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Why It's Wrong to Equate Military Service With Heroism

Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 23:36:42 in Politics

“Are you talking about the patches they wear on the upper arm? Those patches are mirror images of each other-- the one on the left arm is the "normal" way, and one on the right is "backward." The reason is so that both patches are moving "forward"-- with the staff edge (the edge with the blue field) as the leading edge.

Hope that makes sense.
Basically, the patches are supposed to look like a real (ie: double-sided) flag would look, when viewed from that side.”

AsISaid on Jul 22, 2010 at 23:56:40

“Hmmm - thanks.”
Why Does Fox News Have More Power Than Any Progressive in the Country?

Why Does Fox News Have More Power Than Any Progressive in the Country?

Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 22:54:37 in Media

“The answer is, they didn't: http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/item/0721-originalfoxsherrodstory.jpg

They were the first to run with the story, and that's how they spun it. what you call fair and balanced? When it all started to fall apart a few hours later, they took the story down and backpedaled to "I Never Said That" City. But by then, the ball was already rolling. Granted, the administration messed up, big time-- in that this isn't the first time Fox (with the specific help of Breitbart) has done this.”
Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 22:14:56 in Media

“Heh, I had the same thought.

(One thing, though: strike Atticus Finch.
Because unlike Sherrod, he FAILED. He didn't help Tom. He didn't change a thing.)”
Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 22:11:20 in Media

“Nice try.
Fox was the very first to get on it, and I'm afraid they weren't very "disciplined": http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/item/0721-originalfoxsherrodstory.jpg

Sorry, but there it is.

I will say this, though: I actually think Breitbart and his "anonymous source" were the primary warping manipulators, and I DON'T believe it was some good-faith mistake. They played the entire newsmedia like a fine violin. Again.”

solopico on Jul 22, 2010 at 22:19:18

“You make an allegation that you can not prove, unless you have a cached and timestamped link to an article that was posted before Sherrod resigned.

Your picture shows the date - July 19, which is the same date Sherrod resigned.

From there, it's not open to your interpretation simply because Media Matters says it's true. They are more manipulative than any other information source out there, and admittedly operate from a leftist agenda.”
Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Shirley Sherrod Scandal: The Obsession With 'Teachable Moments'

Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 21:33:42 in Media

“"The story of how one woman confronted her own prejudices and fears and flaws and went on to save a family from ruin."

I like this summary.
Sounds like a movie treatment.
I'd greenlight it. Why not?
If we can have The Blind Side, why not this, amirite?

(Caveat: Angelina Jolie does NOT get to play Shirley Sherrod. Heh.)”
Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 19:58:37 in Los Angeles

“First it's "more white cops have been Xed by black gvnmen than the other way around." No equivocation there. But press for details and next thing you know, we're all over the dance floor. Oh, he's including vehicular h0m:cides, too. And he's only talking last year. How many Xed cops were there? Actually, he's not sure of the number. Their races? Conveniently unmentioned. And, never mind that officers tend to be armed, unlike the *unarmed* victims we're *actually* talking about. All that dancing, and STILL NO REFERENCE. The link to ODMP? A diversion. Nothing there backs up his claim; I checked. He can't find a link to the LEOKA report for 2009... probably because it *hasn't been published yet.* Even if it had, DOJ doesn't collect the required data!
So... yeeeaah.

Also unacknowledged:
The majority of cops are white. So it makes sense that most of the ones Xed would be white. Meanwhile, the majority of civilians are white. By that same logic, clearly, it makes perfect sense that the majority of the ones Xed by police would be... oh hey. Wait a second.

Anyhoo. Clearly he'll never answer, and I wanted to know. So I've made it a research project. Turns out the necessary data is VERY hard to find pre-aggregated, so I'm having to do it myself. I'm not even done, and I've already disproved the claim. I repeat: THE CLAIM IS UNTRUE.

And I yes, I *can* provide references!”
Police Officers CHARGED In Katrina Bridge Shootings

Police Officers CHARGED In Katrina Bridge Shootings

Commented Jul 13, 2010 at 17:20:14 in Politics

“What, exactly, does that mean?
Define "legit."”
Police Officers CHARGED In Katrina Bridge Shootings

Police Officers CHARGED In Katrina Bridge Shootings

Commented Jul 13, 2010 at 17:18:15 in Politics

“Eternity, I guess?
I'm not holding my breath for any convictions.

Something in my heart just gave up and d:ed after the Mehserle verdict.
That was it; that was all I had. I don't think this ish will ever end.
I used to think so, but now I'm beaten; they won.
I just... I give up.”

justice58 on Jul 13, 2010 at 19:41:58

“Please don't give up.”

dogman44 on Jul 13, 2010 at 17:33:49

“Please don't give up. We need every voice and body we can muster. There is a war
to be fought and there is no mercy for those who come in second.”
Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 05:47:13 in Los Angeles

“Because this is the thing a lot of people don't get. Waaay too many people just can't seem to figure out how rac|sm plays into this; why do you people keep bringing it uuup??

The crickets you're hearing right now are why.

Still don't get it? Well, I'll spell it out: This case is yet another example of how people (especially white people. there, I said it) are scared to the point of irrationality of black men. I'm so sorry, but it's rac|sm. It's woven into the cultural fabric. The actions of black people-- black men in particular-- are perceived as as more dangerous and threatening than those of non-black people, all other factors being equal. Hence, BP "loot," while WP "scavenge." (What, you thought we'd forgotten that? Not likely.) Hence, a slight black man is perceived as a danger even when lying face down-- even when there are SIX other officers on the scene, he has to be subdued ASAP-- but "Bubba" can crash a beer bottle over a cop's head and be treated to amazing restraint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFY4w7ObYPs
Heck, Bubba even got to kick it in that bar while the cop waited for backup. Why not, right? It's not like he had a letha| weap0n in his hand and had JUST proven himself to be extremely dangerous and possibly deranged.
Oh, wait...”
Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 04:54:15 in Los Angeles

“Ditto. I'm interested too.”

karinova on Jul 14, 2010 at 21:02:34

“For Bubba, skip to 7:35.”

karinova on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:47:13

“Because this is the thing a lot of people don't get. Waaay too many people just can't seem to figure out how rac|sm plays into this; why do you people keep bringing it uuup??

The crickets you're hearing right now are why.

Still don't get it? Well, I'll spell it out: This case is yet another example of how people (especially white people. there, I said it) are scared to the point of irrationality of black men. I'm so sorry, but it's rac|sm. It's woven into the cultural fabric. The actions of black people-- black men in particular-- are perceived as as more dangerous and threatening than those of non-black people, all other factors being equal. Hence, BP "loot," while WP "scavenge." (What, you thought we'd forgotten that? Not likely.) Hence, a slight black man is perceived as a danger even when lying face down-- even when there are SIX other officers on the scene, he has to be subdued ASAP-- but "Bubba" can crash a beer bottle over a cop's head and be treated to amazing restraint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFY4w7ObYPs
Heck, Bubba even got to kick it in that bar while the cop waited for backup. Why not, right? It's not like he had a letha| weap0n in his hand and had JUST proven himself to be extremely dangerous and possibly deranged.
Oh, wait...”
Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 04:52:20 in Los Angeles

“Well remember, there's the enhancement. Theoretically, he HAS to be sentenced to a minimum of 5 years. We'll see. (At any rate, he'll have 20 months time served by then. You KNOW they'll apply it. So, down to 40 months minimum. Plaxico Burress is serving 24-- for sh0ot:ng HIMSELF.)

But yeah, I so hear you. Even with the enhancement, I'm not satisfied. The conviction is involuntary manslaughter, and that's not right. I don't know what the aitch the jury was thinking, but I SURE wouldn't be surprised if the focus was on "poor pooor Officer Mehserle; his life will be ruined" more than, y'know, poor poor Oscar Grant who was sh0t to deth on a subway platform for no reason; his life is OVER.”
Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Johannes Mehserle Guilty Of Manslaughter: BART Cop Convicted In Shooting Unarmed Man

Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 01:52:20 in Los Angeles

“Oh, right. His TRAINING kicked in.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 24, 2010 at 12:23:22 in World

“Actually, I'd rather start with YOUR elected officials— since they run our government like puppeteers (via the IMF). Either way, I'm right here telling foreign meddlers to eff off. Especially when all they care about is keeping it safe for tourists.

Question: how do you think Jamaica got so poor that otherwise normal people have to depend on a freakin' warlord for basic necessities like SHOES for their children— to the point that they feel they have no choice but to take up arms to defend him? Does that scenario sound AT ALL familiar? Think about it.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 23:33:03 in World

“First, for the record, I currently live in the States.
Second, trhese statistics you're giving me are of the same convenient sort that white America has used to demonize nonwhite US communities since... forever. (In fact, I'm pretty sure I've heard that exact same tsk-tsk rap about Detroit, DC, the Bronx, etc.— first note that the area in question is mostly nonwhite, then immediately follow up with: why can't "they" govern themselves? why do "they" ki|l each other so much?! SMH! after all we've done for them!). Trouble is, these statistics are gathered by looking through a HEAVY filter. Important information is missing; the role of the statistic-gatherers themselves is left out entirely.

Yes: Jamaica DOES depend on tourism. But... why?
Yes, Jamaica IS poor and getting poorer. But WHY?
Hint: it's not by choice!

Specifically, do you know anything at all about the IMF and Jamaica?
This is so very very important to understanding what's happening to the Global South, but few First-Worlders understand how the IMF operates, or the problems it causes— on their behalf.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE rent/Netflix the documentary "Life and Debt." It'll give you a much better idea of how Jamaica— and a lot of other countries— got like this. And if it makes you angry (and it should, because after all, you've been lied to)... well, just imagine how we feel.”

Bacygirl on May 24, 2010 at 00:53:24

“Dear Karinova! I was only speaking to the article stating that this drug dealer is, in essence, being protected from extradition. Boycotts are effective tools in international blackmail.

Your anger surprised me! I don't have anything against hard working, honest, decent Jamaican people. I don't like people of any stripe anywhere in the world who are evil, murderous and negatively impact society. I would love to see a successful, thriving black nation in the western hemisphere! How can we make that happen??? The habits and customs of generations are difficult to change or overthrow. This is your country so you must have some idea of what must be done to liberate it so that Jamaicans can thrive and be safe and be happy!! Anger won't do it, but action will.

Yes, I know about the IMF and the tremendous debt burden of many poor/Third World countries. I think I've already seen that documentary but I'll check it out again.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 22:38:02 in World

“Nice!
The defensive double-down is ALWAYS the best stance.
MUCH better than introspection.

And isn't it interesting the OFFENSIVE mode you slipped into so effortlessly: characterizing me as "begging," "wasting time," neglecting "my" problems, doing nothing and "expecting you to do things for me." Oh, saaabe me!!

Honestly. Do you see how you sound?
What am I begging you for? Nothing. I'm choosing to waste my time telling you that your flip island-paradise idea is 1) woefully self-centered, and 2) offensive. THE THIRD WORLD CAN HEAR YOU. But your response is essentially, "LOL, FU! Here, let me give you something to REALLY be offended about."

Tip: better to keep quiet and risk looking like your head is up your boot, than to open your mouth and leave no doubt.”

EricEFNY on May 24, 2010 at 19:44:10

“No kidding? Jamaica is a real country? You complain of not wanting tourist to come...and do not like to serve rum to them. Jamaica is not new to internal problems..and what is going on there is nothing new.

From the Department of State:

"The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which now account for more than 60% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism,......"

It further states: "The economy faces serious long-term problems: a sizable merchandise trade deficit, large-scale unemployment and underemployment, and a debt-to-GDP ratio of almost 125%. Jamaica's onerous debt burden--the fourth-highest per capita--is the result of government bailouts to ailing sectors of the economy.... It hinders government spending on infrastructure and social programs as debt servicing accounts for nearly half of government expenditures. The government has also been slow to privatize some parastatals including the former sugar estates and the national airline...."

So take 60% out of your economy..tourism..and you think it will be just fine?

What UnaBohemia was saying is that a great deal of Jamaica's problems are internal. The people of Jamaica deserve better, but they have to unite to lead their country in the right direction.

Your last remark speaks volumes. She wasn't insulting you or your country..not in the least....however you couldn't hear that through your hate..and you are the one who is REALLY offensive.”

UnaBohemia on May 23, 2010 at 23:14:32

“Since you like numbers .. here it goes.... 1) you got offended because I prefer to remember a strong Jamaica 2) You act like there is no other hell going on in other countries/ areas of the world but your own 3) I've got my own issues I am very involved in 4) Go fight the drug lord that has made you so bitter.
As for your last line..... duh! That's O R I G I N A L.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 22:17:39 in World

“I know, right?
Nothin' but what they read in books.

But watch them pontificate! (And legislate.)”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 22:13:09 in World

“Oh, how sad for you that Jamaica has "declined" as a "safe tourist haven"!

Nevermind that due to decades of foreign meddling JUST LIKE THIS, it's declined as a safe place to LIVE.

For the record: it's a bit tough to "clean up your act" when 1. you've never been given the chance to act the way you want, and 2. certain superpowers (who are too stupid to know not to poop where they play) are constantly dumping their TRASH at your front door.”

KennebunkportIndependent on May 24, 2010 at 06:58:24

“Independent since 1962 and unable to determine its own destiny? How sad for Jamaica. Do you not have elections? Are your leaders all corrupt? Which foreign countries meddle in your affairs? Where are your leaders to stand up against this? Why haven't you found a Mugabe to tell foreign meddlers to F-off?? How sad for you. It's everybodies' fault but Jamaica's.

Besides bauxite, your economy depends primarily on tourism. Don't knock it. Actions like the situation in Kingston are destroying it. Stop feeling incensed about everything and do something about it. Stop being a victim - be a leader. Start with your elected officials. Get them to stand up for Jamaica and crack down on the crime.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 22:07:05 in World

“So is the USA.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 22:06:34 in World

“Honestly, IS there anything?”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 21:24:12 in World

“"People are always smiling and their music is always sooooo fun"?

Seriously?
What people? WHO'S "always smiling"?
The servants you see in the Sandals ads— who have no choice to but to jig it up for the tourists, since all our other industries have been forcibly ripped away (mostly by the home countries of the tourists we have to serve)? Really, you wouldn't know WHAT Jamaicans are like, now would you? But isn't it interesting that you would assume it's just an island of bliss!

Well, THIS Jamaican is ticked.
You do know we're REAL, HUMAN PEOPLE, right? We yearn to live free— not serve you rum drinks. Jamaica is not populated exclusively by Isaac from the Love Boat. Jamaica is a REAL COUNTRY, not some First Worlder playground.

When can you come visit?
With that attitude, you can just stay home, thanks.

Ugh. I feel sick.
I can't take this thread.
It's just a bit too obnoxiously, selfishly First World for me to handle.
My country is burning to the ground THANKS IN LARGE PART TO Y'ALL, and it's all, "wow, that sux... which beach do you recommend??"

Now I know how Northern Mexicans feel. ("Oh no, out-of-control drug violence is ravaging Acapulco? WHERE WILL I DO SPRING BREAK?!?")”

UnaBohemia on May 23, 2010 at 21:33:40

“LOL! Dude! OR Dude-ette .. you know.... I CHOOSE to look at the world the way I do... I am aware that wherever one visits, there is everything you describe and then some. There is EVIL everywhere.... now what? I don't see you doing anything about all the problems you got going in your corner of the world... don't waste your time blogging here and DO something about it! Just don't expect me to do it for you.”
Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Capital Violence

Commented May 23, 2010 at 20:47:29 in World

“"I think Americans ought to boycott the island until they give him up."

Excuse?
Who do you think brought drugs, violence and political unrest to Jamaica in the first f'n place?! Hint: AMERICA (and its buddy, Britain).
Do some research.

Who the aitch do you people think you are? Why do you think you can bully the world into doing whatever you want? Honestly, I am so SICK of it!
Americans need to boycott your own d'm government!
Oh, right, sorry. Too busy drinking club sodas on our beaches, tsk-tsking our poverty and patting yourselves on the back about "helping the natives" with your "precious" tourism dollars and sweatshop "employment opportunities."

And we're supposed to be eternally grateful for this constant meddling? We're to rejoice to the skies for the "opportunity" to sell you our independence in exchange for your TOURIST dollars?

Gwan with your American dollars! GTFO!
WE DON'T WANT YOUR KIND OF "HELP."

Oooh, my poor country! *sob* What have you done to it?!”

Bacygirl on May 23, 2010 at 21:59:17

“2nd try.

No, what have YOU done to it! I've never been there, but I know you live in a country that is over 90% black. American blacks are only 13% of the population here. Although Jamaica CHOOSES to remain part of the British Empire, the day-to-day administration of your government is self-determinating. Yet, it's always somebody else's fault. The population of Jamaica is smaller than the state of Oklahoma (3.6 million). Yet Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world, largely black-on-black crime.

Tourism is responsible for a good portion of Jamaica's GNP and as big as the disparity is between rich and poor, it seems it would mainly hurt poor people to lose that source of income. But hey! Americans know how to stay home or take their dollars elsewhere.

Want us to loan you Barack Obama after he's done his 8 years as president? You know, he stands not only as an inspiration to black Americans, he should also represent to black people around the world that WE CAN LEAD! If you can do better than tourism and sweatshops, that's great! GO FOR IT! Make it happen and stop whining!”
Rand Paul and the Souls of Some White Folks

Rand Paul and the Souls of Some White Folks

Commented May 23, 2010 at 20:30:06 in Religion

“Wait. Do they think they're doing God's work?!
*guffaw*

I thought libertarians weren't into God?
Don't they think they ARE gods?”

kirkland on May 24, 2010 at 11:20:00

“Libertarians are into being sovreign ( which allies to what you say ) but lots of *these people* are elephants ( gop) masquerading as lone wolves.”
Rand Paul and the Souls of Some White Folks

Rand Paul and the Souls of Some White Folks

Commented May 23, 2010 at 20:27:08 in Religion

“This was never their country to begin with.
There's simply no other way to put that.

I feel no sympathy whatsoever, and I cannot wait until their sick white fantasy explodes.
Sad thing is, they don't even know that that's when they'll finally start living.”
Tanning Salon Tax Is Racist, Says Doc Thompson, Fill-In Host For Glenn Beck

Tanning Salon Tax Is Racist, Says Doc Thompson, Fill-In Host For Glenn Beck

Commented Apr 2, 2010 at 12:25:57 in Politics

“Wow.
Is this... a joke?
The only rac|ists you run into are dark-skinned people, who "see rac|sm around every corner." So... Doc Thompson doesn't count? This is called confirmation bias, and you've got it bad.

And let me get this straight: black people "seeing themselves as victims [of racism]" and imposing bondage on themselves (??) is the real problem— not "those among us who fear non-homogeneous settings" (you mean, um... RAClSTS)?

Let's see, what else?
1) legal immigrants come from all over, and they include black people (like me).
2) the "model minority" stereotype you're slinging? Is 100% rac|st.
3) re: "those among us who fear"... who is "us"?

I'm sorry to tell you, but like most people in the US, you've got anti-white rac|st tendencies. Not your fault— just like patriarchal tendencies and materialistic tendencies— it's part of the culture and it's drilled into us ALL (yes, that includes nonwhite people!!). YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE TO CULTURAL TRAINING. Sadly, it seems most white people in the US think they are. Cuz they're trained to.”
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