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This is the third and final installment of the interview with Jamie Doe in Ferguson, ie common sense in human form, and doubt readers will like much of what is said, but, hey, people seem to not like common sense these days, eh?

Back to where we left off…

Reporter(R):  Why do you think people are so outraged here, when there have been other recent deaths of citizens by police actions, is there something special or unique here?

Jamie Doe(CS):  Good question, I have no idea, you would think people would have had much to protest over some of these other incidents, here is one source to note some questionable deaths around the country:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/3-unarmed-black-african-american-men-killed-police

And while a couple of years ago, this is a story that is beyond tragic, an off duty policeman shoots a man in front of his family over a road rage matter?

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-07-30/news/bs-md-ar-road-rage-verdict-20140730_1_joseph-lamont-walker-joseph-dale-harvey-jr-curlett-jr

And, what about the shooting of a white man by police over mistaken identity over a stabbing incident in Los Angeles that happened after the shooting here, aren’t people outraged by this as well:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/family-puyallup-man-mistakenly-shot-la-deputies-fi/nfkSz/

And I have come from the East Coast recently, where in Maryland not 1, not 2, but three young children 3 years old were killed, one in a police matter, and yet, no daily public protests over those deaths, and why, because it wasn’t by white men killing black people?  So, is it only important to the African American community to be excessively outraged when a death involves white on black death?  How many people have died in Chicago Illinois these past months this year?

R:  Hey, I am focused on this story here, I can’t go off topic with those other issues…

CS:  WHY NOT!?  Again, sorry to cut you off, but, aren’t these stories part of the narrative here?  What is it with crime these days, why so much tolerance and denial of the problem by communities, especially the AA ones in urban areas?  How about this story about 10 years ago, again from Maryland, people came out with a video to encourage the community to “STOP SNITCHING”, isn’t this enough to want to create outrage among the people:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Snitchin’

(readers can watch a sample as a time out from the interview if interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIP4RRSfCiQ )

R:  People seem to want to fight about things they hope to control, so asking for the government to reign in the police seems to be a valid request, true?

CS:  Well, we could pontificate about the poor judgment of police across the country for the rest of the day, and that needs discussed, but, before we hope to impact on others, don’t we owe it to make sure we control ourselves, and isn’t that the only person we really control at the end of the day anyway.  Here is another point of view by an AA writer about black deaths, I think it fits the narrative well here:

http://conservativeblackchick.com/blog/2014/08/15/death-of-black-teen-michael-brown-incites-another-race-war/

the narrative here is that white policemen and government are letting blacks be killed with impunity, yet at the end of the above article, I’d rather quote the author than paraphrase:

“A black St. Louis, Missouri councilmember, Antonio French, blamed Brown’s death on whites controlling government.

“Ferguson has a white government and a white mayor, but a large black population. This situation has brought out whatever rifts were between that minority community and the Ferguson government,” French said.

The District of Columbia has had black mayors and predominately black city council for nearly the past 30 years and blacks are killed daily most often by other blacks. I wonder if Mr. French considers the “black government in DC to blame” or if the race card is reserved only for blacks, who are allegedly killed by cops or white people?

Black advocates like French, Sharpton and President Obama need to start playing the honesty card for a change and allow true justice be served.”

R:  We need to focus on the problem here, not elsewhere as this is the story.

CS:  No, this is not THE story, this is PART of the story, common sense would ask “why are we focusing just on Ferguson about deaths of people when the problem is endemic across America”?   I would like to ask in response, where is the outrage when blacks outwardly assault if not kill whites for no defensible reason, how about his story from Baltimore recently, shouldn’t there be outrage and protest over this:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/catonsville/ph-ca-sal-schittino-0827-20140822,0,1178931.story

It isn’t about blacks being killed, it is about innocent and honest people being killed, for nothing else than hate, greed, and lack of respect for life.  That is the real narrative that needs discussed.

R:  I don’t have time to talk about such a large topic, I respect you raise a good point.  What are you going to do now, that the story seems to be on hold waiting for the possible indictment by authorities?

CS:  Indictment, or sacrificial lamb to appease a mob?  What if it turns out that the “victim” here, Mr Brown, in fact attacked the officer and then after initially running away, came back at the office and left no choice but for the officer to shoot?  I do not understand 6 or more shots, but, what if the story has no real sole victim, but just two people who made poor choices and now a community needs to figure out how to heal, not hate?

R:  What would you do if there is no real perpetrator at the end of the day?

CS:  Weep for a death, weep for people showing poor judgment by just rioting as a reflex, and weep that a country can’t learn how to work together and preach healthy and functional choices.  Poverty is endemic and never ending, all it teaches is learned helplessness, so people just ignore foundations and live for the moment.  Billy Joel, the singer, once sang a song “Only the Good Die Young”, well, I would offer as well “the Bad can die Younger”.

R:  That is a story I can’t cover.

CS:  Yes, because you won’t have an audience interested in reading or watching it.  Change that is to be healthy and responsible requires people expend time, energy, and money to be better.  This country doesn’t seem to be interested in making change to be better, to be responsible, to be accountable.  It certainly shows in the people they elect as leaders, in the people who are of influence, who are “pillars of the community”.

R:  So, are you alluding to this matter being the fault of government?

CS:  No, I am saying this is a matter that is the fault of the people, and can only be solved by the people. I will finish with what I read this morning from a person I find interesting to read, as his opinion seems to make more sense than not to me of late:

http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2014/08/21/am-i-the-only-one-who-doesnt-care-n1881035/page/full

Mr Hunter finishes the article with this:  “But the calls for “justice” in Ferguson are nothing close to the definition of justice. Those calls are not for following the evidence wherever it leads. They’re calls for a man’s head regardless of what happened that day. There are lots of words for that, none of which are “justice.”

What happens next will be under a cloud of suspicion no matter what. Progressives and their fellow travellers in the media will keep a lid on the facts, leaking only what fits their narrative. People will make fools of themselves. People will become “media celebrities.” Lawyers will get rich. And the two men involved eventually will be forgotten until the next time the media finds a story it decides matters more than the scores of black men murdered by other black men, and ratings can be made. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I’m getting off the merry-go-round by not caring in the first place. I’ll still talk about the race-baiting and the media manipulation meant to divide us as human beings, but that’s it. I can’t stop the ride in Ferguson by myself. I can’t change its course, but I’m damn sure not going to be a party to it. If you want to get wrapped up in events that don’t affect your life, if you want to be a pawn in the progressives’ manipulation game, knock yourself out. But like “global, thermal, nuclear war” in War Games, the only way to win is not to play. That’s the only way to stop this progressive political and media monster of manipulation and division.”

Common sense is to do not only what is right and respectful, but to know when to say when.  Hate and personal interest has no concern for what is right, respectful, and certainly not what other people think and need.

R:  Too big a topic for me to cover.  Well, thank you for your time in talking.

CS:  Good luck with your story, be safe, be well, and use common sense in what you do from here.

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Hope you found the interview interesting, and hope you look at the links.

I’ll leave you with a quote I have used in the past, seems like common sense to me:

albert's quote

 

Addendum:  Nice story from CNN about what really is Ferguson, MO

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/22/us/ferguson-our-town/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Addendum Aug 27:  another nice reality check, read it all:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/27/the-outrage-driving-the-ferguson-debate-ignores-these-three-key-facts/?hpid=z5

ends with this:  “For many, no facts will invade their opinion. But the current climate of mistrust is not sustainable. To repair the relationship, citizens must calm the rhetoric that assumes our nation’s police ranks are filled with psychotic brutes. Police leaders must take a breath and make innovative efforts to communicate with an unsettled public. Violent men and woman will continue to threaten our communities and police will continue to seek better ways to respond to the violence they encounter. Together the great American spirit of balancing freedom with responsibility can be the unifying force of reform wherever it is needed.”

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