Alla Mafia, No Grazie

November 23, 2015

Giovanni Gambino, dalla famiglia Gambino, cioè una famiglia famosa per la sua criminalità, ha offerto aiuto agli stati uniti per risolvere il problema di ISIS. (rif) Forse ha preso l’idea da Toto Riina che ha offerto la stessa cosa all’europa. (rif)

Non abbiamo bisogno di una terrorista per difenderci dagli altri.  È come se il Ku Klux Klan avesse offerto ad aiutare con l’applicazione della legge.  Non paghiamo il pizzo, e non apriamo la porta per invitare d’entro la spazzatura — neanche la spazzatura che promette ad pulire la cucina dopo la cena.

La cosa più triste di questa storia è il fatto che tanti italo-americani sono tifosi per la loro fantasia della “mafia.” Riina e Gambino non sono eroi. Se cercasse per eroi nella storia della mafia, ti consiglio di cercare per i nomi “Falcone” e “Borsellino.”

Professor “Under Investigation” for Using the Word “Nigger”

November 23, 2015

A Kansas professor is “under investigation” because the word “nigger” touched her lips, and this supposedly left a student “in tears.” (source)

The professor was teaching a seminar about how to address racial issues. She admitted her view that she didn’t experience racism, so it was hard for her to fully understand it. Here is what she allegedly said:

“As a white woman I just never have seen the racism…It’s not like I see ‘Nigger’ spray painted on walls…”

When I read that, I don’t see someone saying “racism doesn’t happen.” I see someone saying, “when I come out of my house, there isn’t going to be a slur spray painted on the wall that is aimed at me. But, black folks sure have dealt with that in their lives.”

She clarified:

“I tried to preface everything I said with, ‘I don’t experience racial discrimination so it’s hard for me to understand the challenges that other people face, because I don’t often see those,” (source)


But that wasn’t good enough.  Five students wrote a letter calling for her termination.  The letter reads like someone trying to parody dipshit millennial crybaby language.

But ultimately, the most offensive part of all of this, is everyone writing about it is afraid to use the damn word.

Look, the word she said was “nigger.”  Not “n-word.”  When quoting her, its ok to use it.

Lenny Bruce said:

it’s the suppression of the word that gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness. Dig: if President Kennedy would just go on television, and say, “I would like to introduce you to all the niggers in my cabinet,” and if he’d just say “nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger” to every nigger he saw, “boogie boogie boogie boogie boogie,” “nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger” ’til nigger didn’t mean anything anymore, then you could never make some six-year-old black kid cry because somebody called him a nigger at school.

Just in that quote alone, Lenny Bruce said “nigger” 14 times, yet nobody could credibly say that Lenny Bruce was a bigot.

Of course, context is everything.  Lenny Bruce can say it 14 times, and he’s not a bigot. But, you can whisper it under your breath at someone, and that makes it a pretty nasty verbal barb.

That seems pretty simple to me. Context matters.

I went to law school with a guy who wasn’t the least racist guy I have ever met. He didn’t ever use the word “nigger.” However, he explained to me that he called black people “Canadians.” Why? “So when you see some black person acting like a dumb nigger, you can roll your eyes and say ‘Canadians,’ and nobody knows that you’re being racist.”

Context is everything.

This kind of thing gives critical crybaby theorists and every other kind of “victim studies” blowhard a raging boner. But, for those of us who actually contribute something to society, all it does is get us to a place where the message gets lost in endless quibbling over words. The Newspeak police are so damned hypersensitive that innocent use of the word “niggardly,” a word derived from Old Norse (which means “cheap” or “miserly” can create a national freak out, and even “Water Buffalo” (a Hebrew translation) can be perceived as racist, thus labeling the user as a thinker of racist thoughts, ergo someone who needs re-education sensitivity training.

More times than I care to remember, I meet idiots who quote from the movie “True Romance,” after they ask if “Randazza” is a Sicilian name. I don’t like being called a “nigger” either. I don’t like being called a daygo, a wop, a guinea, a greaseball, or anything of the sort.

But, the words are not magic words that I will not tolerate being uttered by others. There’s a country called “New Guinea.” I take no offense. I don’t insist that we change the name of the Guinea Pig to something less racist.

If we’re going to have words that are so magical, so blasphemous that we can’t use them — EVER — not to quote someone else, not to demonstrate a point, not to use them in any way at all, because some useless bag of shit might feel “offended” at the mere sound of the word, then I want to submit my list of words to the thought police as well.

Or, we could just go with Plan A: Take the power from the word and think about the real issues underlying the discussion. That’s why I will never say “n-word” when “nigger” is what I really mean. Because if I want to be an asshole, I can just as easily say “fuckin’ Canadian,” and it means the same damn thing in a nasty, racist context.

Please don’t say “nigger” as an insult. It makes you an asshole. It might even get you a much-deserved ass kicking. But, no matter what the word, there is a time and a place for it, and context matters. If we let these fuckheads take ONE word and put it in the “magic words” bin, then the process of linguistic devolution is already complete. Don’t give them that power.

Save the word “nigger.” Even if you save it just so that we can kill it, Lenny Bruce style, by finally making it not mean anything anymore.

Yoga is Cultural Appropriation

November 23, 2015

Are you fucking shitting me?  A Yoga class for disabled people has been cancelled – because white people.  (source)

I think its high time we have a Yoga class, in blackface, where we eat foie gras, and listen to Ted Nugent.  I hate three of the four of those things, but fuck it… anything to annoy millennial crybabies.

Facepalm: Mafia offers to help protect NY from ISIS

November 23, 2015

Giovanni Gambino claims that ISIS is afraid of the Mafia, and that is why they haven’t set up in Sicily.  (source)

“The mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved,” says Gambino, who moved to Brooklyn in 1988. “As with everything in life, there are good, bad and ugly parts – the rise of global terrorism gives the mafia a chance to show its good side.”

No, that’s not cool. No “The Mafia” is no better than ISIS. When one terrorist group says they’ll help you with another one, that’s not exactly a good deal.

Affirmative Action in Action

November 23, 2015

This “firefighter” was allowed to graduate from the Academy, despite being woefully unqualified.  But, she did have two overwhelming qualifications:  She had a vagina and she had a critical mass of melanin.  What she did not have was any semblance of the physical ability to do the job.  But, don’t let that get in the way of remedying past discrimination.  Fortunately, 10 days into the job, she broke her foot in a routine equipment check, so at least all the public loses is her $81K a year salary.  (source)

Fuck Roanoke

November 18, 2015

Mayor Bowers of Roanoke, VA is “reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Mind.  Blown.




UPDATED: I wasn’t voting for Hillary anyway

November 18, 2015

But, you can bet your ass I won’t vote for her, even if Trump is running against her.  Comedians made fun of her, so she tried to get the video taken down.  (source)

UPDATE:  At least two commenters noted that they are skeptical.  I should have been.  The source is not great, the terms used in the source are a bit weasel-y.  I did a bad job here.  I was thinking of deleting it, but I’d rather leave my mistake here as an example to others.  This is hardly award winning “journalism,” on this blog, but it is at least related to it, and a good journalist should always be ready to disbelieve.   I apologize for sucking this time.




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