Friday, May 27, 2011

Excuse me, Mr. Officer?

I have been paying much more attention to the actions of police officers, and how they are sonmehow justified by the higher-up's and some of the people in the world.  ( As I mentioned in my previous post, my senses have been heightened lately to the subject of animals/law/governement lately with the shooting of my friend's dog unjustifiably.)
Now while a few people I know, whom are close to me, disagree with me on this...I do believe there is a time and place for police officers. Abuse, maintaining order in certain situations, investigating murders, and a few other things....are where I choose to believe its the right thing for the right reasons.  And I am sure some of them are actually nice people when they are at home, being a normal person. Yet, I draw the line and agree with my family/friends on most other things.  Again, I could rant on this for awhile..but let me share some examples.
I was behind a police offier yesterday on the way to work, a sherriff no less. We were waiting at a light, and you are supposed to wait at the white line. He just continued to creep over the white line, until he was halfway in the middle of the intersection.  If it was an average citizen, you would get a ticket.  He then proceeded to speed about 10 over the speed limit the whole way, again most would get a ticket. He never used turn signals, looked to be texting, etc.  Again, an average citizen would get a a ticket.  So who police's the police?  They are just given the power to do whatever they want mostly, with no consequence.
Do whatever you want on the road, cause no one will pull you over.  Arrest someone without getting their side of the story, or looking at the facts. Shoot a dog that isn't doing anything wrong, not attacking or lunging at you, just came over to see who you were. And if there was an investigation questioning your actions from the higher up's who are supposed to look at both sides, there will still be no consequences, so who cares. They will just protect their own, not the rights of the people.  Must be nice to walk around with a God complex knowing you can say and do mostly whatever you want, and little if anything, will happen to you.   And they wonder why so many people are against cops and not nice to them! How can we trust the system, and trust the officers, when this is usually how it is? 
It maddens me that things are this way, that so many officers of the law, rarely have to answer for their actions. And if they do, it gets covered up or excused. Don't we the people; who pay the taxes, have to obey the law or suffer the consequences, work for what we have, etc.....deserve the same from them as equals? They aren't "better" then the average citizen. Their life is not more prized then my own and my family's. It doesn't mean they can do whatever they want, take what they want, just because they went to school to be a police officer.  And it leads back to the higher-up's; the sheriff's, the chief of police, the mayor...the whole darn government who continues to allow it to be this way.  They makes speeches, write articles, talk to the news and newspapers.....about making changes, making it better.  Really....when?   I say...NOW!!!!!

For the love of animal rights

You can google "police and dog shootings", and many articles and sad stories come up. Yes, some may be justified for the protection of children or an aggressive animal at large type thing, but many are not.  Many are where it's a very unclear, grey area where the law permits it and where it needs some serious looking-at.  My best friend and sister-in-law's dog' shooting, has brought my attention to these issues much more so lately. In Colorado, the law talks specifically about using force "upon another person," and states that someone can use a degree of force that is believed to be necessary for protection. Yet the law doesn't address use of force against animals. Why not?  In this day and age, with so many people having animals and thinking of them as part of the family and being incredibly special ....why the hell has this not been addressed by our so called "citizen protecting and serving, united for all" government??  So many of us are so concerned with the suffering of animals, but the government is not. A few animals rights quotes I like:

"Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage". ~Sri Aurobindo

"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions". ~Mark Twain

"The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position". ~Christine Stevens

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals? " ~Attributed to George Bernard Shaw

"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. " ~Schopenhauer

I could go on and on with animal rights quotes. I could rant and rave in this blog for days about the numerous ways animals are not identified and given rights. Whether it's shootings by police officers unjustifiably, puppy mills, fur factories, etc......why are they not considered? Why are they not spoken for? I suppose the debate could go on and on, as yes I eat meat and just choose not to think about what the animals go through so that I can eat it. And yes, I know PETA does all they can to make a difference, but its not enough to force changes in the law. Just as, to many ignorant people out there, animals are just "pets". 

These injustices results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. Is that what we want for ourselves? Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

Justice For Ava

A few weeks ago, on 5/10/11 to be exact, my sister-in-law's dog was shot by an officer in the Erie Police Department.  This was a total travestry, and uncalled for. I have written so many letters and pleadings, I won't go over it again here.  But I would like to take yet another moment of silence to remember dear sweet Ava, who was a member of our family and extended family. She was such a great girl, and so loved    .................................................................................................................................

I do ask that if anyone actually reads my blog, that you take a minute to visit and like the Justice for Ava page on Facebook. As well as sign the petition that has been underway for Ava, and there you can read the story as well.

Thank you...may you rest in peace, Ava.....

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My journey ahead

Been awhile since I have posted, so much on my mind I can hardly process it all, lots of changes and things to work on ahead. Where to start...
I have started weening myself off my antidepressants, which much to my surprise (since I have tried before with not so good luck) is going really well. Its crazy when I think about how long I have been on them, since I was about 18...11 years or something. I really feel like some people really do have a insufficiency in their brain and need them, yet I have also always felt a little embarrassed to be on them. I believe my husband is probably right when he says that not only does he not like prescription medicines, but that their is probably a lot more not-so-good crap in prescriptions that the companies just don't tell you. It seems like most the people close to me are against them overall; and when I tell them how I feel about getting off them, how I am proud of myself, etc...I get what feels like negative reactions in some ways. How my body is toxic from them, how they are so bad, how they don't agree with being on them to begin with, etc. Honestly, I think I won't talk to anyone about it anymore. I am proud of myself, and whether it was ever good for me to begin with, is irrelevant. This will be the first time since I was 18 that I haven't been on ANY prescription medicines. Antidepressants, birth control, nothing. I am anxious to see how my body responds, I have a feeling its gonna like it.
I have taken my IUD out as well (which was a less then enjoyable or easy experience) and am not going to be on any birth control. I am starting a cleanse in a week or so, for my Endometriosis as well. I will be taking a good share of supplements/herbs now, and right now I am a little overwhelmed by the thought of them all and their schedule. But at least they are natural and will be helpful in various ways.
I am also going to be making diet and exercise changes, much needed and super long overdo. Gosh, I fear this will be the hardest for me, as it always is. Its funny, it seems so hard to make that connection between mind and body. To make the changes I know in my heart I absolutely have to make for my health and my future. It frusturates me so much, how I am getting in my own way of what I need to do, what I can have and be. It's a hard pill to swallow, it really is.  But i am trying to be vigilent, and strong. I am trying to focus and buckle down. I could really use some clarity, energy and better willpower though. Habits are hard to break I suppose. In the end, in what I hope to just be 6 months, I can start trying for a baby. To me, this is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The only thing I feel I am truly missing out on, that most already have. The thing the seperates me from so many, even those close to me. Parenthood. My one true love meant to be.
Please send positive vibes towards my dreams and goals. :)