They called... ANOTHER BUSINESS! Last month, an African-American businessman named Calvin Hunter wrote a column for a website called Canada Free Press. He wrote about why, after spending his whole life a loyal Democrat, he now hates the Rotten Horrible Democrat Party.

We know about this because Allen West told us about it on the tweeter yesterday, in case we did not spend a lot of time on websites that claim things such as Huma Abedin really being a terrorist plant.

This one isn’t about Evil Islam though — it’s about discrimination, and West said it was “why more black Americans are leaving the Democrat party,” and it is definitely not petulant ramblings from a guy in a lime green hat, and is most certainly not a big giant fibbity fib fib.

My mother had 4 kids. We all had different dads. Only 2 of us knew our dads. My mom did not have a high school diploma. We grew up in the projects of Columbia, South Carolina, Saxon Homes and Alan Benedict Court. We got government assistance, food stamps, free lunch and government cheese… Based in Charlotte North Carolina, I have established myself in the last 29 years as a successful businessman, Event Manager, Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer, and Restaurateur.

Good for you, Mr. Manager Audio Visual Everything Disco Musician Chef. That really is good for you. You built that, etc. etc. Please, tell us what happens next.

When I heard the Democratic National Convention was coming to Charlotte, North Carolina, I was very excited. An event such as this is a once in a lifetime event for someone in my business… I got a copy of their RFP (Request for Proposal) and read it myself. The proposal read “we prefer that you use Union labor” for our events. I was flabbergasted.

Oh no! Say it is not so! They would prefer that you let your employees negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions? Animals.

I don’t use my race as a crutch or as a weapon of blackmail as many groups do. I am very proud of being a minority and frankly being a minority has been a non-issue in securing clients and doing a great job for them.

Category: “Things you hear before someone plays a non-sequitur race card.”

Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic National Committee is discriminating against me, a black man?

He totally played a non-sequitur race card! And doesn’t understand irony! No wonder West is a fan.

And what is the reasonable reaction to this, Life-Long Democrat Businessowner Greatly Aided By Democratic Policies?

I will never, ever vote for any Democrat ever again since the Democratic National Committee feels it is okay to discriminate against an Afro American small businessman who runs a business that is nonunion.

In case you missed it: Business owner explains how he and his family “got government assistance, food stamps, free lunch and government cheese,” then vows to never again vote for the party that wants to preserve them because he missed out on one week of potential business that was never promised to him in the first place.

Essentially: “I couldn’t DJ a big Charlotte party! That makes Mitt Romney better, as he has never done anything ethically questionable in business. Also there’s nothing wrong at all with climbing out of the social safety net, then setting it on fire with a capitalist fury-torch.”

But wait! As in the tradition of all good bloggers and proctologists, let us look a bit deeper.

What is Hunter’s company called? Production Management Specialists LLC. Yes, that is a lot like Bill Gates starting a company called “Computers LLC,” but that’s not the point. The point is that they have a Facebook page. And looky-looker what’s on it:


Gasp! That’s… that’s a gig! At the DNC!

Egad, again.
Ah! And that is a gig at the DNC, also!

Lean forward, take money.
A third, for MSNBC? Looks like Democrats=bad, but Democrats’ money=so, so good.

In any case, it looks like our friend Calvin will never vote for a Democrat again, because the DNC kept him from getting contracts, which he got. Thank you, Rep. West, for clearing that up. [Canada Free Press]

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  • freakishlywrong

    Weird. I'm a lifelong liberal, and I've the foggiest fucking idea what the fuck the "Democrat" party is. (If you call it that, it's a dead give away, conservatard).

  • elviouslyqueer

    Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic National Committee is discriminating against me, a black man?

    Nigga Afro American, please.

    • Misty Malarky

      Negroidial, please.

      And don't touch my cheese!

      • eggsacklywright

        I had a Negroni once. It was pretty good.

        • HistoriCat

          Sarah Palin – is that you?

          • eggsacklywright

            I hadda basketball Jones.

  • It's hard to win a suffering contest when you're lying about your own suffering, old timer.

  • Joey_Blau

    well.. this is still good news… for JOHN McCAIN!!

  • Hera Sent Me

    What kind of unpatriotic crumb writes an article for the CANADIAN Free Press? Palling around with socialized medicine-loving, hockey game-brawling, Moosehead beer-drinking, Francophone-coddling hoseheads, instead of hiring more scabs?

    You know, for freedom.

    • DahBoner


      What's that a boot?

    • tabouley

      I am sure they are all just jealous of our for-profit, free market Health Care "System", but since they can't emigrate, for some reason, they are reduced to penning sneering, stupid, and ill-informed screeds like the one above.

  • Preferred Customer

    So, to be clear, they were discriminating against him, as a black man, by treating him exactly the same way as anyone else that didn't use union labor, because he is black. Which is "discrimination" only in the most Orwellian sense of the word.

    Also, too, I read "prefer" as an expression of preference, rather than a requirement, so maybe he could have bid anyway? But that's just because I am a Textualist and Originalist who thinks that Words Have Meaning &c.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Yeah, seeing as how the damn event was in the heart of a right to fire state, and the hotels were all nonunion (don't know about the convention center, but I doubt AFSCME and SEIU are particularly strong in NC) plenty of people got work without using union labor. Especially small businesses, who 1) are generally not unionized due to small payrolls and 2) get their own preferences (plus the qualified minority owned business preference).

      Man is an asshat – who apparently decided to go after the low hanging fruit in the end.

  • Texan_Bulldog

    Is that another baby that Allen West punched?

  • no_gravity

    Maybe he'll be asked to be the fourth member of Romney's Black Leadership Council.

    • sullivanst

      How can you have a leadership council when all the members of the subgroup they're supposed to lead are on the council?

      • no_gravity

        That is the conundrum.

  • Failed_2_Menace

    Choose your own snark adventure:
    1) This explains Obama's Electric Slide in the polls.
    2) Poor guy's just trying to scratch out a living.
    3) Clearly the system is riggy-riggy-rigged against the little guy.

  • I don’t use my race as a crutch

    I don't blame him. I broke a bone in my foot and tried to use my race as a crutch–didn't work at all.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I tried to use my creed as a compress when I bruised my ribs a while back, and that didn't work worth a fuck either.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        I tried to use my crutch as a race, but found it generated little remuneration.

        • chicken_thief

          I raced a crutch once and totally kicked its ass.

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        Oaths are terrible for nose-bleeds.

      • I'm sure Scott Stapp is relieved.

      • Let me tell ya about the time I tried to use my ethics as an enema…

    • PsycWench

      I'm wondering if that works the same as "I'm not a racist" in that it immediately preceeds a phrase or sentence that negates it.

    • eggsacklywright

      I once tried to use my Scottishness as a poultice. Gave me the vapors.

    • billy_reuben

      I used my dignity as pants. 100 more hours of community service, and I can put the whole matter behind me.

  • el_donaldo

    What does West have in common with his Teabagger buddies? Imaginary black people. The difference is that the Teabaggers think the imaginary black people are there to take their guns, daughters, and money. West thinks they've come to support him.

    • freakishlywrong

      That, and self-loathing, about sums it up.

  • belmontreport

    How was the DNC supposed to know that he was black based on a RFP? Did he clip a headshot to it? Or write, "As a black man…" in the introduction? Oh, was it because the DNC probably gave preference to minority business owners, too? Because they believe in affirmative action and the use of unions? Eh, this guy.

    • James Michael Curley

      It may have had a race or gender set off one could claim.

  • vinny9698

    Just like the greedy tea party senior citizens, complaining about government spending, while receiving SS, Medicare, and hover arounds through medicare.

    • freakishlywrong

      And voting for the two assholes who plan to privatize it. I say, sure, Ryan Plan, but we're going to implement it NOW. Throw Ryan's Mom on it. See how they vote then.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Playing the victim" is color-blind.

    • chicken_thief

      And gender blind.

      ~ Lou Sarah

  • sbj1964

    You got to love Karma,mixed with irony a special part of a good daily diet.

    • Guppy

      Karma? He still got paid.

  • Yellerdawg

    Not surprising. In a world where facts are mutable, scientific evidence thrown over in favor of made up bible verses, war heroes labeled cowards while draft dodgers get to pose in flight suits and codpieces; you can absolutely get angry over not getting contracts you actually got, as long as you get your name in the paper. It's quite freeing actually.

  • FakaktaSouth

    "Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic National Committee is discriminating against me, a black man?"

    All right, fuck it, I am doing this.

    NO you wanna be Alanis Morrissette wrong person, this is NOT ironic. Irony is not about coincidences that seem like they are related but come out in a fucked up way. Irony is a literary tool (unlike you, you are just the plain old tool part).

    Typically irony is meant to convey humor, and as funny as it is that you do not understand words, but like to use them anyway, I am trying to help you here, because I am a commie socialist? You know what irony is? It is when an every day situation is confronted by an atypical response. The whole reason The Big Lebowski is funny, and some of us here like to go on and on about it, is irony. When the Dude's head is put in the toilet as a threat and he is asked "where's the money Lebowski," and his response, instead of getting freaked out is to say, "Let me look again, I am sure it is down there," THAT is ironic.

    What this is here, is stupid and wrong and DO NOT GET ME STARTED on what the word PREFER means. It does not mean, either do this or we will come take away your weird stage set-up thing and give it to another (black) person that will pay people a fair wage and guarantee health benefits. It means, this is a thing we think is important in our group, so if you do that, we would like it better. So, fuck you and have a good day, I have shit to do.

    • freakishlywrong

      So, it would be MORONIC that they actually hired this idiot and he lied through his teeth about it?

      • FakaktaSouth

        Yes, and these HISTRIONICS are GETTING ON MY NERVES.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Is there an unspoken message here?

      • FakaktaSouth

        Yes, I love The Big Lebowski and I will go to great lengths just to get to say something about it. Fuck it, Dude, let's go bowling.

        • BaldarTFlagass

          The "unspoken message" is one of my favorite lines, when Jeffrey is talking to Walter after The Corvette Incident.

          " No, Walter, it didn't look like Larry was about to crack. Well that's your perception. . . Well, you're right, Walter, and the unspoken message is FUCK YOU AND LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE. . . Yeah, I'll be at practice."

          • FakaktaSouth

            Dammit, I could NOT remember what he said right after that quick enough to use it. The corvette smashing is one of my favorite things to say when i am mad now too. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER UP THE ASS!!! That, and "Calmer than you" (also said in the MOST ironic part of the movie, when J and W are in the parking lot and the cops are going in because Walter had pulled that gun, and the dude is yelling and Walter is just chatting so nonchalantly, with all the sirens and cops running behind them.) SUCH a great great great movie. Just perfect.

          • BaldarTFlagass

            "Dammit, I could NOT remember what he said right after that quick enough to use it."

            That's why I always keep this link (and those for several other scripts) handy. My memory isn't as good as it was when I was younger.

        • Yeah, well, that's just your opinion, man.

    • BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Well aren't you just a black fly in his chardonnay!

      • FakaktaSouth

        I am ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife.

        • BigSkullF*ckingDog

          That's nothin. I'm a death row pardon, two minutes too late.
          (death by skullf*cking)

      • freakishlywrong

        ♫It's like raaaaaaaaaiiinnn on your wedding day ♪♪. ( I always heard that was good luck?)

        • BerkeleyBear

          In the same way that people will claim being shat on by a bird is good luck. I.E., they are damn glad it didn't happen to them but don't want you to see their gloating clearly.

    • Guppy

      NO you wanna be Alanis Morrissette

      And I note this comes to us from the Canada Free Press.

      Build the danged fence!

    • L_Daddy

      All you welfare queens are just looking for a free ride, when you've already paid.

    • An_Outhouse

      He should have bid on the RNC convention. I hear they award minorities with free peanuts.

    • HistoriCat

      That was beautiful – I raise a virtual lighter in your direction.

      Now play Freebird!

      • 102415

        Not Freebird. Please. Don't.

  • Ruhe

    Cry-baby troll cries like a baby. Big deal. Meanwhile in more interesting news from the random cultural semantics department: did you notice the new KFC add for the "Chicken Littles"? I recall that at the time of the last election the "Double Down" sandwich was the big new thing, both as a weird new direction in fast food and as a statement on what our national aspirations were (get fat, ignore the future). Well if the marketing folks at KFC think that these smaller portions are the new big thing does that mean that they see austerity (at least a sort of faux austerity, you know, 450 calories vs 900 is showing some restraint) as the new American aspiration, like, "hey, let's suffer a little now, eating small sandwiches and drinking 64 calorie beer, then on the weekend we'll totally get hammered and eat nothing but bacon." In the broader historical context, "weekend" in this instance means "The Hillary Clinton Administration".

    • BerkeleyBear

      I don't know why, but out here a lot of the fast food places have started to put calorie counts on the menus. Going to Five Guys is a lot less fun when you know you have just eaten 2500 calories in one setting. Makes anything lower cal really attractive so they can claim to have X number of items under Y calories (McDonald's is pimping its 300 calorie options, as is Subway – notably, none of them have bacon).

    • shelwood46

      Don't those Chicken Littles have pickles on them? I think they're actually Chik-fil-A knock-offs, so you can have your chicken sammich and still love the gays.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "as a successful businessman, Event Manager, Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer, and Restaurateur."

    How come he didn't capitalize Successful Businessman also?

    • Preferred Customer

      I would enjoy eating at his Restaurat.

      • sullivanst
        • Yellerdawg

          <Goes in my Words With Friends file>

        • Preferred Customer

          I sit corrected.

      • eggsacklywright

        I'll bet the ratatouille is divine. If it doesn't have too much rat in it.

        • Quattro Rodenti is quite divine, provided you have enough catsup.

    • Guppy

      The Teabagger rules for grammar, etc. are truly a Lovecraftian horror to behold.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        And I'll bet they never get the spelling of Cthulhu right.

        • Preferred Customer

          They spell it "Jesus."

  • Canada Free Press is rather ironic as it is a recycling of Faux-newz/Bitpart jibber jabber mixed up with "I HATE Kanada SHITTY UNIVERSAL HEALF KARE!" screeds written by idiots who hoover up (like they do mayo) said kanada shitty universal healf kare.

    • el_donaldo

      Mayo Libel!!!!!!!!!!

      (I know it's kinda dead, but I haven't done one of those LIBEL!!!1!! comments yet.)

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Well, you must be the very last one here to not have done so; perhaps that will be the end of it.

    • and they always have 'free' in the title? it's like a red flag that indicates 'contents within likely to be unreliable, unsourced and batshit crazy'.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    Wouldn't it be more notable if they told the truth?

  • zumpie

    Former long time hospitality employee here. I worked briefly for an event production company (which is what his type of business calls itself)—worst 3 days of my life (like coming home unable to even speak it was so dreadful).

    It's largely considered the lowest rung in the event planning business and is filled with people like this guy who all think they're super high rollin', international captains of industry. They also all pay super low wages, with terrible benefits and PTO, while expecting almost cult like devotion.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Just for that I’m never voting for government cheese fed minority nonunion people who write in blogs about how they’re being discriminated against by people who are paying them. So there!

  • Based in Charlotte North Carolina, I have established myself in the last 29 years as a successful businessman, Event Manager, Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer, and Restaurateur.

    Your move, Orly

    • BaldarTFlagass

      That's almost as bad as my business card:
      Baldar T Flagass
      Geologist, Seismologist, Hydrogeologist, Paleontologist, Isotope Geochemist, Sedimentologist, Mineralogist, Volcanologist, Stunt Blimp Pilot, and Friend of the Working Girl.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Recalls th contributor DoctorLawyer IndianChief, also.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    If he had "come out" a little earlier, he might have got the contract to set up Fox's Tent of Hate at the DNC in addition to MSNBC's Falling Over one.

  • MSNBC used non-union labor proferred by a minority contractor?

    Did anyone tell Al Sharpton?

  • OneDollarJuana

    Since he is willing to lie about not getting contracts that he actually got, maybe he is silent about the contract he must have gotten from Allen West to write this lying article.

  • ♪♫ They built this city on Rick and Roll ♫♪

  • I bid on a job to put a new roof on an Episcopal church but they told me that they preferred a contractor who wasn't a slave to to the Antichrist. Rank discrimination against me, a Beelzebub-American.

    • zumpie

      Are you sure it was an Episcopal church? We fancy ourselves very progressive and open minded, so while we might not entirely agree with your views, you're certainly welcome to them….

      • The gender neutral, racially balanced church council told me that as a Beelzebub-American my belief in Satan meant I also might believe in god/God and that was a bit too extreme for them. They were very nice about it, though.

  • Estproph

    So did this guy actually write this, or is it all another Allen West fever dream?

  • Misty Malarky

    I got a craving for a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

    • eggsacklywright

      I always use my gramma's cast-iron scone skillet. It imparts a frisson of something.

      • Misty Malarky

        My grandma got the original government cheese back in the '70s. It made for some terrific grilled cheese sandwiches, fried up in the iron skillet!

        • BaldarTFlagass

          Even tastier if you call it an "arn" skillet.

        • James Michael Curley

          In the 80's when I lost my job just a few days before my wedding, my mother-in-law was getting these gigantic blocks of cheese from the Reagan program. But since the program was a 'block grant' program it was dispensed by the local politico's to whomever was in their favor. My mother-in-law was employed and had just been awarded a wage discrimination award as the Duquesne Light Company had her on the job for a decade but had not paid her the same wage as a male janitor. And Helen felt she couldn't refuse it but wouldn't use it. And yes the stuff made terrific grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • Why do all the conservative morons slink off to Canada to publish their screeds, like that Michigan cop who shoots girl scouts and other suspicious characters who approach him on the street?

    • Freedumb?

    • Well, under Harper, American conservatives seem to view Canada as the new potential Alabama/Texas, with snow.

    • James Michael Curley

      Just like all the Torys during the American Revolution.

    • Roger_of_Arabia

      Why do sleezy right-wing Republican Canadians with fake British accents come to America to tell us how we should do things?

  • Terry

    Hoisted on his own petard, uh, Facebook page.


      wait, no, never mind.

      • bobbert

        What, "Facebook" is off limits now?

        About time.

  • StealthMuslin

    The Uncles don't get any Tommier than this.

  • Terry

    "Based in Charlotte North Carolina, I have established myself in the last 29 years as a successful businessman, Event Manager, Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer, and Restaurateur."

    Can't hold a job, can you?

    • Roger_of_Arabia

      He's also a yoga instructor according to his LinkedIn.

  • anniegetyerfun

    I didn't know that Canada had their own teabagger press! Is this one published on a Xerox machine?

    • Guppy

      Yes, but on A4 paper.

    • Edith_Prickly

      Oh we have them all right. Sun Media (newspapers and TV) is the mainstream channel for conservative idiocy, but Canada Free Press is too bugnuts even for them to take seriously. Think of CFP as World Nut Daily North.

      • anniegetyerfun

        Huh, you'd think I'd know this stuff, as a Canadian citizen. Most of my relatives are socialists, even the ones who hate black people and atheists.

  • Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic National Committee is discriminating against me, a black man?

    Not nearly as ironic as the multiple layers of irony underwriting how the Right suddenly gets over its allergy to non-discrimination language, when it can be used as an excuse for union-busting.

  • What?! He did not say a word about this to Rachel Maddow as he was fetching her French Crullers and Powdered Cake Sticks!

  • An_Outhouse

    Canada is still a foreign country, right?

  • Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer

    I've only had passing conversations with a few voice and stage actors, so someone like LimeyLizzie, who lives it, can certain fill us in further, but don't most professional Actors/Techs/etc fucking loathe scabs*? I know at a con panel I attended, the guy who voiced Duke Nukem went on a bit of a tangent about it, and GlaDOS, The Sniper, and Lucien Lechance all backed him up.

    Then again, with a full self-description like this,

    a successful businessman, Event Manager, Audio Visual Technician, Actor, Host, Voice Actor, Musician, Singer, and Restaurateur.

    I suspect that this guy is really more of a Professional Fameball than anything, really.

    *(Give or take some dispensation for amateurs trying to break into the field but lacking the incentives to join the union right away)

    • HistoriCat

      Mattress store ads need actors too!

  • Manhattan123

    As soon as one of these shit-for-brains uses the term "Democrat party" I tune then out, no matter what point they're making – it might even have been a good one (but this guy's doesn't come close, of course). If they can't speak English above the level of Yosemite Sam, I don't want to hear their lame attempt at political discourse.

  • L. Jonte

    "I will never, ever vote for any Democrat ever again since the Democratic National Committee feels it is okay to discriminate against an Afro American small businessman who runs a business that is nonunion."

    Mojo Jojo?

  • I'mma let you finish, but Entertainment 720 was the best fictional production management firm that didn't seem to do anything, of ALL TIME.

  • Not to go all editing nerd on the Wonkette, but it looks to me like the first and third pictures are from the exact same gig, yet Rich counted them as two separate jobs. Let us not give Calvin Hunter more credit than he deserves.

  • Dude talks a big Crispus Attucks game, while he's off building the Democrat Plantation Big House by hand at the convention.

  • Guy got at least two jobs off the DNC one way or another — what the hell is he bitching about? Did he expect to run the whole show? Honestly man, the way he's carrying on with the faux outrage is just too much. Goes to a Canadian reactionary website to do his griping — is his story too transparent for Fox News, World Net Daily and the rest?
    Tea Party events aren't going to pay the rent, dude, not when the GOP is trying to kill the Tea Party through neglect.

    • An_Outhouse

      Those minorities are always complaining about something, amirite?

  • Kuntas_Girl

    I Kuntas_Girl, an authentic African American, hereby reject and denounce Allen West's race affiliation as an African American. I suggest he contact Tiger to come up with a new race identity. P.S. does this disqualify him as the director of Romney's Political Black Group?

  • DahBoner

    All through the RNC Convention house,
    Not a word was said about The Tea Party,
    Not even a mouse…

  • i had to skim this at work and consequently, i don't really understand the problem.

    also and too, i don't give a good goddamn.

  • ttommyunger

    Am I gonna have to cut a bitch?

  • Roger_of_Arabia

    Even Calvin Hunter's story of growing up eating "government cheese" is questionable. The government never distributed surplus cheese until President Reagan first ordered it in January 1982, the same year Mr. Hunter graduated from high school. That would have made him a recipient for only four or five months.

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