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Dennis Kucinich served 8 terms in Congress as a democrat representing his district in Ohio.  Most often I disagreed with Kucinich.  But IDennisKucinich also respected him.  He didn’t tell voters what he thought they wanted to hear, then go to Washington and do the opposite.  He always says what he thinks.  Whether you agree with him or not, you pretty much know where he stands on an issue.

That’s rare in politics and deserving of respect.

Occasionally I agree with him and on the NSA scandal we are again aligned.  As the agency’s own internal audit admits it has made “mistakes” and has been spying on almost 3,000 of us, the Obama administration and members of Congress on the right and the left defend them.

But Kucinich ticks off the many violations of our constitutional rights.  And it’s quite a list.  He wants the agency abolished.  I am not privy to enough information to know if we need to go that far, but I would at least agree that a major overhaul and a lot more oversight are needed.

We know the agency is gathering massive amounts of data on each and every one of us and we know they have the capability to monitor our every word and move.  As we watch our federal government expand and overreach in this and other areas, we are asked simply to trust them.

That’s a lot to ask.

I also find myself somewhat aligned this morning with Ben Jealous, the President of the NAACP.  Jealous is defending the recent decision of a federal judge who said that the practice of stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional because it is racially discriminating.

Defenders of stop-and-frisk, again from both sides of the political spectrum, say that stop-and-frisk saves lives.  There’s probably some truth to that claim, but these promoters ignore other factors like poverty and unemployment when they toss out numbers to support their side.

And I disagree with the part about racial discrimination.  I cannot agree with Jealous or the judge on that.  I simply think that stop-and-frisk is another violation of the Constitution.  With regard to law enforcement, I always give them the benefit of the doubt.  I assume that officers are doing their job to the best of their ability and leave any racial or other discriminatory thoughts at home.

But stop-and-frisk is a small step and people can become conditioned to accepting their freedom being taken away in these small steps.  We have incrementally become accustomed to truly illegal searches to board an airplane.  And now the TSA is moving into other areas where their jurisdiction is certainly questionable.

I am reminded again of what happened in a Boston suburb the day everyone was searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

No one talks about this.  It was an emergency, so those American citizens were simply stripped of their rights.  That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, yet it played out in broad daylight, one house after another.  This is that slippery slope we talk about.  We give a little bit here and little bit there, because we want some sense of security in return.

Then one day we find tanks on our street and a dozen FBI agents in full gear pounding on our door with automatic weapons pointed at our heads.

America is more divided right now than at any point in my lifetime.  Skillful politicians and their supporters have us at each other’s throats over any and everything.  We fight over race, class, money, education and even saving the planet.

And while we do battle with each other, a ruling class is emerging.  We’re too busy arguing with each other over small things and all the while that ruling class gets stronger and we get weaker.  We need to find some common ground.  It’s time we find the things we can agree on and unite on those things.  If we can’t, that ruling class will complete its task and we will find ourselves living under their thumbs, taking the scraps they toss us.

So for today, I’m standing with Dennis Kucinich.  There was time I would never have thought I might say that.  But here I am.  He is standing up for the Constitution and for individual freedom and I fully support it.

Any one care to join us?

-Kathy

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I wasn’t going to address this because I think the best way to handle bullies and opportunists is to ignore them.  But Jesse Jackson has really gone too far.

In his tangled mind, the Zimmerman case, in which a Hispanic man with black in his bloodline was found not guilty by a jury, is somehow a focal point in his never-ending battle against white racism.

He has called for a boycott of Florida (my home state) calling us an “apartheid state” and “the Selma of our time.”

Criticizing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law (which is similar to the laws in dozens of other states) he says, “You incentivize killing people.”

He compared our governor, Rick Scott, to George Wallace.

Then he went on about student loans, demanding more money from government sources, which is really what this is all about.  It’s what Jackson has been about for most of his life – extorting money and enriching himself at the expense of black Americans.

Jesse Jackson with student group

Jesse Jackson with student group

Jackson was there with Dr. King and he knows what Dr. King’s message was.  Yet he chooses to corrupt it and pervert it for his own personal gain.  It’s despicable.  It sullies the memory, the dedication and the sacrifice of King, and distorts it for those too young to remember what King stood for and the real hatred and discrimination he faced.

Rev. Jackson, you don’t know me.  You know nothing about me.  Likewise for millions of others here in Florida.  I take personal issue with your charge of racism.  I’m tired of being accused of it by people like you simply because I was born with pale skin.  And now by virtue of where I live I’m endorsing murder?

I’m tired of watching you stir up trouble where it doesn’t exist, keeping the flame of racial divide alive at any cost, in order to maintain your own millionaire lifestyle and keep your seat at the big table of Washington politics.

You will soon forget those impressionable kids at our state capital.  You won’t remember their names.  You won’t follow up to see how their lives turn out.

But they will remember you.  They will carry the hatred and division you inspired in them at a young age.  They will go on being certain that “the man” is out to get them and that their playing field isn’t equal.  They will carry around the burden of suspicion and the racism you taught them.

There will be no massive boycott.  People will still take their kids to Disney World.  Your hateful remarks will fade into history like so much else you’ve said in the past.

But those kids will live their lives as you taught them – another generation unable to break the chain of destruction and mistrust, another generation divided by the sham that is kept alive by you and other powerful people who profit from that division.

How do you sleep at night?

-Kathy

Story from Orlando Sentinel

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On Tuesday, President Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, gave us a peek into what the president would focus on in his current campaign tour.

Phony scandals?  Surely Carney was joking.

But he wasn’t.  Phony is exactly what Obama said the next day in an otherwise snoozer of a speech at Knox College in Illinois.

He took a lot of heat for the line.  But just to be sure that no one got the wrong idea and wouldn’t assume he just chose his words poorly, he doubled down and repeated the charge yesterday while speaking to another handpicked crowd of adoring fans.

Like so many others, I’m still picking my chin up from the floor and wondering which scandals he’s referring to.  Is he talking about Border Agent Brian Terry, who was killed with a Fast and Furious gun?  Or the hundreds of Mexican citizens who were killed with those guns?  Are they phony?

Or could he be talking about the four Americans murdered in Benghazi?  Are they phony?

Maybe he meant the hundreds of conservative groups systematically targeted illegally by the IRS and prevented from participating in our political system for two election cycles.

Or perhaps he meant the reporters whose phone records were “obtained” by the Justice Department.  Maybe he meant James Rosen, the FOX News correspondent who the same Justice Department falsely named as a co-conspirator in an espionage case in order to obtain access to his phone and email accounts.

Perhaps he meant the revelation that the NSA is collecting data on each and every one of us, storing it all away for some yet undisclosed purpose in the future.

Are these all phony?

Who paid any price for the death of Brian Terry?  Who has paid for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty or Ty Woods?  The only person jailed was the guy who made the video.  Who ordered that video be used as a cover-up?  Talk about phony baloney.

Who’s investigating the IRS?  The American citizens who testified before Congress about how they were targeted and abused say no one from the FBI or anyone else has contacted them.

I’m angry.  Really angry.  All around me, I see the lives of Americans being destroyed.  Good, decent, hard-working people who have played by the rules all their lives are losing their jobs, their businesses, their homes and their life savings.

What’s being done about it?  Arrogant, overpaid bureaucrats hide behind their “rights.”

LoisLerner

Lois Lerner

Except for a tiny handful of decent men and women, members of Congress go along to get along, spending borrowed money we can never repay, and covering up for the most outrageous and criminal behavior of those in positions of power.  Their number one concern is getting re-elected and staying on the gravy train of taxpayer dollars.  Meanwhile, they preach to the rest of us, call us cowardly racists and just too simple-minded to understand their grand plan.

Our president sneers at our complaints, and with his signature smirk he labels them phony.  He dismisses us and swats us away as one would a gnat on a hot summer day.

It’s spiraling out of control now folks.  Nothing is being done about any of this.  They’re simply waiting us out.  They’re waiting until we get tired of asking for answers and action.  Obamacare will soon hit us and that will do the job.  As we all watch our healthcare system implode and find ourselves with little access to medical care we’ll realize that they even have the power to take away our health.

What’s happening is all very real.  And a real price will be paid by real Americans.

They only things that are phony are the hollow words coming from our leaders.

-Kathy

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Hillary Clinton says the verdict in the Zimmerman trial “brought heartache, deep painful heartache.”

While Eric Holder said people should be “respectful” his DOJ held a conference call with the NAACP, the ACLU and other civil rights organizations to ask for their help supplying any information to prove George Zimmerman is racist.  They announced that they were “aggressively investigating” the case and offered an email address set up only for tips about Zimmerman’s racism.

FL State Attorney Angela Corey, who prosecuted the case, called Zimmerman a murderer on air after the trial was over and he was acquitted.

Barbara Arnwine, director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called the verdict “a travesty and miscarriage of justice.”

Jasmine Rand, one of the Martin family’s attorneys, said of the verdict, “I don’t think that they (the jury) properly considered the evidence. If they had listened to the evidence and if they had followed the law, then George Zimmerman would have been convicted of murder.”

Congressman John Lewis (D-OH) said the verdict “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense.”

Except for Lewis, all these people are attorneys.  All of them, including Lewis, have sworn to uphold the law in America.  They have a special responsibility to abide by and protect our legal system.

Yet see the things they say in public about a jury decision they don’t like.

Getting out of jury duty is a cliché and a joke that’s older than I am.  Most people don’t want to serve and often do so reluctantly.  It’s an inconvenience.  But this behavior from officers of the court and those who have sworn to uphold the law moves that reluctance to a new level.

The women who served as jurors in this trial are in hiding, just like the defendant who has been declared innocent of all charges.  They have been

Juror B37

Juror B37

threatened and are now living in fear that their identities will be exposed.

The race baiters and others who profit from civil unrest continue to whip up rage.  Our president remains silent.  Our Attorney General has launched a public witch hunt for information he already knows he won’t find.

Jury duty?  No thanks.  I’ll take the punishment for refusing.

It can’t be anywhere near the punishment that the women of the Zimmerman jury are now receiving for doing their civic duty.

-Kathy

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Last Friday, KTVU San Francisco made a mess when they rushed to report the names of the pilots aboard the Asiana flight that crashed, without checking their facts.

Just in case you missed it, here’s the report:

Be honest – it made you laugh, didn’t it?

I know there’s nothing at all funny about a plane crash.  I know 3 people are dead and 180 injured.  That is a sad and tragic event.

But as a standalone event, the KTVU report is funny.  And let me ask you to be honest again – when you heard it, was your first thought that it was racist?

Asiana Airlines apparently thinks it was, and they are planning to sue KTVU for their racial insensitivity.  Gee, if I had to guess who might have a good lawsuit in all this, it would be the families of those who died when the Asiana flight crashed, and maybe those who were injured, possibly because of the negligence of those pilots.

And if Asiana sues the TV station, the TV station will probably sue the NTSB, since that’s where they say they got confirmation of the fake names.  That means that any monetary award would be paid by the federal government who gets their money from you and me.

Gee and I wasn’t anywhere near San Francisco that day!

Of course, the NTSB has blamed all of this on a “summer intern.”

OK, I’ll wait while you laugh again.  I know, this story just gets better as it rolls along, doesn’t it?  I’m sure the NTSB will be getting rid of the intern in question.  I suggest he check for openings at the IRS.  He would probably be a good fit there.

As for that lawsuit that Asiana has threatened, please, can everyone take a breath and get a grip?  Does everything have to be about race?  Is everyone’s skin so paper- thin?  Do we all have to carry a rule book and check before we open our mouths?

We would be a much happier and healthier society if we all lightened up and learned how to laugh at ourselves.

Shake it off, Asiana.  You have bigger things to worry about.

And it was funny.

No lawsuit can change that.

-Kathy

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Did George Zimmerman get away with murder?  Did he abuse our legal system to get away with killing a young, black man simply because he’s obsessed with race?

From the look of things, we may be discussing that for some time to come in spite of what a jury has determined.

But there are other culprits here who are truly guilty of hideous crimes.  They are the many members of the old media who engaged in storytelling that they passed along as news to the rest of us.  The media wanted this case to be about race, and they wanted it so badly that when the facts didn’t support their preconceptions, they simply made them up.

Zimmerman was falsely accused of having made racially charged statements right from the beginning.  The accusations were reported and repeated across the board.  So it was rather surprising when we learned that Zimmerman was not white, but Hispanic.  Well, that didn’t fit what we were being told.

The remedy?  They created a new classification of hyphenated Americans – White Hispanic. By this standard, are we now to refer to the President of The United States as a White African American?  And what are we supposed to call all the other Hispanic people now?

Perhaps the most egregious of the lies came from NBC in late March of 2012, just a month after the incident when the 911 tapes were released.  They recklessly edited the 911 tape, so as to paint Zimmerman as the racist they wanted him to be.

This is the sort of thing you can’t take back.  It’s toothpaste you can’t put back in the tube, no matter what reluctant apology you issue quietly, days later.  In the racially charged atmosphere the press was creating, the damage was already done.

Breitbart.com has put together a good collection of the lies the media has handed us regarding this incident, including those of Al Sharpton who fanned the flames of the very racial divide he claims he wants to end.  If you are not familiar with the list, I urge you to have a look.

These outlets have no credibility left.  They should not be permitted to call themselves news organizations.  They no longer give us news, but instead feed unsuspecting viewers their own twisted ideas of how the world is and how they think it ought to be.

Zimmerman’s attorneys have filed suit against NBC for broadcasting their shameful editing of the 911 tape.  I’ll watch that case closely to see what possible defense they’ll put up.  I hope they are made to pay dearly for their deception.

I never met Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman.  I’m sad that one young man is dead and the other’s life is changed forever.  I have compassion for their families.  But the truth is that none of this affects my life and tragedies like this one happen every day that I never hear about.

You and I know about this one only because the media wanted us to.  Sadly, young, black men are killed in alarming numbers, but NBC and the others don’t tell us about those.  I have no idea what inspired them, but they decided that this one was more important than the others and that this one was all about race.  They were wrong about that part, but it didn’t matter to them.  They made it what they wanted it to be.  And in the process, we’ve become a little more divided and a little more suspicious of each other when we need not be.

For me, this trial was all about the media.

And this jury of one finds them guilty.

-Kathy

Breitbart’s timeline of media lies

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Paula Deen spent most of last week begging for forgiveness for admitting she uttered the N-word sometime in the past.

The trial of George Zimmerman has captured the national news.

And a New Jersey mom is violently beaten in her home while her 3 year-old watches.

So is Paula Deen a racist?  I don’t know.  I’ve never met her.  She seems nice enough.  Is she the only public figure who has ever said the N-word?  Certainly not.

I’m not an aficionado of rap music, but I have heard the word used by black and white rappers.  They use other nasties too, usually directed at women – bitch and ho.  Does that make them misogynists?  Is it racist when they say the N-word?  Should they grovel like Deen is doing, begging for forgiveness for their words?

And what about Zimmerman?  Is he a racist?  I’ve never met him either, so I don’t know.  The sad truth is that the trial is about race and not about Trayvon Martin’s death.  Hundreds of young, black men are killed each year (mostly in Chicago) and no one outside of their families cares very much.  They don’t make the evening news except for being included in the statistics.

The sad, sad truth is that the only reason you know Trayvon Martin’s name is that his killer was not another young, black man.

Is the sociopath in the video, who beat the NJ mom a racist?  Does he hate whites?  Maybe he hates women.  Maybe he hates white women.

Or maybe he’s just a crazy person who needs to be locked up so he can’t hurt anyone else.

Was it right for the Food Channel to cancel Paula Deen’s show?  They are free to choose what they want to do as a private company, aren’t they?  But should someone lose their source of income and have their reputation ruined because they admit they used a racial slur sometime in the past?  Bob Bryd was a member of the Klu Klux Klan and held the office of “Exalted Cyclops.”  He apologized and went on to be a United States Senator and member of the Democrat party for over 50 years.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this one.  But I sure would like to meet the person who claims to be perfect.

Our elected leaders are about to pass a new immigration bill that is a disaster.  It is going to cause havoc to our economy and will have a profound effect on our culture.  They know all this.  They are lying about the bill and making believe it’s going to be great.  We all know better.

But members of Congress know that anyone who opposes the bill will be called a racist.  And they so fear that label that they are willing to jeopardize the welfare of the nation to avoid it.

It’s my personal experience that relations between the races have never been better out here in the real world where most of us live.  But the issues of racial divides and discrimination have been very profitable for some people – those in government and their cronies.  If we are all getting along nicely, their source of wealth dries up and they don’t want that.  So they go to great lengths to perpetuate the division.

There is still too much fear to stand up to the Al Sharptons and the La Razas of the world.  Until we do, celebrities will be punished for their words, we’ll focus on the neighborhood watch guy instead of figuring out why young, black men keep killing each other and government will pass bad laws so that dishonest politicians can “prove” they care.

Several years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” regarding the discussion of race in America.

It’s pretty much the one and only time I have agreed with Mr. Holder.

-Kathy

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