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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

This piece lays it out in a piece called Scandal Double Standard: Dems Pay the Price for Every Misdeed - While the GOP Skates. Here's the start but it goes on to point out the media's role (Chuck Todd gets a personal mention) in all of this. It does seem to miss the role of the right-wing propaganda machine, though.

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n case you’re just joining us, there’s a thing going around about Elizabeth Warren and her ethnic heritage. The short version is this: On several official documents and forms, the Massachusetts senator and newly-declared presidential candidate noted her race as Native American or American Indian. Not long ago, Warren submitted to one of those DNA services that determined she did indeed have some Native ancestry, but it was several generations in the past.

Got it? If you happen to be shocked by this news, you’re too easily shocked, especially given the unprecedented hellscape of malfeasance, lies and fraud perpetrated by Donald Trump and his crime family. Yet the conventional wisdom inside and outside the Beltway has metastasized: Warren’s misstatements or misguided assumptions about her heritage are disqualifying, and she is now too badly damaged to compete successfully in next year’s primaries and caucuses.

The fact that Warren’s ancestry is still a thing after all this time is another staggering example of the double standard we’ve observed since the 2016 election. As long as Trump continues to flood the zone with crazy-bombs, preventing any individual scandal from occupying headlines, he’s able to continue serving as president with an incomprehensibly not-awful approval poll average of around 42 percent. Contrastingly, Warren is all but written off because of one thing, and it’s not even a real thing.

What do I mean by saying it’s not a real thing? Almost no one remembers this, of course, but back in October the Los Angeles Times reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a Native American heritage scandal of his own. A company called Vortex Construction, owned by the Republican leader’s in-laws, received $7.6 million in government contracts through a program designed to assist “disadvantaged minorities.” It’s also worth noting that the no-bid federal contracts were given to Vortex for projects inside McCarthy’s congressional district.

It turns out that McCarthy’s brother-in-law, William Wages (who looks more Caucasian than Warren, by the way), told the Small Business Administration that he’s one-eighth Cherokee. But the group to which he claims membership, the Northern Cherokee Nation, “has no federal or state recognition as a legitimate tribe.” According to the article, “It is considered a fraud by leaders of tribes that have federal recognition.”

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:43 AM

Ah Chuck, the master of straw men.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:24 PM

I'm moving the kerfuffle over the comment made by (and twisted by both sides) Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) about AIPAC because it illustrates the double standard that Republicans have come to rely on so well. Republicans thought that this would work out well again for them except that they have Trump and Steve King in the spotlight. It's kind of tough to take the moral high ground on this issue when your racism is so clearly on display.

Trump chimed in and called for her resignation. Here we have Pence, sycophant to the Racist in Chief, also whining like he has a shred of moral authority on anything.

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.@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.

When the White House was pushed on their lack of response about Steve King's clear explicit defense of white supremacy they did what they do oh so well ... they lied.

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CNN’s Jim Sciutto pushed White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp Wednesday morning on why President Donald Trump so gleefully calls for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) resignation while Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues to serve.

Schlapp spent most of her response bashing Omar, but added: “The President was critical of Steve King. He applauded Congress when they took action to strip him from his committee positions.”

The President did no such thing.

He stayed largely mum on King and his history of offensive comments and retweeting neo-Nazis, telling reporters that he hadn’t been following the controversy. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned King’s comments, but referenced Republican leadership’s actions without revealing where Trump stood on the issue.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:43 PM

I still cannot fathom why it was supposedly antisemitic in the first place.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:49 PM

It never was anti semitic. Pro Israeli groups and advocates always cry anti-Semitic when they are criticized. It's so much easier than answering the accusations.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:03 PM

Not content to let the White House have a monopoly on lying Kevin McCarthy (R-Liarville) ... well, lied.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rewrote history Wednesday when he claimed to have swiftly removed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from his committee assignments over “abhorrent” comments while asserting Democrats should do the same to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Arguing in an interview that Omar should be removed from her Foreign Affairs Committee assignment for what he called an anti-Semitic tweet (Omar has apologized for the tweet) McCarthy pointed to his own recent move stripping Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of his committee assignments. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have also called for Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar’s tweet came in response to journalist Glenn Greenwald’s criticism of McCarthy’s call on Democrats.

“When I had a member of our conference say something that was, to me, abhorrent,” the minority leader said on Fox News, “we got together, not with the Democrats but with our own, in our own steering committee, and removed him from any committee at all.”

It’s true that Republican leadership stripped King of his committee assignments shortly after he wondered aloud to The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

But distinguishing this comment as uniquely “abhorrent” ignores a long history of similarly racist remarks from King, to which Republican leadership had no comparable response at all.

In 2013, for example, King said that for every young undocumented immigrant “who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

In 2016, King said in an interview at the Republican National Convention: “I would ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

King stumbled when MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked if he was referring to white people. “Than—than western civilization itself that’s rooted in western Europe, eastern Europe and the United States of America, and every place where christianity settled the world,” the congressman responded.

In 2017, he proclaimed “demographics are our destiny” and “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” then said it was “ridiculous” that then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for Republicans to strip him of his committee assignments. (They didn’t.)

Then-Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) dismissed it: “I would like to think he misspoke,” he said of King.

The Steve King and House Republican inaction record goes on in the article. And guess what, Kevin. You don't deserve any credit for finally doing something because it became so egregious it was hurting you. Ask the Catholic Church about that.



Pelosi was having none of it.

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As Republicans continue to berate freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her criticism of a pro-Israel lobbying group — with some calling for her resignation — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended her own.

“A newcomer member of Congress has apologized for her remarks,” she told CNN. “It took them what, 13 years to notice Steve King?”

Neither is Omar!

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After President Trump called Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) apology “lame” and suggested she should resign from Congress, the freshman lawmaker shoved back, saying Trump has “trafficked in hate” his whole life and asking when he would learn from the “people impacted” by his words like she did.

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You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?



I'm so happy the Dems are finally fighting back. They had their defense of Israel say, got an apology, and are done. That blipped off the radar way too fast for Republicans but they've embraced racism for so long and so deep that they every time they try to speak up they risk exposing their ooze. Steve King is just the latest example.
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Posted 04 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

Live by the screeching of anti-semite... Shouldn't Jordan be resigning now since they screeched that Ilhan Omar should resign?

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accused Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) of anti-Semitism on Sunday for a tweet bashing Nadler, who is Jewish, and linking him to conservative boegeyman billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer, whose father is Jewish.

“To be clear, this tweet counts as both inane and anti-Semitic,” Nadler said, retweeting Jordan’s tweet, in which the Republican criticized Nadler and Democrats by suggesting their investigations into President Trump are just formalities in a long game impeachment effort.

When Jordan mentioned Steyer, a frequent target of conservatives, instead of typing out Steyer’s last name, Jordan replaced the “S” with a dollar sign.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 12:54 PM

Vox covers the whole Ilhan Omar kerfuffle. It seems like weak gruel compared to Republicans, something they point out like this:

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Nor, they argue, does Islamophobia get taken as seriously: Just this week, Republicans in the West Virginia Legislature put up a viciously Islamophobic poster connecting Omar to the 9/11 hijackers, without nearly as much fanfare as Omar’s comparatively tame comments. This backlash, particularly from progressive members of Congress, appears to have caused Democrats to delay the vote on the anti-Semitism resolution — and potentially rewrite its text entirely.


AOC was a big voice in not knuckling under to Republicans. Good for her! When Republicans clean up their own house they get the right to complain. Until then they can sip on a big, hot, steaming mug of STFU. They've spent years destroying their own credibility on this issue (and every other issue) and now they whine when they aren't taken to be credible.

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One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled “Go back to Puerto Rico!” on the floor).

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The GOP under Trump has run roughshod over our norms and values. They've kidnapped babies from breastfeeding mothers. They've stolen health care from the sick to enrich oligarchs. They pollute our air and water.

But we're supposed to believe @IlhanMN and @AOC are the problem?

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 03:50 PM

The Dems are still WAY too sensitive, conflating resistance to AIPAC and Israeli policies with antisemitism. If settlements and apartheid are Semitic, then I too am antisemitic. Same goes for the Benjamins. They don't all come from Jews. Are the Kochs Jewish?

Jeez, this is kind of pathetic. Pelosi sure has her hands full...
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:18 PM

Now it's Kevin McCarthy and Duncan Hunter's turn in the barrel. I think they're starting to learn a little about glass houses. Even if they don't it makes their pathetic little whines about anti-semitism sound pitifully weak.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was called out Wednesday for funding attack ads calling a Mexican-Palestinian Democrat a “terrorist” — by the candidate himself.

Ammar Campa-Najjar, the California Democrat who ran against indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) last year, called McCarthy a “hypocrite” for his repeated criticisms of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

“I know for a fact, he doesn’t care about anti-semitism or any form of bigotry,” Campa-Najjar tweeted. “How do I know? He didn’t condemn Hunter’s ads calling me a terrorist. He FUNDED THEM.”

Quoting the tweet, CNN investigative researcher and reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted that “McCarthy’s PAC did indeed donate to Hunter.”

“And while the donation happened before Hunter began running one of the most openly racist/anti-Muslim campaigns we’ve seen,” Kaczynski added, “I don’t [see] GOP leadership condemning Hunter.”

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 10:49 AM

Two Dems and Bernie Sanders talk sense about the very real debate to be had over Israel.

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) each released statements on Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism, but also raising concerns about the way House Democratic leadership has handled it’s rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over her anti-Israel comments.

All three senators are also 2020 presidential contenders.

Sanders, who is Jewish, said there is room for “legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel” without equating that criticism with anti-Semitism.

Harris also rebuked anti-Semitism, while raising concerns about putting the “spotlight” on a black woman.

“We should be having a sound, respectful discussion about policy,” she said.

Warren made similar comments and touched on the threats Omar has received since the controversy spilled open.

“Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse and makes it harder to achieve a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians,” she said. “Threats of violence — like those made against Rep. Omar — are never acceptable.“

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 05:31 PM

And this is why Nancy is Madame Speaker. This was a f***ing minefield and she navigated as well as anybody could. But I think Omar is going to have to back off glib tweets and start making statements in a professional manner befitting a member of Congress i.e. don't talk like a Republican.

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After a week of tumult and tension, House Democrats have released a resolution condemning both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The work is a careful compromise after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) controversial comments about Israel supporters drew charges of anti-Semitism, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push for a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was met with blowback from progressive and black Democrats furious that it singled out Omar while ignoring other forms of hatred.

The resolution condemns both “anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States” and “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”

It will likely fail to please some on both sides of the fight — some Jewish Democratic members have expressed frustration that the newer versions were watered down. But it could help Democrats move past a nasty and divisive episode once they vote on the resolution Thursday afternoon.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 05:37 PM

If pushing back on Israel automatically gets one called an anti-Semite then the only people who will push back without fear will be those people who truly are anti-Semites. Does anyone see why this is a dangerous path to travel down?
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Posted 07 March 2019 - 05:44 PM

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Didn't like that bit at all. Who the hell are they that they think they must brand all Dems as proper Israeli ring kissers? I think most of the donors are not as blinkered, but maybe I am wrong? Israel worship seems to afflict both right and left. Interesting delusion.
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Posted 07 March 2019 - 06:06 PM

View PostTraveler, on 07 March 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

Didn't like that bit at all. Who the hell are they that they think they must brand all Dems as proper Israeli ring kissers? I think most of the donors are not as blinkered, but maybe I am wrong? Israel worship seems to afflict both right and left. Interesting delusion.

I'm really hoping we're starting to see cracks in the armor that's been wrapped around Israel for far too long. I am most definitely not an ardent supporter of the Palestinian representatives as they haven't done themselves any favors (and Arafat should burn in hell for selling out his people so he could retain power) but with both sides dedicated to a low grade war I don't want to be a staunch ally of either of them. As bad as the left has been on this issue the right-wing has been off the charts awful between those who hate brown people and those who think it's a holy war.
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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 07:35 PM

View PostLFC, on 07 March 2019 - 06:06 PM, said:

I'm really hoping we're starting to see cracks in the armor that's been wrapped around Israel for far too long. I am most definitely not an ardent supporter of the Palestinian representatives as they haven't done themselves any favors (and Arafat should burn in hell for selling out his people so he could retain power) but with both sides dedicated to a low grade war I don't want to be a staunch ally of either of them. As bad as the left has been on this issue the right-wing has been off the charts awful between those who hate brown people and those who think it's a holy war.

There are cracks. Some of this is due to the aging of the people who were stalwart AIPAC supporters, people like my inlaws who are now in their early 80s for whom WWII and the reasons for Israel being formed are quite fresh. Also, the older folks remember well the anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish moneybags and loyalties divided between the US and Israel. Even my husband was questioned by fellow students about the latter in his college years. Younger people don't recall that with such specificity and emotional color. They see the ongoing problems in a different way, hence the growth of J St.

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 08:09 PM

Still, it's hard to blame the displaced Palestinians for resenting Europe and the US deciding to assuage their guilt surrounding the events of
WWII at the expense of the Palestinians who continue to take land making a two state solution harder and harder.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 08:57 AM

View PostLFC, on 07 March 2019 - 05:31 PM, said:

And this is why Nancy is Madame Speaker. This was a f***ing minefield and she navigated as well as anybody could.

I don't believe the part I bolded for a second. Too many near fumbles by her on this one. Just the initial construction of the "reprimand", the subsequent push-back by her caucus and the closed door meeting where she admitted to her senior staff that she had "no idea what to do" doesn't speak to that. It certainly speaks to her being beholden to AIPAC if she can't see any possible way to criticize Israel's government.

The other thing was letting the blatantly racist GOP members yank her leash (well, Dems' leash) and have many of the old guard Dems immediately fall into their default defensive crouch.

I think in the end they came out of it fairly well, but almost fumbling before grabbing the ball and finishing the play on a positive isn't the same thing.
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Posted 08 March 2019 - 10:24 AM

The House resolution that basically says one can't be offensive to anyone (even mildly so) is so mirthless that it offends my sensibilities. :)

Robbing the sweet joys of life. Can you imagine Fridays without LFC's Friday posts? (Any day is Friday for him but that's a separate matter altogether.) The point of living is to offend the offensive. We have lived in a world with Hitchens, and now we don't. Which one do you think is better? If we can't ridicule Mike Pence, precisely for his unctuous religiosity...

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 10:49 AM

View PostProbabilistic, on 08 March 2019 - 10:24 AM, said:

Can you imagine Fridays without LFC's Friday posts?

Aw shucks!

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