Friday, October 4, 2013

oh...dear [UPDATE]

Obama Uses Own Money To Open Muslim Museum Amid Government Shutdown 

Paul Horner
National Report
4 October 2013

"“During this shutdown, people will have to deal with some of their favorite parks and museums being closed,” Obama told reporters. “Just keep in mind, they will always be there. The Grand Canyon and the Smithsonian are not going anywhere.” Obama continued, “The International Museum of Muslim Cultures is sacred. That is why I have taken it upon myself to use my own personal funds to re-open this historic piece of American culture.”

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UPDATE: A commenter at another site is saying this one is a hoax. I had wondered why a Muslim museum would have been set in dear Jackson, Mississippi, home of Eudora Welty...

Washington, maybe.

However, the rest of the article that originally alerted to this gives a link to the Department of Defense contracts, which were posted here on 30 September 2013. As the other site points out, a lot of federal employees are without pay now, yet enough money to continue business as usual...
The sad thing is that the above 'quote' from Mr. Obama can so easily be believed...that the original report (above) likewise includes an address and hours is a bit beyond the pale for satire.

But we can allow that satire perhaps creates its own rules?

it is in the dot-connecting...

Riots in Mombasa after Kenyan cleric, 3 others, killed in barrage of bullets after mall attack

Staff Reporter
AP via The Washington Post *
4 October 2013

"The U.S. State Department, in an annual report, said Human rights groups estimated that police were responsible for approximately 1,000 extrajudicial killings between 2008 and 2012."

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I borrow the above article to connect the dots between 'extrajudicial killings' in Kenya and what is happening at large in America...

The latest and most publicized incident being a mother (with her young daughter in the car) being murdered/assassinated/taken out/killed by police officers in Washington, D.C. yesterday.

No gun in the car.

Possible post partum depression in the mother.

And yes. I know the world we are living in, and the necessity to make split-second decisions to ensure the safety of others when you don't know if a suicide bomber has struck.

But watching the news here in Atlanta, I am more than a little struck by a tone of a wee bit too much 'reverence' for both the President and the Congress...

Who are not gods.

And who are certainly worthy of the respect of their office.

But they (the individuals who serve) are not their office.

A woman is dead. Why couldn't her tires have been shot out? Fifteen shots to take out a mother with her child in the back seat?

And this is America.

For those who have not been following the track of what is happening now across this country with our police force, please.

Start Googling.

(And no, that is not all of them. A great many honourable men and women still serve in the police forces of this country, and they put their lives on the line daily for our safety.  Strange things are abounding, however, and must be noted and tucked into the back pocket for future consideration.)

* AP is copyrighted material that forbids redistribution - yet The Washington Post does allow 'sharing.'
While it might be pointed out that proper reblogging is like free advertising, with AP material, the less quoted, the better.