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Among the, er, distinguished (distinguished by what?) punditastical correspondents at the WorldNutsDaily, HQ of Birtherism, there are several standouts . . . In fact, they're all standouts at a webzine where the production of Obama's long-form birth certificate "opens up more questions than it answers", according to Editor-in-Chief Josef Farah. (Might I propose that those Birthers who forge on regardless be hereinafter referred to as the Afterbirthers?)

Unfortunately, Norris's latest islamophobic outburst, "Top 10 U.S. Shariah Infiltrations, Part 2", has attracted the attention of Wonkette's Jack Stuef. Not only is the ignorant hatemongering as obnoxious as you might expect, Norris has, oh dear, lifted it from elsewhere. And not with lots of subtle rewording, either.

Here's one of Stuef's several examples (with appropriate highlighting by me). Norris:

In 2010, a New Jersey family court judge’s refused to grant a restraining order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced repeatedly to have sex with him, ruling that the Muslim husband did not have “criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault”

Or, as the FOX News website put it in its August 5 2010 article "Advocates of Anti-Shariah Measures Alarmed by Judge's Ruling":

A New Jersey family court judge’s decision not to grant a restraining order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced repeatedly to have sex with him [...] he did not have “criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault”

Plagiarism aside, if you feel that Mel Gibson isn't quite vile enough for you to boycott his movies, you might want to think about Chuck Norris instead. Stupid, yes: that's what you expect from anyone who thinks any problem can be solved by kicking someone in the head. But the sheer venom and racism of his public hatemongering go 'way beyond that.

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This is the heading of a post by [ profile] tithenai which I think y'all should go read. In fact, I think everyone should go read it.

It's far too easy for us to think that repulsive hatemongering racists like Gaubatz, and the echo chambers of Faux News and WorldNutsDaily and, are somehow separated from the rest of society, that, just because you and I and most of the people we know would never think that fomenting fear and violence was the path to freedom, then the people who do -- the Palins and the Becks and the Bachmans and the AFA and all their horrible kin -- are just fictional characters on a distant cinema or TV screen.

They're not, of course. They harm people. They have the potential to cause unimaginable damage on not just a national but a world scale. And they influence even the best intentioned among us -- some of whom tithenai encountered.

Gaubatz's vile book Muslim Mafia is published by WND Books -- i.e., by WorldNutsDaily, all responsible publishers having presumably rejected it with a shudder. Yet it is being stocked by Borders, and Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and . . . all of whom should know better. It is not censorship to decline to make money out of selling books that are poisonous, hate-filled and inflammatory.

Enough of my blather: it's not important, and it's probably the result of too many hours at the computer today. What's important is what tithenai says. It's enough to make you weep.

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I got an e-mail today from the excellent It reads:

Dear Paul,


Two weeks ago outside Philadelphia, 65 children from a summer camp tried to go swimming at a club that their camp had a contract to use. Apparently, the people at the club didn't know that the group of kids was predominantly Black.

When the campers entered the pool, White parents allegedly took their kids out of the water, and the swimming club's staff asked the campers to leave. The next day, the club told the summer camp that their membership would be canceled and that their payment would be refunded. When asked why, the club's manager said that a lot of kids "would change the complexion ... and the atmosphere of the club."1

A "Whites only" pool in 2009 should not be tolerated. The club's actions appear to be a violation of section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act.2 Whether or not any laws were violated, a "Whites only" pool should be something every American condemns.

Please join us in doing exactly that, and please email your friends and family and invite them to do the same. Your signature will also be used to call on the Department of Justice to evaluate suing the facility under federal law. It takes just a moment to do both, here:

Obama is President but that doesn't mean that suddenly all is fine when it comes to race in America. This is a vivid reminder of what we know still lies beneath the surface.

We all know stories like this one -- similar incidents play out quietly every day in different communities across the country. The difference in this case is that folks got caught and there was a contract in place that makes for a potentially illegal act.

Standing up now isn't just about making things right for these kids in Philadelphia or bringing consequences to this swim club (called the Valley Swim Club). It's about creating a climate of accountability everywhere. If we can publicly shame the Valley Swim Club and hold them accountable for this incident, it will make others think twice before engaging in what appears to be blatant discrimination.

Please join us in condemning the Valley Swim Club's behavior and calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether they violated civil rights laws. And please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and Peace,

-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the team
   July 10th, 2009

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1. "'Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion,'" NBC Philadelphia, 07-08-09

2. "Section 1981 Summary," Employment Law Information Network

More Resources:

"60 Black Kids Booted from Philly Pool For Being Black -- Speak Out," Jill Tubman at Jack and Jill Politics, 07-08-09

VIDEO: "Please Don't Change the Complexion of our Pool," This Week in Blackness, 07-08-09

"Swim Club Accused of Discrimination," FOX 29 Philadelphia, 07-08-09

"Valley Swim Club: Day Two," Adam B at Daily Kos, 07-08-09

Please, if you can find a moment, add your name to the petition. This kind of barbarism shouldn't be tolerated in a supposedly civilized society.

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I've just been writing an e-mail to Governor Perdue of Georgia. Georgia, you'll recall, is the state that's planning to put to death a prisoner called Troy Davis for a murder that no one any longer believes he committed. You can find a video about the case here, as well as a blank form in case you, too, would like to contact Mr Perdue.

This is the e-mail I sent to Georgia's governor:

Dear Governor Perdue

If you permit the execution of Troy Davis to go ahead on the grounds that killing him is legally permissible and easier than stirring a finger, you (and your staff) will be guilty of murder.

Not, perhaps, in strictly legalistic terms, but in every ethical sense.

You will have to live with the taint of "murderer" attached to your name for the rest of your life.

And then your Maker will pronounce it too.

So why not give your conscience a break, spare your family the disgrace of having to live with a murderer, and pardon this innocent man?

Sincerely --

Paul Barnett

You may be asking why the case hasn't featured much, if at all, in your newspaper or TV news (although some of the foreign newspapers are carrying the story). Well, Mr Davis is black and poor. Otherwise, I'm convinced, there'd be blanket coverage in the news media and consequently national outrage on a deafening scale.


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Jul. 10th, 2008 08:33 am
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North Carolina Civil Servant Quits Rather Than Lower Flag for Jesse Helms

L.F. Eason, a 29-year veteran of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, “instructed his staff at a small Raleigh lab not to fly the U.S. or North Carolina flags at half-staff Monday” to honor the late senator Jesse Helms, “as called for in a directive to all state agencies by Gov. Mike Easley.” In a string of e-mail messages with his superiors, Eason was told he could either lower the flags or retire effective immediately. Here is Eason’s reasoning for his decision to retire:

This is in no way a political decision. I simply do not feel it is appropriate to honor a person whose epitaph of government service was to have voted against or blocked every civil rights issue that came before the US Congress. His doctrine of negativity, hate, and prejudice cost North Carolina and our Nation much that we may never regain.


Story in full at There's a much fuller treatment at

My profound respect goes out to Eason for having the courage to stand up to what must have been a savage tyranny of peer-group pressure, not just on the part of his employers and colleagues but on that of many of the people of North Carolina, who clearly embrace racism and other bigotries in the way that only catastrophically ill educated and myopically insular barbarians can.

Meanwhile, Governor Mike Easley may never be able to raise his head in civilized company again. He should be ashamed of himself.

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Peter Oborne has a longish article in today's edition of the Independent newspaper that makes bitter reading. Here are extracts:

The shameful Islamophobia at the heart of Britain's press

On the morning of 7 October 2006 The Sun newspaper splashed a dramatic story across its front page. The story – billed as exclusive – concerned a callous and cynical crime committed by Muslims. A team of Sun reporters described in graphic detail how what the paper labelled a "Muslim hate mob" had vandalised a house near Windsor. The Sun revealed that "vile yobs hurled bricks through windows and daubed obscenities. A message on the drive spelled out in 4ft-letters: 'Fuck off '."

One Tory MP, Philip Davies, was quoted venting outrage at this act of vandalism. "If there's anybody who should fuck off," Davies was quoted as saying, "it'sthe Muslims who are doing this kind of thing. Police should pull out the stops to track down these vile thugs".

The Sun left its readers in no doubt as to why the outrage had been committed. Local Muslims were waging a vendetta against four British soldiers who hoped to rent the house on their return from serving their country in Afghanistan. The paper quoted an army source saying that: "these guys have done nothing but bravely serve their country – yet they can't even live where they want in their own".

But there was one very big problem with The Sun story. There was no Muslim involvement of any kind. [. . .]

But Islamophobia [. . .] can be encountered in the best circles: among our most famous novelists, among columnists from the Independent and Guardian newspapers, and in the Church of England. Its appeal is wide-ranging. "I am an Islamophobe, and proud of it," writes Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, then writing for The Independent. "Islamophobia?" The Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle rhetorically asks in the title of a speech, "Count me in." Imagine Liddle declaring: "Anti-Semitism? Count me in", or Toynbee announcing that she was "an anti-semite and proud of it". This just wouldn't happen and for very good reasons. Anti-semitism is recognised as an evil, noxious creed and its adherents barred from mainstream society and respectable organs of opinion. Not so Islamophobia. [. . .]

Here are some more false stories concerning Muslims in Britain. Some were pure inventions, others contained a grain of truth but were distorted.

"Muslim Sickos' Maddie Kidnap Shock" – Daily Star, 28 April 2008. The story did not, as readers might have inferred from the front-page headline, reveal that Madeleine McCann had been kidnapped by a Muslim "sicko". In fact, it refers to a website on which claims were made that Madeleine's parents were involved in her disappearance.

"Hogwash: Now the PC brigade bans piggy banks in case they offend Muslims" – Daily Express, 24 October 2005. The story claimed that NatWest and Halifax had removed images of piggy banks from their promotional material in an effort to avoid offending Muslim customers, since pork is forbidden in Islam. The paper quoted observers calling such action "barmy" and "bonkers", thereby stirring up a huge response from the public.

After the story's publication, the Halifax drily noted that it "has not withdrawn any piggy banks from branches" and noted that in fact it had not used piggy banks in its branches for a number of years. The NatWest press statement noted that: "There is absolutely no fact in the story."

"Get off my bus I need to pray" – The Sun, 28 March 2008. This was the story of a Muslim bus driver ordering his passengers off his bus so that he could pray. The Sun story, along with footage of the bus driver praying, was widely circulated around right-wing blogs. Dhimmi Watch, the right-wing blog on the site Jihad Watch that catalogues perceived outrages committed by Muslims, even included The Sun story in their "ever-expanding You Can't Make This Stuff Up file". Well, actually, you can. The bus had been delayed, so in order to maintain frequency the bus company had ordered the driver to stop his bus and allow passengers to board the bus behind. Tickets and CCTV evidence show that all the passengers were on that bus within a minute.

The so-called witness, a 21-year-old plumber, who recorded the bus driver praying, had not been on the bus, and had arrived after the incident to find a small crowd outside a bus.

"The crescent and the canteen" – The Economist, 19 October 2006. There was no truth in the article's suggestion that Leicester University had banned pork on campus. In actual fact, the university Student Union had made just one out of the numerous cafes on campus halal, in a decision which had as much to do with economic factors as cultural sensitivity as Leicester has a large number of Muslim students. The other 26 cafes on the campus, including the main canteen, were still serving pork as usual.

It's a pity that for some reason Oborne felt inhibited, for the most part, from naming the names of the guilty. It would have been useful had we each been able to play our own small individual part in spreading it all over the internet that these hatemongering "journalists" and their "editors" are racists and liars.



Jun. 20th, 2008 09:15 pm
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This is "reprinted" from [personal profile] al_zorra's blog (posting at, with her gracious permission:

From: Musicians Clinic Mailing List <>

Date: June 20, 2008 11:29:06 AM CDT
Subject: Re: [Musicians Clinic] It is alive and well.
Everybody, I  just read this, sent to me by my good friend, Todd Duke. My anger and shame is palpable. As a white man, raised in Natchitoches, and surrounded by Jim Crow all my young life, I am not surprised at this story. I am shocked and outraged, but not surprised. This narrative should be sent to newspapers read by a variety of people, black and white, like the New Orleans Times-Picayune or even The Gambit.
Stories like this one tend to get hidden within e-mails to a number of friends. It should be out there for the whole world to see. Every time this happens, we should broadcast it all over the place. EVERY TIME! The term "Racism" is much too polite a word. Another word should be invented that has an even more negative power, more shameful and more vile. The story of the Jenna Six made me want to crawl into a hole. Once again, Louisiana was presented to the world as a stupid and backward place where rampant racism still not only was accepted, but thrived. I, too, have a large network of friends around the country. I am sending this to all of them today.  It is not enough for us to stand around, shifting our balance from one foot to the other, muttering under our breath and shaking our heads. It is NOT enough.

Please find the following account as reported to The New Orleans Agenda:

"May 20, 2008 was one of the saddest days of our lives. It was the day we realized that racism still exists in this world. Or should I say in Gretna. I guess on some level we still know that racism exists but it's a harder realization when you experience racism personally. For us, it became a reality at the Red Maple Restaurant (1036 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70053).
A reservation was made prior to the arrival at the restaurant. We were celebrating our son's graduation from Hahnville High in Boutte. We had nine people in the party. We arrived around 8:20 PM and we were seated in a room away from all the other patrons. Not realizing we were being discriminated against we were not even offered the complimentary amenity of bread and butter while waiting to be serviced. One of our party guests asked the waitress about this and was told she forgot to offer this amenity to us. She apologized and did get the bread. Atthis point, still not realizing we were being discriminated against, Our orders were taken and we received our appetizers around 9:00 PM.

As 10:00 approached the children that were in the party had fallen asleep, and the adults were getting restless. The head of the party asked the waitress how much longer we were going to have to wait for our food. The waitress said not long. Ten minutes had passed and still no food had arrived. Finally we could no longer wait and we asked for the bill. We asked to pay for the appetizers and the drinks. We told the rest of the party they could wait for us outside. Wewere given a bill for $275.00 and told to pay cash only. The Red Maple does accept all credit cards but we were told by the owner/manager on duty that he would not take credit cards from our kind of people.
The owner had then called the police and immediately 2 cars arrived at the restaurant. All four policeofficers were white males. The police got out of their cars and began to speak to the owner/manager. One of the police officers then approached a member in the party, put his hand in her face and said for her to pay cash or go to jail.  The member of the party told this police officer that no food had arrived and that we should not have to pay for food we did not receive. The police officer said he did not want to hear what we had to say and to either pay or go to jail. So, we had no choice and $275.00 was paid in cash.
The police office said if you don't have it we'll take you to an ATM machine, after begging and borrowing the money from the children in the party. The owner then told us to never come back, that we were in Jefferson Parish and not Orleans Parish, and for us to tell our friends not to come there. Owner/manger remarked that you kind of  people are not welcome here.

The police were called out to protect and serve the owner/manager. Our rights were violated and we were discriminated against because of the color of our skin. We did not serve a threat to anybody. We did not have a problem  paying for what we consumed, but we should not have been forced to pay for food we did not receive. Our voices were not raised and when the police came our voices had no sound. It is 2008, when will this nonsense end. This was the same Police Force that would not let African American cross the bridge for food and water during Katrina. Businesses like this should not be in existence. It is time for us to stop being passive about this kind of treatment and take a stand and pass this on.

We are out the money for food we did not eat and most of all our dignity was lost by the ugliness of this Business Owner (BRENT TRAUTH)/manager on duty. This should not have happened this way especially in front of the children that we are trying to teach respectfully.

--Jerry & Patricia G. Miles
--George French
The George French Band

March 2013

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