The flags of your fathers

So much going on this week and The Public School Graduates are unable to podcast this week. I know, THIS was the week you were planning on listening, liking and sharing. Well fear not because the “smart” one, Ben, will give you a little something something to chew on before the next show.

Who knew people cared so much about a flag?

So a brief history from somebody who spent most of his childhood vacations at civil war battle fields: About 150 years ago the United States decided to split horizontally at the middle of the country like so and fight. Why? Well, you can go to this website and see ALL of the reason why the South seceded from the North.

All caught up on your history? Good, lets talk about what happend then and whats going on now

I’m sure you read (if you bothered) that one of the biggest reasons the civil war occurred was the North’s insistence to end slavery which the South thought would cripple their economy. Southern states began to leave the Union and set up their own thing, complete with currency, bill of rights and FLAGS. Yes, new state flags because “Screw the Yankee’s”. This is where we get the “confederate flag” every downriver, white trash hillbilly likes to throw up on their pick up truck. This flag was not apart of any state, it was a battle flag used on the, wait for it… BATTLEFIELD. This was common in those days since the digital age is a few years away from being developed and Commanders needed to see where they sent their men. Fast forward five years and you get the conclusion of the South surrendering and the North putting up with them. Oops, spoiler alert southerners

So now i’m going to simplify things for everyone

  1. I’ll go ahead and state the obvious, THE SOUTH LOST. You holding onto that flag of a losing side is like being proud of being #2 and we all know what a #2 is
  2. If you’re number two, what is this pride you speak of? Were you proud of the ongoing segregation into the 1960’s? The rise of the KKK? Speaking of the KKK, WHAT IS THEIR SYMBOL?
  3. trea·son
    ˈtrēzən/
    noun
    the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. -Are you with US(A) or against US(A)

For the other side

  1. Better late than never to want to pull a flag down thats been flying for 150 years, right? As far as I can tell the flag brought up some strong emotions before a shooting right?
  2. To the “heroes” out there…WHERE WERE YOU A MONTH AGO? You couldn’t climb a flag pole and cut the flag down in May? Hey Apple, if a civil war game has an American flag icon for the Union and a confederate flag for the confederacy, THAT IS OK. That is history, what are you going to change the icon to a KKK emoji?

With all that being said, taking the flag down should have been done years ago, like when Sherman marched his troops through the south and burned everything in his path. The south has been getting away with flying the flag for way to long and they’ve become accustomed to their stupidity but that doesn’t make it ok. Don’t see too many nazi flags flying in Germany do ya because, you know, German pride? Germans fly the German flag, like how AMERICANS fly the AMERICAN flag. Southerners, you’ve had your fun and now its time to show your fellow Americans some respect for once and join the rest of us in the 21st century

-B

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At what cost

I just spent the last three hours reading over the Senate CIA Torture Report. It was disgusting, offensive and disheartening to say the least. I remember after the September 11 attacks how scared everyone was. We were frightened of the unknown, the fear of another attack and so much more. I then remember the resolve of the American people! We got back to the grind, chanted USA and vowed that the terrorists wouldn’t  win! We would not change our way of life. We would continue to be the greatest country in the world.

After reading this report I have to wonder did the terrorists win? The United States tortured people for information. It was easy for us as citizens to look the other way and defect the fact that the country we love was now acting as terrorists, after all the people being tortured weren’t human they were animal terrorists who hated us. As I read the report of waterboarding, rectal feeding, days and sometimes weeks of sleep deprivation, lies to the american press, public and even President. I wonder even if it would have worked (and by all accounts it didn’t) would it have been worth it? Is saving American lives worth giving up what makes us Americans? Is our government turning into what we are fighting worth the fake sense of security it provided?

I’m of course proud to be an American (as I type that I cant help but sing the Lee Greenwood song in my head), but I am not proud of how we responded. I am ashamed that a country that has sent thousands of soldiers to fight and die in wars to help give people freedom would do all of the disgusting things I read in the report.

 

– A Concerned Citizen

Mozilla doesn’t know what diversity means!

Mozilla doesn’t know what diversity means
As many already know, the CEO of Mozilla has resigned. A statement from Mozilla read:
“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”
Apparently they only support free speech when it is convenient. Brendan Eich didn’t make any homophobic remarks, he didn’t fire anyone for being gay, and he didn’t refuse to hire someone for being gay. As a company, Mozilla provides the same benefits to same sex couples across the United States, even in states where it isn’t mandated, a policy that was to continue with Mr. Eich as CEO. All Mr. Eich did was donate $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, the amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage. The amendment passed and was later overturned as unconstitutional, a decision that I happen to agree with. I am an open supporter of the LGBT community. I support marriage for all! I support equal rights! I also support the freedom of people to support causes that they believe.
The statement later said:
“Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”
That leads me to ask: does anyone at Mozilla know what diversity is? Do they own a dictionary? Have they ever Googled the word? To be honest I don’t own a dictionary either, but I did Google it. According to Webster’s online, Diversity is: “The condition of having or being composed of different elements: VARIETY; especially: the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.” To me this means that people are allowed to have different opinions as long as they are respectful. Mr. Eich wasn’t disrespectful. In forcing him to resign under pressure from OKCupid.com and other websites, Mozilla showed that they have no intention of being diverse! They want a group of likeminded robots.
It isn’t always easy to stand up for freedom. I often defend drugs, bigots, homophobes and flag burners. I don’t agree with these people but I do believe in freedom and true diversity. I encourage people to have independent thoughts, be respectful of each other and have conversations. I agree with Mozilla’s inclusion and diversity policy which states: The Mozilla Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself or how other perceive you: we welcome you. Some Mozillians may identify with activities or organizations that do not support the same inclusion and diversity standards as Mozilla. When this is the case:
(i) Support for the practices must not be carried into Mozilla activities.

(ii)Support for exclusionary practices in non-Mozilla activities should not be expressed on Mozilla spaces.

(iii)When 1 and 2 are met, other Mozillians should treat this as a private matter, not a Mozilla issue.

The only problem is that Mozilla doesn’t agree with this policy.

Stick to Sports…Or Maybe Just Stick It

Thanks to Huffington Post blogger Lev Raphael for bringing it to my attention that Mitch Albom is talking again. Frankly, I thought he was dead. Guess I was wrong.

Raphael’s article Mitch Albom Thinks Marriage Equality Undermines Marriage does show that Albom is out of touch, though — but that I knew. Albom’s recent drivel uses (get this…) heterosexual divorce to argue against gay marriage:

“We live in a country where nearly half of marriages break up. And if you think that will be any different in gay marriages, think again. People are people. Fights, losing interest, losing passion, finding someone else — do you think this is the sole purview of heterosexuality?”

Way to go, Mitch. Well done.

I like the way Albom not-so-subtly reveals who his audience actually is.

“The only thing we can be certain of is that all of this will land in the U.S. Supreme Court soon. Meanwhile, can we at least agree that, no matter what we think of someone else’s marriage, we could all put more emphasis on our own?”

Sure, Mitch. Sure. All of the straight people who are allowed to have a marriage should put more emphasis on their own marriage, rather than writing columns that argue against the marriages that other people aren’t even allowed to have.

I’m particularly amused by Albom’s justification of the feelings and actions of all of the poor heterosexuals who have to deal with this issue.

“No wonder people are confused. In the end, folks just don’t want to feel threatened or bullied. Many gays have long felt bullied by society; many heterosexuals now feel bullied by a new ideology.”

Raphael responds to this asshattery by questioning how Albom “can even seem to buy into the false notion that people seeking equal protection under the law is a ‘bullying ideology’?” But Raphael is nicer than I am (which is perhaps at least in part why he writes for the Huffington Post and I do not). You see — bullying and metaphors are things that I know all about, and Albom’s statement here is nonsense. Why? Because those in support of gay marriage are not marauding around to steal lunch money from heterosexuals. Those in support of gay marriage are simply asking the bullies to return the lunch money that they have already stolen.

Albom himself admits that “I may never fully understand the same-sex marriage issue.” From what I can see, that’s probably true. And that’s why Albom should probably stick to sports. Or just stick it.