I Can’t Be a Pedophile, I’m a Racist.

61-year-old Humble Preparatory Academy first grade teacher, Ester Irene Stokes is using a very disturbing defense after being accused of fondling a seven-year-old student, she claims she couldn’t possibly have touched the child because the alleged victim is black and she is a racist.

What kind of human being, much less a person employed to shape the minds of young kids, decides “well, this is a great idea for getting out of this sex offender thing, I’ll just say I’m a racist. Score!”. – Better A Racist Than A Pedophile Be, Apparently from Angry Black Lady Chronicals on TWIB

So, its not that you wouldn’t molest a kid , you just won’t molest a black one?  This is a whole new flavor of terrible.

On today’s #TWiBRadio, we talk about the food pyramid of crime suspects, poison in the mail makes a comeback, and fat shaming Kim Kardashian.

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And this morning on #amTWiB no shock here, bipartisan investigation concludes the Bush administration did use torture, the cupcake market crumbled, and science proves just how gross beer pong really is.

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Rush Limbaugh, Rap Genius.

And with this, Rush Limbaugh proves you too can rustle papers and say everything wrong and continue to make millions. Lesson learned.

Also, today is the first ever International Happiness Day, but should the state be responsible for providing happiness? On today’s #TWiBRadio, we discuss the politics of happiness, more Iraq War statistics, and we’re joined by Mrs. Emily Epstein-White for her take on sugar daddies and indecent proposals.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discussed the power of the NRA lobby and their massive misinformation campaign, the world inside the Aryan Brotherhood, and the million hours spent arresting marijuana users.

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Your Face is an Apology

If you say something and then apologize, try making it a real apology:

A number of people have raised questions regarding part of my essay in the most recent issue of Emory Magazine. Certainly, I do not consider slavery anything but heinous, repulsive, repugnant, and inhuman. I should have stated that fact clearly in my essay. I am sorry for the hurt caused by not communicating more clearly my own beliefs. To those hurt or confused by my clumsiness and insensitivity, please forgive me.

Today on #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness is joined by Prof. Blair Kelley via the black phone to drop historical knowledge on the meaning of the 3/5ths compromise and we discuss spy teenagers and Lindsey Graham’s voice sounds a lot like oppression.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, we discuss the ever-widening wealth and income-gap between black and white Americans, and the impact of the Voting Rights Act decision at the supreme court. Check it out:

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King of Hearts

Republicans in the Arizona state legislature, not content to twiddle their thumbs whilst SB 1070 navigates the courts, have introduced new legislation challenging birthright citizenship:

The aim is “to trigger … a Supreme Court review of the phrase ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ in the 14th amendment,” said Rep. John Kavanagh, one on the backers of the legislation.

It ultimately seeks “to deny citizenship to any child born of parents who are not citizens of the United States, be they illegal aliens, or foreigners on business or for tourist purposes,” he added.

A total of four proposals were introduced, two in the state House of Representatives and two in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe and Steven Seagal took to the streets with deputies and a posse to round up the illegals:

In Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday kicked off a sweep to crack down on illegal immigration.

Aside from his deputies, Arpaio also relied on volunteer members of a newly formed Illegal Immigration Enforcement Posse, who took to the streets in a two-day countywide operation targeting drop houses, drug activity and human smuggling, said sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Jesse Spurgin.

Action flick star Steven Seagal is a member of the sheriff’s posse, and he took part in the operation, Spurgin said. Twenty-two suspected illegal immigrants had been arrested by late Thursday, he said.

The legislation Arizona lawmakers introduced on Thursday is part of a coordinated drive by Republican legislators in several U.S. states that seeks to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

Truly, the inmates have taken control of the asylum.

These are the same people who want to cut 280,000 thousand poor people off the Medicaid rolls in Arizona, who want to slash education funding from K-12 and public universities – all because it’s impossible to pass any tax hikes beyond a measly, temporary jump in the state sales tax. Jan Brewer wants to create a state college system to run alongside the University system to offer a lower cost alternative (along the lines of California’s parallel institutions). But this is no fix to an immediate budget crisis! This is a long-term plan that certainly may have its merits – I’m skeptical given it comes from the governor’s desk – but it’s no short-term fix. If anything, it’s a disguised attempt to pull more funds from the existing higher education system and funnel them into a theoretical state college system. I have my doubts those funds will end up where they say they will. This is not the first time the legislature has attempted to rob the coffers of other state programs – attempts that have been rejected time and again by Arizona voters. The same voters who, inexplicably, keep electing these people to office.

But hey, at least Arizona students and faculty will be able to carry guns on campus.

What bloody madness.

I think Arizona is a wonderful state. It’s sunny, diverse, has quirky artsy towns like Gerome Jerome (I always misspell that) and Bisbee, and the super-quirky Arcosanti. We’ve got legal medical marijuana and soon will have a dispensary system. The state is actually quite a lot more diverse than reports like these would have you believe – bordering purple, and trending that direction (which may explain the reactionary nature of its current government). But these bills that keep coming up just get crazier and crazier. Nothing has done more to push me leftward politically than watching the consequences of these red-meat politicians and their paranoid, revanchist legislation.