PC is BS. The Right Invented It To Play “Victim”

August 7, 2015


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  The thing about POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – aside from its having been passé since 1989 – is that it is a complete and total myth. PC is a mechanism which allows conservatives to claim that they are victims whenever they victimize others and say something rude, stupid, and nasty.

  As with the equally mythic War On Xmas, the conservatives need to feel victimized to justify their free-floating anger. When somebody says, “Now this is not politically correct, but…” it is always the preface to something rude and offensive. But it makes them seem brave for being boorish. Before the righties invented PC, they would start such odious statements with, “Now, don’t get me wrong but…” which implies a misunderstanding. PC removes the misunderstanding and remakes them into bold, challengers of the status quo – when they call women sluts and say African Americans are just not grateful enough to the white people who freed them. And yes, I have heard this and worse quite often. 

  Outside the minds of the whining conservatives, there is no such thing as PC. The truth behind the invention of PC was exploded a generation ago in the book The Myth of Political Correctness, and there has never been an effective retort.

  Poor Ben Carson!

  Ben Carson, a man so mired in the past that he actually complains about what he calls “Women’s Lib,” based his whole risible presidential campaign on purveying misinformation while claiming any challenge to his utter foolishness was just PC, against which he bravely stands. But, alas, last night in the FOX game-show “Who Wants To Be A Jingoistic Dimwit” the perennially broke Donald Trump stole Carson’s thunder with his own rant about being under attack for not being PC. “What a brave boy am I,” the PC brigade trumpets! At every turn. And then the brave Trump assailed Rosie O’donnell with whom he once had a public feud. This, as any shrink will tell you, is the way a Toxic Narcissist thinks. Once an enemy, always an enemy. Even Trump’s first of many wives (is the sanctity of marriage PC?) says that he never lets go. You can see it in the long suppressed documentary TRUMP: WHAT’S THE DEAL – which was supposed to be on national TV 25 years ago. Its point is: the old Trump is the New Trump – so watch out.

  Along with being opposed to PC, many Trump supporters say they find him refreshing because “he speaks his mind.” Well, hell, so does Fidel Castro – known for delivering three hour speeches. Do you Trump-ettes support CASTRO for speaking his mind?

"Fidel Castro - SAYING WHAT'S ON HIS MIND"

“Fidel Castro – SAYING WHAT’S ON HIS MIND”

  My Uncle Harry always spoke what was on his mind. Unfortunately, he spoke it to lampposts, fire-hydrants, German Shepherds, and to his radio – which he seems to have thought was some sort of intercom. You know who also speaks their mind? People with Tourette Syndrome. Drunks in the corner bar. Folks with no mental filter. If it is such a virtue to say what is on your mind, then how is it that you conservatives get angry when someone speaks what is on their mind about YOU? I mean, if I say to a Trump supporter, “You are a complete ignoramus who knows nothing about politics or the American way of life as codified in the Constitution. You are a dolt who actually believes that Trump is, as he constantly says, ‘really rich.’ Why do you believe it? Because Trump said so? You strike me as the kind of rube who will buy anything with varnish on it.” Are you angry? Well, don’t be! I was just telling you what is on my mind. Isn’t that your guy’s greatest virtue? So why knock me – or Fidel – for doing it?

I’M REALLY RICH!

  And as to the Trump refrain about being rich – which will be put to the test once he actually mounts a campaign – please keep this in mind, for it is an exact parallel:

  You want to vote for Fredo? Go for it. Personally, I support a Trump/Palin ticket. Why? Because with those two crackpots in the White House we will finally achieve the long-sought dream of a Nuclear Free America. Within days of their election, the rest of the world will unite to see to it. And the world will be a much safer place.
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  And this brings us to the main thing about today’s conservatives. As was quite clear last night, they subsist on fear. And they will manufacture fear where it does not exist:
AMERICANS DON’T WIN ANYMORE! Trump childishly bleats.
SOCIAL SECURITY IS BROKEN!  cries Huckabee, 
falsely.
WE NEED TO STAND UP TO OUR ENEMIES! hollers Canadian Rapheal Cruz – who won’t even use his real name

  Judging from the respective sizes of Trump, Huckabee and Cristie, they seemingly photosynthesize on fear. Fear is a tool that is used to stop people from thinking. This is why they whip up fear at every turn. People in a state of fear will be in FIGHT/FLIGHT mode and they will not think. This is what Meredith Willson showed in The Music Man when a flimflam artiste had a whole town in an uproar over an utterly innocuous pool table. That scene is now the conservative play-book in its entirety.

   Today’s conservatives lack ideas (have they offered any?). They lack substance. All they can do is attempt to spread fear. Interestingly, The Music Man is set in middle America in the year 1919. In that year a book came out detailing how the grip of fear is exploited to control people. 1919 was a grim year indeed! The book is UNMASKING FEAR by Lloyd Kenyon Jones. 1919 was the year of hysteria called The Palmer Raids. It was the year of many “Race Riots” – which in those days meant white people killing black people wholesale. It was a horrible time, as I note in my introduction to a new edition of this valuable book.

   To know the present, we must study the past. The people on the game-show “debate” stage last night are as old as history. They are Iago in the age of mass media, allowing them to do millions of times more damage. FEAR is their weapon of choice. It lies back of everything they do. Read this valuable book to get a historical perspective on these thugs. Yes, thugs. For that is what they are.

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Media Echo Chamber Alert!

July 25, 2015

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Ok, I have had enough. The media echo chamber is filled with “LONG HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS” in their coverage of the Louisiana “shooter,” as they call him. Not MURDERER but shooter.
Please remember this:

  • Suffering from mental illness does not mean someone is crazy and it does not mean s/he is dangerous.
  • There is NO SUCH MEDICAL CONDITION as “insanity.” Sanity and insanity are LEGAL TERMS not medical.
  • YOU KNOW AND LOVE PEOPLE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL. You just may not know that you know them.

And please remember this: When someone who commits a horrible crime is described by American media as MENTALLY ILL… it means CAUCASIAN MALE.
In the media, African-American males are SAVAGE THUGS filled with unfounded anger aimed at whites.
I will not even bother to give examples – as they are all over the place, ready to be found.

White males commit 64% of Mass Shooting murders. If African-Americans did so in HALF that number, America would be living in a media-fueled lockdown situation and a FOX inspired lynch mob mentality would prevail. 

And you KNOW it.
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Bryan’s Last Speech – Facsimile Edition

July 16, 2015
COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

This is the famous Last Speech which William Jennings Bryan planned to give at the end of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial”

Defense lawyer Clarence Darrow outmaneuvered Bryan by electing not to give his own summation; thus Bryan was barred from delivering this oration. The trial was an early “media sensation” and Bryan wanted to address the world via the new invention: radio.

If you only know Bryan from the movie/play Inherit The Wind, then you do not know the real man. The playwrights never meant the work to be a documentary. They were writing about INTOLERANCE and used the infamous trial as a back-drop.

Bryan had definite fears about how people would use evolution to hurt and exploit the weaker folks among us. Was he right?

Bryan never lived to give the speech. In 1925 it was posthumously published.

Now you can read his last speech and see if you agree with him – or not.

This edition is a facsimile of a 1925 book obtained by the publisher and scrupulously cleaned up for reprint after 90 years.

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Not “History” and Not “Heritage”… It is about TODAY

June 30, 2015

     Just to be clear:  Flying the confederate battle flag today is not about heritage or history. That is a cheap cop-out. It is about what certain vile and violent miscreants do with that flag now; in the 21st Century.

     The people interested in the flag’s history and heritage blew it. They are Johnny Come Latelys. If they respected this flag, then they should not have twiddled their thumbs all these years while the KKK and other domestic terrorists appropriated their beloved symbol flag. That is the flag issue in a nutshell. It is not about history. It is about NOW.

Like THIS terrorist group: rebel-klan

And THIS mass murdering terrorist: 150620145525-04-lastrhodesian-com-dylann-roof-super-169

     This is what you have allowed your flag to represent, and you did so quietly, without a goddamned peep about “heritage” and “history” for over 50 years. That silence is YOUR history and YOUR heritage. Your shame, too.

    So, you blew it. Now pay the price and stop whining about “political correctness” like little school girls. You let your flag be hijacked by killers in your community (you knew who they were) and you just sat on your asses while it happened. It’s judgment day. The people of the United  States have spoken. If you get a case of the vapors over this, you brought it on yourselves through your silence in the face of pure evil.

Your flag is toast.

Live with it… because you allowed people to die with it. etick_22_g_effigy01_412

UPDATE:

Let’s try this again. I have been hearing from enraged simpletons who still babble on and on about “HERITAGE AND HISTORY,” meaning they have utterly missed the point. So this is for you:

   If someone denounces the KKK, do you reply: “But white sheets have so much HISTORY and are part of my HERITAGE? Hospitals use white sheets to keep clean. Babies are diapered in white sheets. My GRANDMA used white sheets.”? I should hope not. Because it means NOTHING. I don’t give a shit what your red flag USED to mean, I have been talking about what it means NOW, TODAY because YOU let it be used for decades by racist, bigoted, hateful, murdering piles of human excrement. Like these high school kids protesting their school’s admission of AMERICAN children who were descended from people YOUR folks used as farm machines. These are kids. Who among you said to them: “Please don’t disgrace the heritage and history of our sacred, honorable flag, which by the way had nothing at all to do with slavery.” None of you said it. (And while we’re on the topic, if the civil war had nothing to do with keeping Africans as slaves why did you AND YOUR BRATS always wave that flag when African-Americans insisted on their rights? This alone shows you are either liars or a pack of ignoramuses.)
10986438_10200785179629631_536926687849610440_o   This flag may have meant one thing 150 years ago, but today it means quite another thing. It means hate, oppression, bondage, lynching, bombings, Jim Crow, and more.

    And… that change happened to the flag ON YOUR WATCH. You let it happen. You pissed on the History and Heritage you so recently discovered.

    This is what I am trying to tell you – and if you had so much as a GED, you may get it.

    Now, if you still hand me that HERITAGE/HISTORY crap, you are either grossly obtuse or willfully ignorant.

Stop Tossing Around The Word TREASON

June 23, 2015

This fallacious meme is showing up on social media again – inspired no doubt by the millions of people who criticize Obama’s Pacific trade scam.

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Defying the president or being disrespectful is only treason in a banana republic.

The constitution defines treason: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.”

Further, treason only exists as a crime in America when the Congress has declared a state of war. Nobody has been charged with treason in America for any actions taken after World War 2 – our last declared war. This meme is bullshit.

Stop tossing around the word TREASON. That is the stock in trade of the right wing nuts.

Are YOU Guilty?

June 17, 2015

Edward SnowdenTo anyone who accuses Ed Snowden of treason for handing American secrets to China, saying he “gave aid and comfort to the enemy,” I have one suggestion: Leaving aside that there is no such crime as “treason” in the absence of a war declared by congress, I would like you to go through your home right now and gather up all the items you own which were made in China. Then go to your local police station and turn yourself in for “trading with the enemy.” Or does your moral outrage not apply to you?

Time Changes Things

June 14, 2015

UnknownThis is a cute little button I wore at 22 years of age. My “salad days!” In saloons, people thought it was funny.
When I wore it at 30 – same button! – people felt uncomfortable.
So I put it away.
Then I pulled it out for a lark at 45 and it really turned people off.
All because of time and age.
Now, on the other side of 60, if I wore this I would be thought of as little more than a wino, derelict desperately in need of a drink.
Time. It changes things

I thought of this because of something Mick Jagger once famously said:

“I’d rather be dead than sing Satisfaction when I’m 45.

He had a good point.

I can’t get no satisfaction
I can’t get no girl with action
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no
When I’m ridin’ round the world
And I’m doin’ this and I’m signing that
And I’m tryin’ to make some girl
Who tells me baby better come back later next week
Cause you see I’m on losing streak
I can’t get no, oh no no no
Hey hey hey, that’s what I say I can’t get no,
I can’t get no I can’t get no satisfaction
No satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction

Interesting in his 20s.
Sad in his 30s.
PATHETIC at 50.
But he keeps on singing it. And now that Jagger is pushing 80… well, he had more 
wisdom in his youth.
It reads like an elderly creep’s suicide note.
Time has a certain power we ignore at our own risk.
Don’t fear it, because there is precious little we can do about it.

Jimmy Armstrong, Saloon Keeper to the World

June 5, 2015

Jimmy 001 Yes, you Matt Scudder readers, there really was an Armstrong’s Saloon on 10th Avenue in New York City and – naturally – there was a Jimmy Armstrong. I could not find any pictures of Jim on the interwebs… so here is one of mine from December of 2000. Jim Died in 2002. And I must think of him every day. Every damn, lonely day. Last night, I made fried oysters, a dish I first had at Armstrong’s. Armstrong’s Saloon had a world-famous menu. He did everything with care and even aged his own steaks in the saloon. Chef Charles presided over the kitchen, but most of the recipes were Jim’s. From time to time he would pop into the kitchen himself and whip up something marvelous. Like his curried tartar sauce for the fried oysters. He showed me how to do it, and I made that last night too. So I have really been missing my old friend. Jim was a man of hearty appetites. Food and drink flowed for hours around him as he sat at the west end of the bar. Wish you were here, Jim. But in a way you are. That is all I can write.

How Corporate Media “Colors” The News:

April 29, 2015

Checkout last October’s violent, destructive riot in Keene, New Hampshire. You did hear about it, right?
CNN said: “Tear gas and pepper spray hung in the air as police in riot gear descended on Keene, New Hampshire, on Saturday night, trying to disperse a rowdy crowd that brought chaos to the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival, CNN affiliates reported.” Here is their caption on line: Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.55.22 PM Note the language: ROWDY. UNRULY. They were a bunch of kids misbehaving… Oh? Take a gander at these naughty, naughty kids: keene-flipped-car 673695FBB41DA2622357B1F87C9B4B2E_787_442 la-na-nn-new-hampshire-pumpkin-riots-20141019 1413773191174.cached Pumpkin festival riots

You see what I mean…

Where was the live, coast to coast coverage of this looting, rioting, and wanton destruction? As I noted above, CNN described this riot as “UNRULY.” How would it have been perceived if video of the outbreak had been run over and over? Would these wholesome New Englanders be called THUGS? Or OUTSIDE AGITATORS? What caused this 2012 New Hampshire riot? The annual Jack-O-Lantern Festival. That is it. Nothing else. They rioted for fun: Steven French, 18, who was visiting from Haverhill, Massachusetts, described the chaotic scene to the local paper, The Keene Sentinel, as “wicked.” “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” he told the paper. “It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do.” So, by his own admission, Steven French came all the way from another state! Why was this THUG not denounced over and over again as an OUTSIDE AGITATOR causing TROUBLE?

It was good clean fun, when these people did it, and did it for no good reason. I don’t think there is ever an excuse for such violence. And yet, if we look, there is always a reason. And when people denounce reasons as “an excuse,” they are simply trying to shut down discussion. So let’s look at one small point about Baltimore: In a city of only 622,000 – they have recently had to pay out over a million a year for police brutality cases. That is what the media calls it, but “Police Brutality” is a rather sweeping category. What happened is the Baltimore cops arrested hundreds of Black people over the years, without cause – and the District Attorney dismissed the cases, noting that there was no cause for the arrests. This is where the cash settlements came in. But – and this is a BIG but – all the people arrested STILL, to this day, have arrest records. Owing to this, they have not been able to get good jobs. When applying for work, they ALWAYS have to fill out forms saying that they have an arrest record. When the arrest is looked up, there it is, listed with the charges that were later found baseless. But THAT important fact is not mentioned. People are abused and they are suffering and the pot has been simmering for a long, long time. And anyone who knew about it, knew it would explode one day. Now it has. This is not an excuse. It is just one of the reasons, and we avoid reason at our own peril. How would you feel if you spent the rest of your life with an arrest record that you knew was false? Would you whistle a happy tune? Would you say, “Oh well, things happen”? Or would you be angry? Good and goddamned angry? What if you found out that almost all your friends also were also unjustly stigmatized? Would you form a choir and sing about it? Really? There is no trust of the police among people thus abused. And when someone was killed in police custody – for the “crime” of making EYE CONTACT with cops (well Baltimore is below the Mason-Dixon Line) that threw fuel on the long-smoldering fire. An outbreak was thoroughly inevitable. 

And was the Pumpkin Riot also inevitable? We won’t know that without knowing the reasons behind it, if any. But we do know one thing: It was predictable. It had happened just like this the year before. So this was not an isolated incident. And it didn’t have any obvious reason. It was not in protest of anything. It was not because of injustice, not to redress grievances. It happened just for the hell of it. That makes it worse than Baltimore or Ferguson. So I ask: How long will the New Hampshire thugs get to do this, year in and year out, without the same scrutiny that attends outbreaks sparked by injustice and constant abuse? Suppose the Pumpkin Festival had been held in Watts… Or Newark… Or Detroit? You can bet your last dollar you would have seen this live – as it happens! –  on all the cable “news” channels, and then for days afterwards. And you would have seen the usual parade of politicians denouncing it over and over and over – riots offer much in the way of media face time.

The circus we call “the news media” feeds into stereotypes, not to inform – but to fan the flames of anger and fear just to increase their viewer numbers and raise their advertising rates. That is all they exist for. Is that an “excuse” for their gross irresponsibility? No. But it is a reason. And for that reason, they will lie straight out just to affirm what they think people want to hear. If you need confirmation, that is what they did just before the events in Baltimore, when they reported – as fact – the outright lies of Michael T. Slager, the police officer who brutally gunned down Walter Scott, shooting him eight times in the back. You can read the details of this illustrative case of biased reporting HERE. 150407-walter-scott-shooting-mn-1915_0cf42eca3ddc9c732b31eaeaf6bfc7b3 So, where was the outrage in New Hampshire last year? Or the year before? I defy you to find coverage of the Pumpkin Riots that describes anyone as a THUG or GANG-BANGER or OUTSIDE AGITATOR. Look for any “news” network that ran video over and over until viewers were infuriated at the sight of the destruction. Look. You simply will not find it… But you will see the hate and anger the coverage creates.

And that is how the gatekeepers of news give YOU a distorted picture of reality.

Worker Rights? Or The Kindness of Strangers?

April 16, 2015

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   Everyone seems to be gushing these days over Dan Price, the CEO who says he will slash his own salary and raise his company’s minimum pay to $70,000. I, for one, am not gushing. Leaving aside the details – such as he “plans” to do this (always a bad sign) and that it is supposed to happen over the next three years; not now, and that he will still personally pocket the $2,000,000 plus in profits generated by the workers – so he can well afford to slash his pay – I still think it is positively feudal to bring Noblesse Oblige into the work place. Workers deserve fair pay and not just because of “the kindness of strangers.” Unionize and force the CEO, for whom YOU do all the work, to treat you with respect and provide a fair compensation for the job. Not as a gift. As your contractual right. Worker Rights are not subject some CEO’s goddamn whim. Price, he says, read a book saying that people who make less than 70K are happier when they get more money. That was then. What if next month Price reads a book saying that more competition over less pay is even better? It is possible, when a man makes decisions on what book he just finished reading. Let him read a book by Scott Walker and see what he does after that… you may not like it one damn bit.

What one man gives, another can take from you

   So what happens when, say, the generous Mr. Price retires on a whim, after reading a travel book, and turns the store over to a brother or sister or brother-in-law? What then? Suppose the new Head of the Castle has different ideas? What do you do when he slashes compensation? That is a definite risk when workers toss aside any notion of job-security in favor of having a Tsar who dispenses goodies depending on his personal feelings at the time.

   No, this is not right. It makes for warm and fuzzy reading – but a union which represents the staff will do better. Better because pay will be codified in a contract and not just pulled out of the air. Note the language in the widely circulated meme: Price is GIVING this money to workers, not that they EARNED it. It is his GIFT. (And he had no “minimum wage” workers, BTW. His workers were pulling in around $40,000. So this is a hefty raise, but does nothing concerning “minimum wage” as the meme implies. Nydelis Ortiz, a 25-year old underwriter working there a scant 3 months, was one of the lowest paid people in the company. She was paid $36,000 a year.) 

   America boasts of democracy and tries to force it on the whole world. But is there democracy in the workplace? No. And what price did is still not democratic. This whole idea of joy because one CEO decided to reward his workers is a Plantation Mentality. What next? Will Price buy the workers banjoes so they can strum away at the desk? “I have HAPPY workers, cause I GIVE them things!” What Price has done is thoroughly demeaning. 

   People like Price need to know this: If a person is worth his or her labor, then they are worth their keep. A gift from a benevolent dictator is crap. Workers are the backbone of any business and they should not have crumbs tossed at them like pigeons in the park by a “loving” keeper. If you as a worker are worth $70,000 a year then you deserve it because you earned it. Not because some publicity-hungry corporate twit thinks THIS WEEK that it is a good idea. If your work is worth $70,000 today, then why was he paying you $40,000 yesterday? By his very act of “generosity” Mr. Price admits that he has been underpaying you. Still see this as warm and fuzzy?

   If I worked for Mr. Price, I would start sending out résumés and do so damn fast. This CEO is unpredictable and my bills each month are not. What we need, rather than highly publicized gifts to workers, is a law limiting CEO compensation to a reasonable multiple of the lowest paid in a company. This works wonders in Germany – where workers even have a mandated place on the Board of Directors. And that is just Germany. CEO compensation is out of control here, compared to the rest of the world. Yet when and workers seek to unionize and democratically level the playing field, America responds with allegations of THUGS and “Right To Work Laws” that shove democracy out the window.

   Your work is not a play-thing for someone to dole out goodies based on a whim. Workers deserve better than this.

 

 


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