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The 1793 “Liberty Cap” large cent

Ms. Annette Lert, a roused reader from the Willamette Valley of far-away and mysterious Oregon writes (names and addresses changed to protect anonymity):

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Glenn Beck, Karl Rove and the Reptile Brain

This is part two of “Sexy Gums and Reptile Brains,” published yesterday … 155 minutes ago. It’s a lot shorter and you really OUGHT to read it first, or this may make significantly less sense to you. Like a good joke, the punchline requires a setup. Otherwise just reciting the punchline, like, say, “That ain’t my finger either” doesn’t really communicate the joke.

ii. Karl Rove, GOP Lizard

He’s basically admitted it. Certainly the missing piece was provided by ex-Bush Campaign Chair, and former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman “coming out” to The Atlantic magazine:

Mehlman’s leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party’s platform (“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…”). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus. He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

Just to make it crystal clear, here, from the [extremely homophobic] Baptist News: Continue reading

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Sexy Gums and Reptile Brains

Welcome to Hate Saturday.

recolored by Hart Williams from a 1925 KKK DC rally.

Beck Rally in Washington D.C. draws thousands

Keith Olbermann beat me to the punch Thursday night.  He stated the thesis that I’d been chewing over for the past couple of weeks. But that’s the way I write: until I have the puzzle pieces, I won’t set it on paper or pixel; as though my subconscious is waiting for some crucial threshold before it will release the “hold” on my essay. Only then can I write.

I don’t argue with it. My inner editor has a long track record of impeccable timing. I was waiting for a missing piece. And then, there it was.

Ironically, it was in the same Olbermann broadcast that the key piece was contained, although the dots were not connected on the broadcast.

Simply put, this grand conflation of Obama=Black Radical=Black Panther=Black Muslim=Muslim=Terrorist=Communist=Socialist, ad nauseum is an intentional tactic, aimed at the reptile brain, which is indisputably coming from the clot around Karl Rove, who is acting as “consultant” to one of the GOP power claques on this election. And his bloody fingerprints are all over it.

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The Primary Story That’ll Get No Coverage

Yesterday was one of the last primary Tuesdays in the 2010 cycle. And, in Alaska, Incumbent GOP Senator Lisa Murkowsky is losing by a slim margin to Joe Miller, supported by the infamous Tea Party Express out of Sal Russo’s political business/shop in Sacramento, California.

Alaska ‘Neath The Smog

But that’s not the juicy story. The juicy story has never gained national traction, although it really ought to. The Juicy Story was the ongoing tale of Ballot Measure 1, the “Anti-Corruption” measure.

It lost by a decisive margin, about 62.5% to 37.5% — which is why it will fade from public consciousness. Did you know, for instance, that earlier in August, the investigating body from the State of Alaska proposed a $339,650 fine on Alaskans for Open Government, the backing organization for Clean Team Alaska who officially sponsored Ballot Measure 1? That that fine was levied because Americans for Limited Government, the organization BACKING that backing organization, refused to reveal who was backing THEM?

That the entire gang who’d put the measure on Alaska’s August primary ballot walked away from over $800,00 spent on the ballot measure, RATHER than reveal who had actually provided that money? Tell me that this story doesn’t deserve wider attention. Continue reading

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The Sunday Funnies

Lot of breaking stories, fulminating. So, here’s the Tuesday funny pages.

Courage.

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Deja Vu And Suchlike

The final portion of the “Who’s Funding Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller” series will wait another nonce. In the meantime, I’ve been  moving furniture all day, so instead, here’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” Part II. All but the last one are from California.

Cedar Pass into “Surprise Valley”

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Yes, We Klan!

It is curious that physical courage should
be so common in the world and moral
courage so rare.
~ Mark Twain

Ku Klux Klan parade, Washington D.C. 1925
It used to seem impossible that this could have happened the
first time. Now it seems entirely possible it could happen again.

Si Si Kleagle.

It is perhaps a defining irony of the moment that as the bigotry, the racism, the sexism, ageism, xenophobia and other hatreds of “the other” have increased exponentially in volume and virulence, those self-same bigots have increasingly given themselves a pass on the issue. Continue reading

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A Guest Frog Blog

Today’s guest blogger is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, a sobriquet from his river boat days, which meant “two fathoms” or deep enough for a paddle-wheeler to navigate the Mississippi. To put this in context, think of the ball as the “red carpet” for the nineteenth century equivalent of the paparazzi: the local newspaper reporter. Continue reading

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The Nattering Nabobs of N-Word-tivity

[Post featured on Crooks and Liars.]

This could just as easily be entitled “Mosque” is the new “N***r.” Or, “Exoneration” does not equal “Hung Jury.” [Note, this was originally entitled "The First Amendment for Bigots" but the current title seems more apropos.]

Dr. Laura in her salad days

The confluence of Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant (but more disturbingly, the clueless, racist underlying comments justifying the use) and the “Ground Zero Mosque,” and the “Blago Skates on 23 Counts” is simply stunning in its stupidity, its cupidity and its ignorance-as-evil. It paints a stunning picture of the grotesqueries of the Ugly American.
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Rubber Baby Buggy Bunglers

Warning: We’re about to drop into a rabbit hole, but there’s no way to tell this story without putting it into proper context, and I can just about guarantee that, with few exceptions, you haven’t ever heard  all of this before.

Middlefield, Ohio Amish buggies

It took me a couple of days to realize WHEN the modern American Christian schism began in earnest. Its traceries reach back to the turn of the Twentieth Century, when the Scofield Reference Bible became a staple reference work for American Protestant ministers and laymen. And before that to the Plymouth Brethren.

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Like Unto Mr. Ed

The Famous Mr. Ed was a talking horse, but he did not sing his theme song:

People yakety yak the street and waste your time of day/
But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

Mr. Ed is at left, in case you were wondering

The next installment in the Foster Friess/Tucker Carlson story is in the works, but not until tomorrow at the earliest.

Courage.

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Foster’s Dominionist Pals

It couldn’t be more timely. Today, we can look at one of the big players in the National Christian Foundation’s largesse pot of cash: The American Family Association. Here are their top “blog” posts today. There is also a video of a man in front of a newsy microphone inveighing against homosexuals who are raising children, etcetera.

  • In Support of Mosques
  • Darwinism and Truth
  • Democrats, Please Follow New York Times’ Advice (by David Limbaugh)
  • The Changing American Family
  • No more mosques, period
  • Why I’m Conservative
  • Judge Walker’s Clinic in the Power of Words To Deceive
  • Computer Hackers and Terrorist Backers
  • Gov. Jan Brewer vs. Chuck Norris
  • Grounds for impeachment: robbing seven million
  • The “In Support of Mosques” post was slapped up AFTER the NO MORE MOSQUES blog posting prima facie because it responds to the amazing anti-One-Billion-Muslims posting that the “Christian” American Family Association has proudly posted. Make no mistake, the “freedom of religion” post holds its nose while attempting to rebut the religious bigot who insists that ALL of Islam is set up to completely, totally DESTROY AMERICA! Continue reading

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    Following Foster’s Buddies’ Money

    NOTE: This is the continuation of a series — asking who’s funding The Daily Caller — and at this point, you’re responsible for catching up.*

    (* listing at the bottom).

    Money talks: from the 2009 Goldwater Institute Annual Report .pdf

    We were talking about Foster Friess (the “eccentric” zillionaire) who ponied up $3 million so that his Jackson Hole neighbor (and former Cheney advisor) Neil Patel and once-more-unemployed media guy Tucker Carlson could start The Daily Caller. How and allegedly WHY Friess funded them (The Washington Post [emphasis added]:

    As for his new partners, Friess says by e-mail: “Tucker and Neil present a huge opportunity to re-introduce civility to our political discourse. They are mature, sensible men who are very thoughtful and experienced with pleasant senses of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. They want to make a contribution to the dialogue that occurs in our country that has become too antagonistic, nasty and hostile. . . .

    Which seems, in light of the recent Daily Caller personal attack on Keith Olbermann and the series of selective “smears” of anyone on the “Journolist,” well, perhaps not entirely genuous. Continue reading

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    It’s Smokey (not “the”) Bear’s 66th Birthday

    According to Wikipedia, Smokey’s debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered his birthday.

    Smokey’s debut – FIRST as a cartoon,
    THEN as a cute actual bear cub fund after a fire in New Mexico

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