Happy Mother’s Day…2017!

From this mother to all of the others out there – Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy these sweet, sentimental, and silly images I found to celebrate this day.

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

I’ve seen this movie multiple times in the past, and will purchase it soon to watch in the near future. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a necessary, timely reminder.
Definitely not for the faint of heart and / or the weak of mind.
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“September 21, 1945… that was the night I died.”
-Seita

If someone were to ask you for an example of the power of animation, what would you say to them? I would say “Grave of the Fireflies“.

Anime may be a category of animation which is plagued by bizarre ridiculousness all its own but Grave of the Fireflies is a testament to the impact an animated film can have. It is the most powerful of all films in the Ghibli canon. It’s realism and tragedy are so potent that I would have to agree with the late critic Roger Ebert who said:

Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been “cartoons” for children and families. Recent animated features such as The Lion King, Princess Mononoke and The Iron…

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When discussing racism, why does the media never question the racist? Globo TV exploits the emotional vulnerability of black children to ‘combat’ racism

This is an excellent article – definitely a must-read! It’s a shame that those who need to read the message the most, are incapable of comprehending it.
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Infuriated. That’s the word that about captured my mood as I watched a segment on Globo TV’s annual “Criança Esperança” fund-raising program.  Last Sunday, a near four-minute feature aired in the objective was to discuss and critique the effects of racism. For the piece, several primary school-aged children, all non-white, were asked to read pages filled with real racist comments made by various persons and directed at others on the internet. Again, as the tactics employed by this powerful network (number one in the country) in terms of the race issue have been problematic over the years, it should actually come as no surprise that this channel would produce such a piece and actually believe that it’s doing its part to combat racism in Brazilian society. (See video below while its still available. In the event that it is removed, please watch it at…

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Yep

Exactly – quit reaching for needless pills, simply because your 5-year-old is acting like *GASP* a 5-year-old!

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Truth

I think that some adults still like being read to, as well.
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Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Just wrong

GOT THIS AWWWWSOME EMAIL from a friend…

This…right here. Doesn’t get much better.
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Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

We have a poster that reads, “What is man without the beasts?

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit.

For whatever happens to beasts soon happens to man.

All things are connected.” Chief Seattle, Suquamish Indian Tribe

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“If all the other creatures on this planet are allowed to disappear because we didn’t take the necessary actions to save them because our own self need and vanity was considered greater; and the more scarce they became, the more monetary value they had, adding to our prestige; what will our children have left to love?

Us?

The ones who caused the other creatures to die off?”

Chris Graham aka The Story Reading Ape

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Marley Monday.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley OM: 6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981

 

Today marks the death anniversary of Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley OM, well-known musician, activist, and humanitarian. From the official website, under the “History” tab:

The Bob Marley biography provides testament to the unparalleled influence of his artistry upon global culture. Since his passing on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley’s legend looms larger than ever, as evidenced by an ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which identified oppressors and agitated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.

Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; in December 1999, his 1977 album “Exodus” was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Since its release in 1984, Marley’s “Legend” compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies according to Nielsen Sound Scan, and it is only the 17th album to exceed sales of 10 million copies since SoundScan began its tabulations in 1991.

Bob Marley’s music was never recognized with a Grammy nomination but in 2001 he was bestowed The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor given by the Recording Academy to “performers who during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” That same year, a feature length documentary about Bob Marley’s life, Rebel Music, directed by Jeremy Marre, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video documentary. In 2001 Bob Marley was accorded the 2171st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in Hollywood, California. As a recipient of this distinction, Bob Marley joined musical legends including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.

Every Monday is “Marley Monday” in my house. I have my satellite radio tuned to the reggae station; every hour they play a song by Bob Marley & the Wailers. Also, throughout the day I have the pleasure of hearing the music of at least three of his 11 children: Stephen Marley, David “Ziggy” Marley, and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – their musical styles are different enough from each other to really appreciate, in my opinion.

Ziggy Marley: “I Don’t Want to Live on Mars

Damian Marley & Nas: “Patience

Stephen Marley: “Someone to Love

Bob Marley & the Wailers: “Three Little Birds

Bob Marley & the Wailers: “Buffalo Soldier

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Boy

The ‘birth anniversary’ of my son occurred just this past weekend, so I just wanted to give him some advice. He is now the age I was when I had a huge, personal epiphany that began my journey towards self-discovery and happiness. He is very angry at the world, himself, and me, just as I used to be – and still am, sometimes – I despised myself, the world, and the people who brought me up. If he would use that anger to build himself up and blaze his pathway towards the future, he would be unstoppable. Right now, he wants to wallow in self-pity instead of talking to family members who can help. For some reason, the fake sympathy of online ‘friends’ is more meaningful to him than good, sound advice and genuine care. So, just a couple of words of wisdom from an old soul to a young, indecisive Libra:

Love yourself. Let go of the past and the pain and LOVE YOURSELF. When you see what a truly wonderful, beautiful, intelligent young man you are, it will be easy! Don’t waste your youth on bitterness. You have so much potential – find it and use it! I know you can do it…you could own the world if you wanted to. Look inside yourself and find that hidden jewel – I know it’s there, because it, and you, is part of me. Hold onto it!

Now for some music – five songs from a mother to her son. A parent’s love, at its best, is the purest thing in the world… ‘tis a shame than many corrupt that love in horrendous ways. These songs represent the love I have for him, even across the miles. I posted the lyrics and semi-edited them to fit where applicable; my apologies to the original songwriters!

Electric Light Orchestra: “So Serious

Night after night
I try to make it all fit together
Night after night
I see you as someone I remember
You took me by surprise
Opened up my eyes
Now we gotta talk this over.

[CHORUS:]
Can it really be so serious?
To be all broken up and delirious
I guess we’ve really been out of touch
But can it really be so serious?
(Serious, so serious)

Day after day
I know it’s not the way that you wanted it
Day after day
I try to find the key, but it don’t fit
But you know how it is
No matter what I did
We gotta talk it over.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Tonight, tonight
I’m thinking over everything you said to me
Tonight, tonight
I’m sorry, but I just didn’t see
And now it’s up to you
There’s nothing else to do
We’ve gotta talk it over.

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Serious, so serious
Is it so serious?
Serious, so serious…

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: “Jackie Blue

Ooh-hoo, Jackie blue
Lives her his life from inside of a room
Hides that smile when she’s wearin’ a frown
Ooh Jackie, you’re not so down

You like your life in a free-form style
You’ll take an inch but you’d love a  mile
There never seems to be quite enough
Floating around to fill your  lovin’ cup

Ooh-hoo, Jackie blue
What’s a game, girl, son, if you never  lose
Ask a winner and you’ll prob’bly find
Ooh Jackie, they’ve lost at sometime

Don’t try to tell me that you’re not aware
Of what you’re doing and that you don’t care
You say it’s easy, just a natural thing
Like playing music that you never sing

Ooh-hoo, Jackie blue
Making wishes that never come true
Going places that you’ve never been
Ooh Jackie, you’re going again

(guitar  solo)

Ooh-hoo, Jackie blue
Lives a dream that can never come  true
Making love is like siftin’ through sand
Ooh Jackie, it slips through  your hand

Ev’ry day, in your indigo eyes
I watch the sun set but I don’t see it rise
Moonlight and stars in your strawberry wine
You’d take the world but you won’t take the time

Ooh-hoo, Jackie blue
Lives her his life from inside of a room
Makes you think that her his life is a drag
Ooh Jackie, what fun you have had

Ooh Jackie, ooh Jackie
Ooh Jackie, ooh Jackie, ooh Jackie
Hey, hey, hey, hey

Alphaville: “Forever Young

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Rod Stewart: “Forever Young

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John Lennon: “Beautiful Boy

Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monsters gone,
He’s on the run and your daddy’s mommy’s here,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day, in every way,
It’s getting better and better,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age
But I guess we’ll both
Just have to be patient
Yes it’s a long way to go,
A hard row to hoe
It’s a long way to go
But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you’re busy making other plans

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day, in every way,
It’s getting better and better

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy

Darling,
Darling,
Darling Sean J.R.

It’s All To Be Expected…

Just when white folks here were getting over the mall shooting that hit too close to home, the Friday, December 14th violence at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut knocked them (and everyone across the country and around the world) for another loop. The worst school shooting since Columbine; it even put the more-recent shooting at Virginia Tech University down a couple of notches. Once again, white faces streaked with tears are asking the same rhetorical questions of “Why? Why? WHY?!?” while spouting thinly-veiled, racist statements about how “things like this just don’t happen in OUR neighborhood,” and “it’s just not SAFE anymore, ANYWHERE! We don’t feel SAFE.” After I saw this jackass practically take responsibility for the Crack-o-my-ass Mall shooter taking his own life, I pretty much hit the roof and the wall. What I’m about to say might seem cruel and insensitive to some, but I’m beyond the point of giving a good gawdddamn – I’m going to state my piece and my observations. Take them as you will.

First off, we are shown the crying children filing out, terror on their faces. The images invoke a protective reaction in anyone with a heart and soul, certainly, but it isn’t the first time that children in this country have been the senseless victims of brutal violence. I’m reminded of four little girls at a church in Alabama who thought they were in the safest place they could be, next to their own homes. Inbred, racist white-trash fucks BOMBED that sanctuary, hoping to take out as many human beings as possible, solely because those human beings had a different shade of skin. Oh, is that too far back in history for you? Okay, what about the white-trash, racist shitbag in Spokane, Washington who was caught plotting an act of domestic terrorism by placing home-made IEDs at a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade? Many children were present at that event, with their families, but if that fucktard had been successful, do you really think the whites around the country would say one word against it? No, you can bet that the victims would be blamed for some imagined transgression while people bend over backwards to find the “deeper motive”.

The shooters themselves, both here and in Connecticut, have practically been absolved of their crimes by virtue of their “troubled” childhoods. Yeah, there’s ALWAYS a reason why whites ‘snap’ – please tell me, what EXACTLY did the latest Florida murderer ‘snap’ over? If I’m in a store parking lot (or ANY parking lot), I’m aware of the fact that it is a PUBLIC space. Loud music blasting from a vehicle in a PUBLIC SPACE is nothing to ‘snap’ over, any more than a person getting the parking space you wanted is. You suck it up, close your ears to the noise or ignore the smug bastard who pulled into the space that you KNOW they know you wanted, and keep on keepin’ on. My personal experiences show me that white people seem incapable of even the most basic humility, common sense, and/or common courtesy. The self-absorbed, “me first, it’s all about ME” attitude is prevalent even in their homeless denizens!

Secondly, we must talk about the cultural history here in AmeriKKKa – here it is, in a nutshell: The so-called, white, “forefathers” were religious extremists who really weren’t wanted in their various townships and countries of origin, so when they launched their ships to escape the supposed tyranny they were forced to endure, their countrymen waved them off with “smell ya later, write often, don’t come back!” Those who were half-crazy before the onset of the voyage (assuming they survived) arrived on these shores nuttier than squirrel shit and proceeded to “claim these lands as their own” – then commenced dying off from starvation and disease. Somehow, their ‘leaders’ connived with some of the locals and managed to survive after utilizing the “divide and conquer” trick, which has been the main part of their repertoire since time immemorial. Keep in mind that they didn’t trust the people that helped them, which is where the FEAR that is intrinsic to them comes into play. When the rules for the country were written up, there is the lie of “all men are created equal” near the top, because they cleverly were able to define, in their eyes, what constituted a “man” – problem solved. Simply dehumanize other human beings, relegate them to being lesser beasts and treat them as same, and slaughter those who dare to demand human treatment. See how easy that is? Oh, but wait…it ISN’T that easy!

Jumping forward a bit: the ‘others’ know that they are also human, and resent and reject the sub-human definition. “Divide and conquer” is utilized to pit the Red peoples against their cousins, the Black peoples (brought to this country by whites to be beasts of burden), while the whites laugh at both groups – and carefully write up “the right to keep and bear arms” and have a “well-armed militia”. This brings me to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their blatantly racist propaganda, which I used to receive when I was a member of that organization between 1987 – 1990. Now, this was during the administration of the first Bush, that of George Herbert Walker. The NRA is mostly relaxed when a RethugliKKKan is in office, even though the Brady Bill was introduced because of the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. When Bill Clinton began his run, the tone of the NRA newsletter changed drastically – suddenly, there were shouts of our “rights being threatened” by the “gun-grabbers” who were “insanely afraid of guns”. The bumper-stickers began arriving en masse, even though I hadn’t requested them: “Guns don’t kill people, PEOPLE kill people!” “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.” “If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns.” And so on. When Barack Obama was running for president, it ramped up 100-fold; since his second term, it has multiplied exponentially on a daily basis. The “It Factor” I speak of? Paranoid propaganda – that’s all it is. Any and every time I see it, in any shape or form, I get disgusted. Living in fear creates the atmosphere that leads to all of these shootings, and nobody wants to recognize and acknowledge it! On the same day that people are preparing to attend memorial and funeral services, locals are lining up at various gun stores grabbing boxes of ammo and getting on whatever waiting-list to get a gun that “the president is going to outlaw!  It’s all OBAMA’S FAULT!!!!!” Never mind the fact that it is the gun and ammo MANUFACTURERS who are creating this massive, unnecessary supply-and-demand discrepancy! It’s obvious, predictable, tiresome, and frustrating…

This brings me back to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The first victim was, apparently, the mother of the gunman. She was an avid collector of guns; I question if she was a responsible, educated gun owner – we are few and far between, from what I see! Many things are disturbing about all that, and let me list them, in no particular order.

A person interviewed after the shooting stated, tearfully, that “this place is supposed to be SAFE…that’s why we moved here, to be SAFE…” Next, we see the former sister-in-law of the shooter’s mother (essentially, the shooter’s aunt) in front of the cameras, defending the woman’s need for owning guns, which the shooter used in the terrorist mass murder. She states that her former in-law was “a divorced woman…a single mother living on her own…she NEEDED PROTECTION.” *Needle scratches record* Wait a sec…um, excuse me, but if she lived in such a “SAFE place”, then what the ever-lovin’ FUCK did she “NEED PROTECTION” from?!? This will be answered momentarily.

Another person interviewed has made the requisite statement that the shooter was “quiet…obviously troubled.” Hmmmmm…let’s see…so, you KNOW that the shooter was troubled, but did nothing to intervene? You didn’t call the local mental health professionals and the school faculty when this young man first displayed symptoms of psychosis? You claim that he was ‘autistic’ and not ‘psychotic’ or a ‘sociopath’? You didn’t contact the police force and HIS OWN MOTHER to let them know of your ‘concern’? There certainly are a lot of people who come forward, after the fact, when a white person commits an act of mass murder. They come forward to try to explain away EVERYTHING. “He was a good kid – a little bit quiet, but nothing that showed any red flags – NOTHING that would explain something like this.” Well, it seems to me that those factors are in place far too often, and solely for the convenience and benefit of white criminals. The questions I posed are similar to the questions that whites ask of the ‘Black community’ via FauxNews, or some local right-wingnut, when a “gang-related” drive-by shooting occurs, or when a young Black man like Aaron Campbell is gunned down in the street by a cop, or when a young lady like Yashanee Vaughn is killed at the hands of her boyfriend, or when people are gunning others down at funerals. They always ask, “why aren’t THOSE PEOPLE doing SOMETHING about the VIOLENCE rampant in THEIR COMMUNITIES?!?” They point fingers over the murder-suicide involving Javon Belcher, and how the ‘violent atmosphere’ of football with all of its related machismo and god-like status of the stars is a main contributing factor – but when white sports stars ‘behave badly’ there are *crickets chirping* and “oh, it must be related to a concussion from back in aught-nine…” Nobody said a word about the “Bullshit Rasslin’” WWE stars (formerly the World Wrestling Federation; should be called the WHITE Wrestling Federation, they lost the WWF acronym to the World Wildlife Fund) who were known wife-beaters (cough cough RANDY SAVAGE, RODDY PIPER cough cough), and the well-known murder-suicide of Chris Benoit, a popular wrestler who was hooked on steroids and other ‘performance-enhancing’ drugs. People seem to forget that another wrestler, Lex Luger, was arrested as a person of interest following the death of one of the original female wrestling “side-kicks”, Miss Elizabeth – she and the other slags were basically rasslin’ groupies, to put it bluntly! Whites absolutely LOVE it when non-white celebrities fail, and seem excessively gleeful over any personal failings of Black celebs, but are volubly silent over the countless white celebs who become infamous and notorious for their lack of control: Lindsey, Britney, Ke$ha, Courtney Love, Anna Nicole Smith, “Snooki”, et cetera, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Even “Dubya’s” dear daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were protected from their own horrid ‘Girls Gone Wild’ behavior that surfaced on a regular basis on the interwebs – but Sasha and Malia Obama are portrayed as apes with targets over their faces?!? The hypocrisy is nauseating. The racism is unconscionable. It all has to fucking STOP.

The title of my post is essentially the answer to all of the “whys?” that people are asking, but I’ll put it in sledgehammer form. Why does this happen? Answer: Whites With Guns. They are overtly concerned with the need to own a military-grade, assault-style weapon, which is designed for killing a large number of people in a small area in a short amount of time, and claim that it’s necessary for ‘hunting’ or ‘self-defense’. Sorry, that bullshit excuse doesn’t fly with me. You see, I am a hunter (or huntress, if you prefer) and I’m a dead-eye shot. I only need one long-range bullet to bring down my prey, and one bullet from a pistol at close range to finish off the kill if necessary – I don’t want the animal to suffer if I hit it wrong, which does happen. A semi- or fully-automated weapon with a clip designed for multiple bullets has been manufactured for one purpose only. The hunting rifles I’ve used, as well as the handguns, have never been either semi- or fully-automated. Why? Because I’ve never needed that many bullets to bring down a deer, moose, or elk, that’s why. Heading out into the woods carrying two rifles and one handgun has always been ideal for me. Both rifles could hold five bullets each, while the handgun (a double-action .44 magnum revolver) was a six-shooter. That amount should also suffice for personal self-defense in your vehicle or at your home, especially if you’re not out to be a hero or looking to ‘legally’ murder someone by claiming that you’re “standing your ground” after instigating and elevating a situation! *SIGH*

My final question: Did the shooter still live with his mother? If so, then HE was the threat that she was in fear of – and, as any person who works with, or has experienced personally, the threat of domestic violence can tell you, the person to fear the most is the one closest to you. It doesn’t matter where you live – the shittiest trailer park, the biggest nouveaux riche McMansion, or that fine antebellum-era ‘Tara’ …domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. AmeriKKKan culture glorifies racism, sex, and violence in almost every medium. It was fine for whites when non-whites were the sole victims of this senseless violence, but now the pigeons are coming home to roost: you can’t advocate and encourage violence on certain groups and expect to remain untouched. If you live by the “an eye for an eye; a life for a life, never forgive or forget, us versus them,” mentalities, then you’re begging to be another statistic. Expecting to be SAFE just because “this isn’t THAT type of neighbourhood” is foolish. White and Asian criminals and gang-members are glorified, which is evidenced by the various shows on the ‘educational’ networks; while Black or Latino gangs, or Mexican cartels, are looked at under a microscope. All are brutal, but some get a ‘worse’ designation than others – and it’s obvious why. Davey D’s Hip-Hop Corner, a fantastic blog that I’ve been following for some time, sheds some interesting insight on all of this as well – the links are listed below.

Davey D: Newtown School Shooting, Pt. I

Davey D: Newtown School Shooting, Pt. II

The first memorials and funerals for the local victims are happening today. Radio stations are going overboard with the R.E.M. song “Everybody Hurts” and the Eric Clapton song “Tears In Heaven”. People crow over the success of the ‘12/12/12/’ concert for the (white) victims of Hurricane Sandy, while I wonder why there was no such showing for the victims of Hurricane Katrina – only blame for being so “stupid as to live in a storm-wrecked floodplain”! I disagree with Bruce Springsteen’s sentiment that “we take care of our own”, as I see evidence to the contrary wherever I look – unless you’re talking about how whites open their wallets unquestioningly for other whites, or news stations focus solely on the good deeds that white kids are doing for other white kids. Whites-only crowds have ramped up a show of solidarity for the Newtown victims nationwide. Even the Seattle Seahawks were forced into a moment of silence before they stomped the Buffalo Bills in a Canadian stadium. I’d love to know why they can’t or won’t show that same support and solidarity for the Aaron Campbells, the Trayvon Martins, the Rekia Boyds, the Yashanee Vaughns, the Amadou Diallos, the Emmitt Tills, the…

Wouldn’t you love to know why, too?

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