Friday, May 30, 2008

The art of movable standards and a life well lived

I normally do not do this, but there are three things that I cannot stand.
- Someone using the art of movable standards.
- Someone accusing me of censorship.
- Someone asking an academically dishonest question to prove a point.

Enter my earlier post "Whining Piety" and comments from "a life well lived."

This person asked in regards to the governor and his stance on the death penalty, "SHOW ME AN SCHEDULED EXECUTION THAT DIDN'T TAKE PLACE IN MARYLAND BECAUSE OF ANYTHING DONE OR NOT DONE BY THIS GOVERNOR."

This is disingenuous on its very face for the following reasons. The defacto moratorium was decided in December 2006, after the election in which then-Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) was defeated. No one in their right mind would start an issue for their successor to deal with a month later. So to ask if there were any scheduled executions that didn't take place is not only a dishonest question, but a "gotcha" question in order to say, "I got one over on you."

In addition, it's a misplaced question to boot. The question is whether Governor O'Malley honored his oath of office by not being proactive on it either way, instead of leaving the issue in limbo, and in my opinion (and that of The Washington Times) he did not.

Since you are not impressed with The Washington Times, how about The Capital in Annapolis whose very editorial from April 20 was titled "Death penalty issue needs decision, not endless delays." The editorial board wrote, "We have no problem with capital punishment, but if the people of the state - through their legislators - want to abolish it and replace it with a system of ironclad life-without-the-possibility-of-parole sentences, so be it. We do have a problem with endless procrastination, legalistic nitpicking and waiting on the outcome of jury-rigged studies."

I am for the death penalty, but if the people through their legislators want to abolish it so be it. But to call me blood thirsty, is unfair. It is similar to calling someone who does not agree with the current war in Iraq, unpatriotic.

In addition, I heard O'Malley on WBAL (1090AM) on the day where he announced that new protocols be issues for the death penalty. As the saying goes, it's not the words, it's how the words are said. The way he said his words were similar to the times from earlier this year he complained about his low poll numbers and similar to when he complained about this being the toughest year he has had politically.

As far as the Supreme Court goes, they did what they were suppose to do. The agreed to hear the Kentucky case in September. That news happened nearly 10 months after O'Malley took office, and nearly half a year after the 2007 general assembly session ended. O'Malley could have easily started the process of issuing new protocols at that point as there was no guarantee that the supreme court would hear the case in question. The high court heard the arguments in January and it was decided in April, a few months ahead of scheduled. Reports from September speculated that it would be summer before a decision is rendered.

I am not asking you to be impressed. Admittedly, there are some people who do write better than I do that I am impressed with. I am simply here to present an argument and get you to think about it whether you agree, disagree or otherwise.

Now to another comment made by "a life well lived" which actually involves a movable standard. He asks in the entry "Black Wall of Silence" the following:

"Where's you're demand that Sen. David Vitter resign from the Senate in shame for his continuous and unabashed infidelity and declaration that because he hasn't resigned yet, the entire Republican Party is responsible and a "REPUBLICAN WALL OF SILENCE."

Since you seem to be fond of playing the intellectual stalker, I am sure you read my most recent column "Ronald Reagan is Dead" where I stated that "Not every person in a political party agrees with each other, but they have core values that unite them." That means that I do not agree with everything in the Republican Party. Lord knows that statement could not be any truer for the Democratic Party, although I am mindful of Will Rogers and his famous quote.

Remember folks, I was a supporter of BILL Clinton when he was President. I still say to this day that the whole impeachment trial involving Lewinsky-gate was a waste of taxpayer money, just to find out if Clinton had a chick on the side. Not that I am a fan of Adultery, but Sen. Vitter was in the same category as Clinton in regards to having an extra-marital affair. The congressman who resigned recently was just reckless. By the way, I don't care if they are Democratic or Republican, if you acted as Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) did, I think you should resign.

And finally (and I apologize in advance for this one to those who will find this over the top,) Who the hell do you think you are in accusing me of being "more comfortable with the right-wing pattern of focusing on the real or imagined controversies of liberal African-Americans because you think they are easier targets upon which you can thrust a momentary episode of scorn?" I have as much right to speak on those controversies as you do in taking me to task on my commentaries.

I am sorry that I have made you and the rest of the secret order upset in being honest. I am sorry that I thought Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson wasted everyone's time in getting someone fired who is virtually nothing in regards to the black community, let alone the community at large. I am sorry I am not the good ol' black boy who walks in lock step with the rest of the secret order and agree blindly with the democrats and wallow in victim hood.

As I had said in April, only I will give you an extended version, I was not around for the civil rights era, I cannot relate to black liberation theology, I am not naive to that fact that racism is still around, I have been discriminated against in the past, I have been spat upon, I have been insulted, I have been talked down to, I have been called a nigger TO MY FACE, I have been counted out on race alone, I have been told to give up, I have seen others discriminated against, but instead of looking for a hand out and wallowing in a self-inflicted pity party, I got off of my ass and start chasing bigger fish because my time on this planet is too short and I have goals I would like to achieve before my time is up.

So how friggin' dare you accuse me of taking easy shots at the black community because of things that I see that I do not agree with, that I find offensive and just flat out wrong and goes against the grain of common sense. You tell me what is a good reason to collect welfare at home when you are perfectly able to get a job. Please tell me, what is "white" about learning how to read and speak properly? Please, oh please, explain what is wrong with co-mingling with white people? What was the grand prize for getting Don Imus kicked off of MSNBC and fired from CBS Radio? The latter entity, keep in mind, encouraged Imus to be offensive to everyone. Overall, I am still waiting on an answer from a question I asked last year, how is one qualified as being "black enough." The insulting part is that wallowing in victimhood, begging for a handout and screaming racism when it need not apply ARE CELEBRATED!

From what I recall from the civil rights era is that NO ONE BEGGED FOR JACK! They stood their ground in peaceful protest and worked hard to get everyone's attention about a grave injustice that is not even in agreement with the teachings of Christianity. The fruits of the civil rights movement are being enjoyed by my generation. In case you missed it, Dr. Martin luther King Jr. said that they were bought for cheap! That means there is more work to be done and in my opinion things are good, but when you have a judge in New York that gives a pass to three cops who went trigger happy, we are not quite there yet.

I apologize for those who found the last few paragraphs over the top, but I take GREAT offense to the question that I will continue to leave standing because it need not apply. To the person posing the question, I apologize for nothing I have just said in regards to your question and accusation of me taking shots at black people because its easy. You said the question will sting, congratulations, you were right about something for once in this exchange, but you crossed the line!

Respond if you wish, but keep in mind, I will no longer take you seriously after your last question.


A Life Well Lived said...


Asking a simple question that you don't wish to answer because it blows your entire partisan premise out of the water is now a "gotchya" question?

Writing an entire attack piece based on the talking points of the Maryland GOP is not marching lock-step?


Relax. Hasn't anybody ever questioned your motives, techniques and lazy approach to what you do?

If you're only familiar with adoring praise from your friends, then you haven't done a thing worthwhile, yet.

A Life Well Lived said...

"'s not the words, it's how the words are said. The way he said his words were similar to the times from earlier this year he complained about his low poll numbers and similar to when he complained about this being the toughest year he has had politically."

In other words, it doesn't matter what he says, it only matters how you can characterize it to fit some message.

None of it was "complaining."

But that's how you wish people to perceive it.

I get the impression no matter what he says you have a ready-made characterization so you can spin it.

Don't think I am right? Then take some time to actually post the words. Or, are you afraid that everyone won't find your "judgment" to be accurate?

Brian Griffiths said...

It cracks me up that anytime somebody questions the lemming-like subservience of Democrats to always stick up for their elected officials whether they are right or wrong, the Republicans are the ones marching in lock-step....

A Life Well Lived said...

Mr. Burns,

Are you using that old straw-man once again?

"Begging" is declared as a fact by you.

Begging is slammed by you.

Create a fake issue and then comment on it.

Nice move.

Hardly convincing of anything in particular.

A lot of words written from a defensive posture and still no concrete instance of how public policy has been impacted in any way by the patience and honesty offered the voters by the current administration regarding the death penalty.

This Governor has always said he opposes the death penalty. Nothing he has done has interrupted the legal or practical application of the state's death penalty.

But that hasn't stopped you from crying in a partisan fashion without facts to back you up; just a negative characterization by you and the usual Republican talking points.

He's spoken his mind. The law has been followed. No "death row inmate" has escaped the "ultimate justice" as a result.

You've explained a lot of research on yourself but have studiously ignored the question I asked. Convenient, since the answer doesn't fit your weak argument to begin with.

If you weren't "party line" before, you sure are now.

So when someone questions you're "logic" are they all characterized as "stalkers?"

Or could some of them just be readers and writers who call them as they see them?

Brian Griffiths said...

Memo to "a life well lived": make sure to submit a receipt so the Governor will pay for those new knee pads, yours seem a bit worn...

A Life Well Lived said...


You run out of things to say and resort of cheap personal attacks.

This is the level that conservatives have gone to of late?

Well, what else do you have.