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What is the Islamic State or “Isis” or “Isel?”
All I know is there is supposed to be a terrorist organization hating everything we supposed “free people” do in the world. When I last checked, we were doing some horrific things around the globe.
Well, the last time I checked anyone who is worth his weight in free speech in the United States was assassinated or killed too.
When last I checked we free Americans received subsidized land, stolen from the native Americans, subsidized labor, from slavery, and immigrant workers, and subsidized capital stolen from the natural resources, including gold, oil, water, and natural gas.
When last I checked some of us were in Asia and Africa, now called the Middle East, taking oil at reduced rates and selling it at a profit.
I am told that The Islamic State” is not a legitimate government. Where is the legitimate government in Syria or Iraq? When last we checked, did we not topple Iraq, and kill Saddam Hussein, his sons, and anyone else who might have been elected to take over, and prop up a puppet government?
Are we not now trying to topple Assad in Syria?
I am told five (5) Muslim States have agreed to go along with the bombings on The Islamic State. Why? What is in it for them? Who says they have a legitimate claim to battle terrorists in Syria or Iraq? What gives the United States a legitimate claim to battle so-called terrorists in Syria or Iraq? When was the United States elected to run Syria or Iraq? Must be the money.
Oh! I forgot. “They are killing their own people.” Should they be killing someone else’s people? By the way, when last I checked, did we not conquer all of that area and separate the land into different so-called nation states? Did we not combine people from different tribal areas, religions, and so-called races into these different nation states? If that is the case, what determines who is who’s people?
One way to avoid being beheaded in Syria or Iraq, is to stay out of Syria and Iraq. I do not see people in the Islamic State going to Europe beheading people. We still execute people. Sometimes we even execute the wrong people. Who is more barbaric?
Those folks live in Syria and Iraq. Heads roll. That is how they roll over there. They have been rolling like that since before the inception of the United States and they will always roll in that manner.
If approved by voters, the initiative will:
- Increase the state’s cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the current cap of $250,000.
- Require drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board.
- Require the California Medical Board to suspend doctors pending investigation of positive tests and take disciplinary action if the doctor was found impaired while on duty.
- Require health care practitioners to report any doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence.
- Require health care practitioners to consult the state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances.
Supporters of the initiative refer to it as the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014, after two children who were killed by a driver under the influence of abused prescription drugs.
The measure, if approved, would create the first law in the United States to require the random drug testing of physicians.
Supporters of Proposition 46 argue that medical negligence is too common and pain and suffering damage awards are too low. Opponents say the initiative isn’t about protecting patients, but increasing medical lawsuit payouts to trial lawyers.
Opponents of the proposition claim that healthcare costs will rise significantly because doctors will pass the increased medical malpractice premiums on to the consumers.
This reminds me of the food labeling proposition wherein the opponents argued that if they are forced to label certain foods, they will pass the costs of doing so to the consumers. Ironically, the voters were scared their food prices would go up $400 per year so they opted to not know what was in their food. Well, I want to know what they are putting in my food.
As in the case of the medical malpractice, I want to know if the doctors are on drugs. And, if a physician is cutting on the wrong part of my body, I want to be able to sue him or her for as much as I can for pain and suffering. If his or her premiums go up and they want to pass the costs on to me, so be it. I will fight rising health care costs too. Who is to say they will not increase the costs as much as they can anyway?
Doctors should not be immune from any and all consequences of their mishaps. If they want to keep their premiums down the answer is simple… “Stay off of drugs and pay attention!”
The physicians argue that the trial lawyers want the proposition so that they can get rich. Well, some doctors want to get rich and stay rich without consequences if they use poor judgment.
Besides, it is not the lawyers who decide how much a doctor or hospital should pay, it is the jurors. If a jury decides that a doctor committed malpractice, and the patient was injured to the tune of a million dollars, that is what they should be able to award a patient or his family.
Do not be fooled by the tactics of doctors who do not want to take responsibility for harming you.
I am tired of all of these chivalrous hypocrites pretending that they love women so much that they just cannot stand violence against women. Joe Biden is the latest of these hypocrites. Vice President Joe Biden had the nerve to weigh in. He said: “under no circumstances, except in self defense, should a man ever strike a woman.” Then he implied that this was somehow a rape by adding “No means no!”
Needless to say Joe Biden encouraged and advocated bombing defenseless women and children in Libya, Palestine, and Syria. Who is he to be so high and mighty? How many widows and widowers do U.S. bombs make? First off, I am not going to take advice from a man who does not know when to let the hair go. Let it go Joe.
Joe Biden. What a hypocrite.
Let me premise this article by saying under no circumstances do I advocate a man strike his lover, and under no circumstances should a woman strike her lover.
Let me also say that I think violence against Black people is the worst kind of violence, whether it be as a result of lynching or financial earnings discrimination.
I will take it a step farther… there should be no disrespect or violence at all between lovers, whether it stems from the conduct of the woman or the man. This includes dishonesty, infidelity, or whatever. However, that is not the real world. As long as there are people there is going to be violence and disrespect.
You can probably tame a person; just as you can tame a lion, or make life so uncomfortable or expensive that a person is scared to express his or her violence. However, would it not be best if we could eliminate the feeling to strike? What we should be working on is not curbing the violence, but getting to the root causes, and eliminating them.
I have studied the so-called Ten Commandments, and this is what I believe them to be:
- Thou shalt have no other Gods
- No graven images or likenesses
- Not take the LORD’s name in vain
- Remember the sabbath day
- Honour thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness
- Thou shalt not covet
I understood all of them except the last. I did not understand any of these Commandments to be in any hierarchical order. I sought a definition of what it is to covet. To be covetousness is to have a strong desire to obtain what belongs to another. If you leave your place of birth and travel to another people’s land not to learn, but to exploit them and their resources, are you not being covetous?
What Europeans did in the 16th – 19th centuries was extremely covetous. What the western powers are doing in the so-called Middle East today is covetous.
Do violating any of these Commandments justify domestic violence? I know Europeans have tortured men, women, and children in the name of the so-called “Good Book.” There is nothing in the Ten Commandments about domestic violence. However, violence of any kind, against any person, especially against a loved one, leaves a negative taste in your mouth. It is undesirable. If you ever strike anyone, even in self-defense, it may leave a sour taste in your mouth, especially if you use more force than is necessary.
So long as we think we, or the State, are God and that we can dish out an “eye for an eye” we will have that desire to want to strike or punish. We want to spank our lovers like we want to spank our children. Sometimes we want to kill, like we want to have others put to death.
Rap Brown once said that violence is as American as apple pie, and it is. For us to abhor so-called domestic violence or violence against women on one hand, and to drop a plutonium enriched bomb on an entire town filled with women and children is extremely hypocritical. To lynch a man or kill a man, and to prevent him from supporting his family, is violence against women and children.
H. Rap Brown
I like the old adage let he who is without sin cast the first stone. If you have killed anyone, supported killing, or ordered the death of anyone, as in the case of Joe Biden, and you call yourself a Christian, I think you should be forever barred from commenting on any wrong.
When Ray Rice was so stupid as to strike his fiancé in the elevator and separately stupid enough to be caught on film, all these folks came out of the woodwork and pretended that is just the most horrific event of all time. Well, it is not. It pales in comparison to what those racists did to Emmett Till, or what Johannes Mehserle did to Oscar grant … or what the CHP Officer did on July 4, 2014 to the Black woman on the Highway 10 near La Brea.
Ironically, on August 16, 2014, a 30-year veteran Walnut Creek, California peace officer, donning a mask, and welding a baseball ball, beat a woman he suspected of entering his father’s abandoned property. He supposedly also attacked another woman who tried to come to the woman’s rescue. We heard about the violence, but it was never billed as violence against women. So again, we are left with an irony.
Before the incident in the elevator In the Ray Rice video, eyewitnesses claimed they observed Ray Rice spitting on the woman. In the elevator I saw Rice and this woman having what appeared to be harsh words. Then I saw what looked like contact between Rice and the woman, and then Rice backing away. Then I saw the woman advance towards him. Next, I saw what looked like a Rice left hand striking her on the right side of her head. Then I saw her fall. She appeared to be lying on the elevator floor in an apparent unconscious state. I am not sure what caused her to be in that state. It could have been the punches, provided he connected hard enough to knock her down or unconscious.
Nobody has shown any injuries resulting from the purported blows. It could have been her striking something else as a result of him striking her. For all I know she could have been drugged or under the influence of something. She could have been faking her unconsciousness or just lying still to avoid being struck again. Then they showed Rice dragging the woman’s limp body partially out of the elevator.
Whatever the facts, it was ugly and it seemed unnecessary. They should have been teaming up and redirecting that energy to the root causes of their problems because if she was depending on his earning capacity to survive, they are both struggling now.
White folks, particularly those who control the modern day slaves or gladiators in the NFL, also control their incomes. Ironically, the NFL is an extremely violent sport. Every week many people are seriously injured playing professional football. However, we still love gladiators and we will pay to see another struck so hard such as to cause his eventual death, but we pretend we do not want to ever see a woman struck by a man.
Are we knights in shining armor? From where does these chivalrous attitude stem? We sure as Hell do not seem to really care about women. Considering the wealth of this nation, we do not even have a reasonable healthcare or educational system.
What I loathe equally is the notion that we treat grown women like children. We say she is not in anyway responsible for her own actions or the attacker’s actions. Well, if she is grown she can take some responsibility for something. She gets up in the morning. She goes to work. She goes home. She is woman, hear her roar. I frown on the notion that a male is a woman’s protector, and no matter what the woman does either before or after a violent incident it is unconditionally the male’s fault. I am sorry, but some women are stronger mentally, and sometimes even physically than some men. She is not always at a man’s whim or she is not always so caught up in being in love that she disregards her own safety. That Domestic Violence Theory 101 is not necessarily true. Just as there are manipulative men, there are manipulative women.
I fully understand what the National Organization for Women hopes to accomplish, the protection of women. However, just because a psychologist advances a theory does not mean it is true all of the time or even half of the time. It is an extremely dangerous precedent to advance a theory that a man is always the aggressor, always stronger, always more dangerous, always at fault, and always bears the responsibility for violence in a relationship just because he is a male. It is bad when you cannot criticize a grown woman at all or if you do you risk being deemed insensitive to women or domestic violence.
It reminds me of he Silicon Valley executive who had to step down because he donated money to the Proposition 8 campaign. Regardless of how you feel, you should be able to donate money to either side of the campaign. For all we know he may be gay, but he may not believe in same sex marriage. Preventing people from expressing an opinion is just wrong. Moreover, we should not have to be sensitive to everyone’s values. Having an open dialogue is the only way to resolve issues. If I am an idiot, you should hear me out and allow me an opportunity to alter my position. Forcing me to accept your position or you mine to avoid losing money will only make us bitter. That is like modern day McCarthyism, the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for the evidence.
Years ago I was involved in a case when a woman discovered her husband was having an outside affair with a younger woman and she was understandably furious. She purportedly struck her husband numerous times and made life in the home just unbearable for him. It got to the point when he could not take it and fled the home. However, he forgot his keys and his shoes. When the wife noticed him at the door she opened it and began attacking him again. She prevented him from getting his keys and his shoes. He even tried to push her out of the path of his shoes and keys, but he was unsuccessful so he picked up the telephone and tried to summon the police. His wife warned him not to call the police because she felt introducing the police might exacerbate the problem. He called them anyway.
When the police arrived he tried to tell them that all he wanted were his keys and his shoes so he could leave. The police were not responsive to him. They walked around him and asked his wife what happened. She said that nothing occurred. Then one of the officers asked her if he ever touched her. She responded that he did not strike her, but he did try to push her aside to get his keys and his shoes. The officer decided the husband’s actions constituted the crime of domestic violence. With that, the officer directed the man to turn around and be placed in handcuffs. The couple believed that the police abused their power and they retained me to fight the case. She did not think her husband attacked her and she did not want her husband to go to jail.
Treating women like infants or imbeciles who cannot decide whether they feel threatened is gender discrimination, if not misogyny, even if it comes from other women.
People understand that Rice has to sit down for the good of the sport, not because we love women so much. He is a liability. As in the Godfather gangster movie, he is bad for business. And, some will rejoice in his misfortune because they do not believe a “nigger” should be earning millions anyway.
Moreover, Mr. Rice, and his now wife, were probably arguing about something comparatively trivial. I apologize, but if you are going to be waste time in a relationship, you should have each other’s backs, like the White folks do when it comes to us. No matter what differences White people have, they put them aside to team up on us and the darker and lower classed White folks, who they call “poor White trash.”
Let’s face it, the real reason some of these white folks are jumping on Ray Rice is they hate the fact that he is making all of that money for doing something they know they cannot, run with a football in the NFL. They do not give a Damn about Rice’s woman, or women, in general. Some of them are probably replaying the video and laughing.
Look what they did to the Native Americans. No matter what fights they were having, when they saw Native Americans they circled the covered wagons, and tried their bests to kill the natives, and separate them from their land.
Look what happened in South Africa. No matter what problems they had with the crown, they put them aside to enslave the Africans and separate them from their land, and to steal their diamonds.
During slavery or Jim Crow, don’t you think White folks had differences or even murders in their families? However, when it came down to making a dollar or keeping Black folks down, they posed a common front.
You never hear stories of White people crawling to the Africans and asking them to do justice for them, as we, even us Afro-centrists, crawl to them seeking justice involving our own.
We see Europeans complaining of “Boko Haram,” and their kidnapping and violence against women. Why does the White man determine when, or if, you should put your hands on each other? I have news for you. The White man is not God. His values are not God-like. Jesus was not a White man. For your Christians, what would Jesus do in the case of this sort of violence? For you Islamists, what would Muhammad do?
Stop using hypocritical values to determine right and wrong. Guess what? There is no universal right and wrong.
The Rice elevator incident looked horrible, not necessarily the confrontation, but the fact that two African Americans were in distress, and in a public place. Maybe he needs to lose his contracts to remind him that he should not embarrass himself or his woman like that.
Racists cannot wait to see something like that so they can say… “I told you those Black guys do not deserve all of that money.” You have to be a real nice obedient buck dancing Negro to deserve all of that cash. If he will swing at his woman like that, he might just as well swing at one of us.
It reminded me of that Metta World Peace (then Ronald Artest) incident when the White fan threw that liquid at Mr. Peace and he retaliated with a barrage of punches. White people were shocked and outraged that this Black basketball player would have the audacity to attack a white fan.
Well, Mr. Rice, you have placed yourself at the mercy of the system and you may never play professional sports again or earn all of that money through endorsements.
“Guess what?” In the famous words of Dennis Rodman… His woman will be broke too because if he cannot earn a living he will not be able to buy her all of those nice things that justify in her mind her tolerating him in the first place. In all fairness to her, she did not call the pigs on him. He got caught up in his own doing. It does not matter who allegedly provoked who, they are both up the creek.
Unfortunately, his incident will cause many to lose millions because the NFL and other sports franchises adopted a so-called zero tolerance domestic violence policy. What this mean is these athletes will have to judge more carefully the people they date. Some, with hot heads may have to avoid relationships altogether. You cannot grab your woman by the arm. You cannot slap her. You cannot yell at her. You cannot display any emotion whatsoever, except emotions of joy. That is too much power for a significant other to have. What if one person decides to set another up out of anger? It is easier now with the so-called zero tolerance. Yet it is somehow acceptable to bomb, kill, and destroy entire communities. It is even acceptable for police to shoot a Black man shopping in Walmart because he inattentively handles a toy or a ball bearing (BB) rifle while shopping.
I wish they had zero tolerance for “high tech lynching” in the words of Clarence Thomas, and employment discrimination.
Control yourselves and your tempers brothers. An angry Black man is the most feared and hated identity in the White man’s world. And. you are oft-times. if not most times, judged by a completely different standard than White people.
The world’s attention is fixed on the Ebola outbreak in a number of West African nations.
The nations of Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Senegal have each reported cases of infected persons totaling more than 4,000. That rate of infection will no doubt increase.
The media has sensationalized the symptoms of Ebola as well as infection and death rates. But there is another dimension of the Ebola epidemic which is getting no attention. The devastating lack of a fundamental medical infrastructure in those nations now threatens the whole of Africa and the world.
The nations most afflicted by the Ebola epidemic depend heavily on medical organizations and expertise such as the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, and an assortment of Christian volunteers. Despite these efforts, none of these organizations have been able to abate the spread of the disease. They have not been able to control the spread of the Ebola virus because the leadership in the aforementioned nations is negligent.
These leaders are criminally negligent in the provision of medical training and services to their people. This lack of professional training and medical infrastructure has resulted in a set of problems. As a consequence the complexity of the problems is far greater than it has to be.
These African nations have had to resort to draconian measures in hopes of curbing the spread of Ebola. Citizens are being quarantined. Those who attempt to escape quarantined areas are being executed. That is a medieval practice which unmasks the stark incompetence of the leadership structure in each of these African Nations.
The dependence on foreign medical expertise and the implementation of draconian measures of epidemic control point to criminal negligence by the governments of those nations. Indeed, it points to crimes against humanity.
A short study of the history of each of these nations supports the claim of criminal negligence. Regime after regime has mismanaged government policies, national funds, and natural resources. Each regime has profited from the mismanagement of their nations’ wealth.
Each gained their independence from direct colonial rule in the 1960s. Each nation is endowed with natural resources, wealth, and youthful populations.
Each of these nations continues to export resources to Europe and Asia earning over the decades billions of dollars in national revenue. The corrupt leadership of those nations borrowed billions of dollars from the World Bank because they were lead to believe and to fear for their lives that they would get no help unless they borrowed from the West. They then siphoned huge amounts of that money for themselves after which they would deposit that cash into Western banks thus serving their lords’ empires. That chain of events has caused enormous national debt far beyond their national revenue and their peoples’ capacity to pay. Now their people live in perpetual poverty and disease.
The national leaders and regimes neglected to invest in the education of their youth. They neglected to invest resources from national revenue and money borrowed from the World Bank in the training of their youth in the medical sciences. And there has been no accountability warranted from them.
How should we evaluate such glaring criminal negligence? By what standard do we judge? We can judge the African nations by comparing them to Cuba.
The nation of Cuba gained its liberation in 1959. Cuba has been under a trade embargo from the United States since its founding. Cuba is not endowed with vast natural resources and land as are the West African Nations. Compared to Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Cuba is a very poor nation.
Its nation has been the victim of sabotage by the United States and assassination attempts on its leadership. Nevertheless, the leadership of Cuba instituted the best medical infrastructure including medical colleges in all of Latin America.
Cuba has more than 58 doctors per 10,000 people. The average Cuban life expectancy has increased from 59 in 1959 to 78 in 2014 which is greater than the life expectancy in the United States. Cuba’s infant mortality rate is less than both the United States and Canada. Cuba is ranked 125 out of 167 nations for HIV/AIDS adult prevalence.
These indicators establish an undeniable fact: the leadership of Cuba cares for Cuban people. This should be our standard for the duty of due care for post colonial nations.
What of Nigeria? Nigeria is the leading economy in Africa today. Nigeria has 4 Doctors for every 100,000 persons. Nigerians’ life expectancy at birth in 2014 is 53 years. Nigeria has the second largest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world at 3.1 percent of those between 15 and 49 years of age. Its infant mortality rate is 143 per 1000. The maternity death rate is 840 per 100,000 births. We will stop here because it only gets worse for the other Ebola plagued nations. The reason for these conditions is undeniable. The leadership and elite of those nations do not care for their people. The proof of the pudding is in the taste.
The leadership and elite of the African nations where Ebola is spreading out of control are criminally negligent and may in fact be the proximate cause for a global pandemic or at least the death of a large percentage of their own population.
They should be brought to justice at the international court of justice in the Hague, Netherlands. They should be tried and then imprisoned. Their family wealth and international bank accounts should be confiscated and returned to their respective nations to be used to construct modern medical infrastructures. The construction of medical infrastructures should be overseen by the international court of justice at the Hague trustees because Africans don’t care for Africans.