July 17, 2016

Dear Liberal Media, Obama, and Black Lives Matter – You Have Blood on Your Hands

Congratulations! In the last 10 days, Five Dallas police officers and three officers from Baton Rouge, La, are dead. Another officer in Missouri was ambushed and is fighting for his life. Many others, police officers and civilians, have been wounded.  Police fear for their lives.

You, the liberal self- white-hating media, Black Lives Matter, and the racist/divider in chief Obama, have created pandemonium in this country. With the constant, biased reporting of black men being shot by white police officers, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the divider-in-chief, Obama, we are now headed toward and all-out race war in this country.

With the media, it all began in February 2012 with the non-stop coverage of Trayvon Martin’s death, a 17-year-old black kid shot and killed by a mixed race Hispanic man, George Zimmerman, who was defending his life. (Later called a white-Hispanic, because they had to get “white” in there somehow.)

A picture of a 12-year-old sweet, angelic faced, hoodie-wearing Trayvon Martin was widely circulated in the media, and he was portrayed as if he were a saint.

But that was not representative of the 17-year-old-wanna-be-thug at the time of his death. The media didn’t circulate, among other pics, the photos of Trayvon wearing a grill in his mouth with his middle fingers up, or one of him smoking an unknown substance, that probably wasn’t tobacco. This was clearly false representation, designed to anger blacks.

The Black Lives Matter movement was then born. From their website:

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

Reading that paragraph, if I didn’t know better, I’d think they are from another country. You know, a country where blacks are actually truly mistreated.

In the “about us” section, here are just a couple of statements taken from their website:

How 2.8 million Black people are locked in cages in this country is state violence.

BLM needs to do a little research and remove these false statistics from their site. Currently, approximately 2.2 million people total are incarcerated in the United States. Close to 1 million of that number are black, yet blacks make up only 13% of the U.S. population. That is an extraordinarily high rate of incarceration among blacks. Of course, BLM and other pro-black organizations will tell you that a large number of blacks were wrongly convicted and incarcerated versus whites.

OK, lets be generous here. Let’s say that of the 1 million blacks in prison, 50% of those are wrongly incarcerated. That would still leave half a million blacks incarcerated. Still, a very high rate of criminals in the black community, wouldn’t you say? But, to point this out is to be racist.

Another tidbit from BLM’s website:

How Black poverty and genocide is state violence.

Furthering the notion that the “state” is somehow responsible for black poverty just infuses blacks with more discord and hatred of white people. The fact is, it’s not whitey’s fault blacks continue to live in poverty.

How is it the fault of white people that black women continue to have children out of wedlock, often by several different men, then proceed to sit around not working and collecting welfare, food stamps, and living in low income government housing?

Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. We can assume they mean racial here. A black man being killed by a white policeman is hardly genocide. I’m not seeing black people killed en masse as they suggest. But, to promote their cause, it sure sounds good.

This is kind of erroneous, inaccurate nonsense BLM wants black people to believe. Keep on crying that blacks are being unfairly targeted and murdered by whites. The longer and louder you cry, the more people that will jump on board this very deluded bandwagon. And the media helps them every step of the way.

As if the media and BLM weren’t enough, we have our first black president who seems to make a sport of furthering the myth that black people are oppressed, making statements that infuriate white people, downplaying the violence against police officers, and creating anti-police sentiment.

Of the Dallas police murders, Obama said, “I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter.” What? We have no doubt about the motives of the shooter, as he was very clear that he wanted to kill white police officers.

When I googled that particular, idiotic quote by Obama, I get no results from the leftist media. Only the conservative sites are reporting it. Why? Because it makes the president look stupid. He’s not a stupid man. He clearly just hates America and white people.

As usual, Obama took the shooting deaths of officers to once again promote gun control laws. Does he think angry black men out to kill white cops can’t get their hands on a weapon? When will he get his head out of the sand?

Right after the Dallas murder of police officers, there was another shooting in Louisiana of a white officer by a black man, Antonio Taylor. Yet, a search for this name plus either “CNN” or “MSNBC” yielded NO results. Is this not news? Another police officer shot by a black man, right after the Dallas killings, yet they don’t report it? Why is that? And black people wonder why white people are getting increasingly angry.

Now, today, in Baton Rouge, LA, we have three more police officers shot and killed. Check out this tweet by a black activist:

Eye witness in @CNN says did NOT look like he targeted police in Baton Rouge. Not planned. Semi-automatic #BatonRougeShooting

Really, the sheer stupidity of this infuriates me. But note, it’s from CNN that she got the idea that the shooter didn’t target police. More misinformation. The more I read and watch news, and see comments from blacks regarding the police shootings, the angrier I get, and with good reason. White America is fed up.

I’ll finish with this gem, a comment in an article about the police shootings today that is a more common sentiment among blacks then you would think:

Always a good day when a cop dies

July 5, 2016

Dissecting the anti-white BET awards speech of Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams

Actor Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy took the opportunity to beat down white people, promote Black Lives Matter, and generally just condemn white America for everything wrong with black society at the BET awards on June 26.

This is nothing new, of course. We see this kind of anti-white hatred all the time. And the self-hating white liberal media is practically orgasmic congratulating and tweeting Williams on what a great speech it was. But I thought it might be useful to decipher this speech, because frankly, it screams of anti-white racism.

Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that .
Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life.
Well, it certainly started out promising. But it’s all downhill from there.
"Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do."
He is correct when he preaches that black students are now realizing (being taught, actually) that this country has a system in place, which is designed to impoverish blacks and destroy them. This is the kind of erroneous thinking and speaking that results in many blacks self-destructing, because they figure they live in a white world, and we are out to destroy them. Why try to better yourself? You’ll never succeed in a white world. In his efforts to uplift blacks, he is actually bringing them down.
"It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.
Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you."

“Who we are and how we got here?” Obviously this is a reference to slavery, because some blacks will just never get over that. I, personally, do not have any history in my family of owning slaves. My grandparents came from Ireland in the early 20th century. I wonder if Mr. Williams has any idea how Irishmen and some other immigrants were treated in this country early on? I bet he has no clue.
"Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours."
First of all, we would never hear about a white policeman disarming and killing a white criminal in our biased media. We certainly don’t hear about any black cop killing a white person.
It doesn’t fit the liberal white-hating agenda. It’s only news if it’s a black man shot and killed by a white police officer. And then, inevitably, after the facts come out, we find the policeman acted within his rights to shoot the black criminal to defend his life.
In shootings of black men, you see, facts don’t matter. The facts are twisted to fit the Black Lives Matter narrative, which the media has lovingly embraced. It is never justified to shoot a black man. I’m white, and personally have no problem with people of my own race being shot and killed when they are posing a danger or threat to others. And it does happen, it’s just not newsworthy.
Did you ever hear these names? Jeremy Mardis. Dillon Taylor. Gilbert Collar. These were respectively, a six-year-old autistic white boy, and two young white men, in three separate incidents. They were all shot and killed by black cops. But you will never hear these stories in the mainstream media. These are just three examples, not made public. There are white families out there who are also crying for justice. But, white lives don’t matter.
In his speech, Williams seems to threaten white people by saying that they are “going to have equal rights and justice” or “we will restructure their function and ours.” This sure sounds threatening to me. Are we talking about inciting a civil war here? Can you imagine a white person up at the podium making these disturbing claims? My God, it would be breaking news on CNN and MSNBC. There would be riots, looting and murder over those statements.
"Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt."
Tamir Rice was pointing what looked like a pistol at people in a park. He was shot and killed because of this.
Rekia Boyd was shot when an officer felt threatened by a group of four blacks, and thought that a cell phone was a pistol. The officer involved was cleared of wrongdoing, however the family of Ms. Boyd was awarded $4.5 million for her death.
Eric Garner: On Slate.com, self-hating white writer Eric Voorhees explains what led to the chokehold by a police officer that killed Garner:
While the video does suggest that Garner was unlikely to be taken into custody quietly, he resists arrest only in the strictest sense of the term. He can be heard yelling, “Please, just leave me alone!” and, eventually, attempts to keep the officers from forcing his hands behind his own back.
“Unlikely to be taken into custody quietly.” Translation: a liberal’s way of admitting Garner was battling police with everything he had escape arrested. He “resists arrest only in the strictest sense of the term.” What does “in the strictest sense of the term” mean, exactly? The way I see it and probably some others do, is that Garner was fiercely resisting arrest. Then, “attempts to keep the officers from forcing his hands behind his own back.” This writer does a good job in this article of proving the chokehold was necessary to get this man to stop resisting. Thanks for that, Mr. Voorhees. In your attempt to shame the police officers involved, you actually did an excellent job of proving they acted correctly with this man.
Sandra Bland: she committed suicide in jail following her arrest. She’d had a previous suicide attempt in the last year. The trooper that arrested her maintains she was uncooperative, swinging her elbows and kicking the trooper in the shins during her arrest. Additionally, she was found to have marijuana in her system.
Dorian Hunt: Hunt was killed after police responded to a complaint of a "suspicious individual" with a sword.  The initial police statement asserted that Hunt had "brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword" before they shot him. It turned out to be a toy sword, but police didn’t know that.
“Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.”
I suppose what William’s is referring to here is blacks being “branded” when they were enslaved. And that the branding that takes place now is the lucrative contracts many black people have with “brands” they are paid to wear, whether it be perfume, clothing or sneakers. According to Williams, no matter how much money blacks make and no matter how many brands they wear to make money, their lives will not change. Blacks will always be oppressed by white folks.
By Williams’ own admission, blacks are paid handsomely to promote brands. They are featured prominently in ads. Yet Williams is complaining about it. What does he want? Because I’m confused. For blacks to not get contracts representing brands? But that would be considered racism. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. This is undoubtedly a no-win situation.
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t levied against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free."
News flash: White people have also died on the front lines, have done every job and have paid every tax as well. Maybe if black people stop making poor choices like brandishing a toy gun or a sword that looks real, and resisting arrest among other things, they’d still be alive.
"Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”
You have freedom, you just don’t know what to do with it and how to use it most effectively.
For the last, I don’t know, 30 years or so, all I hear about regarding blacks is how prejudiced white people are against them, how they don’t have the same opportunities as whites, on and on. And the liberal white, self-hating media are only too happy to perpetuate this lie.
All across the Internet Williams’ speech is being hailed and praised, widely by white people. I actually learned of this speech when I came across an article that a petition was circulating, demanding Williams be fired from Grey’s Anatomy for his hateful speech. I’m glad someone started this petition. Because some white people, like myself, have had enough.
The petition states: "Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams' actions. There's been no companies making a stand against his racist remarks and no swift action condemning his negative attitude."
Grey’s Anatomy black creator, Shonda Rimes, tweeted, “Um, people? Boo don’t need a petition.”
I think he does; I think anything that brings awareness to such blatant racism against whites should be talked about and debated.  White people are getting tired of blacks boo-hooing that they don’t have the same opportunities as whites. Of course, when you have prominent people reinforcing the idea that blacks are not treated fairly, that lie takes on new life with each generation.
In a terrific article by Brian Anderson on Downtrend, he writes of a black professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins, who says blacks should be treated preferentially:
Watkins’ general thesis is that black people built this country while white people didn’t lift a finger and then stole all of the wealth from blacks. It’s as flawed as his “unequal equality” theory and it’s related. Because blacks were mistreated in the past, he argues, they must be given special treatment in the form of massive wealth redistribution and privileges to make up for slavery. And that somehow will make us all equal.
Right on, Brian.
"And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down."
This “burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander” leaves me dumbfounded because I have no clue what that means. I thought maybe it meant those who are allegedly brutalized by police do not have the responsibility to comfort those who were witnesses to said brutality. But is he talking about blacks? Or whites? Because in the next sentence he is clearly condemning whites who are critical of the Blacks Live Matter movement.
An “established record of critique of our oppression.” For God’s sake, are we ever going to get over using slavery as an excuse for blacks bad behavior? For their extremely high incarceration rates? For welfare abuse and having children out of wedlock to increase the amount of the check each month? Slavery ended in 1865, one hundred fifty-one years ago. Blacks have had all that time to reverse their fortunes.
"We’ve been floating on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.
Thank you."
This “invention called whiteness uses and abuses us…” What? You, Mr. Willams, are up on a stage accepting an award for your “humanitarian’ efforts in the Black Lives Matter movement. Is that an example of whites “using and abusing you?” Because I really would like you to give me a specific example of just how we are using and abusing blacks, instead of gullibly accepting your inflammatory rhetoric. 
You, Mr. Williams, are whining that blacks are being employed and are highly successful in music and sports, but are somehow puppets being maneuvered by whites that abuse you and then steal your culture.
True, whites have embraced your culture with their love of rap music, which promotes guns, rape and violence. Congratulations for that very important contribution.
Along with many other blacks, you, Mr. Williams, have “made it” in this so-called white privileged world. Your race, which makes up about 13% of the U.S. population, enjoys an unprecedented time in history when a shout of “racism” has the media running to your aid, wiping your tears and furiously writing and reporting, with deep and utter condemnation of white people, just how awful we are and how poor blacks are still suffering. As long as the media continues to do this, it will be instilled into blacks of every age that they are still somehow enslaved to whites. And that, Sir, is a lie.

Note: After publishing this article, I came across another version of his speech. The speech I copied was from Time.com, which claimed to publish his speech in full. They (as well as other websites)  left out the following section of Williams' speech:

"If we keep poisoning our children to believe that we are nothing and that white people are everything, that's when it finds itself reflected in the way we treat each other," continues Williams. "It's not that complicated. The truth we are teaching is that every contribution in the history of the planet came from blonde people. It's not true and it's destructive, and people are getting killed long term as a result. People don't believe that we deserve it."

Gee, I wonder why they didn't include this part of the speech in their articles? 







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June 29, 2016

Why I Can’t Stand Orange is the New Black's Author Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black was a best seller several years ago, which spawned a popular Netflix T.V. series of the same name. Less than 50 pages into the book I couldn’t stand her. Her behavior and attitude later in the book confirmed that feeling. 

The actual charge she does time for doesn’t bother me nearly as much as what kind of person Piper is – and isn’t. Among other things, Piper Kerman is a self-centered elitist snob, and I straight up do not like her.

One of the early defining moments was when Piper arrived at the Camp and chose to read Jane Austen from the Camp’s library, instead of the available popular fiction such as James Patterson or V.C. Andrews. Now, this doesn’t make her a bad person. But you’re in prison. It’s almost like she chose this book so the other prisoners would know she was reading it, and that would in their minds make her different. Better. Smarter. More educated than the rest. How many people in that prison actually read Jane Austen? Piper knew quite well: probably very, very few.

Admittedly, I once tried to read Jane Austen, and was bored to tears. I couldn’t do it. Of course, I only have a few college credits under my belt and am not nearly as educated as Piper. But it’s certainly not just the Jane Austen thing that makes Piper a snob and not a very good person, as we will explore.

Anyway, regarding her first night in prison and unfamiliar with her surroundings, Piper writes of choosing to read Pride and Prejudice:

“I fell gratefully into the much more familiar world of Hanoverian England.” What? I’m sorry, I just can’t relate, and I don’t think most people can.  It’s her first night in prison and she’s going to escape into Hanoverian England? Put down the damn book and try meeting some of the women you will be spending the next 15 months with.

I know a little bit about jails and prison. I have not been in jail myself, but I have a daughter who has been in and out of jail. She is now a recovering heroin addict who at one time, around 2009, did 14 months in the county jail. So, I have a pretty good idea of what goes on in a woman’s facility. I know about the horrors of jail, and have listened to my daughter tell fascinating and unbelievable stories.

In Piper’s version of things, I don’t see much of the crudeness, ugliness, fighting and hatefulness, not to mention fighting over girlfriends, that goes on in jail or prison represented in her book.

Sure, there are a lot of women helping women and all that happy stuff. But it seems way over represented. The theme is almost, “Women in jail are great people and here’s the proof.”

I recall one instance when I went to visit my daughter one day and was turned away because she had gotten in a fight and was not able to have a visitor. I later found out she was jumped and ended up with a split lip. She went to the “hole” or the SHU (aka Security Housing Unit, or solitary confinement) until the matter was resolved.

Sure there are great women in jails, as Piper’s story recounts. I became friendly with some of my daughter’s friends in the jail. I wanted to help them, to mentor them. I visited some of the women, talked to them on the phone, wrote letters to them, and put money on their commissary accounts. Some of these women got out of jail and eventually ended up dead of overdoses. One woman, Janice, I am still friends with, seven years after her discharge from jail.

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a Resident Supervisor in a small, all male, minimum-security prison; basically my job is the same as a Correction Officer, or “guard”, a term which Kerman uses frequently, and wrongly. I am thankful I work with men, knowing what goes on in prison with women. I really enjoy my job.

Unlike the CO’s in Piper’s story, most of my coworkers are kind, helpful to the men, and generally never speak down to them. I am well liked in my job by the residents (they are called residents not inmates). That is because I treat them respectfully. You give respect, you get respect.

It seems like most of the CO’s in Piper’s story are assholes. Yes, you get them in prison. But an astonishingly high number of the CO’s in her story are cold and cruel. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what happened. I also don’t know how she acted towards the CO’s other than what she wrote.

Piper was educated in an all girls’ school and is from a family of “educators.” That’s fine. I have no problem with people getting a good education.  What I have a problem with is her attitude. While Piper takes great pains in her book to appear likeable, funny, warm and caring, she really isn’t. She is a self-centered attention seeker. More on that later.

Somewhere in the book, she states she is “not a crier.” Whoa. Really, Piper? Because that’s all you did before you went to the Camp. She spends so much damn time crying before she has to go to prison, I just want to smack her. I really don’t get how she could state she is not a crier. She’s a damn crybaby, one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

I guess in her whole privileged life prior to going to prison, she has never had any real problems. She apparently never struggled financially, doesn’t have children, never married, and spent time traveling the world. At the age which she goes to prison, she hasn’t experienced any real hardships in her life: divorce, eviction, bankruptcy, illness and many other difficulties most of us have had to face before we turned 30.

Yo, Piper, you broke the law by transporting drug money, you got caught years later, and you have to go to jail for 15 months. Sorry, but I’m just not feeling your pain. 

Do you have any idea what some of these women that are already in jail have experienced? No, you don’t. Because you have lived in your secure upper class bubble for years, and now that bubble has been broken. Welcome to the real world, Piper.

Here is a prime example of Piper’s self-pitying behavior when things weren’t going her way. She has gotten news that her grandmother is ill and not doing well.

Page 228: “In the following weeks I walked around in a state of tightly leashed fury and despair. I kept to myself, civil within the requirements of prison society, but unwilling to chat or joke. Fellow prisoner, offended, sniffed that I must be feeling “some kind of way,” as I was not my usual optimistic self. Then someone in the know would whisper to them that my grandmother was very ill. Suddenly I was the recipient of kind words, sympathetic advice, and prayer cards. And all those things did indeed remind me that I was not alone, that every woman living in that building was in the same rotten boat.”

Piper decides the best way to deal with her grandmother being ill is to be a grump; don’t talk, don’t joke around, walk around sulking and certainly DO NOT worry about anyone else and what they might be going through at the same time. Because, let’s face it: It’s all about Piper!

And what did these much kinder than her women do when she acted like this? Reward her with kind words, sympathetic advice and prayer cards. (Useless because Piper doesn’t believe in anything, God or otherwise.) Kudos to these women for being so kind to Piper when she really didn’t deserve it, based on how she was acting.

It really irks me that she acted this way towards these other women, in effect, taking out her anger and sadness over her grandmother on them, by acting almost hostile. But she knew what this behavior would get her: more attention. And that is exactly what she got. Shame on her. Like she was the only one who ever had a sick relative while imprisoned. Like she is the only one suffering in that place.

Piper tries to get a furlough out of the Camp to see her grandmother. Her fellow prisoners have pretty much assured her that is NOT going to happen.

“Still, I haunted the administrative offices…” Piper thought if she begged and demanded enough, she would get her way. Maybe because she is blond and blue eyed and doesn’t look like a typical prisoner (we hear that throughout the book) the powers that be would give in to her demand of a furlough.

Later in the same paragraph, regarding the furlough, she states, “I thought about praying, something I was certainly not practiced at doing. Fortunately, several people offered to do it for me, including Sister. That had to count extra, right?”

No, Piper, it doesn’t. The God you have shunned your whole life, whom you don’t believe exists, doesn’t give out extra points because you decide not to pray, but leave that up to your friends in the prison.

Piper never does get the furlough, and her grandmother dies.

Piper is having a discussion with Gisela, a seemingly devout Christian who is being released soon.

Writes Piper, “Normally, professions of faith or discussions of religion in prison would win eye-rolling and a quick exit from me.” 

This shows complete disregard for people of faith. Rather than ask questions, and possibly learn something about different faiths, she rolls her eyes and walks away – utter disrespect.  How would Piper feel if she was talking about something an inmate didn’t like or understand, but rather than listen to her, they roll their eyes and walk away, insinuating she is a dunce and not worthy of being listened to? Because the women she is doing time with wouldn’t do that to her.

Anyway, Piper decides to hang around and listen to Gisela’s proclamations about how God has helped her throughout her life. 

Page 231:

“Gisela wasn’t talking about church or religion or even Jesus, though. She was talking about God. And when she talked about God, she looked so happy. She spoke so freely, and so easily, about how God had helped her through all the struggles in her life, and especially the years she had spent in prison; how she knew that God loved her completely, and watched over her, and gave her the peace of mind, the good sense, the clarity to be a good person, even in a bad place.”

It’s wonderful that Gisela was able to open up a dialogue with the non-believing Piper. God is love, and that is true. But there is so much more to the almighty. I am not attacking Gisela here. But the way Piper has interpreted God’s love is way off the mark.

Love, love, love. A loving God who dishes out gifts to His children like candy. This, Piper can relate to. This, she can understand. This, she will listen to, and this, like so many other lost people, she can believe.

“I wasn’t inclined to formal prayer, but I was less skeptical about faith than I had been when I entered prison.”

Piper should probably become a disciple of “preacher” Joel Osteen, famous for reinterpreting the God of the Bible as one who can be manipulated to give us good things whenever we ask, as long as we keep a positive attitude and “speak” the things we want into existence.

Piper goes on to say of Gisela, “Some of her beliefs weren’t stated all that differently from the scuttlebutt I had heard from the holy rollers in the camp, but their protestations of faith were imbued with the need for redemption – Jesus loves me even if I’m a bad person, even if no one else does.”

Scuttlebutt? That is defined in the dictionary as rumor or gossip. Piper basically attacks certain people of faith in this paragraph, calling their beliefs scuttlebutt, identifying them as “holy rollers” and challenging their belief that Jesus loves them no matter what they have done. This is the core belief of Christianity. But Piper only wants to hear about a loving God. Do not talk about redemption or sin, or the need to be forgiven of one’s sins by God, because that, according to Piper, will earn you an eye-roll and an exit.

Piper states she thought she was an Episcopalian, but “I had really been raised to follow the ethos of Stoicism – the Greco-Roman answer to Zen.” Stoicism is defined as the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings and without complaint. She quotes Bertrand Russell, an agnostic or atheist, depending on whom he was speaking to, and she states she was having a problem being a good stoic. And then, wonder of wonders, she makes this observation about herself on page 242:

“Do you have to find the evil in yourself in order to truly recognize it in the world? The vilest thing I had located, within myself, and within the system that held me prisoner, was an indifference to the suffering of others. And when I understood how rotten I had been, what would I do with myself, now that I was revealed as wretched, not just in private, but in public, in a court of law?”

Well, hallelujah! But wait… the very next paragraph reads:

“If there was one thing I had learned in the Camp, it was that I was in fact good.” Wait? What? I would point Piper to Romans 3:10. “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one…”

She goes on to say because she had helped people, (with writing papers – albeit having the prisoner claim it was their work – and fixing things and not charging them, this made her good.) She just tore to shreds her wonderful revelation about herself that she was indifferent to the suffering of others, by saying that she was “good.” 

By this point my dislike of her was even more intense. She felt it necessary to let us know that even though, by her own admission she was “rotten…wretched…” and replaces that with being “good.” God help her, really. How can one be rotten and wretched and good at the same time? You can’t be. No amount of fixing things for people or writing papers can change who you really are on the inside.

What is even more astonishing after these paragraphs is what happens next. One would think that after the little “God talk” Piper and Gisela had, Piper might lean towards consideration of others. In fact, the exact opposite happens.

The Camp has a track, which Piper runs on regularly. But they decide to close the track at 4 p.m. rather than later, as they used to do. Well, Piper isn’t having it! She writes:

“I had added frustrations, and my methods for dealing with them met with obstacles at every turn. The track was now closed after the 4 p.m. count. After work, I would race back to the Camp, change into my sneakers, and run furiously until count time, cutting it closer and closer and stressing out most of B Dorm. I would look up from the far side of the track and see Jae frantically beckoning me, and I would run at top speed up the rickety steps and through C Dorm to my cube, other prisoners urging me to hurry.”

Piper must get her run in. The hell with 4 o’clock count. You see, by virtue of her upbringing, she is entitled. She isn’t like the rest of you ladies in the prison, with her fancy education and her Jane Austen books. She’s Piper Kerman, and if she wants to get her run in, damn it! She’s going to! No matter the outcome.

“Pipes, you going to fuck up the four o’clock count, get your ass sent to the SHU!” Delicious admonished from the other side of B Dorm.

“Bunkie, you cutting it close.” Natalie would shake her head.

Even though that outcome could mean punishment for not just her, but the entire dorm. But self absorbed Piper doesn’t care.

Clearly, Piper has no clue about putting other’s before herself, a core tenant of many faiths. Perhaps she had just completed an eye-roll and had left the room when the discussions about God centered on caring for others, and being considerate; putting others first before your self. This happens fairly late in the book. All that time and Piper hasn’t changed. She is still the same self-absorbed narcissist she was at the beginning of the book.

I will not watch the Orange is the New Black series as I’d planned to do before I read the book, and those numerous glowing reviews in it. I had thought for sure after reading it I would order Netflix and start binge-watching. After getting to know Piper, I don’t want to in any way add to her richness with the money she has made from the book and the series. I have to wonder, though, with her new-found fame and fortune, just how much has she helped some of her former prisoners/friends that she did time with?

March 24, 2016

Progressive Insurance won't put Flo on the Phone - Loses my Business

I’ve been living in Ohio for over eight months now, and it was about time I changed car insurance as I still had my Pennsylvania policy. So, I made a few calls to get some quotes.

First, I called Travelers, and their price was about the same as what I’d been paying, maybe a few dollars less. Not worth all the hassle to change. Then I called my current company, Progressive, and found out I could save some money by dropping something called “Medical Expenses.” I learned it was costing me $82 a year, and while Pennsylvania requires you have that on your policy, Ohio does not. Great!

The new Ohio policy with Progressive was reasonable, and about the same as what Travelers had quoted, so instead of making more phone calls and providing my information all over again, and having a lengthy discussion about my driving record and what I have and have not done in the last three to five years, I decided the next day to go ahead and stay with Progressive. Bad idea.

I spoke to a woman in customer service who either hadn’t had enough coffee, didn’t take her meds, or was in some kind of new customer service group at Progressive insurance called Progressively Bad to Worse.

The conversation went something like this:

“Hi…I called yesterday and got a quote from someone for a policy in Ohio. I would like to review that again and update my Pennsylvania Policy to an Ohio car insurance policy.”

The good news was it didn’t sound like she had an Indian accent, as in, most customer service calls are now routed to India. The Indian people are always very polite – overly polite in fact, but the problem is most times you can’t understand what they are saying. You want to yell into the phone to please give me an American that I can understand, to which they would not doubt reply, “Thank you for that information, Ms. Kirchhoff. I am here to serve you. How else may I help you today.” They are so excruciatingly polite, in fact, you just can’t really get mad at them. Anyway, this rep had an American accent and that was a good thing. Or so I thought.

The rep, whose name I never caught began pulling up my information, and it went downhill from there.

“You would like to remove the medical expenses from the policy? You can’t do that in Pennsylvania. It is required.”

“I know that,” I replied. “I’m not in PA anymore, I’m in Ohio, and Ohio doesn’t require medical expenses from what I was told.”

“Well,” she said, “The quote you received did not include medical expenses.”

“I know that, but I have that on my policy now and I want to remove it.”
I started feeling that little tingle of annoyance. This was not starting out on a positive note. I was getting the feeling this rep was just not getting me and had no clue what I wanted to do, or why I was calling. A deadly combination for the one on the wrong end of the phone call. Especially for someone like me, who has been known to be just a teensy bit of a full blown, unadulterated bitch when I lose patience with someone.

I sighed loudly into the phone.

“I am not in Pennsylvania anymore. I am in Ohio. I want to remove the medical expenses portion from my policy. I would like to know exactly how much the policy is, because I wrote it down somewhere but I can’t find the paper I wrote it down on. I do not want medical expenses on the policy.”

“Your policy doesn’t have medical expenses.”

“Yes, it does. It currently does have medical expenses but I want to remove that.”

“The quote did not include medical expenses,” she stated, once again.

“Look, I don’t think you’re understanding me. It’s really very simple.”

“No, I don’t think I am understanding you.”

“Oh. My. God,” I retorted.

“Look – I live in Ohio now. I currently have a policy in Pennsylvania because in eight months, my lazy, procrastinating ass did not get around to changing the policy to Ohio, where I now live and have lived for the past eight plus months. Got that? My current policy has medical expenses because it is required in PA. I don’t live in PA anymore. I live in Ohio. I want to drop the medical expenses portion of the policy because it is not required in Ohio. It’s really not that difficult. I don’t know what it is that you don’t understand about this.”

“We did note quote you with the medical expenses,” she replied.

“I KNOW you didn’t quote me with the medical expenses! Stop saying that!!! I just want to change my policy to an Ohio policy without medical expenses!!!”

“That wasn’t in the quote.”

“Can you please give me someone else to talk to who will understand what the f*** I am trying to do?? You know what? I want to talk to Flo. Put Flo on the phone!!”
“Excuse me?”

“Flo, the Progressive Insurance Lady!!”

“I don’t know who you are talking about.”

“Why am I not surprised?! You work for Progressive Insurance and you don’t know who Flo is? Are you serious?”
“I don’t know who you are talking about. Do you have a last name?”

“No! I do not know Flo’s last name!! You should know who Flo is! She’s on every friggin’ channel, every day, at all times of the day and night. They even have Flo Insurance Lady Halloween Costumes, for God’s sake! How do you not know who I’m f****** talking about??!! I want to talk to her now! Put her on this damn phone now or I’m canceling my f****** policy altogether!!”

“Ma’m, I don’t have to listen to your abusive language. I have to have a last name in order to access any employees in the company directory. If you continue to use that kind of language I will hang up.”

“I wish you would hang up. All I wanted to do was make a simple policy change and you are clueless as to what I’m even talking about. I have medical expenses on my current policy. I don’t live in PA anymore, I live in Ohio. I want the medical expenses off my policy! That’s it!! It’s not that hard!!!”

“You weren’t quoted medical expenses.”

“Put Flo on the damn phone, now!!!”

My phone made that little bleeping noise, indicating the call had disconnected. My hellish nightmare with Progressive was over.

I immediately typed into an Internet search, “Steubenville auto insurance – non idiot.”
I reached a wonderful person named Tina at State Farm, who immediately knew exactly what I was talking about when I explained what I wanted. Later in the day, I went to meet this intelligent, on the ball woman who provided me with three policies, an auto insurance policy, rental insurance, and identity theft insurance, all for $20 dollars less than what I was paying just for auto insurance with Progressive.

Wait till I tell Flo.

Update - this is the reply I received from Progressive after sending them this article:

Dear Ms. Kirchoff,

Thank you for contacting us about your recent experience. We apologize for not living up to the high standards we set for ourselves.

If you would like to cancel your policy, please reply to this email with the following information:

The email goes on to instruct me on how to cancel my policy. Fortunately, my new company, State Farm, took care of that for me. Also, I noted in their response to me, they spelt my last name wrong. *Sigh*