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June 24th, 2009

12:09 pm: Earn Your Wiretap!
Well Kidoes it has been a long time.  I have been distracted lately.  It so happens that distraction is the topic of today’s soap box rant.  The events in Iran have been truly tragic.  The ability for the world to gather and collect creditable tidbits of data has been difficult to say the least.  This is due to the stifling of information by, let me emphasize, “Government Funded” news programming in Iran.  Communication media has been virtually cut off.  Our own news media have had resort to desperate measures to report what they see as accurate news.  I look at these news cast with a bit of skepticism.  Of course I look at most things with a bit of skepticism.  It is the only source of data for that region that I have access to. I won’t knock it. Yet.

This brings me to the real issue.  It is hidden just below the surface flicking us off and scoffing at our self induced distracted ignorance.  I am talking about the potentially destructive possibilities of a Government Owned news media.  This like many concepts is not a new one.  The question I put to you is this.

We can see how a completely Government Owned Broadcasting Media is currently trying to control the events of Iran.  We have evidence of a government perverting the information and outright lying its people to forward a potentially sinister agenda.  We can see the desperate measures an oppressed people have to resort to in order to get even the smallest bits of information heard.  With all of that, why do we support our own Government Owned news media so willingly?

Yes, our government hesitates when it comes to clubbing protesters in the street.  It doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen in the past.  Instead in this country we use distraction instead of intimidation.  We use Pop Culture Icons instead of batons to get the populous to turn a blind eye when the truth is too blatant to ignore.  Either way the goal of the Government Owned Information System is the same.  Get the masses to see things the way of those in power regardless of the truth.

Think about that when you turn on Pop Culture News instead of paying attention to world events.  Because of the celebrity surge in our media it is actually “un-cool” to turn on Real news and “cool” to watch E! news.  Take a step back and look at the types of programming our own Government Funded FOX network is making available to us.  Shouldn’t or Government be funding media that educates its people instead of distracting them?  The formula for the Fox Network is Distraction and Fear mongering.  Other nations like Iran and China have seen the success of this model and copied it.  Why can’t we see the problem when it applies to us?  Oah I forgot.  The Simpsons are on.  In this episode Lady Gaga has a sex scandal with the Joanus Brothers.

Pay attention.  An informed society is the greatest fear of a corrupt government.

Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me

April 30th, 2009

11:23 am: So addicted to this
A new undefeated master


April 28th, 2009

05:38 pm: Become My Pupil
Learn under The Great "Settles Conflict"



Current Mood: energeticenergetic

December 15th, 2008

12:20 pm: Help! Item lost
Can you please help me find my motivation. I seemed to have left it behind at the bar or something. If you find it please return it to me. I miss it.

P.S. My motivation answers to the name," Pappittoe".

Current Mood: blahblah
09:03 am: Thank You!
Yuppers I am 34 now.  I had a blast this weekend.  Thank you everyone.  Thank you for showing up.  Thank you for the drinks.  Thank you for the multitude of text messages. Thank you for your friendship.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Some pictures are up.  I have to adjust a few and it will take forever to title and tag them all.  More pictures from the dinner party will be up soon. 

November 19th, 2008

01:44 pm: Cool night in
Had a great night in last night drinking wine and watching Tropic Thunder.

Current Mood: amusedamused

October 24th, 2008

02:50 pm: Issues made easy
Here is a great link for issues coverage.  Heavy emphasis on VA concerns.  Other than that, there is not much bias.


October 17th, 2008

11:14 am: Maybe I wasn't clear before.
This gives me a chance to explain why I take things so personally.  Thank you 3Horn for supplying the article and expressing your outrage.
(Please read link)

Inland GOP mailing depicts Obama's face on food stamp

I refuse to put this image up but I think the message is important.  I would like to illustrate the power of imagery and the damage it can cause.

In the article the Inland Republican women's group defends itself and apologizes for the obvious racist depiction contained within.  The only problem is that the damage of the image has been done.  Something this irresponsible can only fuel the fire to ignorant oppressors and the rage of the hurt oppressed.  I have personally taken great strides to eliminate these blanket stereotypes.  All of my and many others work for tolerance is whipped away by images like these. 

Here is how and why.  An image like this creates a false sense of security for people to express latent racist and separatist thoughts and intents.   Racist depictions if repeated enough times can and will be regarded as truth.  This is why images of chickens, watermelons, apes, and such still hurt when viewed by African Americans. 

When those depictions of intolerance were first used it was a direct attempt to destroy the identity and pride of an entire race.  Let me repeat the scope of the negative image campaign in America. [AN ENTIRE RACE OF PEOPLE].  Do you get it now?  Now do you see why we as a free loving people can’t let this continue unchecked? 

Justification is the way to allow things that are obviously wrong to happen without a moral backlash.  And it is usually done with a righteous smile.  We can no longer afford to let this happen.  If we truly want to end racism and you are truly not a racist then you should equally share the pain and outrage, associated with hurtful images, with the targeted group.  You should also not allow the perpetrator to simply justify themselves and let them off of the hook. 

In the article Diane Fedele stated that, ”she doesn't think in racist terms, pointing out she once supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American who previously ran for president.

"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

Well Diane if that is the case then I will hold you to the fire for not being sensitive enough to realize the pain associated with the food you chose.  Why couldn’t you choose an apple pie instead of watermelon?  What could be more American than apple pie?  Why didn’t you choose a long horned cow instead of a chicken?  It is also a food and widely consumed by Americans.  And don’t use the old and weak argument that you,” supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American,” as a justification for your actions.  That is like saying that you like gays because you have a token gay friend.

This is not good enough for me and it shouldn’t be good enough for anyone else.  The damage is done and cannot be undone.  Think about that next time you decide to make a joke at the expense of an entire race or sexual orientation.

That is all....
For Now...

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Death Mix - Christian Death

October 7th, 2008

03:15 pm: Listen Up!
It’s a sad day

It’s a sad day when one realizes that the same people that have embraced and called me friend have latent racist/elitist ideals still lurking within them.  I like to think that I pride myself on the type of people that I surround myself by.  Now I’m not to sure. 

Bear in mind that these are the same people that stand up for gay rights, animal rights, women’s rights, and civil rights for anyone that is told “NO” because they are different from the masses or majority.  I never thought that they can fight for rights of others, but when it comes to poor black people that finally have a positive role model, that doesn’t bling or ride on 22s, you can only think of way to tear them down. 

That is what is wrong with elitism.  It gives people the justification to lump people into a group and treat them less than human.  This sickens me more than lying.  And don’t think that I am not offended when this behavior is allowed to propagate into a lasting “joke”.

Well it’s not funny at all.  I don’t want to live in a world where divisions define a people or group.  I don’t want to surround myself with people that think that I have to prove myself before they stop treating me like a stereotype.   I am really considering cutting loose the fucktards that can’t see beyond sexually oriented and racial lines.

Next time you joke around me about minorities and a derogatory way.  Remember that you are talking about my mother, brother, and my whole family.  I won’t hesitate to defend them.

Next time you speak ill of a gay person.  Remember that you are talking about my best friend and I’ll knock your head off.

Next time someone picks on a smaller person because they look different and make an easy target.  Guess what, I’ll be there to make sure nothing happens to the “different kid.”

That is all and I’ll be watching.

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off

October 3rd, 2008

04:44 pm: Sorry for this one ekeppich
OMG and I quote!

"It is good to be visiting here in Alaska's little sister state Texas," says
Gov. Palin in her speech to Dallas this afternoon.

The wrong thing to say to a Texan.  Call it Texas Pride.

Here is the link:

http://www. dallasnews. com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/100308dnpolpalindallas. d8031df1. html

Current Mood: amusedamused
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