Monday, April 13, 2015

New Twist: For Your Protection: "Reserve " Cops

Seems like there is an interesting twist to Mr. Reserve Cop: 

"Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World."

Sooooo.….did he forget the difference between a taser and a handgun? And why can't other 73 year-olds get (BUY) new jobs in their fields? Just asking…..

This is one truly great article. I am not even going to change a word for a personal blog…just read, and pass it on.

"And that’s why our state legislature wants ordinary citizens out armed and concealed-carrying, in parks and schools and everywhere else. They don’t have to pay for that, do they? These are volunteers “playing cop,” too

“Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” 

This is how civil society dies. It starts by denigrating all things public — public employees, public schools, public servants of all kinds. Make “public” a bad word, tell everyone you can do a better job yourself (or the private sector can)."

As a liberal gal in the same Red State, I have a constant headache from banging it against the wall….daily.

Oh, and this: 
Icing on the cake.

Friday, April 10, 2015


What part of that do you NOT understand, Southern Baptists ??

I am soooo sick of these "conservative Christians" thinking that they are the arbiters of truth and light for the rest of this country. And I am sick and tired of them using their "religious freedom" to force the rest of us to live the way THEY think we should. And I am REALLY disgusted with the fact that they continue to disparage the poor, make them jump through hoops for assistance, shame them for being in their poverty……all the while these same churches do NOT contribute one darn cent (by way of taxes) to the betterment of this country.

Everybody in the SBC should pray for the Supreme Court to decide THEIR way:
  • God can turn the hearts and minds of the justices to do his will (Prov. 21:1). Pray for the Supreme Court justices, that they would be receptive to the arguments being made passionately before them.
  • God can guide the mind and speech (Exod. 4:11-12). Pray for lead attorneys who will be arguing on behalf of the states seeking to uphold marriage. Ask God to give them clarity and wisdom, for their arguments to be persuasive, and for God to give them favor before the justices.
  • God can give understanding to make sound decisions (Prov. 2:6-8). Pray for those who disagree with us, that God would help them understand and respect the opinions of those whose definition of marriage is grounded in the biblical witness……...

Did you get that last one about "respecting the opinions of those who disagree" with them? Oh, the hypocrisy doth the flow like wine on Communion Sunday.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Random Acts of Religious Freedom?

UPDATE: What do You think?
"One such ALEC conference was held in North Carolina. “While nobody can say for sure where the next religious freedom law bill will pop up, it’s probably a safe bet to look at where their most recent national conferences were held and where the next one will be,” says Meyer." 

If you are as fed up, disgusted, and ready to SCREAM about all those poor persecuted conservative (white) Christians as I am…take heart. This country is being run like one big giant school yard and the Bullies with the Bibles (they've never read….) are beating us over the head and getting away with it. Or at least they have a bigger voice. (Have you ever been to a Southern Baptist Revival? I have. Left the SBC when I was in my teens…their hypocrisy was evident even then….)

Grab a cup of coffee, or glass of sweet tea (I live in the south…) are read this. SPREAD IT AROUND, too. 

"Christian fundamentalists in this country are practiced at claiming marginalization and oppression. “They’re always saying they’re kept out of the public square, and that’s baloney,” said Marci Hamilton, a constitutional law expert and the author of “God vs. the Gavel.” “They’re all over the public square."……from a NY Times article by Frank Bruni.

And besides, are we not supposed to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you?"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Politics is Personal……In Wilmington, Ohio

You probably remember hearing of this southwestern Ohio town a few years ago: a major employer DHL US Express was closing its transportation hub, causing a loss of 7,000 jobs. The community was cast into the spotlight by the media as an example of devastation wreaked by the loss of jobs in a faltering economy at the time. It was featured on an episode of 60 Minutes. Even Glen Beck got into the act…but I digress.

Wilmington's mayor is a man of great personal and business experience, and has shown his varied political leadership skills. Whether heading up departments, developing programs and laboratories at Clinton Memorial Hospital over the years, or leadership on the many boards and civic programs in which he has served, the mayor obviously is a man to be reckoned with. He has served the community also as an EMT and firefighter, and has been duly recognized for all his accomplishments. He was once even awarded the Civic Leader of the year. He is a well-known figure, counting business owners and administrators as his friends, such as those in banking and mortgage fields.

A woman began working for a mortgage bank in Wilmington about a year ago. She had twenty-five years of experience, progressing in her field, and traveling across the country setting up offices, training new hires, and reorganizing branches for such companies as Norwest Mortgage, PNC, Wells Fargo and Bank of America among others. She was a supervisor, a division head, a vice president.  She interviewed, evaluated, and worked with employees to make sure all company goals were met in a timely and accurate manner, and taking action to correct any problems.  Just a couple weeks ago she received her own employment evaluation. There was nothing but praise for her accomplishments…the fact that she had turned her division around "360 degrees," meeting and exceeding all that was expected of her. The company was very pleased with her work. She received a raise, and a bonus as well.

Imagine how she felt last Friday as she was called in and summarily relieved of her duties. In the thinly veiled, grasping for "gotcha" reasons, one thing was blindingly clear: in the course of her completing her job as required…she  recently had to terminate the mayor's daughter.

In the words of FAUX news: We report. You decide. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Traveling to Nashville in April?

You might want to check those hotel reservation dates against THIS:

Of course, there will be all kinds of exciting frivolity:

Not to be left out of any important guns-and-glory-attention-getting, money-collecting-relevance-seeking…….Mama Grizzley Herownself will be there:

"Just because we host a convention like the NRA does not mean the city embraces or endorses their platform and positions," said Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard….
"Whether we agree with them politically or not should not be the threshold. The threshold should be we are a welcoming city, a hospitality city, and we want to welcome every group here whether we agree with them or not, …"

Doesn't sound like Indiana, does it? But I'm sure that to most folks coming to this GunCon…..being armed is their religion.

But you might still be able to keep those reservations at your favorite restaurant: 

There are numerous restaurants within close proximity to the Music City Center, many of which are posted against carry by permitted individuals.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Color Me Surprised…...

Tea Party member Senator Tom Cotton, author of the infamous "we're telling you Iranians not to deal with that Muslim-Kenyan usurper in our White House" letter signed by 47 senators, presented to the leaders of Iran…...translated into Farsi so they "can understand it"……..has a strong military background and he's not afraid to use it.

Tomorrow, 24 hours later, Cotton will appear at an “Off the Record and strictly Non-Attribution” event with the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors.                                   
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."        Dwight D. Eisenhower
This is the same senator who pushed legislation that would "punish any family member of those people, [who committed civil rights violations associated with the Iranian government] to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree," including, "parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids," 
And just for added insight:
Jeepers, where do they find these people?

Monday, March 9, 2015

We're In Charge Here….

This action may not have gone as well as intended:
Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that "in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. 
….added that "I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law."

Would somebody PLEASE tell me how much farther this complete and arrogant disregard for the man in the White House can possibly go? (See what I did there?)

It's NOT enough that none of the Congressmen invited to have lunch or dinner with President Obama soon after his first electoral win accepted his offer……they were BUSY with governing things, I am sure. It's NOT enough that within 24 hours of his swearing in that a large of group of Republicans met in secret and vowed to oppose everything this man intended to do….even before he presented it. It's NOT enough that Mitch McConnell publicly stated that his one job was to make "Obama a one term president." (How'd that turn out, Mitch?)

It's NOT enough that when the President worked for (and Congress passed) a healthcare initiative for the people of this country…and it was a plan endorsed and presented by the Right Wing Heritage Foundation years ago…the GOP raised holy hell and have been dead set on gutting for years now. (As well as voting rights, women's reproductive rights and equal pay, citizenship for immigrants, the education system, and unions.) It is NOT bad enough that Boehner was thinking of uninviting Mr. Obama to the Annual Prayer Breakfast and  telling him to "mail in" his State of the Union speech. It's NOT enough that they have their "unofficial" own FOX network to keep repeating their fear and falsehoods to the masses.

John Boehner and his cohorts not only thought it was a great idea for the Repubs to ask Netanyahu, Israel Prime Minister, to bolster their threat of war against Iran and also improve HIS election chances. (A two-for, in their minds.) This, in their thinking showed, who the leaders in THIS country were….and it wasn't Obama. Never mind that Bibi was just as much an propagandist and liar as they are.

NOW, in another act of defiance…and almost sedition…several Republican Congressman have actually WRITTEN a letter (signed their real names and everything) to the leader of Iran telling him NOT to agree to anything, or to sign anything anything with President Obama: 

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

In other words…."don't get too friendly with the black guy in the White House 'cause when we get in we're gonna kick your ass."

Or as this Republican says: "The end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so speak," Sen. Tom Cotton said in January, speaking at a conservative conference hosted by the advocacy group Heritage Action for America.

Seems like this has escaped their memory:
The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.