Gemli’s Extract


Republicans did everything they could to make government a dismal, dysfunctional mess from the day Obama took office, so it’s no wonder that faith in government has eroded. They set up entire “news” networks to attack the president, and hired the Limbaughs and the Becks to whip up the ignoratti’s racial resentment. They depended on sophisticated class-warriors, like our Mr. Brooks, to spew a form of Republican neo-darwinism, with its odious implication that some people were inherently superior to others, and that big government merely wastes money on lesser sorts that would be put to better use stuffed in offshore accounts of the wealthy.

GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories


Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodger (PA-R) is posted an image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing it into law. She asked constituents to share their Obamacare nightmare stories and well, the response probably wasn’t what she expected. Below are a small sample of the comments constituents left on her page:

via GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories.

Student who put rope on James Meredith statue charged


Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway of the FBI Jackson Office announced Friday that a man was charged with federal civil rights crimes for engaging in threatening conduct directed at African American students and employees at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Graeme Phillip Harris was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African American students because of their race or color.

via Student who put rope on James Meredith statue charged.

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David Brooks Omits


President Barack Obama shakes hands  at the Milwaukee Laborfest at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wis. on Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2014.

President Barack Obama shakes hands at the Milwaukee Laborfest at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wis. on Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2014.

Our Mr. Brooks (NYT columnist) will never use the word “race,” but that single word explains the complex political shifts of the present and the last 150 years–including the Republican shift as a pillar of freedom and opportunity for all to a sad breakfast club that wants (and does!) to restrict the voting rights of minorities it once fought for!

Whether white flight be in the suburbs and schools, it has long existed in politics. The swift changes Brooks describes are not tied to party but to race. the changes are nuanced, although it doesn’t seem so by the ridiculous statements of House members and others.

During Obama’s second run, the GOP had created sufficient obstruction that many were fearful and ready to surrender. That, as David knows, is not the same as supporting GOP policies. It represents a capitulation that resulted from fear and the trounce of blame applied relentlessly and widely.

David omits that it was the GOP’s best effort–and it failed. But here comes the spin: he assures us, despite the devastating second loss in conditions that seemed intractable, with a message that embedded an appeal and assessment by race, that things are bright ahead for the GOP; that from the heartless, still hot ashes of hate, fear, and blame, policies based on wealth and the balance sheet will triumph as the elders who receive social security and other safety nets (Obamacare) will vote against their interests for cuts. David (perhaps in self-reflection!) is betting not on age, but senility.