Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Black and Blue

Liberal icon and alleged actor Alec Baldwin made new inroads into interracial harmony last Sunday when he angrily berated a black photographer (who happens to be a decorated, retired NYPD detective) and called him a crackhead, a drug dealer, and a coon.

Such blatant racism would, in most cases, be considered a career-killing faux pas. Or at least it would if the offending party was a Conservative. But for those blessed by the Left, not so much - because if you're a high-profile and vocal supporter of Barack Obama, you get special dispensation to use words like "nigger" (a favorite of Bill Maher) and "coon."

Then again, maybe Alec Baldwin isn't a screaming racist and honestly mistook the African-American man for a drug-addicted furry mammal with a ringed tail, mask, and flash camera.

It will be interesting in the coming days to watch the comic spectacle of Baldwin admitting his racist diatribe (which was recorded on tape), pretending to apologize (which will be immediately accepted by everyone on the Left), and then doing some infinitesimal act of penance to show he's sorry.

We're thinking maybe he could record some public service spots for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Perhaps explaining to Liberals how to tell the difference between raccoons and black people.

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Grafton Cheddar said...

Isn't it remarkable that electing the first openly black [sic] President, rather than healing forever race relations in this country, has in effect set them back decades.

John the Econ said...

Alec Baldwin is the classic example of the hypocrite liberal. The more vile he exposes himself as, the more fake-humble and sanctimonious he will become.

He's an angry, greedy, corrupt and unfortunately-white male racist. But since he also sees himself as a better human being simply because he's an "enlightened" and "correct" liberal, he deludes himself into believing that all other white males must be racist as well. The only difference is that the rest of us lack the "enlightenment" he has. This is the hubris of modern, post-60s liberalism. It washes away sins without actually having to wash them away.

But since he is a liberal with the "correct" espoused (if not actually lived up to) views, he will pay some sort of token Hollywood penance and will no doubt be forgiven by his peers. Contrast that with supposedly conservative celebrities who have had meltdowns, like Mel Gibson, who have long since been sent into exile.

Earl said...

I read a wonderful quote the other day that "hypocrisy is the tribute paid by vice to virtue." This was in the context of Obama condemning waterboarding and the detainment of enemy combatants and preferring instead to annhilate them, their families, and others with drones. I need to dig the paper out of the trash to remember who came up with the quote. It's a thing of beauty and so apt to just about anything going on in politics, the media and Hollywood today.

John the Econ said...

@Earl, last decade I warning anyone on the left who would listen that by opposing Guantanamo, rendition, and interrogations, they were setting up a moral hazard where the only option left would be to just kill people on sight.

And who knew that it would eventually be a Nobel pre-peace-prize winner that would be leading the way in this regard?

Speaking of liberal hypocrisy, Victor Davis Hansen had an excellent piece on this the other day. It is one of my rare mandatory reading assignments to my fellow Hope-n-Changers. I assure you, you will not be sorry:

Jim Hlavac said...

Well, at least it wasn't a sip from a water bottle, that would have done him in, for sure.

Meanwhile, the Liberals are again pushing a minimum wage hike -- which will invariably keep more black and latino teens unemployed, pushing their rates higher than the up to 25% unemployment they have now. Liberals refuse to allow people to keep their social security which means blacks who die younger and who paid into the system are out that money. And of course, they push abortions which kill blacks in high numbers. Now that I think about it- they're as Progressive as Woodrow Wilson and Margaret Sanger. As for Wilson, well, he brought us constant war and intervention, Obama continues - as is sneaking around the idea of labeling anyone who questions him unpatriotic like Wilson did -- hell, Wilson had them arrested. Harding and Coolidge pardoned thousands of them.

Liberal hypocrisy is really beyond hypocrisy into something we don't even have a name for, unless I missed something in the psychological texts.

Jim Hlavac said...

@John the Econ --

Interesting Hanson piece -- my only complaint? Did he had to bring up that the head of Facebook is gay - while mentioning that no others are straight? Yes yes, I know -- some gays are liberals, many are not (most I know are a-political and will vote merely for whoever says a nice word,) -- but why bring the smooching bit up at all? No one says, "That straight liberal Alex Baldwin," after all. That's always been my bitch about the issue. Conservatives, I'm sorry to say, have got to stop conflating "gay" and "liberal" as if they were synonymous. -- I just don't fit that, you know.

Other than that, like I said -- and Hanson alluded to, it's beyond hypocrisy into a word we don't have yet. Though, Catholicism does have "Willful Ignorance" -- maybe that's what it is --

Sorry for two comments, Stilt, but I did the "mandatory" reading :)

TC said...

An interview with Oprah in which crocodile tears are used with a well-acted public apology will make everything peachy keen again in Liberal-land where Alec Baldwin is concerned.

Or, perhaps Obama can invite Alex to another one of his Beer Summit and make race issues magically go away... again.

John the Econ said...

@Jim Hlavac, I think the only reason he throws "gay" in there is because as being part of a supposedly "protected" and "owned" far-left constituency, Chris Hughes is now entitled to an extra level of shielding from any criticism for being "rich". Unlike the owners of conservative publications, Chris Hughes is doing something good wotj his money for both homosexuals and America.

From now on, to criticize the New Republic will be considered just another closed-minded exercise in homophobia.

And no need to apologize for commenting. In my classroom, criticizing "mandatory reading" is encouraged; another big difference between us and the left.

Earl said...

The source of the "hypocrisy" quote was Francois de La Rochefoucald (a French writer who lived 1613-1680.) I agree with Jim and John, there needs to be a more powerful term to describe the venality and visciousness of hypocrisy coming from the left and Obama's minions. All I can come up with are colorful curse words.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Grafton Cheddar- Obama's deliberate fanning of racial discord is one of the things I most loathe about the man. He has been a blight on race relations.

@John the Econ- Mel Gibson's career has essentially vanished after saying some admittedly vile things. Baldwin, however, won't pay the same price - even though he's a serial offender, throwing venom and slurs at flight attendants, women in general, and even his own daughter.

@Earl- That is a great quote, although I almost feel like we need a new word which takes "hypocrisy" to a new level (just like in real life).

@John the Econ- I'm only halfway through your "mandatory reading assignment" and it's AWESOME. Here's a clickable link for people to see the article. And yes, everyone HAS to read it. It will be on the test.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Jim Hlavac- Getting older sucks, but it does give a person some perspective. In my lifetime, I've seen the absolute destruction of the black family and the creation of welfare ghetto/prisons. This is what Liberalism does - and they don't care because they meant well.

And I, too, wish Hanson hadn't introduced gayness into his piece. Perhaps he did so because of the odd nature of political favoritism these days - although I have yet to see Barry doing anything really substantive to improve things for the gay community, preferring instead to use them as political and fundraising tools.

@TC- As long as we're looking for a new word to replace "hypocrisy," maybe we need an official term for those media figures who can dispense forgiveness for racial offensiveness.

@John the Econ- Regarding the gay angle in Hanson's article, you did a better job of summarizing and clarifying things than I did. As usual (grin).

@Earl- Frankly, I'm a huge fan of colorful curse words and have great appreciation for those who make them an art form. (Completely off topic, but I miss the TV series "Deadwood" which made profanity soar like Shakespeare.)

Emmentaler Limburger said...

Classic Baldwin. The guy's been an a$$hole from day one. Can't understand how anyone can countenance him as an entertainer. But he is a liberal shill. So, I guess such tirades are now considered PC... (Oddly, when I heard his comments, I pictured someone very different than the photographer. Someone in public office, of swarthy appearance, with a known, well-publicized history of being associated with drug culture. - And NOT Marion Barry! Can I get a "Choom"? Yay-yah!)

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Emmentaler- It is classic Baldwin, although in the interest of journalistic truth (remember when there was such a thing?) I'll say that I've now found one - and only one - source which says that the racial slur doesn't appear on the audiotape of the incident. Mind you, the tape still holds his wish that a female reporter would "choke to death" and him referring to the black man as a crackhead and drug dealer. So I'm inclined to believe that he did say "coon" and it didn't pick up audibly on the recording. And I'm also willing to believe that the only source reporting this - the wildly liberal Perez Hilton - may not be reporting the story accurately. When it comes to Baldwin and his history of verbal abuse, I'm inclined to go with a "guilty until proven innocent" verdict.

By the way, it's a Liberal truism that if someone says "I'm not a racist" it means they're racist. Let's see you wiggle out of that one, Alec.

CenTexTim said...

"...and they don't care because they meant well."

That in a nutshell is my major gripe with liberals. Good intentions trump poor outcomes. Good intentions (or at least perceived good intentions) also cover up a multitude of sins, as we will soon see in l'affaire Balwin.

CenTexTim said...

BTW - just finished the assigned reading. Thanks for making today even more depressing. Now I'm off in search of an extra-large serving of 'coffee.'

Earl said...

I also did the required reading. I alway's read this guy's stuff in the WSJ. Hope this one shows up in the next few days for wider readership. It IS a sobering but must read. And Jim, I also agree with John regarding Chris Hughes. Later in the article Hanson denounces the tyranny of a culture that really is homophobic. And nice to see a headline on Drudge (and I didn't read the article) that Kerry is calling the US Congress more dangerous than China and the Middle East. Sobering? Not me. I pushed the clock forward two hours ago.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@CenTexTim- The president assures us that the way to end joblessness is to invest more in infrastructure repair, like paving the road to Hell with good intentions.

And yes, the article John the Econ pointed us at is edifying and wonderfully written, but not what you'd call "cheery." Skoal!

@Earl- I believe that a day without the Wall Street Journal is a day without learning anything from people way smarter than I am.

And I hadn't heard about Kerry's declaration until now. Guess I'll go check that out and then give my liver another good workout.

SusieBee said...

I'd enjoy seeing some crackhead drug dealer in a raccoon suit beat the living snot out of Alec Baldwin - that would be must -see TV!
I always felt sorry for Kim Basinger - what she must have suffered during her marriage to that man. After their divorce she had a lot of mental health issues and her career basically disappeared. Now he's remarried - who would believeve any woman would be stupid enough to marry that jerk?

JustaJeepGuy said...

I like the comment on the Hanson piece by "Narniaman" that the media has become the "Mouth Piece Media". More so than even "Lamestream Media". He's absolutely correct on that one!

As for Mr. Baldwin, despite his (and Tina Fey's) politics, "30 Rock" was funny to me.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@SusieBee- Heck, that would be a good pay-per-view event! By the way, as of Thursday morning there still don't appear to be any solid sources contradicting the original accusation against Baldwin, so I'm more inclined than ever to think that Baldwin is guilty as charged.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Kim Basinger was just too damaged by Baldwin to continue with her career. The man is a cancer.

@JustaJeepGuy- I just read that NBC has hired David Axelrod as their senior political advisor (or somesuch title), completely erasing the line between the media and Obama's political machine. Not that it was much of a line.

As for "30 Rock," I never saw a single episode. Between Tina Fey's ugly (and frequent) remarks about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin's unending ugly Liberalism, I took a vow to never watch either of them in anything. It's been an easy vow to keep.

John the Econ said...

Hey, I finally found someone in the fringe-left who's actually concerned about "Obama’s ‘dangerous’ erosion of civil liberties":

Could it actually be that this worst-form-of-capitalist realizes that some day it will be a Republican ordering those drones around, and that his ass just makes too much of an easy target?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- Man, I hate being on the same side of any issue as Michael Moore. Fortunately, he's late to the party so I don't need to reconsider my stance.

I don't think Liberals believe that the Right ever will return to power, and thus are unworried about the potential for violation of their rights. Of course, we shouldn't minimize the importance of their being complete idiots.