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February 18, 2019

UTAH: Salt Lake City Police Seek Help Identifying Man Filmed In Assault After Asking If Victim Is Gay

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Dealing With Abuse, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 14:21

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/02/utah-salt-lake-city-police-seek-help-identifying-man-filmed-in-assault-after-asking-if-victim-is-gay-video/

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Salt Lake City police are asking the public for help identifying a man who hit another after asking if he was gay. The assault is captured in an eight-second video posted to Twitter on Sunday by Sal Trejo and quickly spread through social media.

The assault took place downtown and the video starts with the suspect asking “Are you gay though?” Trejo responds, “Oh, I am.” That’s when the man smacks him with his right hand.

ABC News reports:

Trejo claimed the man punched him in the arm, pulled a knife on another member of his group and shoved one of his female friends.

 

February 4, 2019

WISCONSIN: Parents Charged In Torture Murder Of Young Boy Because He Couldn’t Memorize Bible Verses

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Dealing With Abuse, Harm, News, Religion, Sad — Scottie @ 17:23

This is again a hard subject to read or hear about.  It has triggered me and several people I know.  There is information here including I got the age of the abusive minor wrong, he was 15 not 16.  If  you are not in a safe place or able to handle the details of the murder of this 7 year old boy please skip this post.   Love and warm hugs to all.   

https://www.joemygod.com/2019/02/wisconsin-parents-charged-in-torture-murder-of-young-boy-because-he-couldnt-memorize-bible-verses/

 

February 3, 2019

Another child dead due to religious belief

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Dealing With Abuse, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:53

The boys injuries and what was done to him is too much for me to post here.  If you want to read it click on the link.  

A 7-Year-Old Boy Was Beaten and Killed for Not Memorizing Bible Verses

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/02/02/a-7-year-old-boy-was-beaten-and-killed-for-not-memorizing-bible-verses/

Another child’s death, courtesy of adults who loved the Bible more than they loved a child.

These people may be anomalies, but what’s not surprising is the idea that memorizing Bible verses matters far more than putting those verses into practice. It’s a reminder that pushing the Bible on kids in any sort of way, even in an extreme case like this, is useless. What matters is teaching ethics and values — which these adults clearly never did.

January 23, 2019

Some information from one who lived through the bigotry there

January 14, 2019

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)

January 12, 2019

Again Christians think freedom of religion only applies if your religion is christian.

I share this to show how many Christians think freedom of religion applies only to their religion.  I just read of a political in Tennessee who claims only Christians should be allowed to hold office in this “Christian” nation.  Many churches and church schools teach that to students and they become adults thinking that is the truth.  We are becoming a Christian fascist nation soon to lose our civil rights and become a theocracy.   Even as religions lose members the evangelical christians are making a huge push to take over all aspects of government local, state, and federal.   Hugs  

January 8, 2019

Profit in detaining children. There is more information in the whole threat. Hugs

December 31, 2018

I cried when I read these. This must stop. Have some decency and empathy. Hugs

December 18, 2018

Numbering their arms

I have been watching the “All in with Chris Hays” and Lawrence O’Donnell and they are reporting that a group of US congressman, both republican and democrat went across the border into Mexico and brought fifteen families back in to the border check point building with them.  The border patrol is refusing to process them even though there is no one in any of the rooms waiting other than these people.  It was reported earlier that the border patrol staff was writing numbers on peoples forearms and even on babies instead of processing them.  The tRump administration says these people must come to official border check points and yet when they do the administration won’t process anyone.  They simply turn them away.  US troops are in Mexican territory stopping people from getting to the check point buildings.   The same administration also says if you don’t go to the official check points you will not be given a hearing at all.  So they are pulling a scam and the US government is in violation of our own laws and international treaties.   

How long are we going to tolerate this? Tucker Carlson , the dandy of Fox News says that immigrants make our country DIRTY!  Then he doubled down on it.  

https://www.joemygod.com/2018/12/14-advertisers-have-now-ditched-dirty-tucker-carlson/

https://www.joemygod.com/2018/12/tucker-carlson-doubles-down-on-dirty-immigrants/

People wake up and smell the racism and the fascism.  This is a scary time, but if we do not want to be the new Germany of the 1930’s , we better act now and get a handle on this.  Almost 40 to 45 % of our country agrees with this horror.  We can not let it tip over into a majority.   We must pressure what congress people we can, we must keep active, we must vote smartly, because the next election could be our last.   We now know our president had dealings with Russia, his people that he supported were making deals with Russia on the sanctions they wanted lifted, we know Russia interfered with our elections and is still doing so, and we know our president has mob ties and appears to have been engaged in money laundering for decades.   Are we a thug nation?  Are we a banana republic?  Will we be the nation that once stood for law and order?  It is late in the game and so much has happened.   But remember the excuses given after world war 2 by the Germans and their supporters were not accepted at all.  What about our countries excuses?  Will they be accepted?  

Last note.  Why the sudden huge build up in the military by tRump?  The military already was bloated beyond any need.  Yet both the republican senate and the republican house at the demand of the republican president forced huge additions to the military budget causing huge budget deficits.   Something is very wrong people.  Be wary.   Hugs

OH and one last note on one of the detention camps for kids, the director says he could let 1300 go to their families in a week if the tRump admin would sign off the paperwork.  The people have been vetted and all is OK, but the tRump admin wont authorize the kids to get out of these detention camps and go to relatives homes. Also in violation of the Flores court agreement that the kids couldn’t be held for more than 20 days they are holding these kids for more than three months so far.  The tRump admins says they can do it so fuck off.   I hope the president soon learns what rule of law means and he gets pulled up by the short hairs.   Hugs

December 1, 2018

“I’m here to kill a Mexican,” and beat Lopez with a metal bar.

 

November 26, 2018

We are better than this. Don’t send troops, send processors and get their claims processed. Hugs

Autopsy Reveals Transgender Woman Was Beaten In ICE Custody, Died After Days Of Untreated Dehydration

Why, damn it why does this stuff have to happen.  She was seeking asylum because a gang got her, and four of them raped her.  So she get to our country, and gets beaten to death at an ICE detention facility.  The country she thought would be her salvation killed her just as the gangs she ran from would have.   Sad hurting hugs.

https://www.joemygod.com/2018/11/autopsy-reveals-transgender-woman-was-beaten-in-ice-custody-died-after-days-of-untreated-dehydration/

A transgender woman who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at a privately operated detention center was likely physically abused there, according an autopsy report released Monday, and died after several days of severe, untreated dehydration.

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died on May 25, nine days after being transferred to a dedicated unit for transgender women at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, which is operated under contract by CoreCivic, the second-largest private prison company in the United States.

November 23, 2018

Ali Forney Center Founder Carl Siciliano

https://www.joemygod.com/2018/11/guest-post-ali-forney-center-founder-carl-siciliano-2/

I keep hoping that the numbers of LGBT youths people thrown out of their homes will begin to diminish, that the crowds of dispossessed kids seeking our help will go down. It hasn’t happened. In fact, Trump’s election has so ramped up hatred and bigotry in our country that the numbers of young people seeking shelter from us has grown by 20%. Last year over 1,400 youths showed up at our doors.

I keep hoping that religious condemnation of LGBT young people will ease up. That hasn’t happened either. The numbers of young people who come to us after being subjected to psychological and even physical torture in bible camps practicing “reparation therapy” also continues to grow. Numerous kids, especially those who come to us from southern states, have endured this. They tell us harrowing stories of abuse.

I keep hoping that LGBT youths will be safer in their homes. But over 75% of our youths were verbally and physically abused in their homes, because they are LGBT.

Adding insult to injury, we learned last month that the Ali Forney Center is losing $300K in federal funding that supported mental health services for our traumatized youths. Frankly, it was not a big surprise. The Trump administration has virtually erased LGBT language from the federal applications for youth-serving grants. But it still hurts. After providing safe places for our youths to sleep at night, supporting their mental health – helping them overcome the violence, trauma and rejection they’ve been forced to endure – is the most important service we provide.

November 2, 2018

This is heartbreaking. Thank you Nan for sharing.

We humans like to pretend we are enlightened species.  We pat ourselves on the back for giving a dollar or two to a panhandler or at the check out in local stores raising funds.  The story I just read is enough to break your heart if you have any empathy at all for other beings.  Earlier I got a news flash of a four year old exhausted girl who simple stopped.  She collapsed too tired to walk another step.  She had no way to know that her parent was putting her through this because if the stayed where they were, the little four year old girl would have been taken, used as a sex slave , drug mule, or whatever the gangs and fighting forces demanded.   I would remind everyone who doubts this is our problem of two things.   Much of the problems were caused by direct actions of former US governments.  Also if it was your children, you in that situation, wouldn’t you want the country that claims to be the wealthiest on earth to offer a little help.   I will be posting some excerpts from the article and I hope you notice that the people who have the least are the ones trying the hardest to help out.  Hugs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/migrant-caravan-mexico-journey-illness-exhaustion-danger

But they remain hopeful that they will reach the US, a country they often see as an idealised country of justice and opportunity – in contrast, they say, to the corruption and violence back home.

And parents say they have no choice but to bring their children to avoid forced recruitment, sexual assault or murder by the gangs which dominate many Central American towns.

Rumors abound that child snatchers are shadowing the caravan, said Keila Castro, 29, who was begging by the roadside with her son Gerson, six, to raise money for a ride in a minibus.

They left Honduras with nothing more than the clothes on their back after a local gang threatened Castro’s husband. Gerson grinned bashfully, but Castro said it was tough to travel with a six-year old. “He’s not as tough as us and he gets very tired.”

So far, the group has averaged about 60km (37 miles) a day. They gather in evening assemblies, and vote on major decisions, such as when to rest, and where to head to next.

All the way, they have depended on the kindness of strangers, hitching rides in rubbish trucks and taxis, and sleeping in town squares, local people’s homes, or collapsed on the wayside.

Earlier this week, they reached the town of Niltepec, which was almost completely destroyed in a 2017 earthquake, where residents – who still live amid the rubble of that disaster – welcomed the caravan with homemade soup. “We wish we had a space dignified enough to offer our visitors,” Zelfareli Cruz Medina, the local mayor told the Associated Press.

At each stop, a team of missionary nuns has tended to the migrants’ blistered feet; many of the walkers are on their second or third pair of flip-flops or crocs.

Churches, municipal governments and generous locals have kept them clothed and fed. The local distributor of the baked-good behemoth Bimbo donated more than 1,000 loaves of white bread at one of the stops.

The caravan sets out early, often hitting the road at 2am or 3am to take advantage of the cooler temperatures before sunrise.

Jenny Gutiérrez, 18, watched the trucks laden with young men roll past her as she walked along the roadside. She was four and a half months pregnant – something she had only discovered after setting out on the journey.

“The worst is the sun,” she said, but that was closely followed by the nausea, the sore throat, and having to bathe in rivers.

Gutiérrez had fled her home to escape gang members who demanded a cut of the meagre income she made selling fruit on the streets. She had no idea where she was heading, but no intention of turning back.

“There’s no future in El Salvador,” she shrugged.

https://twitter.com/Scottiestoybox/status/1058496216890335232

 

October 30, 2018

Why aren’t we calling the Pittsburgh shooting ‘terrorism’?

Please read this.  It shows far better than I can the racial aspect to the charge of terrorism.  That is very wrong and the path to fascism and dictatorship.  When only one group of people can not be charged and all the rest can that is a Bigoted Supremacy culture.  Hugs

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/terrorism-181028075940260.html

But that is precisely the problem with terrorism, a term predominantly wielded by politicians, peddled by pundits and used by journalists when the culprit is a Muslim.

The label terrorism, whether we like it or not, has become synonymous with Muslim in the American imagination. They are inextricably tied, if not interchangeable. Despite the range of religiously and racially neutral definitions that exist within statutes and government handbooks, the religious caricature has supplanted the legal definitions. The force of the Muslim terrorist caricature – and the constructed threat it emanates from – has overpowered the very meaning of the term. We see this vividly in the three incidents that unfolded over the course of the past three days, and the endless list of mass and targeted attacks that took place before them.

Terrorism is instantly imputed into attacks involving a (genuine or nominal) Muslim actor, even when the requirements of ideological motivation or affiliation with a terror organisation are absent. This evidence, when labelling an incident an act of terrorism, is secondary or irrelevant when the actor is Muslim. The Muslim body, in and of itself is evidence of terror ideology and affiliation.

October 25, 2018

What the hell is wrong with these kids and the adults in our country ????

October 23, 2018

man groping woman says president says it is ok to grab them by their private parts

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Dealing With Abuse, Gender, Harm, News, Political — Scottie @ 09:24

October 13, 2018

It’s a very scary time for men and boys. So I wrote a song about it.

October 11, 2018

Karen Pence Campaigns For GOP House Candidate Who Longs For Return To Criminalization Of Homosexuality

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/10/11/karen-pence-campaigns-for-gop-house-candidate-who-longs-for-return-to-criminalization-of-homosexuality/

“In one generation you and I have witnessed this country sliding from a nation who once shared a moral vision based on Judeo-Christian ethic to a nation floundering in moral decay. In one generation we have watched our nation who once believed in lifelong marriages to the same spouse to a divorce rate now well over 50 percent. We have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized to now we see the criminalization of Christianity.”

https://www.mediamatters.org/embed/clips/2018/08/09/60971/markharris-20150912-speechclip?embed_source=jwplayer

 

https://www.mediamatters.org/embed/clips/2018/08/09/60971/markharris-20150912-speechclip

 

Independent and impartial, No Way

Filed under: Cartoons, Dealing With Abuse, Harm, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:55

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

(cartoon by Khalil Bendib)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

(story here) .. (cartoon by David Horsey)

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