the art of spinning and twisting facts to get the desired results, as America ignores the past, aggravates World War III, and slides toward what may be its 2nd civil war

upside down American flag 2Had a little pleasure cruise down the Potomac yesterday:

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After meeting Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday, Barack Obama responded to the statements made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump’s speech at the Republican national convention outlined the rise in violent crime in America, but Obama responded: ‘This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people’

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Watch as President Obama rebuts, point-by-point, some of Donald J. Trump‘s GOP convention speech claims.

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Moby Madisetti

Moby Madisetti do i hear crickets?

Sloan Bashinsky

Sloan Bashinsky I stopped watching it as soon as he boasted violent crime way down under his administration – perilous (farce) politicking in face of what I’ve seen on TV and online news for quite a while.

Jayson Belyea

Jayson Belyea The numbers don’t lie. Maybe you should watch a little less tv and pay a little less attention to the online “news.”

Sloan Bashinsky

Sloan Bashinsky The overall crime numbers may back up what he said, so I just turn off the TV and don’t even know about, hmmm, Orlando, Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge, St. Louis, San Bernadino, Ferguson? My apologies for leaving out all the other massacres … I am way past fed up with people spinning and twisting numbers to make themselves look good, even in his presentation, after Obama does just that, he says, of course, there are … and that’s when I turned off the video … This is the guy that accepted the Nobel Peace Prize while continuing to wage G. W. Bush’s 2 wars of mass destruction; and his first Sec. of State then was, hmmm, Hillary Clinton. There are grave problems inside America, and no amount of spin will fix that.. That’s what’s powering Trump, he’s talking about those problems; he’s not trying to whitewash them, and that’s why he’s attracted such a huge following and why he got the Republican nomination. He has no loyalty to the Republican Party; he is not driven like a religious zealot to defend his/her religion’s many screw ups, “my party right or wrong”- Trump is using the Republican Party as a vehicle to the White House. The Democrats have similar religious zeal to protect their party right or wrong. Bernie Sanders went against that dogma, but then he caved. Not to worry, I’m not voting for Trump. I’m considering moving to Tasmania. Please do not take that literally, but as a statement of how I feel about what’s going on with and between Americans in my own native country. That troubles me a lot more than Islam. 

protect and serve 2Little did I know what later lay ahead yesterday. What lay ahead was I visited friends, who watched a recorded TV news report of a shocking police violence story which had been suppressed for over a year, of white Austin, Texas police officer being very rough with a much smaller black woman.

Although googling “white cop takes down black school teacher” brought up a number of articles on this awful incident, in most of the articles the police cruiser dash cam video of the incident did not include the beginning of the video. I found an article with the full dash cam video.

Excerpts from another article, which includes a printed transcript of the dash cam audio:

Austin police on Thursday screened two videos of the incident on June 15, 2015.

The first video, taken by officer Bryan Richter’s dashboard camera, begins around 12:30 p.m. with the officer parked near a busy Austin street.

King, on her lunch break, passes in her white Nissan Versa — traveling 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, according to Richter. He then pulls out and pursues her, activating his siren.

It’s unclear from the video if King is aware of the officer before she turns left into a parking lot.

As she climbs out of her car, Richter tells her to stop.

“Ma’am, you’re being pulled over right now, so I need you to take a seat back in your car,” he says.

“Are you serious?” King replies.

“Yes, ma’am,” he says. “I’m not joking. Can I see your driver’s license? You’re being stopped for speeding.”

“But I’m already stopped, so technically can you stop me?” King asks as she removes her license. “‘Cause you didn’t pull me over because I’m parked.”

“Ma’am, you were about to go inside without a wallet, so I know you were only coming here because you know I was coming to pull you over,” Richter responds. “I can absolutely pull you over if you are already stopped, yes. Let me see your driver’s license.”

Richter then asks her to put her feet inside the car so he can close the door.

(“I did this so that if she decided to exit the vehicle again, it would give me some sort of reaction time to her doing so, versus her being half way out of the vehicle with the door open giving her an easy escape,” he wrote in his report, according to the Statesman.)

“Could you please hurry up?” King says.

“Okay, ma’am, stand up for me,” Richter says, placing King’s license on top of her car and reaching inside after her.

“No, why are you grabbing me?” she shouts. “Oh my God.”

“Stop resisting,” the officer says multiple times as a struggle ensues — barely visible on the video — in the doorway of the car. At one point, the car horn blares as they tussle.

The officer then takes a step back and orders her to “get out of the car,” before calling for backup.

“I’m getting out,” she says. “Let me get out. Do not touch me.”

“Don’t touch me,” she says again as the cop reaches inside and grabs her.

“Get out of the car now,” he says, yanking her out of the vehicle and throwing her to the ground.

“Oh my God. Oh my God,” she screams. “Why are you doing this to me?”

Richter then orders her several times to put her hands behind her back.

“Oh my God. Are you serious?” King moans. “Oh my God.”

“I’m about to Tase you,” Richter says.

As he manages to get her hands behind her back, King stands up. Richter then tries to leg sweep, or trip, her. When that doesn’t work, he puts his arm around her neck.

There is a choking sound as the cop lifts the 112-pound woman into the air before slamming her down on the ground.

It appears as if King is partially able to break her fall with a hand and a foot.

The two continue to struggle.

“Put your hands behind your back,” Richter tells her.

“Would you let me get down please?” King says.

The cop then pushes his weight down onto her back.

“Put your hands behind your back,” he shouts.

“That’s what I was doing,” she says. “Are you serious? God.”

“Don’t stand up,” he tells her.

“I’m not trying to stand up,” she answers. “I’m trying to put my hands behind my back.”

“Are you serious,” she asks again as the officer puts her in handcuffs.

“Get up,” he says as he wrenches her up by her arms.

“Ow,” King says.

Another officer then appears on screen.

“Look at him,” King tells the second officer. “He’s treating me like sh––. I didn’t do anything.

“What are you doing?” she asks the officers as they put her up against the hood of Richter’s car and appear to search her. “I need a black police.”

“Walk,” Richter says, leading her off-screen by her arms, which are cuffed and pulled up behind her back at a roughly 90-degree angle.

“Why are my hands so high?” King asks.

“Stop fighting,” Richter can be heard saying.

“Jesus Christ,” he can be heard saying to another officer off-screen. “She has some fight in her. She didn’t agree I could pull her over when she was already parked.”

“So she came out of the car?” the other officer asks.

“Well, I told her to sit back down,” Richter tells his colleague. “And I kept telling her to get back in, close your door. ‘No.’ I said ‘All right, I’m just going to handcuff you and put you in the car. I’m not going to do this.’ And then she starts fighting.”

“You all right?” the other cop asks him. “You hurt? Injured?”

“No, I’m good,” Richter replies as King can be heard moaning.

Shortly afterward, another officer, apparently from a different agency, appears. He says he was on his way to Wendy’s when he saw the altercation.

“Just so you know, there was somebody out walking their dog who kept recording everything,” he tells Richter and the second Austin police officer.

“Did you see what happened?” the second officer asks.

“I just seen her resisting the whole time,” the officer from the other agency says, lifting his arm as if to demonstrate what King did.

“I never hit her,” Richter tells a third Austin police officer off-screen. “I didn’t want to hit her, man. She was fighting pretty good.”

The video ends with Richter joking that one of the other officers “jinxed” him.

‘Violent tendencies’

The second video screened Thursday by Austin police begins roughly 50 minutes after the first one ends, according to time stamps.

It captures a three-minute conversation between King and another white officer, Patrick Spradlin, as he is transporting her in a police cruiser.

“Have you ever done a clean sweep of police where y’all just clear out all of the police system and start over?” she asks, shown in the video with her hands cuffed behind her back as she sits in the rear of the Spradlin’s car.

The officer says he’s heard of it but “fortunately” it’s never happened to him.

“But do you still believe that there is racism out there?” King asks

“Yes, I do,” the officer answers. “But let me ask you this: Do you believe it goes both ways?”

Breaion King talks to Austin police officer Patrick Spradlin after her arrest on June 15, 2015. (YouTube)

“I do,” she says. “But I believe that, I’m not going to lie. I believe that Caucasians have more supremacy than we do, they have more rights.”

“I don’t think that,” Spradlin says.

“A lot more people are a little afraid of black people because of everything, honestly…” King says.

“Let me ask you this,” Spradlin interrupts. “Why are so many people afraid of black people?”

“That’s what I want to figure out, because I’m not a bad black person,” King says.

“I can give you a really good idea, a really good idea why it might be that way,” he says. “Violent tendencies. I want you to think about that.

“I’m not saying anything, I’m not saying it’s true, I’m not saying I agree with it or nothing,” Spradlin says. “But 99 percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it is the black community that is being violent. That’s why a lot of white people are afraid. And I don’t blame them.

“There are some guys I look at,” he continues. “I know it’s my job to deal with them and I know it’s probably going to get ugly and that’s the way it goes, but some of them because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating.”

“But do you ever wonder that you know black people are the majority of the time on the defense because they feel like they are not safe?” King asks.

“By no means am I saying that there is no racism, because I know there is, and everybody knows there is,” Spradlin says.

“But my question is, how do y’all know before you even hire a person that they are not a racist?” King asks.

“Oh, trust me,” Spradlin says. “There is a four-hour psych exam that we’ve got to go through. Four hours of psychological testing we go through prior to being hired. So yeah, there’s a lot to it.”

“So do you think later on they build a certain type of image about certain people after working, and then become racist?” she asks.

“Oh yeah,” he answers. “I’m sure.”

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After watching the arrest and take down video with my friends, then watching it again when the husband replayed it, I said said the woman was giving the officer lip. Why’d she do that? I did not say, but was thinking, she was black, the cop was white. She was about half his size. Was she nuts, giving the cop lip, given the awful relations between blacks and white cops I keep hearing about all the time? 

The wife went ballistic. Tore into me. I was backing the white cop!!! No, I said, but she was giving him lip. Why? What do you know about being black?!, the wife yelled. I said I know about living on the street in Key West, and living every day pressed by cops who don’t like homeless people. I know if cops press me and I give them lip back, the next thing I hear is, do I want to go to jail? So if I give them lip back, I know where it’s headed and the risk I’m taking.

I said I’m hearing a lot of political conversations personally and on Facebook, in which people are going psychotic in what they say. I’ve had to quit talking to some people, I may have lost friends. I’m worried America is going into another civil war. I’m a lot more worried about that than I am about Islam. Islam is a flea compared to what I see Americans doing to Americans. 

I later felt I had messed up by not saying a white man named Charles Eimers came to Key West in his PT Cruiser. He was stopped for illegally changing lanes. The white officer saw Eimers was wearing what appeared to be hospital top and bottom uniform. Eimers belongings were in the car. He appeared to be living in his car. Homeless, in other words. He told the officer he had come to Key West to do God’s work, he had not done anything wrong.

While the officer was back in his patrol car with Eimers’ driver’s license, running it through the police department’s computer, Eimers drove away and then was followed all the way through Key West to South Beach, where he was apprehended by several white police officers. He complied with their orders to lie down on the beach. They got on top of him. One of the cops came down on the back of Eimers’ head or neck with his elbow or fist like a fucking bomb, it was recorded on the officer’s taser video. Face down in the sand, Eimers was smothered to death.

I raised bloody hell for months about those cops murdering Charles Eimers, and about the KW police chief, the city manager, the mayor and city commissioners doing nothing about those cops. I even went to a city commission meeting and told the mayor and city commissioner their police had murdered Charles Eimers because they though he was homeless, and a riot erupted at me out of two city commissioners.

Yet my goodness, what was going on in Charles Eimers’ head to cause him to drive away from the traffic stop without his driver’s license and the cop’s permission to leave?

My daddy raised me to be polite to police officers, to obey their commands, it was the smart thing to do. 

Yes, times have changed. And I am not black. And there, for real, is a problem between blacks and police officers in America, just like there is a problem between blacks and police officers in Key West. Many times have I written about the awful relations between Bahama Village, the historic black part of Key West, and city police. Many times have I taken the black community’s side against city police. Many times have I advocated only city police officers approved by Bahama Village elders be allowed to come into Bahama Village.

Given all of that, if I were black, and I got stopped for a traffic violation by a Key West police officer, I would think there might be a problem if I give the officer lip. And do I want that problem? Or do I want to just surrender and get it over with?

Well, perhaps I digressed.

I now have watched that awful white cop takes down black school teacher video several times. At no time did I see the black woman try to surrender. At all times I saw her trying to be difficult. It never occurred to her that she might not like how that might go? She did not file a complaint against that white cop. Why not?

Was she mad she had gotten caught speeding, and she decided to provoke the white cop to do something she later could use to try to get the speeding ticket dropped? After seeing the dash cam video, the Austin district attorney dropped the speeding charge against her. 

I can’t tell you how many times I talked with my girlfriend Kari about something she had done, which I didn’t think she ought to have done, and she turned around and lit into me with a long list of everything I ever did wrong in my entire life, and things I didn’t do wrong, but she made them wrong.

That defensive tactic became a lot more frequent after she started drinking again and was lying to me about that, and other things. 

Ernest HemingwaySince this might be starting to read like the beginning of a novel I made up, when I rode my bicycle to Duval Street yesterday, it was blocked off for some kind of event. I asked a food vendor what was going on? Hemingway Days, he said. Your beard looks like Hemingway’s, you should enter the Hemingway look alike contest. Can’t do that, I don’t drink, I said.

I did not say, when you read one of Hemingway’s novels and get to the character who does not drink, you have met the bad guy. I don’t drink, because just one beer or glass of wine makes my G.I. tract feel terrible and that my liver is dying.

I left the food vendor and  walked across Duval Street into Jack Flats Sports Bar, to swizzle ginger ale with fresh lime slices squeezed into it, and have a meal. Sat next to a local bartender who works somewhere else in Key West, and part of the year is at his home in Thailand.

After hearing stories about his former father-in-law over in Asia, who sounded like he might have been CIA, I told the off-duty bartender of when I once met a fellow in Key West who attended an afternoon weekly meeting in the local Unitarian Church. A bunch of people just sitting around talking about whatever was on their minds.

The fellow told the group he had been in the CIA, in Vietnam, back when the French were trying to retake Indochina, including Vietnam, after the Japanese were defeated in World War II.

The OSS, the bartender said.

Yes, back then it was the OSS.

The man at the Unitarian Church said, while outwardly, before the world, America was siding with the French against Ho Chi Minh, his CIA outfits’ job was to do everything they could to help Ho beat the French, because America wanted to replace France there, and get the rubber trees.

And the oil, the bartender said.

The man at the church said Ho wanted to do business with the Americans, but they asked too much, so Ho went to the Russians, and that’s what caused the Vietnam war, I said. 

Precisely, the bartender said. 

I said, as many times as I’ve told that story, you are the first person who agreed with it.

The bartender said he’d been all over IndoChina, including Vietnam, and that’s exactly what happened.

As if by chance, if you still believe in chance, this showed up in my Facebook account last night from three years back:

'America’s Vietnam war karma … at www.goodmorningkeywest.com today'

Turned out in my twisting, curving life, in 1999, I met and took up with one of those Kent State students, who told me the Ohio National Guardsmen had opened fire on them, as they sat on the ground in a circle, unarmed, protesting the US expansion of that war westward of Vietnam. When the students all jumped up and fled, who had not been shot, she veered left and the rest of the students veered right, with the National Guardsmen close behind, shooting at the group, and she escaped. The National Guardsmen got off with no charges. When I was with her, she still was terrified of police and people in military uniforms.

She is the only woman I was with, who was captured by angels to the extent I was, but they brought her into it 100 times faster than they had brought me into it. Too fast, probably. When we ran out of money there was no hope for us staying together. You think I’m tough, thank your lucky starts she’s not with me. She was an empath, she knew what was going on in people around her. With just a few words, she leveled people.

.HiroshimaThe real reason President Truman dropped the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was to intimidate the Russians, who themselves already were invading the northernmost Japanese Isles. The Japanese knew of the A-bomb and were trying to surrender. Truman wanted to stop the Russians from taking the upper half of Japan. Even so, they took some of the smaller northern islands, which they did not relinquish after the Soviet Union disbanded. Do you think President Obama mentioned any of that when he recently went to Japan to memorialize the A-bomb victims?

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