It’s not prejudice, it’s pride

January 28, 2008

     I think I probably spend to much time paying attention to things not worth the effort.  This election cycle is certainly the most important one in history.  I know this because Wolf Blitzer said so.  What’s really not important is the crap that passes as news on this campaign.  Bill Clinton had it right when he said the fighting and bickering is what the news wants to report on, and so they feed the candidates questions that lead to more bickering, and then stand piously on their pedestals crying “for shame.”

    The race issue was a given.  There is a half black guy in the race, and therefore race will be an issue, because race sells advertising and newspapers.  John McCain lying about Biff Romney’s stance on timetables in Iraq (which most americans supported a few months back) isn’t nearly as juicy as Bill Clinton saying Jesse Jackson won in ’84 and ’88 in Soputh Carolina.  This comment is true, but is delightfully newsworthy because the wonks can call it anti-black code speak.

   Now, calling Bill a racist is like calling David Duke a champion of minority rights, but reality isn’t at issue.  What’s at issue is how can we wring every bit of drama we can out of a primary that is rapidly turning into the equivalent of a chowhall food fight.  Bill isn’t a racist, and anyone that doubted black South Carolina would vote for Obama should probably hearken back to the 80’s when they twice voted for Jesse Jackson. 

   Meanwhile,  coservative groups are robocalling as fast as their 486’s can pound out the calls to tell everyone who will listen what a bad bad black hater Clinton is. 
Now why would the conservatives do that?  Is it because they believe Barack is a much easier foe than Hillary?  I do, and I’m your basic dull normal midwesterner.  The Clnton’s are a formidable opponent.  Barack on the other hand hasn’t proven that he will be.

    I remember watching him at the Convention in 2004 and thinking “there stands the first black president of the United States.  I didn’t know he was half black or I may have called him the first brown president.    I also didn’t know he would risk that possibility by running before he could walk.  He is a first term senator from Illinois.   His self proclaimed experience on the world stage was a trip to Africa as a youth, and this may or may not be enough for him to traverse the labyrinth of international issues facing America’s next president.  Awww, hell, thats a damn lie.  there is no way he is ready.

    So the phrase used in this title is being bandied about by the experts/idiots on all the news shows.  I believe it.  I don’t think blacks vote for Barack because they hate whites, though in many cases that may be the case.  You would be hard pressed to find anyone that would admit it if they did, and there is nothing wrong with racial pride anyway.  I especially like the kind of racial pride that causes blacks to lambaste the only president that really did anything for them.  Don’t tell me about LBJ.  His racism IS a matter of public record.

   I like Barack.  I think he has the best intentions, and I think he really believes he can make a difference.  The reason I won’t vote for him though isn’t my racial pride.  It’s that the chunky chick with the big butt has proven she can go to war with the scoundrels and malcontents that infest the halls of congress.  She has also proven that she knows it requires breaking eggs to make an omelette, and for better or worse that will mkae her the most entertaining president if not the most effective.  I’ve long since given up hope that any of them have a clue how to put the dirt back in the hole they’ve dug for us. 

   For those of you who say Hillary had nothing to do with the success of the Clinton Administration and therefore has no right to take credit for it I say this.  You’ve never been married if you believe that.

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The Jena6…one perspective

September 5, 2007

   I’m not going to go into all the he said she said.  There are literally thousands of articles available by typing Jena6 into your browser window.  That name itself is part of the problem, and it says more about being human than it does about being black.  Which is allegedly what this is about.  Being black.  which isn’t a crime.  Fortunately,  knocking someone down and kicking them like a football while they are unconscious is.

    What you are likely to find should you type Jena6 in your browser window are a veritable avalanche of articles written by those who feel a grave injustice is being done to the young black men.  Not young men.  Young black men.  I have a difference of opinion with all of these people.  I think they should be punished, and severely, for the cowardly attack they perpetrated.Not because they are black.  Because they are criminals.

    I also feel that the antagonists in the white assaults on blacks should be punished severely.  Assaulting someone is in the worst categories of crimes.  Violence against a person.  The parents deifying their children, when apparently several of them have violent criminal histories doesn’t change the one over riding premise.  They kicked an unconscious human being for the sheer hell of it. 

   Is there a reason all this is happening? sure.  People are stupid.  That’s the nuts and bolts of the whole case.  People are stupid.  Younf Mr. Bell doesn’t think of himself as an individual, and apparently neither does anyone else in this backwater stretch of Louisiana.  The desire to belong to something bigger than oneself is not new, but when you can only identify yourself because of your race you have lost track of what it means to be human.

    It doesn’t matter if the whites in this purgatory on earth defined these young men as black.  It doesn’t matter that the rabble rousers now clamoring around the case define these young men as black.  What matters is how they define themselves, and reality dictates that they will go to prison alone.  They will need to make the decision at some point in their lives that they are men.  Not black men.  Just men.

   Had Mr. Bell and so many others thought of themselves as individuals this entire thing would’ve been avoided.  I picture myself in their shoes.  Looking up at those nooses hanging from the trees.  They took it as an affront to their collective dignity.  One of the ropes would;ve needed my name on it for me to even begin to think it was aimed at me.  Mr. Bell knew it was aimed at his group, and he began a crusade in defense of that group.   The group won’t be going to prison.  The reason for that is many in the group found a better outlet for their anger over the incident, or just understood that this act of ignorance was aimed at the collective, and not the individual.

   It’s unfortunate that the upbringing of these young men made their race more important to them than their own well being.  You can rail away all you want, but the facts in the case are sound.  No black men are going to prison.  Only men are.


Ron paul goes mainstream and other news awards

August 6, 2007

Sometimes I schmooze the news, and sometimes I do awards.  Todays crop seems award worthy, so lets see what we got.

The best man for the job is a dumbass award goes to General David Petraeus.  The genral was in charge of arming the Iraqi forces between 2004 and 2005.  It is quite possible that while we scream about the Iranians arming the insurgents the truth is, we did.  If this guy can’t count beans, what the hell is he doing leading all U.S. Forces in Iraq.  Assistant dumbass awards go to the Defense Department, and the White House.  The General didn’t create the cluster f&%k, he merely presided over it.

The Wizard of Oz Award goes to Congressional Democrats who displayed their lack of heart, brains, and courage by allowing the Bush Administration to bitch slap them again on the wiretapping issue (FISA).  The people who elected the democrats are in full scream over this duplicitous behaviour by their elected officials who used the wiretapping like a civil liberties club to get themselves the majority.  This isn’t the first time Nancy, Harry, and the rest have turned their back on the voters who ensured their employment.

  The Ostrich award goes to every single elected official who has ignored the infrastructure of this country over the last 30 years.  This link takes you to a state by state map of every bridge that is either structurally deficient, or structurally obsolete in America.  About 50 in my home town alone.  Some 25% of the total number of bridges in the country.

The Big Bang Award will not be going to Rush Limbaugh and Rosie O’donnell, as I can’t pin down the facts on their alleged tryst.  We’ll have to give it to the next largest collision of heavenly bodies in existence.  This is kind of cool if you’re into cosmic astrophysics type stuff.

The Cat Banging a Cheese Grater award goes to Sinead O’connor.  She has released her new album Theology, based on god stuff.  Yeah, the Sinead that tore up the picture of the pope.  Have a listen, and let me know when you’re IQ returns to normal what you think.

The Ebony and Ivory Award almost went to Michael Vick, but it turns out prison bars aren’t made of Ivory.  this is actually a very interesting article.  Interracial marriage with pro and con looks at the issue.

The Ican haz pink armband Award goes to policemen in Thailand.  Hello kitty is finally used as it shoud be.  To shame.

The  Man This Guy Is A Pissant Award goes to that propaganda is bliss reporter Sean Penn.  He is apparently courting another whackjob Leader in Hugo Chavez, the New Fidel of Latin America.  Can’t wait to see the end result  in print.  I wonder what kind of story you see from behind the bulletproof windshield of a man beloved by all?

The I need One Home Run Award goes to Barry Bonds…just kiddin…i wouldn’t give him testicle sweat…it goes to candidate Ron Paul.  For a long time his supporters have been waiting for his mainstream chance, and when he got it he lobbed one into centerfield.  He seemed shrill, and his interview I thought went quite poorly.  He failed to deny a false allegation about the Alex Jones show, claimed the 2nd amendment needs to be changed in favor of less gun control, and recommended allowing younger citizens to opt out of social security.  He will make up the money from pulling out of Iraq he claimed.  Sorry, Ron.  You can only pay for so many things with money you save from pulling out of Iraq.  This was not the kind of powerful showing he needed, and even his pauliacs say he got a fair shake.  Unfortunately, they also think he was messianic. ( go to the video box.  There are two links to his comments)


Sunday is for random thoughts #9

August 5, 2007

It’s sunday again.   Time for more random thoughts from the thoughtless.  If you are easily offended hit the out button.  My blog has been caterized, and I’m decidedly cranky.

1.  our schools are in disarray, our infrastructure is crumbling,  and we have over 500 varieties of beer to choose from.  I don’t see a problem here.

2.  I feel that tarring and feathering should be part of the criminal code, and this is when it should be used.

3.   Roscoe chewed through the wires on my cable box.  This was either a suicide attempt or a murder attempt.  Either way it was poorly executed, since we are both still alive.

4.  I would like a bagel with everything so i can go put it under the tire of my car and run over it.  It’s like hanging someone in effigy.  It packs no punch, but you get to feel like an idiot.

5.  If whites and blacks can’t agree that dogfighting is bad, what hope have we of agreeing on anything?  I think blacks only find dogfighting to be ok when its a famous black person.  Kind of like the whole O.J. and murder thing.   It kind of bothers me that this has been made racial.

6.  Give me a hammer, a paring knife, a roll of duct tape, and a fifth of anything with a spanish sounding name, and I’ll make McGuyver look dull normal.

7.  I’m not pleased with the way random thoughts is going today, but at least my Tourettes Syndrome appears to be in remission.

8.  19 million people in Bangladesh and India think Al Gore is a dumbass, and I’m smart as hell…more global wetting issues.

9.   sex is overrated and underutilized.

10.  that being said, you may disrobe now.

11.  While it may seem cute, buying your newborn a shirt that says “now that I’m safe I’m pro-choice” is a fashion no-no.

12.  I’m to sexy…well, I’m not but this is:

my son taught me how to do that.  It has come to my attention that being blog illiterate is not safe.  If only for self defense I need to know how to do more than just type blithering idiocy.  That clip was bastardized from the world of warcraft.  All I can say is that is not a proper form of birth control, but probably works in the abstinence category.  I’ll credit this later…he didn’t get me the URL.

13.   Locking your pets out of your room almost gaurantees a decent 3 hours of sleep.  At which time they will decide they miss you and start fighting like children.  I’m not sure why one of them isn’t already dead.  Dog? Rabbit?  I want some gotdam blood.

14.  Dale Jr. won the pole at pocono, Wisconsin is ranked 7th in the preseason poll, some steroid infused monstrosity hit his 755th home ron, and A-rod got to 500 faster than anyone ever has.  Oh, yeah, some hockey for Janie. Edmonton is going to pay Dustin Penner 21.25 million over 5 years.  Dustin is a 29 goal scorer.  call it 30 and 21 million for argument.  Thats $140,000 per goal.  10 dollar hookers definitely got into the wrong line of work.   

15.  Blogs I read everyday at least once are listed in the blogroll.  The one blog I refuse to miss on sunday, is Anita’s.  She prays.

16.  I’d send y’all over to Ration Reality, but on sunday mornings they read chicken bones, beat up small fur bearing creatures with tire irons, and sacrifice virgins to Loki.

ok, thats enough of this.  Hope your weeks went well, and if they didn’t their will be better times than these.

  


It’s not the system…it’s the electorate

July 13, 2007

I know, but if people could only blog about what they really think, most blogs would have only 3 or 4 words, and a lot of toenail picking going on.  I give a lot of the politicians crap.  I decry the value of the pundit as leadership icon, and the talking heads I chastise as vociferously as possible as the despoilers of our society.  Unfortunately, the voters are the reason this country is so incredibly jacked up.

Let’s start with my favorites, the pauliacs.  They actually represent a lot larger segment of society than their incredibly inflated blog numbers would suggest.  They are partly aware of whats going on in the world around them.  Not a bad thing.   A few of them are open to honest discourse, and in fact I’ve had at least three say that Ron’s behaviour on a certain issue I’ve posted was “troubling.”  I get a lot of Ron Paul hits.  3.  3. 3. Willing to think they’re guy might have behaved inproperly. 

   Being close minded is not a new thing, nor is it a rare thing.  It’s what politicians crave.  slavish devotion to hyperbolic rhetoric is a must if you want a stable base.  What intrigues me about the Pauliacs, is the rhetoric is self generating.  Ron is a little on the modest side, and is not prone to pitching his resume around.  He has been vocal about his non-interventionist beliefs, but other than that he’s been a fairly quiet guy.  Not his followers.  They don’t care what he does he is right, and they are more than happy to let you know it.

   They aren’t the worst to me.  Nor are the apathetic masses that consistently decide not to vote.  Or, maybe, never even give it a thought.  Too busy, to bored, to lazy, or to disinterested to be bothered with electing one more person that will disappoint them on a daily basis for at least the next 4 years.  I can not begin to count the number of times I have heard “damn elections…i can’t buy beer until 6 o’clock.”

The ones that really flat out make me dysfunctional are the ones that vote and have no idea what they are voting for.  They see someone that looks presidential, or some highly polished sphincter muscle tells them on the news who to vote for, or they accept as a given that if the person is a member of their party he fits their beliefs.  These are the ones that are destroying society.  They think for whatever reason that Ann Coulter’s picture would look nice on the gunrack so they take the advice of this entertainer, or they think al franken is a hoot (that should be a hanging offense in itself) so they vote for his guy. Congresswoman Julia Carson IN has been elected several times , quite simply because she is black.  She has no qualifications, no particular charisma, no special knowledge of the issues, but she comes from a predominantly black district.  that’s hardly a reaosn to vote for someone, and I’m willing to venture that she does more harm than good.  Not because she is black, but because she was elected because she was black.  The same thing happens over and over and over.  This catholic borough votes in this catholic idiot, and this jewish neighborhood votes for this jewish alderman.

It will never change.  We don’t have the desire for it to change.  We don’t have a passion to do the work that will make the change.  We want to ride a horse like Ron Paul to change.  We don’t want to raise a bunch of horses at the local level.  That would be a lot of work and take a lot of time.  It is also the only way to true change in our government.  It’s do the work, or let the money choose. Rather let the money tell you who you should choose since you are to ignorant to ecide on your own.

   Now since I’m probably labeled a racist let me take it one step further.  We need a test for voters.  You need to take a test to drive a car, to get out of high school, to enter college, to get in the military.  Yet you don’t need to take a test to choose the leadership of our country.?  that’s just wrong.

There…now i’m not a racist….now i hate everyone equally.