Saturday, August 23, 2014

Two funerals and a round of golf

Major General Harold Greene (L) Michael Brown (R)
The highest ranking officer to be killed in combat since the Vietnam war was buried on Thursday. The President, Vice President and Secretary of Defense chose not to attend.  President Obama was enjoying a few rounds of golf, his freedom to do so paid for in blood by men like II Star Major General Harold Greene.  
A riderless horse representative of the fallen 2 Star Major General Harold Greene leads the procession
On Monday the funeral for 18 year old Michael Brown will be held in Ferguson, Missouri.  Brown was shot 
and killed by a police officer approximately ten minutes after a convenience store strong arm robbery which Brown was seen on tape being involved in.  The store, Quick Trip, had been a fixture in Ferguson for many years.  The investigation is still ongoing, so we have very few facts.  The Police Chief states there was an altercation between the police officer, Darren Wilson, and Brown over Wilson's gun.  Eric Holder was in town on Wednesday to speak with officials, the family, and their attorney Benjamin Crump.  A Grand Jury started their investigation on Wednesday of last week.  There is nothing outstanding about this young man...I'm sure he is special to his family and friends, but there is no rhyme or reason as to this:
On Saturday, the White House announced that the Obama administration would be sending representatives to Mr. Brown’s funeral here on Monday.
The representatives are Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president, White House cabinet secretary and chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper task force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement. (bold emphasis mine)
I have opined,  since about three days into this case, that there has to be a reason for the DOJ involve themselves, or become compelled to involve themselves, so quickly.   After the President gave a shout out about the Michael Brown while addressing the Nation regarding Iraq last week, I figured it out based on the end of that address and his managing to get in a bit about his pet initiative, "My Brother's Keeper".  BINGO ladies and germs - the agenda became crystal clear, therefore, I can't say I am shocked at Obama's selection to attend Brown's funeral.  That's the thing about thugs (of any color), their sense of entitlement, by it's very nature, makes them unwittingly and deliciously transparent. 

Trivia for those who do not know where the term "My Brother's Keeper" comes from - it comes from the story of Cain and Abel Genisis 4:9.  You're welcome.

RIP to both men who lost their lives in the past two weeks.  God bless the families they left behind.