Category Archives: HATEFUL PEOPLE

LAST DEBATE

Last night’s debate is all over but the shouting…literally!  To my surprise, I learned a few more things about both the candidates.  Neither pleasing nor helpful.  To me, the only winner was the moderator, Chris Wallace.  He had good questions on issues that the “people” wanted to hear but were never asked or fully answered in the previous debates. He gave a nice “balance” to the overall debate and I don’t think anyone could say he was “biased”.  Isn’t it ironic that the one moderator who was least biased in their treatment of the candidates was someone from FOX!

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the answers from either candidate to the questions raised about the Supreme Court, Immigration and, the Economy.  I think they both gave pretty clear answers on these issues and there is a distinct difference between the two.

Trumps knowledge of the issues surprised me with his definitive and confident answers to the questions. I could see he had done his “homework”.  He has come a long way in this “quest” for the presidency and I will give him credit where credit is due. I do agree with some of what Trump suggests for America.  However, there is much more I don’t agree with. Trump is still Trump and I could not, in good conscience, vote for someone I am not sure I can trust.

Hillary did well in giving specific answers on the issues also.  However, as usual, she was too “verbose”.  Although I am more in line with Hillary’s policy positions, my question is “will she really implement these policies if she is president”?  One of my big problems with Hillary is she “ducked” the serious questions about her private server emails and those that WikiLeaks has been publishing.  These are serious questions that needed answering as well but she chose to “deflect” the question by changing the issue. Hillary is still Hillary!  I know more of Hillary simply because of her long career in politics.  Consequently, I have more reasons not to trust her judgments, especially in foreign affairs. She has admitted she is for “regime change”, which means more wars in the Middle East.

What ended any possibility of voting for Hillary is when she accused Putin of espionage! Hillary ‘claimed” “Russia hacked our country to influence our election” and “The Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans”. She “claimed” Russia gave the information to WikiLeaks. Hillary also claimed “this has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, “clearly from Putin himself”!  These statements are horrifying!  For a United States presidential candidate to accuse another country’s leader of espionage and interfering in our presidential elections (on national television with millions around the world watching) is unbelievably dangerous!  To deflect the real issues of those leaked emails Hillary has possibly put our country in harms way!  Do we want a president that is willing to go this far to win an election?  God help us all!

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WHERE IS JUSTICE?

The officer who killed Eric Garner got a big raise. The man who filmed him is in jail.

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, places flowers at her son’s grave. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MEL EVANS

It’s been over two years since Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s illegal chokehold killed Eric Garner, and despite the national fallout, the officer is making more money than before the fatal encounter. Even though he’s been on desk duty ever since, the officer has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars.

During fiscal year 2016, the officer received $119,996 — over $40,000 more than his official base salary of $78,026, according to payroll records obtained by Politico. The total amount includes $23,220 of overtime pay and $12,853 of “unspecified pay.”

It’s also a 14 percent increase from FY 2015, when he killed Garner. That year, he made $105,061.

Meanwhile, the man who filmed the chokehold — and Garner’s now famous dying words, “I can’t breathe”— is headed to jail. Ramsey Orta charged that he’s been harassed and arrested by the police for filming Garner’s death. Within a year of capturing and circulating the footage, Orta was arrested and jailed at Rikers Island at least twice. While locked up, he was scared to eat the food, because he thought prison officials would try to poison him.

In January, Orta told Democracy Now that cops once filmed him during an arrest, and said, “You filmed us, so now we’re filming you.”

He recently received a four-year jail sentence for separate drugs and weapons counts. He maintains that the NYPD is intentionally targeting him for payback.

As Orta heads to jail, Pantaleo’s pay bump indicates that his reputation internally has remained unscathed.

Pantaleo was never charged for using the illegal chokehold, which was banned by the New York Police Department (NYPD), against Garner, even though it was filmed on a witness’ cellphone. A grand jury decided Pantaleo didn’t deserve to go to trial, after a prosecutor spent months — an atypical amount of time — presenting evidence to its voting members.

While Garner’s death fueled national outrage about extrajudicial killings — compounded by Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson — Pantaleo was backed by the city’s powerful police union president, Patrick Lynch, who went so far as to call the officer an “Eagle Scout.”

“What’s also been lost is the character of police officer Daniel Pantaleo,” he said. “What’s not being told is what kind of man and what kind of person and what kind of professional he is. He is a resident of this great city. He lives on Staten Island. He lives in those neighborhoods. He’s college educated, here in this city. He’s a mature, mature police officer who’s motivated by serving the community.”

The Department of Justice’s investigation of the fatal incident is ongoing, and the NYPD’s is nearly finished. Based on the records obtained by Politico, no disciplinary actions have been taken against Pantaleo — likely due to robust union protections that often stymie investigations and shield misconduct.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!

It isn’t just this last killing of policemen that made me reach my “boiling point”.  I wrote another article on gun violence over a year ago.  The senseless killing of innocent African Americans, the senseless killings of “good cops” is only getting worse.  I am sick of the “guns don’t kill people, people do” defense from congress and the NRA!

The people who could do something about this refuse to act.  They are every member of congress who refuses to pass strict gun laws!  They are the members of congress who are indebted to the NRA for funding their campaigns.  They are mostly Republicans but there are Democrats as well so this is not a “partisan issue”.  This is one of the examples why congress is failing our country!  My anger stems not only from an ineffective congress but an ineffective administration as well.  Again, this is not a partisan issue as neither party’s administrations have done anything about gun control.  There is so much corruption in both. The American people are “powerless” to do anything about these horrific shootings and, they are the victims!

When are our “leaders” going to say “enough is enough” and truly do something about it?  When are the American people going to say “enough is enough” and vote the NRA bought members of congress out of office?  When are the “mentally ill” shooters going to be taken off the streets and given the treatment they need?  When are we going to deal with the problems that lead people to kill one another?  Gun control laws don’t solve all of our problems but…it certainly is a step in the right direction!

“FED UP” WITH TRUMP & THE 24/7 MEDIA COVERAGE!!

 

I am fed up with the Republican politics of the presidential campaign!  In particular, Donald Trump, his outrageous remarks and his minions!  I am fed up with the media’s attention to the worst of America and the fear mongering the MSM delivers on a daily basis!  I am fed up with the CINOs (Christian in name only) who want to ban not only the refugees, but all Muslims entering the U.S.!  I am fed up with political talk shows harping on the same topic!  I am fed up with fear mongering politicians!  I am fed up with those who believe these politicians!

It is hard to believe there are actually citizens of this country who believe everything they see and hear on TV.  It astounds me that even 20% of people are so gullible they agree with everything Trump says. Trump is the perfect example of “An Americans right to act the fool”!  You can “fool some of the people all the time”…but…the other 80% of the country isn’t “buying it”!

Trump has endangered the safety of America with his lies about Muslims… exactly what ISIS wants!  Trump blaming the innocent for actions of evil people in the country of their origin is exactly what ISIS wants!  Trump has damaged our reputation as well. Many people living in Europe and other parts of the world believe he speaks for all Americans.

It isn’t just Trump that is acting like a fool. When Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz say our country should only admit “Christians”, they are no better than Trump!  I’m not going to quote all the Republican presidential candidates because they are basically saying the same thing….”Be afraid….let me protect you”!

Most Republican members of Congress are no better than Trump! They yell that President Obama is not doing enough to fight the terrorists.  Yet, the Banking Committee refuses to vote on Obama’s nominee for Treasury under Secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, Adam Szubin.  His job is to track terrorists financing and stopping that financing.  Szubin, who worked for the G.W. Bush administration is bi-partisan and is now serving in the Treasury. Even though the Chairman of this committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala), has said Szubin “is eminently qualified”  they will not vote on him now!  They are going home for Christmas!  Szubin’s nomination has been before the Banking Committee since April!  In addition….this is a thirty year low in confirming presidential nominees!

It is mind boggling when Republicans allow suspected terrorists on the “no fly” list to purchase guns in the U.S.!  Republicans have no problem with racists that kill people with guns!  Republicans have no problem with faux Christians “in the name of their religion” to kill people with guns!  There is not a leader among the Republicans! They have no courage, morality or conscience.  They are arrogant, greedy and self- serving and they have sold their souls to the NRA!

The MSM is no better.  They fear monger 24/7 to keep the fearful in perpetual “attack mode”!  The MSM does not do 24/7 coverage on “domestic terror attacks” in our country, such as the one at Planned Parenthood.  They don’t even call those type of attacks “terrorist attacks” when that is exactly what they are!  Elections aren’t the only elite and corporate funded projects.  The MSM is funded by the same corporations.  Since COMCAST bought NBC to acquire the majority share, they have worked diligently to replace the liberal viewpoint on MSNBC as well as other stations.  It is difficult to find the news on one that isn’t now a Republican leaning program. The liberal political talk shows have dwindled to a few and even some of these keep rehashing the latest outrageous remark Trump has made.  Everyone knows FOX is definitely an extreme right wing conservative network, owned by an extreme right wing conservative.  However, MSNBC is more “subtle” about showing their true colors!

The Republicans have the U.S. Supreme Court in their pockets as well.  This Supreme Court has made more rulings taking away individual freedoms fought so hard for than any court in the history of this country!  They have decimated the voter laws, they have allowed the elite and corporations to decide who wins our elections (national and statewide), etc. They now have a case before them concerning education of minorities.  I wonder what their ruling on that will be.

Between Trump and the rest of the Republicans, our democracy is truly being threatened.   I am more afraid of what they are doing to our country than I am of any terrorist attack.  If they were to succeed in the 2016 elections, there would no longer be an “America” to attack!  Thankfully, there is almost another year to get the vote out and get rid of these “unpatriotic, hatred spewing excuses for human beings”!

WHERE IS PEACE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS??

 

I understand everyone is not a Christian celebrating ‘Christmas”.  However, there are many others who celebrate this time of year as the “Holiday Season”.  This is usually a time of peace and joy for whatever reason.  Peace and Joy have been “pushed aside” by politics, hateful people, fear mongering and, a media that pushes all of that!

In politics, the Republican presidential candidate’s objectives are not to help the people of America.  Their objectives are to lie their way into winning and to create a “nationalism of hysteria and fear” to assure the fearful they will protect them!  These politicians “diatribe” is purely for political purposes and not one of them has peace or joy in their heart!

The United Nations Refugee Agency said there are 59.5 million refugees who have been   forcibly displaced from their homes, including 4 million Syrians.  Our ancestors were “refugees” who moved to America to have a better life.  Even so, there are some living in America today who are so “fearful” of terrorists they close their hearts to the suffering of others.  This attitude toward millions of homeless refugees is certainly not a heart or soul full of peace and joy!

Planned Parenthood patients are being killed and terrorized.  These clinics provide needed health care to women who cannot afford having a mammogram or other health services.  Christians who condemn these clinics should know that many Christian women have abortions at these same clinics!  In a survey by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, overall, 78 percent of women said they had a religious affiliation. The remaining 22 percent said they had no religious affiliation.  13 percent said they were evangelical or “born-again”.  Any true Christian with the the peace and joy they preach of Jesus would not be involved in these attacks!!  Nor, would they be involved in lies about these clinics.

Racists are killing African Americans because they think they can get away with it!  These killers are evil and have a hatred of anyone different from them.  There is no peace or joy in these killer’s hearts.

Muslims are being wrongly accused of being terrorists because they come from some of the same countries as ISIS terrorists.  ISIS are extremists who wrongly commit their terror in the name of the Muslim religion.  They are evil! The true Muslim religion practices the same peace and joy as the Christian religion.

In all forms of media, some continue to “fear monger” the news on a daily basis.  They keep telling us “Be afraid…Be very afraid”!  They keep repeating all recent terror attacks as well as those long past to “put fear in the hearts of men” and… women!  There is no peace or joy in their news!  This same media does not mention that the FBI has identified domestic terrorism from white, right-wing Christians as the greatest domestic terrorism threat to the United States since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark.  The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of right.” Plato

 

RIGHT vs WRONG

First, I pray for strength and comfort for everyone in Paris, especially those who lost loved ones or were injured in the terrorist attack.  I also pray for the country of France.  Vive la France!

Everything said or written about this attack has boiled down to what is right and what is wrong.  Every action is either right or wrong.  There is no in-between on this issue.  You are either for allowing the refugees into our country or you are not.

To those who say “keep them out” I want to quote the Holy Bible for any Christian that wants to keep them out:

Matthew 25, vs 42-46: “for I was hungry and you wouldn’t feed me; thirsty and you wouldn’t give me anything to drink; a stranger, and you refused me hospitality; naked, and you wouldn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me,”

     “Then they will reply, “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?

     “And I will answer, “When you refused to help the least of these my brothers, you were refusing to help me.”

      “And they shall go away into eternal punishment; but the righteous into everlasting life.”

 The CINOs (Christians in name only) are doing wrong.  There are many Christian organizations that support bringing refugees to our country such as The Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, President Leith Anderson among many others. They are doing right.

Any member of congress (Republican or Democrat) that voted for the bill to stop all refugees from entering our country is doing wrong!  Republicans also want to suspend the Office of Refugee Resettlement and include that in the spending bill to fund the government.  This is another attempt to have a government shutdown AGAIN!!  This is also doing wrong.

 Every governor of a state that will not allow refugees into their state is doing wrong.   Every American that wants to stop the refugees from entering our country is doing wrong!

Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to ban all Muslims!  They say none but Christians should be allowed to enter our country. All Republican presidential candidates want to ban the refugees.  They are all doing wrong.  The most outrageous thing said so far is Chris Christie saying “don’t let the orphans in”!!

Sinclair Lewis said “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”   Is this how we want our county described?  This is certainly the way some are acting!!

Our Republican leaders in congress and the Republican candidates for the presidency are people other countries look at as our “leadership”.  These “anti-refugee” “leaders” have created a “nationalism of hysteria and fear!  This is doing wrong!   If it weren’t for the calm approach from President Obama and most Democrats, this country would “go to Hell in a handbasket!” quickly!  They are doing right!

Look at France as an example of doing right.  They are the ones who were attacked.  Yet, France vows to take in 30,000 Syrian refugees!  They are showing the world their compassion, empathy and understanding of who these refugees are; people who have been bombed out of their homes and cities by ISIS!

As Democratic presidential contender, Bernie Sanders said “In my view, now is the time for developing a serious and effective approach to destroy ISIS.  Now is not the time for taking cheap political advantage of this tragedy.  Now is the time – as President Obama is trying to do – to unite the world in an organized campaign against ISIS that will eliminate the stain of ISIS from this world.  “What terrorism is about is trying to instill terror and fear into the hearts of people.  And we will not let that happen.  We will not be terrorized or live in fear.  During these difficult times, we will not succumb to Islamophobia.  We will not turn our backs on the refugees who are fleeing Syria and Afghanistan.  We will do what we do best and that is be Americans – fighting racism, fighting xenophobia, fighting fear.”

Emerson said: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

 

 

 

ISRAEL P.M. NETANYAHU VISIT TO U.S. “SHUT OUT” BY REPUBLICAN DEBATE

Isn’t it interesting when P.M. Netanyahu comes to town to tell President Obama what to do in   U.S. foreign policy the coverage is 24/7?  Yet, when Netanyahu comes back to town “with his tail between his legs” the media is totally silent!  I wonder why?

I find it difficult to believe the Republican Presidential Debate took up so much time the media couldn’t cover Netanyahu’s visit.  How many times can you report the Republicans are against minimum wage, regulations of any kind, the IRS, immigration, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, helping the unemployed, ad infinitum?!  I leave it to other writers to give the details  on Trump’s ego, Jeb’s ineptness, Rubio’s pander, Carson’s intellect (?), Fiorina’s lies, Cruz’s “snake oil”, Rand Paul’s “defund entire government”, Kasich’s “interruptions”, etc.  I am exhausted just watching the whole thing!!

I do digress.  Back to the Netanyahu visit.  There are so many issues concerning Netanyahu’s leadership and outright disdain for President Obama, where do I start?  I guess the best thing I can say about that meeting is that Netanyahu went home “empty handed” (at least for now).

Netanyahu remains as boorish as ever. Ran Baratz, Netanyahu’s selection for “Israel’s national spokesman” accused President Obama of anti-Semitism.  Netanyahu has overlooked that comment and as yet has not withdrawn Baratz from the appointment!  This from a man who was coming to the U.S. to “beg” for more help from President Obama! This from a man who interfered in U.S. foreign policy.

Netanyahu’s insistence on Jewish expansion in the West Bank is one of great concern.  There is international disapproval of this action. The rest of the world deplores the treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.  Yet, Netanyahu continues to suppress them in every way.  He is as bad as any “dictator”!

Even though there is strong Israeli support for the idea of a Palestinian state,  Netanyahu will never agree to a two- state solution.  The EU ambassador to Israel, said the 28-nation bloc does not recognize lands captured in 1967, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, as Israeli territory.  “This is something that also happens to be the view of 99 percent of the international community.”

After nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, some 60 percent of the West Bank, including all Jewish settlements, is under full Israeli control. Although he will not agree to a two-state solution the arrogant Netanyahu is asking President Obama to increase military aid from $3 billion to $5 billion!  Netanyahu is asking for another stealth flight squadron, precision armaments, bunker blasters, and aid for the development of the Arrow 3 missile system!   Netanyahu is taking advantage of the U.S.-Israel strategic interests in the Middle East.

Netanyahu also wants an agreement with “freedom of action” granted Israel so they can start a war without U.S. interference!  This means Israel would not be required to report on its military operations in advance to the U.S, but will still be protected by the American umbrella!

It is time for our government to get “a spine” and tell Israel we will no longer allow the persecution of Palestinians to continue and we will no longer give them military support to use against these same Palestinians. I realize AIPAC (the U.S. Netanyahu organization) has influence in our presidential elections but so does J Street, American Jews who do not condone this barbaric treatment of the Palestinians.  We must tell the Israel government in no uncertain terms if they violate any more international laws or continue the inhuman treatment of 1.5 million people who live in the Gaza Strip there will be consequences!  Then follow through with real action if they ignore the warning.  I resent my taxes being used to support a government who deny the people living in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank the basic living requirements every Israel citizen has!

Howard J. Gale, a Seattle research psychologist and Jew with family and friends in Israel wrote “When the great Rabbi Hillel was asked to sum up Jewish law, he responded, “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman: This is the whole law; the rest is mere commentary.”   The Talmud, the second-most-important text in Judaism, says, “For the sake of peace, non-Jewish poor should be supported as we support the poor of Israel, the non-Jewish sick should be visited as we visit the sick of Israel, and the non-Jewish dead should be buried as we bury the dead of Israel.”

“Only a tribalism that hardens one’s heart and blinds one to reality can reconcile Judaism’s most sacred teachings with the death Israel has dispensed in Gaza.“Every bomb ever made falls on all of us.”  They ravage the flesh and psyche of those who receive them, they ravage the morality and innocence of those who send (or supply) them.”