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Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here

Captain John Parker, commander of the American militia at Lexington on 19th April, 1775, to his men before the arrival of British infantry tasked with searching for arms.  Parker took part in American attacks on the retiring British column later that day and was also present at the Siege of Boston, he died of tuberculosis on 17th September, 1775 at the aged 46.

There is some uncertainty behind authenticity of the quote as it was recounted by one of Parker’s men many years after his death.  Regardless of the origins of the quote it embodies the determination of revolutionary spirit.  Today is the 239th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington & Concord and the beginning of the American War of Independence.

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Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

Do not stand at my grave and mourn.
I am the dew-flecked grass at dawn.
Where tranquil oceans meet the land
I am the footprints in the sand
To guide you through the weary day.
I am still here; I’ll always stay.

When you wake up to morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

(Source: grieving-corner)

More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up?

We’re safer than ever, in the U.S.

You might not know it from watching TV news, but FBI statistics show that crime in the U.S.—including violent crime—has been trending steadily downward for years, falling 19% between 1987 and 2011. The job of being a police officer has become safer too, as the number of police killed by gunfire plunged to 33 last year, down 50% from 2012, to its lowest level since, wait for it, 1887, a time when the population was 75% lower than it is today.

So why are we seeing an ever increasing militarization of policing across the country? …

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