A really good Candid Observation that follows the same line of logic and reasoning that I have talked about here in some of my other posts. Please do yourselves a favor and give it a look.
It amazes and bothers me that we in this country are so reluctant to talk about race and racism.
I spoke this week at an event which I thought would be predominantly white; the sermon was about how we who love God ought to choose God and serve God over racism, sexism, militarism, materialism, homophobia …I didn’t say it, but those things in the list could be, and should be, classified as “sin” since sin is anything that separates us from God.
The audience turned out to be predominantly African-American, and I am more than sure that, while the message resonated with the African-Americans, many of the white people in attendance were probably offended.
I know by now that we all see things through different lenses, lenses tinted by our life experiences, but in this, the 21st century, where racism is as ugly and as…
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I don’t know why people continue to need to be taught the lessons from the days of “King”. Rioting, and violence, accomplish nothing especially not making your point for you. Acting stupid, even if you have just cause to, will only breed more stupidity
- George Zimmerman Played Cop in Trayvon Martin Case (fidlerten.com)
- Silence for Shaima, Justice for Trayvon ” Feminist Conscience (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
- Al Sharpton back-pedaling… urges non violent acts in support of Trayvon Martin family (bazaardaily.com)
- There’s No Justice for Trayvon in Violence – News – GOOD (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)
- Judge Refuses To Combine Charges In WikiLeaks Case (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- Ruling expected on WikiLeaks charges dismissal request (ctv.ca)
The hacking collective Anonymous is back with another pulse-pounding video, this time in an attempt to rally the American public against the “SOPA-like” CISPA bill that passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate.
- April 28, 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner
- April 27, 2012 House Passes Student Loan Bill That Would Cut Preventive Health Programs
from Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/cispa_likely_to_prevail_over_public_opposition_alone_20120428/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Truthdig+Truthdig%3A+Drilling+Beneath+the+Headlines
- CISPA Bill Passed in U.S. House Under Veto Threat (theepochtimes.com)
- Lacking a Corporate Outcry, CISPA Looks Likely to Pass (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)
- ANONYMOUS: House Passes CISPA, The Fight Is Just Beginning – Message to U.S. Citizens (panoffolin.wordpress.com)
Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective ‘torture’
(Reuters) – A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh “enhanced interrogation techniques” the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism …
Former CIA spy boss made an unhesitating call to destroy interrogation tapesWashington Post
from Top Stories – Google Newshttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNHfAvLIXkqdGcPciSsPf5in6cLJnA&url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-congress-torturebre83q07j-20120426,0,7459648.story
- Senate decides torture ineffective (poodyheads.wordpress.com)
- Senate Probe Shows Little Evidence Torture Was Effective (alan.com)
- Senate Probe: US Torture Not Working Very Well(news.antiwar.com)
- Sources: Scant evidence ‘torture’ helped war on terror, Senate probe finds (usnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Senate Finds That Water-Boarding And Other “Enhanced Interrogation” Is Not Effective (businessinsider.com)
Unfortunately I am inclined to believe this. I have the sinking feeling that they will fail to prove sufficient intent and in some way he will get off the hook. I feel like they really have a slam dunk manslaughter case, and I am all for them pursuing a higher charge, but with the caveat that it does not gamble away the possibility of Zimmerman serving ANY time in jail. Kinda rings a bell, eerily similar to somebody else we all know. I sorta feel like I’m repeating myself. la-la-la- (maybe if I just cover my ears it will all go away). All we can do is continue to watch and hope to ensure that justice is done.
Without a grand jury, Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey determined the second-degree murder charge for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. Some believe this is another instance of Corey zealously overcharging as she has done in the past .
CNN’s Gary Tuchman looks at another controversial case involving Corey and charges she issued against a 12-year-old boy. Cristian Fernandez is being tried as an adult on a first-degree murder charge for the death of his 2-year-old brother. He’s the youngest person in Florida to be charged as an adult for murder.
When first imprisoned, he was placed in solitary confinement in an adult jail before a judge agreed to move him to a juvenile facility. If convicted, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
When asked about the decision, Corey said, “We want the public to understand at this point we have no choice” She also believes it’s necessary…
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“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Although this may seem random to some, or like not a big deal to others, I take the quote as being extremely illustrative. It clearly serves as proof that it is the average American, you and I, that serve as the front line against the encroachments of those with power, against personal liberty. The government would love nothing more than for us to vote or legislate away every aspect of our personal and private lives fall within its realm of control. This is only reinforced by EVERY SINGLE administration, D AND R since FDR. The only people allowing our freedoms to whittle away, our lives run into disarray, is ourselves. The only problem with this scenario, to me personally, is the fact that I believe a lot more Americans are far more aware and capable than they would lead you to believe. Changing it would necessitate hard work, and effort, or it might conflict with their favorite program’s schedule…..[sigh] But its a mystery why nobody is looking out for us?
- Kurt Vonnegut on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 2005 (brainpickings.org)
- The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Tom McCartan – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Kurt Vonnegut Finger Puppet and Magnet (neatorama.com)
- Motivation Monday: Kurt Vonnegut (awriterstouch.wordpress.com)
- Bringing Chaos to Order (3quarksdaily.com)
- Neuroscience in Fiction: “Slaughterhouse 5”, by Kurt Vonnegut (blogs.scientificamerican.com)