Scenes from Post-Racial America

Time to move the Ni-CLANG clock one minute closer to midnight:

John Hood, president of the conservative North Carolina-based John Locke Foundation, has apologized for a very special graphic that one of his bloggers, “Hot Talk WRNN co-host Tara Servatius,” included in her post for the think tank’s blog this week. What is the controversy? All it did was show “President Obama in chains and drag with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.” What is the controversy? Everyone loves Kentucky Fried Chicken! And look, Tara Servatius says she “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.” She’s a fun one.

It’s really just absolutely killing them that Obama is black. They’ve all completely lost their minds in incoherent rage, and they are so filled with repressed hostility that every now and then they lose track of the plot and something like this slips out.

And how is it even remotely possible that you wouldn’t think of the racial implications of Obama in chains and drag with a bucket of fried chicken between his legs? How?

134 replies
  1. 1
    Capri says:

    She was thinking of that OTHER stereotype involving chains and fried chicken when she sent it.

  2. 2
    merrinc says:

    Tara Servatius is a Maureen Dowd/Ann Coulter wannabe. She used to write for one of the local independents and her speciality was pissing off as many people as possible as often as she could. Fuck her sideways.

  3. 3
    eemom says:

    omg Cole, that is horrible. Can’t you remove it and substitute a link?

  4. 4
    MikeTheZ says:

    Because, clearly, he’s not in chains eating fried chicken because he’s black, it’s because he’s not Galtian enough.

  5. 5
    Baud says:

    It’s really just absolutely killing them that Obama is black.

    What’s really killing them is that he’s so much better than his white predecessor.

  6. 6
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Baud:

    What’s really killing them is that he’s so much better than his white predecessor.

    As in infinitely better than the vile war criminal deserting coward.

  7. 7
    John Cole says:

    @eemom:

    omg Cole, that is horrible. Can’t you remove it and substitute a link?

    Hells no. People NEED to see this stuff. People NEED to see what they really think and who they really are.

  8. 8
    Fwiffo says:

    So, now it’s two wet-suits, a dildo, chains and a bucket of the Colonel’s original?

  9. 9
    cathyx says:

    I will never understand such hate of a person you don’t personally know.

  10. 10
    scav says:

    Interesting moral majority we’ve got agitating for religious freedom and against the dangers of porn and unsanctified sluts too.

  11. 11
    JPL says:

    @eemom: I read the article but did not bother to link to the picture. It’s awful but it’s probably important to see what others call as non-racist.

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    Ash Can says:

    And how is it even remotely possible that you wouldn’t think of the racial implications of Obama in chains and drag with a bucket of fried chicken between his legs?

    I’d say she knew perfectly damned well it was racist, posted it for that exact reason, and isn’t bright enough to manufacture a less lame excuse.

  13. 13
    Cat Lady says:

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The green sequined drag outfit also makes no fucking sense – is it a St. Patrick’s day outfit? Is that their version of fucking the chicken? They’ve lost the plot, the setting, the characters and the reality in which anything in that image makes any sense at all if you’re not a certifiable nutjob. Conservatives all belong in a locked ward.

  14. 14
    satby says:

    @John Cole: Yes we do need to see this, because otherwise we really underestimate the vileness of these people.

  15. 15
    Scamp Dog says:

    The bucket of chicken does have a racial component to it, but where in the heck did the sparkly green drag getup come from? That’s just plain weird. The again, this is just another example of WTF conservative “humor”.

  16. 16
    chopper says:

    “sorry, i don’t see race. i’m ‘color blind’. at least when it comes to the n*****s.”

  17. 17
    Rhoda says:

    I hope democrats nominate a woman in ’16 and she chooses a black vice president: say Clinton & Patrick. Just to see these motherfuckers heads explode when the transfer of power happens in ’17.

  18. 18
    chopper says:

    @Fwiffo:

    add ‘a pint of dippin’ gravy’ and you’re describing a pretty fuckin’ good time.

  19. 19

    It’s really just absolutely killing them that Obama is black. They’ve all completely lost their minds in incoherent rage, and they are so filled with repressed hostility that every now and then they lose track of the plot and something like this slips out.

    It’s a horrifyingly beautiful thing to watch the mask finally slip off these clowns.

    It will be even better when we make them pay severely at the polls in November.

  20. 20
    HelpThe99ers says:

    That clock’s already at 11:59:59.9 – it moved there when this bumper sticker came out.

    Of course, this from the sticker’s creator:

    Smith is from Hinesville, Georgia and claims that she is not racist, and spends plenty of quality time with African-Americans on a daily basis.

  21. 21
    LanceThruster says:

    At least when Stehen Colbert claims not to “see color”, it’s with the high wit that makes it so damn funny.

    Stephen: Now, I don’t see color. People tell me I’m white and I believe them because police officers call me “sir”.

  22. 22
    wrb says:

    Her topic was marriage among The Gays.

    Santorum Knows that marriage among The Gays will lead
    other people to have sex with animals while dressed in chains and drag.

    Imagining sex with dismembered and deep-fried animals is just the next step for a girl with a healthy imagination.

    Stop reading race into everything.

  23. 23
    taylormattd says:

    The real question to me is how a recent former republican such as John can see this so clearly when a cadre of the alleged “progressives” at Daily Kos fly into a “reverse racism” tizzy whenever Tim Wise writes a diary about white privilege.

  24. 24
    Emma says:

    It’s not only that he’s black. He’s by definition, the MOST SUCCESSFUL black man in the world. Its one thing to have a black man as the Archbishop of Canterbury, or a famous civil rights leader in South Africa; that just means the sushulist yurpeans don’t have any racial pride, and you know, well, Africa, enough said.

    But Barack Obama is the absolute epitome of everything that they fear and hate. An African-AMERICAN who is better than they are.

  25. 25
    Delia says:

    @LanceThruster:

    At least when Stehen Colbert claims not to “see color”, it’s with the high wit that makes it so damn funny.

    Well, now we see why he keeps saying it. There are all these disgusting types out there trying to justify themselves with the same line.

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    PeakVT says:

    Chains and a bucket of fried chicken AND drag? That doesn’t make any sense, not that it matters for the target audience.

    ETA: I see others also find the combination weird.

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    JGabriel says:

    @Cat Lady:

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The green sequined drag outfit also makes no fucking sense – is it a St. Patrick’s day outfit? Is that their version of fucking the chicken?

    Yeah, I don’t get the racial implications of the drag outfit either. Fried chicken and chains are obvious racist cliches, but what’s the drag thing about?

    I think maybe it’s supposed to indicate some sort of anti-woman or anti-gay motif, but it mixes one too many bigot tropes (race, sex, and gender preference) and turns the whole thing into some sort of nonsensical and undifferentiated hate stew — like a Tristan Tzara alphabet soup of hate.

    .

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    mk3872 says:

    And we’ll get to read and hear more stories from the likes of Gallup or NBC how Obama is the “most polarizing” president ever.

    Because clearly the hatred and anger toward Obama is Obama’s fault.

    After all, he made the choice to be 1/2 black, right?

  29. 29
    kindness says:

    Maybe, just maybe ALL right wingers like to dress in double wet suits with a large black dildo stuffed up their ass.

    Maybe? We’ve seen it with one of jerry Falwell’s finest. Maybe it’s the case with the rest.

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    Mike S says:

    “PS: At the time, I was searching for a picture of the president in drag to illustrate his southern political strategy of courting young voters, 70 percent of whom support gay marriage. It was one of the first photos to come up on Google Images.

    Just googled President in drag:

    Don’t see the picture

    Obama in drag:

    nope

    President Obama in drag:

    2 million results and it’s not in the first hundred.

    Why do people lie when they know it’s easy to catch them?

  31. 31
    scav says:

    OK, now I’m getting a mental video of the most hyperbolic fetish-themed gay wedding with a KFC reception afterwards.

    ETA: And yes, I’m doing a Where’s Waldo for SP&T in the background or dance floor.

  32. 32
    Liberty60 says:

    The story here isn’t about the fried chicken sterotype; its about the rightwing’s desperate need to emasculate and belittle the man who has humiliated and wiped the floor with his opposition- the projection of sexual perversion on a man who by all accounts is a faithful husband and father.

    This isn’t the thing a campaign would send out when it is confident and self-assured; Thats when they reach across the aisle in magnanimity.

    This is what they send out in the last desperate hours to cheer up the panicky troops.

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    DFH no.6 says:

    Same as their blatantly-obvious war on women – when called on it conservatives are just too chickenshit to own their racism.

    It’s what they believe, it’s who they are, it’s how they roll.

    But there’s just enough (barely) self-awareness to realize how slimy their fascist ways can look in the light of day, so they back-pedal, deny, and even project (liberals are the real racists!) like motherfuckers.

    Fascists (very much including our own pissant trolls like Veritas) are the enemy of humankind. Period fucking exclamation point.

  34. 34
    Liberty60 says:

    @Emma:

    But Barack Obama is the absolute epitome of everything that they fear and hate. An African-AMERICAN who is better than they are.

    Much better said.

  35. 35
    Anoniminous says:

    John Locke made a ton of money off the Slave Trade, so a bunch of KKK sheet-wearing racist crackers calling themselves the “John Locke Foundation” is historically accurate.

  36. 36
    Cat Lady says:

    @JGabriel:

    It’s a dispatch from inside the conservative bubble, where the approaching wingularity has made the common language we once shared with our fellow citizens break down. We don’t speak wingnut.

  37. 37
    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Tara Servatius says she “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.”

    Riiiiiiiiiight.

  38. 38
    Lex says:

    Servatius was a radio talk-show host on WBT in my hometown until they unceremoniously canned her last year, apparently for saying shit even Limbaugh wouldn’t say.

    The sad but unsurprising part is that in comments to news articles regarding both that firing and this latest one, lots of people salute her bigotry as “investigative reporting” and “brave.”

    Yuh-huh. Because it takes big, brass balls to bash minorities. Jesus wept.

  39. 39
    wrb says:

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity:

    Riiiiiiiiiight.

    By choosing Obama to illustrate her point about what thinking about gay things will do to normal people she Complimented him, see?

    She’s saying, “Look what thinking about gay things did to even that paragon, our President Obama.”

  40. 40
    El Cid says:

    Here she is addressing the “League of the South,” so, how could she be racist when addressing a group of Southern whites merely intent on honoring the noble goals of the Confederacy to defend States’ Rights? How could a bunch of good white Confederate Patriots be seen as racist?

    When did it become racist to organize to support having the South secede again from the Union so as to defend European-American white heritage? Huh? Since when is that considered racist?

    When have you ever known white Southern Confederates to say or do racially suggestive or insensitive things about black people.

  41. 41
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Rhoda:

    I hope democrats nominate a woman in ‘16 and she chooses a black vice president: say Clinton & Patrick. Just to see these motherfuckers heads explode when the transfer of power happens in ‘17.

    The funny part is, the Right has invested so much effort at flinging every conceivable scrap of mud at a person who is probably the most inoffensive president we’ve had since Ike, and particularly with the charges of Mooslim! Soshulist!, that at this point the Dems could probably nominate an actual Muslim, and advocate for actual old school the-workers-control-the-means-of-production soshulism, and nobody would be able to tell the difference.

  42. 42
    El Cid says:

    Here she is helpfully pointing out Obama’s constant aiding of Al Qa’ida.

    Which brings us back to bin Laden. His assassination is the one fact that doesn’t seem to fit Obama’s otherwise perfect pattern of aiding jihadist thugs in the overthrow of relatively stable countries. That’s because taking out bin Laden wasn’t about hurting al-Qaeda. It was about helping Obama get reelected. So far though, al-Qaeda seems to have come out way ahead in the deal.

  43. 43
    LanceThruster says:

    @Delia:

    Very true. They’re the ones who do not realize the extent of the send up. When I saw his smack down of Shrubya at the White House Correspondents Dinner, I felt he deserved a place on Rushmore (Colbert, not Shrub).

    see: http://politicalhumor.about.co.....rtbush.htm

  44. 44
    Cat Lady says:

    @El Cid:

    OK, I call spoof. Has anyone seen DougJ and this Tara person in the same place?

  45. 45

    Warning sci-fi reference:

    To me the ultra-right wing whites know they are dying out and losing in the polls. They are now flailing at life and gasping for breath.

    When I think of these types of people, I think of the Pris death scene in Blade Runner where the Daryl Hannah character is kicking, screaming and flailing her arms as she dies.

    It’s only going to get worse.

  46. 46
    El Cid says:

    @LanceThruster: I am not exaggerating when I place that performance among the most world-historic incidents of public political satire ever.

  47. 47
    pragmatism says:

    it sure was effective to call dirty hippies (for purposes of this conversation, anyone who dared criticize bush the younger) TRAITORS!
    i know it won’t work against the racist wingers but sometimes i’d like to see it tried for funzos.

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    El Cid says:

    @Cat Lady: I simply place it beyond Servatius’ skills to invent a DougJ character, and unfortunately Servatius has been around far too long to be a mere blog character.

  49. 49

    Well, to tell the truth, my first reaction was to try to imagine Bill Clinton in that getup, with accessory box of chicken. But Bill might enjoy it all and just might take publication of his picture like that as an invitation.

    And my second reaction was towards those boots. Hate them! They are so ugly!

    What I don’t know is what Obama would think of this. Would he be hurt? Would he think it was funny?

    How would I like my mug spread across the internet in that getup? Well, aside from the fact that I look like Jabba the Hutt, I might give the enterprise my blessing, EXCEPT FOR THE FREAKING BOOTS!

    And yes, I understand that the motives of the perp were likely rooted in both racism and sadism and not in playful sexiness.

  50. 50
    DFH no.6 says:

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity:

    You know, I think about this a lot – just who, exactly, do these assholes think they are fooling with their such-obviously-bullshit denials?

    I mean, their fellow-fascists certainly get it (being the intended audience and all) and we’re not buffaloed by any “who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” nonsense.

    So who do they think is actually buying their bullshit?

  51. 51
    Murakami says:

    I would imagine Obama has a very thick skin at this point. He’s the sort of person who would be very zen about it and would directly interact with the people insulting him if it would accomplish his political goals. This is one way he’s very similar to Abe Lincoln, who also was the butt of some very crude jokes and he seemed to always just shrug them off.

  52. 52
    gaz says:

    If they weren’t such cowards, they’d just scream N—-r!

    It’s like they are all on a scavenger hunt for horrible personality traits and character defects. Collect them all!

  53. 53
    El Cid says:

    @DFH no.6: The people they shout at are really stupid as well as totally obedient ‘insiders’, and they believe that everyone else must be as well, and that that vast swath of the population they think of as ‘liberal’ must be the mindless bulk they imagine them to be.

  54. 54
    Tone In DC says:

    @El Cid:

    WTF??????

    Does logic (or even common sense) exist in Outer Wingnuttia?

    And, yeah… that was rhetorical.

  55. 55
    John O says:

    Time to move the Ni-CLANG clock one minute closer to midnight

    Really priceless, John.

  56. 56
    Cat Lady says:

    @El Cid:

    How is it possible for anyone to take what she says seriously? She’s the very embodiment of a head scratching joke with that post – in what possible way and in what dimension could al-Quaeda come out ahead after killing Osama bin Laden? She’s a stone cold whackadoodle, or running a long time spoof.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Is this the filename for the picture you uploaded the one Tara used in the email? If so, what the fuck.

  58. 58
    SierraFrank says:

    She said this was one of the first images she found in a Google Images search. She should have scrolled down to see this

  59. 59
    Joel says:

    Tara Servatius says she “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.”

    The implication here is that calling him a “faggot” is okay.

  60. 60
    Gex says:

    The right wing bases a lot of their behaviors on the premise that we can’t ever really know anything to be true, so all they need to do is to avoid confessing and apologizing and just deny, deny, deny. Can’t prove it anyway, reasonable doubt and whatnot.

  61. 61
    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    So who do they think is actually buying their bullshit?

    @DFH no.6: Nobody. They know it, they don’t care. Plausible deniability is all they’re after.

    I look at it as a dare to call them liars, that being one of the few really serious insults left to our shameless culture.

  62. 62
    pragmatism says:

    @Gex:

    The right wing bases a lot of their behaviors on the premise that we can’t ever really know anything to be true, so all they need to do is to avoid confessing and apologizing and just deny, deny, deny. Can’t prove it anyway, reasonable doubt and whatnot.

    that is a shorter mcmegan post.

  63. 63

    Uh, didn’t you read what she said? She said she “…didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.” So that settles it. Clearly we’re the racists here for playing the race card when she never meant it that way. I’m ashamed to be a liberal racist. I hope you are, too.

  64. 64
    JeffH says:

    John Locke made a ton of money off the Slave Trade, so a bunch of KKK sheet-wearing racist crackers calling themselves the “John Locke Foundation” is historically accurate.

    With a president named Hood to boot…

  65. 65

    Well…
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    Fuck…
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    If I had someplace else to go – I think I would. Or… maybe not, but shit.

  66. 66
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    I hope somebody somewhere is collecting all this racist crap so later we can put it in a museum. Our great grand-children will never believe this shit ever happened if they don’t see it with their own eyes. And even then they won’t really believe it, but at least we tried.

  67. 67
    slightly-peeved says:

    The kfc reference is quite specific to US culture; there was a fuss a couple of years ago where kfc did an ad for the cricket where an Australian fan, feeling uncomfortable surrounded by West Indian fans, offered them some kfc to break the ice. Perfectly innocuous here, but when Americans saw an ad where an uncomfortable white man offers a group of blah people fried chicken?

    That being said, the chains? Everyone on the planet, even those people who make chinese clothing sites, should know what the chains signify.

  68. 68
    Brachiator says:

    And look, Tara Servatius says she “didn’t think about the racial implications of the picture when I posted it. I simply don’t think in those terms.”

    Because racism is as natural to these people as breathing.

    @gaz:

    If they weren’t such cowards, they’d just scream N——r!

    No, this is a fetish of some liberals and Balloon Juicers who don’t think it’s really and definitely racims unless it’s accompanied by a racial epithet.

    So despite all the hateful shit spewed by these goons, do you really think it needs the N word to “prove” anything?

  69. 69
    Cat Lady says:

    @slightly-peeved:

    OK, but what about the green sequined body suit and platforms? It’s just so fucking weird.

  70. 70
    gogol's wife says:

    @El Cid:

    I heartily agree.

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    honus says:

    @Lex: WBT is in Charlotte, right? Used to be a great station, at least at night when I used to get it. I loved Rockin’ Ray’s show on Sunday night, when he played soul and beach music and told stories about The Drifters. What a shame it’s become a hate-talk radio 24-7 station. The same thing happened to my beloved WWVA.

  72. 72
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Well, when he wins again in November, their collective racist heads can explode. These racist pictures just show the conservatives for what they are.

  73. 73
    replicnt6 says:

    @DFH no.6:

    So who do they think is actually buying their bullshit?

    The press. Not exactly buying, but they’re not going come out and say, “Servatius denies any racist intent for posting what is obviously a racist picture.” They have to say, “Some feel the picture was racist. Servatius denies any racist intent.”

    If she admitted what is obvious, then they’re be no she-said to counter the he-said.

  74. 74
    Joel says:

    @Cat Lady: See my comment, above.

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    Catsy says:

    @JGabriel:

    I don’t get the racial implications of the drag outfit either.

    There aren’t any. The drag outfit is intended to emasculate and demean Obama. To them, looking “gay” or being caught wearing women’s clothing is just about the worst thing in the world. Remember, these are the same kind of people who think calling someone “gay” is a slur.

    The bucket of KFC is about as racist as a KluKKer in blackface drinking grape soda waving a flaming cross made out of watermelon with a Little Sambo effigy hanging from it–but it’s not thematically related to the outfit, which is nothing more thought-out than “har har, look how faggy Obummer looks”.

  76. 76
    Jay C says:

    @Cat Lady:

    Most likely it’s just another rehash of the standard right-wing BS trope about Obama somehow being grossly in the wrong over how the US has dealt with the “Arab Spring” revolts of last year. I’ve seen this on a bunch of wingnut blogs for a while now: apparently “we” have somehow blandly acquiesced in some sort of “jihadist” “takeover” in countries like Tunisia and Egypt – which of course, they blame entirely on President Obama, personally.

    The arguments tend to fall apart, though: when faced with the obvious question: “well, what could we have done?” – but then, the niceties of foreign-policy issues tend to be lost on the Tara Servatius’ out there: flinging crap at Obama is a lot easier than thinking. And gets more ink and pixels….

  77. 77
    Cat Lady says:

    @Joel:

    He’s never been seen in anything other than a dark suit, white shirt and a tie, or mom jeans and an official POTUS windbreaker. OK, there was that one time when he was bare chested in Hawaii, but on what planet can someone see that outfit and say OH YEAH, that’s what he’s all about. It makes no fucking sense, but I’m not a wingnut. Obviously.

  78. 78
    DFH no.6 says:

    @El Cid:

    Yeah, I hear you, but they can’t all actually believe that.

    I mean, I watched the very-execrable Cathy McMorris Rodgers (fascist congresscritter from Washington) on Tweety last night spinning like a dervish and projecting for all she was worth in trying – and failing miserably – to deny the current Republican war on women.

    It was so obvious that even she didn’t believe her own laughably-bad bullshit (“it’s all a Democrat distraction from the real issues!”). Tweety, of course, let her off way too easily.

    But I was thinking the whole time, “who the hell does she think is buying the crap she’s trying to sell?”

    Her own tribe knows the score (it’s not like they’re accidentally writing all this legislation across the country regarding abortion and contraception) and so do we.

    No one believes the denials. As someone commented above, they’re just fucking cowards.

  79. 79

    Though I’ve never described Barack Obama as my ‘hero’, though plenty of my personal trolls have accused me of such, but today, reading the link and photo to this nonsense, I just have to smile a little. And go beyond just defending the current POTUS for practical reasons, and just say the dude is my hero. Not because I personally like him, which I do, and not even because he has been an extraordinary president under what seems like impossible conditions for him being president as the first black one of those. I will say he is my hero because I am certain that shit like these asshats come up with, just rolls off the dudes back, and the shit has fallen steady from day one, and is about to get ramped up to eleventy million. He just keeps on truckin’ and rarely shows it, what would be justifiable anger. He just keeps on truckin’ like being black and president is the most perfectly normal thing for America. It has not been normal and still is not normal, but he is making it more that way every single day. Some of you fuckers ought to cut the dude some slack. That is just my opinion.

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    NCDave says:

    John Locke Foundation are terrible people. Check out this story on Art Pope’s empire if you want to know more about who these people are.

    On a brighter note, I caught Herman Cain’s speech today on UNC campus.

    Everyone will be thrilled to know that he still proudly recites the song from Pokémon.

  81. 81
    scav says:

    @slightly-peeved: In re the fried chicken, it might be justifiably painful to go re-read Tom Levenson’s Eavesdropping for Effect post, especially the thing he linked to here.

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    ruemara says:

    @Cat Lady: It was a post knocking Obama’s support for gay rights. Can’t believe no one at least read the synopsis. She’s attacking him for support for gay rights, the racist kfc bucket is a bonus.

  83. 83
    SierraFrank says:

    Hey did anyone watch Conan last night? The writer put his hoodie over his head and raised a clenched fist. It was awesome!

  84. 84

    […] John’s post about the resignation of a blogger who can’t see the racism in dressing up the President of the United States in drag and sitting him down with a bucket of fried chicken is enough to trip the last of my rage+sorrow circuits.  We’re back in Carthage Must Be Destroyed territory with our wingnut friends — and with the party Lincoln would no longer recognize, that G.O.P which has staked its hold on power for four decades with the nod-and-a-wink racism of the “southern stategy.” […]

  85. 85
    NCDave says:

    @JeffH:

    The other aspect of it is that John Locke designed the Lords Proprietor system that ruled colonial Carolina. It was as democratic as it sounds.

  86. 86
    SaltyDawg says:

    She’s really a lame liar.

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    Cat Lady says:

    @ruemara:

    I read the synopsis, and I’m struggling to understand the fuckedupedness of something I will never understand, and the green sequin jumpsuit doesn’t make any sense to me, gay rights notwithstanding. I’m old enough to remember that the New York Dolls dressed like that in the 70s, so that’s what I keep getting stuck on – OMG Obama’s a glam rocker! It’s fucking retarded, but apparently so is this moran Tara person.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Obama in chains and drag

    I dunno about “chains and drag”…looks like a P-Funk outfit to me…or rather, a wingnut’s conception of a P-Funk outfit. But the rest of your post is dead on. These people are seriously losing it.

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    DFH no.6 says:

    @replicnt6:

    The press. Not exactly buying, but they’re not going come out and say, “Servatius denies any racist intent for posting what is obviously a racist picture.” They have to say, “Some feel the picture was racist. Servatius denies any racist intent.”

    You’re right, of course, but that means it’s just all “the emperor’s new clothes”. Everyone actually knows the obvious truth, even if they pretend they don’t.

    Even Tweety made a half-hearted attempt to call gender-traitor Cathy McNorris Rodgers (R- Some Fucked-Up District) on her war on women denial bullshit last night, said bullshit being such fucking blatant spin.

    Then finished in true Tweety fashion by gushing all over the horrible woman as the segment ended, talking her up as some kind of brilliant rising fascist star. She seemed pretty standard-issue to me.

    Fuck all fucking fascists.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    So she’s a racists with jungle fever, nice of her to share. I think the other things that killing them is the Obama’s are hot as well as black.

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    Heliopause says:

    If a thirteen year old didn’t understand the implications of the fried chicken stereotype I might be willing to believe it. By any chance is this blogger thirteen years old?

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    john b says:

    i’m offended that the photoshop of obama’s head is so bad. there are probably 10’s (100’s?) of thousands of pictures of obama on the internet at this point and they couldn’t find a head that was facing the correct angle for that body. they don’t even try anymore.

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    ABL 2.0 says:

    The drag thing has to do with the wingnuts who think that Barry Soetero was raised by a series of transvestites in Indonesia, with whom young Barry wrote sexually-themed poems and who probably molested him, which means he’s probably gay.

    Wish i was kidding.

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    Catsy says:

    Jesus fuck, what does it take to get out of moderation? FYWP.

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    freelancer says:

    @ABL 2.0:

    Is this where the Jerome Corsi “vaguely Indonesian grinning” thing comes from?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Cat Lady:

    OK, but what about the green sequined body suit and platforms? It’s just so fucking weird.

    I think everyone on the left has forgotten Larry Sinclair, who claimed in 2008 that he had gay sex with Obama in the back of a limo, and was promptly arrested after his big press conference because he had outstanding warrants. It’s an article of faith on the right that Obama is gay and Larry Sinclair is an oppressed hero.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ABL 2.0:

    The drag thing has to do with the wingnuts who think that Barry Soetero was raised by a series of transvestites in Indonesia, with whom young Barry wrote sexually-themed poems and who probably molested him, which means he’s probably gay.

    The what now? Who the? Why on earth? Fuck it, I just don’t understand those people.

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    @Liberty60:
    You fucking nailed it. Well said.

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    El Cid says:

    @ABL 2.0: I’d not heard of this, so I looked it up

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Once, long ago, Evie looked after “Barry” Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world’s most powerful man.
    __
    Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia’s streets.
    __
    Evie, who was born a man but believes she is really a woman, has endured a lifetime of taunts and beatings because of her identity. She describes how soldiers once shaved her long, black hair to the scalp and smashed out glowing cigarettes onto her hands and arms.
    __
    The turning point came when she found a transgender friend’s bloated body floating in a backed-up sewage canal two decades ago. She grabbed all her girlie clothes in her arms and stuffed them into two big boxes. Half-used lipstick, powder, eye makeup — she gave them all away…

    Ha ha ha! Such a light-hearted story! Stupid silly girlie man! Let’s make innocent jokes about Obama being unmanly!

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    cmorenc says:

    @cathyx:

    I will never understand such hate of a person you don’t personally know.

    TWO WORDS: Newt Gingrich.

    Does that help answer your conundrum?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Here’s Dave Weigel’s eyewitness account of the disastrous Sinclair press conference.

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I just don’t understand those people.

    Maybe I can assist. They are congenital morons, probably raised by congenital morons, who have spent their entire lives living amongst other morons. Add into that traditional race hate that is part and parcel to the legacy of this country, and you have morons who photoshop Obama with buckets of fried chicken, or on a poster with a bone through his nose. These are the dreg voters the republicans need to win, and you don’t send them emails of quotes by the great philosophers and wise men of the ages, nor include any math. You let them be themselves, and maybe furnish the crayons, because they are your ticket to power, or hell, or local state hospital. Or simply soul death from making too many tricky bargains with the devil. There now, hope that helped counselor .

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    Libby says:

    Her idiot post is relative to the very big fight going in this state right now over the Amendment to declare marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman. Which is sadly polling badly at the moment in terms of marriage equality. Something like 63-37 the last I heard. Huge issue right now.

    I don’t really pay enough attention to the local politics here, but did a bit of research. (shameless blogwhore) John Locke is wingnut welfare central. They were nothing, a laughingstock, until this Art Pope creep inherited a fortune and funded 80% of their operation. He is apparently a Koch flunkie. The Kochs, among other rich wingnuts, also give this place grants. Their agenda over there is climate change denialism, shredding the social safety net and other libertarian wet dreams. Nearly their entire website is filled with toxic right wing propaganda. Very sick people.

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    Maude says:

    The body is white and what’s with the left arm?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @El Cid:

    I totally agree with you. He was practically at arm’s length of the preznit and skewered him with surgical precision. He is the reason that from then on, Bush’s peeps only hired “safe” (i.e. unfunny) comics to roast him.

    SC became a true hero of the Republic on that day.

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    MoZeu says:

    @Cat Lady: Exactly what I was thinking. They’ve crossed the rubicon into full-on psychosis. What is WITH the fucking green glittery boots and drag? Am I just missing some allusion or something?

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    MoZeu says:

    @LanceThruster: I so agree with you. SC is on my very short list of the greatest living Americans. He is America’s Voltaire. That schtick: it was not the funniest ever. And it wasn’t supposed to be. Just a flawless white-knuckle balancing act on the very edge of “extremely uncomfortable.” I’ve been surprised to find that people who had never seen the schtick but only heard about it are disappointed because they expected to enjoy it. It wasn’t really enjoyable. Not really. It wasn’t supposed to be.

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    Darkrose says:

    @Mnemosyne: That never made sense to me. I mean, look at Sinclair. Then back to Obama. Then back to Sinclair.

    You don’t think Obama could do better than that? Shit, Zombie Ronald Reagan could have done better than that. If you’re going to make up some bullshit, at least have enough sense to make it vaguely plausible on some planet.

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    Darkrose says:

    @Brachiator:

    So despite all the hateful shit spewed by these goons, do you really think it needs the N word to “prove” anything?

    Not at all. I do think they want to say it publically like they do in private, but due to the tiny thread that connects them to reality, they sort of know that would be a bad thing, because then they couldn’t play it off any more.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @MoZeu:

    What is WITH the fucking green glittery boots and drag? Am I just missing some allusion or something?

    P-Funk

    The boots are on some Bootsy Collins shit.

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    wrb says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    Yea, was curious and did a image search. There are two priors- the original and one with a different Obama head on it.

    The latter was captioned “obama 70s” instead of Obama gay.

    So probably about what kind of extreme scary black culture Obama was into in the 70s, rather than a suggestion that he was gay.

    The outfit must have looked gay to Servatius, however.

    Looked gay

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    Emma says:

    @ABL 2.0: What the f’ing f????

    (edit) Never mind. Someone explained. Sick bastards, one and all.

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    Cat Lady says:

    @MoZeu:

    You don’t speak wingnut either. Be very glad.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Bubblegum Tate: Bootsy has better taste in boots.

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    Delia says:

    @MoZeu:

    Actually, I thought Colbert’s act was hilarious. It was also funny that the audience didn’t think it was funny. I’ve still got a copy I made when gray-market files were floating around the internets. I think that was when the Very Serious People realized that Colbert and Stewart actually spoke a whole different language from their Very Serious Selves.

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    Julia Grey says:

    What I don’t know is what Obama would think of this. Would he be hurt?

    Oh, absolutely not.

    Would he think it was funny?

    Probably. It’s always amusing to see your enemies decorating their shoes with bullets.

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    priscianusjr says:

    @DFH no.6:

    You know, I think about this a lot – just who, exactly, do these assholes think they are fooling with their such-obviously-bullshit denials?

    Oh, I don’t know, maybe people like Bill Maher, who will then go on television and announce that everybody should lay off because they apologized.

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    El Cid says:

    @LanceThruster: And people who weren’t there and politically conscious will never really ‘get’ enough how politically cowardly the times were, how cowed and worshipful how so much of the establishment was, and how daring and divergent Colbert’s literal, in-his-face, “Emperor Has No Clothes Pretty Much Not An Allegory But Actually Doing It” was.

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    rikyrah says:

    THIS IS WHO THEY ARE.

    they reveal themselves all the time, but not a shock to me.

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    Lynn Dee says:

    Baratunde Thurston wrote something at jack and jill politics that I just loved back in June 2008 (in connection with the whole Michelle Obama is an angry black woman thing):

    “these right wing white folks are going to lose their minds on the road to an obama white house.”

    http://www.jackandjillpolitics.....ack-woman/

    Unfortunately, they went on losing their minds after the election and they haven’t quit yet.

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    Joel says:

    @Cat Lady: The context is important, here. Severus was posting the photo in response to same-sex marriage legislation. Basically, typical winger name-calling.

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    Karl The Crap Blog Detective says:

    I was searching for a picture of the president in drag to illustrate his southern political strategy of courting young voters, 70 percent of whom support gay marriage.

    Wtf, seriously? It’s like she heard somewhere that liberals were talking about southern strategy and that it was considered bad, but she has no idea what it is and why it’s bad so she just decided to drop it in there.

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    xian says:

    found it. do an image search for “obama gay”

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    droog says:

    I simply don’t think in those terms.

    And by “in those terms” she means “much”.

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    twiffer says:

    @Mike S: according to my wife’s fb feed, it is the first image if you search on “obama, fag, coon”

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    Paul in KY says:

    @The Other Bob: They certainly don’t have any partisans who would have the class of a Roy Batty.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @MoZeu:

    I think it clearly worked on multiple levels but I found it jaw-dropping hilarious.

    Shrub smiled wanly because he didn’t know what was going on, and Laura glowered because she did.

    The point is it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face, so don’t pay attention to the approval ratings that say that 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he’s not doing? Think about it. I haven’t…

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    LanceThruster says:

    @El Cid:

    The cravenous of the MSM is an essential point. Colbert was pretty much doing the job that they refused to do.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Paul in KY:

    Indeed.

    I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those … moments will be lost in time, like tears…in rain.
    Time to die. ~~ Roy Batty

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    @Paul in KY:

    Nor are they as human as Pris and the rest of the robots.

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    Lex says:

    @honus: Yeah, WBT is in Charlotte. The old WBT you’re thinking of morphed into album-rock WBCY in 1978. The current WBT is at a different place on the dial and has different owners.

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    Stop Hate says:

    How many time is Tara Servatius going to apologize for being a racist and a homophobe just to get another job and do exactly the same thing ? How dumb are these people who keep hiring her ? And she actually has a journalism degree from Chapel Hill ? I guess Chapel Hill isn’t what it used to be.

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