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  1. Bullcrap. Am I to take it that you think torture is morally justified? So I guess you'll be boiling babies at the next gathering of your church then. These are not crimes of passion where you seek to extract information from a person with the clock ticking; the torture described in the report occurred over many months and even years as sadists exerted their power to inflict pain long after any information was obtained. It was unjustified, ineffective and inhuman ... which is just the kind of perversity that I have come to expect from those whose belief is centered on the notion that might and might alone means right. pubby
  2. I understand your point, stradial. ... I think your last post was one of those long ones where a simple 'nuke-em' would probably have done. My response is that you confuse war with sadism. There were those in the clandestine service who were appalled, there were those in the FBI who witnessed this who were astounded and there were the sickos who took pleasure. One of the things we do know, you know like one-quarter to one-third of those whom we send to battle in war come away with PTSD ... is that there is a percentage who actually do relish and take joy in dishing out pain to others. Hell, if you want, I'll concede, that a goodly portion of the GOP is of that psychological makeup. (There are actually psychological studies where people are put in the role of being guards ... that had to be truncated because they were given power over others and they really relished the abuse they could render. I consider it sick.) pubby
  3. My comments are not directed at you mei lan ... seriously. In fact I really like your statement that the biggest problem with building a fence is that there is always a better ladder. Indeed, the notion that we should have to fight a political war to stop such a farce - I mean fence - is almost as absurd as failing to account for the lost opportunity costs of building one. pubby
  4. I chose to just present the above in its generic form. It was an interesting piece that I happened to run across because of a remix that used the comments to stir conspiracies of a new world order dominated by the world's hidden economic interests. One of my key takeaways was that the world is changing and Wolfensohn's putting percentages to the change, brought it home. His prediction was that instead of 80 percent of the world's wealth concentrated in the G-7 countries - a fact that was true from 1945 through about 2000, is rapidly changing (It is now 72-28) and is projected to be in the vicinity of 35-65 by 2050. That means that the amount of wealth in the rest of the world will be much greater than ours in 35 years. In other words, the world is changing fast. He points to the fact that we gained our wealth through manufacturing, through services and lastly through technology ... but have relinquished our lead in these wealth producing realms to other areas of the world who have embraced them. He looks at these developments as long term trends that are just going to happen. Historically, he notes, the west (aka: USA-Europe) and the east (India/China) last had parity in terms of GDP (each with 50% of the aggregate income) in 1815. In any case, the nativist isolationism that is endemic in the US is our worst enemy. Rather what we have, because of the diversity of our population, means we have an exciting and unique asset that we, as a nation, can exploit if we have the mindset to do so. This understanding - which I will admit is far from universal (and is in direct opposition to the nativist isolationism of the conservatives - is our best hope of remaining the world's leader as the world is facing tumultuous change. Think about diversity and what it means and you begin to understand the importance of a broader and more comprehensive embrace of that concept. You don't get from here to there by building big walls. pubby
  5. Unbelieveable. The folks in Milwaulkee don't know the race of the shooters ... but the 'crackers' here in Georgia a ready to lych some black guy for the shooting in Wisconsin. The OP's first notice was that the neighborhood was 'black' ... when it was 'working class' ... and given that working class in a UNION state (or what used to be a union station) was a pretty good living this image is of a relatively nice neighborhood where the grandfather had lived in that house for 40 years. Because they didn't give the exact address ... just a street name ... this is just the first address that popped up on google in that 'neighborhood.' When I read the originating stories, Stradial, I realized that the characterization of the neighborhood as 'black' and the suggestion that this was some how a racially-motivated shooting just didn't exactly fit the facts. Anyway, I called the newsroom of the Milwaukee Sentinel - the newspaper that originated the story - and asked if there was any information to ascertain that the shooters in this case were indeed 'black' ... - none. As far as calling the neighborhood black ... I think mixed is probably a better term and more appropriate for a development constructed in the decade of the 1950s. What I see is a tragic shooting of a child with no known motive by unknown assailants in a nice mixed race working class neighborhood that the police chief says, "But what you don't see in the news is that this was a white family stranded in a stressed out black neighborhood. The grand-dad had lived there for more than 40 years. "This is a stable, loving, working family in a stable working-class neighborhood where everybody is trying to do the right thing," Milwaukee's police chief said. Which brings me back to how did this story become a racial thing at all? What are you listening to, Stradial? Stormfront Radio? For all we know, with the diversity of the neighborhood, the shooters could have been Asian. pubby PS: I don't know how the idea of projects were even brought up much less how or why you would even suggest, based on what is known, that this is/was a racially crime at all.
  6. Well, like I predicted ... google is still giving its folks the red-flag ... and I expect that to last at least a week. That I've done my job to clear it out doesn't make any difference. They are a bureaucracy ... and like every bureaucracy (it really isn't private vs. public but big, centralized and bureaucratic vs. small and service oriented.) But of course you'll call that propaganda too. pubby
  7. When you realize that the stress levels of folks are being manipulated by the mass media you begin to look at some of these 'stories' in a different light. It is especially relevant when you also recognize that stress is related to compulsive shopping and eating behaviors. You know, the sky is falling, you're going to die, How about a big mac before you go. Behaviors such as voting are also impacted by stress levels. Here is a bit that demonstrates that stress levels have been artificially manufactured: And let me say this, I'm about as trustful of people in Texas as to assume that the guy who, in the day before he was to leave Liberia, "helped" a woman suffering from Ebola presumably out of the goodness of his heart. He was about to head to the US to visit his long-lost girlfriend and family and he chose to seek out an infected woman in the day before his flight? That is an odd behavior, for sure. It would almost make more sense that someone here, intent on hyping the ebola issue, got a message to him (could be confirmed with phone messages from US to Liberia) to become infected and to be sure and go to such and such a hospital. They promised a big sum of money and that he would have the best care with a better than 5:1 chance he would survive. But they want to play the ebola card and needed someone to do it. Lots of money would be the payoff. I know that it smacks of conspiracy theory but goodness, it is not paranoia if they really are after you. The point is that this kind of 'event' is certainly simple enough, certainly predictable in a variety of ways including the monumental fails at a private hospital in Texas (and it is all in Texas) which makes it suspicious to begin with. I'm not claiming this ebola scare is a conspiracy but from nurses being told to fly around, the folks going on cruises to the guy who brought it in finding a sick woman on the day before he left Liberia, it certainly has potential to be one ... oh and the timing as an October surprise. pubby
  8. Meet Georgia Democrats’ Candidate for State School Superintendent – Valarie Wilson “Valarie Wilson is hands-down the most qualified person for the job of State School Superintendent,” says DPG Chairman DuBose Porter. “Her experience and ability to reach across the aisle will make her one of the most effective statewide officials to ever serve Georgia.” At recent debate, Valarie clearly outshined her opponent. Here are just a few statements detailing what she stands for. “I’ve spent my career working across partisan lines to ensure that our children are provided with the best quality education.” On high school graduation rates, Valarie said “I think it’s important that we provide wraparound services that address the whole child and that we are sure that we are meeting their needs when they come into our classrooms.” “I also think it’s important that we reach our children early,” added Wilson. “If we get to them early and on grade level, there’s a higher chance that those children will complete school and graduate.” In her closing statement, Valarie said “I have the business experience of managing one of the largest departments in Fulton County, with one of the largest budgets and largest staff. I also managed a multi-million dollar non-profit entity. But I also have the education experience. I led the city schools of Decatur as its chair for seven of my twelve years on that board and we turned the school system around and allowed for it to be successful without teacher furloughs or increasing class sizes. It’s important that whoever is your next state school superintendent is laser-focused on doing what’s best for children.” Valarie’s experience and work ethic is exactly what is needed at the Georgia Department of Education. She has a proven record of bringing together students, parents, and educators to best prepare Georgia’s children for the future. Valarie joined the school board of the City Schools of Decatur in 2002 and became the moving force behind the establishment of the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, acting on research that shows that early childhood education is critical to success in the K-12 years. As Board Chair from 2005-2011, Valarie helped to turn around the finances of the district. Through a forceful—if sometimes painful—reorganization, the district was able to move forward with no teacher furloughs or shortening of the school year. Valarie joined the Georgia School Boards Association in 2009 and was its president in 2012-2013. Valarie is currently Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc. Previously she was Director of the Human Services Department in Fulton County, responsible for an annual budget of $26 million and directing programs that serve the elderly, children and youth. She has also been Director of Fulton County’s Office of Aging. A native of Swainsboro, Georgia, Valarie is a graduate of Clark College and completed graduate studies in public administration at Troy State University. She now lives in Decatur with her husband, Carter, and son, Nicholas. Find Val online at ValforEducation.com, like her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter. Early voting is currently underway. Find your nearest early voting location here, then lock in your vote for Valarie Wilson and the other great Democratic candidates on the ballot. DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF GEORGIA • 763 Trabert Ave NW • ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30318 • DuBose Porter, Chair; Nikema Williams, First Vice-Chair; Sen. Lester Jackson, Treasurer; R.J. Hadley, Vice Chair; Miguel Camacho, Vice Chair; Rep. Pedro Marin, Vice Chair; Laverne Gaskins, Secretary • NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE’S COMMITTEE • WWW.GEORGIADEMOCRAT.ORG
  9. Either that or you didn't understand the answer. This is a war and like every war it is more in the minds of the protagonists than over territory. Because it involves religion, it is also cultural. Strategically, one of the approaches one takes to win any war is to divide and conquer. Islam itsself is divided and that, I think, is one of the things that the American right - which is motivated by religion and hate between religions - refuses to see. Further, I think that ISIS/ISIL is an amazingly wedge capable of dividing that religion and turning it against itself. To wit: Even the confirmed Al-Queda jihadist think that ISIS/ISIL are nuts Their philosophy, according to this analysis, is that if you don't agree with us 110%, you're against us and must die ... knowing that no one can agree with anyone more than 100 percent. Whack, off with their head in scenes actually more arbitrary than the queen in Alice in Wonderland.) The creed that ISIS/ISIL is basing their jihad on is tied to the 18th century Sunni tradition of Wahhabism. Read the story. The way I look at it, people - even reactionaries - change and grow through time. It was 300 years ago that the house of Saud felt that way. Look what happened in 20 years in modern society. Think of change in this context. Bryon Delay Beckwith who twice ducked guilt in the assassination of Medgar Evers in Mississippi in the 60's and 70's (trials) was ultimately convicted of the murder in the 1990s when juries in Mississippi - lily white juries - were no longer eager to endorse such criminal behaviors in defense of 'segregation.' Bottom line, the fact that Saudi Arabia officially was a participant in the bombing raids on ISIS/ISIL is pretty must a public repudiation of the path of jihad because, well, hate knows no limit and ultimately destroys the hater. Instructive as to hate and its psychological toll is this psychology today article on the seven stages of hate. It ends with the admonition However, in reality, hate physically and psychologically destroys both the hater and the hated. I actually posted a remark on the page that omits the certainty of destruction of the hated ... as there are so many instances where the hated rebounds and becomes stronger. pubby
  10. I think it is unfair but the person in your video should decline to give his name as stated and then mention that if the officer wants, they can call him George Mason or perhaps James Madison. They might say, "I'm not required to give my name but for the purposes of discussion, you can call me George Mason. You know George Mason? He was the neighbor of George Washington who was at the Constitutional Convention and fought the adoption of the Constitution because the convention originally rejected including the bill of rights, which he had written and proposed. When adoption of the constitution became problematic because of its failure to include the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments were added in each of the state legislatures as amendments tied to ratification of the Constitution. That bill of rights, incidentally, is the reason that unless you suspect me of committing a specific crime prohibits you confronting me and asking that I even so much as spend a moment of my precious time addressing you. Each of us also know that anything I say may be used against me in a court of law, making our encounter a great risk for me. So, if there is a report made of this encounter and there is a place for a name of the subject, put George Mason in the blank and if you need to add a narrative, put in it that you were treated to a lecture by someone who said they were channeling the father of bill of rights. So, unless you have a specific articulable suspicion for which you plan to detain me, I will continue to conduct my personal business without further interference, please leave." Frankly, the odds are whether you are black or white, 60 percent of the cops will likely beat the crap of you if you say that because they'll think you're a smart ass that needs an ass whooping. And that is the problem. pubby
  11. Marteen-J: The plain fact is that in national communities, you may not know the person even if you know their name. In my opinion in hyperlocal communities there are many good reasons to allow 'handles' instead of requiring given names. Among those reasons is that even in casual discussion, a third party unknown to the individual would know, for instance, that a person and their family went to the beach for the weekend opening their home to burglary. That the burglar would have the individuals name ... simplifies their nefarious intentions whereas if a simple handle is commonly used, the information would certainly not be obvious. Similarly, if someone is doing research say for a job applicant and scours the Net in search of off-hand comments, admissions of having a bit too much to drink or some other alleged issue, the use of real names in social settings ties that person directly to their comments - even though the actual comments were made by another John Doe. Those and other privacy issues that exist are among the reasons for allowing handles. Trolls, frankly, are not particularly restrained by the fact that their identity is known and creative trolls would have no more or less problem with figuring a way to fool whatever verification protocol a web site might issue in confirming the persons credentials. Trolls are actually trolls not simply because they don't hold conventional views as well. I can recall some here who were far ahead of the community on LGBT issues and were considered trolls by some ... but were from my perspective honestly 'out there.' We've also tolerated (and tolerate) some members whose views seem at least to me to come from an earlier time in racial attitudes and are notorious for spouting stereotypical behaviors that frankly are an embarrassment. I suppose I could condemn them for trolling on those issues but that would be denying a core element of their personalities. Heck, we've even had people on pcom I suspected as being gay who where so adamantly anti-gay that it was funny in a shakesperian "Thou dost protest too much! manner. The important thing in journalism - and frankly all this including the propaganda posted by all parties - is a form of journalism - is truth and to suggest that truth is anything but elusive is a misstatement. However, the thing that is destructive to a community of this nature are those posts that come from bullies and perpetrate the message that you shouldn't post here for this, that or any reason. pubby
  12. The presence of marijuana might explain his weight (too many twinkies) but short of being pushed to the extremes of paranoia (Is it really paranoia if the man points a gun at you?), marijuana use is usually associated with being more sedate and relaxed. pubby PS: I think Rand Paul is also out there in favor of legalization of pot (and probably most other drugs.).
  13. Too bad there isn't a video of the incident. My understanding is that while the Ferguson Police have an armored vehicle, they haven't installed video in their cars. Some departments have gone to the point of putting personal video recorders on officers. The details of the incident are such - an unarmed man is shot six times and killed - that the public ought to be concerned about how the incident went down. I don't think we want cops shooting unarmed people without proper justification. Whether or not this is a justified shooting or not is simply not known but what is known is that there have been numerous shootings where it appears that the cops were not justified almost to the point where the attitude of distrust of government that the conservatives spills over and prejudices whole communities. Here are some excerpts from Rand Paul's Time Magazine editorial: The line about the skewing of the criminal justice system on the basis of race is just not paying attention is a direct quote. pubby PS: Police intimidation of people videoing the police - which is blatantly unconstitutional as can be - has been showing America the dark side of the thin blue line since Rodney King's beating two decades ago.
  14. I agree ... I think if you read my comments, there was an "if" ... before the shot him in the back with his hands up. I understood he was across from his house and there were other witnesses. Beyond that, your suggestion of the 'mentality of the community' should also include something approaching a lily-white police force in a majority black community (94% white) ... which sounds fishy. Hell, when I was growing up in the Mississippi Delta in the mid-1960s during the height of the civil rights strife, the police chief in my community was smart enough to have two black cops on the force of eight LEO. Not quite the 50-50 racial ratio but at 25% of the force, it was not a token. And this was before the movie "In the Heat of the Night" was shown in its first movie house. The point is that the attitude of the establishment is also worthy of being questioned because I don't think anything going on in that community would look particularly good in the noon light. And as far as the riots; those actions seem to have been an outgrowth of legitimate protest and when legitimate protest is crushed and hushed, then the notion that when government is derisive of those ends the Declaration of Independence asserts that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish those forms of government. People get hurt when that happens and property is often destroyed or lost. But it would appear to me, that IF the story is anything close to what is being told - basically if the kid was shot one or more times in the back (which is an easily verifiable fact) - the duty exception may apply. pubby
  15. I don't think anyone would disagree with you on the cop. I've actually been doing some research on the militarization of the police - a trend that has gone on with little public discussion and funded in part by 'free goodies' from the DOD - that is a bit more chilling. For instance, in 1980, when SWAT teams were new 'things' ... they were deployed, it was estimated, about 3000 times. The latest estimates range from 60,000 SWAT missions to 90,000. Of course typically cops on SWAT missions are in full body armor, typically dressed in black (night-time camo) and armed not with a billy club and a revolver but often fully automatic assault weapons supported by armored vehicles and deployed in groups of ten and twenty officers - often only to execute a search warrant on the word of a paid informer. That tragedy, including the burning of the baby with the smoke bombs, etc. as well as the deaths of homeowners who upon hearing a commotion (but not hearing Police or if so, not believing it as anyone can and have said as much when effecting a home invasion) sought their weapon for self defense only to be shot dead for resisting. People all along the political spectrum are just now waking up and asking why have we moved Law Enforcement from the Andy Taylor model to Robocop and with good reason. pubby
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