The Week in Podcasts: Juneteenth, H1-B Visas and more…

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Jim

The Things I Think About Podcast

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Isn’t Juneteenth a “made up” holiday created by the left?

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law proclaiming Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday. Juneteenth National Independence Day is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

In this episode, I discuss the following topics:

  • What is Juneteenth?
  • Isn’t Juneteenth a “made up” holiday created by the left?
  • What is the Juneteenth tradition?

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The Retro Lounge

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Original air date : JUN 12, 2007 – Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen Visas, Citizenship and Terrorist Recruiting Tactics before describing the plot of an action movie that somebody really needs to make. | Download the free eBook: “Racism Reimagined: How Critical Race Theory Imperils The American Workplace.” https://www.tradepub.com/free/w_jims01/ 

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Other great podcasts from the Freedom First Network…

  • Bob & Eric Save America, Ep 44 Bob and Eric discuss the Hunter Biden racist texts scandal and the silence by the mainstream media. They also discuss the G7, the COVID vaccine, and special guest Sara Sass, an attorney, comes on to discuss the child trafficking epidemic at the US/Mexico Border.
  • Freedom Squad: Dr Karlyn Borysenko, DeAnna Lorraine & Doni AnthonyFreedom Squad is a weekly show hosted by Jeff Dornik which brings a panel of freedom-loving conservatives together to discuss current events. Dr Karlyn Borysenko, DeAnna Lorraine and Doni Anthony come together to discuss the growing frustration with Donald Trump and the Republican Party. It feels like there’s no Conservative leader and no one knows what direction we are heading in.
  • Two Mike’s Rootin Tootin Putin and More – Today, The Two Mikes discussed several current issues. First, we noted Attorney General Garland Merrick’s declaration of war on the White portion of the American People, pledging to use the corrupt national-security apparatus to savagely attack them.
  • Dr. Shiva Shows Proof Government Circumvents First Amendment by ‘Laundering Censorship’ through TwitterFormer Senate candidate and inventor of Email Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai joined NOQ Report this week to discuss his lawsuit that includes Twitter. In the course of his case, he discovered some blockbuster information that ties government with censorship being perpetrated with Big Tech. THIS is the collusion that should be national news today.
  • The fact-checkers get it wrong again: It’s not illegal to name an unindicted co-conspiratorAfter Tucker Carlson’s bombshell story about the FBI’s involvement in organizing the violence at the Capitol Building on January 6th went viral, the Mainstream Media and Big Tech predictably “fact-checked” his story, “debunking” it with “legal experts” who claim that the reason the names of the unindicted co-conspirators are concealed is because it is illegal to release their names. The fact checkers should have checked their facts, because that is patently false.

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About this H1-B Visa thing…

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In Honor of Juneteenth

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What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth celebrates the date that Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation by freeing all remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. More than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas was the last remaining state that continued to allow enslavement in violation of federal law. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread after the war ended, actual emancipation was not announced in Texas until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston to issue General Order #3 on the 19th of June.

Why so long? The end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Lone Star State due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce it. Ironically, Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday in 1980; thanks to Al Edwards, an African-American state legislator.

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law proclaiming Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday. Juneteenth National Independence Day is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

Isn’t Juneteenth a “made up” holiday created by the left?

In my opinion, the holiday should not be a topic of political division. As of 2021, it is a 156 year-old celebration. So, it is a “legitimate” holiday of long-standing and not one created for political advantage. However, as to be expected in this age of political hyper-partisanship, Juneteenth became an issue of currying favor with voters. President Trump sought to take credit for bringing Juneteenth to the mainstream. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, this was reported.

On race issues, Mr. Trump said a black Secret Service agent told him the meaning of Juneteenth as the president was facing criticism for initially planning to hold his first campaign rally in three months on the day.

The rally is scheduled to be held in Tulsa, Okla., where, in 1921, a mob of white residents attacked and killed black community members, destroying a thriving black business district.

Holding a rally on that day, particularly as racial protests continued throughout the country, was insensitive, African-American leaders told Mr. Trump. He eventually pushed the rally back a day to June 20.

“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Mr. Trump said, referring to news coverage of the rally date. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”

Mr. Trump said he polled many people around him, none of whom had heard of Juneteenth. Mr. Trump paused the interview to ask an aide if she had heard of Juneteenth, and she pointed out that the White House had issued a statement last year commemorating the day. Mr. Trump’s White House has put out statements on Juneteenth during each of his first three years.

On the other side of the political spectrum, several people pointed out that President Obama had touted the significance of Juneteenth since his first year in office. To quote USA Today…

According to White House archives, during his time in the Oval Office, Obama made an official White House statement regarding Juneteenth on seven separate occasions, beginning during his first year in office in 2009, with the exception of 2013, based on our research. That year, he was in Berlin on Juneteenth.

Several tweets from the White House’s official account also coincided with the statements from past years.

All that being said, no matter who is credited, Juneteenth did not rise to mainstream prominence until recently (as in since 2020). One proof of that is the volume of online searches on the subject. According to Google Trends data, searches on Juneteenth were relatively low until 2018 when a sharp spike was recorded. Last year, searches on Juneteenth trended to its highest recording to date; most notably in the southern states.

I think in this case, both political sides are right. How? President Trump did bring Juneteenth to prominence because as with so many things he said, the mainstream media was quick to amplify his comments in order to ridicule him.

Conversely, the media was mostly silent when Obama mentioned Juneteenth on a regular basis. As a result, most people never heard of it. Make sense?

As further evidence of Juneteenth being known to some but not others, consider the cultures of various states. For example, Joy Yvonne Jones, president of the San Diego Black Artist Collective said this about her Juneteenth experiences growing up.

“Growing up in Houston,” says Jones, “Juneteenth was always a huge deal, that involved the entire city. It was a big day. There was a downtown parade, and people were given the day off from work. I thought it was a national holiday!

“When I moved to San Diego in 2016 (her husband of six years is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton), I saw that there wasn’t much happening here for Juneteenth. I’ve been talking about a Juneteenth Festival ever since.”

In Atlanta, where I’m from, Juneteenth was not a grand tradition. I knew about Juneteenth but did not participate in a routine celebration to honor it. Due to the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, there has been added sensitivity to the African-American experience. To support the message that Juneteenth is a holiday all Americans should remember in unity, and in some cases to pander to the Woke crowd, many businesses closed their businesses for a day.

What is the Juneteenth tradition?

Traditionally, Juneteenth is celebrated in the black community with street fairs, parades and concerts. Education and celebration being the cornerstone for all events and practices. For example, due to the holiday’s southern roots, barbecue is a must and red foods like strawberry soda, red drinks and red velvet cake are meant to symbolize ingenuity, resilience in bondage and honors the blood that was shed by African Americans during the slavery era. At some point there is an accounting of the history that lead to the event to include an excerpt from the Emancipation Proclamation and/or a reading of the ratification of the 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States. It reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

In honor Juneteenth, I offer up the following videos produced by PragerU. They discuss the racial history of the Democratic and Republican parties. As Juneteenth is a time to celebrate and heal, it is important to understand the past in order to progress into the future. Enjoy. And oh, happy Juneteenth!

The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party

The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

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I’m not buying the white supremacy narrative. This is why…

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In an effort to protect the country from the Domestic Terror threats of White Supremacy, the Biden Administration appealed to the citizenry for assistance. You can read the full press briefing here. Below are a few quotes…

“This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence.”

 “Any particular tech company often knows its own platform very well. But the government sees things — actually, threats of violence — across platforms. They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world.”

 “This is a strategy that is agnostic as to political ideology or off the spectrum. What matters is when individuals take their political or other grievances and turn that — unacceptably, unlawfully — into violent action.”

 “We are investing many agencies of the government and resourcing them appropriately and asking our citizens to participate. Because, ultimately, this is really about homeland security being a responsibility of each citizen of our country to help us achieve.”

When I read comments like this, I see them (leftists in media and government) painting a picture that white supremacists are everywhere, behind every corner. And while there are certainly cases of racism in America from white supremacists, it is not omnipresent. I assure you. In search of data to inform my suspicion, I discovered “Hate by the Numbers,” a data visualization of the Global Terrorism Database. It says that the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany are white supremacist hot spots. Wow. Intrigued, I looked at their chart for the USA and found the following.

The yellow line on the chart represents the dramatic increase of white supremacy incidents in America. At its zenith, in 2018, there were 40 incidents. There were other stats being tracked like Islamist extremism, Extreme Left, Anti Gov and other. However, white supremacy stats towered over them. Again, 40 incidents in 2018, then it declines.

Further down in the data visualization, they compare (globally) white supremacy attacks to Islamic Extremism and said this.

When compared to attacks by other extremist movements, violent white supremacy is the most frequently occurring over this period in these regions. Violent white supremacy and Islamist Extremism, in particular, represent two very different types of threats: violent Islamist attacks have been relatively rare in the West in the last decade, arguably because of greater law enforcement attention, but often result in a high number of casualties. Violent white supremacist attacks have occurred more frequently, but have resulted in fewer casualties on average (with the exception of the Christchurch attack in March 2019).

In 2019, the stats compared this way, globally.

White Supremacy

  • Deaths: 165
  • Incidents: 336

Islamist Extremism

  • Deaths: 193
  • incidents: 82

The current population of the United States of America is 332,854,943 as of Wednesday, June 16, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. While no death or violent incident is insignificant, the amount of white supremacy incidents in the USA and globally, seems to put things in a different perspective than what I am told by the news media and the Biden Administration.

Let me take things a bit further. Not too long ago in Atlanta, there was a horrific hate crime that was portrayed in the media as a white man targeting Asians at a massage parlor. The obvious message was that white supremacy was to blame. However, the FBI stats on hate crimes against Asians don’t bear that out. To quote Summit News

As the Washington Examiner highlights, citing FBI statistics, whereas whites comprise 62% of the population, they committed 24% of crimes against Asians in 2018. In comparison, blacks, who comprise 13% of the population, committed 27.5% of all violent crimes against Asian Americans in 2018.

So clearly, white people do not represent the biggest crime threat to Asian Americans.

The figures once again underscore how the media has contrived another hysterical moral panic in order to bolster what can no longer be seen as anything other than institutional racism and hatred towards white people.

While there may be multiple hate groups out there pushing a racist agenda, the one that best fits the narrative of the mainstream media is the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), famous for their violence against blacks. And yet, their membership has been on the decline for YEARS!!! To quote, The Intercept reported this in 2019

It sometimes seems that the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is never far from the spotlight. This is odd, since its actual numbers are officially in sharp decline according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – one of the most effective, respected and thoroughly informed of anti-Klan groups.

The SPLC’s spring 2019 report, The Year in Hate and Violence argues that in the US, “White Supremacy flourishes amid fears of immigration and [the] nation’s shifting demographics”. Yet it offers one glimmer of hope, in the rapidly falling membership of the nation’s various KKK groupings.

The report, headlined “Rage Against Change”, states that the number of Klan groups has dropped significantly since 2016, when there were 130. There are now 51. The SPLC concludes: “It may be that the KKK, having somehow endured since 1866, is finally on its last legs.”

It goes on to claim that this decline is because “the KKK has not been able to appeal to younger racists, with its antiquated traditions [and] odd dress … Younger extremists prefer Fred Perry polo shirts and khakis to Klan robes”.

That quote resonates with me because I remember seeing this data from Statista after the Charlottesville incident in 2017. The chart shows the share agreeing/disagreeing with the following movements in August 2017.

Infographic: 86% Of Americans Disagree With White Supremacy  | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

All that to say, if the number of white supremacy deaths and incidents is less than 0% (relative to the American population), FBI stats do not support a trend of white supremacist attacks against Asians (which is the current narrative from the left) and OVERWHELMINGLY Americans reject the ideology of the KKK then, why is white supremacy the biggest threat in America today?

Now, I can imagine how some people may refute this by equating the January 6th “insurrection” as white supremacy. If so, riddle me this. If people were protesting a government (which is what an insurrection literally is), how is that racist when the citizenry is so diverse? Please explain. I’ll wait.

Sigh.

And for those on the left who want the right to stop talking about Jan 6th beyond their leftist talking points that it was all a right wing conspiracy to tear down the nation, watch this and your heads will explode. (And if you want even more detail, read this. Or, ignore it, although it’s getting harder to debunk when you use discredited experts.)

OTHER THINGS I READ TODAY

30,000 fake ballots found In Georgia…

Well, if true, this is VERY, VERY interesting. Check out this quote from the video I link to here.

“Number one, they’re on different paper. What kind of paper are they on? Why isn’t it the same paper that everything else is on? Number two, they’re not folded. Well, what do you mean they’re not folded? In order to get an absentee ballot, you have to get it in the mail. Which means that the Department of Elections in Georgia machine folded the ballot, you can’t have a ballot in an envelope that you mail back, or dropbox back, that’s not folded. You either got it folded, or you send it back folded, or both with an envelope. So why aren’t they folded?”

This evidence is compelling. What happens if this is proven true? What if its proven true for other states? What will happen then? Civil war? I hate to even speculate on that.

How did this one get past the censors?

Go woke and go broke (it never ends)

According to The Daily Wire, “There’s growing evidence that Nickelodeon’s hard push to promote the LGBTQ agenda to children is having a negative impact on the network’s ratings.”

To quote further:

Since July of 2017, Nickelodeon’s viewership has dropped from 1.3 million average viewers per week to a June of 2021 average of only 372,000. In only four years, Nickelodeon has dropped more than two thirds of its audience. That is catastrophically bad for the cable channel, but with cable on the way out, maybe it’s not so bad? The catch here is that it is, in fact, that bad and perhaps worse, simply because Nickelodeon seems to be the primary driving force behind new subscribers to Paramount+.

There are signs that Viacom has not learned any lessons and is retrofitting these old shows with the same principles that have resulted in Nickelodeon’s huge loss in ratings. Even with a show about infants, much of the headlines have been about a retconned, now-lesbian character; whatever your thoughts on that issue, it’s hard to see how a children’s show about infants is best served in advertising when the news is all about sexuality.

Putin Responds to Black Lives Matter

Hmm… Does he sound like a Republican or a Democrat?

This is what some people think Critical Race Theory is

And this is what happens when people are shown what Critical Race Theory really is

To paraphrase, if you don’t think Democrat then you ain’t black

Kudos to Rep Byron Donalds (R) for being a free thinker and escaping the intended trap of being labeled a racist (by virtue of being a Republican), which is where the interview was heading. No doubt.

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Random Thoughts From My Shower

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There I was in the shower with my washcloth and rubber ducky when suddenly, I had random thoughts running through my head. Sorry for the rambling in this post. It is more of a stream of consciousness. Hopefully, the thoughts still resonate.

What if Ziona Chana had lived long enough to fly to Mars? Can you imagine the space babies he would make?

We may see in our lifetime chicken wings becoming a status symbol.

To fight racism, you need more racism, thus making you the same racist you are fighting against. This is the logic of anti-racism and it only makes sense to the left.

If an American is threatened by the sight of an American flag, maybe they should live elsewhere.

When Putin said, basically, “Do not blame me for what you see in the mirror. I am only pointing it out.” As much as I wanted to, I could not disagree.

This is how you measure hypocrisy in the media. Part 1: a) Simply ask, “What if Trump had said that?” then b) watch how the mainstream media ignores it.

This is how you measure hypocrisy in the media. Part 2: a) Take note of a shocking crime, then ask b) “What if the race of the killer and the victim were reversed?” and finally c) watch the mainstream media ignore the story.

What some call a conspiracy theory, others call good workforce planning.

Re: Biden – If I saw this earlier, I would have included it in yesterday’s post.

FYI: If a white woman reports being raped by a black man then, she is supporting white supremacy. Again, this logic only makes sense to the left.

Why is it that every time I hear about white domestic terrorists being a threat to national security, it sounds like they are saying Trump supporters are a threat to national security?

And I like it when the left gets red-pilled. Welcome to the party Stewart. You’re late, but at least you finally showed up. Bring more people with you before you get cancelled.

And in case you missed them, here are some earlier posts:

And there is much more content in the archives. Please do check it out.

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