The cost of freedom @ WTF 4/5

The true cost of freedom…

I do not like Bill O’Reilly. I think he disseminates a lot of misinformation. In fact, talk about fake news… most of what he puts over the airwaves from his show is… if not totally a bunch of phony baloney… is a distortion and a manipulation of the facts. And, thus… FAKE DAMN NEWS!

However, make no mistake… Bill O’Reilly is very adept at what he does, and if not downright intelligent, he is at the minimum very knowledgeable about the issues and people he “reports” about on his show. He needs to be because how else could he use them to his and his alt-right causes?

Recently Congressperson Maxine Waters gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives that essentially and effectively took the Trumpty Dumpty administration to the woodshed.  But, for all its intents and purposes, it got almost no air time and almost no time in the print media… if, it did it was as a throwaway item buried somewhere as a time filler on broadcast news shows and a back-page filler in the print media. The only media source that gave Waters’ speech any meaningful time at all was when C-Span broadcast it from Washington D.C.

But, let’s face it how many of us actually watch C-SPAN? I can count on one hand the amount of time I have spent more than 5 minutes watching that channel. I’m willing to bet dollars to doughnuts most of ya’ll people reading this can say the same. OK, OK, OK… so, maybe it is more of ya’ll than just a few who watch C-SPAN but all in all… it just ain’t that many of us who do.

And… yeah…  Bill O’Reilly. He watches C-Span.

How do I know this?  Since, I just said…. I don’t ever watch his show either?

I mean… I just can’t watch his show… I can’t…  the pusillanimous bullshit that spews forth from the recreant’s mouth makes me wince in psychic angst at the how easily he twists, mangles and manages facts into lies.

It’s because of Facebook (yes, it does have some value) and Ayofemi Kirby.

Until recently, Ms. Kirby was a person who was unfamiliar to me. So, just in case some of ya’ll aren’t very familiar with her either… here’s the brief skinny on her…

She is a former Congressional Black Caucus Communications Director who has worked with many congresspeople… and yes, among them has been Maxine Waters. She is also a multi award winning NYC-based communications professional who is presently employed with MWW (www.mww.com), one of the top-five global independent public relations firms, and she also contributes opinion articles to various media outlets, including the Huffington Post. Which, by the by is where the piece found on Facebook originated.

Kirby wrote an article titled… “The Words From Rep. Maxine Waters That Bill O’Reilly Didn’t Want You To Hear.”

Kirby relates that at one point during her busy day she happened to check what all was being bandied about on Twitter and found that it was “pick on a powerful black woman” Tuesday.

In her words… “Congresswoman Maxine Waters was dismissed by Bill O’Reilly for her hair, acclaimed Washington journalist April Ryan was told to stop shaking her head (by Sean of the dead Spicer) in the Brady Briefing Room, and political powerhouse Angela Rye was trolled by Joe Walsh for highlighting the glaring double standards in presidential expectations and permissions.

She goes on to tell how disturbed she was about the crap being dished out regarding “… three of these brilliant and bold women on Capitol Hill” that attempted “to diminish their authority, credibility and voices.”

And, all on the same damn day.

Maxine Waters, April Ryan, & Angela Rye

While each of the other two Black women, and the disrespect they were given by white folks, deserves our attention, I wish to pay particular attention to the very brave and great Congresswoman Waters’ words…

Kirby writes that she eventually found time to research the internet to find Waters’ speech because… as I previously mentioned and Kirby also emphasizes… “It’s hard to even find a clip of her actual speech on any news site.” Kirby then adds… “Lucky for you, I know how to use C-SPAN online.”

Lucky for me, too. And, lucky for whoever that Facebook poster was who decided to post the Kirby article.

Before I go on further regarding what Kirby discovered… let me back track to what O’Reilly and others did on the Faux News show “Fox & Friends.”

It’s last Tuesday and Fox News is airing the speech of Waters orating on democracy and patriotism only that is not what is being heard on the split screen of O’Reilly et. al. and a tape of Waters on the House floor… instead what is heard is this…

He seems to be laughing (or is it smirking?) on a split screen that shows he and some Fox cronies and Waters as she is speaking on the Hose floor and he says… “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig.”

Another Foxie says… “It’s the same one. And he’s not using it anymore. They just, they finally buried him.”

At which point still another Foxie jumps in and says… “I’ve got to defend her on that. I have to defend her on that. You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

The rest of the on-air conversation is inconsequential because he… O’Reilly… accomplished what he had set out to do…

He effectively misdirected our attention from what Waters was speechifying about to a discourse that mockingly trolled her over her hair and all his little Foxie pals joined in to help direct the conversation to be about a Black woman’s hair rather than the words she was saying. And, if I might add… they did it in a racist manner tinged with an extreme amount of sexism and chauvinism.

Kirby says the same in her article… “Watch the clip of O’Reilly on-air. He’s intently listening to Congresswoman Waters and knows exactly how true and powerful her words are”

So, that Maxine Waters’ words are not lost to us all … Ayofemi Kirby quotes an excerpt from her speech that would have never been seen by me if not for Ms. Kirby… I pay it forward now…

 “African-Americans have struggled and fought historically, many African-Americans have paid a huge price, fighting for justice and equality in this country, have died for it. I don’t have to call the names of Martin Luther King and all the others. We have paid a price, we have fought. But guess what? Despite the fact that America has not always been there for us, we’ve always been there for America. We have fought in America’s wars. We have suffered discrimination, we have suffered isolation and undermining, but we stand up for America, oftentimes when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not.

“When we fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but they’ve turned a blind eye to the destruction that he’s about to cause this country, ‘You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.’”

Kirby ends her HuffPo article by writing…. “… we have to remember and reinforce what they are truly fighting for … our freedom, our voices, our rights, and the ability to stay focused on the hard-won battles we’ve already won and the hard-fought battles that lie ahead.”

Amen.

The struggle is ever ongoing and our attention must be ever persevering…

That is the true cost of Liberty and Freedom.

Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall?

Trumpty Dumpty… way back when he was running for the presidency… was being heckled by some protesters at one of his rallies. Being the type of authoritarian dude that he is, he didn’t take kindly to them peeps who were taking a contrarian view to his presentation of reality. In fact, he was sorta, kinda bent out of shape by them protesters, so he told the crowd…  “get ’em out.”

Repeatedly… as he gestured at the protesters.

Which some of the crowd took to mean to remove them from the rally by some very aggressive verbal enticement, and, then failing at their attempts at that method of persuasion, to physically removing them… and… not in very delicate manner either.

Turns out some of the protesters objected to their physically and aggressively being removed by the people at the rally and have since filed a suit… against Trumpty, for inciting the crowd to violence. The suit also includes his campaign peeps and three of the crowd who in an unkind, physically manner removed the protesters.

Trumpty’s lawyers filed a motion that said Trumpty is immune from the suit because it threatened his constitutional protections to making political speeches.

A federal judge said… nope… that’s not the case…

U.S. District Judge David J. Hale said the lawsuit against Trump, his campaign, and three of his supporters could proceed because there is no protection for speech that may have incited violence.

Not helping Trumpty’s case is the fact the incident was caught on video, which was then spread far and wide across the universe.

The judge’s written decision said, “It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force.” And that, “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”

Further not helping Trumpty’s case is the fact that one of the crowd goons… ummm, I mean peeps… included in the suit has told reporters that he “physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit” after “Trump kept saying ‘get them out, get them out.’”

Federal judge to Trump: There is no constitutional protection for speech that incites violence

I am not bringing this up to argue whether Trumpty should be, or should not be, given immunity from having his fat ass sued by people who believe they have been subjected to crude, asinine and vulgar orders from Trumpty that have either caused personal embarrassment or physical pain or both (although, I wouldn’t take a stand against anyone who did bring his ass into a court of law), but rather about something that his administrative peeps and attorneys keep on bringing up… which is… “Trump’s words shouldn’t be taken at face value.”

That he doesn’t… or didn’t… mean what he literally said.

Unfortunately, there are a fair number of dupes out here that seem to buy into that logic but as naïve and somewhat dupey as I can be at times… I ain’t a dope to be duped.

Why is that?

For what may be the umpteenth gazillion time…

You are responsible for what comes out of your mouth. If, you cannot engage your brain and your mouth to speak in unison and mean what you say and say what you mean… then maybe the best course of action would be to shut your damn pie eating hole and say not a damn thing.

When my president makes an assertion, I need to be able to believe in it having some semblance of truth. When my president tells his people to do something and then when it happens, I need to believe he will take responsibility for the orders or at the minimum back his people up and say it’s on me… whether it was successful or not… whether it was the right thing to do or not.

I don’t need him to say that’s not what I meant. Or… you took me at my word? It was just a figure of speech. You can’t take what I literally say literally!

Because, if that is so, then what do I do when he asserts something or gives an order that has seriously and potentially grievous and life threatening consequences?

Forget about me. Or even us… what is some other sovereign state supposed to do?

What if he says to some country we got your back…whatever you need to do… whatever you need… we will be there.

Then when push come to shove… he… or his lackey mouthpieces… says it was meant in a figurative sense. Or… hell… ya’ll know I live with alternative facts in some quasi Bizarro Superman alternative universe.

Or, what if he tells some military people he wants to send North Korea a serious message with a bullet…

Oops… that’s not what I meant… after they launch the nukes that obliterate Uiju Airfield and some 32 bomber planes and all the associated military personnel hunkered down there.

Or, worse… goes after the fat pussy toad fearless leader, or whatever the hell he is called these days, and takes his ass out along with some other 3,255,388 Pyongyang poor unfortunate souls.

But, it’s all good… he didn’t mean to do it.

The dumbass needs to be held to his word… because when it all comes down… all ya’ll got is your damn word. We need to at least be able to believe he is a man of his word and is responsible for what comes from his mouth.

And… so far… from what I see the closer your ass is to the man; the worse off ya’ll ass might be when the shit hits the fan.

This pisses me off…

On February 16th, 2017  H.J. Resolution 69 went before the House of Representatives and passed by a vote of 225 to 193. With mostly the elephants in favor to pass the resolution… yea… 220 elephants and 5 donkeys; nay… 10 elephants and 183 donkeys.

The vote overturns rules that have taken years for the men and women of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to craft and refine that put a stop to many inhumane hunting practices and helped to create much needed wild life refuges…. 16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska…. for many of America’s diminishing wild life.

The man who is mainly responsible for bring this draconian bill to the House floor is Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, who had the temerity, and yes at the minimum the honesty, to admit on the House floor that years ago he was paid for killing killed wolves while they lay in their dens.

On March 21st, 2017, by a 52 to 47 vote, the Senate approved by a party-line vote, to pass the H.J. Resolution 69, thereby placing another nail in the coffin that would nullify U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules that had ended some of the most inhumane and unsporting hunting practices ever contemplated.

What this H.J. 69 does is to allow a “hunter” to be in a helicopter, chasing down prey… like a grizzly bear…  and as the prey begins to tire… as fatigue sets in…. the helicopter sets down… the hunter gets out… and… BAM! Kills the prey with one cowardly shot.

All for a fucking trophy.

It allows a “hunter” to stake out an animal’s den…. even in the dead of winter when animals are hunkered down against winter and her elements… and… BAM!… kill the mostly defenseless prey.

It lets a “hunter” stake out a den where maybe a mamma wolf has pups and as she returns with either food from her latest hunt or just to nurse and care for the pups… BAM!… another trophy is gotten.

Denned animals can now be killed in Alaska

It allows the use of steel traps that snares wild animal who once in the jaws of the trap then painfully begin to futilely strain and struggle to be free before they ultimately succumb to exhaustion, exposure to natures elements and the failure of their bodies to go on.

In many of these circumstances cubs or pups are left to wait… hungry and thirsty… Their bodies weaken… their organs begin to fail… they too die… alone, hurting and sadly.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authority… federal oversight… over the 16 national wildlife refuges has been effectively revoked and the decision-making power has been given to the “rule” of “states’ rights.” The federal government pays the bills and the states decide the rules.

In 1980, Congress enacted the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act which purpose was to set aside places… reserves… for the wildlife and for people who wanted to view the animals in their natural habitat… the animals, would be seen from a safe distance… for both the animal and the humans. Each would go its own way… unharmed.

In Alaska that is now destined to be a sad and eventual distant memory.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the President signed into law: H.J. Resolution 69, thereby nullifying the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service’s final rule relating to non-subsistence takings of wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.

It is now legal in Alaska…

  • Taking black or brown bear cubs or sows with cubs (exception allowed for resident hunters to take black bear cubs or sows with cubs under customary and traditional use activities at a den site October 15-April 30 in specific game management units in accordance with State law);
  • Taking brown bears over bait;
  • Taking of bears using traps or snares;
  • Taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season (May 1-August 9); and
  • Taking bears from an aircraft or on the same day as air travel has occurred. The take of wolves or wolverines from an aircraft or on the same day as air travel has occurred is already prohibited under current refuge regulations.

This royally pisses me right the fuck off!

 More reasons to get fighting mad…

Also signed into law on April 3rd…

H.J.Res. 83, which nullifies the Department of Labor’s rule titled Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.

H.R. 1228, which provides for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during March and May of 2017.

S.J.Res. 34 – which nullifies the Federal Communications Commission’s rule on privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services.

Temperature rising yet?

Another thousand words…

 

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