Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Opus 2020-136: A New Source?

When I come across a new source of information I always begin to explore it with a grain of salt in my craw over everything they say.  Are they presenting new or politically correct propaganda?  Sometimes it doesn’t take long to get the drift of a “news” writer.  Such was the case with Jacob Asmussen of Texas Scorecard.  The article had to do with the Austin City council being upset with the leadership of their police chief.  I was not familiar with the Texas Scorecard but figured it would be a chance to get their slant.

The basic groundwork was laid out in the second paragraph,
“The Austin City Council had an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the local police’s response to recent protests downtown, where violence broke out and numerous citizens were sent to the hospital with severe injuries.”
What struck me here was that these were “citizens” who had been injured.  It wasn’t rioters, looters, or even protestors.  It was citizens.  I get the picture of a group of Austin dwellers out for a casual stroll on a beautiful night and a raging hoard of police thugs attacked them for no reason.  The violence just “broke out”.  How sad that these citizens were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The next paragraph gets even more blatant,
“The protests were sparked by the murder of George Floyd in (sic) Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, an unjust killing that police departments across the nation, including Austin, have condemned.”
What happened to the word “alleged”?  It seems to me that the media are very careful to refer to accused suspects as “alleged murders”.  I thought that the trial was still in the future and that the arrested were entitled to be assumed innocent until proven guilty.  Yes, a man died.  Whether the police killed him is a question.  Whether he had done things to generate the treatment is also an open question.  From what I have seen it is a common police tactic to hold someone down this way.  I wouldn’t do it but I don’t have to deal with drug crazed thugs on a regular basis.

Then you have the quote,
“We’re seeing a movement right now where either Antifa groups or alt-groups are intermixing in with what are planned, peaceful protests and demonstrations for the purpose of violent or criminal activities or vandalism,” Police Chief Brian Manley old the city council on Friday.
What is with the “alt-groups”?  In your left wing dreams maybe.  They keep humming the tune about the white supremacists and such but no one seems to be able to find the words.  This has been clearly an Antifa choir from the beginning.

How did the citizens get injured?  The police fired some non-lethal bean bags into the crowd and, surprise, they hit someone.  It seems there were “horrific outcomes”.  I am guessing that no one was injured who had stayed home or was watching from a distance. 

I don’t think I will be wasting a lot of time in the Texas Scorecard.

homo unius libri


  1. I think you scored the "Scorecard" right. As for it being common to hold people down IN THAT WAY, It's a practice that needs to be discontinued.

    1. My guess is that the hold is only used when other methods have failed and the person being arrested is still being violent. Of course, I could be wrong.

      Grace and peace


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