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Really great article about Louis CK and his hilarious new show Louie and how he’s not afraid to tackle issues that people who look like him have traditionally shied away from.

While reading an article about the lack of black players in baseball I posed a question to my coworker. The exchange went as follows:

shep: do the cardinals have a single black player on their team?
Coworker: don’t think so
Coworker: well brendan ryan kinda
shep: lol

For those who might not understand why that is funny, pictured below is Brendan Ryan.

Who says corporate racism is dead? While this tool from the New York Times doesn’t specifically attribute the difference in unemployment rates by race to racism, it is hard to ignore it.  It is true that not all groups have felt the effects of the recession equally. Here are a few charts I found quite interesting (click to enlarge).

White College-Educated Males from 25-44

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Black College-Educated Males from 25-44

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Hispanic College-Educated Males from 25-44
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White Men and Women All Ages and Education Levels

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Black Men and Women All Ages and Education Levels

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Hispanic Men and Women All Ages and Education Levels

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I posted this over at Political Jackass but I think it’s important enough to post it again here so more people can become aware of how nasty and dirty and racist the Republicans are in this election.

It’s amazing how much blatant racism the Republicans can get away with. I’m not talking about McCain calling Obama “that one.” I honestly don’t think McCain is dumb enough to make a racist remark like that on a live debate (though I do think John McCain is a racist). A group of Republicans in California have made their racism blatant.

The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women’s group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps — instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of “Obama Bucks” — a phony $10 bill featuring Obama’s face on a donkey’s body, labeled “United States Food Stamps.”

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist. Continue reading.

Here is the image: