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  Eyes On the Prez

NYT Deletes America’s Real President, George W. Bush, From Selma Photo

Don't you see the outrage?
Some Conservatweeters are very, very upset with the New York Times for a cover photo of Barack Obama at Saturday’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. You see, the Times photographer, Doug Mills, had “cropped” his photo by focusing on President Barack Obama and Rep. John Lewis, instead of being a completely different photographer standing somewhere else and taking a completely different photograph with a wider angle that included former President George W. Bush: Read more on NYT Deletes America’s Real President, George W. Bush, From Selma Photo…
  A Bridge Too Close For Comfort

A Comic Book Got John Lewis Interested In Civil Rights. What’ll It Take To Interest Boehner?

Your basic national treasure
Today’s the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” or at least the American Civil Rights Movement’s version of it — kind of makes you proud as an English-speaking human being that in addition to this one and the 1972 massacre in Northern Ireland, there are at least another 15 events that have earned the name, doesn’t it? Here’s Congressman John Lewis, briefly recounting the attempt to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965. The nationally televised brutality of the Alabama State Police against unarmed demonstrators helped shame the nation into passing the Voting Rights Act. Read more on A Comic Book Got John Lewis Interested In Civil Rights. What’ll It Take To Interest Boehner?…
  Why Didn't He Just See 'American Sniper' With All The Other Wingnuts?

Louie Gohmert’s Movie Review: ‘Selma’ An Inspiring Reminder To Fear Muslims

Tahrir Square, 2013 (but definitely not 2011)
Texas Congressmaroon Louie Gohmert saw a movie about the Civil Rights Movement, and it so inspired him that he just had to tell the world about its inspiring message about the need to defeat Radical Islam. Read more on Louie Gohmert’s Movie Review: ‘Selma’ An Inspiring Reminder To Fear Muslims…
  clipbait

John Lewis Reads Maya Angelou, Because You Forgot To Cry Yesterday

Last night on CBS Evening News, they closed with a lovely little segment of famous — and non-famous — people reading snippets of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” We were worried that we were including a bit too much Maya, since we had two pieces yesterday, but then we remembered there is no such thing as too much Maya. Read more on John Lewis Reads Maya Angelou, Because You Forgot To Cry Yesterday…
  Clap Along

Iran Will Protect All Citizens From Crime Of People Dancing To Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’

You love dancing to Pharrell Williams’s criminally ubiquitous song, “Happy.” Venerable civil rights hero John Lewis loves dancing to “Happy.” People all over the world love dancing to “Happy” and posting videos doing it. However, it is not cool to be Happy in Iran, even though Iran thinks it is all about that non-censorship life. Read more on Iran Will Protect All Citizens From Crime Of People Dancing To Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’…
  our liberal media

Laura Inghraham To Bring Her Special Blend Of Hate And Stupid To ABC News

Hissing hate module Laura Ingraham will be joining the roundtable on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, apparently because they need someone who’s got the guts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by cutting off a recording of a speech by John Lewis with the sound of a gunshot. Or maybe they need someone with a keen analytical mind that recognizes the uncanny parallels between Obamacare and standing in a car rental line. Or maybe she won the spot with her witty observation that Sonia Sotomayor prefers the term “undocumented immigrants” to “illegal aliens” because, as a Puerto Rican person, Sotomayor’s “allegiance obviously goes to her, you know, immigrant family background, not to the U.S. Constitution.” Beats us. Maybe Stephanopoulos just wants Ingraham to wear a red dress and sing “I like to be een A-mer-ee-ca!” Read more on Laura Inghraham To Bring Her Special Blend Of Hate And Stupid To ABC News…
  super nice time clipbait

Come Watch Your Favorite Civil Rights Icon, John Lewis, Dance To Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

Today is the International Day of Happiness, and no one is happier than delightfully ageless Pharrell. First, there was the epic 24-hour version of his song “Happy.” Then there was the Oscar performance of “Happy,” complete with getting Meryl Streep to shimmy. Read more on Come Watch Your Favorite Civil Rights Icon, John Lewis, Dance To Pharrell’s ‘Happy’…
  #soblessed

Guess Who’s Leading The Congressional Delegation To Nelson Mandela’s State Funeral?

Lots of very important people are winging their way to South Africa right now, to publicly pee on Ghost Margaret Thatcher. People like the dastardly Nobamas, and the Mr. and Mrs. Bush, and all of the Traveling Clintons. “Leading” the congressional delegation, according to this fun Bloomberg story (do read at least through Newt Gingrich’s uniquely Gingrichian self-regard for travel needs to the Rabin funeral), are some totes cool congressdudes. Congressdudes like Aaron Schock, the official “leader” of the House delegation, and Ted Cruz, the Speaker of the House. Read more on Guess Who’s Leading The Congressional Delegation To Nelson Mandela’s State Funeral?…
  slavery is freedom

Blogger May Wish To Rethink Calling Rep. John Lewis Disgraceful Slaver Who Turns Fire-Hose Of Obamacare On America

Some people get pretty worked up about Obamacare. Here, for instance, is Jeff Goldstein, the proud proprietor of ProteinWisdom.com, explaining to civil rights legend John Lewis that YUH HUH Obamacare IS TOO SLAVERY, and also that John Lewis is a “parasite” — you know who else called people “parasites”? — and a disgrace to the civil rights movement, and that he should go fuck himself. (We are going to skip past his assertion that the Tea Party fights for “the epistemology of the Enlightenment,” because it made our brain kill itself.) Here, look for yourself! You sir, are a disgrace to the civil rights movement, a disgrace to the seriousness of the historic fight for equal rights for blacks (led by Republicans), a disgrace to those you purport to represent, yet upon whose ignorance and perpetually stoked victimization you continue to prey. I despise people like you. You’ve turned a past injustice into a cottage race industry upon which you live like a parasite. And your attempts to tether that past injustice to those of us who today fight for the freedom and autonomy of the individual to resist the oppression of the state suggests that it is you, sir, who today carries the fire hoses and have shown yourself willing, time and again, to release the dogs against those who oppose your designs on their liberty. In short, you are an opportunistic relic who, your protestations to the contrary, has become a bane to the very progress of the people your purport to speak for. So go fuck yourself. You know what else was slavery? (No, not “slavery,” just this once.) Read more on Blogger May Wish To Rethink Calling Rep. John Lewis Disgraceful Slaver Who Turns Fire-Hose Of Obamacare On America…
  hyperbole and a halfwit

Allen West Wishes Barack Obama Would Try Being More Black For A Change

Professional conservative victim Allen West took to Fox News yesterday to condemn the incredible insensitivity and unspeakable atrocity of a “despicable, demeaning, and disgusting” email by Florida congressman Alan Grayson that compared the Tea Party to the KKK. West, whose job is to condemn all liberals for mentioning racism until it’s time for him to proclaim himself the victim of a racist attack, recalled how terrified he was as a young black man growing up in the South, and wondered why civil rights leaders hadn’t condemned Grayson for his dumb hyperbole, because an exaggerated comparison of the Tea Party to the KKK is apparently exactly the same as the actual KKK burning a cross or bombing a church. Read more on Allen West Wishes Barack Obama Would Try Being More Black For A Change…
  to get their fair share of abuse

8 Legislators Arrested Protesting For Immigration Reform, Conservatives Outraged First Amendment Not Shut Down Yet

Several thousand people marched on the National Mall yesterday to call for comprehensive immigration reform, and over 150 people were arrested when they blocked the street, including eight Democratic members of Congress, among them the awesome handsome Keith Ellison, pictured above. Conservatives on Twitter pondered the implications for national policy: Why was this protest allowed to happen when the government is shut down and Park Service Nazis are turning people away from national monuments? Read more on 8 Legislators Arrested Protesting For Immigration Reform, Conservatives Outraged First Amendment Not Shut Down Yet…
  not quite at the mountaintop

Laura Ingraham Frets: Liberals Are Trying To Act Like Martin Luther King Was Some Liberal Or Something

Amoebic dysentery vector Laura Ingraham celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom yesterday by chatting with Pat Buchanan about black-on-white crime, fretting that liberals were stealing the legacy of Martin Luther King, and cutting off a recording of a speech by civil rights hero John Lewis with the sound of a gunshot. But don’t worry about that last one, it was only a joke! Ingraham was very unhappy with Saturday’s march celebrating the anniversary of the 1963 event, complaining that its goal “was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda,” because as everyone knows, Martin Luther King was really a conservative Republican who gave a beautiful anti-affirmative action speech that consisted of a single line about his dream that one day people would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Read more on Laura Ingraham Frets: Liberals Are Trying To Act Like Martin Luther King Was Some Liberal Or Something…
  from the archives

History Nice Time: Jean Shepherd On The Radio Right After The March On Washington

Hey, media and history nerds! With this week’s 50th anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom coming up Wednesday, we’re happy to share the great radio guy Jean Shepherd’s first-person account of being in the march, broadcast just the day after the event. It’s pretty cool: rambling and digressive, but such a vivid account of being one guy in the middle of an experience that he knew was going to be world-changing. And it’s a valuable reminder that the march involved so much more than just the “I Have a Dream” speech. It’s also just an interesting artifact of how radio used to work — a full two-minute opening song with no voice-over? No edits? No call-in segment? Weird. Read more on History Nice Time: Jean Shepherd On The Radio Right After The March On Washington…
  don't stand so close to me

Terrible Harpy Nancy Pelosi Will Murder Capitalism By Letting Sick People Stay Home

Do you like Nancy Pelosi? We like Nancy Pelosi. We don’t like her as much as we like Old Handsome Joe Biden, but then again we really don’t like anyone as much as we like Joe. But anyway – we do like Nancy! We will pretty much fap/cry with joy simultaneously and forever to that fantastic picture of her walking next to John Lewis, (D – Awesome) carrying her giant fucking gavel when healthcare reform passed. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi can now use said ginormous gavel to beat Republicans about the head and get a federal sick leave law passed: Read more on Terrible Harpy Nancy Pelosi Will Murder Capitalism By Letting Sick People Stay Home…
  Passing the Baton

Ghost Andrew Breitbart Welcomes Moonie ‘Investigative Reporter’ For All Future Racism Debunkings

Lest anyone think that the continued twitchings of the Breitbart Empire represent some sort of chant du cygne, the crew at Big Government want you to know that there’s a danse macabre in the old dame yet! That is to say, just as Dick Cheney continues to feed on the souls of the living, Ghost Breitbart is still bringing in new blood. Just last week, they acquired Matthew Boyle for their important “black people are thugs” beat, and now, they’ve scored “investigative journalist” Kerry Picket from the Moonie Times. We’re pretty sure that we won’t accidentally call her “him” anymore! Read more on Ghost Andrew Breitbart Welcomes Moonie ‘Investigative Reporter’ For All Future Racism Debunkings…
  slow news day?

John Lewis, Dance Machine

It is nice to see the civil rights legend and American treasure with his boogie shoes on. Especially considering we usually just write about him when hordes of Teabaggers have been showing their colors. [Via AngryBlackLady] Read more on John Lewis, Dance Machine…
  traitors

Unpopular Sore-Loser Republican Bob Inglis Doesn’t Like Party Being Led By Demagogues

As we reported a couple weeks back in a liveblog none of you read, South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis lost badly in his Republican primary. Now we know why. “Leading up to the election, he frequently challenged voters who questioned the president’s citizenship or patriotism. At one town hall meeting, he was jeered for saying that Beck, a Fox News Channel host, is a divisive fearmonger.” GOOD IDEA, EINSTEIN. Read more on Unpopular Sore-Loser Republican Bob Inglis Doesn’t Like Party Being Led By Demagogues…
  stalinist sunday

Nancy Pelosi Shall Overcome, With Her Mallet

HAHAHAHAH. Nancy Pelosi loves pissing off teabaggers. Here she is linking arms with John Lewis, just like in the Selma march, to remind America of how teabaggers chanted “nigger” at John Lewis fifteen times yesterday. And if anyone gets in her way, she will smash their skulls into sandhills of calcium with her Weapon, the “1965 Medicare gavel,” forged by ancient socialist hobbits in a distant epoch, as a paean to Thor. [YouTube] Read more on Nancy Pelosi Shall Overcome, With Her Mallet…
  realest americans in history

Latest Capitol Hill Anti-HCR Rally Running Smoothly, Politely

Today’s protesters had a nickname for Barney Frank! “Just after Frank rounded a corner to leave the building, an older protester yelled ‘Barney, you faggot.’ The surrounding crowd of protesters then erupted in laughter.” What else? Ah, yes: famous black civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis is black. They had a nickname for him, too! [TPM, The Hill, photo via Wonkette fat gun nut operative “Matthew”] Read more on Latest Capitol Hill Anti-HCR Rally Running Smoothly, Politely…
  tit for tat

Congressman’s Attack On McCain Will Make McCain Bring Up Jeremiah Wright

We’ve seen this before from the McCain campaign, its Maverick-y process of rationalization. When Obama didn’t agree to McCain’s call for a series of 80 town halls, the McCain campaign used this as a justification to make nasty shit up about Obama, such as “Obama wants to teach your kindergartners how to bang each other.” When the Obama campaign made fun of McCain’s ~7 houses, the McCain campaign considered this an insult to Cindy McCain — wives are off-limits! — and responded with its first ad about, uh, Tony Rezko. And now we come to the present situation, in which the McCain campaign is using a random Congressman’s weekend rant to justify its upcoming usage of Jeremiah Wright. Read more on Congressman’s Attack On McCain Will Make McCain Bring Up Jeremiah Wright…
  rumors on the internets

A Practical Joke On All Of Virginia

Alexandra Kerry’s new book is full of Biblical metaphors and deep meditations about sneakers and is possibly better than Meghan McCain’s. [DC Examiner] McCain tries and fails to flatter John Lewis into friendship after having ignored him forever. [Crooks and Liars] Read more on A Practical Joke On All Of Virginia…