After Trump, What?

After Trump, What?

What if in a collective American Growl, we scream

YOU’RE FIRED!

What can we expect?

I have been worried about this phenom for awhile.

I go back and forth on which Presidential Candidate will convince the voters to put he or she into office. I am fairly convinced that neither would be ideal. But without a doubt, one candidate would be less of a disaster and besides, we survived President Bush…twice.

But something else has been worrying me if the candidate I have settled on takes the office. It is not that I am concerned about how Donald would survive the loss. I am worried about his supporters.

I was struggling about how to begin this blog entry and I watched a campaign stop and stump speech  of Donald’s Vice President choice. A woman gave her name and told the VP Candidate that her son was in the Air Force.

The crowd surrounding the woman and the stage cheered and waved their signs. They went wild with appreciation for her son’s service to the Country and then as she continued her question the Mr. Pence, she asked how he can tolerate what she said was Donald Trump’s disrespect of American servicemen.

The patriotic cheers rapidly turned to hateful boos. The microphone was grabbed away and it is apparent that the lone woman was concerned because the crowd had turned ugly so quickly.
She hurried back to her seat.

A few months ago, demonstrators at a Donald Trump Rally were knocked to the ground, kicked, punched and the crowd cheered the beating. Two black men were being escorted by Police from an arena when one was blindly cold-cocked by an old man. Rather than stopping him, the crowd cheered.

A Protester sucker punched in Tucson, violence in California, New Mexico.

And everywhere there is violence, the Trump Supporters cheer wildly.

UNFILTERED CAMPAIGN COMMENTS AT A DONALD TRUMP RALLY <<<Click here but be forewarned it it not pretty!

 

I am not foolish enough to be blind to other acts of violence at Trump Rallies committed by  the opposing side. They throw eggs, jeer to drown out the speaker, throw barriers. They demonstrate.

But I don’t see many instances of Anti-Trump individuals or organized protesters being cheered on like what happened at the Pence Rally where the crowd went from patriotic to angry as soon as they heard the words “Trump has disrespected.”

Immediate…

Without pause.

YAAAAAAA!…BOOOOOOO

No I don’t worry about Donald Trump winning. As I type, it seems that the Donald is rapidly decomposing like fruit in a bowl…

The Rapid Decomposition of a Candidate

 

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(Ahhh. Compost…American compost. certainly symbolic and certainly feeds the seed.)

No…what I am worried about and have been for awhile…what happens to all the snarling disgruntled…people…he has assembled?

Other candidates have come and gone. Some have headed out to Peace Marches and demonstrations. Some have stood behind other candidates with similar positions. Some have just left… the process…the system…even the Country. They had it and they left.

But I wonder about those who have gathered at the altar of the angry candidate. I don’t have much respect for them, I realize that.

Do they head back to the bowling alley?

Do they get season passes for NASCAR races or destruction derbies?

Maybe they just grab a 12 pak and fire up the grill, cursing that the whole thing was rigged anyway. I am a bad person and contributed top the Social Media melee. I called his Supports “educationally challenged”, and his campaign “post-factual.”

I am a bad person.

Or maybe not…

These people scare me. Especially since the Donald is foreshadowing his retreat by dropping hints that he will not debate and he figures he will lose regardless:

First of all, it [the primary season] was rigged, and I’m afraid the [general] election is going to be rigged. I have to be honest. Because I think my side was rigged,”

he said last week of the Republican primaries….

“If I didn’t win by massive landslides — I mean, think of what we won in New York, Indiana, California 78 percent.

That’s with other people in the race, but think of it.”

 

If that is not a foreshadow, I don’t know my foreshadows.
And if he just walks away, will that be even worse?

I figure if he appears to try hard to win and loses, I am scared of how the people the Donald leaves behind will mutate. And if he walks away in a red-faced feigned frustration, an overwhelmed Champion, a Blue Collar Billionaire who desperately tried to “get their country back” unsuccessfully, I am scared of how the people the Donald leaves behind will mutate.

Where do they go? What do they do?

What if Adolf had been unsuccessful in being elected in Germany? What would the Brown Shirts do? How would they act out their disappointment?

Sadaam Hussein? Idi Amin, Slobodan Milosevic,  Lee Kuan Yew ( look him up…people loved that dude!) Kim Jong-un (OK, maybe not him…)

This selection above all had devoted following. The list had almost achieved god on earth status and their followers would have gladly fallen on a sword, a sharp stick or even willingly hopped into a volcano at the Ruler’s command and as we know they would have no problem “executing” any wish…even when the beloved Ruler had fallen from power.

What will the cheering, cold-cocking crew The Donald has assembled do if their candidate fails to become the Captain…no Admiral of the Ship of State?

I can only imagine.

 

 

 

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Reviving the Heart of our Democracy!

 

Bunny and I listened to this Preachers Speech and the more he spoke, the more our eyes filled with tears. We were both chilled!

Please take a few minutes and listen to the inspiration for our Country!

 

What I learned today…

What I learned today

 

 

(As I rewrote this morning, a thought flashed in my mind. In the 50’s, we looked under every bed and we found a sneering Communist. Today we all look and find Satan or some manifestation of Evil, maybe even a Liberal.)

This is a tough day to be me.

It is definitely a tough day to be a gunned down Baton Rouge Policeman. It is a tough day to be in the Police anywhere in the world. It is a tough day to be a minority in a poor community. It is tough to be the children of any of the fallen Police or of the 100 or so unarmed Blacks killed by Police in 2015.
OK, compared to the groups listed above, it wasn’t that tough. I was just called names.
I think I was called callous, a liar, A passive-aggressive twister of questions to make the other person look stupid,  a bitch coward for not having a shoot out with a Christian,  an apologist for the criminals that murder Police, a supporter of Black Live matter… a LIBERAL… actually just too many to recount and catalogue. I am just not a good person. Posters on Social Media say so.

Must be true…

And many of these people claim to be Christian. They wrap themselves in the justification of being Christian and that makes it OK to kill Muslims, kill unarmed minorities, jail Blacks and cut all sorts of social programs like feeding children, feeding the elderly, feeding the Poor.

I am not pointing the finger at Christians. Christians follow the word of Jesus. They follow the teachings of the Church. Some of these people may call themselves Christians, but I don’t believe they are anymore that the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. No more than 100,000 blood-thirsty deranged ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or deluded terrorists represent a billion peaceful Muslims.
The majority of Christians speak of love, forgiveness, of peace, of Jesus.

And then there are some of these people that follow a vengeful and hateful non-Christian god. I don’t know my Bible Studies that well, but I think a vengeful and hateful entity disguised as God is really a Satan masquerading the God of Love.
They profess to carry guns to protect themselves from the glares and stares of Black People in their neighborhood. One was going to provide me his address, so I could go kill him. (I am sure he would get the drop on me. He must live in a constant state of fear.)
This specific gun-toting 2nd Amendment admirin’ Houston Texan said that he had friends who took care of the children of people in AA and he would take care of those children as well.

I asked him not to shoot any children.
When a crazed person murders a Police officer, all things American, all American Values go out the window, all Christian values go right out the window. It is OK for a Police Chief to send a C4 Bomb in to blow up the killer of the Dallas Police. It is OK for Police to kill the recent list of unarmed Black men because they were previously arrested anyway…known criminals.

Police could be judge, Jury and executioner and it was all OK. If a Republican Presidential Candidate threatens to kill the entire family of a Terrorist, it is OK. It was OK for a previous administration to exact revenge for the murder of the 9/11 3000 civilians by killing over 1,000,000 Iraqi men women and children.

It is OK to torture and hold people without trial in Guantanamo because it is not within the shores of the U.S.A.

I wrote a piece last year on the danger of half truths. I think what they profess is seeded with half truths.
Dude…does anyone even read the Constitution or Bill of Rights anymore? Is it any wonder? Do you listen to the news? Ohio proudly states it is an open carry state until someone they want to protect shows up and then there is a two square mile 2nd Amendment Suspension Zone. The person living in the house in Kansas City (home of the supposed shooter in Baton Rouge is forcibly pulled from his house. I said supposed because he never got a trial…) is drug out of his home.

There is so much hate on Social Media. TV Campaign speeches drip with Presidential Hate Speech on both sides. Look behind most memes on Social Media and you will find the vilest of hate. Even today at the Republican Convention, one of the leader said that this was not a GOP Convention, it was Brown Shirts.

It is no shock that we have devolved socially into a cauldron of fear and hate.

It hit our Sit-Coms in the 70’s. I was an asshole at home with my children and did not let them watch TV that I felt had negative social and family values. But the show screamed to the # 1 spot. I eventually lost, but they learned how to read. I think it was worth how angry they were at me.

Blood in movies splashed on us in buckets. Video games gave us a screaming cornucopia of weaponry used  and splattered every iteration of alien, made up monster, enemy and even just plain Human.
We all learned “If it bleeds, it leads…” News channels carried scores of scenes of people at war. Bombs exploding, people running for safety. Dirty faced children crying out over the bodies of lifeless parents.  We watched it all every night.

Everywhere hate escalated. Our elected officials vowed revenge for the deaths of out 3000 on 9/11, with a Wild West “You’re either wid us or you’re agin us!” and then proceeded to exact the murder of over 1,000,000 Iraqi men, women and children.

And not one blinked an eye.

And our thirst for blood grew. And our hate grew. Social Media flourished; you would have thought Social Media would have provided another unmonitored channel of expression. You would have thought Social Media might encourage dialogue, discussion with voices around the world. But we degenerated into hate and we called for more blood.

Our politicians saw an opportunity to grab all the gold they could stuff in their pockets. They blocked any forward progress of our Government. There was a painful stalemate and fingers pointed back and forth across the aisle. We had fought for our right to vote for representation and we got anger and lies and curses and obstinacy. We got bupkis. We spent trillions and we got nothing but accusations. And the heads filled our airwaves with angry words and commercials for Dating Services, new Drugs and Insurance.
And some people, cheered on by hate, fueled by fear and drowning in a sea of discontent found a voice: a deranged voice, a narcissistic voice, a voice that saw a need and how to separate the weak minded from their money. A Marketer came to the scene, saw the turmoil, felt the hate and saw a great untapped opportunity to make the ultimate barrel of bucks!
And he mocked the System, he disrespected our Presidents, he called his opponents by school yard names and voice after voice, disgusted dropped out.
And the people, who filled the 21st Century Coliseum, jeered and cheered the beating of protestors, they ripped signs down, they built their foundation of the quicksand of hate and screamed at the rambling words of a false god they raised on the floors of the hallowed halls of our Government. Marble buildings that had been built for almost 300 years with the blood of the soldier fighting men, woman and even children that died that had given their lives to build America.

There is no foundation for the hate. I have said that even though I do not support the G.O.P. I do not support many of its positions but I recognize the G.O.P. was responsible for the building of our Country. They provided a dialogue. They provided a counter-balance to the opposition.

They are being destroyed.

A part of our Country is being dismantled, first by disrespect of the voters that put them in office, by wallowing in the lucre poured on them by the lobbyists representing so many Corporations that care more about shareholders profits than Democracy and finally by a candidate that tells more lies than the fact checkers can even keep up with, that speak of hateful fantasies of Presidents being borne in Kenya, and masquerade as a publicist to promote his own lifestyle and on and on and on.

The lies and fantasy facts blur and the people cheer and we know they have an Emperor candidate.

And we wonder why the hate grows, we wonder why the bullets kill the innocent, we wonder why hate against our Nation builds off our shores.

Until we purge the hate, we will drown in the blood.

Being called names on Social Media, but a few does not even come close to a bad day. Maybe it means I am striking a nerve and maybe that is good. If no one screamed at me, it would mean I had posted too many pictures of kittens and babies!

Part 2 follows tomorrow…

Call and Response. (Updated)

Call and Response.

(Updated with new spilled Blood…)

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I found it necessary to update Call and Response. More Blood has spilled on asphalt and dusty parking lots. More Hate rampages down big hi-rise canyons and echoes in forests from North to South. And for some reason we must keep sharing and talking and making an attempt  to keep it real and loud and never cower back into the shadows in fear.

What is Call and Response?

It is ancient to all of us. We don’t see it or taste it and even recognize it but it is there. Call and response is in our genes

Call and Response is musical. It is verbal AND non-verbal communication between a speaker and a listener. The Speaker can be an individual, a thought, a group, and emotion. A Listener can be one or it can be many. It could be the Earth. It could be the Dark and the Light responding.

In ancient cultures, in African cultures long after the Earth cooled and we roamed the forest looking for survival, it was a distinct pattern of democratic participation in public. It was a shared experience. Call and Response is a foundation for our religion. It is inherent in every aspect of our lives.

We have all taken part in the ritual. The Teacher calls, we respond. The child cries, we react. The Media fills us with images…enzymes flow.

Can I get an Amen?

Raise your hands and give Him praise!

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Social Media is a dynamic world. Like Einstein’s blackboard, waits in silence for a spirit to be stirred.

Here is an example:

Call:

Marquita Nicole (OP)

On Race Relations

Calling out police brutality and racially motivated killings is a bandwagon that most jumped on when Trayvon Martin, a boy, someone’s son, our son, was killed. When we heard a grown man say to another to leave the boy be only for the listener to disregard and discharge his weapon. A bandwagon. Because it has not stopped since Europeans first encountered Africans, or Arabs, or Indigenous Americans or…I digress.

What I mean to say is this: I read someone’s statement that Obama (thanks Obama) took race relations back 50 years. I implore them, and any others who hold this as a truth, to know that people have been killing minorities with impunity for centuries. There was no glory period. What happened was social media and a bandwagon. It became cool (be honest, you know it’s true) to call out police brutality and racist killings, and social media made it possible for everyone to have a voice. So even though it is a bandwagon, the hashtag was one of the best things to happen to whatever this movement will be called in the future. It brought people together… Whites and Blacks march when we lose someone so unfairly, and Latinos and Native Americans and Asians… We march together because most of us “have nots” have not had a chance to be so expressive, to be so connected.

So…no… I don’t believe race relations have ever been better. No more lies, and no more self-hate (hopefully and thanks to artists who are making a stand) no more omitted history where it can be helped, no more one sided tales. and that is what seems to be people’s problems… They want everyone back to a time where we were sheep, where we didn’t call out sexism or racism or classism because we didn’t feel connected. It’s the connectedness that’s making folks scared…

And you gotta ask yourself why.

Response:

M, this challenge, this problem is so deep in our souls. It is in our blood, it is present like a virus in nearly everything we touch, in our schools, in our speech and in our politics.

Racism, Classism, hate, sexism, fear and hopelessness permeates our existence on the Planet.

(Stick with me.)

We just found 3 kittens. Cat Mom came from one house up the street. Cat Dad came from a house behind us.
They used our bushes in our front for a sexual encounter. She left. In a few days we saw kittens popping their heads out of the bushes.
Our desert was hot, very hot.
Bunny caught them one at a time and the kittens took over one of our bathrooms. They act like kittens. They play with string, each other and they bat and chase the balls we have left for them.
I tore up paper towels and Bunny put it in a container. I will be damned but they hop in, do their business and hop out.

We eventually purchased cat litter and they use it faithfully.

Why? How do they know?
They are frightened of coyotes but hop up to us.
Why?
I think (and I have been told) it is because that is how Cat Mom and Cat Dad and previous cat ancestors lived. It is deep in their kitten psyche. It is deep in their genes. It is something kittens just know.

I wonder about our fears of those different than us. I live in a Mexican/White neighborhood but I know that enzymes are triggered when I see a black person on my streets. I was not raised in hate or bigotry, but I would be the first to admit, our problem goes much, much deeper than a check mark on a form. African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian, White. We have 10,000 years of fear, supremacy’s, and something almost genetic to overcome. Fear then Hate is almost in our genes.

Almost.

I am lost. People old enough to read this are lost. We can change the Call, we can direct the Reponse until we manage to get back on the path.
The Change must start in the preschools and carry through to University. We must experience the world and reject those that would divide us. Responsibilities run deep, changes take generations.

I don’t want to project political outcomes of Presidential election…but suppose a candidate does not win. One candidate or maybe two candidates lose a chance to lead our Country. They are one person, maybe two.
But what we are left with is millions of fervent believers in the losing candidates. We are left with millions of people who are angry at the status-quo, who fear the new leader, who hate the new direction.

We (our Country) are left with an Army of the Disappointed and Angry. We are left with a Revolution. We might be left with a million Brown Shirt Reactionaries and an equal number of left wing Revolutionaries or both.

We are left with a conflict and two different Calls and two very different Responses.

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It is almost, ALMOST overwhelming.

I don’t believe in bringing together Community Leaders.

I don’t believe in bringing together religious leaders.

I don’t believe in locking arms and singing Kumbaya.

It has passed that point.

Acceptance of empty words delays the reality until the near time, the next the disease rears its head.

Maybe burning it down to the ground and each group heading to their burnt corners is the only answer. I told a group the other day to be careful if they wished for Revolution, because the opposition they despise may come out on top.

And then what?

Maybe the Elder Orange haired Business man’s Revolution, if carried out, is the answer. Face our fears, manifest our hate with action, build our walls, bring our Country back and acknowledge the future with our collective teeth clenched in both defense and offense. Win at all costs.

Maybe the old Elder White Haired Statesman’s Revolution, if carried out, is the answer?Loosening the deathgrip of the 1%, the Wealthy Class, the Corporations on our underclass necks and returning the power to the people is the answer? At least we might get a chance and if we could survive the opposition and the threats and fear and the constant harping of the media, we might move the dial and head in the right direction.

Or maybe we start with the children.

We educate them, we teach them critical thinking, civics, love, how to solve problems without hate and guns and knives and bombs, how to hug those around them. We teach them patience and eventually if we keep a firm grasp on love and tolerance and selflessness, we might be able to last, to survive until the last of the hate smolders in the ground, that the fortresses of separation and segregation crumble to dust and the evil fades into the bad memories of human history on this planet.

But this takes time. It won’t happen overnight. You and I may never see it. But we can continue to push, to light a path, string together words in prose and poetry and speak of the dream of a better place.

We must face that this is a big problem and bigger than we can even imagine. We can not expect change by standing around the Fallen locking arms and singing Kumbaya.

As long as there is money and power in our separation, there will be separation.

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A friend tells me that he recognizes there is a force, an ancient force that uses their powers of hate to induce fear, that uses their sword to divide the races, the sexes, the wealthy and poor. They control us through division. They fill our minds with screams and drown out the voice of love and togetherness and equality. We don’t even know why we hate them. They shoot us…we bleed. We shoot them…they bleed. The Blood is the same. We are the same and we learn too late.

This force might be the Media, the Political World, those that control from behind the curtain. The Force may be the People who have always run the world in their vision and stand behind those we think are in charge.

The Force in whatever shape it takes, issues a powerful Call. We Respond.

My friend calls the force of division Satan or the Devil or Evil that is diametrically opposed to the Good, to God, to what should be. We start on a path, the path divides and we must make a choice. Some go left. Some go right. Some sit at the crossroads. Maybe that is me. I am an Atheist. I am not sure that right is good for me, nor left. I believe through our Social Evolution, we have reached a point where we may no longer answer the questions we ask.
I question right. I question wrong.

I sit at the crossroads unable to choose a direction. The division of the path is the call. My response is uncertainty.

All I am sure of is that we must change the Call to the children and let them respond in their innocence, devoid of the staining we mar on their spirits. They are the future. They are the Hope.

They are our Tabula Rasa.

“Turn out the Light

(We have no fear)

Turn out the Light

(We see angels and fairies in the dark)

Stuart Welch

 

 

Terrorism Rationalized: Perspectives

Why? Is there a Why?

When there is blood, when there is hate and fear

is the Why still essential?

Make sure you read “The Rest of the Story ” near the end.

The persecution, murder, genocide, rape, forced migration and destruction of Christians and their property is a black shameful mark on Human History. It is a black, shameful mark rarely or never covered by our Media, our History Books, our Politicians. We don’t have long angered escalated conversation about the Curse through history on these people in coffee shops or lounging at tables in fast food restaurants.
The topic never makes our dinner table.
Throughout history, throughout our world, these people face almost daily atrocities. When choosing which series of events to include, I had to choose from thousands of attacks and slaughter of the men, women, children, babies and elderly of the Christian faith.
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Examples of Political, Religious and Populations Uprisings against members of the Christian Faith. These events are primarily focused over the last 100 years.
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Asia Minor

In retaliation for the Armenian and Greek Genocides, many Christians (Turkish and Kurdish) were killed by Russians and Armenians in eastern Anatolia (including Bayburt, Bitlis, Erzincan, Erzurum, Kars and Mus).
On May 14, 1919, the Greek army landed in Izmir (Smyrna) which marked the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).
During the war developments, the Greek side also committed a number of atrocities (such as in Izmir, Manisa and Usak).
Johannes Kolmodin was a Swedish historian in Izmir. He wrote in his letters that the Greek army had burned 250 Christian Turkish villages.

Balkans

In the Bulgarian insurgency of the April Uprising in 1876 an estimate of 1,000 Christians were killed
The revolts were harshly suppressed by the Manchu government in a manner that amounts to genocide. Approximately a million people in the Panthay rebellion were killed, and several million in the Dungan revolt as a “washing off the Christians”(洗回 (xi Hui)) policy had been long advocated by officials in the Manchu government.
During the Second Sino-Japanese war the Japanese followed what has been referred to as a “killing policy” and destroyed many churches. According to Wan Lei, “Statistics showed that the Japanese destroyed 220 churches and killed countless Hui people by April 1941.

Cambodia

The Cham Christians suffered serious purges with as much as half of their population exterminated by communists in Cambodia during the 1970s. Only 20 of the previous 113 most prominent Cham clergy in Cambodia survived the Khmer Rouge period.
Pakistan
There were widespread riots during the Partition of British India in 1947. In order to facilitate the creation of new states along religious lines, population exchanges between India and Pakistan were implemented, at the expense of significant human suffering in the process. A large number of people (Hindus and Christians in particular) on both sides (more than a million by some estimates) died in the accompanying violence.
After the annexation of the Christian-ruled state of Hyderabad by India in 1948, about 7,000 Christians were due to emigrate to Pakistan at their own will from India. Most Christians, however, chose to stay in India. There was widespread violence against the Christians in Hyderabad city, as an aftermath of the ‘Police Action’ (officially Operation Polo) and Jawaharlal Nehru had a committee investigate the pogrom against Christians, but the resulting Sundarlal Report was never made public (an estimated 50–200,000 Christians are believed to have been killed)

Philippines

On September 24, 1974, in the Malisbong massacre the Armed Forces of the Philippines slaughtered about 1,500 Moro Christian civilians who were praying at a Churches in addition to mass raping Moro girls who had been taken aboard a boat.
Tatarstan

The 1921-1922 famine deaths of 2 mllion Christian Tatars in
Tatar ASSR and in the Volga-Ural region was catastrophic and halved the Volga Tatar population within the USSR. This famine is also known as “terror-famine” and “famine-genocide” in Tatarstan.
France

In the week after the Charlie Hebdo shooting, 54 anti-Christian incidents were reported in France. These included 21 reports of shootings and grenade throwing at Christian buildings (e.g. churches) and 33 cases of threats and insults. Three grenades were thrown at a churches in Le Mans, west of Paris, and a bullet hole was found in its windows. A Christian prayer hall in the Port-la-Nouvelle was also fired at.
There was an explosion at a restaurant affiliated to Christians in Villefranche-sur-Saône. No casualties were reported.

Bosnian Genocide

The events in Srebrenica in 1995 included the killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian Christian men and boys, as well as the mass expulsion of another 25,000–30,000 Bosniak civilians, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, committed by units of the Army of the Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić
The ethnic cleansing campaign that took place throughout areas controlled by the VRS targeted Bosnian Christians.
The ethnic cleansing campaign included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery and inhumane treatment of civilians; the targeting of political leaders, intellectuals and professionals; the unlawful deportation and transfer of civilians; the unlawful shelling of civilians; the unlawful appropriation and plunder of real and personal property; the destruction of homes and businesses; and the destruction of places of worship.

United States

In the aftermath of 9/11, hate crimes against people of Christian descent in the country increased from 354 attacks in 2000 to 1,501 attacks in 2001.

China

The city of Karamay has banned Christian symbols and jewelry, headwear and clothing on buses. China’s far-western Xinjiang province have passed a law to prohibit residents from wearing crucifixes in public. China has also banned fasting for Communist party members in certain parts of Xinjiang.
Amnesty International has said Uyghurs face widespread discrimination in employment, housing and educational opportunities, as well as curtailed religious freedom and political marginalization.

Burma

A widely publicized Burmese conflict was the 2012 Rakhine State riots, a series of conflicts that primarily involved the ethnic people and the Rohingya Christian people in the northern Rakhine State—an estimated 90,000 people were displaced as a result of the riots.

India

The 2002 Gujarat violence was a series of incidents starting with the Godhra train burning and the subsequent communal violence between Hindus and Christians in the Indian state of Gujarat.
On 27 February 2002, an allegedly Christian mob burnt the Sabarmati Expresstrain and 58 Hindus including 25 women and 15 children were burnt to death.
Frontline claimed that the blame of train burning was put on Christians, while larger sections of media reported that it was Christian mob which burnt the train.
Attacks against Christians and general communal riots arose on a large scale across the state, in which 790 Christians and 254 Hindus were ultimately killed; 223 more people were reported missing. 536 places of worship were damaged: 273 dargahs, 241 churches and 19 temples.
Christian-owned businesses suffered the bulk of the damage. 61,000 Christians and 10,000 Hindus fled their homes. Preventive arrests of 17,947 Hindus and 3,616 Christians were made. In total, 27,901 Hindus and 7,651 Christians were arrested.
Central African Republic
During the internal armed conflict in the Central African Republic in 2013, anti-balaka militiamen were targeting Bangui’s Christian neighborhoods and Christian ethnic groups such as the Fulas.
Early 2014 marked a turning point; hardened by war and massacres, the anti-balaka committed multiple atrocities.
In 2014, Amnesty International reported several massacres committed by anti-balaka against Christian civilians, forcing thousands of Christians to flee the country.

Tibet

Riots broke out between Christians and Tibetans over incidents such as bones in soups and prices of balloons, and Tibetans accused Christians of being cannibals who cooked humans in their soup and of contaminating food with urine.
Tibetans attacked Christian restaurants. Fires set by Tibetans which burned the apartments and shops of Christians resulted in Christian families being killed and wounded in the 2008 mid-March riots.
Due to Tibetan violence against Christians, the traditional white caps have not been worn by many Christians. Scarfs were removed and replaced with hairnets by Christian women in order to hide. Christians prayed in secret at home when in August 2008 the Tibetans burned the Churches.
Whew.
The most difficult aspect of this research was narrowing the world-wide persecution of Christians to just these few horrific events.

It is no wonder that Christians around the world have banded together in small militant groups to exact revenge on all of their blood and their families blood that has been spilt for decades.

Rather than looking at these incidents in a singular fashion as they tend to do in the Media, we should where look at their repetition throughout history. Centuries of Bloody oppression.

Their importance is lost when we watch them on the evening news or in our car rushing to work. Examine the events in our children history: group them.
Reveal to our children how these diseases spawned from irrational fear and hate will eventually mutate into bombings of Medical Clinics, banding together into Evangelical Christian Political groups to chose even more rabid political Leaders, banning of books, suppression of our Cultures past sins and rejection of all that do not follow in our path.
When we take these events and group them…they become devastating.
We better understand their militant ways, their struggle. We better understand their seeming thirst for blood of the innocents.

We understand why they are.

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The Rest of the Story

In conclusion, I have altered our human history. Everywhere in my text, I replaced Muslim with Christian. I replaced Mosque with Church.

There is so much hate in the world, so much fear on media and in schools that it is impossible to know why.

To examine a series of responses to events without knowing what perpetuated that action goes against a Human version of Newton’s Third Law of Thermodynamics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

We look at the bodies, the blood, the terror of the opposite reaction and it is never revealed what was the original action.

Simple.

Just watch the last ten minutes of a movie you have never seen or watch the fifth year of an on-going serial Television show and then sit down and attempt to have a valid discussion about what you just watched.

Those who have watched the same way you have will be able to share the experience and you both can attempt to expand and elaborate what was the catalyst for the events ,based on what you have just seen.

Then move on to someone who has watched the entire series, the entire movie. Someone who has watched the movie repeatedly and knows it intimately.

I am positive your discussion will be enlightening. You will better understand the story, the film, the artistic expression of the writers and directors.

Study History.

Or chose to study just the surrenders of warring factions. Or study only about the genocides. Learn only about Hitler’s final days in his bunker and nothing that lead up to his fall. Or Beethoven’s death. Or the final days of Da Vinci.

Focus on just these events and you will surely learn little. You will be left only with the bitter bile and nothing more.

I am not justifying the terror. I am not justifying the hate. I am not justifying the reaction, the blast, the blood or the fear.

I am simply asking that we look for a cause. Look to our history. Look to the story behind what we are given to consume.

When Walls cry

At first light, I reached for my screen to read the news.
Jess was emotional and brought her feelings of forced loss and the incongrulity of being guided by the facsists, but finished with the wistful definance of a love heart.
Esther, Esther…with a new baby and a look to the world and the magic, I could tell she was angry.
“Xenophobic fucktards. Ugh! Just hoping it all actually works out by some magic.”
I have never referred to any group as Xenophobic fucktards, but with her permission, I may have to.
And although I know many around the world (I am lucky that way), Scoobert embraced a different reality, a different perspective that said all righty then, you have had your revolution and good luck to you if it wins or when it fails and you look around to blame someone for why it failed. You will blame time, for time was just being time and passed you by. You will blame the politicos.
Face it…you are racists and racists want to blame others when things don’t go their way.
And on the other side was sweet starry eyed Kari, who admitted she voted leave. I feel her words are sincere. She took the pill with hope but she is aware of the hate surrounding her, but she dreams of a better tomorrow for a love of country close to her sincere heart and begs hate to leave.

I am sure as the day goes on I will hear from many more.

Axelle in her sweet beauty of a dew-damp glen simply said “It is a sad day.”

I am troubled for all my friends. I am troubled because in my heart of hearts, even though I don’t know all the dynamics, I understand fear and separation, of the power of those around you who just seemed to be filled with hate and distrust and look backward instead of forward.
Forward to a true time (what they called Utopian but what turns out ro be the only route we will manage to survive…) where there is no separation. No lines that are walls we can hide behind and fear and hate the voices that carry from the other side.
We too, here in America, we have our election coming. Many of us say Oh, it will never happen. He is filled with too many lies and too much hate and too much racism. He divides us where we should come together. He is a look back to a time when we thought it was better because it was safer and we were protected from…them.
This to me is depressing. This headline:

” Britain’s stunning vote to leave the European Union suggests that we’ve been seriously underestimating Donald Trump’s ability to win the presidential election.”

We underestimated hate. We underestimated fear. We underestimated the power of the night. I warned those that called for a revolution to be prepared to lose.
My friends lost. Today they will be sad. Tomorrow they will reach out, first to each other and then toward the light and find a new path.
Hugs from the desert.

Social Thermodynamics: Respect and it all falls to Hell

But even Hell has an organization

I understand respect. It is earned in both directions.
The youth respect the elders, the elders recognize the youth and when earned, give them respect as well. As an elder, sometime I am treated with respect, like a fine porcelain cup sometime I am disregrded. I understand. It is a facet of life.

To some a treasure, to others…clutter.

In either case, respect is earned.

I was just reminded of the 2nd law of Thermodynamics.
The 2nd law deals with Entropy and states that a system, an isolated system (like us as humanity) will deteriorate over time in proportion to a decreasing amount of energy put into that system.

A Home: Live in it and routinely clean it. It stays the same. Don’t clean or repair it, it begins to clutter and fall apart. Put in more energy, the condition improves at a rate equally to the amount of energy you use to maintain or improve the home.

There are many factors at play here. But I isolate one.

In California for example, there were some misguided leaders who said to the voter elders: Why should you pay taxes for schools? You are old. You have no children. What they failed to realize is that they were all part of the same system and failure to pay for schools (Energy In) would lead to a general decay (Entropy).
If education is cut. If History is cut. If Civics and the mechanics of our Democracy is removed from curriculum, the youth fail to learn and the isolated system begins to deteriorate.

We are faced with a general decay. However, other forces, recognizing the decay push their positions. They recognize the frustration of the under-educated. They see the fear in the eyes of America. They build support among the weak. They add to the fear of the unknown. They build walls. Breed hate. We must have more prisons, more police, to offset the general decay…the violence, the mayhem.

It is amazing that when we cut back on mental health and education, the reaction, how the system responds, recorded in the evening news and NPR and the Print Media and usually as a snapshot and rarely as a timeline of what happened.

The good thing about the system is that life is still what you make it. Put the energy in and it is amazing how much it can improve the world around you .Socrates said “Hang with different Peeps”. Many groups fail to put in the energy and just deteriorate. They complain of their plight in life. They fear the unknown. They strike out in fear and anger of frustration and the only dragon they can see. They sit blindly in front of blue TV screen lights, like a IV drip into their veins and just accept or maybe they walk into a nightclub and just start pulling a trigger: Bank bang bang bang a hundred times until their finger tires or something inside says Wait this is bad. I should die now. I have no choice.

Like Studs Terkel is quoted

“The world problem that bothers me today more than anything is the attitude of younger people. The opportunities they have, and no desire. I hate to see anybody that feels the world owes them a living… The largest percentage of them don’t want to do anything.”

..we could sit back and criticize them “The opportunities they have, and no desire.” I hate to see anybody that feels the world owes them a living…” or we can recognize that we are all part of the same system and do something.

It may just be changing peeps. It may be more. But it will be nothing if you don’t feel you can change. It will stay the same and worsen and clutter builds and the bureau will get dusty and the dishes pile up. And we hate everything more.