The Real Me

I would only add that I would never ever vote for Sanders based on his vetted record and his behaviors. ..

I would like all of my right wing, conservative friends and family members to read the following. It explains my beliefs in a nutshell. I borrowed this from my buddy Barry Pearl, who borrowed this from another friend. It explains my views in an even tempered, logical way.

Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every Liberal is the same, though the majority of Liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

“1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all.” This is not the case. I’m fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes “let people die because they can’t afford healthcare” a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I’m not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I’m mystified as to why it can’t work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don’t believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don’t want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.

5. I don’t throw around “I’m willing to pay higher taxes” lightly. I’m retired and on a fixed income, but I still pay taxes. If I’m suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it’s because I’m fine with paying my share as long as it’s actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is – and should be – illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I’m not “offended by Christianity” — I’m offended that you’re trying to force me to live by your religion’s rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That’s how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don’t force it on me or mine.

8. I don’t believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don’t believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN’T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they’re supposed to be abusing, and if they’re “stealing” your job it’s because your employer is hiring illegally). I’m not opposed to deporting people who are here illegally, but I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

10. I don’t believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It’s not that I want the government’s hands in everything — I just don’t trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they’re harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I’ve spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege — white, straight, male, economic, etc. — need to start listening, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that’s causing people to be marginalized.

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is sensible policies, including background checks, that just MIGHT save one person’s, perhaps a toddler’s, life by the hand of someone who should not have a gun. (Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine).

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you’re using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?

I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I’m a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn’t mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don’t believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.”

No Goodwill…

Reposted letter to Paul Muncy
My son went to Goodwill today to find some work clothes… He made the following observations and took action… I am proud of My Son for his efforts to his fellow man:

Ryan Muncy What seems like a fitting place to post this as this is my question to you goodwill industries.
What are you doing for others?
I was just in one of your stores and was witness to a def, mute boy who had a clothing voucher
This boy had an aid worker with him he had just been dropped off by his parents at a shelter with the clothing he had on .
jeans that looked to be too small, no socks some worn out shoes, and a food stained t shirt .your employee took the time to explain to the aid worker that the jeans he had picked out from your store the t shirt he had picked out and 2 sweatshirts were not covered by the clothing voucher because of the color of the tags on these items also the boots he had picked out that were some worn Stanley workboots that were priced at 17.99 they arent even $30 new by the way were not covered by the voucher as you might imagine a person who can’t really hear and can’t speak takes the time to pick things out just to have an employee at your store tell his aid worker he can’t have these things he was obviously in need ,isn’t this what you are here for ,to help people in need.
I find it shameful that your store a non for profit that sells donated items cannot help someone like this boy so instead I bought him the shirts and the jeans I spent a grand total of 21.69 and that is the last money I will ever spend in a goodwill store your CEO can make bonuses bigger then my years salary but you can’t even afford to help a kid with some donated clothing shame on you and shame on your employees.
And just so you know I will be posting something similar to this on my Facebook wall I wonder how long it will be before enough people see this one story and begin to feel the same way I now do toward your stores ,your company, and your upper management.

10 Years of Police Discipline

10 years of OKC police discipline

By Juliana Keeping  August 10, 2015

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When a passing motorist yelled “Road rage sucks” at Oklahoma City police Sgt. Matthew Downing during a January 2014 traffic stop, Downing chased the man down in a convenience store, wrestled him to the ground and arrested him.

A supervisor who soon arrived disagreed with Downing’s use of force and subsequent arrest. He ordered the man released and the charge dropped.

Police Chief Bill Citty directed the department’s Office of Professional Standards to conduct a criminal investigation into the incident.

In February, Downing pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and was sentenced to 90 days’ probation. That same day, he resigned from the department, where leaders say he was still under administrative investigation for the incident. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Downing’s guilty plea and resignation were part of his plea agreement, which is typical in criminal cases involving police officers.

Disciplining officers is one of the toughest parts of his job, Citty said. 

Police and punishment in Oklahoma City, by the numbers

“Even though I don’t always succeed, getting everything right in the management of the police department is important to me, especially discipline,” Citty said. “In disciplining employees, getting it right means being fair. Of all things, I want to be known as being fair to our employees. Getting it right can also impact the public’s trust in our department.”

In the past decade, the Oklahoma City Police Department has fired, demoted, suspended or accepted the resignations of at least 63 officers for e 

At a time when police conduct and discipline is coming under review nationwide, The Oklahoman examined discipline meted out to members of the Oklahoma City Police Department in recent years.

The review

•In several cases, the department rehired officers it had fired.

•Between 2005 and March 2015, six officers who lost their jobs for offenses ranging from driving under the influence, to lying, to criminal misconduct involving prostitution, were rehired after their cases went to arbitration.

•The department refuses to release the names of 25 officers who resigned while under investigation and the reason why. Such secrecy raises questions about whether the officers continued their law enforcement careers elsewhere and limits the public’s knowledge of possible police misconduct, police accountability experts and open records advocates say.

•A handful of officers have been suspended without pay more than once.

The way a department handles officer discipline is central to policing, said Sam Walker, professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and an expert on police accountability.

“Police officers have powers no other public officials have — to deprive people of their liberty, to arrest,” Walker said. “They are legally authorized to use physical force, and they are legally authorized to use deadly force. Teachers, social workers, no other public workers have such powers. We have to have the highest personnel standards.”

Any time someone is terminated or resigns under investigation, police departments are required to send notice to the Council on Law Enforcement Education within 30 days, according to state laws that govern police work. CLEET, the training and regulatory agency of Oklahoma law enforcement, can open an administrative investigation to see if its own policies have been violated.

Officers convicted of any felony for crimes involving moral turpitude or domestic violence are banned from doing police work indefinitely in Oklahoma. Other types of discipline are handled on a case-by-case basis. A disciplinary committee can issue a letter of reprimand, for example, or suspend for a certain period of time the officer’s certification under state law.

But the process doesn’t always go as planned. A 2013 investigation by Oklahoma Watch, an online investigative journalism organization, uncovered a dozen cases between 2003 and 2011 in which law officers convicted of felonies still were certified as peace officers by CLEET.

Fired and rehired

Since 2005, the Oklahoma City department has rehired six officers it fired, according to a response to an open records request filed by The Oklahoman. Three were fired for untruthfulness, one for criminal misconduct involving prostitution, another for driving under the influence and another for excessive use of force.

All six appealed their terminations to an arbitrator who ruled in their favor.

City officials declined an open records request seeking the identity of the rehired officers, as well as the final arbitration decision that led to their reinstatement, saying they were not required to do so and that the release of some personnel records is a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

Citty said while he supports due process for officers, he opposes the binding arbitration provisions included in the police union contract that allow officers a chance to formally challenge discipline or a dismissal. Under the contract, an arbitrator hears from both the officer and the department, then makes a decision that is legally binding under state law, meaning it can’t be overturned in court.  

Citty has been pushing to change state law so departments could appeal arbitration decisions in court. 

“It does not benefit law enforcement. It does not benefit the public,” he said of the current system. 

But John George, president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of the Police, disagrees, saying arbitration is a fair and sound process.

“You have a neutral arbitrator picked by the city and the FOP that hears the case and makes a ruling,” George said. “The reason the ruling should be binding, if not, all those cases will go to district court, which will cost a lot more money and tie up the court system.”

Similar scenarios play out at police departments throughout the country, which Walker, the police accountability expert, finds troubling.

Brian Buchner, president of National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, called binding arbitration in police discipline cases, a “national problem that happens across the country.” 

“They (the police departments) want to separate the employees and now they’re forced to take them back,” he said. “What if the officer was separated for an integrity issue?”

Three Oklahoma City officers were rehired after being initially fired for lying, records show.

Questions surrounding a rehired officer’s integrity could dismantle a later case, Buchner said. 

Resigned under investigation

In the last decade, 25 Oklahoma City police officers voluntarily resigned while under internal investigation by the department for misconduct or violating department policies, but the public has no way of finding out who resigned or why.

A review of media accounts found three of those cases.

In 2011, Willie Williams  and Christopher Gayhart were accused of collecting paychecks while not working assigned shifts. Both of the former officers were arrested and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses. 

Both men pleaded guilty, but neither was sent to prison, court records show. 

Williams was ordered to pay restitution and received a five-year deferred sentence. Gayhart received a six-year deferred sentence, was ordered to pay court costs, restitution and surrender his law enforcement certification.

David Ellis, a former captain, resigned after he allowed a German man impersonating a law enforcement officer to ride and train with the department. Ellis was never charged with any crime.

The state’s open records law doesn’t prohibit the department from providing names of officers who resign under investigation, said Joey Senat, an Oklahoma State University associate professor of media law, but public bodies often refuse to do so.

The fact that the department won’t name officers who resigned while under investigation after being accused of wrongdoing is a matter of public concern, Senat said.

“Which officers are jumping from job to job without being disciplined for wrongdoing?” he said.

The public, Senat said, has no way of finding out.

“You have police officers who resign under a cloud, an investigation, who are then free to go be rehired by another police department,” Senat said.

Citty said it’s incumbent on police departments to conduct background checks on potential hires to avoid such scenarios. Departments also should have each new hire sign a waiver allowing release of personnel records from previous employers, he added.

Citty, though, said he has a reason for allowing officers to resign under investigation. If he fires them, there’s a good chance an officer will fight the dismissal through arbitration, win and be returned to duty. The only surefire way to rid the department of an officer accused of misconduct is to allow that officer to resign, Citty said. 

Double trouble

Three officers were suspended without pay more than once during the time period reviewed by The Oklahoman.

Then-Sgt. Frank Torres was suspended for improper use of force and an unspecified “policy violation.” He also was punished for forcefully putting his boot on the head of a suspect already in custody.

Anthony Germany was disciplined for a DUI and again for drinking alcohol on duty.

Gustavo Cabello, was suspended for conduct unbecoming an officer and an unspecified policy violation. 

Fired officers

Michael Sumpter was a police recruit when he was arrested and charged with domestic assault in the presence of a child in 2010. The department fired Sumpter the same year, but a judge dismissed the case.

He is one of six officers fired between 2005 and March.

Alan Cook was fired in 2007 after being accused of threatening somebody with bodily harm during an “off-duty disturbance.” He was never charged with a crime, records show.

Cody Harbison, was terminated for obtaining prescription pain medications without a prescription, department records show. Harbison, a police recruit who was fired in 2009, also was never charged with a crime, court records show.

The department terminated Lenon Williams in 2005 amid allegations that he worked an extra job without authorization while he was still in the Police Academy and Field Training Program, attempted to use his position as a police officer to influence a citizen during a civil dispute and that he was untruthful in the investigation.

Conduct unbecoming a police officer — namely foul language — as well as allegations of inability to perform physical training and lying in an administrative investigation, cost Johnny White his job in 2005.

The police department dismissed Leo Nash for untruthfulness during an investigation tied to allegations of dereliction of duty. The officer failed to perform his job by not responding to a call, according to the police department.

Other discipline

The police department provided a list of 27 incidents from the decade that resulted in officers being suspended without pay or given a disciplinary transfer.

Among the violations were drinking alcohol on duty, insubordination, improper use of force, injury car accidents, conduct unbecoming an officer and use of a controlled dangerous substanc

Reprieve

Every morning we are given a reprieve, an opportunity to correct t the errors and omissions of yesterday. This gift is ours whether or not we put it on a calendar. Be grateful for having a Being in your life that felt you worthy of another chance, be grateful for true love, family, friends and hope. Be grateful that somehow you inpired someone. Be grateful that you are grateful …

What Happened? TWIT

WTF Just Happened Today? 

Day 307: IT WAS ME.

by Matt Kiser
 1/ Trump called LaVar Ball an “ungrateful fool” and said that getting his son home was “a really big deal.” Trump tweeted that “it wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME.” Ball is the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players detained in China for shoplifting and has refused to thank Trump for getting the players out of China. (CNN / NBC News)
2/ Trump and the White House insisted that Trump was working from Mar-a-Lago and very busy today an hour before he went golfing. First, the White House told reporters that Trump “will NOT have a low-key day and has a full schedule of meetings and phone calls.” Soon after, Trump tweeted that he “will be having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida.” But an hour later, Trump left Mar-a-Lago to spend the morning at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Since the inauguration, Trump has spent 98 days at his private properties – one out of every 3.1 days – and played golf approximately 60 times, or every 5.1 days. (Washington Post)
3/ The former director of the Office of Government Ethics filed a complaint over Kellyanne Conway’s comments about the Alabama Senate race. Walter Shaub said Conway may have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their positions for political purposes. Earlier this week, Conway attacked the Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, saying Jones “will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners.” (The Hill)
4/ Gary Cohn faked a bad connection to get off a phone call with Trump during a discussion with Democratic senators about tax reform earlier this month. The White House economic advisor wanted to have a conversation on tax reform without Trump, who was traveling in Asia at the time. Trump called in anyway and after 15 minutes, Senator Tom Carper turned to Cohn and said, “We’re not going to have a real conversation here – can’t you just tell the president that he is brilliant and say we’re losing … the connection and then hang up?” And that’s what happened. (CNBC / The Hill)
5/ The House GOP tax bill would cut the $250 educator expense deduction. The deduction covers out of pocket classroom expenses for America’s 3.6 million teachers and costs the federal government $210 million a year. The Senate GOP tax plan would double the deduction to $500, however only those in the 1% or at most the top 5% will benefit from the cut. (Washington Post)
6/ Out of 38 economists, 37 said the GOP tax plans would cause the debt to increase “substantially” faster than the economy. The 38th economist misread the question. (Washington Post)

Resist 

I listened as they called my President a Muslim. 

I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys. 

I listened as they said he wasn’t born here. 

I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could. 

I saw the pictures of him as hitler.

I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.

I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.

I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was. 

I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn. 

I watched as they did just that.

I listened. 

I watched.

I paid attention.

Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant. 

To move forward. 

To denounce protesters. 

To “Get over it.” 

To accept this…

I will not.

I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.

I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get. 

I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.

I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made.

Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can. 

Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day 

forward is now dump’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.

I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.” 
Author unknown.

Traitor Reveal

Donna Brazile and Elizabeth Warren outed themselves today. I am officially DONE with these traitors to our Party.

Brazile is spreading Bernie’s lies to cash in on book sales. She claims Hillary “controlled” the DNC because of a fundraising deal but she fails to mention that Bernie Sanders signed the SAME fundraising deal with the DNC!

Obama had the same deal in 2008 and 2012. Obama left the party with millions in debt after the 2012 election. In 2015, DWS approached the Clinton AND Sanders campaigns and BOTH signed the same deal, so both campaigns could raise money for the DNC and state Democratic parties.

Clinton gladly supported her party and raised money for the DNC and down ticket candidates. What did Saint Bernie do? He ran on the Democratic Party ticket, accepted massive party resources, got tons of media exposure, raised $230 Million and kept every nickel of it for his own campaign and never gave the Democratic Party a dime. Bernie stuck us with the tab.

The Democratic Party is just that. It’s a party based on membership. It’s not a public entity. Party primaries are not public elections. They are party primaries for party members to select their party’s nominee, which we did. By a vast majority, real Democrats did not and do not want the divisive non-Democrat Bernie Sanders as our candidate.

Elizabeth Warren is a former Republican who has an anti-Democratic agenda. Her comments today about Hillary and “DNC rigging” are baseless. The evidence does NOT substantiate her claims. Not one single email leaked from the DNC shows ANY rigging or corruption or actual action taken against Bernie Sanders. A judge agreed and threw the case out of court.

Jumping on this propaganda bandwagon against the Democratic party is shameful. At least we now know officially where these women stand and we can react accordingly.

The Macho Paradox

Thanks Anyshka Van Dahl

Shared from a friend
“I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol on one side and a female symbol on the other. Then I ask just the men: What steps do you guys take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they’ve been asked a trick question. The silence gives way to a smattering of nervous laughter. Occasionally, a young a guy will raise his hand and say, ‘I stay out of prison.’ This is typically followed by another moment of laughter, before someone finally raises his hand and soberly states, ‘Nothing. I don’t think about it.’ Then I ask women the same question. What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? Women throughout the audience immediately start raising their hands. As the men sit in stunned silence, the women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily routine. Here are some of their answers: Hold my keys as a potential weapon. Look in the back seat of the car before getting in. Carry a cell phone. Don’t go jogging at night. Lock all the windows when I sleep, even on hot summer nights. Be careful not to drink too much. Don’t put my drink down and come back to it; make sure I see it being poured. Own a big dog. Carry Mace or pepper spray. Have an unlisted phone number. Have a man’s voice on my answering machine. Park in well-lit areas. Don’t use parking garages. Don’t get on elevators with only one man, or with a group of men. Vary my route home from work. Watch what I wear. Don’t use highway rest areas. Use a home alarm system. Don’t wear headphones when jogging. Avoid forests or wooded areas, even in the daytime. Don’t take a first-floor apartment. Go out in groups. Own a firearm. Meet men on first dates in public places. Make sure to have a car or cab fare. Don’t make eye contact with men on the street. Make assertive eye contact with men on the street.”
― Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help