Friday, April 13, 2007

Hi Everybody

Ouch, I'm not doing to well here am I? I have started many a post. They all go on so long that I never finish any of them. I am just so astounded that there are still people out there making the same tired worn out argument on things that were dismissed long ago. The same ones that are trying to twist history and are preparing to blame any war(occupation) failure on the liberals.
The idea that the terrorists will follow us home. We all know that nothing is stopping them from an attack on America right now. We certainly aren't stopping them from coming here by spending all our resources in Iraq. The fact is they are getting everything they want with Bush's "leadership".
They have succeeded in getting a live action training ground, and likely in some instances, actual training from the U. S.
The Bushies have angered and emboldened those in the area potential terrorists would come from.
The larger world populace has turned against us in America.
We've decided that our freedoms and liberties must be limited further if we are to win.
We've spent hundreds of billions of dollars and depleted our military and military equipment.
There is more terrorists and terrorism, not less.
Al Queda has been turned into a world beater by the fear mongers, giving them "street cred".
Maybe Osama is smarter than they give him credit for. Maybe he waited til Bush was President because he knew that no one could more perfectly benefit him than Bush.
The question is always asked by the wingnuts...When we leave, then what? Excellent question, lets talk about it. How do we adjust our strategy to a winning one in protecting the American people? They won't answer that question though because they want to keep doing what we are doing. I guess they enjoy being losers. They think they are going to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat....that is their only plan. Yes I have ideas and so do many in the Democratic party. Too bad they don't want to do some give and take on them instead of ignoring them or pretending that nobody else has a "plan".
Just one of a growing mountain of things that perturb me these days. As I have said before, I love political debate and usually don't take it personally. It is getting ever harder to hold on to that feeling. The ones that are remaining on the right seem to insist on demeaning and hating anything I say or do. The only argument they have is that I am a liberal, or a socialist, or a terrorist sympathizer et al. Little discussion of ideas and much degradation. How long can you not hate people that hate you and promote their hate to others? They see me as their enemy as much as any non American you can mention. How could one help from eventually taking the same position especially when they won't enter into an adult discussion of differences? I am a rather slow to anger person, especially when one talks of personal relations. I must say though that I no longer have time for the sophomoric antics of the wingnuts who should be adult enough to know better. This country will move forward without them. They will eventually alienate everyone except for their little self righteous cabal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your opinion regarding the Imus controversy? As a broadcaster, Don Imus surely understands the concept of political correctness and knew what would happen if he said what he said. As it was a spontaneous remark and he apologized, I do not feel that he should have been fired. However, I do feel that he made a serious error in professional judgement.

7:43 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone else have an opinion on this? Free speech or not, minorities are very hypersensitive to anything they percieve as racism. No matter what they call themselves (or us) they will freak out over comments like the one Imus made coming from whites. Plus, there was no excuse for him to call those women "hos". I don't care if that's coming from whites or blacks. It's nasty and sexist. Mostly, I think it was a dumb thing to do if he wanted to keep his job. Apparently, he dislikes Bush and is a good interviewer, plus he has a ranch that does good things for children. It is too bad that he had to do something so stupid and therefore lose the opportunity to be on-air to do some good in this world by publically opposing the Cheney/Bush Administration.

8:54 PM, April 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ding dong, the blog is dead! Is anyone at all looking at this blog? Does Ron even check for comments, anymore? Just wondering.

6:18 PM, April 29, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Sorry I have been doing circles with conservatives lately. I will try to do better.

11:37 PM, April 29, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

I think Don Imus was trying to be "street". If they are offended they should try to take it out of the acceptable "street" language. I'm not against any censorship but am against it 95% of the time. The rules should be equavalent for all. Most of the rap records are sold to white people and white people are now adapting their culture. That's what happens in a melting pot. If it looks ugly then they oughta stop it.

11:42 PM, April 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of why he did it, it was still professional suicide if he wanted to keep his job. He admits it was a stupid thing to do.
I don't like it when "they" do it, either. It's one of the reasons I don't listen to rap music or watch most Black sitcoms (which I think stereotype Blacks). That doesn't mean I think Imus should have been fired. People can change the station if they don't like what someone says. If Imus' show's ratings had suffered and it was cancelled he would hopefully have learned his lesson from that.
I don't believe in censorship, either, but I believe there are limits to what rappers, etc. should be able to say on the public airwaves. Most rap lyrics are violent and offensive and do nothing to improve the image of Blacks.

10:53 PM, April 30, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

I don't believe in censorship, either, but I believe there are limits to what rappers, etc. should be able to say on the public airwaves. Most rap lyrics are violent and offensive and do nothing to improve the image of Blacks.

I am in total agreement. The thing is the blacks are going to be the ones to fix this problem. Protest music or something that challenges us to do better would be good. Even outrage at the system is acceptable to me. The violence and degradation just seem a bit beyond the pale for a civil society to me. If they think it is offensive, I agree, they ought to quit saying it.

1:00 AM, May 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(From Music Buzz
Russell Simmons: Three epithets should be banned consistantly from 'clean' rap music)
Simmons, a Hip Hop mogul, has suggested banning 3 words from rap music: bit*h, ho, and nig*er.
Bakari Kitwana (author) "said there needs to be uniformity in removing obscenities from music." while writer
Joan Morgan feels that Simmons' is an inadequate response because violence and mysogyny are expressed by much more than those three words in lyrics.
It surely would be better for Blacks (and Hispanics or whoever else does rap) to clean it up themselves, as if whites impose restrictions of any kind there will be an outcry of racism & censorship from whites.
The problem with political correctness is that people are almost always going to say the wrong thing or use the wrong term no matter how hard they try not to. Being a liberal poses a problem because on one hand I want to be sensitive to the feelings of minorities, yet I believe in free speech. Blacks and Hispanics are very sensitive to perceived racism, yet I guess, that I'm not supposed to say that, either.
Why did Imus even say that? It was stupid. Was he just trying to street talk which would sound ridiculous coming from a 60+ year old white guy? I don't see how it was funny. Was he trying to be mean? Apparently, he makes a lot of racist remarks especially about Jews which should have gotten him into a lot of trouble in the entertainment field before now. I don't see any reason for him to be calling women basketball players "hos" nappy or otherwise and as I have black friends, I find it offensive, myself. Plus, it's one thing to act that way about gangsta rappers or the Cheney/Bush regime and its supporters, but I don't see that these ladies merited that kind of treatment. Aping misogynistic rappers is no excuse. He should have known better. What! Is he a shock jock ala
Howard Stern who I wouldn't listen to any more than I'd listen to Rush Limbaugh? At least, he apologized and he was only supposed to get a 2 wk. suspension until Al Roker and the sponsors got involved.
Here's a question. Would you, yourself, deliberately say something of that nature on air knowing how your listeners or sponsors might react? I am questioning his professional judgement not his right to free speech.

3:19 PM, May 01, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

I am just so astounded that there are still people out there making the same tired worn out argument on things that were dismissed long ago.

Which is exactly why I don't post to political blogs any more, Ron, *ahem*...

I'm tired of it all. From both sides.

12:16 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

Maybe if you actually /emailed/ your buddies out here in la-la land and let them know how/where you're doing once in a rare while, they might just want to check this place out more.

7:24 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

Sorry I have been doing circles with conservatives lately. I will try to do better.

Oh, and btw, you are the owner of this blog, not theirs. You know their bullshit's not a-gonna change, so screw 'em.

7:59 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess, that Ron is just trying to find out how or IF the other half thinks. Personlly, I try to avoid listening to the talking heads every chance I get and I never tune in to Faux News. Much to my disgust while I was watching Larry King's 50th Anniversary special, Duhbya appeared as a guest forcing me to change the channel. I am quite sure that Ron has a stronger stomach than I do. LOL
Re: Imus, I found a Washington Post column called Off/Beat by Emil Steiner with lots of comments. Turns out that Imus is a shock jock so I guess it should be no surprise that he would say offensive things. Most of the comments I saw were of one extreme or another and there was a lot of bashing of Jesse Jackson and
Al Sharpton, too. Wish people could see that even when people sometimes do/say bad things that doesn't they are bad people (except for Dick Cheney who is pure evil). There is a double standard re: these words in rap songs, but I understand why Blacks are so supersensitive. Which race enslaved and oppressed who, after all? One would think that with whites having treated them as subhumans and having called them bucks, wenches, suckers (babies), pickaninnies, etc. that they wouldn't want to call themselves nasty things in rap songs.
I still think Tipper Gore had the right idea about parent advisory labels, but other than that, I believe in the power of the people to effect change. The people who were so upset about Imus' remarks should have boycotted his show.

10:20 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a conservative circle and why does Ron want to spend all his time doing this instead of checking/posting on his own blog? Hanging out with conservatives even SOME of the time must be really depressing. Why not do LIBERAL circles instead?


8:15 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

Thank you.

*bows to you*

And, if Ron doesn't know how the conservatives think by now, then he needs to get a grip. It's been blatantly obvious for the last almost 8 years how they think (or don't, as the case may be).

10:52 AM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're welcome. I am beginning to think Ron is a masochist to spend so much time talking to these idjits. Beyond that, nice as it is to have a Liberal blog to post on, it would be nice if Ron who is supposed to be writing THIS blog would answer questions without making people wait more than several days or even 2 wk. for a response! At this rate, I may as well quit looking at this blog. What's the use if he'd rather talk to the cons than us?

9:10 PM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is everyone? It's been almost two weeks and my question still hasn't been answered.
The Pen has 40,000 signatures on its petition for Cheney to be impeached. Of course, it could be 40,000,000 for all the good it's going to do since REPUBLICANS don't care what the PEOPLE think (unless they're very rich or religious fanatics).

9:37 PM, May 13, 2007  
Blogger Kim said...

2 weeks? Yeah, that's really trying to do better, Ron... :phfft

11:04 PM, May 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the blog rest in PEACE!

9:13 PM, May 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron was back on the blog a day early, in fact, but did not care to look at these posts or to comment if he did. So much for asking for his opinion(as a radio broacaster, himself) re: Imus' professional judgement. Should not have wasted my time, I guess.

8:10 PM, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Ron made two or three posts (at least) without responding to the comments here? Has he even bothered to read them? Probably not. Sigh. Better to just post and never expect a response-right?

11:14 PM, May 26, 2007  

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