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(MSNBC)   Congressman Charlie Rangel says the lack of diversity in Obama's White House is "as embarassing as hell". In response, the White House points out they do have one black guy in a kinda important position   (tv.msnbc.com) divider line 118
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2013-01-11 12:54:44 PM

Frank N Stein: Lionel Mandrake: white, male privilege


I had no idea Hothead Paisan was a real person.
 
2013-01-11 12:55:21 PM
Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, and Susan Rice agree. But, that's Obama's fault entirely, right?
 
2013-01-11 12:55:37 PM
So is the lack of diversity in Congress. Maybe he should focus on his own before he starts criticizing others
 
2013-01-11 12:57:42 PM

Frank N Stein: A Dark Evil Omen: Frank N Stein: A Dark Evil Omen: I always like it when rightists try to throw complaints like this back at the center and left, because it's always so very, very ridiculous. I don't know who Charlie Rangel is so I'm just going to phone in some comment about a group of people I don't like

I was referring to you in particular. Cheers!

Fair enough. To be clear, what specific problem do you have with my complaint that diversity issues are heavily politicized?


Because it's bullshiat? It's an issue because the far right makes it an issue. As noted, it is useful and important to have people around with a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds when you're making decisions that affect people with a variety of viewpoints and backgrounds. Rangel's whining because he doesn't get to be the Secretary of Slum Lords notwithstanding, it is specifically the far right who insist on a narrow definition of "best qualified" that just happens to always be rich, straight white males.
 
2013-01-11 12:57:45 PM

Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.


Sarah Jane? Be careful. She bites, and lowers children into open man-holes.
 
2013-01-11 12:59:27 PM
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2013-01-11 12:59:40 PM

birdboy2000: There are reasons to oppose all of Obama's cabinet appointments from the left, some better than others. John Kerry frees up a senate seat in a state where Republicans have a strong candidate, although it's also a very blue state. Jack Lew is a bankster puppet. John Brennan has an awful civil liberties record. Chuck Hagel's a Republican and a latecomer to doveishness - his vote for the Iraq War showed poor judgment.

Instead these idiots are making it about identity politics. As though the problem with Lew and Brennan are that they're white, not the policies they'll support.


I wouldn't appoint Lew and Brennan for dog catcher, let alone cabinet. Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in.
 
2013-01-11 12:59:46 PM

Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.


Funny you should mention that. I was just giving a speech to the Committee to Avdance Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimos, It was a banner year at CALLHMAE. Maybe.
 
2013-01-11 01:01:16 PM

Boxcutta: Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.

Funny you should mention that. I was just giving a speech to the Committee to Avdance Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimos, It was a banner year at CALLHMAE. Maybe.


Screw that group. Transexual nazi eskimos have been in line longer. Don't discriminate.
 
2013-01-11 01:03:35 PM

Bonzo_1116: Frank N Stein: Lionel Mandrake: white, male privilege

I had no idea Hothead Paisan was a real person.


I had no idea Hothead Paisan was a fake person.
 
2013-01-11 01:04:01 PM

A Dark Evil Omen: Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in.


How so? I'll be the first to admit I have no idea who Jack Lew is.
 
2013-01-11 01:05:03 PM
Diversity? !?! Cripes, with this dingbat in office, we should be happy if they legally paid thier taxes.
 
2013-01-11 01:05:39 PM

Lionel Mandrake: It's nice to see that media and the party of white, male privilege are so concerned for the broads.  Very white (male) knighty of them.


Charlie Rangel - really tanned Republican.
 
2013-01-11 01:05:41 PM
I voted for a candidate once because his opponent was a boring, white, uninspiring washington insider and he was a bilingual, diversity advocating, washington "outsider" with big ideas and a commitment to bringing in people of all backgrounds to the table.

That candidate was President Bush. He did alot of things, and bringing diversity to the cabinet level was one of them. He also found all the cockroaches left from Nixon's White House and listened to them much more than the token melanin-rich appointees, and ended up disgracing all of them and our nation and chasing me out of the Republican party.

I won't be allowing diversity to motivate my voting ever again. I want the best person for the job, and I want people committed to leveling the playing field, but lip service to diversity is no indicator of a candidate's merit...
 
2013-01-11 01:07:38 PM

qorkfiend: A Dark Evil Omen: Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in.

How so? I'll be the first to admit I have no idea who Jack Lew is.


He's had a low-profile but reasonably highly-placed political career in the Democratic party. Mainly he's a big fan of bank deregulation and so naturally he's being made Secretary of the Treasury.
 
2013-01-11 01:12:19 PM

Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obama?".


Exactly. One of the first things he did was nominate the first latina to the Supreme Court. That's pretty badass.
 
2013-01-11 01:13:21 PM
Yeah, I saw a response from them on this and it basically boiled down to "we aren't going to use affirmative action to fill positions, we fill them based on who is qualified." Sort of ironic, dontcha think?

/lots of spoons
 
2013-01-11 01:13:26 PM
Charlie Rangel, you are embarrassing as hell.
 
2013-01-11 01:15:20 PM
You know, when I hear complaints about how the Congress has a bunch of old WASPy guys (yes I realize this is about the cabinet), I have to ask, is the district they are representing have a majority that is black/Hispanic/atheist/Muslim/Jewish/etc/.

Yes, I realize districts that are largely Latino or African American have old white guys representing them, but since Congress is elected more or less locally and not nationally, this isn't actually unexpected.

//It'd be nice if we had more openly secular and non-religious legislators though, rather than them having to pay lip service towards "being a good Christian"
 
2013-01-11 01:15:28 PM
Charlie's continuous reelection is an embarrassment since the only thing he needs to hold is seat is to keep his skin color. He would lose in a landslide if he went for any other elected position without his automatic-vote base in the 13th district. Guy should be in jail in the first place, considering all the shiat he has pulled (hiding from income tax, apartment scams, fundraising issues, "gifts" of vacations, etc) .

Gee, chuck, i cant imagine why the president might not want someone like you in his cabinet.
 
2013-01-11 01:16:27 PM

mrshowrules: Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obama?".

You need some type of Pantone colour scale average.  For gender representation, some type of clitoral/penal length averaging.


Republican penis length will skew this dramatically toward the female side of things. That's why they hate so much that there is a black Democrat in the white house. It's the only thing Republicans really care about.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-11 01:16:32 PM

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Miss me yet?


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Hell yeah. The god damned shoes don't buy themselves.
 
2013-01-11 01:17:46 PM
what? why are we cursing hell with these characters. outer darkness doesn't need souls THAT BLACK.
 
2013-01-11 01:21:18 PM
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lol diversity.
 
2013-01-11 01:22:19 PM

lennavan: Charlie Rangel, you are embarrassing as hell.


I doubt Lucifer is twisted enough to come up with anything worse than Rangel.

It's a damned shame he's a Prince Hall Mason.
 
2013-01-11 01:22:28 PM
Is there a double standard on Fark for Republican and Democrat presidents? Based on this thread I would say yes.
 
2013-01-11 01:26:26 PM
Ok, Charlie, so have you approached anyone in the administration about your concerns? How about recommending some people you think would be a good fit?

No? Okay then. goodbye.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-01-11 01:32:25 PM

Vectron: Is there a double standard on Fark for Republican and Democrat[ic] presidents? Based on this thread I would say yes.


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Seriously? The whole of ethics right now (regardless of "side") is "if my guys does it then it's okay."
 
2013-01-11 01:35:21 PM

PanicMan: Ok, Charlie, so have you approached anyone in the administration about your concerns? How about recommending some people you think would be a good fit?

No? Okay then. goodbye.


Let us never suggest anyone ever listen to Charlie Rangel on anything other than how to be awesome at being corrupt and still keep your job.
 
2013-01-11 01:36:25 PM
Yes. And that one guy isn't even black. He's half black.
Yes indeedy, the president is mulatto.
 
2013-01-11 01:37:54 PM

Frank N Stein: The notion of diversity in this country has become little more than a political tool. It's simply bargaining chip that can be trotted out to appease, strong arm, or divert attention to the "proper" channel, depending upon the situation. What diversity is not, I've come to realize, is an organically developed realization and application of letting people merely "be". The idea of diversity as a strength breaks down when politics realizes the advantage of grabbing hold of this concept like a leech and begins using it to its advantage. No amount of politically induced racial quotas, grandstanding, and inquisitions will ever allow for flourish of true diversity, one in which the dividing lines between individuals (be it race, gender, sexual orientation, creed etc...) is not a factor. In fact, those political leeches have it in their best interest to keep the question about diversity convoluted and divisive as possible, because its become one of their most effective tools.

And that's my rant.


*Sigh*

Yeah, that's it. The race-baiters want to keep the status quo so that they can somehow profit off of pointing and saying, "there's no diversity". Instead of asking ourselves what are the barriers that exist which do not allow everyone to be represented, lets attack the people who point it out. There are 312 million people in the United States of America. You mean to tell me that John Kerry is so much more qualified than all of these people that America needs him to be a Senator, a Presidential candidate, and the Secretary of Defense? Why are the same names floated around every time there is an opening in government?
 
2013-01-11 01:38:49 PM

bhcompy: [scottystarnes.files.wordpress.com image 338x263]

Miss me yet?


Yeah, but next time I'm going to use an AR-15 with a 120 round drum and that bump firing upgrade. Shooting at that pitch with 9's just doesn't seem to cut it.
 
2013-01-11 01:40:50 PM

Boxcutta: Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.

Funny you should mention that. I was just giving a speech to the Committee to Avdance Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimos, It was a banner year at CALLHMAE. Maybe.


Wow, that's really interesting. This is crazy, I usually don't do this with organizations I just heard of, but I could give you my number for some more info?
 
2013-01-11 01:41:42 PM

Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obama?".


That was brought up over the GOP concern trolling over the lack of women nominations for the open cabinet positions. Namely, say, the Supreme Court nominations he's made.
 
2013-01-11 01:44:22 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Frank N Stein: The notion of diversity in this country has become little more than a political tool. It's simply bargaining chip that can be trotted out to appease, strong arm, or divert attention to the "proper" channel, depending upon the situation. What diversity is not, I've come to realize, is an organically developed realization and application of letting people merely "be". The idea of diversity as a strength breaks down when politics realizes the advantage of grabbing hold of this concept like a leech and begins using it to its advantage. No amount of politically induced racial quotas, grandstanding, and inquisitions will ever allow for flourish of true diversity, one in which the dividing lines between individuals (be it race, gender, sexual orientation, creed etc...) is not a factor. In fact, those political leeches have it in their best interest to keep the question about diversity convoluted and divisive as possible, because its become one of their most effective tools.

And that's my rant.

*Sigh*

Yeah, that's it. The race-baiters want to keep the status quo so that they can somehow profit off of pointing and saying, "there's no diversity". Instead of asking ourselves what are the barriers that exist which do not allow everyone to be represented, lets attack the people who point it out. There are 312 million people in the United States of America. You mean to tell me that John Kerry is so much more qualified than all of these people that America needs him to be a Senator, a Presidential candidate, and the Secretary of Defense? Why are the same names floated around every time there is an opening in government?


I have no idea, beyond Kerry having the network and connections to get things accomplished because of all his years in government.

There should be someone within the DoD that is qualified though, shouldn't there?
 
2013-01-11 01:45:03 PM

skullkrusher: Lionel Mandrake: It's nice to see that media and the party of white, male privilege are so concerned for the broads.  Very white (male) knighty of them.

Charlie Rangel - really tanned Republican.


I was thinking more of the white males at FOX and in the Republican, but thank you for infroming me that Rangel is black, and the only person talking about this.
 
2013-01-11 01:46:49 PM
Oh yeah, Rangel is a POS who should have never been re-elected. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. With that said, look at how Eric Holder is treated. He's a "gangster". When Republicans speak of he and Obama there is normally a racial element to the discussion. As if the two black guys are conspiring to take over the country. If Obama had more non-whites in his cabinet that nonsense would go to eleven. Being surrounded by white people who share his viewpoint helps President Obama to reject the notion that race is a factor in his decisions. When the President says we need to help the poor, its easy to call him the welfare President. Its harder to do that when Biden says it.
 
2013-01-11 01:49:11 PM

Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.


Does she have to be wheelchair-bound, or is that optional?
 
2013-01-11 01:54:01 PM

Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obamaooooooooh, yeah?".


FTFY
 
2013-01-11 01:54:14 PM

Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.


Hmmmm... kinky, I like it

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2013-01-11 01:56:13 PM

Boxcutta: Nabb1: I, personally, will not be satisfied until the Cabinet has it's first Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimo appointee.

Funny you should mention that. I was just giving a speech to the Committee to Avdance Lesbian left-handed midget albino eskimos, It was a banner year at CALLHMAE. Maybe.


Now, if someone hadn't sponsored you yesterday, I would have had to do it because of this post.
 
2013-01-11 01:58:25 PM

I_Am_Weasel: Personally, I think one of the best criteria should be "Is this the best person for the job?" and not "What sex is this person?"

But that's just me.


Spoken unlike any neo liberal.
 
MFL
2013-01-11 02:00:09 PM
qorkfiend: A Dark Evil Omen: Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in

Jack Lew....

1. He's a lifetime political staffer.
2. He has no real financial experience.
3. He has no international experience.
4. He has no currency experience.
5. He ripped off Citibank for a couple of million dollars and he was only there for one year.
6. He has no standing on Wall Street or any of the world financial capitals.

Geitner I didn't agree with on much but the guy was at least qualified by all accounts.

No budget in 4 years......$16.5 trillion in debt.....75% debt to GDP ratio.....no debt crisis????

No wonder democrats are poor. They are just dumb.
 
2013-01-11 02:04:02 PM

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Miss me yet?


biatch, please.

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2013-01-11 02:07:14 PM

MFL: qorkfiend: A Dark Evil Omen: Lew in particular is a choice calculated to deepen the phony debt crisis we're in

Jack Lew....

1. He's a lifetime political staffer.
2. He has no real financial experience.
3. He has no international experience.
4. He has no currency experience.
5. He ripped off Citibank for a couple of million dollars and he was only there for one year.
6. He has no standing on Wall Street or any of the world financial capitals.

Geitner I didn't agree with on much but the guy was at least qualified by all accounts.

No budget in 4 years......$16.5 trillion in debt.....75% debt to GDP ratio.....no debt crisis????

No wonder democrats are poor. They are just dumb.


Fun fact: Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 never had a budget deficit (according to Republican math)
 
2013-01-11 02:18:56 PM
DROxINxTHExWIND : Oh yeah, Rangel is a POS who should have never been re-elected. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. With that said, look at how Eric Holder is treated. He's a "gangster"

Sheeeeiiiiitttttt. More like "He's an embarrassment". One of the great failures of the Obama administration has been the lack of reining in government corruption. Holder and his "go along to get along" mentality has made him the darling of the Ivy league law schools and was instrumental in smoothing things out with the behind the scenes factions enough to get Obama re-elected. But he is not Obama's private attorney nor is he a private political entity. He is the Attorney General of the United States of America; the nation's top enforcer on the legal side. He has failed miserably at his job, Wall Street will collapse and be looted again and useless wars fought to enrich the military industrial complex will happen again because this sorry bastard didn't do his goddamn job. We needed an untouchable after the Bush administration, what we got with Holder was just another good old boy, looking the other way whenever needed.
 
2013-01-11 02:24:47 PM
New Constitutional Amendment: The president's cabinet of advisors shall not be comprised of more than 3/5ths white men.
 
2013-01-11 02:29:42 PM

Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obama?".


Here is an idea forget about inclusiveness and just hire the best qualified person, who will take the job, regardless of race, gender etc?

Radical concept I know because it means no longer judging a person by the color of the skin and so on; plus we have to give up set asides and quotas but this America we can do it.
 
2013-01-11 02:33:19 PM

hasty ambush: Diogenes: You know, there are only so many positions in the cabinet.  And maybe we should look at the totality of Obama's inclusiveness over his time in office instead of pissing and moaning and asking "What have you done for me lately, Obama?".

Here is an idea forget about inclusiveness and just hire the best qualified person, who will take the job, regardless of race, gender etc?

Radical concept I know because it means no longer judging a person by the color of the skin and so on; plus we have to give up set asides and quotas but this America we can do it.


Points and laughs at guy who thinks political appointments are a meritocracy.
 
2013-01-11 02:37:26 PM

Frank N Stein: Lionel Mandrake: white, male privilege

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That is a very interesting site. Not sure if I can understand it though, and I have a degree in understanding stuff like the Speculum of the Other Woman.
 
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