Thank You Anthony Cook for Being a Voice of Reason

In a week where there has been media overload and stupidity about Paula Deen. Yes – the “N” word is bad and as far as I’m concerned, its one of many words that should/could be removed from the English language. However, to basically demonize a white Southern woman for using it 30 years ago after a robbery – and in the privacy of her home with her husband — is insane. This is especially true when you acknowledge that it is a word that is commonly used throughout the black community and it can be found throughout rap lyrics.

This double standard reminds me of an exchange on The View some years ago. It was one of those days when I questioned why I wasted my time to watch The View. Sherri Sheperd and Whoopi Goldberg were berating Barbara Walters for the idea of her possibly saying the word, yet, they both felt it was fine for them to say it – since they are black. And if I remember right – Whoopi went on to elaborate about the “intent” of the person and the tone they use when they say it. Is she joking? None of us know for sure – what a person’s intent is when they say any word.

Here’s the way I see it – if a word is WRONG – then its WRONG FOR ANYONE to use it.

I don’t remember ever using it myself and have no intention to say it in the future. I find it offensive – but I also find other words to be offensive, so I chose not to use them and prefer to be around others, who do not use them.

But I digress – this is why I wanted to thank Anthony Cook….

From CNN –

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Anthony Cook, community news director for The Huntsville Times/AL.com, this afternoon about Cook’s recent column about Paula Deen’s troubles over using racist language….

Blitzer referred to Cook’s column as “sympathetic” to Deen, but Cook said it was more of an opportunity to discuss the use of the ‘n-word’ — how it is used and by whom.

Cook’s column pointed out that the use of the word, while taboo for whites, is often used casually or as a term of affection among blacks and in rap lyrics.

“The column gave me the opportunity to question, ‘Why does anybody use it?’

“I just felt like the word carries with it an inherent history that is derogatory to our race,” Cook said.

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/06/timesalcom_columnist_anthony_c.html

Confession of a black journalist: Like Paula Deen, I’ve used the n-word (Opinion from Anthony Cook)

As a black man, this writing is my attempt to point out the fake outrage and the hypocrisy of those of us who claim we are somehow damaged by this particular person, Paula Deen, admitting that she used the n-word years ago. If the word is offensive and harmful, why are we not offended and harmed when African-American rappers and comedians use it? Why are we not offended and harmed when neighbors and relatives use it? Why do we not consider that we offend and harm others when we use it?

Full disclosure … I’ve used the n-word. As a teenager, a college student and as a young adult, I used it prolifically, loosely, and largely indiscriminately.

But, as I became more mature, more professional, more serious about my faith in Christ, I removed that word (and many others) from my vocabulary. I was motivated partly by self-respect. I wanted to be viewed by others as respectful and professional without duplicity.

I also began to see the hypocrisy of expecting white people to adhere to a standard that I was not upholding myself. Using it culturally is no excuse. That’s the same reason Paula Deen used it – because it was culturally accepted at the time among her family and colleagues.

I’ve heard the arguments that black people are excused because we took something ugly and made it beautiful.

Newsflash: The n-word is still ugly.

Read Anthony Cook’s full article that is getting so much attention – http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/06/confession_of_a_black_journali.html

The exchange on The View and the double standard —

If you want to read the actual transcript that started this firestorm – http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/06/entertainment/deen-deposition/index.html

 

Did European Life Die in Auschwitz and What Impact Has it Had Worldwide

I received this in my email and of course I did my usual Google search to determine if its true — far too many things are emailed, that are personal opinion, but they are treated as fact. This was indeed written by the person who is credited and there are many interesting points that we should keep in mind – so I will share it here. However, I do NOT believe that all Muslims are bad. Just like I don’t think you can lump all the people in ANY group as being all good or all bad. That is like the pundits who defend “their guy” no matter how wrong their words or actions may be. For proof of this ailment in the US – turn on MSNBC, CNN or any other “mainstream media” channel when Obama does something utterly stupid.

This is the original email – but after you read that, please take a look at the response below it. I’ve also included the links to show where it was originally posted.

Here’s an interesting viewpoint .. The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on January 15, 2011. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

THIS WAS IN A SPANISH NEWSPAPER:
 
“EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ”
 
By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
 
“I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz …   We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.   In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent.   We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
 
These are the people we burned.
 
And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.   
 
They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.   Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.
 
And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.   We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.
 
What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe. 
 
A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.   Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.   It is not removed as yet.   However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.
 
It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended.   This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.’   Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth’, it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
 
This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people.   Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
 
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States?   If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran, Iraq, or some other Muslim country.
 
Please do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.   We must wake up before it’s too late

Original Article Link: http://www.gentiuno.com/articulo.asp?articulo=1865 [in spanish]

Interesting response –

Today I was chained an email, my father had sent it to me, questioning as to why it was in Russian and yet it wanted to reach 40 million people. A quick Google Russian to English Translate, than a Google search yielded me the original Article by Sebastian Vivar Rodriguez. ( You can read the article on the bottom of this post.

Summarizing the chain email: Auschwitz killed the Jews and the Jews have been replaced by unproductive uncultured Muslims who are destroying the fabrics of European culture.

Here is my response.
Stating that Muslims are unintelligent or uncreative is absurd. One can not group all Muslims together, as one can not group all Jews together. Religion is not a parallel definition of creativity or intelligence.
Its total ignorance of individuals such as this writer that bewilder me.

The same ignorance is vested upon Africans who too are categorized as one group, or South Americans, who the tasteless Americans view as one people.
Before you go around chaining this letter, please check the facts, such as the British textbook change never happened.
Additionally before you go around grouping all Muslims together ask yourself if you would like to be grouped as Russian or as USSR people or as Asian or as Christian, then persecuted on behalf of your grouping.
It is not the surge of Muslim immigrants that has degraded European Culture, it is the surge of ignorant politicians and Hollywood hungry populations who have become violent and biased and have become un-cultural due to their media creations.
Muslims have controlled southern Europe for hundreds of years, these very same Muslims have given us mathematical scientific literal architectural advancements that Europeans have taken for granted as their own.
Please do not forget that the Renaissance is due to the Far-Eartern influence not due the Religiously Extreme Catholic Italians or the Barbaric Nordics.
Its a fucken disgrace that this fellow Rodriguez has categorized all Muslims as violent one celled creatures.
The very same Spanish that are complaining about the Muslims now, complained about the Jews, ohh some 550 years ago during the Spanish Inquisition, did you forget that little fiasco??

Additionally this is a six year old article at the height of Europe vs Muslim relations, so I don’t why its being chained now.

Vache Asatryan

http://www.gagarigs.com/site/chain-email-response-all-european-life-died-in-auschwitz/

There are also a number of interesting comments on this post.

Teaching Children to Sell Obama Care

I did a double take when I heard a teaser this afternoon about a news story that the LA Unified School District had authorized $1,000,000 for a program for students to learn to “sell” Obama Care to their family, friends etc. Are they kidding?

US students continue to slip in their standing with students in other parts of the world and we are told frequently that more money is needed for education. LA and California have been struggling for years to get their debt under control – but they can find $1 million dollars to teach their students to promote a program that the majority of the people in this country don’t want. Hmmmm — makes you scratch your head at the very least.

Aside from sagging education results and the economic issues – since when does our country encourage a political party to train students to work for them. That is NOT the function of the school system – but could be one more reason to realize the Department of Education needs serious reform and to be CUT.

This is just the latest tactic being used by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to spend tax payer money and a fundraising campaign to fund a law and program that was literally shoved down the throat of the people in the US. Actually it was shoved down the throats of our elected “representative” – who didn’t take the time and/or didn’t have the time to actually read the monstrosity that is known as Obama Care.

I realize there are many administration scandals this summer and a president, who once again is traveling and disengaged from the reality of what is actually happening in the country he was elected to SERVE – but this is one school district, it needs to be squelched before it is rolled out in other areas. Our country and our children deserve MUCH BETTER.

I will go back to the tagline for this site – We CAN and MUST DO BETTER….

For more information –

http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/062813-661774-los-angeles-schools-teach-students-to-enroll-parents-in-obamacare.htm

http://spectator.org/blog/2013/06/28/lausd-to-train-teens-to-suppor

 

 

Cracker Being Used as a Historic Tribute?

There are times you hear something and you immediately think – you can’t make this stuff up. This is one of those times…

All evening – there have been various reports from the George Zimmerman trial and the hard to forget witness Rachel Jeantel. A series of posts could be written about the concerns prompted by watching this young woman in news clips for 2 days. But that’s a very different issue.

The defense is focusing on her comment that Trayvon Martin called George Zimmerman – a Creepy Ass Cracker. After all the uproar about Paula Deen over the last week about using the N word – which I consider a word that needs to be eliminated from the English language, by all types of people. But – a person is now called a creepy ass cracker and we’re supposed to believe its being used in this instance as a historic reference. Seriously????

Well all I can say is that whatever person in the prosecuter’s office found that information should get a raise. Unbelievable….

Here is an article about that… feel free to share your thoughts below.

Lib Tool Tommy Christopher: Trayvon Martin Calling Zimmerman A “Cracker” Isn’t Racist, He Was Complimenting Florida’s Cowboy History…

That’s right, Tommy “Sexy Beast” Christopher, who thinks everything is racist, wants us to believe Trayvon Martin calling Zimmerman a “creepy-ass cracker” is his way of paying tribute to Florida’s rich cowboy history.

‘Cracker’ Means Something Entirely Different In Florida: A Source Of ‘Pride’ — Tommy Christopher, Mediaite

At the merciful close of key prosecution witnessRachel Jeantel‘s testimony in the trial ofGeorge Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, defense attorney Don West asked Ms. Jeantel to describe the “culture” that she said uses the word “cracker” to describe white people. “The area I was raised in?” Jeantel asked, to which West replied “Yes.”

As it turns out, in the area in which Rachel Jeantel was raised, the word “cracker” isn’t a racial slur at all, but rather, a proud nod to the region’s history, and one’s own ancestry.

A whole mess of white people like to get worked up about the word “cracker,” some in the mistaken belief that this will somehow result in permission to use the n-word. Here’s a secret for you: you don’t need permission. This is America, go ahead and say it, and in the process, you’ll find out if “cracker” and the n-word are really the same thing.

Some of that worked-upedness has occurred over Rachel Jeantel’s revelation that Trayvon Martin referred to his eventual killer, George Zimmerman, as a “creepy-ass cracker,” which the Zimmerman defense has tried to capitalize on as a sign of racial animus on Mr. Martin’s part. Jeantel denied that there was anything racial about the comment, which many found strange. The term is, indeed, a somewhat derogatory term for white people. However, in Florida, the word “cracker” is anything but.

Many years ago, during a visit to Orlando’s Gatorland, one of the trainers regaled the group of tourists I was with by explaining the origins of the word “cracker” as a description of Floridians of pre-Civil War ancestry. He explained that Florida cowboys used whips to herd cattle, and to scare away gators, and were called “crackers” because of the sound of their incessant whip-cracking. He also explained that although the term is derogatory in much of the country, in Florida, it’s a source of pride.

Why would Mediaite publish Sexy Beast’s post? Maybe they like being the laughingstock of the internet.

Read more at http://weaselzippers.us/

Originally posted at – http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/06/28/lib-tool-tommy-christopher-trayvon-martin-calling-zimmerman-a-cracker-isnt-racist-he-was-complimenting-floridas-cowboy-history/

TARP Audit Possible for Obama Administration

After the wealth of scandals this summer and the various things that have happened over the last 5+ years – its not often that I am surprised by something with the Obama administration. But I just saw a shared post on Facebook that did surprise me. If you have more information about this, feel free to share comments AND links to more details below.

I have long thought that a very thorough edit of the Treasury and the Fed would be a very good idea — looks like others had the same idea.

Obama Administration Facing Massive Federal Lawsuit

A lawsuit seeking the return of $43 trillion (with a “t”) and an audit of all the TARP programs by an independent receiver has been filed against senior members of the Obama Administration and the New York group known as the “Banksters”.

The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch is reporting that the Spire Law Group, LLP has moved its mass tort action into the federal court in Brooklyn, New York. In this District Court lawsuit (Case No. 12-cv-04269-JBW-RML), the Spire Law Group, LLP is acting on the behalf of homeowners across the country seeking to halt all foreclosures nationwide until the return of the $43 trillion.

The independent audit the lawsuit is seeking of the TARP Program stems from a report by the former Inspector General of the bailout program, Neil Barofsky, who is countering the claims made by President Obama both publicly and privately to Congress that  the money has been paid back. Mr. Barofsky asserts that none of the money advanced by the Treasury has ever been paid back by the recipients of the program.

The Plaintiffs have established the location of the $43 trillion of laundered money in a criminal racketeering enterprise participated in by the following individuals:

  • Eric Holder
  • Tony West
  • Kamala Harris
  • Jon Corzine
  • Robert Rubin
  • Timothy Geitner
  • Vikram Pandit
  • Valerie Jarrett
  • Anita Dunn
  • Robert Baueras

The lawsuit alleges that the Obama Administration actively borrowed money from these “Banksters” to fund his political campaign in this 2012 Election and has not pursued any criminal charges against them

The lawsuit also claims multiple violations of the United States Patriot Act, along with the Policy of Embargo Against Iran and Countries Hostile to the Foreign Policy of the United States, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and other State and Federal laws by the Obama Administration.

Learn more about what is allegedly the largest money laundering and racketeering scheme in history. (Oct 2012)

Article originally posted here – http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-administration-facing-massive-federal-lawsuit/

There are many more articles about this – http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Case+No.+12-cv-04269-JBW-RML&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2-ytff-tyc-msg

WV Radio Station Contest – The Prize May Surprise You

West Virginia Radio Station Offers Gun Prize to Listeners

http://www.weldamfmradio.com

A West Virginia radio station is taking a stand for gun rights by offering one as a prize.

“We want to promote freedom, and protecting our rights and protecting our homes and not taking the constitutional right to bear arms away from the good guys,” said WELD radio host Steve Davis.

Davis’ radio show is giving away a rifle worth about $1,500 over the next couple weeks.

http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/West-Virginia-Radio-Station-Offers-Gun-Prize-to-Listeners-212857591.html

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Out of Control Paranoia or Total Disregard for US Taxpayers

Let me start by saying that I don’t begrudge international travel for the President of the US – and it is summer vacation, so I understand they want to vacation with their daughters while school is out. However – some common sense and some thought about the well being of the US people – who he was re-elected to SERVE, would be a nice change of pace with this administration. I read these kind of news stories and can’t help thinking about Marie Antoinette and “Let them eat cake.”

Obama Africa Trip To Cost Up To $100 Million: Report

I want to share some “highlights” from a Huffington Post article about the trip —

Security Details

The entire security apparatus is required to be present on the ground at each of Obama’s stops, as his quick pace will leave little time for the entire detail to pack up and redeploy at the next location. The Post reports that this challenge has led to a requirement of 56 total support vehicles — 14 of them limousines and three of them trucks carrying bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the first family is set to stay. All of these will be flown to their various positions by military jet.

Secret Service agents will also be flying to each of the African locations en-masse, ensuring that they have secured the premises prior to the first family’s arrival. The Post reports that hundreds of agents will be needed for the operation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/14/obama-africa-trip_n_3441510.html

A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

In addition, military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas will stay. And fighter jets will fly in shifts to provide around the clock coverage over the president’s airspace.

Cancellation of the Obama Family Safari Obama Trip to Africa-Washington Post
There are some conflicting stories about why the safari was taken off the schedule for the Obama trip to Africa. Although the change was made very soon after the Washington Post questioned the $100 million price tag. This is one of the “interesting” issues with the safari.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama also had planned to take a Tanzanian safari during the trip, which would have required a special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles in the event of a threat from wild animals, the Post reported, citing the document.

But the safari was canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner, officials told the newspaper.

Transportation Details

A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency. In addition, military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas will stay. And fighter jets will fly in shifts to provide around the clock coverage over the president’s airspace.

and
Among the 56 vehicles for the trip are parade limousines, a specialized communications vehicle, a truck that jams radio frequencies around the presidential motorcade, a fully loaded ambulance, and a truck for X-ray equipment.
Excess would be an understatement. In a summer when government employees are being furloughed, when the Obama administration should be focused on giving accurate and (gasp) honest answers to Congressional questions about Benghazi, IRS targeting, collecting call information from cell phones and computers around the US and much more – why are we paying for the Obama’s and hundreds of Secret Service officers, military personnel and its hard to tell who else — to go to Africa?
Just one closing thought – when you need hundreds of Secret Service personnel to take a trip, 56 armored vehicles, a naval ship on stand by for potential medical emergencies and you travel with crates of bullet proof glass to cover your windows in hotels – maybe… just maybe you need to reconsider the logic of taking the trip…  But at least so far – we haven’t heard that he is requiring that anyone go ahead of him to knock the coconuts out of the trees for him…
Sounds like government and ego totally out of control to me…. “let them eat cake”….