Schooling Harry, Intolerant Bigotry, And A Well-Deserved Apology *Open Thread*

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As a very fun follow-up to the “Dirty Harry” post, you have just got to check out this hilarious video of radio host and Blaze TV host, Dana Loesch, from this weekend. Loesch is schooling Harry Reid in a big way about using the internet (h/t Helen):

Oh, my – I was laughing so hard as she educated us about using the “internets.” So funny. And if you don’t have the time or opportunity to watch the video, here is a bit of what Ms. Loesch had to say from The Blaze:

Adopting an infomercial-style voice, Loesch continued, approaching an old-fashioned desktop computer: “I thought I would give you a quick tutorial on how to ‘Internet’ if you’re having trouble ‘Interneting’ and getting the Obamacare because – computer.”

She demonstrated: “This keyboard allows you to type ignorant stuff on my Facebook wall, like, ‘Dana, you suck!’ and demonstrate your lack of understanding between ‘you’re’ – you are – and ‘your’ – possessive.”

“Now, because you’re a racist who probably never liked Obamacare anyway, it’s not going to process your order,” she continued smoothly. “If you actually get to the point in the process where you can put some Obamacare in your virtual cart, just leave it there and don’t pay for it! Because Health and Human Services, they modified the definition of ‘enroll’ to people who want the Obamacare but don’t want to pay.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Hey, sometimes the only way to deal with the sheer lunacy of some of our elected officials is with humor, and Loesch does that very well.

Unfortunately, there was something else that happened this weekend that was not at all a laughing matter. That would be some mighty intolerant, bigoted, condescending, and arrogant Tweets sent out by EBONY.com Senior writer, Jamilah Lemieux. Ms. Lemieux was targeting black Conservatives in general in her Tweets, but went after Raffi Williams, son of liberal commentator and The Hill contributor, Juan Williams, referring to him as a “white dude.” Raffi, the Deputy Press Secretary for the RNC, is not white. In the video below as Father and Son talk about the Tweets, as well as the importance of free thought regardless of ethnicity:

Now most of y’all know I am not a big fan of Juan Williams. Ordinarily, when he appears on the All Star Panel on Special Report, he bugs the bejeezus out of me, and in my opinion, does little more than regurgitate the daily DNC talking point. But every once in a while, he surprises me. Maybe it is because Raffi is his son, but whatever the case, Williams surprised me in his comments in a good way.

Juan’s son, Raffi, seemed to handle this insult with grace, and was extremely well spoken on how the color of his skin does not dictate how his brain works. I can see why he was chosen for the position he holds at the RNC.

And speaking of the RNC, the Chair, Reince Priebus, was not at all amused with the manner by which Williams was treated by Lemieux. Priebus wasted no time letting EBONY.com know about it, either. As the Hot Air article highlighted, Priebus sent a letter to Amy Barnett, the Editor-in-Chief about the offensive Tweets. You can read it in its entirety here. In it, Priebus minced no words:

[…] When one of the Republican National Committee’s staff members challenged her assumptions and attempted to engage in a dialogue, she dismissively referred to him as “a white dude.” That staffer, our Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams, is black. She went on to deride those who were criticizing her as “a house full of roaches.”

Attacking someone for his or her race, heritage or political views is the very thing EBONY has worked to discourage, and actions like those of Ms. Lemieux are far below the basic standards of journalism. She did not even attempt to show journalistic objectivity. And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s unacceptable to refer to those who disagree with you as “roaches.”

Raffi deserves an apology from Ms. Lemieux and from EBONY—not just for making assumptions about his race but more importantly for dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse. (Click here to read the rest.) […]

I concur – Raffi Williams definitely deserved an apology as a result of the Tweets from Lemieux, and her clear disdain for anyone who thinks differently than she does.

Well, as it turns out, Williams got it from EBONY.com. And it’s a good one, no, “it was wrong of her, BUT…” kind of thing. It was a flat out, good, decent apology. Again, from Hot Air:

Yesterday, the spirit of this mission was disregarded by EBONY.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux in a personal Twitter exchange between herself and RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams. In part of the exchange, Lemieux responded to an attempt at discourse from Williams with words that curtly dismissed him and his suggestion that she be interested in the “diversity of thought.” She also misidentified him, unintentionally, as White. Williams is Black.

EBONY strongly believes in the marketplace of ideas. As the magazine of record for the African American community, Lemieux’s tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse Black thought. …

EBONY acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community.

Good for them for stepping up and apologizing in this manner. Yep, it was totally the right thing to do.

It is disturbing to see the level of vitriol heading the way of people like Williams, and Sec. Rice, who is now having a bunch of students at the Univ. of Minnesota demanding she not speak. It just makes me wonder: What is it that they are afraid of hearing from people like Rice or Williams? Especially in institutions of higher learning, you would THINK the educators would actually want young people to hear different sides and form their own conclusions. Sadly, that seems not to be the case. Only one mindset is acceptable to some of these folks, and that seems to be playing out more and more.

At least that is how it seems to me. How about you? Consider this an Open Thread.

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32 Responses to “Schooling Harry, Intolerant Bigotry, And A Well-Deserved Apology *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    It seems like every day we get another example from their own mouths of the left not believing in, or indeed wanting, free speech.

    I am also NOT a Juan Williams fan. When I tune in and see him I usually just don’t watch any further. I don’t “like” him and I won’t pretend I do – and seriously, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. I loathe Bob Beckel as much as Williams.

    I do applaud Juan Williams for coming to the aid of his son. I liked that he mentioned all the other black conservatives who have to take such heat – Especially my man Thomas Sowell who I think is magnificent! Imagine how much better the AA community would be if they listened to him instead of race-baiters like Sharpton and Jackson. And the despicable Ms. Lemieux.

    If us white folks aren’t allowed to discuss black folks how come they get to discuss us? Another bit of hypocrisy? If the left didn’t have double standards they would have no standards at all.

  2. insanitybytes22 Says:

    ROFL! Don’t you just love having the Gov lecture you about learning how to use the intertoobz? To make matters worse, the Gov, the NSA, has been eavesdropping and following us around everywhere. You would think they would have learned something from us by now, but nope, the morons went on to design a website without any thought to security, traffic, data. Zip, Zilch. Nada.

    While in the process of hacking our accounts, spying on us, vandalizing our electronics, basically turning the internet into swiss cheese…..it never occurred to them that protecting privacy and security might be a valid concern.

    Ai yi yi. Hey, we have to pass the thing to see what’s in it….

    As to racism, sexism, even homophobia, I’ve never seen so much of it in my entire life. Ironically, it’s those who profess to care so much about these issues that have been the most hateful.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Right there with y’all. Yeah, the gov’t lecturing us, with websites blowing through hundreds of millions of dollars and STILL not working is not the place from which I want to take any advice, thanks.

      And no kidding abt the NSA, insanity. Did you see the following article that indicates the NSA has over THREE HUNDRED reports on Germany’s Angela Merkel?? Would the NSA be so concerned abt out ENEMIES, eh? Here’s the piece: http://news.yahoo.com/report-nsa-had-over-300-reports-merkel-151152557.html

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, and I meant to add, just last night, I was talking to my partner abt when I first started writing back in 2008. I said back then that Obama was going to set back race relations, and women’s rights, decades, like in this piece from way back then: http://rabblerouserruminations.blogspot.com/2008/11/judging-man.html

        It is truly astonishing to me to see where this country is in such a relatively short time…

      • insanitybytes22 Says:

        Isn’t that astounding? Good grief. Germany is our ally! So are the American people, or so I used to think. In all of the craziness it seems like the only people we have any respect for these days are our enemies who wish us harm.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It truly does boggle the mind. Like this SF Dem, Yee, selling arms to Muslim terrorists. Will he now be charged with treason? He’s a Dem, so…

          Germany is looking into investigating the NSA. I don’t know for what they are waiting. If another country had so blatantly spied on our President, you better believe they’d be investigated.

          You are so right abt the security issues you o mentioned above. Heaven knows Obamacare is rife with them. And the thing is, there are a TON of software programs that would have worked far easier, faster, better, and CHEAPER, than the dismal failures of so many states (MD, OR spring to mind) and the Fed. Such a blatant waste of taxpayer dollars. Sure would be interested to see what the connections are between the companies that set up those state programs and some of the prominent officials. We already know abt the connections between Michelle and her roomie who worked for the co. that wasted our tax dollars.

          UGH.

  3. Katherine B. Says:

    “If the left didn’t have double standards they would have no standards at all.” One of life’s essential truths!

    As for trying to keep Sec. Rice from speaking on a college campus, I am not surprised. Instead of attending her speech and challenging her during the Q& A session or even protesting quietly with signs outside her speech, they want to silence her completely. Would that they would feel the same way about the Rev.(sic) Farakahn.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Exactly Katherine! What are they afraid she’ll say? Are they afraid that she might be seen as a real human being, warts and all but a smart, accomplished, African America woman? I am not a fan of Sec. Rice. However I do see her as an accomplished woman. Keep her from speaking? That makes those who oppose her worse than what I didliked about her in the past.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That was precisely my question above – just what are they SO afraid of with these speakers? Just what do they think will happen if they hear their stories, that they might realize not everything they were told was accurate? That not all Republicans are a bunch of white, racist yahoos? That there are some folks like Sec. Rice, and Dr. Ben Carson who have risen from poor means to positions of tremendous height and responsibility all on their own hard work? That they might just be INSPIRED by their stories, even if they don’t agree with their politics?

        I was stunned when I heard Tucker Carlson mention that Dr. Carson won’t be speaking at Johns Hopkins. Indeed, it’s true – he has withdrawn from giving the Commencement Address at Johns Hopkins. Yes, the man who was the head of Pediatric Neurology at Johns Hopkins, one of the top in his field in the WORLD, who rose from great depths of poverty and an illiterate mother who nonetheless pushed education, his ticket out, will not be speaking there because – GASP – he is a Conservative.

        It is truly appalling. And you are so right abt the “double standards…”

  4. helenk3 Says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/31/oh-good-healthcare-gov-goes-down-on-deadline-day/

    must be too many of what harry calls dumb old people trying to use the internet

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      That site is down more then it is up. 😦

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Speaking as one of those dumb old folks I wonder how well Reid does on the “internets”.

      But then he doesn’t have to sign up for Obamacare and if he did he would have some flunky to do it for him. Who’s salary would be paid by those of us who do have to sign up and have to do so sans flunky.

  5. helenk3 Says:

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/ideologies-without-consequences/?singlepage=true

    ideologies without consequences
    VDH nails it

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oh and forgot to mention – Dana Loesch? Brilliant!

  7. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/181223-lib-rag-slate-gives-parenting-advice-white-parents-should-teach-kids-about-white-privilege-affirmative-action-play-dates/

    there seems to be something lacking here. their decision to leave the city seems like white privilege in action

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://suckersonparade.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-new-puritans.html#.UzmbHleMWuI

    sounds right to me

  9. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/181317-new-ad-hits-reids-ties-to-steyer-brothers/

    their picking on harry again

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They need to pick on Harry all right – pick the lying old POS to pieces! I can’t decide if he’s evil or crazy. Some days I think it one, some days another, some days both. On any day I think this cartoon shows Harry Reid – The Democrat Majority Leader of the Senate in all his glory.

  10. helenk3 Says:

    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/03/31/gop-lawmaker-says-benghazi-investigation-will-lead-hillary-clinton-it-was-her-show

    Benghazi is not going away

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And if the GOP takes over the Senate it really will not go away. Let’s just hope that if they do manage to gain the majority they don’t over step. Both parties are guilty of that when they get a majority and it’s why most Americans prefer that no one party hold the House, Senate and White House.

      That doesn’t even take the 3rd Branch of government in to consideration. But that branch shouldn’t be about left or right, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican – it should be about the law. Yeah, right, I know – dream on old girl – dream on.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are so right, Marge – both parties tend to overstep, and I hope the GOP will refrain from doing so.

        And you are spot on abt the 3rd Branch. Prof. Jonathan Turley said the Judicial Branch is the one to rein in the overreach of Obama. They need to get a move on, I’d say…

        Oh, yes – it SHOULD be non-partisan and just abt the law. That was the intent originally, was it not? It shouldn’t have mattered the party of the Prez nominating the person, or the party of the nominee, but sadly, those days seem long gone…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          We cannot be a Nation of Laws as some pundit or another likes to say IF we are a nation of liberal laws or conservative laws. People of integrity on the court would put their personal ideology aside and simply follow the law and the constitution. Don’t we all wish!

          I think Ted Cruz got it right when he said this:

          http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjCTvJIIAAA6MgV.jpg:medium

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Absolutely spot on. And Ted Cruz was right, too. I can just imagine how the Framers would feel abt where our country is now…

  11. helenk3 Says:

    http://americanthinker.com/2014/04/ezekiel_emmanuels_reaper_curve.html

    this is one sick sucker

  12. helenk3 Says:

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2014/04/01/obamacare-website-hacked-in-just-4-minutes/

    obamacare website hacked in just 4 minutes

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Well doesn’t that make ya feel all safe withgiving them your personal information? Tell ya what, why not just ask the NSA – they seem to be collecting everyone’s personal information all ready. Why bother giving it to one part of the government when another part of the government is just helping themselves anyway? The calendar may say 2014 but this corrupt goverment says “1984”.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Isn’t that just incredible? From the get-go, security has been a MAJOR problem. Again, it isn’t like there isn’t software available that routinely safeguards personal info. Why in the world they did not avail themselves of software capable of doing so is just lunacy – at our expense, mind you…

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