The alleged taping of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling's private talk is being used to blackball him from the NBA and take a team from him which he paid for with his own money.Â The US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of association and protections of personal property.Â All seem to have been violated here as Mark Cuban so aptly noted in the case of Donald Sterling who has the right to be a moron.
It strikes me thatÂ professional athletesÂ often fit the description of slaves on a plantationÂ engaging in gamesÂ for the attention of their masters/owners and audience, only here they are well paid and often overÂ paid for playing a game.Â When you listen in on their trash talk or the rap lyrics so laden with ethnic insults and debasements of human character, the difference between this and some of the mindless insulting humor of Tyler Perryâ€™s characters based on color, body size and stupidity borders on much the same. The lines of distinction between this and Sterlingâ€™s conversations are becoming more and more blurred.
The indigenous people of North America, erroneously termed Indians, proved their generosity and willingness to share with the Pilgrims (53) and joined as Wampanoag Native Americans (90) in celebrating the first Thanksgiving in the late fall of 1621 at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Present new age philosophy says work only if you make what you think you are worth via a livable wage not what the market bears; donâ€™t bother to save for education or houses for the government will bail you out making your debts go away; and indulge your fantasies of self-oriented pleasure or decadence because others should be willing to come to your rescue.Â Â Â We are fast moving away from a democratic republic based on individual responsibility with personal initiativeÂ and going warp speed in creating a time when everything is relative though not all that are relative are kin.
Help America Vote Act is the name of a federal 2002 law not unique to North Carolina.Â Â HAVA was instituted to insure that only citizens vote per the US Constitutionâ€™s mandate as well as that the voter is who he/she says he/she is.Â Â NC has termed a part of its supportive similar legislation Voter Information Verification Act or â€śVIVAâ€ť (S.L. 2013-381) with photo ID required except for those over 70, having religious objections, in cases of natural disasters or those needing curbside assistance.Â Â Public opinion polls suggest 70% support for this.
It is the National Debt which sits at the heart of this and every future economic debate in America as it fast approaches 20 trillion dollars. Again the federal budget glosses over the magnitude of our economic mess in denial while continually printing money which has no backing via gold or anything else. Trying to feed the masses a debtorâ€™s pabulum with more than a spoonful of sugar to make it go down is like hoping that as in Psalm 23 the debt as well as the debtor will be forgiven. The continuance of the full faith and credit of this nation does not solely depend upon the government being open.
Obamacare should be defunded for a lot of reasons not the least of which is that Congress has allowed itself to again have an exception to the rule and held themselves to a different standard of care than that available to ordinary citizens. Since the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is legal as a tax, then citizens and Congress should view this legislation termed the Affordable Care Act as a tax which citizens should not be forced to bear, especially without the compliance of its elected leadership.
First, the commandeering of records of the press which even though national security may be an issue, infringes on freedom of the press whether explicit or covert. Who is to say that anyone of us will not be next if we write a column or a book or give a speech that questions the validity of government actions?
Contrary to the race baiting information being pushed on the radio by the NAACP and others, the legislation promoting voter ID cards, preferably with pictures, is not a poll tax. These cards are consistent with the US Constitutionâ€™s 24th Amendment Section 1.which is to ensure that â€śThe right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.â€ť In section 2 of this amendment legislation is allowed which will enforce this provision.
Should the Scouts keep gay folk on the outs recognizing its promise â€ś. . .To keep . . . morally straight.â€ť Noting that children mimic the behavior of adults what is the data showing about adoptions by gay parents which is being treated as a given while so many straight couples are going overseas for children?