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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Stuff I Didn't Get To -- 6/22/09

Buchanan after being hit in the face with a pie by a protester
Pat Buchanan, shown enjoying a pie

-Headline of the day-
"Under Misspelled Banner, Buchanan And White Nationalist Brimelow Argue For English-Only Initiatives."

Under a banner for Pat Buchanan's The American Cause that read, "NATIONAL CONFERENECE: BUILDING THE NEW MAJORITY," Pat Buchanan and downtrodden white guy Peter Brimelow made fun of Sonia Sotomayor for brushing up on her English in college using "children's classics." According to the report, "The panelists also suggested that, without English as the official language, President Obama would force Americans to speak Spanish."

Someone ought to force them to speak English.

Of course, the "children's classics" in question were books like Huckleberry Finn and Pride and Prejudice. Pat likes to pretend they were Pinnochio and Snow White. Those are movies.

But hey, Pat and Pete think that the way to get a Republican majority back is through good ol' fashioned racism. The report tells us, "During one discussion, panelists suggested supporting English-only initiatives as a prime way of attracting 'working class white Democrats.'" Yeehaw! We's takin' 'Merica back from the commies and the terr'ists!

See that's because white voters are such an electoral powerhouse these days. In 1980, Reagan took 55% of the white vote and won in a landslide. In 2000, Bush took 55% of the white vote and stole a squeaker. In 2008, McCain took 57% of white men and 53% of white women and got his ass kicked.

So not only are Pat and Pete the worst people in the world to lecture us on English, but also the worst to lecture us on electoral math.

God damn, but racists are stupid. (Think Progress)

-Bonus HotD-
"CNN's Bennett criticizes Obama for calling Khamenei Iran's 'supreme leader.'"

On CNN's State of the Union this weekend, right wing pretend-expert Bill Bennett -- who CNN apparently pays to be wrong -- took Obama to task for being a secret Muslim terr'ist who's on the side of that Ayatollah guy.

"We should be on the side of freedom, and not on the side of this -- the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], as our president keeps referring to," Bill said.

Of course, the problem here is that the office held by Khamenei is one referred to in Iran's constitution as "Supreme Leader" -- kind of like we've got a Supreme Court. He keeps calling him that because that's Khamenei's job title. In order to call him anything else, you'd have to start making shit up. By Bennett's... Oh, what the hell, let's call it logic, other people who are way too deferential to Iran include John McCain, Richard Lugar, Brent Scowcroft, Bill Kristol, and GWB's entire State Department, all of whom have caved into Islamic terr'ism and called the supreme leader "the supreme leader."

CNN, if you want to pay someone to be wrong on a regular basis, I'm available. I can guarantee that I'll be more entertaining about than Bill. I'll insist that Khamenei's title roughly translates to "Big Poobah of Suck" or "His High and Mighty Buttheadedness" or something. Bennett's not even trying.

Seriously, drop me a line. I'll even underprice him. (Media Matters)

-Extra-bonus HotD-
"Q: Did the Obama auto team tell a Michigan engineer the government should change 'the laws of physics'?"

A: What do you think? Apparently, there are a lot of gullible chumps on the right. (Annenberg FactCheck)

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