REFLECTION…of a community in mourning.

I was thinking about the presentation made by LAPD’s Chief of Police at the community meeting yesterday and I began to wonder: if the LAPD officer had given the victim 2 choices, 1: take two direct hits to the head and die or 2: let us assault you a la Rodney King, and those were his only two choices, I have a feeling he would have preferred to be beaten like a dog so long as he would have had a living chance of seeing his wife and 3 kids back in Guatemala again. LAPD is considered by many as the best civil law enforcement agency in the country, surely the best armed and best trained for any scenario.  But if relations between it and any community of color are to improve, they are going to have to find a 3rd choice, and a 4th, and a 5th to offer those they are trying to apprehend.  We all know there are a lot of good officers out there.  But until LAPD adopts new strategies, the people’s motto against the agency will continue to be: “LAPD change your ways, Racists, Sexists, Anti-Gay!”

REFLECTION…of free speech gone amok.

I remember in 2005 when some Muslims set fires to the Danish Embassies in Syria, Lebanon and Iran; and desecrated the Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, French, German, British and American flags over the publication of 12 editorial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.  It is estimated that 150 people lost their lives over this exercise of free speech.  I can’t begin to image what will happen when one Mark Twain looking preacher and 20 of his followers in Florida burn not 1 but 100 Holy Qur’ans.  I really hope cool heads prevail here.  The last thing we need is the kind of violence that many news outlets on the far right will use to justify their propaganda against Muslims in this country and the world.

This is one instance where I wish Gainesville, Florida PD would racially profile Terry Jones and pull him over for going even a mile over the speed limit on his way to church Saturday.  It would certainly save lives.

REFLECTION…of a very bad idea.

I am honestly tired of the Meg Whitman ads constantly reminding me that she took a company from 30 people to 15K. Yes, what an accomplishment. So what! What else have you done, Ms. Whitman, besides not vote or take part in social discourse for the past 28 years. How does that even begin to qualify you for running California? My future and that of my family and community are too precious to let you treat it like you ran your company: to the ground, which is why you were pressured to retire after the company lost 1/2 its value in the last 2 years alone. You say you want to run California like a business: high school push-out rates is not a business; health care shouldn’t either; neither is immigration, homophobia, religious intolerance and civil rights violations. These are just some of the issues you’ve never dealt with or voted on in 28 years, which is why you’re treating human issues as financial transactions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Jerry Brown either, but at least I’m comforted knowing that Pete Wilson, Meg Whitman’s campaign manager, will not be the de facto governor under him. As we all know, in the absence of experience, your subordinates do the running. Don’t believe me, ask Cheney. Ask Rahm Emanuel. Ask Nancy Reagan.

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