Here's just a taste, to whet your appetite:
Dumb White Supremacists
Angry violent white dudes, usually young, usually uneducated by what you might consider the approved curriculum, but well read in racist literature. Obsessed with guns, the old KKK, neo-Nazism, militias, training for the chance for a Civil War do-over. It's fringe, but it's there. Usually out in the sticks holed up at some weird training compound that you are terrified to ever drive past. Mouth-breathers.
Dumb, Openly Racist
They use the n word freely, make disparaging remarks about any and all minorities who are seen as the usual clichéd threats to jobs, a purer America, general decency. Sometimes doesn't even know the correct racial slur to use, but combines a bunch to cover all the bases. Usually likes hip-hop.
Sometimes, even we here at Pith are speechless.
Coffee County Commissioner Barry West posted the above photo on his Facebook page last Saturday, with the caption "HOW TO WINK AT A MUSLIM." We should've known his explanation would only make things worse, but even our cynical souls have not lost the capacity to be shocked.
West tells the the Tullahoma News he "thought it was humorous." Behold more of West's rationale, after the jump:
No, it's just a mop sink.
In the AP's Erik Schelzig's hilarious story, Sen. Bill Ketron admits he's one of the lawmakers who inquired about the mop sink's purpose. The other one, Rep. Judd Matheny, was too embarrassed.
"I don't know what you're talking about. It's not ringing a bell," said Matheny, who joined Ketron in 2011 in sponsoring a bill to criminalize Islam.
Update: Southern Beale comments on the creeping of Sharia law into our Capitol's bathrooms:
Fer crying out loud … Who in their right mind sees a dang sink and immediately gets all scared about ZOMG ISLAMOFASCISM!? Get some help, guys. Like, of the medicinal sort? Maybe? I do not want to know what reality looks like to these guys.
Bottom line? “It just takes a lot of analyzation,” he says—a response that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. But don't misunderestimate RonRam. He's smarter than he looks.
Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll announce within a couple of weeks whether he thinks Tennessee should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Ramsey says, “I’m trying to give deference to the governor and let him come up with his decision on where he is.” Of the governor’s recommendation, the Senate speaker says:
It’ll carry some weight, but I think we’ll do our own analyzation. This is one that I’m really, really concerned about. Obviously the humanitarian side of me would say that if you can provide health insurance to more people then we ought to be doing it. But the realistic side of me says that the federal government, even though they say they’re paying 100 percent, can’t keep that up. It is impossible. There is no guarantee. As a matter of fact, I would almost lay odds that they will not keep their promise of funding and then what are our options? Either raise taxes on the people of state of Tennessee or remove people from the rolls. I’ve been through that once and it’s no fun. So it just takes a lot of analyzation.
Tennessee is not Washington D.C. Here, we do not ram bills through without first debating the legislation and allowing all sides to present their opinions. The entire nation was outraged, and rightfully so, when those in D.C. pushed through ObamaCare with no debate whatsoever. As a Representative of the people of Washington County, I simply refuse to allow the thoughtful approach of hearing all sides of an issue turn into a meaningless and unresponsive bureaucratic process like so many things in our nation’s capital have unfortunately become.
Hill’s explanation doesn’t ring true, does it? He threw a temper tantrum because the bill’s supporters, with whom he supposedly was allied, were moving too quickly? And for that reason, he was willing to betray and embarrass Speaker Beth Harwell, who was sitting right there with him in the meeting room when he stuck the shiv in her back?
No, that’s not why Hill, R-Jonesborough, did it. At least it seems obvious that’s not the whole reason. Personally, Pith favors the payback theory. To wit:
Public school parents of Tennessee, watch the first few minutes of this video for a truly horrifying glimpse into our state's education future. Speaking is Rep. Mark White, R-Germantown, who is chairman of the House Education subcommittee and therefore one of the Republican supermajority's chief education policymakers.
"We’re going to make some changes this year" [in public schools] he begins by promising at yesterday's meeting. But not to worry, White says, because if Republicans are wrong, "we can always back up."
What kind of changes does White have in mind? Well, he's a businessman, and the way he sees it, public schools are just like a business—specifically just like his business renting chairs and other stuff for wedding receptions. Take it away, Mr. Chairman:
Campfield’s bill hands-down has attracted more publicity than anything else the legislature has debated in years, easily beating out the the new monkey bill and the transgender bathroom bill. The Senate actually adopted “Don’t Say Gay,” forbidding any mention of homosexuality and permitting only discussion of “natural” reproductive processes in sex education classes before the 9th grade. But its advocates in the House gave up on it last year after the embarrassing discovery that the bill actually liberalized sex ed in Tennessee. That’s because state law now bars any kind of sex ed before the 9th grade.
You'll recall Beavers really hates ObamaCare because she insists it'll force all Americans to buy some as-yet unidentified guvmint health care. In response, she championed Tennessee's version of the Health Freedom Act, which passed overwhelmingly after the tea party jammed the halls of the legislature and demanded it. That law purported to nullify the Affordable Care Act in this state but accomplished nothing, of course, and Beavers still is all wound up about it.
She claims "at least 20 states have filed papers for secession with the White House" when actually it's only tea partiers playing games on the White House website. For Beavers, who must watch a lot of Fox News, that's close enough. Here's what the screwball senator told the Lebanon newspaper:
I'm kind of with the states that are declaring their state sovereignty over this issue, and my legislation pretty much stated we're a sovereign state, and the federal government shouldn't be able to mandate that we have to buy health insurance. ... At least 20 states have filed papers for secession with the White House. We are a republic made up of sovereign states, and I think that should be a state decision, and I don't think any government should be able to mandate we buy a particular product and fine us if we don't buy it.
Then Campfield tosses in a little old-fashioned racism, referring apparently to Obama's entire first term as a "shuck and jive song and dance." Campfield probably was imitating Sarah Palin, who caught flak for condemning Obama's response to the attacks in Benghazi as a "shuck and jive shtick" in a note on her Facebook page. Racism is really effective in just about any context. Here's the Knoxville senator's post:
Well we didn't win them all but I was close in most of my predictions. Republicans picked up some seats in both the house and senate. We retained all our congressional seats and Romney won Tennessee big. Chris Christy? Your dead to me. NJ might have won but the rest of the nation lost. I was a fan but you were the momentum killer. If it weren't for him I think Mitt would have won. Obama is going to really have to step up. The shuck and jive song and dance will only continue to cripple our nation and the issues are too big.
Ah well there is always next time.
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