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Has Ferguson brought back the 1960s … or the anger thereof?

About Ferguson: The decision of the grand jury has come in and now we are on to the next phase. The next phase seems to be persistent discontent with what is seen as a government that at times is not reluctant to use force. I am not judging the merit of what happened in Ferguson, or in the many other alledged but well documented cases of abuse of police deadly force or abuse of powers engagements, but something has changed .. . something completely unrelated in essence as related to the death of Michael Brown.

Since 2009 we have had one tea party after another that has preached the gospel that government is overstepping boundaries in our lives and that government is inherently evil. Perhaps the chants worked. One popular announced GOP candidate for 2016 has compared the American government to Nazi Germany. As for those chants, the chants now have been taken up by many who have a long history of experience with institutional violence and bias.

For the last five years we have seen the anger of the comfortable white middle class froth about how government cannot be trusted. Facts often did not matter then, and now in the Age of Ferguson they may still not matter for some years to come. People are mad … and when people are mad they really don’t care what the facts are.

We may now be on the verge of a real party.

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Egypt, Libya and the Political Thurst for Violence – Blessed Are the Peacemakers / Damned Are Those Seeking Violence

Libyans are turning out in large numbers to apologize and to condemn the attack on our consulate and the killing of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya, and to express their disgust with what happened in Libya.

These protestors want you to know that what happened does not represent the people of Libya.

Libyans turn out to say that they do not approve - 2012 0912

Libyans turn out to say that they do not approve of the attack on the American consulate and the death of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Libyans say no to thugs and to violence - 2012 0912

Libyans say no to thugs and to violence.

Egypt appears somewhat to be a different story and it is very unclear what is happening in Egypt. Analyses of the crowd in Tahrir Square does show however that the crowds are not displaying the Egyptian flag; banners that were present in the crowds from last year when Mubarak’s government was overturned are also missing.

Unrest in the Middle East

We need to blame the perps. We need to track them down and send them directly to hell.

However, we do not need to turn these incidents into ‘blame Islam’ … no more than blaming Catholic Christians when the IRA went crazy for several decades or Christians when Hezbollah goes crazy — yes, MANY Hezbollah are Christians and not just Muslims.

The Middle Eastern/northern African Muslim world has gone a bit crazy. A lot crazy. We need to dial down on the emotions of the situation. We do not need to further incite hate by giving hate.

Yes, we should be mad and angry and we should make it known in no uncertain terms that we want those that attacked our consulate in Libya and our embassy in Egypt. What we don’t need to do is to fuel the situation so that it gets out of control and we end up sending troops to stabilize the region. We don’t need another 40,000 wounded and 8,000 of our troops dead (as in Iraq and Afghanistan) as we bomb the region back into sensibility.

One pundit today said that we need to rid ourselves of the cancer of Islam. So what we need is a Jihad of our own, eh? If that is what you want — and quite a few folks talk that way — then let’s just go ahead and push the limits of taking these provocative, deadly incidents and turning them into full pledged wars. It will be good for business and for our economy … it just will not be good for our sons and daughters and for those that go off to fight while you and I head off to the movies and to the nearest mall.

I am not a pacifist. I spent 20+ years wearing a military uniform. It has never bothered me to go after America’s enemies.

A Thurst for Violence

We have supported dictators and military governments in the Middle East for almost a century, and we supported imperial governments for a century before that.

Those that live in the region have huge chips on their shoulders and almost no recent tradition of how to cooperatively coexist with others or how to exist within the framework of self-government. Poor education, poverty and ignorance is a prime cause of many of the region’s ills — and resentment against our own policies will take time for us to mitigate.

We need to get beyond war and get into whatever comes next. It won’t be easy but throwing gasoline into the mix is just not a bright idea. We need to neutralize those that would harm the U.S. and our interests, and we need to douse talk at home which has no purpose other than to inflame the situation or to serve political agendas.

We should deal with this situation quietly, swiftly and with deadly force if necessary. Our response needs to be seen as one that targets evil, and not as a policy response that condemns an entire people as evil.

Let’s not create the next generation of terrorists by condemning a billion or more people for the actions of several hundreds, possible several thousand violent provocateurs. That is what the provocateurs want and provocateurs are what we dealing with.

Bill Golden
aka Bill4DogCatcher.com

 

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Political Correctness Breaks Out: Only Conservatives Are Violent & Angry & Hateful

Americans Calling For Politicians To Denounce The Growing Calls of Violence ” — I was glad to see this Facebook group pop up immediately after the health care reform vote and all of the craziness that went with it.

The group’s moderator does a great job of keeping things in check. However, it began to bother me that only one group was deemed capable of violence.

After a few days the trend among some of the contributors was clear: it was ONLY the conservatives and Teabaggers and Rightwingers that were violent and angry … and they were very, very dangerous.


As many of you know: I self-proclaim to be conservative.

But did you know that I am also active in the Coffee Party movement? I don’t froth at the mouth when I have something to say, my research into political trends is fairly comprehensive, and I spend most of my time lobbing questions about conduct towards those on the right.

Anyone that reads Bill4DogCatcher often should be able to vouch for me having some sense of balance and fair play.

I met ‘political correctness‘ today and there are folks that want me to feel dirty! guilty! full of remorse for having an agenda!


My agenda:  work against political violence and provocation for political violence.

But the agenda that I am supposedly guilty of is something different … the reality is that I published photos of protesters calling for violence and death against someone that is not someone on the left, or left of right. That is unacceptable. Only the right is violent and dangerous.

In doing some research I ran across an article from the Huffington Post ”10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs And Extensive Photo Coverage From Tax Day Protests (PHOTOS)’, from December 28, 2009 — exactly 90 days ago.

Holy cow, thought I, these photos are nothing compared to the anti-Bush signs that Americans saw from 2003-2008. There is a doublestandard at work.

So I republished the anti-Bush signs in the group denouncing political violence.

The anti-Bush photos easily depict the story of how conservatives and the Right and the TEA folks actually are mild in their ability to call for violence compared to what is shown in the anti-Bush photos — see end of blog story for just some of the photos.

Bill4DogCatcher.com is no friend of the Bush Administration. In 2004, this dog voted Kerry. Bill4DogCatcher has been very critical of Bush and Bush policies. Yet … political correctness is strong with the force.

To prove the point that anger and violence and dangerous people exist just as much on  the left as on the right I posted some of the anti-Bush photos. After a few ‘WTF’ responses, I challenged folks to find one, just one, photo calling for the death of Obama — yes many tactless and racist signs have marched in protest — but I didn’t find any death to Obama signs in my Google searches. What I did find was tons of ‘Death to Bush’ signs and signs with very descriptive ways in which he should die.

Within hours of me posting the anti-Bush photos:

  • Several folks wanted them off Facebook as being not relevant to the topic  — denouncing calls for political violence.
  • My favorite response is ‘The lefties are all talk. Those on the right will actually hurt you’. …. ummm, really? So?
  • A number of folks wrote things like ‘the whole world hates Bush’s guts‘ … ‘it is Bush after all‘.
  • One reader repeatedly took me to task for trying to compare the photos to those in the Huffington Post storythat story is old (90 days is old?) … the point is that while tacky the ’10 worst’ signs focused on policy not a person.
  • Another reader wanted to know where I got the photos … off a conservative website, right? … Hello, no! I gave the Google search criteria used to find my photos: ‘Anti-Bush protest sign‘. … But what if I had found them on a conservative website? Does information from a conservative website invalidate the message in the photos or the MANY, MANY photos available on the web that called for Bush’s violent death?

Bottom Line: Advocating political violence and actual violence is wrong. We should work to dissuade, to confront, and to vigorously enforce laws quickly against those that would use or advocate violence. However, ignoring the calls for violence from one end of the political spectrum and calling it ‘discourse’ is also not acceptable.

Accept no excuses. Make no excuses. Do not be a hypocrite — it’s contagious!


WARNING: the following images depict anger and hate and a call for violence that no one has seen in almost two years — although many people may think they have seen signs like these because the media constantly barrages us with how one part of America is just so, so … well, you know.

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

Anti-Bush Protest Signs

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