I suspect that this will be Flipper by a mile. This is going to be battle for second place.
Poor republicans, they just can't put their arms around Flipper. Something about the guy just doesn't sit right with them. And they worry that if he beats his Oness they don't know what he will do once Mrs. Flipper takes her fine linen and Christofle silverware to Pennsylvania, Avenue.
But they better get used to him, because like it or not, Flipper will be the republican candidate to square off against O come November.
Finally, what would a Saturday night be without a little racism chasing?
Let's go to Arizona, the Mississippi of the West.
"Arizona’s unremitting campaign against its Hispanic communities has certainly reached an extreme, with the state GOP initiating a spate of radical anti-immigrant laws, banning Mexican-American and other ethnic studies, and ensuring that Spanish-speakers will never hold elected office. But one lawmaker is intent on turning the party’s xenophobic paranoia into a full-blown caricature.
Reacting to a Democratic colleagues apparently incendiary request to celebrate a Latino American day, State Rep. Cecil Ash (R) declared that he’d support the idea as long as there’s a holiday for white people too. “I’m supportive of this proposition. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you’ll have a day for us,” he said. Ash was “trying to lighten things up,” but when CBS 5 asked if he was serious about a Caucasian holiday, he offered an unequivocal “yes”:
ASH: Yes, I think it was appropriate. It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way.You can watch the report here. As CBS 5 notes, some Arizonans were supportive of the idea. “Good idea,” said one woman. “Like they have Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans. We need something for whites.” [Source]
Yes, I get it; it's getting tougher and tougher to be white in A-merry-ca these days. But why pick on the Native Americans?
"Parents of a child at Sacred Heart Catholic School are upset about the school's decision to bench the girl for "attitude issues" after she spoke a few words in the Menominee language at school.
The seventh-grader's mother, Tanaes Washinawatok, said her daughter, Miranda, was not allowed to play in the basketball game Jan. 19 after being reprimanded that day for using the Menominee language during a homeroom supervised by teacher Julie Gurta.
"A conversation was had between my daughter and two other Menominee children that go to school at Sacred Heart," Washinawatok said. "My daughter interpreted two words and then added one word; the words were hello, I love you, and thank you."
"The teacher came in and told my child, 'You are not to be speaking like that. How do I know you're not saying something bad and how would you like it if I spoke Polish and you didn't understand.'"
Miranda, 12, said she and her friends had spoken Menominee once before and had been told not to by Gurta.
"She didn't give a reason, she just said to not talk like that," Miranda said. "We would have translated what the words meant if she asked. I want to be able to talk in Menominee because it's part of my culture; I like to express that."
Washinawatok said assistant coach Billie Joe Duquaine, a preschool teacher at the school, told Miranda she was benched because of an "attitude issue." [Source]
Yes, you have to check those attitudes at an early age, because you never know if those Menominees will want to rise again.
* Pic courtesy of Think Progress.