Pro-Obama Blogger Peddling ‘Republicans Want Rapists to be Fathers’ Imagery

August 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm (BlogHer, Erin Kotecki Vest, Fatherhood, Huffington post, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Rapists, Visitation Rights)

You’d think an image of a man violently covering a frightened woman’s mouth, accompanied with the words, “He’s decided to become a father…right-wing Republicans want to make sure he does”, would be considered mildly extreme, right?

Not extreme enough for Huffington Post contributor and pro-Obama blogger, Erin Kotecki Vest.

Tony Katz reports:

Progressive blogger Erin Kotecki Vest posted the photo on her Facebook page. When asked if she was saying that the GOP condones rape, she replied: (and gave her permission to be quoted)

“Tony I am saying – and you can quote me – that the GOP is making sure rapists become fathers. Just like this graphic says. i did not say the GOP condones rape. I said the GOP is making sure rapists become fathers. Which is a FACT based on the GOP party platform as written, drafted and acceptd”

Vest doesn’t come out directly to confirm what the photo says, side stepping that obvious reality by saying that the GOP is making sure rapists become fathers. By any standard, this is not low. This is disgusting.

The group that created the image, and the group that Vest is promoting and in agreement with, also features an image on their Facebook page which reads:

Woman is legitimately raped
Woman gets pregnant
Woman has baby

Do you think the rapist deserves visitation rights?

This guy does

Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan



It is an incredible leap of logic to travel in one’s mind from a pro-life platform to an assertion that Paul Ryan wants rapists to have visitation rights.

The fact that Vest is peddling such ridiculous imagery is important.  Aside from being a prolific blogger for the Huffington Post, she also serves as Social Media Director for BlogHer, Inc., an organization that President Obama recently spoke to.

Vest can also be seen on the Barack Obama campaign website, touting the President’s healthcare reform. Her blog posts demonstrate that she is a leader and contributor for the organization Parents For Obama.

While re-posting an image on Facebook does not translate to supporting the message, Vest has doubled down by writing, “the GOP is making sure rapists become fathers”.

This is unhinged thinking befitting of a typical lefty blogger, but perhaps less so for the Social Media Director with a significant organization.  And worse, a woman featured on the Obama campaign website as a supporter of the President, and leader of the group Parents For Obama.

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State Department Officer Explains Other Offensive Language For All You Closet Racists

August 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (Chicago, Department of State, Diversity, Going Dutch, Holding Down The Fort, John M. Robinson, Racism, Rule Of Thumb)

Black and tan.  Going dutch.   Holding down the fort.  Rule of thumb.

All racist.

This according to the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

In a column written for State Magazine, John M. Robinson provides a primer of phraseology that most people might not realize is racist.

Via the Daily Caller:

John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State, wants America’s diplomats to know that common phrases and idioms like “holding down the fort” are, in fact, deeply racist.

Robinson, who also serves as director of the Department’s Office of Civil Rights, used his “Diversity Notes” feature in the July/August issue of the official “State Magazine” to examine the hateful roots of everyday sayings. In one recent public relations kerfuffle at Nike, Inc., he wrote, the company torpedoed a sneaker called the “Black and Tan.”

“What a wonderful celebratory gesture and appreciation for Irish culture. Not!” wrote Robinson, an adult.

Remember that the next time one of you insensitive dolts heads out to a bar and orders a Black and Tan. Best part of that excerpt are the last two words – an adult.  Not!

Robinson notes that “Black and Tan,” in addition to being an enjoyably robust alcoholic concoction, can refer to the brutal Protestant militiamen who ravaged the Irish countryside in the early 20th century — which is why Irish bartenders always get so upset when you order one.

In an effort to avoid offending those notoriously fragile Irish sensibilities, Nike pulled the shoe from stores.

Robinson would like us all to learn from the sneaker company’s inadvertent racism and really start watching what we say.

Read the rest of his column here… 

And God forbid you ever go dutch on a black and tan in Chicago.

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Chris Matthews and MSNBC Now Claim the Word ‘Chicago’ Is Racist

August 30, 2012 at 7:00 am (Chicago, Chris Matthews, Eugene Robinson, John Hielemann, MSNBC, Racism)

Chris Matthews was on Hardball tonight covering the Republican National Convention with guests Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and John Hielemann of New York Magazine.  In what is seemingly the natural progression of things these days with Matthews, the subject of the ‘otherization‘ of the President was being discussed.  Because, if you weren’t aware already, Barack Obama is black, and any time a Republican chooses to discuss the failure that is his administration, the media will be there to quickly remind you that they only feel that way because of his skin color.

But tonight’s episode of race-baiting with Chris Matthews was a bit odd in that the panelists somehow came to the conclusion that reminding people of the President’s roots in Chicago politics is racist.  In fact, simply saying Chicago is racist.  (Video below).

Robinson sets the racial tone by saying (h/t The Right Newz):

“It’s all part of this Barack Obama as ‘other’ sort of blanket campaign that has been waged by the Republican Party for some time now.  It may be gaining some traction now, though I wonder why now as opposed to a bit closer to election.”

Matthews then demonstrates his mind-numbing ability to take an idiotic statement, amplify it, and subsequently make it exponentially more idiotic coming from his mouth, when he said this:

“Yea, well let me ask you about that gentleman.  What about now, is this constant barrage of assaults, saying the guy is basically playing an old game of demagoguery politics, where you take the money from the worker bees and give it to the poor people to buy votes.  That’s basically what they’re charging him with.  Old big-style, big-city machine of 50 years ago.”
He added, “They keep saying Chicago by the way, have you noticed?  They keep saying Chicago.  That’s another thing that sends that message – this guy’s helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the ‘burbs.”

Hielemann helpfully interpreted Matthews statement, presumably for those too challenged to understand basic words (or as we in the business refer to them – Hardball viewers), by making this jaw-dropping statement:

“There’s a lot of black people in Chicago.”

Yes, because referring to the city of Chicago would have nothing to do with trying to link the President to a long, storied history of corruption.  It simply has to be in reference to all of the black people living there.
By the way, Mr. Hielemann, there are a lot of black people in Chicago.  Guess what, though?  There are even more white people.
According to the Census Bureau in 2010, the percentage of African-Americans in the city of Chicago was roughly 32.9%.  The percentage of whites?  45.0%.
Incidentally, any idea who else has linked the city of Chicago to government corruption?  MSNBC.
In an article titled, Illinois Has Long Legacy of Public Corruption, MSNBC discussed the fact that nearly numerous elected officials had been convicted of wrongdoing since 1972 – in Chicago.
It included this statement:

“Chicago, with its long history as a center of vice and organized crime, has had its share of official graft.”

Oh, those racists!

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