Hands Up Dont Shoot by Anna AscheSomething terribly wrong is moving through our landscape. Shooting first has never been a good strategy, yet in Ferguson, Cleveland, Salt Lake, New York City and all across our good Country, Citizens are dying at the hands of some of the very people who have sworn to protect us. I am numb. Where has my America gone? Or maybe the better question is, ‘Who are these people and where were we when they were told they could use tax dollars to take it from us?’
We, the People say differently in hundreds of different kinds of ways.  Permit me to introduce Josh to you. I don’t think I’ve ever reblogged anyone before, but what he’s done in his recent post spoke to my pain and articulated my fury.

Though I am sad this week, I am not weak. Neither are you.  I leave you with the idea that simple prayers become reality.  I’m calling on the hope of Bobby Kennedy, the patience of Martin Luther King and the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi to grace each of us this week. And I’m calling on you.  We can do this.  It is our time to stand and be counted.



“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Special Recognition to:



OPENING PIC: Hands Up by Anna Asche – in the St. Louis American;  Source: http://www.stlamerican.com/entertainment/living_it/article_469a5080-4f64-11e4-bfdc-7f04155a558f.html?mode=story

CLOSING PIC: Martin Luther King and his hands up – in the Huffington Post –  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/martin-luther-king-hands-up-photo_n_5688493.html

Martin Luther King and his hands up Huffington Post



WARNING: I’m going to talk politics, civil rights, racism, police brutality, abuse of power, abuse of power under color of authority, murder, First Amendment, and personal freedom in this post. If you don’t like it. Don’t read it.

GRAPHIC IMAGE! African-American Teenager Michael Brown Killed by Caucasian Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (Do you think this image should be censored on CNN?)

Michael Brown dead in the street in Ferguson, Missouri Michael Brown killed by Police lays dead in the street in Ferguson, Missouri

All men (and women) are created equal.
The Constitution, the First Amendment and Personal Freedom are under attack!

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – the Preamble of the Constitution

Unarmed Man v. St. Louis County Police: "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" Ferguson MO Unarmed Man v. St. Louis County…

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About dan4kent

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 33 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged for years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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2 Responses to “HANDS UP! DON’T SHOOT!”

  1. purplemary54 says:

    I don’t understand what’s going on, either. For the last couple of years, “officer involved shootings” (don’t you love that newsy euphemism?) have been increasing exponentially here in SoCal. It seems like every local broadcast is reporting a story about a cop shooting/killing someone around here. Some are justified (I’d shoot back, too), but many don’t seem to be. I get that the police do a dangerous job, but there seems to be a more trigger-happy mentality going on. There needs to be some serious reexamination about how law enforcement works, and education about what institutionalized racism is and does to people.

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