DOOM ANTIDOTE: Why not start your day with a little “What’s My Line?”…and see how great it makes you feel.
Tomorrow starts a new year, and with it everything gets a fresh start.
We have two years (and change) left of the Obama Regime, and about 18 months to stop Jeb Bush or some other Cocktail Party Establishment loser from becoming the GOP’s nominee. I’d like to think we also have 18 months to prevent another lunatic Leftist from getting the Democrats’ nomination, but I just don’t see how the Left will surrender power (so I expect someone like Elizabeth Warren to be the nominee…or a whackadoodle like that). It’s going to be an interesting 23 months until the general election. We weren’t able to stop the Left from holding power for 8 years but we do have a chance to elect someone committed to undoing the damage of the Obama Regime. So all is not lost.
One of the great successes of the Left in the last decade or so is the funk that Americans are solidly in. We’re in an economic depression, but also a spiritual, emotional, and psychological one as well. Everyone I know is either just scraping by financially or living paycheck to paycheck and laying awake at night. Some friends wonder where their next meals will come from. And no one I know understands why both political parties are racing to import as many illiterate third world peasants from Central America as possible…at a time when Americans are out of work and black families, in particular, are suffering (due to cuts to various social benefits programs…which will be cut even further because of the mass importation of illiterate Central Americans). Both the Left and the Cocktail Party Establishment Republicans seem like they want to burn the country down to the ground.
While I know why the Left wants this (it’s the sole reason they exist), I’m puzzled (and lay awake at night trying to figure this out) by why the Cocktail Party wants to turn America into a poor, Third World nation full of newly arrived Spanish-speakers who have a fondness for socialism and communism and nationalizing industries. Makes no sense to me.
Our pop culture is revolting. That realization brings everything in life full circle for me, because I remember it being 1984 or so and Sister Mary Howard in grade school stopped our classroom chatter one morning before the bell rang to start school and demanded that we all stop talking about Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson and Toto or whatever singers we were all into. She went on a tear about how terrible television was and how bad movies were…and it’s funny to think back on that because I think all of this stuff is classic now. She hated shows like Facts of Life and The A-Team (or whatever) and couldn’t stand movies like Rocky IV…and I find myself truly horrified when I look at what’s on television today and in movie theaters. It’s revolting. I’m reminded that Sister Mary Howard was ahead of the curve, calling things I thought were good back in 1984 revolting…so I don’t even dare to dream what she’d think of the Kardashians or the Purge movie series.
I made an interesting discovery a while back that I’d like to share with you, because we’re friends like that. It’s been a very effective way for me to reconnect with how Americans used to behave and what people once found enjoyable and interesting. I also, after 30 years, finally understand what Sister Mary Howard was getting at when she derided television and movies in the 1980s. She was comparing all that to the entertainment back when she was young…which included shows like “What’s My Line?”.
This is a show that could never exist today, simply because I feel people have become too stupid to appreciate something like this. Every day, I watch an episode first thing in the morning as I’m eating breakfast. A wonderful channel on YouTube posts a “new” episode every day, starting as far back in the archives as tapes were available. The show ran for many years, with an erudite and articulate panel of witty characters who had to guess either the identity (if it was a famous person) or the occupation of someone put before them on the show.
I watch with a pen and paper and take notes on different things I learn about the time period, and about American culture back when the show aired. It’s a marvelous time capsule into the past. No one feels the need to be crass or make sexual comments. No one is opening champagne bottles and pouring bubbly into glasses balanced on their ample derrieres. No one is screaming “Rayciss! Rayciss! Rayciss!” and prompting people to violence.
The episode I chose to show you today featured Diahann Carroll as a guest. Watch how the panel treats her…and remember that this was filmed in 1962. According to the Left, America is a horrifically racist country and white people are just demons that are always out to get the poor black folk. That’s what the Left teaches in public school and what the Justice Brothers claim on their swaths of destruction across the cultural landscape here in 2014. Back in 1962, however, on “What’s My Line?”, Diahann Caroll — clearly a black woman — was treated warmly and lovingly by the panel…who couldn’t hide their genuine admiration and affection for her.
And can I just say — WOW — was Diahann Carroll ever stunning. I had to research what show she was in on Broadway that the panel kept talking about, and it ended up being ‘No Strings”, a show she won a Tony Award for. The panelists loved her in it…and loved her in general. It’s the same with all the black celebrities that appeared on this show, from Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong to Etta James and beyond. Where’s all the irredeemable racism that supposedly infected everything in the past and still infects everything today, according to the Justice Brothers anyway.
Can you imagine a tee-vee show today where a panel knows what shows are on Broadway, what actors and actresses are starring in plays, what famous writers have released books, what explorers or scientists recently discovered something interesting?
Americans used to be SMART. Sharp, witty, jovial…and always so warm and kind. And this wasn’t an act. It wasn’t a put-on. And it wasn’t just the panelists. There was a live studio audience for this show, and they got very joke, laughed in all the right places, and were entertained by this marvelous show for almost 20 years!
And — again — something happened around 1971. That’s when “What’s My Line?” was canceled. A deliberate decision was made to dumb down everything on tee-vee…and eradicate shows with a rural theme, in what was known as CBS’s “rural purge”. Across the board, the decision was made to turn the dial and make everything gritty, sexual, loud, and violent. And the dial’s never been turned back since.
Every morning, I like to switch it back myself for a few minutes. I love trying to figure out who the celebrities are, so sometimes I don’t watch what’s playing and only listen to an episode. I don’t know how they guess some of these correctly (though I imagine they read the papers and paid attention to what celebrities were in town on other shows that day, figuring they’d be likely to pop over to “What’s My Line?”).
I call this a “Doom Antidote” because too often all we hear is how terrible things are right now and how the country is doomed and how all is lost. When you look at the sort of people Americans used to be and compare that to the America of today, I think you’ll see the influence of the Left and the toxic, hateful environment that has been deliberately engineered. Who was behind this? Was it communists or Soviet moles or other anarchists and radicals who patiently plotted the collapse of America by eroding our culture and ruining our education system? That’s a good guess. And it’s probably right. I also think the Devil himself was involved, because collapsing America from within and extinguishing this torch of liberty we’ve carried benefits no one more than Satan.
I think the first step towards getting the pendulum to swing back the right way is to rediscover how great Americans could be. I honestly find that after watching an episode of “What’s My Line?” every morning that I have more patience with people, at least for the first half of the day. The manners these panelists had and calm, jovial way these people spoke to one another is infectious. Contrast how you feel after watching an episode of this with how you feel after listening to the foul language on a modern reality show or the violent, screaming and yelling of what passes as music right now.
I think our brains need role-modeling like this. I think our souls hunger for it. These panelists are ladies and gentlemen interacting with ladies and gentlemen and having a marvelous time using their brains. No alcohol, drugs, vulgarity, or nudity needed. Imagine that!
Tomorrow we begin 2015…and with it another great fight for the soul of our country that will lead up to the 2016 election. I believe all Americans can be better than we collectively have been for a while…and I believe we can rediscover the greatness of our past. But only if we try.
Will you try? Together as friends I think we’ll accomplish great things in the next 23 months.
[ABOVE: This is where the FBI and Obama Regime wants you to believe the hacking of Sony took place, somewhere in North Korea….which is a country that looks mostly like the picture here. This assertion is as laughable as someone rolling up to my apartment in Chicago with an iPad and some duct tape and asking me to land a rover on a comet hurtling through space. I guess the people in the picture would be flattered to know that the FBI thinks they are capable of hacking Sony Pictures…just as I would be bemused to learn you think I could manage the comet-landing without any of the equipment or expertise in the field to handle that. Does the Obama Regime really believe that people are so stupid that they will believe this stuff?]
The FBI has been caught lying about the “North Korea hacked Sony!” baloney.
This matters because since 2008 the various departments of the federal government have been repeatedly caught lying and being used as political tools of the Obama Regime. First, the Justice Department (which has been used as an instrument to stir up racial violence). Then the IRS (which was used as a weapon against conservatives in a strategy to get Obama re-elected). And now the FBI (which was used to blame North Korea for a computer hack that was probably committed by disgruntled Sony employees).
I don’t know why the Obama Regime wanted North Korea blamed for the Sony hack. But, every day more computer experts call out the FBI as ridiculous for blaming North Korea. The red flag for me was how lickety-split the FBI rushed to blame North Korea…and how fast the Obama Regime trumpeted that “The case is closed! Nothing to see here! North Korea is EVIL!”
That’s not how the White House and FBI have ever operated in the past with things like this.
Let’s speculate on why they might have done this:
(1.) Sony wanted to “crisis manage” the situation and blaming North Korea would make Sony the victim/martyr and North Korea the villain. This took attention off Sony and distracted from all the embarrassing things that Sony executives said in the leaked emails. I know the stuff about Sony thinking black people only watch black movies got the most attention, but what I think was most damaging to Sony was how generally insipid their executives sounded in all of the emails. Terrible spelling and grammar. Writing like grade-schoolers most of the time. Backstabbing and badmouthing each other. What an unprofessional company Sony Pictures proved to be. All that kind of got forgotten once North Korea was painted as this super powerful computer mastermind with ninja-like hacker skills.
(2.) Sony wanted to create an “event” around The Interview and blaming North Korea for the hack was a “crisis management” strategy intended for marketing purposes. The movie is crap. It’s not funny and even fans of James Franco and Seth Rogen admit the movie’s grating and its stars are irritating in it. I believe someone at Sony was smart enough to Olivia Pope the situation after the hack happened (for the record, I believe that Sony was a victim of a hack…but I think it was disgruntled Sony employees who were behind it, not North Korea). There was a meeting. They realized the hack was damaging. They also realized they had a movie coming out about North Korea. So, some marketing genius and “crisis manager” realized they could turn this crisis into a golden opportunity by claiming that North Korea hacked Sony to stop the release of this crappy movie. And after they made that claim, they’d pull the movie from theaters to create demand and interest. And people would go into patriotic mode (however much is left of that in 2014) and they’d rush out to see the movie at whatever theaters were brave enough to show it (and that’s what happened, with it selling out wherever it played). The movie also made millions on VOD (video on demand) and YouTube, where it streamed for a fee. Which brings me to…
(3.) Was this all a test to see if same-day VOD and YouTube streaming would be profitable for a movie playing in theaters? Once again, I believe the Sony hack was real and that Sony as a company had nothing to do with it (but that it was committed by disgruntled employees). Again, in the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality of the Left, I think Sony might have wanted to see if VOD and YouTube and other streaming platforms could take the place of traditional distribution systems for new movies. Here, they had The Interview, which was a forgettable film that they probably focus-group tested and realized would be a turkey. They now had the “crisis” of the hack and the embarrassment it caused. They wanted to take the heat off Sony and put something new in the news…and they also had this interest in testing out VOD as a moneymaker for Sony. No major film had ever been released in theaters with same-day VOD. Some movie had to be the first. Why not The Interview? It sure seems reasonable that Sony executives decided to seize the opportunity to toss this movie out there, with all the buzz that the “North Korean hack” created, and test VOD as a distribution system for new pictures.
Let’s face it: with the giant TVs that people have now, in hi-definition, and the giant hassle and expense of going to movie theaters, studios are looking at a bleak future. Add into that the fact that violence is happening in movie theaters across the country now (and I’m not talking about what Hollywood puts on the screen, but about what’s happening with brawling and shootings in theaters) and you have millions of people every year deciding that they want no part of going to the movies. VOD is the future. Did Sony see a chance to dip its toes in that?
What’s really troubling is that the FBI seems to have played along here, which diminishes the FBI’s credibility going forward.
I feel that the White House pressured the FBI to pin this on North Korea. If the FBI didn’t, I bet the White House would have claimed the FBI is just racist…because it did not do what the black president wanted it to do. So, the FBI jumped when Obama commanded.
Obama needs Hollywood to promote his agenda and to continue to generate propaganda and sing his praises. Hollywood wanted North Korea blamed for what was probably an inside hack at Sony. Obama wanted North Korea blamed because Hollywood wanted it blamed. The FBI did what Obama wanted because the FBI is no longer concerned with getting things right or following trails of clues but has now apparently become a political tool of the Obama Regime, much like the IRS.
This is part of the continuing and very troubling trend of having Democrats in the White House. They bring the Left with them, and the Left sees all arms of government as tools to be used for political purposes.
This is why I can never vote for another Democrat for anything: I do not believe that the agencies of government should be used for political purposes or that law enforcement should be used as a palace guard for politicians. I am sickened that this has been happening in this country for the last 6 years and it needs to stop immediately.
Maybe the FBI being humiliated by this “North Korea hacked Sony!” nonsense will be the first step in a major and much-needed turnaround.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Guess who was brawling inside the Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s in Chicago on 12/27/14?
So, here’s another example of how civilization is just collapsing in Chicago and a wilding is happening, where the “youth” of the city cause massive property damage and bodily harm to others and the Chicago police are afraid to put a stop to any of this. Without watching the video, can you first guess who you think will be committing the violence in the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds?
(a.) The Amish
(b.) Homeschooled kids from the suburbs
(c.) Kids with stable two-parent homes or kids in private school
(d.) Chicago Public School students or graduates
Ding, ding, ding! If you picked (d.), you are a winner!
Those of us in Chicago lose, as always, because this is where political correctness has taken our city. The police here are afraid to stop this kind of behavior from the “youth” because they’re scared of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson turning one of these thugs into the next “gentle giant”. They commit crimes and hurt people…but if the police intervene and stop the criminals and the criminals are injured, then the Justice Brothers waddle out and threaten a race war.
White people are scared to death of a race war…but I wonder how it would look any different from a Saturday night at the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds.
If Chicago can no longer keep tourist areas like Navy Pier and the Rock n’ Roll McDonalds off Michigan Avenue safe anymore then the city’s in really bad shape. All during Mayor Daley’s administration, there was violence on the South Side and the other terrible parts of town…but it never bled into the tourist zones. Now, nowhere in Chicago is safe. The thugs beat and rob and murder in Boystown, Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park. It’s no longer just the South Side that is Murder Central.
Another airplane has gone “missing”.
I remind you that this is just 10 months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 also supposedly vanished without a trace. In the year 2014. Poof! Nothing to see here, folks!
Here’s what I think is really happening: hackers are taking over these planes and causing governments to shoot them down (I don’t think it’s a terrorist network at work…I think it’s something ridiculous like Millennials eating pizza in a dorm room somewhere, behaving like real life is a video game). But, the governments who have to shoot the planes down don’t want to admit they are doing this. So, the governments involved are lying to the public and pretending they don’t know what happened to the planes, knowing from public relations consultants that the public loses interest after about 6 months and people stop caring.
Ask anyone on the street if they remember the missing Malaysian airlines crash and I’d wager you’d hear “Didn’t they find that plane?” or “What Malaysian airline crash?” (or, if you’re talking to a Chicago Public Schools graduate, “What’s Malaysia?”).
The AirAsia disappearance just happened yesterday. Drudge has it flashing on the homepage in red right now as a breaking story. Maybe by morning the plane will be found, safe and sound…or debris will be spotted floating in the ocean this time. But at the moment I’m wondering if the hacking of Sony and the Christmas morning hacking of Playstation and XBox are related to these two airline disappearances.
Is this a pattern that’s all the work of rogue computer hackers out for “Lulz”?
I don’t believe it’s Muslims who are behind this. And I don’t believe it’s North Korea. I think the people behind this are smarter and are not tied to Islam or a nation state.
I’m wondering if this is a Matthew Broderick in War Games kind of scenario. Are hackers out there having some “Lulz” (as the Internet calls using computers to engage in “pranks” like these, even if they have horrifically real consequences) and exploiting holes in airline security in Asia? For the uninitiated, a large swath of male Millennials has withdrawn from society and essentially lives in front of computer screens, waging war against one target or another.
The call these “faggot raids”…where people (usually Millennial males) who grew up on video games like “World of Warcraft” blur the lines between fantasy and reality and engage in cyber warfare against an appointed enemy in real life, as if they were playing a video game. “Faggot raids” are what these gamers-cum-cyber-terrorists call themselves. “Raids” are what World of Warcraft calls a group of players coming together for a mission in the game…and somehow Internet parlance called taking on these “missions” in real life “faggot raiding”. It’s my understanding that they don’t mean this as a homophobic pejorative, but as some self-awareness at how pathetic they are for behaving this way.
Trolls organize to bring down a target…but lose interest pretty quickly and have to move on to something new. Could these hacking attacks against Sony, Playstation, and X-Box be linked to the missing airlines? What if the “faggot raiding” parties have grown bored with their usual stunts and have taken their “raiding” to the next level?
Would governments admit that “faggot raiding” parties of civilian Millennials are behind these atrocities?
It seems crazy to me to believe that North Korea perpetrated the Sony hack. The FBI sure moved fast to pin it on North Korea, though…and the White House was falling all over itself to repeat that line. When does the FBI ever move that fast to pin the blame on someone? I don’t remember the FBI even admitting that Al Queda was behind 9/11 until some time later. With this Sony hack, the FBI was like Commissioner Gordon figuring out it was The Riddler at work and firing up the Bat-Signal before the first commercial break.
And after that, there was a big “nothing to see here, folks” embargo on any proof that the FBI was telling the truth. Did North Korea — a country that is pitch black from space at night and is as backwards as things come in our modern world — somehow hack Sony and mostly just screw around with payroll documents (you know, like a juvenile hacker in a “faggot raiding party” would)? That has never made any sense to me. If they had the ability to hack computers like that, why didn’t they hack the computers at Hoover Dam and cause it to explode…or hack the federal government’s payroll operations…or hack Wall Street? Wouldn’t those be things that North Korea would do…if North Korea could do those things?
That whole “pin this on North Korea” thing feels like something Olivia Pope would have come up with on the TV show Scandal. North Korea is the last politically correct villain left in the world. Have you noticed that all recent movies involving any kind of attack on the country have been using North Korea as the bad guys (instead of Muslims, the Chinese, or Russia?). The Red Dawn remake (North Korea invades the US!). One of those “Die Hard in the White House” movies, I can’t tell them apart (North Korea attacked in one of them, for sure, and either Aaron Eckhart was President or it was Jamie Foxx, I don’t think anyone really knows). Hollywood is afraid of offending China and losing ticket sales there by having Chinese villains. And Hollywood is afraid of offending Muslims by accurately portraying Islam as the driving force of evil in any movie (because Hollywood executives are afraid of jihad retaliation for such accuracy). Ain’t nobody scared of North Korea because the North Koreans are the bad guys in just about everything produced in the action genre in the last five years.
But, we’re supposed to believe that North Korea hacked Sony because it was upset about a James Flacco (sic…spelling courtesy of Obama) movie?
And we’re also supposed to believe that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 just vanished out of our dimension, possibly out of our time stream?
Isn’t a much simpler explanation that rogue computer hackers are behind all of these things?
I actually believe that most times in recent years that airplanes mysteriously crash that they were in fact shot down by governments. That could be our government, or it could be others. But governments don’t want to own up to doing this. How many mysterious crashes of planes have reports of rockets in the air, spotted by people on the ground?
What if the common thread in all of these mystery crashes is really that in every one of them the planes were shot down by governments because the planes had been hacked and the fear was that the planes would be used in 9/11 style attacks?
The governments shoot the planes down…and then disavow any responsibility for the action. The planes just “vanished”.
In other instances where a villain is needed, just trot out North Korea. Can’t blame Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden anymore. So, just say that North Korea did it. Otherwise just say “the plane disappeared”.
Am I the only one who can so easily see Kerry Washington holding a big glass of wine and wearing her giant white hat, standing in the Oval Office set of Scandal, telling the actor playing the President on the show to do things like this?
I think this might have actually been an episode of Scandal from Season 1, come to think of it.
Yesterday (12/26/14), thugs in Chicago took the term “boxing day” literally and engaged in an all-out brawl at Navy Pier, ruining the WinterFest carnival. Would you like three guesses as to the sort of people who were brawling? Was it…
(1) The Amish?
(2) Homeschooled children from the suburbs?
(3) Kids with a father living at home with them or who attend private school?
(4) Chicago Public School students?
Ding, ding, ding…if you picked #4, you are a winner.
Note that the news reports go out of their way to NOT describe any of the perpetrators and NOT show any of the thugs committing the crimes, despite there being eyewitnesses taking video (that the media won’t show). When the media refuses to report on the race of a criminal it’s like the international media refusing to say that the person who blew up a building or exploded a bus was a Muslim. You’re just left to guess and read between the lines.
We’re in an interesting news cycle that’s kind of a perfect storm: black “youth” viciously attacking the unsuspecting across the country, but Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have revved things up to such a degree in the politically correct media that people are afraid to talk about it (and of course with Obama in the White House, no opportunity is wasted to make race relations in this country more divisive than ever). If the police respond to any situation where black “youth” are robbing, beating, or murdering people, then the thugs become the poor misunderstood “victims” and martyrs…even if they’re caught on film engaging in a melee.
In truth, I think people are out of their minds to go to Navy Pier to begin with. That’s just Mistake Number One and is asking for trouble on any day of the week (let alone Friday). It’s not someplace that most Chicagoans go to anyway (unless you are going to the Shakespeare Theater there, which I guarantee you is safe from any spontaneous brawls erupting during the middle of Pericles). Really, Navy Pier is just a place that tourists go to…and where criminals go to then prey on the tourists. It’s the equivalent of a watering hole on the serengeti…and the rich white tourists are the prey. You have to be deaf, dumb, and blind if you can’t guess who the predators are.
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I have to admit that while I think flash mobs are silly (and tired at this point), I thought this was adorable. Though it was filmed in England, it reminded me a lot of the last day of school before Christmas break in Cleveland when I was a kid. We’d have mass that day and then some sort of Christmas assembly, where there would be singing of various degrees from wonderful to meh. I remember being wildly excited the whole time and there always being rainbow candy canes that tasted like cherry and everyone had on either red or green sweaters.
Disney achieved something remarkable with “Frozen” and it appears to have been totally by accident. My boyfriend Justin has a job freelancing with some companies that work peripherally with Disney and people in that industry all attest that the House of Mouse had no idea that “Frozen” would be a hit. I don’t think it’s the Broadway style music, though, that made it so popular (though that did help).
I think it was the setting and the characters and the fact that it was not a forced multi-culti offering. Disney put out a product that was not pushing “diversity” for the sake of “diversity” and people went nuts for it. They had hungered for it. I doubt Disney will learn any lesson from this, though. The MBAs in the C-suites over at Disney have probably invented all sorts of reasons why Frozen was such a hit, but I doubt they will admit the truth: it was a lovely movie about European princesses, sisterhood, and a gorgeous, snowy background. There was no racial tension, no “the historic first this” or “the groundbreaking first that”, or any of that PC-garbage.
Every year I wonder if this is the last year that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (the Justice Brothers) will be allowed to race-bait and provoke hatred and division wherever they go. I wonder if this is the year that Americans wake up and say enough is enough with all of this garbage. I’ve been working on a project with Megan Fox for the last year that has really shown me how mousy most Americans have become and how afraid they are of both the media and the Left’s PC-brigades. People are truly in a constant state of fear of these people on the Left. They fear them the way that people in Chicago feared Al Capone’s gang back in the day…only this is a national fear.
I think “Frozen” was so successful because people could escape into that movie and live momentarily in a world without any of this garbage. The Left has been pitting Americans against one another in a long tribalist siege, dividing everyone along lines of skin color or imagined “nationality” (anything to keep people from just seeing each other as “Americans”…so instead everyone has to be African-American or Mexican-American or Whatever-American instead). Sadly, even good people do this, without realizing it. I was at Christmas party today and was having a lovely time…until someone asked, “What’s your nationality?” Of course, “American” is not accepted as an answer. This person wanted to play that tribalist, “nationality expert” game. And you know what? At 38 I am just too old for that.
I’m from Ohio (Cleveland, specifically), so I talked with this person about growing up in Cuyahoga County as if it was a foreign land steeped in magic and wonder. If the intent of the nationality experts is really to learn about a person and where he is “from”, then they should be thrilled to listen to stories about northeast Ohio in the 1980s for an hour. The answer these buffoons want, however, is some tribalist tripe about one great-grandparent or another being from somewhere in the old Holy Roman Empire that no longer exists anymore. But I think this game is just so stupid that I won’t play it. I don’t think anyone should play this anymore either.
That’s my biggest Christmas wish this year: that in 2015 and beyond we can, as Americans, start wising up to what the Left’s up to and that we as a people stop voluntarily dividing ourselves along these tribalist lines. My family’s from Ohio. I’m really proud of that. Though I live in Chicago now, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city of lights, city of wonder, that is Cleveland. But I don’t give a damn about where anyone related to me a hundred years ago lived in Europe. I’m an American and I’d love to see an America where the Left didn’t win time and again by disuniting us psychologically, emotionally, and so casually.
This isn’t done to anyone living in England, where they get to be just “British”. It’s not done to anyone living in Australia, as they are just “Australian”. People in Canada are just “Canadian” and people in Mexico are more or less getting ready to pour across our unsealed southern border. The few remaining there get to just be “Mexicans”, though.
But Americans always have to be split into something else, even at a Christmas party. I’m tired of it and want to do something about it in 2015.
I want the nationality experts to just “let it go” and take pride in being an American. Hasn’t the Left had enough decades of this tribalism already? Can’t we turn the page and start something new in 2015?
What think you?
I was amazed today while visiting a friend that her children (both under 10) had never heard Whitney Houston sing…let alone heard her sing this Christmas song.
I feel that America is at a crossroads between the world most of us grew up in and a new, nastier, darker, and relentlessly-negative concoction that the Left has been pushing. A big part of that is the destruction of religion…and with it the butchering of our national soul. Kids today are being taught to hate America in schools and adults play the “nationality game”, where instead of being proud to be Americans they like to say they are “part German, part Hungarian, part Greek” or whatever. Teddy Roosevelt cautioned against that garbage a hundred years ago…because it’s part of what divides us as a people…and makes it so easy for the Left to split everyone along these various cracks and fault lines. America could never be conquered externally, but it can be killed from within by the “nationality experts” and the generations of children who are growing up insisting that America is nothing special and that we should all be “global citizens” instead.
How does Whitney Houston factor into all of this?
I think she was a canary in the coal mine for all of this. When I was a kid in grade school and Whitney Houston was coming to town, it was THE event to hit Cleveland. I remember the THRILL of finding out that a classmate’s mom had scored a group of tickets and a bunch of us were being invited to go to a Whitney Houston concert. And everyone there that night of the show was filled with such positive energy, singing along…with Whitney herself regal and serene and absolutely gorgeous. People of all ages marveled at her voice and were delighted by her songs. That voice. That regal bearing. That PRESENCE. Even now, these are the hallmarks I attribute to angels.
Is there anything like this in the music world (or in the greater realm of pop culture) today? I don’t think so.
Whitney herself is gone, of course. But in her last years she wasn’t the same Whitney that rolled through Cleveland back in 1985. In her final years, the nastiness of the Internet turned her into a joke. She was savaged and defamed and something inside her just gave up. And the demons got ahold of her.
This same corrosion is happening to our country. Every year, the attacks on Christmas get stronger. Militant atheists, Neopagans, and Satanists chip away at our shared Christmas traditions. The Multi-Culti cult makes new gains, further dividing Americans along various imagined ethnic and ancestral lines, carving us up into new demographic groups. Every time you play “nationality expert” you help them do this, whether you realize it or not.
Is all of this permanent, or is it just an unfortunately dreadful period in history that we’re going through?
I don’t know…but I don’t see much point in giving up hope. If you really believe in this country and the fact that America is something special in the world, then you should seize every opportunity to set the nationality experts and the Multi-Culti crowd straight. If you truly love the Lord (the way that Whitney sure did, back in her prime) then should celebrate Christmas with boundless verve. At a time when the creatures of darkness have more power than ever before and the Internet allows them to scratch and claw at everything good in the world, too many decent and kind people feel bullied into silence. They’re afraid to speak up for what’s right because they don’t want the trolls out there to come after them. They don’t want to be savaged, so they stay silent.
While it’s certainly one strategy to hide like that (and thus always avoid the attention of the Left), is it fair or right to hide your light under a bushel?
I am overcome with a sense of great redemption when I listen to “Do You Hear What I Hear”, by Whitney back in her glory days. That performance echoes through eternity. Twenty-five years later, it’s as joyful and as meaningful as the day she sang it on The Tonight Show. None of what happened to her later matters now. Her soul’s at peace and her joyful singing lives on.
Today, two new Whitney Houston fans discovered this song and are burning up their Kindles playing it over and over again for Christmas. They see in Whitney what I saw in her when I was their age…and that’s what her legacy’s going to be. Not the Bobby Brown years. Not the fall and the struggles. Not her sad and tragic end.
I think this nation is in a state of depression that’s more than economic. The Left has succeeded in dividing us and breaking our spirit, battering and berating our shared identity. But I don’t think that has to be permanent. I don’t believe what’s been done can’t be undone. And I don’t believe evil ever wins in the end.
If you love the Lord and you love America, just remember a comeback and real redemption are as reliable as Christmas rolling around on the calendar every year. The Left will scratch and claw and attempt to destroy Christmas, but they won’t succeed. Just as they will fail in their attempts to destroy America.
It’s not right or fair or fun that we have to be alive today to witness the Left at its zenith of power…but it wasn’t right or fair or fun for my grandparents’ generation to be alive when Hitler’s armies were marching across Europe and the forces of evil were at a previous zenith.
The Left is more insidious now, though. And the greatest threats to America today are domestic, not foreign. The Left has succeeded in turning America’s children against their own country. That’s never happened before. It’s one helluva challenge we face. I believe a large part of the Baby Boomer generation wants to see the country fall into ruin and burn to the ground before the Boomers depart this planet…and the Millennials in the generation below me have been taught by Marxists in the classroom that America must fall for the utopia of globalism to take over.
I don’t know how we can combat any of this…but I do know it’s worth trying.
If the NAACP was ever actually an organization dedicated to the advancement of colored people, I am certainly too young to remember. Throughout my adult life it seems the NAACP is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the liberal/progressive political wing. If “colored people” happen to align with their politics, great. But anything not part of the official Democrat platform is ignored or outright opposed.
A great example of this last is the NAACP opposition to school choice laws, which have been shown as fairly successful for black children in many communities. You would think an organization supposedly dedicated to helping advance black people would actually want to help advance black children, but since Democrats oppose school choice, you would be wrong to assume so.
In the latest bit of whacky weirdness, the NAACP organized a march to protest voter ID laws. Prior to the march, they distributed a flyer with DOs and DON’Ts. One of the DOs? “Bring photo identification and keep it on you at all times”
In my present state of mind, I am beyond the point of feeling angry about this. The hypocrisy among political power players is so rampant, so obvious, so egregious that I just can’t help but laugh.
Maybe I am laughing the laugh of the damned.
Before the two best teams in the NFL squared off against one another, two political titans entered their own arena to do battle. Here are my five takeaways from the Obama / O’Reilly Super Bowl interview.
1. The entire Obama administration is technologically naive
O’Reilly pressed Obama on the botched Obamacare rollout. Obama repeated multiple times:
“I don’t think anybody anticipated the degree of problems”
Really? Nobody in the entire administration anticipated these problems? I find this incredibly difficult to believe. I work in the web industry. I develop web applications used by hundreds of thousands and even millions of people. I can tell you from personal experience that if my deadline was approaching and the product was not ready, I would be in regular communications with the client discussing crisis mode options.
CGI Federal has taken a lot of heat for the botched rollout. Some of that they deserve, no doubt. But I suspect the #1 problem was a terrible set of specifications delivered from the government. Poor specifications leads to poor product. I also suspect that the middlemen within the Administration did not possess enough tech knowledge to comprehend the extent of the disastrous rollout.
“[Nobody] anticipated the degree of problems.” Obama’s own words. I expected more from the supposedly “most tech-savvy administration in history.”
2. Holding people accountable is now officially meaningless
O’Reilly challenged Obama on Kathleen Sebelius’ continued employment. O’Reilly clearly believes she failed and she should go. I happen to agree. However, Obama’s reassures us:
I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable.
Okay, but what does this mean? Obama has told us before that he holds people accountable. Other than General Stanley McChrystal, who has Obama actually fired? Only a select few have even resigned.
In the Obama administration, you can oversee the Fast and Furious scandal, lie about the cause of the attack in Benghazi, lie to Congress about the government’s data-collection policies, and even botch the rollout of the President’s signature legislation and your job is secure. But dare to mock Joe Biden and you’re fired!
How many days has it been since news broke that Chris Christie’s administration had intentionally created traffic problems on the Washington bridge? It’s only been a week or so but it seems like forever. Public radio and the main stream media seem to be talking about it any time I turn on the TV, radio, or Internet. I even saw at least one Democrat calling for Christie’s impeachment. I’m not endorsing Christie by any means, but impeachment? Come on…
And now, with the Feds probing possible misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief funds, the left is whipping itself into a feeding frenzy. I even noticed CNN went so far as to call Christie “scandal plagued,” as if two scandals amount to a plague in a world where President Obama can apparently weather a dozen scandals simultaneously without CNN throwing up the quarantine tent.