ungracious glooms aches lethargy take deep breath calms mind urinal cake pink ratchet red
urine trouble yellow until your green card comes you don’t have to win every argument
til meth do us part umber the rainbow who gives a fuscia this is a shotgun wedding
taupe of the heap supremacy white taco filling tube red $5 whorange truck stop hooker blue
sick and grown old shall not be known science alone can’t help or cure people realize accept
time argue putteth it under a bed promise to share my pizza help one fainting robin cool one
pain not my least burden is that no man when he hath lighted a candle never hurt other people
for any reason never gas station condoms again filter in my daily songs make charity mistake
get caught live beneath your humble manners learn from present let someone eat one heart
on a candlestick that is secret i’ll always pretend you’re right shall not live in vain if i can stop
breaking having fun is the best way to forget it enter in may see the light nothing check engine
light orange dullness of years divorces are cheap don’t wait for old age to wear purple destroy
soul of my enemy pink covereth it with a vessel or cornhole honey boo boo blue constipation
whimpering ennui borrow unkind people shut mouth barney the dragon purple as I sit
writing here cultivate good ahead of you admit it pictures from the library of congress
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There was a meeting October 25, Racism in the Queer Community: An Open Forum Talk! The venue was a storefront on Broad Street, two blocks south of Five Points. PG does not like to go downtown at night. This apprehension extends to the concept of talking about race. The event looked like an unsafe space. Race is a dangerous subject, both living it, and talking about it.
The event planners set up a live stream on the internet. You could watch it from the relative safety of your home. Unfortunately, the sound quality was bad. Perhaps, at a future event, the hosts could employ the heart circle tactic of the talking stick. Whoever speaks must hold the talisman, which is handed to the next speaker. A cordless microphone could be used as the talking stick.
At 35:00 of part one, a lady said, in effect, that if she doesn’t see someone who looked like her, then I am going to think your organization is all white. She was talking about light skinned POC. This might be a problem for @ShaunKing. The scribe likes to protest, perhaps too much, that he is, in fact, black.
Race in America is seen as skin deep. How you look is more important than the person under that skin. The problem is, all many people see is the skin. Here is a passage from a chamblee54 post, How Black Is BHO? We don’t have to worry about BHO much longer.
Rachel Dolezal was discussed on the show. Here is a white woman, who presented herself as black. After a while, she was roundly criticized for doing so. It was said that she has not suffered the hardships, and oppression, that comes with being black. Therefore, this light skinned woman is the object of derision for claiming to be black.
BHO was raised by white people in Hawaii and Indonesia. Arguably, he has suffered little, if any, of the oppression that most black people face. He chose to attend a black church, in part, because he wanted a political base. And yet, this half white man with dark skin is routinely accepted as a black man. Racial labeling, like beauty, is skin deep.
At some point in part one, a man asked the white people in the room, why are you here? PG’s reaction was, maybe he should ask the white people who were not there, why they stayed home. PG has found discussions of race to be very dangerous. Some people who say you are supposed to feel uncomfortable. To PG, this “white tears” attitude… which is often displayed by white people … is a form of bullying. As the lady said at 1:15:05, “Don’t ever tolerate disrespect, I don’t care who you are or who it is.” This comment is taken out of context.
The meeting continued in part two of the feed. At 15:09, someone commented on the “white savior complex.” There is a tendency with white people to think they need to save the helpless POC from oppression. (Pro-Tip: Be very careful when calling out white saviors. Those who call out others, do not like to be called out.) The speaker said, in so many words, that if you want to help us, then you should do it on our terms. We are doing very well on our own, thank you.
An American is in social danger if they stray from community orthodoxy. If you say something your neighbor does not like, you can expect to find knives in your back. As a lady said at 30:48 of part two, “you know a friend is a friend when they defend you behind your back.”
When PG was a kid, his grandmother lived in a side apartment, in a house on Virginia Avenue. The owner of the house was Mrs. Stuckey. (PG never learned her “real” name, and assumed that checks were made out to Mrs.) There was a framed piece of paper in Mrs. Stuckey’s hall. The top said “The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do” , and featured the logo of the Rotary Club. The four rules were simple, on the surface. Is it the TRUTH?//Is it FAIR to all Concerned?//Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?//Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The four way test was written by Herbert J. Taylor. In 1932, Mr.Taylor took over the bankrupt Club Aluminum Company of Chicago. Trying to revive the company during the depression, Mr. Taylor wrote a code of ethics, hoping that it would be the basis for the company’s actions.
Many said that the four way test was not practical for the business world. The balancing of integrity and ambition can be daunting. It was said that “This emphasis on truth, fairness and consideration provide a moral diet so rich that it gives some people “ethical indigestion.”
These thoughts are for you to use. They were articulated by a man named Don Miguel Ruiz. They are called the Four Agreements. . HT to activecitizen54..
PG does not claim to live up to these ideals. Number two is especially tough for him. The main thing is to try, and to always do your best. This is not about what you believe or think, it is about what you do.
agreement 1–Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
agreement 2–Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
agreement 3–Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
agreement 4–Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
This is an edited repost. The original post has more information about the Rotary Club rules for living. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.
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The traditional chant for re-election is “four more years.” Yesterday, the wait for the election was four more weeks. This nightmare election is almost over. If someone had made this up, they would be laughed at. Reality is bad fiction.
As Al Gore knows, the Presidency is decided by electoral votes. You do not vote for DJT or HRC. You vote for electors, whose identity is a google proof secret. These people elect the President. If Georgia goes Republican, then you vote for DJT. Tell your SJW neighbor they are voting for DJT, like it or not. Despite recent Democrat gains, Georgia is So Red It Glows (SRIG.)
In 2008, a dark skinned man ran for President. Georgia voters are roughly 30% black. If BHO got 90% of that vote, that is 27% of the vote. For BHO to take Georgia, he needed 32% of the non-black vote. Mitt Romney won 53% of the overall Georgia vote. In other words, BHO could not get 32% of the non black vote, and came up seriously short.
GeorgiaPol had a story today, Is There A “Dire Risk” of Trump Losing Georgia? “… the conventional wisdom says that private polling done by the parties is more accurate than public polls. … And those party polls are by definition not public…” There was a comment: “… Clinton pulled her advertising from Georgia a couple of weeks ago.” That should tell you something.
According to fivethirtyeight, HRC has a 32.5% chance of winning Georgia. 538 changes the map several times daily. Arizona went blue today. The Georgia score was 20% when PG first started to follow 538, so 32% is a blue improvement.
Conventional wisdom (oxymoron alert) has it that the swing states will decide the election. These are states which are not considered true blue (California, New York) or SRIG (Texas.) Politico says these states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. As this post is written, all the swing states are going to HRC.
The last three weeks have been wild at 538. When PG first started following, Florida (29 e votes), North Carolina(15), and Ohio (18) were red. First Florida, then North Carolina, then Ohio went for Hillary. 538 calls Florida 73% certain to vote for HRC, North Carolina 70%, and Ohio 67%. Pennsylvania, another purple favorite, is leaning 88.8% for HRC. These numbers may change by the time this feature is posted, or when DJT opens his mouth.
The problem is the Senate and House. In Georgia, alleged Klansman Johnny Isakson is coasting to an easy re-election, over some little known Democrat. In District 6, Tom Price is assured of re-election. Until writing this post, PG had never heard the name of the Democrat candidate for District 6. The name is Rodney Stooksbury. This is not supposed to be funny.
Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
If you see a statistics junkie with glazed over eyes, it might be because of 2015 Crime in the United States. The FBI issued the report recently. CIUS shows that homicide went up 10.8% This is the crime that today’s feature will focus on, with an emphasis on black and white. If you want to skip over the text, and look at the pictures (from The Library of Congress,) you will be excused.
The FBI stats are a bit tricky. Hispanics are lumped in with the rest of the population. At the Census Bureau the categories are White, 77.1%, Black or African American, 13.3%, American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2%, Asian, 5.6%, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.2%, Two or More Races, 2.6%. Links will be provided for the sources used today. If you want to look at these numbers, and see something different, you are welcome to do so.
There were 13,455 homicides in 2015. 5,854 white people, and 7,039 black people, were victims. If you break this down by gender, it was male, 10,608, female, 2818, and unknown, 29.
The next breakdown is based on Single victim/single offender killing. This category accounts for 45.6% of the homicides. This breakdown is Race of Victim by Race of Offender, 2015. Of 3,167 white victims, 81.2% were killed by white people, and 15.7% were killed by black people. Of 2,664 black victims, 8.5% were killed by white people, and 89.3% were killed by black people.
There were 5,854 white homicide victims. Out of an estimated population of 247,813,910 people, this works out to 23.6 murders per million. For black people, there were 7,039 victims. In a population of 42,748,703, this divides out to 164.6 murders per million.
The Guardian keeps track of police killings with a database, The Counted People killed by police in the US. In 2015, police killed 1,146 people. This breaks down to 306 Black, 13 Native American, 195 Hispanic/Latino, 581 White, 24 Asian/Pacific Islander, 27 Other/Unknown. The Guardian counts Hispanic/Latino as a separate category, unlike the FBI and the Census Bureau. The killing-per-million figures are 7.66 Black, 5.49 Native American, 3.45 Hispanic/Latino, 2.93 White, 1.34 Asian/Pacific Islander. (In 2016, Native Americans, 5.49 per million, are being killed by police at a higher rate than Black people, 5.03 per million.)
These statistics, in and of themselves, are of limited value. They do not reflect the much greater attention paid to police killing that to citizen on citizen crime killing. Links are provided to all sources. Readers are invited to look at the numbers, and see what conclusions they can come up with.