Saturday, October 8, 2016

Da Mic Drop: Zianna Oliphant

Da Mic Drop is a regular segment, where we look at people who make such a pointed "standing-ovation-worthy" commentary in regards to a person or issue that it has to be highlighted. 

Baring few exceptions, I have made it a policy not to comment too much on the almost weekly occurrences and incidents ( it's like there's a quota they are trying to surpass or something) of police brutality and abuses toward black folk. This has happened with such alarming frequency that it's almost overwhelming trying to match which victim to which police shooting without it all becoming a total blur.  Not to mention that most of what I said about this problem in 2015 still applies here. There isn't anything more I could even say at this point.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) a bright, articulate, emotionally-distraught  9 year old, named Zianna Oliphant has said it for us at city council meeting in Charlotte after Unwarranted Police Shooting #9876 (The Keith Scott incident, I think. Again, these events are starting to blur into one long continuous assault on black people) because we have gotten to the point in our nation where we need a tear-stained child to tell society the blatantly obvious:

"I come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like we are treated differently than other people, and I don’t like how we are treated just because of our color and it doesn’t mean anything to me.
I believe that we are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights.
I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte and I never felt this way until now. And I can’t stand how we’re treated. It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed, and we can’t even see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to the graveyard and bury them.
And we have tears, and we shouldn’t have tears.
We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side."

 Damn right, we "shouldn't have tears." And because this young lady is wise beyond her years (and certainly wiser that many adults, that's for sure) here is little Zianna again, explaining why she went up and gave her speech:

Cynical Proverbs 10:8

You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink.

Especially when the trough is located in Flint, Michigan.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Debate questions I would like to see

Here are some essential debate questions I would like asked of all the participants. Indeed, if these questions were asked I would even encourage invitations extended to two-bit presidential sloppy seconds like Jill Stien and Gary Johnson (The "Everybody-Gets-a-Trophy-Day Participation Award" of election candidates):

1) What steps would you take to enact your various proposals and ensured that they are passed?

2) How would you overcome potential opposition to your proposals? Would you consider making compromises to your policies in order to get it passed or will you be content to let it fail?

But yeah more question about actually getting shit into workable order and less rhetoric please. It's getting down to the wire.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cynical Proverbs 9:03

If you lie down with dogs, you'll to get up with fleas
Of course it seems more prudent of us to simply give that mangy ol' dog a bath (or alternatively to go get the dog "fixed") 😆

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Da Mic Drop: IknowRIGHT (with a special guest appearance by...)

Da Mic Drop is a regular segment, where we look at people who make such a pointed "standing-ovation-worthy" commentary in regards to a person or issue that it has to be highlighted. 

I might say more about the Colin Kaepernick flag "non-troversy" (what? But I thought we were still supposed to be "scandalized" by Anthony's weiner?) But because this accusation always comes up whenever  someone is not properly wrapping themselves in the flag I thought it might be helpful to have a refresher course on how "Patriotism" actually works, courtesy of this post by Wonkette message board contributor, "IknowRIGHT" (hey look at him and/or her live up to his/her name!):

Things that make you patriotic.
1. Being kind to each other
2. Respecting others beliefs or non beliefs
3. Helping each other
4. Loving each other
5. Supporting troops both during AND AFTER the war.
6. Paying your damn taxes. You want the benefits of living here, You have to pay up. I'm told life isn't fair, we're told that frequently so why should it "be fair" how much you pay in taxes? Luke 12:48 "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." You want to say we are a Christian nation, then start acting like it.

Things that DON'T make you patriotic
1. Flag Pins on your lapel when running for office
2. Saying you support the troops, but cut funding for their food stamps housing, education funds, mental & health services after coming home from war.
3. Being a Christian.
4. Putting your hand on your heart during the national anthem
5. Standing during the national anthem.
6. Reciting the pledge of allegiance
7. Being white
8. Being a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party, Hippy, Trump Supporter or what ever, no one party owns the rights to patriotism.
9. Draping yourself in the flag.
10. Telling others what they say is Anti American because YOU don't agree with it.
11. Thinking the Constitution begins and ends with the 2nd Amendment, and for forgetting that the 2nd Amendment STARTS "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,"
12. Saying immigrants aren't welcome. Unless you are a Native American you come from Immigrants too.

Edited to Add (9-3-2016): With many schools suffering budget crisis,  it's apparently up to two-bit bloggers and hapless comment sections to play substitute Civics class teacher. So class (Bobby, stop throwing spitballs at Sarah and pay attention!) let's have guest lecturer poboy7 school you on how those gosh darn "rights" work in regards to Kaepernick:

Let's get some things straight.
Colin Kaepernick is an American citizen.
He has Constitutional rights.
He has rights Jefferson referred to as "natural born rights."
He is not a second class citizen, no matter if you agree with and disagree with his stance.
He does not need for you to give him permission.
He does not need for you to tell him it's okay.
He has every right to give his opinion about this or any other issue he wants to.
Just because he signed a labor contract does not mean he loses any of his Constitutional rights, including the rights to free speech.
That labor contract bought his services not him, because he is not a slave.
Buying his labor does not prevent him from exercising his Constitutional or human rights.
If you do not agree with any of these, I have one question for you.
What country do you think you live in?
Here in this country, the land of the free and home of the brave, we have Constitutional rights that can not be infringed.
Who disagrees with this?

That guest speaker is so clumsy, doing an epic mic drop right in the middle of the lecture.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Da Mic Drop: Special Wiener Edition (No need to snap a pic of that "mic" there, Weiner)

Da Mic Drop is a regular segment, where we look at people who make such a pointed "standing-ovation-worthy" commentary in regards to a person or issue that it has to be highlighted. 

This is just a quick summation of my thoughts on the Anthony Weiner "scandal" (basically a "E!" story that desperate columnist are trying to dress in political cosplay so they can utilize their "Trump University Relationship Counselor" degrees and tisk-tisk in self-aggrandizing affectations about personal issues that are not really any if their business.)

This is a stupid non-issue so it's fitting that I went to Twitter (the usual breeding ground for stupidity about non-issue) for reflection. However, a few people actually made some salient points about the appropriate responses to this story.

First there's Glenn Greenwald, a frequent critic of the media's hyperventilating salivation over sensationalism while ignoring substantial claims that actually affect the public (for instance, he offers a very meaningful reflection over the Ashley Madison leak a year ago. Check it out, it's a pretty thoughtful analysis):

This is revolting. A big reason people like to talk about sex scandals is they enable self-glorifying moralizing...
12:51 PM - 29 Aug 2016
Verified a 
And then, weighing in for a two-fer is Nerd God/Shark Jumper hybrid, Wil Wheton who (in the same Glenn Greenwald thread oddly enough, like who knew he was even a follower?) chewed on this tidbit:
@ggreenwald I feel like I missed something. Dad sends explicit text messages to another adult. How is that a dangerous situation for child?
12:59 PM - 29 Aug 2016

Also, because the only thing that turns our dull-witted on more on that breathless sweet nothings of sex scandal tabloid speculation is "Both Sides Do It" foreplay, here's Wil getting a jump on diffusing this little piece of logical fallacy:

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton ‏@wilw
Trump: *hires racist to run campaign* Clinton: *aide is married to a dirtbag* Media: EQUIVALENT CONTROVERSY ON BOTH CAMPAIGN'S STAFF!

I also can't forget the wise words of this nation's most...let's say "appropriate" philosopher (from the fervent mind of someone who has done as much media criticism as Glenn Greenwald). So take it away,  America's brattiest six-year old (no, not Trump):

Of course this is about vaguely Beltway-adjacent people (he's a former congressman and his wife is working on Hilary Clinton's campaign) so the press can pretend that this is Different and Important,  but honestly, this piece of sensationalism has all the colossal relevance of finding out that omg! you guys, Hank Baskett totally cheated on that Kendra chick with that T-girl she is like so scandalized and we got to see every angst-plagued rendering of their mega-confrontation  (and if you're wondering what does that info has to do with anything going on, then you've already gotten the point.)

Oh and My grand take? As I said on another message board:

"Who cares?"
And even by "prurient interest" standards, this is a boring old rerun. Not enough investment for the the public at large to grab the Pearls of the Titillated Busybody for which they may clutch in Scandalized Outrage.