Editor,

I was taken aback by the headline in the DJ’s edition of Friday, March 20-21, 2021, reporting on a hate crime in Atlanta. This story was resourced from the AP, a highly “credible” and “objective” news bureau that has been the mouthpiece for the Democratic Party for some time.

I had always prayed that the DJ would stay out of a political venue, but that is not the case, certainly not when reporting is flawed. Both the FBI and the local police chief of Atlanta indicated that the horrible committed crime did not seem to be racially motivated. Yet, here comes Gramps Biden and his lifeboat Harris to rub it in that there is sustained racism in this country, in this case especially against the Asian demographic.

The hypocrisy of this Biden/Harris team is beyond the description. I have not seen them yet to hightail it to Chicago where murders of this magnitude are unfortunately quite common. Oh, I forgot; these are Black on Black murders, apparently not included in the BLM manifesto. When we pick up any newspaper, turn on any newscast, it is all about race. I am sick of it. We are not racists and Biden’s idiotic, scripted outbursts are not helping. What happened to his inauguration vows to unite this country? Still waiting. I can’t wait for this bozo and his administration to get booted.

Dirk van Ulden

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Ray Fowler

Palm Sunday!

Can we insist on civility and work toward unity? Yes.

Here is a 4 minute (secular) video that shows us the possibilities... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etIqln7vT4w

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Nice message, Ray.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

Thanks for the great video. Seems like we discussed the same thing back about October talking about bipartisan agreements in the back room with Tip O'Neill after hours the way it should be done again.

Rel

Dirk, you want hypocrisy? How about the hypocrisy of crying about racism when Trump was the embodiment of racism his whole life and practiced it during his tenure in the presidency.

Dirk, you want idiotic and scripted? How about the Georgia Republicans passing Jim Crow-like laws on voting making it a felony to provide water for voters waiting in line.

Dirk, you want unity? You got it. Republicans were 100% against the American Rescue Plan. Democrats were 100% for it. OK, this is, in the words of Robin Williams, being ironical. In fact, we voters do not want unity with seditionists. We don't want unity with the right who want to promote the Big Lie, or pervert truth to stay in power. We don't want unity with a party who places itself above the country, above the Constitution, above democracy.

Ray Fowler

Rel

Re: some items in your posting...

First, in Georgia... it is unlawful to give money, gifts... including food and water... to anyone within 150 feet of a building where people are voting or within 25 feet of where people are standing in line to vote. It is not a felony to do so. There are provisions for people to obtain water from unattended receptacles... or I guess they could just carry their own water bottle.

You seem to think that Republican legislators should be vilified for voting along party lines and Republican senators treated likewise for supporting the filibuster. Are you seriously going to suggest that Democrats don't vote along party lines? Last year, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a police reform bill in the Senate. Democrats stopped the bill... wait for it... with a filibuster.

So, Republicans pervert the truth... did you watch yesterday's press conference? President Biden said the vast majority... his words... vast majority of families are being turned away at the border. No... 41% of families are being turned away. Is that a vast majority? It gets better... President Biden said the increase in children at the border was 28% under his administration and lower than the 31% in 2019 during the Trump administration. (The actual 2019 number was 33%... but we'll come back to 31% vs. 33%). Oops... sorry, Mr. President... the number under your administration was not increased by 28%... it was increased by 63%. Who is perverting the truth?

Back to 31% vs. 33%... a couple of years ago, when President Trump was commenting on why shoring up the border and stemming the tide of border crossings was a good thing, he mentioned that one-third (33%) of women coming across the border had been sexually assaulted. Stopping the migration would protect women from becoming victims. Then the fact checkers stepped in... they were soiling their underwear. Why? They loudly proclaimed that Trump's a liar. Why? According to the fact checkers, only 31% of women coming across the border were victims, so Trump's number of 33% was not just incorrect but untruthful. RUKM? Do you think they missed the point?

Now, if Joe's number... a 28% increase in children at the border was really 30%... no big deal. But it wasn't just a couple of points off... it was off by 35 percentage points. Where are the fact checkers?

When it comes to racism... the Democratic Party is the party of racism. I posted remarks why the Democratic Party is the party of racism in the comments section following Dirk van Uldan's LTE, "Biden and racism," in today's DJ, and Robert Nice's LTE, "Matt Grocott and the US Constitution," yesterday. Would you care to offer any rebuttal?

Terence Y

In this episode of Rel vs. Ray, we can see game, set, and match won by Ray, via treble bagel and golden set. I look forward to a better showing next time, Rel.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Rel,

Whoa there there partner. You need to holster your keyboard. It is missing the target. Aside from what the media is telling you, can you provide any evidence to support your beliefs? Everything you spit about Republicans can be spit back at you about Democrats. Take a chill pill and come back with some civility. Please!

Ray Fowler

Bravo!

I share your viewpoint re: "keyboard warriors" who bring little substance to the larger debate. I am very open about my rejection of leftist orthodoxy, and it's OK if those who embrace a leftist ideology openly oppose the conservative perspective. But when the venom starts flowing... you know they have run out of constructive things to say. It should come as no surprise that the party of racism is also the party of divisiveness.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Methinks the frequent and inappropriate use of the word racism by leftists is symptomatic of lazy, if not unreasoned, thinking. They emote when a rational propositions cannot be made. More care should be used, out of respect, for the people that suffered under SCOTUS sanctioned racism.

Tafhdyd

Ray and Wilfred,

I won’t labor the racism issue about the Democrats because I have made my case before that I believe the Republicans of late are the ones that are racist. There is no need to rehash it again because I won’t change your mind nor you change mine. 
My comment has to do with the unity/civility issue. I don’t see any chance of it happening with the number of right wing folks that still hang their hat on and believe their deposed king Donald that the last election was stolen and full of fraud. Earlier this week, in the spirit of civility, I gave a compliment to one of the right wing I speak of and in return got a thank you slap in the face. To tell the truth I expected nothing less.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Hello mi amigo Tafhdyd,

I don't have a problem with the opinions held by anyone. While I don't care for the sort of men Presidents Trump and Biden are, I see no benefit in besmirching their supporters. What the media says about both is disregarded by me because I am well aware it caters to their respective audiences.

Slights, perceived or real, can be overlooked as indications of insecurities or idiosyncrasies. No offense intended for non believers, but I choose, as the Bible instructs, to turn the other cheek.

It's nice to hear from you.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Nice to hear from you and your usual words of wisdom. I too would like to say I follow the good book but will admit that I often follow the long and winding road rather than the recommended path.

On to the more sociable subject. I have not been partaking of anything new in the spirits section but have been trying several wines lately. Mostly some Rose to get ready for summer sipping in the afternoon. Anything new with your tastings?

Ray Fowler

Hola, Tafhdyd

I'm familiar with your position re: racism. I agree... our positions will not change. However, if we set aside our different interpretations of what has happened in US history from the antebellum period through the mid 1960s... how would you account for the conditions found in Black communities today run by Democratic Party office holders? How would you account for Democrats blaming what happened in Atlanta on race when the evidence does not support that conclusion... or assuming it's gotta be a white guy who shot people in Boulder... again, without knowing the facts? You ain't Black if you vote for Donald Trump. You're a racist if you support the issuance of voter ID cards... the list goes on.

How can you have civility when you are accused of racism for supporting the filibuster? You know, the same legislative process endorsed by Joe Biden and Barack Obama...

I oppose the progressive leftist agenda that wants to fundamentally change our nation. To be clear... while I oppose leftists, I do not oppose liberals. I agree with the true liberals who embrace the First Amendment, who believe in free enterprise and who truly love their country. I also oppose right wingers... they do not represent true conservative values. You cannot lump all Republicans into a category that includes the "Stop the Steal" crowd. They are as different as a regular Democrat compared to an Antifa thug. Yes, we need more civility... I agree.

Now... unity. How about starting with some transparency and opening up the border to the press?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

I am, once more, stupefied at how alike our minds function. How pleasant my online life could be, if only my writing skills were as gifted as yours.

Tafhdyd,

My wife was involved with a functional alcoholic before we became an item. She keeps me honest. Thankfully.

I would enjoy learning how you came to believe President Trump showed himself to be a racist. But not what the media said, as I have found evidence to think otherwise on my own. Thanks in advance for your consideration of my request.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I must have missed the filibuster racism connection somewhere along the line. I don’t have a problem with the filibuster the way it was in the days when things were worked out in the lounge after the close of business. Take the floor and speak until you can’t speak anymore. If you have to go you better be sure you are wearing dark pants so it doesn’t show.

Between you and me and the fence post, I have know idea why blacks would vote for Trump unless they are part of the 1% like Herman Cain and what did that get him?

Transparency at the border. It is a lose lose. No matter what is reported one side or the other, or both, will say it is fake news.

Ray Fowler

Wilfredo...

Yikes! I have been calling out "going backwards" with respect to comments, but it may be unavoidable in this case.

Woodrow Wilson... you know, the kindly, grandfatherly Ivy League professor who was a progressive Democrat and elected to the presidency (twice)... a racist. Plessy vs. Ferguson was less than 20 years old when he was elected, and he made darn sure that Whites were appointed to federal jobs. FDR... it's clear that New Deal programs clearly favored Whites. He did not support a federal anti-lynching law, and... wait for it... by executive order he sent tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans to concentration camps just because those folks were Japanese. Then there's LBJ... a racist. Yes, I know he pushed his Great Society programs on the country, but Blacks did not want free stuff that came with the expectation they would support Democratic Party candidates... they wanted the freedom promised in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They didn't get it. So, no matter how Democrats spin the tale today about LBJ pumping billions of dollars into minority communities as if he was the savior of oppressed peoples... he was still r-a-c-i-s-t. Conclusion: the Democratic Party is the party of racism. I am not saying there are no racists in the Republican ranks... there are. But the word that comes to mind re: Democratic Party racism is... systemic.

I have asked this question several times in this forum... why isn't the Democratic Party leadership working to eliminate gangs, drugs, gun violence, substandard schools, joblessness and the disintegration of families in Black communities run by... Democrats? Crickets. Not enough money? Where did the $20 trillion in entitlement programs go since LBJ started the Great Society? You can't blame Republicans... especially Donald Trump for this colossal failure.

Fast forwarding to today... Donald Trump is not a racist. That's a convenient label for the mindless pablum spooned up for the Democratic Party masses. Oh, yeah... Donald Trump is the great racist... the racist who brought Black unemployment down to historic lows... the racist who supported school vouchers for Black families... the racist who initiated prison reform that will change Black communities. And probably most importantly... Donald Trump is the first president who is openly pro-life. (Ya just gotta know that drives the Dem leadership crazy.) Why is that important? More than 22 million of the 60 million children aborted since Roe v Wade was decided have been Black, and Dems want you to believe that Donald Trump... the president who wants to stop the veritable genocide of our Black communities is a racist. RUKM? I have asked in this forum several times... given the Trump administration's impact on Black communities, how can Dems claim he is racist? Crickets.

As a senator, Joe Biden authored the bill that disproportionately imprisoned Blacks... on the Senate floor, he called Blacks going to prison "predators." Last year, he said "you ain't Black" if you're voting for Donald Trump.

The decades of broken promises and squandered resources have finally caught up with the Democratic party's leadership. That's why we saw more Blacks voting for Donald Trump in 2020 than voted for him in 2016. Would they vote for a racist?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

How about I put this Tee Ball out there. I have not been able to figure out why women of the left are so viciously angry. Then came the truth, going back to the Kennedys. And Clinton and Weinstein and Epstein and let's not forget Polanski. And most recently, Cuomo. Talk about misogyny. Comparably, President Trump's misbehavior is laughable.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

Did you watch President Biden's press conference? He was asked about the filibuster process and he likened it to a relic of Jim Crow. So, Republicans who want to maintain the filibuster in the Senate are using Jim Crow, i.e. racist, style political tactics.

Then... video surfaced showing both Joe Biden and Barack Obama as senators speaking in favor of the filibuster. Were they racists when they spoke in favor of using the filibuster?

And, that champion of anti-racism... Al Sharpton... then promised that Republican senators who supported the filibuster would be labeled racists if they did so.

Circling back... re: the filibuster... Joe said there were five times as many motions for cloture in 2020 than occurred in the Senate between 1917 and 1970... 58 times. He was wrong. The number was only twice as high... but presuming positive intent... the number of cloture motions for 2019 and 2020 was five times higher than the number of motions filed between 1917 and 1970. An honest mistake.

Ray Fowler

Wilfredo

There may be something unseen but simmering just under the surface with respect to Democratic Party women's anger. Here it is... with all the highly qualified and sincere women the party could promote for nomination... who did they get? Hillary... one of the most dislike politicians over the past several decades and... yuck, yuck, yuck... Kamala.

I'll send you a video to illustrate my point. I would post it here but too many lefties would fail to see the humor and probably blow a gasket.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Trump and racism, without the media, sort of. Obviously I do not know him personally, nor do I want to. The Trump family business conviction for housing discrimination. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Yes, from the media and hearsay from from his former employees that when he would visit the now defunct casinos they would have the floor staff that were black take a break and stay out of sight. He also reportedly said that the only people he wanted counting his money were little guys wearing yarmulkes. From his own mouth, why do we want people coming here from those S*** H*** countries. Maybe our definition of racism is different but to me he is a racist. BTW, there are more examples but I don’t have several hours.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

No need to rehash everything that we have in the past but two or three are worth mentioning.

Black employment being the highest. Yes, but adjusted wages are less than they were ten years ago. More blacks voted for Trump in 20 than in 16. How is this theory? There is the 1% group like I mentioned with Herman Cain. Then there is the bottom of the rung where many are in poverty areas and poorly educated and probably were duped into believing his lies. Pro life. I know you are smart enough to know that nothing he does is for the general good of anyone but himself. As a person he is an amoral piece of whatever. As a conman he is a true professional. He knows that if he tells the evangelicals what they want to hear they will send them all, or at least a lot of their money. If he signs a bill protecting life it is for that reason only, not for the life he cares nothing about. BTW, money is the same reason he is still talking up the 2024 election. If he didn’t his gullible followers would stop sending money.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

Thank you. Once again you validate my belief you are an intelligent and thoughtful man. Also, as Ray has told me, you have a good heart. Only God knows what is in the heart of Donald Trump. Long ago, I learned not to judge a man until I walked a mile in his shoes. I have seen and heard much worse in my life than what Trump has said and done. So he does not offend me. We agree that men like him do not lift a finger lest it serves them. It is typical behavior for most alpha males.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

A lot of feelings coming out in your post from an hour ago... and no one can argue against feelings.

I don't believe the surge in Black support for Trump comes from the Herman Cain 1%... it appears to be more and more regular folks who are tired of unfulfilled Democratic Party promises.

With respect to evangelicals... from your perspective, it may be an unholy alliance between pro-lifers and someone who wants pro-lifer support. OK. But isn't it just possible that the Donald feels Roe v Wade is wrong? Don't forget... in a political world where nearly a third of registered voters are Democrats and only a quarter are are Republicans, Trump has declared himself a pro-life supporter... that position lines up with the party with fewer people.

Evangelicals and their money... maybe they keep donating to the RNC because that is part of their plan to faithfully oppose the pro-choice crowd and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Maybe they are in the midst of fighting the good fight...

Ray Fowler

Good night, Tafhdyd

I'm done for the evening... it's after 9 pm and I am getting older every minute.

I posted late night, because I happened to see some insulting remarks sent Dirk's way and I could not let them go unchallenged. No rebuttal to my post...

Tafhdyd... you, sir, are not a "keyboard warrior" sitting hunched over a laptop with a glass of liquid courage nearby... tossing out outrageous nonsense then going silent when asked about something you posted. Instead, you speak your mind in a thoughtful manner and bring value to the larger discourse. Thanks, and we'll be chatting later...

Tafhdyd

Good morning Ray,

I appreciate the kind words although there are times that I have been less than civil. I would add that in those cases it is usually with one of the posters that I have no use for.

Your comment about Donald and Roe v Wade piqued my interest as to what his thoughts really were so with a quick look around I see that he was pro-choice but did not like abortion back in the ‘90s and around 2010 decided he was good with pro-life and obviously still opposed to abortion. He apparently has stayed with the pro-life stance since then. He has a right to change his mind. Perhaps the right will remember that when they call out Biden for legislation he was part of 30-40 years ago. He can change his mind also.

Tafhdyd

Good morning Wilfred,

Thank you for the kind words. As I mentioned to Ray there are times I am less than civil and should “holster the keyboard” as you said. I admire your personal patience and wisdom when dealing with the faults or virtues of humanity in todays world.

I know all too well about the fine line between tasting and overindulging. Many years ago the Dr. said my blood work was indicating I had tipped a few too many. Needless to say moderation is the name of the game. It is very easy to slip off the edge without realizing you are even close to the edge.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

I agree. People evolve. You know I'm not a Biden fan but there is no way he would support the same crime bill today that he authored so many moons ago. It's the "you ain't Black" comment and reference to the filibuster as a "Jim Crow relic" that Joe has to own, now.

I still want to hear what Joe and Quean Kamala have to say about keeping the press away from detention centers. It looks like the border is not only a crisis but a disaster. Everyone... set the "gotchas" aside, and let's start sorting things out humanely.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Couple those comments with...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=EgIFV7jXBFQ

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Or this...

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=biden+about+indian+accent&docid=608046199569016622&mid=50483AF22E4D1C6ADE4950483AF22E4D1C6ADE49&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Ray Fowler

Wilfredo...

Thanks for the videos. I have been pushing for everyone to stay more or less in the moment, and holding Joe to what he said in the mid 90s is probably unfair. But if you go back to Barack's first campaign, Joe said some things about Obama that would destroy a political career today. And it's not just what Joe said about Barack... it's also the unspoken but implied negative things about other African Americans. Then, the Indian accent comment about the same time... where is the line? I don't know.

This comment... made a year ago in Michigan when accused by a voter of trying to diminish 2nd Amendment rights... Biden said to the voter, "You're full of '$#!+.' I support the Second Amendment." We'll see...

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Hello Mr. Fowler,

Apologies. I should have stated the point I failed to make. President Biden has not changed. More importantly, it doesn't matter to his constituency. Something I hope Trump haters reflect on before attacking him and his supporters. As you once indicated, with your own words, you must take the bad with the good. BTW, I see both Presidents as having stereotypes of others, but not racist.

Dirk van Ulden

Rel - it is truly sad to have to conclude that you are relying on talking points provided by the left. It would help all of us if you even bothered to dig into what is really going on. But, you chose to take Biden's stunted speech, prepared for him by his handlers on cue cards, word for word and that is not a compliment but an insult to anyone who has any measure of critical thought left. Sorry, Bud.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Dirk

Maybe... just maybe (fingers crossed)... Rel will watch the 4 minute video I posted earlier this morning and join in an honest debate. Stranger things have happened.

JME

"Never fear; President Trump will soon eliminate voting by most minorities

returning our country to former greatness."

Dirk van Ulden

JME, please elaborate on your inane statement. What does Trump have to with that empty suit Biden?

JME

He is still President to many of his followers...not Biden..

(Sterk voorgevoel dat dit tijdverspilling is.)

Ray Fowler

JME... still going backwards.

How many times did we hear from the left about Donald Trump... "He's not my president"?

Simple question... when you say Donald Trump is still president to many of his followers... how many?

Dirk van Ulden

JME - je hebt gelijk. Het is inderdaad een tijdverspilling om jou te overtuigen dat het meeste dat Biden zegt niet klopt. Hij is een geboren leugenaar die wel van alles kan zeggen en zelfs de waarheid kan negeren zonder zich dood te schamen. Translate that!

Ray Fowler

Going backwards... again.

Any comment on yesterday's presser?

edkahl

Your letter nails it. The Dems are dividing our country by race to gain political power.

wlydecker

"...mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.." Don't think it is as simple as that. The AP is a cooperative, a fact many overlook or don't realize. It depends on funds, and often stories, from its member papers, tv an radio stations. In short, it is a non-profit cooperative. It used to have a strong rival in United Press International, now reduced to working out of a phone booth. So if AP is a 'mouthpiece" for anything it is publishers and editors. My source is "Philip's Code: No News is Good News - to a Killer."

Terence Y

Mr. van Ulden, well written. Unfortunately, the Democrats stole the election and the Supreme Court punted on making hard decisions, so we’re stuck with bumbling Biden and his racist party. If they keep calling people racists, so be it. Racism, like Black Lives Matter, has ceased to have any real meaning, just more terms that give an indication of the intellectual honesty of the speaker.

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Dirk

Well said. I agree.

I get it. The DJ has limited resources and must rely on the AP and others of their ilk for information. Unfortunately, when you use information that comes from MSM sources, you will see the MSM's obvious left bias on display.

Shortly after the Atlanta story broke, the NYT did feature an article focused on how a skewed religious perspective can exacerbate mental illness connected with horrific acts of violence... then nine stories about how race caused the shootings. WAPO also did a story about the shooter's metal state... then sixteen stories about race and what happened in Atlanta.

I referenced earlier in the week Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) who was born in Bangkok when she said she believed the shootings in Atlanta may have been racially motivated but called for an investigation to determine whether race was a factor. OK. I think such an investigation is a good idea. Then, Sen. Duckworth announced a few days ago that she would not vote to confirm any White nominees to government positions until President Biden started to include Asian-Americans as nominees. However, she said her boycott would not include "diversity candidates." Sen. Duckworth has backed off... somewhat... after the White House said it would work toward more diversity in the appointment process. Systemic racism?

Anti-Asian violence... it's real and increasing... raising awareness and taking steps to stop it are absolutely necessary. But again, the left pushes a narrative that systemic racism and Whites are the cause of this violence. The Bureau of Justice reports that 24% of violence against Asians is perpetrated by Whites, and that 24% of acts of violence against Asians are committed by other Asians. But those realities do not support the left's narrative.

When Donald Trump spoke, there were fact checkers galore scrutinizing every syllable... and that's OK. But where is that same level of scrutiny when the left blames the shootings in Atlanta on race? Crickets...

Ray Fowler

Hey, Dirk... there's more.

Today, the AP acknowledged that an internal AP memo advised their staff to not use the word "crisis" to describe the situation at our southern border. They were encouraged to use "accurate and neutral language" in reports. Hmmm... I wonder what happened to accurate and neutral language in the AP's reporting on the tragedy in Atlanta?

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