Leave Colin Kaepernick Alone! 2

You heard me. Leave the guy alone.

We all know that he is probably a spoiled child just reacting to his recent realization of being a black quarterback in the most competitive league in the world. We also know that he is a young man, some think too young to be earning over ten million dollars per year, not even being a starting quarterback.

I think that Colin Kaepernick is a young man that has not reached personal maturity to make mature decisions, or even be able to understand his place in the scheme of things. Most of us don’t get that far, anyway.

Most of us don’t earn over ten million dollars per year, either. My opinion is that Colin Kaepernick is just now starting to understand that he is an African American, and has been discriminated against all his life, inspite of being raised by a white family and having been doted on and favored by everyone who has ever come into contact with him. There are conflicts here, and he is probably in the process of trying to understand them.

The San Francisco Forty-Niners have not featured Kaepernick for a while, and Kaepernick is thinking that the reason is racial. OK. Let him think that. Maybe he can take his millions of dollars and actually help someone.

As far as Colin Kaepernick not standing for the National Anthem, well, that’s within his freedom as a citizen of the United States of America. Maybe he can take some time and think about this, and then decide what kind of national music he really likes.

Something tells me that Kaepernick is not the brightest bulb in the scoreboard, anyway, and that has something to do with his sitting on the bench.

Let the guy go his own way.

You Cannot Be Racist Against White People (And Other Inanities) 4

Sometimes you just have to sit down and address the craziness of the world around you. First, we are blessed to have all the entertainment and culture we can handle on a daily basis, much of which can be found on the Internet. Second, we are often perplexed by those very things that are supposed to be culturally elevated when we see how dumb they can be.

One of the better websites for a collection of a links is the Instapundit blog, written by University of Tennessee Law Professor, Glenn Reynolds. Today, Reynolds linked to a Huffington Post article by Barbara Holm, a comedian. This particular essay is titled, Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Holm has a story to tell about being an MC to an all male audience where she was hit on pretty hard. Some of the men in the audience thought hitting on a young comedian was cool. If they scored, it would be even better. She cried. That’s understandable but from there she poses the idea that it is impossible to be sexist to a male.

Sexism (definition): 

1. Discrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women.

2. The belief that one gender is superior to the other, especially that men are superior to women.

Although sexism is a term usually reserved for women to use against men, it is also defined as applying to men. Women can obviously be sexist with relation to men, although the opposite is supposed to be the norm.

My point is that her statement is wrong by definition. She goes on with the fallacy that “one cannot be racist against white people”. There is certainly a cognitive disconnect here.
This is about as inane as one can get. If this is Holm’s entry for a critical thinking essay, she has a problem. Let’s look at the definition of the term.
Racist (definition):
1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Notice that there are no directional arrows in the definition. Discrimination works in all directions, between all races. If you are white and make a trip to Mexico, you will find that you are discriminated against in many ways. I understand that the Japanese are among the most racist people in the world. Ditto for the Chinese. Racism knows no season or bounds.

It is also a recognized fact that many black people don’t like white people. Black people can be racist toward white people. Institutions in the United States discriminate against white people in favor of blacks. College admission practices have been argued in the Supreme Court (U of Texas and U of Michigan) because black and Hispanic kids are given preference over other races. These cases are well known and documented. There certainly is such a thing as reverse discrimination, especially when people like Holm define discrimination as white against black. This is not rocket science.
I am not discussing the issue of affirmative action. I am simply addressing the fact that white people are subjected to racism, too, although not as severe as what black people suffer.
Barabara Holm is wrong in her assertions. Sometimes all it takes is a little experience and a dictionary to get it right.

Deaths Could Have Been Prevented Reply

I went to bed last night having seen hour after hour of news coverage on the Garner killing in New York City, and more updates on the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The similarities are striking, and neither was about race.

Both men were giants, and could handle an average man like a your mom swatting a fly. In the convenience store robbery of Michael Brown, we saw on the store video that he was indeed a giant. He swatted the store clerk like he was flicking a fly off his arm. That’s how big this guy was.

Michael Brown was high on marijuana and stole some packages of Swisher Sweets cheap mini-cigars. They don’t get  much cheaper than Swisher Sweets, and they are often one of the most popular smokes for teenagers, homeless people, and other bums. Maybe Michael Brown wanted something sweet in his mouth to assuage his humongous case of the munchies. Who knows why he did what what he did?

Enter the Eric Garner story. Here, too, is a story about tobacco and a giant of a man.

Eric Garner was involved in the crime of selling cigarettes single. He would buy a pack of cigs at a store, and stand outside that store selling the cigarettes one at a time. There’s a law against this in New York City originating from store owners who sell cigarettes by the package and carton.

So, how much did Eric Garner pay for a pack of cigarettes in New York City, and how much was he charging for each cigarette he sold?

Let’s ask Google and Wikipedia.

According to The Awl’s annual cigarette price check, for which they call delis in each state and ask how much a pack of cigarettes costs, New York clocks in with the most expensive, at more than $14 a pack.

The same package of cigarettes cost about $5.00 in North Carolina. See what the power of government is to tax and change the behavior of people?

Yes. Some changes need to be made in how police subdue people for minor crimes. Some people will always fight the police, and we need to know that they will not die for their bad decision.

The government needs to get out of peoples lives, like telling people what they can smoke, and trying to change behavior. There are always downsides to government policies. The death of Eric Garner is one of those.

Addendum: Take a look at this story in Time. http://time.com/3618279/eric-garner-chokehold-crime-staten-island-daniel-pantaleo/

The medical examiner ruled in August that Eric Garner’s cause of death was homicide. This does not mean murder. Homicide can be justified, and many are. However, it must be remembered that Garner was committing a trivial crime, and although there should have been some punishment for breaking the trivial law, he died. This should not have happened. Garner was fighting off the police while they were trying to bring him down, and a choke hold was used. The officer applying the choke hold killed Garner, but the grand jury looked at the evidence and decided to not indict the cop.

I honestly don’t know what all the evidence is, but I do know that a man should not die because of a street confrontation with the police. Period. The police need better ways to subdue a wild man, even if he weighs 360 pounds and has a record of multiple assaults. The guy was dangerous, but supposedly there are ways to handle this situation without people being killed.

Hoodies Galore 7

The Trayvon Martin killing has set the racial world on fire. There is a new symbol of racial solidarity with Trayvon, and it is the ubiquitous hoodie. Now, hoodies have been around in one form or another for centuries, most recently in the United States since the early 20th century.

This week as I was leaving the local Walmart store, a young black woman entered the store wearing a red hoodie, with the hood deployed over her head. The temperature outside was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the date was July 5, 2013. In Atlanta we call this summer time.

hoodie

Zip-up Sweatshirt With Hoodie

It took me a few seconds to realize that she was probably trying to make a public statement. Why would anybody wear a sweatshirt, much less pull the hoodie up on a bright, sunshiny, summer afternoon? It was hot as hell in that parking lot.

What could that public statement be? Could it be that Trayvon was black, and this young woman identified with him just because she was black?  Most likely she was saying that if you believe that George Zimmerman (killer of Trayvon) was NOT guilty of murder, then you are racist. I believe that this is a shallow approach to the situation.

Let me say a couple of things about hoodies,

1. My children all have hoodies and will wear them on occasion.

2. My grandchildren wore their hoodies when they visited my house yesterday. It was raining, and they wanted their hoodies.  Maybe that was Trayvon’s reason for wearing his hood up that night.

3. My wife has a hoodie.

4. I have four hoodies. Two of these hoodies are from universities I attended, two are from a technical college in Marietta, Georgia where I learned the web page business the last couple of years. I like my hoodies even though it is difficult finding the closet space in which to store them. Having about six jackets for cool and cold weather takes up lots of room, too. I believe in keeping warm in the winter.

Throughout history, hoods have been used to shield identities of people bent on doing no-good. Whether Trayvon was bent on doing no-good, or whether he was just trying to stay dry, we will never know. This is because he choose to become the aggressor by attacking Zimmerman. That cost him his life, and changed George Zimmerman’s life forever.

Efforts to show that George Zimmerman was racist have likely failed.

Zimmerman was a frightened guy, carrying a gun to bolster his courage while he was doing (in his mind) the right thing, protecting his property. Even if Zimmerman were a flaming racist, the situation still screams self-defense, not that this excuses Zimmerman from culpability in the killing. That’s what the jury will decide.

I would have loved to engage that young, hoodie wearing lady at Walmart in a conversation of the Trayvon Martin incident. I think dialog can be healthy. But, the conversation about race that Attorney General Holder once called for will not happen. It will not happen because people are caught up in their symbols.

A Bit of Introspection 4

The Great Satan has won, and the nation will be in shambles in no time at all. The economy will crash, and we will all be forced to live in concentration camps while fending off the welfare-takers who are constantly trying to take that for which we have worked over our lifetimes.

Everything is bad, and so are our prospects. Look for Obama to tell us that since Medicare is so expensive, all retired people will have to surrender their IRA’s and pensions to pay for illegal aliens health care. That’s his style. He doesn’t want to fix the system, he wants to use it to for his power.

The sun came up this morning, and I was still above ground. There is a lot for which to be thankful. The problem is that I reality is just around the corner, and things just may not get better. The Democrats will win the budget negotiations because the Republicans are losers and have no backbone.

I have been writing bitchy blogs for some time, now, and I am tired of the subject. Nobody listens, and nobody understands.

You see, most people like the idea of a free lunch, free health care, and free anything. Illegal aliens especially like it because citizenship will be free, along with their food and health care. That is what happened in this election . The President and his party have sold out the American people for the illegal Hispanic vote.

Vaya con Dios, Bro’. I’m taking Spanish lessons.

Should Convicted Felons Be Allowed To Vote? 6

Your answer to this question depends on your race, ethnic background, cultural heritage, and whether you got enough sleep last night. Everybody has an opinion

In today’s Washington Post there is a story about the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People) running to the United Nations ( Oh, my!) to squeal on us for some states not allowing felons to vote. Now, the twist is that most states don’t allow felons to vote, but most restore that right after a person has served out their time.

The states that do not restore these rights are Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia. These states are highly contested battle ground states, and activist organizations like the NAACP know full well that most of the felons in and out of prison in these states can make the difference in this Presidential election if they vote for the Democrat.

Thugs traditionally vote for the Democrat candidate. Strange, isn’t it? The common ground between felons and the Democrat Party is corruption. Think, “Birds of a feather…”, and all that.

OK. The NAACP says the whole thing is racist, but that’s not necessarily so. It just happens that most people in some jails are black, but not because they are black.

There is no evidence of racism to support that thesis. What we have is a statistical correlation, and there is no evidence of racial discrimination that puts these people in their situation. Witness the millions of successful black entrepreneurs, academics, and professionals who are doing well by anyone’s standards.

How did they stay out of jail? We don’t read about their statistics. There are lots of very successful black people in the USA.

Race is seen in almost every facet of life, but that in itself is not racist. We all know it when we see a black person, or a white person, or a person with Asian features. Recognizing these things is not racist. It is natural, and we should rejoice in our differences and likenesses.

The NAACP will see race in everything, therefore everything is racist. That is how they raise money. If your only living is made by going around screaming, “Racism!”, “Racism!”, that is what you will do.

The question was, “Should convicted felons be allowed to vote?” My answer is, no.

However, once a person has paid their debt to society, they should be invited back to live like the rest of us, with a complete set of rights.

The funny thing about this situation is that if the laws were different in those states under discussion, those felons that become ex-convicts would probably not vote, anyway.

Well, maybe they would if somebody paid them. Nah! That could never happen in the Democrat Party.

Trayvon Was Not The Only Victim 9

picture of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

The shooting of Trayvon Martin was a sad thing. Trayvon was in a place where he was not expected, although he had a perfect right to be there. His shooter, George Zimmerman was within his legal and moral rights in protecting his property and that of his neighbors.

A recent, fairly extensive article by Reuters as published in the Chicago Tribune brings out the truth of George Zimmerman and his background.

George Zimmerman, a mix of white, Hispanic, and African heritage, had been named the leader of a new neighborhood watch group. The gated community where Zimmerman lived had gone from nice to un-nice because of the collapse of the housing market in Florida. More and more of the housing units were being rented, instead of owned. That is when the problems started.

The neighborhood changed complexion to 50% white, 20% black, and about 20% Hispanic. Even black people in the neighborhood reported that there had been an run of burglaries by young black men.

There turns out to be a legitimate reason to be suspicious of someone wearing a hoodie, especially in Florida where cold weather is not the norm. Call it racial profiling if you want, but you cannot get past the suspicious look of anyone wearing a hoodie at night in a warm climate.

Now that we know that George Zimmerman was a defender of rights for blacks and other minorities, we see that the racial profiling accusation is over the top. Indeed, the whole profiling thing is the product of race baiters, and professional racists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Everything they do is about race, and not automatically innocent. Remember Tawana Brawley?

Trayvon may have been a victim because he was black. Zimmerman claims, with evidence, that Trayvon attacked him, and tried to take his gun. Trayvon was not a child, but a healthy, strong seventeen year old man. Zimmerman could have been killed by Martin’s attack.

Zimmerman is the victim of an idiot press corps who have nothing better to do than fabricate stories and call it news. How else do you explain NBC’s falsifying the 911 recordings to make it appear that Zimmerman was concerned about the suspicious persons race?

The press knows that a good race story gets readers, and they hate America and the freedom’s we have in this country, including our right to bear arms for our own protection.

Without Second Amendment rights, George Zimmerman could be in the graveyard, and Trayvon Martin would be just another young, black man behind bars.

So, who’s the victim, here?

Edit: My allusion to the idea that the warm Florida weather did not justify wearing a hoodie is incorrect. The weather in Sanford, Florida the night Trayvon was shot was cool, with the high on February 26, 2012 being 69 degrees F, and the low temperature being about 52 degrees F. My apologies to all who thought otherwise. Those temperatures can be considered cool for Florida residents.


Modern Gladiators 2

Our political system has devolved into just another Roman circus.

Witness the Republican debates. They started with a bunch of pretty credible candidates, and they are now dwindling down to the precious few. Most of the candidates have taken themselves out of the race because of shrinking poll numbers, or shrinking bank accounts. In politics these two measures have a deadly equality.

Herman Cain did not take himself out of the race. Opponents found some women to charge him with inappropriate conduct, and each one was a he-said/she-said kind of thing. With the current bias in the media, these possible dalliances did not get covered up like the documented sexual escapades of Bill Clinton.

Not one of the Cain accusers offered any evidence of an affair. One was even represented by Gloria Allred, feminist lawyer and Democrat political operative who has a reputation of staging phony witnesses, as in the California gubernatorial race two years ago. Herman could not survive against a press hungry to kill off a legitimate black opponent of Barack Obama.

The whole nation looks on  waiting for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum to kill his opponent.  They are waiting for a career ending gaff during one of the debates. Everybody is waiting to see blood, and nobody is going to give the Roman Emperor’s thumbs up gesture.

I don’t know who will survive the GOP debates, and become the great hope for America to escape the dreams of our first Marxist President. Maybe that person will have enough juice to finish the race, and win one for freedom.

Update: I watched the Arizona GOP debate last night. There was lots of back and forth, but no campaign ending mistakes.

I Was In Memphis 4

It is not a claim to fame, nor is it some sort of apology for me being white in a heavily, racially segregated City of Memphis. I couldn’t help it. I was born, educated, and found my wife all in the same town. I was one of those natives considered provincial by many, and downright evil by others.

I was a white man in a city where there were black drinking fountains, black schools, strict rules on black people’s conduct on public transportation, and just an all-around bad situation in which to grow up. The “N” word was in everyday use, and black people were expected to kowtow to their white superiors.

As a teenager, I delivered the morning newspaper. White kids delivered the paper to white neighborhoods, and black kids took care of the black neighborhoods. When we picked up our papers prior to delivery, we all went to the same “paper station” where there was not a lot of interplay. That was for two reasons,. Nobody was really playful at 5:00AM. The other reason was that some of the bigger white kids would purposely keep the racial lines drawn. For some reason, they felt threatened.

I particularly remember a black guy about two years my senior. He saved his money and bought a really great looking motorcycle. Charles was his name, and he was cool. Unfortunately, some of the bigger white guys didn’t think Charles was so cool, and were probably jealous of Charles. There were incidents were Charles was really pushed and derided, being called the N-word all the time, with the white guys demanding some sort of obedience. Charles never gave in.

The City of Memphis did not have school busses at that time. The reason was because they had a great public transit system, and a school kid could go anywhere in town for a nickel. Many times, I have witnessed a bus driver forcing black people to leave their seats for white people. This was a standard thing, and as a simple pre-teen and teenager, I didn’t know what to think or do. I didn’t go to the aid of those people. At that time, things were just that way. I didn’t know better.

When I was older, and possessing a car, an apartment, a wife and a dog, the racial scene really got tense. The city garbage workers were unionized, and went on strike. At that time, it was not legal for police, fire fighters, or any other city employee to be a union member. Mayor Henry Loeb stuck by his guns, and it looked like the scabs he hired would win the day.

Jerry Wurf, union organizer and communist, was successful in getting the garbage workers to stage protests. His biggest success was turning the strike into a racial cause when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. got involved. The citizens were not behind the garbage workers because their garbage was being collected. All the pain was with the workers.

King changed all that. It was planned for him to lead the garbage workers (all black) in a march in downtown Memphis as a protest against the city. We all know what happened, then.

It was 6:01 PM April 4th, 1968 when King was shot, I was at a Shelby County Sheriff’s location, waiting in line to get my tags. I was a procrastinator and that Thursday was my last chance to get my 1968 license tags for my car. I had waited outside in a long line for hours, getting a sunburn in the process. None of us in the line noticed that there were NO sheriff’s deputy cars at the station. They were all on duty downtown for the big union march.

When I finally got my tags and got back to our apartment it was getting late. I had heard on the radio that King had been shot. When I got back to the apartment, my wife was watching Channel 13 coverage of the event. It didn’t take long for a Channel 13 reporter to jump everybody, and report that Dr. King was dead.

All hell broke loose. There were riots breaking out all over downtown , and the City of Memphis police, with the Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol could not handle it. Downtown was burning, and black people were in a rage. More than one person was shot for looting.

That’s when the National Guard was brought in. The guard mobilized quickly. Downtown was now patrolled by soldiers with M1 rifles, and live ammunition. Armored personnel carriers were seen charging around town. Indeed, the following Sunday morning as I was on my way home from a night at the radio station, I was almost run over by one of those behemoths. It is awesome to be tooling along in your VW bug, only to top a hill and find an armored personnel carrier in your lane, coming toward you . Whew! That was close.

Neither Memphis, nor its people were ever the same. Some people continued to push a racial agenda, and others came to a different way of seeing things. None of us were without sin.