Scotties Toy Box

February 16, 2017

Animals

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 16:33

Ah a sports car for little ones, and a nice place for the kitten to watch from while he learns the world. Hugs

Purrrr Cats

John H
Zen Cat, KittyPhoto, Tuxedo Cat

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February 14, 2017

NEW YORK CITY: Neo-Nazi Gang Attacks Brothers After Noticing “Anti-Fascist” Sticker On Their Cell Phone – Joe.My.God.

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Harm, News, Questions — Scottie @ 22:37

This is what tRumps administration has emboldened.  Thugs and white supremacists who brazenly attack anyone who doesn’t support them.  This country is being terrorized, by white power , white nationalist, white supremacists, white fascist.   Where is the department of justice, oh that is right, they are looking for only Muslims.   Hugs

Source: NEW YORK CITY: Neo-Nazi Gang Attacks Brothers After Noticing “Anti-Fascist” Sticker On Their Cell Phone – Joe.My.God.

I can’t brain today, I have the dumb

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 11:47

As always I am stunned by how unthinking humans can be. We often try to do things that on rethinking it , the idea turns out to be a really bad decision. My two favorates are the Rachel Ray one about cooking her family ( who really has not wondered ) and the New York Toll both. Hugs

bluebird of bitterness

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February 13, 2017

Why Is Everyone But Trump Freaking Out In This Picture? – YouTube

Filed under: News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 22:30

Can you imagine the outcry from the republicans if this was Hillary or any democrat?  Hugs

Mika: ‘What Stephen Miller Said Should Worry Everyone’ | Morning Joe | MSNBC – YouTube

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Harm, History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 19:44

Even a right wing republican person like Joe is concerned and worried about the authoritarian take over by tRump and his people.  I have to admit I blew when I hear Miller say these things, I got so upset.  But it shows the view of this administration.  They admit tRump thinks he is a dictator, a king.  He can’t understand why he can’t just order things and it be done.  Watch this please.   It is scary.   They will try to take over at some point.  The thing is they will try to manufacture a crisis that they then will say means they have to enact even more draconian laws.   They want all power to themselves, no congress, no courts, no media, and no people.  Hugs

Facts about Standing Rock protest

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 13:42

I think this is an important issue for everyone, not just the native people or the non-native people in the area. I really don’t understand several things. The power this company seems to have over the local government and the police is one of the biggest worries for me. Police are to protect the people not a company’s profits. They are paid by the taxpayers, not the corporation. The actions of the police seem blatantly illegal meaning the police have a secondary interest that is more important to them than upholding the law is. I also question how a court order is not being obeyed and why the police are not enforcing a valid court order? This is an attack on the rule of law and the public order. I also think the issues of Tribal rights, Native lands, and the treaties that courts have already ruled to be in effect are legal contracts. Again this goes to the local government as to why they are not enforcing valid legal contracts. It seems to be a case of open blatant discrimination and bigotry. I think cable news coverage has been both lacking and in the case of Fox at least, extremely biased. I have posted on my Toy Box the abuse of children and others at standing rock, and I have posted links to and actual videos of these events. I think it is both critical that people know these abuses are happening and people en masse rise up to prevent them for continuing. Thank you. Hugs

aghostdancer

1)The pipeline was moved once. When Bismarck ND residents complained it would be too close to their water supply. It was moved away from their water supply and directly under the Standing Rock water supply.

2)The lake Oahe was flooded when the army Corp of engineers built the Oahe Dam. 200,000 acres were lost of tribal territory underwater. The very territory they are trying to put the pipeline under now. Sovereign native territory!

3)Ft Laramie treaty was found by the supreme court in 1980 to be:

a.Still in force and enforceable

b.To have been violated time and time again including the flooding and forced relocation of the Lake Oahe area.

4)The Lakota and Dakota were offered more than a billion dollars compensation which was refused to maintain land rights and claims to land under the Ft Laramie treaty instead.

5)This has nothing to…

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February 12, 2017

REPORT: US Spies Are Withholding Intel From Trump Because The Kremlin “Has Ears” Inside White House – Joe.My.God.

Filed under: News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 19:33

This is frightening.  Think about this and what it means for the U.S..  The five eyes has been been minimized, the other countries are no longer sharing their best intelligence with us.  Think how dangerous this is for us.   Hugs 

Source: REPORT: US Spies Are Withholding Intel From Trump Because The Kremlin “Has Ears” Inside White House – Joe.My.God.

February 11, 2017

Happy Caturday

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:53

I think few things are as funny as a well done animal meme. The right caption with the right animal photo can brighten even the darkest day. Thank you. Hugs

bluebird of bitterness

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February 9, 2017

To do or not to do

Before I start my day of reading blogs and answering emails, I wish to address an issue that has me somewhat confused.  On several blogs I follow there has been a running discussion about the progressive left and the regressive left.   I did not realize this was a major topic of discussion as I assumed the left was simply the party that wanted the best things for people.  Yes I knew there was some disagreement on how to pay for the many programs the people on the left felt were needed, however I did not realize how big a divide the issues have become.

I started noticing this about the time the white supremacist Spencer was punched in the face.  The debate was on if the people on the political left should punch people they did not like in the face.  I figured this was so simple a question that no one would need a second guess.   However there was an outcry with the different sides throwing out terms like SJW and SNOWFLAKE with the occasional NAZI.  Now I did not realize how much division the sjw and snowflake labels caused.   I have to admit I am some what hazy on just what is a social justice warrior and I have no desire to needlessly harm others if they are in a sensitive or hurt possition.   I care about people.   Now I will address snowflake more in a minute.

I once was accused of being a sjw and I felt honored.  I did not know the term and it took some people I really trust to inform me that the term was not used as a complement but an insult.  I wondered why?  I thought fighting for others who were maybe disadvantaged and unable to stand up for themselves was an  honorable thing.  The term brought to my mind some hero trying to make things better, defending the weak and protecting those who couldn’t protect themselves.  I guess others felt my idea was simplistic and wrong.

I guess the way people use the term SJW is someone tilting at windmills and creating a problem where one doesn’t exist.  I am still not sure as to what a sjw really is.  I get the feeling others think sjws inject themselves into areas that they are not needed or wanted, finding a problem where none exist.  It seems to comes with the idea that sjws are trying to force a version of restrictive social rules on to everyone even if the others around them don’t wish the restrictions.   That seems to me the opposite of what a social justice warrior should be. If this is what is meant then they need to pick a better term to use.   They are social rules dictator  or socially repressive enforcers.  I still have issues with the meanings of these things.  I still feel I am what I term a fighter for others and someone who works for and wants a better social structure.

Now the term snowflake is harder for me.  I feel in some ways snowflakes have two different categories.   The term some people use is a person who is spoiled and want the world to accommodate them unfairly.  A person who is unreasonable about insisting only their view of the world is allowed.   The other version is a person who is harmed, fragile, needing help, suffering from a past event.  I think of snowflakes as the second group.  I think of snowflakes as bunnies in a world of bigger predators who will hurt them and they have no defence.   I would defend those in the second group.  Let me explain why.  As some people know I am a survivor of long time abuse.  Sexual, physical, emotional.  I prefer not to talk about it, I hid it for most of my life until I couldn’t hide it anymore.  I am only now learning how to confront it and still dislike talking about it.  But if you go back in time on my blog you will find that years ago a psychologist treated me for issues surrounding the abuse , how it was affect my daily life and how I was dealing with it.  The psychologist concluded I was a bunny in temperament.      In his view I was not able to defend myself and needed others to do that for me.  It was weird because I was quite able to defend others and I had no problem using force to protect those who needed protecting.   However I never once asked the world to change for me.  I never asked for things that triggered me to be taken off the web, banned from the social environment or taken off any media.  I have talked before about things that trigger me, a video or show about child abuse will send me into a  really bad place where I have to deal with the memories that never seem to quite go away.  I have started to read books and been triggered into deep depressions and emotional vortex that try to destroy me.  Here is an example.  When I first started to read the Harry Potter books I had a horrible time with the beginnings of most of the books.  It was triggering to have a small boy unable to defend himself treated that way.  Even now it is very upsetting to me.  I can’t watch those parts of the movies.  I forced myself on first reading the books to quickly get through those pages while making sure to be in a safe space and to have outs around me.  I can not reread those pages now that I know what is there and I can’t watch those parts of movies.    However I do not expect the books or movies to be changed to take those parts out.  I do not want the rest of the world who feel this adds to the richness of the story to have to lose that just for me.  In this case the good of the one is not more important than the good of the many.  I have a problem, I can find ways to deal with it and I have.   I hope I have explained well enough what I mean by snowflake and how I do think we should help people with real problems while asking people who simply want the world to accommodate only them to please let the world live their lives also.   If not please tell me and I will try to reword it.  Thanks.

I would like to step back and address one thing at this time.   There has been much talk of trigger warnings.  I think they are both a good thing for some people while at the same time I think they should not be required or mandated.  Here is my reasoning.   It is nice for me to know if a story I am about to read or watch will show sexual or physical abuse.  I can take actions from preparing myself to see it, deal with it, or to avoid the material all together.   However just because you get a warning it doesn’t mean you have real understanding of what will be shown or described.  Plus if you miss the warning it won’t do you any good anyway.  For an example my son had starting to watch a show on the TV.  I came into the living room and decided to watch it with him.  He never thought it out and I did not know what was coming.  The program showed in graphic detail the rape and sexual abuse of a child.  They just splashed it out on screen.  My son realized I was in the room and tried to get the thing off the TV.  He was too late.  I was freaking out.  I had a heck of a time after.  But a lot of people would freak with that type of material thrown at them while they are unprepared.  It was what the show people wanted for a response.   I just get more affected than others who were not abused would.  A warning wouldn’t have done me any good nor did my son know that would be in the show to warn me.  So I think these trigger warnings have a place in our society but I don’t think they should be mandatory nor depended on to solve all triggering problems.

Let me sum this long post up by returning to what we started with, the punching of some one based on their ideas.  I wouldn’t think this needed debate.  The answer is no, you shouldn’t ever punch or use violence against someone for their thoughts or positions.   No matter how much you disagree or think what they are endorsing is disgusting as long as it is an idea and not an action you can not, you should not, use force on another person.  Yes white supremacist and fascist ideas are repugnant, but as long as they are simply ideas and not actions then no you can’t punch them.   Here is why.  If I can punch someone or hurt someone who has ideas I dislike and think horrible, that gives others who think what I believe and do is horrible and they dislike it, to punch me.   IF a white nationalist can be punched for being that, then they can punch gay or non-white people as they think the same things about them.  It simply lets violence loose on everyone and ends all attempts to move the society to a more progressive place.  Also it forces others to defend the ones who got punched and I hate to have to defend a racist bigot.

Thank you.  Hugs

Trump tried and failed to build a wall in Ireland. That could mean big trouble for Europe. – The Washington Post

Filed under: News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 00:04

His contempt for the E.U. may be shaped in part by defeated plans to protect a golf course from the sea.

Source: Trump tried and failed to build a wall in Ireland. That could mean big trouble for Europe. – The Washington Post

Excerpts below:

Before Donald Trump proposed a 1,000-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrants, he tried to build a two-mile barrier on a pristine stretch of Irish coast to rein in an ocean.

He didn’t succeed. 

“I found it to be a very unpleasant experience,” he told British and German interviewers last month after bringing up the wall dispute, unbidden, when asked his opinion of the E.U.

“A very bad experience,” he emphasized weeks later as he raised the issue at his first White House news conference.

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