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Please add Breonna Taylor to the List

Breonna Taylor was (please note I said was) a 26 yo female (emergency room EMT) who was shot and killed by police on March 13. It was after midnight. She was in bed with her boyfriend. It is unclear if she woke up or not. The door was kicked in by police. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, called 911 saying someone was breaking in their apartment. He then grabbed his gun and started shooting. The police returned fire hitting Walker and killing Breonna.

According to reports the police used a “no knock” warrant to enter the house. They thought that this particular house was being used by a drug dealer to sell and house drugs. The drug dealer was already in police custody.

This raises several questions:

  • Why is a “no knock” warrant necessary? What is the criteria for using a “no knock” warrant? Who signed off on the warrant? What questions were asked? If the judge didn’t ask any questions then want is the purpose of the judge?
  • How solid was the information that drugs were being sold at that location? Since the police didn’t find any drugs it is important to look at the source of the information.
  • Shouldn’t the police be 80 – 90% sure before breaking down the door? I understand the need for breaking down a door but couldn’t the police have observed the house for a day or 2? What was the rush? Why did you have go right away?
By |2020-06-02T22:24:27-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Domestic Issues, Race|Comments Off on Please add Breonna Taylor to the List

Meet the Press – Roy Wilkins and Martin Luther King

I thought that I would re-post this episode of Meet the Press.

Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP, and Martin Luther King were on Meet the Press back in 1963.  This was just before the March on Washington.  The format of Meet the Press was a little different.  There were three reporters firing questions at the guests.

This is very interesting. One of the reporters was terribly worried about violence, which in looking through a 50-year retrospectoscope, looks to be awfully racist to me.  What he appears to be saying is that Blacks can’t assemble in large numbers without tearing stuff up.  Hell, we know that Whites have trouble assembling in large numbers without tearing things up (Woodstock II).

Interestingly, it appears that Wilkins is the more “important” guest.  King becomes the great MLK, after the March on Washington and after his “I Have a Dream” speech.

 

By |2019-03-03T20:36:46-04:00January 21st, 2019|Civil Rights, Race|Comments Off on Meet the Press – Roy Wilkins and Martin Luther King

Don’t Look At this Healthcare, Let’s Talk about Race

By now, everyone has heard President Trump’s statement about the NFL and Steph Curry, the NBA superstar. I’m not going to rehash what Trump said. Or what others have said to Trump.

Have you seen the movie, Now You See Me? It is about a group of magicians who suck millions of dollars out of Michael Caine’s bank account and all the while keep one step ahead of him and the authorities. There is a line in the movie that asks if you know the role of the assistant to the magician. Well, it is to distract the audience while the magician is doing the important stuff.

I would ask you to not focus on Trump and his statements. I would suggest that our president is trying to distract us from something else. Maybe the slow moving, always present Russian investigation? Although this investigation is making some news, I don’t think that there is anything really explosive that has come out over the last 48 hours. What about this new ObamaCare killing bill? As more and more information comes out about this piece of garbage it looks worse than the Ryan House bill or the previous versions floated in the Senate. Outrage was beginning to build over this GC (Graham Cassidy, what did you think GC stood for???) bill but now Trump has asked us to argue over race and its role in America.

I don’t know about you but I think that we need save ObamaCare more than we need to talk about race.

By |2017-09-24T00:26:05-04:00September 24th, 2017|Healthcare, Race|Comments Off on Don’t Look At this Healthcare, Let’s Talk about Race