When is Enough, Enough – Hate Between Races

Good, Bad, and Hate on TV

While watching the morning news on TV and many of the shows in the evening, I have witnessed hate as well as many good changes. Most of the shows now have mixed couples as the main characters. This is good as, in my opinion, we need to embrace the idea that we are all humans and the color of our skins or the place where we were born should not matter. How good a person is matters. That is how we used to live in Egypt before the 1952 Revolution and the slow Muslim influence. By the way, I am not saying that the Muslim Religion is bad. In many ways it is like any other great religions in the world. What I am saying is that many Muslim leaders and mullahs force their own interpretation of the religion to make themselves more powerful.

Good Old Times Until It Was No More!

I remember my architect father had evergreen contracts with many big companies in Alexandria, Egypt. They all respected him and his knowledge.  One day, one contract after the other got terminated. When he asked why, the old and new owners apologized. They agreed that no one had a better knowledge of the facilities than my father, but the government and mullahs forced them to give it to a Muslim Architect. That was the beginning of hate between religions in Egypt. Bombing of mosques and churches followed. Killing of people got started just because of their religion.

Hate in US

In the US we always had a little of this hate between races, movements, and religions. Lately it has become  a big problem. We may not outlive it if we do not wake up and start to correct it.

What is infuriating me, is the fact that many TV stations, football players, and others are resurrecting the past and shoving it into everybody’s face. Shows like ‘Scandal‘ and ‘Whoopi Goldberg morning show’ and similar ones are actually promoting hate between the races rather than true integration.  Some football players disrespect the National Anthem to show how bad they are oppressed, yet they make millions and live in huge mansions.

Has anyone thought about the poor Chinese that came here as railroad workers and could not return to their countries as they did not have much? How about the Irish that had to leave Ireland for religious reasons and fell prey to the Gangs? Or the Italians that migrated and fell prey to the Mafia? And how about the Mexicans that crossed the borders illegally in search of a better future and food on the table. They all look different, have different religions, but you do not hear them complain. Instead, they worked hard, slowly got integrated, and prospered. I agree there are still ghettos for each of these groups, but they are slowly diminishing.

Media Involvement

These shows I mentioned above use the media to push their agenda on an unsuspecting audience. In one of the Scandal shows, a helper coaxes the ex-President of the US the ex-president to help remove a Southerner’s statue. (I will touch on this subject in another blog). The ex-President aide forcefully pushes his agenda and you can see and feel his hate for past slave owners.. This prompts many unsuspecting citizens to then join the bandwagon of hate. They are not even aware of it. To them, if the TV show says it is right, then it should be right. We are at a very strategic time in the history of the United States.

Will hate bring the doom of this empire? And will we let it happen?

Person of the Year – Are Some of The Nominations a Joke?

The Times has announced the short list for 2017 Person of the Year. Some are good, but the rest in my opinion is a joke. I have never seen a list with so many crazy choices.

The Ten Nominees

And the nominees are: Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, #MeToo movement, Kim Jong Un, Colin Kaepernick, The Dreamers, Mohammed bin Salman, Robert Mueller, Patty Jenkins – aka Wonder Woman.

I first heard of this list on December 3, when my wife and I were watching the TODAY Show. Her first reaction was: “Is this a joke”.

There are some very good nominees like Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is trying to bring So. Arabia out of the dark ages. His fight is with the old fashion religious police and for his people’s liberty.

The #MeToo movement has emboldened women to come forward against sexual abuse. It is a shame though that some women are coming forward with false accusations just to get publicity, but that happens in all successful movements.

Patty Jenkins also deserves the nomination as her directorship of “Wonder Woman”. The film made history as it raked in the biggest domestic opening ever for a female director. She had to fight many of the Hollywood prejudices against women.

In my opinion, some of the other nomination were acceptable. But others are a joke, a disgrace.

Is it a Joke?

When I heard my wife’s expletive, I looked up as I was not really paying attention and was FaceBooking at the time. I almost fell off the sofa. Really. Kim Jong Un and Colin Kaepernick?

I thought it was a joke, but then realized that they are serious.

Kim Jong Un, President of North Korea!

The guy that wants to nuke the United States! The dictator that oppresses his own people! The lunatic tyrant that is the equivalent of a modern Hitler! If that is not a joke, then I do not know what one is.

Colin Kaepernick

And then we come to Colin Kaepernick. According to the Today Show posting it says:

“Colin Kaepernick His decision to silently take a stand — or specifically, a knee — against racial inequality cost him a promising and lucrative career in the NFL. It also turned the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers into a flashpoint between professional athletes, in and outside of football, and politicians, particularly Trump.
Kaepernick recently filed a collusion grievance against the NFL owners, saying he has been blackballed within the league.”

That article is quite bias. I applaud him for taking a stand against  racial inequality, but this should have nothing to do with disrespecting our National Anthem. He should have chosen another venue.

Also, his ranking is quite low. After a quick rise under coach Jim Harbaugh, his career spiraled. They benched him for journeyman Blaine Gabbert. He became a free agent when his renegotiated contract elapsed. With his spiraling, he may not have a new contract and that would not be because his kneeling, but more likely because of his bad performance. So not sure why is he suing the League.

In my opinion, the listing is more political than it is justifiable. They are trying to please everyone, rather than judge the nominees by their accomplishments.

Who will be the Person of the Year?

The magazine will reveal its Person of the Year live on the TODAY Show on Wednesday 6 December 2017. I do sincerely hope that they make a wise choice and not a political one.

Comments

If you agree with my comments, please type YES in the comments section or type NO if you do not agree. Please let me know the reason you think they way you did, but only if you are so inclined.  Thanks in advance.

 

Politically Correctness – Is it a Mob Syndrome?

Why does our present society makes it so important for one to be politically correct?  By the way, what does it mean and should we follow this trend as sheeps? Should we fall for this Mob Syndrome?

The term “politically correct” first appeared in 1793 in a U.S. Supreme Court judgement of a political lawsuit. It did not have the same connotation as its modern usage.

During World War II, the term was used to describe what Hitler was paraphrased as saying that they would allow reporting permits only to pure Arians whose opinions were politically correct.

According to the New York Times, in the 1990’s the term “politically correct” became the focus of an angry national debate. Wikipedia writes: “Commentators on the left contend that conservatives use the concept of political correctness to downplay and divert attention from substantively discriminatory behavior against disadvantaged groups.  They also argue that the right enforces its own forms of political correctness to suppress criticism of its favored constituencies and ideologies.”

I Was Chubby – truly i was

I was chubby in my junior years what with my grandmother feeding me all sorts of vitamins and good homemade fatty foods. Kids called me fat and I sucked it in and went on eating smaller portions to the complete dismay of my grandmother. But it worked and I never thought anything bad about the other kids. They were not laughing at me, they were just stating a fact. I do not see the big deal about saying that someone is fat, tall, skinny, or whatever else. Calling someone height challenged does not change that the person is tall or short. I would guess that it does not make them feel any different. It just makes the person saying it feel better about themselves.

Now, some women in Hollywood are “coming out” in favor of being called “FAT” because it will help them lose weight. HAHAHA!!!

US President George H. W. Bush

Also from Wikipedia, ‘In May 1991, at a commencement ceremony for a graduating class of the University of Michigan, then U.S. President George H.W. Bush used the term in his speech: “The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land. And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudice with new ones. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expression off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits.””

Camille Paglia Views

According to an article in the Weekly Standard, “Camille Paglia is one of America’s smartest and most fearless writers. Like Elvis, she is the kind of superstar who really needs no introduction.  In one of her writings she says: ‘You’ve nailed it about Western liberalism’s obsession with language, to the exclusion of wide-ranging study of world history or systematic observation of present social conditions. Liberalism of the 1950s and ’60s exalted civil liberties, individualism, and dissident thought and speech. “Question authority” was our generational rubric when I was in college. But today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilized institutionalization of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas. It is repressively Stalinist, dependent on a labyrinthine, parasitic bureaucracy.”

In relation to Politically Correctness, Wikipedia also writes that conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s 1991 book Illiberal Education condemns what he saw as liberal efforts to advance self-victimization and multiculturalism through language, affirmative action, and changes to the content of school and university curricula.

Self-Victimization

Self-victimization is a key word in the latest Politically Correctness wave. Everything is now about – see what happened to me, oh it is sooo sad, so you need to help me even if it hurts others, don’t call me short as it affects myself worth. I am the victim so YOU, who I see as not being a victim, need to make amends to make me feel better.  The more people use these tactics, the more they entice hate rather than love.

In 1967, I was given a hard time by a Jewish co-worker when I first started working at a big company and only because I was born in Egypt. I could feel that there was only hate because the war between Egypt and Israel. He did not even have any relatives in Israel. It was self-victimization that made him lash out. I shrugged it off and a few weeks later he apologized and we became good friends. Nowadays, the feud will be never ending.

Vogue AND MOB SYNDROME takes over

People use the term “Politically Correct” to follow one’s belief. Unfortunately they use what is in vogue in show business. These movie stars have a lot of followers and can easily influence millions of people. They are making lines in the sand as to what is good or what is bad and encouraging their followers to fight. They are promoting hate and for sure not love. It started small, but now they are imitating one another to, in my opinion, show off. They want their counterparts and followers to think that they also are part of the movement and that they all think alike.  Therefore they cannot be criticized by their peers or not given parts because they think differently. There is no longer individualism.

When many of the awardees took the stage, they did not necessarily thank their supporters. If they did, they spent the lest amount of time on that subject. They wanted to spend their limelight time on  the self-victimized concepts that are in vogue within their circle. Football players became embolden when, at the beginning, the Club Owners did nothing to stop them from kneeling during the National Anthem. I have stopped watching the NFL football games. I have stopped watching these award shows as they are no longer entertaining. However, I did watch the CMA award. It was a refreshing and entertaining 3 hours with great music and people. Even at the beginning it was announced that political statements were not allowed. 🙂

The Pendulum is Swinging

Some people try to cover themselves from criticism by embracing most of all the PC contentious ideologies. Look at the sign below I spotted in a few of the homes where I live.

The pendulum has swung too far to the right. It is time to get back in equilibrium. It is time both sides start to really work together towards a better world. Let us not antagonize each other and push hate rather than love.

Please God, save America from itself.

Thanksgiving

Apologies. This week, I was going to write about Politically Correctness, but decided to postpone it by a week and instead discuss Thanksgiving and the commercialism of Black Friday.

The buzz has been on since last part of October. The stores have been all decked out with Thanksgiving items. Most everyone is already searching the internet for special Black Friday bargains. Many will spend Thanksgiving evening and Friday morning camped in front of store doors waiting for when they rush in and be the first ones. My wife and I will participate in the Annual Austin Turkey Trot and them gather at our friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Our friend did not want to make it too late and she has been preparing herself to go shopping real early on Black Friday morning.

On that celebrated day of Black Friday, some will buy what they really need and get out. Many will buy what they need and will succumb to impulse buying for things they do not need or may never have heard off, but it was on sale and at a great price.  Many will go in debt for things they do not need but because they have succumbed to the frenzy perpetrated by the merchants and big companies who are mostly thinking of the bottom line and not necessarily the public. I know our friends and they already have a list of what they need and will stick to it as they have done in the past.

But what about Thursday. What about Thanksgiving itself?

For many of us, Thanksgiving is a festive day as we gorge ourselves with great food and watch football. Same as with Christmas, the meaning of this holiday has been lost as commercialism has infiltrated all our waking hours of the day. So, I thought, why not take a better look at this holiday and what it is all about.

Although we in the United States have been taught of this holiday as a gathering of our forefathers and the native Indians, but I did not know exactly how it was started except that there was a dinner between them.

Interesting enough, a celebration of thanks after a harvest has been in existence long before the Pilgrims landed at the mouth of the Hudson River. The origins of such festivities can be traced way back in history when the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and others paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvests. The Native Indians also had a very rich tradition of celebrating the fall harvest with gatherings, feasting, and merrymaking. After all, they had worked hard during all spring, summer, and fall and it was time to rest and face the harsh winters ahead.

When I grew up, we celebrated Sham-El-Nassim, or informally “smells of springtime.” It was a celebration to ask the gods for a good season of planting. It was celebrated as far as 4,500 years ago by the Pharaohs.  It was celebrated on the first Monday after the Coptic Easter, both being on the lunar calendar. Many of our family and our friends used to gather on this day at the beach and eat foul medames (fava beans) and falafels as well as stuffed grape leaves. It was day of fun, games, and frolicking on the white sands of the Mediterranean beaches.

When I was working in China, we celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 8 month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It takes the name from being celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. This is a harvest festival which is celebrated by the Chinese, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, Malaysians, and Vietnamese.

So now back to our Thanksgiving. On September 1620, the Mayflower, a small ship, sailed out of Plymouth, England with 102 passengers fleeing religious persecution and headed towards the new world where they hoped to freely practice their faith. It took them 66 days, and anchored near the tip of Cape Cod by mistake. They quickly raised their sails and after a month at sea, they arrived at the mouth of the Hudson River, crossed the Massachusetts Bay and established a village they called Plymouth.

Throughout the first excessively cold winter, most of the passengers remained on board where they suffered of many diseases and only about half the original passengers survived. In March, 1621, they landed and started building their new homes and planting the crops. It was Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who approached the new comers and taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn and how to extract the sap from maple trees. He and other members of the tribe also taught the Pilgrim how to catch fish in the rivers and how to avoid poisonous snakes. Squanto had been captured by Englishmen and sold into slavery. He escaped and after landing in London, he was able to get back home where he found his small village completed deserted due to most of the inhabitants having died of the plague and other diseases. During his stint, as a slave and in London, he learned English. That is something I always wondered as to how the Indians and the Pilgrim could understand each other, and now I know. J

After the first harvest in 1621, everyone was tired and ready for a feast and so it was. Both the Pilgrims and Pawtuxet got together and had a feast that lasted 3 days and nights. Strangers, but fast becoming friends. It is believed that the menu was lobster, seal, and swans but no turkey. When doing research, there are many listing of menus and so I would say, no one really knows what they ate.

When one looks at what actually took place, it is apparent it was a celebration between friends and coworkers, a celebration for a good harvest, and celebration of cooperation between people of different races and religions. It would be nice if many of us start to remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving and become friendlier with each other as well as with strangers. We are all the same except for wealth and health. And wealth is not monetary, it can be wealth of friends, of memories, of family love. So please remember the true meaning of this holiday and give thanks for your blessings and help the ones in need.

Luck or Premonition?

In one of my past blogs I talked about the forced expatriations of all French, British, and Jewish people from Egypt after the Suez Canal war. When I say forced, it really was that. They were given a few weeks in which to get their papers and book a boat trip to Europe.

Planes were not so abundant at that time, and when one talks about tens of thousands of passengers, the easiest way is to sail from Alexandria to Marseille. Passengers were allowed to take a few things with them, but not too much. It also depended on how much they could bribe the authorities or the ship’s captain. Of the more affluent who had boats and had converted a lot of their belongings into jewels and other easily cash convertible items hoped on their boats and motored or sailed in the middle of the night towards Malta. Naturally this did not last long as the authorities closed the harbor.

Anything that could not be carried was left behind. Some left them with trusted employees or so they thought just to find them gone when they were permitted to visit 10 years later.

Passengers were thoroughly searched for jewels and cash beyond the allowed amount. Soldiers and custom officers were ruthless in their search as they always could pocket some of the finds for themselves.  X-ray machines were set up to inspect the stomach contents of suspected smugglers. Many of the local population would also snitch to the authorities as they also received a small percentage of what was found based on their tips. It was a time where one would really trust no one, but their own family or close friends.

The following is a true story witnessed and recounted by my aunt. A friend of our family who I will call Mary had been able to convert a good amount of their wealth into diamonds and she was looking at a way to smuggle them onto the ship which was leaving in 3 days. She decided to have a shoe repair person whom she had trusted many times and to whom she had been very generous in the past to insert the diamonds in the heels of one pair of shoes.

When the sailing day arrived, my aunt, Mary, and Mary’s husband took a taxi to the harbor. According to my aunt, who later recounted the events, Mary started to sweat and tremble. She told my aunt that she had a very bad feeling and asked her to exchange shoes which they did. My Aunt was to keep the diamonds and try to find away to send them to her friend.

My Aunt stood in line with Mary as they were heading for the customs inspection. Once they got to the front of the line, my aunt moved out, but stood close by. Wouldn’t you know it, the custom officer without even looking at anything asked our friend to hand him her shoes. Yes, she had been betrayed. He proceeded to tear apart the shoe and brake the heels only to find nothing. He was frustrated and basically wanted nothing else to do with this voyager. As he was tearing the shoes, Mary complained that she would have a hard time to walk up the plank and that was not fair. According to my aunt, Mary put up a very credible fake incensed face. The frustrated officer looked at my aunt and ordered her to give Mary her shoes.

The switch, if you can call it that, occurred, and Mary and her husband boarded the ship with all her diamonds. I will leave this up to you to decide if this was luck or premonition.

The Taking Over of a Country

During my youth, I experienced several political moves by the new Egyptian government, the same government that had dethroned and expelled King Farouk, the same government that was about to transform a great country into a real third world country. It transformed Alexandria, from a city touted as a second Paris to a dirty, overpopulated poor third world city. Cairo, the capital, succumbed the same fate and even faster.

One of the main factors resulted from the fact that Gamal Abd El Nasser, the then President of the Egyptian Republic, was pushed by his desires to become the leader of the Arab World. One of his goals was to socialize the country and ensure equitable distribution of wealth. External events helped his goals and desires

Egypt’s transformation started on October 29, 1956, when Israel invaded the Egyptian Sinai, which in turn led to the Suez Crisis. On November 5 of the same year, France and England landed paratroopers along the Suez Canal. The three allies had attained several military objectives, but the Suez Canal had suffered considerable damage and remained closed until March 1957. President Eisenhower, who had warned the British against the invasion, threatened serious damage to British financial system by selling the US Government’s pound sterling bonds. The British and French forces left Egypt and the Suez Canal. According to some historians, that crisis signified the end of Great Britain’s role as one of the world’s major power and gave unprecedented power to Nasser and his cronies.

I do not want to rehash history or debate who was or was not right, but what happened right after this crisis is an example of what can happen in any country.

The Egyptian government started a purge against all French, British, and Jewish citizens. In general, their assets were seized, and they were given marching orders to leave the country. My paternal Uncle had married a “Pied Noir” – a French Citizen, who was born in Algiers which was a part of France’s colonies at the time.  To add insult to injury in the eyes of the government, she was of the Jewish faith. Even though she was married to a Christian, she and her family were expelled and had less than a few weeks to leave the country. This forced exodus by all French, British, and Jewish people left the country with gaping holes in the cultural and financial arena which were filled by uneducated members of Nasser’s family and his army buddies as recompense for their help during the insurrection. Nasser never touched any of the money, but his family members became some of the richest people in Egypt. The new aristocracy started to fill their pockets to the detriment of the population and the cities. Without the necessary funds, the beautiful gardens of Alexandria where left neglected to dry in the hot summer weather, the utilities started to deteriorate as the new motto was “Maintenance is a ruse of the imperialists to make them rich” and if it works do not touch it. In Gamal’s greater scheme he wanted to industrialize the country, and so, before he created jobs and built new factories, he began to lure farmers’ sons to relocate to Cairo, the capital, and to Alexandria thinking it would be a slow migration. They came in droves before new factories were built. Without jobs and unwilling to go back to the farmlands, they built shantys, and overtaxed the cities. The cities became so crowded that much started to turn to dust and neglect.

In the early ‘60s, gun control was proclaimed and everyone had to register their guns and ammunition. Soon after, early one morning, the army soldiers entered every household that had registered their guns and simply confiscated them. Right after, the regime simply took over most large scale industry, all banking, insurance, foreign trade, all utility companies, marine transport, airlines, many hotels, and department stores. So, without arms nor money, the chance of a counter revolution was nullified. One had to submit, or if lucky, flee the country.

This story did happen and can happen anywhere. Beware of the signs. Let’s make sure that our second amendment – the right to bear arms – is not violated by people, who may have good intention, but need to really see all the ramifications of what they advocate.  As long as there is a black market, and there will always be one, gunmen and murderer will always get arms, no matter if legislated or not. But then, we will not be able to defend ourselves against them and against forces intended on taking over our country.

The Killing of a Mockingberg

It is a sad day in American history when the will of a few is imposed on the multitude. Burning and banishment of books span history and the globe since the early 11th century and probably earlier. This is the act of

powerful evil forces to impose their will and thoughts on the greater majority regardless if it is right or wrong.

Samantha Gray wrote an essay on the 10 biggest book burnings in literary history starting with German soldiers torching more than 300,000 volumes housed in the Louvain’s Library during World War I.  Other events were the bombing of the Irish National Archives in 1922, the torching of the Library of Alexandria, an all-time biggest book burning attributed to Julius Cesar orders. The killing of scholars and the attempt to destroy the Confucian philosophy by China’s first Emperor raging paranoia which still resonate even today. Many authors were executed in some of these events. Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican cleric, tried to cleanse the Italian Society of what he deemed too decadent or pagan. He was the root cause of burning of thousands of books and “objet d’art.” He instigated such fervor in his followers that riots wound up ravaging Florence. Anthony Comstock’s New York Society for the Suppression of Vice burned thousands and thousands of books that did not meet his expectations and were labeled either pornographic or detrimental to a moralistic society. He was

later excommunicated, but the irreparable damage had been made.

I thought the American people had grown up and were beyond censorship by a small minority. Unfortunately, I find myself having to rethink what I thought was “Liberty for All.” First the “Politically Correctness Movement” started to impose their morality of speech so as to hide the truth and supposedly not to offend some minorities. I never understood what was so wrong in being too tall or too short or too skinny or too fat. I was fat when I was young because my grandmother was feeding me all sorts of calcium pills, cream from the top of fresh milk that had been boiled, porridge, and believe it or not garlic on toast. So as I grew up, I decided that it was not healthy and as such I started to exercise more and eat less. Politically Correctness tries to sugar coat everything that is not up to the norms. Now, what is norm? That may be the discussion of another blog.

We now slowly see new impositions of the few on the majority and a very scary start of what is to come. It was not images of race, but of sex, that caused the first big uproar. The classic was taken off the curriculum when the school board of Hanover County, Va., banned To Kill a Mockingbird as “immoral literature” in 1966 because the plot centered on rape. Now, Mr. Kenny Holloway, School Board VP of the Mississippi Biloxi Middle School, has decided to ban the requirement of 8th-grade students to read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the novel by Harper Lee because it contains some words that “makes people uncomfortable”.

Here is another imposition of will and censorship by the few over the majority.   The novel, published in 1960 won the Pulitzer Price and became a classic of modern American literature. It is known because of its warmth and humor, despite also dealing with serious issue of rape and racial inequality. In 2007, Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. The novel deals with the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s, as depicted through the eyes of two children and is based on Lee’s observation of her family and neighbors as well as events that occurred near her hometown. According to Wikipedia, Author Mary McDonough Murphy, who collected individual impressions of To Kill a Mockingbird by several authors and public figures, calls the book “an astonishing phenomenon”. In 2006, British librarians ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one “every adult should read before they die”. “Silence doesn’t make us smarter,” James LaRue, who directs the library association’s office for intellectual freedom said. “A classic is something that makes us uncomfortable because it talks about things that matter.”

This is not a singular incident. There were more than 300 formal complaints against books in 2016. In general, we have an individual and/or group, who are imposing their views and are taking an award-winning book off the curriculum because in Kenny Holloway words “it offends some readers.” That amounts to censorship by a minority. What is next? Burning of all the copies of this book? Let us be proactive, or all classics will eventually be removed from the schools and our kids education will be less for it.

Arne Ducan, the secretary of education under President Barack Obama, wrote:  “When school districts remove ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from the reading list, we know we have real problems,” So lets fight this trend, lest it takes over our country.

Reference:  http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2012/the-10-biggest-book-burnings-in-literary-history/  by Samantha Gray

National Anthem

National Anthem

Our National Anthem reflects our pride and joy of being an American. It reflects the sacrifices of our soldiers fighting to keep us free and to continue our way of life. It is the core of our pride and joy to be an American.

We all have different opinions on how the country should be or should not be run, we all agree that it is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, we all agree that the Declaration of Independence is one of the best in the known universe.

A year ago, a football player decided to kneel during the playing

of our beloved anthem. A big no-no and it is even written in the NFL rules. The rules specifically advise how to stand, how to hold and place the helmet, and how to position the hands. Unfortunately, it seems that the NFL was too hamstrung by the political correctness of the time and did nothing. This same player became a free agent and was not given a new contract.  He is now suing the NFL using the above incident rather than him being at the players lower end of the ratings.

Lately, a singer, who had been hired and well paid to sing the national anthem, decided to also kneel. This is getting to be a circus where all the politically correct people are now trying to outdo each other and try to get praise from each other. In my humble opinion, the kneeling is an act of treason against our country and for what it stands. They should be tried as traitors.

If they want to publicize their grief, their thoughts, then let them do it outside the work areas.

Actually, this act of showing off has started a few years back when the movie stars had started to politicize at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and others. They all sang the same song of outrage but, in my opinion, it is to simply impress their peers that they are all of one mind. Thank God, we can record some of these shows, and push fast forward through these moments. Actually, I have decided to stop watching these awards. Too much talking and not enough meat in the show.

Americans are waking up and now have had enough of this outrage.  We, the people, are staring to fight back and we should continue to do so. The boycott of the NFL games is hurting the owners and the league where it counts; in their pockets. Tickets sales are down. People watching the games on TV are much lower. Advertisers are stopping their ads. We need to continue the boycott. We cannot forget our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who are fighting oppression in faraway lands, and sometimes not so far away.

Do not let our counter movement slow down. If you must watch a football game, watch the college and high school ones. Many times, they are better than the NFL ones.

God Bless America

Politics As A Career

The sirens blew and my parents started to move. An air raid was about to take place. I was only 3 years old and World War II was in full swing. Word to mouth came saying that it was the Italians that were coming. My parents blew a sign of relief and carried me to the top the building to witness the show. No. They were not crazy. The Italians had many relatives living in Alexandria, Egypt, so they either dropped the bombs in the Mediterranean Sea, just short of arriving, or just a few miles after the southern city limit and into the desert. If I close my eyes, I can still remembers the impressive light show.

When it was the turn of the German Air Force, everyone ran and hid in the basements of the tall apartment building waiting for the siren to ring the end of the raid. We thanked the British air force who many a times got into areal fights with the germans before they reached our shores.

Men had created war, but it also brought togetherness. Through the chaos, the hate, the killing, came a sense of camaraderie, of solidarity, of hope. The allies were not giving up, and the BCC radio was sending messages of liberation. Television had not yet reached my world.

Since then we had wars and peace, and now terrorism. We have ISIS using God’s name to commit atrocities to further their leaders and small surrounding elite to the determent of all others. Killing and blowing people up is now a way of life.

World War II brought hate. People were murdered because of their race and/or religion. World War II also brought peace and flourishing nations. The Vietnam war brought nothing that killing our young people and enriching the corporation.

After World War II, and during my teens, we had mosques, churches, synagogues all built within the same neighborhoods. We all mingled and, in the summer, went to the beaches, played, and had a thriving camaraderie regardless of color, race, or religion. As kids, we did not necessarily know our friends’ family names. We went by our first names or nicknames and could care less where they came from. That was a time of togetherness that I will always cherish.

Hate is back in vogue. There is hate because we are born in different countries, there is hate because we look different, there is hate because we worship different entities, there is hate because politicians of all countries, races, and/or religion cannot profit when peace and togetherness reign.

ISIS is invoking the name of Allah to further their greed of superiority. The Catholics and the Protestants are still fighting because someone has instilled a sense of fear of each other. In certain countries, Jews are still hiding from prosecution. India still has its cast system so that they can have cheap labor. Even here in the US, Congressmen and Senators are looking after themselves rather than really serving the people. What has not been accomplished in this year is proof of that.

Our forefathers created the Senate and Congress, but it was voluntary. These patriots gave their time to ensure that our country would grow. Unfortunately, we now have career politicians who, naturally, are looking after themselves rather than their constituents. They vote their salary increases and are not subject to social security like most of us. I believe it is time we get back to our forefathers’ intent. It is time to stop politics to be a career. We need good men to help steer our country. We need to ensure that Senators and Congressmen be restricted to one term. I believe that by effecting this change, we would have a government that is looking after you and me and not after themselves

All Lives Matter

This morning I was taking my early morning walk when I came to a house that had numerous signs, but the one that made me stop was “Black Lives Matter”

I looked at it for a while and felt that it was all wrong. Signs like these, may be well meant, have so much negativity. My mind raced and I wondered: Why only black lives? What about the rest of the world, the brown, the red, the white, and yellow lives? How about the animals, the rest of earth inhabitants, everyone?

Seems that the sign I saw would entice more hatred and division across the races than what it may have intended. It creates more prejudice. Depending on how one takes it, it can not only create good, but also more resentment, more hatred. The Ying and Yang. The dichotomy of life.

Politically correct people have taken it up as a rally and brandish it to show others that outwardly they care with many of them just following the leader not knowing what it truly is all about. I believe we should start looking at the world as one populated by spirits who inhabit bodies while traveling through earth. Color and shape should not matter. Human or animal should not matter. That sign should be revised to say” All Lives Matter”. Now, that would be unity and equality for all races.