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My Blended Self.

Yes, T, we’re still talking about it.  Ice T is right however; why is this a topic?

And yes, I realize I’m not helping.

I’m talking about his wife Coco Austin’s new hair-do.

Twitter exploded last week when Coco posted this picture..

…and named her new do as the Da Coco Side Swoop.

People went C.R.A.Z.Y.

BTW, she names all her dos.

They were enraged because they took it to mean she claimed to have created the hairstyle; one that women worldwide have worn for centuries.  And many were enraged because Coco, a Caucasian woman, had appropriated black culture.

Coco, a reality star married to one of the founding fathers of rap, is known for her figure, her attitude, and her TV show.

But, enough about Coco.  Really, who cares?

Cultural appropriation doesn’t exist. What exists are two things.  Emulation:   when one copies a style, fashion, or tradition; and Fraud:  when one claims to be something they are not.

We’re America; we’re supposed to be a melting pot.

Tracing my roots back as far as I can, I’ve found I’m a genetic stew of beans from around the world.  OK, so most of them are white beans, but they are different beans nonetheless.

And most of the folks in America are as well – the stew thing that is.

How far do we take this cultural appropriation bit?

Can only Italians eat Pizza?

Must Cabbage and corned beef be limited to the Irish?

And if you think I’m giving UP Taco Tuesday, well, ya got another think coming!

Everything in America is a mix of the many.

Our music – Scottish, German, African, Indian, and Native American influences abound.

Food – Southern cooking for example, is a mix of what was here, what was brought in, and what worked.  French bread:  sorry, you’re German!  Don’t touch.

Literature, film, art; none of it boils down to one simple group.

We all own it all.

Give it UP.  Enjoy what we are, and be thankful for the folks who left if for us.

I’m a reflection of those who’ve influenced me, I’m quite ok with my blended self.

Which Is It?

Irony or coincidence.

Generally I have no problem with the two terms.  Much that is called irony is merely coincidence.  But sometimes, I’ll admit it, I get them confused.

So is it ironic or just a coincidence that Illinois lawyer and Presidential Candidate, Abraham Lincoln gave his “House Divided” speech this day in 1858?

In part, Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”

Irony?

Coincidence?

Or both?

You May Want To Look Away…

Some of you may want to look away.

I’m slightly annoyed with this whole recount business UP nawth, and most especially pissed at Dr. Jill Stein.

Now, I have for the most part been quiet on the blog about the election.  Oh, yes, yes, I know, I did a post or two, and I’ve chimed in a time or two on a Facebook post, but I’ve tried – and I’m sure failed – NOT to be inflammatory.

Well, put your flame retardant onesie on.

During the election cycle, in a private exchange on the internet with a family member I jokingly said, “My biggest fear is that now that Mother and Daddy are dead, they will vote Democrat for the first time!”

It was shortly after the James Madison University voting scandal erupted, it was meant in humor, and it was NOT.WELL.RECEIVED.

Not.

Not at all!

The comment back was loaded with sarcasm, I’ll paraphrase, “…sure, sure, if Trump loses the election it will be because of all the dead voters and the illegals streaming in to vote…”

We, out of family harmony, moved on to other topics far less dangerous.

But, the country hasn’t.

Prior to the stunning result of Donald Trump actually winning the presidency, every one – including me – thought he’d lose, and make a fuss like no other when he did.

Well, it didn’t happen that way.

The fuss did.

But not by Secretary Clinton.

Blame can be spread around a plenty, but like I said UP there, Dr. Jill is part of the problem, a big part, and what she’s doing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania is useless, expensive, wasteful, divisive, and just plain wrong.

Frankly, Dr. Stein cares less about America than Putin in my book, and she for darn sure doesn’t give a crap about democracy.

If she did, she’d be recounting a few other places as well.

Like Colorado where Secretary Clinton won by fewer than 72,000 votes, or Minnesota where she received 43,784 more votes than President Elect Trump, or Maine where she won by 20,035.

And what about hard fought Nevada?

She garnered 26,434 more votes than the Republican Candidate in Nevada, and gave him a shellacking of 6,762 votes in New Hampshire.

I don’t see teams of re-counters dashing to those states to assure the American voting public that Democracy lives in Reno, Vegas, or Minneola!

Hmmmm?

 

Here’s why.

Dr. Jill is a spoiler. She cares nothing for democracy, America, American values, or for that matter freedom.

If Dr. Jill had her way, we’d all be living 1984  or Anthem lives.

She’s a socialist who borders on communism.

And she showed her true colors last week when she referred to Fidel Castro as “…a beacon of justice in the shadow of empire…”

Yeah, yeah, I know, I mentioned that one before, but humor me, it’s my blog, and quite frankly, I’m still pissed about it, and everyone needs to realize just how dangerous this woman is!

By expressing her adoration for Fidel in that light, she is telling us what she and every other true socialist believes.

Capitalists, capitalism, freedoms, democracy, and freedom of thought must be squashed.

She thinks it just that Fidel Castro gunned down hundreds of Cuban dissidents after Raul blindfolded them and while Che watched.

She thinks it fair that thousands were imprisoned in Cuba for dissenting.

She thinks it’s just dandy that voting rights were denied there when Cubans were forced to vote and vote for one party – the Socialist Party.

She thinks all that’s OK because that’s the way socialists think.

She may not wield a gun in the revolution, but she’d re-load Fidel’s if she could.

What she’s doing in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania is wrong. She’s doing it to divide America further.

She’s doing it to fill the coffers of the Green Party to allow them a larger voice in the political conversation.

And if any voice needs to be silenced, it’s that one.

The Power of The Multiple of One.

Just over one hundred years ago, the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which at that time was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

One man, Gavrilo Princip, all of 19 years old and a member of the Black Hand, made one move that changed the world for ever.

Earlier that morning the Imperial couple survived a near miss when a grenade was thrown at them.  Unharmed, they headed to the Governor’s house where Franz bellowed, “So this is how you welcome your guests – with bombs?”

After a rest, they demanded to be taken to the hospital to visit those in their party who had been injured by the grenade.

With the original route blocked, the royal caravan had to back UP, and when it did, one vehicle stalled. As luck would have it, Princip, who’d been sitting in a café, jumped at the opportunity, walked across the street, and shot the Austrians at point blank range.

He shot Sophie first and then Franz Ferdinand.  Franz leaned over his dying wife who would not make it to the hospital alive.

The Archduke died within in minutes of their arrival.

Their assassination was the match that lit the fuse that started World War I.  Sure, sure, the arms race, nationalism, imperialism, militarism and the conflicting alliance system were all contributors, but Princip lit the fuse.

gavrilo-princip

Within four years, 17,000,000 were dead and more than 20,000,000 had been injured.

All because of one man.

Be careful of the power of the multiple of one.