Category Archives: Potpourri

Spring Forward In Time

It’s that time again.  At 2 a.m., set your clocks ahead one-hour.  For those of you with pet dogs, make sure you explain to them why they’re being walked early.  (Haha)

 

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Feb. 5, 2018 Open Discussion Until The End of The Week

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, visitors, friends and neighbors,

I’m still following the trial of Hugh Barry, the police officer who killed 66-year old Deborah Danner when she was having a mental health episode.  You can follow along at this link.

There are some personal matters that need my attention so other than following the trial, I don’t think it will leave me much time to write blog posts.   This open discussion is intended for sharing news, information, opinions or anything else you might want to share and/or discuss in the comment section below.  I might add to it as time allows. Read the rest of this entry

2017 Year In Review For We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Word Press no longer produces annual reports, but they have given bloggers access to statistical information.  If you blog on Word Press and want to see your statistics, sign into your account and go to https://wordpress.com/stats/year.

A Zillion Thanks

There are no words to express my gratitude to followers and participants.  According to 2017 statistics as of December 26, 2017, 1139 of this blog’s followers are Word Press bloggers.  We have a fantastic and diverse blogging community.  They, as well as followers who are not bloggers,  are my motivation.

A Slow Year For Writing

This year has been one where I’ve not written as many posts as in the past.  That’s due to more than a handful of reasons, and has caused me to consider how I will continue in 2018.

Since the presidential election, the political atmosphere in America is suffocating, with things happening on almost a daily basis. I try to keep up, but every week it looks like another name is added to the list of those with connections to Russia, or another person in the Trump administration leaving the building.  There is no way of being on blogs and/or Twitter without reading about Trump.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.   I see Trump as a dictator and danger to America, our constitution, and equality for all.  In the coming year, I might reblog more posts about politics.

From The Beginning Until Now

This blog began because in February 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year old, was walking home in Sanford, Florida when he was killed.  That brought me to the internet and made me aware of a world of hate and racial animus that I thought had dissolved into the archives of history.  I followed the trial of George Zimmerman, and I’ve kept the focus of following trials for over 5 years now.

On this blog, a search by category returned 80 posts under “trials.”  Since 2012, media sources have changed.  Trials are not live streamed like they were years ago.  News sources might make some videos available on their website, but not on Youtube where they can be embedded in blog posts.  The best I’ve been able to do under such circumstances is seek trial information on Twitter and post that in the comment section until the jury or judge (if a bench trial), reaches a verdict. Read the rest of this entry

Star of Screen, Television, and Recording Artist Della Reese Dead At 86

Della Reese

She was born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church when she was 6-years old.  By her teens, she was working as a singer in gospel luminary Mahalia Jackson’s unit.

After graduating from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, she briefly attended Wayne State University, but soon moved into music professionally, taking Della Reese as her professional name.

Della Reese was the first Black woman to host her own talk show, which was launched in 1969 and called “Della”.

Della Reese got her first acting break from casting director Reuben Cannon, who offered her a guest shot on the cop show “The Mod Squad” in 1968.  She also appeared in roles on “Police Woman,” “The Rookies,” “McCloud” Chico and the Man,” Welcome Back Kotter,” and “The A-Team.”  Read the rest of this entry

Thinking Out Loud About Discussions

Discussions.  Lately, people are talking about the time being right for discussion about gun control, discussion about race relations, discussion about police reform.

People have discussed these things for decades if not longer.   In my opinion, there are no resolutions because people do not go to the foundation of the issues.

The second amendment?  An argument can be made that when it was written, it was for the protection of this country against other countries because the U.S. did not have organized Armed Forces.  In that argument, it can also be said that guns then are not the guns that exist now.

Regarding race relations, there are many foundational problems including ignorance and prejudicial assumptions.  The experiences of minorities are generally diminished .   Once comparisons start, it is no longer a discussion but a competition of which is the better race. Read the rest of this entry

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.

 

9/11 Anniversary–2017

In Saner Thought

Today we recognize that 16 years ago a handful of whacked out turds flew planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania….the worse case of terrorism to ever hit the shores of America.

This is an op-ed written for the Washington Times……a look at what has become of the society since that fateful day…..(I do not totally agree with some of their assumptions but a pretty good piece all around)…….

The approach of an anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 always concentrates my mind. It was, astonishingly, 16 Septembers ago that a team of foreign terrorists hijacked three American passenger planes and used them as weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone forget the images of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being consumed by fire and smoke, the twin towers collapsing, the ashes rising, children struggling to come to terms with the fact…

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Hurricane Irma

It skirted Puerto Rico, caused death in the Caribbean islands, and is heading to Florida with winds up to 180 mph.  And, it is HUGE!

The following video is live tracking.

I have a doctor’s appointment and anticipate being placed on knock-out medication, so would appreciate that those following this event post follow-up comments in the comment section below.

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

A Science Fiction Love Story Movie That Isn’t

Science fiction movies, especially those that involve space travel, generally allow human logic in their characters.  At least, it is logic that goes with the plot. Most of them that involve hyper-sleep while traveling to other planets, are with a purpose of conducting something scientific or capitalistic.

In the second movie in the Alien franchise, the movie tells us that they sent a group of settlers to a planet that is inhabited by alien creatures whose sole purpose is to use human bodies as hosts to give birth to reproduce more aliens.

In the movie Avatar, we see scientists and mercenaries travel to a moon for a company that is stripping it of natural resources. In Avatar, the people on the ship were in hyper-sleep for 5 years.

What about a movie where Earthlings pay money to be put on a space ship to travel so far away, that they will be in hyper sleep for 120 years?  The only reason that the movie gives to us is that the people want to start over.

The movie I’m talking about is Passengers.  Since first seeing Chris Pratt in the movie Jurassic World, I became a fan.  In fact, I became so much of a fan that I looked up other movies he appeared in before Jurassic World and watched them, such as Guardians of the Galaxy.  I also like science fiction movies, so you might say that with Chris Pratt being in Passengers, I had to see the movie. 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

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.

 

10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2017

The Fifth Column

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THE WEEK

1. Flynn offers Russia testimony in exchange for immunity
President Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has told the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees he will testify about possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity from “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Thursday. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner said. Flynn served as an adviser during Trump’s campaign and later as his national security adviser, but he resigned in February after it was revealed he communicated with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before Trump’s inauguration as former President Barack Obama was preparing to announce sanctions against Russia over its meddling in the election.

Source: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal

2. North Carolina lawmakers repeal controversial…

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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.

 

Wake Up Everybody

The song “Wake Up Everybody” song by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, was released in 1975.   The video below was recorded in 2008 for a PBS Special.  The lyrics still apply today.

“The world won’t get no better if we just let it be.”

 

10 things you need to know today: January 24, 2017

The Fifth Column

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THE WEEK

1. The Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA director
The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA directoron Monday after Democrats briefly held up the nomination. Pompeo, who was a Tea Party Republican congressman from Kansas before taking on the new job, now takes charge of an agency whose leaders clashed with President Trump before he took office. Trump accused intelligence officials of trying to smear him by reporting that Russia appeared to have hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails to help him win the presidency. In a visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, Trump promised to give the agency his full support.

Source: The Washington Post

2. Trump repeats debunked claim of widespread voter fraud
In his first official meeting with congressional leaders, President Trump on Mondayrepeated a false claim that he would have won the popular vote if…

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Exclusion From Restrooms And The Rockford Air Show

Rockford, Illinois has an airport.

It’s one of those airports where planes fly people for vacations, such as Apple vacations.  In other words, you can’t book a flight to New York or Texas or Atlanta to visit with family, attend funerals — stuff like that.

The airport used to have an air show each year.  The last air show was in 2015.

My son, who served in the United States Air Force, loves jets.  At the age of 6, he sat in a pilot’s seat and fell in love.  He probably loves a bicycle if it could fly.  When he was home in 2010, we attended the Air Show.

folding-camping-chairsThe event is one where you bring your own camping chair.  That is pretty common in Rockford.  Our entire family has folding camping chairs with their own carrying bags that you can sling over your shoulder.  We used to take them to On the Waterfront, a musical, eating event, but that too was cancelled after 2012.

Rockford organizers of events seem to be out of touch with the interests of its citizens.  For example, I remember attending On The Waterfront one year.  The Spinners performed, and a man swaying and clapping next to me, who was dressed in overalls and a plaid shirt said, “Why can’t we hear more music like this around here?”

The next night, The Vanilla Fudge performed, and a woman doing the dance “the jerk” said it was the best $8 concert she ever attended. (I was doing the Boogaloo.)

Although Rockford is located in Northwestern Illinois, the music that overwhelms the airways, in bars, and even for karaoke, is Country-Western. On The Waterfront brought in some big names for Country and Rock artists, but soon abandoned R&B and artists of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

The Air Show was different.  There was food and souvenirs, but the best part were the jets – unless you had to use the restroom. Read the rest of this entry

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

The Fifth Column

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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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