Friday, January 30, 2015

University of Virginia Gets Into Trumped Up Trouble Again Over Fraternities

If I wrote it, it’d say this instead: “Jeannette Is Not Impressed With Her Gender Right Now.”

That’s because the national chapters of the various sororities told their University of Virginia members to avoid some upcoming frat parties on campus, to which said members freaked out.

Here’s the online petition they put together in response:

“Instead of addressing rape and sexual assault at UVa, this mandate perpetuates the idea that women are inferior, sexual objects. It is degrading to Greek women, as it appears that the [National Panhellenic Conference] views us as defenseless and UVa’s new fraternal policies as invalid. Allowing the NPC to prevent us from celebrating (what used to be) a tight-knight community, sends the message that we are weak.”

Blah blah blah, chirp chirp, beep beep. Let me translate:

“Since we’ve too many times proved ourselves too immature to take proper precautions against potentially-at-some-point-unwanted sexual encounters, we called for you to step up your supervision and tell the boys to behave, explaining to them that not only does “no” mean “no,” but “yes” might mean “no” too depending on how we feel in the morning. But you’ve now gone too far in treating us like the children we asked – nay, demanded! – to be treated as, by telling us to take proper precautions against potentially-at-some-point-unwanted sexual encounters.”

Still don’t understand? Let me summarize:

“We want to have sex with whoever we want to have sex with, with full impunity to blame someone else for our bad decisions the next morning.”

Pathetic, right?

So too is how MSN fed into that mentality by saying, “This new controversy comes as UVA tries to examine and reform its Greek culture in the wake of a Rolling Stone article about a rape on campus,” yet failing to mention how Rolling Stone had to issue an apology about its shoddy reporting tactics after the alleged victim’s story fell to pieces.

Forget MSN for a moment  though. It is what it is. But ladies… Come on! Have some dignity!

There’s no way to completely eliminate rape and sexual assaults, unfortunately. Not when human nature is too prone to take advantage of whatever and whoever it can. But if we really object to being “defenseless” or “inferior sexual objects,” then we should stop being defenseless sexual objects by purposely frequenting sex-hyped frat parties filled with pathetic little oinkers.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LOL!!!! New York Times Worries Netanyahu-Boehner Talks Will Hurt U.S.-Israel Bond

“WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.

“The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States.”

We break here for a Words From the Right Editor’s Note: What “relationship between Israel and the United States?” Seriously, Obama has been a jerk to Netanyahu since nearly Day One of his administration, going so far as to refuse to see him on more than one occasion. How much worse can it get? What is either party gonna do: start dropping bombs on each other?

Now back to your scheduled stupidity…

“The official who made the comments to The New York Times would not be named, and the White House declined to comment. The remarks were the latest fallout after Mr. Derner, without the White House’s knowledge, worked with House Speaker John A. Boehner to arrange the speech, which is scheduled for March.

“The remarks are likely to escalate a feud between the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill and Mr. Netanyahu over the invitation, which has led to a new low in American-Israeli relations and threatened to mar the long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel in Congress.”

We break again for a Words From the Right Editor’s Note: ROFL!!!! And for a second time… So what?

As with Israel and Netanyahu, Obama has been a royal brat to Republicans from Day One. He’s already called them “the enemy,” insinuated and flat-out accused them of being racist every time they disagree with him, essentially told them to shut up in State of the Union addresses, not consulted them on game-changing policy after game-changing policy, and tried to ban “their” newscasters (i.e. Fox News) from White House events.

The only way this partisan nastiness can ramp up any more than it already has is if Obama starts sicking snipers on John Boehner and his lot.

With that said, I can only take so much New York Times in one sitting. If you want to read the rest of the article, the link is embedded in the aforementioned title. Knock yourself out…

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably want to after you finish it anyway.

Monday, January 26, 2015

America Is Politically Broke Because It’s Morally Broke

So why is America broke from a political standpoint?

Well, maybe it’s because we’re broke from a moral standpoint. Let me explain…

The National Institute of Health (NIH) branch of the U.S. federal government recently awarded a $432,000 grant to Columbia University… to study homosexual hookup apps.

I’m not saying anything for or against homosexuality in this blog post. Honestly, I’d be just as disgusted if the NIH spent $432,000 studying heterosexual hookup apps. It’s a ridiculous waste of money regardless of who’s hooking up (i.e. having unsafe sex) with whom.

“But it’s only $432,000,” you might say. “Compared to the larger federal budget, federal intake through taxes, and federal debt, that’s absolutely nothing.”

That’s true. And yet not true at all.

It’s true that a few hundred thousand bucks for a dumb little side project means very little when we’re talking about a few trillion in annual expenditures. I’ll grant you that much.

Yet that’s all I’m granting you considering how that “few hundred thousand bucks for a dumb little side project” has to be added on top of a few hundred thousand bucks for a few thousand other dumb little side projects. Which adds up. Big time.

Moreover, our politicians have no business spending even a penny of taxpayer money on studying our sexual habits. It’s none of their business to begin with! The little pervs need to get out of our bedrooms already.

And before you start thinking my claim that the U.S. is morally broke is because our government creeps on our sex lives, let me also take serious objection to the IRS’s $4.5 million IT contract with the incompetent CGI Federal: the company that botched up, the Obamacare website that crashed over and over and over again, and allowed hackers to access applicants’ entire identities.

Why is the federal government hiring them again?

Probably because it thinks it’s supreme. Like God, it can control everything. It’s a giant ego-case that expects us to bow down and worship it for how well it takes care of us poor, ignorant sods.

“Thank you, federal government. Thank you!!!!” We’re supposed to cry, clutching at its feet and weeping in sheer joy at its benevolence.

That’s why it’s morally broke: Because it’s immoral to adopt that much power to begin with, not to mention plain stupid… as evidenced by our counterproductive amounts of national debt.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Maybe Seth Rogen Really Didn’t Mean His American Sniper Tweet to Be Offensive?

Yesterday morning, I blasted actor Seth Rogen for his “American Sniper” comments. Then last night, I found out he’s spoken out to defend himself, so I think it only fair to air that too after I said he and the rest of Hollywood would get along great with Hitler and the Nazi Party.

So here goes…

On Sunday, he tweeted that “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”

For those of you who don’t know, “Inglorious Basterds” is Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 revenge fantasy film about taking the Nazis on a little bit differently than actual history records. I’ve never seen the thing before and don’t care to considering it’s Tarantino and I find him a blight on artists everywhere, but apparently the third act features a piece of Nazi propaganda… which is what Rogen was commenting on.

After people freaked out on him for the comparison, he tweeted again to say that he “actually liked” “American Sniper” and that he wasn’t comparing it to “Inglorious Basterds” at all.

And then, when the noise still didn’t die down, he went on to clarify that he only compared the two in the first place “because they both involved plots about the most lethal snipers.” Rogen also added that he has nothing against veterans in general or Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (who is depicted in “American Sniper”) in particular, and that his “grandfather was a veteran.”

So let’s just give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he really didn’t mean any offense.

But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still offensive. Regardless of what his intent was, his actual words did compare the two films. There’s no other way to interpret “American Sniper kind of reminds of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.” Any English teacher – and hopefully any English student over the age of 10 – can tell you that.

Since he apparently didn’t see it that way, maybe he was high on pot (which he’s admitted to enjoying) at the time he made the tweet. Or maybe all the previous pot has addled his perception.

I’m not trying to be funny here. I’m genuinely trying to see it from his point of view.

As for the rest of Hollywood, I still maintain they’d be best buddies with Hitler. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seth Rogen Compares “American Sniper” to Nazi Propaganda

So pro-American movie “American Sniper” officially hit theaters, smashing January box office records at $107 million over the four-day weekend and earning rave reviews from viewers.

The story is based on the true story of real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was allegedly the most lethal sniper in America’s military history.

Now, to any pro-American types, that title indicates he was likely a brave patriot who eliminated disgusting individuals, protected freedom and ultimately saved innocent lives.

Of course, to any anti-American types – like pretty much anyone in Hollywood not getting paid the big bucks for contributing to this movie – it instantly pegs Kyle as a dishonorable murderer.

I’m not going to repeat what Michael Moore said about the film; he’s so irrelevant at this point that I could care less about his ridiculous ramblings. But Seth Rogen is another story since he just starred in a COMEDY about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

On January 18, Rogen tweeted: “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”

Apparently, that means it’s akin to Nazi propaganda. Because, you know, American military efforts are pretty much synonymous with Hitler’s evil plot to take over the world. I mean, that’s why America and everywhere it brutally conquers is filled with barbed wire, concentration camps, crematoriums built especially to do away with human remains, genocides, etc., etc., etc.

Well country music singer Craig Morgan, who first served in the Army for 10 years of active duty, took issue with Rogen’s ignorant, tasteless and hypocritical statement via Facebook…

“Seth Rogen you don’t know me nor did you know Chris Kyle (who was a Great American). I would be interested to know if you have a relationship with any American who served honorably in its military. You are fortunate to enjoy the privilege and freedom of working in and living in the United States, and saying whatever you want (regardless of how ignorant the statement) thanks to people like Chris Kyle who served in the United States military. Your statement is inaccurate and insensitive to Chris and his family. I’m sick and tired of people like you running your mouths when you have no idea what it takes for this country to maintain our freedoms. If you and anyone like you don’t like it, leave.”

And fellow country singer Blake Shelton added his two cents on Twitter: “Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk s---. #truecowards.”

One part of me would love to transport Hollywood types like Seth Rogen back to Nazi Germany for a few weeks to give them an idea of why comparing it to America is so absurd.

The other part of me realizes it wouldn’t do any good. I mean, come on, they’d be best pals with Hitler faster than you could say “Heil.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Usher Releases Dumbest Song Ever, and Brian Williams Says “Nobody Gets Hurt” in His Daughter’s Explicit Sex Scene

Last week, I heard one of the dumbest songs ever put out to the public. Called, “I Don’t Mind,” it’s by Usher, who has written some really dumb songs in the past, though nothing like this.

Why am I hatin’ on Usher? ‘Cause he doesn’t think he’s an absolute embarrassment for singing:

Shawty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole
That don’t make you a ho
Shawty, I don’t mind when you work until three
If you’re leaving with me
Go make that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
‘Cause I know how it is. Go and handle your biz
And get that money, money, money
Your money, money, money
You can take off your clothes
Long as you coming home, girl, I don’t mind

What. The. Hell.

Not even what the heck. What the hell. ‘Cause that’s straight where this society is going if our men care that little about their women being degraded like that. If my man ever told me he didn’t mind me sharing my sexuality with other men, he wouldn’t get any himself for quite a while.

Why? Because he’s supposed to want the best for me. And dancing on poles for a bunch of drooling, degenerate men is anything but the best.

Neither is shooting explicitly detailed oral-anal sex on TV… which is what NBC Newscaster Brian Williams’ 26-year-old daughter, Allison Williams, did on “Girls” last week.

No man (emphasis on “man,” as in “not spineless, dependent little boy”) wants his daughter to debase herself like that. Yet Brian Williams had this to say about Allison’s sex scene:

“‘She's always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it’s acting; no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt.

“Ideally nobody gets hurt.” Yeah, except for society that’s treated to such garbage as if it’s acceptable, encouraging other men and women, boys and girls, to dabble in dangerous sexual practices… Oh yeah, and except for your daughter, who wouldn’t be baring her bottom for everyone to see if she had the least amount of actual dignity.

Sadly though, it seems that dignity in women is about as common these days as true masculinity (i.e. honor) is in so-called men.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Duke University Takes Back Muslim Call to Prayer After Backlash

America is in too often a nation of nitwits. Just not in the way European elitists like to think.

It’s not that we’re a bunch of ridiculously conservative, outdated, uncultured rednecks. Our problem is that we have too much in common with Europeans themselves, as we strive to prove are high-and-mighty open-mindedness and make abject failures of ourselves in the process.

For example, French newspaper Charlie Hebdo gets attacked by Muslim terrorists, and what does America’s Duke University do? It pledges to broadcast a weekly Muslim call to prayer.

Seriously? Seriously.

The West gets targeted and brutalized – again – by Muslim extremists, and this is our response?

Like I said: The United States of America is too often a nation of nitwits. Especially when it comes to our educational system.

Fortunately, there are still apparently enough intelligent people among us to make a difference every once in a while. Duke University got a whole slew of negative responses to said endeavor until it decided to relent.

Accordingto WNCN, “The university announced its plans to facilitate a weekly call to prayer; but on Thursday, Duke officials acknowledged the decision resulted in unintended backlash. A Duke official told WNCN the school changed its mind after it was ‘presented with some significant and credible concerns about safety and security.’

“‘The idea was conceived with the best of intentions and the greatest of intentions to create unity,’ said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. ‘It turned out to have the opposite effect and it was actually creating divisiveness that was neither intended nor valuable.’

“The initial plan was to broadcast a weekly call to prayer from the chapel's bell tower starting Jan. 16. The prayer service would then take place in the chapel basement.

“The university said it will instead welcome members of the Muslim community to gather on the quadrangle outside the chapel, before moving to its regular location in the chapel basement.

“‘They… bent to pressure. It's a slap in the face to Muslims, not just to the students there but to the Muslim community of Raleigh and to Muslims in general,’ said Khalilah Sabra, with the Muslim American Society. ‘At this time, we should be trying to build something together.’

“Build something together?” Is that what this is really about? Or is it that too many Muslims expect special treatment over other religions... and too many Americans are willing to give in?

I mean, I don’t see Duke University kowtowing to Christians.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

No Disrespect to Catholics, but I Really Can’t Stand Pope Francis

On January 9, just two days after the terrorist attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo by Muslim extremists, I blogged about the cartoons that inspired its targeting in the first place:

“I got to see the controversial cartoons Charlie Hebdo published over the years, thus making itself a repeated and unrepentant target for Muslim extremists. And I gotta tell you, they were needlessly offensive.

“There’s the fact that Muslims don’t believe the Prophet Muhammad should be portrayed in artwork at all, so drawing cartoons of him in the first place is considered disrespectful. Which Charlie Hebdo knew very well. But the particular cartoons it drew?

“Well, check them out yourself and see what you think.

“I guess I just don’t see the point in openly mocking people’s religious beliefs. I mean, I have mine. And I genuinely believe that other religions are wrong. But that doesn’t mean I should go around deliberately offending them with no regard to their feelings.”

Then today, Pope Francis got onboard the same bandwagon. And, in his typical style, he drove it right off the road straight for a worrisome cliff. Because that’s what he does. With everything.

We shouldn’t ignore the poor… So let’s redistribute wealth!

We shouldn’t be judgmental… So let’s not call anyone’s opinion wrong!

Free speech works best when tempered with respect… So disrespectful forms of free speech should be banned!

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri,” Francis opined, “says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

Ummm… Actually, yeah. You can. It might not be advisable, and you might suffer the justified or over-the-top consequences, but yeah, you really can.

All Pope Francis had to do was switch one word around in that little speech. Just one word and he would have it right! If he had only said “shouldn’t” instead of “cannot,” I would support him in this. But nope, he had to take it to an extreme.

Here’s the truth: Free speech should very rarely be banned by religious or political authorities. That’s something each individual is supposed to be limiting at a personal level, using our minds and morals to hold us back from blurting out every offensive thing that pops into our heads.

So in other words, while I CAN say that Pope Francis is screwed up six ways from Sunday… I probably SHOULDN’T. ‘Cause I’m sure there’s a more respectful way of saying the same thing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Muslim Representative Andre Carson to Be Nominated to Another Security Position

Police profile people for a reason.

If someone says they were robbed at gunpoint by a short white girl with dark curly hair, brown eyes and a Tinker Bell t-shirt, then police should be on the lookout for short white girls with dark curly hair, brown eyes and Tinker Bell t-shirts… regardless of whether there are dozens of such individuals out wandering the streets or not.

If they decided to also include tall blond men in three-piece suits in their search for said suspect, they’d be more than wasting their time. In fact, they’d be downright incompetent, a public menace and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The same therefore goes for the TSA not being a little more suspicious about lone, young Arab men boarding flights. When we have such a clear and reliable description of our suspects, it’s inept to ignore it.

Just like it’s probably inept to nominate a Muslim to security-minded boards within the United States Congress. But that’s what Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday, saying that Representative Andre Carson of Indiana should be joining the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Oh yeah, and Carson already serves on the Armed Services Committee and used to work for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center, which streamlines information shared by the CIA, FBI, DOJ and military.

I’m not trying to be a bigoted jerk here by questioning the government’s judgment in allowing Muslims such influence over our political field. I acknowledge and respect that not all Muslims are terrorists.

Just like all Russians weren’t anti-American Communists back during the Cold War.

Yet there were still enough of them back then to be seriously concerned. We knew that our way of life and theirs didn’t match. And we knew that a significant number of them wanted to flat-out destroy our way of life altogether.

We nonetheless ignored those blatantly obvious facts, welcoming them into top positions without our political scene. They didn’t have to go to any great covert lengths to get our information. We handed it to them! The result was that Americans lives were jeopardized, compromised and lost.

Clearly, we haven’t learned our lesson since we’re doing exactly the same thing with the Muslim threat. By not acknowledging our “police profiles” as they were, we’re setting ourselves up for more Charlie Hebdos and even 9/11s.

Yes, that’s stereotyping, but sometimes stereotypes are necessary. We can drop this particular one just as soon as we stop seeing so many terrorist attacks committed by Muslims.

Monday, January 12, 2015

America Absent as Other World Leaders Protest Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack in Paris

I’m looking at a picture right now of a planned protest against terrorism, which was held in Paris on Sunday. In it, there are numerous world leaders marching side by side to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, and to say “enough is enough” to those Muslim extremists trying to force their will on everyone else by any means necessary.

Now, I’m hardly the expert on the who’s who of international politics. Heck, I was talking to an Australian last summer and mentioned their female prime minister… who had apparently been out of office for three years.


Even so, there are a lot of faces I do recognize in this picture, such as Great Britain’s David Cameron, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, France’s Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and even former French President Nicolas Sarkozy a few rows back.

You know who I don’t see though?

Any prominent American figures.

There’s no hint of America’s Barack Obama or even Joe Biden. If there are Americans in that group, I can’t identify them, and I can identify a decently sized list of high-ranking government officials in my own country. Certainly my own president and vice president.

But apparently, there’s a reason I can’t detect any Americans in the snapshot. And that’s because the only notable one present was, as the Daily News put it, was the “relatively unknown and low-profile ambassador to France.”

Moreover, “Obama and Biden had empty public schedules Sunday, but the White House declined to comment on why they didn’t go.

“The natural choice – Secretary of State Kerry, a Francophile who speaks the language – was in India for a longstanding engagement with the prime minister, White House officials said.”

And “Attorney General Eric Holder did go to Paris – but only for an anti-terrorism summit convened by Hollande ahead of the unity rally. Holder left Hollande and the others sometime after the group exited the Elysee Palace. Around the time other world leaders and dignitaries boarded buses to get to the front of the march, Holder was taping an interview for ‘Meet the Press,’ NBC confirmed.”

As for Obama, I wonder if he was playing golf.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Those Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Against the Prophet Muhammad Are Needlessly Offensive

By now, everyone knows that French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s Paris-based headquarters was attacked by three Muslim gunmen in retaliation for insults against the Prophet Muhammad.

There’s no excuse for that savagery. There’s no excuse for behaving as if your beliefs and sensibilities are the only ones that matter, much less brutalizing anyone who disagrees with you.

That’s just a given. Radical Islam needs to be stopped. Its followers are terrorists who don’t deserve to share the same breathing space as the rest of humanity. They’ve made it very clear over the past few decades that they can’t be reasoned with.

So yes, we do need to stand up to them. We do need to fight back and tell them in no uncertain terms that their fascism will not be tolerated.

However, there’s another side to this story that needs to be considered too…

I got to see the controversial cartoons Charlie Hebdo published over the years, thus making itself a repeated and unrepentant target for Muslim extremists. And I gotta tell you, they were needlessly offensive.

There’s the fact that Muslims don’t believe the Prophet Muhammad should be portrayed in artwork at all, so drawing cartoons of him in the first place is considered disrespectful. Which Charlie Hebdo knew very well. But the particular cartoons it drew?

Well, check them out yourself and see what you think.

I guess I just don’t see the point in openly mocking people’s religious beliefs. I mean, I have mine. And I genuinely believe that other religions are wrong. But that doesn’t mean I should go around deliberately offending them with no regard to their feelings.

Now, I get that Muslim extremists are offended by everything. They would be offended by my boot-cut jeans, tank top and long-sleeved shirt. Why? Because my face is still showing.

They’re offended by my religion too… Not even so much that I’m a Christian but that I’m not a Muslim extremist like them. And they would probably be offended too that I hold a professional job, that I’m American (Great Satan and all, you know), and that I’m not barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

In other words, they’re ridiculous. Again, there’s no point in even trying to reason with them. Honestly, I think they should just be wiped off the face of the planet.

But adding insult on top of injury? I can’t see any bravery – or sense – in being a close-minded jerk.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

France Could Have Prevented Yesterday’s Terrorist Attack on Charie Hebdo

I hate when people blame the victim. Seriously, I do. It’s insult on top of injury that usually isn’t necessary and, more often than not, is pretty darn conceited.

But (you knew that was coming…) I have to say a few words about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris at the headquarters of newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Specifically that France has been utterly, inexcusably imprudent in past years, opening its doors wide for this kind of thing to happen in a disturbingly literal way.

With its lax immigration policies, France – and many other countries in Europe – has become a haven for immigrating Muslims. So much so now, that there are entire neighborhoods around the country that are populated by only Muslims.

So what? You say. Here in the U.S., we have Little Italys and Little Chinas. Isn’t it normal for people to want to be around likeminded individuals?

True, but those neighborhoods here in the U.S. aren’t so-called no-go areas that are so thoroughly controlled by extreme Muslims that cops won’t even venture within their borders. As The Washington Times reports, “France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.”

Scary, right? Like it kinda might spell out trouble of the terrorist-attack variety?

This isn’t anything new. This has been an ongoing and recognized problem or a while. And yet France hasn’t changed its policies as far as I’m aware.

So really, what’s to be expected except for this kind of violence?

This was predictable, people. It’s tragic, but it was predictable. And therefore, it was preventable.

Sorry, France. Believe it or not, my thoughts are with you. And more power to those men and women who braved the cold and defied the terrorists last night to stand in solidarity with the victims of this senseless act of war.

Long live freedom! And common sense.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Paris Newspaper Hit by Terrorist Attack to "Avenge" the Prophet Mohammed

Paris, France, experienced a terrorist attack this morning.

Two gunmen walked into a Parisian newspaper and opened fire, killing 11 people and critically wounding four others.

11 lives were lost this morning. And for what?

We could – and to a large degree should – blame religion. After all, these were Muslim extremists shouting “we have avenged the prophet;” and this was directly after the publication in question, Charlie Hebdo, featured controversial author French Michel Houellebecq on its cover.

Not convinced? Well, here’s something you have to know about French Michel Houellebecq: He just released Soumission (translation: Submission), a book that explores the question of what France would look like ruled by Muslim extremists.

And here’s something you have to know about Charlie Hebdo: It’s been targeted before, first in February 2006 after reprinting those Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed… then in November 2011 when it published another cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed… then in September 2012 when it published still more cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed… and now today. For insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

It’s therefore pretty obvious that they ticked off Muslim extremists, hence the religiously motivated attack.

However, I’m learning something about human nature. And here it is…

People will do whatever they can to feel better about themselves. We humans have a historically bad habit of seizing on anything – religion, skin color, gender, sexual preferences, rank, ethnicity, status, politics, etc. – to elevate ourselves at the expense of others.

So this terrorist attack in Paris? It’s human nature stooping to lows we’re very used to achieving.

And Islam? It’s basically one giant excuse for too many people to behave badly.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Some People Didn’t Get a Happy New Year This Time Around

After a tumultuous 2014, I’m going to come out and say “Happy New Year” to everyone who made it into 2015.

As everyone in America – and too many places elsewhere – knows by now, that survivors’ list doesn’t include Michael Brown or Eric Garner, who were both killed by police officers.

However, not many people know or care about the 50 police officers across the nation who also lost their lives last year. Incidentally, that number jumped by 56% over 2013, incidentally.

Perhaps we should hold protests and meetings and facilitate open discussions about those murdered men and women?

If it makes any difference, I’m sure some of them were black.