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Not Again…

Sorry, but I’m interrupting my planned posts…because while I was checking my emails, I saw a news headline that just floored me. Seriously? AGAIN?!? What in the ever-living hell is wrong with people? WTF is going on???

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/12/2/san-bernardino-shooting-multiple-casualties-feared.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-bernardino-shooting_565f4613e4b072e9d1c464e9?261xajor

*HOLDS HEAD IN HANDS*

No. You know what? I’m posting some links below. Just watch, listen, and / or read…open your mind for a bit. Here are some ugly truths that many want to ignore and hide from. If I lose readers and followers, so be it. I’m not one who has ever backed down from calling shit what it is.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens/call-it-what-it-is-white-_b_8683636.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/heres-why-the-alleged-pla_b_8676592.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/true-color-blue-lives-matter_565de1f9e4b079b2818beacd

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/before-colorado-shooting-a-long-history-of-violence-against-women/2015/12/01/7f494c86-987b-11e5-8917-653b65c809eb_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_coloshooter-1115pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/24/chicago-police-release-video-of-police-shooting.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/muslim-forced-plane-anti-islam-rhetoric-rises-151125200650016.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-w-waters/american-terrorist_b_8641944.html

http://www.cc.com/full-episodes/4byoc2/the-nightly-show-with-larry-wilmore-december-1–2015—texas-textbook-controversy—donald-trump-season-2-ep-02030

*** SIGH ***

Unreal. Absolutely unreal. I sat down with my coffee in hand, ready to write about the meaning of Women’s Equality Day. I had a post planned about Hurricane Katrina, and how the city of New Orleans still feels the effects of that massive natural disaster a decade later – but this happened. From Al-Jazeera:

The man suspected of shooting and killing two local Virginia journalists as they conducted a live television interview has shot himself and is in critical condition, according to local news reports.

WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were killed Wednesday morning by gunman at the Bridgewater Plaza mall in Moneta, Virginia, which is about 150 miles west of the state capital Richmond.

The suspected shooter was identified by authorities as Vester Flanagan. WDBJ7 said Flanagan is a former employee who is also known as Bryce Williams.

The station reported that state police confirmed that Flanigan shot himself on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier said that authorities were pursuing Flanigan along a major highway. 

A Twitter and Facebook account under the name Bryce Williams appeared to show first-person video of the shooting. Both accounts have since been suspended. 

At about 6:45 a.m., Parker and the person she was interviewing heard shots, sending them screaming and ducking for cover, according to live video of the event. The camera appears to drop to the ground and captures what seems to be a fleeting image of the gunman. The person is wearing black pants and a blue top and appears to be holding a handgun. The station then cut away from the live video of the scene and back into its studio.

The Roanoke Times reported that the person interviewed in the video was Vicki Gardner, the head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. The paper’s website reported that Gardner was shot in the back and was undergoing surgery. WDBJ7 later confirmed that Gardner was injured in the shooting.

From the Huffington Post:

A man believed to have shot and killed two journalists during a live broadcast on Wednesday morning is in critical condition at a Virginia hospital. Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, allegedly opened fire at reporters from Roanoke-based news station WDBJ and an interviewee around 6:45 a.m. during a broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake in the community of Moneta. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died shortly after the shooting.

At around 11:30 a.m. Flanagan’s vehicle went off the road and crashed while he was fleeing law enforcement on the highway, Virginia State Police told The Huffington Post. Troopers found Flanagan in the vehicle with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. Flanagan previously worked as a reporter for WDBJ and went by the name Bryce Williams on air. Around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Twitter account linked to that name tweeted out two videos of the shooting, shot from the perspective of the gunman. One video cuts off just as he aims the gun at Parker. A second video shows him opening fire. Other tweets sent around the same time stated “Parker made racist comments” and asked “They hired her after that???” The account has since been suspended. Someone claiming to be Williams sent a 23-page fax to ABC News on Tuesday night, the network reported. ABC turned it over to law enforcement.
Vicki Gardner, the woman Parker was interviewing, was shot in the back and is undergoing surgery, CNN reports. Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.”
I don’t know what to say…I really don’t. NRA asshats are already flooding the comment sections of news outlets with their usual, outdated, histrionic tripe and vitriol. Sick, sick, sick…

Hiroshima: 70 Years Later

Today, 6 August 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. It was one of the most horrific events in recorded human history. From the Huffington Post:

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Tens of thousands of people stood for a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m. at a ceremony in Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack, marking the moment of the blast. Then dozens of doves were released as a symbol of peace. The U.S. bomb, “Little Boy,” the first nuclear weapon used in war, killed 140,000 people. A second bomb, “Fat Man,” dropped over Nagasaki three days later, killed another 70,000, prompting Japan’s surrender in World War II.
The U.S. dropped the bombs to avoid what would have been a bloody ground assault on the Japanese mainland, following the fierce battle for Japan’s southernmost Okinawan islands, which took 12,520 American lives and an estimated 200,000 Japanese, about half civilians.
Matsui called nuclear weapons “the absolute evil and ultimate inhumanity” that must be abolished, and criticized nuclear powers for keeping them as threats to achieve their national interests. He said the world still bristles with more than 15,000 nuclear weapons.”
From Al-Jazeera:
Bells tolled and thousands bowed their heads in prayer in Hiroshima on Thursday at ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are pushing security bills through parliament that could send Japanese troops into conflict for the first time since World War Two, sparking massive protests around the country.

Many with memories of the war and its aftermath are scathing about Abe’s steps away from Japan’s pacifist constitution in pursuit of a more robust security stance, and survivors of the bombing lambasted Abe at a meeting after the commemoration ceremony.

“These bills will bring the tragedy of war to our nation once again,” said Yukio Yoshioka, 86. “They must be withdrawn.”

Abe, who in a speech at the ceremony called for abolishing nuclear weapons, replied by repeating his view that the legislation was essential to ensure Japan’s safety.

At 8:15 a.m., the exact time the bomb dropped by the B-29 aircraft, the Enola Gay, exploded on Aug. 6, 1945, the crowd stood for a moment of silence in the heavy summer heat while cicadas shrilled, the Peace Bell rang and hundreds of doves were released into the sky.

Keigo Miyagawa, 89, was 19 at the time. “It felt like lightning. I saw this strong flash, and it was followed by this sound, and it swept me off my feet. I lost consciousness,” he recalled. “When I woke up … I was injured and bleeding.”

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There is a very poignant anime movie titled Grave of the Fireflies that I saw a few years ago. It follows the short, sad lives of a teenaged boy and his sister following the incendiary firebombing of their city. From Wikipedia:

“The film begins at Sannomiya Station on 21 September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II. A boy, Seita (清太?), is shown dying of starvation. Later that night, having removed Seita’s body, a janitor digs through his possessions and finds a candy tin which he throws away into a nearby field. The spirit of Seita’s younger sister, Setsuko (節子?), springs from the tin and is joined by Seita’s spirit as well as a cloud of fireflies. Seita’s spirit then begins to narrate their story accompanied by an extended flashback of the final months of World War II.”

It’s very well-done…but it doesn’t have a happy ending. I think it illustrates the plight of many survivors following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, IMHO.

Midweek Musings…8th July 2015

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Lots of things going on in the world, as always. Jared Fogle is no longer the face of Subway, after his home was raided in a child pornography investigation. Bill Cosby continues to battle ancient allegations of sex abuse and rape – and the people calling for his head on a platter are the same ones who would like to see Roman Polanski allowed back into this country.

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder, and three counts of attempted murder. People continue to swim in shark-infested waters off of the North Carolina coast. While people are focused on the symbolism of the confederate flag, I found an interesting article on Al-Jazeera, which reiterates the fact that American citizens have far less to fear from Al-Quaeda and ISIS / ISIL than we do from domestic terrorists…but I already knew this, so I’m sharing it with you now. Here’s a small excerpt:

Including the South Carolina church massacre victims, the number of U.S. deaths in attacks linked to reactionary ideologies — namely white supremacists or anti-government sentiments — is nearly twice the toll linked to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates since 2002, according to a tally by the New America Foundation think tank.

It’s a disturbing pattern and one that Daryl Johnson predicted in 2009, when he was the lead analyst for domestic terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security. He and his team warned in a report that the election of the first black president, combined with a bad economy, could lead to a resurgence of white supremacists and violent anti-government groups.

Intended only for law enforcement use, the report was leaked, drawing criticism in the media and from lawmakers. Much of the political firestorm was directed at language referring to “disgruntled military veterans,” but some also said the report failed to distinguish between those with conservative beliefs and those who may cause violence.

The report’s main assessment, that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years” and “right-wing extremism is likely to grow in strength,” has since been affirmed by a number of studies.

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security at the time, withdrew the report soon after release and publicly apologized for it. Johnson said he and his colleagues were assigned to study other subjects and that much of his unit’s work was deleted. He left the department within a year and now has his own security consulting firm, DT Analytics.

But Johnson, who has studied hate groups and anti-governmental groups for decades, won’t let his expertise go to waste. Over 20 years, he has acquired an impressive and unsettling collection of artifacts of hate.

I’ve always stayed informed on certain symbols. Being aware of the marks people adorn themselves with has steered me clear of people with murder on their minds, thankfully…

Banks in Greece are shutting down amidst that country’s financial crisis – the few that remain open are hard hit by desperate people who have to wait in line for hours to withdraw a meager 60 Euros. Puerto Rico continues to drown in debt.

Serena Williams trounced big sister Venus at Wimbledon. The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan 5 – 2, taking the World Cup. Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs toured historical Civil Rights memorials and museums. The Washington, D.C. football team continues to offend multitudes with its racist name, but a judge has ordered the cancellation of the trademark. This is how it seems to go, in many ways…two small steps forward, but 10 giant leaps back – the lunacy of the 2016 ‘presidential race’ is testament to this!

There’s an early baseball game on, so I’m going to watch it – my Mariners are up against the Detroit Tigers and need to win today’s game! Time to watch good-looking, athletic men swing bats and smack balls around…LOL.

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Silence…

Credit: postsfromthepath.com

White Gunman Kills 9 at Historic Black Church

Police arrest suspect in deadly South Carolina Church attack

Ohio Police Pepper-spray Black Poolgoers

UN Forces Trade Aid for Sex

R.I.P., B. B. King…

Riley B. King: 16 September 1925 – 14 May 2015

I had an entirely different post planned for this morning, but I will post it tomorrow. I just heard of the death of legendary musician B. B. King, who passed away sometime last night in Las Vegas at the age of 89. From the Huffington Post:

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney told The Associated Press. Cause of death was not released. He was 89.

Born Riley B. King in Berclair, Mississippi, and raised by his grandmother, the future “King of the Blues” purchased his first guitar for $15 when he was just 12 years old. He dropped out of school in the 10th grade, and spent much of his early years picking cotton and working as a tractor driver.

While he began singing in a gospel choir at church, the blues took root in King during his teen years. The blues is considered by many to be the only truly indigenous American music, and over time, King would become its foremost ambassador.

After a short stint in the Army during World War II, King returned home to work as a farmer. But a tractor accident prompted him to give up that life, and start another in Memphis. There, King officially launched his musical career in the late 1940s.

He honed his vibrato style of playing, worked steady gigs at a string of clubs, got his first real break on Sonny Boy Williamson’s “King Biscuit Time” radio show and hosted a 10-minute program on WDIA as “the Beale Street Blues Boy,” a name he eventually shortened to Blues Boy and then B.B. King. Over the next seven decades, King produced dozens of albums for various labels and released a string of hits (“The Thrill Is Gone,”“3 O’Clock Blues,” “You Know I Love You,” “Woke Up This Morning,” “Every Day I Have The Blues,” “Sweet Little Angel”) that helped to define the genre’s post-war sound, Variety reported.

A true pioneer, if I may say. A giant in his field; one of the most talented musicians of all time, and an inspiration and influence on many. You can keep your Clapton and your Allman Brothers and your Bonnie Raitt, the “great white hopes” of the blues. The sound that emerged from the Mississippi Delta and rode north to Chicago on paddle-wheelers and locomotives wasn’t born from a life of ease. He’s being called the “King of the Blues,” and I agree. I’m going to offend many by saying that he is also the “King of Rock & Roll” – Elvis who?

It’s always “Marley Mondays” in my house; Sundays are always “Bluesville” day. Today is Friday and the blues are playing…it’s tribute time on the satellite radio station. There are so many fantastic songs he performed! From Al-Jazeera:

For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year.

King played a big Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille —named after a woman being fought over in an Arkansas dance hall —with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes.

The result could bring chills to an audience, no more so than when King used it to full effect on his signature song, “The Thrill is Gone.” He would make his guitar shout and cry in anguish as he told the tale of forsaken love, then end with a guttural shouting of the final lines: “Now that it’s all over, all I can do is wish you well.”

His style was unusual. King didn’t like to sing and play at the same time, so he developed a call-and-response with Lucille.

“When I sing, I play in my mind,” he told Rolling Stone in 2003. “The minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

A preacher uncle taught him to play, and he honed his technique in abject poverty in the Mississippi Delta, learning C, F and G chords from “a sanctified preacher named Archie Fair in the hills of Mississippi. He was my uncle’s brother-in-law,” King told Guitar Player.

“I’ve always tried to defend the idea that the blues doesn’t have to be sung by a person who comes from Mississippi, as I did,” he said in the 1988 book “Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.”

“People all over the world have problems,” he said. “And as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”

I’ll simply close with three excellent songs…when words fail me, music says it all.

Why I Sing the Blues

Everyday I Have the Blues

The Thrill is Gone

Tuesday Afternoon; Moody Music.

Freddie Gray was laid to rest yesterday. Subsequently, the justifiable rage and despair over yet another Black man brutalized and murdered by the police has boiled over. Opportunists bent on chaos are detracting from the truth of what is going on, while mainstream media outlets nationwide (and overseas) gleefully focus on the footage of burning vehicles, shattered glass, and rampaging vandals. Their collective verbiage direct scorn and derision on the protesters  – yet they conveniently ignore the facts of the events that led to the expressions of outrage. Al-Jazeera and NRK are the only overseas outlets that seem to be giving any reasonable coverage of the events in Baltimore, from what I see…but you can be the judge of that (this translator works well for viewing the site in your native language).

The text reads: “This is the true form of despair.” I wonder…

The girls have been gone from their families for 379 days; 4,000+ people are confirmed dead after the Kathmandu earthquake, and the numbers continue to grow…the pain goes on. Different Day, Same Shit, indeed…that, this, and this are some excellent observations on what’s going on today. I think I’m going to step outside, for a while…
Nina Simone: “Everything Must Change
Nina Simone: “Baltimore

A Torrential Flood of Verbosity!

Wow – here it is, the New Year…2015, which marks the Year of the Sheep (19 February).

Much has been going on in the world and many of those events have been tragic, saddening, disheartening, enraging and dismaying. The white sniper in Pennsylvania was caught and taken into custody, alive and well…as expected. No surprise there. Michael Brown was laid to rest at the end of August, and his murderer was given a pat on the back and cleared of any wrongdoing in November. Eric Garner’s killer was also found to have ‘done his duty’ – but really, we all knew that was going to happen. The victims are getting younger and younger, too…in Cleveland, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by a cop for…what, exactly? Some sweaty neo-nazi on some ‘news’ show claimed that it was justified – but I didn’t see where there was any threat to the cop’s life on the tape that was aired. A woman in Seattle was beaten by police for no apparent reason other than the colour of her skin. A mentally challenged 17-year-old girl died after being arrested by police and they ‘detained’ her. A 17-year-old boy was hung in North Carolina and the claim was ‘suicide,’ but the knowledge that he had a relationship with a 31-year-old white broad, on top of every other inconsistency surrounding his death, makes it very suspect…it’s almost a given that he was lynched. The woman herself should be questioned, IMHO. There’s a whole lot of wrong goings-on, there…meanwhile, cops are pissed off that people are asking for justice and accountability, and screeching that those who do so are ‘anti-cop.’ Sounds like the equally ridiculous assertions made by racist fuckwads that ‘anti-racism is anti-white.’ Insanity abounds as people hold President Obama personally accountable for everything, yet will never demand that white politicians take responsibility for the KKK and their ilk. Mindless cop-supporters have the gall to hold up signs that say “Stop the Hate” – how fucking laughable is that? As far as I’m concerned, the police force in this country is a terrorist group, just like ISIS or Al-Qaeda; we already know that a majority of the officers are members of all-white ‘unions’ and other organizations. I thought we were fighting a ‘war on terror’ – why don’t we start doing that inside our own borders, first? Hell, on 6 January, some racist fuckwad set off a bomb behind NAACP headquarters in Colorado – why has nothing been done about that? This country was founded on genocide…why do people act as if that isn’t a factor in ALL of this? I hope many people are having open, honest discussions about this over this weekend leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Yesterday, 15 January, marked his birth anniversary – he would have been 86 years of age.

Speaking of ‘terror attacks’ – and I see how redundant that term really is – the nation of France is being lauded as ‘strong’ and ‘heroic’ after some fanatics killed some employees of a satirical newspaper there. “Je Suis Charlie” is the new chant on everybody’s lips, and people worldwide march in solidarity for freedom of speech. At the same time, those who denigrate President Obama are castigating him for not being among those other leaders; personally, I commend him for not standing with hypocrites. Do you really believe that the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, or Pakistan give a flying fuck about freedom of speech?!? Countries where journalists are jailed, bloggers are caned, and women can’t ride a freakin’ bicycle in public – do you REALLY believe that the leaders of those countries stand for freedom of speech and expression? I write, and had journalistic aspirations in my youth, so freedom of speech is important to me. On the other hand, I wouldn’t shed a tear if a similar thing occurred at the FauxNews studios…a few less hate-mongers in the world would be a good thing, no? Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, and I adore satire – MAD Magazine was my favourite for the ages! Speaking of satire, my biggest fan-troll tried to accuse me of not knowing what satire is, simply because I don’t like Seth McFarlane’s hateful, racist depictions of Black women. News flash, little troll: Racist stereotypes ain’t satire! Methinks you tried to project your ignorance upon me, and guess what…it didn’t work! Have patience, though – you will get a post solely dedicated to you, one of these days – I just haven’t been bored enough yet to shred your silly comments that you desperately attempt to post.

Digressing…hackers supposedly brought Sony studios to its knees and (almost) managed to stop a fully-produced movie from being released in theatres. I personally think that all of the hooplah was part of the biggest, most elaborate advertisement for a movie to date – let’s see how much they charge for the straight-to-DVD release; we know that Amazon.com will be the willing distributors, since they only want to prevent book sales…and speaking of Sony, how about that ridiculous cunt who decided to make some foul, racist statements about what movies she ASSumed the POTUS would prefer to watch – when caught, she did the typical white-trash move of begging Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for forgiveness. Um, hello? She should be begging President Obama, the First Lady, and Sasha and Malia for forgiveness! She insulted the First Family, not Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson!!! Neither of those men are the sole representatives of the ‘Black community’ – get a freakin’ clue! Ye gawds…and speaking of the First Family, I want to say a hearty “STFU!” to one Michael Huckabee. It’s nunya-fucking-beeswax what music Sasha and Malia listen too. Don’t get me wrong; I personally can’t stand Beyonce or anything she stands for – she certainly doesn’t represent me or any Black woman I know – but you know what? That isn’t the issue. Mike Huckabee should focus on his own family and kids! I fail to see how the President and the First Lady are reprehensible parents, simply because of the musical tastes of their daughters. Speaking of daughters, what music was played by Dubya and his unstable wife, Laura during their administration which led to their little angels, Barbara and Jenna, to go full-slut-hog-wild back in Y2K? There were some VERY scandalous images online at the time, but I think they now exist in the same plane as Dick Cheney’s home. Hell, Dick himself is most likely enjoying those very images as I type this!

Bill Cosby is being destroyed by allegations that are older than I am, by a woman who claims that he drugged and molested her when she was 15. Other women have since come forward with their own claims, which are fairly damning on their surfaces – who would have thought that Beverly Johnson would be one of those accusers? I have my own questions that I’d love to ask each accuser in person, but I won’t have the opportunity, and others won’t bother to think to ask them. So here they are: where were the parents of that girl? Cosby didn’t wave a magic wand or rub a lamp to get the girl in his proximity, so…how did she get there? She wanted to meet a celebrity and was willing to do anything, right? If women put themselves in situations because they’re seeking fame and fortune, then shouldn’t they take some personal accountability for being there in the first place? Similarly, all of those sluts who had nude pictures ‘accidentally’ leaked into cyberspace aren’t as indignant over their supposed loss of privacy as they claim – they are ‘actors,’ after all! No, women who make money by taking off their tops at the drop of a hat, or who are famous for making some pathetic sex tape that ‘accidentally’ gets ‘leaked’ on the interwebs, need to STFU and continue to use their mouths for what got them to the top in the first place…I have no sympathy. And don’t give me that ‘sisterhood’ bullshit, please! It doesn’t exist, much as I’d love to believe in it. Go ahead and accuse me of blaming the victim…I could care less. Rented opinions mean nothing to me. I will say that Mr. Cosby’s wife and daughters are the only women he need answer to and apologize to – period.

The race / colour debate continues to rage on…Idris Elba will play James Bond – and have shitloads of love scenes with white females. The new ‘Annie’ is Black…but of course, Jamie Foxx as “Daddy Warbucks” gets to have love scenes with a white woman. Black men still have no problems with being the ‘token,’ and Black women are seemingly undeserving of love – we simply get used, abused, and tossed to the side. Even more depressing are the writers and producers who claim to show the ‘Black Experience,’ yet they are SO “blinded by the white” – whether it’s someone’s skin colour or the substances they’re snorting or smoking – that they keep on keepin’ on with the same tired-ass, stereotype-filled themes. This opinion piece on Al-Jazeera scratches the surface of what I’m speaking about, but shows like ‘Empire,’ any of Tyler Perry’s shite, or the latest big-screen drivel such as ‘Lucy’ or ‘Jupiter Rising’ make me want to vomit with rage. Steady, Sepultura, steady…soothe thyself…

*SIGH* I think I’ll go to the battlefields of Cyrodiil and take my frustrations out on the avatars of others…it works.

Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe

Body Count: “Institutionalized

Celtic Frost / Therion: “To Mega Therion

Wednesday 13 “Bad Things

Rob Zombie: “The Great American Nightmare

Michael Brown’s Murder: 10 Days Later

It’s been 10 days since 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood. On Saturday, 9 August, he was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson just after noon and left in the street for hours afterwards. Justifiable anger has grown with each passing day, especially since the name of the officer wasn’t released until Friday, 15 August. On top of that, the racist police chief of Ferguson decided to release a surveillance video from a convenience store the day the officer’s name was made public, which allegedly shows Mike Brown shove an employee of that store before walking out. The release of the video was a pathetic and obvious attempt to distract people from the fact that a cop shot an unarmed youth for no reason. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been a visible presence since Monday, 11 August, after being brought in by local authorities to be “the face” of law enforcement – at the same time, any good he has tried to do has been undermined by the same local authorities who called for his aid in the first place.
An independent autopsy, which was requested by Mike Brown’s parents, shows that he was shot six times – the four body shots could have been survivable, but the two shots to his head were the fatal ones. From Al-Jazeera:

“An autopsy conducted on behalf of Brown’s family showed he was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. The path of one bullet indicates he may have been lowering his head in surrender when the fatal shot hit, according to Brown family attorney Daryl Parks.

Parks told a news conference one bullet hit Brown in the very top of his head and another shattered his right eye.

“His head was in a downward position,” Parks said. “Given those kind of facts, this officer should have been arrested.”

There were no signs of struggle with the officer and no gunshot residue on the body.”

Protests during the day have been peaceful, yet escalate into chaos after dark – more so after curfews were enacted and SWAT team storm-troopers began their patrols. Citizens and journalists have been tear-gassed and sprayed with rubber bullets. Supposed “criminal elements” in the crowds are being blamed for the after-dark violence. The curfew was lifted yesterday and the Missouri National Guard has been deployed. Approximately ten members of Amnesty International are now in Ferguson, as are 40 or so FBI agents. The investigation continues, even though the identity of the murderer is known. The killer cop is on “paid administrative leave,” meaning that he sits on his arse at home and draws a paycheck – meanwhile, the KKK is collecting ‘bounty money’ to reward him further…how sickening.

The amount of news coverage varies by source: The Huffington Post and Al-Jazeera have been fairly detailed from the beginning. International sites such as BBC News and Oslo-based NRK actually have reporters in Ferguson, while Tokyo-based NHK had one tiny blurb on their site – you can read it here.

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This makes the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown so powerful. It’s sad that some people have taken it to another level. pic.twitter.com/oZnLDRRDhN — Sammie. ™ (@LordSWVP) August 11, 2014

As expected, some people are blaming the victim for his death – this happens time and time again when the murder victim has brown skin. It happened with Trayvon Martin. It happened with Eric Garner. It happened with Oscar Grant. It happens all. The. Fucking. TIME. Justice won’t be served until the murderer in arrested. Will the grand jury findings make any difference? Time will tell…but I’m not holding my breath. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. are still asking what more needs to be done before their son’s killer is arrested. I’d like to know as well – and so does anyone with any shred of intelligence and sanity. We shall see what transpires in the next few days…we shall see.

AP Photo: Charlie Riedel, posted on The Huffington Post

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