by baldilocks

Again, I find myself writing on the fly, an unplanned topic. I don’t even know what the topic is as I type these very words.

Perhaps putting down my “feelings,” my true thoughts would be best. Well, not all of my thoughts, since it is often best to keep some things to oneself.

Here’s what I “feel”: something is coming, a very radical shift in our everyday lives, in our world. The abnormal is about to become the New Normal. I guess that it isn’t difficult to guess why I think this.Tuesday marks the last set of nationwide elections before the scheduled end of the Obama Administration. We’ve seen what the last six years have wrought and the “feeling” I have is that the 2014 elections will mark an upswing in tyranny–regardless of the outcome. A beginning of the end.

So this weekend, I will make it a point to enjoy the old normal things in my life: the solitude and spaciousness of my home, the relative peacefulness of my neighborhood–and odd thing in the heart of South Central Los Angeles–the clarity and freshness of the air after last night’s rainstorm (also an odd thing in light of California’s ongoing drought); the ripening of my lemon tree and the still-blooming beauty of my bougainvillea bush. And I look forward to the ongoing (Holy) spiritual richness of church services tomorrow and to seeing my pastor and my friends there.

All of these are God’s recognizable blessings. I pray that we all are able to recognize His blessings when they are obscured by the feces storm that I “feel” coming.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014…maybe.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, a video of a young woman walking in areas of New York City for ten hours has made quite a splash. It is supposed to show How Women Are Constantly Harassed on the Street.

Maybe the advertisers are trying to tell me something, but every time I’ve watched it, it’s preceded by car ads – luxury cars at that (two Lexus, one Volvo). Not only am I not on the market for a car, I believe that you have to be insane to own a car in Manhattan.

But I digress.

The young woman (age in the mid-twenties to early thirties?) in the video is Caucasian, dressed in NYC casual uniform of black jeans and t-shirt, and numerous men during her 10 hour walk say hello, many say “God bless you”, a couple say “damn” (which among some in the Big Apple is the equivalent of hello) to her, about which we are supposed to be outraged.

The creepy ones were two guys who walked along with her, one silently for five minutes, another one trying to pick her up (and failing miserably). At that point, I wondered how much of the video was staged (I also want to know what camera they used, since it doesn’t shake).

As it turns out,

The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.

So, what “Hollabck! a non-profit dedicated to ending street harrassment” ended up doing is looking, shall I say it, “raaaaacist.”

Apparent from the video is also the fact that the men involved are not working. I wonder what the video would have been like if she had moseyed down Water Street, Wall Street, and the financial district, where everybody is on the job – even the guys girl-watching.

Heartiste of the pick-up manosphere looked at the video and titled his post “10 Hours Of Walking In New York City As A Racist White Woman.” Not one to mince words, his review is crude at times, but accurate in this,

Catcalling, if you couldn’t already tell, is mostly a non-asian minority thing. Only Mediterranean whites like Italians come close to expressing the… unsolicited robust amour… of blacks and guapos. And even then, the Italians in America catcall with a stylishness far removed from the ghetto version. It’s so rare for white men that I can’t honestly remember the last time I saw one catcall like those loping suitors in the video.

I’ve walked through numerous neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and that has been my experience, even in my advanced age.

However, to generate real outrage, the people of Hollaback! ought to have tried being a female American tourist traveling alone in Italy in the 1970s. They would have had their butts pinched enough times that they would had needed to edit the video standing up.

Aggressive catcalling does wear thin at times. Heartiste, again, makes a valid point,

The closest analogy for a man would be having to tolerate homeless bums begging for handouts every block.

but the Funny or Die guys went for the gusto,

Hey Harvard! Hey Harvard! Wanna network? Wanna network with me?

Sing it, Brenda!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She learned to handle catcalls by age 14, having grown up in Puerto Rico.

It came up in yesterday’s MA3 debate, and ebola is still in the news (especially when you see headlines like this: Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures), so it’s time for an update on the curious incident of the Carnival Magic in Belize.

To recap, the reports said that the Carnival Magic cruise ship was denied docking privileges in Belize and Mexico when authorities found out that among its passengers was a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker who may have handled ebola samples. The international incident was ignored by the U.S. State Department, and, the last time I looked, 4633 passengers and crew members were stranded.

All because a lab worker decided to “self-monitor” while on a cruise ship.

No word as to whether she went bowling.

Opinions are like navels: everybody has one. What I get from the above story is that “self-monitoring” appears to be a not well defined, rather loose term, subject to the interpretation of people who don’t want to be inconvenienced by staying away from social contact, or, heaven forfend, interrupt plans.

So, on the one hand, it looks like the government is playing it as it goes with a deadly disease it doesn’t seem to know a whole lot about, while, on the other hand, the government is regulating school lunches down to the last potato chip.

Now that I got that off my chest, here’s the update on the Carnival Magic and its surreal voyage:
Contrary to what was initially reported, passengers other than the lab worker and her companion were allowed to disembark in Belize. The Magic did not receive clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico.

A blood sample taken from the health care worker who was being monitored on-board the Carnival Magic cruise ship tested negative for Ebola, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A helicopter met up with the cruise ship Saturday to take a blood sample for testing prior to the ship’s Sunday arrival in Galveston.

Of course, the helicopter flew at taxpayer’s expense.

The Carnival Magic cruise ship returned to its home port in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday, October 19. Its passengers will get a $200 credit on their ship accounts and a 50 percent discount for future cruises, not that it’s likely that they’ll be stampeding to the next cruise, having wasted valuable vacation days on their trip to nowhere.

In my post I predicted that the curious incident will probably put the kibosh on Caribbean holiday tourism for a long time. For the time being, Carnival and Norwegian stocks are down.

Speaking of stocks, it may be worth looking into buying Clorox , the stock and the product,

The floor was cleaned in part with a 10 percent bleach solution, the method that Mr. Pain said was recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millions of dollars and man-hours wasted because a lab worker decided to “self-monitor” while on a cruise ship.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

imageby baldilocks

No, not that Fisherman. The other one.

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

–Daniel Webster, et al.

The 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, is infamous for many things.

Most domestically notable are two programs: the Great Society and Medicare. Both programs can arguably be viewed as bait to Americans. Bait for what? Luring the poor into government dependence, luring the elderly into the same, and luring the descendants of all into catastrophic debt. This debt applies both individually and nationally.

However, I was fascinated to discover that these programs were not LBJ’s first forays into hooking groups into government control. At The Federalist, Leslie Loftis notes that his first target was the church.

When the federal tax code was written, that the government couldn’t tax churches was assumed. For one, at the beginning of the union, only the federal government was prohibited from establishing a religion. The state governments could and did establish churches. They didn’t tax churches, but collected taxes for the church. This stopped after the Civil War and the ratification and subsequent case law of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporated the federal proscription against an established religion to the individual states.


Essentially, churches have complied with the exemption requirements of the tax code rather than asserting the right to be free from taxation.


To punish and prevent political opponents [including churches] from speaking out against him, [in 1954] then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who was in a contentious re-election campaign, pushed through an amendment to the tax code which prohibits “political activity” by 501(c)(3) entities. It is called the Johnson Amendment. Since the prohibition passed, it has only been lightly—and selectively—enforced.

Loftis points to bi-partisan examples of this selective enforcement, but notes that

[m]ost churches, however, tend to err on the side of caution lest the IRS decide to prosecute, either on a whim or as part of a larger political intimidation program much like the one they have run in the past few years against conservative secular organizations.

In other words, due to LBJ’s little trap, most churches yield to fear and/or love of money.

Oh and Loftis also notes that the IRS is the process of composing new guidelines for political activity by tax-exempt religious organizations and churches at the the legal behest of the Freedom From Religion Foundation(!) Aren’t all we Jesus freaks, Bible-thumpers and bitter-clingers looking forward to the passage of such regulations so that we can find out what’s in them?

Back to LBJ. We have had several problematic presidents and the current one seems like the biggest one. But he and his ideological siblings who sit in political office at all levels of government–like Houston Mayor Annise Parker–can look to the politicians of the past and thank them for laying the foundations of tyranny by luring an intentionally under-educated populace into assenting to it.

Politicians like LBJ: Dixiecrat, Reenslaver of black Americans, and Persecutor of the Church.

Quite a legacy, don’t you think?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2017.

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What do you people want? Wait. Don’t answer. I already know and I’m not going to give it to you. No one can.

Earthly perfection is what you people want. The white you-people want perfect absolution; the black you-people want perfect vengeance.

Be careful what you wish for.

Denied their blanket absolution when it became obvious that Barack H. Obama wasn’t exactly Martin Luther King, Jr., some whites mumbled and even screamed the n-word–as if it just dawned on them that some black people hate them; even though the black version of Liberation Theology has existed for only a little less time than legislated federal Civil Rights and Voting Rights have–a small fraction of the lifespan of this country–and few blacks had heard of BLT until Barack Obama showed up.

Denied their vengeance, some blacks say “yeah, we knew you hated us all along,” in spite of the fact that most whites manifestly don’t hate us and many have gone against their parents, friends and communities to stand up for what’s right (in spite of the fact that those who do hate blacks have conspired to keep some of us in a more refined form of bondage—reproductive “choice” and subsidized indolence–with our own assistance). We’re not hated by all or even most whites, even in the face of how the progeny of the New Slavery continue to prey upon whites.

Along came Obama–the guy who talks post-racial and sleeps Black Power–and all the fronting ceases. All masks are dropped. And all the sh*t-fits commence. All of the players in this game wanted to be the innocent party, the wronged party. All wanted to ignore reality and history.

You people wanted the Moon and all you got was merely another flawed human to project your higher hopes and lower fantasies onto. And now you’re mad.

It’s your own fault, though; All your fault that you accepted an earthly savior.

No wonder you’ve all gone crazy. Crazier.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

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Nothing shows the control Mexican drug cartels exert over the area adjacent to the border with the United States than the media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago. The media blackout is complete, and enforced, every day, with death penalties.

The Daily Beast reports how, in the border state of Tamaulipas, rival drug cartels, “the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, have final say over what gets printed or broadcast in the local media.” Citizen journalists risk their lives by using Facebook and Twitter “to share information about organized crime and its infiltration of the government.”

Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago

Take, for instance, the death of Dr. Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, Twitter handle Felina, whose account has now been closed. Dr. Fuentes was one of the admonistrators for Valor por Tamaulipas:
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.
No newspaper dares to publish the truth about the drug lords in Tamaulipas. Those who break the silence on Twitter and Facebook are marked for death.

Felina posted under the handle @Miut3 and was best known for her posts of danger alerts that pinpointed the location of violent incidents in real time. People sent her bits of information as a way for them to resist the hegemony of the cartels. She also wrote posts pleading with victims of crime not to remain silent, to file a police report even if it meant having to brave reprisals. She would post emergency telephone numbers as a way to try to help

She was killed:

Felina nevertheless continued to post a high volume of news alerts to the site at the hashtag #ReynosaFollow. Until early in the morning of Thursday, Oct. 16, when this message from Felina @Miut3 was posted:


Her assassins are yet to be found,

The state prosecutor’s office in Tamaulipas confirmed that a Dr. María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio was reported kidnapped on the day before the photos and messages were posted to Felina’s Twitter account. Officially the case remains a kidnapping because, according to the coroner’s office, the body of the woman in the photographs has yet to be recovered.

As we watch with dismay the ever-more-porous border with Mexico, is it unreasonable to be concerned about the effects of the Obama administration’s open borders policy on public safety and national security?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American news, culture, and politics at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

Discovering the fallaciousness of an idea previously thought to be true can be traumatic. Indeed, some will refuse to even consider the fault lying in the foundation of an idea–in its premises–even when the hole in it is wide and deep.

Such is the case with respect to and discrimination in private business. You’re not allowed to do it (anymore), right? Well, that means that signs like this are mere bluster and delusion.


If you can’t refuse to serve blacks, disabled, gays, etc., then you don’t have that reservation. It’s that simple. You don’t think so? Read Title II of the Civil Rights Act again.

So when you see things like this happen, you shouldn’t be surprised.

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.m


According to the lawsuit, the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business – not as a church or place of worship – and city officials said that means the owners must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance.

That ordinance, passed last year, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.

The CRA cracked the foundation of our country, further inserting government tentacles into private property. And the ingenuousness of CRA is this: it seems to guarantee the rights of those who are not white male Christians. Because of that perception, it will be impossible to fix without a whole lot of Sturm und Drang (in English, SHTF) about the rights of non-whites.

But all it really does is reserve the “right” of government to tell you how to conduct “your” business, actual rights be damned…no pun intended…or advise you of the consequences of resisting government regulation in this area. It’s a fifty-year-old fraud perpetrated on the American people. We’re seeing groups take advantage of the fraud more and more because the ideological children of the fraudsters have become emboldened of late.

I can’t imagine why that is so. (sarc)

Resistance is futile, baby

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

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Remember the 2008 “Bitter Clinger” saga? Perhaps you don’t.


Back when most people were still giving Barack H. Obama the benefit of the doubt and still thinking “wouldn’t it be cool to have a black president,” he was dropping huge clues left and right as to his attitude toward the bulk of the American people and to the values which most of us hold dear. Unfortunately, many of us refused to hear the plan contempt issuing right from his lips. It was pretty plain to me; and I did tell you so. (The words in italics are mine.)

Mickey Kaus and many others are still trying to make sense of Barack Obama’s defense of the following remarks.

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant [sic] sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

(Emphasis mine.)

Says Kaus:

It lumps together things Obama wants us to think he thinks are good (religion) with things he undoubtedly thinks are bad (racism, anti-immigrant sentiment). I suppose it’s logically possible to say ‘these Pennsylvania voters are so bitter and frustrated that they cling to both good things and bad things,.” but the implication is that these are all things he thinks are unfortunate and need explaining (because, his context suggests, they prevent voters from doing the right thing and voting for … him).

Yesterday at the CNN “Compassion Forum” Obama said he wasn’t disparaging religion because he meant people “cling” to it in a good way! Would that be the same way they “cling” to “antipathy to people who aren’t like them”–the very next phrase Obama uttered? Is racism one of those “traditions that are passed on from generation to generation” that “sustains us”? Obama’s unfortunate parallelism makes it hard for him to extricate him from the charge that he was dissing rural Pennsylvanians’ excess religiosity.

If you think about it, the fact that Obama lumped the perceived religion of the white, rural Pennsylvanian with “antipathy toward those not like them”–that is, racism, bigotry and anti-immigration (sic)–makes perfect sense. The latter is bad and so is the former—if one is observing from the perspective of Black Liberation Theology.

In Obama’s mind, the religion clung to by the “average poor white Pennsylvanian” is BLT’s demonic “white” Church. The “white” Church is the tool of oppression for all—including poor whites—and should be shaken off just like other social maladies. Just like anti-immigration (sic) and racism. One will note that, in the defense of the earlier remarks, Obama still does not say anything objectively positive about the religion adhered to by the average rural white Pennsylvanian. What he actually says is that government should answer their prayers.

But what is absolutely true is that people don’t feel like they are being listened to.

And so they pray and they count on each other and they count on their families. You know this in your own lives, and what we need is a government that is actually paying attention [to their prayers!]. Government that is fighting for working people day in and day out making sure that we are trying to allow them to live out the American dream.

Never forget where this guy is coming from.

Observing the Obama-lead government action and inaction with crises which have occurred just in the last year, one can conclude that the Obama-lead government does indeed answer prayer–the prayers of America’s enemies.

I’m bitter…and clinging.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

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Or, Travel in the Time of #Ebola.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of my favorite book titles (and the book’s a good read, too), so I borrowed the title for this post, as we now read news that boggle the mind more than the best fiction:

Texas worker who may have handled Ebola samples quarantined in Belize. The hapless Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker went on a cruise on Sunday. Now she and her husband “have voluntarily remained isolated in a cabin,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki,

“We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abundance of caution.”

Why the cruise line? Because

The Belize government turned down a request by the United States to evacuate the worker through the international airport in Belize City.

Thus provoking an international incident, about which the State Department is apparently doing nothing.

But wait! There’s more!

The Belize coast guard is not allowing the ship to dock or its passengers to disembark
. . .
Belizean news reports identified it as the cruise ship Carnival Magic, and said it was being kept offshore after the island nation’s government learned that a U.S. hospital worker on board may have been exposed to Ebola. The government assured its citizens that neither the health care nor as many as 4,000 others aboard the ship were allowed on the island.

Let’s do the numbers here: the Carnival Magic carries a total of 6,000 people: 4,631 passengers and 1369 crew members [SEE UPDATE BELOW], all now stranded (and likely quarantined) because a lab worker decided to “self-monitor” while on a cruise ship, since “she is deemed by CDC to be very low risk.”

Over at the Department of Homeland Security, they’re proudly advertising its “Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States,” that is, they’re actually expediting visa requests.

Contrast that with how Nigeria stopped ebola. “Of course, you can’t expect our government to be as competent as Nigeria’s.”

Or Belize’s, either.

There’s good news, and there’s bad news.

The ship is reportedly carrying 3652 passengers and a total population of 4633 persons.


“Confirmed with representatives of the Ministry of Health that they have indeed received a report that there is at least one passenger on board the cruise ship, Carnival Magic, showing symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus.”

An Outbreak of Epidemiological Hysteria.

As Tyler Durden said, It’s almost as if the administration is doing everything in its power to spread a panic.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Our friend Pete has coined the term Pope-a-Dope regarding the media’s spin on Pope Francis. “The Pope married people who were living in sin! The Pope is challenging taboos!” Over the decades (yes, I’m that old), I have attended Catholic weddings of couples who had lived together and were now getting married;. married in a civil ceremony, had children, and then married by the Church; and on and on, so the so-called “taboos” headlines were particularly amusing.

Following the news on the Synod on the Family, I would now like to expand the term Pope-a-Dope to include the spin on the Catholic Church in general. Not that we didn’t see it coming:

Sure enough:

the real danger of what is coming out of the Synod not what the words say but how they’re spun.

The media’s goal, as Pete so aptly puts it, is

to have the church decide to not only consider such states of Mortal Sin acceptable for individuals but to actually redefine sin itself.

Princeton professor Robert P. George (one of Ted Cruz’s former professors), expands on the subject:
Has the Catholic Church Changed Its Teaching on Sex and Marriage?
Amid reports of “earthquakes” and “seismic” shifts, we ought to remember the Catholic Church’s moral teachings in their wholeness, which have not shifted.

Now, if you’ve been reading the papers or watching television or visiting blogs and online news sites, you may be thinking:

“Hang on there, professor. Haven’t you heard? On Monday the Catholic Church changed its teachings on marriage and sexuality. There has been an ‘earthquake,’ a ‘seismic shift.’ Things will never be the same. The Church now welcomes remarried people to communion, has dropped its objections to homosexual conduct, and denies that homosexual desires are ‘intrinsically disordered.’ Or it’s about to do all of that. Francis is a new kind of Pope, and it’s a new day. He has brought Catholicism into line with the teachings of the Episcopal Church USA, the Unitarian Universalists, and the New York Times editorial board.”

Prof. George points out that the (emphasis added)

document released on Monday as an interim report on discussions occurring at a Vatican synod of bishops (called an “extraordinary” synod because it is preparatory to a larger synod—an “ordinary” synod—that will occur next year) on contemporary challenges to the family.

The relatio, then, is raw material for this week’s discussion, which will prepare for next year’s discussion, which may provide fodder for a document by the Pope.

So it’s conducive to something preparatory to something (possibly) advisory.

It has no teaching authority whatsoever.

What’s more, it proposed no changes—none—in the doctrine or moral teaching of the Church.

Read Prof. George’s article.

The bottom line is, while the media tries to actually redefine sin itself, the Church asserts that sin is sin and must be rejected.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.