Before I get on my soap box today, a small update on my recent, and ongoing health issues. It turns out that along with being a celiac, am also have Hashimoto's Disease.
Hopefully, they can get it under control and I can go back to being able to be active for more than 4 hours a day, down from my previous 6.....sigh.
On the 25th of February a citizen of the United States was held for hours by the Border Control for having a "Muslim" name. This is beyond the pale horrid. It states quite clearly on ones passport where the holder was born. This man was born in Pennsylvania in 1972, and says so on his passport. Our country has come to this under cheetolini, a country of rampant racism, xenophobia, and the demonizing of the Press.
The only reason this detainment made the news is because this happened to the son of a very famous man, Muhammad Ali Jr. How many other people, who were born in the USA with a US passport, but having a "suspicious" name have been held for hours before they were released? Unless they go to the Press to complain, and the Press decides to print their story, we will never know.
cheetolini has unleashed the hounds of hate again. These hate hounds have been hiding in plain sight since the beginning of our country, and how much of it is xenophobia and how much of it is guilt? Guilt? Yes, plain and simple, guilt. Why else do people hate Native Americans? While some of the deaths of Native Americans wasn't on purpose, virgin immune systems exposed to virulent European diseases, the vast majority of it was nothing short of ethnic cleansing to give the Europeans "Lebensraum".
Pass forward this guilt onto a new ethnic group, Black Americans. That guilt underlies most of the racism in my opinion. We all KNOW that humans shouldn't be bought and sold. Whenever someone attempts to explain away a wrong by pointing to pages in the bible, its clear they need a "moral authority scapegoat".
"Jesus never spoke against slavery" The old testament says..... If the only moral high ground you have to stand upon is a bronze age mystical book that has been re-written untold times while never being updated for current conditions, its time to toss that book out of the area of being a basis for morals.
Ok, so Ali Jr is detained for the crime of being: black, Muslim and having a suspect name. What on earth did Mem Fox
do to be detained for hours by the Border Control? She's white, female and from Australia. How does that raise any flags? Could it be a children's book she wrote, about how Australian's come from every corner of the globe and the Border Control didn't like that message?
She contacted the Australian Embassy in the US and the American one when she arrived home. An apology was issued, but how many more cases are there of the Border Control targeting innocent travelers on the basis of "Keeping American Safe"? This has got to stop and I'd love it to see Ali Jr to take the Border Control and cheetolini to court over the matter. And I'd love it even more to have the Australian government to speak out against the illegal detaining of Mem Fox.
Our current government is trampling our constitution, and the GOP is complaisant as long as they hold the reins of power. The DNC has been asleep at the switch since ousting Howard Dean from the DNC chair. Where this will lead worries me, as I don't see a happy ending anytime soon. The extreme right distrusts not only the media but also the State Department, the CIA and the NSA has been hamstrung to the point where they hare powerless to do anything but leak. The FBI lost all credence with me over the 7th hour EMAILS!! of Hillary's. It's telling that out of all of Obama's picks only Comey kept his position under, and I do mean UNDER cheetolini.
article about Ali, Jr...http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/25/customs-alis-son-wasnt-detained-because-hes-muslim/98419924/
article about Fox...https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/australian-childrens-author-mem-fox-detained-by-us-border-control-i-sobbed-like-a-baby