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Media Panicking That There Is Nothing to Panic Over.

“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott Thank God there's an election coming up - we might run out of Ebola cases and then what would the hysterical media report on? ISIS is letting down the side by failing to capture Kobani. Although they are trying by launching coordinated ...

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Ebola: Is it a nation killer - or a nasty bug we will deal with?

Paranoia, the Destroyer - America's Fear Driven Thinking.

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato There are so many Americans who live in a perpetual state of fear that you have to wonder if there isn't some odd pleasure to being paranoid. A psychological masochism, if you will. It would account for the doomsday preppers and the people who ...

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Is America Too Big (and Divided) Not to Fail?

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” ― Plutarch People in Vermont and New Hampshire vote differently. Vermonters are reliably Democrat. New Hampshirites are libertarians, who will vote for a Republican. But there are similarities. The North East may provide slim pickings for an ...

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The Stupidity of Supply-Siders.

"When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact." - Warren Buffet. Life is full of transactions between those who have stuff - and those who want stuff. In economic terms, deals are ...

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Rewards Should Flow to Those Who Work Hard. Not Those Who Win the Birth Lottery.

In the conservative imagination every rich person in America is rich because they out-worked, out-risked, out-thought the average guy. They also believe that higher taxes on these folk would be "job-crushing". But are they right? Let's look first at the claim that every rich person worked for it. Did, in fact, ...

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oprah is a hugely successful African American. Raven wants to be a successful American

Oprah is a hugely successful African American. Raven wants to be a successful American

Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to many. And she should be. Growing up in abject poverty, abused as a child, a black woman in the Jim Crow South, she had the drive, intelligence and resolve to become the wealthiest self-made woman in the US. But Raven-Symoné taught her a lesson. One that she, and many others, are hesitant to learn. The lesson is that if we want to become a ‘post-racial’ nation everyone will have to drop the hyphen.

In an interview with Oprah, Raven-Symoné rejected the African-American label. And Oprah was non-plussed. As Raven-Symoné made clear she didn’t deny she is black, but she didn’t put herself in a separate box. She didn’t discount her history and heritage. She embraced that she is a Louisianan.

I feel tremendous kinship with Raven-Symoné. I have never met her. I have never watched her TV work. (Although I have heard of her show “That’s So Raven” as I have children.) I might not even be able to pick her out of a line-up. That said, I relate to her as a fellow American.

I am not Black. I am not a woman. I am not gay. And I am not young. But I am an American. And by rejecting the hyphen Raven simply declares herself as a compatriot.

Michael Brown was an unarmed teenager shot dead by a cop. His death has become a cause-célèbre for civil-rights activists, who see the event as another link in the narrative of racist authority singling out minorities. But while Brown’s death energizes the minority and liberal communities, for the larger white population it lacks emotional resonance. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s that they haven’t seen life through black eyes and they don’t think it could happen to their children.

But recast the story without race – get rid of the hyphens – and you will touch a larger audience. Make it a tale of an unarmed American teenager shot by an armed American cop. Now those white Americans can feel their sons on the street.

University quotas are divisive. Blacks understandably see them as a reasonable redress for past racial insults. Whites equally reasonably see them as allowing less qualified minority candidates to jump the line. Remove race and the psychology changes. One state university system solved the dilemma. The University of Texas automatically admits any student in the top 7% of their high-school class.

It’s elegant. It gives the best students opportunity without regard to the quality of their school. It takes geography out of the equation. And it renders race irrelevant in admissions.

Paul Ryan made noise by saying that men in the “inner city” (dog whistle – blacks) lack a culture of working, as well as a work ethic. I have no idea why Ryan restricts himself to the inner city (and why does he single out men?)

Instead Ryan should have identified his concern as being communities with chronic unemployment without regard to race. If the majority of these communities turn out to be inner city and minority, so be it. But I suspect that there are many white and rural communities with generational unemployment.

There are too many successful Americans – who happen to be black – to argue that one race is somehow fundamentally flawed.

It used to be easy to put Americans into hyphenated boxes. In the “good old days” people had the “decency” to marry their “own kind”. But the youth of today hasn’t got the memo and the boundaries between groups have become porous and the resultant offspring will be harder to hyphenate.

Martin Luther King talked of a goal in which the content of character was paramount – not the color of skin. Raven-Symoné shows us how to take a large step toward that goal.

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Media Panicking That There Is Nothing to Panic Over.

October 20, 2014

“People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ― Jess C. Scott Thank God there’s an election coming up – we might run out of Ebola cases and then what would the hysterical media report on? ISIS is letting down the side by failing to capture Kobani. Although they are trying by launching coordinated attack against the Kurds. [...]

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Paranoia, the Destroyer – America’s Fear Driven Thinking.

October 19, 2014

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato There are so many Americans who live in a perpetual state of fear that you have to wonder if there isn’t some odd pleasure to being paranoid. A psychological masochism, if you will. It would account for the doomsday preppers and the people who watch them on TV. [...]

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Is America Too Big (and Divided) Not to Fail?

October 17, 2014

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” ― Plutarch People in Vermont and New Hampshire vote differently. Vermonters are reliably Democrat. New Hampshirites are libertarians, who will vote for a Republican. But there are similarities. The North East may provide slim pickings for an out-of-area Republican presidential candidate, [...]

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The Stupidity of Supply-Siders.

October 14, 2014

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact.” – Warren Buffet. Life is full of transactions between those who have stuff – and those who want stuff. In economic terms, deals are struck between suppliers and [...]

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Rewards Should Flow to Those Who Work Hard. Not Those Who Win the Birth Lottery.

October 11, 2014

In the conservative imagination every rich person in America is rich because they out-worked, out-risked, out-thought the average guy. They also believe that higher taxes on these folk would be “job-crushing”. But are they right? Let’s look first at the claim that every rich person worked for it. Did, in fact, every rich person in [...]

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Political Ignorance: Real and Feigned (Mostly Real).

October 9, 2014

As a rule politicians aren’t dumb, they’re ignorant. There are exceptions. Some politicians are dumb and ignorant. And some are neither. It isn’t that they aren’t well educated. Most national politicians have a college degree. Many have advanced degrees, particularly the lawyers. But that doesn’t stop then saying the silliest things and promoting ideas cut [...]

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Really? Ebola, Prayer & Gay Marriage

October 6, 2014

Ebola is dominating the headlines and providing grist to the ‘talking heads’ of the media’s hysterical wing. It is the shark attack phenomenon. Millions more have died of drowning, but a mindless killer from deep gets the headlines. As many as 48,000 people have died from the flu in any recent year in the America. [...]

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Is Religion a Form of Child Abuse?

October 4, 2014

In the 1970s, parents of solid middle class families frequently had to hire “deprogrammers” to reintroduce their cult-addled kids to rational society. It didn’t always work. In 1978, in the most famous occasion of mind control, 918 people died of a mass suicide in Jonestown. The mainstream religious sneer at these cults as not being [...]

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