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Saturday, June 22, 2013

SodaStream Drops Limbaugh! 2600 Enlightened Sponsors And Moving Forward

Another Major Advertiser Dumps Rush Limbaugh – Boycotters Rejoice

 June 18, 2013


Well, it’s a good day. Another major sponsor has pulled their advertising from the Rush Limbaugh Show which is part of Clear Channel Radio’s am ‘Hate Parade.’ Over 2600 national and local companies have succumbed to the Rush Limbaugh boycotts and petitions. Thousands of everyday people, as well as activists, have jumped on board to protest and put an end to Limbaugh’s blatant racism, sexism and gay-hating bigotry which he spins three hours a day, five days a week.

This time, the bailing company is SodaStream. SodaStream has been disregarding the boycotters for months, sending ambiguous replies to concerned consumers who have been reaching out to the company via messages, tweets, facebook-posts, phone calls and faxes. The mammoth soda maker finally buckled and the public couldn’t be more pleased.
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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Daily GOP Ignominious: John McCain (A Retirement Too Long In The Making!)

Marion Young (Guest writer from the 2412 Obama Supporters Consortium)
This will make your day. I promise.

When asked why he didn't know they were kidnappers, McCain's office said no one told them. 


When was the last time a criminal or kidnapper told you "I'm the thief?" Of course, you won't hear this on most of the media...because they're not going to tell you they are controlled by the RIGHT WING! 

Once again, McInsane stepped in it. If he had gone through Obama to make this visit, the CIA would have checked all of this out for him and cleared the visit. Stupid is as stupid does. In their effort to bring down Obama any way they can, the GOP is stepping all in it.

John McCain denies he knowingly posed with with 'rebel kidnappers' in Syria - 
John McCain has denied that he knowingly posed in a photograph this week with Syrian rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi'ite Muslims.

End Marion Young

MSNBC's Chris Hayes, All In, ran a piece on the McCain's SNAFU.  How many times have we heard the spiteful McCain declare: "fails to lead!"  I ask you, "is this leadership?"

Of course, McCain did not show leadership.  He exhibited overwhelming lack of judgment and validated exactly why America voted against he and Sarah Palin.  
Ray Kroc, McDonalds Corp. Founder, on leadership. (Brainyqoute Leadership
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.~Ray Kroc 
 And, a thought from me.  Leadership
The person who applies learned competencies in accomplishing goals and aspiring people to a higher order, while exercising impeccable judgment,  a higher level of ethics and who  exemplifies a path to success. ~ The Pardu

As stated in the title of this piece. John McCain should retire from the US Senate. McCain continues to show the same distorted cognitive processes that lead to his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.  He reminds of the Naval Academy Cadet who finished 894th in a class of 899 graduates. His poor decisiveness and judgment could have placed an active US Senator and the nation at risk. Even at his advanced age, he appears guided by the same mental processes which lead to his disobeying orders while flying over North Vet Nam during the Vet Nam War. We know how that ended. Finally, his actions should induce thoughts of his barely escaping serious Senatorial actions for his 'greed laced' involvement in the 1989 Keating Five Scandal. (Phoenix Times 1989
McCain's continued vindictiveness regarding his loss to Obama, his quirky mental processes and his advancing are leading to increasing "McInsanity."  Imagine the kerfuffle had the Syrians taken him hostage!  Now, allow your brain go a bit farther outside the box. Imagine him as a hostage and the murderous Syrian government (troops) inadvertently freed his butt?  

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Django Unchained": Points Of View and Perspeticve

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Django  Unchained...

Quentin Tarantino

We are posting a co-joined dual piece on the recently released movie. First, a set of comments about the movie from a personal friend and occasional contributor to The Progressive Influence and Owner/Editor/Writer of, Marion Young.

After the personal comments from Ms. Young, I offer a personal screed on issues related to the movie from my perspective and within my inclinations to opine.

The Marion Young OP-review.

I saw Django yesterday. I highly recommend it. I will be buying the DVD when it comes out so I can see it whenever I want to. Alex, you were's entertaining and funny. It is also educational and will enlighten many. 
The "N" word was appropriate and the over play on the word was intentional because that's all they called slaves back in the day..."N" this and "N" that. Fetch me some water, nigger. All the way through to today, the "N" word is still used in white circles. Yeah, you better believe that because it's true. And the way blacks are STILL being treated says if they aren't saying it, they're thinking it. But it's only a word. And I am more concerned about the racism still going on, more blacks in prison than whites for petty crimes in comparison, difficulty getting a job, inability to get loans, and getting loans at higher rates of interest. There's a modern-day slavery going on and it's in high gear. On and on it goes. 
While this was fiction, art imitates life. This was the first movie to show in this way the brutal whipping of slaves, dogs eating slaves, throwing slaves in holes for punishment like animals, cutting off slave penises, burning slaves like cattle, letting them fight to the brutal kill like pit bulls, and uncle toms (played perfectly by Samuel L.). That is the message that should stay with viewers more than anything else: the gross, ungodly, horrendous horrors endured by the slaves for hundreds of years. I've seen whites laugh at blacks for fear of water and dogs. You see why blacks are afraid of dogs in the movie. Did you know whites fed black babies to alligators to lure the gators on land so they could kill them for their skins? 
Tarantino's brilliant movie did what Tim Wise and many authorities on racism could not do: he showed in the most shocking fashion what slavery and racism has done to African-Americans and brings to mind the dynamics of fears, hate, anger and psychological trauma has been done to these people and the nation. When you consider that racism is alive and thriving today, it's as if slavery never went away and the wounds have never healed. Slavery and racism has simply evolved into what we have today: a crueler  sicker, disguised version of what they had back in the day. 
It also shows the legacy of lust for blood, domination, cruelty, power and more in certain whites, and how that filters throughout society and molds a consciousness from the very rich at the top, to the poorest of poor at the bottom. Our society today STILL is affected by that sick consciousness, and we see it played out every single day in politics, media, employers, family, churches, everywhere...even in our own homes. When Django blew up that house of horrors at the end of the movie, I could not help but wish we could do the same with the controlling factions of this nation.

As I walked out of the theater last night, I listened to hear what viewers were thinking. One white man told his family, "I'll never see another Tarantino movie again. Too much blood for me!" 
I could only wonder how many westerns he's seen over the years with Indians getting killed, how many Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis movies he's seen and sat through all the blood and killing. There will be many whites who will continue to be in denial over slavery and racism. Hats off to Tarantino and all the actors for daring to do this movie. I hope it is the beginning of more.

This movie's time has come. ~Marion Young

Reading from this point will include uncensored use of the "N" word, depiction of human abuse, and graphics regarding slavery.

The Pardu
It is about time I address the Quentin Tarantino movie, "Django Unchained". After thinking Spike Lee nailed his principled comments regarding the movie (disdain for the choice to script the "N" Word 110 times) and thinking I would not pay to see the cinematic release, I visited a theater and sat with a full house for three hours. My addiction to action laden cinema fare should have served as a precursor to a family member's recommendation that I see the movie. I was in the audience within days of "Django Uncained's" release. No such resolutions for me!

I visited the release within 48 hours of its open at a local theater, so I was unaware of character development and character portrayal before purchasing the movie ticket. Character development and in-character roles are key to "Unchained". I will interlace my thoughts on Tarantino's artful character development and portrayal in a bit.

First, allow me to address a few points about the movie. Yes, the movie has a very violent end that precedes pure exciting, personally rewarding and euphoric closing scenes. In an era of movie endings that often do not end in euphoria, it was refreshing to see a quest the generated a smile.

Second, use of the "N" Word is ever-present after sitting through the first 15 minutes of the 160 plus minute movie. Of course, the word has reprehensible impact and reaches back into American History. The word is also an undeniable part of US history. It is both disparaging against African-Americans and as become an ingrained and institutionalized lexicon manifestation after centuries of use among some in the African-American Community. 
Portuguese slave traders introduced the word to the Western Hemisphere along with their valuable cargo-hulls of chained humans: the slave trade. (Some like to now call the industry Triangular Trade). The N word has a role in Django Unchained. Without the word, the movie would have come across as sanitized and necessarily sanitized. If you recall for many years we heard, saw and read the word "Negra" in books, movies and theatrical performances (without a gender connotation).

The Urban Dictionary
A stereotypical word meaning an african-american. Possibly a mispronunciation of nergro. Some people dislike the word negra as much as the n-word. I suggest that you don't call a stranger a negra. Calling someone this could be as insulting as calling an African-american a "boy".
In 1850, my relatives used to own a lot of negra slaves) .

As a matter of fact, I have been disparagingly referred as a "Negroid" on a racist website for criticism of Ron Paul "....look at what this negroid said about Dr. Paul", the racist editor wrote to his flock of sycophant racist minions. Dr. Paul, Dr. Paul, ah Veracity Stew Dot Com published an informative piece on Dr, Paul and his racist supporters. I found it disappointing the racist did not capitalize the word "Negroid" as it was used in the context of his sentence. 

Yet, another example of cinematic avoidance of the "N" Word came as I viewed the movie "Red Tails." Once, I saw and heard the leading man German fighter-pilot ace refer to Black fighter pilots as "Africans." I understood George Lucas '
 (Producer) avoidance, but that same avoidance left me with a feeling outside the realm of reality. My memory of the movie is more the use of the word "Africans" by the German pilot than the central theme and historical significance of the movie. The "N" word used 110 times in "Django Unchained" did not feel as if Tarantino simply threw the word into the script to satisfy a personal affinity for the word. Although I will not argue the point Tarantino may be guilty of such in past movies productions.   Factually, speaking to have avoided the word via use of "Africans" or "Boy" would not have worked as a practical construct within the movie's theme and 'set' as a historical portrayal of certain aspects of US slavery.

Before I move on to two more points about "Django Unchained", allow a moment to for an additional comment from observation. The movie most assuredly depicts a few instances of the horrors of human bondage. Of particular note, and easily overlooked, Tarantino depicted of a mixed race little boy in-scene standing next to a plantation owner called, "Big Daddy" served as a shunpike for a less discussed horror of human bondage. The factual depiction of the boy stood as testimonial of privilege for those who perpetrated the evil. Slavery and involuntary, or for that matter voluntary, compliance with owner/slave sexual interaction was also a horrific sidelight of the institution. Imagine sexual favors  granted for sake of slave family well-being. Imagine sexual interaction as an expected performance of one's duties on the plantation. Imagine sexual favors for any hired-hand at the whims and rewards for, or from, the overseer or the plantation owner. Oh, and of course, we should not overlook the real prospect of abusive kids of plantation owners and their ability (via privilege) to extract sexual favors from any young (or experienced) human property around the plantation. Of those who have a heart and an open mind, what about the love that may have developed from such interaction that could never be experienced to marital fruition (or public exhibitions) based on the very constructs of slavery and associated racism. Yes, Tarantino paths the movie viewer through many aspects of past North American human bondage.

One major reason I decided to write this screed: Stephen the House Servant. Samuel L. Jackson's character portrayal of the complaisant head and consummate "house servant," could actually garner a nomination for cinematic awards. Yet, I suspect the part will not win the award (House Servant: Hereafter referred to as "House Negro" or "House Nigger" to stay in sync, stay accurate and credible with word choices of other writers mentioned here after). Jackson's character embodies a part of African-American folklore and life that to this day manifest as a character symbol that leaves no doubt when used the often referred to "Uncle Tom". The two words represent a universal phrase that needs little to no explanation.                               

The words "House Nigger" as portrayed by Jackson embodies the archetypal or prototypical example of the folklore (d) slave who became a favored/privileged servant of the plantation owner. The privileged servant  enjoyed privilege well beyond the plight of others who worked inside the plantation house and often privileged beyond any non-slave hired-hand. We  imagine such a person was intelligent and crafty beyond other slaves, Overseers and plantation owners. Actually, the "Supreme Servant" probably exercised a higher level of  deceit in order to perpetrate subterfuge over his/her his masters. Stephen crafty? The movie will deliver a poignant message towards its end about Stephen's ability to shape his life via personal fostering a charade he must have adopted earlier in life.

Fortunately, neither you nor I have the misfortune of experiencing a Stephen southern slave, we do have similar less threatening experience. Have you ever experienced a person on your job that was far too close to that hated boss? A person who you will go to your grave knowing shared on-the-floor secrets with the boss. The department "snitch" as some call it, or the department ass-kisser or suck-up (your choice). If you have never experienced such a person you are less fortunate, if you are such a person you know full well my point. In any case, none of us had the misfortune of experiencing a "Stephen" firsthand.

Some writers are using the Jackson character to illustrate points about life as we know it today.

"Stephen" the maximum House Servant

A quick digression into the world of the "House Negro." The following exhibitions will serve to show the concept of House Negro.

ZIMBIO January 7, 2008 posting .. Malcolm X Speech
You Tube Field Negro; House Negro (short version)
You Tube Field Negro; House Negro (longer version no video)

In fairness to his complete history, Malcolm X (AKA Malik Shabazz post the Black Muslim Faith), moderated his well-meaning oratory and his views on black nationalism after a trip to Mecca and experiencing personal problems with the Black Muslim Faith (to simply put it).

The "House Nigger" was not that solely of the Americas (North and South America).
Napoleons oppression in Haiti.

[by Girodet: Jean-Baptiste Belley: House Nigger of State, fought in Napoleons army against fellow Blacks in Haitie, they used musterd gas against the Blacks who were freeing themselves.]

Of course, many will view the images above and the Samuel L. Jackson's Stephen (Tarantino) character with solace that life as such does not manifest in America anymore. Others will retort the African-American Community has denizens who so very much work to differentiate themselves from their roots, they appear as, what some call "Uncle Tom".

The Urban Dictionary
uncle tom

the real uncle tom was a black man born into slavery who gave his life to protect other slaves. when his story was turned into a movie, the writers re-worked the script making uncle tom's character the opposite; a slave who was loyal to his master. unfortunately, this has become the most commonly known image of uncle tom. because of the film, the term "uncle tom" has become synonymous with "sellout", degrading the real uncle tom. so once again, the white man has successfully managed to teach blacks an incorrect, caucasion-favoring version of history.
person 1: Chris told the boss about you stealing office supplies. 

person 2: What! I knew that ass-kissin uncle tom would say something. 

person 1: He's not an uncle tom. 

person 2: Yeah, whatever.
All minority groups, sub-cultures or any group of people who are the object of race, gender, or sexual orientation based oppression have cases of what some call "Uncle Toms." People who spend much time and energy working to show the oppressor they are one of them (the oppressor  regardless of contradictory visible evidence of such). They advance themselves at the expense of the oppressed group. Their behavior and actions actually become part of their inner psyche thus forming a paradigm that prohibits any contradictory thought, actions of behavior. They are like the Scorpion and the Frog. It all becomes "their nature". Women, First-Nation Native Americans, African-Americans Latinos, Asians, military personnel, company employees, the poor, the interned, it makes no difference, each group has its Stephen.

Many writers and print media (as well as social networking are publishing about the movie, use of the "N" Word and character Stephen. How about a short read on how one author views Stephen and his character in people who are as I call them, "Differentiators"? Field Negro Dot blogspot Dot Com: The top ten House Negroes of 2012. I might have reduced the list by a few names for sake a real relevance, but the spirit of the list captures the essence of our thoughts on Stephen. Specifically, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Allen West, news pundit and GOP surrogate Ron Christie, fellow paid pundit Tara Stewart and any of Donald Trumps phantom black people who told him his remarks on "The Blacks" were not racist nor offensive. Is it not obvious the "differentiators" have one common denominator: some form of reward (most often money). Chris Brown and Carl Lewis from the author's list, in my opinion, are mere examples of 'star-worship' that has no place in my cognitive processes.

Oh, you may malign me because I take an exception to people who wish to align politically as they wish? I have contempt for people of color who align with a political party, movement and poli/social paradigm that is 92% white and which has at its core a southern strategy that maligns black people for sake of garnering votes from people who are biased, bigoted and often overtly racist. A party that blatantly worked to deny the right to vote to minorities, the elderly and in some cases our military personnel.  Yes, the list above are "Differentiators". They do not wish to be considered part of that group as victims of the oppressor.

There is one downside to Tarantino's depiction of Stephen. Nothing will stop people from assuming such demeanor or role for personal gain. People inclined to such actions are truly people who deserve the Portuguese moniker of "Nigger" (regardless of color, ethnicity or gender).

The Tarantino movie is worthy of viewing by anyone who has an open-mind on America, our flawed history and who understand there are millions who wish for times past and who harbor regressive thoughts every moment of their existence. No, they may not have a wish for past human bondage, but I see clear signs many on our political right would not object little to forms of Jim Crowe against African-Americans, women, physical and mentally challenged, returning and disabled veterans, LGBT people, and others who live outside their paradigm of traditional.

Additional pieces on "Django Unchained". (one not so positive)

The Field Negro
(Adam Serwer)


Sunday, August 12, 2012


Marion Young (Guest Writer)

Remember this at the polls.
Don't keep it a secret...tell others.

Ensure you are ready to vote. The GOP is using voter suppression to keep us from voting.

Study all local/state/federal candidates and issues well as if your life depends on it...because it does.

VOTING is a privilege and a duty. People died for your right to vote. Teach your children, family and friends to do the same.

The Progressive Influence....

Now, think in terms of just a bit of cooperation from the GOP over the past 3.8 years. I posit jobs would not be an issue.   Also, think in terms of the millions of public service jobs GOP governors dispatched off their payrolls.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Marion Young: LIBOR An International Crime, Uber White Collar Perps and a Circle of Privilege!!!


A Marion Young OP-ED


Have you heard about the Libor scandal in the UK? You should know that Libor is the largest economic scam in world history and the largest insider trading scandal ever. The biggest banks in London and the world CHEATED BIG TIME and it is threatening to crash the UK economy. The LIBOR scandal is being called the "Wall Street scandal of all scandals" and the "rotten heart of finance," but the massive fraud can be hard to fathom for anyone who doesn't follow the markets.The US is involved too. It's bad...really bad, and the people of England are in the streets over this.

If you can wrap your mind around that...

Well, Romney and his Marie Antoinette "Let them eat cake" wife are heading to London next week. He's taking his dressage dancing horse (that you and I paid for), on a jumbo plane (that he writes off as a tax, that you and I pay for), to the Olympics. 

The day before the Olympics, he will attend a $75,000-a-plate dinner to raise campaign funds from THE VERY SAME CRIMINAL BANKSTERS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE LIBOR SCANDAL!!!

Did you get all that?

The location of this SECRET MEETING will probably not be secret after the UK press discloses it. But that's not key to this scandal. What is key is that this is classic Romney. He has no scruples. These are the type of people he hangs around with to get money. Not that they like him. No one likes Willard. And why would he get money from these people? Overseas banksters? Can you imagine the policies of his administration if he works for these billionaires around the world? 

Romney clearly has what it takes to be President. Yeah, right.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

President Obama Signs a Critical Executive Order

Guest Writer Marion Young

Marion Young
White House gives Homeland Security control of all communication systems

I follow right wing conspiracy sites who say Obama wants full control of the US and the world for negative reasons. That's what they want their crazed base to think. When Obama signed this executive order last week that allows the government to command privately-owned communication systems, the right wing went BERZERK. Yes they did. And the GOP went bat shyte (Misspelled out of professionalism and to avoid censorship via the original media) crazy that this was done over their heads. Yes they said that too.

Here's what it really means...

This Executive Order effectively means President Obama has shut down any control the cabal had over the world’s communications systems to move, hide and delete any funds or illegal activities.

This means that world "banksters" and wealthy elites can no longer divert money without Obama or Homeland Security knowing about it. Without going into buying countries, leaders, weapons, starting wars, espionage and the whole nine yards, this order has essentially cut off illegal activity from the top. Those who are under investigation (banksters, elites, politicians, cabal) cannot move money for any reason. If found guilty for major crimes, that money will be retrieved for compensation and penalties.

This can only be a very good sign! It tells me things are really moving along behind-the-scenes now…

End Marion Young...

I submitted the following and Thank Marion Young for her 'Eye on the Prize'.

We have grown accustomed to every comment from the White House inducing body fluids secretion from the Right.    The announcement of this necessary security measure, last week, caused major congestion across the Internet and probably occupied newscasts on Fox News (and CNN) for days. I can only guess as I  would not know, I do not view those networks.

As I sought specifics relative to the Executive Order (EO), I performed a Google search: "Obama executive order private communications firms" (my search). The search yielded 3,150,000 hits in 40 seconds. After I scrolled through first 33 pages of pure garbage related to the EO, I decided to go straight to the White House Dot Gov site. The following is a partial post of the EO.

Linked Executive Order.... (partial text after the break)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Negro Motorist Green Book

Guest Writer Marion Young

A blast from the past...
Never heard of this book? 
You may be too young...or not African American...or rarely travel outside of your city. But for those who traveled during the Jim Crow past, many blacks did not leave home without it. Even today, just about all blacks who are traveling will be sure to ask family and friends what are the racist places to avoid. 
Victor Hugo Green (November 9, 1892 - aft. 1964? ) was a Harlem, New York, postal employee and civic leader. He was the creator of an African American travel guide known as The Green Book. It was first published as The Negro Motorist Green Book and later as The Negro Travelers' Green Book. The books were published from 1936 to 1964. He reviewed hotels and restaurants that did business with African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation in the United States. He printed 15,000 copies each year.
While we all worry about crime-ridden and dangerous areas, blacks have the added burden of dealing with

This is to show how much has changed...and what hasn't.
Comment.... The Pardu
Melissa-Harris Perry introduced the Green Book on her Sunday Morning Show. I like Marion Young and many of our Internet community have never heard of the Green Book. The existence of such a book speaks to the real dangers and, or, potential comforts inherent in living in Jim Crow America.

Click here to see the complete edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book in pdf format.
The has published on this Jim Crow tool.
No, the The Negro Motorist Green Book is not a publication commonly known to many in America. It is also not a document that ever made a Best Seller list. For some, however, it was probably a book that shared in relevance to the traveler's Bible. It was probably more critical than your and my modern day GPS unit.  The Green Book may have saved lives making it relevant well beyond mere practicality and utility of the ever-present GPS. It is equally understandable if some African-American travelers returned home for a forgotten (if left at home) Green Book.  The Bible if left behind may have been a book the traveler would simply have left for the next trip.
For some Americans life was well beyond comprehension the 
experience of others.