Cliven Bundy is Crazier And More Racist Than You Imagined; Believes “the Negro” Was Better Off in Slavery, Picking Cotton

In a profile published Wednesday night by Adam Nagourney for The New York Times, Cliven Bundy is quoted as saying that African-Americans were better off in slavery, picking cotton.

  • Bundy: "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro..."
  • "...I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton..."

Dana Loesch Defends Cliven Bundy Over Racist Remarks

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As Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy blows up in the faces of conservatives who championed his cause by articulating what is, in fact, mainstream Republican thought, the left waits to see which conservatives will back away, and which will lean into it. Conservative radio host and media figure Dana Loesch has given us an idea of what the latter will look like with a comical defense of Bundy’s remarks about “the Negro” that will, hopefully, be adopted by many of her contemporaries.

Sean Hannity Learns A Valuable Lesson About Supporting Nutjobs Like Cliven Bundy


A white rancher hailed by right-wingers for grazing cows on government land while refusing to pay for it castigates “the Negro” for living off the government. If there’s a better encapsulation of the conservative mindset, we can’t think of it.

It’s Been a Week, Mr. Snowden, So Where’s That Debate About Russian Spying?


It’s been about a week since Edward Snowden’s epic blunder on RT in which he foolishly handed Vladimir Putin a major propaganda victory, then followed up the appearance by authoring a hamfisted clarification published in The Guardian. In the article, Snowden explained that his question wasn’t intended to be a softball for Putin, even though it ended up being exactly that, but instead it was meant to catch Putin in a lie and therefore touch off a debate about civil liberties in Russia, much like the rapidly dwindling debate in the U.S.

THE MORNING BANTER: Ukraine Attacks, Erick Erickson Responses, Getting Fingered While Crowdsurfing, and Orange Is Still The New Black


Happy Thursday! Enjoy counting down to a weekend where you’ll probably have to lots of spring chores to do! Here’s what’s happening on the interweb:

Amanda Marcotte Says Teen ‘Sexually Harassed’ Miss America, Conservatives Respond By Sexually Harassing Her


Hey, remember Patrick Farves, the 18 year-old high school senior who made national news by getting himself a 3 day (in-school) suspension for disrupting an assembly by asking Miss America to the prom? Well, feminist freelancer Amanda Marcotte decided to do God’s work and tell these kids, and/or their parents, to put an end to the embarrassing annual spectacle of pity-courting, and called the ritual “sexual harassment.” Conservatives responded by telling the ugly bitch to go masturbate herself to sleep. Or words to that effect.

Quote of the Day: Sean Hannity Is Promoting Cliven Bundy’s War and He Should Be Held Accountable

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What Hannity is doing by relentlessly validating Bundy and his militia buddies’ armed standoff with the federal government — providing them, night after night, with a big sloppy kiss and a phalanx of Fox News’s powerful Marshall stacks to amplify their neo-Confederate rhetoric — is helping to push this whole thing further and further toward a violent confrontation.

Step Right Up and Make Fun of Guy Fieri’s F*cking Ridiculous New Las Vegas Menu

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This is the most insane fucking thing you will read today. Can we please declare war on Flavortown?

Erick Erickson Responds to My Article About Hillary’s Age and Still Doesn’t Get It


Yesterday afternoon, a meme began circulating among far-right trolls on Twitter. Erickson himself picked up on the meme and posted an article in Red State today, though he failed to credit or acknowledge the meme at all and wrote a straight-up response to my post here.

Sean Hannity’s Far Right Love Triangle with Alex Jones and Cliven Bundy


According to Dr. Hannity, property rights are conditional — at least in cases where the property is owned by the government — on whether the owner has plans to build something on it. This is a groundbreaking interpretation of property rights that lesser minds like say, John Locke, were too limited to envision.

Drake’s Lasting Legacy

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Never trust a man that brings a lint roller to a basketball game…

Pat Robertson Says Doomsday Is Coming (but This Time He’s Sort of Right)

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Science’s own warnings of a potential end-of-all-things is just what Pat Robertson needs to drag Jesus into the picture.

Ack-Blay: Rand Paul Blames Chicago Gun Crime on ‘Thuggishness’ and ‘Sickness of Spirit’

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As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) ably demonstrated, just because you don’t say “black” doesn’t mean we can’t hear it. On Tuesday night’s The Kelly File, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and host Megyn Kelly artfully avoided the word “black,” while expanding Ryan’s criticism of the black community to include “thuggishness” and a “sickness of spirit,” as well as an ability to tell right from wrong.

NYPD Starts #myNYPD Twitter Campaign; Twitter Hijacks It To Show Examples of Police Brutality


On Tuesday the NYPD’s Twitter page, @NYPDnews, asked users to tweet pictures of positive interactions between the public and city cops with the hashtag #myNYPD. Surprisingly, with all of their intelligence equipment, they forgot that while everyone loves the idea of the “New York policeman”, everyone actually hates cops.

Chris Hayes Totally Compares Climate Change to Slavery

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On Tuesday night’s All In with Chris Hayes, host and passionate climate change activist Chris Hayes compared the burning of fossil fuel with the institution of slavery, and  in mid-comparison, insisted to his audience that “I am not comparing slavery to the burning of fossil fuel.” The denial seemed to be a preemptive strike against the sort of fake outrage that led conservative guests to accuse Hayes of endorsing a Cow Holocaust and/or of silencing women. Whatever you think of the comparison, though, he definitely made it.

The Latest Plot to Undermine Obamacare and Prevent Millions From Enrolling in Medicaid


The Republicans are so maniacal about blocking the very popular expansion of Medicaid, they’re each lining up to sign recently passed legislation that would block future Democratic governors from expanding Medicaid without the approval of the solidly GOP state legislatures in each state.

THE MORNING BANTER: Sotomayor Dissents, Russia Responses, American Middle Classes, and Apocalyptic Angel Armies

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Happy Wednesday! Hope you didn’t binge too much on that silly cheap post-Easter candy! Here’s what’s happening on the interweb:

Cenk Uygur’s Outlandish (and Wrong) Theory About NBC and David Gregory

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Cenk claims that what’s being done to David Gregory is the same thing that was done to him three years ago — namely that NBC is leaking damaging insider information and skewed ratings intel to the press on purpose to make Gregory look bad. But one of his claims is flat-out wrong while the others are nothing more than wild speculation with no proof to back it up.

Roberts Supreme Court Pretty Much Ends Affirmative Action


This is why you must always vote, always, even when your loudmouth brother-in-law insists that there’s no difference between the two parties. In yet another 5-4 decision, the John Roberts-led Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, and upheld Michigan’s right to end affirmative action via ballot initiative. Aside from the ramifications for affirmative action policies, which are now sitting ducks for aggrieved white majorities, this ruling makes you wonder what this court will do next.