Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blah people, Wetbacks

I'll give you Rick Santorum on the blah people vs. black people thing. But now we've got US Representative Don Young, a Republican obviously, from Alaska (shades of Sarah Palin putting something in the water that turns white folks racist) calling people "Wetbacks" like that's the proper term for migrant farm workers.

And it's mighty white of him to offer the usual backhand apology that is so common to white parlance. He's sorry "if" he offended anyone. He didn't mean to "give offence".
“I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays, and I meant no disrespect.” Rep. Don Young, R-AK, after saying some racistg ass bullshit, but not really apoligizing.
Just so you know, that's not an apology. That's absolute bullshit. That, "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays?"   Lol, do we really give a U.S. Representative "racist grandpa" privileges? And by the way, you need to talk to your damned racist grandpa and tell him to keep his fucking mouth shut because:
  • If you speak racist ideas and act out racist behaviors, you're a racist.
  • If you teach your children racist ideas and behaviors, you're a racist.
  • If you stay silent about blatant racism, you're a racist
 It's that damned simple.

If you really want some Lol's check out FOX News' page for Latinos! ¿Es caliente, no? Do they really expect folks to fall for this blatant pandering?

I could stop blogging about racism if the Republicans and conservative white folks around me didn't make it so damned easy.


Related Articles:
Despising the Conservative Mindset, Part I (DebLite)
Despising the Conservative Mindset, Part II (DebLite)
Rep. Don Young: I’m sorry for calling Latino workers ‘wetbacks’ (Washington Times)
(Gets it wrong, he never said that and he has yet to really apologize)

U.S. Rep. Don Young in Hot Water for 'Wetback' Comment (Fox News Latino)
Rep. Young, "Wetback" Has Always Been Used in the Same Way (Fox News Latino)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

In Memory of Anne Frank

I sent the following letter to the Anne Frank Center USA. It won't do a bit of good, but oh well, I suppose it doesn't hurt anyone if I tilt at a windmill or two.
I was very touched to read about the Anne Frank Sapling project. It is such a beautiful idea that it left me breathless with emotion. You can only imagine my shock and horror when I found out that New York is one of the cities to receive a sapling.

The 11 U.S. locations, which also include a park memorializing 9-11 victims in New York City...

Winners were selected based on their commitment to equality, demonstration of the consequences of intolerance or historical significance to civil rights and social justice in the U.S., according to a news release from the center.


New York does not deserve a sapling based on a systemically murderous attitude towards people of color, shown and proven by New York's hideous "Stop and Frisk" policy. New York is committed to oppression, not equality. While suffering the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and placing a sapling at the 9/11 memorial seems to be a good idea, it is merely giving New York City a recognition it does not deserve.

New York is committed to making the lives of people of color miserable and has repeatedly justified their oppression of non-white people based on skin color and ethnic origin.

Mayor Bloomberg is more concerned about people drinking sugary soft drinks rather than stopping the blatant and unconstitutional discrimination. "Stop and Frisk" is an affront to human dignity. Profiling is an affront to human dignity. These practices lead to unfair arrest, detention and violent abuse by the police, condoned and encouraged by the city administration.

Minute-by-minute harassment, detention, violent abuse and murder should not be rewarded with a priceless gift symbolizing peace and social justice.

Based on your own criteria, New York should be immediately withdrawn as a city selected to receive a sapling in memory of the precious name and person of Anne Frank.

New York should receive a sapling only if Mayor Bloomberg and his administration commits to an immediate and unconditional stopping of it's "Stop and Frisk" policy and many other policies that condone the harassment of people of color. The Mayor and his administration should issue apologies to everyone affected, arrested, detained, harassed, beaten and killed at the hands of New York police due to blatant racial discrimination.

Then and only then will the city have planted a seed in which your sapling can flourish, in the environment in which you wish it thrive. History, humanity and a commitment to a future of freedom for all people demand no less.

I urge you to reconsider bestowing this gift to the City of New York as it wholly undeserved.

Sincerely,

Deborah ************
Citizen of the United States

Friday, March 22, 2013

Despising the Conservative Mindset, Part II: A Nation Run by Sociopaths

Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from my own home state of Ohio, recently made an announcement that he is now for gay marriage because his son came out to him as gay. Rather than reassuring me that Rob Portman is capable of having a change of heart, he has me worried that we are a nation run by sociopaths.

It's a wonderful thing that Portman has decided to support his son, rather than cast him off. But I can't help but think that Portman's support is entirely self-serving and worse, borders on mental illness.

I've written before about "The Conservative Mindset". Conservatives, to me, are incapable of empathy and understanding about any frame of reference other than their own. Their "hate the sin, love the sinner" attitude allows them to turn a blind eye to bigotry, prejudice, hatred and their own unbalanced mindset.

Republicans prove over and over again that their mindset is that of a sociopath: they are mentally unstable, irrational, and incapable of showing empathy on any issue that doesn't affect them directly. However this is not limited to Republicans. The end conclusion of my last article was that Barack Obama is not a liberal, but a conservative. No where does he prove this more than with the drone wars, the expansion of warrantless wiretapping, and the coordination with the Department of Homeland Security to have the Occupy Wall Street protestors labeled as terrorist and their encampments demolished. 
Sociopaths...can feel emotional attachment to other individuals. The sociopath will still lack empathy & attachment for society and won’t feel guilt harming a stranger or breaking the law in any form, but won’t lack empathy for those to whom he feels attached. ...[S]ociopaths are capable of committing horrible crimes...The sociopath will lie, manipulate & hurt others as well, but will more likely avoid hurting the select few he/she cares about/feels attached to, and he/she is likely to feel guilty if he/she ends up hurting somebody they feel attached to. 

...He/she will con and manipulate with charm and intimidation, has the ability to present himself/herself as normal to society. ...[T]he sociopath is less organized, he/she might be quick to display rage, nervousness, agitation. A sociopath is likely to spontaneously act out in inappropriate manner, snap out in rage, without thinking about the consequences.
Sociopath vs. Psychopath, Differences Between Psychopathic & Sociopathic Personality Disorders Read more
I think most conservatives feel that "Obamacare" is a "liberal" idea that is merely a carrot dangled to the American public to get him re-elected. Having read more about this issue and the politics around it, I firmly believe that President Obama believes the Affordable Healthcare Act is in the best of the country. Not as a humanitarian issue, but as a financial one. I think he's done the math and found out it's actually cheaper to insure everyone. I also believe this because, on the gay rights issue, President Obama really didn't have a better excuse for his change of heart on gay marriage than Senator Portman.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts...”
In the case of each man, they can't stand to hurt the ones they know and love, or fight for their cause, but until that point, it is impossible for them to understand or really even care how these issues affect others. The very definition of a sociopath.

I'm not the first to notice President Obama's

Rob Portman's revelation should prove him less fit for office, not more- and any all Republicans who think like him was well. That Portman is only capable or willing to do what is best for him and people like him shows that he is the worst of pandering politicians: at best selfish and uncaring - at worst, mentally ill.




  *****PS- I'm not the only one who has noticed Obama's preference for, uh, let's just call it, self-preservation, at the expense of the rest of us.

  
The Fried Chicken Flu
     Anchorman: Today, [the mayor eating a chicken with cameras flicking flashes] the mayor of Louisville ate chicken at a press conference in show of support. [mayor in a strecher with some vomit on his shirt as he is being carried away by paramedics] Seven hours later, he was in a coma. [sick people are eating fried chicken] Yet, amazingly, people are still eating chicken, packing into the few restaraunts that still have the golden bird in stock, willing to risk life and limb for a leg and a thigh.
 

    Riley: They going to die. [Jazmine begins crying very loudly] Hey man, she gonna be crying like this all the time? 'Cause I say if she is, we kick her out.

    Robert: Shh! Everybody shush! Shush! President Obama's talking. I know he's gonna tell us what to do. [Barack Obama is shown]

    Barack Obama: Uh, good afternoon. I'd like to start off by thanking all of you out there, uh, who have called and written letters about the safety of the first family. You'll be happy to know that Michelle, Sasha, Malia and myself and Bo are all fine.

    Robert: Don't nobody care about you, man! Tell us everything gonna be okay for us.

    Barack Obama: Everything is gonna be okay...for us. We are currently in our very own super-r-secret underground bunker with enough food and water and entertainment to last several lifetimes. But I'm here tonight to talk about you. In time of crisis, Americans pull together and gonna get us through this difficult time? Sharing...

    Robert: Sharing!

    Barack Obama: Lending a helping hand to a neighbor in their hour of need.

    Robert: No, fuck a neighbor! What we need is a cure!

    Barack Obama: Unfortunately, there is no cure for the pandemic we now face. But we do have an even more powerful weapon...compansion for our fellow man.

    Robert: No, fuck compassion for our fellow man!

    Barack Obama: In conclusion, I want to say that we are in some tough times ahead, and when I say "we", I mean you but Michelle, Sasha, Malia, myself, and Bo are gonna be right here, rooting for you all the way. Good night and god bless you and may god bless the United States of America.

    Robert: [mourning] We're all gonna die! [Jazmine and Robert begins crying] We're all gonna die! [screen fades black.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Hell Has Frozen Over: I agree with Rand Paul

I started out this morning writing about the recent deaths of General Schwarzkopf, former American Surgeon General C. Everette Koop and Hugo Chavez. But I will post that tomorrow.

So Rand Paul staged a good old fashioned filibuster. Hell yeah. And he's fighting against something I actually believe in.

That's why it's snowing. Hell has truly frozen over, Rand Paul and I agree on something.

Barack Obama should feel good about this. Yes, he should. It's not good to have one of his nominations held up yet again. But the Republicans are back to talking about the issues again. Issues like the economy, unemployment, immigration and drones.

They're talking about issues they disagree with him about. Not just disagreeing with him because, "Hey, look at that black guy." But I think, for 13 hours last night, the Republicans finally saw that it's actually talking about something that the American people care about will get them all the attention they want.

Americans do not like drone warfare. Not here and, contrary to what the media tries to portray, we don't like it elsewhere either.

Drone warfare is cowardly and Orwellian. There's no two bones about it. Barack Obama has seemed to embrace it wholeheartedly and it's one of the few points in his Presidency where he's as terrifying as Republicans believe him to be. I've said before, if Barack Obama says he's going to get you, hide your kids and hide your wife, because you're as good as dead. Just ask Moamar Khadafi and Osama bin Laden if you don't believe me.

Barack Obama also dealt swiftly and fairly harshly with the Occupy Protestors as well. He says he wants to hear the voice of the American people, but for all that he lauded them in public, he worked with the Department of Homeland Security to have all the encampments shut down. And these were peaceful protests.

Last night, Rand Paul made Republicans seem like they may have decided to get a clue. And not because of their fake pandering on immigration and their vain attempts to appeal to "minorities."

But for once, they stood up for every day Americans. The right to privacy. The right not to be spied on. The right not to be killed.

The problem is, I'm not so sure that they actually care about these things - or if they just care that these powers are wielded by a black man.

My American side, wants to believe that they care about America. But the Republicans will have a long way to go before they gain my trust - or my belief that whatever they do is beyond a political stunt and a feeble power grab.




Monday, March 04, 2013

Horsemeat and Web Ads: Do Not Want

The horse meat scandal has me off beef at present. Despite all the reassurances that in the United States only American suppliers are providing beef for the likes of Ikea, Aldi, Taco Bell, Burger King and various frozen food suppliers, I just can't trust it. The final turn of the screw was the revelation that in some places, donkey meat has been disguised as beef. The idea that my last "beef" roast may have just been a donkey flank was entirely too much for me. I haven't touched a piece of beef since and I get ill at the very thought.

With the exception of Ikea, each one of those has been a place I frequent. And Ikea is a place I only recently and belatedly discovered. I was fascinated that in addition to furniture and housewares, they not only have a restaurant but nearly an entire grocery of Ikea selections, something I was planning on investigating in the near future. That probably will not be happening now.

So, my diet is now reduced to chicken, turkey and fish. My daughter is hoping this is the first step towards a Deborah that could be a vegetarian and I have to admit, she may be right. It's hard reading Suicide Food and looking my dog in the face, knowing that I eat other animals without much regret. I know that in some countries, my beloved doggie could be lunch as well as a pet and that it's my own cultural norms that make her a valued companion rather than a tasty meal, as disgusting as that idea may seem to me.

*****
I know a lot of websites support themselves with web ads but this is annoying and makes every web page load at the speed of a constipated snail. I recently got a new laptop and a few days of Internet Explorer wantonly allowing everything on a page to load simultaneously, even conflicting videos, I quickly downloaded Mozilla Firefox. Although the browsing experience was better, I was still getting pages that refused to load because every web page these days isn't complete I suppose unless it has miles of Flash and tons of ads.

I would love to shake the hands of whoever invented Flashblock and Adblock. I'd like to take them to lunch and have their baby. The ease and speed of browsing the web are an immeasurable help to me. It also provides a much needed balm to the insult that is Windows 8.

Dear God, what were they thinking? There is nothing fun or amusing about the Tiles layer. It's merely an unwelcome, intrusive and annoying impediment to getting to the desktop.

Someone should make Bill Gates write on a chalkboard 100 times - My laptop or PC is not a cell phone or tablet and should  not run like one. They should also look up "gorilla arm" when it comes to trying to use a laptop or PC as a touchscreen computer.




Saturday, March 02, 2013

Everything Shoved Down My Throat

Well, I have a laptop again, so I guess that puts me back in the blogging game.

I've been deciding whether or not to return.

From my last two posts, I guess you can tell I've been putting up with some pretty racist pigs lately. But, as blogger Abagond says - it's not that black people see racism in everything - it's that white people see racism in nothing. Always willing to see the best side of everything they do....not willing to extend that latitude to "the other".

So I have a new computer - it took me weeks to decide whether or not to open it. Toshiba, Microsoft. They both suck giant donkey dicks. Take this computer, take our intrusive and unfair EULA - screw you, you bought it, we own you now. Fuck I hate Windows 8.

I am not a big fan of corporations these days.

I'm not a big fan of a lot of things that keep getting shoved down my throat whether I like them or not - the streetcar, the casino, this raw parking deal. Sky high cable bills and taxes out the wazoo, whether I can pay them or not.

The right to effing privacy being completely eviscerated. The government and corporations seem to feel they have a right to all my info, all the time, nothing hidden. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they know the size and shape of my vagina - they're certainly up my ass all the time.

And yes, I blog. So that means  a portion of my life, my thoughts, are put online. But the thing is - I choose, what I share with you. I choose what I want to share and when and how often.

The United States Government with the full sanction of every Fortune 500 company and their shareholders see things differently. They are entitled to my information - and if I don't give it to them, well they'll just get it another way.

I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Sick and tired of explaining what freedom really means to people who should know better.

Freedom doesn't mean being stripped to your knickers by the TSA. Freedom doesn't mean some company selling my information for a profit and at their leisure. And it sure as hell shouldn't mean Toshiba and Microsoft uploading and downloading "anonymous" information from my computer simply because they can.

Does anyone but me see something wrong with all this?