2016: Austin officer who shot naked teen feared for his life

An Austin police officer who shot and killed a naked, unarmed teen last week feared for his life and was following department training at the moment he fired, his attorney told the American-Statesman Monday. The Feb. 8 encounter between officer Geoffrey Freeman and 17-year-old David Joseph unfolded in a matter of seconds after Freeman exited his patrol car, and Joseph, who was behaving aggressively and erratically, was in “very close proximity” to Freeman, said Michael Rickman, general counsel for the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. +Attorney: Austin officer who shot naked teen feared for his life photo Austin police officers investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 12000 block of Natures Bend in Northeast Austin on “When you are in fear of your life, and that it could be taken, you have the right to use the amount of force necessary to repel the threat,” Rickman […] Read More

2015: Police think waving kids across the street is suspicious

Alabama police issued a warning last week after two boys, ages 10 and 12, told officers they were riding their bikes when a white male inside a parked black Audi told them to get into his car about 9:20 a.m. on Scout Ridge Drive. The boys fled and the man drove off. “We don’t know what his intentions were but we are going to investigate and assume his intentions were not good,” Captain Gregg Rector said. Therein lies the problem, police think every citizen is up to no good! Our mass-media, run by SIX corporations re-affirms those fears daily! The Hoover Police department is doing it’s part in keeping fear alive, by telling kids to run if approached by a stranger…  “Residents are urged to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. Caution kids to be aware of their surroundings and to simply run if approached by a stranger“. This is another example of what’s […] Read More

The Raping of America- Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.—Martin Luther King Jr.There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry. Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially […] Read More

2015: The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

Peter Gray, Ph.D., Guest Forced education interferes with children’s abilities to educate themselves. In my last post, I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable. I said, several times: “School is a prison.” I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I know. I, like most people I know, went through the full 12 years of public schooling. My mother taught in a public school for several years. My beloved half-sister is a public school teacher. I have many dear friends and cousins who are public schoolteachers. How can I say that these good people–who love children and have poured themselves passionately into the task of trying to help children–are involved in a system of imprisoning children? The comments on my last post showed that my references to school as prison made […] Read More

1999: Eleven Laws to Set You Free

by Guy Finley If we want to grow inwardly we must find new ways to learn about ourselves. These higher discoveries call for higher learning. Think of each of the following eleven laws as individual magic strands of a flying carpet. Make it your aim to weave them together in your mind. Then watch how these lessons combine to effortlessly lift you to a higher and happier life level. The First Law: Nothing can stop you from starting over. The greatest power you possess for succeeding in life is your understanding that life gives you a fresh start any moment you choose to start fresh. Nothing that stood in your way even a heartbeat before stands there now in the same way. It’s all-new, even if you can’t as yet see it that way. You’ve only to test the truth of this fact about the newness of life to […] Read More

1989: Crying Souls

Do you hear the sadness as it races across the winds? Can you hear the crying that happens within? Can you see the hurt and pain within my eyes? They grow dark and dim, as heavily clouded dark skies. There is a constant battle with many souls, There is pain that has long grown old. Inside there are voices that express many fears, All with different faces, and many tears. The heart within this body aches and grows old. From the crying of the many souls. There are six that linger in my mind, All alike, yet different in places and time. They find no rest or happiness, The grow unsettled with fear that never grows less. Trust is a hard word for them to understand, It is hard for them to let go and take a loving hand. Pain, abuse and nights filled with unspeakable terror, Are all […] Read More