Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Yearly Wrap-Up!

Hey, we're closing the year with so many things and I wanted to share them with you.

Here's my top things I've talked about this year.

Second term curse.
1. President Barack Obama's second term.

Who thought this would be easy?

President Barack Hussein Obama found that his second term is more difficult than his first term. He caught the second term curse very early. He first term began successes like his healthcare law, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Nobel Peace Prize and nomination of the first Latina to the Supreme Court. Not to mention his successful reelection. The country experienced Obama-mania. Things were good those first four years.

But in the middle of his first term, the Republicans won power in the House of Representatives. Then you have a Republican governor putting their finger in his face. You had a politco yell "you lie" during a State of the Union Address. And of course, the umpteenth chants of impeachment during his term from Republican politicos.

Then came the talk about Trayvon Martin, the Benghazi consulate attack, the BP Oil spill, the Harvard Police scandal, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora shooting, the Tucson shooting and every mention of golf outings.

The NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, the Obamacare rollout was a bust, the failure of passing gun control laws despite two mass shootings, and the government shutdown drove the president's job approval to its lowest ever.

Golf outings, vacations, selfie pictures are the most memorable of his harshest critics.

The Independent's Rupert Cornwell wrote this time a year ago, Barack Obama was on the brink of becoming the 16th American president to win two successive elections. A couple of days later, perennial loser Mitt Romney was soundly defeated, and chastened Republicans, it was imagined, would retire to lick their wounds. Backed by a another solid popular mandate, it was said, Obama had a rare opportunity; a 12- or 18-month window in which to push through his agenda and build a legacy for the ages, free of the pressure of ever running for election again.

He says that the junk food media rehashes the talk is of the "Curse", its a supposedly immutable truth of presidencies.

Cornwell noted that the Curse's poster-child has been Richard Nixon, forced to resign less than two years after one of the greatest landslide victories in US history.

I understand that the second term spells disasters for most presidents, but honestly, would you allow a tone-deaf Congress rule things when you won on the narrative of the helping the middle class?

2. George Zimmerman's verdict.

From coast to coast, many Americans reacted to the matter.

I am pretty sure that Black America was really pissed about this verdict. I wasn't surprised that the verdict inspired an extremist to react towards someone! See they're talking about this stupid knockout game, a theme common of the racist right. They're claiming that Black youth are knocking out White people for no freaking reason. Sad ain't it!

Trayvon Martin's death is the new Emmett Till. The racist right would rather blame the victim and tarnish his name instead of questioning the motives of the shooter.

White conservatives were so gleeful about George Zimmerman being found not guilty. You can see it on the social networks. You can see it on the blogs. You'll hear about it with your White conservative friends, co-workers and family members.

These racial extremists in the conservative movement are so happy about the decision, they'll chant NIGGER for every Trayvon Martin tweet. They'll post every NIGGER/RACE HUSTLER for every President Barack Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They'll say that they want RACE RIOTS to spook the White people to vote the Democrats out of Congress.

There were protests after the decision. They've been mostly peaceful at best. Again, debunking the conservative media's stroking of "race riots" and "retaliation against White people" meme.

George Zimmerman's life isn't going to be the same. He can't live a normal life. The man will live the rest of his "freedom" in hiding. Zimmerman now fears for an apparent revenge by a Black or Hispanic man who may take a choice to "Stand [Your] Ground".

Since the verdict, Zimmerman been in the news for assaulting and threatening to shoot his wife and his new girlfriend. Those charges were dropped. Then of course, his brother Robert, Jr. and unofficial spokesperson Frank Taaffe were making racially insensitive comments. 

And to end the year, Zimmerman sold his own artwork for $100,000.
Congress has low approval from the general public.
3. Government Shutdown. Who would of thought history would repeat itself. Republicans have once again pulled the trigger and misfired? They thought the president would cave to their demands. Nope.

Conservatives were rooting for a government shutdown. They believe government was too big and they wanted a major slim down of the government. The 16-day government shutdown gave credence to Republican showboating.

One in particular was the closing of veteran memorials and national parks. The Republicans didn't think that the government had a right to shutdown parks. They believe the president was being hateful and downright mean to veterans of war. They would tear down barriers and berate park rangers to get their way.

They would piece meal policies to make it seem like they really cared about opening the government.

Do you believe that for those days the government being shutdown, it cost $24 billion!

And of course it caused a crazed situation around the U.S. Capitol. A woman would try to run down people before they opened fire on her.

This month closed out a year with Congress having the worst job approval ever. They rank favorably above the root canal extraction. The Kardashians are more popular than a lawmaker.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), former vice presidential nominee have worked out a deal to prevent another government shutdown. But with a debt ceiling debate in the coming months, will we see another game of chicken being played by Republicans in the House?

The Stallmigos. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
4. The Rise Of Stallmigos. The four Republican Senators who managed to shake things up like Mama Grizzly. The unaccomplished members of the U.S. Senate.

Could you imagine one member who refuses to stand down?

One man who challenges his own party on policies.

One member who inspired the government shutdown.

Did you know that a Texas politico came close to being Time's Person of The Year?

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the only Republican that excites the base. The conservatives love the confrontational approach against the president. Cruz who is floated around as a potential candidate for president has plans to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has inspired a filibuster over the nomination. Cruz would later follow over the defunding of the Obamacare law.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) would jeopardize his street cred over immigration reform.

Salon wrote about the Tea Party (and the Stallmigots).

The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Overall, nearly half of the public (49 percent) has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30 percent have a favorable opinion,” the Pew Research Center.

They concluded with a 10 point list to why the Tea Party is in decline.
1. They really don’t care about America as a nation. For the past 25 years, Pew said that polls routinely find that about 55 percent of American voters want representatives in Congress to put local concerns ahead of “what they think is best for the country.” Tea Partiers disproportionately take that view. “Among Tea Party Republicans, fully 76 percent say members should vote against a bill their constituents oppose, even if he or she thinks it is in the best interest of the country,” Pew said. “Just 22 percent say the lawmaker should prioritize the national interest.”
2. Forget national solutions to national problems. Since three-quarters of Tea Partiers value a confederacy of GOP-run provinces more than an effective national government, it’s not surprising that they are always talking about making government smaller. But, as Pew found, that rhetoric means dismantling big public programs and overlooking public needs that were behind their creation in the first place.
“A driving attitude of the Tea Party is a belief in smaller government,” Pew said. “Fully 92 percent of Tea Party Republicans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, just 5 percent want a bigger government. Among non-Tea Party Republicans, a smaller government is preferred by a less one-sided 67 percent to 28 percent margin.” Tea Partiers tend to be older, whiter and wealthier than other Republicans—and other Americans, Pew said, which fits their self-centered, gated-community mindset.
3. They don’t believe in new government debt. Despite all the warnings by economists and even foreign leaders, such as Italy’s prime minister speaking at the White House on Thursday—who feared a default would raise global interest rates and spark a downward spiral—69 percent of Tea Parties said it was “not essential” to raise the U.S. debt limit, Pew said. That was 25 percent higher than “non-Tea Party” Republicans, Pew said.
4. They think Wall St. should be deregulated. Even though 2008’s global economic collapse started on Wall Street with bad bets by investors on the U.S. housing market, 79 percent of Tea Partiers say that government had gone too far with “regulating financial institutions,” Pew said. That was 26 percent higher than non-Tea Party Republicans.
5. They hate Obamacare. This is no surprise, of course, because the Tea Party crusade to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act was the spark and rallying cry behind the government shutdown. Pew found that 95 percent of Tea Partiers opposed Obamacare, compared to 80 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans.
6. They’d gut Social Security and Medicare. Pew found that 73 percent of Tea Partiers would cut funds to these retirement programs to pay down the federal debt, which, again, is consistent with their “I’ve got mine; go get yours” mentality. Notably, Pew found that 46 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans said funding those entitlement programs was a more important priority than paying down the federal debt.
7. They Also Want To Outlaw Abortion. Pew found that 64 percent of Tea Parties want abortion to be illegal, compared to 51 percent of the rest of the GOP. While some polling firms have said that the Tea Party’s libertarian leanings are at odds with the evangelical wing of the party on this issue, Pew’s findings suggest overlap on the rightwing fringes—where evangelicals now are identifying themselves with the Tea Party movement.
8. They Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. Here too, there seems to be a blending of the libertarian and evangelical right, as 69 percent of Republicans who identified with the Tea Party opposed same-sex marriage, compared to 54 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans.
9. They want more oil and gas drilling. Tea Partiers have railed against climate change science and government responses because they feel it will bring more federal regulation of consumers. Pew found that 73 percent of Tea Partiers want to “expand traditional energy,” which means oil, gas and fracking, compared to 53 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans who want to “develop alternatives.” 
10. They want more guns in America. Pew found that 93 percent of Tea Partiers say it’s important to “protect gun rights,” compared to 29 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans who said it was more important to “control [gun] ownership” than protect gun rights.
So I guess this Midterm is coin toss! I am hoping we get inspired. We need to put the Republicans back into the minority. They've wasted their time fighting battles of the past. It's time to move forward. It's essential to get things done.

5. The Hip-Hop Meltdown. 

Did you hear talk about Lil' Wayne almost dying?

Did you know that Kendrick Lamar and Chris Brown called out Drake over his "pop rap" style?

Did you know Jay-Z and Beyonce were in Cuba?

What about Snoop Dogg changing his name to Snoop Lion?

Did you hear about DMX being on Dr. Phil?

Well there were so many things happening in the hip-hop community.

Many of the entertainers offered 2013 with the most outrageous behavior. Start with Rihanna being caught smoking a joint and fingering off the people. She has gotten a whole lot of sympathy post the incident.

But the more I've seen, the less I like about her. Her former boyfriend Chris Brown got in trouble more than enough times. He attacked Frank Ocean. He and his crew threw bottles at Drake's crew and injured people with flying glass. He would get into a fight in Washington, DC. He would put up ugly painting on his property in Los Angeles, pissing off his neighbors. His latest album tanked. And he said he'll retire if he gets in trouble.

We're waiting on you Mr. Brown.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are the power couple. Unlike Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, I have more respect for Queen Bey and Hova. They keep their business out of the media. They may end up being involuntarily caught up in something like using stock footage of 1986 NASA Challenger tragedy in music videos, the Cuba vacation or sponsoring a company that profiles its customers.

What makes them so cool is the fact they release digital albums without even announcing them publicly.

Jay-Z did it first with his Magna Carta....Holy Grail this year. Beyonce did her self-titled album this month.

Both albums went platinum.

Kanye and Kim welcomed their first child. The junk food media was shocked by the name of their daughter. The couple named their child North. And the outrageous marriage proposal came this year.

Eminem returned for the highly anticipated Marshall Mathers 2 LP which brought fans back the darker and more edgier style the rapper was known for. The Marshall Mathers 2 LP was the most successful album this year. This doesn't match the Marshall Mathers LP, the top selling hip-hop album of the previous decade.

Lil' Wayne released I Am Not A Human Being II. During his album release, he was in trouble for rapping on Future's Karate Chop Remix saying he'll beat that pussy like it was Emmett Till. That got him dropped from Mountain Dew. Then they told that he had a codeine induced seizure where it nearly cost him his life. He caught flack for accidentally stepping on the American flag.

Then there was talk about tension between him, Nicki Minaj and Drake. Then of course he's released the Dedication 5 mixtape which surpassed over 1 million downloads.

Drake released the Nothing Was The Same album. This along with Eminem and Jay-Z's albums were probably the only top selling hip-hop albums. The Canadian rapper/singer/entertainer has brought the swag back.
Drake and Kendrick Lamar
He's been very busy establishing his own label OVO Sound. He still riding with Young Money/Cash Money for the time being, but there's probably tension with the labels. I mean he's been the only rapper who manages to attract stans from both borders. He gross about $20 million in record and ticket sales.

So much popularity, Kendrick Lamar had to get involved. Lamar goes after J. Cole, Mac Miller, Drake, Pusha T and others on Big Sean's Control single. The rapper pissed off a lot of rappers by releasing that mega diss. I mean it's was the best diss I've heard in some time. But from the subliminal attacks from J. Cole and Drake aiming back, the microphone is still hot after Kendrick Lamar touched it.

Kendrick Lamar was bold enough to say fuck perennial loser Mitt Romney. That song was recorded during 2012. It was a scrapped single on B.o.B's album and it was pushed back because Atlantic knew that the single would carry controversy. The racist right would go after President Barack Obama because of it.

Kanye West released Yeezus.

Juicy J had his first commercial success by releasing Stay Trippy.

2 Chainz released his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II.

The Game leaves Interscope and jumps onto the Cash Money/Young Money label. Some consider the move a disaster for the troubled rapper. But since he's trying to stay relevant, I guess he made the right decision.

T.I. has left Atlantic Records after 10 years with the label. He would find home with Columbia Records. And during his reboot of the Grand Hustle label, his protege Doe B was gunned down this month.

Snoop Dogg releases his first reggae album.

Gucci Mane gets fired from his own label. Starts a feud with his labelmate Waka Flocka Flame. And caught a federal case when he bugged out in Atlanta. His career is on the line if he is found guilty of carrying a firearm while being a felon.

Nelly works with Honey Nut Cheerios. His fifth album M.O. was a total flop.

Atlanta rapper Future and pop singer Ciara are getting married soon. The rapper rose to fame by rapping on autotune hooks and having catchy singles. His sophomore album was pushed back in 2013. It will probably be released in February. He, Miley Cyrus and many rappers endorsed  the controversial Molly craze that has they're inspiring their stans to ecstasy and drinking codeine flavored Sprite.
Rick Ross and Future.
Rick Ross made the list of the year. He, Wale and Meek Mill put out very decent albums. They did better on their mixtapes than their albums, though.

Rozay was nearly killed after he was driving in his hometown of Miami. He pissed off the Gangsta Disciples after rapping a verse dissing them. He recruited Meek Mill, Gunplay, Omarion, Stalley, French Montana, Wale and DJ Scream to his upstart Maybach Music Group label.

The rapper has seen the county lockup for brawling and acting a fool.

Rozay also rap a verse on Rocko's U.N.E.N.O. single where he put a molly in her cup and hit that when she passed out. It got him dropped from Reebok.

On the bright side, his album God Forgives, I Don't went gold in 2012. And his new album Mastermind was supposed to be release this year. It's pushed back for a release in 2014.

Is there anything I missed, let me know! Cause these entertainers were featured on Journal de la Reyna.
The racist right's fight against affordable healthcare.
6. Obamacare malfunction. Did you know the Republicans tried to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act over 40 times?

The Republicans were lockstep in trying to defund, repeal, and threaten impeachment over the president's signature law. The law is supposed to help Americans get affordable health insurance.

The fights throughout 2009 to 2012 were suppose to be over. The Republicans lost the battle in 2012 when the Supreme Court ruled it to be constitutional.

It didn't stop Republicans from continuing their fight against it. Leading the way was Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Darrell Issa. Each Republican had some issue with it. Whether truthful or not, it was something that got them flocking to the television.

When October came, the Stallmigos were threatening to shut the government down if the president refused to defund the healthcare law. So as the government shutdown, the Obamacare rollout started.

It was a total disaster. The website was crashing and the people weren't going to jump onto the website.

Republicans worked overtime to scare up citizens.

Out of nowhere some crazy ass White people would say they weren't getting Obamacare coverage. They would run to Loserville and CBS News to cry about how Obamacare is dangerous and people should avoid it.

So with all the fuzz about the healthcare law rolled out and the president's credibility takes a nosedive.

Before the end of the year, the White House can say they've managed to rebound from the rollout.

Over 1.4 million people have enrolled in the month of December. The Healthcare Marketplace is nearly operational and Congress is calling for investigations in the company that handled the website in earlier runs.

Still a rough ride is ahead. Republicans signaled they'll use Obamacare around the necks of Democrats.

Republicans will hope people will ignore their lackluster achievements and focus solely on the healthcare law.

7. Christopher Dorner Shooting Massacre. LAPD is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country. But however, its one of the infamous for its tactical strategies against gangs and motorist.

One former cop, Christopher Dorner was livid over his apparent firing. So instead of moving on to other agencies, he plotted revenge on his superiors. He would pick off members one by one.

A manifesto posted on Facebook, which police say was written by Dorner, declared "unconventional and asymmetric warfare" upon the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), their families, and their associates, until the LAPD admitted publicly he was fired in retaliation for reporting excessive force.

In two separate incidents during the manhunt, police shot at three civilians unrelated to Dorner, mistaking their pickup trucks for the vehicle being driven by Dorner. One of the civilians was hit by the police gunfire, another was wounded by shattered glass, and a third individual was injured when police rammed his vehicle and opened fire on them.

His first target was a woman named Monica Quan, the assistant head coach of a woman's basketball team at Cal State Fullerton. She was the daughter of a retired superior who defended Dorner when he was getting his walking papers.
Monica Quan and her boyfriend/fiance Keith Lawrence were killed by Christopher Dorner.
Keith Lawrence, Quan's boyfriend was killed as well. Lawrence was a police officer at the University of Southern California. They were planning on getting married this year.

Dorner managed to take his rampage through the hills of Los Angeles and managed to kill two officers as they approached his vehicle.

While on the run, the FBI issues a high maintenance warning to residents. He was a suicidal and considered extremely dangerous.

Dorner would be sought after for over four days. Many people called this murderer a "hero" because he stood up for the "little guy".

Were these people standing up for Monica and Keith? I mean they were innocent victims of a crazed man who thought the LAPD shafted him over his performance.

Dorner was caught up in the woods. He was stationed in a shack. And as the LAPD and ATF were approaching, Dorner went out firing. So they've returned fire. Somehow the gunfire started to cease and then all of sudden smoke comes out the shack. Either they shot Dorner to death or he managed to commit suicide by set the shack on fire. He knew that he wasn't going to go out like punk. He knew what he was doing.

During the month of January this was the biggest story. During that time a young Chicago girl was murdered after she attended Obama's second inauguration.

8. Ohio Rape Story: Over in Steubenville, Ohio. A young girl is raped by two star football players. The townspeople knew about it, but no one decided to respond to the situation appropriately.

Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays were popular students at the school.

Who would of thought that one night of drinking and partying would land these two in some hot water?

I mean c'mon guys, are you that stupid?

Apparently so.

The young girl was so intoxicated, the guys didn't care whether she was even alive when they had sex with her. Regardless of what that young girl did, these two men should have used proper judgement when getting involved with a person.

The coaches and superintendent knew about the situation and got sacked.

The jocular attitude of the assailants was documented on Facebook, Twitter, text messages, and cell phone recordings of the acts. The crime and ensuing legal proceedings generated considerable controversy and galvanized a national conversation about rape and rape culture.
Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond in juvenile court for rape of West Virginia girl.
Two students and high school football players, Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, both 16 at the time of the crime, were convicted in juvenile court for the rape of a minor. Additionally, three other adults have been indicted for obstructing the investigation into the rape, while Steubenville's superintendent of schools has been charged with hindering the investigation into a rape that took place earlier in 2012.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wanted to sweep the town of all its elected leaders. Because apparently, some of those partying teens were the sons and daughters of local leaders.

Hackivist group Anonymous got the ball rolling and made it a national story. Trust me, it would have been swept under the rug if it wasn't for them.

The judge tried Mays and Richmond as juveniles and adjudicated them "delinquent beyond reasonable doubt," the juvenile equivalent of a guilty verdict. Each defendant received the minimum sentence for their convicted crimes, with the possibility of remaining in juvenile detention until age 21.

The judge set the minimum sentence of one year for Richmond, who was found guilty of penetrating the girl while she was unconscious. Mays, who was found guilty of penetrating the girl while she was unconscious and disseminating pornographic pictures of her, was given the minimum sentence of two years.

Because the girl was a minor, Mays was charged with and convicted of the dissemination of child pornography, which is the reason for his additional year in juvenile detention. Whether or not Mays and Richmond will be added to the sexual-offenders registry depends on a future hearing to evaluate their behavior once they have turned 21

This tragedy will be a memorable moment in 2013.

9. Blood Brothers: Hannity and Drudge.

I've frequently talked about these two. These two were the most annoying and most notorious race-baiters of all time this year. Matt Drudge (who I refer to as That Guy Who Throws Shit To The Wall) has driven the narrative of Black on White crime. His news agitator The Drudge Report is the gateway to outright racist comments that come from readers who click on the links posted.

Online racism is very prominent in the links to local news stories that are ginned up by The Drudge Report.

It's proven that for every 100 comments, there's at least 75% of them being racist or downright stupid.

He's been granted the best year for gaining over 1.3 billion clicks this year. The worst for being an aggregation of the right wing hate.

Sean Hannity (who I refer to as That Guy Who Helped Obama Win) is a serial name dropper. He can't go one minute without mentioning Barack Obama's name. I mean in a single sentence, you'll hear the name. It's like he has ADHD whenever he's talking and ranting about how the government is bad under Obama's leadership.

It comes as no surprise that most of the daily rants from Hannity comes from The Drudge Report.

While crime in America is slightly down, there's talk about these events. I mean who would of thought that one man and his small team of trash sniffers would profit off the rage of White America?

Who would of thought, that the most annoying conservative agitator to be demoted after five successful years of being a solo act?

10. Boston Marathon Bombing. Tragedy happened on April 15, 2013. The Boston Marathon went so far without any problems. Until we gotten to the finish line. And boom, two packages go off injuring hundreds, killing three people. Two men who were just as normal as you and I, were the masterminds of this horrible event.

The bombs exploded about 13 seconds near the finish line on Boylston Street.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took over the investigation, and on April 18, released photographs and surveillance video of two suspects.

The suspects were identified later that day as Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Shortly after the FBI released the images, the suspects allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked an SUV, and initiated an exchange of gunfire with the police in Watertown, Massachusetts. During the firefight, an MBTA police officer was injured but survived with severe blood loss. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by police and then run over by his brother Dzhokhar and died. Dzhokhar was injured but escaped.
Boston Marathon suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Dzhokhar was later found hiding in a boat, badly wounded but alive. He was treated for injuries and hauled off to the federal time out. He will be on trial in the coming year for a destructive murder charge. He will likely get the gas chamber if found guilty.

Now as Russia prepares for the Winter Olympics, many radicalized terrorists will try their best over there to blow up stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if one was to strap themselves with a detonator and blow up around a mass population here in the United States.
Mission Accomplished.
11. Edward Snowden. This is the one guy most are undecided on. Is he a hero or a traitor? While taking a posh job at the NSA, Snowden managed to grab a lot of secrets and decided to leak it out to the press. He wanted to be a hero to the libertarian movement by telling the world, the America is listening to your conversations. He managed to elude the feds by taking temporary asylum in Russia. If he was caught, he would have suffered a fate like Bradley (Chelsea) Manning.

Snowden's release of classified material was called the most significant leak in US history by Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg. A series of exposés beginning in June 2013 revealed Internet surveillance programs such as PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora, as well as the interception of US and European telephone metadata. The reports were based on documents Snowden leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post while employed by NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. By November 2013, the Guardian had published one percent of the documents, with "the worst yet to come".

A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor, and a patriot. According to Snowden, his "sole motive" for leaking the documents was "to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."

The disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy. Six months after the NSA revelations began, Snowden declared his mission accomplished, citing the international debate sparked by his leaks.

A federal judge in December 2013 ruled that the government had "almost certainly" violated the US Constitution by collecting metadata on nearly every phone call within or to the United States. Less than 2 weeks later, a different federal judge ruled the surveillance program was legal, raising the likelihood that the constitutionality of the program would ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

Snowden is considered a fugitive by American authorities who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property.

By standards of the FBI, Snowden is considered armed and dangerous and potential flight risk.

Snowden is hoping to seek asylum in Germany and the Brazil. He is giving all the information to those who are willing to know.

Do you believe Edward Snowden did the right thing or caused a danger to those in the espionage industry?

12. Knockout game.

This was getting play in the white extremist circles. Some asshat went on That Guy Who Helped Obama's right wing carnival to promote this book about "us Black folks" participating in this "knockout game".

We "Black folk" are trying to destroy White America with the five finger roll.

The young Black youth are running amok in America laying the five finger roll on the faces of unsuspecting White folks. This is the new game sponsored by Trayvon Martin and President Barack Obama says those in the conservative media.

This Asshat Colin Flaherty wrote this book White Girl Bleed A Lot and it outlines all the "statistics" about "us Black folks" being the racist, violent, hateful, and destructive entities of our country.

Asshat Colin Flaherty claims he's an author of a book I've never heard of. He believes that racial violence is an everyday thing. He is contributor to WorldNutDaily. So obviously he'll "brag" about being some award winning writer who gets airplay on many news outlets. Whenever on a right wing media outlet this asshole talks about "racial violence (aka Black folks and the rest of America ignoring him)".

Asshat Colin Flaherty, the new Breitbart.
Of course this new theme is welded in the minds of White people. This so-called knockout game has became the issue of the  year. I mean from hearing talk about it, one is to believe that "US BLACK FOLK" are wild savages. We're just randomly knocking out White people and taping it on YouTube.

I mean from the kid getting beaten up on the bus and to random people getting knocked out in urban areas.

Serious injuries and even deaths have been attributed to the "knockout game". While news sources report that there has been an escalation of such attacks in late 2013, with some identifying it as a hate crime and/or a crime requiring new targeted legislation, some media analysts have cast doubt on this and have labeled the trend, although not the reported attacks themselves, a myth or an example of panic.

Many assaults are committed by youths.

In the coverage of the attacks in 2013, some on the racist right have focused on racial factors, alleging that the crimes are being committed primarily by African American youth and criticizing the media for ignoring the alleged racial nature of these attacks.

Critics often note that this righteous worry is nothing more than political dog whistle. Some of the handful assaults does not make it a trend, nor does a bunch of kids saying they were playing the "knockout game".

From every aspect of America, crime happens. No matter what statistics the racist right post, it doesn't determine the intelligence or aspects of criminal behavior.

I know that criminals look at opportunity, not race! I don't determine who commits a crime.

Crime is based on the product of the environment.

Conservatives are simple minded individuals. They show such disdain for President Barack Obama and the Black community.

So this is probably why they harp on the knockout game!

Is it possible that this is becoming a trend.

Well I'm done ranting for 2013. We're beginning a new year. Hope the best for all the readers here at Journal de la Reyna. If you have any other things you want to talk about in 2013. Send some feedback and I'll add more to the list.

On behalf of me and S. Baldwin, we thank you for reading and hope that you continue to bring us positive feedback on the latest things going on.

Queen Bey Gets Flack For Challenger Sound Footage!

Beyonce can't catch a break from those critical of her and her husband media mogul Jay-Z.

What I'm hearing is the controversial video that Beyonce participated in included the 1986 NASA tragedy of Spaceship Challenger. The first six second of a video drove the racist right nuts!

The video XO is released on the internet and some are calling it trash because she used stock footage of a major tragedy. Again ignoring the artistic creativity of the pop singer, just solely focusing on the tragedy.

Beyonce was probably five years old when it happen. I was six years old when it happened. I remember I was in the classroom when students from coast to coast saw the space shuttle Challenger blow up within a few minutes in the air. It killed Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher who became an astronaut. She won a contest to be the first teacher in space.

Former NASA employees and NASA families have slammed Beyonce for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion on her new song "XO."

"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt can be heard saying in the first six seconds of "XO." The communication is from a broadcast of the Mission Control Center in Houston after the Challenger exploded following takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. The tragedy left all seven crew members dead.

NASA officials, under the condition of anonymity, expressed dismay to ABC News over Beyonce's choice of sampling. June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, told ABC she's "disappointed" and described the clip included in the song as "an emotionally difficult one."

Former NASA employee Keith Cowing and the man behind NASAwatch.com wants Beyonce to remove the NASA audio altogether. He called it "inappropriate in the extreme" and compared it to using soundbites from Sept. 11 or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"Having this audio included in such a song serves to mock the severity of the events and loss that these final words represent," he wrote on his website. "If this was done with full knowledge of the origin of these words then this is simply repugnant. If this was done without due diligence as to the source of the words being sampled, then this is ignorance. Either way Beyoncé owes the families of the crew of Challenger an apology."

Beyonce responded in a statement to ABC:

My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.
Horrible tragedy.
"XO" is about a troubled relationship, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Beyonce's rep could not be reached for further comment.

I agree that it was a horrible tragedy. But for the racist right, she can't do that! Only people like Phil Robertson can because he's White and he's a Christian.

The racist right would rather see Beyonce back in the kitchen. That's what Rush Limbaugh (aka King Hippo) thought of her this year.

Neo-Nazi Could Be Facing Time In The Iron College!

White extremist Craig Cobb (right) is probably going to spend time in the iron college if he is found guilty of inciting a riot and domestic terrorism charges.

Only three weeks ago, white extremist Craig Cobb was on The Trisha Goddard show.

He got embarrassed when the DNA test said that he was 86% WHITE - 14% AFRICAN.

In the town of Leith, North Dakota, his white extremist buddies were taunting him. There was graffiti on his home taunting him. It drove him mad! So he goes down the streets screaming that he'll kill everyone in the town.

Just a touch of Black is enough to drove the White extremist insane. He was arrested and now is held in the county lock up on a $1 million get out of jail card.

The judge in the case said that it was wrong to deny Cobb bond, as had happened earlier this week, but set his bail prohibitively high because Cobb has fled to Canada when charged with crimes before. He is, in fact, currently in the United States only because he fled hate crimes charges in Canada.

That Trisha Goddard gave him the most embarrassing thing in his pathetic life! It was the truth!

 As the audience roared its approval of his comeuppance, Goddard said, “you have a little black in you.”

After the episode of the Trisha Show aired, Cobb’s home in his failed racist enclave was vandalized by white supremacist neighbors who didn't appreciate Cobb having “hidden” his impure genetic ancestry.

It was only after “BACK IN BLACK” had been painted on his house that Cobb, heavily armed, took to “patrolling” the streets of Leith, which is what led to the terrorizing charges on which he’s now being held on $1 million get out of jail card.
Craig Cobb rejects the Trisha Goddard fist bump.
If convicted of the seven counts of terrorizing, he faces up to 35 years in jail.

Craig Paul Cobb (born on October 9, 1951) is an American anti-semitic white supremacist who operates the video sharing website Podblanc. He claims "racism is my religion" and advocates "racial holy war" in accordance with the tenets of The Creativity Movement.

Cobb gained notoriety within anti-racist and anti-fascist movements and legal advocacy organizations that investigate hate speech and hate crime for his "celebration of violence and murder committed against minorities" as documented in his video recordings, online activities, and disruptions at public events.

Cobb is known for his movement to dominate the town of Leith, North Dakota with other white supremacists. The town has one African-American resident, who is married to a white woman. Cobb, who moved to Leith in 2012, attracted other white supremacists to the town and has Neo-Nazi paraphernalia displayed on his property. As a result, local residents and anti-racist organizations have organized multiple protests in Leith against Cobb and his allies.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Snoop Dogg And Bill O'Reilly Were In The Same Building!

President Barack Obama, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) and Bill O'Reilly (aka Bill-O) together in the same building.

Yeah, it's true.

The first Black president, one of the country's most popular and controversial rappers and the conservative agitator were at the Kennedy Center earlier this month. They were at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Bill-O, a notorious critic of hip-hop music complained about Snoop Dogg being a featured guest on one of the Muppets holiday specials. He called for NBC to drop the rapper from the show. NBC complied and edited out the rapper.

Snoop on his part went off on the conservative agitator on a few songs.  He even told the agitator to "smoke his pole" literally! Snoop Dogg and Ludacris were two primary targets of the conservative agitator's rants.

Loserville made such a fuss about hip-hop music for glorifying gun violence, sexism and commercialism. They often single out Snoop and Jay-Z as their targets. Bill-O and That Guy Who Helped Obama Win were complaining about the rappers endorsing President Barack Obama in 2012.

Bily Joel, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana were honorees at the Kennedy Center.

President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Bill-O and rapper Snoop were giving their praise to the 2013 honorees.

Jazz singer and music producer Herbie Hancock was the honoree that Bill-O and Snoop praised.

“He’s always humble and serene,” Bill-O said of Hancock. “I need that kind of role model.”

“Thank you for creating hip hop,” said Snoop, who got a crowd including Renee Fleming and Mikhail Baryshnikov waving and rapping with him.

“Michelle and I love this man,” the president said of Hancock.  “Not just because he’s from Chicago. Not just because he and I had the same hairdo in the 1970s.”

You notice that Loserville defends the freedom of speech for Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, but wants the junk food media to pull the plug on Snoop, Ludacris, and Jay-Z. 
Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo at the White House being inducted.
Loserville was all in arms when A &a E suspended the Quacker. They ran to the cameras claiming the "freedom of speech" is being under attack. They would allow a man who glorifies guns and says some pretty stupid shit about Blacks and the gays get a pass on controversy.

Why not Shawty Lo?

In January, Bill-O was complaining about All My Baby Mamas! The conservatives were calling for a boycott on Oxygen because Shawty Lo was trying to put his 10 children on the program.

Dream Big!

Mattel may create a plus-size Barbie doll! Is it controversial?

Toy maker Mattel brings a Barbie doll that certainly going to bring attention to the nation's overweight epidemic.

That Guy Who Post Shit On The Wall has link to the article from Bizpacreview.

Controversy is brewing over a request to remake Barbie in way contrary to the iconic image so many girls knew growing up. The skinny doll is going to look a little bigger, and I am wondering if the haters will come out against it!

I mean they've gotten upset over a Black and Muslim Barbie. What's next?

Well, according to Bizpacreview Plus-Size-Modeling.com is suggesting Mattel create a plus-size Barbie.

While some say more realistic curves would be a better role model for girls, others say an overly large Barbie would be an unhealthy example.

Plus Size Modeling conducted a poll on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 asking, “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” In just under two weeks, a picture of the poll has received over 40,000 likes, 5,000 comments and 2,700 shares.

“Sure, but Barbie doesn’t need a double chin,” one comment said. “You can be ‘plus size’ w/o the double chin. They could make a ‘thick’ Barbie.”

“Portraying Barbie as a realistic woman with real curves is a very good idea and would send the right message to young girls about self-esteem,” another comment said. “Making a morbidly obese Barbie is BAD!!”

Then there’s this opinion:

“Okay I honestly don’t think how a Barbie looks affects a child’s self-esteem. When I was little I didn’t wanna look like Barbie. Lol. I didn’t think about my looks at all I just wanted to play…”

C'mon people, let's try something different. I mean there's nothing wrong with the idea!

Go for it!

Make the money!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Robin Roberts Comes Out Of The Newsroom!

Robin Roberts reveals she's gay. Roberts was the first anchor to interview President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when they announced they support gay marriage.

Last year, Robin Roberts had the opportunity to interview the president on his evolution of gay marriage. He actually made it clear that he's now in favor of gay marriage. He done so in front of a good friend.

She remembers getting the "chills" when she heard the president speak so favorably about gay marriage.

Robin Roberts is a personal friend of the Obamas.

The ABC News reporter and host of Good Morning America came out this week.

Unlike the Jenna Wolfe and Raven-Symone's coming out parties, I am not too shocked about this revelation.

The Obamas got the opportunity to help motivate Roberts to publicly announce her relationship with another woman.

Add another Black entertainer in the media to come out as being gay or bisexual.

Roberts disclosed the relationship in a Facebook post in which she reflected on the past year. On Dec. 29, 2012, the news anchor celebrated 100 days post bone marrow transplant during her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.

"At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude," Roberts wrote. "I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health. I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together."

Amber Laign is a licensed massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, according to People magazine. She and Roberts met through mutual friends and have been together for 10 years.

"I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold," Roberts continued. "On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too."

CNN's Brian Stelter noted that this is the first time Roberts has spoken publicly about her sexual orientation.

The 53-year-old follows in the footsteps of other famous figures who have chosen to discuss their personal lives without formally choosing a title or label.

Earlier this month, Olympic diver Tom Daley came out in a YouTube video, revealing he is in a relationship with a man. Last year, Frank Ocean came out in a blog post. He opened up about a same-sex relationship he had when he was 19 years old.

UPDATE: ABC News issued the following statement regarding Roberts' Facebook post (via BuzzFeed):

"We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time. We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life."

Also you can mark Utah as one of the newest states that allow gay marriage. Yeah, the conservative state of Utah had a federal repeal of their state law banning gay marriage.

Again, "US BLACK FOLK" have went through interracial marriage. And now we've evolved through gay marriage. It used to bother some Black people seeing gay people. It still does but not as much as it used to be. We're seeing progress!

Well wishes to Robin Roberts and her partner Amber Laign.

Unemployment Benefits Dry Up!

You know that the Republican Party isn't that popular among most Americans. But rather than send them back to the minority, the voters will continue to allow them to create political chaos in their never ending fight against President Barack Obama.

As a part of the grand bargain by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) co-wrote a bill that keeps the government open but sacrifices things that are very important to Americans.

They announced a compromise that they had agreed to after extended discussions between them. The law raises the sequestration caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, in return for extending the imposition of the caps into 2022 and 2023, and miscellaneous savings elsewhere in the budget. Overall, the bill is projected to lower the debt by $23 billion over the long term.

The extension of unemployment benefits for laid off Americans isn't a part of the deal. Republicans opposed the idea of giving unemployment benefits to the jobless.

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people could drive out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

The end to the five-year program that extended benefits for the long-term jobless affected 1.3 million people immediately and will affect hundreds of thousands more who remain jobless in the months ahead. Under the program, the federal government provided an average monthly stipend of $1,166.

While the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress want to continue the program, the extensions were dropped from a budget deal struck earlier this month and Republican lawmakers have balked at its $26 billion annual cost.
The Stallmigo Rand Paul calls unemployment benefits for the long term a disservice.
The end of the program may prompt a drop in the nation's unemployment rate, but not necessarily for a good reason. People out of work are required to look for work to receive unemployment benefits. As benefits disappear, some jobless will stop looking for work out of frustration and will no longer be counted as unemployed.

Listen to the Stallmigo Rand Paul (R-KY) talk about how unemployment benefits hurts Americans.

He calls it a disservice.

I call it a politico who is too stupid to realize that he's causing great harm to the middle class.

Doe B Passed Away!

Doe B (right) appears with rapper/reality star Clifford "T.I." Harris. Doe B was killed at a nightclub over the weekend.

Rising rap act Doe B was shot and killed in Alabama over the weekend. The young act was credited with the single "Let Me Find Out". Doe B, real name Glenn Thomas of Montgomery was found died early Saturday morning according to local junk food media sources.

The rapper had ties to T.I.'s Hustle Gang and was signed to the Grand Hustle label. The rapper expressed condolences to his fallen friend.

Doe B, age 22 and 21 year old Kimberle Johnson and six other victims were shot at Centennial Hill Bar and Grill. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Thomas was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

It was formerly known as Rose Supper Club, but that establishment lost its liquor license and closed a year ago after a December 2012 shooting left six people injured. Centennial Hill opened earlier this year.

Baby Jesus Mixtape sponsored by Doe B and DJ Scream.

He was known for his Trap style and his signature eye patch, which he has worn since another shooting three years ago.

CNN reports that on the cover of his new album Baby Jesus, a baby is pictured dressed like Doe B with the eye patch and with additional bullet wounds on the left arm.

We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Doe B.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Black Girls Club: Open Thread: Must be that time of year

The Black Girls Club: Open Thread: Must be that time of year: (h/t Racialicious ) Soon to follow: a "Black women are still fat" article and the latest crime/unemployment stats involving ...

 Black women know our history of racism in America more than any other group. We have agency and choice. Our choice is to either have a Brotha, be single and happy, have a nonblack MOC, foreign, non-American influenced White man, preferably from Southern Europe, or just be happy period. We're not lamenting, we're going our own way and the powers that be hates that deeply.

I'm glad Black women think outside of the box instead of conforming to America's definition of what's the good life.

Ohio Teacher Tells Black Student He's Not Cut Out To Be President!

I guess some right wing teacher will have a longer Winter break. After the junk food media reported on him saying some stupid things to a Black student about the president, one may think his days are numbered at a local suburban school.

Gil Voigt is a Fairfield, Ohio teacher who got in some real trouble. He told one of his Black students that Barack Obama, the first Black president will be the only one the country will see. He now sees his future as an educator on the line after making that inflammatory comment.

Voigt allegedly told the student that he couldn't become President because America doesn't need another black person in the White House. “We do not need another black president,” Voigt said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Now I know that educators are supposed to help motivate students prepare for the future. They want to encourage young minds to achieve success. I mean the first Black man to become president is historical. It opens the doors for a woman or a person of color to be the next president.

Barack Obama achieved his goals of winning two landslide elections, appointing the first Latina to be a Supreme Court justice, has the credit ordering the military to kill the world's most wanted terrorist and managed to fix the economy. And despite having one of the country's least productive Congress, Barack Obama continues to move forward.

Fairfield Freshman School teacher has been suspended without pay and faces the prospect of dismissal after allegedly making racially insensitive statements to a student earlier this month.

Monday, the Fairfield Board of Education suspended science teacher Gil Voigt. He has 10 days to request a hearing before the school board or a referee.

The incident occurred on Dec. 3, with several other students present, according to a report from Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin, who conducted a disciplinary hearing on the matter.

It isn’t the first time the 14-year Fairfield teacher has been disciplined. He received a verbal warning for making an inappropriate racial comment in 2008. That year he also received a verbal warning for improper use of school technology.

Last year he received a verbal warning after allegedly calling a student “stupid” and belittling him. He received a written warning last month for failure to use the adopted curriculum.

“This is a rare occurrence. This is the first time I’ve faced it since being named assistant superintendent (in 2011),” Martin said.

In his report, Martin said he believed four students were interviewed who corroborated the student Voigt was speaking to.

Following a complaint by the student’s parents, the teen was removed from Voigt’s class, Martin said.

“We intend to uphold board policies and to hold teachers accountable for the essential functions of the teacher job description,” Martin said.

The racist right rather see young Blacks in the iron college. Hell they think that most of them are playing the knockout game!
Voigt is accused of violating board policies related to staff ethics, staff-student relations and harassment.

Voigt was not present at the meeting and could not be reached on Monday for comment.

According to the report, Voigt said his statement was misquoted by the student, who he said was not a very good student and was troublesome in class.

Voigt has been a Fairfield teacher since 2000. Before that he taught seven years in North Carolina, two years in Florida and six years in the Cincinnati Public Schools. 

While many conservatives were upset that President Barack Obama trounced perennial loser Mitt Romney, the hangover was expected. This is the umpteenth time we've heard about an anti-Obama politico or educator taking their disgust of the first Black president in the public sector.

I promise you that if we get a Republican majority in the Congress, you'll expect more of this nonsense. 

This educator is the reasons why liberals call conservatives the racist, stupid and utterly condescending individuals they've been painted out to be.

Thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Addicting Info for the story.

I've often check Public Shaming, Addicting Info, The Hinterland Post,  and The Raw Story for my rational fix of politics . Sometimes when you look at these stories, I kind of shake my head in disgust. I really hate how our country achieve so much and yet still have this nonsense going around.

Famed YouTube comedian ELawshea nails it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Quacker Back On A & E!

Duck Dynasty will be on this season.

Despite the huge outcry from the LGBT community against Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, A&E decided to reinstate the controversial star back on the program.

The racist right turned out in droves to petition A&E's decision to suspend the star after he made some comments about gays and the Black community.

Now that seems to have gotten the attention of the junk food media Now the demands were heard and the controversy will now settle down. Could you imagine this was a huge story?

What happen was the GQ Magazine interview in which the outspoken star said some choice words about gays being compared to terrorism. Then of course that flack went to the head of A&E and they decided to put the star on leave.

The Robertson family were threatening to leave if they didn't reinstate the patriarch of the show. 

Now the controversy brought in a known asshole who continues to hog the limelight. She is a former governor of Alaska who was calling for the head of Martin Bashir on Obama News after he compared her to a slave who was defecated by his master.

Nowadays we gotten so much into the lives of celebrities. Even a redneck millionaire isn't spared from the outlandish behavior. Think about the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and every other angle of reality television and pop culture. They actually get a pass for some of the ignorance that comes out of their mouths.

Why not Phil?

Yeah, he's a stupid ass bigot. So what?

He's stupid ass money maker. He continues to motivate sales of products with his likeness and it was foretold that merchandise from the show sold out fast.

A&E issued a statement:

As a global media content company, A&E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A&E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Newsbusters Noel Shepard claims the LEFT is exploding over this!

I bet. After all, the RIGHT exploded when Bill Maher took aim at the Catholic church.

The RIGHT exploded when a little child on YouTube said a prayer for President Barack Obama.

The RIGHT exploded when the president shook hands with Raul Castro at the Nelson Mandela funeral.

Okay, so when will the next explosion to happen in the junk food media?

Do we have to blame the Muslims, the Blacks or just another White guy?

In closing, this is a warning shot to the cast. The issue will probably be discussed on the future episodes and the we can only hope that Phil Robertson will not drive another problem into the mainstream again!

Because the eyes are watching. It's just not those faithful viewers.

Hate On YouTube May Soon Be Gone In One Click!

YouTube: View & Share!

The freedom of speech allows an individual be who they are. If one is to be the nasty condescending bigot online, then you may have to find another place to blow your hate. Google, Inc. the parent company of YouTube and Blogger is going to try to clean up its image. The first thing Google wants to tackle, is the bandwidth trolls. They are going weed out the trolls and permanently ban the hate from its websites.

Yeah, you may have heard of internet trolls. These are the people who constantly write comments on YouTube, Facebook, Blogger, and Twitter nasty, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, downright evil comments about an event, a person, or even their own family members.

These people would end up becoming internet cyberbullies and cyberstalkers. These individuals are dangerous. They don't even know how far they'll go before someone hurts them or the person they're targeting.

Lawmakers are trying to curb cyberbullying by passing harassment laws (in regards to online behavior).

I am for that in two ways. It may stop people from creating phony profiles of individuals. I was a victim of this nonsense three years ago. And due to the constant drumbeat of this nonsense, I've semi-retired from making videos on YouTube. There's no reason to keep going on with the likes of some random asshole online. So I decided to move away from the spotlight for now!

It may end the ongoing racial slurs that seem to plague social networks like YouTube.

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether.

The efforts put sites in a delicate position. User comments add a lively, fresh feel to videos, stories and music. And, of course, the longer visitors stay to read the posts, and the more they come back, the more a site can charge for advertising.

What websites don't want is the kind of off-putting nastiness that spewed forth under a recent CNN.com article about the Affordable Care Act.

"If it were up to me, you progressive libs destroying this country would be hanging from the gallows for treason. People are awakening though. If I were you, I'd be very afraid," wrote someone using the name "JBlaze."
YouTube's current logo.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, has long been home to some of the Internet's most juvenile and grammatically incorrect comments. The site caused a stir last month when it began requiring people to log into Google Plus to write a comment. Besides herding users to Google's unified network, the company says the move is designed to raise the level of discourse in the conversations that play out under YouTube videos.

One such video, a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family, met with such a barrage of racist responses on YouTube in May that General Mills shut down comments on it altogether.

"Starting this week, when you're watching a video on YouTube, you'll see comments sorted by people you care about first," wrote YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram and principal engineer Yonatan Zunger in a blog post announcing the changes. "If you post videos on your channel, you also have more tools to moderate welcome and unwelcome conversations. This way, YouTube comments will become conversations that matter to you."

White extremists are often on websites that support the Black community.
Anonymity has always been a major appeal of online life. Two decades ago, The New Yorker magazine ran a cartoon with a dog sitting in front of a computer, one paw on the keyboard. The caption read: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." At its best, anonymity allows people to speak freely without repercussions. It allows whistle blowers and protesters to espouse unpopular opinions. At its worst, it allows people to spout off without repercussions. It gives trolls and bullies license to pick arguments, threaten and abuse.

But anonymity has been eroding in recent years. On the Internet, many people may know not only your name, but also your latest musings, the songs you've listened to, your job history, who your friends are and even the brand of soap you prefer.

"It's not so much that our offline lives are going online, it's that our offline and online lives are more integrated," says Mark Lashley, a professor of communications at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Facebook, which requires people to use their real names, played a big part in the seismic shift.

"The way the Web was developed, it was unique in that the avatar and the handle were always these things people used to go by. It did develop into a Wild West situation," he says, adding that it's no surprise that Google and other companies are going this route. "As more people go online and we put more of our lives online, we should be held accountable for things we say."

Nearly three-quarters of teens and young adults think people are more likely to use discriminatory language online or in text messages than in face to face conversations, according to a recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. The poll didn't distinguish between anonymous comments and those with real identities attached.

The Huffington Post is also clamping down on vicious comments. In addition to employing 40 human moderators who sift through readers' posts for racism, homophobia, hate speech and the like, the AOL-owned news site is also chipping away at anonymous commenting. Previously, anyone could respond to an article posted on the site by creating an account, without tying it to an email address. This fall, HuffPo began requiring people to verify their identity by connecting their accounts to an email address, but that didn't appear to be enough and the site now also asks commenters to log in using a verified Facebook account.

"We are reaching a place where the Internet is growing up," says Jimmy Soni, managing editor of HuffPo. "These changes represent a maturing (online) environment."

Soni says the changes have already made a difference in the quality of the comments. The lack of total anonymity, while not a failsafe method, offers people a "gut check moment," he says. There have been "significantly fewer things that we would not be able to share with our mothers," in the HuffPo comments section since the change, Soni says.

Newspapers are also turning toward regulated comments. Of the largest 137 U.S. newspapers - those with daily circulation above 50,000 - nearly 49 percent ban anonymous commenting, according to Arthur Santana, assistant communications professor at the University of Houston. Nearly 42 percent allow anonymity, while 9 percent do not have comments at all.

Curbing anonymity doesn't always help. Plenty of people are fine attaching their names and Facebook profiles to poorly spelled outbursts that live on long after their fury has passed.

In some cases, sites have gone further. Popular Science, the 141-year-old science and technology magazine, stopped allowing comments of any kind on its news articles in September.

While highlighting responses to articles about climate change and abortion, Popular Science online editor Suzanne LaBarre announced the change and explained in a blog post that comments can be "bad for science."

Because "comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories," wrote LaBarre.

The Huffington Post and Associated Press contributed to the story.

Now I want an understanding to why Google's YouTube taken extreme measures on the nasty comments.

Here's an example of what YouTube deals with on a frequent basis.

all niggers need to be put in zoos!

chop this nigger dick off!

Stupid nigger i bet he couldnt even write down the site name in browser without making mistake

@dondopa No, don't kill them. That's just inhumane and stooping to their level. Just ship them back to Africa where they belong.

@CarlosCoolidgeAlden then they will probably kill themselves

@CarlosCoolidgeAlden Kill the Spearchuckers

You disrespect people by calling them niggers which is actually very stupid and shows that you are nothing but a white trash, and then you try to make them feel bad about saying dick as if thats more stupid then saying nigger. You are a bit retarded, you know that.lol Im shoked.lmfao

Niglet fuxation at its best!

Finally, a nigger with good taste

Go back to Africa nigger. Your species does nothing but rob, rape, kill, and cause general mayhem. Sub-human IQ and DNA to boot.

hahahaha. He probably does like the site.

@FlankerVT Kill the Spearchuckers

@tobybeachsowner Kill the Spearchuckers

@DaFoxx28 Maybe you should try some basic, entry level English classes. It would help with the run on sentences and incessant babbling.

Get down nigger!

@walmartian555 Good. Once they're in Africa they can do all the raping, robbing, torturing and general TNB they want.

Wow nigger you sure showed big ol mean YT. At least my father didn't run out on me while I was still in the womb. I can't say the same for you or any of your fellow niggers.

This video could only have been contrived by someone belonging to a race of low avg intelligence.
Yeah, it's about time and probably going to be a growing movement.


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