Ring, Ring, Ring… It’s the Racist-phone!

If your ring-tone is set to “dog whistle”, you might be a racist. Contrary to the GOP narrative, “playing the race card” doesn’t mean calling out racism where none exists, it’s putting on ads like these. The ad below, paid for by the Tea Party Victory Fund PAC, is to be run in three Ohio counties — LucasSummit, and Mahoning — all of which are predominantly white.

Nothing overtly racist to see here… move along! There is indeed a federal program which provides low-income people with free or reduced-cost cell phones, but it began in 2008 under President George W. Bush. The idea of providing subsidized phone service to low-income individuals originated with a program started under President Ronald Reagan. It’s difficult to view this ad as anything other than an appeal to a certain kind of voter.

Over at Alternet, Alex Kane presents the nine most racist moments (so far) of the the 2012 election. Might want to update this one pretty soon.

Ask him why he pretends to care!

Hosing others to help yourself: On Saturday, Paul Ryan photo-bombed a charity soup-kitchen for 15 minutes on his way to the airport. They “ramrodded their way” into the kitchen to make a show of caring by pretending to wash clean pans for the photographers. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall… Had they asked for permission, it wouldn’t have been granted” the charity’s president said. He noted that the soup kitchen relies on funding from private individuals who might reconsider their support if it appears that the charity is favoring one political candidate over another. “I can’t afford to lose funding from these private individuals,” he said. “If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same exact problem”. Maybe Ryan should send them a big check, a small apology and quit being such a supreme douchenozzle?

A member of the contemptible Westboro Baptist Church was tackled on Saturday by an angry soldier at the funeral for fallen Army Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson in North Carolina. Sadly, although onlookers cheered the outraged soldier, he will probably be sued by the tax-exempt hate group on constitutional grounds in accordance with the very profitable Westboro business model.

The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report Monday concluding that converting Medicare into a voucher program modeled on the plan Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have proposed would increase premiums for the majority of seniors, even ones who choose to remain in traditional Medicare. The report makes clear that Romney and Ryan haven’t provided enough details to conduct a truly thorough analysis. Both Romney and Ryan have campaigned on the claim that 7.4 million seniors will lose their access to Medicare due to cuts in Obama’s health reforms, but many fact checkers have refuted that representation of the law.

Well, at least there’s still the Romneytronic™ JobsPlan to look forward to. What? Oh, never mind!

Former senator and presidential candidate George McGovern has been admitted to hospice. McGovern, 90, is best remembered for his lopsidedly failed bid to unseat Republican Richard Nixon as president on a platform urging the withdrawal of US troops from the bitterly divisive war in Vietnam.

A massive (and illegal) private geoengineering project has been detected off Canada’s west coast.

Why are you so nervous? Nothing to fear but Fear itself (and snakes, bears and big cats): How our history shapes our anxieties.

“OOPART” stand for “Out Of Place Artifact”,  the subject of a concise post at Bad Archaeology.  Beachcomber classes these on the scale of “the nod category” (meh) to “the eye popping category” (‘The text books would not just have to be rewritten: they would have to be SHREDDED’). Unsurprisingly, not so many fall into the last category.

It looks like Gary ‘UFO Hacker’ McKinnon will not be extradited to the U.S., rules British Home Secretary. Now he’ll face the brutal British justice system!


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