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  • Harvard Geniuses Re-Open the Old "Racism or Satire" Debate

    When you think Harvard, you think highbrow. It's an institution where serious people go to study serious subjects, like law and underwater lacrosse-stick weaving. Chances are their senses of humor are also erudite: if a Harvardian laughs at a fart joke, it must have included an especially obscure T. S. Eliot reference. (Five bucks to the person who can make that joke.)

    Recently some fun-loving Harvard students pulled a prank that was either a boorish insult to minorities and women or a delightful piece of lampoonery. (Lampoonery is a real word, although I had to look that up, because I went to a state school.) The stunt involved the publication of a fake party flier that said "Jews need not apply," but "coloreds" and "Rophynol" [sic] are "OK."

    Many people were outraged by this. Other people were… well, the opposite of that.

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    Tags: Harvard, National Lampoon, Racism
  • Texas Law Professor Gets Honorary Foot-in-Mouth Degree

    Ugh, this guy again.

    Lino Graglia, a University of Texas at Austin law professor, has been called the most conservative law professor in the United States. He was once considered for a federal judgeship by Ronald Reagan but was passed over because of controversy surrounding Disaster by Decree, a book wherein he wrote against desegregation busing.

    For his next trick, in 1997, he gave a speech in which he explained that black and Mexican people come from cultures where "failure is not looked upon with disgrace."

    So when a recent affirmative action lawsuit threatened the University of Texas, who better to call than the guy who is basically a professional wingnut on the subject:

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Education, Racism, Texas
  • Paul Ryan's New Dance Craze: "The Urban Turnout"

    Have you heard? There's a new dance craze sweeping the empty stadiums of the Republicans' 2012 presidential campaign! It's called "the urban turnout," and it explains President Obama's win with coded language that moves gracefully across the dance floor

    >Former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says that his party lost the White House in 2012 because so many "urban" voters went to the polls, not because Americans rejected his Medicare and other budget policies.

    "We were surprised with the outcome," the Wisconsin Republican told WISC-TV's Jessica Arp. "We knew this was going to be a close race. We thought we had a very good chance of winning it. I think that the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which definitely gave President Obama the big margin to win this race."

    Everybody dance along! The steps are: 1. Slide to the right; 2. Slide to the right; 3. Slide to the right; 4. Bump against the right wall; 5. Slide to the left; 6. Lose the election; 7. Point to a minority demographic; 8. Cha-cha-cha.

    The best thing about this dance is that only white people can do it.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Staff/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Racism
  • Racists React Racistly to Colin Powell's Obama Endorsement

    Colin Powell

    This morning, former Secretary of State and technically-still-a-Republican Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for re-election on CBS, saying, "You know, I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I'll be voting for he and Vice President Joe Biden next month."

    Powell's support isn't expected to change the fundamentals of the race, but it comes as a relief to an Obama campaign that would have been embarrassed by Powell's refusal to reprise his 2008 endorsement.

    And it comes as an even bigger relief to those of us who were beginning to have too much faith in humanity and needed a reason to become misanthropes again. For it's an iron law of politics that whenever an African-American endorses the president, the good people at the Free Republic will make you want to cleanse your eyeballs with soap…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Racism
  • What's on the Front of this Romney Rally Attendee's Shirt?

    We know what was on the back of this t-shirt worn by a man attending a Romney campaign rally in Lancaster, Ohio (and called "reprehensible" by the Romney campaign). We can only guess at the copy on the other side…

    * "My other shirt is a white sheet."

    * "Introducing the Donald Trump Collection."

    * "I'm with stupid. [upward arrow]"

    * "This is what a feminist looks like." (I admit this one is  extremely unlikely, but you know this guy is confused about a great many things.)

    Alternatively, this guy is a painter working for a company specializing in historical restoration and they are 1) deeply concerned about the physical upkeep of the White House and 2) have a very unfortunate slogan.

    Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Ohio, Racism