Wanted: Mind Over Madness

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Opposing police thuggery DOES NOT automatically make one a member of BLM or Antifa; opposing the official narrative on the War of Northern Aggression DOES NOT automatically make one pro-slavery, a white supremacist or a Nazi; opposing Obama DOES NOT automatically make one a racist; opposing Trump DOES NOT automatically make one a liberal.

It’s all getting so tiresome.

Is this the way it’s going to be now? Are we going to be totally driven by emotion and not reason? Are we going to call names and take our paradigm and quit whenever anyone says something we disagree with? Yes, I know people are driven by emotions rather than logic … I am no exception. But at some point, we have to rein in our emotions and engage our minds.

It doesn’t matter what the majority does.

It doesn’t matter what your friends do.

It matters what you do.

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Are Cops Constitutional?

Some very fascinating history in this article.

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Trump Wouldn’t Let Me Immigrate

Under the RAISE Act, proposed by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Hell) and David Perdue (R-Hell), someone with my profile would not be able to immigrate to the United States. Trump supports this!


Read this article.

And read the actual text of the bill – the points system starts on page 25.

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US Police Kill More Every Few Days than Those in Other Countries Kill in Years

  1. We don’t have the world’s highest crime rate. We’re not even close.
  2. Violent crime rates have dropped substantially over the last few decades.
  3. On-the-job police fatalities are at some of the lowest levels in decades.
  4. Are the cops wrong all the time? NO! However, it is not just stupid, but it is also downright dangerous to assume that they are right all the time.
  5. Even so, this compilation of death-by-cop statistics ought to really rattle you.
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Just Because the Cops Say Something Doesn’t Make It True

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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aurora brutality

The Aurora PD in a separate incident from 2012.

This isn’t about “he said she said”, but rather “cop said citizen said”.

On April 1, near the corner of Colfax and Sable in Aurora, Colorado – a 10-minute drive from where I live – police Sergeant Kevin Barnes shot motorist Michael Torres, seriously injuring him. Barnes will not face charges.

According to KDVR Channel 31 in Denver,

“Officers wanted to arrest Michael Torres, who they said was wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft. Police said they believed he was armed and dangerous.

“When police tried to arrest Torres, he took off in his car and Sgt. Kevin Barnes fired his rifle three times, the district attorney’s office stated.”

Thus said the cops.

“A background check on Torres did not find anything indicating he was wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft and his family insisted he was innocent of the alleged crimes.”

Hence, the cops had no reason to pursue Torres.

“The investigation demonstrated that Mr. Michael Torres was aware that the police were following him and made aggressive maneuvers with his vehicle to avoid apprehension,” the statement said.

“At the time Sergeant Barnes fired his weapon, he stated he was in fear for his life, the lives of his fellow officers and citizens.”

“The evidence does not support the filing of any criminal charges against Sergeant Barnes.”

Thus said the cops.

“Torres’ girlfriend, Stephanie Cervantes-Facio, was in the vehicle with him during the shooting. She said police rammed the back of the vehicle, sending it away from officers and into a ditch.”

“She said she looked over and saw Torres had been shot. She said there was no gun in the vehicle, prompting questions about the officer’s decision to fire.”

“It was terrifying. I have never felt so scared in my life. I thought I was going to die. I have never been around gun shots or that kind of police brutality,” Cervantes-Facio said.

So who’s right? The cops or their victims?

We know that a cop shot a man, seriously injuring him, and will not get as much as a slap on the wrist.

Everything else the cops have said here is an accusation. None of it has ever been tested in court.  Sergeant Barnes has never had to prove that he was in imminent danger like a non-cop would have to if he claimed self-defense. Michael Torres never got any due process.

aurora-theater-nytexaminer. jpgThe Aurora Police arrested mass murder suspects James Holmes and Nathan Dunlap without incident and gave them their due process before sentencing them to prison. In Dunlap’s case, he was given a death sentence. Why did the Aurora Police see the need to shoot Michael Torres on sight, with the potential of killing him?

Just because the cops said Michael Torres stole one vehicle and “made aggressive maneuvers” with another doesn’t make either accusation true.

Just because the cops said someone was a serial child molester doesn’t automatically make that person a serial child molester.

Just because the FBI or the DHS said someone was a terrorist doesn’t automatically make that person a terrorist.

Just because, for example, a business client or a former spouse said you did something horrible doesn’t automatically mean you did something horrible.

Just because the cops said something doesn’t make it true. It doesn’t make it false either. However, you cannot just shoot someone based merely on an accusation.

The presumption of innocence is sacred. If you are a Christian like me it is Literally Sacred. It is the Golden Rule – Matthew 7:12 – in its purest form. Have you ever been falsely accused? If so, my guess is that you didn’t enjoy it and you wanted the chance to defend yourself.

Do cops always lie? Certainly not! But do they always tell the truth? Again, certainly not!

dare cops donutsYou have to be brain dead to believe the cops – or, for that matter, any other group of people – always tell the truth. You have to be brain dead to believe that issuance of a blue uniform, a badge and a perpetually open tab at Dunkin’ Donuts elevates one to a higher moral plane upon which one is absolutely incapable of wrongdoing.

I can’t help thinking that some of these Facebook comments summarize the thinking of a significant percentage of Americans. Among them:

RG: “Let’s try something new. Listen to cops, don’t get shot.”

LL: “Here’s an idea….don’t commit crimes, and don’t run from the police!

LB: “I agree with all cops shootings until society stops thier War on the men in blue.”

Millions of Americans will automatically believe the cops because, well … because cops!

Cop. Him good. Him serve in community. Him keep me safe.

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Original quote from Frederick Douglass. Source: http://bit.ly/2tVNpVM

The cops’ word is good enough for them. The cops’ accusations are always true and anyone who happens to be in their way must be guilty … because cops! And anyone who questions cops hates cops and America and God and, well … everything good!

We just came through a 4-day orgy of fireworks, hot dogs, beer and baseball in which we purport to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of a document that reads in part: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

When cops can shoot people with impunity, people are neither equal nor free.

You are far more likely to meet a police officer than anyone you voted for. These encounters represent the interface between the individual and the state. When you read about an officer-involved shooting, or any other example of police abuse, do you (a) automatically side with the cops or do you (b) start asking serious questions and demanding hard evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the victim? This, and not your party affiliation, determines your true political stance.

July 4 weekend has passed and life is somewhat back to normal. We are sitting in front of our computers and HELLevision sets moaning and groaning about all the tyrants and criminals in Washington and wondering how they ever got there. It’s not hard to figure out at all. When you excuse tyranny and criminality by your local government on the streets of your community, you DESERVE tyrants and criminals in your national government.

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Donald Trump and the Death of Discernment

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House is, every bit as much as that of his predecessor, evidence of the death of discernment in America.

Let’s forget, for a moment, all the gossip and noise and ask ourselves why is Trump so famous and why is he now the president?

Trump is famous for being famous. Have a look at the Forbes 400 list of American billionaires. Some are famous: Gates, Buffett, Zuckerberg, Jordan, Winfrey. However, most are not. You may have heard of their companies – Walmart, Amazon, Google, Starbucks – but not of them personally. The difference is that Trump has been in everybody’s face flaunting his wealth and trumpeting what he sees as his own wonderfulness since at least the 1980s.

We have never seen an egomaniac nearly approaching Trump. He makes Muhammad Ali look like a Milquetoast. The Bible prophesies – Two Thessalonians 2:3-4 – of the “son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.”

Trump’s spiritual status is, as always, between him and God. I imagine that Trump is some sort of deist, believing that there is a god, but that he has no duties toward that god. And even though Trump is not the “son of perdition”, he exalts himself endlessly unlike anyone else we have ever seen in our out of politics.

trump crack whore memeTrump’s supporters are in just as much denial as those of any other president about his personal past. This goes double for his Christian supporters. They KNEW he was an adulterer who bragged about his adultery; they KNEW that “grab her by the p____” was just one of dozens of examples of him talking about women like trash; they KNEW he owned a strip club; and they KNEW he saw no need to repent as he felt he had done nothing wrong.

His conservative supporters KNEW he had for his whole life been a supporter of biglier, fatter, uglier, costlier, YUUUUGER, instrusiver government. His anti-war supporters KNEW he supported perpetual war all over the planet.

And they still supported him.

And they give the lamest excuses.

“He’s a businessman.” So are George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Ted Turner & Larry Flynt. So are all the Wall Street and Detroit executives who took all the bailout money. These people know as much about economics as does Bernie Sanders. Do you want any of them as dogcatcher, let alone president?

“He built things.” Quick! Tell me who quarterbacked the construction of the Freedom Tower in New York, the Willis Tower in Chicago or the Venetian in Las Vegas. You don’t know and I don’t know either because they haven’t been in our face 24/7 for decades.

 “He created jobs.” So do lots of people. Look at this list of America’s largest employers. How many of their CEOs can you name? If you’re like me, not very many.

“He speaks his mind.” So does your neighborhood wino.

“He’s not politically correct.” Neither is the Grand Dragon of the KKK.

trump troll bingo“If you’re against him you’re a liberal.” Being called a liberal by a Trump supporter is like being called a racist by an Obama supporter.

“God uses imperfect people.” Yeah, I know. He just let Obama stink up the White House for 8 years.

And finally, “He’s not Hillary.” Well neither are 320,000,000 other people. Is this the best you can do? “He’s not Hillary” is not a moral standard. Indeed, it constitutes a reckless disregard for morality in which anything and everything is acceptable because “he’s not Hillary”. If anything, it is a scare tactic.

In 1980, the big scare tactic was “anyone but Jimmy Carter”. In 2016 it was “anyone but Hillary”. Come 2020, the big scare tactic will be “anyone but ______” with ______ being someone worse than Hillary. All that will be necessary is for someone to be slightly less evil than ______ and that will be acceptable in the eyes of millions of “Christian conservatives”.

Obama Derangement Syndrome, and now Hillary Derangement Syndrome, have compelled millions to look the other way on all sorts of evil. You can’t vote for evil again and again and expect any sort of good result. You can’t vote for evil again and again and then complain about evil. You can’t ignore evil and have it magically become good.

And just being in denial does not make the truth go away. I won’t call Trump supporters “low information voters” as they endless amounts of information just a few keystrokes away. I will call them “high denial voters”. They simply don’t want to acknowledge the truth. They are not the only such people.

north korea trumpThe late British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge had this to say: “People believe lies not because they have to, but because they want to.” In North Korea, refusal to believe lies means imprisonment and/or death. In America, people don’t have to believe lies, but they want to. In fact, they are absolutely desperate to believe lies.

In 1943, before he wrote 1984, George Orwell wrote of a “nightmare world” wherein, if the Leader “says that two and two are five – well two and two are five.” Americans pride themselves on being independent thinkers while at the same time succumbing to herd mentalities. The controlled right is no different than the controlled left: If people in their political tribe say it, they will believe it, no matter how preposterous it might actually be.

truths liesAnd this is at a time when we have more information available to us than any other people in the history of the world! I guess it is just something in human nature that finds comfort in conformity. Lies are often comfortable and the truth is often uncomfortable.

While the chair-warmer in the White House, no matter who that person may be, is no doubt a problem, he is not the problem that truly plagues America. And the problem is not in the houses of Congress, the courthouses or the statehouses. The problem is in your house and my house.

The first three words of the Constitution are “We the People”. “Constitution” is not just defined as a political document outlining the duties of a government. It is also defined as the composition of something. As long as the great masses of people are so easily influenced by whatever sounds good, and as long as they seek security in parties and politicians, they will, whether they recognize it or not, be under the heel of tyrants.

I say this as someone who once could very much be described by the previous sentence. Then I started reading between the lines and doing some independent thinking. And in the spring of 1992, I walked off the plantation. When will you do likewise?

but we have to choose lesser evilthink its not illegal yet

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What Was Being Worshiped Yesterday at First Baptist Church in Dallas?

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing……. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.”
Isaiah 40:15,17 – KJV

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Yesterday was “Freedom Sunday” at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.  The pastor of First Baptist is Robert Jeffress.  He is a Trump supporter, Christian nationalist, and prominent court evangelical. As the pictures attached to this tweet indicate, it was a day of patriotic celebration in the church sanctuary.

People waved American flags during the service.

The last time I checked, the waving of the American flag was a sign of support or loyalty to the nation.  Jeffress had no problem allowing such an act to take place in a church sanctuary–the place where Christians worship God as a form of expressing their ultimate loyalty.  Patriotism is fine. Flag-waving is fine.  But I wonder if any…

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