The Ballard of The Landlord

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 by sweetangel16175

The Ballad of the Landlord
by Langston Hughes

Landlord, landlord,
My roof has sprung a leak.
Don’t you ‘member I told you about it
Way last week?

Landlord, landlord,
These steps is broken down.
When you come up yourself
It’s a wonder you don’t fall down.

Ten Bucks you say I owe you?
Ten Bucks you say is due?
Well, that’s Ten Bucks more’n I’l pay you
Till you flx this house up new.

What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?

Um-huh! You talking high and mighty.
Talk on-till you get through.
You ain’t gonn a be able to say a word
If I land my fist on you.

Police! Police!
Come and get this man!
He’s trying to ruin the government
And overturn the land!

Copper’s whistle!
Patrol bell!
Arrest.
Precinct Station.
Iron cell.
Headlines in press:
MAN THREATENS LANDLORD
TENANT HELD NO BAIL
JUDGE GIVES NEGRO 90 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL!

JFK Speech on Jim Crow in the 1960′s

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 24, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Good evening, my fellow citizens:

This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. That order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro. That they were admitted peacefully on the campus is due in good measure to the conduct of the students of the University of Alabama, who met their responsibilities in a constructive way.

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. And when Americans are sent to Vietnam or West Berlin, we do not ask for whites only. It ought to be possible, therefore, for American students of any color to attend any public institution they select without having to be backed up by troops. It ought to to be possible for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, such as hotels and restaurants and theaters and retail stores, without being forced to resort to demonstrations in the street, and it ought to be possible for American citizens of any color to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. It ought to to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case.

The Negro baby born in America today, regardless of the section of the State in which he is born, has about one-half as much chance of completing a high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day, one-third as much chance of completing college, one-third as much chance of becoming a professional man, twice as much chance of becoming unemployed, about one-seventh as much chance of earning $10,000 a year, a life expectancy which is 7 years shorter, and the prospects of earning only half as much.

This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.

The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who will represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?

One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.

We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?

Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise. The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them. The fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South, where legal remedies are not at hand. Redress is sought in the streets, in demonstrations, parades, and protests which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives.

We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives. It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the facts that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame, as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right, as well as reality.

Next week I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law. The Federal judiciary has upheld that proposition in a series of forthright cases. The Executive Branch has adopted that proposition in the conduct of its affairs, including the employment of Federal personnel, the use of Federal facilities, and the sale of federally financed housing. But there are other necessary measures which only the Congress can provide, and they must be provided at this session. The old code of equity law under which we live commands for every wrong a remedy, but in too many communities, in too many parts of the country, wrongs are inflicted on Negro citizens and there are no remedies at law. Unless the Congress acts, their only remedy is the street.

I am, therefore, asking the Congress to enact legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public — hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments. This seems to me to be an elementary right. Its denial is an arbitrary indignity that no American in 1963 should have to endure, but many do.

I have recently met with scores of business leaders urging them to take voluntary action to end this discrimination, and I have been encouraged by their response, and in the last two weeks over 75 cities have seen progress made in desegregating these kinds of facilities. But many are unwilling to act alone, and for this reason, nationwide legislation is needed if we are to move this problem from the streets to the courts.

I’m also asking the Congress to authorize the Federal Government to participate more fully in lawsuits designed to end segregation in public education. We have succeeded in persuading many districts to desegregate voluntarily. Dozens have admitted Negroes without violence. Today, a Negro is attending a State-supported institution in every one of our 50 States, but the pace is very slow.

Too many Negro children entering segregated grade schools at the time of the Supreme Court’s decision nine years ago will enter segregated high schools this fall, having suffered a loss which can never be restored. The lack of an adequate education denies the Negro a chance to get a decent job.

The orderly implementation of the Supreme Court decision, therefore, cannot be left solely to those who may not have the economic resources to carry the legal action or who may be subject to harassment.

Other features will be also requested, including greater protection for the right to vote. But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country. In this respect I wanna pay tribute to those citizens North and South who’ve been working in their communities to make life better for all. They are acting not out of sense of legal duty but out of a sense of human decency. Like our soldiers and sailors in all parts of the world they are meeting freedom’s challenge on the firing line, and I salute them for their honor and their courage.

My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all — in every city of the North as well as the South. Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, denied equal rights, denied the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or a lunch counter or go to a movie theater, denied the right to a decent education, denied almost today the right to attend a State university even though qualified. It seems to me that these are matters which concern us all, not merely Presidents or Congressmen or Governors, but every citizen of the United States.

This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can’t have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Therefore, I’m asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for every child to be educated to the limit of his talents.

As I’ve said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

This is what we’re talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.

Thank you very much.

Draw Prophet Mohammed POH Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 21, 2010 by sweetangel16175

See Past Sexuality and Appearance

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by sweetangel16175

The Original Tyler made a video about this topic.

And I totally agree with it. :)

Gays don’t deserve this

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 4, 2010 by sweetangel16175
Gays don’t deserve this

Posted By Jerold LeBlanc/Editor

Posted 5 days ago

An Edmonton lesbian is recovering from serious injuries following what she described as being on the receiving end of a hate crime.Shannon Barry, who freely admitted she was intoxicated, was walking home with her friends at 3:25 a.m. Saturday in Edmonton, when they encountered a group of what they thought were young men.

Apparently when Barry’s group spurred their advances, even telling them they were gay, the group of guys hurtled homophobic slurs at Barry and her friends, something that is not new to Edmonton’s gay community, or other gays throughout the world.
Yet, that was only the start.

The situation got out of control when the group descended upon Barry and her friends, and soon she found herself being kicked in the face by one of her perpetrators.

The end result?

Barry, suffered a broken nose, as well as the bone below her eye socket, has undergone reconstructive surgery, where two metal plates have been inserted into her face, and the prognosis is she may have permanent nerve damage.

A lot has been made of the fact that the Edmonton Police Service dropped the ball during the initial handling of the case.

Instead of filing a report immediately, the officer took a couple of days off.

Barry was outraged when she discovered this type of treatment of her case, and later Edmonton Police Service chief Mike Boyd publicly apologized to Barry for the department’s lack of action.

The most surprising element of the entire issue, however, is Barry’s alleged perpetrator – a 14-year-old boy.

While in a perfect world, a 14-year-old boy wouldn’t be wondering the streets at 3:25 a.m. – even if it is on a weekend – little has been written about the parents of the accused, if he has parents at all.

As for the homophobic slurs, one could dismiss them as drunken ramblings of a bunch of guys who with too much testosterone, yet when have you ever heard someone yelling “hetro, hetro” at a bar fight, or a fight anywhere else for that matter.

However, what if the homophobic fears run a lot deeper than words, which appears to be the case in this instance?

We hope it’s an isolated, alcohol-fuelled incident, but considering hate crimes that do occur against members of the gay community – here in Alberta, and throughout the world – we doubt it.

People need to realize that the gay community is not a bug that should be crushed under a heel of a boot, but, instead, be embraced for who they are –human.

http://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2554729

Revolution.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 3, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Revolution: The sixties and now.
by Josh Chicarelli

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately from the 60s. Everything from Jefferson Airplane, to the Beatles, to Grateful Dead, etc. And I’ve been reading up a lot on the 60s and I started thinking back over the past decade and noticed several startling parallels between then and now. In the 60s, they had so many grassroot movements starting up in opposition to the Vietnam War and all the scandals of the White House. Guess what! In the past decade, we seen that same kind of mentality arise in my generation. Even with help from those from that generation. We oppose the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which are still going on. Many have called both the “New Vietnam”. In the 1960s, you saw an uprising of newfound artistic freedom and creativity with the music and culture as a whole. We’re seeing that again now as musicians are stepping outside their genres and fusing them together to create new sounds. Also, the cultural landscape is changing faster than ever with the rise of alternative media taking over from the corporate media which was the “norm.” Back in the 60s, you had the civil rights movement marching for equal rights and nowadays, non-white citizens are now being taken seriously as possible Presidential candidates. You had Richard Nixon in the 60s showing the corruption of the government when the Watergate scandal hit and now there’s scandal after scandal coming out and the people are getting fed up with it! A revolution is happening right now, just like in the 60s.

When it comes to the grassroot movements like the 60s had with the Acid Tests. Now we’re on the verge of almost having marijuana legalized. Back then, you had the marches in Washington D.C., which we have now. But you also see the Libertarians start up the Tea Party movement (before the Republicans hijacked it), and more importantly We Are Change. Both with the intent to stop over taxation and to stop the covering up of government lies. Hippies are also making a big return across the country. Now outside the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco as more people of my generation are looking back and discovering the works of people like Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Phillip K. Dick, among others. I mean, hell, even the Beatles are making a comeback, almost 40 years after they broke up with the re-releases of their albums selling and the Beatles: Rock Band video game opening up new generations to 60s counterculture. Right now, in my illogic, it’s like “What if the 1960s fucked the start of the new millennium and had a bastard child? This period in time would be that bastard child.” Dissent and distrust towards the government is rising more and more every day, just as it had in the 60s, and right now people like me, Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, Webster Tarpley, George Noory, Luke Rudowski, Mark Dice, my chicka Roxy Lopez, and others are right in the middle of it leading the way.

I mean, last year, we even got to see the reunion of Cheech and Chong, and Sublime (with Rome)! Even two of the biggest movies in the past decade were stoner movies featuring the characters of Harold and Kumar. It’s like the 60s for the new age! I mean, shit! Just look at the new Alice in Wonderland movie. That was like an acid trip to hell and back. Then we have Thompson’s Rum Diary hitting theaters soon as well. So it looks like the counterculture is becoming the mainstream and the mainstream is becoming the old hat.

….After a statement like that, I wouldn’t know how to end this blog so I repeat it again. Right now it looks like the counterculture is becoming the mainstream and the mainstream is becoming the old hat.

this is totally true. :)

Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Balt. Co. Family In Fear After Possible Hate Crime
Reporting
Kelly McPherson

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ― A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch, and police think it may have been a hate crime.

A Baltimore County family wakes up to a gruesome sight, a dead raccoon, hanging from a noose tied to their front porch.

Kelly McPherson explains investigators believe it could be a hate crime.

Imagine waking up to a dead animal hanging on the porch.

“At first, I didn’t know what it was, so I just ran back into the house because it looked like a body. It was really big,” said Sherrie Hicks-Rose, neighbor.

It was the carcass of a large raccoon strung up from the porch rafter with a noose around its neck, blood-drenched.

“I was just thinking in case my door wasn’t locked probably the person was going to hang me and not the raccoon,” said Victoria Vonty, victim.

Baltimore County Police are now investigating this incident because if the person who hung the racoon on the Vonty’s porch intended to intimidate the family for their background or religion, this would be a hate crime.

“This case is a bit unusual. It’s not a normal case of something that we usually see, and that’s why we’re concerned and why we’re following up on this case,” said Lt. McCollough, Baltimore County Police.

The homeowner is originally from Liberia. She told police that her son recently had been in a fight with another boy, but she doesn’t know who could have done this.

“What happened this morning is telling me that somebody’s against me. That’s what it tells me. It’s a sign of communication that this is how I’m going to treat you,” said Vonty.

“We’re not sure what’s going to happen next. If you go as far as to come into someone’s property and hang a dead animal, we don’t know if that’s a message. We don’t know if that’s a threat; we’re not sure,” said Hicks-Rose.

The homeowner says she’s now telling her boys to be home earlier than before. The neighbor believes others in the community should come forward to solve this crime.

http://wjz.com/local/raccoon.hate.crime.2.1667957.html

FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by sweetangel16175

FBI investigates Gaston hate crime

April 30, 2010 9:21 PM
Corey Friedman

LOWELL — A hangman’s noose stopped Allen Doug McGee from tying the knot.

Tension that followed the discovery of violent threats scrawled on the side of McGee’s home and a noose and brick left on his front porch strained his relationship with fiancée Cyd McDaniel to the breaking point. She recently gave him his ring back.

“She broke my heart,” McGee said Friday. “I still love the girl. It’s off. It’s done. It’s over.”

The white auto mechanic became the target of vandalism because of his relationship with McDaniel, who is black. Police and federal investigators call the case a hate crime, but more than a month after a hanging stick figure and the words “We will burn you out” were found spray-painted on McGee’s home, no arrests have been made.

“My personal opinion is they’re never going to catch anybody,” McGee said, “because I’m sure whoever it is is going to keep their mouth shut. I hope they do catch whoever done it, I really do.”

On Feb. 23, McGee found a noose, note and brick on his front porch. He said the note stated, “We don’t approve. End it.”

That discovery wasn’t reported to Lowell police until the morning of March 25, after McGee’s then-11-year-old son noticed the graffiti on the side of the house.

Police Chief Mark Buchanan said officers were unable to develop any strong suspects. McGee wasn’t as cooperative as he could have been, he said.

“I think there’s some personal information he doesn’t want to tell us,” said Buchanan. “He knows more than he’ll tell, and it sort of ties our hands.”

McGee maintains that he doesn’t know who wrote the note left with the noose or who vandalized his house. He quickly set straight an FBI agent who expressed similar skepticism.

“They asked me if I knew who it was,” McGee recalled. “I said, ‘No, if I did, I’d be in jail.’”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Charlotte field office requested a copy of the Lowell Police Department incident report two days after the hate crime was reported, Buchanan said.

An FBI agent interviewed McGee April 19 at the Charlotte auto body and paint shop where he works. The mechanic said he spent about an hour with the investigator, who “doesn’t know if there’ll be much more out of it.”

McGee said he’s even done his own sleuthing, but his efforts have turned up more questions than answers. So he’s repainted his house and workshop and is trying to move on with his life.

“I just want it calmed down,” he said. “I want everything to go back to the way it was.”

A sturdy, barrel-chested man with thick arms, McGee isn’t afraid of whoever threatened his life. He warns the “coward” to stay away for his or her own safety.

“Ain’t nobody going to run me out of my house,” he said. “If I catch someone, I’m not going to call the cops. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That’s the way it should be.”

http://www.gastongazette.com/news/lowell-46641-crime-fbi.html

We shall overcome

Posted in martin luther king with tags , , on April 19, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Martin Luther King’s speech, or at least part of it. :)

Ethical Question

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

would you kill one person for the greater good of the society?

using my professors example:
lets say you have this train filled with explosives heading towards your city and you know that.
if it hits your city, the whole city will explode.
theres a switch right before your city.
theres an old lady whos walking on the other track.

you cant save both of them.

would you pull the switch? would you kill the old lady to save your city?

i mean they both have a right to live.

Please Hear What I am not Saying

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Please Hear What I’m Not Saying

Don’t be fooled by me.
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear for I wear a mask,
a thousand masks,
masks that I’m afraid to take off,
and none of them is me.

Pretending is an art that’s second nature with me,
but don’t be fooled, for God’s sake don’t be fooled.
I give you the impression that I’m secure,
that all is sunny and unruffled with me,
within as well as without,
that confidence is my name and coolness my game,
that the water’s calm and I’m in command and that I need no one,
but don’t believe me.
My surface may seem smooth but my surface is my mask,
ever-varying and ever-concealing.
Beneath lies no complacence.
Beneath lies confusion, and fear, and aloneness.
But I hide this.
I don’t want anybody to know it.
I panic at the thought of my weakness exposed.
That’s why I frantically create a mask to hide behind,
a nonchalant sophisticated facade,
to help me pretend,
to shield me from the glance that knows.

But such a glance is precisely my salvation,
my only hope, and I know it.
That is, if it’s followed by acceptance,
if it’s followed by love.
It’s the only thing that can liberate me from myself,
from my own self-built prison walls,
from the barriers I so painstakingly erect.
It’s the only thing that will assure me of what I can’t assure myself,
that I’m really worth something.
But I don’t tell you this.
I don’t dare to, I’m afraid to.
I’m afraid your glance will not be followed by acceptance,
will not be followed by love.
I’m afraid you’ll think less of me,
that you’ll laugh, and your laugh would kill me.
I’m afraid that deep-down I’m nothing
and that you will see this and reject me.

So I play my game, my desperate pretending game,
with a facade of assurance without and a trembling child within.
So begins the glittering but empty parade of masks,
and my life becomes a front.
I tell you everything that’s really nothing,
and nothing of what’s everything,
of what’s crying within me.
So when I’m going through my routine
do not be fooled by what I’m saying.
Please listen carefully and try to hear what I’m not saying,
what I’d like to be able to say,
what for survival I need to say,
but what I can’t say.

I don’t like hiding.
I don’t like playing superficial phony games.
I want to stop playing them.
I want to be genuine and spontaneous and me
but you’ve got to help me.
You’ve got to hold out your hand
even when that’s the last thing I seem to want.
Only you can wipe away from my eyes
the blank stare of the breathing dead.
Only you can call me into aliveness.
Each time you’re kind, and gentle, and encouraging,
each time you try to understand because you really care,
my heart begins to grow wings–
very small wings,
very feeble wings,
but wings!

With your power to touch me into feeling
you can breathe life into me.
I want you to know that.
I want you to know how important you are to me,
how you can be a creator–an honest-to-God creator–
of the person that is me if you choose to.
You alone can break down the wall behind which I tremble,
you alone can remove my mask,
you alone can release me from my shadow-world of panic,
from my lonely prison,
if you choose to.
Please choose to.

Do not pass me by.
It will not be easy for you.
A long conviction of worthlessness builds strong walls.
The nearer you approach to me the blinder I may strike back.
It’s irrational, but despite what the books say about man
often I am irrational.
I fight against the very thing I cry out for.
But I am told that love is stronger than strong walls
and in this lies my hope.
Please try to beat down those walls
with firm hands but with gentle hands
for a child is very sensitive.

Who am I, you may wonder?
I am someone you know very well.
For I am every man you meet
and I am every woman you meet.

~ Charles C. Finn, September 1966

Don’t tell me that racism doesnt still exist…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Don’t tell me that racism still doesn’t exist when my mom is having problems with a redneck doctor named Evan Jones.

Don’t tell me that racism still doesn’t exist when the only reason this redneck doctor doesn’t want to give her a nurse is because he is racist, even though you should know that being middle eastern or even Muslim, it’s not your race.

Don’t tell me that racism still doesn’t exist when he makes my mom do his work and my mom’s not even complaining.

Don’t tell me he’s sexist either because he treats his wife with the utmost respect and she’s a housewife too.

Don’t tell me that racism still doesn’t exist when he asked my mom why is our president African American, and he’s educated too.

It’s really sad when an educated doctor who makes around $90,000 per year still thinks that way. It angers me and it makes me think there’s no hope for people. It angers me because why would people teach that in the first place. Why is it always an us vs. them mentality? Why must we always divide ourselves and then categorize ourselves into groups and the based on that we set stereotypes to these people and some of them are negative.

The best example is that Muslims are terrorist. The media is an excellent source in perpetuating these stereotypes.

I see the “hate” they have in their eyes, the indifference they have towards us. Yes, I am a foreigner. Yes, I do wear the scarf. But it doesn’t mean I am stupid or don’t know English or even a terrorist.

Why are the stereotypes one dimensional? I mean if you dissect any human being, you won’t find only the heart or the brain or the lungs or the liver. You will find that the human being is very complex, much more complex than even one organ system. So why are the stereotypes one dimensional?

This is how destructive racism is.

My mom quit because they weren’t treating her fairly.

I, too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

I, too by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

Smile

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

Smile
tho’ your heart is aching

smile
even tho’ it’s breaking

when there are clouds in the sky

you’ll get by
if you
smile through your fear and sorrow

smile and maybe tomorrow

you’ll see the sun come shining thru for you.

Light up your face with gladness

hide ev’ry trace of sadness

altho’ a tear maybe ever so near

that’s the time you must keep on trying

smile
what’s the use of crying

you’ll find that life is still worth while

if you’ll just smile.

White Trophy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

I am sorry, but I feel like I have to address this.

This is to all the African American girls who hate it when an African American guy dates or marries white or a Caucasian woman.

I am sorry that you might feel betrayed by your own race.
I am sorry if you think he has a “white trophy” on his arm.

But you have to know that the African American guy who dates a white girl, there’s nothing wrong with him. The very fact that he is dating a white woman proves that he is human, not that he betrayed your race.

If you actually read your history, you would know that during slavery, they had the one drop rule. It was: a law that if a slave owner raped or had sex with an African American woman, the children she had were still slaves, which means they were still African American, even though they were half white.

I would not be surprised if they still use it today.

So in reality, you should be happy when he marries white because he is bringing more people into your population. He didn’t betray your race. He’s actually adding more people to it.

And don’t you dare think he has a “white trophy” on his arm.

Besides you don’t know her and you have no right to judge her. Even if you did know her, you still have no right to judge her either.

She could be a mean person, but she could also be a really nice, sweet person, but since you didn’t take the time to get to know that, you wouldn’t know that. And I will be feel bad for you.

It’s sad, and I have said this many many many times before, when you judge a person based on the color of their skin or based on if they are really pretty or not, you miss a lot by doing that. I mean a lot.

So again I say please don’t judge me or my friends or anyone else based on what they look like because you’d be very surprised on what you can find.

Does Race Matter?

Posted in race, race is a social concept, racism with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

So my philosophy of race professor posts up a question on their blog.

Does race matter?

He really liked my response. :)

Race – (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species.

First of all, I don’t believe race is biological. It is based on biological features that are perceived to be different. It is perceived to be different.

If you take off the skin of all the people in the world, you will find out that one person is no different from another person. If you do make it biological, it’s like saying that the African American is a totally different species from the Caucasian, which is not the case.

I had a person comment on my blog last year about why I support interracial dating, saying that the African American and the Caucasian is like a penguin and a polar bear. It’s not true and I did correct him. But it does make me angry.

Taxonomy – a classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin.

Second, implying that is a taxonomy, which might be implying that the writer holds Hardimon’s view of race, says that there is a difference between human being, and I totally agree based on the fact that we are all individually different and no one is as unique as I am. But to say that all people who have that shade of skin color think the same or do the same thing is wrong because everybody is different so everybody doesn’t think the same way.

Geographical Isolation is a huge consequence, in my opinion, because it leads to unequal housing, unequal schools, unequal job opportunities, higher health risks, higher abortion rates.

I hold the Haslanger’s view of race, so with that said, I believe that race was invented to divide up human beings based on perceived biological differences and for one “race” to rule another “race”, based on if they are the majority group or minority group, here in the United States.

Race does matter. In politics and sociology, race does matter. Race is all about politics and sociology. I believe that race is used to separate people who are perceived to be different. When stereotypes are added to the equation and the stereotypes are considered bad, it becomes an “us versus them” mentality. We are not them. We don’t have yellow, blue, green, white, or black skin. We are not robbers or thieves or criminals. We are not sexual people. We don’t have babies out of wedlock. We are not terrorists. We don’t oppress our people. We are not them. We separate ourselves from them.

It leads to the minority population in the inner city and the majority population in the suburbs. It leads to the inner city schools and housing are in bad shape, and the suburb schools and housing are in good shape. It leads to the opportunities for the inner city students to go to higher education are worse than the students in the suburbs.

It also leads to Caucasian CEOs and African American workers. It leads to Caucasian slave owners and African American slaves. It leads to Caucasian sharecropper owners and African American and poor Caucasian sharecropper.

In our history, for example, during Jim Crow when it ruled the South, separation didn’t really matter as much as subordination. Subordination is defined as subject to submissive to authority or control of another.

You can still see it today.

I believe that race shouldn’t matter.

It shouldn’t matter if you are blue, green, purple, white, black, brown. It shouldn’t matter if you have nappy hair. It shouldn’t matter if you have a big nose or a small nose.

Just because you have a different texture hair or different eyes shouldn’t mean that you are better or worse than anyone else.

Maybe you are better off because our society gives privilege to the majority group. In the United States, it’s called “white privilege.” Those people who are racialized as “white” have a privilege as Peggy McIntosh in a small article called White Privilege: Unpacking the Knapsack said, “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools , and blank checks.”

I sometimes ask myself “Why should I be privileged because I have lighter skin than some people? Why should I have special provisions, maps, passport, codebooks, visas, clothes tools and blank check? What about the other people who don’t have this privilege? Aren’t they human too? Don’t they breathe, eat, study, and play as I do? Why don’t they live in the same houses and go to the same schools?”

Our society gives a lot of emphasis on how you look, from the clothes you wear to how skinny you are, to how tall you are, to many, many things. I believe it’s such a superficial way of looking at things. There’s so much more to a person than they way they look and the way they dress.

This is just my opinion and nobody else has to agree with it.  :)

Tolerance is good for everyone: an insightful look at racism

Posted in race, racism, racism today with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by sweetangel16175

“Tolerance is good for everyone: an insightful look at racism
by Josh Chicarelli

WARNING: The following blog contains racial slurs but they’re not used in a racist manner. So don’t take them out of context. They’re used to educate and give some insight into my background for those that don’t know.

You know, it never occurred to me until last night when I was watching comedienne Lisa Lampanelli on Comedy Central. I’ve never touched upon this topic before and some of the stuff I say about myself in here will be the first time that most of yous ever heard it. If you’re familiar with the comedy of Lisa Lampanelli or Carlos Mencia, you’d know that they do a lot of race related material. For instance, Lisa takes every stereotype about every race, sex, and creed and pokes fun at it. Carlos takes these same stereotypes and does the same thing but he puts it in perspective usually. I remember him saying once on his No Strings Attached special that “If you got a joke about a particular group of people, then you have no right to tell that joke unless you can tell that joke to the people that it pokes fun of.” He said this when he was telling a story about how the handicapped called him out on not doing handicap jokes in front of them because he didn’t wanna offend them but he learned first hand that it’s ok to do those jokes for the audiences that it pokes fun of because they have a sense of humor too.

Now with that said, no there will be no race related jokes from me here. I don’t really know if I could ever have the courage that Lisa or Carlos has. Something you all probably don’t know is that I, myself, have been a victim of racism. I can laugh at race related jokes and stuff like many other people when they’re not meant to be mean. Just laughing at the stereotypes that stupid people have pigeonholed on people. But when you attempt a joke that’s cold-hearted and absolutely racist, then there’s where I draw the line.

Imagine being 4-5 years old in kindergarten. Your only friend is a little black girl named Latoya and your so-called father starts calling you a nigger lover and saying shit about, “Do you want people to see you with a nigger? Do you want to be called a nigger lover by the church and everyone else?” Imagine having to go through that at 4 and 5 years old. …..It doesn’t end there. I’ve been dealing with racism my entire life and being a mix of Native American and Italian doesn’t help shit much. My skin is a little bit darker than everyone else’s. When we had those culture days in elementary school, imagine having a teacher, of all people, think you’re making a racist statement when you wear a Native American headdress to class to show off your culture and she doesn’t realize that you are Native American. As for me, I took offense to her doing that because I started feeling discriminated against.

…It still doesn’t end there. Fast forward to a few years ago. I was at my uncle’s house and he made pasta but I had food here that I wanted to eat and I hate pasta. My cousin Andrew asked me why I hated it and before I could get anything out my so-called uncle said this and I quote, “It’s that fuckin’ Indian in him!” I don’t know about you guys that’s reading this, but when he said that to me, I seriously wanted to punch him in the fuckin’ mouth for that. That shit pissed me the fuck off like you wouldn’t believe! Right after that, I just got up, left and walked home from Millersville by Pleasant Valley to Colfax. ….Not done yet people! Many of you know about my love of Asian cinema, food and culture. Well those that know me also know that my eyes don’t open as wide as everyone else’s either and that’s not because I’m Asian cause I’m not. It’s just I don’t have wide eyes. Well by my own father, yet again, I’ve been called chink-eyed, chinky, rice man, and pigeonholed with every Asian stereotype and slur you can imagine.

Because of all of that, I’ve grown to actually downright, not dislike or loathe my dad’s side of the family, but I’ve more or less grown to just hate them with a passion. That’s the Italian side of the family and thankfully I take more after my mom’s side which is the Native American side. They’re more tolerant of everyone and everything probably due to what the Europeans did when they first came here all those years ago and slaughtered our ancestors. Like a couple of years ago, I had a black girlfriend and that side knew about it but I had to keep it a secret from his side of the family to avert more racism.

And you know, there’s something I learned from the few black friends I have. They hate being called African-Americans and I asked them about that once and they told me that it was because they find that political correctness nonsense to be insulting to them. They just wanna be treated like everyone else. They want people to talk to them normally and not try to sound like they’re smarter than them or anyone else because they viewed the political correct terms as more racist than calling them black. I thought that was interesting, but you know, they were right. They are fucking right! If I was black, I’d probably be thinking the same thing.

There’s one thing though, I can’t apply that same way of thinking to being Native American because we actually do prefer to be called Native Americans rather than Indian. It mostly has to do with the fact that Indians are people from India, not people from this country originally. I can make fun of the Native American stereotypes because those don’t bother me that much and they are kinda funny. Like when someone pisses me off and they’re like, “Uh oh, don’t scalp me!” I seriously laugh at that because we don’t scalp people and when they’ve said it to me. Another stereotype I find hilarious, about Italians, is that we all smell like fish and garlic. Where that one comes from, I have no clue, cause I hate seafood and garlic, let alone all Italian food except pizza and I’m half Italian! So it’s funny to me when someone makes that joke. They aren’t saying them in a harsh, “I fucking mean it!”, kind of manner. They were joking, so yeah, I can take the joke, but blatant, flat out racism…. You better hope I don’t find you.

So hopefully you all learned something valuable about me today and learned something about racism too. That’s the reason why I wrote this blog is to educate a little bit and tell people about my experiences in doing so. So hopefully I made a difference to someone or some people out there with this insightful outlook. Take care everyone!”

This is from my friend’s blog.

When I asked him about it, he said this is all true.

“yeah, so when I say I know what it’s like to be discriminated against, I mean I really know how those people feel cause I went through it.”

It’s sad, pathetic, and disgusting to have even your father and your uncle say that to you.

Call for carbon tax to fight warming

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 11, 2009 by sweetangel16175

Call for carbon tax to fight warming

Paul Austin

April 11, 2009

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//–VICTORIAN Governor David de Kretser has called for consideration of a carbon tax, to increase the price of goods produced using energy from high-pollution power stations.

He has also implicitly criticised the Rudd Government’s planned emissions trading scheme, saying many people suggest it will “favour polluting industries and dissuade community actions to move to more renewable energy sources”.

In a speech to an environmental sustainability conference at Monash University, Professor de Kretser suggested a carbon tax might be a more effective weapon in the fight against global warming, because it would drive high-polluting developing countries towards renewable energy.

Under his proposal, consumers in developed nations such as Australia would pay more for many imported goods.

“Given that the production of goods takes place in developing countries, there will be a need for the developed world to subsidise them in building more renewable sources of energy,” Professor de Kretser said.

The Governor was criticised by state Liberal MP Bernie Finn last week for involving himself in what Mr Finn called the “highly contentious political issue” of global warming.

In his previously unreported Monash speech, delivered last month, Professor de Kretser said Australians needed to remember that many of the greenhouse gas emissions from countries such as China, India and Indonesia were the result of “our desire for the goods that they manufacture and sell to us”.

“In effect, we have moved the factories that service our needs to their land to take the benefit of the low cost of their labour.”

Professor de Kretser said Australians should recognise that the emissions caused by the personal actions of most of India’s 1 billion people “can be considered as ‘survival’ emissions, rather than ours, which can be considered ‘lifestyle’ emissions”.

He called on individual Australians to reduce their “environmental footprint”, and on governments to legislate “to change people’s lifestyle”.

“Unlike war-time approaches, where people have tangible evidence of life-threatening issues, climate change is insidious and slow to demonstrate its effects,” Professor de Kretser said. “We have, therefore, been slow to take up the challenge.”

Professor de Kretser urged Australians to think carefully about how they spent the “economic stimulus” grants from the Federal Government.

“Should it prop up rampant consumerism that takes no note of the reality that we live on a planet with finite resources?” he said.

“Or should it be spent on building a sustainable lifestyle that emphasises the values of a society that cares for this planet, that cares for and values its biodiversity, that creates a framework where citizens respect each other, where children and adolescents are nurtured, mentored and cared for and in return who respect the older generations for their wisdom and contributions?”

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/call-for-carbon-tax-to-fight-warming-20090410-a2x6.html

Cybersecurity!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 by sweetangel16175

Cybersecurity Bill Gives Obama Dictatorial Power Over Internet

    Kurt Nimmo
    Infowars
    April 6, 2009

    As we reported on March 22 when Jay Rockefeller was peddling nonsense about a pimple-faced kid in Latvia taking down the power grid in America with a laptop computer, the current wave of fear-mongering about cyber terrorism is just that — unsubstantiated fear-mongering. Critical networks are largely protected and “nightmarish tales of their vulnerability tend to be largely apocryphal,” according to Gabriel Weimann, author of Terror on the Internet. “Psychological, political, and economic forces have combined to promote the fear of cyberterrorism.”

    Indeed, there are political forces are behind Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who declared last month that we would all be better off if the internet was never invented. Rockefeller meant the government would be better off if the internet was never invented. If the internet was never invented, the corporate media would dominate news and information and alternative media restricted to print would have a far more difficult time counter balancing government propaganda. Government and the elite behind it are sincerely worried about the fact increasing numbers of people get their news from alternative media sources on the internet and corporate media newspapers are falling like dominoes.

    “If we fail to take swift action, we, regrettably, risk a cyber-Katrina,” said fear-monger Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who is co-sponsoring the bill. “We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs – from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records – the list goes on,” added Rockefeller.

    Rockefeller’s bills introduced in the Senate — known as the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 — would create yet another government bureaucracy, the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor. It would report directly to Obama. Rockefeller’s legislation would grant “the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation’s infrastructure “without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access” (see a working draft of the legislation here).

    In other words, Obama would have a Cyber Czar in the Commerce Department and the power to shut down the internet.

      The cybersecurity fraud now in motion will grant the Department of Commerce oversight of “critical” networks, such as banking records, would grant the government access to potentially incriminating information obtained without cause or warrant, a violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against unlawful search and seizure, Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Mother Jones.

      “The whole thing smells bad to me,” writes Larry Seltzer for eWeek. “I don’t like the chances of the government improving this situation by taking it over generally, and I definitely don’t like the idea of politicizing this authority by putting it in the direct control of the president.”

      Obama’s internet agenda is an extension of his effort to impose government control over the private sector. Republicans call this socialism. In a way it is socialism, but not the kind you were told about in high school — it is a socialism devised by the Trilateralists and Council on Foreign Relations. It is a system of control that will be imposed by the bankers and has nothing to do equality for all individuals or a fair or egalitarian method of compensation for workers. Banker socialism is about serfdom and poverty.

      It should be obvious what is going on here. Not if but when the next false flag attack occurs here in America, the elite will turn off the internet in order to control the flow of information. They will tell us they were forced to do this in order to deny terrorists in caves or driving around with Ron Paul bumper stickers on their cars the ability to sabotage the power grid and banks.

      Senate bills No. 773 and 778 are about controlling information. The bills have nothing to do with mischievous kids with laptops in Latvia.

      Luke Rudowski Arrested!

      Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      Luke Rudkowski Arrested for Attempting to Question Mayor Bloomberg

      Kurt Nimmo
      Infowars
      March 28, 2009

      Alex Jones’ emergency broadcast on the arrest of Luke Rudkowski

      WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudkowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan today for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudkowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).

      Luke Rudowski.

      According to a post on the WeAreChange blog Rudkowski and other members of WeAreChange were confronted and asked questions by hotel security and Bloomberg’s security detail. Rudkowski was apparently singled out and forcibly detained at the hotel and subsequently handed over to the New York Police, who arrested him on a charge of trespassing. Rudkowski was also charged with impersonating a member of the press.

      Infowars is a bona fide press organization. Alex Jones operates numerous news websites in addition to hosting a nationally syndicated talk radio show that is currently rated as the most listened to talk show over the internet. Jones’ Infowars and Prison Planet have broken numerous stories, including one covering the MIAC controversy that was picked up by the Associated Press and mentioned by Fox News host Glenn Beck and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

      Luke Rudkowski has worked as an Infowars journalist for several years and his journalism is featured in Alex Jones film Truth Rising: 9/11 Chronicles, released in 2008.

      As of this writing, Rudkowski is being held at the 18th Precinct at 306 West 54th Street on Manhattan. An officer Fagan answered calls in regard to Rudowski’s arrest. Infowars staff report Fagan abruptly hung up the telephone when inquiries about Rudkowski were made.

      The 18th precinct phone number is: 212-760-8300. A NYC information page on the internet lists the following number for the precinct: 212-767-8400.

      Alex Jones and Infowars are requesting calls be made to the police asking about Luke Rudkowski’s whereabouts and the trumped up charges against him. The New York Police and Mayor Bloomberg need to be made aware of the fact there is a First Amendment in this country and it is an egregious violation of that amendment when members of the press are unduly arrested and charged.

      Please remember to be polite when contacting the police and other New York City officials.

      http://www.prisonplanet.com/luke-rudowski-arrested-for-attempting-to-question-mayor-bloomberg.html

      Am I a racist in Finland?

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 12, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      Am I a racist in Finland?

      One of the matters that has surprised me about a social malice such as racism is how such people attempt to hide their real political colors by stating that they are NOT in the nationalistic extreme right but “moderate middle of the roaders” only defending their culture from extinction.

      Attempting to give a human face to racism shows, in my opinion, that even those that hold racist ideas know deep inside that it is wrong.

      By far the most popular post of Migrant Tales is none other than Are you a target of racism is Finland? In order not to exclude the Finns or any other groups that  find strength and identity through racism, here is a short Migrant Tales “racist meter” that can help you know if you are a racist in Finland:

      1) People (especially foreigners/outsiders) who are out of work are lazy
      2) I live in an advanced society because we are genetically superior than other groups
      3) Foreigners who just work and don´t complain are the only ones that should be allowed to live in Finland
      4) Kick out and forbid those cultures that I consider “incompatible” to my values (Muslims, blacks, Russians etc.) from immigrating to Finland
      5) Since I am such a superior being, foreigners have to adapt to my values
      6) Foreigners are in the same horrid boat as feminists
      7) It is ok to exploit a member of another group since he/she is our “guest”
      8 Monoculture is a virtue – multiculturalism is a threat
      9) If a foreigner is held by the police, it is because he/she is guilty before proven innocent
      10) Eila Kännö was right

      If you answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are a racist in Finland. If you answered YES to three or more, you are definitely a racist in Finland.

      http://nemoo.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/am-i-a-racist-in-finland/

      Man asks for forgiveness

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 7, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, walks with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., …

      WASHINGTON – Elwin Wilson was an unabashed racist, the sort who once hung a black doll from a noose outside his home. John Lewis was a young civil rights leader bent on changing laws, if not hearts and minds, even if it cost him his life.

      They faced each other at a South Carolina bus station during a protest in 1961. Wilson joined a white gang that jeered Lewis, attacked him and left him bloodied on the ground.

      Forty-eight years later, the men met again — this time so Wilson could apologize to Lewis and express regret for his hatred. Lewis, now a congressman from Atlanta, greeted his former tormentor at his Capitol Hill office.

      “I just told him that I was sorry,” Wilson, 72, said in a telephone interview Wednesday as he traveled home to Rock Hill, S.C. For years, he said, he tried to block the incident out of his mind “and couldn’t do it.”

      Lewis said Wilson is the first person involved in the dozens of attacks against him during the civil rights era to step forward and apologize. When they met Tuesday, Lewis offered forgiveness without hesitation.

      “I was very moved,” said Lewis. “He was very, very sincere, and I think it takes a lot of raw courage to be willing to come forward the way he did. … I think it will lead to a great deal of healing.”

      Wilson said he had felt an urge to voice his remorse for years. He talked about his past activities a few weeks ago with a friend, and the friend asked him where he thought he might go if he died.

      “I said probably hell,” Wilson said. “He said, ‘Well, you don’t have to.'”

      Wilson’s apology was first reported by The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald. After reading an article about local black civil rights leaders reacting to President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he and another former segregationist called the paper saying they wanted to apologize.

      The paper aired their comments and documented an emotional meeting with the local activists at a former whites-only lunch counter in downtown Rock Hill, where Wilson had antagonized demonstrators during a 1961 sit-in.

      After meeting with the local activists, Wilson realized that Lewis must have been the young black man he had attacked at the bus station that same year, when a bus carrying two Freedom Riders rolled into town. The riders were Lewis, who is black, and the late Albert Bigelow, who was white. Neither pressed charges over the assault.

      Wilson didn’t know that Lewis, who was 21 at the time, had since become one of the most influential Democrats in Congress.

      “I never dreamed that a man that I had assaulted, that he would ever be a congressman and that I’d ever see him again,” Wilson said. “He and everybody up there in his office … they were just good people, treated you right and all.”

      Lewis and Wilson said they hoped Wilson’s quest for redemption will inspire others who took part in civil rights-era violence to come forward and help heal wounds from the struggle over integration.

      “I said if just one person comes forward and gets the hate out of their heart, it’s all worth it,” Wilson said. “But I hope there will be a bunch of people. Life’s short and we all go to the same place when we die.”

      Obama’s Civil Rights Agenda

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 31, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      CIVIL RIGHTS

      “The teenagers and college students who left their homes to march in the streets of Birmingham and Montgomery; the mothers who walked instead of taking the bus after a long day of doing somebody else’s laundry and cleaning somebody else’s kitchen — they didn’t brave fire hoses and Billy clubs so that their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren would still wonder at the beginning of the 21st century whether their vote would be counted; whether their civil rights would be protected by their government; whether justice would be equal and opportunity would be theirs…. We have more work to do.”

      – Barack Obama, Speech at Howard University, September 28, 2007

      President Barack Obama has spent much of his career fighting to strengthen civil rights as a civil rights attorney, community organizer, Illinois State Senator, U.S. Senator, and now as President. Whether promoting economic opportunity, working to improve our nation’s education and health system, or protecting the right to vote, President Obama has been a powerful advocate for our civil rights.

      * Combat Employment Discrimination: President Obama and Vice President Biden will work to overturn the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that curtails racial minorities’ and women’s ability to challenge pay discrimination. They will also pass the Fair Pay Act, to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
      * Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section.
      * End Deceptive Voting Practices: President Obama will sign into law his legislation that establishes harsh penalties for those who have engaged in voter fraud and provides voters who have been misinformed with accurate and full information so they can vote.
      * End Racial Profiling: President Obama and Vice President Biden will ban racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies and provide federal incentives to state and local police departments to prohibit the practice.
      * Reduce Crime Recidivism by Providing Ex-Offender Support: President Obama and Vice President Biden will provide job training, substance abuse and mental health counseling to ex-offenders, so that they are successfully re-integrated into society. Obama and Biden will also create a prison-to-work incentive program to improve ex-offender employment and job retention rates.
      * Eliminate Sentencing Disparities: President Obama and Vice President Biden believe the disparity between sentencing crack and powder-based cocaine is wrong and should be completely eliminated.
      * Expand Use of Drug Courts: President Obama and Vice President Biden will give first-time, non-violent offenders a chance to serve their sentence, where appropriate, in the type of drug rehabilitation programs that have proven to work better than a prison term in changing bad behavior.

      Support for the LGBT Community

      “While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

      – Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

      * Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.
      * Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees’ domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
      * Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
      * Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.
      * Repeal Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell: President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.
      * Expand Adoption Rights: President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.
      * Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, President Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The President will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma — too often tied to homophobia — that continues to surround HIV/AIDS.
      * Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. President Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/

      Native-American-Hating in “The Wizard of Oz.”

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 31, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      Indian-Hating in “The Wizard of Oz”

      By THOMAS ST. JOHN

      Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) advocated the extermination of the American Indian in his 1899 fantasy “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. Baum was an Irish nationalist newspaper editor, a former resident of Aberdeen in the old Dakota Indian territory. His sympathies with the village pioneers caused him to invent the Oz fantasy to justify extermination. All of Baum’s “innocent” symbols clearly represent easily recognizable frontier landmarks, political realities, and peoples. These symbols were presented to frontier children, to prepare them for their racially violent future.

      The Yellow Brick Road represents the yellow brick gold at the end of the Bozeman Road to the Montana gold fields. Chief Red Cloud had forced the razing of several posts, including Fort Phil Kearney, and had forced the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. When George Armstrong Custer cut “the Thieves’ Road” during his 1874 gold expedition invasion of the sacred Black Hills, he violated this treaty, and turned U.S. foreign policy toward the Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee massacre.

      The Winged Monkeys are the Irish Baum’s satire on the old Northwest Mounted Police, who were modelled on the Irish Constabulary. The scarlet tunic of the Mounties, and the distinctive “pillbox” forage cap with the narrow visor and strap are seen clearly in the color plate in the 1900 first edition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. Villagers across the Dakota territory heartily despised these British police, especially after 1877, when Sitting Bull retreated across the border and into their protection after killing Custer.

      The Shifting Sands, the Deadly Desert, the Great Sandy Waste, and the Impassable Desert are Frank Baum’s reference to that area of the froniter known always as “the great American desert”, west and south of the Great Lakes. Baum creates these fictional, barren areas as protective buffers for his Oz utopia, against hostile, foreign people. This “buffer state” practice had been part of U.S. foreign policy against the Indians, since the earliest colonial days.

      The Emerald City of Oz recreates the Irish nationalist’s vision of the Emerald Isle, the sacred land, Ireland, set in this American desert like the sacred Paha Sapa of the Lakota people, these mineral-rich Black Hills floored by coal. Irish settlements in the territories, in Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota–at Brule City, Limerick, at Lalla Rookh, and at O’Neill two hundred miles south of Aberdeen–founded invasions of the Black Hills.

      The Yellow Winkies, slaves, are Frank Baum’s symbol for the sizable Chinese population in the old West, emigrated for the Union-Pacific railroad, creatures with the slant or winking eyes.

      The Deadly Poppy Field is the innocent child’s first sight of opium, that anodyne of choice for pain in the nineteenth century, sold in patent medicines, in the Wizard Oil, at the travelling Indian medicine shows. Baum’s deadly poppies are the poison opium, causing sleep and the fatal dream.

      The Wicked Witch of the West is illustrated in the 1900 first edition as a pickaninny, with beribboned, braided pigtails extended comically. Baum repeats the word “brown” in describing her. But this symbol’s real historic depth lies in the earlier Puritans’ confounding of European witches with the equally heathen American Indians.

      The orphan Dorothy’s violent removal from Kansas civilization, her search for secret and magical cures for her friends, her capture, enslavement to an evil figure–and the killing of this figure that is forced on her–all these themes Baum takes from the already two hundred year old tradition of the Indian captivity narrative which stoked the fires of Indian-hating and its hope of “redemption through violence”.

      In the year immediately following the huge success of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum wrote a fantasy entitled The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. It is apparent that his frontier experiences were still on his mind. The book was illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark–tomahawks, spears, the hide- covered teepees, and the faces of Indian men, women, and children, and papooses fill the pages and the margins. Baum describes the “rude tent of skins on a broad plain”.

      Two crucial chapters are titled “The Wickedness of the Awgwas” and “The Great Battle Between Good and Evil”. The Awgwas represent native Americans: “that terrible race of creatures” and “the wicked tribe”. Baum condemns the Awgwas:

      “You are a transient race, passing from life into nothingness. We, who live forever, pity but despise you. On earth you are scorned by all, and in Heaven you have no place! Even the mortals, after their earth life, enter another existence for all time, and so are your superiors.”.

      Predictably enough, a few pages later, “all that remained of the wicked Awgwas was a great number of earthen hillocks dotting the plain.” Baum is recalling newspaper photos of the burial field at Wounded Knee.

      The Wizard of Oz in 1899 ruling his empire from behind his Barrier of Invisibility evokes the 1869 Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire of the South, the Ku Klux Klan. Baum’s figure King Crow and his by-play with the Scarecrow relate to the Jim Crow lynch law at the turn of the century.

      Lyman Frank Baum’s overwhelmingly popular fantasy, and the more violent aspects of United States foreign policy, were welded togehter in the American mind for the next century and beyond.
      Frank Baum’s widow, at the Hollywood premiere of “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939, complained that the story had been sentimentalized. Indeed, the old and crudely direct political symbols had been removed, and the sweetness poured in–the new U.S. foreign policy demanded more subtle justifications.

      “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”.

      Thomas St. John graduated from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and lived in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of “Forgotten Dreams: Ritual in American Popular Art” (New York: The Vantage Press, 1987), a collection of essays on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, Reverend Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, the black history driving the films “Casablanca” and the cartoon “The Three Little Pigs”, and the Dakota Indian territory symbols in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The short book “Nathaniel Hawthorne: Studies in the House of the Seven Gables” is now almost complete and online. He can be reached at: seekingthephoenix@yahoo.com


      Weekend Edition June 12 / 13, 2004

      http://www.counterpunch.org/stjohn06262004.html

      Jessica Simpson’s Weight

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 28, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      Ashlee Simpson-Wentz has a bone to pick with those who say her sister is looking a bit meatier than usual.

      “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight,” Simpson wrote Tuesday on her website. “A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.”

      Sure enough, Fox’s website reported today that Jessica Simpson shocked fans Sunday at Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s Chili Cookoff in Pembroke Pines, Fla., with her “noticeably fuller figure” and had apparently “eased up on her fitness regimen a bit.”

      Hmmph, says Ashlee.

      “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms and just because you’re a celebrity, there shouldn’t be a different standard,” the younger Simpson sis continued.

      “Is this something you would say to your wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, or even a friend? I seriously doubt it. How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure? Now we can focus on the things that really matter.”

      Well, some of us can.

      In response to the hullabaloo caused by, at worst, a pair of unflattering high-waisted jeans, Simpson’s former trainer told Extra that Jessica Simpson is perfectly healthy and “has curves where a woman needs to have curves.

      “We all go a little bit up and a little bit down,” Hollywood trainer Harley Pasternak said. “But she’s healthy. She’s still sexy. She’s still a beautiful woman. And I have no problem with the way she looks. I think if more people looked the way she looks now, the country would be a lot healthier.”

       

      so what? shes a bit fatter than usual. not all people are a size 2. shes still pretty and that’s all that matters!

      Obama Inauguration Speech

      Posted in obama, Uncategorized with tags on January 20, 2009 by sweetangel16175

      My fellow citizens:
      I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. 

      Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
      So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

      That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

      These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

      Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

      On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

      On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

      We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

      In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

      For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
      For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
      For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

      Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

      This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

      For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

      Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
      What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

      Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
      As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

      Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

      We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

      For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

      To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

      To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
      As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

      For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

      Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

      This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

      This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
      This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
      So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
      “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

      America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

      Gay Olympian wins gold

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 24, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      Openly gay diver wins gold

      Diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete in the Beijing Olympics, won gold in the 10m platform. He beat Chinese favorite Zhou Luxin by 4.8 points, preventing China from sweeping gold in diving events. Mitcham is the first Aussie to win diving gold since 1924, but that’s not the only thing that makes him a trailblazer.

      He is hardly the first gay athlete to compete but he is one of the first to be out while competing. American diver Greg Louganis did not share his orientation until his diving career was over. To Mitcham, he is just living his life as a gay man and as a diver, and there is nothing extraordinary about that:

       

      “Being gay and diving are completely separate parts of my life. Of course there’s going to be crossover because some people have issues, but everyone I dive with has been so supportive.”

       

      Though he wants to be known as more than a gay man, the LGBT community is proud of their star. At OutSports, a sports Web site that focuses on the gay community, his win is front-page news. The Web site brings up a good question — will NBC mention Mitcham’s orientation during tonight’s broadcast?

      To Mitcham, that doesn’t seem to matter. He has gold, and has reached his goals: “I’m happy with myself and where I am. I’m very happy with who I am and what I’ve done.”

      UPDATE: NBC did not mention Mitcham’s orientation, nor did they show his family and partner who were in the stands. NBC has made athletes’ significant others a part of the coverage in the past, choosing to spotlight track athlete Sanya Richards‘ fiancee, a love triangle between French and Italian swimmers and Kerri Walsh‘s wedding ring debacle.

       

      you guys make a big deal out of nothing!

      Sonnet 18

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 9, 2008 by sweetangel16175
      Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
      Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
      Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
      And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
      Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
      And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
      And every fair from fair sometime declines,
      By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
      But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
      Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
      Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
      When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
      So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
      So long lives this, and this gives life to thee

       

      The Highwayman

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 9, 2008 by sweetangel16175

        Alfred Noyes (1880-1958)

                                         The Highwayman

                                              PART ONE

                                                       I

          THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
          The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
          The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
          And the highwayman came riding—
                            Riding—riding—
          The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

                                                       II

          He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
          A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
          They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!
          And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
                            His pistol butts a-twinkle,
          His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

                                                       III

          Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
          And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
          He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
          But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
                            Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
          Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

                                                       IV

          And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
          Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked;
          His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
          But he loved the landlord’s daughter,
                            The landlord’s red-lipped daughter,
          Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—

                                                       V

          “One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,
          But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
          Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
          Then look for me by moonlight,
                            Watch for me by moonlight,
          I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”

                                                       VI

          He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
          But she loosened her hair i’ the casement! His face burnt like a brand
          As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
          And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
                            (Oh, sweet, black waves in the moonlight!)
          Then he tugged at his rein in the moonliglt, and galloped away to the West.

       

                                              PART TWO

                                                       I

          He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
          And out o’ the tawny sunset, before the rise o’ the moon,
          When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,
          A red-coat troop came marching—
                            Marching—marching—
          King George’s men came matching, up to the old inn-door.

                                                       II

          They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
          But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
          Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
          There was death at every window;
                            And hell at one dark window;
          For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

                                                       III

          They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
          They had bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
          “Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her.
                            She heard the dead man say—
          Look for me by moonlight;
                            Watch for me by moonlight;
          I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

                                                       IV

          She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
          She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
          They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years,
          Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
                            Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
          The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

                                                       V

          The tip of one finger touched it; she strove no more for the rest!
          Up, she stood up to attention, with the barrel beneath her breast,
          She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
          For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
                            Blank and bare in the moonlight;
          And the blood of her veins in the moonlight throbbed to her love’s refrain .

                                                       VI

              Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs ringing clear;
          Tlot-tlot, tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
          Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
          The highwayman came riding,
                            Riding, riding!
          The red-coats looked to their priming! She stood up, straight and still!

                                                       VII

          Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!
          Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
          Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
          Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
                            Her musket shattered the moonlight,
          Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

                                                       VIII

          He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
          Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
          Not till the dawn he heard it, his face grew grey to hear
          How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
                            The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
          Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

                                                       IX

          Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
          With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
          Blood-red were his spurs i’ the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
          When they shot him down on the highway,
                            Down like a dog on the highway,
          And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat.

                        *           *           *           *           *           *

                                                       X

          And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
          When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
          When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
          A highwayman comes riding—
                            Riding—riding—
          A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

                                                       XI

          Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard;
          He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred;
          He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
          But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
                            Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
          Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

      The Tell Tale Heart

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      The Tell-Tale Heart

      TRUE!—NERVOUS—VERY, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

      It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

      Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution—with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it—oh so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly—very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man’s sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha! would a madman have been so wise as this, And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously—oh, so cautiously—cautiously (for the hinges creaked)—I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights—every night just at midnight—but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye. And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber, and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he has passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept.

      Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers—of my sagacity. I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph. To think that there I was, opening the door, little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts. I fairly chuckled at the idea; and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled. Now you may think that I drew back—but no. His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers,) and so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it on steadily, steadily.

      I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening, and the old man sprang up in bed, crying out—“Who’s there?”

      I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down. He was still sitting up in the bed listening;—just as I have done, night after night, hearkening to the death watches in the wall.

      Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief—oh, no!—it was the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe. I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. I say I knew it well. I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart. I knew that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise, when he had turned in the bed. His fears had been ever since growing upon him. He had been trying to fancy them causeless, but could not. He had been saying to himself—“It is nothing but the wind in the chimney—it is only a mouse crossing the floor,” or “It is merely a cricket which has made a single chirp.” Yes, he had been trying to comfort himself with these suppositions: but he had found all in vain. All in vain; because Death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim. And it was the mournful influence of the unperceived shadow that caused him to feel—although he neither saw nor heard—to feel the presence of my head within the room.

      When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little—a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it—you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily—until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye.

      It was open—wide, wide open—and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness—all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones; but I could see nothing else of the old man’s face or person: for I had directed the ray as if by instinct, precisely upon the damned spot.

      And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense?—now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

      But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eye. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment!—do you mark me well I have told you that I am nervous: so I am. And now at the dead hour of the night, amid the dreadful silence of that old house, so strange a noise as this excited me to uncontrollable terror. Yet, for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still. But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. And now a new anxiety seized me—the sound would be heard by a neighbour! The old man’s hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once—once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done. But, for many minutes, the heart beat on with a muffled sound. This, however, did not vex me; it would not be heard through the wall. At length it ceased. The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more.

      If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.

      I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye—not even his—could have detected any thing wrong. There was nothing to wash out—no stain of any kind—no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all—ha! ha!

      When I had made an end of these labors, it was four o’clock—still dark as midnight. As the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light heart,—for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbour during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises.

      I smiled,—for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search—search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber. I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim.

      The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease. They sat, and while I answered cheerily, they chatted of familiar things. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone. My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears: but still they sat and still chatted. The ringing became more distinct:—It continued and became more distinct: I talked more freely to get rid of the feeling: but it continued and gained definiteness—until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears.

      No doubt I now grew very pale;—but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased—and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound—much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath—and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly—more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men—but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed—I raved—I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder—louder—louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!—no, no! They heard!—they suspected!—they knew!—they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now—again!—hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!

      “Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks! here, here!—It is the beating of his hideous heart!”

      The Monkey’s Paw

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      THE MONKEY’S PAW (1902)

      from The lady of the barge (1906, 6th ed.)
      London and New York
      Harper & Brothers, Publishers

      by W.W. Jacobs


       

      I.

      WITHOUT, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.

        “Hark at the wind,” said Mr. White, who, having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late, was amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing it.

        “I’m listening,” said the latter, grimly surveying the board as he stretched out his hand. “Check.”

        “I should hardly think that he’d come to-night,” said his father, with his hand poised over the board.

        “Mate,” replied the son.

        “That’s the worst of living so far out,” bawled Mr. White, with sudden and unlooked-for violence; “of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst. Pathway’s a bog, and the road’s a torrent. I don’t know what people are thinking about. I suppose because only two houses on the road are let, they think it doesn’t matter.”

        “Never mind, dear,” said his wife soothingly; “perhaps you’ll win the next one.”

        Mr. White looked up sharply, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son. The words died away on his lips, and he hid a guilty grin in his thin grey beard.

        “There he is,” said Herbert White, as the gate banged to loudly and heavy footsteps came toward the door.

        The old man rose with hospitable haste, and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival. The new arrival also condoled with himself, so that Mrs. White said, “Tut, tut!” and coughed gently as her husband entered the room, followed by a tall burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage.

        “Sergeant-Major Morris,” he said, introducing him.

        The sergeant-major shook hands, and taking the proffered seat by the fire, watched contentedly while his host got out whisky and tumblers and stood a small copper kettle on the fire.

        At the third glass his eyes got brighter, and he began to talk, the little family circle regarding with eager interest this visitor from distant parts, as he squared his broad shoulders in the chair and spoke of strange scenes and doughty deeds; of wars and plagues and strange peoples.

        “Twenty-one years of it,” said Mr. White, nodding at his wife and son. “When he went away he was a slip of a youth in the warehouse. Now look at him.”

        “He don’t look to have taken much harm,” said Mrs. White, politely.

        “I’d like to go to India myself,” said the old man, “just to look round a bit, you know.”

        “Better where you are,” said the sergeant-major, shaking his head. He put down the empty glass, and sighing softly, shook it again.

        “I should like to see those old temples and fakirs and jugglers,” said the old man. “What was that you started telling me the other day about a monkey’s paw or something, Morris?”

        “Nothing,” said the soldier hastily. “Leastways, nothing worth hearing.”

        “Monkey’s paw?” said Mrs. White curiously.

        “Well, it’s just a bit of what you might call magic, perhaps,” said the sergeant-major off-handedly.

        His three listeners leaned forward eagerly. The visitor absentmindedly put his empty glass to his lips and then set it down again. His host filled it for him.

        “To look at,” said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, “it’s just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.”

        He took something out of his pocket and proffered it. Mrs. White drew back with a grimace, but her son, taking it, examined it curiously.

        “And what is there special about it?” inquired Mr. White, as he took it from his son and, having examined it, placed it upon the table.

        “It had a spell put on it by an old fakir,” said the sergeant-major, “a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”

        His manner was so impressive that his hearers were conscious that their light laughter jarred somewhat.

        “Well, why don’t you have three, sir?” said Herbert White cleverly.

        The soldier regarded him in the way that middle age is wont to regard presumptuous youth. “I have,” he said quietly, and his blotchy face whitened.

        “And did you really have the three wishes granted?” asked Mrs. White.

        “I did,” said the sergeant-major, and his glass tapped against his strong teeth.

        “And has anybody else wished?” inquired the old lady.

        “The first man had his three wishes, yes,” was the reply. “I don’t know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That’s how I got the paw.”

        His tones were so grave that a hush fell upon the group.

        “If you’ve had your three wishes, it’s no good to you now, then, Morris,” said the old man at last. “What do you keep it for?”

        The soldier shook his head. “Fancy, I suppose,” he said slowly.

        “If you could have another three wishes,” said the old man, eyeing him keenly, “would you have them?”

        “I don’t know,” said the other. “I don’t know.”

        He took the paw, and dangling it between his front finger and thumb, suddenly threw it upon the fire. White, with a slight cry, stooped down and snatched it off.

        “Better let it burn,” said the soldier solemnly.

        “If you don’t want it, Morris,” said the old man, “give it to me.”

        “I won’t,” said his friend doggedly. “I threw it on the fire. If you keep it, don’t blame me for what happens. Pitch it on the fire again, like a sensible man.”

        The other shook his head and examined his new possession closely. “How do you do it?” he inquired.

        “Hold it up in your right hand and wish aloud,’ said the sergeant-major, “but I warn you of the consequences.”

        “Sounds like the Arabian Nights,” said Mrs White, as she rose and began to set the supper. “Don’t you think you might wish for four pairs of hands for me?”

        Her husband drew the talisman from his pocket and then all three burst into laughter as the sergeant-major, with a look of alarm on his face, caught him by the arm.

        “If you must wish,” he said gruffly, “wish for something sensible.”

        Mr. White dropped it back into his pocket, and placing chairs, motioned his friend to the table. In the business of supper the talisman was partly forgotten, and afterward the three sat listening in an enthralled fashion to a second instalment of the soldier’s adventures in India.

        “If the tale about the monkey paw is not more truthful than those he has been telling us,” said Herbert, as the door closed behind their guest, just in time for him to catch the last train, “we shan’t make much out of it.”

        “Did you give him anything for it, father?” inquired Mrs. White, regarding her husband closely.

        “A trifle,” said he, colouring slightly. “He didn’t want it, but I made him take it. And he pressed me again to throw it away.”

        “Likely,” said Herbert, with pretended horror. “Why, we’re going to be rich, and famous, and happy. Wish to be an emperor, father, to begin with; then you can’t be henpecked.”

        He darted round the table, pursued by the maligned Mrs. White armed with an antimacassar.

        Mr. White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously. “I don’t know what to wish for, and that’s a fact,” he said slowly. “It seems to me I’ve got all I want.”

        “If you only cleared the house, you’d be quite happy, wouldn’t you?” said Herbert, with his hand on his shoulder. “Well, wish for two hundred pounds, then; that’ll just do it.”

        His father, smiling shamefacedly at his own credulity, held up the talisman, as his son, with a solemn face somewhat marred by a wink at his mother, sat down at the piano and struck a few impressive chords.

        “I wish for two hundred pounds,” said the old man distinctly.

        A fine crash from the piano greeted the words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man. His wife and son ran toward him.

        “It moved, he cried, with a glance of disgust at the object as it lay on the floor. “As I wished it twisted in my hands like a snake.”

        “Well, I don’t see the money,” said his son, as he picked it up and placed it on the table, “and I bet I never shall.”

        “It must have been your fancy, father,” said his wife, regarding him anxiously.

        He shook his head. “Never mind, though; there’s no harm done, but it gave me a shock all the same.”

        They sat down by the fire again while the two men finished their pipes. Outside, the wind was higher than ever, and the old man started nervously at the sound of a door banging upstairs. A silence unusual and depressing settled upon all three, which lasted until the old couple rose to retire for the night.

        “I expect you’ll find the cash tied up in a big bag in the middle of your bed,” said Herbert, as he bade them good-night, “and something horrible squatting up on top of the wardrobe watching you as you pocket your ill-gotten gains.”

        He sat alone in the darkness, gazing at the dying fire, and seeing faces in it. The last face was so horrible and so simian that he gazed at it in amazement. It got so vivid that, with a little uneasy laugh, he felt on the table for a glass containing a little water to throw over it. His hand grasped the monkey’s paw, and with a little shiver he wiped his hand on his coat and went up to bed.

       

      II.

      IN the brightness of the wintry sun next morning as it streamed over the breakfast table Herbert laughed at his fears. There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness about the room which it had lacked on the previous night, and the dirty, shrivelled little paw was pitched on the sideboard with a carelessness which betokened no great belief in its virtues.

        “I suppose all old soldiers are the same,” said Mrs White. “The idea of our listening to such nonsense! How could wishes be granted in these days? And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father?”

        “Might drop on his head from the sky,” said the frivolous Herbert.

        “Morris said the things happened so naturally,” said his father, “that you might if you so wished attribute it to coincidence.”

        “Well, don’t break into the money before I come back,” said Herbert, as he rose from the table. “I’m afraid it’ll turn you into a mean, avaricious man, and we shall have to disown you.”

        His mother laughed, and following him to the door, watched him down the road, and returning to the breakfast table, was very happy at the expense of her husband’s credulity. All of which did not prevent her from scurrying to the door at the postman’s knock, nor prevent her from referring somewhat shortly to retired sergeant-majors of bibulous habits when she found that the post brought a tailor’s bill.

        “Herbert will have some more of his funny remarks, I expect, when he comes home,” she said, as they sat at dinner.

        “I dare say,” said Mr. White, pouring himself out some beer; “but for all that, the thing moved in my hand; that I’ll swear to.”

        “You thought it did,” said the old lady soothingly.

        “I say it did,” replied the other. “There was no thought about it; I had just—-What’s the matter?”

        His wife made no reply. She was watching the mysterious movements of a man outside, who, peering in an undecided fashion at the house, appeared to be trying to make up his mind to enter. In mental connection with the two hundred pounds, she noticed that the stranger was well dressed and wore a silk hat of glossy newness. Three times he paused at the gate, and then walked on again. The fourth time he stood with his hand upon it, and then with sudden resolution flung it open and walked up the path. Mrs. White at the same moment placed her hands behind her, and hurriedly unfastening the strings of her apron, put that useful article of apparel beneath the cushion of her chair.

        She brought the stranger, who seemed ill at ease, into the room. He gazed at her furtively, and listened in a preoccupied fashion as the old lady apologized for the appearance of the room, and her husband’s coat, a garment which he usually reserved for the garden. She then waited as patiently as her sex would permit, for him to broach his business, but he was at first strangely silent.

        “I–was asked to call,” he said at last, and stooped and picked a piece of cotton from his trousers. “I come from Maw and Meggins.”

        The old lady started. “Is anything the matter?” she asked breathlessly. “Has anything happened to Herbert? What is it? What is it?”

        Her husband interposed. “There, there, mother,” he said hastily. “Sit down, and don’t jump to conclusions. You’ve not brought bad news, I’m sure, sir” and he eyed the other wistfully.

        “I’m sorry—-” began the visitor.

        “Is he hurt?” demanded the mother.

        The visitor bowed in assent. “Badly hurt,” he said quietly, “but he is not in any pain.”

        “Oh, thank God!” said the old woman, clasping her hands. “Thank God for that! Thank—-“

        She broke off suddenly as the sinister meaning of the assurance dawned upon her and she saw the awful confirmation of her fears in the other’s averted face. She caught her breath, and turning to her slower-witted husband, laid her trembling old hand upon his. There was a long silence.

        “He was caught in the machinery,” said the visitor at length, in a low voice.

        “Caught in the machinery,” repeated Mr. White, in a dazed fashion, “yes.”

        He sat staring blankly out at the window, and taking his wife’s hand between his own, pressed it as he had been wont to do in their old courting days nearly forty years before.

        “He was the only one left to us,” he said, turning gently to the visitor. “It is hard.”

        The other coughed, and rising, walked slowly to the window. “The firm wished me to convey their sincere sympathy with you in your great loss,” he said, without looking round. “I beg that you will understand I am only their servant and merely obeying orders.”

        There was no reply; the old woman’s face was white, her eyes staring, and her breath inaudible; on the husband’s face was a look such as his friend the sergeant might have carried into his first action.

        “I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility,” continued the other. “They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son’s services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation.”

        Mr. White dropped his wife’s hand, and rising to his feet, gazed with a look of horror at his visitor. His dry lips shaped the words, “How much?”

        “Two hundred pounds,” was the answer.

        Unconscious of his wife’s shriek, the old man smiled faintly, put out his hands like a sightless man, and dropped, a senseless heap, to the floor.

       

      III.

        IN the huge new cemetery, some two miles distant, the old people buried their dead, and came back to a house steeped in shadow and silence. It was all over so quickly that at first they could hardly realize it, and remained in a state of expectation as though of something else to happen–something else which was to lighten this load, too heavy for old hearts to bear.

        But the days passed, and expectation gave place to resignation–the hopeless resignation of the old, sometimes miscalled, apathy. Sometimes they hardly exchanged a word, for now they had nothing to talk about, and their days were long to weariness.

        It was about a week after that that the old man, waking suddenly in the night, stretched out his hand and found himself alone. The room was in darkness, and the sound of subdued weeping came from the window. He raised himself in bed and listened.

        “Come back,” he said tenderly. “You will be cold.”

        “It is colder for my son,” said the old woman, and wept afresh.

        The sound of her sobs died away on his ears. The bed was warm, and his eyes heavy with sleep. He dozed fitfully, and then slept until a sudden wild cry from his wife awoke him with a start.

        “The paw!” she cried wildly. “The monkey’s paw!”

        He started up in alarm. “Where? Where is it? What’s the matter?”

        She came stumbling across the room toward him. “I want it,” she said quietly. “You’ve not destroyed it?”

        “It’s in the parlour, on the bracket,” he replied, marvelling. “Why?”

        She cried and laughed together, and bending over, kissed his cheek.

        “I only just thought of it,” she said hysterically. “Why didn’t I think of it before? Why didn’t you think of it?”

        “Think of what?” he questioned.

        “The other two wishes,” she replied rapidly. “We’ve only had one.”

        “Was not that enough?” he demanded fiercely.

        “No,” she cried, triumphantly; “we’ll have one more. Go down and get it quickly, and wish our boy alive again.”

        The man sat up in bed and flung the bedclothes from his quaking limbs. “Good God, you are mad!” he cried aghast.

        “Get it,” she panted; “get it quickly, and wish—- Oh, my boy, my boy!”

        Her husband struck a match and lit the candle. “Get back to bed,” he said, unsteadily. “You don’t know what you are saying.”

        “We had the first wish granted,” said the old woman, feverishly; “why not the second.”

        “A coincidence,” stammered the old man.

        “Go and get it and wish,” cried the old woman, quivering with excitement.

        The old man turned and regarded her, and his voice shook. “He has been dead ten days, and besides he–I would not tell you else, but–I could only recognize him by his clothing. If he was too terrible for you to see then, how now?”

        “Bring him back,” cried the old woman, and dragged him toward the door. “Do you think I fear the child I have nursed?”

        He went down in the darkness, and felt his way to the parlour, and then to the mantelpiece. The talisman was in its place, and a horrible fear that the unspoken wish might bring his mutilated son before him ere he could escape from the room seized upon him, and he caught his breath as he found that he had lost the direction of the door. His brow cold with sweat, he felt his way round the table, and groped along the wall until he found himself in the small passage with the unwholesome thing in his hand.

        Even his wife’s face seemed changed as he entered the room. It was white and expectant, and to his fears seemed to have an unnatural look upon it. He was afraid of her.

        “Wish!” she cried, in a strong voice.

        “It is foolish and wicked,” he faltered.

        “Wish!” repeated his wife.

        He raised his hand. “I wish my son alive again.”

        The talisman fell to the floor, and he regarded it fearfully. Then he sank trembling into a chair as the old woman, with burning eyes, walked to the window and raised the blind.

        He sat until he was chilled with the cold, glancing occasionally at the figure of the old woman peering through the window. The candle end, which had burnt below the rim of the china candlestick, was throwing pulsating shadows on the ceiling and walls, until, with a flicker larger than the rest, it expired. The old man, with an unspeakable sense of relief at the failure of the talisman, crept back to his bed, and a minute or two afterward the old woman came silently and apathetically beside him.

        Neither spoke, but both lay silently listening to the ticking of the clock. A stair creaked, and a squeaky mouse scurried noisily through the wall. The darkness was oppressive, and after lying for some time screwing up his courage, the husband took the box of matches, and striking one, went downstairs for a candle.

        At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another, and at the same moment a knock, so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door.

        The matches fell from his hand. He stood motionless, his breath suspended until the knock was repeated. Then he turned and fled swiftly back to his room, and closed the door behind him. A third knock sounded through the house.

        “What’s that?” cried the old woman, starting up.

        “A rat,” said the old man, in shaking tones–“a rat. It passed me on the stairs.”

        His wife sat up in bed listening. A loud knock resounded through the house.

        “It’s Herbert!” she screamed. “It’s Herbert!”

        She ran to the door, but her husband was before her, and catching her by the arm, held her tightly.

        “What are you going to do?” he whispered hoarsely.

        “It’s my boy; it’s Herbert!” she cried, struggling mechanically. “I forgot it was two miles away. What are you holding me for? Let go. I must open the door.”

        “For God’s sake, don’t let it in,” cried the old man trembling.

        “You’re afraid of your own son,” she cried, struggling. “Let me go. I’m coming, Herbert; I’m coming.”

        There was another knock, and another. The old woman with a sudden wrench broke free and ran from the room. Her husband followed to the landing, and called after her appealingly as she hurried downstairs. He heard the chain rattle back and the bottom bolt drawn slowly and stiffly from the socket. Then the old woman’s voice, strained and panting.

        “The bolt,” she cried loudly. “Come down. I can’t reach it.”

        But her husband was on his hands and knees groping wildly on the floor in search of the paw. If he could only find it before the thing outside got in. A perfect fusillade of knocks reverberated through the house, and he heard the scraping of a chair as his wife put it down in the passage against the door. He heard the creaking of the bolt as it came slowly back, and at the same moment he found the monkey’s paw, and frantically breathed his third and last wish.

        The knocking ceased suddenly, although the echoes of it were still in the house. He heard the chair drawn back and the door opened. A cold wind rushed up the staircase, and a long loud wail of disappointment and misery from his wife gave him courage to run down to her side, and then to the gate beyond. The street lamp flickering opposite shone on a quiet and deserted road.

      (End.)

      How history repeats itself

      Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      Today’s crunch feels like ’70s


      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
      Published on: 07/13/08 High oil prices, a sluggish economy, persistent inflation, an unpopular president and the Eagles are out on tour.

      Sounds like a rerun of the 1970s.

      But it is also a snapshot from the summer of 2008 —- even if it does conjure images from the past.

      “The similarities are there,” said economist Gerald Lynch of Purdue University. “That was a miserable time for the economy. And the clothes were ugly, too.”

      Wide ties may not be making a comeback, but hints of the era’s economics are in the air.

      One of the stars of that original ’70s show was stagflation, a term invented to describe a mix of rapid inflation and near-stagnant growth. The word has re-entered the economic vocabulary of late.

      “As far as I can see, the wheels have fallen off the wagon,” said Peter Miralles, president of Atlanta Wealth Consultants. “This is as close to the ’70s as we have seen in the past couple of decades.”

      First, the sluggishness: Gross domestic product the past two quarters has expanded by less than 1 percent. The economy shed 438,000 jobs in the first six months of the year, while the official unemployment rate has climbed to 5.5 percent.

      Meanwhile, the official measure of inflation has been running slightly higher than 4 percent per year —- while energy prices have more than doubled.

      Yet comparing the current moment to the 1970s can offer some reassurance: Today’s numbers pale beside the Hotel California Era.

      In 1975, unemployment peaked at 9 percent, fell for a while and then climbed to 7.8 percent in 1980. Inflation hit double digits in 1974 and 1975, slipped back and then roared up, cresting at more than 13 percent in 1979 and 14 percent in 1980. It was a time, too, when the nightly news rattled the American psyche.

      The first half of the decade saw the revolution-promoting Weathermen, Watergate, the bitter, bloody end to the Vietnam War and the Arab oil embargo. The second half of the ’70s brought the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian Revolution.

      “There was a kind of extremism in the air,” said Herb London, president of the Hudson Institute, a conservative, Washington-based think tank. “Conditions now are also kind of frightening. But the situation is not as extreme.”

      Still, today’s list of potential villains sounds like a cast from the past.

      The most obvious repeat offender is oil. Oil prices quadrupled in the mid-1970s, then soared again after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

      Now, U.S. troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is renewed talk about a U.S. conflict with Iran, and oil prices are at it again. Crude has doubled in the past year, and the economy again is struggling.

      “Oil was at the scene of the crime in both cases,” said Jared Bernstein, senior economist at the liberal Economics Policy Institute in Washington. “If you have a police lineup, you really want to have oil in it.”

      And it’s not just oil —- global demand has shoved prices higher on a range of commodities from rice to steel.

      But inflation this time has some brand-new accomplices: the housing crash; the subprime meltdown that followed; and the crunch in credit that the meltdown triggered.

      “This is a very different world,” Bernstein said.

      For starters, the sources of inflation are different. During the 1970s, workers —- often through powerful unions —- insisted on raises that matched higher consumer prices.

      Those higher payroll costs were then added to the prices businesses charged, which were then used by workers to demand higher pay.

      “You can’t have a wage-price spiral without wage pressures, and we ain’t got wage pressures,” Bernstein said. “That is a huge difference.”

      It’s not just that business costs don’t rise as much. Companies are also less likely to pass them along.

      Many are so afraid of losing customers, they don’t dare raise prices as much as their costs. Instead, they slash their own costs or accept a smaller profit margin —- and potential inflation never gets to consumers.

      What worries some economists is that, eventually, companies must pass along costs. Other economists argue that the official inflation numbers are wildly understating the pain consumers already feel.

      “The part that concerns me the most is that the government numbers do not actually represent what’s going on,” said Miralles of Atlanta Wealth Consultants. “I just don’t buy it.”

      If the plot of the rerun does mimic the original, then the pain is only getting started.

      Led by then-Chairman Paul Volcker, the Federal Reserve decided that inflation was so dangerous it had to be stopped —- even if that meant choking off growth. So in 1979, interest rates were raised dramatically.

      The economy spun into back-to-back recessions starting in January 1980.

      As the economy stalled, the inflation rate leapt to a high of 14.6 percent. After the second recession, unemployment climbed to a peak of 10.8 percent.

      But the Fed won its war: Inflation was dormant for the next two decades.

      Even now, inflation —- at least the official measure of 4 percent —- seems modest enough to let the Fed keep rates low.

      In the past two years, the Fed has cut the benchmark rate from 5.25 percent to 2 percent.

      Any inflation-fighting would mean moving them upward again, which would likely slow the economy more.

      At least some inflation may be coming from a “bubble” —- speculation that could pop if demand slackens.

      “If oil is a bubble, and there’s a good chance it is, then its bursting would lessen the inflationary threat a lot,” said Doug Henwood, author of the book “Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom” and editor of the economics newsletter Left Business Observer.

      Waiting for the scenario to play out, consumers and companies alike must do their best to plan, hoping to protect and nurture their assets.

      “There are quite a few parallels to the ’70s, and that is a concern,” said Frank Butterfield, principal with Atlanta-based wealth managers Homrich & Berg. “The ’70s were a bad time for financial assets. Stocks did poorly, bonds did poorly. That could happen again.”

      To navigate long term, Butterfield suggests diversifying portfolios, buying inflation-protected securities, using hedge funds and “rebalancing” investments as you go.

      The economic trouble so far has been manageable, he said. “Things were worse in the ’70s than they are now.”

      Most experts say the U.S. economy seems stronger than it was in the shaky ’70s, more flexible and —- most important during an energy crisis —- more efficient.

      The economy is about half as dependent on oil as it was at the time of the first oil shock in 1973, said Robert Whaples, chairman of the economics department at Wake Forest University.

      “The ’70s were a period of pretty slow productivity growth,” he said. “There are important parallels between the two periods, but I don’t think we will get double-digit unemployment or double-digit inflation rate.”

      Some things do return. The Eagles, after all, are playing summer concerts and promoting their latest album. But no amount of hindsight can truly tell the future.

      As the Eagles themselves put it: “Who is gonna make it? We’ll find out —- in the long run.”

      That was 1979.

      GASOLINE

      Now: Gas prices have doubled in a little more than three years. They are up a little more than one-third in the past year. Gas is costly but plentiful.

      Then: Gas prices tripled during the decade, rising almost 50 percent from 1973 to 1975, and by 80 percent in 1979 and 1980. Shortages forced restrictions on sales.

      PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL

      Now: 28 percent

      Then: 29 percent

      IRAN

      Now: Tension between the United States and Iran over nuclear programs and U.S. involvement in Iraq has led to higher oil prices.

      Then: Iranian Revolution in 1979 overthrew a U.S. ally, led to a long hostage crisis and sent oil prices skyrocketing.

      UNEMPLOYMENT

      Now: In the past year and a half, official unemployment has increased 25 percent. It remains historically modest: 5.5 percent.

      Then: After the Arab oil embargo, unemployment rose by more than 80 percent.

      INFLATION

      Now: Consumer prices are up 4.1 percent in the past year, the government says, but critics say the data understates reality.

      Then: Consumer costs were up an average of 8.12 percent a year through the decade, peaking at 13.3 percent in 1979.

      PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH

      Now: 2.58, average, 2000-07

      Then: 1.73 percent, average 1971-80

      Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Energy Information Administration, Gallup Poll, PollingReport.com.

      A Plutoid?

      Posted in space with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      Updated 11:36 a.m. ET

      The International Astronomical Union has decided on the term “plutoid” as a name for dwarf planets like Pluto.

       

      Sidestepping concerns of many astronomers worldwide, the IAU’s decision, at a meeting of its Executive Committee in Oslo, comes almost two years after it stripped Pluto of its planethood and introduced the term “dwarf planets” for Pluto and other small round objects that often travel highly elliptical paths around the sun in the far reaches of the solar system.

       

      The name plutoid was proposed by the members of the IAU Committee on Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN), accepted by the Board of Division III and by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN), and approved by the IAU Executive Committee at its recent meeting in Oslo, according to a statement released today.

       

      Here’s the official new definition:

       

      “Plutoids are celestial bodies in orbit around the sun at a distance greater than that of Neptune that have sufficient mass for their self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that they assume a hydrostatic equilibrium (near-spherical) shape, and that have not cleared the neighborhood around their orbit.”

       

      In short: small round things beyond Neptune that orbit the sun and have lots of rocky neighbors.

       

      The two known and named plutoids are Pluto and Eris, the IAU stated. The organization expects more plutoids will be found.

       

      Controversy continues

       

      Already the IAU recognizes it is adding to an ongoing controversy.

       

      The IAU has been responsible for naming planetary bodies and their satellites since the early 1900s. Its decision in 2006 to demote Pluto was highly controversial, with some astronomers saying simply that they would not heed it and questioning the IAU’s validity as a governing body.

       

      “The IAU is a democratic organization, thus open to comments and criticism of any kind,” IAU General Secretary Karel A. van der Hucht told SPACE.com by email today. “Given the history of the issue, we will probably never reach a complete consensus.”

       

      It remains to be seen whether astronomers will use the new term.

       

      “My guess is that no one is going to much use this term, though perhaps I’m wrong,” said Caltech astronomer Mike Brown, who has led the discovery of several objects in the outer solar system, including Eris. “But I don’t think that this will be because it is controversial, just not particularly necessary.”

       

      Brown was unaware of the new definition until the IAU announced it today.

       

      “Back when the term ‘pluton’ was nixed they said they would come up with another one,” Brown said. “So I guess they finally did.”

       

      More debate coming

       

      The dwarf planet Ceres is not a plutoid as it is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, according to the IAU. Current scientific knowledge lends credence to the belief that Ceres is the only object of its kind, the IAU stated. Therefore, a separate category of Ceres-like dwarf planets will not be proposed at this time, the reasoning goes.

      A meeting, planned earlier this year for Aug. 14-16 at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, aims to bring astronomers of varying viewpoints together to discuss the controversy. “No votes will be taken at this conference to put specific objects in or out of the family of planets,” APL’s Dr. Hal Weaver, a conference organizer, said in a statement in May. “But we will have advocates of the IAU definition and proponents of alternative definitions presenting their cases.”

      The term plutoid joins a host of other odd words — plutinos, centaurs, cubewanos and EKOs — that astronomers use to define objects in the outer solar system.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20080611/sc_space/plutonowcalledaplutoid

      ‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night!

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 10, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      there are two versions of this song, this is the movie version,

      Thriller

      It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark
      Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
      You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
      You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
      You’re paralyzed

      You hear the door slam and realize there’s nowhere left to run
      You feel the cold hand and wonder if you’ll ever see the sun
      You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination
      But all the while you hear the creature creepin’ up behind
      You’re out of time

      They’re out to get you, there’s demons closing in on every side
      They will possess you unless you change the number on your dial
      Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together
      All thru the night I’ll save you from the terror on the screen,
      I’ll make you see

      (Rap performed by Vincent Price)

      Darkness falls across the land
      The midnight hour is close at hand
      Creatures crawl in search of blood
      To terrorize y’awl’s neighbourhood
      And whosoever shall be found
      Without the soul for getting down
      Must stand and face the hounds of hell
      And rot inside a corpse’s shell

      The foulest stench is in the air
      The funk of forty thousand years
      And grizzy ghouls from every tomb
      Are closing in to seal your doom
      And though you fight to stay alive
      Your body starts to shiver
      For no mere mortal can resist
      The evil of the thriller

      ‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
      And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about strike
      You know it’s thriller, thriller night
      You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

      That this is thriller, thriller night
      ‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would dare to try
      Girl, this is thriller, thriller night
      So let me hold you tight and share a killer, diller, chiller
      Thriller here tonight

      ‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost would dare to try
      Girl, this is thriller, thriller night
      So let me hold you tight and share a killer, diller, chiller
      Thriller here tonight

      It’s not race!

      Posted in categorizing people, hispanic, if you open your eyes, ignorance, ignorance of people, islam, jews, judaism, judging people, race, race is a social concept, think about it with tags , , , , on May 11, 2008 by sweetangel16175
      so i have heard the word race being refered to muslim
      i have heard the word race being refered to jews (Semitism)
      i have heard the word race being refered to hispanic
      but if you take the time to analyze it, you will find that the are not really races
      so i thought i would try to enlighten people with this post on why i dont believe they are really are really races….
      the word muslim refers to the word religion islam and it would be belonging to the religion of islam….
      the word semitism refers to being jewish and its the same concept as being muslim…
      if you analyze how to be hispanic, you will also find out that to be hispanic, you need to at least be spanish…
      theres no different feature that they have… they dont have an extra nose or and extra ear…
      or different skin color or different eyes… and a rounder face…
      so my agrument is that they say that they are…
      i say that its not…

      Stanley Milgram’s Experiment of Obedience!

      Posted in ethics, fake shock experiment, Hitler, immoral actions, obedience to authority, people are generally good, personal conscience, stanley milgram, stanley milgrams experiment, study of obedience, unethical experiment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6GxIuljT3w

      stanley milgrams claim is the obedience to authority is stronger than the personal conscience…

       

      “Obedience is a form of compliance that occurs when people follow direct commands, usually from someone in position of authority.

      Milgrams studies…

      Stanley Milgram wanted to study this tendency to obey authority figures. Like many other people after WWII, he was troubled by how readily the citizens of Germany followed the orders of dictator Hitler, even when the orders required shockingly immoral actions, such as the slaughter of thousand of jews. Milgram, who had worked with Solomon Asch, set out to design a standard laboratory procedure for the study of obedience. The clever experiment that Milgram devised became one of the most famous and controversial studies in the annals of psychology.

      Milgrams participants were a diverse collection of 40 men from the local community. They were told that they would be participating in a study concerned with the effects of punishment on learning. When they arrived at the lab, the drew slips of paper from a hat to get their assignment. The drawing was rigged so that the subject always became the “teacher” and an experimental accomplice became the “learner.”

      The learner was strapped into an electified chair through which a shock could be delivered whenever he made a mistake on the task. The subject was taken to an adjoining room that housed the shock generator that he would control in his role as the teacher. Although the apparatus looked and sounded realistic, it was fake and the learner was never shocked.

      As the “learning experiment” proceed, the accomplice made many necessitated shocks. The teacher was instructed to increase the shock level after each wrong answer. At 300 volts, the learner began to pound on the wall between the two rooms in protest and soo stopped responding to the teachers questions. From this point forward, participants frequently turned to the experimenter for guidance. Whenever they did so, the experimenter firmly indicated that the teacher should continue to give stronger and stronger shocks to the now-silent learner. The dependent variable was the maximum shock the participant was willing to administer before refusing to go on.

      The shock levels went from 15 to 450 on 30 intervals.

      26 out the 40 subjects administered all 30 levels of shock. Although they tended to obey the experimenter, many subjects voiced and displayed considerable distress about harming the learner. The horrified participants groaned, bit their lips, stuttered, trembled, and broke in sweat, but continued administering the shocks. Based on these results, Milgram concluded that obedience to authority was even more common than he or others anticipated. Before the study was conducted, it was predicted that 1% of the subject will continue until the end of the series of shocks!

      In interpreting his results, Milgram agrued that strong pressure from an authority figure can make a decent person do indecent things to others. Applying this insight to the Nazi war crimes and other traversties, Milgram asserted that some sinister actions may be due to the actors evil character so much as to situational pressures that can lead normal people to engage in acts of treachery and violence. Thus, he arrived at the distrubing conclusion that given the right circumstances, any of us might obey orders to inflict harm on innocent strangers.”

       

      this is what i wrote before we studied this experiment:

      i disagree that obedience to authority is stronger, even though this experiment shows that.

      it’s just so hard to believe.

      i think he did an unethical experiment because people had to live with the guilt of killing someone if they raised the machine to 450 volts.

      i agree that if you gradually do something, it becomes easier and easier.

       

      and this is what i wrote after we studied this experiment:

      i believe people are generally good, unless you prove me otherwise, they are good.

      people should know right from wrong and should know that hurting someone is wrong, and people should have ethics. if someone told me to do that experiment, i wouldnt do it, even if i didnt know what the experiment was about.

      Dear Mr. President!

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      “Dear Mr. President”
      (feat. Indigo Girls)


      by PINK!Dear Mr. President,
      Come take a walk with me.
      Let’s pretend we’re just two people and
      You’re not better than me.
      I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

      What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
      Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
      What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
      Are you proud?

      How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
      How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
      How do you walk with your head held high?
      Can you even look me in the eye
      And tell me why?

      Dear Mr. President,
      Were you a lonely boy?
      Are you a lonely boy?
      Are you a lonely boy?
      How can you say
      No child is left behind?
      We’re not dumb and we’re not blind.
      They’re all sitting in your cells
      While you pave the road to hell.

      What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
      And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
      I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
      You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

      How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
      How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
      How do you walk with your head held high?
      Can you even look me in the eye?

      Let me tell you ’bout hard work
      Minimum wage with a baby on the way
      Let me tell you ’bout hard work
      Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
      Let me tell you ’bout hard work
      Building a bed out of a cardboard box
      Let me tell you ’bout hard work
      Hard work
      Hard work
      You don’t know nothing ’bout hard work
      Hard work
      Hard work
      Oh

      How do you sleep at night?
      How do you walk with your head held high?
      Dear Mr. President,
      You’d never take a walk with me.
      Would you?

       

       

       

      Crazy!

      Posted in beautiful, beauty, categorizing people, children suffering, cosumed with our looks, happiness, hot, humanity, if you open your eyes, ignorance, ignorance of people, images in the media, judging other people, judging people, looks, love, media, money is our first priority, people dying, perfect, perfection, selfishness, selfishness of people, skinny, social, society, sociology, speaking out, stereotypes, stereotypes of beauty, stereotypes of being beautiful, telling lies, the beautiful belief, the belief of being beautiful, the belief of being ugly, the body is ugly, the concept of hot, the concept of ugly, ugly, vainty, vainty of people, values of humanity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      Crazy by Simple Plan

      Tell me what’s wrong with society
      When everywhere I look, I see
      Young girls dying to be on TV
      They won’t stop till they’ve reached their dreams

      Diet pills, surgery
      Photoshopped pictures in magazines
      Telling them how they should be
      It doesn’t make sense to me

      Is everybody going crazy?
      Is anybody gonna save me?
      Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
      Tell me what’s going on?
      If you open your eyes
      You’ll see that something is wrong

      I guess things are not how they used to be
      There’s no more normal families
      Parents act like enemies
      Making kids feel like it’s World War III

      No one cares, no one’s there
      I guess we’re all just too damn busy
      And money’s our first priority
      It doesn’t make sense to me

      Is everybody going crazy?
      Is anybody gonna save me?
      Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
      Tell me what’s going on?
      If you open your eyes
      You’ll see that something is wrong

      Is everybody going crazy?
      Is everybody going crazy?

      Tell me what’s wrong with society
      When everywhere I look I see
      Rich guys driving big SUVs
      While kids are starving in the streets

      No one cares
      No one likes to share
      I guess life’s unfair

      Is everybody going crazy?
      Is anybody gonna save me?
      Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
      Tell me what’s going on?
      If you open your eyes
      You’ll see that something, something is wrong

      Is everybody going crazy?
      Can anybody tell me what’s going on?
      Tell me what’s going on?
      If you open your eyes
      You’ll see that something is wrong

      Biography of Our Prophet (saw)

      Posted in Prophet Mohammed (saw) with tags on May 6, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      http://delhi4cats.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/biography-of-prophet-muhammad-pbuh/

      She attacked my religion and I attack back!

      Posted in christian, christianity, holy trinity, ignorance, ignorance of people, islam, jews, judaism, media, Mohammed (saw), muslim, muslims, religion, stereotypes, stereotypes of islam, telling lies, the son of God, think for yourself, tolerance of islam, treatment of people who refuse to convert to islam, unplanned pregnancy, US isnt a christian nation, wrong information about islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      someone commented on my comment on do jews, christians, and muslims worship in the same God?
      i said yes and that person commented and said this and this is my reaction…

      don’t feel discouraged or put off.
      well i am and its the truth, theres only one God and we all worship him.

      Lots of people believe what you said to be true.
      It isn’t true, but not having studied this doesn’t make you a bad person or a stupid one.
      EXCUSE ME? if you really did have studied this stuff, you would have found out that its the opposite.

      Muslims are commanded to destroy infidels.
      i didnt even know what was an infidel until like very recently…
      thats one more stereotype that the MEDIA portrays. we are NOT commanded to “destroy” the infidels.
      THINK ABOUT IT! if we were commanded to do that, then there would be no christians and jews in the middle east! if you look for christians and jews there, you will find out, OH MY GOD! there are christians and jews in the middle east… GOD! PEOPLE THINK!!!! THE MEDIA IS TAKING AWAY UR MINDS!

      True, in other places in the Koran, they’re commanded to be tolerant of the “people of the book”, but later Koranic passages take precidence over earlier ones. Even the earlier passages are repressive of “infidels”, but the later ones are pretty terminal with regard to treatment of people who refuse to convert to or, even worse, who convert away from Islam.
      what the crap? what are you talking about here? treatment of people who refuse to convert to islam, or even divert away from islam… we treat them like people… we dont treat them like dogs and make them convert or we will shoot. if they dont want to convert, its their choice… not ours….

      Jews have an incomplete view of God.
      Muslims have a different God.
      how the crap do we have a different God? please elobrate on that…

      Or to put it their way, Christians and Jews worship three gods (the father, the mother, and the son)
      wait i thought it was the father, the son, and the holy spirit…
      not sure that the jews worship three Gods too… if you do research, instead of listening to the media, you might know just a tad bit more than you know right now… or maybe a lot more… it depends on how much research you do on this topic here.

      Mohammed got his ideas of what Christians believe from the gnostics
      our prophet (saw) did NOT get his ideas from the Christians, he was NOT even living near Christians to begin with…. he was living near people who worshiped statues…

      Mohammed (saw) said: “Far be it from god that he should have a son.”
      i think here, he is talking about God having a son and if you think about it, if you define the word son,
      you have to have a wife for a son and the son has to have been given birth by the wife!

      Historically, the Muslim god evolved from the moon god. Originally, El Al had three daughters (in deference to the people of Mecca, who were, at the time, militarily superior to Mohammed). Mohammed wanted his people to have their own monotheistic religion, like everybody else. So he created one by taking bits from Judaism and Gnostic “Christianity” and adding in a few of his own inventions.
      where the crap did you get this information… what the crap is the “moon god?”
      he was not even living near the jews.

      Who knows. Maybe he really did see an “angel” who gave him decrees. Satan presents himself as an angel of light. I think it more likely he, like Joseph Smith of more modern times, invented the whole thing for personal gain.
      what the crap would he had gained? he couldnt even read or write… and if he did make all this up… then he was so accurate in his predictions and the only thing who could have given him those predictions is God… 

      Mohammed was mure successful at actually benefitting from his new religion than Smith was.
      Mohammed lived in luxury,
      he lived in poverty

      having 13 wives,
      he had 9 wifes and that was the only prophet who could have that many wives

      one 6 years old when he married her, great power, and all the luxuries he admonished his followers to shun.
      i dont think he married a 6 year old… but i know he didnt have “great power and luxuries.” so explain to me what luxuries he had…

      As to living lives of integrity, Hear, Hear! You are absolutely right, Lee. There’s no need to debate Muslims.
      OUCH that hurts.

      They have their own problems. What they need from us is not condemnation or logical or historical reasons to leave Islam.
      *sigh* i would never leave islam, even if there was a gun to my head and someone saying to leave it.

      They need to see our love, which is pretty hard to see sometimes
      we dont hate you! and we know u dont hate us!

      Especially since they really believe the US is a Christian nation–ouch!
      well its kinda too bad that the US isnt a Christian nation,
      because if it was, i would have great respect for it… more than i do for it now.
      religion brings order to your life… instead of going through life doing whatever you want, like having sex before you are married or drinking when ever you want and then becoming addicted to alcohol after that and THEN wishing you have never started to drink in the first place, or ending up to have sex and ending up pregnant and then you have a baby and unplanned pregnancy or getting high from cocaine or LSD or any other drug and then getting angry and end up beating your child or wife, you have order in your life and you know not to do these thing because your religion is protecting you from doing those things…

      Guess whos ignorant now?

      all-in-all, i really have no idea where you got this information and its really sad that whoever is giving you doesnt know what he’s talking about and is giving you wrong information because then you will never know the truth and its a sad day when people don’t know the truth and they talk because it makes them look so stupid here…

      PEACE BE WITH YOU!

      Sweetangel16175

      Why do I support interracial?

      Posted in black and white, categorizing people, celebrating our difference, colorblind, concept of racism, equality, hispanic, identifying against, interracial, politicallly correct dream of racism, race, race is a social concept, racism, racism and the concept of identifying against, unfair, why do i support interracial? with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      We are all human beings… in the eyes of God, we are all the same
      We are all one human race…. one species
      That’s what creatures with higher intelligence do… they devise plans to catergorize themselves
      We shouldn’t try to categorize ourselves, even though we are all different
      We should celebrate our differences, not try to use the differences against us
      Like someone on youtube said, we use the concept of race for our survival, we tend to catorgize ourselves because we feel more comfortable our people who are like us.
      The concept of race is a social thing. 
      Theres no gene that says you are african american, or asian or white or even hispanic.
      If u analyzed what makes a hispanic a hispanic, u will find out that they either speak spanish, or if not they are from spanish america… that has nothing to do with what u look like or anyhting like that…
      Its not racism if u look at someone that is very different from you and hate them because they are different, and not taking the time to get to know them. its called being superificial.
      We need to look past our differences. And again, we need to celebrate our differences and not use those differences against us.

      If Islam really taught violence….

      Posted in christian, christianity, christians and jews in the middle east, if you open your eyes, ignorance, ignorance of people, images in the media, islam, islam and violence, jews, lack of understanding, media, muslim, muslims, negative images in the media, religion, speaking out, stereotypes, stereotypes of islam, telling lies, terrorism, the truth about islam, think about it, think for yourself, tolerance of islam, treatment of people who refuse to convert to islam, truth, violence and islam, war, war in iraq with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Clk5lNUdQ&NR=1

      5 to 8 million muslims live here in the united states

      if islam really taught violence, then ask yourself, “WHERE IS THE VIOLENCE?”

      so all that kill all the infidel stuff is nonsense,
      because if it was true,

      then HOW WOULD THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS LIVE GENERATION AFTER GENERATION FOR 1400 YEARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST? AND THEY STILL LIVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST!

      THINK ABOUT IT! THINK ABOUT IT! THINK ABOUT!

      why islam?

      Posted in black and white, colorblind, culture, faith, God, identifying against, if you open your eyes, ignorance, ignorance of people, images in the media, intelligence, islam, islam is colorblind, islam is comprehensive, lack of understanding, media, muslim, muslims, negative images in the media, people who twist verses of the Qur'an, race, racism, stereotypes, stereotypes of islam, telling lies, the practicality of islam, the Qur'an, the rationality of islam, the truth about islam, think for yourself, truth, wrong information about islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Clk5lNUdQ&NR=1

      i think islam is the most misundrstood religion in the world
      not just by non muslims… but by muslims as well

      many of the information about islam is based of what they see on television and in the movies
      and many muslims are born into this religion without anyone really explainin it to them…
      and unfortunately, their actions and behavior reflects their lack of understanding…

      and finally you have people who twist the verses of Qur’an in order to spread their hate

      the end result: a lot of confused people and a lot of confusion on what islam really teaches…

      prove to me that this book is perfect… just like the Creator…
      otherwise if the book even has one error… it proves its been written or editted by man…

      today if you watch tv long enough, you will believe its a religion of fanatics…
      where actions are not based on reason or rationality…
      rather, its the exact opposite!

      islam is very comprehesive, very practical….
      in fact, when it comes to discuss the extistence of the Creator,
      islam teaches you to think and reflect
      to obverse the world around you…
      because when you start investigating you realize how complex things are….
      and though our human experince, we realize that complex thing just don’t come out of nowhere….

      even though you dont see the engineers and the builders of the buildings…
      it doesnt mean that they dont exist…

      you get an idea how intellignence of the the creator, just by checking out his creation
      the amazing thing is that all these man made structures are simple when you compare it to a thing such as a living organism…

      1400 years ago, it was impossible for anyone to have this accurate information…
      especially when these things have been discovered in the past century…

      and the Qur’an challenges you to write a book like it, if he is in doubt that this book is from the Creator,
      to prove that this book can not be written by a human being….
      so many have tried, all of them have failed…. and many of them ended up becoming Muslims…

      keep in mind that the meaning of Qur’an translated from the is not the Qur’an
      any translation is a mere attempt to translate it…

      these days, you see people taking verses of the Qur’an and twisting them to try to fool the people
      but in reality, they are only fooling themselves…

      yes there are gonna be people who are like sheep and they wont think…

      islam is also colorblind, so theres no race, color, culture that makes one superior over another…
      not even muslims have a free ticket to paradise…
      each muslim will be judged by their intentions and actions…

      We all have to look a certain way, huh?

      Posted in beautiful, beauty, categorizing people, cosumed with our looks, dont judge, everyone is different, happiness, hot, ignorance, ignorance of people, judging other people, judging people, looks, media, perfect, perfection, skinny, stereotypes, stereotypes of beauty, stereotypes of being beautiful, the beautiful belief, the belief of being beautiful, the belief of being ugly, the body is ugly, the concept of hot, the concept of ugly, ugly with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2008 by sweetangel16175
      We all have to look a certain way, dont we?
      You have to be perfect…
      You have to have the perfect hair, the perfect teeth, the perfect weight, the perfect size…
      Otherwise you won’t get the perfect guy to fall for you…
      Oh is that right? And what if there’s no such thing as perfect …
      Then how does that work?
      Perfection only in heaven that everything is perfect and we are not in heaven
      Even though people know that, they still stive for it
      You have to look a certain way to look beautiful….
      Girls put on make up… and they want to lose weight…
      Girls in movies have big breats… and big breats are beautiful…
      Or so guys say… right?
      Its not only in girls too though….
      Guys have to have a six pack…
      Or so girls say… right?
      And what is this all for?
      to be “hot”… could someone please give me the definition of “hot”?
      We all are flawed, that’s a part of life… and there’s nothing we could do about it…
      We have to learn to accept our flaws and learn to love ourselves, even though we are flawed…
      It gets so pathetic when people get so blind….
      People only judge on the outside….
      I would rather be known for my wisdom or kindness or even intelligence…
      Looks after a while fade… and what will guys do after that?
      When guys look at me, they just turn their heads….
      They don’t take the time to get to know me better…
      You know the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
      If you look again and take one better look at me… you will see the real me…
      The real me is wise
      The real me is kind
      The real me is smart
      People don’t see that … because the concepts are abstract…
      Everyone is different… and everyone is not you….
      I am actually happy that we are not all the same… life would have been so boring….
      We shouldn’t try to change that… that we are flawed…
      Because if we are not flawed, then we wouldn’t have any flaws to work on…
      People try to generalize other people… you can’t put people in categories…
      So next time you see someone who you think is “ugly,” please look past that and remember that every person is different and a world with same-ness would be a very boring world.

      The Concept of “Emo”

      Posted in attacking emo, emo, emotional, ignorance, ignorance of people, intelligence, judging other people, judging people, media, standing out, stereotypes, stereotypes of emo, the concept of emo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      “Emo” is short for emotional
      There’s nothing wrong with being emotional…
      If that’s who you are, then be proud…
      You stand out…. That’s all you do….
      You don’t cut…. That’s only what the media says…
      This society doesn’t work with emotional
      They work with intelligence…
      And the media doesn’t want people to stand out
      That’s why they attack you…. And label you “emo”
      So there’s nothing wrong with being “emo”
      If you are emo, flaunt it and just don’t care!

      I still believe God does everything for a reason!

      Posted in God with tags , , , on April 15, 2008 by sweetangel16175
      I believe God does everything for a reason.
      We humans are just too blind to see it right now.

      One reason I picked french over spanish was because spanish is a stupid language. jk.

      even though french is not used much today, i still like it…
      i learned to love french and love the culture there

      i was always asking myself why did i move to peurto rico?
      If u don’t know, in peurto rico, they speak spanish.
      i didnt pick spanish up as fast as my sister did.
      so i decided to hate the lanuage and not persue it.
      God was pushing me away from spanish.

      so my freshmen year of high school, i started out in latin,
      when mom found out it was a dead lanuage, i changed my mind,
      thanks to my mom.
      so i went to french because i had no other choice but german and spanish.
      i didnt like that i chose french until i met phil in my class…
      well we didnt actually meet, but thats a different story.

      so last semster, i racking my brain, trying to figure out why was i not accepted because i believed there was a reason.

      And now I finally know what the reason is…
      If I had taken french 203, I would have taken it last semester, and would never have met richard.
      Richard taught me to love myself, something I have been struggling with for years and years.
      I believe God wanted me to meet him and that was why I dropped math and ended up 3 credits short and had to stay the whole semester at home.

      There might be something else, something even bigger, but that’s all I could see right now…

      i was in wisconsin for my senior year and for my first year of college…
      and so my senior year, i was applying for colleges and my guidance counselor just mentioned i could go to university of wisconsin – madison (the best college in the state) if i get 24 transferable credits in the university of wisconsin-waukesha. i applied there.

      and later i wanted to apply to university of wisconsin -milwaukee.
      i got into waukesha, but not milwaukee and i was sad i didnt get into milwaukee. so i went to waukesha.

      summer came and i decide to take classes in waukesha to be able to transfer them to wvu.

      i met an egyptian professor 3 months before his class that i took during the summer and he was nice and want me to take up his class. so he was giving a class during the summer.

      i knew nothing about the class, but i said what the hey, i will take it anyway. the class was sociology 101 and i just fell in love with the class. its my major right now.

      so now i know why i went to waukesha and not milwaukee and very grateful to God, too.

      i believe God wanted me to pick sociology as a major and that’s why i went to waukesha instead of milwaukee. i still can’t see why but i still believe theres a reason.

      Give Me Respect!

      Posted in hijab, muslim women, respect with tags , , , on April 15, 2008 by sweetangel16175
      its true! so true! so true!

      i have always wondered why God put the rule:
      women have to wear the scarf

      i finally found out why…

      u know how shuttles have the machine where it takes the money or the id
      well when i was going through the machine…
      my backpack is so huge… and i almost got stuck in the machine…
      sounds funny i know… but it did happen…
      this guy was passing by and saw me and he asked me if i was ok….
      and i said yes and nodded…
      i didnt have to say that i was muslim or anything…

      people respect you more if you have the scarf on then if u dont
      guys dont think you are sex objects if you have the scarf on
      guys are not likely to call you a slut or a hoe if you have the scarf on
      guys are not distracted from their work if you wear the scarf
      you get treated like a person rather than a lady, if you wear the scarf
      if you hide your stuff, it entices the imagination… instead of it being all there,
      you have some imagination…

      its so true! people respect you more if you wear the scarf!

      Come on people! Think for yourself for once!

      Posted in christian, christianity, common stereotypes of islam, conflict, God, hate, hijab, identifying against, ignorance, ignorance of people, images in the media, islam, islam and violence, jews, judaism, media, muslim, muslim women, muslims, negative images in the media, people who twist verses of the Qur'an, prejudice, religion, respect, speaking out, stereotypes, stereotypes of islam, stop terrorism, telling lies, terrorism, the Qur'an, the son of God, the truth about islam, think about it, think for yourself, truth, truth is invisible, truth of the war is invisible, violence and islam, war, war in iraq, wrong information about islam with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2008 by sweetangel16175

      Stereotypes are generalizations, or assumptions, sometimes based on projection, that people make about the characteristics of all members of a group, based on an image about what people in that group are like. The image is often wrong and doesn’t take one person into account. It can lead to prejudice and might even lead to discrimination. There are stereotypes about every culture and every religion in the world, the Indians, the Asians, the English, the French. But the most common stereotyped people today is the Muslim people.

      Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. If one did research about Islam, one will find that out.  If one does research about Islam and listens to what the media, like television, says about Islam, they will find two completely different images. One very common image that the media portrays the Muslims as terrorists. We carry bombs and we do all the killings. From these images on televison, people create negative stereotypes about Islam and the Muslim people as a whole.

      Now people think that Muslims are terrorist and they think that Muslims are bad people. They follow what the Qur’an says, so the Qur’an must preach violence. They see the women wearing the hijab and “restricting” their freedom to show off their bodies. And they don’t see any women going to drunken parties and having boyfriends and having fun in the streets. So people think the women are oppressed and they should be “freed” from that oppression. They look at images on the television and see how “poor” the Arab world is and think there’s no schools and everyone is running in the streets. And so they make the conclusion that no one is learning anything, especially women. They think that Islam doesn’t believe in Jesus, peace on him, since Islam doesn’t believe that he is the son of God or anything.

      And one has an identity and one forms that identity by identitying against. To identify against, first we define the “other” and then we define themselves as “not the other.” People believe that the Muslims ar terrorists and carry bombs and people are not terrorist and people don’t carry bombs.

                  These are some of the stereotypes the Islam as a religion has.


      All Muslim women are oppressed.
                 

      To tell you the truth, Muslim women are not oppressed.

      If Muslim women are so oppressed, then why dont they just convert to another religion?
                  Yes, Muslims don’t drink at bars and women wear the scarf, but Muslims believe that God put those rules for a reason. Muslims believe that God doesn’t want us to be tempted to do bad stuff. If you take away the temptation, you’re not tempted. Why does He put the temptation there in the first place? He wants to see if people like us will listen to Him.

      Muslims are freed from having to make bad decision that will sometimes change their lives, like drinking. When people drink, they very often lose control of themselves and they could do stuff that are uncalled for, and on top of that, alcohol gives you a lot of problems in the future. One does get addicted to alcohol, so one spends a lot of money on alcohol. If one drinks too much, one could pass out. If one drinks and drives, one could get into an accident. In the long run, alcohol causes so many health problems, one of them being liver damage. One’s liver is one of the most important organ in the body.

      We pray five times a day, so that we could think of God all the time. Many Christians only go to church on Sunday and think of God only then. Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan from even before sunrise to sunset; one of the reasons is learn self control. Another reason is to feel what the poor people have and to think of food as a gift instead of a necessity, like people always do.  Muslim give alms, so that we don’t think we are the richest people. Greediness is common around people.

      Muslims believe that God put rules. If you follow them, you will be saved, in this life and in the one after.

       

      True feminists should work to free the Muslim women.
       

       

      From what? There’s nothing to be freed from. We are not oppressed, so there’s not we need to be freed from. They are actually a lot happier than any other religion, because again, the temptation is taken away. They call Islam a backwards, tradition religion, but what is wrong with being traditional?
      Muslim women are forced to cover their heads.

       

       

      Wearing the hijab is in the Qur’an, but Muslims are not forced to do it. Our dads don’t have a gun at our heads saying that if we don’t do it, he will shoot. Not all the Muslim wear the hijab. The hijab takes commitment. One can not wear it one day and take it off the next.

       The hijab is a beautiful thing. One who wears it doesn’t have to worry about how their hair looks in the morning. But one who wear it should cover everything except their hand and face, unless their face is beautiful, then they also have to cover it. If you are beautiful, it’s better to hide it than show it off. When women are all out there showing everything, they are usually called sluts and whores and hoes. One who wears it gets a lot more respect than one who flaunts their stuff. Wearing the hijab doesn’t distract the guy from his work. Men actually get their work done instead of thinking about the women next to him. Men treat women who wear the hijab like a person, instead of being distracted by her beauty. Wearing the hijab is also an attitude and a behavior rather than only just a fashion statement.

      The concept here is temptation, too. Men are tempted to pursue a woman by her beauty. Men are usually looking for a short term relationship after they pursue the woman.
       

       

      Muslim women are generally not allowed to be educated.

       

      That’s the silliest stereotype there is. It’s very hard for a Muslim to fathom how did that become a stereotype. Why would God not want Muslims women to be educated?  Education for Muslim women is no sin. Women have the same rights to be educated as men do. Muslim women do too. Women go to college and even pursue their own careers. Muslim women do too. Edcuation in the Arab world is a actually a duty. It’s a duty to educate men and women alike! Is that really hard to believe? In fact, my mom came all the way to the United States just for our education. Besides without education, where would Muslim women be?
       

       


      Most Muslims support terrorism.
       

      If you took a survey to give to all Muslims in the world and ask them this question, you will find that about 98% don’t support it. Muslims DON’T support terrorism. I don’t support terrorism. Heck! I didn’t even know the word existed before September 11, 2001. Muslim actually hate the word terrorism. It’s so overused. Thats is just the propaganda that is on the televsion trying to brainwash you folks to thinking that, to give the United States justification to go into Iraq. The United States is not at war with the religion. It is at war with one country, Iraq. They have something that the United States wants. So the United States gets jealous and makes up all these stories about the Muslim people. And people use to defense mechanism of projection. The government “hates” the Muslim people and so the United States “hates” the Muslim people. So in return, they think the Muslim people “hate” them, when it is completely the opposite.
      Islam preaches voilence.

       

       

      If Islam did preach violence, then why are Muslims on the news right now? Why werent Muslims on the news before September 11, 2001? If it did preach violence, we would have been on the news since television news started. And beside the literal translation ofthe word Islam is “peace and submission to God.” It preaches voilence and yet its the fastest growing religion in the world. Come on, people, think!
      Islam and Christianity have no common beliefs.

       

       

      Islam and Christianity both belief that there’s a God. They both know Jesus, peace on him, but Islam dont believe that he’s the son of God. If he was the son of God, that means God was married and He had kids. Thats the literal translation of the son of God. They both believe in Adam, peace on him, and Eve and Noah, peace on him, and the flood. They both believe in Moses, peace on him, and the ten commandment. They both believe in the end of the world and Judgement Day. They both believe in Abraham, peace on him, and his son and that he almost sacrificed his son because God told him to. Islam even had a day where we celebrate that day, which is the big Eid. So they have so many common beliefs.

       

      So in conclusion, all these stereotypes are wrong and if one want to know the truth, one has to do his own research because not all what the media says is true. It doesn’t take a rocker scientist to figure out that Islam preaches violence or know that Muslim women are not getting educated are false. People need to start thinking for themselves and stop letting the media dicate to them what to think and how to react to it.

      What people see as a curse, I see as a blessing and a gift.

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 4, 2012 by sweetangel16175

      I just want to set the record straight for some people out here.

      I got the feeling that some of you people feel sorry for me because I have a stuttering “problem.” I am not ashamed of it. So many people are sympathetic towards it. Some people even pity me. They say if only she didn’t have this “problem,” she would be more successful in other stuff, like marriage. Others would like to stay away and not think about being around because they think people will talk about them and make them seem desperate if they are seen with me. I am not a charity case and I don’t need your sympathy or your pity. It doesn’t make you look desperate if you hang around me. It makes you look like a friend of mine.

      I hate when people think there is something wrong with me just because I don’t speak fast enough or because I stutter.

      What people see as a curse, I see as a blessing and a gift.

      This is who I am. I am a stutterer. I love that I am a stutterer. If you don’t like it, I will show you the door. Either you will be patient with me and I will get all my words out or you will miss out on a wonderful person that I am. People need to start to get to know each other before they judge people. This “stuttering problem” will determine my real friends from my fake friends. I don’t have time for fake people and God knows that. So He gave me a gift that people will have to be patient with. And again, if you don’t like it, I will show you the door.

      You guys are forgetting something. You don’t have to feel sorry for me because of that.

      So many people spend their whole lives focusing on the negative. It’s only when they are about to die, they see the positive. She can’t speak fast, she must not be mentally stable or something. I can’t do this, otherwise I will get hurt. He doesn’t have any limbs, he can’t run or skip or jump or hug his family. It is self-defeating and it won’t get you anywhere, just focusing on the negative. This happens to most people. It is a waste of a good life.

      There’s a saying by Alexander Graham Bell, the guy who is said to have invented the telephone.

      “When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

      God has given me many gifts, but two or three of them are these.

      He has given me something else besides stuttering and that is the ability to see that my stuttering is not a problem at all and that I have the brains and the wisdom to even go farther than most people will ever be able to. The wisdom and the brains is a gift from God and I am grateful for the gift.

      God takes away, but he also gives. I would rather focus on what God has given me than what He has taken away.

      What people say that I can’t, I say I can.

      I am not going to be one of those people who focus on the negative. I would rather say “I can” and do something than “I can’t” and do nothing. Say “I can’t” limits you and makes you feel trapped. Saying “I can” frees you and makes you do stuff that you would never normally do.

      I will enjoy life and do what I love despite my stuttering. Trust me.

      That’s what people will regret doing, is not living life, and not seeing what they can do. That’s why so many people in society are so smart, but they won’t go anywhere. They are not saying “I can”. There are so many able-bodied people in society. Why aren’t there more people enjoying life and being happy?

      The ironic part about all this is that I actually feel sorry for those who feel sorry for me because they are too busy focusing on the negative and what I can’t do, that they can’t see the positive and what I can do, which is probably the same way they look and do things in their lives. That is the saddest part. They are too busy focusing on the negative.

      It always seems that the most that are happy are those born with the least on their bodies.

      So you guys don’t need to feel sorry for me. Trust me. There is really no need for that. :)

      Churches

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 29, 2012 by sweetangel16175
      Churches
       
      These are the Churches
       
      They said it is Painful
      They try to help the Needy
      They Pat the poor on the back
      They said everything is ok
       
      The say that they are Godly people
      They give the people Shelter
      What they try not to See
      They make the poor Dependent

      Kids

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 29, 2012 by sweetangel16175
      Kids
       
      The kids don’t have a Crib
      The kids don’t have Toys
      Their houses could be Smash
      For all the little girls and boys
       
      Their mothers and fathers 
      Are said to be Hooked on drugs
      They said the slope is Slippery 
      Now their beds are with bugs
       
      What the Learned people think 
      Is that they are extremely unclean
      But what i am asking the government
      Is how could they be so Mean

      Labels In Society

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 29, 2012 by sweetangel16175
      Labels in Society
       
      Society is the most important thing in order to assess the social norms
      They are the people who are Mindless who set these social norms
      They use Labels in order to make society much easier on their part
      And because of these labels, most people are Asleep because there is no effort on their part
       
      And since no effort is made, there is a bad label on the people 
      They deal with them with a Snobbish and arrogant attitude,
      They believe in the label or the stereotype so much they are in Debt to it
      They don’t Remember who they are dealing with, and those are people
       
      Labels in society make people Incompetent because it makes them not want to put any effort

      Being Homeless

      Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 29, 2012 by sweetangel16175
      Being Homeless
      In complete Abject poverty
      We Pray for the poor people
      We don’t give them a Second Look
      But it is so Astonishing
      To people about the homeless
      That some people want to escape it
      I hope it is Imminent that people
      Who want to escape poverty will
      But what is even more imminent is
      what the people out of poverty say
      Some people say that it is True
      that they are lazy and don’t want to work and things like that
      It Angers me, angers me to my bones
      They think they do but they don’t know the whole Story
      People who are out of poverty, they forget they are people too

      30 Facts about Islam

      Posted in islam, islam and violence, islamophobia on October 7, 2011 by sweetangel16175

      I feel like I have to address this.

      http://www.islamondemand.com/30_facts.html

      1) “Islam” means “peace through the submission to God”.

      2) “Muslim” means “anyone or anything that submits itself to the will of God”.

      3) Islam is not a cult. Its followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide. Along with Judaism and Christianity, it is considered to be one of the three Abrahamic traditions.

      4) There are five pillars of practice in Islam. These practices must be undertaken with the best of effort in order to be considered a true Muslim: A) Shahadah – declaration of faith in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God. B) Formal prayer five times a day. C) Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. D) Poor-due “tax” – 2.5% of one’s savings given to the needy at the end of each year. E) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once, if physically and financially able.

      5) There are six articles of faith in Islam. These are the basic beliefs that one must have in order to be considered a true Muslim. They are belief in: A) the One God. B) all the prophets of God. C) the original scriptures revealed to Prophets Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad. D) the angels. E) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter. F) the divine decree (or destiny).

      6) Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, social, political, economical, intellectual, etc.

      7) Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. To become Muslim, a person of any race or culture must say a simple statement, the shahadah, that bears witness to the belief in the One God and that Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet of God.

      8) “Allah” is an Arabic word that means “God”. Muslims also believe that “Allah” is the personal name of God.

      9) Allah is not the God of Muslims only. He is the God of all people and all creation. Just because people refer to God using different terms does not mean that they are different gods. Spanish people refer to God as “Dios” and French people refer to God as “Dieu”, yet they are all the same God. Interestingly, most Arab Jews and Arab Christians refer to God as “Allah”. And the word Allah in Arabic appears on the walls of many Arab churches.

      10) The Islamic concept of God is that He is loving, merciful, and compassionate. But Islam also teaches that He is just and swift in punishment. Nevertheless, Allah once said to Prophet Muhammad, “My mercy prevails over my wrath.” Islam teaches a balance between fear and hope, protecting one from both complacency and despair.

      11) Muslims believe that God has revealed 99 of His names (or attributes) in the Holy Qur’an. It is through these names that one can come to know the Creator. A few of these names are: the All-Merciful, the All-Knower, the Protector, the Provider, the Near, the First, the Last, the Hidden, and the Source of Peace.

      12) Muslims believe in and acknowledge all the prophets of old, from Adam to Jesus. Muslims believe that they brought the message of peace and submission (islam) to different peoples at different times. Muslims also believe that these prophets were “muslims” because they submitted their wills to God.

      13) Muslims neither worship Muhammad nor pray through him. Muslims solely worship the unseen and Omniscient Creator, Allah.

      14) Muslims accept the original unaltered Torah (the Gospel of Moses) and the original Bible (the Gospel of Jesus) since they were revealed by God. However, none of those original scriptures are in existence today, in their entirety. Therefore, Muslims follow the subsequent, final, and preserved revelation of God, the Holy Qur’an.

      15) The Holy Qur’an was not authored by Muhammad. It was authored by God, revealed to Muhammad, and written into physical form by his companions.

      16) The Holy Qur’an has no flaws or contradictions. The original Arabic scriptures have never been changed or tampered with.

      17) Actual seventh century Qur’ans, complete and intact, are on display in museums in Turkey and many other places around the world.

      18) If all Qur’ans in the world today were burned and destroyed, the original Arabic would still remain. This is because millions of Muslims, called Hafiz (or “preservers”) have memorized the text letter for letter from beginning to end, every word and syllable. Also, chapters from the Qur’an are precisely recited from memory by every Muslim in each of the five daily prayers.

      19) Muslims do not believe in the concept of “vicarious atonement” but rather believe in the law of personal responsibility. Islam teaches that each person is responsible for his or her own actions. On the Day of Judgment Muslims believe that every person will be resurrected and will have to answer to God for their every word, thought, and deed. Consequently, a practicing Muslim is always striving to be righteous.

      20) Islam was not spread by the sword. It was spread by the word (Islamic teachings) and the example of its followers. Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion (the Holy Qur’an 2:256 and 10:99).

      21) Terrorism, unjustified violence and the killing of innocent people are absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to a society, whether its people are Muslim or not. The extreme actions of those who claim to be Muslim may be, among other things, a result of their ignorance or uncontrolled anger. Tyrant rulers and those who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are simply not following Islam. These people are individuals with their own views and political agendas. Fanatical Muslims are no more representative of the true Islamic teachings than Timothy McVeigh or David Koresh are of Christianity. Extremism and fanaticism is a problem that is common to all religious groups. Anyone who thinks that all Muslims are terrorists should remember that the famous boxer Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most celebrated person of our era, is a practicing Muslim.

      22) The word “jihad” does not mean “holy war”. Instead, it means the inner struggle that one endures in trying to submit their will to the will of God. Some Muslims may say they are going for “jihad” when fighting in a war to defend themselves or their fellow Muslims, but they only say this because they are conceding that it will be a tremendous struggle. But there are many other forms of jihad which are more relevant to the everyday life of a Muslim such as the struggles against laziness, arrogance, stinginess, or the struggle against a tyrant ruler or against the temptation of Satan, or against one’s own ego, etc.

      23) Women are not oppressed in Islam. Any Muslim man that oppresses a woman is not following Islam. Among the many teachings of Prophet Muhammad that protected the rights and dignity of women is his saying, “…the best among you are those who treat their wives well.” (Tirmidhi)

      24) Islam grants women numerous rights in the home and in society. Among them are the right to earn money, to financial support, to an education, to an inheritance, to being treated kindly, to vote, to a dowry, to keep their maiden name, to worship in a mosque, etc., etc.

      25) Muslim women wear the head-covering (hijab) in fulfillment of God’s decree to dress modestly. From a practical standpoint, it serves to identify one as attempting to follow God in daily life and, therefore, protects women from unwanted advances from men. This type of modest dress has been worn by righteous women throughout history. Prominent examples are traditional Catholic Nuns, Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

      26) Arranged marriages are allowed in Islam but are not required. Whereas “forced” marriages, usually stemming from cultural practice, are forbidden. Divorce is permissible, however, reconciliation is what is most encouraged. But if there are irreconcilable differences then Islam permits a fair and just divorce.

      27) Islam and the “Nation of Islam” are two different religions. Islam is a religion for all races and enjoins the worship of the one unseen God who, orthodox Muslims believe, never took human form. The “Nation”, on the other hand, is a movement geared towards non-whites and teaches that God appeared in the form of Fard Muhammad in 1930 and that Elijah Muhammad (a man who died in 1975) was a prophet of God. These beliefs clearly contradict the basic Islamic theology outlined in the Qur’an. The followers of “the Nation” adhere to some Islamic principles that are mixed with many other teachings that are alien to Islam. To better understand the difference between the two, read about Malcolm X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and his subsequent comments to the media. Islam teaches equality amongst all the races (Holy Qur’an 49:13).

      28) All Muslims are not Arab. Islam is a universal religion and way of life which includes followers from all races of people. There are Muslims in and from virtually every country in the world. Arabs only constitute about 20% of Muslims worldwide. Indonesia has the largest concentration of Muslims with over 120 million.

      29) In the five daily prayers, Muslims face the Kaaba in Mecca, Arabia. It is a cube-shaped stone structure that was originally built by Prophet Adam and later rebuilt by Prophet Abraham. Muslims believe that the Kaaba was the first house of worship on Earth dedicated to the worship of one god. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba. It serves as a central focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus and direction. Interestingly, the inside of the Kaaba is empty.

      30) The hajj is a simultaneous pilgrimage to the Kaaba made by millions of Muslims each year. It is performed to commemorate the struggles of Abraham, Ismail and Hagar in submitting their wills to God.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Population Reduction

      Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2010 by sweetangel16175

      The elite agenda for global population control is not a “conspiracy theory,” it is on the record and documented

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      Paul Joseph Watson
      Prison Planet.com
      Friday, June 26, 2009

      There are still large numbers of people amongst the general public, in academia, and especially those who work for the corporate media, who are still in denial about the on-the-record stated agenda for global population reduction, as well as the consequences of this program that we already see unfolding.

      We have compiled a compendium of evidence to prove that the elite have been obsessed with eugenics and its modern day incarnation, population control, for well over 100 years and that goal of global population reduction is still in full force to this day.

      The World’s Elite Are Discussing Population Reduction

      As was reported only last month by the London Times, a “secret billionaire club” meeting in early May which took place in New York and was attended by David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Bill Gates and others was focused around “how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world’s population”.

      We questioned establishment media spin which portrayed the attendees as kind-hearted and concerned philanthropists by pointing out that Ted Turner has publicly advocated shocking population reduction programs that would cull the human population by a staggering 95%. He has also called for a Communist-style one child policy to be mandated by governments in the west. In China, the one child policy is enforced by means of taxes on each subsequent child,allied to an intimidation program which includes secret police and “family planning” authorities kidnapping pregnant women from their homes and performing forced abortions.

      Of course, Turner completely fails to follow his own rules on how everyone else should live their lives, having five children and owning no less than 2 million acres of land.

      In the third world, Turner has contributed literally billions to population reduction, namely through United Nations programs, leading the way for the likes of Bill & Melinda Gates andWarren Buffet (Gates’ father has long been a leading board member of Planned Parenthood and a top eugenicist).

      The notion that these elitists merely want to slow population growth in order to improve health is a complete misnomer. Slowing the growth of the world’s population while also improving its health are two irreconcilable concepts to the elite. Stabilizing world population is a natural byproduct of higher living standards, as has been proven by the stabilization of the white population in the west. Elitists like David Rockefeller have no interest in “slowing the growth of world population” by natural methods, their agenda is firmly rooted in the pseudo-science of eugenics, which is all about “culling” the surplus population via draconian methods.

      David Rockefeller’s legacy is not derived from a well-meaning “philanthropic” urge to improve health in third world countries, it is born out of a Malthusian drive to eliminate the poor and those deemed racially inferior, using the justification of social Darwinism.

      As is documented in Alex Jones’ seminal film Endgame, Rockefeller’s father, John D. Rockefeller, exported eugenics to Germany from its origins in Britain by bankrolling the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute which later would form a central pillar in the Third Reich’s ideology of the Nazi super race. After the fall of the Nazis, top German eugenicists were protected by the allies as the victorious parties fought over who would enjoy their “expertise” in the post-war world.

      As Dr. Len Horowitz writes, “In the 1950s, the Rockefellers reorganized the U.S. eugenics movement in their own family offices, with spinoff population-control and abortion groups. The Eugenics Society changed its name to the Society for the Study of Social Biology, its current name.”

      “The Rockefeller Foundation had long financed the eugenics movement in England, apparently repaying Britain for the fact that British capital and an Englishman-partner had started old John D. Rockefeller out in his Oil Trust. In the 1960s, the Eugenics Society of England adopted what they called Crypto-eugenics, stating in their official reports that they would do eugenics through means and instruments not labeled as eugenics.”

      “With support from the Rockefellers, the Eugenics Society (England) set up a sub-committee called the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which for 12 years had no other address than the Eugenics Society. This, then, is the private, international apparatus which has set the world up for a global holocaust, under the UN flag.”

      In the latter half of the 20th century, eugenics merely changed its face to become known as “population control”. This was crystallized in National Security Study Memorandum 200, a 1974 geopolitical strategy document prepared by Rockefeller’s intimate friend and fellow Bilderberg member Henry Kissinger, which targeted thirteen countries for massive population reduction by means of creating food scarcity, sterilization and war.

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      Henry Kissinger: In the now declassified 1974 document, National Security Memorandum 200, Kissinger outlines the plan to use food scarcity as a weapon in order to achieve population reduction in lesser-developed countries.

      The document, declassified in 1989, identified 13 countries that were of special interest to U.S. geopolitical objectives and outlined why population growth, and particularly that of young people who were seen as a revolutionary threat to U.S. corporations, was a potential roadblock to achieving these objectives. The countries named were India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia and Colombia.

      The study outlined how civil disturbances affecting the “smooth flow of needed materials” would be less likely to occur “under conditions of slow or zero population growth.”

      “Development of a worldwide political and popular commitment to population stabilization is fundamental to any effective strategy. This requires the support and commitment of key LDC leaders. This will only take place if they clearly see the negative impact of unrestricted population growth and believe it is possible to deal with this question through governmental action,” states the document.

      The document called for integrating “family planning” (otherwise known as abortion) with routine health services for the purposes of “curbing the numbers of LDC people,” (lesser-developed countries).

      The report shockingly outlines how withholding food could be used as a means of punishment for lesser-developed countries who do not act to reduce their population, essentially using food as a weapon for a political agenda by creating mass starvation in under-developed countries.

      “The allocation of scarce PL480 (food) resources should take account of what steps a country is taking in population control as well as food production,” states the document.

      Later in the document, the idea of enforcing “mandatory programs” by using food as “an instrument of national power” is presented.

      The document states that the program will be administered through the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), thereby “avoiding the danger that some LDC leaders will see developed-country pressures for family planning as a form of economic or racial imperialism; this could well create a serious backlash.”

      As Jean Guilfoyle writes, “NSSM 200 was a statement composed after the fact. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. had worked diligently behind the scenes to advance the population-control agenda at the United Nations, contributing the initial funding of $1 million.

      A Department of State telegram, dated July 1969, reported the support of John D. Rockefeller III, among others, for the appointment of Rafael Salas of the Philippines as senior officer to co-ordinate and administer the UN population program. The administrator of the UN Development Program reported confidentially that he preferred someone such as Salas who had the “advantage of color, religion (Catholic) and conviction.”

      A comprehensive outline of what is contained in the National Security Memorandum document can be read athttp://www.theinterim.com/july98/20nssm.html

      Evidence of the actual consequences of this program can be found with the link between vaccines and sterilization, as well as other diseases such as cancer, in both the west and the third world.

      In the following video clip, after an introduction by Alex Jones, women of the Akha tribe who live predominately in Thailand, describe how they miscarried shortly after taking vaccines when they were eight months pregnant. The videos below highlight the efforts of supporters of the Akha tribe to get answers from the University of Oregon and the United Nations, who provided funding for the vaccination and sterilization programs.

      Further evidence of the link between vaccinations, birth control, cancer and other diseases can be researched here.

      In the 21st century, the eugenics movement has changed its stripes once again, manifesting itself through the global carbon tax agenda and the notion that having too many children or enjoying a reasonably high standard of living is destroying the planet through global warming, creating the pretext for further regulation and control over every facet of our lives.

      As we have tirelessly documented, the elite’s drive for population control is not based around a benign philanthropic urge to improve living standards, it is firmly routed in eugenics, racial hygiene and fascist thinking.

      The London Times reports that the secret billionaire cabal, with its interest in population reduction, has been dubbed ‘The Good Club’ by insiders. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone who takes the time to properly research the origins of the “population control” movement will come to understand that the Rockefeller-Turner-Gates agenda for drastic population reduction, which is now clearly manifesting itself through real environmental crises like chemtrails, genetically modified food, tainted vaccines and other skyrocketing diseases such as cancer, has its origins in the age-old malevolent elitist agenda to cull the human “chattel” as one would do to rodents or any other species deemed a nuisance by the central planning authorities.

      Sterilization And Eugenics Returns In Popular Culture

      We are now seeing the return of last century’s eugenicist movement through the popular promotion of sterilization as a method of birth control.

      A popular women’s magazine in the UK recently featured an article entitled, Young, Single and Sterilized, in which women in their 20’s discussed why they had undergone an operation to prevent them from ever having children. The article is little more than PR for a “women’s charity” called Marie Stopes International, an organization that carries out abortions and sterilizations and was founded by a Nazi eugenicist who advocated compulsory sterilization of non-whites and “those of bad character”.

      In the article, sterilization is lauded as an “excellent method of birth control” by Dr. Patricia Lohr of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

      The article includes an advertisement that encourages women to seek “more information about sterilization” by contacting Marie Stopes International. We read that, “Over the past year, a quarter of the women who booked a sterilisation consultation with women’s charity Marie Stopes were aged 30 or under.”

      Marie Stopes was a feminist who opened the first birth control clinic in Britain in 1921 as well as being Nazi sympathizer and a eugenicist who advocated that non-whites and the poor be sterilized.

      Stopes, a racist and an anti-Semite, campaigned for selective breeding to achieve racial purity, a passion she shared with Adolf Hitler in adoring letters and poems that she sent the leader of the Third Reich.

      Stopes also attended the Nazi congress on population science in Berlin in 1935, while calling for the “compulsory sterilization of the diseased, drunkards, or simply those of bad character.” Stopes acted on her appalling theories by concentrating her abortion clinics in poor areas so as to reduce the birth rate of the lower classes.

      Stopes left most of her estate to the Eugenics Society, an organization that shared her passion for racial purity and still exists today under the new name The Galton Institute. The society has included members such as Charles Galton Darwin (grandson of the evolutionist), Julian Huxley and Margaret Sanger.

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      Marie Stopes, the Nazi and pioneering eugenicist who sent love letters to Hitler, honored recently by the Royal Mail.

      Ominously, The Galton Institute website promotes its support and funding initiative for “the practical delivery of family planning facilities, especially in developing countries.” In other words, the same organization that once advocated sterilizing black people to achieve racial purity in the same vein as the Nazis is now bankrolling abortions of black babies in the third world.

      While the issue of abortion is an entirely different argument, most would agree that no matter how extreme it sounds, a woman has the right to sterilize herself if she so chooses, just as a man has the right to a vasectomy.

      But when a magazine aimed primarily at young women all but encourages girls as young as 20 to have their fallopian tubes tied in order to prevent the “irritation” of children entering their lives and then advertises an organization founded by a Nazi eugenicist that can perform the operation, something has to be amiss.

      Even more shocking than this is the fact that the majority of people in the UK routinely express their support for society’s “undesirables” to be forcibly sterilized by the state, harking back to a time when such a thing was commonplace right up to the 1970’s in some areas of America and Europe.

      As we highlighted at the time, respondents to a Daily Mail article about Royal Mail honoring Marie Stopes by using her image on a commemorative stamp were not disgusted at Royal Mail for paying homage to a racist Nazi eugenicist, but were merely keen to express their full agreement that those deemed not to be of pure genetic stock or of the approved character should be forcibly sterilized and prevented from having children.

      “A lot of people should be sterilized, IMO. It’s still true today,” wrote one.

      “Just imagine what a stable, well-ordered society we’d have if compulsory sterilisation had been adopted years ago for the socially undesirable,” states another respondent, calling for a “satellite-carried sterilisation ray” to be installed in space to zap the undesirables.

      Shockingly, another compares sterilization and genocide of those deemed inferior to the breeding and culling of farmyard animals, and says that such a move is necessary to fight overpopulation and global warming. Here is the comment in full from “Karen” in Wales;

      We breed farm animals to produce the best possible stock and kill them when they have fulfilled their purpose. We inter-breed pedigree animals to produce extremes that leave them open to ill-health and early death. It is only religion that says humans are not animals. The reality is that we are simply intelligent, mammalian primates.

      The world population of humans has increased from 2 billion to 6.5 billion in the last 50 years. This planet can support 2 billion humans comfortably. 6.5 billion humans use too many resources and leads to global warming, climate change and a very uncertain future for all of us – humans and all other life sharing this planet with us.

      Marie Stopes believed in population control and in breeding the best possible humans. So did Hitler. Neither of the aims are bad in themselves. It is how they are achieved that is the problem. The fact that we still remember Marie Stopes is an achievement in itself.

      The nature of these comments is so fundamentally sick and twisted that one is tempted to dismiss them as a joke – but these people are deadly serious. Presumably they would also agree with China’s one child policy, which is routinely enforced by intimidation as young pregnant women are grabbed off the streets by state goons and taken to hospitals where forced abortions are carried out.

      Now with popular women’s magazines advising women in their 20’s where they can go to be sterilized and ensure a lifetime of partying and carefree sex, it’s no surprise that experts predict that by 2010 one in four western women will be child free for life.

      The yearning to have children is the most beautiful, natural and innate emotion either a man or a woman can possibly experience. That is not to say that it’s always wrong for some people not to have children – extreme circumstances can justify such a decision. But to have yourself sterilized because you find children to be an “irritant” and want to live a life free of responsibility or consequences is an awful message to send to young women, especially in the sex-saturated entertainment culture that we are now forced to endure.

      Furthermore, the outright promotion of Marie Stopes International as ‘the place to go’ to get sterilized if you’re under 30 is stomach-churning considering the fact that the origins of this organization can be found in Nazi ideology, racist and backward early 20th century eugenics and a long-standing agenda to cull the population of undesirables, an abhorrent belief still held by elites across the planet today.

      Genocidal Population Reduction Programs Embraced By Academia

      One such individual who embraces the notion that humans are a virus that should be wiped out en masse for the good of mother earth is Dr. Eric R. Pianka, an American biologist based at the University of Texas in Austin.

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      Dr Erik Pianka, the American biologist who advocated the mass genocide of 90% of the human race and was applauded by his peers.

      During a speech to the Texas Academy of Science in March 2006, Pianka advocated the need to exterminate 90% of the world’s population through the airborne ebola virus. The reaction from scores of top scientists and professors in attendance was not one of shock or revulsion – they stood and applauded Pianka’s call for mass genocide.

      Pianka’s speech was ordered to be kept off the record before it began as cameras were turned away and hundreds of students, scientists and professors sat in attendance.

      Saying the public was not ready to hear the information presented, Pianka began by exclaiming, “We’re no better than bacteria!”, as he jumped into a doomsday malthusian rant about overpopulation destroying the earth.

      Standing in front of a slide of human skulls, Pianka gleefully advocated airborne ebola as his preferred method of exterminating the necessary 90% of humans, choosing it over AIDS because of its faster kill period. Ebola victims suffer the most tortuous deaths imaginable as the virus kills by liquefying the internal organs. The body literally dissolves as the victim writhes in pain bleeding from every orifice.

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      Pianka then cited the Peak Oil fraud as another reason to initiate global genocide. “And the fossil fuels are running out,” he said, “so I think we may have to cut back to two billion, which would be about one-third as many people.”

      Later, the scientist welcomed the potential devastation of the avian flu virus and spoke glowingly of China’s enforced one child policy, before zestfully commenting, “We need to sterilize everybody on the Earth.”

      At the end of Pianka’s speech the audience erupted not to a chorus of boos and hisses but to a raucous reception of applause and cheers as audience members clambered to get close to the scientist to ask him follow up questions. Pianka was later presented with a distinguished scientist award by the Academy. Pianka is no crackpot. He has given lectures to prestigious universities worldwide.

      Indeed, the notion that the earth’s population needs to be drastically reduced is a belief shared almost unanimously by academics across the western hemisphere.

      In 2002, The Melbourne Age reported on newly uncovered documents detailing Nobel Peace Prize winning microbiologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet’s plan to help the Australian government develop biological weapons for use against Indonesia and other “overpopulated” countries of South-East Asia.

      From the article;

      Sir Macfarlane recommended in a secret report in 1947 that biological and chemical weapons should be developed to target food crops and spread infectious diseases. His key advisory role on biological warfare was uncovered by Canberra historian Philip Dorling in the National Archives in 1998.

      “Specifically to the Australian situation, the most effective counter-offensive to threatened invasion by overpopulated Asiatic countries would be directed towards the destruction by biological or chemical means of tropical food crops and the dissemination of infectious disease capable of spreading in tropical but not under Australian conditions,” Sir Macfarlane said.

      The Victorian-born immunologist, who headed the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, won the Nobel prize for medicine in 1960. He died in 1985 but his theories on immunity and “clonal selection” provided the basis for modern biotechnology and genetic engineering.

      Controversy surrounding the comments of another darling of scientific academia, geneticist James Watson, who told a Sunday Times newspaper interviewer that black people are inherently less intelligent than whites, should come as no surprise to those who are aware of Watson’s role in pushing the dark pseudo-science of eugenics.

      Watson told the interviewer that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

      Watson was the Head of the Human Genome Project until 1992 and is best known for his contribution to the discovery of DNA, an achievement that won him the Nobel Peace prize in 1962.

      But what most people are unaware of is the fact that Watson has played an integral role in advancing the legitimacy of the eugenics/population reduction movement for decades.

      Watson is a strong proponent of genetic screening, a test to determine whether a couple is at increased risk of having a baby with a hereditary genetic disorder.

      Since such screening obviously increases the rate of abortions of babies considered “imperfect,” many have slammed its introduction as nothing more than a camouflage for eugenics or “voluntary eugenics” as British philosophy professor Philip Kitcher labeled it.

      Watson’s advocacy of genetic engineering stretched to his call for the “really stupid” bottom 10% of people to be “cured”.

      Watson even urged woman to be given carte blanche to abort babies should tests determine that they are likely to be homosexual, despite the vast body of evidence indicating homosexuality is a result of environment rather than genetic code.

      The geneticist has gone so far as to promote the idea of creating a kind of Nazi super-race, where the attractive and physically strong are genetically manufactured under laboratory conditions.

      “People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great,” said Watson.

      Dr. Erik Pianka’s doomsday warning of the population bomb, for which he presented no evidence whatsoever, is complete pseudo-science. Populations in developed countries are declining and only in third world countries are they expanding dramatically. Industrialization itself levels out population trends and aside from this, world population models routinely show that the earth’s population will level out at 9 billion in 2050 and slowly decline after that. “The population of the most developed countries will remain virtually unchanged at 1.2 billion until 2050,” states aUnited Nations report. Conservation International’s own study revealed that 46% of the earth’s surface was an untouched wilderness, that is land areas not including sea.

      Think about the magnitude of Pianka’s statements. He wants to kill nine out of every ten members of your family and he wants to kill them in one of the most painful and agonizing ways imaginable.

      If Pianka, or ‘The Lizard Man’ as he likes to be called, is so vehement in embracing the necessity of culling the human population will he step forward to be the first one in line? Will he sacrifice his children for the so-called greater good of the planet? We somehow doubt it.

      Will the students and other top academics who so enthusiastically greeted his ideas go home and kill themselves for the cause if it is so righteous?

      It was noted how Pianka presented his argument with the kind of glee that you would see in a demented serial killer before dispatching his victim. This is an attitude we have encountered again and again. To discuss killing 90% of the world’s population via a horrific plague is sick enough within itself but you would at least expect its advocates to be serious and sober in their approach to the subject. The opposite seems to be the case, where the subject is aired in a context of lighthearted lip-smacking and hand-rubbing as if the individual was about to sink his teeth into a T-bone steak.

      This window gives us a clear view of exactly why these deranged bastards encompass this ideology. They love death and their lives are motivated by dark influences very different to you or I.

      Throughout history, elites have invented justifications for barbaric practices as a cover for their true agenda of absolute power and control over populations.

      More Examples Of Population Reduction & Eugenics

      From 1932 until 1972, the Tuskegee Study Group (pictured below) deliberately infected poor black communities in Alabama with syphilis without their consent and withheld treatment as the diseased rampaged through the town killing families.

      In 1951 the Israeli government used US government provided technology to irradiate 100,000 Jewish children in a mass atomic experiment with an entire generation of Sephardi youths used as guinea pigs. 6,000 died immediately after the experiments and the rest suffered for the rest of their lives with debilitating illnesses and cancer.

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      As we have documented, members of the elite are quite open in their feverish lust to commit mass murder and ethnic cleansing. In the foreword to his biography If I Were An Animal, Prince Philip, another closet Nazi, wrote, “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”

      This is just one of many on the record statements where Prince Philip has advocated his desire to “cull” the surplus human population. In another speech, he even lambasted the fact that lives were saved in Sri Lanka through Malaria treatments because it meant there were three times as many mouths to feed.

      One of the most chilling admissions of the elitists’ deadly intent to forcibly commit genocide to reduce global population came from the lips of the late Jacques Cousteau, the sainted environmental icon. In an interview with the UNESCO Courier for November 1991 the famed oceanographer said:

      “The damage people cause to the planet is a function of demographics — it is equal to the degree of development. One American burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangaladeshes. The damage is directly linked to consumption. Our society is turning toward more and needless consumption. It is a vicious circle that I compare to cancer….”

      “This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”

      It is important to stress that this essay merely scratches the surface of both the stated goals of global population reduction from elitists and insiders, along with concrete examples of these programs being carried out. We could not possibly list them all in one article because this would take a book the length of an encyclopedia.

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