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Bernard Goldberg

Bernard Goldberg

In the preceding post, some of the final comments by Larry Sternberg were about the potential loss of certain civil liberties under the Patriot Act. In that vein, I just had to post this additional bit I also read recently. It’s by another Jew, writer/journalist/commentator Bernard Goldberg, who was remarking on this point in regards to the ACLU in his 2005/6 book, 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America (and Al Franken Is #37).

He said,

Sure, at some point, the FBI may ask a librarian for information on what some suspected terrorist was reading. Maybe the suspect will be an Arab and maybe some Arab organizations will cry “discrimination.” Sorry. It’s a small price to pay for living in a free country that happens to be at war. And it would also be nice if we got a little less whining from the ACLU about profiling at the airport and a little more visceral outrage at the Islamic fascists who would like nothing better than to kill every last one of us infidels.

I’m not a lawyer, but I get it. We all get it: If the government is allowed to “trample” on the rights of any one of us, then none of us is safe from government tyranny. To which I say, bull$#!t. We live in a different world than we did on September 10, 2001. It would help if everyone, starting with Anthony Romero and the ACLU [of which Romero has been executive director since a week before the 9/11/01 attacks], would be a little more understanding, a little more flexible, a little absolutist. Right now the number one civil right most Americans care about is the one about our ass not getting blown up by some lunatic who thinks he’s doing it for Allah. We’ll worry about who’s looking over our shoulder at the library when things calm down.”

While I don’t take the possibility of the erosion of civil rights lightly, I think Mr. Goldberg makes a great point. Under circumstances such as this, I am all for the relaxing of certain rights, within reason (according to whom?), as long as it is clearly temporary and not easily expanded either in degree or length of time. As with anything, this requires a watchful eye on our representatives both in Washington and closer to home.

What do you all think?

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Hallmark card that is supposedly racist

Hallmark card that is supposedly racist

This story broke at the beginning of this month, but I didn’t hear or see much about it. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But, I thought it worth noting, so here goes….

You know those expensive greeting cards you can get these days with the sound chip that plays when you open it? Well, Hallmark has one for graduating seniors that they’ve pulled from store shelves all over the country, after being pressured and accused of racism by the NAACP. (It’s been on the shelves for 3 years without complaint, but now someone finally realized it’s racist?!)

The card has a space theme, with two weird little guys named “Yoyo” and “Hoops” talking about planets and solar systems and stuff. At one point, they refer to “black holes”, which some African-American “leaders” at the NAACP hear as “black whores”.

“You hear the ‘r’ in there. ‘Whores,’ not, ‘holes.’ The ‘r’ is in there,” said Minnie Hatley of the Los Angeles NAACP.”

Give a listen… I hear “holes”, not “whores”, even through my computer speakers. What about you?

Nevermind that “whores” doesn’t make any sense in context of the card’s theme. This seems to be another case of oversensitive people with a “victim” mentality, imagining insults where there are none.

Another thing that Leon Jenkins says they have a problem with is the phrase “Watch your back.” What? Is that supposed to be a threat to Black people? Or, just to Black women? Give the card another listen and tell me if that makes any sense.

No, the card is encouraging the grad by telling them they have the power to “take over” the universe — even massive, energy-absorbing black holes. They’re not afraid. It is the equivalent of saying, “Look out, world. Here we come!”

The NAACP did a lot of good in its early days — e.g., fighting against Jim Crow laws and for desegregation during the Civil Rights Movement. But, now it just seems to perpetuate the Black-as-victim, the-Man-is-still-keepin-us-down mindset. When you expect nothing but the worst and keep looking for it in everything, I guess you’re bound to convince yourself that it’s there, even when it isn’t. Honestly, I think Mr. Jenkins is trying to justify his job by finding things to make a fuss about — and, of course, cry “RAAAACIST!”

If they really wanted to do some good, Jenkins et al. ought to promote programs that encourage things like responsibility, self-sufficiency, merit-based rewards, self-esteem (but not at the expense of putting down or distrusting others), not blaming everyone else for you not being where you want to be in life, and an empowering, unafraid, can-do attitude. Kinda like Yoyo and Hoops were doin’.

Of course, it’s also sad that Hallmark was so scared of being labelled racists — despite the facts being on their side — that they caved in. CVS not only pulled the card but promised to “do some things for the black community” to make up for it. Very sad.