THE word ‘change’ was used to good effect in the campaign for the presidency of the U.S. in 2008. It galvanized the American voter to avenge the Bush years of blundering, and the injustice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Bush’s run for the White House. ‘Change’ has been adopted by others in far off places pursuing the leadership of their various organizations – and countries. The United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia has adopted the ‘change’ mantra, adding ‘is coming,’ for emphasis.
What is this change of which people speak? Does it mean different things to different people including those who use words loosely and improperly? If so, to what can such behaviour be ascribed? Is it to culture or is it to a lack of understanding? What explains the extravagance with words in describing simple, often simplistic irrelevancies which are immune to change? Is such verbosity linked to an inability or a reluctance to ask relevant questions or is there something else at work, such as culture?
Perhaps to accept without questioning is deeply rooted in culture. Trust and obey seems printed on the DNA of some. This seems to add a scientific dimension to our reluctance to challenge ideas and to dig deeper for meaning, instead of blindly trusting – and following. A culture of easy accommodation and blind trust is a weakness in a world driven by research and verifiable information.
For my part the deeper purpose of change is achieved only through education. The purpose of education is to make a person understand and love themselves. It is to help people change into better human beings, perchance to find God within them. It also helps to reveal the unspeakable evil that lies within as it aims to fashion a new and sanctified person. Extreme good and extreme evil lives within all human beings. Education presents an opportunity to exercise either. The choice is left to the individual. Education is the cornerstone for change – whatever the change.
There was a time when Saint Lucians were told that ‘a little education is a bad thing.’ Examining the poverty and misery around, one soon became convinced that ignorance and illiteracy, and not a ‘little learning,’ was (and is) the real culprit.
Thankfully, that phrase has fallen out of use. Instead, we are slowly learning to emphasise a ‘little education’ and ‘more knowledge’ for positive change. In that process we learn to desist from blaming history for past failures. Our destinies have been in our hands long enough to afford greater self-awareness, self-reliance and self-confidence, and to use these to change into a new and better people.
The question: What is change and how does education fuel change, may well be the defining question of this and the next generation. We must seek to answer that question truthfully. In the process we need to scuttle blind allegiance to the status quo while learning to create a new world. The deeper meaning of change ought therefore to inform a new education syllabus. The change process ought to be a constant and positive companion. That comes from a lifetime of learning.
Should change be only for the few? Or should it aim at empowering and uplifting an entire society, a people, and a country?
Whatever the answer and wherever our discourse takes us, it seems pretty obvious that change means more than the simplistic shuffling of men and materials within a given organization, society or country. Ditto education! Change, like education, implies a meaningful imparting (and receiving) of ideas and their implementation to the individual and common good. Meaningful change may therefore be impossible without education, whatever the form of such education.
The word change will be thrown about more and more in the next few weeks and months as the “silly season” intensifies. For this reason citizens must determine to choose positive transformative change over ignorance and simple irrelevancies, if they wish to usher in positive social and economic advancement. The word change ought therefore to mean transformation for better. It ought also to become the watch word for this and the next generation and it should be driven by education.
Change therefore imports a quality of education in which every citizen understands that the immediate surroundings (the environment) in which a child is nurtured is more crucial to creating a more wholesome, law abiding citizen, than the house in which a child grows up. Education should aim to spread that message and to make people want to change. Unsanitary, noisy communities, littered with garbage and loveless ignorance are worse than leaky broken houses in a clean environment.
What in our present situation is the preferred road to economic sustainability and progress and how should we prepare the citizen for it? The imparting of correct information can help answer that question. But can education change people who do not wish to be changed? What can be done about people who simply want to be left alone? Can a national constitution force feed people information they disdain?
History is a good teacher. It points to the power of the written word. Those who first learned to read and write ruled. They still do today. Reading and writing are considered basic keys to education; so does numeracy. These offer a means to empowerment even in the face of examples which point to survival in their absence. It is generally accepted that reading is the best platform for education – and change.
Education has never been known to plunge anyone (or any country), into poverty or misery. We sometimes discover to our chagrin that there is more hidden behind a friendly hug and ready handshake, than meets the eye. Vagabonds and their defective characters can earn academic qualifications and use these to deceive the ignorant. Some have chosen to exploit education to satisfy their inward hunger and greed and to pursue evil over good.
Those who formulate education policy (for change), and the professionals hired to implement such policy, ought to view education (and change) through the same prism. Too often change has come to mean moving from one situation into another will little or no discernible difference. Such simplistic ideas of change can sometimes lead to a ‘falling from the frying pan into the fire.’ It has happened!
If we have learned anything it is that change must mean more than cosmetic trivialities. It requires more education, more discussion and more questioning if it is to eradicate poverty, hunger, ignorance and disease. Change is both essential and necessary if Saint Lucia is to move forward with confidence and dignity in pursuit of a better life for all its citizens.
Next week (part two): A new education syllabus for meaningful change.
You gave us the scent of the dewy dawn of the oasis but careened our caravan away and into te more arid discourse. Mercifully, there are seasoned bedouins on this forum who can check your spiteful wayward detour.
A recent study published by a foremost authority on education stated your opening comment: AFRICAN AMERICAN public school children struggle i academia BECA– USE culturally they are taught not to QUESTION or make waves for their teachers -a vast majority are white. This is a cultura phenomena supported by their black parents -especially moms.
NOW if you really had ANY EMPATHY for this phenomena you would have done like SOM and made the relevant connections to SLAVERY -SURVIVAL defense mechnism from persecutory anxiety –
brought on by the harsh realities of a segregated society with all its antecedent ills, lavishly spelled out by DR King’s Dream speech, Stokely Carmichaels rage, Malcom’s defiance, and so many more.
Yet you blame the VICTIM for their Learned Helplessness and consequent apathy. You do not even attempt to scratch the sources of the apathy of les miserables / malaway. You piss on their heads and inform them its blessed ‘eau benni to prepare them for the bountiful Manna from Flambeau’s rectum-
sans hazmat suit or oxygen ventilator!
Finally, your disparaging remark that earlier generations of Looshans did not trust a little education IS PATENTLY FALSE.
Their implied meaning or caution for those who pursued formal higher levels of education was to MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE THEIR COMMON SENSE.
Many returning SMART whipper snappers from the universitys of the UK, lost their Common Sense to Gin & Tonic trying to stay warm in damp frigid post world war UK. Many could not shake the habit on their return to fat salaries in sunnier climes. They rubbed the locals badly with their acquired drunken aloofness, arrogant role functioning, sexual impropriety etc.
Common sense which guided the civic fabric of the island culture recognized the nasties of a little education -first hand and warned of it potential detriments to personality.
Somehow, you have twisted what these realists have confirmed then and now.
You are a magnificent example of their dire warnings as you have evidently lost both your common sense and vestiges of civic minded personality.
My medivac is currently on bivouac in the Miami – Puerto Rico corridor. At near 550 mph we can be in Helen Airspace by the time it takes to order and have a 5 course meal at the Parrot Restaurant followed by cigar and cognac, oui. I shall wisk you to the most deluxe of therapeutic psychiatric treatment centers on the east coast.
Listen to your alter ego Sweet Pea and come take this free ride.
Your early life of alcohol dependency has brought on your premature geriatric ailments in both your psychomotor and social emotional domains.
The empowerment that you feel from your payola of 30 pieces of silver is a paper tiger. The grinding stress and from the upcoming electioneering trail (a tweety canary speculated that your gal pal Mary is demanding lots of “shoveling bovine manure” support from you in her bid. Additionally, the excruciating impingements from your overly anxious puppet meister shall increase all symptoms of your chronic borderline syndrome.
I am afraid you will not create the necessary buffer between your binge bouts of Tangueray and Rose’s lime cordial and your prescribed pschiatric meds.
Beware ole boy, even rich rock and screen stars have been snared by the above mentioned predicament: Cobain, Hendrix, Pryor,
You remind me of the carpet baggers during the Post Civil War Reconstruction -but instead of snake oil salesman you are the artful jig-go-low- playing only when the price is 30 pieces of silver………
This one is for Sweet Pea/
A serenade to change
No pun intended
Elton John – Honky Cat Lyrics
Translation in progress. Please wait…
When I look back, boy, I must have been green
Bopping in the country, fishing in a stream
Looking for an answer, trying to find a sign
Until I saw your city lights, honey, I was blind
They said, “get back, honky cat
Better get back to the woods.”
Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
And, oh, the change is gonna do me good
You better get back, honky cat
Living in the city ain’t where it’s at
It’s like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It’s like trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine
Well, I read some books, and I read some magazines
About those high-class ladies down in New Orleans
And all the folks back home, well, said I was a fool
They said, “oh, believe in the Lord is the golden rule.”
They said, “stay at home, boy, you gotta tend the farm
Living in the city, boy, is going to break your heart.”
But how can you stay when your heart says no?
How can you stop when your feet say go?
The 1972 live version of the above lyrics is fitting reminder of your heady era at the live and in color political crucible.
Given your call for change and the recent most radical Supreme Court decision, a double entendre is embedded in this video presentation.
Sir EJ is a proper guide for your segue/change from your role as high enuch priest of Flambeauyant Luxor:
Now, don’t you feel motivated to become the first Bruce Jenner “copy cat” of St Lucia!
Come on, Peetar, even Mary will applaud your CHANGE!
“Our destinies have been in our hands long enough….”
Wow! I am surprised to learn that you are one of those persons, with the mistaken notion, that one’s destiny is in his own hand.
If we don’t know where we came from; what we are doing here; and where we are going; then, how on earth can you make the statement that ‘our destinies have been in our hands….?’ Just being provocative this early Sunday morning.
Obama’s grandma has arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah
Everything is Politics and Religion.
“It is essential that the student acquire and understanding of and a lively feeling for values. He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good. Otherwise he – with his specialized knowledge – more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person.” – Albert Einstein
I can recall quite vividly how my quest for understanding was systematically extinguished when as a seven-year old I questioned the death of God at the “R.C. Boys” on Brazil Street. That’s what we called the school, even we knew the name to be “Aloysius”. JESUS IS GOD ! so I was told, God incarnate who loved me so much that he wanted to kill himself to save me from the clutches of Satan. God in the flesh of a Caucasian, who became a “white” man to save the world and pay Satan with his Precious Blood.
How could the Romans Kill God ? I inquired of the Caucasian Priest dress in cassocks preparing me for the “Holy Eucharist”. “Because he God loved you so much” was his answer. “That’s not what I asked, Father.” Then came the look of annoyance as he quickly directed his attention to another questioner. “But HOW DID THE ROMANS KILL THIS ALL POWERFUL GOD, FATHER ?” I shouted. “It’s a mystery !” he responded. What’s a MYSTERY, Father ? “It’s something that no one can explain”. That answer with his ‘LOOK’ told me to shut to Hell up.
Now Josie, you the mis-educated self-hating Negro presents us with another mystery ? Asking us why we do not inquire more deeply into matters of “Change” ? My answer to your shallowness, is, “why do you and your lover, the narcissists Rick John Wayne still believe that your God is a Naked Caucasian, nailed to a cross-post crying for his daddy ? And “Why do you and Rick John Wayne, pray to dead Caucasian people, Holy Mary Mother of God ? Since when the Creator of Creation have a mother ? you frigging retard. Yet hating on your ugly Black self while calling Black Women “darker and uglier” ?
You like the rest of the shameless Negro slaves, Negroes and Negresses, that includes my sister “wavet L’egise” Francis who allows herself to be insulted by these deviants on Micoud Street in the house of the Dead Caucasians, while praying to the naked Caucasian dripping blood in her Black face as God, disgust me. Who drinks Blood ? Who eats human flesh ? You call it transubstantiation ? is this alchemy or Majee Noir action ? But you want us to think more deeply about Change ? Indeed, “a little knowledge is dangerous”, you are the perfect example; a disgraceful idiot, begging a naked Caucasian God to make you U.N. Ambassador under the bogus Doctor Allen Chastanet.
“Their implied meaning or caution for those who pursued formal higher levels of education was to MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE THEIR COMMON SENSE.”
This is not the first detour this idiot have made. Almost every week I lament the fact that this guy Josie have proven himself to nothing else but a consummate politician. By this mean he is simple not a man of his word. His mission is to win…….i mean to rule…..at any cost by whatever means necessary. For this reason, in my eyes he has no morals he has no honour.
In my younger days he was one those I looked up to. He was one those who took on the establishment for the wrong they did to the poor of this country. He stood on the side of the workers not just in St. Lucia but also in England. Believe it or not he was one of those who had me to realise my race, don’t shy away from it but embrace it for there is nothing shameful about it. Yes you can say he was involved in my political, racial and social consciousness enlightenment. And to see him now going against all what he once stood for makes me wonder. To see this in bed with the very people he saw as the enemy – the UWP and by association all those constituting the ruling class. If chastanet, that bigger fool and much less intelligent than himself was old enough, these two would have crossed swords. But these are the type he associates with now. Who would have thought?
I think if anything he should have remained with all the flaws and illusions he thinks he had. At least he would be seen to be keeping with his principles. That would have made him be remembered in a better light than of that zombie he has become.
Isn’t it time we CHANGE this contaminated book you Josie and John Wayne believe is the Word of God?
Change ? I am reading this book that Josie, by his actions and compliance with the Slave Masters’ instructions tells us is the “word of God”, and now I am afraid Peter or his lover the Indian killer, Rick John Wayne will curse me just as was done to forty little boys who called Elisha, a BALD HEAD.
Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. – 2 Kings 2:23-25 NIV
This is the God’s Word that you cling to Josie ? I think you can use a change from all this mayhem, but please don’t ask your white God to kill me ?
But what’s with this Jesus; hating on mango trees with no mangoes because it’s out of season ?
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Matthew 21:18-22 NIV GOD, THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED. You killed the tree because the fruit is OUT OF SEASON. HOW DUMB IS THAT, GOD ?
With unemployment sky-rocketing on the island, many of our under privileged boys turn to stealing green bananas and Jelly Coconuts to survive and ward off starvation. Well the Bible has the answer: KILL THEM !
If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 21:18-21
But my favorite piece of Bible is when God is taken aback by the size of this “Lolo Boowick’, which leaves me to wonder why is God wearing this little bloomers to hide his member on the cross. We know the Romans stripped the condemned naked when they were hung in public — a form of public humiliation. Peter, would you say that I am thinking too much ? or not enough ?
She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. Ezekiel 23:20 NIV
No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:1 NRSV
GOD EVEN GOES AFTER ‘AR-BOZ-ZORS’ and ‘BROK-KOES’ and ‘KO-SHEES’ and ‘BO-SEES’:
Whosoever … hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, Or crookback, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken … He shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries. Leviticus 21:17-23 KJV
Josie, how about you Tell us that your education stopped you from believing this Garbage as Divine Scripture ?
Take a look at what real scripture looks like.
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.
Nay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain, and behold falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe be to you for the (false) things ye ascribe (to Us). (18)
To Him belongs all (creatures) in the heavens and on earth: even those who are in His (very) Presence are not too proud to serve Him, nor are they (ever) weary (of His service): (19)
They celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or intermit. (20)
Or have they taken (for worship) gods from the earth who can raise (the dead)? (21)
If there were in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been ruin in both! But glory to Allah the Lord of the Throne: (High is He) above what they attribute to Him! (22)
He cannot be questioned for His acts, but they will be questioned (for theirs). (23)
Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides Him? Say “Bring your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and the Message of those before me.” But most of them know not the Truth and so turn away. (24)
Not a messenger did We send before thee without this inspiration sent by Us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me. (25)
And they say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten offspring.” Glory to Him! they are (but) servants raised to honour. (26)
They speak not before He speaks, and they act (in all things) by His command. (27)
He knows what is before them, and what is behind them, and they offer no intercession except for those who are acceptable, and they stand in awe and reverence of His (glory). (28)
If any of them should say “I am a god besides Him” such a one We should reward with Hell: thus do We reward those who do wrong. (29)
Change: Let’s start with a truth and reconciliation commission, starting with you first Mr. Peter Josie.
If you say that the word of God (bible) is a contaminated book, beats me, why are you reading it??? You seem to know its entire contents and the interpretation.
Hardly understand why anyone with a brain would want to become associated with anything so contaminating.
Seems like you are contradicting your own self! The alleged ‘real scripture’ you are quoting from are merely the same translated chosen excerpts from this so-called contaminated book.
What a shameless misrepresentation!
How else would I make an informed decision about the Bible if I had never read it ? That’s a problem with too many of us, we make judgements about things we know little about by not going to the source.
I read everything and you should do the same. Only then would we be able to arrive at informed conclusions about the substance of Religions. Now you are onto something when you say the Scriptures are from the same source — the Torah (old Testament revealed to the prophet Musa/Moses), the Psalms (revealed to the prophet Dawood/David), the Gospel/Injeel (revealed to the prophet Isa/Jesus), the Qu-ran (revealed to the prophet Muhammad) God’s peace be upon all his holy prophets — all these holy books were revealed by the One and the same God, but with the exception of the Qur-an, none of the other books exist in their original language of revelation. The Holy Prophet Isa/Jesus, may Allah’s peace be upon him, spoke Aramaic.
It is generally agreed that Jesus and his disciples primarily spoke Aramaic, the common language of Judea in the first century AD, most likely a Galilean dialect distinguishable from that of Jerusalem. The towns of Nazareth and Capernaum in Galilee, where Jesus spent most of his time, were Aramaic-speaking communities. Here’s the Qur-an in its original Revelation language, followed by an English meaning about the Prophet Jesus PBUH(peace be upon him)
وَقَوۡلِهِمۡ إِنَّا قَتَلۡنَا ٱلۡمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ٱبۡنَ مَرۡيَمَ رَسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَـٰكِن شُبِّهَ لَهُمۡۚ وَإِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱخۡتَلَفُواْ فِيهِ لَفِى شَكٍّ۬ مِّنۡهُۚ مَا لَهُم بِهِۦ مِنۡ عِلۡمٍ إِلَّا ٱتِّبَاعَ ٱلظَّنِّۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينَۢا (١٥٧) بَل رَّفَعَهُ ٱللَّهُ إِلَيۡهِۚ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمً۬ا (١٥٨) وَإِن مِّنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ إِلَّا لَيُؤۡمِنَنَّ بِهِۦ قَبۡلَ مَوۡتِهِۦۖ وَيَوۡمَ ٱلۡقِيَـٰمَةِ يَكُونُ عَلَيۡہِمۡ شَہِيدً۬ا (١٥٩) فَبِظُلۡمٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلَّذِينَ هَادُواْ حَرَّمۡنَا عَلَيۡہِمۡ طَيِّبَـٰتٍ أُحِلَّتۡ لَهُمۡ وَبِصَدِّهِمۡ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ كَثِيرً۬ا (١٦٠) وَأَخۡذِهِمُ ٱلرِّبَوٰاْ وَقَدۡ نُہُواْ عَنۡهُ وَأَكۡلِهِمۡ أَمۡوَٲلَ ٱلنَّاسِ بِٱلۡبَـٰطِلِۚ وَأَعۡتَدۡنَا لِلۡكَـٰفِرِينَ مِنۡہُمۡ عَذَابًا أَلِيمً۬ا (١٦١)
In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful.
And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah ‘Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allâh,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of ‘Īsā (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) A.S.]: (157) But Allâh raised him [‘Īsā (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he A.S. is in the heavens). And Allâh is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. (158) And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him [‘Īsā (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allâh and a human being], before his [‘Īsā (Jesus) A.S. or a Jew’s or a Christian’s] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he [‘Īsā (Jesus)] will be a witness against them (159) For the wrong-doing of the Jews, We made unlawful for them certain good foods which has been lawful for them, and for their hindering many from Allâh’s Way; (160) And their taking of Ribâ (usury) though they were forbidden from taking it and their devouring of men’s substance wrongfully (bribery). And We have prepared for the disbelievers among them a painful torment. (161)
so when I read the bible my knowledge is not limited to what the homosexual deviant King James wrote. I also read and write Arabic, so in some of the English meanings there are words that are not translated correctly, but the original language takes care of that.
You will now better understand why I refer to the Caucasian nailed to the cross-post as a Fake and bogus Image of God. Even if I know Jesus is not the Son-of-God, he Isa/Jesus was never even crucified like these fraudsters tell us. Here’s a glimps of Allah/God who has no equal, not Muhammad, and Not Jesus or a Ghost. The First thing one must Reject is this Contaminated Bible that teaches God created us in his likeness; that’s a monstrous lie. There is NOTHING LIKE GOD, NOTHING !
from the Bible:
6. There is none like You, O LORD;
You are great, and great is Your name in might.
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Who appointeth the angels messengers having wings two, three and four. He multiplieth in creation what He will. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things. (1) That which Allah openeth unto mankind of mercy none can withhold it; and that which He withholdeth none can release thereafter. He is the Mighty, the Wise. (2) O mankind! Remember Allah’s grace toward you! Is there any creator other than Allah who provideth for you from the sky and the earth? There is no God save Him. Whither then are ye turned? (3) And if they deny thee, (O Muhammad), messengers (of Allah) were denied before thee. Unto Allah all things are brought back. (4) O mankind! Lo! the promise of Allah is true. So let not the life of the world beguile you, and let not the (avowed) beguiler beguile you with regard to Allah. (5) Lo! the devil is an enemy for you, so treat him as an enemy. He only summoneth his faction to be owners of the flaming Fire. (6) Those who disbelieve, theirs will be an awful doom; and those who believe and do good works, theirs will be forgiveness and a great reward. (7) Is he, the evil of whose deeds is made fairseeming unto him so that he deemeth it good, (other than Satan’s dupe)? Allah verily sendeth whom He will astray, and guideth whom He will; so let not thy soul expire in sighings for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do! (8) And Allah it is Who sendeth the winds and they raise a cloud; then We lead it unto a dead land and revive therewith the earth after its death. Such is the Resurrection. (9) Whoso desireth power (should know that) all power belongeth to Allah. Unto Him good words ascend, and the pious deed doth He exalt; but those who plot iniquities, theirs will be an awful doom; and the plotting of such (folk) will come to naught. (10) Allah created you from dust, then from a little fluid, then He made you pairs (the male and female). No female beareth or bringeth forth save with His knowledge. And no-one groweth old who groweth old, nor is aught lessened of his life, but it is recorded in a Book, Lo! that is easy for Allah. (11) And the two seas are not alike: this, fresh, sweet, good to drink, this (other) bitter, salt. And from them both ye eat fresh meat and derive the ornament that ye wear. And thou seest the ship cleaving them with its prow that ye may seek of His bounty, and that haply ye may give thanks. (12) He maketh the night to pass into the day and He maketh the day to pass into the night. He hath subdued the sun and moon to service. Each runneth unto an appointed term. Such is Allah, your Lord; His is the Sovereignty; and those unto whom ye pray instead of Him own not so much as the white spot on a date-stone. (13) If ye pray unto them they hear not your prayer, and if they heard they could not grant it you. On the Day of Resurrection they will disown association with you. None can inform you like Him Who is Aware. (14) O mankind! Ye are the poor in your relation to Allah. And Allah! He is the Absolute, the Owner of Praise. (15) If He will, He can be rid of you and bring (instead of you) some new creation. (16) That is not a hard thing for Allah. (17) And no burdened soul can bear another’s burden, and if one heavy laden crieth for (help with) his load, naught of it will be lifted even though he (unto whom he crieth) be of kin. Thou warnest only those who fear their Lord in secret, and have established worship. He who groweth (in goodness), groweth only for himself, (he cannot by his merit redeem others). Unto Allah is the journeying. (18) The blind man is not equal with the seer; (19) Nor is darkness (tantamount to) light; (20) Nor is the shadow equal with the sun’s full heat; (21) Nor are the living equal with the dead. Lo! Allah maketh whom He will to hear. Thou canst not reach those who are in the graves. (22) Thou art but a warner. (23) Lo! We have sent thee with the Truth, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner; and there is not a nation but a warner hath passed among them. (24) And if they deny thee, those before them also denied. Their messengers came unto them with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), and with the Psalms and the Scripture giving light. (25) Then seized I those who disbelieved, and how intense was My abhorrence! (26) Hast thou not seen that Allah causeth water to fall from the sky, and We produce therewith fruit of divers hues; and among the hills are streaks white and red, of divers hues, and (others) raven-black; (27) And of men and beasts and cattle, in like manner, divers hues? The erudite among His bondmen fear Allah alone. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Forgiving. (28) Lo! those who read the Scripture of Allah, and establish worship, and spend of that which We have bestowed on them secretly and openly, they look forward to imperishable gain, (29) That He will pay them their wages and increase them of His grace. Lo! He is Forgiving, Responsive. (30) As for that which We inspire in thee of the Scripture, it is the Truth confirming that which was (revealed) before it. Lo! Allah is indeed Observer, Seer of His slaves. (31) Then We gave the Scripture as inheritance unto those whom We elected of Our bondmen. But of them are some who wrong themselves and of them are some who are lukewarm, and of them are some who outstrip (others) through good deeds, by Allah’s leave. That is the great favour! (32) Gardens of Eden! They enter them wearing armlets of gold and pearl and their raiment therein is silk. (33) And they say: Praise be to Allah Who hath put grief away from us. Lo! Our Lord is Forgiving, Bountiful, (34) Who, of His grace, hath installed us in the mansion of eternity, where toil toucheth us not nor can weariness affect us. (35) But as for those who disbelieve, for them is fire of hell; it taketh not complete effect upon them so that they can die, nor is its torment lightened for them. Thus We punish every ingrate. (36) And they cry for help there, (saying): Our Lord! Release us; we will do right, not (the wrong) that we used to do. Did not We grant you a life long enough for him who reflected to reflect therein? And the warner came unto you. Now taste (the flavour of your deeds), for evil-doers have no helper. (37) Lo! Allah is the Knower of the Unseen of the heavens and the earth. Lo! He is Aware of the secret of (men’s) breasts. (38) He it is Who hath made you regents in the earth; so he who disbelieveth, his disbelief be on his own head. Their disbelief increaseth for the disbelievers, in their Lord’s sight, naught save abhorrence. Their disbelief increaseth for the disbelievers naught save loss. (39) Say: Have ye seen your partner-gods to whom ye pray beside Allah? Show me what they created of the earth! Or have they any portion in the heavens? Or have We given them a scripture so they act on clear proof therefrom? Nay, the evil-doers promise one another only to deceive. (40) Lo! Allah graspeth the heavens and the earth that they deviate not, and if they were to deviate there is not one that could grasp them after Him. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving. (41) And they swore by Allah, their most binding oath, that if a warner came unto them they would be more tractable than any of the nations; yet, when a warner came unto them it aroused in them naught save repugnance, (42) (Shown in their) behaving arrogantly in the land and plotting evil; and the evil plot encloseth but the men who make it. Then, can they expect aught save the treatment of the folk of old? Thou wilt not find for Allah’s way of treatment any substitute, nor wilt thou find for Allah’s way of treatment aught of power to change. (43) Have they not travelled in the land and seen the nature of the consequence for those who were before them, and they were mightier than these in power? Allah is not such that aught in the heavens or in the earth escapeth Him. Lo! He is the Wise, the Mighty. (44) If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He reprieveth them unto an appointed term, and when their term cometh – then verily (they will know that) Allah is ever Seer of His slaves. (45)
@ Son-Of-Man “Isn’t it time we CHANGE this contaminated book you Josie and John Wayne believe is the Word of God?”
But in the meantime, let me quote Jer. 10:6 (There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might) before we make the CHANGE I’m advocating.
The words and reasoning of a sick and confused individual who has too much time at his disposal.
I have long ago realized that Negroes like a TOM TOM CITIZEN KANE are in such darkness that it is not reasonable on my part to descend into such black-holes with so ignorant self-hating Samboes. Ignoring such demented and unsophisticated Liars is the best course, since it is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it, and therefore he that can perceive it have it not.
Nothing is so good for an ignorant man like TOM TOM KANE as silence, and if he were sensible of this he would not be ignorant. So there goes this shameless house nigger into exile; she can be found living in her sister’s basement with another female lesbeian on Martin Luther King Blvd., HoHokus NJ. Here’s a picture of TOM TOM KANE before his sex change.
Quoting Son-of-Man – July 15, 2015 at 9:54 am “… it required Psychiatric intervention in my life to alert me to the damage inflicted upon my being….”
Eight pills per day was insufficient to help with your schizophrenia; I therefore recommend the dosage be increased to 16 . And how the hell did you manage to jump that high fence and escape from the Golden Hope Hospital (La Toc). But then again, a crazy man would try anything.
White Christian kills an African American for not using Turn Signal.
Sandra Bland’s mother declares WAR on the RACIST SYSTEM OF WHITE MAN WORSHIP CHRISTIAN TERRORIST.
Dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest paints a different story of what happened on July 10th. Trooper Encinia threatens Bland after ordering her to exit her vehicle. “I’m going to drag you out of here. Get out of the car! I will light you up, get out!” he shouted.
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AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE MURDERED AND IMPRISONED FOR THE SLIGHTEST EXERCISE OF THEIR FREEDOM, BY THE WHITE CHRISTIAN JUDGES AND POLICE.
On July 10, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting a public servant. She was taken to the Waller County Jail; three days later, she was found in her cell dead from what officials called suicide. Both the FBI and the Texas Rangers launched investigations trying to find out what happened.
Dashboard camera footage from Bland’s traffic stop was released on Tuesday. (Note: The video was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday evening; it has since been taken down, after people pointed out errors and inconsistencies in the video, which led many to believe it had been edited. A DPS spokesman denied editing the video, and said this morning they would re-upload the footage without errors or omissions.)
Questions, in the wake of the video: What are the rules? Not policies or politeness – specifically, what are your rights when you’re pulled over by police?
Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, speaks with Texas Standard about the footage of the arrest, point-by-point. Here’s a transcript of the conversation, edited for brevity and clarity:
The trooper asks, “You mind putting out your cigarette please?” And Ms. Bland says, “Well, I’m in my car – why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Does she have to put out her cigarette?
“No, she doesn’t have to put out her cigarette. And you wonder why the officer is even bothering with that. This is part of his escalation of the whole event that unfolded, unfortunately.”
The next part: “Step out of the car.” Ms. Bland says, “You do not have the right.” He interrupts – “I do have the right, step out of the car or I will remove you.” Does he have the right, first, to order her to step out of the car, and second, to actually physically remove her from the car?
“He does not have the right to say get out of the car. He has to express some reason. ‘I need to search your car,’ or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say ‘get out of the car’ for a traffic offense.”
It’s one thing to say he has a reason; it’s another to say he has to give a reason. He may have had probable cause, or thought he had it, we don’t know. Does he have to state it?
“He doesn’t have to state probable cause; he has to state some reason … And that’s part of the training that he should have had about how to de-escalate a situation. She’s clearly upset about what happened, particularly – as we know later on – that she moved over because he was tailing her. … He should be working on de-escalation. That’s the key. ”
Ms. Bland says, “I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself.” Is she right or wrong?
“She’s right. Unfortunately, officers don’t like it when you know the law. In this case, even if you are right, you are still in danger. And that’s what we see unfolding here.”
The trooper says, “I am giving you a lawful order.” Now, is the is the lawful order to extinguish the cigarette, or to get out of the car, or neither?
“You can’t tell why. Certainly, telling her to put out the cig was not a lawful order. Just saying ‘Get out of the car,’ in and of itself, without an explanation, is not lawful. And you see him say that throughout the video without ever saying why [or] what’s going on here. It’s clear to me that he’s trying to assert authority that he probably does not have under the law, and he’s escalating the situation because he is upset. [He] doesn’t exercise the training that he needs to be exercising to de-escalate this situation.”
“I’m gonna yank you out of here,” is what the trooper says. Can he physically “yank” her out of her vehicle?
“He can’t do that either, unless she’s posing a threat to his welfare and safety. What he should have done was just wait for backup, if he couldn’t de-escalate it himself. But you don’t just pull somebody out of the car, and point that taser in her face. What if it had gone off? She’d have permanent brain damage.”
She says, “Dont touch me, I’m not under arrest.” Trooper says, “You are under arrest. She says, “Under arrest for what?” He then turns to his shoulder mounted radio, and asks for another unit. Does he have an obligation as a law enforcement officer to tell her why she is under arrest?
“Yes. He needs to – it’s not clear to her what’s going on. He needs to tell her, ‘You’re under arrest because …,’ but you can’t really tell her that. Because you can’t tell from the video that there’s any reason to have her under arrest.
She asserts her right to record this with her cell phone. That’s a right that has been clearly established. Is that true?
“She has a right to do that. But that’s another example where the officer perceives this as a challenge to his authority – and it further escalates the whole scenario.”
When he says “get out of the car, or I will light you up,” he is apparently referring to the use of a taser. Is that a legitimate threat? Is that something that’s okay for officers to do in that situation?
“No – here’s the situation where he is clearly violating her constitutional rights. This is excessive force on the part of the officer – to take that taser and point it in her face and say, ‘I’m going to harm you.’ Taser is the last recourse to a gun. And if he can’t get her out, he can’t de-escalate it, he’s got to wait for another officer to come and talk through this.”
Right now, the trooper has been placed on administrative duty. He’s not on leave, he’s still working for DPS. It’s our understanding that there is a violation of policy here – he should not have allowed it to escalate.
We are talking about a certain level of discretion that the state apparently entrusts with its troopers. Should officers have that much discretion?
“He clearly exceeded that. … The discretion here is, how do you de-escalate the situation? He could have just given her the ticket and walked away. Just like that. But he had to go through this confrontation. Of course, there are questions of race that come up here. And the fact that this is an out-of-state car moving through the town – and we know in Texas that’s a pretty typical profiling event. What bothers me a lot is that troopers are supposed to be the best-trained police officers we have in the state. This guy is clearly out of control – clearly shouldn’t be out on the streets dealing with people – [given] this level of escalation that he provokes.”
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.