Urban Police Forces in America need a renewal

Not a day goes by without another story about a white cop treating an African-American with total disrespect. Frequently resulting in a brutal beating of the citizen and occasionally resulting in death.
These officers leave their lily white suburban homes every day and enter the cities to police the “savages” within. This has to stop and it has to stop now.
We are not talking about the occasional “bad apple”, we are talking about all the apples. The good apples have either been spoiled already or have been indoctrinated to stay true to the blue in all matters.
A communities’ police force must represent the community. The people must be allowed to police themselves.
Current officers should be reassigned to sit in lawn chairs with assault rifles guarding recruitment sites or perhaps movie theaters. Any that have enough time should be OFFERED an early retirement.
Hire and train new officers from within the neighborhoods they will be policing, only then will we be able to trust the police again.
As it stands the current police are merely the foot soldiers of the oligarchs in control. Proven by their reaction to Occupy Wall Street versus their reaction to armed people having them in their sites during the Cliven Bundy incident.
Political revolution is coming to America. Enjoy!

Another Shooting another ho hum in America

Gunman Kills 2, himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, Movie Theater

We can all thank God the shooter was a white male, had he been a Muslim it would have been a terrorist attack and had it been a black male it would have been a thug, in this case it was just a white man with mental problems. A man that somehow had access to a 40 caliber handgun. No problem there.
And speaking of God, unfortunately, it appears she was in an adjoining theater watching the Minions during the shooting, what a shame.
Who would have thunk, God would prefer the Minions over Trainwreck. Less profanity I suspect.
Meanwhile the *“oathkeepers” are torn between their desire to protect our military and their desire to get more publicity by protecting movie goers nationwide.
*Oathkeepers the real thugs with guns in our society.

Have a nice day and remember, wear protective gear if attending a movie or a prayer meeting at a black church.

Last Friday afternoon

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I was standing in line at the local fruit market. Placed 4 peaches on the conveyor and heard a pleasant male voice behind me say. “That’s a healthy choice.”
I paused for a moment thinking, should I respond and what should I say.
I turned around and saw a very tall and slender young black man standing there. I did a double take at his height and a memory quickly passed through my mind.
I remembered years ago, when I met a very tall and slender young white man. Someone in our group told me to ask him if he played basketball. I said hi to the young man and he said “I don’t play basketball and if anyone else asks me I may punch him in the mouth.”
Believe it or not, the thought had flashed through my head to ask the young man standing behind me if he played basketball but that memory crossed it off just as fast as it came.
So I looked again at the young man and said “man…. how tall ARE you?” He grinned and replied “six foot eight”.
I said “wow” and continued with. “You know when I was about your age I remember standing up in church and looking around to find I was frequently the tallest guy standing.” “Now, standing next to you I am just another short guy. Every generation gets taller and taller.”
The young man still smiling said “yes it appears that way.”
I paid the clerk the $2 for the 4 peaches and told her to have a nice day. I turned to the young man gave him a gentle punch on the arm and said. “And you, you continue to be and walk tall.”
He chuckled and said thank you.
This man and I will most likely never cross paths again, but his pleasant smile and kind demeanor made me feel a little better in that moment. I hope I did the same for him.
It is after all, these small non-consequential interchanges between humans, which make this world a better place to live in.
Say something nice to a stranger today.

Social Security and Nationalism


Busy here, so thank you for the words of wisdom. Reblogging now.

Originally posted on Voices from the Margins:

Carol A. Hand

As “Independence Day” approaches, I am reminded of a discussion I had with students in an undergraduate social welfare policy course I was teaching in a prairie-state university. The topic for the day was the Social Security Act. As I thought about the class, I couldn’t tune out the context. The year was 2002. The U.S. was poised to invade Iraq with the flimsiest of excuses.

“In October 2002, the U.S. Congress passed a “Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq“.”

People’s lives and the futures hung in the balance.

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Slide – C.A. Hand – American Social Welfare Policy PowerPoint – April 23, 2014

It’s clear that wars have always deflected the attention of the nation from the needs of people, providing an excuse to decimate the grudgingly created and almost always inadequate social safety net in…

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Dallas Police Department Attacked

A right wing, anti-government, radical attacked the Dallas Police Department last weekend. This character used bombs, assault weapons and a used armored van in his attack. Armored van was a swat team van purchased as a used vehicle.
The corporate controlled media gave this incident little coverage, with nary a mention on Fox. At least I found nothing on Fox during the event.
It has been 20 years since another anti-government radical set off a bomb in Oklahoma, killing 168 people including 19 children.

In April of 2009 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released a report suggesting lone wolf right wing extremists were the biggest threat to our national security.
This report was condemned by right wingers and Napolitano was chastised for issuing such a report.
The SPLC reports in the last 6 years a domestic terrorist incident has occurred, on average, about once a month.
Personally I think these radical “I hate gubbiment” characters come from Saint Ronnie’s “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” in his 1981 inaugural address.
This was the seed that began the growth of all these anti-government groups and thoughts. Some of my younger friends have experienced this rhetoric all their lives.
We currently have the government we elected. If you are not happy with this government, do something. Get involved, get learned and work to get people elected that will work for you, not just the wealthy few currently in control.
You can have the government you want.
Bernie Sanders is my choice to do this. Check him out and let me know what you think.
“and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Voting by Mail

While some elected officials have spent the last few years making it more difficult for many to vote, here in Michigan there is a grass roots movement working to make it easier to vote. A petition drive to put voting by mail on the ballot.
To this I say BRAVO!
IMHO All American citizens should be allowed to vote with minimal obstructions.
“A change that simultaneously increases voter participation, saves millions of dollars and makes the postal service relevant again would seem to be what public finances and America’s civic health need. But when it comes to voting by mail, even with a decade-long track record, states seem to be saying, “Not so fast.””
Link to quote and more discussion…. http://www.governing.com/columns/dispatch/Why-Hasnt-Voting-by-Mail-Spread.html

Currently 3 states have vote by mail; Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
These three states have all experienced increased voter participation and decreased costs.
Worthwhile goals for sure.
Michigan’s efforts are being fired up by an activist lady from the frozen north, Jackie Bruzewski Pierce.
Jackie has set up a Facebook page and a website in this effort. A ballot petition drive is expensive and so far the majority of expenses have been covered by Jackie and small donations. Please go to the site and help in the drive with a small donation or volunteer to collect signatures, thank you.
Link to donate to the petition drive…. Let’s vote Michigan
link to page let’s vote Michigan

Swiss Bank, UBS ready to settle

cashTESTSwiss Bank UBS is ready to pay a fine of 500 million dollars as a settlement in their manipulation of currency exchange rates.
UBS worked with JP Morgan, Citigroup, Britain’s Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland in this highly profitable scam.
They will be sharing the fine with their customers, expect higher fees my friends.
“I believe the officers, and, especially, the directors, of corporations should be held personally responsible when any corporation breaks the law.”
Theodore Roosevelt

This law breaking by corporations will stop when we start jailing the thugs responsible.
Think about it my friends, and raise hell with your elected officials to put a stop to this type of activity.