Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FEATURING PROFESSOR CARLON MANUEL, KANYE WEST, AND THE SORRY STATE OF OUR CURRENT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

FEATURING PROFESSOR CARLON MANUEL, KANYE WEST, AND THE SORRY STATE OF OUR CURRENT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
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TRUMP: I WISH THIS COON WOULD STOP 
TOUCHING ME
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ISSUE:
KANYE IS AN IDIOT, AND HE SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED
BY ALL BLACK PEOPLE AS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL OTHER
POTENTIAL IDIOTS.
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PROF. MANUEL
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“Ya'll need to stop putting so much on what a moron says...Who appointed him as a spokesperson for us!!!...No one so let him fade in to the night and not give him any more fame.”
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Carlon, we're paying attention to him because he's making us ALL look like goddamn fools. In addition, there are people out there who are big enough fools to listen to him, and they can have an impact on the coming election - that's the only reason Trump wanted his dumb ass for a photo op in the first place. So when it comes to politics, you NEVER ignore ignorance. That's the mistake we made with Trump's silly ass. Nobody thought anyone was paying attention to him - but they were wrong, weren't they?
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PROF. MANUEL
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"He is not in any manner making me look like a fucking fool, he stands on his own lack of merit!!!...Who the fuck nominated his dumb ass to speak for anyone but himself!!!..."
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If you're Black, he's making you look like a damn fool to others, even though YOU may not realize it. Image is everything in this country. That's why people are treated differently based on their race in the first place, because people have a certain image of what your Black skin represents. But if you don't understand that, I don't have time to explain it to you, so I'll just move on.
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[NOTE: I tried to move on and drop the discussion.]
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PROF. MANUEL
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“‘If you are black’ that statement alone qualifies your words as bullshit...Kanye stands on his own and you should stop worrying so much about what people think...African Americans being treated differently did not start with Kanye, if you truly know what you were talking about you wouldn't make that claim...”
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Carlon, you're clueless. What do you think the word profile means!!!? But I'm not even gonna to bother to debate this issue with you, because the concept is obviously going way over your head. What EVERY person does counts.
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When a well educated and intelligent young Black man puts on a suit and tie and goes out to interview for a job, whether he gets the job or not may depend on whether or not the employer saw the spectacle below the night before.  It's called "subliminal imaging," or more commonly known as "broad-brushing." When jurors let murderous cops go free they often think of the victim as some scary Black man they saw on television. And a lot of people are upset to see Bill Cosby go to jail because in their minds they see Cliff Huxtable being locked up. So what people think, and are made to think about us counts, because it has a direct impact on our lives. So, while you may be so bad and macho that you don't care, I have enough common sense and insight into human nature that I care very much.
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[NOTE: I tried to move on a second time.]
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PROF. MANUEL
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“Get a fucking life, your unqualified at life ass can call no one clueless...”
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Carlon, when I called you clueless it wasn’t meant as an insult, I meant it as a fact. You obviously don't have a clue as to how people think, and the impact that stupidity has on our lives. Your comment above shows that you're more emotional than you are thoughtful, but the only thing that's going to move Black people forward is clear thinking.
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The White man didn't enslave Black people because he could beat us up, he enslaved us because he had a knowledge of gunpowder that we didn't possess. It was a lack of knowledge that enslaved us, and it's going to take the embrace of knowledge to liberate us, not goin' for bad and sayin' "I don't give a fuck!" And consider this, the White man didn't have Kanye up there coonin' for nothing. Whether you "give a fuck" or not, it could have a direct impact on your life in next month's election.
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PROF.  MANUEL

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“Lol...Mr. Educated...”
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[NOTE: Mocking Black intelligence.]
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I notice you're an adjunct professor at Cal. State Dominguez. I'm shocked! The conservative assault on our educational system is obviously far worse than I suspected. In fact, your last comment even seems to be anti-intellectual, like it was a slur. What's wrong with a brother being educated? Do you consider it uppity? You sound like you think Black people have a moral obligation to be stupid. Well, pardon me, brother, if I stepped out of my place, but that's just the way I am - and I always will be.
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PROF.  MANUEL
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“Stop smoking and drinking it is bad for your logic...You sound like a fool and really almost like Kanye...Birds of a feather...”
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Carlon, you're a professor. Remember back when you took 8th grade English and the teacher told you that whenever you made an assertion to start backing it up in the following sentence? Well, you just left a fully unsubstantiated assertion just dangling in mid air. Back it up so I'll have something to get my teeth into. You sound like you'd be tons of fun. So let's have it. Let's see how big a fool I am. Enlighten me, professor.
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Hmmm, it's been an hour, professor, and not a word. I guess it's just as I thought - all jingle and no bells.
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PROF.  MANUEL
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“I have better things to do like actually making and supporting changes in people's lives...You should try it instead of pontificating and not doing a damn thing for anyone...”
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Carlon, believe me, I'm doing much more educating than you are. I'm over here scratching my head - how in the hell can you be an educator when you NEED an education? I went through college in the seventies, but I had enough education not to spew the nonsense that got me started on you when I entered Fremont High School, because we were taught very early the importance of representing our people well.
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But let me remain focused, I'm waiting for my enlightenment, so let's not change the subject. I'll be waiting anxiously to partake of your wisdom. And don't forget, that's what this medium is for - to educate and to be educated. So if you truly want to educate your people, there's no better way. Spread your hustle, and don't limit your wisdom to the classroom. I'm certainly anxious to get a taste of it. So I sincerely hope you'll reconsider.
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PROF.  MANUEL
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“So how does Bill Cosby represent you???...”

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Bill is Black and had world fame as "America's dad."  Yet, when 60 (count 'em - SIXTY!!!) women said that he drugged and assaulted them, for many, it serves to justify their racism. When a lot of people in this country see that, they think, "Just as I thought, NO Black man can be trusted." That's why when a perfectly innocent Black man wearing a suit and tie gets into an elevator with some White women they'll put a tighter grip on their purse. Or when a clearly murderous cop goes on trial after he's seen ON VIDEO killing a Black man for absolutely no reason, White jurors will let him off, because they'll think, "Well, that Black man probably did something we didn't see OFF video." All of that is a result of our failing to challenge public perception of who we are.
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If the corporate media portrayed White people in the same way they do Blacks, we'd think that ALL White folks were barefoot Hillbillies.  Corporations spend BILLIONS of dollars on commercials every year to improve the image of their brand.  They’re not giving that money away for nothing, so Black people would be fools not to protect and enhance our public image as well.  As a so-called  "educator" it would seem that you'd not only know that, but would be teaching it tirelessly to your students. So what's all this swaggering "fuck Kanye" macho bullshit you're engaged in? You should be teaching your students to be thoughtful, not swaggerin' idiots.
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If Black people EVER intend to liberate ourselves we've got to address our image and cultural mores to NOT reflect us as the most swaggerin' people on the planet, but the most thoughtful and knowledgeable. That way, when a Black applicant walks into a corporation to apply for a job the employer will think, "I want to hire this person, because Black people are known for being brilliant and creative." So we've got to strive to make knowledge the new soul.
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PROF. MANUEL

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“What was your masters degree in again???...”

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[NOTE: He asked a question and then sidestepped the answer, and mocked Black intelligence again.]
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Carlon, I don't have a masters degree, but my educational background is in psychology, just like yours. In fact, I had planned to become a clinical psychologist, but once I had a daughter and son, I decided to put my efforts into grooming them, and I was quite successful at it. My son grew up to become a federal agent, and my daughter is currently a Human Resources Specialist for Citrus College and President of her chapter of the California School Employees Association. My only granddaughter will be a medical doctor soon, and she won the Bill Clinton Award in high school. I also have 5 grandsons right behind her - and not one fool in the bunch.
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In fact, I would challenge you to debate even my youngest grandson, Miles Coltrane Wattree-Jackson. He's not even out of high school yet, but based on what I'm seeing here, he'd drag you through the mud, because he was raised to be a thinker, not an emoter. So he would very methodically tear your arguments apart. That's the skill we must develop as Black people. Anybody can swagger and try to go for bad. We must learn to THINK.
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And with respect to your master's degree (if that’s what you have), I’d have to be prone to reckless assumption to assume that the White boy who conferred it upon you wasn’t a fool, and I’m not prone to reckless assumptions. Some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, and some of the weakest minds I’ve ever known roamed the campuses of colleges and universities in search of credentials in lieu of knowledge. In addition, the United States Congress is filled with people with advanced degrees, yet, it’s the biggest assemblage of absolute idiots in the world today.
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So the mere fact that you would even ask, “And your master's degree is in . . .?” betrays the fact that you’ve been completely brainwashed. Socrates (you’ve heard of him, right?), who is accepted by most scholars as the father of modern thought wasn’t a scholar, he was a stonemason. We wouldn’t even know who he was if it weren’t for people like Plato, Aristotle, and Xenophon who listened to him holding court on the block. So what’s your point? Assess me based on my ability to think, not on how many receipts I possess, because that's how I'm assessing you.
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Here's what the United States Air Force had to say about my son:
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MEMORANDUM FOR OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL SELECTION COMMITTEE

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FROM: 92 SFS/SFO
2 E. ARNOLD STREET
FAIRCHILD AFB, WA 99011

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SUBJECT: Recommendation for Staff Sergeant Eric L. Wattree
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1. I wholeheartedly concur with Staff Sergeant Wattree’s request to attend Officer Training School. He represents the enlisted ranks with the highest standard and will bring that dedication and professionalism to the officer corps.
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2. Eric continues to lead a stellar military career; his enlisted performance reports speak for themselves. His leadership and experience, especially in contingency environments, remains a vital asset to our unit and wing. As one of my primary Phoenix Raven team leaders, he’s propelled to the forefront of all major deployments throughout the world. He’s repeatedly secured aircraft and crews, supporting a wide variety of missions, in the most austere and terrorist-ridden environments where security is severely inadequate. The diversity of these missions never limited SSgt Wattree’s capacity to adapt to each situation. For this reason, Eric was selected as our 2000 Outstanding Phoenix Raven Member of the Year and the 2001 Air Force Reserve Component Airman of the Year for the 92d Security Forces Squadron.
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3. Whether operating under peacetime or contingency operations, Eric easily assumes control and tackles every situation with meticulous tenacity, a quality highly desired in our Air Force officers. Requested by name, Sergeant Wattree, provided security for presidential Banner missions throughout Greece, Peru and Viet Nam. While deployed to Afghanistan, he flew numerous combat missions in our nation’s pursuit to eradicate terrorism through Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, he provided round-the-clock force protection for aircraft in other high-threat environments including Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Oman.
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4. Sergeant Wattree motivated his personnel during the worst conditions and raised the level of esprit de corps to integrate personnel from other Air Force specialties into a cohesive team. His leadership, integrity and devotion to our Air Force play an integral part in our future leadership. Eric has what it takes to become a commissioned officer and earns my full support to attend Officer Training School.
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FRANK HELLSTERN, JR., Captain, USAF
Operations Officer
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So, Professor, my knowledge is not theoretical, it's practical, tried, and true. So here's my Ph.D. Compare it to your piece of paper.
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PROF.  MANUEL
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“You have a lot of time on your hands to be on Facebook this much...You should really get some mental health help...To say Kanye doesn't speak for any of us only himself has driven you to such great lengths to prove your point/thoughts are correct for all black folks, sounds a little like fascism to me...I spend too much time actually doing the work of being a service to others not like you being a Facebook god...While you have created a master race super intellectual people in your family, I highly doubt that when it comes to a debate you could hold a glass of water to me...I am happy however to be the person who has given you a reason to be motivated to get off your ass and bring change to the world outside your home...As a US Marine, I would laugh at your boasting about your Air Force service but I have friends who have served in the Air Force and are not so tightly wrapped, I hope you are getting your VA compensation for that ailment...I am still chuckling at your excuse for not finishing school but yet you rail me for completing the task which makes you a hypocrite...Congratulations on creating the master race of beings in your house, you must take great pride in feeling like a demigod...lol...My position remains the same and you keep proving me correct, every man is his own individual and represents himself...Do me a favor, please explain the following black folk; Jim Brown, Bill Cosby, Kanye and all sorts of other asinine acting black men who represent YOU not me...Glad to see your became a Chair Force officer, sorry for you not getting there...Seems you have a life unfulfilled but you are making up for it with all the time you spend on Facebook acting like a superior race know it all...LOL...Get a life...”
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[NOTE: Notice that the professor is now engaged in mindless rambling, unstructured and disorganized thinking, and even bad punctuation.  He's also attacking Black knowledge and family pride. He seems to be taking the position that a Black man is being uppity and grossly presumptuous to have the audacity to try to think. In addition, he's conflated the concepts of Black people being "represented" as oppose to being poorly "reflected upon" by the character and behavior of people like Kanye West. So obviously, all the professor has gained from the master's degree that he's so proud of is how to take on the White establishment's arrogant attitude toward Black people. But that's quite alright, because now he's faced with getting another kind of education, and he’s beginning to realize that. At this point he's desperate and in the final stage of the defeated intellect syndrome, and I'm about to ram that point home.]
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Carlon, you’re suffering from a severe case of the Defeated Intellect Syndrome.
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THE DEFEATED INTELLECT SYNDROME
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I’ve dealt with people like you so often I can almost sleep through it. The only reason I don’t actually go to sleep is I enjoy watching their agony as they go down in humiliating defeat. The humiliation begins with condescension, and their arrogant assumption of superiority, then when that assumption is challenged, they resort to angry defensiveness. Finally, when they find that they’ve made a fool of themselves and that they’re clearly in over their head, they descend to desperate name-calling in an attempt to camouflage their humiliation. It’s always the same, and I enjoy it more each and every time I watch it.
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You said, "I highly doubt that when it comes to a debate you could hold a glass of water to me." Well, here's your opportunity to demonstrate that. But, of course, you're going to come up with an excuse, any excuse, to escape that slow and agonizing death, right? Of course you are. You see, I know you, because I deal with people like you ALL the time, and I truly love watching you wiggle. Because, you see, even after I walk away from this debate, and your inane attempt to defend your tattered ego, you'll continue to think about this. I understand how the human mind works, because when I got my lowly degree in psychology, I actually absorbed the knowledge. So let me tell you your next move. You're gonna come back and say, "When I walk away from this discussion I'm not gonna give you a second thought." But you're lying, so you can just save yourself the keystrokes. Because like I said, I know you, probably better than you know your master-degreed self. So deal with it.
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And by the way, I was also a Marine.
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PROF. MANUEL
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“Back to my point Mr. Superior Race...How does Kanye reflect negatively on your family to which you have boasted so much about their accomplishments!!!...You are seriously off if you still think he represents any of us...”
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[NOTE: Mocked Black intelligence as presumptuous yet again.]
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I've already explained that to you above, Carlon. Has the memory of it slipped through that sieve you allege is a mind so soon?
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PROF. MANUEL
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“Let's debate at a coffee shop and bring your data.... Man up and get you and your wheelchair to the nearest Starbucks so we can debate like men...”

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[NOTE: The great escape.]
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Listen, Carlon, if you disagree with me, I'll be happy to hear your point of view, because disagreement is a potential source of growth. Many of the positions that I hold today are a result of my being educated by thoughtful and intelligent people who had opposing points of view. That’s what the internet is about at its best - educating, and being educated. The downside of the internet, however, is due to its egalitarian nature, unlike in our private lives we can’t pick and choose the caliber of people that we come into contact with. As a result, we’re exposed to every manner of fool, so we’ve got to learn to weed them out.
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Personally, I have very little patience for the ignorance and immaturity of grey-headed children with whiskers and cellulite who have nothing better to do than sit up in front of the computer in their draws (sic) and get into spitball fights with all the “un-Godly” people who don’t happen to share their point of view. So if you’re one of those people, please spare me your ignorance and go seek out someone who shares your intellectual disposition, because I have a very low threshold for stupidity. This is my final word on the matter.
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PROF. MANUEL

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“Now you want to take the high road and act scholarly, you are a hypocrite...Name the coffee shop and bring your data so we can have this so called debate on Kanye making all us black folk look bad...The first part of being a scholar is to learn how to listen and accept the points of views of others...This all started when I disagreed with your point and you wanted pontificate to me about your upper echelon genealogy...You are full of shit and always will be, I have very little regard for your Wikipedia degree...”
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Carlon, if you really want to debate, we can do it right here. That way you can make a fool of yourself on the record. Man, this is the internet, that's what it's designed for. I'm not going to take the time to have coffee with every fool I meet online. And as for your degree, don't tell me about it, show me its value. Show me, and the world, that it's not just a receipt from some ignorant-ass White boy. Demonstrate its value right here, and right now. Otherwise, go away. I predicted you down to a tee, and let me repeat:
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I told you, and I quote:
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"I’ve dealt with people like you so often I can almost sleep through it. The only reason I don’t actually go to sleep is I enjoy watching their agony as they go down in humiliating defeat. The humiliation begins with condescension, and their arrogant assumption of superiority, then when that assumption is challenged, they resort to angry defensiveness. Finally, when they find that they’ve made a fool of themselves and that they’re clearly in over their head, they descend to desperate name-calling in an attempt to camouflage their humiliation. It’s always the same, and I enjoy it more every time I watch it."
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I also told you that when I walked away you weren't gonna be able to get past this, and look at you. I have a degree in psychology, though, not a master's degree, but that doesn't matter. I'm carrying my Ph.D. in my mind, where it has value, and I can demonstrate it, right here, and right now. I don't have to go to Starbucks to debate in private in order to hide my public humiliation and ignorance.
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You're in the final stage of the defeated intellect syndrome, and you're desperately trying to find a graceful way out in order to preserve your dignity. But face it - there is no way out. You've made a fool of yourself, professor, and that's not gonna go away, believe me. So YOU go away. Go lick your wounds somewhere else, because I can't help you at this point. I'm not gonna waste one more brain cell on your attempt to try to salvage your dignity, because trust me, you can't. All you can do now is try to prepare yourself to prevent this from ever happening again. Now, be gone, and live with it.
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EPILOGUE 
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McGuail Cropp:
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Of course Trump would choose an idiot to represent "the Black American" no proud Black American, freedom fighter, man of and about the upliftment of Black Americans, would fit his agenda. But what do I know....I just have a B.S. in Marketing....and yes we individually represent our ppl, so how one behaves publicly has an impact on the whole....Also Kanye should be boycotted, for not being a man of Black Awareness yet posing as one who cares, final note as intelligent black leaders, it's important to debate without attacking one personally...many some u don't know look up to you and expect, you to represent gracefully, were they cannot.
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To McGuail 
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You're absolutely right on every issue you addressed, McGuail, and especially your last.  I thought long and hard before posting the above, because I didn't think it reflected well on how I like to present myself in articles I present for publication. But I decided that I had to because it reflected truth on two counts:
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First, the professor’s attitude reflected an anti-intellectualism that is essential to the promotion of White Supremacy. White conservatives have lodged a brutal assault on our educational system as a matter of survival, because efficient thought is the biggest threat to their viability. In order for them to survive they must promote hatred, bigotry, and division over logical thought. So the professor got off on the wrong foot with me with his very first word - “Y’all.”  With that one word, he was promoting division, and separating his illustrious personage from the masses. So I tried to make that point, and then, either engage in a civil debate, or move on, but he wouldn’t let me. Then, he went on to characterize what I considered a very reasonable position as “bullshit,” and that’s what brought out the hood rat in me. At that point my primary goal was to demonstrate as quickly as possible that he was brandishing a puddle of pus for brains.
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While going raw reflects a part of myself that I may not always want to present formally, it is, nevertheless, very much a part of who I am. I take a lot of pride in my intellectual pursuits, but I also take a lot of pride in the fact that I’m a product of the street. I never let myself forget that, because I view that as my strength. As the son of a lifelong heroin dealer, one of the first lessons I learned about survival is to ALWAYS respond to an individual in the EXACT same tone in which I’m addressed. I was raised to believe that anything short of that is all but inviting abuse. So while the intellectual in me always craves civil discourse, the hood rat in me don’t tolerate no bullshit.
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I have a friend who’s a world-renowned entertainer, and she had a problem with my raw edges as well. So I wrote her a poem to explain them to her, and she finally got the point. I'm not Mr. Rogers. I'm a product of my environment, and I take great pride in what that environment made me:
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THE HOOD RAT
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Baby,
I’m sure you know that I love you.
You’re everything I need.
You fit the bill of all my desires,
a perfect match for all of my dreams.
From the moment I first laid eyes on you,
You were everything I craved -
that luscious vision from across the tracks,
that delicate flower, beyond my blade.
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But what you ask is foreign to me.
You need something that I’m not.
You said, just tweak my nature a little bit,
and you’ll give everything you’ve got.
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But that "tweak" you need is who I am -
it’s my essence, can’t you see?
How can you speak of loving my soul, but
not the hood rat that is me?
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While "hood rat" may seem trite to you,
it’s the essence of my being.
So forget about what all the other’s say,
here’s what it means to me:
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I’ve been brutally dragged through the pits of hell,
yet, managed to survive,
well educated and fully functional,
when I came out the other side.
I scrounged the lessons taught at Harvard,
because knowledge, I found, was free.
But they’ll never obtain the lessons I’ve learned,
or the knowledge that makes me, me.
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While the "elite" may have heard a mournful Trane,
or Miles muted in the night,
but not in the context of hunger and pain,
or hopelessness, hatred, and blight.
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So while I've lived the life of a hood rat,
I’ve reaped a knowledge that money can't buy;
a knowledge passed on to my son and daughter,
which has greatly enhanced their lives.
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Thus, I wouldn't change a single thing in my life -
I’ve faced Hell and passed the test.
I have a PhD in adversity,
that's made me more,
rather than less.
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So unlike the people at Harvard and Yale, who
try to buy intellectual clout,
they only study the genius of Miles and Trane,
while I'm who they’re blowin' about.
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So when snobs try to slur me as "just a hood rat,"
I say, "thank you," and don’t take offense.
I take great pride in surviving the travails in my life,
That’s what gives me my confidence.
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The Ivy League degrees of those of means
are only paper compared to mine;
while they have a "receipt" for knowledge obtained,
my knowledge is ETCHED within my mind.
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I can teach philosophy to Aristotle
with the adversity that I’ve endured,
so any snob who tries to match my wit,
will come up short, and that’s for sure.
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Snobs walk about quoting Socrates and such,
through their "education" they are prone;
but while they’re spewing the thoughts of various dead men,
I spend my time developing my own.
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Never give the thoughts of ANY man
priority over our own;
You must collect the facts, and think for yourself,
that’s where Harvard and Yale has gone wrong.
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Preacher, politician, potentate,
whatever their point of view,
God didn't bless them with any knowledge
he didn't also bestow on you.
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So being seen as a hood rat has its advantages
against racists of limited wit;
I simply quietly wait for their condescension,
then show ‘em that they ain’t shit.
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While God made birds to fly and fish to swim,
he made man to think and that's the key.
So any man that thinks he's superior
will have to PROVE his wit to me.
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Thus, knowledge is the key to set us free,
no matter what the people say,
and there’s nothing more formidable than
a knowledgeable hood rat, and
that’s what you’re looking upon today.
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Yet, these are the things you want me to purge,
and spurn the life I’ve led,
but I’m sorry, my love,
as much as I love you, the soul of a
hood rat is my edge.
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. . . AND ORDINARY BLACK MEN DESTROY FOOLS

Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

A MESSAGE TO THE WATTREE FAMILY

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
A MESSAGE TO THE WATTREE FAMILY
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THERE’S ONLY ONE WATTREE FAMILY IN AMERICA, AND WE HAVE A GREAT TRADITION, SO IF YOU’RE A MARRIED FEMALE FROM THE WATTREE FAMILY , YOU SHOULD HYPHENATE YOUR NAME.
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WE MIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES FROM FRANCE IN THE 1870S.  THEREAFTER, RICHARD WATTREE ESTABLISHED THE WATTREE SCHOOL TO EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE, AND MANY OF US HAVE BEEN
INVOLVED IN EDUCATION EVERY SINCE. YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW, AND BE TAUGHT TO TAKE PRIDE IN THAT.
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Who Am I, Who Has the Audacity to Criticize the Illustrious Cornel West?
I'm a Simple Black Man, Who Tills the Soil.

A few diehard Cornel West supporters seem to have taken great exception to my article, "A Portrait of Cornel West - The Liberace of Faux Intellectualism." They asked, who am I who has the audacity to criticize the illustrious Dr. Cornel West, and what have I done for the Black community?
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In response, I can only say, I’m a simple urban farmer who tills the soil. So I must admit, I’ve done very little, at least, that meets the eye. But beneath the surface, everything I do is designed to move my people forward.  But like most urban farmers, I have to tend my crop and look at the long game, so I don’t have the time to concern myself with fame, fortune, and adulation. My job is to focus on harvest time, and patiently await my crop to come in.
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You see, we all have a role to play in this society, and I see mine as helping to educate our people - not at Harvard, or Princeton, because that's not the field where my crop resides. My crop was planted in urban America, so that's the field that I tend.
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I’m the product of a very unique family of farmers. We’re not famous, or world shakers, but we’re, literally, one of a kind in the United States. There's only one Wattree family in America, so anyone one with the last name "Wattree" is related to me. And as a family, we have ALWAYS been involved in educating, and tilling the soil of our people.
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My Great uncle, Richard Wattree, started the "Wattree School" in Louisiana to teach Black people to read and write back when there was very little education to be had for poor Black people, and we've carried on that tradition over the years in one way or another every since. Some of us teach elementary and secondary school in various cities and states across this country, others, like my daughter and niece, work in administrative positions in various colleges and universities, and still others are artists, who depict  our people's journey within this country over the centuries:
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SUSAN T. HERRING, Editor, The Guardian-Journal


"African American artist, Alma Lennear of Minden, will be exhibiting her works as well as selling her paintings Saturday at the Claiborne Jubilee. She comes from a long line of educators who have lived in and around Claiborne Parish since the days her great-grandfather, Richard Wattree, founded the Wattree School using the Bible as the reading book. A self-taught artist, Ms. Lennear's work features both portraits of historic figures as well as Biblical scenes. Come to the Jubilee and visit with a most interesting woman!"
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Writing is my forte. I'm also a Jazz musician and a poet, so I help to pass along pride in our Black tradition through those mediums. My good friend, Rita Edmond, is undoubtedly one of the greatest jazz singers in the world today, and as we speak, I'm writing music for her and passing along my knowledge of music theory in order to ensure that she'll be prepared to carry on the tradition of Ella, and Sarah, and Dinah Washington in a fashion that befits their memory, and her own.
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When I got married (when I was 21 years old, and my late wife, Valdie, was 19 ), I sacrificed my own ambition to be a professional musician, to stay at home and try to become the kind of father that could ensure that my kids and grandchildren would grow up to be better than myself - and they are. So while there are a handful of people who may think I’m formidable, they haven’t seen nothin' yet. My greatest contribution to our people still lies dormant, feeding, growing, and absorbing knowledge within their cocoon.
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So when my crop comes in, you’ll no longer have to ask, who am I. You'll know who I am - one hell of a farmer, but a simple farmer, who tills the soil to ensure the viability of his people.
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LEGACY
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Neither scholar nor the head of state,
The most common of men seems to be my fate;
A life blistered with struggle and constant need,
As my legacy to man I bequeath my seed.
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More fertile, more sturdy, these ones than I,
This withered old vine left fallow and dry;
The nectar of their roots lie dormant still,
But through their fruit I'll be revealed.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE, KAVANAUGH, BECAUSE WE’LL BE BACK - AND THIS TIME WITH A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE, KAVANAUGH, BECAUSE WE’LL 
BE BACK -
AND THIS TIME WITH A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
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NO HELPLESS WOMAN SHOULD EVER 
HAVE TO LOOK UP AT THIS BRUTAL FACE
I placed a comment online reflecting the title of this article, “Don’t get comfortable, Kavanaugh.  We’ll be back, and this time with a criminal investigation.”  In response, a gentleman online said, “Sadly, the whole point of this was about political power not rape. They aren't returning for him. It'll go away with time until the next political run.”
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I beg to differ with that response. The Kavanaugh episode represents a unique moment in American history for several reasons. The first is because of the nature of women. The women of this country are mad as hell, and that’s bad news for the clueless GOP.  As a widower who was married for 34 years, I know for a fact, that women don't forget. My sweet and loving wife, Val, made me pay, in my late forties, for stunts I pulled when we were teenagers.  She’d say,  "Do you remember the time when . . .?”  Due to my masculine arrogance, in many cases the incident was so insignificant to me at the time that I didn’t remember - that is, until she brought down the hammer to jog my memory. And in every case, I paid dearly because she remembered every detail, and with the clarity of an incident that might have happened the day before. 
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While men tend to condescendingly refer to women as “the gentler sex,” that’s a myth. It’s a delusion manufactured to accommodate our masculine arrogance. As men, we tend to purposely ignore the fact that all of the “great men” of history (including Jesus), were raised by women, and that’s where their thoughts and philosophies originated. While their fathers were out trying to be masculine and great, it was their mothers who groomed their minds. So in a very real sense, it’s women who control this world. 

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THIS IS A CONSERVATIVE'S VIEW
OF A WOMAN'S PLACE 
Our human society is structured much like a colony of bees, males are simply the labor force, while it is women who are the queens.  But Women have the innate common sense to allow men to massage our childish egos by strutting around like peacocks taking credit for all of human progress, while women quietly go about the business of keeping humanity in tact. They have the good sense to give men the bragging rights, while they consume the honey of our labor and keep humanity moving forward.  But the fact is, everything a man does, from strutting around on the football field in  skin-tight pants, to flying to the Moon, he does it to impress women, the queens of humanity. That's why we try to limit them. We don't want women flying jets, or in competition with us and diminishing our accomplishments, we want them standing on the sidelines applauding us in awe as they watch us soar over head. But women are simply allowing us to indulge our delusions.  A perfect example of the power of a woman's mind is the fact that when Barack Obama graduated from college, it was Michelle who groomed and mentored him. The Washington Post reported in its article, When Michelle Met Barack, “The fact that she was Obama's mentor made her feel self-conscious. She often recounts how she resisted when Barack asked her out . . .”  
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Thus, while women may not be as physically strong as men, when nature gives one living organism an advantage over another, it gives the other the means to compensate for it, and more often than not, quite effectively.  In the case of women, nature’s balancing act involves their strength of character and intellect, and that balancing mechanism was clearly on display in the Kavanaugh hearings. While Brett Kavanaugh was alternately roaring and beating his chest like an angry beast one minute, and then blubbering like a wounded child the next, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford simply stepped forward and quietly asked, “Would you pass me some caffeine, please?” Thereafter, she proceeded to drag Brett through the mud like the immature and bratty child that he was, and his immature response demonstrated that he continues to be.
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When Dr. Ford was done with Kavanaugh, his public persona was in tatters. She quietly, and quite methodically, completely demolished the image that he had carefully cultivated over his entire career.  If he lives to be ninety years old he'll never be looked upon in the same way again. Before our eyes the myth of a solemn, dignified, and respected jurist was ripped apart and replaced with the image of a childishly irresponsible, and recklessly narcissistic individual on the order of a Donald Trump (in fact, he actually seemed to channel Trump during the hearings) - and that was no small feat by Dr. Ford for just one morning of testimony, and she never raised her voice above a whisper. Then, instead of Kavanaugh having the simple common sense to try to salvage what was left of his completely demolished judicial image, his testimony only served to ratified Dr. Ford’s allegation of his inclination toward brutish and childish behavior. The only thing missing from Kavanaugh’s testimony was a slurring voice and a bottle of beer. It left one forced to ask, is this nomination a joke? What kind of judgment and judicial temperament is this!!!?
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Kavanaugh’s behavior before the entire world just screamed that this man lacked the judicial caliber and temperament to be elevated to a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.  So Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court not only tarnishes the court, but further tarnishes our entire government with the roguish criminality of Donald Trump. Because it is abundantly clear that if it were not for the irresponsible self-service of Donald Trump, along with the GOP’s collusion in trying to help Trump escape the consequences of the Mueller probe, this nomination would never have gone forward. Any president with clean hands and common sense would have immediately withdrawn Kavanaugh's nomination. But not Trump, his need to protect his own self-interest far outweighs even a fleeting concern for the nation, so one could all but hear him asking the power-hungry Kavanaugh, “Do I have your loyalty?” It was an absolute atrocity, and based on the public’s response to Kavanaugh’s testimony, the vast majority of Americans agree with that assessment. 

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THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
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In spite of the fact that Donald Trump was supported by 81% of White Evangelicals, The National Council of Churches, an organization which represents over 100,000 congregations and 40 million churchgoers issued the following statement:
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The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately.
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We note several reasons. During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation. We are deeply disturbed by the multiple allegations of sexual assault and call for a full and unhindered investigation of these accusations.
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In addition, his testimony before the Judiciary Committee included several misstatements and some outright falsehoods. All citizens must be expected to speak truthfully when under oath, however, this is especially true for anyone who seeks a seat on the Supreme Court.
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Moreover, Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive judicial and political record is troubling with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections. This leads us to believe that he cannot be an impartial justice in cases that are sure to come before him at the Court.
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Therefore the National Council of Churches calls for the withdrawal of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court immediately.

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In addition to the Protestant Church, America, the primary Jesuit publication within the Catholic Church has withdrawn it’s support for Kavanaugh as well, saying, “While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn.”
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THE GROSS VIOLATION OF POLITICAL NORMS
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THE GOP VS WOMEN
BAD MOVE, FELLAS
Another reason that the American people must revisit this Kavanaugh atrocity is that Trump and the GOP have upset far too many political norms in order to shove Kavanaugh down our throats. Clear thinking and fair-minded Americans simply can’t allow the GOP to get away with this gross assault on our democracy.
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Even the conservative Weekly Standard pointed out that Robert Carlson, President of the American Bar Association, asked senators Grassley and Feinstein in a letter on September 27 to withhold the vote on Kavanaugh until the FBI could investigate, citing “the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law.” In addition, the dean of Yale Law School released a statement the following day that called for “a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.”  Robert Carlson, representing the ABA went on to say, “Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”
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Yet, in spite of all of these reasonable and common-sense appeals for simple fairness and adherence to democratic due process, Trump and his GOP cohorts steamrolled right over all appeals for fairness and common decency to shove Kavanaugh down America’s throat, whether we liked it or not - and then, in a historic display of gross hypocrisy and deceit, accused the Democrats of obstructionism! Thus, this one episode has completely outed the GOP. It has clearly demonstrated that the GOP has absolutely no respect for the intelligence of the American people, or for the principles of democracy.  It also shows that the GOP will ALWAYS give the conservative agenda priority over what is in the best interest of America.
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Clear evidence of that fact is, first, the GOP withheld 90% of the background documents on Kavanaugh’s career, which is clear evidence that they had plenty to hide. Then in spite of the fact that Mitch McConnell denied President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, even an interview, and held the seat hostage for well over a year, all of a sudden the GOP became so frantic to rush Kavanaugh through that they attempted to deny the FBI the time to do any investigation at all. Then when they were FORCE to allow the FBI to do an investigation, they placed such severe restrictions and time limitations on it that what they called a supplemental investigation turned out to be nothing more than a transparent farce designed to give senators cover for the atrocity that they had every intention of carrying out regardless of the results.  
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Donald Trump flat-out lied to the American people when he said the FBI was given free-rein to interview anyone connected to the Kavanaugh case. The secret results had barely come in before NBC reported that the “FBI has not contacted dozens of potential sources in Kavanaugh investigation," and that literally dozens of witnesses were not interviewed. NBC went on to report that "With the investigation winding down, multiple individuals who have tried to contact the bureau have not heard back.” The FBI was not allowed to interview many witnesses who were clamoring to be heard, and that’s in spite of the fact that there is solid evidence that Kavanaugh perjured himself before the senate.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/dozens-potential-sources-information-have-not-been-contacted-fbi-kavanaugh-n916146
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KAVANAUGH COMMITTED PERJURY DURING SENATE TESTIMONY
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Kavanaugh testified during his testimony that he first heard of Deborah Ramirez’s allegation that he exposed himself before her when it came out in the New Yorker article in September, but text messages show that he was communicating with friends about the allegation in July.
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“In the days leading up to a public allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to a college classmate, the judge and his team were communicating behind the scenes with friends to refute the claim, according to text messages obtained by NBC News:
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“The texts between Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, both friends of Kavanaugh, suggest that the nominee was personally talking with former classmates about Ramirez’s story in advance of the New Yorker article that made her allegation public. In one message, Yarasavage said Kavanaugh asked her to go on the record in his defense. Two other messages show communication between Kavanaugh's team and former classmates in advance of the story.”

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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/mutual-friend-ramirez-kavanaugh-anxious-come-forward-evidence-n915566
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And finally, even after the GOP limited the FBI investigation to a mere farce, once the “investigation” was completed it was kept secret from the American people. The senators weren’t even given a copy of the completed investigation. Senators were forced to go to a special room just to read it. So the question is, who do these Republican politicians think they are to tell the American people what they can and cannot see!!!?  We paid for that investigation, and, we pay their salaries! - and far too much, I might add.
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What this sad episode in our history clearly demonstrates is that the Republican Party has become so arrogant in their newfound power that they’ve forgotten their place, and it’s time for the American people to remind them of it. What these politicians fail to realize is that they are not our masters, they’re our EMPLOYEES, so the American people would be absolutely remiss not to DEMAND to revisit this issue and point that fact out.  

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So once again, Brett (or maybe I should say, Bart), don’t get too comfortable because we’ll be back - and this time with a CRIMINAL investigation.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

REGARDING THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS, HYPOCRITICAL, AND IRRESPONSIBLE GOP

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

REGARDING THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS, HYPOCRITICAL, AND IRRESPONSIBLE GOP
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I have a rule of thumb that has served me well throughout my adult life, and it’s quite simple - never trust the self-righteous. Self-righteous people are invariably the most malevolent people you’ll ever meet, and that tends to hold true regardless to whether we’re talking about politics or religion, and there’s a reason for that. The self-righteous tend to project their own character flaws upon others, so if you ever want to know what conservatives are up to, you simply pay attention to the offenses that they're accusing others of committing.
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A perfect example of that is how conservatives often refer to liberals as "Commie sympathizers," yet they enthusiastically support Donald Trump who's all but a Russian ambassador. They also tend to refer to liberals as "Godless heathens," while they support the kidnapping of children from their parents and putting them in cages. So it's no surprise that a full 81% of all White Evangelical Christians voted for Trump, because they've never seen a rapist (Kavanaugh, Trump) or child molester (Roy Moore) that they didn't think needed to be elected to office. Thus, in their assessment of others they tend to say, “Aw, they’re full of crap; I know what they're up to.” The reason they feel that way is because they assume that everyone is just as devious in their motivations and as flawed as they are, and then they delude themselves into believing that they’ve managed to turn their own character flaws into what are merely useful tools to assess others. So essentially, they believe that other people are evil, but their own malevolence is a valuable source of wisdom.
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That attitude is a fundamental part of conservative thinking. That’s what contributes to the gross perversion and religious zealotry living side by side within people Roy Moore, the highly religious child molester, and the murderous bigotry and greed living under the guise of patriotism in people like Dick Cheney and Donald Trump, and there’s a constant display of that exact same kind of delusion, malevolence and hypocrisy running throughout conservative history.
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Conservatives have suffered from this collective flaw, this blind spot in their character, going all the way back to the very beginning of this republic. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Alexander Hamilton, one of this nation’s most conservative founding fathers, believed that the rich and "wellborn" should be given a "permanent share in government." He said:
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“All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people…. The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class [the rich]a distinct, permanent share in government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second [the people], and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government.”
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Hamilton supported a lifetime appointment of the President, after being selected by congress, instead of the people.  Can you just imagine that, Donald Trump FOR LIFE!!!?  But America dodged that bullet during the Federalist Convention that took place between May 14 and September 17, 1787.
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Since most of the founding fathers came to America to escape the aristocratic class system in Europe, Hamilton’s desire to preserve the class system was resoundingly defeated in favor of an unfettered democracy, but that didn’t mean that people of Hamilton’s point of view would quietly go away. Instead, they lowered their profile and continued to pursue their agenda by using their wealth, power, and various strategies to divide the people to achieve their goal, and that’s what we see today.  That accounts for why conservatives tend to be specialists in obstructionism and division, and why the American people ALWAYS suffer under conservative governance.
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During the 70s Howard Hughes, founder of Hughes Aircraft, was world renown as one of the richest men in the world.  When he died in 1976 his net worth was $1.5 billion, the equivalent of $6.45 billion in today’s dollars.  But today, Jeff Bezo, the 53 year-old CEO of Amazon, is reported to have a net worth of $109.9 billion.
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According to the Economic Policy Institute, “CEO compensation increased from $1.5 million in 1978 to $16.3 million in 2014, or 997 percent, a rise almost double stock market growth. Over the same time period, a typical worker’s wages grew very little: the annual compensation, adjusted for inflation, of the average private-sector production and nonsupervisory worker (comprising 82 percent of total payroll employment) rose from $48,000 in 1978 to just $53,200 in 2014, an increase of only 10.9 percent. Due to this unequal growth, average top CEOs now make over 300 times what typical workers earn.”  So, so much for Ronald Reagan and the GOP’s “Trickle Down” theory.  Since Ronald Reagan entered office the rich have become exponentially richer, while the poor and middle class have essentially been marching in place, or in other words, losing ground. 
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The American middle class has been in freefall every since the election of Ronald Reagan.  When I was in college in the 70s my tuition was $6.50 per term, my rent for a  two bedroom apartment with two baths and a swimming pool was $165 per month,  and I received veterans assistance of over $600 per month. Then with my late wife's salary from Rockwell International of over $2000 per month, that allowed me to get an education while raising two children in complete middle-class comfort.  But after the conservative seizure of our economy during the Reagan administration, today young people have to live with their parents and mortgage their future to obtain draconian loans just to get a college degree.
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Thus, conservative Republicans are determined to create Alexander Hamilton’s two-tier society through hook or crook, and their reckless determination to install Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court is clear evidence of that. In spite of their flag pins in their lapels and claims to be super-patriots and Evangelical Christians, they’re more than willing to support an obvious criminal and possible traitor as President of the United States, and a felonious perjurer and an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. Just a moment's thought would suggest there's something wrong with that picture. And yes, I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh tried to rape her. After all, if she wanted to just make up a story, why would she add a friend of the accused, a hostile witness, as being on the scene? That would be stupid. And another thing that's strangely striking is if the allegation wasn't true you'd think that Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, would be anxious to come forward and say, "This woman is lying on my friend," but instead, he said he doesn't want to testify.  Could that be because he doesn't want to take the chance of going to jail for perjury?
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So again, the GOP has a history of treason and working against the interest of the American people to promote their own malevolent interests. Richard Nixon sabotaged President Johnson's peace talks with the North Vietnamese in order to help him in his campaign for president. That caused the loss of countless American lives. Ronald Reagan later made a deal with the Iranians to continue to hold Americans hostage until after his election, and they were released as he was taking the Oath of Office. In addition, he flooded the inner-cities with crack cocaine to support his illegal war in Nicaragua. And then during the George W. Bush administration, Dick Cheney leaked the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in retribution against her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, after he investigated and then revealed that the pretext of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was a lie. And then there was the letter signed by 47 Republican senators to Iran:
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“As first reported by Bloomberg's Josh Rogin, a group of 47 Republican senators signed a letter addressed to "the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," warning them not to be too optimistic about ongoing negotiations with the Obama administration over Tehran's nuclear program.”
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So the bottom line is, while President Obama was in negotiations with Iran to prevent their further development of nuclear weapons, 47 Republicans senators signed a letter warning the Iranians not to sign it.  The reason for that is since the fall of the Soviet Union they need a "Bogey Man" to justify their huge military budget that they're using to transfer the wealth of America into the hands of the top 1% of the population.  That's not only against American interests, but flat-out treason.
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And then finally (so far), NYmag.com reported the following:
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"Shortly before Trump’s inauguration, according to Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, Israeli intelligence officials gathered at CIA headquarters, where they were told something astonishing: Russia, the agency believed, had “leverages of pressure” over the incoming president. Therefore, the agency advised the Israelis to consider the possibility that Trump might pass their secrets on to Russia. The Israelis dismissed the warning as outlandish. Who could believe that the world’s most powerful country was about to hand its presidency to a Russian dupe? That the United States government had, essentially, fallen?
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"A few months later, Trump invited Russian diplomats into the Oval Office. He boasted to them that he had fired “nut job” James Comey. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” At the same meeting, Trump passed on to the Russians a highly sensitive intelligence secret Israel had captured from a valuable source inside ISIS. It was the precise danger Israel had been cautioned about."

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DRAFT-DODGIN' DONNIE
So flag pins notwithstanding, when it comes to blatant hypocrisy - especially regarding their professed love for America - conservative Republicans tend to be a most rare and highly disingenuous breed. They live to wrap themselves in the flag as if it's their personal security blanket, yet, when it comes to their horrendous assault on the nation and the American people - like shutting down the government, needlessly putting our troops in harm's way, refusing to support our vets (after they've outlived their usefulness on the battlefield), continually holding the American people hostage for the benefit of their wealthy cronies, and their blatant obstruction of any and every attempt to provide economic relief for the average American - they're prepared to engage in the most ridiculously illogical contortions to try to justify their unconscionable behavior.  Even as we speak they're trying to take away the benefits of the American people, such as social Security and Medicare, to pay for their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to the rich. They treat the American people like we're stupid.  They slap us in the face, and then lecture us for causing them to injure their hand.  

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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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