Mike Rowse A voice from New Mexico

30Jul/160

OMG, the stupidity burns, but not the stupid ones

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Seriously, stupidity should burn the person being stupid. They need to learn somehow. I was listening to ESPN Saturday morning after I'd recorded my radio show and just could not believe what I was hearing. It was the Dari & Mel show, which is one of the better shows on the network. They were discussing the story about Texas A&M assistant coaches conducting a football 101 class from women. The coaches took their lessons to far and put up some photos and slides that were just inappropriate.

But Dari and Booger McFarland were supporting the idea of football 101 classes for women who want to learn more about sport, for whatever reason. A production assistant who sounded like he was a millennial, chimed in and thought the very idea of these classes was wrong. He said it put the coaches in a position to be condescending to women and to treat women differently than men. That it made the assumption that women were stupid. OMG, the stupid has to burn but it was burning me. This moron thought he sounded erudite and his opinions were well thought out. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many pro and college football teams have reached out to women to conduct these classes. Women attend and enjoy them. They might be doing so in order to spend more time with their husbands, boyfriends or maybe their sons or other relatives are playing football and they want to know more about the game. But it's educating people who are ignorant about the game. My wife is watching football now and learning more about the game and I enjoy it. I wasn't going to quit watching my team and she decided to join me.

So if you apply Dan the producer's assistant to any situation, then any class is condescending and demeaning. If I don't know anything about science, math, or maybe art and I take a class in order to learn more about the subject, then I'm putting the professor or educator in a position to be condescending? Really? Maybe that's why Dan is able to hold his opinion and believe he's espousing some deep philosophical opinion that no one has thought about.

Education is not condescending and it's a simple fact that more women don't know much about football. Whether right or wrong or indifferent, it's just a fact. And wanting to educate them in a manner that they feel more comfortable with, that's a good thing.

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29Jul/160

Quick hits

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The JV team is apparently making one heck of an effort to move up to the varsity; don't tell Obama. ISIS has a new car bomb that is virtually undetectable to security forces. The car bomb was used in an attack in Iraq about a month ago; over 290 people were killed or injured. The van carrying the bomb had passed through a check point that included bomb sniffing dogs. This particular bomb uses a very small amount of chemicals and if placed in the van properly, dogs and probably mechanical detection devices cannot pick up the trace amounts of chemical compounds. And apparently it's pretty effective in creating death and destruction. If this doesn't earn them their varsity letter, I don't know what will.

New documents from the FBI shot that IRS officials were very aware of targeting of conservative groups by IRS agents. In fact they knew of the problem 2 years before it became public and drew the attention of the FBI and Congress. But of course that's OK because I'm sure these groups were engaging in hate speech, bigotry, misogyny, protection of gun rights, the Constitution and other 'unsavory' practices. Of course liberals took the approach of the Oakland police, nothing to see here, move along move along. While the documents confirm there was bias in violation of the law, the internal investigators believed this was the work of a few rogue agents. OK, then why weren't they all fired and prosecuted?

Listening to Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, they were talking about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and wondering if his job was in jeopardy. Now if you haven't been paying attention, Goodell has taken a lot of heat over the last couple of years for his handling of various disciplinary actions; a short suspension of Ray Rice after video showed he punched his girlfriend, knocked her out and drug her by the hair out of an elevator. Then the 'deflategate' controversy with the NE Patriots and Tom Brady; the lawsuit claiming the NFL hid information about concussions and the possible link to CTE which is killing former players. As I listened it just struck me how uninformed the hosts were about such issues and how they expect the NFL, a private entity to mete out discipline as opposed to the justice system. Not to mention their hypocrisy when the NFL does mete out punishment that the pundits think is unjustified. Take Tom Brady for example; he was punished more for lying to the NFL investigators than he was for actually deflating footballs outside of the parameters of the rule. The link between CTE and head trauma is absolutely, medically unproven, no matter what Will Smith's character tells you in a movie. And when did it become the responsibility of a private company to mete out justice? If someone violates the business rules or actual laws, a business can punish the employee, but if the criminal justice system fails, as in the case of Ray Rice, what can the league really do? What about the court of public opinion punishing the offender? But a 4 game suspension for smoking marijuana is too much, even if the league's rules say it's a banned substance.

I was called a sick person by a tolerant liberal; I don't even remember what topic she was upset about. But I thanked her and agreed with her. Where would the world be without sick individuals? What would our lives be like if sickos hadn't come along before us? Think about it, I'll guarantee the first person to drink cow's milk didn't do so because he was thirsty or hungry. I'll bet dollars to donuts that two precursors to modern day rednecks were sitting around drinking some fermented beverage when one of them dared the other to go over and suck on that cow's teat just like that little cow had been doing a few moments before. I dare you. That was probably the first time someone uttered the now famous words, 'hold my beer and watch this'.

28Jul/160

I know they don’t think before they speak, but come on

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One of the hallmarks of politicians is that they believe they can say whatever they want and they'll never be held accountable for what they say. Unfortunately it's all too true. The 4th estate has done a terrible job of calling politicians out when they lie to us; as have we as an electorate. The Democrats are masters of this manipulation and Hillary might just be the Queen of hypocrisy.

Donald Trump was speaking earlier this week and began talking about the hacking of the DNC's emails and the resulting proof that the DNC was pushing for Hillary and actively working behind the scenes to defeat Bernie. It's not a surprise that they were doing it, it was the dirty secret that everyone knew but to have the proof come out has caused some problems for the Democrats. Now they have to explain that they were biased but it obviously doesn't bother them too much; Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quickly picked up by the Clinton campaign so she really didn't suffer because of her cheating.

But Trump was building on the suspicion that Russia may have been behind the email hacking. So he asked the Russians if they could find the missing 30,000 emails from Hillary's illegal mail server. He opined that some media outlets would be very glad to pay for those. Of course Hillary and some of her supporters are outraged, OUTRAGED I say, that Donald would invite and encourage a foreign government to spy upon the United States.

Really?! That's where you go with this? Do you really think that the Russian's hadn't thought about spying upon us before Donald mentioned it? Do you honestly think that Vladimir was sitting on his bear, sans shirt, holding a weapon of war and heard what Donald said, then thought, "wow, that's a great idea!" Of course they don't think that; of course they know that Russia is already spying upon us and certainly trying to hack into any and every computer the U.S. government has. No this was just a ploy to get the low information, slack jawed, avid Hillary supporter to become outraged at Donald.

Make something up and throw it out there for people to feed upon. Isn't it convenient that Hillary forgets Ted Kennedy? Remember, Senator Ted Kennedy, a member of the First Family of the Democrat Party, one of the most powerful Senators in America, went to Russia and said he wanted to work with their government to help defeat Ronald Reagan. Because you see, Ronald Reagan was talking tough about Russia and defeating their tyrannical rule over countries such as Poland that did not want to be part of the U.S.S.R but were forced to remain under their control.

But that's none of our business.

27Jul/160

You’re right, it’s rain not piss that rolling down my back…

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I just listened to Anita DeFrance give an interview to Mike & Mike from ESPN regarding the upcoming Rio Olympics. DeFrance is a former Olympic rower and knows something about competing at this level. But in the 20 or so years since she was a competitor and since becoming a voting member of the IOC, she apparently has lost all ability to tell the truth or acknowledge that there are real problems not only with the process but with these games in particular.

It is well documented and the Mayor of Rio has agreed, that many of the venues are not safe. For example, the water for the rowing and triathlon venues is badly polluted. It has been tested a number of times by internal and external organizations and is dangerously polluted. As with many cities hosting the Olympics, they have preliminary events in the year or so prior to the games. Last year rowers attending one such event got sick and mot attributed it to the polluted water. Ms. DeFrance said she believes these venues are just fine and any problems have been taken care of; while admitting a short time later that things were not perfect and that some of the things Rio promised to take care of and put in place didn't materialize. She admitted that some of the run off of sewage that was supposed to be eliminated wasn't. But hey the water's fine, come on in and enjoy it.

Earlier this week the U.S. Olympic staff along with, I believe Australia's Olympic committee, had visited the Olympic Village. The condition of the apartments and systems was abhorrent to quote the people who inspected the buildings. They do a stress test on the plumbing for example. They flush multiple toilets at the same time or turn on multiple showers on different floors. When they conducted the tests, water pressure was almost non-existent. Water was leaking badly, running down apartment walls and puddled on the floor. Electrical systems did not work properly and often not at all. The odor of gas, natural gas I'm assuming, was present in many apartments they inspected. Ms. DeFrance said she did not believe that things were too bad in the Village; that it is not uncommon to have last minute tasks being completed, such as painting walls or putting in light bulbs. But in her opinion there were not any major problems with the residential quarters; then why are the members of the U.S. teams and teams from other countries staying in local hotels rather than the village? These are the NBA prima donnas we're talking about, these are the true Olympic athletes who aren't used to upscale accommodations.

Let's not forget physical safety; crime is rampant in Rio and all reports coming out of Rio suggests that nothing has been done to increase security and reduce crime for visitors and athletes. Let's not forget the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Rio was carjacked just a couple of weeks ago. Other visitors have said they've been told to be on alert at all times and to avoid going into many areas because of high crime rates and the inability of police to protect visitors.

Ms. DeFrance basically says that every venue has problems but the problems are minor. She said things haven't gone as smoothly with Rio as they would have liked but part of that is because that the economy tanked between the time the award was made and today. She said a large oil discovery had been made in Brazil but it turned out to be harder to get to than previously thought. She acknowledged that the World Health Organization's testing of the water which found a veritable petri dish of bacteria, filth and drug resistant diseases that could lead to death of anyone infected were possibly accurate some time ago but that steps have been taken to clear up the water; never mind that the WHO tested the water last week.

Quite simply, this is setting up to be an unmitigated disaster. I hope that Ms. DeFrance is correct but I'm not optimistic. Politics and corruption are rampant in the IOC. The voting members of the committee are often bribed to vote in certain ways. She even admitted that some members of the committee, during the vote, had been pressured to not embarrass the newly elected Prime Minister of Japan by voting them out on the first ballot. Instead, Chicago was voted out on the first ballot; which apparently it was OK to embarrass the newly elected President of the United States.

Let's take politics out of it forever. Let's have 2 venues for each Olympic games, winter and summer. One on each side of the world. We would rotate between those two venues. Pick ones that hosted recently and have kept their facilities up to date. Have a summer games location in the U.S. and winter in Canada. How about Greece for the other summer games location and Japan for the other winter games location? There, problem solved. The IOC alone pumped $1.5 billion into Rio for these games. Talk about saving money; maybe some of that could go to the real Olympic athletes to allow them to train full time... I'm just sayin'

27Jul/160

Are you kidding me? Cheese eating surrender monkeys strike again…

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France has been a big target for terrorists over the past couple of years. They have also been one of the leaders on the progressive side of the aisle in trying to reach out to Muslims and others, to let them know that the French are not a threat to them; that they love them and want to coexist with them. France has allowed open and free flow of 'immigrants' from the Middle East. They have allowed Muslims to establish Sharia law in certain neighborhoods, places where French police and government authorities are not allowed to go. When they have tried to go in and stop rioting or enforce French laws, on those rare occasions where they tried to show a backbone, the Muslims fought back and turned them away. And how has that worked out for them? Is that what you want for America? If you support Hillary and Obama, it's exactly what you want and what we will get if you are successful.

Let's look at the latest radical Islamist attack in which 2 Muslims brutally killed an 84 year old priest and another man. The attack took place in the church and the priest was beheaded. Simply because he was not Muslim and the 2 terrorists believed the interpretation of the Quran that says you must either kill or enslave all non-believers. Because of what many Americans believe, including Glorious Leader and Thick Ankles, it bears repeating: you may not think that Islam teaches its followers to kill or enslave all non-believers, but the terrorists believe that and that's what counts, or should.

Had the French government not been a bunch of namby pamby politically correct cheese eating surrender monkeys, this attack could have been avoided. And we don't even have to turn back the clock and control or stop immigration or enforce French laws from day one to prove that fact. In April, French authorities conducted a raid on an apartment inhabited by known terrorists. Among the things taken from the apartment was a list of locations being targeted by the terrorist cell. The Saint Etienne du Rovray Church in Normandy was on that list. But French authorities didn't warn anyone from the church or increase security in the area because they didn't want to cause a panic or foster any type of hatred or fear of Muslims.

It gets worse: the 19 year old terrorist of Algerian descent had been in the hands of French police just a few weeks earlier. He had been arrested twice in the last few months for attempting to join ISIS in Syria. In fact, he was out on bail and was told to wear an ankle monitor. He was allowed to go out during the morning hours but had to remain inside during afternoon and evening hours. This is a man that had repeatedly said he wanted to kill non-believers and generally spouted the hateful rhetoric used by ISIS. Yet, in order to be compassionate, French authorities had not put him in jail; after all he was just a misguided 19 year old who probably really didn't mean what he said.

Now 2 men are dead because the French can't learn from their mistakes. That's what Obama, Hillary, and many on the left want for America. Let the refugees in willy nilly without any screening whatsoever. And anytime a Muslim terrorist carries out a heinous act using Islam as his justification, the liberals are quick to tell us that it was not Islam that caused the terrorist attack. On a side note, the very same people who tell us not to blame Islam after a terrorist attack are the same ones who will blame all Christians and Christianity itself, when a couple refuses to bake a cake for a same sex marriage ceremony. That is what the liberal movement has come to...

26Jul/160

I think I’d get a proofreader…

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Sometimes you get in a hurry or you are just distracted. Whatever the reason, I don't think you meant to say what you actually said. But we thank you for a good laugh.

1.Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
2.PRAYER & FASTING Conference: “The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.”
3.The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.”
4.Our youth basketball team is back in action on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
5.Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.
6.The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
7.Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say “Hell” to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
8.Don’t let worry kill you off — let the Church help.
9.Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
10.For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
11.Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
12.Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.
13.The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: “Break Forth Into Joy.”
14.Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
15.A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
16.At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
17.Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
18.Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
19.Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
20.Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy lunch.
21.The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
22.Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
23.The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They maybe seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
24.This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn sing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
25.Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
26.The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
27.Low Self-esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.
28.The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
29.The Weight Watchers Group will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.
30.The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.”

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26Jul/160

Day 1 of the Democrat Convention, let the lies & hypocrisy begin

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I watched as much of the speeches on day one of the convention that I could. It was hard since I tuned in to see Al Franken speaking. Not only is he a socialist, he's not very articulate and hard to follow. But it was Michelle's speech that really pointed out the hypocrisy of liberals.

First she made a lot of the statements about why Democrats run for office; to help children, the poor, fight for equality and rights, blah, blah, blah. You know all those people they've been claiming to help for the last 50 years but for some reason despite having created dozens & dozens of programs, spending billions of dollars, and expanding the assistance to include non-citizens, we still have people in poverty, suffering discrimination, and being oppressed. But now it's the government oppressing them.

She made a very telling statement in her speech, which by the way, was very well delivered; she said the election this November, in fact every election, is about who has the power to shape the lives of children in America for the next four or eight years. Really? Boy that sure sounds 'good' on the surface of the statement, because who doesn't want to improve the lives of children? But it points out the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. She and her ilk believe it is the job of government, more specifically the federal government, to raise our children, to be the driving force behind the quality of their lives. That's not what the government is for, to be parents to our children or guardians of anyone for that matter.

Government is here to protect our rights and defend our country; to essentially ensure that parents have the right and ability to raise their children as they see fit, not to tell parents how to raise their children or to step in and raise them instead of parents. Governments can't raise your kids and shouldn't. Then we end up with the indoctrination that we see so often today, with kids being told how to live and what to think.

Further she said you cannot govern in 140 characters and you cannot be thin skinned and lash out when someone criticizes you. She should know given how often her husband (or his staff) uses Twitter and other social media outlets to inform us about his opinions; especially responding when someone opposes his policies or says something negative about him. She claimed she and Barrack have stood above the fray and tried to set an example of leadership and inclusiveness. You know, like telling Republicans they must go to the back of the bus or that opponents to his legislative agenda were going to fight him, so he was brining a gun to a knife fight; the examples of his divisiveness are numerous. But that's not what the lemmings believe, they believe he's been a leader for unity inviting the very people who have called for killing cops, killing white people, and creating a nation for blacks only to the White House to discuss their legitimate concerns and solutions (his words, not mine).

She went on to say that when crisis hits, we lean on each other, come together, and don't turn on each other. But each time crisis has hit our nation, Obama has been out front, quickly finding blame with others, not the killers or terrorists, but with the gun industry or gun rights supporters for example. He's denigrated those who own guns or Bibles and blamed them for many of society's ills. Find a speech where he was speaking about a recent tragedy in which he doesn't point the finger at conservatives, religious people, or some other group blaming them for creating an atmosphere of hate that lead the killer to take the actions he or they did. You can't.

I'm sure we'll see more of the inclusiveness as the week rolls on; except for those that can't afford to get a photo ID to enter the venue; or those that can't climb the two fences surrounding the arena... but that's none of my business.

25Jul/160

Random stuff – No Fear edition

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USA Today had a statistic in their paper last week that said on average women pay more out of pocket for health care than men. Of course, the gist of the article had to do with discrimination against women, inferring that doctors, clinics, and hospitals are charging women more or at the very least they are charging more for tests and procedures that are more commonly used by women. But if you go look at the actual report and data from the study they were citing, that's not exactly what is happening. Imagine that; I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I say. No, the major reason women have more out of pocket costs has more to do with the fact that women go to the doctor more often than men visit their doctor. Guys are essentially stupid in that we don't go for regular checkups while women do go to their doctor for checkups. We are stubborn and we don't like going to the doctor. Women are more diligent especially when it comes to check ups and preventative care. Think about it, what guy wants to get a prostate exam? A glob of gel and a finger? No thanks, I'll run the risk.

A lot of kids these days are sporting the 'No Fear' hats, t-shirts, and bumper stickers or window stickers. I wondered if they really walked the talk, so when I found myself sitting at a stop light behind a little Honda with the 'No Fear' window sticker in the back window. I put my truck into low gear and pushed him into the intersection. I'd say that he forgot that the no fear mantra based upon his screaming like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

A couple of weeks ago we talked about an advice column and some of the questions about couples and keeping each other happy. One of the questions asked by a reader had to do with how long you had to pause a show before you could restart it, when your significant other went outside to check on a strange noise. Coincidentally I saw something about 'Netflix infidelity'. My first thought had to do with 'Netflix & chill' and maybe that this had something to do with cheating on your spouse or significant other while watching Netflix. Nope, turns out Netflix infidelity has to do with watching a show on Netflix without your spouse or BF/GF there; especially when you are watching it together. Apparently it is such an offense that there is actually a company, an ice cream company no less, that has come up with a way to keep your spouse/SO, from binge watching shows that you both want to watch. Cornetto, a U.K. based company, has a pair of rings that each person will wear. The rings connect to a smart phone app that uses near field communication to block Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming services from playing certain shows unless the two rings are in close proximity. NFC technologies is creating the rings for Cornetto and there are still a few months away as Cornetto is working with the streaming companies to make it work with their technology.

Is anyone really surprised that the DNC was pulling for and actively assisting Hillary to defeat Bernie? Really? The RNC has probably done it as well, especially with Trump & Cruz in the race. They just weren't arrogant enough to document their plans in emails. But what do you expect from the party that believes you, the voter/general public, are about as dumb as a rock. I mean they've been lying to you for 50 years and you've been voting for them almost every year; why wouldn't they think they could get away with it again?

19Jul/160

Random thoughts and observations

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All lives matter. If that really offends you, then you are the problem, not the solution. Period.

Did you ever think part of the reason Americans have an obesity problem is that you can bet a burger for $2 but a salad costs $12? Think about it, for $5 you can get a bacon cheeseburger, fries, a soda, and a small sundae. Or you can put a down payment on some arugula.

Tofu is like Jello with a disease.

After the horrific attacks in France, Hillary Clinton did sound somewhat hawkish in talking about using the military to take out some of our enemies. However she also echoed what Glorious Leader said about engagement and diplomacy and not giving up on those efforts. I guess engagement is taking $25 million from the Saudi Arabian government for her foundation and another $10 million from the Saudi royal family for the Clinton library. And it does work; it bought her silence regarding how Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest supporters of al Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. I wonder if we can get a similar deal? I'm willing to stop criticizing Hillary if she'll float me a cool million.

Do you know why all the advertising surrounding Valentine's Day or anniversaries is geared towards women? Because what men want for those special days can't be shown on network T.V.

Nice was another soft target. And now apparently we need to ban assault trucks; because no American really needs a delivery truck.

Why is it offensive to call it 'radical' Islam? Doesn't saying radical imply that it isn't mainstream Islam? That it doesn't represent most Muslims? That's why it's radical.

If you want to have a long lasting marriage or relationship, it's not about being compatible in the bedroom, that's important, but you'd darn well better be compatible in the kitchen. Those of you that are married or in relationships probably realize what I'm talking about and those of you that aren't or haven't been, hear me out; this is your future. How many times have you said to your significant other, what do you want to eat? And the most common answer is what boys & girls? "I DON'T KNOW" And after 10 or 15 times of saying I don't know, they throw out something random that they know will be unappealing just to put the onus on you to come up with a good answer. And of course guys, what happens when you start suggesting options? Mexican? No, too heavy. Sushi? No, we had that last week. Greek? I hate Greek, you know that. Italian? Carbs go straight to my butt & thighs. Hooters? NO! And then the fights start. No, you eat three times a day so you'd better have almost identical tastes in the kitchen; if it's in the bedroom, you can likely work it out cuz that happens about once a month if you are lucky.

18Jul/160

Let me see if I get this right

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More targeting and killing of police officers over the weekend, this time in Baton Rouge. Because police officers around the country are targeting black people purposefully and with malice and forethought, shooting any black person who just happens to cross their paths and gives them even the slightest reason to shoot them. Maybe they said "what?" when ordered to stop. Never in any case did any of the black people shot resist arrest or threaten officers.

To be clear, I am not in any way saying that some people, including blacks, have been shot without reason. There clearly have been instances of wrongful shootings of not only blacks, but whites, Hispanics, Asians, and every race, gender or whatever demographic group you want to identify. It happens because people are human and make mistakes. It's a high pressure job even in the best of times. It is tragic when police over react and cause injury or death. But it is clearly not a conscious effort on the part of the police forces around the country to systematically target and kill black people.

You want proof? Forget all the statistics about how many whites and Hispanics are also killed; forget how many blacks die a violent death at the hands of other blacks. If police were deliberately targeting and shooting black people it would look a lot like what is happening to police right now. Some officer would start shooting at groups of blacks with little or no provocation. We would also be seeing more innocent, law abiding black people being shot and/or killed as well. So far, the black people being shot by police had done something to cause a normal citizen to complain and call police for assistance or help.

It would look a lot more like the early part of the 20th century, when blacks were being hung from trees by racist groups like the KKK and police were turning a blind eye to the crime or even participating. It would look a lot like it did in the 60's when peaceful protests were being broken up by police forces and the National Guard, using violent means: tear gas, police dogs, fire hoses, batons, and yes guns.

But now we have groups such as the New Black Panther Party, Black Lives Matter, and something called the Black Power Movement or something like that claiming that all police are racist and should be shot and killed. Not only are many of the leaders of these groups calling for and inciting violence against police officers but our President is inviting them to the White House to discuss their concerns, giving their racist, violent views legitimacy. I'm sure Dr. King is rolling over in his grave at that little development.

What we know from history is that divisive, hateful language targeting any group is ineffective and unproductive. As has been pointed out numerous times, we are all the same on the inside. We are human beings deserving of being treated equally, no matter what uncontrollable characteristic we display. And if BLM, NBPP or any other racist group were to be honest, they would realize that people of all colors have not only been discriminated against, but have also helped to end discrimination as well; even when it was members of their own demographic group that were committing the sin. But that doesn't fit the victim narrative that is so prevalent these days...

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