Racial Slur and Racism Claims – Is it an Excuse to Behave Badly

I’ve blogged about the racial slur and racist claims people – often liberals and democrats – make about others. Now – let me start by saying this is not an endorsement of any of Lindsay Lohan’s behavior, but this article reminds me of the racism claims.

None of these people behaved appropriately last night. But Mitchell came up to Lohan and “got in her space” – afterward she admitted that Lohan and everyone else was very drunk. Lindsay told her to back off and may have mumbled “f**king Gypsy” as she walked away. The Mitchell’s friends called Lindsay a whore – supposedly provoked by Lindsay calling her a Gypsy.

I admit that I know very little about Gypsy’s, Travellers, psychics etc – but I do know that the typical term I’ve always heard is Gypsy. However, I’ve heard some things about, people formerly known as Gypsies, wanting to be called Travellers. It obviously isn’t politically correct – but I think of people who ramble, travel and frequently moved from one area to another – that is the definition of a Gypsy to me. Hmmm….

But here is the point of this post – do you feel that people resort to claiming others are racist or said something racist in order to excuse  their own bad behavior? I mean, how many of us remember years of being called names we didn’t like, being treated in ways we didn’t like, being made fun of for things we couldn’t change – and on and on. While I didn’t like the way these people acted toward me – that didn’t make them racist or sexist. In a country where you have and enjoy freedom of speech – these are things that will happen. When you deal with people who don’t think or don’t care how their words and actions will affect others, these things will happen. But – that does NOT make them racist – and it does not give you the right to assault them.

This is an excerpt from a TMZ article about one of Lindsay Lohan’s misadventures last night. Not sure what it says about a person with the money or resources to get in legal troubles on the west and the east coast in the same night…

TMZ spoke with Tiffany Mitchell — a well-known psychic who was at the club Avenue with a friend Wednesday night when Lohan walked in.  

Tiffany tells us … she had a premonition about Lohan and approached her inside the club to offer her a free reading … but Lohan turned her down saying, “Give me my space.”

As she walked away, Tiffany’s friend says she heard Lohan call her a “f**king Gypsy” … and it set her off. 

We’re told the friend went ballistic — unloading a bunch of insults back at Lohan … calling her a “whore” and telling her “Liz & Dick sucked.”

At that point, Lohan lost her cool and socked the psychic in the eye … and all hell broke loose inside the club. Lohan was eventually arrested for assault. 

Tiffany’s husband tells TMZ, “We are not Gypsies. That has nothing to do with our religion … it was a racist comment.”

So – what do you think??

Another question — Do you think that maybe the “racist” problem is in the mind of groups who perceive certain words as being derogatory? For example the claim that certain words are “racist code words”. And the thing that drives me really crazy, is that people of the same race or nationality can call one another by these “code words” but when a person of another race or nationality uses the words – its racist. Seems to me that the problem may be in the perception not by the person saying the words…..

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/29/lindsay-lohan-psychioc-victim-tiffany-mitchell-punch-liz-and-dick-gypsy/#ixzz2Df721TEc

http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/29/lindsay-lohan-psychioc-victim-tiffany-mitchell-punch-liz-and-dick-gypsy/

I couldn’t resist the irony of a picture with Lindsay Lohan leaving an Adele concert featured in Global Gypsy Chic – https://gypsyglobalchic.com/press/lindsay-lohan-2/

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Illegal or Legal – Depends on Which Side Harry Reid and Obama Are On

In 2005 – Harry Reid felt that changing the rules was an “illegal” thing to do….

Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent. 

For people to suggest that you can break the rules to change the rules is un-American,” said Reid in 2005, in response to Republicans wanting to change the rules. “The only way you can change the rule in this body is through a rule that now says, to change a rule in the Senate rules to break a filibuster still requires 67 votes. You can’t do it with 60. You certainly cannot do it with 51. But now we are told the majority is going to do the so-called nuclear option. We will come in here, having the Vice President seated where my friend and colleague from Nevada is seated. The Parliamentarian would acknowledge it is illegal, it is wrong, you can’t do it, and they would overrule it. It would simply be: We are going to do it because we have more votes than you. You would be breaking the rules to change the rules. That is very un-American.”

Fast forward to 2012 when he is the majority leader and he seems to have support from President Obama…

President Obama supports Senate Majority Harry Reid’s efforts to reform the filibuster, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. 

“The President has said many times that the American people are demanding action. They want to see progress, not partisan delay games,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement, first obtained by the Huffington Post. “That hasn’t changed, and the President supports Majority Leader Reid’s efforts to reform the filibuster process.”  

The Nevada Democrat  has proposed eliminating the filibuster vote that is needed to formally begin debate on legislation and mandating that filibustering senators actually talk on the floor, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington“-style. Reid intends to use a simple majority vote to pass the reforms. No major rule change has ever been instituted with a unilateral vote by one party. 


Okay – there are a couple of immediate issues that come to mind.

  1. One day, hopefully soon, the Democrats will not have a majority in the Senate and at that point, this can be used against them.
  2. If we want to eliminate options which allow one party or the other to hold up progress, then let’s pass a rule that eliminates Harry Reid’s option to ignore bills passed by the House and force him to bring them to a vote — whether he will win the vote or not.

Seems to me that refusing to bring House approved bills to a vote – is as much of an issue or bipartisanship…. or is that just me?

Interesting side note – after Obama and the Democratic party went on and on about abortion, birth control, a woman’s right to chose and on and on – note the comment from Harry Reid in this video that those are not issues people are concerned about…. obviously he didn’t get the DNC memo about women’s rights… or, he realizes their claims of the “war on women” was a crock… must be a Freudian slip…

For More Details –

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/11/28/white-house-backs-reids-filibuster-efforts/

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/harry-reid-called-filibuster-reform-he-now-supports-illegal-and-un-american_664130.html

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/27/plenty_of_hypocrisy_to_go_around_on_filibuster_reform/singleton/ and Photo

Prepare Students for Real Life

I’ve heard a couple of variations of this story, but it makes awesome points about real life. I appreciated the comment about “feel good, politically correct teachings” not preparing kids for reality — so true….

Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this – Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English – Thank a Marine!!

Lord and Savior – Come on Jamie

Few things leave me speechless, well almost speechless. But come on Jamie Fox, be serious and put down the Kool Aid

ACTOR JAMIE FOXX HAILS “OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, BARACK OBAMA”

There are some consequences to cultivating a creepy cult of personality in order to win elections.  For example, there’s always the danger of your more… energetic supporters going overboard in their worship of Dear Leader.

Such was the case at the Soul Train Awards last Sunday, when actor Jamie Foxx declared, “It’s like church over here!  First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama.”  He then led the audience in chanting the President’s name.

Oh yes he did —

Full story here – http://www.humanevents.com/2012/11/26/actor-jamie-foxx-hails-our-lord-and-savior-barack-obama/

Naivety in US

This blog post poses some interesting questions about the US and the naivety of the populace.

A Frightening Naivety 

In the days since the US elections, days that have raised the questions of its validity, many interesting things have emerged, one of which is the incredible naivety and misunderstanding of what is being dealt with.

Against a back drop of massive fraud insinuations, with some counties registering up to 144% of their adult population voting for President Obama (and anyone has the gall to criticice our voting?) and mass layoffs, a new issue has arisen.

I am not sure what is more amazing about this, that over a million people, the majority in the Old Confederacy, have signed these petitions and that the lists keep growing or the fact that anyone is naive or silly enough to sign this. In short, such an act is the height of stupidity and self destruction.

In a pseudo police state, that has proven itself willing to go after its citizens, this not simply paints a target on one’s forehead, it lights the siren above one’s head.

But I found the comments to be even more interesting…

How many people feel similar to this comment?

By signing such a petition, I declared myself, officially, an enemy of the tyrannical U.S. government. I knew what I was doing. And if the government wants to come after me for it, then I say bring it on.

What I think is naive is thinking that the American government hasn’t already been compiling lists of names they consider enemies. I’ve suspected for some time that I was already on such a list, given my Internet activities over the years.

And another that I’m sure many people can understand –

Traditionalists and conservatives have no understanding of the mentality of Progressives. For all his faults Romney is a good example. He just didn’t understand what he was up against in Obama who uses gutter Chicago techniques of demonization. Truth and honesty have no meaning to Obamabots. They will use any means to power. They want power, to tell us how to think and live. Progressives can go to hell, and I’m getting fed up with the sheep like mentality of traditionalists and conservatives. 

Hmmm, Obamabots – that seems appropriate for many people….

To read the full post visit – http://mat-rodina.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-frightening-naivety.html

Photo – http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/texas-petition-secede-reaches-threshold-obama-comment/story?id=17701519

Racism Claims Remind Me of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf…

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Several times he cried wolf and they came running. But they stopped believing him – so when a real wolf showed up, they ignored him.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

He learned a valuable lesson that day — if you keep crying “wolf” when there is nothing wrong, when there is a real problem, no one listens.

Seems to me — that is a lesson liberals and democrats need to learn. If you keep crying “racism” when it doesn’t apply, then it dilutes people’s perspective of racism and when there is a real instance of racism or racial bias no one will pay attention.

This is a lesson that Representative Clyburne (among many others) needs to learn. Last week he said,

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., says that the attacks on Rice have gone beyond her job performance. When asked about Rice on CNN’s Starting Pointon Tuesday, Clyburn said that words like “lazy” and “incompetent,” which have been used to describe black members of the administration, including Rice and President Obama himself, are reminiscent of language used to undermine minorities in decades past.

 “You know, these are code words,” Clyburn said. “We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard Senator Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent—these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives, and we’d get insulted by them.”

Now I don’t know about you, but when I call someone “lazy” or “incompetent” its not based on their race, gender, financial status, religion, or any other criteria like that. And I’m pretty clear about what I mean – there is no need to search for “code words”. To me, lazy means the person doesn’t work or has no motivation or ambition. And imcompetent means the person lacks the skills for a job and should be replaced. But that could just be me. That could be a man, a woman, a child, an adult, or a person from any ethnic background – the definition is the same.

Conservatives, white people, Southerners, Republicans, Tea Party members and others are frequently stereotyped as being racist or sexist – if they dare to disagree with another person. There is no question about why they disagree, just the assumption that the person is a racist or sexist. On the other hand – those same groups of people are frequently accused of stereotyping all people of a specific gender or ethnic group in a negative way.

Ummmm – seems like there is a real double standard at work….

What do you think? And if you think I’m wrong, please feel free to share your thoughts…

Article About Clyburne – http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/clyburn-susan-rice-criticism-is-race-based-20121120

Picture by Richard A. Bloom

Boy Who Cried Wolf – http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/stories/boy.html