Wednesday, June 24, 2015

That's N-tertainment

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Putting the "coarse" in "discourse."
Barack Obama recently took time out from his busy, busy schedule to appear on the popular podcast "What The Fuck with Mark Maron" (which is frequently but not always truncated to "WTF," even though the show's listeners refer to themselves as What The Fuckers, What The Fuckniks, and What The Fuckaneers).

Unsurprisingly, the wide-ranging and totally obsequious interview ranged into matters of racism in America, about which the president said "we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public."

Which Hope n' Change completely agrees with! We think racism also encompasses things like keeping black kids in horrible schools by preventing school choice, the overall "soft bigotry of low expectations" which holds blacks to lower standards than other racial groups, and turning your back on the insane murder rate of inner city black Americans just because the murderers also tend to be black.

But just how bad is racism in America today? According to Obama, "the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives—that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on."

Really, Barry?  Almost every institution in America is racist, and racism - rather than apple pie - is what's baked into our national DNA?

Frankly, it's hard for us to imagine a more divisive, America-hating, race-baiting lie coming out of the mouth of any politician - let alone a black man who has inexplicably been elected to the presidency twice by voters of all races.

That's a talking point that we'd like to discuss further with the president in person, and we're willing to create our own delightfully edgy podcast if that's what it takes to finally get him to have an honest conversation.

So, Mr. Obama, have your people call my people and we'll set up a recording date for the premiere episode of "Back Up And Say That Again, Asshole."


Joseph ET said...

If we’re going to have a conversation about racism, then blacks must be included. Let’s talk about the New Black Panthers and others. How about the individuals in Charleston and other places seen on TV saying that all whites should be shot? I retired from a diverse workplace and I have witnessed many minorities talking or acting in a racist manner. Oh wait . . . . Almost forgot ONLY whites can be racist!
My rule has always been, a good person is a good person and a jerk is a jerk, both come in all flavors.

REM1875 said...

Told my wife what prezzy Ø said and mentioned the name of the show- ya know they really have not improved the taste of soap in over 50 years.

Bearcat said...

*Sigh*... I've given up on the 'just when you think they can't be more idiotic...' thing.
Scotty!! Beam me up, QUICK!! I'm trapped on Planet Insanity!!

Fred Ciampi said...

President obama is the most divisive individual to ever occupy the White House. Like Joseph ET said "ALL races must be included". Big O never talks about reverse racism. Under the guise of "Equal Opportunity", minorities are given preference over whites in business and job promotions in many venues. Many years ago I had a small manufacturing business on the left coast and bid on many jobs for local and federal government agencies. In over 90% of the jobs I was turned down because I was a 'white owned business'.

I finally gave up my business and went to work as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Guess what? Many times I was passed over for advancement because the company was directed by the government to give preference to minorities.

And why does organizations such as the black panthers get away with calling for killing whites? So called reverends like Al Sharpton call for racial strife with impunity but if white people call for the same thing they will be locked up. Sounds like a double standard.

So, to conclude my rant, when it comes to reparations, I think that anyone who has been passed over due to "equal opportunity" should be due reparation because this situation isn't ten generations removed. This in now and in the very close past.

Chish McFicken said...

The mindset and vocabulary you'd expect from a ivy league educated Marxist.
I'm sure Mooch, Malaria and Sushi are just beaming with pride.

roger said...

Jarlesberg, you hit it out of the park with this one!! The phrase 'soft bigotry of low expectations' should be on every Americans lips every day. The next time I hear some mindless twit say "We need to have a conversation about race" I'm going to puke.

Geoff King said...

I am truly sick of hearing "the N-word". Not the word itself, but that PC version of it. As if I could get away with saying to a black person " how's it going you N-word?". Knowing now that the man in one of the most dignified and respected offices in the world uses the actual word in public, and further knowing that he is half white, does not make me feel any better about being forced to watch my tongue.

chef621 said...

I doubt that our Creator will give special privileges according to skin color when He judges us all. He who knows the thoughts and intents of the heart will judge all mankind with equal judgement. That is when all things will be equally fair. That thought makes my heart sing!

Bruce Bleu said...

I come from the generation where respect for authority was an integral part of learning. The protocol for using words follow the use by world leaders. Just like using "IIII" for Roman numeral 4, (after the King of England did); "muckraker" (after Teddy Roosevelt did); "normalcy" (after Harry Truman did), we NOW know it's OK to say "NIGGER" in public! Nigger, nigger, nigger, NIGGER! Wow, it ust feels SOOOOO good to have the FIRST AMMENDMENT again!
I have never been a dark-skinned minority, but I HAVE been in Pontiac, Michigan and Inglewood California, so I KNOW what it feels like to be the ONLY one of a certain race in a specific environment. I have been called "whitey", "honky" and "cracker", and, at times, those terms have even been used with extreme vitriol. The words themselves carry no power to control my reaction to their use. I am "flesh" colored, (according to Crayola), not white, I am NOT a funnel-shaped warning signal, and I'm not a yeast-free flour product, so wouldn't it be foolish for me to react to such words? If I were to "axe" a black person if they were a "Martian", or a "ocelot" or a "tree", it is very likely they would respond in the negative. If I "axe" the same person if they are a "nigger", would they say "YES"? And if they say "NO", how is that different than anything ELSE that they are NOT?

Walter1694cir said...

As the sun comes up each day, I welcome it and thank God for being able to enjoy yet another.
The same applies with your candid, open, stimulating humor and seriousness too.
Thanks for my daily dose and keeping writing the prescriptions!

W. L. Stafford
Pensacola, FL

John the Econ said...

First, could anyone imagine Ronald Reagan or even a George Bush willingly appearing on a show that included "WTF" in the title? That alone demonstrates the level of decorum that the highest office in the land has descended to. We're far closer to the world of Idoicracy than most realize.

That said, I personally didn't get the least bit excited about the President's utterage. As @Stilton points out above, it's largely a distraction from the real and bigger problems like the "soft bigotry of low expectations". But it's easier and more fun to lament poor and offensive grammar, so the mediasphere will focus on that instead of the fact that the current administration has done absolutely nothing that could be seen to improve the state of education, much less "race relations". Quite frankly, both seem worse today.

As I've said so many times before, the Democrats need the meme of institutionalized racism to maintain their ever more fragile coalition. While bemoaning "tribalism" in American society, the reality is that the Democratic party couldn't survive without it. That's why they take every opportunity to remind every tribe that without the Democrats to look out for them, they'd be overrun by another tribe.

And then there's the power of the word: As a child, I recall getting upset when someone would call me an unflattering name. My parents would remind me that "sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me". That knowledge has served me well over the years, as I've been called every word in the book by those who find themselves unable to form cogent arguments against my words. In fact, when an ideological opponent resorts to name calling, I get a special satisfaction from it; They can't argue with facts or logic, so their only escape is resorting to being a 5-year-old and running away while screaming incoherently.

So today, we're now being told that single words are so powerful, that they can be totally devastating to an individual and render them virtually incapacitated. For some time now, this has been the basis for the "hate speech" codes in academia. It's as though certain words are like a magic can of RAID against Progressives; a single squirt causes them to collapse and writhe in pain on the ground until they curl up and die. And this is in academia, where supposedly our "best and brightest" go to get bester and brighter. It's hard to believe that if the utterance of a single word can incapacitate them so easily.

Of course, that's not really the case, and if it ever was, people so fragile that they can't even hear or read certain words clearly do not belong in an advanced academic environment. What this is really about is ideological thuggery; using the meme of helpless and sensitive waifs as an excuse to shut down debate of topics that the left would rather not talk about; topics that they are either vulnerable on or are outright indefensible. In those cases, the best debate is the one that never takes place.

Shelly said...

@John the Econ, with all due respect to Mrs. Econ, I love you.

chronicmasturbator said...

This begs the question: Since America is full of racists, Why hasn't anyone lynched Obama? Isn't that why 'all us racists' elected him to begin with?

Colby Muenster said...

Over six years, conservatives and Republicans have suffered incessant accusations of how racist we are. It's almost going to be a breath of fresh air when they start calling us sexists!

@Bruce Bleu,
I watched one of my favorite movies of all time for the umpteenth time this weekend. If Mel Brooks (or any other white movie director for that matter) tried releasing a film like Blazing Saddles today, they would probably end up taking some terrorist's place in Guantanamo Bay. What the flying HELL happened to our sense of humor and freedom of speech?

Unrelated story (sort of)... When I first heard about Nikki Haley wanting to take the battle flag down, I was sort of upset, but in retrospect, I like the idea of conservatives making the first move on the whole battle flag thing. Being from the South, I can say that I know NOBODY who regards that flag with a racist view (and I know some real rednecks), but it really has no place on government property since it is so controversial. Who knows, maybe some of these leftie jackwads will take notice that it was Democrats that put those flags on various state houses to begin with, but it is Republicans taking them down. It was Democrats that fought emancipation, and Democrats that did not want Blacks to vote.

John the Econ said...

Confederate Flag: I'd been holding this back since it hadn't yet come up here, but here's my take - It's embarrassing and there's no excuse for them being on public property.

The state of Georgia went through this about 15 years ago, as the Confederate flag was integrated into the state flag at the time. They eventually removed it. Most people don't know this, but these Confederate flags in the south were only revived in the late '50s and early '60s as basically a "f-you" by racist southern Democrats to the civil rights movement. They were, in fact resurrected as state symbols as a reaffirmation of racism.

If the GOP was smarter, they would have quickly pointed out this inconvenient fact and moved to remove them immediately from public property.

@Shelly: It's nice to be loved for my mind once in a while. Mrs. Econ won't mind that.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Joseph ET- The myth that only whites can be racist is poisonous and untrue. And on a side note, I like your method for categorizing people.

@REM1875- Makes me think of "A Christmas Story" and little Ralphie being forced to suck that bar of Lifebuoy soap. Maybe we need to send some to the White House.

@Bearcat- I'm still trying to cobble together the toys, wires and devices that E.T. used to "call home" and get the heck out of here.

@Fred Ciampi- I'm not going into details here, but my family has been severely impacted by institutional anti-white discrimination in the workplace. And we're not asking for reparations, but as you point out it would make a lot more sense than having the taxpayers cough up yet MORE money to compensate for what happened hundreds of years ago.

Obama doesn't want to have a real dialogue on race, he wants to demagogue on race.

@Chish McFicken- In fairness to Obama, I wasn't overly offended by his use of the word "nigger" within the context of the conversation (or by the name of the show, for that matter - though both reduce the stature of the presidency). What REALLY honked me off was his additional thoughts about institutional racism in our country and it being in our DNA. Proof positive that the most offensive speech doesn't need to include any obscentities.

@roger- I think George W. Bush was the first president to use the phrase "the soft bigotry of low expectations," and I think it should be on billboards everywhere. That is exactly the pernicious racism practiced by the Left, and the damage is incalculable.

@Geoff King- I was saying the same thing to Mrs. Jarlsberg today; what's the point of saying "n-word" if everyone knows what it means?! Isn't that just as offensive? I truly don't understand these kinds of semantic games.

@chef621- I'm not religious, but I think your thoughts were pretty much echoed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr when he hoped that ALL of us would eventually judge others by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Religious or not, I'll say "Amen" to that.

@Bruce Bleu- I think manners still preclude the use of the word in anything other than serious conversations about race and language. But that being said, it's just a freaking word. It's not radioactive. It's not the ebola virus. It's a little bit of shaped air. I'm sick of the word being treated as if it has magical powers to define or destroy others. All Americans should work to take that power away.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Walter1694cir- Thank you, Walter! Besides the sun coming up, please believe me that I also enjoy the warmth and enlightenment I receive from readers such as yourself!

@John the Econ- Great comments. Thank you!

@Shelly- (grin)

@chronicmasturbator- To hear Obama talk, he's been metaphorically "lynched" repeatedly, and suffered more indignities and acts of disrespect than any other president in history. Which is, of course, bullshit.

In reality, his race is the one and only thing that got him elected and re-elected. "White guilt" (which is quite possibly a perverse form of racism) was his golden ticket - and he's skillfully continued to keep beating the "white guilt" drum for years now.

@Colby Muenster- Plenty of comedians are now saying they won't do shows at colleges because the kids are so politically correct that they get offended at everything. The same thing is reflected in movies, which is why the only "safe" topics for millenial films is unfettered sex and graphic death.

Good points about Nikki Haley and the confederate flag. I certainly don't mind the idea of the flag becoming a museum piece - but I hate giving the Lefties a big win. Limbaugh says they'll come after the U.S. flag next, and I don't doubt it.

I have a relative who works in a public (and publicly-funded) institution. After 9-11, the word came down to remove American flags or American flag pins from view, as they might be "offensive" to some.

Still sound far-fetched? Well let's not forget who it was, in 2007, who refused to wear an American flag pin because "it has become a substitute for true patriotism." None other than B. Hussein himself.

John the Econ said...

This just in: ObamaCare subsidies upheld

I guess law as written doesn't matter anymore. We are now officially a banana republic.

Juanita The Icon said...


Does anyone know WTF is going with SCOTUS and Roberts in particular? Two decisions - the way the law is written doesn't matter - the government can just wing it; and hey, inadvertent segregation is still segregation.

WTF? WTF? WTF? Someone?

Joseph ET said...

Oh my, this SCOTUS makes me sick! Unbelievable!

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ, Juanita the Icon, and Joseph ET- WTF indeed! I just heard this preposterous ruling and now need to sulk and stew a bit about the collapse of another branch of government before starting work on tomorrow's cartoon (three guesses on the topic).

Jonathan "We wrote it to fool stupid voters" Gruber has got to be laughing his ass off. Meanwhile, (In)justice John Roberts justified ignoring the plain language of the law by saying "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." I disagree strongly. Destroying the markets was absolutely the intent, and Gruber as much as said so.

I think we're going to have to put the Obamacare law in the same category as Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal. It isn't what it was created to be, it's whatever it wants to be - and that's just peachy with the Supreme Court.

John the Econ said...

The funny thing is @Stilton, that Gruber never did fool the voters. ObamaCare has never been popular with the country as a whole. In fact, quite the opposite. The only people he fooled were the Democrats in Congress, and apparently 6/9ths of the Supreme Court.

It will be interesting to see how the justices justified this ruling in their written opinions. It will tell us how the future of this country will be conducted. If Congress is no longer required to write coherent laws knowing that the Supreme Court will rubber stamp whatever seems expedient, then we're done as a Constitutional republic that respects its citizens as individuals. Nothing is safe.

John the Econ said...

Speaking of elitist arrogance:

Obama scolds heckler: 'You're in my house'

"Hey. Listen. You're in my house," he said to laughter and woos from the crowd. "You know what? It's not respectful when you get invited to somebody. You're not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. I'm sorry. I'm sorry ... Shame on you, you shouldn't be doing this."

No, he's not in "Obama's" house. The White House is the people's house that Obama is entitled to occupy until his term ends.

But every day, we continue to learn that less and less belong to us as a people. We lost the government a long time ago.

Fred Ciampi said...

But how are we going to get it back? I mean this question to be rhetorical, as anything I suggest will certainly bring the 'Men-in-black' to my humble abode. And they won't be bearing gifts either. However, I fear that we all know where this is all heading and it ain't going to be pretty.

Another question, not rhetorical, is just what kind of blackmail is being held over so many peoples' heads? Or is it threats? I cannot conceive of judges, politicians, and others who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution renege on that oath with such regularity. I can, however, understand why folks the likes of Pelosi et al do. It is because they want to overthrow the Republic and establish a socialist 'utopia'. They are all going to be in for a big surprise.

John the Econ said...

Actually, I think the SCOTUS did the GOP a favor, and a lot of Republican lawmakers are secretly releasing a sigh of relief today. Had the court ruled as we expected, then the ball would be in the GOP's court, and I don't think they have a viable plan to play with it. Repealing ObamaCare is no longer an option as the damage has long since been done; there's no going back. Yanking the subsidies would have caused an uproar that Hillary would exploit and the media would have kept going with ongoing insurance sob stories until next year's elections.

No matter what happened, we're just one big step closer to "single payer", which was the plan all along.