Not Getting The Joke

Racism and untruth (let’s just call them lies and be done with it) are sadly alive and well and living in the disunited states of america. All in good fun.

I didn’t clip the AP picture of the box of Obama Waffles, but you should take a look for yourself.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

When does Muslim Aint Jamima satire become defamation of character and reflect a lack of character on the part of the “satirist”? I imagine the Obama campaign doesn’t get the joke.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Really, really bad move on the part of Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss. Racial and gender slurs rebound catastrophically on the party tolerating such nonsense.

    This kind of meanness is self-destructive. Mc Cain did not pull ahead until the attacks on Sarah Palin’s gender, lifestyle, etc. surfaced. Similar attacks on Obama could reverse the current trend in the polls.

    Disagreement with someone’s actual policies and intentions can be used to make a point and may actually persuade voters.

    Slander and false accusations by partisan attack dogs will drive undecided voters and even party faithful away. Who wants to vote for a party that supports that kind of campaign?

    There are rabid supporters of both parties. Success at the polls may depend on wiser members of each party stifling or repudiating these radical elements.

  2. I agree the states are disunited at this period. I’m seeing no-holds-barred tactics from both sides. The independents will decide this election, and many of them are waiting for the debates.

    I thought I read that 93% of blacks are supporting Obama. That amazes me as this seems to be in part about race rather than policies.