Just A Few Things Bouncing In My Mind

Like most of you, the news on Wednesday night that Russia had invaded Ukraine, even though expected, was somewhat of a gut punch and kept me awake most of the night.  So, it’s no surprise that my mind is bouncing today and many things crossed my radar that made it bounce even more, so what better way to get them out of my head than to share them with my friends?

More gun insanity!!!

This from my local news station

“Under Ohio law, people who wish to carry a concealed weapon must pass a background check, show proof of eight hours of training and ‘promptly’ inform officers they are carrying a concealed weapon during a stop. Senate Bill 215 would get rid of all of those requirements.

‘What this House bill represents in my mind, honestly, is lawlessness…it represents the wild, wild west,’ said Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey. ‘It puts our officer at risk. It puts one more layer onto what could be a very stressful situation for the officer.’

While McGuffey has been vocal in opposition, Republican representatives — backed by gun-rights advocates — argue the bill is a constitutional issue.

‘This legislation works,’ said Rob Sexton with the Buckeye Firearms Association. ‘It gives people their God-given right to defend themselves and their loved ones.’”

Did he say, “God-given right”???  Seriously???  Talk about people having sold their brains to the lowest bidder!!!  And defend themselves against what or who?  The innocent school child who happens to be Black and walking home from school through a white, racist neighborhood?  Or perhaps the woman in the grocery store who doesn’t move fast enough to suit the man with the gun?  No, Mr. Sexton, this legislation most definitely does NOT work!!!  I’d much prefer banning guns altogether!

YES!!!  They’re going to prison!

I’ve been holding my breath, wondering if the three officers who stood by and watched as Derek Chauvin literally choked the life out of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, would actually be convicted for the crime of inaction.  And yesterday, they were!

J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were found guilty of federal crimes for failing to intervene when it was obvious that Mr. Floyd was being murdered by their fellow officer.  The jury found that the three had willfully violated Mr. Floyd’s constitutional rights by not providing medical care when he lost a pulse and that two of them were also guilty of not intervening to stop a fellow officer.

I had concerns from the beginning of this trial, in part because it is rare that officers are charged in such instances, and second because one defense lawyer had earlier claimed that while Floyd’s death was a tragedy, it was not a crime!  But, justice prevailed, hopefully a sign that juries may become more willing to convict not just officers who kill people on the job, but also those who watch them do it.  Mr. Kueng and Mr. Lane both helped Mr. Chauvin restrain Mr. Floyd while he was handcuffed facedown on the pavement. Mr. Thao stood nearby, keeping bystanders away. Mr. Chauvin was convicted of murder last year and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.

The judge in the case, Judge Magnuson, has wide latitude to impose a penalty and could sentence the officers to any amount of prison time, including life. They still face state charges of aiding and abetting murder, with a trial scheduled for this year.

The jurors’ decision, which came after about 13 hours of deliberations following a month-long trial, suggested that they agreed with the prosecution’s arguments that the officers knew in the moment that Mr. Floyd was in severe medical distress and that Mr. Chauvin was breaking the law. The verdict was also a rejection of the argument cited in each of the three defense cases: that the officers trusted Mr. Chauvin, the senior officer on the scene, and therefore were not aware that what he was doing was illegal.

Score one for justice against racism in policing, against unwarranted police brutality.  Now we await the sentencing which I hope will be harsh.

The day in pictures

Last, but not least, the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Lest you think that the Russian people are supportive of Putin and his deadly invasion, they are not.  Most have family and close friends living in Ukraine and they are so against Putin’s aggression that there have been massive protests in cities across the country, even though the protestors knew they could be arrested for speaking against Putin.  In fact, at least 705 have been arrested as of this writing, probably more.

A person is detained by police during an anti-war protest, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Moscow, Russia February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Tell me again how Putin is such a ‘great guy’ and not at all an autocrat???  The best way to describe what is happening in Ukraine is with pictures …

34 thoughts on “Just A Few Things Bouncing In My Mind

  1. Pingback: JUST A FEW THINGS BOUNCING IN MY MIND. |jilldennison.com | Ramblings of an Occupy Liberal

    • God may not have had guns (though he obviously knew they were going to be invented by and by, along with nuclear weapons!) but he sure knew how to kill people, even trying to commit genocides on those who didn’t give a shit about his edicts. Gun fanatics these days don’t give a shit about anti-gun people. They learned that from their God. My way, or the highway. In the olden days of B.C. times, there were no higheays, so God just killed them and that was the end of that. Compassion is only a God-like characteristic in the New Testament, the All-Knowing All-Seeing God of the Old Testament, where most religious people get their ideas from, was the ULTIMATE MASS MURDERER!

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      • Many ‘Christians’ may find inconvenient, if not annoying, trying to reconcile the conspicuous inconsistency in the fundamental nature of the New Testament’s Jesus with the wrathful, vengeful and even jealous nature of the Old Testament’s Creator. (Personally, I like to picture Jesus enjoying a belly-shaking laugh over a good joke with his disciples, now and then.)

        From my understanding, Judaism’s messiah is reflective of the unambiguously fire-and-brimstone angry-God Almighty of the Torah, Old Testament and Quran. This thus left even John the Baptist, who believed in Jesus as the savior, troubled by Jesus’ apparently contradictory version of Messiah, notably his revolutionary teaching of non-violently offering the other cheek as the proper response to being physically assaulted by one’s enemy.

        Perhaps Jesus was viciously killed because he did not in the least behave in accordance to corrupted human conduct and expectation — and in particular because he was nowhere near to being the vengeful, wrathful behemoth so many people seemingly wanted or needed their savior to be and therefore believed he’d have to be.

        And regardless of whether one believes God required literal blood and pain ‘payment’ from Jesus or anyone else, we all factually know that animals have had their blood literally shed and bodies eaten in mindboggling quantities by Man. Indeed, maybe the figurative forbidden fruit of Eden eaten by Adam and Eve was actually God’s four-legged creation. Though not a vegetarian, I can see that really angering the Almighty, and a lot more than the couple’s eating non-sentient, non-living, non-bloodied fruit. Mainstream Christianity doesn’t speak up much at all about what we, collectively, have done to animals for so long.

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    • Nowhere. … All scripture was written by human beings who unwittingly created God’s nature in their own fallible and often-enough angry, vengeful image. Sadly, too many of today’s institutional Christians believe and/or vocally behave likewise.

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    • I can’t claim to be familiar with the bible, but I know it was written long before guns were invented, so my guess is that there is no such thing as a “God-given right” to own guns! And even the framers of the Constitution could not have envisioned the type of guns in existence today, such as AR-15s that can kill hundreds in a matter of minutes. Had they known, I don’t think they would have included the 2nd Amendment.

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        • I was going to comment on your post, but as comments are closed, I shall do so here. BRAVO!!!! Excellent post and if I had seen it back in 2018, I would certainly have re-blogged it! I’m so tired of hearing that some tragedy was “god’s will” and that we shouldn’t question “god’s will”! Every word you say matches my own thoughts. Americans are arrogant in their belief that they are the “chosen ones” … or at least the white, straight, male portion are. Over 7 billion people on this planet, and yet god only cares about a million or fewer of them? I questioned the existence of god when I was five years old, and nobody could answer my questions to my satisfaction, so I gave up and decided it was all a fantasy … some people seem to NEED to believe that there is a higher authority, that somebody is in control. Thanks for directing me to this post, Fandango … I loved hearing that somebody else shares my own views!

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    • Dear sir, while this article could just as easily represent truth as conspiracy theory, and I am not the one to try to pick the bones apart to discover which, its whole premise depends on a huge fallacy. Energy from oIl IS NOT CLEAN ENERGY, no matter where ut comes from. We are supposed to be in the middle of a fight for our planet, a fight that necessitates STOPPING USING AND RELYING ON OIL. You may as well be talking about Alberta, where the conservative politicians see our dirty oil as the means to a wonderful future where everyone profits from the sale of oil. All oil does is create wealth — for the already rich. The rich do not care about Climate disasters, they think they can buy their way out of them. They cannot, but they THINK THEY CAN! Meanwhile, the 99% of average Janes and Joes, or below average Jennys and Jerrys, are going to suffer because of the total disregard of the rich. And what good is riches when there are no Janes and Jennys and Joes and Jerrys to lord it over, and produce the food the rich need to live on, exactly the same way everyone else needs food to live on.
      WHATEVER this war, or any war, is about, it is about the little people losing. And when the little lose, EVERYOBE LOSES, even the so-called rich…

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      • There must be a point at which the status quo — where already large corporate profits are maintained or increased while many people are denied even basic shelter/income — can/will end up hurting big business’s own monetary interests. I can imagine that a healthy, strong and large consumer base — and not just very wealthy consumers — are needed. Or could it be that, generally speaking, the unlimited profit objective/nature is somehow irresistible, including the willingness to simultaneously allow an already squeezed consumer base to continue so — or even squeezed further?

        (It brings to mind the allegorical fox stung by the instinct-abiding scorpion while ferrying it across the river, leaving both to drown.) When it comes to unhindered capitalism, I can see corporate CEOs shrugging their shoulders and defensively saying that their job is to protect shareholders’ bottom-line interests. The shareholders meanwhile shrug their shoulders while defensively stating that they just collect the dividends and that the CEOs are the ones to make the moral and/or ethical decisions. …

        To me, human existence is still essentially analogous to a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely societally represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line. Many of them further fight over to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie and how much they should have to pay for it — all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined, owned and operated by (besides the wealthiest passengers) the fossil fuel industry, is on fire and toxifying at locations not normally investigated.

        As a species, we can be so heavily preoccupied with our own individual little worlds, however overwhelming to us, that we will miss the biggest of crucial pictures.

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      • RG, i am in complete agreement with you. However, the article i linked above discussed the cause of war… which is oil.
        As a species, we should have evolved away from fossil fuel 50, 60 years ago. Exotic zero point energy fields can be tapped into and we had the technology, but it was squashed by world gov’ts who wanted to profit from oil.
        The US actual went off the gold standard during Nixon’s presidency, and the “world’s reserve currency” was backed by the petrodollar, based on international agreement with the Saudis. Crude oil became the de facto currency/ asset upon which all nations needed to prop up the western economic model, for commerce & foreign exchange.
        So you see the power that be decided this many moons ago, there is no way in hell they would let any other technology replace oil.
        Today we have solar, wind, lenr – cold fusion, but investments are suppressed to help develop these technologies further.
        The best solar panel achieves a measly 15% efficiency. But there are experimental models that have attained 90% and better! Sadly these won’t be released to market any time soon due to Big Oil and the banksters.
        I think most of the world would welcome any alternative to dirty petrol… but the rich controllers of the world won’t allow it. Nicola Tesla offered FREE wireless energy back in the 20’s with his Wardenclyffe Tower project, but his funding was pulled by JP Morgan, and his life’s work subsequently dismantled and hushed.
        We have numerous brilliant inventors over the years with ideas of low to zero cost energy for the people…. but where’s the profit in that?
        The consciousness level of humans are too low at this point in history to embrace our highest potential. Fear, greed, hatred and money is the greatest oppressor for humanity to overcome. And you are right: ultimately everyone loses.


  2. Thanks Jill. I read over 1,700 Russians were arrested among the thousands of protestors in 53 cities across the country. Putin will not tolerate dissent as he does what he wants to do. An autocrat does not care about the impact on the regular folks who pay the price. The best definition of disinformation is to pee on someone’s head and tell them it is raining. Putin is peeing on Ukrainians and average Russians alike. Keith

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    • Yes, I read earlier today that the number was well over 1,700. And my reader Orca Flotta says Russia is the freest nation on earth … I think not! Putin is not a president, but rather a dictator who calls himself a president. We narrowly dodged the bullet of having a similar situation, I think. Yep, Putin is peeing (and worse) on both Ukrainians and Russians … it may end up being his downfall as people are waking up and seeing exactly what he has in mind.


  3. 1. Gun-folk…Don’t be surprised when ‘The Other Folk’ start arming themselves….
    2. Anyone who tolerates, tries to explaining away or shift some of the blame from the Russian invasion loses all credibility.
    3. Taking no retraining action when a colleague is going off the rails is complicity. In the UK in the older days of capital punishment criminal gangs who make sure no one was carrying a gun, because if they used it and killed someone, the whole crew were for the noose; I’m not saying that’s good I’m just saying consequences come from not acting too.

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    • I told Chris I wanted a baseball bat to carry with me when I leave the house so that I can bash the heads of those I see carrying a gun. My darling daughter who rarely denies me anything said, “NO”. I will never own a gun, though, for I hate them, plus I know myself and I do have a temper, so best no gun ever enters my home!

      I fully agree … one man, Vladimir Putin, is solely responsible for every single drop of blood that is shed in Ukraine and in Russia! Next time I hear some idiot Republican say Biden is to blame, I swear I might just sneak out and buy that baseball bat after all!

      You guys have much stricter and more sensible gun laws than we do, and I am envious! If only the people of this nation would wake up and realize that guns are not saving lives, they are taking lives. But to your point, yes, as Martin Luther King once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

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      • I hear you talking Jill.
        It’s as well we never did emigrate to the USA (thought about it back in our heady days)…..too easy access to guns for me…I should not be allowed anywhere near one.
        Martin Luther King’s words can be well used to those apologists for Putin and his advisors. I suspect the actually construct in the Kremlin goes beyond Putin, getting older he may. may be slipping into the role of Being Influenced…it happens quite a lot to those at the top of a autocracy.

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        • If I lived in the UK, or almost anywhere else in the world, I would look at the U.S. in horror and never for a moment even consider moving here. Perhaps there was a time when it was better than it is today … it seems I recall such a time, but the more I learn of history, the more I doubt this was ever anything but an arrogant nation filled with people who care more about their own ‘wants’ than other people’s needs.

          You may be right about Putin … likely we’ll never know, but he seems to be 100% on board with what he is doing, with his autocratic moves.

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          • There are worse places to be living, but that’s not much of a recommendation these days….sorry ’bout that.
            No arrogant than any other actually, just your turn to be on the big stage…..trouble is those wack-jobs who just used to be fictional figures of fun have crawled out of holes and become reality, again.
            He’s in a dark room somewhere in the Kermlin, brooding and suspecting others….that’s how they go….

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            • True. As a woman, I certainly wouldn’t fare well in Afghanistan or likely anywhere in the Middle East, and I don’t think I’d be happy in Ghana or most of the other nations on the African continent. Sigh. I’m just sick of the greed and arrogance that is the U.S. these days, and sick of the divisiveness and hatred that have become a part of everyday life here.

              Yes, I read tonight that Putin hasn’t been seen for several days. Personally, I hope he chokes on his borscht! I chuckled tonight when I read that most bars and restaurants have stopped selling vodka!

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              • It’s worse than it has been for many a decade. Joining up the two themes, something must have spooked the Kremlin bad, either that our they’ve been dining on plates of hubris. All they had to do was wait a few more years then they could have convinced (Soviet style) the Ukraine to come back into the fold. ‘Look at that mess the USA is. You don’t want to get like that. Come, we’re nearly brothers, lets bygones be bygones, crack a few bottles together,’
                Soft power often is dirty power, but it is less painful.

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                • Yes, worse than it has been in a long time and likely to get worse before it gets better. I don’t know, though, about Russia being able to lure Ukraine back, for the Ukrainians seem pretty content being out from under Russian rule. But as for what their hurry is … perhaps Putin finally figured out that he likely doesn’t have a whole lot of time left to leave his mark on the world. I’m concerned today after hearing that he has put their nuclear facilities on high alert … a bit of overreaction, methinks, and a dangerous one. I really think somebody in close proximity needs to ‘disable’ Putin and maybe all his closest advisors!

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    • Not all, but certainly many people in the U.S. are gun-crazy! They would give up their children before they would give up their guns. There are more guns than people in this country … a sad statement, if you ask me. I would love to see guns banned from all but perhaps the military, but I’d settle for some strict and well-enforced gun laws. I’d start with a ban on assault weapons … who in hell needs a gun that can plow down 100 people in a matter of 2-3 minutes??? Sigh.


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