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assholeofday:

Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for August 29, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Last month we named Rick Perry Asshole of the Day for sending the National Guard to the border even though it turned out they couldn’t do anything and might not even have their guns loaded. It was all just for show— for Fox News and 2016 GOP primary voters.
But that’s not the whole story. We noted at the time that Gov. Perry had said he wouldn’t pay for it, and expected the federal government to pick up the tab. Now this is rich because the Texas National Guard isn’t actually helping the Border Patrol, so the federal government gets no benefit from the deployment Perry ordered, nor did they ask for his help.
But Perry sent them anyways. And now it turns out the Guardsmen haven’t been paid, and have had to go to the food pantry so they can eat:

A food bank revealed to local TV station KGBT that they’d been inundated with food requests from Guardsmen, who were deployed on August 11 and won’t be paid until September 5. “We were contacted that 50 troops that are in the Valley don’t have any money for food and gas and they need our assistance,” the bank’s director told KGTV.
According to The Wire, it costs about $12 million per month to keep the 1,000 troops at the border “sustained,” and Perry’s refused to use Texas money to pay them, instead calling on the federal government to do so.

So Perry insists the federal government pay for this deployment they didn’t ask for, but he didn’t actually secure that funding prior to deploying them. And who suffers for his lack of planning and pointless deployment? The men and women in the guard who he ordered there. And that is why Rick Perry is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Gov. Perry’s seventh time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
saying his wife never meant to defend women’s right to control their own bodies
claiming his abortion bill is about protecting women’s health, even though it has no provision to save the life of the mother
saying all women should be forced to have babies as teenagers because Wendy Davis did
suggesting that expanding Medicaid will invent people to be sick
refusing to shake Obama’s hand and saying Obama was “in on” the border crisis somehow
sent the National Guard to the border, even though they can’t do anything
Full story: Mediaite.

assholeofday:

Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for August 29, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Last month we named Rick Perry Asshole of the Day for sending the National Guard to the border even though it turned out they couldn’t do anything and might not even have their guns loaded. It was all just for show— for Fox News and 2016 GOP primary voters.

But that’s not the whole story. We noted at the time that Gov. Perry had said he wouldn’t pay for it, and expected the federal government to pick up the tab. Now this is rich because the Texas National Guard isn’t actually helping the Border Patrol, so the federal government gets no benefit from the deployment Perry ordered, nor did they ask for his help.

But Perry sent them anyways. And now it turns out the Guardsmen haven’t been paid, and have had to go to the food pantry so they can eat:

A food bank revealed to local TV station KGBT that they’d been inundated with food requests from Guardsmen, who were deployed on August 11 and won’t be paid until September 5. “We were contacted that 50 troops that are in the Valley don’t have any money for food and gas and they need our assistance,” the bank’s director told KGTV.

According to The Wire, it costs about $12 million per month to keep the 1,000 troops at the border “sustained,” and Perry’s refused to use Texas money to pay them, instead calling on the federal government to do so.

So Perry insists the federal government pay for this deployment they didn’t ask for, but he didn’t actually secure that funding prior to deploying them. And who suffers for his lack of planning and pointless deployment? The men and women in the guard who he ordered there. And that is why Rick Perry is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Gov. Perry’s seventh time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Mediaite.

Well, I could say I called it, but I was expecting the other way around.

Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism!

Rockwell, updated.

Rockwell, updated.

maarnayeri:

Let us be vividly clear about this.

What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.

Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.

The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the merit of black life and the tragedy of black death.

They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.

This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.

This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.

arabellesicardi:

Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. 

Source for Brown, Source for Bundy.

mediamattersforamerica:

Disgusting: Now NRA News is praising the white vigilante patrols that shot black New Orleans flood victims following Hurricane Katrina. 

What really happened:

Facing an influx of refugees, the residents of Algiers Point could have pulled together food, water and medical supplies for the flood victims. Instead, a group of white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about fifteen to thirty residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply “didn’t belong.”

According to The Nation, during this time ”at least eleven people were shot. In each case the targets were African-American men, while the shooters, it appears, were all white.”

Donnell Herrington was one of these victims:

It was September 1, 2005, some three days after Hurricane Katrina crashed into New Orleans, and somebody had just blasted Herrington, who is African-American, with a shotgun. “I just hit the ground. I didn’t even know what happened,” recalls Herrington, a burly 32-year-old with a soft drawl … Herrington says he hadn’t even seen the men or their weapons before the shooting began. As Alexander and Collins fled, Herrington ran in the opposite direction, his hand pressed to the bleeding wound on his throat. Behind him, he says, the gunmen yelled, “Get him! Get that nigger!”

The attack occurred in Algiers Point. The Point, as locals call it, is a neighborhood within a neighborhood, a small cluster of ornate, immaculately maintained 150-year-old houses within the larger Algiers district. A nationally recognized historic area, Algiers Point is largely white, while the rest of Algiers is predominantly black. It’s a “white enclave” whose residents have “a kind of siege mentality,” says Tulane University historian Lance Hill, noting that some white New Orleanians “think of themselves as an oppressed minority.”