…and you wonder why minorities tend to look at law enforcement with abject suspicion? Here’s another reason:
Police morale in Fruitland Park, Florida has been shaken after a deputy chief and officer resigned when the Federal Bureau of Investigations identified them as members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement presented Chief Terry Isaacs with copies of a confidential FBI report last week that allegedly identified Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell as members of the KKK.
Earlier this year, a Florida Klan leader boasted to WFTV 9 that the organization has “police officers, paramedics, judges…everywhere.”
However, Chief Isaacs would only tell reporters for the Orlando Sentinel that the pair belonged to a “subversive organization,” because he did not believe he was authorized to release the results of the report.
“It’s a tough situation. He was my assistant,” he said, adding that he never witnessed any behavior that would lead him to believe former Deputy Chief Borst was in the KKK. “But I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing.”(Raw Story via. Crooks & Liars)
You know, forget the fact that they were outed as Klan members after being hired…here’s another question that should be asked: who did the pre-hire background vetting on these individuals and why didn’t they pick up on it then?
There’s an interesting article over at Booman Tribune about how things have changed for the better in terms of culture and rhetoric, using the recent remarks made by Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson as guideposts on how the landscape has changed in regards to racism, bigotry and rhetoric. Given the aftermath of the remarks made by Messrs. Bundy and Sterling, one might expect Rep. Thompson to get a similar media thrashing…good luck to all the wingnuts expecting one; it ain’t happening anytime soon.
Why? Because, when taken into context, while Rep. Thompson’s remarks may have been hyperbolus and over-the-top, his remarks were entirely justified given the prevailing political environment that the Right has created in America at present…which means that while he may get loads of criticism, he’ll still have a place at the American table, whereas Messrs. Bundy and Sterling will – and have – deservedly gotten the rhetorical equivalents of a message-board ban-hammer due to their respective statements/remarks.
President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist Matthew Dowd on Sunday likened Christians in Arizona who are using religion to discriminate against LGBT people to Islamic terrorists.
Last week, Arizona’s legislature passed a bill that would allow business owners to assert religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against gay and lesbian customers.
On Sunday, ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Dowd to predict if Gov. Jan Brewer (R) would sign the bill into law.
“I think, in the end, Gov. Brewer is probably going to veto this because it seems like an easy veto for her to do because of everything that’s going in the business economy there,” Dowd explained.
“This is one of those problems when people use religion as a way to sort of enforce discriminatory practices,” he continued. “People used religion back in the 1860s when they defended slavery. They used religion to defend slavery.”
“We’ve used religion to go to war. People have criticized Islam because they use religion to fight people and kill people. This is the problem with that [bill].”(Crooks & Liars)
I’m of two minds here. On the one hand, it is refreshing to hear someone on the right finally speak the truth about the base of the Republican Party (and the party itself)…on the other hand, this is what you get when you pander to the lowest base elements of humanity.
And you wonder why religion, in general, gets a very bad name? This would be a good reason why.
Earlier today, musician and North Carolina native Clay Aiken announced his intent to seek the Democratic nomination for NC’s 2nd Congressional District, currently held by Tea Party darling Renee Ellmers…so how does Ellmers, who’s already facing a potential challenger from her right, respond to Aiken’s announcement?
By taking a page from the Jesse Helms’ anti-gay playbook…quoting:
Clay Aiken, who has had a successful performance career since his appearance onAmerican Idol in 2003, announced Wednesday that he is running for Congress against North Carolina Tea Party incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC). Though he faces two other Democratic contenders in the primary, Ellmers is already attacking his candidacy, including some anti-gay insinuations:
–“It speaks volumes to the state of the N.C. Democratic Party that the primary is shaping up to be a choice between the failed Perdue Administration’s Keith Crisco, a lawyer who doesn’t even live in the district, an activist who’s (sic) own party rejected her in the last democrat primary – and Aiken, a performer whose political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford,” Ellmers spokeswoman Jessica Wood wrote in an email. “Renee best represents the values of the voters in the 2nd District and remains focused on fighting for their families.”(Think Progress)
In past years, state Republicans would’ve either, (a)openly come out in support of Ellmers’ remarks or (b)clammed up and claimed abject ignorance over her words…not this time; former state GOP director Dan Gurley came out almost immediately and slammed Ellmers’ for those remarks…
Dan Gurley, former executive director of the North Carolina Republican party, criticized the statement, calling Wood’s comments on behalf of Ellmers “offensive and childish” and rebuking her as “uncreative and “small minded.”(Think Progress)
Given Ellmers’ consistently anti-LGBT voting record over the past few years, its’ not surprising that her campaign would pander to the bigoted views of those on the right; this kind of rhetoric doesn’t surprise me and though, given the district’s strong red tint (Cook PVI of R+11), Clay Aiken will have a tough time competing for the district should he win the nomination, hearing the kind of rhetoric his potential opponent is already hurtling at him makes me really hope Aiken wins in November just to shut Ellmers up.
Boy, the bigotry just keeps on flowing from the right, doesn’t it?
Conservative gun lobbyist Larry Pratt recommended during a recent radio broadcast that U.S. blacks could get a better “attitude” if they paid attention to “Africans from Africa” who he said were more “happy.”
On the Gun Owner’s News Hour show last month, American Thinker writer Selwyn Duke told Pratt, who is the executive director of Gun Owners of America, in a shocked tone that he had discovered that the best Catholic priests were from Africa.
“Africa! Intelligent Men with PhDs,” Duke noted.
“And generally the African from Africa is a very pro-American person, a very happy person,” Pratt opined. “I know several. And they always just happy with a joke, pleasant smile on their face. And they clearly don’t identify with the surliness that’s all too frequently the attitude of their fellow African-Americans here.”(Crooks & Liars via. Right Wing Watch)
As you’re picking up your jaws from the floor after reading the above, Pratt then took a moment to slam America as a whole…
“And they’re very conservative politically,” he continued. “The country of Ghana, it’s still illegal to commit an abortion, it’s illegal to be a homosexual. Very conservative social laws and very free market oriented as well.”
Duke agreed and pointed out that the types of Africans that could afford to come to the U.S. were of “a better stripe.”
“They tend to be educated, they tend to be a little more upper class than a lot of the Africans who can’t get here,” Duke said.
“It’s the way we used to run our immigration system altogether,” Pratt replied. “These are folks that stand apart and hopefully they can approach some of their fellow blacks and say, ‘Hey, buddy, you got this all wrong, let me explain to you the world really works.'”(Crooks & Liars via. Right Wing Watch)
For what it’s worth, I really, really…really wish someone, to paraphrase a comment over at Crooks & Liars who read the article above, “…would just escort these two gentlemen to West Charlotte or the West Side of Chicago or Harlem and let them tell the people there in those communities what they said up above.”
Anyone want to take odds on how long Messrs. Pratt and Duke if that happened? Anyone..anyone…Bueller?!?
You know, sometimes I wonder why the Republican Party just doesn’t come out of the racist closet and admit that their party is hostile to minorities…quoting:
A Republican county official in Michigan is in hot water after making racial comments about Detroit, including the idea that the city should be turned into a detention center for “all the Indians.”
In a recent interview for a profile by The New Yorker titled “Drop Dead, Detroit!” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson admitted, “Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough sh*t.”
Patterson recalled telling his children to “get in and get out” if they needed to go to Detroit.
“And, before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking,” he said.
Patterson also proposed a fix to Detroit’s financial problems: Turn the city into a reservation for Native Americans.
“I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.’”(Crooks & Liars)
When Detroit officials reacted, predictably enough, with outrage over the remarks the questions, the same official who’d stepped on it the first time doubled down on his remarks…quoting:
After Detroit officials and activists reacted with outrage, Patterson’s office released a statement accusing The New Yorker of having an “agenda.”
“It is clear Paige Williams had an agenda when she interviewed County Executive Patterson,” the statement said. “She cast him in a false light in order to fit her preconceived and outdated notions about the region.”(Crooks & Liars)
To paraphrase a quote from
former Alaska Governor the Quitta from Wasilla, “How’s that minority outreach going for ya’?“