important. Calling our Congressmen and Congresswomen demanding they stop supporting the Honduran government’s actions against its people is our task. Let’s not let Castro’s visit fall on deaf ears.
At least one top Republican is invoking the bankruptcy of Detroit and the rescue of the auto industry to call for cuts to the benefits of military veterans.
“Forty-four cents of every dollar we spend goes to military personnel,” House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) told Politico. “You look at Detroit, you look at General Motors, you look at what happens when you build up these costs, but we aren’t doing anything about it in our [defense] bill this year.”
The Congressional Budget Office estimates, however, that the Department of Defense received $155 billion — about a quarter of its budget — for personnel costs.
As the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire and the passion for cutting taxes has underfunded many obligations to retirees, cuts to public retirement benefits have become a passion for many Republicans. The first budget written by Paul Ryan privatized both Social Security and Medicare while slashing Medicaid, the program that pays for nursing home coverage for Americans who cannot afford it otherwise. Subsequent versions of the Ryan Budget maintained the cuts to Medicaid while revising his Medicare proposal to include a “public option” for retirees.
The mania to revise or eliminate pension benefits will likely heighten after a judge ruled that pension obligations can be erased in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy.
“This is nothing short of theft, as pensions are simply deferred wages, that is, money that workers could have taken as cash in their regular paychecks had they not opted to set it aside,” writes David Cay Johnston.
Also last week, the Illinois legislature approved a gradual reduction in pension benefits that will eventually reduce the state’s obligations by 43 percent after underfunding their commitments to state workers. This deal will cut cost-of-living increases and raise retirement ages for younger workers.
Public sector workers and retirees in Detroit, however, could see their pensions slashed and even eliminated, even though most do not qualify for Social Security. Employees of the auto industry have given up an estimated $7,000 to $30,000 in annual compensation since 2005, as part of compromises with employers and the government to keep the companies afloat.
After a decade of war, the promises made to those who served in the armed forces seemed sacrosanct. But this statement from a power broker like McKeon shows that military personnel may not be spared as Republicans in Congress seek to maintain the size of the military while also shrinking the deficit.
The president has proposed increasing the fees charged in the military Tricare health insurance program for non-active duty personnel to control the growth of costs. But the administration has not put forth any proposed reforms to military pensions.
Military pensions require no contribution from personnel, which make it the sort of “unfunded” liability the right-wing despises for workers, despite supporting a completely unfunded prescription-drug benefit to Medicare during the Bush administration.
Obama Shakes Hand With Raúl Castro
President Obama’s handshake with President Raúl Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela raised eyebrows and alarm with ultra right wing political pundits.
However it’s about time. Certainly, more than 50 years of ostracizing Cuban leaders has not taught the Castros any lessons and has not benefited the Cuban people.
If Nelson Mandela had chosen to retaliate against those who foisted apartheid upon South Africa, conditions in that country would not be as advanced as they are today.
Perhaps a handshake given in the spirit of Mr. Mandela’s legacy will initiate an opening with our geographically closest political opponent and will bring progress where more than 50 years of rejection has brought nothing.
State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a democrat, says that she will decide in January whether to make a run for the Democratic Party nomination for governor in 2014.
Vinehout may be waiting to make that announcement in January, but she sure is sounding more and more like a candidate running in the Democratic race now.
“Democrats are never going to win by playing the game where the Republicans wrote the rules,” Vinehout said during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If we win, we’re going to have to turn politics as we know it upside down.”
The Democratic establishment wants Burke to sail into the race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but that idea is being challenged by activists on the left who just do not see Burke, a former state commerce secretary, having the right qualities that relate to the common people.
Vinehout is making appearances at Democratic Party events and house parties and coffee shops making her case for why she wants to run.
“I have been getting around the state. I did 22 events in 15 days before deer hunting season” she said in the Journal Sentinel.
“Putting together a staff is one of those pieces of the puzzle that I need to bring together,” Vinehout continued. “Something I’ve spent a lot of time working on. I’m not ready to roll out my whole staff.” Run Kathleen, Run.
Is the Cold War
Well, well, well, it looks like the Cold War is back on. Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. navy’s capability in the Arctic is good reason for Russia to beef up its presence in the region in order to counter the threat of the United States.
Putin made it clear that a conflict between Russia and the United States was not inevitable, but his blunt remarks reflect a Stalinist reactionary stand aimed at demanding to know what U.S. intentions in the area are.
“Experts know quite well that it takes U.S. missiles 15 to 16 minutes to reach Moscow from the Barents Sea,” Putin said, referring to the part of the Arctic Ocean near Russia’s shore.
Putin described the Arctic region as essential for Russia’s economic and security interests.
“There is a huge amount of mineral resources there, including oil and gas,” he said. “It’s also very important for our defense capability.” Hmmm…the U.S. navy patrolling in an area rich in oil and gas?
Putin did say that Russia will cooperate with the United States and other countries, “I proceed from the assumption that we will never engage in a global conflict, particularly with a country like the United States,” he said. “Just opposite, we must develop cooperation and partnership, and we have every opportunity for that despite arguments. But the submarines are there, and they do carry missiles.”
And you thought the Cold War was over.
The extreme Right know who they are: bulls. Their pathway to public recognition comes by defying the Republican Party leadership, the actions they took doing this gave them major media attention. The media attention they got helped these extremists advance their minority-supported goals of privileges for the few at the expense of the many.
Progressive Left activists, on the other hand, talk, talk, talk and talk. They talk til they’re blue in the face, and when they stop talking, they generally turn to their tired often out-of-touch Party leaders for leadership, ignoring the fact that these same tired out-of-touch party leaders rely on the same commercial interests for money as the extreme right.
Relying on the same commercial interests money is one reason the Progressive left is unable to move their political agenda swiftly and effectively.
Where is the progressive Left’s political energy in Congress behind raising the federal minimum wage? Thirty million workers are making less today than workers made in 1968, adjusted for inflation. Had the minimum wage kept pace with inflation over these forty-five years, it would be $10.56 per hour instead of the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. A few members of Congress have put their modest bills in the hopper, but not on the Table.
They can’t move this agenda more swiftly because many Progressives rely on the same commercial interests tied to forces that are working too stop the minimum wage movement.
Meanwhile, the far Right can focus their energies on their agenda, unworried that the progressive-Left activists are even going to seriously organize themselves on what should be a signature issue for them, because the far right knows many of these Progressives are not willing to give up the goodies given to them by the commercial special interests groups they are friends with.
It stands to reason that while over 70 percent of the American people support minimum wage increase, the Progressives seem to stall on the issue because of their ties to the money that is opposed to the increase in minimum wage.
The comfortable Democrats, with their secure Congressional seats, to aggressively champion the cause of thousands of workers picketing fast food chains, Walmart and federal contractors who pay low wages, while many of their CEOs make millions of dollars a year, is being undermined by these same democrats who work hard to sustain a comfort level in Congress which will secure for them a retirement package designed to keep them comfortable once they leave Congress.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, non-profit advocacy groups and social service associations for the poor, whose members lean heavily Democratic, want an increase in the minimum wage to meet the necessities of life, but find they’re cause floating on a boat without a stern or paddle.
The progressive Democrats actually outnumber the Tea Partiers in the Congress, but seldom use those numbers to achieve a progressive victory for fear of losing the goodies they are pocketing.
Great issues such as cracking down on corporate crime, ending tax havens for corporations and the rich, creating public works programs with good paying jobs, pulling back on the Empire abroad, and rejecting corporate welfare and bailouts cannot seem to arouse the Left in Congress because the Left in Congress likes being invited to martini parties on Wall Street.
And being at Wall Street parties is about fun, and no one has fun if your shunned by the majority of those rich CEOs at those parties because your leading an anti-CEO campaign.
There is a growing frustration among Left groups that their allies on Capitol Hill are continually defeatist and unwilling to shake the place up as the Tea Partiers have been doing. They fear such shake up will cause their financiers in the big business community to drop them like a hot potato.
Progressive words must never mask the absence of progressive action in Congress. The people deserve better than progressive sinecurists in Congress who are so smug that they increasingly do not return calls from civic leaders who press them to move out of their comfort zones and from words to deeds.
State Representative, JoCasta Zamarripa is no longer the only Latina in the Wisconsin Assembly. For the first time the State of Wisconsin will have two Latinas on the Assembly floor–a first in state history.
Jesse Rodriquez won the Assembly seat in the special elections of the 21st district this week.
The win for Rodriquez will force Zamarripa to change her tired sounding reminder to us all of her being the only Latina in the Wisconsin Assembly.
Actually, I see Jesse Rodriquez’s victory as a refreshing win because we get a chance to see what an independent-minded conservative Hispanic woman will bring to the public table. Rodriquez represents for our state a contrast to Zamarripa.
Rodriquez will without question expose the people of Wisconsin to the notion that Hispanics are a diverse people with different ideas and political philosophy, and are not the homogenous population as the none-Latino left and their puppet Highspanic allies try to portray our community to be.
Alderman Donovan For Mayor?
This past week the Southside was hit with the sad news that a grandmother was murdered, becoming the 93rd homicide in Milwaukee.
One public official came out condemning the murder and demanding justice while at the same time, blasting Mayor Barrett with putting more priority on putting more street cars on the road rather than putting resources towards making our city streets safer.
In a press release Donovan said violence and disorder by a small group of individuals is unacceptable.
“It is not acceptable to me, and it should never be acceptable to anyone. If this activity was taking place in Brookfield, the National Guard would be called in, and the governor would be there personally to make sure the disorder was eliminated,” Donovan’s statement said.
Donovan continues to speak his mind by saying that the Police Department needs additional manpower and blaming city leaders for having “no plan, no strategy for addressing the deadly violence and disorder.”
The mayor’s office responded by saying what is Donovan complaining about! They point out that Donovan supported the mayor when he voted to approve the mayor’s budget that called for adding 120 new officers.
“Bob believes that people are naive enough to think that he is the only one in town that cares about this stuff,” Patrick Curley, Barrett’s chief of staff, is reported to have said in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Is Alderman Donovan thinking about running for mayor?
If he does, you can bet your life savings that the Milwaukee Southside will without question mobilize big-time, to put a law and order firebrand like Donovan in office. And that you can take to the bank.
I can see it now. First city ordinance to be pushed by a Mayor Donovan–no sagging pants within city limits.
Secretary of State John Kerry says: Latin
America no longer ours
Secretary of State John Kerry has declared that a nearly 200-year-old policy which had governed Washington’s relations with Latin America was finally dead.
Known as the Monroe Doctrine after it was adopted in 1823 by former President James Monroe, the policy had stated that any efforts by European countries to colonize land in North or South America would be viewed as aggressive acts and could require U.S. intervention.
Where once the United States enacted policy where it can manipulate politically and economically Latin American countries, Kerry says that those ideas are a thing of the past.
“The doctrine that bears [Monroe's] name asserted our authority to step in and oppose the influence of European powers in Latin America,” Kerry told an audience at the Organization of American States. “And throughout our nation’s history, successive presidents have reinforced that doctrine and made a similar choice.”
“Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” he insisted to applause.
“The relationship that we seek and that we have worked hard to foster is not about a United States declaration about how and when it will intervene in the affairs of other American states,” Kerry said. “It’s about all of our countries viewing one another as equals, sharing responsibilities, cooperating on security issues and adhering not to doctrine but to the decisions that we make as partners to advance the values and the interests that we share.”
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who blew the lid of off the National Security Agency (NSA), is ready to assist a German probe into U.S. spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In doing so, Snowden is about to reveal to the German government–the world really–the internal workings and operation of the NSA, the world’s most powerful national security organization.
But Snowden not only will talk to the German government, it seems that he is ready to talk directly to the U.S. Congress, a German lawmaker, who met Snowden, said.
Snowden met German Green party lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele at an undisclosed location in Moscow to discuss his revelations that Washington for years monitored Merkel’s mobile phone, which has caused an uproar in Europe.
On his return to Germany, Stroebele published a letter from Snowden and said the American was ready to testify to Congress to shed light on “possibly serious offenses.”
Snowden began work at an undisclosed Russian Internet firm and was granted asylum in Russia in August to the fury of the United States, where he faces trial on charges under the Espionage Act for exposing NSA operations spying and eavesdropping on millions of Americans phone conversation.
In the letter, Snowden said he was prepared to provide details of U.S. spying to Germany and he was “heartened” by the global response to his leaks despite the unrelenting U.S. pressure.
“I hope that when the difficulties of this humanitarian situation have been resolved, I will be able to cooperate in the responsible finding of fact regarding reports in the media, particularly in regard to the truth and authenticity of documents,” Snowdon wrote. “I look forward to speaking with you in your country when the situation is resolved.”
Speaking to reporters in Berlin after his return from Moscow, Stroebele said Snowden also wanted to testify before the United States Congress regarding his NSA experience.
“He said first up he would prefer to lay the facts on the table in front of the U.S. Congress. Snowden didn’t appear to me as anti-American or an enemy of America or some such, but quite the opposite,” said Stroebele.
The letter was addressed to the German government, the Bundestag lower house of parliament, and the federal public prosecutor.
Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client would not be able to travel to Germany for security reasons but was willing to help with the probe.
“Snowden will not go to Germany. This is not possible because he has no right to cross Russian borders,” Kucherena told the popular Echo Moscow radio. “If he does that, he can lose temporary asylum.”
But the Kremlin-friendly lawyer added: “Within the framework of international agreements Snowden can give testimony in Russia but this should be decided by the German authorities.”
Media reports based on Snowden’s disclosures of mass U.S. surveillance — including eavesdropping on nearly three dozen foreign leaders — have strained Washington’s ties with key allies.
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the government would like to speak to Snowden. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on Snowden’s contacts with the Germans. Snowden spent more than a month in the transit zone of a Moscow airport before receiving a year-long temporary asylum in August after exposing the massive surveillance by the NSA.
President Vladimir Putin has said Snowden was welcome to stay in Russia as long as he did not harm U.S. interests. Security expert Pavel Felgenhauer suggested Russian security services were likely to control Snowden’s access to foreign officials. “Security services and the Kremlin will decide what he can and cannot say publicly,” he said.
Also Friday, Snowden began providing IT support for an unnamed Russian Internet company, Kucherena. “It’s a security issue.”
Kucherena added that Snowden had had many job offers. “He is hugely popular in our country.” One of those offers came from the country’s top social network VKontakte (In Touch), after Snowden won asylum in Russia. But the company refused to say whether Snowden was now working for them. “We do not comment on this information,” VKontakte spokesman Georgy Lobushkin.
Clearly the United States is going to be embarrassed by what Snowden is going to say to the German government, but the story behind this story is the actions that world governments affected will take against the United States.
The Wisconsin Democratic establishment is going all out to endorse and push Mary Burke to run against Gov. Scott Walker. Strategically, doing this now is a crazy move. The primaries aren’t until August 2014 and already the Dems are putting all their effort behind the Burke candidacy.
Not only have the Dem establishment blocked out other potential Dems from running, they’ve given the GOP an example of what democracy does not look like.
Nevertheless, it appears that Madison School Board member Mary Burke has locked down key Democratic Party support to challenge Gov. Scott Walker next fall, but she has yet to win over many pro-labor, rank-and-file Dem activists.
Still, the Democratic Governors Association, which doesn’t typically endorse in primaries, is already backing Burke. The state Democratic Party leadership is backing Burke’s campaign. And U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the state’s top-ranked elected Democrat promoted Burke’s three-minute campaign announcement video among her supporters.
But Democrats in the rank and file are not jumping on the Burke campaign, especially after the Democratic establishment seems to have met behind closed doors to handpick a candidate to run against the Governor in 2014, bypassing the democracy process most Democrats argue has been hijacked by the GOP at the state Capitol.
This gives the GOP a great example of hypocrisy, pointing out that the Democratic base was tossed under the bus by DPW party bosses intent on deciding for the base who the candidate will be, without input from the rank-and-file membership. This is what democracy does NOT look like.
Capital Times Columnist John Nichols even described the Dem 2014 strategy as “a terrible strategy.”
It seems that the reason so many Dems in the rank and file are voicing their displeasure about Burke and the Dem establishment strategy of joining forces behind Burke this early is because many rank and file in the Dem party believe the establishment has no interest in their input.
As one rank and file Democrat stated on a Facebook page: “Who should be the next Wisconsin Governor” regarding the selection process, “…It is based on status within the party, money available, and willingness to participate in the party agenda, which revolves around the people who fund the party financially.”
I could have not said it any better.
The Senate announced a last-minute deal on to avert a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default — along with reopening the government after a two-week shutdown.
But even if the House and Senate manage to overcome procedural hurdles to seal the deal before Thursday, when the Treasury says it will exhaust its borrowing authority, it will only be a temporary solution that sets up the prospect of another showdown early next year.
The Senate deal would:
1. Keep the government open until Jan. 15;
2. Increase the debt ceiling through Feb. 7;
3. Appoint negotiators to hammer out a long-term budget deal;
4. Require income verification for those signing up for Obamacare subsidies.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced the agreement on the Senate floor, where it was expected to win swift approval after a main Republican critic of the deal, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said he would not use procedural moves to delay a vote.
Still, Cruz railed against the deal because it doesn’t address Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. Cruz and other Republicans backed by the conservative, small-government tea party movement want to repeal or delay the healthcare law.
“Unfortunately, once again it appears the Washington establishment is refusing to listen to the American people,” he said during a brief press conference. “The deal that has been cut provides no relief to millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare. The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the young people coming out of school who cannot find a job because of Obamacare.
“It provides no relief to all the single parents who have been forced into part-time work struggling to feed their kids on 29 hours per week. It provides no relief to all the hard-working families who are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, and it provides no relief to all the seniors, while those with disabilities who are right now, getting in the mail, notifications from the health insurance companies that they are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare.”
Cruz commended members of the House for having “taken a bold stance listening to the American people.” And he criticized the Senate for staying “with the traditional approach of the Washington establishment of maintaining the status quo and doing nothing to respond through sufferings Obamacare is causing millions of Americans.”
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio will face one of the most important decisions of his tenure: whether to allow the Senate agreement to come to the House floor unimpeded, or try to amend it.
For procedural reasons, if the House goes first, the bill could reach Obama’s desk faster. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told Bloomberg that Boehner will allow the vote.
“The speaker will bring that agreement to the House floor in a very timely manner,” Brady said on Bloomberg Television. He said he thinks the measure would pass.
House leaders haven’t decided whether they will vote before the Senate, said a Republican aide who spoke on conditions of anonymity. And a Boehner spokesman told CNN that no decision has been made on a House vote.
But Rep. Charles Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, said Tuesday night on CNN that a Senate accord will probably be presented for a House vote by Boehner and likely win passage with a majority of Democrats and a minority of Republicans.
And multiple news agencies on Twitter are reporting that Boehner will allow the vote.
Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, temporarily suspended talks yesterday while Boehner tried and failed to marshal House Republicans behind a plan that was significantly scaled down from demands for health-law changes that led to the U.S. government shutdown Oct. 1.
The partial shutdown has closed national parks, slowed clinical drug trials, and led to the furloughs of thousands of federal workers.
Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to move swiftly to approve a deal to reopen the U.S. government and remove the threat of a potentially devastating default.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was grateful to the leaders of the Senate for working together to find a deal and said the president wanted Congress now to ensure “the government reopens and the threat of default is removed.”
Lawmakers are racing against time. While analysts and U.S. officials say the government will still have roughly $30 billion in cash to pay many obligations for at least a few days after Oct. 17, the financial sector may begin to seize up if the deal is not finalized in both chambers.
“Today is definitely not the day to be conducting any serious business as traders across the globe will be hypnotized by their TVs/terminals and anxiously waiting for something to hit the news wires,” Jonathan Sudaria, a trader at Capital Spreads in London, wrote in a client note.
Fitch Ratings on Tuesday put the U.S. AAA credit grade on ratings watch negative, citing the government’s inability to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner, according to a statement after the markets in New York closed.
U.S. one-month bill rates rose to the highest level since 2008 as investors prepared to bid for $68 billion of short-term debt Wednesday after three- and six-month auctions Tuesday drew the weakest demand in four years.
Rates on bills maturing on Oct. 24 climbed to the highest since they were issued in April on concern the Treasury Department will have to delay repaying some of its maturing securities as lawmakers battle over raising the federal borrowing limit. One-month rates were 0.37 percent at 10:14 a.m. London time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg — the most since October 2008. The benchmark 10-year yield was little changed at 2.73 percent, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data.
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures expiring in December rose 0.4 percent to 1,699.5 at 10:27 a.m. Wednesday in London. The benchmark gauge slid 0.7 percent Tuesday after rallying 3.3 percent over the previous four days. Contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,159.
“If the market truly believed the U.S. will default on its obligations, we would see a more dramatic reaction from equity and bond markets,” Henk Potts, who helps oversee about $310 billion as a strategist at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management in London, said by phone Wednesday. “The great expectation is the deal will be done. If the deal is not done, however minuscule that chance that may be, it would have a devastating impact on sentiment.”
Under the Senate agreement, House Republicans would get almost none of their priorities. They tried to defund or delay the healthcare law, settling last month on trying to delay the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance.
Obama has described those requests as unacceptable ransom demands and insisted that Republicans relent.
Republicans persisted after the partial government shutdown started two weeks ago, and saw their approval ratings drop in polls. Hardliners resisted plans that didn’t make major changes to the Affordable Care Act. Others, such as Rep. Peter King of New York, stuck with Boehner while complaining about the strategy.
“And the long teachable moment ends: Stove is hot,” Rep. Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican, said on Twitter last night after Boehner scrapped the latest plan.
The emerging Senate agreement trades the pressing and already-missed deadlines for new ones over the next four months. The Treasury Department would be allowed to use so-called extraordinary measures to delay default for about another month beyond Feb. 7, said a Senate Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plan.
The Senate agreement may include a Republican-backed provision to tighten income verification requirements for people receiving health-insurance subsidies. That provision is linked to a proposal backed by Democrats and labor unions that would delay a reinsurance fee on group health plans.
Both of those healthcare provisions will either be in the agreement or be out of the agreement.
Senate passage of a bill could be delayed into late next week if a single senator objects, the aide said. Then that bill would have to go to the House. Procedurally, the Senate would have been able to act by Oct. 18 if the House had passed a bill Tuesday night.
Cruz, who led a Republican bid to defund Obamacare, spoke for more than 21 hours in a budget debate last month. On Oct. 14, he wouldn’t rule out stalling maneuvers, saying he wants to see the plan’s details. He made no public comments yesterday.
Unless Congress acts, the United States will be operating only on about $30 billion of cash reserves and incoming revenue starting tomorrow. It will begin missing promised payments between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Boehner has tried several times over the past month to construct a debt-limit bill that House Republicans could support, and he hasn’t brought any proposals to a vote. Republicans didn’t have enough votes for the measure yesterday, said a leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss vote counting.
“We’re going to be prepared tomorrow to make some decisions,” Rep. Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, told reporters in the Capitol last night.
Unlike previous stopgap spending measures, the House bill wouldn’t have made big changes to the 2010 healthcare law, and it contains no cuts to entitlement programs that Republicans sought to add to a debt-limit increase or spending bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is close to Boehner and spoke to him earlier yesterday, said he was concerned that the speaker could become a “victim” of a failed Republican strategy to use a government shutdown as leverage to try to force changes to the healthcare law.
Graham also said he is “getting to the point of disgust” with Democrats, including Reid, for refusing to help Republicans extricate themselves from an impossible negotiating position.
“Instead of trying to help us find a way out of a bad spot — we won’t be the last political party to overplay our hand, it may happen one day on the Democratic watch,” he said.
“And if it did, would Republicans, for the good of the country, kind of give a little?” Graham said, adding that Republicans went “too far” and “screwed up.”
New York City police continue to hunt for as many as 40 motorcyclists who forced a driver on a harrowing high-speed chase through Upper Manhattan and then beat him in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Charges have been upgraded against one of the motorcycle riders who happens to be an active duty undercover detective with the New York police department.
The six-minute pursuit was captured on video and posted on YouTube.
The video shows the motorcycle riders converged on the 33-year-old man’s vehicle on the West Side Highway in Harlem, after he apparently clipped a bike that cut closely in front of him.
The motorcycle rider hit by the SUV suffered a broken leg.
The video, shot with a helmet-mounted camera, shows the driver then took off, knocking down more bikes as others tore up the highway after him after other bikers in the group dismounted from their bikes to attack the SUV driver.
After a 50-block chase, the bikers managed to trap the Range Rover and one of them was filmed yanking off his helmet and using it to smash in the SUV window.
Police said the SUV driver suffered black eyes and other injuries in the subsequent beating.
Police have made some arrests since the incident. One of those arrested is an undercover detective with the New York police department.
Wojciech Braszczok faces criminal mischief charges, New York Police said.
Braszczok is a 10-year detective veteran of the police force. Police investigators are reported to have discovered video evidence showing him punching an already damaged back window, then twice kicking the side of the SUV before leaving the scene.
NYPD internal affairs investigators are looking into the undercover detective’s conduct.
A police officer to be part of this tragic and pathetic event, not only hurts the image of law enforcement, but it continues to serve the notion that no one is above the law.
Justice should be served here. Only time will tell.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri has been crowned the new Miss America. Davuluri is Indian-American, which inspired racists and morons (and racist morons) to register their complaints on Twitter. Some felt she isn’t American (despite being born in Syracuse), other cracked wise about 7-Eleven, while the most astute of the bunch saw a win for al Qaeda.
We have to wonder, what sort of nonsense might spew forth if an American Indian won Miss America? Maybe instead of “not American enough” the Tweeters would protest that she is too American.
BuzzFeed collected these samples of racism. Sharing them with you to show we have not archived a color blind society.
@MeredithRoanell “This is Miss America… not Miss Foreign Country”
@kathrynryan50 “shes like not even american and she won miss america”
@EJRBuckeye “Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must’ve made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote”
@Granvil_Colt “And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.”
@Not_MissAmerica “More like Miss Terrorist #MissAmerica”
@jakeamick5 “How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots”
@sarawhitton “this is America. not India”
@savannah_dale97 “Miss New York is an Indian.. With all do respect, this is America”
@wnfraser “@ABC2020 nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic #missamerica”
@SHANN___Wow “Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?”
@JPLman95 “Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11.”
@kalebistoocute “Man our president nor our new Miss America isn’t even American I’m sorry but Miss Kansas I salute you your the real American #MissAmerica”
@JTomes84 “Miss America is brought to by their sponsors PF Changs and 7-11.”
@_AudreyAnn “Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It’s fine.”
@Blayne_MkItRain “Congratulations Al-Qaeda. Our Miss America is one of you.”
@anthonytkr “#MissAmerica ummm wtf?! Have we forgotten 9/11?”
@LukeBrasili “9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”
@ColtonSEvans “Egypt dancing? This is America. #MissAmerica”
@NateBerard “Asian or indian are you kiddin this is america omg”
@JAyres15 “I swear I’m not racist but this is America.”
Yes! A long way from being a color blind society.