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Save Our Land, Join The Klan

Yup. That’s the message attached to bags of candy being thrown into yards in Abbeville, South Carolina, these days. It seems the Ku Klux Klan is trying to recruit kids and, golly gee, we ought to do something about it! That is, after we go out dancing the Charleston tonight and then after we vote for Herbert Hoover for president tomorrow morning.

Jeez, have we been transported back to the year 1932 while we slept?

A chap named Charles Murray IDs himself as “the Imperial Wizard of the New Empire Knights” of Abbeville. The group, Murray has written, is to “build a legit pro-white organization and become the voice of White America.”

Al Jazeera America tells the tale of this regressive, antediluvian, retro-in-the-worst-possible-way development.

Here’s a pic of a recent cross-buring I found on the New Empire Knights website:

KKK

Campfire Boys

The site also carries news like the “fake” cross-burning a “Negro” pastor in Tennessee staged in front of his church not long ago. The author of the post, presumably the Imperial Wizard Murray himself, writes:

Negroes and Jews are known to hoax hate crimes daily. The Jewish Defense League for example, would bomb synagogues.

Betcha didn’t know that.

Bet you also didn’t know that, acc’d’g to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a lot of guys start klaverns (KKK-speak for local groups) as a way to make a living — as in, they don’t want to do something as prosaic as work, so they crank up a new group of cranks and then live off the monthly dues.

Hey, it’s a tough job market out there.

Evil By Degrees?

I’m asking for help from female Pencillistas again. I’ve been trying to understand how women feel about rape. Oh sure, that’s easy; they hate it. I don’t mean that, though. I mean what are the nuances, is there any moral relativism re: rape, and can men ever “get it” about the crime? While we’re at it, let’s get Pencil-loving lads to pitch in as well — but I’m really more interested in Double X feedback here.

Please answer this Q: Are some rapes less, well, rape-y than others? That is, does date rape, for instance, constitute less of a violation of a woman’s body and mind than rape at gunpoint or knifepoint?

I bring this up because an erstwhile hero of the secular, progressive gang (me, me, me!) has recently found himself in very hot — perhaps boiling — water for suggesting such a thing. Richard Dawkins, the planet’s premier spokesguy for evolution and non-theism, has Tweeted the following thought:

Dawkins Tweet

Got that? Okay, Dawkins then wrote:

Dawkins Tweet

Let’s put aside the pedophilia bit just now and concentrate on rape. That Dawkins observation stirred an Australian woman named Eleanor Robertson to pen a guest column in The Guardian asking, “Richard Dawkins, What On Earth Happened To You?”

She suggests Dawkins should have “retired from public speech when he had the chance to bow out before embarrassing himself.” She goes on to rip Dawkins as a “figure of mockery,” “an old man who shouts at clouds,” an Islamophobe, arrogant, bigoted, and narrow-minded. What she doesn’t do is explain why his statement is offensive to her.

She hints, of course, that women know instinctively why. Sadly, I wasn’t born with the proper genes so I need help getting this.

Ergo, I’m going to run two polls here, one for women and the other for men. If you count yourself a Q in the LGBTQ equation, fill out both polls. Here you go:

As always, feel free to explain yourself in the comments section. Now, make us all smarter.

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A Stand Up Guy — Finally

At long last.

Prez Barack H.O. the other day finally — finally! — called out the idiotic climate change deniers in Congress and the Right Wing media. He was especially hard on the elected deniers who’ve tried to erect roadblocks before every gov’t attempt to stem the flow of crap into our air and water.

Of cerebral titans like Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), who, while not overtly denying the science,  still play along with their partisan confreres who do, Obama said: “There are some who duck the question by saying, ‘Hey, I’m not a scientist.’ Let me translate that for you: what that means is, ‘I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.”

The Kenyan-born secret Muslim mole who has stolen the White House from its rightful heirs for all intents and purposes told a crowd of University of California-Irvine graduates Friday that climate change deniers are full of horseshit.

Obama/UC-Irvine

“I Must Say They’re Full Of Horseshit.”

What took you so long, Barry?

Oh right, you haven’t wanted to alienate these folks because you have to work with them. As if they’ll work with you whether you alienate them or not.

Anyway, Obama stood up for something for a change. Personal to the C-in-C: Keep it up.

A Cheesy Regulation

The interwebs this week have been buzzing with news that the federal Food and Drug Administration might want to ban the aging of cheese on wooden board, a practice that’s been going on since the first splotch of milk started going sour.

Cheesemaking

Cheese Aging On Wood Boards

Huzzah! The FDA has issued a clarification that says, in essense, Hey, don’t sweat it. The feds, it turns out, won’t be crushing artisanal cheesemakers with the heels of their jackboots by banning wood board aging after all.

I’m sure this apparent reversal has more to do with Open Carry cheesemakers advancing on Washington, DC than anything else.

Open Carry

… The Right Of The People To Age Monterey Jack…

Cinderella?

Back to presidents, the next one has taken some heat of late for her statement that she and her hubby Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House in January, 2001.

Bill Clinton, of course, came from poverty but Hillary grew up in the very comfortable and privileged Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. As such, she has no idea what the term “dead broke” means.

Clintons

We’ve Got To Pay That Electric Bill

When Bill said “I feel your pain” back when he was running for prez the first time, you could believe him. Hillary, though, had better not say any such thing because she has no idea. This is not to say she can’t be an effective and powerful voice for the poor when — if? Naw, when — she takes the Oath of Office in Jan. 2017. Only that she’s never had to scrimp or save or eke for anything at any time in her life.

In this sense, her statement was as offensive as Ann Romney’s in 2012 when she bragged that she was a working woman because she’d raised kids at home. I wrote at the time that it’s doubtful she’d ever had to worry about scrubbing the toilet, mopping up a spilled gallon of milk, or cleaning up a splash of puke. If she did it would be because the help was off and the emergency household chore thing was sort of a lark.

Personal to Hill: Ixnay on telling the world about your financial struggles; you’ve got enough credibility problems already.

The States Of Hate

Thanks to Helen Harrell and Carol Fischer for pointing this out from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

SPLC Map

Go ahead and check the site for a more detailed look at this plotting but a quick glance shows how hate seems to be centered in a certain area of this holy land. The southeastern quarter of this nation is rife with people who so despise The Other that they’ve joined groups to do something about it.

Just a thought: Indiana seems a tad over-represented in relation to its size, doesn’t it?

 

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