Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Seeds of Mistrust...

"I understand that mistrust," Holder said. "I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man." The attorney general then described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

"I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," Holder said.

Holder also described how once, while living in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, he was running to catch a movie with his cousin when a squad car rolled up and flashed its lights at the pair. The officer yelled, "Where are you going? Hold it!" Holder recalled.

His cousin "started mouthing off," and Holder urged him to be quiet.

"We negotiate the whole thing, and we walk to our movie. At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor. I wasn't a kid," he said.

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Attorney General Eric Holder gets his share of flak, often earned. But anyone who is reasonable and rational will understand why the above, taken from FOX News, speaks volumes.

People, regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture are shaped by the realities of their life. For anyone to deny or question that people are affected by circumstances as described above, particularly and especially when such circumstances are pervasive is to deny reason. Yet many continue to do so.

Until America looks at both its past and present acknowledging it's lumps, bumps, and scars we will continue to experience circumstances like Ferguson. But then I guess that's no surprize to anyone. Recognizing what it will take to truly clam the waters of racial tension, well, that is something a bit more difficult for many.

Entire article HERE.

Via: Memeorandum

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Internet Trolls and Stalkers...

The following guest post is by (O)CT(O)PUS of THE SWASH ZONE. Although (O)CT(O)PUS and I often hold opposing views he is a respected blogging colleague and a friend. He and I share a common concern with trolls and stalkers that seem to be becoming more prevalent. His views on this are spot on.


Let’s face it.  There are times when the  blogosphere resembles a war zone.
Anonymous trolls, predators, stalkers, and comment assassins – they pop up sight unseen like whack-a-moles.  Some merely argue in bad faith; some rise to the level of
road rage; others leave behind taunts and menacing comments. Some incidents are more memorable – meaning more disturbed and disturbing – than others. For over a year, a persistent predator has been stalking this community.

Years ago, I recall, another predatory troll visited my email box early one morning on Christmas Day. On a holiday celebrated by millions of families, here was one lone predator with malice on his mind.  How strange (and troubling), I thought.  After reporting this incident - among others - to law enforcement, the stalking ceased.

What are the signs and symptoms of a truly disturbed personality behind the anonymous moniker? Momentary outbursts of bad temper do not qualify as disturbed behavior. At various times, all of us have strong viewpoints and our moments.

The signature trait of disturbed behavior is simply this:  a pervasive, pernicious, and long-term pattern of predatory behaviors that rise to the level of obsession.  The predator who stalks this community meets
these criteria. Consider the frequency and level of vitriol in comments received within the last 24 hours alone (edited for brevity):
6:59 PM, August 18, 2014:
Not with all the Jew haters on here, smells like shit, group shit
7:48 PM, August 19, 2014:
You are no liberal defender of civil rights when you help protect and hide antisemitism. You censer those ideas differ from yours and claim it was the troll aspects, or insults that you objected to, yet you allow your buddies to call names to anyone who differs from your thinking, and then you all have a good laugh. What a hypocritical jackass.
7:51 PM, August 19, 2014:
I've seen Octo on the blogs for years. He is one of the biggest trolls and intentional instigators of blog disruption I've ever read. What a fucking hypocrite he is.
7:58 PM, August 19, 2014:
To bad you have to lie to make your false points, but it does show your shit character, just as protecting your antisemite buddy does. Yes, your anti-Semite buddy, documented as such on Shaw's blog, yet you both protect him. Fuck you asshole
For over a year, my Spam Box has filled with messages like these, presumably from the same anonymous commenter who stalks one of our readers across Cyberspace and accuses him of anti-Semitism.

Is subject reader, in the crosshairs of subject troll, really an anti-Semite?  The
accusations are delusional and irrational – as manifest in all obsessive- impulsive behaviors of this type:
Recurrent and persistent thoughts and impulses that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress;
Thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems;
With poor insight: For most of the time, the person does not recognize that the obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.
In these email missives, the anonymous stalker never offers a single citation no links, no quotes, not one shred of evidence, nothing!

The Internet should never be used as a medium for character assassination or as a venue for holding Kangaroo Court.  Even more offensive is when a nameless, faceless person levels unfounded accusations while hiding behind a mask as an anonymous stalker. When the accused never even has a chance to face his accuser, this is the most gutless, cowardly, and unethical act of all.

Ya Just Cant Make This Stuff Up!!!...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The above was seen on one of two of Samuel Wurzelbacher's, better known as "Joe the Plumber", Facebook Pages today. Now I won't accuse the man of being a racist as some might be inclined to do but he sure as hell is pretty damn dumb.

Aside from the fact it simply is not true it is lacking in character, it is insensitive in the extreme, and sure as hell does not serve any purpose other than making as ass of Joe the Plumber. I might add that it is very unlikely anyone could have done a better job of making Joe look like as ass.

Straight from TPM:

Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," took to Facebook on Wednesday to post his thoughts about the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo. and compared the protestors to "cockroaches."

In two separate Facebook posts, Wurzelbacher speculated about the clashes and looting that have broken out in Ferguson in the wake of the killing of a black unarmed teen by a white police officer:

Since gaining fame during Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign, Wurzelbacher has used his notoriety as a platform to weigh in on an array of national issues.

Earlier this year, following a shooting at the University of California Santa Barbara, Wurzelbacher said the killings should not lead to gun control measures. "Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights," he wrote.

Hero of  Nutters

Via: Memeorandum

ISIS Potential Threat To Foreign Investors...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA Purveyor of Truth

A threat to the world actually...

Via: FOX News


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