Sunday, November 29, 2015

Humankind is good

Humankind is good. It is the propaganda machine that insists otherwise.

"What we think, we become" (often attributed to Buddha but evidence is scant. I don't know who to credit).

We, The People of this world ARE good. Within every one of us is an unlimited capacity for good, and yet some people do some really, and truly, evil things to their fellow man. Another mass shooting in Colorado. But this time it is different. This time the shooting is seen as a political attack on the policies of the Federal Government (I reject the idea that the Federal Government is our enemy. Our Federal Government might be the enemy of the The People of the world, but not the citizens of the U.S. No, our local municipal governments and their controllers, the Public Employee Unions, are the enemies of the American people, me thinks, and the Federal Courts acquiesced to create that monster, but more on that later...) and now the propaganda machine is up in high gear - the Attorney General of the United States, without benefit of an investigation or any knowledge of the perpetrator, has declared this to be "a crime against women".

In the final analysis, that might even prove correct - though I doubt it. The larger point is that our policy makers, our politicians, our political activists, our media, all of the special interest groups operating in the U.S. and many of those operating outside, and ESPECIALLY our disgraceful and repugnant professoriate, et al are in the business of raising anger.

The great lie that they come to us with is that they are "raising awareness".  Really? To what purpose? I am sure that some, or even many, of these dysfunctional people actually believe their own nonsense, but any rational examination of the outcome of their propaganda leads us back to this:

These entities/special interest groups/individuals are in the business of raising anger for the purpose of advancing their agenda - whatever that might be. The agenda will often have some catchy slogan - "keep hope alive" (racism), "keep abortion safe and legal" (feminism), "militant Islam" (Authoritarian Left working hand in glove with the Military Industrial Complex) but the underlying agenda and the raison d'ĂȘtre of their propaganda is to raise anger.

And the consequences of that are all around us. We have taken mankind, possessed for the most part of goodness, and have turned their thoughts to anger - and "what we think, we become."

The propagandists were out in force in the presentation of the latest shooting in Colorado and/or Paris, but look past the lead narrative. What is it you see?

What would make a beautiful young human being be willing, even proud, to work in the American equivalent of a NAZI concentration camp oven, an abortion clinic? How did this vibrant and life filled human being come to the conclusion that cutting human beings out of their mother's belly is their life's calling and a goodness? What was the influence that would lead her to take such an extreme and permanent philosophical position?

What would make a beautiful young human being walk into a concert venue in Paris, or a school in Somalia, and slaughter other beautiful young human beings in the prime of life? What was the influence that would lead him to take such an extreme and permanent philosophical position?

Anger. Anger raised by propaganda. Manufactured anger and rage instilled during their formative years and then maintained throughout the rest of their life by the propaganda machines spinning and churning all around us.

At a time when this abortion clinic worker should be bearing her own children and claiming her own stake in the future of humanity something or someone has convinced this impressionable young and evolving person to adhere to a group that believes they are expressing the divine nature within all of us by murdering babies.

At a time when this jihadist should be fathering his own children and claiming his stake in the future he has decided that the slaughter of other people's offspring is the best and highest use of his humanity.

The Jihadist and the abortion clinic worker suffer from the same affliction. The same affliction that infected the German people that joined the NAZI party and the Russian people that joined the Bolschevics and every other Authoritarian led “anger management” program in history.

We are what we think. And the battle for our thoughts and our minds is ours to win or to lose. Identify with any of this propaganda and you have lost that battle. Your mind is not your own - for now. Taking your mind back and becoming the human being you were meant to be is as simple as it is easy, at least after the initial withdrawal from insanity. This insanity is like any other addiction. You can do it. And you must do it before it is you - or someone that became infected, even in small part, from our refusal to reclaim our own original thoughts - that is expressing your anger with violence, or all is lost and we will all become the evil thing that our propagandists think - and those propagandists, like all of us, are what they think. We must not let them think for us.

Mankind is at a cusp here. The totality of human knowledge is available at our fingertips, but that knowledge needs people that are interested in examining the truthful and factual nature of our existence. We must reject the spoon-fed narrative - and when you woke up this morning and turned on your computer to check the news the creators of that narrative were waiting for you with spoonfuls of propaganda.

Angry yet?



Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Nation of Killers

The world has gotten a great deal less dangerous. By any measure.

Violent crime is in free fall in the Industrialized West (I left out Japan. They never bothered to have a crime problem.) The statistical probability of being killed in War is the lowest in over 150 years (since the advent of industrialized slaughter - the American Civil War).

Yet Americans are turning out in droves to bear witness to an American Hero. A man that murdered/killed 160 people from a position of some distance.

Do you have a strong opinion in favor of such activity? Can you suspend your belief system for just a few minutes while I use my reasoning to see if I might shake that just a little?

Let me start by saying that the world is indeed an imperfect place. That some people are simply so dangerous to their fellow man that the threat that they pose must be neutralized by killing them or imprisoning them. I get it. It then follows that someone, a human being, must undertake the process to make that happen. We do need people that are willing to kill based on nothing more than the word or command of others.

Does that in any way change the ugliness of that occupation? We do not publicize the names of the executioners in our prison system for very good reason. They are killing a helpless human being. For whatever reason, society has determined that that human being must be killed. If the execution was done by firing squad - you know, killing someone from a safe distance - isn't that pretty much an execution by sniper? I know, we call it a firing squad... but a rose by any other name, no?

Thomas Young was an American serviceman serving in the Army and stationed in Iraq. Mr. Young was going about his duties when an Iraqi sniper shot him. The Iraqi sniper either was not as good as the American Sniper or the Army Medical Corps was better at keeping seriously wounded people alive. Either way, Thomas Young temporarily survived his sniper shooting, though paralyzed and in grievous and agonizing pain for the remainder of his short life. He wrote an open letter to President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney here. I really think it should be required reading for admission to the movie, American Sniper  - but this is a "free country", right? (SNICKERSNICKERSNICKERSNICKERSNICKERSNICKERSNICKER....)

Thomas Young had parents. He had a wife. They LIVE IN AGONY TO THIS DAY. Was the Iraqi sniper a Hero, too?

The people that American Sniper shot? They were human beings. They had mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children. Thousands and thousands of human beings whose lives were directly destroyed by our American Sniper.

But they all deserved to die, right? I mean, they were resisting an armed invasion of their country by a nation intent on making sure that their Oil was available for American consumerism - including movie tickets for American Sniper and gasoline (from Iraqi Oil) to get to the movie theatre to go see our hero murder their family members.

If ANYONE dares to examine this they are shouted down. They are unpatriotic. They are un-American. Shooting goat humping brown people wrapped in sheets is heroic. What the F*** is your problem?

So Michael Moore, a guy I have almost NO POLITICAL AFFINITY for whatsoever but a thinking man by ANY measure expresses an opinion that the worship of this American Sniper activity is at least questionable. The patriotic goat-humper-shooting-supporters go on the offensive - distributing a letter from another individual that is willing to kill on command.

I thought I would post that letter (here is the original) and translate it for the patriots that love a good bombing:

Mr. Moore-

Good afternoon there sweetheart, I hope this finds you alive and well. You can thank our men and women of the armed forces for that, by the way, and that also includes us cowardly snipers. It seems you’ve found time between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing your grasp of a bear claw to tweet some junk about snipers being cowards.

(Translation: Good afternoon there you physically inferior man. I hope you drop dead. You should be thankful that I can't kill you, too. Because I would. Yes, I would kill you because you dare to question my belief system and the system that indoctrinated me. I am a f***ing HERO and you are nothing. How dare you question all of the killing that the American Military does to enforce U.S. Dollar hegemony, the continued trade in cheap oil, to maintain American Corporate dominance, and the continued flow of tribute from the rest of the world in order to fund the American Social Programs that people on the Right claim they hate while supporting people like me?)

My buddies and I got a good laugh over the tweet, so I thank you. For a guy worth $50 million dollars, you sure have quite a bit to bitch and cry about. I guess like a moth to flame, you too gravitate towards things that are popular and in the moment — in this case it’s snipers. Too bad for you that your attempt at being relevant via your 70+ year old family experience has failed. It has only made you look dumber than a bag of hammers. Next time you should try something more original than going after snipers for one reason or another…that was so last month.

(Translation: My people are better than you, DAMN IT. You might have made an immense fortune with your intellect and moved millions of people to think and question... but you are inferior to me even though I had to take a job in the military because I had no other real prospects as I am not able to make movies, or write books or speeches, or program computers, or perform surgery, or paint, or think great thoughts. I CAN kill, however. And that makes me important. In fact, it makes me G-d like. I have the power of life and death. And I love it. You are old and irrelevant. I am young and by virtue of that I AM relevant. So there. Oh, and I will be young and beautiful forever.)

It’s typical of “men” like you to criticize the intestinal fortitude, focus, discipline and patriotism of a sniper. It must stem from an inferiority complex or something. But hey, it’s okay cupcake. We snipers are thick skinned and the efforts of world class turds such as yourself to portray us in a negative light only makes us laugh. If you and I were in the same room, I’d throw you a smile and gently pat you on the head knowing you’re nothing more than a mouth breathing, Crisco sweating waste of space not even worthy of being in the presence of a sniper. It’s almost funny how people like you preach things like ‘acceptance’ and ‘not passing judgement’ or ‘labeling people’, but then are the first to do so when a person is in some way dissimilar from you.

(Translation: It's typical of fat men with small penises and low testosterone to criticize men with high testosterone and big penises. We are better than you. We have muscles and bigger penises. From the department of redundancy department. We killers and deciders of life and death are G-d like, and you scum bag philosophers engaging in free thinking had better be careful or us guys with big muscles/penises will kill you, too. By the way: It is OK for me to judge you civilian cowards. You must not examine my life or my choices because I am a F***ING HERO, Damn it!! Don't you get it??!!)

So tenderfoot, I leave you with this final thought: what if you found yourself in some sort of hostage situation where you were held at knife-point by some crazed person and they were dead set on making an example of you by bleeding you out on Hollywood Blvd in front of the world, and the only way out was with the precision aimed fire of a sniper? Would you want that coward to take the shot? Because knowing how you feel about snipers such as myself and your hatred of firearms, I’d probably drop the mag, roll the bolt and go get a Jack & Coke before helping you out.

(Translation: So fat man with small muscles and a small penis: Keep your mouth shut. Your opinions are of no value to us men with large muscles, six packs, and big penises that are G-d like with the power of life and death. In order to overcome your critical thinking I am going to use hyperbole. This will work well with the non-thinkers that adore me, my big muscles/penis and my big gun that I use to engage the power of life and death because I am G-d like - and you are nothing. Yes. I have taken your money to pay for all of my toys and killing machines, the 900 bases in over 150 countries because we just LOVE freedom and my G-d like power and if you don't pay for it one of my kind will come and kill you/torture you/beat you/imprison you.)

With complete disrespect for you and all you civilian cowards,


Sikes (Man with big muscles/big penis/big gun)

Did I miss anything?

You see, I fully realize that we NEED men like this to kill some people because those people have given up their right to life because of their behavior. That does not make killing those people any less of a disgusting thing than it is. And by forgetting what a disgusting thing it is, and by glorifying it, we have opened the door to accepting the killing of people in their own land for their own Oil.

That is not fighting for my freedom. That is killing for money and natural resources.

Please don't kill for me or "lay down your life" for me for that reason.

PLEASE.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Insanity of Government Violence

Last evening the state of Georgia executed Andrew Brannan, a Viet Nam (close) Combat veteran, for the murder of Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Dinkheller. The murder was captured in one of the most disturbing videos I have ever seen. The only reason I saw it was that is was posted on a thread I was commenting on. I wish I had not seen it.

I am not going to comment on the righteousness of capital punishment. I am certainly not going to defend the murderer. No, my analysis is going somewhere else.

To my mind, here is what happened:

Our government took a young man, Andrew Brannan, taught him how to kill, taught him that killing was a "goodness" in the "right circumstances" (of course, those circumstances were to be determined by other people. Primarily for money (and "the economy"). After the government no longer needed Brannan's services in the most stressful environment one can imagine, and after teaching hime that killing was OK, the government terminated his services and wished him well walking around amongst the rest of us.

Brannan was suffering from Mental Illness, PTSD and Bi-Polar disorder. Of course, he was a "War Hero", so no one considered that maybe, just maybe, Brannan should not be in possession of firearms. Heck, Brannan probably should not have been in possession of a motor vehicle, but I digress.

Then another government agent, Kyle Dinkheller, pointed a firearm at Brannan because of Brannan's erratic behavior, triggering Brannan's government training to stand his ground and fight when under threat of death by firearm. Brannan murders Dinkheller in the subsequent shootout.

Here is the chain of events:

Government takes Brannan, trains him to kill in order to stop the spread of Socialism (at the same time that same American Government is expanding Socialism domestically in the form of Medicare and the War on Poverty programs). Brannan piles up a bunch of murdered bodies in Southeast Asia, and is awarded a medal for his efforts.

Brannan returns to America with the serious mental health issues often caused by the stress of killing human beings in an environment in which they are also trying to kill him. He murders Kyle Dinkheller. The State steps in and murders Brannan.

So now we have bodies from Southeast Asia to rural Georgia. 2 of those bodies belong to people that were willing to kill for the State, and who were in turn trained by the State to kill, and who were eventually killed by agents of or from the State, past or present.

I wonder:

Does the U.S. Army now maintain Brannan's grave with a little flag and a bronze marker noting the medal he was awarded? Or does being ignominiously murdered by the State negate that?

Do the American people know how many innocent and unarmed Americans have been shot during traffic stops because the Deputy Dinkheller murder video is used as a training video in police departments across America? Come on, who wouldn't be jumpy after watching that video?  But does anybody tally up the cost/benefit analysis of that training? You know, how many cops saved versus how many innocent people killed or maimed during traffic stops as a result of that "training video"? Of course not. No more than the cost/benefit of any of the other silly "programs" that our Statist policy wonks dream up. The 99.999999999% of us are unarmed regular folks trying to make it home alive from work. 100% of the police are ready for a shoot out during every traffic stop. The mounting evidence of that disconnect is piling up around the country.

The answer to our rising body count in State sanctioned violence is not more and better violence. That way lies disaster and madness, me thinks.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

And Here Comes Ferguson - Epilogue

At a time when violent crime was in free fall in America (due to technology and demographics and having little to do with incomprehensible Law Enforcement and incarceration strategies and tactics) our Federal government flooded our local Law Enforcement agencies with military equipment and tactics.

The result? Well, if the stuff is there, they will use it. For anything. Including late library books.

How did the NAZI's get their people, members of one of the most advanced civilizations in history, to be complicit in the murder of millions of people? They broke it down in small pieces, giving each person along the way a means to avoid accountability. One guy made the arrests. Another guy loaded them on the train. Another guy drove them to the concentration camp, etc...

While Law Enforcement, prosecution, and the judiciary in America should not be compared to the NAZI's , that would be incredibly unfair, it is much the same phenomena that has caused them to be the producers and architects of the U.S. prison population - irrespective of how hard I try to pretty up the language describing the outcome.

We, the U.S., has the largest prison population in the history of mankind! And no one working as a police officer, prosecutor, or judge has resigned in protest?

WTF???!!!! How is that even possible??!!

I had been waiting to write this post. I was afraid to mention what I thought would happen as a result of the police killings of unarmed people making headlines of late. I did not want to be the guy whose mere thoughts became a reality. But there is no shoving the shaving cream back in this can.

Two lunatics shot and killed 2 police officers as they were having in lunch in Las Vegas. Another lunatic shot  2 police officers, one fatally and the other has been left with life changing injuries, while pretending to be a sniper (there is nothing lower on this earth than a "sniper". Well, maybe a "bomber").  Shortly after, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, 2 unarmed "criminals", were killed by the police. Then another lunatic walks up to a police cruiser and murders 2 innocent police officers in cold blood. (I refuse to use the names of the killers. Their memory should be erased from existence. That would include government agents that are willing to kill and torture to enforce our inhuman drug laws.)

The response from Law Enforcement and their supporters on the Web has, so far, been to take the position that the police were somehow "justified"in  all of the police killings of late... or in some cases it was just a "tragic accident". Some people did not see it that way and were willing to lose their lives to strike out at what they see as their oppressors.

These were crazy people, right? People suffering from serious mental illness? At this time that seems to be the case, but there are a great many crazy people out there. Think about that the next time you "support" Law Enforcement's position that it is ok that we are the only nation in the industrialized world that tolerates the killing of unarmed criminals by the police.

In the future I think family members of those killed by armed government agents are very, very likely to avenge the deaths of their sons and brothers - personally.  In fact, I am kind of amazed that the fathers of some of these victims have not already taken the law into their own hands. In Sicily, for example, the police are very, very careful not to kill anyone. They know that their lives, in fact the lives of their family members, would not be worth a plug nickel if they did. I think it is highly likely that this will start to take place here in the U.S.

There have been other killings of the police that may not have been committed by crazy people.  The Kentucky ambush smacks of someone getting even for an offense they suffered personally. Hopefully, that crime will be solved soon.

I think it is clear that we have reached a crisis point and I think it is urgent that we Americans reconsider the circumstances that government "force agents" interact with The People - from top to bottom. 1/3 of American adults has a criminal record! Not because we are more criminal than other industrial societies (well, if you take out the African America demographic, that is), but because we went f***ing crazy and lost our minds - we are insane with hypocrisy. This must be the moment that we reign it all in. The War on Drugs. No knock raids. Armed extortion via traffic enforcement. The list goes on.

If we don't you can count on more blood spilled by people made angry by the media. Soon blood will be spilt by people seeking revenge for the killing of a son or brother.

Is our goal to have order? Because this isn't it. Is this what "freedom" and "liberty" and our American ideals stand for? Tit for tat killings between the police and the citizenry? WTF did you people in control of our local law enforcement think was going to happen? That the police could kill people over drugs or cigarettes or prostitution (if you have laws they have to be enforced. That means GUNS, and DOGS, and PRISON CELLS, and the resultant GANGS) and the only form of protest would be flower hippies with dreadlocks  singing Kumbaya? Do you know your history? The Federal Government showed up at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian Compound and provoked a slaughter that a certain lunatic (whose name should be forgotten) avenged by blowing up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 167 innocent people. This is what happens when the government over uses its monopoly on force. People will respond. Is this the kind of society we want to live in?

I don't want that level of "order", thanks. And if you give this some thought, you won't want that kind of "order", either.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

And Here Comes Ferguson - 3


-continued from the previous post


The Grand Jury has spoken in the police killing of Michael Brown. I have little to add to that decision.

While it is clear that I look askance at the current state of Local Law Enforcement in the U.S., and believe that it has become unhinged from its purported roles and goals, I must say that of all of the police killings that occurred in recent years, the Michael Brown incident is likely among the least for asserting Law Enforcement wrong doing.

We have had people shot and killed by Local Law Enforcement for holding a BB gun while shopping at Walmart, for moving their car when another police officer told him to and another officer thought he was attempting to run down the officers after a college football game, and because the police mistook a power drill for a firearm.

No one protested these killings of completely innocent people, but when a 6'5" 300 lbs young man viciously assaults an officer and gets shot during the fury of confrontation... and look, I get it. It was just the straw that broke the camel's back. And I do think that the officer in this case could have chosen actions that would not  have resulted in the shooting death of Michael Brown... but it is certainly reasonable to believe that the officer was scared and excited and not making the perfect decisions that are easily made when writing a blog post. It is also reasonable to conclude that the officer chased down Michael Brown and slaughtered him - just as he was trained to do.

Unfortunately, that is not illegal in the United States. In Europe, with over twice the population of the U.S., the police almost never kill criminals because they are not trained to kill criminals. They are not trained in "force elevation" that has no end before the slaughter of human life. In the United States, that is the standard. A citizen can go from Jay walking, to assault, to a slab at the morgue in the 90 seconds or so that the confrontation between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson took. In Germany, Law Enforcement fired a total of 85 bullets during 2011. 85 in an entire year! Darren Wilson fired 12 rounds from a .40 Sig (an elephant gun) semi-automatic pistol at an unarmed man in a heavily populated urban neighborhood. Maybe you think that's ok. What about the kids in the house behind that unarmed criminal? Is it ok for them to be struck by one of those 12, .40 caliber rounds fired by a police officer that feared for his life from an unarmed man that had already been shot in the hand?

Think about that.

Darren Wilson did exactly what he was trained to do. What we in the U.S. have permitted our Law Enforcement Officers to be trained to do. To "force escalate" until the perpetrator is dead without concern for the safety of the citizenry. After all, the officer "feared for his life".

Law Enforcement points to the 30 to 50 officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty each year, and that is a fair point. Why does Law Enforcement not point to the hundreds of innocent people killed each year by police shootings and high speed chases?

Because nobody with talent and the capacity for critical thought is measuring and statistically examining outcomes.

Is that really what The People want? Going only on the postings on Facebook it would seem that white Americans are quite comfortable with local Law Enforcement killing "criminals", or killing at any time that they claim they "felt their life was in danger". Black and brown people are not, and are accompanied in this sentiment by White Liberals. Count me in the later camp.

There are a number of questions we, the civilian authorities controlling Law Enforcement, have to ask:

Why are "The People" so angry at Law Enforcement? Think about it: If Officer Wilson asked me to step onto the sidewalk my response would be "of course, officer". Michael Brown became enraged by Officer Wilson's lawful command and physically attacked a uniformed officer.

Why?

Maybe Brown was just crazy. Maybe he was a thug. Or maybe he has spent his entire existence living in an environment of an armed occupation of outsiders that have been extorting money from "his people" for traffic violations and kidnapping "his people" and putting them in cages  for "War on Drugs"  violations. Now throw in the Liberal application of free housing, free food, and free healthcare... because obviously (to Liberals) these are defective people and have no capacity of making their own way in this life... and viola! Dysfunction at its finest.

America has built an entirely automobile dependent system for employment and shelter, and the economic system simply does not afford people in the lower 25% of income to be able to afford a car, gas, and most important, insurance and traffic ticket costs. African Americans dominate the lower quartile of income in America.

I know that this is hard to grasp for my fellow coastal elites... but this is as real as it gets for African Americans living in urban centers and seedy suburbs. From the article:

By the time Bolden got to St. Charles County, it had been well over 36 hours since the accident. “I hadn’t slept,” she says. “I was still in my same clothes. I was starting to lose my mind.” That’s when she says a police officer told her that if she couldn’t post bond, they’d keep her in jail until May. “I just freaked out,” she says. “I said, ‘What about my babies? Who is going to take care of my babies?’” She says the officer just shrugged.
"The officer just shrugged." And there it is.

See, what is supposed to happen is that the people working in Law Enforcement, who are witnessing this kind of inhuman treatment of their fellow man, resign in protest. Why don't they? Two things: they have become inured to human suffering, and; they have been co-opted by the system in that they are debt and paycheck slaves just like the rest of us and they don't want to give up the prerogatives that come with government employment, a gun, and a badge. Prosecutors never had a heart to begin with, so no point calling them out on this, and most judges are former prosecutors (why no former Public Defenders as judges? You know the kind of people that actually can feel for their fellow man?).

Between the harassment from local Law Enforcement for traffic and vehicular violations (no registration (it costs money); no insurance (it costs money)) and the War on Drugs and its draconian prison sentence/gulag system, it is little wonder to me that the American People occupying the bottom 25% income bracket absolutely despise the authorities and the system irrespective of how many freebies the system hands out.

But our local governments are not interested in lowering our police killings to Europe's levels. Our local governments are in desperate need of cash because of municipal employee unions like your local police, and a major source of that cash is to run an extortion racket of armed thugs in uniforms and claim they are here to protect you! Isn't that just delicious!!??

And yet we have places - Oakland, Detroit, Memphis, et al - 20 or so counties where the vast majority of violent crime in America occurs. We, our system, created these pockets of incredible lawlessness populated by ruthless criminals that certain members of law enforcement in these locals are forced to confront at risk to their own lives - and the lives of the rest of us. And Law Enforcement in the other 3000 American counties? They are in the extortion business.

"See, if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That's literally true." - Milton Friedman

We created the drug cartels. We created the gang problems plaguing our inner cities. We created the demographic that commits half of America's crime - fatherless black males 15 to 24 years of age by dragging their fathers off for long prison stints over drugs and then having government fill his shoes as provider. We could fix it in a snap and in the end the War on Drugs will come to its inglorious end, but that will mean deep budget cuts for all manner of government agencies from prisons and police to welfare and healthcare - and those benefitting from that will fight this to the last man.

In the final analysis, America needs Law Enforcement to maintain order, but America is going to have to reconsider how to manage and fund the people it appoints to maintain that order. And we must be willing to examine and correct our failures, something that government personnel have not proved to be particularly competent at. I don't think a single thinking person missed the fact that the shooting of Michael Brown did not result in greater law and order in the city of Ferguson, MO. Perhaps thinking people will see that the War on Drugs and the armed extortion rackets of Local Law Enforcement are not promoting an orderly, law abiding, and respectful society.

And just once I want to see a police officer, prosecutor, or judge resign in protest over something.

Anything.







Tuesday, November 18, 2014

And here comes Ferguson, Part 2


- continued from the previous post

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a 28-year-old white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., (in addition to the explosion in the streets of Ferguson) the internet exploded in battle lines and conclusions being drawn.

Was it race? Of course it was, but before you think I have gone daft let me explain:

As I have already pointed out, Europe, with more than twice the population of the U.S., almost NEVER shoots and kills its citizens – even when the criminal is twice the size of the Law Enforcement Officer (“LEO”) as was the officer’s (only possible) reasoning in the Ferguson shooting. Yet many, if not most, non-African Americans were not terribly disturbed by the idea that in America LEO’s kill over 1,000 people per year – many of them unarmed (and many more not an immediate threat). (For those of you holding the 400 people per year number reported by the FBI, please see my previous post as to why that number is absurd at best – and certainly a national disgrace as reported.)

So what is up with non-Leftist/non African American America?

In addition to a high percentage of militarized mindsets (look, Europe does not have millions of ex-military personnel running around. America provides for Europe’s defense, and however you might feel about it the fact is this: America puts a lot of young men through its militarization indoctrination programs. This indoctrination is vastly different than that used in Israeli or Switzerland’s military indoctrination programs. To argue that this does not have a lasting effect on these people – both positive and negative – would be an impossible position to support. The idea that such militarized mindsets are a natural fit for Law Enforcement is, I think and if I may be permitted the use of understatement, an idea that needs to be reexamined), a lifetime mind soak in the Hollywood glorification of murder and mayhem, and still more indoctrination in the various institutions, churches, and other organizations from the Boy Scouts on up (I know, my inner Quaker is showing through). In addition to the aforementioned, I think it is safe to say that:

Non Liberal/Non-African Americans (let’s call them NLNA Americans) are simply “exhausted” (exasperated?) with the dysfunction of the African American demographic. That “exhaustion” is so thoroughly unexpurgated that G-d fearing NLNA American 
human beings have taken to publicly mocking Michael Brown’s grieving mother and father, unable to empathize with the suffering that other parents should and normally would be able grasp in the face of a mother losing her child – 18 years of diapers, little league, trips to the doctor, Halloween costumes, Christmas gifts, school projects all ended in a hail of bullets on the discretion of a 28 year old pre-frontal cortex that wanted to carry a gun for a living.

Wrap your mind around that for a moment.  Let that sink in good and deep.

Michael Brown’s mother lost her 18-year-old son in a police shooting in which, by all accounts, he was trying to surrender; and yet many people cannot feel her pain?

These are not NAZI’s. Or cannibals. So how did these NLNA Americans get so desensitized to another human being’s agony?

Consider this: A demographic of the American melting pot that has determined to self-separate itself from everyone else must succeed on its own (i.e., Jews in America). Insisting on separating – by personal style, mannerisms, speech, diet, music, etc… while holding others in contempt  - demands that the self separating group succeed in its separation on its own and by the merits.

And while I recognize the victimization of African Americans throughout the history of America up until the Civil Rights movement, it has been over 40 years, and Trillions of $$ spent to wind up with a demographic that literally fills the nation’s prison’s, where 90% of its children will require food assistance from the government, more than half will require housing subsidies, where the vast majority are born to single mothers, where 1/3 of their pregnancies are terminated via abortion and where 2% of the American population commits 50% of its crime (black males between 15 and 24). What country in the history of the world has had a seemingly permanent and entrenched underclass such as this?

Is this the legacy that the Civil Rights movement and the late, great Martin Luther King worked for?  I rather think not.

In short we have on the one hand a demographic that has lost its ability to empathize with its fellow man and on the other hand a demographic that has run so far off of the rails that its young adults attack police officers and get shot… in no small part because of the absurd circuitous logic of this particular cluster f***.

And a third appendage – the American Left - that has contributed mightily in bringing all of this about and is doing everything that it can to exacerbate the issue for its own political agenda (to keep abortion safe for America).

-this is the 2nd in a series of articles.

-to be continued

Saturday, November 8, 2014

And Here Comes Ferguson

First in a series of articles regarding the impasse and dilemma confronting America with its current system of Local Law Enforcement.

The Grand Jury's decision in the Ferguson, MO case of a police officer shooting an unarmed 18-year-old man is due any day. The world is watching.

The uncomfortable questions that society is being confronted with:

When is it acceptable for the government to kill a criminal in the field? What are the circumstances that would make the killing of a human being by an armed government agent justified? "What if" what is acceptable and justified in the minds of the police, prosecutors, and judges is substantially different than what is acceptable and justified in the minds of the citizens of the community these local officials are sworn to protect?

I have had a number of conversations with people working in Law Enforcement about this case. Universally these Law Enforcement Officers ("LEO's") are of the opinion that the officer in question should not be "second guessed" by any non LEO person - but especially not by civilians and elected or appointed officials "that have not carried a gun to stand up to danger and to protect others from danger" that have the temerity to question police actions and activities.  A better example of the "hero complex" I can't think of at the moment. Somehow doing such questioning and independent thinking makes the the questioner and thinker anti-Law Enforcement. In short, the police and the judicial system firmly believe that they should be able to police themselves with no input from the rest of us, in this, you know, democratic Republic?

Is this what our "War on Drugs" and polluted American Body Politic has brought us to? (I think it has. The reader will have to draw their own conclusions.) And we, the citizens, have so little in the way of protections in this system that it is hard to frame that circumstance with a government that draws its authority to govern from the people. Read this, and noodle that for a day or two. How can we in the other 49 states that do not have independent oversight of police killings actually believe that we live in anything other than a police state?

Loretta Lynch, current presidential Appointee to the Office of Attorney General of the United States had this to say in her closing arguments in the Abner Louima case (never heard of that? Police in New York shoved a broom handle up the rectum of this helpless prisoner while in lock up and nearly killed him):

Don’t let these defendants push us back to the day when police officers could beat people with impunity, and arrest people for no reason and lie about it to cover it up,” Lynch told the jury during her closing argument that day in 1999.

Perhaps we should not have second guessed the officers in that case as well?

Society desperately needs its LEO's. Is it out of order to demand accountability of LEO's? And to make adjustments in failing, or worse, disastrous, law and policy?

In spite of what Law Enforcement would have you believe, crime in general, and violent crime in particular, is in free fall in the U.S. FREE FALL. There is no other way to describe it. The media outlets bombard you with videos of crime do that for their own reasons... to make you angry; to sway your vote; to control you... but "facts are stubborn things", and the salient fact here is that violent crime is in FREE FALL.

Yet police budgets continue to grow exponentially. Why?

And with this increased police budget comes increased police violence, not just actual shootings and beatings but the drawing of firearms by police and threatening to kill citizens with this act - hey, that is violence! How many videos have we seen on youtube of an enraged police officer pointing a FIREARM at a human being because that human being was holding a camera? Or beating that citizen and seizing his/her camera? How is it possible that the officers in these videos are still working in Law Enforcement? (This is an officer sworn to uphold the Constitution... perhaps a a redirect to the 4th Amendment is in order?)

The FBI is incredibly efficient in the collection of crime data with one glaring exception - the killing of citizens by Local Law Enforcement. That data is reported, not collected, voluntarily and at the discretion of the reporting Law Enforcement agency. The entire State of California, 1/8 of the American population and perhaps 1/4 of police involved killings, is pretty much excused from reporting the killings of civilians by police under the California Supreme Court's insane Copely decision.

I had LEO's telling me that the facts were that "only" 400 Americans are killed each year by the police. Where did they get that statistic? From the FBI and its voluntary system of reporting that does not include the State with 1/4 of the police involved killings!!!

The United Kingdom had THREE, count them... 1... 2... 3...!!!!!  instances in which their police forces actually FIRED a weapon in an entire year. (The number of killings was ZERO (I guess they are bad shots?). An industrialized nation with a population of over 64 million people and absolutely zero police killings of civilians? Does that mean that every criminal arrested in the U.K.was smaller than the LEO making the arrest? Isn't that the justification of the shooting of Michael Brown? That he was 6'5" and 300 lbs and the officer was afraid for his life based on the size of Michael Brown?

How do Americans reconcile the facts in the U.K. to what is happening on the ground in America (well, the fact is we don't have the facts... I think we need to ask ourselves why not? And for what reason?) We have become so desensitized to violence that people will read this and actually come to the defense of the police rather than questioning the blood on the ground. Worse, our LEO's, like the rest of us, have come of age in front of the blue spectrum light of the TV screen soaked in the Blood of "The Terminator", "Scarface", "Rambo" (Eric Frien anyone?), "Robo Cop", "Dirty Harry"... the list sickens me and it has sickened the people now walking around with guns and badges.

(I avoid watching violent movies for the most part, but sometimes I forget to click off advertisements on youtube... so, here we have an aging actor Liam Neeson, 60 years old, several face lifts and a bad case of ink head hair dye pretending to be an LEO (Air Marshall) on a flight between NY and London in which ol' Liam solves all of the problems on an AIRPLANE, 36,000 feet over an ocean, filled with K1 JET FUEL, with... wait for it... A F******* GUN. This is what we have all been poisoned with since childhood, including our current Law Enforcement personnel. Anybody here besides me see a problem?)

Are there bad people out there that can only be addressed and neutralized with extreme (deadly) force? Of course there are.

Was Michael Brown one of that number?

Law Enforcement seems to think so.

The people of the Ferguson community? Not so much.


-to be continued...