Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t (UPDATED)

Yesterday we heard people criticizing the GOP leadership for not going to Selma for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”.

The GOP’s Conspicuous Absence from Selma

This afternoon, in the hot center of the state of Alabama, a parade of Americans will pay homage to a historic march. Meeting on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on which hundreds of black Americans were beaten for the crime of standing up to their government, Barack Obama will remember a heroic feat of rebellion, and a brutal act of repression. The president, the White House has announced, will speak personally “about what it means to stand on the spot where police beat and gassed 600 unarmed protestors,” and he will explain what the moment means to him as an African American.

And the Republican party’s current leadership will be nowhere to be seen.

By declining to join, Ohio representative Marsha Fudge told Politico, the GOP has “lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care.” Fudge is, of course, entirely correct. By electing to skip the proceedings — and to send a former president and a handful of congressional representatives in lieu — the Republican leadership suggests that it does not recognize what Selma represents within America’s long history of public dissent.

That was Charles C. W. Cooke who writes for the conservative National Review. He was wrong.

GOP leader headed to Selma after all

Washington (CNN)Update – 6:55 p.m. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will now go to Selma Saturday to join in the 50th anniversary events.

McCarthy tells CNN he considers John Lewis a close friend, and wants to be there to commemorate the historic anniversary.

McCarthy has been to Selma in the past, and he and Lewis worked together to show the movie Selma to all lawmakers in a Capitol auditorium.

Original post:

Top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill won’t join the largest bipartisan congressional delegation ever in Selma, Alabama, this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday civil rights march.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will not be on hand for the celebration, according to spokesmen for McConnell and Boehner.

A number of prominent Democrats were not on hand either, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. But not only did Kevin McCarthy attend, so did GOP chairman Reince Priebus, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina (who also co-sponsored the event) as well as George and Laura Bush.

So were they warmly welcomed?

MLK Lieutenant Refuses To March With George W Bush At Selma Event

A civil rights leader refused to march across the historic bridge in Selma during the 50th anniversary celebration Saturday because former President George W. Bush was also marching.

Diane Nash, described as a lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr., said she did not wish to march across the bridge in Alabama because she said Bush represented violence — something she claimed was at odds with the Selma legacy.

But wait! There’s more!

News to us: Fox News slammed for not covering #Selma50, interviewing ‘crazy black lady’

Funny, we’d thought we’d just watched the entirety of President Obama’s historic #Selma50 speech on Fox News, along with an introductory address by Rep. John Lewis, the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and interviews with several other historians and prominent figures in the civil rights movement. The “spring forward” time change must have screwed up our cable box or something.

Twitchy shows several tweet claiming Fox News was AWOL from Selma, along with some replies with pictures that prove they were indeed there.

But wait! There’s more!

Well, after President Obama’s speech, Fox News did conduct a remote interview with Jesse Jackson, who’s kind of a Republican. And for some reason they also put on some “crazy black lady.”

Did anyone catch her name? Alveda King or something. No idea what she has to do with Selma, but that’s Fox News for you.

Alveda King is MLK’s niece.

Segregation, and it’s older brother Slavery, are two of the ugliest stains on America’s record. But in the end we redeemed ourselves. The horrible violence that took place at Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” fifty years ago led directly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act a few months later. The VRA was the final nail in the coffin of Jim Crow.

But what happened yesterday was a partisan political event starring Barack Obama and the narratives about the GOP participation and Fox News coverage were written in stone months ago. It is no coincidence that one of the most highly promoted movies of the recent Academy Awards was Oprah Winfrey’s “Selma” which was a dramatization of the actual events.

Nor is it a coincidence that just a few days ago Eric Holder’s Department of Justice released a report alleging systemic and pervasive racism in Ferguson Missouri. (Eric Holder was also in attendance at Selma yesterday.)

It really didn’t matter what the Republicans did. They were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t.

UPDATED (via Twitchy):


About Myiq2xu™

"If you hit an artery, somebody can bleed out in two minutes."
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

97 Responses to Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t (UPDATED)

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Before you ask, I’m pretty sure that picture of Obama puffing on a bong is a photoshop.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.

    Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.

    And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.

    It is now clear that none of us will see the America we want via any kind of politics that includes the Republican Party. Ergo, they must be erased from the pages of history as quickly as possible, so that a better party can replace them.

    So I’m now a Democrat. The worse, the better.


    Conservatives were, in the Washington Post’s notorious phrasing, “uneducated, gullible, and easily led.”

    If we let this pass without tumult and retribution, we are just as the Washington Post said of us…

    The time for a third party is now upon us. The Establishment has refused to compromise and find common ground; they are determined to just win and deliver their political deliverables to the Wall Street wing that serves as their paymasters.

    A failing organization which will not be reformed must instead be destroyed.


  3. Myiq2xu says:

    I follow Salon on Twitter and I reply/retweet/post here a few tweets a day, but I almost never click on the links. They sure do come up with some creative stuff as clickbait.

    Vox is just stupid.

  4. FYI: It’s International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

  6. DeniseVB says:

    The Clintons were busy scooping up Clinton Cash at one of their Foundation events. Priorities 😉

  7. Dora says:

    People seem to forget that MLK was a republican.

    • 1539days says:

      Just about anyone who believed in Civil Rights back then was a Republican. Democrats used to be the party of slavery, segregation and the KKK. Lyndon Johnson tried to repair the image of Democrats by throwing money at poor Black communities. That worked out well politically, but not economically.

  8. Myiq2xu says:

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Heh. I thought the same thing when I heard Obama evoked Ferguson in his Selma speech, say what?

  10. Dora says:

    This article concerns Obama’s illegal amnesty action, but it includes the definition of a ‘natural born citizen’ – a definition many people don’t seem to be aware of.

    Illegal Aliens and Birthright Citizenship

    • 1539days says:

      Birthright citizenship was essentially invented and by SCOTUS. It originally existed as a way for former slaves, who didn’t often have birth records, to obtain citizenship just by being in the country. That should have stopped decades ago, but some smart lawyer tried to use it to keep children born to non-citizens in the country and it worked.

      • 1539days says:

        That should be “invented and expanded by SCOTUS”

        • Somebody says:

          This bill would undo that damage and probably go a long way toward stemming some of the illegal immigration, but apparently it’s not likely to pass.

          There is a Senate bill S 85 I believe, these two bills have been around since 2011. How sad is it that our “representatives” can’t manage to agree on something this simple. We should all push our congressional members to vote yes on this measure.

      • Propertius says:

        The Fourteenth Amendment begs to differ:

        All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.

        • 1539days says:

          And that amendment was passed at the same time that slaves became citizens. It began as a vehicle to make every current resident a citizen.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    For my fellow TCH “code talkers”, we knew this already 😉

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Pants up Don’t loot!!! 😀

    • DandyTIger says:

      I have a dream. That neither Hillary nor Jeb get the nominations of their respective parties. So one day, little american children can have a chance for a real democracy.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Right now, as long as Obama doesn’t EO himself into a third term, I don’t care who runs. Even if we have a declared winner in 2016, Bam still has til Jan 2017 to complete his coup d’etat. (/tinfoil hat)

    • DandyTIger says:

      It’s as if the Clinton’s aren’t the media darlings. Duh. I suspect the real reason to hide the emails was really to hide them from the Obots, not from Repubs or the general public. It was a calculated risk she took. She needed to minimize exposure to potential destruction by ValJay. Probably worth the risk in the long run, but time will tell.

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    • Myiq2xu says:

      It’s really amusing to watch the Democrats stumble around confused.

      How did they take control of our government?

      They won elections.

      But we’re the GOOD guys! We’re smarter than everybody else!

      Yeah, well . . . maybe you should try listening to people.

      I have a degree in communications.

      You have no job.

      It’s the Koch brothers fault!

      • piper says:

        A woman from my knitting group was ranting about Walker and the evil Koch Brothers. I usually don’t say anything because I don’t want to start a fight – nothing worse than seeing 2 older women in their sixties fighting like teenagers – but Friday I opened up and derailed Buffet along with Bill Gates and Georgie Soros. She laughed at my response and thankfully there are other chairs I can park my bod in next week.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Kind of stupid for being smarter than everyone else.

    • 1539days says:

      The Democrats chose their strategy in 2007 – “We won the Congress, now we’ll win the White House and take over the country”

      It’s easy for them to win presidential elections because of population density in cities. Unfortunately, they have to win on ideas in every state and district. They lost the House in one election after 2008 and then the Senate. Most states are governed by Republicans as are most state legislatures. The Obama must win strategy meant everyone else had to lose.

      • Propertius says:

        Part of that was the OFA strategy of sucking the life out of state and regional party organizations to benefit the Cult of the Great Leader, coupled with the DSCC and DCCC meddling in state nomination processes to insure that nobody who didn’t toe the line got any oxygen at all.

    • elliesmom says:

      When my daughter was in high school many years ago, her history teacher gave the kids an assignment that required researching a “woman of significance”. No repeats allowed. Once someone chose a woman, she wasn’t available for anybody else to choose. My daughter came home annoyed and amused because her class didn’t think there were 25 women interesting enough to research. Over dinner our family brainstormed a list of over 50 women w/o doing any research. My husband and son contributed to the list, too. She took it into class the next day. But her teacher still had a hard time getting the kids interested in the assignment. The month before a mostly white class had done some really wonderful projects for black history month, but they just weren’t interested in what women have accomplished. I’d like to think things have changed, but sadly they haven’t.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Sounded like a fun assignment. I’d find the challenge to find a woman who’s name isn’t familiar, but made significant contributions in her field. Like Amelia Bloomer ! 😀


        Thank you Amelia for my right to wear pants !

        • elliesmom says:

          My daughter chose Clare Boothe Luce and became a fan of the play and movie “The Women”. She discovered where the phrase, one of my favorites, “No good deed goes unpunished” came from. When she worked as a grievance analyst for a major insurance company she got to quote Clare a lot. Like “A hospital is a terrible place to sick.” Mostly, she learned that women can be beautiful, smart, accomplished, and funny. But before that night at dinner, she had never heard of Clare Boothe Luce.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            I would suggest throwing in the names Anne Bonny, Kate Barker, Aileen Wuornos and Bonnie Parker. Villains are always interesting.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Modern feminism has failed miserably. When ideologues and fanatics get a hold of history they take all the fun and interesting stuff and replace it with propaganda and dogma.

    • 1539days says:

      In the US, Women’s Day is on the shortest day of the year (Daylight Saving Time). Thanks, Obama.

  13. piper says:

    Judge Jeannie is on fire – can you believe that she’s only 3 years younger than Hillary and looks 100 times better than her.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think the media is sabatoging Hillary with photos of her looking bloated and tired.

      • Constance says:

        They definitely are. On FOX this afternoon the panel on Harris Faulkner’s show said Kerry started the new frenzy over Hillary’s Email and Kerry is planning to step in and run for President at the last minute after Hillary crashes. But what is clear is it’s the Democrats who are in the worst anti Hillary frenzy and everyone they seem able to think of to take her place is 70ish and just as old as Hillary. The Democrats took out Hillary in 2008 and the ones who did it have more power now than they did then.

  14. piper says:

    I’m so confused after last night – started watching Bosch on Amazon Prime at 10PM (thanks Leslie for mentioning that you were going to watch the series), didn’t realize it was a 10 part series, couldn’t stop watching because it was so good but sleepiness overcame me and my desires so I went to bed at 2:30PM. Woke up at 9:30AM old time springing froward to 10:30 now it’s 11:40AM and still drinking first cup of coffee.
    I truly dislike springing and falling all over the place having to change external clocks while my internal clock is out of sync.

    • elliesmom says:

      I was tickled Ellie let me sleep an additional hour this morning until I realized the clock had reset itself.

    • 49erDweet says:

      At 7am it was really dark as I maneuvered Mickey D’s drive thru. Rehearsal was interesting, with less than half there until it was over.

    • leslie says:

      How did you like it? I was so happy I decided to watch it. But I had a family “event” to prepare for today and had to go to bed after only 2 episodes (It was late anyway). I just returned from the “baby’s” 1st birthday a little bit ago. I’m so happy Downton Abbey is over so I can spend some time tonight watching more of “Bosch”. I also spread the news about this series whilst at the family party. There will be more viewers than I tonight. 😉

      • piper says:

        Good script, cast and story line set in a 10 part series. Couldn’t stop watching until completely tired and difficulty keeping eyes opened. Will watch the last 4 episodes tonight.

        • lyn says:

          “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent” are good comedies on amazon originals.

          • leslie says:

            Lyn, thnx for your recommendations. If not for you, I’d wouldn’t be watching Bosch. It is super!

        • leslie says:

          It really is that good… I am trying to pace myself because the result after having watched something as good as this is a hunger for something of equal substance and then a let down when I can’t find it. I’ll watch another 2-3 episodes tonight (Monday). Let me know if you find anything good to watch next. 🙂

    • Myiq2xu says:

  15. Dora says:

    Now she is in the spotlight too.

    Huma Abedin’s private emails, Muslim Brotherhood

    • 49erDweet says:

      Why, oh why, oh why in America would an aide to a democrat presidential candidate need to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood? Is this a parody?

  16. mothy67 says:

    Wolfe’s budget is insane. From what I have read he wants to increase sales tax everywhere but Phillly. How is that legal? Philly collects an additional amount that stays in Philly. His new propasal increases by .6 cents everywhere but Philly. Claims it all goes to tax relief for middle class. Lions share going to Philly. The rest of the state has to fund education for Philly?

    • votermom says:

      I can’t wait to say I told you so to the ppl I know who voted for him.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      The rest of the state has been supporting Philly for decades. In return for skimming the cream off the top Philly delivers that welfare vote. And ensures others don’t vote via the Black Panther approach.

  17. DandyTIger says:

    Minimum wage had it’s origins in eugenics. Read the whole thing. I don’t think modern progressives have this link in mind as they push for it, but the economic and social effects could have similar results.

    • 1539days says:

      It’s having the opposite effect now. Illegal immigrants being paid under the table are now more desirable employees. Eventually, machines will be the beneficiaries because they don’t get paid at all to do some human jobs.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Funny, cottage industries (i.e. puppy mills, drug dealers, gag) and construction/landscaping contractors pay under the table for seasonal workers. It’s why I support the fair tax bill. Even drug dealers need to buy toilet paper. http://fairtax.org/

        Bonus, the bill gets rid of the IRS, which has probably been USED a a political bully anyhow for both parties. Next up….

        Get rid of the DOE, DHS, EPA, etc, etc…..I rest my case 😉

  18. Myiq2xu says:

    Check out the update to the post. It doesn’t get any sleazier than that.

  19. Dora says:

    S.C. Democrats’ standing ovation for Martin O’Malley


    • Constance says:

      Their behavior is outrageous. If you don’t like the movie don’t go to the movie.

    • Somebody says:

      That song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the night, LOL!

      I agree Constance if they don’t like the film then fucking leave, nobody forced them to go and nobody forced them to stay. At the end a young blond girl said “Don’t you see this isn’t freedom of speech” or something to that effect and they all started screaming at her. Europe is paying a price for their lax immigration and I fear this is only the beginning of their woes. I hope we can learn from their mistakes, but I fear that we won’t.

  20. Myiq2xu says:

  21. mothy67 says:

    Please tell me how a poperty tax rebate for renters making under 50 grand makes any sense. How do you get a rebate on something you never paid.
    So much money dedicated to Philly the rest of the state paying .six percent more to bail Philly out. Sales tax stays the same in Philly but increased spending in the City of Brotherly Love. I went to Temple lived at The Drake fired from many a job on South Street. Bridget Foys, South Street Souvlaki, maybe Manny Brown’s. All cities are epic failures because of city planners they are dumb shits who filter hundreds of billions of dollars into coffers of wealthy backers. Rent subsidies drive up rent. Crime increases. Throw in Common Core and everyone is the same. My kids vegan diet is racist(two black kids in her class one gets free lunch) I could demand a decent lunch be provided I do not the world should not arrive around her lunch. That is not to say i do not go over the top a little bit. The tubby gay guy on Modern Family I can identify with. Saw it. Hate it but I gave her a small amount of money and let her go into the grocery store by herself. I did not take my eyes off the door. With a bouqet of lavender flowers she came out. Her favorite color this year is purple. I told her I am not a fan to angry but i love soft purples. Lilac lavender. I did not send her into the store with enough money to buy flowers(I drop all my chind into her purse and she never spends it so she most likely had enough) woman behind her wasn’t having an 8 year old pay for her flowers in quarters so she paid. I was mortified and touched. I tried to find the woman but I could not and the grocery store said they could not process a credit.
    My brat had enough in quarters and has a 50 sewn in to her purse that she knows is hers for emergencies. I was so touched that she thought of me(trust me all I do is fight with her. love to say it is just discipline stuff but we bicker about everything non stop. I think that is what is an education is. Own yourself do not parrot me) . I think she may have heard I am gay or she might have figured it outbon her own. She has stopped asking me why I am not married.
    Funny Twilight(The vampire movie) is available on netflix. She asked me if she could watch it. I asked havecyou already seen it. She did not lie another kid’s parent thought it was okay. A bell cannot be unwrong. I said you can watch but you have to read Wuthering Heights 3rd grade and she knows Jane Eyre inside outside. I did have to tell her it was an angry Cinderella story but she figured out that MIss Temple at Lowewood was her fairy godmother and to her 8 year old mind she said TT (has called me TT since she first spoke some easy way for a kid to say Tim once you get by that first t in timothy must be down hill) why is she only able to care when he is incomplete.She did not say incomplete that was Brian Williams reporting . She said I like Beuty and the Beast better. LONG before she was born I was sitting on a rooftop in London in a hostel. With the most beautiful man from Australia. We had a lot of a nbourbon. He was so beutiul and straight way back in1990 he said I will not have a child because . Europe is islamist. They do just do not know it . He was Alladin looking. Entrancing

Comments are closed.