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Republicans Think The United Nations Directs American Public Policy—When Somebody Tells You They Are Crazy You Should Believe Them

Many conservatives and Republicans in our nation operate under the view that the United Nations is directing a number of  public policy priorities in the United States.

(Above–Example of United Nations sponsored bike trial in the radical hotbed of Granbury, Texas.)

From the New York Times

Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities. They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights. The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power… In January, the Republican Party adopted its own resolution against what it called “the destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21. And Newt Gingrich took aim at it during a Republican debate in November.”

Fox News has reported on Agenda 21. Fox says that President Obama and the United Nations want to take over rural America.

Mother Jones magazine wrote about this issue last year.

From Mother Jones-

Tea partiers see Agenda 21 behind everything from a septic tank inspection law in Florida to a plan in Maine to reduce traffic on Route 1. The issue even flared up briefly during the midterms, when Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused his Democratic opponent of using a bike-sharing program to convert Denver into a “United Nations Community.”

Here is the Agenda 21 website of the United Nations.  

You may think that Mitt Romney is some type of moderate or that there remain reasonable people in the  mainstream of the Republican Party.

Yet the Republican National Committee has passed a resolution opposing Agenda 21.

Where are the moderate or reasonable Republican objections to this stuff? There are no liberals or urban planners in this country working or operating under the direction of a United Nations mandate.

These people on the right are paranoid and crazy. They are telling you each day that they are paranoid and crazy.

When somebody tells you who they are–You should believe them.

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Black Vegetarians—There Are Enough Of Them To Form Groups

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Black vegetarians are out there and they have formed groups.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a vegetarian I think of a white person. Maybe somebody living in Vermont or Oregon.

(Above–Many fruits and vegetables.)

Nobody down here in Texas is a vegetarian. I don’t think we have any here at all.

I might also think of my sister-in-law when I think of vegetarians. The sister-in-law is a Jewish chick in Illinois.

It does not surprise me there are black vegetarians once I ponder the question.  Black folks like vegetables and fruits just as much as other folks. I’ve seen black people eat vegetables and fruit. I went to a 95% black high school and those kids were eating that stuff all the time.

As a matter of fact, I’ve had black kids throw fruit at me in the school cafeteria. You can bet I picked that apple or orange back up and hurled it right back at whoever threw it at me.

I guess the black kids not so committed to vegetarianism would be the ones pitching fruit. If you were really committed to fruits and vegetables, you would eat your apple and not throw it at the strange white kid sitting by himself reading the newspaper.

I guess I simply did not realize there were enough black vegetarians to form organizations.

(Below–A vegetarian meal from Korea.)

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Here is what is says in the blog 21st Century Vegetarians

“Y’all don’t eat no chicken? Then what do you eat?” If I had a dollar for everytime I’ve been asked that over the past 22 years (which is the last time I ate chicken, fish, meat, or eggs) I’d be a millionaire! But, that’s my people! What can I say? Actually, I can’t blame them. In all seriousness, what image pops into your head when you think of the word “vegetarian?” Probably someone pale and emaciated, with long stringy hair wearing something we haven’t seen since the 60’s. I’m sure that Black, healthy, strong, hip and athletic aren’t exactly the images that come to mind. “Black Vegetarian” is, for most people, an oxymoron. It’s sort of falls in the same category as “Affordable Health Care”, or “Job Security.”

Pale?—Now is that a way of saying “white?”

Stereotypes are for everybody!

If I thought becoming a vegetarian would make me “Black, healthy, strong, hip and athletic”—I’d get on that right away.

(Below—Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and his wife Elizabeth are two pale vegetarians.)

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Wikipedia has a list of people it says are vegetarians. For example—Successful businessman Russell Simmons (below) from Run-DMC is a vegetarian. Mr. Simmons has been such since 1998.

Here is what is said about Mr. Simmons being a vegetarian in a 2003 Mother Jones article—

“I don’t eat anything that runs away from me,” says Russell Simmons, by way of explaining his vegan diet. It’s an unexpected lifestyle choice for the world’s most famous hip-hop impresario, but Simmons seems to delight in subverting expectation…” (Full article here.)

Mother Jones is a liberal magazine. They say that Mr. Simmons has made an “unexpected lifestyle choice” in being a vegetarian. That’s just a more restrained way of stating what I’m saying here—“Black hip-hop vegetarians? Really?”

Stereotypes are for everyone!

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The Wikipedia list also asserts that the former running back  Herschel Walker (below) is a vegetarian. Oh boy–You’ve got to eat a lot of carrots to be strong enough to break all those tackles.

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Please click here for the link to Blackvegetarians.org

A co-founder of this group, Trayce McQuiter, has a blog called By Any Greens Necessary.

There is a book called Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry.

Here is some of what Mr. Terry says about his book—What you can look for in Vegan Soul Kitchen is some bright, bold, and sexy soul food, as I say on the back of the book. 

Bright, bold and sexy. Sounds exciting.

Higher up in this post I said that I did not think any vegetarians lived in Texas. Not only may I have been mistaken, there are even enough black vegetarians down here to have a Black Vegetarian Society of Texas.

Here is a list of some other black vegetarian groups.

For my sister-in-law, here is the link to Jewish Vegetarians of North America.

Here is a list of a variety of vegetarian groups and links.

Here is a story about young people deciding to become vegetarians.

Here are a number of dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These guidelines include the option of eating meat.

People have to figure what suits them best. Many people in America and around the world are vegetarians.

It’s up to you.

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments