… Concluding the week with a few little tidbits. A couple may border on being ‘snarky snippets’, but I did not start out with that intent.
Another one 😞
Another synagogue shooting. Another death. More injuries. Why? Because we are becoming a nation of haters. We are becoming a nation of people who think that the lighter their skin, the more worthy and deserving they are. We are becoming a nation of “Christian” vs everybody-else. We are becoming a bunch of jerks. The latest in the long series of jerks is John T. Earnest, age 19, who entered Chabad of Poway synagogue north of San Diego, California, on Saturday while about 100 people were inside celebrating the final day of Passover. He opened fire, killing Lori Kayne, age 60, and injuring four others. One of the injured was Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was leading the service, and bullets penetrated both hands, shattering the bones. Among the others injured were Noya Dahan, age 8, and Almog Peretz, age 34.
What possessed John T. Earnest to do this horrific thing? John Earnest posted an anti-Jewish screed online about an hour before the attack. He described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue Oct. 27 last year.
I. Don’t. Get. It. What the Sam Heck makes a Jew or a Muslim any less worthy than a Christian? What makes a black man less valuable than one with lighter skin? What makes a man more important than a woman? What makes people hate based on nothing more than superficial differences? We may be African, Israeli, French, or Iraqi … it does not matter! We are all a part of the human race!!! Isn’t it about damn time people wake up and realize that???
Update on the migrant children …
I haven’t written lately about the migrant children who, upon crossing into the U.S. at the U.S.-Mexico border, had been separated from their parents. Other things have occupied space in my mind and on my blog. But, last night I decided it was time to check in and see what, if anything, had been happening since my last post on the subject, the one where I reported that the government had said it would take up to two years to reunite these children with their parents. Quite by accident, my timing was good.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, the same one who ordered the children be returned to their parents in June of last year, gave the administration exactly six months, not one day more, to straighten out the mess they have made. I really like Judge Sabraw!
“It is important for all government actors to have a time frame, a deadline. You tend to stand on it.”
I will make a note to re-visit this one each month, for this is too important for us to let it fade into the background. Trump claims there is a ‘crisis’ at the border. Yes, there is a crisis … a humanitarian crisis in the form of potentially 2,800 children who cry for their mamá every night.
Finally, a bit of justice
The song, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late comes to mind. Trayvon Martin’s murderer got off scot-free. Philando Castile’s murderer got off scot-free. Alton Sterling’s murderer got off scot-free. Samuel DuBose’s murderer got off scot-free. Freddie Gray’s murderers got off scot-free. And more. What did these have in common? The victim was an unarmed black man, and the killer was a white police officer.
On Thursday, however, the tables turned for once. Former Florida police officer Nouman K. Raja was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each of two counts: manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm in the shooting death of Corey Jones.
On the night of Oct. 18, 2015, Mr. Jones was on the side of an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Palm Beach County at about 3:15 a.m. calling for a tow truck, as his vehicle had broken down. Mr. Raja, an officer with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department who was on duty in plainclothes, approached Mr. Jones’s SUV in an unmarked van. Mr. Raja did not identify himself as a police officer. Within moments of approaching Mr. Jones, Mr. Raja fired six shots and struck Mr. Jones three times, killing him.
Mr. Raja’s defense team tried to invoke the infamous “Stand Your Ground” law, but after listening to a recording of the incident by the tow-company’s dispatcher, that argument held no water. This is the first time since 1989 that an officer has been sentenced for an on-duty killing in Florida. It’s about time.
And just a few mini-snippets …
- Attorney General William Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, May 2nd, regarding the Mueller report in general, and also over those portions he, Barr, chose to redact. But apparently Mr. Barr did not like the format that committee chairman Jerry Nadler plans, and is now threatening to ignore the hearing. Mr. Barr seems to think that, just as he believes the president is above the law, he himself is also above the law. I hope he is proven wrong, and quickly before his ego has a chance to grow any bigger.
- It is just possible (highly unlikely, but possible) that in some states next year, Donald Trump’s name will not be on the ballot! Fourteen states are attempting to pass legislation that requires every candidate to make public their tax returns in order to qualify to be placed on the ballot. If the legislation passes in those states, and if Trump continues to hide his tax returns, he might find himself out in the cold in states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, all states he won in 2016. Just thinking about this makes me smile.
- As our friend Gronda noted in a recent post, Fox ‘News’ commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote a piece earlier this week that was fair and honest, therefore not kind to Donald Trump. Napolitano opines that Trump is, in fact, guilty of obstruction of justice which we know to be an impeachable offense. He concluded by saying, “… ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.” As you might guess, Trump didn’t take kindly to his own personal media venue allowing such a voice to be heard, and he came back with … what else? Tweets, of course!
Well, that’s a wrap, folks. Enjoy the last few remaining hours of your weekend, and I’ll be back with Jolly Monday in the morning!