Tragic, Senseless Losses…

I was planning to post my “Five for Friday” fun facts, but decided to put it off until next week. Two tragic, senseless events occurred this week, but there has been little reported about them. Most outlets, everywhere I look, are fawning over the Drumpf and how “presidential” he’s suddenly become because he knows how to launch missiles and drop bombs. That is supposed to be the last resort, when all other things have failed – but this jackass is determined to do anything to distract from the scandals and valid questions surrounding his administration, and it appears to be working.

The two events I’m referring to are, first, the shooting in San Bernardino. Karen Smith, a teacher, was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Monday, 10 April. One of her students, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, also died after being caught in the crossfire; another student, aged nine, was wounded. Karen hadn’t been married to her husband very long, and it was apparently troubled. She was staying at the homes of relatives in order to hide from him, yet he showed up at her place of employment – a school – and took her life, then his own. From NBC News:

Out of fear of her estranged husband, Karen Smith began staying at the homes of relatives in order to hide from him, family sources told NBC 4 Los Angeles. Adam Smith said her death came as a surprise, and that his mother and her husband had problems but he never imagined Anderson was capable of this.

The four adult children declined to discuss Karen Smith’s relationship with Anderson further, but they opened up about their mother’s love for her work. Karen Smith, a grandmother of three, home-schooled her children for eight years before she pursued her career as a special education teacher. As both mother and educator, she formed a tight-knit bond with her children.

“Personally, she was my rock, my best friend and my world,” Jennifer Smith, Karen Smith’s daughter, said. Jennifer Smith, who became a teacher like her mother, said Karen Smith’s impact last long after her students left her classroom. “Oftentimes former students would contact her and thank her for helping them graduate from high school,” Jennifer said. “Children were the light of her world and their success was hers.”

Adam Smith agreed, saying that during his mother’s 10-year career, she enjoyed seeing her students succeed and excel in their work. After their mother’s death on Monday, Karen Smith’s children were still reeling from the loss. “She didn’t deserve to die like this,” Adam Smith said, his voice catching.”

The sickness and evil of people like Cedric Anderson cannot be overstated enough. Psychos and sociopaths, for whatever reason, become obsessed with the person they feel has “wronged” them. Their desperate attention-seeking becomes more and more dangerous, to the point of stalking, baiting, bullying, and other types of harassment. They can’t accept it when another doesn’t want them in their lives, and take the rejection so personally that they blame the other person instead of looking at themselves to see where the issue lies. Everything is the fault of someone else, in their twisted, broken little minds.

The loss of a caring, loving teacher is such a shame, as is the death of a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him. Two lives tragically cut short, because some damaged-beyond-repair cretin couldn’t handle the fact that his marriage was over, and his actions were the cause of it. Domestic violence affects many, and the most dangerous time for a person escaping an abusive relationship is when they’ve physically left it; this shooting shows that fact in a glaring light.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam: 14 March 1952 – 12 April 2017

The second event is the mysterious death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman, and the first Muslim, to serve on New York’s highest court. Her fully-clothed body was pulled out of the Hudson River on Wednesday, 12 April, a day after she was reported missing. No cause of death has been announced, and the results of an autopsy conducted yesterday were inconclusive, but her death is being treated as a suicide – and that irks me to no end. From Al-Jazeera:

Tributes were paid on Thursday to Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court. Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the Hudson River on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. The 65-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. No cause of death has been announced.

There were no signs a crime had been committed in her death, a police spokesman said on Thursday. Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity told US media that investigators were treating the death as a suicide. One of the officials said both the judge’s mother and brother had died in recent years around Easter, the brother by suicide.

Results of an autopsy conducted on Thursday were inconclusive. “The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following today’s examination,” Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner, said in a statement. Abdus-Salaam was widely reported to have been the country’s first female Muslim judge. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed Abdus-Salaam as “a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all”.

“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Cuomo said. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said her colleague will be “missed deeply”. “Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” DiFiore said. Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said her example and work on civil rights issues were inspiring to women, Muslims, and African Americans. “Her story was a story of success, empowerment and inspiration,” he said.

The president of the New York State Bar Association, Claire P Gutekunst, noted Abdus-Salaam grew up poor in a family of seven children in Washington, DC, and “rose to become one of the seven judges in New York’s highest court, where her intellect, judicial temperament and wisdom earned her wide respect”.

Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She became a public defender in Brooklyn after law school, the New York Times said, representing people who could not afford lawyers. She went on to serve as a lawyer for New York state government and city’s office of labour services. In one of her first cases, she won an anti-discrimination suit for more than 30 female New York City bus drivers who had been denied promotions.”

Is it possible that she committed suicide? Sure. Do I believe that it was a suicide? Not really. It’s difficult for me to believe that, especially in light of this recent assault on another Muslim woman, which happened on Monday in Milwaukee. From the Huffington Post:

Police are investigating the vicious assault Monday of a Muslim woman in Milwaukee in what the local community is calling a hate crime. The 58-year-old woman, who does not want to be identified, told Fox6Now a man armed with a knife attacked her while she was walking home from her mosque early Monday. She said a car pulled up alongside her and he hopped out, demanding that she remove her hijab. “I tried to fight him,” she told the local news channel. “‘Don’t take my hijab,’ you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal.”

“Before he hurt me, I said ‘today I gonna die,” she recounted to WISN. “I gonna die.’” The council of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, where the woman attends mosque, described the assault in a letter to its members this week: He then grabbed her head and removed her hijab and began to attack her. She is a petite woman in her late 50s. She tried to resist. Her nose began to bleed from the hits she suffered. Besides punching and kicking our sister in the head and back while she was on the ground, he also had a knife. The jacket she was wearing has a long vertical cut in the back and also a cut on the arm of the jacket. Our sister suffered a cut on her arm that, alhamdulillah [praise God], was not serious. As expected, she was terrified. The attacker did not ask for money nor did he take her phone. The attacker then returned to his car and sped off.

The woman managed to walk home, where she then suffered a seizure, her lawyer, Munjed Ahmad, told The Huffington Post. Ahmad said the woman is epileptic and the attack likely induced the seizure. A friend later arrived at the woman’s home and called 911. She was transported to a local hospital where she was sedated and released the following day. Ahmad told HuffPost the woman suffered a bloody nose, a laceration on her arm, a bloodied face, a black eye, and bruising on her face. Her hijab and a copy of the Quran she was carrying were both bloodied during the attack.”

This is just one of many hate-driven assaults perpetrated upon Muslim people. The ignorant, racist hate-mongers out there think that anyone wearing a head-covering, such as the turbans worn by Sikhs, are Muslim. A Sikh gentleman was shot in his own driveway here in Washington state, in the city of Kent, back at the beginning of March. Attacks such as these are just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately. Denying the amount of vitriol and hate that has surfaced since the selection of the Drumpf is being blindly, willfully ignorant – and in some ways, being so is the worst crime of all. Unfortunately, Sheila Abdus-Salaam might not get the due justice deserved, even though she did much good for a lot of people. It’s entirely possible that her religion and her career made her a target for multiple reasons, and a crime of opportunity can look like a suicide if it isn’t investigated thoroughly. The fact that her death has barely made a ripple on the news or across the interwebs shows how little people care about the death of Black people in general, and Black women in particular…and that’s a shame.

Timothy Caughman: Victim of Domestic Terrorism

This is Timothy Caughman, the 66-year-old Black man who was brutally murdered in New York City on 20 March. His killer, James Harris Jackson, is a self-described “white supremacist” who harbored intense hatred for Black people in general, but Black men in particular. He turned himself in to the local authorities in the wee hours of 22 March, after stabbing Mr. Caughman multiple times with a 24-inch, double-edged sword:

On his Twitter page, 66-year-old Timothy Caughman described himself as a “can and bottle recycler” as well as an “autograph collector.” He hoped to visit California one day and expressed his deep love for this country on Election Day by standing in line and taking part in the democratic process. However, Caughman lived in a country where everyone did not love him back. Since the election of Donald Trump as president, the nation has seen a rise in hate crimes and bigotry. On Monday, Caughman became a victim of one of those hate crimes.

On March 17, Army veteran James Harris Jackson, 28, took the Bolt Bus from Baltimore to New York City with an extremely disgusting plan in mind: to kill Black men. Days later, Jackson crossed paths with Caughman as he collected bottles close to the Midtown homeless shelter where he lived. The altercation turned deadly when Jackson pulled out a sword and stabbed Caughman multiple times in the torso.

After the brutal attack, Caughman stumbled into a nearby police precinct with wounds to his back and chest, said Assistant Chief William Aubry, the commander of Manhattan South detectives, as reported by the New York Times. Caughman was then transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

A quiet man who was minding his own business became a victim of domestic terrorism, yet no buildings will dim their lights for him. Only the people who knew and cared about Mr. Caughman will be holding a candlelight vigil, or placing flowers near the place where his life was taken. The standard, ridiculous excuses of “insanity” are already being bandied about by heartless lawyers. They offer up that lame defense as if it were a valid excuse, but there is no defense or excuse for the inbred cretin who murdered Mr. Caughman in a most up-close-and-personal way.

I lit a candle for Mr. Caughman – it’s the least I can do. Doing a little bit, sometimes, is better than doing nothing at all. Many people don’t seem to understand or respect that. It’s a shame.

Some Thoughts For Thursday: 16 March 2017

There are disgusting versions of Baby-Hands McDrumpf all over the world, sadly. People who spout hate-filled rhetoric, spewing their vile dreck on every platform, going as far as using the bait-and-switch technique of “hey, look at this topic about hunting and camping” and then “cleverly” tossing in some thinly-veiled, bull-headed, supremacist nonsense. Their spoon-served shit is eagerly devoured by people who fear and hate those of us who A) aren’t white, and B) don’t ascribe to Judeo-Christian “values,” whatever those are. Being a proud pagan, I view ALL “organized” religions with a critical eye. Anything that is designed to control others should be looked at critically, don’t you think? Unfortunately, the interwebs make it easier for simple-minded fools to congregate and shout each other down in echo-chambers. That is the main, but not sole, reason I’m not on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites like that.

At any rate, Samantha Bee and John Oliver keep things real and in perspective, as always! It’s nice to be able to hear some sense being spoken, in the midst of the chaotic cacophony that others choose to engage in. They spend endless amounts of time arguing about minutiae…but get nothing of value done.

March 8th – Black women and pension reform: With drastic proposed changes to retirement, International Women’s Day takes on a new meaning

A pertinent, timely post for International Women’s Day – excellent information, here.

Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Today, March 8th, we pause in recognition of International Women’s Day. The struggle of black women of Brazil against racism, sexism, violence and social inequality has long been documented, but with the installation of the current government, after the overthrow of the nation’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and the proposals of draconian measures disguised as methods to save and revive the future of the economy, many Brazilians, particularly black women, are being faced with new challenges that directly affect their lives and the ability to retire at a reasonable age in dignity. For this reason, I will amend a tried and true slogan: The struggle MUST continue!!

March 8th: Black women and pension reform

By Juliana Borges*

March 8th, International Women’s Day, is approaching in a worrying international and national situation, which ends up expanding its symbolism and representation of struggle.

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Funny Sunday Memes: 5 March 2017!

I was inspired to do this post due to some recent conversations with others, both online and IRL. It amuses me when a person says something sarcastic to me, so I respond in kind – and their response is, “Why are you so offended?” I would ask this: Why do you assume that I’m offended when I treat you in the same way that you chose to treat me? If you say something sarcastic, then expect a sarcastic response – right? If you come at me foaming-at-the-mouth mad over nothing, then expect a big “FUCK YOU” in response. That isn’t being offended, that is me ridding myself of your psychotic presence as quickly and efficiently as I know how. If you’re trying to offend me with sarcasm for some reason, then that’s on you. Incidentally, it takes a hell of a lot more than a snarky / barbed / insulting comment to offend me…just sayin’.

On that note, enjoy these funny memes – I have an excellent Monday post in mind, now!

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#NotMyPresident

Re-blogging one of my own posts, since it is just as deserving of more views as the posts of others that I re-blog! Also, I included a link that is worthy of reading…no re-blog option, so this is the next best thing.
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Well, the day has arrived. Here in the states, some groups of people are elated. They give their ‘white-power’ salutes as they goose-step along, waving their confederate flags and nazi banners, screaming “Sieg Heil!” and “Heil Drumpf!” They are tickled pinker than they already are, now that their “chosen one” has been sworn in. I’m surprised that the bible didn’t burst into flames and turn into a heap of ashes when the tiny, baby-like hand of the illegitimate one was placed on it.

My thoughts on this matter haven’t changed one iota. I will give that thing the same respect and honour that he and the Rethuglikkkans gave President Obama. I will treat him the same way that his supporters treated Hillary and the entire Obama family. He will get all of the support from me that he’s earned: ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NONE. It’s going to be a very long four…

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TV host fired after calling black singer a ‘monkey’ on the air; singer and TV network both issue statements

The host will most likely get another job, in the same way that people like Paula Deen, “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” Hulk Hogan, and other racist celebrities here in the states maintain popularity after showing their true colours. It’s a shame.

Black Women of Brazil

4 TV host Marcão Chumbo Grosso, left, was recently fired after referring to singer Ludmilla as a ‘monkey’

Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at how quick this situation was taken care of. In all honesty, I thought this guy would get away with a ‘slap on the wrist’ and walk away relatively unscathed. I mean, I’ve seen people walk away after such incidents with only a brief suspension. But let’s not get too crazy here; this guy will probably have no problem getting another high status job. After all, as racism works as a network, the punishment is never too severe as everyone who is part of the network generally thinks the same way. To get the full background on this story, see the video and read the excuse of the guy at the center of this latest controversy, please…

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Musings on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 2017

In four days, a selfish, narcissist, misogynist racist will officially be inaugurated into the White House. I still shake my head in sorrow over this impending tragedy, especially today. What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. think of this transition of power? What would go through his mind upon seeing the first Black President of the United States of America being replaced by a man who epitomizes the worst of the racism that was prevalent from the 1800s through this 21st century – racism that he witnessed first-hand?

It isn’t lost on me that “MLK Day,” as it is casually listed on calendars, blogs, and holiday-weekend sales circulars, isn’t a holiday that is observed by many industries here in the U.S.A. I know this for a fact, because I have worked in those industries: construction, engineering, and architecture, to name a few. When I was employed at those respective industries, there were usually two “floating” holidays that could be exchanged for a day off, so I would exchange one of those in order to get time off on this day. I did so in order to take my son to various community events that would be taking place, and instill in him the importance of this “Day of Service.” A national holiday isn’t just to get a day off from work and bargains on mattresses – it is time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The history of it. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is called a “Day of Service,” because it is a day to “give back” or “pay it forward” in the community that you live in, and the businesses that you support. National parks around the country are free today; no need to pay admission. Did anyone out there go to your nearest national park, if you were close enough to do so? Did you take time to just appreciate the natural beauty that is, sadly, rapidly vanishing?

For my part, I woke up early and went down to the beach to do some cleanup. It isn’t an official “Beach Clean-Up Day,” locally, but that was the best part – I was there with no company other than the seagulls. Any other people were at a great distance from me, jogging near the water, or walking along with cameras, taking pictures. I took two large garbage bags and spent time picking up the leftover garbage that tourists always leave behind. Tourists have no respect or appreciation for the places that they visit, which is why I never consider myself a tourist when I travel – I don’t treat the places that I visit as a personal dumping ground.

Anyway, as I cleaned up and removed the filth of others, my thoughts were on Dr. King and his dream. Questions and observations kept popping up in my mind, some of which I opened this post with, and I figured that I’d write a few more below. Bear with my meandering thoughts, if you will!

What would he think of the apathy of Black people who have “made it to the top?” Those who believe that if we all hold hands, sing ‘Kumbayah,’ and believe in some bogus ‘post-racial’ utopia that racism is suddenly non-existent? Those who buy the bullshit of ‘respectability poltics,’ and feel that if you don’t talk about racism, it will disappear like that? People always say, “well, he was peaceful and non-violent!” So? What does that mean, exactly? Does that mean he never got angry? Would being justifiably angry make his message not worth heeding? He was a gun-owner as well; what would he say about the way gun laws are selectively enforced in this day and age? Did his owning a gun suddenly render him a non-peaceful person? Owning a gun didn’t keep him from getting murdered, and neither did his peaceful protests.

What would he have thought or said about the recent presidential race? Would he have supported Hillary or Bernie? Would Dr. King have sat down, face-to-face with the Drumpf, and spoken to him about the nazis and klansmen in his supporter base – and now, in his cabinet? What would he think about Drumpf’s relationship with Russia in general, and Vladimir Putin, in particular?

What would he say to whites who cherry-pick his “I Have a Dream” speech when they use those quotes to shut down Black people who are voicing their concerns? These same whites who believed the lies leading to his professional, political, and personal assassination? He supported Marcus Garvey, and didn’t hate Malcolm X the way most people believe.

What would he say about Black entertainers who play up disturbing and damaging stereotypes for fame and fortune? What would he say about whites who culturally misappropriate and misrepresent many different cultural styles, rituals, music, and belief systems? Would he still stand at the side of Congressman John Lewis, even as he is unfairly attacked for being honest with his personal opinion? What would he think about Colin Kaepernick? Would he scathe him, or applaud him?

These are just some of the many questions that I mused over as I picked up cigarette butts and wrappers, beer and soda cans, and general garbage left over from the last big tourist-drawing event. As in years past, I spent a good part of the morning doing a public service for the community that I live in, even though it is unappreciated by the ignorant, inbred people who reside here. Fine with me – I did it because I wanted to, not for the thanks of people who don’t care. I still benefit from having a clean beach, if only for a while. And, I know that my family members appreciate my efforts when they come to visit – so you could say that I did it for them, too. I think that Dr. King would approve!

As the World Turns…

So, I was busy last month with the NaNoWriMo challenge – anyone who actually reads my blog knows this, and doesn’t hold my temporary absence from their blogs against me. My writing and the occasional family event, though, didn’t keep me from being aware of goings-on in my country or around the world. Even the insanity of the general election and its continuing aftermath wasn’t, and isn’t, lost on me. I’m fascinated at how emboldened certain people have become since the Drumpf became president-elect! Amazing to me that people have lost the ability to apply critical thought when it comes to doing basic research – that is, if they ever had that ability to begin with. I used to give people the benefit of the doubt regarding intelligence, basic social skills, and etiquette, but that is changing drastically – especially now that an internet troll will be sworn in as POTUS on January 20th. I generally do my best to be respectful when commenting on other people’s blogs, and hoped that the same courtesy would be extended in return. Some out in cyberspace, unfortunately, are incapable of common courtesy and seem to lack basic common sense. I won’t stoop to their level, but neither will I let those types pollute my blog with their mental and verbal diarrhea. I have expressed my feelings in my ‘About’ page, and on the ‘Open Thread / Comment Policy’ section of my blog, so it isn’t a mystery how I feel about trolls, catfishers, and phonies in general.

With that out of the way, onto the goings-on in the real world! First off, in my tiny corner of the world, it’s freaking COLD today. There is a fur of frost covering the grass and roof-tops, the friendly doe is bedded-down in the back yard, and a squirrel is having at the seeds in the bird-feeder outside of my window. Funny to watch his acrobatics – I call him “Half-Tail” because his tail is a bit shorter than it should be! He escaped from a cat, a dog, or some other predator back when he was a kit, I’d say.

There was a mistrial in the murder trial of that racist cop down in South Carolina, the scumbag who shot Walter Scott in the back multiple times, and then attempted to plant evidence near his dead body. This is one reason why I have no faith in the intellectual capabilities of my fellow humanoids. If you’re threatened by someone running away from you, then you have serious mental issues and shouldn’t be in possession of anything sharper than a Nerf ball. 11 of the 12 people on that jury panel didn’t want to be late for their Klan rally, or needed to get to the speech that Richard Spencer is giving today. White sheets freshly starched and ironed, I’m guessing!

In Charleston, West Virginia, a 62-year-old man shot 15-year-old James Means in the stomach, twice, after supposedly being ‘mocked’ by James and two of his young friends. William R. Pulliam is another George Zimmerman who chose to escalate something minor so that he could use his gun on another human being and feel like a ‘big man’ or something. Pulliam is another guy who shouldn’t have owned a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction.

Just like that scumbag in Louisiana, who escalated a road-rage incident and murdered 28-year-old Joe McKnight last Thursday. Ronald Gasser is another guy who shouldn’t have been able to own a gun, given the fact that he was involved in another road-rage incident AT THAT VERY SAME INTERSECTION a decade ago. He shot Joe McKnight, and wasn’t even arrested that day – he was held momentarily, and then released. Only yesterday was he FINALLY arrested on manslaughter charges, but we all know how that will play out. I guess the local authorities have to pretend that they’re actually doing their jobs.

People with fragile egos are falling out of the woodwork lately, causing scenes in stores, coffee-shops, and on airplanes for no reason that any normal person can see. This is what happens when people have no clue of what it’s really like to be genuinely discriminated against, harassed, threatened, or marginalized. Imagine the horror of – *GASP* – being asked if you want to buy a re-usable shopping bag! ERMEHGERD!!! Are you fucking KIDDING ME?!? THAT is what some woman went on a 45-minute tirade about, apparently! Some ‘special snowflake’ got her Tenas in a twist and decided to freak out, have a shit-fit, and call the store employee an “animal,” among other things. That’s just so beyond FUBAR I can’t even wrap my mind around it. The freak-show has begun, folks…myself and a few other bloggers have already been getting pushed at by people with nazi sympathies, with those feeble-minded asshats claiming that we are ‘promoting racism’ with posts that we’ve re-blogged. Pretty pathetic, if you ask me!

WTF Friday…

I’ve been trying to think of something good for the past few days. Something fun, funny, and light-hearted. Something to shed a tiny, positive light on the travesty that occurred earlier this week…but it’s damned difficult! My thoughts have been in a whirl. I’m a realist and a cynic – I have been since junior high school. Words are failing me, because there just aren’t enough to describe the depths of my anger. There aren’t enough words to describe how loathsome, foul, disgusting and sick the supporters of the Drumpf are. On that note, I can say this with complete honesty:

Hate won. There’s no way around it. Hate won. The things that are happening to kids in school, and people at workplaces, tell the tale. Fucking racist bullies are saying and doing unspeakable things to their fellow classmates. Racist sacks of shit are going out of their way to harass, harangue, and harry their coworkers. We get it. Hate won, and you racist, fucked-in-the-head freaks are happy. Oh, and quit being all butt-hurt over being called what you are, you inbred, white-trash, cross-burning, murdering sacks of shit. I find it hilarious that there are some people out there who get all upset over being called, or thought of as being racist – but they are unconcerned about the existence of racism itself. Being called a racist makes them madder than the existence of racism itself. Go figure that one out.

Yes, hate won the day. This country can go back to the “glory days” of the 1940s and 1950s…what a grand notion, eh? People with some twisted sense of nostalgia are delighted. The bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be removed by the Drumpf – I’m betting that a bust of Stalin, Lenin, or Hitler will soon grace the Oval Office; perhaps all three will be present, with the confederate flag as a backdrop. The White House might even get the ‘gold finish’ treatment that the soon-to-be narcissist-in-chief will be demanding.

In the midst of this, though, there are still a few things that I can be glad for:

1. I didn’t vote for the Drumpf, so I’m not part of the problem. Blame the RethugliKKKans and the Tea-Baggers, the party who welcomed him and his sick, hate-filled ideologies with open arms. Put the blame where it belongs: on the psychotic whites who couldn’t stand the fact that a Black man is in the White House. Hell, they can’t stand the fact that Black people walk around free – but that will change. Get ready for nationwide “Stop & Frisk” laws…

2. I don’t work in an office – I work from home. I’m glad that I didn’t have to look with shock and disgust at my fellow co-workers, as many of you did on Wednesday morning. I’m glad that I don’t have to listen to political bullshit being spewed at the water-cooler or the break-room. Thank the gods and goddesses for small favours.

3. My son’s place of employment is more relaxed and casual than most, so he is safer than most other people are. My niece and nephews, though, are still in school. Since ice-skating is now possible in hell, I believe that I’m going to open a Facebook account, for the sole purpose of family support. I’ll be able to help them with bullies if I know exactly what happens at their school.

4. I live in one of the saner states in the union; the beautiful state of Washington – the Evergreen State. “West Coast = Best Coast.” I’ve been proud to see people demonstrating in Seattle, Portland, OR; Tempe, and Oakland. If I still lived in Vancouver or Seattle, you can bet that I’d be out with the others waving a sign and wielding a bullhorn. I haven’t been at a demonstration since WTO. Who knows? I just might attend a few more during the next four years.

5. It’s Friday. Happy Friday to my friends and acquaintances in the blog-o-sphere. We’ll get through this shit-storm together, I hope. It’s also Veterans Day, so I honour those who served – especially my father, my deceased uncle, my brother, my brother-in-law, and every member of my family that I don’t even know about yet. I come from a line of warriors and fighters who have bled and died for this country. What happened this week is an insult to them, their service, and their memory. I honour them more than ever, today.

Enjoy these three songs. I’m going to do some gaming for a bit – time to take out some aggression in a harmless way in my virtual world. No matter what, I’m always going to “Keep it 100%” – take that any way you wish.

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