Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Where is this all headed?)

Looting, violent protests, fires, anger, and so much more happening now in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is reflective to other incidents happening in other parts of America as well. People are fed up, people are angry, and people are revolting. It is not right, but you can only push people so far. What happened a few days ago with George Floyd wasn’t just one incident. It was reflective of over 400 years of unnecessary abuse against Blacks. Instead of protesting peacefully we cause damage and destruction. We shouldn’t be doing this at all, but when protesting peacefully doesn’t get any desired results this is what’s left. Trey Martin, Brionna Taylor, Ahmed Arbery and George Floyd were all victims to killings. All of these people were unarmed at the time. These events add up and people are upset now. The authorities are asking for more video in the case of George Floyd (Who the police say was resisting arrest). I have seen 2 long videos, and this man was not resisting at all. What more could they possibly be looking for? For those who don’t know about the Brionna Taylor case, here is the article:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/29/somebody-shot-my-girlfriend-911-call-in-police-shooting/24466439/

So far these events have the feeling of racial extermination. I am not saying this is the case but it certainly ‘feels’ that way. I sent a text to a friend of mine up here in Philadelphia and asked him what he thought should be done. His response was “Enough is enough. Time to go on the offensive.” I understand his anger even if his logic in words seems unsettling. We can’t hurt others with our anger. We can’t damage livelihoods with callous looting and pillaging. We have to find another way to get our point across. Yes, it would help if the officers who killed Floyd were at least arrested and charged, but for some reason that hasn’t happened yet. I can’t imagine why they are being allowed to walk free. Others have been apprehended much sooner with much less evidence. Obviously someone is looking for ways to vindicate the officers involved. If they find a way to do that, they are seeing much more than I saw in the video. This has to stop. We have more than enough to deal with already with this Corona virus going on. We all need to come together and pray. Unfortunately, I this seems like the one event that I don’t think is going to happen. Think, America. We are losing our edge….. Come together, or die separately… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Shante onstage with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The need for video is now more essential than ever)

This recent incident with George Floyd needs to change us all. How many of you have seen or heard of court cases where there was no evidence of anything wrong, but yet people were still found guilty? In the case of Mr. Floyd, without any video it would have been the word of bystanders against the word of the police offices making the arrest. If the officers involved would allow one of their colleagues to murder someone what makes you think they wouldn’t lie to a judge to help cover it up and save themselves? Just imagine how this case would go ‘without’ any video to back it up? Once you think about that, now try to imagine some of the many ‘other’ cases that had verdicts without any video. Are you getting the picture now? For those who know nothing about the case, here is an article:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/27/george-floyd-protesters-clash-minneapolis-police-after-video/5264887002/

There are a couple of things that would help greatly in determining fair justice that I would like to see implemented. First, in most cases trials are unbalanced. This is because they are not about equality, but rather about who has the best lawyer. A person who needs great representation may not have the funds needed to get a good lawyer, and that automatically puts them at a disadvantage at trial. It would be nice if all lawyers got paid the same for their services. Next, I would love to see independent councils oversee trials. I hate to see police officers and judges from the same authorization in court. In most cases, the judge already knows those officers and has already determined their character before the case starts. With an independent council overseeing everything it would feel like a much fairer atmosphere. Finally, the use of video is extremely important. People can say whatever they want, but video gives us the real story. Police need to use body cams, and people need to buy them as well. Everyone acts different once they know they are being filmed. I will look into getting one for me as well. As I said yesterday, what happened here should have no reflection on all police. There are great ones out there and we need to be aware of that. However, we do need protection from the ones that are not as good. Being a police person is a highly stressful job. Each day you don’t know if you will come home alive or not. I understand that perfectly. If an officer is highly stressed, then they need to be given a break, because their stress becomes our problem during a stop. We ‘all’ need video cams….Our very lives could depend on it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The group Full Force, Dj Tom Joyner and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (This is ‘so sad’)

This is truly disturbing. No one should ever have to endure this. I just watched a video of police officers in Minneapolis arresting a man. They put him in handcuffs, placed him on the ground, and then one officer pressed his knee against the man’s neck and applied pressure until the man died. He kept pressing for up to 8 minutes while the man shouted out that he couldn’t breathe. Then after he went silent the officer did not relent. What happened was paramount to slowly torturing this poor man to death. Incidents like this have happened before, but this one impacted me in a much larger way. Once we are apprehended by police then they have to be responsible for our health and safety. They took an oath to protect lives, not end them. There are protests now being orchestrated in Minneapolis because of this situation. The 4 officers involved were all fired. As far as I am concerned, that is not enough. For those of you who missed it, here is an article:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/27/tear-gas-fired-officers-riot-gear-clash-minneapolis-protesters/24443272/

For the record, I did not like it when a woman was pulled over for not using a turn signal, placed in jail and then died while in prison. I didn’t like it when a man ran from a police officer and was shot in the back, killing him. I didn’t like it when people chased down a man in Georgia with guns and shot him dead. I didn’t like it when a choke hold was placed on a man by police, killing him in the process. Of course, I do not like the fact that the officers who killed these people were White and the victims were Black. One thing I have figured out: Videos are essential for us all. They make the difference between what the police say and the truth. Authorities tend to believe police accounts most times, because they are supposed to represent law enforcement. Police will (rightfully so) look out for each other. Some may even lie. Please don’t get me wrong on this. I am a supporter of police. We need them. What these officers did should not reflect on the entire police force at all. However, we can’t allow incidents like this to keep happening. The ‘only’ way to protect ourselves is through the use of video. Whenever you see anyone being apprehended by police, I think it is imperative to shoot video on your camera. This is not just for the sake of those being apprehended but to help validity the actions of the police. Some police may object to you videoing what they are doing, but this benefits them as well. Race should not be an issue here, but because of the disparity between the races this whole thing will be blown out of proportion. The man in this video said several times he could not breathe. The people at the scene shouted to the officer that he was killing the man. The man was handcuffed and already subdued so there was no longer a need to continue applying force to his neck. Instead of helping the man, the one officer directed the people to stay away so that the officer could kill him. This was awful in every way. Protests in Minneapolis? Yeah, I am not surprised. I am not advocating this, but enough is enough. You can’t keep killing innocent people just because you are law enforcement. Let’s see if these officers are arrested. Let’s see if these officers are found innocent at trial. Let’s see who supports what these officers did. Let’s see if any ‘real’ justice prevails. I understand that people make mistakes. I do not believe that the 4 policemen actually intended to kill the man. I do believe that they should have been properly trained better. Now I am just waiting for the next situation to pop up. You and I both know it is going to happen. For God’s sake, please let’s use more video to help everyone. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Life reflected through a picture)

Sometimes life is reflected through images. The value of that life depends on the image or perception of what we visualize. It may not reflect all the values that are pertinent, but it can give you a broader oversight of what is, and what once was. Death is final, no matter how you reflect back on it. It is the last piece of all that you encountered. Saying goodbye might not make a difference, but the dream is real while you are still in it…. A picture is just a picture, but the life that it represents is forever… We all have our dates with destiny. Our lives are shaped on what and who we encounter. Words can only shape up what you know, but there are times when mere words are never enough. Stare straight ahead, grasp your blank gaze and just bask in the moment that was, and will never be again. No logic, or justification, will ever rationalize the reason why. It was time, and if a picture can help you to reflect on how valuable a life was, then by all means treasure it to make your life have more value. We can’t bring back what no longer belongs to us, but the memories can fortify us for the rest of our lives. No more words, except for this:

“Love you, Gina….RIP”

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Should a news media favor a candidate?)

The President is disgruntled with FOX news. He stated that they aren’t doing enough to get him and other Republicans elected. Is that what a news broadcast media is supposed to do? Maybe it’s me, but I always thought a news show was supposed to be fair and neutral in it’s views. In other words, I thought they were supposed to tell the truth, no matter what. Now, if anyone has ever watched FOX, the reporting on there has appeared to be extremely conservative. I don’t watch it, but I have seen several clips of newscasters on there. I was amazed at their lack of objectivity. They seemed so one sided that they just ignored other real important issues. Here is the article on Trump:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/21/trump-says-fox-news-isnt-doing-enough-to-help-republicans/24381881/

‘IF’ the purpose of the news agency is to help him get re-elected, then how can it possibly be viewed as fair in it’s reporting? When you are reporting one sided news, then people might view that as the whole truth. That is when you get people trying vaccines like hydroxychloroquine, ultra violet rays, disinfectants and stuff. I understand fully that this is a Republican versus Democrat world here in the United States. I honestly don’t know if they will ever agree on ‘anything.’ I do know that the people who are being neglected now are the voters. We need someone who will think about us. There is an entire world full of opinion out there. Everyone can’t be right. You need to be a strong advocate for what you believe in. You also owe it to yourself to be well informed. That doesn’t mean you only know what other people say. That means you can go beneath the surface to formulate your own opinions. A ‘well educated voter’ is a great asset for the country. Show the power of what you know, and make a difference… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly in high meditative thought

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Celibacy…. How far will you take it?)

Your body can be your greatest asset, or your greatest detriment. It can also be your biggest bargaining tool or your greatest weapon. Sex is one of our basic needs, yet so many people have different interpretations when it comes down to it. It can be viewed as the nastiest thing in the world to do, until the right moment (and the right atmosphere) comes into place, making it the most beautiful activity to engage in. Mankind cannot continue to exist without it. Some will abstain for long periods of time without it (or so they say). This debate is not just for women. Men need to determine who they want to become intimate with as well, because if you don’t know the history of someone then that could lead to catastrophic implications. During this pandemic many of us have been sorely tested, because (technically) you are not supposed to go out, and forming new relationships has been a strain because no one wants to risk catching a virus. If you go outside and look around at all the millions of people you see, you have to imagine that a lot of sex has happened. This doesn’t even include the miscarriages, abortions and protected sex that has transpired. How do you view sex? How important is it to you? Are you satisfied withholding sex from someone knowing full well that your neighbor at the ho shop down the street will ‘give in easily?’ Sex will always be an integral part of our society, but your views on it will say a lot about you. Being celibate can give you a mental value and spiritual uplifting, even if it doesn’t always satisfy your basic desires. At some point, if we all don’t use it, then we’ll lose it. That notion is fine with some people. Where do you stand? Sex is not everything (even though a lot of people will act as though it is). Be who you feel you need to be, and do what is in the best interest of you… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and Amy Skyy

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Here we go again with this)

Hydroxychloroquine… It is a name that has become quite popular within the last year. Most of it’s popularity came through the promoted usage by President Donald Trump. He is a big advocate of this drug. I don’t know if he has ‘any scientific rationale’ for why Covid-19 patients should take it. He has stated within the past week that he himself is taking it. He now has many critiques from people questioning this move. What about all those people who are following him? Are they now taking this drug as well? Here is an article about it:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/20/trump-attacks-study-defends-using-malaria-drug-for-covid-19/24365622/

On the surface of this, I am firmly convinced that someone is hiding something. Either this drug is a miracle cure-all or this is an over hyped witch tale. If this thing is so great for treating Covid, then why hasn’t ‘everyone’ endorsed it? Does Trump have an economic reason for pushing this drug onto people? Is he really taking it like he ‘says he is?’ If he is, then what side effects (If any) will he suffer from? Either Trump is right or the medical experts are right. Since Trump already promoted the use of ultra violet rays and disinfectants to cure this, please forgive me if I choose to listen to the medical experts. One thing is clear to me. I have heard ‘so many’ different theories and solutions to this pandemic that I am making my own decisions on what to do. Think about it. At first animals couldn’t get this. Now it is estimated that they can. Then they said that only the elderly and sick with pre-existing conditions should be worried. Since then it has supposedly killed young and old alike.  People were told to stay inside and yet some of those people who didn’t venture out still managed to catch it anyway. Some people have been killed by this, and yet I know of people who have caught this and a week later they were fine again. The only thing that is certain is the ‘uncertainty.’ In that regard, I am taking everything (except the hydroxychloroquine, of course). Right now, I don’t think there are any answers for this. Watching the news only gets me more irritated. Do what you want to do. Follow who you want to follow. Everyone can’t be right. Hopefully time will separate the wise thinkers from the foolish thinkers. It will be interesting to see how history writes this one… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Dionne Warwick, along with the O’Jays in concert with Brett Jolly in bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Trump says he is now taking hydroxychloroquine… should you?)

Now you have the chance to show just how devoutly loyal you are to president Donald Trump. Instead of listening to his experts he has decided (or at least this is what he said) to prescribe a drug that he promoted to fight off the effects of Covid-19. For a while now he has been a big fan of the drug “hydroxychloroquine” and he has said that he thinks people should try it out. I don’t think he has any solid proof on this so mostly I believe he is stating this from his own opinion. I have never known Trump to have a medical degree. The real issue here is not about what he is going to take. For me the real issue is ‘how many people are going to follow his advice?’ It is well known that many of his supporters will follow him into Hell and back to show their support for him.  How far will they go on this issue? Here is the article about him taking the drug:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/19/livid-trump-says-hes-done-with-fox-news-looking-for-a-new-outlet/24353694/

Personally, I honestly don’t think he is taking the drug at all. I think he is only ‘saying’ this so that he can get others to take it. If it works, then he will look like a genius. If it doesn’t work, then he can discuss his ideas with the newly elected President in November. Why would Trump lie? Why not? He hasn’t been truthful on a lot of things that emanated from his mouth so far, so why stop now? At this point he knows that the economy is a mess, unemployment is at record levels and his ratings are slipping dangerously. He fires people based on loyalty alone and he often puts himself above the law. Does this sound right to you? If you don’t support him, he turns on you. He takes the credit for all the good things that happen, but never takes the blame for anything bad. That always seems to be the fault of the ‘previous administration.’ The President is allowed to do whatever he wants to do (Just ask him and he will tell you). He may (or may not) kill himself with his own advice. Are you willing to take that risk ‘with’ him? I don’t want to lose anyone, even those with differing points of view. I would like for us to think smart and not be dependent on the views of others for our health and safety. I sincerely hope you feel the same. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The late great sax player Grover Washington, Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Dueling Presidents?)

I guess this can show you exactly how the times are changing. In the past, Presidents and former Presidents supported each other, and rarely did one criticize the other. Of course, during the election the gloves were taken off and everybody went after each other. That made sense. Once the election is over then most times everyone accepts things the way they are. Not for this administration. President Donald Trump has continued to bash former President Obama throughout his tenure as President. For the most part Obama has kept quiet… until “recently.” Even though Obama never mentioned Trump’s name, he alluded to the President through thinly veiled messages. Of course, Trump didn’t like the messages at all (He always retaliates against those who don’t agree with him) and now it appears “The war is on.” If you have not heard the latest then here is the article:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/17/trump-blasts-obama-as-incompetent-after-apparent-jab/24337730/

I remember years ago when Trump (before he became President) lambasted Obama over  whether or not he was a legal citizen of the United States. Trump made a big issue of it, so Obama simply requested his birth certificate, and once he got it he held a conference (with Trump in attendance) that was broadcasted on national television. In that broadcast, Barack Obama simply made Trump look extremely foolish and took a lot of digs at his handling of the entire situation. If you look at the video, I think you can actually see Trump turn red from the embarrassment.  Since then their relationship has not been very good. To this day, Trump blames just about everything that has gone wrong on the “previous administration.” For those who don’t know, Trump has been President for 3 years now. I would think that at some point he should move on to taking full responsibility for everything since he has had more than enough time to make any changes. Of course, since Trump has been in office, I have heard him take credit for all the great things that happened, and I have also heard him blame all the bad things on “everyone else BUT him.” For me it really isn’t about taking sides. No matter what I say, people will continue to support the candidate they prefer. I would love to see more harmony between Democrats and Republicans, though. Fighting like little kids doesn’t make me respect you even more. Hopefully the bickering between both Presidents ends here (but don’t bet on it). Trump once mentioned that “911” happened on George Bush’s watch. He thought Bush should have taken responsibility for it. Well, what goes around, comes around… You all know how conditions are right now for most people, and just “whose watch is it currently?” Uh huh… Let’s hope that at some point we can stop trying to blame stuff on people who are no longer here, and maybe in the process we can “stop the fighting.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brother Bill Jolly, Jon Bon Jovi and Brett Jolly

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