Writing about South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint, S.C. GOP officials Edwin O. Merwin Jr. and James S. Ulmer Jr. wrote the following in an editorial in the newspaper The Times and Democrat: “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves.” They have since apologized, according to Huffington Post. (Read about the reasoning behind the whole thing at HuffPo if you are interested.) Interesting side note: Jim DeMint is the guy who said that health care reform was President Obama’s “Waterloo”: “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” I wonder if that’s Jewy as well.
I’m not going to say racism, since the new trope of the GOP Conservative Hive Mind is that anyone who uses the word racism is themselves a racist — only a racist would call someone a racist is, I think, the lock-solid logical reasoning there. But even without going there, we should all be able to agree that this is a statement that is utterly amazing in its cluelessness. Try this on for size: “There is saying that black people love fried chicken and watermelon.” “There is a saying that Southerners enjoy burning crosses on people’s lawns.” Merwin and Ulmer Jr. didn’t make this remark off the cuff at an event. This was published in a newspaper. They thought about it before it was published. (Presumably.) Think about that.
A couple of other items:
- Phil Collins can no longer play the drums after a recent surgery. But he can still write crappy songs for movies that get nominated for Academy Awards. (HuffPo)
- South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford might get impeached. “There is a saying that weird stuff happens in South Carolina…” (WMBF News)
- The Swiss tipped off the U.S. that Roman Polanski was paying them a visit. Good thing somebody did. (The Age) He asked for bail and house arrest but it was denied because he was deemed a flight risk. Ya think? Here’s a video report:
- A mob informant came out of the closet in court, which is apparently a life-threatening move. It’s like the real-life “Sopranos.” Weird. (New York Times)
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