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WHY I’M CYNICAL ABOUT RACE

Growing up in a small north Alabama town where no blacks lived, I had little interaction with them until I started college at the University of Alabama. I was well aware that at this point in my life, I would certainly have a lot more interaction with blacks. I would be in class with them, I would be living close to them, if not having them as roommates, I would be socializing with them, and so on and so forth. While the term “new normal” was not used back then, this would be the “new normal” for me.

During my sophomore year, I lived next door to a black girl and we became the best of friends. I was the one who made the initial ice-breaking contact with her, and soon her black friends and my white friends were all friends. Even though we both moved out of the dormitory and into apartments my junior year and her sophomore year, we remained friends, had some great times together, and continued to remain friends until we were in our mid-twenties and life caused us to drift apart. Like all friends, we did have our “tiffs,” but that’s normal for everyone.

I’ve always lived according to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Now that the Civil Rights legislation of the mid-sixties had lifted the barriers, we can become a color-blind society.  The only reason I felt like skin color should be used would be for identification purposes and maybe marketing purposes. For example, if I owned a tanning salon, my core target market would not include blacks for obvious reasons, it’s not a service most really need.

I’ve always been against affirmative action programs because I feel they demean minorities. It’s telling minorities that you’re inferior and need help to achieve. That’s BS! As a Republican, I do feel that the Republican Party is the best party for anyone, including minorities and that the Democrat part is the real racist party. It’s the Democrats who think that minorities, including blacks, are inferior and need help from whites. Again, that’s BS!

There is a question that I have often put to blacks and whites: with Civil Rights Legislation, there was forced desegregation in most areas of our society. However, one area where there was not forced desegregation was our churches and houses of worship. And to this day, we have white churches and black churches with very little overlap. Why is this? You would think that churches would be the first places to desegregate, but no. But I think that may be beginning to change slightly, which I’m happy about.

I did ask a black friend to visit my church several times. One time she asked me what we did at my church. I said that we did what most people in church do. We sing hymns, pray, and the minister delivers the message which is directly from the Bible. Then the friend said she didn’t want to be the only African-American there. While there are no blacks who regularly attend my church, we do have the occasional visitors who are black. At my church, everyone is welcome. The black friend did hurt my feelings a bit. I was sincere about her visiting my church, and she seemed to flippantly dismiss my invitation.

One black friend that I often go out to eat with, will say that the waiter/waitress is prejudice if the service is slow and the waiter or waitress is white. Then if the service is a little fast, she says, “I wonder if they’re trying to rush us out.”  I’m so sick of hearing that.

I’ve been accused of being prejudiced because I don’t like turnip greens. And one time I asked a black friend what time she got out of church on Sunday so we could plan something for that afternoon. This friend responded in a somewhat snarky manner, “just when we get out.” Then I suggested that she get up and leave if the service goes a little long. I shouldn’t have said that, and ended the conversation telling her that if she couldn’t reasonably guarantee that she would be able to meet up and attend the matinee, let’s just forget about it. “Oh, no, no, no, we can do this, “she said. We did meet up at a designated time and went to the matinee. I’m pretty sure this person was just trying to give me a hard time.

Another time, I had arranged for a black friend of mine to pick up a white friend of mine and meet me somewhere. It was a little more detailed than this, but the details aren’t important. The black friend replied, “I don’t know, he might be prejudiced.” I lost it and told the black friend to get out of the fifties and sixties and into the second decade of the twenty-first century. She replied, “I guess I just made a bad joke.” I was mad and she knew it.

In some of the smaller cities and townships in the Birmingham area, your city address is “Birmingham, Alabama.” I think this is limited to those zip codes that begin with “352.” For example, the city of Homewood is a separate and distinct city with a city government. The zip code is 35209. If you’re in that zip code, you are Birmingham, Alabama, not Homewood, Alabama. In the suburb of Pelham, Alabama, the zip code is 35124 and your city address is Pelham, Alabama, not Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, people use do use Homewood, Alabama, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Hoover, Alabama, etc. as their city/state. While it’s technically wrong, mail does still get to them. I heard someone once say to use Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, was racist. Now how can you possibly, with a straight face, connect those dots?

These things are minor, but they seem to have happened happen to me a lot. Liberals now add to the definition of racism to fit whatever suits their needs at the moment.

You’re a racist if you rooted for the Denver Broncos with white quarterback Peyton Manning over the Carolina Panthers with black quarterback Cam Newton. You’re a racist if you don’t like Gangsta Rap. You’re racist if you like country music; the only reason you like Darius Rucker is because liking him makes you feel good about your racist self.  If you say “All Lives Matter” you’re a racist.

And then to the big one, if you don’t support Barak Obama and his policies, you’re a racist. I’ve addressed this many times and won’t re-hash it here.

I have folks telling me and everyone else that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a righteous and peaceful movement, that the person who gunned down those police officers in Dallas was not a part of “Black Lives Matter.”

The “Black Lives Matter” movement arose out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. Before the investigation and the facts were complete, liberals, including black liberals, were shouting “hands up don’t shoot” then “black lives matter.” The “hands up don’t shoot” didn’t happen. It was a lie. Thus, “Black Lives Matter” was predicated upon a lie.

Then you have the “Black Lives Matter” movement holding demonstrations and chanting things like “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon, and “what do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, now.” I watched the video of the “Black Lives Matter” rally held in downtown Birmingham last night. While there was no rioting, looting, or destroying of property (we don’t do that down here), the tone was anti-white and anti-police. Also, demonstrators were chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.”

I don’t agree with those who say it’s a good, peaceful movement. Instead, I consider it a hate group. Can someone tell me why I should think differently?

I have often said that I didn’t understand why liberals, including black liberals, protest to the point of looting and rioting when someone black dies at the hands of someone white, which are isolated incidents; but do not appear to care about scenarios such as Chicago where multiple blacks are killed almost every night and certainly on weekend nights by other blacks. If the scenario in Chicago could be minimized, it would go a long way to saving black lives, especially young black lives. But I’m called a racist and other things for uttering such. Why am I such a horrible person for pointing out a scenario where more blacks are killed in gang-related incidents than isolated incidents? It sure looks to me like only some black lives matter.

Like everyone else, I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But I have tried, as a young college student and an adult, to reach out to blacks. Yes I have become cynical about race, particularly over the last 7-1/2 years and feel like I have been kicked in the teeth and in the stomach.  Why should I not feel this way? Please tell me.

Note: I do have many black friends who have not treated me in the ways that I described above. I don’t intend to stop trying to make black friends. While there are some things I will not put up with, I do not intend to give up on my efforts to make our society a color-blind one.

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HE WOULD ABSOLUTELY GET ELECTED FOR A THIRD TIME

This past Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the current president said he felt he had been a “pretty good” President of the United States and was confident that he would be elected again if he could run again. Most conservatives responded to this saying no way. These are the same folks who were so sure that he would not be re-elected in November 2012. And look what happened!

If he was able to run for a third term, my prediction is that he would definitely have an excellent chance of being re-elected. He has majority of the media on his side, low information voters have generally supported him, and of course, everyone from the far left to the slightly left of center support him.

In 2012, I felt good about Mitt Romney’s candidacy after the first presidential debate. The current president seemed week and off-balance. Furthermore, candidate Romney did blow holes through the president’s socialist policies. Then came the debate on foreign policy when candidate Romney questioned the President about his labeling of the Benghazi killings as acts of violence and not terrorist attacks. Mediator Candy Crowley indicated that the President did call them acts of terror. However, it wasn’t until two weeks after the attacks that the President admitted they were terrorist attacks. Initially, the current President, through U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, publicly blamed the attacks on an anti-Islamic video. Candidate Romney seemed off-balance and no longer pursued Benghazi. When this happened, I thought to myself, Romney has just handed the election to the current President. Romney had his chance to expose the President for actions taken/not taken by him and his administration regarding Benghazi, but he blew it.

Enter Hurricane Sandy that traveled up the east coast wreaking havoc on densely populated areas. The President seemed genuinely concerned about the plight of the affected Americans and the loss or property. So, people who were undecided and might be leaning toward Romney, did an about face and voted for the current President.

Come election night, every toss-up state went for the current President. I thought that a bit strange because in most Presidential elections, the candidates split the toss-ups. Am I insinuating that there may have been some fraud? Yes, I think that’s a possibility, especially in Ohio. Can I prove it? No.

Conservatives do have a better message than liberals. If I had the chance to debate a liberal and had at my fingertips, all the facts and figures, I have no doubt that I would win the debate. However, in all likelihood, my liberal counterpart would get frustrated and emotional and start yelling all sorts of things at me, including racism, sexism, hater of the poor, hater of minorities, hater of the elderly, and the list goes on. I would find myself having to disprove the allegations. Of course, I can to that. But having to do that would derail the message I was attempting to deliver.
I have a huge imagination. In fact, it’s too big for my own good. But it’s proved useful for my fiction writing. Currently, I’m imagining that all of Hillary’s scandals come home to roost. Because Senator Bernie Sanders is an old white guy and not very exciting, it looks like the Democrat party may be down on their luck. Then in some unimaginable way, the current President is able to qualify and run for a third term, and comes in to save the Democrat party. Unfortunately, I know some Obama-zombies who would literally weep with joy should that happen. Sickening, isn’t it?

While I’ve always said that if most people really knew the difference between Republicans and Democrats, most people would be Republicans. In the summer of 2015, I’m not so sure. A liberal friend of mine, in failing to win an argument with me on Obamacare, indicated that the American people would get used to the increased premiums, diminished quality of healthcare, and the fact that the Federal Government, in forcing the American people to purchase something, is unconstitutional. I guess that will become part of the liberals’ mantra…”you’ll soon get used to it.”

The United States of America seems to have lost its moral compass. People are more outraged over the killing of a lion in Africa than they are over the illegal harvesting of organs from aborted fetuses. Twenty-five years ago, most American were pro-choice, but most of those pro-choice folks were against partial birth abortions and were pro-choice because they felt, that in the early stages of pregnancy, an embryo was not yet a human being. Liberals are set to ruin the life of the Minnesota dentist that killed Cecil, the lion. They are demonstrating outside of his closed office seething with hate. It seems okay for liberals to do this to the dentist, but not okay for pro-life groups to conduct organized protests outside various Planned Parenthood offices. It’s okay to have that awful George Soros pay protesters to destroy property and lives in the towns of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, but if there’s a sign at a Tea Party rally that may not be in the best of taste, those people are all dubbed terrorists and subjected to being called lots of bad names.

I don’t know that there’s any one person or group of people who can save the United States of America. But the United States of American can be saved and I believe it will be saved. Only God, at this point, can.

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IS THERE NO SATISFYING LIBERALS?

I still have more to say about the tolerant left accusing Fox Cable News of disparaging the poor, but I’m giving that a rest today because I came upon an article on Talking Points Memo that I came upon article that I want to write about. I’ll continue my “Liberals Gone Wild” series next week.

As many of you who read my posts regularly know, I have a folder in my favorites called “Stupid Liberal Articles,” and it is quite large. The article I just added is from talkingpointsmemo.com dated May 21, 2015 and authored by Jesse J. Holland. It is entitled, “Differing Portrayals of Waco, Baltimore Spur Reflection, WTFs.” I’m not going to speculate on what Mr. Holland means by “WTFs”. If it stands for what we all think it stands for, this is just another example of classless liberalism.

Being an unenlightened oaf, I had to read the article through a couple of times and study it to get the gist of what it means and I’m still not sure I have it right, but I’m doing my best to interpret it.

The author appears to be complaining about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland getting excessive media attention while the gun between police and bikers where nine bikers were killed is getting practically no attention. Mr. Holland indicates that while there were no deaths during the Baltimore and Ferguson protests, people immediately stereotyped all of the protesters as criminals. Holland goes on to say that we haven’t heard the level of disgust and dismay as you did over fires burning in Ferguson and in Baltimore. Civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman, Jr. said only minority communities get blamed for violence, while no one blames white families or white communities for fatal violence by white men, characterizing such events as “isolated incidents.” Holland also remarked about how the current President of the United States described the Baltimore looters as “thugs,” and the media devoted hours of television and radio airtime to dissecting the social ills that affect the black community.

First of all, there’s a big difference. There were no protesting and no rioting in Waco. The Waco incident was a local matter and is being handled locally as it should be.

Having said all of the above, MR. HOLLAND, HOW CAN YOU BE SO STUPID? You appear to be griping because the media is not covering Waco like they covered Ferguson and Baltimore. Looters in Ferguson and Baltimore were labeled as thugs and were looting and rioting. Most were black and were protesting and rioting because two black men had been shot and killed by two white policeman. When speculation rose regarding the actions of the police, matters should have been handled locally. If they had been handled locally, the media would not have covered these two incidents. Unrest escalated in Ferguson and Baltimore because of the likes of Al Sharpton and other race hustlers moving in and whipping up the folks. Also, it has been alleged that billionaire liberal operative George Soros indirectly funded the protests and riots that took place in both cities. Liberals everywhere rushed to judgment in both incidents, championing Michael Brown and Freddie Gray and demonizing the police. We all know liberals don’t care about facts. They decide how they want an outcome to be and if it doesn’t turn out the way they want it to turn out, they protest and riot, claiming racism, sexism, and whatever other “ism” they can find. Again forget facts and forget fairness. This is how liberals operate.

And to make matters worse, the current President of the United States weighed in and it was not his place to weigh in on either the Ferguson situation or the Baltimore situation. Again, these were local matters and should have been handled locally. But our current President is half black and a racist to boot. He was a community organizer in Chicago before being elected State Senator in Illinois, then U.S. Senator, then President of the United States. He attended a church where anti-American radicalism was preached and hung out with the likes of Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn of the seventies radical group, Weather Underground. Bill Ayers and members of the Weather Underground bombed the Pentagon and to this day Ayers is not sorry for what he did. We have a president that despises the United States of America and whose goal is to destroy the United States of America through different methods, including following Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals which includes undermining authority which would include our local police forces.

Mr. Holland, if you’re upset because the media focused on Ferguson and Baltimore, depicting the struggles of black Americans, and that certain factions were blaming black Americans for the rioting in these two cities, you need to take things up with the likes of Al Sharpton, George Soros, the tolerant left, and the current President of the United States. They’re the ones who promoted the protesting and rioting, along with the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie. I included the tolerant left in my list of folks to blame for the media coverage of Ferguson and Baltimore. It was the tolerant left that kept the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie going even after it was concluded that Michael Brown never had his hands up, nor was he running from the police.

Why aren’t there protests and riots in Waco after the shootout where nine bikers, labeled thugs, were killed after causing trouble? It’s been indicated that those who were part of the biker gangs were mostly white and Hispanic. The skin color of the Waco police officers involved was not reported and I don’t care about the skin color of the police in Waco. White folks were killed by the police, so Al Sharpton, the current President, George Soros, and the tolerant left don’t care about white folks. In fact, they are waging a war on white folks.

I’m a white woman who lives in central Alabama. I’m working seven days a week to make my small business profitable so that I can be my own boss and not have to go back to working for jerks. Being a conservative, I don’t see things in terms of race. Civil rights legislation was signed into law a half century ago. What do I think about Waco? It was bad, but I’m a police supporter and feel that if any nefarious actions took place, investigation and prosecution of these actions should be handled at the local level.

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AND I WAS RIGHT

For years, I have been treated shabbily by liberals. I haven’t been called a racist much because anyone who knows me knows that just isn’t true. This conservative has more black friends than all of my liberal friends combined have. However, I have been called a disgrace to my gender and have been accused of not caring about public education.

Shortly after starting the Wing Nut Gal blog, I had the fortunate, yes, fortunate experience of drawing the wrath of a prominent local liberal. She went into full attack mode after I made a comment to one of her Facebook posts that she didn’t like. First she changed the subject and then started hurling accusations at me and called my comments hateful. They weren’t. Looking back on it now, her reaction was comical and obviously scripted. I’m thinking that she must have attended some Democrat leadership conference and was schooled on how to beat down a conservative. Because she couldn’t have an honest debate with me on facts and statistics, she had to resort to changing the subject and hurling insults at me in order to shake me up.
While I was upset and stayed upset for several hours, I realized that if I was going to “put myself out there,” I had to accept that what this locally prominent liberal did to me would often happen. If I couldn’t take the heat, then I needed to get out of the kitchen. This is the reason I consider this experience to be a fortunate experience.

A couple of months later, I had a similar experience, again on Facebook. The liberal changed the subject and became emotional and accusatory.

Then about a month ago, a liberal friend of mine, a school teacher, and she is a friend, interjected herself into a Facebook post after I mentioned something about Alabama’s new Charter Schools’ bill that had just been signed into law. I was not advocating charter schools, I just mentioned the law. This school teacher friend, with the cap locks on, angrily indicated her opposition to the bill. Her interjection was inappropriate with regard to my comment and the subject of the original poster. I called her down on it and haven’t heard from her since, but we don’t live in the same town.

The point I’m trying to make is that the school teacher failed to read what I said and failed to grasp the subject of the post. When she saw the phrase, “Charter Schools,” she went ballistic and, in my opinion, made an ass out of herself. That’s typical liberal behavior.

Liberals also don’t care about facts. You can cite statistics until you’re blue in the face and they just won’t grasp them. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” is a classic example. It was proven time and time again that Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by a white policeman, did not have his hands up and was not begging the policeman not to shoot him. Because liberals continued to use the “hands up, don’t shoot” mantra, it’s obvious that they don’t care about facts.

Liberals lie and get away with it. Prior to the 2012 presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the Senate floor, accused Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, of not paying his taxes. Reid made the accusations on the Senate floor because he could not be held for libel or slander while on the Senate floor. Mitt Romney did pay his taxes and Harry Reid lied. However, it was up to Mitt Romney to prove that he, indeed, paid his taxes. When later approached about his lies, Reid was no repentant. Instead, he said, “He didn’t get elected.”

Liberal can and do lie about conservatives and it’s up to the conservative who’s being lied about to disprove the lie. A lot of this is due, though, to a left leaning mainstream media that will not hold liberals accountable for their statements.

Bill O’Reilly summed it up on his Fox Cable News show on 5/11. Bill said that the lie would start on a second tier website, then a more prominent website would pick it up. Next, it would get picked up by the mainstream media and would be in the newspapers and on the network news. Of course, no one would bother to fact check. Mr. and Mrs. Low Information Voter hears it and accepts it as fact. The Mr. and Mrs. Low Information Voter vote. A few weeks ago, a low information voter friend of mine indicated that she thought our relations with Iran and Cuba were “all good.” In fact, she want to go to Cuba because she thinks their fifties style of living is just so quaint. I invited her to read this blog and she refused saying she wanted nothing to do with politics. My thought: “Okay, look and sound stupid.”

Conservative talking heads are now verifying that liberals don’t care about facts and statistics. They are also verifying that liberals are refusing to engage in honest debate on the issues. Instead they change the subject and start hurling insults and accusations at their conservative counterpart.

Fox News Contributor and also an acknowledged liberal has written a book called “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech.” I downloaded it to my Kindle on Monday and can’t wait to read it from cover to cover because from the excerpts that I’ve read, Ms. Powers is saying everything that I’ve been saying about liberals for over a year.

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A COUPLE OF THINGS I FIND STRANGE

The Justice Department has determined that officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, acted in self-defense and was not guilty of any wrong doing in the shooting of Michael Brown. In delivering this announcement, United States Attorney General Eric Holder looked like he would rather be in a room full of rattle snakes. It was definitely a force delivery. For the “Eric Holder” Justice Department to declare that Officer Wilson was acting appropriately and within the law and within police guidelines, anyone would have to come to the conclusion that Officer Wilson was so obviously innocent. If this Justice Department had found anything questionable, there is no doubt in my mind that Wilson would have been nailed.

In a separate report, the Justice Department described what it said was a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African-Americans by the Ferguson police and municipal courts. That discrimination included racist emails. I haven’t looked into this report, but according to cnn.com, the report states that while the town of Ferguson, Missouri is 67% black, 85% of those whose vehicles were stopped by the police were black. Furthermore, 90% of those who received citations were black and 93% of people arrested in Ferguson were black. There is some difference here, but for a town of just 21,000, it doesn’t exactly speak volumes to me. Several Ferguson municipal employees have resigned as a result of this report.

So, on one hand, the Justice Department finds that Officer Darren Wilson did not act in any way inappropriately, but finds the Ferguson Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against blacks. The current administration appears to be anti-local law enforcement. The current President never fails to take a shot at them when some sort of incident happens, even when he doesn’t know the facts of the case. In fact, liberals in general do this and typically root for the “so-called victim.” Again, what else is new? We all know that liberals don’t care about facts.

I do have a concern regarding this administration and our local law enforcement agencies. The current President, his administration, and the rest of his supporters are into putting everything they possibly can under the control of the Federal government. What’s to stop them from taking steps to impose regulations upon our local police and sheriff’s departments? Then what’s to stop them from doing away with local law enforcement and putting all law enforcement under the Federal umbrella? Can you say GESTAPO?

Do you know who the Koch brothers are, two men who name liberals spit out with hatred? The Koch brothers are majority owners of Koch Industries, an oil, gas, chemical conglomerate and the second largest private company in the U.S. Their foundations have provided millions of dollars to a wide variety of organizations, including the United Negro College Fund. Their foundations have also contributed to conservative and libertarian think tanks. But as I said, there is overwhelming hatred for the Koch brothers from the left.

Do you know who George Soros is, someone most liberals seem to revere? He’s a Hungarian-born American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is also a supporter of liberal/progressive political causes. He was the guy that said he would be willing to spend all of his money to see that George Bush wasn’t re-elected president in 2004, saying that removing George Bush from office was the center of his life. Recipients of his funding include ACORN, Planned Parenthood, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Media Matters, and MoveOn.org, all suspected corrupt organizations. According to humanevents.com, Soros would like nothing better than for America to become subservient to international bodies. He wants more power for groups such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Soros has also commented that he seems himself as a messianic figure and admits that he has carried some potent messianic fantasies since his childhood. He admits to having to suppress these fantasies for fear of ending up in a loony bin.

George Soros is a very scary individual who is obviously an advocate of an eventual one world government. He has even been linked, through his foundations, to the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. The Koch brothers are rich businessmen who have certainly contributed to conservative causes. They are great Americans who believe in American exceptionalism.

Whenever I hear liberals express hatred for the Koch brothers, I want to say to them, “What about your awful George Soros? Of course, liberals can say anything and when called down for it, they just start screaming and hurling insults which are about the only things they know how to do, other than muck up our nation. And they certainly have done that.

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