We have all the evidence we need, to wit, that generated by the convoys of “reporters” and activists that have descended on Ferguson. Everything else is moot.
There was the autopsy by Dr Baden who said he found no gunpowder residue on Mr Brown’s remains. But, he qualified that statement by saying that he didn’t have access to the victim’s clothing that could have held residue.
Dr Baden did say that the number of shots fired was excessive.
And the shopkeeper who was “purportedly” being victimized by an individual that some say is Mr Brown. I would like to know more about that incident. Was it Mr Brown? Surely fingerprints must be available. Was that Mr Brown’s normal demeanor? Were the cigars laced with pheromones?
For goodness sake, get everybody together and have them share their bonafide evidence with every other individual in the room.
– Flatus is a Trail Mix contributor
Most liberals, and many conservatives, are incensed by the “militarization” of local police departments.
Militarization refers to the routine use of SWAT equipment for ordinary policing situations, the use of military-style armored vehicles, and the treatment of the public as “enemy combatants.” Peaceful protesters are treated as “rioters,” and reporters trying to do their jobs are harassed. In addition, many police officers now intimidate, assault, and/or arrest anyone who tries to take a video of them during confrontations.
As I noted, even some conservatives are questioning militaristic police behavior, conservatives such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
I respectfully disagree.
In fact there are many OTHER public services that should, in my opinion, be “militarized.”
Fire Department. Fire at your house? Militarized fire fighters will arrive, and treat you and your entire family as “suspected arsonists.” Face down on the ground, with an assault rifle to your head, you will be given 30 seconds to prove that you are innocent. If so, you will then be allowed to put out the fire yourself.
Trash Collection. Did you fail to separate your recyclables? Don’t be surprised when militarized municipal trash collectors break down your door at 3 AM, handcuff you, put a hood over your head, and load you onto a plane for extraordinary rendition to an Eastern European country for enhanced interrogation. (“Are you now, or have you ever been, a global warming denier?”)
Public Library. Talking too loud? Rather than “shushing” you a librarian/sniper, from a perch above the circulation desk, will fire a warning shot into an arm or leg. Overdue Book? (Don’t even ask.)
I’m sure you will agree that our local communities will be MUCH more law-abiding if these changes are made.
After all, THERE ARE RULES THAT NEED TO BE FOLLOWED.
For the benefit of those who have not been in the military, I conclude with a clip from “Stripes.”
The fall of Tricky Dick has always brought back memories, many of which I would rather forget.
It also brings back wonderings, such as why has America lacked a sense of humor? Has our beloved nation always lacked an appreciation for a good joke?
I do remember when we joined Ike in his pleasant life, even during his stay at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Colorado following his heart attack. When he played golf and fished, little was there from the Democrats running him down for taking the time to relax. He did after all save civilization from the Nazis.
JKF evokes wonderful memories, except for those who point out his womanizing, even the swims in the White House pool, while Jackie was otherwise busy. He died a death that was horrendous, but he did have a sense humor that was shared with the American public, and we were going to the moon.
Johnson was strange and scary. He did send a lot of us to Vietnam on a fully paid trip, including rack and rations — and, whatever ammunition we needed. People tended to not enjoy his sense of humor as it was coarse and often of his own making. Especially his dogs. He was a rather rough man and picking up his dogs by their ears was not funny. He did not understand the mail that arrived letting him know that either.
Then we get to Nixschlect (1). Oh did he ever change the tenor of America. I remember my father-in-law trying to brush aside what a bad guy Nixon was. He even stood up for Agnew (uck). The years Nixon was in office were gloomy. Even his Checkers speech was a downer.
Ford, he wanted to send us back into Vietnam. The falling down routine Chevy Chase did was funny, except it was not Ford. The man was an athlete and showed it, most of the time. Was Ford funny? In a way. He was a change from Johnson and Nixon and the Vietnam War, except for those of us frozen in our orders to go back to the place.
Carter. Oh how I wish he was funny. SNL continued on with the presidential follies with the peanut farmer. The sad thing is Carter is one of those real nice guys, the type you know is real and honest. But, he was not presidential material.
Then we get to the real Bonzo, Reagan. His “genuine” humor was as genuine as a three dollar bill. He destroyed more of the American sense of laughter with his destruction of America. “Welfare queens,” hah, just another way of hurting the poor. Just as we will never know the true extent of W. Wilson’s incapacity, leaving the government to his wife and others. We may never know the extent of the power taking by those around Ronnie due to his Alzheimers.
Bush the Elder leaves me thinking he could tell a good joke, however he always looked like he had intestinal cramps. And, his best joke about not raising taxes fell very flat.
Leading me to the man who probably has as many jokes in his head as Gracie Allen: Bill “I never said I screwed her” Clinton. The best thing about Bill is that he drives the Republicans crazy. Caught getting a BJ and not from HRC, they try their best to destroy him and it does not work. His aw-shucks is not from Mayberry, but it is real and it is funny to still watch the Republicans unable to understand him or Hillary. I suppose that is a joke a dog would enjoy.
The next joker in office I will skip. His whole life has been a . . .
Finally we get to the man who has a gentle sense of humor, one that we rarely get to enjoy. But, then he is a professor. I should be one in awe of the man’s sense of humor being that I am in a very unfunny business (federal database and computer work), but he really has not wowed anyone yet with a real thigh slapper. He stays rather cool and not willing to say anything around the break room that would leave us chuckling for hours.
Okay, dogs do jokes. Yes, really. Dogs have a great sense of humor. You just have to be attuned to it. How many times have you stood in the middle of the world calling your dog, without results? And, then you turn around, there is your dog with a funny curled up lip? Well, that was a dog joke. And, with the laughing curled up lip, your dog thought it was pretty funny. Hey, it was funny. You yelling and yelling, with arms flailing, and there was Rex right there, being quiet and not letting you know; that was the funny. Sure, it is not up there with bombing Cambodia or a little blue dress, but then it is from a dog.
Start watching and enjoying our canine friends and what they tell us. We have a lot in common and it is some of them tell better jokes than the Republicans can.
Forty years ago Saturday Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency.
In honor of the first president to exit the office while still breathing before the end of his term, here’s to you Tricky Dickie.
Very little is ever mentioned of Nixon’s toll on the military once Watergate hit the headlines. We were still hot in ‘Nam, and a lot of us had orders to go (more on what happened later). Korea was still a short tour, which means it was a hazardous place to be. Africa was and still is a destination where few want to go.
What we did do was read, listen to the television and radio, and constantly ask anyone in Washington and the Pentagon what was going on. At the time I was at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO. and then Columbus AFB, MS. The topic of discussion was what our boss was up to and what would happen to us.
Always, what would happen to us. He was running the show. He had the power of being Commander in Chief to send us anywhere and do anything, including blowing up the Earth. The talks were often nervous for those going to B-52 training, think of Dr. Strangelove How I Learned to Love The Bomb, who would be crew on those planes.
What was hardest for all of us was the period when Nixon’s vocal actions were being played on air after the discovery of the taping system and the Court said he had to turn the tapes over. The political atmosphere was tense. There was great concern about the economy; we were entering into a recession. As bad as military pay is now, it was worse then.
We were not sure what to expect from the Congress and the White House for anything for about two years. It was tough looking at Nixon’s picture in all the offices at the bases, but funny too (the dude was weird looking).
There were laughs too. The political pundits had a blast. So did the comics and just about anyone who could shrug their shoulders. The Nixon scowl was always good for a drink in the NCO club.
All that happened – happened daily. The revelations of stuff kept coming out every day. The testimony in Congress was stunning and shocking. The investigative news media (something you need to do a bing or google search for as they are a rare and endangered species now) was dredging up all sorts of things. And it was in the papers, on radio and television – every day. All the time. Cronkite giving the body count and then the Watergate updates
Yup, those were the days. And, the peace in Vietnam plodded along, all the while the military wondered what was going to be their role in all of the outcomes.
When asked by right wing talk radio host Laura Ingraham why the GOP has trouble attracting black voters, Alabama Congressional Representative Mo Brooks said…
“This is a part of the WAR ON WHITES that’s being launched by the Democratic Party and the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else.”Naturally, I found the idea of a War on Whites intriguing.
I thought, “Great idea! Where do I enlist?”
One of my favorite Reggae songs, “Kill the White People,” by Eddie Murphy.
After a brief search I discovered a “War on Whites: Recruitment” menu tab on the White House web page.
I was pleased to discover that, as an Irish Catholic, I was considered “not quite white,” so it was OK for me to sign up.
I have been assigned to a “behind the lines,” commando unit.
Our mission is to sneak into the houses of cranky old white men, hide their TV remote, sabotage their favorite chair by jamming a beer can into the recliner mechanism, and then tow away their pick-up truck.
When we have broken their will to resist, we’ll meet in Cairo to negotiate a cease fire.
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself,
And fall on th’other . . . – Macbeth Act 1, scene 7.25-28
GOP-led House Authorizes Lawsuit Against Obama
Oh but the spittle and froth coming from the mouths of so many Republicans is to be feared by so many lost in fog of their own making. Can we mere humans grasp the lawlessness of our president? No. It is only seen by those who have seen the shimmering mirage of greatness created by their own masters.
Living in the bounded area called D.C. region, which tends to be a line scribbled on maps delineating about four million people. But, it fails to circle a large white building with a big dome over it. A building housing less than one thousand of the most powerful people on earth.
It is within that building that some of the nuttiest and craziest talk is emoted. Shakespeare would have dozens of concepts to turn into plays, most likely about the folly of fools. The bravado of the idiots must sound wonderful to their own ears. But, this makes Macbeth’s acts seem reasonable.
Impeach the most lawless president ever? That is outright crazy talk. Sue the guy. That will teach him a lesson. And, it is a warm-up act for the big, full stage performance of impeachment. Impeachment will show the black guy in the White House who is really running the country.
As fed up with war as the American public is, they have no appetite for the constant talk of the fools for impeachment. Can the Republicans understand that most, probably the 70% (at least) of the populous who are not Republican by signature, do not see what they see. The citizens do not hear what they hear. The voters do not feel what they feel.
Given that Republican gerrymandering has created safe districts for the fools, we have to live with them saying and doing things that if not for their protected seats would have them voted out or just plain ignored. Grabbing the microphone to spew talk intended to have the American public joining them on their march to a new world order — it is that very talk that tells the people to do the opposite.
Americans are not in favor of impeaching a president for any reason, let alone reasons that are created by and make sense only to a handful of elected representatives, senators and listeners of certain television channels or radio stations. Why do these creatures continually fall upon their swords while talking about standing up to a president? They must see some reward, but I believe it is only personal and limited; nothing any other American can understand or feel.
Macbeth is trying to create some reason to do the foul deed when no reason exists. Just like the jesters of the Republican party.
This is a question that you probably ask yourself many times a day.
Taking the simple test below will tell you with 99.5% certainty if you are, or are not, a loyal member of the non-party of unsuccessful presidential Candidates John Anderson and Ross Perot, and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.
(1) The two-party system in the USA is ….
(a) the direct result of our “winner-take-all” system of elections rather than the proportional representation characteristic of most other democracies which use a parliamentary system of government.
(b) God’s plan: all good people are Republicans and all evil people are Democrats.
(c) what was the question?
(2) The immigration crisis in the USA can be solved by…
(a) a more flexible policy that will allow a quicker route to citizenship.
(b) building a wall with broken glass on top, landmines, and machine-gun towers.
(3) Russian imperial expansion can be checked by…
(a) a well-designed program of sanctions, in coordination with our European allies.
(b) invasion of and occupation of Ukraine. (We will be welcomed as liberators.)
(c) I need to see some 10-second political ads before I can decide.
(4) The U.S. economy can be strengthened by….
(a) increasing taxes and creating programs that benefit the lower and middle classes.
(b) decreasing taxes that hurt “job creators”: big corporations and the 1%.
(c) all of the above.
(5) Global warming is…
(a) a scientific fact.
(b) a liberal myth.
(c) who cares?
If you answered (c) to three or more questions, you are an Independent.
The office ages the occupant. A truism of the Office of the President of the United States. Academic studies have been done. Also every few years a reporter does a eyes and hair photo montage or slideshow – showing the changes from freshly elected to end of office.
I think only the TV series “West Wing” ever did capture the day of a president in a visual manner that demonstrated the minute-by-minute stressful life he (and hopefully starting in 2017, “she”) experiences. Thursday, Russian trained (and that may be stretching it) “Ukraine separatists” shoot down a Malaysian passenger airplane and roughly at the same time Israel gets tired of the rockets and in a routine well practiced over the decades, invades Palestine to clear out the bad guys.
Mrs. President hosts the Kids State Dinner on Friday and Mr. President gives a few remarks. His eyes look like hell, almost like he did not get a chance to sleep last night. His hair shows early greying, just like most of the other residents of the office. But, he was gracious and charming as usual.
The specific “West Wing” reference is to “In Excelsis Deo (S:1,E:10),” when Bartlet learns of the death of a young gay man and instantly has to have fun with a group of children. There are other episodes that attempt to depict the dichotomy of life a president lives.
A Washington saying is that a politician is an ugly actor. As one who has had to present a face for the voters not matched by mood or feeling, it is very true. But I never had to handle the immensity of the trauma of Thursday, and most likely some serious conversations with many world leaders during day and night. And then literally immediately change to entertain children.
I feel deeply for those world leaders who have to deal with a deliberate and horrible act by people acting in the name of the Russians. It is sad, as those I know want peace and happiness after lifetimes of oppression and deprivation. To have the “former” KGB operative back in charge, apparently leading a country desiring peace, back into the Cold War, is very sad. It was seen when he took first took control and then as he ran everything “behind the scenes”.