Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama

51gkuU+mqeL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Race is, and always has been, an explosive issue in the United States. In this timely new book, Tim Wise explores how Barack Obama’s emergence as a political force is taking the race debate to new levels. According to Wise, for many white people, Obama’s rise signifies the end of racism as a pervasive social force; they point to Obama not only as a validation of the American ideology that anyone can make it if they work hard, but also as an example of how institutional barriers against people of color have all but vanished. But is this true? And does a reinforced white belief in color-blind meritocracy potentially make it harder to address ongoing institutional racism? After all, in housing, employment, the justice system, and education, the evidence is clear: white privilege and discrimination against people of color are still operative and actively thwarting opportunities, despite the success of individuals like Obama.

Is black success making it harder for whites to see the problem of racism, thereby further straining race relations, or will it challenge anti-black stereotypes to such an extent that racism will diminish and race relations improve? Will blacks in power continue to be seen as an “exception” in white eyes? Is Obama “acceptable” because he seems “different from most blacks,” who are still viewed too often as the dangerous and inferior “other”?

Tim Wise is among the most prominent antiracist writers and activists in the US and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and MSNBC Live. His previous books include Speaking Treason Fluently and White Like Me.

13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

EXCERPT: The Republican inquisition over the attacks against Americans in Benghazi has never really gone away, but it appears as though in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the House Oversight Committee’s Benghazi hearings this week there are renewed psycho-histrionics over Benghazi.

Lindsey Graham and Fox News Channel in particular are each crapping their cages over new allegations from an alleged whistleblower, while they continue to deal in previously debunked falsehoods about the sequence of events during and following the attacks. Fox News is predictably helming the biggest raft of hooey on the situation — turning its attention to Hillary Clinton in an abundantly obvious early move to stymie her presidential run before it even begins.

So I thought I’d revisit some territory I covered back in October as a bit of a refresher — especially since it appears as if no one, including and especially the traditional press, intends to ask any of these obnoxious, opportunistic liars about why they’re so obsessed by this one attack yet they entirely ignored the dozen-plus consulate/embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were allegedly “keeping us safe.”

The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.


This guy ran the tech that won Obama reelection


Harper Reed, the CTO for Obama’s 2012 campaign, tells us why Obama won, why the GOP lost and what will define 2016

The Chief Technology Officer for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign probably does not look like what you think he looks like.

In fact, Harper Reed — the Obama for America CTO who led a highly-regarded team of engineers in support of last November’s victorious candidate — likes to compare his looks to those of his predecessor, the CTO for Obama’s 2008 campaign, as he did in this side-by-side photo he showed while speaking at Rhizome’s Seven by Seven conference in April:

No, Reed is not the buttoned-up, neatly-coiffed exec you might expect to run the technology behind the most important election in America; but regardless of his sartorial choices, or the way he shapes his bangs in the morning, Reed has achieved unqualified triumphs, both as CTO for Threadless, the popular online T-shirt storefront, and then as CTO for President Obama’s reelection run. … In other words: You may question his beard, but you can’t question his success. … Since November 2012, Reed has turned away from politics, turning his attention to a stealthy mobile payments app (as well as a repository of pizza GIFs). And though he’s no longer plying his trade in Washington D.C., he did reflect on what made the Democrats successful in 2012, what doomed the GOP’s chances and a couple of the issues that may define the race in 2016 in a recent sit-down interview with Yahoo! News.


Obama Intentionally Hurting the Nation

By Richard Larsen

We have a President who is intentionally hurting the nation and the people he’s entrusted to serve. In the name of the sequester, the White House’s own plan to clinch a budget deal last year, Obama is willfully and intentionally doing as much damage as he can. This is not subjective, but is verifiable fact.

The President rejected a proposal by the Senate Republicans to give the President more flexibility to pick and choose which programs should be cut to reach the $85 billion spending reduction over seven months mandated by the so-called sequester. That would have given him the opportunity to meet the requirements of the budget deal, without affecting the people our government is supposed to be serving. Keep in mind, that these legislatively mandated reductions are not cuts in actual spending, but only reflect a 2.5% reduction in the growth of government spending.

According to the President a few weeks ago, “There’s no smart way to do that [the sequester cuts],” he said. “These cuts are wrong. They’re not smart, they’re not fair. They’re a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.” This is a surprising admission that his own plan is, in fact, stupid!

Actually, Mr. President, there was a smart and prudent way to do it. …

From the comments:

  1. jayhook says:

    Show me one politician that doesn’t place politics in front of the American people. Now congress is going to make exceptions on the sequester for the rich who travel, this includes the very same congress that is being ignored in the article.

    The republican held congress said the sequesters were exactly what they wanted, and now we are placing all the blame on the president. Blame needs to be given to both groups as they fight for power and control.

  2. Disgusted Reader says:


    Sequester was all Obama’s, he wanted it and now he doesn’t? Plenty of blame to spread around, feel free to share it. Now when it finally comes into play, guess who gets hit? Not the White House, but average citizens who through no fault of their own want to travel but can’t because? No, spite is the new way of doing things in D.C. and it sucks.

    Tired of the blame bus, it came on one administrations time in office. Give credit where credit is due.

    Please stop those who make money from traveling to make more but don’t stop those that spend it in large amounts from traveling? Is that the way it doesn’t work. 3 Watch Lists and all 3 failed to find an obvious perp? Cut their money, big time, the lists are a waste and will never find anything. Oh, mom is on the list too. Go figure.

    Article after article calling out Obama on the sequester the past few weeks. Take your pick. I won’t even suggest one for you. How much crow can Obama eat before he has his fill and we have enough of him?

    You’re right it’s about power and control, good observation. Heaven help us if the wrong people get the power and control.

  3. ike says:

    …”as painful as possible.”

    Since this phrase has the infamous hug of quotation marks, we are left to assume that someone in the administration actually said that. This is not the case. Mr. Larsen is being sloppy at best.


    Do you remember telling me that they (the Left) were the only ones who did that?

Read the full story from the Idaho State Journal

The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms


The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms:

The problem with talking about firearms is that people tend to be either gun nuts or they’re totally ignorant and/or scared to death of firearms. If you’re a novice and try to find answers online you’re soon flooded with divergent opinions, conflicting advice, and sometimes ridicule for asking such “stupid” questions.

Finding answers in person, in a gun store, surrounded by firearm devotees, is even more intimidating! Who, in their right mind wants to embarrass themselves in a room full of complete strangers!

The print version of this book is titled The Gun Guide for Those Who Know Nothing About Firearms. It’s also available at Amazon Books.

This book takes those who are new to the world of firearms and explains the basics of how firearms work, the strengths and weaknesses of every major type of firearm you’re likely to encounter, and in the final section, shows you how to evaluate firearm and ammunition choices. When you’re finished reading this book you’ll be equipped to make an informed purchase that takes into account your budget and your needs.

Amazon review:

I’m just starting to get into guns and shooting and this book gave me enough information that I finally feel ready to enter a gunstore for the first time. This book will do nothing for anybody who is already into guns and shootings, but as the title suggests this book is for the complete newbie. Book covered a lot of the basics on how guns work (what “action” means, etc.), as well as a good starting point on what all the different rounds of ammunition are. A great book for the total beginner. And like I said, it gave me enough knowledge that when I go into a gun store, I won’t be totally confused by all the terms.

Steven Gregersen lives with his wife on a 20 acre (almost!) self-sufficient, off-grid homestead in the mountains of northwestern Montana. His early years were spent in Kansas where he worked summers on his grandparent’s farm. He enrolled in the auto-mechanic’s course at the local vocational school while still attending High School. Upon graduating he served three years in the USMC. After that he pursued a career as an auto mechanic, eventually owning his own auto repair business.
Steven has been a life-long student. He grew up hunting and fishing and, as an adult, added trapping, ammunition reloading, gardening, animal husbandry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, photography and other skills. He earned his college degree in his late 30s and served as a pastor and Christian camp director. His primary source of income at this time is writing. He’s had articles published in Fur-Fish-Game magazine, Traditional Bowhunter magazine, Primitive Archer magazine, Backwoodsman magazine, Back Home magazine, Backwoods Home magazine, and several others. He currently has two books in print and is working on a third.

His writing is not based on research but on his experiences in life. He’s a “hands on” type of guy. When there’s a new skill to be learned he’s never content to just read or watch a Youtube video. He has to do it himself. When he writes of homesteading, shooting, reloading, hunting or any other topic you can bet that he’s done it himself and is sharing that experience with you.

Do Obama’s laws merely take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens?

  1. Disgusted Reader says:

    How many guns are registered in America?

    That’s a seemingly obvious question without a straightforward answer. There’s no universal gun registry, and thus not a simple way to pin down the exact number of firearms in the U.S. … There are estimates, however. According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents — far ahead of Yemen, which comes in second with about 55 firearms for every 100 people, or Switzerland, which is third with 46 guns for every 100 people.

    There are certain types of firearms that do require registration in the United States: those subject to the National Firearms Act, including machine guns, shotguns and rifles with barrels shorter than 18 inches, and silencers. … According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which handles that registration, there were more than 3.1 million National Firearms Act-registered weapons in the U.S. as of March 2012. That includes more than 488,000 machine guns and more than 2 million “destructive devices” such as grenades, which are also classified under the law. … Obama is pushing laws that will only affect law abiding citizens, not perps. What wrong with that? Everything. Fix the problems, don’t make new ones. … Guns were barred in the New Town school, that didn’t stop Adam Lanza. … When the laws fixes something, I’m all ears. These things just make things worse.

  2. Ranger says:

    In what way shape or form do laws make things worse. DUI laws make drunk driving go up? Domestic violence laws make domestic violence go up? Car vehicle insurance laws make car wrecks go up? No it is a simple matter of social responsibility. For your information as well the Homestead Act was repealed in 1970. Law abiding citizens????? Now that is a good one—Read on the Boston investigation that these terrorists groups are looking for people with a clean record to help perpetrate the crimes. A clean record often means little more than comfortable affluence. Records can be expunged, vacated, or dismissed across the board. Really quite useless. They are like credit scores. If you got the money and the time a clean slate is there for the asking. … Got a good lawyer? The danger with high powered guns is they will fall into the wrong hands. A great misnomer of the gun advocates is that they actually believe there is such a thing as a criminal class. That is the joke. “We are the great American law -abiding American heroes,’ and everyone else including the kid caught shoplifting candy is a criminal, or the boys caught with beer and on and on.

    In reality there is no such thing as the criminal class. It is a fiction. There are people who make mistakes. There are people who need to learn how to make a living. Society creates its own ills. When you have a materialistic mania that goes on in America with people on their heels ready to shoot each other over pennies then you have a sick society. America is a sick society bent on moral militaristic destruction, and you MR DR encompass the problem. You represent an intolerant class based on priveledge. I know you have your sob story about living on garden vegtables and on and on. But across the board yours is a story of priveledge. You gre up in acohesive society and a mono culture. You have no basis for evaluation other than your refractory limited experience. Unfortunately there are many like you. But you view the world slanted. Why would 33,000 gun deaths per year be something to be proud of? It shows the consciousness of an irresponsible nation. … It also shows a nation of affluent discrimination.

    The irony of course is that your little group of bloggers is not a majority. Yours is a braggocio that you expect everyone to react to. … So you can take pot shots. Too bad too bad.

A bad day for Obama is a good day for America

By Neal Larson

Conservatives felt a nice mix of celebration and relief this week after the devastating failure of President Obama’s gun control push. Celebration over keeping the 2nd Amendment largely intact. And relief that Barack Obama is not the anti-Christ after all! Pretty sure the anti-Christ could have gotten gun control through Congress. But it’s clear that a lame duck golf-addicted President with an over-inflated sense of self and slipping clout cannot. What’s even better, is that members of his own party, concerned about their 2014 political prospects, bailed on him, derailing plans to blame Republicans for allowing the deaths of American children. That was supposed to be a key messaging element of a planned 2014 Democratic takeover. He knew all along the Manchin-Toomey bill was doomed in the House, and that’s where it was supposed to be defeated to maximize their political strategy.

Read the full story from the Idaho State Journal

From the comments:

Disgusted Reader says:

I’m waiting for the day that liberal democrats have to pass a background check of the political kind.

Gun Control? Where did the perps get their guns in Boston and better yet their explosives? I’ll lay odds they don’t appear on any background check period. They have more and more stringent laws back there and look at the reward for those laws. Pressure cooker bombs instead that you don’t have to have a background check for YET.

I don’t smoke and those that do will have to live with the consequences of smelling like a walking garbage can.

Perp control, that’s what we need on a national scale and then some. Immigration control where perps from Chechnya don’t come here with their built-in mayhem. I’m with their uncle, they need to be called losers and take their punishment. Good man, their uncle.

Hell, enforce the laws we have, we don’t need more. But then we’d have to arrest Mr. Holder for violating a big one.

But Obama didn’t want to win a political victory of any kind, did he? And 90% wanted his way? I don’t think so, most polls showed we were divided on the subject with no clear majority on either side. 30% of 90% says 27% were on his side.

Mike says:

I get pretty “disgusted” with articles bad mouthing our elected leaders by “Conservatives” who do not represent the 99% of us, just the Rich, the Billionaires, Wall Street and Corporations”, the 1%.
Why anyone would vote for an elected official who votes for only 1% of the electorate is beyond me, especially when most make under $100,000 annually.
We got a lot of problems today, most were legislated by “Conservatives” bribed and paid for by Corporations, Billionaires, and Wall Street” while shifing the wealth from the Shrinking Middle Class and Poor to the 1% these past 30 plus years.
As I occasionally listen to “Choose the Right” Conservative Radio and TV of Fox, Limbaugh, Savage, Medfled, Beck, Hannity, and others who really are mouth pieces for the Corporations, Rich, and Wall Street, lying to us, distorting news, with one agenda, keep us ill informed for the benefit of the Rich, the Corporations, and Wall Street, and maing us believe they are “for us, the Middle Class and Poor”. If you are collecting Food Stamps, you are Not Middle Class, but working poor. Like the 3 out of 4 jobs created last year as minimum wage. The Right to Work for less law designed to keep livable wages at poverty levels. Yet, people seem to believe they are “Middle Class” and “Conservative”.
Nothing could be further from the Truth. The Only thing “Conservative” about a “Conservative” is to make the Rich, Wall Street and Corporations Richer at the expense of the Middle Class and Poor. Until we wake up, and look beyond the South East Idaho Propaganda machine, bad mouthing Obama, the government, Obamacare, and other tactics, the shift of wealth will continue to slide out of the hands of the Middle Class to the Rich, the Corporations, and Wall Street.
Look outside the box, outside the mis-information of what we hear on the “choose the Right” radio and TV. Wise up.
Seek the Truth. You will not find it just by reading nonsense like this or listening to “Choose the Right” Propaganda.
PBS, Ed Schultz, Bill Moyers, Tom Hartmann, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Fortune, Barrons, Wall Street Journal, Nation, Progressive, In These Times, High Tower Report, Mother Jones, Internet, and Satellite Radio and TV, Current, Link, Free Speech TV, and others along with Fox and Limbaugh. Then you just might be enlightened, like I have.
Oh, since the Assault Weapons bill failed, I am saving up for an AR-15 (about $900), 100 round Magazines ($150 on line), ten 30 round magazines, 5,000 rounds of .223 ammo, and “Bump Stock” to modify legally to 400 rounds per minute firing rate at 3200 foot muzzle velocity, so I can keep up with the Jones.

Here is my “dream” weapon.