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A little more than a year ago my wife gave me a book titled “El Cinco De Mayo an American Tradition.” The author is Dr. David Hayes-Bautista. I could not put the book down. The history contained on its pages was nearly lost. It is my belief that the historical facts behind Cinco De Mayo were intended to be lost.
With the current race for the White House, and a few of the Republican front-runners who have shown disdain for Mexican-American people, I thought it might be best to share these historical facts.
El Cinco De Mayo has been mistaken by many as a celebration of Mexican independence, but it is not. It is associated with a battle won in Mexico that had it been lost, might have changed the outcome of the American Civil War.
I hope that you enjoy the video.
Victims of the Oregon community college shooting.
Top row from left to right:
Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Sarena Dawn Moore, 44;
Bottom row from left to right:
Professor Lawrence Levine, 67; Lucas Eibel, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, and Jason Dale Johnson, 34.
The names and/or condition of the wounded have not been released.
The University of Iowa; 5 dead, including the killer.
Lindhurst High School; 4 dead and 10 injured.
Pearl High School; 3 dead, 7 injured.
Thurston High School; 4 dead, 23 wounded.
Columbine High School; 15 dead, 21 wounded. The 2 killers are counted among the fatalities.
Red Lake Senior High School; 10 dead, 7 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
West Nickle Mines School; 6 dead, 3 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Virginia Tech; 33 dead, 25 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Northern Illinois University; 6 dead, 21 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Sandy Hook Elementary School; 28 dead, 2 wounded. The killer and his mom who he killed before going to the school are counted among the fatalities.
Marysville Pilchuck High School; 5 dead, 1 wounded. The killer is counted among the fatalities.
Now, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon joins the list of mass school shootings.
Yesterday, Chris Harper Mercer killed 9 people and wounded 7 others. Mercer is counted among the total fatalities of 10. He was killed by police. According to CNN, Mercer was armed with three handguns and an AR-15-style long gun.
Kortney Moore, 18, told the News-Review she was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when a shot came through the window. Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter then reportedly told the students to get on the ground before asking people to stand up and state their religion. He then began firing. Moore said she was lying on the ground with people who had been shot.
At this time, I don’t want to write about the killer. Hollywoodlife has reported 5 things you need to know about Mercer, including clearing up early rumors . CBS has published about Mercer’s background. Right now, I don’t really care. What I care about is gun control. Read the rest of this entry
The six police officers are charged with various crimes in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland on April 19, 2015. Freddie died a week after he was injured while being transported in a police van to the jail. An autopsy found that Freddie’s spine was 80 percent severed.
Judge Barry Williams will hold a scheduling conference this afternoon, September 29 2015, to determine when and in what order the officers, who face charges ranging from second-degree assault to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder, will be tried. The first trial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 13, 2015.
Earlier this month, Judge Williams ruled that each officer will get his or her own trial. The state anticipates that they will need between three and five days to present their case against each officer, and intend to call at least one officer to testify against the others.
Prosecutors plan to first place Officer William Porter on trial. Porter is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. The state intends to call Porter to testify against Sgt. Alicia White, who faces identical charges, and Officer Caesar Goodson, who faces an additional “depraved-heart” murder charge.
Garrett Miller and Edward Nero have been charged with misdemeanor assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Lt. Brian Rice has been charged with manslaughter.
One reason for not having one trial for all of the accused is because they gave investigators conflicting statements. Defense lawyers told the court that the conflicting statements could create problems in a joint trial because it would pit the defendants against each other, depriving them of the right to confront his or her accuser and deprive them of the right to not testify in their defense. Read the rest of this entry
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,
I’m trying out the Word Press feature “press this.” It is a feature where I can copy from a newspaper article and click “press this” and it puts it in a post for the blog, with attribution. It saves time writing new posts from scratch. The following is the “press this” article, followed with additional information.
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 11:01 amTULSA (AP) –
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating the agency after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man. Grand jurors have been conducting a probe of Glanz’s office for the past seven weeks. At least 19 current or former sheriff’s office employees and others have been called upon to testify, including fired Maj. Shannon Clark, demoted Capt. Billy McKelvey and former Maj. Tom Huckeby, the Tulsa World reported.
The investigation was launched after former reserve deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris, who was unarmed, on April 2. Bates has said he mistook his hand gun for a stun gun. After the shooting, it was discovered that officer Robert Bates hadn’t received adequate training over the years of his service.
Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death. Glanz confirmed the subpoena Thursday after a swearing-in ceremony for 21 cadets. He declined to comment further on his upcoming grand jury appearance next week. Read the rest of this entry
Jeremy McDole was shot in the back and paralyzed when he was 18 years old. He was confined to a wheelchair and living in a nursing home in Wilmington, Delaware. On Wednesday, 10 years after the bullet that paralyzed him, and in his wheelchair, Jeremy was shot again. He was shot to death by police officers who arrived in response to a call of a man who had a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A bystander caught the incident on cellphone camera.
The incident is being investigated by officials from the Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust. That department reviews every incident that involves a police shooting resulting in injury or death. The 4 officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
The police have released few details, saying that Jeremy had a handgun when he was killed by the police. There are many unanswered questions. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, I shared with a new friend how this blog came to be named “blackbutterfly.” She suggested that I post the story behind it. The following is the entire story.
In the Bible, 2 Corinthians chapter 3 speaks of the ministry of death through the letter, and the ministry of life through the spirit. The ministry of life is not written on stone, but on hearts and in minds. Verse 17 speaks of liberty/freedom, and verse 18 speaks of changing from glory to glory into the same image as God’s spirit. That word interpreted “change” in verse 18 is the Greek word metamorphoo. It is the origin of the word “metamorphosis.”
My appreciation for butterflies increased when learning that. Butterflies go through metamorphosis. I live in an area where black butterflies that look like velvet appear during the summer. Some have orange on their wings. Others have white on their wings. When I think of butterflies, I think how they are used in songs. Elton John, in the song “Someone saved my life tonight” refers to the woman he decided not to marry as a butterfly, free to fly. Then there is Deniece Williams who sings “Black butterfly.”
Around May or June 2012, I met Mindyme and Jim in the comment sections of Yahoo articles. We wanted one place to save articles, links, and material regarding the George Zimmerman case. I opened a Yahoo Group for that purpose, but the titles “butterfly” and “blackbutterfly” were taken. Yahoo made some automatic suggestions, but I chose to add the numbers 768. Seven is the number of completion. Six is the number of man, and eight is the number of new beginnings. Butterflies are symbolic of change, transition, freedom and rebirth. The numbers seemed appropriate. Read the rest of this entry
Hat tip to Scrodriguez.
This afternoon, a probable cause hearing was held in the case of the State of Florida vs. Matthew Apperson. George Zimmerman took the stand to testify of the incident of May 11, 2015.
Apperson is charged with three counts;
Attempted second degree murder with a firearm.
Shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Aggravated assault with a firearm.
During his testimony, Zimmerman was wishy-washy about what was contained in a bag in his truck, first saying that he could not identify the bag, to saying that it did not contain multiple boxes of ammunition, to then identifying at least two boxes of ammunition.
Zimmerman also testified that he had a gun in a holder that is screwed onto the dashboard of his truck, and that he removed the gun and placed it in the middle holder just before the Lake Mary police officer reached his vehicle.
Thinking that he had been shot, Zimmerman did not call 911 but proceeded down the road to get the attention of the Seminole County Sheriff. Zimmerman also claimed that he did not give a statement to the Lake Mary police that day because he thinks the department is corrupt. He also testified that he was not sure if he should go to the hospital because of his “high profile” and that people were already taking photos. Read the rest of this entry
One of the first responding police officers to Sandy Hook claimed post traumatic stress disorder. The city denied his claim, and the police chief wanted him to return to work. Attorney David Allen explains how the officer was eventually granted disability, and how the payments work.
It’s a short video packed with information.
This case brings me a level of trust in the Department of Justice, while at the same time, causes me to question their impartiality.
In March 2015, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against former Independence, Missouri, police officer Timothy Runnels for violating the constitutional rights of a minor who was in his custody and obstructing the subsequent investigation into the incident.
Per the Department of Justice:
“According to the indictment, Runnels continuously deployed a Taser against the minor while the minor was on the ground and not posing a threat to Runnels or others. The indictment also charges that Runnels deliberately dropped the minor headfirst onto the ground while the minor was restrained and not posing a threat to Runnels or others. The indictment alleges that the minor sustained bodily injury as a result of Runnels’ actions and, with respect to the first count, that the offense involved the use of a dangerous weapon. The indictment also charges Runnels with two counts of obstruction of justice for filing a false police report concerning the incident and for making a false statement to Independence Police Department investigators regarding the amount of force that he used against the minor.”
Runnels had been on the Independence, MO police force for 2 years. Read the rest of this entry
Subtitled: How a police officer making a typographical error resulted in a man having a bullet shot through his lung.
Before the civil case could proceed to trial, it went to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court decided that it should go to trial. I thought that we would have a trial to follow this week, but trial in this case is not going to happen.
The SCOTUS decision gives us the details.
In Bellaire, Texas, on December 31, 2008, around 2 a.m., Robert Tolan and his cousin, Anthony Cooper, were in a black Nissan sport utility vehicle. Police officer John Edwards entered the license plate number into a computer in his squad car, but he typed a “5” instead of a “6”. That mistake returned a match for a stolen vehicle of the same color and make of the Tolan vehicle. When that happens, the patrol car’s computer sends an automatic message to other police units.
The house where Robert and his cousin parked was where Robert lives with his parents. They were on the front porch when officer Edwards got out of his cruiser, drew his weapon, and ordered Robert and Anthony to get on the ground. Edwards accused them of having a stolen car. Robert told Edwards it was his car, and he complied with Edwards’ demand to lie face-down.
Hearing the commotion, Robert’s parents came out of the front door in their pajamas. Robert’s father encouraged the two young men to stay face down and say nothing. Officer Edwards told Robert’s parents that Robert and Anthony had stolen the vehicle. Robert’s dad told officer Edwards that Robert is his son, Anthony is his nephew, and that the vehicle belonged to the family. Read the rest of this entry
Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager was indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of Walter Scott. He has been charged with murder. Slager was arrested on April 7, 2015, when a citizen who took the video of Slager shooting Walter made it public. If convicted, Slager faces a sentence of 30 years to life without parole. Slager was denied bond and has been in jail. It is said that Dylan Roof, the man who killed 9 people in an AME church, has a cell next to or across from Slager.
The video of Slager shooting 8 times at Walter as Walter ran became very controversial. Slager shot Walter 5 times in the back, killing him. Those who tend to support the shooting, like Slager, argue what took place before the actual shooting. In effort to have the court set bond, Slager’s attorney argued that Walter had cocaine and alcohol in his system. Slager’s story of Walter trying to take his taser and other things do not appear to justify shooting Walter in the back as he was running away. Read the rest of this entry
“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a lawyer.”
– David Allen
I really like this guy. David Allen has practiced law since 1980. It’s not often that I like watching videos when the person is only talking, but attorney Allen is different. He is animated in his voice and physically. His videos are interesting and I’m thinking about presenting one at least once a week.
In the one below, attorney Allen tells the story of a committed same-sex couple relationship of 19 years, and how there were no options at law when the couple decided to end their relationship. Read the rest of this entry
This has left me speechless.
Originally posted on studiotj:
This is one of those stories along with an accompanying video that makes me sick to my stomach. My hope and my wish is that James Blake will sue the arresting officer and the NYC Police Department. There are too many ways that this incident could have been avoided but instead… this young man was humiliated and cuffed because this overzealous (I could include more adjectives) officer did not do due diligence. He could have easily identified himself and… questioned Blake until he was satisfied that this was/was not the suspect that he was looking for.
Here is a picture of Blake and the suspect that they were seeking.
Blake is on the left and the unidentified suspect’s picture is on the right.
Check out the story from the Associated Press below:
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If you are expecting a poem, I’m sorry to disappoint you. This is actually the story of how I’ve not been able to do much with the blog and visit those I follow. My laptop became sick and not wanting it to die, I used it off and on mostly in one-hour increments. Nothing about this experience has been poetic.
Before it became sick, Microsoft did some automated updates and the computer would not boot up thereafter. I had to restore the system to what it was before the updates. All that I lost was a document that I had been working on before the updates. That happened twice. Then it started running hot and without warning, would shut-down. If I was working on anything, it was lost.
About a week ago, I purchased a new laptop with Windows 10. After working to get it setup, I turned it off for the night. The next day, as soon as I turned it on, automated updates were done, and then the computer would not reboot. The repair screen appeared and gave me options, one being to restore the system to before the updates. I did that. The computer then rebooted. However, I lost everything that I had done in the setup. It even made me fill-out the form for a new computer again and re-register.
I thought “Fine!” now I can get back to business. I installed the anti-virus program, downloaded Firefox and several other programs, AGAIN. I tried out the email client that comes with Windows – hated it. I downloaded Windows Live, and it worked. I turned the computer off for the night.
The next day, it once again did automated updates and once again, would not re-boot. Repeating the process from the day before, I again lost everything.
Going back to my old computer, I searched the internet for the problem to see if there was a fix. There is no fix, and Windows 10 does not provide the option of turning off automated updates.
I returned the computer and purchased one with Windows 8.1. Thankfully, my son and some friends have Windows 8.1 so they were able to help me understand how to see what is on the computer. After uploading the virus protection program, I turned the computer off and when turning it back on, it did automated updates. The computer rebooted like a charm. I tested that out after each download.
In the last two days since having the new computer, I learned that every company wants you to have an account with them and you must do so before you can proceed. I’ve entered so many key codes and registration numbers that my eyes began to cross.
There is still lots for me to learn about how it’s organized and I’ve decided to learn as I go along.
Now with the new computer, I’m anxious to get back to writing posts and getting back to visiting with my blogging friends here and on other blogs.
Feel free to use this for open discussion.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?
I suppose that the overall goal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been obtained. That’s the only good that comes out of this.
Originally posted on The Fifth Column:
Kim Davis, the anti-gay Kentucky clerk that was jailed last week for repeatedly disobeying court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has just been released from jail.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to be released on Tuesday, but only with the understanding that she is not to interfere with same-sex marriage licenses any longer. According to reporter Dave Weigel, there was the sense that the defiant clerk may opt to stay in jail.
Davis’ release became an option after the staff at her Rowan County office began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and at the request of the plaintiffs that sued her. Judge Bunning agreed to her release, now that her office was doing its job – but Davis is not to meddle in same-sex marriage licenses once she’s out of prison. The court order said:
“Defendant Davis shall be released from…
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Twenty-nine year old Lukace Kendle is going to prison. Friday, he was convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm and attempted murder in the June 1, 2012, shooting that killed Kijuan Byrd, 29, and paralyzed Michael Smathers, 38. Kendle faces life behind bars.
Smathers, who is paralyzed from Kendle’s bullets, testified at the trial that after barbecuing, he and Michael Smathers went to Club Rol-lexx to shoot pool. They played a few games and watched the Miami Heat game, then left the Club and went to Smather’s truck in the parking lot to smoke a joint. They had planned to go back inside the club.
Kendle showed up, parking in a tight spot next to Smathers’ truck. He got out of his car and put on an all-black uniform with a vest, baton, gloves, a knife, ammunition and his gun. The three men exchanged looks. Michael and Kijuan got out of Michael’s truck to go back into the club. Kendle opened fire. He continued firing bullets into Kijuan Byrd’s back even as he tried to crawl to safety under Michael’s truck.
The killing was captured on video surveillance. Read the rest of this entry