Separation Anxiety

Media Firestorm

This week has been unbearable. There has been a constant light on the detained and separated families whom illegally entered the United States. One thing that I find so incredibly annoying is the constant diarrheal talk about who is to blame. Some say #Trump, others say #Obama – I even saw a news article that said that the bill was 20+ years old. At this point, I’m not sure what to believe, who is to “blame” or how long the law has been in place. What I do know is that this is not the only issue that America is facing right now. There are plenty of perennial fish to fry.

Who’s to Blame?

Perhaps the most perilous part of the Executive Order is where it places the blame on Democratic lawmakers for failing to act. The finger pointing is absurd and there is little or no accountability for the decisions that have been made by leaders of the United States. What’s worse, is that the behavior of those in office has and continues to ignite a perennial firestorm between ever gender, race, and ethnicity in the United States. Are we truly United? It would appear that this country is too busy being divided to see the fault in our political system.

Unanswered Questions

Yet, even with a new Executive Order being issued, there are still so many questions that remain unanswered.

  1. What action is currently being taken to reunite the families that were separated under the previous orders that were issued?
  2. How long will this Executive Order last before it reverts back to previous policy or amendments are made to safeguard those who are detained in the future?
  3. Why aren’t lawmakers focused on making changes immediately and focused on setting the long-term plan in place for immigration reform?
  4. At what point will our existing lawmakers take accountability for their inaction on the topic – specifically on why it took a media firestorm to invoke change?

The true issue is not immigration reform and fighting for the protection of United States Borders – it really boils down to the constant battle between the left and right wings of the United States Government. We all know that change is needed – but where is the right balance between protecting our border(s) and ensuring fair and humane treatment of all? Is it really a battle between two sides, or a lack of concern from lawmakers?

Interesting turn of Events

As I fished writing this post, I see an article about Trump holding a White House event focused on ‘American victims of illegal immigration.’

Read about this odd event here…

This just keeps getting better and better…

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Detained, yet still with her family

Significance, Not Substance

Why was there no substance to the US and North Korean Summit in Singapore?

 

The Summit of Significance, Not Substance

Apparently there thousands of people around the world who could have met with the North Korean Leader and accomplished more. At least, that’s what they say on Social Media. Perhaps they should lead this Country, right? Perhaps they can solve world hunger, cancer and every other disease or status that plague’s the world; I won’t hold my breath for that to happen, either. The Summit’s significance weighed more than the substance – and that should show that it was effective.

Compromise is not always easy…especially when you consider the road that has been traveled over the last year. At one point, both leaders were threatening each other with Nuclear War. Today, however, they decided to take a different tone and path towards shelving those harsh feelings for the sake of the world’s safety. No matter how I feel about North Korea or Donald Trump: That is SIGNIFICANT.

I find that many people and journalists are unrealistic. They want answers now, with little or no regard to the sensitive nature of such a meeting. As citizens of the United States (subsequently a country that is within reach of North Korea’s missiles) we should be willing to look for the GOOD in the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un and not necessarily in what we are “giving up.”

The Resolution:

  1. “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
  2. “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”
  3. “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
  4. “The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”

 

What Are We Giving Up?

It has to beg the question of what exactly are we giving up by meeting with North Korea? Certainly, we cannot be so arrogant to think that we can show up to the summit and get everything we want without any compromise…can we? It sounds like the only thing we are really conceding on is the Joint Military Drills that take place annually in South Korea – for now. Seems like a reasonable “give” in order to receive a promise for verifiable denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

If we, as American’s and citizens of this world would take a step back and look at things without bias, we might find that this is far better than previously thought. While I do agree that it comes at an interesting time, there is no better time than the present to begin the walk towards peace.

Iran is Hating

Hater’s are going to hate. The question is: Why are we negotiating with North Korea when we just cancelled the agreement with Iran? I think it’s safe to assume that there is a lot that the general public does not know. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was agreed to with Iran is pretty complex, and had a time limit. Essentially, once the time limit expired, Iran could essentially begin the enrichment process for weapons grade Uranium once again. There was something significant about the revocation of this #Obama era agreement – I just don’t know what that significance is.

Click Here to Read the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Summary

In closing, we have to understand that this is the BEGINNING of talks with North Korea. There is no “deal”, there is no “agreement” and there is no “compromise” for long term peace. It is a starting point. Think of it as a door knob that is turned and the door is still closed.

Rome was not built in a day, folks.

#POTUS #DPRK #TheSummit #NorthKorea #Iran #Denuclearization #Politics #Haters #JCPOA #Resolution

Personal Foul: Political Interference

June 7, 2018

Pinyon Pines Murder Investigation

It started with the court opening up to go “On Record” regarding the evidence that the jury was requesting to review. The jury consisted of ten men, and two women. They had been deliberating for more than nine days in the Pinyon Pines Triple Murder Trial of two men: Robert Lars Pape and Cristin Conrad Smith. Both men have been in custody since June of 2016.

Interestingly enough, this was the second time they had been arrested and charged in the gruesome murders that took place in 2006. The first time, they spent seven months behind bars and were released in October of 2014 with all charges dropped by the Riverside County District Attorney. This is largely because they did not have solid evidence to convict the two men, and they knew it. All of the evidence that they had was circumstantial and the DA’s office knew that the defense would make Swiss-cheese of the evidence to garner an acquittal.

Around 3 PM in the afternoon on June 7, 2018 – the word came in that a verdict had been reached. This was a tense moment for both the victims family and the two defendants. Tensions were high. Prayers were audible on both sides. One side was begging for closure and a conviction to finally put this twelve-year case behind them. The other, was begging for the two men to be acquitted and released. Even the District Attorney was pacing back and forth – as if they knew that this case could really go in either direction. Shooting for a conviction was going to be a Hail-Mary.

Anyone who took the time to read the Grand Jury Indictment from the first round of charges being filed would realize that this was a long-shot. Evidence pointed towards the two men, but left a significant amount of reasonable doubt – which is likely why the DA’s office dropped the original charges. More than eighteen months passed while the DA did their “due diligence” investigation before the two men were re-arrested on June 10, 2016. The DA’s office cited ‘new evidence’ as the cause for the new charges being filed. So, the long journey of court proceedings began.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the new evidence is Jeremy Witt: a scruffy, neurotic character that came forward saying that Cristin Conrad Smith had said something to him regarding the murders. Despite Jeremy Witt’s behavior and current active court cases – one of which for impersonating a peace officer, his testimony was read in court. Because Witt asserted his fifth amendment right (because of his own run-in with the law) – his testimony could be read in court but could not be rebutted by the defense. Certainly, this is somewhat of an unfair advantage to the prosecutors.

Finally, the other key piece of evidence is the cellular phone data. The evidence indicated that Pape and Smith both went up into the Pinyon Pines area – but the data was inconclusive and was more than likely not what caused the conviction. What caused the conviction? Emotion. Twelve people that had been in a deliberating room for ten days, requesting transcripts and data – attempting to draw a conclusion. It is always easy from the outside looking in to draw a conclusion. Judging by the extended deliberations, it leads me to believe that at least one, if not multiple people, believed in the innocence of these two men.

There was a common denominator, though. Javier Garcia. Javier was a key-witness in the murder trial, but was also the son of one of the District Attorney Investigators in 2006. When charges were filed the first time around, Garcia was given immunity from charges, despite the fact that he was the one that seemed to know everything about what happened on that mountain in September 2006. He was the one that called Pape and Smith – he was the one that alluded to their guilt – and yet, Javier was the one that was not ever looked at because of his relationship with investigators at the time.

I can almost guarantee that this is not over. While there may be a guilty verdict at this time, it seems reasonable to believe that the Court of Appeals will have the final say in this Conviction. Personally, having followed the entire case, it seems apparent that there is more to this story – and that the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office sought nothing more than to consider this “Case Closed.”

The only difference between the first round of charges and the last round was the “key witness” Jeremy Witt who asserted his Fifth-Amendment rights in court. This should have been a red-flag to jurors – and certainly should have brought Witt’s written-testimony into question. Only time will tell now.

#PinyonPines #TripleMurder #Conviction #Appeal #Politics #Immunity

Interesting Character Runs for Congress…

Nathan Larson, a 37 Year Old man who lives at home still, is running for Congress. He seems like quite a character based on the portrayal that was given in a Recent Washington Post Article that was published on June 2, 2018. Poor Virginia.

He definitely has some interesting views and ideals, so it’s not really surprising that he is an aspiring politician. Thankfully, his websites that were largely supportive of pedophiles and incest were quickly removed by their domain host – but I’d be really surprised if they didn’t resurface somewhere else.

As always, you can check out my saved News stories by clicking here.

What are we doing?

I can’t be the only one who reads the news and believes that there is so much time wasted on political agendas. It’s really unbelievable. From the Stormy Daniels mess to the continual revolving door in D.C. – it’s pretty remarkable how much drama can stem from the Office of the President. If you pay attention to what’s going on both in the United States of America and abroad – there are so many other fish that should be sitting in the frying pan.

  1. School Shootings
  2. Nuclear Weaponry
  3. Gun Laws and the NRA
  4. The #MeToo Movement
  5. Unrest in the Middle East

Let me start by saying that I am not a political right or left winger. I believe in whoever is going to actually live up to the promises that they make throughout their campaign. Part of the issue is that our Nation is divided on many fronts. For example: Passing a budget seems to take longer and longer every year. It irks me to my core when I see lawmakers going home at night and their job is left incomplete. Imagine if most of the working-class American’s did that…they wouldn’t have a job for long.

School Shootings

As of May 25, 2018 – there have been 23 School Shootings in the United States in 2018. While this may be a grim outlook – I am fairly confident that this number will rise well above the current number of school shootings. As a parent, I am not naive to the fact that this could happen anywhere, anytime. While I am concerned by the frequency, I also believe that there are a number of these incidents that are copycats. These kids are craving attention so much, that they will do pretty much anything to get it. It’s sad, really.

But what are WE doing about it? How are WE teaching our children to cope with rejection, hurt feelings, pain and emotional distress? Are we teaching them that lashing out is the way to handle it? Are we really training them to go out and be productive and make a difference in the world? The harsh reality is that many of these kids likely come from broken homes, or have parents that are not paying the least bit of attention to their child. This may not be the case for ALL of them – I said MANY.

Is #GunControl going to stop it? Would arming teachers make it less appealing to a potential shooter? Does rallying for #Change make the difference? Better yet – does slamming the US Government show that our voice can be heard? No. What will make change happen? Change will only happen when American’s learn to voice their opinion in peace, when they learn to teach their children how to respect others. When American’s stop listening to the garbage on the radio that promotes anger, violence, rape, drugs and puts the greatest emphasis on hate. Change is in OUR hands as Citizens of this great Country.

Nuclear Weaponry

I could go into quite a tirade about Nuclear Weaponry – so I will keep this short. It is a sad day when the President of the United States stands in front of his constituents and speaks of the great volumes of nuclear weaponry that the United States has. This is not only unbecoming of POTUS, but it is also like telling a child that cookies are bad for them while the parent is eating the cookie. The US wants other countries to disarm – but the US does not want to disarm. This is public knowledge and largely the reason that there is so much pushback around the globe on the topic.

The #MeToo Movement

This is like a page out of days-of-our-lives. It’s really remarkable how many people are coming forward and saying #MeToo so many years after the alleged offense. I absolutely believe that some of these cases have merit – but I am also fairly certain that there are many more that will not hold water. Look, I want justice for offenders. I want closure for those who have been hurt. I want lives and emotional scars to be healed.

Perhaps the most terrible part about this movement is that it appears to be another social-media driven band-wagon. I’ve begun to realize how much society has become disconnected in a time when they should have no issue staying connected. In many ways, I believe it is what glorifies violence and hate – it is what glorifies the misconduct that has taken place sometimes twenty-plus years ago in some cases.

The Middle East

There is no easy answer to this. It is a full-on Charlie-Foxtrot over there. At some point though, we have to realize that these countries are likely destined to fight one another until their respective demise takes place. We can’t stop it. We should not stop it. We should allow them to handle their affairs the way that they choose to. This, coming from a three-time combat veteran who has been to almost every country in the Middle East. I’m tired of seeing bloodshed for the sake of oil.

America, it’s time to wake up! These problems are not going to resolve themselves. In fact, they will likely continue to get worse until we put the emphasis where it needs to be – at home. I believe that many of the problems that we are experiencing today are brought on by hatred and division, or better yet – the lack of care and compassion towards humankind.