Category Archives: Current Events

Police Being Hostile?

A bystander’s perception of actions occurring may be perceived as hostile but that bystander doesn’t know the rules and protocols that a police officer has to follow. We put our faith in our police officers to be doing their job with integrity and objectivity. Additionally and of course the story doesn’t go into how all this started and the images captured are of course from the bystanders perceptive so what do we really know? When we continually assume bad faith from our police officers to defend our communities, what do we have left? – Anarchy? And who do we have to blame for anarchy, the citizens or the police?

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BLACK VOICES 06/12/2019 12:25 am ET
Woman’s Video Of Police Aiming Guns At Kneeling Man Goes Viral

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/video-hawthorne-police-kneeling-man_n_5d004b29e4b011df123c7008?utm_source=main_fb&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&fbclid=IwAR1IivzOs-SMvt3XyvCJLT7OnP4G_XOCHV9COYMLyC0708CbnopzmYxeJ78&fbclid=IwAR1sTbN_gBs2y6-m3VAwt7l82JgWPC7r9NjYUCrpxBHsU0EcQnF5sJCBcEw

 

The woman in Hawthorne, California, begged officers to put their guns down as they pointed it at a black man who was kneeling with his hands above his head.

A woman in the Los Angeles area is being praised for filming police as they confronted a black man with their guns drawn while he knelt with his hands above his head.

In the video, filmed Friday in the city of Hawthorne, at least four officers can be seen pointing their guns at the man, who is kneeling on the sidewalk, facing away from the officers with his hands up.

More Hawthorne Police Department officers arrive as the woman, Sky Holsey, begs the officers to put their guns away. The man can be heard saying he is unarmed.

Holsey said the incident occurred at a busy intersection in Hawthorne, in Los Angeles County. William Ewell, 24, ended up being arrested that Friday morning, police records show.

 

Holsey’s video went viral over the weekend, leaving many people outraged over the number of police officers with their guns drawn. Some people credit Holsey with preventing the officers from using deadly force against Ewell.

Holsey told HuffPost in an email that she was getting gas before work when the confrontation occurred. She said Ewell, whom she doesn’t know personally, “instantly” surrendered to the officers by kneeling with his hands up, noting that “he seemed in shock.”

Holsey said she began filming because she believed that the police were using excessive force.

“Is all that really necessary,” Holsey can be heard telling the officers in the video. “Is all the guns drawn on him necessary?”

He was arrested in connection with an argument with a gas station employee over a prior purchase, according to a news release posted by police on Monday. Police arrested Ewell on suspicion of robbery. He was released Monday with a citation, according to an arrest record.

Asked whether the actions of the officers were justified, Holsey told HuffPost: “Absolutely not.”

 

“Everybody seems to ‘fit the description,’” she said. “Plus, I thought it was too excessive for that many police and the guns drawn like that.”

As Holsey filmed the confrontation Friday, she warned Ewell to stay still “because they will shoot you” while she asked the officers to put their guns down and just arrest the man.

Holsey began crying as the officers kept their guns aimed at Ewell, as seen on her video. She later told the officers that her boyfriend, Leroy Browning, was killed by police in 2015.

After more than two minutes of filming, the police apprehended Ewell. One officer approached Holsey and told her that they were responding to a robbery and that the man “loosely matches the description” of the suspect.

“We’re not saying he’s a suspect, but we’ve got to figure out what’s going on,” the officer told her, a moment that was also captured on her video. “It says a weapon was involved. That’s the only reason he gets held at gunpoint.”

In a series of tweets, Rebecca Kavanagh, an attorney and media relations director of The Appeal, a criminal reform news blog, said that Holsey was “remarkable” for filming the incident, which she described as a “massive over-use of force.”

On Monday, Kavanagh said that police often justify arrests by claiming that the person “matched the description.”

“This is absolutely the number one pretext police use to stop and search Black and Brown people,” she tweeted.

Kavanagh described those searches as “harassment” on Sunday.

In a news release on Sunday, the Hawthorne Police Department said that an employee of a gas station flagged police on the street and pointed to a “male subject” across the street, accusing him of assaulting an employee.

At the same time, police say, someone called 911 to report a robbery with “possibly weapons involved.”

Police accused Ewell of arguing with a female cashier over a “prior purchase” and “forcibly” grabbing “store items from the display.” Police also claimed that Ewell assaulted an employee with a trashcan.

Kavanagh on Tuesday warned people against taking the police news release at face value.

En Masse Immigration

We have a process for coming into our country which does not mean coming en masse to attack our border! Yes attack, a threat to the constitution and sovereignty of our country. I’m not a big fan of Trump but I agree with whatever force he deems necessary to keep at bay ANY people that attempt to cross our borders illegibly. Again we have a process for seeking asylum into our country and don’t need to hear any sob stories of the terrible conditions some of these people may be coming from. We have a process and storming our border en masse is not one of them! And remember former President Obama stated the same, that we have a process to follow and when you attempt to break our rules and laws to get into our country, you are taking away from those that are following the process to enter our country correctly.

#immigration
#ImmigrationPolicy

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Aretha Franklin 1942-2008

I don’t really get upset when a celebrity or well known person dies because after all that is life, but Aretha Franklin was a powerful and memorable artist who crossed many obstacles and boundaries and influenced many aspects of our lives today. The “Queen of Soul” will be missed!

#soul
#music
#iconic
#extraordinary
#BlackIconic
#CrossingBarriers
#Singer
#DefiningVoice
#ExtraordinaryPianist
#BlackIsBeautiful
#QueenOfSoul

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“Free” online is not free

Let’s be perfectly clear, when you get something for free online or a free online service, you are in some way paying for it. It may not be monetary to you but a wealth of information to the provider. Facebook, free game apps for your smartphone, and free online services all do it to gather information on you whether it be a one time affair or a continuous gathering of information on you such as Facebook. Most are harmless but having this information compiled on you just makes it a goldmine for unscrupulous third party companies or individuals to make a fortune on. In the 21st century it’s not about stealing your money it’s about stealing your identity and individuality!

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress
By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Updated: Apr 10, 2018 – 7:44 PM
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/live-updates-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-to-testify-before-congress/730128159

Homeowners Association (HOA) bans flying of American Flag

No Homeowners Association (HOA) should have it in it’s rules that one cannot fly an American Flag conversely anyone in the Homeowners Association knew of the rules before buying into the community. So don’t cry patriotism and your rights being violated even with the “Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005” when you put up your 15 foot flag pole. There is a reason your HOA has the rules in effect and most likely attracted you to the community. Get on the HOA board and get the rules changed to everyone’s agreement.

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Opinion: ‘Root cause’ behind Parkland shooting

There are many reasons why we have such a mass murder issue in our country but no matter how you look at it, it all starts with the human capacity to want to kill others. And whether you take away access to weapons this same capacity to kill others will still be here everyday along with the violent video games, prime time TV, movies, media, social media, and the streets we live on where taking and stealing for gain is becoming more and more a course of condition and a fact of life for many as our morals, social capacity, upbringing, culture, and mental state continue to degrade.

Wisconsin sheriff pens viral letter addressing the ‘root cause’ behind Parkland shooting
Mar 4, 2018 6:37 pm – TheBlaze

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/04/wisconsin-sheriff-pens-viral-letter-addressing-the-root-cause-behind-parkland-shooting

One Wisconsin sheriff believes the conversation in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 is futile and will lead to no real solutions.

That debate has mostly centered on firearms — both for and against new regulations — and the National Rifle Association. There have been many reports about the failings of law enforcement ahead of the shooting, but the focus remains on the guns.

But Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt believes the root cause of the increased prevalence of mass shootings has yet to be thoroughly discussed. So he wrote a letter to his community addressing what he sees as the impetus of shootings like the one at MSD.

What did he say?

Schmidt began by pointing out that just a few decades ago, many high school students would have a hunting rifle in their vehicle in the school parking lot.

“So what has changed and more importantly how do we fix it?” Schmidt asked. “I think it is safe to say that there is no quick and easy solution.”

The sheriff stated the real solution is “obviously very complex,” but begins with “our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, the ability to cope with conflict and the ability to handle rejection.”

“I believe it is imperative that we raise our children in a manner that instills respect for authority. While we all love our children, we need to get back to a society of parents who expect a level of respect toward both them and others in authority, including teachers,” Schmidt wrote. “Discipline needs to be reintegrated into our society. Parents, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t reasonably discipline your child in a non-abusive manner.”

“Teachers need to have the support of parents when they make disciplinary decisions and parents need to resist the urge of running to the defense of their children when a teacher feels the need to discipline. It undermines their authority and will likely be treated as an example for actions toward others in authority in the future,” he added.

The sheriff also pointed to the “participation trophy” culture as part of the root cause.

“While no one wants their child to ever be disappointed or upset, when they are young, they need to face conflict and disappointment and learn to resolve it appropriately under the guidance of adults. It is part of developing their personality and dealing with conflict in the future,” Schimdt explained.

He ended the letter by explaining that his intention in writing the letter was not to place blame on anyone. Instead, he wants to have a conversation about the real cause of the problem so that real solutions can be found and real progress made.

Read the full letter below:

Following every mass killing, I ask myself, what has happened to our society? I also wonder what the solution is to ensure our families do not become future victims.

Many have pointed out that years ago, people would go to school and have hunting rifles in their vehicles. Yet, mass violence in schools and other locations did not happen as in society today. It makes me think that there must be a root cause that we are not addressing that has led to this change.

So what has changed and more importantly how do we fix it? Media reports of school walk-outs and gun control discussions are becoming more prevalent than ever, all in an effort to find a quick and easy solution. I think it is safe to say that there is no quick and easy solution.

I think perhaps we are not evaluating the true root cause which is obviously very complex. We must make efforts to change our society as a whole. It’s my belief that the root cause starts with our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, the ability to cope with conflict and the ability to handle rejection. Further issues like mental health and alcohol/drug use also play a role, but column length restrictions limit my ability to cover all aspects of the root cause today.

I believe it is imperative that we raise our children in a manner that instills respect for authority. While we all love our children, we need to get back to a society of parents who expect a level of respect toward both them and others in authority, including teachers. Discipline needs to be reintegrated into our society. Parents, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t reasonably discipline your child in a non-abusive manner. Teachers need to have the support of parents when they make disciplinary decisions and parents need to resist the urge of running to the defense of their children when a teacher feels the need to discipline. It undermines their authority and will likely be treated as an example for actions toward others in authority in the future.

What about inability to cope or handle rejection? For years we have watched as competition has been replaced by participation awards that are given to make children feel good. While no one wants their child to ever be disappointed or upset, when they are young, they need to face conflict and disappointment and learn to resolve it appropriately under the guidance of adults. It is part of developing their personality and dealing with conflict in the future. When youth are not taught how to handle difficult situations, they must find their own way to cope, which without guidance may be result in unhealthy or even dangerous future behavior. I am no expert and am merely giving an opinion of what I have seen in my own experience, but I feel that my opinions have merit as I have witnessed people dealing with difficult situations at the worst times of their lives.

My point in writing this is not to place blame but rather to start conversations on what truly is the root cause of violence in society. Many have strong opinions about gun control but realistically gun control will do nothing more than place a very small band aid on a much bigger problem. It is imperative that we have serious discussions on what we can do to change the norms of our society and positively impact the decisions our youth make. It’s time to refocus our energy to affect long lasting change so that we can keep Dodge County a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Guns, my rights, your rights, and what we all need to be doing.

A good read. I like to read varying viewpoints and although not quite on board as to what the writer has to say his point is spot on in that why would any citizen need an AR-15 but we will continue to have these “tools” or “toys” until we get our legislators to come up with a clear and concise definition of the “right to bear arms”. I disagree that the constitution is a malleable document, it is a document that takes a process, a process that starts with the people going to their state representatives and demanding that they make a change on this entire gun control issue. The process needs to be carried forward and either an amendment is presented to address what we all shall consider as a viable definition for today’s society. Until that time, passing gun control laws will only be an article coded on paper because the real issue is these guns will always be readily available in our American society and until we can all digest and truly try to figure out why we as Americans crave this desire, we will continue to have a free flow of guns available to people wanting to do kill people.

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“Fuck you, I like guns.”
Posted on February 15, 2018
Wordpress: Engineering, Parenthood, and a Solid Attempt at Adult Status

https://agingmillennialengineer.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/fuck-you-i-like-guns-2/