Saturday, January 24, 2015


I need a caption for this pic.
Keep it clean people.   
Pic from Aktual.Az

Friday, January 23, 2015

White Privilege for Dummies.

The next time a white person tells you that they don't benefit from racism, click on The Field Negro blog and go to this post.

How Bob Benefits From Racism by Barry Deutsch

I know it's just a cartoon, but some of you reading this know exactly where it's coming from.

We all love when that one white guy declares that he never benefited from "white privilege" because he has worked hard all of his life and he never received any special treatment in America because he is white.

It's an easy default position, because the typical white person does not want to believe that he or she could be in a position to reap societal benefits because of his or her race.

For this poor soul I recommend a book called The Heart Of Whiteness by Robert Jensen.

It might not cure you, but it will at least help you to understand what your problem is.

*Cartoon by Barry Deutsch

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The bread-lady and her family had some help.

 Man I wish I could stop talking about the bread-shoe lady, but, like Sarah Palin before her, this
republican matron has some issues.

The bread-shoe lady declared that her family was poor and had to pull themselves up. They weren't like those urban dwellers who depend on the government and refuse to work. No sir, the bread-shoe lady and her family were hard workers who had nothing handed to them.

But then....

"Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.
But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.

“I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry,” Ernst described in her State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday.
“But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet. Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have.”
The address sounded many of the same themes used by Ernst in her election campaign in 2014, one which featured an advertisement depicting Ernst castrating a pig, as she declared that because her family learned to “live within our means,” the federal government should “do the same.”

But the District Sentinel investigation showed that Ernst’s own father, Richard Culver, received $38,395 in taxpayer handouts, almost all of which went to corn subsidies. The Iowa senator’s uncle, Dallas Culver, made out even better, soaking up almost $370,000 in federal agriculture subsidies.
The total subsidies enjoyed by members of Joni Ersnt’s family came in upwards of $460,000.

Ernst failed to mention her own family’s reliance on government assistance in her speech touting the virtues of self-reliance. According to Media Matters for America, no major media outlets that covered her speech made note of her family’s willingness to benefit from government spending, at the same time that Ersnt called for the new, Republican congress to “cut wasteful spending.”

CNN, for example, highlighted Ernst’s “hardscrabble upbringing,” while NBC News told how the 44-year-old Joni Ernst “brushed aside the president’s call for higher taxes on the wealthy, vowing that Republicans would cut wasteful spending and propose meaningful tax reforms.”

The Wall Street Journal even criticized Joni Ernst for not calling for enough cuts to “wasteful spending,” noting that her outspoken opposition to “federal government subsidies” was a big factor in earning her election to the Senate." [Source]

I am not surprised that our cowardly press didn't call out the bread-lady, but what is surprising is just how shameless she is.

Her family got almost half a million dollars from the government and she sits there on her high horse and tells us stories about how hard they had to work.

The truth is that while she is calling for cuts in the safety net, she was using government subsidies to get where she is.

Finally, I am glad that president Obama is acknowledging that there are sill biases in our society while discussing the relationship between police departments and minorities.

"YouTuber GloZell asked President Obama about police and minorities today, and the president said it’s important to admit “there are still biases in our society” and sometimes cops might target young black males just by the virtue of what they look like.

GloZell told Obama she cut all of her husband’s hoodies off because she’s worried about what could happen to him. Obama assured that the “overwhelmingly majority of police officers” do a good job and do it well.

That being said, the president said statistics show black males are seen as more threatening. Obama argued the solution is to improve training, citing the way he fought against racial profiling when he was in the Illinois state legislature." [Source]

Some of you Negroes wanted him to spend more time talking about Eric Garner and Ferguson in his SOTU address, but that was not going to happen. The fact that he mentioned them at all was noteworthy.

Although when you see stories like this and this taking place in America, you have to wonder if he didn't need to say more.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The president gets "dark and ugly", and the bread-shoes lady responds.

Obama I won both my elections SOTU Before I start this post I want to apologize to the folks at MMTC who are hosting the Broadband Social Justice Summit , for not making it down to Washington, today. I really wanted to make it but sometimes the judicial system doesn't cooperate with our day to day plans.

Hopefully I will make it down tomorrow. I really want to get a shot at roasting my man David Honig.

So anyway, I caught the president's address to the nation last night. Overall I thought it was decent, but I particularly loved the shot he took at the wingnuts  when they tried to throw him shade by way of some snark.

This is from Politicus USA:

“I have no more campaigns to run.” Insert rude Republican clapping. But Republican thuggery is no match for President Obama’s quick wit and brain. He responded off the cuff (not in his prepared remarks), “I know because I won both of them.”
Oh, snap.
This response brought down the house with happy Democrats cheering and liberals everywhere breathing a sigh of relief that this President was taking Republican rudeness no more, and in fact reminding them just who won two national elections with a mandate.
All of this caused Republicans everywhere to commence whinging, how dare Obama not be nice to them! He said he wanted to be bipartisan and then he had the nerve to defend himself against their unstatesmanlike rudeness. (Let us not forget the unprecedented rudeness and disrespect behind the earlier GOP outburst, “You lie!”)" [Source]
Of course wingnuts and their friends were not pleased, and they have been whining about it ever since.
Glenn Beck took it a step further by letting his racism flag fly. According to Mr. Beck the president showed his "dark and ugly" side last night by getting all....well, black.
It works like this: When you, as a black man, do things that displease some folks, you are pretty much acting black. Which, in their world, is not a good thing.
One republican congressman actually dug deep in his history to find a black man that he liked. And who, in his book, is the opposite of the very "divisive" president.
"He said he’d thought that once Obama was elected president, “that issue” would be “behind us.”
Gohmert expressed a wish that Obama were more like his black high school basketball coach.

“But unlike my favorite coach in high school, who happened to be black, he has been more divisive — when I had a coach that brought us together as a team like never before,” Gohmert said. “I thought this president would do that. He has divided more than united, so that’s been heartbreaking.” [Source]

No Mr. Gohmert, what's been heartbreaking is that folks like you have no clue that we really do live in two Americas. Closing your eyes and pretending that we can all get along because you had a basketball coach (how convenient) who you thought was very non-threatening is not bringing people together.

I also saw one of the five republican responses as well. I think it was meant to be the main one.

It was delivered by some woman named Joni Ernst. I listened to her for five minutes and found myself nodding off. She had that soothing monotone kind of voice that should only be used by customer service people who work for large corporations.

Anyway, she actually said at one point that she had t cover her shoes with bread wrappers (bags) because she only had one pair and didn't want it to get wet.

I call bullshit.

Embedded image permalinkThis, to me, is just another republican trying to sound a populist tone. I am not sure when it became cool for republicans to try to tell us how poor they were at one point in their lives, but it's getting old.
I wish they would just go back to being real republicans again.

But back to Ms. Ernst's shoes.

My twitter family was making fun of her, but I actually felt bad for the woman.

" Yup, just grab yourself a stick of butter and a pot of jam, and you're all set.
See? People buying that imported, seeded bread loaf slide with their free money.
LOL. It is always good to have a good laugh...and bread shoes that will now sell more than Jordans.
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I CAN'T TAKE IT!!! She must have been on the with Farina! RT : "
You people are co cold.
Bread-shoes lady, I got your back. 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A "Light Girl" and a house Negro.

I think some of these black celebrities need to just take a moratorium from making public statements that have anything to do with race for awhile.

I think I speak for all Negroes in America when I say that I am sick of ignorant black "celebrities". (I see you Stacey Dash)

Just this past week we had Amber Rose [in pic] making a fool of herself by making her clueless declarations about Creoles.

"With my family, they feel like they're more superior or better than an African American because we're Creole and we have culture and that's something I battle with most of my life," she explained in a sneak peek of Light Girls airing Monday night. "It's more of the older people in my family." [Source]

Amber, here is a little news flash for you: You are not Creole. Your daddy is an Italian from South Philly and your mamma is African American.

And, for the record, African- Americans "have culture" as well.

I am not doubting that your family has colorism issues, but don't blame it on them being Creole.

Besides, they might have dissed you at your wedding because they just didn't want you hooking up with this particular Negro.  

Still, as bad as Amber Rose is, she has nothing on this Anthony Mackie fellow.

"The lack of Oscar support for "Selma" has made headlines, but Mackie plays down the idea that the Academy Awards voters were being discriminatory. “People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” says the actor. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies.”

He goes on to remark, “If you look at all the movies and actors that are nominated, they all gave damn good performances. Me specifically, if thats something I want, I have to step my game up. I have to do better movies and I have to act better.” Mackie does admit that black actors are at some disadvantage for certain roles. “Hollywood believes that there’s no market overseas for black actors,” he explains. “They say that about Denzel Washington, they say they have no foreign value. If we’re not financing and doing our own stories, we can’t expect to see ourselves come award season.”

But Mackie may be generating the most controversy with his take on the topic of police violence against young black men. He tells the outlet, “Like my nephew wanted to grow dreadlocks. I’m like fine, I’ll sit you down and I’ll watch ‘The First 48′ with you and everybody you see on that show, that’s doing something wrong, they’re black dudes with dreadlocks. So, do you want to be seen as part of the problem or do you want to be an individual?”

“Let’s just say you have locks and you walking down the street,” says Mackie. “The police pull you over and say you fit the description of somebody. You start yelling and arguing with the cops. Next thing you know you pressed up against the wall going to jail for something you’re not even involved in just because you look like somebody and you don’t know how to handle yourself.”' [Source]

For his next role Anthony will play a butler in an antebellum mansion.

Unfortunately he will not be eligible for an Oscar for that role. This is because in order to do that you actually have to be acting.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dallas the "survivalist" and Hugh the superintendent.

Lots of people worried about terror these days. Over in Europe the entire continent is on high alert because of the threat of radical Islamic terrorists

Thing is, though, we have quite a few domestic terrorists in this country. We choose not to focus on them because these terrorists look like the majority of Americans and they do not pose a threat to said majority.

For instance, how many of you know the story of Dallas Horton? Dallas is a domestic terrorist who did some very terrorist- like things, recently.

"In Oklahoma, a white “survivalist” shot a police chief three times in the chest and once in the arm. The shooting did not result in an arrest or charges and the man, identified by local media as 29-year-old Dallas Horton, has been released.

In a press release, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said, “Facts surrounding the case lead agents to believe the man was unaware it was officers who made entry.” But Louis Ross, the Sentinel, Oklahoma police chief who was shot, said that he entered the home after “Washita County 911 received two calls from a man who identified himself as Dallas Horton, and claimed to have a bomb inside the head start school.”

Ross cast doubt on the credibility of Horton’s claim that he didn’t know officers were present, noting that there was “screaming from five officers of the law announcing our presence, requesting to see hands.” Ross only survived the shooting because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. He has “massive bruises and welts on his body” and the shot that hit his arm “went clean through.”

a second statement released yesterday the Oklahoma State Bureau Of Investigation said Horton was “fully cooperating with the on-going investigation” and “no traces of explosives were found.”
A Facebook profile identified by Raw Story, that purports to be from a Dallas Horton of Sentinel, contains numerous racist images.

A sign on the front door of Horton’s home says he’s a “Certified zombie killer.” The mayor of Sentinel, Sam Dlugonski, described Horton as a “gun enthusiast” and survivalist. Dlugsonski was familiar with Horton, saying, “I’ve known that kid all of his life.'” [Source]

Wow! Shoot a police officer and all you get is an atta boy, and "I 've known that kid all of his life" from the mayor.

Nice. Some terrorist sure have it good.

Finally, my racism chase takes me to some old familiar grounds.

It's kind of sad that I have to blog about this on the day that we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, but you all need to know that type of people we are still dealing with in this country almost 50 years after he the man was struck down by an assassin's bullet.

"COLLINSVILLE, Alabama -- A school superintendent has determined some 50 high school students will not be allowed to attend the showing of "Selma" Friday morning in Gadsden due to the film's strong language and use of racial slurs. 

Hugh Taylor, the superintendent of the DeKalb County Board of Education, denied a request for a Collinsville High School history club--sponsored by teacher Bradley Crawford--to attend the movie, along with other students from Crawford's classes.

hugh taylor.jpgTaylor cites the website "Kids In Mind" when explaining his decision. The site advises that the movie "Selma" has "about 2 F-words (and) 26 derogatory term (sic) for African-Americans."

"I understand the movie has a lot of historical value," Taylor told Thursday morning. "The request was denied based on language. (The website) told me there were about two F-words in that movie, which I presume may mean more. The school that wanted to go (Collinsville High) is a multicultural school and (the website) said there were going to be 26 African-American connotations, which I thought would probably be inappropriate.

"I deemed this movie in particular inappropriate and that's my job as the head of the school system to make those decisions," he said.

Crawford told Thursday night that "Mr. Taylor made his decision and we respect it." He said he was unaware of who had first complained to Taylor about the denial. 

Taylor is an elected official, a Republican who defeated four other candidates in a 2012 election to replace Charles Warren, who retired after 12 years on the post. Before then, Taylor served as principal at Ruhama Junior High in DeKalb County." [Source]

I suspect that Mr. Taylor might have had some relatives who are on the wrong side of history when it comes to what went down in Selma. That could be his real motivation for not wanting the students to see the movie.

But hey, I am sure that Mr. Taylor and all of his apologists out there will say that his actions have nothing to do with racism. But we know better.

There are lots of people like Hugh Taylor out there in positions of power.

Hopefully it won't be for long. 





Sunday, January 18, 2015

FOX NEWS is a "no-go zone".

Over at FOX VIEWS there is a new catch phrase being used to scare their very pale and very old viewers: "No-go zone". (h/t to my twitter fam, Mcbiff)

According to FOX these "zones" are now all over Europe, and they are places where Muslims have taken over and are terrorizing all those who dare enter. FOX went on for an entire week with this foolishness and it got so bad that the French and the British had to jump in and tell the world how clueless these so-called journalists really are.

FOX went as far as to declare that an entire British city was being overrun by Muslims, and that Sharia law was now being officially practiced there.

"And in Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in,”.... “And parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire. So there’s a situation that Western Europe is not dealing with.”'

Lord have mercy!  Where do they get these people?

Honestly, if we are going to be real with ourselves, the FOX VIEWS folks might be on to something.

There are actually "no- go zones" right here in America. They are called ghettos.  Or, let me rephrase that: "urban areas". *laughing*

One of the beautiful things of living in cities such as Philadelphia is being able to use "no-go zones" to your advantage. The easiest way to avoid traffic in and around the city is to drive through "no-go zones" in order to get from point A to point B by avoiding the major highways.

These "no-go" zone streets will be empty because "suburban" commuters will not drive through these urban "no-go zones", even if it will cut substantial time off of their commute.

Anyway, I am glad to announce that there might be a positive end to this story, as FOX VIEWS has finally apologized for lying about "no-go zones" in Europe.

"The network specifically corrected terror expert Steve Emerson's claim that there are "no-go zones" in Europe "where non-Muslims just simply don't go in."

"Over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on-air regarding the Muslim population in Europe — particularly with regard to England and France," Fox News anchor Julie Banderas said on Saturday. "Now, this applies especially to discussions of so-called 'no-go zones,' areas where non-Muslims allegedly aren't allowed in and police supposedly won't go. To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country, and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion."

"There are certainly areas of high crime in Europe, as there are in the United States and other countries where police and visitors enter with caution," she continued. "We deeply regret the errors and apologize to any and all who may have taken offense, including the people of France and England."

Of course they will not apologize to their faithful viewers who the have already scared.

But, as we all know, this was the plan all along.



Saturday, January 17, 2015


I need a caption for this pic.
Yo Mitt, I voted for you last time. I was the one.
*Pic from   

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jamal does the right thing but Chancellor does not.

Couple of wild stories tonight.

The first one comes from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where one of my little cousins made me proud.

"A Florida police department is honoring a teenager for his role in saving the life of the cop who arrested him.

Jamal Rutledge, 17, was sitting with his hands cuffed behind his back in a booking area of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department last September when Officer Franklin Foulks keeled over.
Surveillance footage shows the young man, who was suspected of violating juvenile probation, walk over to the locked door of the security fence and start kicking it, yelling to alert other officers that Foulks was in distress.

“The teen is being recognized with doing the right thing when presented with a challenging circumstance,” Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said in an interview with Yahoo News.

After hearing the noise, Sgt. Todd Bunin saw Foulks semiconscious on the floor, clutching his chest, so he alerted police dispatch to send the city’s fire rescue department.

Bunin, understanding that time was of the essence, removed Foulks’ police gear and cut off his shirt. Two other officers, Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark, overheard Bunin’s radio transmissions and rushed to the scene to help.

Norvis administered CPR and Ketchmark used a defibrillator to electronically stimulate the officer’s heart.

Fire rescue workers arrived and brought Foulks to the Broward Health Medical Center, where staff attributed his survival largely to the actions of Rutledge and the other officers.

Rutledge, who was on probation for alleged criminal mischief and burglary, was taken into custody for violating that probation and his home detention, authorities said.

Fort Lauderdale police declined to comment on the specifics of his September arrest because he is a minor and that information is protected under the state’s “Sunshine” law.

Greenlaw did, however, note that Rutledge has been arrested multiple times since September." [Source]

Rutledge's actions were field Negro worthy. Now let's hope that he can get his life together. "Multiple arrests" at 17 is not good.

The other story comes from my adopted hometown of Philadelphia.

"Philadelphia man chased his ex-girlfriend around a terminal Tuesday, following her into the woman's bathroom, in an attempt to swab her for a paternity test.
In a scene worthy of the 'Maury Show,' Elonte Chancellor-Brown, 22, chased his 19-year-old girlfriend around the 69th Street Terminal demanding a DNA swab from her in order to get a paternity test on their child, police say."
Chancellor-Brown and Raashan Coleman, 27, were given harassment citations after police received a 911 call from a woman claiming she had locked herself in a bathroom stall at the terminal to get away from a man with a gun, Philadelphia Daily News reports. 
'Brown was attempting to get a DNA swab from one of the victims as they have a child together and he was conducting a paternity test,' Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby Police superintendent, told Daily News." [Source]
Ok, so Elonte's behavior was not field Negro like.
Dude, why are you chasing your alleged child's mother all around the 69th Street Terminal? If you have doubts about the child being yours, why don't you both sit down together like civilized human- beings and amicably get a DNA test, together?
"The victims went into the woman's bathroom to escape but the men followed them inside and the women locked themselves in one of the stalls.
Police responded and chased the men out of the bathroom, taking them into custody. Police say neither of the men had a weapon, Daily News reports.
The man never got the DNA swab, police say, and it remains unknown whether Chancellor-Brown is the child's father."
Oh my! All this "baby mama drama".
I swear some of my cousins make me want to holla sometimes. 




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Her "sex presence" is driving them crazy.

I know that we shouldn't, but most of us have  things or people that we obsess over either publicly or, at times, privately.

When I first started this blog I was obsessed with finding Lark Voorhies, you know Lark, right? She was Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell back in the day. Anyway, thanks to the growing popularity of the blog, I finally found her. And all I can say is be careful what you wish for.

But I digress. Back to obsessions.

Conservatives, like the rest of us normal people, have obsessions as well. Lately their attention has been focused on a very attractive singer/dancer/actress/ from Houston, Texas, who happens to be linked up with a famous rapper.

I wish I knew why old white conservative men love Beyoncé so much. But I think we would all need a psychiatrist to sit us down and explain that one to us. I suspect that if this was 1815 and not 2015, Beyoncé would be pushing out little mixed babies while stashed away on a plantation down South somewhere.

"Future GOP candidate for president, Mike Huckabee, claims that the Obamas are bad parents because the let their kids listen to Beyoncé. Mr. Huckabee calls Beyoncé's music, "sex music" .

"... not only do they let Malia (16) and Sasha (13) listen to Beyonce, they let them go to Beyoncé concerts and be in her sex presence."

Well their father has been in her "sex presence" (????) himself a few times, but how is that exactly a bad thing? I bet that Mike wouldn't mind being in her "sex presence" himself. 

If I was in Lark's "sex presence" before she got...well, different, I would have been delighted. (Digression alert.)

And then there is Bill O'Reilly, this guy has had a serious Beyoncé jones for awhile now.

"Beyoncé Knowles-Carter doesn’t deserve to be named one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people, according to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, because her new album is promoting sex before marriage within the black community.

O’Reilly, who has been particularly concerned about Beyoncé’s “raunchy” new album since the music video for her song “Partition” was released, disapproves of TIME’s decision to put the singer on the cover of its annual “100 Most Influential People” issue. On his show on Friday, O’Reilly suggested that Beyoncé isn’t helping to address the “cultural deficits” in African American and poor white communities and is actually “part of the problem.”

Poor Beyoncé,  all girlfriend wants to do is entertain, but she is being held up as a symbol for black single motherhood.

I wonder if this guy was held to such a standard when he was gyrating his hips and breaking the hearts of young teenage girls all over the country.

Naw,  I bet not.  

  "The sort-of genesis of Fox Newsers criticizing Beyoncé for questionable material was back in 2010, when Fox contributor Sandy Rios and Bill O’Reilly went after the music video for Lady Gaga‘s “Telephone,” which featured Beyoncé. Rios had said to Megyn Kelly, “We’ve got Beyoncé and Gaga, gay and lesbian lovers. I mean, it’s disgusting"


 I twill be the judge of that.  



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Sticks and stones."

"54 people were arrested in France as of Wednesday for “apologizing for terrorism” in the wake of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office last week that left a dozen dead. French authorities also announced the country would crack down on what the Associated Press summarized as “hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism.”

The 54 arrested were rounded up for making or defending terrorist threats in the last week; some have already been sentenced under emergency guidelines.

One person hauled in was Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a controversial French comedian who sympathized with one of the Paris gunmen in a Facebook post. “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” he wrote, mixing Charlie Hebdo with the last name of the man who took hostage a Jewish deli. He has since deleted the post.

Dieudonné (his stage name) has been convicted of anti-Semitism under France’s harsh laws against anti-Semitic speech; his stage show was banned last year for Holocaust jokes. He gained international notoriety after he popularized a Nazi-like salute that was then made by French soccer player Nicolas Anelka.

Government spokesperson Stephane Le Foll said France was also considering Patriot Act-like measures, including wiretapping, to further combat terror plots — as well as urban projects to fight inequality, where it feels violence and hatred foments." [Source]


OK, I thought they just had a big "freedom of speech" rally in France.

Shouldn't all speech be free? Or is this the French equivalent to crying fire in a crowded theater?

I guess all "free speech" isn't the same.

Let's see how many pundits, comedians, and celebrities now come to the defense of  Dieudonné M’bala M’bala.  Because, sadly, as offensive and despicable as this guy is, he should still have the right to speak freely.

I just think that it's kind of ironic that the right-wingnuts got all over the Obama administration for implying that a cartoon could have sparked some of the anger over Benghazi, and that some of the same people are now saying that radical extremists shouldn't be allowed to kill people and cause terror because of an offensive cartoon in a print publication.  
Just watch those "Patriot Act- like" measures people, sometimes they can have "unintended consequences. "