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In Memoriam: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933 – 2020

“When I’m sometimes asked, ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked.  But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

“Dissents speak to a future age.  It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’  But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view.  So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”

“I tell law students… if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill – very much like a plumber.  But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.”

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life.  Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”

“You can’t have it all, all at once.”

“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”

“Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment.  These just zap energy and waste time.”

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”

“When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.”

“In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”

“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Retro Quote – Ernesto Guevara

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.”

– Ernesto “Ché” Guevara

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Respect in Motion

It’s finally happening!  The Washington Redskins national football team has decided to change their name by eliminating the term “redskins”.  This is a moment for which the Indigenous American community has been striving for years.  It comes at a time of national soul-searching for the United States – a period nearly a quarter of the way into the 21st century where we are at long last coming to terms with a lifetime of racial injustice and inequality.

The alteration didn’t come from a moment of sudden spiritual enlightenment from team owner Dan Snyder who had said many years ago that a name change was out of the question; adding: “NEVER – you can use caps.”

Never say never, Danny boy!

Snyder bowed to social and economic pressures.  Several major corporations that have sponsored a variety of professional sports teams in the U.S. for years had vowed to pull their support if Washington didn’t change its name.  When you grab someone by the financial gonads, they’ll follow you with hearts and minds.

But society is also changing.  Despite the old guard claims that it’s “just a game”, American consciousness has seen that proverbial light in the darkness and gone towards it.  NASCAR, for example, recently banned Confederate flags from its events; a move that has upset many White southerners.  Again, the old guard is losing its grip on cultural relevance.

The word “redskin” is equivalent to slurs like nigger, gook, spic, fag, or politician.  It’s seriously debasing and relegates the Western Hemisphere’s native peoples to a skin tone (which many don’t actually have) as well as to a sub-human category.  In all fairness, some people of Native American ancestry don’t care either way.  They don’t view the term as derogatory or racist.  It’s just a word.  Of course, it is!  So is genocide.

Washington is now at a moniker crossroads.  Obviously, they’ll keep the name Washington.  But what to add to it?  Some have suggested “Warriors” or “Red Tails”; the latter a reference to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II who went disregarded and underappreciated for decades.

I recommend the term “Monuments”.  It’s a direct recognition of the Washington Monument, but it’s also a reference to the structure’s form and size.  You know – a large, tall, long, hard, phallic-shaped emblem.  Since football is such a macho sport, I feel it’s appropriate.

Regardless of whatever name Washington adopts, the time is way past due.  And there’s simply no turning back.  Time doesn’t stop and it doesn’t retract.  It always moves forward.  So should we all.

“A Matter of Respect” (2012)

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Best Quote of the Week – December 6, 2019

“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value, but it’s not a license to discriminate. Elected officials shouldn’t be allowed to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to pick and choose which taxpayers they would serve.  If a government official can’t treat everyone equally under the law, then it’s time for them to find another line of work.”

Dan Quinn, spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, on the public warning Texas’ State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued to Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley for violating ethical standards by failing to treat LGBTQ people fairly in her courtroom.

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Retro Quote – John F. Kennedy

“Life is never easy.  There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.”

John F. Kennedy

Sadly, today marks the 56th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination here in my beloved home town of Dallas, Texas.  I feel that, despite his short life and even shorter presidency, Kennedy helped to cultivate and enhance the concept of a true democratic society and successfully challenged Americans to work hard for those goals and to make their own lives better.  We desperately need such leadership and forward-thinking ambitions today.

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Retro Quote – Barbara Jordan

“If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.”

Barbara Jordan

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Best Quote of the Week – October 4, 2019

“I know I can speak for myself.  I forgive you.”

– Brandt Jean, 18-year-old brother of shooting victim Botham Jean, during his victim impact statement after the conviction of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

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Hope with Truth and Justice

In the Valley of Hope, Truth was an elderly woman who traveled on her Horse of Justice; telling the villagers what they often heard from the outside world was wrong, inaccurate, immoral and even dangerous.  Whether it was lies about medical issues or dubious declarations made the Valley’s appointed leaders, Mother Truth always settled the villagers’ fears.  They had trusted her for as long as they knew and had no doubted she held their best interests close to her heart and soul.

Then, a new group of people ascended to the village leadership.  They were loud and angry and disdainful of their predecessors.  They mocked the people who had come before them with vulgar language and degenerative names.  At first the villagers merely viewed them as pure buffoons; clowns who loved the attention.  But, after a while, some of the valley residents began to listen to this new crop of leaders.  Then they started believing them.  And they began repeating the claims espoused by these new self-styled leaders.  More and more of the residents started to believe these people.  After all, the latter group was wealthy and educated – they must know of what they speak.  They could not be lying.  The words these individuals used, the images they painted of a world out of control – all of it frightened the valley residents.

One afternoon Mother Truth tore through the Valley atop Justice and frantically told the villagers that the crescendo of lecherous voices from of these new leaders spewed out falsities.  “They do not understand what they say!” she cried.  “They are merely greedy and arrogant!  They want nothing more than to secure their own futures and their own wealth!”

“What shall we do?” asked the people.

“Stop believing every single thing they say!” Mother Truth replied.  “Think and research for yourselves!”

Stunned, the crowd suddenly and unexpectedly metamorphosed into an angry mob.  They attacked the old sage unmercifully and hurtled her into a catacomb, before sending Justice into the fields to reap the crops.

Eventually, some of the villagers realized they had made a mistake.  “Mother Truth has never lied to us,” they moaned.  “Her very name reveals the nature of her soul.  We must free her.”

With the help of these renegades, Mother Truth escaped the catacombs and rescued her horse from an orchard.

Defiant, she rode back into the village, her head held high and her silver hair fluttering in the wind.

Troubled by their own behavior, the valley residents came to accept a painful reality – Truth may hurt, but hope always wins out, and justice plows forward.

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Justice Continues

Justice was recovering in a Dallas animal shelter before he died last month.

I reported last month about the case of a 4-month-old puppy that was doused in lighter fluid and set afire in South Dallas apartment complex.  The animal suffered severe burns over 70% of his body and died 4 days after the incident.  Police named him “Justice” and sought information about the perpetrator.  A woman who lived in the complex and witnessed the attack finally came forward to identify 18-year-old Darius Ewing as the perpetrator.  Ewing turned in himself shortly afterwards.  A judge set Ewing’s bond at $100,000, but at a hearing this morning in Dallas County, the amount was reduced to $50,000.  Ewing’s mother testified that her son is not a flight risk and complained that the bond was too high because he didn’t kill a person.  Despite his age, Ewing already has an extensive juvenile criminal record going back 4 years.  He’s been charged previously with assault and has gang ties.

His mother’s comment pisses me off.  Stupid bitch!  I don’t care that her precious baby didn’t kill a person.  Just because she doesn’t seem to view him far removed from Pampers doesn’t mean he’s not a danger to society as a whole.  I’ve noticed a lot of these punks have mothers who appear clueless.  If Ewing set a dog on fire, who’s to say he wouldn’t do the same to a human?  A child?  An elderly person?  Gang members have no soul and therefore, deserve no sympathy or compassion – no matter how badly their mothers cry.  I’ll keep everyone updated, as this case strikes a personal chord with this animal lover.

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Justice for Justice

This story has been at the forefront of the news in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for the past several days.  Justice was a pit bull puppy who was hung from a wrought-iron fence in an apartment complex in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, doused with lighter fluid and set on fire last week.  The animal actually survived the initial blaze, but suffered such severe external and internal burns that he passed away the other day.  A reward for information leading to a suspect or suspects has reached $25,000.00; the highest amount for an animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen.  A woman came forward recently, however, and identified a culprit.  Dallas police now have a warrant out for the arrest of 18-year-old Darius Ewing.  Dallas Animal Services is asking that any other witnesses, or anyone with more information, call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477.  All calls will be confidential.

Personally, I’d have no problem seeing whoever burned Justice suffer the same fate, but civil liberties groups might get a tad bit upset.

 

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