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What Does It Mean To Be White In America

Hopefully, after reading this, everyone will have a better idea of what it means to be white in America.

Tim Donaghy

NBA referee Tim Donaghy is due back in court for sentencing today. He faces up to 33 months in prison. Last summer, on August 15, 2007, Mr. Donaghy stunned the league by pleading guilty to federal charges that he took payoffs from a professional gambler for inside tips on games, he conspired to engage in wire fraud and transmit betting information through interstate commerce. Since then, Mr. Donaghy has claimed corruption among referees runs deeper, drawing angry denials by the league and demands that he pay hefty restitution. Mr. Donaghy pleaded for leniancy citing a professional analysis that his defense could afford that discovered he would never have committed these offenses if he was not a pathological gambler.

Even though he was fairly compensated by the NBA and enjoyed a truly unique opportunity to be involved with professional basketball without having anything in the way of talent, Mr. Donaghy marred the NBA finals by making fresh accusations that the league routinely encouraged refs to ring up bogus fouls to manipulate results. He also claimed that the league discouraged calling technical fouls on star players to keep them active in games and protect ticket sales and television ratings in order to make even more money for American corporations that already had a virtual monopoly on the ability to generate income from the games.

Court papers argued that Mr. Donaghy deserved leniency for voluntarily disclosing the alleged corruption even though he did not come clean until he was arrested. The documents also refer to one instance claiming referees rigged a 2002 playoff series to generate more revenue by forcing a seven game playoff. Although no teams were mentioned in the documents, only the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings series went to seven games during the 2002 playoffs.

NBA commissioner David Stern has called the allegations baseless since Mr. Donaghy cannot prove his allegations beyond a shadow of a doubt. Mr. Stern accused Mr. Donaghy of “singing” in order to get a lighter sentence. Mr. Stern is obviously implying that Mr. Donaghy should have followed a code of silence and kept the secrets of the league out of the public. Mr. Donaghy also implicated two of his former high school classmates. Mr. Dongahy named James Battista, the professional gambler who paid thousands of dollars for Donaghy’s tips, and Thomas Martino, who acted as a middleman. Both men pleaded guilty and were sentenced last week.

To date, 100% of NBA officials indicted and convicted for gambling have been white.

Fatal Shootings in Tennessee

Jim D. Adkisson, an unemployed trucker, is accused of killing two people and wounding six others during a children’s musical production of Annie at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Sunday morning. A four page letter found in Mr. Adkisson’s truck indicated he picked the church for the attack because he hated the liberal movement of the congregation. The letter is proof positive that Mr. Adkisson made the choice to commit a hate crime. Mr. Adkisson was on welfare and was on the verge of losing his food stamps

The attack Sunday morning lasted only minutes. Mr. Adkisson entered the church during the children’s performance and fired three blasts from his semiautomatic shotgun. The anger behind this attack may have been building for quite a while. It appears his lack of being able to obtain a job combined with his hatred for the liberal movement are two contributing factors. He said that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country. Mr. Adkisson was a loner who admitted that he hated blacks, gays and anyone different from him.

The Unitarian Universalist church advocates women’s rights and gay rights and has provided sanctuary for political refugees. The church also has fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to its Web site. The police chief said Mr. Adkisson bought the shotgun at a pawn shop about a month ago, and he wrote the letter in the last week or so. A .38-caliber handgun was found in his home.

To date, 100% of people accused or guilty of church shootings and bombings have been white according to the Cap the Steeple People foundation.

Record Breaking Federal Deficit

The United States government’s budget deficit will surge past a half trillion dollars next year, according to new estimates by the Bush administration. The deficit will hit $482 billion in the 2009 budget year. However, that figure will rise after adding the eighty billion dollars in additional Iraq war funding that is not included in the total. And the estimate could be higher yet if the economy fails to recover as the administration predicts. In a break from tradition, and in violation of new mandates from Congress, the White House did not include its full estimate of war costs. It will be the biggest deficit ever.

The deficit situation confronting the next President in early 2009 is reminiscent of that which Bill Clinton faced in 1993. Under financial pressure from Wall Street, Mr. Clinton abandoned promises of tax cuts and pushed an aggressive tax deficit reduction plan through Congress.

The Bush administration claims that the deficit was being driven to its all time high by the sagging economy and the stimulus payments being made to America’s households in an effort to keep the country from falling into a deep recession. The Bush administration refuses to connect the federal budget deficit to the tax breaks that were a tremendous benefit to wealthy Americans. Regardless, pressure is building to allow some tax cuts enacted early in Mr. Bush’s first term in 2001 and 2003 to expire as scheduled.

Monday’s figures capped a remarkable deterioration in the United States’ budgetary health under Mr. Bush’s time in office. He inherited a budget seen as producing endless huge surpluses after four straight years in positive territory. That stretch of surpluses represented a period when the country’s finances had been bolstered by a ten year period of uninterrupted economic growth, the longest expansion in U.S. history. In his first year in office, helped by projections of continuing surpluses, Mr. Bush drove through a one point three trillion dollar package of tax cuts. On average, Wealthy tax payers received about two hundred forty thousand dollars in tax savings. However, most people’s savings barely passed a thousand dollars.

To date, 100% of the people who have run the executive branch of the United States government have been white.

Lawnmower Man

Keith Walendowski is accused of shooting his Lawn Boy lawn mower because it wouldn’t start. According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Walendowski said, “I can do that, it’s my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want.” Mr. Walendowski has been charged with felony possession of a short barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed. A woman who lives at Mr. Walendowski’s house reported the incident saying that he was intoxicated. Mr. Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.

White people are ninety hundred thirty two times more likely to shoot their lawnmower according to Lawnmower Shooters Monthly.

Poor Parenting Techniques

Dear Dr. Jan,

My wife and I have a loving marriage. We have been through more than our share of hard times. One problem that keeps coming up in our relationship is her eight year old son. He is Oedipal, extremely jealous of any attention his mother gets and inappropriate around her. He touches her breasts and her behind, and constantly tries to invade her space if she’s showering or changing clothes. He also walks nude into the room where she is and touches himself in front of her. I have been trying to tell her these are unnatural behaviors, but she says the boy is just more in touch than his contemporaries and doesn’t hide his curiosity. Who is right?

Stepfather

Dear Stepfather,

What this kid is in touch with is emotional disturbance. To think that the youngster is not hiding his curiosity suggests to me that the mother has oatmeal cookies for brains. Nothing you describe is in the realm of normal child development. You somehow have to get your wife to a session with a child specialist who can convince her that the kid is off the rails. It’s possible she is feeding his neurosis. Believe me, there is nothing customary about a boy who’s in the habit of touching his mother’s breasts and behind and taking every chance he gets to see her naked. Displaying himself and attempting what sounds like masturbation is a red flag for psychiatric intervention. That your wife thinks all this is normal means there are two people in your house who need help.

Dr. Jan

White eight year old boys are four million eighty two times more likely to masturbate in front of their mother without repercussions according to Choking the Monkey Monthly.

Dad Flees With Daughter by Yacht

A divorced father with a murky background snatched his seven year old daughter during a supervised weekend visit and may be trying to flee the country on a 72-foot yacht, police say. Boston police said Tuesday they had no new information on the whereabouts of Clark Rockefeller or his daughter Reigh Boss. Authorities alleged that Mr. Rockefeller, who they said has used several aliases, grabbed the girl Sunday during a visit supervised by a social worker and fled in a vehicle driven by another man. Massachusetts posted an Amber Alert for Reigh, but canceled it Monday after New York City police reported that Rockefeller had been seen the night before at the city’s Grand Central Terminal. Authorities said they believe he may be trying to flee with his daughter Reigh on the yacht, possibly to Bermuda. The New York Police Department Harbor Patrol, the Coast Guard and the FBI searched for the yacht Monday around New York City and Long Island.

Boston police issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Rockefeller on charges of custodial kidnapping. He was also charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because the social worker was injured while trying to hold onto the vehicle. Reigh lives with her mother, Sandra Boss, who works in London as a partner in global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. and who also is on the board of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s estate at Lenox, Massachusetts.

Little has been made public about Mr. Rockefeller’s background. Fraser Seitel, a spokesman for the descendants of John D. Rockefeller Sr., said Clark Rockefeller was not descended from that side of the wealthy family, and added there is no indication the fugitive was descended from William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s only sibling.

To date, 100% of people who try to kidnap their children by 72-foot yacht in America have been white according to federal yachting statistics.

Prejudice Hiring Practices

Former Justice Department officials broke the law by letting Bush administration politics dictate the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, according to an internal investigation. For nearly two years Monica Goodling, a top adviser to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, discriminated against applicants for career jobs who weren’t Republican or conservative loyalists. At times, the search for GOP activists delayed filling judgeships and threatened to clog immigration courts. Ms. Goodling routinely asked career job applicants about politics.

Ms. Goodling would ask candidates things such as, what is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him? Other questions to candidates were used to guage their conservative convictions on issues such as abortion or gay marriage.

The investigation was one of several examining accusations that White House political meddling drove prosecution, policy and employment decisions within the once fiercely independent Justice Department. Those charges were spurred initially by the firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 and culminated with Mr. Gonzales’ resignation under fire as attorney general last September. Mr. Gonzales claims that he was unaware of the political hiring process outlined by Ms. Goodling and other Department of Justice officials.

The one hundred forty page report does not indicate whether Ms. Goodling or anyone else could face any charges. But congressional Democrats took aim, raising the possibility they would seek prosecution on a number of fronts, potentially including charges of lying to lawmakers for giving sworn testimony that contradicts Monday’s findings.

In one instance, investigators found that Ms. Goodling objected to hiring an assistant prosecutor in Washington because she said “judging from his resume, he appeared to be a liberal Democrat.” In another example, she rejected an experienced terror prosecutor to work on counterterror issues because of his wife’s political affiliations. She rejected at least one job applicant because of a rumor that she was a lesbian. Ms. Goodling is a former Republican National Committee researcher with little experience as a prosecutor. In her House Judiciary Committee testimony in May 2007, she admitted that she had crossed the lines while hiring career employees. She received immunity for her testimony and cannot be prosecuted unless proven that she lied while under oath.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto played down the report, saying, “There really is not a lot new here.”

Many are ready to believe that people in key positions to hire and fire people would rely on prejudiced political values when offering opportunities, but would never believe that people would offer hiring opportunities based on racial prejudices.

Friday, August 1, 2008 Posted by | African Americans, Bigotry, Black Community, Black Culture, Black in America, Black People, CNN, Life, Racism, Soledad O'Brien, The Race Card, Thoughts, White On White Crime, White Privilege | 9 Comments

Quick Notes 200808

Sunday, August 31, 2008
Gustav and Hanna

On the third anniversary of hurricane Katrina, hurricane Gustav is expected to make landfall just west of New Orleans Monday afternoon as a category 4. And tropical storm Hanna is forming right behind.

Saturday, August 30, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin

Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain selects Alaska’s first term Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. So much for the argument that inexperience is the overwhelming factor that disqualifies Senator Barack Obama! This is nothing but a bold face ploy to grab the Democratic voters who wanted Senator Hillary Clinton as Senator Barack Obama’s running mate.

Friday, August 29, 2008
Three Year Anniversary of Katrina

Has it really been just three years since hurricane Katrina made landfall on the gulf coast?

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Did The DNC Remember

I haven’t been watching every minute of the Democratic National Convention. I heard all the accolades tossed Senator Ted Kennedy’s way because of his health. But did anybody at the convention remember the recently departed sister Ms. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Clinton Address The Convention

Senator Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic convention. It is interesting how the McCain for President campaign is trying to develop a wedge between the Hillary supporters and the rest of the Democrats.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Freedom To Protest

There was a lot of talk in China about protest being suppressed. But this is an image outside the Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado right here in the “they hate our freedoms” United States.

Sunday, August 24, 2008
Olympic Conclusion

The Beijing Olympic Games have finally concluded and the air quality never became an issue.

Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Response To Fay

The government quickly responded to the catastrophic conditions of flooding in Florida. Unlike the government’s response to the people in New Orleans three years ago where the government was so inept and so unprepared that it had to wait four days after the flooding to respond. The National Guard in Florida was able to pluck people out of their houses before the rain even stopped. Very interesting indeed.

Friday, August 22, 2008
McCain’s House Pains

Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain doesn’t quite know how many houses he and his wife Cindy own. And yet he continues to paint Senator Barack Obama as an out of touch elitist. Rumor has it that the answer is nine homes on seven properties. It must be nice to live such a good life while others struggle just to pay for gasoline for their cars.

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio died yesterday after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Barack Obama Suggest Aid To Georgia

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama suggested a billion dollar aid package to the country of Georgia to help rebuild its infrastructure after Russia’s attack. But he’ll tell people in the black community to show some responsibility.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Musharraf Resigns

Pervez Musharraf learns first hand the consequences of defending and depending on America. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan resigns instead of facing impeachment.

Monday, August 18, 2008
Tropical Storm Fay

Oya and Yemonja working together to manifest as tropical storm Fay and taking direct aim on Florida.

Sunday, August 17, 2008
Trinidad & Tobago Earns A Medal

Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago (TT) celebrates his second place finish in the men’s one hundred meters dash at the Beijing Olympic Games. Thompson’s silver medal ends TT’s medal drought.

Saturday, August 16, 2008
Bigfoot Corpse

Rick Dyer and Matt Whitton claim to have the corpse of Bigfoot. But it turned out to just be one of the GEICO cavemen.

Friday, August 15, 2008
Child! Julia Child! Licensed To Grill

The spy who fed me.

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Cindy “Arm Slinger” McCain

Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, is seen with her arm in a sling during a news conference. Ms. McCain was treated Wednesday for a minor sprain after someone at a campaign event in Michigan vigorously shook her hand. It was probably Senator McCain, right after she said something he didn’t like. A bit of advice for anybody in her vicinity, watch your pain killers.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Russia Invades Georgia

Russia invades Georgia and reminds the world that there is another super power.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Isaac Hayes Passes

Isaac Hayes passes in his home over the weekend. That’s one way to stop the jigging.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Bernie Mac Passes

Bernie Mac dies at the relatively young age of fifty. Thankfully, the impact to the black community is minimal.

Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ray Geisel

Ray Geisel is arrested for threatening to assassinate presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. No black person has threatened presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Yet people will insist that black on white crime is out of hand and white on black crime is non-existent.

Saturday, August 9, 2008
Beijing Olympic Stadium

Is it just me or does this new Olympic stadium look like a giant bed pan? Regardless, good luck to all the Olympic contestants!

Friday, August 8, 2008
Kathy and Paris

Kathy Hilton is upset about John McCain making insinuations about her daughter Paris. I can imagine her conversation with the Republican presidential nominee. “Now let me get this straight! You take the money I donate to your sorry ass to put my, my, my baby in that ad with that … BLACK man?”

Thursday, August 7, 2008
Bush Rips Into China

President Bush takes a moment from his Thailand visit to rip into China’s human rights abuses. This from the man who leads a country that tolerates, in fact encourages, blatant disparity between people in the black and white community.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Gorillas In The Midst

Scientist celebrate the discovery of a previously unknown group of gorillas in the Republic of Congo. It’s funny though. The black people in the area probably knew about them all along.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Tropical Storm Edouard

Tropical Storm Edouard inching itself onto the Texas and Louisiana coast line along the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters predict that the storm will not intensify to hurricane strength before the eye reaches the coast.

Monday, August 4, 2008
Brad and Angelina

People magazine has secured exclusive rights to the photos of Brad and Angelina’s newborn twins for the cool price of fourteen million dollars. Even if I had that kind of money I wouldn’t pay that for anybody’s baby pictures. Not even if the twins were playing a grand piano while floating in the back of the space shuttle with their umbilical cords still attached.

Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Obama-Hilton Link

If the latest advertisements from Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign is any indication, Paris Hilton is Senator Barack Obama’s fault.

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Dr. Bruce E. Ivins

Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, a bio-defense researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland, recently received psychiatric treatment and was ordered to stay away from Jean C. Duley, a social worker who counseled him. In her application for a protective order, Ms. Duley wrote that Mr. Ivins had stalked and threatened to kill her and that he had a long history of making homicidal threats. This, combined with the suspicion that Mr. Ivans is responsible for the anthrax letters that terrorized the country in 2001, makes it pretty obvious that the homicidal man who may have had the highest test scores for the job wasn’t exactly the best fit for being trusted with handling lethal substances.

Friday, August 1, 2008
Anthrax Suicide

Bruce E. Ivins, who worked for the past eighteen years at the government’s bio-defense labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland as a top researcher, committed suicide just as the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailings that traumatized the nation in the weeks following the attacks on September 11, 2001. The anthrax attacks were responsible for the death of five people.

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