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July 21, 2010

BREAKING: MUST CREDIT TINYREVOLUTION.COM is in possession of a shocking statement made today by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Judge for yourself whether this completely unedited original copy is so vile that Vilsack must resign immediately:

Yesterday, I asked for sordid civil rights injustices — i.e., rural controversy, wrongly making it difficult to bring jobs to Georgia.

Our policy is clear: discrimination. Any act of discrimination against the American people. But equally important is our do-do.

For the good of the country, this obscene Alinsky-ite Maoism must be exterminated. Where is the mainstream media on THIS, Washington Post? Also, Al Sharpton.

UPDATE: If this has been edited in any way it was not by and we have no idea how to locate the original.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at July 21, 2010 12:08 AM

Congradulations, I look foward to seeing you on Tim Russert.

Posted by: demize! at July 21, 2010 01:07 AM

Remember how this used to be a country where people talked about accusations as being only accusations, until proven?

Where did that great nation go?

Republicans make up dirt on decent hard working people, then Dems jump quickly on the band wagon, as they don't want to be smeared by the FOX noise machine. And the victim ends up spinning in the wind, on their own.

Posted by: Elise Mattu at July 21, 2010 02:30 AM

I know this isn't any more horrible than politics as usual (less so because there is no mass death, at least not of the literal kind) but its just so tedious and so, so, boring. Good grief. So many absurd white people are tipping back their frosty mugs of false self-righteous gotcha and reveling in the collective injustice of having to control the whole fucking world while pretending you're not. Oh news...

Once again Tiny Revolution and its ilk provides a small umbrella of right on-ness in the midst of the bullshit storm.

Posted by: jeffbbz at July 21, 2010 02:53 AM

What's amazing to me is that Breitbart, of all people, could cause this shitstorm after what he has already done in the past.

This helped me figure out what had happened.

I'm glad Eloise Spooner stood up for Sherrod and the NAACP and Vilsack have at least partially come to their senses now. It's impossible to watch the full video of Sherrod's speech without concluding that Breitbart is a lying scum, and I hope he gets sued this week.

Posted by: N E at July 21, 2010 08:25 AM

we've only been in our relationship w/ ailes/fox since 1996. divorce statistics tell us there's only ~25% chance of breakup at that point in the relationship, but it's a flawed predictor because of how many of us married rupert murdoch for the money.

Posted by: hapa at July 21, 2010 11:14 AM


Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 21, 2010 12:33 PM

On the other hand, Sherrod did say this: "The story helped me realize that race is not the issue, it's about the people who have and the people who don't."

It sounds as if we might have a government official who realizes that there are class differences in this country. THIS IS A VERY GRAVE SIN!

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at July 21, 2010 01:15 PM

I have a couple of suggestions concerning people who should be tendering their resignations, even if it means they have to pull off to the side of the road to submit them on their Blackberries... But I'm sure that Tom Ballsack and Rahm the Vindictive won't be called on the carpet for this idiocy. You see, consequences - if there are any - only fall on their underlings, who are no doubt guilty of providing them with an incorrect briefing, don't you know. Whocouldanode?

The Obama Administration: Spineless Marionettes for the Right Wing Noise Machine. Pull the strings, and just look at them dance! Don't trouble to ascertain the facts of the case. Don't bother to find out if it was just another of Breitbart's dirty tricks. No, just throw the woman under the bus, cuz ya know, they're sayin' BAD THINGS about ya on Fox. Of course, they never say anything ELSE about you on Fox, so why would you reflexively rise to the bait, having been so definitively punked before by the same people? This line of thought is too sophistimacated for Rahm and His Team of Crack Commandos, however. He and His Team must focus the totality of their vigilance and spite on the all-important task of Hippy Bashing, after all.

God, they are unspeakably stupid. But they provide a perfect illustration of the Iron Law of Institutions, though, so there's that to be said for them.

Posted by: JerseyJeffersonian at July 21, 2010 01:40 PM

This post is bullshit. The video clip is the only valid way to interpret and experience reality. Why isn't this post in the form of a video clip?

[Follow-up: this comment is bullshit.]

Posted by: saurabh at July 21, 2010 03:00 PM

Also: isn't this libel?

Posted by: saurabh at July 21, 2010 04:40 PM

Even if it has been edited (for space considerations, only, no doubt) you've done an admirable job faithfully boiling down the original to its essence.

Posted by: JeffB at July 21, 2010 04:52 PM


Some sort of defamation is what I thought he should be sued for. Originally libel was written defamation and slander was spoken defamation, but I don't know what the hell kind of defamation a website with videos is. I think it might make a difference in determining what type of damages she can recover, which strikes me as stupid.

Posted by: N E at July 21, 2010 08:48 PM

Gulliver's Travels would give better insight to America Today, IMHO.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 21, 2010 10:26 PM

Well, hm. When I went off to read about defamation law in the US, I found this sentence: "In no state can a defamation claim be successfully maintained if the allegedly defamed person is deceased."

That is, one can most easily speak ill of THE DEAD.

Posted by: saurabh at July 22, 2010 12:30 AM


That's right. That's why after you call someone a fat ugly idiot, you need to back over them in your car too.

More importantly, that's also why it's so easy to make up so much shit about JFK. :)

Posted by: N E at July 22, 2010 08:40 AM

Speaking of the dead, Shirley Sherrod's father is one. Here's an account of how he died, and of what people did next:

The Story Behind the 1965 Killing of Sherrod's Dad, by Will Bunch

May the Creative Forces of the Universe stand beside us, and guide us, through the Night with the Light from Above (in a metaphorical sense)

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at July 22, 2010 09:56 AM

No fair, you added a hyphen. That would be like editing in footage from some totally different time when he was wearing some totally different, ridiculous, get-up... oh, OK.

Posted by: homunq at July 23, 2010 01:21 AM