Ferguson, Missouri

What the hell is going on in this country? Just saw a news clip on CNN about another young black man being shot and killed in St. Louis, Mo. Different circumstances but similar. Dead guy in St. Louis stole some muffins from a store and was wielding a knife and challenged police to shoot him. They complied with his wishes.

I recall years ago when the patriot act was first approved, many on the right would reply to complaints from the left with “If you are doing nothing wrong, you should have no fear of being watched.”

Now we are reading of constant reports of police in Ferguson threatening reporters with violence. If they are doing nothing wrong, why do they fear being watched/recorded?

Link to a list of Reporters arrested so far… http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322938/-Ferguson-police-continue-arresting-and-attacking-media?detail=email
Yesterday I posted this on my Facebook page. “The shit is hitting the fan in the United States of America.”

A right wing person responded and eventually suggested I watch a movie. A movie that was written and directed by someone that either is or has served time in prison for campaign violations. A person that is closely linked to the Heritage Foundation and other right wing think tanks.

I explained this to the right wing person and suggested they watch Rich Hill and The Hunger Games a more accurate depiction of what is really going on in America today.

I have not heard back from the right wing person yet.

Today I suggested there be more peaceful demonstrations for the oppressed masses in Ferguson, Mo. I went on to say there will be some and soon.

Hang on my friends, the birth of something new can at times be painful.

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Fixing the Economy 101

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Minwage3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Years ago while conversing with some young fellows.

It was probably 6 or 7 years ago. A group of us were discussing the dismal state of the economy here in the United States. I made a statement… If we expect this economy to get back on its feet, we have to find a way to get some money into the hands of the middle class and the working poor. This statement was made based on my opinion; if we get some expendable income to these people, they will indeed spend it.  This will have a snowball effect creating a robust economy.  I still hold those beliefs and share them here today.  Garnet Lewis, a candidate for Michigan’s 32nd district senate seat, just asked a question on Facebook about what can we do to create jobs in Michigan .

I did not respond to the question on Facebook, but am doing so now.

Best and quickest short-term solution would be to raise the minimum wage. I know this goes against the message that has been burned into our brains for years but, statistics do prove that raising minimum wage does increase jobs.

Another quick fix would be to start investing in repairing our infrastructure, we all agree this is a much-needed item and I think we should fast forward this action.

On longer term solutions we should invest in education for all our children. A well-educated work force is a draw for investment and increases the value of our workers.

Just a few quick thoughts today, busy schedule.

And you heard it here first; a team from the state of Michigan will win today.

Originally I intended to lighten up today.

Jesus casting out the money changers from the ...

Jesus casting out the money changers from the Temple by Giotto, 14th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Post something personal or something light and whimsical to assure my friends that I am indeed not just an old curmudgeon that is angry at the world BUT!

A Facebook friend posted a meme dealing with bibles not being allowed in schools anymore but being encouraged in prisons. Suggesting if bibles were in schools we would need fewer prisons.

First off let me say, as a student in public schools in the 1940s and 50s I never saw a bible in school. To the best of my knowledge they were never allowed in public schools, and rightfully so.

Secondly, i have posted previously my thoughts of organized religion being a primary root of the evil in the world we live in.  The Holy Wars continue to this day my friends.

I do remember seeing bibles in hotel/motel rooms but guess what; I have never seen a bible in a bank.

Methinks they have never been allowed in banks, this probably stems from the fact that Jesus entered the temple and for the only time in his life displayed anger.

Matthew 12:12

12And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”…

In an effort to not upset my Christian friends let me say again.  If you receive comfort and solace from your Christian beliefs, carry on and enjoy your life. This is not an attempt to change you or your beliefs; rather it is an attempt to stop you from trying to change the lives of others through deceptive practices.

Perhaps if we were to allow bibles in banks the banksters would cut back or stop screwing the people out of their hard-earned money.

Think about it.

Politics today

After posting a couple of things on Facebook yesterday I got some responses that should be shared here.

First post was a sarcastic statement; Egypt has banned the Muslim brotherhood citing their disruptive tactics and general actions being not in the best interests of the country, maybe the United States should do the same with the tea party.  This brought a couple of comments, the first being in support  “I marvel that Republicans who voted for tea party candidates still have not connected the dots.” The second from a possible tea party member said simply “No, with Obama”

My response to the second was “So you prefer the people who are trying to deny health care to millions of American citizens?”  I am still waiting for a reply to this.

The second post was a link to a Samuel Jackson interview in Playboy magazine. The headline “Samuel L. Jackson slams Obama: ‘Stop trying to relate and be more presidential’” This link was posted because of a statement at the end of the article

“Despite being an avid user of social media and having nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, Jackson says that signing petitions on Facebook and Twitter won’t get things accomplished the way physical protests used to.

“You need to have your physical body out there in the streets and let these people — and the rest of the world — know. When our antiwar movement led the world, it was because people could see us in the streets, see our faces, hear the protest music,” he explains.

“You can’t do that sh– blogging in a room. I can’t see you on your keyboard. I can’t see you sitting there in the dark. Things happen when people get out in the street.”

This is the message I was trying to get out to my friends on Facebook but to my chagrin some just looked at the headline and let me have it for not supporting the president. They suggested Republicans would take this headline and have a heyday with it.

Lesson learned, if you want to share something on FB, make sure the headline fits your intentions or just share the clip.

In other news Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder has already started running campaign ads for the election which will be in about 13 months. Does this mean the Republicans are scared or do they just have an overabundance of DeVos money?

Still in Michigan the Republican controlled legislative branch has passed a bill restricting the public’s first amendment rights. This bill was passed with the support of the Chamber of Commerce, what does that tell you?

Read more of Samuel L. Jackson’s interview here: http://www.businessinsider.com/samuel-l-jackson-slams-obama-in-playboy-2013-9#ixzz2g0Q4zDwz

Tigers clinched division title last night, so all is not bad here, squirt some cheap Champagne and enjoy!

Itsy bitsy spider, childhood jingle?

When I was but a wee lad I remember singing this song, jingle or whatever you call it.

Going to repeat it here just in the slim chance that someone out there has not heard it.

“The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water-spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.”

And repeat as necessary.

Of course this was accompanied by the hand gestures learned and copied by all us tiny tykes.

I have been told this is supposed to be an inspirational song for the children suggesting they never give up.

However, when I first learned and sang this song as a wee lad my impression was…

What a dumb ass spider, why does he keep going up the spout? I mean really, how many times does he have to get washed out before he decides there has to be a better way? Did he even think about maybe crawling up the outside of the spout or how about just crawling up the wall? Or maybe he could find a better way to occupy his time?

And this brings me to the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives have just voted for the 42nd time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Knowing full well that it has no chance in hell of going anywhere, they continue wasting taxpayer dollars doing this.

What a bunch of dumb ass spiders don’t you think?

And now we hear that this same bunch of *RWNJs is going to fund everything in the government except the affordable care act, another losing proposition.  With future plans to not increase the debt limit unless the act is repealed.

*RWNJ=

Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA

Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

right-wing nut jobs

And don’t get me started on the damage this same branch of kooks is doing in state governments.

Well, enough for today, the rain has stopped I think I will go out and crawl up the spout again. 😉

Dear Erin

Originally was going to post a shout out to my Democratic friends but, like this one too much to just let it go. Enjoy the words of wisdom from fellow blogger Notestoponder.

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Dear Erin,

We only crossed paths for a short while, always at work, and only for the blink of an eye. You were there one day, gone the next. Inquiries as to your where-a-bouts met vague explanations; dealing with health issues, needing some personal time, taking care of family matters. Not my place to press the issue – I backed off,  yet you never left my mind.

I doubt you understand how gracious and beautiful you are. I say this because even though I know nothing about your life, I was able to read your eyes like an open book. I had those same eyes many years ago; eyes that gave away any attempt to feel “normal”, eyes pleading for something they couldn’t define. I recognized your pain, stoic attempts to pretend life was under control.

I don’t know why you’re so sad, but know you where damaged along the…

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Free Pepe !!

Pepe Le Voucher was just harassed by local police on Mackinac Island. He was there to shed a light on the atrocities being discussed at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference that I had mentioned in yesterday’s blog.

https://www.facebook.com/mark.brewer.3766?hc_location=stream

Well, how long before Pepe is not just harassed but actually arrested? In a preventative mode and in order to maintain Pepe’s rights to assemble and free speech there is a true grass roots movement starting to “FREE PEPE” If you are interested in joining the group please contact me via email.

Or you can join by going to the Face book page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/466875063389102/

I have included a couple of links explaining in more detail the dastardly deeds being laid out by the plutocrats. Beware today they get the skunk, tomorrow it could be you or me!

Snyder and Duncan shadowed by Progress Michigan’s ‘Pepe Le Voucher’

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For months, Snyder’s skunk works group was meeting behind closed doors

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130502/POLITICS02/305020312#ixzz2Unno0WJc