Human beings all over the world do crazy things, sometimes even irrational things. Take Africa for instance__
In Nigeria, you had better be very careful about what you say about a government official on Facebook. Man, there ain’t really no freedom of speech. A man ranted about the governor in January on his Facebook page, which has since be removed. For speaking his mind, he was arrested for traumatizing the governor so badly, the gov had to be hospitalized. Read about here. The dude called for Allah to curse the governor and his friends. Hey, man in Africa, you don’t put no curse on nobody cause they take their curses serious.
The BBC website reported on it website that in Malawi the government has proposed a law against farting in public. Hey, man I want that law brought to the shores of the good old US of A. one person was quoted as saying the government criminalizing the “release of intestinal gases…is a joke of democracy.”
How in hell the question of democracy has anything to do with farting is beyond me.
“Sarah Palin’s supporters and critics need to calm down. She’s a celebrity, not a future president”, is the sub-headline of an article in The Christian Science Monitor on February 3, by Walter Rodgers.
In the article, he lets all of you Dear Sarah funatics and you haters, too, that Dear Sarah is good copy, good for TV. She is, he says, “like a good movie that you don’t want to end.”
For me, a Dear Sarah watcher, I have tried without success to stop watching. She is an addiction because you wonder what she will say and do next. Rodgers is right, only I see her as a funny sitcom, and I wait anxiously for the next episode.
Of course she isn’t presidential material. No matter, the other hopefuls will treat her as if she is the front runner for the Republican nomination for 2012.
In the history of presidential elections, she will be a minor footnote.
All I can say is run, Sarah, run.
In a county here in East Tennessee not to far from my county of Knox, a woman glanced out her front door and saw the cops arresting her brother. She was, to say the least, pissed. After giving the cops a piece of her mind, she shut the front door, turned her rear to the window in the door, and dropped her drawers. For this mooning, the next day she later joined her brother in jail.
Some folks just plain do stupid things. Now I ask you, what did she think mooning the cops would accomplish?
The creationists, you know, those folks who claim the science of evolution is false and God made the earth and the creatures thereon, follow the old maxim “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” So, you liberals on the school boards around the country brace yourselves because they’re coming at you with a new tactic. The intelligent design tactic failed when a federal judge pointed out that intelligent design was not science but “religious strategies that evolved from earlier forms of creationism.” Thus failed did the backdoor try at sneaking creationism into the schools.
Their new strategy argues for teaching the evidence against evolution so as to instill in young minds the process of critical inquiry. Never mind that there is no evidence against evolution, despite what some scientist who want to push intelligent design say.
The scientific debate is not about whether evolution happened but about how it happened. The creationists want to debate the facts of evolution so as to show that it is false, not to get at the truth. Creationists have already made up their minds, so how can there be a debate if one party has already rejected one side of the argument.
Anyway, never argue with a Christian or deeply religious person because you can’t win when their tactic is to fall back on God.
After his speech honoring those in Tucson who were killed and injured and those who acted to subdue the lone gunman, the talking heads and radio mouths praised President Obama’s speech. Even those morons at Fox news got in on the praising.
The part of the speech that I liked best:
“But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
If only the politicians on the left and right would heed his call for civility in the debates that will take place this year and in 2012 during the presidential election.
And some of you bloggers need to tone down your language, too.
I grew up hearing the word “nigger” from relatives and friends, but I knew when the word came out of the mouth of a White person, it was offensive and meant that person was probably a racist.
Still, I oppose eliminating the word from the dictionary, as some people advocated at one time.
Now a Mark Twain scholar and a publisher have joined forces to publish a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A new edition the American classic is always welcomed but not the edition they are publishing.
You see, the scholar replaces the word “nigger” with the word “slave” because nigger is hurtful and offensive. Apparently some parents and teachers have complained and some schools no longer teach the novel.
I wonder when the novel is taught using the word slave will the parents, teachers, and children be less offended and less hurt once they understand the history of slavery in America. Many White folks deny slavery through its absence in their ideas of their heritage. Replacing the word nigger with slave allows the White folks to say, as some have said in the past, slavery wasn’t so bad.
As for Black folks. I ask you will you be any less hurt reading the word “slave” knowing what the word entails.
The word “nigger” in “Huck Finn” is in keeping with the language of the time the novel depicts. Most important, “nigger” clearly emphasizes the way the nation saw Blacks—slaves and free blacks—in the 19th century and extending into the 21st.
To remove or replace words in a classic is crime against literature; to teach the new edition to young people is a sin against history.
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