Remarks And Asides

A guy named José Zamora was having trouble landing a job. For months he sent out hundreds of résumés via email and received no responses. Then he decided, with a stroke of practical brilliance, to alter his resume to fit cultural norms in 21st-century America. He became Joe Zamora. Needless to say, Joe got a lot of responses.

No racism in this country, my friends. Just a fondness for Joés, uh, I mean Joes.


To further prove there is no racism in this country, someone calling herself Xena of Amphipolis, commented on the YouTube video where José told his little American story:

I don’t care what this asshole’s name is.  I would never hire a gangbanger – especially one who talks like that.

The best reply, though, was a truth-teller named Cyan Rivera:

If you’re tired of hearing about the race issue in America, imagine how ex[h]austing it is living it.


Speaking of exhaustion, how tired are we of reading stories like this:

Russian Bank Hires Former Senators Trent Lott, John Breaux To Lobby Against U.S. Sanctions

Those Russians are pretty smart folks. They know that hiring current vacation-happy legislators would be a waste of time. So, bypass the do-nothings and go right to where all the action is in Washington. Lobbyists apparently never take time off.


Speaking of Washington, we, the American public, have spent nearly 30 years living with Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court (thanks, Reagan fans!). But as bad as that has been, and it has been really bad, it is not as bad as what happened to Henry Lee McCollum, an African-American with an IQ no higher than 70,  who spent almost 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit:

A North Carolina death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence on Tuesday was once held up by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an example of someone who deserved to die.

Not only was McCollum the victim of a horrifically zealous prosecutor and a flawed justice system, he became intellectual fodder for a flawed Justice of the Supreme Court.


Speaking of zealots:

Black LGBT Activist Arrested For Distributing Voting Rights Information

The activist should stop whining, of course. He’s lucky to be alive to tell about his encounter with white policemen, especially in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Henry Kissinger, who, yes, is still alive, wrote a piece in The Wall Street Journal that included this:

A world order of states affirming individual dignity and participatory governance, and cooperating internationally in accordance with agreed-upon rules, can be our hope and should be our inspiration.

Uh-oh. Yep, you guessed it:


 Yes, because there is something terribly wrong with the world’s nations affirming human dignity and democracy and cooperating with each other. Can’t have that. One Breitbart commenter wrote:

Kissinger is Bilderberg EVIL!!

I’m not sure if Bilderberg EVIL! is worse than Obama EVIL! but I am sure it is pretty bad stuff.


From London’s The Telegraph comes this surprising headline about 26- to 35-year-old Brits:

Half of young women can’t ‘locate their vaginas’

Now, I don’t consider such news from Britain all that disturbing. After all, here in America half of our legislators don’t know their asses from holes in the ground.

I’ll leave it to you to figure out which half.


Finally, on a happy note, I will leave you with this from Rolling Stone:

The Arab World’s Version of the Ice Bucket Challenge: Burning ISIS Flags



  1. Troy

     /  September 3, 2014

    Jose’ the plummer! Lol


  2. The story of how Henry Lee McCollum got unjustly imprisoned for 30 years has some interesting details. (His brother did the time too, by the way.) It was a case of the rape and murder of a girl. The McCollum brothers didn’t do it, but the cops decided they did and stopped looking further.

    The McCollum’s were “questioned” incessantly for two days straight. Sleep-deprived and exhausted, they signed a confession written by the cops. Don’t let anybody tell you that sleep-deprivation isn’t torture. Been there, experienced that. They didn’t even need water-boarding.

    We re-watched an iconic movie the other night, The Shawshank Redemption. Like a classic novel, this is one of the few movies that deserves that kind of status. It has been 20 years since it came out and I was pleasantly surprised at how little I remembered of it. If you watch it again, think of Henry Lee McCollum. And Anton Scalia. And Southern “justice” for blacks.


  3. ansonburlingame

     /  September 4, 2014

    When an Arab from England cuts the head off of an American, is that racism?

    Was the new “plumber” by a different name also a gangbanger? Is it racist to ask that question?

    Most Muslims are not white Americans. Are we in a race war against Islamic fanatics? If your real name was Abdul, would you change it to Alex before you sent out resumes?



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