Notable Links: 3-29/13

Man Confronted About Racist Tweets Cries Like a Baby

34-year-old Timothy Dluhos, a FDNY EMS lieutenant, uses an image of Hitler for his profile photo, calls a gold Nazi-era swastika pin his “most prized artifact” and doesn’t seem to have a problem making racist remarks about “chinks,” “coloreds” and Jews. Sounds like a really charming guy.

But when reporters from the New York Post showed up outside his home in Staten Island, inquiring about his behavior on social media, Dluhos apparently broke down crying right there on the street.

The Wolverine Is Going To Kill a Lot of Ninjas and Yakuza

So Wolverine is going to Japan. We knew that. 20th Century Fox’s just dropped the first trailer for the adamantium-clawed mutant’s latest movie adventure, The Wolverine, and from the looks of things, it looks like Logan is going to romancin’ an Asian lady and killing a lot of ninjas and yakuza dudes. Oh, you like ninjas? There will be ninjas. Here’s the official international trailer.

The Familiar and False Argument That Gay Rights “Shut Out” Other Civil Rights

Yesterday Keli Goff, a columnist for The Root, argued that voting rights and affirmative action was suffering a “media shutout” at the expense of marriage equality. The premise itself lacks validity: March Madness also won a lot of media coverage this month, but it would be silly to argue that it came at the expense of, say, immigration reform. But the charge not coincidentally revives the manufactured debate of black versus gay rights, a divide that never existed until anti-gay organizations actively sought to create it. Still, even if you accept Goff’s false premise, the argument doesn’t stand up to inspection.

Rick Ross Thanks Rape Is a “Punchline.”

Disclaimer: I have been clear about my feelings about Rick Ross for years. To paraphrase ‘Pac, “F— Rick Ross as a record label, a staff and a MF— crew/And if you down with Rick Ross, then f— you, too.” The man is a marginally talented huckster who was lucky enough to find a massive audience that was either gullible or simply undiscerning enough not to care that the dude who’s supposed to be a 350-pound Miami drug kingpin was actually a corrections officer.  And if it weren’t for a bunch of ghetto-fantasizing, pseudo-intellectual White boy rap bloggers who decided that Ross was the most important hip-hop act since Lil’ Wayne, I think he’d still be “hustling” loosies and porn mags to inmates.

Voices: On Adria Richards

Richards tweeted a picture of two men near her who joked about “dongles” and “forking repos” during the conference. She informed conference staff, she said, after seeing a picture of a girl who took part in a coding workshop during the event made her worry about the environment created by the “forking” jokes.

Black Alabama “Prepper” and State Senator Joseph Mitchell Brings the Heat to a Constituent’s White “Slave-Holding, Murderous, Adulterous, Baby-raping, Snaggle-toothed Kinfolk.”

This whole matter is a hot mess for lack of a better word. I was reading this exchange and ducking from the 1960s Batman-like sound effects from the verbal darts being thrown back and forth between Representative Joseph Mitchell, an African-American Alabama State Senator, and Eddie Maxwell, a white constituent, who dared to warn his representatives that gun control laws were a violation of the Constitution, and any official advocating for them was committing a “crime.”

In response, Mitchell goes hard and suggests that black people had best stock up on arms to protect themselves from the white folks who pray at The Temple of the Gun Right.


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