Friday, November 19, 2004

Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom 
Rally the troops! Call Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton! Tell the police to put on the riot gear! We’re gonna have some trouble in Madison. Or are we? As you should remember (and if you don’t, click here) Mark Belling used the term “wetback” on his radio show and was removed from the air for a period of time. Hispanics (and other random “oppressed” minorities) were all up in arms over the use of such an “offensive” word. And here we go again.

John Sylvester is the morning “personality” on WTDY-AM in Madison, WI. Goes by the radio name of “Sly”, how cute. He’s a left-winger and his show would be unsuccessful anywhere but Madison. Sly, being the openly liberal Democrat that he is, has decided that Dr. Condoleezza Rice is unsuited for the job of Secretary of State. And he stated as such as his morning program. Which is all well and good, except that he also said that she is an
“Aunt Jemima” and that Colin Powell is an “Uncle Tom”. So wait just a minute. A white radio guy calls illegal Mexicans “wetbacks”, and a huge outrage ensues. But a white radio guy refers to prominent black Republicans in slave names and there is no outrage? No marching in the streets. No demand that Sly removed himself, permanently, from the air. And why? Because he’s a democrat. And it’s okay to call people of color, who have seen the light and have broken ranks with the party, offensive names. There will be no backlash. There will be very little outrage.

Personally, I think it’s disgusting. It appears that these minorities only care about the insults when they comes from someone on the other side of the isle. Someone they can destroy with this newly-found opportunity. How about minorities stand up for each other, regardless of who attacks you. Regardless of whether you’re jealous of their education and all they’ve achieved. According to Sly, a black person could never be worthy of serving in a white man’s administration based on his merit alone. Disgusting.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Here is a letter I submitted Saturday to the Journal Sentinel:

Mark Belling used an insulting word. Worse still, he was insincere when he apologized. Therefore, according to his opponents, Belling must be silenced. Am I the only one who finds this whole melodrama ridiculous?

Apparently not. Belling's political opponents, including virtually all Milwaukee city and county government officials, and even Senator Russ Feingold, have all come out to formally condemn the belligerent radio talker.

What do all these people share in common? All have been regularly and caustically ridiculed on Belling's show. All are also Democrats or lean left politically. And all, I would guess, would like nothing better than to see the "Late Afternoon Show" sapped from the airwaves, whatever the reason.

While Milwaukee schools are failing, the crime rate continuing at an unacceptable level, and jobs flooding out of the state, these politicians can somehow still find the time to condemn Belling.

Which raises one very important question: Who is more offensive, someone who merely rants and raves about all sorts of issues, using an unacceptable racial epithet in tow, or the government officials who can actually do something about these issues, but instead spend their time condemning the inappropriate words used by the person raising them?

You be the judge.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

WOW.(re: RTPE) People are taking Mark Belling's indefinite suspension pretty hard. Well good. It’s about time that someone rallied the troops to fight for this man. He’s served the Milwaukee community for 15 years on the public airwaves. And now he’s getting screwed seven ways from Sunday.

Background: a few days before the November 2nd election, Belling made this statement on-air (audio version
here): "You watch the voter turnout on the near south side, heavily Hispanic, and compare it to the voter turnout in any other election, and you're going to see every wetback and every other non-citizen out there voting." Under pressure, he apologized. In my opinion, it was crap. No, not the apology (however, others believe so), but the fact that he apologized at all. It was clear from the initial and subsequent apologies that Belling did not feel as though he should be apologizing at all. I agree. Then don’t do it. Don’t cave in to corporate pressure. Don’t cave into pressure from the Hispanic community. Just. Don’t. Apologize. If you believe in what you said, then stand by it.

I’d also like to comment on the Hispanic community in Milwaukee. First, it’s a safe bet that very few, if any, were listening to the Mark Belling show on October 27th and heard this “awful” remark. Some real lefty was probably listening to the show (just like they do with Limbaugh…imagining what awful thing will come out of his mouth next keeps them tuned in), heard the statement, and immediately called one of the Hispanic “Leaders” in Milwaukee to inform him/her about the travesty committed upon their people. The “leader”, in turn, activated the “We’re Still Oppressed” network of unemployed folks to make signs and rally outside Belling’s place of employment. These
crazy wackos are calling for the firing of Mark Belling. Let me ask you, any of you, when was the last time a black radio host (or DJ) was fired or reprimanded for making a disparaging comment toward white folks (most notably “damn crackers”)? Again, let me ask you, people of the Milwaukee Hispanic community: At your job, whatever that might be, when you screw up, do you expect to get fired for the first wrong thing you’ve done? The second? Even the third? I doubt it. Then why fire Belling? Have you, people of the Milwaukee Hispanic community, ever made a derogatory racial comment (and yes, a racial comment directed at a white person is still be derogatory)? If so, have you ever done it at work? Should you be fired?

Mark Belling clearly has opinions about the Hispanic community. You might not like those opinions, but does that mean they are wrong? No. Not at all. It means they’re different. Maybe even in the minority. Please learn that different doesn’t mean wrong. It appears to be that Belling believes that some members of the Hispanic community in Milwaukee are illegal immigrants. I don’t think anyone in his or her right mind would disagree with that. He made that opinion known, by using a term that some feel continues to oppress Hispanics. Well then…I really think you need to suck it up, and move on. If you didn’t cross the Rio Grande, and you’re back isn’t wet, then let it go. Inhale. Exhale. Move on.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I’m back. And in fine form, I might add. I hope someone out there has been reading the NY Times as religiously as I have in the last week. If you haven’t, you should start. The incessant whining of the lefty op-ed contributors is priceless. However, one of these crybaby columns I ran across is from a guy named Garry Wills. (I’d love to link to this piece, but the Times, being the capitalistic corporation they are, require you to pay for “achieved” articles.) Wills piece was appropriately entitled “The Day the Enlightenment Went Out”; that day being November 3d. Wills rambles on a bit about the religious right is killing America and pushing her back to the dark ages, etc. Near the end of the piece, Wills makes this statement: “Can a nation that believes in the Virgin birth, but not evolution, truly be considered enlightened?” Hopefully I’m quoting him correctly, but if not, I’m really really close.

Last time I checked, both were on the same level as far as proven theories go. (then again, I guess that when a theory is conclusively proven, it becomes law) But that’s just it. They’re both theories. So instead of berating and belittling the faith of millions of Americans, you and your liberal posse open your eyes and realize that “the faith” isn’t held only by “moronic middle-America”. This election should be a wake-up call to liberals everywhere. America sent this message: “Quit trying to kill God”.

And I think that liberals must realize that by pushing their agenda through the court system, they’re pissing a lot of people off. Instead of having elected officials that represent the people changing the law, we have judges who are held in rare political check. I think Republicans can thank the Massachusetts Supreme Court for ensuring this victory. Without their ruling on gay marriage, there would be no push for constitutional amendments and the like. Now liberals must realize that they’re only ally, the courts, ended up biting them in the ass.

the idiot's guide to tax cuts 
Tax Cuts - A Simple Lesson in Economics

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill, proportional to current tax demographics, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?" The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being "paid" to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).The tenth now paid $49 instead $59 (16% savings). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth. "But he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!" "That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in Europe and the Caribbean.

By no means am I claiming this as my own. I received this via email. Author unknown.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

act like you've been here before 
A good friend of mine made the comment last night, regarding the outcome of the election, that she felt as though “a family member had died.” That comment made me stop for a second, and think about the current relationship between liberals and conservatives. During this election season, liberals appeared to have one stance: “Bush lied, Kids Died”. That is to say, their only position was the defeat of W. And to accomplish this goal, they chose as their representative, JFK II. A lot of liberals opened up their heart and souls to this man. They put their trust and hope into his hands that he could defeat W. During every speech, during every debate, they lived vicariously through Kerry. Hundreds of Thousands of volunteers had poured their heart and soul into the Kerry campaign. This was their guy. This was their “Jesus”. The one to deliver them to the Promised Land after so many years in the desert. So much was riding on Kerry’s defeat of W, that a defeat of Kerry was unimagined. And so was the case Tuesday evening. A Kerry defeat unimagined.

I watched the election results with a group mainly comprised of conservatives, but a couple of liberals were there. And as the results came in, it was clear to me that a defeat had never been discussed nor imagined. And not only by my friends, but nationwide. As the evening wore on, the shock set in. Kerry was in trouble. Unimaginable. A victory had been a “sure thing”. The exit polls predicted a huge victory. This can't possibly be happening. In the end, after the endless hours of volunteering and investing so much of oneself into Kerry’s campaign, I have no doubt that it felt like a family member had died. I think that is an important point. This was a very contentious election. Our nation was very divided. It truly doesn’t matter that liberals caused the division by their pure hatred of W. None of it matters. All that does matter is that at this moment, I’m sure tears are still being shed. The true bitterness of defeat is still setting in. The haze has not yet begun to retreat.

And in these times of liberal sorrow, I think it’s very important that the ideological victors not be brash and crude. Compassion must shine through. If you have a friend or coworker that supported Kerry, just remember that the opportunity to rub in a victory is not worth losing a friend. In our age demographic (18-29), politics is taken very seriously. It’s often seen as a matter of life or death. So just think twice before opening your big mouth in the next few days. You’ve got four years to gloat, take your time. As is often said in the world of sports: Act like you’ve been here before.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

November 3, 2004: The wheels of progress came to a screeching halt today with John Kerry conceding victory to George W. Bush. The Bush victory will set back socialized medicine for at least another four years. Teacher's unions will have their control of public schools lessened. Government workers' jobs are at risk. Gay parterns won't be able to call their relationships "marriages." The war in Iraq will continue unabated and without UN approval. France and Germany will continue to feel alienated. Osama Bin Laden's olive branch will be retracted. The War on Terror will be continue to be fought in a less intelligent, less speedy, and less sensitive way. The Supreme Court will continue to acknowledge that the Constitution only means what it says. Abortions will not be government funded. Tragic.

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