The Problem With Truth, Is That It Is Unwanted

Everyone has his version of the truth but seldom share it. Whether it’s the taste, the smell or whatever, the ugly thing can help you lose friends and create bitter enemies. I wonder if it’s because once acknowledged, the truth will not leave until you do or stop doing, a particular wrong. Our criminal justice system is an apt example.

Let’s take the current situation in Missouri. Not that it’s unique. Far cry. But because it is active, makes that a good example, willing to say a textbook case of what leadership is not. Step back with me a bit.

Jay Nixon was a two-term Democratic governor when Ferguson managed to make world news. That was due to the police killing of Michael Brown and the conduct of the entire criminal justice system in Missouri. As Gov Nixon and Ferguson Mayor Knowles went into hiding for four days, the police were left to “pacify” peaceful protesters. No one could have imagined police management to be that inept, or any criminal justice system is so inbred and corrupted.

The current governor Eric Greitens is a Republican. He never went into hiding, but nothing says “I don’t know what to do”, like readying the National Guard to control a relatively small number of cooperating protesters. So far, more than 150 persons have been arrested for petty misdemeanors, especially not moving when told by the police.

Both dealt with protesters as the problem. Neither appeared capable of confronting and addressing the root of the problem. But quite willing to talk tough and use force.

No civic-minded person supports lawlessness. So let’s agree conditionally: lock them up if their behaviors are imminent threats to public safety. Not because the police told them to move. Do we have a Constitution or not? If the answer is doubtful (as it’s becoming) repeat next year and the years afterward. Finally, both the state and protesters would be locked in an increasingly dysfunctional, dangerous way of life. The state CANNOT win. That would be despite being a police state, as America already is.

Right now, both Blacks and Whites, males and females are being threatened and arrested. How long do the state and local governments think that they can keep this up? I’ll hazard a guess. When you stop seeing truth as the enemy.

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Our Votes Are For Sale, And They’re Very Expensive 

August 1, 2017

By Leyland A.King

BlueGadfly.com/

LeylandKing@gmail.com

 

Thirty-seven strong, our extended family is no electoral powerhouse. Thirty-seven passionate activists squared (1369) are a booming voice defiant. A town hall presence that will not be ignored nor dissuaded.

Progressive Democrats for decades, we are outraged by the spectacle of musical chairs of government administration at federal, state and municipal levels. It’s  time to re-evaluate our commitment to an administrative system that has moved politically from neglectfulness to tolerable malfeasance. Erroneously thinking it couldn’t get worse   -it did.

Who would have thought that the rot we have in every institutional stratum of public administration, was possible? Therefore we are open to a third party. Even fourth or fifth. We cannot continue voting for the lesser evil.  Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds given to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws such as legislated in the war on drugs.  So, we compiled a list of our priorities.

Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds handed to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws. So, we compiled a list of our priorities.

Small, efficient government and lower taxes through progressive gradients, reforming the Department of Justice, law enforcement, and criminal codes, neighborhood schools public and private, religious and un-denominational are good. We vehemently disagree with public funds given to private or charter schools. Separation of Church and State is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, regardless of which party is the majority, even if they control all branches of government, somehow, we can’t rid ourselves misguided, unconscionable, or even immoral laws. So, we compiled a list of our priorities and welcome your input.

1. End capital punishment immediately. It is immoral. The very nature of it is cruel and unusual.

2. The right to vote is inalienable. It is incumbent on the state to encourage participation of every citizen over age 18.

3. Abolish private prisons and juvenile detention facilities in every form.

4. Decriminalize drug use and possession. That is a vice, not a crime.

5. Citizens must not be arrested for nonviolent offenses if they have valid identification. Citations are available.

6. No person elected to public office shall serve beyond eight years.

8. Elections publicly financed. Legislation necessary to end lobbying and donations to elected officials.

9. Make gerrymandering a felony. It corrupts the electoral system and undermines public trust.

10. End corporate welfare including tax breaks offered to companies to “bring jobs”.

Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts, Someone Dolefully Said

June 27, 2017

By Leyland A. King 

Yesterday it was casually announced that NFL Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, in partnership with the Koch brothers’ political arms, will create a funnel to provide economic and other assistance to the poor in Dallas, Texas.  The photos linked to the release, together with crafted statements could not honey-me-up more. Who would find fault with charitable aid to the poor? But, before I open my door a crack to assure myself that the aid offered, is what it purports to be, particularly from the Kochs,  I ought to examine the source of the help and motivations.

The channel selected is Deion Sanders’s company PrimeTime, an entertainment business. The company plans to ameliorate the poor’s lot by targeting what they believe are the five forces that are the roots of poverty:

1. Joblessness     2. Educational failure     3. Addiction        4. Personal debt

5. Breakdown of the family

That the five drivers identified are easily debunked, in terms of priorities and causation, are not the focus here. I am more concerned with the political issues and aspirations of the seemingly secretive donor group.

Were the Kochs and the wealthy interested in helping the jobless poor in Dallas, somewhere among the five drivers will have been minor criminal records being used to screen citizens out, making them unemployable for jobs the applicants are quite qualified to do. Mr. Sanders, being of the African American community ought to have included help to deal with a criminal justice system that is the number one contributor to family breakdown in the African American community. It also concerns me that the second stratagem is the Educational failure, rather than equality of educational opportunity.  So sorry that I cannot address more, but with the drivers heading off the cliff, at least they were warned.

Even as the aid announcement was made, conservative Republicans in the Koch networks of political action were upset that the cuts to Medicaid are not deep enough. Tim Phillips, head of Americans for Prosperity chose his words carefully in describing the devastating eliminations as “nip and tuck” ACA (Obamacare)  He deemed it “immoral” that the cuts are so slight. Strange, when considering that the same people that he and Sanders want to help are Medicaid recipients. But Sanders, who ran his Charter School into financial insolvency, found the words to laud the Kochs as a being a nice family whose only desire is to help the country. He opined that the Kochs are unfairly criticized. I can’t help a digression to the eleven African-American pastors that willingly appeared as a group at a Trump rally, for the single purpose of attesting that Trump is not racists. I wail.

Prime Prep, school co-founded by Deion Sanders, will surrender charter after lengthy battle
Mr. Sanders appears to be a person eager to do good and genuinely set out to help others  –the poor and those not as gifted as himself. He should be commended for trying. He might be encouraged to get involved in projects that he has at least a rudimentary knowledge of their functioning. A big heart is not necessarily a success requisite. In fact, as the frog that agreed to help a stranded scorpion cross the river discovered, the big heart, if not discerning, can be a useful fool. The Kochs are interested in power, not people.

This is power harnessed and managed by the Koch brothers and should frighten every American. The Koch political network is among the most influential in the nation. They have bigger budgets and more staff than the entire GOP national networks. They are the dreaded cat that GOP mice in the three branches of government have to appease……always. Absolutely!

Five Myths About the Koch Brothers — And Why It Matters To Set Them Straight
With the objectives of appointing public officials from top to bottom in federal, state and municipal governments, and shaming influence on the Supreme Court, what would be there to stop them implementing any whim? On a larger scale, when the Citizens’ bread is on the end of a string held by the Kochs, are they not Kings? If they feed you, they own you and your family.

So, Deion Sanders and others who readily attribute benign purposes to the Kochs, know this  -the Trojans were as comfortable as you when someone agreed it was a marvelous idea to have the Wooden Horse, brought in.

 

 

 

Teen killed by stray bullet while police fire at dog during response to ‘loud music’

Authored by Sam Levin, of San Francisco. Published by The Guardian on June 23, 2017. See link below.

Sometimes one feels the urgent, compelling need to scream. At least somebody would hear. Sure, that might relieve outrage, anger, and disappointment, until tomorrow when the same thoughtlessness repeats and another family grieves. But citizens are not merely frustrated, the scream will be heard, citizens want authorities to listen and to act positively. It is a public safety issue that words directly from Attorney General, Jeff Sessions tells that he doesn’t know or want to learn, about very serious occurrences taking place in the United States. This is not a training issue.

Teen killed by stray bullet while police fire at dog during response to ‘loud music’  

Law, Order, Justice and Punishment

I vehemently oppose state sanctioned murder. State torture has already been normalized and extra judicial killings quite acceptable to too many Americans. This does not portend well for human beings but, it is not immutable.

That a sizeable portion of Americans see nothing wrong with the descent to morally primitive humanity troubles me deeply. My effort here is not to judge us, but to offer a pause for contemplation of what we are prepared to live with. I expect many to give token agreement, many to disagree for a variety of religious reasons, but I also expect that in the course of today about a dozen of my fellow citizens tell me that if I don’t like our perceived regression, then I should get out of the country. 

No, you won’t find statistical information here. It’s been there for generations, updated continually. There is no paucity of peer reviewed, evidence based literature available for the taking. Neither would this be moralistic preaching. We fall asleep on that. So what’s my goal? It is to remind us of our humanity. To point to absurdity and obfuscation of the issue, that allows public officials’ inanity to prevail.

This is indisputable: murder is the unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice aforethought. These are the keywords -unlawful; killing another; premeditation.

With that in mind, all that one needs to do is re-interpret the word unlawful. There are lots of work- around.

In Oklahoma, state officials are unashamed to relate to citizens that they have to speed up the rate of executions because the drug used for lethality have approaching expiration dates. I am not sure if the proper description is callousness or plain, undiluted stupidity.

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott, in his zeal to get another dozen killings in, perhaps to out-do Oklahoma’s depravity, removed all death penalty cases from elected attorney, Aramis Ayala, because she refused to seek the death penalty in the cases affected. If anyone should know the value of expiation, Scott is he.

Now that the supreme court is in recovery of its conscience, and ruling more often on appeals relative to cruel and unusual punishment, there is dawn apparent. But what do legislators do? They spend tremendous amounts of public founds going back and forth to the courts, fixing what was the technical impediment so that a year or two later they achieve their infamous objective, that is to say, not necessarily justice, but the killing.

The governors seem to have a prediliction for killing. They behave as if the law compels them to kill convicts. It does not. They have the authority to commute death sentences to life in prison. Our governors would have none of that. And that is where one might question their humanity.

Especially Now, Why Trust U.S Government With Capital Punishment

https://bluegadfly.com/2016/02/10/get-rid-of-capital-punishment/

http://Eight%20executions%20in%2011%20days:%20Arkansas%20order%20may%20endanger%20staff’s%20mental%20health

The Big White Ghetto: America’s Useful Secret

Today, while preparing some notes on another subject, it occurred to me that the state of Kentucky, U.S ranks near the bottom of human well-being scales on every measure: adult literacy, higher education, household income and others. Thirty-two percent of the families live below the federal poverty level thus qualifying for federal assistance.  Welfare.

http://theweek.com/articles/452321/appalachia-big-white-ghetto

How could this be, given the fact that ninety-five percent of the residents vote Republican?  That their Senator Mitch McConnell has been serving them in one official capacity or another, all of his working life. A person Kentucky voters have kept in the Senate for over thirty years consecutively. One who began in 1985 making $75,100 now earning $174,000. His average wealth of $22.8 million.

How did Mitch McConnell’s net worth soar?

http://www.google.com/amp/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml//news/fact-checker/wp/2014/05/22/how-did-mitch-mcconnells-net-worth-soar/  

So, since the White ghetto sees the Black Ghetto in distant, negative terms, it seems to me that our system, beneficial to neither group is maintained, people will continue to deeper poverty.

I tried to keep this short because the two links explain so much more.