Tuesday, January 14, 2014

As of now

Well my body has some strange bruises today. I did not do anything to get the bruises, lupus likes to mess with my by dropping bruises.

It is a rainy day, warm outside, way to warm for January in the 50s. I'm inside because I am waiting for UPS to deliver my new phone.

Well Neelix want to go out again.

Time to update my reading blog. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Sociological Eye: SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: LESSONS FOR GUN-OWNIN...

The Sociological Eye: SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: LESSONS FOR GUN-OWNIN...: The aftermath of the school shootings at Newtown Connecticut has focused on searching for a motive. Why did 20-year-old Adam Lanza kil...

Well written post.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

More comments on Boston

 So there was this stupid article on Alternet Boston a taste of a police state
I am getting really tired of articles like this, and once again I had to give a long most likely ignored response. Which I want to remember so I am posting it here.
Wow quite the long article there, lots and lots of points, some good, some bad, some so far out in left field the Green Monster can't be held responsible for what happens.

Let me make one point right away. What is happening in Chicago, and in our own Roxbury is terribly sad, young men who don't think they have any value, or much of a future are killing each other for a small payout, or a bit of respect. It is horrible, but it is not the same thing as the bombing victims. In Roxbury, and I bet in Chicago and any other area subject to gang violence the community turns a blind eye to finding the people who do the shooting.

Do you know much about the Boston area? Do you know our politics? Or our history? This is a city that knows martial law, and the pain of innocents, we remember the first Boston Massacre. None of us living today experienced it, but it is a part and parcel of our DNA,

Yes lots of crazy people used the bombing as a way to pump up their own nut job agenda, on both sides of the discussion. Reminding us once again of the crazy comments made after the bombing is meaningless. The comments were stupid, the speakers more so. Although I still can't get Iman Webb's comment about wanting to wrap Boston in a blanket and smother it out of my head. A poor choice of words, hopefully not want he meant to say the two different times he said it.

Now to the suspects, who were the unknown. We knew what they looked like thanks to the brave people who described them to police from their hospital beds. We knew they knew we were after them when their faces were shown by the police. After that happened we also know that some friends helped then hide evidence, while others called the police to give them their names. We then discovered they were willing to murder a police officer, to car jack an innocent man and threaten him with death. They bragged how they were the bombers and loaded pipe bombs in to his car. He bravely escaped and let the police know what happened to him. Would any of us have been that brave to do the same thing?

He did not know if there were just two people he did not know the number of pipe bombs loaded into his car, or the sum total in both vehicles. The police had no choice but to expect the worse. They did not know if the second suspect ran to a safe house, or ran in panic after killing his own brother. We did not know if there were other people involved or if his was on his own. We knew he was someone who had no problem with killing, the police knew they did not want to give him another chance to add to the body count.

So the people of Boston, the people of the Greater Boston area were asked to remove themselves from the equation. To make sure the bombers were the only ones on the chessboard. We did something that few people appear to understand, we got out of the way. When your neighbors house is on fire do you grab a garden hose and put it out your self or do you stand back and let the professionals do their jobs? During a blizzard, who clears your street, you with a snow blower or the city with a snow plow? When a person who has already shown a willingness to kill do you run outside with a gun to look for him your self, or do you let the police do their job? Remember Officer Dorner, the innocent people shot by the LA police? That did not happen here, it did not happen because we did what any civilized people would do, we got out of the way and let the professionals do their job.

I dread to think what could have happened, I am beyond happy that it did not. I'm also very tired of the second guessing, the idea that tragedy is a competition to be won. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston after Bombing

Got back a little bit ago from attending Boston after the Bombings WBUR reporter Tom Ashbrook put it together on short notice with the help of Emerson College.

The room was packed, I'm so proud of my city for getting together to find answers. One of the speakers was a doctor who was running the Marathon who did triage after the bombing. She was amazing said she was not a hero, she was just doing her job. She only stayed for a short time as she had to get back to the hospital. She started crying as she talked about the people she helped at the blast site and how she was still helping today. The audience totally disagreed and gave her a 3 minute standing ovation as she left. We also heard from the incident commander of the Boston Police force. Yes he got a standing ovation too. He talked a little bit about what went on that horrible day, and the search for the two suspects. He talked a bit about how the brothers had many guns and pipe bombs, how the police worked together to find the brothers. He refused to use their names, still referring to them as suspect 1 and suspect 2.

Sadly Imam Suhiab Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center apparently thought the entire thing was a big joke. He wanted to talk about the Celtics game, and complain how he was not allowed to speak at the interfaith service. He brought up the fact that there had been shootings since the bombing and no one was having an interfaith service or big meetings about that. They totally do have community meetings about that, I guess he just does not attend. He also said the brothers were more influenced by Grand Theft Auto than they were Islam. I don't play GTA is there a player option where you get points for sneaking behind innocent people and kill them with bombs.

Any way, it was a real learning experience.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The rest of you shut up!

I really hate listening to people who say Boston cowered, or Boston was under martial law. We were not scared, we are not stupid. We got out of the way and let the PROFESSIONALS DO THEIR JOBS!

So tell me, all you "I would have grabbed my gun and found the bomber" if a house in your neighborhood is on fire do you get in the way of the firemen with your garden hose? No you get out of the way and let the professionals do THEIR jobs. Which is what we did this week, just as we did during Snowstorm Nemo, we got the hell out of the way and let the professionals do their jobs.

 I tremble to think how many other people would have been injured if every person in the Greater Boston area grabbed a gun and went out looking for the brothers. Do the police arrest everyone? How many scared people shoot each other because they "might" be the bad guy?  What Boston, and Greater Boston did was the right thing, we got out of the way and let the professionals do their job. One of those professionals lost his life doing his job, a second officer is fighting for his life. For both those men we are grateful. For all the people injured we stand with you, and will help you live again. For those who lost their lives, we can never replace you, but we will stand with your families and they will not morn alone.

For the rest of you jerks, shut up.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Interesting post on Alternet

http://www.alternet.org/immigration/major-victory-against-language-bigotry

The author mentioned that no one calls Bernie Madoff, (what a perfect name  BTW you think someone would have had second thoughts there) . an illegal. Apparently missing the connection between the different level of crime being committed. 

More interesting to me my response.



Oh where oh where do I start.
Bernie Madoff is not an "illegal" he is a criminal who is serving his time in prison. David Vitter is a scum bag, but not an "illegal". Being in this country without proper documentation is a civil offense. We should change that and make it a criminal offense, coming here illegally should be a greater crime than skipping jury duty.
Now like most people in this country my ancestors came from some where else. Yes I am glad for that. All of my ancestors came into this country legally. Waiting to be processed at Deer Island in Boston Harbor. They had to prove they had a job lined up, or a family member ready to take them in and support them until they could support them selves. They had to show that they would not be a burden on this country. Or that they had some special talent that this country needed. I believe in Boston we call that the David Ortiz clause.
I live in a wonderfully integrated neighborhood. I hear Spanish, Cambodian, Arabic and Russian on an hourly basis plus I am sure others I can't even guess, no Klingon though bummer. All of my neighbors are people who applied to immigrate to this country. They had to apply and wait for permission to come here. Some came her straight from refugee camps. Others are displaced persons who have been without a country for many years. Both groups I think more than deserve respect for following the rules and making this country their home.
I am only asking for a couple of things. First that people should only come to this country legally, that our borders are sealed. Secondly that the people who have already entered the country illegally admit they did something wrong. If they want to stay in this country well it's time to meet the same requirements my neighbors have, and the ones my distant ancestors had to as well. To prove that they can support themselves, that they will not be a burden to this country, that they learn English, as my many neighbors are struggling to do.

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