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Missouri, burning.

The flames burning in Ferguson’s streets right now might not have been there before the grand jury’s decision late last night, but it’s been on fire decades.

You see, those who have been protesting in the streets for weeks on end, and who will continue to do so in Ferguson and in other cities across the nation, are seeking to not only right something they perceive as a wrong, but they also happen to be the ones that enabled such a wrong to exist in the first place.  And really, when you look at it from a perspective free of bullshit emotions built upon pillars of cooked spaghetti, you see what people are trying to fix isn’t even a problem.

Sometimes they even seem to love those problems.

But perhaps I’m being unfair.  Of course any kind of injustice perpetrated by law enforcement should be dealt with in kind and there is little disagreement that law enforcement has at times been responsible for injustices against the very people they are expected to protect.  But in the case of Ferguson and Mike Brown, sorry– that just doesn’t appear to be the case.

The reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson has come with typical buzz-word reactions from the public.  “I’m afraid for my kids”, “My son could be shot dead in the street and no one would even be punished for it”, “Skittles”, “Iced tea”– all jabs at the presumptive guilt of trigger happy cops or people, while ignoring that just sometimes…black “kids” are capable of making some very poor decisions.

Do I have examples of these decisions from personal experience?  No, not really– I leave my apartment every morning and when I get to work, which happens to be in an incredibly diverse place as it was during my tenure in the military, I see people of every different color imaginable working together, greeting each other, and coexisting peacefully.  Everyone says “good morning” to each other, they chat while they grab their morning cup of coffee, and they don’t latch on to the perpetual cycle of division that is often the outcome from unfortunate events like these.  I do not witness “poor decisions” because I surround myself with people who have been raised appropriately- and certainly not all are from environments known for being conducive to such, which is a testament to what true resilience is.

So while people would like to pretend like the race wars of yesteryear continue to rage, it is important to note that they most certainly do not.  They don’t exist in a white-on-black sense, and they exist even less-so in a white-cop-on-innocent-black-person/kid/baby/”good kid” sense.

The biggest threat to a young black male remains other young black males, and this has been a consistent (and inconvenient to some) truth for some time.  For young black males aged 15-34, murder is the #1 cause of their deaths.  Forty percent of all black males who died in that entire age group died by way of murder, compared to just under 4 percent for white males.  This is an entirely relevant fact- one which has often been downplayed by left-leaning media that for some reason cannot fathom that they’ve helped to create these societal pockets; environments where 40% of the young black males dying every year fall by way of murder isn’t really a big deal.  It’s “whatever”, or “doesn’t speak to the deeper narrative”.  Off the top of my head, I recall that the FBI’s 2011 statistics indicated that more than 90% of those black males being murdered were killed by other black men, and thus my contention which I’ll repeat:

If you’re so scared for the life of your young, black child, perhaps you should consider not allowing him to associate with other young, black children.

This is, of course, unrealistic.  Nor is it any way to solve a problem.  I provided such an extreme suggestion merely to highlight how ridiculous, ignorant, and dangerous it is to accept the idea that your child is somehow more threatened in the face of law enforcement than they are virtually anywhere else.  Much of the rage in Ferguson rests on the belief that Officer Wilson did in fact commit a crime.  This is why people demand “justice” and cannot shut up about how good of a kid Mike Brown had to have been (really, how many actually knew him?).  What most are ignoring in Ferguson is that of the evidence that’s been public for weeks has slowly revealed that Wilson was very likely doing exactly what any police officer would do when threatened by someone in their own squad car.  Another inconvenient truth.

But who cares about what “justice” really entails, right?

It will be truly refreshing once people stop pretending like they face a persistent struggle with authority, when what they really face as an every day danger are the people who live to the left and right of them.  Sure, it’s not comforting to look at your neighbors like potential assailants but in rough areas of tough towns, that’s more realistic than operating under the assumption that a cop is about to off you just for kicks.

So that brings me to the final point about Ferguson– how its own people, and those who “support Mike Brown” (which they don’t, really)– let this all happen.

It happened at the voting booth– either in the way Ferguson’s residents voted, or in the ways in which they chose to abstain from doing so all together.  Ferguson is but one more low-income and low-educated city with sky-rocketing poverty levels that has been suffering, for well beyond half a century, from the cancer that is their own elected, progressive puppet masters .  It is shocking to consider that at the time when civil rights leaders like MLK were helping usher the nation into a new tomorrow of hope with regard to the rights of human beings regardless of race, the city of Ferguson was gearing up to begin its unwavering election of progressive, liberal leadership that has been sucking it dry of just about any hope it could have had, ever since.

These discussions about race have to become political, unfortunately.  This is true because despite popular belief, the terror unleashed against men and women of color throughout history was not a black and white issue, but a political one.  It was not all-whites ensuring the demise of blacks, it was all-white Democrats giving it their all to condemn them to tree branches.  They continued to give it their all through the filibustering of two attempts at civil rights acts, until they reluctantly gave in to the third once it became clear that staying the course was no longer a viable political option.  I raise the issue of Democrats being so inter-connected with this situation in Ferguson because not only are they squarely responsible for it by the ways in which they have inhumanely led minorities and other oft-disenfranchised groups historically, but because the survival of their party as they know it relies upon its continuation through Ferguson, and into the Fergusons of tomorrow.

As I’ve stated a number of times by now, Republicans being Republicans does not absolve them of their responsibilities of representing all people equally and in accordance with the ways in which all free people should be treated.  Racism exists in all corners of politics and this surely will not change until the old blood departs it.  But the very reason we still have racial issues which are sure to continue dividing us for at least some time rests squarely on the shoulders of a very smart, and powerful Democratic contingent that pulled off one of the biggest schemes our nation’s political system has ever witnessed.  It’s just unfortunate that so few people actually took a second to pay mind to what they were witnessing.

They convinced the population they enslaved that they weren’t responsible for it, and they have kept them convinced while enslaving them all the same, consistently, and through the present.

How do the residents of Ferguson share responsibility for this despite being victims at the same time?  Perhaps taking a look at the signs in their yards and on their telephone polls come election season can provide some insight into that.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in History 101

 

Ferguson and the Real Race War

I’ve posted stuff from Bill Whittle before, and he says things much better than I can, so I’ll do so again.  Enjoy.

 

A letter of thanks from the Reverend

Author’s note:  this is not an actual letter from the Reverend Al Sharpton.

A letter of thanks to the entire population of historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America:

I know this comes without much surprise, but I must thank you all for once again igniting the fire that keeps me relevant.  The death of Mike Brown in Ferguson- a mere month or so after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island- has allowed me to once again step into the national spotlight while the rest of the country ignores my television appearances and doesn’t buy my books.  But above all and most importantly, I want to thank you all for creating such an uproar over two very unfortunate events which will enable people like myself, and other progressive liberals, to continue enslaving you and lying to you for another hundred years, if not more.  I mean it’s been two centuries so far, why not make it three?

I want to thank the minority community for ignoring the fact that “big”, and often militarized American police forces are the result of the progressive policies that enable unions to become so powerful and politically influential that who you guys have come to know as “bad cops” cannot be fired no matter what.  I’d also like to thank you for failing to consider that “bad cops” might be the result of the harsh environments we have created for you and relegated you to.  Further, I’d especially like to thank you for following me in my demands for justice- entirely ignoring the fact that my words defy the very definition justice, and have painted Officer Darren Wilson as guilty before we could even so much as hear about an autopsy.  The best part about that is now that we have heard about an autopsy that indicates an event completely unlike that which eye-witnesses recalled, no one even cares about it.  Why would we have to when Mike Brown’s mother has already told us he was a good kid?  The funeral is on television, the White House has sent a delegation to attend that outnumbers that of the one sent to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, and no one cares about silly things like autopsies when yet another one of our angels has been taken from us.

I’d like to thank you all for ignoring that the perpetually dysfunctional, impoverished, and crime-ridden cities of America where the deaths of young men and women of color are so frequent were built by people like me.  I’d like to thank you for continuing to vote for the progressives who have driven the lower classes of major cities like New York, DC, Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore (among others) so deep into pits of despair that the only thing keeping their votes guaranteed are the scraps of meat we throw at them from the dinner table of the nation’s 1%-political-elite, and the idea that, somehow, Democrats exactly like me in mind (but not in spirit pigment) are responsible for 100% of the slavery and segregation of this country’s past that has most definitely handicapped your shot at success today, and in the future.  Thank you for your unflinching devotion to the welfare state that we have set up to ensure not that you pull yourselves out of it, but that you remain entrapped in it for life.  Thank you for allowing me to convince you that this is all about white privilege, and that none of it was politically-motivated, or the intent of my buddies in Washington, or of those they followed into power.

(We’re talking about you, LBJ and FDR!)

Thank you for ignoring that I have more blood on my hands than the police forces of this nation combined will ever have; it sure does feel good to be considered a peaceful man of character.  In doing this you’ve set me upon the same perch that civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. enjoyed, and you’ve most certainly forgotten that a man of MLK’s character would have despised a deceitful, hateful, and conniving old man like myself.  Thank you for looking at the nation’s law enforcement as a band of thugs, dead-set on targeting young and unarmed “children” of color.  Thank you for talking about how it “has to stop”, and how it is time to respect everyone’s human rights.  Thank you for ignoring how you, as a member of the historically disenfranchised and oppressed people of America, are exponentially more likely to be killed by your friend at school, your neighbor, or even one of your relatives than a police officer.  Thank you for not considering, even if just for a minute, that the aggressive nature of policemen in cities like Ferguson are the result of the notions we have instilled in you from birth through the persistent suffocation of your choices, your talents, and your potential.  Thank you for allowing my colleagues at MSNBC to convince you that black-on-black crime trends are irrelevant and have no place in this discussion- a bunch of black kids have been shot and killed since the death of Mike Brown, but come on- I can’t rake in any cash for that.

You’ve stood by me through the Trayvon Martin episode, where not even one of you considered that both George Zimmerman and Trayvon were in the wrong.  That was impossible.  We just marched in honor of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and while the force used by the NYPD in that situation might have been excessive, none of you would even know who Eric Garner was if that young police officer wasn’t white.  And now we’ve buried another of our unfortunate sons, and you have an entire nation trusting and believing with a full, but heavy heart that he was a man of character- a good person, with a spotless record.

Just like me.

Thank you for the years, and the years yet to come, where we will continue to foster an environment of hatred, violence, gang warfare, dependence, poverty, and the eventual rage that comes along when one of our own is killed by someone who happens to be white– thank you for not reminding your friends in the streets of Ferguson protesting peacefully that this occurs about once for every 1,200 of us who are killed by way of violence.  No one has to know.

Thank you, as always, for allowing me to define what racism is for you.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to inject race into every discussion imaginable, while being on the same “team” that created just about every single varietal of racism that has infected this country since its founding.  Thank you all for failing to realize, yet again, that labeling young black men who find the wrong end of a gun (when that gun is fired by white people) as immune from guilt, is in fact a racist position.

Thank you for allowing me to be your voice, your mind, and most importantly the force that guides your hand on Election Day.  Without you we couldn’t elect the people who keep allowing me to be here, when I should probably still be sitting in prison.

Keep it up, for me– certainly not for you.  I’ll be here ready to thank you again sometime soon, I’m sure of it.

With love and gratitude,

Albert

 

Blatant hypocrisy in the “discussion on race”, as per usual

LZ Granderson, a regular contributor to CNN Opinion, has actually surprised me over the last year or so in his effort to take a more centrist approach to things.  While I do not particularly like the term “centrist” personally, for it implies that there is some good to be had in taking a middle ground between polar opinions (or that dueling sides in a political debate both possess some good opinions– they don’t), for a guy like LZ to take a step to the center I was kind of impressed.  In fact, there were a few times where I even agreed with the man’s opinion on a thing or two.  That’s unprecedented for me.  While LZ has never exhibited the blind and apathetic ignorance of the likes of MSNBC’s Toure, who has been in hiding since our Twitter scuffle a few months back, he most certainly has played the race card in his opinion pieces more than once, and he most definitely played that same card today.

Police shot and killed a young black man in Missouri, 18 years of age, who was apparently unarmed.  I’ve heard various accounts of the story, but I suppose that’s expected when something is so fresh- with much left to be discovered, and understood.  Of course, as we saw with the Trayvon Martin shooting, no evidence, investigation, FBI involvement, or anything in between will do anything to put a damper on the unfortunate events that took place, nor will they ever allow for the police officer responsible for taking the shot to be able to live or sleep in peace ever again.  The verdict is in– not just from LZ, but by the usual suspects who heard about this and frothed at the mouth just as they did after the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island (which also happens to be my hometown).  The suspects I am referring to of course are none other than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and it’s only a matter of time before we see their faces on television denouncing police officers nationwide, and calling on the mayor of St. Louis to do something about supposed “police violence”.

While the death of a young man is always an unfortunate thing, even if they were living a life of crime, it is important to understand situations like these through a lens of harsh truth- a dose of reality that no one in the mainstream media has the balls to bring up.  So I guess I’ll be the guy to do it, as always.

Ferguson, Missouri is where 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer the other day.  Ferguson, what people aren’t mentioning, is a dirty and crime-riddled part of St. Louis– in fact, it wears the badge of honor as the worst neighborhood in its general vicinity by a fair margin.  Though I was too young to fully grasp the situation in New York City prior to the Giuliani years, I knew (as I’ve mentioned here before) that the city was a place where we just did not go.  It was off limits.  As someone who got to witness how NYC got cleaned up over time and became a beacon of light of the east coast, I could only imagine the kind of hard work and sacrifice the brave men and women of the NYPD had to endure to ensure things did not relapse back to the David Dinkins era of lawlessness.  As such, I could not even begin to imagine what the police force in a city like St. Louis, and in a town like Ferguson, have to deal with on a daily basis. And neither can LZ Granderson.

Having said that, and just as I said when I discussed the Trayvon case, none of the crime statistics or facts about how terrible a place Ferguson is validates what the police officer did.  One account of the incident claimed that Brown tried to take the officer’s gun, and fled when he failed, only to be shot in retaliation.  Whether or not the officer’s use of force was warranted is not something that can be determined with the help of a few articles on CNN or Fox, but if such a scenario is indeed true, I think it provides an important glimpse into the kind of people the police in Ferguson are expected to deal with.

But I digress– my target here is LZ Granderson’s ideology.  It was his article alone that brought me out of my month-long hiatus to pen this in the first place.

In his piece, LZ claims to be tired:

Tired of our streets being peppered with dead, unarmed black people. Tired of listening to armed assailants describe how they feared for their lives. Tired of being told “this has nothing to do with race.”

I am tired of seeing a hashtag in front of a victim’s name on Twitter. Tired of seeing Al Sharpton speak on behalf of a family. Tired of waiting for verdicts and hoping for justice –as if hearing “guilty” can ease the anxiety of knowing a police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old black man while he was lying face down and with his hands behind his back.

I’m tired of unarmed dead black people being put on trial. I’m tired of politicians visiting our churches for votes but skipping out on these funerals

I’m tired of hearing mothers and fathers weep for children who did not have to die.

But most of all I’m tired of the people who are not tired like me.

You know what I’m tired of LZ?  I am tired of just about every single one of our major urban city centers, dominantly led by progressive leftists, destroying the lives and the potential of millions of young, black people and forcing them into the unfortunate livelihoods that they so often lead for the sake of a vote.  I am tired of cities like St. Louis, which haven’t experienced Republican leadership in decades, allowing their lower classes- often dominated by minorities and people who have historically been shafted (when they weren’t being murdered, of course) by Democrats- to fester and to devolve into locales so deeply steeped in the welfare state and government reliance that the very talk of “hope” or “change” is not only a ridiculous fantasy, but also insulting.  I am tired of people, like you LZ, who don’t say a fucking word when hundreds, or thousands of young black people- no different from people like Michael Brown- die by the hands of fellow black people every single year.  I am tired of celebrities like Lebron James wearing a hooded sweatshirt during warm-ups in honor of one black murder victim, while neglecting to wear one a few thousand more times during the season in honor of the other young black people who might have also taken their last breaths in a hoodie.

I am tired of people like you, LZ, claiming to be tired of Al Sharpton having to “speak on behalf of a family” when Al sure as hell is not tired of doing so. I am tired of people like you not realizing that people like Al absolutely love this.  I am tired of people like Al- individuals with blood on their hands themselves- who have so much hatred built up in their hearts that they are completely unwilling and unable to espouse upon the millions of people in the black community who look to them for guidance that a young black man in America is exponentially safer standing next to a police officer than next to one of his friends, in his own neighborhood.  Why?  Because black people are murdered by black people about 93% of the time.  I am tired of people disregarding just how many black victims are made by black perpetrators- as if the frequency of police officers shooting black men or women has ever, or could ever even come remotely close to matching that percentage.

The hypocrisy of those like Sharpton, who routinely profit and gain power at the expense of young, black lives is nothing less than apparent.  Unfortunately, no one cares much about confronting it.  Opinions like LZ’s affirm the notion that little could ever be done to curb the hatred that people feel towards a group that does so little to harm them, and does even less to harm them when compared to how often they harm each other.  The sickest part of this all is that those who are now running rampant through the streets of Ferguson, throwing bottles at police, torching stuff, and looting stores likely voted, and will continue to vote for the same progressive liberals that banished them into their low social class and shackled their ankles to its foundation for eternity.

And LZ will keep voting that way too.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is laughing in Hell.

 

15 Decades Strong, Democrats. Great job!

Ok, so slavery ended at the end of the year in 1865 which makes me early by much more than a few months, but with the newest “humanitarian effort” being led by Harry Reid and the Democrats on our southern border, I find it necessary to congratulate them early.

In December of 2015, the nation’s Democrats will celebrate exactly one-hundred and fifty years of promoting humanitarian causes while doing nothing but screwing over humanity, the poor, minorities, free people in general, and pretending like they have never been anything but angels when it comes to human and civil rights.

If you ever want to sit down and brainstorm a humanitarian solution to a problem, save yourself the time by Googling “what are the Democrats doing?” and do precisely the opposite of that.

I find it necessary to insert my typical disclaimer here, as per usual, as my incessant ramblings about the American Left insinuate an unrelenting measure of support for the American Right, which just is not so.  As I’ve said a number of times, the Right has their issues too– frequent disconnects from reality, their people, thick-headedness, pussification…to name a few– but no major political party or movement commands disdain for liberty and freedom like that of the progressive left.  There also is no other political party or movement that relies, solely, upon the lives of its supporters being miserable- in a persistent state of need, and often greed- like the American left.  While no Republican has yet to come forward with enough gusto to motivate me to vote for the first time in well over a decade, no Democrat has proven to me that they give even the smallest of fucks about freedom, about people, or about the immortal words of our Founding Fathers.

And trust me, they sure as hell don’t care about the well-being of people from Honduras, Guatemala, or any other place where people have been living and raising families in squalor and hell for decades.  Not months.  Decades.  The plight of people living in Central and South America is not new– what is new, however, is the realization that the Democrats need some fresh blood, and some votes; perhaps not in 2016, but most certainly in the years after.

And that is what this about.  Votes.

In what era of American history have Democrats done anything but “help” the needy and poor by shuffling them into the bottomless pit of subservience and dependence we call the “welfare state”?  Republicans, back when they were republicans, fought for years to end slavery, and battled through Democratic filibusters of the first two Civil Rights Acts intended to end segregation (among other activities created and carried out solely by Democrats, to include the murder, rape, and pillaging of non-white families and homes), yet the DNC’s own “about us” page will tell you a different story entirely and its voters will echo such a sentiment through their early-November actions.  At what point in our nation’s short history have Democrats done anything but everything they can to ensure people remain piss poor, miserable, and reliant upon the State?

If any progressive out there would like to begin countering my point by starting with the New Deal and FDR, just stop.  You’ve already lost.

Why is it that children from these disparate nations are being shuffled into the nation with zero regard for the infrastructures of our small southern towns and cities, or the health of our people?  The answer: because the Democrats know you’ll still vote Democrat if you already did in 2012, even if you have Hepatitis.

The goal is simple for the Left– you get as many young people in here with their young mothers as you can, and you make them as reliant upon the government as possible, in the shortest amount of time.  Second, you talk about “amnesty” as if it is the solution to the problem, though it is the root cause of the problem since the government all but promised it a few months ago when it decided to not enforce the basic laws that any and all sovereign nations revere (for as much as progressives like to talk about how much we should “be like Europe”, you think someone would ask why this doesn’t apply to immigration).  Lastly, you get people– well-intentioned, or not– into the nation and into the system.  You get them into “affordable housing”– housing that I will BET should be springing up in some key red-cities any time now– and you get them not on a “path to citizenship” in an American sense, but on a path to citizenship in the Starship Troopers sense.  Except in Starship Troopers, citizenship relied upon serving the nation and not sucking it dry.  Also, in Starship Troopers, attaining citizenship wasn’t easy, so I suppose this was a terrible example.

Whatever.  The point is your “path”, if coming into the States via “amnesty”, is not prosperous, but pious– get on your knees and honor thy Democrat.  Welcome to the Church of Progressitopia.

Democrats don’t need you prospering or making something out of yourself– they require you to be stuck because they know that if or when you “make it”, you’ll probably stop voting Democrat.

And that doesn’t work for them.

Since well before the mid-1800s, Democrats have been destroying human lives– though they might not have known it in 1865, they sure as hell knew it by the mid-1900s when they realized they could trade pretending like they weren’t racist bigots for creating national-level policy that ensured people of color remained dependent upon them forever.  The fact that today’s minorities overwhelmingly support them and probably think of slave owners and traders as “those damn Tea Partiers” was but a bonus.

I’ll leave you with this thought–  do you know who this guy is?:

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Some random Cuban guy or something like that, right?

Maybe you’ll remember him better in this light:

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That’s Elian Gonzalez.  Bill Clinton sent him back after weeks of “what do you we do with him?” in the national media in the late-90s.  What do Cubans tend to become, if or when they become American citizens, after their escape from Cuban oppression?  Movie stars? Athletes? Politicians?

Well maybe in some cases they do– but they also often become Republicans.

And Bill Clinton would have never given up the opportunity to send a potential future-Republican back to the world of communism.

But today, in 2014, no– we’re so focused on giving people “a shot”– the same kind of shot we’ve been giving historically oppressed people for well over one hundred years.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be looking upon that with much praise.

At what point are people going to stand up, get involved, and admit that we needed to elect our nation’s first black president to show just how badly Democrats have been fucking over minorities for well over a century?  What will that accomplish in 2016?

Probably nothing.

How many more American, urban centers need to fall before we wake up to exactly how “humanitarian” progressivism is, and how humanitarian it promises to be in our not-so-distant future?

 

So one time I wrote about…

…the newest trend in media, which is to make everything a list, a picture, an emotion, blahh blaaaaah blaaahhhhhh.  Into a whatever- anything but paragraphs and complete statements.  At the time, I didn’t get into much detail about that observation and I didn’t expand upon my point much further than noting that it was becoming hard to read news on the internet these days in general. Today I am going to revisit the topic in a very unprofessional and non-academic way.

My forever-growing, people-who-regularly-embarrass-themselves-on-Twitter bookmark tab in Firefox has seen some recent additions.  Recently I have often found myself being directed to Vox- a company which challenges us to “understand the news”, which is its write-up on Twitter.  It’s not difficult to discern that Vox is just another progressive, heal-the-world hack job of a news source, but it’s worth a glance every now and then to get a giggle out of some of the plans they dredge up from the bowels of progressitopia.

Just a few minutes ago, I pulled up their page on Twitter.  Now tell me- since we all know that progressives write and/or speak to no one and for no one but each other, do these look like articles addressed to an educated, intellectual, or well-informed public?  Write to your audience, right?  It seems Vox is doing a little more talking down to people than they are talking to them– not much of a surprise considering one of DC’s biggest morons, Matt Yglesias, is their “executive editor”.

Behold, the intellectual beauty that is Vox (Beware, this is about to get long):

 

 

I stopped right about here.  There were a few links to articles that seemed “normal” on the surface, but I did not check into them, nor care enough see if they were anything more than articles saturated with lists, charts, and chatter about how “scary” their lessons were.  No, Vox, I don’t give a damn about what “Transformers 4 teaches us about economics”, and I know that it is difficult to go an hour without pondering his worldview but no, I don’t give a damn about what George Takei thinks, about anything, at any time.

Through the first twenty or so tweets from Vox, in its quest to help us “understand the news”, we got:

…tips about which board games adults should play (as if hipsters need one more reason to move to Brooklyn and not work), the ANSWER to the “Great American Soft Drink Debate” which seeks to answer whether or not it’s called “pop” or “soda” (answer: it’s SODA, why?  Because whatever a New Yorker says is always correct), the FIVE (not six) ways that Seinfeld has changed television, 21 charts that depict how America is changing- one that I actually checked out, and was not even slightly shocked to find it was full of “well, duh” factoids like “we’re becoming less religious” or the ever-important “we’re moving west in larger numbers”, a map that gave us insight into– now wait, make sure you’re sitting down– how people in countries that see its populace making better, and more stable livings, pay a smaller percentage of their annual incomes on food, a single graph which is reportedly nothing but a straight line and has Ezra Klein nearly in tears over it, because it shows that people have little power and that the dreaded oligarchy has become us (what do you think happens when we spit upon republicanism for the better part of a century?), another amazing list which names Ireland the #1 “goodest” country while the United States came in a miserable 21st, another map of the top beers in each state, an article that will take you to the next level at your weekend Rock, Papers, Scissors club using “science” (of course), 4 tips from a food scientist about the art of barbecue, 5 songs released this week that you just have to hear, an article explaining how it really is alright to swim right after you eat, and finally- THE single most important fact about American politics.  No, I didn’t bother seeing what that fact was.  Knowing Vox it wasn’t much of a fact anyway.

Phew, I’m beat.  And that was after skimming through but twenty or thirty of the hundreds of tweets Vox makes per day.  They’re not the only ones guilty of this massacre of the brain, have no doubt, but I have never seen such fluff condensed into one package, in such volume.  This company defines bullshit news, yet over 100k people seem to be interested enough to follow it daily.

And we wonder why we have low-information voters?  Because we are a nation of low-information voters.  Plain and simple.

 

Oh look, another reason for progressives to tell you what you should be thinking!

Well, it’s June, and since Donald Sterling’s racist comments are sooo last month, progressives scrambled to find the next thing to bitch about and man have they found it.  What important national-level issue did they choose?  Berghdahl?  The IRS?  Unemployment?  Nah, The Washington Redskins, naturally.

I’ll start this by pointing out that I’m precisely 0% Native American.  That makes me ten-times more Native American than Elizabeth Warren though.  I remember when I was a kid, with the purchase of a Value Meal at McDonald’s, that you could score a VHS of Dances with Wolves for $2– I think I watched it once, which also makes me more Native American than Elizabeth Warren.  Why is it important to highlight how “Native American I am” to preface this discussion?  Beats me, but I’ve seen a few articles around the web recently where an author’s “cred” was validated by the percentage of Native American blood they had.

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Yeah, I don’t get it either.

I’ll spare the usual talk about how there are plenty of Native Americans out there (actual ones) who don’t give two damns about the Redskin mascot, and the discussions about where the name for the team actually came from.  It’s been discussed, over and over again, and at great length.  It’s boring already, and progressives have a solid track record with regard to how little they care about any kind of counterargument that might knock them off the waaaaaambulance they’ve been riding in for about four or five decades now.  So instead of talking about a bunch of cultural factors that I don’t really give a shit about, I’ll just use this time to talk about how the bansheeing over the Redskins name is the epitome of progressivism.

I’ll ask this question again, as I’ve done in the past:  if everything was going well in the country, what would a progressive be left with?  What about the progressive ideology, and the “progress” it claims to make, ever leaves room for things to simply be good, or even good enough?  Without thinking everything is miserable, does a progressive opinion even exist?  If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?  We needed healthcare reform NOW, because healthcare sucks and only served to make “corporations” wealthier; we need immigration reform NOW, because even though there’s barely a job to be found in today’s market, illegals will do the jobs (that suck) that Americans won’t; we need some kind of undefined reform NOW because of income inequality, and because no CEO ever earned, or worked towards the millions of dollars they make or anything silly like that (and because they suck); we need to change the name of a sports team NOW because it’s racist, and racism sucks, and because–

No.

People might be jumping on the bandwagon in calling for the Redskin name to be changed because of “racism” (quotes necessary), but the progressive politicians leading the movement don’t really care about that.  If they did, they’d stop targeting minorities for votes as they condemn them to poverty– something they’ll never cease doing so long as it returns nearly 100% support in every election, without fail.  If they really cared about race more than they do about creating race wars, they would have made a new hashtag on Twitter for every one of the thousands of young, black, American men and women who died as a result of gang or gun-related violence between Trayvon Martin’s death and the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.

The reason why the Redskins name has become such a hot topic is because a progressive will never, ever, allow the chance to dictate how people should think, live, act, or feel to slip through their greasy, thieving hands.  They already spend most of their time putting those hands in your pockets, and now they’re putting them in your brain.

Has anyone ever noticed how it’s always old, white, and liberal politicians who spend their time telling us what we’re thinking, and how much those thoughts bug groups of people they have absolutely nothing in common with?  Yeah, we get it, politicians are supposed to stand up for and speak for the people– all people– and be their voice.  They’re supposed to be on the “level” of the people, and for whatever reason people are pretty convinced these days that the nation’s Democrats have somehow done that better than Republicans while they both spend their weekends launching yachts from their backyards and eating oysters.  I’ll believe that politicians are on the same “level” as the people when they start sending their children to the same schools we send ours to.

How many national, prime-time commercials denouncing the Redskins name did you see on television last year?  The year before?  In the early 2000s?  Earlier?  None.  And that’s probably because at the time, tribal nations either didn’t care, or they didn’t have progressives funneling money to them to spend on multi-million dollar, 30-second commercial spots during the NBA Finals.

No one asks these questions, but the celebrations for pitiful, cowardly, and do-nothing examples of “progress” (like the Redskins trademark getting canceled earlier this week) go on for weeks.  Even if we assume that the Redskin logo is in fact racist, or that the team’s owner is a racist, do you think progressives care about changing the people behind that supposed racism more than they do covering it up and pretending it’s “mission accomplished”?  Of course not.  As with any and all things progressive, all that matters is how much people see you being a progressive.  The results don’t matter nearly as much as the “look at me” factor, and the pats on the back you earn from the like-minded, progressive friends sitting next to you in the drum circle.

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I’m a Giants fan, so really I couldn’t care any less about the well-being of the Redskins than I already do– I hope the team experiences a future of NFL misery and many more long, and painful years of pitiful performance– but I will defend their owner’s resilience when it comes to the egregious and mind-controlling nature of America’s lacktivists and the puppeteers in DC who control their subsidized, Silver-Plan strings.

 

 

 
 
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