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Showing posts with label Jon S. Randal. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trump, Spicer, And The Shame Of It All

Are the kiddies asleep yet?

WARNING: May include humor, some slight satire, and a sprinkling of truth - proceed with caution:

LIVE from the Situation Room at the Mar-a-Lago resort, it's time once again for Sean "Oops, I Did It Again" Spicer's "Alternative News Re-Whine," where we ignore the real news and just focus on the snowflake so-fake news.

Top headline this week is the Orange Maestro's address to Congress, where the Orange One mused how great and terrific he was, how sad his enemies were, and the Republicans in Congress nodded their heads in loving approval, blowing kisses and letting their arms float up in a openhanded salute.

In other, not so important news, there was another terrorist attack, following up attacks in Bowling Green, Atlanta, and Sweden. This, according to Baghdad Sean occurred at La La Land, where the Hollywood elites allowed a Muslim to reportedly kidnap a hostage named "Oscar."

According to Spice Boy, the "snowflakes" in Hollywood were so busy picking on the Great, the Holy One, the Orange Master of the Universe that they screwed up big time.

The President of the United States, Steve "Dark Lord" Bannon, continued to have no comment on the news, saying instead he was too busy pulling strings. Plus, it was not night time yet, and he is "allergic" to daylight.

The Other One in the White House, whose words and eloquent tweets have inspired a nation, has stated, however, that "it was so bad, so sad, the Hollywood terrorists led by mastermind Meryl Streep, who is just so overrated, are just sooo inept, they just can't do anything right, and their ratings were so low. I mean, I got higher ratings on my wonderful show, "The Apprentice."

"Sphincter" Spicer revealed that there was no truth in the rumor that an unidentified Russian agent was seen backstage handing out red Valentine's day cards to Pricewaterhousecoopers accountants, thanking them for their wonderful work tabulating electoral votes during the recent election.

When asked his opinion of the implication that Russia may have been involved in this terrorist attack, Vladimir (Ras)Putin responded by saying, "Nonsense, nyet, that is complete nonsense. I was not at the Oscars talking to accountants and saying what a beautiful woman that Emma Stone is, you should tweet a picture of hers - I was not even there, I was in the Balkans riding barechested on my faithful horse, Donny. I like Warren Beatty, he did movie called "Reds," I would never hurt him, maybe Steve Harvey, but I would never interfere with American affairs. It is totally Bolshevik to even imply that. I am disgusted. You Americans just enjoy leaking false information, you even come to my country leaking. I have video. And, when you give me back Exxon oil? My good friend, Tillerson, says I get back my Exxon oil soon, yes?"

At that time, Clown Crier Spicer interrupted (Ras)Putin to say there was no news in Russia, they were just testing some missiles and subs near the East Coast, nothing to be afraid of, unlike all the terrorist attacks being launched by those mean liberals, fake media and courts, immigrant mothers, Muslim actors, the FBI (this time, they were good last time), and Hollywood elites.

"We need to focus on real news," added the Orange Highness, snort. The liberals are so mean, so so mean. It's just sad. I think Obama is behind all of this. There are also rumors that Republicans have been reported missing, not to imply that there is any dasterdly deed behind all of this, I mean, I didn't say it, but others are talking. There are milk cartons with pictures of missing Republican lawmakers. And, even my faithful Eva Braun, er, I mean, Kellyanne Conway has been missing ever since she was seen tweeting among a group of black people." Snort.

Bubblegum Spicer confirmed that Propaganda Minister Conway has been missing, last seen on a White House sofa, but there is no truth to the rumor that she was accidently deported hawking Ivanka scarves.

Spice Boy also added that there was also no truth to the rumor that Edukation Secretary Betsy DeVos had been homeschooling the Pricewaterhousecooper accountants in "mastamastic, er, I mean, arizmectic, sigh, I mean math."

The Orange Mastedon then continued with his rant, "Fake news, all fake news! These liberals are just so mean, all they do is whine. Sad. My administration and I will never whine and cry about what people say about me. I mean, I tweet every night reminding my supporters that. And, they love me. I had the biggest inauguration ever! I have friends on Facebook who tell me that they comment on their friends' pages that they are sick and tired of liberals moaning and whining ..."

When a reporter from the Washington Post interrupted and stated, "Your supporters say they do not moan and whine on their own pages because they spend so much time moaning and whining on the pages of friends they don't agree with . . ."

The Master Debater countered, "FAKE NEWS! FAKENEWS! Ban him! Deport him! Not true. So sad. Always picking on me, poor, poor me. I just love people, and all I get is this, people trying to obstruct everything I'm trying to do to make this country grate. I would never do that to anyone."

Mar-a-Lago Door Bouncer Mitch "Tooter Turtle" McConnell agreed, saying, "It . . . is wrong . . . to obstruct . . . a President . . . from doing . . . his job . . . I have . . . . no respect . . . for anyone . . . who would . . . do . . . that."

With that, Spicer Tickler said that time was up for this edition of the "White House Re-Whine" and that he just had one more update, that the the Swedish IKEA agents are still piecing together the massacre in Sweden and that the obviously Muslim terrorist group, known only as ABBAs, is still at large. The White House will continue to block, ban, and deport un-Americans everywhere.

Frederick Douglass still had no comment.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Carefully Consider Potential Divisiveneess

Jon S. Randal

Rambling thoughts here:

I've been noticing a very disturbing trend where some people are sharing links comparing tragedies, such as "What makes the deportation of an illegal alien who has been here more than 21 years more important than the Flint water crisis?" My opinion is that they are both important, they are both tragedies which we must continue to be aware of and share our frustration and discontent about what is happening in this country. This is not a competition.

I have a feeling, however, that these posts and links may be a conscious effort to divide the people, to dismantle piece by piece any opposition to policies and actions that are detrimental to the health of this nation. History has proven that neither wealth, power, nor hate can defeat a people united for a common cause, but, this strategy which seeks to divide allows whoever is in power to retain that power with only splintered opposition.

Just look at all the divisive events in the past few years - how certain groups have been pitted against one another to think that if you are for one group you must be against the other, prime example, i.e., if you support Black Lives Matter, you must not support police. It is not a competition, it's not either / or. You can care for the lives of both, for all, it does not mean you wish for the deaths of anyone - although, some extreme voices have pushed this agenda, which is just wrong.

And, don't get me wrong, I don't think the people in your circles who may be sharing these posts or links are doing it intentionally, so don't go bashing everyone who does it, they may not fully understand what is going on, which is why we need to understand, and, if need be, we need to explain what's happening.

Support Black Lives Matter. Protest the Flint water crisis. Show your horror at the deportation of immigrants who are essentially "citizens" by virtue of their standing in their community and the years they have been here without harming anyone. Protest DAPL. Support LGBTQ rights. There are so many attacks right now on civil liberties and other rights that it is difficult to see the Big Picture - which is . . .

WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. We can iron out the details later, right now many groups are under attack, we can't be attacking each other as well. This is why we are in this situation in the first place because we fell for the "divide and conquer" strategy, and now many groups which had previously been allies are against each other. This is why we are arguing with family and friends. This is why we are so divided. Ask yourself who benefits from all this division? That's where the focus should be.

Both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez both knew the importance of including other groups who also have been oppressed, allowing them to march with them and to support them when needed. Dr. King advised a Native American group, Chavez spoke at a Gay Rights protest.

As Martin Niemöller said:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

Lincoln's birthday was yesterday, and he said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Tomorrow is Valentine's Day - let's try to stop fighting and instead show a little bit more love. Just my opinion.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rosa Parks: 381 Day Boycott To End Jim Crow Laws

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Some say it all started on this day, Dec. 1, 1955. When she was asked to give up her seat, she remembered when she was going to elementary school in Alabama, when the buses would pass her up each day because buses took white kids to the new school, but black kids had to walk to their school. She would later say, "The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world.”

This time, however, Rosa Parks was just too tired to give in. She refused to give up her seat. She had just gotten off from a long day at work, she had taken her seat in the designated "colored section" in the back of the bus, and now the bus driver was asking her to give up her seat because the bus was now full and a white man needed her seat.

So, she refused. She was arrested and jailed for violating the city's racial segregation laws, known as “Jim Crow laws.” Mrs. Parks appealed her conviction and thus formally challenged the legality of segregation. Local civil rights activists initiated a boycott of the Montgomery bus system.

Two other women had been previously arrested on buses before Parks, but black leaders did not feel the women could receive enough white support to challenge the law. When the well-respected Rosa Parks had been arrested, one Montgomery African American woman exclaimed, “They’ve messed with the wrong one now.”

The group which organized the boycott decided to choose a young Baptist minister who was new to Montgomery to lead them. His name was Martin Luther King, Jr.

The boycott lasted 381 days. Finally, on December 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation law was unconstitutional and the Montgomery buses had to be integrated. It was the beginning of the civil rights era in the United States. All because one woman, Rosa Parks, decided this time around she was not going to let that bus win and take her seat away.

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History that we certainly will not relinquish.


Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11: Jon Randal Commensurates

September 11, 2015 (9/11)

I post this every year on this date. I've updated some of the words, but it still has the same message:

There were 2,973 Americans who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The victims were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers who belonged to many faiths, races, and cultures, from more than 80 nations. They were white, they were black, they were brown, they were red, they represented all the different colors that built this nation. They were gay, they were straight, they were men, they were women, they were liberal, they were conservative, they were young, they were old . . . they were ALL Americans.

I remember 9/11. I remember the names of the victims being read. I remember the heroes who bled. I remember the families who cried. I also remember that for one day, the entire world cried with us, marched in candlelight vigils in support of "America," whether it was in England or Iran -- for one moment the world was one.

I want to post this not just to remember the victims, the heroes, all the people who were directly touched in some way that day, but I also want to post this for those who are still suffering today, the families who had no choice but to continue without their loved ones, the veterans of the wars who were not supported upon their return and represent a majority of the suicides in this nation (on this World Suicide Prevention Day), the first responders who sacrificed their lives and their health and are still suffering today, and, most importantly, all the people of the world still hoping for, still seeking, still dreaming of a world without HATE, a world without fear, a world without greed.

A world instead focused with Love, a world with Hope, a world with ...

Peace ~

 Jon S. Randal

September 11, 2015
Amidst the sadness and the grief of that day, Sept. 11, 2001, there were 50 signs of hope that fateful day, representing 50 babies, one each from the 50 states.
Christina Taylor Green was among those "Faces of Hope," featured in a book, with proceeds going to the Sept. 11 charity.
For one brief shining moment, this beautiful girl would bring happiness to her family, bring hope to the rest of the nation, and lend her grace to a nation seeking to find what was good in America.
Christina Taylor Green was born on Sept. 11, 2001, back East, in West Grove, Pennsylvania, during that tumultuous time when the nation was still in shock.
Sept. 11 affected everyone back East, according to Christina's mother, who herself was born in New York. “It was an emotional time for everyone in the family," but Christina's birth lent a grace note of hope to that terrible day.
Christina would grow up, knowing the significance of her day of birth. She was very patriotic. "Wearing red, white and blue was really special to her," her mother said.
She loved dancing, she loved playing baseball, and she loved singing in her church choir. She also belonged to the Kids Helping Kids charity.
She was very much aware of the inequalities in the world around her, and, she would often tell her mother, "We are so blessed. We have the best life."
Her mother recalled that Christina wanted to be the first female major league baseball player or the president. She would ask her, “Do you mean first lady?” And she would reply, “No, the president.”
That's why 9 years later, she wanted to give back to people, who were less fortunate in life. She dreamed of going into politics, like her hero, Representative Gabrielle Giffords, when she attended a meeting for the Congresswoman at a local supermarket near Christina's Tucson home.
"She was all about helping people, and being involved. It's so tragic. She went to learn today and then someone with so much hatred in their heart took the lives of innocent people," her mother said.
“I think there’s been a lot of hatred going,” her mother would say, “and it needs to stop.”
It was January 8, 2011, which would become another tragic day for America. Christina's life was cut short that day, but her brief life inspired many.
I remember Christina, how much she dreamed of helping people, how much she loved life, how much she wanted to make a difference.
In my humble opinion, Christina Taylor Green in her short time here on Earth has made a difference and her spirit continues to make a difference. She was just a little girl, but as President Obama so eloquently said, "I want America to be as good as she imagined it."
For, Christina....
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Jon S. Randal: A Story of Civil Rights And Humanism

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If you take a look at the image posted by Friend of the TPI, Jon S. Randal, and read his September 4th reflection on US History and the quest for Civil Rights, you may experience a warmed heart and quite probably a social epiphany.

"Don't let them see you cry." 

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On September 4, 1957, 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempted to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, which had become integrated following the results of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. As she tried to enter the school, soldiers of the National Guard, under orders from the Arkansas Governor, would step in her way to prevent her from entering. An angry mob of about 400 surrounded the school and soon started following Eckford, cursing and spitting at her, threatening to lynch her. She eventually gave up and ran to a nearby bus stop, she couldn't stop crying. A reporter, Benjamin Fine, having in mind his own 15-year-old daughter, sat down next to Eckford and tried to comfort her telling her, "don't let them see you cry."

The story of Elizabeth Eckford and Helen Bryan passed into US History in a manner not often observed nor experienced in our times.  

The piece linked below was published here on August 19th post. 

The short story? 

Bryan later in life sought-out Elizabeth Eckford and the fairy tale ending found them friends for life.  It is an intriguing story with many sidebars. 

Herewith is the piece we published on August 29, 2015.

Life Reflections Of A Southern Hater (Elizabeth Eckford And Hazel Bryan-Massery)


Friday, July 17, 2015

Jon S. Randal: Ida B. Wells "On Lynchings"

On lynching...

Washington mayor is facing pressure to resign after he allegedly posted racist comments on Facebook about President Obama and the first lady. 
City Council members have asked Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing to step down. 
Rushing is accused of comparing the Obamas to monkeys and gorillas. On his personal Facebook page, Rushing commented:

"Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL."
Rushing acknowledged he posted the comments to KHQ reporter Caitlin Rearden. 
“It’s just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do,” Rushing said.

Well, it seems a "friend" must have exposed a figurative lynching.

Let's address this area of white privilege via a historic icon, Ida B. Wells, and Facebook friend who's prose I respect to the maximum.

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    Ida B. Wells
    Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Wikipedia
  1. BornJuly 16, 1862, Holly Springs, MS
  2. DiedMarch 25, 1931, Chicago, IL

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Warning, rant coming: Google honored Ida B. Wells today, born on this day, July 16, 1862. She was a journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She is also known for researching and documenting lynching in the United States. I was going to do a straight tribute on her, but, after reading her description of "lynching," I changed course, especially in light of current events.

About lynching, she said:
"The men who make these charges encourage or lead the mobs which do the lynching. They belong to the race which holds Negro life cheap, which owns the telegraph wires, newspapers, and all other communication with the outside world. They write the reports which justify lynching by painting the Negro as black as possible, and those reports are accepted by the press associations and the world without question or investigation. The mob spirit had increased with alarming frequency and violence. Over a thousand black men, women and children have been thus sacrificed the past ten years. Masks have long since been thrown aside and the lynchings of the present day take place in broad daylight. The sheriffs, police, and state officials stand by and see the work done well. The coroner’s jury is often formed among those who took part in the lynching and a verdict, “Death at the hands of parties unknown to the jury” is rendered."
She believed "lynching" was not used to punish blacks for criminal acts as was usually claimed by white mobs, but to control or punish blacks who competed with whites.

When I read that, my first thinking was that "lynching" as it was known in Ida B. Wells day is long gone, but the method to control or punish blacks who they felt were "competing" with whites still exists today - oppression still continues, the killing of unarmed civilians, the imprisonment, the burning of churches, the total lack of respect for people of color, shown via the calling of the First Lady "gorilla face," the waving of confederate flags at the President, even saying the only reason for Wimbledon winner Serena Williams' success is because "she is built like a man."

Anyone who sees this type of oppression, this type of racism should be disgusted. Anyone who isn't offended by it, anyone who believes racism is long gone, anyone who would call the First Lady "gorilla face," anyone who doesn't believe this is just wrong needs to look within themselves and ask how different are they from the Ku Klux Klan who applauded the killing of nine innocent church-goers in a South Carolina church.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Jon S. Randal: US History, Civil Rights And Medgar Evers


Re Post from Friend of the TPI, Jon S. Randal


He loved his country, he believed in his country. As a young man, he was a hero, fighting bravely for his country during World War II, dodging bullets at Normandy. But, when he returned home, he never realized he would have to dodge bullets and bombs in his own country, fighting for his own rights and the rights of his own countrymen. His name is Medgar Evers, and he was born on this day, July 2, 1925.

Evers, a civil rights activist and NAACP field secretary, fought for equality on many levels, from organizing voter drives and protests against discrimination, to calling for legal investigations into school segregation and the lynching of Emmett Till. He also stood side-by-side with federal marshals when James Meredith attempted to enroll at the University of Mississippi, and he was involved in the now-famous integrated sit-in at the downtown Woolworth.

He would survive a Molotov cocktail thrown at his home. He would be almost run down by a car after he emerged from a NAACP office. But, he would never give in. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said that Evers was continually fighting, fighting for recognition for his fellow countrymen, fighting to expand the vote, and fighting to put an end to Jim Crow. He fought knowing death could come at any moment.

That moment arrived, June 12, 1963, after President John F. Kennedy pleaded with the American people to become a more humane citizenry with regard to race relations, officially supporting civil rights. After the President's speech, after finally hearing that progress was being made, Evers was returning home from a meeting, hoping to hug his wife and his children waiting for him.

He never got to the front door. After pulling into the driveway and emerging from his car, Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle. He managed to stagger a few feet, to try to reach his front door, to try to reach his family, before he collapsed.

He was taken to the local hospital where he was initially refused entry because of his race.

Evers's funeral attracted more than 5,000 mourners and hundreds more greeted his body in Washington, DC, where it had been transported by train for a hero's burial at America's final resting place, Arlington National Cemetery.

On the very day that Evers was laid to rest, President Kennedy sent his civil rights legislation to Congress. The next day, the President invited Evers' widow and her children to visit him at the White House to express to them personally his sympathies for the loss of their beloved husband and father. He would hand Mrs. Evers a copy of a document, which would ultimately become the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

President Kennedy would also not live to see the Civil Rights Act become law. But, when it was time for President Johnson to sign it, it is said that White House advisers recommended that he wait to sign the bill until America's birthday, July 4th. But Johnson, not wanting to delay the enactment of such an important law, could not wait. He would sign it within hours of its arrival on his desk, which would be July 2, the same day Medgar Evers was born.

Evers was called “a hero among heroes in the struggle for civil and human rights," and the anniversary of his birthday is now also the anniversary of one of the laws he fought and died for - the Civil Rights Act. He was a hero when he fought for his country, and he was a hero when he died for his country - He will always remain a hero.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Jon Randal Essays On Life Via Cop Abuse (McKinney Texas)

McKinney Texas.  

We are moving towards brazen examples of the following imaged in many states.

How did this image? (See the Fourteen year old standing in the small group of girls as the Storm Trooper approaches).

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Lead to this image: (See Storm Trooper with knee in the back of someone's just beyond pubic (girl) teenager.)

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We will leave the question of how to other screeds. We have posted a thoughtful piece from a Friend of the TPI: Jon Randal.

See Jon's TPI Page listed among site pages to the upper right.

An essay with a cause!

June 7 2015

I want to say something about the pool party currently circulating in the news, in which teenagers were kicked out of a community pool because of the color of their skin. I know all the facts are not in, but there apparently was enough information that the police department suspended one of their own police officers for forcing a young girl face down on the ground and handcuffing her and threatening other unarmed youths with a gun.

If you follow my posts, you know that I try to post about love, peace, and understanding, but incidents such as this do not bring about trust, it does not promote love, it certainly will not bring about peace, and it does not help foster understanding. We obviously have a problem in this country that we can no longer deny, and it is a problem that will continue to fester. We can't just continue to blame it on the police (it's much deeper than that) and I don't think it is solely because of racism (although in this case, it is a big part of it, along with fear and ignorance).

We know this problem exists in other institutions and we know that other groups (not just people of color, but also other people who are perceived different based on their sex, their religion, their sexual orientation, their status in society, etc) are also affected. I don't have all the answers, I don't know whether anyone at this time has the answers. But, I do believe we need to all look deep within our souls and ask whether we can live with one another, treat each other with respect, and talk with each other. Because if we can't talk to each other in a civil manner, if we can't look in each other's eyes and see each other as equals, if we can't take that first step and love one another without conditions, then we will never be able to solve this problem or for that matter any problem we face or will face.

Peace ~