Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.
Activists plan to line the route of next week’s parade to protest a Sea World float over accusations in a new documentary that the theme parks treat whales badly. And ranchers succeeded in getting Jett pulled off the South Dakota tourism float after they questioned why the vegetarian and animal-rights ally was representing their beef-loving state.
The float flaps threaten to shake Macy’s traditional position of staying out of politics and soaring silently above the fray, like the massive balloons of Snoopy, Kermit the Frog and SpongeBob SquarePants.
“The parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate or other forms of advocacy,” Macy’s said in a statement this week.
It was in that spirit that parade executive producer Amy Kule told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sea World float is staying. “There is no controversy,” she said. “Our goal is to entertain and that is their goal as well.”
The Sea World float, which depicts rolling waves, tropical fish, penguins and Shamu, comes just months after the release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which contends that Sea World’s poor treatment of its killer whales contributed to the aggression of a whale involved in a trainer’s death.
Activists, including members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), say they plan to stage a protest somewhere along the route during next week’s parade. And the group says it has sent Macy’s more than 80,000 emails from animal lovers demanding that the store drop the float.
Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Manhattan’s Hunter College and a longtime parade watcher, says the Sea World controversy puts Macy’s in a tough spot.
“It’s damned if they do, damned if they don’t,” Sherrill said. “Macy’s is making a statement. If there’s a political conflict, saying `I’m not getting involved’ means you’re supporting the status quo.”
PETA also is connected to the float controversy involving Joan Jett, an animal-rights vegetarian who works with the organization.
Macy’s found a solution: The “I Love Rock `n’ Roll” singer and her Blackhearts band are being moved to a different float as yet to be announced. A parade spokesman said it made the move so attention is not diverted from the “entertainment mission” of the event, which also features Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon, the Radio City Rockettes, and the cast members of the reality show “Duck Dynasty.”
The Macy’s parade has gone on through previous controversies.
In 2011, Tim Burton’s “B. Boy” balloon took flight despite critics labeling it “creepy” for its depiction of a snaggle-toothed boy made out of old party balloons.
And last year, Elmo’s appearance followed sexual abuse charges against longtime puppeteer Kevin Clash, whose recorded voice was heard on a float. Last year’s parade also included confetti made from shredded New York City police documents.
From our perspective it is these groups such as PETA that are causing disorder and discord between a free child (and adult) loving parade given in the spirit of celebration. However, we do feel that this is merely an abuse of trying to be politically correct.
It is too bad that we live in a time and in a nation that has people gripping all the time albeit for whatever reasons seem endless. We, I, and you can try your level best to avoid it, walk past it, remain neutral on it, or as so many of our friends do – try not to fall into the dreadful trap of the color of one’s skin.
As for us, we believe the motives for engaging in blatant racism are as mixed as a bag of M&M’s. Then mind you something opposite would suggest that boil it all down to one single issue and what do we come up with? Hate, entitlements, capitalism, positions, or offices held, rank ordering, caste system, or any other sorts of one issue (never works).
Let us take a look at human person living in the U.S.A. today. Is it important that we address the notion or importance of the two parent household particularly a man and a woman living as husband and wife? Statistically it is ugly – something along the percentile of 90 percent of child delinquency and misbehaving comes because there is not a male (“Father figure”…Freud) present to what?
Now the time is at hand to ask all of the special interests groups and advocacy groups how they feel about the work that they do. Moreover, the money they are spending in their attempt at taking on God, most orthodox religious beliefs, and one particular society in which they live who are overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage and who remain the majority.
Failure to respect people of other races and a way of behaving or thinking that shows that you do not like or respect people who belong to races that are different from your own and that you believe your race is better than others are just does not work.
Furthermore, having animosity toward other races cannot be an excuse simply because races are made up of human beings, ergo why not say – because Jeffery Dalmer was white, let us hate all white people based on the crimes the lone nut committed. Additionally, the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior than other races has more generalized research disputing such that a person could spend a life time in paperwork studying that idea.
Yet we do believe that this qualified information is not known well enough or even known by people who hold prominence in various fields whether in entertainment, sports, academia, or theology.
Basically we are of the position that age-old stereotyping has been going on for so long that it is unfortunately being sought as truth rather than the stereotypical and discriminating hilarity it sometimes causes.
From the “White” perspective it is believed that the Wayans brothers have been culprits of stereotyping; albeit not in a racist way but one of a variety of ways in that the outcome makes a person look at themselves. Is this a good medium in film or Hollywood? It is a rather sorted question because if one were to say yes – it is a good medium – be very careful because you may be construed as a racist.
One trait that the Wayans brothers share and have a clear inroads path to is that of crossing or applying cross stereotypes within race. Many could argue that their films are hard on blacks, gays, and women; however, there is always the side of whites, gays, women, and just about any other way one could think of it. The Wayans have the insight of knowing how to keep it fair and even keeled.
Getting one’s heartbroken is never easy. Albeit if it is your pet, a sudden death, relational tragedy, or misbehaving by one of an admired person, the results are basically solidified in stone. Why else would there even be such a word as heart-broken?
Oprah Winfrey has never been one to hold her tongue.
That remained true when she sat down with BBC’s Will Gompertz and detailed how no one is above the racism that still exists in this world today … not even the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
“There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American,” she said. “There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.”
Okay…okay enough already. There is one notion when a person of respect, wealth, and consequently power begins to talk publically about a topic they unfortunately know very little about. And there is always the mention of a celebrity – just because they have celeb status does not make what they are saying anything but sputum (or spew-tum).
For some unknown reason – and people please beware – there are uneducated, malevolent, misfits, maliciously minded people who have arrived at the grandiose position of either having celebrity status, whatever that means. People, who have produced either a sex tape, maybe delivered a line in a film, or even being surrounded by robots that have this unknown status spouting off everywhere.
I will be the first to admit that the entire notion behind “Freedom of Speech” does not entitle a person to say anything they want and anywhere at that. There exists a multitude of laws either guaranteeing a person can speak, yet on the other hand there are also a multitude of laws which tell a person what is appropriate moreover, responsible to say.
Whatever it is that motivate people to espouse – much the same as venom – the words they do is something very much the mainstream-media should be trying to clear up; moreover, this is an issue that needs far more time spent when one is acquiring a degree in the journalism field or other writing.
Now for what was stated and by whom; in our quote by Ms. Oprah Winfrey basically she is saying that there is disrespect for the office of the president. How about some questions?
Why does she suppose there is disrespect for the office? Without even proffering anything from any other administration, meaning nothing from any other written source that for all we know may be an original source document, Winfrey simply states is because he’s African American.
I want to put this much in because I respect it. Just a small matter that President Ronald Reagan would not go into the Oval Office without a coat and tie, ever. He said it was the respect for the office that made him do it. Not very long afterword we elected a pseudo-President who would rather call Domino’s Pizza and place his evening’s eating accommodations over the phone rather than use the world class trained chef and staff of the White House.
Here is one for everyone…on August 8, 1973 the nation witnessed a person abdicate his position as President for the sake of showing integrity to the office he held. Richard M. Nixon resigned as president to stop things from getting any worse.
Now days in the Nu-culture or the Neo-now look at what has changed. A person by hook or by crook who has openly lied to the American people about his signature program, Obamacare, without a word of misgiving.
Sorry Oprah but playing the race card for an individual such as Barack Obama shows that you are indeed a racist among other examples from your mouth.
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An openly homosexual columnist in Ireland has written a piece blasting his country for considering same-sex marriage, warning the state has no business reinventing the family and undermining children’s “right” to a mother and father.
“Same-sex marriage is not some warm, fluffy equality bunny; it’s a bare-faced state power grab,” Manning writes. “The state gets to entirely remake marriage, not as the man/woman/child model we’ve inherited from 10,000 years of history and across all cultures, but as an anything-goes irrelevant partnership agreement between adults.”
We believe that these two examples alone should have a tremendous impact on anyone who is reading. Why? Because in the first paragraph what gives the state or any legislature the power to define “family” into whatever perspective they feel is best? What the state in this particular case is doing is ignoring society’s ways of operation.
Furthermore what the state is taking the right of having a mother and father away from the child. In essence the state is foregoing mountainous volumes of behavioral and sociological data that with facts and evidence out of the hands of the people. And in this particular case – again – is having its go at playing God; or subsequently, every society for the last 10,000 years.
One last item to bring up with regards on society making. President James Madison in public writings, books, and in countless speeches warned our electorate of factions. How many times per day do you hear, “yes but…the majority doesn’t always win…” And don’t you just wish you had even one dime for every time it is stated however, the person saying it doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about?
Same-sex marriage is not supported by the majority, but states could care less insofar as that is the brevity that they reach without federal intervention. At least for now.
Interestingly Mr. Manning, who is narrating this article, goes on to say, “Manning explains same-sex unions will render marriage “irrelevant” because “for the first time, children and parenthood [will have] no place in marriage.”
And that is only one mention of the downsides of same-sex marriages. Couples are now going to the several states looking for their means of equality such as the same items that traditional marriages receive…Good luck.
“Only a man and a woman have children, despite every fantasy the gender-busters want us to believe,” Manning writes. “Every child has a right to that natural life. Same-sex marriage asks us to ignore reality and children’s rights to a mother and father.”
As for the second paragraph example, we believe what Manning is stating what about tradition, values, and morals. Moreover, (if there is such a thing) he actually addresses the rights of the unborn as well as all of the parties of the traditional marriage.
We believe that the following is why special interest groups are organizing, spending ridiculous amounts of money in support of what they may not believe.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he supports same-sex marriage “very strongly” and that the Government will actively campaign for it. Government supporting the causes, which as you know is precisely the same as Barack Obama has done here in America.
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After six messy weeks – defined chiefly by the partial government shutdown and troubled roll-out of the federal government’s healthcare exchange website — President Barack Obama’s reputation with the American public has faltered in some ways, but not in others. Most notably, for the first time in his presidency, fewer than half of Americans, 47%, say Obama is a “strong and decisive leader,” down six percentage points since September.
Now my friends I will not purpose to be a liberal leaning piece of the mainstream-media mob. However, does anyone notice how cordial even the folks at Gallup are reporting: “defined chiefly by the partial government shutdown and troubled roll-out of the federal government’s healthcare exchange website…” literally takes just about all culpability away from Obama and shoves it all around? Yet, there are those of us who are simply not buying.
There is however a striking bit of truth in this parody. Of the first part, most people naturally think – and espouse, defined chiefly by the Republican effort in the partial government shutdown. Sadly second, is the notion of the troubled roll-out of the federal governments healthcare exchange website?
Let us look at the reality in stauncher terms shall we? If the “Buck stops here” at Obama’s desk, we will believe there are many people who have taken serious shrapnel. Some have even been left behind.
Similarly, the share of Americans who view Obama as “honest and trustworthy” has dipped five points. Exactly half of Americans still consider Obama honest and trustworthy, but this is down from 55% in September and 60% in mid-2012 as Obama was heading toward re-election.
Americans’ confidence in their chief executive to manage the government has also waned five points since September, to 42%. However, this level is similar to 44% in June and 45% in June 2012.
Well we believe that Obama’s productivity would certainly rise if he were to concentrate more on Domestic and Foreign affairs.
Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage and theft.
Earlier this year, the cyber security firm Mandiant reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has stolen hundreds of terabytes of information from over 140 U.S. organizations. Also earlier this year, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property reported that the U.S. loses $300 billion per year from cyber espionage,
chiefly from China. This does not even begin to calculate the national security risks the U.S. faces.
Is it just me or does ALL the bells and whistles sound off regarding Comprehension Immigration Reform?
Beyond threatening other nations, China’s cyber activities are also directed toward maintaining domestic control using the “Great Firewall” to censor online access and content. In fact, cyber actors within China targeted the personal email accounts of human rights activists in China, the U.S., and Europe. News of this latest breach drove Google to end its cooperation with Beijing, believing that China’s cyber exploitation cannot coexist with business security, private-sector profits, economic progress, or global Internet freedom.
Apart from securing its own cyber networks with essential legislation—focusing on supply chain security and private-public information sharing—the U.S. should turn from its current ambivalence and advance its cyber security internationally. Partnering with friends from around the globe would allow the U.S. to lead the struggle for Internet freedom and make cyber crime too economically and politically costly to continue.
Mind you – all things being equal – one of the biggest reasons why the USA advocates having the United Nations located in the U.S. is the notion of, “Keep your friends close, but always keep your enemies closer.”
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The deadliest drug problem in America is not heroin or cocaine or even crack cocaine. It is the abuse of perfectly legal prescription pain medications — familiar names such as Vicodin and Lortab and generic hydrocodone.
Therefore, having read that shocker of an opening statement, which certainly does not make it true; moreover, such a claim lacks any basis to the real problem.
We believe that the problem – or so referred to, is actually “What causes the addictive personality in America or in other areas around the globe?”
Starting with chocolate and moving through coffee (yep, tea is included) the list of what people get addicted to for whatever reasons are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and codependency. Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction.
Lately as in 1906 and 1972, as well as other times in the history of the U.S.A., manufacturers have been cited, fined, and penalized for having controlled addictive properties “naturally” in their products. On March 13, 1911,
the government initiated the case under the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. It tried to force The Coca-Cola Company to remove caffeine from the Coca-Cola formula, believing that the product was adulterated and misbranded.
The product(s) that we are most familiar with is of course Coca-Cola. There has always been trace amounts of cocaine hydrochloride within the beverage or just about anything made from it. These two dates in particular resonate in my mind first, it was explained to me by a Coca-Cola touring associate whilst in Atlanta, Georgia and in the second instance, is when I started working at Shasta Beverages who also produces a Cola drink very similar to that of Coca-Cola; however, not nearly as good. One must understand that there is only one Coca-Cola Company.
Ironically while visiting the Coke store for memorabilia and gifts it was a bit surprising to find original cocktail trays stating in clear and decorative script “The drink that cures all ails and anything else that hinders you…” We did marvel over how the beverage was marketed with advertising and slogans that “Keeps you from fatigue,” and “Great for Stomach Disorders.”
Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
So it has been stated, “How other people in future elections will negotiate candidates of color.” Please, we implore anyone reading this quibble to please be open and objective; we feel that this question is not wrong in asking.
Please believe me, your trusty editor-in-chief, that no malice is regarded certainly because we do not believe anyone on our staff here at The Contemplative Thinker is racist. Maybe that is why we feel it is an earnest question to be asked.
We believe based on evidence and action that Barack Obama is a liar. The bizarre means he used and continues to use along with the reckless disregard for elements of truth guaranteed every citizen in the U.S.A. by way of the Constitution is by no means hindering or otherwise keeping Obama’s feet from the “line in the sand” of keeping to the truth.
Daily we see and hear of decisions he has made affecting other people’s lives. Albeit whether it is freely granted Amnesty, more food stamps, retrenchment of reform in the welfare department or whatever — costly decisions are being made.
And just to keep it fresh in our reader’s minds are the calamities of the Internal Revenue Service that must be investigated for misappropriation of public funds, the Benghazi scenario, why does his Justice Department feel it is apropos to eavesdrop on personal lines of journalists, if or a big why concerning Fast & Furious, and of course his pathetic apology.
Everything mentioned above has impeachable offenses for the Office of the President.
Other Critical Findings
This person or want to be president seems to believe that he has the right, title, and interest to skirt Congress in matters of immigration. Nothing could be further than the truth. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) are within the direct charter of the Congress. Sorry but no Executive Orders or Memorandums to Order for other heads of agencies (Janet Napolitano and DHS or Eric Holder and Justice) in other words there are preexisting lines of job descriptions inherent for all agencies to balance the powers of government.
Now we have come full circle to present a dilemma that may or may not be influencing the electorate, moreover, the U.S. citizenry. Our question is simply this: Do you believe that Barack Obama, given his history especially with Obama Care could affect any other African American from running for, or winning the office of President?
Everyone capable of watching television during the post 2008 election, will ever forget the revelry, pride, and release of all African American’s in the nation of the United States with regards to Obama being the “1st A/A President”. However, do you believe that predicated upon this man’s behavior, disrespect for the rule of law and then, his outright lying to the citizenry about his namesake legacy, Obamacare, that will deter voters or otherwise from electing another African American for the presidency. In other words, isn’t Barack Obama sort of shouldering how or what people may suspect from another candidate of color?
There should not be any dissenters given this little fact. Has the U.S. government ever created a business entity that experienced success? It is a quagmire indeed when one thinks about the United States inclusive of “The American Dream” and the grandiose amounts of money given away each year in funding nations that do not deserve it. It is very much like yesterdays squib about how illegal immigrants are really abusing the kind system that we offer.
All we are doing here is making an educated statement about how government entities should stay the heck out of private business’. When one takes a mild look at what the U.S. government has done to effectuate business it is a sorry and indeed expensive process to stare at.
We are not big enterprisers’ when it comes to the Social Security Administration. As long as I’ve been alive they have been regulating, stealing, and sure as anything they have created just another hog. Does anyone know what the Federal Aviation Administration does? Regulate? Whew! My father should be rolling in his urn about now – he spent over 30 years with the FAA, although what do they do in regards to the National Transportation Safety Board? These are the gang that goes out and cleans up the human parts, luggage, and try to set a course of how it happened.
Sadly however no agency is not without its bad apples. You come up upon just an arm…it is intact, very little blood albeit sporting a Rolex watch and rings loaded with diamonds. Do you think for a split second that the first person on scene is not going to be the new owners of that property?
Seriously if one were to look at government owned utilities there would be shock. All one needs to do now if look at the various phone companies. Anytime you have a chief executive on 60 Minutes who could not begin to tell you what the small excise taxes are for on your bill, there needs to be a change…another way, the guy is stealing.
Just a couple of severe concerns to pass along to you; When Henry Ford got done with the assembly line and Model T’s, just like his very rich mate Thomas Edison I don’t think this crew sat around talking of money or how to make it.
Nah, I err on the caution that a person with that kind of brain is already working on ways of getting out of the combustive engine business knowing full well that there would be future problems.
In the short of it most politicians are either lawyers, or poly-sci geeks that want to be so assuring that they learn the language of the jargon they speak – which really amounts to nothing, except for the “oh you have hurt yourself, let me get you a band aid.
Governments and their workers should stay the heck away from business. Leave insurance coverage to those who have spent 30 or so years in it. Because if you do not…you’ll soon be the pathological liar.
For years, perhaps decades, and generations the government has failed to control our borders. The southern border illegal immigration has sky rocketed since the 70s. Prior to and after September 11, 2001 there has been little or nothing concrete accomplished to establish real border security and immigration control. On the contrary, much has been done to decrease our security and immigration control.
President Bush messed up by giving illegal immigrants citizenship. Seeing this, others said to themselves, if it can happen once, it can happen again, this time for me. Let us go to the USA! President Bush encouraged illegal immigration!
The current administration has done even worse. Telling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to deport, telling the U.S. Border Patrol to back off (release until court date), not getting the fence completed, do not deport unless they are a felon and dozens of other justifications for not enforcing existing federal law continues at striking rates. Promising a fast track to legal status if you violated our immigration laws is what this entire mess has turned in to.
Now let us look at the receiving end of the lack of border enforcement. The list seems endless and at times we wonder what the Hades our own government is doing.
It is vitally important to the understanding of this writing that we all huddle-up and come to a common understanding. Barack Obama has only made matters worse and in doing that he has raised a hell storm in the USA.
We, at The Contemplative Thinker, as an organization as well as individuals – mostly citizens but not all of us are US citizens are quite concerned with what this mad person is doing.
The only reasonable rationale is that he simply does not care, or that he gains pleasure counting the ways he skirts Constitutional as well as US federal law. Now let us not forget, we are talking about the POTUS here.
Yep it is that same person who tells fabrications upon more lies. We firmly believe that it has gotten to the point of pathology.
Being informative is quintessential. It was the POTUS who behind closed doors began issuing Memorandums of Order to those people who worked as Secretary’s or a Ministry for our international guests. Between the Executive Orders and Memorandums this person has authorized some 11 million or more people to come on over, free of charge, and do not worry, once here you will want for nothing.
That is after you have first disabled the U.S. taxpayer in every conceivable way. So let us make sure you are all signed up for the “Benefits Package” which of course covers food stamps, rights to healthcare, paid housing in one way or another – either just as soon as you arrive, or as soon as you have picked a place to live. Oh yes, our founders did not believe that we should pay for education so not to worry, education is free including the pencils needed to write with and paper to write on.
Now if any one of your children attending a school in the USA, and unfortunately you are down on your luck, please do not worry because we have the best school lunch programs not available in any other nation, which also includes day care and food for those children as well.
We believe in our organization that most of our elected officials have completely lost any awareness of what establishing a solid immigration system would save us in the short term. We also believe that there comes a time for diminishing returns; consequently, if one continues to make getting here easy, and then once here you’ve hit the lottery, well people just don’t look up to and try to do the same or one way or another share those values, ethics, and morals with the people they live with – point of diminishing returns.