June 14, 2014

Look at the new New Republic cover, smearing Scott Walker for his "toxic strain of racial politics."



I live in Wisconsin, and I've been following Scott Walker since the 2010 election here, and I have no idea what the "toxic strain of racial politics" refers to. But congratulations to TNR for its eye-catching and weird sexualization of Walker: "Scott Walker Is So Hot Right Now" and for having the nerve to sub-head with "too bad" as you smear him with the accusation of "toxic strain of racial politics." That "too bad" belongs in the annals of self-refuting statements. Anyone can within one second perceive that The New Republic isn't the slightest bit sad that there's this dirt to throw at Walker... this invented dirt for all I can tell.

If you look at the TNR website right now, you won't see this cover. It's still displaying last week's cover. I subscribe to the magazine, and this new issue just popped into my iPad.

ADDED: I can't link to the article, but I can read it on my iPad. It's titled — creepily — "The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker." Sub-head: "A Journey Through the Poisonous World That Produced a Republican Star." It's written by Alec MacGillis.

AND: I have now read the long article, and the closest thing to anything racial coming directly from Scott Walker is his support over the years for voter ID laws. Much of the article is about the demographics of Milwaukee and the suburban counties around it, including the history — going back into the early 20th century — of how black people migrated to the city and did not — as white people did — relocate into the suburbs.

Milwaukee is an extreme example of this historical pattern, but Scott Walker didn't make this happen, and given that Scott Walker built his political career in the Milwaukee area, it's actually impressive that TNR could not find racial incidents and slips to pin on him.

The article also focuses on 2 talk radio hosts — Mark Belling and Charlie Sykes — who have big audiences in Milwaukee. TNR has little direct racial material on them, but it forefronts the one truly ugly thing it has: Belling mocking a specific black person, Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Mostly, TNR accuses Belling and Sykes of indulging in dog-whistle politics about crime and dependence on welfare.

I suspect that Alec MacGillis wrote a more balanced and sane draft but that TNR editors punched it up, trying to make it racial so they could justify that ridiculous sub-heading on the cover and the title and sub-head at the article. The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker! Terrible. MacGillis provides some material about Scott Walker's early life, mostly about how he's the son of a Baptist preacher who took religion and politics very seriously from an early age. Some of that is sympathetic, though it's dotted with quotes from individuals who have reason to want to block Walker's ascent.

ALSO: Linking here, Instapundit says:
When Chris Hughes relaunched TNR, he promised that TNR would go “deeper than the headlines in a timely, unbiased fashion.” Nah. Just more Democratic operatives with bylines.
AND: I wonder if TNR meant to send out the iPad app version before the material is up on its website. I think it's damned strange that I was able to show you that cover 2 hours ago, and it's still not up on the website, and that I could read the whole long article and give you my subjective understanding of what is in it before you can check the text. Do you think it's lack of website/app coordination at TNR, which would be inept, or do you think they want subscribers to get a special advantage, a sneak peak, which would be naive in a world with bloggers?

UPDATE: It's 6 hours since I posted this, and neither the cover nor the article are up at the TNR website. 

UPDATE 2: TNR put the article up Sunday evening: here.

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Bob R said...

Tailgunner Joe would be proud. TNR can find more racists than he could find communists. Racists under the bed.

Skeptical Voter said...

Reading that article is a pretty nasty job Althouse. Sort of like standing at the outfall into the manure lake at a factory pig farm.

Better you than me, but you go girl! Just yanking your chain there Ms. Althouse. Thanks for your public service in digesting that article.

campy said...

So, any of you repubs still think you're gonna get the white house back in '16?

Jeff Weimer said...

These people have absolutely no shame.

B said...

East coast journalists finally show interest in something regional outside their sphere and try to shoehorn it into their larger agenda. To any informed local, their analyses are usually laughable.

Big Mike said...

Every article in TNR amounts to "Democrats gu-u-u-ud, Republicans ba-a-a-ad, Democrats gu-u-u-ud, Republicans ba-a-a-ad," repeated ad infinitum.

Skookum John said...

I'm wondering just how much longer the 75% of us who are white are going to keep playing along with this childish charade that your opinion is of no value if you are white (or male, Christian, straight, older than 40, etc.) The Dems sure seem eager to replace the current American population with pliable, ignorant, dependent Third World peasants who can be counted on to vote for ever-larger government, but at some point the Average White Man (and woman) may get the notion that he or she had better start voting with the same one-party tribalism as the other races, and if they do, it will go very hard for the Democrats for a very long time. They may get their cherished "browning of America" in the end, but not before much strife and some real setbacks in their collectivist agenda.

The Crack Emcee said...

"I live in Wisconsin, and I've been following Scott Walker since the 2010 election here, and I have no idea what the 'toxic strain of racial politics' refers to."

How you can say that - knowing I'm reading you - is beyond me.

It's been front-and-center all along,...

The Crack Emcee said...

I told you, you guys prefer distractions.

Stay on point - solve the race problem,...

The Crack Emcee said...

"The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker."

Again - you haven't heard this already?

chuck said...

Google Alec MacGillis, all his articles seem to be crap like this.

Alex said...

I'm so going to subscribe to The New Republic!

One Note Crack marches on...

William Chadwick said...

I have a solution to the race problem, Crack. The solution: liberty and individualism. Everyone minds their own business, and if they choose to help their neighbor, they do so voluntarily, and keep their hands off their neighbor's pockets.

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism."--Ayn Rand

Sean said...

Never too early to roll out the RACIST!11! popgun, though its effectiveness has severely diminished.

Wasn't TNR once the voice of the reasonable Left?

William Chadwick said...

I have a solution to the race problem, Crack. The solution: liberty and individualism. Everyone minds their own business, and if they choose to help their neighbor, they do so voluntarily, and keep their hands off their neighbor's pockets.

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism."--Ayn Rand

Ron said...

And...the D's have spent their wad already! Good that we got that out of the way so quickly!

Scott said...

"But congratulations to TNR for it's eye-catching and weird sexualization of Walker..."

Including a photo where the horizon line intersects his cock and balls.

Are you old enough to remember when The New Republic didn't have a photo on the cover -- just a list of articles inside? It was as if the magazine was bragging that it didn't have to pander to entice serious people to peruse its pages.

Apparently TNR doesn't think there are enough serious people out there anymore to buy its magazine. That's probably correct. So, TNR has decided to leave a trail of character assassination and cheesecake on the road to its demise. Icky.

Shootist said...

@Skookum John

Might it be that the men of the Democrat party are emasculated?

William Chadwick said...

"Anyone can within one second perceive that The New Republic isn't the slightest bit sad that there's this dirt to throw at Walker... this invented dirt for all I can tell."

Can you imagine anyone who poses a significant threat to the Hive that "liberals" (and by "liberals" I mean of course "tax-happy, coercion-addicted, power-tripping State-fellators") wouldn't slander?

Alex said...

Professor Althouse - at what point does sheer wretchedness of the racial gangsterism make you realize how evil the liberal establishment is?

YoungHegelian said...

Of course, TNR is going to claim that Walker comes out of a "toxic strain of racial politics".

Racism is the replacement for class consciousness for the post-Marxist Left. Do you expect to read a Marxist who'll come out and say "Holy shit, guys --- this has nothing to do with class conflict!". Analysis through the lens of race is now their bread & butter. Somehow, this racial analysis is supposed to jive with analyses through the lenses of gender, ethnicity, & orientation, which is, of course, a tough row to hoe. But the low hanging fruit of agreement among them all is that they all don't like straight white guys.

The post-Marxist Left is real good at finding racism in conservatives. They're not so good at finding it in their own history, e.g. eugenics, the role of Dixiecrats in the New Deal coalition, Wilsonian progressivism, the exclusion from union jobs of blacks by the Midwestern Communist Party, etc. Of course, they're past all that now. Because only conservatives come embedded in historical narratives. Lefties stand outside of history. Just like they can jump over their shadows....

Bill Reeves said...

They smear what they fear....

JPS said...

I knew MacGillis when we were teenagers - had a good friend in common. I thought he was smart and engaging, so years later I was excited to learn what a big deal he'd become in liberal opinion journalism.

Too bad he's turned into an utterly predictable hack.

SteveR said...

Battleground prep. Without instruction, its a natural.

AJ Lynch said...

Libruls have nothing left except racism and seism.

Obama has screwed the economy pooch and the foreign policy pooch and the competence pooch so they can't use those bludgeons anymore against Repubs.

That only leaves them the ephemeral racism and sexism accusations.

chickelit said...

Doesn't your firsthand knowledge of Scott Walker in view of Alec MacGillis' uninformed piece make you question other topics MacGillis has written about? It's a truism first voiced by Erwin Knoll called Knoll's law of media accuracy.

The Crack Emcee said...

William Chadwick,

"I have a solution to the race problem, Crack. The solution: liberty and individualism,…"

Ha! I just linked to The Christian Case For Reparations which starts with this:

"Conservatives often have a blind spot about race. This is not, I hasten to add, because they are closet racists — they are not — or because conservatism itself is racist, either subjectively or objectively. I think the real reason is more subtle and more profound: Conservatism places a very high premium on individual responsibility, but racism is best understood not so much as a matter of individual vice, but as a systemic evil. "

See? Christians identify where you're wrong even before you do!

It's amazing!!!!

The Crack Emcee said...

William Chadwick,

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism."--A woman who started a cult by fucking her friend's husband.

Great source for truth, there, Bill,….

Alex said...

AJ - however when you consider the 20-somethings they've been so steeped in race/gender politics that it only makes sense to continue down that poison path...

The Crack Emcee said...

I just wrote about this, this morning, but I write about it every day:

Just because whites get distracted doesn't mean the topic changes.

It just means whites have no commitment to follow-through, on the important stuff, and will blame those they hold down for the results,...

AJ Lynch said...

Voter ID is racist? Shoot- Hillary just had a book signing at a Costco- I think you need a membership photo card to get into a Costco?

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann,

"Instapundit says,…"

After declaring Ted Cruz was going to successfully shut down the government, and Eric Cantor's demise was a win for the Tea Party, why do you care?

The Crack Emcee said...

"Milwaukee is an extreme example of this historical pattern, but Scott Walker didn't make this happen,…"

He just has never picked up the banner to fix them either - which makes him a perfect white candidate for the people.

The white people,...

Augustine said...

This in comparison the "electable" whiteness of Queen Hillary?

The Crack Emcee said...

Let's applaud Scott Walker for a culture of neglect,...

Michael said...

Teachers are a race? Who knew?

Meade said...

page 6 (of 20):

"He was a very nice-looking young man, always very neat in appearance," says Neill Flood, the town's fire chief, whose daughter was a year ahead of Walker in school. "He was the kind of guy who liked everyone, and everyone liked him." On Scott's prom night, his mother recalls, he, his date, and some friends stayed up very late talking politics.

Talk about "dog whistles"! How is that not a subtle-but-not-too-subtle whistle to anti-Walkerists: smear the queer.

Michael said...

"So, any of you repubs still think you're gonna get the white house back in '16?"

What, you think if you lose the New Republic you've lost America? That would be pretty hilarious if you actually did.

Meade said...

"So, any of you repubs still think you're gonna get the white house back in '16?"

First things first. Retain the People's House and win the Senate in November '14.

Michael said...

Crack

So you are saying that racism is not the lowest, crudest form of collectivism?

Also, give a couple of examples of Walker's toxic strain of racism. Also, give us a head's up between toxic and non-toxic racism.

Thanks.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann,

"Instapundit says,…"

Instapundit's Libertarian Motto Should Be Buyer Beware

The Crack Emcee said...

Meade,

"First things first. Retain the People's House and win the Senate in November '14."

I don't think so, Dude - the infrastructure's crumbling. Pure neglect.

They're gonna fold,...

Ann Althouse said...

Crack: "'Milwaukee is an extreme example of this historical pattern, but Scott Walker didn't make this happen,…' He just has never picked up the banner to fix them either - which makes him a perfect white candidate for the people.

By "them," I take it you mean "the historical pattern."

Anyway, like most Republicans, Walker tends to speak in race-neutral terms, so, yeah, he's not picking up "the banner," but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried to fix the urban problems in Milwaukee that hurt black people. He worked for years in Milwaukee as the county executive, and he's been concerned about the budget and education and the various problems in Milwaukee and now in the state. Why doesn't that count as trying to fix things? Why is it necessary to overtly do racial politics the way Democrats do? Isn't the question really what is going to help make life better, the actual policies?

Heyooyeh said...

Lol, Althouse <3 Walker and will diminish herself intellectually and professionally to defend him.

traditionalguy said...

Walker lacks racial awareness of guilt for crimes of Norwegians. They we're mean to Danes and Swedes.But he cannot deny his pure white skin has that Norwegian pasty ness tint that arrogantly despises Danes and Swedes for their common off white skin.

Remember Knute Rockne's Norwegian privilege defeating the Minnesota Swedes and the Ohio Danes.

And Walker also seems to be Sunni with unconscious Shia hatreds.

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann Althouse,

By "them," I take it you mean "the historical pattern."

Yes.

Anyway, like most Republicans, Walker tends to speak in race-neutral terms, so, yeah, he's not picking up "the banner," but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried to fix the urban problems in Milwaukee that hurt black people.

Yes it does - he's been "race-neutral" about problems that aren't, so he's been ignoring it.

"He worked for years in Milwaukee as the county executive, and he's been concerned about the budget and education and the various problems in Milwaukee and now in the state. Why doesn't that count as trying to fix things?"

Because he ignored blacks, specifically.


"Why is it necessary to overtly do racial politics the way Democrats do?"

Because whites created an overtly racial problem.

"Isn't the question really what is going to help make life better, the actual policies?"

No - it's whether or not I can live to participate in it with you - because, without me, your and Scott Walker's "America" is a lie.

I don't care if the politics are "nice" or not, I care that justice is done - and you should, too.

That's what's missing,...

campy said...

"What, you think if you lose the New Republic you've lost America? That would be pretty hilarious if you actually did."

That's true.

But now consider: this tactic is going to be used against the eventual nominee every single day leading up to election day. It's going to come from every MSM outlet you can name, and the ones you never heard of. Every TV series is going to get into the act. Yeah, the dramas and sitcoms too.

The stupid swing voters will figure there has to be some fire behind all that smoke.

Face it, GOP is extinct.

chrisnavin.com said...

Hegelian:

It's not race, it's class!

I'm so tired of that phrase.

Like a secular religion, all some people have got are many of their ideological and moral commitments and nowhere to go with them but politics, universities, environmentalism, scientism, rationalism etc.

Round up the victims and promise freedom and the warmed-over false consciousness talk.

rhhardin said...

this invented dirt for all I can tell

This is Althouse dirtism.

Dirt is human.

eric said...

"After declaring Ted Cruz was going to successfully shut down the government, and Eric Cantor's demise was a win for the Tea Party, why do you care?"

Wait. Didn't Ted Cruz shut down the government and didn't Eric Cantor's lose mean a win for the Tea Party?

I've this terrible desire to start quoting everything Crack says but change one word. Like this:

"I just wrote about this, this morning, but I write about it every day:

Just because blacks get distracted doesn't mean the topic changes.

It just means blacks have no commitment to follow-through, on the important stuff, and will blame those they hold down for the results,..."

Anthony said...

If TNR needs to smear Walker for racism, and hasn't brought that up against any other potential candidates yet, it's *clear* that Walker is the best candidate for 2016.

Any time a liberal smears someone for racism, that person goes up in my estimation.

lemondog said...

Feb 21, 2014 article in Saloon

Scott Walker’s dopey defenders: Beltway hacks think racist emails are a snooze

Hires racists, is a segregationist for blocking the light rail proposals of Milwaukee’s mayor.....

These racist emails matter. Scott Walker is the product of suburban Milwaukee backlash politics, which buoyed Republicans in what had become for a while a Democratic stronghold – think Gaylord Nelson and William Proxmire — and also helped make the Milwaukee metropolitan area the single most segregated place in the country. White flight to the suburbs and exurbs explains why, and so does the failure to develop any kind of regional transit system connecting the inner city and those suburbs – and Scott Walker helped block the light rail proposals of Milwaukee’s mayor and other city leaders as Milwaukee County executive.

The Crack Emcee said...

eric,

"Wait. Didn't Ted Cruz shut down the government and didn't Eric Cantor's lose mean a win for the Tea Party?"

Pardon, I mispoke - he said both would be wins for the Tea Party.

Cantor's loss is only a win if you like his successor.

I don't think you'll like his successor,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Anthony,

"Any time a liberal smears someone for racism, that person goes up in my estimation."

Wonder no more how conservatives get a rep for racism,….

Forbes said...

>"the urban problems in Milwaukee that hurt black people."

Interesting use of the passive voice. What are these "urban problems"?

Crime, drugs, school dropout, joblessness, single mothers...

In other words, self-control, impulse-control, self-respect, lack of future-time orientation--all qualities of personal character that the government is in the least favorable position to influence. So, go around and play the victim card, but a victim of your own self destruction is what you'll be if you're looking to the government to solve the failings of your personal character.

dbp said...

The TNR article is not aimed at the Crack's of the world--they will see racism everywhere all the time, with no prompting whatsoever. No. this piece is for the GMs of the world: They want to accuse any and all Republicans as racist and this will be ammunition for them. But GM, I read the article and it is a whole lot of nothing. GM: You are too stupid and racist to understand it, but all the people on our side, who are kind, smart and just, see it; it is obvious to us.

TosaGuy said...

Wonder what TNR will do when there are no white people around to read it?

Prospector said...

It's so insulting that gliberals and Democrats believe that non-whites are too incompetent to obtain IDs. Their efforts should be focused on helping those without IDs get IDs, not giving up on the integrity of our elections.

William Chadwick said...

"I have a solution to the race problem, Crack. The solution: liberty and individualism,…"

Ha! I just linked to The Christian Case For Reparations which starts with this:

"Conservatives often have a blind spot about race. This is not, I hasten to add, because they are closet racists — they are not — or because conservatism itself is racist, either subjectively or objectively. I think the real reason is more subtle and more profound: Conservatism places a very high premium on individual responsibility, but racism is best understood not so much as a matter of individual vice, but as a systemic evil. "

In your words, Great source for the truth there, Crack.

The Crack Emcee said...

Forbes,

"Go around and play the victim card, but a victim of your own self destruction is what you'll be if you're looking to the government to solve the failings of your personal character."

God, you guys are brain-dead,...

SGT Ted said...

No mention of the ongoing use and reliance to toxic racial politics by the Democrats.

Michael said...

Crack

Anthony,

"Any time a liberal smears someone for racism, that person goes up in my estimation."

Wonder no more how conservatives get a rep for racism,"

Look up the word smear. S M E A R

You should know the meaning of the tactic you use.

Big Mike said...

I suspect that Alec MacGillis wrote a more balanced and sane draft

Why in the world would you believe that?

The Crack Emcee said...

dbp,

"You are too stupid and racist to understand it, but all the people on our side, who are kind, smart and just, see it; it is obvious to us."

That puts you at odds with Martin Luther King.

Think about it.

The Crack Emcee said...

Michael,

"Look up the word smear. S M E A R"

A guy with a staff full of racists wasn't smeared,...

campy said...

"the people on our side, who are kind, smart and just, see it; it is obvious to us."

Wow, you guys get the votes of everybody who's kind, smart and just? What's that? Three percent of the electorate?

Bradoplata said...

Crack, congrats. People like you are the reason I'm making significantly less money this year, on purpose.

I'm around poor blacks all day, and the sense of entitlement has made me tired of working so hard.

Charlie Martin said...

I just wrote about this, this morning, but I write about it every day:

Anyone with an iota of talent for self-examination, or anything but the deepest most arrogant sense of self-importance, would understand just how sad a statement that is.

The Crack Emcee said...

dbp,

"All the people on our side, who are kind, smart and just, see it; it is obvious to us."

Keep talking - I'm listening:

“Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms for the word black. It’s always something degrading, low, and sinister. Look at the word white. It’s always something pure, high, and clean. Well I wanna get the language right, tonight.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Crack Emcee said...

campy,

"Wow, you guys get the votes of everybody who's kind, smart and just? What's that? Three percent of the electorate?"

Nope - 3% of the black electorate.

The other 97% they don't count,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Bradoplata,

"I'm making significantly less money this year, on purpose.

I'm around poor blacks all day, and the sense of entitlement has made me tired of working so hard."

Well good for you,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Charlie Martin,

"Anyone with an iota of talent for self-examination, or anything but the deepest most arrogant sense of self-importance, would understand just how sad a statement that is."

And anyone who was part of the Civil Rights Movement would know how little it would've accomplished following your example - which, I'm sure, is what you're still trying to achieve,...

Michael said...

Crack

Didnt have a staff "full of racists" in any world but yours. Another use of the cheap, lazy lazy lazy, smear.

Keep it up, your moral high ground is shaved down every single time you use the tactic. Because the smear is both lazy and immoral.

The Crack Emcee said...

SGT Ted,

"No mention of the ongoing use and reliance to toxic racial politics by the Democrats."

If it's so toxic, why are you losing?

chickelit said...

Crack sez...Instapundit's Libertarian Motto Should Be Buyer Beware

Empty caveat.

William Chadwick said...

Why doesn't Crack just argue honestly? Instead of the racism stuff, just say, "I'm a liberal. That means I'm a tax-happy, coercion-addicted State-f*cker. I get off on using the State to force people to live and spend their money the way I--and my ideological gang--think they should. I hate anyone who would stand in the way, but I'm too lazy to present a rational counter-argument to them, and besides, like most "liberals," I react to a syllogism the way Dracula reacts to a crucifix--so I'll just say "Racist!" and pray for the day our gang dragoons the rest of you down the Road to Serfdom and the USA becomes Venezuela del Norte!"

MaxedOutMama said...

I guess this means that some DC/NY axis journalists view him as a presidential threat in 2016. Otherwise they wouldn't take the time.

I think the picture is intended to make him look like an arrogant business executive who "looks down on" the average person.

Walker is really a rather boring governor, and I think that's great. We need more people like him who are not into the personality cult type of thing and just try to get things done. Who run on an intelligible platform and then try to carry through on it. Who are more interested in making government function than in trying to make it look brilliant, and who spend more time on policy than in giving press conferences.

Personality cult politics turns me off. Christie sort of puts my back up for that reason. Hillary does too.

lemondog said...

During a discussion with a friend I was informed that talk of "states rights" is racist code used by Repubs.

I had to Google it.

Apparently this is old news.

It's hard keeping up.

eric said...

"Pardon, I mispoke - he said both would be wins for the Tea Party."

So far, they both appear to be wins for the tea party.

We shall see in this November's elections.

Michael K said...

I subscribed to TNR for years when it was owned by Marty Peretz. I quit when the right of center and middle road guys left and Peretz went into the tank for Gore. He and I actually exchanged some e-mail about it. Now, Im wouldn't touch it. Even for toilet paper. Something might be catching.

Maguro said...

If it wasn't for those awful racist whites leaving, black people would be accomplishing great things in Milwaukee, is that it?

Greg Toombs said...

Maybe Mr. Crack should apply for a job at TNR. He could lend them some color, which they sorely need.

The Crack Emcee said...

For those of you who want to pretend this is out of the blue, here's a few of my greatest hits - per Scott Walker:

Rush Didn't Add Race To Scott Walker's Resume Today

I Guarantee You Gov. Scott Walker Will Not Be President

Aren't The Words "Look Away, Look Away, Dixieland"? (That one features a Ted Nugent endorsement!)

I wish you guys would just give me the credit I deserve for being right - this is an issue for him.

Once you figure that much out, then you might be able to figure you're way out of it,...

The Crack Emcee said...

William Chadwick,

"Why doesn't Crack just argue honestly? Instead of the racism stuff, just say, "I'm a liberal."

Because it was the Republicans who freed the slaves - and my party's been usurped by racists.

Or haven't you heard?

jr565 said...

I'm sure Crack will see the toxic strains of racial politics in Walker.

The Crack Emcee said...

eric,

"So far, they both appear to be wins for the tea party.

We shall see in this November's elections."

Eric Cantor's Tea Party replacement was?

The Crack Emcee said...

lemon dog,

"During a discussion with a friend I was informed that talk of "states rights" is racist code used by Repubs.

I had to Google it.

Apparently this is old news."

Yeah, as old as slavery - like everything in this country,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Maguro,

"If it wasn't for those awful racist whites leaving, black people would be accomplishing great things in Milwaukee, is that it?"

That, plus the harassment, unfair treatment, lack of jobs, sabotage of successful black businesses - history's replete with the conniving and conniptions of white folks discovering people with dark skin.

Here's what happened to Nat King Cole in liberal California.

Add a plus ten to the experiences of lesser-known blacks throughout the nation,...

iowan2 said...

Obama's policies, ideas, execution, are a complete and utter failure.
(BTW, he canceled a school voucher whose clientele was 90% blacks)

So the only thing left to do is turn every single discussion to the personal, attack and smear, avoid talking about abandoning 4 to die in Benghazi, but trade 5 murderess Muslims for one deserting pvt.
The absolute worst economic recovery since the great depression,(another Democrat engineered debacle) The highest percentage of people not working since the Depression, Iraq,N.Korea, the Ukraine, nukes in Iran, abandonment of Israel, 100's of thousands of child refugees from Mexico and points south.
By all means Scott Walker is the MOST important thing on every Americans mind.

Who can argue with the term 'low information voter'?

jr565 said...

Crack wrote:

Stay on point - solve the race problem,...

I think if you look hard enough you'll realize that YOU suffer from a race problem. And it's that you are fxated on race. And your racism is not systemic, but individual.
Don't know what you expect by way of solution since you argue that blacks don't want to live with whites.
The inclusive society WAS the solution and you don't want that. What MORE do you want?

Michael said...

Crack

"And anyone who was part of the Civil Rights Movement would know how little it would've accomplished following your example - which, I'm sure, is what you're still trying to achieve,.."

And you were not one of those people. We all agree that you would have been a hero of the civil rights movement had you not been born too late. That is fully understood. Cant be argued. But at least you have taken up the brave commenting here on the internets where you have done much to advance understanding. Thanks to the unfortunate death of Travon Martin your racial consciousness was raised to a level understood by most over forty years ago. America has still many racists and much to answer for.

But had you not been born too late you would have been a hero. Most certainly.

Bradoplata said...

Crack, good for me? No, bad for the blacks in the area trying to make it.

I no longer shop at their stores for almost everything like I did before. It's not their fault, just guilt by association.

Congrats again.

Rob Crawford said...

I suspect that Alec MacGillis wrote a more balanced and sane draft...

Why?

Gahrie said...

They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms for the word black. It’s always something degrading, low, and sinister

yeah, but only after us Whiteys started keeping slaves.....originally in English black was associated with goodness, but we managed to make the change......

Michael K said...

"I wish you guys would just give me the credit I deserve for being right - this is an issue for him. "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You poor fool.

gadfly said...

Althouse is giving Alec MacGillis far more excuses than he deserves. He recently wrote an article about Brat beating Cantor where he decided that the life's lesson was Brat's exposing Cantor's (thus Republican) ties to hedge funds and private equity firms. The lesson to learned was the hypocracy of GOP hacks screaming about crony capitalism at Solyndra while ignoring private equity firms making a killing on the student loans. MacGillis somehow missed that Brat, a Republican had spent a meager 123 grand or so to beat Cantor and that the Green Energy and Student Loan programs emanated from the Donks.

John said...

Crack, I start worrying about white racism when the black community starts. Facing up to its racism. Blacks as a group are much more racist than whites and not just towards whites but Hispanics, and Asians as well. As long as no one is willing to have an honest conversation about that I see no point in any more discussion of white racism

Unknown said...

By enhancing school choice and ending Union featherbedding and educational malpractice Walker has done more for black people than Jesse Jackson and Toure combined!

chickelit said...

William Chadwick said...
Why doesn't Crack just argue honestly? Instead of the racism stuff, just say, "I'm a liberal.

Crack isn't a liberal. The shtick he's been shtuck on for the past year is: "blacks like me need and deserve reparations now." It's a shakedown, pure and simple. Don't play along

Unknown said...

----I wish you guys would just give me the credit I deserve for being right - this is an issue for him.

You are an annoying little mosquito. The sound of your cries of racism are always at the same pitch! It doesn't work anymore.

David said...

I lived in Milwaukee from 1970-90. When I arrived Milwaukee was under a desegregation order from the federal court, and a special master had been appointed to gather facts and come up with a desegregation plan. I got very involved in this through a court designated and elected group of 100 Milwaukee citizens called (duh) the Committee of 100. My kids were just entering school and this was of personal as well as civic concern to me.

When approved the desegregation plan involved magnet schools with racial targets for enrollment, and new assignment policies designed to increase racial mix. My kids went to some of these magnet schools, which were deliberately placed in previously underachieving buildings, which were generally in less than upscale neighborhoods.

The magnet schools were actually a great success. Terrific teachers, good learning environment, positive social vibes. But desegregation in Milwaukee was overall a great educational failure. The simplest explanation is that desegregation was made a goal, but school improvement overall was not. The will, skill and resources needed to create a major educational improvement were not there.

Nothing is static, and since the schools did not improve, they got worse, notwithstanding the success of some of the magnet schools.

It is easy to pin this on the suburbs, or conservative politicians, but that is not the case. The causes are widespread, but mostly it was a lack of leadership. The vision was not there. The effort was not there.

I do remember the mayor of Milwaukee in that time, Henry Maier. He had been in office for a long time, and was one of the most powerful democrats in the state. At the time, his office had no authority over the public schools of the city. They were governed by an elected school board which separate taxing and administrative power.

Many felt that the city should take over the public schools. The school board was a pretty undistinguished group, and the city and Mayor Maier had a lot more clout, in addition to a clear interest in having a high quality school system in the city.

Henry Maier wanted nothing to do with this. He made it very clear that he did not want the city to take over the schools, and he kept completely clear of the debate raging over how to desegregate the city schools.

To me this was flat out cowardice. Milwaukee was a solidly democratic city, and Maier had firm control politically. He enjoyed strong support from the black community but in those days working class whites were the democrat's main base. The relations between these two groups were none too good. Henry Maier, the great and powerful liberal mayor, was only too happy to let these problems fester on someone else's plate.

The Crack Emcee said...

The Wingers Want 2 Run Walker On Racial Resentments

David said...

What is the difference between unelectable whiteness and electable whiteness?

One of the most notable recent instances of unelectable whiteness was Hillary Clinton. Now she is Ms. Inevitably Electable Whiteness.

What has changed?

madAsHell said...

Why did he allow such a picture?
I can't believe this is a stock photograph, but I could be wrong.

The Godfather said...

@Chickenlit: Thanks for identifying Knoll's Law of Media Accuracy. I have been aware of that principle at least since the mid-70's when, as a young lawyer, I worked on a case that generated a fair amount of news coverage (Washington Post mostly). The way I put it is: Whenever you read a news story about something you have personal knowledge about, you see that it contains substantial inaccuracies. Remember that when you read a news story about something you don't have personal knowledge about.

retired said...

Ann, Those are your people, the Obama and hrc voters.

The Crack Emcee said...

jr565,

"The inclusive society WAS the solution and you don't want that."

You mean the one where the criminals keep all the spoils? No, that won't do.

" What MORE do you want?"

OUR MONEY BACK!!!!

The Crack Emcee said...

Michael,

"But had you not been born too late you would have been a hero. Most certainly.

♬Somebody thinks the Civil Rights Movement is over! Somebody thinks the Civil Rights Movement is over!♬

The Crack Emcee said...

Bradoplata,

"Crack, good for me? No, bad for the blacks in the area trying to make it.

I no longer shop at their stores for almost everything like I did before. It's not their fault, just guilt by association.

Congrats again."

I seriously don't think they miss your business,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Gahrie,

"yeah, but only after us Whiteys started keeping slaves.....originally in English black was associated with goodness, but we managed to make the change……"

Check him out - now he's in an argument with Marin Luther King himself!!!

But you're not a racist, Gahrie, remember that,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Michael K,

"I wish you guys would just give me the credit I deserve for being right - this is an issue for him. "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You poor fool."

So you admit you're a lying old fool?

Fine with me - I've been right all along whether you can admit it or not,...

The Crack Emcee said...

John,

"Crack, I start worrying about white racism when the black community starts. Facing up to its racism."

Yeah - us and the Indians - we're real worried about it,...

The Godfather said...

"Racism!" has passed its sell-by date. There was certainly a time when America did have a real racism problem. Maybe there's some residual racism around even after the civil rights revolution in the '60's, but I tell you as a Yankee living in the South I have a hard time finding it.

But "Racism!" as a meaningful accusation has lost its effectiveness. It's been killed by those on the Left who blame every problem that they can think of on "Racism!", who accuse every person who is even slightly to their right on policy of "Racism!", who insist that every group whose members have achieved less than members of other groups are victims of "Racism!"

Assuming (as I do) that Prof. Althouse has accurately reported The New Republic article, I am confident that it will have NO EFFECT on Walker's Presidential prospects. "Racism!" is a debased coinage. If George Wallace were to rise from the grave to run again for political office, I beg you, don't base your opposition to him on grounds of "Racism!"; no one will listen. We've heard it too much. You'd have better luck borrowing Joe McCarthy's list of card-carrying Reds in the State Department.

And, finally, please stop feeding the commenter (whose nom de blog I will not mention -- but he dominates this comment thread). He has nothing worthwhile to say. By responding to him you give him an importance he doesn't deserve, and you just encourage him to keep doing it. He's old news; wrap the fish in him.

Unknown said...

I truly admire Crack for his ability to pull so many chains at once, to get all the desired responses. I have a really hard time believing he actual believes what he posts.
Stockley Carmichael, is that you?

The Crack Emcee said...

chickelit,

"Crack isn't a liberal. The shtick he's been shtuck on for the past year is: "blacks like me need and deserve reparations now." It's a shakedown, pure and simple. Don't play along"

Ha! So almost the entire history of the Republican Party doesn't count - because racist whites have redefined the party to FIGHT BLACKS?

Surte - that's it - and whites won't pay back their stolen goods because the poor blacks they got it from are just greedy.

You poor delusional fools,...

Alex said...

If you think yelling "RACIST" doesn't have political currency, you're not paying attention. America marinates in racial politics.

The Crack Emcee said...

Unknown,

"You are an annoying little mosquito. The sound of your cries of racism are always at the same pitch! It doesn't work anymore."

Is The New Republic louder?

Lem said...

Is TNR insinuating that Scott Walker is "hot" because he is white?

I was going to tweet that but I held back on account that I would have to read the article to find out.

That is what I'm gleaming from what Althouse is reading for her readers.

The Crack Emcee said...

The Godfather,

"Racism!" has passed its sell-by date.

Which is why it's on the front page of The Atlantic and The New Republic.

You guys need serious mental help - the cognitive dissonance is outrageous.,...

Jeffrey said...

I just want to say one thing, though it gives me no pleasure whatsoever to do so:

Althouse's comments section is in danger of turning into an unreadable mess, and it's all because of Crack Emcee. Please, somebody exercise some oversight here.

I remember well when Althouse permanently banned a handful of posters who were clogging up nearly every thread with their posts; trolling, making everything about them and their pet issues, being relentlessly nasty and pugnacious. I applauded when she did so, for the simple reason that they had turned one of the most vibrant small online communities into a suffocating thicket of insults, one-man obsessions, and broken discourse.

Crack Emcee is doing it again. I don't know what happened, or what switch flipped, but I fear that if he not removed from this community, it will collapse again. In fact, I already see it happening. He drops into random threads to shriek about racism, in the hopes that everyone will start talking about him. Eventually, enough people take the bait...and nobody talks with (or reads) anyone else. I'm sure Crack is happy with this. I know several other people who are long-time readers of Althouse who are in despair over it.

I have no say in this matter, and I recognize that I even lack moral standing given that I am but a lurker around here. But please...for the sake of one of the most wonderful places on the internet: Ann, Meade, please do something. This place is becoming toxic, and it's essentially now the "Crack Emcee Show."

I know Ann seems to be friendly with Crack (since she's posted about his online radio show before), so I suppose there may be some unspoken background context here, but from where I sit as a reader Althouse -- one of the two or three greatest blogs on the Internet, and in large part because of the vibrant, respectful comments section -- is in threat of turning into a dark, unhappy place. And all because of one man whose ego and immaturity are running rampant.

That is all. I don't imagine I'll post on this theme again.

Michael said...

Crack

Never going to be over. A childish sing-song from a failed musician is not a convincing method for converting those who need conversion.

But if your only "solution" is reparations or a "conversation" in which you do not converse then the civil rights movement has very much pased you by. A lazy hectoring and smug self regard are not the stuff required.

You do not have what is required.

Maguro said...

"That, plus the harassment, unfair treatment, lack of jobs, sabotage of successful black businesses - history's replete with the conniving and conniptions of white folks discovering people with dark skin."

Right, whites are terrible. So how come the TNR article assumes that Milwaukee's blacks would be better off if the whites had stayed?

Surely black folks are better off without any white racists in their midst?

chillblaine said...

"God, you guys are brain-dead"

Allow me to paraphrase:

"Hello racist enslavers, here is my argument, can't you see that I've linked to my very own blog? It's true that I am a registered Republican. Freeman Hunt, you can back me up on this, right?

I invite all of you racist enslavers to come to my blog for more of this cheerful, rational discourse. While you're there, feel free to stop by the Crack Overstock.com portal. This month there is a special on your favorite Uncle Tom, Bill Cosby. Get 40 percent off the 'Cosby Show' Season One.

Well that's all for now, racist enslavers. Time for me to go masturbate.

Sincerely, Me"

Alex said...

Ann will never ban Crack as she would get accused of RACISM! Thus she will end up simply turning off comments and hoping he goes away in a couple of years. No backbone.

Hyphenated American said...

When you debate with Crack, always ask him one key question....

What does he think about the root source of black slavery in America - the blacks who were enslaving other blacks in Africa and then selling them to anyone with money, from Arabs to Whites?

betamax3000 said...

Malthaus the Austrian Art Professor in Wisconsin says:

You cannot consider gay marriage without the context of Kandinsky. The Blue Rider points to an arthritic world that is to be left behind, indistinct, as colors that follow are to be represented as equal in value, to the eye and to society: do I need to explain 'yellow – red – blue' (1925) to you in its cruel neutrality? Do you realize things are sometimes not what they seem, that some paintings are painted strangely early in the morning? Discuss.

Hyphenated American said...

"That, plus the harassment, unfair treatment, lack of jobs, sabotage of successful black businesses - history's replete with the conniving and conniptions of white folks discovering people with dark skin."

White People discovered that black slaves were abundant in Africa, sold by other black people at low cost to anyone who wanted them.

White racism was the consequence of black slavery, an attempt to explain it away. The Black Africans who were selling millions of black slaves did not need any explanation for slavery, it was as natural to them as hot weather.

Until Crack becomes honest and looks into the root cause of White racism in America, he is not worthy of taking seriously. But still, he is a good target for sarcasm.

Hyphenated American said...

"It just means whites have no commitment to follow-through, on the important stuff, and will blame those they hold down for the results,..."

Crack, no one is holding you down, except your own stupidity. No amount "reparations" would fix you. You are your own worst enemy. Don't blame white people who made your life much easier than the life of millions of black people in Africa. They are your salvation.

Bobber Fleck said...

@Althouse

While I admire your patience and professionalism, I cannot fathom why you allow Crack Emcee to post on your blog. His posts are racially motivated, often inaccurate and frequently contain ad hominen attacks. He drags the level of discourse into the gutter.

Worse of all, most of his posts appear to be generated with the purpose of creating discord, aggravation and anger. His posts are frequently simple cheap shots. I'll confess that I don't read every post on your blog, but I can't recall a Crack Emcee post that actually sought to bring us closer to the truth.

I don't mind rough and tumble commentary. I despise pointless, hateful commentary that drags us all down to the level of the least insightful participant.

Have a great evening...

The Crack Emcee said...

Unknown,

"Stockley Carmichael, is that you?"

You're God-damned right!

Lem said...

I went ahead and twitted I, in the form of a question.

Even if I'm wrong, no harm done, it's not like somebody is going to read my tweet and re-tweet anyways.

Unknown said...

"You are an annoying little mosquito. The sound of your cries of racism are always at the same pitch! It doesn't work anymore."

Is The New Republic louder?


Bzzzzzzzzzz ….Waves hands… damn mosquito.

BTW, Walker did more for black people by eliminating teacher tenure in MPS that Strokely Carmichael. Walker did more for black people when he expanded school choice than Al Sharptoon. Walker did more for black people when he ensured more money would go into MPS class than Gwen Moore.

Speaking of Gwen Moore I see a convicted felon is running against her. He must be a racist!

The Godfather said...

@Jeffrey: I agree with what you say, but rather than rely on Althouse, if we just stop mentioning and responding to You-Know-Who, he may go away, or can simply be ignored.

The Crack Emcee said...

Jeffrey,

"Althouse's comments section is in danger of turning into an unreadable mess, and it's all because of Crack Emcee."

Fuck, Dude, I'ma need the National Guard to post here, if you keep that up,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Maguro,

"Right, whites are terrible."

Agreed. (LOL)

"So how come the TNR article assumes that Milwaukee's blacks would be better off if the whites had stayed?"

Because THOSE white people would've been cool. Would've been interested in building a community. In being good citizens. Committing to a strong country. What we got instead was treason.

"Surely black folks are better off without any white racists in their midst?"

Yes, now just give us the money and allow us to go on with our lives into whatever's left - an America that can look itself in the face or one that will continue to lie and hide it's shame in plain sight - the choice is up to whites. And they must remember:

Whites won't be the ones telling the story soon - 2042 is the break date - so I'd advise them to try and get it right, for the white kids coming up behind them. (That's a joke.)

Really, why you'd think whites have been any help in this country, for building this country, when displaying such hostile behavior from Day One, I don't know,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Ann,

"Milwaukee is an extreme example of this historical pattern, but Scott Walker didn't make this happen, and given that Scott Walker built his political career in the Milwaukee area, it's actually impressive that TNR could not find racial incidents and slips to pin on him."

Let me ask you a question - no squeamishness here:

Considering all we know of the average black Milwaukee citizen, if you were he or she and knew "Scott Walker built his political career" there, would you be happy with him?

And would that be determined by whether or not he had "racial incidents and slips to pin on him" or whether or not you truly had access to the same opportunities and protections as everyone else?

Unknown said...

---Considering all we know of the average black Milwaukee citizen, if you were he or she and knew "Scott Walker built his political career" there, would you be happy with him?

Blacks were poorly off before Walker. They have been exploited by dozens of black politicians and corrupt community organizing organizations. By balancing the county budget Walker did more for them than the thieving Ament cabal.

BTW you know who's really going to contribute to the blacks in Milwaukee? Sheriff David Clark. There's a man with focus on the welfare of the community.

The Crack Emcee said...

Unknown,

"Blacks were poorly off before Walker,…"

Man, you guys sure know how NOT to answer a question.

Does it bother you to think your hero, who made his bones there, isn't serving the entire community?

Why support someone who operates that way?

Fernandinande said...

Bobber Fleck said...
I cannot fathom why you allow Crack Emcee to post on your blog.


The people who respond to his whiny drivel are worse than he is because it's harder to skip all their posts due to the absence of the warning picture.

Ctmom4 said...

@ Jeffrey - I'm with you. Every interesting comment thread is derailed by Crack Sharpton. I was so happy that Inga is gone; this is worse. I do admire the Professor's tolerance, but there is always one who abuses her good nature.

Terry said...

If I hated black people as much as Mr. Emcee hates white people, I'm pretty sure I would be a racist.
But I think Mr. Emcee's comments are great. It's a schtick to him, like the "feminazi" topic is for Rush Limbaugh.

The Crack Emcee said...

In case you guys want to be reminded of the welcoming committees, blacks found waiting, wherever they moved in this great country of ours.

I mean, yours,...

wildswan said...

I wonder if that picture has been photoshopped in some way. I mean, for instance, it is hard to see what direction the stripes in the shirt go. And it's hard to see why the wrinkles in the shirt sleeves stay there as wrinkles when Walker's arm is straight.

On race it's my position that things are much worse than Crack thinks because the African-Americans are being wiped out by birth control which is strongly pushed by the Democrats and the African-Americans strongly support the Democrats anyhow. Alveda King, Martin Luther King's niece, is traveling the country talking about this oncoming destruction. But the average African-American, like Crack, will not listen to her. Crack seems to rant and spew out hate but to me he is actually very selective and very careful about which whites he accuses of what crimes. The crime, Crack, is genocide and the Republicans are your only hope.

harkin said...

Scott Walker exposed a cycle of corruption that was resulting in many young teachers being laid off. He also exposed an insurance scam being run by the teachers unions. The result was avoidance of young teacher layoffs (many of them minorities) and the state being allowed to buy insurance at competitive prices instead of those set by rigged union graft.

But Crackpipe Emcee would have it be Detroit instead.

The democratic voting plantation not only produces misery but also ignorance.

The Crack Emcee said...

BTW, and for the record, I am not currently on the threads for sexbots, the NYT's editorial content, the border patrol, ending father's day, men's emotional stability, our lack of major wars, and being whimsical.

If you didn't notice, you're not really reading the blog, are you?

Dr Weevil said...

"They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms for the word black. It's always something degrading, low, and sinister. Look at the word white. It's always something pure, high, and clean. Well I wanna get the language right, tonight."

Did Martin Luther King, Jr really write that? If he did, he wrote a half-truth, or at best a three-quarter-truth. There are plenty of examples of white being bad and black good. Just off the top of my head:

When the British call Richard II's father "Edward the Black Prince" and name warships "Black Prince", it is not meant as an insult.

Chapter 42 of Moby Dick, "The Whiteness of the Whale", is an extended meditation on the evil and creepy side of whiteness, with examples (white bears, white sharks, deep prejudice against albinos).

Every company would like to be "in the black" all the time. (Being "in the red" is a very bad thing, but that has nothing to do with American Indians.)

In the Bible, when your skin is "white as snow", it means you have leprosy.

Whiteout (the snowstorm kind, not the office supply) is a very bad thing.

Bones whitening in the sun - not a pretty sight.

Black pepper is just as tasty as white pepper, and a lot cheaper: most of us much prefer it.

Personally I hate white noise and don't mind black light, though others may disagree.

Examples could easily be multiplied. Of course, as Thomas Sowell wrote years ago, it would be more accurate to call the races "Pink and Brown People" rather than white and black. Also less misleading, since it would show that they are simply different, rather than opposites.

glitchus glitch said...

I imagine that far more people read Althouse than the pathetic trash on TNR.

chickelit said...

Terry concluded...But I think Mr. Emcee's comments are great

Well, good for you. In general I have better things to do and better places to be.

See ya!

Dr Weevil said...

One more example: most of us find white chocolate inferior in taste and texture to the various shades of brown - some of them nearly black - found in the better kinds of chocolate. Is that racist? Or would that be a really stupid question?

chickelit said...

@Crack: The voice-to-print software which generated the subtitles in your linked video are hilarious!

I recommend people watch Crack's Levittown lecture. Levittown is transcribed as "Letdown"

LOL!

broomhandle said...

There is something vaguely sadistic in the way Althouse allows Crack to rant in her moderated comments. I keep expecting the pail of pig's blood to douse Crack's addle-pated noggin.

n.n said...

First, Democrats disenfranchised black Americans by preventing them from voting. Now, Democrats disenfranchise all Americans by negating the value of their vote. I guess their traditional methods became too obvious.

I wonder how many people will sell their vote for promises of marijuana, redistributive change, retributive change, selective protection, negotiable evolutionary principles, abortion/murder, etc.

jimb82 said...

Ace of Spades linked to this article and points out that TNR is the whitest workplace anyone can find. He has some fun with it at twitchy:
http://twitchy.com/2013/02/09/ace-calls-out-progressives-of-pallor-at-the-new-republic-over-party-of-white-people-cover/

eric said...

Crack wrote;

"Eric Cantor's Tea Party replacement was?"

Dave Brat.

jeyi said...

Chris Hughes, who now owns the venerable New Republic outright, was one of the original FaceBook developers which led in due course to him becoming a wealthy fellow indeed.

He was also in charge, during the run-up to the 2008 elections, of all the Social Media projects at the Obama for President campaign's national HQ in Chicago.

A few weeks before the November ballot date, Mr. Hughes either was or was not personally behind Obama HQ's organized denial-of-service (DOS) attack on the call-in phone lines for old-line liberal prof. Milt Rosenberg's radio talk show, when Rosenberg was interviewing nasty wingnut polemicist Stanley Kurtz, Ph. D., who had just finished researching the archives of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) held in the library at the University of Illinois, Chicago: a public institution assuredly not to be confused with the very private University of Chicago.

The CAC board was headed by the egregious silver-spoon revolutionary Wm. Ayers; allegedly, "just some guy from the neighborhood", who had handpicked Barack Obama to be its Director throughout the three-year (?) project period. Indeed, that was Obama's sole executive position ever, prior to his entering electoral politics.

Ayers was then still on the UIC faculty, and likely may have instigated the abortive attempt by the UIC Library to withdraw its earlier permission to Kurtz to access the stacks, which collapsed when the center-right blogosphere got wind of that ploy... Although never a word on it appeared in the mainstream media (not least, in the Chicago Tribune, which was and is the owner of WGN).

The terms of the CAC's fund-raising required an uncharacteristically robust post-facto evaluation of the project, which concluded that essentially the $120 million (!) of public and private money raised and spent spent by the CAC went nearly entirely down the toilet.

Almost nothing could be more toxic just then to the upcoming election than a close identification in the public's eye between Obama and Ayers and his politics.

The DOS was a dirty trick on the Nixonian slime scale, and the host of DOS clone calls that did get through parroted the same three lines: "Kurtz is an evil man; WGN is abetting evil by having him on Rosenberg's show; and that therefore WGN's broadcast license must now be revoked by the FCC."

Rosenberg, for his part was just flabbergasted: in three or four decades of broadcasting, he had never been subject to a DOS attack on his call-in lines, and he was rendered almost speechless. Possibly the program can still be accessed online (it was up for at least the following six month) from the WGN website.

It should also be mentioned that the Obama campaign was invited, yea strongly encouraged, by Rosenberg to send a spokesperson to join the program with Kurtz. The campaign not-so-politely declined, claiming they had "insufficient time to prepare" a proper riposte to Kurtz's likely points.

Again, total sound of crickets on that episode from the mainstream media. Including, not least, the Chicago Tribune, nor —to my knowledge— from any other WGN commentators.

This was really an indicator of what the Obamazoids had in store for us...

Also this recent New Yorker chronicled flap about NJ Gov. Christie and ex-Newark mayor, now NJ senator, Corey Booker somehow getting Facebook zillionaire Mark Zuckerberg to drop $100 million into Newark's disastrous public schools, with about the same positive outcome as the Chicago Annenberg Challenge might have never happened had the CAC debacle ever seen the light of day.

eric said...

"Yes, now just give us the money and allow us to go on with our lives into whatever's left - an America that can look itself in the face or one that will continue to lie and hide it's shame in plain sight - the choice is up to whites. "

Shameful.

Give me the money! Give me the money!

Have some respect for yourself.

Hyphenated American said...

"Does it bother you to think your hero, who made his bones there, isn't serving the entire community?"

Crack, what's the evidence that the Walker is not serving you? Just cause you fail, does not mean it's someone's fault. Grow up already!

The Crack Emcee said...

Bobber Fleck,

"I cannot fathom why you allow Crack Emcee to post on your blog."

Probably because I'm the only one here with enough good upbringing not to sound like a Klansman - and will instead stand by the words and spirit of good Americans:

"We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes."

—Ella Baker

Compare THAT to chicklet's supposedly-sophisticated white pimpology:

"It's a shakedown, pure and simple. Don't play along"

Oooh - such insight into the lives and minds of black folks. Very sophisticated mind at work here. Worldly. Knows the Civil Rights Movement like the movement of his bowels.

chick could get rich by writing a book on all the various techniques racist whites have invented, for ripping people off, and then detail how many of those we evil blacks have caught onto so far.

Evil white people LOVE destroying whatever little goodwill their forefathers may have left. I LOVE how the losers all run over - mob-like - from Lem's, pitch forks in hand, to slay the monster.

You're fooling no one,...

Douglas said...

You could not ask for better proof of which candidate is most feared by the Democrats in 2016. They are not writing hatchet jobs on Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney; hell, they are salivating at the chance to run against one of them. But Scott Walker is making the Democrats lose bladder control.

campy said...

"The people who respond to his whiny drivel are worse than he is because it's harder to skip all their posts due to the absence of the warning picture."

This x 100.

Curious George said...

"I subscribe to the magazine"

You're part of the problem. Plus this:

46 comments by crack, cliff notes "whites and Amearica bad"

Awesome.

Rob McLean said...

I just skip over Crack Emcee's comments, although it's getting harder since he posts about three dozen tines in every thread...

The Crack Emcee said...

eric,

"Have some respect for yourself."

You mean like white people taught us to have?

No thanks,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Hyphenated American,

"Just cause you fail, does not mean it's someone's fault. Grow up already!"

I can't think of a better person to use this quote on:

"A lot of people think they are equipped to have this conversation and they are not,…"

The Crack Emcee said...

eric,

"Eric Cantor's Tea Party replacement was?"

Dave Brat.

Tell that to Kevin McCarthy,...

Rusty said...

Rob McLean said...
I just skip over Crack Emcee's comments, although it's getting harder since he posts about three dozen tines in every thread..

I usually scroll through the thread first. If it has more than half a dozen crack comments in a row I know the thread had been taken over and not worth reading.

The Crack Emcee said...

What I think of when whites ask if blacks have no shame,...

Michael said...

Probably because I'm the only one here with enough good upbringing not to sound like a Klansman"

If you swap black for white in your posts you sound exactly like a Klansman. But that is your very tiresome point isnt it?

Ann Althouse said...

Look, if you don't want to engage with Crack, don't engage with him.

Attempting to get me to "ban" him is not going to work on me. He has a point of view, and he's responding to people who talk to him. If you don't want more responses from him, don't talk to him.

I don't like the way some commenters go beyond expressing their point of view to expressing an entitlement to exclude other points of view that annoy them. The more commenters do that, the more I think it is important to preserve the participation of those who are providing the counterpoint.

The Crack Emcee said...

Michael,

"If you swap black for white in your posts you sound exactly like a Klansman. But that is your very tiresome point isnt it?"

So do you but, unfortunately, only one of us is white, and has the white history, to back it up that perception.

Angry black guy? Slavery, etc.

Angry white guy? ????

He's just a racist,….

The Crack Emcee said...

"expressing an entitlement to exclude"

Great - there it is - their desire to exclude, to segregate, to discriminate, is acknowledged.

They can't deny their sense white entitlement now:

They've been exhibiting it all along.

Make the connection, people,...

Phil 3:14 said...

A day later after the Professor weighs, who gets the last word?

campy said...

"... the more I think it is important to preserve the participation of those who are providing the counterpoint."

If he were white and posting vile racist drivel against blacks would you think the same?

Michael said...

Crack

Why would you write "unfortunately only one of us is white?"

Unknown said...

Ann, where did they get that cover photo? Did Walker pose for it?

The Crack Emcee said...

campy ,

"If he were white and posting vile racist drivel against blacks would you think the same?"

Only if the history was reversed.

You really can't grasp how bad living under 400 years of your ugly perspective is, can you? It means nothing to you, doesn't it? You really think - because you don't think about it, nobody else does - so you can say whatever you want and that eliminates the context, right? Here, let me help you:

White guy says something racial - it's an addition to a long history of abuse.

Black guy says something racial - it's practically a brand new freedom to express ourselves.

Why you think - with this history - it'll be seen differently is bizarre.

Are most whites that delusional, that they think - by using The Secret - they can wish history away?

Wait - you don't have to answer that,...

John said...

I find it interesting that progressives throw stones at Walker. I suspect that he has reduced the amount of racism in Wisconsin. He is starting from a pretty deep cesspit, especially in super progressive Madison so it will take some doing.

Perhaps progressives should focus on changing Madison from being the most racist (or one of the most racist) cities in the US. Then they can complain about others.

I've posted this before but it bears repeating:


See this report from the Wisconsin Council on Families and Children

http://racetoequity.net/dev/wp-content/uploads/WCCF-R2E-Report.pdf

Black/white unemployment Dane County 25/5% US 18/8%

Black/white children living in poverty 75/5% Madison, 39/14% US

Black/white Students who do not take ACT 79/44%, US 50/41%

Black/white juvenile arrest rates 469/77 per 1000, US 71/33

And so on. Read the whole thing.

So Madisonians, get your own house in order before throwing stones at others.


I would add progressives to my plea to get their own racism under control before going after Walker.

John Henry

John said...

Bob,

Wisconsin's own Senator McCarthy, Tailgunner Joe as you call him did actually find a large number of communists working for the US govt in sensitive positions where they had access to top secret info and/or were in a position to influence govt policy.

Perhaps not as many racists as in Madison but certainly a lot.

These were not just people who believed in communism. We are a free society and that is fine with me. These were people who actively collaborated with our primary enemy at the time and one of History's greatest mass murderers, Joseph Stalin.

Perhaps you can give us some names of people who McCarthy accused who later turned out to be innocent of his charges?

Absent that, STFU.

John Henry

John said...


I don't like the way some commenters go beyond expressing their point of view to expressing an entitlement to exclude other points of view that annoy them. The more commenters do that, the more I think it is important to preserve the participation of those who are providing the counterpoint.


Amen. I do agree that some people, especially America's Politico are particularly tiresome, I would not want her (him?) banned.

Or anyone else.

John Henry

Michael said...

Crack

Not angry and not a racist.

Happy man enjoying Father's Day with my children.
Sorry your own bitterness is preventing your own happiness.

Cheers

John said...

Crack,

What about Asians? Particularly Chinese and, later, Japanese?

They faced very similar situations to blacks. They were not technically brought here as slaves but they were pretty close to it in the latter half of the 19th and first part of the 20th century.

They were lynched at much higher rates than blacks. They may have been lynched in higher absolute numbers.

That faced a level of racism that was pretty much equal to the racism shown to blacks in the error.

Ever hear the phrase "A Chinaman's chance"? It is used to describe a hopeless situation. Often a situation which one does not expect to get out of alive.

Yet they managed to get past this.

Ever wonder how?

Or look at blacks who came to the US from the Caribbean. They came to the Caribbean as slaves much the same as those who came to the US. They pretty much uniformly do better than even whites on average.

Colin Powell (Jamaican parents), Eric Holder (Barbadan ancestry) are two who come to mind. I could come up with plenty more examples if you wish.

How come? How many people do you think realized that either Powell or Holder were Caribbean ancestry? How many people do you think treated them differently from any other black man?

Yet they succeeded pretty well.

How come?

John Henry

John said...

If it is not too nosy, Crack, what about you?

Where did your ancestors come from? Did they come straight from Africa as slaves? Did they come via the Caribbean or elsewhere? Or did they come as free persons after the era of slavery?

Just curious.

John Henry

Unknown said...

----Does it bother you to think your hero, who made his bones there, isn't serving the entire community?

You are so racist you can't even understand my point.

You just want to spew the hate and at this moment, blame Walker for all the problems that blacks have. That's what we here all mean when we say "Racist" doesn't mean anything anymore. Politicians should focus on the welfare of the 'polis' not one of several tribes. If Walker improved the County he improved the welfare of blacks.

You avoided my point about the real source of of oppression. Blacks suffer from damaging exploitation of the black community by thieves and bullshitters. Their aldermen, their school board, their gangs, their community development organizations. The black 'leaders' cry 'Racist' and get the black vote all while letting the black community swirled down the drain.

You just want to spew the hate and at this moment, blame Walker for all the problems that blacks have. With your hatred infused ADD there will be another Republican along at the next moment who is also to blame for all the problems that blacks have.

BTW Althouse wants to build up your radio show but she never mentioned the very popular black radio talk show host, James T Harris. What a man to build the community.

John said...

Perhaps a bit off topic but while we are on the subject of racism a question for Crackemcee:

What do you think of Charles and David Koch (two of the Koch brothers) funding racially segregated schools?

Seems to me that this makes them racists but the definition keeps changing and I have trouble keeping up.

A week or two back they gave $25mm to the United Negro College Fund. UNCF primarily exists to promote segregated, and generally sub-par colleges pretty much for blacks only.

Approve or disapprove?

John Henry

L.N. Smithee said...

I was brought to this thread by PowerLine's link. It never ceases to amaze me the way the left -- i.e., Democrat politicians, their strategists, and their media allies -- will try to find a way to hang racism on an undeserving Republican politician or candidate because it is such an effective way to raise money and rally their base.

As for The Crack Emcee: I'm black too. As I have written hundreds of times online to people who presume I'm not because I'm not a liberal, not a Democrat, and can't stand the current administration, I'm twice as black as Barack Obama. And I, like every conservative I've ever met, think reparations for African-Americans are among the dumbest things I've ever heard.

I don't have time to go into it too much, but let this be an entree: The most recent comprehensive argument for reparations was made by writer Randall Robinson in his 2000 bestseller The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks.

Robinson is also known for something else, which I think disqualifies him from discussion about serious matters. In the days following Katrina in 2005, when thousands of black New Orleans residents were awaiting aid and shelter on rooftops, in the soggy streets, and in makeshift shelters in powerless buildings like the Convention Center and the Superdome, Robinson wrote this:

*****

It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive. Four days after the storm, thousands of blacks in New Orleans are dying like dogs. No-one has come to help them.

I am a sixty-four year old African-American. New Orleans marks the end of the America I strove for.

I am hopeless. I am sad. I am angry against my country for doing nothing when it mattered.

This is what we have come to. This defining watershed moment in America's racial history. For all the world to witness. For those who've been caused to listen for a lifetime to America's ceaseless hollow bleats about democracy. For Christians, Jews and Muslims at home and abroad. For rich and poor. For African-American soldiers fighting in Iraq. For African-Americans inside the halls of officialdom and out.

My hand shakes with anger as I write. I, the formerly un-jaundiced human rights advocate, have finally come to see my country for what it really is. A monstrous fraud.

But what can I do but write about how I feel. How millions, black like me, must feel at this, the lowest moment in my country's story.


***********

One big problem: It was bullsh!t.

Later, Robinson added this:

************
RETRACTION: The claim in the first sentence in my post was incorrect. I had been told this was happening, but these claims have turned out to be unsubstantiated. I therefore retract them -- but stand behind everything else I wrote without reservation.

************

Yeah, too late, pal. You already showed your derriere. You believed that rumor because you had a distorted idea not only of what was going on in New Orleans, but because you sincerely thought that only after four days, black Americans would actually start doing that.

Learn from Randall Robinson, Crack, before you pull a similar boner.

John Lynch said...

If I wanted to find a racial angle in Walker's campaign against public workers, I would point out that a disproportionate number of city and state workers are racial minorities.

That's all I got.

Meade said...

If only we had elected Mitt Romney, we would have had reparations for slavery/Jim Crow/broken Indian treaties by now.

Rob McLean said...

Look, if you don't want to engage with Crack, don't engage with him.

C'mon, Ann, you know better than that. People get banned from blogs all the time if the blog owner feels they're not adding anything to the discussion AND actively driving people away from their blog.

And this is the case with Crack; in every thread, he posts the same tired racialist BS, the kind you'd NEVER accept from a white person. He posts, someone engages, the rest of us groan.

Mix a cupful of dog poop with ten gallons of ice cream and what do you get? Ten gallons of dog poop.

Meade said...

So stop trying to mix your dog poop into our Crack ice cream already.

campy said...

The hosts are trolling their own blog again.

Anthony said...

Crack - so conservatives have a reputation for being racist. So what? People like TNR and you have made that word so meaningless that being called racist by a black person or a white liberal doesn't actually harm anyone.

It makes me happy to know that Obama will be America's last black president because he and his supporters have so over played the race card that Obama will be remembered as the David Dinkins of the White House, and that liberals won't make that mistake again.

Rob McLean said...

You've got it backwards, meade, but of course you know that.

Scott said...

I think The Crack Emcee should learn that when he posts comments here, it's not all about him.

It's all about me. :-)

jr565 said...

Randall Robinson (cited by L.N. Smithee) wrote:

My hand shakes with anger as I write. I, the formerly un-jaundiced human rights advocate, have finally come to see my country for what it really is. A monstrous fraud.


Even though Katrina was actually the biggest response to a natural disaster by our govt EVER. In terms of money pumped in and resources given. How could you level the charge that when the govt allocates the most it's ever allocated that it hates Black People, as suggested by Kanye and this yokel.
The Katrina rescue was actually not a failure at all but one of the most successful rescue operations in the history of this country.
We moved a hundred thousand or so people out of a flooded city in under two weeks.
I'd reccomend Robinson read the reporting of Lou Dolinar for an example of how we should really look at Katrina:
http://www.sporttaco.com/rec.martial-arts/Katrina_What_Went_Right_3969.html

Sorry, but if you get stuck in a flooded city after the worst natural disaster we've experienced because you didn't feel like leaving or there was no evactuation plan in place you might be inconvenienced a few days while the rescue workers get to you.
People in the Superdome had rations and shelter. The isue facing rescue workers was getting people who were on their roof because their house was flooded. And how many reporters were in helicopters filming those rescues which went on all day.

jr565 said...

Rob Mclean wrote;
Mix a cupful of dog poop with ten gallons of ice cream and what do you get? Ten gallons of dog poop.

Two tastes that do not go well togehter. Not that I've tasted dog poop.I'm just imagining.

Chef Mojo said...

Shorter Meadehouse:

It's everybody's fault except Crack's.

See, it's like Althouse and Meade are having a backyard barbecue, with a bunch of guests. They let the vicious Rottweiler they're dog sitting out of the house, snarling and biting. The guests, naturally, complain to the hosts about the behavior of the dog in their charge. The guests are told that it's not the hosts fault that the snarling , biting dog doesn't like the guests. It's your fault, because the dog can't help it that it doesn't like you, so shut up about the dog, who just started humping the thigh of another guest, after piissing on the shoe of another. Shut up, already. Just ignore the dog and, most importantly, keep enjoying the party.

Well, that makes sense.

jr565 said...

"My hand shakes with anger as I write. I, the formerly un-jaundiced human rights advocate, have finally come to see my country for what it really is. A monstrous fraud."
And Robinson, Katrina hit more than just New Orleans it also hit neighboring states. Why did you make it then about race. Were those states saying how wonderful FEMA was? No, they too were suffering. But that's because Katrina was a devastating storm which stretched FEMA to its limits. Not because there was neglect going on.
If Robinson doesn't retract the entirety of his point when it's pointed out that blacks didn't resort to cannibalism then he is just a race baiter. And there's no reason to ever expect reasoned conversation from one such as him. Even if its not true, so long as it smears Bush he stands by it. Go to hell.
By the way, at least he's pretending to put up the pretense of not being the racialist he reveals he is. Crack comes right out and announces it.
Robinson and Crack should move next door to each other so they can exchange stories of whitey.

jr565 said...

You either get citizenship or reparations and your own island somwhere. Or a back to Africa movement. What do blacks want? Do they really want the 40 acres and a mule? So in this day and age they want to be farmers with a single mule? No house on the property? No farming equipment?
Marcus Garvey tried this already. Didn't fly.
But if Crack really wants it, lets find a place for blacks, like say Detroit, and give it to them. But they would then have to leave any and all white communities. And it would be a separte state, the equivalent of the south seceding from the Union. No money from Washington would go there.
Is that what Crack wants?

jr565 said...

Crack Emcee wrote:
I just wrote about this, this morning, but I write about it every day:

Just because whites get distracted doesn't mean the topic changes.

It just means whites have no commitment to follow-through, on the important stuff, and will blame those they hold down for the results,...

Harlem and Detroit are ghettos now, but were they always so? Neighborhoods become ghettos generally through neglect and lack of money. And usually through blue state governance, frankly.
All those projects that are now enclaves of criminality were built to help poor people. IN other words, govt spent money trying to fix the problem of blacks and other poor people.
You can't argue that govt hasn't pumped money into the war on poverty and to fix the problem of blacks. I'm not a believer that govt is good at doing such things so the results are about what I expect.But that's not govt being racist. That's govt being inneficient. And its also taxpayer money going to black people. Whatever reparations may have gone to blacks was long spent on programs for blacks (and others). You don't get both.

jr565 said...

Crack Emcee wrote:
I just wrote about this, this morning, but I write about it every day:

Just because whites get distracted doesn't mean the topic changes.

It just means whites have no commitment to follow-through, on the important stuff, and will blame those they hold down for the results,...

Harlem and Detroit are ghettos now, but were they always so? Neighborhoods become ghettos generally through neglect and lack of money. And usually through blue state governance, frankly.
All those projects that are now enclaves of criminality were built to help poor people. IN other words, govt spent money trying to fix the problem of blacks and other poor people.
You can't argue that govt hasn't pumped money into the war on poverty and to fix the problem of blacks. I'm not a believer that govt is good at doing such things so the results are about what I expect.But that's not govt being racist. That's govt being inneficient. And its also taxpayer money going to black people. Whatever reparations may have gone to blacks was long spent on programs for blacks (and others). You don't get both.

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