by baldilocks

I watched the 1977 version of Roots during its originally showing, having read Alex Haley’s “autobiography” beforehand. I was 16 years old when the original came out.

Viewing the series was a family gathering in my home, as was so for many black families, I’m told. It was a celebration of sorts. I don’t remember much about the viewing except for one thing: during the scene in which Kunta Kinte is captured, everyone in my house became dead quiet.

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LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte

LeVar Burton, most widely known for his portrayal of Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, had his first professional acting job in the original Roots as the young Kunta Kinte. For the 2016 version of Roots, Burton is the executive producer.

I mention this because I’ve always liked Burton and if I were going to watch the more recent version of Roots, his role in it would be the only reason to do so. As it turns out, it isn’t reason enough.

Call it fatigue at the continual opening of an old wound. Western slavery ended in a very bloody fashion in the 1860s. I’m over it. What I’m not over is the centuries-long enslavement of black Africans and the trashing of their continent by Islamic entities ranging from the Ottoman Empire to 2016’s Boko Haram. When will that movie get made? My guess is that, if it isn’t a self-/fan-funded venture, never.

There is also the fact that many black Africans played an exclusive role in selling members of other tribes to Europeans and to Americans. Those black African salesmen were usually Islamic.

And, oh yes: I see no point in celebrating Haley’s real legacy.

I’ve said before that God sometimes takes the folly of man and uses it to bless others. I think that this is the case with American slavery. For those who wished that their ancestors had remained in Islam-ravished western Africa, I suggest you repent, turn to God and open your eyes to the blessings He has put in front of all of us…and stop crying about the long-dead treachery from those who look like you, and those who don’t.

And if slavery really bothers you that much, there are plenty of organizations who combat 2016 slavery. You should help them or, at “least,” pray for them.

Now, excuse me while I go watch some sci-fi. There’s a reason I like it so much. With this post in mind, see if you can guess what it is.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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I love that Question. What a good guy. Who are you?

Donald Trump to DaTechGuy Aug 19th 2016

Part of an occasional election series on the things Trump does that conservatives should celebrate:

Apparently Donald Trump held a press conference while I was asleep and it was everything a conservative could dream of:

“I”m going to continue to attack the press,” he added. “I find the press to be dishonest. I find the political press to be extremely dishonest.”

Well they are. Just ask Katie Couric, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Scott “Holocaust Denier” Pelley, Face the Nation host John Dickerson who advised Obama in 2013 to ‘Destroy the GOP,’ etc., etc.

All of which is why, “If this news conference turns into a press-driven referendum on how the press is doing,” Ari Fleischer tweets, “Trump will have won the day.”

The Press? Dishonest? I haven’t seen someone so shocked since Captain Renault found gambling at Rick’s Cafe American!

But even funnier is the NYT explaining to their readers why they can’t help but cover him:

But the New York Times headline: “Television Networks Struggle to Provide Equal Airtime in the Era of Trump.” Oh, yes. Five pages this baby prints out. And the New York Times has another story: “Hillary Clinton Struggles to Find Footing in Unusual Race.” This is also related.

They’ve got two stories here on how the Times is actually apologizing to its readers for being unable to balance coverage in favor of Hillary. If Trump were any other Republican, they would have practically destroyed him by now and they’d be worried about rehabbing Hillary’s image and building her up. But she’s so unexciting, she’s so dull, she’s so scandal ridden, they’ve got nothing to work with. All they can do is try to destroy Trump, but they don’t know how. Because they didn’t make Trump, they can’t destroy Trump.

That’s why Trump can do things like this:

“I’m not looking for credit [for the donations] but what I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say — like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC,” Trump said, pointing toward ABC News reporter Tom Llamas. “He’s a sleaze in my book.”

Llamas asked why Trump called him a sleaze.

“You’re a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well,” said Trump.

The point is that people KNOW what he’s saying about the press is true, that’s really good but that because of ratings they media don’t dare not report this, that the best.

If you’re a conservative and aren’t enjoying Trump taking down the press there’s something wrong with you.



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As I was leaving mass today I noticed in passing  a front page headline at the Catholic Free Press available as you leave the church which decried increased raids on illegal immigration.

This reaction is not uncommon in religious circles. It’s actually reached a point where in Philly hotlines have been set up to “deal” with raids:

  • Q:What is the New Sanctuary Movement and its connection to the deportation hotline?

A: [The] New Sanctuary Movement is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant-justice organization fighting to win more just and humane laws for immigrants and to keep immigrant families together. We are united in our shared faith values of justice, dignity, and hospitality for all, regardless of immigration status. We’ve worked for the past nine years to keep immigrant families together through the successful campaign to end the practice of the Philadelphia police collaborating with deportations. [We] accompany families facing deportation, and are now working on a campaign to win driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians.

Q: Where did the idea for the hotline come from?

A: The idea of the hotline came from our immigrant members’ very real feeling of being terrorized by constant violence in their home countries and now in the United States. The [Christian] mandate to welcome the stranger and love your neighbor are not just about feelings; they are a call to action. We cannot sit idly by while our community members are dragged away from their families at 4 in the morning. The hotline and emergency rapid response of “Sanctuary in the Streets” aims to bear prophetic witness to this injustice while we organize against the deportations. People across the country are responding to the raids in a manner that best suits their own communities. We believe that “Sanctuary in the Streets” [the hotline] is what Philadelphia needs to be safer from the terror of deportation.

Now these actions are getting positive press but It hit me, that a lot of the same media that is cheering these priests would be outraged if they were defying the law on other issues concerning Catholic belief.

So just picture for a second if a city decided to make itself a sanctuary choosing not to enforce Abortion laws, or the Supreme Court’s rulings on Gay Marriage or perhaps the latest Obama demand that we let men into ladies rooms if they believe they are women despite lacking a womb.  Picture priests helping said cities defy federal law and providing hotlines to anyone who refused to bake a cake or a gay wedding.

Then ask yourself what kind of media they would get?

And why stop at religious issues, why not sanctuary cities where federal guns laws are not enforced or the federal minimum wage rules are ignored.  We can easily make the moral case for both of these positions, the possibilities are endless.

I suspect that until conservatives start using this tactic and leftist priorities start getting burned we will not get our friends in the media to suddenly embrace the rule of law.


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Here is the headline from the Chicago Sun Times:

4 dead, 53 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings

And some details:

The total number of people shot during Memorial Day weekend this year has surpassed 2015, when 55 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the holiday weekend.

The really Sad thing?  We’ve reached the point where this is so normal it’s almost not newsworthy

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I was travelling last week visiting family in Iowa when State Representative Barbara Norton (D-SHV) made national news.  There I was, enjoying my hearty Midwest breakfast at the Sale Barn Café in Lamoni, Iowa, when Rep. Barbara Norton pops up on my Facebook feed declaring the Declaration of Independence a racist document.

We’ve had experience with Rep. Norton here in Louisiana: she once introduced her godson, Hurricane Chris, to the floor of the Louisiana legislature to sing his song “Halle Berry She’s Fine,” a song filled with racial slurs and sexual innuendo which, thankfully, he sanitized for his legislative performance.  The incident made for hilarious blog fodder for weeks.

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Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton (D)

What has raised Rep. Norton’s ire is a proposed bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges that would have required school children to study the Declaration of Independence.  That seems fairly non-controversial, I would think, however Rep. Norton disagrees.  You have to watch the video to fully appreciate her objections, really, but the gist of her argument is this:

“I’m not really sure what your intent is but one thing I do know is that all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July 4th, African Americans were slaves, and for you to…bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it’s a little bit unfair to us, to ask those children to recite something that’s not the truth….for you to ask our children to repeat the Declaration stating that our mens [sic] are free, I think that’s unfair. In 1776, Dr. King was not even born….African Americans were in slavery, so since they were in slavery, in the Declaration of Independence say we were all created equal – we were not created equal because in 1776 July the 4th, I nor you nor any of us were born nor was Dr. King born, so we were in slavery and to have our children to repeat, to repeat, again and again documents that was not even validated I don’t that that’s fair because we are teaching them a lie…”

There are so many things to say about this.  I’m lost in trying to follow her logic.  Does this mean all of the Founding documents are now invalid because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was not yet born?  Does she realize that Dr. King often quoted the Founding documents?  Does she realize the difference between “created equal” and equal opportunity?  Is she saying that her ancestors were actually less, by creation?  And all nonsense aside, does this state Representative actually advocate NOT teaching the Founding documents of our country in school?  It is astounding.

What’s even more astounding is that she was re-elected to her office.

As I sat over my breakfast in Iowa listening to this nonsense, I was briefly embarrassed to be from Louisiana.  Soon Fox News picked up the video and it was all over the television.  It was a low moment, but there are so many other redeeming qualities about Louisiana despite Rep. Norton – don’t hold it against us.

We have Mardi Gras, great weather, lush landscapes, kind and welcoming people, and crawfish!

And I think a crawfish has more sense than Rep. Norton.

For the record, as a school teacher myself, I fully advocate teaching the Founding documents and as much as I loathe Common Core, the Founding documents are prevalent throughout the Common Core curriculum.  From a language standpoint, they are beautifully written.  The historic standpoint speaks for itself.

On local news last night, I saw an interview with Rep. Norton where she was asked about her statements on the floor and she attempted to clarify by saying that she doesn’t think we should “mandate” our teachers to teach anything – we should leave them alone.

Well, okay then.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

There is one thing about the Syrian refugee crisis that makes no sense.

We are hearing the left demand that the west to all it can to accept and resettle Syrians displaced by the current war.

What about the right to return?

I mean after all, these Syrians lived in Syria just four years ago. They must have had places to live, either that they rented or owned. They had attachments to the land that went back a very long way and the only reason why they no longer have those places is due to a war that has driven them out even though many if not most of them had no involvement in the war or took any sides.

Yet we don’t hear any kind to demand by our friend on the left that their land and homes remain theirs. They don’t insist that the eventual winning side in the syrian civil war give back said land. They do not insist that any attempt to deny them that right to return is an outrage.

Contrast that to the Palestinians.

You had a partition of a UN protectorate divided between arabs and jews and yet the Arabs decided to make war against the jews (with a lot of help from neighboring countries. They lost time and time again and the state of Israel grew because of it, but the same leftists who INSIST that Palestinians have a right to return to Israel because a grandfather or great grandfather once lived there and lost a war of extermination to the Jews.

Perhaps the refugees in Syria can somehow tempt Israel into the war, one Israel takes a single step into the Syrian Civil War then the Syrians now streaming into Europe and their descendants can be sure the banner of their rights to their old homes will be carried by every leftist in the world

Unexpectedly


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DePaul Student Center

By John Ruberry

“Hey there,” I said to a co-worker who is a DePaul student a couple of days ago, “a friend of mine was arrested at your college for videotaping a protest.”

That friend was Jeremy Segal, also known as Rebel Pundit, and he was briefly jailed by the Chicago Police for his alleged crimes.

Are no other crimes in Chicago? I am writing this entry during Memorial Day weekend–as of now 40 people have been shot.

“Oh yeah,” the co-worker replied, “they were protesting that speaker because he wasn’t telling the truth.”

“That speaker” was Milo Yiannopoulos, the tech editor at Breitbart, which of course is a conservative leaning news site.

Outside of some schtick, I’m not aware of anything that Yiannopolous, who is also known as Nero, has said that is false. And while his fight in the Gamergate controversy has been real, it’s also best not to take everything Milo says too seriously, especially since he came to Chicago because Catholic-in-Name-Only DePaul was a stop on his Dangerous Faggot Tour.

However, one of Milo’s alleged falsehoods is his debunking the gender-gap in wages. Click here to read his take on this sacred leftist rallying point.

Nero spoke for about 45 minute–until some whistle-blowing Black Lives Matter radicals took over the stage. After some chanting and screaming, Yiannopolous was forced to end his speech.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” is a quote that has been credited to both Huey Long and Sinclair Lewis.

Ayers and Dohrn Chicago home
Ayers and Dohrn’s Chicago home

Here’s a 21st century version that I am crediting to myself: “When fascism comes to America, it will be to protect people from hearing speech that they don’t like.”

Leftist teachers and professors have conditioned millions of gullible youngsters that statements and ideas that they don’t agree with are in reality offensive and false. The bolder among them–these are the disciples of Barack Obama’s pals Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers–believe such speech should be banned.

Really?

Just two days ago a DePaul socialism professor, Shu-Ju Ada Cheng–oops, I meant a sociology professor–claims to have resigned her sinecure over the half-hearted apology from DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, over the Yiannopolous debacle.

But while Nero got his half-baked apology, Cheng burned.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote on her Facebook page. This leftist continued, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

We’ve gone from the Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964 to free speech being “delusional” in 2015 at DePaul.

A totalitarian America is not a paranoid fear. Because millions of Americans believe in the putrid radical rubbish being force-fed in schools and colleges.

Are you familiar with the Thomas Klocek case? Click here to read about DePaul’s 2005 attack on Klocek’s free speech rights.

Oh, one more item about Chicago crimes. Milo spoke at the DePaul Student Center, which is pictured on top. Two days before Yiannopoulos’ aborted address two DePaul students were robbed at gunpoint by three assailants a quarter mile from the Student Center–two of the thugs are still at large.

But the cops decided to arrest Rebel Pundit.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


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Back in 2013 I got into a Twitter exchange with Doug Mataconis which started when I pointed out that Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state is an argument against her presidency:

Doug instantly came to her defense and over the course of our exchange I finally asked the following

45 minutes laters during which time he declared it’s not relevant as Hillary wasn’t a candidate, declared Americans didn’t care about Benghazi , attacked Rick Perry & the GOP he finally left my question unanswered saying:

Well it’s three years later. Hillary Clinton is now the likely nominee for the Democrat nomination and Donald Trump is the likely GOP nominee (I say likely in both cases because media reports notwithstanding neither has actually hit the magic number in pledged non-super delegates although Trump is likely to by June 7th) and our friend Doug Tweeted out the following about Donald Trump

Now looking at the assertions in this tweet as a person who didn’t support Trump in the primaries and has yet to decide if he will support him in the general election I’d say of the three attacks on Trump big government is certainly accurate and not in dispute. The 2nd attack of Xenophobia I would declare incorrect as he’s talking about enforcing existing law, but Doug could make a case for it and the left could make an argument for it, As for Ignorance I took it as a hit on Trump’s supporters although if Doug was making a point about Trump’s lack of political experience is by definition ignorance of the internal workings of government it would be a valid one but one that would have applied to every military man from Grant to Ike who ever ran.

All in all nothing all that unusual for an attack on Trump, but I thought something was missing from the conversation so I replied thus:

Now you’ll note there is nothing all the remarkable in that reply. Nobody can dispute Hillary Clinton is for big government, The donor scandals, the Clinton foundation are only the latest examples of her corruption that go back to whitewater, and given the current state of Libya, Syria, egypt and the email scandal an assertion of incompetence would not seem out of line.

It’s also worth nothing that nothing in this tweet disputed any of Doug’s assertions concerning Donald Trump. There was absolutely no reason that these two tweets could not have stood on their own and have it left at that.

Except that I dared attack Hillary Clinton and just as it was in 2013 that can’t be allowed to stand.

Now nothing in my previous tweet indicted that I was voting or Trump or even referenced him. I simply made an assertion concerning Hillary so given that reply I asked the natural follow up question:

Doug Didn’t take that kindly to that and after some back and forth and brought up a phrase that was once a favorite of the MSM:

Hmmm my statements were an example of “Clinton derangement syndrome?” The use of that phrase carried implications at least it did to me.

He thought the implications were different

I believe Ace of Spades referred to this as “virtue signaling”

Now Doug is a lawyer, I’m a former Tech who now works overnight in a warehouse but I felt pretty good about my public arguments and as we obviously weren’t going to convince each other for the 2nd time in the thread invited public comment.

Doug didn’t take kindly to this claiming that Glenn Reynolds and Jazz Shaw were my “attack dogs” and despite having triple my followers took exception to my inviting comment using the word “douchecanoe” and followed with what I thought was one of the most amusing tweets I have seen a person make:

This is what we baseball fans refer to as a hanging curve ball over the plate

Remember Doug is a Lawyer, he makes public arguments for a living yet when the subject of Hillary Clinton’s incompetence, dishonesty and commitment to big government is asserted publicly he felt compelled to attack Trump, throw insults at anyone who would support him (in a rather Trump like way actually) assert critique of Clinton implies “derangement” and then objects to my inviting public comment in a public forum that any member of the public and see.

Even more interestingly in the various bits of that thread, which I invite you dear reader to examine, as of this writing this is the only defense of Clinton i’ve seen

It speaks volumes that the best defense of someone with a quarter century politically in the public eye in politics is the assertion that while she is bad her opponent is worse.

No wonder they want to talk about Trump, it’s sure easier than defending Hillary.

What does all of this prove? It proves that a tweet I sent out just before this conversation began was spot on:

I think there are going to be plenty of people who, for good or ill, will decide to vote for Trump just to watch the heads of the anti-trump people explode.

Update: I can’t believe I spelt Doug’s name “Dong” in the title, I know it looks bad but it was totally unintentional. It’s now fixed and I offer a VERY pubic apology. No wonder he was so pissed this morning.


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circlesby baldilocks

Let’s talk about sex. Don’t get your hopes or anything else up.

Yesterday, Drudge linked to a Telegraph article entitled “Have we forgotten how to have normal sex?” The author goes on about all the types of things which were once considered abnormal and are now “normal.” And you, know what? Reading about it is, to me, totally uninspiring.

I’m single and will be 55 years old in a few months. Just yesterday I had been thinking about the topic, and the three men I’ve tried to have a relationship with in the last decade— all younger—who were down with the New Normal and decided that I would rather remain single and celibate than have to deal with any of this sort of thing outside of marriage and even within it, if it’s focal point of the union.

Most of this attitude is due to being a follower of Christ, but not all of it. Before my conversion—and even, regrettably, for some time afterward–I certainly was not a good little virtuous girl. But there are certain things I did only with my former husband and I have been divorced for over 20 years. For me, it has always been a matter of trust.

And there’s another matter. The New Normal seems to have become the “real” sex and those of us who prefer the old normal have become “prudish” or “frigid.” I have been labelled both; the latter is laughable, but the former needs some unpacking.PrudeDefinition

Nudity isn’t shocking to this adult. But I really don’t care about seeing anyone nude, even myself. (This will change, should I remarry.) And the Internet has made nudity ubiquitous, tiresome, and nearly unavoidable, especially if one has a social media account. People like Kim Kardashian seem to think that public nudity is “empowering”—as if showing the world that you have the same equipment as billions of other humans imbues power over others. Bored, not shocked.

As for being shocked with matters related to sex, I’m not shocked about the large amount of information I have about the old normal version of sex, nor small amount of information I have about the New Normal versions. However, I just find obsession about orgasm in all its forms to be pointless. Orgasms feel great, of course, but what is the point of making a few seconds of physical pleasure the be-all and end-all of life?

Wilt Chamberlain is reported to have had thousands of women as sexual partners. Many men—and women—have been envious of that “achievement,” even more than of Chamberlain’s basketball achievements. But, to me, Chamberlain’s sexual conquest convey something else: an inability to be satisfied, along with an inability to form any lasting mental, emotional, and/or spiritual connection with a potential mate (Chamberlain was never married.) I find that depressing; it’s like looking for happiness by standing in one spot and spinning in a circle over and over again for decades. Wilt could have consulted King Solomon on this topic.

Consenting adults should do what they want and how they want to, but you and I know that the “not my circus; not my monkeys” attitude long ceased being enough. Then it was that New Normal needed to be approved of and celebrated. But now that’s not enough either.

Now you have to embrace the New Normal for yourself or there is something wrong with you. I refute this for myself and I’ll bet many others do as well, including one man out there whom God has picked for me.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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