Sunday, August 14, 2016

Black Lives Matter? Yes , But all Lives Matter, don't they?

  So Milwaukee had rioters, looters, arsonists and people guilty of physical assault out in force last night. Many were under the banner of Black Lives Matter, a group that is trying to raise awareness of police violence against blacks. The ironic thing is that the very unlawful actions of these people last night is a stark reminder of why blacks represent a disproportionate amount of the people  in the criminal justice system.   There is video of the mob targeting white people , which is racist , although many blacks try to say blacks can't be racist.  I have always found that statement to be total bullshit, anyone can be racist. Anyone targeting or discriminating against another person because of race is in fact a racist. That's just simple logic so please don't try to feed me a line of BS about blacks being above that and being incapable of racism because of their position in the power structure. Speaking of which, this is 2016 , we have a 1/2 black person in the highest office in the land. This nation has come a long ways in terms of the racial divide.  Blacks have come a long way from the civil rights movement in the 1960's when we had the earlier rounds of racial riots. The actions of last night by the individuals involved are born out of frustration and hate but are counter productive to the greater goal of a more equal and equitable society.

 I can understand the frustration in the black community about police targeting them unfairly , but I have a hard time being sympathetic when looking at the big picture after examining the full facts in some of these cases. The Michal Brown story of the "Gentile Giant" seems to be urban myth seeing that he had just robbed a store and from what was witnessed by black people, assaulted a police officer and had tried to get his gun. According to a lot of reports the whole " hands up , don't shoot" was a myth started by some people in the neighborhood.  I wasn't there so I can't testify to the whole facts of the matter that happened in Ferguson, but there is generally two sides to every story and the truth is almost always somewhere in the middle of those opinions.

Last night in Milwaukee the rioting was sparked by someone getting shot by a police officer. That person was fleeing a traffic stop and was carrying a stolen semiautomatic pistol. So essentially the crowd is tearing shit up and assaulting white people because a man with a long rap sheet , is resisting arrest and was armed  with a stolen loaded gun. I'm sorry they are frustrated , but with those facts in mind, I just can't get behind them! What they are doing is total BS! This is not the way to get sympathy for your cause!

 Where is Black Lives Matter on the Black on Black crime? Apparently Black Lives only matter when a cop is doing the shooting? Chicago had one of the most violent weeks on record a couple of weeks back , where was the Black Lives Matters outrage on that?

 Apparently a lot of Black Lives Matters and Politically Correct people get all butt-hurt and offended when someone says "All Lives Matter" .  I guess it offends them and diminishes the point BLM are trying to make. So what was the point of last night ... was it ... " We are a black mob , pissed that a repeat offender with a stolen loaded weapon was shot by a police officer doing his job, so we are going to loot, burn , beat up white people and cause chaos to vent our rage"?  If so , good job , you got that point across loud and clear and now Black Lives Matters looks more like a domestic hate group then it did the previous day!

 The PC crowd at a university recently punished a student for saying "all lives matter". They want them to jump though all sorts of hoops to get them to get them to recant the statement. Personally I think the student should just tell the university to fuck off and go to school elsewhere. People have a right to their opinions and should not be forced into a little PC pigeon hole. Especially for saying "all lives matter"!
                           ALL LIVES MATTER! point blank ... ALL LIVES MATTER!

 Black, Yellow, Red, Brown, White and every variation  of those colors and shades matter. We are the human race, and at the end of the day we are fundamentally the same inside! God is no respecter of color, he doesn't care what the color of your skin is , he judges the heart.  The color of your skin doesn't matter , whether you act like a racist destructive asshole does matter !

  I get that the Black community is frustrated with what is seen as organized police discrimination , but part of that they bring on themselves. Not from the color of their skin but by their actions and attitudes. Would  Michal Brown still be alive today had he not ripped off a store and then resisted arrest? Most likely!
 
  Cops have a tough job. I am not saying there isn't bad cops , but there is more good cops than bad. The Black community doesn't want to be judged by a few destructive assholes among them , why should the police community be judged harshly by the few bad apples? Cops are routinely tossed into bad situations with very bad , out of control people. The last thing they need is someone getting an attitude while they are doing dangerous work!  If you run from a cop , carrying a gun , and look like you are going to shoot at them , guess what, you are most likely going to get shot! If you try to take a gun from a cop, you are going to get shot! If you display a bad attitude with a cop when you get pulled over, then you are going to get attitude back! However , if you treat a cop with respect when he pulls you over and realize that they have a hard job , one that puts their life on the line virtually everyday you are going to be fine. Every time a cop pulls someone over they have to be ready for some dumb ass to possibly shoot them! It helps to be respectful to the cops when they are doing their job.

  Having said that , I have seen the videos posted on line where cops get carried away and rough people up for no apparent reason. Respect needs to be a two way street in these dealing. Somewhere along the way society has just spun out of control and we really need to get back to where things are a lot more civil.

 Racism is never good, neither is sectarian violence and nationalistic BS that discriminates against someone of a different color, creed or national origin. The old cry of " Can't we all just get along?" is a good damned question. People being self-centered assholes seems to be an age old issue that has plagued this planet for centuries. For all the bad in the world though , humanity has in fact come a long ways. We are now a more open and accepting society. Speaking from a United States of America view, society today has opened up a bunch in  the past half century. The opportunities for people of all races, colors and creeds has opened up.

 Much of the time what is holding people back is the engrained attitudes and negative ideas of the person who is doing the complaining. There is the phrase ..." It's not where you come from , its where you are going. "  That rings so true. Many times people are their own worst enemy's. You can't just sit idly but and wait for life to happen to you. While good things come to those who wait, its also  even more true that God helps those that help themselves.

 A lot of society's problems come from the destruction of the family unit. Men need to not just be "Baby daddies" and have shit loads of kids with a bunch of different women. They need to take responsibility and raise the kids they put on this planet! There is to many single moms out there trying to do the job of two people. I have a friend who did serious time in prison that did his own little study about the family while he was locked up. His conclusion was that the worst , most messed up people came from fatherless households who had no early role model guidance to get them on the right path. He was one of those kids who grew up without a dad. He observed that yes , there were people in prison from two parent families but those people seemed to have their shit together more than the ones that were raised by one parent. Does that mean your totally screwed if you came from a single parent household , of course not! Your life is in your own hands, you have the most effect on your future than any outside influence. If you sit around bitching about what life has handed you instead of trying to go out and better yourself then life is going to be messed up.  That brings the old saying to mind of , "Shit in one hand and wish in the other and see what fills up first!"  Meaning if you pile on negative thoughts and blame everyone else for your life ,while just wishing for better things, then your life will be shitty. If you work towards a better life , life will most likely get better for you.  Hard work and perseverance pays off most of the time.

  Bottom line is that Black lives do matter , but so does everyone else's. If BLM wants to riot and tear shit apart , assault people to vent their frustration and burn stuff to the ground then they are only fucking themselves in the court of public opinion. If they want to assault people in cars  then they better realize that a car is a two ton + weapon that can be used extremely effectively by the right person who isn't goin to put up with their shit! The outcome of trying to pull someone out of a car might be the exact opposite of what they are trying to accomplish and if it does , it won't be because a black life didn't matter , it was because they were trying to mess someone up  and committing assault on someone who wasn't afraid to defend themselves and the life of their loved ones in the car with them.

 The events of last night in Milwaukee was senseless bullshit in my opinion.  and that's my two cents worth.

  Until next time
     Lasco X

 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer - 2016 The State of the Nation

It's been a long time since I posted. Life has a way of keeping a person busy. It's time though  to make a few observation seeing how the election year is bearing down on us and the candidates have been set. I look at this years offerings to lead the nation and I have to ask , what the hell happened! Is this seriously the best we can do?

 First lets look at the Democrats offering.... Hillary , I guess this is no surprise seeing how the fix was in from the start. Seriously though , how is she even a candidate? I chalk it up to willful blindness on the part of the liberal left. They seem to be quite alright with sticking their collective heads in the sand and ignore issues like her being bought and paid for by wall street and foreign entities  through donations to the Bill ,Hillary and Chelsey foundation. We won't know just how bad the situation might be though for a couple of years because Loretta Lynch blocked access to the foundations emails for a long time. Can you say the fix is in and they have a nice long time to sanitize the situation?

 Bernie was right in his claims throughout the primaries but now they have him on his leash and have him heeling like a good boy. Are the occupy wall street base really going to follow suit and vote for someone who has made millions kissing up to the big bankers in the past few year? Personally I haven't forgotten that the USA's most classified nuclear info ended up in the hands of the Chinese under the first Clinton presidency. If you have forgotten they were big donors of Bill  and were provided access to Los Alamos that they never should have had. I personally can't trust another Clinton term in office.

As for Bernie , he was never going to win , the DNC had the fix in from the start. He was only there to make it look like Hilary had to work for it. The funny thing is , that formula worked to well as Bernie actually stirred up a lot of support because quite frankly , the masses are tired of the same old same old political BS. That and Bernie was promising the farm in freebies for all. The problem with that is paying for it! Hilary plans her fair share of giveaways as well. She has already let it be know that she will be raising taxes across the board.  Personally I want to see the rampant spending trimmed prior to any new taxes being imposed.

Hilary baggage is a large stack. The stinging report by the head of the FBI is a laundry list of BS that would have put anyone else in Prison or at least out of the race for the highest office in the land. The fact that no serious charges were put on her was interpreted by her followers that all is well , move along , nothing to see here. The rest of us though were left with the impression that there is two standards in America , one for the elite, well connected and one for everyone else. Bottom line though is that if vetted for a top secrete security clearance after what she did she would be denied it based on the email / server incident. And this is someone we want to have the nuclear football?

 Bottom line is I really don't trust Hilary , I am just not impressed by her and feel no compelling reason to trust her with the highest office in the land. In my mind she lies and will do whatever to get more power , more money and obtain her own goals.

 Now , lets look at the Republican offer for President, Donald Trump .... Seriously , Donald Trump!?

 Like many I figured he would self destruct long ago.  I don't think he will do everything he says he will. Deporting 11 million people isn't going to happen but if the government would start enforcing current immigration laws and enforce boarder security I would be a happy camper. I don't see anything like that happening from the Democratic side so anything in that direction would be a serious improvement from what we have now.

I do question his temperament in leading the nation. I don't think that he is the next Hitler or the Antichrist as the liberal left would have you think he is.  The left conveniently ignores the fact that Hitler came from the socialist party in Germany. Then again they also like to bury the fact that the KKK came out of the southern democratic party and try to associate the KKK on the republicans. I don't trust the media and after the hacked DNC letters showed collusion between the DNC and the media I trust it even less now. But I digress... back to Trump...

 I really don't think trump is the best person to lead the nation . He has had his companies go through bankruptcy several times. Then again , with a 19 Trillion dollar national debt , maybe its time for a business man to start trimming the budget and working the debt down.

 He is also sort of full of shit at times, or seems to be. I didn't blame Ted Cruz for not endorsing him one bit.  Like I stated at the beginning of this post , is this seriously the best both parties can offer? I am not thrilled by either candidate. We are looking at no good options in my mind.

 I am not of the mindset that there is a full consensus on global warming. Yes we should work to reduce carbon and all chemicals we pump into the atmosphere but we shouldn't take to radical changes to get there. The Global warming Nazi's lost me when they advocated silencing all opposing opinions with jail if need be. That's not science , that's suppressive BS to obtain political agendas. There is a lot of factors that control the weather on this planet. The planet has a long history of warming and cooling over the eons. Hilary's energy plans seem dangerous to me.  It seems like it will be an economy killer with no real significant ecological gain. With Trump I would fear radically deregulation which we don't need either. I just know for every scientist on the oil company's pay roll , there is probably 3-4 taking government grant money to prove there is global warming. The truth most likely is in the middle ground. Both sides skew results to the side they want. Lets just be reasonable in the discussion!

 I am going to be curios how the debates play out between the candidates.  This should be interesting. At this point I tend to lean towards the guy who has been signing the front of checks over the woman who has been signing the backs of government checks and the back of checks from Wall Street and foreign donors for the past three decades. Why is it we are always saddled with the vote for the lesser of two evils? Personally I think the rise of Donald Trump to the position he is in, is to be blamed on the full speed ahead agenda of the hard left. Both sides though from the hard left and hard right both put on their blinders and think in narrow terms much of the time. As a life long independent I have seen this scenario play out time and time again.

 Ultimately , I think George Carlin had the system pegged. The rich owners of this country are going to do whatever they want with this country and election. They give us the illusion of a choice!

 Just like Bernie never had a chance to win , this outcome was most likely decided a while ago and we are seeing actors on a stage playing out the roles to the final result. Does this mean you shouldn't vote? Hell NO , VOTE! Do your part to support the way you feel, the masses still have an impact. At least we can try to make a difference even if the fix is in. After all , If the elite had their way , this would be another Bush / Clinton race.  We need to try and make a difference.

 Local politics is a good place to impact. Be aware of the things on a local level. People who live in the same community are a lot less likely to screw you over than the elite who rule from afar.

  Take care and pay attention America, God help us all in the coming months.

    Lasco X

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America , to bad your representation in Washington doesn't give a crap.

 As the post's title implies , I am not a happy camper this morning. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays as it celebrates the birth of one of the greatest nations to grace the face of the planet. What makes America great is the freedoms we have and the diversity of peoples that inhabit it. I am not against immigration , this nation is a nation of immigrants and the wide range of cultures we have has contributed to its greatness.
  Currently though , we do have a problem with wide spread illegal immigration. Basically , the flooding of people across our southern border.  Much of this latest flood has been caused by our so called leaders in Washington DC total disregard for our nations laws. This country has laws regarding immigration that should work if enforced. The problem is , they have not been enforced and in fact the Obama administration had been keeping ICE officials at bay, in effect telling them to just not do their job and enforce the laws that are there to help protect this country.
  If you think that is an over statement consider that most of the 9-11 hijackers were in this country illegally and past their visa limits , had they been located back then and kicked out of the country we might not have had the tragedy of Sept. 11th .
 So what does that have to do with protecting this country from the current wave of immigrants?   After all , aren't they just children coming from harsh areas? Lets just ignore our laws ... do it for the children!  Yeah , RIGHT! That's the oldest and lamest trick in the book and yet people are falling for it hook line and sinker!
   It's been reported that not only are the people streaming in across our southern border show a blatant disregard for our laws they actually expect us to just take care of them once they get across the line. We also have obvious gang members in the ranks coming with the current wave. These are people  who will have no regard for our laws once they infiltrate into society. Along with the lawlessness of some, we have people coming in carrying diseases that are communicable. That in it's self is a national health risk. Then there is the issue of the financial burden dealing with this engineered mess. And yes , it has been engineered! Our politicians have basically invited them in with their lame self serving policies as they talked amnesty (in the form of immigration reform) . And why were they doing that, in part I admit our immigration policies could use a little reform but had the laws been enforced all along then we would not have had the issues causing the problems that need to be fixed in the first place. The politicians mainly have been talking reform to get the Latino vote! Its primarily been the Democrats doing it but the Republicans are guilty of this pandering as well.
 It never fails , the politicians talk reform /amnesty and there is a wave of people at the border flooding in. It's bullshit and the people in Washington should know it , they are suppose to be smart but to often they are just vote mongering leaches who are more concerned with getting re-elected and keeping a job that in their eyes elevates them above the little / common people.
 We have  Pelosi talking that we should use it as an opportunity to help all gods children. But, she apparently doesn't care about the unborn gods children that she is so willing to abort at the drop of a hat now is she? On that issue she is all about a woman's right to chose over "God's Children".
 We have Sheila Jackson Lee bringing lollypops to the kids and saying they pose no threat ... lets just ignore the economic impact , the diseases some carry or the fact that people are renting kids to get into the country by pretending they are families just so they can get into the country and the fact that some have gang affiliations.
  The simple fact is we have a lot of politicians in Washington DC right now that aren't doing their jobs and should not have the honor and privilege of representing us simply because they aren't representing us. They are pandering to special interest groups and catering to people who are not even in the country legally and have no intention of respecting our laws to begin with.

  So Happy Birthday America, In my opinion you deserve better than the leaders you currently have. This is an election year , don't forget to get rid of the people in government that don't represent you and pander to people they shouldn't!
    Until next time
      LascoX

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Enough is enough!

I've been busy as of late so I haven't posted anything, but recent activities have prompted me to come back and comment. The subject matter is the careless disregard of law by our so called leaders in Washington D.C. I know the laundry list of the stuff they disregard daily is a long one but this one has been on the front burner for a while now and has resulted in really bad consequences. What I am referring to is the pandering to the Latino community by Washington in a quest for votes, no matter if the voters should even be in the county or not. Personally I find it rather disgusting that so many of the politicians have basically been pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens. This is the same crap they pushed threw back in the 80's and promised us they would secure the borders. That didn't happen and even more poured into the country.
  Now Obama took it upon himself to loosen the laws and hobble the immigration enforcement that is the protection for our country and what are we getting ? More illegals , some just children pouring into the country and being dumped into Arizona. Why Arizona? Simply because it was the one border state to stand up and say this is bull shit , we should do something about this problem! So to punish them they are getting the problem that this administration has caused dumped on them. I have news for everyone , Arizona had it right ! We need to stop illegal immigration!
  I realize that the administration isn't the only one to blame, the Democrats and Republican's have both been pandering to the illegals and Latinos hunting votes. It's typical Washington Bull Shit , they say to hell with the people they are suppose to represent and tow the PC line to get the big money donations. It boils down to Big money wanting cheep labor and destroying the middle class. The economic divide has been widening for years because of the upper class greed that wants more and more and more . Fuck the little guy , they don't matter , They just want more .. hell they want it all ! At least that seems to be the attitude they have.
     I saw the quest for a better bottom line using illegals back when I was building for one of the largest home builders in the country. Upper management turned a blind eye to using illegals in the interest of profit. They had their legal loop holes to get by the rules , basically hire a legal immigrant to hire all the other illegals and they all make money. Cut out of the loop though was all the indigenous workers who were out of work due to artificially deflated labor costs that illegals caused. And the old line .. "they are only doing the jobs Americans don't want to do" is total bull shit! When you hear that just insert the line " They are doing the jobs Americans can't do for that price because they paying shit loads of taxes and have a family and a mortgage to support, also the dollar doesn't go as far here as it does south of the border which is where a lot of the money they make goes!"
  I understand why people want to come to America , Believe me , I get it. But what the politicians don't tell you as they preach tolerance to the illegal's is the crime and lawlessness that also comes with them . Groups like MS13 are spreading threw out the country bringing drugs and violence with them.  
 A look over the southern border at the drug lords there show what is slowly creeping this way. Opening the floodgates like the politicians are doing is like rolling out the welcome mat to them. Is that what we want in the U.S.A.? I don't think so! But Obama , the bleeding heart liberals and the vote grubbing politicians on both sides of the isle are sure willing to turn a blind eye to the dark side of illegal immigration. Personally I am voting against any politician that supports amnesty, and I urge everyone else to do the same. We need less career politicians that pander to special interest groups and more actual representation up in Washington.
Until next time
  LascoX

Friday, December 20, 2013

An open letter to A&E network

The following is a letter I wrote to the A&E network regarding the suspension of Phil Robertson , of Duck dynasty fame..... To Whom it may concern, I find the recent suspension of Phil Robertson to be a bit of an outrage. While A&E network might champion the GLTG agenda it obviously doesn't champion free speech or traditional Christian values. I have gay friends and relatives so I am not some gay bashing Christian writing to you. I in fact think the Christian community has been very tolerant to the GLTG community in recent history. I did not find Robertson's comments to be that offensive and in fact got a chuckle out of his statement. In line with traditional Christian values , based on passages from the Bible , his comments were spot on. He was not pronouncing judgment on the GLTG community , merely stating his own beliefs on the subject. There in lays the issue as it seems that free speech is only allowed by the A&E network when it conforms to a politically correct agenda. Or to put it another way, A&E network believes in free speech only when it is something that benefits the GLTG community or the beliefs of the management of A&E. A&E seems to be fine with pushing things like glorifying serial murderers down Americas throats with Bates motel and Bonny and Clyde but if one of their show's stars comment on his own faith based views in a magazine article you suspend them for exercising their 1st amendment rights to free speech? Even many prominent members of the GLTG community are now coming out and crying foul on this action! If A&E wants to limit the free speech of Christians , which are still a major consumer market factor in favor of a few ,small but vocal percentage of the population in the GLTG community then quite frankly I hope you lose your highest rated show as well as most of your viewership in general ! This is just another prime example of the so called "liberal " community showing just how un-liberal and close minded they actually are. Free speech applies to everyone or no one at all ! Personally, because of the actions of the A&E network in limiting the free speech of Robertson I for one am going to stop watching all A&E programing! I get a little tired of the agenda of the GLTG community constantly being forced on us anyway. I don't harbor any ill will against the GLTG community and as I stated , I have friends and relatives in the GLTG community. I tolerate and in some instances even support the agenda of the GLTG community , especially when it comes to fair treatment and free speech for all individuals regardless of race , creed , gender or sexual orientation. The actions though of the A&E network are a knee jerk reaction to pandering to the GLTG community and in doing so you are limiting the free speech of all Americans! That I cannot, and will not support. There is plenty of other programming on other networks to watch. In closing , A&E can go on pandering to a small but vocal percentage of the population if you want to. In the mean time myself and millions of other Americans will be passing over your network in favor of other broadcasters that don't limit the free speech of Christians. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would urge anyone else to write to the A&E network and express their opinions of the censorship they are doing in regards to Phil Robertson. As I said in the letter to them , we have free speech for everyone or no one at all .... I will chose free speech for everyone every day of the week! Lasco X

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The World We Live In

The world we live in is a very dangerous place and getting more dangerous everyday. Not only do we have to deal with the daily grind of sustenance and making ends meet we also have greater menaces on the horizon. Most people in the world don't pay attention to what goes on daily on the world political stage. Many just would rather stick their heads in the sand and ignore what is going on around them but that is a good way to be buried by the shifting sands around them. So before the year ends a few observations looking around the world landscape are in order. The global dynamic is in flux right now as we have come threw some very rough years in the recent past. I don't expect them to get much smoother in the near future. Here in the USA we are battling threw a rough patch in our economic history. It started long before the crash of 2008. It actually started with the slow gutting of our manufacturing base back in the 70's when off shoring became the corporate rage, continued threw the greed of the "Me" generation of the 80's and well in threw the 90's where we had a bit of a turn around but the economy was mainly churning on the construction industry and a fragile housing bubble that would finally pop late in 2008. During the years after the Soviet Union collapsed after many failed years of communistic oppression, the media touted the USA as the worlds only super power. That was an assertion I never really put much stock in. I felt that it was an egocentric and simplistic view of the world. Yes, the USA was in a position of preeminence but Neo-hawkish players sort of pissed away any good will this country could have gained during that period. The USA ended up getting bogged down in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars which was very profitable for the military industrial complex but did little to rebuild the economic engine within our own borders. That rebuilding was something that was sorely needed. During that time from the 70's until now, more and more production was off shored to countries like China that was able to provide extremely cheep labor , sometimes by using forced labor to accomplish their goals. Also they were able to do lower pricing due to the fact they were not constrained to the same environmental regulations that manufacturing is governed by inside the USA. This gave them a distinct economic edge but has cost them severely in the quality of life as many of them now live in tight , highly polluted areas. Greed from the upper levels of American corporate management willingly fueled this switch to off shore production and in turn left millions of middle class Americans out of work and left only with low paying service oriented jobs to get by on. This has fueled one of the greatest divides between the rich and the poor not seen since the turn of the last century in the USA. It's funny how things seem to keep just going around in circles and ending up a little futher down the road but seemingly back to where it was before. America is going to have to make some fundamental changes to fix it's economic issues , but that's a topic for another day. Looking beyond Americas borders we can see what China has been doing with all that money they have made manufacturing the goods of the world. They are simultaneously buying American resources and businesses while at the same time building up their military to challenge America in the pacific and eventually the whole world. Little is being done to counter this build up at the moment as the USA is hamstrung by its own ignorance and excessive spending practices. The USA and China are intergraded trading partners but even among friends and acquaintances disagreements can occur. If this were to ever happen between these to major world players the effects would be devastating for the whole world. Lets Not forget Russia , who is building up their own military and is led by Putin who is old school KGB. Granted he has a more friendly fa├žade on him these days but there is no mistaking the structure beneath the outward appearance. Does this make him Americas enemy? Not necessarily but it does mean we need to proceed with caution. I am sure Putin does what he does, for what he see's as what is best for Russia, In all honesty though I sincerely question how free the elections over there have actually been since he was elected. I don't think you will see Putin out of Russia's political future as long as he is alive. It does provide a stabilizing force for Russian politics but doesn't provide for good democratic processes there. Meanwhile over in the western side of the Eurasian land mass lays the European Union. The past few years have been some turbulent times over there. The fact they have not imploded by now is a testament to them given the growing pains they have shown over the past decade. Europe's role in world affairs should not be minimized by any means as I see them to still be a major factor on the world scene. Then we have the middle eastern region that continues to simmer with discontent. The whole region has been destabilized over the past couple of years... Iraq , Afghanistan, Egypt , Libya, Syria all are simmering... throw in Iran's unstable relationship with the west, their on going nuclear program and their fierce hatred of the Israeli government and you have a fuse that could cause that whole region to explode if sparked. Spilling over on the side lines of that region is Pakistan and another dark horse player India. These two factions have issues with each other as well and help to up the tensions on the world scene. They have been relatively quiet the past few years but things have not been forgave and forgotten between the two. In Africa , the region is plagued by warlords, unstable governments and ongoing food issues. The food issues while fueled by occasional environmental issues are magnified by the power-plays and greedy interests of the few at the cost of the many. In South America the issues have been economic as well as political. They have been ongoing and developing over the recent past but the region has remained relatively stable given the issues that continent has faced. The areas in between these major hot spots have been relatively quiet. There is some issues like the ongoing power struggles in Mexico that has turned that country into a war zone between the opposing warring drug lords and the government. Hopefully they will get their act together but in the meantime I personally am still all in favor of shutting down the southern border of the USA and closing the leaks that can let the violence down there spill into the north. Given all that when I look around at the end of 2013 , I stand by my statement .... The world we live in is a very dangerous place and getting more dangerous everyday. I am not a pessimist by any means. North Korea has calmed their act down a bit , though they are not a country I don't keep a watchful eye on giving their past history of hostile rhetoric. The middle east did not go completely crazy this past year and hopefully won't in the year to come. There has been a small economic up-tick world wide that will in all luck will continue. The best thing for peace on the planet is when we are all working and trading goods and services. It links us together and gives us a common bond. It also helps feed the planets population while advancing all humanity further along. The greatness of humanity will only truly be realized when we get over our differences and start working towards common goals that benefit everyone. Unfortunately though it is generally a few greedy souls that mess it up for the mass of humanity that just want to live and let live. As we end 2013 it is my sincerest hope that in 2014 ,we will see cooler heads prevail. So , as this year comes to an end and we start a new calendar year I will leave this post with the thought...... May there be peace on earth and good will towards all mankind! Until next time Lasco X

Friday, November 22, 2013

Race , Media and the American way.

To start out with, I am not a racist! I do however have opinions about race that might get me branded that due to the fact that I am honest and don't believe in being so politically correct that I shy away from certain topics. I believe that all men(as in mankind in general) are created equal in the sense that they deserve common courtesy and a decent level of respect. We all have our strengths and weaknesses in certain areas so we are not created equal in all ways but as far as basic human rights are concerned, people should be treated as equal. That being said , I will probably piss some people off with my comments but I , like everyone else is entitled to their opinion. In the past week or so the media is finally putting more focus on a thing they refer to as a dangerous "Game" called "Knockout". This is not a new phenomenon and has in fact been going on for a while. It involves people sucker punching an unsuspecting victim with the intent of knocking them out with one blow. The media tends to shy away from the fact that in almost all cases the people playing this "Game" are black/African American. They also don't focus on the fact that in almost all cases the victims are not. This is pretty clearly a case of Black on nonblack crime but the media is afraid to report that aspect. Heaven forbid a person of African decent is accused of a racially motivated crime! The simple fact that people have died from these assaults shows that this is no "Game"! What this is in many cases are hate crimes perpetrated by blacks on non-blacks. The media is afraid to say that, I am not as it is obvious to anyone looking at the video clips of the people laughing at the assaults. This "game" is going to start having bad backlashes in that people aren't going to take this sort of behavior and will start taking steps to defend themselves. This "Game" is going to cause even more distrust between blacks and non-blacks. And what will happen when kids playing this "game" start to end up dead on the streets because some potential victim took out their gun and killed the assailant? More than likely the black community will cry racism and whine about society treating them unfairly. Kids should not end up like Trayvon Martin because they are playing some "Game" , but as I said, this isn't a "Game" , its assault and people do have a right to defend themselves against unprovoked attacks. My Question on this is where is the black community in stepping up and trying to curb this behavior? Why hasn't the President stepped up and said this behavior is wrong? Ok , so he probably doesn't want to be associated with it and so he is hiding from the topic. Where are Jessie Jackson , Al Sharpton and other leaders of the black civil rights movement speaking out on this? Oprah was recently quoted as saying racists will have to die out , and actually I agree with her in that some old views will have to pass on with the people that cling to close minded ideals. But when a double standard like the leaders of the black communities hiding from issues like this so called "Game" and not speaking out against it are going to lead to a widening in the rift and increased bad feelings between blacks and non-blacks. Blacks will cry and whine racism when non-blacks cross the street when they see a group of blacks walking towards them but do you blame them if they are not wanting to get knocked out for simply not being black? Is that racist or is that just common sense! The black community can't have it both ways! You can't sit ideally by and allow members of the black community to stir up fear by senseless random attacks and then call racism when people show distrust towards blacks. Don't get me wrong ,most Americans of African decent that I have met are actually really decent people. I don't walk around in fear of people of a different skin tone than myself but as it stands right now I will be on my guard if I see a group of blacks walking towards me! It shouldn't be that way, but at this point it is what it is since I don't see anyone from the black community speaking out against this behavior. Hell , the media is too afraid to report it for what it is which is typical these days for the media. The media has become very slanted and biased in their reporting in the past decade. Basically if you are Male, White, Straight and Christian .. you are fair game for throwing dirt on and being discriminating against in the media. If you are nonwhite , gay, lesbian, transgendered , Muslim, an illegal alien or a woman then you can do no wrong and should not have a bad word said against you! The media needs to be less PC and more fair in their reporting! I am not saying racism doesn't exist in America and is not still an issue. It obviously does when you read the comments under the news reports regarding the so called "Knockout Game". What I am saying is that the media not reporting the race angle and hiding from it doesn't do anyone any good at all. The leaders of the black community ignoring and hiding from this issue only widen the divide of distrust between blacks and non-blacks. The media slanting their reporting out of fear of looking racist isn't right! People shouldn't walk away from crimes against others for the color of their skin no more than people should be prosecuted more severely because of it! The ratio of blacks in jail is highly disproportional to that of whites. Part of this is simply due to the fact that more blacks are in fact committing crimes but it is also due to the fact that in many instances white offenders are given more lenient sentencing. You also have seen some issues of black offenders walking away from crimes since the current presidential administration. The incident where the black panthers were intimidating voters being a prime example. Do you think for one instance if it had been a KKK member in a robe that Eric Holder would have buried the charges? I think not, but the media let it slide in that case. The media is fast to paint anyone opposing Obama's policies as angry racists who hate the President because he is half black but that isn't always the case. I didn't vote for Obama because #1 - he had very limited experience in politics and really did nothing of note prior to running, Also I was a strong Ron Paul supporter as he was the only person who treated our economic issues seriously and #2- In the second election I voted for Romney because I felt the economy needed a business man at the helm who had a proven track record of taking a state government out of the red and into the black by working across party lines. My vote wasn't racially motivated at all, but if you listen to the media then the people who didn't vote for Obama were racists! The fact that the media kissed Obama's ass and pushed him into the white house was not lost on everyone, just on the people who voted for him. The media went out of their way to make Romney look bad but Obama could do no wrong! Hell , I am not a racist but I am not afraid to say that Kanye Wests latest song that Kardashian went topless in just sucks ass out of fear of being labeled one! I suppose some might feel I am being harsh to him because of his race , but seriously , the song just sucks ass! It's not a racial thing at all, I actually like a lot of rap! I just think he is capable of doing so much better that his latest offering. The simple fact about racial relations in the USA is that we have come a long ways since the 50's and 60's. We still have a ways to go but in all honesty things are changing for the better. It doesn't help though when the media hides issues and the leaders of the black community stay silent when something that can widen the gap of distrust is happening. Sticking your head in the sand will not make issues that do have a racial element in them go away. I know part of it is being done out of fear of race relations backsliding on its gains over the past 50 years but in all honesty isn't it worse to spin it like it isn't happening? The media needs to be more honest , fair and balanced. No I am not shilling for fox as they have their slant as well! The best thing an individual can do is to look at a variety of sources for news and do the balancing act yourself. To do that people need to be honest and open to the information they receive but also smart enough to discern propaganda from fact. To many people stick themselves into a rut and blindly follow the path they are in because it is the easy thing to do, they don't have to think for themselves that way! That is not a very good way to make decisions and is a good way to end up in trouble by blindly following others. America was founded by free spirits that were not afraid to think for themselves and make their own minds up. Lets hope more people wake up to that fact and think for themselves rather than letting the media think for them. Until next time Lasco X