May 30, 2010
Most of us will spend the weekend grilling burgers and visiting with relatives, or lounging on a beach somewhere, or watching a baseball game in an opulent stadium, overpriced beer and hot dog in hand. And most of us will have forgotten the meaning of the day.
So when you partake in your Memorial Day festivities this weekend, try to remember a few things.
When the smoke from the grill blows into your eyes, try to imagine the terror of the young pilot as the smoke fills the cockpit of his F4 Wildcat, spiraling into the sea off Guadalcanal.
When you sample those pork ribs, remember the Iowa farm boy whose life blood stained the surf at Normandy.
When you eat a bite of potato salad, think of an Idaho preacher’s kid who died with a prayer on his lips, asking God to forgive him for the enemy soldiers’ lives he had taken.
While you enjoy the warm summer sun on your face, take a moment to think of the frozen bodies of American soldiers strapped to jeeps and tanks at the Chosin Reservoir.
When you welcome your niece’s new boyfriend to the table, remember the black kid from Mississippi who died right beside his white buddies in Vietnam, though he wasn’t even allowed to eat in the same restaurants back home.
When you scold your misbehaving grandchild, think of the little boy whose only knowledge of his father will come from stories told by family, because Daddy died on a dusty street in Fallujah while he was still in the womb.
When you fetch your wife another glass of tea, think of a young wife living in base housing at Fort Benning, as she hears the news that her husband died at Ia Drang.
When you invite Grandpa to say grace before the meal, think of young men cut down by a hail of fire from a Maxim at Belleau Wood.
When you reflect with pride on your daughter’s recent graduation, think of a young woman cartwheeling into the sea in her F14 Tomcat after a failed carrier landing.
When you look with distaste at the tattoos on her new boyfriend, think instead of the former gang kid from Detroit who found a way up and out of poverty in the Army, only to die from an IED blast in Baghdad. And remind yourself that what matters is how he treats your daughter, not the ink on his arms.
Whilst you enjoy your beer and bratwurst, remember the 19 -year-old Army private who died in a training accident in Grafenwohr in 1960, one of many young men who knew they’d be little more than a speed bump should the Russians ever come pouring through the Fulda Gap. Yet still, they served.
When you sit at the table, think of a Navy Captain, a husband and father, who died at his Pentagon desk on September 11. His death was no less honorable.
If you’re traveling today, think of the passengers of United Flight 93, for in a field outside Shanksville they became the first soldiers in our war on terror.
When your boys fight, as boys will do, remember the boys on both sides who died at Gettysburg.
If a loved one can’t make it to the gathering today, think of Mrs. Bixby and her five sons.
While your kids play in the pool this afternoon, think of other kids not much older, trapped below decks as the Arizona went under at Pearl Harbor.
If you have bemoaned the layoffs of friends and co-workers in the recent economic crisis, think of the Navy SEAL who lost every single one of his teammates on a rainy night in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
When you take a shower tonight, think of young men reeking of machine oil and sweat, desperately trying, and failing, to surface their wounded submarine somewhere in the Pacific in 1943.
I tell you of these things not to spoil your appetite or your day, but to remind you that the things we enjoy in our lives are made all the sweeter when you consider what made them possible.
Remind yourself also that your sacrifice is infinitely easier. All you need do is sacrifice a moment of your time every few years to pull a lever. The way to honor a dead soldier is not simply to fly a flag on Memorial Day. Vote to preserve the freedoms they died defending. Elect leaders worthy of those rough young men and women who stand ready to do violence on your behalf.
And stop by your local Veteran’s Cemetery and put out some flowers on the grave of your choice. It need not even be the grave of someone you know.
Bring your children along, and explain to them why. It’s important.
-Kook via ambulancedriverfiles.com
May 28, 2010
This meme is so ingrained I do not know how many times I have to tell MYSELF that these two things are not really related.
His Fraudulency, Chairman Zero, broke his nearly year long abstinence on press conferences to address the Gulf Oil Spill. He blathered on for nearly an hour and then he announced (with barely concealed glee I am sure) that there would be a ban on new offshore oil drilling. So much for opening new areas to exploration, eh?
Obama, holding China (!) up as a role model for our future, touted their push toward “alternative energy” when reports indicate that their coal usage is increasing. China may indeed be looking at alternative energy sources, but they are drilling like crazy anywhere they suspect there is oil and leveling whole mountains looking for more coal. They are rushing headlong to a title match for Lone Superpower Status, at a time when the champ is sending the message that it doesn’t even want to be champ.
But alternative energy sources such as they are will not affect our oil usage for the foreseeable future. Cars run on oil. Most alternative energy research, theory, dreaming, is aimed at electrical generation. Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydroelectric, Wave Power, Nuclear, Unicorn Tears are all meant for electrical generation. Currently most of our electrical generation is accomplished by that other most hated industry, Coal Mining.
Oil makes Gasoline, Diesel and other fuels…that we primarily use for moving vehicles.
The most famous “green” automobiles, the Prius and all the other Hybrids, do not have an electrical outlet anywhere on them. The Chevy Volt, still months away at best, can only go 40 miles on battery power, and then uses a gas engine. Another sticking point with the Volt is price, at probably $35,000, it is not going to be a car for the masses.
The Unicorn Tear Powered Car is all ready to go, however, we are just waiting on the Unicorn Tears.
The Ban on Offshore Drilling will not in and of itself make us safer, in fact it will likely make us less safe. Until Gasoline hits $4 a gallon (heaven help us) people will not slow down their driving much. Other things will be eliminated first. This will push our reliance to MORE foreign sources at a time when the Middle East is about to explode, we will be buying more oil from OPEC and really NONE of those countries are our allies. We will be helping our enemies, funding them, allowing them to achieve their (evil) dreams and schemes. This will potentially create a disaster that will make the Oil Spill seem a pretty trifling business.
All of this just reinforces these points;
Solar Power – doesn’t work where it is cloudy, is expensive, takes hundreds of acres to be worthwhile, and takes more water to keep it cool than we can afford, plus the environmentalists block the water diversion and usage.
Wind Power – The liberal elites were recently victorious on keeping windmills (4 miles) off the coast of Nantucket, so although they want them in theory, they don’t want them spoiling their view or in their backyard. Again, environmentalists hate them because they kill birds. And they only work in areas with reliable wind.
Geothermal – would work great, except we need some sort of Unobtanium element as yet undiscovered to keep the heat and corrosion from eating up any kind of turbine.
Hydroelectric – Awesome. Too bad we are pretty much out of rivers to dam, and the environmentalists won’t let us anyway.
Wave Power – well obviously it only works near the coasts. Certain kinds of coasts. And mother nature has a tendency to destroy the little flapper thingy’s.
Nuclear – for some reason completely and totally unacceptable despite the French and the Chinese using it everywhere. The one time I want to be like the French and the only time the liberal effete are against it.
So…what is left…Unicorn Tears? Coal. Coal is what makes electricity and the United States has more than any other nation, making our electricity potentially the cheapest in the world. Not to mention we do use a lot of hydro-power and it is both clean and cheap.
The only close to viable alternatives for automobile fuel is Ethanol. But burning food is a bad idea. Making ethanol from biomass is either incredibly stinky, and environmentally unfriendly as well; or causes food, and more importantly animal feed, prices to skyrocket making $5 a gallon milk a real possibility. Animals eat mostly corn. Even if you are a vegan, so much farmland would have to be farmed in corn that vegans would starve too. Oh and uh…Tractors, Combines, and OTR trucks won't run on the stuff. Some of the newest tractors can burn 300 gallons of Diesel a day. Never mind that fuel mileage on ethanol is craptastic.
Main point being, alternative energy is not feasible, at least not yet, and even if it were it does not power our cars; and probably never will.
No, banning oil exploration and drilling is political. More importantly all this driving we do is really liberating to the masses allowing us to travel for work and for leisure. Our automobiles allow us to broaden our horizons and be self reliant. These are concepts that are totally against the progressive agenda. Progressives and Socialists thrive where there is misery and fail where there is prosperity. That is why Oil, Coal, and Nuclear energy is bad… because it enables freedom. With liberty and freedom we will look to ourselves and each other, and not to Government, and that will ruin THEIR way of life.
May 26, 2010
There is a strange wind blowing, can you feel it? I am reminded of the old, supposedly, Chinese proverb, "may you live in interesting times". There is no mistaking that, the times they are a' changing.
Europe is disintegrating right before our eyes. A fabricated construct of people who do not even necessarily like each other, not only, from country to country but sometimes, even, region to region. In it's ashes we will probably see the emergence of a hard left. The Europeans will never abort communism - they, after all, they invented it. Our notion of "saving" Europe from communism was a seventy year foolish quest, which will now end. They lust for communism, and they will get it sooner than anyone thinks. It is 50 years too late and justly deserved.
North and South Korea are on the brink of war. Nuclear powers, both. Let us not forget we have 28,000 troops on the border of North Korea and we currently have no leadership. None. What happens when Korea goes hot and 28,000 US troops are caught in a crossfire with no leadership or support from Washington?
Oil is leaking into the gulf, Israelis are performing frequent and serious bomb shelter drills with their citizens, The US is on the verge of economic collapse, Japan is even worse off , Venezuela is taking full advantage in South America and I do believe we are nearing the first battle salvos of the war of the Southwest, if they haven't occurred already.
The world is going to hell and Obama is driving us there on the short "green" ethanol fueled bus. Not only that, without getting too much into his psychology, which is an endlessly fascinating subject for me, Obama is giving the impression of someone who is about to unravel.
What does America look like when the dust settles? That is the question that determines the fate, not only, of Americans but of the entire world. America, the concept, is an anomaly, not just in recent history but in human history. Actually, the American 20th century was entirely an abboration in the history of the world. Think about this, at one time we had 80% of the world’s GDP and not even 10% of the world’s population. Americans really have been spoiled like no other people with peace, prosperity and a bubble that allowed a spoiled warped perception to take hold.
All that is ending. We will lose our innocence and ignorance in the next decade. Serious damage is being done to the country.
Most places, you can’t walk outside, or turn on your television and see the damage yet, but it is most certainly taking place. This is a battle to determine which belief system will prevail—individual freedom, or “shared sacrifice”.
They do not call it communism when it comes. Communism starts in meeting halls and in union marches. It won't come with tanks rolling down the streets or midnight raids, that all comes later. Today's communist party consists of about 25 people and a xerox machine. Almost nobody is a formal communist any more. By virtue of leftist infiltration of the educational system going back 70 or more years, people have been taught to believe everything the communists believed in, while laughing at the idea they are communists. Mere use of the label provokes laughter.
This is the international globalist communist revolution the left planned for since it's inception. The chaos all around it is it's oxygen. Freedom is very fragile and Americans, by-and-large, have grown extremely arrogant. Much more prideful than the founders and more than our own grandparents who feared and loathed communism for good reason.
May 25, 2010
I now know that I am far from alone in my beliefs and at least most of my opinions. Facts and History do not lie, and the truth is hard to hide forever. I like most bloggers started this blog as a way to vent. We all felt alone, isolated, in a world gone completely insane.
I have always read…no other words will work…A LOT. I am always reading something. Except for about 4 shows on TV and “guy” movies, I read. My tastes have typically been toward thrillers, sci-fi, mysteries, and military history. Mid 2008 I really began reading more straight history. I started by reading the history of farming in America. This was brought about by the death of my step dad. He was a mechanic and left me his last project, a 54 model Ford tractor. See, he was a ‘54 model too and he always wanted a tractor like his dad had when he was little, but he died before he could finish it. When I started learning about it, I learned more about the history of Farming. I am getting off point, but the history of Ford Tractors, along with Deere and International Harvester, is the history of Farming, and the history of Farming is the History of America.
I first started watching Glenn Beck in 2008 as well. I was on a work trip to Fort Worth and walked into the hotel room and HLN was on and there was this guy ranting about Government…not Elephants or Donkeys…just crooked politicians in general and I thought, “who is this guy..and on HLN?” At the time, I didn’t watch the news, ever.
But I didn’t like what was going on. I didn’t have Bush Derangement syndrome, but I sure thought he was heading us down the wrong path. Then when I saw who was running on the D and R tickets, I could tell those jokers were not going to make it better. I knew that the answers to my uncertainty could be found by reading more about what has happened in the past. So I began to read political and History books. Which gets me back on point.
When I started reading more history and politics there didn’t seem to be a lot of demand for these topics. Bookstores in my area had maybe two shelves of politics and one or two rows of history. A lot of those were more coffee table type books that are all fluff and no substance. There were a lot of “get out of debt” books, but they were personal debt, not national debt.
After the election we were buried by books about Chairman Zero. Then older books became more popular, and were followed by a lot of newer books. The History Channel’s: The Story of Us is the most highly watched documentary they have ever done. 27 of the top 100 bestsellers on Amazon.com right now are in the field of History, Politics, or economics, and only one is pro-Obama. The biographies of several of the Founders and THE FEDERALIST PAPERS are on the bestselling list! Could you have even found a copy of the Federalist papers in a bookstore 5 years ago?
A Patriots History of the United States is number 56 on B&N’s Bestseller list for the Year! I am reading this book, and it is no easy task. It is a big thick textbook, no pictures, no graphs, no maps…nuthin. Just the story of how we came to be in this particular place and time.
People are reading, people are learning, people are watching. Everywhere I go people talk about history or politics. This gives me hope.
May 17, 2010
I have not been posting much lately. Fact is, I am tired and kind of burned out. I think I have said most of what I felt I needed to say, and there are others who say it on average much better than I. Readership seems to have pretty much peaked for the effort that I am able to expend and now we are presented with the prospect of spending money to make it better or just letting it cruise along.
The thing is, once you see behind the curtain; take the red pill, or unplug from the narrative you see the true reality everywhere. People are apparently very easy to, and may indeed actually prefer to be deceived.
Case in point, I am traveling for work right now. This is another reason posting has been slower. Faced with the prospect of many hours of driving and no one to talk to I went to the bookstore for an audiobook. Incidentally this is when I saw the novelization of that work of lying bad fiction "the story of stuff" (rage). I am reading a hugemongeous history book right now and I didn't want any heavy political or history book. Besides having brain overload and being near burned out on the news of the day in general, I like to use a highliter on political and history books and I cannot easily reference material from an audio book. So I was just looking for a novel. The last thing I read by Michael Crichton was probably something to do with velociraptors so I picked up a $14 book of his titled State of Fear. And dag nab it if it isn't his treatise on how he thinks APGW, commonly referred to by it's apostles as global warming, is a complete and total farce! Great book and he has backed it up with facts some of which I will probably be sharing with y'all in the days ahead.
Point being, once you get to the point many of us are at with the "narrative" vs. "the truth" you cannot escape it and you cannot stop thinking about it. The lies are everywhere and the truth is so easy to see. So although I may be taking a brief pause I am not going to stop; because frankly I am now incapable of it.
One thing toward the end of the book in the afterword was a quote (you know I love quotes)
"when the search for Truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power"
This is the case when it comes to anthropogenic climate change. It is a thin covering of high minded do gooderism over a naked power grab masquerading as a grand sociological experiment. It is the worlds biggest get rich quick scheme and "His Fraudulency" and the Zero administration are smack dab in the thick of it.
May 14, 2010
May 12, 2010
As some 18 states prepare to go to court over the individual mandates in ObamaCare, Missouri is trying a different approach.Washington Times: The Missouri General Assembly yesterday decided to try a slightly different approach, giving final approval to a first-of-its-kind statewide referendum on Obamacare. That means voters will take to the ballot box and decide whether to nullify any law that would "compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system."Missouri state Sen. Jane Cunningham, the Health Care Freedom Act's primary sponsor, credited the Tea Party movement for pushing the issue through the state Senate 26-8 and the state House 108-47. "We've got a very active grass-roots patriot uprising in Missouri, and they've been very active in passing this," Mrs. Cunningham told The Washington Times. "My guess is that turnout will be pretty heavy because there is so much angst over what is coming down from over there in Washington."Show Me State Democrats feared the impact of energizing Republican turnout when close congressional races are on the line. Theyused their filibuster power in the state Senate to ensure the referendum vote would take place in August during the primary and not the November general election. About 2.9 million voters took part in the last general election but only 755,000 in the last primary. Placing health care on the ballot is likely to draw enthusiastic participation from voters excited for the chance to make their voices heard in a meaningful way.This voice needs to be heard. By fining people who fail to purchase a health insurance coverage package deemed acceptable to federal authorities, Obamacare oversteps the limits on federal powers set by the Constitution. It is a testament to the health of our democracy that so many states are fighting back - even more so now that the public will have the chance to take part in the effort. Opinion surveys based on a few hundred people are one thing, but perhaps the message will get through when nearly a million people pass their judgment on the federal plan. Can Obamacare survive a vote? Not a chance.
To say I like this idea is an understatement. The result will allow for no wiggle room to lie and say people want that hunk of junk ObamaCare. The direct voice of the people will be heard, despite Missouri Democrat’s trickery.
If you know anyone in Missouri, make sure to pass this on.
May 11, 2010
I guess I am becoming more jaded and cynical. Here is all I need to know about Elena Kagan.
1. Obama Likes Her. This means that:
a. She has no real world experience in the position he is selecting her for
b. She is from the halls of academe, probably Ivy League, most likely Harvard
c. She is a radical socialist
d. She is angry and does not like this country or its’ history very much
e. She will not be a human litmus test on constitutionality, but will instead be “empathetic” and will pander to her favored interests
i. most likely gay rights
2. she will make Janet Napolitano look feminine.
3 we will all bitch and moan, there will be much bluster from the conservative leadership
a. The end result will be the same
4. She will be confirmed as the next SCJ.
Next up…censorship in the media, gun control, further takeovers of industry, further villainization of private business and entrepreneurship.
-Getting Tired Ya’ll
May 10, 2010
Some darn good advice from way back at the beginning of our country.
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." -- George Washington
FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE
1. "Those who hammer their guns into plows will
plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson
2. Those who trade liberty for security have
neither. ~John Adams
3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
4. An armed man is a citizen.
An unarmed man is a subject.
5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
6. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
8. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
9. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
14. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you NOT understand?
15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians..
16. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control..
May 07, 2010
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
' With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Lovely words. World wide welcome, Mother of Exiles. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free…
I am for all the LEGAL immigration that there is. I am for more of it, we need it. I will welcome anyone who truly wants to come here and meld with us and become a productive member of society. I love “brown” people, some of my best friends are Latino or married to Latinos. I strongly support an easier path to citizenship. The door is here. But I don’t like the idea of people climbing through the window.
But what we have is not an Immigration Issue, recent events such as the banning of wearing the US Flag in the United States because of a Mexican Holiday and others, evidence of which is plentiful for those who will look, make this clear. No, what we have is a colonization issue.
There is a large group of Mexican and to a lesser extent other Latino nationals, who categorically do NOT want to come to this country to assimilate. They do not wish to become part of OUR nation. They want our nation to become part of theirs. They want to come here and live, but with their culture, and their language, and their customs, and their beliefs – and very few of ours.
I have read plenty to support the claim that Mexico understands that its greatest export is labor, and that it gives back door assistance to its’ own people to encourage the practice of being an alambristo, or fence crosser. Indeed, many of the illegals send most of the money they make back home. They do not intend to stay, and if they do intend to stay, they do not ever intend to assimilate. Need proof?
Reconquista: in light of the fact that Texas statehood was preceded by an influx of illegal white settlers into that Mexican province until United States Citizens outnumbered Mexicans 10-1 and were able to take over governance of the area. The theory is that the reverse will happen as Mexicans, Native Americans, Central Americans, and First Nation peoples will eventually become so numerous in that region that they can wield substantial influence, including political power.
We joke about it, but it is true. What is the famous line from Braveheart? “The Problem with Scotland is that it is full of Scots…If we can’t run them out, we will breed them out!”
Well, the problem with the southwest united states, for Mexicans, is that it is full of US citizens. And since they didn’t run us out, they decided to just move back in anyway. I freely and openly admit that for certain in 1846 the (Democratic) administration of Polk wanted, and pushed hard for, a war with Mexico. History suggests that many in Mexico did as well. In fact many Europeans thought Mexico would whip us in short order. I believe that it was definitely a war of aggression waged by the US. In time, I believe that we could have bought the land cheaply from them. but I digress.
When we began as a nation, England, Spain, and France all sent colonists to North and Central America. In turn they expected taxes be paid back to the homeland. Not to put too fine a point over it, our ancestors took this land from the Natives, we started as colonists and now we run the place. The colonists would have been immigrants if they had MELDED with the Natives. They didn’t, that made them colonists, because they still spoke their language, dressed according to their fashion, ate according to their custom, worshipped according to their beliefs, and generally lived apart but inside the borders.
Tell me how this is different from our current issue in the SouthWest? They will not learn the language, instead we cater to their desire to speak and be spoken to in Spanish. Products are labeled in Spanish, education is taught in Spanish. They do not really respect the laws of this nation or our customs, as evidenced by the many photos on the web, and their indifference to our immigration policies (flawed though they are).
The Mexican government knows their is a huge migration, even if they don’t sponsor it, neither do they condemn it, and in fact it is pretty evident they tacitly encourage it. Their citizens come here, move into their own miniature isolated communities and set up shop. Groups such as La Raza (the KKK with a tan) align themselves with SEIU and ACORN and other Socialist groups. They identify with Che. The DemocRats do not see these people as Illegal Immigrants; they see them as Undocumented Democrats, and Indeed, whoever gives them amnesty will be in power for the next half century.
But make no mistake many will never assimilate into our culture. They will remain separate, yet actively pandered to for their voting power. But, they will only use that power to remove, as much as possible, the culture of the USA and supplant it with their culture, just like the early american colonists did. Just as the Spanish did to the Aztecs and the English did to the Cherokee. They send a large portion back to the homeland helping the home economy. When they make their stake, they leave, or they stay, never attempting to become Citizens of this country.
It is not illegal immigration, it is creeping colonization.
May 06, 2010
Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees - NBCBAYAREA- msnbc.com YES EVEN MSNBC CAUGHT THIS ONE.
On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population. (Cinco de Mayo is not even a significant Mexican Holiday: via wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday held on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. While Cinco de Mayo sees limited significance and celebration nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed nationwide in the United States …Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day,the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico” )
Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.
"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today."
The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.
"They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended," Dominic Maciel, Galli's friend, said.
The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they're angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, "total nonsense."
"I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel's mom, said. "All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They're expressing their individuality."
But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.
"I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day," Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. "We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July"
(if you EFFIN love Mexico so EFFIN much why don’t you go the EFF back there A-HOLE?, As stated above May 5th is not a significant holiday *even* in Mexico, what other EFFIN country in the world would give a squirt of piss about a holiday from another country? WHAT? do you think Sweden celebrates MLK day?)
As for an apology, the boys and their families say, 'fat chance.'
"I'm not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong," Galli said. "I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I'm an American and I'm proud to be an American." (Ya damn Right)
The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district and the school do not see eye-to-eye on the incident and released the following statement:
“The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration's interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.”
The boys will not be suspended and were allowed to return to school Thursday. We spotted one of them when he got to campus -- and, yes, he was sporting an American flag T-shirt.
Arriba La Raza! Vival La Reconquesta AYeeee!
"I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remember a few years ago that the phrase "driving while black" was used often to excuse being pulled over for whatever traffic violation? Well, looks like now there is a more real racism - "learning while white." You don't get a ticket for being white. Instead, you lose your educational opportunity. From Ann Arbor.com (HT: Jennifer Gratz on FB): Field trip for black students sparks controversy at Ann Arbor elementary school
“An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school’s efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison wrote the letter to parents following several days of controversy at the school after a field trip last week in which black students got to hear a rocket scientist.”
White students not allowed! This isn't even separate but equal, it is rather separate and unequal by design! And the principle of the elementary school is defending this by pointing out the benefit to the black students that got to go:
“In hindsight, this field trip could have been approached and arranged in a better way," Madison wrote. "But as I reflect upon the look of excitement, enthusiasm and energy that I saw in these children’s eyes as they stood in the presence of a renowned African American rocket scientist in a very successful position, it gave the kids an opportunity to see this type of achievement is possible for even them.
“It was not a wasted venture for I know one day they might want to aspire to be the first astronaut or scientist standing on the Planet Mars.
Thus begs a question: would the white children have not gotten the same benefit from attending that event? Would Principal Madison not have seen "excitement, enthusiasm and energy" in the white students eyes as well?
“I also think it’s important that you know that I have talked to the children who did not go on the field trip, and I think they have a better understanding of the purpose of the AA Lunch Bunch now, as I hope you do. I’m sorry if any kids were upset by the field trip or my discussion afterwards with them, and I have let them know that.
“The intent of our field trip was not to segregate or exclude students as has been reported, but rather to address the societal issues, roadblocks and challenges that our African American children will face as they pursue a successful academic education here in our community.”
Yet he did exactly what he states his intent was not - he separated students by race and handed out burdens and benefits based on skin pigmentation directly against the equal protection clause in the US Constitution. The intent is irrelevant - the result is what matters here. Just so you get a sense of how Madison is running that elementary school, this snippet from the article is telling:
A handful of parents have complained to district administrators about the trip, the group and Madison. More than a half-dozen parents contacted AnnArbor.com to raise the complaints, but none would agree to talk on the record, citing concerns of reprisals to their children by Madison.
Apparently, Madison intimidated the white students who felt, and in fact were, slighted because of the color of their skin:
“District spokeswoman Liz Margolis said after the trip was over, those who went returned to their fifth-grade class and were greeted by boos by those who didn’t go on the trip. Margolis said Madison, who is black, heard the boos, and went to talk to the class. She said he and the class had a “discussion” about race issues.”
“He wasn’t yelling at them. He was very passionate about it,” Margolis said.
Parents have complained he was yelling at the class and belittled a Muslim girl who said she also had experienced racism and discrimination.
From the account in the article, other administrators also defend the program, and there is no hint of the program doing anything other than continuing to pick winners and losers by the color of their skin. This isn't the first time Ann Arbor schools has popped up on my radar either. Last year (March 2009) I had this: "Disproportionate Representation" in Special Ed? So same crap, different day. Affirmative action is outright racial discrimination on its face, which is ironic considering the original affirmative action order by President John F Kennedy read, in part:
WHEREAS discrimination because of race, creed, color, or national origin is
contrary to the Constitutional principles and policies of the United States; and 13 CFR 1960 Supp. ...SEC. 202. All executive departments and agencies are directed to initiate forthwith studies of current government employment practices within their responsibility. The studies shall be in such form as the Committee may prescribe and shall include statistics on current employment patterns, a review of current procedures, and the recommendation of positive measures for the elimination of any discrimination, direct or indirect, which now exists. ...
In exactness, liberals have turned affirmative action on its head. The affirmative action order was to ban any discrimination and have a color-blind society. The liberals abhor such a value and prefer to divide people by race, sex, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Identity politics at its best. Or worst as it were.
UPDATE: Linked by Instapundit! Thank you!
Cal School District Segregating Students By Race! Call it "Heritage Assemblies"
"Disproportionate Representation" in Special Ed?
This needs to be everywhere all the time 24hrs a day until it is called what it is:
Discrimination of the ugliest sort.
May 04, 2010
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer: “hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country”
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer: “hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country”
We all knew that when the video tape of the white guy changing shirts came out, there was going to be some on the left who salivated at the thought the car bomber might be a Tea Partier. But to actually hear one admit their dismay is rather shocking.Radio Equalizer: CONTESSA BREWER (7:06): I mean the thing is is that and I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country because there are a lot of people who want to use this terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry
And so there was part of me was really hoping this would not be the case that here would be somebody who is not the defined. I mean he’s accused he’s arrested you know I don’t want to convict him before it’s time to do so. He’s the guy authorities say is involved. But that being said I mean we know even in recent history you have the Haitari militia from Michigan who have plans to let’s face it create terror. ( -so please please let it be them…please)
That’s what they were planning to do and they were doing so from far different backgrounds than what this guy is coming from. So, the threat is not just coming from people who decide that America is the place to be and you know come here and want to become citizens. Obviously this guy did.
BOY… ME TOO! I would really hate to find out it was another one of those adherents to the religion of pieces®. What I was really hoping was that it was my neighbor or a close family member of mine that hated this country so much and was so demented and sick that they wanted to kill a bunch of innocent civilians as they went about their daily business.
Yeah, that is what I wish for is that Citizens of THIS country instead of radical camel humpers that have nothing to live for anyway wanted to maim and kill people.
Because, you know, this animosity that many of us have toward the peace loving civilized …pacifist, really… adherents of Muhammed is just really so passé. All of us teabaggers What have any of them EVER done to hurt us? That’s right, other than blow up a few (okay about a dozen) planes, a couple of buildings (they did the WTC twice that doesn’t count), and a warship…nothing.
Hey, Contessa, you BITCH, why don’t you just say what you really wanted to say?:
“ I was really hoping that this was some teabagger, or Tim McVeigh’s long lost cousin or something so that it could re-affirm my worldview. I wish so badly for something to happen to justify my feelings that this is a downright mean country full of racist, Christian, homosexual hating, bigots from the sticks. Then we could have rounded all those dissenters up and fed them to the ovens. Sadly, it was another poor pitiful Muslim who was only and sadly disaffected with how this country has held his people down…so sad really”
May 03, 2010
As some of you may be aware I have a younger family member who lives with me while she attends college. She is a sharp cookie, and although she does not agree with me on every issue, nor I with her, we do agree on a good number of philosophical points.
Frequent readers know that I detest affirmative action and quotas for pretty much any use. I have taken a little heat in the past for my comparisons regarding the amount of “diversity” on TV and in advertising and the actual demographics of this nation.
I am reminded of the South Park episode on the South Park flag:
The episode begins with an argument about the South Park town flag. It depicts four white figures hanging a black one on a gallows. The blatant racism incites Chef's indignation and leads him to believe that the whole town is racist. The Children are eventually given the job of redesigning the flag and when they unveil it, it is a multicultural flag of different colored stick people holding hands…with a black stick figure on the gallows.
Chef and the rest of the adults find out that the children had not even noticed that the flag was racist, thinking that the issue at hand was capital punishment. Chef realizes that, when the children looked at the flag, they only saw five people, with no regard to their colors, and is touched: he realizes that, in believing the whole town racist while throwing the slur "cracker" around, he was being the racist one. . Chef delivers the moral of this story: his inclination to anti-racism almost made him a racist himself; perceiving things according to race leads only to further racism.
In our world today we have “forced diversity” where diversity becomes un-diverse. Everybody seems to have a dance card they have to fill with their “black” friend, and their “gay” friend, and their “asian” friend. We’ve become hyper-racist to the point none of you probably pulled up short at my insertion of “gay” into a discussion on race. That is how bad it has gotten, if you are perceived as anti-homosexual, you are also a racist. Never mind being anti-homosexual being wrong; how did that become race based?
Look at the Lefty bomb throwers; they are the ones attempting to marginalize the entire TEA movement because "we are all a bunch of white raaacists”. The term racist is used to completely discount every issue. Don’t agree with the President? Racist. Don’t agree with AZ’s immigration law? Raacist! Don’t agree with unlimited welfare? Raaacissst. Don’t support green initiatives? Racist. Vote *gasp* Republican? raaaaacisssst.
If your grassroots group is not a uniformly multicultural multi-ethnic melting pot (actually the less white people the better) then you absolutely positively must be racist.
We all fall into this trap. The white demographic in this area of the country is around 75%, therefore 75% of all the people in any given group ANYWHERE around here could be assumed to be caucasian non-spanish. Instead, unless we can show a picture of just how many skin tones were at a Rally, we are apparently proven to be Racists. To hear the loons tell it we are all marching in sheets carrying burning crosses.
It has gotten to the point that even advertisers are beginning to poke fun at our hyper-racialism. The new ads for the young ladies kotex has a beautiful young lady stating that she was picked to be the spokesperson because of her beauty and her indeterminate ethnicity so as to appeal to a wider audience..and blah blah blah…
What this does is point out that there is a LOT of thought given to race when products are designed and advertised. I refuse to believe this sells more feminine hygiene products, cheeseburgers, or even TV shows. But do believe the more we market to groups and the more we divide people up and check people off the worse the situation becomes, not better.
When I was a kid I watched Family Ties, not because they were white, but because Michael J. Fox was fantastic as Alex P. Keaton. I watched The Cosby Show, not because they were black but because it was a great show. When I was young I watched The Jeffersons, and Diff’rent Strokes, and Sanford and Son, and the Dukes of Hazard, Magnum PI, A-Team, Knight Rider, Simon and Simon. I got older and watched Arsenio Hall, not because he was black, but because he was better than Leno or that other idiot, for a while. I watched In Living Color instead of Sat Night Live. I loved Home Improvement. Color did not play into my TV watching habits, quality of the show and its relevance to me or its entertainment value did. On another note, I can promise you, I never bought (or begged my mom to buy) a happy meal because of the color of the little kid in the commercial (usually it had more to do with Lego’s), ditto with breakfast cereal.
Little Cousin’s point was, when diversity just happens, it is diversity. When Diversity is forced, it is someone else’s opinion of diversity, and I will add, it is certainly not the product of any diversity of thought. Until the never-sufficiently-to -be-damned Liberal left quits using Racist as every other word, as a be-all and end-all to any disagreement, we will never be post racial. We must not allow them to drag us into showing our “diversity” credentials at every turn. I think from here on out the proper response to any cry of RAAACISSST should be, “that is absurd, how dare you bring race into the argument in order to obfuscate the true issue, I will not devolve into that type of hateful rhetoric, you debase yourself” – and if nothing else, they will just call us stoopid while they try to google the definitions to “obfuscate”, “devolve”, “rhetoric”, and “debase”.
Multiculturalism – Where ‘zero tolerance’ unity of thought results in diversity of color, welcome to 21st century Amerika.
Here is a bit of the article:Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea parties, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.
But there are two other facts that are far more troubling:
The first is the observation itself. The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.
It confirms that the Left really does see the world through the prism of race, gender and class rather than through the moral prism of right and wrong.
One of the more dangerous features of the Left has been its replacement of moral categories of right and wrong, and good and evil with three other categories: black and white (race), male and female (gender) and rich and poor (class).