Moment of Silence: 13 August 2017

Silent Moment Saturday…Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia of last night and today leave me heartsick, speechless, and sadly, unsurprised. It was only a matter of time, what with the hateful and vitriolic language and attitudes spanning the internet. Pointing out the obvious was labeled as “ranting” by others and deemed unworthy of listening to, while those who spread the racist rhetoric are adored and fawned upon. The amount of sickness out there is staggering, to say the least. The articles below are testament to how little is really being done to address this madness, which has long been festering in the hearts and minds of many.

Charlottesville: One killed in violence during U. S. racist rally (link to BBC article)

Fascist, neo-nazi groups on the march in Charlottesville chant: “Blood and soil,” echoing the words of their hero (link to HuffPo article)

One dead as white terrorists march through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (link to CBC article)

Muslim Groups Raise Money for Portland Stabbing Heroes Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Micah David-Cole Fletcher

News like this gives me hope that there is still some shred of decency left in some of my fellow countrymen and -women…

GOOD BLACK NEWS

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by Lilhe Z. Mtshali via essence.com

Nearly a week after a white supremacist killed two men who were trying to protect two teens, Muslim groups have banded together to raise over $500,000 to support the families of the brave men and one survivor.Army veteran Ricky Best, 53, and college graduate Taliesin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death Friday by Jeremy Christian while protecting 16-year-old Destinee Mangum and her friend, who was wearing a hijab. Mangum told reporters that Christian was shouting at them to “go back to Saudi Arabia” and to “leave his country.” When Best, Namkai-Meche and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, stepped in to intervene, Christian stabbed all three men.

Fletcher was wounded but survived.

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The Muslim groups, CelebrateMercy and the Muslim Education Trust, created a LaunchGood online fundraising…

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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.

Ah, Orlando…

Speechless, yet again…I’m so tired of hate, and those who spread it like disease.

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

“Oh Dear, Bubba Dear!”

Yep – there is nothing to be surprised about here. The man gave his motive when he screamed “no more baby parts!”

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As a southerner, I am neither appalled nor am I outraged over what Bubba Dear has done. ‘Homegrown’ terrorists like Bubba Dear are a dime a dozen here in the land of the stupid and the afraid; better known to most of you as AmeriKKKa.

Bubba Dear is giving us Amerikkkans, a bad name and that is a fact. I mean, for goodness sake, we just finished gorging ourselves on dead turkeys and now Bubba Dear comes along and makes a mockery of our ‘thankfulness’ over this Thanksgiving weekend. What a way to finish out this “We are all thankful for your bounty and foryour blessings Oh Lord God on high and as we celebrate how thankful we are to be with friends and family, we look forward to the holiness of Christmas and the Christ child’s virgin birth yada yada yada. Damn! I just gagged my own damn…

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Full Moon Musings…1st July 2015

Just a few random thoughts and comments on this Wednesday…June was quite eventful across the country and around the world; July is beginning in much the same way.

Seven Black churches have been burned since Dylan Roof murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel on 16th June. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that this is more racist terrorism. The “night riders” of the KKK have been doing this since the 1800s. This isn’t an attack on religion, as some would love to believe. The fires weren’t started by storms, they were started by members of StormFront and their ilk. Meanwhile, people who adore their heritage of treason, domestic terrorism, and racism are holding pro-confederate flag rallies and demonstrations, and violently attacking people who want to retire that flag to a museum where it belongs. The more paranoid flag-lovers are screeching and moaning, claiming that others “want to take our flag and heritage away!” No, no, and no, you silly, stupid shits. You have every right to fly that flag – on your own, individual, private property. Adorn yourselves with it; decorate your trucks and houses, get it tattooed on your faces. Let everyone know what hate-filled fuckwads you are. I mean, if it’s solely about Southern pride and “heritage,” then you shouldn’t need to hide your faces under your white, pointy hats, no?

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Relations between Cuba and the U.S. seem to be moving forward, as embassies will soon be opening in Havana and Washington, D.C. The country of Greece is (once again) on the verge of financial collapse, due to defaulting on an IMF loan payment. The island of Puerto Rico struggles with a massive, $74 million (USD) debt.

The racism on the island of Hispaniola has been, however briefly, re-exposed as Haitian migrants, and Dominicans of Haitian descent, are being forced to leave the Dominican Republic due to some obscure court ruling in 2013.

Yes, I do pay attention to things beyond the border of my state and country…shocking, I know! Speaking of which, the girls abducted in Chibok, Nigeria, have been gone from their families and loved ones for 443 days. I’m still counting…

Nintendo is apparently making history by allowing same-sex marriages in a game. From the Huffington Post:

At last, the powerful warriors and wizards in Nintendo’s “Fire Emblem” franchise can be gay.

Gaming site Polygon reported Tuesday that players will be able to have same-sex relationships in the upcoming “Fire Emblem Fates,” a new entry in the strategy role-playing franchise that made its debut on the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. A Nintendo spokesman confirmed this information to The Huffington Post.

“Fates” will be be released in two separate versions, “Conquest” and “Birthright.” Nintendo told HuffPost that each will feature a different same-sex coupling — male in one game and female in the other.

“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle,” a Nintendo spokesman told HuffPost, echoing the statement given to Polygon.

Having both same-sex relationships in the same game may eventually be possible, since Nintendo says there will be a downloadable component that opens up the content that both versions of the game lack.

For the uninitiated, relationships often play a central role in “Fire Emblem” games. Your characters can make friends and, in the case of the recent “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” hook up with characters of the opposite gender and make beautiful warrior children who travel through time and space to assist you in battle. (There will be procreation in “Fates,” but it’s unclear how this will pertain to the same-sex couples.)

Not bad, I suppose – but, The Elder Scrolls Online beat you to it, Nintendo! Same-sex marriage has been allowed in the game since it began, and same-sex relationships have been in the Elder Scrolls games as far back as ‘Morrowind.’

Dravin Leonciele and his husband – The Elder Scrolls Online

I’m happy to see marriage equality, personally. If you love someone, then you should be able to be with them – if you’re of legal age of consent, of course! Amidst all of the celebrations, however, there are some voices that need to be heard. This article, “Under The Rainbow,” is something that should be read by all. It was written by James Coco, a “Southern Bird of Paradise.” Here’s a small excerpt:

With it being Pride month again, I always try my hardest to feel some sort of elation over what should be a happy time. A happy time to celebrate history and where we, as a community, have been and where we are going. To celebrate the different things that bind us together, and what make us different and unique in our own right. To celebrate the people who flipped cars and rioted to make our present the reality it is, because without them, we’re nothing.

So, why do I feel so tired? So drained of energy and cynical about Pride Month? In the wake of rampant police brutality, the #CharlestonShooting and dozens of other anti-black incidents across America, I just don’t feel it.

Call me perpetually under the rainbow, but I just can’t vibe with one aspect of my existence being uplifted while another piece is reminded of its inhumanity every single day. I’m sure it’s been said before by many others on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, specifically those of color. Those who constantly have to deal with being erased, ignored and killed because of living intersectional existences plagued by racism. To watch black lives across the board get plagued by so much violence, institutional and through other means, is exhausting.

It happens every time a black person is slain by the police. There are mass protests, or some form of hugely racist injustice. I always look to the popular LGBTQIA+ outlets to maybe say or post something. I always expect some type of solidarity, since it should be understood that you can be black and LGBTQIA+ too…

Yep. Just as there is rampant racism online and in the gaming world, so it exists in other, ‘marginalized’ groups. Everybody needs a whipping boy – horrible pun, but there it is.

Finally, the people in upstate New York can rest a little easier, now that one felon is dead and the other is in custody – I was half-right about their expected capture. I’m not surprised that the prison superintendent, and 11 other prison employees, have been put on leave since this entire shady escapade began. I wonder what sort of so-called prison environment that was, to allow such fraternization between violent felons and prison employees? We may never know.

Truth

The NRA has never been about protecting the rights of American citizens to own guns…I learned this many years ago, when I had a 3-year membership in that organization. I’m not Colion Noir.

 

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Domestic Terrorists.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Well, what do you know? A violent altercation ends in multiple deaths after criminal white gangs, who happen to ride motorcycles, brutally attacked each other in a so-called “family” restaurant with no regard for children present. I can’t say that there were any “innocent” civilians other than the children, seeing as how many adults decided to bring said children to an establishment known for criminal activity. Five rival gangs showed up at some scummy “Hooters” – style ‘restaurant,’ with the knowledge and permission of the owners, and proceeded to engage in mindless violence. What vicious thugs. From the Huffington Post:

Several people were killed Sunday afternoon in a shootout between rival biker gangs outside the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Waco police say eight were killed, another died in the hospital, and 18 were injured as hundreds of bikers from several factions skirmished just after noon in the Central Texas Marketplace.

“There are dead people still there, there is blood everywhere … There are bullet holes in vehicles all over the parking lot,” Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said at a press conference.

Waco police announced on Monday that 192 people were being arrested and will be charged with engaging in organized crime.

Police were already on the scene due to previous gang activity at the marketplace. Swanton said that a fight started between men from several “criminal biker gangs” inside the restaurant, then spilled out to the street. Chains, clubs, knives, guns and “up to 100 weapons” were used by hundreds of bikers. Identities of suspects and victims weren’t immediately released, but Swanton said that all of them were thought to be biker gang members flying colors from five different factions.

No officers or civilians were injured when the fight erupted, but police exchanged gunfire with several suspects and may have “injured or killed” them, Swanton said.

The crime scene is secure, though some restaurants in the area were on lockdown after the incident, KXXV reports. Police said that more people arrived with weapons as news of the gang fight spread, and the newcomers were arrested on sight.

A “skirmish.” This is what this horrific scene is being called: a “skirmish.” Peaceful protesters are labeled with the most mindless, racist terms imaginable, but this brutal event is being called a “skirmish.” How charming. Even more charming are the inane comments stating that the term “skirmish” has been accurately applied. Well then, you idiots who are so concerned about every noun, verb, adjective, or adverb being used just so precisely and perfectly, I sincerely hope you are just as dedicated to correcting those who are misusing the term “thug.” I won’t hold my breath, though…selective reporting, selective outrage, circular reasoning, and confirmation bias – it’s all the same pile of shite.

Must be nice to have engaged in a public brawl that ended in nine deaths, yet still be allowed to use your cell phone while a cop stands with his back to you. No handcuffs or leg irons; no knees in backs, no faces smashed into the pavement or on the hood of a police car. An excellent article, also in the Huffington Post, poses some very important questions:

Following a spate of white-on-white violence over the weekend in Waco, Texas, that claimed nine lives and resulted in scores of casualties and over 190 arrests, there has been a marked lack of interest in talking about where the event fits into the epidemic of such white criminal behavior in the U.S. — despite the fact that every year, more white people are murdered by white people than by any other group.

In recent years, a national pattern has begun to emerge in the wake of shootings in which a black man is killed by a white man. Of course the death is a tragedy, goes the narrative, but the dead man probably provoked the killing somehow — and more importantly, if you truly care about young black men, why aren’t you more concerned about black-on-black violence?

The same pattern doesn’t hold even when white-on-white crime unfolds in full view of the nation, as it did in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks Restaurant on Sunday.

Yet white-on-white crime should be a huge concern — because it’s out of control. Granted, there are 201 thugs off the streets for the time being, but what about the rest of them?

Around 83 percent of white victims in 2011 were murdered by other whites, based on the most recent FBI homicide data.

As many as 3,172 white people were killed in 2011 — and 2,630 of them lost their lives at the hands of another white person. This is compared to 2,695 black people, 2,447 of whom were killed by another black person.

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The other thing that pisses me off about this is that it gives we REAL bikers a bad name. Bullshite shows like Sons of Anarchy or Full Throttle Saloon, and events such as Sturgis or Daytona Beach just make me cringe. Criminal elements such as the Hell’s Angels, Gypsy Jokers, or the Bandidos make any motorcycle run hazardous – especially since they are the “1%ers” who are proud of their criminal and white supremacist ties. Honest bike clubs are assumed to be criminal gangs…and that offends myself, and every other honest rider, greatly. Clubs such as the Seattle Magic Wheels, or their sister group, the Zodiac Angels, do a lot of good for the communities they support. I have friends and relatives involved in both, and always look for any member when I’m on a long road trip.

We stay away from the large groups, especially if they’re sporting “outlaw” patches. For that matter, if you don’t know how to identify the various patches, avoid any people wearing the “MC.” Small groups of unpatched people are usually going to be family and / or friends, so would be fairly safe to approach and speak with if you want to hear a good tale of the road. Trust that me and mine are nowhere near anyplace called “Twin Peaks,” and we certainly don’t associate or socialize with so-called “bikers.”

We ride and enjoy our freedom. These terrorists threaten it…and that pisses me off.

Photo Credit: L.A. Times

 

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