Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Temecula, CA – Years ago I made my first racist friend. We were 'in church' ['whenever two or more are gathered in my name...'] somewhere I don't recall and had finished a joint. We identified the points and counterpoints of racism, stereotypes and realities, blame and fault, when he said, "Hell, we don't really hate the black man. In fact there are are a lot of things we like about him; his music, his coolness, sexual legends, his women, but there is one reason we have to keep our foot on the black man's throat."
What reason is that?” I replied, ready to pimpslap this pecker-wood.
Then he looked deeply into my dark brown eyes with his grey ones and said, “We are afraid he [the black man] will do to us what we've done to him, to the red man, to the yellow man, to women, to everybody. He is our judgment and instrument of revenge for all the other races, because he is really our brother, more than any other racial male. We have to keep him down because if he ever gets up, we are doomed.”

I looked at my friend, seeing him now in a different light and said, “But you deserve it.”
Recently I made known my objections to the carcinogen glyphosate, see Monsanto Sued, and Agent Orange [Vietnam's bad dream still happening today through birth defects where mothers have no recourse to sue], being approved for use in a commercial food setting through DOW. From where D'Jango rides, I got the following letter and thought about my long ago racist friend.

Responding to Concerns About the EPA's Approval of Enlist Duo
'Thank you for your participation on the We the People petition platform, and for speaking out on an issue that is of importance to you. The White House shares your commitment to protecting human health, especially the health of children and their families.

We understand that the use of pesticides on food crops can be concerning. That's why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews the science on safety as part of its standard practice in the review of chemicals, including the Enlist Duo herbicide combination.

The EPA has determined that the herbicides used in the Enlist Duo are safe based on scientific evidence. We support science-based regulatory determinations, and it would be inappropriate for the White House to intervene in this science-based decision-making process by the EPA, as a 2009 Presidential Memorandum on scientific integrity makes clear.

For more information, please see details from the EPA below.

Thank you for your continued interest and participation.

The Enlist Duo system makes use of two herbicides, 2,4-D and glyphosate, that are both already approved by the EPA for use in the United States and are among the most widely used herbicides in the world. While both herbicides have long been approved for use on corn and soybean fields before the seeds sprout, the new Enlist Duo system will enable the 2,4-D herbicide to be used on these crops when the plants are more mature.
EPA scientists evaluated the existing scientific research data and determined that there is no determinable link between the 2,4-D herbicide and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, thyroid and reproductive problems, or Parkinson's disease. Furthermore, the USDA has concluded that genetically modified corn and soybeans -- the other part of the Enlist Duo system -- pose no more environmental risk than crops that are not modified through genetic engineering. And there is no evidence that the engineered crops pose any greater risk to human health than non-engineered lines.

The EPA is an independent agency whose decisions are driven by the expert determinations reached by its teams of scientists and environmental protection specialists. EPA and USDA scientists determined that the Enlist Duo system is safe based on current scientific evidence.'

- The Obama Adminstration

(Agent Orange is 2,4D herbicide - Ed)

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