Sunday, December 21, 2014

Let's Try This...

"Maybe lots of people support lots of things, and we can't twist that generalized support into blame for maniacs who decide to take up arms for their own demented reasons. Maybe that's a better idea after all."

I am sick and tired of the yelling, blaming, pointing fingers, lying, surmising, generalizing, name calling, racism, back-turning for spite, photo-opting, attention getting, ratings reaching, knee jerk reacting…and general spittle producing rhetoric that is rampant in today's society and media after the last few weeks. GET OVER YOURSELVES.

Yes, there is a problem with some cops in some areas…and the militarization of such people. Yes, there are some people that are just bad and given any opportunity will show their disdain, and even hatred, for those not like themselves. Yes, there are some folks….black and white…that do NOT think the law applies to them. But NOT everybody. And every police officer is NOT a saint. Remember that, Lynch, Kelly and Giuliani: Police acting like spoiled kids is disgusting to most of us, just like those in Congress. 

Todays' technology has certainly provided a window into what for years has been hidden….and as such, has brought what has been hidden and distasteful to the forefront where it needs to be addressed…NOT USED AS ATTACKS.

For decades media such as FOX, Breitbart, Limbaugh, NRO, and The Blaze have goaded and prodded in their own sly way the behavior we see now…and each time they look at the damage and say "what, me??"
This circle has to break….now. 

But I am not holding my breath……

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Well, That Certainly Explains It…..

UPDATE: In case you were still unconvinced about the conditions of the us versus them mentality of the police today:

The police and other law enforcement folks in this country cannot understand WHY ordinary, taxpaying people in this country do not really LIKE them. (Well, not all of them…just those that seem to think they are not only keeping the law: they ARE the law.)

Remember how they'd denigrated Eric Garner about his weight and medical conditions, saying "he brought about his own death?" How Michael Brown was a BIG obese kid…even though both he and Wilson were the same height? Really? 

"Employees in law enforcement have the highest rates of obesity among professions, …"

Of course all lot of them also seem to think that the Average Joe is a complete idiot, and it is up to THEM to inform US of our legal positions, even if we already are aware of them…or happen to be of a different color. There seems to be a reason for this attitude, too.

"The reason for the disqualification was literally because he had scored “too high” on an intelligence test…... 

Now…don't you all feel a whole lot safer now? Especially with all the surplus military gear being spread around for these guys to play with….

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's a Puzzlement…...

Well,  it doesn't get any plainer than this: we are living in a screwed up country.

* POLL FINDING OF THE DAY, OBAMA DERANGEMENT EDITION: A new Bloomberg poll finds that by a large margin of 55-34, Americans believe Republicans are acting “more out of antagonism towards Obama” than out of a “deep belief in their vision for the country.” By contrast, Americans believe by 54-36 that Obama is more driven by his vision than by antagonism towards Republicans. Perhaps the American people ought to have a word with our both-sides-to-blame pundits.
On the other hand, the poll also finds the GOP’s approval rating at a five year high while Obama has hit bottom. So maybe there’s no downside in being perceived as driven by antagonism towards Obama!
Hmmmmm…….I wonder what the problem could be?

Monday, December 8, 2014

The End Result….

Just saw a segment on CBS on how schools are getting by after all the cuts being demanded from them (not to mention the attrition of good teachers due to "teacher-shaming" from the Right). It proved to me just how well the "small government" folks in our country are doing, at our expense. We all know that teachers in the last decade or so have had to supply all sorts of teaching materials and everyday necessities for students….out of THEIR paychecks, that is. Now they have have to be more creative:
"Many school districts across the country face budget cuts just about every year. In Chicago, teachers are turning to crowdfunding website Donors Choose, which helps them raise funds for classroom necessities."

Why allocate more funds to our kids' education from government, federal or state budgets when you can get the taxpayers to pay for it (use the word "donate" to make them feel better about it). Then we can give more tax breaks to big corporations and the 1 percent... 

Same thing with helping workers: instead of asking billionaire business owners (let's say…..Walmart) to cut into their earnings to give employees more hours, better wages, and possibly healthcare, they let the taxpayers do it.
"..a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.”

All those overstocked, out of date, no longer useful bullet proof vests, tanks, tazers, and tear gas that the government contractors have produced, at a profit to shareholders and political investors alike, …..give or auction them off to state and local police forces.
That way you are "killing two birds with one stone"…..sorry… these articles of war a "peacetime" use, and keeping the people you despise the most at bay when they finally have had enough.  At least for awhile.

At this point I am afraid that the selfishness, greed, misinformation and not-bothered-to-be-concealed racism is finally winning. It will not always be this way; everything in this world comes and goes in cycles. I just makes me cringe to see that so many people…in government and otherwise….do not understand and do not even care enough to see how it ultimately affects their lives and those of their families.

“The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else. That higher civilization doesn’t have to be another country. It can be the past instead—the United States as it was before it was spoiled by immigrants and the enfranchisement of the blacks.
This state of mind allows too many of us to lie and cheat and steal from the rest of us, to sell us junk and addictive poisons and corrupting entertainments. What are the rest of us, after all, but sub-human aborigines?” 
― Kurt VonnegutBluebeard

And Lyndon Johnson had it right:If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."  Today, a winning strategy…….

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Welcome To 1984, Folks…...

     George Orwell was just a few decades off, but…

    "... this week, religious tyranny came to Michigan, with House Bill 5958, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This bill legalizes a Christian extremist’s religious freedom to discriminate, and commit other breaches in law and social mores. The law makes it legal to refuse service, deny employment, housing, and violate other citizens’ rights, any rights, if a theocrat claims it violates their religious freedom and objects on religious grounds."

    It has been reported by several outlets, yet this one goes into details that may have been glossed over..…and probably been hailed a "conservative Christian victory" on FOX. And it will be interesting to see what Justice Scalia has to say if Michigan's law is tested by the SCOTUS, since at one time he stated: "it would be “courting anarchy” to create exceptions every time a religious group claims that a law infringes on its religious freedom."

    Right Wing media has turned reality on it's head, as usual.

    There is no war on Christians or Christianity….it's just their war on everybody else…..

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    OK….I'm stealing here. I admit it.

    OK folks, once again, here’s the parody of the late Dean Martin’s signature hit “That’s Amore” — it’s called “That’s A Moron”: 
    In Foxie land where dumb is king,
    When Sean is on here’s what we say:

    When you spew right wing views
    And your friends all hate Jews,
    That’s A Moron,
    When you lie with such glee,
    With an IQ of three,
    That’s A Moron,
    Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling,
    And your friends will salivate,
    Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay,
    Don’t peddling hate pay so great,
    When the spin makes you croak,
    Like a nut-zoid on coke,
    That’s A Moron,
    When you bitch and you moan, like a paranoid clone,
    You’re insane,
    When you rally your troops with your big piles of poop,
    Jesus weeps,
    ‘Scu-za me, can’t you see, here in reality,
    That’s A Moron, That’s A Moron, That’s A Moron! 
    ………………………….  comment  (Thank you, sir.)

    Could NOT have said it better myself...

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    White Cop, Black Victim:

    Update: Now it's Friday……I give up.

    Update: It is now 5:00 Thursday, Dec. 4 and as of yet there is NO mention of Eric Garner on the online website front page.

    Ignorance and indifference is alive and well here in knoxville….
    at least in the the KNOXVILLE NEWS, on-line version anyway, our source of all news they feel you need to know. Not one word about the Eric Garner grand jury "no bill" decision and the resulting peaceful demonstrations in New York City and across the country. Just a few disparaging stories on the Michael Brown decision…mostly from the perspective of "those black thugs asked for it." (Of course I'm sure folks around here are pissed off that a sympathetic demonstration was going on  at the University of Tennessee…those disruptions were brought to the fore.) I don't remember reading but a paragraph about Tamar Rice, at the twelve year old shot by a cop, either. 

    Folks around here get all their news from FOX. What more do you need? Well, maybe they at least heard this in passing: Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX staple as a legal analyst, stated that the death was negligent homicide.

    The officer who caused the death of Eric Garner is not new to such behavior.
    ".. Pantaleo falsely claimed that he saw crack and heroin in the backseat of the car—everyone in the vehicle was arrested, but the charges were subsequently dismissed."

    The policeman that killed Tamar Rice was already fired once, and unfit for duty.
    According to the personnel file, supervisors questioned Loehmann's maturity and were already in the process of removing him from the police department when he left."

    Not to mention the baldly farcical grand jury hearing held by Prosecutor McCulloch, who led the jury in the direction he wanted by "dumping" all evidence on them with no instruction, discarding witnesses who did not conform to his version of what happened, and giving false instructions to the jury of nine white and three black persons. I didn't even mention that Darren Wilson was allowed to tell his rehearsed "testimony", unquestioned' for four hours……highly unusual.

    "Also, the assistant to the prosecutor gave the jurors an outdated…now illegal…law on which to judge all the "evidence' they were to present. Then after everything was presented she said, in essence "oh, never mind…we goofed….my bad."

    Nobody is saying that Michael Brown was totally innocent. Nobody is denying that Eric Garner had not been in trouble before. Yes, Tamar Rice had a fake gun…as did John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio (my Alma Mater, by the way). But what the heck is wrong in a country that now has a militarized police force that feels the "shoot first, ask questions later" route is the way to go? Are these "big strong guys" now afraid of ALL black people? Is human life…somebody else's anyway…that unimportant to them? Has the "us versus them" mentality that the Right loves to push on media such as FOX and RW radio really taken hold? 
    I am totally disgusted….and the people here in Knoxville are more concerned with which new restaurant to go to, the Vols finally going to a Bowl game once more, or when the First Baptist Church is having it's Christmas program…..