Sunday, September 23, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Libertarian Republican: Looks like Mike Rowe of Discovery's Dirty Jobs will be voting for Mitt Romney come November
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Looks like Mike Rowe of Discovery's Dirty Jobs will be voting for Mitt Romney come November
"an open letter... If you read the whole thing, I’ll vote for you..."
by Eric Dondero
Let me first disclose, I'm a huge Mike Rowe fan (and of Discovery in general, Deadliest Catch, Outdoor Survival Skills, ect...). This pleases me greatly.
Rowe penned an open letter to Mitt Romney on his site, and to his credit the presidential candidate read it in full. There's even a screen shot of Romney reading the letter on his laptop.
From Twitter, Romney Snr. aide:
Mitt's Body ManVerified@dgjacksonRowe's letter (mikeroweworks.com) is lengthy. Here are a few key excerpts:
RT @Rick_Gorka: Gov catching up on news, incl. an interesting letter about skilled labor from @MikeRoweWorks pic.twitter.com/2wCYMvMm
mikeroweWORKS grew out of a TV show called Dirty Jobs. If by some chance you are not glued to The Discovery Channel every Wednesday at 10pm, allow me to visually introduce myself. That’s me on the right, preparing to do something dirty.Only problem for Mike, and unfortunately, what could prove to be a problem for Mitt too, is that too many Americans today, simply do not work at all. We've got 49% of all Americans now sitting on their rears, collecting a Fed Gov paycheck. Even if all the makers vote, the takers may still come out on top.
When Dirty Jobs premiered back in 2003, critics called the show “a calamity of exploding toilets and misadventures in animal husbandry.” They weren’t exactly wrong. But mostly, Dirty Jobs was an unscripted celebration of hard work and skilled labor. It still is. Every week, we highlight regular people who do the kind of jobs most people go out of their way to avoid. My role on the show is that of a “perpetual apprentice.” In that capacity I have completed over three hundred different jobs, visited all fifty states, and worked in every major industry.
my theory that most of these [macro-economic] “problems” were in fact symptoms of something more fundamental – a change in the way Americans viewed hard work and skilled labor. That’s the essence of what I’ve heard from the hundreds of men and women I’ve worked with on Dirty Jobs. Pig farmers, electricians, plumbers, bridge painters, jam makers, blacksmiths, brewers, coal miners, carpenters, crab fisherman, oil drillers…they all tell me the same thing over and over, again and again – our country has become emotionally disconnected from an essential part of our workforce. We are no longer impressed with cheap electricity, paved roads, and indoor plumbing. We take our infrastructure for granted, and the people who build it.
Today, we can see the consequences of this disconnect in any number of areas, but none is more obvious than the growing skills gap. Even as unemployment remains sky high, a whole category of vital occupations has fallen out of favor, and companies struggle to find workers with the necessary skills. The causes seem clear. We have embraced a ridiculously narrow view of education. Any kind of training or study that does not come with a four-year degree is now deemed “alternative" [and] many of the jobs this current administration has tried to “create” over the last four years are the same jobs that parents and teachers actively discourage kids from pursuing. (I always thought there something ill-fated about the promise of three million “shovel ready jobs” made to a society that no longer encourages people to pick up a shovel.)
Certainly, we need more jobs, and you were clear about that in Tampa. But the Skills Gap proves that we need something else too. We need people who see opportunity where opportunity exists. We need enthusiasm for careers that have been overlooked and underappreciated by society at large. We need to have a really big national conversation about what we value in the workforce, and if I can be of help to you, I am at your service – assuming of course, you find yourself in a new address early next year.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy." -- Attributed, Alexis De Tocqueville, 1863
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Lowering the voting age
By Neal Boortz
High school students in Lowell, Massachusetts want to vote.They have started a campaign to have the voting age lowered from 18 to 17 for local Lowell elections. The campaign is in response to cuts that were recently made to their high school classes. The students felt like they should have had a say. The measure to allow the 17 year olds to vote has already passed a committee in the state legislature. Now it moves on to the full House where it must pass before it then goes to the city residents for a referendum.
Read full story at: http://goo.gl/93mOj
Reminds me of a movie from 1968: http://goo.gl/m5uvs
What is it with folks on both sides that they feel that they feel they must “hate” anyone on the other side?
You can disagree all you want, but to “hate” a person because of their political views?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The two white boys have not been arrested, and the public outcry was tremendous. Al Sharpton came in to lead a march alongside the teen's mother, and the "twitterverse" was awash in support for this family, and demanding the police find and arrest the two white boys.
This is a true story, except for the part about the support on Twitter. Oh, yeah, the part about Al Sharpton coming down isn't true either. And also the part about the burned teen being black and his assailants being white, that's not true either. In fact is is the other way around.
From The Mail:
"Police are investigating a possible race hate attack after a 13-year-old boy was doused in gasoline and set on fire.
The teenager, who suffered first degree burns to his face and hands, is white and his two attackers black.
His mother Melissa Coon said the attackers told her son 'This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy'."
Read the full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110078/Boy-13-doused-gasoline-set-alight-racially-motivated-attack-Kansas-City.html
The Treyvon Martin case in central FL is appalling, The public outcry deserving, and like most folks, I too believe that Gerorge Zimmerman was only looking at Treyvon's race when he shot him. I only hope that if this is the case, that he is found guilty in a fair trial and receives the full punishment that the law allows.
What bothers me is we only see this type of outcry about a crime when the victim is black and the accused is white. Anything else is ignored.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Virginia Senate passes bill requiring noninvasive ultrasound exams for women seeking abortions
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 6:49 PM
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s Senate has passed legislation that would require women seeking abortions to undergo noninvasive ultrasounds, days after eliminating a stipulation that the exams be conducted through a vaginal procedure that had drawn the scorn of commentators and TV comedians.
The chamber narrowly controlled by Republicans split 21-19, mostly along party lines, in approving the amended measure Tuesday.
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Friday, February 3, 2012
By Judson Berger
Published February 03, 2012
Shown here is Memphis DJ Thaddeus Matthews.
In a profanity-laced tirade, a Memphis DJ last week used an on-air interview to berate a local Republican congressional candidate -- calling her a "token negro" who is doing the bidding of "white folk."
DJ Thaddeus Matthews called Charlotte Bergmann, who is black, "stupid." He referred to her as a "curly-haired nigga." When she walked out of the interview, he refused to shake her hand, saying he didn't want to get her "whiteness" on him.
The outrage? The fury? In Memphis, you can hear the crickets.
Bergmann told FoxNews.com that, while the web video of the interview has gotten a lot of attention on blogs, local media are largely ignoring it. She said she hasn't gotten any calls from politicians about it. "No organization has spoken out," Bergmann said.
"The anger has been expressed throughout the nation, but not in my local ... area," she said.
As for her treatment on air, which she described as "racist" and abusive, she said it stems from the notion that black politicians should uniformly be Democrats.
Bergmann is running in Tennessee's 9th District, which is mostly black. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, whose office so far has not returned a request for comment on the radio interview.
Matthews has stood by the bulk of his comments. He told MyFoxMemphis.com on Thursday that he's apologized on air for the "whiteness" comment, but he defended the rest.
"I do not regret the content of what I said. In the anger of having another politician in my studio that knows absolutely nothing about nothing and gives me stupid answers, I don't regret that," he said. "Now the context of the whiteness rubbing off ... that part I do regret, that particular portion of the show. But the rest of everything I said, I meant exactly what I said."
It's unclear how the radio station management, at WPLX-AM 1180, is handling the incident, but the owner of the broadcasting company apparently has issued an apology. Bergmann said the owner, William Pollack, called her Wednesday to apologize. She also provided a written apology under Pollack's name, which expressed regret for the "ill treatment" on air.
"I was unaware of the horrific treatment of you until today. I have personally met with Matthews and will assure you this situation is receiving our complete attention," the statement said, adding that he "personally supported" Bergmann in 2010 and will do so again.
Bergmann eventually walked out of the interview, which was conducted last Tuesday.
But for the first 12 minutes, Matthews repeatedly challenged her loyalty to black people.
Matthews started by asking about her affiliation with the Tea Party.
He accused her of evading the question, later asking, "Are you a token of white folk? And white folk using you to come against black folk?"
After she started to respond, Matthews interrupted, saying: "Damn, Ms. Bergmann, shut up for a moment. OK, shut up for a moment, because you shucking and jiving."
The confrontational interview continued as he challenged her on plans to help the black community. "All I see in you is another token negro," he said, likening her to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
After several minutes, the DJ threatened to cut off her microphone and throw her out of the studio. "I'm so sick of your sh-, yourself, and I'm about to put your ass up outta here," he said. "You are a token negro that white folk have control over."
Eventually, Bergmann said "we have a failure to communicate" and left the studio.
Matthews continued to berate the congressional candidate.
"Get up and get your ass up outta here. Get your stupid, ignorant ass up outta my studio," he said.
As she left, Bergmann held out her hand to the DJ.
"I don't need to shake your hand," he told her. "I'm scared because some of that whiteness might rub off on me."
Bergmann told FoxNews.com that she's trying to get the video of the confrontation shown at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference -- an annual meet-up in Washington of prominent conservatives.
She said her campaign has reached out to two Republican lawmakers about that possibility.
She also said donations to her campaign have spiked since the incident.
Matthews has a reputation in Memphis as a controversial blogger and radio host. According to MyFoxMemphis.com, he was booted from another AM station in 2010 -- he claimed white Republicans pressured the bosses to remove him, according to the report.
Matthews went on to launch his show on WPLX, which was billed as a mostly blues music program.
Original post at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/03/outrage-subdued-after-dj-gop-congressional-candidate/#ixzz1lNaVuwgY
If this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell, AT&T, and Apple customer service reps.
Finally, if all else fails, they have threatened not to send us any more Presidents.
It's going to get ugly, people.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This sounds like an article touting the accomplishments of black Americans, however, this article, written by Margaret C. Simms, in the 1/18/12 issue of the AJC, http://goo.gl/IcSpw is actually a complaint that blacks have " made little progress relative to their white counterparts" (note in the article that blacks are referred to as "African Americans", but whites are still "white").
In this article, Simms wastes eight paragraphs with lines like "Median household income for African-Americans is only 58 percent of the median white household income", and "African-American wealth fell by 53 percent compared with a 19 percent drop for white households". Without one line on how to correct this.
This is where That Weird Uncle comes in...
Let me start with this. There is, in no way, any evidence that would suggest that income inequality could possible be a product of race. Rather, it is more a product of attitude and culture.
According to Simms, " Children are more likely to succeed if they have a stable home environment, adequate nutrition and the opportunity to get a good education". This is a big part of the problem. 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers. http://goo.gl/2515Q This compared to 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, and 53 percent of Hispanics. As revered as the single mothers is today, they cannot give the same care to a child as a two parent family can. It's difficult for a single mother to give the nutrition the child needs, and many times, the single mother cannot spend as much time helping to educate their child as a married mother can.
I partly blame the black community for being so accepting of this, and partly blame the government for financing it. If women knew that the government wouldn't give them money when they have a baby, maybe they would be more careful (although "careful" doesn't come into play in some cases. Some women have babies just so they can get the money).
And where are the men? (that's another story for another day).
While Simms complains that white income is greater than black, she does not address the fact that black income is greater than Hispanic, and Asian income is greater that all three. Why leave this part out? Is she pushing a "poor poor me" mentality. Maybe she wants the government to do something (about the black/white discrepancy, not the black/Hispanic or white/Asian one).
I think I'm sorry I even wasted my time reading the article, although it did give me something to write about.
-That Weird Uncle