Episode 4 of the "Best Man: The Final Chapters" series on Peacock was rated TV MA. Among the content of the episode was a coverage of one of the youthful characters coming out as being non binary. The scene included the character dressing as the feminine side of "their" non binary personality. The descriptor that was shown along with the TV MA rating was "coarse language". Their continues to be no descriptor being used by the TV Parental Guidelines that forewarns audiences regarding an episode or movie containing scenes of a non binary lifestyle or same sex relationships.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board still Missing in Action
Monday, November 28, 2022
"Florida is where woke goes to die" - Governor of Florida Declares in "victory" speech
The education of Governor Desantis starts. The governor of Florida has the attributes that European Americans adore. Male, European American, war veteran, European Wife and children. Plus he is using all the traditional code words that support a "God bless European Americans, and no one else" ideology. In his comments after the election that gave him a second term, he made two catch phrase comments. "Freedom is here to stay" and "Florida is where woke goes to die".
Let me address first the "...woke goes to die" comment. Governor Desantis. Your high school and college education apparently did not cover the 1960s and the civil rights struggles during that period. During the early 1960s and even before, people would venture into the southern states of these United States to register black people to vote and to support their civil rights. These efforts were not met peacefully by all the "fine people" in the south. People risked physical harm and even death in making those efforts. In 1964 three men, Mr. Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman were killed for their civil rights activities in the south.
So Governor, you are correct that activities that deal with freedom, openess, and inclusion are often met by violence. Your statement that "Florida is where work goes to die" reminded me of the lives of the three men murdered in 1964 and the many others killed, harmed or run out of the south during those years. You carelessly used the word "die" in reference to the beliefs and views of people in this country. The same country whom you want to become President and lead all the people in the United States, to include those who call themselves "woke".
I suggest you meet with vaarious components of people who express to have a "woke" ideology. Learn and understand what it means before you condemn it and the people in it to "die". You will find out that the ideology covers a range of viewpoints. It is not focused on specific races of people. One component of "woke" is to include facts about the history of this country, to include your state of Florida, that have been swept under the rug and hidden from public knowledge or discussion.
Your statement declares that the truth will never see the light of day in Florida. You want to paint a clear blue sky as your worldly landscape free of any rain clouds. Being a native of Florida, you know that the storms and hurricanes cannot be stopped. All we can do is prepare for a storm and in some cases flee from the storms/hurricanes. I have never heard you say, "Florida is where hurricanes come to die." You should welcome a dialog of clarifying what does "woke" mean and how it can lead to the improvement of these United States.
Next, your comment "Freedom is here to stay". I never knew there was a threat to freedom in the United States? What are you talking about Governor? Does freedom mean, the freedom to think one way? The same way that Ron Desantis thinks? Freedom for who?
I have no hope that the United States will ever achieve the lofty goals of equality for all, no racism, or anything that establishes a semblance of real humanity. Selfishness, racism, stupidity, ignorance will continue with pockets of rationale human behavior scattered across the land. Whomever reads this article I pray you live in a rationale "respectful of others" environment.
I look forward to the next governor of Florida declaring, "Florida is where we peacefully respect each other".
Monday, November 21, 2022
A Civil War for Self Protection?
Every time I hear of an incident of road rage, or human violence against another person, I think of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at our nation's capital. Acts of violence inspired, supported and condoned by the then sitting President of the United States. A President whom to this day has not been penalized for his actions to support the riot and lack of actions to immediately stop the riot. Several people lost their lives during the insurrection. Today the ex President still walks around with his tax payer paid security detail.
Acts of violence against innocent people. That is one of the legacies of these United States of America. Establish a system and a penalty system that supports continued acts of deadly violence. We live in a society that allows for purchasing of assault rifles. A judicial system that allows perpetrators of mass killings to escape the death penalty. Another incident occurred last night in the state of Colorado. Someone shoots and kills people in a night club. At this point the death toll is at 5, the gunman alive.
One thing is certain. Absent proactive actions by law enforcement these incidents will continue. Until these offensive weapons remain available these murders will continue. So what do we do? We all must remain vigilant under the knowledge that law enforcement currently responds once an incident begins. We must report anyone we believe is suspicious or who has made statements or taken actions that we believe could lead to the death of others. This may mean a series of false reports. But false reports are okay if even one of the reports leads to stopping a mass shooting.
So those of you thinking and planning future acts. Note that we are more aware of you now. Your pretensions of innocence will be noticed. There will be someone, some armed, ready to stop your acts of violence. Some will respond with the intent to make you feel severe pain at the point of your initiated actions. Our reactions will not be to spare your life. Our actions will be to rid the planet of your evilness. We are tired of being your victims. We have the right to end your life when we see you with weapons of mass destruction. We do not have to wait for you to point and pull. We are going on our own offensive to protect our lives and the lives of our families. The civil war for self protection has begun.
In regards to the 45th President of the United States. The federal government needs to hold this person accountable and take swift action to punish that person or persons. Are not the lives lost during the insurrection worth it?
Monday, November 14, 2022
Taking the Testosterone Out of the Black Panther
The absence of Chadwick Boseman was most noticeable in the overall theme of Wakanda Forever taking a female domination path. In the 2018 Black Panther, there was more of a family theme. Men, women, boys and girls were all noticed. In this 2022 version only women/females seem to matter. The major themes of the 2022 movie are:
1. Female leadership/domination;
2. The male is subservient to the woman;
3. Who needs a man?
4. It's okay for a female to display male interests, behaviors, and characteristics; and
5. Single parent mother family is the norm in a black family, even Wakandan. It's okay if a single mother raises the next Black Panther without a male influence.
Chadwick, you are missed more than ever. It's too bad the writers and producer of the film did not have the foresight to think that another black male would/could step up to the plate to fill the void that the Black Panther left by his untimely death. No, the European American view that a black male can't do such a thing is what won out story line wise.
I had to go to my bible and read Genesis 2:18-23 where God created woman from the rib of man. If you were from another world and only watched "Wakanda Forever" as your indoctrination to humanity, you would have assumed that God created Eve first and made Adam by removing a rib from woman!
Hebrews to Negroes - Where Is the Anti Semitism??
Instead of blindly accepting the labeling of Kyrie Irving as being a person who was pushing anti semitism, I viewed the documentary in question. My thoughts as I was viewing the documentary? How is talking about the heritage of black people anti semitism? Did any of the athletes who jumped on the "anti semitism" banner even watch the documentary before making any comments? The lesson learned from all this is never take a broad statement unbacked by evidence as being "truth". Those who have made the anti semitism comment need to back up their comments with specific information from the documentary that proves their comment is accurate. Of the 3 hours of documentary material, point out the specific moments in the documentary that are anti semitic in nature. We await your information.
Friday, November 11, 2022
Observations on the film "Wakanda Forever" (No plot spoilers in my comments)
I am taking a 13 year old nephew to see "Wakanda Forever" this weekend. In advance, I decided to pre screen the movie. Why? Last year I was somewhat shocked to discover that Marvel introduced a black gay male superhero in the movie "The Eternals". This black male was the only black "superhero" in the film. The black male superhero was married to another man, and they were raising a young black male child as their son. Of course Disney/Marvel included an on screen kiss of these male characters.
My reaction to this type casting of the black superhero as gay was not a positive reaction. I thought, "now there are very few mainstream black male superhero characters. So why did Marvel have to make the only one in this movie a homosexual character? Why couldn't Marvel make one of the European American heroes gay, and give us our traditional black male who is fine with being a traditional black male? Is this depiction of the black superhero the continuation of the media trying to feminize black men?" I followed up viewing the material by writing a blog against Marvel making the black male character "gay".
Without spoiling the plot of "Wakanda Forever" I urge parents to be ready to provide some type of guidance to your children before and after the movie. Be aware that the "Wakanda Forever" character of Riri Williams (Ironheart) is possibly being developed to become either a bi sexual black female superhero, or a gay black female superhero. Disney plans to feature the character in an upcoming series on Disney plus. I urge concerned parents to write to Disney and Marvel to express concerns with this black female character being made bi sexual/homosexual. There are also indications that Disney/Marvel may also introduce a transgender character into the upcoming "Ironheart" series on Disney plus.
In "Wakanda Forever" there are subtle indications that the character Riri might have a homosexual lifestyle. I will let you judge for yourself. People make their choices, but to present these type of images to our youth under the umbrella that this type of lifestyle is okay, crosses the line in term of religious viewpoints and influencing our children to be what the world now finds acceptable.
"Wakanda Forever" continues the theme of placing female characters to the forefront which is fine. But, it does seem to diminish the importance of males, especially black males. We just lost our male Black Panther character after waiting years for such a "superhero" to make it onto the movie screen with wide acceptance. Marvel, give us a traditional black male super hero. We do not need your "option A" gay black male, married to a male, raising a young black male."
An underlying theme in "Wakanda Forever" is how minorities battle each other instead of the people who are always trying to take from minoritie or use minorities for their own benefit and superiority.
The days of going to the movies to escape from reality are over. Now reality follows you into the movie theater and tries to give you images to influence our youth. Diversity and inclusion are the code words to allow any type of images and lifestyles into our entertainment spectrum.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Supreme Court Takes Aim at Affirmative Action
In one of the most impactful decisions, since the United States legalized slavery in the "new world" over 300 years ago; the Supreme Court of the United States is taking on a case involving whether Affirmative Action should continue as a factor in selection for admittance to colleges. Affirmative action is a tool used to open doors for groups of people wronged as a class by discriminatory actions and policies.
There are many black families who have had ancestors lynched, and killed by other means, by European Americans. Why? Because they were black and the culture in the United States allowed European Americans to be judge, jury, and exeutioner without a trial. There were very few European Americans held accountable for their lynching murderous behavior. We now have many descendants of those European Americans walking around, leading a life of leisure and enjoyment. Some of them do not know of the crimes of their ancestors, and some do.
Isn't Affirmative Action the least this country can do to make amends for those horrific crimes against humanity? Who are these Asians protesting this act of contrition to black people? Those Asians can also benefit from Affirmative Action based on how they were mis treated as U.S. Citizens during the days in World War II when Japanese -American people were rounded up and sent to camps because of their heritage. Wasn't there a financial settlement/reparations given to those Japanese Americans based on that mis treatment? If so, does that mean the families of those Japanese Americans impacted now have to return those funds to the government of the United States?
Affirmative action has been an effective tool in breaking the cycle of poverty in families. Affirmative action allowed members of a family to have a first generation family member attend a college of their choice. Affirmative action moved families forward. Affirmative action opened doors previously closed to black people. It continues to do so.
Any decision to overturn Affirmative Action as a positive tool is a return to injustice.
Many years ago, European Americans made a decision that the best way to build the "new world" they found inhabited my Native Americans was two fold. One: Enslave people from another land to do all the hard work European Americans were unwilling to do. Two: Eliminate the Native American population. Now we have a continuance of those policies. The new item number Three: Take away and eliminate any practices that open doors to wronged classes of people. Absent a one time reparations to black families, Affirmative Action is only one of the tools at our disposal.
I likely have benefited from Affirmative Action programs. Doors were opened to me. But once the doors were opened, it was up to me to do all the hard work required after I walked through the door. That is what I have done. As a first generation college graduate in my family, to include obtaining a Masters degree, I have flourished and had a successful life in these United States of America. So, is that the intent of any elimination of Affirmative Action as a factor in deciding who will be admitted to a college. If so it is a decision that will tell many that "we do not want you to be successful".
Regardless of what the Supreme Court does, we as black people will find a way through the closed doors.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
The Greatest Enemy to Black People's Progress In the United States ? - Black People
I have seen it before. A meeting is held in a black community to discuss an issue. At the meeting volunteers come forward to help resolve a problem. Offers of non monetary aid are made. Afterwards in response to all the offers to help, nothing happens! After the excitement of getting mobilized and excited to deal with a problem, for some reason those initial efforts result in nothing being done. Either roadblocks appear, no agreement can be found on how to resolve an issue, or the effort loses steam. Many times the people who volunteered are never contacted.
In terms of voluntary efforts I can speak on two examples. First is a library in the black community in Sarasota, Florida. I went to the website and saw an announcement for people to volunteer for committees at the library. I submitted the appropriate electronic message and....absolutely nothing happened! No one returned my call or sent me a returned message. The library and the community lost an opportunity to gain someone to help out free of charge. I wonder how many other requests have been ignored?
My second example is the Evansville African American Museum, in Evansville, Indiana. I contacted them because I have some historical momentos related to former black students who attended the University of Evansville. I did receive two emails, one from the mueum curator and one from another museum employee saying that they had interest in my momentos, and a "let's" talk response. After that.....nothing! I also offered a documentary on the history of black students at the University of Evansville for display in the museum. For some reason the museum stopped the dialogue on how to obtain the documentary. On the other side, a white librarian employee of the University of Evansville, contacted me to obtain a copy of the dialogue for the University's educational use. The University now have been licensed a copy. The college is a primarily white, European American, college. The black museum has done nothing to obtain a licensed copy of a documentary that is about black people!
We as black people only need to look in the mirror to find the people who can make a difference. It just takes action on our part. No more excuses. If you are in a position to implement a change or to accept a volunteer, do your part and open the door for action and communication. That person could be the one who could help make a difference. If you don't give them the chance, you will never know.
Monday, October 10, 2022
Is it time to redefine what "woke" means?
In our human experience, we assign labels to almost everything. The label "woke" arose over the past few years. "Woke" has been defined as being self ware, questioning the dominant paradigm and striving for something better. When the "woke" culture pushed for more racial diversity and inclusion of facts into school curriculums, the dominant culture began to push back. For example, historical information on slavery or the misdeeds of European Americans being taught in schools was frowned on by many in the dominant culture. Their rationale was "we don't want our children to be made to feel guilty about what happened in the past". In the state of Florida, the governor actually prides himself on being "anti-woke culture". But, does he even understand what the issues are about in being "woke"?
So let's discuss this "woke" issue. I personally believe the label "woke" needs to be dropped. The label has been hijacked over the past years and been made to be something negative in scope. For me "woke" is nothing new. It basically is a person being a non conformist and not accepting everything you are told. Or not accepting a current belief or culture because the culture promotes that "truth". In my world "woke" basically equals "just tell the truth". If a story has two sides, tell both. Don't tell the story that puts the dominant culture in the "good guy" seat. If there are facts that also show the dominant culture having misbehaved or done something wrong, also tell those facts. My example is when I was in elementary school we were taught, for some reason, a story about George Washington, the first President of the United States, having chopped down a cherry tree, and then he would not lie about the fact that he did so. But, we were not taught that George Washington also owned human beings, black people, as slaves, as property. So why is the story about Washington not telling a lie more educational than the fact that he owned slaves? Is telling a lie somehow more important than the character it takes to own human beings as property and to treat them as property?
We have to admit that "the truth" is continuously kept from us. Think about what you were taught in school. What you hear on the news. What you read in digital media. What you read represents the decisions of one or more persons on what they want you to think about an issue. So do you believe everything you hear or read? What have you read that presents two different sides of a story? That is basically what "woke" equates to in my world. Acknowledging that there is another side of a story that you have not been told. You should ask yourself "why are we not being told the other side of the story?" Then let those overall "facts" speak for themselves.
Over eighteen years ago I read the book "The Earth Shall Weep: A history of Native America" by James Wilson. The book described how many Native Americans were sent to "schools" to be taught to become a "civilized" European American. These were youth who were stripped of any Native American cultural attributes they had learned. The schools changed their appearance, taught them to eat what European Americans ate, and educated them to what facts were important to European Americans. The Native American culture was ignored and they lost all knowledge of who they really were. In some ways black people in the United States have voluntarily chosen to become African Americans by adopting the values and culture of European Americans. Many of us wear clothes that the European American culture values. We have learned to love to drink the beer that the European American culture values. We adopt everything that the European American culture has assigned value to. Now many of us have become "woke" and are starting to reject these values and the culture. We are beginning to search for our truth and our real heritiage, whether it be tied to countries in Africa or elsewhere. I am one of those who began my search over 10 years ago.
I never have felt comfortable with the European American values and culture. It never seemed natural. Especially considering how this country has supported racist ideologies ever since its inception. It is a fact that the United States government condoned the practice of slavery. It is a fact that "white people", European Americans, enslaved black people to do the difficult work that European Americans refused to do, or were too lazy to do. If is a fact that a political system of "Jim Crow" laws were put into place after Reconstruction, to re enslave black people. Laws and even the highest court in the United States condoned racism for years.
So what is woke? It is simply thinking for yourself and understanding that the truth on many issues has been kept from you. So a "woke" person is simpley pursuing sharing of all the components of "the truth" from which an individual can then make a truly educated decision. There was a scene shown towards the end of Spike Lee's movie, "School Daze". One of the characters is shown outside one morning exorting everyone to "wake up". That is what "woke" is. Asking everyone to wake up and stop letting the dominant culture control your thinking. Think for yourselves after examining all the evidence.
Being "woke" is not limited to one race or gender. "Woke" is an awareness that we as human beings have many faults, one being the lack of the ability to accept information that does not present us in a positive light. Yes, it is time to wake up. And beware of anyone who tells you the truth has already been told.
My parents named me Arnell. The enslavement name assigned to my ancestors in America was Hill. As shown via a DNA test through African Ancestry, as a minimum I am a descendant of the Balanta people of what is now Guinea-Bissau and the Eshira/Eviya people of what is now the country of Gabon, both in Africa. That is my wokeness my truth. What is yours?
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
DeSantis Establishes Immigration Program for Pets from Puerto Rico Left Homeless by Hurricane Fiona!
Here is a commercial I would like to see! Florida Governor DeSantis expanded his"I can't mind my own business" program by fully paying for the costs of transporting pets from Puerto Rico left homeless by Hurrican Fiona. Despite Florida residents facing a high cost of housing crisis, and getting no relief from Governor DeSantis, funds were somehow located to assist those whom the Governor really cares about! Pets. Costs include air transporation, food and housing costs in already overcrowded Florida Animal shelters. As his commercials say, "Thanks Governor DeSantis!
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Ron DeSantis Commercials I want to see Volume 2.
Exterior view of restaurant with "we are hiring signs". Exterior view of other stores and business with "we are hiring signs".)
Business Owner: "Thanks Governor DeSantis for chartering a plane on Florida taxpayer money and sending low skill immigrant workers to Marthas Vineyard in Massachusetts. Those immigrants could have filled our hard to fill low skill Florida jobs and kept our services going, so we can continue to serve Florida residents. But instead we will just continue with shorter hours, and long waits for customers to get service. Next I might just go ahead and file bankruptcy. Are you going to fly me to Massachusetts too?"
Monday, September 12, 2022
Ron Desantis Commercials I want to see!
(View of white, unsmiling family of four). Thank you, Governor Desantis! With the rising cost of housing in Florida, me and my family now are living in our car. (View of small SUV filled with clothes and empty food containers)
(Female woman in her 30’s) Thank you Governor Desantis! The restaurant I work for is building me a place to live so I can serve all those who can afford to pay $400,000 plus for a starter home in Florida. My family visits me every Wednesday for family time. (Show a series of shacks, and tiny prefabricated housing units crowded together).
(View of teacher in the classroom). Thank you, Governor Desantis! Thanks to you, I don’t have to worry about teaching my students to think for themselves. You’ve told us what we can teach and what we cannot teach. Now I am teaching kids to be Florida robots!
(View of un smiling citizens in a community) Thank you, Governor Desantis. You fired the person we elected to serve us. Thanks for making our vote not mean a thing.
(Voice over) Governor Ron Desantis. Is he good for Florida? Is he good for the country?
Thursday, September 1, 2022
DeSantis Fantasy History Land
Governor Ron DeSantis wants to be a history teacher. He wants to rewrite history into a fantasy history version that he loves and believes you will love to. DeSantis thinks the truth is too much for you to handle. Is that viewpoint good for Florida? And is that viewpoint good for America? Under DeSantis fantasy history, the Confederate war never happened. Under DeSantis fantasy history, slavery never happened? Under DeSantis, you think and do what he says you should do and think. Because DeSantis does not back down from his truth. Wasn’t there someone in Germany in the 1930s who also would not back down? How did that person turn out? In Ron Santis fantasy history land a Minnesota police man tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and landed on the neck of an innocent bystander. In DeSantis fantasy history, the policeman then caught a cramp in his foot and couldn’t get up for eight minutes. Let’s send DeSantis back to school to become a real history teacher. Let’s give him time out, for at least 4 years. Until he learns to teach the facts.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Dear Police Chiefs - Part 2
Four years ago I wrote the original "Dear Police Chief" blog article. In 2018, I suggested that a "stand down" of police departments occur nationwide. The idea being the Chief of Police of each department would gather officers together and review the use of force policies in their department. Talk about the situations where use of force could result in the death of a suspect. Talk about what police behaviors and actions to self control.
I ask you the same question I asked in 2018. Has your office reviewed your use of force policy with your police officers? If not, why not? Are you okay when violent police behavior or the death of a suspect occurs during a police stop or when a suspect is in the custody of your officer? What has improved for your department since 2018?
Recently two Indiana small town police officers were shot during a traffic stop. One officer in Elwood, Indiana died from the gunfire. Another in Richmond, Indiana as of this writing remains in critical condition. In each instance the police officer stopped the suspect without having the benefit of a backup officer being there. These one-on-one encounters are dangerous for both the police officer and the suspect. In these one-on-one encounters there is a high probability that the officer or suspect will be killed. The officer who fears for their life may shoot and kill the suspect. The suspect may be someone who has made a decision that they will never be returned to prison again. A lifetime criminal's "nothing to lose mentality" is dangerous to the officer and has fatal consequences to the family of the police officer.
I suggest police departments change your policies to always require a second officer be present when a suspect is stopped and approached. If you currently do not have the resources, then request funds for the resources for a second back up officer policy. Isn't the life of the officer and the livelihood of the wife, husband, and children of the officer worth the investment? Isn't the officers life worth the additional funds?
The job of a police officer is likely among the top ten toughest jobs in the United States. Your officer deserves your 100% support. Take action now.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Don't worry about 40 year economic woes!
I saw a "news" report several weeks ago. It touted the current inflation rate being the highest it has ever been in the past 40 years. I thought to myself, well, I am 65 years old so I lived through that last inflation milestone. The lesson being, this too will pass. Since I am typing this post now, you may rightly assume that I survived those turbulent inflationary economic times. Yes, I did and I am doing well in today's environment, thank you, and mainly thank God!
My message is this. Do not let the economic experts, pundits, and commentators scare you into any abnormal behavior. Don't let them petrify you with fear on how you spend every cent of your income. Just use common sense and reduce discretionary expenses. Or if all your expenses are necessary rather than discretionary, just creat a plan on how to manage your income so all expenses can continue to be paid, on time. Reprioritze the order in which you pay bills. Don't pay your bills right away, but do pay them before the bill is due for payment. Examine your current spending to see what you can eliminate as truly being a discretionary item. Streaming services are one candidate. You will not go into a coma if you cut back on 1-2 monthly streaming bills. You can always catch up on watching episodes of a TV show or series.
Forty years ago, I was still a newcomer to the workforce with a 2 year old child and wife to support. I don't recall doing anything extra ordinary back then to survive the high inflation rate in those days. I just managed my spending wisely. In 40 more years I likely will not be around to look back at the high inflation days of 2022. But you will. Then you will say, "what was the big deal?"
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
And you call yourselves Patriots??
An ex President of the United States. Senators and Congressmembers. Governors of states. Who would think that people in this category would be traitors to the Constitution and government of the United States of America. But such is the apparent case in the year 2022. We all saw on January 6, 2021 when citizens of the United States marched on the capitol in Washington D.C. and violently threatened the government of the United States.
Now when the FBI attempts to retrieve documents under the pervue of its mission, the former category of people claim that the FBI is being misused to threaten innocent Americans! These Senators, Governors, and Congressmembers are the people we need to fear. Elected and former elected officials who support misbehavior of citizens. Former elected officials who now seem to find themselves above the coverage of the law. The law they swore to uphold.
As events move forward, be aware of people who support tyrants such as these. They are not patriots. Instead they are a threat to the rule of law and order. They only want to abide by laws and rules that benefit them. Through your verbal tirade, they support the attack on the capitol building. They support the attack on the capitol police. And now they support an ex President being held above the law.
Let's not mistake who they are. They are far from being Patriots. They are the latest internal threat to the government of the United States of America.
Friday, July 29, 2022
The State of Indiana debates Abortion legislation
I am listening to a debate on proposed abortion legislation by the Indiana State Senate. One state senator just said he was trying to keep his religious values out of the discussion. That response seemed strange. How can you keep your beliefs on the subject out of your mind? They are now talking about religious faiths pushing opinions. Now they are talking about the science of this issue. "God is not pro rape" was a comment just made by another person as a way of addressing why rape should not be used as an exception to an abortion.? I assume he was trying to say that God would not approve of a child born due to a rape?
Monday, July 11, 2022
The Abortion Debate in the United States
The Supreme Court, the man-made final arbitrator of human justice in the United States, recently over ruled a 50-year-old Supreme Court decision that allowed abortions in the United States. The decision had been leaked several months ago, so we were forewarned. The reaction to the official decision was the same as when the leaked draft surfaced. Outrage or joy, depending on which side of the issue you were on.
For those overjoyed, the common theme seemed to be that we as human beings have the authoity to do whatever we want to do. That authority impacts the life of a child not yet "born" into the world. The "logic" being that since it's the woman's body, she has the right to decide if the unborn child will live to see the world.
This whole abortion issue is similar to a train that has derailed. Abortion as an option is the result of not using birth control, failed birth control, or sex forced upon a woman. Why not try to ensure that any consensual sex between a male and a female will not lead to an unwanted pregnancy? Is it not the unwanted pregnancy that leads to an abortion? If not for the unprotected sexual activity, abortion would not be necessary in cases where the sex act was just for pleasure, not for creation of a child. Yes, the sexual pleasure desires of humans and our failure to manage those desires, might seem to make talking about showing restraint from sexual activity a waste of time. Does that mean we should give up trying to control ourselves and not prepare for when restraint does not work? What is a better human alternative? Birth control, or the ending of the life of a fetus in a woman's womb via an abortion? Yes, each prevents a life from being developed, but the fetus in a woman is a life that already has begun to develop. The fetus just has not entered the outside world that the rest of us have been allowed to join.
Yes, I know that a woman raped is something that cannot be a pre-planned avoidance. The penalty for rape should be increased to filter in the impact of a woman having to make a possible abortion decision. If the rape leads to the termination of a life inside a woman, shouldn't the perpetrator of the rape face the same consequences, death? Deuteronomy 22:25 (NLT) "But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man must die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death? She is as innocent as a murder victim". Does this not also apply to the unborn child? Do nothing to the unborn child except let it develop to live. Whether the mother chooses to give up the child for adoption is a follow up decision. Health care should be made available to the woman who was raped to allow her and the fetus to get more than adequate child care. Emotional support is needed before and after the birth.
I started to read the text of the Supreme Court decision. It quickly became a jumble of references to past court decisions and other legalistic terms. It was clear that the decision was merely a human discussion absent of any spiritual references regarding the "rights" of men and women. The decision was just more human stupidity dressed up and covered with a layer of human arrogance on how intelligent we are to decide issues of our own making via a "Supreme Court". The decision had no reference to people having been created by God. There was no acknowledgement that we as people are not the original creators of ourselves. There was no discussion of how our Creator made humanity and then limits set upon us on what we could do and could not do.
The decision mechanically focused on the 1972 Roe vs Wade decision and the 1992 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania vs Casey follow up decision that allowed Roe vs Wade to stand as the legal law of the land. Although the recent court decision overturned Roe vs Wade, it still seems to take the stance that our Creator bestowed upon us the right to do whatever the hell we want to do! In this case, the Supreme Court has said each individual state needs to make a determination on the abortion issue. The court decision did not contain a graphic that outlined the process of our Creator making us, and then delegating all authority and human rights to us. So where does this concept of "human rights" come from? Where does the notion of "women's rights" to control what happens to their body originate from? Does it come from us pushing aside God, our Creator and saying, "Thanks God, but we got it now! We don't need or want your limitations on us and our behavior. We can do just as well without you." So I ask you humanity, how has that worked out based on our record of conduct on this planet?
Some opponents of abortion approach the issue from a spiritual perspective. God created life. We are to follow God's guidelines on issues dealing with the ending of a life. The question can be asked, does the Bible or other spiritual book address the issue of abortion? Not directly. Some say that Genesis 9 and Galaitians 1:15-16 indirectly state that abortion is not an option for humans to take. Abortion is something humanity created. Romans 1:30b, "They invent new ways of sinning." (NLT)
Human history shows that in the Catholic faith, the belief was that the human soul entered the body 40 days after conception for males and 80 days for females. There was no explanation for the difference in the number of days. It seems as if it may have been an arbitrary decision made by men. It was also thought that life was not present until the woman felt movement which was labeled, quickening. Prior to quickening women would take herbal abortifacients to induce a miscarriage. Abortions became more prominent in the 1800's, for those who could afford one. Poor women continued to use herbs. Abortion then transformed into a social, religious, political issue.
Abortion was outlawed in numerous states in the mid to late 1800's. The use of abortion was felt as being a method of white women to control fertility and that would lead to a reduction of the white race. There was even some thought that as long as the child was aborted before it left the birth canal, it has not been born into the world and in such a situation the abortion was justified. The development of a baby inside a woman has been documented. The baby's heart beats after four to six weeks as a fetus. Fingers, toes, and eyes start to develop. The cycle of the miracle of birth is in progress. It also has been discussed that a fetus can feel pain in the womb. Do we have to go even further and video tape a view of the fetus/baby at the point of being aborted to document the pain the unborn child goes through in the abortion process?
The question of when is life viable after conception occurs, was also discussed in the Supreme Court decision. Key to the discussion is the human definition that "life" begins once the baby has come out of the birth canal into the world. If the fetus has an active heartbeat, is that not some indication that life exists within the woman's womb? Are not people declared dead when there is no pulse or heart beat? If there is a heartbeat the person is still alive, correct? Man's knowledge limitations and lack of medical ingenuity and competence does not make us qualified to determine when is life viable. Human medical practices and understanding of the human body have advanced over the course of our existence. Our human ability to preserve the life of a child born before the completion of 9 months in te womb, has improved. Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 1:41; Ecclesiastes 11:5; and Jerimiah 1:5 all attest to the fact that life inside the womb is in fact, life that is developing. The same life we develop further outside the womb. Do we as people abort the lives of our children if we believe they will not have a viable, successful human life on earth? No, we are not allowed to make those type of judgments. We should therefore not be allowed to make judgments on the value of the growing child within the womb of the mother. Abortion is a death penalty judgment against the child within the womb, without the child being able to defend their case for life. It is comparable to a ruling of guilty made against a person in the outside world, without having a trial. Pre term, premature babies need extra care, but continued life is viable for them.
If there ever was a spiritual discussion of abortion as a forbidden action of God's people, it has been lost amongst the human arrogance that continues to this day. We are now in an era of "human rights" supplemented by "women's rights" that somehow overcomes all, even the authority of God over us. Phillipians 4:19 describes how God will supply all of our needs from God's glorious riches. What we have misunderstood as humans is that among all those whose lives were aborted over the years were people God was sending us to take care of our needs. Aborted were peacemakers. Those human beings with the gift to guide conflicts, wars, and violent actions to a peaceful agreed upon solution. Aborted were scientists and doctors. Those human beings who had they been allowed to live would have guided us to find the medical cures for cancer, Alzheimer's and many other diseases that now plague and torment us in this world. Human beings who would have guided us to find worldly techniques with a spiritual foundation to address involuntary homelessness and poverty. Through abortion we have destroyed the gifts that God was giving us to improve the quality of our lives. Our support of abortion further dooms us and takes away what God is providing for us. Is that so difficult to understand?
Where are we now? We continue to march in circles over the issue, when it should not be an issue at all. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that each state must address the abortion issue. A number of states have already taken the view that abortions in most cases are illegal. But the behavior that is the source of the abortion problem continues. We need a process where the child of a woman conceived via a rape is allowed to become the best person they can be. The life of that child needs to be supported. The rapist must be held accountable for the child to include financial accountability for assisting with the child's development. If the mother does not want to keep the child, let's have in place an adoption process to support the child. Is killing the child of a rapist the solution? Additionally, we need a process that helps a woman recover from the trauma of rape.
We have collectively taken our eyes off the source of the problem that leads to abortion. Each of us needs to look in the mirror and point your finger at the reflection you see. We are the problem and the reason why abortion exist. The Supreme Court decision allows us to call time out, regroup, and get back onto the path that God established for us to follow. To cherish life, not destroy it. To cherish the ability to create life. Where are you on this issue of abortion?
Sunday, June 19, 2022
North Port Florida Police - They meant well in acknowledging Juneteenth - How did North Port citizens respond?
Why do we need Critical Race Theory (CRT), or as I call it, "the truth", told in the educational system in the United States? A Facebook post this morning by the North Port, Florida police department provides an example of why. Here is the post:
"Today we honor Juneteenth. This day celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, which happened on June 1865. It was made a federal holiday in 2021, therefore City buildings and facilities will be closed June 20 in recognition. It's a celebration of resillence, perseveraance, and hope. #Juneteenth"
The post, author unknown, incorrectly describes Juneteenth as celebrating and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops' arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
In response to the post by the North Port police, several citizens of North Port responded with proclamations supporting Father's Day but ignoring or denigrating the acknowledgement of Juneteenth Day. The responses support the need for European Americans to acknowledge the existence of non European American cultures in the United States. The notion that everything in these United States must relate to European American culture and values is a false, racist, selfish, and evil notion. The continuing denial and non acceptance of anything non European American having value is sad behavior. But, the behavior is honest and makes us all aware of where this country stands in terms of the thoughts and values of a large segment of the population, at least in North Port, Florida.
The Facebook post was met with numerous affirmations and responses of "Happy Father's Day". It was a light handed slap in the face to Juneteenth. Now do you understand why some black people and Native Americans ignore July 4th "Independence Day" celebrations?
So, now it's time to include information about Juneteenth in the educational system. Along with information about the lynchings, and massacares of black people over the past 300 years. Plus the story of the annihilation of the Native American culture in the United States by diseases, and European American culture. Finally it's time for the North Port police department to get fully educated on the cultures of the people it protects and serves.
Monday, June 6, 2022
Pride Month - Proud about what?
I recently shopped at a local super store. The kind that sells food, items for the home, and almost everything else you can think of. As I turned into an aisle, I encountered a display that said, “Celebrate Pride Month”. The display had two sides and was very colorful. One side had a variety of rainbow-colored articles for sale. Stickers touted “love is love”, rainbow facial masks, rainbow capes, rainbow wigs, rainbow buttons, rainbow hats, and rainbow cups. The other side featured items for pets with slogans “tell your dog I said hi” and “one of a kind”. The display was positioned in a main aisle of the store, not hidden off in a corner away from public view.
The display was symbolic of the world we live in today. People do whatever they want, and live and justify any lifestyle we want under the banner of love and human rights. Romans 1:21-32 addresses how humanity long ago strayed from God, our creator. At that point God abandoned us to do whatever shameful things our hearts desired. Women indulged in sex with each other. Men also did shameful things sexually with other men.
The, ”Celebrate Pride” display is reaffirmation that humanity has embraced and been bamboozled to believe that we as human beings have the right to do whatever we want to do. The notion of the limits established by our Creator is a foreign thought to many of us. I had seen such “Pride” displays at other stores. I was reminded of the Pride display when we were in Sunday school and the topic of “the Pride of Babylon” from Isaac 47:10-15 was being discussed. I remarked to the Pastor that it was ironic that we were talking about the Pride of Babylon during the month of June in what has been labeled Pride Month.
The origin of Pride Month goes back to the late 1960s and the police raid of a gay bar in New York city. The creation of a rainbow flag is credited to an elected official in the state of California in 1978. The original rainbow was originally created and given to people by God as a sign of God’s covenant that floodwaters would never again be used to destroy all life on earth. Reference Genesis 9:12-17. The use of a rainbow as a symbol of Pride Month is shrewd as are many tactics of Satan. Sometimes what should be obvious misuse of what God intended flows right by us due to our lack of spiritual knowledge.
Proponents of Pride Month state that it celebrates our freedom to be ourselves. They say Pride Month supports “minority” groups who have suffered from prejudice. Let’s just be honest. Pride Month celebrates a part of the sinful nature of humanity. This is discussed in Leviticus 18:22 and 1 Timothy 1:10. It is comparable to celebrating any other sin, whether it be murder, adultery, or theft. So are we to express “pride” in all of our sinful habits/lifestyles under the banner of love, acceptance or mental illness? I do not think that was God’s intention. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
What we Continue to Lose
Another day in these United States of America. Another mass shooting. More are coming. Assault weapons have already been purchased and are in possession by those who will one day repeat the carnage that happened in Texas yesterday. One thing seems certain. You do not need to actually practice shooting an assault weapon. Just load, point, shoot and reload. Someone is planning another event, even as I type this. I may even be one of the victims of a future assault.
Through all the carnage, and emotional pain being inflicted, we forget all that we are losing and have lost. The loss goes beyond the individual lives. It goes beyond the loss and heartbreak felt forever in families. We are losing people who would have made an impact in this world. Much of that impact would have been of a positive nature.
Pause to reflect on this. All of these victims of violence had God given gifts that would have been a benefit to others and possibly to all of us. We have lost people who were given the God given gift to create a cure for Cancer. We have lost peacemakers, those desperately needed to calm communities and countries from engaging in various forms of violent conflict. We have lost people who would have contributed to charities and done the work to ease the pain of people in this world. A world slowly moving towards its end. We have lost those who would have entertained us and made us laugh.
And what have we gained? We have gained added feelings of loss of security. We understand that a simple daily task or function could lead to our human death. We have gained added mistrust in our government to take action to reduce the chances of a mass shooting occurring. We have inched closer to the creation of conditions where life will no longer be allowed to exist on this planet.
What can we do to turn conditions towards the positive? We can reject the ways of this world. We can seek the ways of our Creator and be what we were meant to be. We were made to fellowship with God. We were made to love each other in fellowship, regardless of the color of our skin and other physical differences. All of us will not commit to that goal. But as each mass shooting happens, if you have not committed to living a life with God, you are given another reminder to do so. From the violence can come a new commitment. An action to turn your life around. What do you have to lose?
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Victoria Spartz is more concerned about Ukraine than domestic terrorism
Congresswoman Victoria Spartz has shown major concern with the events in Ukraine. Why? Because that is where she is from. Yesterday Spartz voted against the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022. She has not put out a statement explaining her non interest in protecting the lives of United States citizens from acts of domestic terrorism in the United States.
In the 2022 election, elect someone else to her Congressional seat. Let's allow Spartz to give 100% of her time to the issues that involve the Ukraine people who apparently are her first priority.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Merrick Garland where are you?
Information continues to trickle out regarding the Buffalo massacre. Apparently, the killer posted information on several social media sites regarding his thoughts and plans. The Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland is whom the person the Director of the FBI reports to. By this time Merrick should have asked the Director of the FBI where was the FBI at in tracking the killer? Is there a mechanism for the FBI to investigate people who are making threats? If not, why not?
If the FBI is asleep at the wheel, again it comes down to us as individuals protecting ourselves through any means necessary. We need to report suspicious individuals and activities. If we come across hateful comments in social media, we need to report those incidents directly to the FBI. Reporting such info to the local authorities apparently is worthless as most local law enforcement mainly responds to actions not words.
To the attorney general of the United States my question is, What are your plans and actions to put an end to domestic terrorism?
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Time to Respond
The massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York is a reminder of past events in these United States of America. The murders at the church in Charleston, South Caolina several years ago. The numerous massacres in black communities such as Elaine, Arkansas in 1919; Rosewood, Florida in 1923; the Atlanta massacre of 1906; Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898; Colfax, Louisiana in 1873; Thibodaux in 1887; and numerous others during the Red Summer of 1919. The indiscriminate lynching of over 3,000 plus black people throughout the history of this country. And of course, the inhumanity of slavery forced upon black people in this country.
We as black people need to be more vigilant. If a European American appears in our neighborhoods where they are rarely seen, we have the right to dial 911 and report a suspicious and possibly dangerous person in the area. Just as the numerous "Karens" call the police on us, it is our turn to call 911 on the legacy of violent European American males.
Is is well documented that many European American males collect an arsenal of weapons. You know why you do so! And we know why too! What profile most fits the active shooters in schools, shopping malls, stores? We as black people can no longer just sit or stand by and let you enter our neighborhoods to carry out your evil plans. Just as you have your police stop us when we drive through your neighborhoods. It is time to respond. Be vigilant. See something, say something. Report it. Let's see if the police will respond to protect our communities rather than to just police us during demonstrations.
Unfortunately, we as people normally react after something negative has happened. But, in the history of black people in this country there has been a historic pattern of negative treatment towards us. Many of us don't know our history in this country. Those who are against critical race theory and the truth being taught in schools do not want us to know because we would then be vigilant and aware.
Now we can add Buffalo to the examples of racism and hate towards black people. Racism and hate that we must admit is a part of the American culture.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
People Do Whatever They Want To Do
The conclusion. People in this world, when given the opportunity, do whatever they want to do. It does not matter what laws constrain their decisions, the morality of a decision, or the religious rules to a decision. The decision point comes down to what a person feels and thinks best suits them and their beliefs. We sometimes come together if we share common viewpoints. But our individual decisions relate to what the decision does for us. Whether the decision is economical, political, spiritual. or leads to just our enjoying life. We all do what we want to do, if given the opportunity.
So what does all this mean? Any thought of us gathering together in harmony to make humanity the best it can be is a foolish thought. It will never happen. Stop wishing, praying and hoping for that result. We were not designed to end up in worldly harmony. If you are a devoted bible reader, simply turn to the last chapter in the bible, Revelations. Is that chapter a happy ending for humanity? Exactly.
What I try to do is interact with my fellow human beings as positively as I can. If they do not want to interact with me, or have stereotypical hateful views towards me, I simply stay away from them. I have chosen to stay away from them. I am not here to change their minds about me as a person.
We start our days with hope that all will go well. We know it will not. So knowing that, we decide to do whatever we want to do. If our life is destined for a series of dramas, we decide what drama that will be. Go about your business now, and do whatever you want to do, based on your personal criteria and beliefs.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Murderer of Indiana policeman gets 55 years. Chauvin, killer of George Floyd gets 20 years?
The courts in Indiana recently sentenced a white male who killed an Indiana Southport policeman in 2017 to 55 years in jail. The defendant apparently was under the influence of drugs when the policeman came to his rescue after the man overturned his car in a traffic accident. For some reason the defendant fired 18 shots at the policeman who was only trying to rescue him out of the accident.
Yes, the circumstances are different from the death of George Floyd. But the results are the same. Was the Indiana court trying to make a statement regarding the value of the life of the policeman? If so, what does that say regarding the sentiment on the value of the life of George Floyd?
Yes, different states have different judges. Yes, each state in the judicial system in the United States may assign harsher penalties than another state. It all comes down to the public sentiment in each state.
The judicial system in the United States cannot be said to be consistent among all the states. But really. A policeman gets 20 years in jail for killing a citizen, while a citizen gets 55 years for killing a policeman?
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Chauvin Sentence - 20 to 25 years
The European American justice system has come to a decision. The person who killed George Floyd in May 2020 was sentenced to a jail term of 20-25 years. Not a life sentence. Not 40 years or even 30 years. The system of justice in the United States has once again confirmed what it thinks of the value of a black man's life. Kill a black man while the whole event is videotaped. Traumatize black people with the images. Such a crime is only worth 17-20 years of actual jail time. Time enough for Chauvin to be released to live 20 more years. That would be 40 more years than George Floyd could have enjoyed with his children, and possible grandchildren.
But on the positive side, it is 20 more years of jail time than what was given those who committed over 3,000 lynching's of black people in the confines of the United States of America. Typically, those who lynched black people received no jail time. There was no investigation, no trial. Only a lynching, often with a smiling crowd of European Americans witness to the event. If you have 15 minutes to spare, watch the video documentary "Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day".
In May of 2021, Chauvin carried on the great European American lynching tradition when he lynched George Floyd on a public street in the state of Minnesota in these United States of America. Unlike the leader of past lynching's, Chauvin was actually brought to trial to be held accountable for his actions. He was found guilty. That is where the good news ends. Twenty to 25 years in jail for killing a man on a public street in his role as a public servant, a policeman. If you created a graph and compared the sentences give to black men and women for crimes committed against European Americans, what would the statistics show? Would the length of sentences given black "offenders" be longer than those given to European American offenders?
My only view is that the life of George Floyd is worth more than a 20-25 year prison sentence. What do you think?
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Russia vs Ukraine - The Planned War
Russian "leader" Putin did not just decide overnight to start a war against Ukraine. He took advantage of the economic fallout from Covid. He believed that the world, already worn down by over a million people being killed by Covid, would not respond to defend Ukraine from aggression. He hoped that the economic impact in countries that supported Ukraine, rising gas prices, supplies etc. would prevent other countries from coming to the aid of Ukraine. He hoped for the same reaction that world countries had to Hitler invading European countries in the early part of World War II. Back then many countries tended to take an isolationist view. If it doesn't directly impact us, don't get involved. Thankfully, that was one lesson that the United States has retained in the governmental memory bank.
Putin planned on the negative impacts the Ukraine war would have an impact on the political situation in the United States. It is not just a coincidence that the approval polls for President Biden have plummeted during this period of the Ukraine war. It was all planned and hoped for by Putin. The Russian government would love for the United States to elect another imbecile as President of the United States. Putin planned the attack on Ukraine during the Presidency of the 45th President of the United States. Putin was aided by 45's attitude toward Russia and the Ukraine. The political agenda of Biden has been hijacked by Putin's war against Ukraine.
And know we have the results of all that planning. Wake up people. Understand what is happening in Ukraine and why it happened now. Understand how the war is being used as a tool to also impact political conditions in the United States. Unfortunately, the suggestion of one United States Senator to "take Putin out" is the best worldly decision to end this lunatic lead war. Prayer and human kindness doesn't work in these situations. Sometimes the imperfect action of a violent act against a violent person is the best we can do.
Friday, April 29, 2022
Our Natural Beaches
When Europeans ventured to the shores of what is now the United States of America, they did not find gulf shore or seashore resorts awaiting them. There were no beach rentals, condos, or hotels built on the smallest piece of land available. Those were created much later as part of European American civilization and the desire to profit from what God had made. Instead, Europeans found the sandy beaches with a backdrop of trees and vegetation. Living within this landscape were likely a number of animals and a variety of birds. Now when you visit a beach area, you don’t even think that there was a layer of vegetation and trees along the beach area. That does not seem natural. We’ve become accustomed to the commercial model of a beach that features $400 and above per day room rates for even the most modest of accommodations. The higher rates are for the simple “water view” rooms. A water view that was free before we started charging money for what originally had been free to all. The current beach rental/condo/hotel setting is supplemented by the presence of a “public” beach area which at times becomes stacked with people satisfied with just being at the beach, despite being cramped together.
Imagine if there were no hotels, condos, beach rentals, or overpriced homes alongside your nearest beach area. Instead imagine the layer of trees, vegetation and wildlife that was originally there before the area was commercialized. Would you enjoy going to the natural habitat of that beach? Or would you prefer the crowded row of lodgings that now exist along beach areas? Imagine a natural beach area for all to enjoy regardless of income.
Why do we not have such natural beach areas to enjoy? Because at least in the United States, beach front property automatically converts to making money. Making money by purchasing such property years ago and then creating the idea to rent that area to others for a financial charge. That is what hotels and private individuals have done. Turn what was God’s gift to us all, into an experience that only a few can enjoy. That is how far humanity has strayed. The access to nature, what was freely given to us, we as humans have imposed a financial charge to enjoy.
Monday, April 25, 2022
The Right to Pray
Today the Supreme Court, the United States version of the last judicial review of human laws, will hear arguments on a case from the state of Washington. A football coach sued the school district for suspending him because he chose to pray on the field after football games. Some students chose to join him. Somehow his actions were seen as pushing his religious views onto others, specifically students.
This is the same society in the United States that allows students to organize into groups at schools that support human diversity. The same society that allows the entertainment industry to push out to us commercials, tv shows, and movies that depict scenes of homosexual activities, non binary behavior, transgender and other non traditional lifestyles, without a warning to us on the contents of the videos. This is the same society that somehow finds praying on a football field offensive or unconstitutional?
The prayer on the field is not broadcast through the public announcement system! Why are commercials featuring alternative lifestyles, alternative sexual preferences, and gender freedom not offensive? Especially since we have no choice but to react to these scenes after they have already been shown to us.
I pray that the Supreme Court understands the conflicting message of not allowing prayer on a football field, but allowing all types of undesired videos to flow into our homes, and streaming devices.
A prayer that is not to a specific human religion cannot be offensive correct? A prayer that is inclusive to all does not run contrary to the human rule of separation of church and state correct?
We all know this world will never be what it was intended to be by our Creator. I stand and pray that the members of the Supreme Court will listen to what our Creator is telling them. Do not humanly outlaw the right of God's people to speak and pray to God in any situation or location.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Patrick Loya - One on One Encounters are recipe for Death
I saw the video where Patrick Loya attempted to flee from the Michigan policeman. My first impression was whether the Police Chief had ever called for a "stand down" and reviewed the "use of force" policy with his staff of policemen? Then I wondered, why would a policeman want to deal one-on one with someone they have stopped? If backup is available, why not seek assistance? Does having a weapon (gun) give the policeman the impression that if the suspect doesn't cooperate, they have the option of going into a "shoot to kill" mode? We have seen numerous videos where the death of a black man has occurred when the officer was alone. In that environment, it is easy for the officer to go into a "fear for my life" mode and to resort to pulling the trigger as the only solution
Ideally it would have been better if Mr. Loya had just let himself be arrested. Maybe he would be alive today. Live to see another day, may need to become the motto of black men stopped for whatever reason. Yes, the police stop might be related to being profiled. But at least you will remain alive to share the story of how you were profiled.
Black men, we know that the odds of a police stop ending badly increases if we resist, So when you are pulled over, make the decision to answer the questions and calmly live to see another day.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board - Unaccountable to the Public
The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board and the Parents Television and Media Council have contrasting goals. The Monitoring Board works for the entertainment industry and allegedly responds to complaints regarding erroneous or inadequate ratings that networks assigned to their TV programs. The Council allegedly is a watch dog over the Board and points out to the Board TV shows and movies that appear to not have been rated properly based on the content of the TV program.
What they have in common is this. They are both private organizations not accountable to the public. The same public who watches TV shows and TV movies. Neither organization will speak to you over the phone. Neither organization will respond to you in writing in request for information you requested.
The Monitoring Board is not under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Nor is the Board accountable to the Federal, State or local governments. Even though the product they control/”monitor” impacts taxpayers, they are immune from public scrutiny. Something is wrong with that scenario. Every week, hundreds of TV shows, TV movies and other programs are cascaded and thrust out at us, the public for absorption under the definition of “entertainment”.
Over the past few years, I became aware that the current rating system was making decisions for parents on what content of TV programs was appropriate. That content involved scenes of homosexual/same sex relationship being depicted in TV shows. Time and time again, TV shows and movies did not have a parental warning that the program featured scenes of homosexual activity. This resulted in viewers being surprised when a scene of homosexual behavior suddenly appeared on the screen.
I proposed to the Board that a descriptor of SSR (same sex relationship) be added to forewarn parents, grandparents and other guardians about content that includes homosexual scenes. The Board countered that the current system and descriptors were adequate. No current rating or descriptor covers homosexual activity. So, families continue to be surprised by the content of TV shows and movies under the current rating system. How many times have you been surprised?
I brought this matter to the attention of the Council. The Council appears to have no interest in the issue of homosexual scenes in TV shows and TV movies. Their focus seems to be on content related to teen agers and youth. The Council does not want to acknowledge that teens and youth are influenced and impacted by these homosexual content scenes.
The members of the Board, in addition to the chairman, includes 18 industry representatives from the broadcast, cable and creative communities appointed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), and five public interest members, appointed by the Board chairman. Disney, Fox network, Discovery and Hulu are among the entertainment organizations serving on the Board. My request for the names and contact info for each Board member was refused. My phone calls to the Board chairman, Charles Rivkin, were not returned. My request for names and contact info for the five interest group members was also not responded to.
I wonder, “Why are they afraid to have a dialogue?” “Why can’t the names and contact info of the Board members be released?” Why? Because they do not want to be accountable to you, the public, the same public who are impacted by their decisions on complaints received from the public. It appears as if the Board is established to maintain the authority of the entertainment industry on what content reaches you in your home. The content that influences the behavior of your children.
I am asking you as a parent, grandparent, teacher, or guardian to complain to your Congressperson and Senator regarding the lack of accountability of the Board. Write and telephone the Board and let them know you want more input on what you want to be warned about in regards to the content of TV shows and TV movies. They can be reached at the following:
TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board
PO BOX 771
Washington, DC 20044
Mr. Arnell Hill