Root Causes…

I doubt we’ll see any significant change until some constitutional basics change.  Groups that by broadest definition and behavior, that have now or historically demonstrated a raciest and/or supremacist platform or tendencies, need to be outlawed, eradicated.  They should not be supported under freedom of speech, right to protest, and other amendments or  laws.  As long as the USA’s basic amendments and constitution can be interpreted to support raciest and supremacist behavior, it is not likely we will smother the hate and ugliness in this country.  It is against the law for organizations to discriminate in employment practices however other groups or organizations specifically not covered by law can.  

Quite a dichotomy!  

Further, If law enforcement and judicial departments where held to similar enforceable non-discriminatory standards (much broader than employment practice) and penalized for violations, we just might see the start of genuine “fit for duty” standards in the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). 

Can the criminal justice system “police” itself ? 

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Hiding Something ????

The argument made by Trump’s attorneys (ongoing in the USA’s supreme court) means, the way they describe it, that Trump or any sitting president couldn’t be investigated or prosecuted while holding the office — no subpoenas, no testimony, no indictments.

Above the law !

Now that just might sound like someone who has something to hide!

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Can you imagine…

Can  you imagine…a black man is murdered while jogging on a Glynn County, Brunswick City, neighborhood street; two armed, white, former law enforcement officers shot and killed the 25 year old man in broad daylight; the victim was not armed;  it was 10 weeks before local law enforcement officials acted at all; then it was only do to local/national outrage; two local district attorneys recuse themselves from the case prior to state investigators stepping in; it only took 36 hours for the state to indict the two for murder; the state of Georgia has no hate crime laws. Can you imagine having the trial venue in Glynn County, or the state of Georgia for that matter?  Can you imagine…!

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Log Entry No. 91: Driving School

Edie Thompson would scare the ghost out of you if you were riding in her van’s passenger seat. Most of the neighbors experienced this multiple times. They now refuse to ride with her, all offering to drive if the group is headed to a card game, a round of domino’s, or an afternoon of Mahjong. The driving situation has been building over the years. So as April Fool’s day approached, it offered a grand opportunity that could not be missed. So the letter below, logo and all, was sent to Edie.

Edie’s husband was warned in advanced. He picked up the mail from the street mail box and set it on the kitchen counter. He was there when Edie opened the letter. As she read, she was heading toward boil. He had to leave the room when the vulgarity started, not to expose the prank by laughter.

Edie actually called the phone contact number in the letter only to be told there was no such driving program for seniors. She was not happy! Her husband hours later, broke the news to Edie advising her to look at the date on the letter. There was an immediate search for the author.

April 1

Law Enforcement Services Section Education, Division of Senior Roadway Program, 4235 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4235.

Dear Ms. Thompson,

Our Traffic Division Section records indicate that you have received multiple warnings, in lieu of citations, for various vehicle operating violations over the course of the last 18 months.

Although citations and fines were not issued, our division remains concerned with senior citizen vehicle operating safety and tracks non-citation events.

Our purpose here is not to highlight driving errors but to take a preventative approach to a safer future for driving seniors. To that end, you have been selected to participate in a driver’s safety course to be held in May each year. You have several options as to attendance dates so please visit our website at . There you will find options as to dates and times for you to schedule your 3-day driver’s education class at your convenience. Please note that attendance is mandatory, per ncdot reg no 324.23 sec 2, pg 2, p4.

Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.

T.H. Sizemore, Administrator

Human Resources, 919-716-3800

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Facts, Fact Checkers, and Out Right Lies …

Just when you thought you had a reliable place to ago to check on what you suspect is, for example, a political exaggeration…

From the Heritage Foundation (a 2 minute read):

It is a “posting” from 2018, but I’m thinking it remains very accurate today.

What lead to this blog entry? I enjoy reading CNN’s “5 Things”, an email that I receive to start my day, just to see, “Whatsup”. This morning, April 20th, I find this:

President Trump said testing is a local problem that the federal government shouldn’t be handling. He also said the country was testing “millions” per day when the actual number is around 150,000 per day. 

I did not fact check it… I had a feeling I didn’t need to…!

And this from the “Independent”, April 2019

Now, on his 801st day, the count stands at 9,451, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker’s database that analyses, categories, and tracks every suspect statement the president utters.

9,451 suspect statements… and that was a year ago!

If all this is just half right… !

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I find it incredible, but maybe I would say not so surprising, to see how many people and organizations are stepping up to help in so many ways.

A volunteer nurse wearing a mask tends to homeless individuals 

There are many.  Personal donations, financial and services assistance from corporations, and public displays of support for front line workers who are at the highest risk. And, personal time donated to support many activities to help those in need. And professional athletes, actors, and musicians helping to shrink the space caused by social distances. Just some efforts that are very visible and just keep coming. 

And, even support from some countries who are other than our allies…


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Stupidity at the Helm

I try to avoid politics on this blog. Sometimes I just can’t avoid it!

You should send this link to everyone you know…

… another continuing example of the dolt we have leading the country.  So Trump appoints a New Press Secretary, from his 2020 Campaign, who said earlier this year in a campaign statement that “under Trump’s watch the virus would not threaten American shores.”

CNN 4 8 2020: The White House is in a state of flux. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was moved out of her position without even giving a single briefing, and was replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump 2020 campaign’s press secretary. McEnany is the fourth person to hold the position. In the past, she has downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, saying that under Trump’s watch, the virus would not threaten American shores. Trump also removed acting inspector general for the Defense Department, Glenn Fine, from his post. This means Fine will no longer chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, sparking concerns over who will supervise the disbursement of the $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding. 

I would like to see in all national news publications, papers, and e-media publications / sites, an informational posting, in bullet format, showing all Trump’s leadership errors, rescinded appointments, bad appointments, staff and key player resignations, misleading and inaccurate statements, etc.

If the Dems had their “stuff” together, they could win by just publishing that! For the record, I don’t care who’s or what party is in the leadership seat as long as he/she is a leader! 

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