Gentlemen, I Believe I Have Ascertained The Empirical Flaw In Your Minority Outreach Extravaganza

“Well Zandar,” The Universe said.  “As a black man active in politics and punditry, why do you believe that the GOP efforts to include more black voters has largely been ineffective?”

“I’m not sure,” I replied.  “It may have something to do with nonsense such as this.”

A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.

The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.

After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.

“Well Higgs my bosons!” The Universe stammered, clearly taken aback. “You seem to have a rather valid point there.”

And with that, The Universe slouched off, dejected.  I felt badly about the whole affair, but then I remembered that I have food and housing and I’m only metaphorically shackled and beaten for it on a daily basis.

[UPDATE] Via the comments, and the man in the corner said “Boy, I’m gonna warn ya” and it turned into a ballroom blitz.  BALLROOM BLITZ!

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153 replies
  1. 1
    MikeJ says:

    How long until we hear the words “agent provocateur?”

  2. 2
    JoyfulA says:

    These people are insane.

    I must work hard at GOTV in 2014.

  3. 3
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Lincoln was wrong.

    Wipe out the Confederates. All of them.

  4. 4
    TooManyJens says:

    @MikeJ: I’m not sure they know those words, but I’m sure the right-wing blogs are already yelling “plant!”

    It’s what they do every time Charles Johnson posts about those blogs’ problems with racist commenters.

  5. 5
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.

    Ooh! Ooh! Let me answer this one! Me! Me! Me!

    It’s because to sustain a segregated society, you have to maintain a brutal, fascistic, unconstitutional police state.

    That’s why.

  6. 6
    Anoniminous says:

    Southern Conservative douchebag utters southern Conservative douchebaggery, “Will no one rid me of these troublesome n-clangs?”

    Same Old/Same Old.

  7. 7
    TooManyJens says:

    @Quaker in a Basement: Did seem like he answered his own question there, didn’t it?

  8. 8
    Irrationalnumb3r says:

    I can’t see the cheering or applauding. Maybe a little. It looked more like a stunned audience, one woman sitting on a chair in view of a camera looks shocked and seems to mouth “Can you believe he said that?” The sentiment is obviously appalling. That the guy could express it and it be tolerated is disturbing.

  9. 9
    dewzke says:

    What a piece of shit and all the others around him that tacitly approved with laughter…my fooking dog!

  10. 10
    Trollhattan says:

    It’s pretty clear we need an army of camera-toting bartenders. You really have to see and hear this shit to truly appreciate it.

    On a positive note, found out today our personal tax accountant is a teabagger. I don’t really want to go accountant shopping but shit, it’s not 2009 anymore.

  11. 11
    scav says:

    @Quaker in a Basement: Freedom of association, like freedom of religion, is only applicable to some. Can we guess which some?

  12. 12
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Wow. Just wow. Where are our resident trolls to tell us that ABL is the racist?

  13. 13
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    That shit is crying funny.

  14. 14
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    That shit is crying funny.

  15. 15
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Quaker in a Basement: And what makes you think Conservatards would have a problem with that?

  16. 16
    Baud says:

    We may have just lost the pro-slavery blacks to the Republicans.

  17. 17
    scav says:

    and did this miss the TWIB window? I need one of Elon’s laughs.

    ETA, DAMN, it’s Friday. That is one long time to wait.

  18. 18
    rob! says:

    How does K. Carl Smith not just weep himself to sleep every night? I mean, THESE are the people he’s trying to reach out to, and deep down he must know they simply HATE him because he’s black, no matter what Conservitard nonsense he spouts.

  19. 19
    lamh35 says:

    CPAC knowingly allowed known White “Nationalists” groups to attend and interact act the conference this year. Now who woulda thought that lovers of the KKK would actually disrupt a panel (no matter how stupid or stockholm syndromy it may be) headed by an African American

    The link here at TPM has more than the Think Progress piece on what happened and believer you me, it will make you even more appalled.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.....arrive.php

  20. 20
    efgoldman says:

    @Anoniminous:

    Southern Conservative douchebag utters southern Conservative douchebaggery, “Will no one rid me of these troublesome n-clangs?”

    Yeah, but he either doesn’t understand, or worse, doesn’t care that (1) every word was recorded, (2) the intartoobz exist, and (3) people, even some who might be conservative or inclined to vote GOBP, will generalize from the specific and assume he stands for the whole movement/party.

  21. 21

    I am so not looking forward to the crazy that will explode, when and if Congress takes up immigration reform.

  22. 22
    MomSense says:

    @JoyfulA:

    Right with you except I’ll be GOTV here in Maine. They are a menace.

  23. 23
    Ash Can says:

    @TooManyJens: According to those right-wing blogs, everyone both attending and presenting at this panel is surely a liberal plant, with the entire event deftly coordinated and performed for the sole purpose of making conservatives look bad.

  24. 24
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    Civil War II: The Re-Sumtering, coming soon…

  25. 25
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Ash Can: The host of the event was clearly a plant. Whoever heard of a black Republican? How did that one ever even get out of the “Stupid Prank Ideas” phase?

  26. 26
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Ash Can:
    Y’know, I could maaaaaaybe buy the argument that random shouted comments or cheering from the audience are from “liberal agent provocateurs”.

    But presenters???

    What, Bernie Sanders was accidentally invited to deliver the keynote and no one caught it?

  27. 27
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Black host: You aren’t racists, my beautiful Republican friends. I validate all of you.

    White Supremacists: Yes we are, you ungrateful slave. And we want segregation!

    (chaos ensues)

  28. 28
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    combine this with the So Carolina state legislator who said it’s just good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House, and Tom Brokaw will still say it’s unfair to play the racist card against Republicans.

  29. 29
    The Dangerman says:

    Up next, Republicans roll out Chevy Chase and a Richard Pryor look alike in their outreach attempts.

  30. 30
    Roger Moore says:

    @MikeJ:

    How long until we hear the words “agent provocateur?”

    It won’t happen until after the Republicans realize that anyone in that discussion said something objectionable. Don’t hold your breath.

  31. 31
    David says:

    Orly Taitz is running around CPAC trying to sell her BS.

  32. 32
    jl says:

    Sad thing is that, as the nameless sad and angry white dude( or dudette) said in the TPM article, white dudes (without good educations or wealthy families) are getting beat up (along with everyone else, BTW). But the white dudes at CPAC are encouraging those very policies. But better to indulge in groupthink racial fantasies, I guess.

    The TPM article mentions a guy dressed up in Revolutionary War garb. The fact that a person can read that and not raise an eyebrow tells you how this has devolved into the reactionary fantasist loon party. I wonder if this small gummint state righer no welfare patriot was supposed to be Ben Franklin, Tom Paine, or Alexander Hamilton (or George Washington, even, a life long Hamiltonian who freed his slaves and gave them a private affirmative action training fund)? You have to wonder.

  33. 33
    Roger Moore says:

    @Quaker in a Basement:

    It’s because to sustain a segregated society, you have to maintain a brutal, fascistic, unconstitutional police state.

    You make that sound like such a bad thing.

  34. 34
    Baud says:

    I’m still waiting for the American Indians to thank us for all that reservation land we gave them.

  35. 35
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Not just segregation — slavery! Put us Blacks back in chains and if we get rebellious, ship us back to Africa.

    There is a reason that the GOP should never hold the White House again.

    Go Hilary! (Or whichever Dem runs in 2016).

  36. 36
    smintheus says:

    The 200 years of working for free under brutal conditions was less than optimal, but on the other hand everybody did get a super nice goodie bag on the way out.

  37. 37
    Roger Moore says:

    @rob!:

    ow does K. Carl Smith not just weep himself to sleep every night?

    The guy from the Uncle Tom Frederick Douglass Republicans? I guess being a token must pay well enough to make up for the loss of his soul.

  38. 38
    quannlace says:

    Asking this twit whether he’d be grateful for the ‘food and housing’ if it also went along with having absolutely no cntrol over your life. Your overseer being able to sell off your wife and children. Being able to work you to death and even outright kill you without repercussion?
    You don’t want to there, cause I think there’s still this attitude that the brown people should be grateful we ‘liberated’ them from darkest Africa and brought them into Western Civilization. So any bumps along the way, they should just get over it.

  39. 39
    the Conster says:

    CPAC is a freak show – why any surprise that the freaks let their freak flags fly there? I for one am glad they congregate in one place so we can nuke them from space to get their freak on under the cold glare of the lights so we can get a good look at them.

  40. 40
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Ash Can:

    Why stop there? Maybe the entire Republican party is an operation to make Republicans look bad!

  41. 41
    Amir Khalid says:

    Now I feel old. Ballroom Blitz came out when I was, like, 12. That was 40 years ago, man.

  42. 42
    Trollhattan says:

    Finally, some super insight on the battle for racial equality from Idaho. Did you know Rosa Parks was a champion for states’ rights? Me neither.

    The No. 3 Republican leader in the Idaho House says he made a “slight mistake” when he described Rosa Parks as a champion of states’ rights.”One little lady got tired of the federal government telling her what to do,” Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane of Nampa said during Wednesday’s debate on Gov. Butch Otter’s bill establishing a state-run health insurance exchange. “I’ve reached that point, Mr. Speaker, that I’m tired of giving in to the federal government.”

    I’m sure you’ll be shocked, shocked that Mr. Crane is government moocher son of another government moocher, who’s busying himself fighting government while eying a higher position in government.

    Crane, 38, is in his seventh year in the Legislature. His father, Ron, is a Canyon County political legend who served 16 years in the House before winning four terms as state treasurer.A confidant of Congressman Raul Labrador, Crane is high on the list of potential candidates for 1st District Congress should Labrador run for governor next year. Crane called his misstatement “a slight mistake” regarding “a little fact.” Five times in our five-minute conversation he said he was “disappointed” about my writing about his error. “You knew my heart, you knew what I was trying to say. I’m saying, just like Rosa Parks, ‘Enough is enough.'”

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/.....rylink=cpy

  43. 43
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Lincoln was wrong.

    Wipe out the Confederates. All of them.

    Don’t pick on Lincoln! If it wasn’t for him, many Southern states would still be bastions of ignorance, resentment and racism. Oh, wait…

  44. 44
    burnspbesq says:

    @Quaker in a Basement:

    It’s because to sustain a segregated society, you have to maintain a brutal, fascistic, unconstitutional police state.

    Your implicit assumption that someone who would say those things out loud in public, with media in the room, would have a problem with a brutal police state seems to me to not be well founded. But that could just be me.

  45. 45
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Not just at any part of the CPAC freak show, but at the minority outreach event! The event designed to show that Republicans aren’t as racist as people think and that non-whites shouldn’t be leery of them! Topped off by some yahoo literally saying what so many racist right-wingers imply: that black people ought to be grateful to slave owners.

    I ask you, how can any of you think the universe doesn’t have a sense of humor after this?

  46. 46
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @quannlace: I was told by my fifth grade teacher, when Roots aired, that we should watch it, and slavery was horrible, but cruel slave-owners were really very rare, and we should remember that most slaves were better off than white factory workers in the north.

  47. 47
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Trollhattan:

    Five times in our five-minute conversation he said he was “disappointed” about my writing about his error.

    Fact-checking and accountability are for commies. All real-Merican journalists know that the only guiding principle should be to portray Republicans in the best light possible.

  48. 48
    gogol's wife says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Good summary.

  49. 49
    Shalimar says:

    The saddest part is that attendees at that panel are the least racist people CPAC has to offer. Every other person at the conference didn’t even care enough about minority outreach to attend the panel.

  50. 50
    Mnemosyne says:

    @smintheus:

    /raises hand

    Excuse me, I was told there would be 40 acres and mule in this goodie bag? Hello?

  51. 51
    jl says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I guess the organizers are trying to put on a good show, display, dog and pony show, PR event, subliminal PR training session, whatever it was supposed to be.

    They forgot about their audience, you know, the dupes they have trained and spoon fed hate propaganda for going on 40 year now. Too bad.

    I think any secret liberal agent nonsense will be fed to their own insane asylum for crowd control. looks like only one ‘disenfranchised’ loser sparked it off, but way too many sympathetic bigots backing him were interviewed afterward in stories for that nonsense to work on anyone else.

  52. 52
    West of the Rockies says:

    How surprising that a southern redneck sees slavery as “Three hots and a cot!” A win-win situation, right?

    Anybody feel up to posting a link to the exchange on a discussion forum over at Redstate or National Review to see what comes of it? Hilarity might ensue….

  53. 53
    Roger Moore says:

    @quannlace:

    Asking this twit whether he’d be grateful for the ‘food and housing’ if it also went along with having absolutely no cntrol over your life.

    The point about masters giving their slaves food and shelter tells you a lot about the conservative worldview. They’re perfectly happy to ignore that it was the slaves who grew the food and built the shelters in the first place. Instead, the slaves were supposed to be grateful to receive anything back for their labor, even if it was barely enough to live. It’s exactly the same mentality that thinks it’s fine for employers to deny their employees contraceptives because it’s against the employer’s religion. We’re supposed to be happy to have any healthcare at all.

  54. 54
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    @Roger Moore: Well, duh. You have to pay for that stuff with taxpayer money!

  55. 55
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    not often you see a racist who almost understands what the word “enfranchised” means enough to admit he thinks that black people’s votes counting as much as white people’s votes means he’s being disenfranchised. I guess we’re lucky he majored in English.

  56. 56
    Just One More Canuck says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you your modern conservative

  57. 57
    Amir Khalid says:

    Stories like this don’t really surprise me anymore. The Tea Party tendency is no longer just the Republican party’s unruly child, is it? It’s taken over, like the kid in the Twilight Zone episode who can, just by wishing, make bad things happen to grown-ups who cross him. You see slightly more refined versions of Scott Terry in the Ted Cruzes and the Paul Ryans, but they’re all of the same ilk.

  58. 58
    Ash Can says:

    Also too, for all those (including me) thinking that Scott Terry might be so over-the-top as to be an actual plant, commenter Gus over at LGF did a little gumshoeing, and found out that, no, he’s for real. (Link goes to a Google webcache.)

    Cripes, at this point I’ll believe anything about these people.

  59. 59
    freelancer says:

    @lamh35:

    Attendees interviewed by TPM afterwards expressed outrage at the way the event turned out. Not at Terry and Heimbach — they were mad at Brown for her interruptions.
    __
    Chad Chapman, 21, one of the few black attendees, said overall he enjoyed the event — except “there were lots of interruptions, mainly because of the woman.”
    __
    I asked whether he was concerned about the question from Terry and Heimbach.
    __
    “No they were just telling the truth,” he said. You mean you agree blacks are systematically disenfranchising whites, I asked?
    __
    “I listen to anybody’s point of view, it doesn’t really matter,” he said.

    Boggled.

  60. 60
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    You know what the real joke is?

    That the media can see the ‘best and the brightest’ the GOP can offer at something like this and still treat them not only credibly but like they’re still infinitely morally, fiscally, etc. superior to the Dems.

    This should be a Sistah Souljah moment for the entire mainstream media. It’s not.

  61. 61
    bemused says:

    I’m just trying to imagine being a black Republican attending CPAC. With the freaks that go to CPAC, there has got to be some really nasty vibes around that whole place toward anyone not lily white.

  62. 62
    Skipjack says:

    When are these conservatives going to realize that we black people are not just voting for Democrats, we are voting against Republicans? Many times more against Red than for Blue- you can’t unite any people as strongly as Republicans have united black folk against them except with fear.

  63. 63
    Ash Can says:

    @bemused: Either that or they get fussed over for being just the tokens the conservatives need to have there, I imagine. Either way, it ain’t healthy.

  64. 64
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    So does Jefferson Davis Beauregard Nathan Forrest Smith XXIII show up on Hannity tonight to snivel about his words being taken out of context? Or is there anyone in the family who taught him to think like this smart enough to say, “Son, never mind all that, you go down to Del Boca Vista and stay with Aunt Verna for a few weeks. Keep a low profile and tell the neighbors you’re recovering from back surgery.”

  65. 65
    TheronWare says:

    That cretinous bastard must be the product of excessive inbreeding.

  66. 66
    Trollhattan says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Darn straight. I think mister Popkey might just be reassigned to the potato desk if he keeps committing acts of journalism.

    Sarah Vowell had a great piece on TAL last weekend on white folks citing Rosa Parks to support their fight against various perceived attacks on their Freedoms. It was well-done, if cringe-evoking, and this story would have fit in like a glove.

  67. 67
    smintheus says:

    @Mnemosyne: Oh, sorry, we ran out so we substituted some lovely tube socks.

  68. 68
    shortstop says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Awesome.

    I am reminded, also too, of a PUMA who screamed at me in early June of 2008 that she was being disenfranchised because Obama was going to get the nomination. Is it really such a big, hard word for so many? I s’pose we relegate it to the bin of perpetually upended and terminally abused concepts like “freedom of speech” and “tolerance” and “censorship.”

  69. 69
    bemused says:

    @Ash Can:

    Unfathomable.

  70. 70
    piratedan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I have it on good authority that Brokaw attended Camp Mohawk.

  71. 71
    shortstop says:

    @quannlace: Yes, but there was singing and dancing in the quarters, so you can’t say they weren’t happy. I love those old spirituals.

  72. 72
    West of the Rockies says:

    @bemused: I know, right? I imagine a lot of 50-year-old+ white guys sidling up to the bar and saying to a black guy, “So, that Michael Jordan’s a helluva player, ain’t he?” Or maybe, “When are you gonna admit that your boy was born in Kenya?” (expecting a chuckle of agreement, no doubt). Is there a group of human beings less capable of self-examination than the modern Republican?

  73. 73
    taylormattd says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Lincoln was wrong.
    Wipe out the Confederates. All of them.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I know my poor beleaguered southern liberal friends hate this kind of “joking”, but I sometimes do actually wonder what things might be like if we declined to let the confederate states back into the Union, at least in terms of representation in Congress.

  74. 74
    Linda Featheringill says:

    Language.

    So yes, the slaves got beat up then but white males are getting beat up now.

    Really?

  75. 75
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Skipjack: And they’re working on losing the votes of Asians, Latinos, Gays and women too. But the GOP got 65% of White male votes, so I guess they still feel good. After all, in their world, only White males count as human.

  76. 76
    SFAW says:

    I think all/most of you have it wrong about “Scott Terry.”

    In fact, I have it on good authority that the person who was calling himself “Scott Terry” is actually ….

    Ah, never mind, I can’t divulge …

    … by the way, I haven’t seen posts from DougJ recently. Anyone know where he might be? I seem to remember him saying something about going off to troll for some “big ones by the Potomac”, but I thought he meant catfish.

  77. 77
    rob! says:

    Hey hey it’s not all bad for black guys at CPAC–here’s the NRO’s stirring tribute to…the shoe-shine guy!

  78. 78
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @bemused:
    You mean like the people who started chanting “USA! USA! USA!” at a Puerto Rican delegate to the RNC?

    http://www.inquisitr.com/31531.....f-usa-usa/

  79. 79
    SFAW says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Really?

    Well, according to noted scholar Scott Terry, young whites are getting increasingly disenfranchised.

    Unfortunately for Mr. Terry’s “thesis,” he has no fucking idea what the word “disenfranchised” means.

  80. 80
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @rob!:
    I have nothing.

    My words have failed me.

  81. 81
    jl says:

    @shortstop:

    ” she was being disenfranchised because Obama was going to get the nomination ”

    Well, to be honest, I feel disenfranchised, (unconstitutionally so if people would just understand!) by the fact that I can’t personally run everything. Or get whatever I want. That’s how democracy works, right?

  82. 82
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Trollhattan:

    Aaron Sorkin covered it on “Sports Night,” too:

    Isaac (Robert Guillaume): Danny?
    Dan Rydell (Josh Charles): Yeah?
    Isaac: You know I love you, don’t you?
    Dan Rydell: Yeah.
    Isaac: And because I love you I can say this: no rich young white guy has ever gotten anywhere with me comparing himself to Rosa Parks. Got it?
    Dan Rydell: Yes sir.
    Isaac: Good.

  83. 83
    freelancer says:

    @rob!:

    OMFG. ALL THE RACISMS!

  84. 84
    shortstop says:

    Now, this guy is disenfranchised. Correctly so.

  85. 85
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    OT: North Dakota legislature approves 6-week abortion ban, goes to the Gov.

    Fuck all.

  86. 86
    maya says:

    Fredrick Douglas Republican -FDR. Nice touch.

  87. 87
    Walker says:

    @shortstop:

    What is it with Pennsylvanians abusing the student worker program? Hersheys was caught doing something very similar.

  88. 88
    jl says:

    @rob!:

    ” the NRO’s stirring tribute to…the shoe-shine guy! ”

    This stuff makes you wonder whether The Onion has hacked the conservative movement. Anyone here know how to find out whether NRO and CPAC have been hijacked?

  89. 89
    Mandalay says:

    After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?”

    I’m certainly not saying this didn’t happen, but:
    – I don’t hear that on the video. Does anyone else?
    – The TPM link details the discussion on the video, but makes no mention of that volatile comment. Why?
    – The ONLY source making the claim that Terry said “why can’t we just have segregation?” is Think Progress.
    – Think Progress actually interviewed Terry after the video clip (good for them!), but did not ask him about him about that (alleged) quote. That borders on journalistic malpractice.

    Now clearly Terry is a racist, as revealed on the video, and also by the subsequent Think Progress interview. But it just seems really strange to me that nobody except Think Progress clearly heard that “muttered” remark, and even stranger that Think Progress did not confront Terry about his “segregation” comment afterwards.

  90. 90
    Bobby Thomson says:

    Holy fucking shit.

  91. 91
    Suffern ACE says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: so basically if your period is late, you need to see a doctor.

  92. 92
    Walker says:

    @taylormattd:

    but I sometimes do actually wonder what things might be like if we declined to let the confederate states back into the Union, at least in terms of representation in Congress.

    It would have been a mess for all the union supporters in those states. Speaking as the great-great-grandson of a NC plantation family that freed all their slaves and supported the Union in the war.

  93. 93
    Citizen_X says:

    @Roger Moore:

    They’re perfectly happy to ignore that it was the slaves who grew the food and built the shelters in the first place.

    Well, hey, remember that old conservative slogan: Work makes you free.

  94. 94
    bemused says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    Certainly not capable of subtlety either.

  95. 95
    Chris says:

    EVERY confederate officer…Deported or Executed. The south would be a different place. The decendents of these assholes are who we are struggling with today.

    ETA-Extra pronoun-y goodness and basic sentence structure…

  96. 96
    bemused says:

    @rob!:

    Mr. Wright says, “Everyone’s a VIP in my chair”, here “They’re all as interesting as the last”.
    I have no doubt of that. I’m sure he has many stories he could tell.

  97. 97
    rda909 says:

    @Mandalay: Your concern is duly noted. And of course, with the long history of lying and inaccurate reporting by Think Progress, we can’t trust what they say, since if it’s not recorded on video, it didn’t happen, naturally. Where’s James O’keefe to record that stuff when we need him, huh?

    Please do hurry up with your investigation though, since it would be really nice to know THE TRUTH(!) about that one tiny little specific detail you are so concerned about, and rightly of course, before we go around and do such a crazy thing as suggesting the Republican Party is filled with racists, especially at an event such as CPAC.

  98. 98
    Kathleen says:

    Another incident, via Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/03/1.....goes_awry/

  99. 99
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @piratedan: ?? was that the America First summer camp?

    @Mandalay: Yes, clearly they’re being grossly unfair to him

    When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.

    Seems to me calling for “separate but equal” would be a step forward for this guy. You do get the whole point of a “Booker T Washington” Republican when this guy uses it? “unified like a hand, but separate like a finger”? “I love my people and my culture”?

    If you don’t mind a little friendly advice? step away from the Reasonable Contrarian bong. You’re hitting it too hard. Pass it back to Keith G.

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    bemused says:

    @Jay in Oregon:

    I remember that.

    I will never, ever understand how a woman or a minority can be a Republican.

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    Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill says:

    @Kathleen: Same incident, actually.

    The best/deepest reporting seems to be this Atlantic Wire article; it’s written by someone who was on the scene, and some of the muddy timelines of the “who was talking when” that the other articles seem to elide over, this journo does a good job of filling in.

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    Darkrose says:

    @Mnemosyne: I’m still waiting for mine. I think I should get to choose the 40 acres. I’m thinking somewhere in San Francisco…

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    Baud says:

    @bemused:

    Money is green and gender-neutral.

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    AWJ says:

    Mr. Terry appears to be a writer for this organization (warning: honest-to-god white nationalist site, link probably not safe for work)

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    Scott S. says:

    Doesn’t this year’s CPAC feature a mural on one of their stages that includes Jesse Helms alongside their usual conservative heroes?

    It would’ve been more of a wonder if they’d been able to avoid any racist outbursts…

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @jl:

    The TPM article mentions a guy dressed up in Revolutionary War garb. The fact that a person can read that and not raise an eyebrow tells you how this has devolved into the reactionary fantasist loon party

    It’s right-wing cosplay.

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    Porlock Junior says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Yes we are, you ungrateful slave. And we want segregation!

    Your Internets are on the way, FedEx, Saturday delivery.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Yes, clearly they’re being grossly unfair to him

    I said nothing about being unfair, and explicitly stated that “clearly Terry is a racist”. But I am unconvinced that Terry stated the words that Think Progress attributed to him.

    Think Progress clearly misquoted him on a less contentious matter, stating that he said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?”, when Terry can be heard on the video actually saying “For giving him food and shelter all those years…” (which has been reported independently).

    Now when an organization blatantly misquotes one remark, and quotes another volatile remark not reported by any other source, and then chooses not to confront the speaker about the alleged volatile remark, I am skeptical.

    Can you confirm that you are certain that Terry stated “why can’t we just have segregation?”? If so, what is your justification for that certainty, given the issues raised?

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    Mandalay says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    If you don’t mind a little friendly advice? step away from the Reasonable Contrarian bong. You’re hitting it too hard. Pass it back to Keith G.

    If you don’t mind a little friendly advice, don’t blindly drink the Kool Aid just because you enjoy the taste.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Darkrose:

    I’m not actually entitled to either one (that I know of) but somebody had to ask. :-)

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Via the comments, and the man in the corner said “Boy, I’m gonna warn ya” and it turned into a ballroom blitz beerhall putsch.

    Fixed.

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    shortstop says:

    @Mandalay: Hand. Tipped. Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’ on the river. DOO doo doo doo doo doo!

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @shortstop:

    Yeah, they sure had it good. Hell, some of them were even allowed to ‘marry’ each other!

    I think it was called “jumping the broom”.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @shortstop: Last year, it was the foreign exchange students working third shift in a Hershey’s warehouse via a third-party contractor. Those students also struck. Time for the State Department to rein in the bad actors.

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    rob! says:

    I think we’ve found the next Joe The Plumber…

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    shortstop says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Ha, ha! I forgot about that picturesque tradition! They sure were a happy and lively people until too much freedom went to their heads.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Mandalay: Well, I can appreciate not wanting to be fooled. We see lots of examples of some wingnut “news source” reporting something that is factually untrue (and could have been discovered to be as much with just a teensy bit of investigative reporting). It’s naive to suppose that leftwing news sources never do such a thing. Nonetheless, considering how outrageous the guy’s recorded/publicly posted words were, I think I’d be more focused on that.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @shortstop:

    Damned straight, they were so happy that they sang their favorite songs as they worked in the cotton fields! Then Lincoln just had to spoil it for them by giving them that damned freedom.

    The Republicans just want right the wrongs their party perpetrated on the country and return them to those happier times so why are people criticizing them about it?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @shortstop:

    Damned straight, they were so happy that they sang their favorite songs as they worked in the cotton fields! Then Lincoln just had to spoil it for them by giving them that damned freedom.

    The Republicans just want right the wrongs their party perpetrated on the country and return them to those happier times so why are people criticizing them about it?

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    rikyrah says:

    I wish some CAC would say some shyt like that to me

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    Calouste says:

    @taylormattd:

    I know my poor beleaguered southern liberal friends hate this kind of “joking”, but I sometimes do actually wonder what things might be like if we declined to let the confederate states back into the Union, at least in terms of representation in Congress.

    IMO, they should have abolished all the traitor states and redrawn the boundaries. Break up the existing upper class social ties and let the factions from say east Alabama and west Georgia and south Tennessee waste their energy on fighting each other for dominance in the hierarchy in the new state of Sherman, instead of using that energy to suppress the blacks.

    The Allies disbanded Prussia after WWII and that didn’t do Germany any harm at all (they left Bavaria in tact though, and that is a reactionary hellhole).

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    FYWP!

    Had to say it… :)

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    Anoniminous says:

    @efgoldman:

    I’m cool with that.

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    greennotGreen says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What is Scott Terry talking about, “my culture”? It is absolutely impossible to be a white person from the South and have a culture that has not been affected by slavery and the culture of African slaves. The food white folks eat, the way we talk, our music, the stories we tell – they are all influenced by the unwilling immigrants who raised the food our ancestors ate and often raised our ancestors themselves.

    Scott Terry is like most conservatives: a deluded asshole.

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    different-church-lady says:

    Bruce Dickinson: So.. let’s take it again.. and, Gene Scott?
    Really explore the studio space race this time.
    Scott Terry: You got it, Bruce.
    Bruce Dickinson: I mean, really.. explore the space race!

    I’m at least comforted by the fact that there were more than a few people in that room who understood there actually was too much cowbell on that track.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @greennotGreen:

    What is Scott Terry talking about, “my culture”?

    Racist assholes have a culture too, you know.

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    SFAW says:

    @rikyrah:

    CAC? Candy-assed cracker?

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    SFAW says:

    @greennotGreen:

    What is Scott Terry talking about, “my culture”?

    Slime mold

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @greennotGreen:

    It is absolutely impossible to be a white person from the South and have a culture that has not been affected by slavery and the culture of African slaves.

    I suspect that’s what’s bothering him, frankly.

    And, let’s face it, it’s pretty much impossible to live anywhere in the United States and not be culturally influenced by slavery and former slaves. If you’ve ever listened to rock music of any kind, you’re sunk.

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    greennotGreen says:

    @Mnemosyne: True, but that’s the difference between “absolutely impossible” and “pretty much impossible.”

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill:

    “He doesn’t want to be called racist, though. That term was invented by the Bolsheviks. ”

    Amazing.

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    Mandalay says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    Nonetheless, considering how outrageous the guy’s recorded/publicly posted words were, I think I’d be more focused on that.

    I see your point but I disagree.

    There was certainly no need for Think Progress to misreport the truth about the racism of Terry (as they did). And their report is contradicted by several other sources including the Guardian, the Washington Post and Huffington Post (which surely would have pounced if Terry really did say “why can’t we just have segregation?”).

    But in the long run the accuracy of reporting by Think Progress is far more important than the comments of a racist at a CPAC meeting. If we don’t treat all news sources with a degree of skepticism we will just be mindless cheerleaders for whatever information pleases us, and that is obviously the case for some posters on this thread.

    Fox News watchers are frequently mocked on BJ for their gullibility, but some here are just as willing to take their gramme of soma.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill:

    Ooooh, there’s some good stuff in the comments there:

    Every White country on the planet is forced to become multicultural and multiracial.

    EVERY white country is told to end its own race and culture.

    No one asks that of ANY non-White country. Immigration and forced-assimilation is for ALL & ONLY White countries.

    Anti-Whites call themselves “anti-racist”, but their words & actions lead to the genocide of only one group: White people.

    The true goal of anti-racism is to genocide my people.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    Not sure if spoof or actual troll….

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Mandalay:

    Shorter Mandalay: concern troll is concerned.

    We’ll file this in the appropriate place.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    What that individual is doing is making a convincing case for an Endlösung for some white people.

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    Holee crap.

    End transmission.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Shorter Villago Delenda Est: If I like what I’m reading I don’t care whether it’s true – I’m damn well believing it!

    The media lives for people who “think” like you.

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    Nutella says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa”

    And Mr Lily White should be ‘allowed’ to vote in Europe, of course. If African-Americans need to go back where they came from European-Americans need to do the same.

    I’m sure the natives would be happy to have their continent back.

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    Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill says:

    @Bubblegum Tate: Between this and the “men have it so bad!” comments on one rape article today, it’s been a crap day for the advancement of humanity.

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    ruemara says:

    @Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill: I gave up on humanity’s advancement and decided to focus on making a tasty mocha greek yogurt sugar free thingy for dessert. Much easier to reach satisfaction.

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    Maude says:

    @Darkrose:
    #102. Don’t forget the mule. The mule was vital to plow the ground and for transportation. That is, if the mule wanted to. If that had happened, people could have been property owners and developed wealth. Built up capital. Had power. So no 40 acres and no mule.

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    El Cid says:

    What?

    No mention yet of the scourge of ACORN?

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  144. 144
    Plantsmantx says:

    @freelancer:
    Just like typical black conservatives, when they got treated like shit by white conservatives, they blamed a black person. Pathetic.

  145. 145
    Plantsmantx says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    Google the last line of that little rant, and you’ll see that it’s been posted all over the internet.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Plantsmantx:

    Wow. I had no idea. And yet I’m not at all surprised.

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    Bob h says:

    For teaching them skills, too.

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    Larv says:

    @rob!:
    ” the NRO’s stirring tribute to…the shoe-shine guy! ”

    What’s hilarious (or sad, or sadly hilarious) about that is that the only point of her post seems to be to say: “Look how non-racist I am! I talked to a minority plebe and even wrote a positive story about him!” The irony that the only black guy she could find at CPAC to use this way was the shoe-shine man doesn’t seem to have registered. “See, we conservatives love minorities! Especially when they keep to their proper, traditionally appropriate places in society!” Her next post will be about what a lovely girl Rosa in housekeeping is. Not that she’s ever actually spoken to Rosa, but she fluffs Jillian’s pillow to just the right softness, and that’s what’s really important.

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @Mandalay: Did you read The Atlantic Wire story linked above? Do that and get back to us.

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    Mandalay says:

    Thanks for that link, which fully deepens my skepticism that Terry said the words “why can’t we just have segregation?”. Your link provides very detailed commentary on the discussion from someone who was sitting two seats away from Terry, yet she did not mention that he said those words.

    How can that be? How can she have reported that conversation in great detail from two seats away, but failed to mention that he said “why can’t we just have segregation?”.

    How can it be that no independent source has reported that Terry said “why can’t we just have segregation?”.

    How can Think Progress, who blatantly misquoted another remark form Terry, have failed to ask Terry about his alleged “segregation” remark when they interviewed him after the discussion.

    Now it is obviously unprovable that Terry did not say those words, and possibly he did, and he is clearly a racist regardless. But the evidence that he actually said “why can’t we just have segregation?” looks pretty flimsy to me.

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    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    What in the hell was the black guy selling at this little hatefest? I mean, we all have a niche market if we’re in sales, but what, exactly, would be the point of showing up at one of these clanfests and telling a lot of white people who should really know better by now, that they sound like racists, but he, the black guy, really understands and can show them how to stnnd and show that they aren’t.

    The white jerk is hopeless,but really, this guy is no better.

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    Tazzle says:

    These are the guys that howl about government intrusion in their lives; about the government taking away their guns and making them get healthcare. But, it’s A-OK to have Americans in slavery as long as they’re not white.

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