Thursday, December 24, 2009
Libs scold black conservatives
By Lloyd Marcus
A young married couple, Paul and Nancy, were neighbors of mine back in the seventies. Nancy was extremely excited. An unexpected opportunity arose for her to attend college. This would broaden her horizons and enable her to pursue opportunities beyond her current minimum wage jobs. Paul was dead set against it. He confided in me, "I'm afraid if she gets educated, she may not want me anymore". I thought, "So rather than allowing Nancy whom you profess to love to be all she can be, you would prefer to keep her down".
In the eighties, I was a member of a team of six artists at a Baltimore TV station. They hired a new kid. Jeff was talented, enthusiastic and ambitious. Whenever someone came in the art department with a request and our supervisor was unavailable, (while other artists ignored them, thinking it's not my job) Jeff stepped up and took care of them. Jeff's attitude caused tension between him and our union. While the union could not nail Jeff for doing anything outside of the restrictions of our contract, the consensus was he was too friendly with management and eager to do things beneficial to the company. The real conflict was that Jeff's nature drove him to excellence and our union encouraged group mediocrity.
I shared these two stories as examples of attempts to stifle personal greatness. Folks, liberals (black and white) have been stifling black American individuality and greatness for years, deceptively shrouded in compassion. In reality, liberals' true attitude towards independent blacks is, "Who the heck do you think you are? How dare you achieve success without us?"
Liberals use intimidation and punishment to rein in blacks who bypass their formula for success. Dr King believed in personal responsibility. He required his fellow marchers to be clean, sober and even tempered. He marched and gave his life for fairness, not special concessions.
The liberal media celebrates black achievement only when it comes from an, "I made it in spite of America's racism" point of view. Blacks who proclaim, "I achieved because America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet for all who choose to go for it" are vilified by the media; branded Uncle Toms and traitors to their race.
The Left's message is clear. To be authentically black and faithful to their race, blacks must not achieve on their own, view themselves as eternal victims and reserve at least a minimal resentment against white America.
While in the supermarket checkout line, I saw Rev. Al Sharpton, the poster child of the "America Sucks for Blacks" campaign, on the cover of Ebony magazine. Gag me.
I searched the internet. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas have never been featured on the cover of Ebony magazine. Think about that. Before the election of Obama, the two most powerful blacks in America, (Rice was the most powerful woman in the world) have never graced the cover of black America's most prestigious magazine. Why? Because most black media outlets wish to keep the "blacks need liberals to achieve" thing alive. Rice and Thomas achieved their phenomenal success the old fashioned way; they earned it.
Sharpton on the cover of Ebony magazine is typical of liberal black media's betrayal. They have been feeding their people spin and untruths for years, all of which is designed to keep blacks on the government dependency plantation and voting for Democrats.
Imagine how empowering it would be for blacks if Ebony featured a self made black conservative on its cover. When I say, "self made", I do not mean without any assistance. No man is an island and all who succeed had help along the way. I am talking about achieving through education, hard work and doing the right things, as opposed to the liberal demeaning path to success which is lowered standards, playing the victim card and affirmative action.
Frustratingly, entrenched false paradigms are difficult to break. The Republican party was partly founded to end slavery. Historically and today, Republicans have proven themselves to be far greater friends to blacks than the democrats. And yet, most blacks believe Republicans are racists. Despite numerous mega-rich blacks and America electing a black president, most blacks mindlessly embrace the liberal lie that America has not changed much since the 1950s. Compassionately, I want to grab black America by the collar and slap it while yelling, "Wake up...snap out of it!"
I know two black brothers. The elder has a factory job which he hates for 20 years. His mind is infected with liberal rhetoric, "The American system is designed for blacks to fail". Meanwhile, his younger brother ignored the lies and started his own successful janitorial business shortly after graduating high school.
Life is about choices. Liberals do a great disservice to minorities by constantly attempting to convince them they are eternal victims unable to achieve without liberal intervention. It has been said, "If you love someone, set them free".
Church of England vicar revises the Ten Commandments
"Thou shalt not steal"? Another desperate grab for attention from a church that has lost its way
The Ten Commandments include a fairly straightforward instruction: Thou shalt not steal. Now a Yorkshire vicar has come up with an interesting interpretation, advising the more hard-pressed of his parishioners to shoplift.
They should do it only from big shops, the Rev Tim Jones said, and it would probably be best if they did not take any more than they needed. Inevitably, some less spiritually enlightened individuals, including North Yorkshire Police, have taken his remarks in entirely the wrong way, assuming that by advising people to shoplift he is in some way encouraging shoplifting.
Father Tim’s remarks came in his Sunday sermon at the Church of St Lawrence, York, when he said that stealing from large national chains was sometimes the best option open to vulnerable people. It was far better for people desperate during the recession to shoplift than to turn to prostitution, mugging or burglary, he said. “My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift,” he told the congregation. “I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither. “I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices. I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need.
“I offer the advice with a heavy heart and wish society would recognise that bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay have created an invitation and incentive to crime for people struggling to cope.”
Arguing that society had failed the needy, Father Tim, 41, continued: “My advice does not contradict the Bible’s Eighth Commandment because God’s love for the poor and despised outweighs the property rights of the rich. Let my words not be misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift. Rather, this is a call for our society no longer to treat its most vulnerable people with indifference and contempt. Providing inadequate or clumsy social support is monumental, catastrophic folly.”
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Shoplifting is a criminal offence and to justify this course of action under any circumstances is highly irresponsible. Turning or returning to crime will only make matters worse. We recognise that some people find themselves in difficult circumstances but support is readily available and must be sought.”
Anne McIntosh, the Conservative MP for Vale of York, who has campaigned in Parliament for stronger sentences for shoplifters, admitted that there had been an overcommercialisation of Christmas that encouraged people to spend, but she said: “I cannot condone inciting anyone to commit a criminal offence. Shoplifting is a crime against the whole local community and society.”
The British Retail Consortium agreed. A spokesman said: “Shoplifting is wrong and it is not more or less wrong depending on who the victim is. It is the job of our welfare system, which retailers support with the billions they pay each year in tax, to help vulnerable people. There are no excuses for stealing.”
Leftist Britain is super-soft on crime
One in three violent crimes results in a caution
One in three violent crimes results in a caution and only half of all burglars caught by police are ever charged with an offence, official figures have disclosed. The statistics were highlighted by the Conservatives, who said the disclosure would further undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system. Data disclosed in a parliamentary answer showed that many crimes go unsolved by police, and even when offenders are identified, they are often dealt with by “out of court” penalties like cautions and fines.
In 2008/09, the detection rate for offences against the person – which include assault, wounding and grievous bodily harm – was 47 per cent, the lowest since 2000/01. Of those offences that were detected and dealt with by the police, 31 per cent resulted in a caution. Someone who is cautioned does not have criminal record, although details are stored on a police database.
For sexual offences, the detection rate was 32 per cent, up on the previous year but down from 43 per cent in 2000/01. The caution rate for detected sexual crimes was 17 per cent. For burglary, the detection rate was 13 per cent, the highest for a decade. But only 50 per cent of detected burglaries led to a criminal charge being brought. Six per cent led to cautions and the rest, 44 per cent, were “taken into consideration” with other offences.
Chris Grayling said the figures showed ministers are letting criminals “get away with it.” He said: “12 years of Labour Government has systematically undermined our criminal justice system allowing more criminals to get away with it and leaving more and more victims with a huge sense of injustice. We desperately need change if we are to rebuild public confidence.”
Mr Grayling said that too often, the authorities seek a caution to avoid the time and trouble involved in seeking a full conviction. He said that a Conservative government would give the police more discretion about bringing criminal charges for minor offences, and cut the paperwork associated with prosecution.
Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, has said he is “increasingly concerned” about the “inappropriate” use of cautions and other "out of court" penalties. Last week, he announced how cautions and on-the-spot fines are used for serious crimes. Despite Labour's famous promises to be "tough on crime," prison overcrowding has led to a string of measures aimed at keeping criminals out of jail. Last month, it was revealed that more than half a million serial criminals have been let off with repeated cautions.
British safety killjoys ban reindeer from Christmas display... because it might snow
As natives of the Arctic Circle, reindeer are pretty used to trotting about in wintry weather. So you might not have thought a market town in the East Midlands would pose much of a problem for them. But health and safety officers had other ideas after 12 were booked to entertain shoppers in Market Harborough.
They banned the animals from parading round the town square after ruling it was too dangerous --because it might snow. Officials put up posters saying: 'There is a risk of slips and falls to attendees at the event, when the conditions get worse.'
The sudden cancellation only three hours before the reindeer were due to arrive in the Leicestershire town for the council-organised event left shopkeepers fuming. Malcolm Lever-Jones, independent traders' spokesman, said: 'It is health and safety gone barmy and completely ruined the festive mood. 'Hundreds of people had come from up to 40 miles away and were dreadfully disappointed. 'The council said there was a risk of snow and ice to pedestrians but with or without the reindeer the streets were still icy. None of the town centre was cordoned off. It just made no sense.' He estimated the cost to the taxpayer of cancelling Friday's event at around £10,000.
A Harborough Council spokesman said: 'Obviously, the reindeer would have loved the snow. But sadly we decided to cancel because of the possible danger to people, including young children.'
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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