The top image is from tonight in Ferguson, Missouri.
The bottom image is from 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama.
The top image is from tonight in Ferguson, Missouri.
The bottom image is from 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Remember Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, who is a Republican, and his statement earlier today that Obama and the Democrats are “waging war on white people?”
Well, he’s not backing down from this right wing race-baiting meme (and he’s far from the first right winger to say something like this). In fact, after spewing this insanity to right wing radio host Laura Ingraham this morning, he gave an interview to al.com and expanded on his brilliant, if totally non-original, “reverse racism” concept: Rep. Mo Brooks: Democrats ‘Dividing America by Race’ in ‘Waging a War on Whites’.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks accused blacks and Hispanics in the Democratic Party today of waging a “war on whites” by invoking race to split the nation.
“In effect, what the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant,” Brooks, R-Huntsville, said this afternoon in an interview with al.com.
“We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together. That’s what the melting pot ideal of America is all about. A person’s skin pigmentation is something acquired at birth that has absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the person of how one should vote.”
Obviously, Rep. Brooks has heard from some of his constituents, telling him not to back down. He’s got a winning platform there.
This is the Republican Party in 2014. Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders.
Congressman Mo Brooks, who is from Alabama and is a Republican (what are the odds?) told wingnut radio host Laura Ingraham today that the GOP’s intransigent hardline stance on immigration isn’t going to hurt the party with Latino voters. Nope, not at all. What’s really going on, according to Brooks, is that the Democrats are waging a “war on whites.”
And it’s all part of the nefarious strategy devised by Barack Obama, of course.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”
So a few days ago I posted a page about how Alabama is attempting to force “Christian” prayer in all Public schools.
Specifically, this revolved around Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, who blatantly ignored a 2-3 loss in a voice vote for something she (and her imaginary friend) wanted - enforced cult indoctrination in Alabama public schools.
Well, that turns out to be the tip of the iceburg.
She, of course, is an Anti-Choice Forced Birther.
She has, presumably using the same “voice voting with gawd” style unethical (and illegal) techniques as she abused above for the cult indoctrination bill she is trying to push through, pushed four anti-women bills through committee:
Now, all these are pretty standard cult-written anti-women attempts at religious control, we’ve seen them in plenty of other states (although the “yeah, your kid will be born without a brain but we have a hospice center you can put it in until it eventually dies” thing is particularly horrific and new to me), but McClurkin, the “voice votes with gawd” lady, her reasonings are… scary. Even for an anti-women cultist:
1. She not only admits her bills are an attempt to Illegally ban abortion in her state, her argument is that sex us only for heterosexual procreation and sluts that have sex should expect to be a glorified brood mare.
2. She made headlines last year when she claimed that “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.” It’s classic cognitive dissonance leaking out (or just bullshit for bullshit’s sake) — because after all, forced-birthers usually claim that fertilized eggs are people.
3. She is, of course, connected directly with ALEC. Most everyone here already knows of ALEC, they’re this group of GOP operatives that write bad template laws that come out of the Tea Party’s wet dreams and then give them to shills like McClurkin to try and push through in every state they can. Stand Your Ground, for example is an ALEC dropping.
4. She brags about not knowing the most basic of elements of how government works, but still was able to unethically sneak an abusive “forced ultrasound image” law through.
Of course, the ACLU is all over these latest 4 bills.
Former Alabama GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson has left his wife and family and moved to New Zealand, where he’ll be free to donate as much sperm as he wants.
Bill Johnson, a former Alabama gubernatorial candidate, has left his wife and family in Prattville to be with babies he secretly conceived as a sperm donor in New Zealand.
Johnson’s wife, Kathy Hale Johnson, told the New Zealand Herald that Johnson recently returned to live in New Zealand where he donated sperm to at least 10 women without her knowledge.
“He wants me to move over there. He’s not coming back,” she said told the newspaper.
She said Johnson plans to apply for residency so he can stay in New Zealand, and that he intends to donate sperm to additional women.
“He is obsessed with this. He doesn’t want to stop,” she said.
Bill Johnson ran, of course, as a “family values” candidate. Big, big families. Several of them.
Johnson, 52, finished fifth among a field of seven candidates for governor in the 2010 GOP primary, capturing less than 2 percent of the vote. He ran as a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage.
Almost missed this one; remember when the entire right wing blogosphere went into a race-baiting frenzy over a story from Alabama, in which a white man was beaten by a group of African Americans who, according to the wingnuts, said it was “justice for Trayvon Martin?”
Well, the story was bogus. According to the police, this was an “ongoing dispute with neighbors,” and had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin at all: Terry Rawls Arrested and Charged With Matthew Owens Beating.
Cops in Mobile, Ala. made their first arrest in the apparent mob beating of Matthew Owens: Terry Rawls surrendered Wednesday on assault charges.
In less than a week, the brutal attack on Owens — which left him in critical condition — went from being described as a hate crime connected to the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida to an ongoing feud between neighbors, WKRG reported.
“This here is an ongoing dispute with neighbors, that’s what this is,” Mobile Police Corporal Chris Levy told the station. …
Cops said on Wednesday that they expect to arrest three more suspects involved in the fight, but added that the so-called “mob” consisted mostly of bystanders, WKRG reported.
“What we know is that Mr. Owens was fussing at some kids about playing basketball in the street,” said Levy. “These kids then went back and told their parents about the exchange they had with Mr. Owens.”
The adults “were having a get together down the street, [and] came down to where Mr. Owens is, and there was a series of racial slurs exchanged, and there was a fight,” said Levy.
He ruled out that it was a hate crime and said that the Trayvon Martin shooting wasn’t a motivating factor, according to media reports.
The polls are just closing in Alabama and Mississippi, so here’s a thread to keep up on breaking news from “the most important race in our lifetime.” — Newt Gingrich
Public Policy Polling has some very depressing results to report in a survey of Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi. Not to put too fine a point on it, but a disturbingly large percentage of these voters are simply deranged.
Majorities in both states believe that President Obama is a Muslim, and horribly large numbers think interracial marriage should be illegal. And very large majorities in both states reject the scientific theory of evolution.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican base:
There’s considerable skepticism about Barack Obama’s religion with Republican voters in them. In Mississippi only 12% of voters think Obama’s a Christian to 52% who think he’s a Muslim and 36% who are not sure. In Alabama just 14% think Obama’s a Christian to 45% who think he’s a Muslim and 41% who aren’t sure.
Mitt Romney dominates the ‘Obama’s a Christian’ vote in both states. He leads Santorum 42-28 with those folks in Mississippi and has a 38-21 lead over him with them in Alabama. In Mississippi Newt’s winning the ‘Obama’s a Muslim’ vote 39-28, but in Alabama it’s a three way tie with all of the leading candidates at 31%. …
-Alabama’s pretty much on board with interracial marriage, with 67% of voters thinking it should be legal to 21% who think it should not be. There’s still some skepticism in Mississippi though- only 54% of voters think it should be legal, while 29% believe it should be illegal. Newt cleans up with the ‘interracial marriage should be illegal’ crowd in both states. He’s up 40-27 on Romney with them in Mississippi and 37-28 with them in Alabama. …
-Finally there’s considerable skepticism about evolution among GOP voters in both Alabama and Mississippi. In Alabama only 26% of voters believe in it, while 60% do not. In Mississippi just 22% believe in it, while 66% do not. Romney wins the ‘voters who believe in evolution’ vote (33-27 over Gingrich in Alabama, 38-32 over Gingrich in Mississippi.) Santorum wins the ‘voters who don’t believe in evolution’ vote (34-33 over Gingrich in both Alabama and Mississippi with Romney at 26%)
Here we go again.
Now the Republican Party’s slut-shaming craze has spread to Alabama, with yet another uterus inspection bill requiring women seeking abortions to undergo trans-vaginal ultrasounds.
And notice that State Sen. Clay Scofield openly admits there’s no medical reason whatsoever; the only reason for this insane caveman law is to stop abortion. Pure right wing social engineering.
When a woman in Alabama seeks an abortion procedure, she already has to sign that her doctor has performed an ultrasound and that she either viewed the ultrasound image or rejected seeing it. But state Sen. Clay Scofield (R) is pushing SB 12, a bill in the Alabama legislature that would mandate the physician “to perform an ultrasound, provide verbal explanation of the ultrasound, and display the images to the pregnant woman before performing an abortion.” The physician could also require the woman to submit to a transvaginal ultrasound — “in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced” — if she or he determines it necessary.
A Senate committee voted 4-1 on Friday to approve the measure, and the state Senate is expected to vote on it early this week. Even though studies have proven that viewing an ultrasound does not lead women to not have abortions, the bill’s sponsor says he hopes it will:
Scofield said he hopes that, if signed into law, his bill will stop some abortions. Though the bill states a woman can look away from the ultrasound image, Scofield wants her to see it.
“So she sees that this is not just a clump of cells as she is told,” he said. “She will see the shape of the infant. And hopefully, she will choose to keep the child.”
The bill wouldn’t require an ultrasound if an abortion is necessary to save a woman’s life, but it does not allow the victims of sexual assault to opt out of viewing the ultrasound.
The GOP’s Slut-Shaming Ultrasound Craze Spreads to Illinois
GOP Pushing Mandatory Invasive Ultrasound Legislation in Pennsylvania Too
‘Rape by the State’? Court: Texas Can Force Doctors to Deliver Intrusive Vaginal Ultrasound to Abortion Seekers
For Most Women, GOP Sonograms Will Require Invasive Procedure
Another American visionary died today, a man whose influence on the social landscape of the United States cannot be measured: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 89.
The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Shuttlesworth led Birmingham’s battle against segregation — a battle that focused the national spotlight on the violent resistance to equal rights in the South and forced change. He was 89.
As Birmingham goes, so goes the nation. That belief was the driving force behind Shuttlesworth’s crusade for equality.
“He was the soul and heart of the Birmingham movement,” Georgia Rep. John Lewis said. It was Birmingham, he said, that brought the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“Fred Shuttlesworth had the vision, the determination never to give up, never to give in,” Lewis said. “He led an unbelievable children’s crusade. It was the children who faced dogs, fire hoses, police billy clubs that moved and shook the nation.”
A decade before that infamous standoff between authorities and young protesters in Kelly Ingram Park, Shuttlesworth was already pushing for change in what had come to be called “Bombingham.” Dozens of black homes and churches were bombed, the cases rarely investigated by the city’s all-white police force. In 1955, the charismatic young pastor of Bethel Baptist Church led a delegation of ministers who petitioned for black police officers.
Historian Horace Huntley of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said Shuttlesworth personally challenged just about every segregated institution in the city — from schools and parks to buses, even the waiting room at the train station.
“They had a white section and a colored section. Fred and his wife bought tickets, and they sat in the white section,” Huntley said. “That was revolutionary for Birmingham of the 1950s.”
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Don't clap for destroying America. This place is as good as you want to make it. -- Zappa introduced "Billy the Mountain" by revealing that Billy and Ethel took a vacation trip across the United States, destroying it in the process. This was Zappa's response to the applause and cheers from the audience. Cleveland Colliseum, 1971