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      The claims of “extortion” are a popular “we’re really the victims here” conspiracy theory throughout the south. This very common theory holds, in short, that Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other prominent civil rights activists secretly (sometimes NOT so secretly) force other prominent people beloved in the south - those who are wrongly and bitterly branded as bigots - to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to organizations run by Sharpton, Jackson and the others. In exchange, those leaders will publicly offer “forgiveness” and support the wrongly accused. Whether it’s in letters to the editor in southern newspapers, callers to talk radio, comments from southerners across the Internet, or even careful statements from office-holders, this conspiracy theory is frequently spelled out in detail, and even more often simply referenced with the “extortion” and “blackmail” shorthand. This nonsense serves the double-duty of not only explaining why their beloved icon is being victimized by supposedly false and scandalous assertions, but it stands as evidence that it’s “THEM” (the black folks) who are REALLY the racists! See, they hate white folks so much that they run this money-making scam on them. I never cease to be amazed by the South’s penchant and seemingly boundless inclination toward self-delusion, as much a part of their history and DNA as humidity, hoop skirts and Spanish moss.

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      Great, another idiot who blames President Obama for “failing to close Gitmo,” apparently unaware that Republicans in Congress - and some Dems in states where some Gitmp prisoners would likely be sent - have literally and specifically shut off funding for moving or maintaining prisoners anywhere BUT Gitmo. It is not the President who is keeping prisoners at Guantanamo, but Congress, and a handful of state officials. He can read top secret memos, but apparently not a few newspapers and/or congressional bills? Snowden, leave it to the Republican hypocrites to rant about Obama “breaking his promise” while they simultaneously cast votes to make sure the prisoners stay at Guantanamo.

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      Aside from the many equally obvious points made by others here, the guy seems to be under the impression Clinton has NOT testified before Congress regarding the Benghazi myth machine? Check again, genius. He’s quoted saying, “I’ll just keep working campaigns, and do what I do.”  The Democratic party is counting on him keeping that promise, because what he does is lose. Of course, GOPers are not very diligent about their promises, so let’s not count on him to keep this one, either.

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      From when he first began to talk until he was about 3 and a few months, without prompting our youngest used to offer us loads of details about “his life before,” where he lived in something similar a tent, built with a frame of branches and a dirt floor, with his two parents and their pet. He said the pet was a goat that wasn’t allowed to come inside the tent. He would describe the surrounding terrain, the color of the material covering the wood tent frame - a material he subsequently said was animal skins or similar to that in color. We just STFU when he’d go on one of these jags, and take in the really bizarre - but always completely credible - details he’d offer up. He also remembered his father going to hunt, but said he didn’t know what that involved or where he went - just that he did it a lot.

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      For years Alex Jones has smeared, slandered and libeled countless numbers of people premised upon far less than his own “connection” to this terrorist. And making that irrefutable fact all the more repugnant and disgusting, Jones has done it not out of misguided patriotism, or with noble intent, but in pursuit of cash money from fools, dupes and suckers just like Tsarnaev. Alas, unlike the vast majority of his victims over the years, Jones at least has the means to rebut the implications about him, and most of those noting the irony actually exert the effort to contact him and ask for his comments, and include those in their reports.

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      The still-anonymous parent who read that obituary and then filed the complaint is for me the ideal example of the “good Christian” throughout the ages. They cavalierly toss about half of what are supposed to be the teachings of Jesus out the window in order to punish those who they perceive to fall short in respecting Jesus. For the rational and intelligent, that there is no life after death, and the absence of a perpetual “Candyland,” is the frustrating but immutable truth. For Christians like this one parent, that unhappy reality is still much better than they deserve for what they’ve done to others throughout their lifetimes in the name of their church. After all, they’ll never have that moment of recognizing they were wrong all along.

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      With these nutjobs, I’ve actually come to get my giggles from the poor saps trying earnestly and passionately to talk sense into them. Folks simply don’t understand that, among the fans of Alex Jones and their ilk, the fact that you want to argue that people really were killed, that injuries were sustained, is in itself PROOF of the conspiracy! That people keep dismissing them PROVES there’s a cover-up! As for Jones, however, I suspect he doesn’t believe even 50% of the garbage he spreads. He simply knows doing so is going to continue to make him money. It’s that, or back to Mom’s basement for him.

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      Since his first days on radio, then on television, and now with his ignominious internet show, the same skeazy sponsor has been with Beck, selling grossly over-valued gold coins to the suckers lured in and scared peeless by Glenn. In recent months the value has dropped even further, as have sales, and so Glenn has had to wind up his fear machine again. Just as he has with other acts of terror and even natural destruction, Beck will serve his sponsors by spinning a renewed, reinvigorated tale of fear and imminent collapse. The man has been, is and will remain, scum.

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      Hilarious that Boehner would claim Young’s slur was “Beneath the office he holds.” Rightwing members of Congress routinely spout moronic comments every bit as ignorant and offensive virtually every day! Listen to Louie Gohmert for a few minutes. James Inhofe lets loose with dumber than this before finishing his morning coffee. And Bachmann, King and so many others - if only they could even ASPIRE to the lofty heights of intellect the bonehead Young has exhibited. And then, of course, there’s the Boehner himself…

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      Less than 5% of the average calls a large-city professional fire fighter responds to has ANYTHING to do with a fire of any sort, and the vast majority of that 5% are made up of trash fires, car fires, abandoned sheds/garages and the like. The overwhelming majority of a fire fighter’s calls are for medical “emergencies,” and motor vehicle accidents. The average US fire fighter can easily go a year or two without ever responding to an actual fire in an occupied (as in not abandoned) structure. But most do enjoy phenomenal pay checks, especially with virtually guaranteed over-time, recliners in the station house from which to play top-of-the-line gaming systems, purchasing red 4x4s, and owning lots of PWC and boats. They also have ample time for maintaining physical fitness - and are routinely supplied equipment in the firehouse to do so - and to fully detail their personal vehicles while at work.  In many states firefighters can retire at 53-55 to excellent pensions, at which time many expand their already well-established second careers.

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      We learned she has the most-effective and hardest-working publicity crew in the history of the industry. At the same time, we’ve learned that, as attractive as she undeniably is, even the astounding amount of PR has not been enough to convince the world - or even the U.S. - to embrace her like a super model, a starlet, or even to the extent of our average reality TV star. Her latest shots are little different from her first, she’s largely still limited to bouncing bikini shots, and no facet of her personality or abilities has captured even scant attention. She’s wonderful to look at for a moment, but it would be a challenge to find anyone more devoid of personality or saleability. It’s actually amazing how little interest she inspires in anything, whether commercial, intellectual or ephemeral.

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      OK, it was with the President, and he was busy when it first came around. Now, can she PLEASE not do this anymore? Ok, maybe for a “Remember these Olympic Stars of 25 Years Ago?” But otherwise, I’d sure be happy if this expression, and anything that references “Gangham Style,” and any mention of “Call Me maybe” could now disappear into a bottomless abyss. Just tie them all to the Kardashians, and toss ‘em over.

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      I get a big kick out of ALand’s popular, but nonetheless grossly inaccurate, false equivalency. Yes, there are nasty, putrid posts from liberals that wish people ill and employ racial, religious and misogynistic slurs. But to remark that, for example, “Sarah Palin is a moron” is not one of these, no more than asserting that “President Obama is an idiot” is a racial slur. There is, however, ample, independent recorded evidence indicating Palin is a few bricks short of a load, and so far as Obama goes - well, there’s that gaffe where he mentioned “57 States.” But even THAT is a distraction from the point. One can go to any middle of the road news site - let’s say Google, or Yahoo. (That is, each has roughly the same number of those charging that the site is “OBVIOUSLY” a puppet of one political extreme, as there are those alleging the same site - often the same story, “PROVES” it is a tool of the other political extreme.) Often the major newspaper sites are good territory, too. (Point being, this comparison will NOT work on the comment page for Glenn Beck’s “Blaze” or MSNBC’s blog posts. The audiences are too skewed.) Now, perusing the comments on that site, count the number of racial slurs, violent threats, and calls for violence against subjects of those stories. Without fail - it’s been shown over and again - the OVERWHELMING number of those are directed at “liberals,” “Democrats” and/or “progressives.” There is easily a 10 to 1 advantage by those self-identifying themselves as conservative, Republican and/or “religious” who call for the hanging, burning, shooting and so much more of the targets of their rage. They also employ terms commonly regarded as epithets (slurs), or turns on epithets or racial stereotypes, running the gamut from “mammy,” to “jokes” about watermelon. This isn’t speculation. It has been researched in-depth, and the difference is so clear it’s obvious to even the amateur who cares to check for themselves. Absolutely - remarks that Herman Caine is a clod who was never able to articulate a competent and viable economic plan will be easy to find. There’s no shortage of assertions that Rick Santorum hopes to impose his religious beliefs on the nation under federal law. But it’s far and away the Right that has a near exclusive on winners like, “The N-word cheated his way into office, and now he’s gotta die.” It’s the right that wants to “Shove something up” House Minority Speaker Pelosi. It’s the right that wants to “teach Barney Faggot a lesson with a baseball bat.” The contest isn’t even close. Your argument wouldn’t be helped even if it WASN’T true that Palin is an uninformed, pandering and opportunistic liar.

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      An unfortunate truth is that, without publishing examples such as these, there are MANY in this country who insist this kind of hatred is gone, or at least that it plays very little role in political discourse today. WRONG. True enough, only a tiny percentage put their names alongside such trash. But this is exactly the crowd Pat Buchanan, Glen Beck, much of FOX News and much of the Romney campaign have been appealing to for a long time. They just use “safer” words that give them some hope for deniability, like ‘foodstamps” and “welfare” and “47 percent.” Ironically, and though the bigots are too ignorant to know or accept the truth, use of foodstamps, government benefits are highest in red states, and include more whites than any other ethnicity, just as those same red states have the highest teen birth rates and lowest ratings in education. Those aren’t coincidences. Ann Romney may be shocked at the language, given her concern for appearances and all. But there’s no question she shares the sentiments.

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      Rudy Giuliani speaking of Mitt Romney, Dec. 15, 2011: “I ran against him in ’07, ’08. I have never seen a guy – and I’ve run in a lot of elections, supported a lot of people, opposed them – never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime. Everything.” Giuliani lists: abortion, gun control, cap and trade, the health care mandate. “He was pro-mandate for the whole country. Then he becomes anti-mandate and takes that page out of his book and republishes the book. I can go on and on. I mean, this is a total switch.” “Now what will Barack Obama do to that? What Barack Obama will do to that is: ‘This is a man without a core. This is a man without substance. This is a man who will say anything to become president of the United States. I think that is a great vulnerability.”

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