Black GOP Official Resigns, Citing Arizona Tea Party Threats

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The sole black Republican Party district chairman in Arizona resigned from his post in the wake of Saturday's shooting, citing threats from the Tea Party faction and concerns for his family's safety, The Arizona Republic first reported.

Republican District 20 Chairman Anthony Miller was not the only party official to resign following the shooting that killed six and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and a federal judge. But Miller had been an especially dedicated campaigner for the GOP, and said he only stepped down in the face of "constant verbal attacks" and other forms of intimidation.

"I wasn't going to resign but decided to quit after what happened Saturday," he said. "I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

Miller, 43, told HuffPost he decided to resign after his wife expressed concern for their safety. Miller had been the target of heavy criticism from Arizona tea partiers, in part because he worked on Sen. John McCain's campaign last fall.(The tea partiers favored McCain's opponent, J.D. Hayworth.) Miller added that he is generally more trustful of government officials than tea partiers in his district, who favor more anti-establishment candidates.

But the attacks also took on a racial hue. One critic referred to him derogatorily as "McCain's boy," Miller said. Other language was even less ambiguous. At an event in Havasu, Ariz., Miller said, someone called out, "There's Anthony, get a rope."

Yet Miller balks at crying racism.

"To say that anyone has been racially motivated, I can't really draw a conclusion," he said. "But a lot of people told me 'You're not a conservative, you're a RINO.' In my mind, that's just as bad as being called a n-----, honestly. When you call someone a n-----, it's saying they're less than, and RINO is the same thing."

Newly-elected district Secretary Sophia Johnson, First Vice Chairman Roger Dickinson, and former district spokesman Jeff Kolb are also stepping down, according to the Republic, although Dickinson contested the claim that they are all going willingly.

"I did not resign from my position," Dickinson told HuffPost in an interview Wednesday afternoon. "The articles in the paper are incorrect ... Sophia Johnson did resign, but not for the reason that's quoted in The Arizona Republic."

Dickinson, whose move last year made him ineligible to retain his leadership post, said he will continue to serve the Arizona Republican Party in the voluntary position of precinct committee person.

Kolb told HuffPost he was, in fact, resigning, but that it wasn't out of fear -- he was following Miller's lead. "For me personally, it's not a fear for my personal safety, it just had to do with the tone and tenor within the organization," said Kolb, who was appointed to the volunteer position by Miller a year ago.

The party became fractured between Miller supporters and a "small but vocal group" of detractors who frequently targeted Miller in emails, Kolb said.

Tension between the two factions had been growing since early December, but Kolb said he and other Miller appointees made the final decision to resign this weekend. When Miller decided to step down, Kolb said, he knew he would be removed from the post if he did not step down himself. He officially resigned on Monday.

"I've never understood why they had this hatred for him," Kolb said of Miller's opponents. "I guess there were some people who thought that since he'd worked for McCain he wasn't conservative enough. But if your goal is to get Republicans elected, then being bogged down in a bunch of fighting about who is conservative enough is not an effective way to do that."
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Are Tea Partiers Racist?

A new study shows that the movement's supporters are more likely to be racially resentful.

Ever since the Tea Party phenomenon gathered steam last spring, it has been plagued by charges of racism. Placards at rallies have depicted President Barack Obama as a witch doctor, denounced his supposed plans for "white slavery," and likened Congress to a slave owner and the taxpayer to a "n----r." Opponents have seized on these examples as proof that Tea Partiers are angry white folks who can't abide having a black president. Supporters, on the other hand, claim that the hateful signs are the work of a small fringe and that they unfairly malign a movement that simply seeks to rein in big government. In the absence of empirical evidence to support either characterization, the debate has essentially deadlocked.

Until now, that is.

A new survey by the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality offers fresh insight into the racial attitudes of Tea Party sympathizers. "The data suggests that people who are Tea Party supporters have a higher probability"—25 percent, to be exact—"of being racially resentful than those who are not Tea Party supporters," says Christopher Parker, who directed the study.

"The Tea Party is not just about politics and size of government. The data suggests it may also be about race."
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Jan 12, 2011
 
He calls himself a Republican, that is why he ran straight to the Huffington Post, yeah, right!
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Twenty bucks says this story is made up.
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Jan 12, 2011
 
The Huffington Post a good place to run for Helter skelter, False flag statements and general left wing political gossip.

Sarah Palin is getting many death threats any concern there Comrades?...
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Jan 14, 2011
 
By Hannity's Standards, Fox Must Fire Beck
January 14, 2011 6:11 pm ET by Adam Shah

We've previously documented that by Glenn Beck's own standards, he deserves to be fired. As someone who spews falsehoods and baseless accusations on a continuous basis, he should not be allowed to remain on the air. It turns out Beck is also violating the standards of fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said "they'd fire me" for engaging in incendiary rhetoric.

On Thursday, Hannity interviewed Media Research Center director L. Brent Bozell, who attacked media figures for wishing for the death of conservative figures. Bozell also went after Bill Maher for supposedly saying "conservatives want to kill liberals." (According to Bozell's own website, NewsBusters, Maher actually said: "The right-wing loves, the go-to rhetoric for them is,'Wouldn't it be fun to kill the people we disagree with?' ")

Hannity responded in part, "If we did talk this way, I'd be fired. Let's be honest." Bozell agreed: "Absolutely, you'd be fired." Hannity then said: "If I just -- to take any of these quotes, and it's me talking and me attacking a prominent liberal politician, whatever, they'd fire me."

Since Beck has fantasized about the death of progressive politicians and has repeatedly explicitly stated that progressives want to kill him and other people, by Hannity's standards, Beck should be fired.

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Jan 15, 2011
 
It is obvious to all but the most indoctrinated sheeple that the GOP is racially motivated.
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Jan 15, 2011
 
Sewer Scholar

Are all leftist socialists inherently racist science bigots the Can't resist using the "minority" to promote race science?

Are ewe aware that minorities are fleeing the socialists and joining conservative Americans that give a minority a respectful personal identity instead of a "token" position like the left to create a voting bloc?
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Jan 15, 2011
 
Obviously you haven't been following the polls:

US-Obama Approval: 46% Approve, 44% Disapprove (Pew 1/5-9)

Pew Research Center
1/5-9/11; 1,503 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Pew Release

National

Job Approval / Disapproval
46% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 42 / 51 (chart)
Health Care: 45 / 47 (chart)

State of the Country
23% Satisfied, 71% Dissatisfied (chart)

Party ID
32% Democrat, 27% Republican, 35% independent (chart)

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US-Obama Approval: 48% Approve, 44% Disapprove (Quinnipiac 1/4-11)

Quinnipiac
1/4-11/11; 1,647 registered voters, 2.4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Quinnipiac release

National

Obama Job Approval
48% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)
On Foreign Policy: 47 / 38 (chart)

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IA-2012 President: 47% Obama (D), 43% Huckabee (R)(PPP 1/7-9)

Public Policy Polling
1/7-9/11; 1,077 likely voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
PPP release

Iowa

2012 President
51% Obama, 38% Gingrich
47% Obama, 43% Huckabee
53% Obama, 37% Palin
47% Obama, 41% Romney

Obama Job Approval
50% Approve, 43% Disapprove

Favorable / Unfavorable
Newt Gingrich: 30 / 49
Mike Huckabee: 42 / 39
Sarah Palin: 34 / 59
Mitt Romney: 37 / 42

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US-Obama Approval: 50% Approve, 47% Disapprove (Ipsos/Reuters 1/7-10)

Ipsos / Reuters
1/7-10/11; 1,021 adults, 3.1% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Ipsos release

National

State of the Country
36% Right Direction, 59% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
50% Approve, 47% Disapprove (chart)

Party ID
30% Democrat, 21% Republican, 49% independent (chart)

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US-Obama Approval: 53% Approve, 46% Disapprove (AP-GfK 1/5-10)

AP-GfK
1/5-10/11; 1,001 adults, 4.2% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
AP release

National

State of the Country
37% Right Direction, 57% Wrong Track (chart)

Obama Job Approval
53% Approve, 46% Disapprove (chart)
Economy: 47 / 53 (chart)
Health Care: 51 / 49 (chart)

Congressional Job Approval
26% Approve, 69% Disapprove (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Barack Obama: 59 / 40 (chart)
Hillary Clinton: 68 / 30 (chart)

Party ID
28% Democrat, 25% Republican, 31% independent, 16% Don't know (chart)

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NJ-2012 President: 55% Obama (D), 38% Christie (R)(PPP 1/6-9)

Public Policy Polling (D)
1/6-9/11; 520 likely voters, 4.3% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
PPP release

New Jersey

2012 President
54% Obama, 37% Gingrich
53% Obama, 36% Huckabee
59% Obama, 29% Palin
52% Obama, 37% Romney
55% Obama, 38% Christie

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 51 / 43 (chart)
Gov. Christie: 48 / 45 (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Newt Gingrich: 29 / 49
Mike Huckabee: 32 / 41
Sarah Palin: 27 / 65
Mitt Romney: 35 / 41
More Republican Racism

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Joy Comes in the Morning (and So Should Sensible Gun Control)

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.-- Martin Luther King

"Joy comes in the morning," lets certainly hope so. We need hope right now, and not a hope which is falsely propped up by platitudes and declarations, but a hope that is anchored in the knowledge that we can't continue to operate with business as usual, we can't continue to speak hatred without impunity; can't continue to think violence will go away without us doing something about it; can't continue to wish things were different but not be willing to make the necessary changes, accept the necessary sacrifices and be willing to admit that certain things just can't be tolerated any longer. "Joy comes in the morning," but not without a night of hard work, a night of serious soul-searching, a night of tears and anguish that leads us to the realization that the joy we seek, the solace we need, the hope we crave will not be handed to us by God on a silver platter. It is up to us, with the support and love of our Creator, to help bring that joy. That is the work of being human, that is destiny of our existence, that is the challenge we all face. And now, more than ever, face it we must.

We once again come to the weekend where we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who needs no introduction, no reminders of who he was and what he accomplished. So, what do we need on this MLK weekend? We need a reminder of King's courage, a reminder of King's dedication to nonviolence and love, a reminder that without King's commitment, our country might never have moved from the darkness of segregation into the light of hopeful equality. These reminders are for all of us, each person who lives and dreams of a better world, a more peaceful world, a world where little girls are not gunned down in broad daylight when they come to meet their Congresswoman. And these reminders are not just for the leaders of today, but for each one of us; each one of us can be seeking to bring forth our own inner Kings, our own representation of peace, harmony and justice wherever we are, wherever we live, wherever we work, wherever we play. For Dr. King was more than a man, he was an embodiment of a message, of a vision, of a calling from God that, like Moses in this week's Torah portion, raised up a nation from fear to hope, from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom. "Have no fear! Stand by and witness the deliverance which the Lord will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again." (Exodus 14:13)

Having no fear is a huge theme of deliverance in the Bible, and it was a huge theme for Dr. King. In the face of death, Dr. King was not afraid, as he famously spoke the night before he was assassinated. Calling that spirit of fearlessness, channelling that ability to stand up to the face of evil, to the face of hatred, to the face of the underbelly that exists in each one of us, that is the message I am seeking to impart this MLK weekend, for each one of us has that capacity, each one of us has a slice of Dr. King within us, for in the end, while he was larger than life, King was also a human being, born of parents, into a world where there were options and choices, albeit fewer for him as a black man in the segregated and discriminatory South, into a world where he could have walked down a path that hated those who sought his demise, into a world where he could have killed others before being killed himself.
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Jan 15, 2011
 
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That's it, I am totally convinced that after the Tucson Kickoff of the 2012 Obama Presidential campaign with the 50,000 free t-shirts the conservatives will not even register a jolt on the Rectum scale of Obama poll takers.
Where can the new converts to Progressive Demoncrat socialism pick up their Che' flags and the free dope? to help the lefts new designer god George Soros fight for "social justice"?
Stand up for Dupnik

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Jan 15, 2011
 
Stand up for Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, the most visible law enforcement official handling the incident thus far, has come under attack from the Right for speaking the truth. He has acknowledged that the Tucson gunman, Jared Loughner, appears to be a deeply disturbed individual. But the sheriff has rightly noted that the increased inflammatory and violent rhetoric over the last several years in our national political debate has created a dangerous climate that could contribute to senseless acts of violence like this one, which claimed the lives of six innocent people and injured 12 more.

Voices on the Right are now accusing him of politicizing the tragedy. How long until Sheriff Dupnik is featured on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard?

It’s important that when someone gets smeared and attacked for telling the truth, we stand up to defend them. If you would like to show your support for Sheriff Dupnik, please take a moment to sign a letter solidarity with him against the increasing smears he is facing from the Right.

Dear Sheriff Dupnik,

Thank you for your forthrightness in your public discussion of the recent tragedy in Tucson. It’s painfully clear that angry, hateful and, yes, violent rhetoric has made toxic our national political discourse. The overheated debate which crosses the boundaries of civility is an important reality to acknowledge in assessing the nature of Saturday’s massacre and potential for future acts of violence.

For telling the hard truths, you risk attack from some powerful people and interests. Please know that I stand in solidarity with you, and reject the wholly undeserved smears and attempts at character assassination which are already starting to bubble up in certain spheres of our political debate.

Signed,

(sign the online petition at http://www.pfaw.org/Dupnik )
Archie from Coon Rapids

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Jan 15, 2011
 
" STAND UP FOR SHERIFF DUPA ASH and KNEEL for the "lefts designer god ,G.Soros"
More GOP Racism

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Jan 15, 2011
 
Maine’s governor on Friday told a major African American organization to “kiss my butt” after the group complained he wasn’t taking part in Martin Luther King Day events next week.

Paul LePage, a newly elected Republican, is facing criticism from the NAACP for turning down invitations to events marking the MLK holiday on Monday.

“Tell them to kiss my butt,” the governor, who’s been in office two weeks, said in a local TV interview.

The NAACP said earlier this week that LePage had rejected invitations to attend its events while campaigning and since taking office earlier this month.

“We don’t want to misinterpret his intention, but the message we’re getting is that we’re not welcome and we’re not part of the Maine he’s preparing to lead for the next four years,” said Rachel Talbot Ross, state director of the NAACP and president of the NAACP Portland Branch, the Kennebec Journal reported.

LePage said he isn’t doesn’t cater to special interest groups and considers the NAACP to be one.

“They are a special interest - end of story,” he said.“And I’m not going to be held hostage by any special interests.”
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Jan 16, 2011
 
Disgraced Party Chair Apologizes for GOP Racism

Go back one year to the dawn of the Crazy (tm). Charlie Crist was still a Republican. Jim Greer still had his mugshot virginity. And it still seemed weird when suddenly half the Republican party erupted in a galactic freak out over President Obama's plan to indoctrinate America's young with his radical socialist African ideology via a beginning of the school year address to America's students (i.e., an address to America's schoolchildren on doing your homework and being responsible).

One of the first to really bring the Crazy mainstream was Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer who went public accusing the president of using "taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology."

Well, a lot has changed since then.

The Crist-Rubio feud let to implosion of the Florida GOP (the aptly abbreviated RPOF), which laid bare the fact that most everyone involved in it was involved in some level of self-dealing. And Greer at least as much as anyone. He got charged with six felony counts of fraud, theft, and money laundering in connection with a company he allegedly created to take a cut of the state party's fundraising revenues.(He pled not guilty.)

Well, the intervening year seems to have led to some changes of opinion on Greer's part. Yesterday he sent an email to the president apologizing for what he now refers to as a "prepared statement" ...

"In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the Nation's school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President's speech."
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Are Tea Partiers Racist?

A new study shows that the movement's supporters are more likely to be racially resentful.

Ever since the Tea Party phenomenon gathered steam last spring, it has been plagued by charges of racism. Placards at rallies have depicted President Barack Obama as a witch doctor, denounced his supposed plans for "white slavery," and likened Congress to a slave owner and the taxpayer to a "n----r." Opponents have seized on these examples as proof that Tea Partiers are angry white folks who can't abide having a black president. Supporters, on the other hand, claim that the hateful signs are the work of a small fringe and that they unfairly malign a movement that simply seeks to rein in big government. In the absence of empirical evidence to support either characterization, the debate has essentially deadlocked.

Until now, that is.

A new survey by the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality offers fresh insight into the racial attitudes of Tea Party sympathizers. "The data suggests that people who are Tea Party supporters have a higher probability"—25 percent, to be exact—"of being racially resentful than those who are not Tea Party supporters," says Christopher Parker, who directed the study.

"The Tea Party is not just about politics and size of government. The data suggests it may also be about race."
Archie from Coon Rapids

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Jan 16, 2011
 
Racist Bolschavecks'

Were the marxist racists when they caused the death of 100 million world citizens with their utopian tampering?
Joe Stalin said "a single death is a tradegy a million deaths are a statistic" \

Have some respect for Americas new "finest generation of citizens"
Morbid Queerness

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Jan 16, 2011
 
Archie from Coon Rapids wrote:
Racist Bolschavecks'
Were the marxist racists when they caused the death of 100 million world citizens with their utopian tampering?
Joe Stalin said "a single death is a tradegy a million deaths are a statistic" \
Have some respect for Americas new "finest generation of citizens"
Better than being homosexuals like you and your son. You taught your son to ride the pole, eh, papa?
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It's time to drop Fox.

"I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct."

Dear Fox Advertiser,

I agree with Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike:

"Businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck's television show by continuing to pump money into the network. It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News.

"I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company's sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct."

Signed,

Sign online petition at http://mediamatters.org/action/dropfox/

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there goes the GOP's token black guy

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