Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ferguson, Failure and the Coming Brown Wave

I have avoided the Ferguson controversy until now on purpose. All the lessons repeated there were taught and biases revealed by the Zimmerman/Martin tragedy. Even so, young Mr. Brown, through his brutish behavior, gave us an amazing display of how those who do not pay attention to history will repeat it. His followers (they stopped being protesters a long time ago) have also reminded us of the futility of facts in the face of a relentless mythology, ie America is a racist country. How else can we explain the successes of Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Little Barry etc?

The so-called “black vote” has been attached to the hip (some would say teat) of the democrat party for much of living memory. Having pondered this abusive relationship for many years I still cannot understand it let alone relate to it. Consider the following “accomplishments” just since little Barry took over. The median income for blacks has dropped from $35,387 in 2009 to $34,598 in 2013. In 2013 the number of blacks living under the poverty line topped 11 million. In 2009 25.8% of blacks lived below the poverty level. In 2013 it rose to 27.2%. Although blacks make up 13.2% of the U.S. population they make up 37.4% of the total federal and state prison population in 2013. At the beginning of 2009 46.1% of blacks owned their home. In 2013 that number dropped to 43%. For the period 2009 to 2011 black workers earning only minimum wage rose by 16.6 percent. Strangely enough blacks are fine with this. Don’t tell me they are not because they continue to vote en masse for the party that created, maintains and then blames these results on the evil rich white guys. Sun Tzu would be proud of the liberals ability to distract and deceive.

None of the racial hatred being displayed by black rioters in Ferguson right now has happened by accident. The current black entitlement mentality has been carefully nurtured and grown by the democrats since the late 1960’s. Before then blacks, as a whole, tended to have traditional families with traditional family values. The father both lived at home and held down a job. Mothers stayed home and raised their children. These families had high rates of church attendance, low out of wedlock birth rates and getting a good education was a clearly defined expectation of their children. Not that it was all storybook good but there was at least a foundation provided by the family that children could build on.

Then some over educated democrats came along and decided they knew what was best for the average black family. These caring liberals created government programs to pay young black women to have children out of wedlock, then to pay the mothers rent (it’s not fair to make the babies suffer), provided food stamps to those mothers (it’s not fair to let anyone go hungry), lowering the education standards for black children (it’s not fair to make them learn as much as other kids because they are disadvantaged) and daycare for the kids (it isn’t fair to make mom stay at home all the time). It didn’t take long before the role of parent was taken over by an “all-caring” federal government. Amazingly, it only took a couple of generations to shatter what had once been the best defense against the entitlement mentality, the traditional church going black family. The template for the Fergusons to come had been laid.

As a consequence of young people without guidance, discipline, education or direction in their lives the drug/rap culture began to develop. This was a seminal moment in black history. Blacks had gone from being slaves to being free. Now they were facing the choice of pursuing their freedom or enslaving themselves again. The attitude of the Brown followers in Ferguson clearly demonstrates they have chosen to remain on the liberal plantation.

In Ferguson we see the black community displaying the anger and attitude of an 1860 southern slaveholder when told his escaped slave will not be returned to him. Only a public lynching, they say, will slake their thirst for blood, for now. Sadly, until some grownups begin asserting themselves in the black community, there will be more Browns, more anger and more race hustling to confuse and condemn yet another generation to the plantation of liberalism.

Mindful to maintain their control over such a readily offended (controlled) population democrats swooped in to Ferguson. Minus only their sheets and hoods they paid carefully worded lip service to maintain black anger and appear “understanding.” As my TKD instructor used to tell me, “Angry people cannot think.” An unthinking person is easily manipulated, controlled or even defeated. Democrats need the black population to be angry. Think about that for a moment.

The worry that their fifty plus year run may end is making the democrats desperate to maintain power. Always on the lookout for “victims”, liberals see that that hispanics will soon outnumber blacks. In typical liberal fashion democrats see this as merely another opportunity to maintain their monopoly on “compassion.” Tragically, having established that the dependency template worked before, democrats are in the process of applying it to this countries growing hispanic population. The results at this point are mixed but by importing hundreds of thousands of poorly educated, low skilled and poverty stricken hispanics democrats believe they can speed up the dependency process. I fear they may be correct.

Sadly, the hispanic community has its share of race baiting, poverty pimps such as La Raza (literally “The Race,” as in the master race? One wonders). These hustlers are more than willing to trade their “race” for a seat at the power brokers table. In exchange for fancy homes, impressive titles, padded bank accounts and 6,000 square foot redwood decks they will condemn future generations of hispanics to the same dependency mentality that has destroyed the black community. Given the rush of so many illegal aliens to claim “their share” of government giveaways La Raza’s job may already be half done.

In the end, Ferguson may contain one of little Barry’s few “success” stories. Mr. Browns parents expect to make a small fortune selling T-shirts to their fellow, “oppressed” brothers and sisters. Finally, a shovel ready job. Talk about low expectations.

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ILS or Ivy League Stupidity

I do not remember where I heard the term Ivy League Stupidity (I claim no credit for the concept) but it stuck with me. I have pondered that concept for a while now and have reached some conclusions. If you are a liberal or a progressive you are probably an ILS sufferer so, this would be a good time to leave. I assume no responsibility for your feelings.

My grandfather, a crew chief who spent his days fixing the bombers that survived the daylight raids over Hitlers Germany, was a very practical person. Anytime he saw someone who was supposedly smart doing something incredibly stupid, used to say that, “it takes a college education to break things but a high school diploma to fix them.” After forty years of liberal infiltration of the higher education system I fear he was far more correct than I ever thought. Consider the following.

In a much-praised unanimous vote the Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the Columbus Day holiday. Co-sponsoring council member Bruce Harrell said, “I make no excuses for this legislation.” That is because, outside a terminal dose of political correctness, there is no excuse for such progressive showmanship. To further illustrate the extent of his ILS, the resolution was important, he said, because he believes the city won’t be successful in its social and outreach efforts until “we fully recognize the evils of our past.”

Excuse me? As a first generation American whatever happened some five hundred years ago is not “my” past. Sorry, the liberal demand for me to feel guilty over that which I had no part in simply doesn’t work on me. Nor should it work on anyone else.

To further illustrate how ILS progresses through those progressive/liberals afflicted with it we will visit city-state of Seattle again. The uber wise and environmentally sensitive city council passed a law that allows them to fine residents for throwing away to much of the wrong kind of (essentially food) trash. It will not take long for some city bureaucrat, terminally afflicted with ILS, to start fining the few “illiterate hayseed conservatives” that still live in the socialist workers paradise of Seattle. Really, you say? Well, why not? Who will stop them? Restraint and reason are ILS’s first casualties.

In the once great state of California, where ILS has run rampant over the last thirty years,
Gov. Moonbeam, uh sorry, Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that requires state health care providers be trained to better “understand” the health needs of the gay community. Can anyone say state enforced reeducation? I guess being a special protected class isn’t enough for the gay community. They also need to be immune from the consequences of their lifestyle. Can we be honest here? Engaging in such high risk behavior is a choice and when someone chooses to do dumb things why exactly is it my, or your, responsibility to cover the consequences?

The bills author, Assemblyman Richard Gordon, (Democrat, big surprise there) says the measure is needed because gay patients claim to have a variety of negative experiences with healthcare professionals. How dare those health care professionals talk about STD’s and risky behavior. Just what do they mean keep your pants on? Gordon continues with the assertion that gays are not treated with “resect” by hospital staff when visiting their “life partners.” First, when a gay person starts talking about respect it is open code for the only politically correct outcome, outright endorsement of the lifestyle. In the gay community respect is a one way street, they get it and if you don’t endorse their lifestyle you don’t. Second, the health care providers in question probably realize that the average “life partner” relationship will last less than a year and those are the long term ones. Now that is no excuse to be rude but it is also a pretty shaky basis on which to demand special treatment.

Ivy League college attendance is not required to become afflicted with ILS although exposure to an Ivy League school dramatically increases the risk of infection. In Ferguson blacks believe they have the “right” to riot, assault people and steal from local businesses because one of their own tried to assault a police officer and paid the ultimate price. These thugs have chosen to accept, despite all the available evidence, an alternate reality. They refuse to seek out, let alone consider, the facts. Those same “justice” seeking thugs, uh excuse me, ILS suffers, demand to be unaccountable for their actions while demanding the imprisonment or even murder of, at this point, an innocent police officer.

Finally, in an effort to prove that ILS is multicultural, students at the University of East Anglia in Britain are now being urged to participate in a new scheme called ‘Go with the Flow’. Yes, the university that brought you the fraud (according to their own emails) known as global warming is now asking its students to save water by urinating in the shower. As my grandfather would say when confronted by insurmountable stupidity, “Well alrighty then.”

On an individual basis ILS can provide its sufferer with a wide range of side effects. A profound sense of entitlement to whatever you want, even at the expense of others is a serious warning sign of the onset of ILS. A deep seated moral superiority over anyone who disagrees with you on anything is often the next symptom. An overwhelming sense of righteous indignation when someone doesn’t accept that you know what is best for them is a dreadfully common symptom. The ability to give freely as much of other peoples money and freedom as you think is necessary to correct “societies wrongs” and the mistaken belief that you should be immune from the consequences of your actions are painfully common symptoms as well. ILS reaches its reasoning terminating phase when the suffer can no longer tolerate dissent from their correct worldview in any form. At this point the ILS victim (often by this stage living in an imaginary world of his own creation and utterly dependent on the mainstream media for his talking points) is incapable of rational thought or fact based discourse. At this stage there is virtually nothing concerned family and friends can do.

To reverse this syndrome the ILS sufferer first needs to recognize that they have a problem. Then they should seek help from someone who understands freedom, responsibility, liberty, self reliance, capitalism and a firm grasp of actual American history. I recommend an intensive study of the writings of Thomas Sowell, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Walter E Williams, Michelle Malkin, any of the founding fathers or any of Americas founding documents.

On an individual basis ILS is sometimes funny to watch (some whacked out girl in San Francisco asking people in a restaurant not to eat her pet chicken), nearly always sad (Sandra Fluke can pay $60,000 a year for tuition but not $10 a month for birth control), sometimes frightening (the democratic governor of Colorado threatening to release a murderer if he isn’t reelected) and sometimes even tragic (the Kenyan little Barry believing the only way to stop Ebola is to import it into America).

On a national level ILS is suicidal.

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What Really Happens When You Redfine Marriage

It is a truism that every once in a while you come across an article that really grabs you. You know, the kind of article that confirms your beliefs in a way you had not considered before, changes your perspective or provides an epiphany. I will on occasion, re-post those kind of articles. The following piece is one of those.

Janna Danelle: Redefining marriage hurts women, children

By Janna Danelle

The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. My children and I suffered great losses because of my former husband’s decision to identify as a gay man and throw away his life with us.

Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and lesbian couples and their new families. But behind those big smiles and sunny photographs are other, more painful stories. These are left to secret, dark places. They are suppressed, and those who would tell them are silenced in the name of “marriage equality.”

But I refuse to be silent.

I represent one of those real-life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families.

The divorce

In the fall of 2007, my husband of almost 10 years told me that he was gay and that he wanted a divorce. In an instant, the world that I had known and loved — the life we had built together — was shattered.

I tried to convince him to stay, to stick it out and fight to save our marriage. But my voice, my desires, my needs — and those of our two young children—no longer mattered to him. We had become disposable, because he had embraced one tiny word that had become his entire identity. Being gay trumped commitment, vows, responsibility, faith, fatherhood, marriage, friendships and community. All of this was thrown away for the sake of his new identity.

Try as I might to save our marriage, there was no stopping my husband. Our divorce was not settled in mediation or with lawyers. No, it went all the way to trial. My husband wanted primary custody of our children. His entire case can be summed up in one sentence: “I am gay, and I deserve my rights.” It worked: the judge gave him practically everything he wanted. At one point, the judge even told my husband, “If you had asked for more, I would have given it to you.”

I truly believe that judge was legislating from the bench, disregarding the facts of our particular case and simply using us—using our children— to help influence future cases. In our society, LGBT citizens are seen as marginalized victims who must be protected at all costs, even if it means stripping rights from others. By ignoring the injustice committed against me and my children, the judge seemed to think that he was correcting a larger injustice.

My husband had left us for his gay lover. They make more money than I do. There are two of them and only one of me. Even so, the judge believed that they were the victims. No matter what I said or did, I didn’t have a chance of saving our children from being bounced around like so many pieces of luggage.

A new same-sex family — built on the ruins of mine

My ex-husband and his partner went on to marry. Their first ceremony took place before our state redefined marriage. After it created same-sex marriage, they chose to have a repeat performance. In both cases, my children were forced — against my will and theirs — to participate. At the second ceremony, which included more than twenty couples, local news stations and papers were there to document the first gay weddings officiated in our state. USA Today did a photo journal shoot on my ex and his partner, my children, and even the grandparents. I was not notified that this was taking place, nor was I given a voice to object to our children being used as props to promote same-sex marriage in the media.

At the time of the first ceremony, the marriage was not recognized by our state, our nation, or our church. And my ex-husband’s new marriage, like the majority of male-male relationships, is an “open,” non-exclusive relationship. This sends a clear message to our children: what you feel trumps all laws, promises, and higher authorities. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want — and it doesn’t matter who you hurt along the way.

After our children’s pictures were publicized, a flood of comments and posts appeared. Commenters exclaimed at how beautiful this gay family was and congratulated my ex-husband and his new partner on the family that they “created.” But there is a significant person missing from those pictures: the mother and abandoned wife. That “gay family” could not exist without me.

There is not one gay family that exists in this world that was created naturally.

Every same-sex family can only exist by manipulating nature. Behind the happy façade of many families headed by same-sex couples, we see relationships that are built from brokenness. They represent covenants broken, love abandoned and responsibilities crushed. They are built on betrayal, lies and deep wounds.

This is also true of same-sex couples who use assisted reproductive technologies such as surrogacy or sperm donation to have children. Such processes exploit men and women for their reproductive potential, treat children as products to be bought and sold, and purposely deny children a relationship with one or both of their biological parents. Wholeness and balance cannot be found in such families, because something is always missing. I am missing. But I am real, and I represent hundreds upon thousands of spouses who have been betrayed and rejected.

If my husband had chosen to stay, I know that things wouldn’t have been easy. But that is what marriage is about: making a vow and choosing to live it out, day after day. In sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, spouses must choose to put the other person first, loving them even when it’s hard.

A good marriage doesn’t only depend on sexual desire, which can come and go and is often out of our control. It depends on choosing to love, honor and be faithful to one person, forsaking all others. It is common for spouses to be attracted to other people — usually of the opposite sex, but sometimes of the same sex. Spouses who value their marriage do not act on those impulses. For those who find themselves attracted to people of the same sex, staying faithful to their opposite-sex spouse isn’t a betrayal of their true identity. Rather, it’s a decision not to let themselves be ruled by their passions. It shows depth and strength of character when such people remain true to their vows, consciously striving to remember, honor and revive the love they had for their spouses when they first married.

My children deserve better

Our two young children were willfully and intentionally thrust into a world of strife and combative beliefs, lifestyles and values, all in the name of “gay rights.” Their father moved into his new partner’s condo, which is in a complex inhabited by 16 gay men. One of the men has a 19-year-old male prostitute who comes to service him. Another man, who functions as the father figure of this community, is in his late sixties and has a boyfriend in his twenties. My children are brought to gay parties where they are the only children and where only alcoholic beverages are served. They are taken to transgender baseball games, gay rights fundraisers and LGBT film festivals.

Both of my children face identity issues, just like other children. Yet there are certain deep and unique problems that they will face as a direct result of my former husband’s actions. My son is now a maturing teen, and he is very interested in girls. But how will he learn how to deal with that interest when he is surrounded by men who seek sexual gratification from other men? How will he learn to treat girls with care and respect when his father has rejected them and devalues them? How will he embrace his developing masculinity without seeing his father live out authentic manhood by treating his wife and family with love, honoring his marriage vows even when it’s hard?

My daughter suffers too. She needs a dad who will encourage her to embrace her femininity and beauty, but these qualities are parodied and distorted in her father’s world. Her dad wears makeup and sex bondage straps for Halloween. She is often exposed to men dressing as women. The walls in his condo are adorned with large framed pictures of women in provocative positions. What is my little girl to believe about her own femininity and beauty? Her father should be protecting her sexuality. Instead, he is warping it.

Without the guidance of both their mother and their father, how can my children navigate their developing identities and sexuality? I ache to see my children struggle, desperately trying to make sense of their world.

My children and I have suffered great losses because of my former husband’s decision to identify as a gay man and throw away his life with us. Time is revealing the depth of those wounds, but I will not allow them to destroy me and my children. I refuse to lose my faith and hope. I believe so much more passionately in the power of the marriage covenant between one man and one woman today than when I was married. There is another way for those with same-sex attractions. Destruction is not the only option — it cannot be. Our children deserve far better from us.

This type of devastation should never happen to another spouse or child. Please, I plead with you: defend marriage as being between one man and one woman. We must stand for marriage — and for the precious lives that marriage creates.

The above was previously published by the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse —

Janna Darnelle is a mother, writer and advocate for upholding marriage between one man and one woman. She mentors others whose families have been impacted by homosexuality. This was previously published.

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