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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."
Well, here we are in October already. Last month as the early riser left his bed he/she noticed that the sun was not up yet. Into October now with sunrise even later and a little heat will be needed from time ta time ta ward off the damp signs that autumn is truly here and winter is soon ta follow.
There is a distinct change, nights are colder, some days are warm, dry and quite enjoyable. Other days can be cool, windy and wet. The old say'n that this month, dries up wells or breaks down bridges speaks of the fickle nature of this time of year.
Farmers work agressively to put their crop of corn and soybeans under roof, safe from winds and rain that can greatly diminish their yields. Anyone who has anything ta do with harvest knows exactly what I'm talk'n about.
There is much discussion of late about professional athletes kneelin' dure'n the play'n of the national anthem. Last week's column told of six brave soldiers who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima and many others like them that fought and died ta preserve freedoms, include'n the right ta do politically incorrect and foolish protests. They also fought for the right ta address their foolishness.
As such Jon Rappoport has done just that. He was a candidate for a US congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years write'n articles on polotics, medicine and health fer magazines and newspapers in the US and Europe:
Open letter to the NFL players: You're being used.
Try being politically incorrect if you want some real answers.
By Jon Rappoport
Dear NFL Players:
In case you'll only read a few words of this story, I'll get right to the point.
You're being used.
You're being duped into focusing on the wrong issue: police brutality against black people.
If you actually want to solve what's happening to black people in inner cities, police brutality is way down on the list.
By focusing only on brutality, you're leading people AWAY FROM seeing what's really going on in inner cities.
You're guaranteeing NO ANSWERS. You're guaranteeing NO CHANGE.
"Let's not solve the problem, whatever the problem is. Let's just ramp up the conflict and the polarization between races."
Let's go back to the original protestor, ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made his original kneeling protest about police brutality directed at black people. I want to examine his premise.
Here are bare-bones statistics from New York City, perhaps the only big city in America that issues a detailed annual report of police "firearms discharges." You may be shocked.
Population of NYC: 8.3 million.
Police officers: 35,000.
2013 incidents of "intentional (police weapon) discharges during an adversarial conflict": 40
In those discharges, number of people injured: 17
Number of people killed: 8
Source: NYPD 2013 Annual Firearms Discharge Report.
In that same year, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 7,462 "violent crimes by firearm" in New York City.
Who was the busier class of people in 2013? Cops or criminals? Which group caused, by far, the greater amount of human destruction of black people?
Philly.com has reported on several other American cities.
"Philadelphia's rate of police shootings (2012), when compared against the number of violent crimes, was 2.90 per 1,000 incidents (of violent crime)."
"The rate of (police) shootings in Houston for 2012 was 1.25 (per 1000 violent crimes)."
"In 2012, the rate of police shootings in Dallas was 2.39 (per 1000 violent crimes)."
" In 2011, the rate of police shootings in Las Vegas stood at 1.66."
"Baltimore's rate (2011) was 1.58."
Again, I ask: in those cities, who was the busier class of people? The cops or the criminals?
If facts don't scare you, do a little research and discover who, by and large, is committing most of those violent crimes in US cities. By race.
Media outlets don't ask and answer this simple question. They parse and evade and blow smoke. They trumpet small increases in rate of police shootings and, therefore, obscure chronic inner-city conditions (e.g., violent crimes).
And as long as they keeping doing that, the public will continue to be distracted, and nothing will change.
As long as Colin Kaepernick and his supporters keep focusing only on police brutality, the problem of violent crime and poverty and other chronic devastations in inner cities won't change at all.
Is that what you protestors want? No change at all?
What are the real devastations in inner cities populated by black people?
Violent crime. Drugs. Gangs, some of whom are low-level dealers for Mexican cartels. Grinding poverty. Jobs stolen by Globalists and sent to foreign lands.
Toxic chemicals (lead in water, landfills where corporate pollutants are dumped).
Absence of fathers in homes. Unsafe neighborhoods-making education highly difficult. Grossly sub-standard nutrition. Empty junk food.
These are the most real problems-police brutality is far down on the list.
In other articles, I've written about solutions to some of these problems. Here, I'll simply say that if you NFL protestors want to make a difference, you need to stand up and do something harder than you're doing now. Right now, you're unwitting agents of NO CHANGE and racial divide-and -conquer.
YOU'RE FOCUSING ON POLICE BRUTALITY, AS IF THAT'S THE DEEPEST PROBLEM IN BLACK INNER CITIES.
It isn't. So you're leading people away from recognizing and admitting what the real problems are.
What you are doing now, isn't going to work. You are only going to sow more conflict.
And by the way, all those thinly disguised Leftist sports writers and columnists and broadcasters who are "resolutely coming to your defense?" They're useless. They aren't doing you any favors. They're mainly interested in appearing virtuous. Some of them are scared not to appear virtuous.
But look, if you don't want to solve the biggest problems in inner cities, if that doesn't interest you, if that's politically incorrect and you don't want to touch that with a ten-foot pole, it's understandable.
Just go out on the field and play football then. Admit your protests are nothing more than polarizing distractions from the real issues. Admit you're galvanizing black people in the wrong direction, away from meaningful solutions. You're adding to the problem.
By the way, if you think government is the ultimate answer to the conditions in inner cities, consider this: since 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson declared the mighty War on Poverty, it's estimated that two trillion dollars have been poured into black neighborhoods, to "lift them up." How has that worked out? Where has all the money actually gone? Who stole how much of that money? How do those black neighborhoods look today? Where are the Congressmen who want that situation investigated?
Do you get the feeling that someone somewhere wants black inner cities to fail and keep on failing? And failure is part and parcel of a vicious agenda? In which case, you're actually on the side of promoting failure. Your protests are Pied Piper tunes leading the people of inner cities into deeper despair, and away from the truth, away from the most pressing problems.
You're being used. You are agents. When you signed your NFL contracts, did you have any idea things would work out this way?
Well, they have.
You're looking at a simple formula here. Understand it. It's been used all over the world for centuries. If there are 10 things people could really do to solve a horrendous chronic situation, highlight some other problem that won't lead TO ANY SOLUTION. Focus on that. Enlist high-profile people to keep focusing on that.
You're those high-profile people. YOU.
And the black inner cities? They're showcases for Globalists, who want to convince one and all that permanent economic and political dependence on higher authority is the only policy that counts.
People raising themselves up is out. Forget it. End result?
The very thing you say you're fighting against. But through a clever twist, a long-term covert op, you're fighting for it.
Wise up. Wake up.
Or keep fronting for elites and keep losing, no matter what the scoreboard says on Sunday.
Well, there ya have it then, plenty ta dwell on the next time the boys and I get together.
That might be sometime after harvest and after fall work is fairly well caught up.
What I'm really thinkn' is these over paid millionaires aught to be a thank'n a veteran for the privilege they have in America ta make fools of themselves and divide'n the country.
October's fall weather and full moon this week bring a smile to our faces. Hope'n ta see ya in church this weekend.
Remember, where ever ya are, what ever ya be a do'n "Be A Good One!'
Keep on smile'n
Count yer many blessings
Catch ya later