Saturday, May 24, 2014

So I was scrolling down Facebook today, when I discovered a 'discussion' about the current brew-ha-ha with the name of the NFL's Washington franchise, The Washington Redskins. I know its been in the news a lot lately, but personally not something I have been thinking about too much, or really ever. But it is something I've always wondered about. 
Even as a kid, I felt a little odd, but never really thought why it bothered me. Honestly I liked the uniform colors and thought the logo cool, I was a child. Figured it was a Cowboys and Indians thing, but for some reason, it didn't seem like a bad thing. But that was a long time ago, I've grown up, and the rest of the world, for the most part, has to. 
I do find it funny that in this day and age, that a national sports team would still have a name that most people know as a derogatory description of the Indian people. Sadly, as has been showcased all too often these days, there seems to be a lot of racist people out there. And today it seems that in the age of Facebook and Twitter, the worst of people's beliefs are pushed in your face with terrifying glee. Coming out with statements that make your skin crawl, especially when realize that people like Donald Sterling are all around us, even in the year 2014. 
When it comes to racism, of course, all you hear, are people defending it. Its their right. Its free speech, its in the Constitution, God-damn-it! So shut up, and take it. Take our backward thinking redneck mentality, and live with it.
Here's the link to the article that the discussion was talking about: Politics 
So while reading the responses to the discussion, one person of the many, sided with the team. But the answer sounded intelligent, which actually surprised me. It explained the history of the team's name and why its actually isn't really an insult but really a tribute to the Native Indian. Really?
Who knows, he might be historically right. So figured that I should research this a little (I always like to research the facts before making another statement that could shoot me in the foot). So I went to the wikipedia and typed in: (Here's link to that page)
I read the entire history, at least as how it was listed there. According to them, it really was a tribute to Indians… so, it seems this persons's response had weight to it, how interesting to read the entire story, sans screaming and yelling to find actually truth behind the reasoning for the name. So it was supposedly a noble gesture to name the team Redskin… who knew?
That said…I am sorry, doesn't matter. If the New York Yankees had been called the New York Yids as a tribute to the hard working jews in New York (I'm jewish, so please don't bitch) would the Rabbi's in NYC be happy about it? Or how about the NY Crackers? As a tribute to the white people that stole this nation from the Indians! I wouldn't be insulted in the least, would anyone else be? Why don't we just call the The Atlanta Falcons, The Atlanta Coonskins or worse (I am making a point here, not trying to insult anyone), some people might find that a cool name too. Why don't we just rename the team, The Washington Slaves! As a tribute to the many who helped build our nations on their backs. Then maybe the racists out there would be happy too… get it? 
The Name Redskins is heinous, screw the token gratitude!
Screw the bull… maybe, if any members of the families who supposedly were the ancestors of the Indians, that the team was named after come out and defend the name, then maybe I'd be ok with it. If the Indian Nation in fact supported the name, then maybe it would be cool! But since it seems everyone that comes out, is against the name… perhaps its time to wake up and step into the new world, like our ancestors did!  
Change your racist name… or go F•ck yourselves… I know for me, I will never ever watch another game featuring that team… even if my team is playing them in the Super-Bowl. Their is power in numbers. If enough fans decline to go to their games, buy their merchandise, if advertisers stop advertising, if the entire Indian Nation surrounded the Washington Redskins' stadium, in TeePees, in protests, maybe then they would get the hint? Or perhaps if a few Paleface's were scalped then maybe they would really get the message. Not that I'm suggesting any violence…
Just one man's opinion.
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Sat., May 24, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Don’t you hate it when your villains turn out to be telling the truth? When the Republicans demonized Obamacare because of its ‘Death Panels’ we all scoffed at them. Well at least I did. I mean look at the messenger, Sarah Palin, honestly, did you actually believe one word? It seemed more like another SNL bit starring Tina Fey. Simply more Republican bull…  I thought, obviously they were just trying to destroy The Affordable Care Act’s credibility even before it was enacted… I thought. 
Amazingly it seems, every time the GOP bitch about the Democrats doing something, in actuality it turns out that they're doing the exact same thing or worse.
Sadly, it really was the Republican Governors who should have been given that title... and the Democrats should have accused them of future crimes against the state! Since with their refusal to allow healthcare, they’ve literally caused the possibility of deaths by lack of coverage to their states citizens. They’re putting people’s lives at risk, by preventing thousands from receiving healthcare. I guess they were right, if Obamacare was approved, that ‘Death Panels’ would occur... Sadly even when they are right, it turns out hurting others. And in this case it possibly could lead to us calling some of our elected officials murderers! A list of some of these Death Panelists, these Governors, who’ve refused healthcare to their constituents reads like a whose who in ‘What were they thinking? on election day!’ Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott are the leading faces in this insult to common public decency.
When the President was first elected the Republicans got together and decided to try to ruin his Presidency, how patriotic of them. Let’s try to destroy our newly elected Commander-in-Chief. Screw the ramifications, we have our agenda. Screw the citizens, we have our talking pointings. Screw what's right… even when we are in the wrong.
Even before the President’s healthcare law was approved, the ‘Death Panel’ plan was probably in the equation. Somewhere, these ‘leaders’ got together and decided to prevent their constituents from receiving healthcare and/or the Medicare expansion. Imagine the meeting, the conversations, the talking points discussed, the agenda. Imagine their laughter at the realization of how stupid they must believe the citizens of their states to be. I mean we actually got these idiots to elect us, they won’t even notice that we are sentencing some of them to death! I mean, why would they care if they can’t see a doctor? They don't seem to want to find any jobs. Why can't they just fend for them selves? Run on that republicans, I dare you! 
PLEASE CHECK OUT: Seems I’m not the only one who finds the actions of the GOP to be a bit offensive, in the least, and most likely criminal in the eyes of the law…  'The GOP Death Panel' (at the link below) is an excellent Op-Ed I discovered on-line that kind of back-ups what I’m discussing here. Highly recommended!
Just one man's opinion.
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Wed., May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simply, because of the breakthrough of your now iconic song “Same Love” you had become the voice of a generation. And now the first major message you put out there since, turns out to be the oldest form of hatred in history… antisemitism! 
And then you put out you had no idea... it was an innocent mistake in judgment… really? Tell it to millions of humans who died because of the hatred of others who thought that costume was funny in the past! You mean to tell me you never saw Oliver! The musical? You never watched or read The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare. Sorry you put it out there, it’s out there! I now have to wonder if there is somewhere a tape with your voice saying ‘anti-Semitic’ words... I mean where did the idea for ‘Thrift Shop’ come from, your imagination? Perhaps there’s a little Donald Sterling in you too? I know that maybe I’m exaggerating, but Ben Haggerty of the rap group Macklemore rightly or wrongly is now the voice of millions, and this is what he wanted to put out. 
Sadly like the ‘current’ fascination with *Hillary Clinton’s brain, once you put out anything... people will see it. And as a voice for the next generation, introducing them to this stereotype, to me negates any glow this spokesman for his generation ever earned. 
Any hatred is hatred. To disguise it with ignorance, sorry buddy, some of us can see right through it. You know the ones who thought your generation had learned the lessons of the past. Turns out, same love really means, same old hatred for others. You should love my choices, but yours we can make fun of. What if some gangster rapper decided to rap like an over the top ‘Nancy-boy’ would you be okay by that? I don’t think so. You rapped about love and togetherness and then you rap showcasing divisiveness. You blew it, big time... any credibility you created with your phenomenon is gone. 
I’m just glad I didn’t spend any money on any of your music. I like your song Same Love, I loved it's message, but the messenger seems to have the same old human frailties… he’s a little bit racist. If he doesn’t know it, and if he doesn’t realize what he showcased isn’t offensive, then it turns out the well educated hero of millions shouldn’t be the spokesmen for anyone. Instead he needs to be schooled on antisemitism!
*OF NOTE: About that little aside (I know I threw in a little politics into this commentary, sometimes it just fits), the saddest thing about Carl Rove’s suggestion that Hillary might have brain damage is, even if thats true, she still has more intelligence on life support then the entire line up of warnabees that the GOP can come up with combined. Talk about insulting the intelligence of the masses.
Just one man's opinion.
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Tues., May 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

So the Keystone Pipeline is gonna bring us jobs? Really… go on, tell us the numbers. Throw out your spin, stress your reasonings, try to explain away all scientific information as heresy and fiction. I'm waiting… oh, here it comes again, its a gold rush, a new era will begin, its gonna end unemployment as we know it! I mean, if you're gonna exaggerate, excuse me sell your scheme, why not go to the extreme. Come on, you can do it, how many jobs… tell us the numbers?
Really… how many… now how many of those are long time or short time positions. 
I know, what about WMDs… just somehow throw those initials into the mix, then you'll get what you want! Screw the truth, as long as a few people can earn millions, whats the problem if the few literary screw over a nation. 
I mean, why am I worried, some of the great thinkers pushing for this genius idea were behind, a few recently historically major, political mishaps. Like a couple of Wars we are still trying to get out of…
The sad truth behind this job creator, is that this deal, isn't really even for Americans! This whole deal is for TransCanada, a Canadian based company! So basically this foreign company, wants to use our nation as their private oil freeway. Screw what happens to our land, and our citizens. The proposed pipeline stretches 875 miles from Canada to Nebraska, where it would then connect with existing pipelines. So how does this really help the US in the long run?
What about the ecology? What if there's an accident? According to reports (showcased in the link below), over 800,000 barrels of oil will be flowing thru the pipeline per day. What if there's a hiccup, a little crack and a gush of biblical proportions occur, how will they handle the mishap. The Reactor in Japan is still seeping radiation. The clean ups on all the most recent accidents have proven to be a joke at best. You got a few hours to learn some facts, check google!
What can you say to dispel my doubts that you actually know what the hell you are talking about. Are any of you real experts or simply talking heads… go. 
Still waiting… I understand the likelihood of that happening is minuscule. And now, amazingly, these so-called leaders, are trying to side step the waiting process. They claim that we've waited long enough… that The Hover Dam was built in less time then it's taken for them to investigate this situation… blah blah blah. 
Sorry you're gonna have to find another excuse then it's taken too long for approval. It took over a decade to end a war that shouldn't have occurred in the first place! They are still building The Freedom Tower more then a decade after 9-11. Maybe we should wait as long before we possibly make an even bigger ecological mistake as a pipeline filled with flammable material which dissects our country literally in half!
What are you gonna use as an excuse, if a God forbid you are wrong? You are human after all, and humans do make bad decisions all the time. Thinking or hoping, or even knowing in your heart and your head, that they are doing the right thing doesn't in the end help, if they are wrong! Like stopping millions of Americans from receiving healthcare for their own political reasons! Listen as we know now from watching every channel on television, people in this great nation still believe that some races are superior then others... a certain NBA owner thinks so. Should we listen to his opinion on race. Again: question, how much do you really know? Are you an expert on the oil business? Have you even taken a class? 
So as an excellent article I read today showcases, the jackpot that is The Keystone Pipeline, doesn't exactly do what these zealots promises…
"Every time we have a show, somebody says something ... about Keystone, and somehow Keystone is going to create all these jobs," Jones said in the Feb. 3 episode of Crossfire. "Then it turns out, look at the actual numbers. It turns out the actual numbers are 3,900 temporary jobs in the construction sector and 35 permanent jobs."
Simply amazing! For something so major as a pipe that runs straight thru our nation me thinks you and your brethren can wait a few more months or years to confirm the safety of this concept. Considering that the job gain is potentially so small, and the ecological dangers to our environment and our health so scary. I think in this case, for once we should side on the side of safety. As Janet Jacket once sang… "Lets wait a while… "
So sorry, Pipeline lovers…better safe then sorry sounds good to me. You wanna help the economy, how about raising the minimum wage, or actually come up with a real jobs plan you great big job creators you. You want jobs, you want to build something… I've got a couple of bridges that look like they need fixing… its called infrastructure.
Just one man’s opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Saturday, May 03, 2014

"Darrell Issa Subpoenas John Kerry To Testify On Benghazi" Thats the headline I woke to, today. "Darrell Issa Subpoenas John Kerry To Testify On Benghazi" Unbelievable! Really Mister Issa? I understand what happened was a tragedy, and that people died. Which is a real reason why getting to the truth is important. And I understand, that you know in your 'non-partisan' heart that obviously our President's political leanings or better still, a failure on the part of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must somehow be behind the events at the embassy, at least in your deluded 'non-partisan' thought processes. Even though you've already held numerous hearings on the 'tragic' events and haven't found anything that in any way implicates the President or former Secretary of State, Its nice to know, that even without any proof except you personal feelings; that you are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payers money to confirm at all costs that you are correct. Damned all the evidence! 
And now you are 'forcing' our current Secretary of State, John Kerry to appear at yet another hearing on the event.  Senator Issa, explain this to me: John Kerry was a Senator when this tragedy occurredErgo, he wasn't involved with what occurred over seas in Benghazi. So unless you want to query him on the vote that congress took which lowered funds for the protection of foreign embassies, what could this testimony give you which will help put any new light into your investigation.
Considering, according to information mentioned in an excellent article, posted online… That you opposed subpoenaing then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in regards to the the Iraq war (showcased below) makes you doing the opposite with current Secretary of StateJohn Kerry seem a little politically motivated. 
He also noted that Issa opposed subpoenaing then- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in 2007, in the years-log investigation of phony Iraq War evidence, during which Issa decried "The inappropriateness of hauling the secretary of state… out of the performance of her job."
That you opposed subpoenaing then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in regards to the Iraq war makes me wonder why you haven't put as much effort into investigating the reasons we went to that war itself. You've spent millions of dollars investigating the tragedy at the embassy, which of course is important. But wouldn't make more sense to use those funds to investigate what really brought us to war! Remember that their are of millions upon millions of lives lost because of a War that should never have happened in the first place.
Perhaps its time to face the truth, and its time to investigate what really happened in Iraq. And lets see who really should be put on trial for crimes against America and Humanity.
Just one man’s opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Saturday, May 3, 2014