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He Didn’t Like “Drumline”, Either

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, July 5, 2008 14:27 EDT

Despite years of whitewashing of Jesse Helms’ virulent racism, the National Review is worried that Helms will be “smeared” as a racist, in much the same way that macaroni and cheese is frequently smeared as a creamy, crunchy delight for your taste buds.

I have noticed some of the smears lobbed at William Buckley in other places since his death; Jesse Helms is in for even more of it. Other prominent conservatives will face the same. Unfortunately, such is the nature of these things now.

There was, in fact, a way for Jesse Helms to avoid such “smears”. It would have involved not being such a fucking bigot. The right is in full circle the wagons mode, with John Fund even pulling out the token parallel racist Democrat whose last period of public relevance was 1974 and who died in 1985. (Incidentally, said Democrat’s racism was mentioned in his WaPo obituary far more than Helms’, but that introduces messy “facts” to the matter.)

The current conservative reclamation of Helms, by the way, is that he was a fierce Cold Warrior. This remains unsurprising – the color red is close enough to brown that it’s easy to see where the opposition came from.

Professional fundies officially circle the wagons around McCain

By pams
Friday, July 4, 2008 22:55 EDT

“We are committed to a transgenerational, multiethnic and multiracial conservative movement.” – a laughably bold Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, to a gathering of 90+ fundies who are hand-wringing about the decline of their movement and what they need to do to revitalize it — in other words, Obama envy. The faux Christians are desperate about this election, but they didn’t decide to form a circular firing squad over how pure the candidate is on…


Liberal Fascism Watch

By Jesse Taylor

Roger L. Simon, on the news that Obama will be holding his acceptance speech at 76,000-seat Invesco Field: They are floating the idea of changing the venue of his acceptance speech from Denver’s Pepsi Center to the much larger outdoor Invesco Field. I’m not going to indulge in the obvious…


Jesse Helms, you left quite a legacy

By pams

Jesse Helms has died. As a native and current resident of North Carolina, even today many people I run into outside of this state who know little about it — recognize the name Jesse Helms. He leaves a long, dark trail of professional racial bigotry (he opposed the MLK national…


Friday Random Ten “Real Patriots Shoot Fireworks, Not Bombs” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte

Ten songs off your shuffle on your MP3 player of choice. Leave ‘em in comments. Here’s mine: 1) “Down But Not Yet Out”—Felt 2) “Lake Of Fire”—The Meat Puppets 3) “Die”—Bratmobile 4) “White Wedding”—Queens of the Stone Age (Billy Idol cover) 5) “Ever Fallen In Love”—The Buzzcocks 6) “Another Day”—Sludgeworth…


Breaking: Charlie Crist’s getting hitched…to a woman

By pams

Drudge turns on the tired old police siren for breaking news — here it’s time to flip on the rainbow siren! Now that the Florida governor’s found that “special someone,” you know, the adulteress he’s been allegedly boinking for sometime now, he’s making his “union” legal — something gay and…


The weakest AFA boycott EVER

By pams

Dapper Don Wildmon and Co. have launched a boycott against McDonald’s for being too pro-homosexual. Of course you’d expect a lot of bluster right out of the box, but with this ludicrous disclaimer the AFA is already on the defensive: What the boycott of McDonald’s IS NOT about This boycott…


Not quite a wingnut swirlie, but definitely a wedgie

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, July 3, 2008 23:55 EDT


A Modest Proposal

By Jesse Taylor

I hereby challenge any clear-eyed, level-headed conservative blogger who really knows what torture is to draw up a list of things that aren’t torture when done to brown people, and have them done to them by trained professionals. After all, waterboarding, like so many other things, is no more than…



By Jesse Taylor

The Wall Street Journal runs an opinion piece declaring that Obama should embrace his Muslim heritage. I’m kind of conflicted about this. On the one hand, Obama should embrace the Muslim community and make clear that the smear here is his alleged dishonesty rather than his alleged faith in Islam.…