The Loss of Civility – Severed Head, the Beautiful Kathy Griffin

Addendum:

I think it is important to keep perspective and context. And not fall into what is easy to fall into. That which we know as hate.

That being said I really cannot say anything negative about what Kathy did. She honestly she portrayed was the accumulation of frustration and irritation of a thousand cuts inflicted by President Trump.

This is a man who has inflicted harm – in no particular order – upon:

  1. our environment
  2. our rights
  3. our nation
  4. our animals
  5. our children
  6. our elderly
  7. our poor
  8. our compromised
  9. our society
  10. our lives
  11. our press
  12. …continue the list here. What do you think he has destroyed is destroying?

essentially in the sort period of time Trump has been president he has inflicted harm across all. Except for one group. The ridiculously wealthy. This is a person who has spent more time over a misspelled word than when people are harmed in his implicit name. More time spent over a misspelled word than acknowledging the heroes in Portland. More time spent over a misspelled word than making a statement versus making a STATEMENT against hate.  Essentially President Trump has done nothing but destroy. We have in place a good and valuable system to manage and remove destroyers. Now is the time.  Kathy Griffin’s expression simply showed at a boil the feelings of all those who are being harmed. They have no voice for they are not millionaires nor billionaires.  It is time to Remove Trump.

I am thankful for all Artists in this world and that is what she is.  An Artist.  Artist’s have freedom to express themselves in America without any rebute.  It is no stretch to say that an Artist’s job is to challenge and confront the norms, expand the known, and stretch the imagination.

Thank you.

 

#Portlandheroes, # noTrumpStatementAgainstHateAgain, #ironicTrumpIntelligence, #Billionairesclub, #KathyGriffin

The Loss of Civility

It seems like it began more than eight years ago when a black man was elected President.

And then it all boiled over when it became not just a little likely that a woman would be elected…but a certainty.

And then history changed.

We are indeed a country that respects free speech. We are also a country which respects expression. These are things which come from the heart which is perhaps difficult to discern.

But what is not difficult to discern is hate. Hate takes the form of many different things. Hate also comes from the heart. Expression which is meant to harm and create confusion is dangerous. Knowledge is indeed power and it is intriguing just how far people have gone – and continue to go – for that power. And one key with keeping the power is restricting and eliminating effective education which is in motion.

Over the past election cycle the public has been pounded with the continuing statement of “Fake News”. It is and has continued.

And the hate which is associated with it continues as well.

A journalist is assaulted. A story is concocted about a candidate who is selling children and having sex with them. A story is told about immigrants which assault and hurt the “native” children. News sites which write more to a “theme” than facts have more leverage than “real” news.

And through it all…a loss of civility.

President Trump continues to not make any statements when the true Americans stand up and help those in need.

An aside…

President Obama was a great President.

This nation will morn the loss of Hillary Clinton for many years to come. One can only hope the current administration implodes upon itself and is replaced appropriately and civilly.

Be respectful of yourself and others.

Remember to be Optimistic. Remember the good.

Be the Country we wish to be. Not the one which is filled with hate and short-sightedness.

And mostly…Just Remember.

For it will be tomorrow soon. We just have to remember…

#Portlandheroes, # noTrumpstatementagainsthateagain, #ironicTrumpIntelligence, #Billionairesclub, #1984, #education, #devinnunes, #makeamericagreat

Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, Hatred, and the overall growth of things – Emmett Till

Recently an image of someone’s suffering inspired another human being. This image and imagery of the casket from Emmett Till’s funeral has a feeling that is not isolated to one race, sex, socioeconomic category. It is a tragedy on many levels and the meaning of it cannot ever be minimized if one is indeed a part of the human existence or humanity.

But let’s for a moment say that it is and can be minimized. Take for an example a situation which we change species – from the Homo Sapiens – to the Macropodidae. And in this case a member of the Macropodiadae is run over by a car. Is it true to say that only the Macropodiadae can mourn their loss? Why?

Racism exists and it exists on so many levels, colors, and hues. Expressing compassion for loss of and about Homo Sapiens regardless of race, color, gender, money, etc is the ultimate sign of growth by the species as we move forward into the onrushing future.

Parker Bright’s concerns over color and compassion which is purely based on race shows just how much further we have to go.

After all when I see a Kangaroo on the side of the road after being hit I feel compassion and pain for that animal. For that being.

It is part of the maturing of our society and humanity that we accept kindness and empathy. Those two things are not bound by “anything”. Bright’s statements that they are shows she has not considered the larger image of the future and is still in the past.

 

Texas A&M’s new Student Body President

 

First of all congratulations to Bobby Brooks.

And second congratulations to Texas A&M for being able to identify issues during the election and act.

And finally it is more than ironic that Rick Perry is having an issue with an election where the person who received the second most votes won.

Someone here looks to be vested in all the wrong issues.

But then this person is not familiar with basic science so we do have that.

 

Rep. Devin Nunes

Not much needs to be said here. During an active investigation where there is explicit evidence of tampering by the Russians of the election of 2016 Representative Nunes lets out information which “supports” his views? And then briefs President Trump? By going to extreme lengths to sabotage the intelligence committee’s efforts he has in the end only given more credence and strength to the fact the election was not only influenced but was won by their chosen participant. What is unfortunate is that instead of having concerns that this occurred and addressing it in the appropriate manner it appears that the Russians were prescient in their choice. Representative Nunes’s actions only continue to affirm this. An apology by President Trump for unfounded and bizarre claims is still needed. The briefing in no way shape or form backs up the tweet accusing President Obama of spying on him. Simply put…a lie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ironicTrumpIntelligence, #Billionairesclub, #howtoapologize, #1984, #education, #Emmitttill, #BobbyBrooks, #devinnunes

“I Apologize” President Trump

These are words one cannot imagine would be uttered from the leader of the free world.

They should be.  Accusing President Obama of wiretapping his phones and then making a big deal about it – in lieu of actual facts – is more than a little disheartening.

During the election cycle President Obama mostly stayed on the sidelines when it came to comments regarding President Trump. Now it is more apparent that he should not have. The President is not currently President because he ran a campaign based on truth and honesty and integrity.  President Trump is President because he ran a campaign based on deceit, corruption, and lies.  President Trump’s continued assault on the free press for reporting accurately the information as it becomes apparent further paints his words as skewed in truth, inaccurate, and generally deceptive. And as this continues to move forward – the Presidency of the 45th – it appears this is unlikely to wane.  This is perhaps the biggest issue.

Last anyone looked there is a new President in office. Attacking a former President who did more for the underprivileged, the climate, our education, and general rights generally, is appalling. It is however utilizing the play-book which allowed for President Trump to become President. Pander to the extreme right, drum up support from those who cannot utilize reason in a rational manner and stoke the flames of fear.

There is no honor in the words coming from President Trump’s mouth. There is no integrity from what he is saying. Ask Preet Bharara.

A man with the CIA and FBI at his disposal has many tools before him. He needs to utilize a few.

Starting with something most learned when they were just starting to play with and share some toys.  Some words that two-year-olds learn.  Two words.  And then why.

I’m Sorry.

 

#ironicTrumpIntelligence, #Billionairesclub, #howtoapologize, #1984, #education,

Make America Great! – update

While it would be premature to judge a president who is less than 60 days in office there are some distinct watermarks to observe at this point.

  1. The removal of guidance for a minority group and stating a move toward state rights. Utilizing power to not protect the weak but expose them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trump-administration-poised-to-change-transgender-student-bathroom-guidelines/2017/02/21/cd690204-f7bf-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html?utm_term=.65014ea3cb95
  2. The offering of guidance on states choices for enforcement of certain drugs with the probably of returning billions of profits to Cartels and drugrunners. Utilizing power to return money to the strong and further hurt the weak. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/white-house-expects-justice-crackdown-legalized-marijuana-45697809
  3. The barring of certain press agencies by the White House. Utilizing power to censure and control free speech.      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/24/white-house-blocks-cnn-new-york-times-from-press-briefing-hours-after-trump-slams-media/?utm_term=.872379f93ad0
  4. And for the first question for the White House…this goes to an ALT right publication whose vetting of information leave much to be desired. Using power to spread misinformation and often times lies. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/61c231e80a8340688078f8a2497e9ed1
  5. The continuation of crimes against minority groups that are both explicitly and implicitly tied to the White House.       The lack of condemnation by the President using his Social Media platform is both distressing and alarming.   Using power to support discrimination and hate.
  6. Making statements which alarm our allies and threaten our “non-friends” which essentially makes things less safe globally for both our citizens and our allies. Using power to hurt America specifically.
  7. Creating an informal – or formal depending – Billionaires club in positions which runs completely contrary to the “drain the swamp” mantra which many believed. Not one appointee at this point has anything in common with the populace which elected the President.
  8. Twitter. Need anything more be said here?
  9. Throw in here what you wish. Immigration ban, feud with Mexico, promotion of daughters clothes, promotion of resorts and branding, ethics –what -, protecting the planet, protecting people, protecting society, women’s rights etc…
  10. Russia.  #Russia

America is great. It allows for many amazing things to occur and they do essentially by the minute in this great country.

America is great for there are checks and balances in place which help all.

I want to be hopeful for the coming years under this President and see him settle into the position and come to comprehend what it truly means, find his balance, and truly lead.

War Peace War

Currently we are spending Billions on a war which appears to have no end.

When would we consider to spend that same amount on Peace?

When those in the nations have yearly incomes of less than a thousand (1000) dollars a year imagine the difference even a million dollars would/will have.

It begins with education. An area which even in our country we are falling down on.

Infrastructure. Schools.  Hospitals.  Roads.

An actual future built for those countries and eventually for this world.

A Leader, A Hero, A thought

For some, leading others comes easily and is simple to identify in others.

I figure it is best to clearly identify just what this should mean and define it in a way which is easy to understand.

Generally speaking a Hero is not someone who wears tights and we see them on the silver screen saving the planets or cities of our galaxy.

A hero is someone who sees a wrong.  A hero is someone who makes a choice to do something about that wrong.  A hero is someone who speaks up for those who have no voice.  A hero is a person who will at times be ridiculed for what they say.  A hero may lose everything they have.

And a hero is someone who may just be you.