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The Meekins Chronicles: Racism is Right

Shorter Frederick Meekins: poor Muslims ought to shut up and eat pork.

This guy would be funny if he weren't so hateful. When a group described as part of the "extreme right" offers pork soup to the poor, there's a fairly good chance that the ingredients were chosen to exclude Muslims. (The "charity" calls it "identity soup;" the group's leader describes its mission as the defense of the "rights of the little whites.") That's pretty much the definition of racism. And I don't see anything wrong with police using an existing permitting structure to put an end to race baiting. (This is all in France, by the way.)

Racial Prejudice Test

Check out the Implicit Association Test at Understanding Prejudice (link via Jim Buie). The test purports to determine the taker's preference -- either for white people or black people -- and to say roughly how strong that preference is. If you take the test, come back and discuss it in the comments -- I'm curious to hear what the BlueNC community thinks of it.

EDIT: I posted before seeing the next post on Jim's blog, "Does Racial Prejudice Predict Voting?" One word: yikes!

What We Are Fighting Against, Part II (Art Pope Edition)

Oh, it must be good to be the party of the rich. This N&O article on Art Pope says that his family will be spending close to $100,000 a week on Art's network of conservative "think" tanks and policy groups.

What is Pope up to? An Easley aide puts it mildly:

I really do think the John Locke Foundation and the Pope orbit has contributed a lot and has a big role in challenging liberal and Democratic dogma. On the other hand, there is also a petty partisan side. They are involved in advocacy research. They do sometimes turn into Republican cheerleaders and apologists, and that undermines their larger intellectual mission.

Can I rewrite that last sentence? Ok, thanks: They do sometimes turn into Republican cheerleaders and apologists, and that undermines gives the lie to their larger supposed intellectual mission.

Tar Heel Tavern XL, uh, II

Being kind of a moron, I got it into my head yesterday afternoon that it was Saturday. The following THT submissions came in on time, but after I jumped the gun. Here's what I almost missed:

Captivated by Mandy answers that age-old burning question: is my dog a Silky Terrier? This is the kind of information that will blow people's minds when you break it out at a cocktail party. And I should point out that I believe that blowing people's minds at cocktail parties should be among any person's highest aspirations.

Tar Heel Tavern XL

The Tar Heel Tavern is a showcase for North Carolina bloggers. This week, it's also something to read during the Superbowl that there's no real point in watching now anyway. We've got low-quantity/high-quality today at the Tavern, so I'll get right to the good stuff.

Nothing Could Be Finer: "Fighting Prostitution in Charlotte: 'Like squeezing a balloon...'" — It makes sense: you crack down in prostitution in one neighborhood, and you can expect to see the business move to nearby areas. This concept escaped the Charlotte City Council, though, so blogger Cicero has taken the time to document the results. My favorite part is the quote from Police Capt. John Diggs, discussing the possibility that sex workers will just move down the street: "We're hoping that this will inspire a lifestyle change on their part." Good plan, John.

More Than Valentines or New Years,

More than Valentines Day or New Year's Eve, January 31st is a time when no liberal should be alone. Even if you're stronger than most, the Bush State of the Union Address can have strange effects on people. Heck, it only takes sixteen words to scare a nation stupid!

Anyway, the Democratic Party is helping people organize and find SOTU watch parties. Check it out! There are already a number of events in NC, and it should be a great way to meet people who actually want to talk about the content of the speech.

Tancredo Coming to Town

NC Rumors is reporting that Republican Representative Tom Tancredo will be coming to Charlotte at the end of the month to build popular opposition to a guest worker amnesty program (it's a stop on his "Secure America Now" tour). That's Tom Tancredo, who promised to abide by self-imposed term limits—and then didn't; Tom Tancredo who proposed bombing Muslim holy sites; "Tom Tom" Tancredo, Native American; and Tom Tancredo who might be running for President in '08. Gosh, I'm so honored that he would choose to come to North Carolina. I'm going to go bathe in Lysol now.

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