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And in typical New Left Media fashion, awesomeness ensues.

I’m not exactly sure when I first remember hearing about this whack job, but it was within the span of a few years ago. The first thing I remember hearing about this guy is that he tried to claim bankruptcy, didn’t file his tax returns properly, and stated that his motivation for claiming that he wasn’t a United States Citizen and had no income or possessions was because everything he owned belonged to God.

That’s a little glimpse of the mental capacity of the man in the title.

Typically (sadly) this wouldn’t strike me as anything more crazy than I’d hear on an average day on the news. However, what captured my attention and I found particularly agitating was the fact that this man had his PhD. “Why does this bother you so?” you might ask. Well, it’s because someday I’d like to have my PhD (or at least my EdD), and this ass-clown is really devaluing the worth of a doctorate.

I’m sure by now you’re wondering how this one person could single-handedly destroy the value of the most prestigious academic achievement mankind has to offer. In order to better understand this, let’s dig a little bit deeper into the life of this big, dumb man-child and see what comes about. **Brace yourselves for large bouts of laughter, followed by immediate feelings of nausea and remorse, please.**

“Dr.” Kent Hovind completed his bachelor of religious education degree at Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan in 1974. He was awarded his Master’s degree in 1988 from Patriot University in Colorado Springs. By 1989 he founded the Creation Science Evangelism Ministry and by 1991 had earned a “doctorate” in Christian Education from Patriot University as well. Now the problem with all of these degrees that Kent was earning was that Patriot University was (and is still) a non-accredited university (accreditation is an award given to universities that prove the quality of their education through all kinds of different, rigorous measures. My alma mater is NCATE accredited, for example). It may be misleading if you go to their website, however, because they claim that they’re accredited, just not by the ‘government.’  It’s accredited by God.  Unfortunately for the graduates from Hillbilly U., God’s signature of accreditation is worth about as much as accreditation from Santa Claus.

Now, onto some other points of interest in Hovi’s life. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to his academic credentials in a hot minute.

For now though, let’s move onto another facet. A little place I like to call…

Dinosaurs! Adventures! All in the comfort of this creepy guy’s backyard!

Kent is also the creator of Dinosaur Adventure Land (DAL), a theme park based on creationism located behind his house in Pensacola, Florida. Yes, he’s serious. Read a little bit about Dinosaur Adventure Land here and try not to pee your pants as you giggle. Learn about dinosaurs, principles of science, and even how to make a paper airplane that can fly over 300 feet! Wow! I’m really excited about the paper airplane! I hope the Tyrannosaurus Rex teaches me how to make it! How this swindler made enough money to build a theme park in his backyard is well beyond me. Parents, this is precisely why you don’t tell your kids growing up that they can do anything. Because some of them may actually try.  And then be successful.

If you’ve already booked your flight to Florida to visit Dinosaur Adventure Land, however, you may want to check and see if you can get some vouchers for those tickets; DAL is closed indefinitely due to Kent’s federal tax evasion charges. Oh, and also because he didn’t obtain a building permit from the city of Pensacola before he built an amusement park in his backyard. There were 58 tax-related charges levied against him before he decided that he needed to try and save DAL for the children by deeding his theme park to his brother, Eric Hovind, and his equally zany partner in crime, Glen Stoll. Unfortunately, that’s illegal and is considered tax evasion. You don’t get points for trying and all you probably did was piss the federal government off more. They just want to seize your assets, Kent. And The Man gets what The Man wants.  Unlike your god.

“Ahh, first ones here! And you know why? ‘Cause we’re the Griswalds!”

Now, all of this wackiness isn’t really even what irks me the most about the guy; the federal charges, using God as an excuse as to why he didn’t file his taxes, the zany theme park he built for himself in his backyard (that does kind of bug me, actually. What a waste of money). What does bother me, however, is that this man refers to himself as “Dr. Hovind”, or, on his crazy-ass website, as “Dr. Dino”.  I’d like to preface what I’m about to show you with just how hard earning a PhD should be.

In a nutshell, on top of the coursework required by the university you attend, in order to obtain a PhD you have to create an original piece of academic research. Along the way you submit pieces of this research to publications so that, basically, everyone can bash it and you can see how well it holds up to the criticism of other professionals in the field. The peer review process is absolutely brutal, but necessary, to ensure the legitimacy of the research. After years of research, writing, rewriting, repeating, you submit your final thesis to be reviewed by a counsel that determines whether its an original, acceptable body of research or not.

I’ve seen this process bring some of the smartest, motivated people I’ve ever met to their metaphorical knees. But in the end, the collection of work submitted is (or should be) immense, compelling, and influential.

My interest was piqued about this crazy bastard and what kind of crazy, genius sociopath he was.  I had built him up to ‘Brain’ status from the Warner Bros. ‘Animaniacs’.  Simply diabolical.  How else could he get away with the shit that he got away with for so long?

I had built Kent Hovind up to this status in my head.

After reading his dissertation, I will tell you how:

People are dumb.

I tried to read Hovind’s work, but it’s like a dammed Shakespearean tragedy.  I laughed.  I cried.  Eventually I just wanted to give up and read the cliff notes.  If you’d like, you can check out his dissertation right here.

If you’re not feeling overly ambitious about reading some terribly written bullshit, let me give you the abridged version.  “Dr.” Hovind’s doctoral dissertation begins as follows:

Hello, my name is Kent Hovind. I am a creation/science evangelist. I live in Pensacola, Florida. I have been a high school science teacher since 1976.

Holy shit.  I feel like he just introduced himself at a speed dating convention.  After suffering through minutes of that man’s work, I value his doctoral status less than Dr. Seuss, Dr. Dre, and Dr. Pepper. All of whom I think are more qualified to lecture to anyone about anything more than Kent Hovind. At least Doctors Seuss and Dre are fun to listen to. Hovind writes like a dammed fourth grader.

Another favorite:

I will be quick to point out that “there is nothing new under the sun” Most of my ideas are the result of the input of hundreds of Godly men and women through the years.

God dammit.  I may wretch on myself.

I’m glad you’re admittedly writing your dissertation about nothing new.  That should really help advance the field of whatever the hell it is you’re rambling on about for pages and pages and pages.

Hovind is a charlatan of the worst caliber.  A stupid one.  A man trying to sell ketchup popsicles to as many ladies wearing white gloves as he can.  And then he has a stash of white gloves waiting in the wings.  And the ladies can see them.  But they still buy the popsicles anyways.  I would probably be a little less frightened if I thought this lunatic didn’t actually believe in the shit that he does, but I have a sneaky suspicion that he thinks the Earth is only 4,000 years old and that Jesus rode on dinosaurs while he was helping the blind to see again.

Yep.  He’s definitely one of those guys.  One of my favorite parts in that video has to be when he references a leviathan.

“Now what on earth is a leviathan?” he asks.

Hopefully you’re not wondering the same thing, because he answers his own question by saying, “I think leviathan is probably Tyrannosaurus Rex.  I don’t know.  I can’t prove this.  But I’ve read it many times and it seems to fit and it may or may not be right, but I’m preaching tonight so for tonight it’s Tyrannosaurus Rex.”

He does, however, digress into some interesting facts about T-Rexes though.  And I have to admit, they sound pretty awesome.  I hope he can make up some more shit about dinosaurs in the Bible.  In fact, from now on, let’s just call dinosaurs ‘leviathans’ instead!  Then, I’ll go catch a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and sleep with my 75 virgins waiting for me after I save the Easter Bunny from the deadly clutches of Frankenstein’s monster.

Of course I can’t prove any of that is actually possible.

Thanks for diluting the field, Kent.  After listening to his pointless story about how his mom drug him behind their vehicle on his bike using a rope, I guess I kind of get an idea of the gene pool his family swims in.  I hope you enjoy prison, you dick.

I suppose if you made me guess a state that this man would be running for governor of…

Alabama, it’d be awfully embarrassing for this guy to be in charge of a Bojangles, let alone your entire state.  What a jackass.

hack
1. machine politician: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
2. a mediocre and disdained writer
3. an old or over-worked horse

Tony Perkins is a hack. He’s a bigoted, fear-mongering, hateful hack at that. A former Republican Representative from Louisiana with a degree from the Fundamentalist Christian Liberty University and the current president of the poorly named hate-group the Family Research Council, one might expect that when he writes some blubbering nonsense about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” undermining religious liberty, it might be laughable. One might not expect that to be on the front page of CNN though.

Yet, I actually applaud CNN for highlighting this man’s completely illogical and ignorant message in their political opinion column. It only proves to show how absolutely out-of-touch and dangerous organizations such as the Family Research Council really are. If they had an ounce of credibility left – they didn’t – it would be far out the window now.

Just take a look at a few of these man’s excuses for an argument:

Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing more than opening a door that was previously closed. It means much more than that. It would mean simultaneously ushering out the back door anyone who disapproves of homosexual conduct, whether because of legitimate privacy and health concerns or because of moral or religious convictions.

These radical Christians cannot get over their absolute obsession with sex. He argues that if what a soldier does in the privacy of his own bedroom is offensive to people of certain religious convictions, then allowing them to serve in the military would be equivalent to giving the boot to those who find it offensive. Christianity also condemns sex outside of marriage and drinking to excess. Since those Christians who are offended by homosexuality should be equally offended by these practices, then by his logic, anyone who openly gets drunk or has sex with his girlfriend (or multiple girls – you know… there are health concerns, right?) outside of marriage, would also be detrimental to the US military.

He goes on to talk about the liberal “myths” surrounding homosexuality:

This means that all 1.4 million members of the U.S. military will be subject to sensitivity training intended to indoctrinate them into the myths of the homosexual movement: that people are born “gay” and cannot change and that homosexual conduct does no harm to the individual or to society.

I’m not going to even get into the issue of how hard he is trying to manipulate the reader into thinking that Richard Simmons is going to lead soldiers through a full college-length semester course intended to brainwash soldiers – hands on, of course – into being accepting of gays (and, oh no, maybe turning into one – ack!) when that is not the case or even close to being such. And while reading this claim that the military will “indoctrinate” soldiers with the “myths of the homosexual movement” should be enough for me to shrug this entire piece off as irrelevant and delusionally one-sided, the reality is that there are millions of people who are on the same page as this wacko – and that’s both sad and frightening.

To Perkins, it doesn’t matter that people who perpetuate the “myths” of homosexuality have decades of science and studies on their side, whereas his arguments are based on nothing of the sort – only 3,000 year old myths themselves. Even if there were no science or studies on homosexuality, the fact that guys like this are so obsessed with what people do in the bedroom because of some verses they pick and choose in the Bible around other verses that they completely ignore to do “times being different” is beyond laughable. Well, laughable if their bigoted agenda weren’t so serious.

These nutjobs are entitled to believe whatever they choose to believe (remember, these are many of the same folks and organizations who fought tooth and nail to keep schools segregated and interracial marriage illegal), but their complete lack of understanding that their bigoted beliefs cannot be apart of government jobs and public programs can only be called two things: stupidity or delusions. If he were to get what he wants, he would only continue to discriminate against thousands and thousands of good standing American citizens who want nothing more than to serve their country honorably and have the same rights and benefits of every other American.

I’ll leave you with this nonsensical gem that he finishes with that only leaves me baffled as to how this guy can be an educated adult (oh yeah, Liberty University) and former elected politician (oh yeah, Louisiana). I can’t even come up with an appropriate response to his complete misunderstanding of American politics and history:

It was religious liberty that drew the Pilgrims to America and it is religious liberty that leads off our Bill of Rights. But overturning the American military’s centuries-old ban on homosexual conduct, codified in a 1993 law, would mean placing sexual libertinism – a destructive left-wing social dogma found nowhere in the Constitution – above religious liberty, our nation’s first freedom.

You can read the entirety of his nonsense right here.

UPDATE: Nice. CNN has posted a response by Harry Knox, Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program.

In a sad attempt at being relevant to the times, Republicans have created the totally hip website American Speaking Out, with hopes of changing the image of the Republican party from gun-totin’, minority-hatin’, money-grubbin’, irrelevant bigots to a more hip party that anyone can be proud of joining and blogging about on their iPhones. I can see them now, smug smiles on their faces: “Look, we’re now downloaded on the internets!”

And as they want to convince people, they will let the voices on their website shape the political policies that they focus on from here on out (well, you know, if it agrees with what they already believe). From their website:

America deserves a Congress that respects the priorities of the people. Unfortunately, Washington hasn’t been listening. Let’s change that. America Speaking Out is your opportunity to change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a new policy agenda. Republicans have offered solutions, and we have our principles, but this is a new venue for us to listen to you. So Speak Out.

Oh, and spoke out they have. The site contains five clickable categories where anyone can “debate ideas that are posted, offer one of your own, or just look around.” Then people can post responses and vote them either up or down the priority list. Look under all of the lists and most of the top suggestions are more progressive, liberal ideas – and of course, liberals have invaded the site with some hilariously over-the-top conservative ideas, but the frightening part is that sometimes I couldn’t tell whether or not the suggestions were liberal tongue-in-cheek suggestions or teabaggers serious thoughts. Here are just a few popular suggestions:

all leaders should proclaim faith in Jesus Christ. anyone who does not, like muslims and atheists should be removed from office.

I should have the right to name my children using numbers. If I want to name my child l33t, I should be able to name him that.

we need to employ some of those invincible black knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Robots aren’t yet people, but someday they will be. We must plan ahead and grant robots full voting rights, as well as the ability to seek the presidency. We must also make sure they get whatever demand, because a new form of life should be welcomed into the world. Further, they must be allowed to serve in the military. In fact, they should be in charge of the military. WE MUST DRAFT A ROBOT RIGHTS ACT before we need one!

Of course, there are plenty more that are serious. Here are some of the issues that have been voted to the top of each respective category. Take note, GOP.

Each year taxpayers foot the bill for a “war on drugs” that costs tens of billions of dollars, results in hundreds of thousands of arrests, and does absolutely nothing to solve the drug problem in this country. It’s time that we end the ineffective prohibition approach (just like we did with alcohol), and enact a new system of legalized regulation and taxation for drugs like marijuana. In addition to generating fiscal savings and new tax revenue for our economy, legalization will also improve public safety and national security by bankrupting the violent gangs and cartels who control the currently illegal market for drugs.

Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Simple. Let the LGBT community serve in the military.

Government funds should not go towards religious organizations. I don’t want big government getting involved in my religion, and I don’t want money being wasted on something I don’t believe in. End the “christian nation” bull, taxpayer money shouldn’t be wasted on religion (it falls into the category of “wasteful government spending”). So repeal the law about faith based initiatives.

Good for you, Republican party. Good for you. Welcome to 1998.

There are many around the internets who are grumbling about how Laura Bush should have been saying this while her husband was sitting the Oval Office. While I agree that would have been fantastic, it’s not very realistic to think that a significant other would voice his or her opposing political views while their husband or wife was sitting in elected office. I say, hell, it’s better later than never for her to come out and say this – and maybe it will inspire some other significant others to speak out for what they believe it. It’s promising to see that there are some Republicans out there with common sense.

I can only hope that by the time I have grown children, these will be non-issues.

Who is ready for some sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll? Or, well, at least some potential sex in the back of a Ford F-150, Budweiser, and patriotic rock music (shame on me for perpetuating stereotypes)? If this sounds like a good time, be to to clear your calendars for September 11, 2010 and get ready to party down at the “Woodstock” of tea parties.

An event described as the “Woodstock” of tea parties is planned for Sept. 11 at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa in western Iowa.

Craig Halverson of Griswold, who is helping to organize the event, said supporters hope to attract at least 1,000 people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and other states. He said they are inviting prominent conservative speakers and plan to have bands perform patriotic music.

The event will have a “Take back our country” theme, Halverson said.

Yeehaw! This should be a finger-lickin’ good time, even if there is no chance of the Dixie Chicks being invited. Where do I sign up?

Miranda rights
1.
Law . of, pertaining to, or being upheld by the Supreme Court ruling (Miranda v. Arizona, 1966) requiring law-enforcement officers to warn a person who has been taken into custody of his or her rights to remain silent and to have legal counsel.

Let me just say one thing first:

Faisal Shahzad: Worst. Terrorist. Ever.

Now, for those of you who have been following the story, you are aware that Shahzad is a naturalized United States citizen. Born in Pakistan, he moved over here years ago, got married, had some kids, then went on the make the absolute crappiest bomb of all time, which included firecrackers, nonexplosive fertilizer, and a child’s toy clock. Now, despite his Wile E. Coyote idiocy and the amusing nature of his “bomb,” one must not forget the severity of his intentions: he wanted to kill people, he wanted to strike fear in Americans, and he wanted to destroy. And again, it’s easy to chuckle at it all, because he failed so miserably, but this is an issue that must not be taken lightly.

If you want to know anymore about the investigation, you can go to your favorite news website of choice. My purpose is the dissect the comments made by John McCain this morning, who criticized interrogators for giving Shahzad his Miranda rights, calling it “a serious mistake” and that there are “350 different charges he’s guilty off – attempted acts of terror against the united States, attempted murder. I’m sure there’s a significant number to warrant the death penalty.”

Of course, with Shazad being an American citizen, what McCain is saying is nothing short of going against everything that the American criminal justice system stands for – so much so that even Glenn Beck has come to the defense of genuine American rights, saying that it isn’t “the popular answer,” but the right answer.

“He is a citizen of the United States, so I say we uphold the laws and the Constitution on citizens,” Beck said on Fox News’s Fox and Friends about McCain’s comments. “[Shahzad] has all the rights under the Constitution. We don’t shred the Constitution when it’s popular. We do the right thing.”

Wow. I’m left dumbfounded. I find myself in agreement with Glenn Beck. I need a beer. Granted, he rarely agrees with McCain and he may just see it as an opportunity to make a stance, but hey, this is still a rare, rare rational word from the nutjob. As for McCain, it’s frightening to know that he was so close to the presidency, but I can’t say that his comments are surprising. Republicans so often point to the Constitution when making their arguments, yet they only want to use it when it is convenient for them.

You can watch the video over at Huffington Post.

I like how True Slant summed up the situation muchmore eloquently than I ever could, so I will leave you with this:

Everyone ‘gets’ that getting as much information from accused terrorists is important. And the FBI did, in fact, utilize the public safety exception to Miranda to do some preliminary questioning of the alleged bomber, no doubt being careful not to exceed the exception and risk losing the admissibility of Mr. Shahzad’s statements in a court of law.

But both conservatives and progressives alike grasp that there are lines that are not to be crossed if we are to remain the kind of society intended by our Constitution. They also grasp that you cannot swear an oath to defend the Constitution and then turn your back on it when it is convenient – or popular with voters – to do so.

In Miranda v. Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (ironic), the United States Supreme Court ruled that statements made in response to interrogation by a defendant in police custody will be admissible at trial only if the prosecution can show that the defendant was informed of the right to consult with an attorney before and during questioning and of the right against self-incrimination prior to questioning by police, and that the defendant not only understood these rights, but voluntarily waived them.

We can argue over whether or not these protections should be extended to a foreign national who commits a crime or terrorist act on American soil. We can argue over whether the ‘underpants bomber’ should be entitled to these protections when attempting a terrorist crime in U.S.. airspace. These are all credible questions open to debate and, someday, Supreme Court rulings.

But – like it or not – we granted the accused Times Square bomber citizenship. He’s an American. If he is proven guilty, he’s an American we can be ashamed of and one who should suffer the maximum penalty available, but he’s an American just the same.

If Senator McCain doesn’t like law, he can certainly begin the process of amending the law, either via legislation or a constitutional amendment.

Until then, Miranda remains the law of the land and having a United States Senator- who came within a few votes of being President – argue that we should ignore the law, is truly an upsetting spectacle.

Like any patriotic American, we all should want to bring death to all people with opposing political views (aw, hell, and while we’re at it, we might as well call for the death of those with different religious beliefs, favorite sports teams, gingers, and a hipster fashion sense), especially when one cannot even define the term which they throw around to label the opposer.

“Are you a commie? ARE YOU A COMMIE?” asks the passionate Marine veteran in the video below.

“No, no, no,” the man asking the questions replies, probably starting to wonder if the kook he is talking to is about to stab him through the heart with his American flag.

“Then stay alive,” the veteran says coldly, walking away. “Or else you’d be dead.”

You know, this video kind of brings to mind…

A big thank you to our reader Anam for bringing this to our attention. This thought-provoking piece was written by anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise, who has spoke in 48 states and 400 college campuses on the topic of racism and white privilege and recently released a book titled Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama. His other books include White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Speaking Treason. I’ll say no more. Just read it.

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.

Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.

Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.

Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.

Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.

Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.

Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on freerepublic.com last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”

Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.

In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.

And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.

Game Over.

New Left Media continues their journalistic brilliance by asking simple questions and letting those answering crash and burn. It’s so beautifully frightening.

As you can see above (click the photo for a better look), I received a Facebook invite to become a fan of something very interesting today.

Before you go getting all huffy puffy and condemning them for wishing the death of the sitting president though, understand that this fan page is alright, folks, because it’s humor. You know, like satire and shit. The creator of the group even clarified this in a comment, saying: “I just wanted to let some people who were wondering know that we are not really praying for the death of obama it is just some humor to show our disapproval of our current president.”

Because, you know, praying to the Judeo-Christian God for the death of a Constitutionally-elected American President just because you disagree with their political policies (even if you probably can’t define socialism, explain a single one of his policies, or even articulate any sort of counter-argument other than shouting something about big government being bad) is funny and not contradictory to Jesus’s teachings at all. Because it’s humor, people. HUMOR. God has a sense of humor, why don’t we? They’re not really praying for it. Don’t you get it?

Seriously though, on a more important note, how dare the creator of the fan page spell Patrick Swayze’s name wrong. Jackass.

UPDATE (MAY 2, 201): This page now has 1,186,112 fans. Disgusting.

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