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Allen West: Tanning Tax Is ‘Racist,’ John Wayne Is ‘Watching Our Back’

kaySarah Palin and Nikki Haley’s calculated pick for vice president, Florida Rep. Allen West, currently has the fun task of trying to woo Florida Democrats thanks to redistricting laws that are magically moving his cheese around! So over the weekend West spoke at a 1,200-capacity venue in the usually Democratic-leaning Century Village area of Palm Beach County, and 75 people showed up. There, West told these skeptical retirees, who for the most part had no idea who he was, that the tanning tax included in Obamacare is “racist” and that West is the Democrats’ #1 target. The collective response: “He is?” Oh, and then there is Allen West’s Facebook page.

While West told the crowd (“crowd”) that he liked certain parts of the healthcare bill (kids being on their parents’ health plans until age 26; coverage for preexisting conditions), he feels that the bill is approximately 109383939232 pages too long, and that taxing people for using tanning beds is “racist,” as opposed to a preventative anti-cancer measure:

You want to talk about something that’s really racist? They have a tanning tax. I’m not tanning.

Some lady responded to this comment by calling West a “liar,” which is an interesting choice of word. (“You are so tanning.”)

Then there was last week, when West appeared to photoshop himself into a picture of John Wayne, illustrated above, and put it on his Facebook page.

The point? To show solidarity with another ridiculously outspoken and, well, dead, person, who happened to say incredibly racist things from time to time, as this New Times article reminds us. And to apparently roll out his “#1 target” campaign, in which West paints himself as a victim of the Democrats’ wrath in order to…win Democrats’ votes. Accompanying the photo was this caption:

We will be the #1 target for Washington liberals because of our vocal opposition to their failed big government economic policies. We’re ready for the fight, especially with a guy like this watching our back.

Errrr. Who is “we”? And John Wayne is dead? Oh, we are tired now! [Palm Beach Post via Huffington Post, New Times]

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131 comments

    1. Callyson

      John Boehner?

      "I have never been in a tanning bed or used a tanning product…no, really, I haven't. You believe me, right?"

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    John Wayne was a fag. I installed two-way mirrors at his pad in Brentwood, and he came to the door in a dress.

  2. OneYieldRegular

    It's a miracle that he didn't accidentally Photoshop himself standing next to John Wayne Gacy.

  3. bikerlaureate

    They have a tanning tax. I’m not tanning.

    Cognito ergo dum.

    ("They" also have other taxes that aren't relevant to me. Shocker.)

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        None of my sober friends are paying their share of the state liquor tax.

        (So I see it as my duty to make up for them.)

      1. bikerlaureate

        Nothing's stopping him. This is such a stupid issue for him. Pick a tax to whinge about that isn't so decadent. (Elitist ?)

        And BTW the way, how'd the White House manage to levy new taxes all by themselves? If only this pusbag West was a member of Congress. Oh, wait…

  4. OC_Surf_Serf

    Don't go fighting in wars so please excuse me from paying taxes for such things…

  5. BaldarTFlagass

    I bet they have a skin-bleaching tax for the blah people, but no one has paid it since Michael Jackson died.

  6. skoalrebel

    I really like Adam West. The dude can really change things up: drivin' the Batmobile around DC and showin' the world how we roll in America. [spit!]

    Oh, wait . . . Allen West?

    Nevermind.

  7. MissTaken

    It's racist to remind us sad, pasty white people that our pink skin gets wrinkly and cancer-ridden when we get too much sun. The government should pay for my daily SPF cream as retribution!

    1. SorosBot

      So you don't want to go to the tanning parlor once a week, getting your skin all nice and tanned in exchange for looking like Jan Brewer once you hit 50?

  8. Baconzgood

    He's talking about a tanning tax IN THE SUNBELT! (flordia is in the sunbelt right. I'd google it but I don't want to google anything FLA or AZ related this week)

  9. Maman

    Is that Photoshop or an old cardboard cut out? At least in Photoshop you could make John Wayne look less washed out.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Between this and that brown "civil rights group" lady reporter a few posts down, you've had a lot of opportunities today to talk about "The Talk."

  10. Antispandex

    Why do people who are in dick measuring contests always feel the need to try the old 'Duke" analogies? Allen, you're a black man! Stand next to a picture of Malcom X and really scare the shit out of whitey! (Scaring people is the 21st century version of buying votes…catch up fella).

    1. BornInATrailer

      Sadly, I don't think there are any older, macho black figures that West could stand next to that the Tea Party would find acceptable.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        They'd probably be good with the Ivan Dixon guy who played Kincheloe in Hogan's Heroes, as long as they didn't find out about his role in the film Carwash.

  11. BaldarTFlagass

    No matter how many times I see a picture of that guy, I still can't get past that odd haircut.

  12. JustPixelz

    They have a tanning tax. I’m not tanning.

    I just went to the Caribbean*. It was spring break so there were a lot of young people in bikinis. Some were blah, but "tanning" anyway. I guess so other young people could see their pre-tanned skin, except the bikini parts. Otherwise, I don't get it.

    Anyway, the Sun is racist by giving white people skin cancer for trying to look like blah people. Fucking Sun.
    ________________________
    * I did not see Mitt Romney's money relaxing on the beach.

  13. SayItWithWookies

    A teabagger is complaining about not paying taxes? It never ends with this bunch.

  14. SheriffRoscoe

    26-year old "kids"? Does Allen West need a refresher course in wingnut talking points?

  15. elviouslyqueer

    From the Post:

    I support West. At least he showed up in a heavily democrat area. He's no coward! some democrats are really nasty people. they have no couth

    Comedy. GOLD.

    1. freakishlywrong

      Spoken like a true Dem. We always use the pejorative "Democrat" (party, district). Wingnut talking point 1.

    2. Barrelhse

      Nasty? WTF? Who's fucking nasty, you flyblown little hunk of dogshit? Come over here and I'll shove some couth so far up your ass the proctologist will call in the ENT guy to remove it.

    1. DahBoner

      Since White people are already enslaved under Obama, shouldn't Duke call him "Master" and have to walk 10 paces behind????

  16. UnholyMoses

    So … the guy is yet another ignorant, repulsive, morally abhorrent tool of the right who is too stupid to realize that he's being used (poorly and without luck) in an attempt to prove the GOP doesn't hate all blah people.

    Allen West, Herman Cain, Thomas Sowell, and Michael Steele: The Four Tokens of the Derpacolypse.

  17. Doktor StrangeZoom

    "We will be the #1 target for Washington liberals…"

    You despise me, don't you?

    If I gave you any thought I probably would.

  18. JustPixelz

    Here's what the Duke thought of Alan West back in 1971:

    “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

    Fortunately, John ("Marion Morrison") Wayne only had a couple years of college, while West has a masters degree. Who's the educated one now Duke?

    1. DahBoner

      John Wayne was a frat boy from Iowa.

      Probably had to drop out because going to class was cutting into his drinking and soriety girl raping time…

      1. JustPixelz

        I don't like John Wayne. I never understood his appeal. According to Wikipedia, he dropped out when he lost his USC football scholarship due to an injury while surfing. Surfing!

  19. BerkeleyBear

    Hate to break it to old Allen, but tanning booths aren't only used by white people (they shouldn't be used by anyone, but that's a different issue) so I'm not sure where the racism is – the stupid, I know where that is.

    Oh, and blah people (especially those who are not especially dark skinned) can get skin cancer – ie, they can and do tan, even to unhealthy extremes, even if they don't know it. Encouraging blah and Latino people to wear sunscreen is actually a serious public health issue (not as serious as AIDS, but serious). So he doubled down on the stupid with ignorant mythology.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I think Mr West would have played the part of General Charles LeClerc in that particular historical drama. Except LeClerc was white.

    1. YasserArraFeck

      "The Quiet Man" would've been way more entertaining: "BeJayzus! Who let dat black fella inta de village?! Begorrah, dere goes de neighbourhood!!"

    2. Wile E. Quixote

      You know, when I read "Photoshopping himself into John Wayne" an entirely different mental image of what that would look like came to mind, and yes, santorum was involved.

  20. bikerlaureate

    But he likes the popular parts of ACA, so we've got that going for us, which is nice.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      Well if he's like the Duke then the answer is "no". John Wayne was a draft dodger. Allen West is so goddamned pathetic. Here he is desperately trying to keep his seat and he has to invoke the spirit of a white-supremacist, draft-dodger to help him out.

  21. valthemus

    I'm imagining a liberals only comedy club where all the comics have to do is get on stage and say "Allen West" or "Steve King" to have people cracking up.

  22. saysaysomething

    Of course, there is a large cancer center in Santa Monica, called the John Wayne Cancer Center (inside St. John's hospital) which has some of the foremost leaders in melanoma research and treatment. I'm grateful for this because their work has kept me cancer free so far since my stage 2B melanoma diagnosis over 2 years ago. John Wayne (and his estate) would absolutely support this tax. Absolutely.

  23. imissopus

    I don't live in Allen West's district, so please make sure none of my tax dollars go towards his salary, pension, health benefits, and so forth.

    And John Wayne? Does he think it's 1972?

  24. ttommyunger

    I've always gotten along famously with my black comrades, but this West guy just has a face for punching. What a fucking moran!

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