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Black History Month

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. For the past two February’s, I’ve been much less aware of the month’s significance because I have graduated college and moved off campus, away from Black student governments that have way too much money.

I’m not a fan of black history month. I think it’s a commercially invented phenomenon that is not that different from something like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. If you truly care about something, you don’t need to set aside a time to feature it – you live it every day. Sure going out for a nice dinner on Mother’s Day is nice, but there are 364 other days in the year when she’s still your mother.

People complain about the racism that still exists in our country and to an extent, those people are right. But it’s also those people that do the most to perpetuate negative stereotypes. Consider the following experience — I was on the phone with an individual while at my work the other day and refused this individual an opportunity to come serve community service hours in the office with me. When I did, she immediately responded with “You can’t stop me from working with you because I’m black!”

No, I calmly told her, I could not. But I could refuse her because she is an unpleasant individual, which has nothing to do with her race. She angrily called me a racist and hung up. Racism has evolved from a serious issue in America to a crutch that people use when they fail at something or a situation turns out contrary to how they believe it should.

Morgan Freeman was on 60 minutes recently and echoed my sentiments nearly exactly.

He’s absolutely right. What other race, religion or cultural group has their history relegated to one month? Sure, Barack Obama designated a month Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but can you name what month that is off the top of your head? I couldn’t. What is the point of calling attention to something if you are doing so for the wrong reasons? Celebrating one’s history and culture isn’t a bad thing, but it also shouldn’t take a government proclaimed date to get people to appreciate it.

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Fixing Airport Security

The US needs to do a few things regarding airport screening and security.

1) Get rid of the TSA.

When has a government-controlled entity ever functioned efficiently or effectively? If TSA fails in its’ primary function to prevent dangerous people or items from boarding a plane, what ramifications do they face? Hearings and more regulations? Nothing substantial anyways. A majority of TSA agents don’t care if a plane is hijacked because of their negligence. Now that they’re allowed to unionize, they’ll probably keep their job should they make a fatal mistake, or at the very least, keep collecting a paycheck while an endless investigation takes place.

Getting rid of the TSA should be something that becomes a true bi-partisan effort. Republicans would struggle to find an organization that is more wasteful than TSA. For liberals, they have a chance to axe an organization that requires travelers to choose between submitting to a nude body scan or having your genitals groped. Privacy FTL.

Eliminating the TSA shouldn’t lead to a loss of security measures. An airlines’ lifeblood is directly tied to the safety of their passengers and anyone that tells you a government organization has more incentive to continue airline safety and security than the actual airlines is clinically insane. So what should we do? Easy, privatize the security screening process. Make the airlines accountable for who and what they allow on their planes. They have the most to lose should an unfortunate situation develop on a plane (other than families of potential victims).

TSA doesn’t really do a good job at providing security, but rather puts on a rather weak facade that makes passengers feel more secure about themselves. I guess it catches stupid terrorists that use passports made out of construction paper and crayon. TSA confiscates things like guns, bombs, toothpaste, nail clippers, Gatorade and mouthwash and a smart terrorist can easily fool a high-school educated TSA agent. Passports and boarding passes are easily forged. If a terrorist is committed to getting something on a plane, he will. The fact that I got a four-inch flip-blade knife on an international flight to Australia, but had my 6oz bottle of mouthwash confiscated tells you the effectiveness of TSA.

A stupid terrorist will try and bring a knife on a plane. A smart one will improvise and make one once he gets on board. TSA’s 3-ounce rule does not apply to medical supplies – like saline solution for contact lenses. If you bring a bottle of that through, regardless of the size they’ll let it through and onto the plane. And they most likely won’t even bother to check if the liquid inside actually is saline solution.

I’m somewhat surprised that we haven’t heard much from the airlines themselves over these matters. Maybe it’s because the continued existence of TSA relieves them of having to screen their own passengers. All they have to do is scan a boarding pass.

Again, try and think of something constructive the government does better than the private sector. You can’t, can you? The TSA takes a sizable burden off the individual airlines, but at the same time, it sacrifices quality and effectiveness. TSA has the potential to be an effective agency, but they do not have properly qualified people, and they certainly don’t employ experts in security or profiling.

2) Get rid of Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security.

It’s painfully obvious that she has little, if any, knowledge of how an individual in her position should handle her responsibilities. She is severely under-qualified for such a position and lacks even a basic understanding on security of anything, let alone the most powerful country in the world. Kick her ass to the curb and appoint someone with appropriate qualifications and extraordinary understanding of what a position like that requires. I highly doubt a satisfactory individual will be appointed by the current administration. Many of TSA’s shortcomings stem directly from Napalitano’s inept leadership.

And stopping the 7-year old girl makes sense?

3) Start profiling.

Yes, anyone can decide to walk onto a plane with deviant intentions. But there’s one main demographic that markets their desire to kill as many Americans as possible. Every single one of the 9/11 bombers was visibly Middle Eastern, both by appearance and name. Selecting travelers for additional screening at random is a terrible method of trying to find threats. Target people who are most likely to be threats. I’m not advocating letting someone like me waltz onto a commercial airplane without adequate screening, but you don’t have to worry about me causing any ruckus once onboard, unless of course you’re serving Pepsi instead of Coke. Then I might fuss a bit.

I’m more likely to die tripping over my own clumsy feet people-watching at an airport than to die in a terrorist attack. It’s scientifically proven that driving to the airport is far more dangerous than the actual plane ride itself.

Profiling is not politically correct, but few things that are actually worth anything are nowadays. Is protecting a Muslim’s feelings more important than ensuring the safety of air travel? TSA seems to think so. Do I? Probably not. There is one group of people whose goal it is to kill as many Americans as possible – and a vast majority of them don’t look like my grandmother.

The Hypocrisy of the Phoenix Suns

For Wednesday’s NBA playoff game, the Phoenix Suns donned jerseys that had “Los Suns” emblazoned across the chest, rather than the traditional “Suns”. This move was done in response to Arizona’s new immigration law. The Suns decided that they did not support the law and voiced their displeasure through an incorrect Spanish phrase on their uniforms.

Regardless of the inaccuracies of their Spanish, the Suns are misguided in trying to make a political statement during a professional basketball game. Let me paint a small picture here.

It’s Game 7 of the Suns playoff series and hundreds of thousands of people line up outside the stadium, hoping to enter the stadium and enjoy the game and the atmosphere of a huge NBA playoff game. The Suns however, refuse to let everyone into the stadium, and instead chooses to permit only those who have secured entrance the proper and legal way to make their way inside and to their seats.

The Suns make a practice of handling game day operations this way every time their team is home for a game. The Suns employ security officers and ticket-takers to ensure that nobody enters the stadium illegally. And that is the aim of the new Arizona legislation – it takes the federal laws on immigration and applies them to the state of Arizona.

The new law makes it a misdemeanor for an immigrant to fail to carry certain identification with them. Barack Obama said that “if you don’t have your papers .. you’re going to be harassed. That’s not the right way to go.”

However, for close to sixty years, it has been a federal crime to fail to keep such documents with them (source). The new Arizona law just adds a state penalty to something that was already a federal crime. As someone who’s traveled extensively abroad, other nations have similar requirements.

In most European countries the punishment for entering illegally is a hefty fine and deportation. Less civil countries such as North Korea and certain middle eastern nations have much more severe consequences.

I have no problem with immigration and I fully understand why millions of people want to come to this country. America offers the best possible opportunities for just about everyone. But what I do have a problem with is “hyphenated” Americans. A citizen of this country is and should only be, American.

I’m not condemning culture. I think culture and traditions are an important part of any family. But there’s no such thing in my mind as a Mexican-American or a Japanese-American. You are one or the other, make your choice. Teddy Roosevelt put it perfectly:

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin.

But this is predicated upon the persons becoming in every facet an American .. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for one language here, and that is the English language. We have room for but one loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

Jan Brewer simply addressed the problem that Barack Obama has refused to. Just as the Suns police who is allowed into their arena, Arizona is now doing the same for its entire state.

NOW Joins NCAA, SEC As Things Tim Tebow Are Better Than

There’s two thing that you may or may not have heard. First, that Tim Tebow is going to be appearing in a pro-life advertisement that is to be aired during the Super Bowl. Second, that I have opinions on everything.

Hence, this post.

I’ve never been one to endear myself to the feminists that comprise the National Organization for Women. It just wasn’t ever destined to happen. And the upcoming statement probably won’t make any of them like me more. But it should.

Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in recent times.

Is Tim Tebow’s commercial really a worse Super Bowl statement than Jim McMahon dropping his trousers in a response to a question? Society is always criticizing athletes for being more concerned about an extra million than educating themselves on cultural issues. Therefore, it’s extremely hypocritical to require intellectual opinions from these men and women only if their stance lines up with that of particular American activists.

Tebow is clearly pro-life, as am I. And based on what I’ve seen and read about Tebow’s ad, I’m taking his side and proudly. It’s got better grounds than the group-think, elitism and condescension offered by the radical women’s groups that oppose him. Heck, there’s even a petition demanding that CBS pull the ad making its way around the interwebs.

Tebow’s 30-second commercial hasn’t even been aired yet, and has already revealed something very telling about the National Organization for Women Who Only Think Like Us.

They aren’t pro-choice so much as they are pro-abortion.

Mrs. Tebow has a genuine pro-choice story to tell. She got pregnant in 1987, post-Roe v. Wade, and while on a Christian mission trip to the Philippines, she contracted a tropical ailment. Doctors advised her the pregnancy could be dangerous, but she exercised her freedom of choice and now, 20-some years later, the outcome of that choice is her Heisman Trophy winning, National Champion son.

The Tebows feel that they should tell people about the choice Mrs. Tebow made 22 years ago, but the National Organization for Women says otherwise. They think that it’s inappropriate for us to see, but drunk women in bikinis selling beer is fine.

I would wager a guess that both pro-choicers and pro-lifers wish the “need” for abortions wasn’t so great.

But there is something that this country does need more of.

Tim Tebows.

Young men and women who choose not to spend their summers dabbling in debaucheries, but working to better the world. Young men and women who believe in something other than themselves and are willing put their hands and feet where their mouth is.

Tebow often makes America uncomfortable, whether it’s by writing Bible verses on his face for games or for advertising his chastity in a room full of reporters that feel ashamed for the young man because he isn’t bagging every young Florida co-ed.

The Super Bowl isn’t a place where one can escape from the facts of reality. Some individuals will be upset that the ad is paid for by Focus on the Family, a group whose former spokesman, James Dobson has some pretty unpleasant things to say about gays. Other people will hate the fact that Tim Tebow could dare to believe in something as preposterous as creationism. Still others will claim hypocrisy because CBS refused to air a gay dating service ad.

None of this matters. CBS owns its broadcast and is entitled to produce it any way that it deems appropriate, and Tebow has a right to express his beliefs publicly – just as everyone has the right to accept or reject them after having heard those beliefs.

If the pro-choice stance is so unstable that a story about someone who chose to continue a risky pregnancy undermine it, then CBS certainly isn’t the biggest problem.

The ad’s them is “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life”, and never expressly mentions abortion. And this is the ad that NOW has decided to call “extraordinarily offensive and demeaning.”

But NOW’s suggestion that these aren’t real or pertinent questions and that the Super Bowl audience is to stupid to handle them is far more concerning than a young man who’s only fault is that he is a proud, intelligent and caring human being.

That, and he’s a Florida Gator.

Barack Obama Wins Wendy’s French Fries

Barack Obama Wins Wendy’s French Fries

Fort Wayne, Indiana – United States President visited a local McDonalds’s restaurant yesterday and purchased a Number Two, just the sandwich thank you, with apple slices. After his meal, Obama’s wife noticed he did not get a drink, so they stopped at a neighborhood Wendy’s to buy a large soda. When Obama pulled off the gamepiece on the cup, he was delighted to find he had won a Free Medium Fries with purchase of a regular drink!

Oh, and I guess he won the Nobel Peace Prize the other day as well. But the significance of the two awards are about the same.

Remember that the Nobel Peace Prize is an arbitrary honor that is awarded by an European selection committee. Also remember that Europe is the continent that overwhelmingly supported any measure that made America less powerful in world affairs.

Since his inauguration, Obama has been everything Europe could have wanted and more. He’s backed off promises to protect foreign nations against Iran’s missile systems. He’s sat and watched as Arab nations work to replace the American dollar as trading currency for petroleum. Signs point to him getting ready for a cut-and-run in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama is suave. But he’s not politically smart. And in general, neither are the Americans that support him. Winning the Nobel Peace Prize isn’t a great accomplishment. Obama’s been great as the POTUS, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been for the United States, but rather for Europe and other foreign nations.

America has a different definition of peace than the rest of the world. While America values freedom, safety and individuality, the rest of the world simply just wants America to be as weak as possible. That, for them, is peaceful and comforting to them.

So while George Bush spent eight years protecting America’s peace and projecting it’s strength and independence by responding forcefully to terrorist attacks, freeing Iraq from a bastard dictator and his rapist sons, Europe hates him.

But as soon as Obama comes in and does his best to cripple America in front of the world’s knees, Europe overnights him an award that will stroke his ego and image for awhile, but ultimately continue to weaken America.

And that’s all Europe really wants anyway.

The Differences Between Conservatives and Liberals

I’ve always foud the differences between conservatives and liberals to be extremely intriguing. There are millions of people in this country that claim to be “moderate” – whatever that means, but to me, a moderate is just a cop-out for people that aren’t sure enough of themselves to form real opinions on anything. I found this sitting in my inbox one morning and thought it would be appropriate to pass it along.

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If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one .. if a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat .. if a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy .. if a liberal sees a foreign threat, he wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is a homosexual, he quietly leads his life .. if a liberal is a homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a person of color is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful .. if a person of color is liberal, they see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to take personally care of his situation .. if a liberal is dow-and-out, he wonders who will take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show off, he switches channels .. if a liberal doesn’t like a talk show host, he demands that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative needs healthcare, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides is .. if a liberal needs healthcare, he demands the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church .. if a liberal is a non-believer, he wants any mention of God and religion silenced (unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he picks himself up, laughs and is embarrassed .. if a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his necks, moans as if he’s in labor and then sues.

Bumper Stickers

Sure, there’s a neat little Facebook application that goes by the same name, but for now I’m talking about the actual adhesive ones that people stick on their cars.

Bumper stickers are, in my mind, a little tacky but more often than not, harmless. They’re kind of like tattoos and piercing whereas one tasteful one is fine, maybe a second one is okay too, but once you start plastering them all over the place and finding the biggest and loudest once you can, then I believe they go too far.

I’ve been conducting research on and off for the past 10 or fifteen years as to whether or not bumper stickers affect a person’s driving ability and have come to the conclusion that they do.

The “My Kid Is An Honor Student at _________ School” Bumper Sticker
I’ve seen these ranging from the local high school, down to the local elementary school. The lower the level of school, the more the driving ability of the parent is impaired. Your kid is an honor student at Blah Blah Blah Elementary School? Most elementary kids still wet the bed, how about advertising that on the back of your vehicle?

The “Honk If You ________________” Bumper Sticker
These range from all sorts of activities and preferences. Honk if you love dogs, honk if you tweet, honk if you’re horny, honk if you’re paying my mortgage. They pull from all walks of life and as a general rule, they’re all annoying. I’m debuting my “Honk If You Want My Glock Pointed at Your Car” sticker later this month. It’d probably cut down on honking and annoying drivers at the same time.

The “Baby On Board” Bumper Sticker
What’s the point of this sticker? It’s simply a stuck-on excuse for lousy driving ability. Chances are if a mother or father is stupid enough to spend money on a car decoration like this one, then the child in the car is probably sitting unbuckled in a car seat that’s facing the wrong way and in the front seat. Driving and parenting ability decrease with the presence of this sticker.

The “Anti-Bush” Bumper Sticker
These are typically deployed by people that don’t actually know anything intellectual to insult the former President, but feel he nonetheless must be critiqued next to their muffler. They range from your run of the mill sexual puns referencing his last name to the one that lets you know a town in Texas is missing their village idiot. I saw one that simply said “Impeach Bush” the other day. Maybe that person missed the whole “2008 election” thing. These are exponential multiplying stickers. The more you have, the exponentially worse a driver you become. But the stickers worked! Bush is gone and all it took was eight years and the American Constitution to do it!

The “If You’re Reading This Bumper Sticker You’re Driving Too Close” Bumper Sticker
Next time you are watching the news and a story breaks about an eleven-car pileup on the highway close to your house, hop in your car and head on over there. Chances are the front car has this bumper sticker on it. Ad chances are the car that was behind it was only hoping the sticker bore a phrase that was more clever and mind-stimulating that this POS collection of words.

The “We Belong In The Zoo” Bumper Sticker
Most likely this is a very accurate statement and as such, driving cars should be very low on these driver’s to-do lists. I’ve found that these stickers moderately affect a motorist’s ability to operate a vehicle, but even with ample warning, no one actually cages these morons.

The “Mom’s Taxi” Bumper Sticker
When it’s on Mom’s minivan it’s kinda cute, but it also likely signals the fact that fifteen kids just piled out or into the car and the driver is blowing a .5 on the kids breathalizer. Kids in the backseat of a car aren’t quite as dangerous as teenagers in the driver’s seat but it’s pretty darn close. But it’s most dangerous on the V8 Porsche Cayenne that dad bought for mom when Brianna and Britton are late for soccer practice and mom has to get them there and back before her spray tan fades. She’s put the sticker inside to reduce drag.

Equal

The “Yellow = On A Blue Background” Bumper Sticker
The research on this bumper sticker shows that the origins of this bumper sticker don’t actually stem from any equal rights campaign but rather an unusually clever businessman. Many people aren’t in on the true meaning behind this sticker and slap them on their cars, scooters and tandem bicycles to this day believing they’re fighting oppression and hatred. But in reality they’re alerting other drivers that their driving ability is equal to that of a narcoleptic turkey. Soon they’ll have their own special parking spaces.

The “America-Like It Or Leave It” Bumper Stickers
A variation of the more direct “F**k Off, We’re Full” sticker, this sticker is typically useless unless printed in Spanish. And even then, it’s hard to see bumper stickers when you’ve already piled into the back of someone’s pickup truck at a gas station and are now repeating the word trabajo over and over and over again.

The “Coexist” Bumper Sticker Spelled Out With Symbols
First off, I have found this particular car adornment to be the crowning achievement of any bumper sticker collector’s collection. It apparently can not be adhered to a car unless a minimum of fifteen other stickers are already covering the back of the car. This sticker, in addition to the haze of weed filling the car and the second lesbian in the passenger seat, make this the most dangerous bumper sticker of all. My suggestion is pull over and grab a quick bite to eat, then drive in the opposite direction for awhile, just to be safe.

Avoid at all costs

Avoid at all costs

Happy Independence Day

56 Americans gathered in Philadelphia to commit treason against the crown 233 years ago. These 53 men were among the most brilliant men in history and together, they conceived a Nation based on the premise that liberty and freedom could exist in The United States of America, and this nation would be a free and independent one where every man, woman and child could prosper in accordance to their own abilities and determination.

We shouldn’t so easily forget the brilliance of those people who brought forth a new Nation conceived in liberty so that all of us could be free. In addition to those 56 Americans, remember also those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the continuing freedoms that we so enjoy.

To me, the Fourth of July is Independence Day. A lot of Americans have fallen into the bad habit of simply referring to the holiday based on the date. “Fourth of July” doesn’t explain why it is our country celebrates the holiday. It’s “Independence Day” and we’re able to celebrate it because of the men and women who have sacrificed in order to keep our nation safe.

The saturation of our Nation’s most important should not be tolerated. Here’s a video for you, and for sure, it’s not your typical inspirational-music fireworks video. No, the only fireworks here come from the mighty Jack Nicholson. His epic speech from A Few Good Men needs to be heard by Americans more than any speech Barack Obama could ever deliver. It’s certainly harsh, but it’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Watch and listen to Jack and you’ll learn exactly why we are alive and well and able to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.

Supreme Court Nominee Supports Racial Discrimination

A while back, twenty firefighters from New Haven, Connecticut were denied promotions based on an exam because not enough black firefighters scored high enough to be promoted. The city threw out the exam results and didn’t promote anyone. Naturally, these firefighters (nineteen white, one Hispanic) were pretty peeved. Having worked hard and done everything required for a promotion, they were denied because of their race. So they sued.

Their case was denied, most notably by Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee/bat-crazy racist, Sonia Sotomayor on it’s way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court rendered it’s decision yesterday in favor of the offended firefighters.

While Sotomayor is another disaster waiting to happen, equally troubling was Ruth Ginsburg’s comment following the decision:

They had no vested right to a promotion.

So because white firefighters scored higher and earned promotions, they don’t deserve them because their black counterparts failed to perform up to the same standards? What is this woman doing on the bench?

The ruling overturns a decision that Sotomayor made in lower courts and further de-qualifies her to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. As expected, the White House defended Sotomayor, saying that her decision showed she was a “follower of precedent”.

That’s convenient. America had slaves once too, and slaveowners were simply following precedent. But precedent only applies when it works in favor of liberal minded hags like Sotomayor.

“We’re very, very pleased that hopefully this decision will put an end to the type of obnoxious, identity politics and race baiting that occurs in workplaces around the country,” said Karen Torre, the firefighter’s attorney.

So am I.