Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Monday, July 28, 2008

Church of peace attacked by hate

UUA President's Statement

"Greg McKendry, the first fatality of the gunman who entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN Sunday 072708 and opened fire, injuring several of the congregation. Witnesses say that McKendry stepped in front of the gunman to protect others in the church." 

More on Knoxville Church shooting


Below is a link to a local station for more detail and regular updates. You can also listen to some interviews.


If you are on Facebook, please join up with the newly-formed group called "Thoughts&Prayers--Knoxville UU" (now over 1200 members) and write your condolences on their wall. They are also asking for people to send origami paper cranes to their RE children for healing. Here's the relevant post on their wall:

Please send a paper crane to the children of Tennesee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, TX
Tennessee Valley UU Church.

c/o Brian Griffin, Director of Life Span Religious Education
2931 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919


Gunman opens fire in Tennessee church, 1 killed

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD – 14 hours ago 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man wielding a shotgun entered a church and opened fire as congregants watched a youth performance Sunday, killing one person and injuring eight others, police said.

The gunman was tackled by church members and eventually taken into police custody. None of the children were injured. A hospital spokeswoman said five of the wounded were in critical condition.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen identified the man killed as Greg McKendry, 60, a longtime church member and usher at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

"It appears Mr. McKendry was the first person he (the gunman) encountered when he walked into the sanctuary," Owen said. "It's going to be a while before all the facts are cleared up."

A church member who arrived moments after the shooting said the gunman fired three times and was tackled. Steve Drevick said he spoke to several eyewitnesses and that no one at the church recognized the gunman. He did said the gunman had more ammunition on him.

Officials wouldn't say exactly how many people helped subdue the gunman.

"It was a large group and we are thankful for them for without it, this situation could have been even worse," Mayor Bill Haslam said.

There were about 200 people at the time of the shooting watching a youth performance being put on by 25 children.

Church member Marty Murphy told The Knoxville News Sentinel that she was about 30 to 40 feet from the shooter when the rampage began.

"We heard the first shot," she said. "It sounded like a bomb went off. We thought it was part of the program at first."

She said church members dove under church pews and others ran out the sanctuary.

Murphy told the newspaper some of the children were close to the shooter when the attack began.

"One little girl had blood all over her," she said. "She was just hysterical. I don't know how that girl is going to sleep tonight."

Another witness told the newspaper that the man killed was a hero.

"Greg McKendry stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us," Barbara Kemper said.

Police had cordoned off the church with yellow and red tape, and were taking statements and collecting video cameras from church members who were taping the performance. Owen said the FBI also was assisting in the investigation.

The church's minister was on vacation in western North Carolina at the time of the shooting but returned Sunday afternoon.

"We've been touched by a horrible act of violence. We are in a process of healing and we ask everyone for your prayers," the Rev. Chris Buice said in a statement outside the church.

The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is a community that meets to worship and work together for social change, according to the church's Web site. Since the 1950's, the congregation has worked for desegregation, racial harmony, fair wages, women's rights and gay rights, according to the Web site. The congregation also has provided sanctuary for political refugees, fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the ACLU.

The Church

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Household Bank Rip Off

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This bank has lied to me. I called CS because my acct had been $3.00 over & I made a $10.00 payment, the previous day. I wanted assurance that no fees would be attached to my account.CS PROMISED me no fees would be assessed against my account.

Tonight, I found a $30.00 fee assessed for overage! My current activity since last statement doesn't show my payment. The overage fee does.

If your computers are capable of charging IMMEDIATELY for an overage, they're CERTAINLY capable of listing a PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT assessing an ADDITIONAL fee for immediate processing!

What does it say about your policies that you tried to assess a penalty TEN TIMES that of the overage on my account, when I'd already covered the difference, within TWO HOURS of its occurance?

My income is Social Security Disability insurance, less than $700/mo. Is this bank SO financially insecure it needs to assess unfair fees to disabled people? No WONDER banks r closing! CHANGE YOUR POLICIES!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Toboho's lost house priviledges

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I taped a hand written copy of this to his bedroom door, after he came
in (gone a week, without word) at 2am, waking me by CHECKING MY
ANSWERING MACHINE and slamming his door.


DISHES: Since you insist on hording them in your room, attracting bugs.

TRUCK: For driving w/out permission while drinking, leaving empty
alcohol can (behnd MY SEAT! I told him, REPEATEDLY, NO OPEN CONTAINERS
IN THE TRUCK, to which he said I was treating him like a child)

ANSWERING MACHINE & PHONE: Answering machine is NOT yours. YOU don't
need to check messages; I do.

FREE ACCESS: You have a 10pm curfew. I need sleep AND peace. I'll be
locking deadbolt at 10 pm (he doesn't have a key), UNLESS you make
arrangements with me in ADVANCE. I will UNLOCK by apx. 6 am.

GUESTS: Guest must be cleared with me in advnce, 24 hr. notice.


If you didn't act like a child, you wouldn't be "treated like a child."



Sunday, July 13, 2008

taking KUNM to Ft. Sumner

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This morning, I'm packing my kitchen cubicles.

They're actually the old mail boxes from the station: complete with
weird stickers, labels with everybody's names, graphiti, etc.

I didn't even peel off Renee Blake's name, although some of you might
wonder why not?

I've even got Paul Ingles Peace Talks Our Top Stories (Paul, PLEASE
get another grant; I loved Top Stories!!!)

They have no backs on them, so they're perfect to put in the middle of
the kitchen, so I can reach my best glassware, spices and dry goods
from both sides, while sunlight streams through them.

I don't know who made them, but they're beautifully constructed.

I hope to keep them forever.

Oddest kitchen cabinets in history.

new roommate went crazy

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to Rachel,  from Br's computer in Ft. Sumner
he drank a liter of gin & 12 cans of malt liquor yesterday, hiding it from me becaus3e I said no open containers in car.

Cop pulled me over in Ft. Sum... "Christopher" had to go out there and confront the cop! All went well, but scary for awhile.

CRAZY accusations, etc.

Pestered Br & Zack to buy him liquor all day.

Bought bbq foods for family at grocery; became angry at me for no reason. Now I know it's because it wasn't about bbq; the store sold no liquor.

Became FRIGHTENINGLY verbally abusive and threatening when we returned to Br's.

Said he wanted to go home NOW.

I didn't answer; I've stopped speaking to him.


In front of br's family, "I want to go home now."

Br's mom: "Rogi still has work to do."

Christopher: "I want to leave NOW!"

Me: Bye.

He's still sitting at the intersecton to hwy. 60 and the northern route to Santa Rosa.

We just came back from store; Br stopped to ask him if he wanted some food. He said no, thanks, he's fine.

So he's still sitting there.

Doubt I can get online again.

If Megan could just check the house in the morning, I'd be grateful.

I'm leaving here very early am; trailer back to albq. by noon, or probs with u haul

my plan

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to Trinity House

I'm going to TRY to keep living with Toboho, but under more serious

I really can't count on him to check in when he says he will. He HAS
paid his rent, in full, when it's due.

I have to be VERY careful about when I tell him I need something; it
causes him, frequently, to question my judgment, yell at me and/or
argue with me. He may be charming, but he's one of the angriest people
I've ever met.

I've told him I don't want him to bring any alcohol in the house. This
weekend was torture. He became aggrevated once, when we were about to
drive away. I saw him getting ready to crack a beer and repeated, for
the 3rd time that day, "I don't want open containers in the truck."
Apparantly, I ought not have stated that. He said he'd already agreed
to that. He was very angry that he couldn't drink his beer but had to
leave with me.

He's not going to be in my truck anymore. This morning, I found an
empty beer can, carefully placed behind MY driver's seat.

He told me he is reminded of his ex-girlfriend by me, because I expect
him to be where he says he's going to be and be accountable. I am NOT
his girlfriend, and find this pretty muddled, sexist thinking.

I think he as confused license with liberty. Many people do.

His mind is very cluttered with self justification, denial, excuses,
shifting blame, ego protection and chaotic thinking, so I'm trying not
to engage him.

I need someone to help with the rent until Sept. 4, and don't see any
other options besides Toboho, although I've posted several CraigsList

I AM afraid of him. He's easily provoked and he provokes, especially
while under the influence. I think he's reckless. That's fine with his
own life, but I don't want him to endanger me with open containers,
questioning police officers while I'm operating the vehicle, singing
"Legalize Marijuana" in front of small-town folks outside a store,
making jokes about needing cocaine to work, etc.

I can't afford that drama. He shoots himself in the foot, but his self
destructiveness endangers others, too.

So, he stays, unless he turns violent (which wouldn't surprise me;
that's why he can't drink here anymore -- he PROMISED, when he moved
in, that he doesn't drink in excess, so now I know he's a liar who
tells people what he thinks they want to hear).

He's insulting, disrespectful, accusatory, demanding, patronizing,
condescending, cocky, argumentative. He embarrassed me in front of my
friends and total strangers this weekend. He interrupts me constantly
and won't listen to important information I'm trying to tell him,
demanding later that I tell him again.

But, since he won't be in the truck with me anymore, that will be minimized.

I'm trying to maintain as LITTLE contact with him as possible.

He is FURIOUS with me for being angry with him in front of Marcos. He
said I treated him like a child. I think he felt emasculated. Although
I've repeatedly apologized, he still brings it up. But then, he
accuses me of all sorts of stuff I DIDn't do, so why should I be

I finally had to make a vow to myself, this weekend, that I wouldn't
speak to him, no matter HOW badly he tried to provoke me. That's when
he threw a tantrum, scared the family there, and walked off to go back
to Albuquerque! I wouldn't play and he escalated into a total rage

Anyway PLEASE don't tell him I called Trinity House & y'all's cell
phone. He'll go off on me again, and my nerves are SHOT; I can't TAKE
anymore of his cruel mouth.

It's only for about 6 more weeks and then I never have to hear him
scream at me again.

My friends know what he's like. Hell, the whole TOWN of Ft. SUMNER
knows; they all have police scanners; they know when the cops spoke to
him -- TWICE! The whole town's gossiping about him, about me, and
about the family to whose house I'm moving!

I'm embarrassed that the whole town thinks I'm so irresponsible as to
bring a loud mouthed drunk into town for the weekend, who lay outside
an abandoned gas station for hours on the main drag, simply because I
wouldn't IMMEDIATELY drive him back to Albuquerque the minute he
wanted to leave!

But my local friends know, too. And they're keeping an eye on me and
this apartment, so I'll be safe.

He really scared me this weekend. He scared my friends and he scared
their KIDS (When I TOLD him this, he actually said, "That doesn't
matter." These are SERIOUSLY, physically and developmentally disabled
girls he scared!). And he's not welcomed back there.

I'm sorry I called, but I'm really scared of him. I'm sleeping with a
hunting knife under my pillow and I never leave my purse or keys where
he can get at them.

If you tell him I contacted you -- again -- about him, I don't know
what he'll do.

"Christopher" MIA again

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to Trinity House:

It's nearly midnight & I'm worried sick.


"Christopher," as he won't tell me his actual name, left a message
LAST night that he wouldn't be home and would "see you tomorrow." This
is "tomorrow." I haven't heard a WORD about: where he is, when he's
coming back, if he's really going to help me move, if he's going to
pay his rent and what time that'll happen.

His rent is due. Last time he got paid, apparantly, he got "robbed."

I called St. Martin's, where he told me he works, 4 times today to
leave messages. I DESPERATELY needed his help tonight. The last time I
called, the woman who answered said he hasn't been working there this

So, why hasn't he paid me the rent he owes?

I'm supposed to rent a trailer from U-haul on Friday, to transport a
shed (getting it out of the backyard today, while I had a work crew,
was why I needed him; it's still not moved) to Ft. Sumner on Friday.

I need his rent $ to pay for the trailer & gasoline out there & back.

If I DON'T hear from him by noon tomorrow, I'll have to call U-haul to
CANCEL the trailer, or pay more of a penalty than the rental would
have cost me.

I'm out of money and running out of food.

I've just been diagnosed with pulmonary edema and emphysema. I'm very
ill and the heat is exhausting me. I'm working WAY too hard, with no
help. He's SUPPOSED to help me unload the truck & trailer in Ft.
Sumner this weekend; I can't do it alone.

I'm running out of time to move!

I've been home all day, afraid to be too far from the phone, in case
he calls again, so I can tell him all this.

If I don't hear from him by noon, I have to cance the trailer. I can't
just sit around waiting while he sleeps and socializes. I waived a
deposit on the room in exchange for some help with the move. I haven't
been unreasonable in my requests for assistance.

He needs to man up. I'm not his mother.