Hank Aaron

If You Thought Highly of Hank Aaron, You Might Want To Reevaluate: Obama’s GOP Critics Like KKK in ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron told USA Today that congressional Republicans are an updated version of the KKK.

Speaking on the anniversary of his record breaking home run, Aaron told the paper the country still had far to go in improving race relations.

“Sure, this country has a black president,” Aaron said. “But when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated…The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

“We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” Aaron added, noting that the percentage of African American ballplayers had gone down since he played. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

Hank Aaron

[H/T Mediaite]


According to MSNBC, Jeb Bush Is Now the GOP’s Only Hope

Republicans have but one savior ahead of 2016 and his name is Bush. That is the takeaway from watching much of MSNBC’s programming this Monday after former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued the clearest signal yet this weekend that he is considering a presidential bid in 2016.

A series of commentators and guests appeared on that cable news network to weigh in with their thoughts on a potential Bush candidacy in 2016. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most were convinced that Bush was the strongest possible GOP candidate to take on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general presidential election.

Alas, a variety of MSNBC guests submit, the Republican Party’s myopic, thoughtless, and insufficiently demographically conscious primary voters are likely to sacrifice their one shot at the White House by overlooking Bush’s conservative bona fides due solely to their antipathy toward immigration reform.

“He’s showing where people are at,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told the hosts of Morning Joeregarding Bush’s position on immigration. Schumer added that, if the party does not embrace Bush’s version of immigration reform “this year,” the 2016 cycle is “almost certainly” already lost to Republicans.

MSNBC.com Senior Editor Beth Fouhy, in an appearance on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co., observed that the GOP’s long term prospects as a part are “growing narrower and narrower” even though they are well positioned to pick up control of the Senate in November.

“If they’re only going to be the party of older white people, they cannot win at a national level,” she added. “And that’s why, perhaps, Jeb Bush thinking of getting into the 2016 race is giving them a glimmer of hope, because he is talking about being more compassionate toward minorities, toward immigrants.”

“Most people agree — Republican, Democrat, independent, whoever you are — Jeb Bush would be a strong general election candidate for Republicans,” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza observed. He noted in passing, though, that the “brand problems” associated with his brother’s presidency persist though he did not seem believe that would be more of a disqualifier in a GOP primary than a general election.

And all this before 1 p.m.

As forward-thinking and accomplished a presidential candidate as Jeb Bush may appear to be to MSNBC’s guests and analysts, it is unlikely he will retain those credentials if he became the nominee — a fact of life to which those nasty GOP primary voters have become all too accustomed.

Watch the clips below, via MSNBC:

According to MSNBC  Jeb Bush Is Now the GOP’s Only Hope   Mediaite

UPDATE: Shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow dubbed Bush’s statement regarding illegal immigration being “an act of love” a “refreshingly nuanced” comment. He and his fellow guests determined that Bush’s comments made him the program’s “hero of the day.”

According to Jeb

[H/T Mediaite]


Top 5 Crackdowns on Conservatives’ Internet Free Speech

On Thursday, CEO Brendan Eich of Mozilla was forced out of his job thanks to his $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 pro-traditional marriage effort in California in 2008. At that point, he held the exact same position as Barack Obama on traditional marriage. Now, that position has soured in the nostrils of the militant left, which seeks to ruin the lives of those with whom it disagrees.

Mozilla’s cave-in to the militants over at OKCupid, a dating site that labeled Eich one of its “enemies” thanks to his position, represents just the latest assault on conservatives in the online space. It’s not illegal for Mozilla to dump Eich nor for OKCupid to call for that ouster – nor should it be – but it is certainly wrong, and in violation of basic principles of free speech that the internet is supposed to guarantee. It is purely Orwellian that Mozilla’s response to Eich’s resignation suggested that ensuring “equality and free speech” led to that resignation.

Unfortunately, such crackdowns on free speech principles have become all too common among members of the leftist online community. Here are the top five examples:

Google Adsense Shuts Down WorldNetDaily. On February 6, Google Adsense notified WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah that it would be cancelling WND’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate speech particularly with the repeated references to ‘black mobs,’ although I don’t know that this is specifically what it’s limited to.” Farah told Breitbart News that Google explained, “The reviewers cited a number articles [sic] with usage of this term specifically and in general asks that no ad code is placed on articles containing hate/anti or sensitive content as this is against Adsense policies and does not provide a good experience for users and advertisers.”

WND’s sin: covering the so-called “knockout game” phenomenon, in which black youths attacked and beat white and Jewish passersby. The phenomenon received national media attention. Apparently observing the race of those participating in the game was enough to put WND on Google Adsense’s banned list.

Kickstarter Shuts Down Campaign to Raise Money for Gosnell Film. This week, Kickstarter informed filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney that it would not allow them to use purely factual language in their attempt to raise $2.1 million for a movie about mass killer abortionist Kermit Gosnell. McAleer explained:

They asked us to remove the descriptions of a serial killer committing his crimes, but in the Belle Gunness [Kickstarter] project they allowed a picture of a dead body on the project page. In addition Kickstarter has hosted and promoted 16 projects about stabbing. Kickstarter has also hosted 5 projects about incest, one project with the “C” word in the project description, 44 projects about rape and 28 projects with the word F**k or F**king in the title. Some of these projects were based on true stories, some were works of fiction, but all were allowed onto Kickstarter.

Kickstarter gave in but maintained that they could remove the project at any time, even after the donation campaign began. McAleer and McElhinney decided instead to move to indiegogo.com for their project.

Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Photos, Anti-Obama Messages. Earlier last month, VentureBeat reported that Facebook could announce new policies designed to crack down on gun-related fanpages. Sources told VentureBeat, “Talks are progressing [between Facebook and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action]. The discussions are ongoing; there have been positive developments.”

In October 2012, Facebook shut down the page of a group called Special Operations Speaks after they posted a meme reading, “Obama called the SEALs and THEY got bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obama, THEY GOT DENIED.” The meme received 30,000 shares… until Facebook blocked it. First, Facebook warned the group; then Facebook sent a message: “We removed content you posted. We removed the content you posted or were admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.” Facebook later apologized.

Instagram Deletes Gun Posts. Facebook and Instagram announced in early March that it would delete all posts offering to buy or sell guns without a background check, as well as banning users 18 and under from viewing gun offers. Facebook also deleted a photo of a 6-month-old child with a bolt-action rifle across her lap.

Twitter Gulag for Conservatives. This one is a rumor, but a widespread one: many conservatives have complained of their accounts being suspended from Twitter. In fact, it’s been termed entering the “Twitter gulag.” Twitchy has detailed this practice and how to avoid being suspended here.

Again, all of this activity is legal. The question is one of appropriateness. For a group of leftists who prize themselves on the primacy of the open internet to target political opposition is hypocritical at best, and nasty at worst.


[H/T Breitbart]