Question: how much race-baiting, acid-tripping, premise unraveling pseudo insight can one fat, drug-addicted, sex buying leader of the Republican party fit into one hour of radio?

Answer: so very much.

Seriously, get drunk before reading this transcript, but do read it. I’ve clipped an excerpt, but the entire segment is a abstract masterpiece of crackheadian proportions.

via: Media Matters – The Limbaugh Wire for 04/14/2009.

Coming back from the break, Rush helpfully explained his comments from the top of the hour — if George W. Bush had ordered pirates shot, that evil mainstream media would have reported that Bush ordered the killing of three black teenagers on the high seas. That seems perfectly likely to us. Rush then suspected that pirates had already infiltrated the U.S., reading from a story about how two men died in a sword fight in Indiana. But it turned out that the sword used was from World War II-era Japan, so Rush’s theory went out the window.

Revisiting yet another story from yesterday, Rush noted that the woman who leapt into a polar bear enclosure at a Berlin Zoo will not face charges. As he did yesterday, Rush blamed the whole thing on global warming and Al Gore: “Why would somebody do this? Why would somebody jump into the polar bear encamp — this is — I don’t want to make a bigger deal out of this than it should be, but I think it’s — I think there’s an indication here about just how off-track everybody has become with all of this lying SOB sack-of-manure crap that is global warming.” Rush said the woman should sue Gore for the “fake” pictures of dying polar bears in An Inconvenient Truth.

Really though, stop working. Take a break from reality and delve into the collapsing abyss of nothingness that is the mind of the Leader Of The Republican Party. This is the dude the Republicans are afraid to criticize. I love you Right Wing America. I really do.

And yes, I’m a secret Muslim, black community organizer polar bear pirate… and I’m sharpening my sword right now to disrupt tomorrow’s teabagging teaparties. Because I hate freedom. And probably Jesus.

Afternoon Open Thread

14 Apr 2009

Black Man Talks of Reaping by Arna Bontemps

I have sown beside all waters in my day.
I planted deep, within my heart the fear
that wind or fowl would take the grain away.
I planted safe against this stark, lean year.

I scattered seed enough to plant the land
in rows from Canada to Mexico
but for my reaping only what the hand
can hold at once is all that I can show.

Yet what I sowed and what the orchard yields
my brother’s sons are gathering stalk and root;
small wonder then my children glean in fields
they have not sown, and feed on bitter fruit.

I’m so proud of how “No Drama” Obama handled the pirate crisis. I also appreciated that there was little exploitation, swagger or gloating about the killing of what are likely to be very young men and the capture of a 16 year old kid, one of the pirates originally holding the captain of the Maersk Alabama. What a difference from the Bush years. It’s easy to romanticize or demonize the pirates off Somalia but I’m an advocate of understanding what’s driven these desperate young men to such dangerous acts. You know, so we can stop it. It sounds sadly similar in a way to the crime trends you see among the hopeless young men of the slums outside of Paris or in America’s ghettoes & inner cities. Crime is wrong, but hopeless people without work or healthcare are always a danger to society. Clearly the short term gains of a few are taking a heavy toil on everyone else in the region as it suffers environmental damage, threatening lives and livelihoods. If we really want to stop piracy, things gonna have to change re: how Somalis are being treated by the rest of the world. Stronger security in the region needs to protect Somalis as well as protect others from the dangers of Somali pirates. I recommend reading both of these articles to understand the real dynamics of piracy in the region, and the history of piracy, generally. Here are a few excerpts.

First from a Somali journalist (via AlterNet):

After the overthrow of Siyad Barre, our charmless dictator of twenty-some odd years, two major forces of the Hawiye Clan came to power. At the time, Ali Mahdi, and General Mohamed Farah Aidid, the two leaders of the Hawiye rebels were largely considered liberators. But the unity of the two men and their respective sub-clans was very short-lived. It’s as if they were dumbstruck at the advent of ousting the dictator, or that they just forgot to discuss who will be the leader of the country once they defeated their common foe. A disagreement of who will upgrade from militia leader to Mr. President broke up their honeymoon. It’s because of this disagreement that we’ve seen one of the most devastating wars in Somalia’s history, leading to millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead. But war is expensive and militias need food for their families, and Jaad (an amphetamine-based stimulant) to stay awake for the fighting. Therefore a good clan-based Warlord must look out for his own fighters. Aidid’s men turned to robbing aid trucks carrying food to the starving masses, and reselling it to continue their war. But Ali Mahdi had his sights set on a larger and more unexploited resource, namely: the Indian Ocean.

Already by this time, local fishermen in the coastline of Somalia have been complaining of illegal vessels coming to Somali waters and stealing all the fish. And since there was no government to report it to, and since the severity of the violence clumsily overshadowed every other problem, the fishermen went completely unheard. But it was around this same time that a more sinister, a more patronizing practice was being put in motion. A Swiss firm called Achair Parterns, and an Italian waste company called Progresso, made a deal with Ali Mahdi, that they could dump containers of waste material in Somali waters. These European companies were said to be paying Warlords about $3 a ton, where as in to properly dispose of waste in Europe costs about $1000 a ton.

Second, from The Independent:

In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

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Tuesday Open Thread

14 Apr 2009

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Good Morning.

As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

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President Obama to Lift Restrictions on Cuba
April 13, 2009 12:29 PM

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:

At today’s daily White House briefing, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs will announce that the administration will lift travel, remittance, mail and business restrictions relating to the Communist nation of Cuba.

The changes will allow unlimited visits to family members on the island as well as unlimited remittances — the cash recent immigrants to the U.S. send to relatives back home. President Bush imposed stricter restrictions on both in 2004.

“As hard as we search, we can’t find anyone who thinks the limitations Bush put on family travel and family remittances in 2004 were a good idea,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

The Obama administration will also take steps to enhance the flow of information by allowing U.S. telecommunications networks to link the U.S. and Cuba; and will allow an expansion of humanitarian items that can be sent to the island (including clothing, personal hygiene items and fishing equipment). It will remain illegal to send items to senior government officials and members of the Communist Party.
“These steps are being taken in support of the Cuban people’s desire to freely determine their own future and to open up the space needed to see democratic progress in Cuba,” says a White House official.

Rest of article for link above.

Time to go all the way. Lift the embargo. Period. It’s time to turn a new chapter in Cuba. The President won in Florida in 2008. He would have won in 2008 WITHOUT Cuba.

Lift the embargo.

The First Family Hosting the Easter Egg Hunt

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

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Were you wondering what happened to all the rabid, wild-eyed bigots yelling, “Kill him!” and “Terrorist” and “Socialist” carrying stuffed monkey plush dolls at the McCain-Palin rallies? It’s easy in our jubilation over Obama’s victory to forget the many people in America who were deeply fearful and hate-oriented towards an Obama presidency. Those people didn’t just shrug their shoulders at the Democratic victory in Nov 2008. No, they’ve re-organized. Largely abandoned by the Republican party who tapped cynically into their ignorance, fear and hatred and whipped these folks into a racist lather as a Get Out The Vote strategy, the Tax Day Tea Party people have used the internet to find each other and organize.

Obama ShamWowThey’re getting plenty of news coverage. And don’t get me wrong: the teabaggers (heh) have expressed some legitimate concerns about the impact of the economic stimulus on the ballooning deficit and the evolving structure of the financial bailout strategy. Concerns some progressives and many Americans share actually. Yet Obama’s kept his promise to lower taxes for most Americans except the very wealthy – I don’t know about you but I definitely am getting more back than I expected personally on my own taxes. So…whassup, really? Are these folks really concerned about their taxes going up or is it about what they perceive their taxes to be funding? Here’s an image from the Michelle Malkin blog that sums up their real concerns, IMHO – note the bloody imagery, btw.

I’ve been parsing the words and the racists have been very careful to cover their tracks and fury that a black man is President. But not well enough. I’m starting to become pretty convinced at this point that “socialist” is a some kind of code word for “nigger”. Here’s an example of some of the subtle language the Tea Party people are using to describe their own movement (emphasis mine) from the Michelle Malkin blog, a central hive for the poorly informed, wild-eyed, bigoted, Fox News/wingnut blog-driven lynch, ahem I mean Tea Partiers:

As you’re probably aware, Michelle’s been a huge supporter of the “tea parties,” as has been Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush and countless others. The phenomenon is spreading, and more will be held on Tax Day — April 15 (a map of all the locations is here).

In late February, I attended a tea party in Lansing, Michigan, and will be there again next Wednesday. While there, I spoke with several people, and, while everybody attended for the same “big picture” reason, many had their own reason to be there.

For some it was wildly excessive and confusing tax laws. Others were there out of concern for their children and grandchildren. Some were there because they’re maddened that the same glorious policies that have made Detroit look like Bangladesh after a garbage haulers strike are being introduced on a national level, a few were upset because the same people who created these massive problems are charged with fixing them, others don’t want their country sold out to some global entity, and one man I saw had a sign that said “‘Government job’ is a contradiction in terms.” Many were there for the reason of “all of the above.”

Huh? What does Detroit or Bangladesh have to do with Barack Obama? Oh that’s right, Detroit has experienced white flight, urban blight and economic devastation for years now, making some areas seem almost Third World. But that wouldn’t have anything to do with the crumbling U.S. auto industry and everything to do with the black mayors the city has been electing, right? The corrupt Kwame Kilpatrick notwithstanding, this sounds like a snarky, swiping slur directed at South Indian immigrants, African-Americans and unions all combined succinctly. There’s real racist animus here: check out the video above of Tea Party nuts convinced that Barack Obama can’t be president because he faked his birth certificate and is actually Kenyan by birth. My God — do you know what that means? It means a black man is illegally president! Because it’s just not possible for a black man to be president unless something has gone horribly wrong with the system! Citizens, act now and get to your local Tea Party!!!

White supremacists are loving the Tea Party movement btw. They hear the dogwhistle loud and clear and are looking to take advantage of the discontent. Much more including what white supremacists are saying, the top five questions journalists and bloggers should be asking Tea Party rallygoers and my updated criteria for undercover racist attacks after the jump.

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After a weekend that saw President Obama play action hero — resolving a stand-off with pirates, delivering a puppy to his daughters, and making time for Easter services — we chatted with ABC’s Ann Compton and political comedian Baratunde Thurston about the optics of the presidency today on’s “Top Line.” 

So I’ve been back in the country barely one week, and already I’m being asked to comment on the President’s Puppy Situation :) Well, a bit more than that. Anyway, here’s the segment from my Noon ET appearance on Top Line, a show distributed at and several cable and mobile phone operators.

The snippet above links to a blog post with a writeup and links to the full show. My segment can be found directly here:

From including LGBT families in the Easter Egg Roll ( to committing to Iraq troop withdrawal by the end of 2011 to stopping pirates, it’s been a good weekend for the President. Maybe it’s competence, which we’re sadly not accustomed to. Maybe it’s luck. Whatever it is, the country needs it

Oh, and for the record, I don’t sanction the use of the term “optics” unless someone is referring to the behavior and properties of light.

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Afternoon Open Thread

13 Apr 2009

Ka ‘Ba by Imamu Amiri Baraka

A closed window looks down
on a dirty courtyard, and black people
call across or scream or walk across
defying physics in the stream of their will

Our world is full of sound
Our world is more lovely than anyone’s
tho we suffer, and kill each other
and sometimes fail to walk the air

We are beautiful people
with african imaginations
full of masks and dances and swelling chants

with african eyes, and noses, and arms,
though we sprawl in grey chains in a place
full of winters, when what we want is sun.

We have been captured,
brothers. And we labor
to make our getaway, into
the ancient image, into a new

correspondence with ourselves
and our black family. We read magic
now we need the spells, to rise up
return, destroy, and create. What will be

the sacred words?

Easter Monday at the National Zoo, 1900s

Easter Monday at the National Zoo, 1900s

It’s geo-diverse, egalitarian, green, internet-savvy, kid-focused, yoga- and gay-friendly this year, giving us some insight into Michelle’s family values & leadership philosophy. If you’re a lucky attendee, please do send us your photos and stories.

NY Times Politics & Government Blog:

Kid yoga classes, dance workshops and a performance by musician Fergie are a few of the activities planned for the approximately 30,000 people expected to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll today.

Time Magazine:

More than 100 same-sex couples showed up at the event in 2006 with their children in an organized effort to show President Bush “that gay families exist in this country,” in the words of one organizer; critics accused them of “crashing” the event. The Obamas specifically welcomed gay families this year, distributing tickets directly to gay rights organizations. Another innovation of the Obamas: this year’s souvenir egg is designed to be environmentally friendly, using vegetable oil-based ink and wood from “sustainably managed forests.”

Also for the first time, tickets to this year’s event were distributed over the Internet rather than via the first-come, first-served system that traditionally spawns serpentine lines of parents around Washington’s Ellipse. The switch was designed to encourage visitors from around the country — families from at least 45 states are expected to attend — though huge demand for tickets left many parents frustrated and empty-handed, despite spending hours in front of their computers. A reminder, perhaps, that this particular rite of spring is designed primarily for the enjoyment of children, not grown-ups.

It sure would be nice if the Obamas also stopped by the National Zoo which has special meaning for African-Americans. From Hello Negro:

The Easter Monday event started in 1891 when blacks were not allowed to go to the White House Easter Egg Roll (until the Dwight Eisenhower presidency).

From the Smithsonian blog:

Two decades after the White House began its Easter Egg Roll tradition in 1878, the National Zoo started one of its own. The event, which involved an Easter egg roll down the zoo’s Lion-Tiger Hill and a day of picnicking, became a hit, especially for DC-area African Americans, with attendance reaching a whopping 55,000 in 1919. Apparently, native Washingtonian Justine Love, at her 50th Easter Monday in 2003, said, “I always would ask [my father] why we couldn’t go to the White House to the Easter Egg roll, and he’d say because this activity is better for us.” The African American community claimed this event as their own, and it’s blossomed into a rich, multicultural celebration.

And why Easter Monday, instead of Sunday? According to a Washington Post article from 1986, in the early days of the event, many of Washington’s African Americans worked as servants and were given Easter Monday off.

This year’s Easter Monday promises an Easter egg hunt, a visit from the Easter bunny, games, arts and crafts and live entertainment from a West African storyteller, an a capella Gospel choir, a steel-drum band and a double-dutch jump-rope team. Of course, since it’s at the zoo, there are also animal training and feeding demonstrations. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

I grew up in DC but never went to either because for the White House: no connections and for the National Zoo, well both my parents have allergies! Again, if you’re a lucky attendee, please do send us your photos and stories. BTW y’all: I cam back from London as sick as a junkyard dog so had to lay low last week. It’s good to be back.

As a reminder, this video is a response to this ad

which I wrote about on JJP here (

We shot this Sunday at Lizz Winstead’s house. Everybody is awesome in it! To see more of the work produced by Lizz and the crew of Shoot The Messenger, visit

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Monday Open Thread

13 Apr 2009

The First Family at Easter

Good Morning.

As we begin a new week, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

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It appears after having taken an anti-gay stance, and catching heat for it from the “other side”, “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren, was slated to be on George Stephanopoulos’ show and cancelled his appearance.  John Aravois of AmericaBLOG, isn’t buying the reason for the cancellation:

At the very last minute, with no warning, he canceled on Stephanopoulos, on Easter Sunday no less, due to “exhaustion.” Hmm… Stephanopoulos didn’t sound convinced. Nor am I. It’s Easter Sunday. Warren was going to be on ABC’s This Week, doing his schtick as “America’s Pastor.” This was a big opportunity for him, on the biggest Christian day of the year (at least in my church, Easter is bigger than Christmas). And suddenly he cancels.

According to John, maybe Warren thought he was going to get grilled over a Washington (aka Moonie) Times article where his fellow peers are pissed off at his backing down from his previously anti-gay bigoted stance:

Proponents of the proposition had gathered from earlier comments that Mr. Warren stood with them on the issue, and they reacted vigorously to his CNN interview.

“I was extremely troubled by the way he appeared to be so anxious to distance himself from the same-sex issue and to make clear he was not an ‘activist’ and that he’d only addressed the issue in a very minor way,” said the Rev. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said his denial is “absolutely baffling.”

“Whether he supports Proposition 8 now, after the fact, is overshadowed by the bizarre claim that he did not say what the evidence so clearly proves he said.”

You might be LGBT or straight; you certainly are biologically related to someone from the LGBT community.  You may be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or agnostic-atheist.  Whatever your beliefs and feelings may be about the rights of gays to be treated as equal; the same way POC are STILL fighting for their equal rights; the main point of this piece is this;

STAND FOR SOMETHING OR FALL FOR ANYTHING.  The one thing I respect about fundamentalists – right or wrong; they don’t back down from their position.  It may cost them money, prestiege, power – but if having those things goes against their beliefs or values; no matter how unpopular it is to take such a stand, they take it, knowing what the cost is.

Rick Warren is nothing more than an opportunist.  In trying to become “America’s Pastor”, Rev. Warren is trying to have it both ways; anti-gay when it suits him, and now, backing off because he’s trying to go National.  You cannot come out strongly against gays, by comparing them to incestuous relationships and whatnot – then back off by saying YOU had nothing to do with making sure Proposition 8 passed in California – same thing for the Church of Latter Day Saints – when it became known that powerful churches, instead of teaching about Jesus’ love, they were playing GOD by donating enough money to raise the GNP in many third-World countries, to defeat a proposition that basically does not impact their way of life – well, that smells more like opportunists trying to obatin political power and saying they’re doing it “in love” and for the love of Jesus Christ.

Pastors like Rick Warren are the reason many people give the Church the side eye.  Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I like Your Christ – I do not know about your ‘Christians’”.  The fact that his own bretheren are grilling him about this “flip-flop” is more than enough payback for the attempt to sandbag Mr. Obama at that lil’ “debate” where Senator Country Last sure as hell violated that “cone of silence” and tried to cheat.

Watches these types of meltdowns makes me hungry. I’ll take my popcorn with butter, please.

So I was just minding my business trying to purchase a video on demand from, the website that sells everything. After complaining about the inability to rent the movie using my iPod touch (it requires Flash to order), twitter friend @meredithmo ( linked me to a post on about how Amazon was de-ranking a lot of homosexuality-themed literature.

The image above shows the top five search results for “homosexuality” now on after this company’s little hate-based stunt.

Coincidentally, I’ve just returned from shooting a video parodying the dumbass “A Storm Is Gathering” anti-gay ad (release tomorrow) and really have extra low tolerance for bigoted bullshit on the night of Jesus’s big day. Amazon is demoting young adult fiction, parenting guides and more all while maintaining its endorsement of truly dangerous literature that threatens the very fabric of our republic. (

Read more about this bullshit here ( and here (, which also provides email addresses, phone numbers and a petition you can sign to put a stop to this nonsense. You can follow the Twitter conversation using the #amazonfail hashtag here: And for good measure, here’s one more

If you’re looking for another online book retailer, I strongly support Portland, Oregon-based Powells.

Meanwhile, I’ll watch something on Netflix and will be withholding money from Amazon until its leaders decide to stop this campaign of ignorance. I just wanted to watch a movie, yall.

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Afternoon Open Thread

12 Apr 2009

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

—Maya Angelou

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