The Backlash Against #BlackLivesMatter.

It’s understandable when a police officer is targeted and murdered in the brutal way Deputy Darren H. Goforth was while filling up his vehicle at a Houston-area gas station emotions are going to be raw. The suspect, Shannon Miles, allegedly shot Goforth from behind and then stood over the fallen deputy and finished him off firing a total of 15 shots.

So you couldn’t blame Harris County (Texas) Sheriff Ron Hickman’s anguish and anger over one of his officers being executed without a chance to defend himself. However, Hickman chose to take it to another level  when he all but blamed the #BlackLivesMatter social justice movement for Goforth’s death even before Miles’ motives for killing Goforth were known.

“We’ve heard black lives matter. All lives matter, well, cops’ lives matter too,” Hickman said. “So why don’t we drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank?”

Hickman wondered if the emotions provoked by #BlackLivesMatter have thrown a match on the volatile conditions which set off cop killers.

A suspected cop killer and the cop he killed.

“I think that’s something that we have to keep an eye on,” Hickman said, “The general climate of that kind of rhetoric can be influential on people to do things like this. We’re still searching to find out if that’s actually a motive.”

Since Sheriff Hickman already seems to made up his mind it is, don’t be surprised if the investigation concludes it was. American “justice” being what it is.

#BlackLivesMatter didn’t kill Officer Goforth. If anything, #BLM may save lives  because protest and activism offers an alternative to desperation and violence. For all parties concerned picking up a picket sign is safer than a shotgun. It would be a mistake for law enforcement officials to attempt to link peaceful demonstrators with cop killers, but  it’s a mistake the usual suspects on the Right are tripping over each other to discredit #BlackLivesMatter.

police-brutality

Senator Ted Cruz: “I do think we’re seeing the manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement and it’s coming from senior officials. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement. We need a president who doesn’t attack and vilify them, and who doesn’t seek to tear us apart along racial lines, to inflame racial divisions.”

Bill O’Reilly: “I’m gonna tell you right now, I’m gonna put them out of business. And any media person who supports them, I’m gonna put them on this program and put a picture of them on the air.”

Elizabeth Hasselbeck:…why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”

There is no correlation between #BlackLivesMatter and the killing of police officers. NONE. The opposite of “Black Lives Matter” is not “Kill White Cops.” This is not the Black Panthers marching in the streets of Oakland shouting “Kill the pigs” while they flaunt their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, but that’s a distinction completely lost on the cop apologists for whom Darren H. Goforth isn’t a fallen officer, but a club they can wield to bludgeon #BLM into submission.

It is as transparent as it is desperate and it won’t work.  #BLM has made its share of mistakes and missteps as it finds its footing as a nascent social movement, but it is on the right side of history.     Lost within their lies, the ranting Right-wing  won’t admit the #BLM movement is an effect with the excesses and atrocities committed by the police being the cause.

Maybe if the cop apologists bothered to read before they rant they might notice there are Black police officers being dropped as well as White officers. #BLM has not declared war on the cops, but the cop apologists who would rather exploit a murdered police officer to make a flawed and fallacious attack on #BLM, have certainly declared war on them.

#BLM came to pass as a reaction to police brutality and overreaction. This didn’t happen in an anti-cop vacuum.  It is not their fault if they have a wealth of examples of Black lives not mattering to rotten cops.  The cop apologists will tell you it’s the activists who changed the public’s perception of the police instead of the actions of the police themselves.

One would hope the killing of a police officer might be a moment for sympathy, but obviously its too tempting an opportunity to engage instead in petty demagoguery and denunciations.

When it was supporters of liberal lion Bernie Sanders beefing with #BlackLivesMatter that came as a surprise to many.   The  real surprise was it took the conservatives this long to do likewise.

Sean Hannity’s Chicken and Biscuit Black Conservative Pity Party

Who ordered the chicken and biscuits?

Who ordered the chicken and biscuits?

They are a little late, but Black conservatives have just figured out there actually was a peculiar institution in America called slavery and to their credit they don’t much like it.

Because all the slave masters were liberal Democrats and their allies on the Congressional Black Caucus want to keep Blacks as slaves.

Did you know that Barack Obama has an agenda against Black Americans?  It’s true!   Thank God for the Black conservative to tell the rest of us what we’re too dumb to see for ourselves!

Sean Hannity invited some of his closest Negro friends over for “a special town hall meeting” where Hannity and a group of Black folks that think just like him (and when they don’t they keep it to themselves) sat around and sniveled  about being the Rodney Dangerfield of politics and why, oh why don’t they get no respect?

Among Hannity’s Pet Negroes were Star Parker, Jesse Lee Peterson, Rev. CL Bryant,  Bishop Council Nedd II, Crystal Wright, David Webb,  Ron Christie, Karl Miller, Deneen Borelli and a bunch of other Special Black Friends I’ve never heard of.

Oh yeah.  Uncle Ben Carson was there.  When isn’t he there with Hannity?   Does  Hannity carry Carson around in his pocket or  on a leash?

I miss that old-time religion of Black conservatism which looked down in disapproval on liberal White guilt.    We have an entirely new pack of victim cards but it’s the Black conservatives shuffling from the bottom of the deck.    With Hannity coaching them on these “Frederick Douglass Republicans” complain, gripe and cry–literally–about the White liberals making their lives hell as they suffer the rhetorical lash with Carson being their Mighty Mandingo warrior refusing to bend the knee or be broken by his Left-wing tormentors.

Pity the poor put-on Black conservative.  They live such a hard  knock life.  I’d cry about it if I could only stop yawning.  They just don’t get it.   It’s not that every other Black person has been brainwashed to reject most conservative dogma.   It’s more that Blacks have looked at the policies, practices and personalities advancing the Right’s agenda and rejected them as pretty scary stuff.

It’s a sad sight to watch  a group of middle-class Blacks  acting like whiny-ass kids and complaining how nobody likes them except Good White Folk like Sean Hannity.     It’s  embarrassing  to see  supposedly articulate, proud and respectable Negroes  pile over each other pandering  for  Hannity’s approval.    Oooh! Oooh!  Call on me, Mr. Hannity.  I think Obama sucks too!

The Sean Hannity whose softball interview “style” (he has no background in journalism) was on full display when Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman told the Fox News talking head he had “no regrets” and the shooting of the unarmed teen was “God’s will.”   The Sean Hannity who has all but appointed press spokesman for Zimmerman.   The Sean Hannity who palled around with White supremacist and Neo-Nazi Hal Turner.  The Sean Hannity who now declares “I am not a racist.”  THAT Sean Hannity?

Ben the Magic Negro and best buddy, Sean

Where is the spine of these  Negro conservatives who say Obama is “waging a war’ against Black Americans yet say nothing about the Republicans waging its own war to disenfranchise African-Americans voters.     They can ding liberal Whites for trying to keep them in their place, but they get mighty quiet when anyone points out to them how race still matters, how so many of the Blacks they consider brainwashed by the Left catch most of the hell from the Right.

Even the few sensible views expressed by the Black conservatives is undermined by the presence of reverse-race hustlers like Peterson and Parker whose primary reason to exist is to kiss a lot of conservative White asses and dance a jig for their entertainment.

What ultimately makes Black conservatives such as those that gathered on Hannity’s program so utterly useless is they are so eager to reassure their patrons they will faithfully attack all things liberal even as they ignore prior bad acts of bigotry by conservatives.    They whisper sweet nothings into the ears of White conservatives of tax cuts and opposing Obamacare while  they say nothing about economic inequity, mass incarceration  and the prison industrial complex,  unemployment,  substance abuse,  voter disenfranchisement or any of the other ills peculiar to the Black community.    Those issues don’t interest their patrons so they don’t interest Black conservatives either.   They’ll talk about their faith and belief in God, apple pie and the flag, but they won’t ask the tough  questions because they don’t want to unnerve and discomfort the Sean Hannitys of the world that give them a forum.

The cowardice of the Black conservatives who only gripe, bitch, moan and complain about White liberals while refusing to use their vantage point to call to account White conservatives only reinforces what was already clear.    These are nothing but race hustlers of a different political stripe and they are useless to anyone but insincere idiots like Hannity who uses these content coloreds to claim, “See, I’m not a racist.  I love Black people.  As long as they are Black people who agree with me.”

Black conservatives will never receive the respect they feel they don’t get as long as they are content to serve as beards to the White Right desperate to hide their own troubled racial past  while they try to create Carson into the Anti-Obama.     Good luck with that.  Real “Frederick Douglass Republicans” aren’t afraid to speak the truth to power even when its the powerful who looked upon them with favor.

These aren’t speakers of truth.   These are just well-dressed parrots repeating what they have already  heard.

Dr. Carson’s Not Ready For His Close-Up

"You mean I can't just say whatever I want to when I want to say it?"

“You mean I can’t just say whatever I want to when I want to say it?”

Recently, I wrote that Dr. Ben Carson‘s 15 minutes of fame as a conservative superstar were ticking away.    Maybe I need to check my watch because I may have overestimated  how soon the Carson Flame-Out is coming.

Carson’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Convention was well received and he placed seventh in a presidential straw poll despite having no political experience. He says he may run for president if it is God’s will.

If he does, he’s going to have to learn Mitt Romney’s lesson and not say what he really thinks.  Appearing on Hannity, the not-so-good doctor responded to a question about same-sex marriage:

HANNITY: All right, last question, we have the issue of the Supreme Court dealing with two issues involving gay marriage. I’ve asked you a lot of questions. I’ve never asked you that, what are your thoughts?

CARSON: Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition. So he, it’s not something that is against gays, it’s against anybody who wants to come along and change the fundamental definitions of pillars of society. It has significant ramifications.

A guy who doesn't know what to ask and another guy who doesn't know how to answer.

A guy who doesn’t know what to ask and another guy who doesn’t know how to answer.

Well, that’s awkward, but I can’t say I’m surprised by Carson’s intolerance.  His egotism and vanity has already been well-established and now we can add cocky intolerance to the mix.  It’s a trait I’ve seen in other doctors.  They dislike being corrected because they dislike being told they got something wrong.  Their yardstick of success is how often they are right.  Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successful separate conjoined twins and if he had done nothing else, that would be a good enough reason to add some swagger in his step.

When accomplishing what seems impossible is what you specialize in, it must become easy to start believing even if you’re not God, you can handle his job when he takes a day off.

Carson wouldn’t be the first good Christian whose religious beliefs were overruled by his conservative beliefs.   He certainly sounds like just another cowardly politician trying to spin away a brain fart as he backed away from his remarks with an apology qualified with  the usual caveats of his remarks being “misunderstood” and “out of context.”

“I think in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity’s show, that was taken completely out of context and completely misunderstood in terms of what I was trying to say,” Carson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone… If anyone was offended, I apologize to you.”

This is the risk you take when you only talk to people who already agree with you.   Carson is not as skilled in front of a camera and he is with a scalpel.   He’s unprepared to talk about hot button topics where his disdain for “political correctness” allows him to fall into the trap of saying what he really believes even when what he believes is toxic to his  political ambitions.

Doc Carson is not changing his Facebook profile pic, so don’t ask.

Don’t you love it when someone says they’re sorry (but not really) if you misunderstood what they said and you took offense?    Doesn’t it make it your fault for being so darned thin-skinned.   Carson knows what he means.   Why’s everybody else got a problem with that?    Oh, If only those homosexuals would stop agitating for the same rights  heterosexuals have.   You know,  the same way interracial couples wanted their offensive to God and nature marriages to be legally recognized.   Craziness!

Maybe I was slightly off on how long Carson’s time in the spotlight was going to last, but it seems I was really off about his future as a politician.   Carson has already mastered the key skill to being a successful politician.   He’s great at looking people in the eye and lying to their face.

How Can We Miss Mitt Romney If He Won’t Go Away?

For reasons known only to Fox News, the conservative news channel decided it was important to find out what Mitt and Ann Romney had been up to since losing the election.

Yeah, I don’t know why either.

Romney, the man who would be president except Barack Obama is  sounded very much like a loser who still hadn’t figured out why he lost.

Chris Wallace asked the Republican standard bearer did he go into Election Day thinking he was going to win?

MITT:   Yes, I think we were convinced that we’d win.  We saw that the polls were very close. But we knew the energy and passion was with our voters and my heart said we were going to win.

Psyche!

At one point, Ann Romney explained why she and her husband are struggling to accept the sad reality of defeat,   “In our church, we’re used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you’re serving. And now all of a sudden, you’re released and you’re nobody … And we’re used to that. It’s like we came and stepped forward to serve. And … the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and … a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.”

That’s because you are nothing, Ann.  Nothing special.   You’re jut another wealthy, pampered White woman in a country full of them.    You’re both nobodies now.  

Pay no attention to the man in the painting. Or the other guy either.

Wallace played an audio tape of Romney speaking to supporters a week after the election and blamed his loss on minorities expecting President Obama to give them things. “It’s a proven political strategy which is, you have a bunch of money from the government to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you.”

MITT:  The president had the power of incumbency. ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. And they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.

Still not getting it, huh, Mitt?

MITT: Well, I recognize that as the guy who lost the election, I’m not in a position to tell everybody else how to win, all right? They’re not going to listen and I don’t have the credibility to do that anyway.

First thing you said I can’t disagree with one word of.  You got that right, Mittens.  The Republicans can lose all by themselves.  They don’t need a loser telling them how to lose.

WALLACE: Why do you think he lost?

ANN ROMNEY: I think they had a better ground game. And I think we were not aware — you know, we certainly had the passion coming from our side, and I don’t think we were as aware of the passion that was coming from the other side. I think we were a little blindsided by that.

How’d that happen, Ann?  Didn’t you know Obama was the incumbent and he’s had four years to build up some passion on the other side?  

MITT: I look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.

Yeah, well, that’s not happening.  You lost.  The Black guy won and I know that kills you even more.  Next time, win more votes.  Oh, that’s right…there isn’t a “next time” for you, is there?

MITT:  The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together. The president leads.

Yes, the president does.  You’re not the president.  And you never will be.  

MITT: And — and I don’t see that kind of — of leadership happening right now —

Aaaaaaannd we won’t being seeing that kind of leadership from you either, Mitt.   That’s a done deal, closed chapter, over and out.

ANN ROMNEY: I’m happy to blame the media.

Well, why not?   That’s what losing candidates always do.  It’s easier than blaming yourself.  

Then Wallace rolled tape on Romney’s now notorious “47 percent” crack.

 MITT: There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.

WALLACE: George Will said you’ve got a problem when voters don’t like you. You’ve got a real problem when voters think you don’t like them.

Because he didn’t like them.  At least the non-wealthy,  non-White voters.

MITT: Yes, it was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It’s not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have.

Bitch, please!  Man up and don’t play dumb.  You said exactly what you meant and you didn’t stutter.  

MITT:  You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and — and it could come out wrong and be used.

Oh, this is a very sad story.  If you’re running for president and you don’t spend as much time thinking about how what you say could be twisted and distorted, maybe you shouldn’t be president.   

It isn’t that it came out wrong, Mitt.  It’s that it came out at all and the whole country found out how much contempt you have for almost half of America.

MITT: But, you know, I did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe. Obviously, my whole campaign — my whole life has been devoted to helping people, all of the people. I care about all the people of the country.

I call bullshit.  If you said it and didn’t believe it, why were you lying to all those nice people in the audience listening to you?   Or are you lying now?

MITT: But that hurt. There’s no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.

I’m sure the Obama Campaign appreciated your self-inflicted wounds.   Put on your magic underwear and deal with it.

WALLACE: Looking back, how do you rate yourself as a presidential candidate?

MITT: Well, I see my mistakes and I see my flaws and I did better this time than I did the time before.

Oh, good for you! 

MITT: And — and I won’t get a third chance. I’m not doing it again.

You promise?   How many more times do you have to get your ass beat before the message finally sinks it: AMERICA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE ITS PRESIDENT!

MITT: The weakness that our campaign had and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. That was a real weakness.

We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.

Now that is funny.  The Whitest White Man in America can’t figure out why “minority populations” rejected him.   

WALLACE: Why do you think that was?

MITT: Well, I think the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated in a — particularly among lower incomes. And we just didn’t do as — as good a job at connecting with that audience as we should have.

Not going to give up on that “gift” thing are you?

WALLACE: What does the Republican Party need to do to reach out and attract more voters?

MITT: Well, first of all, I lost and so, I’m not going to be telling the Republican Party, come listen to me, the guy who lost is going to tell you how to win.

Then why not be a gracious loser and shut up?  Nobody’s dying for your advice.  

WALLACE: But you must have — you must have some ideas.

MITT: But — of course. But among those ideas, clearly, we have to do a better job bringing minority voters in to vote for Republicans and that’s Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. We’ve got to do a better job taking our message to them to help them understand why we’re the party with the ideas that will make their life better.

Here’s an African-American that understands you and your party’s “ideas,” just fine and I don’t see them doing me or my family any good.  

“Oh, look Ann. That’s where our dreams went.”

MITT :  …I’m not going to disappear. I’m not running for office. I don’t have a big organization that’s out speaking in my behalf.

But I care about America. I care about the people that can’t find jobs. I care about the fact that we’re wracking up larger deficits and — and putting the peril of — of — of the future generation very much in play.

I really care about this country. I care about my 20 grandkids, the kind of America they’re going to have. And sitting on the sidelines when so much is at stake is just not in my nature.

You might care about the country but the country does not care about you or anything you have to say.   

If you have 20 grandkids you should be caring for them and leave the rest of us the hell alone.  

It may not be in your nature to sit on the sidelines but that’s where you are and that’s where you’re staying. 

Bye-bye, Mittens.  Enjoy forced retirement.  Get naked and roll around in your money.  Just leave the rest of us along and we’ll do the same for you.

Dr. Carson Carves Up The President As Conservatives Cheer

“Will I run for president? I’ll have to check with God.”

If a respected African-American surgeon takes the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to publicly lecture the African-American President of the United States about his economic and healthcare policy and the mainstream media pays almost no attention, did it really happen?

If you’re Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who applauded by the conservative press for speaking truth to power (or at least a truth conservatives can get behind) it did happen and the response was so enthusiastic Carson is being mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.   Carson isn’t squashing the idea even while he maintains his criticism of Obama.

“There are a number of policies that I don’t believe lead to the growth of our nation and don’t lead to the elevation of our nation,” Carson explained on This Week, “I don’t want to sit here and say all of his policies are bad.”

When asked if he might want to run for political office and implement his own policies, the 61-year-old surgeon didn’t rule it out.  “That’s not my intention,” he said. “But I always say, ‘I’ll leave that up to God.’”

Carson is world renowned for his work with children, becoming in 1987 the first surgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the back of the head. In 2000, President Bush awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.   Carson works at Johns Hopkins University, where he is director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, co-director of the Craniofacial Center and a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics.

He is also known for his own life story — he was raised by a single mother in Detroit and struggled for a time in school but wound up at Yale University — and for his philanthropy: The Carson Scholars Fund recognizes exceptional young people.

"Don't get too comfortable behind that presidential seal, doc."

“Don’t get too comfortable behind that presidential seal, doc.”

With the president sitting with a stoic expression on his face, Carson rambled through a 25 minute speech critical of Obamacare, skeptical of the nation’s economy, and disdainful of “political correctness.”

“It’s not my intention to offend anyone. But it’s hard not to. The PC police are out in force everywhere,” Carson said before concluding the nation’s health ills could be cured by medical savings account, a favorite solution of conservatives.

“Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed—pretax—from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. If you die, you can pass it on to your family members, and there’s nobody talking about death panels. We can make contributions for people who are indigent. Instead of sending all this money to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care. And very quickly they’re going to learn how to be responsible.”

In a piece entitled “Ben Carson for President” the Wall Street Journal gushed, “The Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon may not be politically correct, but he’s closer to correct than we’ve heard in years. “

The conservative media was all over Carson zinging the president and they didn’t conceal their joy.  The Washington Times headline boasted   “Conservative Dr. Ben Carson upstages Obama at prayer breakfast. ”   Breitbart.com proclaimed, “God Spoke Through Ben Carson at National Prayer Breakfast…..In Front Of Obama!”  “Obama gets Schooled on ObamaCare by Dr. Benjamin Carson” sneered The Drudge Report.

Carson cut up Obama without a scalpel.

Rush Limbaugh praised Carson’s speech saying “it gave me the shakes.”

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze burped happily, ” One of the more unique speeches delivered at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast came from Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Taking the stage before President Barack Obama’s faith-filled address, Carson spoke for more than 25 minutes, tackling issues ranging from education to personal responsibility. His keynote, while predicated upon the theme of Jesus Christ as his ultimate role model, also took a starkly political tone, advocating against some of the very policies the president has implemented.”

How did MSNBC, The Huffington Post, the New York Times, and most of the mainstream press cover the Carson story?   I checked around and the majority of media outlets either said little about Carson’s remarks or ignored it entirely.    Usually I’m dubious about the charge of widespread liberal bias by the mainstream media, but the across-the-board indifference by the press to Carson’s was notable.

The roots of Carson’s rage might trace back to being brushed off by White House officials when he offered suggestions on how to improve Obamacare.

“Two phone calls. In the first, I was having a decent conversation with the gentleman about some ideals I have. He was pretty enthusiastic. Then he said, “What did you do for the president during the campaign?” I said, “I’m an Independent.” Clunk. End of that conversation.”

“Two months later. I said, “I’m in the middle of teaching a class right now. Can we talk in about 40 minutes?” The individual was incensed. I mean, how could you possibly be doing something more important than talking to the White House? That was the end of that conversation.”

One way to get on Fox News?  Criticize Obama publicly.

One way to get on Fox News? Criticize Obama publicly.

And from those two short conversations, a grudge was born and Carson used the National Prayer Breakfast to let Obama how exactly how many damns he did not give about his policies.    Carson may say its up to God whether he swaps his stethoscope for a teleprompter, but there’s already a long list of Republicans geared up to go in 2016 and its hard to envision one speech is the fuel to launch a presidential campaign.

But they said the same thing about Barack Obama after the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Was it a little rude and a lot arrogant of Carson to show up Obama at what is supposed to be a non-partisan event?  Sure it was.  It might also turn out to be smart.

Morris. Dick. Right At Being Wrong.

if Dick Morris were a zombie he would eat toes instead of brains.

MORRIS: Look, I believe that — and I’ve said this before and everybody either gives a sigh of a relief or a cynical laugh — there is no chance that Obama will get re-elected.

HANNITY: I don’t agree that’s true. I think it’s possible.

MORRIS: Zilch, none, zip, nada.

Dick Morris is a bullshit artist supreme. He’s been so wrong on so many things for so long he’s about as authentic as a porn queen’s orgasm, but he’s got job security.

After all he works for Fox News. Have you ever heard of anyone getting fired from Fox for being wrong?   In conservative media it matters less if you don’t know what you’re talking about as long as who you’re talking about is someone conservatives don’t like.   This is why Morris can say Obama stands no chance of being reelected and Mitt Romney would beat him in a “landslide.”

If Dick Morris were a weatherman in Des Moines he would have been fired by now for constantly forecasting snowstorms in the middle of August.

Ever wonder why someone who supposedly knows so much about political strategy is showing up on The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity instead of advising Mitt Romney or some other Republican candidate? Because they know Morris is a bug-fuck nuts prostitute toe sucker who has shit for brains, hasn’t been right about anything for years and whatever expertise he had evaporated right after Bill Clinton got rid of his prostitute toe sucking ass.

The only people who still take Morris seriously are Fox News viewers. Everybody else knows he’s a joke and not a good one.

Looks yummy!

Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, “What went wrong?”, they should ask themselves a question every bit as important: “Why were we the last to realize that things were going wrong for us?”

Barack Obama just trounced a Republican opponent for the second time. But unlike four years ago, when most conservatives saw it coming, Tuesday’s result was, for them, an unpleasant surprise. So many on the right had predicted a Mitt Romney victory, or even a blowout — Dick Morris, George Will, and Michael Barone all predicted the GOP would break 300 electoral votes. Joe Scarborough scoffed at the notion that the election was anything other than a toss-up. Peggy Noonan insisted that those predicting an Obama victory were ignoring the world around them. Even Karl Rove, supposed political genius, missed the bulls-eye. These voices drove the coverage on Fox News, talk radio, the Drudge Report, and conservative blogs.

Those audiences were misinformed.

Outside the conservative media, the narrative was completely different. Its driving force was Nate Silver, whose performance forecasting Election ’08 gave him credibility as he daily explained why his model showed that President Obama enjoyed a very good chance of being reelected. Other experts echoed his findings. Readers of The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other “mainstream media” sites besides knew the expert predictions, which have been largely born out. The conclusions of experts are not sacrosanct. But Silver’s expertise was always a better bet than relying on ideological hacks like Morris or the anecdotal impressions of Noonan.

It doesn’t take a degree in Political Science to tell you why hucksters like Morris should be ignored or on the odd occasions they actually get something right why it should be shrugged off as merely the sun shining on a dog’s ass.

Beware any “expert” who can no longer find employment in their chosen profession that always tells you exactly what you want to hear and nothing you don’t. That is a classic warning sign you are being bullshitted.

Most conservatives can handle the truth. By now they should have scoped out Morris as a sleazy, prostitute toe sucking snake oil salesman but it seems some of them have swallowed his swill for so long they can’t quit it even though they know it’s no good for them.

Morris isn’t going anywhere. Not so long as he continues to be a useful idiot spreading the manure for Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.

Fox News Drops the “Fair and Balanced” Front

Totally unfair and mentally unbalanced.

If you work for Mitt Romney presidential campaign or the Republican National Committee, you’ve got a friend at Fox News.

Any question that the “fair and balanced” network is anything but ended this week after the Fox and Friends morning program aired a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad that looks like something Karl Rove and Ted Nugent would have dreamed up during a mutual masturbation session.

Media critic Howard Kurtz was flabbergasted by how brazenly Fox went scorched earth on the president.

The thing has to be seen to be believed. It is a classic piece of negative propaganda, scary music and all.

The piece starts off with Barack Obama promising change, and then, banging the viewer over the head: A bag of money, labeled a $15.7-trillion deficit. Footage of begging homeless people. The jobless rate ticking up to 8.3 percent (though it’s down from 9.9). Shots of people using food stamps as Nancy Pelosi favorably mentions the program and the unbiased Newt Gingrich rips Obama as a food-stamp president. Rising gas prices. Rising food prices. Foreclosure signs. A pink piggy bank tumbling down the stairs. Speeded-up snippets of unseen voices delivering bad news.

And how did Fox & Friends react to this assault on the senses? “Hats off to Chris White,” said co-host Steve Doocy, crediting the associate producer who made the video.

” Fox not fair and balanced? Me am confused!”

I’m telling you, Mitt Romney’s campaign wouldn’t have produced this. The RNC wouldn’t have produced this. Karl Rove’s group wouldn’t have produced this. It is a parody of an attack spot and would have been laughed out of the political arena.

Fox reacted by yanking the video from its website and issuing a tepid statement from executive vice president Bill Shine: “The package that aired on Fox & Friends was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network. This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

That’s it?

Not authorized”? No denunciation of the video? No apology? No disciplinary action?

The fact that the hosts were happy with this latest video assault on the president is nothing short of revealing.

This is a moment of truth heading into the general election. Roger Ailes should denounce the video and criticize his network’s handling of it. He should make clear that such partisan garbage has no place on Fox News. Otherwise people will assume that Fox’s worst critics are right.

Newflash for Little Howie Kurtz: Fox’s worst critics are right and always have been. You can’t slide a piece of paper between the Republican Party and their official network, Fox News.

Fox and Friends isn’t like The Today Show or Good Morning America. Their primary interest has never been happy talk with celebrities or Jungle Jack Hanna sitting on the couch with a cockatoo perched on his shoulder. It’s always been a morning program wearing its political views on its shoulder.

A four-minute attack ad is coming from a much different place than an segment on how to make delicious low-cholesterol meals. Fox and Friends is a program on the Fox News channel and despite that obnoxious lie that Fox is “fair and balanced” there is no wall of separation between the network’s news, opinion and entertainment programming.  It’s all designed to flow Fox’s right-wing agenda. Unless they produce a four-minute attack ad with Mitt Romney as the target Fox have proven themselves unfair and unbalanced.

Even a lousy program like F&F has to keep up some semblance of journalistic standards. It can’t engage in slander, it has to ensure they have checked their facts and when it runs a hit piece like this, it can’t hide behind the flimsy excuse it’s not a news or opinion program.

Any pretense F&F doesn’t have a political slant went “bye-bye” when they aired that segment and gave the associate producer a big wet kiss.

Not everybody wants a heavy-handed dosage of anti-Obama propaganda first thing in the morning with their corn flakes.

The surprise for wimps like Kurtz is Fox’s total abandonment of any semblance of impartiality and objectivity. Those of us whom have witnessed Fox’s rise to the ratings juggernaut it is, picked up a long time ago the secret to their success was to offer “news” in the most negative and polarizing way possible by demonizing Democrats and the Left in general and President Obama specifically.  The three stooges who make up the Fox and Friends morning crew couldn’t have been more obvious with their support of Romney if they had worn, “We Like Mitt” T-shirts.

You call that what it is when you see it: media bias. It’s not just for liberals anymore.

“Keep watching Fox and one day you’ll be as dumb as me.”

Fox News: If It’s Black, We Attack!

Common: threat or menace? Both, according to Fox News.

Last week The White House invited several rappers and hip-hop artists, including Common and Jill Scott to a poetry performance.

And Fox News went on the attack.  The target of their wrath?  Common, the so-called “conscious rapper.”

Bill O’Reilly:

First lady Michelle Obama invited a number of poets to read their works at the White House Wednesday night. Among them is a rapper named Common, who is controversial to say the least.

This guy has sympathized with convicted cop killers. He also does the usual rap stuff, touting guns and other anti-social behavior. In addition, he is a friend of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

So why on earth would the president and first lady invite this man to the White House?

The answer, I believe, is that the Obamas do not understand the sensibilities of many Americans. We saw that during the campaign with the president’s comments on guns and religion.

The real issue that Jay Carney dodged is about appropriate behavior. Murdered police officers is not something you rap about lightly. Common has no idea what happened, yet he has taken an irresponsible position.

The president and first lady have made a major mistake in inviting this man to the White House. He surely does not deserve that honor.

Sarah Palin:

“You know, the White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during Police Memorial Week, of all times, you know, the judgment–it’s just so lacking of class and decency and all that’s good about America with an invite like this.”

Sean Hannity:

It seems this administration will never learn its lesson. Tomorrow, Michelle Obama is set to host an evening of poetry and will welcome a slew of poets, musicians, students from all across the country to the White House. Among them is a controversial rapper and poet, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known as Common. Now, he’s a staunch supporter of the president and has a running list of controversial comments.

Two thousand and seven, during an HBO’s “Def Poetry” appearance, Common called for the burning of President George W. Bush. Now the poem reads — I’m not the best at this — “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button, killing over oil and grease, no weapons of mass destruction, how can we follow a leader when this is a corrupt one?”

Common, not surprisingly, is also associated with Obama’s pastor more than 20 years, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Look at this video of Common performing at Trinity United Church of Christ on New Year’s Eve 2007.

Fox News: The most dishonest name in news

As far as rappers go, Common is about as dangerous as a Cosby kid and all these prissy, tight-ass White folks tut-tut-tutting President Obama and the First Lady is nothing more than Fox going back into attack mode against the successful capturing and killing of Osama bin Laden.  Now it’s time to knock the prez back down a few pegs and who better to do it than the lying liars of Fox News?\

Others also saw through Fox’s faked outrage directed at Common.

Common is about the least controversial rapper in the business. He’s roughly as edgy as LeVar Burton. He’s the rap version of Wayne Brady. He’s a friendly, easy-going, cross-cultural musician and actor who stars in easygoing rom-coms with Queen Latifah, only appears menacing to Tina Fey and Steve Carrell on celluloid, and is typically the first person mentioned whenever anybody brings up the concept of a “conscious” MC.

But don’t tell that to FOX News and Sarah Palin.

~ Entertainment Weekly

Conservatives on Fox News are spending this week attacking the White House for inviting the rapper-poet Common to the White House for a poetry reading last night. They are upset with Common for poetry he recited on the TV show Def Poetry Jam, targeting President Bush for taking us to war in Iraq and not finding weapons of mass destruction. Karl Rove called him a thug for standing onstage reciting poetry in a wig. Really? The congressional staffers the GOP sent to disrupt the vote counting outside of a government office in Miami during the 2000 presidential-election recount were more thuggish.

Artists tend to reflect most immediately on their surroundings and interpret them for the world to see and hear. Common is by far one of the most community-focused rappers, with lyrics that try to educate and stimulate thinking and positive behavior. In fact, he once wrote a song called “Retrospect for Life” about the struggle over whether or not to abort his unborn child. Many would consider the song “pro-life” because he and the mother decide to keep the baby, proclaiming, “$315 ain’t worth your soul.” The conservatives chose to ignore that in their critiques.

~ The Root.com

Anti-racism activist Tim Wise called out Fox for their race-baiting and Jon Stewart went off on a monumental blast to blister the network for their hysterical whipping on anti-rap resentments of their conservative audience.

What is UP with Fox News? Why do they lose their shit about rappers like Common stopping by the White House. Why do they think there’s so mileage in attacking rap when its White kids who are the primary purchasers of rap?

This is simply another Fox News manufactured “controversy.” There IS NO STORY here. Just another “scary Black folks” con-job “controversy” manufactured by the scare mongers of Fox to whip up White conservatives into a mouth-foaming fury.

The real hypocrisy is how Fox wags its finger in its own self-righteousness at Common, a rapper that’s about as hardcore as Stevie Wonder while not saying jack shit about Mike Huckabee announcing he’s not running for  president on his show with Terrible Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, by his side.

Fox is fine with Mr. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang’ calling Hillary Clinton “a worthless bitch” or saying Barack Obama should suck on his shotgun because Nugent’s politics mirror their own.  Which is why they can raise hell over Common’s lyrics while ignoring these:

I´ve got no inhibitions
So keep your keys out of your ignition
I steal a car like I got the curse
I can´t resist the old lady’s purse

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I´ve got to have you in a matter of time

Well I don´t care if you´re just thirteen
You look too good to be true
I just know that you´re probably clean
There´s one lil’ thing I got do to you

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I´ve got to have you in a matter of time

So tell your mama that I´m back in town
She likes us boys when it´s time to get down
She´s got this craving for the underage
I just might be your mama’s brand new rage

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won´t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I got to have you in a matter of time

Honey you you you look so nice
She´s young she´s tender
Won´t you please surrender
She’s so fine she´s mine
All the time, all mine mine
It´s all right baby
It´s quite all right I asked your mama
Wait a minute officer
Don´t put those handcuffs on me
Put them on her and I´ll share her with you

Jailbait, jailbait

The Nuge and the Huck crooning for poon.

The message from Fox is Black rappers expressing doubts of a cop killer’s guilt is wrong, but old White rockers singing about fucking underage girls?  That’s cool because they don’t really mean it.

Got it. Hypocrites.

Fox’s right-wing, race-baiting bullshit is so obvious it’s not even mildly amusing to point it out anymore.