Thursday, March 19, 2015

Affirmative Action–Two Dirty Words that Should Have Their Place--Especially In Communities Like Ferguson, Missouri

In Ferguson, Missouri, the police force had 50 Caucasian police officers and only 3 African American Police Officers in a predominantly African American community. Many allege that this is one of the dynamics that led to the death of an unarmed young African American Michael Brown. Whether or not this is the case, it highlights a problem in many communities across America in their government's civil service workforces.

1. Government is only as good as its service to the governed.

2. Governmental services should be disseminated impartially.

3. Majorities have a tendency, both subconsciously and consciously, to harbor biases against those they see as “others” or not “them.”

4. To avert the despotism of the majority, encourage creativity and innovation, and to foster freedom, a democracy must provide a safe harbor for diversity to thrive.

5. Due to the cultural, educational, economic, experiential, religious, and historical differences of various racial groups within a democracy–such groups are often better served by a civil service workforce that has the same or similar racial and cultural backgrounds.

6. To achieve the impartial and effective dissemination of governmental services, democratic communities should accommodate the racial, sexual, and cultural differences of its members by hiring a civil service workforce (police officers, fire fighters, public defenders, prosecutors, bureaucrats, teachers, etc.) that reflects the community’s diverse demographics. Hence, according to their proportional representation in our society, qualified applicants should be found to fill government civil service jobs.

7. All races of homo sapiens and both sexes have individuals who are capable of serving competently and reliably in all civil service workforce positions.

8. If qualified applicants that reflect a community’s diverse demographics cannot be found, it is not a failure of the particular race, sex or cultural group, it is the failure of our institutions to equip, train, and locate individuals representing all of our communities’ diversity with this capacity.

9. A diverse civil service workforce, not only is perceived to disseminate governmental services impartially, because of its collective pool of knowledge regarding the cultural, educational, economic, experiential, sexual, religious, and historical backgrounds of its community members, it is often more adept at disseminating governmental services both impartially and often more effectively.

10. Our democracy and market systems have engendered a vibrant economy with boundless opportunity. Therefore those who may otherwise qualify for a civil service job but who, due to affirmative action policies, may not have this opportunity, will nevertheless be able to find or create employment of equal, if not greater, economic merit in the private sector.

Democracies should have aggressive affirmative action policies for its civil service workforces and in its educational institutions.

While this may not have averted the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, nor the death of Michael Brown, it may have. And while the lack of diversity in its police force should not be an excuse for violent behavior that is not justified by the known facts, nor by the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy, it will avert many such other potential incidents all over our nation.
This is why in non-elected government civil-service positions and in educational institutions, I support aggressive affirmative actions plans.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 19, 2014

Jacob Dean- I dissent. Affirmative Action is smiley face racism.  August 19, 2014 at 11:37pm

Jacob Dean- Also, while still waiting for the whole picture, it looks more and more like the thing that would have prevented the events of Fergusen would have been for Mr Brown to not attack a police officer with enough force and violence to, as reports today say, blow out his orbital eye socket. Still waiting on verification and the whole picture on this but looking at events like this and seeing race issues is why the real, institutional race problem in this country is intellectually housed in the left.  August 20, 2014 at 7:54am

Loren M. Lambert- Perhaps. I completely oppose the mentality that cop + death of member of public = police brutality and the mobocracy that wants "justice now" whether its lynching a cop or a minority. Let the investigation move forward. On the other hand I think as a general rule sometimes cops are too hasty to act with aggression, when stepping back and diffusing the situation is the better act of valor.  August 20, 2014 at 8:30am

Sex and Government--Two Very Dirty Words

What do the words and the definitions of Government and Sex have in common? Both standing alone are dirty words defining dirty things to some conservative thinkers.

The mere mention of these words cause their brains to implode with IBS--Irritable Brain Syndrome--during which they cannot think or communicate because either their brains shut down due to cerebral constipation or their brains vomit a senseless stream of incoherent sentences and irrational ideas due to cognitive projectile diarrhea. During this state of mind it is impossible for them to rationally discuss these two "dirty words" and understand that Sex and Government depending on the circumstances, consent, preparation, size, innovation, utility, integrity, persons involved, commitment, follow through, and transition can be good, productive, fulfilling, and sometimes even praiseworthy.

Today, sadly many conservatives and republicans don't understand this, don't want to have a conversation, don't want to solve problems, and they really don't want small government. They want almost no government and while there at it, no sex. Because if they are too frustrated to have it, they think their misery deserves company.

But oddly while these same conservatives will trust government to be militarized to the nines, be the guardians of a large nuclear arsenal, and to intrude into every corner of our lives--the very means by which dictators impose totalitarian regimes.  They cower in abject infantility when moderates, some conservatives, Democrats, progressives, libertarians, pragmatists and others suggest that government be called on to propagate the continued viability of our planet.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 14, 2014

Jacob Dean: Oh give me a break.  August 15, 2014 at 3:52pm

The Blessing of Reprobate Principles

There are no private organizations, no corporations, no group of philanthropists, no charities, no clans, no critical mass of individuals toiling on their own big enough to save our oceans, preserve our forests, rescue our bio-diversity, or bring balance back to our climate other than government.

So whether you're a conservative, a Christian, a tea-party member, libertarian or anarchist, you can understand that for what it is and be a positive influence in the process or you can fight it to you and your childrens' detriment. And then, in so doing, forever be a byword and a curse upon the lips of the dying masses for having sealed our doom with the blessing of your reprobate principles.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 13, 2014

Russell Josephson: In my personal opinion, this is the very doctrine that will bring the Anti-Christ to power as the head of a one-world government.

The fear of global catastrophe, and the perceived need of a single power to 'save' us all from it, will spur us to submit to a totalitarian dictatorship.

This false savior will call for 'shared sacrifice' by surrendering of our economic, political, religious and personal liberty in the name of 'saving the planet'...

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."  (New Testament | Revelation 13:16 - 17).  August 14, 2014 at 11:22am

Stevens Sandra: we have desert we can fill with solar panels and wind for windmills We dutch afteral dried up most of of our country and made new land and dried out suffolk for the British with our famous windmills.  August 14, 2014 at 6:42am

Terry Stone: Lol...  August 14, 2014 at 6:59am

Terry Stone: A jokester . Lol.....  August 14, 2014 at 6:59am

Stevens Sandr: OMG Russel lol i think i was marked when i was born.  August 14, 2014 at 7:04am

Loren M. Lambert: The God I know helps those who help themselves and the very apocalypse some (Russell) fear, is the self fulfilling prophesy that many of the religious or professed religious want to cause by their irresponsible and profligate living. The humble, meek and resourceful people that Christ embraced and still shepherds are those who live and lived simply. They bear no resemblance to the industrial rapiers that exist today who claim religiosity in order to manipulate and not liberate the modest of income, means and education.

I do not speak of the end of democracy and it is offensive that you accuse me of such. I speak of democratically resolving the time-bomb problems our world faces. Unman the podium of dogmatism and start becoming a part of the solution instead of remaining a part of the problem. It is the alleged religious in China, the Middle East and Africa, professing to act for God and Allah, who are raining death and destruction on all and are currently acting in a totalitarian fashion across the globe.  August 14, 2014 at 10:01am

Russell Josephson Hi Loren M. Lambert, I'm sorry that you find my post offensive, but I don't see any other way that the prophecy will be fulfilled. Once we democratically surrender our soveriegnty to the future one-world authority, we will not be able to retain our rights and privileges -- no matter how good the original intent or pretext was.
August 14, 2014 at 11:30am

Jacob Dean Another excellently written load of tripe  but to be fair Its been some time since I was surprised to find myself in disagreement with Loren. Great guy, but once again Loren: I dissent.
August 14, 2014 at 3:22pm

Terry Stone Lol....  August 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

Loren M. Lambert: Sometimes truth is hard to square with. As an example, what do the words and the definitions of Government and Sex have in common? Both standing alone are dirty words to some conservative thinkers because the mere mention of them cause their brains to implode with IBS--Irritable Brain Syndrome--during which they cannot think or communicate because either their brains shut down due to cerebral constipation, their testicles retract (in males), their mammary glands go into stasis (females) and their vocal box and cords tighten into useless or squeaky wrecks or their brains vomit a senseless stream of incoherent irrational words due to cognitive projectile diarrhea.

During this state of mind it is impossible for them to understand that Sex and Government can be productive, good, bad, mediocre, etc depending on consent, preparation, size, innovation, utility, who is involved, follow through and transition. But today, sadly many conservatives and republicans don't understand this and simply want to ensure that there is no government and no sex.
August 14, 2014 at 11:11pm

Stevens Sandra LOL good one Loren thumbs up.  August 15, 2014 at 8:17am

Terry Stone Our ego blinds us from the facts.  August 15, 2014 at 8:34am

Jacob Dean As an never married Mormon conservative male, and consequently a 34 year old virgin, I can categorically say that some of us want MORE sex, not less .
August 15, 2014 at 3:43pm

Terry Stone Jacob  more love the better . Right on
August 15, 2014 at 4:45pm

Loren M. Lambert @Jacob--you know me well enough to know when I use hyperbole to emphasize a point--so I'm just joking about the government and republicans--I know they really want big government--just big government for corporate America. (Oh yeah, and also sex, their are some conservatives that champion its responsible manifestations).
August 18, 2014 at 10:08am

Jacob Dean Lol - I completely agree with you when it comes to republicans, particularly those in DC... That's why I'm not one .
August 18, 2014 at 2:51am

Loren M. Lambert @Russell, I don't advocate a "one world authority." I do advocate cooperation and pragmatism. I also advocate a balance between municipal, state, federal and multinational cooperation.

My Cult of Incrementalism

I was taught that "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."

I believed it. It gave me hope. All I had to do was take small simple steps. I bought into it hook line and sinker.

I did my small little things. I lit my candle. I took that first bite. I paced out a dozen baby steps to take me clear over there. I earned a widows mite and gave my two cents. I started my thousand mile journey with a single step. I planted my tiny seeds, I sawed the wood in front of me, I set my tireless tortoise feet upon the path, and I put my shoulder to the wheel.

Then I stopped, paused, poked my head above the underbrush, looked around, and realized that I had brought a squirt gun to a 5 alarm fire, a pocket knife to a shock and awe war, and a pup tent to withstand the gales of a class 5 hurricane. I had become a cult of incrementalism.

The world calls for no small and simple things. It's too late for that. Do the small simple things to develop your soul but then rage into large and profound dreams so that great things are truly brought to pass that astound the stilted who think they are wise. Scream, storm, rattle the cages, rage against the machine and be the voice that cannot be ignored that cries among the multitudes.

Nothing, big enough to meet the challenges of our day, can be resolved, by following a cult of incrementalism that calls a teaspoon forth to help empty out the flood waters of our times.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 13 , 2014

Robin Williams

I'm generally not one to follow celebrities and be either overly affected by their personal lives or pretend that they have some corresponding bond with me, but I feel this connection to Robin, like he was someone I hung out with at some time and knew. I will miss him. I am saddened by his passing, and I think if such a vibrant shining talent can succumb to his demons then we all walk a thin line between sanity and desperation and we all are fragile souls in such need of the fellowship of those who can bouy us up and lighten our burdens.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 11, 2014

Laurie Jan Bray Important sentiment , thanks for saying it.
August 11, 2014 at 11:16pm

Terry Stone Well said Sir
August 12, 2014 at 7:40am

Tawnie Bowers Beautifully said, Loren. I feel the same way. It's truly a wake-up call. It's strange how I feel as though I've lost a part of my own family, the amount of influence he had on me... he truly was an amazing man.
August 12, 2014 at 9:57am

Terry Stone A example for sure . The suicide rate for kids under 10 years old on the Indian reservations is also sad . Odd we don't ever hear of it .
August 12, 2014 at 10:02am

Greg Robbins Never been more sad about something than this, which is really wired.
August 13, 2014 at 11:50am

Common Ground May Get Uncomfortably Common

On Doug Fabrizio's Radio West journalist, Scott Carrier, commented after listening to the Cliven Bundy interview. He said that the country is divided about 50-50. One half who's decisions, philosophies, and political positions are based strictly upon their religious convictions. The other half who's positions are based upon scientific reasoning. He said the two sides are not talking to each other and that this could be a problem. Both view the other side as preposterous. He also commented on how the religious view the Constitution in dogmatic ways that brook no viewpoint contrary to their own.

Mr. Carrier gained his insight on this matter while producing an audio documentary that posed the question, "do you think that the world is coming to an end?" to those he interviewed. He said that both sides of this divide think that it is for different reasons and champion different remedies.

I asked my mentor, Herb Cowan-- large vegetable farmer and erstwhile rancher, and contemporary with Cliven Bundy, if he thought the world was doomed and what he thought about the self-proclaimed "Prophets" of the Constitution in their view that only the dead founding fathers, being inspired by God, knew what to do.

"It's a damn poor God that can only inspire a small handful of beer drinking, tricorn hatted colonialists and no others since then," he responded. "If things are going to hell, we'll all be to blame. And when they do, talking will break out all along the great divide when we're all forced to huddle hungry and scared on a quickly vanishing plot of common ground."
So why wait for that to happen?

I've never met anyone, including some very despicable and off the charts criminal defendants, who could not teach me something. I promise you there are good people on every side of a conflict. Reach out to them. We can stand on common ground today or be forced to when all hell breaks out and there's nothing left but some polluted tiny speck of common ground.
Loren M. Lambert
© August 9, 2014


Loren M. Lambert:  August 9, 2014 at 12:31pm

Terry Stone Good listen.  August 10, 2014 at 3:21pm

Cliven Bundy--Mormon Prophet for the Narrow Visioned

Nevadan self-proclaimed Mormon prophet says that to avert civil war we must break down the doors of our national parks and reclaim them as our own.

You see, the prairie dogs, coyotes, bison and wolf packs along with their turn coat and namby pamby traitorous federal rangers, and agents are all plotting to take away our constitutional rights.  To dispose of our garbage as we please and to shoot whatever we get a hankering to shoot.

As the Abraham Lincoln of land use policies, Mr. Bundy says a country divided into unspoiled, spoiled, polluted, unpolluted, developed and undeveloped land, and everything in between, cannot stand-- let alone piss on an open fire pit, but must all be equally ridden and eaten over by cows, cowboys, cars and caterpillars (the metal kind).

Loren M. Lambert
© August 6, 2014