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  2. Era Might

    Fund the police

    See the OP: "The BLM movement has destroyed all respect for the rule of law and respect for police. Defunding will not solve anything, except for fanning the flames of HATE" The argument is that BLM represents a breakdown of law and order that requires increased police power. This is the Trumpist propaganda right now, that America is undergoing a leftist revolution, etc. The same tactics were used during Civil Rights, trying to discredit the movement as a trojan horse for foreign influence, etc. Ppl saw MLK as a sower of lawlessness. This is part of the American playbook when it comes to racism.
  3. Ice_nine

    Fund the police

    so we should get rid of the police? Reform the police? Disarm the police? Who is saying we need more police? We need better police imo.
  4. Era Might

    Fund the police

    That we don't need more police.
  5. little2add

    Laughter is good medicine.....

  6. Ice_nine

    Fund the police

    Era might, long time no see. What brought you back here? Any way I don't know if I am too much of a dunce, but I am having a hard time distilling what you're trying to say. What is your main argument if you could summarize it to a few points?
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  8. Era Might

    Fund the police

    In other words, the Civil Rights Act ended discrimination, but it didn't end black men getting police knees to their necks and bullets to the head from police. These ppl are Americans too. This country does not belong to the middle class. The political agenda will no longer be determined from a mainstream mass market. As in South Africa, black ppl in America have a right to their own country.
  9. Era Might

    Fund the police

    I don't know who told you America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but God didn't reveal that, so some man told you America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Keep that in mind and ask whose history does that little idea serve, and why they made it up. First, about the Civil Rights Act, I would note it was in 1964. That wasn't very long ago. By comparison, 56 years after Juneteenth in 1865 it was 1921, the start of the virulently racist and xenophobic 1920s, when the KKK was revived and immigration, including Catholic immigration, was curbed as America ripped itself out of the 19th century and the role it had played as the land of immigrants. Now it was a land of industrial workers and former slaves, and capitalists like Carnegie, etc. Remember, this is 1921, before even the decolonization of Africa and the Civil Rights movement. Slavery had been quickly replaced with the chain gang and Jim Crow. This was also the time of the great migration of black ppl from the South to industrial cities in the North like Chicago and New York. After 56 years of paper freedom, black ppl were still a despised race, like the Jews of Europe. And if you doubt that America stamps out black power, just look at what it did in the 1920s. The same man who helped bring down Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in the 1960s, was in the 1920s a young FBI man named J. Edgar Hoover. In the 20s, he helped destroy Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Fast forward to the 1980s, the children of Marcus Garvey who had migrated to New York were systematically controlled no longer through institutionalized segregation, now they were controlled through the legal and prison system, particularly through enforcement of drug laws. Who was Obama? A constitutional lawyer. Not a politician or activist. Obama is about as black as this country can tolerate. Donald Trump has multiple children by several women. Who knows or cares about Obama's personal life, but his public image had to be impeccable. He had to be Heathcliff Huxtable, because The Cosby Show is the only black family most Americans know. A black man with children by multiple women paying off porn stars? Imagine that in a US election, it would never happen. Trump is a white man sowing his wild oats and enjoying his success, in the mind of white ppl. Black ppl are savages with a few noble exceptions like MLK. Marcus Garvey was the most incredible leader America has ever known, but he's been erased from American history because he was a BLACK leader. He was also nominally Catholic, btw. Anyway, the point is, America's white ideology is crumbling, and either we start over around core principles that actually work for everybody, or we go the route of law and order. But no justice no peace, black ppl are not going to go back to the place they've been assigned. If America can't deal with that, then the die is cast.
  10. little2add

    Fund the police

    Never said or ment to imply they are. Nonsense, Affirmative action programs, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 effectively ended most Racial discrimination, a black man was elected to the highest office in the land, twice. America is the land of the free and home of the brave all men and woman are equal.
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  12. therealpeterparker

    Catholic dating is just...

    Well I dunno, I wrote a song about it https://elimoore.bandcamp.com/track/catholic-playah Discuss ;D
  13. Era Might

    Fund the police

    Black ppl are not your enemy. They are children of Abraham, just like you. The oldest human being we know of is Lucy, whose body was discovered in Ethiopia, billions of years old, the Eve of all humanity, from Africa. Black ppl have their own history. You can't erase that history by pretending that black ppl are American, so therefore their history is white history. Black ppl are a nation unto themselves, like the natives, but unlike the natives, black ppl have real political power. The US Government has always tried to stamp out black political power precisely because black ppl are African ppl in America. They are also Americans to the bone. If anybody has a claim to this country, it is black ppl.
  14. Era Might

    Fund the police

    Trump is an authoritarian by definition. He's part of a global wave of authoritarian victories. Trump is an authoritarian because he is uninterested in institutions. His solution to mass protests, for example, is not to take them seriously as a message from the people. His solution is to sic dogs and police on them. Even at a high level, Trump is not interested for example in building up America's diplomatic corps. This requires long-term institutional thinking. America is exactly like Tianemen Square. The only difference is that America has institutions that protect a space for protest. But Trump is dismantling institutions, he's an authoritarian. Trump is a political entrepreneur. His money and power is independent from actual politics, he's not even accountable to his own party. If you you want a good an analysis of Trump and the rise of authoritarianism since the Cold War, I suggest the historian and Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin, particularly his three lectures at the IWM in Vienna where he discusses global geopolitics since the Cold War.
  15. Yet, there is a difference in between "hanging out for just having fun" and demonstrating (which means using basic civil rights). In my area, even during the contact limitations demonstrations against them were legal and took place (sadly enough, often mostly consisting of far-right guys). So yeah. Considering this I think it's absolutely legit to demonstrate against real problems like police brutality (something I've experienced and witnessed myself, btw) or structural racism. Freedom of worhip is normally not reglemented. Demonstrations are, both for good reasons (mainly to protect demonstrations, which is not necessary for christian places here; synagogues are protected), so it's only normal to do the necessary, reglementing the first by asking for "hygiene concepts" for services and activities. And yes, I miss singing and "normal" worship gatherings, too.
  16. little2add

    Fund the police

    Totalitarianism, authoritarianism, and fascism are all forms of government—and defining different forms of government isn't as easy as it might seem. None which describe the United States. Comparing Tiananmen Square (pictured above) to the civil liberties of America is Ludicrous. SEE LINK: https://www.thoughtco.com/totalitarianism-authoritarianism-fascism-4147699 We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson
  17. Era Might

    Fund the police

    How will funding help the situation? America has a deficit of democracy. Black American citizens protest 500 years of history, and in America this is interpreted as the Haitian Revolution taking place in 2020. That's how racially warped the American mind is. Black ppl are problems to be solved by police, not actual citizens to be taken seriously when they exercise the second amendment and defend liberty and freedom according to the system they've been given. In all these suburbs and gentrified zones sweeping up across America, white and middle class ppl are peeping out there blinders wondering where all these black ppl came from and why they're so angry. They want the police to keep everything civil, rather than look outside and face reality. But I think even a lot of white ppl are waking up to reality and the racist mind they've inherited. Black ppl are American citizens. They are making themselves heard and virtually the entire world has stood up in solidarity. Trump is losing right now, we'll see what he does. When you increase police, but don't solve the deficit of democracy that makes the political system useless, you get a police state for an authoritarian like Trump.
  18. Kateri89

    singing and chanting banned in houses of worship

    I realize that this comment was directed toward someone else but I feel I have to respond. I support anyone’s right to protest for any reason. I supported the right for people to protest the shutdown when it was tanking the economy and causing very real difficulties for people who had lost their jobs or their businesses. COVID-19 can obviously be fatal but it’s no trivial matter when someone can no longer pay their bills or have lost their health insurance due to unemployment. At the same time, George Floyd was killed by a police officer who asphyxiated him and by the lack of action from the three officers standing nearby. That’s also not trivial and I think it is perfectly reasonable to protest and call for police reforms. What actually infuriates me is the gaslighting and hypocrisy of the media and health officials. For MONTHS, people were told to stay home because they would otherwise risk contracting COVID-19 or passing it to someone else. The media and public health officials were instrumental in this. They denounced the first protestors and then all of a sudden, BLM starts protesting in massive groups in every single state and in other countries around the world and suddenly the media and heath officials completely changed their tune. They claimed police brutality was a greater health threat than COVID-19. That’s absurd; the simplest proof is that it’s only true if more black people were unjustly killed by police since the start of the shutdowns than were killed by COVID-19. Meanwhile, those same news sources (prior to the BLM protests) were reporting that black people were disproportionately affected by COVID-19. So which is it? I was unaware that a virus could differentiate between types of protests to know which people to infect. Then, a couple of weeks after the protests started there were spikes in new cases and the media had the nerve to blame it on re-opening too soon and people on beaches and in restaurants. They made absolutely no mention of the protests as if that had nothing to do with the resurgence. So in my opinion, the mainstream media and certain public health officials are directly responsible for the resurgence as well as anyone who violated the health precautions. I’m including both groups of protestors in that. Let’s also not forget that during all of this, abortion clinics were allowed to remain open to slaughter children but people can’t sing in church? The ideological warfare couldn’t be clearer and I am someone who despises political manipulation from both sides of the aisle.
  19. little2add

    Fund the police

    FYI: Nearly 40 people were shot and three were killed during 4th of July weekend celebrations in New York City, police said. The violence followed the city’s decision to strip more than $1 billion in funding from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and disband a prominent anti-crime unit.
  20. little2add

    Fund the police

    They’re overworked and spread too thin, in my opinion. how will defunding help the situation?
  21. There's a new postulant at Holy Cross Trappist Abbey in Virginia. This is a very small community - they now have four men in formation (Alleluia!) which brings the community total to twelve. Prayers for perseverance would be appreciated, I'm sure. https://www.virginiatrappists.org/2020/07/a-new-member-2/?fbclid=IwAR1eCCngHBFMGIv3ISPSWuJOaJOQVYxhVrtq7iPllqgJZqGS_A71SXOo3pg
  22. Anastasia

    Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assis

    Yes, it is quite easy to begin looking for a fault in oneself, especially if one (quite naturally) looks "up" to the community in advance, simply because they are religious. I find it helpful to reverse the situation: I am a sister who manages vocation enquirers, someone sent me that (mine) letter. Usually it is enough. Also, even if a letter is "rude" (although cannot imagine that one who thinks about a possibility to enter who write a rude letter) why not to answer "here is the info however you should correct your rudeness, here and here". Such silences can be very discouraging and dampen the spirit. Yet it is them, not you.
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  24. Era Might

    American Solidarity Party

    Somebody gotta teach these youngins.
  25. Seven77

    Fund the police

    The police doesn't need more funding.
  26. Seven77

    American Solidarity Party

    Can't believe my eyes… Era Might posted.
  27. gloriana35

    Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assis

    Nunsuch made very good points. I know nothing whatever of this community, but it does seem odd - and how do they have 34 applicants in their circumstances? You may need to exercise great caution about seeking to be a foundress.
  28. little2add

    Fund the police

    Okay, good start
  29. truthfinder

    Fund the police

    Why does it have to be police? You mention potholes and cats in trees. Those are not jobs for police. Instead, money should be put into a civic (non emergency) line. Many places have them.
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