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Vague accusations

A story in the news right now is that some anonymous women once accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexually harassing them. Herman Cain admits the existence of the past allegations and denies the allegations themselves.

My question is:  Does anyone really care? This allegation seems to me like a defective indictment that fails to allege an actual offense. It’s like, even if we assume that any of this were true, so what? So what if he did sexually harass some women? I don’t see much point in having good-looking women at your business if you can’t harass them every now and then. (But then, do we even know whether these anonymous women were attractive, and thus worth harassing?)

People keep talking about this story even though I suspect that most people do not even know what sexual harassment is. Broadly speaking, Wikipedia defines sexual harassment as “intimidation, bullying, or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors” (emphasis added). I highlight the conjunction “or” to emphasize that sexual harassment does not even necessarily include sexual solicitation. Notably, another website specifically points out that “[s]exual harassment isn’t limited to making inappropriate advances.” Rather, “harassment” can include just saying things that are “suggestive,” or making “lewd jokes,” or making “sexual gestures,” or communicating “sexual comments about appearance.” I would go out on a limb and declare that even if a person were married and did any of the aforementioned forms of harassment, it would still not actually be wrong.

As far as legality, who knows. Everything is a crime nowadays. For example, I had a bonfire at my house recently. According to Tennessee, that is illegal unless I first ask for permission from the government. Come get me, Sheriff Long!

But whatever. I guess it’s always cool when you can throw vague accusations against people without backing anything up. My whole life story.

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Bigots bigots bigots

I just love it when Leftists get destroyed by their own foolishness. Here, we see an example of one Leftist who tried to use the typical race-mongering Leftist strategy, but he overstepped the proper Leftist bounds in that he used the strategy to attack a fellow Leftist from a different minority group:

[Rick] Sanchez called out Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a “bigot” for mocking him, and complained that Jews — like Stewart — don’t face discrimination. He also suggested that CNN, and perhaps the media industry more broadly, is run by Jews and elitists who look down on Hispanics like himself. Clearly, those comments didn’t sit well with the network, which put out a terse statement around 6 p.m. Friday.

“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” the CNN statement read. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

“Jews aren’t nearly as good a minority as my own people, the Hispanics. The Jews are all just evil, world-controlling haters of everyone but themselves. Waaahhh!” What an idiot. All these Leftists ever think about is race. Then they start calling the whole world “racist” to explain their own failure in life.

Anyway, it is great to see one of the Left try to use this race-mongering political tool on his own Leftist people, and then get struck down by those people in retribution for his foolishness.

Oh wait, am I a “bigot” now for taking pleasure in this story, Sanchez?

Independence Day

As a holiday, I don’t think the Fourth of July was meant to promote a bland, generic patriotism toward America. When I speak of bland patriotism, I am referring to the type that says we should all be nice to each other and unify merely because we are all Americans. I am referring to the patriotism that fosters support for whatever path the country tends to be going down, or for whatever the government happens to be doing. I am even referring to the generic patriotism that requires us to unite behind the troops. After all, there are already two separate holidays dedicated to the military, and Christmas and other celebrations already promote the concept of brotherhood.

Actually, I do not think the Fourth of July is even primarily about America. Rather, the holiday is meant to celebrate an ideal, the ideal of freedom. It is called INDEPENDENCE DAY for a reason. On the Fourth of July, the Founders rebelled against tyranny. In their case specifically, they were dealing with foreign tyranny — although they quickly got to work restricting domestic tyranny as well. On the foreign front today, we have politicians bowing down at the altar of internationalism. They sign and promote the ratification of various worldwide treaties that strip Americans of their rights. They depend on world approval instead of remaining independent from it. Some traitors within our own judiciary have even taken to citing foreign law in their governance over us. These internationalists should be publicly rebuked on July Fourth, because they are subverting the independence that our Founders established with God’s assistance.

Certainly, it is always good to honor the nation that, as best I can tell, still remains the greatest on earth. But we can and should do that anyway — every day, not just on one holiday. The same goes for heaping praise on brave military warriors who risk their lives.

Freedom is what the holiday is truly about. In particular, Independence Day is about freedom from foreigners — although by implication, we should claim freedom from domestic tyrants as well. So overall, while fireworks are certainly fine and fun for celebrating this holiday, I think that to really celebrate your Independence Day, you should just go out and rebel against something that needs to be rebelled against. Hold our nation’s would-be masters’ feet to the fire. At the very least, we should take this day to stop caring what the evildoers think about us. Such fear and consensus-seeking only prevent our independence. And the next time any idiot suggests that our government adopt some leftist scheme because Europe and the various third world regimes support it, just pick up a rock and throw it at that person.

Communism and smiles

Wintery Knight has posted a couple stories lately documenting a recent media crackdown in communist Venezuela.

Police and supporters of President Hugo Chavez clashed with students in cities across the country Monday during protests over the government forcing an opposition channel off cable TV. Two youths were reported killed and 16 people suffered injuries.

[…]The biggest confrontation occured in Caracas, where police fired tear gas and plastic bullets to scatter thousands of students who tried to march on the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications agency. At least six demonstrators and a journalist were treated for injuries.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is a tyrant. It’s sad to think Pat Robertson once actually took criticism for suggesting a government assassination of Hugo Chavez. Heck, I think I agree with him: SOMEONE KILL THIS BASTARD CHAVEZ. Sic semper tyrannus. There, I said it! Judge me, why don’t you.

But what really interested me about these posts was a picture that Wintery keeps posting. Every time he has posted about Hugo Chavez lately, Wintery has posted the following photo featuring Obama:

 

Recently I have taken a little time to study the genuineness of smiles. There are a few factors that tend to indicate a genuine smile:  Raised cheeks, lowered eyelids and creases below the eyes, Crow’s feet, symmetrical mouth movement. There’s a test you can take that will judge your ability to decipher whether smiles are genuine or fake. Since I really hate fake people,  I figure that studying this matter will help me recognize them better.

In my opinion, Obama is probably smiling for real — although admittedly I only got a 70% on the test so I’m not really an expert yet. For example, the shadows seem to indicate that both cheeks are raised. In any case, at least Chavez definitely seems to be having a good time.

Nonetheless, I think real slimey and fake people tend to get extremely good at faking their smiles. Even researcher Paul Ekman, who designed the test above, has written statements to that effect. So with people like Obama it can be very difficult to tell (compare, e.g., with this one).

Of course, even assuming the smile is genuine, it’s impossible to tell precisely what Obama is happy about in this picture. The communist dictator might’ve just gotten done telling a really funny joke, I guess.

The end of “Racism”

Today we got off from school due to Martin Luther King Day. Well, I didn’t really get off — because I don’t go to school on Mondays anway — but everyone else got off. Anyway, on the topic of Martin Luther King,  one positive development I’ve noticed about race relations over my lifespan is that accusations of “Racism” have lost their destructive power.

I remember when I was young and I often felt like I had to tiptoe around black people because if I said or did something upsetting, I might get accused of racism. Back then, the word “Racism” actually seemed to mean something, i.e. someone who hated black people or at least held irrational prejudices against them. If you got accused of racism back then, you instantly got all defensive and had to go out of your way to show how much you loved black people. Careers and businesses could suffer from such accusations. (Jesse Jackson used to make a killing off such blackmail of businesses until Bill O’Reilly went on a crusade to expose his corruption.)

But nowadays, I have absolutely no fear whatsoever of leftist criticisms. I don’t really tiptoe anymore in the slightest.

Obviously, part of this development derives solely from my own personal growth, but I don’t think this change has only taken place with me. Rather, thanks to decades of overblown accusations and blackmail against everyone making even the least politically incorrect statements, the term “Racism” has lost most of its meaning. For example, people called Rush Limbaugh “Racist” because he criticized Obama’s politicization of the Haiti relief effort. Throughout this past year, leftists have routinely accused Obama’s opponents as racists in the socialized health care debate. And if I felt like putting in some effort, I could surely list a dozen  other recognizeable examples of frivolous “Racism” accusations.

Over the past decade, I think the leftists have just gotten too bold and overused their rhetoric. The situation has gotten to the point where humor-based talk show hosts like Glenn Beck routinely joke about themselves by having a sidekick accuse them of heartless racism every time they express their opinion. The word now means almost nothing.

When words are overused they frequently lose their power. For better or worse (and I suspect BETTER), “Racism” has become an obsolete word. Does that mean true racism is 100% gone from America? Of course not. But when society gets to the point where truly racist entities become so closeted and rare that accusations of “Racism” must be thrust wantonly and stupidly, I suspect that means race relations are doing reasonably well. It’s probably something to celebrate — so anyway, happy holiday everyone!

The saddest day of all

Nowadays, we have to worry about North Korea shooting nukes at us, about the government robbing our doctors, or about President Obama taxing us for breathing carbon dioxide. But none of that compares to the most recent tragedy. Michael Jackson has died suddenly and unexpectedly.

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I always thought I could handle any calamity, but this is too much! Every eighties night on the radio, and every Halloween from now on, I will face the reminder of the brilliant star whose fire has finally burnt out. Sure, maybe Michael had too many surgeries, and maybe he acted a little weird, and yeah maybe he converted to Islam — but despite any of these pecadillos, he was still one of the greats. You cannot kill greatness.

Some of you may be wondering, But Drew, what about those allegations of his civil and criminal misconduct against young children?! But come on; let’s get serious:  We all know he was innocent.

We’ll miss you, Michael!

 

(Full narrative video here)

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Inoffensive critique

(Originally posted October 20, 2008)

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

~ Martin Luther King, a Republican

 

 

The Republican General Colin Powell, who served under three Republican presidents, recently endorsed Senator Government…oh, sorry, I mean Senator Obama.

 

 

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Secretary Colin Powell, Republican


 

This latest endorsement adds Colin Powell to a growing list of pro-Obama supporters:

 

1) The American Trial Lawyers Association

2) The ACLU

3) A.C.O.R.N.

4) The National Education Association

5) Labor unions

6) The anti-gun lobby

7) The mainstream media

8 ) Greenpeace and the Sierra Club

9) Socialist Europe

10) Hezbollah (Lebanon/Syrian terror group)

11) Hamas (Palestinian terror group and political party)

12) Fidel Castro

13) Hugo Chavez (Venezuelan “president”)

14) Vladmir Putin (Russian thug)

15) Muammar Gaddafi (Libyan dictator)

16) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iranian president)

17) The Black Panthers

 

(List courtesy of Meat and Potatoes)

 

 

In 2003, Colin Powell tried to persuade the United Nations to declare war on Iraq. Likewise, he always supported a military surge, a strategy which McCain later implemented. In contrast, Obama has always opposed the (successful) surge – and now wants to retreat from Iraq.

 

Nonetheless, Powell endorsed Barack “I-Wish-Hussein-Were-Still-Alive” Obama. To explain his seemingly illogical endorsement, Powell stated that McCain was “not black enough.”


Okay…I admit, Powell didn’t actually say that. But you and I both know it’s true.

 

 

When Oprah betrayed her feminist ideals to support Obama over Hillary, Oprah claimed it was because her new savior would bring “hope” and “change” to the world. Apparently, Colin Powell supports these controversial platforms as well.

 

In other news, Sarah Palin has racistly tied Obama to domestic terrorists and mentioned his twenty-year attendance at a radical, un-American, Marxist church. What a bigot that Palin is!

A recent study shows that 84% of Americans oppose wealth redistribution by the government. What a relief! I guess McCain should win an electoral landslide then. Obama recently promised to “spread the wealth around,” to keep things fair. After all, he says, wealth redistribution would be “good for everybody.” Right on, man! From each according to his ability, and to each according to his need! Stick it to the rich!

Overall, McCain and Palin have become quite aggressive lately in their campaigning. They’re on a roll! For anyone who missed the third presidential debate, I recommend you watch it online. Beforehand, McCain promised that he would “whoop [Obama’s] you-know-what.” He succeeded. It was entertaining television!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 

Edited — October 20, 12:20 p.m.

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Comments:

Julianna posted,
“This is pretty low Drew…I’m very disappointed that you would stoop so low as to charge that Osama Bin Laden supports Obama, among others. So your candidate is losing…it happens….that’s democracy. I had to watch Bush win, not once but twice. And the second time I had to accept….the majority of people wanted him to be president even though I felt very strongly that it was one of the most dangerous things for our country. But I never suggested anything that didn’t have facts behind it. Frankly, the Bush administration is known for a fact to have used our jets to fly Bin Laden’s relatives who were studying here in the USA out of our country on 9/12. Who knows what else they did that we don’t know about. McCain has slepted with dogs and he’s caught their fleas…he chose to stay in the kennel with Bush and Bush’s cronies…he has no one to blame but himself that people can’t trust him. The McCain of 2000 could have won this race. And Governor Palin, with her less 18 months of experience as a state governor…is not prepared to be the leader of the country. She was governor for less than 2 years, before that her resume I beleive includes sports newscaster….ok…so she knows about sports defense and offense…somehow I don’t feel comfortable with the idea that McCain could keel over and we’d be left with her to put that knowledge to work defending our country. There is nothing wrong with using facts to argue against a candidate you don’t want but when you start making stuff up….it shows you’re grasping.”
(10-20-2008, 10:56 am)

I posted,
“Haha, I was actually logging in for the specific purpose of editing that one out. Give me a break, though; I was in a hurry to get this post up. I didn’t just make it up. As I mentioned, I pulled most of that list from another site. I think you are right, though: Whereas bin Laden endorsed Kerry in ’04, I haven’t been able to find any credible source stating he overtly supports Obama.

I logged in for the purpose replacing ‘bin Laden’ with the leader of Iran — which IS accurate. Done. My apologies. 😉 ”
(10-20-2008, 12:21 pm)


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