Stop Pretending Reform Will Help

Politicians have lined up, especially Dems, to call for reform….to include former president Obama….

Barack Obama has told young people of colour “your lives matter” in public remarks that supporters welcomed as an antidote to Donald Trump’s racially charged and divisive threats to crack down on civil dissent.

America’s first black president on Wednesday expressed faith in young people in the US and said he remained “optimistic” about the future despite the police killing of George Floyd and mounting crises that Trump’s critics say leave the country crying out for leadership.

Obama spoke at an event by the My Brother’s Keeper alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation, that was called “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence.” It was the first public appearance by the 44th president since Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck, sparking nine days of nationwide protests that have been mostly peaceful but marred by some incidents of violence.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/03/obama-george-floyd-remarks-protests-trump

Nice words….but he had 8 years in White House to accomplish something…..and here we are.

Then there is the new ad from candidate Biden….

Again he was in the White House for 8 years and yet…here we are again.

Then there are all the pundits that have the answers to the problems….they are paid to have these…so take most of them with a grain of salt.

Let’s be honest….the police have immunity from prosecution in some cases and it was given by the Supreme Court….

Qualified immunity, created by the Supreme Court in the 1970s, shields police and other government officials from liability in civil rights lawsuits when the illegality of their actions was not “clearly established” at the time of the offense.

The Supreme Court Has a Chance To End Qualified Immunity and Prevent Cases Like George Floyd’s

Learn more about ‘Qualified Immunity’…..https://www.vox.com/2020/6/3/21277104/qualified-immunity-cops-constitution-shaniz-west-supreme-court

Not to worry there will be a mass of bills to change things when it involves the police and each one will be just to pad a resume for their next election…..or it it makes it to the Senate it will die a slow death for the Senate is where great bills go to die.

What I am saying is that ‘reforms’ will not change a damn thing….why?  They are easily swept aside but another administration.

The first thing we need to do is….stop blaming those ‘bad apples’….why?

There is a long long legacy of brutality by the police…https://www.salon.com/2020/06/03/bad-apples-are-not-the-problem-americas-police-have-a-long-legacy-of-brutal-misconduct/

Let us not forget those state legislatures……they were slow if not slower than the national leaders in ceasing the brutality……

 
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FILE – In this March 5, 2019 file photo Ohio House minority leader Emilia Sykes delivers the Democrat’s response to the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Only about a third of U.S. states have enacted laws addressing police use-of-force in the six years since a national protest movement emerged over the killings of black men by white police officers. Sykes criticized GOP lawmakers this week for failing to enact laws recommended by former Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s task force that hold police accountable. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —

A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force. Six years later, only about a third of states have passed laws on the question.

The issue is at the heart of nationwide protests set off by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes while he pleaded for air.

Now, some lawmakers and governors are hoping to harness the renewed wave of anger to push through changes on the use of force they couldn’t manage after 2014, a year that included the deaths at the hands of police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

“We’re absolutely at a point in time where we have to do more,” said Maryland state Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, a Democrat who will chair a working group announced this week that will take up use-of-force standards for that state.

Pushback from politically influential law enforcement unions prompted some states’ use-of-force proposals to stall, while others have opted for voluntary programs to change policing practices. In some states, lawmakers have even broadened the powers of police, such as increasing penalties for those who attack officers or, as in Tennessee and Utah, limiting the power of independent review boards that investigate police conduct.

https://apnews.com/bd27ce94833a6c021329086973112eaf

I do not have all the answers but a start would be to recall all the military equipment and let the police use the law as the weapon not the arms made for war.

Training in law enforcement and community not tactics for going to war.

One attempt to do something (to illustrate my point)…..

H.R.1232 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

Bill History – Congressional Record References

 
And it ended with a thud of non-action.

Another attempt from the same timeline….

The Demilitarization of Police Act requires law enforcement agencies to disclose and justify the need and cost of any military equipment they own (e.g. machine guns, armored vehicles, night-vision scopes, camouflage fatigues and flash-bang grenades). Law enforcement agencies must provide the [legislature/council/commission] at least 90 days notice before any future acquisition of military equipment.

Based on New Jersey SB 2364 and SB 2365 (2014)

Read the Act….https://publicleadershipinstitute.org/model-bills/public-safety/demilitarization-police-act/

A Case for de-militarization…..

https://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1280&context=mjrl

Time to end for good the 1033 Program which is the way police gets their weapons of war to use on the civilian population.

Just a few reasons why I do not trust the politicians and pundits and their calls for reform…..

This country needs CHANGE…..not reform.

The call for reforms is what you do when you want nothing to be done.

Enough talk!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

So You Want To Protest?

A small how-to post…..in case you are feeling froggy…..

As an old fart that has several protests under his belt from many years ago in response to war……I think I need to help these so-called protesters out with some valuable advice about protesting……the one thing that I see missing for the most part are Protest marshals and needed medics (I am sure they are there just not very visible to the cameras)……

But here are some of the things you need to put into place before to step out to confront especially the police.

There are many ways to protests and nit all involve confrontation….

  • Rally – Protest event where people gather in large numbers to make a statement.
  • March – Protest event where a gathering of people walk together en masse.
  • Burma Shave – Holding signs by the side of a busy road with a message that people will read as they drive by.
  • Street Theater – Acting out a scene or dramatic interpretation in public.
  • Flash Mob – Showing up with many others in a public place at a designated time and doing a choreographed dance or song or action together, then quickly dispersing.
  • Banner Drop – Hanging and dropping a banner with your message from a prominent or symbolic place.
  • Blockade – Denying access to a building/place/street by putting many bodies in front of it and locking arms.
  • Guerrilla Action – Any kind of unconventional method (including flash mobs and street theater) used to disrupt the status quo or promote an activist message.

Now that the reason and type has been agreed upon we need to assign roles….

  1. Decision Maker & Communications – People who decide what should happen in a march
  2. Marshalls – People who will keep the marchers safe from police and other aggressive elements  (plus all security people need cameras to record those around them)(set up “spiders”…special independent detachments that will do what is necessary to defend protesters.)
  3. MCs and Speakers
  4. Media spokespeople (read this and make sure you send a press release in advance)
  5. Accessibility
  6. Police Liaison and Street Medics
  7. People flyering on the streets and gathering contacts
  8. Filming and photographing for yourself

People you will need to be as sophisticated as those that will oppose you.

This is a printable handbook for protesting…..http://www.toolsforchange.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rally-zine.pdf?4c19cd

Another guide that could be helpful……https://front.moveon.org/rally-organizing-guide/

Then dealing with tear gas…..

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There are other ways to protest for change….if street action is not your style then maybe you can find your voice in these types of change action…..

https://www.autostraddle.com/tag/be-the-change/

Keep in mind that your opponent has the “law” on its side….if you must confront heavily armed cops use your head….do not let emotions get in the way of working for change and justice.

Click to access Antifa,%20The%20Anti-Fascist%20Handbook.pdf

Be Informed….Be Safe…..Be Cautious……Above All….Be Heard!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Is It Riot Or Resistance?

American society has been once again awaken from the Dream by protests……and as normal it is because a black person has been killed by the police.

I am sure there are a wealth of opinions on why and most of them are out of the mouths of white people who have no idea on what it is truly all about.

So is it riot or resistance?

Let’s be honest…..your opinion will be formed by what you see and hear in the news….so basically the MSM decides which it will be….

The general public’s opinions about protests and the social movements behind them are formed in large part by what they read or see in the media. This gives journalists a lot of power when it comes to driving the narrative of a demonstration.

They can emphasize the disruption protests cause or echo the dog whistles of politicians that label protesters as “thugs.” But they can also remind the public that at the heart of the protests is the unjust killing of another black person. This would take the emphasis away from the destruction of the protests and toward the issues of police impunity and the effects of racism in its many forms.

https://theconversation.com/riot-or-resistance-how-media-frames-unrest-in-minneapolis-will-shape-publics-view-of-protest-139713

Now after about 2 weeks of violence the moralizing has begun….

The moralizing has begun.

Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it.

Be peaceful, they implore, as protesters rise up in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. This, coming from the same people who melted down when Colin Kaepernick took a knee — a decidedly peaceful type of protest. Because apparently, when white folks say, “protest peacefully,” we mean “stop protesting.”

Everything is fine, nothing to see here.

Protest, Uprisings, and Race War

Some are asking…”But why all the violence?”

Vox took a look at that question in an article over the weekend….

Of course the protests are about George Floyd’s death. Political leaders fear violence at the protests — and any destruction of property or bodily harm is, of course, worrisome — but their concerns actually demonstrate the fundamental asymmetry that the protesters are pushing back against. The state has a monopoly on legitimate violence, and it is often directed at young black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice — the list goes on. When they die, the police officers responsible too frequently face no repercussions because they are protected by the law. If the men who killed George Floyd go to prison for their actions, they will be exceptions that prove that longstanding rule.

Yet if the anger and frustration from centuries of racial oppression causes a peaceful protest to become “violent” — and most of the reported attacks have been directed against property, not people, though one man was tragically killed in Detroit — suddenly that other kind of violence becomes the dominant story so far as political leaders are concerned, a disruption to the natural order that must be corrected. The systemic racism that has led to so many black lives being cut short becomes secondary.

But it shouldn’t, because that’s the real problem America must grapple with. Otherwise, sooner or later, this will all happen again.

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/30/21275507/minneapolis-george-floyd-protests-police-violence

The most logical next question was how did the police get authorized the use of these choke holds?

Ever hear of the City of Los Angeles v Lyons?

We can lay some of the blame at the feet of SCOTUS.

Lyons brought a federal lawsuit against the city and officers who assaulted him. But that case, City of Los Angeles v. Lyons (1983), did not end well for him. Decades later, the 5-4 decision still stands as one of the greatest obstacles to civil rights lawyers challenging police brutality in cases like George Floyd’s.

Adolph Lyons was not the only man choked by a Los Angeles police officer. Between 1975 and 1980, LAPD officers used chokeholds on at least 975 occasions.

As Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote in his dissenting opinion, “the city instructs its officers that use of a chokehold does not constitute deadly force.” Nevertheless, “no less than 16 persons have died following the use of a chokehold by an LAPD police officer,” 12 of whom were black men.

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/30/21274697/supreme-court-police-chokehold-george-floyd-derek-chauvin-lyons-los-angeles

This whole ball of hate has been building since the video of the beating of Rodney King was posted for all to see…..and the results of the results of the police trials of the ones doing the beating.

But to worry our “president” has a plan to end these protest…..

President Trump, declaring himself a “president of law and order,” threatened Monday to deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” to American cities, claiming governors and local officials had “failed to take necessary action” to end civil unrest.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-06-01/trump-tells-governors-to-dominate-as-he-shrinks-from-crisis

Just a last thought from CNBC…..American police forces killed three people per day in 2019, for a total of nearly 1,100 killings

Learn Stuff!

Be Careful…..Be Safe……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Billie Eilish On Protests

I have been saying every time some protest breaks out that it ain’t over until a solution to the problems are found…..my words have been falling on deaf ears so when I saw this young performer let the words fly I was taken aback…..her words are marvelous……

As protests and violence continue to spread across numerous American cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, Billie Eilish wrote an impassioned statement on Instagram to condemn white people who aren’t willing to engage with the Black Lives Matter movement. Or rather, people who don’t want to escape their White Lives Matter mindset. “I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately. I have an enormous platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and how I say it, but holy fucking shit I’m just gonna start talking,” Eilish wrote in all-caps. “If I hear one more white person say ‘All Lives Matter’ one more fucking time I’m gonna lose my fucking mind. Will you shut the fuck up? No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything at all about you. All you [motherfuckers] do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”

(there is so much more….read more)……

https://www.vulture.com/2020/05/billie-eildeath.ish-instagram-on-george-floyd-and-all-lives-matter.html

Well said Billie!

These protesters are making the news about the violence and destruction and not about the issue of the death…..the MSM looks for chaos that they can analyze ad nauseum and seldom touch on the death/s….

I still wait for the real conversation on race in this country……so far we have NOT touched on the issue….we have analyzed it to death (no pun intended) and still it is a reoccurring problem.

Where does this end?

Well it does not….until the race question is addressed.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

What Kinda System Is This?

From the start of this pandemic I have been saying that this system is rigged and sick and needs to change for the good of the people of this nation…

Again we have 2.1 million new unemployment claims and 100,000 deaths from this virus and yet the markets rise above 25,000…..what makes the market so excited?

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was reopened on Tuesday morning for the first time since March 23. Among those present to celebrate the ringing of the opening bell was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who abandoned the somber demeanor of his daily coronavirus updates and shared elbow bumps with Wall Street investors. For the next six-and-a-half hours, the financial community continued its celebration of the pandemic’s bull market.

When the trading floor was closed down in March, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down to 18,000. It has since risen approximately 40 percent. Flush with trillions of dollars of bailout money provided by the CARES Act, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose yet another 530 points, an increase of 2.2 percent over its close last Friday.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/pers-m27.html

Is it the deaths (100,000+) that makes the markets optimistic?  Maybe it is the unemployed (40 million)…..or maybe the markets know that they are well protected…..(my bet is on the later)……

It is time to re-think this bullshit system for one that is good for everyone….one that gives all a fair chance to succeed.

And also when Congress can profit through insider trading the system is rigged in favor of those with the cash…..

The Justice Department has closed insider trading investigations into three senators who sold off stocks following early briefings on the coronavirus, aides told NBC News.

A spokesman for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., confirmed that she had been informed that the Justice Department had dropped an inquiry into her trades and called the allegations “politically motivated.”

“Today’s clear exoneration by the Department of Justice affirms what Senator Loeffler has said all along — she did nothing wrong. This was a politically-motivated attack shamelessly promoted by the fake news media and her political opponents. Senator Loeffler will continue to focus her full attention on delivering results for Georgians,” said the spokesman, Stephen Lawson.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/justice-department-drops-insider-trading-probes-three-senators-n1215196

I was hoping but I knew deep down the Barr and the DoJ would let this ride and protect the spineless slugs in Congress from prosecution….if you are part of the GOP and Trump’s minions you can do as you like with no retribution for bad acting…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Covid-19 Disturbing Trend

You just knew that I could not totally ignore the pandemic news over the weekend, right?

I see the country is opening up….but I am sorry I think it is a bit too early to do so…..because of that I will continue to socially distance myself whenever possible……and here is where the disturbing part comes in…..

Most Americans practice social distancing when they leave the house—and they’re heading out more often now—but far fewer say they follow the guidelines than did a couple of weeks ago. A Gallup Poll released Friday showed a drop of 17 percentage points since late March, USA Today reports. The change isn’t limited to states that are reopening. “It’s certainly in those states,” said a Gallup editor, “but it’s also in the states that aren’t loosening their restrictions as well.” Conducted May 4-10, the poll found 58% of Americans said they are either completely or mostly isolating themselves during the pandemic, a drop from the high point of 75% between March 30 and April 4, and a decline from 68% of those surveyed April 20-26. States that still have stay-at-home orders, including California and New York, showed drops, per the Hill, leading Gallup to suggest other factors are at work.

“In a lot of these states, even the worst ones, the curve has flattened a little bit,” the editor said, “so maybe people are feeling a little braver about going out than they used to.” More people surveyed said they’d gone out in public in the past 24 hours, including 49% who had gone to the grocery store and 19% who had visited someone’s home. Part of the reason for the change could be what Gallup referred to as social distancing fatigue. And protests of the restrictions could have affected attitudes. Still, 68% of those living in states without stay-at-home orders said staying home as much as possible is best, along with 77% of Americans who are under those restrictions. Gallup reported a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for the poll.

I shall continue to isolate myself…..I really do not need to be around other people that are more concerned about their personal crap than the possibility that they could make others ill…..

All this has not been that hard on me for I was a semi-recluse before all this disease stuff….so I am comfortable with my own company….apparently most Americans cannot stand themselves so they need to infect others to feel they are complete.

I will stay as I am today until there is an all clear from someone other than the d/bag that caused all this…..I prefer a doctor’s opinion over that of some a/hole that tries to play one for TV.

Be Well….Be Safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”

 

From Pandemic To Totalitarianism

This pandemic thing has me thinking of all sorts of scenarios….I studied comparative politics which gives you ideas that could come about in our government brought on by this pandemic……

Think about this…..the pandemic of 1918 help give rise to the fascists in Europe……can it happen again?

A new study by an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York linked the 1918 flu pandemic to the rise in Nazi support in Germany, a finding that could have significant relevance as the United States and the world grapples with the health and economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus.

Experts have frequently compared the current health crisis to the 1918 pandemic, which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. A new report by Kristian Blickle, an economist at the New York Fed, suggests that along with high death tolls and an economic downturn, the 1918 flu also correlated with the rise in support for extremist right-wing parties, particularly the Nazis, in regions with the highest death rates.

1918 Flu Was Linked to a Rise in Nazi Support. Will This Pandemic Be Similar?

There are seven (7) steps from pandemic to totalitarianism……read and know these steps…..

Here is the template for rolling this out.

Step 1

A new virus starts to spread around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declares a pandemic.

International agencies, public-health officials, politicians, media and other influential voices fan fear by focusing almost exclusively on the contagiousness of the virus and the rising numbers of cases, and by characterizing the virus as extremely dangerous.

Within a few days governments at national and local levels also declare states of emergency. At lightning speed they impose lock-down measures that confine most people to their homes – starting with closing schools – and shut down much of the global economy. World markets implode.

The stunned, fearful and credulous public – convinced over the previous few years that their bodies do not have the natural ability to react to pathogens by producing antibodies that confer long-lasting immunity – largely complies willingly.

The first weekly virtual class on local emergency and crisis responses to COVID19 is held for mayors and other city officials around the world. Coordinated by a handful of American organizations in the academic, medical, financial, political and transportation spheres, the classes feature guests ranging from Barack Obama to Bill Gates.

The Seven-Step Path from Pandemic to Totalitarianism

Then there is that thing called “Religious Nationalism”…….you know when the so-called Christian demand that we all live by their ideas (does that sound familiar?)……this pandemic has brought out the mental cases yet again…..

Many of the anti-lockdown protesters we’ve seen in places like Michigan, Florida, and Texas are part of the religious right. Some are members of Christian nationalist groups which proclaim to be pro-life in the extreme but also don’t seem to care that thousands may die in the name of their freedom to go shopping and bowling.

In this week’s podcast, we talk with Katherine Stewart, a journalist who has spent years examining the religious right. In her first book, The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, she wrote about their attempts to influence the public school system; in her more recent book, The Power Worshippers, she turns her attention to religious nationalism.

She argues that this group is proudly anti-science, anti-fact, and anti-expert, and that their cavalier attitude toward the coronavirus mirrors their denial of climate change.

Religious Nationalism and the Reopening of America

Whatcha think?  Any of this looking familiar?

Could history be in a repeating cycle?

What about those mental midgets with the assault weapons at state capitals…..they are forcing the government to do what they want….what would you call those actions?

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Yeah it is the mask….(sarcasm)……

Time for rational people to take over and get the facts out to the people……apparently we cannot depend on our churches to do the right thing.

Can someone please explain these poll numbers to me…..

Finally there are some things that are once seen cannot be unseen….this photo is one of those……

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Be Well….Be Safe…Be Informed

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”