Random Current Events that I just couldn't ignore

I haven’t been blogging regularly, no surprises there, nor have I been hosting my weekly online podcast either, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t follow current events and don’t have opinions about them.  In the past before I became super busy with my personal life, I would use this blog or my show as outlets to vent that frustration.  However, these days I keep it to myself or post it on my Facebook wall.  But sometimes, event’s pile up and I feel like a volcano about to burst and have to vent my thoughts, so here we are today.

The Passing of Dorothy Height

I was in the gym the day Dorothy Height died.  I remember looking up at the television monitor and just shaking my head.  I wondered how she would be mourned and I wondered why only local news were covering it and even they only gave a few seconds to this news.  I paused and posted a quick note on my FB lamenting her passing.  What ended up getting under my skin was the fact that outside of that early morning mention, that was it.  It was like no one cared.  I can’t decide who I’m more disappointed with, the major media, or black people in general.  On one hand, I feel like if anything this would be a major event in the black community, Dorothy Height was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement and was a pioneer in the struggle for womens rights.  I guess our lack of concern, produced lack of concern in the media, but then again, often the media tell us what they consider is important and news, and I guess the passing of an Civil Rights icon wasn’t “news” to them.  If nothing else, this should give alarm and bear witness that the state of black America is not looking good and well we already know that major media isn’t much better than the tabloids in the supermarkets these days.  The question is where do average Americans get their news?  Who’s there to inform them?  What can we do about it?

The Regulation Reform Bill

This is just plain crazy.  It’s just unsettling and unnerving that there are Americans who support the Republican party.  Far be it from me to have an issue with Conservatism, but the games being played in Washington have gone too far.  Instead of passing legislature, introducing proposals, or attempting to do anything to help Americans, the Republican Party’s accolades as of late that they pat themselves on the back for is by being able to vote uniformly against every major legislation Democrats introduce.  So what if a bill is brought forward to help Americans who don’t have access to health care get it?  So what if a bill is introduced to regulate against the criminal practices on Wall Street that helped put us in this mess?  None of that doesn’t seem to matter with these guys and their supporters.  The only thing that matters is being able to have every Republican vote no.  It’s just outrageous.  Of course these bills aren’t perfect.  None are.  There are always going to be some groups interests being underrepresented.  But, these bills are SOMETHING.  Their a start in the right direction.  What happened to working toward a more perfect union?  I guess if your a Republican today, that means nothing.  It’s either their way or no way.  Republican legislators are acting like toddlers with their arms folded refusing to do anything until they get their way.  Pathetic.  Earn your taxpayer paid salary and stop refusing to work because Obama won.  Get over it already.

The ADL and General Jones

First of all, why is the media calling the General an “adviser” as if that’s all he’s ever accomplished in his life?  James Jones is a highly decorated Marine and former Commandant of the Marine Corps.  Nevertheless, General Jones is in trouble for daring to make a stupid joke involving Jews.  Oh the humanity!!!!  Dear God in Heaven, how dare he make a joke about Jews, which btw, wasn’t even that funny.  However, now they have him in the national media having to apologize.  What utter and total crap.  Goes to show you who really has power when a Jewish lobby can force a well respected and decorated Marine General to have to apologize for a joke he made harmlessly at a JEWISH EVENT!!!!!  If he meant any harm, if he was trying to make fun of Jews in any negative way, I would think that the last place he would tell the joke would be in front of a mainly Jewish audience.  Instead of apologizing the General being the Marine and Warrior that he is, should have told them to quit whining.  But let’s be honest for a moment, this is about power plain and simple.  The Jewish Lobby is angry at Obama, for daring to call for Justice in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  Obama has dared to challenge Israel and the Jewish lobby, therefore, they are doing everything in their power to show him who’s boss and who really has juice in America.  If General Jones a Republican btw, had been in the Bush Administration and made this same joke, we wouldn’t have even known about it.  But this was an opportunity to publicly challenge Obama’s Administration and they ran with it, even if it meant throwing a Marine General and American Hero under the bus.

Jerusalem Mayor challenging Obama in Congress

This is further proof of who has real power in American politics.  Let’s remove the facts for a second.  Let’s pretend that Obama isn’t the President and the Mayor was not from Israel.  When has it ever been OK, or even loosely supported, that a mayor from a foreign country could address our Congress to assail our President?  Imagine the outrage had this not been Obama and Israel?  But since it is, it’s somehow OK now?  Give me a break, this is totally disrespectful and insulting and what do we as a nation do about it?  Support Israel of course.  They can do no wrong, they are without flaw or error.  We are the problem, our President is the problem, never Israel.  This is really scary if your an American citizen as it implies exactly what is shows, that Israel has more influence and power over our elected officials and politicians than American citizens.  No one really gives it a second thought because it’s Israel and of course due to a myriad of reasons we are supposed to turn a blind eye to their every move.  But imagine if the mayor was Russian, Chinese, Egyptian, etc.?  Would he even make it to the Capital Building?

South Park creators getting death threats

Some Muslims are just ignorant plain and simple.  It baffles the mind how hypocritical we are at times.  How can we truly ever get angry at any cartoon called “Muhammad” if we don’t even know what the Prophet (saw) actually looked like?  It’s just stupid that we would get offended as if a cartoon actually held any power over the Messenger of God (saw) or Allah (swt).  Is or faith that weak that we believe we have to go defending Allah (swt) and the Prophets (saw) honor everytime someone draws an image or uses the name?  We are hypocrites for a myriad of reasons on this issue.  For one thing, if we were to actually get angry we are supposed to get angry at the depiction of ALL Prophets and Messengers, peace and blessings be upon them, of God.  So where is our “outrage” when Jesus (as) or Moses (as), etc. are depicted?  I know, I know, crickets….  Furthermore, don’t we have more important things to be angry about?  You know like the suffering and oppression of Muslims in so-called Muslim lands, carried out by so-called fellow Muslims?  You know where Muslim women are routinely raped in Darfur, child brides bleed to death in Yemen from forced intercourse, and people are routinely killed, harassed, etc. all over?  Have we become so perverted that we would give death threats to cartoonists and ignore suffering under our noses.  Why not use all that zealotry to fix our lands and truly make them a place where Muslims feel safe and secure and lands in which our neighbors feel safe.  You know as the Prophet (saw) actually ordered us to.  Do we really think the Prophet (saw) would prefer us threaten cartoonists over providing and defending the orphan, woman, weak, wayfarer, and fellow believers in our own lands?  We are a terribly misguided Ummah!  Leave these people alone.  Allah (swt) will chastise whom HE wills in this life and the hereafter.  Surely the Creator of the Universe has the power to deal with a cartoon if He chose to.  Maybe it’s just me, but we have more important things to be “outraged” about.

The Arizona Immigration Bill

Now I’m certain I’m going to be labeled anti-immigrant or something like that and it wouldn’t be the first time.  However, I find it a little odd that people are all up in arms about this bill.  I happen to believe the word illegal means against the law.  If I am speeding, park in a no parking zone, commit a crime or in any other way break a law, it is illegal and I am fined, incarcerated, or face some other sort of punitive measure.  Yet, when people come to this country illegally, breaking our immigration and citizenship laws, we are now told that we should be angry whenever legislation is written to penalize an illegal behavior?  Have we lost our minds?  Now some will tell you that it’s about racial profiling and trust me as a young black man born and raised in the inner city, I completely understand, however what’s the alternative?  We all have to show identification when we are suspected, stopped, or in some other way alleged to have committed some crime or violation.  What’s wrong with adding another form of ID to the mix?  Maybe if we had a national ID standard we wouldn’t have this debate, but that’s another issue entirely.  My point is, we would be lying to ourselves if we ignored the fact that our country has a major illegal immigrant problem and in the worst cases especially in Arizona many crimes are committed by those who should have not been in the country anyway.  We could also talk about economic impact illegal immigration has had on this country and could go on for years in that arena.  But for me, it’s pretty simple:  Illegal actions, crimes, etc. should be penalized regardless of who’s committing the crime and no matter what the crime is.  Otherwise it shouldn’t be considered illegal.  If a certain demographic doesn’t like the fact that a portion of that demographic is the main offender, than offer an alternative.  It’s like when young black kids stand on the corner in the hood at 1am in the morning.  If police question them and ask for ID and they are found out to be innocent, some would argue racial profiling and how jacked up the system is.  Nevermind that a bunch of young kids who just happen to fit a certain profile are on the corner 1am in the morning!

We have to stop kidding ourselves, yes profiling is jacked up in many situations, but there is also a case that could be made for it as well.  It’s not a perfect system, but it is what it is.  It’s just doesn’t seem reasonable to ignore statistics because we don’t want to offend this or that demographic.  If the majority of illegal immigrants just happen to be from Mexico and a law is passed to curb illegal immigration, should law enforcement be suspicious of white people?  If a good sizable amount of crime in certain inner city neighborhoods are committed by young black males, should law enforcement be suspicious of Asian people?  I could go on and on.  I no more like flying while Muslim, driving while black, etc. etc. than the next guy.

But at the same time, if our goal is to actually enforce laws, then instead of attacking what could happen, or play to people’s emotions, we should look for ways and controls to ensure that certain tactics and techniques have safeguards that won’t abuse the general public.  We can do this if we stopped playing politics, and we have to be honest about profiling as a tactic, it’s absolutely necessary in this age of terrorism and lawlessness.

Franklin Graham being booted from the Pentagon

Franklin Graham…what can truly be said about a guy who says some of the vilest things about a group of people based on their religious affiliation and then out the other side of their mouth spew “Jesus is Love”?   Granted, in America we have the freedom of speech and it’s a great thing to have.  But talk about the raw nerve that some people have, when they think that Franklin Graham was somehow wronged by being uninvited to the National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon.  Now calls are being made to have him withdrawn from the Congressional event as well and rightfully so.  What good is a NATIONAL Day of Prayer, if we are only going to recognize one group of Americans and spit at all others?  What should the thousands of Muslim employees, servicemen and women, congressional aids and staff, etc. think when this guy comes to their organization smiling and “praying for America” all the while calling them evil and wicked people right along with their religion?  Give me a break!  You want to invite Graham, then invite Farrakhan too!  The difference though is that I have yet to hear ONE MUSLIM LEADER IN AMERICA say anything close about Christianity and Christians to that which Graham and his ilk have said about Islam and Muslims.  Yet we are the intolerant hateful ones?

Just observe the madness that comes out his mouth:

“Graham refused to back down, saying on Fox News that Muslims were “enslaved” by their beliefs.”

And what exactly is he?  I mean we keep saying one thing about OUR religion and he keeps telling us his opinion no matter what we say.

Graham thanked “the many thousands of believers” who have offered support since he was ousted from the Pentagon event, saying, “Recent events have demonstrated just how desperately our nation needs to turn to God.”

Read in between the lines.  What he meant was that only those in this country who believe like him believe in God, the rest of us… well not so much!

I hope Congress follows the Pentagon’s example.  Either we are going to be a nation that respects everyone’s right to believe or not without advocating one over another or we are not.  Allowing people like Graham who feel that Muslims who serve daily at the Pentagon and Congress are evil, would go against everything we stand for as a nation.

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5 Comments

  1. Robert, on the whole, I agree with you. I would like to provide the fact that the Democrats played a similar game when the Republicans had control of the Congress. (1994-2006). I guess that they think turn about is fair play.  Logic seems to be thrown out of the window when politics comes onto play. I was against the Health Care Bill,  not because I would deny those that need health care, but because of the massive deficit it will create and the Government control over the hospitals, doctors, and patients.  Since I am USN(ret), I already have Government health care. It kind of sucks.  One of my “benefits” is that I can’t find a GOOD surgeon to work on my neck.  The truly good Doctors don’t accept Tricare or Medicare (I have Tricare)
    As far as General Jones’ attempt at humor, it is much ado about nothing.
    As far as cartoons about religious figureheads, I wholeheartedly agree with you.
    What some politician in Israel has to say about anything in the US seems irrelevant to me. It’s just another person trying to be heard by any means they can.  Also, let’s remember what Ahmadinejhad and  Chavez said about Bush and the US at the UN.  They should have never even been allowed in the US, IMO, but they were. The President and the US will always have their critics from other countries.

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  2. Isreal—some say there is more criticism of Isreali policies within the Israeli media than there is in the U.S media.

    South Park—I’m against voilence—-however……(I could be wrong )but the incident was blown out of proportion. There are plenty of things that can be criticised in the practice of Islam—leave the Prophet (pbuh) alone!. —-all over the world countries have Laws that place limitations on speech—holocaust denial, “lese majeste” laws, slander/defamation laws etc. —–get over it.

    Profiling—I’m against it—mostly because it is not based on science, rather, based on myths. The reason that there are more black youths in jail does not mean they are more “prone to crime”.  Profiling them in this way exacerbates a bad situation instead of improving it. You can’t solve a problem if you are basing your strategies on myth.

    Graham—According to a recent poll, most protestant pastors agree with Graham’s views!!!!!(I think it was about 69% or so….?) Very disturbing.

    Thor—the U.N. might be on U.S. soil—but it is NOT the U.S.—for example, a U.S. embassy in Germany may be on German soil, but is not Germany and German laws need not apply.

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  3. Revolution Muslim is run by 3 dudes who pretty much pissed off most mosques in new york, getting banned.
     
    Somehow CNN made it look like they were supported by mainstream Muslims, even bringing Ayaan Hirsi Ali , but not talking to one mainstream muslim leader.
    South park comes on in the middle east. The super-friends episode comes on there. I haven’t seen any riots there yet.
    THe news turned a non-issue into an issue.

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  4. Billy Graham had to apologize for his dopey son.
     
    It’s interesting how old school evangelical leaders tend to be WAAAAY more moderate in thier views then the new age evangelical movement.

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