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Fox News reporters Greg Jarrett and Ed Henry speak truth* to power:

The issue exposed by Jarrett and Henry? The fact that President Obama has not made any public statements on the murder of college baseball player Christopher Lane, who was white, by three African American teenagers. (See my update below: The teenagers who murdered Lane weren't all African American.)

Why do they think this is notable? Because Obama did offer public comments after Trayvon Martin was killed, and after (in Jarrett's words) "the black Harvard professor" got arrested inside his home (Jarrett might not know it, but that professor—Henry Louis Gates—has a name).

In the Jarrett-Henry world, this is is hypocrisy, and it proves that President Obama is a virulent anti-white racist who secretly supports the random murder of white people—as long as the murders are committed by non-whites. Never mind the fact that Obama's mother was white, or that his comments on Gates and Jarrett came in response to questions from reporters. Clearly, Paul LePage was right: Obama hates white people.

Of course, Gates and Jarrett completely ignore the fact that when Trayvon Martin was killed, George Zimmerman—the admitted killer—wasn't arrested until weeks after the murder. Lane's murderers were arrested within 24 hours. That's exactly as should be. His murder was awful, and nothing can change that. But the justice system is working. Without the outrage following Martin's murder, Zimmerman never would have had to defend himself in a court of law.

Jarrett and Henry aren't alone; Fox has spent much of they day posing various forms of the "where's the outrage question" and much of the rest of the conservative media is joining in as well. But these guys don't care about Christopher Lane, or really even about what President Obama did or didn't say. As James David Dickson writes in the Detroit News:

The “where’s the outrage?” argument comes in another form: Why don’t black people protest black-on-black violence? What about all those dead kids in Chicago and Detroit? Where’s the march for them?

This is an argument steeped in ignorance. If the people who make it spent even a minute researching, they’d see their premise was faulty. The reason they don’t know that people do care and do march to stop black-on-black violence is because they don’t care about black-on-black violence. They’re trying to use dead black kids in Chicago to stop you from caring about a dead black kid in Florida, when in reality they care about neither.

That's exactly right. Ultimately, this outrage is manufactured to make the Fox audience feel good about themselves when they turn their heads to injustice. It's about making sure they don't forget that they are the real victims here, because who knows what terrible things might happen to the Republican Party if one day Fox viewers woke up and lost that chip on their shoulder.  

*Well, not so much truth as stupid and dishonest race-baiting propaganda.

1:25 PM PT: Wow, it turns out that Fox was even worse than I thought—and that I stupidly fell for part of it. It turns out that the one of the three individuals who murdered Lane was white. So (a) my initial post got that fact wrong, for which I apologize and (b) Fox is even loopier than I originally stated.

Sign our petition demanding that Fox News correct their factual mistake, and cease the despicable race-baiting that has resulted.


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  •  Jed, one of the teenagers was white. (31+ / 0-)

    Facts are wrong up top.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:04:13 PM PDT

  •  This is an example of Racial Harmony.... (6+ / 0-)

        Two black kids and a white kid go off together to murder someone for fun.

         I don't know about you.. but when I go out to murder someone for fun, I bring along only my most trusted friends.  Apparently the three trusted each other.

         Yes, there were some racist tweets.. but to admit that even a few members of (race #1) can be trusted by (race #2) shows the progress we have made in race relations.   After all, its not like the KKK had a black auxiliary that helped out with the lynchings...

    snark off

    •  Exactly! (0+ / 0-)

      Just as the OJ trial showed that a black man with money and a white man with money have an equal chance to get away with murder.  Therefore we now have GREEN supremacy.

      As far as this case is concerned, it is NOTHING like the Martin-Zimmerman incident.  These three assailants WERE arrested by the police, according to law, and there is no apparent reason to expect them not to proceed to do their lawful duty (at least in this case, there is no doubt as to the facts of the crime; if there had been, there might have been a CHANCE that they would not do ALL their duty because of racial factors).  Race would NOT be a factor in the operation of the justice system in this case, so there is NO NEED for either "liberal agitators" or the President to offer an opinion, other than the exceptionally tragic nature of the crime.

      In the Martin/Zimmerman case, we have a death only PARTIALLY witnessed (sounds, 911 call, etc) by anyone other than the shooter and the victim, in which the shooter REPORTED the shooting to the police, who, as the initial protestors asserted, SEEMED to be ready to send the shooter home, having accepted the shooter's self defense story at face value with no investigation.

      The protest in the Martin/Zimmerman case was NOT to the effect that Zimmerman was SURELY a murderer, just that more investigation was needed to VERIFY a self defense claim.  The protest was that the police were planning to IGNORE any possibility that Zimmerman was not acting in self defense, and this is exactly how the old Jim Crow justice worked.  It also seems to be the way Fox News justice works: any black man who is shot and killed MUST have been a criminal, and the white shooter MUST have been provoked into self defense, end of story, no police work or trial needed.

      And, by the time there WAS an official action, in RESPONSE to the protests, it was insufficient and too late to get all the relevant evidence.  Therefore, Zimmerman COULD have gotten away with murder, and there is no way for the law to be sure, so in accordance with the law, he was found not guilty.  It is too late for the public to know (unless 20 years from now he publishes a memoir in which he brags about fooling the jury), and too late for the law to operate properly in THIS case.

      But it is NOT too late to look at why we HAVE cases like this, and how the police and court system SHOULD handle them in the future.  That is the point of the pre-trial and post-trial protests.

  •  I was going to say something but I'll get HRed, (8+ / 0-)

    "Fixed News" the voice of poor white victims, because only white people are victims of crime.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:06:05 PM PDT

  •  Let me see if I understand this, (18+ / 0-)

    you actually watched FOX News? Your Medal of Honor is in the mail.

    "I'd rather be Ultra-Brite than Pepsodent." — Henry Decay

    by Mike732 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:06:25 PM PDT

  •  One of the boys was white, one was black, and one (10+ / 0-)

    was mixed race. Fox has reached a new low- if that's possible.

    The price of anything is the amount of life we are willing to exchange for it.

    by theslinger on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:08:58 PM PDT

  •  I diaried The Daily Caller's disgusting coverage (5+ / 0-)

    of this earlier today.

    Stomach churning, self-righteous, petty, and amoral.

    Ayn sucks. Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer.

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:09:30 PM PDT

  •  the dull Occam Razor at Faux News (5+ / 0-)

    as this dairy showed the photos were manipulated to make one suspect "more black" to presumably protect the Cruz-Rubio 2016 demographic in FNC's slavish devotion to the GOP

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:10:44 PM PDT

    •  George Zimmerman became lily "white" when it (2+ / 0-)
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      fit the meme and the need for ratings.   What did you expect from "news" outlets that sustain themselves by selling advertising?  Facts?   Please.

      Never mud wrestle with a pig. You only get dirty, and the pig enjoys it.

      by SpamNunn on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:14:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Not just white people... (6+ / 0-)

    The arrival of Sunny Obama makes clear that the President also supports the murder of white dogs.

  •  Any time they want to express their outrage (3+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, Hillbilly Dem, Matt Z

    for ALL of the f'king GunFAILs that happen in this bloodstained country of ours, then I'll pay attention.  Until then, no f'king way.

    Après le thé, le déluge. -- Glenn Beck, aka Napoleon XIV

    by mspicata on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:15:30 PM PDT

  •  "If Zimmerman Were Black He Wouldnt Be Arrested" (7+ / 0-)

    Who remembers this race baiting?

  •  Not sure the justice system is "working" here (0+ / 0-)

    unless you consider the justice system "working" when it sends some teenagers to prison until they're eligible for Social Security.

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:16:51 PM PDT

    •  TDDVandy: I concur (0+ / 0-)

      but you won't like the alternative I'd propose.

      They admitted the murder. They admitted the motive. No remorse.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:19:58 PM PDT

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  •  Dousche Bags (0+ / 0-)

    That the only word I can think of for these right wing assholes... wait there' another one.

    If some African American cops with a caucasian cop or two let these guys go. Then there would be an equivalency.

    There is none.

    Morons. Oh there's another one.

  •  Don't Watch Fox News Ever (2+ / 0-)
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    rbird, Matt Z

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:18:47 PM PDT

  •  In upside down Republican-land (3+ / 0-)
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    Wingnuts hate black people.

    Therefore, black people (Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc.) are the 'real racists' because they're not white.

    ------"Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend."------- Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:19:41 PM PDT

  •  Let's see, (11+ / 0-)

    herein we've got implicit white privilege denial, explicit false-equivalence of racism against whites, and several heaping doses of outright bigotry.

    Yep, classic conservative White Victimization Industry propaganda.

    This whole thing just gets more insidious by the day, and only serves to highlight how bad institutional racism against minorities really is. These murderers were arrested immediately. The media covered it immediately.

    Here's the right wing message: when a white man kills a black child, his eventual prosecution is a travesty; when a black child kills a white man, his immediate arrest and likely swift and aggressive prosecution aren't good enough.

    Racism is as severe as ever.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:21:50 PM PDT

    •  White Victimization? (0+ / 0-)

      When the right wing talks about whites being "victimized" they define "victim" as "no longer having the power to victimize others."  News flash: the white "people" were NEVER in power.  The white ARISTOCRACY victimized both black people (as slaves, then as sharecroppers, poor low wage workers, and prison labor) AND white people (low wages, some also as sharecroppers, wages held down by the even lower, or zero, wages paid to black people).  Then they BRAINWASHED the rest of the white "people" to support those policies by demonizing the black people.

      The only difference between Jefferson Davis and Rick Perry and friends is that they have allowed a FEW blacks to join their aristocracy.  But they still brainwash many white people into believing that they are being "victimized" by "allowing" black people to be equal.

      Full disclosure: I am white, but I am not superior to any black person.  My ancestors just left Africa sooner than theirs.

  •  Criteria For Fox News Reporter (4+ / 0-)
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    That smarmy look. Hannity has it. This douche has it. Lou Dobbs has it. Ugh.

    The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

    by The Lone Apple on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:30:10 PM PDT

  •  yay FoX (0+ / 0-)

    Apartheid forever

    where in the world is edward snowden?

    by Krush on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:34:53 PM PDT

  •  Fox is collectively stupid (5+ / 0-)

    The point about Trayvon Martin was that he was a young black kid suspected of wrong doing and killed because he was black,  and his murderer went free.

    If this white guy was murdered because he was white, and if his killers go free, then would be the time for Obama to make a statement.  But that's not going to happen.

  •  Counting on right-wingers to understand nuance.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Is a fool's errand. Trayvon's murder was the result of being wrongly-profiled as a criminal by an armed, self-appointed community watchman. The murder of Lane seems to be as pointless as it is cruel. They decided to murder someone, Lane was close by. George Zimmerman was protected by local law enforcement and arrested well after the murder. Arrests in this case came almost immediately.

    Obama's comments on the Zimmerman/Martin case were in the context of some larger issues: racial profiling, the criminalization of young, black men. He shared his thoughts and experiences on that subject. He never once pronounced Zimmerman guilty.

    Counting on the right-wingers to comprehend these huge differences is likely a waste of time. Frankly, I was glad one of the assailants in the Lane case was white. It might make it a bit harder for white conservatives to turn this into another episode of innocent white people attacked by bloodthirsty black youths. They will still try, that is for sure as evidenced by the Fox coverage, but I hope it makes it a bit harder for them.

  •  as always, I never know if the RWers (1+ / 0-)
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    1. actually believe their own BS. or 2. they just say that red bait shit to achieve some end result, AND they know it's BS is BS, but they just don'r care. ya know, the end justifies gthe means.

    A lotta dark delusions either way.

    The Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

    by vlyons on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:04:58 PM PDT

    •  There are the true believers.. (0+ / 0-)

      the poor white folk who are so easily manipulated by their own racism.  They are dumb or ignorant or both and are more victims than anything else although I do not pity them because most are willful conspirators.  Then the are liars and manipulators who use the idiots to get what they need.  They know better but don't care.  They are the monsters that are to be feared.

      •  Even the true believers (0+ / 0-)

        are not monsters, any more than an attack-trained dog is a monster.  They are doing the will of those who "own" their brainwashed minds.  The true monsters are their "trainers" in the corporate and government aristocracy who tell them what to believe.

  •  Last I heard if say a bank is robbed and someone (0+ / 0-)

    is murdered then the one driving the get-away-car is just as guilty of the murder and charged with the murder as the one doing the killing or has things changed with time?

    •  Bank robbery (0+ / 0-)

      When the one driving away is a Tea partier

      •  Felony Murder (0+ / 0-)

        In most states, what "defluxion10" said is true.  If ANYONE is killed, even ACCIDENTALLY, even if one of the ACCOMPLICES dies by accident or is killed by police or bystanders, in the commission of a FELONY, they can be convicted of first degree murder if they are found guilty of the original felony.

        I have heard of some cases in which plea bargaining by some of the accomplices led to a miscarriage of justice on the others.  For example, if three teens are on a joy ride, and they stop at a store, the two passengers get out, rob the store, kill the storekeeper, and tell the driver to make a getaway, the DRIVER can be charged with felony murder, EVEN if he did not know a robbery was planned, and even if he did not know DURING THE GETAWAY that a robbery was committed.  The police MAY not charge the unwitting getaway driver if they BELIEVE the driver's story, but if the actual robbers plea bargain (to robbery and manslaughter, for example) to avoid a trial, and testify falsely that the driver was the mastermind, the driver COULD be convicted of a worse crime than the actual robbers.

  •  i am outraged (0+ / 0-)

    that the two black teens were charged with murder while the white teen was charged as an accessory, now that's a reason to be outraged.

  •  Just one more "simple policy disagreement". (0+ / 0-)

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:45:24 PM PDT

  •  I love how he's always dismissed as "half white" (0+ / 0-)

    by these bigots until being half white doesn't fit their racist narrative.

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:47:09 PM PDT

  •  In June of 2012....3-5 Blacks were gunned down (1+ / 0-)
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    in OK or AZ by a white man......No one asked pres Obama why didn't he comment.  

    The guy was arrested.  That was the case in FL and the Killing of Trayvon Martin.......Zimmerman was let go and the weapon used was given back to him.......44 days later, Zimmerman was arrested.

    The 76 yrs Caucasian that killed a 13 yrs old Black child point blank in WI last year, the pres or any group didn't speak for the guy was arrested and convicted this year.

    The deadly wicked assassination that took place in AZ was by a 15 yrs old Black Kid......16 yrs old Biracial teen and a 17 yrs old Caucasian.

    How the right, Fox and talk haters racially bait and ignore all the facts are wickedly horrific.

  •  Obama's Payment for Defending the Justice System w (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's saying "Trayvon Martin could have been my son (or me)" was his way of placating people who were about to hear him say that the jury finding Zimmerman not guilty was just and a victory for our fair justice system.

    It's that kind of obsession with the middle, where nobody's ever wrong, nobody ever loses, "an all of the above approach", that has worn out Obama in so many American's patience.

    Of course he'll piss off people who know Zimmerman getting away with killing Martin is wrong. And of course he'll draw attacks from people like Fox News tribesmen who don't want to hear a Black president mention how unfair life is to Black people growing up in America.

    That is why real leadership requires taking a risk by taking a side and sticking to it. You'll lose that way too often enough. But at least you'll lose for the right reasons, and when you win it'll mean something.

    Especially when Americans elected you to do just that, after years of leadership in the wrong direction followed by years of abdicating leadership to coast in that direction.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 03:59:09 PM PDT

  •  How is it (0+ / 0-)

    That this case which I only read about today, has already been tried, one white kid is dead, and three young men are already convicted by the press, what if they arrested the wrong men.  The white kid is still dead, but three men have been ruined by the out to convict right wing controlled press.  Let the case go to court before showing their pictures, and using their names, if they are innocent they will have a big case against Fox News and will be quite wealthy.  

  •  I am still (0+ / 0-)

    wondering why the WH didn't know about this. I mean, this is a little bit of an international thing with the victim here on a baseball scholarship from Australia and it has been all over the news. I am sure the President would have made a comment had he known, right? Right? Unless he is doing some Fox baiting. Still he should have known and should have the same statement for any and all "newsworthy" victims of crime and their families.  

    •  By the time the President heard (0+ / 0-)

      the news (remember, he is trying to finish straightening out the economy and health care, while Republicans are trying to tear up the tracks so they can call it a train wreck), his opinion was superfluous.  They arrested three apparent (i.e. probable cause) suspects, and if their evidence is good, they will be convicted.  The only factor for which the "bully pulpit" is appropriate is the increased occurrence of the kind of amorality in which ANY teenager, or human being for that matter, can just kill ANY other person "just for boredom."  I am not sure whether this is more prevalent today, but it seems to be exposed more (were the guys at Auschwitz "bored?" how about the inquisitors?) than it was in the past.

      He may have made a private condolence call to the victim's family and/or the Australian PM, but there is no need for that to be public.

      Remember, in this case the crime was perpetrated by private INDIVIDUALS; the Trayvon Martin case was about the SYSTEM not working as it should have.

  •  Ed Henry comes out of the closet (0+ / 0-)

    to display his racist heart. Too much time in the Fox News bubble.

  •  Scapegoating (0+ / 0-)

    Every day, the poor/homeless are spit on, beaten, driven into hiding, sometimes killed. Neither gender nor color matter.  If mentioned at all, it is in one of those single-paragraph fillers at the bottom of newspaper columns, reading, "Body of homeless man/woman found." These are, after all, just the poor.  Even the "progressive" media of this generation has proved  disinterested, preferring to wave the banner only for the bourgeoisie. Every day, women are beaten and killed by spouses/partners, and if there is any note of it at all, we say, "Well, she should have left..." Meanwhile, we virtually trap poor women into marriages/relationships with abusers. Well, we won't talk about that, either. The reality is, as a society we do relegate entire portions of society to second-class citizenship, sometimes to less-than-human status.

  •  FOX/Faux news (0+ / 0-)

    Two of the most racist owners are the owners of FOX?Faux news, one a slime-ball puking little 'man' and a Saudi Prince, from the Nation that attacked America on 9/11,2001 and got away with it.  Refund Rupert's money he bought his US Citizenship with since he is not a Loyal American just a filthy rich foreigner who spits on the Constitution.  Time to Ban all Saudis from America since they can not be trusted to respect our Laws.

  •  "Wheres the outrage" is an old canard (1+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, conservatives have been bandying about this ignorant line for decades. "Why dont I see Muslims on Fox News speaking out against terrorism?" They do daily, as if Fox would ever let one on to do so.

  •  outrage! (1+ / 0-)
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    If FoxNews wants to do feigned outrage in one of their segments, they just need to turn the camera to Michelle Malkin.

  •  BS (1+ / 0-)
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    This is total bs.  The two cases are totally different.  In the one case the killers were arrested within 4 hours.
    In the other case it took weeks and the Republican governor had to bring in prosecutors from a different state jurisdictional circuit to even get the killer charged.
    This is spin.  Believe it because you hate Obama.
    Don't believe it based on the facts because you want to know the truth.

    It is not the duty of the President of the United States to comment on every murder in this nation.  If it were we would need ten Presidents, one to do the work he is elected for and 9 to constantly 24/7 comment on murders which we have more per capita than anywhere else in the world including Mexico and Syria.

  •  Oh, dear ... (0+ / 0-)

    I made the mistake of watching the video ... can you folks donate a few IQ points to replace the ones I lost?

    Don't wait until 2014 ... begin voting out the trash in November!

    by JJ Zucal on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:40:20 PM PDT

  •  Let's not forget Mustardgate (1+ / 0-)
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    Faux News will stop at nothing to slander the president.

  •  This is blantantly false and misleading article... (0+ / 1-)
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    Lost and Found

    First off, despite the constant drumbeat by the left.....conservatives do NOT hate blacks or any other minority for that matter.  Conservative seek to help minorities and everyone become less dependent on government.......somehow this translates to "hate" in  the simplistic minds of Progressive/Liberals.

    But I digress......the non-respnse of the race hustlers, President adn MSM to the Chris Lane shooting IS true hypocracy....especially coming on the heels of the Zimmemanr/Martin fiasco.  This case was protrayed as some kind of hate crime when there was NO eveidence ever presented to suggest that.

    The Lane case.....we already have quotes by the black triggermen that the have no love lost for whites.

    This whole thing reeks of hypocracy.

    •  Show me where on the doll it was that (0+ / 0-)

      Sean Hannity touched you....

    •  Speaking of reeking of Hypocracy... (0+ / 0-)

      ...even giving you the benefit of the doubt when you issue blanket statements such "conservatives do NOT..." or "conservatives seek...", how do you reconcile that with the actions of your chosen representatives, who strive (for example) to suppress the minority vote, and roll back civil rights?

      I'll grant that there may be SOME conservatives who don't openly express their disdain for those of non-alabaster skin, but your characterization of conservatives as "seek(ing) to help" anyone other than the eight-figures-a-year-or-above set rings rather hollow, in light of the con artists your side keeps voting for.

      Oh? Conservatives "seek to help" minorities get off the government teat, do they?

      Say I take a sledge hammer to some guy's knees, crippling him for life. A couple years later I see him hobbling down the street on crutches, so I kick the crutches out from under him, then go and burn down the local crutch factory. Would it be accurate to say I'm just "seeking to help" him walk on his own?

      You know what DOES translate to "hate"? Ignorance, harnessed by tribalism, in service of oligarchy.

      Apparently, THAT is what "conservatives seek".  Given the evidence, it's hard to conclude otherwise.

      "Constant (@#$%ing) drumbeat, indeed!

      •  Good analogy! (0+ / 0-)

        I have commented many times before that the people who are "addicted" to government help (and get very little from private charity, because the charities are financially strapped and/or embezzled by their fund raisers, AND get most of their donations from people not much better off than the people they try to help) can be compared to diabetics.  Conservatives want to make diabetics more "self reliant" and less "dependent" on insulin by withholding the insulin!  That does not make them less "dependent," it makes them DEAD!

  •  Faux News Strikes (Out) Again!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Remember people there is a reason why Canada refuses to allow them to broadcast within their borders, they aren't a real news source.  Canada demands truth in advertising and news broadcasts, Fox has neither.

  •  Do they have a script? (0+ / 0-)

    I heard this two days ago for the first time from one of my peers who assumes I am like minded.  Its amazing how they can equate a murder where the suspects were immediately arrested and met with outrage with one where the reaction was to make excuses to JUSTIFY murder.

    By the way - up next is the president hating both white people AND veterans because he hasnt said anything about the killing in Washington State.  

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 05:26:29 PM PDT

  •  Its simple (0+ / 0-)

    Fox News (an oxymoron) caters to stupid, ignorant dupes.
    Most of their employees are 1st & 2nd generation shills.
    They have zero integrity.

  •  Do I get my time back? (0+ / 1-)
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    I signed up here just so I could comment on the quality of many of the comments.  Very disappointing. A few were intelligent and rational but many were not.  If you don't have anything worthwhile to say please spare us all the time needed to download and skim over the trash and just refrain from commenting in writing.  Thanks

  •  42 W 27 I (0+ / 0-)

    It appears Ed Henry has the inside scoop on 'CRONUTS'

  •  We need unity among ourselves (1+ / 0-)
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    I like all kinds of people, black, white, yellow; I like animals of all kinds, I like clean air and water, low gas prices. I like veggies of all kinds. I like rich people. I like poor people. I like smokers and non-smokers. I like the law that says you can't convict a person of murder unless there is no shadow of doubt that he done it!.  I like a thousand things.  
         But I do not like our corrupt government and banking system and global corporations that don't pay taxes. I hate making war on behalf of those people.
         Why do we allow ourselves to be thrown into conflict among ourselves over a thousand issues that will not change our major problems?  Why do we run around like little chickens yelling the sky will fall if we don't eat this, or we do eat that, or if our neighbors are smoking pot, or smoking at all?  Why do we allow ourselves to be divided among ourselves over the least important of our problems?
         When we will come together and tolerate each other long enough to get rid of the really huge bad apples?
    No other small tokens of "change" will make us whole until we have honest government.  The powers will keep us in turmoil as they enslave us and take all our properties and rights away while we are bickering among ourselves. Yes. Each of us is too selfish to give up our single, petty issues to unite for real change with good government and more just ways for producing and distributing our gross national product.  Palsimon

  •  Make racial discrimination obsolete, please (0+ / 0-)

    If we have no National Association of White People and no KKK, and we have no White Caucus in Congress, then why do we need a National Association of Colored People and a Black Caucus in Congress?

    Stop living in the PAST.  You can't make racial discrimination obsolete until you stop doing it altogether. palsimon

    •  Actually, we DO (0+ / 0-)

      There is a NAAWP and a KKK, both white supremacist groups, who thankfully no longer have overt support from the legal systems of many states.  The reason there is still a NAACP is because it is still NEEDED.  Racial discrimination still exists, and a number of studies have documented it.  For example, researchers sent in identical resumes to several employment agencies, with no racial or ethnic clues except that some had fictitious names that "sound" white and English, such as James and Abigail (both of which, ironically, are originally Hebrew), and some had names that "sound" like black stereotypes, such as Trayvon and LaShonda.  The resumes with "white" names got many more followup queries about their "applicants" than those with "black" names.  I suspect that if they had included some Mohammeds or Fatimas, with "Arabic" last names, they would have gotten even fewer than the "black" names.

      There is still a need for a Congressional Black Caucus because even today, white racists (with whom I am embarrassed to share a heritage) still try to make laws, or excuse state and local laws, that surreptitiously try to restore white supremacy.  The voter ID laws just passed in several states illustrate this; while in THEORY everyone should have a photo ID, many voters who tend to vote for Democrats, including many black and poor voters, did not get them because they have no car to drive, and the process of getting them NOW, after they have voted for many years, is either beyond their resources or impossible (an example would be nursing home residents on Medicaid who never got the birth certificate needed to get a photo ID because they were born at a time when their state did not register births, or in rural areas where their state's vital statistics office did not try to get their births registered).  Has ANY such law contained a "grandmother" clause to allow for such a contingency?  Not that I have heard; in fact a woman in PRECISELY such a position was the plaintiff in a case against the Pennsylvania law last year.  I believe the Governor of PA offered a "special" exemption for HER, not for all in her position, just to try to kill the lawsuit.  These are the people that the "aristocracy" wants to STOP voting.

      Just because you (the metaphorical you, not a specific individual) now have less power to victimize others, that does not make you a victim.  And your (mostly) former victims are not asking for "special" rights when they oppose restriction of their equal rights.

  •  A Bunch Of Idiots (0+ / 0-)

    Faux is composed of bunch of idiots, who must have a litmus test before one can be hired at that network. Henry was once a straight shooter, but, no more. That said, while the president can't comment on ever murder that takes place in this country, this young man was an Australian and I think this warrants a statement of condolences to the family and to the country. When our citizens are killed in most countries, this is what country leaders do.

  •  trayvon martin outrage (0+ / 0-)

    yes, the trayvon martin trial was an outrage because it shouldn't have happened. prosecutors took a look at the facts and saw justifiable homicide. then, it became racial.

    if zimmerman had been black, would there have been marches in the street, would prosecutors have felt forced to waste taxpayer dollars and court time pushing a case they couldn't win? well, that's not entirely accurate.....

    as noted in the oj simpson case, jury nullification has nothing to do with the facts. presumably, a racially motivated jury could have ruled for conviction. happily, we had a responsible jury.

    racism cuts both ways. our president, being equally of two races bridges this divide in a unifying way. probably, he shouldn't have commented about the martin situation at all.

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