Monday, May 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Supporters too Uncontrollable for Clinton to Risk Naming Him her VP

The behavior of Bernie Sanders' supporters at the Nevada convention, was an eye-opener for me.  It is not because someone may or may not have launched a chair at the podium or the fact that death threats were lobbed at Democratic chair, Roberta Lange, her family and grandchildren.  It is rather the fact that losing presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, so easily persuaded his supporters, to declare that Nevada never happened.  Even more sinister is the Vermont Senator's campaign's meme that women, blacks, Latinos and anyone else who doesn't support Bernie are "the Establishment," motivated by illegal payoffs and are part of a dark, billionaire-Wall Street-Democratic Party conspiracy.  According to this narrative, this is the only reason he is losing by 3 million votes and 300 delegates.  In short, the more this campaign goes on, the more Sanders' entitled, white millennial supporters are giving  college educations -- where one presumably learns math and critical thinking skills --  a bad name.

So now, Bernie is hinting around that he'll stop organizing protests to disrupt the Democratic convention if Hillary names him her Vice-President. But if I were  Clinton, I'd exercise caution.  So  embittered has Sanders become at losing the nomination that he will continue dogwhistling disruption and chaos to his impressionable supporters, regardless of what soothing pronouncements he makes for public consumption.  Neither the Secret Service nor the entire United States Military, for that matter, are big enough to contain the explosive craziness of so-called Progressives, gullible enough to believe that Hillary Clinton is a bigger threat to America than Donald Trump.

A Simple Solution to Bernie Sanders' Bullying of the Democratic Party

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Simple Solution to Bernie Sander's Bullying of the Democratic Party

I had wrung my hands raw and lost sleep over Bernie Sanders' extortion attempts to demolish the Democratic Party if he not be given the nomination. But then I happened upon an article about  Emmett Hansen, a superdelegate from the United States Virgin Islands. Hansen, who is the Democratic National Committeeman for the U.S. Virgin Islands has just flipped his support from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton. He expressed frustration at Bernie's lack of concrete proposals for getting his progressive agenda instituted.  

Unfortunately, there is no Secret Service protection for Democratic party officials and superdelegates who find themselves cross-wise of Bernie Sanders mafioso-style followers, But there is strength in numbers.  If even five or six of the now 38 superdelegates supporting Sanders switched to Clinton, even his cultish followers would realize that the notion of switching Hillary's delegates to him was dead.  These superdelegates know as well as I that  Bernie is not the progressive candidate he started out to be and his bitterness at being unable to handle the sting of losing could lead to a fascist, Donald Trump presidency. Bernie superdelegates, it's now or never.  Do the right thing.

  Bernie Sanders' Supporters too Uncontrollable for Clinton to Risk Naming Him her VP

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bernie Sander's "Progressive" White Power Movement

Bernie Sanders and Supporters
Hold on a minute, lady. Donald Trump is the politician running a white power movement. But, alas, so is Bernie Sanders. He is just positioned on the left rather than right side of the spectrum. It has taken me much of the primary election session to figure out the theme of this convoluted tale. But I now see what's going on with crystal clarity.

Bernie cannot win the Democratic nomination for the same reason that Donald Trump cannot win the general election. The demographics of American society have changed and there are simply no longer enough white males in the electorate. Yes, of course Trump and Sanders have differences. Trump is a bigot. Sanders and his supporters are not racists. Rather they are people feeling their white-skin privilege slipping away. And they just want it back. Yes, there are females as well as a smattering of blacks and Latinos among Bernie's supporters. But they are drawn by the packaging of what Bernie's selling, not the product itself.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tennis Star Maria Sharapova Issues Nonsensical Excuse for Drug Use

Fallen Tennis Star Maria Sharapova
How could I not feel sorry for tennis star, Maria Sharapova, the five time Grand-Slam winner?  She explained last week that she had for ten years been taking a heart and pre-diabetes medication because of a family history of these diseases.  But she had missed the email from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), announcing that Meldonium was being banned as of January 1, 2016.  The drug has been identified as a performance enhancer because it increases the amount of oxygen taken into the body, helping athletes recover faster.

But then I learned the damning truth.   A 2015 Russian study found meldonium, also known as mildronate, in 17 percent of 4,316 urine samples tested from its athletes and those from Eastern Europe.  Do they also have the exact same family medical history as she?  It is manufactured by a Latvian pharmaceutical company for the treatment of circulatory issues and neurodegenerative disorders. But according to a report in USA Today:
The drug has also been used — mostly in Eastern Europe and Russia — by athletes because it is thought to boost the body’s oxygen uptake and aid endurance. 
   Besides, Ms. Sharapova had been sent five emails from the WADA on the subject.
Endorsements Make Sharapova Highest Paid Female Athlete

Maria Sharapova is the highest paid female athlete in the world. We can thank Serena Williams for the fact that the Russian, is, at least, not the best.  Having lived  in the United States since the age of 7, she could not even have gotten the drug through normal channels since it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for sale in the U.S.

Steve Simon, the head of the Women's Tennis Association called the disclosure of Sharapova's 10 year use of this performance enhancing drug, "an honest mistake." Condoned from the top, is it any wonder such sports are riddled with banned drug use? Maybe he should be fired too.  

Friday, March 11, 2016

Trump Aide Assaulted Right-Wing Hispanic Reporter Who Self-Identifies as White

Breitbart Reporter Michelle Fields
Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields, might never have noticed how vulgar and raw the Trump campaign had become for non-whites until she was targeted as one herself.   Maybe if she had donned a blond wig and lighter toned make-up, there might have been less confusion about the loyalties of this young woman of mixed Honduran ancestry.  But the  mistake was compounded when she posed a question to presidential candidate, Donald Trump, beginning with the words:  "affirmative action," which only compounded the aide's assumption about her non-white identity.

Within seconds, Trump campaign manager,   Corey Lewandowski  grabbed her arm and shoved her down to the floor.   Even though Washington Post reporter Ben Terris witnessed the attack, Donald Trump insisted that the Breitbart reporter made up the incident for the sake of publicity.

But in fact, Michelle Fields, is a popular Breitbart reporter and news commentator at FOX, who has found a road to stardom with her right-wing views.  Social Security should be dismantled completely; Obama is a fraud;  people who appear to be Muslim should be profiled.  She was even featured on a popular site, Red Hot Conservative Chicks.

The altercation with Trump's aide was not the first time Michelle was sucked into a nasty incident involving her identify.    In the fall of 2013, the black conservative icon and former presidential candidate, Allan West, was accused of grabbing her breasts, referring to her as "A Jewish American Princess".

This nexus of incidents might become a teachable moment for Michelle, or maybe not.  But it would be worthwhile to note that fascists don't query their non lily-white  victims as to what ethnic identity they may have chosen for themselves.   

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Excuse Me, Bernie Bros But Black Voters Supporting Hillary are neither "the Establishment" nor their Lackeys

The midst of a highly contested presidential primary is not the most teachable moment. But some lessons can simply not await a more opportune time. Contrary to the growing chorus of comments by exasperated Bernie Sanders supporters, black voters are neither members of the Establishment nor their lackeys.    I was confused at first, when Sanders' advocates kept insisting that the only reason they were losing was because of "the Establishment".   A black vote differential in South Carolina of 50 points was blamed on "the Establishment" in the same breath as Hillary's lion share of superdelegates. Well, I could see some folks jumping to the latter conclusion, but the former was outrageous and insulting.  And then the realization struck me.  If poor blacks were clearly not the privileged class, then who else could they be but the Establishment's humble, unpaid servants.

I have in a previous post laid out 8 of the most obvious reasons why black voters are rejecting Sanders. But let me also add the following observation.  In American electoral politics, diverse demographics come together under the same party umbrella in order to win,  They are different groups of people, with different priorities, but who are able to show mutual respect or at the very least, silence, in the face of one another's preoccupations.  We are today witnessing the unraveling of the Republican Party because billionaire, reality-TV star, Donald Trump, has succeeded in wrenching the white supremacists and evangelicals from the corporatists, free traders and warmongerers.

There is no reason why black voters and white millennials cannot fight together for the same goal, which is to keep neo-fascists Trump and Ted Cruz out of the Oval office.  I have never heard black voters trashing Bernie Sanders.  He is seen by all as a decent, principled man with well-meaning intentions.  But in order for this coalition to work it demands mutual respect even if one group's choices are not readily grasped by the other.          

Friday, March 4, 2016

8 Reasons why Blacks Reject Bernie Sanders (And They're Not What You Might Think)

Bernie Sanders' Black Headache
No amount of targeted campaign advertising, 30 year old civil rights photos, or appearances by rapper Killer Mike, can fix Bernie Sanders' problem with the black electorate.  Here's why.

1.  Blacks distrust his core message.   The term  "income inequality" is a multi-terraced  minefield.  While young whites see themselves as being screwed by the so-called establishment,  from the vantage of most blacks these college students have led privileged lives, relative to disadvantaged minority groups in this country.   Bernie supporters grew up in middle class neighborhoods, benefited from the higher quality of education they obtained in well-financed, non-ghetto schools, and can look forward to inheriting their parents' middle class assets,  Blacks don't begrudge any of this.  But, they cannot help but notice the startling silence in the Bernie Sanders brigade as regards how the racial income gap will be bridged, while the Bernie folks are shaking down Wall Street for themselves.

2. Sanders is unelectable.  The GOP has laid off attacking Sanders thus far in hopes of getting Democratic voters to give Bernie the nomination.  Then, they will rip the 74 year old democratic socialist, atheist to shreds.  It is only now that Sanders can be seen by his followers as pristine, honorable and pure because the kleig lights have not yet been shone on his flimsy record in Congress, support for the same anti-criminal justice bills that he blames Bill Clinton for passing, and youthful flirtation with Soviet-style communism and the Iranian revolution, which brought the Ayatollah Khomeini and other right-wing religious clerics to power.

3.  Bernie Sanders tried to undermine Barack Obama's presidency.  His behavior was unconscionable, as far as black Democrats were concerned.  Sanders believed that Obama should be given a Democratic opponent in the 2012 primary.

4.   Sanders' supporters are launching cyber attacks against blacks.  It is in retaliation for Bernie's 50 point loss to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.  African-Americans are being depicted as uneducated, thoughtless, uncouth idiots (or worse), who don't know their own interests. These Bernie supporters believe that they do know what's best for blacks, which is to support their candidate.

5.  The "Bernie or Bust" movement is scary.  If Democrats don't give Bernie the nomination, a growing number of his supporters are signing pledges and making pronouncements that they will either sit home or vote for Donald Trump.

6.   Blacks know what to expect from the Clintons.  Bernie's supporters, on the other hand, are trying to turn two-party electoral politics into a monolithic movement. If it leads anywhere, it will be to a Donald Trump presidency, which is a terrifying prospect for minorities.

7.  Gun violence.   Sanders' voted against the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks for gun owners, and favored the granting of civil immunity to gun manufacturers. Black communities that have been ripped apart by gun violence and have reason to fear the growing boldness of white militias,  are desperate to see, at the very least, some commonsense gun-control measures.

8.  Reparations.  Blacks have never seriously advocated that they be paid reparations for slavery because it would be a waste of time, and a true lost cause.  But then Bernie Sanders came along campaigning on fixing "income inequality".  His policy wish list included a massive increase in taxes paid by billionaires, an expensive single payer health care system, free college tuition and several other radical measures that would never make it through Congress. At that point some blacks saw a golden opportunity.  If  Bernie was serious about repairing income inequality and continued to insist that any proposal he came up with could get passed by Congress, then the reparations advocates spoke up and said, why not put "reparations" on the list.   However, Bernie dismissed reparations as unrealistic, even though few outside his circle of true believers, could see any of his other legislative initiatives getting passed either.

RELATED POST:  Is Bernie an Unwitting Shill for Donald Trump?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Is Bernie Sanders an Unwitting Shill for Donald Trump?

Is Bernie Sanderes an Unwitting Shill for Donald Trump?
In 30 years of civil rights activism, during which time some folks lost their lives and organizations were built on the blood, sweat, pain and tears of thousands, the faded photo of a white guy turns up. His supporters use that one scrap of photo paper "to prove" the man's lifelong commitment to the black struggle. A cantankerous, old anti-Obama black intellectual, a black columnist and fledgling rap singer begin campaigning for this fellow, and newspaper headlines tout this as evidence that Bernie Sanders' is about to snatch the black vote from Hillary Clinton. I wouldn't much care, as the self-described democratic socialist is a likeable enough and well-meaning politician. But who will his supporters blame, when his presidential ambitions crumble under the weight of black voters' stinging rebuke in the upcoming Southern primaries?

And here's where Donald Trump takes a stage bow. A growing number of Bernie Sanders' supporters infer that they would rather help put Trump into the White House, than vote for "that corrupt, sleazeball", Hillary Clinton. Even if they haven't made such a public admission, the passive-aggressive inference they have made, is just as unsettling -- "Bernie's way or the highway". However, in my view, a 74 year old, socialist, atheist is not going to win the presidency. What Bernie's idealistic supporters don't yet get is the fact that the GOP is treating him with kid gloves, in hopes that he will indeed win the Democratic nomination. And then they will shred him into confetti.  A compelling piece came out in a recent addition of the Daily Banter, entitled: Bernie Sanders Isn't Going to be President -- The numbers say so, the history of the American electorate says so, and Nate Silver says so".  It noted:

Bernie would need to win in states where he doesn't stand a chance, like South Carolina and frankly a good portion of the rest of the South. He would need to not only capitalize on his oft-touted hold on the youth vote -- a demographic that quite simply has proven itself to be nowhere near as valuable in terms of mobilizing as older voters, unfortunately -- and his rabid social media following would have to translate into actual numbers. And Facebook and Twitter have a way of making volume (as in sound) be easily confusable with volume (as in size). . . . 
The fact is that in a survey released back in June, a candidate who calls him or herself a socialist would be least appealing to voters, behind even a Muslim, a gay person or an avowed atheist. And again, you're crazy if you think slapping "democratic" in front of the word "socialist" is going to somehow soften the blow with voters. Good or bad, misguided or not, America is a country of capitalists -- and a candidate calling himself a socialist doesn't stand a chance in hell.
  As divisive a candidate as Donald Trump may be for the GOP, there is but one scenario that could ensure him the White House. That would, of course, be Bernie Sanders' Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Is Michigan Governor Engaged in "Ethnic Cleansing"?

Genocide may be too stark a term to explain the Governor of Michigan, who knowingly allowed the predominantly black and poor residents of Flynt to be poisoned by lead-contaminated water. In a population of 100,000, no one yet knows how many children have suffered permanent, irreversible brain damage. Perhaps "ethnic cleansing" is more apt a description in this case.

Friday, January 22, 2016

GOP Intellectuals Mistook Trump Supporters for Conservatives

The editors of the conservative "National Review" just came out with an issue denouncing Trump's candidacy for the presidency. The conservative elite is skewering the New York billionaire for not being a "true" right-wing ideologue. How silly of them.

Of course, Trump is not a conservative. He is a white supremacist bigot. The fact that the GOP culivated this voter base and hid this constituency's true motives under the banner of conservatism was merely a ruse to attract independents to the Republican Party.

While I hate Trump's politics, I'm ecstatic that he is exposing the GOP for the raw sewage its civic platitudes have dissolved into. Using a racist and xenophobic voter base masquerading as deep-thinking, disciplined, small government  ideologues has now blown up in the Republican National Committee's faces. Whitewashing bigotry leaves an indelible stain that cannot be scrubbed away.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Biggest Gripe with Bernie Sanders

If Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, I will embrace his candidacy with all the energy and devotion I am capable of. But the primaries are a different matter.

 I love Bernie's positions on Wall Street, single payer healthcare and life in general. What I don't like is the arrogant petulance of too many of Bernie's supporters. If their man doesn't win the nomination, some say that they'll write his name in or encourage him to run as an Independent. That behavior would ensure that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or some equally noxious GOP candidate wins the White House.

The if-Bernie-doesn't-win-the-nomination-we'll-stay-home crowd speaks from a place of white privilege. After all, the police are unlikely to shoot their kid for playing with a toy gun. Nobody's going to bang on their door in the dead of night and deport them back to the nightmare they fled from.

I'm not referring to all of Sander's supporters or even most. But the unspoken zeitgeist of their movement dangerously echoes that of Trump. "Give me what I want or I'll punish you by running as an Independent and thus ensuring your party's defeat".

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Star Wars" Disjointed and Boring

To each his own. But I slept through half of the new "Star Wars" blockbuster. Or maybe that's the reason I must have missed the best part. Like many sequels this one lacked the creative artistry and emotional punch of the first one. Sitting in that movie theater, as the minutes elongated into hours, I felt that this movie had been turned out by a corporate committee, who made sure all the bases were covered, but one -- coherence. Also, apart from the female lead "Roy", the other characters were painfully unphotogenic and the relationships were trite. At least the special effects were "gee whiz" great.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Osama bin Laden Understood Trump's Supporters Better than We Do

Is Donald Trump a Fascist?
Yes, of course America is a democracy.  But a fascist strain, fuelled by xenophobia, bigotry and militarism, has always threaded its way through our politics. It was aided and abetted by the legacy of slavery and today rests within the GOP's right-wing base.  This is our shadow.  Enemies of the United States define us by it, while we pretend it doesn't exist.  Well, actually we did pretend until Donald Trump's run for the presidency has now flung it in our faces.   In that regard, he may even have done the country a favor, if we can see what is at stake more clearly now, given Trump's campaign promise to close our borders to all Muslims.

In orchestrating 9/11, Osama bin Laden wanted to expose that shadow of ours to the Islamic world. In short he outsmarted George Bush.  In retaliation for that terrorist attack, we marched into Baghdad,  and proceeded to kill 100,000 Iraqi civilians because we couldn't bother to differentiate the religious fanatics from their secular enemies.  In the process, we also create a failed state and the ISIS death cult.  Yes, bin Laden knew how the Bush Administration would react to a terrorist attack and that was his goal.  Fomenting chaos and bitter antagonism between the West and the Islamic world really was the point, the only point.  Al-Qaeda and the new kid on the block, ISIS, want for us to expel the Muslims from our midst in a blind rage, so that they'll become disillusioned and embittered with the West and join its holy war.  

 While this scenario leaves us little to be grateful for, at least our Commander in Chief is smart.  President Obama knows the game being played.  But he may not have the power to stop the fascist wing of American politics led by Donald Trump and embraced by all the GOP presidential candidates, from playing into terrorist hands.

Friday, December 4, 2015

San Bernardino Shooter was Radicalized by Wife

San Bernardino Shooter Radicalized by Wife
Entrenched stereotypes about Muslim women's lack of agency are hampering the FBI investigation into the San Bernardino attack.   The psychopath in this week's mass murder in which fourteen people in San Bernardino, California were killed and seventeen others wounded was Syed Rizwan Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik.      The husband, on the other hand, was just a weak-minded (and probably passive aggressive man), drawn into her world of grievances and adventure by the lonely search for a sexual partner.

I won't speculate as to whether Ms. Malik was an operative of ISIS, but I will lay out what probably happened in this case.  Two years ago, Syed Farook decided to get married.   Lacking the requisite social skills needed to find what he hoped to be a virgin, on his own, he signed up with several Muslim dating sites.  Malik was laying in wait. 

The reason law enforcement officials are having trouble piecing this story together is because they're unable to fathom how a young woman would marry, get pregnant and leave a six month old child in order to die in a burst of gunfire.  But the reality is that she didn't intend to die. She merely underestimated the skill of her adversary in finding her.  Building a family was, or so she thought, the perfect cover for creating a Bonnie and Clyde-type existence, in which massacring people, then fading back into the landscape of a Muslim woman's veiled privacy, matched a warped, thrill-seeking personality.  

Perhaps the FBI should work more closely with the CIA, in order to grasp the true nature of radical Islam.  The spy agency could certainly educate American law enforcement officials to the fact that hundreds of young women with Tashfeen Malik's psychological profile have been flocking to radical groups. They are trying  to escape what they perceive to be the death-like boredom of traditional Muslim female life.  Not surprisingly, the lives of many of these young women end up badly.  Take for example the case of the two young Austrian Muslim women, who ran off to join ISIS. One was killed in fighting, while they other was beaten to death when she changed her mind and tried to escape the religious cartel's grip.     According to an article in The New York Times:
Many are single and young, typically in their teens or early 20s (the youngest known was 13). Their profiles differ in terms of socioeconomic background, ethnicity and nationality, but often they are more educated and studious than their male counterparts. Security officials now say they may present as much of a threat to the West as the men: Less likely to be killed and more likely to lose a spouse in combat, they may try to return home, indoctrinated and embittered.

UPDATE:  I just came across the following CNN report, confirming my suspicious.  It states that the wife, Tashfeen Malik, had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christian Terrorist Kills 3, Wounds 9 at Planned Parenthood Clinic

America has a terrorism problem and it has nothing to do with Muslim refugees. When Robert Lewis Dear was taken into custody after murdering a cop and 2 other people as well as wounding 9 others, he was yelling "no more baby parts" Wherever did this deranged man get the idea that Planned Parenthood did business in baby parts? Oh yes, FOX News, GOP efforts to defund PP, and let's not forget right-wing presidential candidate Carly Fiorini in addition to Christian anti-abortion groups have been plastering that falsehood all over the country. Or am I only supposed to identify the religious affiliation of Muslim psychos?

America has been downplaying the threat of religiously-motivated domestic terrorists for far too long. It really is time to start calling a spade a spade.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturday Night Live Would Have Pimped Hitler for the Ratings

Donald Trump  Campaigning on Neo-Fascism Platform
I will say this as gently as I can.  Having Donald Trump as a guest  on Saturday Night Live earlier this month was ugly, unfunny and wrong.  But it is just now that the magnitude of that program’s transgression, has struck me.   SNL executives convinced themselves that Trump has unpopular, even loathsome views.  But this is a democracy with an upcoming presidential election.  So why shouldn’t his voice, as the top GOP candidate be heard?

Many tendencies are represented in the American electorate.  There are voters who support lynchings. There are those who believe that their particular religious faith is the only truth that matters, and that all other religions should be outlawed.  Some groups would support the assassination of president Barack Obama because he’s not white.   Yes, in a democracy all points of view have a vote.  But ideologies that a majority of Americans find repugnant because they run counter to the values this nation stand for, are shoved to the fringes.  They lack a platform and thus legitimacy.

The Republican Party, that I once belonged to,  is disintegrating and their top candidate, Donald Trump, is a neo-fascist.  As Michael Tomasky at Daily Beast opined:
[Trump] may think a member of a racial minority being beat up and called a “n***r” by his racial-majority supporters at a rally, and his own joking about it, is just a little incident; something for which there’s no larger historical context.  . . .If they admit that Trump is a fascist, they’re calling one-third of their voters fascist. Will they do that? And this predicament raises the interesting question of how one-third of their voters came to admire a neo-fascist and open racist in the first place. Gee, it can’t have anything to do with the kind of rhetoric and “harmless jokes” about the current president and about the 47 percent that Republican leaders have winked at for seven years, can it?
 Just because a political figure has a constituency doesn’t mean that the person is ipso facto fit to be president of the United States.    Adolf Hitler was appealing to the German people because he articulated German exceptionalism, not genocide against the Jews.   Of course he suggested that they leave the country. What happened next was an inevitable development of the fascist undercurrents of Hitler's electoral victory. By the time anti-fascist Germans realized what was happening, they no longer had a voice.  And SNL executives, blinded by dollar signs and ratings, would have used the same rationale to humanize the Nazi leader him by putting him on their comedy program as well.    

People can vote for whomever they like. But SNL has just used its popular, comedy platform to give legitimacy to a man who advocates identification badges for Muslims, and has never refuted claims that the twice elected president of the United States is a Muslim imposter.     This is happening at a time when the Republican Party may be incapable of doing anything to halt its slide.  GOP politicians built up a base of racists, neo-fascists, and religious fanatics.  And now these folks are running the party. If enough black and other minority votes can be suppressed, which is the GOP’s current strategy, Trump could even win the presidency. Now, wouldn’t that be funny.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ISIS May Be Doing U.S. a Favor

After giving this matter thought, I now see that ISIS may be (advertently) performing a unique and helpful service for our country. That is, they are a kind of anti-pied piper luring some homegrown psychopaths out of the U.S. to seek out blood drenched pastures elsewhere.  Rather than slam the door shut on Syrian refugees, it is these ISIS defectors who should be barred from returning to the U.S.

It is true that some of them may, as disillusioned defectors, have a role to play in dissuading others from being recruited into ISIS.  But they can do that from Internet cafes on the other side of the globe. These are the kinds of people that we should keep out, not Syrian widows and their children.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

When Calls for "Free Speech" Veil Racial Lack of Self-Awareness

Black Students Threatened by Racists at University of Missouri

When most whites are confronted with threats of violence, they call the police. This is not always a viable option for blacks.  Firstly, there are fears of racial profiling, which might result in being mistaken for the perpetrator and executed on the spot, with questions asked later. But secondly the latters' pleas for help may be met with intellectualized diatribes about the perpetrator's constitutional rights of free speech.

This is what has occurred at the University of Missouri, where it took a boycott by the football team to wake administrators up to the fact that frightening racial threats were being made against the black students.  So what is the difference between a threat against one's safety and free speech?  This is where intellectualized racism comes to play.  It is the targeted victims not the  bystanders pontificating about constitutional amendments, who must determine whether a threat has occurred. But what if the potential victims lack the political power to convince non-minorities that the survival of their persecuted race has always depended on their capacity to identify real dangers targetting them specifically?   

A white person with no experience of a family member having been lynched, or of racists carrying out seemingly irrational acts of violence, may not be capable of recognizing a genuine threat to the lives and wellbeing of minorities scarred by a two hundred year history of such victimization.

The former chancellor and president of the University of Missouri, who were forced to resign last week,  would never have had to plead with the academic community to be taken seriously if they felt verbally threatened with harm.  How ridiculously sad it  was that Mizzou administrators were too insensitive to comprehend the fact that a white supremacist's goals in regards to them, as perceived  fellow members of the master race, would be different from the blacks that the man was targeting to "take out".

How Should U.S. React to Paris Terrorist Attack?

CAREFULLY. The last time the U.S. responded to a major terrorist attack, it invaded Afghanistan, and then Iraq. It created turmoil so massive that ISIS emerged from the wreckage of a collapsed Iraq. Had intelligent U.S. leadership reigned, the White House would have instead criminalized 9/11 from the start. Instead,  the Bush Administration, spurred on by the neoconservatives, launched an attack against all of Islamic civilization. Had we been smart, we would instead have used   sympathy in the Muslim world for America after 9/11 to bring the perpetrators to justice.

My point here is that our response to the Paris massacre of 120 people must be smart. The perpetrators are provoking the West into rash actions that can be used to drum up support for their cause. As horrific as this attack was, it might be an act of desperation in the face of the perpetrators' losses and dwindling support. We do have the capacity to choose being strategic and therefore effective in our response rather than playing into their hands by acting irrationally out of fear.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Why Doesn't the Gun-Obsessed NRA Send Volunteers to Fight ISIS?

Why Don't American Militias Volunteer to Fight ISIS?
Why doesn't the NRA  make itself useful for a change? If ISIS can recruit fighters to go to Syria and Iraq, why doesn't the NRA stop its useless chatter about protecting our democratic values from the presumed threat posed by our African-American president and send volunteers to fight in real battles?

How brave the NRA must feel, having its members march through Walmarts with loaded weapons. Admittedly, the only danger they face is from accidentally shooting one another.

The strategic complexity of the fight against ISIS is such that it would be inappropriate at this moment to send in the Marines.   But I see no reason why our gun-toting patriots in the NRA and Cliven Bundy's militia can't take their weapon-wielding patriotism to a real fight. Or is all this "open carry" business nothing more than a shield for cowardice.