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Ted Cruz Gets OWNED By A Group Of Election Experts For Defending ‘Racist’ Texas Voter Law

During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to defend the honor of his state by suggesting that the Texas voter suppression law passed earlier this year isn’t racist. But all he accomplished was making himself look like a clueless fool.

Cruz was questioning a panel of election experts about whether or not the new Texas voting law (along with its voter ID requirements) is inherently racist.

Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, told Cruz that not all voter ID laws are the same because some allow for many forms of identification — student IDs, utility bills, etc. — while others such as the one in Texas only allow for a driver’s license to be used as “valid” ID. That makes it a form of poll tax, which is inherently biased against people of color and those of modest financial means.

That led Cruz to ask:

“So, what voter ID laws are racist?”

Tolson told him the Texas law was a perfect example of a racist voter ID law.

Cruz then tried to go at the matter another way, asking:

“OK, so you think the entire state of Texas is racist. What about requiring an ID to vote is racist.”

Tolson replied:

“So, I think this is pretty reductive, sir. I didn’t say that the entire state of Texas is racist.”

Cruz:

“You just said my state of Texas!”

The professor corrected Cruz:

“Your voter ID law.”

Trying to clarify and regain his footing, Cruz told Tolson:

“The voter I.D. law is.”

Tolson reiterated what she’d already said and then expanded on her answer:

“Absolutely. So, the fact that the voter I.D. law was put into place to diminish the power of Latinos with racist intent and was found to have racist intent.”

An incredulous Cruz queried:

“What’s your evidence for that?”

And that’s when Professor Tolson let Cruz know he had just asked a question he should never have uttered:

“The federal district court that first resolved the intentionality of Texas’ voter ID law.”

Game, set, and match Professor Tolson.

 

But that wasn’t good enough for the Texas senator. He then compounded his humiliation by asking every witness if they thought the Texas voter ID law was indeed racist.

Every single one of them emphatically said yes.

Ted Cruz has a reputation of being a brilliant legal theorist who excelled at Princeton and later at Harvard. But he really should have known better than to defend a blatantly racist law. The fact that he didn’t suggests he’s not nearly as bright as advertised.

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Pennsylvania School District Bans Book About Rosa Parks Over Fake ‘Critical Race Theory’ Outrage

On Monday in the city of York, Pennsylvania, the Central York School Board voted to keep a list of banned books dealing with race on its resource list or materials for students, despite protests from students and members of the community.

According to the York Daily Record:

Jane Johnson, president of the school board, said in a Sept. 10 release the materials were banned because of concerns from parents, the retirement of longstanding Superintendent Michael Snell and the shelving of a social studies program which focused on Black Lives Matter and other racial justice material.

Johnson said the content was banned because of the material and not because the authors are almost all from Black or Latinx heritage.

“The board believes that the fundamental purpose of school is that of core academics, objective education without indoctrination from any political or social agenda, and we look forward to the forthcoming review of the List and bringing balance to our classrooms,” Johnson’s statement read.

One of the books on the list is I Am Rosa Parks, written by Brad Meltzer, who has also authored historical books for children about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. He said Sunday on CNN that he cannot understand why the school board objects to a book about civil rights icon Rosa Parks:

“You know, all my friends were so angry, but I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken because it means that there are all these students that will never hear the story of Rosa Parks. And that’s exactly why I started writing these books, is to kids can see these amazing members of history. They can learn empathy, and compassion, and kindness. They can call it a freeze, but when kids can’t get these books, it’s a ban. And these kids can’t get the story of Rosa Parks or Malala [Yousafzai] or others, it breaks my heart.”

Meltzer added that teachers are now telling him they’re afraid to even mention race in their classrooms:

“Race is a hard subject matter, but nothing good comes from not discussing something that’s hard. And to me, that’s what these great leaders always stand for is you have to deal with these issues. If we don’t, we can’t go forward. What you’re seeing now is a pushback against that boogeyman of critical race theory where they are scared of what to do.”

What makes no sense at all, Meltzer concluded, is that the people making the decisions about what to teach to black children are all white:

“Listen, you have an all-white school board who bans a list that is basically almost every person on there, is it a book about someone who’s Black or by a Black author? Do the math on that. And when you hit Rosa Parks, a children’s book about Rosa Parks, the reason I’m talking to you today is that you realize that in all the back and pointing fingers, we’ve lost common sense. It’s Rosa Parks. You messed up if you’re banning Rosa Parks.”

Banning Rosa Parks. There should be a law against THAT, not against teaching the history of this country.

Here’s Brad Meltzer on CNN:

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Ted Nugent Gets The Mic Taken From Him By A Black Man When He Calls Black Lives Matter ‘Punks’

 

Washed-up rock guitarist Ted Nugent got himself in a dangerous situation during an appearance at a GOP-backed Constitution Day rally in Centreville, Michigan.

According to WMMT, Nugent was onstage making remarks when he suddenly began attacking the Black Lives Matter Movement:

“Aren’t there any BLM punks who want to come up and harass me?”

A few moments later, a man identified as Jalen Brown walked towards the stage and asked Nugent:

“What’s wrong with Black lives Matter?”

Nugent replied:

“Black Lives don’t give a shit about Black lives, they’re standing by while Blacks are slaughtering each other.”

Nugent also said BLM was a terrorist organization.

And that was all it took for Brown to say that Nugent had crossed the line:

“As soon as he said Black Lives Matter was a terrorist organization, I took that personally.”

Brown took the microphone from Nugent and told the crowd:

“Black Lives Matter too! Black lives matter too!”

The reason for BLM, Brown told the group, is to make sure the country doesn’t forget just how badly blacks have been treated throughout history, adding:


“We’re not here by choice.”

Later, Brown told a reporter:

“I love the Constitution, I love the rights it should stand for. There are people who are taking those and misconstruing them and taking them in a different direction than what it should be.”

Nugent is known for making disgusting, racist remarks, even going so far as to suggest that he’d like to attack former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, remarking in 2007:

“Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary. You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.”

 

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Newsmax Host Suggests Obama Has Never Worked A Day In His Life And Is Lazy

Today is former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday, so a very happy birthday, Mr. President, and thank you for all of the many things you did to make this country better during your two terms in office.

Not everyone, however, is happy about the fact that President Obama is turning 60 and holding a birthday party. Some of them are downright angry and even jealous.

A perfect example would be Newsmax host Greg Kelly, who thought he’d suggest that Obama has never had to work hard and is basically just a lazy black guy who managed to get ahead in life due to the color of his skin.

Here’s how Kelly started his rant about the former president:

“Everything is great for him. he’s a billionaire, and it just hit me today. You know, he’s never really had a job. We all know he never broke a sweat as president.”

Of course, what Kelly neglected to add is that Obama was in such excellent physical condition that he didn’t have to break a sweat. Apparently, the folks at Newsmax prefer fat pigs who eat KFC and Big Macs endlessly as head of state, especially since that presents such a stellar image to the rest of the world.

However, Kelly was only getting warmed up with what turned out to be an incredibly racist diatribe. He continued:

“How about in his way UP the ladder, huh? Night school position at Chicago law school. I don’t think he worked too hard there.”

How many classes has Greg Kelly taught at an elite law school? Probably none. And he also neglected to mention that Obama graduated from Harvard Law School and was even editor of Law Review, the highest honor any law student can receive.

Of course, President Obama has also written some best-selling books, but that doesn’t impress Kelly, either:

“How hard do you have to work on those books when you are the subject when you write about yourself?”

Well, at least he didn’t need a ghostwriter like some other presidents we can think of and even name, especially since they only got one term in office and left the country a wreck.

There was also this pathetic attempt at slagging Obama:

“And I know being Mr. Michelle Obama was probably challenging at times, but basically he’s had a very cake life.”

Again, the jealousy. Kelly wishes he could have attracted the attention of a woman as brilliant and classy as Michelle Obama.

Basically, Greg Kelly took an entire segment of his poorly-watched show and let the world know that he cannot stand the fact Barack Obama has accomplished more in his 60 years than 99.9% of conservatives ever will. And he also didn’t file for bankruptcy multiple times or say publicly that he was attracted to his daughter when she was 13.

Happy Birthday, President Obama. And thank you for still driving the right-wingers crazy.

 

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Mike Pompeo Gets Slapped Down On Twitter For Saying Teaching Kids About Racism Is ‘Really Dangerous’

Like dozens of other delusional Republicans, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seriously considering seeking the 2024 GOP nomination for president, even though his chances of winning are probably about 1 percent or even lower.

But despite the longshot odds Pompeo is facing, he felt a need to weigh in on the crisis du jour for his party these days: Critical race theory.

Critical race theory has suddenly become the hot-button issue for Republicans, even though it has never been taught in any public school and is only found in some legal theory classes at university-level law schools.

Pompeo entered the fray on Twitter, posting this:

The founding of the United States was flawed. Slaves were deemed to only have 3/5ths of the value of a white man, but were still counted at that decreased rate for the purpose of the census so that Southern states would agree to ratify the Constitution. Women were not allowed to vote, either. Neither were men who didn’t own property in many states. Does that sound fair and equitable?

This country was indeed founded on racist principles, with 41 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence being slave holders! There was no independence for slaves, and shouldn’t every student know that fact? It’s essential to understand why the actions of men and women such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were so important and resonated with millions of Americans.

Soon after he fired off his Tweet, Pompeo got plenty of reaction on social media, where many reminded him that truth is always a good thing, especially when it shines light on the ugly past of this country:

The United States is imperfect. Every nation is. But we can take comfort in these words that express what we hope to strive for each and every day, generation to generation:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

A more perfect union should always be our goal. And we can only reach that goal by telling the truth, no matter how horrible it might be.