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Brent Regan

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d’ALENE — Brent Regan says he never intended to hurt anyone with a comment, perceived by many to be racist, that he made about President Barack Obama during a legislative forum Saturday in Post Falls.

Regan, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s newest trustee, contributed to a discussion about federal gun control measures being explored by the Obama Administration.

During the meeting attended by eight state legislators and more than 100 citizens, Regan said that no clear definition of “assault” rifles exists, and then shared part of a conversation he’d had with his wife on the subject: “I said, 'They can't figure out what an assault weapon is — it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'"

Regan’s words, published by The Press Sunday in a story about the forum, elicited a flurry of comments on The Press website and other online venues. Some comment posters defended Regan, but many criticized the school board member, some calling for his resignation.

After submitting a guest column to The Press, in which he states he is not a racist and refers to his comment as a ‘humorous anecdote,’ Regan said in an interview Monday that it never occurred to him that his words would be perceived by some to be racist, or that they could be hurtful.

“This afternoon I got a call from a woman who was upset by it. She told me that I don’t understand,” Regan said. “I didn’t understand.”

Regan said he spent about 45 minutes on the phone with the caller, whose identity he would not reveal because of the personal nature of the conversation. The woman had been exposed to racism in the community, Regan said, and gave him a perspective he says he didn’t have previously.

“Out of my ignorance, it ends up it hurt her and potentially hurt her kids,” Regan said. “That’s just not acceptable to me, and it’s not acceptable to anybody.”

Regan said his words are now reflecting poorly on the school board that he was appointed to in December. He said he would apologize to the board members and the district administration.

He said he apologized directly to the caller who took the time to help him understand how his comment affected her, and said he realizes there are other people who have been hurt by his words.

“I’m sorry to them. I will endeavor not to step over my big feet like that again,” Regan said.

The statement attracted the attention of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, a group that has worked to combat discrimination and racism in the region for more than three decades. Task force members announced Monday they will be holding a press conference Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene “addressing a disturbing public statement regarding racism attributed to a member of the Coeur d’Alene school board.”

When asked for his response to Regan’s statement, school board chair Tom Hamilton said in a written statement that individual board members cannot speak for the whole board.

“Mr. Regan speaks only for himself. His comments are reflective neither of the board of trustees, nor of Coeur d'Alene School District 271,” Hamilton wrote. “Our board’s focus is on the betterment of our school district; anything that distracts from our mission of providing great teaching and learning to our students is unfortunate.”

Superintendent Hazel Bauman was unavailable Monday for comment. She is out of town attending a family funeral and could not be reached. Associate Superintendent Matt Handelman responded on behalf of the District 271 administration.

“As a district, we are hard at work on many important issues for our students,” Handelman told The Press. “We cannot allow our focus to waver from these items, nor from the daily teaching and learning of our students, which is at the core of what we do.”

Laura Rumpler, the school district’s spokeswoman, said her office became aware of a rumor circulating Monday that the trustees would be considering Regan’s comment when they meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The special meeting’s agenda indicates it will be an executive session, behind closed doors.

Rumpler said it is a student disciplinary hearing that was scheduled last week.

“This will not be discussed, nor could it be discussed in executive session,” Rumpler said.

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  • LMYCDA posted at 6:47 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    I've been to all these places and nowhere have I seen racism as in this Aryan Natoin State!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Really?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? you are a Christian??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Thinking not!

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:44 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Is that your ugly mug Cottrell??? I bet you, JoeIdaho, DeNile and all the other crazies that post here all time play together.

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:41 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    So and your point is? Oh and your man Mitt the Robme Twitt didn't have any websites that were for just whities??? DeNile, please stop, you are really showing your idiocy when you post such a foolish comment. You are soundling like that "JoeIdaho".

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:39 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Who would want to admit they are JoeIdaho. Ick.

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:39 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    They can wear one of dem dar pointed white hats too.

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:38 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Sore losers about what????

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:37 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Again, showing all your anger and hate poor Joe, poor, poor Joe.

  • LMYCDA posted at 6:34 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Again, I truly feel sorry for this person JoeIdaho. He has so much anger and hate in his heart, how sad for him and anyone that has the unfortunate necessity to have to be around this sorry sad case of a human being and I use the term "human" with regret.

  • 5inPfs posted at 8:59 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    5inPfs Posts: 753

    Don't you mean White and normal that you are slurring racially?

    No. (and how exactly am I slurring racially?)

    Just your way of blaming and shaming to suppress free speech of Whites?

    How are you being suppressed? You said your piece...I objected--am I not allowed free speech?

    The only way anti-whites like you can be dwelt with is for Whites to wake up and start objecting to the current genocide of the White race which those like you are doing.

    Genocide...I don't think that word means what you think it means and frankly your use of the word in that context is a slap in face to anyone who has actually experienced a pogrom or ethnic cleansing.

    White countries are being flooded by non-whites

    White...countries...? What exactly are white countries? Certainly not America that was occupied by Native (read non-white) and (what we now call) Mexican peoples before the "whites" ever set foot in it.

    Whites are told to be TOLERANT. Whites are forced to integrate.

    And your problem with tolerance is....what? Oh, that you have to "integrate"? I don't think anyone is asking, much less forcing, you to "integrate" with another race (in the way that you are inferring) unless you want to.

    With assimilation we see the extinction of one race only, the White race

    Please define "white". My skin is white, my husband's skin is white, my children are very white (to the point of being teased about it)--yet both my husband and I have Native American great grandparents. People of Jewish heritage are quite commonly white skinned, but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't encompass them in your "white" definition. My cousin-in-law is from Mexico and she is really white skinned...

    And your answer is?

    Besides what I wrote above?
    Your views are twisted and fundamentally offensive with not a shred of fact to back you up.

    How's that?

  • whitechildren posted at 2:49 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    whitechildren Posts: 4

    "nouveau white supremacy group " Don't you mean White and normal that you are slurring racially?
    Just your way of blaming and shaming to suppress free speech of Whites?
    The only way anti-whites like you can be dwelt with is for Whites to wake up and start objecting to the current genocide of the White race which those like you are doing.

    How is this not genocide:
    White countries are being flooded by non-whites. Whites are told to be TOLERANT. Whites are forced to integrate.
    With assimilation we see the extinction of one race only, the White race. Its not funny, not comedy, its white genocide.
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white

    And your answer is?

  • whitechildren posted at 2:31 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    whitechildren Posts: 4

    We need a better context for our race discussions.
    When we have: Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White Countries for Everybody, what do we have overtime?
    We have fewer and fewer White people.
    When we mix more non-whites and fewer Whites in the same living space...
    In time, White extinction. Its called White genocide because this does not happen by chance. It is being forced upon Whites just like a rapist does not take no for an answer.
    How is this not so? How is this not White genocide?
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

  • 5inPfs posted at 10:57 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    5inPfs Posts: 753

    You know, Jmcaul...when I lived in CDA I had an acquaintance who talked just like you and handed me pamphlets that spouted the same garbage. He lived in Hayden.

  • 5inPfs posted at 10:54 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    5inPfs Posts: 753

    Interesting...who told the nouveau white supremacy group in the area that they needed to sign up so they could open their mouths and reveal themselves? Was it you, Mr. Cottrell?

  • whitechildren posted at 8:50 pm on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    whitechildren Posts: 4

    He folded under pressure of the R word. How funny? Whites need to build more backbone as well as the ability to defend from slander and racial slurs. The anti-whites are very skilled and determined to deconstruct White civilization.

    Whites need to answer this question -

    How is this not genocide:
    White countries are being flooded by non-whites. Whites are told to be TOLERANT. Whites are forced to integrate.
    With assimilation we see the extinction of one race only, the White race. Its not funny, not comedy, its white genocide.
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

    Anyone have an answer?

  • DeNiles posted at 10:42 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Jmcaul........ Sadly races and genders and many defined groups now represent pivotal voting blocs. Politicians and political parties will stoop to any level to win elections. So if it is in their favor they will stoke racial fires and stir racial controversies whether they are real or not. Obama is the King of such application. Obama is also the greatest hypocrite of such application. His campaign painted him as pro female and yet none gain leadership participation in his administration. Obama captured close to 100% of the black votes using a very crass racist campaign and yet Obama's policies has made life far worse for blacks. And you can proceed on down the line. In short, if there's a vote to be had the race card will be groomed and casually thrown at will.

    We see this in Regan's situation here locally. The man made a crucial error when he laid down a racially charged quip. His political opponents smell blood (think shark) and they aim to convert a tiny wound into a spurting arterial hemorrhage. The saddest part of this is the obvious collusion of this newspaper. We expect such banal actions by politicians. But this paper is just as bad, if not worse. Then again, they've been this way on a number of important issues. Okay, not surprising. Just another example of disgusting.

  • northone9 posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    northone9 Posts: 289

    "nothing fake about blah blah......"

    I guess not. I was just holding out hope that you weren't certifiable.

    My bad.

    Seek therapy.

  • hiway90 posted at 8:59 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    hiway90 Posts: 61

    Hahaha, This liberal media has done it again, took the limelight off the real issue of 2nd amendment violations being done by the 1/2 white 1/4 black, 1/4 muslim president guy, and focused in on a supposed joke made, and now lets all call it racist....
    Hahahaha, what a joke,
    Just ignore this liberal rag and go on with life.There is much more to be concerned with than this article.

  • tasty boat drinks posted at 8:55 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    tasty boat drinks Posts: 3

    Obama is black, well, kind of, he is scary (marxist) and has done more damage to our country than a AR rifle will ever do. All great civilizations fall from within.
    It is our differences that has made America great, not politically correct group speech nor being bullied because you think differently than the person next to you. If your offended... tough beans. The first amendment allows all of us to offend.
    When are blacks finally going to be part of us and not continually play the victim card? I am tired of that mentality. .
    Hang in there Mr. Regan.

  • Jmcaul posted at 12:53 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    Jmcaul Posts: 4


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the 3rd world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into every BLACK country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I'm talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of GENOCIDE against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • Jmcaul posted at 12:33 am on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

    Jmcaul Posts: 4

    1) I can assure you there's nothing fake about my outrage.
    2) You call for White Genocide, attempt to JUSTIFY genocide by making all kinds of hateful remarks about my race and *I* am the bigot here because I am not afraid to defend my race. That's rich.

    You anti-Whites are all the same. All you have left is name calling. You are trying to defend something that is indefensible: Genocide. You ACTUALLY BELIEVE that the genocide of my race, the White race is morally justifiable. You have just outed yourself as the despicable genocidal maniac that you are.

    EVERYONE here knows it too.

  • northone9 posted at 11:49 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    northone9 Posts: 289

    Nice fake outrage.
    And yes you are still a bigot.

  • Jmcaul posted at 10:44 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Jmcaul Posts: 4

    Northone9: how VERY nice of you to come right out and not only BOAST about your callous disregard for the future of White children, but ALSO to JUSTIFY the Genocide of theirs AND my race. You anti-Whites make our job of exposing White Genocide so much easier when you do that. It is WE who are fighting for a future for White children (hint: we are EVERYWHERE) I can't believe YOU are stupid enough to come out and NOT ONLY CALL FOR WHITE GENOCIDE, but then attempt to JUSTIFY WHITE GENOCIDE which entails a future with no White children AND THEN TO TOP IT OFF you call ME stupid??? I am NOT the one who just publicly advocated for the genocide of an entire race you idiot.

    You genocidal anti-Whites are ALL THE SAME: you are bottom dwelling Genocidal murderers of my ( and my children's) race. We White and NORMAL people who happen to want a future for our race do not take kindly to your sort. I suggest you take a look at the legal definition of genocide according to the U.N. as WELL as the punishment for those convicted of carrying out OR aiding and abetting said genocide Mr. Anti-White. The law is on OUR side.
    You anti-Whites days are numbered and are coming to an end.
    Anti-racist is just a CODE WORD for anti-White.
    FOR THE RECORD: nothing I just said here should be construed as a threat of any sort on MY part against Northone9 though I imagine he IS feeling very threatened right now and with good reason: he just PUBLICLY called for the genocide of my race. I am just a harmless little fuzz ball who wouldn't hurt a fly. International law on the other hand, is RUTHLESS .

  • northone9 posted at 8:49 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

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    I agree Hiram. With very few exceptions everyone deserves a second chance.

  • Hiram posted at 6:22 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

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    Why dump the very qualified man now that he is educated in race relations. There is a difference between being prejudice and being a real racist. Seems that one of the goals of NAACP is education, and what an education Mr. Regan received. Now that he's educated, and a friend of the cause, you call for him to resign. He found himself in a very bad situation, and he handled it with grace and dignity. Keep Mr. Regan

  • northone9 posted at 5:30 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    northone9 Posts: 289

    The "Systematic genocide of my race" ?
    One can only hope that your race of hate mongering bigots. Yes that's right bigots, may face genocide.
    I don't recall in our history where we hung white people from trees you blathering buffoon.
    It's like, "Hey lets magnify and double down on our stupidity and hatred of anything we don't agree with."
    Africa is for Africans........blah blah blah. I can't believe you were actually stupid enough to write that down for all the world to see? And then the white children thing? You should be ashamed of yourself. Congratulations, you just became a member in good standing of The Stupid White Man Club. Good job bigot.

  • Jmcaul posted at 4:30 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Jmcaul Posts: 4

    Oh GOD are we EVER going to grow up in relation to race??? So WHAT if some Black woman in Idaho took exception and experienced the pain of discrimination in her past? What about the pain of the systematic Genocide of MY race, the White race that is aided and abetted by the knee-jerk reactionary response of anti-Whites EVERY time a White person voices an opinion on race?? How THIN can Black skin BE??? It seems AWFULLY condescending on the part of White anti-Whites to bend over backwards and grovel EVERY time a single black person complains about a White persons words, or views on race. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    I am sorry this black woman had a bad experience that she (apparently) survived in her past. What *I* and MANY OTHERS are concerned about is what sort of a future we are leaving for White children if this ridiculous race hypersensitivity that is directed at MY race and ONLY at my race does not stop.

    Africa is for Africans, Asia is for Asians and White countries are APPARENTLY for EVERYONE. People like to CLAIM that they are 'anti-Racist.' What they REALLY are is anti-White. The

  • northone9 posted at 1:34 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    northone9 Posts: 289

    Sooooo Mike.
    From this ridiculous post of yours I can see clearly that you are a stupid white man. Please don't be offended by my true statement. I'm no racist, see I know other stupid white people as well.
    And could you be more specific as to the freedoms you and millions of Americans have lost? Not the ones your feeble stupid white man brain thinks it lost. Or might loose. But the freedoms you have actually lost...............I'm waiting. C'mon stupid white man. Just one.
    And FYI the slave master you so ignorantly refer to is actually Big pharmacy and the insurance company's. They could use a spanking. But you are to much of a stupid white man to understand or accept this fact.
    Here is a good fact for you. At this point in history and for the foreseeable future you can go outside and buy any automobile you want. And power it by any fuel you choose. You see stupid white man you have choices that are only, let me repeat this fact. Only restricted by , well , your budget.
    And guess what. If you want to power your house, or business for that matter completely off the grid you can do that as well stupid white man. And I bet you could power your house on BS alone. And you can sell your surplus BS energy back to the Man you so detest.
    Bush was the worst president this great country ever had. He set the world on fire and smiled that stupid white man grin the whole way. He deserved to be tarred and feathered. Nothing more.
    Sarah Palin? That right there confirms your status as a leader of the stupid white men. Mike when she winked, you thought she was winking at you. Am I right? Of course I am. She was winking at her 15 minutes fool. She even failed as Gov. just to enrich her bank account. White trash pure and simple. Again you are a stupid white man following a stupid white woman. Don't be offended this is free speech after all.
    And the clinging to guns and religion thing, well the news today is that what, Arkansas wants you to be able to carry concealed in a CHURCH! That's exactly what stupid white men need. You morons are a self fulfilling prophecy.
    Mike, my point is that you Sir are the offensive clown that you profess to be offended by.
    The joke is on stupid white men like you. Please don't be offended by my free speech.
    I'm not a racist I have a stupid white friend. See?

    Peace And Love

  • The Golden Mean posted at 1:29 pm on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

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    "Silly anti-whites, don't you know that anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white"

    Yeah, that's it... a secret code that nobody knows about! Maybe there's a group of anti-white white people dressed in black sheets who hunt down and lynch other white people just because they are white... nobody has ever seen them, but sure, they just might exist in the place known as...

    The Twilight Zone!

    ... also sounds like something Cameron Alexander would have said when recruiting disconnected angry young white males.

  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 11:42 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    After all, a vote for Romney was a vote to put people back in chains. Everybody knows that.

  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 11:39 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    There will always be white people in the anti-racist/anti-white movement. They go so far as to participate in anti-white campaigns.

  • MikeinSpiritLake posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    MikeinSpiritLake Posts: 1

    A couple of questions or comments:
    1) Why the great sensitivity over what could be considered a true statement?
    After all, Obama IS at least half Black and to millions of Americans desperately trying to hold on to any freedoms they have left and he IS scary as he works to destroy the economy and enslave us more and more to the State thru healthcare, the EPA, the cars we can buy and what fuel we can use to run our cars and power our homes and businesses.
    2) Where was the outrage from this oh-so-sensitive group when the Left was demonizing Republicans and George Bush?
    3) Where was the outrage when Sarah Palin was being demonized by the media?
    4) Where was the outrage when the Tea Party, gun owners and those of us with religious convictions were being demonized by the Left?
    Frankly, these clowns are all too quick to be offended when their ox is gored, but not so offended when they agree with the offensive comments. They are a joke and so is anyone who is offended by free speech.

  • Timeless posted at 11:00 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

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    I agree with your above assessment of Palin. It was a rhetorical question, really.

  • ricksnidaho posted at 10:23 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

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    Geez, give it a break. If Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton had made a comment about scarey white people, this would never made the news and would have been considered "Free Speach" and those who questioned it would be "Racist".

  • Mahiun posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    I wonder how many of you Libs ever said " Palin is white and scary. "
    Never. I used to say, "Palin is dumb as a stump, and it's scary to think that anybody could take her seriously," but now I just say, "Palin is over, washed up, self-destructed and irrelevant --- so toxic that not even Fox News wants her."

    Is. It. Racist?
    Is. What. Racist?

  • Timeless posted at 7:03 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 480

    @sharemythoughts: I am so glad that I don't share your thoughts.
    And you people criticize the Right for being judgmental ?
    This is sooooo much adu about nothing.

    I wonder how many of you Libs ever said " Palin is white and scary. ".
    Is that racist as well?

  • ShareMyThoughts posted at 6:26 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    ShareMyThoughts Posts: 4

    Just another example of our nutty school board... Notice none of the school board members said anything in their remarks to admonish this man. Tells you how they really feel. Oust them all next election. BTW, him not understanding that his remark is racist tells you how deeply those feelings are rooted within him. He can see it because he is it!

  • ranger posted at 8:22 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    ranger Posts: 215

    Funny how the "anti-racist" movement, has become the anti-white movement?
    Soon there will be no whites left in the "anti-racist" movement. 

    Silly anti-whites, don't you know that anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 8:11 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1424

    Good points Jim; I'm also reminded that the man who ran against Obama in Illinois - - Alan Keyes - - packed the auditorium at NIC when he ran for president in 2000, and got a higher percentage of the primary vote in Idaho than any other state. Yep, bunch of racists we are!

  • av8tor posted at 7:13 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    av8tor Posts: 1

    If what is said was racist than it's a sad day in the USA! it seems anymore if you disagree with the President you are Racist! Whats next? we can't call it the "White House" anymore because that is Racist? Really I'm scared the direction this Country is taking!

  • Flash Gordon posted at 7:07 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1484

    Straight up.....why would you be opposed to an organization that had its roots in preventing the Aryan Nations/Nazi's from setting up shop in Kootenai County? That fought for human rights that the Aryans were denying our citizens simply because of their color, ethnicity, and religion.

    Why would you oppose an organization that fought the implementation of the Nehemiah Township Charter that was to make Hayden Lake the Capitol of a five northwestern states "Aryan Nation"....that was to secede from the United States of America and form their own "nation"...which, by the way, would make Heatherfeather really happy, which says a lot about her....

    Why would you oppose an organization that helped bankrupt the Aryan Nations and render them....impotent....that was(the aryan nations) in the 70's, 80's, and 90's heavily involved in a vast criminal enterprise of murder, bombing, assassination attempts,counterfeiting, robbery, intimidation, fraud, name it they did it......

    We are an All America City, among other things, in fact , among many other things because our community stood up to those evil doers and won.....the institute evolved from"all that" and you slobber those lines with absolutely no knowledge of your community's must be a carpet bagging newbe....

  • Flash Gordon posted at 6:42 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1484

    The rationalizing in here by the Regan symps smells like a corpse baking in a Mississippi mid afternoon sun ready to pop like a gremlin being cooked in a microwave.....

    The question is what should be done or not be done about Mr. Regan regarding his school board position. He can tell his wife's jokes to anyone who will listen in a public and or private forum. In fact, he already has. But there are consequences for being publicly insensitive and socially inept.

    It's difficult to imagine that a board member with this kind of ideological baggage can add credibility to an already divisive board that is struggling for legitimacy in our community..........

  • straight up posted at 6:35 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    straight up Posts: 963

    "Mommy, what is it like to live in a place without a Human Rights Institute?"

    You mean like the 99.9% of communities in the country who don't have one?


    It's like America, where people don't need to worry about words being twisted by others and slanted, angry people telling other people what you really said when you speak or write things.

    Sounds nice Mommy.

    Yes. It would be, wouldn't it. It used to be like that here......

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:51 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    If the Obama's were TRULY empathetic and sympathetic to those they "CLAIM' to represent then why do they take advantage and spend more than ANY couple that every occupied the position?

    Obama should point out that the only limit is ones perspective given the level he has reached. Yet you STILL find that they are owed something special BECAUSE of their race.

  • katiesmom posted at 5:36 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    katiesmom Posts: 19

    Come on! Everybody knows she meant it as a slur, and he thought it was funny. Quit trying to justify his actions. Way out of line.

  • Jim Hollingsworh posted at 5:05 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Jim Hollingsworh Posts: 9

    Maybe we ought to define what is a racist comment. To say someone is black and scary would not necessarly be a racist remark. Suppose he had been white and scary? Would that be scary? I think that the ones who are really racist are the ones who are always watching for an opportunity to talk about someone who mentions color etc. These are the ones who are racist.

    In fact, there have been some tremendous men in our history who were black. Booker T. Washington, George Wasington Carver and many others.

    Why did not anyone really pick on the fact that the President is scary? That is far more important that what color he happens to be. In fact the man who ran against him in Illinois happened also to be black, but no one made an issue of that.

    If you are worried sick about so called racists then you are probably racist yourself.

  • Mahiun posted at 4:30 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    'African Americans for Obama'........ Look it up Mahiun. Watch your President and his wife solicit black votes. This is not a simple or harmless accommodation. It is racial vote pandering. It is making political promises based upon a race. It is racism, plain, pure and simple racism. For a man intent on mending racial fences he seems to have done his best to keep the wounds open and bleeding.

    I've seen the site, Niles. Several times.

    And what I see is outreach, to a demographic segment that....
    [*] ....has historically been disenfranchised, both socially and in terms of the vote --- literally "disenfranchised".

    [*] ....has historically had their vote artificially suppressed, even into the 2012 election.

    [*] ....has historically voted in lower numbers than other demographics.

    What I saw was a message that said, "We sympathize with, empathize with, and understand the unique challenges this community has faced and continues to face, and we want to do something about them." What I did not see was anything that even remotely suggested, "Vote for Barack Obama because he's black and so are you." And to suggest that such content is there is, frankly, suspect.

    Besides, such "logic" falls apart in the light of the nearly identical campaign for "LGBT American for Obama". Are you going to suggest that Obama must be gay, else how could he "pander" to secure votes by creating content to say, "Vote for Obama because he's gay, and so are you," ??! Or what about Latinos for Obama: Obama must be Latino, then, huh, and just trying to "pander" to people just like him? What about "Women for Obama"? That's preposterous; the content says, as it did for African Americans, "We sympathize with, empathize with, and understand the unique challenges this community has faced and continues to face, and we want to do something about them."

    If that's "pandering" for votes, then every politician since the dawn of mankind has been guilty of it. It's how politics work: convince me that I should vote for you because you understand the challenges I face, and will work to do something about them. That's how politics works, in a democracy.

    Now, bringing it back to Regan's inappropriate comment: if he had attempted to make his point by saying, "Calling this weapon unacceptable because you consider it black and scary but don't know anything more about it would be as silly and ignorant as saying Barack Obama is unacceptable because he's black and scary but you don't know anything more about him," then I'd say there was absolutely zero racist content to be found. But that's not what he said....

  • apathoid posted at 4:07 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    Flashback to the School Board Election 2011 - Christa Hazel enlists the help of Mike Kennedy and Christie Wood in a weak attempt to link school board candidates with the Aryan Nations.

    Flash-forward to School Board Election 2013 - Christa Hazel enlists the help of the HREI Task Farce (currently chaired by, wait for it...Christie Wood!) and her good o' buddy DooFo the Hubkleberry Hound to attempt to portray a school board candidate as a racist.

    There is nothing new under the sun....vanity, vanity...all is vanity.

  • Mahiun posted at 3:49 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    Wait a minute! Back up!

    I did not ever say that racism does not exist, either in those communities or elsewhere. I said I did not experience it. Big difference!

    Of course it exists, there and lots of other places. Of course there is anti-white and/or anti-Anglo racism. That's part of my whole point: Brent Regan is being disingenuous to claim that we have somehow "transcended race", as a country, because one person of colour got elected as President.

    And I have experienced racism directed toward me, as well. I lived in Denver for a brief time as a kid, in the middle of a predominantly Chicano neighbourhood. There was an incredible amount of racial tension between whites, blacks, and Chicanos --- and yes, I got jumped a couple of times. So I'm very personally aware of racism directed toward white guys. (And homophobia, too, but that's another story....)

    But how does so-called "reverse" racism --- and again, there is no such thing; racism is racism, no matter what direction it's going --- in Oakland or East LA or Denver or New Orleans or Detroit somehow excuse racism anywhere else??! Like, say......Coeur d'Alene, Idaho? Even if racism elsewhere is somehow "worse", how does that make any racism magically "okay"? That's the kind of logic I expect from a 4-year-old, not a 40-year-old!

  • LTRLTR posted at 3:41 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    Describing someone as black or white is still acceptable in today's world. There is absolutely nothing racist about being called a black man or white man. Actually, there are some black people that resent being called African-American because they were not born African. Some of my past family history includes people from Russia and I would certainly resent being called a Russian when I was born and raised 100% American. Don’t you agree?

  • Ghost Writer posted at 3:38 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Ghost Writer Posts: 53

    Once again we meet the attackers and defenders in the forum, and once again the attackers cannot discuss without being, well lets just say they are the mirror of what they accuse. Did the man own up to his mistake, error in judgement or is he a racist ? He wasnt thougt of that way until one person took what was said and applied their own context. Interesting that its like the gun debate, regular people calling each other names without justification. No Agenda here just an observation of the People in CDA.

  • DeNiles posted at 3:20 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    'African Americans for Obama'........ Look it up Mahiun. Watch your President and his wife solicit black votes. This is not a simple or harmless accommodation. It is racial vote pandering. It is making political promises based upon a race. It is racism, plain, pure and simple racism. For a man intent on mending racial fences he seems to have done his best to keep the wounds open and bleeding.

  • skunkworks posted at 3:11 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    In Being Alex's Nephew...I am LOL.....

  • concernedcitizen posted at 3:00 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    "We're all entirely too aware of your dislike for Obama, Niles. But the whole "Obama's a racist!" shtick is wearing very thin, and didn't have much to start with. Please give it up.:

    Again Mahuin, your colors are showing. obama AND his wife are BOTH racist. But its OK for a black to be racist in your book isn't it Mahuin.

  • Mahiun posted at 2:47 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    But nobody said anything about the colour of the policy. They commented on the colour of the policy maker.

    Was that policy written on black paper? Don't think so. Was it written in black ink? Possible, but nobody talked about the colour of the ink, they talked about the colour of a person. Nobody said, "I disagree with that policy and think it's a bad idea, for the following reasons, and I would disagree with it if my own spouse had proposed it," and then laid out their reasons for disagreeing. Instead, they specifically went after the colour of a person.

    Pretty difficult to see how that would not be racist, given all the other directions the commentary could have gone....

  • parent posted at 1:17 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    Come on Mike, let's hear your view. Many of us think you, DFO and CEP have an agenda, would that be correct???????
    Are you wanting Christa in Brent's seat? Be honest, it is and you know it!!

    What a nice little power play on your part!


  • Mahiun posted at 1:14 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    Pretty much says it all:

  • Mahiun posted at 1:10 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    It was the context of how, who and when the remark was made.
    This part, I agree with. What follows this......not so much.

    And for me, it's not just the context, but what it says about Brent Regan's judgment. He may or may not be racist, but he definitely made a racist joke --- even if that was not his intent. It just really calls into question his ability to know what is or is not appropriate, inappropriate, on the borderline, necessary, in good taste, or subject to misinterpretation. It displays a rather disconcerting lack of judgment, and that's not the sort of person I'm convinced makes for an ideal public servant.

    The same utterance could have been part of a Jay Leno monologue and it would have been considered humorous.
    I doubt it. It probably would have generated pretty much the same kind of reaction..... It's just plain tasteless at best, patently racist at worst.

    That said, we have a sitting President who literally ran part of his campaign using racism. By openly and actively courting black votes Obama inferred that blacks should fear voting for a white candidate.
    Not A white candidate, THAT candidate --- who had already made his own racism abundantly evident with his comments about Israelis and Palestinians, with his tasteless-if-jocular references to Obama's birthplace (not all that different from Regan's tasteless-if-jocular comments), his attempts to paint Obama as an "angry black man". Blacks already make up a disenfranchised segment of the population; Obama was simply being a smart politician to turn to that demographic and say, "I will not shut you out, tell you that you are 'less than', or otherwise demean you." It was hardly a case of, "Get Whitey!!"

    And that was hardly the only demographic that either side actively courted. Romney actively courted older, wealthier, resentful whites. Does your logic then dictate that, by necessity, this is ipso facto evidence that Romney was racist and telling his audience that they should fear voting for a black candidate?

    Imagine the acrimony if Romney had actively pursued white votes because Obama was black?
    I just did imagine exactly such a thing --- and created a case for it at least as compelling as the one you made.

    We're all entirely too aware of your dislike for Obama, Niles. But the whole "Obama's a racist!" shtick is wearing very thin, and didn't have much to start with. Please give it up.

  • chilada01 posted at 12:52 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    chilada01 Posts: 180

    I want to be Black and Scary.....

  • DeNiles posted at 12:41 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    It was the context of how, who and when the remark was made. The same utterance could have been part of a Jay Leno monologue and it would have been considered humorous. We should hold civil servants and office holders higher standards. That said, we have a sitting President who literally ran part of his campaign using racism. By openly and actively courting black votes Obama inferred that blacks should fear voting for a white candidate. How as that not racial? Why do we not even question when a black politician so overtly employs racism? Imagine the acrimony if Romney had actively pursued white votes because Obama was black?

  • Deem posted at 12:40 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Deem Posts: 2

    Mr. Regan is a conservative. The press is generally liberal. 'Nuff said.

    The liberals(not exclusively the press) are using their tried and true race card tactic, in absence of a real attack on the man and his policies.

  • 1inIdaho posted at 12:39 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    1inIdaho Posts: 268

    Yes, dear. It is racist.
    "John Holmes is scary," is not racist.
    "John Holmes is white, " is not racist.
    "John Holmes is white and scary," IS racist. BECAUSE, in your example, the utterer of this comment is NOT WHITE.
    When you make any negative association, in conjunction with a description of race or color, you have crossed the line.

    There is a distinct racist difference between a black man calling another black man a "Ni__er,"; and a white man calling a black man the same thing.
    Coming from the black man, the word is derogatory.
    Coming from a white man, the word impugns the race of the black man.

  • Deem posted at 12:37 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Deem Posts: 2

    This is ridiculous - a witch hunt perpetrated by a bunch of bigots.

    Mr. Regan's comments can be construed as being racist, but if it's unintentional then it's not really his fault. It was -clear- to anyone with half a brain that he was talking about assault rifles, not blacks. If you can't say anything negative about the president, or indeed use the words black and scary in the same sentence without being branded a racist... then free-speech is truly dead.

    What about a black widow? Those are black and scary... OH MY GOD! Am I racist for saying that?! No, I was talking about a goshdarn spider!

    I think that it's the people who misinterpreted his comment who are the racists. If you automatically assume that he legitimately meant the president is scary because he's black... Then -you- are the racist for making that connection, and you should look at your own self.

    Mr. Regan has apologized for his remarks which can be misconstrued. I think the apology is legitimate. I think the -man- is legitimate, and I support him fully in his work on the school board.

    Go find someone else to persecute.

  • Why Not posted at 12:16 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 5018

    That Mr. Regan has it seems sought to use The Press to explain his error is somehow a vendetta to so many of the people posting is remarkable. How is The Press out to get Regan for agreeing to print his rebuttal(s) to his unfortunate comment during a public forum last Saturday? Seems to me, if there is anyone digging a hole it’s Brent Regan, but while I personally disagree with many of his beliefs, I don’t think the offense merits his resignation from the school board.

    Second, for those of you who don’t find Regan’s comment racist in nature, sorry but according the legal interpretation it is. Anyone who has attended sensitivity training understands that jokes while seemingly harmless to some are equally offensive to others.

    It was a racist comment, but since racism is rooted in fear, stereotype and misconception, all humans are inherently racist, myself included.

  • The Golden Mean posted at 12:01 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    It's not a stereotype...

  • milburnschmidt posted at 12:00 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    At one time there was no doubt what a racist remark was. Now folks are offended by code words they dream up which have been accepted slang for years. If you cant make a remark like that in jest then we are doomed to years more of racial witch hunting with sniffers who go about looking for speech that may or not offend them. We are losing the right to speech when to many eagerly wait to be offended whether minorities or folks in the workplace who jump to sue whenever they feel offended. Having been in public govt its no secret the people are afraid to have basic discussions anymore and those who want protection demean and berate each other all the time with words that would end others careers. Those who disagree with the presidents policies or achievements are now tarred with a racist brush to eliminate them from any discussion or public role And its going to get worse.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 11:59 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    You must have been in those gated communities or a condo with a guard there mahuin. I have traveled and worked extensively in some of these places. MY belief is that you, like tony stuart and the HRI people CHOOSE not to see it because it would no longer further your hypocritical agenda..

  • COG777 posted at 11:42 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    COG777 Posts: 340


    "Been to L.A. (many times). Never saw this "reverse racism", anywhere in the city, including East LA or South Central."

    Wow that is either a first or a miracle. My grandmother lived in Inglewood would you like to hear how it went during the Rondney King riots? She was okay because she had tenants who protected her because she was white. After she passed away we HAD to be out of the area before dark.

    My best friend is Hispanic when they began busing she can tell you the discrimination and how she was harassed by the Mexicans being bussed in.

    But then again the moron politically correct teachers are helping to bait this type of reverse discrimination as I could tell you about my English class at Oxnard college.

    I also dated a cop once that worked south central L.A. so maybe you need to spend much more time down there before you make a statement like that.

  • voxpop posted at 11:30 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Hey there bobathol, so you wanted to be a neurosurgeon but they wouldn't give you a shot? Go figure. Or an aeronautical engineer? Amazing. Oh wait, you wanted to be an F-18 pilot!! How could they not give you a chance? And education is SUCH a waste. Only fools and preppies want to go to college ... right? You know those beach houses along the ocean that float away at the first high tide? No foundation.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 11:28 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I find obamas ideas and policies VERY scary no matter WHAT color he is.

  • heatherfeather posted at 11:26 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    White dating sites are shut down by the usual suspects for being "racist".

    Whenever someone starts spouting the "racist" cliche, I cut them off. I don't want to know them. I don't care about their opinions, I don't want them around. Call me intolerant, call me tribal. IMHO, the Racialists are angry people looking for an argument. A relationship with them is toxic.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 11:18 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    It would only be racist if it were Whitepeoplemeet.whatever.

  • CClavin posted at 10:54 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    CClavin Posts: 221

    Let me ask the Press what is the real agenda here because it sure is not racism. So there is either an axe to grind with Regan or the Press has nothing better to report on. Just saw an add for a dating site called What is that all about? Is that racist?

  • bob-athol posted at 10:48 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    bob-athol Posts: 192

    The Press can give it, but can it take it? Let’s see if the Press will devote this kind of character maligning focus on their own actions? Guess who in Kootenai County is the most regular promoter of discrimination? (my opinion) If you guessed the Press you’d be right.

    Is discrimination bad? I would hope so; if racism is bad (and it is) shouldn’t discrimination be bad? The dictionary defines discrimination as: … treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person belongs rather than on individual merit. Focus on those last 5 words.

    Every week, week after week the Press and many companies and organizations promote discrimination, and I and others like me have been “victims” of it. The amount and degree of such intolerance and bigotry is never brought to light by the Press because they get money to print it, and a lot of money! Most of the people who write the words we read in the Press embrace this same form of discrimination.

    Pretty strong accusation …… So should this get past the Press censor and if I’ve got your interest now, how am I and others like me discriminated against and how is the Press promoting it for money?

    By publishing employment ads that require educational and academic achievement and training over individual ability or merit. Over my lifetime this form of discrimination has many times denied me the ability to apply for a job.

    For some reason, those in the club of “academia” think the rest of us could not possibly know anything, because we are not part of their club. Once these people go thru the academic play ground, they get jobs and then write job descriptions requiring that any job applicant also be an academic club member or we can not be considered. ie, “degree in x?x? required.”

    I was fortunate to work for a couple of companies that looked for ability and potential in the applicant rather than being part of the bigoted academic club. No one who knows me would doubt I have knowledge, but I never got beyond the 9th grade. Yet, I’ve managed a $700 million dollar facility and was responsible for budgets to $33 million dollars. Learning is something I do nearly every day, and there are many like me.

    What I do not understand is why newspapers and companies persist to allow employment discrimination to continue, it is real, but you’ll only know it if your looking for a job and have not belonged to the academic club.

    OK, I’ve out’ed the Press and a host of other organizations and businesses, now lets wait and see if they willfully assassinate their own actions over the coming 3 days. Is this kind (or any kind) of discrimination going to continue to be promoted in the Press?

  • Mahiun posted at 10:27 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    Been to L.A. (many times). Never saw this "reverse racism", anywhere in the city, including East LA or South Central.

    Been to Detroit. Had a great time, did the "casino" thing, ate at some of the famous Greek restaurants and "soul food" restaurants in predominantly black neighbourhoods. Never saw this "reverse racism" going on.

    Only been to the airport in St. Louis, so I can't speak to that one.

    Been to New Orleans several times. Not only didn't see this "reverse racism", I didn't see any of the homophobic bullish** that characterizes so many other places, either.

    I travel to Oakland fairly frequently, have several friends who still live there, almost bought a condo there several years ago (but settled into a very racially diverse section of SF, instead -- shorter commute). Never once experienced "reverse racism", ever.

    There is no such thing as "reverse" racism. Racist is racist is racist is racist is racist, regardless of which direction it's going. And Brent Regan's comment was racist and inappropriate, plain and simple. Man up, own it, apologize, and work to do better. End of story.

  • Timeless posted at 10:18 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 480

    Concerned Cit: Finally, we agree on something.

  • imisscda posted at 10:05 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    imisscda Posts: 91

    The farther right this Board leans, the more grateful I am that my children have graduated from School District 271 having had the opportunity to successfully complete courses in both IB and AP before the current Board forced the district back a few decades.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:54 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    Again go to LA, Detroit, St Louis, New Orleans, Oakland and you will see reverse racism a thousand fold but you would NEVER point that out would ya. Hypocrite!

  • Mahiun posted at 9:35 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5407

    I don't buy this whole "epiphany" shtick, any more than I bought the so-called "apology" in which Regan attempts to explain that since we now live in a "post-racial" America, it's not possible for him to have uttered a racist remark, least of all about the President. I call bull pucky!

    NOBODY is naïve enough or gullible enough to believe that simply because one person with a black heritage was elected President that racism in America has been magically eliminated, that we have somehow "transcended" race as a nation ---- least of all is Brent Regan that naïve of gullible. Or if he actually is, then he certainly doesn't deserve to be in public office, representing people who are not that naïve and gullible!

    Claiming that America has "transcended" racism because of one person's success is like claiming that we have "transcended" cancer because your grandmother's melanoma went into remission.

  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 9:07 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    This is ridiculous. I'm curious as to why the Democratic Party, the "Party of the Post Racial President" is the Party CONSTANTLY concerned with race. Why is everything race with liberals? You don't agree with Obama? You are racist. You don't like rap music? You are a racist. You don't agree with life long welfare? You are a racist.

    It's actually intellectually dishonest and it makes them look mentally inept.

    Alex Trebek: This island was once known for....
    Alex Trebek: And Liberal takes the board, your answer?
    Liberal: RACISM!!!
    Alex Trebek: Ummmm, nooooo

    Alex Trebek: Known as the Lizard King to fans, this 60's poet and rocker
    Alex Trebek: And Liberal buzzes again with teh answer of?
    Liberal: "RACISM!"
    Alex Trebek: Again, nooo.

    Alex Trebek:

  • haydenator posted at 8:37 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    haydenator Posts: 204

    Where was the "outrage" when Joe Biden said to the NAACP that Romney wanted to "put them back in chains" This is CLEARLY a racist remark and he gets a pass. I am not a very political person but the more I do witness and pay attention to the more I realize that liberals are complete frauds and honestly just full of scumbaggery!!

  • Justin Cottrell posted at 8:36 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Justin Cottrell Posts: 157

    I see the SPLC's local whooping boy Daveo is using this to drive traffic to his socialist pit of despair blog. By the end of the day the Dingleberry crew will probably claim that Brent was affiliated with the AN.

    Socialist egalitarians, the gift that keeps taking and oppressing in a sad attempt to justify their existence. Sigh.

  • max power posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

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  • DeNiles posted at 8:22 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    The website 'African Americans for Obama' was established in 2007. It has the full endorsement and participation of both President Obama and his wife Michelle. The purpose of the site is to solicit political donations and votes using Obama's black racial heritage as the sole foundation of credence. In other words Obama is saying, 'vote for me because I am black'. On that site Obama promises political favors for just blacks. The site rosters the political favors Obama has already done for blacks.

    If Obama has no problem being 'black' and using 'racism' for his own personal and political purposes why should it be offensive for others to refer to him as black in any context? Why this double standard?

  • Timeless posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 480

    This is so ridiculous. I am having a very hard time finding his joke to be racist in any way.

    If someone had referred to Bush as " white and scary" , who would be screaming " racism"?

    It is pathetic that anyone is giving this story any press.

  • 986crazy posted at 8:15 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    986crazy Posts: 432

    I"m willing to wager the phone call never happened. He needed an "epiphany" moment to move forward.

  • idahotater posted at 7:56 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    idahotater Posts: 54

    Thats not the half of it in that family, the wife looks like a piranha. Is that racist? Don't think so, but it is the truth.

  • longbow posted at 7:55 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    longbow Posts: 13

    Reading the comments in context, someone would really have to be "looking" for an issue to find anything racist in these remarks. "Political correctness" is being used as a weapon to restrain a free exchange of ideas and a healthy discussion of issues. I cannot believe that the press, or anyone else, is wasting their time in an effort to make this an issue.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:34 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

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    nora, flash, randy, crazy, v, can't you all just get together & plan yuor move to another state?
    It's TERRIBLE here; we're all skinheads, and guess what???
    We're GOING to elect more of us.
    It'll be worse for you, no doubt at all. You guys need to start letting us all know who you are; bigger peace signs, more pro wolf stickers, you REALLY want to be recognized for your "efforts". Band together; really, the 8 of you can really change things.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 7:04 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1484

    I personally look forward to the supporters of Brent Regan putting pressure on our community leaders to select he and his wife as the grand marshals for the 4th of July parade........:)

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:54 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    This is a total witch hunt by the sore losers and the CdA press. Nothing more.

  • nora9000 posted at 6:49 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    nora9000 Posts: 1

    I fact that he never perceived his "joke" would be considered racist says it all. He's an ignorant hick who has no business passing down to impressionable kids his racist agenda. He should resign and seek to temper his xenophobia with some sensitivity training. What a moron!

  • NoName posted at 6:43 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    NoName Posts: 253

    This is huge! See, we need Rachel Dolezal to mentor this man immediately. I think we should have a bake sale to raise funds for an expansion of the Human Rights Institute and set up telephone hot lines with counselors to help everyone cope with this outlandish statement. Didn't anyone do a background check on this guy? Look, he's a racist skinhead, you can tell by the way he wears his hair in the photo.........

  • Just_K posted at 6:41 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Just_K Posts: 84

    Had the situation been a "white" assault rifle is scary, and the (drumroll) punchline been, "so is Hillary" no one would have even given this a second thought. In fact, I'm certain there would be many laughs out loud. What a ridiculous uproar over absolutely nothing.

  • 986crazy posted at 6:24 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    986crazy Posts: 432

    It's not the first time a comment, believed to be among like minded people, backfires and contributes to their political demise.
    Buh-Bye Brent. We don't need people on the fringe making decisions that affect our kids.

  • Veeeee posted at 5:41 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Veeeee Posts: 420

    Where in the world do these people come from? I hope he resigns from the school board. Not the person we want for our school board. Only someone with a lack of education and understanding would make a "joke" like that and then state he isn't racist. Wow! Thank you

  • JoeIdaho posted at 5:39 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Regan must have said:
    "Black people are bad people", becaseu that's the ONLY way ANYONE could have possibly mistaken what he said as "racist".
    Then again, liberals ARE hypocrites.

  • FarragutPark posted at 5:12 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    FarragutPark Posts: 22

    We shoot ourselves in the foot (pun) when we discourage our elected officials from fully expressing themselves in public. We need to know what they believe inside, not the BS they feed us to get elected.

    Repressing open expression does not change personal conviction. I want to hear all the jokes they tell in private. Racism, judgement and bigotry are universal human expressions of our primitive evolutionary, intellectual and spiritual development and something we all share.

    The not knowing the definition of an assault weapon is what I find hilarious. We are all guilty of ignorance and insensitivity. Some of us are just better at expressing it than others.

  • voxpop posted at 5:09 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Sincere or not is irrelevant. I certainly don't begrudge Regan his right to speak his mind. The only issue is being part of SD271's board. Resign, today. Do the honorable thing. Your usefulness is at an end - whatever that was to begin with. You'll be gone in a few months anyway.

  • Why Not posted at 5:06 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 5018

    Mildly surprised but impressed, Regan seems almost humbled by what he heard from the caller. Unless you have felt the sting or witnessed the humiliation of a hurtful remark in a public place and by a representative of the public, then you cannot understand why even a joke is not acceptable.

  • Jill Heine posted at 11:47 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    Liberal Esquire should prove a voice of reason on this offensive subject:

    Sen. Joe Biden on Indians
    Gov. Bill Richardson on Homosexuality
    Sen. John McCain on Osama Bin Laden
    Mitt Romney on Medical Marijuana
    Bush on Cooperation

    GOSH! not a woman or minority in the top five.
    In 2007, Hillary should have been recognized. Obama was too unseen to be considered.
    2013 is the year of the gun, any gun! They are all black and scary when viewed from the muzzle.
    Obama is a well scripted cannon in the hands of the Powers, verrrry scarrry.
    What to do with all the 'gun-toting, Bible-clutching' conservatives that stand in their way?

  • Shocked posted at 11:03 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Shocked Posts: 98

    I am fairly certain that Regan was coerced into issuing a public apology to avoid further humiliation for himself and an already embarrassing school board... But I am even more certain that his joke might be the dumbest statement ever uttered by a self proclaimed Mensa.

  • Justin Cottrell posted at 10:55 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Justin Cottrell Posts: 157

    I hate to see good men bow to political pressure from race-baiting idiots. Brent you did no wrong, and they'll always hold this over your head.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:58 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    The problem is that we have some liberal IDIOTS who are trying desperately to get back into our schooll system, and we're NOT going to allow it to happen.
    Brent Regan is an EXCELLENT leader, and it's the ultimate shame that he would even think of apologizing to these bleeding heart pansies who THINK they have a clue.
    All liberals should leave America.

  • local res posted at 9:49 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    local res Posts: 1165

    " it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'"

    Some folks seem to go out of their way to be offended!

  • Flash Gordon posted at 8:34 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1484

    "Out of my ignorance, it ends up it hurt her and potentially hurt her kids. That's just not acceptable to me, and it's not not acceptable to anybody".

    It is so ironic that you, with your educational background, really aren't, as you've just admitted, very well educated. But the double ironic whammy is that you sit on a school board that makes "education decisions" can you be trusted to make the right ones with a moral and ethical "world view" that is at odds with what an education is supposed to provide those young people that come through the school district?

  • truthful1 posted at 8:31 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554


  • The Golden Mean posted at 8:25 pm on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    The Golden Mean Posts: 4213

    Had numerous heated exchanges in the past with Mr Regan. Even though we do not agree on politics, I have no reason to to believe that he is anything other than an intelligent and decent man.

    I respect him for taking ownership of his words. Wish more people had his courage and class.

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