Do politics have a place on a spiritual path?

By Justin Bane

We are on a fast track to November, 8 and I wanted to talk about a question that I posted a few weeks ago. I will not name those who commented, if you want to see the posts about this topic, head over to the KOA main Org page, the KOA discussion page, and the Ashla Knights discussion page to see the conversations.

I get accused of being political quite a bit in my videos and shows (even though I do not inject politics into nearly all of my videos with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 and now this one). It really seems to upset a few people that I do not talk about my political leanings more often and “admit” and to “Come clean” to whatever political conspiracy that they think I am “hiding behind”.

I asked these questions to all of you;

how important is “Political Affiliation” as it concerns your spiritual path? Do politics even play a role in your path and if so, does it guide your direction?

When looking at the leadership of a group on these similar paths, is it important to know what “side” they are on politically?”

I want to share some of the responses that I got and I will share my views on this with you….

JP: So the question was asked yesterday if politics is a part of this pages job, or of a Spiritual path.? I think the answer is obvious. Are Nazis Knights? KKK members? What is a knight, and how does one seperate their spiritual calling from the the rest of their life, or of the world. It seems to me that ones activity I. The world, ones “position” is a symptom, a result, of their belief systems, their moral and philosophical convictions, of their spiritual path. In fact, if you’re wondering where your Spiritual life is at, you might look at what it is you’re supporting, what you believe about the earths, or a countries, problems and issues.

You have to do it honestly, and ruthlessly, because we all tend to lie a little bit, or a lot, to ourselves…( one good reason for strong feedback, to actually get some perspective in ourselves from outside) Our world is small realtive to all the mythos that motivate and excite us. There are relative few issues to cull through to see where you stand on things…totalitarianism vs, democracy, oligarchy vs, republic,,,and I’ll contest that there are few better places than social justice…for a real earthbound knight to test their spiritual path, or contribute their energy. This one has posted regularly trying to dilute the Black Lives Mattwrs issue, supporting the system and even providing material that the activities we’ve seen lately in terms of racial tension and systemic discrimination and abuse aren’t really happening. I’ll suggest that this is as good a subject as Corporate deregulation or environmental pollution, for you to figure out how your spiritual life is doing…,,

JC: In regards to my path, I assign no value to political affiliation, as the majority of the qualities I see as part of my path fall outside of political affiliation (self control, self reliance, a calm mind…etc).
Political affiliation rears it’s ugly head not based on the objectives and qualities of the path, but how those objectives are reached.

DJ: I consider myself politically anti-partisan. Dividing politics into conservative and liberal separates what should be a single philosophy. We should be conservative in that we preserve what is best in our culture (not everything, but what is best). We should be liberal in that we work toward building a better world. When we separate the two, we get mired in nonsensical conflict — such as what we have today. It is up to those of us who understand this to rectify it.

VJS: Rather than politics informing the path, one’s path should inform their politics.

Perhaps to say that whatever your morals are tend to inform your political views. If your path is one of the Knight, then by the general archetype, you are a champion for the people. One who seeks not only to fight for the safety of loved ones, but strives to help heal this broken world and its broken people with kindness and compassion. Your political views should follow suit, as should all aspects of your life, I feel, or your profession of your path is only empty words

SF: Personally, I am not affiliated with any ‘Political Party.’ I always vote. I try to make an informed decision. I listen to both sides of the issues and then vote for the candidate who I believe will do the best job. It is not perfect……..but what is?

Do you think it makes a person more “knightly” than another solely based on their political affiliations or leanings?

I don’t think so. Just as a Knight’s ‘Religious Affiliations’ does not make them ‘more or less Knightly.

TTM: I have worked the ‘deep end’ of law enforcement. I have interviewed and written profiles on a lot of psychopaths and sociopaths, and various other criminals that felt they were infallible, and could do whatever they liked.

I have reached a point where, even as a Consultant in same, I seldom like to discuss it, My wife requests me to not discuss things like Politics, because I analyze each and every contestant.
I am fairly conservative, but Moderate in some areas, because I am explicitly a Constitutional.

For the most part, I support no Party. Part of this is my understanding of the patterns of human civilization, and part, because I would rather choose the “PERSON” than the party, according to the patterns the contestant shows me by their overall actions.

Today, Some in one party use words like Freedom to try to push socialism and Communism. These politicians I particularly despise as I have watched several countries fall apart due to these methods of rule. Socialism and Communism are also a great part of why I believe in the Republic, and particularly the Constitutional Republic, as it protects individual freedoms from mob rule.

Do you think it makes a person more “knightly” than another solely based on their political affiliations or leanings?

If someone is stuck believing that a political party is the whole answer, they left knightly thought behind.
The Knight thinks for himself. The Knight makes his choices based on virtues. The Knight uses Critical thinking, Adaptive thinking, Judgment of the situation, and mindfulness of cause and effect overall

JE: I am a Constitutionalist. Beyond that, I am also an Egalitarian and a little bit of a Libertarian (Constitutional Libertarianism, like what the founders set up). However, that is just political belief. It has no bearing on my following the Jedi path.

how do you reconcile the Libertarianism and Egalitarian? doesn’t one require more government and the other call for smaller ones?

My Egalitarianism is more of a social egalitarianism rather than a political, and more of a personal view. It is more the belief that everyone is equal rather than any one group is over another. I have often been called racist, sexist, and other names because I view races, sexes, genders, etc. as equal. It is not something the government can truly enforce. While I would like to see the overturning of any laws or rules that reflect one skin tone over another. However, such legislation would be called racist due to overturning such laws as affirmative action.

My Libertarianism is actually a Constitutional Libertarianism. I believe that our government should go back to the political size and consistency that our founding fathers designed. Congress is a part-time job being paid minimum wage, in session for six months and living with their constituency for the other six. During their six months in session, living with military benefits (food, lodging, doctors).

The Libertarian part also includes things such as handing some power back to the states that the federal government took through things like the Department of Education and IRS. It also includes things like a flat-rate tax and term limits for elected officials.

GT: I am right there with you on this political things do not even get any consideration where my path is considered.

A couple of people get upset that I seem to have certain slants and “political leanings” and that they see a conspiracy in all of my work. They try to label me and discredit me because I have a difference of perspective on certain topics. Even though, I opened the KOA to allow many different perspectives of those willing to come on and share.

I don’t vote with my emotions. I don’t vote with purely my heart. I vote with my mind, using common sense, reason and logic as my guides. This is my biggest problem with politics these days. People commenting using emotional knee-jerk responses anytime something political comes up. People attack and degrade each other because they do not have respect for each other anymore. People are offended that another human being would have the gall to dare challenge them on something. People are now identifying as a political party instead of what really makes them a beautiful and unique individual.

We live in an age politically where being objective is somehow wrong. Where using common sense is treated like a superpower. Where taking a middle of the road approach makes you either a racist or a traitor depending on who you are talking to. Where people are identifying with a candidate more than they identify with themselves. The problem with political seasons and elections is, that when you identify your being with one side or the other, someone ultimately loses, and with them 50% of the population loses too.

So why do I not personally talk very much about politics on the KOA? For a couple of reasons. 1. There is already a TON of commentaries and news and discussions about the topic already. 2. Politics is Ally’s thing with her “Lets Regroup” shows. 3. I like to produce shows, videos, and content that make people better, I like to focus on the individual. Governments cannot change who you are. Governments cannot walk your path. Governments cannot help you learn and grow.

Ironically, I will be joining Ally this week sometime to discuss the political climate in the country. She has asked me to join her and I will be a guest on her show “Lets Regroup”.

I don’t need to know who you are voting for before I decide to show you respect and to treat you fairly. Same goes for your religious preference, your sexual preference, your gender identity, your race, and so on. If you are respectful and fair to me, I will treat you in kind.

I love you all very much, and until next time………Awaken the Knight within!

State Senator Perry is EVIL!!!

 

Here’s the basic transcript I read from for this video…sorry about the audio guys:

 

The Federalist Papers Project has some people up in arms because Republican State Senator Jonathan Perry of Louisiana has decided that he wants to push for all volunteers to require training, certificates and a permit fee before they can go into flooded areas.  Trust me, I get it, all you want to do is help people, or all these people want to do is help others.  I understand.  But I also understand the Senator.  In fact, back in 2013 when I changed my degree plan from Hospitality to Homeland Security and Emergency Management, I made a decision that if I ever managed to land a position as an Emergency Management Director, I would work with the state for a required training program and proper certifications that every Search and Rescue team on site had to be qualified in before they were allowed out on the field.  If they didn’t, I would find another mission they could help with.

It’s all part of managing the safety and security of the victims, as well as the volunteers.  And after Hurricane Katrina, it is of vital importance that we understand this.  Louisiana saw first hand what happens when an improperly managed search and rescue mission is executed.  Who better than Louisiana to provide the leadership that the Emergency Management field needs in order to ensure things are properly done?

When Katrina kicked off, volunteers rushed in to help usher victims to safety.  One of the conflicts, however, was that there wasn’t a lot of communication between volunteers and the people running the scene on what places were or were not already cleared by other volunteer groups. This lack of organization didn’t just make it difficult to get to victims, it also spread the efforts out so thin, that they were less effective than had they been a unified organization communicating with one another.  This also left volunteers out in the middle of the field exposed to a number of issues, which risked their own safety.  Understanding and knowing how to work with the National Incident Management System, of which you can receive free training on from FEMA’s website, is one of the most important things a Volunteer in Search and Rescue can do.

Next is personal training.  Knowing all of the things that you can do in order to mitigate risks to yourself and the victims you are trying to save.  If you’re out of the picture, that’s one less volunteer and one more victim.  This could be a number of things, knowing how many people you can have on your boat, knowing what actions to take if your boat starts to show signs of being unable to continue.  Or if you’re out in the wilderness pulling a track and trail mission, this is stuff like knowing how to navigate terrain, knowing the dangers of letting your dog run to lead you rather than ensuring you are walking the terrain. Or if you’re on a missing person’s case, how not to taint the search area with your cigarette butts because it could give a false lead.  A number of things go into personal training depending on the type of search and rescue mission you are on.

Finally, the permit seems to be the biggest issue my friends have had.  Someone has to verify your certifications, and someone has to input you into the system.  This is not something you do once and you’re trained, it’s progressive and maintained.  You can’t teach a canine how to track something, then let him go for 2-3 years without any training expecting him to be able to simply pick it up again.  There are other factors, like you being able to read your dog.  So you have to maintain it.  Every year, someone has to ensure that you’re up-to-date.  This permit fee helps pay for that person to verify it all.

So you can be angry with Perry all you want.  There are Search and Rescue teams out there that are applauding him because they have seen what happens when improperly trained personnel get on the field.  Many of them have been fighting for exactly this type of move by the government in their own states.  So as the Federalist Papers put it “Citizen’s aren’t buying it”, that’s because you’ve not seen what happens out there.  You don’t know how badly others have messed it up.

Riot Control Reform

By Alethea Thompson

Following a shooting of 23 year old Sylville Smith in Milwaukee this past weekend, protesters gathered to defend the recently deceased.  Unfortunately, it was not not long before the protests became violent and turned into a massive riot that resulted in a lot of damages.  This case, as well as the riots that occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore make it clear that something needs to be done to ensure the safety of the peaceful population.  Although every city has a protocol to deal with riots which include the use of tear gas, water hoses, and other forms of riot protocols, it is obvious that in extreme situations, such as the these three incidents, are simply not enough.

These situations cannot use traditional riot control methods because they were not localized.  Instead, in all three incidents were spread out, making it a bit more difficult to control the problem.  To give you an idea, imagine yourself trying to chase after a bunch of sheep running in a variety of directions.  It’s a huge headache.  Instead you get a faster more capable animal to help you herd the sheep together (such as a shepherd or a horse).  Well…it is sort of like that, except that humans are far better at evasion techniques, and they can do a lot more damage than sheep.

We could talk ad nausea all day about how the National Guard should have been allowed to use lethal force in Ferguson, there really is wisdom in not doing so.  It’s clear that this is not something that can be easily remedied, but we can work towards trying to resolve riot issues in other methods.

  1. Legislation.  There has been a lot of hatred towards legislation because it seems to target particular demographics.  I’ve already considered this and went looking before I even made this suggestion- White people are idiots too.  We riot over the dumbest things- like the Giants losing, or a Pennsylvania coach getting fired because he allowed his assistant to molest children.  Each of these incidents have occurred since 2010, so it’s not like it is a new thing.  No, if we put up legislation against rioters, it’s rioters, not Black, White, Hispanic, Native American, or whatever other race you claim to be, rioters.
    So what would this legislation look like?  Here’s problem number 1- Riots are acts of passion in the moment.  They turn normal law abiding citizens into something horrific.  But this isn’t their natural state- not most of them.  So why place them in an already flooded corrections system?  It doesn’t solve anything.  But we could look elsewhere- Pocketbook.  I’m not talking about a fine, but something a bit more final.  Such as being placed on a blacklist for government assistance.  This would not bar them from receiving assistance from charity organizations, just government funding, and access to government run housing or facilities.  This legislation could have a number of years attached to it, or it could be forever, depending on how it would get implemented by individual states.
    I would not, however, bar them from medical insurances such as medicare.  Medical issues are medical issues, and those things arise at the most inopportune times.  No medical doctor can turn them away if it’s life threatening, so we may as well do what we can to help the medical community.  I mean, really, let’s face the reality, medical insurance is not really for the patient, it’s for the medical staff to keep their hospital running properly.  There is no reason to make a hospital suffer for someone else’s actions.
    There is one problem with legislation, however, and that is what to do about minors.  Most of the time this sort of stuff will disappear from their record when they turn 18.  So it will be something that needs to be taken into consideration if ever legislation like this is looked into.
  1. Implementing Legislation.  When compared to all the people that are involved in a riot, the number of arrests are really insignificant.  This makes legislation like the one outlined above essentially ineffective.  Which means that we need to work more on ensuring the point is made which each riot.  When police and/or National Guard go into a situation, their needs to be a plan to take as many as possible into custody so that charges can be brought against them.
  1. Training and Execution.  As I mentioned earlier, traditional methods of crowd and riot control are not as effective as we would like them to be because of the widespread nature of these riots, as opposed to .  This tells us that there needs to be a new focus on developing tactics.  A review of every riot since 2010, and the LA Riots may be able to lend some insight into what police are doing altogether, and at what tactics may improve their results.  Milwaukee does appear to have a Tornado Siren. Although the alarm is set for Tornados, a siren going off means to get to shelter.  Sounding that off in the middle of a riot can alert the public that they need to retreat, before law enforcement makes their move to tactically resolve the issue at hand.  Combine this with a public statement over radio and television why the siren is going off and what the timetable is, urging the public to gather their friends and family up before any action is initiated.
  1. Education.  The final thing we need to do, is educate people about the law, as well as effective methods of pursuing change in our government.  We need to teach them about voting locally, participating in lobbying events for causes they feel are important, as well as the importance of civil rights lawyers.  If we truly want to see change which benefits all parties, there needs to be a respect and understanding for how the system works.

This will all take time.  However, if the last few years have taught us anything, it is that the only way we can move forward is if we learn to adapt.  There is too much being lost in these incidents.  People lose property which is vital for them to survive, or businesses which support entire families are destroyed.  Our government bodies owe it to the public to work on a number of areas, not just the issue of Use of Force.

Gulf of Mexico Flood, Aug. 2016

There are massive storms hitting along the Texas and Louisiana Coasts.  It has already taken two lives and dozens evacuated.

If you want to know what you can do to help, the Red Cross is well known for responding to incidents such as this, and we recommend sending any relief funds you may want to donate to them.  Although it is admirable to want to send food or clothing resources, your finances will go a lot further in helping assist the people in the region as they are connected with Healthcare, Mental Health, Food, Shelter and other essential resources needed for victims of disasters.

If you are in the affected areas and need to know what is available to you, Louisiana Emergency Management, Texas Emergency Management and the Red Cross can put you in contact with resources to help get you back on your feet.

Lousiana: http://gohsep.la.gov

Texas: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/temo/

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter

DoJ Determines BPD is Racist

They’re at it again, trying to spread rhetoric that the police are racist.  Well, specifically one agency: Baltimore Police Department (in Baltimore City).

There is no discounting the fact that this police department has other issues, like the fact that they use excessive force, or simply search people without legitimate probable cause.  These things are quantifiable.  That means there is an issue with the police as a whole, not necessarily that there is a race issue.

Numbers tell us literally nothing, except where issues are prevalent.

Here’s a thought experiment for you.  You have a mixed up crowd (everyone is just mingling, no coherent reason behind it) of 1000 people.  640 are wearing red shirts, 280 are wearing blue, 30 orange, 20 green, 20 purple and 10 yellow (the numbers are based on percentages of the population by race for all of Baltimore)- if someone sprayed 100 bullets into the crowd, how many of each will get shot?  At first you want to say “Well that’s simple 64 red, 28 blue, 3 orange, 2 green, 2 purple and 1 yellow, right?  Wrong.  The chances of the red shirts being where all of those bullets hit is far more likely than having a proportionate number of each other shirt.  And not all of those bullets will hit individual targets, some will hit one target more than once.

Don’t trust the numbers to tell you if racism is going on.  The rest of the DoJ report seems on point- Baltimore Police does seem to need a great deal of improved training.  It’s probably true of most departments around the United States.

In the event anyone is looking for the report by the DoJ, you can find it below.

Department of Justice (2016).  INVESTIGATION OF THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.  Retrieved from http://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3009376/BPD-Findings-Report-FINAL.pdf

Are Police Really Racists? Pt.1

Are the police in your county racist against Black people?  More specifically, are they killing more blacks than whites? I’ve been practically silent over the last few weeks because I was going over all the material in Fatal Encounters- arguably the most comprehensive list of deaths related to police officers.  At first I was going to scour every year they had available, but as it would turn out, they are not done.  Fatal Encounters believes that the most accurate years for the entire nation in their database is currently 2013-2015. So I restricted the data collection to only these three years.  My question was- where are the most racist counties (or equivelant- you know what?  we’re just going to call them all counties, all the parishes, independent cities, etc- it’s a LOT easier to do so, otherwise you’ll get sick of the repetitiveness, I know I am typing it 😉 lol).  You cannot go with states, because every county has it’s own personality.  Plus, the more accurate you have the population comparisons, the better the math will reflect the information you are given.  Because estimates are just that, I drew from the data which is the closest reflection I believe we can get until 2020 (or whenever the next census is): the 2010 Census.

Fatal Encounters divides the race of each person by White/European, Black/African American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Race Unspecified.  Since we do not have a clue who the unspecified are, this study didn’t include them.  Which is a shame, because in some areas, it could have painted a better picture.  Like D.C. which has a predominantly black population, and the only named race were those of Black/African American descent, with 11 Black listed and 6 unspecified, there is no telling what that would have told us if the 6 were of any other race.  I also got rid of the Middle Eastern numbers because I cannot be sure where they were listed in the census demographic.  Running a check on all of the Black Hispanic common last names, I couldn’t find one that was listed as hispanic/latino, so the latino population is listed as White Hispanic.  All of the black population is listed as Black/African American, and the white population was stripped of all their hispanic population.  This was accomplished using https://www.census.gov/popest/data/counties/asrh/2014/PEPSR5H.html .  Just click on a state, and you can access every county (or equivalent) in that state and you can see how you can change the numbers using the drop down menus.  I didn’t see a purpose in dividing males from females, white is white, black is black, hispanic is hispanic.  There were some crazy summaries I read, both men and women are a bit bonkers when faced with the police.  Well, that’s not completely accurate- only those which ended up getting killed.

Now, what does this mean- a person killed by the police?  Fatal Encounters includes all sorts of stories.  This might be a bit more difficult to explain what I included and what I didn’t.  So let me try to simplify it.  First, this data only included the subject of the pursuit.  There were plenty of accidental deaths that occurred, but this does not reflect the intent of the officer to go after those individuals.  I reiterate, this only includes the subjects/suspects of a crime:

1. Suicide- Not included, UNLESS it happened in the middle of a firefight, or just after firefight.  You would be surprised how many of these stories exist.  If it’s possible that an officer of the law could have hit them, then it’s included in the data collected.
2. Lost Control of the Vehicle- Not included.  UNLESS the loss of control happened because of gunfire.  There was at least one story where the officer shot a car and it ended up on the side of the road in a movie-style scene.  But if someone ran over a spike strip or similar road block and killed themselves, that is not on the officer(s)- that’s on the driver for being an idiot.
3. Medical Emergency- Only if the officer caused it, or might have been the cause of it.  Heart Attack?  That’s something that can’t be helped by the officer.  However, if there was an incident where the officers clearly didn’t try to get medical help (key word here, the officers, not the neglect of the medical personnel, of which I saw at least one story like that), then it was included.  Pepper Spray?  Included.  Taser?  Included.  Unarmed Self-Defense resulting in bludgeon/blunt force trauma?  Included.
4. Killing of Passion?  Not included, as I said before, this deals with suspects- not the wife, friend or family member of an officer.  Well except at least one instance where the officer had to kill his own son because he witnessed him stabbing his wife to death, that was included.
5. Drowning?  There were a number of instances where the suspect jumped into the water to avoid getting arrested.  There was one out of Mississippi that I’ll never forget- a guy with a large number of speeding tickets walked himself (backwards) into a large body of water and drowned himself.  Officers couldn’t pull him out fast enough.  Anyways, none of these cases were included.  But there was one drowning incident we did include- there was an officer that arrested someone on a boat and put the wrong life vest on.  The guy drowned when he fell off the boat as it was going back onto shore. Yeah, I don’t agree with the official ruling on the case, that it was excusable- officer should have been fired and barred from public safety jobs for life.  But that’s just me.  Anyways, that was included.
6. Run-over.  Okay so there were a number of instances where the police or a suspect ran over innocent bystanders in pursuit of another suspect or going out to a call of some sort.  None of these incidents were included.  There were at least two incidents that I considered hard before saying “Sure, we’ll include it.”.  The first was where the police crashed into a fence and without realizing it (until they got out) they had pinned the suspect down to the ground, and he died.  It was the suspect, they were pursuing him, they didn’t mean to run him over, but they by chance did…when I considered it all, seemed to me like they might have pulled their gun on him anyway.  The other was where the secondary officer responding to a traffic stop, again by chance, ended up getting into a collision with the suspect.  Now I can’t remember if that was a vehicle on vehicle incident or a vehicle to pedestrian incident.  In either case, I decided it was enough to include in the story.  Any instances where the officer ended up rear-ending a vehicle with a suspect in it, however, was not included. All those stories basically couldn’t have been avoided by the officer.  High Speed Chase deaths, tend to be the fault of the driver.  As mentioned above, there were a few instances that I did include, though.
So I think you have a good idea of what I used to determine whether or not someone would get included in this data set.  It’s a lot of summaries to work through, but hey now you have an idea on how to conduct your own research, and what the problems are with taking a straight number from Fatal Encounters.  The same is true of Killed by Police. They also include accidental deaths.  My data doesn’t discriminate against a police authority (federal vs. local), and it only used the data inside of Fatal Encounters.  If you go the site you can see why it was chosen over any other data pool.  The guy running it truly cares about accurate information.  I also recommend that if you have a passion for this subject and want to contribute, to donate to them.

Alright, so here are the findings

The following Counties had no subject-related deaths outside of White people:

Alabama- Calhoun (3), Dale (2), Houston (2), Marshall (2), Baldwin (1), Blount (1), Chilton (1), Choctaw (1), Lauderdale (1), Lawerence (1), Talledega (1), and Washington (1).

Arizona- Mohave (4), La Paz (1), and Yavapai (1).

Arkansas- Saline (2), Craighead (1), Garland (1), Greene (1), Hot Spring (1), Izard (1), Lonoke (1), Pope (1), Randolph (1), Searcy (1), and White (1).

California- Siskiyou (3), Yuba (3), Mendocino (2), Sutter (2), Kings (1), Lake (1), Madira (1), Napa (1), Nevada (1), Placer (1), Plumas (1), and Tuolumne (1).

Colorado- El Paso (5), Fremont (2), Garfield (1), Jefferson (1), Moffat (1), Morgan (1), and Chaffee (1)

Connecticut- Middlesex (1), Tolland (1), and Windham (1)

Delaware- Kent (2),

Florida- Citrus (3), Escambia (3), Sarasota (3), Hernando (2), Collier (1), Gulf (1), Martin (1), Okaloosa (1), Osceola (1), Santa Rosa (1), Seminole (1), and Bay (1)

Georgia- Clinch (2), Forsyth (2), Pickens (2), Polk (2), Barrow (1), Burke (1), Calhoun (1), Chatanooga (1), Cherokee (1), Coffee (1), Columbia (1), Coweta (1), Decatur (1), Effingham (1), Habersham (1), Harris (1), Jeff Davis (1), Laurens (1), Paulding (1), Putnam (1), Rockdale (1), Walker (1), Wayne (1), Whitfield (1), and Worth (1)

Idaho- Canyon (2), Kootenai (2), Ada (1), Adams (1), Bannock (1), Jerome (1), Madison (1), Shoshore (1), and Valley (1)

Illinois- Kane (2), Dekalb (1), Douglas (1), Franklin (1), Logan (1), Madison (1), Massac (1), McLean (1), Scott (1), Tazewell (1), Whiteside (1), Williamson (1), and Winnebago (1)

Indiana- Lake (2), Brown (1), Delaware (1), Hendricks (1), Johnson (1), Morgan (1), Shelby (1), and Vigo (1)
Iowa- Polk (4), Scott (2), Lee (1), Linn (1), Marshall (1), Van Buren (1), Washington (1), and Worth (1)

Kansas – Barton (1), Decatur (1), Franklin (1), Greenwood (1), Harvey (1), Johnson (1), Leavenworth (1), McPherson (1), Saline (1), and Thomas (1)

Kentucky- Perry (2), Rockcastle (1), Shelby (1), Taylor (1), Whitley (1), Bell (1), Boone (1), Carter (1), Cumberland (1), Fayette (1), Fleming (1), Gallatin (1), Grant (1), Grayson (1), Hopkins (1), Jessamine (1), Knox (1), Larue (1), Lawrence (1), and Magoffin (1)

Louisiana- St. Tammany (3), Livingston (2), Quachita (2), Acadia (2), Avoyelles (1), Franklin (1), Natchitoches (1), and St. Mary (1)

Maine- Penobscot (5), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (1), and Oxford (1), Massachusetts- Barnstable (2), Middlesex (2), Norfolk (2),Franklin (1), and Plymouth (1)

Michigan- Ionia (2), Kalamazoo (2), Kent (2), Alger (1), Barry (1), Bay (1), Gladwin (1), Lenawee (1), Livingston (1), Macomb (1), Mason (1), Montcalm (1), and Osceola (1)

Missouri- St. Louis City (9), Greene (4), Buchanan (2), Christian (2), Morgan (1), Cedar (1), Crawford (1), Dekalb (1), Franklin (1), Holt (1), Jefferson (1), Johnson (1), Pettis (1), St. Charles (1), Stone (1), and Barry (1)

Minnesota- St. Louis (2), Beltrami (1), Blue Earth (1), Crow Wing (1), Itasca (1), Kanabec (1), McLeod (1), Nicollet (1), and Stearns (1)

Mississippi- Lincoln (2), Rankin (2), Copiah (1), George (1), Marion (1), Scott (1), Stone (1), Tishomingo (1), Tunica (1), and Union (1)

Maryland- Fredrick (3)

Montana- Yellowstone (7), Beaverhead (1), Cascade (1), Mineral (1), Missoula (1), Powell (1), and Ravalli (1)

Nebraska- Lancaster (3), Cheyenne (1), Colfax (1), Deuel (1), Polk (1), and Sarpy (1)

New Hamshire- Hillsborough (1) and Strafford (1)

New Jersey- Ocean (2), Sussex (1), Warren (1), and Monmouth (1)

New Mexico- Lincoln (1), Sierra (1), and Torrance (1)

New York- Albany (1), Cayuga (1), Essex (1), Franklin (1), Fulton (1), Herkimer (1), Onondaga (1), Orleans (1), Oswego (1), Rockland (1), Saratoga (1), and Ulster (1)

Nevada- Carson  (1), Churchill (1), Douglas (1), Elko (1), and Lyon (1)

North Carolina- Wake (5), Catawba (3), Alleghany (1), Ashe (1), Bladen (1), Brunswich (1), Burke (1), Carteret (1), Haywood (1), Macon (1), Pender (1), and Wilson (1)

North Dakota- Grand Forks (1), and Stark (1)

Oklahoma- Payne (3), Choctaw (2), Mayes (2), Adair (1),  Beckham (1), Bryan (1), Canadian (1), Cherokee (1), Creek (1), Garfield (1), Grady (1), Logan (1), Nowata (1), Okfuskee (1), Pawnee (1), and Pottawatomie (1)

Ohio- Pike (3), Knox (2), Mercer (2), Stark (2), Brown (1), Butler (1), Coshocton (1), Geauga (1), Hancock (1), Mahoning (1), Muskingum (1), Portage (1), Warren (1), and Wood (1)

Oregon- Marion (5), Clockamas (3), Douglas (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (2), Klamath (2), Lane (2), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Lincoln (1), and Umatilla (1)

Pennsylvania- Monroe (2), Westmoreland (2), Berks (1), Bucks (1), Butler (1), Fayette (1), Northhampton (1), Somerset (1), Venango (1), and Wayne (1)

South Carolina- Aiken (3), Berkeley (2), Horry (2), Lancaster (2), Chesterfield (1), Georgetown (1), Kershaw (1), Oconee (1), York (1), South Dakota- Lawrence (1), and Minnehaha (1)

Tennessee- Blount (2), Bradley (2), Tipton (2), Cumberland (1), Dickson (1), Grainger (1), Hamblen (1), Jefferson (1), Lewis (1), Marion (1), McMinn (1), Rhea (1), Roane (1), Sequatchie (1), Sevier (1), and Sumner (1)

Texas- Parker (5), Leon (2), Orange (2), Angelina (1), Aransas (1), Armstrong (1), Bell (1), Bosque (1), Cass (1), Collin (1), Coryell (1), Fanin (1), Grayson (1), Guadalupe (1), Hamilton (1), Hays (1), Hood (1), Howard (1), Jim Hogg (1), Lamar (1), Montague (1), Nacognoches (1), Nolan (1), Polk (1), Randall (1), Taylor (1), Victoria (1), Waller (1), and Wise (1)

Utah- Davis (3), Touele (2), Box Elder (1), Cache (1), Duchesne (1), Iron (1), Uintah (1), and Washington (1)

Vermont- Chittenden (2)

Virginia- Amherst (1), Augusta (1), Bedford City (1), Fairfax (1), Fredrick (1), Giles (1), Grayson (1), Henrico (1), Hopewell City (1), King George (1), Lynchburgh City (1), Montgomery (1), Nelson (1), Powhatan (1), Pulaski (1), Rockingham (1), Suffolk City (1), and Washington (1)

Washington- Spokane (10), Cowlitz (3), Lewis (2), Douglas (1), Grant (1), Grays Harbor (1), Kitsap (1), Stevens (1), and Benton (1)

West Virginia- Monongalia (2), Brooke (1),
Clay (1), Greenbrier (1), Harrison (1), Lewis (1), Logan (1), Mineral (1), Mingo (1), and Ohio (1)

Wisconsin- Dunn (2), Kenosha (2), Winnebago (2), Clark (1), Douglas (1), Fond du Lac (1), Monroe (1), Portage (1), and Racine (1)

Wyoming- Natrona (2), Albany (1), Campbell (1), Converse (1), Fremont (1), Laramie (1), and Uinta (1)

Obviously the above counties have no qualms with shooting white people, in a three year period that’s all they shot.  Yes, black people live in these areas, if the police in these counties were more likely to have a fatal encounter with black people, then these counties would have seen at least one black person killed.  Since they didn’t, you can rest assured that if you live in one of these counties, your police force(s) are not murderous racists (*rolls eyes* the majority aren’t, honestly, but we can say with certainty that none of these guys are- we’ll get into that at the end of this little series though).

What about other counties? We’ll talk about that tomorrow.  For today, this is enough for you to chew on.

Let’s Regroup Protestors! Pt. 1

As promised, here are the sources you can check out:
Megyn Kelly with Jorge Ramos of Univision
Ted Cruz Twitter
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