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No Go Zones

Or…

Ha! Ha!  Fox News is Stupid!

Or…

ZUS

Or…

Semantics versus Assimilation

I have a tactic I employ when I know that the person I’m speaking with has greater motivation to make me look like an Idiot than they do to Verify their side of an Argument.

I Overstate my side of the Argument.

In other words, If they believe the correct answer is ‘1’ and I know the correct answer is ‘4’, I will state the correct answer is ’10’.

Had I stated it was ‘4’ to begin with the opportunity to make me look stupid just isn’t big enough.  And the person who erroneously believes the answer to be ‘1’ stick with ‘their version of the facts’ with no incentive to verify them.  They simply dismiss me as the ignorant jerk they ‘know’ me to be.

However, when I state the correct answer as ’10’… Whoa!  Now there’s motivation!  They think to themselves, self, can you imagine just how stupid Mike is going to feel when I show him how Wrong his is!?  It’ll be Awesome!

And, when they independently venture out on their quest to Make Mike feel like an Idiot they find out the actual answer is ‘4’… not ‘1’.

What’s interesting about this is initially the person will bring it to my attention because I was STILL WRONG!

After a few times of this however, they stop bringing it to my attention.

Whether they figure out I do it on purpose, or that my Ego is not damaged catastrophically by my being wrong, it doesn’t matter.  They learned something on their own and start doing a bit more investigation before wedding themselves to ‘facts’ provided to them from whatever comedy show they prefer to get their ‘facts’ from.

The above brings us to Ha! Ha! Fox News is Stupid!

As a point of clarification, Fox News IS Stupid.  And so are all the other News Networks.  Some intentionally like NBC when they altered the George Zimmerman 911 call and some unintentionally like MSNBC all the time.

So here’s the the point; Fox News had a contributor on air who stated that France has what are called ‘No Go Zones” where non-muslims are unwelcome and the police do not want to go.  The Fox News Haters picked this up for several reasons.

1.  They think they have caught Fox News in a Lie they convince themselves Fox News exists to tell.  (Keep in mind how I started this post.)

2.  France has No Officially Sanctioned ‘No Go Zones’.  (True.  Nor does any other country to my knowledge.  But that’s not what was said.)

3.  Fox News folks went as far as pointing on maps where these supposed ‘No Go Zones’ are in France.  (They were wrong for the most part.)

The interwebs liberal faction turned this into “Fox said there are No Go Zones where no non-muslims live and the police ‘will NOT go’.”

Now the Gotcha Crowd smells blood and has demanded, and received, apologies from Fox News regarding the ‘misrepresentations’.

But hold on a second!  Here’s the part which should be interesting to watch.

‘No Go Zones’ in fact do exist in France.  (They also exist in other countries…)

The French call them ZUS or “Sensitive Urban Zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensible)  They were established in 1996.  And this concern over areas throughout Europe which have reduced police presence and ‘alternative’ law has been a discussion for at least that long.

These are areas that have a high percentage of individuals with values that are ‘slightly different’ from the general population of France.

And they’re Real.

And they have a propensity to be very dangerous.

And the French Police have different criteria for which to determine intervention.

And depending on the day… you may not feel welcome.  (For those of you semantically challenged that means “unwelcome”.)

And it may not just be a day, it could be a season… like “Strike Season” which occurs in the fall and had become the traditional period in which everyone who thinks they have something to gain goes on strike.  Even the Homeless… I kid you not.

So keep an eye out for this story not to go away.

The Faux News hunters see too much to gain.  I hope they keep up the hunt.

No Go Zones may have been overstated, intentionally or not, but the story is true and now has the very people who would not want to discuss it doing the chasing.

The moral of the ZUS areas is one of Assimilation, Something the French, Liberal Leftists and Minority Groups have been telling us is Discrimination.

Now the French are reaping rewards for their Progressive Policies of not expecting immigrants to assimilate.

Brilliant.

I particularly enjoy the http://www.snopes.com post regarding the No Go Zones.  Snopes declares the No Go Zone rumor to be FALSE.  But it gets fun if you read through the entire explanation.  After you move through the FOX News is Stupid paragraphs you find that it is really… kinda… true… Dang it!  But they cover for that with some more FOX News is Stupid paragraphs.  I suggest checking it out:  Here.

 


Gutfeld on Trayvon Zimmerman

I stole this from www.Breitbart.com IT’S JUST THAT GOOD!

For the Full Story please visit them.

Gut Check: Fear of Facts

by Greg Gutfeld 25 Jul 2013, 2:03 PM

One thing I noticed throughout the Martin/Zimmerman story cycle: the “opinion/fact” mutation. As more facts are introduced into the mix, opinions don’t disappear after being proven wrong, they simply mutate.

We’ve seen this with other issues and debates: global warming, for example, mutated into climate change. When statistics revealed that the earth hasn’t warmed in a decade and a half, you then offer opinions about climate in general to maintain your point of view. We do this all the time, in our personal lives, too. After we exhaust all opinions, we are ultimately left with, “I really don’t want to go see your mother.”

Opinion moves like water–when one path is blocked, it finds an alternative route. If the bad guy is white, but it turns out he isn’t white, he becomes “white Hispanic.” When you find out that nearly every person involved in the matter says race isn’t a factor, then the story becomes about “stand your ground.” And even if you find that “stand your ground” may not play a role, then it becomes a “national conversation” about “self-defense” or about “the system” in general. Every time you change the turf, the opposing teams just pick a different strategy to push their point of view.

The only consistency is Al Sharpton, who never lets a fact get in the way of his persona-building outrage. I’ve repeated his sordid past many times on TV, but one fact needs to be highlighted: in 1995, Sharpton–angry over the eviction of a black-owned record store, used his radio show and rallies to foment rage. As Jonah Goldberg points out in his most recent NY Post column on Sharpton, one of the rally protesters entered a Jewish-owned store whose owner had been incorrectly blamed for the eviction and shot the place up, people included. He then set fire to it. He killed seven occupants, which Goldberg points out, were mostly Hispanic.

So, that tragedy outdid Zimmerman by a factor of seven. I don’t think Al organized a protest for that. It’s something you run from, not march toward.

My gut always tells me the Zimmerman story was about an altercation between two men: one could fight, and one had a gun. I’m no fan of Zimmerman (this was a guy in love with law enforcement, which can be dangerous when left outside of law enforcement), but I also don’t think the case is an indictment on society. Even the President agrees that race relations are vastly improved (the President IS black, after all).

Why the racial climate is better yet we still have thousands of black homicides a year is the issue he really could–and should–sink his teeth into. If those murders are not race related, then what is it related to? The “context” of poverty doesn’t uniformly fly. A lot of people are poor and don’t kill each other. I was dirt broke for a long time, and crime never crossed my mind (although I considered table dancing for elderly men).

I’d like to see Obama address that issue. Instead, he says that Trayvon could have easily been him. Maybe so, but Zimmerman could easily have been him too. After all, Obama and Zimmerman have more in common than race traffickers will admit: a white parent. Zimmerman might have been a victim of racism at some point too… I have no idea.

And believe it or not, I’ve had people lock their car doors when they saw me. Mainly because, at the time, I was young, drunk, and walking toward them. One such memory: As I approached a parked car one night, an older woman inside frantically throttled the lock and pressed down hard. I reached for the keys that were still stuck in the exterior lock of her car, removed them and dangled them. She rolled down her window, and I handed them to her. She thanked me, with a hint of embarrassment. She was white, and so was I (at the time). But I would have done the same thing if I saw me coming. I looked grubby and bug-eyed.

And so within this current hysteria–a mix of real anger, legitimate anxiety, and ratings-grabbing sensationalism–some truth is lost, or mocked. Geraldo Rivera was mercilessly reamed for his statement about hoodies; his advice–not to wear them–was taken as a simplistic dismissal of a teenager’s death. Although, if you want to stare a hate fact right in its face, a kid wearing a hoodie at night, in a neighborhood riddled by burglaries–no matter the race–raises eyebrows. Thieves everywhere wear them to conceal appearances, and so it becomes a part of criminal profiling…not racial profiling. Rivera made the mistake of stating a fact when people really just wanted opinions. Even his kids were mad at him.

We saw this opinion/fact shift also with guns. We know where most of the gun crime originates from. But after atrocities like Sandy Hook, the argument became about “assault rifles.” Not illegal handguns, or gangs, or mental illness, or broken homes, all of which arguably play a greater role in gun death.

When those facts came out, the argument switched from evil assault rifles to the insidious power of the NRA, then the Second Amendment. We cling to emotional opinions–they’re like religion and guns–even when facts point us in other directions. It was another moment when the President could have focused on specific scourges, but didn’t, for reasons I’ll get to shortly.

When the President brought up his kids and how they have such enlightened views on race, what he meant to say is: it never comes up. It’s true. He’s right. It’s met with, “What’s all this fuss about?” I see this with my niece and nephew. Race never, ever enters the picture. They think we are weird to obsess over it.

However, and it’s a big however, if teenagers have so little interest in this racial conflict, why does it continue to rear its ugly head later in life? What happens between the teenage years and young adulthood that turns the world into “us vs. them?”

College. Academia. It’s where race-baiting flourishes. It’s where, absent of competitive instincts that foster the learning of skills and desire for real achievement, we get divisive awareness raising that serves only to create agitation and pointless activism. A white or black kid seemingly unaware of the nature of “two Americas” when they’re seventeen is brainwashed by 21 into thinking that “white privilege” and “patriarchal oppression” are the true evils, propagated by the worst country ever.

This pernicious pit stop, called college, is where humanity is filled with racial outrage. It’s a gas station that serves anger, unleaded. College is a place where professors can make bank reminding the gullible that America is a bad bad place, and that things need to change–even if they hope it won’t. It guarantees them work and guest spots on Bill Maher’s Real Time. If someone, like the President, offered real solutions, they’d have to find real work.

There are glimmers of change. Look at Charles Barkley, Bill Cosby, Romany Malco, or Lupe Fiasco. None of them, I venture, are remotely conservative. I’d guess they all respect and admire President Obama. But all of them, regarding the Zimmerman trial, spoke truths that the President couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Why wouldn’t he? Because he is the product not of reality but of the teacher’s lounge. President Obama seemed to have such a hard time during that last press conference navigating the aftermath of the verdict, perhaps because he was parsing his words based on his ideological education. He could not say “gangs,” or “lack of fathers,” or “self-reliance,” because those words do not fit in the rhetoric of the polarity propagated on campus. There are times when he might refreshingly say “pull your pants up,” (which he did, once, I believe) but those moments are few and far between. Maybe he’s just not that guy.

My solution is, oddly, the same as Holder’s: an honest discussion on race. But herein lies the problem. Right now Obama exists in only one stripe of the race rainbow. He only talks to the Sharptons, but never the Steeles. Has he ever thought of sitting down and talking to Shelby Steele, or Thomas Sowell, or Larry Elder, or Ben Carson, or even Allen West?

Invite Lupe Fiasco to the White House for God’s sake!

As long as Obama relies on the Holders and the Reverend Al’s of the world for perspective, nothing will change. Cities like Detroit will continue to crumble, and prisons will become the closest to communities many young blacks have.

President Obama has three years and change to actually make change, to stand up and lead, to call those who consider him their leader to actually listen to ugly truths and positive solutions. If he did that, even I’d vote him in for a third term… and I didn’t vote for him twice.

Greg Gutfeld is a mainstay on Fox News as co-host of The Five and the host of Red Eye. He’s also the NY Times best-selling author of The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage.

For more from Greg check out his official site or follow him on Twitter.


Racist Bullets

Who knew?

“If a white male teen would have been involved in this scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” – President Barack Obama 071913

Apparently the bullet would have made a different decision based on race?

Or, was it the Gun that was practicing institutional bigotry?

Or, was it George… who would have allowed himself to be killed on the sidewalk had the attacker been a “white male teen”?

Or, was it Trayvon… who, under the Presidents scenario, being “White” would not have doubled back and punched George because the Creepy Ass Cracker had the Audacity to wonder what Trayvon was doing wandering around a crime riddled neighborhood on a dark rainy night? (According to Rachel Jeantel.  And, the Jury.  And, Charles Barkley.)

Even though I’m not smart enough to find the Racism present in the Self-Identified Hispanic George Zimmerman… or one of the above mentioned racist items, my Self-Identified African-American President say’s it’s there… so it’s there.

Previously, I just locked my doors regardless of who was approaching my car… because people should not be approaching my car, unless I could discern they were a Senator.

And now I understand that when I lock my doors due to a person approaching my car I either need to assess the color of that person’s skin… and feel like a bad, bad racist if they are Black, or not lock my doors and know that no matter what happens in regard to my, or my families, safety I will be an enlightened color blind pillar of society.

I learn so much about my innately racist ways when I listen to my President.

I’m also forever indebted to Attorney General Eric Holder for teaching me that It’s my duty to hand over everything I’ve worked for and Run Away when confronted by someone willing to do me harm.  I had it completely turned around.

I know… I’m a Self-identified Anglo, and I realize I need a lot of help.

But it goes without saying… although it’s said all the time…

I’ll NEVER understand.  If I did, what would those who make money enlightening me do?

That’s why I drink a ton of Tequila… to drown my insensitive ways.

I’m such a jerk.

I have to go sort out and throw away the racist bullets hiding in my closet.