Subtitled: Cautionary Tales from the Great Orange Satan.
Well I’m home from my holiday day trip to Philadelphia, but much of my Christmas Eve, and time in the last week was taken up with a strange and twisted adventure in blogging over at GOS.
Since I’m still wide awake (too much turkey dinner and desert) I thought this might be of interest to those of you who still follow GOS and for those of you who remember a certain savage PUMA who created much ugliness at MyDD.
A very short time ago at GOS a new diarist arrived on the scene, and shot almost immediately into the realms of rec list fame and fortune with this diary.
Poverty, Principles, Tribalism & Tax Cuts
Said diarist – using the nick “RainbowGirl” introduced herself as a “poor ethnic minority” who “lives in the projects” and who felt compelled to write her very first shiny diary to attack Obamas tax compromise which was disturbing “the blacks” in her housing project.
This is my first diary on Daily Kos. As I have told others since I joined around a week ago, though I am a new registered user here, I have been around, lurking, for years. I suffered through Lamont/LieberFraud, watched the Primary Wars (when I supported Obama) and have been here since. Reading and watching.
I signed up a week ago after I learned about the proposed tax “compromise” by Barack Obama. That was my breaking point, so to speak. I realized I had to start speaking out against what I was seeing.
I am a very poor person of ethnic minority status. I live in the projects and am unemployed. I have been unemployed well beyond the 99’ers and probably won’t be employed again anytime soon. I live day to day, week to week, check to check.
I have never owned a car, or any other means of transportation save a bicycle. I live in a region of the United States where winter is bitter. I have to take the bus pretty much anywhere, and that includes to Wal-Mart (I hate it, but it’s the cheapest) to buy groceries. I often have to do just this in the dead of winter and navigate a considerable walk back to my apartment building while watching I dont fall on ice in the street and sidewalks.
My apartment is around 575 square feet or so. I have lived here around a decade. I’ve seen the rats, dealt with the unending drafts that come from living in a high-rise and have endured the looks that come when I tell people I live in “one of those places.” You know, the ghetto.
Bundled into this marvel was her assertion that there was possibly a dark conspiracy afoot – masterminded by two conspirators well versed in manipulation of tribal blacks – trained community organizer Barack Obama and his Svengali David Axelrod.
A conspiracy to stifle white progressive voices by guilt tripping them about Obamas race…spread throughout the blogosphere by black plants and their allies.
Here’s part of her “concerns”:
Do you think David Axelrod, a man who has apparently specialized in working with black candidates, and a man who hails from a city that is known for its racial politics, understands the political utility of the White Guilt concept?
Do you think that the purported master of AstroTurfing would understand the value in sending out people to various sites on the internet to “rein-in” those damned progressives — many of them white — who are incredibly upset that the man he advises, President Obama, wants to give $700 billion to the rich when people like me have nothing?
Do you think Barack Obama, the community organizer, would know if his team/supporters were using pressure tactics against supposed allies?
She repeated her meme of her poverty over and over in her diaries and in the hundreds of comments she managed to rack up in a very short space of time she continued to bemoan her poverty and continued unemployment.
She assured everyone white that she had come like Saint Joan to speak out on their behalf – since as an ethnic minority she was not constrained by either guilt nor the underhanded playing of race cards.
Her admirers applauded her courage, tipped and rec’ed profusely and she coyly accepted their tribute, and egged them on in the relentless pursuit of ridding “us” of Obama.
This tale doesn’t have a happy ending – for her.
Or mayhap it does – I’ll leave you to be the judges.
There were some folks at Dkos who smelled something rotten in Denmark at the first outing.
A majority of folks – black, white and brown who hang out at Black Kos. A certain well known diarist named Bob Johnson. A white sociologist named hepshiba.
The push-back and questions started in her first diary and continued as she posted more, but the voices raising questions about the Rainbow woman were either ignored or hiderated.
She followed with another diary – and then a strange one:
On Being Keyser Soze
In which she defended herself against attacks and questions from diarists like hepshiba and questions I raised about her purported “ethnic minority” status, and other comments from those who hadn’t bought her wares.
Her Christmas Eve Gift to us all was her final opus on Daily Kos.
President Obama & Poor Americans of Color
Which shot to the top of the rec list.
Her opening statements are heart wrenching :
Being poor is never enjoyable.
There are times, though, when the pain of poverty is even more acute.
One of those times is the holiday season.
When others are gathering with friends and family, poor people feel even more isolated than they usually do. They can feel more shame and powerlessness than that which they experience on a daily basis.
She tore at the heartstrings of good Kossaks.
Excuse me if I say that I refused to shed a tear or grab for a hankie.
But then I had decided by diary 1 that she was a ringer. Diarist ThisIsMyTime wrote a rebuttal
Which she entered.
But he also updated his diary after an interesting turn of events.
BREAKING UPDATE: My Criticism To The Diary “President Obama & Poor Americans of Color”
Which contained this interesting bit of news:
UPDATE: PER Meteor Blades, THE DIARIST, RainbowGirl, AUTHOR OF THE DIARY BEING DISCUSSED HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE A ZOMBIE AND IS NOW RE-BANNED!
Hat tip to Bob Johnson for bringing this to everyone’s attention first. Thank you MB for your due diligence work in getting to the bottom of this.
Bob Johnson in this thread identifies our new ethnic minority poor girl from the projects
Notorious PUMA, banned from Dkos for racist screeds, removed from MyDD and then re-instated.
Several other folks had done a linguistic analysis of her text which was inconsistent with the persona she had adopted.
Others found inconsistencies in her copious comments
Many of us just didn’t buy the bullshit from jumpstreet.
For questioning her about her purported “ethnic minority” status, on Christmas eve I was accused by one of her admirers of threatening her with violence by attempting to pressure her to drop her anonymity, as well as “wilding”. Duh.
No matter. She is banned.
But I raise this sordid little bedtime story here as a cautionary tale. There are some sick people on the net – and some are still out there in cyberland plotting revenge for past perceived wrongs..
That a twisted angry white woman would adopt a faux “colored” persona to manipulate and enflame Obama detractors and play on their own racial ineptitudes does not surprise me.
There are now a few mea culpa diaries. There is also this recap by a black diarist:
Barack Obama, Race Traitor! with a snark headline.
But there are still too many people defending Linfar, and attacking those who outed her.
What do we learn from this bedtime story?
Beware of strangers bearing shiny gifts to torpedo the Presidency.
Especially those who use blackface to do so.
Are there legitimate critiques of the administration. Yes.
But not when wrapped in malodorous racism.
I suppose Linfar found a lump of coal in her stocking.