(via xkcd: Free Speech)
Today’s XKCD fucking killed it.
Baseball Great Hank Aaron Flooded With Racist Hate Mail After Defending Obama -
The Atlanta Braves have been deluged with hate mail after baseball great Hank Aaron’s recent comments about racism in America and President Obama’s critics.
According to USA Today, the Braves organization has received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron made his comments a week ago.
"Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)” read an email from a man named Edward, according to USA Today.
Edward evidently used the racist epithet five times.
"My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)," he wrote in closing.
One man called Aaron a “racist scumbag,” while another vowed to never attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired from the team’s front office. A man named David said he plans to burn Aaron’s autobiography.
The outrage stems from an interview Aaron gave to USA Today last week, 40 years after he broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record.
Aaron said he still has the racist, threatening letters he received as he closed in on Ruth’s milestone to serve as a “reminder” that things aren’t too different from when he pursued the record.
"If you think that, you are fooling yourself," Aaron said last week. "A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed."
When he shifted his attention to Obama, Aaron seemed to compare Republicans to the KKK.
"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated," Aaron said.
He added, “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
Henry Aaron has received better hate mail than that weak sauce, Edward.
Now please kill yourself, you’re a boil on the ass of humanity who must be lanced.
I’d be willing to bet there’s not a whole lot of daylight between this hate mail and the stuff Hank got back in ‘73 as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s home-run record.
So please tell me more, America, about how Obama’s election means we’ve conquered racism in this country and black people no longer have anything to complain about.
"True Detective" quotes mashed up with "Family Circus" comics. Awesome.
Hey. Redhead Mondays is actually on time this week. Here’s Kacie Marie.
We hit peak BARVE last night.
Setting the America flag on fire during the home opener.
That just shows how hot the love for the #Barves burns in this town, man. It can’t be contained.
A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their suds to a beer distributor and make them buy it back to sell at their own breweries has cleared a Senate panel.
The measure (SB 1714) has so infuriated craft brewers and beer enthusiasts that some on Twitter have christened it with the hashtag “#growlergate.” The Community Affairs committee approved the bill Tuesday.
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, was so incensed at the idea of craft brewers having to pay someone else to sell their own product that he likened it to a mobbed-up racket. Latvala has championed the microbrewery cause.
The requirement is similar to paying “protection to ‘Vinnie’ in New York,” he said.
The bill also is favored by the Big Beer lobby, which is feeling the heat from craft beer’s competition. —
‘Big Beer’ wins a round in legislative battle with Fla. microbreweries
Well, this is a giant mountain of bullshit.
Oh, but our governor wants to bring jobs into the state and support small business and …
FL legislature is totally run by Republicans too. Just look at them standing up for small business…
This is a perfect example of something that struck me the other day: The Republican Party only wants you to make money as long as you already have tons of it. Real-estate mogul, beer conglomerate, investment banker? They will mow down every last obstacle in your way to making mad profits, as unencumbered by taxation or new competition as possible.
But if you’re an upstart craft brewer or blue-collar worker — or, hell, college football player? Sorry, bruh. We could intervene and make it easier for you to get a business started, we could require your employers to pay you a living wage, but that would go against the free market. It’d impede the ability of huge corporations to really by the engines that drive this economy. And lord knows the government getting involved in the economy to engineer any particular outcome is just another step on the road to socialism.
I could rant on and on about this, but instead I’ll simply refer you here.
Redhead Mondays: Jessica Dawson. And yes, I know it’s late again and I’ve been falling down on the job tumblr-ing in general. Gotta get my head screwed on straight.
How YOU doin’.
(BOX OFFICE: ‘Frozen’ is officially your biggest animated film. Ever.)
Redhead Mondays: Mara Roldan.