13 June 2011: sleep is good!

I finally feel rested; so today I’ll get in early and get a start on my outstanding mathematics papers (“outstanding” as in “revisions are overdue” 🙂 )
I’ll swim and lift over lunch.

NBA Dallas beat Miami 4-2 to win the series. It was fun to watch.
But now comes the analysis and lots of people are laughing at LeBron James not having a great last quarter.
I know little about basketball and about what makes a great athlete, but I love thinking about sports so I’ll post this thought:

it appears to me that some great players (Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan) were also “leaders on the court” whereas other great players (Wilt Chamberlain) never really embraced the “leader on the court” role; they merely dominated their position (and were still very effective). So if LeBron James is one of the latter, I wonder if the Heat would benefit from perhaps trading one of the other “big three” for a Rajon Rondo type point guard; they might be able to use a “take charge” type of guy for these “down the stretch” situations. If I remember correctly, Isaiah Thomas did that for the old Detroit Pistons.

I warmly welcome feedback, correction, flames or whatever.

No, being a conservative doesn’t mean that you are racist. There is nothing racist about thinking that tax cuts are always appropriate (you might be delusional but that is different 🙂 ).

But there is no denying that much of the current Republican following IS racist. Ken Barnes writes:

For the next 13 years, I dedicated myself to growing the conservative base of the Republican Party, and in the process bound myself in emotion and deed.

During that time, I worked on behalf of Republican candidates at all levels, from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, on down to local elections.

I have had the pleasure of serving as president of the Sacramento Republican Assembly, a term as a member of the California Republican Party executive committee, and most recently as treasurer of the Sacramento County Republican Party.

Last year alone, I donated more than 400 hours of my time to the Republican Party and made financial contributions to a number of Republican candidates.

Generally speaking, Republicans are decent people, and naturally, many of my closest friends vote Republican. As with any large organization or group, there will always be people at the fringes who hold views that are not representative of the body.

An organization cannot control the behavior of each individual actor, but it can control its response to abhorrent conduct.

The latest incident in a string of tawdry, race-based actions was the promotion of a racist cartoon by elected Orange County Republican Party Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport. The cartoon depicted President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees, while simultaneously implying that the president is not a legitimate American, but rather an African-born interloper.

While the Orange County GOP chairman and a number of other committee members were quick to condemn the image and Davenport, what’s disturbing is the incredible number of people who continue to defend Davenport’s actions as well as the cartoon itself.

Had this been an isolated event, it could be set aside as a mere aberration. However, when placed in the context of similar offenses by the same self-identified tea party-conservative Republicans, there emerges a disturbing pattern of extreme intolerance.

Over the past two years, we have seen Republicans use long-held racist imagery in portrayals of Obama. The president has been depicted as a communist witch doctor, a man inclined to plant watermelons on the White House lawn, and we watched in disbelief as his face was placed on an “Obama Buck Food Stamp” along with stereotyped pictures of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, Kool-Aid and the obligatory watermelon.

What does any of this have to do with public policy or conservative values? Here is a man who excelled academically at the finest schools in the world, has a wonderful in-tact family, worked hard and rose to become president of the United States. Yet in spite of his accomplishments, the president is still labeled an illegitimate, socialist, African witch doctor and has his face superimposed on a chimpanzee.

Folks, it does matter. I’ll give you an example: when it comes to immigration, I am a “play by the rules” kind of guy. But much of the “legal immigration” movement IS racist; for one example, Pat Buchanan supported giving white illegal immigrants amnesty but not to the non-white ones. Other protesters bring racist imagery to their protests. Others approve of racial profiling by police.

So, I can’t in good conscious join them; SOME (not all) of their argument is based on bigotry.

Zakaria and conservatives
This Daily Kos Diary talks about Zakaria’s latest GPS show; in it, guest Ann Coulter (!) was doing her usual “just making up stuff” thing. But the problem is that Ann Coulter had no business being there; I won’t watch GPS if they keep doing that. Bring on an intellectual conservative instead. Sure, Ms. Coulter has sold lots of books and has an earned law degree from a good school. But she makes her living being provocative and not by being thoughtful.


June 13, 2011 - Posted by | Barack Obama, basketball, NBA, political/social, politics, politics/social, racism, Republican, republican party, republicans, republicans political/social, republicans politics

1 Comment »

  1. I saw Ann Coulter on GPS yesterday too – and I agree, there are plenty of intellectual conservatives to put on the show. You are being kind in saying she’s provocative – I would say she is the same as Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Palin, Trump, Gingrich – shameless self-promotors who do nothing to contribute to a constructive debate.

    Comment by Lynn | June 13, 2011 | Reply

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