Give Shirley Sherrod Back Her Job: Or Why I’m A Jerk

Please excuse the somewhat less than local aspect of this story, but sometimes it’s useful to know the motivations of your commentator.

If you’re a Fox News watcher (I’m not), and I know that many of you are, I’m sure you’ve been following this story with glee. In short:

A woman named Shirley Sherrod, who worked as rural development director for the USDA in Georgia, was fired a couple of days ago because of a two-minute, edited clip from a 43-minute speech she gave to an NAACP chapter.

This tape is the latest installment in the efforts of man named Andrew Breitbart, a proud, aggressive “conservative” activist, who was long one of Matt Drudge’s henchmen. Breitbart is the guy behind the doctored ACORN pimp tape. (Go look it up. It was doctored.) Ed. Note: Here are the unedited tapes.

In this case, Breitbart received from someone this two-minute clip in which Shirley Sherrod described a moment in 1986 when she worked for a non-profit, non-government organization focused on helping struggling black farmers. In this instance, she felt condescended to by a white farmer coming to her for help and privately decided just to do the bare minimum she was expected to do to help him. That included bringing him to a lawyer for help.

“I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough,” she said. That’s it. 25 years ago.

Anyway, Breitbart posted this clip, which seems to show a now government official discriminating against white people. Ha ha. Chortle chortle. See, black people people are prejudiced, too. That’s his kind of schtick.

It burned through YouTube. Fox picked it up. You Fox watchers loved it and got your outrage off. And the panicked centrist coward who runs the USDA, a guy named Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, fired her.

Well, I guess she had it coming, right?

Well, it turns out that Breitbart published the 2-minute clip without ever seeing the other 41 minutes of the speech. And, accordingly, Vilsack fired her without ever seeing the other 41 minutes. The NAACP has now published the full tape. I urge you to watch it all for yourself, but below the window I’ll give you the highlights.

The “full force” story was an anecdote contained within a larger story about how Sherrod overcame racial bad feelings stemming from the unpunished murder of her father by a white man 45 years ago and the cross later burned in her family’s yard. As CNN later reported, she eventually helped save that man’s the white farmer’s farm and became a good friend to him and his wife.

The rest of the speech revolves around the need for poor and moderate income people generally, and black people specifically, to save money, forego instant gratification, and build businesses. That’s how you strengthen communities.

One quote: “We need to stop trying to get the things we don’t need. Take the time to save money.”

Yeah, she’s really the freaking white-hating, welfare-loving black radical of so many of your fantasies.

“Black people,” whatever that phrase even means, don’t want or need my protection or defense. And raging against an abstraction like racism, whatever that means, is a fool’s errand. I like to rage against behavior. I don’t care if Andrew Breitbart is a racist. It’s completely undefinable, anyway, in this age where so many words have no meaning. I feel much more comfortable hanging dishonest asshole on him. This incident serves as proof.

And I wonder how many of you out there bought Fox/Breibart’s dishonest crap hook, line, and sinker, and will buy it again the next time he/it spews something out because for some odd reason it makes you feel good. That will probably be today, by the way.

I was at my Kiwanis meeting a couple of weeks ago listening to a speaker gratutitously insult generations of Democratic political leaders in talking about nuclear power. At one point, a venerable member of our club decided to yell out, “More people died in the back of Ted Kennedy’s car than at Three Mile Island.” Which I thought was classy. (Really, if you ever doubted that Kiwanis, for all its wonderful qualities, is the lunching and singing wing of the Republican party, don’t.)

Anyway, at one point, the speaker happened to say that President Obama “chooses his words carefully”.

The guy next to me turned and said, “Yeah, except he can’t speak without a teleprompter.”

I sort of blanched, and turned to him, and said “You’re one of those?”

“Well, he can’t.”

“You’re delusional.”

For the record, morons, whatever Barack Obama’s faults – and he has them – one of them is not the inability to speak without a teleprompter. If you remotely pay attention to life, you will know this. The fact that this malign silliness is somehow a treasured trope amongst the Fox Newsers out there speaks to something deep in the human lizard brain. You can name it whatever you want.

I have given up convincing anyone to rethink their emotions. It’s enough for me to make it clear I’m not in on your Shirley Sherrod, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama jokes. You bring them to me, and you’re going to pay with a little bit of discomfort, wherever we may be sitting. That’s a hell of a lot less than Shirley Sherrod has done over the years, but we all have out limitations.

Andrew Breitbart is a vulture. He picks the dead flesh of lives for money and feeds it to you and Fox News because you seem to have a taste for it.

And there are plenty of assholes trolling every day for fake outrages to feed you about people who don’t share your backgrounds and emotional attachments. There are plenty of assholes ready to take a beautiful story about overcoming horrible, violent racial experiences and turn it into unemployment because they know you’ll lap it up and laugh about it at your next club meeting.

The forces trying to fend them off could use a few more assholes of their own. Not that anyone cares, but that’s why I talk and write the way I do.

42 thoughts on “Give Shirley Sherrod Back Her Job: Or Why I’m A Jerk

  1. This miscarriage of justice has really pissed me off. I hope that Shirley Sherrod does take her job back and hope that the White House will publicly apologize to her which I think it will and that Fox News is forced to retract this falsehood which I don’t believe will happen. This kind of outrage demands loud push-back.

  2. This miscarriage of justice has really pissed me off. I hope that Shirley Sherrod does take her job back and hope that the White House will publicly apologize to her which I think it will and that Fox News is forced to retract this falsehood which I don’t believe will happen. This kind of outrage demands loud push-back.

  3. Hi Mr. Townsend,

    Since you don’t watch FNC, let me fill you in on a few things you might have missed yesterday. First was Mr. Glenn Beck stating that she should not have been fired because the comments were taken out of context. He (Beck) made this point as part of a larger message that context always matters and that soundbites don’t rule. Of particular interest were his (Beck) musings on why this lady was so hastily forced out of her current position at the USDA. The motivations of Vilsack and the NAACP are suspect, but who will follow up?

    The other thing that you missed was Mr. Breitbart offering an explanation to Mr. Hannity about the clip itself not being a hit on Shirley Sherrod but rather an exposure of the glee voiced by the NAACP members in attendance while listening to Shirley Sherrod’s description of her less than enthusiastic attitude toward helping the farmer who happened to be white. Whether you believe that this is Mr. Breitbart’s true motivation or not is a personal decision of yours, but he was somewhat convincing.

    I am sure that you would choke on some of the things voiced on FNC, given your particular political bent, just as I choke on what I hear on CNN/MSNBC/etc. or read in any of the NYT-related rags, but to totally shut off any source of alternate, inconvenient information is a disservice to truth in my opinion.

    Thanks for your time and perspective.

  4. Hi Mr. Townsend,

    Since you don’t watch FNC, let me fill you in on a few things you might have missed yesterday. First was Mr. Glenn Beck stating that she should not have been fired because the comments were taken out of context. He (Beck) made this point as part of a larger message that context always matters and that soundbites don’t rule. Of particular interest were his (Beck) musings on why this lady was so hastily forced out of her current position at the USDA. The motivations of Vilsack and the NAACP are suspect, but who will follow up?

    The other thing that you missed was Mr. Breitbart offering an explanation to Mr. Hannity about the clip itself not being a hit on Shirley Sherrod but rather an exposure of the glee voiced by the NAACP members in attendance while listening to Shirley Sherrod’s description of her less than enthusiastic attitude toward helping the farmer who happened to be white. Whether you believe that this is Mr. Breitbart’s true motivation or not is a personal decision of yours, but he was somewhat convincing.

    I am sure that you would choke on some of the things voiced on FNC, given your particular political bent, just as I choke on what I hear on CNN/MSNBC/etc. or read in any of the NYT-related rags, but to totally shut off any source of alternate, inconvenient information is a disservice to truth in my opinion.

    Thanks for your time and perspective.

  5. Haven’t listened to the whole video but if this is true then it is sad that this has happened.
    On another note, I don’t expect to come to a newspaper website and read an article with cussing in it. I would appreciate the Ledger not allowing this type of thing. Is this in the print version also?

  6. Haven’t listened to the whole video but if this is true then it is sad that this has happened.
    On another note, I don’t expect to come to a newspaper website and read an article with cussing in it. I would appreciate the Ledger not allowing this type of thing. Is this in the print version also?

  7. I assure you there is no cursing in the print edition of Lakeland Local. Unless, of course, you print this page for your personal use.

    However, I can’t speak for the Ledger. We are entirely separate organizations.

  8. I assure you there is no cursing in the print edition of Lakeland Local. Unless, of course, you print this page for your personal use.

    However, I can’t speak for the Ledger. We are entirely separate organizations.

  9. L.A. Times, Matea Gold:

    “Sherrod ended up resigning Monday afternoon, hours before O’Reilly broke the story on his show. The first reported piece on Fox News, by correspondent James Rosen, aired on Tuesday morning, and included a second video clip that added context to Sherrod’s comments.”

  10. L.A. Times, Matea Gold:

    “Sherrod ended up resigning Monday afternoon, hours before O’Reilly broke the story on his show. The first reported piece on Fox News, by correspondent James Rosen, aired on Tuesday morning, and included a second video clip that added context to Sherrod’s comments.”

  11. From Kurtz, if you want go to silly tit for tat:

    “On Monday night, O’Reilly played the clip posted by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart on his site BigGovernment.com…”

    “In his Monday comments, O’Reilly credited Breitbart with posting the excerpt and concluded that her remarks were “simply unacceptable. And Ms. Sherrod must resign immediately.” O’Reilly taped the show at 5 p.m., and by the time it aired about 8:50, USDA had announced Sherrod’s resignation (as Fox noted on the screen). Fox executives say O’Reilly’s staff, which is notpart of the news division, sought comment from USDA throughout the day.”

    I’m sure badgering the USDA all day about her resigning is a sign of Fox not touching it. And that doesn’t even get it into the web site. They certainly got bullied, but just because they’re wimps doesn’t mean Fox and its viewer aren’t bullies. They are.

    And as for Mike Oliver, on the stupid black panthers case, or instance, one Fox anchor did 45 reports totalling 3 and 1/2 hours, all because of some black guys standing around with a night stick. Like everything Fox does, it’s pornography for angry culturally conservative white people. 8o years ago, you would have been wearing waving a torch and wearing a hood. Society and local law enforcement have changed, an now you’re stuck salivating over random video clips. Yeah, we got, those racist black people. Yeah. Oooh. Feels good.

    To be clear, I don’t watch any cable news, with the very rare exception of Rachel Maddow, who is smart and substantive and polite. I read. Every minute I spend in front of cable news sucks out IQ points and shears pieces of my soul. It’s all pornography. Fox just has the biggest target audience. So by all means, go enjoy watching Megyn Kelly and O’Reilly. But don’t pretend like you’re informing yourself. And don’t ask me to do it. It would be like watching “Debbie Does Dallas” to learn how to talk to women.

  12. From Kurtz, if you want go to silly tit for tat:

    “On Monday night, O’Reilly played the clip posted by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart on his site BigGovernment.com…”

    “In his Monday comments, O’Reilly credited Breitbart with posting the excerpt and concluded that her remarks were “simply unacceptable. And Ms. Sherrod must resign immediately.” O’Reilly taped the show at 5 p.m., and by the time it aired about 8:50, USDA had announced Sherrod’s resignation (as Fox noted on the screen). Fox executives say O’Reilly’s staff, which is notpart of the news division, sought comment from USDA throughout the day.”

    I’m sure badgering the USDA all day about her resigning is a sign of Fox not touching it. And that doesn’t even get it into the web site. They certainly got bullied, but just because they’re wimps doesn’t mean Fox and its viewer aren’t bullies. They are.

    And as for Mike Oliver, on the stupid black panthers case, or instance, one Fox anchor did 45 reports totalling 3 and 1/2 hours, all because of some black guys standing around with a night stick. Like everything Fox does, it’s pornography for angry culturally conservative white people. 8o years ago, you would have been wearing waving a torch and wearing a hood. Society and local law enforcement have changed, an now you’re stuck salivating over random video clips. Yeah, we got, those racist black people. Yeah. Oooh. Feels good.

    To be clear, I don’t watch any cable news, with the very rare exception of Rachel Maddow, who is smart and substantive and polite. I read. Every minute I spend in front of cable news sucks out IQ points and shears pieces of my soul. It’s all pornography. Fox just has the biggest target audience. So by all means, go enjoy watching Megyn Kelly and O’Reilly. But don’t pretend like you’re informing yourself. And don’t ask me to do it. It would be like watching “Debbie Does Dallas” to learn how to talk to women.

  13. Connie,
    This is not a Ledger article. I’m guessing you clicked over from the Ledger’s blog section. If you came over here from the Ledger, it is because they created the link, not Lakeland Local. Any complaints you have about the language on a site they linked to, should be directed to the Ledger, not Billy.

  14. Connie,
    This is not a Ledger article. I’m guessing you clicked over from the Ledger’s blog section. If you came over here from the Ledger, it is because they created the link, not Lakeland Local. Any complaints you have about the language on a site they linked to, should be directed to the Ledger, not Billy.

  15. Mr. Townsend you talk about conservative bullies but the tone of your article and your comments are that of a bully. A bully is a bully whether what he or she is saying is right or not. It is all about the attitude and Mr you have it!
    Oh, and by the way, my relatives did not own slaves and my grandfather was asked three times to join the KKK. He turned them down the first two and the third time told them that if they ever showed up at his door again he would shoot them on sight. Don’t be so quick to judge, it shows you are just as much of a bigot as those you complain about.

  16. Mr. Townsend you talk about conservative bullies but the tone of your article and your comments are that of a bully. A bully is a bully whether what he or she is saying is right or not. It is all about the attitude and Mr you have it!
    Oh, and by the way, my relatives did not own slaves and my grandfather was asked three times to join the KKK. He turned them down the first two and the third time told them that if they ever showed up at his door again he would shoot them on sight. Don’t be so quick to judge, it shows you are just as much of a bigot as those you complain about.

  17. Connie: I’ll be addressing you more formally in post that’s coming.

    DR: The “you” of tit for tat is you. The “you” of Klan is not because obviously the Klan did not cotton to members of your tribe. However, given that you spend a large amount of time on Facebook attacking muslims, you are making up for lost time.

  18. Connie: I’ll be addressing you more formally in post that’s coming.

    DR: The “you” of tit for tat is you. The “you” of Klan is not because obviously the Klan did not cotton to members of your tribe. However, given that you spend a large amount of time on Facebook attacking muslims, you are making up for lost time.

  19. One quick thing I won’t address in the post, Connie: Was your grandfather alive and asked the join the Klan 80 years ago? In the 20s? That’s the specific era I’m referring to. Notice that I said “80 years.” Virtually all mainstream protestant churches in the south actively supported the Klan in the 20s. In fact, they hung out in churches in full regalia. They used all the same language about real Americans and all that that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and Limbaugh use today. Go look it up.

    In any event, I’m referring to an action. If you are the type of person who sits around watching hours of racial pornography on Fox, you are the type of person who 1923 would have belonged to or actively supported the Klan. I feel very comfortable saying that based on pretty extensive historical research. I don’t know if that’s you or not because I don’t know your viewing habits. But Mike Oliver was making a number of excuses for and defending Fox and Breitbart. Those guys spit on everything your brave grandfather seems to have stood for.

  20. One quick thing I won’t address in the post, Connie: Was your grandfather alive and asked the join the Klan 80 years ago? In the 20s? That’s the specific era I’m referring to. Notice that I said “80 years.” Virtually all mainstream protestant churches in the south actively supported the Klan in the 20s. In fact, they hung out in churches in full regalia. They used all the same language about real Americans and all that that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and Limbaugh use today. Go look it up.

    In any event, I’m referring to an action. If you are the type of person who sits around watching hours of racial pornography on Fox, you are the type of person who 1923 would have belonged to or actively supported the Klan. I feel very comfortable saying that based on pretty extensive historical research. I don’t know if that’s you or not because I don’t know your viewing habits. But Mike Oliver was making a number of excuses for and defending Fox and Breitbart. Those guys spit on everything your brave grandfather seems to have stood for.

  21. Billy, I think you nailed it. Not too surprised when I see a commenter complaining about your tone as opposed to content…(clutching necklace). Just how passionate should you sound when sometimes you think you’re the only person in Salem who doesn’t believe in witchcraft? “Hey, guys, maybe you shouldn’t hang them before we talk about this.” doesn’t really seem to rise to the ignorance of the occasion.

  22. Billy, I think you nailed it. Not too surprised when I see a commenter complaining about your tone as opposed to content…(clutching necklace). Just how passionate should you sound when sometimes you think you’re the only person in Salem who doesn’t believe in witchcraft? “Hey, guys, maybe you shouldn’t hang them before we talk about this.” doesn’t really seem to rise to the ignorance of the occasion.

  23. No need to fear, everyone, he was only calling me a KKK member. This I can handle.

    Billy, your remarks are so off-base it’s quite horrifying. You obviously have no sense of perspective, and you only hear what you want to hear. As you (haven’t) read on Facebook, I don’t attack Muslims, I re-report actions taken by Muslims in the name of Islam and Allah that I find unacceptable. This includes, but is not limited to, suicide bombings, Sharia law enaction and enforcement, and honor killings.

    You considered my disgust for these barbaric actions as “unhinged” when we discussed them.

    I am a vocal supporter of Israel, while you think Israel is blockading Gaza because Jews want to corner the market on selling goods to Gazans.

    I pointed out that Hamas — and many other Islamic entities — wants to eliminate Israel, and the Jews in particular. Not only do they vocalize these sentiments almost daily, the statements are in their charter.

    You made no comment toward these obvious threats on Facebook, and consider me a KKK racist because of it (what race is Islam?). These people who want to commit another genocide of Jews within 100 years are above reproach in your eyes, Billy. You are supporting those who wish the world to be pure, to be free of Jews and Christians, and to be ruled by the Koran. These motives are not aggrandizing, this is verifiable fact, and you, sir, are an enabler.

    To be clear, and I know I have to be when addressing you, Billy: I do not hate Muslims, I hate the Islamic ideology. I’m sure you consider them one-in-the-same, so I’ll elaborate. Muslims are people who follow the Koran. As people, I know they all have slightly different ideas about what Allah and Islam means to them. Many Muslims support the kinder and gentler versions of the Koran, and that’s nice. Unfortunately, according to their own imams, the latter part of the Koran abrogates the former part. The latter part is the more war-like and not-so-peaceful version of the Koran. So again, I don’t hate Muslims because all Muslims are not the same. However, since the imams seem to agree on the hierarchy of the Koran, I can say that I hate Islam because Islam is hateful and can be used to justify killing billions of people in the name of Allah.

    Those are the people, Billy, that you defend. I find your support for Jihad disturbing.

  24. No need to fear, everyone, he was only calling me a KKK member. This I can handle.

    Billy, your remarks are so off-base it’s quite horrifying. You obviously have no sense of perspective, and you only hear what you want to hear. As you (haven’t) read on Facebook, I don’t attack Muslims, I re-report actions taken by Muslims in the name of Islam and Allah that I find unacceptable. This includes, but is not limited to, suicide bombings, Sharia law enaction and enforcement, and honor killings.

    You considered my disgust for these barbaric actions as “unhinged” when we discussed them.

    I am a vocal supporter of Israel, while you think Israel is blockading Gaza because Jews want to corner the market on selling goods to Gazans.

    I pointed out that Hamas — and many other Islamic entities — wants to eliminate Israel, and the Jews in particular. Not only do they vocalize these sentiments almost daily, the statements are in their charter.

    You made no comment toward these obvious threats on Facebook, and consider me a KKK racist because of it (what race is Islam?). These people who want to commit another genocide of Jews within 100 years are above reproach in your eyes, Billy. You are supporting those who wish the world to be pure, to be free of Jews and Christians, and to be ruled by the Koran. These motives are not aggrandizing, this is verifiable fact, and you, sir, are an enabler.

    To be clear, and I know I have to be when addressing you, Billy: I do not hate Muslims, I hate the Islamic ideology. I’m sure you consider them one-in-the-same, so I’ll elaborate. Muslims are people who follow the Koran. As people, I know they all have slightly different ideas about what Allah and Islam means to them. Many Muslims support the kinder and gentler versions of the Koran, and that’s nice. Unfortunately, according to their own imams, the latter part of the Koran abrogates the former part. The latter part is the more war-like and not-so-peaceful version of the Koran. So again, I don’t hate Muslims because all Muslims are not the same. However, since the imams seem to agree on the hierarchy of the Koran, I can say that I hate Islam because Islam is hateful and can be used to justify killing billions of people in the name of Allah.

    Those are the people, Billy, that you defend. I find your support for Jihad disturbing.

  25. Billy,

    You’re usually well thought out writing is weakened in this post by your anger. Breitbart may be dogmatic, or partisan, or even intellectually dishonest ( or maybe he’s not, I’m certainly not qualified to make that distinct), but he didn’t fire this woman. He merely produced a news piece using a snippet of something she herself said in order to make a story work. As an old time reporter you know that thousands of writers, reporters, and segment producers do the same thing every day. That’s the nature of news reporting – slanted and worrisome as it is.

    Get past your anger and work without personal invectives, Billy. Your ability to assess a situation is much better ran this piece would suggest.

  26. Billy,

    You’re usually well thought out writing is weakened in this post by your anger. Breitbart may be dogmatic, or partisan, or even intellectually dishonest ( or maybe he’s not, I’m certainly not qualified to make that distinct), but he didn’t fire this woman. He merely produced a news piece using a snippet of something she herself said in order to make a story work. As an old time reporter you know that thousands of writers, reporters, and segment producers do the same thing every day. That’s the nature of news reporting – slanted and worrisome as it is.

    Get past your anger and work without personal invectives, Billy. Your ability to assess a situation is much better ran this piece would suggest.

  27. Thank you, D.R. As I suspected you might, you have provided a beautiful object lesson of how just a tiny scrap of cultural pornography can make people with irrational and abstract emotional attachments and hatreds jump. I dropped half a sentence on you and got that in response. Now imagine people sitting in front of Fox for hours having their irrationalities stroked with images of cultural pornography over and over and over again.

    I will, of course, allow the readers and my friends decide if I am a Jihadist or a Jihadist supporter. Perhaps one of them and call the FBI and turn me in.

  28. Thank you, D.R. As I suspected you might, you have provided a beautiful object lesson of how just a tiny scrap of cultural pornography can make people with irrational and abstract emotional attachments and hatreds jump. I dropped half a sentence on you and got that in response. Now imagine people sitting in front of Fox for hours having their irrationalities stroked with images of cultural pornography over and over and over again.

    I will, of course, allow the readers and my friends decide if I am a Jihadist or a Jihadist supporter. Perhaps one of them and call the FBI and turn me in.

  29. Jamie: Don’t confuse anger with honesty. I didn’t make up what happened at Kiwanis. Do you think I did? Do you believe Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter? I should just smile politely when someone says a racially charged lie to me, thinking I’m in on the joke? It is not my job to hide people’s weaknesses or let them pretend they haven’t been shaped by racial pornography. I’m prepared to live with the consequences of being thought to be an a-hole.

    The vast majority of news organizations, even as corrupt as they are today, would never have run a two-minute clip without figuring out as much as they could about it. I would think you would know that. If that video had come into The Ledger, Skip would have made me call the woman, at which point, she would have said it was part of a larger story, at which point we would have insisted on the full video, at which point it would not have been a story. It’s just not true that even today’s crappy reporters do what Breitbart did every day. That’s why no one else picked it up but Breitbart and Fox.

    Breitbart’s not a partisan, he’s a pornographer. There’s a big audience for racial pornography among white people. There has always been. That’s what lynchings were. Violent pornography. That’s why Fox does well. Pornography in general appeals to many humans of all races. Enjoy it if you want. But don’t pretend like that’s not what it is.

    And finally, your entire comment is filled with nothing but abstraction. It doesn’t wrestle with the world as it is lived. That is the problem with libertarianism. Your abstractions cause you not to engage with realities on the ground. Think about this: the closer we get to local policy and politics issues, how often do you and I disagree? Almost never. That’s because we are reacting to reality on the ground. I would humbly suggest that you lose that capability as we move away from the local and your abstractions take over.

    I would encourage to pick out a specific passage of my writing that you consider wrong or ill-conceived and tell me why it is, with specificity.

  30. Jamie: Don’t confuse anger with honesty. I didn’t make up what happened at Kiwanis. Do you think I did? Do you believe Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter? I should just smile politely when someone says a racially charged lie to me, thinking I’m in on the joke? It is not my job to hide people’s weaknesses or let them pretend they haven’t been shaped by racial pornography. I’m prepared to live with the consequences of being thought to be an a-hole.

    The vast majority of news organizations, even as corrupt as they are today, would never have run a two-minute clip without figuring out as much as they could about it. I would think you would know that. If that video had come into The Ledger, Skip would have made me call the woman, at which point, she would have said it was part of a larger story, at which point we would have insisted on the full video, at which point it would not have been a story. It’s just not true that even today’s crappy reporters do what Breitbart did every day. That’s why no one else picked it up but Breitbart and Fox.

    Breitbart’s not a partisan, he’s a pornographer. There’s a big audience for racial pornography among white people. There has always been. That’s what lynchings were. Violent pornography. That’s why Fox does well. Pornography in general appeals to many humans of all races. Enjoy it if you want. But don’t pretend like that’s not what it is.

    And finally, your entire comment is filled with nothing but abstraction. It doesn’t wrestle with the world as it is lived. That is the problem with libertarianism. Your abstractions cause you not to engage with realities on the ground. Think about this: the closer we get to local policy and politics issues, how often do you and I disagree? Almost never. That’s because we are reacting to reality on the ground. I would humbly suggest that you lose that capability as we move away from the local and your abstractions take over.

    I would encourage to pick out a specific passage of my writing that you consider wrong or ill-conceived and tell me why it is, with specificity.

  31. Here’s your lie, Billy: “Do you believe Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter? I should just smile politely when someone says a racially charged lie to me, thinking I’m in on the joke?”

    It’s not racial. Where in the joke does his race come in? Nowhere. You made that joke become about race because Obama is black, not the original joke-teller.

    As for the object lesson, it shows your intellectual sickness, not mine. In your bizzaro world it has somehow become correct to ignore actual threats from a group and twist them to be the fault of the victims. It’s like battered women’s syndrome; formerly deep-seated beliefs are shown to be wrong, but you dig in deeper, defending your attacker ever-more staunchly.

    BT: “AARRGGHH! You morons are all racists for making a joke about our black president!!”

    DR: “No, Billy, the joke isn’t racial, it exists because Obama did some crazy stuttering when he wasn’t reading from a prepared speech. Seeing as his oration skills were one of the things that helped get him into office, this is considered amusing. If someone actually believes that Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter, then that is just stupid, not racist.”

    BT: “DR is a wannabe Klan member because he hates Muslims!”

    DR: “I never said that, and I will explain yet again why you are wrong.”

    BT: “Because you had to explain why I was wrong, you’ve proven my point about how racist you are!”

    DR: “Wait, what? Fuuuuuck this…”

    It saddens me that I can’t trust your intellectual honesty, Billy. I thought you were more objective than this, but you’ve made it clear that your emotions rule your mind. I hope you get well.

  32. Here’s your lie, Billy: “Do you believe Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter? I should just smile politely when someone says a racially charged lie to me, thinking I’m in on the joke?”

    It’s not racial. Where in the joke does his race come in? Nowhere. You made that joke become about race because Obama is black, not the original joke-teller.

    As for the object lesson, it shows your intellectual sickness, not mine. In your bizzaro world it has somehow become correct to ignore actual threats from a group and twist them to be the fault of the victims. It’s like battered women’s syndrome; formerly deep-seated beliefs are shown to be wrong, but you dig in deeper, defending your attacker ever-more staunchly.

    BT: “AARRGGHH! You morons are all racists for making a joke about our black president!!”

    DR: “No, Billy, the joke isn’t racial, it exists because Obama did some crazy stuttering when he wasn’t reading from a prepared speech. Seeing as his oration skills were one of the things that helped get him into office, this is considered amusing. If someone actually believes that Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter, then that is just stupid, not racist.”

    BT: “DR is a wannabe Klan member because he hates Muslims!”

    DR: “I never said that, and I will explain yet again why you are wrong.”

    BT: “Because you had to explain why I was wrong, you’ve proven my point about how racist you are!”

    DR: “Wait, what? Fuuuuuck this…”

    It saddens me that I can’t trust your intellectual honesty, Billy. I thought you were more objective than this, but you’ve made it clear that your emotions rule your mind. I hope you get well.

  33. Thank you again, DR. But very briefly: I made a crack about something you do: namely, attack Muslims on Facebook constantly. To which, you responded, essentially, “I only attack the ones who deserve it,” further explaining, “I hate Islam because Islam is hateful and can be used to justify killing billions of people in the name of Allah.” That’s a direct quote. I think you should simply own your hatreds rather than whining about me stating them clearly.

  34. Thank you again, DR. But very briefly: I made a crack about something you do: namely, attack Muslims on Facebook constantly. To which, you responded, essentially, “I only attack the ones who deserve it,” further explaining, “I hate Islam because Islam is hateful and can be used to justify killing billions of people in the name of Allah.” That’s a direct quote. I think you should simply own your hatreds rather than whining about me stating them clearly.

  35. I witnessed racism all my life , remember preachers saying blacks bear the mark of Cain. Fauxians can fool themselves , but not God.

  36. I witnessed racism all my life , remember preachers saying blacks bear the mark of Cain. Fauxians can fool themselves , but not God.

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