Wednesday, July 1, 2015

John Roberts gets big SCOTUS cases right

As expected the Supreme legalized gay marriage across the country.  This has been dreaded and anticipated ever since they found a constitutional right to sodomy over a decade ago in the Lawrence case.  Also, the culture war has been abandoned by conservatives and moderates for decades, leaving the left and the far left to define normalcy in popular culture.  This has resulted in millions of people believing ideas that literally make no sense.  Foremost is that we as a society should treat male-male, female-female, and female-male relationships equally: marriage equality.  This, even though one of these relationships is soley responsible for the survival of the human race, and is the foundation of our and every soceity known.

The other case was the Obamacare decision.  This case was so absurd that it shouldn't have been heard.  It should have been dismissed without comment.  But in today's hyper-political climate, especially on the court but in society in general, tea party conservatives are radicalized and emboldened to try things that were not considered in bounds just a few years ago.  Nonethess, the Court found that Obamacare indeed was set up to help people in all 50 states get health insurance, and that the subsidies were available to every citizen rather than making a technical ruling barring them that would have been horrific judicial activism.

Chief Justice John Roberts was the only Justice to get both cases right.  For Obamacare, against judicial imposition of gay marriage.  He got it right! He deserves credit and recognition.

In the gay marriage case, his opinion was too moderate and accomodating to the gay rights side.  He should have signed onto the gist of Justice Scalia's comments.  It is outrageous that the majority on the Supreme Court has ruled that there is no legitimate reason to be against gay marriage.  It has to be hate or irrational causes.  This was the logical leap from Lawrence years ago when the court said the same thing about homosexual behavior.  Both of these are obviously wrong.  There are many health problems associated with homosexual behavior.  Also, society has a right to order itself in a way that promotes it's optimal survival.  How is it not rational to have laws that prefer male - female relationships?  It's proven that many problems stem from a breakdown of the nuclear family, and the strengthening and revitalization of male-female nuclear families is the best solution to many issues including poverty, child lawlessness, and medical problems.

So the issue now is wat should normal thinking people do to reverse this avalanche or should there be a realization that much good from the past is irretrievably lost?

History shows us many things both good and bad can have stunning reversals.  At one point after the civil war, blacks participated rather equally in government, and held political offices in the deep south.  That was reversed.  At one point, this country banned the sale of alcohol via constitutional amendment; that was reversed.  You never know.

People who believe in tradional values have to engage in the culture war on their own terms.  This means to have sports, children's programming, movies, books, horror writers, and other non political people pushing a mainstream traditonal agenda as they do their job.  Right now, if you like sports, ESPN has a monopoly with sportscenter and carrying every major sport live.  Their whole network is dedicated ot a radical left wing agenda.  Whether it's gay rights, the feminization of male sports, political correctness, etc.  We have to get a sports network that does sports and celebrates normal good things and deters the bad.  It's not ok to have a baby when you're not married.  So don't act as though a player's girlfriend is his wife.  Or that his second wife is his first wife. 

We need to make certain compromises.  For instance, I know many traditonal minded folks have a problem with Beyonce being so sexualized, especially as a mother. I personally don't.

But she and Jay Z actually have done more for normal marriage than most, by getting and staying married (so far).  To my knowledge it's their both first and and only marriage.   To my knowledge they both only have one child Blue Ivy.  No baby mamas or baby daddies.

Claim them!  Pay them to perform.  Celebrate them.  Even if they don't last, we can recognize the effort and the success up to this point.   Businesses that advertize need to pay for the values they want to represent and counter balance all these left wingers in the business world.

That would be a start.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

No charges?

A 3 year old son shoots himself with a gun the mom had for protection, and no charges?

This is a pro-life tragedy

The mom should face negligent homicide charges.
That is especially true to validate the value of the little boy's life.
It is also true to establish in society that people with guns are responsible for whatever happens with that gun.

I'm pro choice on abortion for various reasons, but those who are pro-life and believe unborn children have human rights that should be protected with the criminal law, should certainly believe a born 3 year old has that same right to life.  I realize the gun lobby and culture in our country is super strong, but this case should separate the pro life and pro gun groups.

Lastly, this sad tragedy is another reminder of how dangerous it is to get a gun for personal safety, as it more often involved in accidents, self-inflicted, and acquaintance-friend-family violence.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Chinx Drugz shot dead

An underground rapper named Chinx was shot dead.  He was affiliated with famous rappers French Montana and Meek Mill.  His real name Lionel Pickens, he was a member of "The Coke Boys" and had a solo project coming soon.

While every life is valuable, and this certainly is a tragedy, we do our society an injustice, and inflict harm on the Hip Hop community if we omit Pickens' criminal past.  He had been convicted of serious violent crimes for which he went to prison.  And in 1999, this story of he and an accomplice attacking  a man should be fresh in our minds:

Teens charged with murder

The above was at 15, he continued a life of crime, and then a career in music glorifying it.
He once told a radio station that he explained hisisic to his children as the se as a movie, meaning it wasn't real.  But it was real for him.

He had real victims and now he's a victim.

Every story about his death should  detail the crimes he committed.

Assuming that he turned his life around, which I don't have evidence of, we still need to send a message that you can't come back so easily fr some mistakes, bad judgements, criminal activity, lifestyle choices, etc.  You have to avoid them in the first place.

This death very well could be justice. I don't know, but I do know the hip hop community shouldn't celebrate this rapper.

RIP and God bless his soul and his family

Monday, March 23, 2015

College baseball player kicked off team?

For a tweet about Mone Davis!  Yeah he referred to her as a "slut".  Yes that's offensive. But to be removed from the team is even worse!  How can a college, a place where free speech should reign be so dismissive of a person's human right of expression?  I'm not questioning his legal right. But this idea that words on Twitter can get you in trouble is ridiculous!  In this case a word.  If he wrote "girl" or just "she" then it's ok.

People should be outraged by words that indicate real life danger, abuse, discrimination or something untoward.  That's why I opposed punishing Donald Sterling because his private words had no public relevance.  I opposed expelling Oklahoma students for racists chants because there wasn't any other allegation.  If this player is only accused of an offensive tweet, he should be back on the team and he deserves an apology.

It's strange that so many people have promoted the concept of free speech which holding various topics and ideas exempt.  It's depressing that most people really mean free speech with which  not vehemently opposed.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In defense of Oklahoma students

Here are the facts that I'm opining on.  If they are incorrect, incomplete, or change then so might my opinion:

Students in a fraternity were secretly recorded singing an offensive song that had racist language about not allowing blacks in the group.  Specifically that they would lynch one before allow African Americans to join the group.  There was generous use of "nigger" in a derogatory way.

They were suspended from school once this recording became public.

If these are the facts, this is an outrage! No student should be punished by the government (Oklahima is a state school) for speaking or singing in a private setting.

Of course as a 45 year old black man who graduated from a predominantly white college, I don't approve of this song.  I disapprove of the notions they sung.  But as a person who listens and recites rap songs, and watches and enjoys numerous radio, Tv shows and movies that use clearly objectionable language and subject matter, I honestly believe in free speech.

To believe in it for real, means the old axiom is alive "I disagree but I'll fight for your right to say it".

It's disturbing that no ones accused of discrimination?
No ones accused of violence or threats.
Just singing? Now kicked out of school?

If they did this in front of a black student union meeting, I'd agree.
If they did this while rejecting potential black members, I'd agree.
If there was an implied violent threat I'd agree they should be expelled.

But we're left with political correctness.
Assuming they don't want black members, they have a right to associate or not.
They don't have a right to discriminate with public money, but they most certainly do in private, and with their own money.

These are distinctions that seem to be getting lost as "thought police" attempt to make some ideas illegal.

yeah I'm against racism so it's ok for me to ban other people's speech?

What about when I want to speak in support of traditional marriage and against gay rights? Expelled?

These students should fight for their and our rights.  I'm sure the Supreme Court would rule on the side of freedom.

No discrimination.
No threats.

Students have a right to sing a racist song.
This is America.