As short note to start a new thread. Rick’s recent commemnt made me think of a good poll/question:
Is Obama Incompetent? Yes, No, Yes/No Please explain if applicable.
As short note to start a new thread. Rick’s recent commemnt made me think of a good poll/question:
Battlefield America: The War on the American People
By John W. Whitehead
April 20, 2015
“A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.”—John Salter
We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story.
As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by the American police state. In between, we have charted a course from revolutionaries fighting for our independence and a free people establishing a new nation to pioneers and explorers, braving the wilderness and expanding into new territories.
I couldn’t help but enjoying Black Flags very optimistic demise of the American Empire that he recently posted. Using the historical demise of Rome as an example, I found it to be a refreshing view of today’s turbulent times. I have just about given up on predicting the future, as it’s nearly impossible, with some exceptions. Exceptions, while not really predictions, but an understanding of events that are likely to occur in the future. One such prediction I feel is very plausible is a major power outage. This could be a local issue due to weather, it could be regional, also due to weather or maybe an attack on the electrical grid. It could also be a National event, due to a major solar storm or a nuclear EMP attack by one of our many enemies. I think we all can agree, that a few short years ago the “Cold War” was part of the history books. Now, it has reared it’s ugly head again. Without electricity, this nation could regress very quickly into a very dangerous place. Let’s hope that any power outages are just kept down in size and scope.
Lies, lies, everywhere there are lies. What the hell is the truth anymore? How many lies have been told by the current administration in D.C.? Or the last five or six administrations? Far too many to write about in a blog post. Maybe one thing our Liar-N-Chief has stated in the past is the love of Lincoln and likening himself to the same. Here’s an excerpt from a recent article about Lincoln from here: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/04/13/power-lies/
The purpose of Lincoln’s war was to save the empire, not to abolish slavery. In his first inaugural address Lincoln “made an ironclad defense of slavery.” His purpose was to keep the South in the Empire despite the Morrill Tariff. As for slavery, Lincoln said: “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” This position, Lincoln reminded his audience, was part of the 1860 Republican Party platform. Lincoln also offered his support for the strong enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act, which required Northerners to hunt down and return runaway slaves, and he gave his support to the Corwin Amendment to the Constitution, already passed by Northern votes in the House and Senate, that prohibited any federal interference with slavery. For Lincoln and his allies, the empire was far more important than slaves.
Lincoln was likely a very bad President when it came to silencing those opposed to him, as bad as the Nazi’s of German lore in the 30’s and 40’s. Had Lincoln not been assassinated, it’s possible he could have been President for a very long time. Possibly, until he died. His claim of saving the Union and freeing the slaves could have made all of this possible. Fast forward to our time and maybe there is a lot about Obama that gives his “I’m like Lincoln” claim some validity. He has clamped down on those who oppose him, notably in the military hierarchy. The IRS and DOJ attacks against law abiding citizens is also another example of what a modern day Lincoln may have done or did do back in his day.
The only thing missing is a major war. Or maybe it just hasn’t started yet.
As I write this, it’s only a day away from April 1st, which was at one time a very fun day for me. I put together some rather extravagant jokes when I used to work at the hospital in Ohio. All of which played out perfectly. Screwing with the wildlife these days just don’t seem to have the same affect :) It is time for a new thread to go up to keep these bustling along at a rapid pace. PEACE!
Well, here we are on March 23rd and it’s a whole 14 degrees outside. WTF? I’m sure that ALL of us in the North are quite tired of winter and the cold. I have dreams of sunshine and 80’s with a chance of a thunderstorm. That’s summer weather for the most part around here. I have made a prediction with a friend of mine, based on current events (that I have linked too) involving the US and Russia. That one is simple, before Sept 2016, a nuke will go off somewhere on US soil (hopefully just one). Yes, it’s a bold and probably a crazy prediction, but I put it out there for all to see. I won’t hurt my feelings if anyone calls me crazy either, as I’m used to it, so fire away. I’ll be following these events and post anything important as they come available. Hopefully, I’m really wrong. I won’t be losing any money, so that’s no big deal. However, if I’m right, we could be experiencing communication problems. In the meantime, we can all chat about the normal stuff that we chat about. Enjoy my Friends :)
Spring is just a couple day away! Many of us who live in the North look forward to some warmer weather. It’s been a cold winter, unusually cold where I live. I’ve seen cold weather in the past, it’s not a big surprise, but it sucks none the less :) We are heading into some unknown territory on many fronts as a nation. Times will be very interesting going forward, Good Luck.
Good Morning SUFA! As we continue on our journey we call life, I can’t help but be concerned as to the health and wellbeing of our friend Life of Illusion. I will try and contact him today. On an other note, it seems that Russia is getting ready for some big announcement. The Flag over the Kremlin is oddly missing for the second straight day. What many people think is that Putin’s newly born child will become very famous this weekend. Considering what is being constructed for this announcement, this must be one really big baby, LOL. I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!
LOI doesn’t have a new article lined up and Purple is getting long.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if she decides to seek the White House again she would try to bring Republicans from red states and Democrats in blue states into a “nice, warm, purple space”…
“Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who is flirting with a Republican presidential bid in 2016, took some tough shots Tuesday at the likely Democratic front-runner – effectively accusing Hillary Clinton of running for office on a record of air travel.
“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” Fiorina said. “But unlike Hillary Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”
Fiorina spoke in Atlanta at a luncheon hosted by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. It marked at least the second time in as many months she has gone hard after Clinton; Fiorina previously criticized Clinton during an address last month at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines.
On Tuesday, Fiorina said that despite Clinton’s extensive travel as secretary of state, “every place in the world is more dangerous today than it was six years ago.”
She also went after Clinton over recent reports on how the Clinton Foundation had lifted its own ban on foreign donations, and potential conflicts of interest that could arise from that should Clinton run for the White House.
“Really? This is the best we can do is to have yet another decade of campaign finance scandals?” Fiorina said.”
I see a lot of good and bad with Rubio. Overall it’s good, but just barely better than Bush or Trump. I think the attraction we have for him may be his electability. He is suitable to to the Repug base and would attract some minority voters. So it comes down to, not would he be a good POTUS, but could he beat the Democrat’s?
On the issue of Homeland Security funding, yes the Repug’s are playing political games. So are the Democrats. They will not allow a vote in the senate. Both are guilty and our commander in chief is the worst. But I for one don’t think it is that urgent. Homeland did not protect Boston. To me it is a largely ineffective bureaucracy. I see stories on Homeland Security arresting sex offenders and NFL copyright offenders and wonder how terroristic those crimes were? My belief is local police and citizens provide the most security. It would help if the border patrol were allowed to do their jobs.
Donald Trump keeps teasing us with a possible run for POTUS. I can see many good things he would accomplish. He knows business and economics. He knows how to make deals and would likely be able to work with both parties to accomplish his goals. And there is where I start having concerns. Would his agenda be good for America, of good for Trump? He knows real estate. Would he reform Freddy/Fannie and advert another housing bubble, or reward himself and his investor friends?
In the end, I don’t think it matters. He would be competent on domestic issues. On foreign affairs, he scares me almost as much as our current POTUS. On Iraq he has stated several times we should have kept their oil. Sounds like a “Robber Baron” foreign policy to me. And while it might be good for our military industrial complex, I don’t think it will be good for America or the world.
I like Ted Cruz. I think it’s great when someone stands up to their own party. But, does he have what it takes to be president?
Jeb Bush thinks he can ride Common Core to the White House. He is using it as a litmus test to prove he is not a scary conservative and will not upset the federal gravy train. This is a grave misjudgment. It will be as toxic for him, as Romneycare was for Romney.
Bush would usher in the complete capitulation of our education system to the progressive agenda.
I like Sara Palin. By most accounts, she did a good job as Alaska’s Govern. She has said things I agree with and has been out front on many issues such as the “Death Panels”. But I find it hard to think of her as my pick for POTUS. She is more qualified and has the qualities I look for, but something is lacking. Her humor appeals to me, reminding me of Reagan’s which was both charming and effective. Am I applying a double standard? Maybe… In the end I think there is a lack of substance to her positions. Anyone can oppose and find fault with what another has done. But a leader will put forth a plan, stake out a position. Be firm with Russia? What does that mean? “Double, supersecret probation”? And I think this goes for all who court this office.
The race for the Republican nomination has started. It is vital that Republicans nominate a conservative leader who will use Republican political strength to implement a peaceful, lawful, but revolutionary change in the way Washington does business.
Establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney do not see the need for radical change and do not have the rhetorical skills to make the case for such change. Moreover, RINO nominees have proven electoral poison in presidential elections. Scott Walker offers the best chance to win the general election and then to use a Republican Congress to transform American government.
My first pick as of today would be Rand Paul. I think we play the role of the world’s policeman too often. At the same time, we were attacked on the 11th of September. If there is to be a fight, I would rather it be on their property than in America. So can we critique Senator Paul?
Dale says: “Looking at the list of republicans who want to run for president, I get the weird feeling even Bernie Sanders, socialist senator from VT could beat them.”
Yes, but why? Can most of us here at SUFA agree on a candidate? How about for an experiment, we review first, the Republican candidates on foreign policy. I will post a page on each one and ask all to start with what they like and dislike on their position on foreign policy.
JAC had some great comments starting with:
“The entire debate over US foreign policy is linked to WWI and then WWII. Especially Hitler’s legacy and how it has been used in the USA.
We have argued moral and ethical principles long enough to easily see why it is NOT OUR BUSINESS.
But then the Specter of Hitler causes us to gasp……….”but if we stopped them now we might be saving millions in the long run”.
Of course, we have no way of knowing if this is true, false or only partially true. And once we allow the emotion of the “Hitler phenomenon” to take hold, we sacrifice our principles of non aggression.
I submit that if it were not for Hitler and the Nazis the USA would not be embroiled in wars around the world. The citizens would not stand for it and the elite would not have the propaganda tool needed to get their approval.”
An article at American Thinker caught my eye, a small part reads:
Now it is my assertion that the vast majority of GOP politicians over the last century can be classified into one of the following three categories:
- RINOs – meaning that they do not really believe that progressivism and big government are bad for America – it’s just that the Democrats are screwing it up and Republicans should be entrusted with the task of implementing the progressive agenda because they will do it more efficiently and cost effectively than liberal Democrats have or could.
- CRUELs – that is, confused Republicans who are unable to exercise leadership. These are conservative politicians whose hearts and minds may be in the right place, but they are unable to: (i) articulate their beliefs; (ii) explain the connection between progressivism and the ills that beset the nation; (iii) describe clearly how conservative policies will enhance liberty and economic prosperity; and (iv) deflect the vicious slanders that the Democrats hurl at them.
- CCCs – that is committed, conservative constitutionalists. These are politicians who have a clear understanding of what the progressives have wrought and how the country has changed. They can envision and describe the bleak future that awaits us if we don’t have a major course correction. Furthermore, such people also have a clear idea of what must be done to return the country to its founding ethos, re-institute the ideals of free market capitalism, constitutional and limited governance, and American exceptionalism and thereby restore the republic. Moreover, they can explain these ideas clearly and simply.
So is there a savior in the crowded field? If so, who is it? Well, here are my assessments of the various candidates (the list will not be exhaustive).
RINOs: Romney, Christie, Graham, Snyder, Ehrlich, Gilmore, Kasich;
CRUELS: Santorum, Perry, Palin, Cain, Bachmann, Paul;
CCCs: Cruz, Carson, Pence, Walker, Bolton.
You have, of course, noted several missing names: Bush, Huckabee, Rubio, Jindal, Ryan. These are the folks that I am unable to definitively pigeon-hole. Several (like Huckabee, Rubio and Jindal) are not RINOs, but I can’t decide between the other two categories. The other two (Bush and Ryan) might be RINOs, but I am not sure.
President Obama has stated the Paris attackers do not represent Islam. It seems half the media want the story to be about the backlash and/or racism against Muslims. I ask, who gets to name their belief? ISIS/ISIL state they act on behalf of the Prophet. Boko Haram just slaughtered some 2,000 and claim their belief in Islam as justification. The French seem to accept the attackers were Islamic. But a kinder, wiser, more interested in football President of the United States thinks they are all wrong.(1)
Police just arrested a man threatening to kill John Boehner. The man was a bartender with a history of mental illness. He also claims to be Jesus Christ. Does that make him a Christian? Do I have to accept that label? I think not. What Christian organizations are calling for anyone’s death? There is a difference in what a lone madman does compared to the acts of large, worldwide organizations. If Al Qaeda claims the Paris terrorists and they claim to have struck for Al Queada, who gets to redefine them?
As a side note, it seems pictures of the Prophet are allowed. (2) Insulting the Prophet would be another matter, but Christians have also endured equal insults without responding with violence. As for Obama & his opinion, when has he been right about anything? And yet he speaks for America….
A slang basketball term for “in you’re face”!
Here is the relevant portion of the interview transcript, as published by the Post.
Q: You know where this is going, though. Even in the period that you’ve been on vacation in the last couple of weeks, in Iraq, in Syria, of course, in Africa, al-Qaeda is resurgent.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but, David, I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
Q: But that JV team jus[t] took over Fallujah.
THE PRESIDENT: I understand. But when you say took over Fallujah –
Q: And I don’t know for how long.
THE PRESIDENT: But let’s just keep in mind, Fallujah is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology is a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.
The transcript shows that the president was asked about al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Iraq, Syria and Africa, which would include ISIS, when the president made his remark about the “JV team.”
Recent coverage of the Paris terrorist attack leaves me wondering if anyone in the media ever listens to their own words.
“The attack was very well planed”.
“Originally, they went to the wrong address”.
“The attack was very well executed”.
“The first lead was one of the attackers left his license in the getaway car”.
One discussion stared with one of them being a “pot-smoking, pizza delivery guy ten years ago. OK, he changed his career path and fought & trained to be a terrorist.
Another noted the similarities between the Boston & Paris attacks. Two cities, two brothers.
What brilliant insight! Can you link it to them having penises? One issue I will buy into is the economic environment you males face. Self destructive behavior is rarely rewarded. School drop-outs face a hard battle to prosper. Pot smoking bums usually get what the earn. Since they don’t work, they earn very little. Not surprising some blame the world for not rewarding them. The stand-out in most reporting is they were Islamic. The media continues to insist these were not Muslims. Sorry, but it does not matter what you or President Obama label them. They describe themselves as Muslim. That is the only relevant, common factor.
Junior Varsity is however, a proper comparison with the standard of reporting we are getting…
“A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The second amendment as written and intended, died years and years ago. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could restrict firearms ownership. Machine guns now require a federal license. Fighter jets and tanks are tightly controlled and always unarmed.
Last year, Arkansas passed a law intended to clear up the language in the law allowing carrying a firearm in a vehicle. It has & is legal to transport if unloaded & the ammo stored separate where it cannot be loaded quickly or easily, and you are on a journey. (or any other lawful reason to have a firearm) (1) Poor wording of the revision led many county attorney generals to interpret it as allowing open carry as a constitutional right. The Arkansas State Police have issued their own opinion that open carry is not legal and they will arrest any and all that make that attempt.
Sadly, I find myself conflicted. I lean libertarian & want as few laws and restrictions as possible. I am a strong supporter in the second amendment and especially the right to defend yourself. But I do not want to see open carry expanded. Arkansas, along with Texas, South Carolina and Oklahoma restricted open carry during the post-Civil war Reconstruction era. About a dozen states allow open carry of handguns without requiring a permit. Another dozen allow with a permit similar to a concealed carry permit. Some states also allow open carry of long guns such as shotguns or rifles.
Notice, I do not ask for any restrictions or new laws be passed in these open carry states. I simply do not think it wise to push for more open carry. My concern is it will be used to commit a crime. Be it a terrorist, foreign or domestic that parades into a crowded event, heavily armed, and attempts a massacre. Or peaceful protesters, such as in Ferguson, are infiltrated by armed thugs, intent on violence. If open carry is legal in that state, any attempt by police to ascertain the legality of the armed individuals will be decried racist. And after blood is shed, they will blame the police for failing to protect the public.
And my fear is some on the left want such an occurrence to promote more restrictive national gun laws. Ronald Ritchie,(2) the “witness” who reported John Crawford to 911, insisting he was a threat, later recanted his story. Anti-gun activists are advocating reporting of any open carry. (3) Was John Crawford “Swatted”?
And some will say, why insist on restricting our freedoms on what if’s? I will agree they have a point. I will also point out, in the 90’s, a man was wondering “what if” I can get some of my followers to hijack an airplane and fly it into a skyscraper…. So what if we all agree there are threats in today’s world. What is the best way to combat them while allowing the most freedom?
And just now, a terrorist attack in Paris. France has very tough gun control laws. “They were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and are also believed to have had a rocket-propelled grenade.”
1. How did they get their weapons?
2. What other laws would have prevented this?
3. Would open carry help or hinder the police & government?
Happy New Year!
One thing I can celebrate this season is I do not live in NY City. (Or anywhere near St. Louis)(Or any other large, mufti-generational controlled Democratic city) With the protests escalating, I wondered how popular is their mayor? De Blasio beat Lhota 72.2% to 24%. Voter turnout set a new record low of only 24 percent of registered voters. After the recent murder of two officers, he has called for calm and a pause in the protests. And he is being mostly ignored. I wonder if that surprises him? He won a “landslide”. But with only one quarter of those registered to vote bothering to cast a ballot, he can’t claim any popular mandate. Another number, it appears only one third of New Yorkers register to vote. De Blasio won three quarters of one quarter of one third? Being generous with some rounding, I make that to be about seven cents out of a dollar he can claim as supporters?
I feel sorry for Mayor De Blasio. He is mayor of a city that does not like or respect him. He or his administration seem to have ordered a crackdown on tax evaders selling bootleg cigarets that resulted in a nationally witnessed, tragic death. He then castigated his own police force for their actions despite his involvement. Some free advice Mr. Mayor, more prayer from you and less talk. You are the part of the problem, not part of the solution guy. And the holiday’s are a big revenue producer for the city? How much is raked in due to New Years Eve celebrations? So you have a welcomed mob celebrating and possibly a violent mob protesting? Will alcohol be added?
I hope the mayor and all have a blessed Christmas, with love, joy and family. Sadly, I think this reflects how many now view Christmas.
Australia has just suffered a terrorist attack. On Morning Joe they said they had “lost their innocence”. They were making the same statement when Canada had that attack on Parliament. At first I agreed or accepted their description, but now after consideration, I say no. Was this either of their first mass attack? Answer, no(1), no(2), many, many no’s… It’s unlikely any country is innocent or a virgin to violence. Instead a case might be made for Islamic terrorism.
What is the difference between an Islamic terrorist and the Oklahoma bomber? To the majority of us, I suspect we do not care. None of our values excuse using violence against innocents because you don’t like their religion, government or whatever their cause. It is simply, criminally insane. The one difference I can see is there are Islamic states or nations. ISIS, Iran and others are willing to wage war. Timothy McVeigh did not raise an army against the FBI or IRS and start conquering sections of the USA. (and how many of us would join an anti-IRS army?)
Muslims insist women be treated differently, to say the least. Most Muslim countries severely restrict women’s rights and allowable activities. They are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan the Taliban does not want them to be allowed to attend school.(3)
I’m not offended or bothered by the “lost innocence” remarks. I think we have all been there with an death or tragedy, struggling for something to say. But for the hosts of a supposedly serious show on news and opinion, I don’t see much thought behind the remark. If anything, I see an active attempt to frame the discussion away from the differences. A terrorist attack claiming to represent a minor fringe movement is very different than one who attacks in the name of the second largest practiced religion in the world. There are 2.2 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims. I was very pleased to see after the attack in Australia, a new universal condemnation issued by the Muslim groups in Australia. As a Christian, I reject anyone who kills and claims it’s in Christ’s name.
Recently I watched the Sandra Bullock movies, “Miss Congeniality” 1 & 2 with my family. A lot of laughs & it made me think about all the contestants asking for world peace. And don’t most people in the world want peace? But if so, why is there so much conflict? I think much of it in the Middle East is religious. There seem to be various factions of Islam that refuse to allow other factions of Islam, any Jews or Christians or any non- believers to live in peace (except as slaves). I don’t think we will be answering that one anytime soon.
But what about the rest of the conflicts/wars? And this may be part of the cause of M.E. strife. The first Gulf War as at least fought in part because Kuwait was overproducing oil and driving the price down which caused Iraq economic distress.(1) Russia has invaded former providence’s.(2) They have shut off and manipulated the oil, natural gas and coal they supply to Europe and these former Providences.(3 & 4) The US and many NATO partners have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to their aggressions. Crimea is again, part of Russia. Will Ukraine follow? It’s already a cold winter for them over there and energy (heat) supplies are scarce. I feel sorry for them and their situation, independence or freeze?
Consider also the impact other players have on world economics. The US is now the largest oil-producing nation and this has driven the price of oil down. OPEC has responded by NOT cutting production, which caused more price drops. While I think this is a good thing for the US and the world in general, Russia and the OPEC nations suffer because of the results. Ask yourself, how do you view Japan? Friend and we love their cars & TV’s? The same Japan that declared war on the USA as retaliation for the US cutting off oil sales. It did not work out for them as well as they planned, but there can be consequences for any action.
Another facet is currency manipulation. It’s funny that members of our government complain because China plays games with their monetary value while we announce our Quantitative Easing 1, 2 & 3 policy. Is it OK for the US because we came up with such a cool name? It seems every country is doing nearly the same.(5 & 6)
I for one, am an advocate of US energy independence or at least the pursuit of that goal. I think lowering the cost of energy is beneficial to the majority of the world in general, and especially for the US individually. Another benefit might be to reduce world conflicts, especially terrorism. If oil drops from “Black gold” to silver, there will be less funding for terrorists. Russia has also been increasing tensions with military flights comparable to the “cold war” era. Russia and OPEC have also been supporting some of the “green” agenda’s in the US. Imagine that, the Saudi’s are willing to pay for anti-fracking movements, film’s, etc…
At the same time I applaud what is happening to the energy market, I have reservations on the sanctions and currency manipulation that we engage. Oil price fluctuations are more a “free market” result. The others are deliberate actions of governments against other governments. They can be considered hostile acts. They can be grounds for war. It would be foolish for Iran, Russia or any other nation to directly attack America. But then, was the 9/11 a direct attack? No nation took credit or blame. Afghanistan was invaded for harboring the terrorists, not for the attack.
I wish I could think of a clever, sage closing to express my thoughts…. Maybe if I borrow from someone else? Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro described the move as imposing “insolent imperialist sanctions”.(7)
I am a (pale) white male living in middle America. I recently have spoken to two black male (African-American) friends on the Ferguson shooting and unrest. (PS, they are not offended by the term black, nor I white or many other descriptive terms) One friend is outraged insisting race has to be a factor in the shooting and acquittal. He has been the target of profiling and I believe him to be correct in many of his experiences, he was guilty only of being black. But I too have been “profiled”, many times as a teenager & young man. I think nearly everyone in America has felt themselves subject to unfair treatment at the hands of multiple “civil servants”. Life ain’t fair.
Our other friend is also a cop. He was reluctant to offer an opinion on Ferguson. I pressed him, what would he do as a police officer facing a 300 lb., 6’8″ Michael Brown. “Man, I don’t know”. “It would be tough.” But if someone grabs and punches a cop like that, he will not be walking away? “No, they’re gonna take him down”. Right, whatever force required…. Necessary force.
What bothers me most is the media generated frenzy over this and Travon Martin. I’m not happy or wishing anyone death, but in both cases the evidence shows them to be the aggressors, not the victims. I asked the first friend if he had heard of John Crawford. No, he had not, but after my pestering, now he does. A 12 yr old was shot in Cleveland for holding a BB gun. How can that be, the media cries! Another innocent child shot for no reason except being black!
Sorry, but I can’t agree on this one. A shame? Yes, a tragic shame. But the police were called saying he was waving & pointing a gun at passer’s by. The “gun” also had the orange safety tip removed, which may or may not have had an effect. They were responding to a deadly threat. I wish we were not in a world where police are so keyed up to threats but there have been mass shootings by 12 yr old’s and younger. Had the child done everything perfectly, I would like to think it would have been one of those memorable life experiences for all. But he didn’t. I don’t blame him for not understanding a life or death command to “drop it” or “show me your hands”. I don’t blame the parents for him being out on a park bench with a BB gun that looked like a real gun. I don’t blame the cops. Blame won’t help here…
I asked my friend his thoughts on the Garner Grand Jury verdict. He was surprised the protests were so peaceful. He said he hoped the “black community would unite and continue to protest this crime.” I asked him if he was prejudice? WHAT? Why would you ask me that? Because even though I agree with you on the NY jury decision, you excluded me from your protests. I don’t agree they did it because he was black & the point there is you or I could never prove it anyway. You can prove they violated their “no choke hold” procedure. You can prove excessive force. You can prove involuntary manslaughter. But if you make it about race, you lose me.
I think we should be having a conversation about police use of excessive force. I don’t see the media, the president or any of those with the ability to have these conversations truthfully seeking to have them. The one’s they champion are the wrong examples. John Crawford was, IMO, “gunned down”. As with the 12 yr old, police were advised someone had a gun and was threatening others. The caller has now admitted he lied.(1) He made two calls claiming Crawford was loading an assault rifle, pointing it and children, etc… Here I am tempted to blame and use some name calling, but I’ll leave that to others. But even with those calls, as I see it, the police did not follow procedure. The shot an innocent man in the back without properly evaluating the situation or allowing him a chance to surrender. And again I say, race was/is not a factor.
But excessive force? That is what I see with Garner. I think police should be judged and held accountable when they exceed their authority. Are they public servants or our masters? Sometimes that happens.(2)
Springsteen wrote “American Skin (41 Shots)” to protest the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo. Yes, a black man. The defense is he reached for his wallet/ID. Right or wrong, police perceive any attempt to reach into pants/pockets, etc, as a likely threat. They react as if you are reaching for a gun.(3) If there is an honest desire to have a “conversation”, I say we have to leave out the race card. Since the media won’t, maybe we should ask, who is paying for or supporting these protests?(4) It appears to be an assortment of Marxists, Socialists, Islamic, immigrants rights, black rights, progressives, etc.. Or Obama’s true supporters. Are there any “Blue Dog” Democrats left in congress? Seems they have all been driven out by the extreme left-wing. This extreme left-wing is driving the mob’s and inciting racial tensions, civil & police relations and simply inciting violence. Violence feeds on violence. Hit a cop & he hits back. Then others get involved.
One way to control a conversation is to frame it in a way that favors you position. Abortion? The left will start it with a serial rapists, HIV positive, who has impregnated multiple teens. Defend that “righities”. In the same way, police violence is framed as racism. In the cases of Martin & Brown, it appears they were the aggressors. They initiated violence. Pity the black persons on those juries who could not convict a white man for self-defense. They face relentless peer pressure for not being racist. Had the media used Crawford for their argument, the majority of Americans would have joined in the outrage. The leftists pushing this do not want that! Instead they use instances where the majority will not be swayed be accusations of racism where simple, self-defense is obvious. They are not being merely disingenuous, they are deliberately starting with a false premiss to then use it to propagandize the event. If you don’t agree and support their position, you are a racist. They want to lose this battle!
If these left-wing agitators are Obama’s supporters, what is it they (and Obama) want? Violence just for the blood? No… To see a bunch of cops killed or injured? NO, because President Obama is pretty much the top cop. Department of Justice, Homeland Security, FBI all answer to him. So why would Obama want this tension? Why would he court riot’s? Well the left is always wanting bigger government. Communism with a small “c”. Many of our inner cities are distressed. Detroit is bankrupt and has cut off the water to thousands for non-payment. The UN has even investigated for human rights violations. Tens of thousands of Americans living in poverty are being told the rich or the whites or the police are responsible. “The Republicans don’t care about you poor people, they want you to starve.”
So what is the goal is creating unrest? I think just to grow the government. Senator Obama campaigned and called for a civilian national defense force equal to our military. Everybody at the event cheered. Every conservative/Republican/libertarian/ thinking person shouted WTF!!! (WTF=where’s the fire)(Volkswagen owners say where’s the Farfegnugen) The L.A. riots were long past. We had two wars going, but those were outside threats. None of those cheering Obama supporters asked, why? What is the need for this super civilian defense force? And I think Obama may be creating the need for that force. What a play! Blame the police for violence so he can hire even more police to “suppress” the violence….. And the people who his police force will battle were the ones who elected him. And who says voters are stupid?
TMZ Politics has a great tweet tonight that summarizes the absolute absurdity of the liberal national news media’s priorities:
The alleged child rapist is Terrence Patrick Bean. Brett Decker of USA Today reported the story on the evening of Thursday, November 20:
Conservatives complain that President Obama gets a free pass from the media, which acts as a de-facto public-relations shop for the Democrat in the White House. Never has that charge seemed truer than now as an ugly rape scandal unfolds on the West Coast.
On Wednesday, Portland, Ore. police arrested Terrence Patrick Bean, who has been charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year. This man is not just any old guy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old – he’s a big-money Democratic donor and liberal political activist with connections inside the Obama White House. Bean raised more than a half-million dollars for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
As for me, every time someone talks to me about Michael Brown, I now ask if they know who John Crawford is…..