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I have read many news stories lately about police brutality, etc. It seems like when one story hits the news about police officers using excessive force then similar stories crawl out of the woodwork like termites. Media is one of our societies worst enemies and once people start getting that through their heads, things won’t change.

As I have read these stories one after another, they all have commonalities between them. The person who has been killed or shot had either just committed a crime, were on drugs, or didn’t follow a simple task an officer asked them to do. There are some incidents that are questionable, but for the most part this is the case.

For some reason over the past few years society has changed it’s mentality. We have become a society that not only feels like no one can tell us what to do or we can do what we want without any consequences.  Then my absolute favorite: if you have something I want, I have the right to take it because I don’t have what you have. Whether that be because of poorer circumstances or because they have been conditioned to believe they deserve it for one reason or another.

Then certain states have even passed laws that legalize some of the very drugs that some of these thugs are on that make them believe they are invincible. Then people can’t figure out why people are getting killed.

Not only has society changed in this way, but it has also lost one important aspect of being a human being, the simple thing called common sense.

As I have read about the Ferguson ordeal, I have been sickened because of the behaviors of the human race. You don’t answer to what some may call injustice by forcing more injustice on innocent bystanders.

I will be the first to admit that I have been mad at a cop before. When I look at the big picture, I have not right to be. The times I have been mad at a cop was when I was speeding and got pulled over and given a ticket. Whose fault is that? The cops? No, it was my fault because I either chose to speed or else was not paying attention to how fast I was going.

The officer was doing the very thing my tax payers money pays him to do.

My daughter was sitting in her car waiting for someone to open the doors to where she worked the other morning. She decided to floss her teeth while waiting. An officer pulled into the parking lot and questioned what she was doing. After he found out, she left. We may all think this was stupid to do on the cop’s part, but what was possibly happening is that the night before the security alarm had gone off many times during the night at the building. We found out later that it was Christmas ornaments, but the officer was looking out for the business where she and I both work.

People complain that cops use force when they shouldn’t. Perhaps that is the case in some situations, but have you walked a mile in their shoes?  Do you face potential life threatening situations day in and day out because of your employment. Do you have family members waiting at home for your safe return. Do you have family members who need you for support of your daily basic needs? Police officers come from families just like the rest of us. I have no doubt that if someone were to break into your home, you would defend yourself and your family by any means possible. Why are officers not allowed to protect themselves when they feel threatened. I am sure they are trained when to use that force. A criminal with a weapon can close that 10-12 foot gap pretty quickly and do damage if they want.

I work at a t-shirt printing company. I am dumbfounded at how many people will call in wanting one shirt printed in one day. Their common saying is, “It’s just one shirt, how hard can that be”?

Let me explain how the t-shirt printing process works. I had a lady call in one day wanting us to print a shirt for her that very day of a job she had done the week before. It was four colors on the front. One might think, no sweat, we just did that. If the screen printer is good at what he does, it would take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to set up all of the screens for that one shirt. That would tie up a machine for that long for any other jobs that needed to be done. People don’t understand that it takes as long to set up a job for one shirt as it does for 50. If someone is creating a new design for print to do in one day, Depending on how hard the artwork is, it could take up to a few hours. Depending on how picky the customer is, it can take even longer. Then the artwork has to be prepped and screens burned which can take another hour. Depending on how many colors are in the artwork can depend on how long it takes to set up the job.

My point is, until you have worked that job or been in that position, you are clueless. You may have your opinions about how you think things should work or be done, but you really are clueless unless you have worked that job. It is the same with the people we pay to defend our very lives. Until we are faced with near death situations daily, we need to quit being so quick to jump on the “lynch the cop” bandwagon.

Another aspect that is seriously getting under my skin is the fact that during all of these police brutality stories, most of the people shot and killed had just committed a crime. They broke the law. But all we hear is about is the senseless killings. Where in the crap is the common sense that says, “IF THEY WEREN’T BREAKING THE LAW TO BEGIN WITH THEY WOULD STILL BE ALIVE”. “IF THEY WOULD HAVE JUST DROPPED THE WEAPON THEY WOULD STILL BE ALIVE”, “IF THEY WOULD HAVE JUST STOPPED WHEN ASKED, THEY WOULD STILL BE ALIVE”. “IF THEY WOULD HAVE JUST GOTTEN OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WHEN ASKED, THEY WOULD STILL BE ALIVE”. Where is that in all of this? Do we as a people no longer feel like their should be consequences to our very actions? Do we no longer have any common sense in our beings?

Do we go into our neighbor’s homes and steal from them, do we go to the local markets and take what is not ours, do we kill someone we are mad at, do we drive drunk or like idiots down the road and not expect to be punished for our actions? If so, then that is the real issue in all of this, not what the cops are doing.

How stupid have we become as a people? I used to think that we had more common sense that this. Some of our very own government officials are doing a very good job at masking the real issues here. Perhaps in part because they have helped breed and feed the mentality a lot of people are suffering from. We are not entitled to everything we want. When we break the law, our court systems are set up to either free us or jail us. Sometimes it doesn’t work right, and then we need to pursue that. But if people would quit breaking the law, these things will quit happening. Common sense.

Enough is Enough!

Sign petition here:   http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/firing-of-lawrence-o-donnell.html

Some of you may or may not know that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Or you might know us by the name Mormon. Yes, I belong to the same faith as Mitt Romney.

I am usually a peaceful person. I try to follow the teachings of God and Jesus Christ the best I can. I have my faults just like every person on this earth. I try to be accepting of all people’s beliefs and respect them for that. I rarely try to initiate conflict in any way, but something has happened that has cut me to my very core.

There are three things that I will go to my death fighting for. One: God, Two: Family, Three: America. Now if anyone messes with these three things or disses on them in any way, it will set a “sleeping lion” off in me like none other.

An attack has been made upon my belief system that I view as an attack on religion altogether in the media. Even though I have my issues with Newt Gingrich and his lack of morality in marriage, he was right when saying that the media is having an all out attack on religion.

When someone who holds the title of journalist they are held to a code of ethics. Here is the preamble for that very code:

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

The following is the SPJ’s code of ethics:

Seek Truth and Report It
Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalists should:

— Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
— Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
— Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
— Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
— Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
— Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.
— Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged news events. If re-enactment is necessary to tell a story, label it.
— Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story
— Never plagiarize.
— Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
— Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
— Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
— Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
— Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
— Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
— Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
— Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

Minimize Harm
Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Journalists should:

— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
— Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
— Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
— Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
— Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
— Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
— Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
— Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.

Act Independently
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

Journalists should:

—Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

Journalists should:

— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
— Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
— Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
— Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

With this said and listed I created a online petition to get Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC fired for his unethical reporting. His latest has been a spew of lies regarding the church I belong to. This man has in no way done his research completely to be able to accurately report on something he knows absolutely nothing about.

Mr. O’Donnell has repeatedly broken the code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists. When companies hire and employ people who feel that their perception of things is more truthful than the facts themselves, then they need to be removed from a position of influence to unsuspecting listeners or viewers. Mr. O’Donnell has repeatedly failed to do his homework on many of his comments and thus has broken the very code of ethics he is required to follow by his profession.

I call all to sign the petition and thus take back our country and make the Media themselves be held to a higher standard of truthful reporting. Too many misunderstandings and misinformation comes from the media and we as a people need to hold them to a higher standard because of the potential influence they have on the world.

If you have any moral fiber in your body to stand up to this type of reporting then please sign this petition and lets send a message to the media that we are tired of the lies and hatred they create in this beloved country of ours. We are here to help  one another and build this great nation,  not tear each other down and create disharmony within our own walls. This country is run by the people for the people, not by  media or by government. It was set up for the people to make change and be change. I call for action.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/firing-of-lawrence-o-donnell.html