The New Jim Crow in New Jersey – Republican Gets Rid of Only Black Judge

The Republican Governor in New Jersey Chris Christie managed to eliminate the only black state level Judge last week, and appoint a Republican right wing bigot.

New Jersy's New Judge's Robe

N.J. governor dumping state high court’s only black judge

TRENTON — New Jersey’s new Republican governor has made his first move to reshape the state Supreme Court, ousting the only black justice and nominating a lawyer with long experience in private practice to take his place.

Gov. Chris Christie made his announcement today, weeks before the end of Justice John E. Wallace’s seven-year first term.

He selected Anne M. Patterson, who is white, as a replacement. If the Mendham Township resident is confirmed by the Senate, the court’s makeup would stand with six white members and one Hispanic in a state with a black population of about 12 percent. Patterson is a registered Republican and Wallace a Democrat. Continue reading

Republican Attacks Goodwin Liu For Telling the Truth About Alito

Goodwin Liu has been nominated by President Obama to the 9th Appeals Court, resulting in the typical Republican meltdown. He’s one of two Asian Americans nominated by Obama to the nation’s appeals courts, which now have no one of Asian descent among nearly 175 full-time judges. In 2005, Goodwin Liu testified against the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, concluding after a 19 page review of Alito’s decisions -

“Judge Alito’s record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse … where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man,” Liu wrote. “I humbly submit that this is not the America we know. Nor is it the America we aspire to be.”

Liu supports charter schools and government-funded vouchers for private schools if they’re tailored to promote racial diversity, putting him at odds with teachers unions. He helped to start the California College Preparatory Academy, a West Oakland charter for mostly low-income minority students, in 2005, and volunteered at the school for two years.

However, most of his published work leans liberal. He has written articles or signed briefs favoring affirmative action, the right to same-sex marriage and consideration of students’ race in voluntary integration programs – which are the key positions giving conservatives, in their  efforts to reestablish Jim Crow in America, heartburn.

Jiminez Crow in Arizona

Arizona's New Law

LOS ANGELES — Immigrant rights groups Wednesday slammed Arizona lawmakers after they approved a bill which will allow police officers to determine whether suspects are in the United States legally.

Arizona’s House of Representatives passed the bill by a margin of 35 votes to 21 during a session on Tuesday, the legislature’s website showed, mirroring a similar measure passed by the border state’s Senate earlier this year.

The bill will now proceed to Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer to be signed into law.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor offense for an individual to lack proper immigration paperwork and also allows police officers to determine someone’s immigration status if they believe he or she could be an illegal immigrant.

Currently police can only ask about an individual’s immigration status if they are suspected of involvement in another crime.

However critics say the bill will transform Arizona into a “police state” and even sections of law enforcement have voiced fears it could harm relations between police and the immigrant community.

Chris Newman, Legal Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which campaigns on behalf of day laborers in the United States, called on Governor Brewer to veto the bill, which he described as “odious” and “unwise.”

“Arizona is on the verge of enacting the most anti-immigrant legislation the country has seen in a generation,” Newman said in a statement.

“We are hopeful Governor Brewer will consult with her legal counsel, issue a veto, and spare Arizona the expense of defending an unconstitutional, unwise, and odious bill in federal courts.

“Arizona has long been a laboratory for anti-immigrant experimentation, and its demagogue leaders have become folk heros for white supremacists throughout the United States, but this bill ushers in a new chapter of disgrace for the state that resisted celebrating the life of Martin Luther King.”

President Obama’s War For the Judiciary

Republicans are up in arms about the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the US 9th Court of Appeals. The question is – Why?

To get an understanding of what this is really about – check out the title and context of the following video circulating in Tea Bagger and right wing circles -

So, the issue isn’t whether Goodwing Liu is qualified – it’s that he might be a judge who is favorable to minority rights.

Faux News lets the cat slip out of the bag about 1/2 way through on this faux “expose” -

“He is in favor of Affirmative Action”…

Now – this is going to get real interesting when Justice Paul Stevens retires (as he has hinted he will from the Supreme Court and President Obama makes another appointment.

Virginia Governor McDonnell Declares April as Confederate History Month

Confederate History Month was a “tradition” started by Former Republican Governor and Senator George “Maccaca” Allen. Celebrating the confederacy is a big thing in right-wing circles…

As is hanging around with the Council of Conservative Citizens, or th KKK lite.

Looks like the New Republican Governor has come out of this closet as well.

BTx3 thinks it’s time to start seriously considering a recall election in Virginia.

McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation irks civil rights leaders

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday but that political observers said would strengthen his position with his conservative base. Continue reading

The Fall of The Republican Party

The folks over at MSNBC were certainly fired up last night. Olbermann, who hasn’t really lit off a good stemwinder of an indictment for a while – hits a grand slam with this one.

Olbermann makes some key points here -

  1. The despicable acts by the Tea Baggers and Republicans can hardly be considered “isolated incidents”…When they are happening bi-weekly.
  2. The Republican Party has imploded – based on their own hubris.

And of course – despite profuse and impassioned pronouncements to the contrary by the usual conservative suspects – America isn’t going to collapse due to joining other civilized nations who have “socialized” medicine for the betterment of their citizens…

But the Republican Party may well collapse because they have radicalized themselves out of relevance.

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Republican Justifies Tea Baggers Using “N-word”…

Representative Devin Nunes (Republican -Ca) justifies the calling of black legislators the “N word”, and Barney Frank a “f*&()_”.

He then tries to front the lie that Democrats are doing something Republicans never did when they were the majority. Like all of these lies, such as the various rules having never been utilized (the Republicans utilized the exact same rule 35 times during the Bushit Administration), this will be exposed for exactly what it is…

Just another Republican with a closet “hoodie”…

The New Jim Crow – Racial Disparities in Sentencing Rise

Racial Disparities in Sentencing Rise After Guidelines Loosened

Washington – Black and Hispanic men are more likely to receive longer prison sentences than their white counterparts since the Supreme Court loosened federal sentencing rules, a government study has concluded.

The study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission reignited a long-running debate about whether federal judges need to be held to mandatory guidelines in order to stamp out what might appear to be inherent biases and dramatically disparate sentences.

The report analyzed sentences meted out since the January 2005 U.S. v. Booker decision gave federal judges much more sentencing discretion.

For years, legal experts have argued over the disparity in sentencing between black and white men. The commission found that the difference peaked in 1999 with blacks receiving 14 percent longer sentences. By 2002, however, the commission found no statistical difference. Continue reading

Amnesty International – American Genocide In Health Care

The American Dr. Mengele in the form of the Republican Party is quite proud of killing American babies as part of resisting any move to come up with a Health Care System that actually works in America, In particular, that portion of the racist right fully supports, and promotes the genocide of minority children. This isn’t about Health Care…

It’s about killing black and brown babies.

Too Many Women Dying in U.S. While Having Babies

The Republican Principles of Prejudice

Hat Tip – The Grio

Interesting debate today over at Booker Rising where otherwise, deaf, dumb, and blind to racism black conservatives have suddenly identified abortion as the number one problem with racism in America…

Interesting sanctimony and hypocrisy from a group who has supported sub-standard health care conditions for black women in this country which results in higher pre- and post-natal mortality rates of black children of 3 or more times higher than other groups, and is only surpassed by mortality rates in some 3rd world countries.

Ergo, “murdering” 18 million black babies by abortion is bad – but murdering the same 18 million black babies by lack of access to health care…

Is just “hunky-dory” in black conservative lights.

Black people murdering black people is  a “national tragedy”, but white people (corporations in this case) murdering black folks, well…

That’s just an exercise in” free market economy”.

That conservative mental pretzel is a twisted SOB, indeed.

Obama’s health care reform efforts stymied by politics of prejudice

Potential VIctim of American Corporate Healthcare Greed and conservative racist hypocrisy

In the wake of last week’s summit on health care insurance reform President Obama is expected to demonstrate his willingness to compromise by making some incremental concessions to Republicans in a speech from the White House on Wednesday. President Obama may propose strengthening efforts to limit waste and abuse, expand efforts to close the Medicare Part-D prescription drug “donut hole” for seniors, and improve choice and portability of insurance coverage for individuals. He may also consider a plan to rework the way malpractice claims are adjudicated.

These efforts will not win over any new Republican converts but should provide cover for some conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats who have found it difficult to support the president’s health care reform efforts. Unfortunately, instead of working towards a solution, both sides have remained firm in their respective positions.

There are philosophical as well as practical issues at play here. Philosophically, the key issue in the health care debate is the same issue that has divided this country for over 200 years. How much power should be given to the federal government? Should the federal government play a role in ensuring that all American’s have access to health care and if so to what degree. Practically, at the heart of this debate are partisan politics, inept democratic leadership and to some degree, racial prejudice. Continue reading

Yo’ Momma!

Conservative Marco Rubio, (R-Fl) tries a bit of the Yo’ Momma routine, in his speech to CPAC. Our boy, Marco – seems to be channeling his inner negro.

Republican wants MLK Day to Honor Gunmaker

Utah Martin Luther King Day Bill: Senator Mark Madsen Wants To Add Honor For Gunmaker

Utah state Senator Mark Madsen (R-Eagle Mountain) wants to honor gun maker John Browning with a state-recognized holiday and he wants to do it on Martin Luther King Day.

And in a quick turnaround -

Ogden gunmaker John Browning won’t share a state holiday with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

“We don’t want to go where we’re not wanted,” said Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain. “I had an idea to honor an international icon and a favorite son of Utah and got backed into race politics.”

After the proposal surfaced Wednesday, local NAACP leader Jeanetta Williams said it was “a very mean-spirted act” to consider honoring a gun manufacturer on the same day as King, who was shot and killed by an assassin.

Even Madsen’s fellow Republicans had their doubts. Madsen’s bill to establish the Browning holiday was discussed during Thursday’s closed-door Senate GOP caucus.

“I think there was a general feeling among the caucus members that we look at a different date,” Senate Majority Whip Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said, adding he was not surprised about the controversy.

Madsen, though, said he thought Browning, born in January, was a good fit with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrated on the third Monday of January.

“Both made tremendous contributions to individual freedom and individual liberty,” Madsen said, noting Browning’s contribution towards winning World War I, a 1911 model handgun. Continue reading

Feet Off the Desk, Black Man!

Hat Tip – Wonkette

Black Man Puts His Feet On Desk, Wingnuts Furious

And stop looking at the white women!
Can you believe this guy? Our queen gave us this holy desk back when his people were still slaves or whatever, and now he’s putting his feet on it?

Oh, the wingnuts. How crazy they make themselves, every day, all because it’s no longer acceptable — even on Fox News or talk radio — to say the “N word.”

This is the rest of the forwarded email making the anger-bear trailer-park rounds today:

Damn straight!

But don’t worry, it’s still okay if the white guy does it.

At least he's not taking a dump on the desk, in this picture.

Olbermann Lays Out The Roots of Racism

Olbermann asks some very astute questions on this one…

If the Tea Bagger movement is really about taxes, and deficits, and jobs…

Then why are there virtually no minorities in the Tea Bagger conventions and protests?

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The New Jim Crow – Republican Racism in Utah

This one is a bit of a shock, considering there are all of about 1/2 dozen black folks in Utah. It, however is not a shock considering the deeply embedded racism of the Republican Party.

Why are Utah Republicans racist?

Because this is a Constitutional Amendment without a cause. There are few, if any, minority owned businesses in Utah based on the fact the population of 2.7 million includes only 35,000 “black” people – most of whom are probably African who came to Utah as part of the Mormon Church Missionary programs in Africa. Ergo – there is nobody to apply for Affirmative Action – even if existing state rules and regulations didn’t prohibit it.

There doesn’t appear to be a single case of AA being implemented in the State.

Quite honestly, surrounded by racist conservative Republicans – black kids want to go to Utah to school, about as much as they enjoy volunteering for a root canal. And even though the Mormon Church has become civilized in eliminating the old racist liturgy,  many black folks still view them (sometimes unfairly) with suspicion.

Personally, I think if Utah’s racist Republican legislators do pass this, then President Obama should cut ALL Federal funding for projects in Utah, and shut down operations of the major Federal data center operations in the state.

Let these racist POSs stew in their Lilly whiteness.

The New Utah Jim Crow is Just Like the Old Jim Crow

Affirmative action ban advances in Utah House

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers moved quickly Friday to place a ban on affirmative action in the Utah Constitution, despite little evidence the practice is being used or has caused problems.

A resolution that would prevent local governments, state agencies and public colleges from discriminating or providing preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin sailed through a legislative committee only two days after it was made public.

To amend the constitution, the resolution would have to be approved by a two-thirds vote in the state House and Senate and be signed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert. Voters also would have to approve the measure this fall.

The proposal is likely to have little trouble getting the necessary votes for passage in the GOP-dominated Legislature.

A House committee approved the measure known as House Joint Resolution 24 with a 10-4 vote Friday. The full House will likely vote on it next week.

Opponents said there was little time to seek public input about the proposal by Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield.

“To pull this bill out two days ago, and ram it down the throats of this community, is awful,” said Rep. Jackie Biskupski, D-Salt Lake City. “This is big, and it deserves public input.”

Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, said she wasn’t made aware of the proposal until Thursday night.

“He’s trying to kind of do it in a backdoor approach, which I find very offensive,” Williams said.

Democrats tried unsuccessfully to delay the measure by suggesting it undergo study during the summer.

Republicans said they want to pass the measure while Ward Connerly, a former member of the University of California Board of Regents who has worked to pass similar legislation in other states, was in town to testify for the bill.

“The implication is that those of us who are … minorities cannot compete and therefore society has to bestow its benevolence,” Connerly, who is black, told lawmakers. “Sometimes we don’t realize that’s a double-edge sword. We demean people.”

Connerly was joined by Jennifer Gratz, who successfully sued the University of Michigan for denying her admission, saying she was put at a disadvantage because she wasn’t a minority.

Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said the measure will help ensure Utah colleges don’t discriminate.

We’re not getting necessarily the most qualified students there because of the quota system,” Waddoups said.

Kay Harward, University of Utah senior associate vice president for enrollment management, said minorities don’t get any preferential treatment when it comes to admission.

State agencies also have policies in place that prevent them from giving preferential treatment when it comes to hiring or promotions.

The University of Utah accepts 94% of it’s applicants. requiring a minimum combined SAT of 860 out of a possible 1600. There are Community Colleges in this country with higher acceptance standards. There are less than 300 black kids (many of whom are likely on Sports related scholarships) on a campus of 30,000. A school accepting 94% of the people who apply, who can only get 54% of the questions on the SATs…

Isn’t exactly turning away potential Fullbright Scholars. And I don’t mean to knock Utah, because it is a decent school. But it is a State School, which is designed to be as inclusive as possible to educate the State’s population – so the low SAT entry level is more indicative of the low level of product of the secondary schools in Utah, than the University’s quality…

But the only “quota system” in existence there…

Is the racism of the Republicans.

Come on down and get your Uncle Tom of the Decade Award, Ward Connerly -

Uncle Tom of the Decade Awardee - Ward Connerly

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