Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
We Got A Date!
|The name decision for DIXIE is made. And now we even got a date for us to pick her up in Kittery, ME, and it will be on November 12th. Dixie will come fully vaccinated and spayed. |
We will have to make arrangements for an overnight stay in southern Maine so we can get going early on Sunday.
Btw. Dixie has 2 siblings “Winnie” and “Wesson” still waiting for adopters. It could be someone wants to adopt a cute puppy here.
While we are all excited, we will have to ride off a storm coming up tonight and lasting through out tomorrow. Remembering the wind a few days ago we will be smart enough to fill a few containers with water, cause we never know when the next tree will fall hitting the power lines.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
A Phone Call From Little Rock AR Changed Everything
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Old Battery Radio Was Playing Again
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Not Much Progress
Monday, October 23, 2017
Slowly Getting Back To Normal
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Some Pleasure, Some Sorrow
Thursday, October 12, 2017
I Might Not Have The Right Words For This
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Benefit Of Being White
The White Privilege of the
“Lone Wolf” Shooter
October 2 2017,
Foto: David Becker/Getty Images
LAST NIGHT, THE United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people are dead and over 500 more wounded. No, that’s not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.
As tens of thousands enjoyed a music festival on the streets of Las Vegas, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was perched 32 floors above them in his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Paddock had 19 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammo — supplies that are plentiful in a nation that has more guns than people. A few minutes after 10 p.m., Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd. They were sitting ducks.
No expensive wall along the Mexican border would’ve prevented this. No Muslim ban stopping immigrants and refugees from a few randomly selected countries from reaching our shores would’ve slowed this down.
The privilege here is that the ultimate conclusion about shootings committed by people from commonly nonwhite groups often leads to determinations about the corrosive or destructive nature of the group itself. When an individual claiming to be Muslim commits a horrible act, many on the right will tell us Islam is the problem. For centuries, when an act of violence has been committed by an African-American, racist tropes follow — and eventually, the criminalization and dehumanization of an entire ethnic group.
A bloodied victim lies on the ground during a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Photo: David Becker/Getty Images
PRIVILEGE ALWAYS STANDS in contrast to how others are treated, and it’s true in this case, too: White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated “lone wolves” — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives.
Stephen Paddock’s whiteness has already afforded him many outrageous protections in the media.
While the blood was still congealing on the streets of Las Vegas, USA Today declared in a headline that Paddock was a “lone wolf.” And yet an investigation into his motivations and background had only just started. Police were only beginning to move to search his home and computers. His travel history had not yet been evaluated. No one had yet thoroughly scrutinized his family, friends, and social networks.
Paddock was declared a “lone wolf” before analysts even started their day, not because an exhaustive investigation produced such a conclusion, but because it is the only available conclusion for a white man in America who commits a mass shooting.
“Lone wolf” is how Americans designate many white suspects in mass shootings. James Holmes was called a “lone wolf” when he shot and killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot and killed the pastor and eight other parishioners, was quickly declared a “lone wolf.”
For people of color, and especially for Muslims, the treatment is often different. Muslims often get labeled as “terrorists” before all the facts have come out.
Just consider President Donald Trump. This morning, Trump tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” That’s fine, but Trump doesn’t even seem angry. It’s peculiar that he didn’t call the shooter a “son of a bitch,” like he did the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem. He didn’t create an insulting nickname for Paddock or make an immediate push for a policy proposal.
Compare that to how Trump treats incidents where he believes the assailants are Muslims. After a bomb exploded in the London subway, Trump tweeted that the attackers were “loser terrorists” — before British authorities had even named a suspect. He went on to immediately use the attack to push his Muslim ban.
We must ask ourselves: Why do certain acts of violence absolutely incense Trump and his base while others only elicit warm thoughts and prayers? This is the deadliest mass shooting in American history! Where is the outrage? Where are the policy proposals?
What we are witnessing is the blatant fact that white privilege protects even Stephen Paddock, an alleged mass murderer, not just from being called a terrorist, but from the anger, rage, hellfire, and fury that would surely rain down if he were almost anyone other than a white man. His skin protects him. It also prevents our nation from having an honest conversation about why so many white men do what he did, and why this nation seems absolutely determined to do next to nothing about it.
I spoke to two people this morning, one black and the other Muslim. Both of them said that, when they heard about this awful shooting in Las Vegas, they immediately began hoping that the shooter was not black or Muslim. Why? Because they knew that the blowback on all African-Americans or Muslims would be fierce if the shooter hailed from one of those communities.
Something is deeply wrong when people feel a sense of relief that the shooter is white because they know that means they won’t suffer as a result.
It is an exemplar of white privilege: not just being given a headstart in society, but also the freedom from certain consequences of individual and group actions
Monday, October 2, 2017
The Anthem Of Death
|Mass shootings in the United States:|
2017: Las Vegas
A gunman identified by authorities as Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of casino on Oct. 1, 2017, killing at least 58 people and wounding more than 515. He died at the scene after officers went into the hotel room he was using.
Social media videos capture chaos during Vegas mass shooting
2016: Orlando, Fla.
A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun opened fire on June 12, 2016 at a nightclub popular with gay men, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, was later shot and killed by police at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., suffering eight bullet wounds according to an autopsy report. The FBI said the shooter had been frequenting radical Islamic websites but there was no evidence he had been directed by any group.
Barbara Poma, right, the owner of Pulse nightclub is hugged in front of the club on Dec. 5, 2016, after a news conference in Orlando, Fla. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
2015: San Bernardino, Calif.
A husband born in the U.S. and his wife, who had immigrated from Pakistan, opened fire at a social services centre in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded more than 20. They fled the scene but died hours later in a shootout with police. The shooters had discussed martyrdom and violent jihad online in the preceding months, officials said.
A former neighbour was later convicted on several charges, including providing the weapons for the shooters, who worried their Middle Eastern appearance would arouse suspicions.
2013: Washington, D.C.
Aaron Alexis, a mentally disturbed civilian contractor, shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C. before he was killed by police in a shootout. The victims in the Sept. 16, 2013 attack were Navy contractors or civilian employees. All but one victim died at the scene.
2012: Newtown, Conn.
An armed 20-year-old man with a history of mental illness entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 and used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders and six adult school staff members. Adam Lanza had first killed his mother at a local residence. After the campus massacre, Lanza killed himself.
2012: Aurora, Colo.
A 27-year-old man fatally shot 12 people and injured 70 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theatre during a July 20, 2012 nighttime screening of The Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole. A jury rejected an insanity defence.
2009: Binghamton, N.Y.
An unemployed 42-year-old man killed 13 people at a community centre in Binghamton, N.Y., on April 3, 2009, including several who were taking a citizenship course. Gunman Jiverly Wong, who fatally shot himself, had mailed a rambling note to a local television station to coincide with the shooting.
US. Army Sgt. Maj. Leroy Walker Jr. wipes tears during a vigil following the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, committed by an Army psychiatrist who has subsequently been sentenced to death. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
2009: Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas
Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born Muslim who was an army psychiatrist, opened fire at the Fort Hood base on Nov. 5, 2009, killing 13. Hasan, 39 at the time of the shooting, was apprehended and has been sentenced to death. Doctors overseeing his medical training repeatedly had flagged others about his zealous Islamic views, according to information received by The Associated Press.
2007: Blacksburg, Va.
A senior at Virginia Tech, armed with two handguns, killed 32 people at various locations on campus on April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Choi had raised concerns with previous antisocial behaviour and a disturbing creative writing assignment. Choi, born in South Korea but raised in the U.S., sent a rambling manifesto to U.S. news networks. He committed suicide at the scene.
People participate in a candlelight vigil on April 16, 2017, in Blacksburg Va., as part of the closing ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the deadly shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, widely known as Virginia Tech. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)
1999: Littleton, Colo.
A pair of male students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library. It was the deadliest of a spate of school shootings to afflict the U.S. in 1998 and 1999.
1991: Killeen, Texas
George Hennard, unemployed 35-year-old man from the local area, went on a shooting rampage in Killeen, Texas, at Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. About 20 people were injured in the Oct. 16, 1991 attack. At the time it was the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
1986: Edmond, Okla.
Pat Sherrill, 44, a postal worker who was about to be fired, shot 14 people at a post office on Aug. 20, 1986. He then killed himself.
1984: San Ysidro, Calif.
An unemployed security guard killed 21 people in a McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., on on July 18, 1984. A police sharpshooter killed the gunman, James Huberty, who had left cryptic comments with his wife before leaving the house en route to his killing spree.
1966: Austin, Texas
A 25-year-old former Marine killed his mother and father before unleashing a shooting spree at the University of Texas at Austin campus on Aug. 1, 1966. The majority of the campus shootings occurred with Charles Whitman firing down from an observation deck at the university's clock tower. He was shot and killed by police in the tower.
The death toll of 17 innocent victims includes the unborn child of a pregnant woman who survived, and a man who survived and lived into his late 50s; medical officials concluded a lodged bullet contributed to his 2001 death.
MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS! NOBODY SHOT BACK!
DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN THE US HISTORY!
And here we wake up to another shooting disaster, one of hundreds in the USA, this time in the city of sin, Las Vegas. At least 50 people lost their lives, many more got hurt. And I am asking where were all those well-armed cowboys, rednecks, and would-be warriors who are so proud Americans always convinced that they can defend themselves and the public, should the need occur. And I would think that the need was right there in Vegas.
Sad…as the orange ape says.
While the American public is again stumbling over eachother in offering “Thoughts and Prayers” it has by now gotten obvious that it doesn’t work. Instead it has grown into a never ending bad circle.
The Thought and Prayer Strategy: