Wow how rude.
Wow how rude.
Picture of the Day. Claire Felicie’s series of portraits of Marines before, during and after their tours of duty in Afghanistan are touching and powerful. Above are Jasper, Age 21 and Luke, Age 25. Visit her website to see more of her photography of Marines in Afghanistan, especially her series of portraits of them holding their lucky charms. Also check out the Lens Culture post on this series.
Picture of the Day. Helmand Province, Afghanistan. December 25, 2010. Royal Navy door gunner Petty Officer Richard Symmonds in Christmas uniform to drop off presents and mail to troops last year.
Photo Credit: Reuters. Via.
OK, DC Tumblrs. You know what to do.
Just hours after officially becoming BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith also became a meme. Impressive. (c/o @AntDerosa)
Separated at Birth: Jermaine from Flight of the Conchords and Young Newt Gingrich.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
I very much doubt that, Barb.
And, apparently, you need a lesson on Jim Crow laws, Barbie. Allow me.
The “Jim Crow” laws were a whole series of measures intended to keep blacks and whites apart, living lives that were “separate but equal” in all kinds of ways. They were not, as Barb inferred, simply about keeping blacks from voting.
On the books from the end of reconstruction until the U.S. Supreme Court began to chip away at them in its landmark 1954 decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the “Jim Crow” laws were a stain on our national character, one put there—and here is why the subject is dangerous for Barbara Lee to bring up—by the Democrats.
The fact that the Voting Rights Act was pushed through Congress by a Democrat—Lyndon Johnson—does not erase the party’s history of support for institutionalizedracism. LBJ was only able to get the bill through with the support of Republicans, led by Senate GOP leader Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois.
The Democratic Party’s longtime love affair with segregation is undeniable. Who stood up for “Jim Crow” when President Eisenhower tried to enforce desegregation at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School? Democrats like Arkansas Gov. Orvall Faubus, who called out the state’s National Guard to prevent black students from entering the school. It was a Democrat, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who famously proclaimed “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” And it was a Democratically-controlled Georgia legislature that picked nationally-known segregationist Lester Maddox to be their state’s 75th governor in 1966.
And those are just a couple examples of the long history of Democrats and segregation. And it’s not just Dixie Democrats (meaning regular ones) but even today, well known Democratic heroes such as Bill Clinton spout off their true feelings regarding race when they think no one is listening:
“A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee”
Nancy Pelosi. (via politicalprof)
Woah Pelosi. Did they not transcribe the evil laugh at the end of that sentence?