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shen said...

So Americans transition back to the wild west continues

The above is a misconception of the wild west. Which really wasn't all that wild after all. In fact, there were more gun restrictions in the wild west than there are today in most any area of the country.

September 18, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
shen said...

Putin is right. America puts on a great show of exceptional-ism and that's where it all ends. The rest of the world ain't fooled either.

September 18, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.
shen said...

Maximus wrote:__"You contribute money to SS all of your working years and happen to die at say 59. Do your children receive any of those funds? No."

Unlike most private company retirement plans, actually surviving children and even the surviving spouse do receive funds. Unlike he private sector, if a spouse dies the surviving spouse may receive a cash payment if the company had a life insurance police on the deceased, but any retirement funds cease the moment the indvidual dies. SS actually pays surviving widows/widowers and depenents up until the child or children reaches a certain age. If child or children goes to college they will continue to receive funds, although the surviving widow's monies will stop after the child reaches a certain age.

There once was an incident where a family thought their loved one had a life insurance policy with their employer. The company did have a life insurance policy but they made themselves, not the family, the beneficiary. All those years the family, and surely the deceased, thought the company life insurance policy would be paid to the family if the employee died. They only found out the truth after the individual died that the company had made itself the beneficiary. The story was in the news.

May 22, 2013 at 9:25 p.m.
shen said...

Consortium news:

"What A Real Cover-Up Looks Like"

Exclusive: Republicans won’t let go of their conspiracy theory about some nefarious “cover-up” in “talking points” for Ambassador Susan Rice’s TV interviews on the Benghazi attack. But they should at least have better skills for detecting a real cover-up, since they’ve had direct experience, as Robert Parry documents.

By Robert Parry

There have been nine public hearings and countless hours of commentary about the so-called Benghazi “cover-up” – really just some bureaucratic back-and-forth about “talking points” for a second-tier official’s appearance on TV. But none of the outraged members of Congress or the news media seems to have any idea what a real cover-up looks like.

In 2011, I gained access to files at the George H.W. Bush library in College Station, Texas, showing how Bush’s White House reacted to allegations in 1991 that he had joined in an operation in 1980 to sabotage President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 American hostages then held in Iran.

May 22, 2013 at 8:51 p.m.
shen said...

*Washington Post/Sept 1 2006:

Two "unnamed" congressional leaders requested IRS investigate NAACP for remarks made about Bush:

"IRS Ends 2-Year Probe Of NAACP's Tax Status"

Nearly two years after a controversial decision to investigate the NAACP for criticizing President Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign, the Internal Revenue Service has ruled that the remarks did not violate the group's tax-exempt status.

In a letter released yesterday by the NAACP, the IRS said the group, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, "continued to qualify" as tax-exempt.

The commissioner said the investigation of the NAACP was undertaken because two congressional leaders, whom he declined to name, requested it.

I think I recall reading somewhere that one of those congressional leaders was from Tennessee?

May 22, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
shen said...

"Gang activity is when I disrespect you and yours. Your house, your home, your gang,'' Joe said. "I shoot up your territory. I taunt. I start shooting up your spot. Flying colors. Taunting your crew.'' Gang activity is really about maintaining respect. When collective respect for the entire gang is dirtied, then, the city has the potential to explode. Back and forth. Back and forth.

Is it irony or just coincidence that both street gangs and cops basically abide by the same honor codes? 1. most basic don't snitch. others: 2. dont' disrespect or you might have an entire regiment coming after you. 3. stick together. 4. honor the brotherhood.

Yet one is considered a menace to society that needs to be eradicated, while the other is considered a necessary evil needed to proect us all from the menace?

Maybe therein lies the solution to street gangs somewhere?

May 11, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.
shen said...

Ike, I don't blame you for hesitating to use your real name. I too suffered stalking and harassment when a member of authority once revealed my name, where I live, a description of me and the type car I drove. I'm not sure what the purpose was, other than an attempt to get someone to hurt or harm me or my family on their behalf. All the while, their hands would be clean.

I've also been told of others this has happened to. In my situaiton, I suffered having individuals drive by my house, stop and take pictures, or call out demeaning remarks. Someone somehow got hold of my unlisted phone number and at times called my home with no one on the other end, just an open phone line with what sounded like police radio transmission in the background. Spread untrue rumors to my neighbors etc. I'm not at all sure why a few are drumming for others to reveal their names, unless there are plans to somehow use it against them or hrass them either directly or indirectly. Some of these individuals are well connected with members of authority. Therefore, they know they're protected and have nothing to worry for themselves or their families by revealing their names.

May 11, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.
shen said...

until the threat of action rears its menacing head and your jelly-filled doughnut backbone quickly slithers out of sight.

At least we show up. Your type talk your sh!t, but rarely to never show up for the actual protest. Leaving the true brave standing alone and without any support whatsoevah! LOL 'nuf said. ;)

May 11, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
shen said...

OH, that's where you're soo wrong, ddarwin. I have the backbone alright. But I also know how to choose my battles wisely, and in a way where an entire innocent group or community won't pay the price. I know how individuals who call others cowards won't even show up and leave the real backbones stranded and standing alone. Now, go stand beside the woman in the below article and offer up your support to her. Offer to take the beating in her place next time. Go offer spiritual, physical and financial support to the family of the New Orleans woman who was murdered years ago when she filed a complaint against a NOLA cop after witnessing him beating an innocent man in the street for no reason. The cop got a drug dealer friend/associate to carry out a hit on her. Which the drug dealer followed through. Woman gunned down in a driveby.

excerpt: "BALTIMORE (CN) - Baltimore police beat up a woman and smashed her camera for filming them beating up a man, telling her: "You want to film something bi/tch? Film this!" the woman claims in court."

May 10, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
shen said...

When I read Scott C. Wilson letter, Ooltewah, and specifically this excerpt: "Their culture, their beliefs, their understanding of the world outside their village are absolute. Nothing that ventures outside that box is acceptable, or in any way desired", for some reason I got this image of those innocent Muslim women and children being chased from a Wal-Mart right after 9/11. A case of Pot/ Kettle?

May 10, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

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