Sunday Morning Trivia – Freaks !

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In current usage, the word “freak” is commonly used to refer to a person with something “strikingly unusual” about their appearance or behaviour.

This usage dates from the so-called freak scene of the 1960s and 1970s.

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An older usage refers to the physically deformed, or having extraordinary diseases and conditions, such as sideshow performers.

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This has fallen into disuse, except as a pejorative, and (among the performers of such shows) as jargon.

“Freaks” of this kind can be classified into two groups: natural freaks and made freaks

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 (Natural Freak).

A natural freak would usually refer to a genetic abnormality, while a made freak is a once normal person who experienced or initiated an alteration at some point in life (such as receiving surgical implants).

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“Freak” continues to be used to describe genetic mutations in plants and animals, i.e. “freaks of nature.”

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History…

In early science, there were many theories concerning the existence of natural abnormalities. Many of the theories led to pseudo-sciences that are still adhered to by some.

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One persistent pre-19th century superstition is that, if a pregnant woman is scared by someone or something, the child would be born with the quality that caused the fear.

(The widely accepted scientific theory regarding inherent qualities is that of mutation).

In some religions since ancient times, the birth of abnormal offspring has been associated with astrological or supernatural events.

Karma is also believed in some eastern religions to be a cause of abnormalities. In other faiths, the cause is attributed to direct intervention by the will of God. 

In ancient Roman religion, for instance, biological abnormalities of animals and humans were monstra (“monsters”), and regarded as evidence of divine displeasure or discord in the cosmos.

Legend of La Gargouille…

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A French legend that sprang up around the name of St. Romanus (“Romain”) (AD 631–641), the former chancellor of the Merovingian king Clotaire II who was made bishop of Rouen, relates how he delivered the country around Rouen from a monster called Gargouille or Goji.

La Gargouille is said to have been the typical dragon with batlike wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth.

There are multiple versions of the story, either that St. Romanus subdued the creature with a crucifix, or he captured the creature with the help of the only volunteer, a condemned man. In each, the monster is led back to Rouen and burned, but its head and neck would not burn due to being tempered by its own fire breath. The head was then mounted on the walls of the newly built church to scare off evil spirits, and used for protection.

In commemoration of St. Romain, the Archbishops of Rouen were granted the right to set a prisoner free on the day that the reliquary of the saint was carried in procession.

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“Made freaks”

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The word “freak” is also used these days by people who intentionally choose to alter their physical appearance by artificial means. The motivation for the change may be bravado, a lifestyle choice (an example of this is).

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(Marilyn Manson).

The Enigma, rockstar Marilyn Manson or the band Murderdolls), a reaction to a disfiguring accident, an attempt to stay young, or a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

There are various types of “made freaks”, each of which may be used to create an effect which would make the person a freak.

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Tattooing…

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Taken from the Tahitian word tatu or tatau, and incorporating Japanese traditional irezumi (“insertion of ink”) methods, tattooing became very popular among sailors, and then caught on with bikers and others who like to have permanent artwork on their skin.

Today “made freaks” are often associated with having excessive tatooing all over the body, (a number not only to large to count), ..a number way too large to display. 

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Albeit, I have gleaned a few examples that I personally find intriguing…

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 (In need of rehab).

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(Lonely and Confused).

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(Possible paranoia?).

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 (Definitely Paranoid).

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 (Beyond the deep end).

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(Tattoo).

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(Hollywood makeup).

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 (Ouch Personified!)

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 Hollywood freaks, from the original Wolfman…

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..to a Harry Potter elf, ..proof that freaks and monsters can be both frightening and intriguing.

At this point I could give you the definition of imagination and interpretation, but it’s getting late so I won’t.

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Piercing…

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(Better him than me, – much better!)

Body piercing has been around since ancient times, and has been attributed mystical significance.

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These days, it is often regarded by those who use it as an enhancement of one’s natural appearance, as with most forms of body modification.

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(Not in the eye of this beholder).

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 (Mutilation, “in my opinion” is not attractive).

Piercing of the face (especially ears and lips) has been integrated into teenage fashion. (Source. Wikipedia).

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Of course, to anyone with the accumulated intellect to pour water out of a boot and the common sense not to pour it on themselves, ..reality is, ..that everyone judges everyone on this Great Big Blue planet.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Wisdom from History, Andrew Jackson..

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Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837).

Based in frontier Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814), and the British at the Battle of New Orleans (1815).

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(Sidebar).

Of course it’s unorthodox to throw the lyrics of the song into the critique of an American president, ..but then when did I ever proclaim that I was Orthodox?

According to Webster: “or·tho·dox,” (in context)  Adhering to what is commonly accepted, customary, or traditional.

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“The Battle of New Orleans” is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.

Lyrics…

(Banjo lead-in)…

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In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two-three, with a-one-two-three)

We looked down the river
(Hut-two)
And we see’d the British come
(Three-four)
And there must have been a hundred of ’em
(Hut-two)
Beatin’ on the drums
(Three-four)
They stepped so high
(Hut-two)
And they made their bugles ring
(Three-four)
We stood beside our cotton bales
(Hut-two)
And didn’t say a thing
(Two-three-four)

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Old Hickory said we could take ’em by surprise
(One-hut, two-three-four)
If we didn’t fire our muskets
(One-hut, two-three-four)
‘Till we looked ’em in the eye
(One-hut, two-three-four)
We held our fire
(Hut, two-three-four)
‘Till we see’d their faces well
Then we opened up our squirrel guns
And really gave ’em – well we

Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars
(One-hup-two)
And they ran through the brambles
(Hup-two-three-four)
And they ran through the bushes
(Hup-two)
Where a rabbit couldn’t go
(Hup-two-three-four)
They ran so fast
(Hup-two)
That the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
(One-two-three-four)
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two, hup-two-three-four)

We fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars
(Hup-one-two)
And they ran through the brambles
(One-two-three-four)
And they ran through the bushes
(Hup-two)
Where a rabbit couldn’t go
(Hup-two-three-four)
They ran so fast
(Hup-two)
That the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
(One-two-three-four)
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two, hup-two-three-four)

Hut-two-three-four
Sound off, three-four
Hut-two-three-four
Sound off, three-four
Hut-two-three-four
Hut-two-three-four.

The Battle of New Orleans has always been one of my favorite (fun) songs, how about you?

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A polarizing figure who dominated the Second Party System in the 1820s and 1830s, as president he dismantled the Second Bank of the United States…

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(Twenty Dollar Gold Certificate). 

For those of you out there who have most likely never seen one?

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..and initiated forced relocation and resettlement of Native American tribes from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi River.

His enthusiastic followers created the modern Democratic Party. The 1830–1850 period later became known as the era of Jacksonian democracy.

Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and aggressive personality; he fought in duels, some fatal to his opponents.

(Sidebar).

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 (Don’t worry Bo, ..this car is bullet proof).

How many of you reading my blather today could imagine Barack Obama facing an opponent with a dueling pistol?

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Jackson was a wealthy slaveholder. He fought politically against what he denounced as a closed, undemocratic aristocracy, adding to his appeal to common citizens. He expanded the (spoils system) during his presidency to strengthen his political base.

(Sidebar).

The Spoils System…

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 In the politics of the United States, a spoil system (also known as a patronage system) is a practice where a political party, after winning an election, gives government jobs to its voters as a reward for working toward victory, and as an incentive to keep working for the party—as opposed to a merit system, where offices are awarded on the basis of some measure of merit, independent of political activity. The term was derived from the phrase “to the victor go the spoils” by New York Senator William L. Marcy, referring to the victory of the Jackson Democrats in the election of 1828. (Source Wikipedia).

Continuing…

Elected president in 1828, Jackson supported a (small and limited) federal government. He strengthened the power of the presidency, which he saw as spokesman for the entire population, as opposed to Congressmen from a specific small district.

He was supportive of states’ rights, but during the Nullification Crisis, declared that states do not have the right to nullify federal laws.

Strongly against the national bank, he vetoed the renewal of its charter and ensured its collapse.

Whigs and moralists denounced his aggressive enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, which resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

Historians acknowledge his protection of popular democracy and individual liberty for United States citizens, but criticize him for his support for slavery and for his role in Indian removal.(Source Wikipedia).

Andrew Jackson was a man’s man, he understood what makes the world go around.

“The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.”

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He also understood God’s role in life…

“The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.”

Andrew Jackson.

Editorial: If Barack Obama and his Marxist socialist (commie) ilk achieve their goals, God will vanish from America, ..along with the rock America depends on.

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Burning the Holy Bible is not a virtue of a true American, any more than burning the American flag is freedom of speech.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Controversy..

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According to Webster: “con·tro·ver·sy,” A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.

It would seem that my defense of Paula Deen along with other information and opinions published on my website over this last week have offended the delicate sensibilities of a few liberal individuals. So to you I say; …

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..unless of course, you have written an equally (vile) protest to Merriam-Webster and every other publisher of a dictionary in the United States.

The N-word, (whether or not acceptable to everyone) is as much a part of American and World culture as; “redneck,” “whitey, “honky,” “mick,” “spick,” “kike,” or “polock.”

These (words) are all Offensive Slang. (Published in our U.S. “English” Dictionaries; “Used as disparaging terms.”

For anyone who might be interested, in my copy of Merriam-Webster, and/or, the Merriam-Webster dictionary available online, you will find the N-word between…

..”nig·gard·ly,” (n¹g“…rd-l¶) adj. 1. Grudging and petty in giving or spending. See Synonyms at  stingy. 2. Meanly small; scanty or meager: left the waiter a niggardly tip. –nig“gard·li·ness n. –nig“gard·ly adv.

And; …

..”nig·gle,” (n¹g“…l) intr.v. nig·gled, nig·gling, nig·gles. 1. To be preoccupied with trifles or petty details. 2. To find fault constantly and trivially; carp. See Synonyms at  quibble. [Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.] –nig“gler n.

According to Webster: nig·ger (n¹g“…r) n. Offensive Slang. 1.a. Used as a disparaging term for a Black person: “You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a nigger” (James Baldwin). b. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any dark-skinned people.

(Sidebar).

“Please pay special attention to Merriam-Webster’s second definition, thank you.”

2. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of people: …

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.. “Gun owners are the new niggers . . . of society” (John Aquilino). [Alteration of dialectal neger, black person, from French nègre, from Spanish negro. See NEGRO.]

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Question: (personal interest) How many dictionary haters do we have in America?

Of course in America, (being fair and balanced) controversy runs a lot wider and deeper than race.

The example as posed by the faceless John Aquilino; “Gun owners are the new niggers . . . of society.”

Question: “Is John Aquilino allowed to voice his opinion in America? 

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Because America was not founded on the “concept” of free speech, …

According to Webster: “con·cept,” A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences.

..America was founded on the rule of law, guaranteeing free speech.

According to Webster: “guar·an·tee,” (in context) To make certain.

Accordingly, one more time…

The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, reads; Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Admission of guilt; “I am a gun owner,” therefore, to any and all who subscribe to (the faceless) John Aquilino’s published opinion, (I am a nigger).”

Question: Am I offended by being a nigger in John Aquilino’s opinion?

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Nor am I personally offended by the words redneck, honky, or Whitey.

According to Webster: “whit·ey,” also “Whit·ey, Offensive Slang. Used as a disparaging term for a white person or white people.

I mean come on, (really) ..how (absolutely) ..silly is it to be offended by words?

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Of course, if I were offended by words, they would be words more in the venue of (misleading, and/or, ..lies,) ..instead of words in the venue of (disparaging).

According to Webster: lie,” A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.

According to Webster: “dis·par·ag·ing,” To reduce in esteem or rank; to degrade.

Question: If your choice was between being degraded, ..or being lied to, ..which would “you” prefer?

Personally, I would much prefer the president of the United States to refer to me as a honky, a redneck, or Whitey. Than to have him tell me and the entire population of this nation that his “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, and/or, Obamacare would not raise anyone’s insurance premiums, ..and that it would allow everyone to keep their own Doctor and keep their own health insurance. 

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Charismatic liars are a bunch of fun in a pub, albeit, ..at least (in my humble opinion)..

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..not so much behind the desk in the Oval Office.

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..yes indeed, controversy is as much of a tradition in American politics as shaking hands and kissing babies, I mean come on, who in America can’t find a reason to oppose something or everything?

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With a little effort, who couldn’t find fault with some of this random American citizens blather?

But then, to abstain from truly being offensive, ..I’ll put that can a worms on a shelf for another day.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Crusader Rabbit…

Identity theft..

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Identity theft is a form of stealing someone’s identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person’s identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name.

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(Common thief).

According to Webster: “thief,” One who steals, especially one who steals movable property by stealth rather than force.

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(Identity thief).

The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held accountable for the perpetrator’s actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

The term identity theft was coined in 1964 however it is not literally possible to steal an identity — less ambiguous terms are identity fraud or impersonation.

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(Charles Caleb Colton).

Although one of Charles Caleb Colton’s most famous quotes is: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

When pertaining to an Identity theft, ..I believe we should make an exception.

Continuing…

“Determining the link between data breaches and identity theft is challenging, primarily because identity theft victims often do not know how their personal information was obtained,” and identity theft is not always detectable by the individual victims, according to a report done for the FTC.

Identity fraud is often but not necessarily the consequence of identity theft. Someone can steal or misappropriate personal information without then committing identity theft using the information about every person, such as when a major data breach occurs. A U.S. Government Accountability Office study determined that “most breaches have not resulted in detected incidents of identity theft”.

The report also warned that “the full extent is unknown”. A later unpublished study by CarnegieMellonUniversity noted that “Most often, the causes of identity theft is not known,” but reported that someone else concluded that “the probability of becoming a victim to identity theft as a result of a data breach is … around only 2%”.

More recently, an association of consumer data companies noted that one of the largest data breaches ever, accounting for over four million records, resulted in only about 1,800 instances of identity theft, according to the company whose systems were breached.

A recent article entitled “Cyber Crime Made Easy” explained the level to which hackers are using malicious software. As one security specialist named Gunter Ollmann said, …

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This statement summed up the ease with which these hackers are accessing all kinds of information online. The new program for infecting users’ computers is called Zeus; and the program is so hacker friendly that even an inexperienced hacker can operate it.

Although the hacking program is easy to use, that fact does not diminish the devastating effects that Zeus (or other software like Zeus) can do to a computer and the user.

For example, the article stated that programs like Zeus can steal credit card information, important documents, and even documents necessary for homeland security. If the hacker were to gain this information, it would mean identity theft or even a possible terrorist attack.

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Come on, what are we talking here? If I lose my wallet or someone scavenges through my trash, I’m vulnerable to a Boeing 737 crashing into my house? Or even more sinister, a Sarin gas attack in my basement?

Sarin, or GB, is an organophosphorus compound, It is a colorless, odorless liquid, used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent. It has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687. Production and stockpiling of sarin was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 where it is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. (Source Wikipedia).

Yet we know that Sarin gas exists and is maintained by a number of sovereign nations as well as many independent non-sovereign idealistic groups of Homo sapiens around the planet.

Which of course, is confusing to me because it was outlawed by the International Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993.

Which then of course brings to question, (at least to my old, albeit inquisitive mind) why do we, (human beings) – (Homo sapiens) – (or whatever ?)

Why do (we) “allot” so much time, energy and treasury into creating and invoking rules, laws and mandates, that when tested in reality either have no meaning, or (so many) levels of meanings, ..that the (end result) of our “rules,” ..”laws,” ..and “mandates” aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

Current case in point: …

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Change that you can unequivocally depend on “to destroy” the medical profession in America.

Question: (as simply put as possible) ..with the “affordability” and “convenience” of travel over the last 50 years, why has there not been a grand Exodus from America to Canada or Europe for socialized medicine?

Simple, ..because..

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Wakeup America, get with the program, Barack Obama is a dyed in the wool, (bona fide)…

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Folks from around the world, ..and especially those from our next-door neighbor Mexico, (do not) ..come to “America” for food stamps and socialized medicine. They come to America for work!

I don’t blame the Mexican people for wanting a better life, but (wanting) something better and (deserving) something better are two different things.

Family anecdote: When one of my older brothers or I would misbehave or shirk our responsibilities, (which wasn’t rare), my mother’s favorite response was; “I really don’t care if you stop, ..or if you pick that up, ..as long as you remember, ..in this house we don’t reward bad behavior.”

My mother made the best oatmeal cookies in the world.

One of my best friends on the entire planet is an American of Mexican descent, we served in Vietnam together, (although in my opinion) as we are both the same age ( 71 ), I believe that he should retire, albeit he is still gainfully employed and to my knowledge, my friend has never referred to himself as anything other than an American.

Simply because, that’s what he is.

My great grandfather came to America before the turn of the century and after he was nationalized, he was a German-American. Yet, my grandfather was not, ..and I am not.

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Question: Can identity theft extend beyond your wallet and your computer?

And of course, (in my opinion) ..it can, ..and of course since my opinion, ..is the (only opinion) ..that I stand behind, ..the following is filled with more of my opinions…

In my opinion, one can also be robbed of their identity both by nature and by nurture.

By nature, and/or, through genetics, as example, selecting a subject at random…

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 (This young man).

Born, Barack Hussein Obama Junior, (through no fault of his own) ..born to parents of different ethnic inheritance.

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Mother; Stanley Ann Dunham, (ethnicity) predominantly English, with some German, Swiss, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.

Religion: Atheist.

Political affiliation: Communist.

Favorite pastime: Imparting her beliefs to her son.

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(James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok).

(Point of possible interest), (Wild Bill), and/or, “James Butler Hickok” was Barack Obama’s Mother’s sixth cousin, ..five times removed.

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Father; Barack Hussein Obama senior, (ethnicity), black African.

Religion: Muslim.

Political persuasion: Anti-Colonialist.

Favorite pastime: Drinking and driving.

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Question: So who does this young man think he is?

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Who am I ? 

Claiming to have been born in Hawaii, the 51st State of the United States, (he is not an African). By virtue of the hue of his skin and the texture of his hair, (he is not a Caucasian). By virtue of his ideology and opposition to capitalism, (he is not an American).

Being an American (in my opinion) is more than a happenstance of birth,..

(Sidebar).

According to Merriam-Webster: “hap·pen·stance,” A chance circumstance; fortuitous, a fluke.

Being an American (at least in my opinion) is a status, ..an honor, ..a privilege, ..and an obligation. Being an American (again in my opinion) is not something to be taken lightly.

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Who is this guy?

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According to Webster: “in·gra·ti·at·ing,” Pleasing; agreeable: to bring (oneself, for example) into the favor or good graces of another, especially by deliberate effort.

It would seem, (at least to me) that our current commander-in-chief has had a disdain for white people since puberty.

As a bona fide (non-hyphenated) Homo sapien and a legal resident of these United States, ..I do hereby declare (under the freedom) guaranteed me by our Constitution; my fervent “unfettered” disdain for Barack Hussein Obama.

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According to Webster: “turn·a·bout,” (in context) A shift or change in opinion, loyalty, or allegiance.

 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Question of the day, ..Genetics.

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What are genetics, and what secrets do they hold?

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Genetics (from Ancient Greek), “genitive” and that from genesis, (“origin”), a discipline of biology, is the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms.

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Genetics concerns the process of inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior in the context of a cell or organism (e.g. dominance and epigenetics), gene distribution, variation and change in populations, such as through Genome-Wide Association Studies.

Given that genes are universal to living organisms, genetics can be applied to the study of all living systems, from viruses and bacteria to plants and animals, including humans (as in medical genetics).

For today’s offering, I (authoritatively) choose to forgo viruses, bacteria, plants and animals to concentrate my efforts on the relationship between Homo sapiens, and/or, human beings…

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The fact that living things inherit traits from their parents has been used since prehistoric times to improve crop plants and animals through (selective breeding).

However, the modern science of genetics, which attempts to understand the process of inheritance, only began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century. Although he did not know the physical basis for heredity, Mendel observed that organisms inherit traits by way of discrete units of inheritance, which are now called genes.

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Genes correspond to regions within DNA, a molecule composed of a chain of four different types of nucleotides, .. the sequence of these nucleotides is the genetic information organisms inherit.

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DNA naturally occurs in a double stranded form, with nucleotides on each strand complementary to each other. Each strand can act as a template for creating a new partner strand. This is the physical method for making copies of genes that can be inherited.

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Although the science of genetics began with the applied and theoretical work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century, other theories of inheritance preceded Mendel. A popular theory during Mendel’s time was the concept of blending inheritance: the idea that individuals inherit a smooth blend of traits from their parents. Mendel’s work provided examples where traits were definitely not blended after hybridization, showing that traits are produced by combinations of distinct genes rather than a continuous blend. Blending of traits in the progeny is now explained by the action of multiple genes with quantitative effects.

(Sidebar).

What is quantitative affect?

Answer: A quantitative affect is an effect that can be measured, as opposed to something that is relative.

According to Webster: “rel·a·tive,” Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related.

Continuing…

Another theory that had some support at that time was the inheritance of acquired characteristics: the belief that individuals inherit traits strengthened by their parents.

This theory (commonly associated with Jean-Baptiste Lamarck) is now known to be wrong—the experiences of individuals do not affect the genes they pass to their children, although evidence in the field of epigenetics has revived some aspects of Lamarck’s theory.

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Epigenetics…

“In biology, and specifically genetics, epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype, caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence – hence the name epi- (Greek: επί- over, above, outer) -genetics, some of which are heritable.”(Source, Wikipedia).

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Other theories included the pangenesis of Charles Darwin (which had both acquired and inherited aspects) and Francis Galton’s reformulation of pangenesis as both particulate and inherited.

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Although genes were known to exist on chromosomes, chromosomes are composed of both protein and DNA, and scientists did not know which of these is responsible for inheritance.

In 1928, Frederick Griffith discovered the phenomenon of transformation (see Griffith’s experiment): dead bacteria could transfer genetic material to “transform” other still-living bacteria. Sixteen years later, in 1944, Oswald Theodore Avery, Colin McLeod and Maclyn McCarty identified the molecule responsible for transformation as DNA.

The role of the nucleus as the respository of genetic information in eukaryotes had been established by Hämmerling in 1943 in his work on the single celled alga Acetabularia.

The Hershey-Chase experiment in 1952 confirmed that DNA (rather than protein) is the genetic material of the viruses that infect bacteria, providing further evidence that DNA is the molecule responsible for inheritance.

James D. Watson and Francis Crick determined the structure of DNA in 1953, using the X-ray crystallography work of Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins that indicated DNA had a helical structure (i.e., shaped like a corkscrew).

Their double-helix model had two strands of DNA with the nucleotides pointing inward, each matching a complementary nucleotide on the other strand to form what looks like rungs on a twisted ladder. This structure showed that genetic information exists in the sequence of nucleotides on each strand of DNA. The structure also suggested a simple method for duplication: if the strands are separated, new partner strands can be reconstructed for each based on the sequence of the old strand.

Although the structure of DNA showed how inheritance works, it was still not known how DNA influences the behavior of cells.

In the following years, scientists tried to understand how DNA controls the process of protein production. It was discovered that the cell uses DNA as a template to create matching messenger RNA (a molecule with nucleotides, very similar to DNA). The nucleotide sequence of a messenger RNA is used to create an amino acid sequence in protein; this translation between nucleotide and amino acid sequences is known as the genetic code.

So now that were all experts on how DNA processes the sequences of our (human) genetic code?

We can move on from the laboratory into real life, and/or, what we in general perceive to be real life.

Which of course through technology and acceptance of “unnatural” (man concocted ) ideologies, currently half the population of America has settled for going along to get along. Which of course, by my (conservative) analogy, is the first step to sanctioning Barack Obama and his progressive liberal ilk to establish their (life long) sought after communist foothold in America.

Wake up people, regardless of your political beliefs, race, gender, or religious affiliations, change has never been on God’s agenda.

God created both the dung beetle and the hummingbird with a specific purpose in mind.

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The dung beetle, albeit not particularly attractive to anything or anyone other than another dung beetle, is (tasked) with a definite purpose. The dung beetle is one of natures “unsung heroes” with-in the realm of recycling.

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Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, ..and (one of natures glorious counterparts to the Honeybee ) ..with most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range.

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(The Bee Hummingbird).

Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12 – 80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects.

To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate.

(Sidebar).

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(Pretty much like a couch potato in front of a flatscreen TV). 

Continuing… 

When the nights get colder, their body temperature can drop significantly and thus slow down their heart and breathing rate, thus burning much less energy overnight. As the day heats back up, the hummingbird’s body temperature will come back up and they resume their normal activity. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph), they are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards.Individuals from some species of hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.

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God created tens of billions of species to share this planet with the intent that each species would go forth and multiply.

God did not intend for red birds to procreate with bluebirds, or I’m sure that in his infinite wisdom, he would have simply created a purple bird and been done with his task.

Nor is it my belief that God created man in a multitude of hues, for any other purpose other than to maintain individual integrity.

In my personal experience, accumulated over a lifetime, (currently 71 years and counting) it is my “unequivocal” personal conclusion from personal knowledge, …

(albeit admittedly the Lions share of my opinion),

..has developed via observation of celebrity, and/or, notable black men and women in the public eye.

My conclusion, …

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Which of course, with the science of genetics being what it is, “black, and/or, dark skinned” Homo sapiens who don’t like being (black, ..and/or, ..dark skinned), ..are in an unwinnable endeavor when they seek to (CHANGE) what God provided by interbreeding with lighter skinned Homo sapiens.

The United States Constitution, (in my considered opinion) the greatest document ever composed to protect mankind from mankind.

The Constitution protects American citizens, only if adhered to. If changed, for any reason or any agenda, a citizens right to choose his or her own path will fall to another. So choose wisely my friends, ..there are no “do-overs” when your vote and your identity are gone.

My final word: (concerning the ambition of black men) To “my personal knowledge,” there is no ethnic group on the planet that spends more time and effort seeking out (white) Homo sapiens females for interracial procreation. 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Question of the day.. (Anti-Caucasian).

Is the America news media (under the thumb of the Obama administration) anti-Caucasian?

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After posting my opinion of the American medias deplorable treatment of Paula Deen, ..I decided to look deeper into why one “ethnic group” of (Homo sapiens) disrespects, fears, and hates another group of Homo sapiens?

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Accordingly, (although against my better judgment) and/or, common sense, I have turned to academia for an answer.

A STUDY IN WHITENESS…

Whiteness studies is an interdisciplinary arena of academic inquiry focused on what proponents describe as the cultural, historical and sociological aspects of people identified as white, and the social construction of whiteness as an ideology tied to social status.

Pioneers in the field include W. E. B. Du Bois (“Jefferson Davis as a Representative of Civilization”; 1890; Darkwater, 1920), James Baldwin (The Fire Next Time, 1963), Ruth Frankenberg (White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness, 1993), author and literary critic Toni Morrison (Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, 1992) and historian David Roediger (The Wages of Whiteness, 1991).

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Bet that group used up a lot of pencils.. 

Continuing…

By the mid-1990s, numerous works across many disciplines “analyzed whiteness,” ..and it has since become a topic for academic courses, research and anthologies.

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(What will academia think of next?) 

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A central tenet of whiteness studies is a reading of history and its effects on the present, inspired by postmodernism and historicism in which the very concept of racial superiority is said to have been socially constructed in order to justify discrimination against non-whites.

(Sidebar).

My apologies up front; …

“I’m sorry, I simply (can’t resist) sharing with you that I didn’t change from wearing white socks to wearing gray socks because gray socks are cheaper, …

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..but rather because of the necessity of making cuts to make ends meet with the pitiful  pittance I receive from Social Security…

..with one of the corners cut, ..being the laundry detergent we now use instead of (get it bright and white) with “Tide,” …

..my wife and I now use a generic brand of detergent that turns my white socks to gray in days, ..thus I now purchase gray socks to eliminate the transition.

Continuing…

Since the 19th century, critics of the concept of race have questioned if human races even exist and pointed out that arbitrary categories based on “phenotypical” characteristics are chosen, and that the idea of race is not about important differences within the human species.

(Sidebar).

According to Webster: “phe”no·typ“i·cal,” The observable physical or biochemical characteristics of an organism, as determined by both genetic makeup and environmental influences.

Continuing…

Thomas K. Nakayama and Robert L. Krizek write about whiteness as a “strategic rhetoric,” asserting that whiteness is a product of “discursive formation” and a “rhetorical construction” in the essay “Whiteness: A Strategic Rhetoric.”

Nakayama and Krizek write, “there is no ‘true essence’ to ‘whiteness’: (that’s really harsh), there are only historically contingent constructions of that social location.”

Major areas of research include the nature of white identity and of white privilege, the historical process by which a white racial identity was created, the relation of culture to white identity, and possible processes of social change as they affect white identity.

Many scientists have demonstrated that racial theories are based upon an arbitrary clustering of phenotypical categories and customs, and can overlook the problem of gradations between categories.

A reflexive understanding of such presumptions also informs work within the field of whiteness studies.

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Question: What kind of cockamamie doublespeak is that? 

According to Webster: “pre·sump·tion,”1. Behavior or language that is boldly arrogant or offensive.  2. The act of presuming or accepting as true. 3. Acceptance or belief based on reasonable evidence; assumption or supposition, and or, gall, theory, conjecture, and on and on and on, blah blah blah…

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Studies of whiteness as a unique identity began with black people, who needed to understand whiteness in order to survive.

Are these people, and/or, (dingbats) serious? 

“Black people needed to understand whiteness in order to survive,” ( survive what ?)   ..talk about a load of idealistic crap.

In fact, if that “asinine” narrative doesn’t justify my decision not to finish high school, ..or go to college, ..it’s beyond my “common sense” capacity to think of something that would?

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An important theme in this literature is, beyond the general “invisibility” of blacks to whites, the unwillingness of white people to consider that black people study them…

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(James Weldon Johnson).

James Weldon Johnson wrote in his 1912 autobiography that “colored people of this country know and understand

white people better than the white people know and understand themselves”.

(Sidebar).

Observation: Have you ever seen anyone in your life that looked more like they needed a bowl of Cheerios?

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(James Baldwin).

Author James Baldwin wrote and spoke extensively about whiteness, defining it as a central social problem and insisting that it was choice, not a biological identity. In the (The Fire Next Time), a non-fiction 1963 book on race relations in America.

Baldwin suggests that “White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.

A major black theory of whiteness connects this identity group with acts of terrorism—i.e., slavery, rape, torture, and lynching—against black people, who were treated as sub-human.

(Sidebar).

With the operative word in that last sentence, being “were.”

White academics in the United States and the UK began to study whiteness as early as 1983, and this phenomenon created the idea of a discipline called “whiteness studies”.

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(Veeeary Interesting!)

The “canon wars” of the late 1980s and 1990s, a political controversy over the centrality of white authors and perspectives, led scholars to ask “how the imaginative construction of ‘whiteness’ had shaped American literature and American history.”

(Sidebar).

Sorry, ..I just gotta cut in again, (whether via arrogance or ignorance), … (I have no college degree in anything) albeit, (in my opinion) to understand the black man’s (ambition) to greater things, one only need look at the continent of Africa to (suppose) ..and/or, (realize) what America would look like today if the foregoing black gentleman were granted their wishes and Caucasians didn’t exist.

..anyone wishing to read the remainder of this article will find it at Wikipedia.com under the heading of (anti-Caucasian) and (whiteness studies).

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I am by no measure finished with today’s offering, I am simply finished with the (hateful) black racism dominant in the foregoing narrative.

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Criticism of Cheerios commercial in the news this week?

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When confronted by criticisms to their latest ad, which appears to be nothing more than a wee bit of genocidal propaganda, Cheerios VP of marketing Camille Gibson said:

“Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”

“This is newspeak for: “We know a lot of people were offended by our blatant attempts to promote miscegenation and genocide. However, we are committed to acting as if our position is totally normal until you shut up and buy our shit and like it.”

And what is it with this “We know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all” bullshit? No you aren’t. You are only celebrating one kind of family. White woman, black man.Why is this? Because you are trying so hard to be hip and edgy that you just had to go Big Genocide. Eye-popping, attention-grabbing, slightly cuckold-porn-esque Big Genocide. You knew it would get people talking. And it has. But one day, when we are in power and write the history books, you will be rightly depicted as the opportunist, traitorous trash you are. Or worse.

This may have served your short term marketing strategy. But we will remember.

Boycott: Cheerios. General Mill.
Hat tip: An anonymous contributor.

Ya just gotta love Mr. or Mrs. anonymous contributor, he or she really has a lot of conviction.

According to Webster: “mis·ceg·e·na·tion,” 1. A mixture of different races. 2. Cohabitation, sexual relations, or marriage involving persons of different races.

According to Webster: “gen·o·cide,” The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.

(In my opinion) an extremely heavy and ridiculous reaction to a television commercial.

Who someone, or anyone is attracted to on this planet is that individuals business, (whether I agree with their decision or not). However, with that said; with a few exceptions, I am personally (unhappy) with the entire advertising industry. If a product or a service is valid, all that is required, (at least in my opinion) is to make that known. Folks don’t need to be lied to if your product or service is worthy?

If Cheerios wants to convey that their product has value by having a young girl pour their product over an individual lying on a couch, that’s their prerogative. The color of the man or the woman or the child should be of no consequence, if the family is truly a family?

Cheerios mistake, (at least in my opinion), was hiring actors to portray a family.

What in the hell is wrong with truth in advertising? ..or better yet, ..what the hell is wrong with truth in life.

According to Webster: “pho·ny,” Not genuine or real.

According to Webster: “stu·pid,” Slow to learn or understand.

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Postscript: Personally, I eat Cheerios, ..not because of who else might eat them, ..I eat ’em because I like ’em.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Beauty and the Beast..

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According to Kevin Fallon of the daily beast, something that Paula Deen loves more than butter, ..is black waiters serving wedding guests “Southern plantation style.”

(Sidebar).

Weddings, … (irregardless of your personal tastes, ..and/or, personal bigotry, ..are, ..and have always been family events composed and molded by folks from every imaginable culture. I can’t speak for everyone on the planet, however for myself, .. (who in the hell wouldn’t like a traditional Southern Style Plantation Wedding with black waiters?

Question: (while I’m on a roll), what in the hell is wrong with a man making his living as a waiter, irregardless of the color of his skin?

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A Waiter, Waiting staff, wait staff, or waitstaff, are those individuals who work at a restaurant or a bar attending to customers needs, — supplying them with food and drink as requested.

Traditionally, a male waiting tables is called a “waiter” and a female a “waitress” with the gender-neutral version being a “server”. Other gender-neutral versions include using “waiter” indiscriminately for males and females, “waitperson”, or the little-used Americanism “waitron”, which was coined in the 1980s.

Waiting on tables is (along with nursing and teaching) part of the service industry, and among the most common jobs, and/or, ..occupations in the United States.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as of May 2008, there were over 2.2 million persons employed as servers in the U.S.

Many businesses choose for the people waiting to all wear a uniform, a tradition that has been around in the waiting industry for centuries.

In recent times there has been a trend towards automation in the service of food and drink waiting, with the advent of technologies such as robotics to take on the waiting roles that once required human staff. (Source, Wikipedia).

Question: When did black Homo sapiens become either (to good) ..and/or, (unfit) ..to work in an honorable centuries old industry?

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for The Daily Beast. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at (TheWeek.com) and a writer and producer for (TheAtlantic.com’s) entertainment vertical.

N-Word Alert…

At least that’s the takeaway from the unedited transcript of Paula Dean’s deposition in the $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit filed against the First Lady of Finger Lickin’ Food and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers.

In her testimony, Deen admits to using the N-word, reveals her ambivalence towards people watching pornography at a place of work, and—the arguably racist, definitely bizarre bit that’s made headlines Wednesday—details the Southern plantation wedding of her dreams, in which black waiters serve guests slave-style.

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Question: What the hell does that even mean? Do slaves have their own style, (is it copyrighted?) Do slaves have their own union?

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Ooops! I forgot for a moment, Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation signed into law on January 1, 1863.

(Supposition).

Could it be that Paula Dean, (who was apparently honest and forthcoming) at her deposition, should have followed the example of our politicians in Washington D.C., and lied her ass off? (and/or dodged the question all togerther)?

Question: Is Paula Deen (an industrious self-made woman) so feared by the liberal left wing political machine, ..and/or, (the Democratic Party) ..that’s currently bent on dismantling capitalism, and replacing it with Obamaism, and/or, Marxist socialism and communism, that they have engaged in taking down successful (capitalist) individuals?

Slavery is illegal in the United States, and not just for black folks, if I remember my political science class from high school?  (What little I attended).

White folks are protected by the U.S. Constitution as well.

A part of which, (as I recall) is the First Amendment, that guarantees American citizens the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom to worship whatever or whichever religion we see fit.

Granted, I agree that there are two sides to most everything, even a circle has an inside and outside.

So my question now is, why is Paula Deen being sued for discrimination and persecuted for using the…

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If my research is correct, (and it is) some of our finest gainfully employed U.S. citizens use the N-word every day.

Some actually use the N-word in their gainful employment,

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young men like Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy, although to be quite honest, Eddie is getting up there.

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Then we have Eddie’s predecessor Richard Pryor and on the flipside during her standup days, …

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Whoopi Goldberg explicated the (N-Word) using six letters with as much flair and flamboyance as any of her male counterparts.

Just in case you might be thinking that I’m excluding Mr. Huxtable, (no way in hell) I’m 71 years old, I was there in Bill Cosby’s heyday, …

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Bill Cosby was just as prolific with the N-word on stage (and in his Albums) as anyone, but then hey, ..a guys gotta make a living.

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Even the renowned Reverand Jesse Jackson was caught a while back on an open mic making (a threatening) reference to America’s current Commander-in-Chief, ..

A Question: Isn’t (threatening) the president of the United States actually a federal crime?

A better Question: Why wasn’t the Reverend Jesse Jackson arrested, or (at least) questioned by the Secret Service or the FBI for publicly threatening the President of the United States?

A still better Question: Are black clergymen exempt from federal law?

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Why is Paula Deen being persecuted? 

Could it be because we live in an opportunistic “sue” happy society? …or something more sinister?

True story: 1964, Ft. Devens Massachusetts in the day room of the barracks where I lived in 1964 prior to being shipped out to the Republic of South Vietnam to defend democracy and an American citizen’s right to say any damn thing he or she wants to.

It was early afternoon on a bright Massachusetts Sunday, albeit for a unit of government property with no government currency in his pockets, ( I ) like a notable number of others who shared my plight, I meandered into our companies day room to check out “the happenings?”

I didn’t have to wait long, as the moment I cross the threshold from the front part of the day room where there was a television set into the rear portion of the day room that gave home to a fine Brunswick pool table, I was immediately beset upon with a question from a young sergeant by the name of Gabriel.

Sergeant Gabriel’s Question: (although altered to use my first name instead of my last) “Chuck, .. Do you think I’m a (N-Word?)

Whether a fair question or not, Gabriel (a wise ass of the highest degree) had met his match. As I, Chuck, (a wise ass of a higher degree) immediately replied: “I don’t know Gabriel, ..what is a (N-Word?)”

I didn’t answer Gabriel’s question, nor did Gabriel answer mine, instead the room fell into harrumph laughter, and Gabriel went down in flames.

Gabriel meant no harm by asking his question, he was just screwing with me, ..for whatever reason, ..it doesn’t matter.

Gabriel was simply playing “gotcha” ..and chose the wrong contestant, ..”no harm no foul” ..because when you’re living with-in a (society) of Homo sapiens that all share the same agonies and woes that all carbon-based air breathing units of government property share, things like (dumb ass) words simply aren’t a thing.

Come on, who doesn’t know about sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you, wake up!

In closing…

“The only value any commodity on this planet commands, is the value that man places upon it.”

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Paula Deen is a goodhearted American citizen who worked for her money, ..she deserves her right to freedom of speech every bit as much as, “Chris Rock, ..Eddie Murphy, ..Richard Pryor, ..Whoopi Goldberg, ..and ..Bill Cosby,” …and a million or nine others that I don’t have room to mention.

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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