This must be right, because I’ve lived in other countries and I know how their languages sounded when I didn’t speak German, Italian, Portuguese or Greek. Hell, I spoke French and words were constantly muddied, because REAL PEOPLE DON’T SPEAK SLOWLY LIKE THEY DO ON THE BERLITZ LANGUAGE LESSONS.
Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as Housing and Urban Development Secretary, setting off an uproar on social media.
In what appears to be an embarrassing pattern of mis-steps on race for the Trump administration, Carson told a room packed with hundreds of federal workers that the Africans captured, sold and transported to America against their will had the same hopes and dreams as early immigrants.
“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” said Carson, speaking extemporaneously as he paced the room with a microphone. “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
OK, let’s deal with a certain flaw in this logic:
The early slaves weren’t thinking about prosperity and happiness. They were facing abuse, torture and murder. And that’s what they expected for their children, because before the civil war, there was no hope for freedom.
Because in this administration, it wouldn’t be news if you didn’t say something stupid (via the Washington Post):
Many advocates of historically black colleges and universities were apoplectic after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called the group of schools forged at the height of racial segregation “pioneers” of “school choice.”
DeVos issued a statement Monday evening after a meeting with HBCU leaders, praising their schools for identifying “a system that wasn’t working” and taking it “upon themselves to provide the solution” from the outset of their founding. …
But the statement did not delve into the historical context behind the creation of HBCUs: that they were a response to racist Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation in the South, barring black students from attending traditionally white institutions. Instead, DeVos said HBCUs are “living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality.”
Let’s turn now to those thrilling days of yesteryear and greater access and greater equality and the awesomeness of school choice:
OK, Betsy. Let’s try again.
Uh, Betsy. Was this “school choice” just happening at colleges?
Shall I continue? Sure, why not?
In the Lügenduck administration, it takes a stupid person to run an Education Department. I believe VSB put it best:
If someone is our there, do we really want them to know how insane thing have gotten since Jan. 20?
Maybe someone is out there, has already found our transmissions and said, “Hell no! Those people are crazy!”
Because look at it this way. Transmissions are radio waves. The first public radio broadcast was on Jan. 13, 1910, and it was music. Since radio waves travel at the speed of light, that means that broadcast has traveled for 107 years or a distance of 107 light years. Pretty far.
Since that time, we’ve broadcast everything from news to entertainment. So an alien civilization tuning in to the radio would think we’re a dangerous place, since entertainment includes science fiction about battling alien invasion (remember “War of the Worlds“?) and murder mysteries, not to mention actual wars and general mayhem that humans seem to enjoy so much..
Then we bring in television, and the first TV broadcast was in 1928 of a ventriloquist’s dummy. Since that time, we’ve broadcast images of war, destruction, murder and mayhem that’s travelled 89 light years. Seeing destruction is much more unnerving that hearing destruction.
So maybe the first thing they saw wasn’t death and destruction, but they caught the first television broadcast in the United States, which happened in 1936. What would civilizations that live 80 light years away from us have seen?
The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Staffers in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said they had been told by colleagues in two DHS departments that the proposal was still being considered as recently as Feb. 10. A DHS official described the document as a very early draft that was not seriously considered and never brought to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for approval.
The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. The document can be accessed at http://apne.ws/2l1Dj0k
So let’s be clear on this. The Lügenduck wants to use the military to run rampant across America to round up people and ship them in mass to another location, even it it will tear up families and possibly lead to suffering and death.
What kind of monsters would do something like that?
Let’s not go there. Americans aren’t Nazis. We’d never do anything like that, would we?
But that’s just an aberration, right?
We must have known then that it’s wrong to ship people from their homes to a place they have no connection to?