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This Week In Crazy: No Sleep ‘Til Iowa

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This Week In Crazy: No Sleep ‘Til Iowa

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This fitful circus of folly we call the election cycle enters its next phase in two short weeks — when the first votes are actually cast. We’re in the pre-Iowa homestretch now, and everyone’s losing their minds. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Village of Whitesboro, New York

The Iowa caucuses are two weeks away, and the general election isn’t until November. But according to Stephen Colbert “the most important vote of 2016” already occurred this week.

The village of Whitesboro, New York became the focus of national attention and derision held an opinion poll about whether to replace their controversial town seal. The seal appears to depict town founder Hugh White locked in a death match with a red-toned Native American.

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“Political correctness, who cares?” one voter told WKTV. “This is our village, who cares what the world thinks? I want to see this settled today, once and for all.”

Thankfully, the good people of Whitesboro would not be cowed into wussifying their own history, and voted to keep the seal.

What the alternative seals had in cultural sensitivity they lost is historical verisimilitude. One of the proposed replacement seals appeared to show the Native American and Mr. White teaming up to beat down a British redcoat; another seemed to illustrate them high-fiving.

So maybe kudos are in order that the folks of Whitesboro are refusing to whitewash history. I suppose I’m being generous, but we could say that the decision to keep the old seal is less about celebrating a racially-charged violent heritage — and more about just acknowledging that it happened at all… right? …Right?

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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21 Comments

  1. plc97477 January 16, 2016

    Fox (faux) and friends- pro-cancer would be just a very small step from pro-life, I think you could get away with it.
    I would think coulter would be an expert on not-very- bright. She has lived it.
    I am a little disappointed that the blow-job picture of cruz didn’t show who the recipient was. Would be nice to know who owns cruz.

    Reply
    1. FT66 January 16, 2016

      Who own Cruz? They are big Oil Companies who are eyeing on a pipeline from Canada through US. They are also billionares with mega dollars who want to buy the country by placing Cruz in the White House, who will listen to them in whatever they want to implement.

    2. Irishgrammy January 16, 2016

      You know the joke that’s been becoming increasingly obvious over the last 7 years, “Even if Pres. Obama cured cancer, the Republicans would hate it and condemn it”……well look at what happened today, the President and Sec. Kerry achieve the release of 5 Americans from Iran and the IAEA confirms the Iranians are in full compliance with the Nuclear deal, and all we are hearing from the Republicans is scorn and scurrilous critical attacks……..just vicious, un-reasoned, purely cynical political Bulls***! The world has a chance of a safer world and all the Republicans can think of saying is pure hateful partisan drivel……….UNBLIEVABLE! All these cretins on the far right want is un-ending wars and death of those they cannot control or hate.

  2. johninPCFL January 16, 2016

    One wonders whether the idiots at F&F heard of the new genetic cancer protocols now being clinically tested for the first time. Probably not – they’d have to crawl out of their bubble to get the real news for a change.

    Reply
    1. idamag January 16, 2016

      I resigned from the Southern Baptist Church when I heard racist jokes from the pulpit,

  3. jakenhyde January 16, 2016

    I’m really despondent that Huckleberry’s feelings were hurt when that woman asked him about his supporting a child molester. I wonder if he’s even given one second’s thought about the feelings of Josh Duggar’s victims as they were being molested?

    Reply
    1. idamag January 16, 2016

      I would love a bucket o huckleberries, but I think the world would be better off without the huckster selling tickets to heaven.

  4. latebloomingrandma January 16, 2016

    When Huckabee first came on the national scene a few years ago, I thought he was likable and charming. This time around he is smarmy and nasty and not very Christian. When the pressure is really on or things are just not going your way, is when the true character comes through. Time to go home, Huck.

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    1. Steve Kelly January 16, 2016

      Time to go to pasture, Huck.

  5. idamag January 16, 2016

    Village of Whitsboro, N.Y, Evidently you are proud of the genocide against the Native Peoples.
    Faux news, you are detrimental to civilization and are bringing it down. Just what is rupert murdock trying to accomplish?
    The savage growls and grunts again. Even the Donalt won’t take to the likes of him.
    Ann coulter, I guess even the violently mental ill has to have a spokesman and they have you, the queen of hate.
    Mike Huckabee, I wish we could throw you to the lions.

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    1. neeceoooo January 16, 2016

      I think you hit the nail on the head

  6. neeceoooo January 16, 2016

    I keep thinking that if I stop listening to Coulter, she might go away. She has the intelligence of a toad and I am sorry Mr. Toad.

    Reply
    1. fortunev January 16, 2016

      More like a tadpole brain. Sorry tadpole

  7. @HawaiianTater January 16, 2016

    Coincidence? I think not.

    Reply
    1. 788eddie January 16, 2016

      The likeness is amazing, Tater.

      Good spotting!

      1. Cloudherder January 18, 2016

        Does she ever change that black dress?

  8. 788eddie January 16, 2016

    The real danger to our democracy is not ISIS, it is FOX! We all need to wake up to this!

    Reply
    1. idamag January 21, 2016

      Yes, as many ancient civilizations were destroyed by barbarians, ours is about to be destroyed by fox and followers.

  9. charleo1 January 17, 2016

    It’s interesting the Evangelicals have abandoned Huck, for Trump, and Cruz. Neither a particularly ardent Bible Thumper in the past. Being GOP, and knowing the lines to tow, lip service to provide, is pretty easy as it turns out with the anti choice, anti-Gay, anti science, immigrant, education, anti-clean air. You know the ilk. Who spend countless days, and endless nights, and huge amounts of money, promoting their version of American democracy. Where if you won’t allow me to use the Sheriff, High court, and the usually, but not in this case, big bloated evil government, to impose my very small minded bigotry on everyone else in the country, then my Religious Rights are being infringed. And so, I’m only trying to be reasonable. To heal, and bring the Country together. And that’s why I going in big for Trump. Or I like Cruz. You know, he’s such a wonderful example of what it means to be a Christian in a Christian America! Whew!

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  10. Steve Batchelor January 17, 2016

    1.Bigots much?
    2.Fantasy Land!
    3. The dumber they are the farther they will fall! Savage might set a record!

    4.The Queen of Pus…A boil on humanity!
    5.Says one thing out his mouth and says another out his ass…Hypocritical much?

    Reply
    1. plc97477 January 17, 2016

      5. What comes out of his ass sounds much more intelligent.

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