Jul 16

George Zimmerman the real issue is how someone self selected can be a vigilante with a gun quite legally. This can be confounded by really stupid ‘Stan Your Ground’ laws. Everything here stems from the rights of Zimmerman to have a gun and be in any way validated to stalk/harass people. Plenty of people of all races have died from these silly laws. It might have been a bigot’s motivation his being there with a gun and a right to pick a fight he could end with his gun. You can’t simply change the Zimmerman’s of this world with their irrational beliefs – after all a majority of his countrymen believe in G-O-D. You can change gun laws.

When Jean Charles de Menezes was executed for being a suspected Muslim in no position to defend himself or even do the things that the Police officers would claim as a fig leaf there was no trial. CCTV that is inescapable for the rest of us suddenly does not work we’re told. Mercifully in the UK shooting is not that common an occurrence nor can everyone can elect themselves Police Marksmen.

Like the author of de Menezes execution, Cressida Dick, George Zimmerman someone will promote this sack of excrement. For sanctimonious Brits at least Zimmerman was tried and indeed he might be tried under Federal Law for violating rights. de Menezes executioner was never tried even when the excuses used for his killing were proved to be lies by the Police (indeed if the Police were so happy this was just an unfortunate accident why did they lie through their teeth?).

There’s no comeback from murder for the victim and sometimes not even for their families.

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Sep 24

It struck me last week that President Obama’s administration was one of the most contemptibly weak to perform its function. A group whose every move was aimed at 2 things 1) Elections 2) Paying back the people who paid for his election – arguably 1 thing. I provided 4 examples: His lack of any argument for why he opposed Palestinian Statehood after all their country is illegally occupied even according to the risible Obama Administration: Continue reading »

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Dec 24

I went to the USA in 1976 and wow. Coming from England it was just wow. What seems common place now in the UK was in the USA then and not here. Even MacDonalds and hamburgers  were new and to a kid amazing – anyone who went in an English Wimpy knows what clean and quick service was relatively. Disneyland and Universal Studios terrific. The Strip in Vegas jaw dropping. Breakfast cereals that tasted so much better than in England. Instant Coffee that you could actually drink. Cars that were actually comfortable in reach of even the lower middle classes.

Most of all bright positive people who were happy and had dreams like my cousins and 2nd cousins. People who did not share my low self esteem or comment on my eye disfigurement. A place even an awkward git like me could have felt comfortable and at home. Almost permanent sun. Sunrise at 6 and boy did you want to get up and attack the day. Go out at 40 knots on Lake Mead and then do some fishing. The Boulder Dam – we didn’t have dams like that. Multi channel TV and the coming of Cable.

On TV  we saw humour, wit and savvy even in cop shows and The Rockford Files. The colourful spectacle of American Football compared to the reds v blues v whites of English football. Played on grass not hock deep mud like our game that fewer and fewer watched then.

I went there when I guess there was hope. A new president. Vietnam had finished and the US was not obviously at war with anyone. Détente and constructive engagement was in operation.

Where did it all go wrong? Why is it now we think of the US legal system as a processing service for poor young mainly ethic people? A never ending treadmill of executions often of not guilty people or people whose crimes fall short of the requirement stated in law. My cousins who I once dreamed of living near largely broken spinning tales of hopelessness and excuses – alcoholics, druggies and worst of all born again Christian who would take money off his own father.

The period of the mid 70s now appears a blur. You could argue I am an adult looking through a child’s eyes. However that is mistaken. The dream died like the Carter presidency. Quickly to be replaced by Reagan, Reaganomics [Voodoo economics], Iran Contra, Salvadorian death squads, Columbian death squads, Agents like Saddam Hussain and Greed.

The 90s brought home the corporate hobnail boot. After the hope of the 80s, the brashness of the LA Olympics, Nike and “In Search of Excellence” we got downsizing. The noughties have furthered this with off-shoring, low hanging fruit, going forward and worst of all the refinement of Globalisation.

Their country’s main addition to our lexicon other than corporate bullshit is not the progressive voices but words like Rendition, Redaction and Waterboarding. The Geneva convention an optional extra expected only of our enemies to uphold apparently.

My question to America is do you feel better about yourselves? Has all the greed, nastiness and small mindedness made you happy? Do you agree with torture, murder and rendition? I certainly will not be forgiving Straw, Blair and Brown for the connivance with it all.

To me from a distance it’s no wonder that someone like myself who went to America in the 70s still believes. Obama is clearly a man who viewed the central US from a distance but he seems to merely see himself as a slick operator – much as no doubt Blair started out. The dream comes from an Austrian body builder who made himself in America in the late 70s. Maybe he can remind Americans what they once wanted to be.

I still find middle class Americans more  hopeful and honest than Brits.  More globally concerned whatever road block that is now The Congress and The Senate. They beat the continentals to give us better coffee for instance in the UK.

I don’t know how much of a reach it is but the USA started executing people again in 1977 – he asked to be killed.  Once you start killing your own people for whatever reason it creates the idea of justified murder. I could be wrong on this but it was the inkling of what was to follow. For instance expecting the murderous Chinese to give two hoots for what their cyphers the Sudanese do when they kill, torture, institutionalise, declare insane, ethnically cleanse and sterilise their own population is pathetically optimistic.

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