IMPENDING RACE WARS  12:50 am August 12, 2008

by Jim Newell

  • JEREMIAH WRIGHT IS THE WORST: So we’re reading this nice New York magazine piece about Barack Obama and Race and Hope before sleepy and, right near the very end, UGH: “In October, Obama’s former pastor, Wright, will publish a new book and hit the road to promote it, an occasion that might well place the topic of Obama’s blackness (along with his patriotism and his candor about what he heard in the pews in all those years at Trinity Church) squarely at the center of the national debate.” SWEET. LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER. [New York]
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AnnieGetYourFun August 12, 2008 at 12:53 am

It’s not a surprise if we learn about it now, right? RIGHT?

BobLoblawLawBlog August 12, 2008 at 12:56 am

Well, Wright has proven himself to be the most reliable of sources, so I guess it must be true: our Barry is a negro.

SayItWithWookies August 12, 2008 at 12:57 am

And since the right as amply demonized the reverend, then they won’t believe him if he says anything bad about Obama.
I’m going to practice saying that until I can do it with a straight face.

NoWireHangers August 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

Clearly, the only answer is to cryogenically freeze Jeremiah Wright until after the election. Then when he thaws out in January 2009, we’ll send Sly Stalone and Sandra Bullock after him before he can cause more harm to President Obama.

NotUrEvryDayWEzl August 12, 2008 at 1:01 am


scott_dog August 12, 2008 at 1:12 am

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about Barry’s real spiritual adviser, Osama Bin Laden, publishing a tell-all anytime soon.

Darehead August 12, 2008 at 1:21 am

If we are going to be piety-throwing and pastor-baiting, John Hagee and Chuck Baldwin can out-crazy Wright.

SayItWithWookies August 12, 2008 at 1:22 am

[re=57223]SayItWithWookies[/re]: HAS amply demonized the reverend. Two words — learn to fuckin’ type.

shortsshortsshorts August 12, 2008 at 1:34 am


Darehead August 12, 2008 at 1:37 am

[re=57235]SayItWithWookies[/re]: It’s the darned humidit, make th keys stic

And yeah, like Wright has any cred! BTW, did Barry ever get a new pastor? Is he going to church?

sarcasticusername August 12, 2008 at 1:41 am

@Darehead: as far as the hardworking whites that make up america’s soul; like pat buchanan and rush limbaugh are concerned, nobody can out crazy a crazy black pastor. there’s just something about the brown that amplifies the craziness of the crazy talk. only gay, tree hugging, hippie liberals think Hagee & Co. are crazy.

TGY August 12, 2008 at 2:05 am

These silly “men of God”. Sheesh

Perot le fou August 12, 2008 at 2:10 am

I’m not seeing so much of it in this thread so far but in the past I’ve been freaked out by the amount of pro-Wright comments. Okay, you may think there’s something to what he says about foreign policy, so does 50% of the country, don’t give him too much credit. Guy also thinks the government created AIDS.

Hooray For Anything August 12, 2008 at 2:10 am

Where’s the Black Crusaders when you need them?

DemmeFatale August 12, 2008 at 2:21 am

Damn! How much more shit can hit the fan?!

Sense of humor failure in 5, 4, 3, 2…

(Help me, Wonkette!)

anabellum August 12, 2008 at 2:30 am

Wright is only following Mammons will…

after all, his pride has got to be worth something…

Vanity Smurf August 12, 2008 at 2:41 am

Goddamn greedy preachers… every motherfucking last one of them.

eatsshootsleaves August 12, 2008 at 2:41 am

Thanks. And now I can’t sleep.

Darehead August 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

[re=57241]sarcasticusername[/re]: This is so true, of Limbaugh, Hagee etc., the neocon Mc-right. On paper though there *are* some Religious Right black preachers, namely:

Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson
Reverend Steven Louis Craft

Peterson (aka Hannity’s Pastor) is the Token Anointed Black One–the racist who can’t be called a racist–often on FOX and CNN to put down immoral lazy blacks and Obama and Wright (lots of YouTubes of him). He’s been a standard neocon in the past but may be leaning toward the constipatriated libertarian far right — i.e., Ron Paul movement and Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Craft appears to be a standard Paultard Baldwin supporter. Anyway they are both appearing with the good doctor Ron Paul for the John Birchfest-alooza in October. They are likely as batshit crazy as Baldwin in theology/Paulitics, and Peterson is as racist as they come, but maybe not the wild orator that Wright is.

Might be worth pulling out of the card deck though when the “black preachers are all anti-American Communists” card comes up.

Destonio August 12, 2008 at 3:44 am

Jerry reminds me of Glen Close in Fatal Attraction: “I’m not going to be IGNORED!”

Godless Liberal * August 12, 2008 at 6:15 am

I had kind of hoped this year’s October surprise would come from a Republican.

eyesfriedopen August 12, 2008 at 7:20 am

[re=57271]Godless Liberal *[/re]: It will. Wright is just the warm up act. Look for someone (else) who looks like Cindy to surface with a real black baby.

gurukalehuru August 12, 2008 at 7:38 am

[re=57249]Perot le fou[/re]: Are you absolutely, 100% certain they didn’t? Do YOU know how it originated? Has the government ever given you any reason to believe that if they could do such a thing, they would refrain from it just because it would be immoral?

slavojzizek August 12, 2008 at 8:16 am

I see two strong possibilities–1. Hopey gets his friends in the media to completely ignore Wright’s book, in which case it mostly becomes a cause celebre on right wing radio or 2. He throws Wright under the bus with as much vehemence as he did a few months ago. Either way, no big deal.

Servo August 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

I find it amusing and disturbing that people dump huge amounts of money to fund the corporate jet of The Savior LLC, but raise their property taxes a tiny fraction of that amount to fund needed public projects and they have a complete nutty.

4tehlulz August 12, 2008 at 8:49 am

[re=57287]Servo[/re]: Well, some of that money might go to Jews, well, ones that aren’t going to get fried by the savior in Israel, anyways, or even [whisper] science.

hrhkingfriday August 12, 2008 at 8:50 am

Laura’s all “where my reds!”

trophy(forparticipation)wife August 12, 2008 at 8:50 am

[re=57249]Perot le fou[/re]: Sure, that’s a pretty crazy idea about the government and AIDS but I guess something like the Tuskagee Study could leave one a little jumpy.

graceless August 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

If lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t want to be Wright…

I know, I go get coffee NOW…

valobama August 12, 2008 at 8:57 am

[re=57279]gurukalehuru[/re]:there is a hbo documentary on that. it was introduced into the human population inadvertently while searching for a cure for smallpox. I’m not saying it was to kill off black people, but whitey did invent aids.

Botswana Meat Commission FC August 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

[re=57249]Perot le fou[/re]:
Perot le fou? Ha. Nice handle.

V572625694 August 12, 2008 at 9:01 am

[re=57240]Darehead[/re]: Yeah, that’s what I’m worried about: which flavor of holy man is going to be whispering nonsense in the president’s ear. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a president who listened to scholars, diplomats, businessmen and scientists instead of Jeebus? ‘Cause that hasn’t been working out so good. Did Jeebus tell Chimpy to invade Iraq?

Wagamuffin August 12, 2008 at 9:03 am

This black on black bitch slapping must stop! Good morning all…

Servo August 12, 2008 at 9:04 am

Specifically, the Cheeto Jeebus.

Thanatopsis August 12, 2008 at 9:12 am

The Fundies have no problem taking the Crazy seriously – it takes one to know one. But the Fundies aren’t going to be voting for Hopey anyway. However, he is more religious than WALNUTS, except when WALNUTS is praying to Jeebus for a trade in on his wifey.

valobama August 12, 2008 at 9:16 am

[re=57306]V572625694[/re]: “Go forth and make disciples of all the world” matt. 28, has a”world domination” flavor to it.

Canmon (the Inadequate) August 12, 2008 at 9:17 am

Why isn’t John McCain’s whiteness a campaign issue? He can’t even leave the house without getting skin cancer. I hope Michelle Obama taunts him by calling him “whitey”.

valobama August 12, 2008 at 9:20 am

[re=57318]Canmon (the Inadequate)[/re]: there are soo many things about John McCain that can be an issue.

valobama August 12, 2008 at 9:24 am

What gets me is the whole “too Black, not Black enuff” crap. Talks and acts white. I have to admit being guilty of that myself sometimes. Does anyone else have to regroup after hearing ASians speak unaccented english? Just me? Damn, I’m such an asshole!

SuperRounder August 12, 2008 at 9:28 am

Is there such a thing as Pastorcide?

Fear of a Black Reagan August 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

[re=57325]SuperRounder[/re]: Maybe he can catch a fatal case of pneumonia…

rev_matt_y August 12, 2008 at 9:33 am

[re=57271]Godless Liberal *[/re]: This isn’t a surprise, or at least not an October one. The surprise will be when McCain’s VP gets caught in the green room of some talk show with his hands down the pants of one of the male interns.

At least I hope that’s the surprise.

Larry McAwful August 12, 2008 at 9:44 am

In America, being a media whore is a right, not just a privelige. We all deserve self-aggrandizing media attention designed to alter the outcome of presidential elections. It’s in the Constitution somewhere. I think. The 29th Amendment, maybe. I’m not sure anymore, and I’m too tired to bother checking right now.

mookworthjwilson August 12, 2008 at 9:51 am

Hillsbot has to prove her loyalty to the party and Vince Foster this bitch.

mookworthjwilson August 12, 2008 at 9:53 am

[re=57331]rev_matt_y[/re]: Not an intern…it will be on the Tonight Show, and Jay will be having one of those child prodigies on, like Tiger Woods when he was 8…That’s how the incident will go down…

Canuckledragger August 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

Don’t go givin’ the government credit for teh AIDS, when all glory goes to Gawd. He was pissed off about the fudgey-fornicatin’ and unleashed His wrath against teh gays. It’s too bad about all that non-gay collateral damage, but that’s what the hets get for fornicatin’ with teh gays and needin’ blood transfusions, ‘n’all.

It’s kinda like all the hets that died on 9/11, which was clearly His wrath against teh gays. And all them thar N’awlins folks that perished from Katrina, which was His wrath against teh gays.

I know these things because I listen to crazy WHITE pastors all the time. So, to recap, here is what I now know:

God hates homos, even though He made ‘em.
God is kinda cranky and wants to smite all the homos all the time.
God’s not a very good shot.

So don’t go listenin’ to them thar crazy BLACK pastors, ‘coz they just make shit up.

pdiddycornchips August 12, 2008 at 10:57 am

The really interesting question is, will Oprah read his book? Maybe she’ll invite him on the show for a good ‘ol fashion James Frey-ish bitch slapping?

dedalus August 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

As the son of a control freak minister (who wouldn’t have gone to church if he couldn’t be in control of it, to quote my sister), I knew the Good Reverend would BE BAAAAAAAACK like a lover scorned.

Maybe a friend (hello Rezko old pal?) can pay him $15,000 a month without O’Bambi’s knowledge?
That often works miracles.

Fear of a Black Reagan August 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

[re=57429]dedalus[/re]: “Maybe a friend (hello Rezko old pal?) can pay him $15,000 a month without O’Bambi’s knowledge? That often works miracles.”

Maybe Louis Farrakhan can sick the NOI rent-a-cops on him, maybe keep him holed up in an undisclosed location til after the inaugural.

V572625694 August 12, 2008 at 11:23 am

[re=57354]Canuckledragger[/re]: Did anyone ever say this better than George Carlin?

“When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit! “

TGY August 12, 2008 at 12:36 pm

[re=57446]V572625694[/re]: Geez, that’s classic.

valobama August 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

[re=57446]V572625694[/re]: but don’t you ever wonder “what’s it all about?” Alfie?

GlennBecksTaint August 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm

[re=57446]V572625694[/re]: That quote just made my day.

Darehead August 12, 2008 at 1:28 pm

[re=57446]V572625694[/re]: Hate to ruin it for ya though, but that same excerpt is also exploited by the atheist* faction of Paultards in the film, Zeitgeist.** I think most Paultards don’t know that Carlin was around long before they were and appealed to a different demographic.
*Paultards have both atheists and fundies but they believe in the same “hell” (take over of the world by globalists)
**easily downloadable but I don’t want to provide the link.

V572625694 August 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

[re=57604]Darehead[/re]: Well, as the Jeebus lovers say, the devil can use the Lord’s words for his own purposes, or some shit like that. Not fair to discredit Carlin for misappropriation by Paultards.[re=57557]valobama[/re]: I do wonder what it’s all about. I just don’t think Jeebus has the answer. You can’t prove God doesn’t exist, but that’s true of the Tooth Fairy too.

V572625694 August 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm

[re=57505]TGY[/re]: [re=57588]GlennBecksTaint[/re]: You have to hear Carlin do it to really appreciate it.

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