Scotties Toy Box

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 25, 2018

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

October 23, 2018

Really, is this where we are at that robocalls go out calling a black candidate a monkey and worse?

Filed under: Bigotry, News, Political, Questions, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 17:46

“Well hello there. I is the negro Andrew Gillum and I’ll be askin’ you to make me governor of this here state of Florida,” the voice says. “My state opponent, who done call me monkey, is doin’ a lot of hollerin’ about how ‘spensive my plans for health care be,” the voice says. A chimpanzee noise is played during the word “monkey.”

October 16, 2018

Again a white woman calls police on a black man for being in the building he lives in. This shit has to stop

Filed under: Bigotry, Harm, News, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 09:01

story at :   https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/woman-fired-blocking-black-man-from-his-apartment

In three videos posted to Facebook by the man, D’Arreion Toles, a woman is first seen blocking Toles’ entry into the downtown residential building. When he asks her to “please move, ma’am,” she demands to know if he is a resident.

The uncomfortable exchange continues for several minutes, with the woman asking Toles for his unit number and to see his key fob for the building. The videos have been shared more than 134,000 times since they were posted online Saturday.

“I’m uncomfortable,” she said, explaining why she continued to block his way.

“OK, you can be uncomfortable,” Toles answers. “That’s your discretion. You’re uncomfortable because of you.”

The woman is then seen following Toles in the building and trying to block his way into the elevator. Once inside, she follows him to his floor while continuing to ask to see his keys. “I want to see who you’re going to see,” she tells him.

October 2, 2018

She shouldn’t have to!

Filed under: Dealing With Abuse, My Life and Rants, News, Reason, Sad, Sex — Scottie @ 20:50

I am not going to win many partisan points with this post, but it is an important post based on empathy.  Recently on a Sunday news program White House advisory Kellyanne Conway blurted out that she also had been sexually assaulted.    She has now had to forcefully tell news organizations she wont be talking about it any more.  She also claims to have gotten threats over it.

Stop it.  Just stop it people.   We ask people to believe or give the benefit of the doubt to someone when they come forward and tell what happened to them.   It is hard enough to tell we don’t have to make it worse.   I started to read some of the comments on her saying she did not want to talk about it and they were nasty toward her.  Yes it seems she , like other republicans , doesn’t have much empathy for others who have been sexually assaulted but that is no excuse to treat her as we wouldn’t want any other person who suffered a sexual assault treated.  If we ask for understanding of someone who is dealing with their abuse, shouldn’t we extend that to her as well.   We are the first ones to blame the republicans for how they are treating the women coming forward about Kavanaugh, so why would we do it to her?  

As for talking about her assault, some people simply can’t.  Some can but have to have set conditions.   Some can but if they do it really tears the scab off a deep wound and causes a lot of after shocks to their system.  Not to put too fine a point on it, it rips me up to talk about my abuse and I only do so when I think I will explode if I don’t.   I also have mention my abuse in a discussion in a spur of the moment or because it just slipped out, and while I do not regret it coming out I was not prepared to have a discussion on it.    Even writing this out has been hard and caused me to have memories I do not want to remember and I will have to deal with.  

So no she shouldn’t have to talk about it, and after being told she doesn’t want to talk about she shouldn’t be badgered about it.  It is not right she is badgered about something so personal and hurtful regardless of party or her job.  I am disappoint people don’t understand no means no about sexual assault, and it also means no when they don’t want to talk.  No one should be forced to relive those times, those things.  Lets not become what we fight against.   Thank you.  Hugs.  Scottie     

September 12, 2018

More racism. Note the guy did not even live in the building but he was not letting any visiting black guys on.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Gun Control, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Race, Sad, Twitter — Scottie @ 11:10

September 11, 2018

Tragically true

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Dealing With Abuse, Harm, Memes, News, Prayers, Questions, Reason, Religion, Sad, Sex — Scottie @ 07:45

July 9, 2018

Another 273,000 children

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, My Life and Rants, News, Political, Race, Sad, Twitter — Scottie @ 16:37

July 6, 2018

Doesn’t this break your heart. Teaching racism

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Harm, News, Political, Race, Sad, Twitter — Scottie @ 12:37

June 29, 2018

It is hard for me to be civil and remain upbeat these days. Hypocrisy is not a bug to a republican, it is the feature. Republicans believe in winning at any cost, so now must the dems.

(cartoon by Mike Peters)

(cartoon by David Horsey)

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(cartoon by Andy Marlette)

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

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Mike Luckovich)

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(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

(cartoon by David Horsey)

(cartoon by Mike Peters)

(cartoon by Jen Sorenson)

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

 

June 27, 2018

In 2018 children are still being killed in the U.S. because they may be gay. Homophobia must be stopped

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion, Sad, You Tube — Scottie @ 11:05

http://www.joemygod.com/2018/06/27/california-mother-suspected-in-torture-death-of-ten-year-old-who-said-he-liked-boys-video/

The Los Angeles Timesreports:

Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said. Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body.

While there have been no criminal charges in the case, Cagle says the mother’s story claiming Anthony fell and hurt his head does not pass muster. “He had a severe head injury consistent with a brain bleed, plus bruises and abrasions all about his body,” said Cagle. ” All that indicates to me that that’s non-accidental.”

RELATED: Earlier this month a California man received thedeath penalty for the gruesome torture death of an eight year old boy that the man and his mother reportedly believed to be gay. The mother was sentenced to life in prison.

June 19, 2018

tRump family values. The US should be ashamed.

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 08:59

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

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(cartoon by Andy Marlette)

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(cartoon by David G Brown)(cartoon by David Horsey)

(cartoon by Steve Sack)

 

 

June 18, 2018

Civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury says she obtained audio of children who were reportedly held in a CBP detention facility and can be heard crying for their parents.

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 18:43

BREAKING: New audio of immigrant children crying and begging for their parents, right after they’ve been separated. This is absolutely heartbreaking, but must be shared with the world. It was obtained from inside one of Trump’s child prisons by @ProPublica. #KeepFamiliesTogether

Filed under: Children, Criminal, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 18:41

April 28, 2018

Poisoning

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Greed, Harm, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Tags: , , , — Scottie @ 12:56

February 15, 2018

Bought and paid for by legal bribes.

Filed under: Children, Economics, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 21:01

January 7, 2018

The power of our government at work. Is this the best use of our resources. Hugs

Filed under: Children, Economics, Family, Love, News, Political, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 09:19

November 25, 2017

Every black friday shopper should read this and see themself. I was stunned. I stay home the whole weekend. Hugs

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Economics, Harm, News, Questions, Sad — Scottie @ 09:45

July 30, 2017

(5) Islam – Behind the Veil – YouTube

Filed under: Children, Facts, Gender, Harm, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Sad — Scottie @ 13:09

This is graphic and horrifying because it shows the plight of women under fundamentalism Islam.  Make no mistake there are many religions where men feel they are so much better than women and have the right to rule them as they see fit.  IF the christian religions could get away with it they would also treat women in the most horrible ways.  We can see the way females are minimized in the Jewish religion and in the bible where it says women should be silent.  A great racket for men, to write the book that promotes them as superior so they can then point to the book and claim those superior rights.  Hugs

December 16, 2016

Late night / early AM bad decisions.

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Ideas, My Life and Rants, opinion, Sad, style — Scottie @ 15:58

Last night I stayed up really late talking with a friend.   Then after they went home I stayed up even later.   About 2 AM after falling asleep in my office, I stumbled off to bedroom.  When I got there I decided for some reason it would be a great idea to get the trimmers up and shave and trim my beard.   Nothing good comes when you decided to do something at 2 AM after a long day.   So then after thinking wrongly that I had done a grand wonderful thing, I went to go to bed and Milo stole my pillow.   Oh well I lost all way round.  🙂   Hugs

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