Ray Rice is cleared by judge

Lady of my acquaintance expressed dismay at this news. “It’s okay to beat your girlfriend/wife, you can still play in the NFL.” What a sorry state of affairs she said.
Digging deeper we find that in America it is okay to start a confrontation with an unarmed teen and end the confrontation with a bullet killing said teen. Travon Martin being the teen in this case.
In America it is okay to use excessive force to stop a teen in his tracks. Michael Brown the teen in this case.
In both cases the killer was able to convince the jury/grand jury that he was the victim. You be the judge here.
While the slaying of an unarmed teen in Salt Lake City by a police officer was quietly dismissed by the local prosecutor with little or no national exposure, it was another case of excessive force being used by one who is supposed to serve and protect. Dillon Taylor the teen in this case.
All these instances are displays of what this country has devolved to.
Jason Johnson has an excellent opinion piece on CNN explaining in detail the failures of our society, link to follow.
Meanwhile, the main stream media is focusing on the riots in Ferguson completely overlooking what is really going on in this once great country, (perhaps the world) stirring the pot of racism to keep the public’s focus off the real issue here.
Read the piece by Johnson and then tell me the riots are the problem.
Have to get the oil changed now, have another great day friends.


The War on Thanksgiving got off to a good start

Well friends, Bill O’Reilly and the gods of greed got their war on thanksgiving off to a good start yesterday.
The 4 slice toasters, made in China at a cost of approximately $1.48, were flying off the shelves at J.C. Penney stores nationwide, for a mere $20 with a $10 rebate. Many stores reported being sold out within minutes of their 5 pm opening.
Ladies returning home have reported savings of up to $100 each.
Government sources are considering using these savings to open more charter schools and/or prisons or maybe even some more bombs. The bombs could be used to blow up and kill the few remaining heathens of the world that fail to join us in our annual celebration of greed.
Meanwhile the gods of greed, seeing this successful start, are planning on expanding this program. They are working on convincing the public the real name of the day is “Merry Thinkshopping day.” They dropped the Happy used in the previous greeting of the day, thinking Merry will tie in nicely with the day of obscene consumption celebrated later in the year.
Planners are working on having the Detroit Lions play their game in London giving the day a 9 am start for the men that prefer football betting to spending the day at the mall. This will require forsaking the traditional turkey dinner and various colored “Jell-O” molds and going with a much quicker and easier Turkey bacon sandwiches. With a side of frozen hash browns for those with a more discerning taste.
And so my friends prepare yourselves for sleepless days and nights with charge cards a swiping and the *ladies elbowing their way through the malls in pursuit of that 40 pound bag of tube socks for only $8.99.
Men sitting in front of the wide screen at home swilling beer and switching to Turkey burgers with a side on nachos as the day wears into night and the 5th game begins with a sentimental singing of God Bless America sung by a fat lady who hires someone to do her shopping.
After all Commerce is the reason for the season. So shop on my friends, shop on!
*some men also partake in the shoving and screaming at the malls

They don’t hear us, til we do shit like this.

Those are the words of a young protester in Ferguson, Mo.
And the demonstrations continue in Ferguson
A few thoughts on this.
The looting and destruction is but a small minority of the actions, most of the demonstrators are peaceful. Of course this will not be made known on the main stream media.
Young black males feel they are being mistreated by the police in America. These actions are needed as they do keep the conditions in front of the public.
Do not want to go all Bill Cosby on the young blacks but, I have to ask. Did you vote? Or if you are not old enough to vote, did you insist your brothers, sisters, parents, aunts and uncles voted?
Some precincts in my area with 98 percent minority population had a dismal 24 percent turnout on Nov. 4, 2014.
It has been said, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.
This is not intended to single out minorities, many whites of my acquaintance have also given up and did not vote in the last election.
To the young man quoted in the title I say..
Politicians have but one goal in life, that goal is to get re-elected. Thanks to citizens united they hear the money loud and clear.
If you vote they will hear you also.
If you bring others to vote they will hear them also.
There are candidates that do hear your cries for help but they cannot help you if you don’t help them.
Get to the polls and vote every time, not just presidential elections, but vote for the small school board elections and local taxation issues or dog catcher just do it, VOTE.
Make it a habit, make a vow to never miss another election for the rest of your life.
You can make a difference without risking life and limb.
There, I feel better now. 😉

The people in Ferguson seem to be upset

What the hell is it that makes them so angry?
Were they expecting anything different from the grand jury?
In a brief conversation with a fellow in the afternoon he asked me if I would feel the same if it had been a black cop shooting and killing a white teenager? I replied “Hell yes!”
For me this is not about race. This is about a cop shooting and killing an unarmed teenager.
Later in the day I was at an American Legion here in Florida. The place was occupied by cigarette smoking, beer drinking veterans and their spouses. The television came on with talk of the Ferguson grand jury decision coming soon.
As I had already decided the cop would not be indicted, a quick look around the room convinced me this crowd would be cheering the results.
For a moment I thought back to many years ago when I had been in a room full of blacks and the OJ verdict had been announced. At that time I personally silently shook my head in disgust with the American judicial system. One or two young black ladies let out cheers but most of the room was silent.
Since that day there have been other verdicts that makes one wonder. The Casey Anthony trial and the Travon Martin case are two that come to mind.
Those cases and last night’s decision enforce my feelings that we are a long way from being “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”.
The rioting and looting by the oppressed masses will continue until a time comes when the grizzled veterans in the legions join hands with the urban victims of police brutality and demand equal justice for all.
The divide and conquer policy of the plutocrats continues to wield its ugly power over the masses, and that continues to be a shame.

Anyone old enough to remember John F. Kennedy as President of the United States

May recall the fear many Americans had at the time of having the Pope in Rome running the United States versus the President in Washington D.C,
Candidate Kennedy put these fears to rest in Houston Texas, where he spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.
This speech removed the fears of many and John F. Kennedy was eventually elected president of the United States.
Link to speech….
Now some 54 years later it appears the Catholics have indeed taken over the running of these United States of America.
They did so by sliding through the side door when no one was looking. They gained control of the United States Supreme Court and consequently have issued rulings that coincide with Catholic Doctrine.
The Hobby Lobby birth control case being the most spoken about such case.
There is another case entering the courts in Fort Wayne Indiana that will again test the powers of church over state.
The church has claimed they do not even have to go to trial to defend their decision to fire a worker for violating their religious teachings.
The church claims going to trial would violate their religious freedoms.
This case is currently in the 7th circuit court of appeals, if it reaches the Supreme Court it may well be a win for the church. And our progress to becoming a theocratic plutocracy would continue.
Here is a link to more details of the case…
IMHO the current Pope would not be too fond of the U.S. Supreme Court and their decisions. He may even want to excommunicate the justices 😉 What do you think?

Don Blankenship, Triangle Fires, and Plutocracy Unhinged

Something for all my “free market capitalist” friends to study.

That Devil History

Former Massey Energy CEO -- and world-class asshat -- Don Blankenship, wraps himself in the flag to give the impression that he cares more about the red, red, and blue than he does the green. Former Massey Energy CEO — and world-class asshat — Don Blankenship, wraps himself in the flag to give the impression that he cares more about the red, white, and blue than he does the green.

Americans like to talk a good deal about their twin-commitments to both capitalism and democracy, but the relationship between the two systems is, shall we say, fraught with tension. Democracy tries to remind capitalism about the importance of freedom and individual human rights, but, like an anti-domestic violence group trying to lecture the NFL about the importance of respecting women, its success rate is mixed, to say the least. The resulting conflict between corporate profit and human flourishing has burned with the intensity of a coal fire throughout U.S. history — which brings us to Don Blankenship.

Blankenship is the former CEO of Massey Energy, which was one of the country’s biggest coal extractors before…

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Ten years ago I was looking for a part time job

Something that would help me in the expenses of going south for the cold winters. Maintaining what amounts to two households is not inexpensive.
I read something in the local paper about getting part time work at a big box store where you could work in the north in the summer and transfer to southern stores in the winter. Follow the crowds so to speak.
So I went to Walmart and got on the computer and spent the better part of an hour filling out a questioner for employment. Upon completion the result came back stating I was not qualified to work at Walmart. A friend sarcastically commented that I did not qualify because I had all my front teeth.
The questioner was full of psychological questions: If you see two employees arguing in the back room you should…. 1. break It up, 2. Ignore it, 3. Report it to a supervisor. And so on.
Figuring I had failed to answer these questions correctly I went home and had a friend that had worked 20 some years in retail answer the questions. And to my surprise my application was again rejected as being not qualified. I said to hell with it and eventually went to work as a tax preparer for a large corporation.
Now, today I find this in a story regarding education in Michigan.
“Walmart admits that the reason they are so interested in education is that they are having trouble finding qualified entry level employees. If these words came from NASA or Apple or Microsoft, these words might be encouraging.

    But for Walmart, an educated workforce can negatively impact their bottom line. Educated employees tend to expect more money and better benefits than most entry level employees at Walmart earn.

Emphasis mine.
I guess I should have lied about my education level.
For the complete story regarding Michigan Education check this link.