The Limbic Brain

I’m not much of a fan of Janeane Garofalo, but I do quite like her generally blunt and intentionally abrasive delivery. Here she is snarking with Keith Olbermann about the tea bag radicals being racists.

While not necessarily endorsing her views and somewhat quirky interpretation of things, it doesn’t seem altogether out of line to observe that the turnout at the Tea Parties was predominantly white — which, demographically speaking wouldn’t be all that entirely surprising, statistically speaking — but might perhaps be to the extent it was almost entirely and exclusively so.

“The Clam Demo”

Heh. A Freudian slip perhaps, but a good one.

The Preemptive Race Card

This is kind of a Chicken v. Egg situation, but why is it that those who criticize Barack Obama feel compelled to loudly proclaim that they’re not racists? Or more accurately, why is it they feel the need to accuse those who disagree with them about their criticisms of Obama of having presumed them to have been motivated by racism? I know… it gets quite convoluted. Here, the deep-thinkers at Fox & Friends touch on the issue with regards to criticism of the president by Angie Harmon.

Full disclosure here… I had to Google “Angie Harmon” to learn that she’s a former fashion model and now a “television star” of some repute (I thought right-wingers didn’t care what Hollywood “celebrities” thought about politics; except that is, when they agree with them, it would seem).

Anyway, I find the kind of presumption employed by Harmon to proactively defuse and irrefutably discredit any counterargument on the basis that it’s automatically nothing but a knee-jerk accusation of “racism” to be incredibly perverse and disingenuous. Not only does this conceit attempt to immediately rob any valid rebuttal of legitimacy, but it also effectively insulates and encourages base attacks that are actually borne out of naked, ugly racism.

Dehumanizing Palestinians

T-shirts worn by some Jewish soldiers mock the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including pregnant women and children. “1 shot, two kills” says one depicting a pregnant Palestinian woman in a sniper’s crosshairs.

Apparently, the shirts came into fashion following disclosures that soldiers who took part in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza complained about rules of engagement allowing them to kill civilians and destroy property. According to Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, a sociologist at Bar-Ilan University, the phenomenon is “part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing, and the soldiers are at its forefront.”

Unambiguously Racist

It’s kind of pathetic when someone who evidently has no respect for free speech, who clearly doesn’t have the slightest understanding what the demonstration involved was about, and who apparently doesn’t seem to have any of the facts of the matter straight (he must not have bothered to read the article that he linked to, it seems), nonetheless furiously storms ahead, seizing on a peaceful protest as yet another opportunity to ventilate his petty, small-minded and clearly racist attitudes towards immigrants. No wonder he’s been picked up as free stringer for the National Post.

Does “Raphael” seriously think that Canadian citizens shouldn’t have the right to publicly protest about issues around the world that are of deep concern to them; whether that be out of principle or more compellingly, because they have family and friends abroad who may be directly affected?

In this case, the protesters were pleading with the Harper government to join other countries in calling for a ceasefire to the fighting in Sri Lanka amidst concerns for the safety of 250,000 civilians (according to the Red Cross) and displaced people trapped as the military pushed for victory against the last bastion of Tamil rebels. The EU’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel has called for a halt to the conflict in the wake of what he’s called an “escalating humanitarian catastrophe.”

Stay Classy, Chip!

You have to love Don Lemon’s polite incredulity about the CD distributed by RNC chair candidate Chip Saltsman which included the now wearisome Barack the Magic Negro song.

“I’m not going to call anyone a racist here, but come on… these are grown men and you have to suffer the consequences of whatever you do. I mean sending it out to members of the RNC… Shouldn’t — shouldn’t they know better? It’s just silly.”

No kidding.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall was somewhat less reserved in her reaction to the term “Magic Negro” irrespective of its purportedly satirical intent.

Funnily enough, the remarkably “tonedeaf” gesture may have inadvertently helped Saltsman’s bid to become the next leader of the Republican Party.