Category Archives: Hyprocrisy

Airstrikes: The New “Neutral”?

The Administration has authorized airstrikes against the ISIS militants in an attempt to help the region, but remain neutral, but is that really neutral?

It has become all but obvious in the past few years that the Obama Administration feels that America has been the target of extreme terrorist organizations as a direct result of our “occupation” of areas throughout the world and the middle east especially. President Obama himself has made reference to this in numerous speeches and has essentially established his mindset that when we, as a nation, send “boots on the ground” to an area to help out militarily in situations such as the current ISIS movement, we are inviting repercussions by the terrorist organizations. He feels, it appears, that the United States should not provide troops because it incites hatred by these groups and will lead to retaliation, even possibly on our own ground.

However, at the same time the Obama Administration has been authorizing large numbers of drone strikes and has now even authorized airstrikes against ISIS. The latest news reports are saying that a head member of ISIS may have been killed in the recent drone strike on that area, but it is not yet confirmed. In the meantime, another video has surfaced of the beheading of another U.S. journalist, this time Steven Sotloff. The man doing the beheading reportedly says in the video, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings … and on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings,” the executioner said, according to the transcript. “You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike out people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

My question to you the reader is: Are we really remaining neutral by authorizing airstrikes and drone strikes?

I am not suggesting that we should be doing nothing. I am not even saying that boots on the ground is a better or worse idea than airstrikes and drone strikes. However, is it? Think about the logic here: we do not want the terrorist to think America is intruding on their lands and their “jihad”. We want them to believe that America is willing to let other nations live their way (or in these cases, kill their way) without America acting as the “World Police” and forcing the “western ways” into other regions. But do we really think that they are going to sit back and “forgive” these airstrikes and drone strikes against their militants?

Is it really better if we strike them without combat in their eyes? Or is this whole policy flawed? Is it politics governing policy? If you ask me, you are either in or you are out. You can’t expect an extreme, hate-filled militant organization like ISIS to say, “Well, now that we have taken over the middle east and we run things now, good ol’ America didn’t put any of their soldiers’ ‘boots on the ground’ here to stop us, and although they killed a bunch of our soldiers with drone strikes and airstrikes, since they didn’t actually have troops fighting against us we can leave them alone”?

It is obvious when you look at things through the common sense spectrum that these types of angry militant groups are out to kill anyone who does not conform, including Americans. Airstrikes will not dampen their hatred.

 

See the story at:

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/09/02/new-isis-video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-another-us-journalist/

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Baby, Cuz I’m a Thug: Consequences of the “Thug” Image

Pit bulls have a bad rap. It’s a stereotype, really, and stereotyping is wrong, right?

Well, maybe not. If you are walking down the street in your neighborhood and you see two Yorkies strolling towards you on the sidewalk, you probably won’t think twice about continuing on your way past them, unless you are afraid of a couple of nips at your ankles. However, if you saw a pair of pit bulls unattended strutting their muscles in your direction, you would probably try to get away as quickly as possible without attracting their attention.
Think about the correlation between that and the Michael Brown situation: your image matters. If you have spent your whole young life trying to present yourself as a “thug” or “hard”, then how could you possibly expect the people of authority not to expect that you will cause trouble when confronted? How can you realistically say that you are being wrongfully stereotyped? The entire appeal of the “thug” image is to represent a “hardened” criminal who has no respect for authority, no regard for the law, and whose is willing to do anything, including criminally to increase their “street cred”.
“Baby, cuz I’m a thug”. Listen, if you want to wear “thug life” on your forehead as a badge of honor, then you are also going to need to accept that you are going to be stereotyped as a “thug” as well. Authorities will assume you are up to no good. Shopkeepers will assume you are a potential thief or robber. People in general will assume that you are a criminal. It is, after all the look you are going for and the attitude you intentionally carry on your shoulders.

Listen, I like the “thug” rap. One of my favorite songs in this world is “Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta”, 2Pac was one of the most talented and irreplaceable rappers of all time and I still harken back to the days I was kickin’ NWA on my walkman. But that’s where it ends for me… I don’t idolize these rappers for anything other than their talent with words, rhythms and beats. They are artists. Entertainers. They entertain me. They pump me up when I am working out at the gym. They hype me up on a Friday night on the town. They make me move when I’m in the club. But that is where it ends.

There is nothing glorious about having an life expectancy of just 20 years and five months. I didn’t even know what it meant to be a man until twenty-five, and most of these “thugs” are dying before they are legally the drinking age? Let me ask you thugs something: why is it that all of these “OG’s” when they have reached around the age of 40 or so (you know, the whole dozen or so people who make it that far in a decade) and actually given their brains a chance to mature and their testosterone a chance to level out, why is it that nearly every one of them tells the stories of how “hard” they were and the stuff they did, and then follows it up with “I was a stupid kid…That’s all I knew and it’s all I wanted…If I could go back now…blah blah blah” looking spiffy in their orange jump suits. Why? Because that kind of stuff is for idiots only. They were swept up in the thug life because they bought into the rap songs and the street cred crap. They had not given themselves a chance at any other life (and don’t even start with that “they weren’t GIVEN a chance… the whole thug mentality is if you want something, take it. Imagine if they applied that mentality to academic achievements, or cleaning up their neighborhood, or starting a business).

The problem is that black people are holding back black people. We are encouraging one another when it comes to being “gangsta” and we are chastising the ones (the few) who manage to get out of the hood and make something of themselves as being “Uncle Toms” and “Cosbys”. You know what, Cosby is right. The shame of it all is that the black community jumps all over another member of the black community like Bill Cosby or Juan Williams when they point out the FACT that we as black people will never be able to rise up in society unless we expect more from ourselves. At what point do you have to stop blaming “the man” for holding you back when you have given up even trying anymore?

As a black man, I am ashamed of the disgusting way people have reacted in Ferguson. I am not saying that the cop did nothing wrong, not by a long shot. I don’t have all of the facts in the case and I refuse to make an opinion on that. What I will tell you my opinion on is the fact that my fellow black men and women take to the streets of Ferguson acting like just plain criminals and the trash of society looting, and throwing rocks at cops. Al takes to the mic and condemns the cops and incites riots and uprisings without even knowing the whole story? Spike Lee says he “hopes” that there is an uprising if the cop is acquitted or not charged without even seeing a photo of the cop’s reportedly beaten face or reading the police report? What pure ignorance.

Let me say this: Ferguson, Travon Martin, etc., these are all examples of “Black Terrorism”. We as a people have regressed into a hate-filled, unorganized yet ready to organize at the slightest excuse, un-unified racially motivated undomesticated domestic terror organization. Without knowing all of the facts we jump to protest. Without knowing any details we assume a side and we protest. When the details come out and prove maybe there wasn’t quite as innocent a victim as we were led to believe, we going even further into denial. Then we threaten looting and riots? We destroy our own towns? We ship in other hate filled people of all colors to help us burn the very stores we patronize? We have we become? When does it end? When are we going to wake up and admit that we kill more of our own people in a weekend than any corrupt cops or mentally challenged neighborhood watchmen could kill in a decade?

We are our own plague. The “thugs” we strive to be are the rats which carry the fleas and we are simply disposing of our dead in our own reservoirs to perpetuate our own failings and inevitably to keep us down. We made so many strides over the mid 1900’s till today, and look at us now? Dr. King would be ashamed of us all watching the chaos in Ferguson. Rev. Al and Director Spike are bathing in it and turning on the tap to keep it flowing.
Call me a Cosby. Uncle this, Uncle that, whatever hateful slurs you want to throw at me because I don’t buy into your automatic hatred and excuses for acting like a criminal and rioting when you are treated like one. Black people, we have to evolve. When are we going to realize that WE are our own worst enemy? The “man” holding us down stopped being the white man years ago, it’s us. Grow up.

 

Image credited to: http://www.stltoday.com/gallery/news/multimedia/scenes-from-looting-in-ferguson/collection_be35e468-a67c-5b30-84ba-50a7384dfd62.html#4

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The Republicans Aren’t Getting the Message…Across

I received a phone call from the Republican National Committee today asking me to make a “small donation” to the committee to help support the Republicans’ push to take back the Senate, help assure that the Governorships up for grabs are given to Republicans instead of independents or “Liberals” [sic]. I decided to take that opportunity to voice my opinion on the matter at hand.

I quickly informed the caller, a very well-spoken, enthusiastic and obviously well rehearsed and limited in time young man who seems very intent on collecting every snatch-able penny for his cause, that I am disenfranchised by the current message of the Republican party, and I do not feel that I am alone. I informed the very committed committee caller that I feel that the current message of the Republicans seems to be very simply and very arrogantly: “Things are going badly, get us in there and then we will figure out a way to make things go not so badly!”

Without missing a beat the caller simply said, “well I sure can appreciate how you feel, but let me assure you, any amount you donate today will be directly used to….blah blah blah..followed by rhetoric…followed by well rehearsed talking points…followed by “let’s just reduce your donation to a more manageable figure, how about…blah blah”.

I sighed, realizing that this was a waste of his time as well as mine, and realizing that I want my voice to be heard, recognized and relevant and this was not the correct venue. In essence of trying to prove my own gut wrong, I did follow-up by asking a question, a simple question that I expected no truthful response, and in that was not at all disappointed: “Can you please summarize for me what the current plan is that the Republican party has gotten behind with regards to a viable replacement for the current Obamacare Law?”

I suppose part of me expected crickets but instead this very well-trained young man immediately responded with a very off-the-shelf comment about how the Republicans are very eager to work with the Democrats (this time not Liberals) on coming up with solutions for not just this {Obamacare} but all of the most major issues the nation is facing at this moment, including healthcare, immigration reform, as well as coming together to find a way to balance the budget..blah blah blah.

I suppose the talking points memo and pre-packaged responses irked me a bit because I responded by saying:

“Listen, this nation is in trouble. Obamacare was good in theory, but is not viable and should be replaced. The Democrats in power have seen their share of political scandals and abuse of power, and the attitudes of both parties towards one another is like watching a high school cheerleading competition: each group performs essentially the same well rehearsed routine trying to make it look like it is a completely original and unique idea while smiling at the people wearing the same uniforms they are and sneering at those whose uniforms are different. But the Republicans have found a way to continue to paint themselves as the obstructionists. The anti-obamas whose primary focus is dedicated to erasing the legacy on the nation’s 44th president.”

…Silence (I’m not sure he was aware I was finished with my rant yet…)

“Well I would like to thank you graciously for your time…” the caller politely brushed me off and then told me of the website and the Washington address where I can contact the RNC if I have any questions. Deaf ears. A young man passionate about what he believes in, but unable to tell me exactly what they in turn have as a plan. It isn’t his fault. And he is doing a good thing. The problem is I’m not so sure these days that the party he is representing is, well, any longer valid representative of the true feeling of the people.

The nation is headed in the wrong direction, and every day it does appear that the majority of the populi is feeling that way as well, however all the Republicans seem to keep shouting is that they are not going to go in that same direction. The Republicans seem so focused on telling us what the Democrats are doing wrong that they have forgotten that they need to tell us how they would do it right and WHY their way would work better.

The bottom line is: We the people, the actual people of this nation may agree with the Republicans in the polls that the nation is struggling and we want the nation to be brought back up to success and to being the land of plenty, but telling us ‘Just elect us, the Republicans, and when we get in there, we can start coming up with a plan’ is a sure way to ensure that the Democrats retain at least some of the power they currently have. We the people are starting to see both parties for what they really are, nothing more than idealistic braggarts who like to blame the one another for the problems they are both guilty of causing. Republicans, the majority of them anyway, may not have voted in Obamacare, but you sure did not say ‘Hey that’s a great concept guys, let’s build it together’, no you stood firmly on your crumbling foundations (most of you are in complete denial that your foundation is in fact crumbling) and you griped and moaned and pointed your fingers telling us, the people how we were being abused by the powerful Democrats but you took no responsibility for at least being a limb or two of the man behind the curtain.  Well we have been paying attention to the man behind the curtain this time, Scarecrow, and we see all of the smoke and the flashing lights, but we also realize that you keeping telling us we can go home anytime we want, but you aren’t telling us how.

If the Republicans want to be the party that will provide true constructive reform for this nation, then they had better start being very detailed about their plans. We are tired of you telling us “just elect us, we’ll fix it!” Give us your plan. Lay it out for us. We aren’t all as ignorant as you might believe. Try us. Let us know what you intend to really do. Otherwise, we have no enthusiasm to take our time to go to the polls just so the same blame game can be played next year, the only difference would be the Republicans would have the majority, but the rhetoric would remain the same. If you don’t change your approach and soon, you will be the only ones who share the November Blame.

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Democare? The unfortunate truth about the call to fix it

confused“The democrats have joined many GOP representatives in demanding that the Obama administration does something about the millions of Americans losing their current health plans,” has been slung on the front pages of the news in rapid succession recently.

We aren’t blind. And we aren’t deaf.

We haven’t forgotten that a democrat power play is the only reason that Obamacare exists today. We haven’t forgotten that this thing was shoved down the throat of the American populace by an over-zealous Democratic Party willing to “pass it to find out what’s in it”. It is as much Democare as it is Obamacare.

This is why you don’t rush these kind of things. This is why you take the time to READ a bill, decipher it, dissect it and rework it so that it makes sense for everyone.

When egos outweigh due diligence, we, the American people lose.

Anyone who has been following me and my posts knows by now that I believe out healthcare system is flawed and is in need of a fix. You also know that I feel this plan in effect is a total travesty and will have an extremely negative effect on nearly every person in its longevity if it is allowed to continue to exist.

I truly hope that the democrats don’t think we the people in the middle without affiliation with either party are so ignorant that we will be fooled by this sudden “change of heart”.

In truth, I hope everyone, even the leaning and right leaning populous see right through this.

People, if we let our government rule without consequence, we are doomed. Whether it is a republican government or a democrat government or a party that does not yet exist, the representatives must be recalled when they grab for too much power. Remember, even if it is the party you support doing it now, one day it won’t be. Keep them all from turning this nation on its head.

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