Martin Luther King Jr. and the 2010 Census

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it got me to thinking.  MLK really was a great man and a hero in the civil rights movement.  I am often surprised at how little people know about him.  For instance, he was a life-long Republican and a conservative one at that, if his “I have a dream” speech is representative of his beliefs.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

Dr. King dreamed of a colorblind society.  The ultimate logical extrapolation of the Great American Melting Pot, a concept first penned in 1782 by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur in his Letters from an American Farmer that acquired its common name from the 1908 play The Melting Pot.   He believed that being an American overshadowed an individual’s color, sex, and ancestry.

The Melting Pot view of America was pushed heavily in the 1970s and I’ve internalized it to the point that it is Truth.  It seems blatantly obvious to me that people are the same and deserving of the same respect regardless of their genetic attributes and origins, and the only fair criteria for judging people are their actions and intent.  As a result, I was quite surprised when I was informed in 1990 by an RA in the dorms at Penn State McKeesport that what I believed was no longer true.  She informed me that people were not the same under their skin and should be judged differently because of it.  Later I would learn that this opposite philosophy, which snuck up while I wasn’t paying attention, was called Diversity.

Diversity puts color, sex and ethnicity above being American.  It is a philosophy that divides people and, from my point of view, is indistinguishable from racism.  Considering the following words from Dr. King, I doubt he would have approved.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

And Dr. King would be right not to approve.  Over the last 20 or so years, the progress we made in the 60s, 70s and 80s towards his dream has slowed, if not reversed.  Diversity and its big brother Political Correctness have served to terrify average people, who don’t even understand how to think racially, into tiptoeing on eggshells around anyone that might possibly be different than them.

Such thinking is madness and harms everyone.  Even worse, it’s become institutionalized.  Job applications, school applications, loan applications, and government forms of all types ask us to put ourselves in racial and ethnic categories.  And with our semi-voluntary help, they use that information to divide us further.

A short while ago, I decided to stop helping them do it.  And I’d encourage you to do the same.  Especially when you fill out your 2010 Census form.  As you are probably aware, it is illegal to lie on the Census, so I suggest you fill out your form in the completely honest way that I will:

Race:  Human

Ethnicity: American

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Finally, in tribute to Dr. King and his dream, here’s a video I grew up with and I think he would have enjoyed.


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SwagBucks: Something for Nothing?

I’m skeptical of any “get paid for web surfing” programs, but SwagBucks looks like it could be the real thing.  The way it works is I have to use their Google and Ask based search engine and randomly I will be awarded a “Swag Buck” (or several.)  Swag Bucks can then be exchanged for products in their “Swag Store.” Their website promised not to spam my email and there seem to be many positive reviews.  There’s no way to tell for sure though without trying it.  So, I made a new gmail address and signed up.

I’ll report back once I’ve collected enough Swag Bucks to claim a prize.  My plan is to take the risk, so you don’t have to.  But if you’re feeling adventurous too, here’s a link to sign up.  If you do, please set up a unique email account to protect your primary email.  Just in case.

Example Swag Buck

This appears at the top of the search results when you are awarded a Swag Buck. Higher denominations may also appear, especially during the Swag Day event every Friday.

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Avatar Mini-Review

I didn’t see this movie, but I did see the trailer and that was enough. Here’s my review.

Avatar is a pile of three dimensional computer generated blue poo that looks fantastic, but stinks worse than a 3-day Phish concert. It combines the hackneyed plots of Disney’s Pocohontas and Peter Faiman’s “Ferngully” into an unbelievably ridiculous soup of murderous capitalists vs noble eco-worshiping savages. Apparently, maguffinium is so valuable that it’s worth travelling half-way across the galaxy to get, but the expense of mining in a location away from the only native village on the planet would cut into profits too much.

Score:

Eyeballs 5 out of 5

Brains 1/2 out of 5


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The Daily Show in the Age of Obama

Has Jon Stewart, comedy newscaster, become the greatest investigative journalist of our generation?

It’s a serious question. In between jokes, he asks serious and probing questions that get to the core of issues and uncover unique aspects of news stories. He’s come a long way from the pointless and unfunny “Jon Stewart Show,” and even since the Bush-bashing days of “The Daily Show.”

Perhaps making jokes about a Republican president is too easy. You show an awkward clip and say he’s dumb. But, that tactic would seem “mean” if used to write Obama jokes… So, Stewart and his writing team have had to work hard and research the issues to come up with good material. And guess what? They’re good at it.

If only the “real” newscasters would learn from The Daily Show’s example.

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Click for Video - Note: This was filmed Pre-Climategate!

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Hillary Knows How To End Terrorism – Taxes!

“The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world… We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan.” – Hillary Clinton gloated while attempting to convince Pakistan to step up efforts to catch Al-Qaeda.

Unbelievable!  This is the problem with big government.  I guess this is why the Tea Party Movement is gaining more and more support.

If you want to stop terrorism, just tax everything and then tax it again! Hey, it works great in America. (Click pic for original news story.)

All politicians, Republican and Democrats, should take notice.  If you don’t lower taxes and restrain your spending, you will lose your jobs.  Americans want a smaller and less invasive government.

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Gordon Brown Cries Wolf

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claims we need a new global warming treaty in the next 50 days or… WE’RE ALL DOOOOOOOOMED!!!!

Does anyone actually believe this?  Even if we ignore the lack of evidence that global warming is caused by human activity and that a slightly warmer Earth may be beneficial, what’s the reason for the 50 day time limit?  Exactly why are we all dead if it takes 51 days to forge a treaty?

It seems that PM Brown hired some speech writers from QVC.  This will become obvious in his next address before the United Nations where he will state “The United Kingdom only has 389 boxes of Bigglesworths Treacle and Blood Sausage Flavored Biscuit Assortments left.  Don’t miss these at these delicious biscuits at the special price of 18 quid per box.  Call now because this item is going to sell out in three minutes!  Once they’re gone there’s no telling when we’ll be getting more of these rare items in!”

Buy now or we're all dead!

Buy now or we're all dead!

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Of Bureaucracy and Tyranny

It’s my opinion that government has no business defining personal relationships between adults.

Here’s an example of a bureaucrat abusing his power to tell individual citizens how to live their lives.  Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana Justice of the Peace, recently refused to give a marriage license to an interracial couple.  His reason was the most cliche of all.  “Think of the children!”  Specifically the children that would be born out of an interracial marriage.

Why do we allow these people to have this power over us?  We need to get rid of government sanctioned marriage.  Let’s have a customizable domestic and financial contract between any pair or group of consenting adults instead.  Leave marriage and who qualifies up to the churches and their respective religious beliefs.

Another piece of information about JP Keith Bardwell… apparently he was a Democrat until his 2008 election when he switched to Republican.  I wonder what could have happened in November of 2008 that would make him abandon his political party?

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