What? A watermelon farm is just naturally hilarious! Not racist at all!!Hey, we’ve gone all week without some fuckface old Republican getting caught sending hateful racist email about the Obamas. Maybe racism really is on the wane, in America. Maybe old white GOP officials have finally realized it’s not super funny to send hilarious jokes about the coloreds, to everybody, about the president. Ha, right. The latest batch of foul, blatant racism comes from “City Councilman Gary Frago,” in some place near Merced, California. And he’s not sorry, either! “I’m not the only one that does it,” Frago told the Merced Sun-Star. Yeah, we’ve noticed.

In all, the Sun-Star obtained seven e-mails that Frago sent from October 2008 to February 2009 from an anonymous source.

Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”

Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”

The newspaper tracked down the person who sent the emails to Frago — as always, Frago simply forwarded these humorous items to everyone in town. And you know what? The guy who sent ’em to Frago didn’t find anything racist about these racist emails, either! Niggers are just a naturally funny subject, to everyone:

Rieger said the jokes he sent had no racial meaning. “As far as I’m concerned the e-mails need no explanation,” he said. “I sent them out, I’m not concerned with it,” he said.

Rieger also said he had no idea what Frago’s constituents might think of the e-mails. “I’m sure if I was black I’d have a different idea of what was funny,” he said. “I got black friends that I would tell these jokes to and they would roll on the floor in laughter.”

Sure you do, “Rieger,” sure you do.

Questions raised about councilman’s conduct after discovery of racist e-mails [Sun-Star]

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  1. “I’m not the only one that does it,” Frago told

    How lame can one man be? I didn’t even accept shit like that as an excuse from my children.

  2. [re=364818]larry2[/re]: I don’t think Obama suffers from performance anxiety. You don’t see him pulling a bunch of racist bullshit to bolster his ego, do you?

  3. Okay Ken, to be fair, you can’t expect these people to be able to identify a racist e-mail if that can’t define or even spell “racist.”

  4. [re=364821]DustBowlBlues[/re]: I’m not the only one who smashes kittens with a cricket bat. Therefore, smashing kittens with a cricket bat should be acceptable. That’s the Republican version of the categorical imperative.

  5. “I didn’t originate them, they came to me and I just passed them on.”

    Ah, the Michael Scott defense. “When I said before that I was king of forwards, you gotta understand that I don’t come up with this stuff. I just forward it along. You wouldn’t arrest a guy who’s just delivering drugs from one guy to another.”

  6. He has black friends? Can he prove this? Does he know their names? Will he be willing to demonstrate to an enthralled nation that he tells racist jokes to his black friends and they roll on the floor with laughter? We’d like some viddy please, and good quality, too.

  7. [re=364811]bfstevie[/re]: Yes, black. Black Irish, Black Forest…those count right?

    My fellow Wonketeers, I come to you in this time of greatest need. I bring a message of peace, and of love and, above all, solidarity. It is a moral imperative that we stand in solidarity with our brothers Rieger and Frago. We must affirm to them that they are not alone, that they do not stand divided. No, my friends it must never be so. We must let them know, that in this moment, on this day our purpose and identity are clear:

    Today, we are all clear to toss my salad.


  8. After a week of RepubliKKKans blasting Sonya Sotomayor for being a dirty messican terrorist, is it any wonder this dickwad thinks “n” word jokes are teh funnies?? Perhaps he’s related to Unca Pat? Having lived/endured CA’s central valley for many years, it’s a hotbed of bible-beatin’, gun totin’, racist crackpots, so it’s no surprise that Rieger’s all like: wha? ya gots sumthin’ wrong wid dat teh funnies joke I sed? guh!

    Never forget that Boss el-Lushjob was excreted from Sacramento in the northern bit of the Central Valley. Merced is none too far from there. Fatso Limberger just serves to makes these slugs look almost reasonable.

  9. [re=364818]larry2[/re]: There’s nothing remotely joke-worthy in that link. Do you even know where you are?

    Joke your cares away,
    Racism’s really OK!
    Let the other dipshits play,
    Down at Frago Rock.
    Down at Frago Rock.
    Down at Frago Rock.

  10. [re=364818]larry2[/re]: Totally agree! It took Dubya 8 years to undo the prosperity of the Clinton years. Using his superior intellect, it should have only taken B. Hussein 6 months to turn this train wreck around. Clearly he has failed and should be…how do you people say it…STRUNG UP for ruining the country.


  11. I’d heard all of these by November 5th (at my PRIVATE BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, from FRESHMEN, and they just hate hate hate those negroes). Get some new darkie jokes, repubs.

  12. Interestingly enough, that guy’s town is called Atwater. I wonder if it was recently renamed to honor the creator of the Willie Horton ads.

  13. [re=364818]larry2[/re]: I think all your idol Republican Governors and Senators and political pundits need to start worrying about THEIR performances. Their Viagra prescriptions evidently ran out, and all the blood has drained from their heads (which happened long, LONG ago for Pat Buchanan).

    Seriously, anybody except larry2, is there any way these reprobates can be forced out of office, short of not voting for them when their term is up? Illinois got rid of Blagojevich — it would seem like there should be a way to get rid of an unrepentant Senator, too.

  14. [re=364818]larry2[/re]:
    So it’s ok you guys are in the Klan as long as you don’t taxe the white hoods?

    Are burning crosses in the front lawn your idea of alternative energy?

    Bushies bailing out Goldman/sachs you say nothing, yet your ilk calls bailing out GM ‘corporate welfare”?

    And all your senators trying to take a giant crap all over Detroit just happen, buy coincidence, to be the bought and paid for stooges of Kia and Toyota?

    The revolution is not over, pal.

  15. [re=364838]slappypaddy[/re]: hey, in his defense, do we doubt Michael Steele would bend over and then laugh? He’s a real pal of these doofi.

    So sad.

    There is no answer to fools like these except mass pigmentation. Yes, folks, let’s turn them black. Then take away their money and jobs and drop them into the most racist town in America we can find.

  16. Rieger sent two e-mails to Frago, one about Obama taxing aspirin because “it’s white and it works”.

    That’s actually pretty fucking funny.

  17. here’s the list so far, along with when each story broke:

    September 29: Danny Funderburk, mayor of Fort Mill, South Carolina (sent out an email claiming the Bible says the Antichrist will be a person of Muslim extraction, meaning Obama)

    October 16: Diane Fedele, president of the Chaffey (California) Community Republican Women (included “Obama Bucks” with pictures of watermelon and fried chicken on them in her group’s newsletter)

    December 25: Chip Saltsman, former chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and candidate for RNC chairman (sent out a “Christmas gift” containing a Youtube video about “Barack the Magic Negro”)

    February 5: Carol Carter, Republican state committeewoman from Hillsborough County, Florida (sent out an email asking, “How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”)

    February 25: Dean Grose, mayor of Los Alamitos, California (emailed around a picture of watermelons growing on the White House lawn)

    March 12: Boyd Austin, mayor of Dallas, Georgia (suggested on his Facebook status that Obama give the British prime minister a gift of malt liquor and cigarettes)

    June 2: Diann Jones, a vice chairman of the Collin County (Texas) Republican Party (sent an email about how Obama is plotting against Americans from his office in the “Black House” because Texas state lawmakers were considering a tax on firearms purchases)

    June 14: Rusty DePass, South Carolina GOP activist (said an escaped gorilla from a local zoo was a relative of Michelle Obama’s)

    June 16: Sherri Goforth, executive assistant for Tennessee Republican State Rep. Diane Black (sent around a picture of all the presidents where Obama is just goggle eyes against a black background)

    July 17: Gary Frago, city councilman in Atwater, California (sent a whole lot of emails full of racist jokes about Obama to everybody he knew)

  18. [re=364832]Rev. Peter Lemonjello[/re]: “I can’t control what comes in my inbox.”

    Sounds like Bristol Palin’s excuse to her mom last year.

  19. well, I think clearly racism is declining. The GOP is down to 28% (admitting some of that decline is real wing nutz who left because the GOP is too liberal, has a god damn black man runnin’ it, for Christ’s sake), but that is like saying the number of roaches in the kitchen is on the decline, only limitedly encouraging.

  20. [re=364864]2goats[/re]: Though the remaining roaches are Palmetto bug class, very powerful and get news shows on Fox or are Senators and/or write Op-Ed pieces in the Washington Post.

  21. [re=364838]slappypaddy[/re]: [re=364846]4tehlulz[/re]: His Black friends are named Gardener, Taxi Driver, Mailman and Shoeshine Guy at the Airport. So there!

  22. In my version of Hell for Gary Frago, he is strapped to a chair in front of a large screen TV, on which is playing an endless loop of that skit Richard Pryor used to do making fun of the way that white people cuss.

  23. I say bring this shit ON. I want Lindsay Graham to show up in congress wearing blackface and singing “Mammy”. I want Michael Steele to throw fried chicken and watermellon feeds and invite the NAACP. Michelle Bachmann should reveal her membership in the WKKK and require that her staff go about in full Klan regalia.

    Because the more of this shit they pull, the fewer people that will even consider voting for them.

    Keep it up, smart guys.

  24. You think he’d mind if I called him Frago the dago? You know, because he looks like one. They’re all kind of fat like that. I have Italian friends who would roll on the floor laughing at my witticism.

  25. Jesus Christ, what do you expect out of Merced? The place is a shithole. The only worthwhile thing about it is that it’s very close to Yosemite. But the city itself is in that Bakersfield, Fresno redneck craptopia vein.

  26. [re=364838]slappypaddy[/re]: He doesn’t have black friends. He would just roll out a bunch of his white Central Valley buddies in blackface doing their best Amos n Andy, slapping their knees and shouting “Hoo massah! Das sho’ a good ‘un!” Ha ha, hilarious.

  27. Look the joke works both ways:

    “Breaking News Playboy just offered Michelle Obama $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Sarah Palin got the same offer from National Geographic.”

    BTW, how is that child of civil rights now POTUS treating the colored people? I bet he is not bombing them like that offal Nixon guy, ick.

  28. [re=364864]2goats[/re]: [re=364871]Doglessliberal[/re]: Roaches are fascinating insects that contribute greatly to the health of many ecosystems. It pains me that you would compare them to these racist douchebags.
    A more apt comparison would be pubic lice, who contribute nothing to the world but itchy genitalia and punchlines to jokes about Paris Hilton.

  29. [re=364891]Humpback[/re]: This is the tendency of black, low-income earners to use improvised maintanence practices on their vehicles, homes, appliances, etc. Lotsa duct-tape and coathangers involved*.

    That being said, I am practitioner of these hobo arts, myself.

    *Another, more-charitable(?) term for it is “eboneering”.

  30. “Frago said he sends all kinds of joke e-mails about every one from Jews to Portuguese (Frago is of Portuguese descent).”

    They write racist jokes about Portuguese people?

  31. [re=364875]magic titty[/re]: how dare they suggest Willow Palin do a double penetration scene on! she’s only 14. i want an apology from david letterman immediately.

  32. [re=364811]bfstevie[/re]: Michael Steele reminds of the Hollywood cliche where the black exec is hired by the clueless white boss to help the firm reach out to the blacks. Except the black exec doesn’t know how to relate to the blacks either.

  33. “Another recipient of forwarded e-mails along with Frago, Don Cherf, a former grand knight in Merced’s Knights of Columbus chapter, said he didn’t recall seeing the e-mails either. But he said the e-mail about Michelle Obama posing for National Geographic was not derogatory. “It’s just a joke, there’s nothing slanderous meant,” he said. “I feel you are reading it wrong. It’s not meant (to be) derogatory.”

    Okay, A: you’re a lying asshole. And B: you’re being quoted as a “grand knight” in a story about racist behavior so you’re a stupid, lying racist. Racist.

  34. [re=364893]Dave J.[/re]: The only worthwhile thing about it is that it’s very close to Yosemite

    When Frago sees his Jewish friends he yells: “Yo, Semite wassup?”

  35. Racism is only like the third or fourth thing that pisses me off about e-mails like this.

    BTW if Michelle did pose for National Geographic, it would be in a totally fabulous and elegant Anthropologie kind of way, and I would buy the shit of it.

  36. [re=364963]A Better American Than YOU[/re]: The Central Valley, outside of Davis, is pretty Red State-y. As is most of the Sierra foothills, the Inland Empire, much of the Central Coast (outside of classic rich-liberal Santa Barbara and college-y SLO), parts of Ventura and big chunks of the North Coast, where rednecks and hippies come together to drive old pick-ups and grow giggle-weed.

  37. [re=364891]Humpback[/re]:Usually means anything that is cobbled together any which way and barely works. Sometimes also used to describe a clusterfuck – ie like for “Chinese Fire Drill”

  38. [re=364927]TJBeck[/re]: They sure do. Coincidentally (or not?), they are very popular in Hawai’i as an alternative to “dumb blonde” or “pollock” jokes.

    [re=364951]schvitzatura[/re]: The “You Know You’re Portuguese”-type jokes Jeff Fragoworthy probably told aren’t nearly as amusingly racist as he implies in his false equivalency defense.

    Though it has been said that Portuguese sounds like a drunk Frenchman trying to speak Spanish, so maybe the humor is all in the delivery.

  39. [re=364853]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Is Atwater, CA another one of those Federally-dependent “burgs Obama could disappear with a stroke of a pen”, like Los Alamitos, CA? I imagine Ag-town like that probably get some sort of Federal-price supports and water-subsidies… it would be quite a pity if that all went away…

  40. [re=364965]heroinmule[/re]: Yes. Fitted khaki shorts and a white blouse that displays the outline of a white lacy bra….

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  41. [re=364879]Gorillionaire[/re]: I was going to suggest an endless loop of “Interracial Hole-Stretchers 8”, but I guess that will do.

  42. [re=364991]mrsixinch[/re]: The painter. Who isn’t disgusted by those Jackson Pollock jokes?

    Now, Roy Lichtenstein jokes are different. Lichtenstein is a dump.

  43. [re=364862]tacodaemon[/re]: Hey thanks for compiling this list! It’s going to be a nice and easy reply to some of the links and rants from the Repubs I was guilted into friending on Facebook.

  44. Amazing Karma here for me- someone from Merced just called me(not about this) and I asked her if she knew Merced was in the news. She asked if it was about money- i told her it was about a racist Atwater council member. She did not seem surprised.

  45. [re=365044]Bearbloke[/re]: Oh, wait a minute. We’re talking about a REPUBLICAN? M on F pr0n won’t work. Dammit, there goes that idea.

  46. [re=365037]wheelie[/re]: Lichtenstein is a very nice place, even if they speak their German wrong…

    Hey! Isn’t Newell currently crawling through California?… and doesn’t Newell pretend to be Português so no one questions the many foot-long penis-shaped Linguiças he always travels with?… and isn’t “Gary Frago” the pr0n-name Newell uses, like last month when he ordered that “She-males of South Beach” collection from Vivid?…


  47. [re=364922]SmutBoffin[/re]: oh really? That’s what that is?
    I’ve only ever heard that called ghetto rigging, and I live in the south. (I mean, while not THE most pc term either, it’s at least a baby step up from N****r.)

  48. [re=364991]mrsixinch[/re]: The artist.[re=364991]mrsixinch[/re]: [re=365037]wheelie[/re]: Sorry about that—I’m Portuguese.

    By the way, anyone know how to get Wite-Out® off a laptop screen?

  49. [re=365086]Redhead[/re]: I call it ghetto rigging, too. But I live in Phx so the ghetto is mostly white as is my perception of it.

  50. All over California there are these vile little pockets of republican windowlickers who feel a great need to overcompensate for all the gheys, libruuul movie stars and medical marijuana clinics by being extra stupid and racist. The ones who get elected to public office are especially foul: They are currently holding our state legislature hostage because the budget doesn’t include provisions for each of them to receive a solid gold bible signed “To:_____ Keep it real, brah! Luv, Jesus.”

    Assholes like Gary Frago and Dean Grose are voted into office by isolated groups of crude inland farmers who fantasize that the teams of illegal aliens they hire to cheat the state out of taxes are slaves, on a plantation. And also by legions of braindead, botoxed, tanning salon fucktards in Orange County. They will continue being petulant little bitches, furiously masturbating GOP goo all over our ‘progressive’ state and sending each other racist emails, until they die, the end.

  51. [re=365119]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: hahaha. Yeah, I mean here there’s an IMPLIED racial undertone to it (it is the south, after all)… but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone come right out and just say it like that. I think I heard one person call it jury rigging once.

    meh, it is amusing to watch the implosion of the repubs as they try to defend their racist behavior as legit. Sort of like watching the rednecks here try to explain why the “South will rise again!” Confederate flags they fly are about history, not racism…

  52. Atwater, CA is a central valley craphole loaded with Okies living in the “Grapes of Wrath” days because they never learned to stand up to Reagan’s Ag Monopolies like Sunkist or Calvado and all the workers are still illegals or their American citizen offspring waiting for orders to deploy to Eye-Rack or harvest the grow room.

  53. [re=365156]Atheist Nun[/re]: Yep, that’s how they are in California. Been saying for years that California is like Alabama, only our white sand beaches are much to be preferred.

  54. [re=365171]prophet1195[/re]:

    “Atwater, CA is a central valley craphole loaded with Okies living in the “Grapes of Wrath” days because they never learned to stand up to Reagan’s Ag Monopolies like Sunkist or Calvado and all the workers are still illegals or their American citizen offspring waiting for orders to deploy to Eye-Rack or harvest the grow room.

    Copyright 2009 City of Atwater, California. All Rights Reserved.”


  55. [re=365174]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: Really? I just figured the person saying it was drunk and had mixed his racial slurs with a reference to buying/influencing/manipulating a jury, as in a court case…

  56. [re=365173]A Better American Than YOU[/re]: I do my part to vote the bastards out, but unless there’s something bombastic on the ballot, the voter turnout here gets pretty pathetic… the last election we had, there were actual tumbleweeds blowing through the lobby of the halfway-house polling place where I vote. Everyone is too busy hanging out at the beach in hawaiian shirts, learning the latest catchphrases, because they just moved here from Potatoland, Iowa to become a “movie star.”

  57. Come on Bingee people! You know that watermellon is nothing whithout fried chicken. Can you photo-shop some fried chicken joints into that photo? This might fire up the (R)acist base for another round of mass mailings.

  58. [re=365075]Bearbloke[/re]: Ok we’re going waaay off topic here on the merits of Lichtenstein, but I stand by my comment that it’s a dump. “Charming Alpine Principality”, my hole. The suburb of Vaduz[1] is the home of mountainy hillbillies who booze around the clock. Not worth seeing; not worth going to see. Not if my bus trip one Friday in November was anything to go by.

    1. Vaduz is tiny so it only really has one suburb, singular.

  59. So I’ve been looking at this story, and the guy’s an idiot, but I can’t find any site that actually shows his political affiliation. Can one of you show me the link that actually shows that he’s a Republican?

  60. You know what’s really, very fucking sad about this shit? This numb nutz probably does have black people in his circle that he calls “friends” meaning that he goes to work with them every day and spews forth his doltish horseshit and they chuckle and tolerate it because they know that he’s a few bottles short of a full bar and find him to be retarded, and therefore, harmless. I went to a very rural, all-white, mostly redneck, high school and I was very popular (homecoming queen) and people would cold tell me all of the time that I was the only black person they would ever talk to. Because that’s how they wanted it. This was fine, obviously, because I was some kind of fucking exceptional chimp, not just the average, and they liked me, they really liked me, all the while trying to chase the {black} dates that I would bring to dances out to the parking lot to beat the stew out of them. Neat.

    I understand the pathology and it gives me a sad.

  61. [re=364863]bumfug[/re]: “I can’t control what comes in my inbox.”

    Sounds like Bristol Palin’s excuse to her mom last year.

    -No, it was Sarah’s excuse to Bristol when Bristol realized Trig looks just like Levi. “She’s my sister, AND my daughter! My sister, my daughter!!!”

  62. OK, so explain to me again how it would be a bad thing if these screwheads made good on their threat to take over Texas and secede?

  63. N****r rigging, ghetto rigging, and jerry rigging all refer to swiftly and cleverly improvising something you need, with whatever you happen to have available, when you don’t have the necessary resources to do it the “right” way. I’ve never understood why these terms are so derogatory, because slapping together something functional, in a hurry, with whatever happens to be on hand, requires considerable ingenuity and skill, even if it ain’t purty.
    But then again, I’m a part German half-breed Muslin, so I’m probably being racist.

  64. Don’t take this wrong, but I live in the county where this is going on and I know: Gary Frago is a registered Democrat. Most of the people he forwarded those emails to are Republicans, but (sigh!) the idiot himself is a registered Democrat. Sorry to burst your bubble, because I agree with every bit of the post and all the positive comments except that one thing. We let one slip through. The tent is officially too big. Gary Frago is a registered Democrat.

  65. Did you follow the link to the original article? It includes a recent photo of this jackass. (sigh)

    Are all Republican politicians west of the Rockies mobbed-up hoods?
    This guy, Fargo, looks like John Ensign’s first cousin, and neither of them would seem at all out of place playing cards in front of Tony Soprano’s butcher shop.

    And another thing: In the year 2009, can a public office holder use the ‘N’ word in a comic e-mail and retain his office?

  66. [re=365816]Jik_the_Mahe[/re]: Think Progress had it right when they labeled him a conservative rather than a Republican. He’s endorsed some conservative Republican candidates. But yeah, I haven’t seen any source that’s verified his party affiliation.

  67. [re=365816]Jik_the_Mahe[/re]: I’d still like to see some kind of validation of his political affiliation. It’s funny how so many things are instantly believed even without any evidence at all.

  68. [re=365886]Occisor[/re]: Well, to be fair, when you hear hoofbeats, you think horses, not zebras.

    Not that Democrats can’t be racist, but the flood of “Obama’s a negro!” emails haven’t been coming from them.

  69. Take it from this black man, there is nothing racist about that comment…just GREAT satire! The libs can dish it out, but the pansies can’t take it! If you want pure unadulterated liberal bashing that will leave you laughing til you’re breathless, visit And while there, BUY my book, as I am the most dangerous thing to Democrats out there…a black man exposing their LIES!

  70. [re=364980]Extemporanus[/re]: As a Portuguese_American, I would be offended–if half of them weren’t true. Plastic on the lampshades: check. Egg in the Easter sweetbread: brawl-worthy. Uncle Manny: Not 14 of them, but yeah. Oh well, I least my brain is functional and I’m not an inbred racist cracker.

  71. [re=366148]widget09[/re]: Must be…like Mr. Steele he’s got problems with money…can’t even pay to keep his site up and running…

  72. This racism and hate talk is very disturbing and quite unforgiveable. They are usually people with very little self-worth and all that makes them feel important is to belittle others. Please go to and sign mine “Rid the Airwaves of Hate Radio”, for I know that people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Savage are doing all the can to encourage this type of talk and I think they are dangerous. Please help us complain to FCC and the stations that carry their inciteful programs. Tks. all and let’s keep after these dark, stupid souls.

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