The Killing of Keith Lamont Scott

Subtitled; How Charlotte–Mecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney Has Messed Up.The citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, have no trust in Putney’s inconsistent representations.

And now a look back on this week…. ”

Subtitled; How CharlotteMecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney Has Messed Up.

The citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, have no trust in Putney’s inconsistent representations.:…

Source: The Killing of Keith Lamont Scott

Wars

“The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of much of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our airwaves. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those who have the least meaning in their lives, the impoverished refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of young who live in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world, are all susceptible to war’s appeal.”

Source: Wars

A few words about this day….9_11_16

RED IS THE COLOR OF BLOOD… (UNLESS YOU’RE A FANTASY VULCAN, THEN ITS GREEN)….HOW MUCH BLOOD WAS REALLY SACRIFICED ON 9_11?

MY OWN THOUGHTS ARE COVERED IN MY SMITHSONIAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE….(SEE BELOW)….

Just from a personal point of view…. from my 9_11 story – I ended it with these words……”This event will forever be impressed upon my mind and I can only think of two other events which will have such significance; the day President Kennedy was shot and my own father?s death when I was eight years old in December of 1960.
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obviously, with just about everyone reading this ….they can say something similar….I cannot help but every year.. post some of these pictures… talk about my story [available on the 9_11 digital archive at “http://911digitalarchive.org/items/show/6688”%5D , should you be interested in reading it.. I find that each year, seemingly, to me, less and less people respond to this ….I cannot.. I have PTSD diagnosed in NYC a couple months after the event.. I still am processing this.. still in counseling and still ‘getting through’…..I’ll be ok, not without a lot of crying, anxiety and more.. but, as with anyone with PTSD…and you may know someone suffering with this, we cope.. or not… I’m coping after about 5 different psychiatrists and just as many or more counselors…
Just a bit of personal history…..when you hear of veterans or anyone with this.. don’t write it off, as just ’emotional’ etc… its much worse, its real, its what we have to live with.. always open to sharing more,, just ask..PEACE, BROTHERS, SISTERS….COMRADES ..[ a Trump supporter, whose a friend of a friend of mine, sort of, called me  SOCIALIST last night, before I was seeing Don Henley in concert at
Behtlelwoods.org… concert spage… (lawn seats, we’re always cheap seats!!!)
 – well, she called me that, so I ‘m taking it up and realizing, YES, I AM A SOCIALIST.. more and more you’ll hear that in the future (what’s left of it).]..LOVE TO YOU ALL

 

All pictures, ©Robert J Dorn

Grandmother Fish – a Fun Way to Introduce our Evolutionary History to Kids! — Humanistic Paganism

Grandmother Fish is a delightful new book that teaches our evolutionary history to kids as young as preschool, and its call-and-response structure makes it perfect for public reading. Listen as the book is read live at a Unitarian Universalist church story hour in this video! Kids hoot, squeak, and laugh. The energy in the room builds up step by step. The kids start out wiggling like Grandmother Fish, and they end up wiggling, chomping, crawling, breathing, squeaking, cuddling, grabbing, hooting, walking, and talking like Grandmother Human. Here it is, just in time for school!

via Grandmother Fish – a Fun Way to Introduce our Evolutionary History to Kids! — Humanistic Paganism

Why do ‘Black lives matter’, or better, why is ‘black lives matter’ a thing?

 

In response to this recent post by my Facebook friend, Allen W Anderson, “The media says an attack on police is an attack on all of us, well excuse me but an attack by police on any innocent American is an attack on all of us unless you’re a racist. Many don’t understand just how instrumental black lives matter is to tearing down the current police state of corporate tyranny and christian dictatorship. When we tear down tyranny for them we tear down tyranny for everyone” ~ AWA

steveKingstonsigns

(picture is a guy  named Steve , who just happened to be out on Rte 9W , Kingston NY, about two weeks ago, with a sign that said, BLACK LIVES MATTER… I went over to talk, and he held up both of this signs, and I took that picture…kind of says it all).

I then, was prompted to say the following:
Black lives don’t matter more than other lives,, that’s just a misuse of this by those who honestly just don’t know better , OR by honest racists, who don’t know any better, or DO,,, but to be clear…..its because of our own history, as a predominantly ‘white’ western nation, which we know we all identify with,, (we have ‘demonized’ every ‘new’ group coming into this country, fuck ‘e pluribus unum’), we are unaware of our own history (who’s responsible for that?), and/or we as general ‘generic’ white population ignore minorities’ situations down through our more than 250 years history, and have to be made aware of them but in particular,, we have a UNIQUE situation, which we still have not reckoned with, our, SLAVERY PAST, SLAVE – HOLDING PAST, how that has affected we, the descendants of (north of south, south just held onto it longer), how it affects whites /anglos is you wish….I am reading currently an excellent book which explains a lot of our history on this –  based on usually ignored facts from actual history, something most current people in power, news organizations, the populace, in general, have ‘no clue’ about…..the book, A DISEASE IN THE PUBLIC MIND, a new understanding of why we fought the civil war.. by Thomas Fleming, inspired me, enlightened me, and more. What I am trying to say, is we need a general ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ as did the South Africans, after apartheid.   Currently we still live in a society with a hidden , ‘apartheid’.  Minorities already know this…as South Africa, once had ‘rules’ that blacks and others, or non white skin, can tell you, if we LISTEN, and  even elected officials of minority status can tell you… Mistrust, violence against, young black /brown men especially, and this has intensified in its ferocity since the last election cycle and actually long before, but also intensified since we elected our first African American president. We need a national RECONCILIATION and understanding. Its well overdue time or this, we cannot move forward without it….This is my hope and  plea.  This is my statement of why BLACK LIVES MATTER… DO matter, not any more than another’s matter, in general, but as of historic place of blacks in our ‘peculiar’ history, we need to KNOW this…e.g.’hey, there’s someone else here that matters as much as i do’…..they just want to walk down the street without special warnings and rules that are applied to them that aren’t applied in general to the rest of us… Peace, brothers and sisters… this is my hope and my plea. for understanding…

 

 

Betraying the Founding Fathers: How Scalia and the NRA Hacked the 2nd Amendment

The framing, Congress debate and drafting of the Second Amendment had the purpose of avoiding the tyranny of a standing army and ensuring states could maintain their own militias as a check against a national government. It is a military amendment and that is why debate at the First Congress focused on conscientious objector language and whether that could be used by a government to undermine the amendment.The Second Amendment in fact only came about because Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution initially allowed the government to arm the militias (and so could leave them to wither) – the Second Amendment took that right to arm the militias back to the states. The President is the Commander in Chief “of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States”. This is the purpose of the Second Amendment.The framers deliberately did not include language to expand this right to individuals for self-defense and hunting. Many state constitutions DO include words to that effect

Source: Betraying the Founding Fathers: How Scalia and the NRA Hacked the 2nd Amendment

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