Looting and Rioting Do Not a Protest Make

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Tevya Sheds a Tear

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, December 8, 2014. Our dear friend, Wasp Tevya, is at the breakfast table. He is torn apart watching the footage of the looting and violence spreading across our nation. Something has gone terribly wrong in America and it is time to get to the bottom of the problem. Please join us for breakfast. Tevya is bringing sesame bagels with cream cheese and lox. I will be preparing delicious Irish coffees to warm you. We look forward to your arrival.


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The Rule of Law

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I remember a time when America was a nation of laws. Respect for the law and for law enforcement is now at an all time low and I truly believe we can thank President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for fanning the flames of violence. President Obama has a tendency to weigh in on local issues and pass judgement on the guilt or innocence of the parties involved before the legal process decides anything. Local issues should be left to local law enforcement and not placed on the national stage because it suits the interests of a president and attorney general who see racists everywhere. The businesses in Ferguson that burned to the ground were the end result of protestors who came to cause harm. The woman who was seen running out of a liquor store with a few bottles in her hands, could give a damn about Michael Brown. The same can be said of the thugs who attacked an elderly white man dependent on oxygen in a parking lot in Ferguson. The victim was left lying on the ground with his oxygen tank atop his body. The animals who attacked him, took his car and ran over the man's body as they sped away. I don't recall Attorney General Eric Holder mentioning this atrocity. I don't believe President Obama took a second to mention this crime either. Two Grand Juries met to deliberate the deaths of two black men at the hands of the police. They reached conclusions based upon thousands of pages of testimony. The public were not privy to this information. The public was not in the jury room. They reached their separate decisions and did not find sufficient evidence to indict the police in Ferguson or New York. That should have been that! If we are truly a nation of laws, the process worked as it was supposed to. Have we now come to a point that we will allow mobs to decide guilt or innocence? If President Obama or Eric Holder felt the need to chime in on these matters, they should have stressed the point that the Grand Jury in each case was charged with deciding if a crime was committed. They and they alone heard testimony, studied the evidence and came to a conclusion. President Obama and Attorney General Holder should have pleaded for calm and made it very clear that violence will not be tolerated. They failed miserably in my view and they are still failing.

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Throwing the Police Under the Bus

What kind of nation would we be without brave men and women willing to serve on the police force? It is a dangerous and often thankless job. We have a tendency in this country to prefer a dead police officer to one that acts to save others or himself by taking down a threat. I have no intention of getting into the guilt or innocence of the actions of the police in either case. That has already been decided in a court of law. What I would like to see happen is a smack down of all the looters and losers. Bring back the paddy wagons and load these fools in the truck and haul their sorry behinds off to jail. Police should never be told to stand down and let the violence peter out. Once it dies down a bit, you have local businesses burned to the ground and old sick men trampled with nobody held accountable. That is simply unacceptable. The police are not the problem in this country. The promotion of the idea that the police are the problem is the root of all this evil. Attorney General Eric Holder started this along with President. Obama. When police officers violate their code of conduct, they are dealt with by their departments. The incidence of a suspect dying while being arrested is incredibly small. The incidence of young angry black men resisting arrest is incredibly high. Therein lies the problem.

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The Death of Respect

Along with the death of common sense comes the death of respect for authority. When a police officer tells you to put your hands up, you put your hands up. Any beef you may have with the arrest will be handled in court. No one has to die. It really is that simple. Parents, teachers and role models should be hitting the message home that we must respect authority figures if we are to remain a nation of laws and not a third world country where violence in the streets is common place. We have a right to protest in this great nation. There are hundreds of protests every single day. They are peaceful and the protestors obey the laws and life goes on. Every once in a while something goes terribly wrong. That time is now and the message must be sent that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. The last thing this nation needs is president and attorney general who think they are back on the streets of Chicago with a bullhorn.


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Get the Message Right

The black community has to come to terms with the truth about how so many of them live their lives and bring up their kids. They need strong leaders to step forward and tell them the truth. This country has marvelous examples of black Americans who have succeeded at the highest levels. The message is this. If you can't stand the circumstances of your life, change them. Get educated, get a job, start a business and build a life. The time for complaining and anger is over. There is ample opportunity in this country to get ahead. Not taking advantage of all that this nation has to offer is just plain lazy and stupid.

Every parent and every kid, regardless of the color of their skin has to hear the same message. Life is not always fair, but we all have the power to make things better. Every immigrant group coming to this country faced terrible and seemingly insurmountable problems, but they managed to make their lives better. When President Obama won election to the highest office in the nation, so many people breathed a sigh of relief and said that racism was definitely under control. The people who elected Obama thought so, but Obama and his friends never seemed to buy into the message. Maybe that's the problem.

Tevya's Song

Dear God, you made so many protestors

It's no shame to be a protestor

But sometimes, it's no great honor either!

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Comments 37 comments

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carol7777 21 months ago from Arizona

I think it is very clear that law, order and respect have seriously gone by the wayside. There is no fear of authority anymore. For someone to punch out a police officer ---with no repercussions creates many problems in our society. Allowing looting and killing is beyond my comprehension..but then again so are a lot of things going on today. I will see you at the Inn and tonite probably a bloody mary is good.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning carol,

I can't believe what is going on. Columbia Law school gave students a pass because of the stress caused by the Grand Jury decisions! I feel like I am living in a strange alternate universe where right is wrong and wrong is right! See you at the Inn. I'll take two Bloody Marys.


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Tom Whitworth 21 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Tevya,

It seems that our President and Attorney General like to play the role of protester and militant rather than lead the nation. So Sad.


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bradmasterOCcal 21 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

I just wrote a ten minute comment and before I could send, it vanished.

You know what it said, so in conclusion, I agree with this hub.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

They both should have stayed in Chicago, where the murder rate is through the roof! I'll be at the Inn pondering a move to Costa Rica!


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning bradmaster,

I hate when that happens. I also hate when the media jumps on the bandwagon implying that all these so-called protests are justified. We have lost our way, that is for sure. Most of these fools burning down stores haven't a clue about Grand Juries with the possible exception of those who had to appear before one. See you at the Inn.


taxlarry 21 months ago

Excellent commentary. I heard earlier today that since 9/11, 85 members of the NYPD have been killed in the line of duty. Why no protests for these deaths? Something is wrong here.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I try not to speak in generalities. Many in the black community understand and agree with the spirit of this article. Violence cannot be the answer to the problems of America. Although I understand why it would happen, I can never condone it.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

The truth is not highly valued anymore. When it comes to informing the public about crimes by blacks against whites, the silence is deafening. Racism is what is highly valued now. It gives people like Sharpton a living and fools like the looters free stuff and an excuse to hurt people. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I agree, many people in the black community agree with what I am saying. Charles Barkley is a prime example of a successful man who tells it like it is. What he got for his efforts was strong criticism by fools in the MSM. I think all the supposed help this nation gave to the poor and the black communities in particular, handicapped them big time. The war on poverty, kept people poor, angry and helpless. See you at the Inn.


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop & Tevya.......It's all very sad, confusing and very maddening. If I take the time to try to look at the big picture, I really see a number of reasons for the insanity all around us.

Not a single doubt what you have presented here is a bigger part of it all. Your comment about "right is wrong and wrong is right," is powerful, Pop....It is not like me at all to feel such a frightening hopelessness and yet I keep realizing that at the rate we're being destroyed......there is still another whole year in which they can bring us to complete destruction. I'm spending the rest of today at the Inn.............UP+++ tweeted & pinned


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear fp,

I feel as you do. I don't remember a time when things in this nation were so ugly and out of control. When common sense died, it took respect for the rule of law along with it. The disintegration of the nuclear family pushed this nightmare along for sure. See you at the Inn. Maybe we should move in until things return to normal.


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I'm all packed and on my way. Hope the shelves are stocked. I don't drink, but I can eat anyone under the table!! LOL


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear fp,

We will make a fine team. We just have to remember to bolt the door at night!


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

To properly respond to this would require writing a book.

The main question in my mind is why is this administration trying so hard to undermine local law enforcement agencies? As you point out black on white crime goes virtually unmentioned even by the media. No action was taken when the black youths killed the white Austrailian baseball player, "because they were bored." But now Holder is going to again try both the Ferguson and New York cases in federal courts because he disagrees with the grand jury decisions. Obama and Holder with the help of Sharpton have set back race relations in this country by many years. They go out of their way and never miss any opportunity to further drive a wedge between the races that populate this country.

Now do our so called leaders do this because they themselves are very racist? Or do they have some other objective in mind? Politics has evolved into pure power and control. They will do anything they need to do to gain more power and control over the citizens of this country.

Now it would seem that the Feds really dislike the gun carrying members of local police departments. Could this possibly be because they have very little control over these agencies? The numbers alone prove that more whites have been killed by police than blacks, but it is perceived to be a racial thing with the blacks as the targets.

Here is what I would suggest. Let those communities that hate the police so badly decide if they want police protection or not. Those who say they they don't want police protection would be excluded and they would be on their own to handle the gangs, thugs, rapists, child molesters, burglers, muggers, drug dealers, etc. Any 911 calls from these communities or areas would be automatically forwarded to "dial a prayer" for their convienience. My guess would be that in less than two weeks they would be welcoming the police back into their communities with open arms.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Your idea is brilliant and I believe it would work. I just read a few facts about the Garner case that you will never hear from the likes of Sharpton, Obama or Holder. The police were called to arrest Garner by black business owners. Mr. Garner chose to resist arrest. If he hadn't he would be alive. A black police officer authorized the crackdown on Garner's illegal activity. A black officer supervised the arrest itself. The 23 member grand jury that refused to indict the officer included nine non-white members. Racism or just following the rule of law? I think the latter. See you at the Inn.


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lambservant 21 months ago from Pacific Northwest

I like that you stressed that we must respect the laws and process even if we don't agree, even if the person is guilty (in this case they would say the guilty party is the officer). If the process didn't bring justice, does that make rioting, looting, and murdering innocent people okay? What? It's the pack mentality. You are so right. Many of those people could have cared less about the issue at hand. They just jumped into the fray and it got totally out of hand. Violence doesn't help anything. It doesn't change the decision of the court.

People need to realize that there is due process for them too. They can get into advocacy and talk to their elected officials and do more to see that whatever their concern is can be changed. They may not get what they want. It may be a bad thing, but we have to learn that violence is not going to change it either.

Obama and Holder are as you say, fanning the flames of violence, and they are not respecting the law and due process either. We haven't seen this kind of violence in the streets to this degree in quite a few years. I keep thinking of the sixties.

Madness and mayhem, bah humbug.

Old Poolman, brilliant idea indeed!


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WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

As my good friend Mike points out, it makes no sense for this administration and the media to zero in on the very few white on black deaths, when over 90% of all black deaths are caused by other blacks.

However, it makes all kinds of sense if there are other motives, like 'divide and conquer'. What is all this doing to America? It's pitting black against white!

Just look at what this administration and the media have concentrated on ginning up for the last six years...rich vs poor, young vs old, men vs women, black vs white vs Hispanics and illegals, religion vs religion vs atheism, party vs party, gun owners vs non-gun owners, insured vs uninsured, and the list goes on and on.

This is classic divide and conquer! The America of my youth had its differences, but we all hung together. Now, angry people are actually talking about secession and a new civil war of right vs left.

We are being manipulated by those who wish to destroy traditional America (We will fundamentally transform the United States of America!), and that's what all this is actually about.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear lambservant,

These fools who are tearing apart this nation have not a clue about the actual events surrounding both theses cases. They don't give a damn about the truth or the law. Tis is ll about ignorance and the death of common sense. I'll be at the Inn where sane thinking is in abundance.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Will,

You are right on the money. Obama, Holder, Jarrett and everyone they hang with are using these incidents to break apart this country. That has been their intent and goal from day one. Sadly, there are enough idiots out there who are perfectly willing to jump into the fray and help bring about our destruction. I don't remember a more dangerous time in our history. I'll be at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 21 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I heard that there is a new push to have police officers wear body cameras to solve the problem. I said, say what? Then I wondered, who invested in police officer body cameras?


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

Great point Jim. I guess the feds are ready to spend a few million bucks on these cameras for our Law Enforcement folks. I would rather they put a camera on every Politician and require them to keep it on 24 hours per day.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear FitnezzJim,

This attack on the police is an attempt to break down our society. I believe that Obama was put in place to do this and he is succeeding. I am sorry if I sound like a lunatic, but I just have no other explanation for this nightmare. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I agree, let's require those we elect to prove they are truly representing us. That would be an incredible experience. See you later Mike.


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bradmasterOCcal 21 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

Now we have Berkeley protesters.

This morning I heard that a ten year in the making report on the torturing by the CIA of the terrorists in Gitmo is being released to the public.

This should bring a very Merry Christmas and national fear from the terrorists who will feel compelled to send a signal to America.

If you are going to release this kind of report, at least wait until after the holidays.

????????


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning bradmaster,

In my opinion, the release of this report constitutes treason. Every single American abroad and here will become a bigger target than ever. The Dems and the President will have blood on their hands. I can't believe this is happening. I'll be at the Inn seriously considering a move to Costa Rica!


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

Considering the release of the Gitmo detainees so they can once again join the battle against the USA, releasing this report should come as no surprise. Those responsible for this decision are nothing but traitors and they should be tried and hung.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

The audacity of these fools to turn their backs on our soldier and citizens overseas and in the US. This is like one bad dream that has no end. The president should be held in contempt and be tried for dereliction of duty. I am spitting mad. See you at the Inn. I'll be there at noon!


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maven101 21 months ago from Northern Arizona

Liberalism is a dark pathology when destruction, mayhem, and lawlessness is 'justice'.... And 'Time' is considering making Ferguson protestors the 'Person of the Year' for starting a discussion on race? That's pathological too.

Some folks just like to see things burn, create mayhem, loot and party in the streets, and hide behind a lie like 'Hands up, Don't shoot'...Most of these animals are living off the teat of government largess and see everything with a racial lens...

Obama and Holder blame white racism and privilege for black anger...It wasn't whites that burned down 53 black businesses in Ferguson, it wasn't whites that murdered 75% of Chicago's black victims in 2013, but it was whites that elected a black president, twice...Go figure...

See you at the Inn, Pop...Can I have a nice slice of red onion with my lox...?


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

This document was released over pure hatred of the Republican party. There was no useful reason to do so other than payback and because they could. And this is the mentality of many who are supposedly leading our country. God save us all.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear maven,

This insanity is intolerable. Clearly, Obama, Holder and the rest of the fools want to see our nation ripped apart. After the election of a black president there was an incredible opportunity to send a message that in America, anyone can succeed. Obama and his pals never wanted that message spread around. This chaos is what they yearned for. The worst is yet to come. The media is equally to blame for not setting the record straight about the true circumstances of both theses deaths. If Time chooses the looters of Ferguson as "Person of the Year" they should burn in hell as well. We have lost our way in this country. See you at the Inn, maven. I'll save you a seat.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Every single one of these idiots who championed the release of these documents should never have a peaceful nights sleep again. The next American who dies at the hands of the terrorists will splatter blood all over the jerks in Congress and the WH. I am thoroughly disgusted and ashamed. I am at the Inn and I might stay here until tomorrow.


big daddy oreo 21 months ago

Breakfast pop,

like I have always said they need to take some of the white police officers and have them go undercover as black cops. These undercover black cops need to use their blackness to help with interacial relations and to talk sense into black criminals.


big daddy oreo 21 months ago

Robert Downey jr went undercover as a black man in tropic thunder. I think white police officers need to take a closer look at how he did that so they can do it.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning big daddy,

Okay, sounds like a plan. Anything that will cool down these dangerous waters works for me. See you at the Inn. It exists only in our imagination, but everyone gets along!


big daddy oreo 21 months ago

Breakfast pop.

I have been leaving comments all over hubpages telling people how black skin can help the white community and interacial relations. How many people do you think read my comments? I do not get too many responses.

I would love to make a youtube video about race someday. I do not have a clue how to make one and would need someone to work with me every step of the way. I want the white man to know black skin can make him look stronger. I want him to know black skin is the best protection a man could have like a monster truck on the road of life. Black skin is like a personal bodyguard. You just have to know how to use it not abuse it. Black skin can be the white man's best friend. I just hope that one day the white man will see the light.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear big daddy,

I hope you get to make your video. Search the internet for ideas how to go about it.

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