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Religious and personal liberty: It’s not just for Christians

What’s happening in Kansas is particularly reprehensible, but discriminatory laws in the name of religion are a troubling national trend.

I admit, I don’t know much about Kansas aside from The Wizard of the Oz. Dorothy was sure eager to get out of there. The good-hearted girl would be even more desperate to escape these days, I’d wager.

The eyes of the nation are on Kansas, thanks to vile anti-gay legislation that was forced through the state House last week. Simply put, it’s state-sanctioned discrimination. It’s not the first time a law like this has been proposed and, sadly, it won’t be the last.…

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Oregon Republicans “celebrate” Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lincoln by auctioning an assault rifle

Oh, stop it with your “cynical misinterpretation”

It’s hard to tell if the Republicans of the Multnomah County Republican Party in Oregon are tone deaf or hideous racists. This past week, to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Abraham Lincoln, both killed by an assassin’s bullet, they auctioned off an AR-15 rifle.

Their press release was nearly unbelievable:

Portland, OR — January 13, 2014: Multnomah Country Republicans recognize the incredible time of year we are in. In successive months to start the year, we celebrate the legacy of two great Republicans who demonstrated leadership and courage that all of us still lean on today: Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Lincoln.

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Michigan Republicans continue with GOP effort to rebrand themselves as the party of choice for African Americans

I hate to tell you this, but it’s not going to work

The Republican party is in desperation mode trying to ingratiate themselves with the African American community. Having spent the last several decades using race-baiting techniques to drum up support with southern whites, they’ve suddenly seen the light and know that, unless they can begin appealing to the black people in American and other non-white groups, they’re destined to become a party that is irrelevant and unelectable.

Which explains this:

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The Michigan Republican Party is attempting to co-opt Rosa Parks, champion of civil rights and a hero to the left, and her message of courage in the face of adversity.…

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Detroit CFO who asked if he could “shoot someone in a hoodie” resigns

Hallelujah and take your racist crap with you when you leave

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall, the man who asked if he could “shoot someone in a hoodie” on Angels’ Night patrol in the city, has resigned from his $225,000 a year position.

Bonsall, an appointee of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, was under intense pressure to leave after making racist remarks and creating what city treasurer and former finance director Cheryl Johnson described as a hostile work environment. He had issued what Daily Kos front page writer Meteor Blades calls a “nopology” after his remarks made the news, claiming it was never his “intention to offend anyone”.…

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(Not) Joe the (not) plumber: “Admit it. You want a white Republican president again.”

Aye, aye, aye…

Photo by Chris Savage | Eclectablog

Remember Samuel Wurzelbacher? Let me refresh your memory: he was the stooge the Palin/McCain campaign trotted around the country under the name Joe the Plumber. He was neither a “Joe” nor a “plumber”, typical of the blatant lying that took place in 2008.

Well, (not) Joe is back and hoo-boy is he one racist dude:

Admit it. You want a white Republican president again.

Now before you start feeling like you’re a racist, understand you are not.

Wanting a white Republican president doesn’t make you racist, it just makes you American.

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Detroit Emergency Manager appointee: “Can I shoot someone in a hoodie?” Yeah, he’s a white guy.

Gee, why would ANYONE be offended by THAT?

After several years of rampant vandalism and arson on Devil’s Night (the night before Halloween) in Detroit, Mayor Dennis Archer created “Angels’ Night” in 1995 which enlisted the help of Detroit citizens in the evenings around Halloween to help law enforcement stem the tide. As part of Angels’ Night, city officials have traditionally participated by riding around the city as part of the neighborhood patrols to help keep the peace.

When recently-appointed Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall learned of this and learned of his expected role, he had no interest.…

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As Al Jazeera rolls out its American television news network, bigots go on the attack

Never could have seen this coming…

It’s pretty hard to miss the fact that Al Jazeera America is in roll-out mode for their new television news network. They are marketing nearly everywhere. Ads on the web (including this site, in fact), billboards, taxi cab signs, they’re even sponsoring National Public Radio. The network purchased Al Gore’s “Current TV” network and, from everything that I have seen, they promise to be a serious contender. I have already appeared on one of their programs and found the content and analysis to be above average.

Predictably, the American bigots have emerged from the mud under the stones they live beneath to call it “Jihad TV” and “Terror TV”.…

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Hillsdale College president interrupts thoughtful House hearing to let everyone know he’s a racist embarrassment

The 1960s called, they want their racist rhetoric back

I know we’re not a true “post racial” society. I want us to be. But I know we aren’t. But, at least in most public discourse, it’s definitely no longer acceptable to say racist things or to make derogatory remarks about specific races. Call it ‘political correctness’ if you want but most people know that making racist comments in public will only bring down a whole heap of woe upon you, particularly if you are public figure.

Most reasonably thoughtful, reasonably intelligent people know this. However, the president of Hillsdale College, Larry Arnn, clearly and unequivocally does not.…

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Buena Vista Township officials pass resolution calling for resignation of Clerk who used racist slur

Time to go now, Ms. Platko

Last night, the Buena Vista Township Board passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Gloria Platko for calling Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker an “arrogant nigger” on a phone call with Interim Township Manager Dexter Mitchell.

Details after the jump.

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Township Clerk calls her Township Supervisor an “arrogant nigger” and, yeah, she’s a Democrat

Please, just pack up your stuff and leave

Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko, a Democrat, revealed her inner racist when during a phone call with Interim Township Manager Dexter Mitchell, calling the Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker an “arrogant nigger”. Referring to Parker, she said, “He is just doing whatever he can. You know what I think of Mr. Parker right now, and I know you’re not even going to like this. But he’s just an arrogant nigger. And I’m sorry to say it that way, but that’s the way I feel.” Not so sorry that she couldn’t just keep her racist sputum to herself, it seems.

Much more including audio and video after the jump.

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