Rivera: ‘Hip-Hop Has Done More Damage To Black And Brown People Than Racism In The Last 10 Years’

Geraldo Rivera got to talking politics with Josh Zepps during an interview about his role on “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  who asked where Rivera falls on the liberal-to-conservative spectrum.

Rivera described himself as “militant moderate.”  After pointing out several of his more liberal philosophies, he laid out his “conservative” philosophy, which was, of course, all about social conservatism and had nothing to do with economic policy.

“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” Rivera began. The Fox News contributor then challenged anyone to find “a youngster — a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business — that’s been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos…”

Rivera added that the most powerful men in hip-hop are responsible for pushing young minorities too far out of the dominant culture.

Are Millennials Overly Confident About Their Finances?

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There are differing opinions about whether overconfidence is good for humanity.

Some say that believing that you’re better than you really are is a self-fulfilling prophecy that’s good for ambition and swift decision-making.

Overconfidence can lead to boosts in social status, and overconfident populations have been shown to be more evolutionarily stable. Some argue that overconfidence leads to hubris, self-deception, and blind spots in decision making.

In behavioral finance, overconfidence for traders can lead to risky stock picks and overtrading. But what about personal finance?

MSNBC: Survey Of People’s Reactions To State Of The Union


Steve Kornacki discusses the results of an MSNBC survey conducted after President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Generally, most people gave the president a favorable rating.

Vox: American Sniper Rewrites History

According to Vox, American Sniper has a problem. It’s a movie about a black-and-white distinction between good and evil, but it is set almost entirely in the Iraq War, which can only be honestly portrayed in shades of gray.

Faced with a choice between altering its narrative to account for that gray versus altering the facts of history, the film chose the latter.

Vox states the movie doesn’t care about honesty: in its retelling, Iraq was a fight of Good Americans against Bad Terrorists, led by Chris Kyle, the “Good-est” American of them all.

The result is a sort of “Hezbollah martyr video” for those who watch Fox News; recruitment propaganda for culture-war extremists. In the world of this movie, the Iraq war is an extension of the war on terror; heroes with guns are our only hope of salvation; and anyone who doubts that is part of the problem. And the propaganda is frighteningly effective.

Warning: This article discusses the plot of American Sniper.

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The movie’s central metaphor is this:

There are three types of people in the world – wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. The evil wolves threaten the sheep. The sheep are good people, but vulnerable to harm because they’re too naive to understand that evil exists. That means that it’s up to the sheepdogs to protect them from harm.

In that metaphor, Kyle is America’s border collie, shepherding the weak and vulnerable away from harm. The movie’s Big Bad Wolves are al-Qaeda terrorists.

The sheep would be the other Americans who lack Chris Kyle’s vision and fortitude, and fail to understand that you’re either with us or against us.

That includes fellow US troops who lack Kyle’s skill, or who dare to question the war. Iraqis, by contrast, are not sheep: in this movie they’re either wolves themselves, or nameless collateral damage. Mostly wolves, though.

Vox states that American Sniper stacks its deck, and is using imaginary history and characters to give Kyle a suitably evil foe to fight.

It’s never good to see a movie falsify a true story, and American Sniper‘s disdainful attitude towards the truth is especially disingenuous in light of its broader narrative: “you’re either with us, or you’re a naive sheep.”

To maximize the bigness and badness the enemy, American Sniper rewrites history, turning the Iraq War into a legitimate response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The film finds time for entire scenes of Kyle viewing TV news reports about al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of US embassies, and the planes hitting the Twin Towers on 9/11.  When Kyle gets to Iraq, his commander explains that they are hunting the leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The inference we’re supposed to gather is clear: that Kyle is fighting the same people who attacked America in 1998 and 2001.

By contrast, the actual reasons for the Iraq war go unmentioned. The words “weapons of mass destruction” are never uttered in the movie. Nor are “Saddam Hussein,” “George Bush,” “Sunni,” or “Shia.”

The movie also makes no mention of the lawsuit brought by former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura against Kyle, and the film also makes no mention of Kyle’s killer, former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.

American Sniper Chris Kyle's Murder: Eddie Ray Routh on Trial

On an episode of his podcast We the People with Jesse Ventura, Ventura explained there were still many “misconceptions” about his recent lawsuit.

According to People Magazine, Ventura claimed Kyle falsely accused him of saying he hates America and that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” in the war. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in damages: $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment.

According to Vox, in real life, Chris Kyle argued that America owed its troops support because those troops did not get to choose the wars they fought, or the strategy they followed: they wrote the government a blank check for their lives and waited to see if it would get cashed.

Vox:  “There’s a very interesting movie to be made about that idea, and what it means to be heroic during a misguided war.  American Sniper isn’t it.”

Horrible: Media Tries To Dig Up Dirt On Tamir Rice’s Family

The Cleveland Plain Dealer tries to dig up dirt on the father of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot by police in Cleveland who mistook his fake gun for a real one.

Sam Seder video.

Bill Maher: Are The American People Stupid?

Bill Maher recently discussed with a panel whether the American people are “stupid.”

Kyle Kulinski video.

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Study: Massachusetts’ Romneycare Saves Lives

Obamacare is similar to Massachusetts’ own Romneycare in its structure, implementation, and effectiveness.

A study came out in the New England Journal Of Medicine that shows Romneycare saves lives.

This raises the question:

How many people will die if the Supreme Court strikes down (parts of) Obamacare and takes away insurance from some people?

Would that decision (supposed to occur next year) kill people?

Majority Report video.



Right-Wing Religious Broadcasters Fear Obama May Kill More Than Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao

Broadcasters Rick Wiles and Steve Quayle got together for a discussion of Ebola and whether “world leaders [are] preparing for a global Ebola plague.”

They discussed whether the President would kill more people than Pol Pot, Stalin, and Mao.

What do you think – when it doesn’t happen, will these broadcasters backtrack and apologize for saying it?

Kyle Kulinski video.