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Wingnut E-mails Smear Obama As A Racist - By Quoting A Racist - Shadowproof

Wingnut E-mails Smear Obama As A Racist - By Quoting A Racist - Shadowproof

We’ve all gotten those vile right-wing e-mail forwards — usually from that right-wing brother-in-law or cranky uncle — which, it turns out, is one of the right’s more effective and various falsehoods about their liberal targets, since it’s so devoid of any kind of accountability.So the most recent iteration making the rounds is probably one you’ve seen: Featuring various "real quotes" from Barack Obama, it pretends to demonstrate to the reader what an anti-white racist and radical he really is. (Maybe this is meant to eventually tie into the ) It is, of course, complete horseshit.a pretty...

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Jun 12
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Weeding Out the Racists - Shadowproof

Weeding Out the Racists - Shadowproof

 (This post comes from the amazing .  This is another of a continuing series of posts on race issues in America that David has cross-posted at FDL, and we are so grateful that he’s sharing this with us this evening.  — Christy) There’s a perfectly simple reason that white supremacists and far-right extremists keep popping up in the immigration debate: the anti-immigrant right is just talking their game. They’re naturally drawn to the cause because it is their cause.So that’s why you’ll be seeing a lot more instances of mainstream talking heads drawing up well-established talking points...

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May 25
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The Right Jujutsus Obama On Race, And The Timid Left Tumbles Over - Shadowproof

The Right Jujutsus Obama On Race, And The Timid Left Tumbles Over - Shadowproof

It was easy to predict, going in, that the dynamics of race and politics were going to be a big factor in this year’s election — the main question was how naked the Republicans would play it.And now we’re seeing what their plan is: Play it subtle, with a raft of images that will send off all the necessary messages to the lizard-brained wingnuts of their base, but nothing overt that can be readily flagged as racial — and when the Obama camp inevitably responds, play the wounded party. In other words, turn Obama’s race into a liability by making him respond to subtle, easily denied racial...

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Aug 6
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Manly men - Shadowproof

Manly men - Shadowproof

People who talk about masculinity — especially conservatives, who , but in a peculiarly juvenile way — have always seemed a little weird to me. It’s like the cliche retort the wealthy like to use: “If you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it.” Masculinity is one of those things where if you have to talk about it, you’re never going to get it. And the harder you try, the less a man you become.So I enjoyed something of a low, mordant chortle the other day when Jane picked up, from something that Dr. Helen (the spouse of ) wrote at her blog:I have seen this fear of manliness in many...

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Aug 19
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Scott McClellan, Ron Ziegler, And The Press Corps: A Study In Contrasts - Shadowproof

Scott McClellan, Ron Ziegler, And The Press Corps: A Study In Contrasts - Shadowproof

Scott McClellan, meet . Or better yet: Bush’s White House press corps, meetThose of us alive and aware then remember Ron Ziegler well. Richard Nixon’s press secretary, a onetime Disney World guide recruited out of nowhere at age 29 to demonstrate Nixon’s contempt for the press, was the prototype for the modern White House press secretary: a prevaricator, evader, misleader, disinformer, and propagandist of the first order.Rick Perlstein, in his superb new book Nixonland, describes Ziegler precisely, dancing around and stonewalling questions on Watergate, as well as a multitude of other...

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Jun 1
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Immigration Irrationality - Shadowproof

Immigration Irrationality - Shadowproof

The real hallmark of the right-wing rule America has endured for the better part of the new century has been its reliance on persuading the public to believe things that are factually false. The Iraq War — in which the nation was induced to believe , thanks largely to a mendacious administration and a eager to — is only the most infamous example. The list — running from the Plame affair to the Katrina debacle to Social Security and the economy, to civil rights and gay rights, to consumer-protection and environmental policy — is not merely long, it touches nearly every facet of American...

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Mar 14
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Tell Congress To Investigate The Psyops Propaganda Generals - Shadowproof

Tell Congress To Investigate The Psyops Propaganda Generals - Shadowproof

Once upon a time, it was widely believed that one of the greatest sins the U.S. government or its temporary political masters could commit was to turn a propaganda machine loose on the American people.Congress viewed this so seriously that every appropriations bill passed since 1951 has contained language that says no public money "shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States" without the lawmakers’ prior approval.—During his recent to Firedoglake, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Senate leaders were looking into the possibility of holding investigative...

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May 23
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The Republican Right's Moonie Problem - Shadowproof

The Republican Right's Moonie Problem - Shadowproof

A number of folks — notably and — have already pointed out quite adroitly that while the media have had little compunction about whipping up a phony controversy about Barack Obama’s "pastor problem", there’s almost nothing that white evangelical pastors can say that might bring down similar approbation. John McCain’s "spiritual advisers" Rod Parsley and John Hagee really are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this.As Glenn puts it:The phrases "anti-American" and "America-haters" are among the most barren and manipulative in our entire political lexicon, but whatever they happen to...

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David Neiwert
Mar 21
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Bush's Grand Moff Tarkin Aims Death Star At Forestlands - Shadowproof

Bush's Grand Moff Tarkin Aims Death Star At Forestlands - Shadowproof

For years, rural progressives have been trying to warn their neighbors that voting for Republicans meant voting for the rapine of the natural heritage in which they live. Most of those neighbors ignored them and voted Republican because they promised "jobs" and wrapped themselves in all-American values.Now, as the Bush administration tries to inflict as much environmental havoc on the citizenry as it can on its way out the door, the :The Bush administration is preparing to ease the way for the nation’s largest private landowner to convert hundreds of thousands of acres of mountain...

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Jul 5
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Thursday Late Nite: A Modest Proposal For The NBA - Shadowproof

Thursday Late Nite: A Modest Proposal For The NBA - Shadowproof

When the NBA Board of Governors — as we know they will — to move the Sonics out of Seattle and on to Oklahoma City, I’d like to suggest they take another vote alongside it: Drop the names of the cities where your teams currently reside from the teams’ names. Adopt the system used by : Just name them after the corporations that own them.That way you could have teams like the Target Timberwolves and the Vulcan TrailBlazers and the Cablevision Knicks and, now, the Rustlers.At least then it would be more honest. Fans then would know they are in fact rooting for the company that owns the team,...

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Apr 18
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Former FBI Agent and ACLU Counsel: St. Paul Police Behavior Is 'Frightening' - Shadowproof

Former FBI Agent and ACLU Counsel: St. Paul Police Behavior Is 'Frightening' - Shadowproof

Yesterday afternoon I caught up with my longtime acquaintance , the ACLU’s National Security Counsel. I first met German in the 1990s when he was an FBI agent, and I knew he would have some insights into the descent of St. Paul into a virtual police state.Here’s our conversation:DN: Mike, I assume you’ve been watching event in St. Paul closely. What are you seeing there?German: I have been following the policy that has enabled this sort of activity. It just stuns me that it’s gotten to this level where they’re actually targeting iWitness Video, when they’re so clearly engaged in...

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Sep 3
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Pat Buchanan: Springtime For Appeasers - Shadowproof

Pat Buchanan: Springtime For Appeasers - Shadowproof

You’ve got to love how easily conservatives jerk their knees and point their fingers at liberals, labeling them appeasers and traitors, when the reality of historical fact paints quite the opposite picture. From the defenders of slavery who formed the Confederacy to , the , and ever onward, the record of cultural conservatives who have readily dispensed with America’s interests — especially the preservation of its democratic institutions — in favor of their own (usually moneyed) interests is as long as it is disgraceful.When Preznit Bush the other week (and by extension, liberals generally)...

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May 29
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Looking For Hate In All The Wrong Places - Shadowproof

Looking For Hate In All The Wrong Places - Shadowproof

Two days ago, a gunman walked into the offices of the Democratic Party in Little Rock, Arkansas, and shot the state’s chairman to death. The, but it is starting increasingly to look like yet another case in which an unhinged wingnut decided to "take out" more liberals.Two weeks ago, another gunman walked into a liberal Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tennessee, and began shooting, killing one man and wounding several others before he was tackled. He had written a manifesto before the rampage indicating his belief that At his home, investigators found by the likes of Michael...

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Aug 15
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Technical Difficulties - Shadowproof

Technical Difficulties - Shadowproof

We’d like to apologize to our readers for the ongoing technical problems we’ve been experiencing of late. We’ve developed a bug in our code that causes an array of sequence-server errors that our tech people have been working night and day to fix. What that means on your end is that periodically, readers have been unable to either access the site or comment.We’re getting closer, we hope, to finally resolving these problems once and for all. But in the meantime, we’d like to beg your forbearance. Please don’t give up on us yet — this will all go away soon.Of course, I suppose we could blame...

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Jul 30
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Immigration And The November Vote: A Key Play For Democrats - Shadowproof

Immigration And The November Vote: A Key Play For Democrats - Shadowproof

A new about Latinos and the November elections confirms what we’ve been saying here for awhile: Immigration is a winning issue for Democrats if they know how to handle it right, and a losing issue for Republican bigotry-mongers.Most of all, it’s an important opportunity: Progressives can establish that they can solve seemingly intractable policy problems by taking a pragmatic and humane approach, contradistinct from the Republican scapegoating approach that only makes the problem worse.In introducing the study yesterday at a conference call , Frank Sharry of America’s voice put it...

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Jul 11
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Some Dare Call Them "Concentration Camps" (Pt. 1) - Shadowproof

Some Dare Call Them "Concentration Camps" (Pt. 1) - Shadowproof

(David Neiwert blogs at ) Last week, raised a few eyebrows by referring to the privately operated "detention centers" where Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been incarcerating thousands of illegal immigrants, including their citizen children, as "concentration camps." Some of his commenters particularly objected, like my elderly inquisitor, to using a term that they, at least, associated primarily with Nazis and the Holocaust.But as Pach (with an assist from ), "concentration camp" is a perfectly applicable term here, for largely the same reasons I gave at the talk. Considering the...

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Jan 3
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Sarah Palin And The AIP: Not So Fast With The Exonerations, Please - Shadowproof

Sarah Palin And The AIP: Not So Fast With The Exonerations, Please - Shadowproof

It’s now become conventional wisdom that Sarah Palin had nothing to do with the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party and is therefore clear of any associations with them. As usual, the CW is crap.is the source for most of this line of refutation:She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.So of course it made its way elsewhere, including which repeated that the AIP connection story as one of the “unfounded charges” against Palin –...

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Sep 10
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Late Nite FDL: The end of the end of racism - Shadowproof

Late Nite FDL: The end of the end of racism - Shadowproof

The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.— If you turn on your cable tonight, and you happen to have Turner Classic Movies, , for one of the first times in broadcast, D.W. Griffith’s classic silent, .It’s an instructive film, in part because Griffith introduced so many innovations that we now take for granted. One of these, of course, that run throughout it.It’s also instructive that it’s happening now, because there seems to be a fresh wave of thinking out there that sees this whole ugly racism thing now as a thing of the past. We can sift through its bones and quaintly examine...

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May 3
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Home for the Culture Wars - Shadowproof

Home for the Culture Wars - Shadowproof

The picture that launched a million e-mailsA lot of people have found the traditional holidays in recent years increasingly uncomfortable events, especially as the Culture Wars have heated up. The practiced by the right has turned more than a few holiday gatherings into occasions for political brawls and rancorous familial splits.I’ve been fortunate in that regard; both my parents, though former Goldwater Republicans, have become dyed-in-the-wool Democrats in recent years, mainly because they have seen firsthand how badly conservative rule screws things up. But many of their relatives and...

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Dec 28
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The Crazies Start Coming Out Of The Woodwork - Shadowproof

The Crazies Start Coming Out Of The Woodwork - Shadowproof

I got back to our hotel late last night and put on CNN as I was getting ready to fall over into my bed, when the report came on about for suspicion in a plot to assassinate Barack Obama:The action started around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when police in the eastern suburb of Aurora stopped a truck that was swerving erratically. The driver, 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell, had a suspended driver’s license, and the truck was rented in the name of another person, said Aurora police Detective Marcus Dudley.In the truck, officers found two rifles, including one with a scope; a bulletproof vest; boxes of...

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Aug 26
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Corruption Bubbles Up Amid The Immigration 'Crackdown' - Shadowproof

Corruption Bubbles Up Amid The Immigration 'Crackdown' - Shadowproof

Whenever you hear nativists like Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo wank endlessly about "cracking down on illegal immigration," you always hear them give lip service to the idea that they also have to crack down on the people who are doing the hiring. That’s why Bush’s "immigration crackdown," , featured lots of talk about making employers toe the line too.But this week’s— like similar raids elsewhere — have made clear that this is all just a lot of empty wank. The reality, as always, is that the impoverished brown people are the only ones facing consequences.So far, the chief employer involved in...

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May 15
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Palin's Political Payback To Her Black-Helicopter Buddies - Shadowproof

Palin's Political Payback To Her Black-Helicopter Buddies - Shadowproof

This morning I interviewed John Stein, the former Wasilla mayor who was by using "a quiet campaign by some Palin supporters raising emotional issues like abortion and gun control, which had no apparent tie to municipal politics" — and , a whisper campaign that Stein was secretly Jewish (Stein is a Lutheran).According to Stein, Palin’s main base of support in that election (and subsequent Wasilla campaigns) was derived from her fellow congregants at Wasilla Bible Church and the larger evangelical Christian community. But it also included some of the Mat-Su Valley’s biggest far-right nutcases...

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Sep 22
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Sheriff Joe's Desert Disaster: What Happens When Nativists Get Their Way - Shadowproof

Sheriff Joe's Desert Disaster: What Happens When Nativists Get Their Way - Shadowproof

The East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona, recently ran on Crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the wingnut nativist who has been doing his damnedest to round up and deport every illegal immigrant in Maricopa County.It’s really quite damning from the outset; the initial piece makes it clear that Arpaio has transformed what was once a typical local law-enforcement agency into an immigration bureau. Even more damning is the reportage on how grossly "America’s sheriff" and his crew violate federal laws along the way:But the deputies’ work that morning, as with dozens of similar MCSO immigration patrols...

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Jul 29
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Pastor Muthee: A Real Witchhunter, All Right - Shadowproof

Pastor Muthee: A Real Witchhunter, All Right - Shadowproof

seems to think that Pastor Thomas Muthee, the self-proclaimed witchhunter who — and who — is simply an exotic African kind of Christian evangelist doing God’s work in his own peculiarly cultural way:“Witchcraft is a sad reality in many parts of Africa, resulting in scores of deaths in Kenya over the past two decades. Bishop Muthee’s blessing, then, was simply a reflection of his cultural understanding of evil. While others are not obliged to accept his interpretation, all can be expected to respect it. More than that—Muthee should be hailed for asking God to shield Palin from harmful...

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Sep 25
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Status Report: Netroots Nation vs. Wingnut Wanking - Shadowproof

Status Report: Netroots Nation vs. Wingnut Wanking - Shadowproof

So I decided to go pay a visit to the "Texas Summit" of right-wing bloggers (officially titled "Defending the American Dream" ) being held here in Austin as an ostensible counter to the Netroots Nation gathering. If they want the public to do a comparison and contrast, I thought I’d help them out.I was only able to watch for a little while — heard Erik Erickson of Red State and Michael Steele talk, and watched the nostalgic Ronald Reagan videos they ran in between segments to help boost what clearly were some flagging spirits — before they realized I didn’t have the requisite green tag and...

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Jul 19
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