1) This past week I read all about having a white Christmas. Unfortunately, the white involved had nothing to do with snow and was all about the color of a person’s skin… that is, one person and one mythological being.
Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly was first up when she insisted, on her show last Wednesday night (12/11), that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white. Kelly first said, “For you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” Then she added, “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change… I mean, Jesus was a white man, too.”
She later defended the remarks as “tongue-in-cheek” and claimed critics were trying to “race bait.”
Then over the weekend, I read how students at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho (New Mexico) were allowed to dress as Santa, elves or reindeer as a way to bring an air of Christmas festivity to the classroom. But, when ninth-grader Christopher Rougier showed up as Santa, a teacher asked the child, “Don’t you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?”
A weekend article reported that school officials in Rio Rancho said the teacher allegedly self-reported his actions; admitted making a “dumb” mistake and apologized to Rougier’s family. They added that the teacher was disciplined but no word of what the discipline was, was forthcoming. In fact, the article said that the teacher was still teaching, just without young Mr. Rougier in his classes.
However, according to USA Today Network, on Tuesday evening (12/17), Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely said the teacher made “a stupid mistake”; had been placed on paid administrative leave and that an investigation is ongoing.
Dad Michael Rougier, however, is still pissed. He told local media, “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing (the Santa outfit) out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.” Rougier added that he is still concerned about the teacher and his attitude towards minorities because, “If he has that attitude, how is it affecting students, studies, grading habits, trending toward Caucasian kids?”
Because his son is autistic, Rougier says that he took the teacher’s words to heart, and felt as if he had done something wrong by wearing the Santa beard and hat.
Rougier told local TV station KOB: “If it’s not for parents like me in interracial families to stand up and say it’s time to stop this; it’s time to stop.”
I could take the whole WTF column this week and still not even touch the tip of the iceberg on this topic… but… let’s go to an expert: Harvard Professor Laura Nasrallah, an expert on the New Testament and early Christianity.
Nasrallah tackles Santa Claus’ ethnicity first and says, “Saint Nicholas is born into a family that probably considered itself to be ethnically Greek but in an area of the world that we now call Turkey. Historically, you can’t import a category like ‘white’ into fourth century Asia minor.”
Nasrallah ultimately concludes that “Megyn Kelly is part of a long tradition of fighting over Santa’s legacy (including ethnicity) but she’s not standing on much historical ground.”
She concludes, simply, that Santa is a mythical figure and therefore has no race what so ever.
Then she turns to the Jesus issue and says “When people write about the historical Jesus… he ends up looking like the people who are writing. We hope that Jesus looks a lot like us.”
In essence, let’s face facts, according to what many people accept as fact, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and as such was of Middle Eastern descent. So, in no way, shape or form was Jesus white. He, in fact, was probably very dark-skinned, with dark; close cropped, or curly, hair… not at all like the European depictions that we Western peeps usually see Jesus as being.
Nasrallah then sums it all up by saying, “In some ways, what (Kelly) said gave us a good ground for a national conversation about how we understand race as a function in Christianity and whether we think that great historical figures look just like us… and, if so, what does that say about who we are?”
That some of us are a bunch of ethnocentric dumbasses? Okay… I’ll just say it… racist assholes.
2) Maybe, this only happens in Texas the land of the sometimes weird when it comes to legal stuff, (Someday, remind me to tell you how Gov. George Bush turned $600,302 into $14.9 million) but, it seems a young person from a family of wealth was recently sentenced to 10-years probation after killing four people.
Ethan Couch, 16, back in June, while blacked-out from booze and valium and driving a truck on a rural road crashed into a
broken-down car on the side of the road killing the stranded car’s driver instantly, along with three Good Samaritans, a mom and her daughter and a young man of the cloth, who were helping her. Authorities said Couch was going 70 mph on the rural 40 mph stretch, and a breath test showed his blood-alcohol-content was .24 — triple the legal driving limit for someone over 21. His lawyers told a court that the “poor” lad suffered from ‘affluenza’ and blamed the boy’s parents.
How’s that? Well the lawyers said the parents simply gave him everything he wanted and didn’t teach him about the consequences of a person’s acts. Simply put, the lawyers argued his wealthy parents never taught him right from wrong.
Now get this… he not only walks and does no hard time but the lawyers said he needs to be sent to a treatment center that would set his family back… not him, mind ya… about $500,000 a year so he can be helped.
For now, he was set to remain at a juvenile detention center until authorities determined his fate. Poor fuckhead.
Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter due to this shit speck’s actions, said, after the decision was read that “Money always seems to keep [Couch] out of trouble… today… money did prevail. If (Couch) had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”
In other words, if it were you, or me, or some other not so well off folk, we’d be doing time.
A witness for the defense, psychologist Dr. G. Dick Miller, blamed the boy’s parents when he testified that Couch was a victim of the fore-mentioned “affluenza,” or “rich-kid syndrome” that led him to believe money solved everything. Miller said Couch “… never learned to say that you’re sorry if you hurt someone…(but that when you)… hurt someone, you (send) money.”
Marla Mitchel, mom of the mom who was slaughtered, told reporters that “[Couch] is not free. None of us knows what God’s plan is. He has not escaped judgment. That is in the hands of a higher power.”
Well, I hope, to the heavens above, that somehow, some way, and someday soon, an appeal is presented in another court to vacate this asinine, and ridiculously ignorant, decision, and, this young punk is brought to the justice that he so very well deserves.
Yeah, his parents should be made to pay for their own stupidity, their own callousness, in raising this irresponsible child–man, but, in no way should he be allowed to skate from his own act of depraved indifference that took lives and then destroyed countless others in the aftermath…
I am sorry, there is, simply no way that this “person’ was not even vaguely aware that what he did was wrong. He may not have cared, and, maybe he did what he did because he simply could care less about what he did with his life or even others’ lives, but, he still needs to pay the piper in the only way he is capable of now doing so… by paying with his time. He needs to be put in a detention home until he is a legal adult and then in a freaking damn jail doing hard time.
His parents can then take what they own, hock it, and use the funds to start trying to put to bed the grief of the other people involved: the victims… the dead and the living. It will never happen but they can damn well make the effort to try.
Well, well, well… Seems nothing makes a firebrand out of an issue like a political race. And, in Texas there is a governor’s race that now has both candidates …WHAT?! Agreeeing!!??
Seems, Texas citizens are debating that putrid result in the “affluenza” court decision and some are crying out in outrage and want to rise above what a dumbass judge decided when she gave the so-called “affluenza” kid 10 years probation and a period of time receiving counseling in a California treatment facility that offers very plush accommodations with therapy, meditation and yoga. All for the neat price tag of $450,000 which, of course mummy and daddy are picking up. Notice a trend here? Like nothing has changed for this spoiled brat whatsoever… still?
And, the discussion has now reached political issue status in Texas and it has encroached upon the ongoing Texas gubernatorial race between Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. Who, in a show of rarely seen bipartisanship, agreed that the light probation sentence handed down in the trial is an outrage.
Both candidates are saying they would work to change the state’s laws to prevent such unfair (based on economical influence) light sentencing.
Needles to say, I am surprised… hell, I’m shocked… that this turn of events is ongoing in the Alamo state and that now I gots to eat me some crow… just a little because there is still that GWB story I need to tell ya’ll someday… because it seems, even in Texas, politicians can sometimes do what’s right… maybe. Remember it ain’t over until they actually change the laws so these damn judges can’t be “influenced” to deviate from recommended and deserved strong and hard sentencing in cases such as this “affluenza” one that deserved those sentencing guidelines to be followed.
And, this just in: The NYDN has just reported that accroding to NBCDWF5, “The still-devastated relatives (have) filed five separate civil suits against Couch, hoping that if jail doesn’t get a chance to scare him straight, a major chunk out of his family’s fortune will.”
PS: An update on this story says Texas prosecutors cannot appeal a juvy case. Fuck!
Not only Santas in the full red and white Claus regalia but hundreds and hundreds of elves, reindeers, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, pandas (???) and scantily clad Mrs. Clauses in high-heeled boots, stumbling all around town.
Police were out in full force, and handed out flyers reminding the Santas to keep the holiday cheer indoors because drinking in public is illegal. And, of course this NYCPD dictum was largely ignored by those involved, as many of the folks guzzled alcohol out of containers such as soda bottles.
Lt. John Cocchi of the Midtown North Precinct asked that bars not serve the Kris Kringle sots in a letter to bar owners that read, “Having thousands of intoxicated partygoers roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing will not be tolerated in our neighborhood.”
A four-year veteran of the event said, “It started where a few people got together, acted silly and had a couple of drinks. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s this element that it’s attracting the kids that think it’s a bar crawl and it’s really unfortunate… Now you have kids getting drunk, passing out in the street, peeing on the street.”
But, damn it! What about the kids?????? I mean, when I was a kid I only had to go through the trauma of discovering that mommy was putting presents under the tree just that once, and very simple, time. I recovered from my trauma almost instantaneously the next morning as I ripped the paper off my presents… Kinda like my “Oh, well, tomorrow is another day” moment.
But now hundreds of thousands of NYC kids will be traumatized for life by finding out their chubby bearded hero is a stumbling slovenly puke stained pissing drunk. Oh, the humanity….
And, yet, some call this civilized progress, eh?
4) Italian authorities fear radioactive boars may be roaming the countryside. Seems Italian officials have discovered two more cases of the radioactive pigs on the loose in the north of the country. This now makes 29 instances when added to the previously discovered radioactively-poisoned porkers found earlier this year.
There are no nuclear power stations in Italy.
Similar cases have also been reported in Austria, a geographical neighbor to Italy.
Some scientists are concluding that the radiation is probably fallout due to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster when an explosion and fire released and spread large quantities of radioactive particles over much of western USSR and Europe.
But wait… Think it was UFO’s? Or… maybe… some radioactive spiders, from some gone wrong laboratory test, that bit the swine?
5) On Tuesday, (12/17) THE NYDN reported that a Glynn County, Georgia police officer appeared to body slam an elderly woman face-first onto pavement after pulling her over for drunk driving and after she resisted arrest.
Kathleen Mary Allegrone, 70, did in fact scream and try to resist the officer as he escorted her from her car to his police cruiser. But what happened next… and is preserved on video… shocked everyone.
According to a witness who recorded the incident with his cell phone,the police officer lifted the woman into the air and then threw her onto the street. The woman’s face made a loud whack as it smashed against the roadway. The witness added, “The lady was being handcuffed and did not have her arms to break her fall.”
Another witness said, “I was stunned really. I think everyone was.”
The officer in question, Kevin Jones, was taken off patrol while police investigated the incident. But amazingly, he has since returned to full duties, according to The Florida Times-Union.
But, that entire scenario, as an incredulous and sad set of circumstances as it was, is not the most outrageous part of the entire situation rather what happened as the man was using his cell phone to record the incident is… After the cop threw the woman on the ground, another cop walked over to the dude with the cell phone and asked him to stop shooting the scene.
The dude said, “It’s not against the law, though.”
The cop said, “I know it’s not against the law. I’m just asking you not to do it. I cannot stop you but all I can say is that if it was your friend over there or if it was yourself would you want this happening?”
When the dude tried to answer the cop the cop said: “Yes or no, sir! Yes or no, sir!”
Now, it is bad enough that this first dumbass cop had to go and feel so threatened by a 70-year-old handcuffed woman that he had to body slam her to the pavement but then his buddy in blue has to try to bully a witness into not filming the entire episode?
Correct me if I am wrong but what type of threat can a drunk 70-year-old woman ever be to anyone? Especially, if her hands are “tied”?
And, should not his partner be rushing to stop his ass from doing the woman any further harm instead of trying to cover up the episode to protect his ass?
Oh and by the way… Allegrone faces charges for driving under the influence and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers. And, Allegrone’s mug shot, released by the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office Dec. 13, shows the woman’s nose badly bruised with large swaths of blood hardened beneath her nostrils. She was released on bail.
Go figure. I guess she was deemed a risk to flee from the court’s jurisdiction.
6) Whether it was his holiday spirit or just being a genuine nice guy, Zach Randolph provided one lucky fan with a memorable moment on Wednesday night.
While sitting on the bench during the Grizzlies’ game against the Warriors, Randolph noticed a young fan with special needs in the stands trying to get his attention. The Grizzlies forward walked up to shake the kid’s hand and when the boy pointed to Randolph’s warm-up jersey, Randolph took it off and gave it to him.
The Grizzlies did lose the game, but Randolph’s gesture topped anything that happened on the court and made him a winner in the only game that counts… life and brotherhood.
Sometimes, ya just need a reason to believe…
7) And speaking about bi-partisanship politics… seems Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing back, albeit very gently, against conservative groups that blasted the brokered bipartisan budget that he authored with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), before it was even unveiled.
Ryan, who some see as a very real 2016 presidential candidate, seems to have mastered a political necessity… which is while he
nay-sayed from one side of his mouth, he also praised the tea-party-aligned groups, that tried to sabotage the bipartisan budget proposed he helped craft, from the other side.
Ryan said, “You don’t get everything you want in divided government…” but he added that he was “frustrated” with ultra conservative groups which blasted the budget pact. Then Paul said about those same dissenting groups, “I think these are very important elements of our conservative family… But I’d prefer to keep these conversations within our family.”
In comparison to House Speaker John Boehner (and, btw, who knew the dude had a set of balls!) this was mild, as Boehner said “They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous. Listen, if you are for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement.”
Ryan, when asked by the media about John-boy’s comments, said, “I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated, too.”
The budget deal, which passed the House Thursday (12/12) and is widely expected to pass the Senate this week, would be the first bipartisan federal budget to be approved by both chambers of Congress in four years and would avert a potential additional two government shutdowns from happening in the new year.
See what happens when you really don’t give a damn and are not really running for anything as opposed to having future aspirations like being president? Ya just might speak straight from the heart instead lying through your teeth.
Once again, proving that to be a politician is to be an accomplished liar… and, this means all politicians.
You don’t get to higher office without being a damn good liar who has sold some of his soul. Regardless of whom you are… and, while depicting some of the realities of DC’s infighting and lies, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is just a movie, kids. It never ends that way in real life.
8) On Saturday (12/14) the NYDN reported that a “Manhattan cop melted a freezing homeless man’s heart when he gave him the sweatshirt off his back Friday.”
Officer Carlos Ramos said, “I was just giving him the sweater because it was so cold. I saw he was in need and it was my job to help him.”
Seems when Ramos saw the man who was shivering and coatless he asked if the man wanted to go to a hospital or shelter, but he said no. So Ramos said, “I have a thick sweatshirt. Why don’t you take it?”
Ramos opined that “My concern was for him… his concern was for me, staying warm.”
After some discussion, the man finally took the sweatshirt from Ramos.
Ramos told the NYDN that, “I always wanted to help those that need help, protect the city, protect the country.”
And, that, boys and girls, is exactly what it’s all about… Fergeddaboud those other two schmucks… this man is a true cop… a constable on patrol doing what cops should be doing: looking out for the people. And, then go getting after the real bad guys…
9) An article in the NYDN this past weekend said that Lizzy Caplan during a recent interview said of her preparation her for “True Blood” role: “’I was chugging vodka completely naked.”
However, it seems the potato juice may have lowered her inhibitions a tad more than she had expected because she also told her interviewer, “I was so nervous and then I was so drunk that after I shot the scene I was going up to the crew members… I was going up to all of them like, ‘You got a boner! You do! You’ve got one!’ It was horrible. Horrible!”
Hell, if’n I saw her naked and writhing around I’d probably get a tad aroused meself… no shame.
Now, how in the hell do I go about getting a cameraman’s job any way?
10) The world is hearing from Michael Jackson’s children, especially his youngest son for the first time, since the King of Pop’s death. Eleven-year-old Blanket gives fans a rare glimpse of his personality and future plans in excerpts of a video interview posted online and shared with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
If you’re interested I’m sure the video is very easily found online somewhere…
However, the thing.. or the words.. .that caught my attention when I read about the video in the NYDN was when Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, said, “They also say there will never be another Michael Jackson, and I say, we already have one (Blanket). He just has to be trained. That kid is the spitting image of Michael when Michael was smaller.”
Dude, you had your freaking chance and you fucked Michael up enough, as well as your other kids in one way or another… so, stay away from these chidlren and just let them freaking be….
And, he is not a fucking animal to be trained!
These are all drawings… chalk sidewalk art.
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