The online news outlets and blogs say Dear Sarah is planning to trademark the “Palin” name. I say do it Sarah do it cause after 2012 that gravy train you riding will come to a screeching halt. Trademark your name and continue to collect the money the fools are giving you.
The same sources indicate Bristol Palin is writing a book, has bought a house, and is, in general, at 20 years of age, an experienced celebrity. I know you Palinatics are eagerly awaiting the publication of the book. I mean, man, with her experience as a pregnant teen and daughter of a former vice presidential candidate, she has got a whole lot to say.
About that memoir Bristol is supposedly writing, The Huffington Post indicates some that there is some ambiguity—will it be published or not? I mean, them folks in the Palin camp oughta stop teasing us.
Okay, I admit, I probably wouldn’t read it.
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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I’m not a religious person. In fact, I’m an agnostic and a secularist. I don’t believe Jesus Christ was born on December 25. But I deeply enjoy Christmas. What I enjoy most is giving presents, especially to my grandkids, and the joy on the children’s faces. Children appreciate presents more than adults, even when it is not what they expected. If they don’t like a present, they will not hesitate to tell you so, and hearing the truth from them is enjoyable.
I enjoy seeing the smile on people’s faces during Christmas, which is an indication that they, too, are enjoying the festivities.
And I will not say “Happy Holidays,” when I mean Merry Christmas.
Of course, my enjoyment is somewhat dampened by the commercialization and the argument over whether to use the term “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” Hey, I accept this small flaw in the idea of Christmas. To do otherwise would be to be a Scrooge.
So, MERRY CHRISTMAS.
My grandson sometimes wears his pants down around his butt, you know, that sagging pants look requiring teenage boys to be constantly holding up their pants with one hand. I disapprove of whatever fashion statement he and other teenagers are trying to make.
But, man, I haven’t reached the point that I’d do what a dude in Memphis did.
Memphis Commercial Appeal story for October 4, relates how a man told two teenage boys, 16 and 17 years old to pull up their pants. As teens usual do, they not only ignored him that called him “Fat ass.”
On their way back from the story where they had gone to buy candy, the dude confronted them again. Only this time he had a gun in his hand. The kids took off running. The dude fired at them and hit the 17 year old in the buttocks.
I’m thinking that maybe if enough teenagers read the story, they’ll think twice bout them sagging pants. But then, on the other hand, some of them what are strapped just might shoot back.
According to the Amnesty International USA website, the Convention on the Rights of the Child that the UN adopted in November 1989 “is the only international treaty to guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic, social, and cultural rights” of children. I mention this because of a disturbing reports in the newspapers and blogsphere.
In Somalia, both the Islamic insurgents and the weak transitional government use child soldiers, some as young as 9. What is disturbing is we, the United States, through our aid to the transitional government, are helping pay the salaries of the child soldiers fighting for the government.
193 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Guess which two countries have not signed. You’re right, the United States and Somalia. I understand that the United States often refuses to sign international treaties for fear international laws will undermine our sovereignty. As some against the treated on the Child have suggested, we don’t want some foreigner telling American parents how to raise their children.
However, this doesn’t explain why the United States continues to give aid to a weak government that uses child soldiers.
The United States’s response has been that there will be an investigation as to whether the Somalia government is using child soldiers. Somalia, likewise, has promised to investigate and to stop the practice if it is found that child soldiers are being used.
In an earlier report, one Somalia official indicated that the government sorely needed troops to fight the insurgents and was using what was available.
I say shame on us, the United States, for supporting, even inadvertently, the practice of using child soldiers.