Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Debate This, Ole Miss Entries (Synonyms for Stupid)

So apparently in Pittsburgh, a 20-year-old college student by the name of Amy Todd made the claim that an Obama supporter physically abused her.

In her story, Todd, who is white, described being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face. She described the attack as a politically inspired battery by a black man who told her he was going to "teach her a lesson" for supporting the Republican presidential candidate, and that she was going to become an Obama supporter.

She later admitted to authorities on Friday that the story was a hoax.

Todd is now awaiting arraignment on the misdemeanor false-report charge, which is punishable by up to two years in prison. She is claiming to be mentally unstable… Yeah… Sure…

The most obvious factor to me as I first saw pictures of Todd was that the letter "B" was backwards! Why would someone write the "B" backwards? Someone who is scratching it into themselves in a mirror maybe?! *cough, liar*

And of course there was the ATM surveillance video that showed no such assault. *cough, liar*

Either way, Todd is a Republican who was trying to help McCain/Palin to win the state, or she is just desperate for fame. The most troubling aspect is the racial element and implications in her story. Whether to fuel racial divide to help a presidential campaign or a sick stunt, the incident is sad and pathetic.

And her actions have now caused voters to view the Republican Party as desperate in its attempts to derail Obama at the last minute. And it sets a shameful mark on College Republicans. Also, I’m sure Texas can’t be very happy about her either. Honestly, she should have thought more about the consequences of her actions and how it would affect the party she so cares to help.

I have friends who are College Republicans, and this incident is an insult to their integrity and honor. One of my closest friends is a Texan and this is an insult to him as well.

Needless to say, Todd should be ashamed of her actions, the effects they will have on others, and the lack of personal dignity in herself as a person.

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…”
Posted by Andrew M. Scott 10/25/2008 12:38:00 AM

One thing that still frustrates me from time to time is continued, uninformed ignorance. Last week while leaving a gas station I heard a statement I thought was finally over.

"I'm not voting for a Muslim."
- elderly woman

Honestly, I believed that kind of narrow minded, ill-informed viewpoint had finally been smothered and the thought that there are still people in America under this assumption appalls me. It makes sense though, despite the media's "mostly" successful effort to smother this ridiculous rumor, the Internet has played a vivid role in keeping that concept alive.

To make matters worse, this morning on facebook I came across a group titled "the country was founded in god we trust not Allah so FORGET OBAMA!!" In the group's recent news:

"All the same I have discovered something that the court doesn't know, the fact that I pray to God in American (HIS language) makes me more American than other people. "In God we Trust" means that I, as a white Christian, am entitled to reign over lesser Americans, and I'll be [CENSORED] if those lesser Americans try to elect some uppity [CENSORED], elitist that tries to act like the universe wasn't invented solely for the pleasure and comfort of Real Americans. (TM.) Americhrist Over All!" - Josh Beran (UNL)

When I read this, my stomach wrenched.

The group is ridiculous and has had no activity for some months now. The realization that there are still members in association with this group and the views it stands behind is horrible. Another prime example of this continued ignorance was found in the chat thread of the facebook group "Stop Barack Obama (One Million Strong and Growing)" photo 24 concerning Obama's election.

"Because my dear friend its the easy way to get the other terrorists into the country and take us over. the terrorists want obama to win because hes muslim. just like them."- Kathryn Hughes, June 21st, 2008

An older example of this dare I say "Backwoods" type of commentating I discovered in a youtube video back in February. The video was taken by Rocketboom field correspondent and The Uptake producer Chuck Olsen who talks to Christian Fundamentalists about Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama, and the End Times in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Needless to say, the video is so horrible the viewer can't help but laugh at the level of ignorance in the interviewees answers. In the video, Obama is accused of wanting to take oath from the Koran, not saluting the flag and other trite, misinformed statements.

One of the members of the church's congregation even says that her information was from "one of our church members who has been keeping up with what Obama's comments are."

It is scary to know that there are individuals like these across the country with such a deformed scope of truth. There is no excuse. The fact of the matter is individuals need to hold themselves to a higher standard of knowledge and not ignorant assumptions and rumors. If an individual is going to say something, fact check it and know the truth of the information before hand.

Ignorance = No Respect
Posted by Andrew M. Scott 10/23/2008 08:55:00 PM

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