I realize it has been some time since my last post on either of my two blogs. I am afraid I experienced a creative drought. The creative juices just dried up. I am not sure why. I am happy to report that those juices are flowing again and, hopefully, there will be quite a few new posts in the next couple of weeks. This is the second one today. I have already written a new post on Christian Heresy and am working on the sequel to that one. That said, let’s talk about our insane Peerless Leader.
I admit I have had problems keeping my mouth shut throughout my whole life. Lord knows, I have stuck my foot in my mouth, often all the way up to my knee, more times than I can count on both hands and both feet. However, I have now handed my crown for social “saux pas” to the man with the hair like an orangutan. You would think that someone with his business acumen (self-proclaimed) would have the ability to keep his mouth shut when necessary. And that is doubly true of someone who is the Pres. of the United States. Not our Donald! If I were Donald’s wife or daughter, I would close his Twitter account immediately and destroy any and all cell phones he has
Continue reading The Madness of King Donald
Lately it seems that I am suffering from a severe case of déjà vu. It appears as if I am reliving the 1960s all over again. In a way, that’s a good thing. A lot of good things happened in the United States in the late 1960s. A lot of bad things happened as well, the most memorable for me was the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. I was not in Chicago for the convention. I was in Washington DC at the time, but I did protest against the war and did march in support of Eugene McCarthy for the democratic nomination. Much like the efforts to get Bernie Sanders nominated this year, our efforts in 1968 to get Eugene McCarthy nominated were unsuccessful. We were unsuccessful again in 1972 trying to get George McGovern, another antiwar candidate for president, the Democratic nomination.
1968 was an extremely interesting year. The summer Olympics were held in Mexico City that year. On the political front, the black power movement was gaining a great deal of strength. Two American athletes, both black, won medals in the same event and when they were on the podium getting their metals, they both raised their hand in the black power fist salute. The reaction at the time by the media and much of the American public was extremely negative. People felt that doing that at the Olympics was extremely inappropriate. Today John Carlos and Tommy Smith are seen as heroes of the civil rights movement. Continue reading Go Colin Go!
I’m taking a short break from “Confronting the Past” to delve into a political rant. Because of concerns over my heart condition, I have avoided getting myself stressed out over politics, but this has gone on long enough. It’s time somebody told the truth.
Obamacare is severely misnamed. If Obama and the Democrats had had their way, we would have universal health care or, as some of our more conservative fellows call it, Socialized Medicine. What the media calls “Obamacare” is a very watered-down version of what the Democrats originally wanted. That watering-down was done by the Republicans. The Democrats gave in because it was the only way to get anything resembling reform, even if what we got is total crap. If i were a conspiracy theorist, I might be inclined to say the Republicans did this intentionally so that they could use the mess that would result as a way to discredit Obama. Also, if I were indeed a conspiracy theorist, I would argue that the issues with the healthcare.gov website were the result of politically motivated sabotage.
The reason I am not arguing for a conspiracy here is because a conspiracy would require intelligent cooperation between the conspirators. I don’t think there is any real cooperation, intelligent or otherwise, among the people trying to discredit the Obama administration. I think that the real motivation for these efforts at sabotage is a very, very subtle and insidious form of racism. The racists in this country revert to overt acts of violence like lynchings, cross-burnings or assassinations. Instead, they use more subtle and more technologically advanced methods. The racists in this county cannot get over the idea of a black man being elected President. I wonder what they would have done had we elected a black woman who happened to actually be a Muslim. I thought we left all of this behind us a long time ago, back in my younger days. It seems that Montaigne was right: If we do not learn the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat them. Apparently, we have not learned our lessons, and then we wonder why the Second Coming is taking so long.
One of the problems with having friends who are neo-conservatives is that they feel the need to send you lot of political clap-trap, the off-the-wall, inflammatory garbage that is so easily found on the Internet, stuff written by people who do not feel the need to do any serious research or critical analysis of what they read. Just like so many people forty years thought everything on the evening news was the truth, now people think if it shows up on the Internet, especially the social networks, it’s true. They don’t understand that the people that run those sites do not edit the stuff people post for accuracy. Heck, some don’t even edit it for obscenity or hate.
and, as we all know, anyone willing to put in the time and effort can have a web site where they can rant an rave about anything and everything under the sun. With just a minimum of effort on a search site, you can find stuff supporting any political position or scientific hypothesis, no matter how loony it may seem. I suspect you will even find sites to support the flat-earth theory, if you wanted to bother looking. I haven’t looked for that one, but I have found sites that propose that the events of 9/11, especially the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, were either faked videos or a plot by the US intelligence agencies, that the Holocaust never happened, that we really did recover alien bodies at Roswell back in the 1950s, and, of course, all the weird stuff about Barack Obama during the recent election campaign. Continue reading Election 2008: White Guilt, White Fear
Sorry f000or being away, but things have beem a little crazy around here the last couple of weks. Nothing major, thankfully, just one of those times whem the little things that make up life get in the way and things that need to be dealt with prevent us from doing something we enjoy – like writing. It’s not as if this was my job or anything.
Anyway, the subject for today is a bit afield of what I normally choose to talk about, or so it may seem at first. But, as we shall see, today’s topic, the behavior of a certain player in the National Basketball Association and the reaction of the mdia and his coach, actually touch very strongly on one or two themes in the blog: life’s priorities, media bias, race amd jimgoistic nationalism. Continue reading Professional Sports, The Media and Racism