Reader MB sent in this incredible, offensive picture of the UCONN Girls’ Basketball Team mocking our president. Truly shocking. Satan horns? Oooh, the humanity!
Of course, then there’s this:
Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant, said he was “incensed” by the incident.
“Sometimes apologies just won’t do. While I do not believe this represents all of rural Missouri, the racial undertones of a taunted rodeo clown dressed as our nation’s first black president is what the nation woke up to this morning,” Webb said. “It’s time for all of us, from both rural and urban areas, to fight this type of sentiment with a united front. Leaders of this state need to do more than accept a pressured apology.”
Webb called on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to cancel his annual State Fair ham breakfast Thursday in protest.
The Missouri State Fair has a friggin’ Ham Breakfast?! Are you kidding me??!! There are already 6.2 million Muslims in the US today (not counting Barry Hussein) and that number will double by 2030 – isn’t it time to take their sensitivities into account? What kind of message are Missourians showing when their governor shows up in public and chows down on chitlins and trotters? We may be ready to abandon that silly part of the First Amendment that recognizes the right of citizens to free speech, but religion is another matter, especially when it comes to the feelings of Muslims. I want more than just the withdrawing of Governor Nixon from this sordid bit of bigotry and prejudice, I demand that the ham breakfast be permanently cancelled, right now!
By the way, the history of depicting presidents as rodeo dummies is an old one that, until this week, went unremarked on by liberal “racial prejudice spotters”. Mock Bush, it’s a perfectly acceptable expression of political opposition. Mock – or criticize or even disagree with – Obama and you’re a racist. Some of us, looking at the present visitor to Martha’s Vineyard, see a president; liberals see a black man. Who’s the racist?
The NYT fires a pre-emptive shot at Hillary Clinton’s campaign [who do you think they do support? I’m guessing Corey Booker] by reporting on the waste, nepotism and general incompetence going on at “The Clinton Foundation”. The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley has a great take on the matter:
“Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh? Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation – that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen to attack a body that tries to do good. But the liberal NYT has no such scruples. The killer quote is this:
For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of money flowing in.
The NYT runs the scoop in its usual balanced, inoffensive way – but the problem jumps right off the page. The Clintons have never been able to separate the impulses to help others and to help themselves, turning noble philanthropic ventures into glitzy, costly promos for some future campaign (can you remember a time in human history when a Clinton wasn’t running for office?). And their “Ain’t I Great?!” ethos attracts the rich and powerful with such naked abandon that it ends up compromising whatever moral crusade they happen to have endorsed that month….
This is typical Clinton stuff. The second thing I ever wrote for this website was about how corporations invest in politicians as a way of building their brand and raising their stock price. It can lead to some funny partnerships. This, from 2011:
Just this month, bedding manufacturer Serta announced that it will be sponsoring Bill Clinton’s keynote address to an industry conference in August. “To us,”’ said the head of the company, “Clinton represents leadership. This appearance shows Serta is a leader and is taking a leadership position. This singles us out.” Some might say that it is beneath a former president to basically endorse Serta’s new “Perfect Sleeper” line, even with its “revolutionary gel foam mattress”.
The cynical might infer from the NYT piece that the Clintons are willing to sell themselves, their image, and even their Foundation’s reputation in exchange for money to finance their personal projects. In Bill’s case, saving the world. In Hillary’s case, maybe, running for president.
…. For too long now, Bill Clinton has pitched himself, almost without question, as a homespun populist: the Boy from Hope. The reality is that this is a man who – in May 1993 – prevented other planes from landing at LAX for 90 minues while he got a haircut from a Beverley Hills hairdresser aboard Air Force One. The Clintons are populists in the same way that Barack Obama is a Nobel prize winner. Oh, wait…”
Bill and Hillary Clinton, who entered public service poor as church mice and are now worth a billion or so, are paying $200,000 to rent a Hamptons home for the month of August. The Clintons have gone ahead with the lease despite their concern that someone could spy on them from Jonathan Sobel’s weekend cottage next door, a building that’s on the market for $21 million and which coincidentally, was discussed here just this past Monday. If you hurry, you too could enter politics, loot a few hundred million, buy Jon’s place, and gaze across the hedgerow onto Hillary’s thighs the rest of the summer.
If you hurry.
Stop giving out free lunches.
That was the title of a wonderfully prescient article Tom Wolfe wrote many years ago for the American Spectator. I could only find it in pdf form, so you’ll have to click on the link here to read the whole thing – which you should. Wolfe writes of the current movement to reject modern society and “return to the beginning”; he doesn’t think much of it, but he starts with the return of Third World diseases to San Francisco when the hippies showed up, and yesterday’s rantings from an anti-vaccine reader reminded me of those first paragraphs.