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Bill O’Reilly WAS a Thug?

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 14, 2008

Now I understand why Bill O’Reilly acts like he does. It started during his childhood.  On a recent appearance on the Daily Show, where he talks briefly about his new book, he admits to having been “scolded by nuns.”   He also reveals that “I was a little thug.”  WAS?  He talks about while in the third grade “doing some thuggish thing in the back of the room.”  Well.  Now he gets to be a thug and do thuggish things in full public view.  And he gets paid to do it.  Geez.  Some people get all the breaks. 

Here’s Part I of the Interview and Part II.

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Hillary as Secretary of State?

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 14, 2008

There have been rumors that the Obama administration is considering Hillary Clinton as Secretary State.  Sorry, but she’ll never get past the vetting stage if she has to respond to the same questions as other applicants for high-ranking jobs.  I’m talking about the 7-page, 63-part questionnaire.  The last question reads: “Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.”  Call me crazy, but Bill might be a problem there.  Uh-oh.  Come to think of it, they might have problems filling any of the vacancies.  Good luck with that.

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“What’s More Scary: A Bleak Economy or a Black President?” (not my words, just quoting)

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 10, 2008

There I was, watching Rick Sanchez on CNN.  He gave a report on a couple of things he encountered in Georgia lately.  He told of a sign in front of a church that read “When the Wicked Beareth Rule the People Mourn” (from Proverbs).  Maybe the church was addressing a bear market.  You know, the Beareth Market as opposed to a Bulleth Market.

 

He saw flags at half staff.  Were those confederate flags? (ouch)

 

He then told of the Statesville Record, a newspaper in Statesville, NC, that printed an article back in October (he made it sound as though it were just yesterday) with the headline Analysis: Some whites fear an Obama presidency” and the first lines that read “What’s more scary: a bleak economy or a black president?”  It created a bit of a stir.  I’m not sure who was upset, people who might be “afraid” of a black president, people who were offended by the sentiment, or someone else.  Nevertheless, the paper had to issue an apology.  First, I can’t find the article in the Statesville Record on line, but it’s available here.  Second, the article was written by Jesse Washington, AP Race & Ethnicity writer.  It’s syndicated.  Sanchez made it sound as though it were written by a Statesville writer.  Third, did the paper owe an apology?  From what I can tell, Washington was making an observation.  It wasn’t his opinion. From the evidence he gave, it sounds like a pretty fair observation.   

 

Bottom line, though, Sanchez should’ve been more careful about his 2-minute semi-sensational report.  Shame on him.

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Racists versus Felons?

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 10, 2008

The Evil Ann Coulter recently wrote the following (Nov. 5):

This was such an enormous Democratic year that even John Murtha won his congressional seat in Pennsylvania after calling his constituents racists. It turns out they’re not racists — they’re retards.

Umm.  Take a look at Alaska’s election.  They elected a convicted felon.  Oops.  Don’t forget to be fair and balanced.

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Woo Hoo! Race No Longer Matters!

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 9, 2008

Maybe Cornel West, who wrote Race Matters, would have something to say about that.  Seriously, in Kathleen Parker’s latest column she tells her story of living in a divided south.  Dorothy, the woman who took care of her, was biracial.  Parker’s story is very touching, but she ends it this way:

The day after the election, an African American woman and I were marveling about events and trying to put our finger on what had changed.

That thing. The little speck of difference that kept us imperceptibly apart had been dissolved in a lovely instant of national consensus that race no longer matters.

Really?  Race no longer matters?  CNN sure is devoting a lot of time to something that doesn’t matter.  Oh, and don’t forget what happened at Baylor.  Someone thought it would be fun to hang a rope from a tree and burn Obama/Biden signs. 

Right.  Race no longer matters.

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About This Blog . . .

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 9, 2008

I have other blogs, but they’re connected with my profession (I’m a professor in an English Department at a university–you know how we are–we’re some of those unAmerican liberals).  I keep those blogs apolitical and relatively neutral, if there is any such thing as being apolitical and neutral.  After all, the very books I read, the blogs I visit, the products I buy, the places I shop, and the way my taxes are spent have political implications.  But I don’t feel comfortable asking students to contribute to a blog that would probably alienate many of them.  Getting students to think in different ways is difficult enough.  So I couldn’t express the thrill of having watched Barack Obama being elected president.  I couldn’t post the YouTube of Wil.I.Am’s “Yes We Can Video.”  I couldn’t say that I’m going to watch the inauguration instead of go into mourning as I did when George W. was re-elected.  So there you have it.  I’ll write about books.  I’ll write about politics.  I’ll make observations.  I’ll take my Prozac.  I’ll live my life.  Yes I can.

 

P.S.  I’m not always going to demonstrate as much good will or good sense as one of my blogging friends does.   She writes “I can disagree with someone’s politics without being ugly to them.”  I admire her restraint.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be ugly at times.  But I’ll work on it and I won’t boo anyone.  And take more Prozac.

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A Little Myth-Making?

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 9, 2008

I’ve heard more than one person (included in that list is Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education, former Drug Czar) indicate that now that Barack Obama has won the election, that indicates the playing field has now been leveled and that the business about minorities not having the same opportunities as whites can be slid to the back burner.  “Mission Accomplished” as George W. might say.  Obama proved that anyone can accomplish anything. 

I understand the “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and the “if you work hard enough you can do anything” mentality, but it’s often inaccurate, and at times, downright dangerous.   It seems to me that it backfires.  There are going to be lots of folks who lose their jobs and homes–heck! There already are with unemployment and foreclosure numbers as high as they are–does it mean that they aren’t working hard enough?  Were people who lost everything during the Great Depression not working hard enough?  Is the single parent who has just lost her job after 15 years witht the same company not working hard enough?  What about the kid who goes to a high school that is underfunded, and where learning how to survive is more important than learning how to write a complete sentence?  Upon graduation, if that even happens, I can see a potential employer, complete with arched eyebrow and wagging finger saying, “You haven’t learned the necessary communication skills.  Clearly, you haven’t worked hard enough!” 

Yes.  Barack Obama overcame some of the biggest obstacles possible in order to accomplish what he has.  He’s been resourceful and smart.  He’s worked hard.  So did Clinton and McCain.  Sometimes hard work gets us where we want to be.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  But I think every time we utter the words “you can do anything you want if you just work hard enough,” it suggests that those who didn’t accomplish their goals didn’t work hard enough.

As for the leveled playing field?  I don’t think so.

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Invisible Whiteness

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 9, 2008

Back in July, Mara Schiavocampo, a correspondent for Nightly News (MSNBC) asked a question at the Unity Convention the following question: “Can Black journalists cover Obama in an unbiased way?”  I understand why the question was asked.  Think about it, though.  Before this election, how many white journalists have been asked whether they could cover a white candidate in an unbiased way?  Well, the answer is they’ve never had to think about it before.   

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Proud Again

Posted by neverenoughwords on November 8, 2008

For the longest time I haven’t been very proud of this nation.  I know that Michelle Obama was criticized for that same sentiment, but I know what she was saying and so does anyone with half a brain.  How can anyone be proud of a nation that treats its citizens the way it does?  The elderly who live on fixed incomes are barely surviving.  Too many schools–usually the ones in urban centers–don’t have the resources they need.  We’re contributing to a world that will be uninhabitable for the following generations.  The women and men who return from our wars aren’t getting the help they need financially or medically.  And do I really need to remind anyone that racism still exists (take a gander at Fox News and listen to Ann Coulter or Sean Hennity spew their vile bile).  Honestly, I wasn’t proud of Bill Clinton’s shenanigans, and he has fallen far in my estimation as a result of his behavior during the campaign.  Still, we didn’t fight two wars at one time.  And there was money in the national bank.  I was further disappointed when our nation elected George W.  It got worse when the nation re-elected him.  “Are you crazy?” I thought.  “You know what he’s going to do.  You’ve already seen the damage he’s done.  Why would you vote for him?  Nothing will change except perhaps get worse!”  And of course, get worse it did.  So yes.  At last I have reason to be proud now.  That doesn’t mean I don’t worry.  Obama might have won the electoral college by a landslide, but that landslide doesn’t reflect the popular vote.  Obama received 53%.  We’re still divided and we have a whole bunch of healing to do.  However, I have faith in our nation and in Obama.  It takes both.

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