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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Governor McDonnell: “Slavery? Huh? What? Oh, That…”

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared April 2010 to be Confederate History Month. He said it was important for Virginians to:

“Understand the sacrifices of the Confederate leaders, soldiers and citizens during the period of the Civil War, and to recognize how our history has led to our present.”

For some odd reason, he didn’t mention anything about, uhh, what’s that word again? You know, when millions of native Africans were captured, shackled and brought over here on ships, and a lot of them died on the journey over here and the lucky ones who survived were herded into American plantations to become slaves — Slaves, that’s it! Slavery!

Anyway, that long dark chapter of Confederate history wasn’t important enough to be worth mentioning in McDonnell’s “Whip up the good ol’ boys” speech.

McDonnell’s “explanation” was:

“There were any number of aspects to that conflict between the states. Obviously, it involved slavery. It involved other issues. But I focused on the ones I thought were most significant for Virginia.”

And them there nigras just ain’t significant. All righty then…


Q. Why is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce like a cockroach?

A. They both scurry away frantically when somebody turns the lights on.

(Didn’t mean any disrespect to cockroaches.)

As you know, the Supreme Court has legalized bribery. But they haven’t legalized money laundering. Not yet anyway.

Money laundering, of course, is when a shell corporation is created by somebody who’s made a ton of money illegally. A drug kingpin, for example, could say “You’re accusing me of selling drugs??? I made this money through my tireless hard work at the ZYX Corporation, located in a post office box in the Cayman Islands. Any other questions?”

The corporate — and still legal — version is when a large company or wealthy individual decides to purchase an election by paying for a multimillion dollar advertising campaign. But they don’t want the lowly public to know that “ExxonMobil spent $300 million to defeat clean energy legislation.” (That’s just a made-up example.)

So they turn to their friendly neighborhood money launderer — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. All Exxon Mobil (continuing the same example) has to do is donate their $300 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Then the only information voters have is that microscopic lettering at the bottom of the screen saying “this sleazy mudslinging intelligence-insulting commercial was paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

And now Congress — led by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — is getting ready to crack down on this slippery tactic. Needless to say, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is acting like — well, like a cockroach when you turn on the kitchen light at 3 in the morning.

If this law passes, corporations who purchase the legislative process will have to slither out from under their rocks, into the sunlight, and identify themselves.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Here's something else McDonnell failed to mention. It's the upshot of the first battle of Bull Run, or first battle of Manassas, as Dixie Cup savers would have it.

"Union casualties were 460 killed, 1,124 wounded, and 1,312 missing or captured; Confederate casualties were 387 killed, 1,582 wounded, and 13 missing.[27] Among the latter was Col. Francis S. Bartow, who was the first Confederate brigade commander to be killed in the Civil War. General Bee was mortally wounded and died the following day."

McDonnell is an ignoramus in a tinfoil hat, about the significance of slavery and about the reality of civil war — where no matter which side wins, all the casualties are Americans.

Re: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it's a radical-right political organizatiion and has been for a long time. It's chief, Tom Donohue, is right up there with Grover Norquist, and you can't much more Neanderthal-right than that.

April 7, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Slavery was no big deal for Governor McDonnell because it interferes with his rewriting of history. He has been paying too much attention to his fellow wing nuts in Texas.

April 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Well it's hard to keep those good ol' boy bigots down, when it's ok to say y'all, y'all.

I am of southern origins and I find this asswipe highly offensive, if not historically challenged.

As to the C of C. I have it on good authority that the State of Virginia is considering donating a couple of billion...yes, that's billion...to the chamber...in Confederate Money.

April 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The G.O.Pea brains will never let the truth get in their way of remembering things. They still think that Reagan was a great president.

April 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

You libruls and all your wanting history to reflect actual history. What's next 1+1=2? You and I both know CoC is going to lobby extensively for this one to fail. I am going to sit back and get real butter for my popcorn to watch the show.

April 7, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Holy Crap
I'm excited I found this blog. Tom Harper your hysterical. I love sarcasm and dry humor.

April 7, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: You're right about the Civil War -- "no matter which side wins, all the casualties are Americans."

I can't believe Virginia voters actually elected that assclown.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Grover Norquist, talk about birds of a feather.

Holte: If McDonnell collaborates with those wacko textbook writers in Texas, future generations are doomed.

jadedj: Yup, you can't keep a good bigot down. I've traveled around the south a few times; I've liked everywhere I've been. Lots of charm; friendly people. It's too bad the south gets tarnished by a few assholes. People like that are everywhere.

Lew: G.O.Peabrains, LOL. I'm guessing a lot of them don't like Reagan because he was too liberal. But he's become sacred, so no Republican would dare say anything negative about him.

Jess: It'll be an intense show. I'll take some of that popcorn with real butter :)

April 7, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: Thanks. I see you've got me linked at your blog; I'll return the favor.

April 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

You know, McDonnell left a bright neon trail of opinions that marked him as a fairly vicious racist/misogynist. While I'd be the first to agree that Creigh Deeds is scum, dammit there are DEGREES of scum. Those of us who aren't Klanservatives had better learn this, and start hitting the polls even when there isn't anything exciting going on.

April 7, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case Conservative Revisionist and Southern Sympothizers are reading and want to insist States Rights is the reason the Civil War Started I invite you to read the articles of Succession from South Carolina, the first state that seceeded. Most of the other States copied theirs.

In nothing in there does it mention State's Rights, in fact they are pissed off at the Northern States who wont dare return their runaway slaves, or wont let them stay enslaved when they vacation in New York.

Somehow our history books replaced Slavery with States Rights with the Southern Controlled Republican Party taking the lead.

Oh the Confederate Flag? Most Southern States didn't start flying it again until the 1950's in response to "Brown" and the Civil Rights Movement threatened to ruin their way of life.

Now the All American Teabaggers are flying it.

Really makes you wonder who won the war.


April 7, 2010 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What's slavery, Grampa Bob?

Well Johnny, that's when clean-livin' white folks like us were forced into manual labor to build up the negro empire of Frederick Douglass.

April 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: I agree, there are "degrees of scum." The lesser of 2 evils is better than someone like McDonnell getting voted in.

Erik: Funny how the teabaggers hate being called racists, and preach against the "race card" while they're flying the confederate flag.

Randal: They could use your expertise in Texas for some of that there histry rewritin'.

April 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

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