March 12, 2010
Nope, we're screwed
I appreciate Josh Marshall's optimism here, but if you really think anything is going to stop the narrative in November from being "Democrats DESTROYED!!!1!!1!1" you're insane. The election of President Scott Brown the other month should be the indicator of what even a single seat-flip to the Republicans is going to be treated as. My sphincter already clenches thinking what six or seven pickups is going to look like.
March 10, 2010
Stupid Democrats, they can't even get their racial eugenics conspiracies in order
There's nothing funnier-slash-scarier than the collision of two right-wing conspiracy theories that are completely incompatible with each other colliding like runaway trucks on a freeway. The big one this week has been the NY and L.A. Times' coverage of an anti-abortion movement restoring a classic twist on banning women's rights- claiming that it's a secret plot to ethnically cleanse the black population of the United States.
Responses keep coming in to a New York Times article, originally published Friday, in which writer Shaila Dewan details a multi-pronged effort by anti-abortion advocates to convince black women that the "abortion industry" is racist, based on the fact that black women have a disproportionately high rate of abortion. Georgia Right to Life has partnered with the Radiance Foundation for a billboard campaign and accompanying website claiming that "Black children are an endangered species." A documentary called Maafa 21, made by a white anti-choice activist, purports to draw parallels between abortion, eugenics, and slavery.
Now, as you all know from any blog or family member who listens to Glenn Beck, the entire fundraising operation of the Democrat [sic] Party is based on maintaining a complete reliance of black people on the federal government and special handouts thus guaranteeing their total support of the pro-government Mommy State party and... okay, I'm breaking into my own sarcasm for a moment to just make sure that everyone understands I'm sarcastically mocking this nonsense, right? Yes, of course this is all racist, insane bullshit. I'm just addressing the practical lack of logic in it, which is a lot, because there's typically a lack of logic in the rhetoric of crazy people. We good? We good. Alright.
So I don't get it. Liberals and their ilk want nothing more than a solid block of reliable, subservient votes from black people... and at the same time want to secretly euthanize all of them? This is an even more condensed version of a classic anti-choice claim, in that Democrats are somehow aborting their own voting bloc. Man, we totally fucked up that one, what with the 30-something generation born after the legalization of infanticide voting for a Democrat and a black guy for president. Better luck next time, everyone!
Alright, so here's where it gets funny: the massive conspiracy to abort the minority population away? Yeah, that's failing miserably.
Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.
In fact, demographers say this year could be the "tipping point" when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.
The numbers are growing because immigration to the U.S. has boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990.
You know what I'm going to take a wee bit of a gamble on and guess isn't following this story? Right-wingers happy about this.
Now, while there isn't super-specific data the article clearly addresses that this rise in the "minority" population is more related to Hispanics than African-Americans, and I guess from a "what type of racist are you?" perspective, that... I dunno... matters? But this is a bizarre matter of unstoppable racist bullshit meeting immovable racist bullshit.
March 8, 2010
"The Oscars: They Happened!"
It's really weird- I used to be really big on the Oscars and this year I just didn't care at all. I was happy Christoph Waltz won because he had the greatest performance I've ever seen in my life but that was pretty much it. I think Up was the best film of 2009 but know that there was no way it was getting the credit it deserved.
But I think I've also reached the point where I'm just sick of stupid Oscar hype. This year was so painfully predictable because of the clear campaigning and media angles that already established what was going to happen. At the risk of sounding insulting to him, we might as well just dub this the Heath Ledger effect: six months of "asking" if someone's going to win probably means yes, they're going to. I'm really sick of hearing about James Cameron's previous marriages, what award would be a milestone for what race or gender, and of course how great a movie about how white people can fix everything is. Just hand out the awards with a press release and save the time. Also, get off my lawn.