Monday, June 4, 2018

Could The incident at the Tallahatchie Bridge finally be solved?

Its been fifty years since the Country song artist Bobbie Gentry wrote the song "Ode to Billy Joe" .. Many of us can still hear the southern music and lyrics playing in our head, June 3rd marked the anniversary of the songs release, the first verse of the song brings back many haunting images ;

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin' cotton, and my brother was balin' hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And mama hollered out the back door, y'all, remember to wipe your feet
And then she said, I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
Today, Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge..



Gentry lived as a young girl in Chickasaw county Mississippi, between the Yazoo and Tallahatchie rivers. It was there they she learned of the death of a close friend Billy Joe McAllister. The death of  the young Billy Joe sent shock waves through Chickasaw County. Young McAllister was the son of a local farmer who owned a large cotton plantation on the Yazoo river deep in delta country, and she was also the nephew of a Mississippi state Senator Isaiah Luther McAllister.  

When the song "Ode to Billy" hit the charts in 1967, it took peoples imaginations by storm. And conversations erupted around water coolers throughout the nation. Everyone wanted to know what was thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Mississippi. Gentry's song held bits and piece of a puzzle and everyone knew it. In the fourth verse of the song says;

And mama said to me, child, what's happened to your appetite?
I've been cookin' all morning, and you haven't touched a single bite
That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today
Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way
He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge
And she and Billy Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge


Many people have speculated over the last fifty years, who Billy Joe McAllister really was and why the enigmatic character the Gentry talks about, who accompanied Billy Joe out onto the Tallahatchie Bridge. The entire incident was completely forgotten to fifty years of history and nearly washed away and buried in the muddy slow moving Tallahatchie River. In 1976 a movie was released based on the song "Ode to Billy Joe"..   Then somewhere out on the internet, an anonymous writer tells us more of the story.. This clue was found on the IMDB website without a writers name.

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but her father refuses to allow her to receive gentlemen callers before she's sixteen. In the Mississippi Delta, in a time before the boondocks had seen television and indoor plumbing, a young man's fancy turns constantly to thoughts of love. Billy Joe is no different in this regard and his persistence is making it difficult for Bobbie Lee to maintain her virtue (the dog-earred issues of "Torrid Romance" don't help either). Perhaps an indictment of the artificial conventions of society, the film demonstrates the tragic consequences of a young couple's first awkward grapplings with love and sex. As Bobbie Lee says shortly after Billy Joe's lifeless body is dragged from the Tallahatchie River, "What do I know of love... I'm only a child." Yet, there seems little doubt that what she feels for the dead boy..

On June 03rd 2018, early in the morning, exactly fifty one years to the day. A young man, probably about the same age as young Billy Joe prior to his death stepped upon the banks of the Tallahatchie river with his fishing pole in search of catfish. He casted his hook deep into the muddy river, and immediately hooked a heavy object. As he reeled it into shore, he realized that weight on the end of his line was not a cat fish, or any other fish for that matter.  What he reeled in, was an old leather case. A case, which had probably been preserved under the mud of the Tallahatchie. Recent heavy rains may have uncovered the case. Suspecting that the leather case may have contained some unknown treasure, maybe gold, or old money, the young man took the case home with him. As he washed it off he could see the initials BJM etched in the side of the case deep into the leather. News got around quickly that the case probably once belong to Billy Joe McAllister. It was at this point that the Chickasaw County Sheriffs Department became involved, and the leather case was turned over to the Sheriff's department for closer examination. 

Certain unnamed members of the Sheriffs Department had parents and grand parents who recalled the haunting Tallahatchie incident, and many suspected that foul play was to blame for the death of Billy Joe. One senior member of the Chickasaw Sheriff's department recalled talking to the one time Pastor of the Chickasaw Baptist Community church Joe Shelby, who Gentry described as the "young Preacher Brother Taylor" in her song Ode to Billy Joe, who said many years after; "I always knew that something deeply disturbing had occurred on the Tallahatchie Bridge, up on Choctaw Ridge in 67, but I could never prove it. Pastor Shelby then stated, " I knew that Bobbie Lee Hartley had something to do with it".  The leather case is now in the hands of the Mississippi state crime lab. The Sheriffs department has is keeping tight wraps on the case and Bobby Gentry could not be reached for comment.

The above story is fiction....














Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Nancy Pelosi; AKA Mumbles.. Vows to take over the world via congress.

05/01/2018




In Tuesday's interview, Pelosi made the case for her leadership, arguing that Democrats need her at the table leading Congress and interacting with the White House.
"It's important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense," Pelosi said. "I have no intention of walking away from that table."
- CNN News Story
In a shocking revelation, The distinguished  very senior 78 year old Nancy (Mumbles) Pelosi vowed to take over the world by regaining her lost magical democrat super powers. Pelosi who is well known for her spell binding verbal incantations and strange and uncontrolled facial expressions while speaking to the press, swore to retake the gavel of Speaker of the House and eventually move to the position of elite female world leader of the DNC New World Order, following in the foot steps of some of her personal hero's, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.

The CNN story stated "We will win," the California Democrat said in an interview with The Boston Globe on the 2018 elections. "I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too."

The democratic party old guard (No pun intended) has been gasping the last breath of power sine the election of 2016, when it lost site of the fact that there were millions of people who live in the country besides themselves who may think differently than they do. Despite Madam Pelosi's intentions to regain power, there are millions of people with different intentions who may or may not vote for the old ways. 


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WMDs, Spray Paint and Foul Mouthed Women

05/01/2018

Over the last week, the disorganized militia of the social justice movement, red factions, anarchists and foul mouthed female propagandists posing as comedians, mounted a full frontal assault on the people of the United States. The attack however faltered as the red factions attempted to place their feet upon the beaches of American common sense and freedom of speech.

The initial attack began at the first point of embarkation at the annual White House correspondents dinner, as an unknown female communist operative and propagandist, attempted to destroy the reputation of an American Patriot. The patriot was a front line soldier assigned to communications duty at the White House under the current President. The attack was repulsed when the disorganized red factions failed to properly assess their enemies strength, thus handing the victory over to the patriot organization(s) who are so well entrenched, that only minimal resistance was needed to stop the attack. However an assessment of the red factions damage, indicated substantial losses, many dead left on the battlefield and tarnished reputations to last a life time.

May first marked the beginning of the red factions traditional "May Day" terroristic celebrations. Activities such as smashing windows of local businesses owned by small business owners, burning trash cans, destroying public property and attacking defenseless small animals, women and children are a regular annual occurrence all over the world on this speeee-shallllll day. However, in the United States, the emasculated males and their over zealous female fellow feminist cadre who occupy the ranks of the red factions, do not seem to have enough intestinal fortitude for attacking living things or smashing the windows out of their Mom's favorite donut shop. So now they have taken to the destruction of inanimate objects, (with their weapon of choice... Spray paint), such as old statutes of dead soldiers, pictures of American Patriots, cartoon characters and anything they might be slightly offended by. The red factions militaristic temper tantrums have been on the rise in the U.S as the bad winter weather patterns have persisted, and temperature numbers on the North American Continent were somewhere around the same as the IQs of the members of the red factions, surely a cause of the much feared climate change monster, (No longer referred to as global warming, because that theory faltered after Al Gore was divorced by his ex-wife Tipper Gore, thus ending Mr. Gore's cash flow) which has struck terror deep in the hearts of the red faction who find fear and loathing in just about everything they come in contact with.

To add insult to injury, the red faction has now set it sights on the Cartoon Character "Apu" who is a long time and very beloved character from the Simpsons TV series. Apu's character represents everything that is American. And I'm sure that even if any members of the red factions, anarchists, maoists or marxist - leninists  patronized the fictional characters 7-11 store, he would surely sell them all the booze,  cigarettes, rolling papers, pizza and chips that they could handle. So once again the red factions have bitten the hand that feeds them.

-Sergeant Shakes- Speare

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Not to be Disturbed by United States Authority or Anyone Else for that Matter; The Sin's of Our Fathers.



ON APRIL 9, 1865, NEAR THE TOWN OF APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE VIRGINIA, CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE SURRENDERED HIS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO UNION GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT. DAYS EARLIER, LEE HAD ABANDONED THE CONFEDERATE CAPITAL OF RICHMOND AND THE CITY OF PETERSBURG;  HIS GOAL WAS TO RALLY THE REMNANTS OF HIS BELEAGUERED TROOPS, MEET CONFEDERATE REINFORCEMENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND RESUME FIGHTING. BUT THE RESULTING BATTLE OF APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE, WHICH LASTED ONLY A FEW HOURS, EFFECTIVELY BROUGHT THE FOUR-YEAR CIVIL WAR TO AN END. LEE AND GRANT, BOTH OF WHOM HELD THE HIGHEST RANK IN THEIR RESPECTIVE ARMIES, HAD KNOWN EACH OTHER SLIGHTLY DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR (1846-48) AND BEGAN THEIR DIALOGUE BY EXCHANGING AWKWARD PERSONAL INQUIRIES. CHARACTERISTICALLY, GRANT HAD ARRIVED IN HIS MUD-SPLATTERED FIELD UNIFORM WHILE LEE HAD TURNED OUT IN FULL DRESS ATTIRE, COMPLETE WITH SASH AND SWORD.

ref https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/appomattox-court-house

THE TERMS OF SURRENDER;
From U.S. Grant To R.E. Lee
Appomattox Court-House, Virginia April 9, 1865.
General: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th instant, I propose to receive the surrender of the army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate, one copy to be given to an officer to be designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the government of the United States until properly exchanged; and each company or regimental commander to sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery, and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to his home, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.
U.S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. General R. E. Lee.
ref https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1865RELee-surrender.asp
On April 09th, 1865, the hostilities of the war between the states had been terminated. The over-all Commanders of the standing armies of the Confederacy and the United States had formally agreed in writing to terminate the war, and the south had agreed to surrender all arms and to cease all military activities. The agreement was officially ratified by all those involved, up to and including the sitting President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. 
Lincoln celebrated the surrender ... And even asked the band to play Dixie out of respect. 
The war between the states was fought and prosecuted by two standing, officially sanctioned armies. Employed, payed for, and equipped by each sides own respective governments, and authorized by proper governmental authority to enter into the field to conduct military operations. The south began by acting in defense of their territory. Up until July of 1863 when Lee's Army of Northern Virginia mounted a major offensive campaign when they entered Pennsylvania and engaged northern forces at the town of Gettysburg PA. 



It was at The Battle of Gettysburg, the high water mark of civil war history, that the Army of Northern Virginia began to falter, and would eventually be decimated by the Union army. Confederate forces, would in the end have no choice but to capitulate. 

The southern part of the country would be brutally forced back into the union. The reconstruction period of the civil war was anything but "constructive" as the union army and the U.S. Government would abandon the south and leave the people their on their own without financial support. The financial well being of the south would be shattered and would not begin to recover fully until after world war two. The federal treasury had been broken by Lincoln's administration, who wasted vast amounts of money bowing to special interests while executing the civil war. 
The country would in spirit, remain two separate countries as the former General of the entire union army, Ulysses S Grant would take over as President of the United States. It was under his administration that the  country would be launched in a deep financial depression,  a period from which the last phase of the indian wars would arise, resulting in the brutal forced removal of indians from their ancestral lands, all  while a faltering U.S. government sought gold in the Black Hills and all the west. For the next one hundred twenty years, the country would remain steadfastly two separate ideologies up to the civil rights period of the 1960's.

Enter the 21st Century; The Attack on U.S. Institutions

The 2016 Presidential election became the most divisive election in all of U.S. history since Lincoln's took the white house prior to the outbreak of the civil war. However, the late 20th and early 21st century ushered in drastically different political ideas, including the insurgence of socialism and leftist politics into American politics. 

The aftermath of the 2016 election was a bloody affair. In what appears to a planned and asymmetrical response to the loss of the election. Riots, protests and individual acts of violence erupted across the country. Police officers were killed in ambushes throughout the country, school walk outs were staged, the #metoo movement was created (a method to attack individuals who occupied powerful political and business decisions), And the forced and illegal removal of symbols of U.S. history and the republic itself was begun.

ATTACKS ON HISTORIC MOUMENTS

Additionally, the conflagration would move to the innocuous and non-threatening. Leftists would target many symbols of American history. Monuments which represented figures and events of U.S. History would be vandalized by hostile people, removed by left leaning city governments and smeared by mainstream media. No monument or grave marker has been safe since the election of 2016. Monuments representing Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington,  General Joseph Hooker and many Confederate monuments had been damaged, destroyed or removed.




OAKWOODS CEMETERY CHICAGO; 
On the south side of Chicago Illinois sits Oakwoods Cemetery. The grave yard contains a large grave marker that sits above a mass burial mound containing the remains of approximately five thousand dead soldiers, who perished at Camp Douglas in Chicago which was not far from this location. Military personnel who served with a sanctioned and legal government entity called the Confederate States of America (CSA) are interred here. 

The CSA had legally and constitutionally broke ties with the United States Government over political, legal and ideological differences. Many citizens of the newly formed CSA had proudly enlisted for military service at the beginning of the war. However the CSA later passed the conscription act and implemented a forced draft, in which many other were pressed into service under threat of punishment.  The union army also drafted soldiers. Therefore the war that occurred between 1861-1865 was in no way different  that other later wars including world war two and the war in Viet Nam.  

But there were other significant differences. For one, the civil war was an internal war, in which the populace made war upon itself. The other major difference was that no formal agreement or rules of war had existed for conduct between hostile armies. The army had the Articles of War which provided for internal military issues, but no documents existed for the housing, treatment and conduct where Prisoners of war were concerned.   

CAMP DOUGLAS; DEATH CAMP

Well, if he’s an angel, all right then… But he damn well must be a killer angel.

Sergeant ‘Buster’ Kilrain: Ref The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara

According to Theodore Karamanski,  Ref; a history professor at Loyola University in Chicago and the author of Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History.

Camp Douglas’s makeshift nature showed in its rickety wooden barracks and crude sewer system. Soon, though, the camp was taking on more and more prisoners and keeping them for longer and longer. But because neither side intended on taking large numbers of prisoners for extended periods of time, Camp Douglas — as well as most other Civil War prison camps — proved unprepared to handle them.

“That is when all the prison camps got a lot nastier,” Karamanski says.
The camp was meant for no more than 6,000 prisoners, and as its ranks grew to roughly 12,000 at its peak it became more dangerous than any battlefield. Overcrowding and poor sanitation spread diseases such as dysentery, smallpox, typhoid fever and tuberculosis. Illness became the camp’s leading cause of death, claiming roughly 4,500 Confederate soldiers, or 17 percent of the total number of men imprisoned at the camp during its nearly four years in operation, according to Karamanski’s estimate. In his book, Karamanski cites an 1862 report by the U.S. Sanitary Commission, wherein an agent admonished Camp Douglas for its “foul stinks,” “unventilated and crowded barracks,” and “soil reeking of with miasmic accretions” as “enough to drive a sanitarian to despair.” 


There were also very few rules of conduct for camp guards who were quick to puish prisoners for unfounded reasons. Or kill them for small infractions of the rules. One account tells us that a guard once shot a confederate prisoner because he urinated in the wrong place. Other accounts tell of the kill-line where prisoners would be shot down for coming to close to the camps perimeter. Other eye witness accounts tell of guards shooting indiscriminately into prisoners barracks resulting in the deaths and wounding of hundreds of prisoners. The conditions of Camp Douglas, would by modern standards be considered a death camp, and such offenses would be prosecuted as war crimes. No offenders would be tried for any crimes at Camp Douglas, and Lincoln's administration would be held up as heroic emancipators. Nothing could be further from the truth, war is war and human nature frequently sinks into dark places when humans are given the power of death over prisoners who have no one to turn too.

                                        A Chicago area Chapter of the Son's of Confederate Veterans
                                                    hold a memorial service at Oakwoods Cemetery
                                    Camp Douglas Memorial' Camp #516, SCV at Oakwoods Cemetery

On Sunday April 22nd, 2018, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans held a ceremony to honor the soldiers who had died at Camp Douglas. The members are made up of historic reenactors and historic preservationists. The Reenactors were met by a group of approximately forty protestors. Even though both sides were peaceful and introspect. It was apparent by subsequent newspaper accounts that there was clearly some media bias, as local newspapers and TV outlets improperly labeled these SCV members as "Neo-Confederates" alluding to the members as being white supremacists. This was a seriously incorrect and divisive term. 

The following statement can be found on the "Son's of Confederate Veterans" Webpage;

                                               Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.

In the final analysis, civil war historians, members of the SCV and citizens of the southern U.S. kept the promise that Grant and Lee had made at Appomattox, to not disturb the other, AND to treat the defeated with respect and honor. The south never raised a hand or weapon in rebellion against the United States again. But now, the city governments where leftists have seized control have clearly violated the terms of surrender. In some countries, this blatant disrespect and disregard for military agreements could be considered an act of war. And in some peoples opinion, this is exactly what the disgruntled citizens of the U.S. are risking. The rekindling of the civil war is not within the scope of authority, or the concern of any local city government. It is the duty and responsibility of the federal government to execute war within, and outside of the borders of the United States. The state level governments and its subordinates have over stepped their authority and just as the confederacy was conquered by federal authority, these local government entities must be reined in.

"Not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside."

- Sergeant Shakes-Speare


Reference https://www.wbez.org/shows/curious-cit y/chicagos-forgotten-civil-war-prison-camp/92844206-a9bc-4f62-8786-d5afef093379










Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jordan Peterson; Here comes the Cavalry!

It is only once in a lifetime, or in times of great need, that leaders or great intellects emerge. The leader or intellectual can come from any walk of life. They can be any gender, any race and come from any religion or have no religious background. They tend identify real social problems (not social issues) and they take on great responsibilities to correct what they view as social wrongs and injustices that face society at large.
Since before the turn of the 20th Century. Societies throughout the world stood witness to massive movement that has shifted the foundations of old thought and dated practices. This movement which began as "women's suffrage" was widespread and gained many adherents in Europe, the United States and Australia (just to name a few). The initial doctrine of women's suffrage was to secure women's voting rights.  And without question, this was a noble movement with good intent. No one can argue or diminish the need for equality in the matters of citizenship and politics. This was, and still is a crucial human right. The right to go to the voting booth to determine the fate of one's society, is not only a right, but a God given right.
There are indeed many talking points about the overall history of the suffrage movement. However, a history of feminism would occupy many chapters of many books. But like any movement, the feminist movement possess's its own organizational dynamics. And like any other organized movement. It was bound to change. Just like the Ku Klux Klan, which started out as an organization to protect southern homes. Including southern women, southern children and southern property. Who because they had been beaten down by the federal army and slash and burn military rule. Needed protection.  The suffrage movement evolved into what became the "feminism" or the feminist movement. And it is unfortunate to point out, that what was once a movement that supported the rights of women to vote, morphed into what the KKK later became. A movement of violent intent and violent movement with intent to control national and international thinking.
This new violent movement found many ready and available allies. Theses other adherents however have other agendas outside of feminism. Many of them are communist organizations, anarchists, leftists, Marxists, various radicalized media outlets and ANTIFA, who are self -proclaimed anti-fascists. However, the ANTIFA movements morphed into what became an armed fascist movement that strives to stifle free speech and commit crimes. These aforementioned persons and organizations have colluded together to bring the United States to a heightened sense of urgency and created a makeshift crisis for political gain. But as in any pre-war or waring state, they had to create a villain. Just like Adolf Hitler needed the Jews to lay blame on. The feminist movement and its allies needed a scapegoat to blame. And that segment of society on which they focused, are white males. In some cases, all males are included in this, but in gender politics, it is the white male population of the world who have assumed the role of the Jews of NAZI Germany.

Additional reading
To Kill A Mockingbird: All men are Tom Robinson now

Enter Jordan Peterson.

Professor Jordan Peterson gained notoriety when he stood against the Ontario Human Rights code at the University of Toronto. Peterson had challenged the Universities policy on gender pronouns.
Full BBC article
 "University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson had enough of what he saw as a campus culture where "social justice warrior, left-wing radical political activists" ran rampant." 
-BBC

His audacity in the university situation gained immediate traction in a world searching for the true answers about what was really going on, what the agenda was and who was behind it. Peterson had recognized, identified and exposed the true agenda of the altered language that was being forced upon students, and upon Canadian society itself.Peterson had identified, isolated and articulated the cause of great injustice. An injustice which has been laid upon modern society. A great injustice which has been laid upon the doorstep of white males.
In an UK interview, Peterson broke down in tears as he spoke of what men (and young men) are go through and how men are being disenfranchised in modern society. Interview. Jordan Peterson has become the voice of reason for a modern society. His actions speak to men where they live. And he has gained a loyal following (Sergeant Shakes-spear included). In the last couple of weeks Peterson was interviewed by BBC. The female "presenter" (another new word?? For reporter??) had attempted to humiliate Peterson by very typical university student / novice level interview tactics. I think they had hoped to get Peterson to talk out of turn or to trap him into a stereotypical position. But Peterson was instrumental in turning the tables on the "presenter". And even more importantly, he did this using truth based on facts, and not emotion based on politics. For his followers, this was a shining moment in history. It was also a victory for freedom of speech and human rights. The interview not only rocketed Peterson to stardom and to a leadership of a new movement, it gave men all over the world hope.

Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) who is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology,with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. (-Ref wikipedi) 











Saturday, November 18, 2017

Prejudicial Colonial Power calls United States Tribal Civilization By; Sgt. Shakes-Speare!



DATELINE 11/18/2017

In a shocking radio rebroadcast of BBC News commentary which was aired on Public Radio in the United States. The state funded international news outlet British Broadcasting (BBC). The one time  largest most prolific Colonial government in the world, the United Kingdom. Declared the United States and its citizens a "tribal society".

 On 11/18/2017 in what can only be called a scathing indictment of the American political system. The BBC ran a news commentary decrying the recent spat of dirty (pornographic) politics being played out in the United States news media. As I drove home from work last night at 3:00 Am in the morning, I was reminded of what it must have felt like to be under the rule of the British monarchy in the 17th and 18th Century Colonies. As the Alabama senate race allegations of sexual misconduct blared in my ears as expressed by a female commentator who's demeanor was pointed, angry and vindictive as if she were the victim of the crime being reported.

As the news progressed, I was suddenly assailed by a strong and loud female voice speaking in an upper class British accent. The commentary suddenly spiraled out of control as the commentator outlined the shortcomings of the American political system and the current spat of sexual allegations being thrown into the dirty arena of American politics. As I continued my commute I was driven back into my seat by the visions of Pedophilia in politics, allegations of misogyny and claims that the United States and its citizens are members of different tribes whom refuse to cooperate in any form whatsoever to resolve any political issue. 

After I awoke from a fitful disturbed sleep. I immediately went to the BBC website to search for a (any)  podcast that pertained to what I heard, which I was unable to locate. But what I did find was a disappointing litany of stories that repeated the American tribal pseudo-theoretical premise that American society is nothing more than loose conglomerate hostile inarticulate non-intellectual  sub-humans who cannot cooperate long enough together to sweep a floor. I found this premise both strange and illegitimate at best. After all did we not descend from our benefactors in the United Kingdom? I already know this to be true, because I am a descendant of ancestors from the UK who came to the to this British colony in the 1790's.

However powerful the tone of the story may have been. The BBC's position is both historically incorrect and hypocritical in every sense. Afterall, for over two hundred years the British crown kept other societies in a state of servitude. The thirteen colonies were just one of many interests that the crown kept under control by iron fist rule and military intervention. The fact remains that in the two hundred forty years that the United States has existed. It's report card on human rights and freedom has very few failing grades.

THE GLARING DIFFERENCE IN OUR PEOPLES AND PRACTICES

There a very distinct and glaring political and social differences between the U.S. and the U.K. The American system is highly adversarial and American politicians are considered "Gladiators" in a tough arena where symbolic blood is drawn in combat to win the prize of service to the American people. Politics in the American sense are not for the faint of heart, the weak minded and those that wish to live in safe places surrounded by the like minded. On the other end of the spectrum the U.K. may possess a certain gentile methodology in parliament that would not fair well in American politics. 

Thomas Paine once said; The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Paine's statement is the essence of American political thinking.

SO.... Lets take a look at the United Kingdom's political history and think about its position on human rights...


Mohandas K. Gandhi .. His single minded leadership shook the colonial overlords to the core

THE British Empire, a worldwide system of dependencies—colonies, protectorates, and other territories—that over a span of some three centuries was brought under the sovereignty of the crown of Great Britain and the administration of the British government. The policy of granting or recognizing significant degrees of self-government by dependencies, which was favoured by the far-flung nature of the empire, led to the development by the 20th century of the notion of a “British Commonwealth,” comprising largely self-governing dependencies that acknowledged an increasingly symbolic British sovereignty. The term was embodied in statute in 1931. Today the Commonwealth includes former elements of the British Empire in a free association of sovereign states.

Great Britain made its first tentative efforts to establish overseas settlements in the 16th century. Maritime expansion, driven by commercial ambitions and by competition with France, accelerated in the 17th century and resulted in the establishment of settlements in North America and the West Indies. By 1670 there were British American colonies in New England, Virginia, and Maryland and settlements in the Bermudas, Honduras, Antigua, Barbados, and Nova Scotia. Jamaica was obtained by conquest in 1655, and the Hudson’s Bay Company established itself in what became northwestern Canada from the 1670s on. The East India Company began establishing trading posts in India in 1600, and the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore, Malacca, and Labuan) became British through an extension of that company’s activities. The first permanent British settlement on the African continent was made at James Island in the Gambia River in 1661. Slave trading had begun earlier in Sierra Leone, but that region did not become a British possession until 1787. Britain acquired the Cape of Good Hope (now in South Africa) in 1806, and the South African interior was opened up by 
Nearly all these early settlements arose from the enterprise of particular companies and magnates rather than from any effort on the part of the English crown. The crown exercised some rights of appointment and supervision, but the colonies were essentially self-managing enterprises. The formation of the empire was thus an unorganized process based on piecemeal acquisition, sometimes with the British government being the least willing partner in the enterprise.


United Kingdom: Imperialism and British politics
Imperialism was the key word of the 1890s, just as Home Rule had been in the critical decade of the 1880s, and the cause of empire was associated not merely with the economic interests of businessmen looking for materials and markets and the enthusiasm of crowds excited by the adventure of empire but also with the traditional lustre of the crown. Disraeli had emphasized the last of these...
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the crown exercised control over its colonies chiefly in the areas of trade and shipping. In accordance with the mercantilist philosophy of the time, the colonies were regarded as a source of necessary raw materials for England and were granted monopolies for their products, such as tobacco and sugar, in the British market. In return, they were expected to conduct all their trade by means of English ships and to serve as markets for British manufactured goods. The Navigation Act of 1651 and subsequent acts set up a closed economy between Britain and its colonies; all colonial exports had to be shipped on English ships to the British market, and all colonial imports had to come by way of England. This arrangement lasted until the combined effects of the Scottish economist Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (1776), the loss of the American colonies, and the growth of a free-trade movement in Britain slowly brought it to an end in the first half of the19th century.The slave trade acquired a peculiar importance to Britain’s colonial economy in the Americas, and it became an economic necessity for the Caribbean colonies and for the southern parts of the future United States. Movements for the end of slavery came to fruition in British colonial possessions long before the similar movement in the United States; the trade was abolished in 1800s and slavery itself in Britain’s dominions in 1833.Competition With France
British military and naval power, under the leadership of such men as Robert Clive, James Wolfe, and Eyre Coote, gained for Britain two of the most important parts of its empire—Canada and India. Fighting between the British and French colonies in North America was endemic in the first half of the 18th century, but the Treaty of Paris of 1763, which ended the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in North America), left Britain dominant in Canada. In India, the East India Company was confronted by the French Compagnie des Indes, but Robert Clive’s military victories against the French and the rulers of Bengal in the 1750s provided the British with a massive accession of territory and ensured their future supremacy in India.

The loss of Britain’s 13 American colonies in 1776–83 was compensated by new settlements in Australia from 1788 and by the spectacular growth of Upper Canada (now Ontario) after the emigration of loyalists from what had become the United States. The Napoleonic Wars provided further additions to the empire; the Treaty of Amiens (1802) made Trinidad and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) officially British, and in the Treaty of Paris (1814) France ceded Tobago, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, and Malta. Malacca joined the empire in 1795, and Sir Stamford Raffles acquired Singapore in 1819. Canadian settlements in Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia extended British influence to the Pacific, while further British conquests in India brought in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh and the Central Provinces, East Bengal, and Assam.Dominance And Dominions
The 19th century marked the full flower of the British Empire. Administration and policy changed during the century from the haphazard arrangements of the 17th and 18th centuries to the sophisticated system characteristic of Joseph Chamberlain’s tenure (1895–1900) in the Colonial Office. That office, which began in 1801, was first an appendage of the Home Office and the Board of Trade, but by the 1850s it had become a separate department with a growing staff and a continuing policy; it was the means by which discipline and pressure were exerted on the colonial governments when such action was considered necessary.New Zealand became officially British in 1840, after which systematic colonization there followed rapidly. Partly owing to pressure from missionaries, British control was extended to Fiji, Tonga, Papua, and other islands in the Pacific Ocean, and in 1877 the British High Commission for the Western Pacific Islands was created. In the wake of the Indian Mutiny (1857), the British crown assumed the East India Company’s governmental authority in India. Britain’s acquisition of Burma (Myanmar) was completed in 1886, while its conquest of the Punjab (1849) and of Balochistān (1854–76) provided substantial new territory in the Indian subcontinent itself. The French completion of the Suez Canal (1869) provided Britain with a much shorter sea route to India. Britain responded to this opportunity by expanding its port at Aden, establishing a protectorate in Somaliland (now Somalia), and extending its influence in the sheikhdoms of southern Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Cyprus, which was, like Gibraltar and Malta, a link in the chain of communication with India through the Mediterranean, was occupied in 1878. Elsewhere, British influence in the Far East expanded with the development of the Straits Settlements and the federated Malay states, and in the 1880s protectorates were formed over Brunei and Sarawak. Hong Kong island became British in 1841, and an “informal empire” operated in China by way of British treaty ports and the great trading city of Shanghai.
The greatest 19th-century extension of British power took place in Africa, however. Britain was the acknowledged ruling force in Egypt from 1882 and in the Sudan from 1899. In the second half of the century, the Royal Niger Company began to extend British influence in Nigeria, and the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and The Gambia also became British possessions. The Imperial British East Africa Company operated in what are now Kenya and Uganda, and the British South Africa Company operated in what are now Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia), and Malawi. Britain’s victory in the South African War (1899–1902) enabled it to annex the Transvaal and the Orange Free State in 1902 and to create the Union of South Africa in 1910. The resulting chain of British territories stretching from South Africa northward to Egypt realized an enthusiastic British public’s idea of an African empire extending “from the Cape to Cairo.” By the end of the 19th century, the British Empire comprised nearly one-quarter of the world’s land surface and more than one-quarter of its total population.

The idea of limited self-government for some of Britain’s colonies was first recommended for Canada by Lord Durham in 1839. This report proposed “responsible self-government” for Canada, so that a cabinet of ministers chosen by the Canadians could exercise executive powers instead of officials chosen by the British government. The cabinet would depend primarily on support by the colonial legislative assembly for its tenure of ministerial office. Decisions on foreign affairs and defense, however, would still be made by a governor-general acting on orders from the British government in London. The system whereby some colonies were allowed largely to manage their own affairs under governors appointed by the mother country spread rapidly. In 1847 it was put into effect in the colonies in Canada, and it was later extended to the Australian colonies, New Zealand, and to the Cape Colony and Natal in southern Africa. These colonies obtained such complete control over their internal affairs that in 1907 they were granted the new status of dominions. In 1910 another dominion, the Union of South Africa, was formed from the Cape Colony, Natal, and the former Boer republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State.

This select group of nations within the empire, with substantial European populations and long experience of British forms and practices, was often referred to as the British Commonwealth. The demands and stresses of World War I and its aftermath led to a more formal recognition of the special status of the dominions. When Britain had declared war on Germany in 1914 it was on behalf of the entire empire, the dominions as well as the colonies. But after World War I ended in 1918, the dominions signed the peace treaties for themselves and joined the newly formed League of Nations as independent states equal to Britain. In 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognized them as independent countries “within the British Empire, equal in status” to the United Kingdom. The statute referred specifically to the “British Commonwealth of Nations.” When World War II broke out in 1939, the dominions made their own declarations of war.


The rest of the British Empire consisted for the most part of colonies and other dependencies whose predominant indigenous populations had no such experience. For them a variety of administrative techniques was tried, ranging from the sophisticated Indian Civil Service, with its largely effective adoption of native practices in civil law and administration, to the very loose and indirect supervision exercised in a number of African territories, where settlers and commercial interests were left much to themselves while native Africans were segregated into “reserves.”
Nationalism And The Commonwealth

Nationalist sentiment developed rapidly in many of these areas after World War I and even more so after World War II, with the result that, beginning with India in 1947, independence was granted them, along with the option of retaining an association with Great Britain and other former dependencies in the Commonwealth of Nations (the adjective “British” was not used officially after 1946). Indian and Pakistani independence was followed by that of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Burma (Myanmar) in 1948. The Gold Coast became the first sub-Saharan African colony to reach independence (as Ghana) in 1957. The movement of Britain’s remaining colonies in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean toward self-government gained speed in the years after 1960 as international pressure mounted (especially at the United Nations), as the notion of independence spread in the colonies themselves, and as the British public, which was no longer actively imperial in its sentiments, accepted the idea of independence as a foregone conclusion.



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Sunday, September 6, 2015

I'm No Longer Your Victim, Healing for Victims.

It's easy to either wax philisophical or to lay cliche upon actions like trying to seal bullet wounds with cotton balls. But the truth is that life hurts. And all too often we suffer at the hands of other people with deeply personal agendas or people that operate with very little agenda other than the fact that they care nothing for other human beings.

“I love you because I love you, and if you don’t like it you can use my circular logic as a noose and hang yourself.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Americans (those folks who occupy the 50 contiguous states located on the North American Continent) have become expert victims. They are told everyday how the system victimizes them, how the government victimizes them, how their spouse victimizes them, how their bosses victimize them and how the victimize themselves. We have become the largest and best trained victim cadre on the planet earth.

Everyday the media loves to spin stories of people who have been victimized because of the color of their skin, the symbols that surround them, the language they speak, the words they speak and the thoughts that run through their minds. In many ways the mass media of the 21st century has become they biggest social labeling machine ever known.  But despite the fact they we are easily swayed by what the media tells us, we still have to keep our feet on the ground and deal with each other in a multitude of social situations.

The truth of the matter is, that no one person has the answer to the social ills of a massive society. The planet earth is currently home to more human beings than any other time in recorded history. This last fact is both a living testament to the human spirit and a terrible warning.  Everyday we flirt with the possibility of world war and the fate of a crashing end to humaity as we know it. But because we allow ourselves to be the walking wounded rather than the divine spark we were meant to be. We allow darkness to enter our minds and souls. Though we must be guarded because the darkness is real. It becomes a living thing when we manifest it in our actions and words. We also manifest it in our reaction to the information thats given to us by sources that have more to gain that we do as individuals.

I have been many things in life, Father, Son, Brother, Warrior, Sailor, Cop etc. But the bottom line is that taking on some of these roles were my choice. I chose to follow a path, I chose to take the actions that placed me these roles. So being a victim can also be a choice or .... I can choose to not be a victim.

“You can run from the truth. You can run and hide from the truth.
You can deny and avoid the truth. But you cannot destroy the truth. Nor can you make the lie true. You must know that love will always uncover the truth.”
Delano Johnson, Love Quotes