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So…there is not a witch hunt???

I rarely post to this blog. I would love to post more, but I don’t always have time. Just on a whim, I decided to check my stats…and lately I have been getting hits in regards to my post Witch Trials in 2007? in which I reposted a story I found on Livejournal concerning one Rhonda Gruber. So I googled the name to see what other people were finding and why the interest. Did something new happen? Is she free to practice her paganism??? It turns out that while Rhonda and her family may be practicing Pagans, that is not the sole reason the law is going after them and that her paganism isn’t really even much of factor. I found this site that has some pretty convincing evidence that kinda blows holes in Rhonda’s “it’s a witch hunt” story. And this site really breaks down all the events.

Now me being the naive person I am, thought that Rhonda’s plea for help and support was legit. I mean, when asking for help, why would someone leave out important details of the whole situation only to focus on the part of the story that makes them look like a victim? [*rolls eyes*].

Well, poo poo on me. So trusted someone and they (so far) are turning out to be bogus. I apologize to any and all practicing Pagans I may have offended and hurt.

That being said, what has is happening to Rhonda and her family isn’t something to be taken lightly. They  lost their home, they lost their jobs…people in their community are making it difficult for them (probably because of the paganism).  What started out as legit charges has kinda snowballed into something much murkier.

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What Happens in Jena, Stays in Jena (Not!)

I wanted to put in my two cents about the Jena 6.

I have been following the case of the Jena 6 for several months. Tonight, CNN will be airing a special about the Jena 6, the town of Jena, and it’s people.

From what I have read and heard, the majority of people in Jena do not believe race is problem or issue in their town. However, the majority of people in Jena happen to be Caucasian. Ask anyone who is African American in Jena, La. and they will tell you “yeah, race is problem. Race is an issue.” Not that the Caucasian sentiment that racism is in the past is all that surprising. It something most white folks block from their vision.

The fact of the matter is, the situation in Jena would not have gotten to where it is now if the community addressed the nooses in the tree directly. They could have held an assembly and town hall meeting to discuss the ugliness those nooses represented. The parents of the boys who hung the nooses could have spoken with the students about how they have brought shame to this small town and had them issues apologies. What happens instead? The nooses are brushed off as a joke. The black kids do a sit in protest around the tree. The DA holds an assembly with the protesting students and says, “See this pen in my hand? I can end your lives with the stroke of a pen.” Some white kids beat up a black student and no charges are filed (or none that I have heard). A white kids pulls a shotgun out on some black students at a mini mart. The black kids disarm the white student and run, the black kids are charged with theft. And then a group of black kids beat up a white student and it is attempted murder??? When the white student was well enough to go to some school shindig??? Seriously..

The DA said that people are forgetting about the innocent victim in all this and the harm done to him. Everytime I hear “Jena 6” I think about that boy the beat up. But you see, we are not arguing whether or not a fight took place. We are arguing do the charges and punishment fit the crime.

“It is the outsiders bringing this here.”

This is statement I heard time and again from the white residents of Jena. Here is a newsflash for those folks: Outsiders did not hang nooses in the courtyard. Outsiders did not ignore the crimes of one set of people only to over charge another group of people. YOUR community did this. YOUR complacency in the matter did this. To be fair, there were those who did try to do the right thing, but when your own DA has his own agenda, well that is when the “outsiders” come in.

Here are some wonderful links about this case:

TruthDig

JenaSix.Org

Washington Post

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My thoughts on K’ville

K’ville  is a new series about cops in a city.
I thought the city was Kansas City or Kalamazoo or something like that.
The city K’ville is about is New Orleans.
The K is Katrina. That is first I  have heard of the city being referred to as K’ville. Perhaps it is local thing.
They would have done better if they had named it The N.O.  or NOLA or The Lean…or O’vile.
But if you name it O’ville people might think is about is about a town of orgasms.

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When is a survey not a survey?

When it asks you to sign up for shit that takes money out of your pocket.

All over the internet  I see these websites saying,”Get Paid to Take Surveys.” It all seems so jolly!  Companies will pay you to give your opinion or thoughts on a product or learn more about consumer spending habits. At the mall you can get $5 for participating in a survey or focus group. How awesome would it be to do that from your home!!??!!

Well kill the awesome people. I will guarantee that 95% of those survey sites are not surveys at all. They are more along the lines of those “Get A Free Ipod Nano” pages: the survey is you saying yes or no to a list of offers ranging from insurance to online movie rentals. But you have to say yes to X amount of offers or you don’t get paid. Or you sign up for a survey site where they send you “paid” emails. All you have to do is read them, right? WRONG! You click the link and sign up for whatever service that is probably free the first 2 weeks but then you have to call and cancel. If you don’t cancel, the service costs $29.95 a month…but you only got paid $15 to fill out the survey….that makes no sense.

My point is that these surveys are not surveys they are operations built to get more money into the pockets of businesses by convincing you  to buy their product.

For those 5% or surveys that are surveys, I don’t count because I don’t fit the demographic they care about selling to: single, white, male, ages 18-34.

That, my friends, is some bullshit!

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On White Light, Black Rain

As I watched ” White Light, Black Rain” on HBO last night I became heart-broken, sickened.
I am really left without words, but everyone needs to see this film.
I am talking middle school, high school, and college.
Too many innocent lives were affected. What those people went through was more terrifying than any horror movie.

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Where to begin…

I have a lot I want to cover.

Right now I am watching “White Light, Black Rain” on HBO.

I will not support a candidate who even hints at a nuclear solution. To any situation, hypothetical or not. Completely unacceptable. I will write more on this later.

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What’s the Reasoning?

There have been two editorial letters in the Washington Post this past week about Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The focus of these letters are on how the writers and their neighbors have been trying to volunteer their time to help the wounded soldiers and their families.

These people want to hold luncheons and have art classes, take the wounded shopping, cook for them; basically do anything they can to show their appreciation for what those soldiers do.

In the first letter, the writer tells of being told that the only volunteer positions available are for administrative duties and that she would have no contact with the wounded soldiers. The volunteer coordinator is only their one day a week and she is very busy. The result was that the writer did not receive any further communication from the volunteer office. This writer was also told that their is cultural divide between the soldiers and those in her neighborhood who wanted to help. The writer said she was told that the soldiers are the “NASCAR” type.

If what the writer says is true, then what did that person mean by the “NASCAR” type? I find that rather insulting to the soldiers. Writer also tells of how many of her neighbors also received a “cold shoulder” from Walter Reed.

This got me wondering: What reason would Walter Reed have to turn away people who want to give freely of their time to help the wounded soldiers?

They could be afraid of more outside criticism about the conditions of the hospital itself. Maybe they are worried that a bunch of “left-leaning” folks will talk badly about the war with the vets. Or perhaps the Walter Reed administration doesn’t want to fuel those who are against the war. When facing those vets face to face and seeing their unwavering loyalty to the US Military and talking with families, what anti-war person wouldn’t want to fight even harder to bring our men and women home. Those loyalties should not be used in any trivial way.

Walter Reed may not have the resources to handle the amount of people who want to volunteer. If they do need administrative help first, that could be the reason these potential volunteers are not getting called back: there is no there to coordinate the effort. I feel the leadership at Walter Reed should do all they can to help get the ball rolling on finding a way to bridge that “cultural gap.”

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