Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Last Call For Sour Obamagrapes

I've often said that the chief motivating factor of any winger doing anything is because they believe it will annoy a liberal, but you can always return the favor by reminding them that Barack Obama was reelected President, and that they waste an awful lot of time trying to change something they're powerless to change.  Here in NOBAMA Country in the NKY, that means laughing at these particular morons.

Standing behind oversized “Impeach Obama” signs and waving American flags, protesters took to overpasses in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties on Tuesday to voice their displeasure with the current administration.

As part of the nation-wide “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” movement, the protestors manned overpasses over I-471 in Fort Thomas, and I-71/75 in Fort Wright and Florence, during the morning and afternoon rush hours, imploring motorists to show support by honking their horns.

They weren’t disappointed.

At the Kyles Lane overpass in Fort Wright, protesters could barely be heard over the sound of horns.

“It’s been great!,” said Vonda Pickens, the Independence mother who spearheaded the Northern Kentucky effort, an hour into the protest. “It was a little bit busier earlier, but the horns have been going on all morning. We’re pleased because, well, you never know.”

But NKY is tame compared to Arizona, it seems.  Hundreds of anti-Obama protesters showed up there for the President's speech on housing, and things got ugly, fast.

Racially-charged sentiment infused the protests and split the crowd both politically and physically. Obama supporters congregated on the west side of the road in front of the high school and his critics lined up across the street.

Obama foes at one point sang, "Bye Bye Black Sheep," a derogatory reference to the president's skin color, while protesters like Deanne Bartram raised a sign saying, "Impeach the Half-White Muslim!"

These folks seem nice.

Deanna Bartram, a 17-year-old University of Arizona student from Black Canyon City, lashed out at people who call her racist for not supporting Obama. She believes Obama supporters use the “race card” against her because they disagree with her political message.

“Obama is ruining American values. He is ruining the Constitution. He needs to go back to where he came from because obviously, he is a liar,” she said. “I am not racist. I am part Indian. Obama’s half Black, half White.”

He’s 47 percent Negro,” shouted Ron Enderle, a 77-year-old Chandler resident who said that he and his son served as Marines and his grandson is currently serving in the Marines.

Enderle criticized the president mishandling security at the U.S. Benghazi Embassy.

“My grandson is third generation Marine, and it bothers me to have this man as our commander in chief. I’m ashamed,” Enderle said.

And of course, what better place to bring your kids so that they can join in this message of tolerance?

Judy Burris said that she blames Obama for racism in America reaching heights not seen since the 1960s Civil-Rights Era.

We have gone back so many years,” she said. “He’s divided all the races. I hate him for that.”
She said that she brought her 12-year-old grandson Christian Cabrera to the protests because she thought it would be educational.

“He’s Mexican,” she said of her grandson.

Cabrera said he wanted to accompany his grandma “so I could protest about impeaching Obama.”

What I do know Obama is still President, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.  Please enjoy your impotent rage, knowing that you're reduced to publicity stunts and sweating in the August heat on smoggy overpasses, and remember, tomorrow your president will still a black man you didn't vote for, but the rest of the country did.

If only the President was white again, right?  On behalf of African-Americans everywhere, I apologize for ruining your effing country, assholes.

Have a nice day.  In America.  With your black President.

Welcome To Your GOP, Rookie

Freshman GOP Congressman Robert Pittenger of North Carolina is finding out the hard way just what level of absolute lunacy he's signed up to join with today's Republican party.  His town hall meeting in NC-9's blood red Charlotte suburbs devolved into a verbal beatdown when Pittenger mentioned that he wasn't going to vote to shut down the government over Obamacare.

The exchange was captured and posted by the tea party website A man off camera can be heard asking Pittenger about the defunding effort spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

"Do you want the thoughtful answer?" Pittenger asked.

"I want yes or no," the man said.

Pittenger then said "no," a clip that the tea party website re-played in slow-motion.

The lawmaker then had a back-and-forth with the man and a woman, who was also off camera.

"Do you think Harry Reid is going to pass that in the Senate?" Pittenger asked.

"It doesn't matter," the man fired back.

"We need to show the American people we stand for conservative values," the woman shouted, drawing a smattering of applause.

Because FREEDOM.   Hey, guess who most likely earned himself a primary challenger in a district that's been red for over 50 years?  This is where we are, folks.  Republicans don't want the "thoughtful answer".  They want rage, they want hatred, they want their way or it's game over.

Bus-ted In Beavercreek

Just your daily reminder that southwestern Ohio is literally half a mile over the river from rural Kentucky, and sometimes it's damn hard to tell the places apart.  I'm talking to you, Beavercreek, Ohio.

The showdown began in 2010 when the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority proposed adding three new bus stops in Beavercreek, a largely white suburb 15 minutes east of Dayton. These new stops would give Dayton bus-riders access to Beavercreek’s major shopping mall and nearby businesses, as well as a medical clinic and Wright State University.

Facing the prospect of buses coming in from Dayton, the Beavercreek City Council began enacting as many hurdles as they could to stop the new bus stops. Among the dozen roadblocks included mandating that bus shelters included heated and air conditioning as well as high-tech surveillance cameras, features that would be hugely expensive and are not common at other stops.

Many in the area argue that their opposition boils down to a simple reason: race. According to the 2010 census, 9 in 10 Beavercreek residents are white, but 73 percent of those who ride the Dayton RTA buses are minorities. “I can’t see anything else but it being a racial thing,” Sam Gresham, state chair of Common Cause Ohio, a public interest advocacy group, told ThinkProgress. “They don’t want African Americans going on a consistent basis to Beavercreek.”

So yeah, this mess with Dayton and Beavercreek has been going on for years, and somebody finally figured out this was actionable discrimination.

A civil rights group in the area, Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton (LEAD), soon filed a discrimination lawsuit against Beavercreek under the Federal Highway Act. In June, the Federal Highway Administration ruled that Beavercreek’s actions were indeed discriminatory and ordered them to work with the Dayton Regional Transit Authority to get the bus stops approved without delay.

Beavercreek, though, isn’t particularly keen to do that. The city council voted most recently on Friday to put off consideration of the matter until later this month. They are weighing whether to appeal the federal ruling, or perhaps whether to just defy it altogether. Appealing the ruling could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, according to a Washington D.C. lawyer the council hired. However, non-compliance with the ruling could cost Beavercreek tens of millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

So yeah, Beavercreek has about five weeks left to comply with the ruling, or the city's out millions.  And that's going to really piss off a lot of people, far more than just putting the damn bus stops in from Dayton.  It's silly as hell.

This isn't 1963.  Deal with it.


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