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

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The lies politicians say

America is in the harsh reality of the roll out of Obamacare , AKA the affordable health care act. To put it bluntly , we were lied to. Repeatedly we were told prices would go down and if you liked your insurance you could keep your insurance, nobody was going to take that away from you. The reality of the situation though is that people are losing their insurance in numbers far greater than have signed up for the program and costs have gone way up for many , if not most people. The government web site was a poorly designed piece of crap that failed miserably when it went online. We are now being promised it will be fixed by the end of the month but it should have never been rolled out without being properly tested in the first place. Security concerns abound regarding it as well. Privacy issues and the possibility of identity fraud are being highly questioned about it. I still remember Nancy Pelosi saying "We have to pass it to find out what's in it." as the Democrats pushed threw the bill. At the time I thought that was the most insulting and irresponsible statement I had ever heard come out of a politicians mouth. How her constituents keep voting her in to office is beyond my comprehension. So , How's that whole pass it to find out what's in it thing working out for them? I sure hope they take a hard look at this whole issue and it's effects before they vote for her again. They will probably just blindly go vote her in again like good little sheep but I hope not. The simple fact is that the left / democrats have blindly been following the false promises spoon fed to them and demonizing anyone who disagrees with them as being a racist narrow minded right wingers. They blame the Tea Party for paralyzing the government , but are oblivious to the damage and rampant unreasonable spending and incompetence their own party is doing. In fact it came out a little bit ago the democrats want to just do away with the debt limit all together. Sure why not ... I mean lets just put a brick on the gas pedal of the bus and point it at a cliff just so that the incumbents in office don't have to face a debate on spending and how badly they are driving us into unsustainable debt during an election year! They may want to blame the tea party faction for paralyzing government but it was the Obama administration that was trying to inflict the most pain it could during the shut down to scare everyone. Suddenly open air national monuments were fenced off , something that has never been done in any past shut downs. This not only cost money to do but pissed off large amounts of people. Veterans of our wars were not allowed to see the memorials but Obama opened up the national mall to let a group of illegals in for a rally on immigration reform! And the Democrats and the left wonder why a large percentage of the population believe Obama isn't looking out for Americas best interests? It's no wonder his numbers are in the tank for approval ratings. The cracks in the cult of Obama is starting to show. Finally the media is even starting to question what is going on. It helps after they have finally realized that the most "transparent administration in history"(that was what was promised to us, yet another lie) is nothing transparent at all. The left has also been silent on the rapidly deterioration of our civil liberties. If Bush was in office they would be crying bloody murder about it but since their man Obama is doing it they turn a blind eye as programs that monitor every move we make are implemented. The left is showing their blatant hypocrisy totally oblivious to the reality of the situation. Don't get me wrong , I am no fan of the hard right either. They are not blameless in this situation and have not been helping things get much better. I am not opposed to a reform in the national health care system but the parties are to busy pointing fingers and tugging on the rope to get control of power to do any of us the job we sent them up there for. Both parties are now blaming Ted Cruz and the tea party for all the issues. That's just an easy cop out though as it displaces the incompetence of the two major parties and directs it wrongly to someone else. Say what you will about Ted Cruz but at least he stood up and represented the people who sent him there! Too many other politicians are just representing special interests and big money. In time hopefully the issues with the AHA roll out will be fixed but I for one am not rushing out to sign up until I am sure the servers are secure, my privacy and medical records will remain private and out of the hands of identity thieves and you can actually get on to the web site in a timely manner. Some glitches are to be expected in a massive change up to the system like we are having forced on us but after spending over 100 + million on the web site the American people should expect more bang for the buck and have a system that wasn't so poorly designed. Frankly I want a big chunk of that 100 + million back as we the taxpayers should not have to pay the bill to fix it. We should be back-charging the incompetent people who made the original site to get it fixed. I am sure that will never happen due to the corruption and backscratching that goes on in Washington DC but it should! If the left and the Obama administration want to prove me wrong then by all means do it! Get our money back from the incompetent people who designed that site and pay for the fix! With the amount we spent on that piece of crap web site it should have worked! How much do you want to bet the money for the site went straight into people pockets and paid for luxury homes and items rather than website design! Will the administration demand an audit? Will they do what's right for the American people or will they shield their friends that took the money and ran? Time will tell but most people who watch the system with their eyes wide open and not threw blinders of hero worship and apathy already know the answer. Until next time Lasco X