Category: The biggest liars

What’s so hard about the First Amendment?

I would have thought that the most understood and accepted amendment to the Constitution would be the First Amendment. After all, how hard is it to grasp what freedom of speech means? Put simply, it means you can express yourself and your point of view without being silenced by someone else. Seems simple, right? Well, apparently the folks over at IO9 have only the most strained grasp of what our natural right to freedom of speech is all about.

The first thing we need to understand about freedom of speech, as it was laid out by our founding fathers, is that it is implicitly designed to cover the speech we hate the most. If it wasn’t there would be no reason to acknowledge it in an amendment. Those words should remind us that there is no need to protect a right that we can all agree with – so the intent was to cover ALL speech – particularly the speech we despise.


Sources :

  1. http://toybox.io9.com/islamaphobic-bus-ads-in-san-francisco-are-being-defaced-1681857271?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29&utm_content=Netvibes
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relations_between_Nazi_Germany_and_the_Arab_world

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Why racists and race baiters are broken in the same way.

I have never understood racism. I suppose we could have a critical discussion about cultural influences that occur because of cultures that are unified primarily by race, but that is a whole other point. No, today I wanted to focus on the fundamental stupidity of racism and how that fundamental stupidity is shared by race baiters.

Racists will run to race as the cause of problems out of intellectual laziness. If a man loses his job, it is easier to blame that black, brown or red family that moved in down the street than it is to explore the idea that they may have just really sucked at their job. Did crime increase in your neighborhood? Must be those [insert race other than your own] that bought the house next door. It is the stupidest kind of cause and effect logic you will find and it allows someone to come to a conclusion that may make them feel better about themselves without having to deal with the pesky realities.

Enter, the race baiter. These folks have come out of the woodwork lately as America wrestles with the Obama administrations policies, Eric Holders interesting approach to law enforcement and an array of other issues. These folks do the exact same thing as your typical racist. No matter how many issues you site as things you have a problem with, their response? “The critics hate Blacks”. It may make them feel better. It may allow them to quickly short circuit any intelligence based assessment of what is going on. But at its core, it is an intellectually bankrupt approach that would feel very comfortable and familiar to anyone with a swastika tattooed on their arm.

The worst part of this is that for those that are just arguing the issues, they feel as if they need to shut up and avert their eyes when these race baiters start heading off into the weeds with their race based accusations. Their logic is faulty. Obama was voted on by a whole lot of folks who were not black. The idea that these same people have suddenly woken up and said to themselves “Holy crap! We elected a black man!” and now attack him because of his race is just plain stupid.

What’s worse is that those of us who let these baiters falsely shame us into silence need to stand and point out the stupidity of their case. Of course, when we see these folks they tend to be on networks where they are left not only unchallenged, but frequently the talking heads in the studio seem to agree with their idiotic conclusion.

We need to each own our little piece of the intellectual battle here. When we are faced with someone buying into this stupidity, we need to make the point that we can have a long, drawn out conversation about what is wrong with the administrations policies without ever needing to mention what color anyone is. If only we could get the members of the media to ask the same hard questions, we would all be better off.

Reagan,Iran,hostages and how Politifact got it wrong

The good folks over at politifact put together an analysis of one of Mitt Romneys recent statements. The short version of what Romney said goes something like this

peace through strength..[is the reason]…the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in.

Politifact rated this as “pants on fire”. This type of rating would imply that it was not only a false statement, but an intentional lie.

In forming their evaluation of this statement, politifact consulted “seven scholars of the period”. Well that’s nice.

Speaking as someone who was alive during this time and old enough to be politically aware enough to recall the period with some clarity, I can say that there is a very reasonable counter argument to be made here.



Source : Politifact Post

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Give what to who now?

I am always a bit surprised by the folks who spend so much time and energy talking about America as “occupied territory”. Now we can talk about the Native Americans and how the way the United States treated them changed dramatically during the Andrew Jackson administration. However, even in that case, the Indian Nations enjoy a unique brand of sovereignty.

However, when folks south of the border start talking about how their land was taken from them, I cannot help but think they really need to read up on that history. As far as Spain and Mexico are concerned, every inch of land we have was paid for. Never mind the fact that we kicked Mexicos butt in a war that THEY started. Once we did win, we proceeded to PAY them for the land. If ever there was a time to tell someone to “Sit down and shut up” it is now when these idiots talk about their seized Mexican lands. The following video is a perfect example. We start off with some of the usual generalized “native peoples” type of pitch, but then the money shot comes as we see the national socialists and communists in the crowd – and the wider agenda comes into a more clear focus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uFtmukcE9Y

China continues to show its true colors by arresting artist Ai Weiwei

China is evil. In fact, I would argue that it is nearly the purest form of it. It does what true evil has always done. It cloaks itself in a way that it appears attractive to some. In our world, it extends a hand and a smile as it facilitates the near slave labor of its people. It prevents a too critical eye from being turned toward it by having deep financial ties with countries that should be treating it like the grotesque leper that it is. While some within our own government try to convince us we should be more like China, the realities reveal that nothing could be further from the truth.

China has kidnapped one of its artists for not towing the government line. His name is Ai WeiWei, and here is an interesting look into this man who was able to smuggle out a video discussing some of what he faces in China. Note how the TED person that introduces his video goes out of his way to not offend China – a country which profoundly deserves some offending.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnH8ou3Kd4


Sources :

  1. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/April/Chinese-Artist-Arrested-for-Economic-Crimes/
  2. http://www.candlelightstories.com/2011/04/14/ted-film-from-arrested-chinese-artist/

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