Who Am I? Justice 

Who Am I?

They call me N-I double G, ER

If I aint in a cell, you can find me 

In the ER

Dead on Arrival 

Who shot me?

Take em to court trial

And they free on arrival

Jury texting during Judge sentence

Judge beating off to my 

body pictures

Shooters looking down

at my body like

He wouldnt listen 

Stupid nigga, 

showed him the badge

And he wouldn’t kiss it

Basic nigga

I should’ve listened 

What the fox say?

He was nothing but a thug

Bound to die by his own blood

Anyway, just another slave

And all I get from my president

Is God bless, protect the innocent

Let there be no more, same incident

The sweet Lucy rhetoric

I wonder

When he’s done with the office

Will he be black again?

Will he feel my mothers pain

Will they take one of his?

I dont wish death on no one

My country been wanting 

Me gone 

Successful, I clap for em

I’ve done died many times

Shots loud, hollows in the sky

Cried many times 

Still my people snoring

I wish I can dream still

But its too much of a 

Cold world in dreamville 

Why we battling to be kings?

Why everybody shouting out

To be seen?

You saw how I died,

You saw them shots fired

Arms around my neck

Chocking me to death

I couldn’t breath 

In that cell, they hung me

Put my blood on my own hands

Get it? 

My own blood on my own hands

I wont lie

I once shot my own man

Turned on my own brother

For money

Lustin for honeys 

Stealing from bee hives

So how do I expect to be seen

In devils eyes?

Yeah I know how to stay alive

Too bad I already died 

Justice! Justice!

Where is the justice?

Did I die just to die

Or was it all a message?

They call me 

Trayvon Sandra Mike Gardner Mcdonald

My people thinking 

consciousness Stops at leaving

McDonalds

Debating over who’s from where

Who knows what

And how loud they can gather

A cheer,

How many sheep, they can fill

In a chair

And here I am breathless

I guess I gotta keep dyin

Signs in the fog

Guess God gotta keep tryin…

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The Real ID Act and how it affects You!

What is REAL ID?

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver’s license today than before the passage of the Act.

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Real ID also requires states to share their databases of driver information with other states. The information-sharing provisions are a big reason why some privacy groups opposed the law, saying it would effectively be the equivalent of a national identification card.

The federal government can’t force state licensing agencies to change their practices to conform to Real ID standards. But it can stop those with state-issued IDs from using them to enter federal facilities, such as military bases, or to board commercial planes. The renewed push for compliance comes at a time when concerns about terrorism are again high due to recent bloody attacks in Paris and California.

The law was originally scheduled to go into effect in 2008 but was subject to repeated delays. In recent months, DHS has been telling states those delays are over and that the law will be implemented in 2016. However, any restrictions on air travel won’t go into place without at least 120 days’ notice, and no state has received such a notice yet. In several states, however, restrictions on entering federal buildings could kick in as early as January 10.

Do I need a passport for domestic air travel starting January 2016?

A: No.  DHS is in the process of scheduling plans for implementing REAL ID enforcement at airports.  DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least, 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning.

Until enforcement at the airports begins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards from all states, as well other forms of acceptable identification listed on the TSA website.

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Is REAL ID a national identification card?

No. REAL ID is not a national identification card. States and territories will continue to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards, and there is no Federal database of driver information. Each jurisdiction will issue its own unique license and maintain its own records.

According to recent DHS data, most states are either in compliance with Real ID or have made enough progress that DHS has granted them extensions until at least October.

However, nine states and several US territories are due to have their exemption expire on January 10, 2016. The states facing a January expiration are Alaska, California, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Washington. Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands face the same deadline. Minnesota and American Samoa are already listed as non-compliant.

Those states facing the deadline shouldn’t be hopeful for a last-minute reprieve. Local and AP news reports say that DHS has already told officials in Missouri, IllinoisMinnesota, and Washington that their requests for additional extensions have been denied.

“As we continue the phased-in enforcement of the REAL ID Act, the consequences of continued noncompliance will grow with each milestone,” the department said in its letter to Missouri, reported last week by The Associated Press.

If I am flying with a minor, do they need identification?

The Transportation Security Administration does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification.

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 REAL ID does NOT apply to the following:

  • Entering Federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification
  • Voting or registering to vote
  • Applying for or receiving Federal benefits
  • Being licensed by a state to drive
  • Accessing Health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)
  • Participating in law enforcement proceedings or investigations

     

Update 12/30: On Dec. 30, a California DMV spokesperson informed Ars that state has also received an extension until October. Also, DHS updated the states’ statuses on December 29, showing that Alaska, New Jersey, and South Carolina have all received extensions until October. That leaves Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington as the five remaining states subject to enforcement.

In some states, the reason for lack of compliance isn’t incompetence or bungling, but active opposition. Missouri passed a law in 2009 forbidding state officials from implementing the law. The same year, Minnesota lawmakers not only barred implementation of Real ID but prohibited “preliminary measures like negotiations with federal officials related to the requirement,” according to a report in last week’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Some state lawmakers opposed Real ID because of privacy concerns, while others denounced the law as an “unfunded mandate” requiring states to change their licensing practices without providing any money to implement the changes.

Today’s New York Times reports that TSA is considering how to deal with a situation in which some state IDs become invalid for air travel.

“The federal government has quietly gone around and clubbed states into submission,” Minnesota State Senator Warren Limmer, who spearheaded the state’s 2009 opposition, told the Times. “That’s a pretty heavy club.”

The 10 Elements of the Great Power Argument by Gerry Spence

What is a “Power Argument”?

“The Power Argument is an argument so Powerful in its Structure; so Compelling in its Delivery, that when we assume the Power Stance, the argument cannot be defeated. The PA need not fill the air with noise; it need not destroy the opponent. It can be quiet, gentle; it can embrace love, not anger; understanding, not hate; it can employ ordinary language. There’s one compelling, overriding reason, always, to deliver the PA.”

Here are its 10 elements.

1. Prepare, until you have BECOME the argument. Proper preparation requires you to analyze the facts, and assign roles to the parties. Cast our side as the good guys, unjustly accused, wrongly despised, gravely misunderstood.. Cast our side as the underdog.

2. Open the other to receive our argument. Empower the other to do so.

3. Give the argument in the form of story. Fables, allegories, and parables. Remember: All others are conditioned to listen to stories.

4. Tell The TRUTH. Credibility possesses incredible power. Being who we are is powerful. Saying how we feel is powerful. To be open, and real, and afraid, if we are, is powerful. TRUTH IS POWER.

5. Tell the other WHAT WE WANT. Never leave them to guess what we want; for they may guess wrong. Also, it spoils our credibility. Others do not expect honest persons to play games.

6. Avoid sarcasm, scorn, and ridicule. Use humor cautiously. Be careful of the temptation to show contempt and disdain for the opponent. Hold back insult. No one admires the cynic, the scoffer, the mocker, the small and the petty. The employment of humor can be the most devastating weapon in an argument. But beware: attempting to be funny and failing is deadly.

7. Logic is Power. If it is on our side, let’s ride it all the way. If it isn’t, if it leads us to an unjust result…Logic does not always lead us to truth, or to justice. It defeats spontaneity. It is often dull and without spirit. Do not give up creativity for Logic.

8. ACTION and WINNING are BROTHERS. The worst of head-on attacks is often better than the most sophisticated defense. I never permit my opponent to take control. I do not defend when I can attack.

9. Admit at the outset the weak points in our argument. We can expose our weaknesses in a better light than our opponent, who will expose them in the darkest-possible way. An honest admission, having come from us, not only endows us with credibility; it also leaves our opponent with nothing to say but what has already been said and admitted. However, we must not outsmart ourselves by endowing our opponent with a genius he doesn’t possess. How often an opponent voluntarily reveals a flaw in his argument that I would not have seen, but for my opponent’s having shown it to me. We tend to invest our opponents with an intelligence and wisdom they may not possess.

10. UNDERSTAND OUR POWER. GIVE OURSELVES PERMISSION…ONLY…ONLY…TO WIN. But remember: Arrogance…and Insolence…and Stupidity…are very close relatives. Take the Winning Stance. Turn on the Magical Argument. Open Up, and LET THE MAGIC OUT. TRUST IT, TAKE THE RISK; JUMP!!! With all this knowledge-how to prepare, how to deliver, how to feel, how to be…We’re ready to make the Powerful Argument that will win…every time.