Cold river

She wraps me in her  icy flow

and chills me ’til I’m warm

Soothes away the open space

With sand and pebbled shores

She tries to lull me downriver

Gently pulling, drowsing

Massaging the miles off me


I know she lies

I know she’d take me to the big river

Carrying me like an eddying breeze

But I want to lay back and dream

And slowly drift away

Bright Angel creek in the bottom of the grand canyon. It feeds into the Colorado

Black Panthers Builds Armed Force to Combat Police


In Dallas, Texas the Black Panthers have begun to build an army. Individuals ranging from ordinary citizens to former Army Rangers have picked up knives, shouldered assault rifles and changed into military attire to combat what they see as an ever-growing threat of police brutality. So says Reverb Press. Here is their story with new information and comment added.

One of the “drill sergeants” of the group could be seen training individuals on how to use knives in hand-to-hand combat. This story is much more than what it appears to be on the surface. While members are chanting for justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the real story lies in the apparent alignment of ideologies when it comes to the Black Panthers and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

This alignment is starkly apparent, but once the NRA takes note, history might just have them singing a different tune that we’re used to.

The Dallas Black Panthers are at the forefront of the Huey P. Newton gun Club. The group was formed from five local African-American paramilitary organizations. Their stated purpose is to be the “Black alternative to the NRA” and in reality, they are managing to pull it off. (Frankly I don’t understand this as the NRA is open to persons of any race, including Blacks)

Another goal the group strives for is:

“going into our communities and educating our people on federal, state and local gun laws. We want to stop fratricide, genocide — all the ‘cides’”

For those like me who need to visit Google for a definition, fratricide is the killing of one’s own brother or sister. But educating people on gun laws… that sounds a lot like what the NRA says they do, right? That, however, isn’t where the similarities end.

One group leader would bellow to his formation:

“This is perfectly legal! No longer will we let the pigs slaughter our brothers and sisters and not say a damn thing about it. Black power! Black power! Black power! Black power!”

His shouting was only momentarily interrupted by chants for justice for both Eric Garner and Michael Brown. While we’d likely be seriously surprised if the NRA was running with chants of “white power,” the rest of these statements closely mirror what NRA CEO and Executive Vice President once said:

“[Police are] a jack-booted group of fascists […] If you have a badge, you have the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens.”

I can’t reblog for some reason so go here for the rest :

Great video: P.D. public service about haw to act when pulled over modified into something entirely different

This is great

Nothing high tech but they really put the point across

Active Shooter in Custody at Mississippi State University

Alright now go read the story from Fox5 Atlanta

This is journalism at its finest

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM pulls out of state Obamacare exchange


Who would have thought?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … until you can’t:

Now let’s take a look at why. BCBSNM was losing a ton of money on Obamacare:

Company President Kurt Shipley announced the move Wednesday in a letter to individual customers that was also posted on the insurer’s website,

The letter said Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico lost $19.2 million in 2015 on the 35,000 individuals covered by plans they purchased on and off the exchange.

And the state wouldn’t let them raise rates to cover the true cost of the insurance:

“We were unable to reach an agreement with the Office of Superintendent of Insurance … that would allow us to continue to offer coverage on the…

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Ghost cities of China: How China still has 7% growth

“Little did we know that most of that iron ore being shipped to Guangzhou from Rio de Janeiro and Port Hedland, Australia was going to build Chinese cities; cities that would remain vacant for years. China single-handedly topped the phrase “bridge to nowhere” and made ghost cities a euphemism for lousy development planning in the world’s No. 2 economy. Anyone can build a useless overpass, but it takes China to build a city for a million people with no buyers in sight.

The naysayers loved the Western media’s discovery of China’s ghost cities. It was evidence that China’s growth of the last 20 years was based on building things nobody needed or wanted. This was planned obsolescence on a grand scale. And now that the economy is slowing, what will become of those cities? Many of them are debt burdens carried by the developers who haven’t sold a single unit.

From shopping malls to soccer stadiums, hundreds of new cities in China are largely empty. And yet more cities are still being built deep in the heart of the country. All in hopes that its rural population will one day move to a flat in a city without a mayor. It’s plausible, of course. That’s because over the next 15 years, the country’s urban population will be 1 billion; three times that of the United States.”

What will become of these cities going forward? Here’s a quick answer: a handful might be shuttered. Most will be filled. New ones will undoubtedly be built.

China’s developing its urban architecture three ways: new cities (xinshi), new districts (xinqu) and the so-called townification (chengzhenhua). Townification is quite a departure from the way Chinese cities have developed to date. This is the transformation of small rural centers and even tribal villages and building a small urban center around them. The Communist Party planners in Beijing want to urbanize over 100 million rural Chinese over the next five years alone. That would require the construction of 50 Bostons, or six Shanghais, by 2020. Townification is lower intensity than that. These are small cities rather than sky scraper zones designed to house suits and high heels. It’s more widespread than traditional urbanization, and will define the way China develops socioeconomically over the coming years.

Roughly 40% of the 300 million Chinese expected to move into a city by 2030 will mostly be moving to smaller cities in the “chengzhenhua” system. Rather than migrating to cities, the cities will be built around them instead.”

Everything is better in Europe China

If we need growth, why don’t we just model our economy after Europe China?

After all the Chinese model is working out so well

Luke Skywalker is ready for some Australia-style gun-grabbing in the U.S.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Actor Mark Hamill weighs in on yesterday’s shooting in Virginia:

In other words, Hamill is ready for gun confiscation:

OK Luke, we’ll play. How, exactly, will this get done? Enlighten us, please.

And let’s point out that none of President Obama’s proposed gun control measures would have done anything to stop yesterday’s attack:

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