Archive for July, 2009

Overwhelming response to BOYCOTT BECK’s ADVERTISERS

July 31, 2009

WOW! I’ve had overwhelming responses from folks who are incensed over some corporate irresponsibility and trying to shuffle off the sponsorship of Glenn Beck’s show.  Some corporate responses have indicated that they “outsource” their advertising to third parties.

Other corporations have attempted to dodge responsibility by saying they advertise on a “variety” of shows to reach all levels of Americans.

Well, here’s my response to Chrysler Corporation.  Feel free to copy/amend/and send it yourself:

Chrysler Group LLC:
Chairman: C. Robert (Bob) Kidder
CEO and Director: Sergio Marchionne
SVP and CFO: Ronald E. Kolka
1000 Chrysler Dr.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
MI Tel. 248-576-5741
Toll Free 800-992-1997
http://www.chryslerllc.com
Contact form: https://www.chryslergroupllc.com/…

It’s unfortunate that you will not consider removing your advertisements from Mr. Beck’s show.

Many people may not take the time to write you, but I am only one of many concerned citizens who see corporate responsibility as a prime topic in the minds of American consumers these days.  You could continue to advertise in venues that do not promote hatred, over-throwing our government or inciting violence against our highest elected official.

It’s sad you don’t see any connection between being a responsible corporation and endorsing and supporting someone like Glenn Beck.  I am confident the choices of the Americans who detest racist cowardice will show you our position.


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BOYCOTT Glenn Beck’s Advertisers

July 30, 2009

The following corporations advertise on Glenn Beck’s Fox Network show.  If you are upset and find Glenn Beck’s statement calling our ELECTED President Barack Obama a “racist”, then I suggest you write a letter to the following CEOs of the corporations that advertise on his show.

HIT ‘EM IN THE POCKETBOOK – THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS TO THEM:

General Motors:
Chairman: Edward E. (Ed) Whitacre Jr.
President, CEO, and Director: Frederick A. (Fritz) Henderson
EVP and CFO: Ray G. Young
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48265-3000
Contact Media Relations at 888-436-6687 (h/t sueroegge)
MI Tel. 313-556-5000
Contact form: http://www.gm.com/…

Campbell Soup:
Chairman: Harvey Golub
President, CEO, and Director: Douglas R. Conant
SVP, CFO, and Chief Administrative Officer: B. Craig Owens
Campbell Soup Company
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1799
NJ Tel. 856-342-4800
Toll Free 800-257-8443
Fax 856-342-3878
http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com
Contact form: http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/…

Chrysler Group LLC:
Chairman: C. Robert (Bob) Kidder
CEO and Director: Sergio Marchionne
SVP and CFO: Ronald E. Kolka
1000 Chrysler Dr.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
MI Tel. 248-576-5741
Toll Free 800-992-1997
http://www.chryslerllc.com
Contact form: https://www.chryslergroupllc.com/…

The Procter & Gamble Company
Chairman: Alan G. (A.G.) Lafley
President, CEO, and Director: Robert A. (Bob) McDonald
CFO: Jon R. Moeller
1 Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
OH Tel. 513-983-1100
Fax 513-983-9369
http://www.pg.com/
Contact form: http://pg.custhelp.com/…

Pfizer Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Jeffrey B. (Jeff) Kindler
Chairman Emeritus: William C. Steere Jr.
Chairman Emeritus: M. Anthony Burns
235 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017-5755
NY Tel. 212-573-2323
http://www.pfizer.com
Contact page: http://www.pfizer.com/… (h/t MmeVoltaire)

Kellogg Company
Chairman: James M. (Jim) Jenness
President, CEO, and Director: A. D. David Mackay
EVP, COO, and CFO: John A. Bryant
1 Kellogg Sq.
Battle Creek, MI 49016-3599
Contact media at 800-323-0768 (h/t sueroegge)
MI Tel. 269-961-2000
Toll Free 800-962-1413
Fax 269-961-2871
http://www.kelloggcompany.com
Media email: media.hotline@kellogg.com

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Chairman: S. Robson (Rob) Walton
President, CEO, and Director: Michael T. (Mike) Duke
EVP and COO: William S. (Bill) Simon
702 SW 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
AR Tel. 479-273-4000
Fax 479-277-1830
http://www.walmartstores.com
Contact form: http://walmartstores.com/…

Kraft Foods Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Irene B. Rosenfeld
EVP Operations and Business Services: David A. (Dave) Brearton
EVP and CFO: Timothy R. (Tim) McLevish
3 Lakes Dr.
Northfield, IL 60093
Contact #: 1 800 323 0768 (h/t nzanne)
IL Tel. 847-646-2000
Fax 847-646-6005
http://www.kraft.com
Contact form: http://www.kraftfoodscompany.com/…

Nestlé USA, Inc.
Chairman and CEO: Brad Alford
SVP and CFO: Dan Stroud
GLOBE Executive and CIO: Kimberly (Kim) Lund
800 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
CA Tel. 818-549-6000
Toll Free 800-225-2270
Fax 818-549-6952
http://www.nestleusa.com
Contact form: http://www.nestleusa.com/…

Glenn Beck says, “Obama is a racist.”

July 30, 2009

Once again, Glenn Beck and the FOX NETWORK do not disappoint the below-average, red-blooded American. Good ‘ole Glenn didn’t have to stutter to make his point.  He sat right there on Fox News and pronounced that our beloved President, Barack Obama, is a RACIST.  And all the Conservative wackos just stood up in their living rooms and jumped up and down for JOY!!!  There.  Someone finally spoke the truth and called that nigger exactly what he really is….a racist.

Of course the network immediately attempted to distance themselves from Glenn Beck with their sterilized statement that he does not represent the views of the network….HA!  What a FARCE!!!!  OF COURSE Glenn Beck spouts the views of the Fox Network…that’s exactly what he is paid to do.   And the conservatives have just been pacing, wringing their hands and waiting anxiously for someone of “true” character and veracity to speak up and call that fake President what he really is.

EXCEPT that ANY and EVERY person who reads, thinks and has the ability to reason knows that Glenn Beck is simply leading a desperate attempt to stir up and incite violent actions against the highest ELECTED official in our land, President Barack Obama .   Now that the Conservatives and those “randy Republicans” find their numbers slipping in the polls and they’ve lost the White House, they HAVE to get desperate, down and dirty to attract attention to themselves.  This is especially true now that Cheney and the little shrub aren’t there sitting on their thumbs anymore.

When you can’t focus your Republican Party leadership on attracting minority voters, developing a platform that American voters want, or showing integrity, then all you have left is to slander, threaten, incite terrorists and reduce your actions to pathetic name-calling.

Glenn Beck is frustrated that HIS political party cannot step up and DO SOMETHING (despite the fact that they were in the Oval Office and had the majority of Congress for 8 long years).  You see, now the Repugnants are having to WORK in Congress, are desperately searching high and low for any leadership, see the consequences of supporting lazy Bush and Cheney, and have to look at the WHITE House being dirtied by a nigger.  They are frustrated beyond belief.  So, the mouthpiece of the FAUX Network can only resort to name-calling.  Yeah, just like the 3rd graders in Elementary School.

If only we could put Glenn Beck, FOX Network, and the Republican leadership in time out!  That was the place in school where troublemakers couldn’t TALK, bully their peers or lie to the teacher (or about the teacher).  But since there is no time out for the ignorant, hypocritical, Republican sore-losers the one thing I CAN do is to write to the sponsors of that network and let them know I’ll boycott their products and services as long as they advertise on the network.

But alas, no….through the years we’ve learned that the network whore (Beck) won’t be silenced.  While pretending to distance themselves from Beck in public, FOX network will still pay the big bucks under the table to him encouraging him to spout lies and inflame their narrow-minded listeners.  Glenn Beck will stop at nothing to prove he ain’t no Walter Cronkite.

Forget Islamic Terrorists…We have our own American terrorists

July 27, 2009

I hate it when my fears become reality.  This weekend my spouse and I had two lengthy discussions regarding the venom and hatred wingnuts are spewing about The President of the United States.  Comments from pastors, TV celebrities, political wannabees and yes, American terrorists, are increasingly caustic, derogatory and even praying for harm to come to our beloved President.

For months I’ve been concerned that the comments and hatred from conservative crazies will incite a fellow crazy person to violence against our beloved President.  In March, the lumpy, drug addict and criminal drug doctor shopper, Rush Limbaugh, proclaimed proudly that he “wishes that Obama fails”.  Never mind that this drug addict “thinks” he speaks for most Americans (he does not).  The crux here is that the man uses his radio-pulpit to incite hatred and distrust of the highest ELECTED official in our land.  Eventually hateful words breed hateful actions.  Will Limbaugh then use his excuse of  an addled mind confused by “drug addiction” to deny responsibility for the consequences of his words when he incites someone to harm our beloved President?  Aw, you know his lawyers will salivate at the prospect to earn millions to defend Lumpy Limbaugh from any type of responsibility for his incendiary words.  They have certainly done that while defending his deeds.  (See article in the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/28/AR2006042801692.html)  And besides, we all know that the loser, Lumpy Limbaugh, will stand staunchly behind that First Amendment proclaiming that he was only practicing free speech.

Next I see that besides criminal drug addicted radio announcers we now have pastors praying, hoping for the death of our President.  WHO NEEDS ISLAMIC TERRORISTS WHEN WE HAVE THESE TWO AMERICANS willing to do their job?

In June, the OC Weekly published a report “that Rev. Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park not only declared last week that the murder of Kansas abortion Dr. George Tiller had been the answer to his “imprecatory” prayers, but that the so-called Man of God later announced he’d made a similar prayer of death for President Barack Obama.”

The article further states: ‘Drake said on the June 2 Fox News Radio broadcast that he didn’t understand why people were upset with his comments, which were quoted from a webcast of his own daily radio talk show.

“Imprecatory prayer is agreeing with God, and if people don’t like that, they need to talk to God,” Drake told invisible host Alan Colmes. “God said it, I didn’t. I was just agreeing with God.”

Asked if there are others for whom Drake is praying “imprecatory prayer,” Drake hesitated before answering that there are several. “The usurper that is in the White House is one, B. Hussein Obama,” he said.

Colmes later pressed Drake to ensure he had heard the preacher right.

“Are you praying for his death?” Colmes asked.

“Yes,” Drake replied.

“So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”

“Yes.”

Colmes asked if he was concerned he might be placed on a Secret Service or FBI watch list. “I think it’s appropriate to pray the Word of God,” Drake answered. “I’m not saying anything. What I am doing is repeating what God is saying, and if that puts me on somebody’s list, then I’ll just have to be on their list.”

“You would like for the president of the United States to die?” Colmes asked once more.

“If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.” ‘ (See the entire OC WEEKLY article:  http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/a-clockwork-orange/rev-wiley-drake-prays-for-obam/)

FEAR ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, HELL NO! We’ve got AMERICANS that will lead us in prayer for the destruction of our ELECTED leader….and who knows, if their prayers don’t get answered promptly, or their “meds” DO kick in, they may be frustrated AMERICAN TERRORISTS after all!!  I’m a former Southern Baptist, and now you know why I left that denomination….hatred in a can, every Sunday, yup, no extra charge for that!

But, I digress. My real motivation for writing this entry is to warn righteous Americans (those who actually read their Bibles and pray for their government leaders as instructed in 1 Timothy 2:1-3) and those who may believe in another God but love America.  Americans who love their country, who hope for a successful and secure future  should be vigilant to oppose the Limbaughs and Drakes of our nation.  In America we can disagree with our political leadership in open and honest discourse.  But folks, that does not include inciting others to harm or destroy our President.

Be vigilant to protect our American values, our Constitutional rights and our unique freedoms.  But if and when this beloved President is someday harmed (and the good Lord knows I do NOT want this to happen) – just know that your decision to speak without moderation and good sense will be responsible for any and all acts of hatred and terrorism that is brought forth.

God bless and protect our President, Barack Obama, and God bless America.

Palin Lawyer is Treading on Thin Legal Ice

July 17, 2009

Today I read a lucid and highly informative posting about Attorney Thomas Van Flein and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin’s threats to file lawsuits for defamation.  I’ve copied the full article below but here’s the link to the Legal Schnauzer blog  http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2009/07/palin-lawyer-is-treading-on-thin-legal.html

Palin Lawyer Is Treading on Thin Legal Ice

An attorney for Sarah Palin has threatened to sue any news organization that reports the Alaska governor is stepping down because of a federal investigation. But attorney Thomas Van Flein might want to watch his step. If he files a defamation lawsuit that isn’t based on fact or law, he could wind up bringing a lawsuit upon himself–and Palin.

In fact, an ongoing case in Missouri shows how a poorly supported defamation lawsuit can wind up putting the plaintiff, and his or her attorney, in legal hot water.

In a letter dated July 4, Van Flein said a number of Web sites had published defamatory material about Palin, making special mention of Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore. Van Flein also threatened legal action against mainstream news outlets who might re-publish the material, mentioning The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and MSNBC.

There is only one problem with these threats–the published material in question is not remotely defamatory. And if Van Flein and Palin file a lawsuit claiming it is, they might wind up wishing they had thought better of it.

The published reports center around allegations that Palin resigned because of a possible criminal investigation surrounding construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex. As Van Flein’s letter makes clear, the story originated with an October 2008 report in the Village Voice.

Van Flein should know that other journalists have the legal right to cite and build on the Voice’s reporting. Interestingly, Van Flein’s letter gives no indication that he intends to sue the Village Voice.

In fact, Van Flein’s letter shows that he has a poor grasp of defamation law–or he is simply blowing smoke, at the Palins’ behest.

New York Times v. Sullivan is the governing law in a defamation case involving a public figure/public official, such as Palin. And it sets an extremely difficult standard for plaintiffs to meet. Under Sullivan, material must be published with “actual malice” (actual knowledge of falsity or reckless disregard for the truth) in order to be defamatory.

When journalists such as Moore build on a story that originated in the Village Voice, they are not coming close to the “actual malice” standard required by Sullivan. And Van Flein surely knows that.

So what if he wound up filing a defamation lawsuit on Palin’s behalf against a journalist or news organization for reporting about the Wasilla Sports Complex allegations? He and Palin might live to regret it.

That’s because of a tort called malicious prosecution. And a Missouri case styled, Donald R. Ehrhardt v. Ronald J. Herschend, indicates malicious prosecution can be an effective remedy for those hit with baseless defamation lawsuits. Paul Benton Weeks, who has become a key figure in the Don Siegelman case, represents Ehrhardt.

Ehrhardt and Herschend were candidates for separate offices in Taney County, Missouri, in 2004. During the course of the campaign, Ehrhardt caused a political advertisement to be published in a local newspaper, stating that Herschend had admitted to breaking into a locked county facility during a public meeting. A second political advertisement retracted three assertions that had been made in the first piece.

Herschend filed a defamation lawsuit, claiming that Ehrhardt had been told by the county attorney, prior to publication, that the first political advertisement was inaccurate.

Ehrhardt, however, said he had never shown the ad to the county attorney and wound up prevailing on summary judgment in the defamation case.

Ehrhardt then filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit, stating that Herschend never had probable cause to bring the defamation claim. A trial court dismissed the malicious prosecution case on summary judgment, but an appellate court reversed, ruling that the case can move forward.

We have written extensively here at Legal Schnauzer about malicious prosecution because it has played a major role in my legal headaches. Malicious prosecution is considered a “disfavored tort,” and here is what Alabama law says about it:

Malicious-prosecution actions are disfavored in the law. Cutts v. American United Life Ins. Co., 505 So. 2d 1211, 1214 (Ala. 1987). Our Supreme Court has stated: “One of the reasons for this rule is that public policy requires that all persons shall resort freely to the courts for redress of wrongs and to enforce their rights, and that this may be done without the peril of a suit for damages in the event of an unfavorable judgment by jury or judge.”

In the hands of a corrupt attorney, such as William E. Swatek of Alabama, malicious prosecution can be used as a club to victimize someone who probably has been victimized at least once already. That’s what happened to me.

Swatek’s client, our troublesome neighbor Mike McGarity, admitted in a criminal case that he had trespassed on our property. The judge decided to ignore the facts and law in the case, giving McGarity multiple warnings about staying off our property but acquitting him of the criminal charge. One of the prerequisites for a malicious prosecution claim is that a prior case (criminal or civil) must have ended in your favor. The acquittal allowed McGarity to turn around and sue me, even though I had both probable cause and actual cause (he confessed!) for bringing the criminal complaint.

An honest judge would have booted McGarity’s lawsuit in a heartbeat. But we don’t have honest judges in Shelby County, Alabama, so I had to wind up fighting the bogus case for years, costing us (and Alabama taxpayers) thousands of dollars.

Paul Benton Weeks is showing in Missouri that malicious prosecution does have a legitimate, but limited, place in the law. Essentially, the tort has one purpose: To punish those who would abuse the legal process by filing baseless claims for “vexatious” reasons.

A Missouri appellate court has ruled that Ehrhardt had grounds to claim malicious prosecution as a result of Herschend’s defamation lawsuit against him.

Sarah Palin – May she vanish into obscurity!!!

July 10, 2009

I’ve devoted space on this blog to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.  Now that she has resigned you would think she would vanish into the private sector even obscurity, never to be heard from again.  But no.  We continue to see her name and her assinine comments in the blogosphere, newspapers and the evening news.  What a shame!  Once again, ya can’t trust her. It’s obvious her resignation was just a ploy for more attention.  Hence a look at the narcissistic Palin and the latest in her round of  “Look at me, Look at me!!! Don’t forget me!!!” positioning for attention.

In today’s Salon.com, respected blogger, Joe Conason, gives us the background on how the GOP operatives chose Palin for McCain’s VP nominee.  Go here to read the full story: http://salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/07/10/palin/index.html?source=newsletter

In today’s Yahoo News there’s report of a news conference held by Levi Johnston, former fiancee’ of Palin’s daughter and father of her child.  Levi speculates she resigned because the book deals and offers for television shows will be more lucrative than remaining in the Alaskan statehouse.   That makes perfect sense if you take into account the “Look at me! Look at me! Pay attention to me” stance Palin has taken since her first coming-out last Fall.

We only THOUGHT we would be hearing the last of this narcissistic, Sarah Palin.  Unfortunately, it looks like she’s going to hang around.

Margaret and Helen – a Remarkable Blog

July 9, 2009

In the past I have declared my admiration for two women, in their eightys who are bloggers.  They speak their minds about most things political.  Usually their blogs are a bit irreverant and funny.  But today I had to close the door to my office when I read the latest blog about Sarah Palin.  I was laughing so loudly and couldn’t stop.

Margaret rarely posts.  She’s an artist and not much of a writer according to Helen, the main writer for this blog.  I hope you’ll go out there and read this hilarious take on Sarah Palin’s resignation!  Go to http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/.  Just be prepared to laugh until your cry.  The candid, honest statements made by Helen are more than amusing – they are truthful!  Go HELEN!

What Republicans Say

July 8, 2009

This poem was written by a friend.   I agreed to post it on  my blog because I think he clearly states how Republicans are viewed by a great number of people in the United States and around the world.  It’s a sad statement on what a once-great political party has come to stand for.  The saddest part is that their members really don’t care to change how they are perceived, but they really don’t care to change their behavior because it displays the following true values.

What Republicans Say….

What Republicans say:
“Family values”
What they mean:
“I value my family; to hell with yours.”

What Republicans say:
“Personal responsibility”
What they mean:
“Rich people are responsible; if you’re poor, it must be because you’re irresponsible.”

What Republicans say:
“Fiscal responsibility”
What they mean:
“Obliterating the budget with war and tax breaks”

What Republicans say:
“Fair and balanced”
What they mean:
“Biased in my favor”

What Republicans say:
“Pro-life”
What they mean:
“Human life is valuable and ought to be protected before birth (unless it’s in China, because, after all, we like our Walmart crap to be really cheap); after that, it’s your own damn problem. Unless you’re terminally ill and want to die; then you have to live. Oh, and except if you commit a crime, even if you’re not yet of legal age. Then it’s death for you.”

What Republicans say:
“Spreading Democracy”
What they mean:
“Colonialism”

What Republicans say:
“Our allies abroad”
What they mean:
“Communist China (the West’s great-big sweat shop which has reportedly forced women into abortions) and Saudi Arabia, an Islamic Monarchy”

What Republicans say:
“Border security”
What they mean:
“We need to find a way to allow just enough Mexican pseudo-slaves in here without giving them any sort of legal status.”

What Republicans say about healthcare:
“Protecting choice and freedom”
What they mean:
“Protecting my choice and freedom to make sure you’re denied care.”

I CAN see clearly NOW – GOP Racists Surface

July 7, 2009

New GOP “Racist” Headache by John Avlon

To read the original blog posting, go to:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-06/new-gop-racist-headache/?cid=bsa:featureline

After “Barack the Magic Negro” and other GOP racial gaffes, a top Young Republican official—who hopes to be elected chairman Saturday—laughs at a racial slur about President Obama. The Daily Beast’s John Avlon on a choice facing GOP brass: Lose the radical fringe, or never email, use social media or send out holiday CDs again.

Note to Republicans: Racist “humor,” the Internet, and political ambitions don’t mix. Audra Shay, vice chairman of the Young Republicans and the leading candidate to be elected its chairman on Saturday, is now the latest in a growing list of GOP officials learning this lesson the hard way, based on pictures of a now-deleted Facebook page obtained by The Daily Beast.

avlon-audra-shay-facebook

“This is still America… freedom of speech and thought is still allowed… for now any ways… and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boy… and if yur ass is black don’t let the sun set on it in a southern town…”

On Wednesday, Shay—a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindal—was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s healthcare plan.” At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote “It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…”

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic]  is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments:  “You tell em Eric!  lol.”

(Click Here to see Facebook comments:  http://www.tdbimg.com/files/2009/07/05/img-article—avlon-audra-shay-facebook-03_233200859004.jpg )

Shay now claims that she was only responding to Piker’s first comments, not having noticed the second.  The eight-minute gap between the second post and her response strains the credibility of this defense.

It didn’t take long for other posters on Shay’s page to do the math.  First, Derek Moss wrote “What’s disheartening is the use of the word ‘coon’ in 2009. Wow… I’m usually outnumbered about 500-to-1 on Audra’s threads so go ahead, lemme have it, I deserve it.” He apparently expected to be criticized as among this crowd for calling out the racist comment.

Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay?  I just looked it up.  ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”

This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”

Shay was silent on this exchange, but soon word started spreading throughout the Young Republican circuit, open to GOP members under 40.  Significantly, Shay then “de-friended” Wallender and Conner—in the world of Facebook, that means cutting off relations—after calling her out, but kept Piker as a “friend” (subsequently, it appears their profiles are no longer linked).

“If Audra really did find these remarks to be ‘outright disgusting,’ then why was her response to immediately de-friend those who made statements against Eric’s blatant racism?” Wallender wrote yesterday in a letter to the Young Republican National Committee. “I was blocked for stating that Eric’s racist comment was “NOT OKAY. And it is not funny.” Please take a moment look at the entire screenshot linked above, and ask yourself: which comment would lead you to de-friend someone, mine, or Eric’s?”

In the face of the “coons” comment, Shay’s main concern seems to have been damage control. She deleted the controversial exchanges from her page (but not before screenshots were taken) and tried to tamp down the fire internally. Almost eight hours after Piker’s comments, and Shay’s ensuing “LOL”, Shay posted a Facebook status update stating that neither she—nor her Young Republican political slate—“condones the use of racial slurs on my wall…. It is not right to nor appropriate to talk that way and will not be accepted!”

At 10:31 p.m., a friend named Dale Lawson raised the P.C. defense, writing “the over reaction to it was a little amusing.”  Then her friend Piker came roaring back: “I agree with dale… this is still America… freedom of speech and thought is still allowed… for now any ways… and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boy… and if yur ass is black don’t let the sun set on it in a southern town…”

Click Here to view more Facebook comments:  http://www.tdbimg.com/files/2009/07/06/img-article—avlon-audra-shay-facebook-04_055837627929.jpg

On Thursday morning, the leading black conservative site HipHopRepublican.com posted a story on the exchange. One of the site’s founders, Lenny McAllister, author of the upcoming Diary of a Mad Black PYC (Proud Young Conservative), quickly released a statement of condemnation, which provoked a flurry of emails from Shay supporters and ultimately Shay herself. “Throughout most of my interaction with Audra and some of her supporters over this issue, there was a strong defense of her actions,” McAllister told me.  “Audra and I eventually got to a place where she apologized to me personally about the whole incident, but others have wondered if her public statement was an apology or merely political posturing.”

More than 36 hours after the comments were first posted, Shay released a statement condemning their “disgusting” content, which she said she was “not aware of” when she posted her response. She then spends the second half of her statement pointing a finger at the real culprits for the “web of misconception and untruths”: her political opponents at the Young Republicans. “It is a disgrace that these types of political attacks are taking place and once again, it proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory.” Shay did not respond to emails sent to her personal account requesting comment.

Taken by themselves, the exchanges on Shay’s page might be dismissed as an isolated ugly incident.  But there’s a pattern emerging from the fringe of the GOP grassroots. Three weeks ago, former South Carolina State Election Director and Richland County GOP Chairman Rusty DePass “joked” on his Facebook page that first lady Michelle Obama was descended from a gorilla which had gone missing from a local zoo. Days later, Tennessee state legislative aide Sherri Goforth emailed out an image labeled “Historical Keepsake”—showing august portraits of all the presidents of the United States, ending with a pair of googly-eyes peering out from a black background to symbolize President Obama. When confronted, the aide to State Senator Diane Black said only that she regretted sending the image to the wrong email list and from her government address. She was “reprimanded” by her supervisors but not otherwise punished (a forced furlough at Memphis’s National Civil Rights Museum would have been an inspired penalty). And of course, all this has taken place after Chip Saltzman’s bid to be RNC Chairman was derailed by his decision to mail out a parody CD featuring the song “Barack the Magic Negro.”

“It seems like some of us Republicans are taking our conservative message, mixing it with personal prejudices and racist views, and calling it patriotism,” says McAllister.  “You can cover cyanide with chocolate, but you still can’t call it candy.”

This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.

This story is still unfolding. The election for chairman of the Young Republicans will be held this weekend at their national conference in Indianapolis and a new urgency is now infusing the vote. “I saw something that was morally wrong, and as a conservative I took it upon myself as an individual to stand up, and I do not regret it at all,” Wallender wrote in her letter to the committee. “I was attacked for wanting better for Young Republicans—in my lifetime of work for the Republican Party I have never been accused of being a “RINO,” until now, by Audra’s supporters.”

It will be interesting to hear what Governor Jindal and other influential supporters of Audra Shay’s candidacy will say about this incident. In a response to my request for a comment from RNC Chairman Michael Steele, his communications director Trevor Francis stated simply but firmly, “This type of language is inappropriate, and is not representative of the views of the Young Republicans.”

With their party at a crossroads in the wilderness, Young Republicans have an opportunity to send a message and set a direction this weekend. Will they embrace the ideals of the Party of Lincoln, and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic?” Or turn toward the self-segregating notes of “Barack the Magic Negro?”

Opposite actions for Palin: Turntail and run OR Threaten to sue

July 5, 2009

The actions of former Governor, Sarah Palin, border on the absurd. She either runs away or shakes her fist and threatens anyone who wants facts about her behavior.

If you believe that Sarah Palin is going to  live the quiet life of a private citizen ….you’re delusional!  The resignation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is nothing more than a media ploy.  Palin thrives on the conflict, verbal slings and weird whining that she and her minions put forth in the press.

As an example we can take a closer look at the threatening letter issued by her Alaska-based attorney, Thomas Van Flein, to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation.  In his letter, Van Flein writes, “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Time and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

So ya see, Palin isn’t willing to resign and “go quietly in the night” as a private citizen.  She wants to stir up legal proceedings, harass people practicing “free speech”, and continue to fill her coffers by whining that “she’s being treated unfairly”.

In a fantastic blog by Shannyn Moore, an Alaskan citizen (Shannyn Moore: Just a Girl from Homer, http://shannynmoore.wordpress.com/) we learn of the divisive and punitive antics of the Palin’s administration to shield her from open record’s inquiries. Moore outlines the disgusting and disturbing actions of Palin’s administration to keep fellow blogger, Linda Kellen Biegel from obtaining emails between Palin and radio bigot, Eddie Burke.  Palin’s lackeys have put up road blocks that caused Linda to raise over $5,000 to pay for transcripts of those emails.  I suppose Palin believed upping the ante for her correspondence would stall Biegel.  However, it didn’t.  Biegel supporters donated the money so citizens can actually have some transparency in the Alaskan statehouse.  Find Linda’s blog at : http://www.divasblueoasis.com/

So, as I see it, the legacy of Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial stint is two fold:

  1. She turns tail and resigns as Governor of Alaska just when her popularity is in decline and the Alaskan Legislature gives opposition to her “plans” for the future of the state.
  2. She threatens public citizens who question her ethics, demand open records, or states opinions.

With that legacy, we can all pray to God that Sarah Palin is defeated in any attempt to hold a national office.  Because all this legacy leaves is the reality that Sarah Palin is only out for one thing….popularity and media attention for Sarah Palin.