Wednesday, January 23

Asked to Resign for Comparing Obama to Hitler?

       So, last week a woman is elected for a second term as the Board of Education President. Woman has a FB page, and reposts a photo which has the following comment on it: 
"Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ -- Adolf Hitler.”
Woman knows that the photo's original poster was a group that often puts up anti-Obama and pro-gun posts, yet she does not add any comments of her own, or post any explanation as to why she felt the need to repost it. This even though being an adult American citizen she has got to know what the climate in this country is between those for and against gun control. 

     She's now being asked to step down from her post. Are these people serious? She voiced her opinion, and now she's asked to give up her job??What's next???

Dede Terhar, Ohio Board Of Education President, Criticized For Obama-Hitler Comparison

Ohio Democrats are calling on the president of the state Board of Education to resign after she compared President Barack Obama with Adolf Hitler on her Facebook page.
State Board of Education President Dede Terhar (R-Green Township) denied she was comparing Obama to the Nazi dictator and removed her Facebook page after she shared a Hitler reference posted by another group over the weekend. Groups opposed to Obama's gun control proposals have been comparing the president with Hitler.
Terhar, a Cincinnati Republican elected last week by the 19-member school board to a second term as its president, recently posted the picture with this commentary: “Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ -- Adolf Hitler.”
The photograph apparently originated with the Facebook page of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, which features a variety of anti-Obama, pro-gun posts and photos, such as scantily clad women hoisting large guns, a polar bear with the words “Holy f*** I’m glad I’m white,” and another saying “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswalt when you need him?”
Terhar told the Dispatch that she was not suggesting that Obama was Hitler. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Terhar sought to clarify the statement. Terhar removed her Facebook page following the explanation, according to Ohio Democrats have distributed a screen shot of the explanation.
In her explanation, Terhar said that she was reposting someone else's comment and did not share her own thoughts. She said that she would stop sharing thoughts on the social media site.
"I received a photo that had a quote attributed to a tyrant," Terhar wrote. "The quote referred to gun control. I did not research to check that the quote was accurate. Not sure everyone does. I also made no comment on the repost."
Terhar, a former Montessori teacher, was elected to a four-year term in 2010 representing a Cincinnati area district. She was elected earlier this month to a one-year term as board president. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern has called on her to step down from the post.
“While there is always room for respectful differences in opinions, State School Board President Terhar’s Facebook posting crossed a clear line by connecting the President’s national discussion on guns to Adolf Hitler,” Redfern said in a statement. “President Terhar’s invocation of Hitler is dangerous and should not be tolerated by Governor Kasich and the rest of the State School Board.

     While imo she should have known better than to repost something like that with the position she's in, I cannot agree with all the hoopla that's being made about it. What happened to people being able to voice their opinions about the government in public  without fear of reprisal? It's like we're going backwards, back to a time (and to a land) where you have to watch what you say at all times, because if the wrong person sees or hears it you can  lose your job, your home, all your friends, perhaps even go to jail! It's just getting ridiculous; every time you turn on the news or open the newspaper there's someone being brought down by a word (Quentin Tarantino by the n-word; what a stupid way to phrase that; if you think it's such a terrible word that no one should use it, delete it completely, don't just find another way to say it!) by a political belief, (Dr Angela McCaskill, who works at Galludet University, and was recently suspended for signing a petition  to have gay marriage put on the ballot so that people could decide what they wanted.) or, as in this case, a photo that you could possibly have only posted because the photo was funny! (That's not why, but there is always that possibility.)

     It just amazes me sometimes how far down this country is sinking... even more, it's amazing that more people don't realize what is happening and  try to do something about it.

Saturday, January 5

The Most Hated Family In America?

     Last night I watched a documentary on LogoTV called The Most Hated Family In America; it was about the Westboro Baptist Church and its founder, Fred Phelps. The program was hosted by Louis Theroux, and was yet another look at the "church" which has become associated with picketing military funerals, regardless of who the people were or what they were purported to be involved in. (Or not involved in.) Westboro Baptist Church loudly proclaims their ideology of hell-fire for anyone who is not a member of the Westboro Church. A person can not just walk in and say 'I believe as you believe, I want to join' as all of the members are related, either by blood or by marriage. (Kinda makes you wonder about inbreeding, doesn't it?)
     Westboro Baptist Church was in the news recently because of a petition started on the new government website We The People. Petitions which generate the required number of signatures in the allotted time will be reviewed by the White House and an answer forthcoming.The petition has gathered more than 300,000 signatures; it only takes 25,000 signatures for the White House to review it.
     The women and children upset me more than anything; to hear a six year trying to explain to Mr. Theroux what "fag  heart-symbol troops" means is heart-wrenching. To hear the women encouraging the children to do this, teaching them what to say when asked about their beliefs, it's enough to make one want to jump through the screen and slap one of them. To think that these people were going to go to CT to picket the funerals of six year old children who were massacred by a nutcase just makes no sense, not even by their own professed beliefs. They picket the military funerals because the military did away with DADT, but what excuse can they possibly give for picketing these children? For having their children there?? It makes me nauseous to think of these children being brought up like the Klan children were years ago; as a matter of fact I remember an episode of Geraldo Rivera (I know, I'm telling my age!) when there were members of the Klan there who had brought their children... these toddlers and first or second graders had who should have been in school playing with other children and learning sharing and diversity were instead sitting in a television studio dressed in Klan hoods and robes and being boo'd by an audience of both blacks and whites! That's what the Phelps family reminds me of, the KKK, under the guise of the Bible and Christianity preaching their own form of blind hatred, and having children who are being bathed in what spews forth from their mouths every day. The most hated family in America, and they are still doing it.
     I remember when a couple who named their children variations of Adolf Hitler not only lost custody of them, but lost custody of a newborn that came later; I remember a polygamist sect in Texas that had all it's  children (over 400) removed, just because of the polygamous   lifestyle, but you mean to tell me that even with video evidence of these children being brainwashed and indoctrinated, out of school, and using hate speech,  the government does nothing  about removing them from such a harmful environment? What is wrong with this picture? 
     Please forgive me for having wandered a bit, but thinking of situations like this one just drive me up the wall, especially when i see no one doing anything about it. 

As always, this post is the opinion of no one other than myself, and comes Live Fron Bikini Bottom.