DEATH BY INNOCENCE JARVIS JAY MASTERS

This page was created to expose the primitive justice and the abuse of power of the California Supreme Court. This is a true story, true facts, true evidence, confirming the innocence of Jarvis Jay Masters, a 56 year old man living on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California. This page will contain legal documentation taken from the Petition For Writ Of Certiorari To The California Supreme Court, written by Attorney Joseph G. Baxter, Appendix A, B, and C, and will be cited.The use of this information falls under the Fair Use law. Fair use is a legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Information not of Joseph G. Baxter’s work will also be used and cited. Works from my personal case study, Death By Innocence, Jarvis Jay Masters, a Miscarriage of Justice, is all-inclusive.

Jarvis Jay Masters entered San Quentin State Prison in 1981 at the age of 19, charged with armed robbery. In 1985 he was falsely accused of conspiracy in the murder of a guard and charged with sharpening the tool that was used. A witness, Rufus Willis, pointed out the man who sharpened the tool used in the murder, but this man had no resemblance to Masters. It was Harold Richardson. Richardson then confessed to sharpening the tool used in the murder of the guard (Baxter App.B). Inconceivably, for Masters, the jury returned a verdict of death on the murder count and life with the possibility of parole on the conspiracy count (Baxter App.A).

At the trial Masters was denied his right to due process, his right to defense.The law states that a person cannot be sentenced to death if denied their right to due process. Still, the California Court knowingly violated this law and sentenced Maters to death. He has been on death row for 37 years because of this court violation.The California Court also knowingly violated Masters Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, therefore violating both State and Federal laws.

“The constitutional guarantee of due process of law, found in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, prohibits all levels of government from arbitrarily or unfairly depriving individuals of their basic constitutional rights to life,liberty, and property.” Due Process of Law (FindUSLaw)..
The California Supreme Court again, blatantly violated article 6 and article 14 of the ICCPR law, which is The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976 (Cornell Law School ).

Article 6 of the ICCPR provides that the death penalty may only be imposed where these standards are observed. The Human Rights Committee has accordingly held that when a state violates an individual’s due process rights under the ICCPR, it may not carry out his execution.

Article 14 of the ICCPR guarantees the right to a “fair and public hearing by a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal,” and the right to be presumed innocent.
Masters was never presumed innocent by the California Supreme Court, nor did he have a fair trial.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing–Edmond Burke.

Death By Innocence Jarvis Jay Masters Part II

The California Supreme Court, as well as the prosecutor, manipulated the evidence to cause a death sentence for Jarvis Jay Masters. I will give you the facts collected from legal documents, and I will try to make it simple. You can you decide for yourself. The order of facts is not chronological for various reasons.

It’s common knowledge that prisons house gang members of all sects. Joining a gang would be in one’s best interest if in for the long haul. Masters joined the Black Guerrilla Family after he entered San Quentin, but has decades ago departed from the BGF.
Rufus Willis, Harold Richardson, Andre Johnson, and Lawrence Woodard, were also members of the BGF. They were all housed in the section where the prison guard was killed. Bobby Evans was a BGF member. He had an extensive history and motives for testifying for the prosecution. Convicted of four burglaries and attempted robbery, he admitted to stabbing numerous inmates. He also supervised the BGF’s street crimes while out of prison ( p. 9).

Rufus Willis, the supposed witness, was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for murder, kidnapping, and robbery, at Folsom Prison (Baxter App. B). He was transferred to San Quentin.

While at San Quentin, Willis had committed and ordered the stabbing of several inmates, distributed illegal drugs, and extorted prison staff by promising them protection or threatening to harm them. In exchange, Willis sought favors, such as freedom to pass notes and weapons to other inmates and access to other inmates’ confidential files (p. 8).
Within days after the murder of the prison guard, Willis contacted prison officials to provide information hoping to work out an early release from prison. The investigator suggested that he would, but the prosecutor said no deal. Instead, he would be granted immunity for the crimes he committed in prison, including his participation in the murder of the guard, and moved to an out-of-state prison for his protection (p. 6). Even after the prosecutor promised only immunity and protective measures, Willis told two other inmates that he had come up with a plan to be released early. He told one of these inmates that he would “do whatever he had to do to make sure he didn’t spend the rest of his life in prison” (p.8). His statement alone was a strong indicator that Willis was going to point a lying finger in any direction, and his testimony would be deceptive, at best, unstable. It would seem that the defense attorney would use this information against Willis.

At the trial, Willis admitted to altering a note addressed to him from another inmate about the murder to make it look like it was addressed to another inmate (Baxter A p. 6). Willis also testified that several inmates would write notes for other inmates in order to cover up the identity of the author (p. 8) Willis destroyed over 300 notes written by other members, however, oddly, and curiously, one note remained that was supposedly in the hand writing of Masters, with a ‘code’ name supposedly belonging to Masters, talking about the murder. Believable? I don’t think so.

Andre Johnson, by admission, was the inmate who stabbed and killed the prison guard on the night of June 8, 1985. A piece of metal was found 15 minutes later on the floor of the second tier area below Johnson’s cell, with no evidence of blood. Masters was on the fourth tier. On a search for the weapon, a makeshift spear shaft created from rolled-up newspaper and cloth was found on top of a security screen. In other searches on the tier, officers found other prison-made weapons, and pieces of metal from the same prison bed. None of the evidence was persevered (p. 6). A state-issued shoe was also found on top of the security screen. The shoe had a piece of metal in it believed to be the weapon used in the murder.

Masters highlighted the shortcomings of the prison staffs investigation.
1. The officer who found the piece of metal used in the murder, carried it around in his pocket for several hours instead of preserving it as evidence.
2. The envelope that later held this piece of metal was not retained.
3. Many items seized that could have been evidence were lost or destroyed, including various prisoner-made weapons, the seized shoes, and the numerous inmate notes that contained supposed tips about or claims of responsibility for the murder (p.10).

Jarvis Jay Masters lives on death row waiting for execution, while the others who were admitted murderers, conspirators of murder, and the murderer of the prison guard, received sentences of only life without parole, made deals for immunity, received protection and moved to out-of-state prisons. As of today, Harold Richardson, the man who admittedly sharpened the weapon used in the murder of the guard, is up for parole this month, January 18, 2018. He also was moved to an undisclosed prison for protection. Johnson who committed the murder of the prison guard was sentenced to death by the jury, however, the court granted the automatic motion for life without parole. Woodward also received life without parole. Evans received a grant of immunity, and exchanged his testimony for safety and security considerations.

Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture of facts? Why did Jarvis Jay Masters receive death, along with life with the possibility of parole? It could very well be that he was tried without an attorney the first time around. Moreover, it might very well be what the court allowed the prosecutor to do at trial. More to come on this story.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor—God.

Death By Innocence Jarvis Jay Masters Part III
The Dinosaur days

The court systems were still practicing primitive, and prejudice ways, back in the 1980’s. Had this murder of the prison guard occurred today, Jarvis Jay Masters would not be on death row. The violation of his amendment rights alone would have caused an automatic mistrial.

The Prosecutor would not have been allowed to play fairy-godfather and grant wishes of immunity, private transfers, and forgiveness of past murders, to manipulate the outcome of the trial. And certainly, he would not have been able to do the following:
The court allowed the Prosecutor to present a bizarre barrage of stories about Masters’ young life and his entire family’s life, along with any and all details true or false, with proof, without proof, with documents, without documents, and extensive hearsay—starting when Masters was age 12 (p.10-20).
Masters came from a very troubled past since birth. His parents were drug addicted and would abandon him and his siblings, ages ranging from 3-years-old to 8-years-old, for long periods of time.

Quotes taken from Masters book, “That Bird Has My Wings.”
“An old white woman lived in a house behind us. Every morning she would put food out for us. She somehow knew that we were being left to starve in our own house” (p. 5).
“We were living in filth and hunger when we were finally found” (p. 10).
“ . . . the awful stench of our pee-stained mattresses . . . after urinating on them for months . . .” (p. 10).
“My sisters had to be quarantined due to the parasites found everywhere on them” (p. 11).
Many chapters of these sad realities set the stage for the rest of Masters life. From juvenile homes, detention homes, foster homes, to dysfunctional homes, all played a part.

As a young child the only stability and structure Masters had in his life was from age 6-years-old to 9-years-old, with a foster couple, the Procks, but he had to leave their home after his foster mother died. They took him away and he was not allowed to attend the funeral (p. 19). He kept running away to the old house trying to find her and connect to the only home where he felt accepted and loved.
At the age of 16-years-old, at one of the more structured Institutions where he lived, Masters excelled in sports, placed on the academic honor roll, along with obtaining his high school diploma (p. 20).

For the Court to allow the Prosecutor to re-open wounds and memories of abandonment, of emotional, physical, and mental abuse by parents, stepfathers, and strangers, is outrageous and unconscionable.

Because the Prosecutor gave so many allowances, freedoms, deals, and fringe benefits to the real killers and conspirators, Masters was all he had left. Yet couldn’t make his case justified. So his grandstand was filled with nothing more than the past rap sheet of a troubled teen and the hard road that he had to travel.
In a desperate attempt to sway the jury the Prosecutor belittled Masters Mother, calling her a prostitute, disgraceful; listed the number of marriages, the number of children she had from different men, her care of them, the violence of the men in her life, how many times she had sex, the cleanliness of the house, the crib death of one twin baby boy, her financial status and more, all unrelated to the present charge (Baxter App. B p. 18-19).
Exclusionary Rule

The exclusionary rule is designed to exclude evidence obtained in violation of a criminal defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. If the search of a criminal suspect is unreasonable, the evidence in the search will be excluded from the trial (legal Dictionary).

As I see it, the search for all documents and past records were completely unreasonable, and unrelated to the present charge, and were presented purposely to manipulate the trial, and to defame and defile Masters and his family to make a case, again violating Masters Fourth Amendment rights. If Masters was given his Fifth Amendment rights accordingly, the Prosecutor would not have had a chance to seize documents about his past, and the proceedings would not been carried out to that extent.
I once asked Masters why he didn’t lawyer up when he was first charged with sharpening the tool. He told me because he believed he didn’t need one because he didn’t do it.

Not one person, including myself, reading this story right now can say they’ve walked just one day in Jarvis Jay Masters shoes.
Judge not and you will not be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you—Jesus

Death By Innocence Jarvis Jay Masters Part IV
Baxter’s Appendix A.

Rufus Willis, the witness against Masters, was asked to describe Masters in detail. He agreed to do so. However, instead of describing Masters, he described Harold Richardson.
1. Willis said Masters was 5’ 7” chubby/heavy/stocky, weighing 185 lbs. and “had a stomach.”
2. Masters was 6’ 1” slim, weighing 170 lbs.
3. Willis said Masters was bald, shaved head.
4. Masters had hair, not shaved and bald.
5. Willis, having been only 12 to 24 inches away from Masters face, was asked if Masters had any facial tattoos. Willis claimed to not remember seeing any.
6. Masters had a visible tattoo on his left cheek.
7. Willis said Masters was in his 30’s or late 20’s.
8. Masters was 23.
9. Again, Willis having been 12 to 24 inches away from Masters face, was asked if Masters had facial hair. Willis said that he doesn’t remember seeing any.
10. Masters had a moustache and goatee.
11. Willis said that Masters wore glasses.
12. Masters did not wear glasses (p. 6).
Willis completely mis-described Masters. Instead, the description closely matched Richardson.
The prosecution’s theory was that the mission was headed up by four inmates.
1. Lawrence Woodard the BGF leader
2. Rufus Willis, Woodard’s right-hand man.
3. Andre Johnson the ‘soldier’ who carried out the hit.
4. Jarvis Masters who fashioned the knife (p. 3).
By Willis’s description of the fourth conspirator, it was not Masters. It was Richardson.

Masters sought a line-up, but was denied (p. 5).
Richardson’s confession of his part in sharpening the tool used in the murder was disclosed to the defense, and revealed only at the end of the preliminary hearing, proving that Masters was not guilty of the crime that he was charged with. Richardson not only confessed to his part in the murder, but also provided 10 co-conspirators, and Masters was not one on the list. The Prosecutor also had the same list of the 10 co-conspirators, and he knew that Masters was not one of them (p. 4). Masters was not only innocent of conspiracy to murder, but innocent of sharpening the tool used in the murder. Still he received life with the possibility of parole for the conspiracy, and death for the sharpening of the tool—both of which he did not do.

At the start of the trial Masters requested not to be tried along with Woodard and Johnson, to try his case separate in his own defense, wanting to introduce the statement from Richardson and Charles Drume (who also came forward as one who helped fashion the tool), (App. B. p .29-31).

Masters said that Richardson should have been given immunity so he could testify on Masters behalf. The prosecutor said he didn’t give Richardson immunity for his confession because he refused to give a tape-recorded statement. But Richardson also did not want to expose himself as a confessor.

In the preliminary hearing, Masters did call Richardson in his defense, but Richardson asserted his privilege against self incrimination. Remember, it wasn’t until after the preliminary hearing did Richardson disclosed that he had sharpened the tool. Possibly, Richardson was afraid that if he confessed at the preliminary hearing that he fashioned the tool, and not Masters, he’d receive the death sentence. Also, if other inmates knew that he was collaborating with prison officials he would face severe consequences.
The court decided that because Richardson had made a confession outside of the court to the correctional officers and not at the preliminary trial, it was only hearsay and it could not be used in court. The California Hearsay Rule Evidence Code 1200 (SCLG Justice). It does not accept hearsay as evidence because the statement is not made under oath, and therefore is not considered to be reliable information.

One and a half years after the prison guard was murdered, Drume wrote a letter to the Marin County Clerk with information about the murder of the prison guard at San Quentin. He then talked with an official and told him that he was the head of security for the BGF for Carson section (where the prison guard was killed) and that he, Woodard, and two other BGF members planned the murder, and that he “made the knife” that was used to stab the guard, and not Masters (App. B p. 44). Again, Masters sought to introduce the statements of Drume and Richardson, but once again was denied. The court used the hearsay law, as well as Evidence Code section 352 which says, in short, too much time had passed by and the confessions were unreliable and may be altered. So, again, Masters stood trial for a crime he didn’t commit, and sentenced to death for sharpening the tool which Drume and Richardson confessed to doing.

Another injustice occurred for Masters. Evidence Code 1230. In short, if there is evidence brought forth by someone who has sufficient knowledge of something, and if he or she is unavailable as a witness, it cancels the hearsay law, because the statement . . . “created such a risk of making him (the person) an object of hatred, ridicule, or social disgrace in the community, that a reasonable man in his position would not have made the statement unless he believed it to be true” the outside statement, witness, confession, whatever you want to call it, is admissible and the hearsay law is canceled (California Legislative Information). In other words, these witnesses, Richardson and Drume, would not have risked their own life, their sentencing, the danger of other inmates retaliating, any and all other consequences, had they not been telling the truth and willing to do the right thing to come forward and give Masters his fair sentencing. Motion was denied by the California Supreme Court. Again, not only violating Masters right to his defense, his right to due process, but violating its very own Evidence Code 1230, of the California state law.

Miscarriage of Justice

Why was the Prosecutor allowed to use “hearsay” when he shredded the reputation of Masters’ Mother to the jury, projectile vomiting streams of hearsay accusations? There is something in law called, Prosecutorial Immunity. Its absolute immunity Prosecutors have in initiating a prosecution and presenting the state’s case (legal.IQ). In other words, the prosecutor can be as cruel and vicious as he wants to be with his words. However, if the prosecutor is found to have violated rules and laws that could lead to a not guilty verdict, the prosecutor is no longer covered under the Prosecutorial Immunity law, and the case is overturned.
Listed are two violations committed by the Prosecutor that can’t be denied.
Brady v. Maryland, 373, U.S. 83 (1963), the prosecutors suppressed evidence favorable to the defendant that might have led to a not guilty verdict (California Innocence Project).
The Prosecutor did this twice.
1. Holding back the 10 co-conspirators list proving Masters was not one of them.
2. Would not allow the confessions of Drume and Richardson to be admitted in the defense of Masters.
Unlimited power corrupts the possessor –William Pitt.

Death By Innocence Jarvis Jay Masters Part V

Interlude

Masters goes on hunger strikes from time to time. A hunger strike is the only power that inmates have. I compare it to someone who suffers from anorexia nervosa. I was one of those people for years. I loved starving myself. It made me feel in control because I was in an oppressive, abusive situation. In reality, I had no control. I almost died. And I suffered physically with side effects for decades. I sometimes wonder if Masters is trying to do the same—playing Russian Roulette with his life. Trying to kill himself, hoping that starvation will do it for him. What does he have to lose? He begged the court several times to let the real conspirators testify on his behalf, and was denied. He’s on death row waiting to die because of a corrupt justice system, and attorneys who have at best, made up a collection of papers talking about what went on in the 27-year-old trial—over, and over, and over again. I think Masters has lost his will to live.

After twenty years of waiting for an appeal, Masters finally had one of his appeals heard by the California Supreme Court, on February 22, 2016. It took his attorney 30 minutes in court, and reasonably so. I’m sure they carried in the same old stack of papers that they carried 27 years ago. Of course, his death sentence was affirmed. Why wouldn’t it be when his attorney did not challenge the court on denying Masters Fifth Amendment Right, his right to Due Process, his right to bring in a defense to prove his innocence? Not to mention Brady v. Maryland, 373, U.S. 83 (1963), the prosecutors suppressed evidence favorable to the defendant that might have led to a not guilty verdict (California Innocence Project).

What did his attorney say? I hear, not much. Oh, sorry. That’s hearsay and can’t be held as truth according to the California Supreme Court, although it came from reliable sources that were in the court room and heard and saw the whole thing. What did his attorney do for him? I think that it’s Masters who is ‘doing’ for his attorney. His attorneys have made a lot of money off of Jarvis Jay Masters’, pitiful, sad, and tragic life on death row.

Several times I’ve been on the phone talking with Masters when the morbid sound of the suicide alarm has gone off, bellowing like some kind of monster from the pits of hell, alerting all prison guards that someone has just killed themselves, on the edge of death, bleeding out, hanging from a sheet or belt, or however they can manage to do it. It’s a sound that you can’t get out of your head because you know right then, right at that moment, someone has just removed their existence from this planet, or has attempted to. It leaves you feeling sick.

What can set Masters free? What can make the courts listen? Some people believe that if you get a celebrity involved to advocate for someone on death row, this will be the magic ticket. The courts will certainly have to listen to someone who is on television, someone who is a household name. Right? I have strong doubts. Celebrities may have the power of persecution over an audience of TV viewers; however, it’s useless to think it will have any effect on a corrupt and powerful court system that is allowed to get away with breaking and violating judicial laws, constitutional laws, and amendment rights. Forbid it may even speed up the execution of the one they are advocating for, so the court can prove a point and its power! I wonder.

Masters was hospitalized the week of Christmas during a hunger strike while protesting against his attorneys to make something happen. His liver was starting to shut down and he ended up in ICU in Marin County Hosptial. Though he was doubled over in pain in his cell, the San Quentin clinic refused to help him until he ‘cried uncle’ and gave up the strike. They left him like that for one hour. He finally gave in. However, he went back on his strike 3 days after Christmas.
Masters is innocent of the crimes he was charged with. Masters does not belong on death row.

I will continue to peruse this story everywhere and anywhere until Masters gets justice and until the California Supreme Court comes under scrutiny for the corrupt crimes that they continue to commit.

The gentle soul seeks not its own but a hand to walk the way it’s shown—Ram.

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Will The Real Alien Please Stand Up

I then knew my life was at an end. My organs within me burned and I felt the sensation of a jellied substance ooze from my flesh. Tears filled my eyes as I thought of my family back home awaiting my return–a return that would never happen. My knees weakened and began to buckle as I felt the poison from this alien being invade my body. I struggled to pull free but it was too late. It was over. I felt unconsciousness overtake me as my soul slipped out from its temporary home. My mother had warned me about these aliens–these Human Beings.

Sociology

My understandings of sociology and the social world has changed throughout the term in that, I was not aware of all that is entailed by the word, sociology. I found that sociology means understanding and researching all phases of life. I didn’t realize that there were categories to describe groups of people. I am now aware of the many categories of groups of people. These groups have labels so we can identify them and the basic function of each group.  I had no idea that in-groups and out-groups are descriptions of a power group, and a stigmatized or less powerful group. In high school we used to call the in-groups “popular” and the out-groups “nerds”.  Reference groups help us to understand or make sense of our position in society relative to other groups, such as in high school (159).

When I first began this class I thought I was quite up on social views and the topics going on in this world. As this course unfolded, I have become more aware of social society and the issues that are faced daily by certain groups; in work places, in school, within industry, and in any phase of social interactions. I see all of what I have learned as a network, or flowchart of life. Even though there are many suggested answers to the problems faced by many groups or individuals, there is hardly ever a workable answer. It seems that there are two categories of people in all categories of social society:  those who dominate, and those who constantly strive to cope with the social pressures of the domineering groups, by banding together with peers of their likeness. And though there are people and groups who change circumstances to some point, it seems the upstream currant takes most of the other unwanted debris, downstream.

As I began to read our text by Dalton Conley, You May Ask Yourself, I began to see that I truly didn’t realize the complexity of the issues that face many people in daily life. Everyone has personal struggles and is victims of circumstances in many cases, far beyond what the media superficially tells us. The very things that I thought I had knowledge about, were only surface. The struggles of people in everyday life are much more detailed than I understood.

Somehow I feel more aware and more matured in my views and understanding for all classes of people, all groups of people, and all situations of people in society today. I used to think that the media greatly influenced the way I think. But now I believe that common knowledge and first hand information has not so much influenced me, as it has informed me.

After I read, Dude You’re a Fag, by C.L. Pascoe, it gave me a deeper look into gender struggles, transgender struggles, male and female struggles, and the superficial way people view masculinity, and the way this word does not only apply to men. I’ve learned that the term masculinity holds a different meaning to different people, and no one seems to agree which is right or wrong answer. Masculinity is an opinion, as is femininity, and it seems that no one agrees which is right or wrong answer. But those who are affected and daily living the life of either of these two extremes, can say which is right and which is wrong.

I was most disturbed by learning about gender discrimination. It just saddened me to know that individuals who are gay can’t even be who they are in their schools. And if one who is gay, becomes popular by standards, and if one is a masculine female, she can be accepted, but the famine guys face torment and harassment and even physical abuse. Today where this style of living is accepted mostly, there should be no persecution from the students or the teachers.

I found it a bit difficult to see the different struggles in life for those who are less fortunate. But the film that I reviewed Mardi Gras, was an eye opener to me. I’ve learned what goes on behind the scenes of something seeming so innocent, like Mardi Gras beads. Where on one hand the people who love to buy them and use them for twisted sort of reasons, the people who make the beads, hate them and think Americans are crazy to be so obsessed by them. I’ve learned that the same one particular thing can have extremely different meanings to two different people, or even to a group of people. There are people who have to fight daily for what they believe is right. And there are people who fight daily to destroy the dreams of others. I was able to see how capitalism differs in other countries. Capitalism in our country can make people prosperous and benefit the workers. But in china, capitalism is oppressive to the workers of the companies. I gained a new appreciation for the freedoms in our country for laws that protect the working man and woman. We have; wage labor, salary, even civil service salary. These are all sources of payments given to the workers in different form (pg 376). But in China, there was only one way of being paid and that was by the number pieces of work that they accomplish in the course of a day.

I think I was enlightened most of all by Dalton Conley’s book, Honky. I think his book is a set of rules that we can all follow as an example of how to live our lives among those we have no tolerance for. Dalton didn’t have the option to tolerate or not. He was stuck in the middle of where he was placed without a choice. Our natural instinct is to fight to get out of or away from what we will not tolerate. We don’t bother to learn the “language” or try to fit in by displaying what we know or don’t know.

I was able to get an insight of what it would be like to live in a society where I would be the minority. And he gave an insight of how someone would cope with these circumstances, even at a very young age. He showed that many times one has to compromise in order to get along with a group or certain class of people, when faced with a circumstance beyond one’s own control. Dalton also showed in his book that no matter if you are white or black; there is no guarantee that you will find favor in the eyes of certain authorities. There are privileges in being a certain race, depending where you are, and what type of category it falls under. In fact, different classes of people have different privileges. The upper class people have great privileges for the reason that they do have money, and businesses want their investments, so they cater to them. People who are of lower class, who want to be popular or rich, want to interact with them hoping they will bring them into their group to reap the benefits. Dalton Conley talked about how he was able to work within, and be accepted by, the different races and classes of his friends by speaking their language or slangs. He would talk lower class slang with his project friends, and has a higher vocabulary for his upper class village friends. And in all cases he was accepted for the most part. But he also found himself separating himself from the old ways of childhood as he matured and began to realize that poor was not acceptable over upper class, and he became discontent to be so. This caused him to resent his position in life as lower class and actually began to steal to get the small luxuries that he was not afforded by his parents. I think it works this way in life. When the lower class or poor class of people begins to feel the pressure of lack, they will sometimes steal to obtain what they lack. It’s a vicious cycle. At one point, his very best friend, Jerome (because of his popularity), had raised him to a higher level of acceptance, even to be tolerated by his “enemies”. But Dalton disregarded the value of the friendship at one point when he had an opportunity to receive a bit of glory at the expense of a tragic event that had taken place in his best friend’s life. He did this by being able to tell the story of knowing first had about his friend being shot. His peers ogled at his privilege of being the first to know. And he then said, he felt only small pangs of guilt from time to time as he continued to tell the story day after day, but not enough to be convicted. I feel this holds true in society today. People will betray their friends for just a small bit of glory.

But still, the media plays a big role in my life and my family’s life because we depend on the media to provide the information that we need for our daily lives, from news to local market and retail sales. World news is a big part of our daily lives considering how much goes on with our government and the wars which we are involved in other countries.

People are portrayed by those who they daily make contact with in their communities, by whom they know, and by what they do. I feel it’s a good thing to have groups categorized by names. This gives others a place, person or thing, to identify with to meet their needs. This is called Social Capital. This function of extending through facilitating by networking is needed because there are so many different categories of people, and it is also a form of organization and can give answers to what is a rather complex society in general.

The challenges I face is the declining population and stagnation in the area in which I live. Since the large Corporations have moved out of the area, retail and medical fields are the two areas of profession for the job force. Many people have moved south to find employment and to make a living. This is one thing I am considering to do after I finish college and receive my degree.

Gay=what?

Check it out.
“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in their sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do there’s very things, but also approve of those who practice them.”
The book of Romans chapter 1, verses 20-31. Check it out.
So, as you see, God gave people over to “evil” ways because they turned their backs on God. God let satan have his way in these people, and obviously the curse carried out through generations. Look at the list of “evil” and you will see, it’s not only perversion of sex, it is also murder, strife, God-haters, greed, heartlessness and so on. To point the finger at being gay, it also includes other “evil” practices. My point is this: Is it a matter of gay marriage? Is it a matter of gossip? Is it a matter of slanderers? Is it a matter of arrogance, ruthlessness? What is the matter? If the President stepped up and said, “I decided to approve arrogance, or gossip, or deceit, or envy.” People would think he was insane. But to say he approves of gay marriage, people are outraged. Quite funny.
According to the Bible, the book of Revelations chapter 20 verse 15. “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. And chapter 21 verse 22. Nothing impure will ever enter it (heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s (Jesus)  book of life.”
Adultery is sin, murder is sin, and all of the other stuff listed. Homosexuality is just one more category of sin. I, myself, lived in sin until I found out the truth about Jesus. Just because I was not gay, does not mean I wasn’t a sinning with sex and lying, and causing strife and so on. Was my sin just as equal to lusting after the same sex? Absolutely. Do I hate gossipers? I hate gossip because it destroys the lives of people. Do I hate adultery? Yes because it destroys lives. Do I hate murder? Yes because it causes pain, heartache, depression. Do I hate those who do it? Absolutely NOT. They are the vessels, though, willing. In the past I have been guilty of many sins. But there is a lasting way out.
I don’t know enough about “gay” to make a statement other than it is not accepted by God. Just as murder is not, hate it not, prejudice is not, lying is not, etc.  Jesus said that satan is the father of lies, he fathers them. If a person lies, they are a part of satans world. You can go on and on. So is the matter of gay the issue? No. Evil and sin is the issue and it has many categories. One needs to choose what they want at their death. Do they want to live in eternal darkness or hell? Or eternal heaven and life everlasting?

Edmund Burke…

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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Think About It

I’m THANKFUL to be living in a country where freedom reigns. The freedom to obey the law or break it; The freedom to support our government, or to be supported by our government; The freedom to demonstrate peacefully, or violently; The freedom to vote, or not to vote. The freedom to believe in the God we choose, or destroy the idea of God; The freedom to speak our minds in justice, or speak our minds in lies; The right to an Attorney. The right to remain silent. The list goes on. My freedom values may not be the same as yours. We lose what we do not cherish. Take the time to be thankful. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL