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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain, American Humorist and Writer (1835-1910)

Monthly Archives: April 2015

California Drought

Here we are in beautiful, sunny California and oh by the way, we’ve got so much sun, we don’t even know what to do with all of it.

To be specific, once again, we are in a major drought. Last time the water reserves were this dry, it was around 1987. I remember it because it used to be, when you took a table at a restaurant, the first thing would be the busboy, bringing glasses of ice water to everyone seated at the table, unspoken, no questions asked. Then the drought came, and then the law came down, and there was no more automatic serving of ice water to whoever took a seat at a restaurant. If you wanted a glass of water, you had to ask for it. (I know, first world problems, right? The drought was so bad, we actually had to ask for that glass of water if we really wanted it.)

There was other rationing too, mostly stuff about how often you could water your lawns, but I was still too concerned with being a teenager to know anything about those rules.

The drought I remember more vividly was the one that hit in 1976. Hey, a little Déjà vu here, guess who was governor at the time? That’s right, it was Jerry Brown.

Governor Moonbeam

Governor Moonbeam

Now Jerry Brown is an interesting character. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on this, but I think he may be the only man in American history to serve two terms as governor, and then, twenty-four years later, get re-elected as governor again. Yeah, I’m pretty sure he’s the only guy to have ever done that. That is an amazing feat.

What makes me laugh when I think about Jerry Brown, is the fact that back in his first go-around as governor, his nickname was Governor Moonbeam. The guy who coined the term actually regrets it now because he saw in the governor something a lot more than some stoned-out kid who rolled out of a VW hippie van on the front lawn of the governor’s mansion, but the name stuck. And maybe rightfully so because while Jerry Brown was governor of California in 1980, he made a run for the White House with a campaign slogan of “Protect the earth, serve the people and explore the universe!”

Far out, man!

There was no doubt about it, you could just tell Jerry Brown was a guy who dropped his fair share of acid in the 60s.

And I remember a slogan from Governor Moonbeam back from that drought of 1976 . . .

If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.

There are almost 39 million people in California, and even with California law now mandating toilets to a “low-flow” of only 1.28 gallons per flush, I still think Governor Brown had a point then and we could resurrect that slogan now – “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.”

As long as you’re not having company over, every time you save a flush by leaving just a little yellow in the bowl, you’re doing your own part to keep us from some nightmare scenario where one day we try to turn on the faucets and they come spitting out nothing but air.

Then again 80% of all human water use in California goes to agriculture, so there’s only so much you can do by cutting down on flushing.  There’s not much we can do but stick with “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” and just pray for rain.

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We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.

We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.

Back when Ferguson was going up in flames, I asked a simple question: Why did Governor Nixon let Ferguson burn? To recap:

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had the National Guard mobilized a week in advance, yet that fatal night when the grand jury’s decision was read, the Guard was nowhere to be found.

 

As Ferguson Mayor James Knowles saw his city burning to the ground, he was desperately trying to reach the Governor or anyone else in State Government to plead with them to bring in the Guard. Not even a single call was answered. Mayor Knowles called it a “complete abdication of responsibility by Governor Nixon.”

Now in that case, the mayor slithered his way out of being held to account for his abdication of duty because no one knew if it was gross negligence or if he was acting as a silent accomplice, but this time, we have yet another Democrat in the mayor of Baltimore, just plain stupid enough to admit in front of all the world that she was willing to give the rioters sections of the city to burn and loot and rampage at will.

We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.

I have four points to make.

  1. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, all three of them changed the world and the one thing they had in common was a true belief in the power of peaceful protest.  When people were protesting peacefully in places like Selma, Alabama and the vast majority of law-abiding citizens at home saw video of those peaceful protesters on the one side and the firehoses and snarling dogs on leashes on the other side, anyone with a heart was rooting for the peaceful protesters.  Guess what? You just put the majority on your side.
  2. Barack Obama should return his Nobel Prize.  As the first black president, Barack Obama had a unique opportunity to change race relations but instead, alongside his buddie Al Sharpton and Eric Holder, he’s done more to widen the racial divide than anything.  Would it really be that hard for the president to say, yes, black lives matter and innocent black people killed by the police are tragedies, each and every one of them, but maybe we, as the black community, should also focus on the fact that 93% of our own people are killed at the hands of our own people?
  3. When Governor Nixon failed to send in the guard, when Mayor Rawlings-Blake green-lighted sections of her own city to be burned and looted, they weren’t helping spotlight the innocence of alleged black victims of police shootings, what they really were doing is making all the people outside of Baltimore say, we need more guns and more police to make sure the hooligans are kept at bay from where we live.
  4. When you make a conscious decision to give the rioters free reign to burn and loot and let them destroy all that’s best and good about your communities, what you’re really doing is you’re telling the corporations that brought jobs into the community, maybe you should think twice about ever coming back. When you come right out and say, we’re going to give you some space to destroy things, what you’re really doing is stomping on the hearts of hard working local entrepreneurs who had a dream to build a business and built it, and brought jobs to the community. You are sending hard-working citizens who actually want to make an honest living straight to the unemployment line. You’re encouraging people to “express themselves” by smashing windows and fire bombing the cars of people who had nothing to do with any of this.  Oh yeah, don’t worry you might say, insurance will take care of it.  Guess who is the first person to fall behind or get dropped by their insurance companies?  The poor.  And for the people who actually were shelling out the money to pay for their insurance premiums, if you’re still living somewhere in the adjacent zip codes, guess how much your premiums are going to be going through the roof?
  5. When we were watching the L.A. riots in 1992, my dad said something that will always stick with me: “You don’t shit in your own tent.” Nothing says stupid like trying to make a point by burning down your own neighborhood.

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No offense to the swimmers and the gymnasts and the sprinters and the marathon runners, but when I think of all the events in the Olympics, there’s only one event which truly crowns the greatest athlete in the world, and that event is the decathlon.

The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: Citius – Altius – Fortius.

Translated: Faster – Higher – Stronger.

No Olympic event exemplifies faster, higher, stronger better than the decathlon.

* Day 1 *

100 meters
Long jump
Shot put
High jump
400 meters

* Day 2 *

110 meters hurdles
Discus throw
Pole vault
Javelin throw
1500 meters

1976 Olympics JennerMy first memory of watching the Olympics was when I was 7-years-old in 1976. Googling back on it, the Soviets took home more medals than the US, and looking strictly at the golds, the US came in third behind the Soviets and East Germany.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Cold War gave a whole new significance to the Olympics in my mind. But back in 1976, there were two only words that defined the Olympics in my mind: BRUCE FREAKIN’ JENNER.

Ten events, rooting for Bruce Jenner on every single event, I can remember that quite clearly. The final 1500 meters and the triumphant arms in the air as he crossed the finish line, I remember that so clearly. The year is 1976 and you, Bruce Jenner, are the greatest athlete on the face of the earth.

My neighbor Fred Huddleston was a budding painter, still working in oil before he found his true calling as a watercolor artist. He must have seen me running around the neighborhood pretending I was Bruce going for the gold, and God bless him, he gave me a giant canvas montage of the 1976 Olympics with the focal point being Bruce Jenner belting out a big, “ALLLLLRIGHT!”

For all the iconic Wheaties boxes that have ever filled the shelves of every grocery store in America, I still don’t think any of those Wheaties boxes have ever equaled the emotional impact on America than when we, as a collective nation, saw Bruce Jenner triumphant on the cover of the Wheaties box.

Which is all a prelude to saying that at one moment in history, Bruce Jenner was the manliest man on the face of the Earth.

So how do you reconcile that with the Bruce of today, who obviously feels like he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body? You are Bruce Jenner, you can age gracefully as a man and say, yeah, I may be getting older, but no one can take away from me the fact that at one point in my life, I was the living embodiment of manliness.

So how can I possibly reconcile this with the fact that in an interview with Dianne Sawyer last night, Jenner said he first started becoming aware of the female soul inside his body when he was 8-years-old, though he didn’t understand what it meant when he was trying on his mother and sister’s dresses and said, “It just made me feel good.” This was the 8-year-old version of the man who would become the champion of the Olympic decathlon???

Jenner has admitted he’s been taking female hormones since the 1980s, so this has been a long time coming.

Part of me wonders, are more people flipping their sexes on a whim just because science has made it relatively easy if you have the money to bank roll it? The other part of me wonders, maybe we’re living in a better age, a time where science has made it possible for people who feel they’re trapped in the wrong gender to have their transgender wishes come true.

I really have no idea because I was born a man and there hasn’t been a day in my life that I didn’t enjoy having a penis.

I can tell you this, however, it fills my heart with pride to know we’ve got the highest profile transgender in America and he is and she will continue to be a Republican. I for one would be proud to have you, Bruce Jenner, as the highest profile LGBT member of the Republican party.

But if we’re honest, no sex change is complete without a name change to match. If you really want to be a woman, there’s no way you can walk around introducing yourself to people as a woman named Bruce. So if you’re going to go through with the penectomy, you’re going to have to change the name, too.

Beatrice Jenner is kind of nice, although it has a bit of an early 20th century ring to it. Brittany Jenner? Brittney was the seventh most popular name of the 1990s, so that’s already just a little bit dated. Brianna Jenner – eighteenth most popular name of the 2000s, and I think that name is still on the rise.

If you really want to change your sex, you have to have the name change to go with it. My vote is for Brianna Jenner. What do you say?

Once Bruce Jenner gets his sex change, it's going to have to involve a name change to match. You just can't have a girl named Bruce.

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100 years ago today, began the slaughter of the Armenians from the hands of the Turkish Muslims. The death toll is said to be at 1.5 million. To put that in raw numbers, that would be 1,500,000 people slaughtered for no other reason than their ethnicity. 1.5 million people is a hard number for anyone to wrap their head around. Let’s try to really, honestly comprehend what a slaughter of 1.5 million people looks like.

Have you every been to Dodger Stadium with a pretty full house? It looks like this:

dodger-stadium

That’s a whole heck of a lot of people. 50,000 people is a number you can comprehend as you sit there in the stands and look around you and see 50,000 people of all shapes and sizes and creeds and colors and types. 50,000 people is a number you can comprehend as the game comes to an end and you see 50,000 trying to make it to the exits. I can comprehend 50,000 people.

Now try to imagine a million people. Joseph Stalin once said this:

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.

Yes, it’s very hard to imagine what a million dead people look like. It’s almost impossible for the human brain to imagine one million people, so I go back to my analogy of Dodger Stadium.

Picture the horror of a packed house at Dodger Stadium and every single member in attendance slaughtered by whatever means imaginable – machine gun fire, a bomb, a gas cloud of chemical weapons that detonated and left all the people in attendance slumped over from their chairs and laying as corpses in the aisles.

That’s the one and only way I can try to wrap my head around 50,000 dead, which would be approximately sixteen times the death toll of 9/11.

Now here were are on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Muslim Turks. When the news reports tell you about the genocide of 1.5 million people, there’s just no way we can wrap our heads around that number. How can our brains truly grasp the slaughter of 1.5 million people? So I take it back to Dodger Stadium, because I can visualize the massive amount of humanity in Dodger Stadium when we’re 50,000 strong. Just try to visualize this with me, if you really want to know what the horror of 1.5 Armenians killed by Muslim Turks was, just imagine an entire Dodger stadium worth of people, and then beside it, another Dodger Stadium worth of corpses, and then a third, and a fourth, and a fifth, a sixth, a seventh, an eighth, a ninth, and a tenth and that would make for half-a-million corpses. Now imagine three times that, thirty full houses at Dodger Stadium, thirty packed houses worth of dead people, and that might give you a vidual of what 1.5 million dead people looks like.

If I recite to you the dry fact that the Muslim Turks slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago, you can’t be blamed if it doesn’t register in your head, because it’s beyond my comprehension as well, but if I told you they took 30 Dodger Stadiums full of people and slaughtered everyone in those 30 stadiums, maybe that might help bring home the slaughter that it really was.

And oh by the way, a big fuck you to Barack Obama to NOT CALL IT A GENOCIDE. Once again, the president will do anything he can to minimize and understate the horrors of history perpetrated by his Muslim brothers.

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Here is an actual quote from this . . . oh I am so trying to avoid that c-word, but this Jamilah Lemieux woman who somehow landed a talking head job on MSNBC:

Nothing says let's kill Muslims like country music.

Nothing says let’s go kill some Muslims like country music.” – Jamilah Lemieux

I don’t remember hearing about any country music concerts or song lyrics where country music stars urged people to go out and kill some Muslims, and you can bet for damn sure, if that had happened, we’d have heard about it.

All the recent headlines I heard about rowdiness at country music concerts involved country music stars who looked into the audience and saw some guy getting a little rough with his date and stopped the concert and humiliated these clowns out for not properly treating a lady like a lady. Tim McGrawJake Owen and Chris Young are three stories of country music gentlemen that spring to mind.

To be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of country music, but I can tell you for damn sure there’s no country music song out there calling for Muslims to get killed or even speaking bad about the religion or you know it would be all over the news. As a woman, shouldn’t Jamilah be much more concerned about the rap music which regularly spews rhymes about how “bitches ain’t shit but hoes and tricks“?

If this redneck-hating bigot Jamilah Lemieux is so concerned about Muslims being threatened by country music fans, it seems she’s completely forgotten that more than half the Muslims in this world are women. Maybe she should worry about all of those Muslims and they’re being treated in their own countries first and foremost.

While Jamilah Lemieux focuses her bigotry against rednecks, Muslim countries across the world believe in “honor killings” where Muslim women are stoned to death for being victims of rape.

If you’re worried about Muslims, how about turning your focus to the majority of Muslims who happen to be female? I think Jamilah would be well served to check out the worst of the worst on the list of countries and women’s rights:

100. El Salvador
Overall score (out of 100): 64.0
Justice: 73.8
Health: 63.2
Education: 82.3
Economics: 70.6
Politics: 47.4
101. Kuwait
Overall score: 62.9 / 100
Justice: 64.6
Health: 80.7
Education: 93.7
Economics: 65.8
Politics: 19.9
102. Bahrain
Overall score: 62.2 / 100
Justice: 48.0
Health: 86.8
Education: 87.5
Economics: 71.2
Politics: 33.9
103. Ecuador
Overall score: 61.8 / 100
Justice: 67.9
Health: 64.3
Education: 87.6
Economics: 63.8
Politics: 54.7
104. Bolivia
Overall score: 61.2 / 100
Justice: 76.2
Health: 53.2
Education: 86.5
Economics: 62.9
Politics: 57.9
105. Gabon
Overall score: 61.1 / 100
Justice: 36.1
Health: 44.0
Education: 87.6
Economics: 93.3
Politics: 39.5
106. Bhutan
Overall score: 60.2 / 100
Justice: 69.8
Health: 60.9
Education: 77.2
Economics: 75.8
Politics: 26.7
107. Zimbabwe
Overall score: 60.1 / 100
Justice: 58.1
Health: 38.5
Education: 89.6
Economics: 80.7
Politics: 38.6
108. Gambia
Overall score: 59.8 / 100
Justice: 43.9
Health: 45.1
Education: 66.3
Economics: 100.0
Politics: 38.6
109. United Arab Emirates
Overall score: 59.6 / 100
Justice: 46.2
Health: 73.5
Education: 93.6
Economics: 68.0
Politics: 39.0
110. Jordan
Overall score: 59.3 / 100
Justice: 66.0
Health: 79.4
Education: 92.4
Economics: 60.3
Politics: 19.2
111. Madagascar
Overall score: 58.0 / 100
Justice: 64.5
Health: 38.5
Education: 62.3
Economics: 89.4
Politics: 44.7
112. Hungary
Overall score: 58.0 / 100
Justice: 19.3
Health: 91.9
Education: 96.9
Economics: 70.2
Politics: 36.0
113. People’s Democratic Republic of Lao
Overall score: 57.4 / 100
Justice: 56.9
Health: 30.0
Education: 62.6
Economics: 94.7
Politics: 48.9
114. Turkey
Overall score: 56.2 / 100
Justice: 64.4
Health: 87.8
Education: 84.8
Economics: 54.2
Politics: 28.0
115. Algeria
Overall score: 55.5 / 100
Justice: 62.9
Health: 76.8
Education: 72.2
Economics: 71.1
Politics: 12.0
116. Kenya
Overall score: 53.6 / 100
Justice: 50.2
Health: 44.6
Education: 85.7
Economics: 75.2
Politics: 30.1
117. Liberia
Overall score: 52.8 / 100
Justice: 42.4
Health: 34.5
Education: 57.9
Economics: 90.2
Politics: 68.1
118. Malawi
Overall score: 51.9 / 100
Justice: 49.9
Health: 26.1
Education: 61.6
Economics: 93.3
Politics: 40.7
119. United Republic of Tanzania
Overall score: 51.9 / 100
Justice: 44.6
Health: 17.1
Education: 69.9
Economics: 90.7
Politics: 55.6
120. Egypt
Overall score: 51.9 / 100
Justice: 67.2
Health: 69.6
Education: 67.7
Economics: 63.6
Politics: 29.3
121. Lebanon
Overall score: 50.7 / 100
Justice: 43.7
Health: 73.9
Education: 91.1
Economics: 56.2
Politics: 32.9
122. Uganda
Overall score: 50.7 / 100
Justice: 32.2
Health: 22.4
Education: 61.4
Economics: 95.8
Politics: 65.0
123. Oman
Overall score: 50.6 / 100
Justice: 48.5
Health: 71.2
Education: 86.1
Economics: 61.4
Politics: 20.1
124. Morocco
Overall score: 50.4 / 100
Justice: 81.2
Health: 72.2
Education: 57.9
Economics: 61.6
Politics: 17.8
125. Iran
Overall score: 50.1 / 100
Justice: 54.9
Health: 77.9
Education: 76.8
Economics: 62.2
Politics: 12.1
126. Suriname
Overall score: 48.4 / 100
Justice: 46.2
Health: 55.1
Education: 87.0
Economics: 61.5
Politics: 33.8
127. Zambia
Overall score: 47.5 / 100
Justice: 40.1
Health: 29.7
Education: 67.4
Economics: 85.7
Politics: 38.9
128. Mozambique
Overall score: 47.3 / 100
Justice: 42.5
Health: 32.8
Education: 41.4
Economics: 92.6
Politics: 64.4
129. Swaziland
Overall score: 46.0 / 100
Justice: 49.8
Health: 30.5
Education: 78.1
Economics: 66.8
Politics: 51.7
130. Syrian Arab Republic
Overall score: 45.8 / 100
Justice: 45.6
Health: 67.7
Education: 83.1
Economics: 56.0
Politics: 26.4
131. Eritrea
Overall score: 44.5 / 100
Justice: 43.6
Health: 39.2
Education: 52.9
Economics: 86.1
Politics: 29.4
132. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Overall score: 44.3 / 100
Justice: 55.9
Health: 72.3
Education: 86.5
Economics: 47.1
Politics: 12.6
133. Nepal
Overall score: 43.5 / 100
Justice: 44.3
Health: 48.7
Education: 68.4
Economics: 67.2
Politics: 37.8
134. Burkina Faso
Overall score: 43.4 / 100
Justice: 47.0
Health: 33.0
Education: 44.5
Economics: 90.7
Politics: 28.3
135. Senegal
Overall score: 43.2 / 100
Justice: 60.5
Health: 36.4
Education: 43.3
Economics: 76.8
Politics: 47.8
136. Guatemala
Overall score: 43.0 / 100
Justice: 61.6
Health: 42.0
Education: 65.2
Economics: 63.0
Politics: 33.6
137. Togo
Overall score: 42.7 / 100
Justice: 37.6
Health: 41.8
Education: 46.7
Economics: 87.5
Politics: 34.7
138. Equatorial Guinea
Overall score: 42.6 / 100
Justice: 45.9
Health: 36.8
Education: 87.8
Economics: 62.5
Politics: 19.8
139. Bangladesh
Overall score: 42.1 / 100
Justice: 35.5
Health: 45.7
Education: 69.2
Economics: 75.1
Politics: 20.4
140. Papua New Guinea
Overall score: 42.0 / 100
Justice: 57.6
Health: 56.7
Education: 47.4
Economics: 75.5
Politics: 7.7
141. India
Overall score: 41.9 / 100
Justice: 54.0
Health: 64.1
Education: 64.9
Economics: 60.7
Politics: 14.8
142. Angola
Overall score: 41.1 / 100
Justice: 41.2
Health: 20.0
Education: 42.8
Economics: 87.4
Politics: 61.1
143. Congo
Overall score: 40.5 / 100
Justice: 18.2
Health: 34.7
Education: 63.7
Economics: 86.1
Politics: 35.4
144. Djibouti
Overall score: 40.4 / 100
Justice: 19.3
Health: 37.2
Education: 63.2
Economics: 85.1
Politics: 33.0
145. Serbia
Overall score: 38.4 / 100
Justice: 82.8
Health: 86.7
Education: 96.4
Economics: 56.2
Politics: 44.2
146. Mauritania
Overall score: 38.0 / 100
Justice: 43.3
Health: 39.0
Education: 71.5
Economics: 61.4
Politics: 32.8
147. Saudi Arabia
Overall score: 35.5 / 100
Justice: 40.6
Health: 68.1
Education: 79.6
Economics: 47.8
Politics: 5.0
148. Central African Republic
Overall score: 34.3 / 100
Justice: 46.7
Health: 16.6
Education: 20.7
Economics: 95.3
Politics: 34.0
149. Cameroon
Overall score: 33.1 / 100
Justice: 34.4
Health: 31.7
Education: 57.8
Economics: 72.6
Politics: 21.8
150. Côte d’Ivoire
Overall score: 30.9 / 100
Justice: 50.6
Health: 30.4
Education: 33.1
Economics: 68.2
Politics: 50.5
151. Benin
Overall score: 30.0 / 100
Justice: 43.6
Health: 43.6
Education: 21.0
Economics: 74.7
Politics: 42.3
152. Guinea-Bissau
Overall score: 29.9 / 100
Justice: 26.1
Health: 31.0
Education: 34.6
Economics: 83.0
Politics: 34.3
153. Nigeria
Overall score: 29.3 / 100
Justice: 54.8
Health: 37.2
Education: 35.9
Economics: 66.2
Politics: 21.1
154. Sierra Leone
Overall score: 29.0 / 100
Justice: 22.2
Health: 38.0
Education: 30.9
Economics: 88.2
Politics: 14.9
155. Guinea
Overall score: 28.5 / 100
Justice: 25.7
Health: 40.7
Education: 29.7
Economics: 79.1
Politics: 35.6
156. Sudan
Overall score: 26.1 / 100
Justice: 21.1
Health: 29.4
Education: 70.6
Economics: 54.5
Politics: 40.8
157. Ethiopia
Overall score: 23.7 / 100
Justice: 18.6
Health: 27.2
Education: 29.9
Economics: 79.7
Politics: 37.4
158. Pakistan
Overall score: 21.4 / 100
Justice: 49.7
Health: 49.6
Education: 34.0
Economics: 50.7
Politics: 19.3
159. Niger
Overall score: 21.2 / 100
Justice: 26.5
Health: 32.9
Education: 47.5
Economics: 58.6
Politics: 31.3
160. Solomon Islands
Overall score: 20.8 / 100
Justice: 0.0
Health: 53.6
Education: 86.5
Economics: 46.0
Politics: 1.9
161. Mali
Overall score: 17.6 / 100
Justice: 22.7
Health: 29.9
Education: 25.8
Economics: 64.3
Politics: 49.8
162. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Overall score: 13.6 / 100
Justice: 6.5
Health: 11.4
Education: 45.1
Economics: 67.8
Politics: 27.2
163. Yemen
Overall score: 12.1 / 100
Justice: 36.2
Health: 44.4
Education: 34.1
Economics: 48.8
Politics: 0.0
164. Afghanistan
Overall score: 2.0 / 100
Justice: 8.4
Health: 2.0
Education: 41.1
Economics: 55.3
Politics: 16.6
165. Chad
Overall score: 0.0 / 100
Justice: 20.7
Health: 0.0
Education: 0.0
Economics: 70.9
Politics: 22.2

Sources: The Daily Beast & Newsweek

I see a couple Central American Hispanic countries, but the farther you get down the list, the darker and more Muslim it gets.

Because nothing says female genital mutilation like African and Muslim countries. Last time I checked, there were no country music stars calling for innocent little baby girls to have clitorectomies performed on them.

Stop hating white people, Jamilah, and stop imagining that it’s white people listening to country music who are trading Muslim women from father to husband like property with a deed of ownership.

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