Are Words More Harmful Than Actions? A Contrarian’s View

Are Words More Harmful Than Actions? A Contrarian’s View

With all the talk of violent rhetoric inspiring real bloodshed, the recent manslaughter conviction of Michelle Carter in Massachusetts just adds fuel to the controversy. Granted, the case of Carter, now twenty, who urged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to take his own life, is not the same as violent political speech, but the question remains: can words kill? Most conservatives don’t think so, including Rush Limbaugh in a recent rant. But one can also make the case that words do kill, and those whose language is hateful and lethal should be held accountable. Limbaugh adamantly opposed the verdict and hoped that it would be overturned. This sets a dangerous precedent, he said, given that Carter was miles away, urging Roy on via texts. The young man was responsible for his own death. Her behavior was reprehensible, according to Limbaugh, but he went on to lampoon the idea that according to liberals, Roy was a victim. Limbaugh has always been a vocal proponent of the idea that individuals should be held accountable for their actions, and not blame them on the words or persuasion of others. That is, indeed, a hallmark of conservative thought. On the other hand, a hallmark of civilized thought, accepted by everyone but the occasional grenade-thrower, is that you can’t yell ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater. In other words, say pretty much what you want, but not if your words cause immediate, foreseeable harm. Some will argue that the ‘crowded theater’ analogy doesn’t work well here since Carter was not urging a mob to mass violence. True, but to the extent that the analogy does...
Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

In part one I discussed different ways to build a fire.  In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to make a shelter in an emergency. Imagine the following scenario:  You take your family out for a day hike at Mount Rushmore.  You’re having a great time. As you’re hiking along, you look up at the sky and notice it looking little dark.  You tell yourself that you will be okay, as you stop for a quick family picnic. Time gets away from you, and your attention is quickly broken from your family and up towards the sky.  You start to clean up and as you stuff everything back into your bag, a big crash of lightning hits in the area and your children start to panic. You tell your family it will be okay, and to just grab what they can and double time it back to the car.  Since you only planned a day trip, you don’t have a shelter in your bag. The storm is starting to intensify, and you realize you need to take cover and find shelter. This is what I call the worst case scenario that can happen and lucky for you, I am here to help by showing you how to build that life-saving shelter.  Shelter is one of the most important things for survival during an off grid situation.  The rule of three 3’s is a good place to start. You can only survive without shelter for three hours, water for three days, and food for three weeks.   Shelter is very important for survival, and depending on the weather conditions it...
Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

The video is heartbreaking. Moments after she live-streamed the death of her boyfriend at the hands of a police officer, a woman cries as she sits in the back of a squad; her young daughter comforting her, saying “it’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you!” The little girl herself begins to cry moments later. That was July of 2016 in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, following the officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile. Fast forward nearly a year. After a jury trial deliberation, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter. Should people—particularly African Americans—be afraid after this verdict? If you’re on social media, if you watch virtually any mainstream commentary program, blog or show—heck yeah, you should be. As the story goes, a black guy got shot point blank in his car by an over-eager cop after simply reaching for his license, right? But just give me a minute. People, we have to be willing to look at facts, not emotion. We, just as the twelve-person jury (including two people of color) did in a court of law, must look at all the facts; not the simply the ones we think we see, or want to see. If we want a society where we ALL can live freely and fearlessly, we must resist the urge to pass convict via public opinion, and we must be willing to examine tough truths. Let’s dig in. But he was just reaching for his license! That’s where Diamond Reynolds’ Castile’s girlfriend) Facebook livestream starts. And that’s where the court of public opinion kicked in. I’ll be honest:...
Why People Don’t Trust CNN: A Compiliation of Fake News Pushed by CNN

Why People Don’t Trust CNN: A Compiliation of Fake News Pushed by CNN

CNN has earned the reputation of pushing fake news. After a string of bias reports and false narratives, it comes to no surprise that CNN is seeing its overall ratings decline. A list of deceitful and unethical reports by CNN have been compiled to show how they have managed to go from a slightly liberal news choice to a far-left propaganda arm.  However, the list is so vast, they have been condensed to only a small amount. -CNN pretends that a studio is on location in The Gulf War. A leaked video shows a CNN reporter in front of a green screen. -In one interview, CNN said, “Jared Kushner may be one of the people who has to die.” -CNN lied about “hands up don’t shoot” narrative. After the shooting of Michael Brown, CNN claimed Brown had his hands up when he was shot. CNN’s description read, “Authorities said Brown had attacked the officer in his car and tried to take his gun. Others said the teenager was surrendering, his hands in the air to show he was unarmed when the officer opened fire.” When describing the alternate side of the matter, they cite “authorities” and refuse to include evidence and eye witnesses who debunked the “hands up don’t shoot” narrative.  And CNN never recanted, despite a report by the DOJ that debunked their story. -CNN claimed that the Manchester bombing could be a right-wing false flag operation. Terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank, told Anderson Cooper, “in recent months in Europe, there have been a number of false flag plots where right-wing extremists have tried frame Islamists for terrorism.” -CNN...
Waiting on the World to Change

Waiting on the World to Change

Yesterday at work, I was listening to some old music and stumbled upon perhaps my least favorite song in the entire world. No offense to John Mayer, because this is honestly the only song of his I’ve ever heard and detested. His song, Waiting On the World to Change, bothers me for so many reasons, not the least of which is the chord progression. Every time I hear it, I sing, “I’m waiting (waiting!) waiting on the chords to change!” In all seriousness, though, the song is a wake-up call. Maybe that’s John’s point—who knows. He speaks of the lack of action in his generation, not for complacency, but for the feeling that the system is rigged, and there’s no action that can generate change. I get that. I know you get it, too. We’ve all felt that in our personal lives, haven’t we? Maybe you’ve had a medical diagnosis that feels like a death knell. Maybe you’ve lost a job and felt paralyzed by the struggle to find a new means of income. Maybe you desperately long to finish college but cannot afford it and yet somehow you make too much money to be eligible for financial aid. Maybe you have clinical anxiety and each day you fight what feels like a losing battle. There are a million possible maybes, and they are specifically tailored to each of us in our lives. Related: 10-earthlike-planets-found Many times we feel stuck in our circumstances, and the truth is, we just don’t know how to keep going. It hurts; we feel both helpless and alienated. But, it’s not true. Don’t believe it. The...
Liberals and Wall Street– A Statist Love Story

Liberals and Wall Street– A Statist Love Story

Donald Trump became the first Presidential candidate in over 20 years with the courage to challenge the Wall Street financial power structure, when he pointed out the failures of our ‘Free Trade’ agreements. Free Trade is the Holy Grail of Wall Street and the Central Banks, which is the reason no candidate until President Trump has had the courage to even raise the issue, let alone actively negotiate with and compel other countries to give America terms more favorable to American workers. We know that liberal activists are supposed to hate Wall Street greed, and we know that Wall Street does not like President Trumps’ renegotiation of GATT NAFTA. We also know that Wall Street’s preferred candidate by money and deed was Hillary Clinton. Why then, are so many liberals angry about the defeat of the Wall Street candidate, Hillary Clinton, when they should be ecstatic at her loss? It was Hillary, who attached herself at the hip to Wall Street and the central banks, benefiting politically and personally, from their massive financial support and endorsement. Wall Street supported Clinton, and with good reason. It was Bill Clinton who signed Gatt Nafta, defining him as the greatest anti-labor President in American history. Free Trade has shipped much of our industrial base and over 1 million jobs overseas, to the benefit of Wall Street and corporate executives. It was Bill Clinton who signed Glass Stegal, freeing the central banks to create massive profits with massive corruption. It helped to set up the 2008 economic and real estate collapse. A disaster we show little sign of recovering from. Related: gop-rocks-georgia-handel-beats-ossoff-despite-dems-bigbucks-effort Democrats...