• comment on a post Sometimes I Miss My Mother over 6 years ago

    Mine is as I have created it.  What about everyone here?  

  • Rogers and Hammerstein wrote a very famous song about all this in their musical "South Pacific".  It's called "You've Got to be Carefully Taught":

    You've got to be taught
    To hate and fear
    You've got to be taught
    From year to Year
    It's got to be drummed
    in your dear little ear
    You've got to be carefully taught

    You've got to be taught
    To be Afraid
    Of people whose eyes
    are oddly made
    And people whose skin
    Is a different shade
    You've got to be carefully taught

    You've got to be taught
    Before it's too late
    Before you are 6 or 7 or 8
    To hate all the people
    your relatives hate
    You've got to be carefully taught

    The character who sings this begins it by saying he doesn't agree that hate and prejudice are born into a person - that it's taught - and anything learned can be un-learned.  I agree.  I say it's possible to circumvent that teaching.  I am nothing like the family I divorced.  That is why I have problems with Pastor Wright and the generational excuse.  I was glad to hear Senator Obama say he didn't agree with what the Pastor said - that he believed things had changed.    

  • comment on a post A Clinton Supporter's Take on "The Speech" over 6 years ago

    But what I have to say, and how I feel about this speech (in its entirety) lends itself better to a discussion rather than selected statements.  I do want to address something that jumped out at me, however:

    Now Ashley might have made a different choice. Perhaps somebody told her along the way that the source of her mother's problems were blacks who were on welfare and too lazy to work, or Hispanics who were coming into the country illegally. But she didn't. She sought out allies in her fight against injustice.

    Senator Obama seems to suggest that this woman would have believed that blacks were the problem had she been told that as a child.  Many people unfortunately seem to believe we are programmed as children - we repeat what we see, we believe as we are told - no questions.

    This is not true.  I was abused, yet I am not an abuser.  I was surrounded by hate - and I do not, nor have I ever hated anyone for any reason other than they were cruel.  Senator Obama assumes too much, I think.  This assumption shows itself in his generational excuse for Pastor Wright's statements.  Almost 20 years ago people said the same thing about Al Campanis's bigoted remarks on Nightline - said he was of a generation that believed these things, therefore he should be excused.

    I said bullshit than - and I say bullshit now.  So you grew up in a bigoted society?  So what?  Look around; watch television, read a book or two.  It's wrong.  Bigotry, racism, sexism - all are wrong.  They were wrong in 1950, and they are wrong in 2008.  

    My mother would watch `Sing Along With Mitch' and call the black singers `blackbirds'.  She'd say - "get `em off my TV" (amongst other, less printable things).  I was 8 years old and I knew she was wrong.  I turned and said, "Mommy, that's a bad thing to say".  I got my mouth slapped - hard.  The next time she said it - I didn't give voice to my thoughts - but I said to myself, `That's wrong.  She's wrong.  I don't believe that'.

    I was 8.  I knew the difference between right and wrong.  So does Pastor Wright.  Senator Obama shouldn't excuse this behavior - and he shouldn't believe that Ashley would be a bigot today if her mother told her to be.  I'd like to think anyone with the strength of character to put her mother's health above her own hunger, would have the strength of character to know right from wrong deep in her soul.  I sure as hell did.

    .......and by the way - I'm The Fat Lady Sings - not to be confused with the other Fat Lady commenting here.  Just sayin'.

  • comment on a post My Turn to be Petty and Selfish over 6 years ago

    has been a point of discussion in our house.  I am deeply, deeply disappointed in Senator Obama; more so because I wholeheartedly supported his campaign.  I even wrote about it long before he made the decision to run.  For me, the final straw was David Schuster line about 'pimping' Chelsea.  I expected Senator Obama to stand up and say "enough!"  He didn't.  Oh - I know many will say it wasn't his business - but I think it was.    

    Will I vote for him in the fall?  Yes.  McCain is a worse choice.  His temper makes him Nixon-like - and he really, really seems to believe we can 'win' the war in Iraq.  That makes him scary.  Senator Obama is disappointing and divisive - but he's no lunatic.  I think McCain skirts that 'crazy' edge - and I don't want him in charge.  

    Excellent diary.  I wish it were possible to discuss both candidates like this - no name calling, no bullying.  Some of the comments here have been enlightening.  I didn't know Senator Obama had said anything regarding animal rights.  I can only hope he's sincere.  Senator McCain has no interest in protecting the weak.  All he wants is to re-fight Vietnam.  No - Obama's better than that; though I still think Senator Clinton would be the better choice.  Unfortunately - labeling her `racist' has indeed destroyed her career - and that's a huge loss.  Not just for New York - but for America as well.

  • on a comment on Writers Strike at DailyKos over 6 years ago

    But I'd like to address your observation.  I think what you say has merit.  I'm afraid that almost all progressive blogs have taken sides.  I want to hear everyone's opinion - not listen to hate-filled screeds.  Personally - I find good and bad in both Clinton and Obama.  I have to say, however - that the hate seems more virulent over at Kos (but then I've only recently started reading MYDD again).  Perhaps it can be ameliorated by calling it to everyone's attention?  Respectfully (as you and I have done).

    Just my two cents.  Sorry if I seem all over the map.  I'm a bit obsessive tonight.  Atlanta got hit by a tornado earlier - and they expect more severe weather in an hour or two.  I'm too worried to sleep - so I blog to keep from going crazy.

  • comment on a post Writers Strike at DailyKos over 6 years ago

    They closed the comments over at Kos before I could expound on my comments there.  I really wanted to respond to some of the criticism - unwarranted criticism in my opinion - especially the anti-Alegre diaries that sprang up.  But it's like addressing brick walls.  Everyone talks - no one listens.  It's very frustrating.

    I support your decision to strike, my friend - and I will miss seeing you there.  My way of dealing with the recurring problem is different.  I just take a vacation - which I did, for about a year, actually.  I'm only just venturing back - and now this Obama/Hillary hate fest has sprung up.  Frankly - I am appalled at some of the rhetoric.  You were right to call attention to it.  Senator Clinton has practically been accused of being the anti-Christ (hell - maybe she was - god knows they've accused her of everything else!).

    I just don't post political diaries over there any more.  I save them for My Left Wing (god bless Maryscott and her policy of inclusion).  I do post personal observance diaries - and I will continue to do so.  Yes, I know you hoped your absence (and that of all the other fine writers who left) would spur change.  I'm here to say it won't.  Markos is the only one who could put a stop to it - and he refuses.  All your leaving will achieve is to deprive those of us who are left of your wit and intelligence.  I started posting there again because of writers like you, you know.  Your absence will leave a sizeable hole.  It's like letting the inmates take over the asylum.  Chaos will ensue.

    Again - I understand why you're leaving.  I just wish you did not deem it necessary.  In the mean time - I guess I will be spending more time here and at all the other blogs where diversity of opinion is welcomed.

    Take care, my friend.

  • comment on a post Are You Racist? over 8 years ago
    Today is blog against racism day - don't forget to put in your own two cants!
  • comment on a post Crises of Leadership over 8 years ago
    Do you all think the Democrats are doing enough?
  • comment on a post Study: Marijuana Stops Cancer Caused By Nicotine over 8 years ago
    My father, who passed away 10 years ago at age 93, had glaucoma.  His doctor had prescribed the pill form of THC for the condition.  It worked.  Now, not many people know that it is (or used to be) possible to get a prescription for the active ingredient in marijuana - but it does retard the progression of the disease.

    Way back at the turn of the last century, I was given to understand my grandmother would commonly pick up marijuana at her local chemist as a treatment for menstrual cramps.  She would sit in the kitchen and smoke it with a pot of tea.  My mother remembered this.  Marijuana was beginning to be preferred to the more common laudanum for addiction reasons.

    So - I, for one do not understand why it continues to be considered a dangerous substance.  Frankly, as with the majority of my generation, I smoked some in college, and still do, on rare occasion.  It's been some years since the last time - don't miss it, don't crave it.  Should the circumstance arise sometime in the future, I might.  It's not really a big deal.

    If I ever develop glaucoma, however - I will discuss using the THC pills with my doctor.  Perhaps there is something better now, I don't know.  I do believe it is stupid to exclude something that could prove a benefit because of some odd, anti-sixties prejudice.  Opiates are commonly used - shall we eschew then as well in order to satisfy the Puritan minority?  Will the alleviation of pain be considered immoral, along with the rest of their asinine agenda?  

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