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Black History Month…Re-Imagined

Thoughts by WillieBeyond

I know February is Black history month, but I feel during this month a lot of the focus is on the past, that is very distant from the present.  Not that this history isn’t important, but I feel as we talk about the past we forget some of the things we are doing in the present.  Everyone one will say the greatest thing to happen in Black history recently, would be the election of President Barack Obama. I have mixed feelings about that statement.  This post isn’t about recognizing what will be in a book fifty years from now, but more about realizing the important events that have happened that won’t be recorded.  I would like to have Black History Month changed to Black Culture Appreciation Month or something like that.  I feel a lot of the troubles people get into is because they can only think of the good times of the past, but not of the silver lining in the clouds of the present.  Remember, segregation was no joke, but now we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King because segregation isn’t legal now (kinda sorta, depends on who you ask).  So lets think of the things that are happening now.

One of the things I feel should be marked and mention this Black Awareness Month (yeah, I like the sound of that) is Dave Chappelle.  Now before anyone gets upset, I am not one of those people who looks to celebrities, as a guideline for how to be happy.  Chappelle just happens to be a really good person to remember for one major reason.  Now we can all Wikipedia the info on Dave Chappelle, but I want us all to think of his actions.  The one I am mostly referencing is his decision to not do a Season 3.  He had the number one show and it was rising, but he stepped away for ethical reasons. I think that should be something that is marked down in history.  Everyone presented his refusal to do Season 3 as either a smart business move to make more money, or as just stupid and an effect of his mind spiraling out of control.  No one said it could just be for him wanting a better place to work (in an “I can sleep a night kind of way”).  Here is someone who had the integrity to step back and go “I don’t want to work at a place where I can’t feel good.”)

I think this action speaks louder than anything else as far as personal standards in my lifetime.  And yes I know Jerry Seinfeld also quit when his show was on the top.  But the huge difference in my mind is Chappelle had a wider resume than Seinfeld and Seinfeld was starting to peak, while Chappelle was still rising (look at season 4 and 5 of Seinfeld and tell me season 9 was as good).  But what do I know, it is just my opinion.  Also, because it doesn’t really matter, I feel I should take this time to point out Chappelle is a Muslim.  That’s right all you people who say Islam and Muslim is bad and yell out I’m Rick James (you know it…don’t lie to yourself) you were laughing a Muslim’s man sense of humor.  Also I don’t want this to be a thing where we forget about the person.  Yes, Dave Chappelle is a Muslim, yes he made us all laugh in one way or the other, and yes he got paid, but most importantly he is a man with a family.  He never let that escape his thought process. He is a man who has to live with himself, and that is what makes him one of my role models.

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Letterman Had a Fling with Another Staffer + Leno makes Dave “Topic A”

More details are emerging:

Source: Letterman Had a Fling with Another Staffer:

“with one of his peers, a woman close to him, not an intern.”

A former Late Show with David Letterman staffer tells PEOPLE that the talk show host had a sexual relationship with one of the show’s employees in the late 1990s.

The source says the relationship occurred before Stephanie Birkitt, 34, the woman at the center of the Letterman scandal, worked on the show and involved a different female staffer.

“I’m not surprised this came out,” the former staffer tells PEOPLE of Letterman’s admission Thursday night that he had “had sex with women who work for me on this show.”

“Even the interns knew stuff like that was going on,” says the source.
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Leno on Letterman:

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Bob Halderman Arrested in Letterman Sting

No, not the Watergate guy, Bob Haldeman…

Bob Haldeman

This guy, Bob Halderman, a CBS producer on the show “48-Hours”

Bob Halderman


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The basic story goes like this (from the NY Times):

David Letterman Reveals Extortion Attempt

David Letterman said on his show on Thursday that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt over charges of sexual affairs with staff members, claims that he conceded were true.

Mr. Letterman said on “The Late Show,” on CBS, that he had been approached by a person who wanted $2 million not to go public with information that Mr. Letterman had been in sexual relationships with women who work on his show.

Mr. Letterman said that he had testified before a grand jury and had admitted to the relationships.

“My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would,” he said on the show. “I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family.”
con’t here:

BUT, the plot thickens…

From TMZ: Woman in Letterman Case Lived with Suspect

One of the women at the center of the David Letterman alleged extortion case is Stephanie Birkitt, his former assistant — according to the search warrant obtained by FOX 5 New York. And, the warrant says, Birkitt was the suspect’s girlfriend and we’ve learned she was living with him until recently.
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Soooo, Stephanie Birkitt, who is, if I’m not mistaken, the often seen “page” wearing an oversized Late Show varsity jacket who would come down the isle and hand Dave the envelopes with the prizes for the audience

Stephanie Birkitt

Stephanie Birkitt


Stephanie with Dave

Stephanie with Dave

44-UPDATE
Birkitt, Letterman’s former assistant who has made several appearances on the “Late Show,” lived with alleged blackmailer Robert “Joe” Halderman, who allegedly “was in possession of Birkitt’s diary, correspondence and photos — which he says incriminated Letterman,” according to TMZ.


Stephanie Birkitt on the Late Show:

The Perp:

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Here’s Dave coming clean and trying his best to make light of the situation:

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Halderman

Halderman

It’s a bit of a sticky wicket don’t ya’ think?

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Book Review: Dave Neiwert’s The Eliminationists

Review by Guest Contributor Susan G

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right By David Neiwert

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right By David Neiwert

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right
By David Neiwert
$16.96, 174 pages
Paperback original
PoliPointPress, May 2009: Sausalito, CA
Available for $11.53 @ amazon1

It’s a neat trick. Not only has the village lunatic gained permission to continue wandering the town square poking everyone he dislikes in the eye with a sharp stick, but he gets to claim victimhood when the victims respond angrily. Unfortunately, in the process, the whole village is transformed, and not for the better.

Rarely has a book been released at a time when it’s been more relevant than David Neiwert’s The Eliminationists. Neiwert, an award-winning journalist and blogger at Orcinus and of late, at Crooks and Liars, has focused for years on that fine, scary line where heated rhetoric gives way to pure hate speech, and where fantasies of inflicting violence morph into the real thing. With the killing of three Pittsburgh police officers by a white-supremacist radical, an understanding of the right-wing extremists now deeply embedded in the modern conservative movement is more important than ever.

And lucky we are to have such a guide as Neiwert, who over the years has become the absolute master of the study of hate speech, authoritarianism and violence. His new book is the culmination of decades of watching the far right, listening to talk radio, tracking militias and extremists, and cataloging incidents inspired by false facts and the stoking of paranoia. Heck, for the naming of the phenomenon alone, he should be thanked:

Eliminationism: a politics and a culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas in favor of the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through suppression, exile, and ejection, or extermination.

Admit it: We all knew there was a better word we were waiting for. Finally, it has arrived. While we’re at it, let’s have him define an overused (but strangely enough, underdefined) term for us at the outset:

Fascism is passionate nationalism, allied to a conspiratorial dualism and a crude Social Darwinism, voiced with resentment toward the forces, or conditions, that restrain “the chosen people.”

Sound vaguely familiar? It should. As Neiwert shows, this country since the 1990s has been undergoing what he terms para-fascist tendencies going mainstream as those once on the fringes have begun infecting one of the two major political parties and co-opting conservatism, making of it the paranoiac, reactionary–and, most frighteningly–increasingly violent crew we now hear regularly on Fox News and on talk radio.

The first portion of The Eliminationists lays out in careful detail the evidence, in cite after cite, of

… a particular trend that has manifested itself with increasing intensity in the past decade: the positing of elimination as the solution to political disagreement. Rather than engaging in a dialogue over political and cultural issues, one side simply dehumanizes its opponents and suggests, and at times demands, their excision. This tendency is almost singularly peculiar to the American Right and manifests itself in many venues: on radio talk shows and in political speeches, in bestselling books and babbling blogs. Most of all, we can feel it on the ground: in our everyday lives, in our encounters, big and small, with each other.

His insistence on the right-wing nature of modern eliminationism holds up, despite cries from the conservatives that “liberals do it too.” Neiwert acknowledges that leftists have been known–less frequently–to toss around talk of assassination or insurrection but, he points out, they tend to focus on threatening talk toward an individual (think Cheney or Bush), not an entire category of human beings. The far right, on the other hand…

In contrast, right-wing rhetoric has been explicitly eliminationist, calling for the infliction of harm on whole blocs of American citizens: liberals, gays and lesbians, Latinos, blacks, Jews, feminists, or whatever target group is the victim du jour of right-wing ire.

This distinction is crucial, and Neiwert makes an alarming case for the fact that the rhetoric that leads up to violent crimes against whole classes of individuals is a necessary ingredient to the carrying out of the penultimate acts, that without the vicious cheerleading, many of the acts would not be carried out because, he says, “such rhetoric has played a critical role in giving permission for it to proceed, by creating the cultural and psychological conditions that enable the subsequent violence.” At the bottom of such rhetoric is a savagely anti-democratic, American-hating ethos too, despite the flag-cocooning in which the shouters participate.

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Blogger Note: Please take the time and read the entire review by Susan G and check out the book if you can. Even though this review was written in April of 2009, the extremism shown in the last few months make it more timely that ever.

Dave Neiwert was a featured guest tonight on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Neiwert is being interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell in the video:

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Obama Leads Letterman to Ratings Win

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President Obama and Dave Letterman

President Obama and Dave Letterman

We’ve been told by the pundits on cable news, that in their conventional wisdom, President Barack Obama is totally over-exposed. Right? Well no one gave that memo to Dave Letterman’s Late Show audience.

According to the New York Times, the night Obama appeared was the most-watched “Late Show” in four years, with a total of 7.218 million viewers. So the conventionally wise pundits in Washington, might want to re-think that memo. Either that or start calling it ‘conventional speculation‘.

New York Times/Bill Carter—Landing an appearance by the president seems to be a game-changer at least for one show in late-night television. On Monday night, President Obama lifted David Letterman to his most-watched “Late Show” in four years, with a total of 7.218 million viewers.

That was more than enough to propel Mr. Letterman, on CBS, past his late-night rival on NBC, Conan O’Brien, in every audience category for the first time since Mr. O’Brien became host of the “Tonight Show” in June.

It also gave Mr. Letterman a bigger audience Monday than his longtime rival Jay Leno, whose new prime-time hour on NBC hit its lowest number to date, with 5.81 million viewers. (Mr. Leno can still claim precedence in one area, however. When he was still host of “Tonight” and Mr. Obama made the first late-night appearance by any sitting president last March, Mr. Leno attracted 14.6 million viewers.)

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Obama Tells Letterman: I Was Black Before the Election

President Obama and Dave Letterman

President Obama and Dave Letterman

CBS—Addressing suggestions that recent criticism of his health care reform efforts has been grounded in racism, President Obama this afternoon quipped, “I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”

The comment, which the president made in an afternoon taping of CBS’ “The Late Show,” promoted laughter from the audenice and this response from host David Letterman: “How long have you been a black man?”

Mr. Obama said the notion that racism is playing a role in the criticism, which has been voiced by former President Jimmy Carter and others, is countered in part by the fact that he was elected in the first place – which, he said, “tells you a lot about where the country’s at.”

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MoveOn Brings Back “Red-Handed” Campaign Against Anti-Reform Republicans


MoveOn.org—MoveOn.org Political Action is bringing back the highly successful “Red Handed” ad campaign today, launching new ads to show that Republicans who have voted against health care reform are more concerned about the profits of special interests than the interests of their constituents. The ads target vulnerable Republicans Patrick Tiberi (R-OH) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), who both voted against H.R. 3200, the House health care reform bill, when it was put to a vote in the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Gregg Mitchell: New TIME Cover on Glenn Beck Ignores Facts, and Worse

Glenn Beck the Brat

Glenn Beck the Brat

Gregg Mitchell/HuffPost—I have no quarrel with TIME magazine devoting a cover to Glenn Beck — so long as the accompanying story sticks to hard facts and harsh truths. The issue coming tomorrow, online today, sadly fails to do so in an apparent effort to woo the rightwing with a ludicrously “balanced” treatment of equally dangerous and wacko “ranting” coming from left and right.

It starts right away with a first paragraph that claims that only “liberal sources” estimated the protest crowd in D.C. last weekend as about 70,000, while conservatives say up to a million or more. Actually, virtually all mainstream media sources, along with nonpartisan factchecking organizations such as PolitiFact, cite the lower number.

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Reading The Pictures: Glenn Beck’s Organ. TIME’s Dime by Michael Shaw

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