Mind those commas, people.
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December 10th, 2013 by exurbankevin
Mind those commas, people.
How self-absorbed do you need to be to take a picture of yourself and two buddies at a funeral for one of the most-respected leaders of the modern era?
Unlike other times when Obama inserted himself into the commemoration of other people (or the biographies of other Presidents) this latest example of our President’s fascination with getting a lot of traction in social media, with mentions from ABC News, Politico and Mashable.
The world is waking up to the fact we have a petulant man-child as President. Once the leaders of North Korea, Iran and Russia realize this, we’re in big trouble.
The Magical Negro is typically but not always “in some way outwardly or inwardly disabled, either by discrimination, disability or social constraint,” often a janitor or prisoner. He has no past; he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist. He usually has some sort of magical power, “rather vaguely defined but not the sort of thing one typically encounters.” He is patient and wise, often dispensing various words of wisdom, and is “closer to the earth.” The magical negro will also do almost anything, including sacrificing himself, to save the white protagonist, as exemplified in The Defiant Ones, in which Sidney Poitier plays the prototypical Magical Negro.
The Magical Negro serves as a plot device to help the protagonist get out of trouble, typically through helping the white character recognize his own faults and overcome them. Although he has magical powers, his “magic is ostensibly directed toward helping and enlightening a white male character.” An article in a 2009 edition of the journal Social Issues states the magical negro is an expression of racial profiling within the United States:
These powers are used to save and transform disheveled, uncultured, lost, or broken whites (almost exclusively white men) into competent, successful, and content people within the context of the American myth of redemption and salvation. It is this feature of the Magical Negro that some people find most troubling. Although from a certain perspective the character may seem to be showing blacks in a positive light, he is still ultimately subordinate to whites. He is also regarded as an exception, allowing white America to “like individual black people but not black culture.”
What amazes me most about the life of Nelson Mandela was not how he lived his life while apartheid was the rule of law in South Africa, but rather how he lived his life after it wasn’t.
And he was no angel: There were hard choices to make back in the 80′s on whom to support in South Africa, and hindsight is 20/20.
“The apartheid regime was a crime against humanity; as illogical as it was cruel. It is tempting, therefore, the simplify the subject by declaring that all who opposed it were wholly and unswervingly good. Its important to remember, however, that Mandela has been the first to hold his hands up to his shortcomings and mistakes. In books and speeches, he goes to great length to admit his errors. The real tragedy is that too many in the West can’t bring themselves to see what the great man himself has said all along; that he’s just as flawed as the rest of us, and should not be put on a pedestal.”
To quote a line from a wonderful movie about racial oppression in another time and place, “It stinks bad. And we all covered up in it too. Ain’t nobody clean. Be nice to get clean, though.”
Nelson Mandela, through hard work and humility, managed to get clean. Not everyone does that, and those that do should be called heroes.
May he rest in peace.
“All Barack Obama Statements Come With an Expiration Date. All Of Them.” - Jim Geraghty
Fresh of the debacle of seeing his promise of “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” turn into a punchline for late-night comedians, President Obama has had to walk back yet another of his statements, namely, that he never met his illegal alien uncle while he was living in the Boston area.
President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.
Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At the time, Onyango Obama was here illegally and fighting deportation.
Which has me treading the same intellectual path that Roger L. Simon is walking down: What if it it’s all true?
Nevertheless, in the wake of the serial lies about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, media surveillance, the NSA, Syria, Iran, etc., etc., I’m now prepared to believe many things of which I might initially have been at least somewhat skeptical.
To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me.
Me too. I am not a “Birther”, I don’t really think as some do that Obama was born outside of the United States, but what if it’s true? At this point, it’s much easier to tally up the things that Obama HAS lied about than what he hasn’t.
What if it’s all true?
People don’t just wake up one day and decide to start lying to other people: The first lies we tell are to ourselves. In Obama’s mind, these aren’t falsehoods because they’re what he believes himself to be true, regarding of the reality of the fact. He never told the press about his stint with Uncle Omar because, as he said himself, he actually believes his own bull****. Obama has inserted himself into the official commemorations of JFK’s assassination to Rosa Parks’ historic protest and the official biographies of past Presidents. He truly believes he can do any job in his administration better than the people he hires to do the job (except for coding the Obamacare website, of course).
Can a man who believes such things be honest with himself and where he came from?
Of course not. So now the question isn’t if Obama’s biography and background is fraudulent, it’s how much and how often.
Occam’s razor should take care of that one.
Then move onto the other bits and pieces of his past, using David Maraniss’s excellent book as a guideline, and swing into his academic record (or lack thereof) by asking his classmates what he was like as a student.
So far, the person telling the story of Obama himself. We know he can’t tell a story, ANY story without making something up. It’s time to start finding out the truth behind all of these lies.
“In a story published yesterday, CNBC quotes an anonymous insurance industry source as saying that little more than 125,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance through Healthcare.gov through the end of November. By comparison, when Amazon filed for its IPO in 1997, it said that through the end of the previous year it had topped 180,000 customer accounts.In other words, Obama is still trying to reach a plateau that Amazon reached 17 years ago.”
Ye-ouch. Read the whole thing: It’s brutal.
Reality be damned, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathryn Sebelius has pronounced the Obamacare website “mostly not dead.”
Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government’s health care website easier for consumers to use. But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan.
The problem is that the systems that are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed.
Prediction: Obama will declare the website, then blame the back end problems on those rascally insurance companies and their desire to screw people out of their insurance.
It can’t be his fault, after all, or the fault of anyone who works for him. It never is, and it never will be.
Ever notice that the liberal left is no longer constantly telling us, “We support the troops, we want them brought home!”, even as Obama is making plans to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2024 and beyond?
It’s almost as if their hand-wringing and outcries of concern for American troops was just some kind of cover for their rabid hatred of George Bush or something….
I was never on the “Genetically Modified Organisms are teh worst!!1!” bandwagon because I have more than a passing knowledge on how this sort of thing actually works. Good to see sanity catching up with fear-mongering.
An arresting but widely criticized study that stoked fears about genetically modified foods (GMOs) was retracted Thursday.
The move was met with relief by scientists who heaped scorn on the French study after it was published last year. The study claimed a steady diet of genetically modified corn caused tumours in rats.
Many scientists criticized the Seralini’s evidence and methods and called for the record to be set straight. One of the major flaws in the study is that Seralini used rats that are highly susceptible to tumours, with or without GMOs in their diets, they said.
Here’s a clue: Mother Nature has been genetically modifying foods for about 6 BILLION YEARS, and so far, we humans haven’t popped out brain tumors like pimples on a 16 year old’s nose.
Sadly, though, I think the damage is already done, because we humans don’t get rid of our superstitions quickly or easily, and the anti-science brigade is doing their best to prove me right.
(Study Author) Seralini and his team remain unrepentant, and allege that the retraction derives from the journal’s editorial appointment of biologist Richard Goodman, who previously worked for biotechnology giant Monsanto for seven years.
And Goodman was also a member of the Bildeburgers, Rosecrusians and the International Communist Conspiracy, Seralini went on to say.
“I didn’t ask, but just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here, but because they want to be here and they bring extraordinary talents to the United States.”
Our President can tell who’s an immigrant to the United States and who isn’t just by lookin’ at ‘em.
Or to put it another way, ” You all ain’t from around here, is you?”
As an immigrant to the United States, I advise my (current) President not to look at my face to see how I feel about him and the job his doing, but rather look at the middle digits of my hands.
They’ll be sending a signal that’s loud and clear.