Month: April 2012

When people don’t know they are racist

So this morning I saw a post by my aunt that piqued my interest. I’m paraphrasing here but she essentially said “How dare Obama expose a donor to the Republican campaign.”

I pointed out that records of donations, voter rolls etc. are in fact PUBLIC record meaning that ANYONE can obtain the data. So I see nothing wrong with what was done. If you remember history, Presidents from FDR on down have had enemy lists that they shared with various parties. Most recently we saw the outing of a CIA officer under President Bush’s terms, so I don’t find the release of this information by a sitting President to be all that much worth arguing about.

That is, I don’t feel like arguing that point. What I do wish to do is argue about the inherent racism in all the false accusations leveled at President Obama.

One habit I have when people make irritating claims is that I ask for verification, usually in the form of citation but with the caveat that they cannot use Fox News. Fairly simple thing to do, a google search will net your ‘facts’ and I know enough about sites out there that I can tell you who owns the site, and what their motivation might be in that case.

That’s when they start resorting to ad hominem attack against me. They call me a liberal, Obama supporter which I won’t deny it, I’m both. But they try to use it as a weapon.

The fact that they cannot produce ANY credible and verifiable information leads me to a sad fact. It is more likely than not their biggest problem with President Obama is that he’s a black, well, only half black if you want to be technical. But it’s back to that old one drop rule, but if people knew our ancestry, all of us, traces back to Africa.

So the sad fact that racism is alive and well in the United States. It may not be blatant, but it certainly comes out into the light of day when an anti-Obama idiot is trying to make a ‘point’.

One more interesting bit. When confronted with requests for citation and data, the racist pricks will first resort to calling you names. Then they’ll block you on Facebook because the truth is just too uncomfortable for them.

Hopefully I rocked a certain guys world with my persistent demands for, to quote Johnny 5, ‘More data!’ but I suspect I just hurt his little feelings by asking him to support his position. Awww – see that’s proper ad hominem.

Frugal Dining

So I realized something. I picked up an IQF salmon filet, a few pounds of zucchini, and I had a rice side dish in the cabinet.

The salmon was portioned into six pieces each at 4oz. The zucchini is take as much as you want, same with the rice.

The salmon was seasoned with fresh lemon thyme, fresh tarragon, and a nice fish seasoning that included lemon, paprika, and salt. Then into a 425F oven for 15 minutes.

The zucchini was cubed (Just stand on end, slice off the top and bottom, then cut straight down, turn 90 degrees and do it again. Then chop. Mixed that with a heap (2tbsp) of garlic, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. Just sauteed it in a pan.

Total cost for all of the above was $11.28 – and IQF Salmon is a good deal. Put it this way, if you were to buy it fresh at the counter at $6.99 a pound a 1.5lb filet will cost you $10.49, so you save $3.50.

So all together the above made six servings. So $11.28 divided by 6 is $1.88 per serving. Not bad when you consider an alternative. Suppose I had opted for steak instead of fish. Good steak is about $5 per 8oz. so six servings would be $30!

I can’t believe it, but the fish is a better deal.

President Obama on Jimmy Fallon

Funny but the message comes across loud and clear. Republicans are in trouble.

I also saw on Joe My God the spending comparisons between camp Romney and President Obama. Almost half the expenditure of the latter has been for online properties. Here is a graph I put together by normalizing some of Romney’s data to fit with what the Obama campaign has spent:

In almost every category President Obama outspends the Romney campaign with the exception of rent. It becomes pretty obvious from the numbers that President Obama is putting his campaign machine back together. Good – I hope he trounced Romney.

If you’re wondering here’s how I broke the data:

And the undercurrent of racism raises it’s ugly head

So today I went and voted in the Presidential Preference primary. This is where you select the delegates to the convention.

So I mistakenly went over to Federal Hill House. While I was there, another gentleman was looking for the polling location too. We both got the information and as we’re heading over the older gentleman, probably in his early 60’s, made a comment.

I’m paraphrasing but the gist of the comment was he hoped Obama doesn’t get a second term.

Among his other comments are that the President has done nothing for this country, which is PATENTLY false and propagated by Fox News.

He also said Obama shouldn’t even have been President. I stopped, looked at him and said “So tell me, you actually prefer the alternative candidate?”

The older guy didn’t utter a word – because I know the REAL motivation underneath all of it. It is racism. As I’ve called it before the thought pattern of people like the older gentleman and other Fox News viewers: They’re not mad at him because of any policy decisions, or any other characteristics. They’re mad because of his skin color, there is no other real basis that they can use to defend themselves.

I said this when President Obama was elected. I said that the election of a mixed man (The President’s mother is a white woman!) would bring all the closet racists out. And sure as hell, it has.

Is Hip Hop is for White People?

We were watching Paladia and they were running acts like Cee Lo Green, Wu Tang Clan, Aloe Blacc, etc.

Keyron noticed something about the audience. It was ALL white people.

It is something I’ve known about for some time. Hip Hop sells to a white audience. Consider – black people make up 12.6% of the U.S. population, white people 72.4%, Latinos make up 16.3% – yes it’s 101.3% but it’s because of the way they count various groupings.

But by and large, the biggest audience out there is white people so ALL music targets that group.

So it makes sense that Hip Hop would attract a white audience. And it says something really odd about white folks. While a subtle undercurrent of racism still exists in this country, white people tend to love their black musicians and athletes.

Strange world.

Please name them

This morning I was treated to a post on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters regarding a group called Truth4Time that wanted to take down gay blogs, counter our message that it IS discrimination and bigotry, etc.

Now in the post the following was said by the author of the article:

And just who are the members of this group you ask? I have the list of the members, but I won’t reveal it because many are ordinary citizens, not public figures.

However, that’s not to say that Truth4Time does not many contain public figures and prominent members of the anti-gay industry, including:

a Fox News pundit,
former employees of Concerned Women for America and The Family Research Council,
a prominent member of the American Family Association,
long term anti-gay activists, including those who testified in front of Congress,
prominent members of the so-called “ex-gay” movement,
a member of a state legislature,
college professors from right-wing universities,
activists who have called for laws declaring homosexuality illegal,
members of a prominent anti-gay marriage equality group, and
various religious right talking heads who us bloggers have had to refute many times in the past.

Looking at the list that Alvin has given I’d say at least name those in the list. Why keep us in the dark? After all if you expect to be victorious you have to know your enemy. And believe me Truth4Time is our enemy.

And as to the ‘ordinary’ citizens I don’t buy it. They forfeited the right to being ordinary the minute they signed on as minions of Truth4Time and should be named too.

Put it this way, in this day and age one should have NO EXPECTATION of privacy. None whatsoever. And if you’re going to make threats against the gay community you sure as hell should have your name plastered all over the web.

So come on Alvin, name them all!

Food: We’re killing ourselves

I was on Netflix and I saw the following video by Jamie Oliver. In it it he presents some fairly sobering statistics on obesity in the United States.

I like it because he wasn’t afraid to name the owners of the problem, the corporations that push all this processed crap on us.

In a prior post I mentioned the grand opening of Fertile Underground. The store is six tenths of a mile from where I live.

We picked up a few items two of which we’ve now tried. The Kielbasa is excellent, and the Great Harvest bread is fantastic too. And the free range eggs are great. The best part is all of it is local, the bread and eggs are produced in North Kingstown and Johnston. I will say it isn’t inexpensive to buy local goods, but the goods are higher quality and the benefits go back into the state where I live so it’s a win.

But I have also changed the way we eat over the last decade or so. More fresh produce like broccoli, spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, peppers, zucchini carrots and tomatoes are worked into the diet.Also use things like lentils and other beans as well as growing my own herbs such as basil, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. I like exploring new ingredients and different ways to prepare things.

Take the boneless pork loin chop. You can brine it then sear and bake at 400F for 10 or so minutes and have dynamite chops. You can sautee it just season it with salt and pepper, perhaps a little cayenne, or then there is my favorite dish, pork chops with sour cream and dill sauce. That is absolutely delicious.

And the thing is, I don’t shop in just one place. Food comes from three market places within a mile radius.

One of the place I love is the meat market. I can get meats cut to my requirements instead of meat that’s in a plastic wrapped tray and is either too thin or too thick. You can get bacon either fatty or lean, and pretty much every part of the cow, pig, lamb, etc. I found out my favorite steaks are ribeye and top sirloin.

Part of the problem is people don’t have any natural curiosity to go out and explore. If you’re in a city, get out of the car and walk about. You’ll find lots of cool places. City or suburb, the web is your best resource from locating stores that carry the ingredients you want for a dish, to recipes.

Speaking of recipes, my absolute go-to site for those is Epicurious.

You can have a healthier diet. Another bit of advice, buy some food storage containers in 1qt and little bit lower range. Take leftovers for lunch. It is not only better for you, but cheaper in the long run.