Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Being Stupid Is Downright Stupid

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What is it I most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
--Christopher Hitchens

Yesterday I was so upset (outraged) at all the news coverage of the Clippers owner's supposedly racist comments covertly recorded without his knowledge. His comments (in my opinion) were quite evidently a response to continual prodding by a questionably motivated, persistent young woman, prodding for some reason of her own.

After the outrage left me, I found myself so depressed that I could not write about it coherently. I was too pissed off.

I still am . . . pissed off that is, but I will say that (through the guise of racism) this man's constitutionally guaranteed Freedom Of Speech has been blatantly and maliciously violated. Mainly by the media.

It is foolish sometimes, I'll admit, to speak out about one's private thoughts. But it is not illegal.

Racism is rampant, within the minds of men. Most men. Deny it all you want. Go ahead, if it makes you feel acceptably liberal... makes you appear intellectually and morally superior to the ignorant masses.

Here is what I say -- "Racism is not a product of ignorance, but of universal stupidity." wherein the definition of universal is: "of, affecting, or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable to all cases."

See what I mean? I cannot write about this incident objectively and unemotionally.

Just can't do it. Not now.

Maybe later, perhaps in the near future.


Did You Know . . .?

In 2007, University if Minnesota researchers found a huge hole in the universe a billion light years across that is not a black hole and is completely devoid of matter.



On this day in 1992 in Los Angeles, California, four Los Angeles police officers that had been caught beating Rodney King, an unarmed African-American motorist in an amateur video were acquitted of any wrongdoing in the arrest. Hours after the verdicts were announced, outrage and protest turned to violence, as rioters in south-central Los Angeles blocked freeway traffic and beat motorists, wrecked and looted numerous downtown stores and buildings, and set more than 100 fires.



racism  [REY-siz-uhm]
1.  a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2.  a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3.  hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.



Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld
(born April 29, 1954)
Jerry Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, and television/film producer, best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), which he co-created and co-wrote with Larry David. For the show's final two seasons, they were co-executive producers.

Uma Karuna Thurman
(born April 29, 1970)
Uma Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. She starred in more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables.

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis
(born 29 April 1957)
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012).

Michelle Marie Pfeiffer
(born April 29, 1958)
Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress and singer. She made her film debut in 1980 in The Hollywood Knights, but first garnered mainstream attention with her breakout performance in Scarface (1983). Pfeiffer has had her greatest commercial successes with Batman Returns (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), and Hairspray (2007). Her other films include Ladyhawke (1985), Into the Night (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Tequila Sunrise (1988), The Age of Innocence (1993), Wolf (1994), Dangerous Minds (1995), I Am Sam (2001).


Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.
--Claude Pepper


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