Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Casual Racism in America

Guess Chlorine Can’t Kill Those Germs « The Poor Man Institute
Despite my rugged exterior, Jay Z-like street cred and remarkable penchant for being down at all times - and as unlikely as this may sound to you dear reader - I grew up in a rich white burb (of NYC mind you, not Alabama or Mississippi). And by white, I mean police-enforced, purest white.

The next town over was the inverse (lower income scale, minority population, knowledge among locals that life had progressed past 1952, etc). Thus, as it was known to the locals, the police would make a regular habit of pulling over/stopping minorities that had the nerve to cross the border into Pristineville. Just for being there.

Even minority children got harassed.

My town had a bunch of parks that were little Meccas for the snot-nose set, and so it wasn’t uncommon to see the occasional young black or Hispanic kid showing up at the front gate with wide eyes. Of course, the park tenders would snap into action, halt the interlopers before they entered and let them know that you had to be a resident of the town – or the guest of a resident – in order to be let in. Obviously, by virtue of their melanin count, they weren’t residents.

This actually doesn't surprise me one iota. I have lived full-time in the US for the last 2 and a half years and I have been struck by the level of casual racism in this country. I am not saying that everyone is a KKK member,far from it. Most Americans that I meet are wonderful people and it would never occur to them to say something that they think is overtly racist. I am merely saying that it is so subtly ingrained in the society that people honestly do not see it and thus think that it doesn't exist. Sadly, it does.

If you doubt this, ask your friends of color. I think you will be surprised at their answers.

And by the way, before you tell me to go back where I came from, I quite like it here. It is, for the most part, a wonderful place to live. It just isn't perfect. But what place is?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Not possible to make this shit up

Finally Comeuppance For “Faux” Journalists? : NO QUARTER
Comment by Northwest rain | 2009-07-05 15:39:38

More people need to boycott CNN and FOX and all the rest of the non-news crap.

That is the only way these jerks will get the message.

ONLY watch the real journalists — if you must listen/watch talking heads.
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Comment by foxyladi14 | 2009-07-05 17:45:39

And yes, I do feel dirty for visiting that place.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A job I would not want

Paul Begala: Sarah Palin Turns Pro
Ponder the fact that Rupert Murdoch's Harper Collins publishing house is paying this, umm, writer $11 million for a book. Ponder that and say a prayer for Ms. Palin's editor.
Can anyone imagine the conversations between Caribou Barbie and her editor. Honest to FSM I cannot even make my mind go there without starting to twitch.

Comment of the day at Swampland - I Hope this is a parody

The Sarah Palin I-Quit-arod - Swampland –
Anybody who thinks Sarah is a quitter does not understand the first thing about character. I listened to the resigning speech, and it made perfect sense to me. If she doesn't do it there may not be much left of this country in 3 1/2 years. She needs to jump in to the vacuum of common sense and talk some sanity back into politics. She is the only one that can do it that I know of. Washington elite is scared stiff of her and want to cut her off at the pass. She even did a sub 4 hr marathon, not bad for a four children mother. This takes dedication.
The Republican party is being cleansed of their hypocrites. Sarah is real, honest with an uncanny ability to take down fakes. When the emperor has no clothes she says so. This is the insanity she speaks of. I say Go, Sarah! You do have a higher calling

There is no way that this was written without tongue firmly planted in cheek. I hope.

Center Right Country?

Those in favour of Stimulous package - 52%
Those in favour of Health care reform - 85%
Obama's Job Satisfaction numbers - 63%
Number of American's self-identifying as Republicans - 22%

Yes, Obama is in terrible trouble

Fuck we are stupid to buy this shit

ZOMG - Campaign Donors Get Ambassador's posts

Apparently it is a form of corruption that Obama is more guilty of than anyone else because there are no more Benjamin Adams' and Benjamin Franklin.


Stupidest Panel Discussion Ever

MacLaughlin Group ... Is Obama enough in favour of American Exceptionalism.

Rich Lowry ... Moron
Monica Crowley ... Moron
When Eleanor Clift is the voice of sanity on a panel you know you are in big trouble

My 14 year old just looked up and said "they sound like a bunch of 2 year olds"