Real Neat Blog Award

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Dearkitty has nominated Blackbutterfly7, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, for the Real Neat Blog Award. I am grateful and humbled by this nomination. Dear Kitty is a real neat blogger, real neat person, and real creative person. In creating the award, Dear Kitty wrote: Read the rest of this entry

Rest In Peace, Alison and Adam

Originally posted on Sunshinebright:

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My heart is sad, as so many others are.  The news coverage has been extraordinary for two extraordinary young people.

Just want to state my sadness over this terrible tragedy.  Their loves, their families, friends and co-workers are in my thoughts.

When are our “representatives” going to wake up and NOT think about their greed and dependency on the NRA lobbyists?

It is past time to pass intelligent gun laws that will make it nigh onto impossible for sick, deranged maniacs to buy guns.

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23 Page Manifesto 

Xena:

Using evil against evil only results in more evil. That eye for eye makes the entire population blind. Thanks for writing about this, Juan.

Originally posted on tooncestales:

The killer of the two reporters in Virginia this morning had sent a 23 page fax to ABC. He said his actions were triggered by the racist gunman Dylann Roof’s killing of the nine church goers in Charleston South Carolina. Mr. Williams wanted to fire the second shot in the race war, the first shot being that of the Bible study group killings. Bryce Williams proclaimed, “If they want a race war, I say, ‘Well bring it on!”

Let’s review the facts of this latest tragedy. Bryce Williams wanted revenge for being harassed for being black and gay. He also said he had anger issues and etching the initials of those gunned down by Dylann Roof on the bullets would prove something… What, I haven’t a clue? Really…

When I was in Charleston standing in front of the A.M.E Church, I saw an outpouring of humanity I’ve never seen before…

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Less-lethal Police Weapons

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Chad Zrate, of Fitchburg, Mass., an engineering manager at Micron Products, Inc., prepares to demonstrate a launcher that fires a 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile, or PIB, at the manufacturing plant in Fitchburg. The projectiles utilize new technology developed by the company to provide law enforcement with less-lethal ammunition engineered to cushion and displace the force of impact, designed to cause pain and discomfort but not serious injury. The technology is part of a push to find ways for law enforcement to be able to use force with non-deadly means. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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They are called “blunt impact projectiles” and the goal is to cause excruciating pain without killing. Police in more than 20 cities are testing it as a less-lethal alternative. With stun guns, tasers, and pepper spray causing deaths, Micron Products Inc., makes the new ammunition. It’s larger than rubber bullets, and has silicone heads that expand and flatten on impact, enhancing pain and incapacitating the person “shot.”

Sixteen law enforcement agencies in the United States, and six in Canada, have purchased the projectiles. They include SWAT units of Los Angeles County, the Sacramento California County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments in East Hartford, CT, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Los Alamos, NM. Read the rest of this entry

Any Discussion – Lots of News

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

Rather than writing separate posts, here’s a summary of things in the news. Feel free to share other news or whatever is on your mind. By going to the links embedded, you can find additional information and news on the summaries below.

In effort to stop policing for profit, Ferguson, MO. Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, has announced sweeping changes to the city’s court system. All active warrants issued before December 2014 will be withdrawn. The accused will be given new court dates and alternative penalty options such as payment plans or community service.

FogleJared Fogle who is famous for pitching Subway for losing weight, has plead guilty to federal charges of distribution and receipt of child pornography and unlawful sex acts with minors. He has agreed to pay restitution of $1.4 million to be divided among the 14 minor victims. Read the rest of this entry

Reflection

Xena:

Precious.

Originally posted on The Last Of The Millenniums:

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Muslim Free Zone is Unconstitutional

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Andy Hallinan, owner of the Florida Gun Supply

It started with the press announcing that George Zimmerman did a painting of the confederate flag because a Florida gun shop owner is being sued. Zimmerman wants to sell prints of the painting and split the money with the gun shop owner.

Twenty-eight year old Andy Halliman, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Florida, is being sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR).

Hallinan calls himself a “patriot” and thinks that his unlawful discrimination protects America.   Previously, Hallinan allowed American-Muslims customers to take his gun safety course and purchase from him if they told him they had served the country and didn’t believe in the caliphate or in killing non-believers. He made them take an oath. Read the rest of this entry

Justice for Jonathan Ferrell – Jury Deadlocked

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of Randall Kerrick, who was tried for voluntary manslaughter in the killing of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.

Today was the fourth day of jury deliberations.  The jury earlier told the judge that they were deadlocked, but that discussions after lunch had been productive.

At about 4:15 EST, the jury reported that it was still deadlocked at 8-4, and Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin declared a mistrial.

It is not yet known whether prosecutors will seek to try the case again nor how many jurors voted guilty or not guilty.

This is a developing story and we will keep it updated in the comment section.

As a side note, Adobe Flash continues to crash on my computer freezing it, and I’m experiencing where typing a sentence results in letters not where I typed them.  I’m going to try to work these problems out so I can get back to doing what I love — writing for the blog.

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Protesters hold a die-in after the announcement that the jury is deadlocked resulting in a mistrial.

‘Muslim-Free’ Gun Store Now Selling George Zimmerman’s Confederate Flag Paintings

Xena:

So, he paints a Confederate flag over an American flag that he painted. That speaks volumes.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">In this July 9, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.</span></span> CREDIT: JOE BURBANK/ORLANDO SENTINEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS In this July 9, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.

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George Zimmerman, who rose to national notoriety in 2012 after shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is now selling prints of a Confederate flag painting, in part to benefit a Florida gun store owner who is facing a lawsuit after declaring his business “Muslim-free.”

The prints — copies of an original work hand-painted by Zimmerman — are available for about $50 each at Florida Gun Supply in the city of Inverness. Andy Hallinan, the store’s owner, declared his store a “Muslim-free” zone in a July YouTube video, on the grounds that he did not want to “arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”

The Council on American-Islamic…

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Justice for Jonathan Ferrell – Closing Arguments

We are following the trial of Randall (Wes) Kerrick the Charlotte/Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell.

Closing arguments are scheduled for today.  It will be live streamed. I’ve found conflicting times.  Court Chatter has their live stream scheduled for 8:30 a.m.  A news source reports that closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. EST.

The link to court chatter is http://www.courtchatter.com/#!randall-kerrick-trial-stream-1/c6ga. 

Some live streams have horrible sound, so I will continue to look to see if other sources are live streaming.  If anyone else finds another source, please post the link in comments. Read the rest of this entry

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