That’s what SHE said: satire on the matriarchal revolution, the problem with voting with your heart, 5 reasons Trump may win, parents on twitter talk laundry hell, 11 orphans never adopted share how their life turned out and more…

SOME ANTICIPATED CHANGES AFTER THE MATRIARCHAL REVOLUTION | newyorker.com

A satirical list of changes now that we have nominated our first woman to run for president…“Women will ask their male peers at work to do them a huge favor and make them a coffee. And then, when the guys feel weird about it, the women will act so confused, and be like, “What? I said it was a favor.”

HILLARY CLINTON’S HUSBAND WORE A FETCHING PANTSUIT TO HONOR HER NOMINATION FOR US PRESIDENT | qz.com

A satirical role reversal for fashion at party conventions…“We’ve yet to read an interview with the person who styled Bill’s silver locks for last night’s DNC appearance, or even see a brief in Women’s Wear Daily or GQ crediting the designers who dressed him for the occasion. Did he buy his suit online, like Melania Trump’s Net-a-Porter-purchased Roksanda last week? Did he go to a store? Work directly with a designer? We just don’t know, which means it’s going to be really difficult for this particular navy suit to sell out, as so many of the dresses worn by Michelle Obama have over the past eight years. Was it Hickey Freeman? Hart Schaffner Marx? Again, we just don’t know.”

ETHICISTS SAY VOTING WITH YOUR HEART, WITHOUT A CARE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES, IS ACTUALLY IMMORAL | qz.com

An interesting argument about the ethics of voting with your heart instead of your rationale and the consequences of such…“Finding a candidate who embraces your values is understandable, crucial even. But fervent idealism, which places support for a certain candidate above all practical consequences of that support, is foolhardy. According to ethicists, it’s also immoral. “The purpose of voting is not to express your fidelity to a worldview. It’s not to wave a flag or paint your face in team colors; it’s to produce outcomes,” says Jason Brennan, a philosopher at Georgetown University and author of The Ethics of Voting. “If they’re smart, they’ll vote for the candidate likely to best produce the outcome they want. That might very well be compromising, but if voting for a far-left or far-right candidate means that you’re just going to lose the election, then you’ve brought the world further away from justice rather than closer to it.”

5 REASONS TRUMP WILL WIN | michaelmoore.com

A terrifying bullet point list of the reasons why Donald Trump may win the presidency. In the words of Barack Obama, “Don’t boo, vote”…. #2. The Last Stand of the Angry White Man. Our male-dominated 240-year run of the USA is coming to an end. A woman is about to take over! How did this happen?! There were warning signs, but we ignored them. Nixon, the gender traitor, imposing Title IX on us, the rule that said girls in school should get an equal chance at playing sports. Then they let them fly commercial jets. Before we knew it, Beyoncé stormed on the field at this year’s Super Bowl (our game!) with an army of Black Women, fists raised, declaring that our domination was hereby terminated! Oh, the humanity!…That’s a small peek into the mind of the Endangered White Male. There is a sense that the power has slipped out of their hands, that their way of doing things is no longer how things are done. This monster, the “Feminazi,”the thing that as Trump says, “bleeds through her eyes or wherever she bleeds,” has conquered us — and now, after having had to endure eight years of a black man telling us what to do, we’re supposed to just sit back and take eight years of a woman bossing us around? After that it’ll be eight years of the gays in the White House! Then the transgenders! You can see where this is going.

FATHER OF DECEASED MUSLIM SOLDIER TO TRUMP: You’ve sacrificed nothing.”


In other news regarding racial injustice, on Friday a federal court struck down North Carolina’s voter-ID law requiring residents to show identification when voting, also eliminating same-day voter registration, seven days early voting, and voting out of precinct citing  discrimination…”The federal court in Richmond found that the primary purpose of North Carolina’s wasn’t to stop voter fraud, but rather to disenfranchise minority voters. The judges found that the provisions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” In particular, the court found that North Carolina lawmakers requested data on racial differences in voting behaviors in the state. “This data showed that African Americans disproportionately lacked the most common kind of photo ID, those issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV),” the judges wrote.”

11 ORPHANS WHO NEVER GOT ADOPTED SHARE HOW THEIR LIFE TURNED OUT | knowable.com

An eye-opening look at some hard truths…“The people I was surrounded with in my foster homes made be believe that anybody that interacted with me wanted to use me and that led me to withdraw from everybody and isolate myself to be on the safe side. I really only felt at “home” when I was in school. Things are better now, I am working on my PhD and I’m trying my very best to build healthy relationships with people, but it is extremely hard to open up when I’ve been hurt so much.”

THE FUNNIEST PARENTS ON TWITTER TALK LAUNDRY HELL | scarymommy.com

Imagining the detergent is gasoline and other adventures in laundry hell…

MANY IN NATION TIRED OF EXPLAINING THINGS TO IDIOTS | newyorker.com

A satirical look at the much debated facts that often get lost in translation when it comes to politics, such as climate change….“Coming in a close second, statistical proof that gun control has reduced gun deaths in countries around the world is something that a significant number of those polled have given up attempting to break down for morons. Finally, a majority said that trying to make idiots understand why a flag that symbolizes bigotry and hatred has no business flying over a state capitol only makes the person attempting to explain this want to put his or her fist through a wall.”
THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE
LA families, if you haven’t yet been to the drive-in movie theatre this summer, check out the Vineland Drive-in which is playing some terrific, current family-friendly movies.  If you are looking to dodge the heat, the Annenberg Space for Photography has a breathtaking exhibit, RefugeeThere are also some fantastic art exhibitions around town including Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad and James Turrell’s Light Reignfall at the LACMA. In & Of Itself is in its final extension at the Geffen, so be sure to check that out. 

Picnic-goers and theatre-lovers can check out the FREE Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival or the FREE Shakespeare by the Sea productions happening around Los Angeles. More Shakespeare festivals include Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum lineup  The Odyssey Theatre is currently rehearsing for Go Back To Where You Are For families in the valley, check out Sam Harris’s HAM: A Musical Memoir at the Pasadena Playhouse.  For the kiddos consider All Shook Up at the Laguna Playhouse and Theatre for Young Audiences coming up at South Coast Rep. For some outdoor cinema in a truly spectacular location, check out Cinespia’s lineup at the Hollywood Cemetery or for Long Beach residents check out Moonlight Movies on the Beach and for Westside residents there is Cinema Under the Stars at Westwood Village. Be sure to check out free Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum. If you have some Pokemon Go gamers in your house, check out the Pokemon Go walks in National Parks led by National Park Rangers. 
NYC theatre-lovers can pack your picnics for the 54th Annual Shakespeare in the Park festival at Central Park or Socrates Sculpture Park’s International Film Festival this summer. Musical theatre lovers be sure to see some ground-breaking musicals at The New York Musical Festival running through August 7. Also coming this August is the New York International Fringe Festival! Also be sure to check out the Hallett Nature Sanctuary – four acres in Central Park – reopening after a massive restoration project. The section has been closed since the 1930s. If it gets hot, check out Edgar Degas’s lesser known printmaking career at the MoMA or MADreads at the Museum of Art & Design. Prince fans be sure to check out Purple Rain under the stars at Marcus Garvey Park this Monday, August 1st!



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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

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Friday Finds

1. nuLOOM Handmade Eco Natural Fiber Chunky Loop Jute Rug (7’6 x 9’6) | Overstock
2. Mod Botanical Throw Pillow (Aqua) | Land of Nod 
3. Nomadic State Of Mind Slide | Urban Outfitters  
4.Last Straw Basket | Dot & Bo 
5. Longstrand Woven Throw White – Nate Berkus ™ | Target 
6. Woven Wall Hanging Handmade Tapestry by TheRiverHaze | Etsy 
7. Black/natural Hat in Braided Paper Straw Pattern & Pompom Band | H&M  
8. Braided Hemp Pouf | CB2
9. Gilchrist Hand-Woven Natural Area Rug | Wayfair


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5 Effective Customer Service Tips Battle Tested in a Call Center

customer service tipsWhen what you do all day is talk on the phone, you get to learn a little something about customer service. I’ve been with PCN for quite some time now and they are amazing at making sure that we are well trained in customer service. They asked me to write up a blog post about the 5 things that I find most helpful in dealing with customers on the phone, so I’ve come up with 5 tips that I think will help anyone that deals with customers on the phone on a daily basis.

1. Don’t Try To Go Too Fast With A Customer
Yes, you have a lot of calls coming through. You probably have a stack of work on your desk too. But if you want to deliver excellent customer service it takes time. You need to make sure that the customer feels heard and you can’t do that if you are already thinking about the next call that you are going to take. Stop, breathe, and focus on the caller. Hear their problem, understand their problem, and then deal with their problem however possible. We find that hearing a customer is better than solving a problem as far as customer satisfaction goes.

2. Close The Conversation Well
This goes hand and hand with number one, but you have to make sure that you have actually dealt with the issue. You want to take the time to ask, “Is there anything else that I can help you with today?” Don’t assume that if you solve one issue that the customer is now happy. There are often multiple things that a customer would like help with, and if you do not give them the chance to voice them, they will often not call back and will leave the interaction quite unsatisfied.

3. Be Unified
This one is huge. It is great as an answering service that we get to talk through common complaints and how to handle them with our clients. That allows us to have all of the information in our script so that no matter what operator a caller talks to, they will get the same answer with a complaint. All companies should have something similar, and it has to be a working document. When a new issue arises, take the time to document how you want it to be handled and make sure that every employee that may deal with customers on the phone has easy access to it. The last thing that you want is for two customers to compare notes and find that they were both told different things. Or for two employees to tell the same customer two different things. Either of these can turn into a customer service nightmare.

4. Answer The Phone Quickly
We find that when we answer the phone quickly customers appreciate it and feel better cared for. At the times when the phone rings a few more times, a customer has already started to become annoyed and it can often last through the whole conversation. So do yourself a favor. Answer the phone quickly with a friendly and professional voice (our trainers tell us to have a smile in our voice and that really seems to work) and you can already start to put out any fires.

5. Have The Right People Answer The Phone
I bet having read that, you pictured an employee (or past employee) that shouldn’t be taking customer service calls taking one. There are some people that should not be tasked with customer service. If you have a very task oriented employee, they are going to struggle to take the time necessary to make a customer feel heard. That is not to say that there is no place for task oriented employees – companies would be lost without them. But you need to make sure that you have the right people plugged into the right places.

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Choosing a Cypress Moving Company

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Moving time. It can be exciting. It can be stressful. It can be scary. You need to move all of your stuff from your old house to your new house and the thought can be a bit overwhelming. You have two choices at this point – do it yourself (probably with the help of some very good friends) or hire a Cypress moving company to help you out. While you can do it yourself, that will definitely up the stress level that you feel and we have seen some homeowners lose or damage their belongings totally unnecessarily. We would love the chance to talk to you to see if you think that Right Movers will be right for helping you to move.

So how do you know if a Cypress moving company is the right one for you? It is a great question because there are a lot of bad moving companies out there and we hear horror stories all the time about companies that look to take advantage of a homeowner on their moving day. You need to find a moving company that is honest, that stands behind their work, and that has a lot of happy customers that are happy to review them. We take pride in being all of those things, and you can check out our yelp page to see all of our reviews (112 at the time of posting with a 5 star rating)!
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Give us a Call Today at 714-800-3559 and we will take $20 off of the first hour of your move. Just mention that you saw this on our website!

5 Question to Ask any Cypress Movers

1. Are you insured and licensed?

This is a big one because you are trusting this company with all of your things. Accidents can happen, so you want to make sure that you are covered if the worst happens. But this also will help you to weed out any of the fly-by-night scam companies that cannot even be bothered to get the proper insurance and licensing.

2. How do you bill and what is included?

Different moving companies will figure their rates in different ways. Make sure that you understand what you are being charged and what is/is not included in those prices. Moving companies are famous for quoting a low price and then breaking the news to you on moving day that certain things are not included and your actual price will be MUCH higher. Ask questions and get everything in writing!

3. How long have you been in business?

You don’t want a brand new moving company because you do not want to be the customers that they “learn” on. You want a company that has a wealth of experience. A company that knows how to move anything that you can throw at them because they have done it all before. A moving company that has been around at least a few years with lots of reviews and references will be able to handle even your difficult moves.

4. Where can I see your reviews online?

Check their references of course, but anyone should be able to pick out 5 references that will speak well of them (who know, you may be speaking to the owner’s mother!). Online reviews at places like Yelp are a lot more accurate and will give you a pretty good idea of how a company treats their customers. Look at the amount of reviews and look at how the company handles any negative reviews. And read through reviews to make sure that they are not left by duress. I have actually seen reviews on Yelp that said that the person was leaving the review because the company would not release their things without him leaving a positive review.

5. How do you handle your estimates?

Your move is unique. You don’t want a cookie cutter estimate because there is no way it will be accurate. If a company tells you that they can do an estimate over the phone (except in extreme rush moves, and those should include lots of pictures) then you should try another company. A good Cypress moving company will take the time to look at your home and the amount and types of belongings that you have. That is the only way that an accurate estimate can be given.

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Give us a Call Today at 714-800-3559 and we will take $20 off of the first hour of your move. Just mention that you saw this on our website!

At Right Movers, we serve all of Southern California, but the majority of our moves start right here in Orange County. Besides Cypress, we do a lot of moves in Buena Park, Santa Ana, and Placentia.

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Odds and Ends

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1. Oh goodness, this road trip made me misty. A man and his dog.

2. 40 Things Everyone But You Is Doing This Summer. HA.

3. How society teaches kids that women are liars. A great read, and very timely.

4. 9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies For Women. Please tell me this a joke. This is a joke, right? #awkwardlaugh

5. I have no idea what this is about, but I laughed so hard. Add a dolphin, please.

6. This Would You Rather game is pretty tough.

7. Who can lend me 632 bones for this gorgeous jacket? COME ON, FOLKS. It’s marked down from $945! #megaeyeroll

8. For those of you who spend time on I-35, you will love this.

9. OMG. Honey + Sriracha + Bacon? YAAAAAAAAAAS.

10. Finally, if you have been around here for a bit, you know I don’t get too political on this blog. However, lately, I’ve had a few conversations with peers who are super apathetic about this election. They don’t want Trump (for obvious reasons), but they “don’t really like Hillary.” Hmmm. When I probe as to why they don’t, it’s always the same…they don’t really know. Well, folks, this right here is a super informative spreadsheet entitled, “So You Want To Like Hillary, But You Don’t Know Where To Start.” I highly recommend giving this a look before committing to sit out this election because you “just don’t know.” As President Obama said Wednesday night during his DNC speech, “don’t boo, vote.” Fist bumps all around.

Happy weekend! I can’t believe this summer is almost over. Yikes.

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#TBT: Righting the religious right

On Thursdays, I post from the vault. This is from August 2009

There’s something in the air right now . . .

Something familiar. A growing sense of frenzy that was kicked up around election time, and seems to have re-emerged with the conversation surrounding health care reform. People are panicking. They aren’t just disagreeing, or questioning the administration, or sharing opinions. People are yelling and screaming, threatening and freaking, and believing and perpetuating some seriously creative stories about the government’s desire to kill disabled children and leave our elderly “out to pasture”.

I wish I could just sit and watch this unfold as a detached observer. People are drawn to drama – this is a universal truth. It would be easier for me to laugh it off and shake my head at the antics of some imaginative figureheads who enjoy cattle-prodding the masses into mass hysteria. The trouble for me, though, as a Christian, is that as I watch this unfold, I am unsettled with the fact that most of this is coming from other people who share my faith. The conservative right and “Christiandom” have been inexplicably linked in our nation – so much so that I think many people have difficulty differentiating between the two. What’s worse, the conservative right are being represented in the media by people whose communication tactics are manipulative at best.

It is baffling to me to watch people who invoke the name of “Christ” so loudly, to be so deceitful in recruiting for their political causes. It is also confusing for me that so many Christians are not outraged at this behavior. When a previous candidate for the religious right suggests that retarded children will sit in front of death panels who will decide their fate, it’s time to question their integrity as a leader. When a popular conservative mouthpiece starts showing posters of Nazi’s preparing to execute a person with cerebral palsy in a conversation about national healthcare, it’s time to seriously consider if this person has a grasp on reality and should be informing anyone on anything. When that same person jokes about poisoning the speaker of the house, accuses the president of loathing white people, and acts complicit when a caller suggests that Obama is the antichrist, then it’s a bit confusing to learn that this man still has a huge audience amongst Christians. And when a subsidiary of a big Christian university puts out a “factsheet” on the healthcare bill that is widely circulated amongst Christians and yet refuted by most fact-checking websites, then one has to wonder when honesty became an optional virtue for the religious right.

There is nothing Christian about stoking fears, scaring the less-educated, freaking out the elderly, and then winking and shrugging when a mob mentality starts sweeping the nation. Will this still be funny when someone resorts to violence, because they are believing the political swill? Because in case you haven’t noticed, there are some seriously crazy people out there who are just waiting for a good fight.


Yes, our nation is grappling with healthcare. Boiled down, some of us think our employer should keep paying, while some of us would prefer the government to foot the bill. As Christians, we are free to respectfully disagree with the government on this issue. But please hear me – my concern is not about that. I believe there are many Christians who are able to agree to disagree on this issue and have intelligent debate about it. My concern is with the hysteria I’m seeing sweep the nation. While passions are high on this issue, I think most of the brouhaha has been guided (or misguided) by some savvy members of the conservative media who are now watching with glee as their Republican public is fueled by fear. If their fantastical predictions do come true, and a death panel is instituted, or the elderly are left for dead, or our country is dismantled, I hope we all have enough faith in our country and fellow citizens to believe that ALL OF US will be fighting back. But for now, it seems like fear is a powerful recruiting tool that some are using at the expense of integrity or truth. As Brian McClaren recently said,

“But we Christians, it seems to me, have a high calling – to be radically committed to integrity and civility, even (especially) with those with whom we disagree. God, after all, is merciful, generous, and kind to “the just and the unjust”: How can we not have that same obligation regarding those with whom we disagree? Even if others resort to dirty political tricks and distortion of the truth through exaggeration and fear-mongering, we simply cannot. At the very least, we should be seekers of truth, seekers of wisdom, not consumers (or purveyors) of propaganda – even if it comes from members of our own political party and people who quote a lot of Bible verses (often out of context). We have a higher calling. “

People love the thrill of a fight, and bonding over a common enemy gives people a sense of purpose. But inciting riots over imaginary scenarios is a dangerous game. Our job as Christians is to keep doing God’s work – to be His hands and feet – until He returns. Our job is to seek justice, to do mercy, to walk humbly . . . Perhaps it is time for all of us to seek these qualities in the people who will represent us. At best, it’s time to turn down the voices that don’t, and to be accountable for the information we give and receive so that our words and thoughts are based in the truth. (i.e., checking the truth of incendiary emails we receive before sending them on).

Recently, Keith Olbermann made a plea for the religious right to act with more integrity. Let pause for a moment on that sentence: Keith Olbermann made a plea for the religious right to act with more integrity. He’s not my favorite person, and I often think he is prone to emotionality as well, but this time I think he’s got it right.

We don’t all have to agree with the same political ideology. But making things up about the people we don’t like? Even my four-year-old knows better than that.


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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

#TBT: Righting the religious right

 On Thursdays I post something from the archives. This is from August 2009.
 
There’s something in the air right now . . .

Something familiar. A growing sense of frenzy that was kicked up around election time, and seems to have re-emerged with the conversation surrounding health care reform. People are panicking. They aren’t just disagreeing, or questioning the administration, or sharing opinions. People are yelling and screaming, threatening and freaking, and believing and perpetuating some seriously creative stories about the government’s desire to kill disabled children and leave our elderly “out to pasture”.

I wish I could just sit and watch this unfold as a detached observer. People are drawn to drama – this is a universal truth. It would be easier for me to laugh it off and shake my head at the antics of some imaginative figureheads who enjoy cattle-prodding the masses into mass hysteria. The trouble for me, though, as a Christian, is that as I watch this unfold, I am unsettled with the fact that most of this is coming from other people who share my faith. The conservative right and “Christiandom” have been inexplicably linked in our nation – so much so that I think many people have difficulty differentiating between the two. What’s worse, the conservative right are being represented in the media by people whose communication tactics are manipulative at best.

It is baffling to me to watch people who invoke the name of “Christ” so loudly, to be so deceitful in recruiting for their political causes. It is also confusing for me that so many Christians are not outraged at this behavior. When a previous candidate for the religious right suggests that retarded children will sit in front of death panels who will decide their fate, it’s time to question their integrity as a leader. When a popular conservative mouthpiece starts showing posters of Nazi’s preparing to execute a person with cerebral palsy in a conversation about national healthcare, it’s time to seriously consider if this person has a grasp on reality and should be informing anyone on anything. When that same person jokes about poisoning the speaker of the house, accuses the president of loathing white people, and acts complicit when a caller suggests that Obama is the antichrist, then it’s a bit confusing to learn that this man still has a huge audience amongst Christians. And when a subsidiary of a big Christian university puts out a “factsheet” on the healthcare bill that is widely circulated amongst Christians and yet refuted by most fact-checking websites, then one has to wonder when honesty became an optional virtue for the religious right.

There is nothing Christian about stoking fears, scaring the less-educated, freaking out the elderly, and then winking and shrugging when a mob mentality starts sweeping the nation. Will this still be funny when someone resorts to violence, because they are believing the political swill? Because in case you haven’t noticed, there are some seriously crazy people out there who are just waiting for a good fight.


Yes, our nation is grappling with healthcare. Boiled down, some of us think our employer should keep paying, while some of us would prefer the government to foot the bill. As Christians, we are free to respectfully disagree with the government on this issue. But please hear me – my concern is not about that. I believe there are many Christians who are able to agree to disagree on this issue and have intelligent debate about it. My concern is with the hysteria I’m seeing sweep the nation. While passions are high on this issue, I think most of the brouhaha has been guided (or misguided) by some savvy members of the conservative media who are now watching with glee as their Republican public is fueled by fear. If their fantastical predictions do come true, and a death panel is instituted, or the elderly are left for dead, or our country is dismantled, I hope we all have enough faith in our country and fellow citizens to believe that ALL OF US will be fighting back. But for now, it seems like fear is a powerful recruiting tool that some are using at the expense of integrity or truth. As Brian McClaren recently said,

“But we Christians, it seems to me, have a high calling – to be radically committed to integrity and civility, even (especially) with those with whom we disagree. God, after all, is merciful, generous, and kind to “the just and the unjust”: How can we not have that same obligation regarding those with whom we disagree? Even if others resort to dirty political tricks and distortion of the truth through exaggeration and fear-mongering, we simply cannot. At the very least, we should be seekers of truth, seekers of wisdom, not consumers (or purveyors) of propaganda – even if it comes from members of our own political party and people who quote a lot of Bible verses (often out of context). We have a higher calling. “

People love the thrill of a fight, and bonding over a common enemy gives people a sense of purpose. But inciting riots over imaginary scenarios is a dangerous game. Our job as Christians is to keep doing God’s work – to be His hands and feet – until He returns. Our job is to seek justice, to do mercy, to walk humbly . . . Perhaps it is time for all of us to seek these qualities in the people who will represent us. At best, it’s time to turn down the voices that don’t, and to be accountable for the information we give and receive so that our words and thoughts are based in the truth. (i.e., checking the truth of incendiary emails we receive before sending them on).

Recently, Keith Olbermann made a plea for the religious right to act with more integrity. Let pause for a moment on that sentence: Keith Olbermann made a plea for the religious right to act with more integrity. He’s not my favorite person, and I often think he is prone to emotionality as well, but this time I think he’s got it right.

We don’t all have to agree with the same political ideology. But making things up about the people we don’t like? Even my four-year-old knows better than that.


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Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Why #blacklivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter are different conversations

In the past month, there has been a lot of press about the risk that black men face at the hands of police. 

There has also been some pushback in pointing out the very real risks that police officers take every single day when they go to work. This is a risk that is not lost on me, as my sister was a police officer for many years. She had several instances where her personal safety was threatened, and it was a very stressful time for our family. 
I do want to point out a critical different, however, in saying #blacklivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter or #policelivesmatter. The former is shown to be true, in both public opinion and our judicial system. When the tragedies occurred in Dallas and Baton Rouge where shooters took the lives of police officers, the public was outraged, and the #blacklivesmatter movement was swift to condemn these murders. But what is more telling of the value of these lives is that justice was swift. The killers were not acquitted or placed on administrative leave. When a police officer is shot, we are not left to wonder if the perpetrator will be held accountable. When a police officer is shot, there is justice.
This has not been the case when black men have been shot, and there are way too many stories of black men losing their lives at the hands of people who are not charged. This is especially true when law enforcement is involved. A Wall Street Journal report in 2015 found approximately 1,200 people had been killed by police, but no officers were found guilty of murder or manslaughter. When a cop shoots a civilian in the line of duty, the odds are he won’t be punished for it. (source) This creates a culture where police officers can behave without accountability, and black men are often the target.
The recent dropped charges of the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case are yet another example of the lack of justice when it comes to black lives. Freddie was arrested for allegedly having an illegal knife. He died of spinal chord injury in the black of a police van. Six Baltimore police officers were suspended with pay. Three were acquitted, three had the charges dropped. the medical examiner’s report ruled Gray’s death a homicide and yet no one was charged.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby was very vocal that this was an injustice “No one is above the law,” she said as she read out charges that ranged from second-degree murder, to manslaughter, to second-degree assault. And yet, here we are. Charges dropped. A man was alive, and is now dead. A family is grieved, and there is no justice.
I value the lives of police officers and I am grateful for the risks that they take to ensure our safety. But if their life is taken, I feel confident that justice will be served.
If a black civilian’s life is taken, chances are someone might be placed on administrative leave. This is not equal justice.
The idea that the lives of black people should be honored and protected should be self-evident in this society. It should be a given. The idea that the same care and concern for the well-being of white people, or police officers, should be extended to people with brown skin should be an inherent truth. But evidence suggests otherwise. That evidence looks like a disproportionate number of black people being arrested, pulled over, searched, and even shot by people officers, without accountability.
Any reasonable person can affirm that #alllivesmatter and #policelivesmatter. It doesn’t need to be said. But unfortunately, the need to affirm that #blacklivesmatter continues to exist. And until that fact is SELF-EVIDENT and the murder of black men results in the same consequences as the murders of a police officer, it needs to be repeated. 


Source Link: Why #blacklivesmatter and #bluelivesmatter are different conversations


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com

Wednesday’s Child: Skyler

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.


Source Link: Wednesday’s Child: Skyler


Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog , https://ruthrdavisblog.wordpress.com