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After watching the Dallas Massacre on Thursday Night, I can say with Conviction that we as a Nation are entering a Period in U.S. History akin to or worse than what we witnessed in the 1960s

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What happened on Thursday night shocked me
San Diego, CA, 07-10-2016 Sunday: Friends, I will admit today in my final post that I believe our country is in danger of falling into the abyss that yawns threateningly before us.  After watching what I did on Thursday night with the concerted attack on the Dallas Police Department and the DART officers, I fear for my country.  Many of us here at the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day believe that we are reentering the 1960s, as what we see happening reminds those of us old enough to recollect the events to see similarities.  I watch a show on television, “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny among others that uses the Los Angeles of the 1960s and the events such as the Vietnam War and the Charles Manson crimes to tell a story about loss of control.  We now witness a similar loss of control by those assigned to protect us and to others who have lost their morality on both sides of the ever-deepening divide.   

I fear that after several thugs attacked police officers in Dallas because of the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Minnesota motorist Philando Castile, a man whom a police officer shot four times, because he thought he was reaching for a weapon, we are on the precipice.  
I doubt either of the incidents had to unfold as they did; however, I also understand that we must wait for ALL of the facts to come out in both cases.  Granted, I am sure the Black Lives Matter (BLM) crowd could care less about any of it as we witnessed on Thursday night in Dallas. 
At least four individuals took up weapons and engaged the police there who were monitoring a peaceful demonstration (or at least that is how the news media reported it), and in the melee that followed, the criminals shot 12 officers, killing five, and sending the rest to local hospitals.  They also wounded two civilians.  
I will admit that I was somewhat incredulous; however, I am neither stupid or am I ill informed so in the back of my mind, I suspected that something would happen but did not anticipate what I witnessed on my TV screen.  Hell, I doubt anyone anticipated what we saw on Thursday night and it shocked the nation.  I know everyone whom I know and associate with including my family expressed outrage and horror over this blatant attack on law enforcement.  We simply cannot go down this road as once we do, the road signs will direct us in the path of revolution and many people will suffer the consequences of actions such as Thursday night’s tragedy in Dallas.
It does not require a genius to see that we are living in a dark time akin to what we experienced in the United States from 1967 onward to 1975 when the war in Vietnam ended.  The anger among Americans was incredible and certain factions lurking within their ranks managed to fan the flames of malevolence to the point that we saw cities across America disrupted by mob violence. 
I am not saying, however, that many Americans did not have a right to their anger because the early 1960s was a time of great change in the nation.  The battle for civil rights for all Americans was taking place across the South and in many Northern cities.  Blacks demanded equal treatment under the law, something to which, the Constitution entitled them to expect. 
Demanding rights, sadly, does not mean they come without blood, sweat, tears, and death, and over the course of the 1960s, minority Americans fought for and petitioned the government in whatever form it took them to recognize we all have the same blessings of God, not just the white race.  
Furthermore, we know that civil rights workers of all colors, and who were working in the South suffered death at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.  We also know another hired gun and white racist, James Earl Ray, shot the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., to death while he stood on a Memphis hotel balcony.
As the years passed, it seemed as though the expected civil rights were slow in coming, particularly in the North where racism was much more entrenched than in the South, a statement I know surprises many out there reading my post. 
During the Civil War and following it, there was a great exodus of black Americans from the Deep South to the North and there, they found segregation affected and afflicted them even more.  The white Northerners did not want to deal with them any more than the Southerners did but it was akin to a hard slap across the face.
As a Latino—the current term for we descendants of Mexican or Latin American heritage now use instead of the 1960s word, “Chicano”—I can tell you that we, too, experienced the same issues our black brothers and sisters did, albeit in different ways.  I can tell you about the ‘Zoot Suit Riots” that inflamed Los Angeles, California, and other cities in towns in the region, where U.S. Navy sailors roamed the streets beating and killing Latinos. 
In fact, local law enforcement permitted the violence until government finally stepped in and attempted to stop the ongoing 24/7 assaults on anyone the sailors caught wearing a Zoot Suit, a mode of dress uniquely our own.  Many Latinos suffered beatings and had their clothes stripped from them in the streets and very few if any people paid the price for committing the crimes. 
Californios, Mexican-Americans born in California who could trace their lineage to before the U.S. occupation, had every right to be angry and not to be pro-American at the time.  When the ‘Bear Flag Revolt” took place at Monterey, California in 1846, Alta California—part of Mexico, mind you—suffered takeover by hostile Americans the Mexican government had permitted to settle within the region.  Akin with the Yankee revolt in Texas that led to their massacre at the Alamo, we Latinos saw our lands ripped from our hands and a foreign power placed atop us. 
Members of my family from way back suffered the loss of land, as the new system imposed upon them did not recognize ownership of land unless there was a deed to it, something that was alien to the Spanish and then the Mexicans.  We laid our land by set boundaries and the Mexican people recognized them whereas the American invaders did not. 
To fight for control of one’s land meant many times we had to journey hundreds of miles to fight for the land our families had owned for generations and to do it in a court of law in which, the invaders ruled and imposed their will upon us.  Very few Californios were able to retain hold of their land and most of us became despised within our OWN territory.  You can see why we Latinos are angry at times by the mistreatment heaped upon our relatives as every time there was a crime, Anglos strung up Mexicans, lynching them, and then leaving them for the buzzards.  In this outrage, we share kinship with our black brothers and sisters because they endured the same treatment.
Nonetheless, we Californios became a part of the United States, as it was either that, or abandon the land we knew, loved, and then return to a country where none of us ever lived.  What can one do when one meets a stronger power who will do whatever it takes to impose an alien will upon us?  We served in the military and we serve in the law enforcement agencies of wherever we live.  It is what it is, we cannot change it so it is either assimilate or face increased scrutiny and possible mistreatment. 
I do not want to see Mexico conquer the United States through invasion or to reclaim what it feels it lost because it is, indeed an alien culture of its own, and one, where law and order seemingly does not exist and drug cartels can murder without fear of apprehension except by their competitors.   
We have come to accept our position in the new order and are fine with it, hence why I believe Donald Trump should get our votes because he wants to make the nation work for all Americans.
I am okay with American control just as most Hispanic-Americans I know are, similar to how Hawaiians feel; people who lost their Kingdom but who now enjoy the benefits of being American.  Native Americans in some way suffer more at the hands of the system because unless they wake up, smell the coffee, and get off the reservation, they fall into deep pits of despair.  That leaves our black siblings, people who still suffer unfair treatment from law enforcement and whose situation in life needs to improve.
In closing for today and for the week, I hope we find a way to heal the wounds and to prevent future incidents such as what we saw happen to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Castile just as I hope we do not see another “Dallas” occur.  We cannot continue pitting law enforcement against minorities as if we do, at some point the federal government will intrude ever deeper into the lives of everyone while cops step back and allow violence to explode across our nation.  Who the heck wants to be a cop, I ask you, there is no winning for the majority of them. 
At the same time, we need to get a handle on the language we see igniting fires across the nation, we cannot be at the throats of one another as if we are, this nation is going to collapse upon itself.  Please, amigos let me know what you think and let us mourn for ALL victims of the violence caused by the puppet master George Soros and his ilk. 
Have a great one and I will see next time—nos vemos!      
Thank you,
Pedro Munoz
Executive Chef Pedro Munoz
CEC, American Culinary Federation, Inc.


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07-10-2016 Su Political Topics and Essays, Part DCCXC: “After watching the Dallas Massacre on Thursday Night, I can say with Conviction that we as a Nation are entering a Period in U.S. History akin to or worse than what we witnessed in the 1960s” by Chef Pedro Munoz.    
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TODAY IN HISTORY—JULY 10, 2016:


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  1. 1040: Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Murcia, to lower taxes for all subjects.
  2. 1460: During the War of the Roses, Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton.
  3. 1509: Theologian John Calvin, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France.
  4. 1553: Lady Jane Grey becomes the queen of England.
  5. 1775: General Horatio Gates issues an order that excludes blacks from the Continental Army.
  6. 1776: The citizens of New York City pull down the statue of Britain’s King George III.
  7. 1797: The first U.S. frigate, the USS United States, launches from Philadelphia.
  8. 1850: Vice President Millard Fillmore (Whig) becomes president following Zachary Taylor’s death.
  9. 1862: The United States begins construction on the Central Pacific Railroad.
  10. 1890: Wyoming becomes the 44th state of the Union, the first with female suffrage.
  11. 1900: The Edison Company registered the trademark saying, “His Master’s Voice” with the U.S. Patent Office.  The logo shows the Victor Recording Company and later RCA Victor, which shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
  12. 1913: The highest recorded shade temperature was measured in Death Valley at 134 degrees (previously, the highest recorded shade temperature in the world, 136.4 degrees, was said to have occurred in 1922 in present-day Libya, but the accuracy of that reading was disputed in 2012 by the World Meteorological Organization).  Meanwhile, Romania declares war on Bulgaria.
  13. 1915: During World War I, British-South African troops march into German Southwest Africa.
  14. 1919: President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and urged its ratification; however, the Senate rejected it much to his ire.
  15. 1925: Jury selection took place in Dayton, Tennessee, in the trial of John T. Scopes, charged with violating the law by teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.  The jury convicted him, which caused him to lose his job, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality.
  16. 1929: American paper currency was reduced in size as the government began issuing bills that were approximately 25-percent smaller.
  17. 1934: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt becomes the first sitting president to visit South America by going to Colombia.
  18. 1940: During World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air; however, the Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.  The battle would go on for 114 days, however.
  19. 1943: In the Soviet Union, the Battle of Kursk enters into its 6th day, as the Nazis show no desire to call off their attacks on Russian positions.  Elsewhere, in Tacoma, WA, future rock guitarist Jerry Miller of Moby Grape is born.
  20. 1947: Arlo Guthrie, son of Woody, and future folk singer like his dad is born in Brooklyn, NY. 
  21. 1951: Armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong.
  22. 1960: Belgium sends troops to the Belgium Congo to dispel uprisings by the natives against foreign rule.
  23. 1962: During a demonstration in Macon, Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King is arrested along with other demonstrators.  AT&T’s Telstar 1 communications satellite, capable of relaying television signals and telephone calls, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  24. 1965: The Rolling Stones score their first #1 hit with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  Meanwhile the Beatles’ latest album, “Beatles VI,” goes #1 and remains there for six weeks.
  25. 1975: Ten days after marrying Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers, Cher files for divorce.
  26. 1979: Rocker Chuck Berry receives 4 months in prison and a fine of $200,000 for income tax evasion.
  27. 1985: The Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by explosives in Auckland, New Zealand, by French intelligence agents; one scumbag activist lost his life.  Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Company announces it will resume manufacturing and selling its original formula.  Finally, Playboy publishes full frontal nudity photographs of singer Madonna.
  28. 1989: Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,” died at age 81.  People around the world knew him for the voices of cartoon characters such as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Porky Pig.
  29. 1991: Boris Yeltsin is sworn in as the first elected president of the new Russian Republic.  Meanwhile, President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa, citing its “profound transformation” toward racial equality.
  30. 1994: In the first meeting of its kind, Russian President Boris Yeltsin joined leaders of the Group of Seven nations for political talks, following their annual economic summit in Naples, Italy.
  31. 1997: RJR Nabisco announces it will replace Joe Camel in cigarette advertisements.
  32. 1999: The U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  33. 2005: Luxembourg accepts a referendum on the European Union Constitution.
  34. 2013: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev appears for the first time in court since his arrest on April 19; he pleads guilty to 30 charges including using a weapon of mass destruction.  
  35. 2014: Labor unions of workers in the public sector went on strike across the U.K. to protest wage increases below the rate of inflation; unions claim that over one million workers participated.
  36. 2015: After a state law enacted its removal, the state of South Carolina removes the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds.  Many see the flag as racist and following the assault on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that saw nine parishioners murdered by a white racist, the state had had enough.
 



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