my friends knows someone who knows someone, boat by the lake, telling the simple truth

time passes by some things

Max Blumenthal at The Daily Beast writes about Sarah Palin’s co-writer, Palin’s Noxious Ghostwriter and gets into how Lynn Vincent probably came to be that writer. A Robert Stacy McCain figures prominently in this little soap opera,

In January, a writer for the American Conservative magazine named Clark Stooksbury joked that because of his unrelenting enthusiasm, Robert Stacy McCain would be the perfect ghostwriter for Palin’s forthcoming memoir, Going Rogue. McCain responded by recommending an old pal for the job. “Actually, I’d think my Donkey Cons co-author Lynn Vincent might be ideal for the job,” he wrote, “since she’s already co-authored the bestseller Same Kind of Different As Me.”

Over at Politico, a very popular site for reasons unknown – it generally wavers between conservative bias and just being inane – Ben Smith zeroes in on what he believes to be the “race card” by Blumenthal. He defends Lynn Vincent against charges of racism – she goes to a church that has a Black preacher – when the bigger charges against Vincent are her homophobia. While most conservatives still regard psychiatry as a form of quackery, Vincent has cited some writings published by the American Psychiatric Association as proof that all homosexuals are deviants. She has never cited writings by the same organization about males of every race and religion under the sun have committed deviant acts since such things have been recorded. Probably because the guilt of the few does not support her guilt of the whole when seen from a more fair-minded perspective. Anyway, Vincent aside, Robert Stacy McCain does his best impersonation of a high school sophomore pretending that its all inconsequential and factually incorrect in regards his racism, but he’ll take a lengthy blog post to refute those dirty liberals who are always wrong about everything, Ben Smith, right and wrong

One of the things I have sought to avoid over the years is the “some of my best friends” defense. If my friends are aware of these attacks, they will defend me. If they are unaware of the attacks, it would be wrong to involve them in a dispute that is not of their concern. My enemies are my enemies, and I would do my friends no favors by siccing my enemies on them, so as to expose my friends to these guilt-by-association attacks.

McCain’s self parody is probably unintentional and should he decide to be a comedian it spoils the joke to give away the punch line in the set up. In the very next paragraph he writes,

However, if Lynn Vincent is both (a) undeniably my friend, and (b) an advocate of “racial reconciliation,” then it would behoove Ben Smith to notice that there is a very large non sequitur — the size of an elephant — in the room.

You see my best friend has a friend who is other than white so I cannot possibly be a racist. Rather than putting so much effort into  writing every sentence in the style of a 19th century effete plantation owner McCain should pause now and then to ponder the substance of what he writes. Many conservatives make it a habit and incredibly easy to shot them down, frequently supplying the reader with free ammo, but McCain excels. On his blog, to paraphrase his motto, it says better to be reprehensible then anonymous. Also understood to be the de facto motto of every flasher and Mussolini’s inner circle. If McCain would rather not be known as a racist the first step would be to simply stop being one. The second and impossible is to erase his trail.  On the pages of Wesley Pruden’s Washington Times, the South rises again

Under Pruden, The Washington Times employs a neo-Confederate activist, Robert Stacy McCain, as its assistant national editor. McCain is a member of the neo-Confederate organization League of the South, which the SPLC called “rife with white supremacists and racist ideology.” The League’s leader, J. Michael Hill, once declared: “The day of Southern guilt is over-THE SOUTH WAS RIGHT-and let us not forget that salient fact. NO APOLOGIES FOR SLAVERY should be made. In both the Old and New Testaments slavery is sanctioned and regulated according to God’s word.” As the SPLC has noted, in 1998 McCain wrote a glowing obituary of former segregationist politician George Wallace for the Times in which he relied upon the insight of three* history professors, not disclosing that all of them belonged to the League of the South.

Maybe Stacey knows someone who knows someone who is black that once had lunch with someone from League of the South. Stacey also wrote,

“The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM [caps in original], no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us,” Robert Stacy McCain wrote.

Stacey might well think that because he does not burn crosses, wear a hood or enjoy a good lynching that he is not a racist. This is the kind of racism that is reflected in fear that those people, the other, who are less Amerikan will be running the show and the Stacey’s will lose much of their power. What Bill O’Reilly called the white male power structure. They’re not simply insecure, but fearful that citizens of the U.S. who are non-white take an equal place at the table, who share equally in that power structure.

boat by the lake wallpaper

The colonel, after ascertaining where the slave
belonged, rode on; the man also went on about his
business, not dreaming that he had been conversing
with his master. He thought, said, and heard noth-
ing more of the matter, until two or three weeks
afterwards. The poor man was then informed by his
overseer that, for having found fault with his master,
he was now to be sold to a Georgia trader. He was
immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus,
without a moment’s warning, he was snatched away,
and forever sundered, from his family and friends,
by a hand more unrelenting than death. This is the
penalty of telling the truth, of telling the simple
truth, in answer to a series of plain questions.

It is partly in consequence of such facts, that
slaves, when inquired of as to their condition and
the character of their masters, almost universally say
they are contented, and that their masters are kind.
The slaveholders have been known to send in spies
among their slaves, to ascertain their views and feel-
ings in regard to their condition. The frequency of
this has had the effect to establish among the slaves
the maxim, that a still tongue makes a wise head.

from A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave