Georgia Private School Graduation Ends In Chaos After Principal’s Racist Remarks

The Principal and founder of a private school in Georgia brought down an avalanche of negative press when she insulted “all the black people” in the audience at yesterday’s graduation ceremony. The Principal ended the ceremony and as the audience began to leave she realized she forgot the valedictorian’s speech. When she tried to stop the audience from leaving, she lost her mind and told them how she really felt. Hat-tip to All Things Democrat alumnus Marc Belisle at ReverbPress for the story. Prepare to be stunned:

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Here’s the part of these all-too-common racist gaffs that always pisses me off – the non-apology/excuses slipped in with the apology. Basically, its “I’m sorry if you were offended, but I’m not sorry for what I said”. CBS46 interviewed the Principal, who told the reporter:

I’m sorry this is getting all blown out of proportion because just part of the video is being seen and not the whole.

I’d like to apologize to everyone who was in the crowd. I’m sorry for what I said. Like I said, the devil was in the house., GA News Weather

She told the reporter her remarks were “taken out of context” and she was only referring to one person who caused a problem. Replay the video again and you’ll see that her “taken out of context” defense is total bullshit. She rants about the “little coward” who did something she didn’t like, but then turns her tirade fully toward the crowd. She repeats “you people are so rude”, orders her people to close the doors to prevent the crowd from leaving (probably illegal), and adds this:

It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving, all the black people!

Listen to her tone when she says “all the black people”. Its a tone of disgust and loathing. She clearly means “None of us should be surprised that the rude people are all the black people, not the white people.”

I don’t care if she founded the school, she needs to remove herself.

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Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Education and LGBTQ

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92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again – Joy Lofthouse was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII, ferrying aircraft between units.  To celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE day, she gets behind the joystick of a Spitfire one more time.  What an amazing woman!

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

Texas Republican: Rape victims shouldn’t receive abortion coverage because their claims aren’t “measurable” – More convoluted ‘logic’ where everything is more important than the victim. This time State Sen. Donna Campbell is worried about not only the fetus but, gasp!, the inconvenience to insurance companies.  Just shut up and drink the Republican kool-aid, ladies.

Antiabortion groups vow to keep firing women for using birth control, even though it’s illegal – Our beliefs outweigh your rights.

For Abortion, Some Teens Cut School, Go to Court

No More Angry Mothers; Embracing Accessible Abortion and Affordable Contraception – A thoughtful challenge for women on Mother’s Day.

Surprise! Satanic Temple Has Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs About Abortion Too

Amy Schumer’s New Birth Control Ad Blasts GOP War On Women (VIDEO)

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Democratic National Committee 2016 Prelim Strategy vs Koch’s Libre

Democrats met this past weekend to discuss the 2016 national strategy in confronting the denizens of Citizen United / McCutcheon ———-

Deceit, thy name is Koch

The Libre Initiative targeting the Hispanic community. Headquartered in Texas, the intention is to flank satellite locations nationally with the promise of assistance of basic life enticements:

  • DACA application fees
  • driver’s license preparation
  • free health clinics

demThe message to Democrats across the country is their strategies must exceed the tired demonization of Koch Brothers… a stern omen and warning to candidates to escalate beyond the anticipated ‘left’ platform.

Despite providing application fees for DACA, they remain vociferously opposed to President Obama’s executive action. (Hint: per American conservatives, no solutions only denial & detraction)

Direct the red wave jobbery at accentuating women’s contributions via media campaign #MsLibre

Essentially, the presentation wants to galvanize alliances between

  • democratic donors,
  • national / state parties
  • progressive groups

—- implementing a grassroots framework to defeat the impending swell of conservative billions delving to purchase our Republic….particularly concentrating on Spanish media platforms.

Solutions to combatting this tsunami of fraud are high level ideas:

  • parental empowerment highlighting educational platform
  • pro-small business
  • boots on the ground pre Iowa caucus
  • develop ethnic and cultural competencies of the Hispanic individualization.

Synopsis Buzzfeed

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Fiorina: Just Another Vulture Capitalist

The Mother Jones headline said it best: Can a CEO Who Laid Off Thousands, Botched a Merger, and Left With $21 Million Become President? (with my emphasis)

Fiorina’s sole claim to president-ish experience is her tenure at HP, and that stint was marked by layoffs, outsourcing, conflict, and controversy—so much so that several prominent former HP colleagues recoil at the idea of Fiorina managing any enterprise again, let alone the executive branch. Seven years ago, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), then campaigning for the presidency, recruited Fiorina as an ambassador to women voters—and she was mentioned as a possible veep pick for McCain—I noted that her record at HP essentially disqualified her as an economic expert or a potential candidate. In the years since, she has not done anything that would prompt a reassessment. Her biggest accomplishment in recent years appears to have been running a losing campaign against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California—an effort perhaps best known for its production of the bizarre “Demon Sheep” ad. Though she has defended her time at HP, it remains heavy baggage.

Fact is, she’ll never be accepted by the GOP’s good ‘ol boys club. She won’t get any financial support, whatsoever. And for that reason, alone, she’ll be the first to get knocked out of the primaries. There’s no point in even adding her name to our “Presidential Candidates” category.

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Young Turks: Clips Of Crazy, Islamophobe Pam Geller

Presenting the female equivalent of Ted Nugent:

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S. Carolina A.G. Argues For ERA

He didn’t mean to do it, of course; but in one paragraph of a 65 page amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing against marriage equality, South Carolina’s Attorney General made the case for the Equal Rights Amendment. In that one paragraph, he tells the Supreme Court that women’s rights exist at the whim of State Legislatures (emphases mine):

14th amendmentThe framers of the Fourteenth Amendment understood well that laws governing marriage were the province of the states, which remained free to adopt their own views as they saw fit. While to some, their views might now appear outdated, they were in tune with the democratic process and federalism.

Under the Tenth Amendment, each state could impose disabilities upon married women, or remove those disabilities altogether.
Under the Tenth Amendment, each state may elect to adopt the traditional view of marriage, or expand marriage to include same-sex couples.

But the framers wished to ensure that the people of a state were not, by adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, required to do one or the other. 

Just let that sink in for a moment: In the 21st Century, in the United States of America, there are still states that retain their constitutional right to “impose disabilities upon married women“… and women in general, if they happen to feel like it.

Alice PaulContrary to what many believe, the Equal Rights Amendment is not a product of the ’70s;  it was first proposed by the National Women’s Party in 1923. Section 1 of the ERA consists of one sentence:

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

A constitutional amendment must first be proposed by a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, then ratified by three-fourths (38) of the 50 states. Fifteen states failed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment before the time to do so expired in 1982:

15 states no era rat.

I could point out the obvious about this list, but you’re smart people. As of today, only 23 states have added equal rights amendments to their constitutions, and those vary greatly.

Now, thanks to South Carolina’s A.G., we have the best to-the-point argument for a Federal Equal Rights Amendment one could ask for:

To prevent the “imposition of disabilities” on any woman by state or federal fiat, married or not.

We cannot succeed however, without the removal of conservative majorities in Congress and state legislatures.

vote your rights


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#Bridgegate May Facedown NJ Governor’s 2016 Presidential GOP Reality

naked christie blking gwbSeveral weeks ago, NJ’s Governor, Christie came out swinging against Mrs. Clinton proclaiming if he were the GOP candidate in the 2016 presidential race, he stated, “If I run, I will beat [Hillary Clinton]….my question is with what, a flood of indictments from federal prosecutors over #Bridgegate?

Over the past few months, the sacrificial coterie from the investigation into the four day circumspect lane closings of the George Washington Bridge have fallen silent………….except ONE:

  • Bridget Kelly, deputy chief of staff, was fired based upon an email statement, ““Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” and lying to the big man. Later, a propaganda report, taxpayer-funded probe cast her as an immature and spurned woman.
  • Former campaign manager and long-time ally Bill Stepein was axed the same day as Kelly.
  • NJ’s Port Authority chairman, David Samson resigned from the position and his well-connected law firm that formerly bore his name. His unceremonious departure from both prominent positions correlated with the timing of an internal investigation.
  • Finally, the guy Christie claimed to have barely known, former classmate and Port Authority Official, David Wildstein, will plead guilty to charges related to the infamous scandal.

The charges Wildstein enters a plea, may provide initial inklings as to the course the federal investigations are taking and progress. Prior to securing his appointment by his friend the governor, Wildstein is reputed to be a meticulous, astute blogger and reporter. His capitulation to US Attorney, Paul Fishman’s investigation is perceived as a foreshadowing of potential indictments for other key players.

May might jolt Chrisite into the reality of his meteorite deteriorating political career and farewell bid for the GOP presidential quest.

NAAH, He’s a man of delusion, deceit who still praises and practices Reagan – ‘trickle-down’ as viable, proven economic policy in NJ.

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Nationwide Plague Of Bad Cops Similar To Plague Of Pedophile Priests

Unless you’re one of those crazies who doesn’t watch the news “because its depressing”, you know the story that’s been playing out week-after-week in every corner of our nation is one about bad cops, using their power and position to harass and intimidate black men from all walks of life for the crime of “walking while black”, appointing themselves judge, jury and executioner, then the murders they commit are defended and given a seal of approval by their supervisors and other bad cops, as well as conservatives and the corporate media. Blaming the victim is the only recourse when they’re caught red-handed by cell phone video.

Not that long ago, another, very similar story was in the news: Catholic priests, using their power and position to rape children, threatening them and their parents with God’s punishment if they dare to speak about it, protected and moved around by their supervisors to avoid capture, and defended by conservative Catholics and the corporate media. Cell phone video wasn’t available but the pedophile priest defense was, and still is, the same – blame the victim.

Most pedophile priests got away with rape. They were never identified and they never served time in jail. However, multimillion dollar jury verdicts hurt the church and led to the environment we have today where even the current Pope apologizes to victims. Like pedophile priests, bad cops (and in some cases, it may include the entire precinct) must be identified. Like priests, they may never serve jail time. But multimillion dollar jury verdicts, as money is really the only thing conservatives value, could change the environment so even conservative defenders decide a change is needed.

We know about the high-profile cases but we also know that the problem is wide spread and happens daily. So how do we do a better job exposing bad cops, everywhere? Cell phone video may be the only, current method of exposing bad cops but technology will soon advance to the point where bad cops can be caught and convicted and others are forced to change their behavior or find a new profession. Forget law enforcement body cameras, I envision the use of personal body cameras that transmit to the cloud in real time so even if its discovered, the evidence is safe. Video surveillance and long range microphones can be mounted on buildings in vulnerable areas. And affordable drones with video are already showing up at protests to monitor bad cops. I can imagine fundraising sites that fund these security options in the poorest, most vulnerable areas. And what about personal defense? There are plenty of “doomsday prepper” and survivalist sites selling weapons and gear. Why not sites devoted to a black man’s survival? They are being murdered, after all.

Of course, none of this would be necessary if the overwhelming majority of cops who try to do the right thing every day decided to stop defending (or fearing) bad cops and show the rest of the nation that the phrase “to protect and serve” isn’t just bullshit. For decades, the Vatican and Catholic Bishops in the U.S. worked hard to defend pedophile priests. Imagine the view of today’s Catholic church if they had not.

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ICYMI – The President’s White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

For those of you who missed it, here’s President Obama’s 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech released by the DNC. Funny stuff!

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Rand Paul, Terrible Father, Dares To Criticize Black Fathers

Here’s Rand Paul speaking about what I would call a totally justified reaction in Baltimore to yet another black man being killed by a murderous, racist cop that racist conservatives are, naturally, defending. He blames it on black families and black fathers. This Tweet explains the irony of Randy’s statement:

Its official: Rand Paul is a racist, Republican prick. I know – redundant.

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In Defense Of The Clinton Foundation … by Newsmax???

I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this article by Christopher Rudy, the CEO and Editor of Newsmax Media. Newsmax is Conservative with a capital “C”.  But even Newsmax is unable to accept right-wing vultures going after the Clinton Foundation in an attempt to smear Hillary Clinton early in her campaign. Seriously, Rudy actually used the word “smear”. And there’s not a chance a right-winger can claim that I’m just some lefty twisting Rudy’s words. Check out these extended excerpts from the article and be amazed at this eloquent defense of the Clintons and the CGI by a conservative who resisted the urge to attack the Clintons for the pure joy of it. My emphasis and comments are added.

So, it is not every day that I defend Bill and Hillary Clinton, or the Clinton Foundation.

In fact, it may come as a surprise to some. In the 1990s I was described by both James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as the Clinton White House’s No. 1 press enemy. But after Bill Clinton left the White House, I came to admire him and his post-presidential work. 

I was drawn to him largely for the very same reason he and his wife are being criticized today: the Clinton Foundation. Over time, I was impressed enough with its work that I even became a donor.

This may be difficult for many of the Clinton critics to stomach, considering the miasma of allegations now being made about them, largely due to a new book entitled “Clinton Cash” (HarperCollins) by Peter Schweizer.

A Fox News special that aired this past Friday detailed many of the allegations from the still-unreleased book. Fox said the book showed the “tangled” and “blurred” relationships between the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons’ private or political activities.

After watching the Fox program, it became clear to me the only thing “tangled” and “blurred” are the numerous unsubstantiated, unconnected, and baseless allegations being made about them.

John Cassidy, a columnist with The New Yorker, fair-minded and balanced, got it right when he wrote that “Clinton Cash” appears to contain “largely unsubstantiated allegations.” 

He notes that Schweizer admits he cannot prove the allegations, and that “with [Fox News’ Sean] Hannity and other conservative media figures piling on, the Clinton campaign will be able to portray questions about the Clinton Foundation and the family’s finances as a political witch-hunt rather than a legitimate exercise in vetting presidential candidates.”

[Rudy goes on to say how impressed he was at the completely non-partisan nature of the CGI, so impressed that he’s been a member for the past 7 years.]

I recall attending my first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event and meeting Jack Kemp there. As you may remember, Kemp had run against Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential race as the vice presidential candidate. At that meeting, Kemp had nothing but praise for what Bill Clinton was doing.

So what was the former president doing?

Rather than simply “cashing in,” the young former president wanted to devote a substantial amount of his time and energy to making the world a better place, improving the lives of poor people and, at the same time, demonstrating in a real way that Americans cared. 

Remember also the context of the time. America was globally criticized during its war on terror, especially after the invasion of Iraq. Few nations joined the “coalition of the willing.” Our nation was losing its stature as leader of the free world.

It was Bill Clinton, using the platform of his foundation, who became the de facto goodwill ambassador of the United States. 

[Rudy goes on to explain how the CGI actually works, seeking commitments from donors to fund other charities, not taking the money, themselves. Over $100 billion donated to date.

Rudy continues, debunking the allegations of a quid pro quo with CGI donors, followed by this …]

Well, if there’s smoke — there’s fire? Perhaps it’s better to say, Where there’s smear, there’s not always fact. 

I think the imperative for journalists is more appropriate: Follow the money. So let’s do that.

The sister companies of News Corp and 21st Century Fox own HarperCollins, which published Peter Schweizer’s book; they own The Wall Street Journal, which first raised the issue of the foreign donations; they own the New York Post, which broke the details about the Schweizer book; and they own Fox News, which gave the story oxygen and legs. 

With so much media mojo from one company, there is no doubt they will be doing some pretty good “cashing in” from the many millions of dollars their new best-seller will generate. 

An article like this almost makes me believe that there are conservatives out there who would be willing to stop the hyperbolic, personal attacks and work with Democrats to do good things for this nation and for the world. Almost.

Sadly, the comments for the article at Newsmax were closed at zero comments. No doubt, they expected enraged RWNJs and cries of “traitor!”.

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Republicans: Working Hard to Screw America

republican mottoThey run every campaign, everywhere, every time, on “jobs and the economy”, but as Republicans’ proposed bills show, they’re really working hard to screw America. This is how folks who don’t know how to govern, govern.

As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

A change to the minimum wage that would lead to a pay cut for thousands of tip workers passed the Republican-led Minnesota House… by a vote of 73-56. In addition, the bill:

  • would prevent cities or other governing entities from outpacing the state minimum wage
  • put a ceiling on the minimum wage statewide

In Iowa, State Representative Chip Baltimore, chairman of the Iowa House’s Judiciary Committee, thinks a bill to deny parental right to rapists (yes, you read that right*) is “unnecessary”, according to the Globe Gazette:

Chip BaltimoreBaltimore said he worries about writing a new law that casts a wide net to catch a small number of incidents. He said that could create unintended consequences, such as a young man being convicted of statutory rape then losing parental rights even though the couple remain together.
“It’s a feel-good piece of legislation that quite honestly is dissociated with reality in the real world with the way the criminal justice system and the judicial system work,” Baltimore said.

*Iowa is one of seventeen states that do not have laws denying parental rights to convicted rapists; probably because they care more about some hypothetical statutory rapist than women who have been raped. This is how the Conservative mind works. In an ironic side note, the Washington City Paper reports:

Fred W. Pagan, a staffer for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) … imported drugs from China in a plan to exchange them for sexual favors, according to new documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Couldn't find a picture of Pagan, so here's a reasonable facsimile.

Couldn’t find a picture of Pagan, so here’s a reasonable facsimile.

Pagan first came on law enforcement’s radar on April 9, when customs agents found a Chinese package addressed to him in Ohio that held more than a kilo of GBL, a controlled drug akin to “date rape drug” GHB. After the search, Pagan allegedly told investigators that he had received three other GBL packages. According to the court filing, Pagan said that he handed out the GBL and meth “in exchange for sexual favors.”

Aiding and abetting rapists … just ask yourself, is it possible no one in the party knew this was going on?

Let’s move on to Conservatives’ favorite pastime: poor shaming; Wisconsin state Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), has a new idea:

I will propose a committee to study setting up state owned food pantries operated by private companies.  The plan would call for state auditors to provide oversight and report to legislative committees.

FoodShare Quest cards could only be used at the pantries where life-sustaining foods were available.  Non-essential items would not be stocked at the pantries, thus saving taxpayers millions and slashing fraud and abuse.

Kremer“Yes, it may be humbling to go into the pantry to purchase ‘needed items,’ but as I mentioned earlier, most people understand that this is meant to be a crutch and not a lifestyle. I would also love to see photo lD’s (sic) on all Quest cards and will continue to work this angle.”

Yet another Conservative fool who doesn’t know the first thing about SNAP users, as CBPP reports:

Among SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult, more than half work while receiving SNAP — and more than 80 percent work in the year before or after receiving SNAP. The rates are even higher for families with children. (About two-thirds of SNAP recipients are not expected to work, primarily because they are children, elderly, or disabled.)

Maybe if he and his idiot Governor ever create some well paying jobs, his state’s residents won’t need assistance. According to

Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, with real median household incomes here falling 14.7 percent since 2000, according to a new report.

The Pew Charitable Trust report showed Wisconsin with the largest decline in the percentage of families considered “middle class,” or those earning between 67 and 200 percent of their state’s median income.

By the way, that Governor would be Scott Walker, who wants to be President. Finally, what would the purpose of state authorized discrimination be if you couldn’t extend it to transportation… that’s right, transportation. Oklahoma State Sen. Jason Smalley (R-Stroud) has gone about as low as one could go, according to Red Dirt Report:

While the “Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act” is setting up a regulatory framework for ridesharing in the state, the Republican Senate author rewrote the bill so companies can discriminate against gay and transgender passengers…

As noted by the Associated Press, “The version of the bill that passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 35-11 vote defines such companies (like Uber and Lyft) as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers.”

… the House-passed version of the bill included language that prohibited companies like Uber and Lyft from “discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” …

SmalleyHowever, …Smalley “rewrote the bill” to eliminate the non-discrimination language so “private businesses” operating in the state could “establish their own policies regarding discrimination.”

Vermin, every last one of them.

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