Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shirley Sherrod/USDA/Race/Politics/NAACP, The Reverse Race Card, Bailout Now 3.7 Trillion, Obama Killed Tens of Thousands of Jobs, Journolist Equals Liberal Fascism, Stimulating Unemployment, THE GOOD OLE DAYS!

Obama cabinet official reconsidering firing of USDA employee over remarks- Daily Caller

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an early morning statement Wednesday that he was reconsidering his decision to fire Shirley Sherrod, a USDA official from Georgia, over racially tinged remarks, after the White House weighed in late Tuesday in support of such a move.

Vilsack said he is going to “conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts,” after Sherrod fiercely defended herself on Tuesday and a full video of her remarks from March was made available that showed a much fuller context for the statements she made in the excerpted video that surfaced Monday.

The White House contacted Vilsack late Tuesday to voice support for taking a second look at the decision to fire Sherrod, though a White House official who spoke with The Daily Caller Wednesday morning said the decision was mutual.

The full 43-minute speech by Sherrod, who was until Monday the USDA’s state director in Georgia for rural development, showed clearly that the racially charged comments that appeared Monday were meant by Sherrod as an example of how she had been wrong in the past.

Most of the speech is about racial reconciliation. Sherrod begins with a long anecdote about the murder of her father in 1965 by a white man, who she said was let off by a grand jury despite the existence of three witnesses. The night of his murder, Sherrod said, she made a vow to stay in Georgia, which she had long wanted to leave, and “do something in answer to what happened.”

“I would stay in the South and devote my life to working for change. And I’ve been true to that commitment all these 45 years,” Sherrod said.

Then 17 years old, she said, “when I made that commitment I was making that commitment to black people and to black people only.”

“But you know, God will show you things and he’ll put things in your path so that you realize that the struggle is really about poor people,” she added.

The next sentence is the first line that appeared on the video released Monday on the conservative website, BigGovernment.com, in which Sherrod tells the story of a white farmer coming to her for help and of her deciding to only help him half-heartedly because he was white.

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farm land, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land, so I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do,” she said. “I did enough.”

Near the end of the less than three-minute clip released Monday, which led to Sherrod’s firing, her remarks hinted that she had realized her thoughts and actions were wrong.

“It was revealed to me that it’s about poor versus those who have. It’s not so much about white — it is about white and black — but it’s not, you know. It opened my eyes, because I took him to one of his own,” she said, referring to a white attorney who she, then a nonprofit agency worker, had taken the farmer to see.


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Ousted USDA official: I'm not sure I'd take job back - NBC
Black employee who was forced to resign for purported racial bias: 'No one would listen'
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Shirley Sherrod pays for the sins of the NAACP - Powerline
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The Reverse Race Card - The Field Negro

Ms. Sherrod, I go to an excellent cleaner here in Philly. They will do a great job of getting those tire marks off the back of your beautiful dress. Still, I bet that bus must have been pretty heavy.

Don't worry, your back will recover. Just ask some of the other Negroes who found themselves under the O bus what they used to make themselves feel better.

Seriously, have you all ever seen a brother so afraid of appearing racial than his O ness? No wonder the wingnuts over at Roger's (You remember Roger, right? He gave A-merry-ca Willie Horton) propaganda station are having so much fun playing the race card with him. Every time he tries to distance himself from you Negroes and be the president for all A-merry-ca, they pull him back in.

Last night I said I would start sending my money to the NAACP again. Well, I might have to rethink my position. If these Negroes aren't smart enough to vet an entire video before they make an important statement, how can I trust them to advance the cause of civil rights?
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Video: Andrew Breitbart Defends Sherrod Video - Nice Deb

Shirley Sherrod served as director of rural development in Georgia until yesterday. After an explosive video appeared on Big Government, where she made shockingly blatant, racist statements, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack forced her to resign.

From the get-go, there were some in the right-wing blogosphere, most notably, The Anchoress, who were questioning the editing of the video. It seemed like she was leading up to something redemptive…. (although her attitudes were initially, severely jacked up).

Charles Krauthammer believes Sherrod deserves an apology, and restitution, because the full video is a heartwarming story about racial redemption:





"The most disturbing part of the video for me were the murmurs of approval from her NAACP audience when she admitted that she was not going to do everything she could do for the white farmer who was facing foreclosure on his farm. That, argues Breitbart, was the main point of the video, which he says, was sent to him in two parts. Here he is defending his “get” on;"

MORE VIDEOS HERE

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Breitbart's Landmark Video And A Genuinely Post-Racial America - Riehl World View

An excerpt from the NAACP's statement on the resignation of Shirley Sherrod via Big Government in the wake of a potentially landmark video released by Andrew Breitbart. The USDA is now considering taking her back. If one is willing to step back from the now emotionally charged case, I believe the facts are clear. Racist, or not, Sherrod should in no way be taken back at the USDA. Also, in broader context, if we open our minds to it and remain strong, the video first exposed by Andrew Breitbart at Big Government may well serve as a landmark on the road toward a genuinely post-racial America.

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

In both the full video and a 3 minute excerpt I produced, Sherrod labels the entire Republican Party racist, claiming they simply can't stand to see a black man in the White House. She also characterizes totally legitimate political opposition to ObamaCare from average citizens as mean and ultimately racist in the end. Had some previous Bush appointee called the Democrat Party a bunch of race-baiting hucksters, or poverty pimps - putting black citizens in that camp, too - there is no way said official would be able to keep their position. Yet, that is precisely what Sherrod did, only it was Republicans and her political opponents she so openly smeared.

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Breaking: NAACP President Was In Attendance at Sherrod Speech (Video)

Following the release of this inflammatory tape NAACP President Ben Jealous released a statement denouncing not only the racist remarks by Shirley Sherrod but also the reaction of the crowd to her speech. NAACP President Ben Jealous even promised to look into the disturbing behavior of those in attendance.

But, President Jealous forgot to mention one thing.
He was in the audience.

If you listen to the Sherrod’s speech at Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in Georgia in March you’ll here her thank her guests and…
“The President who is with us tonight.”
(0:45 seconds into the speech)

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Vilsack: Oops, We're Going to Review —Ace - Gabriel Malor

The Obama Administration got punked and tossed Shirley Sherrod under the bus without even pausing to check her out. Even the White House jumped to the "she must be a racist" story even though the video demonstrates the complete opposite.
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Nets Which Promoted NAACP’s Attack on Tea Party Treat Sherrod as Victim; NBC First to Voter Intimidation- Newsbusters

ABC and CBS last week jumped to advance the NAACP’s charge of racism within the Tea Party movement with friendly stories which provided corroboration for the allegation as neither identified the left-wing group’s ideology. On Tuesday night, however, the ABC and CBS evening newscasts had a sudden concern for the accuracy of the racism charge leveled against a USDA official via video posted by BigGovernment.com, a group the networks were quick to label “conservative” as they painted Shirley Sherrod as a victim of distorted editing of the video of her remarks – as if the news media never does that.

Meanwhile, the NBC Nightly News, which last week managed to refrain from promoting the NAACP’s anti-Tea Party agenda, ran a full story on Sherrod and BigGovernment.com’s “lie,” but also ran the very first broadcast network story on the Justice Department’s refusal to pursue the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case.

“We turn now to a story about race, politics and what constitutes a rush to judgment,” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer intoned. (Last week: “The NAACP has just adopted a resolution this evening at its annual convention condemning quote, ‘racist behavior by Tea Party members.’”) Jake Tapper referred to “a conservative Web site posting a video clip of Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod at an NAACP event talking about meeting with a white farmer...” He noted the NAACP, which had condemned Sherrod, later in the day “reversed course, saying they'd been snookered by conservative media.”
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What Hath Breitbart Wrought? - Wizbang

OK, this is getting downright strange. When Andrew Breitbart decided that someone ought to answer the NAACP's attack on the Tea Party Movement and jumped in, most people started getting edgy -- Breitbart, as I said, doesn't bluff.

He delivered the goods. He released a video of an Obama administration official admitting that she had discriminated against a white farmer at an NAACP function -- where she was receiving an award.

The reaction was instant and fierce. The NAACP issued a press release condemning the official (Shirley Sherrod, the Department of Agriculture's Georgia Director of Rural Development), and her bosses fired her posthaste.

Then other details started trickling out. (Trickling, hell -- it was a fricking firehose.) It turns out that the video (shot last February) was incomplete. Sherrod was recounting an incident that occurred 24 years ago, when she was working for a "community organizer" type of group (not the government), and she told how she had later realized the wrongness of her actions, returned to the farmer in question, and helped him save his farm -- to the point where she and his family became friends.

But the harm had been done. The NAACP took down their press release, but she was still out of her job.

So, what the hell happened?

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Breitbart to Hannity: “NAACP Tarred Tea Party Movement” (Video) - First Things
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Hoyer: 'I Don't Think TEA Party is Racist'; But House Dem Leader Not Sure 'Who the TEA Party Is’- CNS News

(CNSNews.com) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he does not think that the TEA Party is racist, but admitted that he also does not know “who the TEA Party is.”

At his weekly pen-and-pad news conference at the Capitol, CNSNews.com asked Hoyer whether he agreed with Vice President Joe Biden’s comment over the weekend that he does not believe the TEA Party is racist.

Hoyer replied: “The TEA Party, per se, I don’t think is racist.”

However, the Democratic leader added: “There are obviously, as I said on Sunday [on CNN’s “State of the Union”], I have seen some virulent racist tracts, which I believe are harmful to the public discourse and inconsistent with America’s values. You’d have to ask the TEA Party whether they agree with those or not. I mean, I don’t even know who the Tea Party is, number one.”
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Liberals on JournoList Would Watch Limbaugh Die, Press DNC, Obama to Refuse to Recognize Fox News- Newsbusters
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Journolist Equals Liberal Fascism - The American Spectator

"The only morality [that] they recognize is what will further their cause -- meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie [and] to cheat…"
-- Ronald Reagan, speaking candidly about the Soviet Union during his first press conference as president, Jan. 29, 1981

"Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by changing the subject [and lying]. Pick one of Obama's conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, 'Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.'"
-- The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong in a stunning investigative exposé of the hidden machinations behind "Journolist," a secret listserve of several hundred liberal journalists, activists and academics, July 20, 2010

We always knew that most liberal journalists were biased. Now we know that many of them are dishonest -- and that, like their leftist forbearers in the Soviet Union, they reserve unto themselves the right to lie and to cheat to further their political ends.

BAILOUT REACHES $3.7 TRILLION - Reuters
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Audit: Obama Killed Tens of Thousands of Jobs - Confederate Yankee

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Democrats Turn Unemployment Insurance Into Welfare Payments

Transcript from Rush Limbaugh Show
What a dramatic kickoff to the Summer of Recovery. Now, wait a minute. Wait a minute, now. It's July 20th, summer's one month old. Summer was June 21st, it's July 20th today. Vice President Bite Me calling it the Summer of Recovery, what a way to kick it off. Unemployment insurance extended now to two and a half years. Two and a half years! The media story line is the Democrats want it, the Republicans don't. That's not the story. The story is how the hell are we going to pay for this? And the substory is, at what point does unemployment compensation become welfare? The longer you pay people not to work, the longer they're not gonna try to work. At what point does unemployment compensation become welfare? And I'm here to tell you that we may be on the cusp of it. Unemployment compensation is just another welfare program. (interruption) "What do you mean, how dare me?" Somewhere there needs to be truth, and there's journalism going on in this program. It's not emergency spending. We don't have the money for this. This is another expanded welfare program. It's a welfare program. It's not called that. It's called unemployment compensation insurance, now two and a half years.


It used to be you got this for a month or two, 13 weeks. Then it expanded and expanded and expanded and expanded. So what a dramatic kickoff to the Summer of Recovery, effectively a new welfare program put in place by the Obama regime. Now, is it just me, or does -- (interruption) Snerdley, what are you having a fit in there for? It's not front page -- so what? There is no media. I don't care what they say about it. When are you people on the other side of the glass going to realize I don't care what they say about me? You think what I say is hurting the cause? You think the kinds of things I'm saying are gonna hurt me? You think it's going to hurt the EIB Network? No. Let me tell you something. The big question the Republican Party has to answer itself is not anything other than, "How the hell are we gonna contrast ourselves with these people? How are we going to contrast ourselves with these people?" That's all the Republican Party has to answer. Who are we? What do we believe in or what are we going to tell people we're for? That's all they have to do. I happen to be doing it and part of doing that is explaining who the hell they are.


If you don't have the guts to explain who they are like they lie about who we are then they're going to continue to lose. They mock us. We mock them. They lie about us. We tell the truth about them. We don't have the courage to do that. This isn't unemployment compensation insurance. This is a welfare program. And it's needed because the Democrat Party has destroyed the job sector. That's all you have to say. We wouldn't even need this if there were jobs being created out there. There's one reason the jobs aren't being created. His name is Barack Obama and his party, the Democrat Party. They're killing jobs. They are killing the private sector, and it is not an accident. Is it just me, or does it seem a tad off key to publicly demand extending unemployment benefits during the Summer of Recovery? That sounds like an admission of failure. Call me crazy. You and I both know we're not. But I would think that a president during a Summer of Recovery would announce a reduced demand for jobless benefits. I would think if it were me, the way I would define the success of my summer recovery is that there is less need for unemployment insurance, a reduced demand for jobless benefits.

Wall Street Journal: Stimulating Unemployment

AP: Unemployment Rate Falls in 39 States in June

AP: Obama: Extend Unemployment Checks; GOP: Pay For It
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The Scariest Unemployment Graph I've Seen Yet - The Atlantic

By Derek Thompson

The median duration of unemployment is higher today than any time in the last 50 years. That's an understatement. It is more than twice as high today than any time in the last 50 years.

OK, you're saying, but what does this mean? Does it mean we must increase the duration of unemployment benefits to protect this new class of unemployed, or does it mean we need to stop subsidizing joblessness? Does it mean we need to expand federal retraining programs, or does it mean federal retraining programs aren't working? Does it mean we need more stimulus, more state aid, more infrastructure projects, more public works ... or does it mean it's time to stop everything, stand back and let business be business?

You're going to find smart people make a case for all six of the above public policy directions. (I tend to side with the first of each coupling.) It's hard to know for sure how to design public policy for historically unique crises precisely because they are historical orphans, without precedent to show us the right way from the wrong.

One of my first reactions to this graph was: Surely this is why we don't have to worry about inflation for a very, very long time. However, here's evidence that despite the historically inverse relationship between inflation and joblessness, "the long-term unemployed put less downward pressure on inflation." Ultimately, this is a graph that should humble policy makers more than it should scare them into confidently arguing they know exactly how to fix it.
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The Good Ole Days...
fROM THE oLD pOLITICAL pARTY pOOP bLOG

Thanks Just Sayin'... made me wanna cry.... LOL! Obama has made me soft!
WHEW.... My eyes are burning... too much reading too fast... more later.

1 comment:

just sayin' said...

Got a bad case of Mental Cobwebs? PPP can take care of that...

The last one in 2006 has a piece on Obama. Nov 24, 2006, I think. He was a known radical and the MSM shepherded him in anyway. Those leftists in those days were positively hungry, like hyenas in after the lions are full.

By then PPP had an Obama topic link. So there's more, for sure.

I had hopes of finding a comfy spot for hanging out. More like a treasure hunt.