Punditocracy ignores racism – #whiteprivilege on the podcasts
The Punditocracy ignores racism
Pundits like the ObamaBros of Crooked Media dance around the main issue. In last Thursday’s Pod Save America ep, Favreau and Pfeiffer say all the right things, except one. They fail when it comes to addressing racism.
Southern Strategy Racism
LBJ got it right when it comes to Southern Strategy racism. He knew that signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would set the Democratic Party back generations in the rebel states. Nixon turned LBJ’s concern into a full-blown strategy. He ran on it and won in 1968. While Nixon’s corruption ended his administration, racism remained.
Carter’s defeated Ford because Nixon was a crook. Reagan defeated Carter because Ronnie ran as a racist. Reagan knew how to bring fear from a simmer to a boil. His rhetoric on the Black Panthers in California contributed to the fear and uncertainty of white voters. Nixon teed up the racism. Ronnie added the fear. Carter wanted people to practice compassion. Reagan wanted a 600-ship Navy.
Nixon to Reagan to Trump
The racism never left. Radical clerics like Falwell and Robertson gave racism a cross. Trump expanded the hate. Now it includes brown folks from the Middle East. When Al Qaeda and ISIS cooled down, Donnie added MS13, promoting fear.
Why don’t the pundits address racism?
It’s simple: #whiteprivilege. The Crooked Media pundits outsourced race relations to Deray McKesson. A former teacher, now full-time activist, and author, Deray hosts Pod Save The People on Crooked Media.
While Deray, along with regulars Brittany Packnett, and Sam Singyangwe, and Clint Smith, III, address racial issues, the white guys focus on white pundits. In Thursday’s ep, Favs describes how Republican pundits freaked out when talking to reporters. They told the world the nomination was on life support.
Talking to the Punditocracy
But, of course, it wasn’t. That’s because McConnell had the votes. So-called knowledgeable liberals pointed out the delays. They argued McConnell didn’t have the votes. By Saturday, they all lined up.
And the guys can’t figure out how that happened? They understand the strategy. They know Republicans raise the flags of racism and fear. While they get it, they soft-pedal the whole thing. MS13 becomes “immigration”. They don’t even mention black folks.
Those Republicans knew they had the votes. They operate with different motives. Republican operatives want guest editorials. They want spots on Tapper’s CNN show. The never-Trumpers want mentions from Hayes and Maddow. If they say, we have the votes, those opportunities dry up.
Favreau and Pfeiffer need to get off twitter. They need to talk more to their own colleagues. We’re not going to affect change by ignoring racism.
New Orleans Saints – LSU? Nope, nope, nope.
New Orleans Saints – LSU
That’s just an abomination. An abomination before King Cake Baby Jeebus. 247 Sports did a what-if article on NFL team colors. What if the pro team used the “local” school’s colors? The article paints the Saints helmet in LSU colors. It’s a failure on multiple levels.
These teams aren’t local
UT at Austin for Dallas? SMU is IN Dallas. Texas A&M for Houston? What about, you know, the University of Houston? How about Rice? They get Florida totally wrong. Tampa – Florida makes more sense. Jacksonville should pick up the school in the panhandle, Florida State.
Georgia Tech matches better with Atlanta than the hours-away University of Georgia. GaTech is ACC, not SEC, sure, but they’re in Midtown Atlanta.
Some teams make sense
Los Angeles Chargers matching up with UCLA, Los Angeles Rams pairing up with USC, those make sense. Indiana with the Colts keeps Notre Dame out of the article. I’m good with that.
LSU and Georgia are just wrong
LSU and the Saints, simply wrong. It’s lazy. While LSU is closer to New Orleans than Georgia is to Atlanta, still, no. Yes, the two schools chosen are bigger football schools. They’re not the right matches, though. Tulane and Georgia Tech both were originally in the SEC. While Tulane’s program dropped significantly, they’re still New Orleans. They played in Tulane Stadium, then the Superdome, now in their new stadium. Georgia Tech plays at Bobby Dodd Field, on their campus. The writer looked for the big names, not the geographic fits. I concede that my University of New Orleans Privateers don’t have NCAA football, but Tulane does.
Phoning it in
The writer totally phoned this in. The tells are the Florida teams. The others indicate the writer either didn’t know or didn’t care about teams situated in the NFL cities. Fail. And an abomination!
Voter Registration Louisiana – TOMORROW IS LAST DAY
Voter Registration Louisiana
TOMORROW, Tuesday, 9-October, is the last day you can register to vote in the November 6th election in Louisiana. So, it’s important!
Check Your Registration
“But I’m already registered”, “I’ve lived in my house for twenty years”, “It’s not a problem.”
Or is it? While you think you’re registered, the Republicans purge!
Go to ResistBot and find out. ResistBot verifies your registration. So, it’s not a scam!
Text CHECK to 50409 and follow the instructions.
Vote Save America
The ObamaBros at Crooked Media run VoteSaveAmerica.com. The site helps folks check their registration. If they’re not registered, they receive instructions.
Registering in Louisiana
Register online in Louisiana. Go to the Louisiana Secretary of State website and follow the instructions. It’s simple and important. Therefore, there’s no excuse.
You can always register in person. Do it, today or tomorrow! Here’s the procedure from the LA SOS:
Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office.
You may also register in person at any of the following locations:
- Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles;
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services;
- WIC offices;
- food stamp offices;
- Medicaid offices;
- offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices; or
- Armed Forces recruitment offices.
- Check your registration
- GO REGISTER, in person or online, if you’ve been purged
You’re not done!
The November 6th elections are extremely important. Verify your registration (and fix things if necessary). So, then, TELL YOUR FRIENDS. It’s not enough that you go vote. You need to check with TEN friends. Make sure they get out to the polls.
Go tell the Texans!
Here in Louisiana, we all have friends in Texas. All your exes, too. So, make sure they’re ready to vote for Beto O’Rourke.
Go tell the Georgians!
So, we know that NOLA means “Nobody Likes Atlanta”. While you hate the Falcons, make sure your friends vote! Tell them to verify their registration. Keep on them about getting out on November 6th. Make Stacey Abrams Governor!
Why is this a big deal?
Neither of our Senators from Louisiana stand for re-election in 2018. All of the CongressCritters do, and Democrats challenge each of them. So, we flip the House, if everyone votes.
Additionally, we must pass Constitutional Amendment #2, the Unanimous Juries Amendment. Louisiana is the only state where someone can be convicted of a serious felony by a non-unanimous (10-2) vote. The Louisiana Legislature voted to put the change on the ballot. Now we have to make it law.
Bullet Journal – year one
Bullet Journal – year one
The concept of keeping a “Bullet Journal” was all the rage this time last year. As my friends began to take up the style, I thought I’d give it a try. I’d been back-and-forth with paper versus electronic task lists for a couple of years. New apps, new systems come and go. I needed something I could stick with.
The key aspect of the Bullet Journal – often shortened to BuJo – is that it’s forgiving. The BuJo starts blank. You can set it up this week in one style, shifting to another next week.
This was an opportunity. I like the Franklin-Covey system for task management. A-B-C, 1-2-3 worked for me. The world changed since I started that system around 1989. BuJo brought me back to it.
Weekly layout, daily details
I now set up a two-page weekly layout, with a monthly calendar, sections for Monday though Sunday, next to the calendar. Then I have general task topics, such as Writing, Blogging, Podcasts, Personal, etc. Each day, I take tasks from the weekly layout, move them into a daily list, then prioritize that. Notes about the day go below that, onto multiple pages, if necessary.
Managing the writing
Bullet Journal year one started with me adding writing notes as part of the daily BuJo pages. I’ve decided to change that up. I’ll finish Trusted Talents (the second novel in the Bayou Talents series) in the day-to-day BuJo. The third Dragons novel, Dragon’s Defiance, now has its own notebook. Well, it’s the start of a “dragons” Moleskine. Third Talents will go that way as well. Other writing projects will start in the regular BuJo.
Will three notebooks be a problem? probably not. If something comes to me for one of the two main universes, I can note it in the daily notebook and transcribe to the project notebook.
Starting a new daily notebook
I decided to buy new Moo cards for NOLA History Guy just after New Year’s. When I placed the order, the company offered me their “Moo Notebook” for a discount. I grabbed it this morning and declared it to be the continuation of the BuJo for 2018!
The Moo notebook has an interesting binding, making it easier to lay flat.
And, we’re off!