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Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015
How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town,...

Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015

How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town, even if they eventually turn off.

Rep. Gene Alday of Mississippi claims he’s not a racist, but then he said this:

The comments in question refer to African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, a small community in DeSoto County. Alday, 57, told Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

He would later claim he wasn’t being racist and was being quoted out of context. That seems impossible, because the only way the speaker of this quote isn’t racist is if he’s quoting a racist. These were his words, and his statement was racist.

Finally today he apologized, saying

Addressing the House of Representatives, Alday acknowledged he made a mistake without repeating his original comments.

“I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior,” Alday said. “I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

It’s great that he apologized, but it’s also to our way of thinking an admission that he is in fact the Asshole of the Day.


This is Rep. Alday’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: The Clarion Ledger


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Phil Bryant, Asshole of the Day for July 28, 2014
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Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up...

Phil Bryant, Asshole of the Day for July 28, 2014

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Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up almost the entire tab for the Medicaid expansion, many Republican-controlled states have refused to take it, thus leading to 5,000,000 people going without coverage who would otherwise qualify.

And now we have Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant blaming Obama for the uninsured in his state:

If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.

Bryant and his state refused the Medicaid expansion. Had he accepted it, 137,800 more people would be covered. And yet Bryant is blaming Obama for these people going without insurance. But of course he does, and for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Phil Bryant’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Judge Bill Weisenberger, Asshole of the Day for May 28, 2014
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We’re sure most of Mississippi would like for the rest of us to forget the state’s racist past, but that’s kind of hard to do. Especially when we hear...

Judge Bill Weisenberger, Asshole of the Day for May 28, 2014

by GirlGetALife ()

We’re sure most of Mississippi would like for the rest of us to forget the state’s racist past, but that’s kind of hard to do. Especially when we hear about folks like Madison County Judge Bill Weisenberger who slapped a young black man and yelled at him to “Run, n—–, run.”

Witnesses say 20-year old Eric Rivers was asking vendors at a local flea market if they needed help packing up as a way to earn money. According to those witnesses, Weisenberger was also at the flea market, moonlighting as a security guard. He - unprovoked - approached Rivers and began slapping him and yelling racial slurs. The fact that Rivers is reportedly mentally challenged only makes this story more infuriating.

Weisenberger didn’t reply to media calls regarding the incident, so we don’t have any lame quotes where he tries to explain how he’s not a racist. That’s too bad - because we’re sure his explanation is going to be a good one. And by good, we mean horrible.

We don’t want to hear any arguments about Weisenberger doing this on his own time, so his status on the bench shouldn’t be affected. To think he doesn’t bring these same prejudices into play when he’s working is foolish. Besides, it’s not okay to be racist when you’re off the clock.

Weisenberger’s use of the ‘n’ word is, as always, deplorable. But knowing he also physically attacked this young man - who wasn’t doing anything wrong - makes him a candidate for asshole of the year. But, it’s not even June…so for now we have to be content with naming him Asshole of the Day.

It is Judge Bill Weisenberger’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but he is one of many judges and racists to be featured on the site.

Full story: The Root


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Is Haley Barbour Asshole of the Day?

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Is Haley Barbour asshole of the day for dismissing accusations against Chris Christie as being from “a lady mayor”?

“No, I’ll tell you what it gives me concern about, that the news media is willing to leap at any farfetched story with the basis in fact is unbelievable,” Barbour said in an interview with CNN on Monday. “This is a lady mayor who asked for $127 million of hazard mitigation money from the governor to give that to her from the federal money. When the state was only receiving in its entirety $300 million.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/haley-barbour-lady-mayor-nj

Now I ask you– is there any reason at all why “lady” needs to be part of that statement? Because once it’s there, it sounds bad, and he didn’t go back to correct it.

UPDATE: Barbour gives non-apology apology:

Chuck Todd, host of MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” asked Barbour Tuesday if he didn’t mean to call Zimmer a “lady mayor.”

“Well I didn’t mean for it to be taken the wrong way,” he responded. “Somebody wrote me a note about it, I wrote her back and said thanks for the constructive criticism.”

Pressed by Todd to say whether he believed the comment was wrong, Barbour said he didn’t think it was “beneficial.”

“There’s certainly no difference between a lady mayor and a man mayor,” he added. “Except in this Christie story, the first person was a mayor [Fort Lee, N.J. Mayor Mark Sokolich] who happened to be a man. The second person was a mayor who happened to be a lady, and you don’t want to get them mixed up. But that wasn’t the right way to go in it.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/barbour_admits_lady_mayor_comment_wasnt_right_thing_to_say

So, there you have it– he won’t say it was wrong, but acknowledges it wasn’t beneficial. What a guy!

Photo source: https://twitter.com/HaleyBarbour


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Is Chris McDaniel Asshole of the Day?

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Is Chris McDaniel asshole of the day for blaming gun violence on “hip hop culture”?

“The reason Canada is breaking out with brand new gun violence has nothing to do with the United States and guns,” McDaniel said in this promotional sampler for his syndicated radio show. “It has everything to do with a culture that is morally bankrupt. What kind of culture is that? It’s called hip-hop.”

McDaniel went on to conflate rap music with failing schools and broken communities. “Name a redeeming quality of hip-hop. I want to know anything about hip-hop that has been good for this country. And it’s not—before you get carried away—this has nothing to do with race. Because there are just as many hip-hopping white kids and Asian kids as there are hip-hopping black kids. It’s a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can’t stand education. It’s that culture that can’t get control of itself.”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/chris-mcdaniel-mississippi-hip-hop-gun-violence-audio

But what of all the people who were victims of gun violence before hip hop was invented, asshole?

Photo source: https://mcdaniel2014.com/


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