Friday, October 24, 2014

How with they spin it this time?

Just shy of one month ago Jah'keem Yisreal (aka Alton Nolan) beheaded one former co-worker and stabbed another in Oklahoma.  Mr. Yisreal is a Muslim convert and the immediate response was that his actions had nothing to do with Islam even though he had posted photos on his Facebook page referencing beheading and his desire for America to burn.  MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry said his actions were "workplace violence" and even agreed with one of her guest who joked (or I hope it was intend to be somehow funny) that what Muslims needed was a change in the cultural paradigm and that the new narrative should be that Muslims are actually funny people. 

Then there is Zale Thompson.  Mr. Thompson is a 32-year-old Muslim, who lived in Queens (NY), struck one of the officers in the back of the head with his hatchet and gashed another on the arm, the police said.  Officer Kenneth Healey is a 25-year-old rookie in the NYPD, he was injured critically in the attack. The other officer injured was Joseph Meeker. According to Newsday, both are natives of Long Island. CBS New York reports that Healey’s father is also an NYPD officer.

The Daily News reports that a homeless woman was also hit by a stray bullet during the incident. She’s in critical condition. Mr. Thompson was shot dead by the police at the scene. 

Mr. Thompson is alleged to have connections to IS (aka ISIL, aka ISIS) and like Mr. Yisreal last month, Mr. Thompson's Facebook had a profile picture of what could be seen as a Muslim terrorist.

Mr. Thompson was caught on videotape as he approached the officers with an axe: 

Like Mr. Yisreal, Mr. Thompson also adopted a Muslim name, Zaim Farouq Abdul-malik.  He had been discharged from the US Navy for misconduct.  Mr. Abdul-Malik (aka Thompson) was also, like Mr. Yisreal before him, willing to make public comments supporting Jihad on the internet.  On one youtube video he commented
If you’re looking for “perfect” muslims who never make any mistakes in
their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain! If the Zionists and the
Crusaders had never invaded and colonized the Islamic lands after WW1, then
there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do
nothing, or to Jihad fisabeelallah!
But, I am sure that his faith in Islam had nothing to do with his axe wielding attack on two rookie New York Police Officers, right?  
Is there a message in the fact that we have seen Mr. Yisreal, Mr. Abdul-Malik and the two Muslim attacks in Canada within the past month?  Isn't this what the Department of Homeland Security warned America that IS (aka ISIL, aka ISIS) were calling upon fellow Jihadist to engage in? 
The truth is "we", you and I, Mom and Pop in Westernized Countries may not be at "war" with Islam but it seems clear that Islam is at war with "us".  The question is, just how will we react and will the media tell us the actions of Mr. Abdul-Malik had nothing to do with Islam.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the Love of Money.

On 20 August, I wrote a long post on the killing for Michael Brown.  In that post I wrote;  "Sad that it has come to this.  But I believe there is a narrative of "green" at work."  I spent a great deal of time looking at some of the folks involved with the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" protest along with many of the social commentators and the attorneys representing the Brown family (Parks and Crump).  At that time I believed that the issues were not really black v. white but that a color was involved and it was "green".

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) (video at the link)  – In a recent statement, Michael Brown’s mother asked that her son not be part of self-serving business or political actions as she pleaded that he be remembered for the good.  A reported assault and theft this past weekend may dramatically underscore that sentiment.

It happened Saturday night, October 18th, at about 8:15 pm in the parking lot of Red’s BBQ.  It`s the corner of Canfield and West Florissant, just blocks from where Michael Brown was shot and killed.
Police sources tell us Brown`s Grandmother, Pearlie Gordon, along with Brown`s Cousin Tony Petty, were selling t-shirts and other Michael Brown merchandise.

A police report describes a car pulling up and several people getting out.  One of those people, was reported to be Michael Brown`s Mom, Lesley McSpadden.  A witness described McSpadden yelling ‘You can`t sell this s%$&”  One of the relatives, who was selling, reportedly demanded McSpadden show a document proving she had a patent.

The police report says that`s when an unidentified person with McSpadden assaulted Petty so violently that it resulted in a 911 call.  A witness tells Fox 2 that the weapon was a metal pipe or pole.  The suspect reportedly struck Petty in the face.  Medics then took him to Christian Northeast Hospital.  The witness said the assault suspect grabbed merchandise and a box of cash believed to contain about $1,400.

It appears surveillance cameras could have captured the fight and be part of police evidence.  Police report no arrests at this time.

We reached out to the local Brown family attorney, Anthony D. Gray and he declined to comment.

I have said all along that I have nothing but compassion for the parents of Michael Brown.  As a father I cannot imagine losing a child and I am willing to give Ms. McSpadden the benefit of the doubt and believe that she does not want Michael's image used for others to profit.  I get that.  I agree with her.  But, I am also not blind, deaf or dumb and I know that just like people trademarked and profited off "Justice for Trayvon" clothing and other items, so too will someone profit off of "Hands up, Don't shoot" or "Justice For Michael Brown" in some manner.  Right now there are two pages of search results where you can order a t-shirt on Google alone.

Above:  Google results for Justice for Michael Brown T-Shirts
At the end of the day the death of Michael Brown was tragic for him, his family, friends along with the community of Ferguson (St. Louis), the State of Missouri and the United States.  For Mr. Brown's friends and family his death is a tragic for obvious reasons.  For the local, state and nation it is a tragedy because race has been used to hustle a strange form of justice intended to subvert the established system of justice. 
The belief without evidence that the death of Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson occurred simply because he was black has done nothing but continue to polarize our communities.  The cries of racism have been long and loud.  In the end the truth is that from nearly the moment the story broke nationwide color was involved.  But that color was "green" and the behavior of Michael Brown's relatives only underscore that.  In the end it all boils down to . . . .

More Hate and Misdirection from the Party of Inclusion.

Anthony Brown (D-MD) is running or Governor.  He is running in a state that favors Democrats by a margin of 2-1Democrats currently control the Governor's Office, House (98 D / 43 R) and Senate (35 D / 12 R).  Maryland is so solidly Democrat that Pres. Obama won 62% - 37% in 2008 and 62% - 36% in 2012.  But much like the coronation of Sen. Clinton in '08 that was derailed, something odd is happening in Maryland.  Mr. Brown does not hold a double digit lead over Republican challenger Larry Hogan as expected. 

Part of this can be explained because of the unpopularity of  current Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and because Mr. Brown was in charge of the failed Maryland Health Care Exchange website that fizzled despite a cost of 288 Million.  But even with those two issues how can a clearly Democrat state have such a close race when Democrats outnumber Republicans by a two to one margin and just what is Mr. Brown going to do about it? 

Back in April I wrote a blog entry about the upcoming midterm elections and wondered just what the issues would be.  Although I believed there was then many issues that could be a focus (and still believe that today), I concluded that "the" cause celeb issue would be "racism".   As early as April enough high profile people (Pelosi, Israel, Obama, Holder, Clinton, Sharpton) had climbed aboard the; "but, but, but . . . RACISM" wagon as the underlying explanation for nearly everything that was wrong.  So what will Mr. Brown do?  Why, follow the advice of Pelosi, Israel, Obama, Holder, Clinton, Sharpton and most recently Hagan by engaging in a campaign of fear. 

Recently the Brown campaign mailed out the following advertisement: 

Above:  Outside Cover

Above:  Pages One and Two. 
Above:  Page Three and Four
Above:  Back Cover
So there it is.  Fear.  Images from the Civil Rights Movement.  Donald Trump and Voter ID laws.  WOW.  Maybe someone should remind Mr. Brown just what party supported the Civil Rights Legislation and more importantly just which party was in control in the South during the "Civil Rights" movement.  But, hell . . . why let facts get in the way when you can use fear and race because it's all about emotion - right! 
Sadly, Mr. Brown is not alone and in fairness this isn't a surprise.  Remember that it was on 08/22 that, Ms. Janet May (Chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention) said  "Ferguson; could be a rallying cry for Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts, according to the voter education committee chair for the Democratic Southern caucus. “There is a story beneath the story in Ferguson,” chairwoman Janet May said at the Southern Caucus meeting during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta.  May ran through the stats of the 21,000-person Missouri town: 13,000 black citizens, about 7,000 white. Five city council members– one of whom was black. Fifty-three policemen – 50 of whom were white. A white mayor. “Do you see the picture here?” May said. “These folk don’t vote in local or midterm elections.” She added: “Now if we can’t take that scenario and roll it into a message for our party, we just need to pack it up and go home. Because we have been grasping for a message.”  In truth this is a strategy and has only one goal in mind; keep US in office.  
As Ms. Mays words were spoken in Atlanta it's not shocking that the State Democrat Party in Georgia followed her advice and this week distributed a campaign mailing depicting young children holding up a "hands up, don't shoot" sign. 
Above:  Front Cover
 Above:  Page Two

Above:  Page Three
Above:  Back Page (Note it clearly indicates it is paid for by the Democrat Party of Georgia). 
Nothing like selling bigotry and in fairness ignorance.  Consider that the State Democrat Party from Georgia assumes that Officer Wilson wrongly killed Michael Brown and in truth the Grand Jury has not rendered a decision nor has the Department of Justice.  Nothing like making someone guilty before a trial. 
Ironically in the same week that the Brown Campaign and the State of Georgia Democrat Party sent of their flyers the daughter of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ms. Christine Pelosi penned an Op-Ed for the Huffington Post accusing Republicans of; "There they go again: The GOP is trotting out their well-worn smear and fear tactics and swift-boating women with our gender. Enough is enough. We must reject the politics of personal destruction and choose hope over fear."  Ms. Pelosi didn't cite one example of a smear and fear tactic or of swift-boating a women (whatever that is) but she sure wrote a ton of words and clearly ignored her own party.  Pathetic. 
Ms. Pelosi could have mentioned the words of OH Rep Fudge (D) or the accusations of  MO State Senator Chappelle-Nadal (D).  Shoot, Ms. Pelosi could have even mentioned the threats of extortion issued by Rep. Holmes-Norton (D).  Instead she chose to ignore and allow her own party to continue selling Hate and Misdirection all the while pointing the finger at others.  Pathetic, truly pathetic. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fear and Hate in North Carolina

Taken in part from the Fayetteville Observer (10/20/2014):

Democrat Kay Hagan is locked in a tight race for U.S. Senate with Republican Thom Tillis. She is the incumbent senator, and he is s the speaker of the N.C. House.

Polls have shown the race leaning toward Hagan but well within range for Tillis. Because of that and because the outcome of the North Carolina contest could determine whether the GOP takes control of the Senate, more than $100 million has been or will be spent on the race, much of it to pay for attack advertising and much of it spent by groups operating independently of the campaigns.

On Sunday 10/19/14 a group called Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County placed flyers under the windshield wipers of cars at the Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road.  Those flyers read: 

Dawn McNair said she was surprised Sunday when her daughter pointed out the background on a political flier urging people to get out and vote.

The front of the flyer blares: "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin!  Vote in 2014."                                                                           
 The words are superimposed over a grainy reproduction of a photograph of what appears to be a lynching. 

Someone tucked the flier under McNair's windshield wiper while her car was parked at her church, Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road.

"My daughter said, 'Mom, look in the background. They're lynching somebody.' It's the lynching of an African-American man," McNair said.

At the bottom, the flier reads, "Not endorsed by any candidate. Paid for by Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County." No contact information for the group was on the flier.

I Googled "Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County" (see below) and could find no website or other information outside of the reporting of this story.  Just who are these people?  Are the a 501(c)4?  Who is on the board and what association do they have with Sen. Hagan?

I am sure the DNC and the Hagan campaign will come out very soon and reject the flyer by the CCCC, right?  Promoting bigotry and hate cannot be an accepted part of the Democrat campaign strategy, right? 

The saddest part of this, IMO, is that Fayetteville (N.C.) is the home of the United States Army 18th Airborne Corps, 82d Airborne Corps, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (better known as Delta Force), 3d Special Forces, United States Army Parachute Team (Golden Knights), United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.  In the heart of such heroic patriotism and selfless sacrifice hatred is being used to try and "win" an election.  Pathetic. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Selling hate. Inciting violence. When will the DOJ investigate?

Once again the good doctor is selling hate, inciting violence and showing his own lack of skills at using a simple tool like "Google" image.  On 20 October he shared:

Notice that he "tagged" people in the post to make sure he incited people to anger.  Notice that eight people were ignorant enough to "like" the post without questioning it and that four people were clueless enough to "share" the post. 

Read the confusing comments by some.  The anger and hostility of Uriah Ikenge Taahkarr.  The confusing comments of Wesley Adair and those of Tiffany Renee seeking to teach black men, women and children how to survive off the land and to shoot.  Then notice the very thoughtful comment by Connie Jones-Stewart that goes unanswered. 

Why would Ms. Jones-Stewarts questions go unanswered?  Simple because to tell the truth would be to communicate that the photo is a hoax.  The truth of the photo is that it is old and was originally published on Facebook in 2007 by Eugene Terrorblanche.  At the time the photo was investigated by the South African Police and it was discovered that Mr. Terrorblanche had  staged the picture, and that the child was alive and posed for the photo.  (Side note; the source I used for the original story of the photo is Black Entertainment Television - surely not a right wing group). 

Is the photo tasteless?  Hell yes.  Is it ignorant?  Hell yes.  Is it worse than what the so-called "doctor" is doing?  Hell no!  He is purposefully inciting people to violence and is acting in a manner that any judicious person should know is both unethical and immoral.  Unethical because he should know the context he is using the photo for is a lie and immoral because he is preying on people who trust him as a leader to be above reproach.  Honestly, when is the DOJ going to step in and investigate this guy?  Seriously! 

But what is he really upset about?  Is he mad that the NYT is reporting that it is unlikely Officer Wilson will be charged?  Does he see the announcement coming and is he purposefully seeking to incite people?  Is he mad that after a month of fundraising they have only collected 267.00 from 14 people?  Is he mad that after all the puffing of "leader, leader, look at me" he has a grand total of 521 "likes" to his African American Defense League

I said before that I believed the "doctor" would become more and more reckless and that his language would become amped up if he was not getting the attention that he believes he needs.  I still feel that way.  With a decision looming from the Grand Jury and information already being leaked that the DOJ may not have enough evidence to charge Officer Wilson just what is the "doctor" playing at?  Someone who trust him as speaking the truth will take his words to heart and will act out in a violent manner if he is not exposed.  I believe that in my heart. 

Originally I tried hard to be respectful to the "doctor" but at this stage I can see that he does not in any manner deserve respect.  He is a race-hustler of the highest order.  He is not about helping "his people".  You don't help anyone by lying to them.  I feel sorry for those who are "following" him and I feel sorry for our country that our Justice Department refuses to do anything. 

I did post the link to this blog on the Dr. Mauricelm-Lei Millere and African American Defense League Facebook Pages as those pages allow public comment. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just like air . .

Meaning . . . it's necessary.  Playing drums since grade school I have had a life long love affair with music.  In no particular order, here are some of the songs that hold a special place in my heart and for some reason (OK, because the boys are asleep :-). . ), I am playing on youtube and listening. 

Eddie Money - Trinidad

Dianna Reeves - Never Too Far

The Vaughn Brothers - Tick Tock

Marvin Gaye - Mercy, Mercy Me

Ian Moore - Blue Sky (Live)

Judas Priest - Victim of Changes (Live)

Etta James, Dr. John and BB King - I'd Rather Be Blind (Live)

Steve Earl and the Dukes - Good Ol'Boy (Get'n Tough) (Live)

Marquise Porter - We Almost Lost Detroit

Secondhand Serenade - Vulnerable

Randy Crawford - Knocking on Heavens Door (Live)

Buddy Guy - Where is the Next One Coming From

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne (Live)

Don Williams - Good Ole Boys Like Me

Sammy Hagar - Both Sides Now (Live) (p.s. yep, took the name of the blog from this song)

Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Chris Thomas King - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (Live)

Anita Baker - You Bring Me Joy (Live)

The Jeff Healy Band - Hoochie Coochie Man

Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky (Live)

Bob Dylan - Sweetheart Like You

Dwight Yoakam - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music (Live)

Hall & Oates - Sara Smile (Live)

John Mayer - Waiting on the World to Change
So that's just a few among the thousands that are running through my mind right now.  I have a lot to think about right now and it's all really good stuff to be honest.  I have a really important decision to make over the next couple of days and I am super excited about it but also super-duper anxious.  No matter what I decide, I will have less time with the boys and it's going to be tough being away from them.  It will also mean that I am away from Laura more and that is going to suck.  Sleeping without her is already tough. 
Thing is, the decisions we are facing will be helpful in many ways but like everything else that comes with cost.  It's a trade off, as always.  The good thing is that no matter what I decide I know that I have five amazing children and the most amazing woman on this earth to support and help me.  So the final song I am going to listen to reminds me of her and the future that awaits us. 

Westlife - I Wanna Grow Old With You
And that's how it works.  When I started listening to music tonight I was feeling sad, confused, worried and overwhelmed.  Now . . . not so much.  I have everything I could ever dream of and more.  I have some decisions to make but . . . things are going to be amazing, that much I know. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Patient Zero: "Ebola Eric", Thomas Eric Duncan

Above:  Thomas Eric Duncan (1972 - 2014), "Patient Zero". 

On 8 October 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan a 42 year old Liberian resident who made his living as a driver for the General Manager of Safeway Cargo in Liberia became "Patient Zero" for Ebola in America. 

Mr. Duncan quit his job on September 4 without giving any reason for his departure.  On 15 September,  the family of Marthalene Williams tried to get an ambulance to transport Ms. Williams from her home to a medical treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia as Ms. Williams was showing signs of Ebola.  The family was unable to get medical transport so Mr. Duncan and others transported her by taxi.  Mr. Duncan rode in the back seat with Ms. Williams and helped carry her to the vehicle.  The family could not get Ms. Williams into the Ebola treatment facility as the facility simply had no beds.  The family and Mr. Duncan returned to the family home in a taxi whereby Mr. Duncan helped move Ms. Williams back into the family home.  Ms. Williams succumbed to Ebola later that evening. 

Four days after being exposed to Ms. Williams, Mr. Duncan presented himself at the airport and Liberia and purchased a ticket with Brussels Airlines.  Mr. Duncan flew from Monrovia to Brussels at which time he boarded United Airlines Flight 951 to Washington D.C.'s John Foster Dulles Airport.  Mr. Duncan then boarded United Airlines Flight 822 and arrived at the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport at 7:01 PM on 20 September.  Mr. Duncan then went to stay at the home of a former partner and her five children in the community of Fair Oaks in Dallas.  The government of Liberia has said that Mr. Duncan lied when he boarded the flight out of Monrovia by saying that he had not been exposed to Ebola. 

On 25 September, Mr. Duncan presented himself to medical staff at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (THPH).  Mr. Duncan was treated for a temperature that spiked at 103 and it was reported that he complained of abdominal pain for two days, a headache and decreased urination.  Mr. Duncan denied any vomiting, diarrhea or nausea during his first visit to the ER.  Mr. Duncan told the staff that he had just arrived from Liberia but he lied to staff and told them he had  not been around anyone sick recently.   Apparently,  because his temperature had been reduced, Mr. Duncan received antibiotics and was sent home with a diagnosis of "low-grade, common viral disease".  

While Mr. Duncan was seeking treatment in Dallas, Mr. Sonny Boy Williams, the older brother of Marthalene Williams who had passed away from Ebola on 15 September fell ill.  Mr. Williams had help transport his sister along with Mr. Duncan on 15 September.  Mr. Williams family called for assistance and on 24 September he was taken by ambulance from the family home.  In truth, the family home is where Mr. Duncan lived as he was renting a room from the Williams family. 

Because the world has become smaller and smaller thanks to travel and the internet the New York Times was able to confirm that Mr. Williams, like his sister before him, quickly succumbed to Ebola and died on 24 September the day before Mr. Duncan first presented himself to the ER at THPH.  In reality the "smallness" of the world was accentuated by the New York Times publication of what could be the last photo of Mr. Williams just before he was taken away by ambulance (below). 

Above:  Sonny Boy Williams as he is transported from the family home (where Mr. Duncan lived and where Ms. Williams had died on 15 September).  Mr. Williams died in transport.  

Mr. Duncan returned to THPH on 28 September with symptoms of vomiting with nausea and an increased temperature.  Two days after his admission to THPH the Center for Disease Control confirmed his diagnosis with Ebola.  Mr. Duncan was isolated and began treatment.  The experimental drug ZMapp which had been given in earlier cases of health care workers who had been diagnosed with Ebola could not be given to Mr. Duncan as the supply was depleted.  The possibility of giving Mr. Duncan a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly was explored but it was found that the blood types were incompatible.  Mr. Duncan was then given the experimental drug brincidofovir on 4 October even though the drug did not receive emergency approval as an experimental drug from the Food and Drug Administration until 6 October.  But, like his former housemates, all was for naught as Mr. Duncan died on 8 October at 7:51 am, twenty-three days after transporting Ms. Williams and fifteen days after Mr. Williams. 

Since Mr. Duncan's death his family in Dallas has enlisted the help of Rainbow Push Coalition Founder and Civil Rights Activist, Rev. Jessie Jackson.  The family believes that Mr. Duncan was not treated with the best of care and that such poor treatment can be explained only by racism.  The family has indicated they are considering taking legal action against THPH. 

Sadly the family forgets that it was Mr. Duncan who lied to board a plane and come to America.  It was Mr. Duncan who lied to THPH by saying he had not been around anyone sick.  Had Mr. Duncan called back to Monrovia and spoken to anyone between his arrival (20 September) and the death of Mr. Williams (24 September)?  Did Mr. Duncan know that Mr. Williams died prior to his arrival at the THPH ER (25 September)?  Did the family not notice he was given an experimental drug before it was even approved as a means to try and save his life?  Is the family unaware that Dr. Brantly had offered to do a transfusion but that because of blood types it was not possible?  Is the family angered by Mr. Duncan placing the five children in the home at risk by coming into the home after he knew he had been exposed?  But . . . of course . . . racism is the reason a man from Liberia died - right. 

As we all know from Mr. Duncan we now have Nurse Nina Pham who treated Mr. Duncan and has been diagnosed with Ebola.  Today (10/15/14) it was announced that Nurse Amber Joy Vinson who also treated Mr. Duncan has been diagnosed with Ebola and that she had been on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth with 132 passengers on 10/13/14.  Of course the CDC says that there is minimal risk as Ms. Vinson was not showing any signs at the time but that all 132 passengers are being asked to call 1-800-CDC-INFO, just in case. 

Just how many people have been or will be infected as a result of "patient zero"?  Will our government address this issue effectively?  Is there a reason why we simply cannot suspend all travel to and from West Africa until the Ebola outbreak is contained?  More questions then answers. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This is NOT what Democracy looks like. Not now, not ever.

Sure, I could start by saying that America is not truly a Democracy as we are a Representative Republic.  But why work to have that discussion when the atmosphere is so grossly uncivil.  This is not as Pres. Obama liked to say, "a teachable moment". 

I have no doubt that there are many peaceful people engaged in protest in Ferguson (MO) as a result of the shooting death of Michael Brown.  I also don't question the passion of the protesters that are seeking answers.  I believe in the Justice System although I admit it is greatly flawed.  However, when elected representatives have engaged in baiting, narratives have been made up, so called leaders have engaged in gross self promotionhate and outright lies to promote and agenda of ignorance the real underlying issue (the death of Michael Brown and if it was or was not justified) gets lost

My feelings now about the "good" protesters are being changed.  It's not so much that I think those "good" protesters are now "bad" as much as I now think they are being used.  I started feeling this way after seeing two videos from a "protest" in Ferguson (MO).  The video names a Contra reporter and activist Baseem Masri as being the person doing the talking on the video.  Mr. Masri has been arrested during the protest on at least two occasions and some people seem to think he is now being "targeted" by the police. 

Mr. Masri "tweeted":

I do wonder what he considers peaceful.  Honestly.  A word of caution on the video's, both are extremely vulgar (cussing, threats, accusations and so on) and are not safe for work or children. 
So I guess that yelling: "f*** the police", "y'all better be scared", "get the f*** outta here lil'b****", "coward", "what's up now lil'b****", "get your hand off your gun lil'p****", "suck my d*** you coward", "shoot, shoot, shoot", "run p****" all while putting hands in the face of police officers, giving them the middle finger and then spitting (2:02 in video above) on police is now peaceful? 
But that had to be just a onetime, out of character thing, right?  If it is Mr. Marsi, as a reporter he wouldn't act like that more than once, right?  It was a fluke, yeah.  I mean all of us can do things greatly out of character from time to time (yes, including or maybe especially, me).  A professional reporter wouldn't do that a second time would he?  Hell yes they would . . .
"what the f*** you doing in this neighborhood white boy", "who do you serve, who do you protect", "you smirk'in now", "we'll serve you b****", "f*** the police", "the f*** you gonna do b***", "what happens if we take your gun", "terrorist", "ISIS", "next time you pull the trigger think about what's gonna happen to your homies, we shoot back next time" again all while getting in the police officers face and throwing up the middle finger. 
Some of the protesters have taken to saying "this is what Democracy looks like".  No, this is what ignorance looks like.  This is what inciting violence looks like.  This is what the decline of civilization looks like. 
I think that part of the reason the Ferguson protest have not maintained a national audience is because of this type of behavior.  They have lost the moral high ground.  The protest no longer look like a search for justice or a desire to address real or perceived injustices.  They now look like anarchy and not in a Sex Pistols kind of way. 
Like I said before, I believe in the Justice System.  I know the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been in Ferguson investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown since August.  I know that the Grand Jury has been extended until January 2015.  My thoughts are simple - because we are now seventy-days past the incident and neither the Grand Jury or the Department of Justice have taken any action it leads me to believe that little evidence exist that Officer Darren Wilson acted inappropriately in firing on and killing Mr. Brown.  What I believe will happen is that the announcement by the DOJ or the Grand Jury will not come until it is cold outside and the hope will be that the weather will keep people indoors.  I could be wrong but it clearly seems to be trending in that direction. 
In the end . . . the narratives are being sold and this incident will do nothing but create more division in America - especially if leaders are promoted that engage in such hostility.  Seems like we are in for a long, cold winter. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Make the lie big, simple, repetative and some will believe it.

Lies for the cause.  Because telling the truth simply does not get the message out, apparently.  Lying, bating and making accusations while calling it "facts" is the order of business.  Witness my favorite bigot as he post:   
Problem is that the name is nothing more than who inspected the bag for quality control and it has no relationship to the shooting for Michael Brown or Police Officer Darren Wilson.  A simple Google search would have show this, witness a Google search: 
The explanation for the name is:
Honestly, how can an individual that proclaims they are a community leader, communications advisor and claims to have done research be so grossly unable to use a simple tool like "Google".  Seriously. 
The saddest part is that 34 people have "liked" the post and 409 have shared it.  Seriously.  It's been said before, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”.  I wonder if the good doctor knows he is following the advice of Adolf Hitler? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Optics: Bad timing or IJDGAD?

25 September 2014 Muslim convert Alton Nolan (Jah'Keem Yisrael) beheads Colleen Hufford in Oklahoma. 

26 September 2014 it is discovered that Mr. Nolan is better known as Jah'Keem Yisrael and his Facebook page is full of hatred for America, support for Islamic extremist and an image of a severed head with a verse from the Koran detailing how such behavior (beheading) is approved by the Koran.  (see more on Mr. Yisrael, including his words and images here).

2 October 2014 Mr. Yisrael appears in court and request a Muslim attorney. 

3 October 2014 Mrs. Hufford is laid to rest.

4 October 2014 the White House sends a special representative to the Mosque that Mr. Yisrael attended extending warm greetings from the American people during the Muslim holiday and a personal message from Pres. Obama:  “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice,” President Barack Obama said.

It's either ignorance or intentional - take your pick as neither are very appealing. 

But . . . on a side note the FBI now says that terrorism had nothing to do with the beheading (well, just as long as you ignore Mr. Yisrael's own words and pictures posted to Facebook (see here)).  The District Attorney seems to believe that Mr. Hufford's ethnicity may have been the real reason Mr. Yisrael decided to behead her.  Nice - so the DOJ will be pursuing hate crime charges, right? 

p.s. IJDGAD = I just don't give a damn. 

Citizenship and Green Cards for cash and egg rolls.

From the examiner

A U.S. immigration officer was sentenced on October 3, 2014 to two and a half years in federal prison, for accepting bribes in the form of cash and egg rolls from applicants seeking citizenship and green cards.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, served with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana for eight years. She pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official between July 2011 and May 2013. As an immigration service officer, Nguyen had the authority to approve or deny immigration applications.

In one of the instances of bribery, Nguyen called a vendor to order 300 egg rolls. She then told an immigration applicant to pay for the $150 food order and deliver it to her workplace. Once the task was performed, Nguyen proceeded to approve the immigrant's paperwork.

Unfortunately, bribery is very common within the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent James Dominguez admitted guilt for his role in a bribery scheme that illegally funneled confidential DHS records to a Los Angeles immigration lawyer, Kwang Man "John" Lee (a former U.S. immigration official), doctored information in secret government databases and sanctioned sham marriages involving foreign nationals. The plea deal offered to Dominguez was a bargain, since it allowed him to be held accountable only for making false statements. This will undoubtedly minimize the punishment for this elaborate scheme that spanned nearly two decades and involved tens of thousands of dollars in bribes.

Corruption within the Department of Homeland Security is able to flourish because it involves the very officials tasked with extinguishing criminal wrongdoing. For example, former Supervisor of the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Eugenio Pedraza was found guilty of conspiracy and falsifying government documents. He conspired with other ICE Special Agents (Rolando Gomez, Marco Rodriguez and Edwin Castillo) to falsify investigative reports pertaining to bribery, drug and alien smuggling, forge deportation documents, and destroy falsified supervisory case reviews.

(see the complete story at the Examiner link above). 

Give's you a nice warm fuzzy feeling that we are being protected, right. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray . . . . all to promote bigotry.

People seem to love to share ignorance.  It's unexplainable why this is done so often or how it occurs so easily without someone calling people out for it.  Geez folks, Google is your friend, use it.  A great example of selling a lie to promote an agenda comes from Mauricelm-Lei Millere's Facebook page where he shared: 

His opine was that "black people need to wake up" because "they" are eating "our babies".  The problem is that the photos, like much posted about and by Mr. Millere, are FAKE and have been known to be fake for sometime now. 

It surprises me that a "doctor" would fall for something known to be a fake.  Mr. Millere shared this from another Facebook user (Torie Magnificent) and if Mr. Millere had simply taken the time to click on the photo he would have found that two people (Jonas Vroven and
Nysuttutankhamun El Atum Re) already commented that the photos were fake (see below) before he shared it and wrote his grand comment on what "they" are doing to "our babies".   It's amazing that someone with a Ph.D. could be so easily duped considering the doctors past statements on his ability to do research (see here and here). 

I guess the truth simply should not get in the way of selling a narrative of the big, evil, corrupt and destructive "man" out to get the black community - even going so far to consume "our babies" as Mr. Millere writes.  The real story, weird as it is, simply isn't as exciting:   

No question that it's distasteful art but it's still "art" (to someone anyhow).  It was not then nor is it now real.  But when you have a racist narrative to sell don't let the truth get in your way - hell, that's a type of performance art in itself.  Using a lie to sell an agenda.  Seems pretty typical from extremist. 

More information about Zhu Yu and "Eating People" can be found here, here, here, here and here.

Dr. Millere could have connected this all back to the "white" counter culture in America who were fans of the Beatles.  He could have written how these "crackers" had been programmed to consume "our babies" as early as June 1966 when the Beatles released the album "Yesterday and Today".  The albums original cover had the Beatles holding "our babies" mutilated as they smile.  If he wanted to Mr. Millere could have discussed how this was all the Illuminati willingly destroying "our babies" as early as 1966.  Now THAT would have been some good research for the doctor to "sell" to unknowing, misinformed folks. 

Beatles "Yesterday and Today" original cover (cover was quickly changed an is highly collectable today). 

Mr.. Millere did mention Jeffery Dahmer and no question that Mr. Dahmer was evil.  The good news is that he was also caught, prosecuted and put in prison.  Mr. Dahmer was killed in prison. 

Mr. Millere does have a point that cannibalism is not just wrong but evil.  For a more contemporary example of cannibalism, Mr. Millere could have used Joshua Milton Blahyi better known as General Butt Naked a Liberian Warlord

Mr. Blahyi has admitted  to being, a cannibal who preferred to sacrifice babies, because he believed that their death promised the greatest amount of protection. He went into battle naked, wearing only sneakers and carrying a machete, because he believed that it made him invulnerable -- and he was in fact never hit by a bullet. His soldiers would make bets on whether a pregnant woman was carrying a boy or a girl, and then they would slit open her belly to see who was right. Mr. Blahyi has also said he, "recruited child soldiers, made them hack other people to pieces and ate the live hearts of his enemies."

Mr. Blahyi has since found redemption in Jesus and has begun a mission to seek forgiveness from the families of those he has wronged.  The film, "The Redemption of General Butt Naked" won several honors including the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 

Joshua Blahyi

I wonder why Mr. Millere left out the exploits of Gen. Butt Naked who admits to killing as many as 20,000 people and eating what I assume Mr. Millere would look at as "our babies".  Oh, because that would not fit the narrative he needs to sell - that's why. 

Great documentary by Vice called, "The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia" that interviews Gen. Butt Naked and others.  Gen. Butt Naked discusses how they would use drugs and drink the blood of a child before going into battle in the film.  Enjoy.  (Strong Language.  Violence and Strong Topic  - Not Safe for Children). 

U.S. Representative Elenor Holmes Norton (D - D.C.) publically extorts the NFL

Extortion is defined as; the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.  Synonyms; blackmail, shakedown.

(ABC News via Yahoo) Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is cosponsor of the House bill that would cut off the NFL's tax break. She represents the District of Columbia. ABC News said new bills were introduced in recent weeks to take away the not-for-profit designation. Norton said that the NFL might get that cushy tax break yanked ... unless it changes the Redskins' name.

"The NFL greed is so widespread that they’ve chosen to operate as a tax-exempt organization. So we want to take that choice away from them unless, and until, they decide not to profit from a name that has now officially been declared a racial slur,” Norton said on the ESPN/ABC podcast “Capital Games,” according to ABCNews.

Some "housekeeping" issues aside: First: I don't think the NFL should be a non-profit.  Second:  I do think the Washington Redskins should change their name.  Third:  Rep. Holmes Norton is not a voting member of the House as the representative from the District of Columbia. 

With the above out of the way, how is the NFL greedy as Rep. Holmes Norton states?  Are they not like MLB, NASCAR, NBA, MLS, NHL or even the NCAA in trying to make as much of a profit as possible?  This is now bad?  It must not be because while Rep. Holmes Norton called them greedy she seem willing to not touch the tax status issue, "unless, and until, they decide not to profit from a name that has now officially been declared a racial slur".  So, if the Redskins change there name to say, Washington Extortionist the league can remain non-profit in Rep. Holmes Norton's words. 

Since Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R) has been trying to address the NFL tax-exempt status for a while and introduced a bill in 2013 that went no place fast. 

Like I said, I am fine with changing the tax-exempt status and I do believe the Redskins should change the team name.  But there is no way it is appropriate for a sitting U.S. Representative to threaten a private organization in such an ethically questionable manner.   

Some people's childern.


(Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested four teenage boys suspected of slaughtering more than 900 chickens that were beaten to death by intruders at a poultry farm in central California, authorities said.
The birds were killed, some of them apparently with a golf club, during a break-in last month at the Foster Farms facility in Caruthers, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office said late on Wednesday that detectives acting on a tip from the public arrested 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero of Riverdale and three male juveniles, a 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds, earlier in the day.

Four kids.  900 chickens.  Killed with a golf club.  I love golf although I am not very good I love it.  My last full round was a 84 (like I said, I am not that good).  Let's just assume an average of 90 strokes a round.  That means these kids had enough strokes to gold ten rounds (assuming each bird was one stroke, one kill).  That took some time.  You have to think the yard birds were not just standing waiting to be wacked, right.  Geez. 

What's wrong with some people's kids.  Man. 

From "nothing to fear but fear itself" to "everything to fear if we lose".

"If we don't vote, believe it or not they are going to file articles of impeachment against our President.  If we don't vote, the street in front of your house is not going to get fixed.  If we don't vote, we're going to have hungry children across this country". 

- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D) OH 11th Congressional

First Lady Michelle Obama sent out a mass campaign email through the DNC that read, in part:
Friend -- You can’t hold your breath and wait to see who wins the Senate.
It’s too close for that. We need your help immediately.
I’ll put it frankly: If we lose these midterm elections, we’ll just see more obstruction, more lawsuits and talk about impeachment, and more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act or even shut down the government.
Sadly this strategy was predicted in a Daily Beast Colum in February 2014.   I actually discussed in April the many issues that I had hoped would be the focus of the mid-term elections but at that time felt the big issue would be "fear" and more directly the cries of "racism" would be the main talking point. 

It's to bad that this is happening.  I wonder if Rep. Fudge also knows that Pres. Obama, while I disagree with him, is my President too.