Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can you protest police brutality against blacks seriously, and love "Hot Nigga"?

I love the song, "Hot Nigga" by Bobby Smurda.

I also abhor police brutality against blacks.

These two conflict with each other.

"Hot Nigga" was THE hit of the summer 2014.  Currently it is a top 3 rap song, Top 12 pop song.  The "Schmoney dance" by the same Bobby Smurda is the latest hip hop dance craze.

Much of trap music (hip hop music that graphic details life growing up in poverty, crime, and other tragic circumstances, usually from a criminal perspective) touches on the same themes as "Hot Nigga" but this song takes it to the next level:  no pretense and no ambiguity about celebrating being a thug.  The radio industry has embraced the song in a disturbing way.  There's no discussion, condemnation, just a hit record.

I'm sure I'll hear: "it's art", "Smurda is telling you his story", and so on.

But if that's true, then why are so-called gay bashing lyrics taboo? banned? not ok? 

We as a society are promoting this violence through the music.  Then police officers and others make rational (pre)judgements about these individuals (and those who associate with them in one way or another) and we act as though THEY'RE THE CRAZY ONES!

Again, I'm saddened and maddened by all violence.  Street crime, black on black crime, domestic violence, and police brutality.

Notice how I listed the police brutality last? 

We've glorified hip hop thuggery, so far that it is now mainstream.  And the artists and  consumers are now determined to "keep it real" more than ever.  That this lifestyle being portrayed isn't a game, they are for real.

Well others outside this culture are getting the same message, and responding rationally.

Rational doesn't mean they're right to shoot quicker.
But it is understandable.
Many of the same people complaining against unjustified police shootings of black men would do the same thing if put in the same position.  That is one of the solutions to always make sure the police reflect the population they are serving.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Who won Virginia Senate Debate?

Mark Warner won - debate

Opening statements.  Tie.   Republican Ed Gillespie's Obama-Warner  mantra was effective.  Democrat Mark Warner's America first versus a partisan warrior matched him.

Q1.    Warner. - who would've believed 10 years ago that the moderate Democrat would go on the offensive in Virginia on gay marriage?  Warner proudly went to Gillespie's left. the republican answer made no sense; the courts have taken Virginia's ability to decide gay marriage away, so for him to say he accepts the  Supreme Court's action (letting an appeals court ruling establishing gay marrisge in all 10th circuit states) and is against a federal amendment because he supports state's rights was ridiculous. (I wish the Republicans would fight gay marriage the way they have Obamacare.  sadly it
seems they've given up and sold out traditional values 

Q2.   Warner - both were hawkish on Syria , Gillespie charged that the military was cut too much. Warner claimed he worked to fix that with specific plans and voted for both sides plan to stop defense cuts.  Gillespie could have won by saying "this is typical Washington, Warner voted to cut defense, and now wants you to think he's against those cuts.  I would never vote for any deal that cuts defense like he did" (I think the U.S. spends waaay too much on the military)

Enough of this, the republicans are going to lose this race. On Q3 Gillespie again is talkin like a liberal. He needs to hold the center-right , but he's apprsling to the center left.  Warner has that locked down and is encroaching on the center - right.  Gillespie is debating like he has his right solidified, and he clearly doesn't.  Warner by temperament and votes has proven to be Republican friendly. 

Republicans should be running a base election in Virginia where they appeal to the hardcore to outnumber the left. It can work in 2014 because they will outnumber  moderates and liberals.  Probably not in 2016, but that's not today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When everybody lies...

The media and both political parties persist in describing our time as one of economic stagnation or worse. Recently there's been widespread attention given to the "fact" median household income has  been flat or fallen over the past 25 years:

The American middle class hasn't gotten a raise in 15 years


The incredible shrinking middle class


Regardless of any economic stats or emotional appeal to the average American's struggle, the plain fact is:

The middle class is Waaaaaay better off and prospering than it ever has been in American history.  Nonetheless  it seems everybody still wants to deny this, and then blame their political enemy for things being so "bad".

Here's evidence that things are so good:

Average household has over 5 internet connected devices

That means it is now average to:
-have a phone at all times
-check bank acct anytime
-listen to thousands of songs anytime
-watch almost anything anytime
-do business anywhere
-have gps verbally give directions to anywhere
And on and on

-- think of the choices we have in terms of eating that weren't so even 15 years ago and definitely not 25 years ago.  On a basic level think about Mcdonalds and Burger King in those timespans.  From coffee drinks, desserts, healthy menus, and new products.  Think of the proliferation of Subway and more healthy restaurants as alternatives.   But on a deeper level, look what's available to average middle class families in the grocery store.  There's fresh seafood, worldwide fruit and veggies, all the products have multiple times more choices.  There's classic coke, caffeine coke, diet, cherry, cherry sprite, regular sprite, diet sprite, 20 calorie 7 up, vitamin water,  no cal vitamin water, juices ,10 types of Gatorade, iced teas, lemonades, half and half, whole milk, 2% milk, skim milk, almond milk.

There's frozen everything that tastes really good. Microwave oatmeal, popcorn with too many flavors to mention.  The point is no reasonable person would take the grocery store of 15 years ago, definitely not 25 as being equal or a little better than today.

The average Middle class has hundreds of tv channels available to watch. This includes many niche interests like the baseball network, the cooking network, the weather channel, 6 sports channels, 5 news channels, numerous movie channels, music channels, and so on.  25 years ago it was less than 10.  Even 15 years ago, it was less than 100.

Plus most have DVR's and everything is digital.
Everything can be time shifted to fit your schedule.

You get the point.  We can play around with numbers to imply that the middle class is having tough time compared to 15 or 25 years ago.

Basically the influx of computers and technology into our daily lives, as well as much more edifice use of resources throughout the economy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

research shows women the cause of much Domestic Violence

Women more abusive than men in relationships (including 40% of  severe abuse) -CDC study

Females initiate at least as much DV as males - Harvard study

Female initiation of DV is most danger to women - 2009 IPV Conference

Women more likely to stalk and abuse than men  - U Florida study

Women more likely to commit Domestic violence, studies show - The New American

I can go on and on. You can too:
Google female initiated DV.

We have so many people honestly trying to solve the problem of MALE Domestic Violence while ignoring that women are a big part of the problem.  Most male DV aren't "Jack the Bear".   Meaning most aren't initiating violence by themselves and attacking completely innocent and unsuspecting partners.  DV is a relationship problem.  Usually by both people in many ways as the facts show.  The solution is to get both men and women to stop being violent.  Only focusing on male violence as these studies show will not work and ultimately will result in more women getting hurt.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Palins in a brawl - women most violent

I don't have much use for discussing Sarah Palin and her family.  But in light of the Ray Rice incident, and the general talk about Domestic Violence where the media and many men in particular seem determined to think the the problem is with MEN.  "Don't ever put your hands on a woman", "Real men walk away", etc. All the while ignoring that most DV is mutual and/or started by females.  Until women stop initiating, provoking, and continuing DV, the problem will keep getting worse.

We really should be shouting also that "real women walk away when they can", "real women don't slap men", "real women don't insult men".

Most reasonable men agree it is wrong for men to hit women. I certainly do.  Men should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Ray Rice should have been in jail and a protective order issued preventing him and his wife from contact.

But we need to admit that most DV is relationship violence that is ongoing and mutual.  Both sides need to stop the emotional, psychological and physical abuse.

Which leads me to the story  about Sarah Palin's family in a brawl.

The details I want to highlight:

After that ended, Conner, Steve, and Melissa Cleary huddled together close to Thompson, who spotted Bristol and Willow from a distance, walking straight towards them with purpose.
“They were on a b-line, coming straight at Melissa,” Thompson said.
The owner of the house, Klingenmeyer, was trying to head them off at the pass. He approached them and told them to leave. Bristol, according to Thompson and other witnesses, planted her feet, “stood straight up, brought her arm back and cold-cocked him right in the face,” Thompson said.
And then she did it again, about six more times, before he pushed her away, and she fell, and Todd appeared.
“I was thoroughly amazed at the restraint Korey showed. He’s a total gentlemen,” Thompson said.

Here's a female attacking a man.
The people at the party obviously observe the "never hit a female" line.
Furthermore, they compliment the man for not hitting her back, even though he was attacked repeatedly.

The worse part, is that there's not negative judgement in the story or from the people there on the female aggression.

THAT is the main problem with DV today.  Women get to have it both ways in society.  They are totally equal for anything good, and lumped in with the children (and not responsible) when it's convenient.

We should stop all violence, and treat men and women equal at all times.  That includes responsiblity.