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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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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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George Will named Misinformer of the Year by Media Matters

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Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for December 22, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
As Dick Cheney is to torture, Rudy Giuliani is to police brutality. No one has done more to create the problem. And no one is as determined to deny it...

Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for December 22, 2014

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As Dick Cheney is to torture, Rudy Giuliani is to police brutality. No one has done more to create the problem. And no one is as determined to deny it exists at any cost. No one has done more to create the culture in which the cops New Yorkers hire to protect and serve them are somehow seen as “above the law” than Rudy Giuliani.

Of course, Giuliani’s ghoulish, knee-jerk reaction to the execution of two NYPD officers by a deranged gunman in which he blamed everyone from President Obama to Eric Holder to Al Sharpton was, at this point, as predictable as it was disgusting. As anger has risen at the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, President Obama has consistently denounced violence as unacceptable (as have other officials, including Mayor de Blasio). 

But it’s worth reiterating the extent to which Giuliani’s playing the “blame game” in a hypocritical, racially biased, politically motivated way. As Kevin Drum pointed out in Mother Jones yesterday, Giuliani’s logic would make Sean Hannity responsible for the execution of two cops earlier this year by racist supporter of Cliven Bundy…. Bill O'Reilly responsible for the murder of abortion provider George Tiller… conservative talk radio for inspiring Timothy McVeigh to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City… and the list goes on.

Rudy Giuliani likes to think he’s “America’s Mayor.” But based on the divisive racial nonsense he keeps spewing, that’s about as true as saying Cliven Bundy is “America’s Rancher.”

Today the AP announced that news editors had voted the police killings of unarmed blacks as the top news story of the year. It’s a problem that must be acknowledged, talked about and addressed as Obama, Holder, and Sharpton have been willing to do. It’s a problem that people have a right to protest for as long as it takes for change to happen and for justice to be served.

Three weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani was our Asshole of the Day for saying the black community is responsible for the crimes committed by blacks (something he has never suggested the white community is responsible for).

Now, for stepping into a tense situation in such a reckless and inflammatory way, he’s once again Asshole of the Day.


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Rudy Giuliani blames Obama for police shooting

We were thinking about declaring Rudy Giuliani the Asshole Of The Day but I see Mother Jones has beaten us to it:

The former mayor also criticized President Barack Obama, Holder, and Al Sharpton for addressing the underlining racial tensions behind the failure to indict the white police officers who killed [Eric Garner on Staten Island] and Mike Brown in Ferguson. “They have created an atmosphere of severe, strong, anti-police hatred in certain communities. For that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

Fair enough. But I assume this means we can blame Bill O'Reilly for his 28 episodes of invective against “Tiller the Baby Killer” that eventually ended in the murder of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder. We can blame conservative talk radio for stoking the anti-government paranoia that led Timothy McVeigh to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City. We can blame the relentless xenophobia of Fox News for the bombing of an Islamic Center in Joplin or the massacre of Sikh worshippers by a white supremacist in Wisconsin. We can blame the NRA for the mass shootings in Newtown and Aurora….

The list goes on. I encourage you to see read the whole post.


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Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for December 11, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
The world reacted with horror. The New York Times called the Senate report on CIA torture “a portrait of depravity."
John McCain said: "The truth is...

Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for December 11, 2014

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The world reacted with horror. The New York Times called the Senate report on CIA torture “a portrait of depravity.

John McCain said: "The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.”

Dick Cheney, of course, has a different take, telling Fox News’ Bret Baier in a Wednesday interview: “The report’s full of crap.” 

Crap, of course, is too mild a word for what the report contains. As Vox.com says: “listing every horrifying detail in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary report on the CIA’s torture program would be impossible.” They give 16 of the worst details here.
The Daily Edge doesn’t often agree with John McCain but he’s right when he says the Bush-Cheney torture policies “stained our national honor, did much harm and little good.
As Slate points out, ”there’s no way Bush and Cheney didn’t know what we were doing.“ And what we were doing included the same "war crimes” for which America hung Japanese soldiers after World War II.
For promoting and supporting these torture policies, and for still emphatically and unapologetically defending them–despite the fact they didn’t work!!–Dick Cheney is for the 5th time, Asshole of the Day.
See his previous wins here.

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Chris Christie, Asshole of the Day for November 18, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
Chris Christie has made a name for himself by being an asshole to anyone in New Jersey who didn’t vote for him, refuses to endorse him, or won’t run their...

Chris Christie, Asshole of the Day for November 18, 2014

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Chris Christie has made a name for himself by being an asshole to anyone in New Jersey who didn’t vote for him, refuses to endorse him, or won’t run their town in a way that suits his big-business campaign donors. But now that he’s got his eye on the Presidency in 2016, he’s taking it a new level–and being an asshole to the whole state of New Jersey.

On a recent trip to Iowa, Christie suckled up to the state’s pig farmers by promising to veto an animal cruelty bill that passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the New Jersey legislature. Supporters of the bill to ban gestational crates for pigs had gone to the trouble to gather 125,000 signatures from Americans of “every political background who believe in the humane treatment of animals.”

But voters in New Jersey–and the suffering of animals–are no longer of much concern to the ambitious Christie who knows he’ll be unable to run on his disastrous economic record in New Jersey, which has suffered a record EIGHT credit downgrades during his corrupt and divisive tenure. So Christie is in full-out pander mode, courting red state voters in a party dominated by reckless extremists and whose “base” thinks it needs to move not to the center but, unbelievably, even further to the right.

Some might argue that Christie only let his guard down for a moment, at an event where the smell of pig manure distracted him from the stench of corruption that hangs so heavily around him. But for turning his back on voters in his own state fully two years before the Presidential election, and for endorsing needless animal cruelty, Chris Christie is, for the 8th time, Asshole of The Day.

Full story: Daily Kos.


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Chris Christie, Asshole of the Day for October 28, 2014
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In the words of Jon Stewart just last night: “Why does Christie have to be such a dick about everything?”
First, Christie called hero nurse Kaci Hickox...

Chris Christie, Asshole of the Day for October 28, 2014

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In the words of Jon Stewart just last night: “Why does Christie have to be such a dick about everything?” 

First, Christie called hero nurse Kaci Hickox “obviously ill” and sealed her inside an unheated area with no shower and just a box for a toilet. To which the nurse responded: “First of all, I don’t think he’s a doctor. Second, I don’t think he’s ever laid eyes on me. And thirdly, I have been asymptomatic since I’ve been here.”

Then, Christie was ridiculed by health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Then, in the wake of intense media backlash, and only after Kaci Hickox tested negative for Ebola, Christie allowed her release.
Christie tried vainly to defend his policies on Fox News Sunday.
But by then it was too late. Christie’s unscientific over-reaction had backfired. Everyone knew it. Whether you heard it from TIME Magazine or the White House or Elizabeth Warren you knew Christie was using politics, not science to treat Ebola. 
That might have been a good time to revaluate a quarantine policy that Christie and his advisers knew would likely make the Ebola epidemic worse. Instead, Christie went on the TODAY show to tell the world that his dumb policy was staying in place: “We’re not moving an inch.”
For playing politics with public health. For ignoring the opinions of health experts and scientists. And, yes, for being so reliably a dick, Chris Christie is, for the seventh time, Asshole of the Day. 
Full story: CNN

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Joni Ernst, Asshole of the Day for October 23, 2014
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A disturbing video surfaced today featuring a gun-toting anti-government extremist ready to take up arms against the United States.
The video didn’t come from...

Joni Ernst, Asshole of the Day for October 23, 2014

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A disturbing video surfaced today featuring a gun-toting anti-government extremist ready to take up arms against the United States.

The video didn’t come from the Middle East. It came from Iowa. The extremist’s name is Joni Ernst. On the video she says: “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere… I believe in the right to defend myself and my family – whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

The scariest part of all: Joni Ernst wants to take her gun all the way to Washington DC. She’s a Koch-funded conservative with her sights set on becoming be a US Senator.

As Huffington Post reports: Ernst made the remark a little more than a month after gunman James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  

What exactly is Ernst afraid of? 

Let’s review: 

Six years after the election of America’s first black President, America is still being ravaged by gun violence, mass shootings and the death of unarmed citizens at the hands of the police we hire to “protect and serve us.”

Thanks to the GOP, the NRA and ALEC, gun laws are not getting tougher. In fact, thanks to the expansion of “Stand Your Ground” and similar laws it’s easier than ever to, quite literally, get away with murder. 

Meanwhile, some people’s rights ARE under siege by elected officials–but it’s not Obama and the federal government doing it, these individual rights are being attacked by elected Republicans with the same kinds of extremist beliefs as Joni Ernst.

Republicans have decided the right to vote for minorities and young people is no longer important.

They’ve decided a woman’s constitutional right to reproductive freedom is not important.

Joni Ernst epitomizes the kind of extremist thinking that is leading us toward the very kind of government she is warning us against: she’s ready to take up arms against the government at the first sign that it might become illegal for a criminal to buy a gun one without undergoing a background check. But she’s totally comfortable deciding when other people’s rights (as in the rights of people she doesn’t agree with) are no longer important. For that, she is, for the first time, Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Huffington Post. 


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Kevin D. Williamson, Asshole of the Day for September 30, 2014
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Imagine being so “pro-life” that you think a woman should face the death penalty for aborting a fetus.
Imagine being so, so “pro-life” that...

Kevin D. Williamson, Asshole of the Day for September 30, 2014

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Imagine being so “pro-life” that you think a woman should face the death penalty for aborting a fetus. 

Imagine being so, so “pro-life” that “logically” you think the doctors and nurses who abort a fetus–even to save the life of a mother–should face the death penalty, too.

Imagine having thought it through so much that, like National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson, you even have your preferred method of “pro-life” execution–hanging–already decided.

Worth noting: Williamson writes for a publication that likes to bill itself as: “America’s most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion.” Keep that in mind when you read the moronic Kevin D.Williamson-penned bullshit the National Review is now publishing.

Williamson’s latest article was his attempt to respond to a Lena Dunham blog post encouraging women to vote. His piece, “Five Reasons Why You’re Too Dumb to Vote… (Reason 1: You get your politics from Lena Dunham)” prompted a quick backlash. Things started rolling downhill faster when Williamson began explaining his penis-based expertise to, among others, Charles Johnson of the blog Little Green Footballs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Green_Footballs/timelines/516292560310923264

NOTE: Tea Party Cat and I hadn’t started Asshole of the Day back in 2012 when Williamson told women to vote for Mitt Romney because his male-producing sperm was superior to Barack Obama’s, which only produces girls.

And Williamson lost out to Rush Limbaugh on August 13, despite calling a 9-year-old black boy a “primate” in another National Review piece.

That means this is his first, well-deserved appearance as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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