The way we liberal rubes get played!

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

Intimations of what Rand Paul said: We know, we know—we already wrote about Joan Walsh today.

Still, we thought her piece about Cliven Bundy and Rand Paul was an instant, appalling classic.

Yesterday, Bundy offered some rather under-baked thoughts concerning forty million of his fellow citizens. This morning, Joan moved in.

We were struck by the things she said about Rand Paul. Every liberal gets to decide if he or she wants to be treated this way.

Joan was snorting and yelling again, as she constantly does in her new incarnation. Forget her remarks about Bundy himself, the easiest target in the west. Consider the things she says, or doesn’t quite say, about the vile Senator Paul:
WALSH (4/24/14): Surprise! Sean Hannity’s hero, whose cause has been embraced by Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Rand Paul of Kentucky along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, turns out to be an old-time Republican racist, the kind that even Jonathan Chait recognizes, and Fox News and the GOP have a problem.

Until now I’ve ignored Bundy because he’s an extremist and a freak, and even Glenn Beck has denounced him. I was reluctant to use him against the GOP. But as he’s gotten support from the likes of Paul and Perry, two respected 2016 candidates, plus regular backing from Hannity and Nevada Sen. Heller, he’s become a huge problem for the right.

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Asked about Bundy’s virulently racist remarks by the Times, Rand Paul was “not available for immediate comment.” What courage. At least Dean Heller’s office immediately condemned the “appalling and racist statements.” Here’s a tip for Rand Paul: You’re a libertarian. Give your staff the liberty to tell the media you abhor racist comments, even if you’re not around. (Update: Paul released a statement condemning Bundy’s remarks Thursday morning.)

It was only yesterday—literally—that National Journal was telling us that Paul was now the leading Republican tackling issues of poverty and race, after Paul Ryan stumbled, having pretended to care about the poor while his budget slashed programs that help them to give tax cuts to the rich. Unfortunately, as “Rand Paul’s Compassionate Conservatism” was being published, Paul was talking to Fox’s Megyn Kelly and blaming Chicago’s recent spate of violence on “thuggishness” and the inability of Chicago’s thugs to distinguish between “right and wrong.”

Let’s face it: Paul’s been a better ally to Cliven Bundy than to the inner-city poor. I’m not saying he would endorse Bundy’s remarks about “Negroes”; he knows better than that. At least I think he does. But culturally and politically, he’s quicker to empathize with the lawbreaker in Nevada than those thugs in Chicago.

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Here’s hoping that Rand Paul denounces Bundy’s remarks early Thursday. It won’t change the sad fact that way too many people who think like Paul politically think like Bundy racially.
According to those passages, Bundy has “gotten support from” Rand Paul. Even worse, Paul has “embraced Bundy’s cause.”

Do you notice Joan offering any quotations to that effect by Paul? As we said, every liberal can decide if he or she wants to get played in these ways.

As she continues, Walsh snarks at Paul for “condemning Bundy’s remarks Thursday morning.” Her piece condemning Bundy’s remarks also appeared Thursday morning.

In that next paragraph, Walsh brilliantly cherry-picks Paul’s varied remarks to Megyn Kelly this Tuesday night. She does manage to quote four words, one of which is “and.”

(For the record, we don’t think we've ever referred to people as “thugs.” But the “thugs” to whom Paul briefly referred had shot and killed people in Chicago that weekend.)

In the penultimate quoted paragraph, we’re told that Paul has been “an ally to” Bundy. Joan says she thinks that Paul knows better than to endorse Bundy’s pitiful racial remarks.

In the last quoted paragraph, Joan’s Wisconsin background really came shining through. We get the famous, and very familiar, guilt by association.

We’re sorry, but this is the very familiar work of a very familiar type of figure. It’s truly puzzling to us that Walsh has descended this far.

That said, if you read the comments to Walsh’s post, including the long string of Mormon-hating remarks, you will see that Salon is creating an impressive tribe of low-IQ, pseudo-liberal cretins.

Walsh slimes Paul every step of the way, never quite managing to quote any of his actual statements. Why didn’t she offer the actual quotes in which Paul “embraces Bundy’s cause?”

The answer should be completely obvious, even to tribals like us.

Joan is just conning the rubes once again. Here is an anthropological fact, a fact about our human race:

Our ditto-heads, like their ditto-heads, seem to adore getting conned.

40 comments:

  1. For the record, here are Cliven Bundy's remarks that Somerby want's to gently characterize as "half-baked":

    "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

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    1. Excuse me. "under-baked."

      That's the strongest adjective Somerby can find for Bundy's racist rant.

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    2. Bundy is the perfect representative of those in the heartland of America.

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  2. OMB (We Know! We Know!)

    From the OTB who brought you:

    Governor Ultrasound still hasn’t been charged!
    TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

    "Walsh snarks at Paul for “condemning Bundy’s remarks Thursday morning.” Her piece condemning Bundy’s remarks also appeared Thursday morning."

    Factually in error and hypocritical in one short bite.

    KZ

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    1. (Update: Paul released a statement condemning Bundy’s remarks Thursday morning.) -- Seen on Walsh's post.

      (Update: Gov. Ultrasound got charged with 14 felonies on Tuesday Morning) -- Not seen on TDH. To date.


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    2. No. Next day BOB wrote:

      "Governor Ultrasound was indicted yesterday. So was his wife.

      Personally, we’re pretty much sorry they were."

      KZ

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    3. Yes, it seems he did acknowledge the indictments. Then after expressing his sorrow, he wrote this:

      "Their conduct seems to have been ridiculous, but it seems that little harm was done. Little harm, or perhaps none."

      Then Gov. Ultrasound disappeared into the mist of Howler History.

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  3. Since Bob wonders whether or not Sen. Paul supported Bundy's cause, here is what the Senator told Greta Van Sustern:

    “That kind of absurdity coming from the federal government is why people get angry. They charge homeowners or property owners in Kentucky money to chop down our trees if they find a bat on the land. So really, this needs to be administered closer to home so we wouldn’t have, I think, such outrageous overstepping by authorities.”

    “Even if he paid his grazing fees back in 1993, they weren’t going to let him — they were going to limit the number of his cattle and limit his area to graze. So as a lot of people know about the West, you have to have a lot of acreage to graze cattle. So I think they were limiting it and he felt it wasn’t their right to do so. There is real debate where whether this land should be owned by the federal government or state government."

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    1. Maybe Joan Walsh didn't quote these remarks because they aren't outrageous.

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    2. Maybe Walsh didn't quote those remarks because Paul has been flapping his lips before every microphone and camera he can find on Bundy's behalf -- until this morning.

      Maybe Joan Walsh knows her readers already know that. Maybe she considers her readers to be brighter than Somerby considers his readers to be.

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    3. Proving that you know how to argue the case for white people doesn't make you not a racist. Can Rand Paul investigate the claims of illegal immigrants or the "thugs" of Chicago?

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  4. creating an impressive tribe of low-IQ, pseudo-liberal cretins

    Perfectly put. The progressive left comprises most of the intellectually and socially retarded (challenged) end of the spectrum, and never fails to "impress."

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  5. OMB (We Know! We Know)

    OTB Able to Leap Into A Knot in A Single Meme

    One True BOB Earlier in the Meme: "Today, let’s consider division on the basis of region."

    OTB Today: "In the last quoted paragraph, Joan’s Wisconsin background really came shining through. We get the famous, and very familiar, guilt by association."

    Lesson for Followers of BOBism: Don't eat cheese on Friday or you will turn into Joe McCarthy like the rest of those cheddar headed cretins from the badger land, where Stalinists and Redhunters are churned from cows milk.

    BUT WAIT! BOB also teaches that Progressives should learn to question authority! Can we talk?

    Was BOB's Wisconsin comment "inspired by this regional bias?
    It almost surely was, of course—and it had demonic effects."

    KZ

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    1. KZ, don't you know yet?

      It's only "regional bias" when directed at the South.

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  6. To heck with how liberal rubes get played, Bob.

    Think how we poor trolls get paid!

    Less Keister-Kisser. More Perspiring Pimp of Piddle! More Almost Murderer Matthews!

    Salon pays shit. MSNBC is a troll's trouser stuffer.

    Thank you and carry on.

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  7. "Under-baked"

    Need we say more?

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    1. Next, Bob will go on a rant about all those mean people calling Bundy a racist.

      There go those liberals, throwing around the "R-word."

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    2. Yes, but Bundy does like Mexicans.

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  8. "That said, if you read the comments to Walsh’s post, including the long string of Mormon-hating remarks, you will see that Salon is creating an impressive tribe of low-IQ, pseudo-liberal cretins."

    That said, if you read the comments to Bob's recent posts, including a long string of "spellcaster" comments, you'll see that Bob is creating an impressive tribe of some very bizarre people.

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    1. Responses to Bob's personal posts on British lonely hearts links?

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  9. One wonders what Bob's beloved black kids would think of Bundy's "under-baked" remarks. Or their parents, for that matter.

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    1. Some of them come from very good homes. Bob found that out last weekend.

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  10. Bundy's comments are well taken. The black father of 12 sitting in jail as a result of multigenerational government dependence and cultural decline is about as well off as a slave who at least had a family life. The idea wasn't bring back slavery but get rid of degenerate social norms that create nothing but human misery, particularly to blacks in the case of America.

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    1. He wants to end the racist drug war, which imprisons black males and continues the problem of absentee fatherhood in the black community? Well, good on him.

      Berto

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    2. I wonder if it ever occurs to a progressive that it is not a given that the black father must take or distribute drugs. It did occur to my father and his and to me so we never became absent or claimed absenteeism was a result of our "victimization."

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    3. I wonder if Anonymous at 11:40 AM will actually look at the drug war and see how it treats black males vis-a-vis whites. If he did, he'd notice the huge disparities in prison time.

      Berto

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    4. Berto, there are disparities. You haven't addressed why you assume that black and white fathers who do not wish to be absent from their children's lives must risk imprisonment for drug use or distribution. That's the dumbing down of social expectations progressives engage in that results in probable miseries so profound that they are on par with slavery.

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  11. Those stupid black people, don't they realize how good they had it under slavery?!?

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  12. Plenty of people interpreted Rand Paul's recent behavior as supporting Cliven Bundy. That said, he did use careful language contrived to leave room for political deniability. That said, of course, Somerby focuses on Joan Walsh, snorting and yelling as he always does when she, among others, is his target. That said, her comment on the delayed timing of his separation statement seems pretty apt. It's getting lower than low to compare her time of publishing an article with his remark with its essence being one sentence.

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    1. RAND PAUL: “Apparently, this is what I’m hearing. The family had a lease with Clark county for over 130 years, arbitrarily in recent years the federal government thought that they were going to override the county lease and they were going to assume control of it but they never asked for permission from the rancher.”

      I don't think those words are a matter of interpretation. Paul clearly came down on the side of Bundy.

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  13. Is being confused about race the same as being racist?

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    1. That's kind of fuzzy. Could you restate it?

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  14. Plenty of people interpreted Rand Paul's recent behavior as supporting Cliven Bundy. That said, he did use careful language contrived to leave room for political deniability.....

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