Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PART 1: Isn't life obnoxious enough…
The other day I removed a person from my list of people that I've been communicating with or simply sharing with via Facebook. I usually make my commentaries on Twitter and forward them onto Facebook. Since I’m on both, it makes life easy. Well, as is the case with these so-called social networks, one acquires friends along the way, and/or thru those connections you receive responses that sometimes (A) make no sense, and or (B) can really upset you enough to wanna scream
A simple recap of what happened was, that after sharing an article I had read discussing the history between the Ukraine and Russia. I mentioned briefly how I had found it logical and intelligent how I thought it put what's happening into real historic context. (A copy of the whole conversation is showcased below.)
But instead of a like or a comment of any merit, I received a nonsensical ‘Birther’ commentary about President Obama. Now I can understand a joke, to a degree, but when someone demeans our President by throwing out the Kenyan crap, it begins to dawn on me that I'm not interested in having them in my life, even if its just on Facebook. We are discussing Russia here, not Obama's birthplace.  
So when, still thinking that perhaps the commentary was a joke, I responded with what I hoped was a nice warning... basically, don't go there. Sadly it seems, they did.
This time, upping the anti, by throwing in racist comments. Something that always pushes my button. Growing up in Crown Heights, in the 1960’s, as practically the only white person in my neighborhood, racism was something that was a tangible thing. I witnessed it on a numerous occasions. It is something that has stuck with me my whole life. Just the realization that some people actually believe themselves to be better then others just because of how they looked or who they were has always troubled me. And whenever I hear people use those beliefs as excuses to harm others, it always makes me very uneasy. Especially when they use their so-called religious teachings as their reasoning for their unbelievable racist comments. 
To put it nicely people, enough with the racism. Honestly. I'm sorry but in the year 2014, to have to receive garbage commentary by a so-called friend goes beyond simply making small talk and enters the realm of hate speech. To actually have some ingrate use the term, Negro to describe President Obama, and for that matter, any person of color in the year 2014 as a Negro is simply being a racist. And they are using Facebook as a forum for hate speech. I understand that its the first amendment and its their freedom of speech. But that doesn’t disqualify it for what it is… hatred towards people of color or those who have different beliefs. Its freaking 2014, yet sadly, I guess it could have been a lot worse… 
And then to add fuel to the fire, the fool decided to throw in a few token words to showcase their political and historical stupidity: Dictator, Socialist, Commie,  and best yet, Fascist! all words that the fools like to throw out to describe anyone they don't agree with.
Obviously they were just getting started…
So as the screen cap showcases, I have removed them as Facebook Friends… you will notice that I have covered up the persons name & photo's (sorry, not gonna give them any further promotion). 

PART 2 When Political experts slip and reveal the truth behind their messages…
Sadly today’s reports that Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld slammed President Barack Obama on Monday, saying "a trained ape" would have better foreign policy skills, shouldn’t surprise me. Seems every day we get another comparison of our President and/or worse his wife, to either an ape or something worse. Sadly this racist commentary has only grown louder as the President has continued to serve his nation proudly.
Amazingly the expression he used  to describe our Presidents handling of Russia’s current actions, "a trained ape" actually works as both a metaphor and as a racist commentary, really showcasing how smart Mr. Rumsfeld really is. Which for me, makes it even worse. Somehow covering himself, just in case the mud starts flying his direction because of his obviously racist comment. 
Of course by using the elephant in the room, the term ‘ape’ to describe the person doing the job, and that person currently is a ‘person of color’ as an ape, and better still, “a trained ape” is honestly despicable. Even if said without realizing what you might be inferring, and I’m sorry, Mr. Rumsfeld doesn’t say anything without thinking first. I can already hear, his defenders arguing how wrong I am.
“We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world," Rumsfeld said. "This administration, the White House, and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It doesn’t take a genius.”Quoted from an appearance by Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld "On the Record with Greta van Susteren,"  on Fox News.
When will it stop. It’s bad enough when your so-called friends make commentary that goes beyond common decency, and you can simply remove them from your ‘friends’… but to have public officials, people in real power or those who can sway public opinion throw out commentary that frankly reeks of racist commentary, in the year 2014 is simply beyond reasoning. And those people who throw out crap like Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld just did, should be removed from the public discourse. Enough already. 

To learn more about the Donald Rumsfeld’s quote above, and to also see a video, please check out the link below. 
Donald Rumsfeld: 'A Trained Ape' Would Be Better At Foreign Policy Than Obama

PART 3 Unbelievable, 2000 tweets, who knew?
After I post this commentary, I will be sharing it on Twitter. Amazingly, that tweet will be my 2000th! How the heck is that possible? I Might have to rethink my phone service contract…Either that means I have too much time on my hands, I read too much, I have too many interests and have this need to share my thoughts to the world. Hopefully, as when I originally signed up, really its as a way to stay connected to friends and loved ones about whats up with my life, career and whatever that they might find fascinating. So when I receive commentary from my so-called friends that (as above), it has nothing to do with my share and/or then throw in their personal opinions that franking cross common decency. It forces me to sit back and ponder why I'm even wasting my time and energy… I mean 2000 tweets, maybe someone should throw me a party for being so inclusive with my opinions. 
Just one man’s opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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