An HBO Miniseries Is Not Real History

If you want to be a hate-filled bigot, Hollywood will show you the way. John Cole (who else?):

I’ve been watching Show Me a Hero on HBO the past few weeks, and you should too. They are showing two episodes a week, and the final episodes will be aired this upcoming Sunday, so if you want to watch them live you have ample time to catch up on the last four. The true story focuses on young mayor in Yonkers attempting to put public housing in predominately white neighborhoods.


t’s all the old racial ugliness brought up again, and man is it timely. Or timeless (and yes, I am aware that this is the third post to link this- it’s just so terrifying):

The group said Trump has their best interests in mind, while other Republicans are looking out for themselves. “We’ve got to show the Republicans that we’ve had it with them, that we will not be there every single time. They treat us like crap and they lie to us and promise us things and then they expect us to vote again,” said a Republican woman. “That’s why we want Trump.”

The crowd in the room was angriest about national security. Nearly all of them, it appeared, had an unshakeable feeling that U.S. border was porous as a sieve and that the very things that once defined the nation: army, border and national pride—were fading. They complained of America’s reduced standing in the world, and Obama’s apparent ineptitude in challenging Russia, Syria and ISIS.

When the group listened to a clip of Trump claiming that as president “the military is going to be so strong” that “nobody is going to mess around with the United States,” nearly everyone registered approval on their dial meters of 100—a seldom occurrence among focus groups.

“We love our country and we love what our country stands for,” said a woman who added she comes from a military family. “I look at where we are now as a country where entitlements are just totally out of control. Our borders have completely dissolved. We’re not what we used to be. I want to people to represent my interest.”

Trump’s unapologetic focus on strengthening the border—he wants to build a wall and deport all 11 million immigrants before letting many back into the country—excites many conservatives, as well as some who don’t traditionally vote Republican. Though he has announced scant specific plans, Trump has said he will expand the military, commit to veterans, and take a tough line on dealing with China and Iran.

“He’s not afraid,” said a woman who voted twice for Obama. “He keeps prodding on even if people give him negative press. He doesn’t change and apologize.”

A couple years back, I thought the Republican base would be clamoring for a bully-boy asshole like Christie. I just didn’t realize they wanted a xenophobic fascist, but I probably should have.

As I am sure you are all aware I am not Trump fan, but I’m not sure how you get “xenophobic fascist” from that particular passage. On the other hand I can understand why middle class people would object to low-income housing projects being built in their neighborhoods. You don’t see them building “projects” in upper-class white liberal enclaves, do you?

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

John Cole hates white people, especially the conservative kind. Which is kinda funny because he is white and used to be a conservative. I’m guessing there are some issues there. Frankly I’m surprised he hasn’t gone full Shaun King/Rachel Dolezal and tried to pass as transracial.

In John’s mind, white people are bad. With the exception of an enlightened few (such as himself) we are racists who carry the original sin of slavery and segregation. Republicans are the worst of the worst, especially when it comes to race. Southerners and Tea Partiers are the worst of the worst of the worst. According to John Cole they are the modern KKK.

Which is really ironic because up until a few years ago John’s senior senator was a former Klan member:

West Virginia’s Southern Democratic United States Senator Robert C. Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s and 30s, rising to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. After leaving the group, Byrd spoke in favor of the Klan during his early political career. Though he claimed to have left the organization in 1943, Byrd wrote a letter in 1946 to the group’s Imperial Wizard stating “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” Byrd defended the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.[9]

Despite being the only Senator to vote against both African American U.S. Supreme Court nominees (liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas) and filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Byrd has since said joining the Klan was his “greatest mistake.” The NAACP gave him a 100% rating on their issues during the 108th Congress.[10] However, in a 2001 incident Byrd repeatedly used the phrase “white niggers” on a national television broadcast.[11]

Getting back to that HBO miniseries you might wonder where in the Deep South Teabagger part of our nation that Yonkers is located. Well, it turns out that Yonkers is actually a suburb of New York City!

That young mayor was a Democrat, but he wasn’t the hero that John Cole thinks he was:

In 1988, at the age of 28, Wasicsko defeated six-term Republican-Conservative incumbent Angelo R. Martinelli, age 60, to become the youngest-ever mayor of Yonkers, and the youngest mayor in a major American city.[6] Wasicsko won by a margin of 1,466 votes of the 42,700 cast.[3]

The major issue in the 1988 election was the court-ordered integration of public housing in Yonkers.[3] As a candidate, Wasicsko advocated for “for resisting the court-ordered integration by legal appeals.”[2] Martinelli and Wasicsko “had not taken dramatically opposite positions on the integration dispute, but … Mayor Martinelli had become identified with much of the emotion surrounding the issue,” contributing to his loss.[3]

As mayor, Wasicsko changed his position when the city’s lawyers told him that the case was hopeless. He did so not because he thought it was right, but because he had no choice but to comply.[6] After his death, his executive aide at the time said that “He wasn’t pro-desegregation, he was pro-compliance.”[4]

so the US Department of Justice was trying to desegregate Yonkers? Who was the Attorney General back then? It was Edwin Meese, a Republican. And who did Meese work for?

Ronald Reagan.

Is your mind blown?

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82 Responses to An HBO Miniseries Is Not Real History

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    This is your brain on Koolaid:

    Forever. Its the Neo-Confederate Party and I am afraid it has a solid 35% locked and another 10% to 15% lean that way. Also, they believe this crap because they get their news from Fox, right-wing radio, and right wing web sites and media which constantly propagandize “Obama is weak/tyrant,” the border is being over run by Mexicans and Muslims (Muslim Mexicans? Who knew until one watches Gutfeld, Erickson, and Fox in the Morning.)

    Just as point of fact, if you are into the imperial thing, President Obama has returned the United States to a position of paramount influence and power in world. Our alliances with Europe and Japan are much stronger than they were in 2009, and those countries more dependent. China is going into an economic crisis and the U.S. is throwing it a rope. Relations with India have never been better (although that improvement has been going on for 20 some years). The U.S. economy is the only one growing in the world right now.


    Frankly, not to many of these people voted for Obama in 2008. They either stayed home or voted for McCain (who got close to 47% of the vote when the economy was tanking under a Republican President and who was advocating for more war in Iraq and with Iran with a population that was sick of it after 5 1/2 years of intractable war in Iraq.) In 2012 with an improving economy and disengagement from said unpopular wars, Obama won reelection with about 52% of the vote while the other 48% voted Republican. Yes, if Obama had let Dean Baker and Paul Krugman guide his economic policies (and if the Blue Dogs in Congress would have gone along with it) that back in 2009-10, median incomes and the Democrats would be a little better off. But we should not kid ourselves that there is a pretty high floor for Republican support as they have transformed themselves into the NeoConfederate (e.g. White Nationalist) Party these last 50 years.

    These people voted for Republicans and plutocrats to run their states since 2010 and then are surprised that there local government is miserable and corrupt. But they will keep voting Republican because “Democrats are the part of Hippies and “Special Interests,” who get all those “special favors.” They vote Republican because they are promised by the Republicans that they will screw the Blacks, Browns, Chinese, and hippies more than they will screw them. They are Paul LePage’s and Scott Walker’s base, and are constantly surprised when LePage and Walker remind them that “there is a club, a big wonderful club, but you people are not in it. But I will do my best to make sure the Black people get screwed worse.” Hence, “Show Me a Hero” and the one guy who tries to do right ends up blowing his brains out.

  2. Myiq2xu says:


    • lizzy says:

      Are they drowning in their purple prose? Trump’s one bad ass bogey man. Make a comic book and give him special powers. Able to kill major networks and beautiful news readers with a single insult!

  3. Straight out of an Orwell novel.

    If *everyone* wore body cams our world would be a much better place. Even cops would give up cover ups and lies.
    Imagine that everyone knew they were being watched all the time. We’d have much less violence and much more honesty and kindness.
    Imagine that.

    My bad. That’s a Kossack in a Shaun King diary.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    These comments are quite revealing:

    They start with the shooting and not much info and the facts gradually come in. It starts with “He was probably a white gun nut” and turns into “Oh, crap, he was black so now the racists will go nuts.”

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    I haven’t been following/commenting on the VA shooting because:

    1. I don’t think these events really have any larger meaning or significance

    2. I slept thru most of it anyway.

    • DandyTIger says:

      From the guys manifesto of sorts, he’s nuts. But he was trying to do his part battling the war race that he felt was happening. So there is a tie to all the race baiting and other fun stuff the Dems have been up to for the last 8 years or so. Not to say the crazy guy wouldn’t have found some other excuse. Crazy is crazy.

      • 49erDweet says:

        So we passed a federal law to fix things and then someone’s unfulfilled expectations helped push him over the edge. Probably just a ko-inkydink. Creating “specialness” is a good thing, right?

      • He does appear to have been certifiably crazy, and two things in particular seem to have played a pronounced role in agitating his insanity:

        1. Rampant homophobia within black communities
        2. Amplified racial rhetoric designed to inflame POC

        My 2 cents, as always.

    • DeniseVB says:

      As Jesse Watters said on The Five, this was probably the first murder on social media. Many of us checking our twitter this morning saw the “Bryce Williams” body cam video on auto play because he uploaded it right after the shooting. I only saw it because my newsfeed was r/t’ing the hell out of it and asking is Bryce this Vester guy ? By the time it was confirmed his accounts were scrubbed. You can still see the video on other sites with graphic warnings, I won’t link to it. I didn’t watch it, fortunately the shooting doesn’t occur for several seconds, plenty of time to stop play.

    • lizzy says:

      Sleeping was a wise use of your time.

    • It happened on live TV. That is pretty shocking, and more than a little ironic. If it bleeds…

  6. Myiq2xu says:


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  9. DeniseVB says:

    LOL HBO, I remember a lot of single girls flocking to NYC because of Sex and the City and wanting to live like “Carrie Bradshaw”. IRL, the rent was about 3k/mo. Which is fine if you had a job paying well over 6 figures…..or a sugar daddy.

  10. votermom says:

    I don’t know why twitter / wp is being so bratty.

  11. helenk3 says:

    My damn white privilege may me be responsible for my actions most of my life.

  12. NewOrleans says:

    Yet another police officer shot today in Louisiana.

    Monday’s death of a state trooper marked the 5th murder of a Louisiana police officer this year. 20% of total US law enforcement deaths in 2015 have been in Louisiana.

  13. helenk3 says:

    you can not make this up

  14. 1539days says:

    I was talking to someone at work today and I was surprised how much of a fan he was of Donald Trump. It was all about his immigration policy. He said that Trump should tell legal immigrants that are losing their jobs to illegal immigrants. Now, the conservatives have been saying this for years, but this is an example of how no one hears them,

    Trump tells it like it is, or at least how he sees it in plain language. For all the people who say his immigration plan won’t work, I’d like for them to explain how America’s current system is effective or makes sense. I sure can’t.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Speaking of Trump, Megyn Kelly’s going to have Hor-Hay Ramos on tonight to talk about Trump. I may have to tune in to see if she blurts in his face too. Probably not since Ailes has declared the Fox War on Trump.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Columbine was under Bill’s watch with some crazy kids behind that horrible slaughter. What did he do stop gun violence ? Obviously we have many loopholes to fill with the crazies many years later. I wonder if a reporter with ask HRC specifics of her plan ?

  16. helenk3 says:

    OH OH

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  18. Myiq2xu says:

    • lizzy says:

      There wasn’t a clue about motive in his 28 page manifesto-must’ve been completely bonkers.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I did see a “why I did it” clause, would that have been a motive ? The guy was whack. Perhaps we need to punch in “people who are fired and need the police to remove them from the office” clause in the background checks ? Keep that on their record for, say, 3 years before they can buy a gun ? That would have banned El Butthurt from buying one. 😉

  19. Myiq2xu says:


    • lizzy says:

      Sounds like too much work. Four myths is just too hard and what is reverse racisim. It’s hot my brain can’t take it.

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  21. angienc says:

    OT — Can we talk about the fact that Jeb!’s wife Columba is a midget?

    Seriously — she comes up to SLIGHTLY ABOVE his waist (with poofed up hair, not even to his shoulder) and unless he’s 7 feet tall, that puts her at under 4’10.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I bet she’s always sticking her nose in his business.

      • angienc says:

        Literally. LOL

        • lizzy says:

          Does she wear six inch stilettoes? Jimmy Chus (the really expensive very fashionable shoes; not sure of the spelling).

          • lizzy says:

            I live in NYC and there seem to be some very short Latina women here. I am about 5 Ft 4 In; I usually wear sneakers. It is not unusual to walk beside women wearing heals who only come to my shoulder.

    • elliesmom says:

      My dad was 5”11″, and my mom was 4’10’. She came up to his armpit.

      • angienc says:

        My mom is 5 foot nothing and my dad is 5’ll — comes up to my dad’s armpit (without heels/pouffy hair).
        Columba looks shorter than 4’10 (she doesn’t even come up to Jeb!’s armpit even with the pouffed up hair). And less than 4’10 legitimately puts her in midget category.
        I’m not saying it to be “mean” — she legit looks like she’s a midget.

  22. Myiq2xu says:


    • lizzy says:

      Obama was slavering and drooling too longingly over Sandy Hook for anyone to want to give him gratification for gun grabbing. Crazy happens; It’s hard to predict crazy.

  23. angienc says:

    So just got off the phone with my mother — she always starts like we’re in the middle of a conversation already. Here’s what the transcript from the moment I picked up the phone (caller ID, so I knew it was my mom when I picked up):

    Me: Hi mom.

    Mom: What is wrong with Trump? He’s attacking Megyn Kelly!?

    Me: He’s an asshole.

    Mom: But attacking Megyn Kelly? She’s America’s Sweetheart.

    Me: (laughing)

    Mom: Why are you laughing?

    Me: Because you’re calling Megyn Kelly “America’s Sweetheart” — She’s a news anchor not Shirley Temple.

    Mom: I call her “America’s Sweetheart” because everyone loves her. How can anyone not love her? She’s so, so . . .well, she’s Megyn Kelly! Tell me one person who doesn’t love Megyn Kelly.

    Me: Well, Donald Trump obviously.

    Mom: And that’s why he’s not fit to be president.

    • lizzy says:

      Your Mom must be great. I’d clue her in that Megyn might be old ugly Rupert Murdoch’s well paid floozy.

      • angienc says:

        That rumor never made sense to me. Roger Ailes owns Fox, not Rupert Murdoch.
        And my mom will not believe anything unsavory of Megyn especially not a ridiculous rumor like that one. Mom’s chosen her side: Team Megyn. Any candidate who wants my Mom’s vote better be nice to “America’s Sweetheart.”

        • lizzy says:

          I’m sure she’ right just a nasty rumor.

          • angienc says:

            Oh, my mom doesn’t know about the rumor — I just know what my mom would *say* about it if I told her the rumor (as you suggested).
            My mom would say: “Oh, please! What kind of jealous person is saying such a sick thing about Megyn Kelly? She’s a mother of 3 small children with a busy career. She doesn’t have time for any affair.”

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Lotta nastiness directed at MK these days. I haven’t seen this kind of misogyny and sexism since Sarah Palin first hit the national stage. Only this time it”s not coming from Obama supporters.

          • lizzy says:

            People remember how the media treated Romney and their spurious war on women. Dear sweet Megyn didn”t look like Candy Crowley but the way she was setting things up it definitely felt like dear old Candy.

    • 1539days says:

      Fox News ind of perpetuated that myth. Before that, the rumor was that she had a affair with Brit Hume. She owes her show to frequent spots on O’Reilly.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        MK earned her position the hard way – with talent and hard work. The sleazy rumors have no substance.

        Yes, she is very pretty. She is in a profession that requires physical attractiveness, especially for women.

        • 1539days says:

          Trump vs. Kelly is the kind of stuff I keep my popcorn for. I’m not a big fan of either one. The stakes are a hell of a lot lower than the future of the country.

          • lizzy says:

            I saw speculation that the war between them was to drive ratings.

          • elliesmom says:

            I’m not a big fan of either one, and I think this “feud” is good for both of them A lot of people who don’t watch Fox News now know who Megyn Kelly is so she’s got a lot more name recognition than what she had before. Donald Trump has had a lot of publicity he didn’t have to pay for. I doubt it has changed anyone’s mind about positively or negatively as far likeability goes, and it has brought attention to his views on subjects like illegal immigration to people who might have missed them without all of the “fighting” with Megyn Kelly. Kelly appears to be going out of her way to get under The Donald’s skin so I doubt she’s really feeling hurt. I save my feminist outrage for women who really are oppressed in the workplace.

        • swanspirit says:

          Megyn Kelly is one gung ho girl. I have been watching her for a long time since her daytime shows, and she is a go after it girl.
          Tonight, she had the father and the fiance of the murdered journalist Alison Parker on her show tonight, and at one point it seemed to me ; that she forgot she was dealing with people who were so freshly grieving, and went a little too far with her questions. The dad came right back at her , and to her credit , it seemed as if she realized what she had done and she totally shut her questions down and thanked them for coming on her show. It was an interesting segment.

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