Am I the only geezer in Maryland who remembers the promises of Maryland politicians that if Maryland enacted the State Lottery, Maryland schools would never need another penny of tax payer money? Not one penny. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Think about that the next time you go to vote and find yourself reading a spending Question for school projects.
Hearst Television is very proud of its acclaimed weekly political magazine show “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” – of which O’Brien is host and producer. O’Brien is described as an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. So we have a “documentarian” on a show about “facts.” You would think “truth” would be an important ingredient in this show’s mission statement. Well, you would be wrong if you did.
I’m not a viewer of the show. I just happened to stop while channel surfing on one segment of the show on May 7th. Ms. O’Brien reports –
“Sadly, I’m sure nobody was too busy to miss what Kanye West had to say this past week; tweeting like crazy making controversial comments about race and politics.”
So when you think about West’s opinions associate them with the words “crazy” and “sadly.” Ms O’Brien feels those opinions warrant a history lesson and she is just the person to deliver it.
“Lincoln was elected in 1860 as a Republican. He ran against “southern” Democrats who chose to protect slave owners – this is correct and a high school history class (she said with a wink) would, by the way, have told you that.”
First, Lincoln ran against ALL Democrats because the entire Democratic Party supported slavery. The Republican Party was founded as an opposition to slavery. Lincoln, himself, identified four Democrats as the greatest proponents of slavery. Roger Taney, author of the majority opinion in the Dred Scott case, was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1836 until his death in 1864 who, as a Marylander, was technically a southerner. Franklin Pierce, POTUS from 1853 to 1857 from New Hampshire. James Buchanan from Pennsylvania, the POTUS who preceded Lincoln. Finally, Lincoln names Stephen Douglas – his opponent in the 1860 election, who represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate. So 3 of the 4 greatest proponents of slavery, according to Lincoln, were northern Democrats. Second, even if Soledad is correct that what she said is being taught in our high schools (which I kind of doubt) it is a lie.
“The key thing to know is that over the next 100 years the parties would switch positions on race and civil rights.”
Actually, she goes on to jump from 1865 to 1929, but let me digress a moment to point out that in the aftermath of the Civil War there were almost no southern Democrats in the House or Senate. In that period Republicans passed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that abolished slavery, gave citizenship to Blacks and gave Blacks the right to vote. These amendments were almost totally opposed by those northern Democrats. Also, during this period, former Confederate General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, founded the KKK which was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. In 1920 20,000 Klansman marched in New York City at the Democratic Party Convention to which many of the Klansman were delegates. The KKK flourished during this period of time. And keep in mind, every Jim Crow law was passed by a Democrat legislature, signed by a Democrat Governor and enforced by Democrat law officials.
“The depression in 1929 marked a big shift for Black voters to FDR. It was FDR’s wife (Eleanor) who pushed anti-lynching legislation while FDR himself created the Fair Employment Practices Committee which banned discrimination of African Americans in the defense industry.”
I don’t know what Eleanor did to push anti-lynching legislation, but here are the facts about what the actual President, FDR, did. Shortly after his inauguration in 1933, FDR was anxious to get his”New Deal” legislation passed. He called in all the Democratic leaders to get their support. They offered their support on two conditions. 1 – FDR had to agree to block any and all anti-lynching legislation. 2 – FDR had to agree to deny New Deal benefits to Blacks. FDR agreed. Yes, FDR agreed. Now, FDR could not write legislation specifically identifying Blacks as ineligible for these benefits. But they could exclude jobs from New Deal benefits. And the jobs excluded were those most likely to employ Blacks in those days – farm workers and domestics. For the promise of those tiny scraps Blacks did indeed switch their voting from 75% for Republican Herbert Hoover in 1928 to 75% for FDR in 1936. Meanwhile all the Jim Crow laws of the south remained in effect. Incidentally, the exclusion of farm workers and domestics from S.S. was removed in 1954 by the Republican President, House and Senate.
As to FDR creating the Fair Employment Practices Committee, that is laughable. Soledad carefully structures her words to imply that FDR did that as part of the New Deal. In fact, the Fair Employment Practices Committee was not created until 1941 because, seeing war on the horizon, he wanted to build up our military and he foresaw a large percentage of White men going into the military.
“By 1948 Democrat Presidential candidate Harry Truman runs on a civil rights platform that called for integrating the military and ending discrimination for Federal employees. That caused the departure of many southern Democrats from the Democratic Party.”
In 1947, with an approval rating of 35%, Truman courted Black Americans by coming out in favor of civil rights. Truman hoped he could keep southerners in the Party by making his support for civil rights more rhetorical than substantive, just as FDR had done. At the 1948 convention his strategy collapsed and a strong civil rights plank was forced on him by liberals led by Hubert Humphrey. This resulted in the ‘Dixiecrats’ leaving the party and forming a third party to run against Truman and Republican Dewey.
With Dixiecrats gone, Truman tried to cement his support from Blacks and liberals by issuing executive orders integrating the military and ending discrimination in the civil service. This was BEFORE the election. Truman had been President since 1945 so he could have issued those executive orders three years sooner, but he did it only when he was faced with losing his job.
Here are some facts for you. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Right’s Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act were passed by Republican votes. The proportion of Republicans who voted for those three Acts was much greater than the proportion of Democrats (Republicans were in the minority). If fact, had there been no Republicans in the House or Senate, those three bills would have failed.
“In 1968 it was Nixon’s ‘southern strategy’ that recognized the racial tensions during the civil rights movement and intentionally appealed to White Southerners’ racial hostility.”
Of all of O’Brien’s lies, this is probably the most extreme and heinous. Several Academics have authored books on the lie of Nixon having a ‘southern strategy.’ Nixon did not even court the 5 most southern states because he knew George Wallace would win with the votes of Dixiecrats who abandoned the Democrat Party in 1948. Liberals have advanced the notion that Nixon used dog whistles – code words to appeal to the racism of Whites. The code words were ‘drug use’ and ‘civil unrest.’ But in 1968 drug use was associated with hippies and civil unrest was related to the Viet Nam war protests. All through the 70s, 80s and 90s, as racism decreased in the south, Republican Party registration increased.
“In 2005 the Republican National Committee Chairman (Ken Mehlman) formally apologized for exploiting racial polarization to get votes.”
This is the one and only statement made by Soledad that is true. Not what he said, but the fact that he said it. It just goes to show that the ‘Big Lie’ espoused by the Democrats, the lamestream media and liberal academia had even bamboozled Chairman Ken Mehlman and probably many other Republicans.
“As for slavery being a choice … that’s just so stupid we’re not going to dignify it with an answer.”
I must warn you Kanye, Soledad is using the standard Democratic ‘code words’ to put you on notice. Remember what happened to Bill Cosby when he began to espouse some ‘conservative’ notions. Suddenly women started coming out of the wood work to charge him with sexual misconduct. One of those women wondered before the media why it took so long for anybody to listen to her accusations. That was because the Cos was a good liberal until recently. My advice to you, Kanye, is to shuffle back onto the Democratic plantation as quickly as possible before the Democratic ‘apparatus’ crushes you.
BTW, these facts can be looked up on the internet, but if you want more information borrow Dinesh D’Souza’s movies from you’re local library, especially America: Imagine the World Without Her, and Hillary’s America. You will also prophet by googling the string “youtube dinesh dsouza” and watch some of his college lectures.
So now you know what a lying scumbag Soledad is.
In 1948 two scientists, Ralph Alpher and Robert Herman, predicted the existence of a cosmic microwave background radiation created shortly after the beginning of the Universe. It was important because it would provide evidence for the notion of a “Big Bang origin for the Universe. While that idea simmered through the scientific community – the “Big Bang” was a new idea not yet accepted as the “scientific consensus,” – more mundane things were being researched.
In 1964, two other scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson of Bell Telephone Laboratories were developing equipment that they intended to use for radio astronomy and satellite communication experiments. But they encountered some baffling problems. They kept detecting spurious signals they could not explain. They even cleaned pigeon poop out of their large “horn” antenna, thinking it might be the source of their problem.
Meanwhile, down the road at Princeton, Robert Dicke, who had built some of the equipment being used by Penzias and Wilson, was in the process of beginning a search for the cosmic background radiation predicted by Alpher and Herman. Penzias and Wilson called Dicke to see if he might have any ideas that would help them with their problem. It did not take long for Dicke to realize that Penzias and Wilson had found what he was preparing to search for – the cosmic background radiation. In 1978, Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for that discovery.
Here’s the important thing to remember about this. Penzias and Wilson weren’t looking for the cosmic background radiation when they found it. And when they found it, they didn’t know what it was that they found. And yet they received the Nobel Prize. Weird, huh? Not as weird as Obama being awarded the Peace Prize for doing nothing, but … well … you know
Most people have heard of the mathematician Bertrand Russel’s suggested analogy to demonstrate how evolution operates. He proposed that if a million chimpanzees were to type randomly on a million typewriters for a million years there would be a good chance one of them would produce one of Shakespeare’s classics. Have you ever given that a little thought? Consider –
A million chimps (I’ll use the notation 10^6 as 10 to the sixth power ) typing randomly on a million typewriters.
A novel would be a pretty big challenge, so let’s just see if they can type the first verse of Genesis:
IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.
By using only capitals this verse contains 14 unique letters plus a space and a period –
— I N T H E B G O D C R A V S sp . —
If we give the chimps typewriters with only these keys, they have a much better chance of reaching their goal.
Since the verse has 55 print positions this means that the number of possible Permutations that must be typed in order to have an even chance of typing Gen. 1:1 is
16^55 (1.6^55 X 10^55 = 1.68499 X 10^66)
This number is a little messy to work with so let’s give the chimps another break and reduce the Permutations to
10^66 (that is a “1” followed by 66 zeros)
Let’s also say that the chimps are as fast as a good Secretary and can type (randomly, of course) 120 words/minute. This is 2 words/Second and since the average word has 5 characters then the chimps will be typing 10 characters/SEC. Not only that, but as soon as they’ve typed their first 55 characters, they’ll then be creating 10 new PERM./SEC.
Since you’ve got a million chimps, each creating 10 PERM./SEC., this means they’re creating –
10^6 X 10 = 10^7 PERM./SEC.
OK, so that means that to have an even chance of hitting Gen. 1:1, they’ll need –
———————- = 10^59 SEC
That’s kind of big so let’s convert to years.
One year has 60 X 60 X 24 X 365 SEC. = 31,536,000 SEC./YR.
We’ll give your chimps another break and round up to make calculations easier. (they can create more PERM./YR. This way.)
we’ll say 1 year = 100,000,000 SEC = 10^8 SEC/YR
So the number of years to break even is-
—————— = 10^51 years
Well, since the accepted age of the universe is only 10^10 years, I think we better put some more chimps to work.
Let’s put a billion chimps (10^9) to work. And, we’ll hire faster ones that can type, oh, about 12000 words/min.
That’s 1000 characters/SEC = 10^3 PERM/SEC
That’s 10^9 X 10^3 = 10^12 PERM/SEC
OK, so now to have an even chance of producing Gen. 1:1, they’ll need –
——————— = 10^54 SEC.
10^12 PERM./SEC. —————– = 10^46 years
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10^8 SEC/YR
Looks like we’re going to need more and faster chimps.
How about if we put 1 chimp on every square foot of the earth’s surface
(we’ll assume that the oceans have been paved over). How many square feet will that be?
Surface area of a sphere = pi X r^2 X 4
= 3.14 X (7800 miles / 2 X 5280 ft/mile)^2 X 4
= 3.14 X 4.23 X 10^14 X 4
= 5.3 X 10^15 sq. Ft.
We’ll round up to get more chimps to work and say that the number of square feet = 10^16 sq.ft = 10^16 chimps
Also, we’ll make them typing maniacs and say they can type a billion characters/SEC. This gives us
10^16 X 10^9 = 10^25 PERM/SEC
So 10^66 PERM.
——————- = 10^41 SEC
10^25 PERM/SEC ————— = 10^33 years
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10^8 SEC/YR
I don’t know, we’ve quite a way to go. How about this –
Instead of one chimp on each square foot of earth we’ll stack them up. (we’ll assume that it doesn’t affect their typing to have another chimp on their shoulders.) In fact we’ll stack a billion chimps on each sq. Ft. Of the surface of the earth.
this will take down the time to only – 10^24 years.
So there you go, the chimps have an even shot at typing the first verse of Genesis and it will only take them 100,000,000,000,000 times the accepted age of the universe. Unfortunately, each stack of chimps (each 3 feet tall) would reach out twice the distance to the moon so we would have to remove it before doing this experiment to avoid an unpleasant meeting between chimps and same.
Now, rumor has it that scientists actually tried to perform this experiment. Of course, it was not practical to get a million chimps for a million years so they settled for a thousand chimps trained to randomly punch keys for a few hours each day for a year. Obviously, they didn’t get any works of Shakespeare or even Gen 1:1. They did get three copies of Valley of the Dolls and one near hit with the character string “to be or not to be, that is the burgelmitz.”
Liberals think they have found the key to taking away our 2nd Amendment rights. They have harnessed the power of some “useful fools” to push politicians to do their bidding. And, of course, the liberal media is only too happy to lend a hand. But there should be no confusion out there. This is only about taking away gun rights – it has absolutely NOTHING to do with school safety.
If it was really about protecting our students you might be tempted to examine existing methods of keeping students safe. No system has performed better in the most dangerous environment than the Israeli policy. Yet any mention of implementing any portion of the Israeli approach brings howls of denial by every liberal entity from the Democratic Party to the teachers’ unions. Why? As I said it’s not about safety – it’s about taking guns.
Well, I’ve got a news flash for you. We have excluded God from our schools and our culture and now you are seeing the consequence. Get used to it. IT WILL GET WORSE.
We have sown the wind and we will now reap the whirlwind.
OK, ol’ George Stepinapileofpoopus is up to his old tricks. In his efforts to help the Democrats (with ABC’s blessing) he was in full attack mode against the “Memo” yesterday. To open the show he “interviewed” Adam Schiff, the chief Dem on the ‘Trump Collusion Committee. Now, Adam is a lying scumbag right from the start. Several times prior to James Comey’s public appearance before the committee, reporters asked him if Trump was under investigation. Every time he said he did not know. But when Comey testified publicly he said that he had informed the committee several times that Trump was not under investigation. So every time Schiff was asked if he knew he did, in fact, know that Trump was not under investigation, but lied and said he did not know. Anyway, I’m a little hesitant to say that George “interviewed” Schiff. A better description would be to say that George tossed him some softballs and stood back while Schiff made short speeches.
Then George “interviewed” Will Hurd, a GOP member of the same committee. I hesitate, also, to call this an “interview.” What happened was that George would ask a question, after which I counted at least 10 times he interrupted Hurd’s attempt to answer. Not only did he interrupt, but several of the interruptions were not just other questions. Several of the interruptions were to argue with Hurd about his partially given answer. There’s nothing really new in this behavior. In fact, it is pretty much standard fare for George, his occasional stand in, Martha Rabbits and for that matter, NBC’s Chuck Toad on Meet the Press.
Then George brought in his “round table.” The round table consisted of (counting George) 4 ‘Trump haters,’ 1 GOP ‘never Trumper’ and 1 former member of Trump’s team. So it was 5 to 1. I’ll leave you to gaze into your crystal ball and figure out how that conversation went.