Category Archives: open discussion

What I Did During Break

Hello friends and visitors.

The blog has undergone some re-organization.  If you go to the top menu and hover over Cases/Victims, a drop-down menu appears.  You can use the center wheel of your mouse to scroll down the drop-down menu.  The names are in alphabetical order by first name.  There are a few names not on that list.  That’s because they were mentioned in an Open Discussion or other post.

There are over a hundred names.  If you don’t find the name of a person on the drop-down menu but think that there is information on this blog, please use the search engine box on the right-hand border.

While going over the cases, I did some follow-up.  There are so many cases where no one was charged.  Rather than do separate blog posts, I’m thinking about doing one to cover a number of cases and possibly continuing that on a monthly basis.

Documents

Documents are barely visited.  There are also documents that are embedded in blog posts, but not on the list on the right-side border.  I’m thinking about preparing a table with links and posting it under a menu heading for “documents” on the top border, but that will take time.  Once I do get that completed, the list will be removed from the right-side border.  I might add my tweeter feed in that place instead.

Another Change For Comments

The other week, someone submitted a slew of debating comments to posts that were published in 2014.  Some of those they commented to have retired from the internet since then.  Therefore, I have changed the option so that comments cannot be submitted to posts that over a year old.

Thanks to all new and old followers.  I’m still running behind in catching-up on blog posts for those blogs I follow.  Please forgive me.  I’m so far behind that I’m considering starting a new slate beginning with tomorrow.

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful week.

 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Taking A Week’s Break

Friends and visitors,

Thanks to all for following, visiting and participating.

For several months now, I’ve pondered changing the theme of the blog so people can find posts on cases more conveniently.   I just learned how to add drop-down in the top menu and am currently working under the menu heading “Cases.”  If you hover over “Cases” a drop-down will appear with the names of victims.

There’s about 4 years of names, (I’ve counted 33 and am not yet finished) to add to the drop-down, so it’s going to take me some time to complete this project. If you’re looking for a specific case and it’s not on the drop-down, you can still use the search bar on the right-side border.

While working on that, I must put some time into visiting the blogs of new subscribers.   You are important to me and I want to pay it forward.  If you’re on Twitter, please let me know your handle so I can follow you.  You can do that by either posting a comment below, or following me @XenaBb7.

Along with blog redesigning, there are those things that take up time in life, such as making telephone calls where you listen to 3 minutes of pre-recordings with instructions on what number to press for your issue.  Don’t you just love doing that to end up hearing another recording telling you that all representatives are busy, followed with loud music played for your holding pleasure? And, what about when you get disconnected and have to start all over again?

Technology is good, and it is bad.  It is convenient for businesses, but I find it inconvenient for consumers and clients.  I prefer the old days when a live person answered calls and knew exactly who to transfer you to.

Enough of the soap box for now.

Feel free to use this thread for open discussion.

Have a wonderful week.  I’ll see you soon.

 

Hurricane Harvey In Texas

“Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

via National Weather Service: We’ve never seen rain like this — WTVR.com

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Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources as authorities in and around Houston scramble to save those trapped by the high waters.

Hopes for an immediate respite from Harvey’s wrath seem unlikely as the National Weather Service calls the flooding “unprecedented” and warns things may become more dire if a record-breaking 50 inches of rain falls on parts of Texas in coming days.

The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey’s rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond.

“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before,” the weather service said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

The storm killed two people in Texas, authorities said, and the death toll will likely rise. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned that some 911 calls are going unanswered as operators “give preference to life-threatening calls.”

Here are the latest developments: Read the rest of this entry

Proposed Bill In The U.S. Congress Will Make Doxing A Federal Crime

In case you’re unfamiliar with doxing, it is term that describes using the internet to search for and obtain the personal information of others, and to post it publicly on the internet with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass or incite the commission of a crime of violence against a person or a member of the immediate family of that person.

Some states consider doxing to fall under stalking laws and include an intent to cause the person doxed extreme emotional distress.  In fact, in some prosecuted cases of cyberstalking, the victim’s personal information can be the personal knowledge of the perpetrator who posts it publicly on the internet for a malicious purpose.

The personal information that is publicly posted does not have to be accurate.  In fact, it can be for someone totally different, which can then lead to civil lawsuits for defamation and identity theft. Doxing has become a serious problem in the United States.

There is a current federal statute for protecting individuals performing certain official duties from having their personal information and that of their families made publicly available.  The statute is 18 U.S.C. § 119.  It makes it a federal crime to make publicly available the Social Security number, home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, restricted personnel.

The federal statute defines restricted personnel as a grand or petit juror, witness, officer in or of any court of the United States, or an officer who may be, or was, serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate; an informant or witness in a Federal criminal investigation or prosecution; or a State or local officer or employee whose restricted personal information is made publicly available because of the participation in, or assistance provided to, a Federal criminal investigation by that officer or employee.  Family members are also protected under the statute.

I’ve often wondered why our federal government does not seem to believe that all citizens want the same protection and the right to be let alone.  Maybe that will change soon. Read the rest of this entry

A Huge Thank You, Changes, Embedding Videos From Youtube, and Open Discussion

Thanks to all followers new and old, and to visitors.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident is approaching its fifth anniversary.  I’m working on changing the top menu to make it more convenient to find posts based on topic.  Since we’ve reported on so many trials, I might change themes so the top menu will have a pull-down section to see the names of defendants and/or victims.  The same is true for the border, particularly for documents.   I do hesitate changing the theme because we’ve had the same theme since this blog opened in 2012.  Let me know what you think.

We are following the bench trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley who killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Stockley was charged last year.  The judge has ordered no electronic communication devices, nor cameras in the courtroom. Read the rest of this entry

I’ve Been Cited In Two Professional Publications And Other Stuff About Blogging

Thanks so much to all followers new and old.  There has been such an increase in subscribed followers lately that I’ve not had time to keep up visiting their blogs.  Please forgive me.  Rather than clicking like and moving on,  I prefer reading posts and if there is something I would like to say, to leave comments.  Time does not always allow me to leave comments.  I’m hoping to set aside at least one hour on the weekends to visit and catch-up on the blogs I follow.  Here’s hoping that it works.

Now for a couple of things ….

It’s a humbling experience to discover that things you have written have been cited in professional publications.

In October 2016, blogger Supabutterfly wrote a post honoring me.  I was already humbled and honored by his handle.  For those who might not know, in July 2014, I made a decision to use the option that a Word Press account would be needed to submit comments to this blog.    It was because since mid-2013, I was bombarded with harassing comments submitted through proxy IP addresses.  For over 6 months, I blacklisted the IP addresses, but one proxy IP address service might have hundreds of proxy IP addresses.  It was a never-ending battle.

There were people who had participated on this blog since it opened in August 2012.  They opened Word Press accounts and many of them incorporated the word “butterfly” into their new handles.   One did not consider himself a butterfly so chose a handle that includes “moth.”  What they did was honorable and a blessing to me. None of them had to go through opening a Word Press account to continue posting comments here, but they did and I am forever grateful. Read the rest of this entry

Open Discussion June 6, 2017

Friends, visitors, caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and a certain roach,

Sunday evening, a bug hit my household.  Even the dog vomited.  Although I’m feeling better now, my appetite has not returned and I’m still weak.  This open discussion is because there are two trials currently taking place, and I’m not sure if I can keep up with separate posts about other news.

  • I knew jury selection was taking place for two trials; that of Jeronimo Yanez for the shooting death of Philando Castile.  Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaugher.   Jury selection is underway for Ray Tensing’s retrial, who is charged with the shooting death of Samuel Dubose.   The jury deadlocked at Tensing’s first trial, which we followed at this link.

Yanez’s trial is not livestreamed.  Tensing’s trial is scheduled to be livestreamed.   I will publish separate posts to follow each trial. Read the rest of this entry

Manchester: Explosion in Ariana Grande’s Concert Leaves 22 Dead, Over 50 Injured

Thanks for the details. My condolences to the family and friends of those who passed, and prayers for healing to the injured.

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At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, (Tuesday morning), the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade.

The horror unfolded at about 10.30pm on Monday at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande, whose music is popular with children and teenagers.

The attack, which took place in the foyer area of the arena, left hundreds of people fleeing in terror, with young people at the concert separated from their parents in the chaos. It left carnage inside the concert venue, with medics describing treating wounds consistent with shrapnel injury.

One witness said he could see nuts and bolts strewn on the floor of the foyer after the attack, which…

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As We Approach The Weekend – Open Discussion

There is so much happening.

We have gotten through the Betty Shelby trial.   Again, a jury looked at video but decided the verdict in favor of Shelby.

There’s daily news and new revelations regarding the White House.

I wanted to write something different today.  Then I remembered that Word Press made some changes to its Reader.  So, here’s a question for Word Press bloggers.  Did you know that if you publish more than one blog post the same day in succession, that the posts no longer appear separately in the Reader?  The titles are listed in a box and there is no summary.  Read the rest of this entry

Taking a Break – Open Discussion

Dear friends and visitors,

The time has arrived for me to take a break.  There’s Spring cleaning, and that includes the yards. There are also some doctor appointments coming up and a pending surgery.  I probably won’t write any new posts for the next two weeks.

The last two days have been pretty busy on my other blog.   The most recent post there is about living in peace with others who have different views or ideologies.  The discussion is interesting.  Because I moderate all comments for that blog,  I’ll check-in on both blogs for comments in moderation while I’m on a break from writing.

Feel free to post in the comment section anything that’s on your mind or any topic you want to discuss with each other.

Here’s something that will hopefully lift our spirit.

 

War is the Unfolding of Miscalculations… Assad, Trump, Putin, and Syria 2017

In his Executive Order, this is the country where Trump does not want refugees to enter the U.S. Now suddenly he cares about the people?

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

The die has been cast. Last week the Trump administration signaled that the regime of Bashir Al Assad was not a priority for American policy in the Middle East. The comment was perplexing as the Assad regime has worked with the Iranians, and Hezbollah, both enemies of the United States to crush a revolt against his regime that began during the Arab Spring. Assad’s methods included the use of Sarin nerve agent and relentless attacks on civilians and were condemned by much of the world. In 2013 President Obama attempted to gain political support for military action against the Assad regime but was rebuffed by congressional Republicans as well as anti-war Democrats. The Syrian rebels were joined by radical Sunni Muslims of various Al Qaeda affiliates and later joined by the so called Islamic State. The Syrian army was on the point of collapse when…

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Open Discussion – March 20, 2017

Dear friends, visitors, caterpillars, butterflies, crusty moths and a certain roach,

I had out-patient surgery this morning, so am not feeling 100 percent.   There is lots going on, so feel free to post whatever you want to discuss or express in the comment section.

 

10 things you need to know today: January 14, 2017

The Fifth Column

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

THE WEEK

1. Trump may lift Russia sanctions ‘if we get along’
President-elect Donald Trump may lift U.S. sanctions against Russia if relations between the two countries improve during his time in office, he indicated in an interview published by The Wall Street JournalFriday. “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” Trump asked, though he noted he will not make any major changes “at least for a period of time.” He also suggested possible diplomatic shakeup with China, announcing that “Everything is under negotiation including ‘One China,'” the long-time U.S. policy of formally accepting Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is not a separate nation. Still, the president-elect made a point to highlight the holiday greeting he received from Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying, “I have a beautiful card from…

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A Song Running Through My Head and Open Discussion

Have you ever awakened with a song in your mind, and it stays with you all day?  You hum it, and then you get the CD and listen to it?

That happened to me yesterday, so I thought I would share it.   The words that stuck out to me where “be free”.    Those words are deeper than the surface.

When we go shopping, we cannot purchase what the store doesn’t have.  It’s the same way as individuals.  We can only give to others what we have within us.   “Be free.”  Before we can allow others to be free, whether in their opinions, beliefs, life-styles, etc., we must be free within, and not in bondage.   Conducting warfare, whether verbal or armed, demonstrates the bondage that people have within, because that is what they give to others.

There’s influence, and then there’s bondage.  Effective influence is by example — not by words only.

Feel free to use this for open discussion on any issue or subject that you want to share.

 

10 things you need to know today: November 18, 2016

The Fifth Column

Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

THE WEEK

1. Trump offers Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions top positions
Donald Trump has reportedly asked retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser, and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Flynn is retired from the U.S. Army and resigned as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2014, forced out over his leadership style and, he said, his hardline views on Islamist extremism. Sessions, for his part, has long been tough on free trade and immigration, and has historically opposed prison sentencing reform, legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage, and curbing the war on drugs.

Source: CBS, Bloomberg

2. Trump to discuss possible Cabinet post with Romney
President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with Mitt Romney to discuss a possible Cabinet post for the former Massachusetts governor. Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, criticized Trump harshly during this year’s…

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Open Discussion

Caterpillars, butterflies, moths, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Good morning! 

Respect_butterfly_largeHere’s a heartfelt welcome and thanks to all subscribers and visitors.  Your support and interest is greatly appreciated.  I do try to get around to visiting new subscribers who have blogs as soon as possible, but have fallen behind.  In the last month, we have picked up 50 new subscribers in which the majority are bloggers.  I’ll be around to visit as soon as I can.

I’m not on Twitter much, but when I am I tweet links to other blogs of posts that my Twitter followers might find interesting.   If you have a Twitter account, please consider following me on Twitter @XenaBb7.  I will follow back.

I was humbly blessed by blogger supabutterfly who honored me with a post of accomplishments.  He dug out things I did not know, such as having this blog cited in a footnote in a book published by the University of New Mexico Press.   Here’s a huge thanks to supabutterfly for his encouragement and support. Read the rest of this entry

Open Discussion – Updates and Other News

Butterflies, caterpillars, moths, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Hello friends!

butterfly thank you 1A great big thanks to subscribers, visitors and participants.  To those wanting to comment for the first time, you can  sign-in with a Facebook, Twitter, or Word Press account.  Your first comment will go into moderation.  Feel free to join in discussion.

There’s a lot of news and rather than writing separate posts, here are some summaries.

Hat tip to chuquestaquenumber1 for the following;

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Trenton Forster mugshot

Trenton Forster, 18-years old, has been charged with first degree murder for shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder.  Officer Snyder was 33-years old, a husband and father of a 2-year old boy.   Officer Snyder was shot at point blank range.

Forster is a high-school drop-out with a pending felony marijuana charge.  More on this at Heavy.com.

R.I.P. Officer Snyder.  Our condolences to your family and friends.

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Independent autopsy of Keith Lamont Scott shows 3 gunshot wounds to his left upper back, left lower abdomen, and left wrist. He suffered fractures in his ribs and vertebrae. Scott was fatally shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte police officer.  The independent autopsy was requested by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Sept. 29 and performed the next day.

Charles Monnett, one of the attorneys representing the Scott family, said the Scott family “was forced” to request the independent autopsy because the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte “refused to release even the most basic information.”  ABC News has more on this. Read the rest of this entry

Michael Jackson Would Have Been 58 Today

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Michael JacksonI had an out-of-town guess this weekend so am behind in blogging.  Today, I came online to write a post about Michael Jackson.  It seemed like yesterday when the news reported his death.  Then, I read the news about Gene Wilder.  He passed today at the age of 83. When I read the book It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner, it gave me a view about Gene Wilder that I had not known.  Gilda loved him dearly.   I remember the chemistry he had acting along with Richard Pryor and Cleavon Little.   It’s rather strange that on August 29, 2016 as we think about Michael’s birthday, that Gene Wilder would cross over to the other realm.

One of my favorite videos/songs by Michael Jackson is They Don’t Care About Us. It was released in 1996, and today in 2016, I think the song was really saying that Black lives matter.   Michael did two videos for that song.  Here they are.

 

 

White Supremacists Enter Houston’s 3rd Ward Carrying Confederate Flags & Racist Slogans

I can’t help but question — if they are pro-cop, then why weren’t they carrying signs with the names of those cops killed, regardless of the race of the killer? I think that one officer out of New Mexico was buried this weekend.

United States Hypocrisy

Armed with assault rifles, confederate flags and white supremacist slogans, a group of the extreme fascist right-wing calling itself ‘white lives matter’ stood on the grounds of the Houston Chapter of the historic civil rights organization – the N.A.A.C.P. – to sing the praises of police officers who’ve killed unarmed Black people and decry activists who’ve spoken out against police abuse. They claimed to be exercising their “second amendment right to defend ourselves”, despite their going into the overwhelmingly black third ward to spread their toxic agenda.

Perhaps not surprisingly these white supremacists with their stated pro-cop agenda were barricaded and protected by police officers. It goes without saying that the response to this demonstration on the part of police was completely different from their response to Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Imagine for a moment organizers of a #BLM march carrying assault rifles and wearing bullet proof vests! You can’t imagine it…

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10 things you need to know today: August 14, 2016

From morning and into the night. a lot happened yesterday. Thanks for the info.

The Fifth Column

Gretchen Ehlke/Associated Press

THE WEEK

1. Violent protests, fires in Milwaukee after fatal police shooting
Protest of a fatal police shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, turned violent late Saturday night as multiple local businesses, including a gas station and a bank, were set on fire. Some demonstrators also threw rocks at police officers, injuring one. The protest assembled in response to an incident Saturday afternoon in which police shot and killed a fleeing man armed with a stolen handgun after a traffic stop. The officer involved was reportedly wearing a body camera, but footage has yet to be released. Early Sunday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department tweeted that it was “restoring order” and “reducing deployments” in the neighborhood where the protest took place.

Source: USA Today, CNN

2. Trump’s allies reportedly see him as ‘sullen,’ ‘erratic,’ and ‘exhausted’ by the campaign
A report printed by The New York TimesSunday

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