Monday, August 18, 2014

I Suppose It's Just Optics….

edited or otherwise. 

We all know by now some version or other of the killing of a black Ferguson teenager by a white Ferguson policeman. We have all heard at least three versions of the police chief's explanation of the chain of events. We have all seen the military-type response to both the outpouring of grief, turned to rage, leading to looting that had nothing to do with the original shooting.

I am pretty sure that somewhere in the midst of all this racism, hatred, and feeling of frustration lies the truth. You can be sure of one thing: if a black policeman had shot and killed a white teenager (whether he was aware of an alleged crime or not) in a white neighborhood (middle-class or poorer…) the aftermath would have been different. And a LOT different if it had been an upperclass area……

Two of the autopsy reports are out: the first really saying nothing. The second one can be somewhat inconclusive except to discredit partially the witnesses belief Brown was shot in the back, but NOT disproving he had his hands up in surrender. Then there are the live tweets about the shooting hat the msm has not touched on. Hmmmmm.

The police department very co-incidently released a surveilance video along with the name (finally) of the shooter who has long since scooted out of town. They were asked not to, since tensions were already high…... I guess the cops were bent out of shape at being replaced by the Highway Patrol folks with a black leader. (My take on things, only)

They released only a portion of the video…..but not this part: 
Then add to the story that the police and others in charge are still attempting to thwart the media from doing their job…informing the public what is really happening…instead of hoping they will rely on sanitized press releases being put out by those "in charge."
http://tinyurl.com/mjcvspy     (Thanks, EZKOOL)
And the officials, and our government (local or otherwise) wonder why we have no faith or trust in them???



Friday, August 15, 2014

WHY??

Am I missing something here? Is the Ferguson police department that incompetent? Is the police chief there just interning for his job? Did this group of military-wanna-be's  have all this equipment they have just been dying to play with? Do they all really hate the black community that much? Were they just hoping that some sort of riot would be provoked, so that they would finally have an excuse to "go to war?"







From Day One the whole Michael Brown incident was mishandled….by everyone  All the information that the police had was NOT made public: this was largely why the protests over the shooting grew into the mess it was. Keeping the body in full view was distasteful also. I believe the two witnesses saw what they saw……but again, that may only been one part of it. I don't know: I wasn't there. But if there were videos of the theft in the convenience store, the community needed to know that. That did NOT excuse shooting a kid multiple times while he was walking away…but I do believe these folks would have liked to have complete picture of the allegations, and the "proof." They are not stupid "animals" as was shouted by the cops, and captured on video. And most of the activists and protesters were not looting and acting badly…they condemned those that were. It did not help their cause. 

The police department, and their "reinforcements" only added to the mystery and the bad feelings spreading through the crowds. The police department was only interested in protecting their own. I STILL believe that if the cop had nothing to hide, or be ashamed of, or if his version of the happenings were honest…it would NOT have taken six days to come to a head. Journalists just doing their job of informing the country of what was happening did not have to be arrested, their equipment damaged and their lives threatened. First amendment, remember…..the factions on the Right here demand it. (Where were those voices, by the way??) Clearing the air space in the area? Something is wrong somewhere. The people who were protesting were truly acting on the information they were given by the police and the head of the department. They were protesting the treatment received over the years…in this "post racial society." ( http://tinyurl.com/qjpgmq4 )

If a crime was committed by the teenager, that is one thing. There should have been appropriate punishment for that. http://tinyurl.com/ksdrtz3 ) Murder…no. If these police were derelict in their duty by not informing the public of their findings; conspiring to hide the identity of the shooter; not supplying all relative information and updates; over- militarizing the operation using taxpayer money and surplus equipment with untrained personnel; fanning the flames of mistrust, hatred and racial tension by their passive/aggressive actions…then the whole department needs to be dismantled and retrained. If there is that large a racist vein in this group Ferguson is in a world of hurt…but then, so is the rest of the country.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I am so glad we live in a democratic nation….with liberty and justice for all. A land where a person's race, color, religion or creed has no bearing on how they are treated. A place where thoughtful discourse is conducted in the pursuit of rightful actions…….

Thanks to Michael Luciano at The Daily Banter:

And of course, the police and other officials are going to get to the bottom of the Micheal Brown shooting ( http://tinyurl.com/qbrt8x5  any day now. I am sure shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager walking in the middle of the street was obviously called for…..they just have to dig deep enough to "find the facts" and also discredit the friend who saw it all happen. (Good thing this young man obtained a lawyer early in to the investigation.unusual events have been known to happen in such cases)
Beaverceek, Ohio where we moved from a few years ago, also had a shooing....this time in Walmart. Again there are questions as to why a black man who was holding a BB gun sold in the store was shot by police. Alerted by an ex-Marine in the store with his wife, who followed him around, a rush of people to the exits also caused the death of a woman with a medical condition. Of course, a store video of all this would probably simplify things...http://tinyurl.com/qj4e2ds . Silly me! 

If we could just keep all those brown-skinned, poor little disease ridden immigrant children from our borders.. 
If we could just keep those "other" families in their place, in their own failing schools, taking low wage jobs, blaming them for all our troubles…
If we could just get everyone believing the Bible is the ruling concept of our country, that no religion besides fundamentalism is even worth considering, and that guns are the answer to a peaceful coexistence…
….then this truly would be a caucasian conservative Christian paradise.

Friday, August 1, 2014

I Have No Words

WOW…….just watch all the Christian LOVE:


Amazing how this "country based on Christian precepts" gets thrown right out the window when it comes to actually DOING something for somebody else!

“So, I have a moral obligation to share my earnings, and my country with people I’ve never met because they are suffering?” Carlson complained."
http://tinyurl.com/nws7sqq

Hypocrisy at its finest.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Religious Right "Not Taking It Anymore…."

so they are forging their way into battles all over the world.





A new State Department study documents how these fundamentalists…sometimes right, sometimes not……are spreading their fight against what they term "descrimination against religious beliefs" in countries such as Russia, Uganda and Ukraine for example. And they are receiving help from our own homegrown groups such as the Human Dignity Institute.

Let me get this straight: we are jumping into conflicts NOT concerning us, to help these poor folks fend off the forced occupation of some other groups using military force to spread their concept of religious-based law. Yet at the same time people from this country are spreading the very same thing. Not content with pushing the Christian "victim card" on Americans, they are helping to push their hate elsewhere. 

Most Americans deplore these "religious" concepts in foreign countries such as misogyny, mistreatment of LGBTs, forcing children into armies, arranged marriage, legal precepts based on Allah or some foreign higher being, wearing clothing approved by the government, and giving the best of everything only to upper classes/rulers. But for some reason the Religious Right has no problem in backhandedly weaseling their way into your and my life, by way of legal precidence with the same ideals. “When governments choose not to combat discrimination on the basis of religion and intolerance, it breeds an environment in which intolerant and violent groups are emboldened,…."

 It is not just in the Middle east. Europe is also undergoing a "Tea Party" makeover, also with a little help from Americans. “We believe — strongly — that there is a global tea party movement,” declared Steve Bannon, who took over the American conservative new media empire (Breitbart)"
There is also financial help from such groups as the Federalist society and by people such as Pat Roberts. http://tinyurl.com/pamc4bm

Now I know why, when I was attending Sunday School classes and youth fellowship in the Southern Baptist Church, we had Bible Drills.
http://www.sbcv.org/files_resources/6633/how_to_begin_childrens_bible_drill.pdf

And we always sang:

 Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
    1. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
      Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
      We are not divided, all one body we,
      One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
    Oh………..forget that last one….apparently

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Loving Obama Here In Tennessee…..

    I bet that got your attention.

    But if you have been bombarded by all the political ads on television lately, you can SEE all those Republicans running for office have opponents here who are practically in bed with the guy. Not to mention all the LIBERAL judges that are pushing their LIBERAL agenda in the State Supreme Court.
    "Judging by political advertising lately, it’s truly remarkable how much support President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act enjoy among Tennessee Republicans and our state’s court system." http://tinyurl.com/q948oel
    Yep, those folks have been showing all the LIBERAL love here in this state the last few years: 

    " …. in Tennessee, because of (Gov.) Haslam's decision, they won't be covered. Without the money, some hospitals could close, particularly in rural areas where they already are struggling financially.
    "There may be hospitals that will have to close," (LT. Gov.) Ramsey says. "But look, if you want to operate in a free market, things like that happen." 
    Of course, the governor also expressed his love of children:



    It is also easier for outside groups and “super PACs” to run attack ads, leaving the positive message up to the candidates, and the result is an increasingly negative sheen to the general political discourse. “There’s no question that the sheer number of ads, combined with the fact that voters don’t know who’s paying for the ad, creates a layer of toxicity in our politics that is very corrosive,” said Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
    http://tinyurl.com/nbceqxk


    But that's OK. They ALL have the blessing of the Chamber of Commerce, high ratings from the NRA, are outstanding members of their various churches, and believe in the free market. They also love to push the First Amendment to the limit….and off a cliff.




    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Another Day

    UPDATE

    Tennesseans are about ready to get screwed again. Hope my relatives who finally got Obamacare to help them afford their on-going colon cancer, diabetes, mental health, heart surgery and constant heart monitoring (which they cannot afford…over $47,000 a year just for one of them) realize it was their party,…..two REPUBLICAN judges and a REPUBLICAN governor that did not expand Medicaid the way it should have been…. that will cost them. Blue Cross probably was about ready to cancel them. He is a small business owner but cannot handle the costs. This ruling, of course, will be appealed as it should.


    (main blog)...…another Right Winger pushing the untruths about a Dem opposing him here in Tennessee, the state that is sooo red it makes you cringe. (I've often wondered, how did they manage to have Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Manhattan Project? So many solar farms? Wind turbines in the hills? An overabundance of Prius's on the roads? HGTV, which is a green company? Such a dichotomy here.)

    "My opponent  [a Christian Dem with a Muslim background] has expressed his beliefs publicly that the United States is not a Christian nation; that the American flag should be removed from public buildings because it is a symbol of tyranny and oppression; that public prayer should be banned because it insults non-Christians; and that the Bible should be removed from public places."




    Kelly said his letter was not about religion but only about voting…..



    This guy, of course, is just one of the Republican brain trust that is ruining, er I mean, running this state.


    We have Stacy Campfield:
    "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s," he wrote.



    John Duncan is running again here:
    "Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) admits that he won’t extend middle-class tax cuts in order to keep control of the floor out of the hands of Democrats"

        Duncan's son also had a short-lived political career:
    "Despite his insistence on bringing trust back to the office, the record shows that within days of taking office, Duncan was approving state bonuses for himself and others in his office for a certification process that neither he nor the others had completed.  A year later in 2011, he did the same thing."




    Can't forget Marsha Blackburn:
    I guess she forgot:... On a national level, Tennessee ranks 43rd out of 50 states when it comes to unemployment, with 50 being the worst"



    Then there is our governor Bill Haslam, his brother and their family company:


    BUT…on the positive side: (Good work, VW)

    Maybe all these Repubs are not as smart as they think they are…or we are not as dumb as they'd like us to be.