Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Officer Wilson Not Indicted in Michael Brown Shooting; Ferguson Literally Fired Up

A grand jury has officially decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.

For anyone who hasn’t followed the case closely enough or just needs a reminder, Wilson is white and Brown was black. Oh yeah, and Brown had just robbed a convenience store - at gunpoint – before he went on to attack Wilson, who shot him in self-defense.

Yet somehow, people – both white and black – managed to ignore those latter details in favor of skin color. Apparently, white cops are supposed to humbly ask black thugs to forgive them the (possible) sins of their fathers. In other words, slavery.

I’m not trying to start a race war myself. If this had been a little white brat who attacked a black officer, breaking his eye socket and threatening his life, I’d be saying the same thing to anyone – white or black – dumb enough to come to his defense.

Color shouldn’t matter, people! Not when it comes to justice. Not when it comes to most things in life. Unless, of course, you’re going shopping for tan work slacks and every single store you go into only has this miserably muddy shade. Then you’re allowed to play the color card.

What you’re never allowed to do, however, is what Ferguson, Missouri did after getting the news.

Ferguson, Missouri, is where Brown was shot, incidentally. And it erupted into violence at the news that Officer Wilson wasn’t going to be put through the legal ringer for defending himself.

There was gunfire, there were structure fires, there was a car dealership that lost 10 cars because someone set those on fire too. People “peacefully” blockaded roads and not so peacefully smashed storefronts. One person was carjacked and subsequently run over by his own vehicle.

That’s pathetic. Unnecessary. And a vile representation of anyone who ever really fought for freedom.

Shame on Ferguson.

For that matter, shame on America. There’s not much more to say when we’ve fostered this mentality for far too long.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bill Cosby Suffers Under Rape Accusations; No Big Deal When Maroon 5 and Eminem Promote Rape

Today, Bill Cosby is facing multiple counts of rape allegations from women who are stepping forward decades after the alleged crimes were committed.

As a result, NBC, TV Land and Netflix have all cut anything Cosby from their lineups, despite how there hasn’t been any physical evidence provided. Apparently, words matter.

In his case, anyway. Not so much when it comes to Maroon 5’s latest hit, “Animals,” which contains lyrics such as:

·         “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight / Hunt you down, eat you alive / Just like animals”
·         “Maybe you think that you can hide / I can smell your scent for miles”
·         “It’s like we can’t stop. We’re enemies / But we get along when I’m inside you”
·         “Yeah, you can start over. You can run free… / But you can’t stay away from me

Complete with wolf-life howling and intentionally dark musical undercurrents, the song comes across as some ex-boyfriend who can’t get over the fact that it’s over. In other words, he sounds like a stalker.

If you think I’m reading into things with conservative-girl melodrama, check out the music video. which takes those strong stalker implications and flat-out embraces them. Lead singer Adam Levine stalks a girl, enters her bedroom while she sleeps, lies in bed with her and fantasizes about them having sex… sometimes drenched in blood.

I kid you not. Yet “Animals” is played incessantly on the radio. And that music video? It’s been viewed over 54 million times. I haven’t heard a peep of protest about it, despite what it’s blatantly glorifying.

Then rapper Eminem puts out a new track where he tells female rapper Iggy Azalea, “Put that sh*t away, Iggy / You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me.”

Considering Eminem’s history of verbally abusing women in his lyrics, this latest round isn’t all that much of a surprise. But isn’t that a bad thing in and of itself? Shouldn’t we appalled?

Yet we’re not. Listening to one radio station this morning, I caught a prominent DJ shrugging the disgusting reference off entirely. “I’m not saying it’s right or wrong…” he hedged, basically ending with “But it’s really no big deal since this is just his MO.

Ummm… Say what? We can’t even admit that it’s wrong to tell a woman you’re going to rape her and she can’t do a single thing about it?

Apparently not. So apparently Eminem is going to keep getting airtime right alongside Maroon 5.

Just not Bill Cosby.

I get how saying and doing are two different things. I get freedom of speech vs. criminal behavior.

But words do matter nonetheless. And when influential individuals are verbally promoting vile behavior, it will easily end up affecting society in ways that are far from beneficial.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“6 Reasons for Breaking Up” Text Shows Two People - and Yahoo - With Issues

There’s a “6 Reasons for Breaking Up” text that went viral.

Originally sent by a seemingly nice, nerdy guy to the woman he’d been seeing for seven weeks, it goes like this:

1.      You refuse to update your relationship status on Facebook
2.      You won’t include me in things like the wedding this weekend. I should have been the one to escort you
3.      You are rude to my cat and that makes me feel uncomfortable
4.      You do not share your time equally and by now your boyfriend should be taking priority
5.      Your swearing is very unladylike
6.      You won’t disclose how many sexual partners you have had which makes me think it is upwards of 3 and anything more than that is unacceptable

Judging by the text, I’d say both parties have issues. Here’s a clue for the guy: There’s no way I’m going to be giving “priority” to my boyfriend over my best friends and family after only seven weeks. Forget that.

There are people who have been active and beneficial in my life for a whole heck of a lot longer than a sixth of a year. Those people come first. If you don’t like that, you have two options:

1.      Stick around long enough for me to feel as if I should make you a priority.
2.      Go find someone else who’s needier.

But it’s that sixth reason that stands out to me the most, particularly because of Yahoo’s commentary on it that “number six… is the most narrow-minded.”

Ummm… Huh?

I’m in almost full agreement with the needy nerd on this one.

From a healthcare standpoint, how many sexual partners a potential partner has had equates to how many people he or she could have gotten diseases from and therefore could pass on. Knowing about a sexual partner’s sexual history is just common sense.

Not to mention that you shouldn’t be sleeping with more than three people in a lifetime anyway. Especially not by the time you’re 30 (the guy’s age and therefore probably the girl’s as well). Otherwise, it means you’re probably not all that big on commitment, which is kinda necessary to a functional relationship.

Think it over.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Black Male New Orleans Saints Fan Steals Football From White Female Bengals Fan

There’s a video gone viral showing a New Orleans Saints’ fan wrestling a game-winning football out of a Cincinnati Bengals’ fans hands.

Bengals’ Tight End Jermaine Gresham initially handed it over to a spectator in the stands who was literally wearing her allegiance on her sleeves. It was clearly hers, yet the Saints-sporting fan wrenches it away in what should be considered assault and theft.

To my knowledge, the jerk wasn’t charged with anything like he should have been. Though everyone does seem to be condemning the blatant foul and fouler.

However, here’s an interesting twist that nobody is talking about: The Bengals’ fan is a young-ish white female, while the offending Saints’ fan is an older black man.

Nobody is bringing up the race card, however. Nobody is proclaiming this to be a clear example of how society allows one race to trample over another. There’s no demands for rallies or racial justice or an in-depth look at what’s wrong with race relations.

And with good reason. Because it would be stupid.

This was a case of somebody being an inexcusable (and apparently unrepentant) jerk. Kinda like a minor mirror of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri.

It had nothing to do with race. In fact, I would argue that race is never the bottom line in why human beings treat each other like trash. It’s an excuse. So is gender, age and religion.

I mean, in the past, I’ve had three thoroughly unfair and downright nasty white bosses (one of them, incidentally, was another woman). At the same time, a black female coworker of mine was being treated miserably by her black female boss.

Explain those to me through a racial lens?

Then there are the black-on-black crimes and the white-on-white crimes, and the countless historical incidents where white people treated white people horribly (e.g. England to Ireland and Scotland), black people treated black people horribly (e.g. Hutus vs. Tutsis), Asian people treated Asian people horribly (e.g. Japanese to Chinese during WWII), etc., etc., etc.

Here’s the bottom line: People are jerks. And they will seize on whatever excuse they can to behave like jerks.

We could save ourselves a lot of hurt and hassle if we’d just acknowledge that human nature will trend toward the easiest – instead of the noblest – possible route without proper incentive. Like, I don’t know… A higher moral power telling us to behave?

Now there’s a novel concept.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nicki Minaj’s “Only” Song Is Vile, and the Nazi-Themed Music Video Is Even Worse

Forget “to be or not to be.” The new question is apparently: Is it ok to intentionally use Nazi imagery in anything other than an anti-Nazi publication?

Admittedly, it’s a dumb question when the answer is so exceptionally obviously “No.” Yet with all the dumb people out there these days, the question has been posed anyway. Worse yet, said dumb people are taking the very opposite stance of the exceptionally obvious answer.

You see, Nicki Minaj has a new music video out for her song “Only.” Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, it liberally throws around the N-word, the F-word and vile sexual language… all to a cartoon background complete with armbands, banners and uniforms that resemble Nazi propaganda so closely that the lyrics might as well include “Heil Hitler.”

My guess is that Nicki Minaj and her crew are too brain-dead to have caught the obvious on their own. (Kids, this is why you don’t do drugs.) But Jeff Osborne, who created the video, knew exactly what he was doing. In response to the controversy, he’s flat-out said so.

Oh yeah, and he’s not apologizing for it:

“The reason I’m not apologizing is because neither I nor the video are anti-semitic. I can’t be sorry for something I’m being falsely accused of. The video represents Young Money [i.e. Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown’s “artistic” collaboration] as a generic totalitarian regime, which takes images and symbols from several countries and time periods, one of which is Nazism. As an artist I have two voids to fill. First, meeting the demands of the client and two, creatively applying my own voice where I can. The Young Money team came to me with a set of parameters in which they exactly stated – something black and white, dark, ominous, with hints of imagery like Sin City or Metalocalypse…

“I made this creative decision to show the juxtaposition of the most iconic form of totalitarianism and ways it still exists today, specifically in politics, the military-industrial complex, censorship, and intense monitoring and tracking of our citizens. It has nothing to do with glorifying Hitler or the Holocaust. People think it’s trivializing the Holocaust because the song talks about sex, but I have no control over the lyrical content. I had an opportunity and an outlet, which I knew would reach millions of people, and wanted to make a statement. The term New World Order isn’t just an edgy pop culture reference. It is very real and was a term used by president George H.W. Bush, ironically 10 years to the day before 9/11.”

I’ll allow the possibility that Osborne isn’t lying about why he made the video the way he did. Even so, his conclusion is dangerously erroneous, especially when our society is so broken.

These days, moral rejects like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown are celebrated. Kids strive to be them. So when they see the “juxtaposition” – to borrow Osborne’s big word – of their idols with Nazi imagery, do you really think they’re going to equate Nazism with evil?

If you think that’s true, go read the comments on the video’s YouTube page. Then think again.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Men Cry Foul at “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment)”

A few days ago, I saw that “Drunk Girl” video, which features a little pixie of a brunette feigning inebriation in Los Angeles. She’s utterly adorable in her floral dress and cluelessly intoxicated state while she asks men for directions: the perfect mark for sexual predators who value their own sexual conquests over women’s right to choose.

The spliced clips, altogether titled “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment),” definitely didn’t show any good side of masculinity, with the four filmed guys in the video deliberately trying to take advantage of the situation by attempting to lead her to their cars or their apartments instead of the bus stop she asks about.

Out of sheer (and usually stupid) curiosity, I decided to read the comments below the Yahoo!-posted article. Expecting to be annoyed or discouraged as usual (hence why reading these comments is stupid), I was shocked by what people said about it.

Specifically, I was shocked by what men said about it. It was awesome!

There was complaint after complaint after complaint about the video, mostly from men declaring that they were sick of being depicted as misogynists, predators and rapists. They pointed out the flaws in the video, including how, even if it wasn’t staged, there were only four guys who took the bait. Four out of hundreds, possibly thousands, of potential predators wandering around the various shopping areas and intersections that “Drunk Girl” lays her hooks at.

How is that outrage – those protests – awesome?

Because it tells this particular woman that men are finally fighting back!

For so many years, too many have passively accepted the feminist extremist idea that men equate to trash. That they’re automatically out to chain women to beds and stoves everywhere.

Which is stupid! On so many levels.

First off, it’s not true. Men are individuals just like women are individuals. So there are some trashy ones and some stand-up ones. It’s grossly inaccurate to throw such an enormous and diverse grouping into a single un-delineated basket.

It’s also counterproductive when there’s a consequence to convincing people that they’re trash: They actually start acting like trash. Which means that feminist extremists are making it more difficult on womankind – not better – by trying to demean the other gender.

Oh yeah, and that “Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment” video? Turns out it was a hoax anyway.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Virginia Tech Defunds Conservatives; Dartmouth Student Asks Rick Perry for Anal Sex

Here’s a tale of two college happenings…

On the one hand, we have the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Virginia Tech, which just lost its funding rights from the Student Budget Board after it held a conservative rally.

Lauren McCue, who heads up the local chapter, went through the normal channels to fund the event, which featured guest speaker former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan.

The Student Budget Board granted her request without incident, but flipped after Buchanan’s immigration-centered speech made the front page of Virginia Tech’s newspaper. Then it let Ms. McCue know that her Young Americans for Freedom were cut off for the next two semesters.

It gets worse from there. According to Breitbart:

“When Lauren asked for a specific explanation as to why her club was losing funding, her inquiries were ignored. Finally, Lauren set a meeting with the Student Budget Board, and they explained to her that they ‘had an issue’ funding the event in the first place because the speaker was Bay Buchanan. Max Frischman, the head of the Student Budget Board (who didn’t attend the event) told the YAF Chapter that if they had known the topic was going to be immigration – something that ‘would create a problem on campus when there isn’t one – they never would’ve approved the funding for it.’

“Lauren politely asked the Student Budget Board administrators why the topic of the discussion even mattered and that it was wrong to censor speech and discussion on controversial topics. The answer from Frischman, head of the Board, was that ‘clubs like (hers) generally push buttons more than other organizations, given the nature of their mission.’”

There’s more, but I’ll just give you the link to read the rest of it if you want to. In the meantime I’m moving on to the second college in question, this time Dartmouth, where sophomore Ben Packer wrote out a list of “Questions for Rick Perry,” who was speaking on campus.

They included “In your campaigns you have received hard-money campaign contributions of $102 million, half of which came from 204 donors. Would you have anal sex for $102 million?” and “In 2002, you supported Texas’s [not my error] anti-sodomy law. Do you dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”

I’m not kidding. Nor am I joking when I say that Ben Packer’s rationale behind these questions was that Rick Perry couldn’t possibly believe what he says he believes about homosexuality; that he must merely be playing to a crowd that actually does believe what it says it believes.

Kinda confusing, I know.

What’s even more confusing is that, as far as I can tell, Packer isn’t being punished at all.

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to Get Away With Murder – Or Any Other Cultural Nastiness – Without Making People Blink

Sometimes I wonder how the ancient Romans could find the death, horror and gore of the arena entertaining. Well, last night it hit me.

It hit me while I was watching the ABC drama How to Get Away With Murder… particularly a scene flashing back and forth between two people rounding the bases as it were and an autopsy being performed on the exhumed body of a dead college student… while I was shoving slices of Pepperidge Farm seasonal bread down my throat.

It’s an acquired taste.

Not the Pepperidge Farm seasonal bread. That’s good from the very first bite. I mean treating offensive material as entertainment.

You see, the forces that promote this kind of mentality start us out slowly. Whether intentionally or not, they begin with little messages that hardly seem noticeable, much less inappropriate. Then, once we’ve been conditioned to that first phase, they step a little closer to the line, just enough to maybe make our consciences twinge in mild discomfort… but by step two, we’re intrigued enough that we’re willing to shrug that pang of unease off.

After all, it’s not like we’re talking about how to get away with murder or anything. It’s no big deal.

Yet step three follows step two, and step four follows step three until we’re so far over the line and so hooked on a certain lifestyle that we’re utterly deluded into believing it’s normal, even acceptable.

Did you know how slavery started out in this country? In many areas, it began with white indentures, moved on to an almost benign form of black slavery with many blacks working for a set time before being freed… and then morphed into an institution that could rip families apart, tear the skin off of backs, and degrade nearly everyone and everything it touched. All while masquerading as not only justifiable, but righteous as well.

If that revelation doesn’t make you want to reevaluate your most cherished values – and those values you’re more willing to shrug aside every once in a while for entertainment’s sake – then you’re probably already too far gone anyway.

Welcome to the arena bleachers.

How to get away with murder? That's only the beginning.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Christian Couple Burned to Death in Pakistan by Muslim Mob

Let’s forget about ourselves for a minute and take a look at a completely different country, namely Pakistan, where a Christian couple was beaten and pushed into a burning kiln by a Muslim mob for supposedly damaging a Koran.

Come to whatever conclusions you want out of that, because there are a lot to choose from. And they’re all disturbing.

So is the case of a Muslim arrestee in and of the same country who got into an argument with his police interrogator. When Syed Tufali Haider allegedly “insulted the Prophet” Muhammad, a “senior police officer” grabbed a nearby axe and lodged it into his neck, killing him instantly.

All I’m going to say on the matter is that it’s amazing how utterly disgusting people can be when they’re given too much power, or told too many times that they’re absolutely right and everyone else is inferior.

Oh yeah, and it looks like Pakistan has some serious anger issues it needs work on.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

President Obama Pretty Much Blatantly Says He Doesn’t Care What America Wants

This week’s round of Republican victories in even true blue states like my Maryland has shaken up just about every single Democrat out there…

Except for President Obama. He could care less.

Shocker, I know, since he’s cared about what America wants so strongly up until this point.

The Associated Press reports: “A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors’ races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended his policies, stood by his staff and showed few signs of changing an approach to dealing with congressional Republicans that has generated little more than gridlock in recent years.

“Rather than accept the elected results as a repudiation of his own administration, the president said voters were disenchanted with Washington as a whole. And rather than offering dour assessments of his party’s electoral thrashing, as he did after the 2010 midterms [which he didn’t mean one bit, as history now clearly shows], the president insisted repeatedly that he was optimistic about the country’s future.”

But here’s the thing, as the Associated Press goes on to note two paragraphs down: “The president’s sunny outlook stood in sharp contrast to the gloomy electorate. Most voters leaving polling places said they didn’t have much trust in government and felt the nation was on the wrong track. Those feeling pessimistic were more likely to vote for Republican congressional candidates, according to exit polls.”

Americans aren’t happy right now. We’re not secure. We’re not optimistic. We’re not confident in ourselves any more than we are in our elected officials.

And make no mistake about it. Obama knows all that. He just genuinely doesn’t care.

In other words, these next two years should be real interesting. And not necessarily in a good way.

America, not to kick us when we're down or anything, but this is what we get for voting such an obviously self-consumed individual into our highest position of power. Twice.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This Is “Not a Time for Celebration;” It’s a Time to Make a Change

So it’s official. While some races are still being decided, the Republicans most certainly are keeping the House and now they’ll have the Senate too.

Here are just a few of the prominent races already decided:

·         Joni Ernst (Republican) won a Senate seat in Iowa.
·         Mitch McConnell (Republican) kept his Senate seat in Kentucky.
·         Thom Tillis (Republican) appears to have won that exceptionally heated Senate seat in North Carolina (49%-47%).
·         Tea Party-favorite Dave Brat (Republican), who shockingly ousted then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primaries, managed to keep that seat Republican despite all the nay-saying from both parties.

Also...

·         Scott Walker (Republican) was re-elected governor in Wisconsin.
·         Charlie Crist (turncoat-Republican-now-Democrat) in Florida lost out on the governorship there.
·         Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (Democrat) lost his bid in Maryland to become Governor Anthony Brown.
·         Tim Scott (Republican) won in South Carolina, which is an apparent big deal for two reasons… Number one, he’s a black Republican; and number two, this is the first time South Carolina has ever voted a black senator into office.
·         Even more notably, Bruce Rauner (Republican) won governorship of Illinois! Illinois!!!!

And yet, even with all those victories, I’m going to agree with at least the premise of what remaining-House Speaker John Boehner said: that this is “not a time for celebration” due to the “challenges facing our country.”

Instead, now is the time to actually do something about those challenges. We can celebrate later.

I’m sure that Boehner meant that comment from a strictly political standpoint. And I’m sure he’s got his own, not-always-healthy ways of turning this country around. I mean, let’s face it: He’s messed up too many times at this point in his role of looking out for the American people.

Fortunately though, our hope isn’t in Republicans any more than it is in Democrats. So here’s my amendment to Boehner’s no “time for celebration” commentary…

How about we make this a time to change ourselves from being self-focused, short-term-minded lemmings – of all political stripes – to big-picture citizens who put their trust in God.

Because without God, America’s going to just keep getting worse. No matter who else wins what seats.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Don’t Vote for Joni Ernst Just Because “She Is Really Attractive” and “Sounds Nice”

There’s been a bit of a to-do about Joni Ernst, a Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Iowa.

For one thing, she turned down three interview offers with three different state newspapers. Naturally, the mainstream media didn’t take that very well despite her very logical reasoning that said papers hadn’t had anything nice to say about her so far, thereby clearly displaying their goal of making her lose.

And why cater to people like that when your own goal is most definitely to win?

Incidentally, that’s a question most other Republican candidates should be asking themselves… while their Democrat rivals should be doing some self-reflecting of their own, specifically wondering, “Am I really this pathetic? Do I hear the words coming out of my own mouth?”

For example, retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin – whose position Ernst is vying for – had this to say about the Republican woman: “In this Senate race, I’ve been watching some of these ads. And there’s sort of this sense that, ‘Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.’ Well, I got to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rodgers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”

Seriously, Harkin? Seriously?

Ok, yes, Ernst is a good-looking woman. But her opponent, Bruce Braley, isn’t exactly deformed. The guy has that all-American appeal: You know, the type who probably played quarterback for his high school team some 25 years ago. Judging by his pictures, he takes care of himself just as much as Ernst takes care of herself.

So why bring up looks at all? Possibly because there’s nothing else to fall back on for Democrats this November?

I mean, it’s not like they delivered anything good the last two years. In fact, they didn't deliver anything good the last six years. There were tons of promises and very little worthwhile follow-up.

So let the Democrats play their sleazy sexist/racist (or sexism/racism) cards all they want. Let's take a cue from Ernst and play to our strengths instead.