In Africa south of the Sahara, the despots know how to remain in power: arrest anyone who washes videos of the protests in Tunisia and Egypt; rig the elections: or if you lose, refuse to give up the office of “President for Life.”
In Zimbabwe, several people, students, trade unionists, and political activists gathered to watch videos of the protests going on in Africa north of the Sahara were arrested by President Mugabe’s police. The meeting was illegal because apparently the videos might have motivated the participants to overthrow the legal government of Zimbabwe (in other words, no body was gonna get rid of Mugabe like they got rid of the tyrants in Tunisia and Egypt). A law professor at the University of Zimbabwe who was arrested with his students alleged he was tortured.
In Uganda, the ruler for 25 years, President Museveni, won another five year term. How does he do it? Buy votes, establish personal patronage networks, and make sure you reward the military officers, cabinet members, and ministers in your government so that will not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In other words, keep enough people happy and they won’t see you as a tyrant but as a benefactor.
If all else fails, do as the president of the Ivory Coast in West Africa is doing: if you loose the presidential election, simply refuse to give up the presidency.
The dudes in North Africa could take a few lessons from those south of the Sahara.
In a county here in East Tennessee not to far from my county of Knox, a woman glanced out her front door and saw the cops arresting her brother. She was, to say the least, pissed. After giving the cops a piece of her mind, she shut the front door, turned her rear to the window in the door, and dropped her drawers. For this mooning, the next day she later joined her brother in jail.
Some folks just plain do stupid things. Now I ask you, what did she think mooning the cops would accomplish?
I read the following two stories in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Them politicians in Nashville what suppose to pass laws for the people are trying to pass a bill called the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” that says in the House version that residents have the right to refuse to buy health care insurance. The Senate version goes even further. It declares that residents of Tennessee can ignore the Federal law and directs the state attorney to file a lawsuit to stop implementation and defend citizens who refuse to obey the Federal law.
Why the legislators are going through this exercise in futility is beyond my understanding. The State Attorney done told them the law they trying to pass is unconstitutional and has indicated he will not file a suit to prevent implementation or defend citizens who disobey.
Some crazy dude named Huff came all the way to East Tennessee from Georgia to take over a small town called Sweetwater and free another dude named Walter Fitzpatrick who was on trial for inciting a riot. Walter Fitzpatrick believes Obama has no right to be president. He came to town to execute a citizen’s arrest of public officials who refused to indict President Obama for treason. Huff was armed with three hand guns and an AK-47.
Now here is the kicker: Huff told everybody he talked to including the State trooper who stopped him for a traffic violation and the FBI what he planned to do. So much for the smarts of birthers and militiamen.
One of the best weapons against terrorists, homegrown or foreign, is the alertness of us citizens. We have been very lucky so far this year that citizens recognized and took action against two would-be bombers. The latest incident involving a Pakistan-American citizen also showcased the quick action of the New York police and federal authorities, despite some mistakes, in apprehending the suspect after a citizen reported to an officer that he had seen smoking coming from a parked car in Times Square.
What bothers me is why American citizens of Middle Eastern descent attack America. Both the the Army base killer and the car bomber are US citizens. Neither of them seemed to be poor and both apparently had done well as US citizens. Yet, they chose to bite the hand that fed them. I find it hard to believe it was entirely due to Islamic ideology when they could look around them and see that the radical ideology of some islamists is not true about America.
We are not perfect. We are not as some want to claim exceptional. We are still a nation trying to figure out who we are. Some want to go against some of our most cherished values in fighting terrorism. They want to take away the citizenship of anyone who is accused of an act of terrorism even before they have been convicted. Why do they want to do this? To deprive the suspect of the basic American right not to talk to authorities without a lawyer.
And let us not forget the brouhaha over torture.
The threat of terrorism, it seems, has made some us lose our minds.
All them blogs and newspaper and magazine articles bout Professor and the police say if the professor had been white, there wouldn’t have been a problem.
Well, now, right here in my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, a police officer acted rather foolishly, and the victim was white!
We dont have the officer’s side of the story yet, so you have to take the story with that old grain of salt. As reported in the newspaper, a neighbor called the police to report children fighting at another neighbor’s house. When the cops showed, according to the woman who lived at the house where the boys were supposedly fighting, the officer stood a 7-year-old boy against a fence and handcuffed him. The boy kept yelling “Mama,” calling the woman who had taken care of him for many years.
She said the officer cursed in front of the children, and she was afraid to say anything because she didn’t know what the officer might do to her.
According to the police department, there is no policy against cuffing children but there is on the use of profanity and dealing with the public.
I wonder what the officer expected the 7-year-old could do if he didn’t handcuff him? Maybe he was trying to teach him a lesson, you think.
Alvin, the philosopher of common sense says some of them policemens need a little common sense. Maybe it oughta be given them in the police academy.