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Vince Vaughn doesn’t believe in Affirmative Action

Vince Vaughn Says Affirmative Action Is Racist

The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.
But then you’re evaluating someone based on race, which is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.

I think history has proven without a doubt that the proper role of government is to protect individuals’ rights and liberties. That has always been the most prosperous, freest society for people to live in. And when government gets too involved, society turns into a place that gets very, very ugly.

He doesn’t need it, wasn’t ever discriminated against, so doesn’t see why there would be a need to right past wrongs. But he’s white, so it’s his privilege to see it that way.

But this whole keep-the-government-out line is just playing to entrenched racism, because if we end Jim Crow but don’t ever do anything to right that wrong, then the people who suffered under Jim Crow remain at a disadvantage because their families weren’t allowed to accumulate wealth, business connections, etc. Having the government do nothing just solidifies the advantages of the racists who benefited from Jim Crow.

Oh, and as Yesha Callahan points out at The Root,

Maybe someone should tell Vaughn that the people who have mostly benefited from affirmative action are white women, like his wife.


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Star Parker, Asshole of the Day for February 11, 2015
Ever since President Obama made the completely factually true statement at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christianity has been used in service of horrible violence and oppression, not just in...

Star Parker, Asshole of the Day for February 11, 2015

Ever since President Obama made the completely factually true statement at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christianity has been used in service of horrible violence and oppression, not just in Europe in the Middle Ages, but in America to support slavery and Jim Crow, the reaction from conservative Christians has been over the top ridiculous.

On Monday we called out Mike Huckabee for basically claiming Obama was a Muslim out to oppress Christians. But he was not the only one– there was also Fox host Eric Bolling claiming that the number of killings “in name of religion” by non-Muslims stands at “zero.” Yeah.

But then on Hannity the other night we had Star Parker go to a whole new place with her outrage:

The “Hannity” panel was discussing the President’s address at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, in which he said Islam was not the only religion with a history of violence.

“I was in that room,” conservative activist Star Parker told host Sean Hannity. “And it was frankly verbal rape.”

“Wow,” said co-panelist and Fox personality Gerlado Rivera, folding his hands and looking into camera. “Yikes. Yikes.”

“Oh, yeah,” Parker said. She continued, but Hannity was still catching his breath after her remark.

“That’s a harsh term,” Hannity said.

Parker looked straight at Hannity.

“Verbal rape is what it was,” she said.

“Verbal rape”? How so? In that she was forced against her will to hear facts? Or that her islamophobia was challenged without warning or her prior consent? What definition of rape is she using?

Is she suggesting that we must now warn people and get their consent before challenging their bigotry? If that’s the case, then we need to have new procedures for lots of situations, such as

  • Obama would’ve been required to warn and get permission of all racists before being allowed to assume the office of president and govern competently, rather than living up to their racist stereotypes.

  • Women will need to warn and get the consent of sexists in the workplace before they are allowed into roles of management.

  • Marco Rubio will need to warn and get the consent of racists before taking any job other than dishwashing or landscaping.
Because otherwise all those bigots and sexists might feel they too have  been “verbally raped”.

But none of that is true. This is nonsense. There is no “verbal rape” here. There is only her attempt to escalate her offended bigotry to something that sounds violent. I may have some patience for people using inflammatory words in an off-the-cuff reaction, but she’s been making the rounds, always saying “verbal rape”, so this is no accident.

So, for claiming that Obama’s statement of facts amounts to “verbal rape”, Star Parker is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Star Parker’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Kanye West, Asshole of hte Day for February 10, 2015
by Shauna Wright
On Sunday night, Kanye West performed at the Grammys twice – once alone, and once alongside Rihanna and Paul McCartney. Oh, and then, of course, there was the impromptu third...

Kanye West, Asshole of hte Day for February 10, 2015

by Shauna Wright

On Sunday night, Kanye West performed at the Grammys twice – once alone, and once alongside Rihanna and Paul McCartney. Oh, and then, of course, there was the impromptu third performance. That’s the one everyone’s still talking about.

In the off-chance you missed it (and the media storm that followed), Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ won Album of the Year, besting Beyoncé’s self-titled juggernaut in the process. When the quiet and soft-spoken Beck took the stage, Kanye bounded up after him in a dick move reminiscent of his infamous VMAs/Taylor Swift stunt in 2009. But in a rare bit of self-restraint, he เล่นสล็อตออนไลน์ลุ้นรางวัลใหญ่quickly returned to his seat as Beck good-naturedly called after him to stay.

Everyone laughed (even if Jay Z seemed horrified at first) and for a brief, shining moment, it looked like Kanye West had finally developed a sense of humor about himself. But then he reminded us how utterly adorable it was to even consider it.

Speaking to E! at a Grammys after-party, West opened his mouth and out spewed this:

I don’t even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We aren’t going to play with them no more. ‘Flawless.’ Beyoncé’s video. And Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyoncé.

At this point, we tired of it. What happens is, when you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration. We, as musicians, have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album, and they feel like it takes them to a different place. And then they do this promotional event, and they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. We aren’t playing with them anymore.

And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s why I didn’t say anything tonight, but you all knew what it meant when ‘Ye stepped on that stage.

Asked the next day if he was even familiar with Beck’s work, West replied:

“Come on, man, I love Beck, but he ain’t have the album of the year … Beck knows that Beyoncé should’ve won … You know that.”

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: By pretty much any standard, ‘Beyoncé’ was a ground-breaking album. It would have been an extremely worthy Album of the Year recipient. But even Beyoncé can’t win them all. (In fact, I like to think she purposely loses awards on occasion just to fuel the myth that she’s actually human.)

Awards are often subjective, so Grammy voters decided to bestow Beck with the Album of the Year trophy. It’s not like he was undeserving. Sucks if your friends lose when you think they should win, but Kanye’s devotion to Beyonce is starting to get a little creepy.

For starters, his beef about the Grammys’ “disrespect” of her is ludicrous. With 52 nominations (both as a member of Destiny’s Child and as a solo artist), she is the most nominated woman in Grammy history. She’s taken home the hardware in 20 of those instances, three of them on Sunday night alone.

Last year, Forbes dubbed her the world’s most powerful celebrity. She is not a scrappy up-and-comer. She doesn’t need anyone – let alone someone as divisive as Kanye West – fighting her battles in the public forum. You have to think at this point she’s got to be at least somewhat embarrassed by it all.

Garbage singer/goddess Shirley Manson summed it up best in her admonishment of Kanye:

In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete twat.

As for Beck, he handled the brouhaha exactly as you’d expect – with grace and dignity. It’s something Kanye should try sometime.

In the meantime, here’s an award that’s all his: Asshole of the Day.

It is Kanye West’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His first was for insisting a guy in a wheelchair stand during a concert.


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Technically it’s true, but definitely misleading

Joni Ernst says she earned the right to call herself a ‘combat veteran’ despite never seeing combat:

The report pointed out that Ernst frequently reminded voters and now constituents of her combat veteran status, and she has not corrected others when they suggest she led troops into battle.

“I am very proud of my service and by law I am defined as a combat veteran,” Ernst said. “I have never once claimed that I have a Combat Action Badge. I have never claimed that I have a Purple Heart. What I have claimed is that I have served in a combat zone.”


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Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015
Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that...

Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015

Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that evil done in the name of Islam is no different than evil that has been done in the name of Christianity, not just throughout world history, but specifically American history with regards to slavery and Jim Crow. Here’s what the president said:

Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The facts of Christianity being used in service of those evils is 100% accurate, as Ta-Nehisi Coates goes at length to show.

But apparently bringing up facts is unforgivable. And, while many conservatives responded with crazy talk, it’s Mike Huckabee we’re highlighting today, for his was particularly ugly and he is running for president. Here’s Huckabee’s response:

“Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel,” he said on “Fox and Friends.” “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community.”

Huckabee makes two assertions, both objectionable. So let’s take them in order:

#1 “Everything he does is against what Christians stand for.”

So which one of these things that Christians stand for does Obama act against?

  • Helping the poor?
  • Treating others the way he would like to be treated?

Or is it that in Mike Huckabee’s very narrow view of his own religion all that Christians stand for is persecuting gays and oppressing women?

Please recall that Obama is a professed Christian, and that during the 2008 election, members of Mike Huckabee’s party tried to make it unacceptable that Obama attended the Christian church run by Rev. Wright. Ring a bell?

#2 “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.”

Look, during his presidency Obama

  • Prioritized killing Bin Laden
  • Increased drone attacks against Islamic terrorists
  • Began bombing ISIS
  • Negotiated to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons

That doesn’t sound like undying and unfailing support to me.

But Mike Huckabee doesn’t care about that. He expects the president of a constitutionally secular country will unconditionally put Christians above all others, and by Christians, those who hold the narrow view of the faith that Mike Huckabee has.

And even more than that, Mike Huckabee knows that this line of attack plays to the portion of American racists who believe Obama to be a secret Muslim. And for that, Mike Huckabee is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Mike Huckabee’s sixth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Ann Coulter, Asshole of the Day for February 6, 2015
During the State of the Union speech, President Obama called for more subsidies for college, in particular, community colleges.
And since Obama is for people getting a college education, suddenly...

Ann Coulter, Asshole of the Day for February 6, 2015

During the State of the Union speech, President Obama called for more subsidies for college, in particular, community colleges.

And since Obama is for people getting a college education, suddenly conservatives will have to be against it. And so it’s no surprise that Ann Coulter is leading the charge:

Coulter told Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman on Monday that such programs are just a “scam” to “subsidize the most left-wing industry in America, that spends its days indoctrinating kids to hate Republicans.”

“And to hate white people,” Kaufman added. “The whole white privilege thing that’s going on there is killing me.”

The “whole white privilege thing” that annoys her is the suggestion that people should examine sexism and racism (and other ways that one group gets privileges that another doesn’t). If society today had no more sexism or racism, then examining privilege would be an exercise that would die out quickly.

But of course there is still plenty of racism and sexism out there. But she wants us all to ignore that, leave it unexamined. It’s not like these things will disappear if we all stop talking about them, so we can only assume that Ms. Coulter wants them to continue. And for that, she is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Ann Coulter’s fifth time as Asshole of the Day. Her previous wins were for

Full story: Right Wing Watch


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More rape talk!

Republican says rape can be ‘beautiful’ if it produces child

A Republican state lawmaker in West Virginia said on Thursday that while rape is horrible, it’s “beautiful” that a child could be produced in the attack.
According to Huffington Post, Charleston Gazette reporter David Gutman was on the scene when Delegate Brian Kurcaba ® said, “Obviously rape is awful,” but “What is beautiful is the child is that could come from this.”

And this isn’t even original. He’s basically plagiarizing this:

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that while sexual assaults are unfortunate, the resulting pregnancy is a “gift from God.”

That’s from 2012, and that quote lost Mourdock the election. But they can’t stop talking about rape. And here’s a good explainer on why they can’t stop: Why Republicans can’t stop talking about rape


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Brian Greene, Asshole of the Day for February 4, 2015
How long will it take before people understand that consent is required to have sex and that it is not enough that “they didn’t say no”? And to that end, unconscious people can never, ever...

Brian Greene, Asshole of the Day for February 4, 2015

How long will it take before people understand that consent is required to have sex and that it is not enough that “they didn’t say no”? And to that end, unconscious people can never, ever consent. A few months back it was CeeLo who didn’t get this, and now it’s a Utah state legislator.

Rep. Brian Greene is trying keep a law in Utah from defining sex with an unconscious person as being rape:

If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically,“ said Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove. "That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.”

Green later made clear that while he did not support having sex with unconscious people, he questions whether sex with an unconscious person was “rape in every instance — dependent only upon the actor’s knowledge that the individual is unconscious. That’s the question. That’s what I struggle with.”

Frankly I don’t even know how it matters whether the rapist is aware of whether the person is unconscious– if the person you’re having sex with is unconscious and you can’t be bothered to notice, then that’s rape too in my book.

But back to his main assertion that in a marriage that it could be OK to have sex with an unconscious person and therefore not be rape. How could it possibly matter? So what if you’re married? It’s not like the marriage vows include a line about allowing sex while unconscious. Getting married doesn’t mean a lifetime of rape.

But Rep. Greene, I guess he doesn’t care about wives consenting to sex. He’s more worried that some husband might get charged with rape for forcing himself on an unconscious wife. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Brian Greene’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many for saying horrible things about rape.

Full story: Talking Points Memo

Photo via Salt Lake Tribune


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Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 2, 2015
When he ran for president in 2007-08, Mike Huckabee had a nice guy image. Of course it would turn out that he was a regular sexist homophobe like so many others, but at the time his bigotry...

Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 2, 2015

When he ran for president in 2007-08, Mike Huckabee had a nice guy image. Of course it would turn out that he was a regular sexist homophobe like so many others, but at the time his bigotry wasn’t out in front.

It is now. For the last few years he’s shown his nasty side, particularly when it comes to denying gays the same marriage rights he himself enjoys. And here’s the latest example:

Huckabee said that for him, same sex marriage is a religious issue.
“This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue, unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it’s really not my place to say, ‘Okay, I’m just going to evolve.’ It’s like asking somebody who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped-shrimp in their deli. … or asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him or to have dogs in his backyard,” he said. “We’re so sensitive to make sure we don’t offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can’t have the convictions that they’ve had for over 2,000 years.”

Everyone knows Jews don’t eat pork, and we would never make them eat it. But this analogy of Huckabee’s is way off. 

Asking a Christian baker to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple is not the same as making a Jew serve pork. Pork is against the Jewish religion, but cake is not against Christianity.

For Huckabee’s analogy to work, you’d have to be forcing the Christian baker to be having gay sex in his bakery, or forcing him to allow the customer to have gay sex there. No one is making them do that, or even suggesting it.

And don’t tell me it’s about them not serving people who sin. Baker’s don’t ask if a cake will be brought home and eaten by an unmarried couple before they have sex, which is also a sin. Mike Huckabee never once suggested that a Christian baker not serve a straight person who may have committed a grave sin, or intended to. Huckabee only wants Christians to be able to discriminate against gays. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Mike Huckabee’s fifth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Rich guy Roger Ver renounced US citizenship to avoid taxes, now whines that US won’t let him visit

This comes via Wonkette:

Roger Ver, a squintillionaire investor scumbag who decided to put his Ayn Rand fantasies into action by renouncing his U.S. citizenship so he wouldn’t be oppressed by taxes. He took up residence in the tropical paradise (and tax haven) of St. Kitts, but when he tried to visit the U.S. of A for some tech-asshole conference, his visa application was rejected. Ver took to the Twitter machine to whine about tyrants and post Darth Vader pictures.

Ver is most displeased at how shabbily he’s been treated by the nation that he’s severed his social contract with, and

complains that the decision has forced him to miss speaking appointments at conferences and that the US embassy in Barbados refused to even consider the evidence for his application.

Poor sweet baby.


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