Monday, May 12, 2014
I’m going to try posting an open thread every evening this week with a few stories listed to promote discussion. But that’s just to get the ball rolling. Off topic is on topic.
I am not going to allow another day to pass without condemning Cliven Bundy, San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman (R-UT), Bundy’s Buddies and their ATV enthusiasts who desecrated the peace and quiet of a sacred place and burial ground to the Navajo Nation that is located in Recapture Canyon, UT, just because they wanted to give the proverbial finger to the federal government. ATVs are prohibited in the canyon to preserve the environment and the dignity of a place that is known as the second Mesa Verde.
What a bunch of low class loud and stupid jerks.
The militarization of police is not making us safer. It is turning police into assassins. Hardly a week goes by without news of another police shooting. Here’s a story out of Salem, OR where a police officer stopped a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Jacklynn Ford a little after 10 pm. Apparently, she attempted to run away from him in a nearby park and he shot her in the chest and head. Then he permitted his K-9 to drag her around in the grass for awhile. I do not believe that I am off base when I say we live in a police state and we are at war with the police.
If you doubt what I say, check out the police recruitment videos that Crane included in her piece, Look at these f***ing police department recruitment videos.
And while you are at it, do not forget the cop who shot and killed the 93-year-old woman. The City Council fired him.
Robert James Campbell is scheduled to be executed in Texas tomorrow night but prison officials refuse to disclose the lethal injection cocktail they intend to use despite requests by his lawyers who are seeking to avoid another botched execution like the one that happened in Oklahoma to Clayton Lockett. His lawyers have appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay of execution and an order forcing the State of Texas to reveal the recipe.
Here is a related article on the inhumanity of the death penalty published today in the Atlantic which shows its connection to racism and white supremacy.
We live in dreadful times. Here’s Chris Hedges, my favorite op/ed writer with an antidote, The Power of Imagination.
The pool is open.
What’s on your mind tonight?