Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Another "Barney Fag" Moment

A few years ago, right-wing Republican (and House Majority Leader) Dick Armey referred to fellow Congressman Barney Frank as "Barney Fag."

Yellow-toothed bigot Jesse Helms spat that he opposed a Clinton nominee because she was "a damn lesbian."

Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana called Arabs "ragheads" and repeated to a Bozeman newspaper his answer to a constituent's question about "all those niggers" that it was a "hell of a challenge" living in Washington, DC.

In reference to the presidential campaign of segregationist "Dixiecrat" candidate (and later anti-civil rights Senator) Strom Thurmond, Sen. Trent Lott suggested that "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years" if only Strom had been elected.

What is it with Republicans? Dint they Mommas lurn them nuthin?

The latest Barney Fag Moment comes to us courtesy of Sen. George Allen of Virginia. Considered a top presidential contender in the Republican Party, Allen has a history of temptation by the dark side -- if not by dark skin.

Allen referred to a dark-skinned student (who supports Allen's opponent Jim Webb) as "Macaca, or whatever his name is..." (click for the video) Variations on "Macaca" (a type of monkey) are a racial slur, originating in French hatred of dark-skinned Algerians when Algeria was fighting french colonialism. Remarkably for someone who aspires to be a redneck, Sen. Allen's mother is a multi-lingual white woman from North Africa. That makes it a little hard to believe that Allen had no idea he was insulting the student.

My favorite defense of Allen's actions came from the oleaginous Tony Blankley who said he had "heard" that macaca was Italian for "clown." A quick check of the Italian translation for "clown" turned up ... clown. "Macaca" is Italian for ... monkey. However, this does give Italians a slang term for an ugly woman. Obviously, Tony Blankley is a republican buffone.

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