Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ferguson, anyone else sick of the cop attitudes?

By now most of you have heard about the unrest near St. Louis in the suburbs, in a place called Ferguson.

It has been on the nightly news and the other media for days now and most of you probably think that it
won’t happen in your city, that it is just some sort of ghetto event.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a little bit of Ferguson bubbling up in communities across this land, as folks discover the fact that the police have become militarized and with guns being their main tools, shooting first to kill has become their action of choice when a confrontation develops.

To me, that appears to be the case in Ferguson, at least in this footage below. Note the extremely short time, seconds, between the cops arriving and the shooting of Mr. Powell, dead as a doornail, followed by
handcuffing the corpse.

Look carefully, do you see a knife?

There is an interesting change that has happened over the last decade or so in the suburbs- while the
police forces have stayed lily white mostly, their prey constituents have become more black and latino.
Unfortunately their method of policing has had to adapt to a new reality and they have turned to the tried and true ways of dealing with minorities, busting heads and shooting the Hell out of anyone who causes
trouble.

You know, white folks have long assumed that this type of policing would never come to their neighborhoods but I am not so sure. I watched another video the other day where a cop manhandled a
disabled person, note his skin color.

One of these days, they’ll pick on somebody able to fight back.

Police all over the country seem to look upon the average citizens as guilty until proven innocent and that
they will make that determination, not a judge and jury. Never in my life have I seen or read so many reports
alleging police brutality or misconduct or what I feel are police lynchings of the public, like that shooting in Ferguson recently. Or Kelly Thomas, a homeless man killed by police in Fullerton, California a couple of years ago. By the way, the jury acquitted the officers in that case despite overwhelming evidence against the officers in a videotape made by a property surveillance camera.

What is to be done about this? Can we trust our government and community leaders to act to stop these
illegal police activities?

I don’t think so. This is something that we the people will have to take care of, individually or as a group action.

Let me bring up a couple of historical incidents of folks fighting with the cops and living to tell about it.

Sonny Liston, former Boxing champion, had at least 2 altercations with cops, leaving one headfirst stuffed into a garbage can. They didn’t shoot him and he ended up serving time for one of the assaults.

Pat Buchanan, the political commentator, as a young man had a run in with police, he thought he was disrespected by them and got into fisticuffs with them, and ended up getting arrested.

I am sure few of you have heard the following name, Sagon Penn. In 1985, he was involved in an altercation with San Diego police that led to him shooting and killing one, wounding and running over another, and wounded a civilian observer(ride along.) In two trials, he was acquitted of the murder and other serious charges, and the jury deadlocked on the lesser charges. There was no retrial. Both trials focused on police issues dealing with the minority communities- sound familiar?

Sagon Penn took his own life about 15 years later, I am sure that hardly a day went by that he wasn’t followed by police or haunted by his notoriety.

We as a people somehow need to put across to the police that we are not going to take being dissed anymore, not going to take being pushed around anymore, and we sure as Hell ain’t gonna take our cops acting as judge, jury and executioners anymore.

As Dr. King said, a man can’t ride your back if you stand up.

Morongobill

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A little trickle of contrarian views, strong views

Sorry about the lack of paragraphs, tried out Blogger's engine and it is terrible, next post I will use Windows Live Writer and it will look much more professional. Sorry for not redoing it now, my excuse is that I am on vacation and I'm sticking to it. Since the main stream media here can't go against their bosses, I might as well add my voice to the little trickle of alternative views available to those who doubt that this country is on the right course. Now if you believe that America should be minding the whole world's business and kicking ass and taking names as she goes, this blog is not the place for you. I know that there are a lot of folks out there who support my country right or wrong and nothing is going to change your mind, so I won't try. You are a lost cause, the coolaid has worked with you, the brainwashing has taken full effect. Don't let the backporch door hit you in the ass on your way out. But if you can think on your own and have started to see that the media supplied narratives don't seem to match what your eyes are seeing then stick around. Do you have your ringside seats yet for the coming hot war with Russia, the possible World War III? Not yet? That's alright, you'll be able to see enough of the action from wherever you are. Haven't heard about it or didn't know that anything was going on? You aren't the only one, considering how the media has been so busily distracting you with the latest Miley Cyrus butt cheek showing shorts photos! The media bosses and the government don't want you aware of the possible disaster ahead, they want you to be distracted and uninformed, hence the nonstop Miley and Kardashian show that passes for news these days, I'm telling you Walter Cronkite has got to be spinning like a top in his grave right now, from the state of his beloved news business now. For example, how many of you readers ever heard that the official policy of the U.S. government now is that a nuclear first strike is on the table? How many of you thought that MADD was still what the government believed in? That the U.S, Russia and China had enough nuclear warheads to destroy all life on earth and each other, so the nuclear weapons use was off the table? I just found out recently that MADD was no longer the policy, that first strike was, and judging by what I have been seeing happening worldwide as my country drone bombs once place after another, and sticks its' big nose into one country's business after another, goes from one foreign policy debacle after another- our government is a serial offender, a recidivist, nothing is going to work, it is too set in its' ways- somebody or something needs to grab Uncle Sam and slap him upside the head to get his attention, before the situation say in the Ukraine for example gets totally out of control and we end up in the fight of our lives with an enraged Russian bear! Has anybody else noticed that we are still in a recession or depression? Has anybody else noticed that Amerika really sucks at the empire business? Has anybody else noticed that we just can't seem to be able to build things anymore, except weapons? Oh, and don't forget that we buy a lot of parts for those vaunted weapons systems overseas; when the gun is turned toward the country that made the part do you think that it will work? Or will it have a trapdoor built in and some malicious code that will cause it to fail? How's that new Chevy doing? Got your recall notice yet? Relax, you will, after all everyone that they have made since the bailout is affected. Who'd a thunk that? This country has one foot on a banana peel and one in the boneyard, and our elites are pushing hard to complete the fall by getting us involved in a hot shooting war with Russia/China with the mainstream media complicit, pushing out the propaganda bull as fast as they can shit out it out. Where's that evidence, that smoking gun proof they supposedly had implicating Russia in the airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine? Don't hold your breath waiting for them to produce it. Hell, the Malaysian government is now insinuating that the Ukraine government shot the plane down with air to air missiles and cannon fire from the two jets they had flying nearby. While I am thinking about it, has any other liberal thought about just what a world of hurt that we would be in if that blowdried rich bastard Kerry had been elected president? To think, I actually bought the sales pitch and voted for him! Let me close for now by telling you the lesson that I have learned. Hilary damn sure won't be getting a vote from this old guy! The Clinton coolaide effect has definitely wore off here in Kalifornia! As for our Nobel Peace Prize winning president, he'll be the subject of a future post and I guarantee it will not be a fawning one.