In it is says that African American men are more likely to be wrongly convicted in sexual assault cases. Especially cases were it has relied on eyewitness testimony. Not only that but they’re more likely to stay locked up longer.
So let us imagine that you’re an African American male. I understand that some of you may find this easier than others.
On the one hand, you have the party that you are “supposed to side with”. They’re saying that if a white woman accuses a man of assault or rape without evidence, she will be believed. This party are sexist because they see women as incapable of lying. Anyone who has asked a woman has she eaten today knows full well that they are capable.
Here’s where Kanye comes in.
On the other hand, you have Kanye West saying that African Americans don’t have to vote Democrat. African Americans are free to think and vote however they please.
So in this scenario, as an African American man, what do you do?
Do you stay put in Egypt or do you follow Moses into the wilderness?
Your future in Egypt is set in stone. In the wilderness, anything can happen, but you’re free.
Now I’m not saying all African American men will switch their vote. I will say that the timing of Kavanaugh and Kanye is fascinating and it will have an effect in November.
That’s all I got to say about this, but I just want to talk about something that I noticed.
Are CNN’s African American pundits from Northern Ireland?
In Northern Ireland, you know that person who knows someone who knows someone who is famous.
“My cousin knew Liam Neeson when he went to University.”
“Yeah, said he was a prick.”
In Northern Ireland, you can do well, but you can’t do too well. If you rise to the top, we only love you when you fall from grace, ie George Best and the Titanic.
If you’re from Northern Ireland, you can be good at something but heaven help you if you acknowledge your skill.
“You’re funny Kieran.”
“I’ve always thought myself above average when it comes to humour.”
“Jesus, listen to the ego on you, get off yer high horse”.
This popped into my head when I saw some of the coverage on CNN of Kanye West meeting Trump.
You had several African American pundits saying that Kanye is a “token negro”. They said Kanye should stick to his day job. According to CNN he’s not going to make a difference. You know, kind of how they said that Trump should stick to being a real estate mogul.
You then see Don Lemon referring to him as, and I am quoting Don here, “Minstrel show”.
I feel uncomfortable linking to what Donald Lemon said.
This is such a Northern Irish reaction.
“Here Northern Ireland is a bit shit.”
“It is, let’s try and improve it.”
“Oh my God, who do you think you are, what gives you the right to change our beautiful culture?”
Look I’m not saying that Northern Ireland and CNN’s African American pundits don’t want things to get better. I do have an expression for my fellow country people and CNN pundits in general.
“If the people of Northern Ireland were happy they’d be miserable.” – Kieran Majury
The battle of the sexes has now moved into the political arena. You are seeing this with the Bret Kavanagh Supreme Court hearings. Christine Ford has accused him of groping her twenty years ago.
I haven’t watched all the hearings. From what I have seen one thing you can glean from Ford and Kavanagh is as follows: both of them are telling the truth.
Both of them are lying about certain aspects of their testimony. Ford lied about being afraid of flying. Kavanagh is more fond of a drink than he is letting on.
Do I believe lie about small things means lying about big things? No.
Ford believes that something happened to her. Kavanagh believes that she has mistaken him for someone else. Who is right? They both cried, do tears mean truth? No.
Certain aspects of how events have unfolded are irritating.
I don’t like that Ford went to the Democrats in confidence then at the first sign of trouble they publicised her name.
Her life is ruined now. She tried to do what she felt was the right thing and she was punished.
The Democrats betrayed her and objectified her, turning her into a political football. She got kicked around by both teams on the Senate while the world watched.
How would you feel now?
I don’t like how critics are saying that Kavanagh’s anger is revelatory of a darker side. If you put yourself in his position you can understand his anger.
Imagine yourself going for a job interview, it’s a job you want. It could be a promotion. You wake up early on the day, you beat your alarm.
You showered, and your clothes look good on you.
Have you lost weight? You ask yourself in the mirror because you’re looking trim. You keep telling yourself to stop smiling so much, people are going to think that you’re weird.
No matter how hard you try, a big old beamer keeps creeping onto your face.
There’s no traffic on the way in. You feel your heart pumping, old you would have called it nerves but new you calls it excitement.
You get to the place, and you make your way to the reception area, you’re early. Give your name in, and the man behind the desk says “Oh”.
You see the interview room on an elevated level. Three people in silhouette behind frosted glass.
That’s where you’re going.
The person in there at the moment stands and shakes hands with the panel. No matter how well they did, you’re going to do better. They’re ready to see you now. You make your way towards the boardroom, but instead, you’re ushered into a side room.
You’re told that this morning someone you used to go to school with phoned. They said that you stole money from them ten years ago.
There’s no way to prove that it did or did not happen but this person is adamant that it was you. You’re an honest person, you’ve been brought up right. You may not give to charity as much as you feel you should but you certainly do not steal.
You’re that there’s no evidence and at this point, there won’t ever be.
They know you’ve never been in trouble with the authorities before but they don’t want to take that risk. You’re not getting the job.
Oh and the company you’re interviewing for? They felt that it was their duty to call your friends and family. They told them not only are they not giving you the job but you’re a thief.
How do you feel?
I can’t speak on your behalf, but I would feel slightly miffed. I would be angry.
You need to stop saying that when a man is passionate about something he’s aggressive.
If you’re a woman reading this let’s make a deal. I’ll tell men not to use the word hysterical if you replace aggressive with passionate.
This circus feels like there’s something more significant going on, doesn’t it? Ford and Kavanagh are avatars for their sexes.
In many ways, this is a sex version of the OJ Simpson trial. With the OJ trial, on one level it was about whether or not he was guilty but there was a subtext during that trial. That subtext is was, “You don’t like it up you, do you?”.
A version of that subtext is at play here. It’s not about whether or not Kavanagh groped Ford at some party, it’s “Let’s see how they like it.”
If you’re familiar with PUA (Pick up artist) vernacular, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “shit testing”.
Shit testing is when a woman gives a potential suitor a hard time to try and see what kind of person they are. If they can’t stand up to her then what chance do they have with outside threats?
If you’re a heterosexual male, who has been in a long-term relationship with a woman you’ll have noticed that the testing never stops. It takes various guises “I wish you wouldn’t use that word”, “I wish you’d not associate with that one particular friend” and you “You don’t need to work out as much”.
The one that I got over the course of two long-term relationships was “I’d feel more comfortable if you had a drink”. Silly me, I put their comfort over mine.
Now, you’re thinking that some women say these things out of genuine love and you’re right. However, certain women will test you just to see how far they can push it.
Both the sexes test the boundaries in relationships. Men will do it through bad behaviour whereas women will do it through control of behaviour. This isn’t an unfortunate aspect, it’s just the way of relationships. Like many neutral aspects of the world, it comes down to how it’s being welded?
Feminism of the first world
Feminism is no longer about the equal rights for women.
It began that way, but what have they left to achieve? Men and women in the western world are equal. Feminists would admit that they may have dropped the ball the further east you head. I’m going to focus on the western world here.
Feminism sees that it’s mainly men at the top of society and assumes that it is because of sexism. It’s not that power is held by a minority it’s that it is men.
Feminists want equality in the pleasant areas of life, like the boardroom. They’re getting equality in universities. In fact they’re getting so much equality in the universities maybe it’s time they started to ask for more men to be admitted.
I don’t mind if you want the sweet life, we all do but don’t queef in my face and say it’s windy.
For a while now I stopped believing that people want equality or to end oppression.
They just want their turn cracking the whip.
Believe women is something that comes up again and again. Belfast was subjected to “I believe her”, I didn’t know who I supposed to believe so I reserved judgment. Here’s the thing I don’t just believe people because I’m told. In fact being told that I have to believe someone just makes me cynical.
If you believe women that means you are incapable of seeing them as equal to men.
Here’s the thing, believe women is sexist.
Don’t put too much stock in belief. There are people out there who believe Jesus was American, B-52’s nuked volcanos to trap souls. There are even degenerates out there who believe the Earth is round.
Belief and truth are not siblings. They’re cousins who only see each other on birthdays.
The Democrats have shifted to become the party for women.
Not that men aren’t allowed to vote for them, they’ll take their votes, but they aren’t as welcome as they once were. Many men are feeling unwelcome.
A woman tells all men to shut up she’s called a heroine, I tell one woman on the bus to quit her yammering and she’s still going on.
Don’t get me wrong, any club or organisation should be free to discriminate against whoever they want. Just don’t turn round and act shocked when people act in their own interest.
It has begun with white men but when you use expressions like “men need to shut up” you’re not just addressing white men.
You can see the shift in attitudes all the way from Kanye.
to other men.
When Alan Grant first arrives in Jurassic Park, he checks out the raptor pen. He’s told by the warden that the Raptors keep testing the fence for weaknesses. When the power goes out, they find that weakness.
That’s what the Democrats are doing.
Democrats are stress testing the American system.
If they manage to get Kavanagh booted out or denied, then the tactic works.
If the tactic is successful, then it is in men’s best interest to retire from public life, or just never run for office ever again.
Who will lose in the battle of the sexes?
In the short term, it will be men. They’ll take a knock and go to ground, but they’ll come back from this.
Ultimately the losers will be women and poor people.
There’s even been a shift in behaviour in Washington that’s been going on since 2015. Women may find it a bit sexist but give a man a choice between being labelled a sexist or a sex offender, the choice is simple.
Women will find themselves welcome but uninvited.
Take me for example. I love working with women, especially in the creative sphere. What I love most about working with women is that they are open and receptive.
When I work with women, the subtext is always “How can we work together for the best possible outcome?”. With men, everything feels like I’m an idiot before the judge. Men take every statement as an argument. Rather than working with me I have to convince them why we do things a certain way.
One of the best projects I ever did was with a woman. It involved a press up championship and a ghost wife giving encouragement.
It was the best thing I ever did and now thanks to how things are going nothing like it will ever happen again.
I’m working on a play at the minute. Part of the marketing is going to be that it is one of the first #metoo compliant productions. How are we going to ensure female safety? By excluding women from the production. When it comes to performance time, we are going to separate the men and women. The women will be seated to the rear of the theatre to keep an eye on the men in the audience.
As for other sufferers of the battle of the sexes? The poor?
When it comes to he said she said cases it tends to rely on who has the better legal team.
The FBI has a week to investigate these decade-old claims. The Democrats have kept insisting on a week-long investigation. What’s a week they ask? What is a week indeed? In fact, what has any large government body achieved in a week?
This investigation will not yield anything concrete.
The Democrats want to delay this until the midterms are over. I don’t know why they feel it’s essential. They’ve been wrong about much over the last three years, I don’t see them getting this right.
The investigation will be like The Life of Brian, “We found a spoon” this spoon will be used as a means of delaying. If the Republicans have any wit, they’ll insist that they have been gracious. They postponed proceedings by a week which the Democrats requested.
There is a part of me that is curious to see what happens if Kavanagh doesn’t get in. Would it lead to Republicans going to the polls in record numbers?
Would it lead to an outbreak of democracy in America?
Long-term ramifications of Kavanagh not getting in?
It would lead to everyone from here on out getting accused of something they may or may not have done decades ago.
Ethics don’t exist. You and I are becoming more tribal. We’re cavemen, I’m sorry cavepersons with smartphones.
You and I like to believe that we’re sophisticated and unbiased but we’re not.
I’m biased, so are you.
I’m done with the West, it’s still the best of a bad bunch, it’s time to break ourselves out of the stagnation.
The best way to rebuild the temple is to tear down the old one.
Whatever happens from this Christine Ford and Bret Kavanagh’s reputations are in ruins.
Hey, don’t worry they’re necessary casualties in the battle of the sexes.
The DUP are a relic of a bygone age. The DUP still holds a lot of power in Northern Ireland politics. It doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon.
What you might find frustrating is that with a few tweaks they could join the modern world.
To be clear, I’m not a fan of the DUP. I’m amazed at how obvious some of the solutions to their problems are. With a little work, they could soon clear that up.
Now I’m a lowly Catholic popcorn shoveller so I know that none of them are going to read this but this is just for fun.
Happy 12th everyone, enjoy.
5: Drop the whole abortion/marriage equality fight
This is a losing battle for the DUP, and they are taking a long time to realise that they are on the wrong side on this issue. It’s frustrating that the DUP is happy to be part of the United Kingdom, but cherry picks what laws it enforces.
This half in half out policy shows a lack of loyalty and unity with the UK. The DUP must consider if they’re on board with the whole loyalism/unionism factor.
Needless to say that there is a whole section of society that is living as second-class citizens. This is because the DUP is dragging its feet when it comes to progress.
Giving marriage equality to everyone will not bring about the end of civilisation. You might struggle to comprehend what problem the DUP has with marriage equality, I do.
Does the DUP think that homosexual couples are going to demand that they are married in a church? That’s never going to happen. Religious organisations are a private body that has the right to discriminate.
Does the DUP think that homosexuals want to get married in a church? The Groucho quote has it “I wouldn’t want to be part of a club that would have me as a member”.
As for abortion, regardless of when you believe life begins, the first step to ending poverty is to give women control of their bodies. This goes against my own personal belief, not because I believe that life is sacred or any of that nonsense, I don’t. I’m not a big fan of abortion. Only because I think the only way to get good welfare reform is to choke the system until it can no longer function. Seeing as single mothers are one of the primary beneficiaries of that system, keep kiddies coming.
DUP need to go with the flow on these two issues.
4: Avoiding controversy
You won’t accuse me of telling tales out of school but the DUP, by today’s standards, hold some controversial views. That’s fine, you can’t control what people think. The DUP can’t control what they think, and you wouldn’t want to change that, would you?
If the DUP have controversial opinions, then they should stick to it. You can have controversial views just hold on to them. These could be opinions like climate change isn’t happening. If you believe this and you’re running for public office let the people know what you think.
If you get challenged and back away from the opinion then how do I know that you aren’t going to do that with all your other ideas?
You can change your opinion but don’t do it at the first sign of trouble. Make it look like you’re not just doing it to change with the blowing of the wind.
This is a reply to the controversial opinions. If you’re going to have controversial opinion stick to it and don’t apologise. If you feel you are in the right, then stick to your guns.
Can I make a reference to guns when talking about Northern Irish politics? Too soon. Did that line bomb?
This is a general life rule that you can take from this as well as the DUP. If you apologise for nothing, you will apologise for everything. I’m not a big fan of apologising in general. Not because I think you’re a bad person but because I think you’re insincere if you do it too much.
Apologies are like swearing, if you do it too much, it loses its effect.
2: Talking to the BBC
Are you frustrated that we’ve had two years of Trump? The political novice and politicians the world over are looking at it like it was a fluke.
Do you want to know something? It wasn’t a fluke.
You’ll find politics more interesting if politicians took a leaf from Trump’s playbook.
Why is American politics so much more interesting than UK and Ireland? You know the answer, it’s because it’s so much more entertaining. Here it is so much more routine. A politician makes a statement, press questions them, they make a retraction. The cycle starts again.
You could be forgiven for being unaware of what is happening in UK politics because it’s frigging boring. Gimme the American model. President says something ridiculous, the press goes into meltdown. President makes an even more absurd statement and so on. It’s entertaining, and it doesn’t take that much to get started.
Look at Jim Acosta, it is fascinating. You’re watching a man lose his mind in slow motion. You are viewing the development of mental illness in real time. Thankfully Jim Acosta is a journalist so whether he ends up in an asylum or not doesn’t matter. How was this downfall triggered, the President refused to talk to him. That’s all it took.
What the DUP could do
The DUP could take a leaf out of this book. You might agree with me that the BBC is held in too high regard. They have the worst form of bias in the way that they believe themselves to be immune from bias. They’re the only game in town. Think of how funny it would be if the DUP just stopped talking to the BBC. The DUP could control news cycles just by refusing to enter into the conversation. BBC would continuously repeat the DUP message and come across as moaners by going on and on about it in public.
(Bonus: DUP should definitely do this now)
Nationalism has got a bit of a bad rap recently with Trump and the alt-right in America. Couple that with the rise of right-wing parties in Italy, Austria and Hungary.
Why the hell aren’t DUP using this as a stick to bash Sinn Fein over the head with?
They don’t even need to lie about it they just have to keep referring to Sinn Fein as a Nationalist party, which is true.
There is an open goal for you DUP, kick the ball.
This is why I never believe the DUP to be the boogeyman that they’re presented as. The DUP are so retarded and frequently keep miss opportunities.
1: Alienating the Islamic community
There has been some Anti-Islamic sentiment coming from the DUP. I know what you’re thinking, shocking.
This baffles me and tells you all you need to know about the competency of the DUP. The Islamic community in the UK leans conservative. The Islamic community has more in common with the DUP than other Northern Irish parties.
While Northern Ireland doesn’t have a large Islamic community, it is growing. It’s not a substantial voter base now, but with their growth and native populations declining birth rates, the writing is on the wall. You’ll find that elections in future may hinge on their support.
Here’s a slogan for free if you’re high up at the DUP.