This is how it’s done. Props to the NAACP!
My friend and commenter Brendan has such a way with words:
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
It has come to my attention that you recently forced Shirley Sherrod, a USDA appointee, to resign over what appear to unfounded allegations of racism by noted conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart. Unfortunately, by taking the word of this well-known con artist at face value, you have fired an innocent person. you need to reinstate her.
As the following link demonstrates, breitbart’s video was selectively edited to make Sherrod appear to be admitting to racism: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/usda_appointee_forced_to_resign_after_discussing_r.php
Unfortunately for Mr. Breitbart (as well as for you), this has been exposed as a fraud. In fact, the family Sherrod helped called into CNN today to explain that “Sherrod was helpful to her family and that the couple never felt she was being racist while trying to assist them in avoiding foreclosure. ” The family added, “”She treated us really good and got us all we could,” and they do not believe you have treated Ms. Sherrod fairly. (source: http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/20/agriculture.employee.naacp/index.html?iref=NS1)
Mr. Vilsack, I would like to know if it is USDA policy to take allegations like those made by Mr. Breitbart at face value, without doing further research. Breitbart, as you should know, was also closely linked to the fraudulent ACORN video, which led Congress to unfairly defund the organization, which was later cleared of any and all wrongdoing. Breitbart was also linked to recent efforts to tap Senator Mary Landrieu’s phone, a crime which one of his accomplices pled guilty to.
As you should know by now, the partisans on the Republican party have been engaged in smear campaigns against Democrats for decades: examples include the Whitewater non-scandal; the Jeremiah Wright non-scandal; the Barack Obama is a secret muslim/socialist/nazi/Kenyan/Martian non-scandal; and so on.
The fact that you believed the allegations made by Breitbart and fired a loyal employee speak very badly to your character and leadership. Do you think that appeasing these lunatics will cause them to leave you alone? Rest assured, they will be back for more. Meanwhile, you have hung an innocent elderly woman out to dry based on the fever dreams of a man who has demonstrated time and time again that he’s a fraud, proving that you’re something of a coward who won’t stand up for his employees.
You should be ASHAMED of yourself.
I never wrote about this stupid “controversy” because I remember reading something in my local paper that said it was no big deal. Which doesn’t surprise me, because the polling place where this alleged intimidation occurred was in a minority neighborhood, and I would be very surprised if anyone (other than patronage employees of the GOP-controlled parking authority) was breaking down the walls of the polling place to vote for John McCain.
But the corporate media, bowing to temper tantrums from the right, have pronounced this “news” anyway. Because we all know who really controls the media, and it ain’t us.
Max Blumenthal does his usual good work:
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In other news, water is wet!
Kind of funny when the GOP is so extreme, they’re pushing Chris Christie to be more of a right-winger!
Gov. Christie says he has not decided whether to sign on to a 20-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health-care law signed in March by President Obama. That makes New Jersey one of seven Republican-led states that have not joined the largely partisan fight.
Interest groups on both sides of the debate are lobbying the governor, but some of his advisers say he should not join the suit. Capping property taxes and managing a difficult budget have rightly been his top priorities, they say, and New Jersey residents are more open than people in other parts of the country to health-care regulation.
With 16 of 23 states led by GOP governors fighting the new law, at least one national expert said Christie faced the risk of becoming an “outlier through inaction.”
“He’s going to have to explain why he has stood out among his colleagues in his own party by not doing something they’ve all done,” said Michael Franc, vice president for government relations at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy group in Washington.
Why don’t these guys go fuck themselves with a rusty chainsaw, and leave the rest of us alone?
Yes, I’m sure that making gay marriage, strip clubs and pornography into criminal offenses will solve all of their social problems.
Hey, why not make church attendance mandatory?
Funny, how many children of prominent wingnuts go into the family business, huh? Andrew Schlafly (son of Phyllis) is leading the team suing the state of NJ to recall Sen. Bob Menendez for voting for the health care bill.
You may also remember him as the guy leading the team to rewrite the Bible “without liberal bias.” Uh huh.
Anyway, the hearing is today.