Can There be a Defense for Slavery? And Can a Black Man Earn Too Much?
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, eeeeverywhere you go. That’s right dear readers, as you well know, there’s only 5 days until Christmas. As for me, I’m a terrible gift giver—I just never know what to get and so I often wait until the last minute, but it’s a terrible system. Get out there and get shopping! And hey—don’t forget, on Christmas day—ham is way better than turkey! And stick around long enough today and you’ll get some major news about USA Really.
And let’s get things started with our announcements: Don’t forget to check out our Global Democracy Award contest, on the theme of the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for you to hook us up with some sweet evidence of the government being a pain in the butt and enforcing illegal censorship online, especially on social networks. Both of these items could you bring you several thousand dollars, so check them both out today!
Then, as always, let’s jump into things with a look at our opinion piece. And it’s an explosive one! “Slavery in the South” by Walt Garlington. He starts off with a bold assertion: “What was the institution of slavery in the South that is so quickly condemned by the self-proclaimed defenders of the Rights of Man? It is a complex thing, brought together from the inweaving of a series of events and circumstances particular to Dixie, and by no means the morally simplistic outrage normally presented to the inquirer.” Thus, he says, “Let us start at the beginning, with the settling of the Southern colonies, when a superabundance of land presented unique challenges to the colonists.” He takes a look at a number of historical sources—what the southerners were saying about slavery at the time, and so on. Then he also brings in some references from some of the greatest saints, like St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom. It’s definitely an interesting piece, and I’m thinking it will definitely cause some serious reactions!
Then let’s jump back in time with a look at our “This Day in History” piece. A pretty major event went down this day in 1803—the Louisiana Purchase was completed by a ceremony held in New Orleans. The acquisition of the Louisiana territory (overall – about 828,000 sq miles) was one of the biggest economic and political wins in U.S. History, since they gained it for only fifty million francs ($11,250,000) and a cancellation of debts worth eighteen million francs ($3,750,000) for a total of sixty-eight million francs ($15 million, which is an equivalent to about $600 billion given the GDP of 2017). And this territory was quite huge! On this day in 1952, the Moses Lake C-124 crash occurred that killed 87 of the 115 people onboard. And what’s worse, the purpose of the flight was to bring our boys home from Korea. And in 1989, we did our thing and went and invaded Panama. Washington D.C. war hawks (and President George H. W. Bush) eventually overthrew the legitimate leader of Panama, Manuel Noriega and sentenced him to prison due to “war crimes,” but the operation cost the Americans 23 killed and 325 wounded soldiers, while the Panamanian side suffered up to 314 soldiers killed and many more deceased civilians.
Then here’s a case that really does seem like racism. A lot of the cries of racism are just bunk, but this one seems suspicious: “Ohio Bank Calls Cops On Black Man Because They Thought His $1000 Paycheck Was Too High.” Now to be fair, this particular bank branch had been the victims of fraud lately, but come on, why does $1000 seem high. I made almost that much in a month at friggin’ Walmart. Plus, this guy worked 64 hours. That’s a lot of friggin’ hours. What do you expect a good job to pay for that much work? He even showed the required two forms of ID and his fingerprints, the bank still wasn’t convinced, and they even called the cops on the guy. When he left the bank, the cops were waiting for him and they put him in their car until they managed to reach his work who confirmed that the paycheck was legit. Crazy people.
Then how about that USA Really news I told you about: “USA Really and Its Chief Editor Alexander Malkevich Were Sanctioned by the US.” You heard that right. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against the USA Really news agency and its chief editor Alexander Malkevich. The press release says: “USA Really, which is operated by Alexander Aleksandrovich Malkevich, engaged in efforts to post content focused on divisive political issues but is generally ridden with inaccuracies.” Hahaha, I mean, come on. Being divisive and supposedly inaccurate are NOT illegal. Of course, this, along with the entire Russian witch hunt thing, is complete BS.
Our next piece is pretty encouraging: “GoFundMe Campaign to Build Border Wall Started by Purple Heart Air Force Veteran Raises More Than $3.5 Million in Days.” Florida resident Brian Kolfage, who is a triple amputee and Air Force veteran, started the GoFundMe page on Dec. 16. By Thursday morning, more than $3.5 million had been pledged by more than 55,000 people to the cause, dubbed “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” The description of the page says in part, “If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” “That equates to roughly 5 Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”
Then we have a story of another actress claiming she was harassed on the job. “Actress Eliza Dushku Gives Details of Sexual Harassment While She Worked at CBS.” Eliza Dushku, an actress known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a major role in three episodes of the CBS prime-time drama Bull, disclosed to the Boston Globe the details what actually happened at CBS between her and her former co-workers, actor Michael Weatherly and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron, who have been accused of sexual harassment. “Weatherly harassed me from early on. The tapes show his offer to take me to his ‘rape van,’ filled with all sorts of lubricants and long phallic things. There was also his constant name-calling; playing provocative songs (like Barracuda) on his iPhone when I approached my set marks, and his remark about having a threesome. He made the threesome remark to me about himself and me in a room full of people,” Dushku recalls.
I’m not sure what to think about our next piece exactly. A girl in a wheelchair just graduated from college, and her service dog got a diploma too. On the one hand I was thinking, oh great, more snowflake crap, but if you read the article, you’ll see how much this dog really did for the girl and you can see why she wanted the dog to be honored along with her. He even went to her internship with her and she intends to take him to her eventual job too. Get the full scoop at “Golden Retriever Receives Honorary Diploma at Owner’s Graduation.”
Our last news piece for the day is pretty messed up: “Pro-Trump Sign Planted Outside Jewish Memorial Calls Holocaust “Fake News.” Now, either this is real and some loon is actually denying the Holocaust, or someone is just pretending to be a Trump fan to make Trump look bad. That’s certainly happened before. “It’s clearly a statement of Holocaust denial,” Ronit Sherwin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, told MySanAntonio. She had no idea who put the sign up but reported the incident to authorities. Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explains. Deniers “are generally motivated by hatred of Jews and build on the claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests.” “Deniers of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of around 6 million Jews in World War II, either deny that such a genocide took place or minimize its extent,” the Southern Poverty Law Center explains. Now, normally I think the Southern Poverty Law Center are a bunch of loons, but I fail to see the point in denying the Holocaust.
Well, my friends, let us finish this podcast with a look at tomorrow’s opinion piece: “America has become a ‘No-vacation’ nation” by Pradeep Banerjee. He writes: “Christmas is a day of celebration, not just because of its religious importance, but also because it provides Americans a rare opportunity to break away from their otherwise mundane life and enjoy a day off with family and friends. In an otherwise Stakhanovite regime, Christmas represents a rare break. It is no secret that the American oligarchs treat workers as slaves, forcing them to work long hours and with almost no paid vacation time. Fear of repercussions, of being replaceable, and of being forced out of job is increasingly forcing Americans to let go of their vacation time and drudge. In 2017 the average American took just 17.2 days of vacation. Around half of the American workforce did not even avail their full allotment of days off. This grim situation is very different from the situation in other developed countries like France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom where workers are allotted 30 or more days of vacation time in a year.” So, my dear American compatriots. How are we to rectify this situation? We all need a break every now and then, and it even improves our work performance! Allow yourself some time to just kick back and chill. You’ll be glad you did!
Well, friends, that’s it for the night. We thank you for tuning it, and we hope to see you back on our pages tomorrow.