Oct 19, 2014

White Privilege in a Multi-cultural and Multi-racial World

By RF Schatten

"Whiteness is, variously, a metaphor for power, a proxy for racially distributed material benefits, a synonym for "white supremacy", an epistemological stance defined by power, a position of invisibility or ignorance, and a set of beliefs about racial "Others" and oneself that can be rejected through 'treason' to a racial category" ~~~ Historian Eric Arnesen

We have reached the stage in our national discourse, which should have been addressed long ago...our American Society and the lightning fast changes in our Cultures. Too many things happening all at once in our way of life, with our population evenly exploited by all political sides...some, more than others...though, most by one side's degenerate and indecent political campaign tactics and agenda.
It's about time we discuss something that's really, extremely vital, and at the heart of the core of these elections...the disparity gap in  our societal classes...financially and socially. And the constant evolution of our culture...not understood by everyone, or in self-denial about the realities of life...stop living in the fab 50s! time marches on! Sony don't sell cheap transistor radios anymore, High Definition Color is the new Black & White, and June Cleaver is dead.

"White Privilege"...whether you agree with O'Reilly or with Stewart...nothing would benefit this country more, than a good, healthy, civil discourse on what really divides our Nation. And when you speak about white privilege, much of the debate will eventually, turn to the topic of American Exceptionalism".

American Exceptionalism has been the theory exploited to the masses as Patriotic...based on Liberty, Egalitarianism, Individualism, Populism, Republicanism, and Laissez-faire. We're not that exceptional anymore! Exceptionalism is the arrogance used by Wealth used by Wealth and the Aristocracy over all others, for centuries. Today, we have those who believe in their own exceptionalism and exclusivities...and who want to turn our current economic system, more into a Laissez-faire Economy. A Ruling Class Society in the 21st Century?...we're not a 3rd World Country...Only in America!

[VIDEO] Bill O’reilly vs. Jon Stewart on White Privilege | LNC – Live News Cloud Stream

Oct 18, 2014

Life in Prison, plus 90 years more after you die...go figure it out

By RF Schatten

I can't ever understand why "Life Terms" include +certain amount of years? To 'appease' the family of the victims? to 'justify' how hideous a crime?...or does it really matter? When your dead...you're dead! After you pass away, are they going to keep your carcass...rotting in the cell...for another 90 years? Bernie Madoff got life +150 years!...and he didn't commit murder...I'm not excusing his crimes or Dunn's. They can rot in prison till they die. It's understandable...for the records...each crime and each sentence must be recorded. But adding more years to a sentence, beyond a man's death...proves nothing!...except our exceptional and excessive appetite, for those illusions in our believes of how Law, Order, and Justice, suppose to work...to show the world, who tough America is on crime.

United States leads the World in citizen incarcerations...another little problem that needs reforming in this country, especially with the advent of Private 'for profit' Prisons. Murders by the bad guys, murders by the good guy cops. Kids going to school and mass murdering other kids. Horseshit Laws protecting the perpetrator..."Stand Your Ground" laws...and we're back in Florida, again!

In the case of Michael Dunn, it was about standing your ground, but even more about not standing someone's music. After the shooting, Dunn and his girlfriend went back to their hotel and ordered a pizza....and he never called the cops to make a report. He knew better and deserves whatever he got. Will he care about the other 90 years after he dies?

Life without Parole +90...plenty of time to ponder...he can write Bernie and both of them can convey each other's wisdom. They got all the time in the world!

Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Loud Music Killing - NBC News.com

Oct 13, 2014

Associating Gays to the Nazis...and the GOP are not Bigots, either?

By Rf Schatten

It's pretty pathetic when you have to resort to the propaganda technique of "Association"...associating Gays to the Nazis. The Hatred for Gays, surely exists within the Republican ranks, though they'll deny it till they die...just like their continuous cynical denial of Racism. The fact that Gays were persecuted by the Nazis...you don't mention 'that'!

Use intentional vagueness and confusion, to keep exploiting your ignorant masses...another propaganda technique; "Obfuscation".  Why would the GOP resort to so much propaganda to influence the country? why, if they truly believe they 'are' correct...and, that they're adored by everyone...would they need to resort to this?  When you have absolutely no plans in your agenda on how to fix this country of all the troubles and all of the ills, and with all the other horseshit you spew about daily...you got to give your loyal fans something...this is it. Lying and Deception and Disinformation...more techniques!. They're just shameless acts in a civilized society, perpetrated by shameless indecent men and their own personal greed. Of the 53 or so Techniques of Propaganda, how many have been used by the GOP in the last 6 years? Hint: More than half.

30 States now recognize same-sex marriage. In 5 more States....AR, KS, MT, SC, and WY...Federal appellate rulings have set a binding precedent in favor of same-sex marriage. In 8 more States, judges have issued rulings in favor of same-sex marriage, and appeals to many of these rulings, are now stayed...and being struck down every day. 43 States and DC have either made it totally legal or they're on their way. 55% of the U.S. population lives in a State where same-sex marriage is legal...and Over 64% of the U.S. population will soon live in a State that same-sex marriage, again, is legal.

Republicans need to stop whining, With all due respect to the late Edmund Muskie; there's no crying in Politics! You lost the Gay Vote because you despise who they are, and personally, they don't like you either, for who 'you' are! Give it up and swallow your pride...Gay Rights and Gay Marriage are here to stay, and no Court is going to stop them now...so suck it up and live with it!

Republicans Say Rainbow Flags Remind them of Nazi Flags - But Actual Nazi Flags Don't

Oct 11, 2014

GOP in self-denial...the Cubans' love affair with the Republican Party is over!

By RF Schatten

When will the GOP realize that Cubans just don't like Republicans anymore? The Charley Crist vs Rick Scott battle for the hearts and minds of the Sunshine State's Latino voters is over. 53% to 29%? Scott better concentrate on his base of Tea Crackers in North Central and the Peninsula. Healthcare is killing him!...ironically, in Scott's previous fling in Medicine, he financially destroyed his Healthcare company (Columbia/HCA)...for being a court certified fraudulent crook. More importantly, could this be a sign of things to come by the Hispanic Community throughout the country?

Cubans in general don't care much for Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz...in Cuban parlance, they're 'worms'...in the case of Rubio, a little worm! They 'are' an embarrassment to the Cuban Community in SW 8th St. and throughout the rest of this country. Cubans are very proud people, and all these 2 characters do, is give the Cubans a bad name. Son dos mentirosos y descarados, sin corazon y sin alma,

Crist has the Latino Vote...big time...as well as the Minimum Wage issue; 64-15! The Cubans most important issue? The Economy...point for the Dems. Followed by Immigration; point for the Dems again. And that, followed by Healthcare; again the Democrats!

But, It's only Florida...and Scott is just not that well liked, since day one. But could this Hispanic trend continue throughout the country? and make that difference between winning and losing. Texas, is another example...and now that the courts ruled against Abbott's ID Laws...Latinos are going to remember! It's a crazy election year!

New Poll Reveals Florida Hispanic Voters Favor Crist

$7.25/hr: From politicos who make 10X more...because the GOP cares, so much!

By RF Schatten

So!...$7,25/hr is a Living Wage? That's a pretty insulting remark! Whether he addressed it, to his masses of human ignorance...or the American public, in general...it's an ignorant insult to the intelligence of the American Adult. See what would happen if he has to work for $7.25/hr!  He doesn't care because that's the mentality of the people he works for...We, the People?...yea, that's funny!

Scott Walker is not a fool...he got to where he is now because he's a political whore, who's bought out...lock, stock, and barrel  by the Koch Brothers...he, along with neighbor Paul Ryan are their official GOP mouthpieces. $7.25/hr sounds about right. Anti-Union, Anti-EPA, Anti-Women, Anti-Education...make the 99% the 99.5%. A Ruling Class Society would be fine for these good old boys. $7.25/hr sounds just fine for the GOP, too. They continually refuse to raise the minimum wage...it's no coincidence who owns the GOP, today. Even Old Mitch agrees that they would be broke, and couldn't win without Dave and Charley pulling the strings.

You get out of college with a 100k or 200k loan to pay back, even before you start your career...and $7.25/hr is a good living wage? The fact he equated Minimum Wage to the fast food business...shows his arrogance. The same arrogance the GOP holds over anyone who's not like them, sort of a narcissistic arrogance.

If this is what the people in Wisconsin want...then they deserve $7.25/hr! But you must look at the bigger picture. Scott Walker just represents those 'interests' that have no interest in the American People, he's the Koch Brothers' living experiment of what they want for America to look like. They 'can' be stopped...if the electorate wants to stop all this conservative madness...but, how badly enough does the majority of the country, really want to do something about raising the Living Wage?...how important is it? If you don't Vote don't complain later!

Gov. Scott Walker Says $7.25 Per Hour is a Living Wage

Oct 8, 2014

With a much larger Rank & File, all the Democrats need, is to vote...if you can motivate them

By RF Schatten

With Mid-Term Elections just around the corner, it appears that the Democrats' message is finally breaking through...despite the Media's failing attempts to show some positives created by the Administration...like a growing economy. Obama outperforming Reagan on every economic factor...best private sector jobs creation performance in American history. A 6.1% unemployment, forecasted to fall around 5.4% by Summer, 2015...more records...and Wall Street, acting Bullish with their record Highs. With an Affordable Care Act that is working...signing-up more and more every day...and Social Tolerance, being generally accepted by the overwhelming majority of this country, Only apathy can hold the Democrats, hostage...they got the numbers on their side...if the rank and file decide to get up and go vote, they can't lose. The question remains; "Will they get their couch potato asses up, and go vote?

It's hard to hear anything good from the Donkeys these days, when right wing Batshit "shock" sound-bytes sells more ads on News TV!...it's not what's right or what's wrong in politics, anymore...it's what's best for business; show them the $$, and they'll show you what's best. Real and important Information is secondary to news events showing, for example, Palin making a fool out of herself...again, or more about Benghazi...again.

But never underestimate the electorate, which the GOP, apparently never understands. After all the talk, and everything is said and done...it comes down to Sanity, Understanding, and Common Sense, or Lunacy and Radicalism. All the Polls are showing a steady trend upwards for the Blue crew...and with the exception of a race here or there...most races have the Democrats in the lead or in a virtual dead heat, in both the Senate and Governors races. Obama's latest approval ratings by Rasmussen...not your raging liberal pollster... are up to 46%. And yes! yes! yes! to all those before they 'troll' back...George W Bush was at 37% at this point of his Presidency, just before the Mid-Terms. Who's gaining momentum? Latest Poll for the US House...yes! the GOP's 'untouchable' House of Representatives: National US House Race ~ Democrats 43% Republicans 42% (Ipsos/Reuters) 10/3 -10/7. It's going to be a fun and wild ride these next 30 or so days!

HUFFPOLLSTER: Democratic Campaigns Are Reaching More Voters, Survey Finds

Oct 6, 2014

In its continued tradition for the outrageously stupid...enters another clown!

By RF Schatten

"Liberal Bias"...interesting use of words. Liberal, by definition...can't be Biased...it means "Free from Prejudice and Bigotry"; also "Tolerant" and "open-minded". "Conservative", on the other hand, is; "Intolerant"..."disposed to Preserve Existing Conditions and Institutions, or to Restore Traditional Ones, and to Limit Change".

Only what changes they want, of course! Paint a pretty picture of American History...if you can't erase it...re-touch it in the image you want, to cover it up.

A businesswoman sits on Colorado’s Board of Education. A business person, that besides going to College and getting a Degree...has no clue about the field of Education. I wonder what her grades in History were? Slavery ended voluntarily?...really? Tell that to the 750,000+ that died on both sides. Or why it took the Emancipation Proclamation...an "Executive Order", by the way...to free the slaves in the 11 remaining rebellious states of the Confederacy. History by Tea Leaves...whatever you want to hear, you will hear.

Another candidate for the Batshit Hall of Fame, to join Michelle's "Concord NH, not Concord Mass, was the cradle of the Revolution" and Sarah's "Paul Revere's Ride to warn the British, because we were going to take away their arms when they landed"

It's all these Loonies that just keep on giving!...and its reality...that adds a sense of sanity and hope to an already insane political theater.

Colorado Republican's Claim that America Ended Slavery Voluntarily Steals Our History

Oct 5, 2014

Political Polls in 2014: Who's Right, Who's Wrong...and Who's on First?

By RF Schatten

If you're a political junkie...you got to love it! All the polls in this season's political election theater...appears as if it's "Who's on First?"

One day the GOP has the lead, and are going to conquer the Senate and overturn every single piece of legislation passed by Obama...the next, the Dems have the lead. How correct are the polls? If Nate Silver says something, in either direction...both sides freak out, in one way or another. Then you have Nate's not too bosom of a buddy...his adversary...Sam Wang. Want to listen to other Polls? from Gallop, Harris, Rasmussen, Real Clear Politics, Quinnipiac, the list goes on. You got your Newspaper polls, and now you got a whole lot of good respected Polls on the Internet, too.  There're so many polls now days...private polls, public polls, partisan polls, there're polls coming out of their asses! So who's right?...and who's wrong?

The one thing you do see...slowly all polls are coming together about their predictions. Either, the Dems lead or they're neck and neck in every race. You hear about the let down in the Democratic Party and the Administration...but they're holding their own...especially the women, who are doing great, both in the Senate and Governors' derby.  It appears the Republicans have stumbled into roadblocks on their way to November, around the country...ironically roadblocks they've built all by themselves. But, hey!...at this time of the year, common sense...usually wins out over ignorance and stupidity. Not that the stupids can't win...this 'is' the only country on the face of the earth, that they 'could' win! All other countries would just laugh them off the political stage.

NBC poll: Good news for Senate Dems

Oct 2, 2014

It always comes down to the Economy

By RF Schatten

All the Wars, all the Social Injustice, all Foreign and Domestic Policies, don't mean a rat's ass when it comes down to the ultimate election's decider..."The Economy"

You would believe that in an Election cycle, the GOP would be going after the President on the one issue...besides Healthcare...they've been hammering in the minds of the American people, every day, year after year...till now. You would figure that with all those high Unemployment rates, how people are losing their jobs, how awful the economy is...it's all Obama's fault!! The poor "Job Creators" can't create new jobs! the country is turning socialist! They appear on the southside of the polls, on every single issue...specially Healthcare...so why not go for the Conservative Republican strength; $$$ and the Economy?

In a closer look at the Economy, the GOP should be saying 'Oops'!...but they're lying up their ass and succeeding at it! 4 in 10 approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy. 62% of likely voters describe the economy as "poor," Isn't that a success for the GOP? But, they won't talk about it because the country may become much aware of reality.

The GOP's biggest shame...having a Black man outperform King Ronald on Jobs, Growth, and Investing. The ADP reported the private sector added new 204k jobs in August. The BLS reported 142k more jobs in Sept, after 6 straight months of 200k or more jobs. All major industries covered by the ADP report added jobs last month. Professional and business services adding the most at 51,000. Trade/transportation/utilities added 28,000 jobs and manufacturing added 23,000. Construction and financial activities industries were somewhat behind other industries adding 15,000 and 5,000 jobs respectively. With 164,000 jobs added service-providing businesses significantly out-hired goods-producing businesses which added 41,000 jobs. Unemployment rates at the lowest since Bush, Wall Street hitting record Highs. What else you need to prove for more than 4 out of 10 to think Obama is doing a good job with the economy...54 straight months of private sector growth...an administration record!

Soon, an election is coming up, in which the top issue 'is' the Economy. The GOP won't talk about it, and the media hasn't exploited it. The GOP/Fox propaganda; Keep the electorate ignorant. Blame it on the GOP or blame it on the Media...but if the electorate wakes up...the GOP better not count on those close races, too much.

AP-GfK Poll: Economy Still the Top Election Issue

Sep 30, 2014

A Shameless Tale: Re-writing History for the Ignorant, by the Ignorant

By RF Schatten

You cannot re-write History to fit your believes...whatever horseshit you re-write only makes you look like a fool...you can't change actual events or the times back then. You just cannot change the reality of the past!...the rest of the world knows the truth. It's like living in Ignorance all your life because your parents decided to make the teaching of History, political. And then these are the same people who talk about how bad Education is in America!

If education is bad, there's your reason! People hellbent to teach their children...and yours!...what 'they' want them to learn; in their own way, and in their own terms. It doesn't matter how ignorant your parents are...you've got to be just like them! Live a life without ever learning about the world outside of you or your family group. The ignorance is understood...but to hurt your own family? The ploy of Social Conservative America: Cut education, and privatize it...only for the privileged or those who can afford private education... and keep the rest of our future generations ignorant. Texas batshit sub-humanoids feel the same way, with their intentions of re-writing American History...and forbidding Critical Thinking!

America! what a Country! Where "Thinking" is not allowed, and where books not approved by 'Christian America' are banned...where, only their re-written Bibles, History, and other books are allowed. They 'do' want to build a Theocracy on their way to a Ruling Class Society. It's 'Book Burning' time!!

Art Linkletter was right; "Kids say the darndest things". If more adults care the way kids care...maybe something can be done to make this country a little better? How many times do politicos sit down and listen to their own kids? Don't underestimate our youth!...there's where politicians always go wrong. They're the future...screw them now, and when they reach voting age...they're going to screw you! There are a lot of very smart bright kids out there!...allow them to grow! to expand their minds!...the power of knowledge can accomplish so much, and add so much to the richness of this nation! I do read banned books, it's my human right...and it's 'your' right and everyone else's. Dissent and Protest? it's about time!!

Students Protesting AP U.S. History Censorship Are Heroes