Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Support of Even Silly Free Speech for the Love of Paula Deen

In Support of Even Silly Free Speech for the Love of Paula Deen

In Support of Even Silly Free Speech for the Love of Paula Deen

Posted: 23 Sep 2014 07:33 PM PDT

For quite some time, I have felt horrified not by the various off-the-cuff utterances of some people, but by the global reaction to their off-hand comments. Of no better example could I site as a commercial and societal over-reaction to an offhand statement is what we witnessed to Paula Deen's comment --- from 30 years ago! Because Mrs. Deen is Southern, she jokingly referred to members of a race of people as the blasphemous "N" word. That or something like it that she shared among friends in her home amounted to a blanket hostile attack on a third of society. Something so outrageous in today's climate, that her career was destroyed. So magnified were her personal statements as generally hateful seemed likened to her personal order to deploy tanks to eradicate villages of a race, such that the full weight of the "speech police" bore down and this otherwise good, jovial kitchen maven was relegated to shame; her fortune and success erased. She suffered emotionally, financially and socially. But she is re-emerging online, indicating that enough people, even those with deep pockets see that this woman was taken down by a deadly undercurrent that risks the foundation of our entire democracy.
Having said things I've regretted, and things I did not actually reflect my feelings for others, I'd hate to suffer the assault and reaction that this woman and a good many other have simply because they may involve certain groups that have amassed vast political and media attention.
I cannot possibly be the only person who sees that this trend, the hyper-vigilantism over what we may say in private or presumed privacy, spells danger to our most precious freedom: speech.
Since our founding, we have enjoyed a freedom like no other in the world, and a freedom that defines the foundation of our liberty. It's expressed in our right to vote, spend, read and relate as we choose. Or freedom to speak freely, even with stupidity and ignorance, provides the rest of us the opportunity to understand lapses and needs, and opens doors to broader understandings. Restrain speech and we're forced into a bottle of emotions where they cook and swell into a product unintended. The result turns hot, hateful and regretful; and a resented view of those we perceive and fear as being a party to our restraint.
The danger, of course, is that an entire democracy could soon find itself restrained, even those who have exercised a certain hypersensitivity to distract from an underlying cause. It draws hate where it may not have existed before.
From people like Paula Deen and others we've seen vilified (unlike those of another race who have beaten their wives, girlfriends and children with little recourse), a comment cannot be so magnified to such a lethal level without diminishing the rights of even the protesters. The sting and outrage of the "cry wolf" condition has meant that the acts, existence, and likely re-emergence of true racist and unfair treatment may go subtly justified. And that would backfire on participants or victims of a well-organized speech police.
Can no one else see what this is doing and causing? Can no one else sense that the frustration and fear of over-reaction to otherwise innocent albeit misunderstood utterances concluded as hateful are likely to ultimately lead to just that.
We all are human. We all say things we regret or should regret. Follow the path on we which we seem stuck, and people restrained by their own civility or conscience will let go, blow and become what they so abhor.
Is that the underlying goal? Is there a reverse harassment or taunting going on that is intent on testing just how far to push that button? It's dangerous.
I suggest everyone, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian, white, Southern, etc., exhale and get far more acquainted with yourselves and your role in this life; and stop assuming that something that is said by a perfect stranger is a direct threat intended to hurt you. And if one thinks it is, then face the offender as another person and ask. Get to know each other and learn you feel similar frustrations and sins.
Generations died for our right to speak and express freely. While we may disagree, we should use our differences to understand and not shut the door and destroy. That becomes a hostile reaction to what should be ignored, dismissed, ridiculed, laughed about, and above all, forgiven.
So, excuse me if my honest expressions intimidate you or cause you to feel unloved. I will now enjoy my right to choose my programming, subscribe to Paula Deen online in support of my love of cooking and in support of an American Southerner painted with a conveniently broad brush. Meanwhile, I may also enjoy some of the music I've downloaded that contains reverse-racist, sexist, truly hostile lyrics toward members of my race and gender, though I'll ignore the general insults in deference to the beat.

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Students In Jeffco Stand up and Walk Out

Posted: 23 Sep 2014 01:51 PM PDT

At 9:05 this morning the students at Arvada High School, in Jefferson County, stood up, and walked out of their school. They were on a mission. The approximately 250 students wanted their voices heard. So they peacefully, yet forcefully, made their way to Wadsworth Blvd, many carrying signs. They had planned the walk out wanting to support their teachers and to stop proposed changes to the educational curriculum. Students feel as though the Jefferson County Board of Education are not supporting the teachers, as they are trying to base teacher pay off of unfair stipulations. Students were also very upset by the news that the B.O.E. has been in discussion regarding changing the curriculum for the A.P. History classes. The changes would include what the students (and many parents and even teachers) feel would be altering the information students are taught to force students to perceive history in a manner in which it really was not. The students do not want to be lied to. They want their teachers supported, and they want the education they deserve, more importantly, they want the truth.

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Interview with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Team

Posted: 23 Sep 2014 11:50 AM PDT

Get ready for the GLOVES TO COME OFF now that Hydra is out to wreck havoc in the new season of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD!  I got a chance to talk to the cast AND to Jeph Loeb Marvel's Head of Television about the new season AND new series Marvel's Agent Carter!


Prepare yourselves for the Marvel Television Presents panel, moderated by Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, which promises exciting news and fun surprises for fans!  Join Jeph and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." executive producers Jed Whedon ("Dollhouse"), Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog") and Jeffrey Bell ("Angel"), along with cast members Clark Gregg ("The Avengers"), Ming-Na Wen ("ER"), Brett Dalton ("Killing Lincoln"), Chloe Bennet ("Nashville"), Iain de Caestecker ("The Fades") and Elizabeth Henstridge ("Reach Me"); as well as must-see midseason series "Marvel's Agent Carter" executive producers Tara Butters ("Resurrection"), Michele Fazekas ("Resurrection"), Christopher Markus ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), Stephen McFeely ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Louis D'Esposito ("The Avengers"), with series star Hayley Atwell ("Captain America: The First Avenger")


Cherry Davis – Host


Christian Falstrup – Cameraman


James Foundoulis - Editor


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