Friday, October 17, 2008

If I Only Had a Brain



If it weren't so sad it would be hilarious.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hate and fear are powerful forces in all societies. The problem here is ignorance. And it's an ignorance purposefully perpetrated by a right-wing media echo chamber that provides misinformation and encourages people to seek out the least credible sources. Say what you will about the left, but there's not a lot of MISINFORMATION out there about McCain, even if there are harsh views and unwarranted judgments (You may think he's going senile, but there's no hard evidence to support that. Just a bunch of gaffes and body language, and gaffes aren't a new thing for him)

These people are both perpetrators and victims. Yes many are racist and all are stupid, but they weren't racist from birth, and they've been encouraged in their stupidity. I wish there were more rage at the people who are manipulating these folks for their own sinister ends.

James said...

Hopefully in three weeks it will simply be hilarious....

Anonymous said...

Ignorance is dangerous, and coupled with zealotry is deadly.

Sad. Tragic. Pointless. Baseless. There are not enough words to describe this.

Phil said...

And the kid, holding the baby, with the milk jug ears and the "filled with the holy spirit" issue focus on Palin? I! DRINK! HIS! MILKSHAKE!!

Anonymous said...

Please, PLEASE don't think everyone from Ohio is like this. Ugh.

Alexander said...

Did I hear that correctly at the end that it was an Al Jazeera correspondent/piece?

Cheryl Robbins said...

Jesus... Really, how stupid can people be? On second thought, don't answer that. I don't really think "stupid" as a quantity actually has a minimum value.

These people make me sick. I try to think of America as being so much better than these people, but then they open their mouths and it genuinely breaks my heart that this mindest exists at all anymore. We really need to stop pointing cameras at them, stop giving them microphones. This isn't a declaration of freedom of thought, but rather a bleak demonstration of a terrible sickness in our society.

However, someone pointed out to me a while ago that Obama really isn't losing too many votes on race. It's not as though these assholes would've voted for a democrat anyway, regardless of skin color.

em said...

"Wolf in sheep's clothing"? That means Palin would still shoot him from a plane, right?

I've had a few bad experiences with Ohio (one including a time when I was seven, on a road trip with my family, and had to stop into a hotel one night just to use the restroom in the lobby and was denied because they don't like "yella" people...) and this just scares me further. I'm not ignorant enough to believe everyone in Ohio is like this, but it creeps me out.

figment said...

holy idiocy. "if i laugh at any mortal thing 'tis that i may not weep."

Mr. Controversy said...

McCain/Palin '08: "WE'RE FINISHED!"

Chez said...

Al Jazeera America -- which doesn't surprise me insofar as the kind of thing they're covering, but it's not like they made these idiots say this stuff.

Julius_Goat said...

"We really need to stop pointing cameras at them, stop giving them microphones. This isn't a declaration of freedom of thought, but rather a bleak demonstration of a terrible sickness in our society."

Cheryl, I disagree, respectfully. Let these people be heard. Let's get it out there and look at it po-faced. It's hidden all so often, but Palin has made them bold. Let them be seen for who they are. Let them expose themselves, their ignorance, their ugliness.

They represent a worldview that is unsustanable and backward, and it is slowly going away, and you are seeing their manifestation of fear at a powerful representation of this inevitable development -- an Obama victory.

But by all means, let's get it out there and own it as a sickness within our borders. If it is exposed for what it is, it might just go away all the quicker.

Jeremy said...

Well, one thing is for damn sure, this election cycle has dragged all of our ugly race issues out into the sunshine. The kindly corner store proprietor who smiled politely while he watched black customers in his surveillance mirrors is now openly seething with hate.
It's sad. It's disturbing. But it's time we dragged it out of that musty closet of "we only say this behind closed doors with other whites (or presumed whites)" and got it into the air where, hoepfully, the stink can finally disipate.

Jeremy said...

@ julius_goat
Amen!

peachfish said...

Every day I'm astounded that people this racist and downright delusional still exit in our country.

slouchmonkey said...

I'm sorry. Did that guy say "niggra?" Votar, we need you.

Anonymous said...

Now all we need to do is fill an empty zeppelin field w/zealots/party-liners and bring in the goose-stepping stormtroopers.

Manny said...

You know, just when you think that the people of this country have been through enough to realize that we need the kind of leadership that Obama can provide, you get clips of backwater hicks like these people that still think that fire is magic and letting someone take your picture will steal your soul.

Anonymous said...

the perfect host(ess) too...

Jane said...

i'm crying... and not because it's funny.

Anonymous said...

These poor people just look so goddamn terrified.

Max said...

Yes, please understand not all Ohioans are like this. If I'm correct this was filmed in mid-to Southern Ohio. Northern Ohio (where I grew up) is a whole different animal, and usually is the part of the state that goes "blue". Once you get past Columbus going south, it starts resembling Kentucky more. Not that there's anything wrong with Kentucky...I'm sure.

choenbone said...

A few random thoughts:


these are the type of people who's minds resemble a Jello salad. Sure it's colorful, but when you get down to it, there is not really much substance.



Blazing Saddles comes to mind. "These are simple folks... you know...morons."


If ignorance is bliss, these morons must be the happiest in Ohio.


Nuke em all.

Steve said...

This election is really polarizing the country. More and more, America is looking like two nations, and each one thinks it represents the whole.

It's also interesting how the poles of warring/peaceful, racist/tolerant, ignorant/enlightened, once somewhat mixed between parties, are beginning to separate into two distinct groups with little or no crossover this time around. Any racist Dems have gone to the GOP, and tolerant Republicans have gone over to the Democrats, for example. This leaves the GOP as a party of mainly warring/racist/ignorant people, no longer containing the impurities of peacefulness, tolerance or wisdom.

In my opinion.

Secret Squirrel said...

Beware Obama’s SECRET PLAN to implement Black Socialism in America! None dare call it conspiracy! PASS IT ALONG!! Time is running out!! TELL FOX NEWS!!

Vermillion said...

You know what?

This doesn't amaze me. or frighten me. Or shock me. This has been going on for the past year or so.

What does amaze me is that ONE guy. That one guy who had the guts to stand up to what he thought were his friends and neighbors. That one guy who was self-aware enough to realize that he didn't have to drink the Koolaid. That one guy who had to stand there and see how deluded these people were, in that they started calling him racial slurs, even though he was the same as they were.

He amazed me. Seeing someone like that, in a place like that does more to me than a hundred shots of the latest paranoid racist parroting those folks wish to trot out.

I know he has a rough road ahead of him, but I wish the best for that guy. He deserves it.

We never had this conversation. said...

I don't understand how these people can still think most of these things are true - it's a blatant case of them purposely misleading THEMSELVES. The information is out there - how can Obama be Muslim and have the problems he has with REVEREND Jeremiah Wright? How can he hate White America, his Mother and his Grandmother who raised him are both white!
I just...ugh, it's ridiculous. If you don't want to like Obama for his policies, fine. You're entitled to that. Why do you have to make shit up?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry. Fox already knows, and they're on the case.

As for the first poster, this isn't 'ignorance'. This is down-home, grade-A Americana racism. Please don't make excuses for these people. And yes, I said 'these people'.

happy_blackbird said...

I agree with Julius_Goat. These people need to be brought out into the bright, bright light so that we are always ever mindful that people of this nature still exist in America. There is still a huge amount of work to do in order to ensure every American has the best possible chance at an education (and I truly mean education, not propaganda).

I, too, am so impressed with the single, local Obama supporter for standing up to his hate seething, ignorant neighbors. This is exactly what I experienced when protesting Palin in Denver. People said the most disgusting, hateful things at me (even with their small children in the car). This is one brave mofo, in my opinion, and I hope he remains safe in his community.

I am not Star Jones said...

this video shows why i'm terrified of mccain being our next president...it means that people like this will feel vindicated in their hatred and inhumanity.

And I don't want to believe this is the face America wants to show to the world.

Anonymous said...

As Martin Luther King, Jr said, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." and, yes, I'm from central Ohio.