Aaa-Chiiii!!!! Well, do you want it alphabetically or in order of importance?
What happened to the drunken rant? (without mentioning any names)
Wow Sunset. Interesting. Because you seem to be somewhat of a "tough guy". You're a person who always gives an opinion. So what is your opinion?What do you think about what's going on in this country right now? I know you must have an opinion. I'd really like to know. In fact, I'd really like to know what anyone on this blog is thinking about what is going on in this country right now.Anyone? Let's discuss!
I don't have time right now, but I'll post a rant of my own later.
Okay sounds good! LOL.
You know, I’ve been thinking about all of this, the screaming, the yelling, the over the top manufactured indignation. One man’s rant is another man’s screed. Discussion/debate is dead. We have become tribal in our thinking, and if you are not in my tribe, you are wrong no matter what, and vice versa. Seems to me that we are on the cusp ice of a cultural revolution of which the likes have not been seen since Mao in the Sixties.The vast majority of Americans are remaining quiet for fear of retaliation by a cancel culture mentality. Silence does not breed agreement, but rather, silence breeds contempt and resentment. Much like a dog that has been kicked, a woman slapped, a child abused, there becomes that one moment where the victim rises up, and all hell breaks loose. I believe that we are fast approaching that moment with the American public. We, as a society, are being challenged on everything, right or wrong. We are being told that no matter what we, as a society, do, say, or believe, we are attacked for it. When those attacks transcend verbal wars into the physical, well, Katie bar the door. The recent riots will look like Sunday Church picnics.Make no mistake, these times of turmoil are manufactured. Is that to mean that there are not instances of racism, sexism, abuses, etc? Of course not. America can confront its past, and change its future if you guide it. But when you mandate change, especially against imagined outrages, then you’d best expect push back. We now live in a time when many believe we should be rewarded for our temper tamtrums, that the more we behave like a four year old, the more we should be pacified at the cost of others. True self-responsibility is dead, it is not my fault. Such mentality does not strengthen a country, it only weakens us all.God help this country, God help society, God help us...
Very well said Dill. I agree with everything you said. I also want to say that I feel really bad for policemen because their job was hard to do before all this protesting and rioting, but it's probably 500% harder to do now. They probably all feel like they're under a microscope by the media. And all this talk of defunding the police is maniacal lunatic talk that will lead to a very slippery slope, especially for the poorer communities where the violence is already on a daily basis.With all the bad things going on in this country just this year, I can't help but think we're pretty close to the end times the Bible prophesied so many years ago. I had a long talk with a friend today and those were her thoughts and I have to say, it's starting to make more sense.I'm glad President Trump signed an order that anyone who destroys statues will do prison time. Enough is enough. If certain statues are offensive to some people, then it needs to be put to a vote. If the majority rules to remove, then they should be removed professionally, not pushed over and burned. Our history is far from perfect, but it's still our history and shouldn't be buried and forgotten.
I don’t know that I totally disagree with the concept of defunding, as I do the actual process. LEO’s are in a thankless, no-win job. Their roles have morphed from protecting and serving to being the catch-all garbagemen for society. When you have someone in the middle of a mental crisis, or drug-induced incident, and you call the police, what do you expect to happen? Cops will deal with things in the manner for which they are trained, and social work, or drug counseling, is not their primary function. Want to defund the police? Fine. Start with removing calls for service regarding drugs or mental issues, the time saved on these types of calls will allow money to be used in other areas without impacting the safety of the officers, and society. Redistribution of monies for social programs would accomplish more than telling officers not to do what they were trained to do.
Good point Dill. Policemen are definitely being called for situations that could be controlled by other agencies. All minor "emergencies" should call 311 instead of 911. It will take the burden off of the police.
Happy 4th all. Are we repeating the sixties in a sense? And will it end badly again with the pendulum swinging back the other direction?
I think that depends on which side of the pendulum you are on....
Bobby! S.W.A.K! I know what Bobby means. Reverse discrimination. We suffered that in the 70's. The black people had their chance in the 70's and they blew it.This country is going crazy right now with fireworks. Do you know what that means? They're SICK AND TIRED of this BLM stuff. Time to get on with this country and stop bowing and kow towing to the lib-tard media.
Bobby, Lynyrd told me to tell you hi and happy 4th of July!
This country needs equal education for little kiddos of ALL races, ALL nationalities, ALL religions. To not have that is an injustice!These little kiddos tend to be left out of the current unrest that the "grown ups" are facing right now.Without equal education, how can all of these little kiddos have a fair chance?So many little sweet babies were killed this weekend in violent cities. That makes me sick to my stomach! This is beyond politics. It's just sickening!This country needs to go way beyond the racist crap that we've experienced for years. But we can't do it with violence! It has to be changed through the courts. And it has to be changed by local voting.Get out and VOTE!!! I can't say that more often. This is a democracy! Get out and vote and your vote will be heard! Vote for people who support your ideals! And the majority vote wins!
Hi Dill, I'm on the side that is going to get fed up with the culture canceling bullshit and pray that the backlash against it comes soon. There are many 60s radicals behind the current situation.
All of those "burned out hippies" turned into college profs. Why? Because they didn't have any manageable skills to get a REAL JOB! HA HA.
Beauders I hope you're okay. It looks like Portland is being bombed like the Nazi Blitzkrieg in the 40's. What's going on in your city? Is everything okay?
Katie, I am just fine. Yes things are pretty crazy here but then again Portland is a pretty crazy city most of the time. Portland has been called "San Francisco's crazy little sister." The Fed's have come to Portland and it is not a good thing as a lot of Portlander's will fight back. We also have a lot of outside agitators here. The nazi's are in town and the anti-nazi's are here as well. They are fighting together and are going to fight it out between them when they over-throw the government, or at least that's what they believe. If anyone wants to know what Portland is really like watch "Portlandia." Thanks for the concern Katie, don't worry, I stay away from all the craziness now.
Thanks Beauders! I've watched "Portlandia" many times. Check out "Documentary Now". I love Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.I'm so glad you're safe and sound! Hugs!!!
Katie, Portland made the BBC. I was in the UK in the mid-eighties and someone asked me what state Oregon was in, that's how well we were known. Are you scared at all about Covid? It seems to be cutting through the sunbelt which is worrying in that virus' are supposed to die down in heat. I am moderately worried because I really don't want to catch this. My sister who has two special needs kids doesn't need it either as she had to have a benign tumor removed from a lung, but she has to work to keep her business going. I've told her that if a tragedy happens the business won't matter, but she feels it's more important to work. Take care everyone this is going to be a hard summer.
Beauders, I can't quell your worries about this virus. I do believe there is a virus. But I believe that it's been over-maximized for political reasons. It probably is dangerous to people with compromised immune systems. But is it a danger to the general population? I doubt it.The summer heat will kill the virus on surfaces, but viruses need a host, and if they attach to a host, they will most likely survive unless the natural antibodies attack it.Bottom line is this. This virus is no different than any other virus. Viruses attack and kill the same type of people every year: the elderly and people with underlying conditions that make them less healthy.It's the same for this virus as every other virus. The difference? This is an election year. Unfortunately, instead of the people running for office attacking each other, the voters are now being attacked in this election year.My advice to you? Stay in as much as you can, but if you go out, I don't think wearing a mask helps, but if it makes you feel safer, wear one. BUT. Make sure you have hand sanitizer in your purse, apply it as soon as you get back to your car, making sure not to touch your face or eyes. Then when you get home, wash your hands for at least 5 minutes with antibacterial soap. In my opinion, hand cleaning is a lot more important than a mask.Additionally, gargle with a disinfectant mouth wash every night to kill any germs in your throat.And you should be just fine!One more thing. I think that people will start hoarding things again this fall, so just make sure when you're out, make sure to buy things like toilet paper, paper towels, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Clorox, hand sanitizer, soap, etc. that ran out before. Just to be sure!!! :)
You be cautious as well Katie, your sons love and need you.
Thanks Beauders. I wash my hands so much they look like dried up weeds. LOL. I think I wash my hands 150 times a day. Every single time I go outside for any reason I scrub my hands like I'm going into surgery. And I always gargle with Listerine. Most viral infections start in the nose or the throat. Gargling with Listerine nips all that in the bud!Probably overkill but it's what I do. Take care Sweetie! We will all get through this!
Last night the Feds were confronted by a nude female protester. Only in Portland (of course every summer we have a nude bicycle ride and rally).
Sorry I haven't had time to rant. I have a relative that was supposed to get married in the Bahamas about 1 month ago, they were going pay for several family members to travel down there all expenses paid. (needless to say, they wanted to go). The last I heard, they were in Florida with covid 19. She seems to be getting better, but her fiance was not doing well. Both of them have appeared on Fox news.I have another relative that lives near DC, I don't think she's left her condo for months, she's scared to death of the virus. Works from home, has her groceries delivered and I think I heard she puts them in the shower and washes them as soon as they show up. I just got back from a motorcycle ride to Snowshoe ski resort in WV. It was actually kind of crowded there, maybe 50% wearing masks, I usually wear one when I'm going to be around people.
Thanks Sunset. I hope your relatives get better soon. I heard on the news today that The Bahamas aren't allowing anyone from the U.S. to land there because of the virus.I wash off fruits and vegetables but if you put paper goods in the shower it might be a little messy. LOL.
thanx katieThe last I heard my relatives were recovering. My cousins kid apparently didn't have it as bad as her fiance, the last I heard they are still planning to get married in the Bahamas, but I don't know if that's going to happen, I'm not that close to them.The relative in DC probably has her groceries delivered in plastic bags, she can wash them off. There is a story on Yahoo about the most recent approval for Leslie Van Houten and her parole attempt. She's been in prison 50 years, but the 4 cops that murdered George Floyd wouldn't have even been charged with a crime if it weren't for the riots. Crimes and corruption by the police are covered up and ignored every day.As I've probably stated before, I did 3 years in Baltimore prisons. The "Baltimore prison scandal" happened a few years after I was in there, but the same things were happening when I was in there. (I know for a fact). "Prosecutor detailed how one of the officers broke an inmate’s jaw, another fractured an inmates wrist." If I remember correctly, one inmate had 3 or 4 women prison guards pregnant at the same time. I know why people are rioting in the streets, especially black people. https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/12/04/baltimore-several-correctional-officers-accused-of-assaulting-inmates-in-corruption-scandal-released/there's my rant, or at least part of it.
Sunset I'm glad your relatives are recovering. I don't know anything about being in prison. I wouldn't think that would be a "happy place". I would think that would be a place that you would avoid once you got out.If prison was a fun place, criminals wouldn't care if they got caught.Would you mind telling me why you were in prison?
My advice is to stop struggling with or running from the police. Police do a very dangerous job and struggling/ running only escalates fear in the police. I worked in a prison and met Alton Sterling's son....manipulative young man.
Seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps.
Good advice Donna. If you don't resist arrest chances are really good you won't get shot!
Dilligaf said...I don't know that I totally disagree with the concept of defunding, as I do the actual process. LEO's are in a thankless, no-win job. Their roles have morphed from protecting and serving to being the catch-all garbagemen for society. When you have someone in the middle of a mental crisis, or drug-induced incident, and you call the police, what do you expect to happen? Cops will deal with things in the manner for which they are trained, and social work, or drug counseling, is not their primary function. Want to defund the police? Fine. Start with removing calls for service regarding drugs or mental issues, the time saved on these types of calls will allow money to be used in other areas without impacting the safety of the officers, and society. Redistribution of monies for social programs would accomplish more than telling officers not to do what they were trained to do.Dil, agreed on many points. LE work is among the toughest imaginable. It is a constant exposure to addiction, mental illness and many times pure evil. I don't like the defund word. I'd rather see funds diverted to more extensive training before cops are put on active duty. We are way behind other countries in this regard. As you say, redistribution of monies for social programs might divert bad situations that eat up their time on the job.Personally, I don't think that compromise is yet dead in our country. We just have to commit to working towards it for the common good.
Matt - I work in mental health and any situation can escalate to violence. I think mental health professionals should be accompanied by the police for "mental health" calls, but not go alone. I wouldn't mind doing a job like this but I would require officers to accompany me.
Hi Matt. I agree with you and Donna. I don't think the police make enough money as it is, since they potentially face death every day. Paying them less isn't the answer. And yes, mental health workers need protection too. Those situations could turn deadly pretty quick.
I worked the mental health ward in a prison - the fact that there were bars between me and the inmates as well always having a deputy accompany me - gave me peace of mind. Sometimes the inmates could not be reasoned with or would not respond to de-escslation and I had to step aside and let the deputies take charge.
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