Brelo case: how is this possible?

I’ll be honest right up front. I’m not in Cleveland right now. Heck, I’m not even in the US. I have limited internet time, so I haven’t read the judge’s 35-page verdict. I’m sure he explained why he found Brelo not guilty. But I just don’t get it.


I don’t know how, standing on the good of a car and firing 40-some rounds is justified. Or even how it’s appropriate police procedure. If the couple in the car was armed, which they weren’t, wouldn’t that not be safe for the officer?

Now, I wasn’t there, but I don’t know that such police brutality was justified. I don’t know that they felt their lives were in danger.

Some people may argue that why did they run if they were innocent? To that, I say:
1. Whether or not were they innocent does not mean you shoot 137 shots at them. If anything, that is the definition of overreach.
2. After a bunch of officers have already shot dozens of rounds at a couple, why do you singlehandedly need to shoot 42 rounds by yourself? And at such close range?

But most of all, if you use that argument, then why was the city of Cleveland so quick to pay out $3 MILLION dollars to the family if they didn’t think they did anything wrong???

I wish I was in Cleveland to sit with these guys.


sometimes, men are dogs

I was doing laundry today. Pixie, the cockapoo, has some weird need to grab socks. It’s like I’m in some duck and weave game with her while folding laundry. I keep her from the laundry basket, and she keeps going for it. As I lay out the folded laundry in piles by owner, I also make a pile with the rolled up pairs of socks. All while keeping her away from these too.

It’s bound to happen. Every now and then, she is victorious in her quest to nab the socks! And off she goes! She races to the other room, and enjoys playing with her sock conquest. I go ever-so-quietly to try to get it back. Her ears perk up and she is ready to bolt. I inch closer to her. Too close…. SHE BOLTS!

This continues between the two opposite rooms on the main floor. Sometimes for far too long. I’ve come up with distractions to be able to grab her & get the socks from her, but it’s always frustrating.

But here’s the thing…. SHE KNOWS IT’S WRONG.

She knows. Or else why would she make a run for it as soon as she nabs them? And then why run each time I go near her? Because she knows I’m going to take them away. Because she knows it’s wrong. But she doesn’t care. Why? Because she just loves socks, and she wants socks, and she just wants what she wants.

This is the same with men. Sometimes.

Sometimes, they will just do whatever stupid thing they want to do. Even though they know it’s wrong. Just like a dog. Which reminded me of a Babyface song about men being dogs. Haha.

Also, I think when I get a dog in the future, I will name her Maria if she’s a girl. Because then, when she does something to drive me crazy and make me mad, I can sing “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”. And it will make me not be mad anymore!

War on Christmas

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Don’t tell me there’s a war on Christmas when everywhere I look, people are counting down to it. Every store has a sign saying “Christmas is December 25th”. As if anyone here would forget that?

This was on the side of my email today. –>

If there’s any war on Christmas, it’s society pushing products instead of “the reason for the season”.

And actually, the real reason for the season is that the church wanted to overshadow a pagan holiday, so they made up that Jesus was born now instead of in spring (or fall as some believe).

And I present to you this. I took this picture the first week of September this year.

Announcements of announcements

This is what’s wrong with this country.

Too much talking about confidential information. There’s a reason there are various levels of security clearance in government.

A member of Seal Team 6 is NOT supposed to give away details or expose himself or his team.

Is nothing sacred or guarded anymore?

Obama & this immigration fiasco

President Barack Obama has been called the “deporter in chief”; since he has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president. When he ran for President, his platform agenda included immigration reform.

The Republicans realized that election (2008) that America wanted more tolerance and less racism, which they didn’t know before. They started looking into being “more inclusive” of other races. They took the ball and worked out an immigration reform bill.

Then they sat on it.

It is now 2014. So the President has finally said, “Hey. We need to do something about this promise I made 2 elections ago.” Not in those words, obviously.

And everyone’s getting worked up? Did you not realize this was coming… um…. SIX YEARS AGO? When he PROMISED it would happen?
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And these are people who ALREADY live and work here. You don’t want their tax money? Because they do want to pay taxes. And there’s stipulations. It’s not a free for all. It’s rhyme and reason. In fact, it’s the same rhyme & reason that all the other presidents (including your idol Ronald Reagan supported).

I hear people saying things like “it’s the law”. Yes, and that’s why Obama has deported so many undocumented immigrants. However, what about that pesky Slavery law? That got changed, right? And that law that women can’t vote? That was changed. Laws are not written in stone. They evolve, like we do.

And it’s not like he’s giving out citizenship, in his best Oprah voice. You get citizenship, you get citizenship, you get citizenship…. eeeevvveeerybooooddy gets citizenship! But if you’ve been here for 5 years, have children that were born here, and you’re paying your own way into a route to stay here while also paying taxes. Paying into a social security that you will never collect from. Supporting businesses in your community. All the things a citizen does. These are people that are already contributing to our fine nation, and will continue to do so.

Yes, you read that right. They pay taxes. Not just taxes on the goods they buy (sales tax and property tax), but also income tax. Yes, they are undocumented immigrants. To work in this country, they may have used a fake social security number. That means, they paid income taxes using that SSN. They paid money into a social security system that they will never get any benefit from. They just donated to your & my social security fund. Well, maybe not mine; it may run dry before I get there. Oh, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the other way that they can (& do) pay taxes – an Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). I barely know how to do my own taxes, so I can’t really explain how all that works. If you’re really interested, though, you’ll find a way to research it!

There are 11 million undocumented people living here in these United States. This action would apply to about 4.4 million of them. There’s no way to actually find and deport the 11 million. Do you have any idea how much that would cost?!

Related Article (pic links to article), explains how prior to the 1920s, there was no real process to enter the US. So, all those that came over here were essentially the same as these undocumented immigrants.
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think like a man?

So, one of my relatives on Facebook posted this picture last week. It pissed me off to no end. Maybe irrationally? But it just did. So, I’m here venting about it. If I put it down in words, then I’ll be able to move past it. This is the offending picture she posted:

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I was so irritated. What the hell?

Think like a man? What’s wrong with thinking like myself. An intelligent, creative, solution-minded woman.

No, I’m happy to think like a woman.

And to those young girls that are tomboys, dress however you want. To those transgender out there, look how you feel comfortable.

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Definition of a feminist

“If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re a feminist, you have to say yes.”  “Because that is how words work.”
~ Aziz Ansari

Geez, I love Aziz Ansari. He’s hilarious, and he just gets it.