Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Outrage is growing

This is one of my many pet peeves. You hear it all the time now, in the media. "The Outrage is Growing" Really?

Hey, I know what the media is doing. They love to stir the pot - get people riled up and anger sells newspapers or digital subscriptions.

There are several types of outrage:

Identity Outrage
Cultural Outrage
Moral Outrage
Liberal Outrage
Conservative Outrage
Viral Outrage
Social Media Outrage

Here are a few outrages I have collected:

Growing Outrage Over Many Policies From New Administration
Growing outrage over Bill Maher's racial slur on live television
Outrage is growing at Republicans following a controversial vote Tuesday
Outrage Growing Over Police-Involved Shooting In Southern California
Outrage is growing after a Channelview teacher named a student “most likely to become a terrorist.” Outrage growing over arrests during Arizona immigration protest
Outrage is growing over the acquittal of a taxi driver who had been charged with sexual assault
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces ...
Outrage and protests over President Trump's executive order banning ...
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp drew outrage for suggesting that he would like ...
There's growing outrage over newly leaked footage from the movie "A Dog's Purpose."
Outrage is growing over a visitation service for a Georgia military veteran.
Outrage growing over Christian woman's sentence to hang

I'll say it again...REALLY?

The media tries to tell us what to think and how to think -  I would think, if the country was growing in OUTRAGE, as reported - they would be calling out the National Guard to keep us contained from all that outrage. Most of these so-called "outrages" have come and gone.

Frankly, I am OUTRAGED by the media - because they think we are DUMB and keep using this to tell us how we should be feeling or reacting.

Monday, July 17, 2017

City Politics.


I guess because I am so sick of national politics - I am now interested in local politics ( County and State, too) and every other Tuesday I try and attend our city council meetings. Now that we are down to one vehicle, I take my husband to work(7 miles away) and then I have the van to get to the meeting. I will have to stay up - and then pick him up at midnight.

We are all sick of the crime we have been having, although it is all over California due to a series of prison reform measures, which reduce the state prison population by 20,000 inmates by releasing non-violent offenders early and making some felonies misdemeanors. Assembly Bill 109, transferred 60,000 felony parole violators a year from state prison to county control. The measure saved California $100 million and makes our Governor look good. However, my county and the rural cities and towns are inundated with criminals.

Then if that wasn't enough, the voters passed Proposition 47 a couple of years ago, which converted many nonviolent offenses, such as drug and property crimes, from felonies to misdemeanors. Many crimes that are violent are considered non-violent now.

Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer
Battery with serious bodily injury
Solicitation to commit murder
Inflicting corporal injury on a child
First-degree burglary
Raping an unconscious person
Human trafficking involving a minor
Participation in a street gang
Exploding a destructive device w/ intent to cause injury (yes, setting off a bomb in a public place)

Opiate drugs are everywhere as well as Methamphetamine. We have the homeless; people who are down on their luck- not drug addicted. Then we have the criminal homeless that live in encampments in our canyons and open space areas. They accidentally (or on purpose) start fires. They steal, rob, attack people on our river trails - and our city council just turns a blind eye. Actually one of them rolled her eyes when one of us got up to talk.

Last year, the Guardian Angels formed in our town. My husband and I joined and trained, but we decided we are just too old, to get out there and fight crime. I've met many good people and if you have been reading this blog for long, you know I am a very comfortable introvert. But I'm concerned about what is happening to my beautiful community. There is one citizen group that goes out on the weekends and cleans up the filth left over from the encampments. I can't do that - I'd throw up. It's THAT bad. I could, however, supply the helpers, with water and drinks -

The last city council meeting, we served 2 members a notice to RECALL. They fired our police Chief in the middle of our crime spree crisis. They won't hire more officers, instead, they want pretty lights on our bridge- a new city flag and other frivolous acts and they are worried about paying into the high city pensions. So city services are cut.

It's a mess.

But it's been fun, interesting and actually satisfying in a way because unlike national politics, we are closer to actually being heard-  of course right now we are only being heard because we want to RECALL 2 council members.

Do you attend your local city council meetings?

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