I just finished a sarcastic update to a post I originally made, yesterday. One of the changes I made was adding a comment about this being Friday, and we’re already past due for “that thick necked guy’s” beheading. After clicking the WordPress “update” button on my post, I looked at the news and discovered that they did it. They beheaded Alan Henning, the man shown in this wexBlog post’s headline file photo, who as a volunteer giving aid is shown holding a little baby. His purpose for being “over there” was to make other people’s lives better.
Iraq has been sadly transformed into a fool’s paradise by our actions, since 2003. The more that we push, the more that “they” push back. Disengagement is the only way to settle the Middle Eastern firestorm that we started. Short of turning the region into an atomic ashtray, we have no means of fixing the problem that we created with our invasion of Iraq. Only those who live there can fix what we broke in a way that suits them, not us.
I hope that western do-gooders understand that the Middle East is off limits. No matter what we do for them, they don’t like what we’ve done to them, and can you blame them? Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Iraqis did not deserve to die in Bush’s “war on terror,” and this is payback. Let’s not pay back the payback. Let’s mind our own business and leave those people alone.
Here’s a link: http://leaksource.info/2014/10/03/graphic-video-islamic-state-beheads-british-aid-worker-alan-henning/
As for my own crass remarks about Alan Henning, I will leave them to remind myself that sometimes my own heartlessness can go one fibrulation too far. Alan Henning’s death certainly is tragic, as demonstrated by the photo of him joyously holding a little baby and making the world just a tiny bit better. Goodbye, Mr. Henning. So sorry to see you taken far too soon.
NOTE (particularly to my father): My disclosure of self criticism is not an invitation for you to use my words against me.
I’ve never given much thought to potential dangers in the real estate business. To me, it’s a profession right up there with apple pie and baseball. House hunting is a family affair (boring as it is, like shopping for a new mattress), even when the customer is single. It’s safer than re-shelving books at the library, or at least that’s what I’ve always thought. Apparently, Jack the Ripper disagrees.
Robin Williams’s life was his own to live and to end. I certainly am a fan of his work. He was brilliantly funny in his own right. It was his acting in serious roles that I liked most. In my opinion, his best work was as Dr. Malcolm Sayer in the movie titled, “Awakenings.”
What he and his family deserve is privacy. The world does not need to know his state of sobriety or the fact that his body was beginning to break down. Williams’s life is over. Let him be buried in peace. The public should cherish what he gave while he lived, and what has been laid down for the record of posterity.
Having watched the video recording of Eric Garner’s last moments alive on this Earth, it seems clear to me that he was a gentle person who deserved better than what he got. The best that we can do, now, is to see that justice is properly meted out to the man’s killers.
In the past, the public could deny, deny, deny abuse by those whose professional mission is serving and protecting. My father and I have an ongoing, lifelong disagreement about just what went down at Kent State (1970) and also at the 1968 Chicago Police Riot. He and I will probably never agree about what happened during either of those incidents. Because the events in Chicago and at Kent State were not recorded, a degree of uncertainty exists, and it is upon gap-filled uncertainty that people favoring the people with power can rely when developing their defensive absolutist arguments, but absolutes based on doubt are fallacies. If you haven’t guessed my position, then let me tell it to you. Though not absolutely certain, I am very confident that the men with guns and complementary “nonlethal” weapons were the real problem in both of those incidents about which my father and I will probably never agree.
However, thanks to super-cheap video recording technology, built into phones that a vast majority of people carry, it is harder for Law Pirates to pull off the sort of bullshit that leads to civilian injuries and deaths. Also, recording police interactions with the public provides evidence of the innocense of those who might otherwise be convicted of various forms of obstruction based on the words of police lies.
It certainly is curious that Law Pirates don’t like being recorded while they’re doing their business, as many videos show. Why might that be? Perhaps, Law Pirates might get videonabbed while they’re choking someone to death, or while they’re beating the snot out of someone whose sneeze they choose to interpret as an act of resisting arrest worthy of a violent response!