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Honestly, I think this is one of the best quotes I have heard. I admit it, I am a fan of Nelson Mandela. Don’t get me wrong, I think that he was wrong about socialism and I do know his history. But, the one thing you can’t get away from once he was in a position of power, he didn’t abuse it. He didn’t turn into those despots that are all so common in Africa. I also ask myself would I have thought differently in the same set circumstances.
I do think the world lost a great man yesterday. His past wasn’t always pretty but in the end he did what he could to bring equality to millions who wouldn’t have had it otherwise and he did it through a democratic process. He grew and matured into a man that was able to accomplish things that seemed impossible decades earlier.
People will quibble over whether the African National Congress was the best means of bringing justice to South Africa. They may debate whether sanctions were the right way of pressuring for the end of apartheid. One could point out that Nelson Mandela once embraced violence, but I cannot say that I would not have done the same under those conditions. He later came to realize that violence would not bring down apartheid without destroying South Africa.
One can certainly question whether today’s South Africa fulfills the potential it has for freedom and opportunity. However, there is no doubt that Nelson Mandela was exactly the leader South Africa needed – even if he didn’t start out that way. He was courageous through long years of abuse and imprisonment. He was magnanimous and a force for peace and reconciliation when he was released and catapulted to the presidency. Others in his circumstances have become dictators and authoritarian leaders, exacting vengeance on their enemies. He came to be admired even by those who had once opposed him. The world has lost a great man today.
“After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of msnbc, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
“I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.”
I don’t believe for an instance he regrets what he said. He regrets it cost him his job.
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This is another thing that just sits in my craw. All this hullabaloo about stores opening on Thanksgiving. For the record, I have zero intention of going to the stores this weekend, let alone on Thanksgiving day. But I don’t make a big deal over the ones that do. I have a friend who lives in Texas and I remember last year on Thanksgiving she was posting pictures of her and her kids standing in line to get into the stores. She labeled a few of them as creating memories. She was doing this not so much to get a big bargain, but for her kids to remember those moments spent with mom and dad on Thanksgiving. Again, I wouldn’t do it. But who am I to tell her she can’t or that she is somehow a bad person because she chooses to?
Another thing that really gets me is the total lack of concern for those that work at restaurants that happen to be open on Thanksgiving. There are plenty of people who can’t be bothered to cook a large meal and go out for dinner. Do you think that the dishwashers in that restaurant are getting big tips? Not likely. They too are away from their families. So are the chefs/cooks. What about the cater waiters who go to people homes to help serve meals? Yes that does happen. Do you think that those people don’t have families like the poor abused Wal-Mart worker?
Look, I have long ago thought that the holiday season has become so commercialized that “the reason for the season” has gotten lost. That is the society we live in. That is the society that we have chosen for ourselves. This isn’t be pushed upon us by Wal-Mart. I remember when I was a kid I was in the family station wagon driving to our destination on Thanksgiving morning and my parents being worried about having enough gas to get back home. There were no open gas stations back then. There were no open grocery stores for those items that you didn’t remember to buy on your trip for your family meal. You had to make due. But today virtually every major grocery store chain is open for at least part of the day. Oh yeah, they are primarily unionized so the cries for them aren’t quite as loud.
Yes, Thanksgiving should be about family. But the fact is that people have been working on holidays for generations now. Do you think those football stadiums aren’t staffed? I have a Christmastime birthday and I am a long-suffering life-long Knicks fan. I was trying to decide what to do for my birthday this year and was thinking about going to a Knicks game since I am now back in the New York area. They are playing on Christmas Day. Do you have any idea how badly I want to go to that game? I found about it far too late and it is all sold out and I am way too cheap to pay the exorbitant prices that tickets are going for at this stage, but let me tell you, I would love to be sitting in the stands on that day. Does that make me a bad person? How exactly is that different from Wal-Mart being open? People will be working won’t they?
People decide for themselves what is family tradition and how that time is spent with said family. There are people who have very tight budgets for Christmas gifts and the deals that are sometimes available during these big events are more than they can resist. I have another friend who when her children were young, didn’t have a great deal of money and her daughter wanted a doll. That doll was on sale for three hours on the middle of the night. She got her butt out of bed and went and got it. Why? Because she couldn’t have afforded it otherwise and that was the one thing her little girl really wanted. That was important to her. You may view it a different way, but for her and her daughter it was something special.
This is yet one more example of people trying to use something for a political goal. This isn’t about people missing time with their families. This is about unionizing Wal-Mart. If this were simply about people working during “family time” they would be complaining about all the other businesses that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. When you start worrying about the servers, the dishwashers, the unionized grocery store workers, then we will talk.
A server from New Jersey became a nationwide sensation after claiming she wasn’t tipped because she is gay. How exactly the family is supposed to know if someone is gay or not just by looking at them is beyond me, especially in the world of metro sexual men. But she put a receipt out on social media that showed no tip left on a $93 tab along with a note saying they couldn’t tip due to her lifestyle. She has been getting donations pouring in from all over the country and become sort of like a folk hero for donating some of her windfall to The Wounded Warrior Project.
A family has come forward with a receipt that matches the one that Ms. Morales has been showing off, the problem is that their receipt has not “hateful” note but does include a tip. Actually quite a nice one, $18, close to 20%. The family also has a copy of their visa bill that shows that a charge at that restaurant for that date with the dollar amount that matches the tab plus the tip.
The woman in question said she believes that it started out as a misunderstanding that she thought the hostess told her that her server was named Dan and said
“whoa, you’re not Dan.”
The server story is slightly different:
“oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan. You sure surprised us!”
The family decided to come forward because the story didn’t seem to be going away. I am glad that they did come forward because this young woman is profiting off a lie that she is somehow a victim of bias and hate.
“I just felt like people have a right to know that — it’s fine if people want to donate to her or to the Wounded Warriors, but they’re doing it under a false pretense,”
One would think that this young woman has some sort of agenda. Whatever could that be?
Yep, the man child does it again. He can’t seem to grasp the concept that it isn’t all about him.
H/T Weasel Zippers.
Well this is a hopeful sign from young women. Thank heavens the majority of them found these ads to be not only ineffective, but embarrassing and insulting.
I heard about your comments to the BBC about how racist we are against President Obama. Many “hate” President Obama simply because he is black. Well I don’t “hate” President Obama at all. While I have seen him in person on a few different occasions, I have never actually met the man. It is very hard to “hate” someone who you never actually have met.
What I do despise are his policies and I, for the life of me, don’t get his worldview. That somehow I am responsible for the saving of the collective soul of America. That no matter what I do for charity I am still somehow not doing it the right way, because I am saying that it isn’t the responsiblity of the government. I have always respected your works towards charity. You should be an inspiration to many around the world because you have taken what you have been so blessed to earn and use it to help those less fortunate. If it were up to Obama you would paying a much higher tax rate and the government would be taking care of it. Well, attempting to anyway. You would have far less to give away those free cars. Remember those, the ones that people were so upset about when they found out they had to pay “taxes” on?
Another thing that has left me scratching my head in your statements is you. You happen to be one of the richest black women in the country. Did you get any of that money from the white people who are so racist that they “hate” President Obama? I mean how could you have become so successful and rich beyond your wildest dreams if this is such a racist country? For that matter how did this racist, horrible country elect a black man that they “hate” not just once, but twice? It blows the mind, I mean how can that happen?
I stopped watching your talk show years and years before you decided to move onto other things. But one of the interviews I did watch was when you interviewed President Bush after his book was released. One of the things that struck me at the time was your utter lack of knowledge that President Bush couldn’t just order the National Guard in Katrina, well at least not without violating the law. I guess you have forgotten the hate and the vitriol that surrounded President Bush and the cries of racism about killing the black man in NOLA. Were the people who did this racist against white men? Was it liberal “white guilt” that propelled the calls of Fascism and the Hitler mustaches?
I have thought long and hard about the question if this country was ready for a black president. I have long ago come to the conclusion that the answer is no. But I would suggest to you that you are part of the reason why. Simple dissent of any policy initiative against this president is called racist. You don’t like Obamacare, raaaaacist. You didn’t like the spending of almost a trillion dollars of borrowed money in a so-called stimulus package, raaaaacist. You were against Cash for Clunkers, raaaaacist. You have a problem with the debt almost doubling in the time that President Obama has been in office, raaaaacist. I can only assume that President Obama has been perfect, has yet to make any mistakes, and deserves no criticism whatsoever. Heck, there is even republican/conservative “cord words” now. Who knew? I mean if you are a supporter of the 10th amendment, you want Jim Crow and slavery to be reinstated in this country. Didn’t we just get a lesson on state rights just yesterday with President Obama’s “fix” to the millions of people who are losing their health insurance? The insurance industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the country. The states will have to grant exemptions for them in order for the ”If you like your plan, you can keep it. period.” promise. It isn’t as simple Obama’s magic wand!!!! Imagine that, Oprah. He isn’t omnipowerful. He can’t, just with a stroke of the pen, change laws and regulations. Those state laws about insurance regulations must be raaaaacist too.
I will concede that people in this country are still racist. I will further concede that it has real world effects on some people’s lives. What I hope that you will also concede is that “many” of the opposition that is there towards your good buddy, President Obama, is the normal political process in this country and it isn’t unique to him. It is actually a testament to how far we have come. But people like you and the Sharpton all blacks are a victim crowd, can’t seem to accept that. It must be racist. What else could it be?
I have to wonder Oprah, were you this quick to cry racism when Clarence Thomas was attacked in the hearings for his seat on The Supreme Court? Did you cry out for Presidential Nominee Herman Cain? Do you weep for Allen West and the racism he faces when he gets called an Uncle Tom and a race traitor? I am not sure I have ever seen those statements from you. Did I miss something? Maybe I did. I don’t follow you all that closely anymore. I can’t imagine why that this Oprah. Oh, it must be raaaaacism.
Yes, they are this hypocritical. Apparently when they thought the ads were “fake” and done by some republican group, they were no good. Once they found out they were actual ads they are not only fine with them, they are praising the idea of “discussing birth control”.
There is no way to describe these ads as anything other than demeaning to young adults in this country. All they care about are keg parties, sex without consequences or emotion, and birth control. That is what this administration thinks of you. It isn’t me saying it, it is what they think. You are only worried about partying, having fun, and sleeping around. I guess that is why so little has been done to address the very serious issue of jobs for recent college grads and young people. Who needs those things when they get “free” birth control and do headstands with keg stands?
Heaven help this country. A real life ad about Obamacare.
Read the second paragraph and look at the grade. I understand that teachers have time restraints but Oh My Gosh.
H/T to The MetaPicture
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Someone is in need of a history lesson: This is in Chicago. Why am I not surprised?
If the poor, sick and uninsured are the winners under the Affordable Care Act, the losers appear to include some relatively healthy middle-income small-business owners, consultants, lawyers and other self-employed workers who buy their own insurance. Many make too much to qualify for new federal subsidies provided by the law but not enough to absorb the rising costs without hardship.
What is so very sad is the government knew this and did it anyway. They tore down the house to fix a bathroom. I have been saying for three years the only thing that Obamacare would accomplish is changing who the uninsured is. That is what we spent trillions on.
But for the most part, the mainstream media failed to aggressively pursue the story, taking Obama’s claim at face value without testing it against the facts
Well wonders never cease. They finally admit it. This particular quote is talking Obamacare and the GOP and Tea Party saying for years that people would lose their insurance once Obamacare gets implemented. Well know they have no choice but to admit that we were right. One would hope this would make them check into other things as well. I am not holding my breath on that though.
I was having a conversation with a young black woman who is an Obama supporter.
Her: Are you racist?
Me: Did you like President Bush?
Her: Hell No.
Me: Are you racist against white men? The question is just as ridiculous as the one you just asked. I also don’t like Hillary Clinton, does that mean I hate white women? Believe it or not, there are other reasons besides skin color to not agree with the president’s policies.
The other people around us just busted out laughing.
See if you look hard enough you can find almost anything.