The Double Standard


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  1. October 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Afternoon all. Thanks Nerdy. Always on top of the news

  2. October 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I suppose the merchants are okay with students looting their establishments…they’re just having fun.

  3. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    October 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  4. 9 amk for obama
    October 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    excellent post, ut. The msm double standard is glaring & disgusting.

  5. October 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    A powerful, maddening, stomach-churning, says-it-all collection of tweets. Thank you Nerdy, this is brilliant.

  6. October 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Who will end the scourge of white violence?

    Where are the SWAT teams?

    Where’s the state of emergency?

    • 16 hopefruit2
      October 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Excellent questions LL. And where are the think pieces and endless political analysis on the cultural and/or genetic roots of this white-on-white violence? Where are calls for Oba–I mean – um white politicians to condemn or weigh in on these protests?

  7. 17 hopefruit2
    October 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    That’s the whole truth – plain and simple. Thanks NW for highlighting this blatant double standard in one amazing post.

  8. October 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    • 20 arapaho415
      October 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      And in 1992, there were *tons* of yard sales in the San Fernando Valley after the riots.

      But to be fair, the LA riots were scattered across a vast landscape, and very scary.

      I was assigned as a go-fer for regional managers on their response to the riots, so a TV was on in that conference room. Could not believe what I saw on La Cienega in broad daylight — SWAT teams in the middle of the road, firing at anything that moved.

      Also could not believe that there were ZERO media reports on police actions during that event.

      One regional manager (an ex-police officer, IIRC) said that many more people were killed in the 1965 riots than were reported, and he claimed that was true in 1992. I believe him because the media reports did not match what was being shown on live TV.

  9. October 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

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  11. 23 JER
    October 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    NW: Here is the information on today’s rally:

    Early Vote Rally With President Barack Obama
    Sunday, October 19th
    Doors Open at 2:00 P.M.
    Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School
    12650 Brooke Lane
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

    • 24 JER
      October 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      5:00 PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event for MD’S gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown.

      6:00 PM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews


      6:50 PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago 7:50 PM

      7:50PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event for Governor Pat Quinn

  12. October 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

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  14. October 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    “German Intelligence Blames Russian-Backed Militants for Downing of MH17
    13:58 (GMT)

    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) has concluded that Russian-backed fighters were responsible for the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, Der Spiegel reported.

    In an October 8 presentation given to members of the parliamentary intelligence oversight committee, BND President Gerhard Schindler provided “ample evidence to back up his case, including satellite images and diverse photo evidence.” He said the BND had intelligence that the pro-Russian separatists had “captured a Buk air defense missile system at a Ukrainian military base” and downed MH17, killing all 298 people on board … ”


  15. 29 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Right On, Nerdy!

  16. 31 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  17. 32 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  18. 33 Ladyhawke
    October 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  19. 34 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  20. 35 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    A little garnish for today’s hypocrisy buffet…

    • 36 99ts
      October 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I know I’m a thread behind – but just had to comment on this. After the meltdown of “Komen for the Cure” I discovered how LITTLE of every $ given goes to cancer research. I haven’t given to any of the “pink ribbon” people since.

  21. 37 Dakota
    October 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I am LIVID about this! I’m a HUGE Williams Sisters fan and this ugly insult has left me practically speechless. I’ve posted a part of an article below that was written prior to the WTA response. A bit long, but worth a read. I hope his disgusting racist, misogynist ass is eventually banned FOREVER from anything involving Women’s Tennis.

    WTA Fines & Suspends Tarpischev

    Shamil Tarpischev, the President of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been fined and suspended by the WTA for his recent comments about Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

    Published October 18, 2014 12:12

    The WTA has fined and suspended Shamil Tarpischev for his comments on the Williams sisters.

    Statement by Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA:
    “The statements made by Shamil Tarpischev on Russian television with respect to two of the greatest athletes in the history of women’s tennis are insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport. Serena Williams and Venus Williams are champions on and off the court – outstanding human beings, incredible sportswomen and amazing role models who have done so much to inspire women and girls around the world to achieve their dreams. The WTA was founded on the principles of equality, opportunity and respect, and Venus and Serena embody all of these attributes. Mr. Tarpischev’s statement questioning their gender tarnishes our great game and two of our champions. His derogatory remarks deserve to be condemned and he will be sanctioned.

    “As a result of his comments, I have ordered Mr. Tarpischev to be fined $25,000, the maximum allowed under WTA rules. In addition, he will be suspended from any involvement with the WTA for one year and we are seeking his removal from his position as Chairman of the Board of the Kremlin Cup for one year. His re-instatement will be dependent on good behavior. Mr. Tarpischev’s private letter of acknowledgement is a start. However, Mr. Tarpischev owes Venus and Serena Williams a personal apology, as well as other players and tennis fans everywhere, a public apology.”

    WTA’s Silence Disappointing After Russian Tennis Head Slurs the Williams Sisters

    By Merlisa Lawrence Corbett , Featured Columnist
    Oct 17, 2014
    Serena and Venus Williams often pay homage to founders of the WTA. They frequently thank Billie Jean King for ushering in endless opportunities for women in tennis. Likewise, Billie Jean King credits the Williams sisters for their role in helping the WTA gain equal pay for women in major tournaments.

    So why the silence from the WTA when the head of the Russian Tennis Federation hurls a misogynistic slur at the Williams sisters?

    Shamil Tarpischev, head of the RTF, appeared on the Evening Urgant, a late-night talk show broadcast nationally in Russia. Sitting next to retired WTA player Elena Dementieva, Tarpischev joked with the host about how difficult it is to defeat the Williams sisters.

    However, instead of acknowledging the Williams sisters’ talents and skills, Tarpischev decided to degrade them. “The Williams brothers,” he called them.

    The put-down didn’t stop there. Ivan Urgant, the host of the show, instigated more thoughtless conversation. He continued (h/t TennisInfoBlog.com):

    Look at our athletes, elegant and beautiful. I have tremendous respect for them [Williams sisters], but once one of the sisters passed next to me, and I found myself in her shadow for about forty seconds. They are so physically powerful. Weren’t you afraid to play against them?

    Tarpischev and Dementieva smiled and listened to this foolishness. They ignored the fact that Russia’s own Maria Sharapova is the tallest woman in the Top 100 and hits with as much power as anybody on tour.

    The “Williams brothers” remark and the tone Urgant used seemed to suggest that Serena and Venus were otherworldly, some strange creatures to be feared.

    A video of the interview made its way to Youtube last week. Soon, a translation of the interview was all over Twitter.

    When I first came across it, my reaction was shock and caution. As a journalist living in the age of social media, I understand how things reported online can be inaccurate, misinterpreted or just plain made up.

    I figured, surely a veteran international tennis official, someone who serves on Olympic committees, would know better than to go on a nationally televised show and laugh his way through disparaging remarks about two of the greatest players in tennis history. Something must have gotten lost in translation.

    Nope. He said it.

    I watched the clip several times. The first thing I noticed was the ease in which the men uttered the nasty comments. Secondly, I took note of Dementieva.

    Perhaps caught off guard, Dementieva refrained from joining in the conversation. However, she never expressed disgust or disapproval.

    That’s unfortunate because Dementieva is a contemporary of Venus and Serena. The Williams sisters are one of the reasons that Grand-Slamless Dementieva earned more than $14 million in prize money. That’s nearly the same amount earned by nine-time Slams winner Monica Seles.

    Yet Dementieva sat there, in the middle of two men who reduced her profession to a beauty contest. Her silence gave the men permission to yuck it up at the expense of women’s tennis and the Williams sisters.

    What they were essentially saying is that being perceived as “better looking” trumps on-court achievement. How could Dementieva, an athlete, let that slide?

    She’s like the clueless businesswoman who grins while male coworkers denigrate female colleagues based on their looks.

    Sure, maybe the woman hates it. She might even be so disgusted that she goes home and complains to her friends about it. But if she wants those men to stop, the correct thing to do is to call them on it. Let them know that even if their remarks are not aimed at her, they are offensive.

    Besides demeaning the Williams sisters, the men also diminished the Russian tennis players.
    Can you imagine Tarpischev getting into a conversation about who was better looking, Marat Safin or Andy Roddick?

    It’s one thing for idiotic fans and trolls to flood comments sections and the Twitterverse with nasty slurs. Heck, the talk-show host was out of line but he’s trying to get a laugh. Tarpischev is a professional tennis official.

    Where’s the outrage from the WTA and the USTA? The Kremlin Cup is going on, right now. Tarpischev is walking around, all smiles without offering a hint of remorse. Why would he? He had a WTA player sitting next to him when he made his ugly comments. He’s yet to see any public statements from the WTA.

    Just last year the BBC removed British television personality John Inverdale from its radio coverage of Wimbledon after he made sexist comments about Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

    Bartoli had just won Wimbledon when Inverdale asked, on air, “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little ‘You’re never going to be a looker. You’ll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.’?”

    The backlash was swift. Tennis fans and players demanded an apology.

    Similarly, tennis fans were the first to demand an apology from Tarpischev. Then, a few former tennis pros, including Martina Navratilova, tweeted their displeasure with the remarks. Navratilova suggested ousting Tarpischev. Katrina Adams, a former WTA player and co-host of the new CBSSports show We Need to Talk, called the comments despicable.

    Those are individuals. It’s time for the WTA, the primary representative organization for women’s tennis, to issue a statement.

    The same organization that boasts “Strong is Beautiful” must back up its message that being physically powerful doesn’t negate your femininity. That what it means to be a woman is not something a man can decide for you.

    Perhaps Tarpischev is just salty because the most prominent Russian player is the Americanized Sharapova, who is on a 15-match losing streak against Serena. Or maybe he’s still smarting from that humiliating gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics where Serena dismantled Sharapova, 6-0, 6-1.

    Regardless of why Tarpischev said it, he needs to apologize. The WTA, USTA and ITF need to apologize for not immediately demanding that he apologize.

    Remaining silent is tantamount to an endorsement. If the WTA is going to endorse mess like this, then they might as well replace chair umpires with a panel of judges and start issuing trophies based on who the men folk deem prettiest.

    Let just state that I’m not surprised with Dementieva’s lack of reaction. She always hated the Williams Sisters and has made nasty comments about them herself.

  22. October 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

  23. 43 Ladyhawke
    October 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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  25. 45 JER
    October 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  26. 46 yardarm756
    October 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    When it’s white it’s right……..sometime!
    And on this date…….


    1993 The Program After several teenagers are injured and one killed while imitating a scene from the movie The Program showing kids lying in the middle of a road as cars pass by, Disney announces it will cut the scene from the film.

    1987 U.S. attacks Iran Four U.S. destroyers attack two Iranian oil rigs in retaliation for attacks on shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf.

    1987 Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz is fined $5,000 and sentenced to six months in jail for carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon. He had been acquitted of the shooting of four black youths in a New York Subway (1984).

    1987 Largest one-day stock market crash in history After a drop of 508 points, Pres. Reagan announces “There is nothing wrong with the economy!”

    1983 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day The first federal annual holiday honoring a Black American is created when the U.S. Senate votes to set aside the third Monday in January to honor the birth (January 15, 1929) of the civil-rights leader.

    1982 John DeLorean The auto manufacturer is arrested for possession of 59 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute. He plead not guilty and was later acquitted.

    1976 New U.S. Copyright law Pres. Ford signs into law the first major revision since 1909. It extended the copyright to 50 years after the author’s death and made provisions for photocopying and television broadcasting.

    1971 Indira Gandhi The prime minister of India states at a New Delhi press conference, “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

    1965 Ku Klux Klan The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins public hearings on the Ku Klux Klan. This was the first public investigation by the committee which didn’t concern communism.

    1952 Atlantic Crossing Frenchman, Alain Bombard, begins his solo voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a 15-foot long boat with almost no provisions. He survived by eating raw fish and plankton, although he still lost 55 pounds. He completed his journey on December 23. He just wanted to prove that it could be done.

    1936 First around-the-world airplane passenger race Herbert Roslyn Ekins – after using only commercial flying routes – returns to Lakehurst, New Jersey. He and two other reporters had begun the race on September 30th.

    1919 First Distinguished Service Medal Awarded to a Woman Salvation Army commander Evangeline Booth is awarded the honor.

    1911 First Airplane Flight Across the U.S. from West to East Robert Grant Fowler departs Los Angeles, arriving in Jacksonville, Florida in February of the following year.

    1904 New York City mounted police The famous horse patrol begins service.

    1860 Abraham Lincoln The future U.S. President responds to an 11-year-old girl’s letter suggesting he should grow a beard. He stated it would be silly to start growing one; but he did so anyway.

    1790 First battle fought by U.S. troops 400 troops from the newly formed Union attack 150 Indians northwest of Ohio, and are forced into retreat.

    1781 American Revolution Cornwallis surrenders to Gen. Washington at Yorktown, ending the last major battle of the War.

    1752 Ben Franklin Flies a Kite Franklin describes his famous experiment, proving that lighting and electricity are related, in Pennsylvania Gazette.

    1533 End of the World German Monk, mathematician, inventor of an early form of logarithms, and coiner of the term “exponent” Michael Stifel predicted Judgment Day and end of the world for this date. Many of the townsfolk, believing his prediction, did not plant crops or store foods and burned their homes and possessions when the day came. Afterwards, Stifel had to be taken into protective custody with the villagers chanting death threats outside his cell.


    1967 Amy Carter American student activist, ex-Pres. Jimmy Carter’s daughter.

    1945 John Lithgow American actor. Film: The World According to Garp (1982, played the transsexual football player), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Harry and the Hendersons (1987).

    1944 Peter “Tosh” McIntosh Jamaican reggae musician, with Bob Marley’s Wailers until 1975. Music: Don’t Look Back.

    1932 Robert Reed d. 1992 (John Robert Rietz), American actor. TV: The Brady Bunch (father Mike Brady). He died of AIDS.

    1931 John Le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell), British spy novelist. Writings: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), and Drummer Girl (1983).

    1922 Jack Anderson American Pulitzer-winning columnist. Writings: Washington Merry-Go-Round (Pulitzer, 1972).

    1920 LaWanda Page d. 2002 (Alberta Peal), American actress, known for her portrayal of Bible-thumping Aunt Esther in Sanford and Son. She used the stage name “The Brown Goddess of Fire” while working as a stripper in St. Louis, Missouri. Film Shakes the Clown (1991, foul-mouthed clown).

    1899 Consuelo Northrop Bailey d. 1976 American lawyer, politician, first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court (1931) and first woman lieutenant governor (1954, Vermont).

    1883 William Donahey d. 1970 American cartoonist, created The Teenie Weenies (1914).

    1876 Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown d. 1948 American baseball Hall of Famer. He had the use of only three fingers on his pitching hand, giving him a natural knuckle ball.

    1862 Auguste Lumière d. 1954 French motion picture pioneer. He and his brother Louis developed the Cinématographe motion picture camera and projector.

    1861 William John Burns d. 1932 American detective. He preceded Hoover as head of the FBI (1921-24).

    1856 Jonah LeRoy “Doane” Robinson d. 1946 American historian, South Dakota’s state historian. He conceived the idea for Mount Rushmore in order to attract tourism to South Dakota (1923). He also helped design South Dakota’s state flag.

    1833 Adam Lindsay Gordon d. 1870 Australian horsebreaker, steeplechase rider, poet. He is the only Australian poet whose bust is in Westminster Abbey.

    1817 Tom Taylor d. 1880 English playwright. Writings: Our American Cousin (1858) which was being presented at Ford’s Theater during Lincoln’s assassination.

    1810 Cassius Marcellus Clay d. 1903 American politician, anti-slavery advocate. He published the abolitionist weekly The True American (1845) and served as U.S. minister to Russia (1861-69).


    2006 Phyllis Kirk b. 1927 (Phyllis Kirkegaard), American actress. TV: The Thin Man (1957-59, Nora Charles). Film: House of Wax (1953, intended victim of the mad wax sculptor).

    1994 Martha Raye b. 1916 (Margaret Reed), American actress, denture wearer. Film: Monsieur Verdoux (1947).

    1983 Maurice Bishop b. 1944 prime minister of Grenada (1979-83). He was killed by the forces of his Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard – A hard-line Marxist.

    1937 Ernest Rutherford b. 1871 British Nobel-winning physicist. He was the first to split the atom (1919). He also discovered the alpha particle (1904) and the proton (1920).

    1911 Eugene Ely b. 1885 American aviator. He was the first person to fly a plane from the deck of a ship (1910) and the first to land a plane on a ship (1911).

    1897 George Mortimer Pullman b. 1831 American inventor. He invented the railroad sleeping car (1864) with its folding upper bed.

    1790 Lyman Hall b. 1724 American settler, Revolutionary leader, signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Georgia (1783).

    1745 Jonathan Swift b. 1667 English author. Writings: Gulliver’s Travels (1726).

  27. 47 jackiegrumbacher
    October 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Powerful and perfect set of tweets, NW. You have your finger on the pulse of this country. If more people knew and understood your talent and intelligence, this site would be the first in the country. I do my best to let as many people as possible know about it.

  28. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I just saw the Pumpkin Fest “mayhem” tag on a story. Unreal.

  29. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Just heard on CBS Sunday Morning that hazmat suits are selling out around the country … wait for it … for Halloween costumes.

    Ya don’t know whether to laugh or cry, eh?

    • October 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      So what do these people buying those hazmat suits? Walk around in those suits.

      • October 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        So what do those people buying those suits suppose to do with them? Walk around in them, go to work in them. What? As far as whether to laugh or cry, I guess you do both.

      • 57 MightyPamela
        October 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        I felt like saying, laugh until you cry. It won’t take long..

        • October 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm

          MP, then I heard something this morning on CNN Reliable Source, where the right wingnuts were blaming POTUS for ebola coming to this country and how he wants the people over here to get ebola because he hate this country. I just could not believe this B.S. This is what is leading the Republican Party, Democrats ought to be running to the polls to vote, so should Independents. I don’t know is wrong with people?

          • October 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

            I don’t know what is wrong with people , is what I meant to say.

          • 60 MightyPamela
            October 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

            AB, as you know, I have no television or radio, but had never watched any of the Sunday shows when I did. It seems I have spared myself great distress by skipping out on listening to untruth. I feel the pain of those here who continue to watch and listen, though it puzzles me why they do! Perhaps it is with hope that one day the message will change to reveal honesty and true reality. It really is better for our health to stay away from this twisted brand of newstainment. Blessings to you, AB, your comments are always read by MP! ❤

    • October 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I burst into a nervous laugh, then cringed. There is no hard line between insanity, ethics, decency, and rationality anymore.

      Good Afternoon TODVille.

  30. October 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

  31. October 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    On the guy who comes on MSNBC before MHP, he had some panel on talking about the midterm. I heard that Sen.Mark Udall of Colorado is trialing because of Barack Obama, the President disapproval ratings is 58% in Colorado. I asked myself why does the people in Colorado dislike the President so much? Are they so high on pot that they don’t have on dam sense?

  32. 64 Dudette
    October 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I’m kinda shocked this didn’t come from Count Knoller von Countenstein!

  33. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    October 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    changing people’s attitudes is not an easy thing – all of us just need to keep trying our best everyday

  34. October 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    That’s ‘pineal’ not …… 🙂

  35. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    October 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

  36. October 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  37. 71 vcprezofan2
    October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    • 72 Vicki
      October 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      True, Mr. Axelrod.
      Now, if only your public comments supported the Democrats more strongly and reliably.

      Maybe it’s me. I want every Democrat to be LOUD and visible in support of the great things PBO has already accomplished. I want them all on TV screaming “VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!”

  38. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    October 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    BBL, y’all.

  39. 74 Vicki
    October 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Apparently C-SPAN.org will carry PBO online at 5:00.
    I guess it is too much to ask that a public (haha!) station carry The President of The United States live and in person on television. Must be doing something really important instead, conservative book reviews, perhaps.

  40. October 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  41. 80 JER
    October 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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