A Voice Some May Want To Heed, And The Kindness Of Strangers *Open Thread*


As news continues to come out of Baltimore regarding the death of Freddie Gray and the charges against the six “racist” police officers, including the Grand Jury indictment (with somewhat lessened charges for th driver), there are some other voices speaking out about what is happening in this country.

One such voice belongs to a former 22 year-long gang member from Baton Rouge, LA, who saw the light and left his gang-banging ways. Since it seems the voices of people like Sharpton and rioters is so loud, perhaps someone like Arthur Reed (“Silky Slim”) can cut through their race-baiting, police-hating rhetoric. From IJ Review:

[…] I wasn’t surprised about what happened in Baltimore, because of what we had seen in Ferguson.

I don’t believe in rioting and all, but I know peaceful protesters are very hard to be seen.

What I see with Baltimore, Ferguson and other mass protests is what has been given birth is the Black Lives Matter movement. My insight on that is the black lives do matter but it must matter to black people first. If it doesn’t matter to black people, why should it matter to anyone else?”

No kidding. That is a point MANY people have tried to make repeatedly as violence in black communities continues to escalate, including the drive by shooting of a beautiful 1 yr old little girl in Seattle recently (h/t Facebook friend).

Heck, even P. Diddy Combs made this point (h/t Facebook friend) the other day:

[…] “For the last couple of months we have experienced a lot of injustice and wrongdoings to a community. But there is a flip side,” wrote Diddy. He continued, “Yes #BLACKLIVESMATTER ! But no one will respect us if we as a people don’t have any respect for our own black lives. We are committing genocide on ourselves. We are always looking for scapegoats.”

Diddy added, “We as a people hurt ourselves more than anyone has ever hurt us. That makes no sense. We as a people including myself have to take accountability and do whatever we can do individually or together to stop the madness and realize that we are KINGS and QUEENS AND Must love ourselves and each other. I know I’m rambling a little bit. #BLACKLIVESMATTER SO AS A PEOPLE LETS PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH.!!! MAY GOD BLESS US ALL! Ii LOVE YOU!!!!!!” Combs posted on Instagram.[…]

Good for him for speaking out. It is important that those who have that kind of outreach do so.

But back to Reed and his responses on what is currently going on in this county in the IJ Review interview. This is his reply about targeting the police:

[…] “Also, police lives matter. We have to maintain law and order. Without the presence of the police, we would be lost. We would destroy ourselves without them.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, we do have to maintain law and order in this country, a concept that is seemingly on the wane. The targeting of police is also increasing, it seems. Just this week, a 29 year old officer in Omaha was killed in a shoot out with a gang member. As this article highlights, she was HOURS away from going on maternity leave as her premature babyy was about to be released from the hospital. Just heartbreaking. (My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband and children at this terrible time.)

Sadly, she isn’t the only one. A young boy just lost his father this week, too. Tyler Martin, an 11 year old Houston boy, lost his father this week. Richard Martin was a Houston police officer who was killed in the line of duty by a carjacking suspect. Tyler, a baseball player, wanted to honor his father by playing in his baseball game.

And this is where the kindness of strangers comes in. From ABC13:

With just two hours notice, Houston police officers showed up en masse at a baseball game to support the son of a fallen officer.


Officer Martin’s son, Tyler, wanted HPD represented at his little league game Tuesday night and he wasn’t disappointed.

“His family needs us so we’re going to be there,” said Officer Foster who was a classmate of Martin’s at HPD’s academy.

Officers at every rank came from divisions from all over the city to support the 11-year-old who was the starting pitcher.

“It just breaks your heart, kids — his dad isn’t going to be here,” added Foster.

“I feel honored that he wanted us to be here to watch the game,” said Lt Paul George of HPD’s Vehicular Crimes Division.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

How amazing is that? These officers made sure they showed up for this boy whose father was just lost. In this painful time in his life, to have this kind of support, to know he has this kind of community to support him, has got to be a powerful message for this young boy. Good on the Houston PD for showing up for him.

Back to Baltimore, we have this story of the help given to a family hurt by all of the riots, a mother and her disabled son. From BizPacReview:

[…] Rioters robbed local businesses of their wares, but took far more from 7-year-old Khai’Lee Sampson, including critically needed medical equipment, when his home went up in flames after a nearby liquor store was set afire.

“They took everything from my child,” Khai’Lee’s mother, Laporsha Lawson, told the Baltimore Sun.

Her son developed cerebral palsy after a severe asthma attack when he was 18 months old, and is not able to speak or move his arms and legs. Among the items they lost in the fire that night was a customized wheelchair designed to fit his body.

“His wheelchair was his legs,” said Lawson, who now struggles to move the 40-pound boy without it.
“It’s hard to carry him,” she added. “But I’m his mom. This is what I do.”

While insurance is expected to help replace some of the medical equipment, others have taken it upon themselves to help out further by setting up an online fundraiser for Lawson and Khai’Lee, who live with her parents for now.
Set up through Indiegogo, more than $27,000 has been donated, and while organizers are thrilled, they’re hoping for more. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

During these difficult times, thank heavens people are starting to speak out whom you would not expect, calling for law and order, calling for people to look at their own communities first, and reaching out to those who have lost loved ones, or their very homes, as a result of criminal behavior. Bless them for standing up, and putting out a hand to help.

We could use a whole lot more of this, I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.


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19 Responses to “A Voice Some May Want To Heed, And The Kindness Of Strangers *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    If you need a good laugh – and frankly, who doesn’t these days – these “historical facts” to go along with a recent Marie Harf claim are hilarious: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/05/327907-marie-harf-gets-14-different-history-lessons-saying-iraqi-forces-held-ramadi/

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Harf makes me barf. :facepalm:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – the Tweets of “historical facts” making fun of her are HILARIOUS, though. I was literally LOL… 😀

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cartoons aren’t always funny – often they say what some windbag politician spends thousands of words trying to say. This is one of the best I’ve seen on Memorial Day so far.

  4. foxyladi14 Says:


  5. HELENK3 Says:

    I just got back from Port Charlotte on the west coast of Florida. I will be moving there in July, when my lease is up here. My daughter and her future husband are buying a house there. She can not retire for 5 years and they want me to live in the house until then.
    It is a beautiful area on the gulf coast. many things to do and enjoy.
    The house has 3 bedrooms and a pool with an atrium. it is beautiful,
    I loved the area and know I will be happy there

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Aha, so that is where you have been! I missed you around here! 🙂

      And WOW abt the move to Port Charlotte! That is such a nice area, and how very sweet of your daughter to have you go live there until she retires. That is great, Helen – so happy for you!

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  6. HELENK3 Says:


    a gift from the backtrack bunch

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ugh, that is so typical of him – to release a ton of regulations right before a holiday weekend. What a schmuck…

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  7. HELENK3 Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, good one. I swear, that is the truth, isn’t it? Sigh…

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    What Liberals Can Learn About How To Succeed At Life From Female UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

    Ronda Rousey is the most compelling female athlete in a generation. She’s attractive, witty and an unstoppable monster in Octagon. Shockingly, she may also be the biggest name in mixed martial arts today. Who would have ever guessed that a woman fighter could become that popular? Certainly not UFC president Dana White who once laughed and said “NEVER!” when he was asked when women would join the UFC. Ronda Rousey was such a Phenom that he changed his mind.


    I have never been a fan of MMA or boxing or other sports where beating the hell out of each other is the goal. Maybe that’s because my dad was a big fan of wrestling and the phoniness of it all repulsed me. Make no mistake, what Ronda Rousey does is NOT phony. I can respect and admire her, what she does, and what she has accomplished without being a fan of the sport. And I do.

    I also have this wonderful picture in my mind of some scumbag that likes to prey on women jumping Ronda Rounsey and getting the surprise of his life. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing021.gif

    Here’s what she looks like by the way: http://s1.bwallpapers.com/wallpapers/2013/12/28/ronda-rousey_095831.jpg

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this, Marge. I totally understand abt boxing AND wrestling, but you are right – Ronda is the real deal. Beautiful, too!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oops one of those days when only links not images show up. Let’s see if my Memorial Day cartoon of the day works:

  10. HELENK3 Says:


    got this from a commenter at the crawdad hole
    a must read

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