Spread love

“Spread love, instead of spreading lies
Spread love, the truth needs no disguise
I’ve often said love could open any door
Oh, but I wish we had much more
More love is what we need”Take 6

This year, Thanksgiving has me sorting through more emotions than a Fed Ex worker sorting boxes.  Within the past two weeks, a close friend of mine lost her sister who I was friends with as well and I lost a close cousin.  Last month, my wife and I welcomed a son into this world, our third child.

Over the past year, I’ve experienced happiness, sadness, triumph, and failure.  Through everything I’ve experienced first hand and witnessed, the predominant emotion through all this has been hope.  Hope that no matter what, the next day will be better than the previous one.

With everything going on in this society, I think we could use a healthy dose of love.  As the saying goes, Love conquers all.  When you love someone, you’re less likely to purposefully hurt them or cause them harm.  When you love something, you’re not going to purposefully damage or destroy it.

For those celebrating Thanksgiving today, I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  If you’re not celebrating, then I wish you a day of happiness and love.

–Brosephus

Let’s not forget, we’ve overcome much worse than Ferguson

Brosephus:

I haven’t kicked any trashcans, but I feel the same frustration. I’ve sewn a few strings of four letter words that would make a seamstress stare in awe at my stitch work.

I don’t condone the burning and looting that’s taking place, but I understand the anger behind it.

Like you, I struggled to think of something to say last night, but the words were just not there. I knew the outcome as soon as the grand jury was announced, but that still didn’t make the announcement any easier to listen to.

I grieve for the parents of Michael Brown as they won’t be able to hug their son on Christmas morning as I’ll be able to do mine. I grieve for those who saw their businesses get trashed as they had nothing to do with the circumstances of the justice system in Ferguson or St. Louis County. I also pray for the soul of Darren Wilson. Even though man has let him off the hook, he still has to answer for the blood on his hands before God.

Originally posted on theGrio:

I really wanted to write something poignant last night but all I could do was cuss at random intervals for about 4 hours straight. Then I moved on to kicking trashcans all over my house. I’m still oscillating between those two stages.

I knew it was going to happen just like it happened. We knew it was coming. We’ve had many conversations saying he will not be getting indicted for killing Michael Brown because history had written that conclusion. We made Facebook statuses about Darren Wilson being a free man when the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency. We knew.

But knowing didn’t stop this from feeling the full punch to the chest, knocking the wind out my sails and leaving me deflated. It’s like when you try to brace yourself for impact; it is still going to hurt like hell no matter how much you think you’ve…

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Expounding a bit on immigration

President Obama can not legally give anyone legal status in the United States.  That has to come by way of Congressional action.  Those of you who believe that whole amnesty thing need to go and read up on immigration law a bit.

The President, by being the head of the Executive Branch, is the point person for the enforcement of law.  What his executive actions can do is direct how a particular law or set of laws is enforced.  He cannot change law either.  So, don’t believe that crap.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, did not legalize any children brought here to the US.  It did not give them a legal pathway to citizenship nor did alter their current legal status.  It only gave them a temporary reprieve for being subject to orders of removal.  They are still subject to grounds of inadmissibility, and they can be removed if the situation warrants removal.

What we need is a Congress that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need a media that has the balls to be honest with America.  We need an America that has the balls to be honest with America.

Obama cannot grant amnesty, and I doubt he intends to do so.  His actions can only direct enforcement of immigration law.  Congress has the power to grant amnesty, and I doubt they will do so.  They can, however, do what’s necessary to settle our immigration issues.  Instead, they’re too damn busy trying to score political points by stirring up the base, pushing ideological lies that do nothing but make people angry.

Obama, for his part, is playing political games as well.  He’s asked Congress numerous times to work on immigration, and they have chosen not to.  By pushing EOs, he’s basically goading them into doing something.  Whether it turns out to be meaningful or strictly political is up to Congress.

Get your earplugs ready

The White House has announced that Obama will announce his Executive Order on immigration tomorrow with a rally to follow on Friday in Las Vegas.

From the Washington Post:

President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally support for his initiative on Friday.

“Tomorrow night I’m going to be announcing here from the White House some steps I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system,” Obama said in a video posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long,” Obama said. “So what’ I’m going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.

If you hear what sounds like two stray cats f**king inside a jet engine that’s scraping fingernails on a blackboard, then that is likely people who are opposed to his EO voicing their opposition.

Personally, I’d much rather see Congress deal with this crap as that is what we pay them to do.  However, the realist inside knows that I have a better chance of seeing lake effect snow cover the island of Puerto Rico than seeing Congress actually do their job in a productive manner.

 

The pipeline that Congress needs to support

Keystone XL didn’t survive a vote in the Senate, and that’s a good thing from my perspective.  I don’t like being lied to, and the supporters of this pipeline have embellished the benefits of this pipeline so much that I think some people honestly think that this pipeline will lower gas prices in the US.  In reality, the only benefit of this pipeline is that Canadian oil will be able to be sold on the world market, which would have doubled the price that it was being sold for at one point.  I’m not sure if the same would hold now because of the overall decline in oil prices.

If there was a need for a public infrastructure pipeline that would benefit America, I would offer this as a suggestion.  Instead of a single pipeline, why not build a series of pipelines to move water/snow from areas overwhelmed with it to areas that need it.  For example, Buffalo just got hit by a major snowstorm that will dump up to 6 feet of snow in some areas.  Wouldn’t it benefit California and Buffalo right now if that water could be moved from one area to the other?  Buffalo could keep their streets clear and California could get some much-needed water.

Such an endeavor wouldn’t be cheap, but the long-term benefit would be great.  We know that Grand Forks, ND and other areas are going to get flooded by the Mississippi River next spring when the snow melts.  Why something like this hasn’t already been proposed or suggested is beyond me.  These events happen every year with predictable results.  We know that the Upstate New York area is going to get hammered by lake effect snow.  We know that the Mississippi River is going to jump its banks when the snow melts in the spring.  Even if we didn’t pipe the water to specific areas, we could use a series of pipelines to shift water from one river to another to alleviate flood conditions or other things.

We don’t need Keystone XL or the 20-30 permanent jobs that Americans would compete for.  TransCanada does need Keystone XL to boost their profits.  Why should Americans risk our natural resources for something we don’t directly benefit from?  If there was a direct benefit for America, I could see a reason to approve this pipeline.  When the reasons Americans should prove it are lies, I say that we should focus our infrastructure ideas to things that will directly benefit Americans.