We have all seen the tag, the protests, the violence, the anger, but has anyone seen the racism?
When I initially raised the question, I was called a racist.
Well, I suppose it is based in the realm of “it’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand”.
Since I am a human, I understand that ALL LIVES matter. It is not about black lives, it is about lives in general.
Race doesn’t matter. They tell us time and time again about the inequality of their particular race (or gender for that matter). For those of us that do not see race as an issue, because we have moved on, or those that make efforts at being color blind see this as garbage.
So we are supposed to believe that black lives matter more than any others? That is racist by the way that I was taught.
We know that racism is only tolerable if it is done by a minority. (see also American Latino Media Arts Awards, Miss Black USA)
After you refresh yourself on the definition… that do you think? Is #BlackLivesMatter racist? Should it be simply #LivesMatter?
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.“a program to combat racism”
So the world has been watching to see where this went.
Before I begin, I was not there, nor was I in the grand jury, so I know only what the public knows.
I am in a different camp than Wil Wheaton, and others. I am probably in the minority of Anonymous, as the vocal side is stomping their feet that this was such a travesty.
I do not know what factors told the officer that deadly force was the best reaction. Perhaps he SHOULD have used a non-lethal.
Am I racist? no, will I be called racist, could be.
We knew that the chance was high that there was going to be trouble either way tonight. How many riots or destruction has occurred after winning a pro ball game or hockey game? People get overly excited and lose their common sense.
The bottom line is that the grand jury did not see enough to compel ANY of them to put forth charges. Not ONE!
We know from the strong arm robbery shortly before his death, that he was not in his right mind. He may have been kind and gentle normally, but not that day.
Sorry, this was blown way out of proportion, and most of us knew it in August. So much money and time spent. I will not call it it a waste, because our society seemed to feel the need for it to be intense. So be it.
We also knew in August that the masses were no going to accept the outcome.
Now it will go to a civil case where you don’t really have to prove a case. At least not anywhere near as conclusively.
God help those who have been directly impacted; family, friends, the community, even the police…
To those protesting: Please do not rip up your communities…
Today The Supreme Court handed down a decision that in some ways I can understand since they are dealing only (or are supposed to anyway) the Constitutional issues at hand.
One of today’s decisions was over the Massachusetts law that set out a buffer zone around abortion clinics.
The zone was to allow an area of safe passage for people to get in and out of clinics without being harassed by protesters.
There is part of the rub, it is impinging on people’s rights to protest.
I have been in protests, those that have been here for a while will remember the Westboro protest. They can be peaceful or they can turn on a dime and get very ugly.
I am not a fan of Freedom of Speech Zones… To me and as long as I breath air all U.S. soil is a Freedom of Speech Zone. To me, my DD-214 and DD-215 forms say just that.
If you think that you can stop me from protesting, good fuckin luck!
However, that is tempered with the rights of those around me. That is my Libertarian side shining through. I will try really hard to not deprive you of your rights. No just like sin, shit happens sometimes and I may cross a line.
If I am going to drop off a package at a clinic and some rabid protester spits on me I am going to lose it. I may go to jail for my assault, and when the piece of shit get out of the hospital, I will be pressing charges of my own for their crime. (1) Yes, I am quite vindictive when I get pushed. If you want to protest, fine do so respectfully. Remember that just because a person is going in or out of a clinic does not mean that they are participating in the act that you are so upset about. There are people who have to deliver stuff to other offices within the building. Often there are other services being performed that are socially acceptable like breast exams, or pap smears.
Those that have met me (Di Da, Owt Raged, etc.) I am not a small individual. There are reasons that I don;t have fights at the bar when I am bouncing. If I am going to a clinic with Gigglez for a pap smear and someone were to get out of line… understand that I am not afraid of jail.
After I matured into a full fledged human being and learned compassion, I learned to treat people with a greater level of respect.
Respect for me is earned, not just given.
I tend to give a person a certain level of respect and what they do with it from there is up to them.
Along comes the Westboro Baptist “Church” spewing unbelievable volumes of hatred. I have expressed that had I not had any family, that it would be very tempting to make the entire family martyrs as one of their “protests”.
The Phelps family has lost their patriarch, Fred Phelps.
While the knew response is one of similar hate, we need to rise above them. I did find it ballsy that they asked fro the world to be respectful when they clearly are not.
Yes, it would be fitting for us to stand in line along the procession holding sign that say things like “No Fred, God doesn’t have f*gs, he only hates you.”
The Phelps family is in pain, just like we have all experienced and will experience again. The loss of a loss one, even when they are estranged, is not easy.
Please consider taking the higher ground and don’t throw hate at them right now. Let’s save our hate for a better issue.
So the government shutdown has no problem spending money to keep people out of parks and other resources during this shut down… but has no problem with granting a permit to let the damn illegals construct a stage and use the National Mall for a rally/protest to demand amnesty and rights?
What the hell kind of bullshit is this?
Of course with the current illegal loving government, even if there weren’t a shut down, nobody would have the balls to round up the illegals and ship their asses back to their countries of origin.
I find the tactics to force the citizenry to give a shit about the shut down to be stunning. All the various services being blocked that may cost more to block than to allow pedestrian traffic. Why should sections of the open sea be closed to fishing?
Are you really going to tell the Border Patrol to stand down and just permit illegals free flow across the borders?
To me that seems actionable. I find THAT to be grounds for impeachment. Kind of funny coming from a non-tea party member right?
Kind of funny coming from a former Obama supporter. I said years ago, that I would call it like I saw it and if Obama proved to be a problem, I would call him out on it. Welcome to that day…
Mr President, it is becoming more clear that you have some sides of you that SUCK!
No, I do not think I would change my votes if I have the chance as I still think he was the lesser of the evils. Some things were good but the more we seeÂ of his second term, the less I care for him.
Dog the Bounty Hunter has sworn to bring Snowden back to American, though what ever illegal means he can find.
And just who has offered a billion dollar reward for his return? The government isn’t allowed to hire mercenaries or brake international law in pursuit of the accused, so who is backing this?
So we have a group of illegals who feel that they are entitled to free transplants…
They have started a hunger strike that they say will continue until the CEO of Northwestern Memorial agrees to meet with them. Okay, no reason not to meet with them. I would ask that he not yield to their demands…
There is no reason whatsoever for illegals to get free healthcare. If they pony up the cash, you bet! Perform the services that are needed.
If these people want to go on a hunger strike, that is fine. Treat it like a child having a tantrum, let them go through it and don’t cave in. They have two choices, eat or die. I personally don;t care, other than it is a shame when someone loses their live.
We cannot afford to keep giving away the farm. It is bad enough that we have enough fuqtards in power that they are getting far too many services as it is. To the politician who feel that criminals are more vital to our nation that those who are supposed to be here, “FUCK YOU!” They are illegals, they are to get nothing from us.Â no, no lo hagas!Â Â¡Vete al cuerno! (I chose Spanish since it seems to be the predominant language used by illegal immigrants. I do understand that there are many languages involved, but I am not going to translate them all here.) Â Had they entered the country legally, my position would be very different.
Good morning all!
Tomorrow I will be participating in a counter protest against Senate Bill S. 744. Since I cannot make it to Seattle, I will be part of the presence in Vancouver at Officer’s Row.
I am choosing to use my time and large physical presence to speak instead of my wallet.
You will find the original alert that went out from Washingtonian for Immigration Reform and RespectWashington.us.
Sorry for the short notice, but I just found out about it yesterday and my PTO has been approved.
TO: All WFIR Members and Supporters:
Friday, June 7th is the last day that we can hold a counter protest to S. 744 before the Senate votes on it on June 10th.
This email is twofold and we sincerely hope that each and every one of you can participate in one or the other of these two events.
PRESSURE!Â Â Â Â PRESSURE!Â Â Â Â PRESSURE,Â WE MUST KEEP THE PRESSURE ON TOÂ Â THE PASSAGE OF S. 744, AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS…..
(1) Washingtonians for Immigration Reform and RespectWashington.us would like to hold a Counter PROTEST against S. 744, the “Gang of Eights”
amnesty for illegal aliens if enough members are willing to come forward and stand on the line in opposition to S. 744
Where:Â U.S. Federal Building
915 – 2nd Ave.Â (Between Marion St. & Madison St.)
Seattle, WA 98104
When:Â Â Friday, June 7, 2013
Time:Â Â Â Â 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Exact location:Â In front of Â the Federal Building on 2nd Ave., where both Senator Murray and
Cantwell’s main District offices are located.
If you will attend this protest at the Federal Bldg., Seattle, on Friday, June 7, 2013, please respond to this email
stating that you will attend.
WE NEED A VERY LARGE TURNOUT TO MAKE THIS PROTEST EFFECTIVE….. If we do not get enough volunteers,
the protest will not make an impact and will show our elected people that the opposition to amnesty is just not there
and they will win the battle and they will pass amnesty.
This PROTEST will only work if we have many, many bodies on the Protest line.
Bring a sign or Flag.Â Some suggestions for signs:
Please, DO NOT USE PROFANITY on your signs.
NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
NO AMNESTY, NO CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
OPPOSE S. 744 AND AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
SECURE THE BORDER / NO AMNESTY.
DO NOT REWARD LAW BREAKERS – VOTE NO AGAINST S. 744
(2) The second part of this day’s activity is to hit every district office of our 2 Senators and 10 Congressmen/women in the state to make it clear
to them and their staff(s) that a vast majority of citizens are adamantly opposed to the “Gang of Eights” S. 744 amnesty for illegal aliens.
(SPECIAL NOTE) There will be a petition sent out in the next few days for everyone to copy and paste or print out to take to their local offices.
We need a point man/woman in each congressional city/district listed below to coordinate delivering this petition to each of the following offices.
Please let me know if you will be the point man/woman.
To make it easy for you to determine which Senator / Representatives district offices you should visit, listed below are all locations with addresses.
(Note:Â Some Senators and Reps. offices are in the same building in some cities which will make it easier for you to visit both of them on the same day.)
EverettÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2930 Wetmore Ave., Ste 903, Everett 98201
VancouverÂ The Marshall House 1323 Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, Â Vancouver 98661
Yakima Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 402 E. Yakima Ave., Ste. 420 Yakima 98901
Spokane Â Â Â Â 10 North Post St., Ste 600Â Spokane 99201
TacomaÂ Â Â Â Â Â 950 Pacific Ave., Ste., 650Â Tacoma 98402
EverettÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2930 Wetmore Ave., Ste. #9BÂ Everett 98201
VancouverÂ 1323 Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, Â Â Vancouver 98661
RichlandÂ Â Â Â Â 825 Jadwin Ave., #206Â RichlandÂ 99352
SpokaneÂ Â Â Â Â W. 920 Riverside #697Â SpokaneÂ 99201
TacomaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 950 Pacific Ave., #615Â Â Tacoma 98402
Rep. Suzan DelBine (Dist. 1)
BothellÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 22121 – 17th Ave., SE Bldg. E., Ste 220Â Bothell 98021
Rep. Rick Larsen (Dist. 2)
Bellingham 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 1350Â BellinghamÂ 98225
EverettÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wall Street Bldg., 2930 Wetmore Ave., Ste 9FÂ Everett 98201
Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (Dist. 3)
VancouverÂ O.O. Howard House Officers Row 750 Anderson St. Ste. B, Fort Vancouver, Vancouver 98661
ChehalisÂ Â Â Â Â Â Chehalis City Hall Bldg., 350 N. Market Blvd.,Â Â Chehalis Â 98532
Rep. Richard Hastings (Dist. 4)
Tri-Cities Ofc., Pasco 2715 St. Andrews Loop, Ste. DÂ Pasco 99301
Yakima 402 E. Yakima Ave.,Â Ste 760Â Yakima 98901
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Dist. 5)
ColvilleÂ Â Â Â Â Â 555 S. Main St. Colville 99114
SpokaneÂ Â Â Â 10 N. Post Street, Ste. 625Â Spokane 99201
Walla Walla 29 S. Palouse St., Walla Walla 99362
Rep. Derek Kilmer (Dist. 6)
TacomaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 950 Pacific Ave., Ste 1230Â Tacoma 98402
Bremerton Â Â Â Â Â 345 – 6th St., Ste. 500Â Bremerton 98337
Port AngelesÂ 332 E. 5th St.,Â Port AngelesÂ 98632
Rep. James McDermott (Dist. 7)
SeattleÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1809 – 7th Ave., Ste. 1212Â Seattle 98101-1399
Rep. David Reichert (Dist. 8)
IssaquahÂ Â Â Â 22605 SE 56th St., Ste. 130Â Issaquah 98029
AuburnÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 – 1st St., SEÂ (Open Wednesdays 8:30 – 4:30)Â Auburn 98001
Wenatchee 200 Palouse St., Ste 201-1Â Wenatchee 98801
Rep. Adam Smith (Dist. 9)
RentonÂ 101 Evergreen Bldg., 15 S. Grady Way,Â RentonÂ 98057
Rep. Denny Heck (Dist 10)
Pierce CountyÂ 6000 Main St. SW, Ste 3B Lakewood 98499
Thurston & Mason CountiesÂ 420 College St., SEÂ Lacey 98503
The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of House bill 5768. A bill which states that no state employee can assist in any way with the federal government carrying out actions pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act. An act which authorizes the federal government to detain indefinitely and without cause anyone. The 2012 NDAA reeks of McCarty era politics, now states are standing up and saying NO we are not going back to that dark time.
Should the federal government be allowed to bypass all due process in pursuit of their assumed enemy?
Are the states right to fight back against this act that would give the federal government absolute authority in detaining citizens?