Oct 29, 2009

Unbelieveable! Congress CAUGHT!

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues, play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)

The guy sitting in the row in front of these two solitaire fans... is on his Facebook page, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores. Looks like everyone is busy to me.

These are the folks that can't get the budget out by Oct. 1, Seriously!!

The things your kids teachers know about you!

Thirty years ago, our first child's Kindergarten teacher told us at a Roundup, "If you don't believe half of what your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe half of what your kid says happens at HOME!"

A good joke came to me today, reminding me of what Mrs. Bunk said so long ago:

A first grade girl handed in the following drawing for a homework assignment.

After it was graded and the child brought it home, she returned to school the next day with the following note:

Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be very clear on my child's illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint.

I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm.

This photo is of me selling a shovel.


Mrs. Betty Harrington

Oct 28, 2009

Superbowl: US National Anthem by the Academy Choirs - great video

You will love this Superbowl video of the US national anthem by our Armed Forces service academy choirs!

Oct 27, 2009

great pictures

Dog cow...

just to let you know, I love photos, collect thousands of them... click on the photo called "Planetary Influences" and you'll find my galleries. If you love photo art, and pix of the world around you, you'll love the photos I go browse for...

No, I didn't take many of them. I post them just to celebrate mankind's love for the photo art and the planet where we find it.

When you get there, click on RADIOMANKC... and you'll see my 64 galleries so you can choose your own topic to view!

Just a little Irish drinking joke..

An Irish woman of advanced age visited her physician to ask his advice in reviving her husband's libido.

'What about trying Viagra?' asked the doctor.

'Not a chance', she said. 'He won't even take an aspirin.'

'Not a problem,' replied the doctor. 'Give him an 'Irish Viagra'. It's when you drop the Viagra tablet into his coffee. He won't even taste it. Give it a try and call me in a week to let me know how things went.'

It wasn't a week later when she called the doctor, who directly inquired as to her progress... The poor dear exclaimed, 'Oh, faith, T'was horrid! Just terrible, doctor!'

'Really? What happened?' asked the doctor.

'Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee and the effect was almost immediate. He jumped straight up, with a twinkle in his eye and with his pants a-bulging fiercely! With one swoop of his arm, he sent me cups and tablecloth flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and there passionately on the tabletop! It was a nightmare, I tell you, an absolute nightmare!'

'Why so terrible?' asked the doctor, 'Do you mean the sex your husband provided wasn't good?'

'Oh, no sir, t'was the best sex I've had in 25 years! But sure as I' m sittin here, I'll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again!'

Oct 26, 2009

Ravaging you!

Love Story

I will seek and find you. I shall take you to bed and have my way with you.

I will make you ache, shake & sweat until you moan & groan.

I will make you beg for mercy, beg for me to stop.

I will exhaust you to the point that you will be relieved when I'm finished with you.

And, when I am finished, you will be weak for days.

All my love,

The Flu

Now get your mind out of the gutter and go get your flu shot!!

Oct 25, 2009

Johnson County's clogged arteries

I just hate getting around Johnson county. Every quarter mile, there's a traffic light, none timed with the previous one. Every traffic light has left-turn bays, meaning everybody gets a left turn signal. That means every intersection takes 2 minutes of waiting for the lights to cycle through.

Plus the whole county is filled with silver-haired widows driving the girls to lunch in their luxury cars at 20 miles an hour. Then the piecemeal construction slowing things down even MORE.

Makes it impossible for a working guy to get to a decent restaurant for lunch n back in just an hour... takes 20 minutes to drive five miles! Time for businesses to move back to Missouri or else pass a law keeping the Geritol for Lunch Bunch off the streets between twelve and one.!

Urban Slang Vocabulary: Peoplevoice!

Just browsing my own website, checking the link "Urban Dictionary" for my own entertainment... this tidbit:

"people voice"

A people voice is the voice that someone uses when talking to people who aren't their friends. This voice is automatically happy, nicer and sweeter than their normal voice. It is also often more high pitched. This is often the voice people use when answering a telephone or when working in retail. Similiar to the girlfriend voice.
"She so used her people voice when she was talking to that customer over there. Did you hear how sweet she was? She never sounds like that normally!"

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Good Joooobbbb! Praise is Insincere!

Good Job! Report: 70 Percent Of All Praise Sarcastic

Why we need Medicare for ALL...

Doesn't it piss you off that the insurance industry is taking YOUR premiums and using some of them to bribe congressmen to force you to keep paying them?

We need Medicare for Everyone ("the public option") to first get them competitive and providing the value we pay for. If they don't, Americans through the marketplace will run them out of business. Dems need to do what we voted for them to do. Get the corporate insurance cartel out of our pockets.

Oct 24, 2009

Reporting Suicide: A tough journalism call

I'm a little surprised Bottom Line Communications, a local PR firm interested in all things media, chose to report on a ethical dilemma facing journalists... reporting on the cause of death when it's suicide. But come to think of it, media consultants like Landsberg (pictured here) need to deal with such difficult issues for their clients.

I'm glad he did raise what isn't often raised in the media, and I link to it as I'm reminded about a well known local talk show host who took his own life last month. I didn't see how others handled former BZ talker Russ Johnson's death, but the blogs covered it and it was appropriate, in my view.

Here's his discussion about reporting suicide today:


It's a good read...and another reason why I link to John Landsberg's "All things Media website.

Two Fer One

While I got ya on the horn, another blogger had a great one... having to do with journalistic ethics... this one about us bloggers, and people who make their livings shilling for others.

This one... well just read Hip Suburban White Guy's take for yourself. It does manage to nail you know who. And guess what? Not just bloggers... lots of reporters roll over for their sources. Even TV stations who follow cops and prosecutors around like puppydogs.

I have a few comments on journalist ethics myself... TV News What Local Stations Don't want you to Know.

Got someone you hate? Call em on the phone!

Cell Phone use Linked AGAIN to Brain Tumors

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Heavy mobile use is linked to brain tumours

LONG-term mobile phone users could face a higher risk of developing cancer in later life, according to a decade-long study.

The report, to be published later this year, has reportedly found that heavy mobile use is linked to brain tumours.

The survey of 12,800 people in 13 countries has been overseen by the World Health Organisation.

Preliminary results of the inquiry, which is looking at whether mobile phone exposure is linked to three types of brain tumour and a tumour of the salivary gland, have been sent to a scientific journal.

The findings are expected to put pressure on the Government – which has insisted that mobile phones are safe – to issue stronger warnings to users.

Check the COMMENTS to this story... even more interesting, showing more scarey stuff and also people's stupidity.

Oct 23, 2009

Radio Shakeup: Sidelined deejay gets a new gig

Financial times have been tough for local radio stations and the people on them for the past couple years now. What few radio people who have survived layoffs and pay cuts are all abuzz this weekend because out-of-town corporate radio owner Entercom managed to outbid out-of-town corporate radio owner Cumulus for popular jock, Kelly Urich.

Urich left MIX 93 months ago but has stayed visible on the sidelines with his online 'radio station, 'kcradio.com.' Reportedly he gets to keep his online insurance policy against joblessness while taking afternoon drive at KISS 99.7, the former Boulevard. The former something else. KISS is just a Top-40 sounding station that runs the same pop songs into the ground until its young audience basically is sick of them.

The radio buzz is that the vanilla latte voiced Urich takes over afternoon drive, moving Ryan Seacrest's satellite show to middays.

Alive and local. Afternoon's is considered better than middays because of the drive home rush hour crowd and the thinking is that live and local is better even than an out-of-town, satellite-fed voice, even if it's an American Idol host.

What does it all mean for an industry suffering from layoffs and drastically cut salaries and now hours of jockless automation? No one knows though lots of ex-radio people are on their own message board speculating about one station nudging out another.

Just last week, the urban sounding VIBE fired their morning team, "Shorty and the Boys", and changed to a top 40 format. Urban aficionados may turn their noses up at some of the new music being played but if you use radio just for background sound, you might not even notice.

Whatever's going on with the musical chair format changes, when the music does change, another deejay ends up without a studio chair to sit in. The VIBE hasn't announced a replacement for well liked Shorty.

New ratings service.
Predicting the results of all this is impossible anyway because radio's rating service, Arbitron is changing formats too. Kansas Citians selected to rate stations are no longer keeping tedious diaries of what they listen to. Instead they're wearing small 'people meters' around their necks. The pager-like devices pick up hidden signals from radio and tv stations and when plugged nightly into a modem, send the listeners radio habits back to the home office. For their trouble, Arbitron sends them a check for up to fifty dollars once in awhile.

Once tabulated, stations buying the rating service get to use the rating results to help them sell advertisments.

What will the more accurate PeopleMeters mean to local ratings?
Do people really listen to the same station all day or do they punch the buttons every time the commercials come on? How many are watching morning TV instead?

What if more adults actually listen to balanced NPR from KU and UMKC instead of right wing KMBZ? Or are people changing to XM/Sirius satellite radio?

(Reporter Standup:) "...And will Kelly's live and local return, these format tweeks and people-meters make a difference? Local deejays hope so, for every station that's successful by piping in satellite feeds from Los Angeles is another station that isn't hiring local jocks."

Oct 22, 2009

Cheney... shut the hell up!

Crawford, Tx

You're gonna get us all arrested for war crimes, Dick. So STFU, will ya?

George W

Oct 21, 2009

Radiostations... all made out of tickytacky

The VIBE's new Top 40 Website:

And this one from an Indianapolis station:

I think it's very trendy. I got it on a CD of free fonts about five years ago.

Seriously, it just looks like a radio station logo. Like most jocks, sounding like disk jockeys. Jingles sounding like radio jingles everywhere. And now yet another KC top 40 station for that great 18-34 group. Stereotypes of today's soundalike FM radio. But a decent boomer station? Nope.

Little stations made out of ticky-tacky, and they all sound just the same.

Malvina Reynolds

1. Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

2. And the people in the houses
All go to the university,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
And there's doctors and there's lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

3. And they all play on the golf-course,
And drink their Martini dry,
And they all have pretty children,
And the children go to school.
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

4. And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

Warning about Cadbury's Chocolate


We were raised on CADBURY'S chocolate as kids and even into adulthood. I will never eat it again.

I hope from now on you will throw yours away whenever you are given any . It seems as though nothing is safe to eat anymore.

This is what happens when you eat Cadbury's chocolate!


It could happen to you, your family and friends!

Cadbury causes small feet.

Oct 20, 2009

Engineering marvel: Hoover Dam Bridge

The arches will eventually measure more than 1,000 feet across. At the moment, the structure looks like a traditional suspension bridge. But once the arches are complete, the suspending cables on each side will be removed. Extra vertical columns will then be installed on the arches to carry the road.

The bridge has become known as the Hoover Dam bypass, although it is officially called the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, after a former governor of Nevada and an American Football player from Arizona who joined the US Army and was killed in Afghanistan. Work on the bridge started in 2005 and should finish next year. An estimated 17,000 cars and trucks will cross it every day.

The dam was started in 1931 and used enough concrete to build a road from New York to San Francisco. The stretch of water it created, Lake Mead, is 110 miles long and took six years to fill. The original road was opened at the same time as the famous dam in 1936.

An extra note: The top of the white band of rock in Lake Mead is the old waterline prior to the drought and development in the Las Vegas area. It is over 100 feet above the current water level.

Oct 19, 2009

Drunk in a biker bar

A drunken man walks into a biker bar, sits down at the bar and orders a drink.

Looking around, he sees three men sitting at a corner table. He gets up, staggers to the table, leans over, Looks the biggest, meanest, biker in the face and says:

'I went by your grandma's house today and I saw her in the hallway buck naked.

Man, she is one fine looking woman!' The biker looks at him and doesn't say a word.

His buddies are confused, because he is one bad biker and Would fight at the drop of a hat. The drunk leans on the table again and says:

'I got it on with your grandma and she is good, The best I ever had!'

The biker's buddies are starting to get really mad But the biker still says nothing.

The drunk leans on the table one more time and says, 'I'll tell you something else, boy, Your grandma liked it!'

At this point the biker stands up, Takes the drunk by the shoulders Looks him square in the eyes and says, 'Grandpa, Go home'

Oct 18, 2009

Support your Local Lawmen!

Do they still go into food places expecting free meals? Yup.

Oct 15, 2009

Today's stars school pictures

Pretty funny stuff. Via an email, so just screen prints. Double click to make em bigger, right click and press save as if you have to have them. They didn't come to me as individual graphics.

Oct 14, 2009

Couple fun videos... brothers revenge, redneck waterskiing

Couple fun videos I saved from emails I got the other day. If you have a Video reader installed to read WMV files, just click once and enjoy. If you have a really slow computer that sucks, go to Best Buy and get a new one for chrissakes!

Brother revenge:

Funny amateur waterskiing

The rest of the few things I've put in my Powerpoint file site.

Oct 13, 2009

Health CARE: Will they vote for US or for the MONEY?

It would seem that all Congressional stakes (Democrats or Republicans) are on this big money line in the sand. Bigger even than previous wars. This one must be like the GunFight at the Okay Corral. The Go for broke. No matter what analogy we try, this is the BIG ONE!

Can our Congressmen do what's right or will they vote in favor of all those medical corporations who've thrown so much bribe money at them to stop health care reform?

We voted for them to represent us. Will they do that or vote in favor of their big corporation lobbyists and contributors or for their voter/citizens (that'd be US!) on this health care issue?

We are about to find out what our Senators and Congressmen are made of. Lets hope they make the right decision. This will actually say a great deal about whether the country is what we hope it is.

And if they voted the wrong way, against us? Well lets vote them a very long vacation when they're up for reelection. Yup. I'll remind you when the time comes! This is the BIG ONE!

KFKF for Kids

My nephew sent me a youtube, claiming it was funny. Oh it was horrible. Not even a fifth grader would have liked it. But THIS one, displayed by YouTube BEHIND it, made me think what radio could do to save itself with it's new but far too late HD frequency invention.

No... no one will be buying HD radio to hear more boring radio frequencies. What few they ALREADY program suck! Will the music get better with more 'stations'? Not likely! They keep running the same -ONCE- GOOD (uptempo-bright, barroom) SONGS into the ground, day after day. Until we're completely SICK of them and can't listen to them for EVER!!! Not to mention those obnoxious car dealer and mortgage commercials!

(have you listened to KCMO FM (formerly Oldies 95??) Same 200 song playlist for fifteen years!)

BUT IF THERE WAS ANOTHER EASY HD FREQUENCY???? They might target different demographics. Not K-PIG for 9-year-olds. But targeting even younger. I think this might work!

A station targetting BABIES! (Following is rated B for Baby) Call it KPOT!

Oct 12, 2009

Dog Rescue - Warm N Fuzzy

The Doberman is pregnant. The fireman had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, then he continued to fight the fire.

When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest. A photographer from the Charlotte , North Carolina News- paper, noticed the dog in the distance looking at the fireman.

He saw the Doberman walking straight toward the firefighter and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had just saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph.

Oct 10, 2009

If Repubs aren't for America, who are they for?

To watch the video, press the far-right pointer on the nice man's face.

Your daily bread: Media Matters

Radio Research homework for today: Charles and Nellie Babbs

9 11 video well done

Oct 8, 2009

Chiefs Fans. MAN, BOY, and DOG at the BAR

This guy walks into a bar with his young son and with a dog that also has a Chiefs jersey on with a little Chiefs helmet too.

The guy says to the bartender, "Can my dog, my boy, and I watch the Chiefs game here? My TV at home broke and we three want to see the game."

The bartender replies, "Normally, dogs in the bar would not be allowed nor little kids either, but it is not terribly busy in here, so y'all can have seats at the end of the bar .. But, if there is any trouble with you, the kid, or the dog, I'll have to ask you to leave." The guy agrees and they start watching the game.. Pretty soon the Chiefs kick a field goal and the prayerful dog jumps up on the bar and walks down the bar and gives everyone a high five.

The bartender says, "Hey, that's cool! What does he do for a touch down?"

The guys answers, "I don't know, I've only had him for 3 years."

Oct 7, 2009

Wordsmithy ex cathedra

Safire on Sunday

Geoff Nunberg

"Fresh Air" Commentary, October 6, 2009

The headline on William Safire's New York Times obituary described him as "an oracle of language" and the Times' chairman Arthur Sulzberger praised his "wonderful sermons on the use and abuse of language." His longtime agent Morton Jankelow called him "the high priest of language usage."

That was all meant as tribute, of course, but it chiefly reflected what people expected a language columnist to be. It didn’t have anything to do with why so many readers turned straight to Safire's language column when they opened the Times Magazine on Sunday morning. They were drawn by his unremittingly jaunty prose, as he laced his observations with etymological tidbits, puns, alliterations, and allusions. The last thing they were looking for was sermons or ex cathedra pronouncements about grammar and diction. (If Safire had written that sentence he'd probably have added a parenthetical about how ex cathedra came from the Latin for "from the professor's chair" and then noted that speaking ex cathedra wasn't the same as telling tales out of shul.)

Safire had his views, of course. He defended the traditional distinctions between disinterested and uninterested, enormity and enormousness, and precipitate and precipitous.

But while he may have enjoyed his decades as the lone conservative voice on the Times' op-ed page, when it came to language he didn't see any point in standing athwart history yelling "Stop!" As he put it, "After a while, words come to mean what most people think they mean, not what we say they ought to mean." That's why he abandoned his objections to the use of verbal in place of oral, and alarmed traditionalists by accepting the use of hopefully as a sentence adverb, as in "Hopefully the war will end soon." He didn't take any satisfaction in seeing himself as part of the lonely and embattled minority of We Who Know Better. For Safire, usage standards had to ultimately rest on a broad educated consensus, part of the common understanding that makes public discourse possible.

That's not what people originally expected of him. When Safire began doing his language column in 1979, the field had been taken over by the pop grammarians, as they were called -- critics like Edwin Newman and John Simon, who had turned grammar into a new front in the culture wars.

The decline of English came to stand in for a general collapse of societal standards, under assault from unruly minorities, disrespectful youth, officious bureaucrats, pretentious intellectuals, and educators infected with the loosey-goosey attitudes that went by the new name of permissivism. Before then, usage had been a largely nonpartisan concern.

Now Newsweek could write of "an outbreak of right-wing linguistic commentary," as all at once your position on who and whom became a sign of your political affiliation. And who better to exemplify the new right-wing grammarians than a former Nixon and Agnew speechwriter who had actually scripted the opening act of the culture wars a decade earlier?

But Safire defied expectations and outlived several generations of pop grammarians, precisely because he didn't try to use language to advance any broader cultural or political agenda. There was no apocalyptic bombast about the corruption of English or the indignities that ignorant and lazy speakers were visiting on the tongue of Shakespeare. (I'm always puzzled by those evocations of the Bard -- it's like pointing at a can of paint and saying, "This is the medium of Rembrandt, and people are slathering it all over their garage doors.") And he had no patience for the keening hyperbole of people who described grammatical missteps with terms like "ghastly," and "abomination" -- words that he reserved for talking about Nazi collaborators or the more intrusive clauses of the Patriot Act.[1]

He wasn't a snob, either. He would never have implied that correct grammar was a badge of social distinction or that incorrect grammar was a personal or social failing. You can't imagine him comparing a poet who confused between and among with someone picking his nose at a party, the way John Simon once did.

And he wasn't susceptible to the grammatical vapors that affect writers like Lynne Truss -- the people who like to describe lapses of grammar as setting their teeth on edge, making their skin crawl, or leaving them gasping for breath, as if they'd spent all their lives up till now closeted with Elizabeth and Darcy in the morning room at Pemberley.

What was most notable about the column was its almost ostentatious civility. Safire gave due consideration to opposing points of view and was gracious to his critics, to the point of printing their letters and occasionally giving them guest columns to write. And he almost relished acknowledging his errors and changes of heart. After you'd read a language column on Sunday, it could be disconcerting to pick up the weekday paper and see how relentless and sometimes intemperate he could be toward political targets like Hillary Clinton and Anita Hill.

Safire's political dictionary is a true work of scholarship, the one book of his that people will still be consulting twenty-five years from now. But aside from his expertise in political terminology, he wasn't really a language maven. His speculations about word origins could be dubious and even a little dotty, and he'd get tangled in grammatical thickets when he tried to sort out the difference between which and that. Linguists gave him a hard time over some of those matters, and he responded by adding a lot of us to his rolodex. (I say "us" because he asked me for help with some items, too.)

But his special gift was in conveying his pleasure in ruminating about language. It wasn't just that he loved words -- who doesn't? But he really, really liked them.

[1] As best I can tell, Safire used abomination twice in his "On Language" columns, both times in joking reference to his own usage.

Oct 6, 2009

Again, not that anyone pays attention, Dear Matt Drudge:

Usually your point is ANTI OBAMA. What's your point today with all that hero dead stuff?

How bout playing it straight and if you want to editorialize,do it in a link, not on proximity headlines. What you did last weekend with Obama on his anniversary right next to your headline about 10 Dead Americans was pretty superficial and pretty easy for us to realize youre trying to portray Obama as uncaring about our dead. Very unfair.

You're not serving your country so well with that superficial partisan shit. Are you an asshole or are you an American? A lot of people have died over bad politics in the last nine years.

Don't be flip about that! Too bad, with the power you have, you havent chosen to be truly fair and balanced. We need our powerful institutions to be that. Your'e one of those. yet YOU TOO, BRUTE! Makes me so depressed about the future of our country!

Oct 5, 2009

Fixing the world

Of course no one pays attention to me but here's how I'd handle it.

1. Back Israel and give them the go-ahead to attack Iran. First, take out their leadership, next time he flies out of the country. That might end it. If not that, then blow all their power plants out and send them back to the stone-age with our sub missiles. Try not to take out Tehran's civilians, just their leadership. I hear our weapons are EXACTLY that accurate! Have plenty of anti-missile weapons to protect Israel for even if we destroy their centralized communications, Israel will be attacked hard. Defend them as they demilitarize those Islamic assholes!

2. Arm--twist the Congress to pass health care reforms, including GOVERNMENT OPTION or let them know Obama's willing to be a 1 term president but will take down the democrats if they don't fall in line and pass it.

3. Humiliate the shit out of the Republicans and portray them as bought off by corporations and put the results on the Internet, just like they did Clinton's blue dress evidence. Blow em out of the water.

4. Don't get out of Afghanistan but add no more troops. Defend the major cities from The Taliban, and establish distant bases capable of striking Iran and hold them like we held bases in Germany. Do the same thing in Iraq. Quit fighting those assholes. Defend the governments, the major cities and bases. Sign 100 year agreements for US bases for strategic purposes out in the boonies and if the Arabs want to be animals, let them.

5. Tax the shit out of wealthy people to pay for poor people health care. bring most soliders back and put them on our southern border.

6. Use remote guidance weapons to take out drug lords in Mexico, Columbia and anywhere else, including Afghanistan. Just take them out like in the movies! Make it happen, no comment.

7. Like in WWII, profile arabs, deport all students on visas and watch arab citizens until they've proven themselves. profile the shit out of them. And take those who plan attacks, take them out to sea and make them disappear. Don't hold them. Do what the Russians do. Just shoot them in the head and be done with them. This is, after all, war.
Play by THEIR rules.

And tell health care to rid themselves of the greed or go bankrupt. deal with the GOP, lets dump insurance companies by a government option in return for tort reform. in that case, Americans win!

Oct 4, 2009

What REALLY is racism?

Let's discuss this. From Dictionary.com (yup I'm too lazy to do real research):

  1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
  2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
  3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

What many people don't notice is the nuances of the definition. Consider.

Is NOTICING and DISCUSSING cultural differences, and even failings WITHOUT DRAWING a VALUE JUDGEMENT BETWEEN cultures meet the test of these three definitions?

I say NO. People who are NOT color blind aren't racists. They're honest and not pretending to be PC.

IS taking Bill Cosby's view that cultures like the black culture in urban cities which don't value two-parent families...makes for failing offspring...is THAT raciist? No. Otherwise every sociologist who studies culture is racist. The missing element is this phrase, "usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others." and this one, "hatred or intolerance of another race or other races."

Put another way, to DISCUSS Nazism, does not make one a Nazi!

If you were to characterize me as being provocative, and blunt to the point of offense for characterizing people's weaknesses outloud, well yes, I'm that.

The real problem with political correctness is that people are so afraid to be ostracized for not practicing it, they're afraid to even MENTION difficult subjects---even when it's in society's best interest to debate them.

The relationship between poverty and race, poverty and education, discrimination and success, single moms and their sons failure to thrive, those are ALL important topics to talk about. Another is the issue could be construed as racism, when actually its a positive topic needing to be discussed: Is it societal racism when schools fail to teach WHITE ENGLISH to black/hispanic/asian children when in fact, failing to do so closes many economic opportunities for minority children.

To suggest that minority children whose accents are thick are at an economic disadvantage isn't racism. It's reality. It's RACIST to roll your eyes and say, 'so what, they wouldn't succeed anyway.'

Does that bring you an epiphany on the real meaning of the word?

Oct 3, 2009

Do you suppose Matt Drudge is a Republican?

Imagine how much pressure those Olympic board members were under... Madrid, Tokyo, the US, Rio, etc. South America saying "Stop ignoring us!" The US, and traditional Spain, and Japan? Rio was the OBVIOUS CHOICE. Yet Drudge tries to call it an Obama Failure? I expect he knew Obama's quick, token appearance was mostly for appearances, for common sense would NOT have the IOC choose the US, after the Atlanta cluster-fuck with the bombing and unabashed US promotion?

Who do we think we ARE?

Do you suppose the
Chicago Sun Times, still smarting, might be closer to the truth than Drudge by suggesting that our arrogance is a little tiresome to world leaders, like the Olympic Committee? Like just how impressed would they be that Oprah Winfrey (a television personality known only in the US) might have clout with them?

Just how arrogant ARE we to expect that people of this planet would stop what they're doing to ask us what WE think? Yes, friend, we Americans are soooo into ourselves and frankly the residents of planet Earth are pretty SICK of us. Read below to get some idea why!!

Chicago torpedoed by anti-U.S. sentiment?

October 3, 2009

Some Chicago officials say anti-American resentment likely played a role in Chicago's Olympic bid dying in the first round Friday.

President Obama could not undo in one year the resentment against America that President Bush and others built up for years, they said.

"There must be" resentment against America, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, near the stage where he had hoped to give a victory speech in Daley Center Plaza. "The way we [refused to sign] the Kyoto Treaty, we misled the world into Iraq. The world had a very bad taste in its mouth about us. But there was such a turnaround after last November. The world now feels better about America and about Americans. That's why I thought the president's going was the deal-maker."

State Rep. Susana Mendoza (D-Chicago) said she saw firsthand the resentment against America five years ago when she was in Rio de Janero. "I feel in my gut that this vote today was political and mean-spirited," she said.

"I travel a lot. ... I thought we had really turned a corner with the election of President Obama. People are so much more welcoming of Americans now. But this isn't the people of those countries. This is the leaders still living with outdated impressions of Americans."

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said she was approached by a consul general at the plaza as they waited for word Friday. "He said ... he was hearing that there wasn't enough time for Barack Obama to dispel the old image. ... But I don't know if that's it."

Presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs rejected the notion that the vote was influenced by the United States' standing: "No, I think you saw both at the U.N. General Assembly, you saw at the G20 last week ... I think virtually every measure of our standing in the world is different than it was just this time last year. So I don't read too much of that into this."

Oct 1, 2009

Making America's Right Scared Shitless!

Why Right-Wing Demagogues Are Trying to Peddle Ludicrous Conspiracy Theories on Countrified Americans

By Chip Berlet, Indypendent. Posted October 1, 2009.

Even before Obama was sworn in as the 44th President, the internet was seething with lurid theories exposing his alleged subversion and treachery.

Even before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, the internet was seething with lurid conspiracy theories exposing his alleged subversion and treachery.Among the many false claims: Obama was a secret Muslim; he was not a native U.S. citizen and his election as president should be overturned; he was a tool of the New World Order in a plot to merge the government of the United States into a North American union with Mexico and Canada.

The rest of the story....from ALternet on how America's fearful are being played like fiddles! by email, right wing radio and a very shrewd, coordinated, Republican campaign!

Rman's comment... I do have people sending me these paranoid email messages, with hardly hidden racial messages and other fear mongering the right learned how to do clear back in the Clinton days!

They send me THEIR links, I send them MINE. I bet they dont' read mine because crazy people really LIKE being crazy. It's comforting to t hem, even if disloyal to the country they think they love.
(Well, except for the Southerners who are still hopeful the South will Rise Again after the War of the Lost Cause, and that the weaker Union won't be able to fight it. This black president shit is just such a COMPLETE slap in the face. Bad enough to lose to Lincoln... but to have a nigra president is more than a Daughter of the Confederacy should be forced to endure. Its so remeniscent of carpetbagging!)