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Friday, September 7, 2018

Missouri Christian College Endorses Police Violence

Missouri Christian College Endorses Police Violence

In a move reminiscent of the legal battle over whether processing marriage license applications for same-sex couples by a Christian county clerk being tantamount to her violating her deeply held Christian faith, a Christian college in Missouri declared they will terminate their relationship with Nike for including the persona of Colin Kaepernick in their "Just do It" campaigns. You will recall that he is the NFL player who protests police brutality especially of minority people.

The College of the Ozarks sends its message of tacit approval of police brutality and excessive killing of citizens whom they suspect are "a danger to them" for the mere appearance of dark skin even when they are handcuffed and knelt upon face down on the pavement or while running away from the threat of being killed by a violent police officer.

"College of the Ozarks plans to remove all athletic uniforms purchased from Nike or that contain the Nike emblem. Student athletes will no longer wear the brand in response to the company's new ad campaign," the private, Christian college said in a statement Wednesday. Certainly any student who chooses to continue to wear their Nike logoware can expect to be shunned, persecuted and possibly brutalized for acting contrary to the divine declarations of the "academic" leadership.

This move reinforces the college's position and perpetuates the stereotype that all Christian colleges are fundamentally racist and in favor of police brutality just because they are white and Christian.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Would You buy a Used Car From Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh is imminently qualified to be Donald Trump's man on the bench. He certainly has the judicial chops to do the job. The only question is... what job is that? By the same token Paul Joseph Goebbels was highly qualified to be the Minister of Propaganda for the Third Reich. The biggest difference between then and now is that back then Germany openly referred to propaganda AS propaganda. There was no covert agenda at play.

In our contemporary times, the Trump Administration denied that anything they say is in fact propaganda and conversely everything anyone else says is. The simple fact that the Trump Administration (read Trump, the man) is attempting to keep hidden a huge amount of Kavanaugh's history of judicial opinion, executive advice and personal positions that was created two Administrations ago during the George W. Bush Presidency. Apparently what Kavanaugh said and did weighs heavily on this administration and its agenda for America in the next 2 or 3 decades.

Not having access to and being able to evaluate those documents is probably equally detrimental to Kavanaugh's confirmation as HAVING access to the content of those documents. That which we do know about the Brett Kavanaugh position on several topics is in itself troublesome.

His opinion that Presidents cannot be guilty of crimes committed while in office is the greatest of those positions. His position on other extremely important topics such as marriage equality, women's reproductive rights, corporate financial support of Senators and Congresspersons, the ability of the Federal government to protect the environment (people's health) and the entire Constitution are also topics to be weighed against his obvious academic credentials.

Confirming Kavanaugh for a lifetime job which will impact the lives of millions of Americans and billions of global citizens without a compete process of vetting is like buying a car without looking under the hood.

Friday, August 17, 2018

What Next in School Bus Passing Laws

Drivers failing to stop for loading school bus
From posting in FB at Bus Roadeo Forum

Far too many people have little or no respect for anyone except themselves. Society depends on everyone playing from the same rule book. One would hope the number of offenders would be small but anecdotal evidence says the problem has gotten worse.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Students Demanding Gun Control

Today as hundreds of thousands of students and their families march for #GunSanityLaws in Washington, DC an even greater number of students and family are doing the same in hundreds of cities across the nation and around the world. The numbers will ultimately total in the million plus range.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of a mass murder spree by a lone white former student with an AR-15 rifle.  While a weapon which is used to assault is by definition an "assault weapon" proponents of unrestricted gun sales impotently point out the AR-15 is not an Assault Rifle.   It is worthy of being pointed out the AR-15 is the murder weapon of choice by mass shooters who are defined by the characteristics: Male, White and Young.  Yeah, there are some middle-aged shooters but still they are white males.

The NRA has mounted its propaganda campaign in support of the gun manufacturer and tout the absolute necessity of owning such weapons to protect self and family. The mount their lame 2nd Amendment ascertains the Constitution grants them the absolute right to own and carry any and all weaponry anywhere all of the time.  They also denigrate the school students who are the source of the motivation for this march. Students have been bullied, bad-mouthed, threatened and punished for their stand on this issue by the NRA, the NRA public and the school systems where the children attend classes.

Some of the NRA-sponsored rhetoric circles around how the far-left media are using the children as pawns to further their liberal agenda of disarming America.  Yes there is a continuing left-leaning agenda to make the country safer by reducing the ownership of guns rather than increasing it.  Yes those activist parties see a champion when he/she/they step out of the scenes of carnage declaring "Never Again." But are the children being exploited? 

Yes, they are being exploited by the NRA and manufacturers. They are expected to sit down and shut up while some disgruntled white male sprays them with rapid-fire AR-15 bullets.

No, the media is not exploiting them. There is a fully willing collaboration taking place which serves to make the children's lives safer even at the cost of gun manufacturer profits.
One of the biggest fear-factors of the NRA is a generation of pre-voting age citizens becoming eligible to vote by November 2018.

These children reach the milestone of first adulthood rights. Voting. They have not been co-opted by incessant NRA and far-right propaganda. While older voters may be voting for their philosophy, the students are voting for their lives.