“I live in Lansing, MI. We lost power at my house on Sunday morning, Dec 22. We were told at that time that it was unknown when power would be restored. When power wasn't restored by evening, I called information (211) to see if there was any services being provided by the city. There was none. The woman on the line was very nice and sounded concerned, but there was only one church (at that time, and that she had knowledge of) that had opened its doors in a city where over ten thousand people were without power. On Monday, the governor appealed to people to leave their homes until power was restored, but many, many people have nowhere to go. The Red Cross had a few hotel vouchers, but they were all used by the time I called on Sunday night. Fortunately for us, a dear friend opened her home to our three adults and three children. But I know many, many people who are shivering in their homes because there is nowhere for them to go.”
“The public has lost faith in the police and this is why. The police don't see themselves as protecting the citizens; they live in an "us against them" world, and we are all "them." We need to start prosecuting police who murder unarmed citizens.”
Mar 7, 2012 at 08:57:02
“With the increasing food prices, I'm planning a large vegetable garden this year. I'm not allowed to garden where I live, so I'm putting in a garden behind an abandoned home across the street. (I'm not supposed to garden there either, but no one seems to care.) Right now, I've got cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, carrot, and onion seedlings going, and I'm working on getting the raised beds into shape. In three or four weeks, I'll transplant my seedlings, sow some lettuce, spinach and peas directly outside, and start my tomatoes, corn, squash and melons inside. I'm in mid-MIchigan, and we've had a very mild winter. The ground I'm working has a lot of clay, but there's some folk nearby who have horses and have been generous with the byproduct. It's a lot of work, but I have the time and energy and I enjoy it. Hooray for gardens!”
Dec 6, 2011 at 12:39:34
“I agree. But if courts begin to move toward this way of thinking, then there are broader implications. For example, conduct disorder and antisocial behavior is also linked to a damaged executive function system. Specifically, kids who have reoccuring problems with schools and cops usually have some kind of executive dysfunction. Currently, we mostly just throw these kids into juvy -- but what they need is some pretty intensive medical care. Psychologist have known this for about a decade, but the court system chooses to ignore it. Waaay too expensive, and it flies in the face of the whole "they deserve to be punished" system.
“Not necessarily. The Tungusa event left no crater. From Wikipedia: (It) "is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface."”
LindaK9975 on Nov 12, 2012 at 20:21:12
“Thanks for information. I get to learn something new every day. :-)”
“I totally understand where you're coming from, but this was a court ordered visitation. She had very few options.
I know what you mean about the spike in news coverage about parents killing their children; I wonder if there are more homicides, or if there's just more news coverage.”
sparkygirl91 on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:38:48
“I understand the "court ordered visitation", however, if this man showed violent tendencies, which I believe he must have, his background would have and should have been taken into consideration. If I'm correct, the mother should have fought for monitored visitations. I don't know the whole story, of course, but it really doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure some of this out. As to the latter, I'm afraid it's probably a little of both - "more homicides" and "more news coverage". It's just despicable these mentally disturbed folks find it necessary to take it out on the children, who have nothing but innocence in them and have no say in the situations they are faced with daily. Too too sad. Take care.”
“Goodness, you're condescending. I'm not saying that these people were not breaking the law. I'm not even saying that it was against the law to spray them. I'm saying that the police used an unnecessary level of force, and I showed that this wasn't just my opinion, but the opinion of the United States National Institute of Justice (nij.gov).
It would be up to a judge/court to decide if the police used unnecessary force in this case. If they are judged to have used unnecessary force, they may be charged with battery. Which is against the law.
The right of the people to assemble and peacefully protest, and the open expression of dissatisfaction with our government -- these are the things that define us. It can be messy. It can even be violent and destructive. But who would we be without the Birmingham, Alabama sit-in where Dr. King was arrested; without Stonewall; without the Viet Nam war protests?
I understand your point of view. I simply don't agree with you.”
fdeltz on Nov 26, 2011 at 19:38:45
“Nice words but they pale against the turmoil of the moment. The police were totally justified in their use of this level of force. They even told each person individually what would take place if they persisted in stopping the police in their activities. In addition the police were in the middle of a continued unpredictable level of resistance/violence around them and did not have your "luxury of time". I fear you simply have a limited understanding of these types of situations. And as a matter of fact your own words support my point. Bringing up past sit-ins that resulted in arrests makes the point on the consequences of resisting, however necessary it may be. However the juxtaposition of these scatter brained "give me money" supplicants with the valued past civil rights movement demonstrations is an insult to those who participated in those historic movements. (as I did).”
“The National Institute of Justice places tasers and pepper spray on the same level of the Use of Force Continuum, a hierarchy based on their recommendations to govern the extremity of weapons used against a disorderly person. A "disorderly person" is one someone who posses a threat.
“Pepper spray should only be used when there’s a clear threat to officers or severe-enough resistance — essentially, when the only alternative is more extreme force,” says Dr. John MacDonald, professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. “But if the only threat is time, then the best weapon to exercise is patience.”
“Blocking the police from movement, blocking the actions of a police at his duty, are both crimes in themselves. In addition, creating this situation in a volatile environment where there has already been numerous reports of violence (read the reports from here and elsewhere) creates the potential for additional harm/violence. Or perhaps you are in that group that prefers the cops to sit on there hands until after the violence? If you are going to attempt to quote the law (btw the NIJ is not law) at least understand it.”