Belated Imbolc Blessings

My excitement over the Super Bowl made me forget to do a post about Imbolc. I’m correcting that mistake now.

Belated Imbolc blessings to all.

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Leap Year Day!

29th February…like an election in the U.S., it only comes around every four years – but it is far more welcomed, I think! The Google doodle in honour of it is cute…I like bunnies!
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I even know someone born on ‘Leap Day’ – a guy named Dean in Alaska, originally from Seattle. When he first introduced himself, he said that he was only 4 – 1/2 years old, which made me laugh! You do the math and figure it out, LOL

I’m sitting here with my first cup of coffee, looking out of the window. It’s mild and pleasant out there this morning; a little cloudy, but no rain. It’s been so warm here the past two weeks, that it feels like springtime already! The flowers are blooming on the rhodie bushes; buds are exploding on every tree, and we finally identified a funny-looking bush that was growing near the porch. It hadn’t shown any leaves or flowers for over a year, but now it’s revealed itself to be a pussy-willow! It has little fuzzies all over it, LOL – I’ll take some pics of it and post them later on in the week.

Since it’s a rare day, I’ll do something rare and tell one personal thing about myself. Five surnames in my family tree are: Braithewaite, Dunn, Harris, Murray, and Pinckney. Interesting, no? I’m looking up the origins of those names – familial histories are fascinating!

Finally, here are a few pictures of a project that has been progressing in fits and starts since 2010. We acquired a 1937 Plymouth pickup truck (PT50) on 25 January of that year, and took possession of it in March. The restoration process has been an amazing thing to witness, and the finished project is beautiful. Yes, it runs! I’m working on uploading the videos from my phone, so they will be posted as soon as I get it figured out!

Thursday Thoughts…4 February 2016

This weekend is going to be busy, so I won’t be able to do much blogging until Monday or Tuesday – so I figured that I’d give you all a short rundown while my computer is showing me some love this morning, LOL!

Rosa Lee Parks: 4 February 1913 – 24 October 2005

First off, today marks the “birth anniversary” of Rosa Lee Parks, who passed away on 24 October, 2005. She is remembered as the woman who refused to give up a bus seat, but her life and activism extended far beyond that. From The Washington Post:

“Parks was a seasoned freedom fighter who had grown up in a family that supported Marcus Garvey and who married an activist for the Scottsboro boys. She joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943, becoming branch secretary. She spent the next decade pushing for voter registration, seeking justice for black victims of white brutality and sexual violence, supporting wrongfully accused black men, and pressing for desegregation of schools and public spaces. Committed to both the power of organized nonviolent direct action and the moral right of self defense, she called Malcolm X her personal hero. The Rosa Parks Collection, which opened in February, reveals how broadly Parks has been distorted and misunderstood. Her papers languished unseen for years following her death because of disputes over her estate, the hefty price the auction house put on the archives, and its refusal to allow any scholars to assess the papers before the sale. Last year, the Howard Buffett Foundation bought the archive and gave it to the Library of Congress on 10-year loan.

Though Parks later wrote an autobiography, her notes from decades earlier give a more personal sense of her thoughts. In numerous accounts, she highlighted the difficulty of navigating a segregated society and the immense pressure put on black people not to dissent. She wrote that it took a “major mental acrobatic feat” to survive as a black person in the United States. Highlighting that it was “not easy to remain rational and normal mentally in such a setting,” she refused to normalize the ability to function under American racism.

For her, the frustration began in childhood, when even her beloved grandmother worried about her “talking biggety to white folks.” She recounts how her grandmother grew angry when a young Rosa recounted picking up a brick to challenge a white bully. Rosa told her grandmother: “I would rather be lynched than live to be mistreated and not be allowed to say ‘I don’t like it.’ ”

Parks viewed the power of speaking back in the face of racism and oppression as fundamental — and saw that denying that right was key to the functioning of white power. Parks’s “determination never to accept it, even if it must be endured,” led her to “search for a way of working for freedom and first class citizenship.”

Friday, 5 February, marks the beginning of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, which runs through Sunday, 7 February. That looks like a beautiful festival to attend! I love the snow sculptures, especially the way they are lit up at night…visually stunning masterpieces.

The Super Bowl is on Sunday…I look forward to watching Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers make mincemeat out of the busted Broncos! I would have loved to see my Seahawks do it, but – eh. Not happening this year!

There’s a New Moon on Monday – this marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year: the Year of the Red Fire Monkey!

Tuesday marks Mardi Gras – “Fat Tuesday.” I’d like to go to New Orleans…just not during that festival. Too crowded, too noisy, too many disgusting, drunk tourists…it just doesn’t appeal to me very much anymore. Some places are best seen “as they are,” without the phony mask put on for visitors. Also, Tuesday marks 666 days since the young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok. Interesting coincidence, that…

Anyway, time for some coffee and a shower, then I have to get packing – we’re attending a concert on Saturday, if Ozzy Osbourne’s health holds up! He had to cancel a leg of his tour due to sinusitis, according to reports…I’ll have to listen to the Boneyard today and see if there are any updates. Speaking of which, I finally got a reply via email to be their ‘Ultimate Sinner!’ I’m stoked…my voice will be on the radio again, for the first time in 20 years! Not just tiny, local radio, either…no, I’ll be blasting across the stratosphere on SATELLITE RADIO!!! It’s going to be awesome – I’ll let you know when that’s scheduled!

Last but not least: here’s my latest ESO gaming video! I’m slaying a couple of trolls and their master, and they give me the worst of it at first…but not for long! I’m not bothered by posting my agonizing defeats along with my thrilling victories – I learn from watching my mistakes and missteps!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

It’s Monday and I haven’t had my morning coffee yet; I’m feeling a bit lazy and this blog award can be tackled easily. Thank you for providing an award that my fuzzy morning brain can deal with.

It’s Monday and 1st February…the perfect day to do an awards post!

The Rules:

Display the award and thank your nominator. Then answer these questions:
Who are your top 5 bloggers and why?
What type of posts do you like to read?
Do you plan to change any styles regarding your blog?

The types of posts I like to read will sometimes vary, depending on my mood, but I always love a post that makes me laugh out loud – no matter what my mood is! I could be feeling most foul, but a good laugh can shake me out of my doldrums pretty quickly.

As far as changing any styles regarding my blog, I have no plans to. I like the ‘Koi’ theme and settings, and I will always write what I feel like, when I feel like it! I’ve definitely started re-posting more, which has greatly increased my viewers and followers, so I won’t quit doing that. Getting involved in at least one “Meet & Greet” per month is a lot of fun, too. Otherwise, I have decided to start ‘protecting’ some posts, both past and future, with passwords. The past ones have passwords to thwart moronic, obsessive trolls with no lives. The future ones will be posts strictly for myself: posts with questions, observations, realizations, and both present and future plans and goals.

Next, tell a little bit about yourself: who are you, what is your blog about, and why did you start blogging? Then, nominate between 3 – 5 other blogs, not including the nominator or your top fives. Keep it low-maintenance! After your post is complete, copy the link and put it in the comment section of your faves and nominees so that they are at least aware of it.

Who am I? That depends on who you ask.
What is my blog about? A little bit of everything.
Why did I start blogging? Because I’ve always needed some sort of creative writing outlet, and this is the perfect means of doing so.

That’s it for this award. Time to get some coffee.

Final Friday, February 2015!

Happy Friday, dear readers! Tomorrow is the last day of the month, making this a ‘Final Friday,’ so I figured I’d just let my thoughts bounce around and see where they land.

This weekend marks the first anniversary of doing one of two BETA tests for my MMORPG, the Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve been involved with this game for a year! TESO, as it is called by those of us who love it, is getting a major overhaul quite soon with a free-to-play option, the introduction of a ‘crown store,’ and the final loyalty rewards for those of us who subscribed from the beginning and stuck it out through all of the bugs, bots, and other general hassles! Some players are pissed off and bitch incessantly about how everything has been ‘nerfed’ – but the ‘nerfing’ happened because of those incessantly bitching children! I use the term “children” loosely here…even many of the so-called adults qualify as juveniles, IMHO! The console version of the game will finally be released, which may drop the population of infants slightly – more kids are certified ‘couch potatoes’ who can’t take sitting at a desk properly, so the ‘adult’ population might grow. Also, some people apparently can’t afford the expense of a $15/month subscription – those who let their subscription lapse will be able to play for free with their original characters…their accounts weren’t deleted. Not sure why $15/month is considered steep; it has been the standard fee for MMORPGs from day one, but I guess some freaks out there actually subscribe to more than one game – go figure! Incidentally, speaking of freaks…I’d forgotten how many ‘freaks’ there are in online games, and that term covers a broad swath! Wow…Ultima Online was bad enough; now, with avatars being more life-like, some people seem to get a charge out of their own (or others’) scantily-clad characters. It’s the new online ‘socializing,’ I suppose! In conclusion, I will continue to subscribe for a time – I have a TeamSpeak (TS3) account and some awesome headphones for PvP directives, and have joined a couple of decent guilds. On top of that, I have my four Veteran Rank (VR) toons, and am currently grinding a 5th as high as I can take her before the update supposedly drops on Monday, 2nd March…which is a tall order when I’m trying to keep my highest-ranked vet on the Cyrodiil leaderboards for the final two days of the Thornblade campaign! I have kept a full pot of coffee on around the clock, and my husband is no better…he has alarms set to ensure that he feeds his full stable of horses as many times as possible before the update, so we each have our own obsessions about this one game – it’s fascinating, to say the least. It’s certainly an interesting psychological study, given how the anonymity of the interwebs can cause people to say and do things that they ordinarily wouldn’t.

What next…ah, yes – how is my book coming along, you ask? It is coming along marvelously and will be completed on its timeline, but I still wonder if this blog is the best medium to post excerpts…bad enough that there are people out there who have tried to rob my tagline, so there are certainly shameless plagiarists out there! I suppose I should upgrade to the paid version of WordPress™…I guess that the supposed extra security would be worth it? We’ll see.

I was recently skimming over some other blogs; some new that I happened across while idly browsing, others are ones that I used to subscribe to but have since abandoned due to repetitive content and lack of interaction when I comment. One has been taken over by ubiquitous “guest posters” that have no blog accounts of their own. Another is taken up with comments about posts that are 3+ years old and utilizes selective moderation. Many have simply not been updated for months, and I can’t fault those bloggers – things occur IRL that take time away from online things, so it’s understandable when that happens. I go back to those sites every three months to see if anything is new, but if a blog hasn’t been updated for over a year, then it’s safe to assume that it has been abandoned. Other bloggers simply state “enough” on their sites and never post an update again. I’m glad for the new blogs that I have found, though, and will post the top three links below – I don’t mind showing a little bit of love to the good ones! (I see you, Hernie!)

Deconstructing Myths: “Complications

Skywalker Storyteller Works

Contentedness.net

I wanted to add: if you haven’t been watching the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, you are missing out – it’s fantastic! Certainly as good as the Colbert Report, if not a smidge better. The panel portion had me worried for a moment, but it actually works out well. The episode which aired on Thursday, 26th February was dynamite…please, check it out and give this brotha a chance – he deserves much support!

A final, sad note…I just learned of the passings of two other notable Aries men: Leonard Nimoy, actor best-known as his role of the Vulcan Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series and movies, and that of Earl Lloyd, the courageous brotha who broke the “colour barrier” in professional basketball. Go with the gods, good sirs…rest well.  You both lived long and prospered…now you belong to the ages.

Earl Lloyd: 3 April 1928 – 27 February 2015

Leonard Nimoy: 26 March, 1931 – 27 February 2015

Friday the 13th…February 2015!!! *** UPDATED 15 February ***

 

Well, here it is – the first of three Friday the 13ths which will occur this year. The next one will be next month, in March, and the final one will be in November. I always try to write something on Friday the 13th, so here are some of my percolating thoughts!

February is the shortest month of the year, and marks Black History Month here in the States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on 25 March, 1965. “Bloody Sunday” occurred earlier that year, on 7 March. Peaceful protesters were regularly met with brutal violence, simply for wanting to be treated like human beings…and, sad to say, we are still crying out to be treated with dignity and respect. The more things change, the more they stay the same. People go out of their way to insult murder victims like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown, whilst bestowing heroic honours upon their killers – and others demand that we support those killers blindly, saying that we are being hateful for demanding justice from those who claim to uphold ‘law and order!’ Ye gawds…

Speaking of unjustified heroic honours, a movie was made about a sniper because his death, while unsurprising, was certainly under odd circumstances. If he had been killed in action, we wouldn’t hear a word about him. For some reason this paid killer, upon return to the States after ‘fulfilling his duty,’ had the brilliant notion of treating PTSD by taking patients on visits to a gun range. A former soldier who was receiving this ‘treatment’ chose to shoot the sniper and one other person; his murder trial is now underway. What fascinates me about this whole thing is how a hired killer is labeled a ‘hero,’ while the man suffering from PTSD has been smeared by the sniper’s widow, the military, and the NRA. I had the opportunity to see a rather interesting email which claimed that the soldier had “only served 6 months in Afghanistan” and “claimed to suffer from PTSD,” implying that he couldn’t possibly have PTSD because his military service wasn’t long enough or something. I guess that means that nobody in New York City should have PTSD from 9/11…it was a relatively short occurrence! Anyway, the timing of the movie means that the soldier might not get a fair trial, as opinions have already been swayed by the movie and various conflated emails that circulate in certain circles.

Various awards shows have been airing – I ignore that useless shite, but still hear of the moronic hoopla surrounding those train wrecks/circuses. Things like attention-whore and noted gay fish Kanye West jumping on the stage to interrupt someone’s speech or something like that – as if he gives a flying fuck about PoC anywhere! Oh, right…he was ‘defending’ lily-white Beyoncé…never mind, then. Also, there are people bitching about how ‘white’ the Oscars are. Um…no shit, Sherlock! Do you REALLY expect anything different from ‘Holly-white’?!? Stop the madness and the insanity…don’t do the same thing over and over and expect a different result! If you keep supporting racist institutions and establishments and think they’re “diverse” because they hire Latinos and people from India, then you are incapable of critical thought…just my opinion. The sole purpose of ‘Holly-white’ is to shove the invented heroism, beauty, and ‘goodness’ of whites down the throats of every culture in the world…it’s a sad and somewhat frightening thing.

Brian Williams is now a ‘disgraced anchorman,’ whilst the flap about Bill Cosby seems to have died down somewhat. Larry Wilmore’s show, which is now in the time slot formerly held by Stephen Colbert, is quite good – I enjoy it. Meanwhile, Jon Stewart announced that he is leaving the Daily Show later this year. It’s a shame…I’ve enjoyed every year he’s been on it, and only started watching it when he took the helm. I hope a suitable replacement is tapped to keep it going – Jason Jones would be ideal!

***ADDED SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY***

VACCINATIONS DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM!!! I neglected to mention this initially, but better a day or so late than never! There’s been a lot of talk swirling around the measles outbreak, pitting morons who don’t believe in vaccinating their kids against those who feel that booster shots are necessary. The people who are against vaccinations are morons, for the same reasons that those who scoff about ‘global warming’ and humanity’s impact on the ecosystem are morons: they wave away scientific evidence and opt to believe the nonsense and pseudo-science spouted by complete and utter whack-jobs. Who is this Holly-white cunt who has written all of these ‘informative’ books about autism? Where are her medical degrees? What facts has she collated about what contributed to her child’s issues, and what were the sources of those facts? Does she have breast implants, and were they present before pregnancy? If so, did she breast-feed? What medications did she take before or during her pregnancy? See, I have a theory about why autism is more prevalent in modern society, and it has nothing to do with vaccinations – it has to do with unstable people procreating, and people taking unnecessary medications during pregnancy. See, it used to be that people who had behavioural ‘issues’ were simply not seen as marriage material – unless, of course, they came from a wealthy family who could essentially ‘buy’ a spouse for their difficult daughter or sullen son. Children were expected of these unions, so the genes for unstable moods get passed down. Fast-forward to the 1980s: the wonder-drug Ritalin was introduced as a means to control ADD and ADHD, which was suddenly the childhood epidemic du jour. “Oh, doctor – my little boy is running around and bouncing off the walls and furniture! He’s acting like…a LITTLE BOY! What do I do?” “Well, ma’am, just give him this Ritalin – it will calm him right down.” Yeah, prescribing medications to children for acting like children…that made perfect sense, no? On top of that, how many women with ‘personality disorders’ took medications like Paxil, Xanax, or Zoloft whilst pregnant? Sure, doctors said that those drugs wouldn’t be harmful to the fetus – but they said the same thing about an old anti-nausea drug called Thalidomide a few decades back, and look how that turned out. At any rate, vaccinations do not cause autism. It’s brain science, not rocket science. Look at this over-medicated society – what do YOU think? Go get those damned booster shots already! Don’t tell me you would rather see your child or young relative die of tetanus, or see polio make a comeback? Sheesh…get a real statement from a real physician that you know and trust. It’s that simple.

On a sadder note, It breaks my heart to know that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been in hospital for some time now, in a comatose state. I wish her a full recovery and hope that people who care for her well-being are looking out for her. She has much to live for – for all of its ills, this is a beautiful and magical world.

Also, I’m disappointed in the decision by the Little League to strip Jackie Robinson West of their championship. How cold and callous to wait six months after their victory to pick over their roster and decide that the team was invalid for no reason. Sore losers from nearby Evergreen Park decided to be like RethugliKKKans dismantling the Affordable Care Act – they are nothing more than racist fuckwads who couldn’t handle being soundly trounced by a team that was obviously better (42 – 3). Shameful.

***END OF UPDATED PORTION***

I can finally take these shoes off and get to gaming! I have a pair of shoes that are the highest heels I’ve ever worn, and it’s been a while since I wore anything with a heel over 3” – so I have to wear them for about 15 minutes per day whilst sitting down (of course) so that my feet adjust to the shape. I’ve had surgery on both of my feet to remove bone spurs, so it is a bit of a task – my right foot complains when I put the shoe on, and I can only stand in them for a minute! They are beautiful shoes, though…so it’s worth a small bit of discomfort to look good. Certainly not going under the knife like all of the plastic freaks out there… *SHUDDERS*

Today is Friday the 13th – tomorrow is Saturday the 14th, which also happens to be Massacre…I mean, VALENTINE’S Day…so have a great weekend and a wonderful, ‘romantic’ day, dear readers!

Thoughts on ‘Black History Month’ – Part I

Part I: A Celebration Of…?

February is drawing to a close, which means the end of awareness promotions for the so-called ‘Black History Month,’ also known as ‘African-American History Month.’ If Black history in this country was being showcased, it was certainly difficult to see!

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976, but was originally proposed by leaders of the Black Student Union at Kent State University in February 1969. The precursor to Black History Month was ‘Negro History Week,’ announced by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian and author of The Mis-Education of the Negro. The second week of February was chosen because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (12 February) and Frederick Douglass (14 February), two people who were celebrated by Black Americans since the 19th century. Black History Month is supposedly also recognized in Canada (1995) and the United Kingdom (1987). It is not recognized or celebrated in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, or South America – other countries that were involved in, and benefit from, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

I suppose it made some sense to expand from one week to the whole month, but history doesn’t have a starting and stopping point – it goes on and on. At any rate, the dedication of one short month to Black history in the Western hemisphere is one excuse whites cite as evidence that racism is over: “You people have a whole month dedicated to your history – isn’t that enough?!?” There are many reasons why it isn’t enough, and I wanted to talk about some of them. On a side note, whites also use the strawmen of Ebony magazine, BET Networks, Oprah Winfrey, and President Obama to derail discussions about how racism is still prevalent and insidious in our society.

‘Black history’ doesn’t begin or end with slavery. We existed before the continents were named and lines on maps were invented, just like everyone else. We had our explorers and documentations of events, just like all cultures have done. Sadly, circumstances created by people have caused great imbalances as some groups have attempted to annihilate others – and succeeded in many instances. Such a waste…

Digressing – this post is about ‘African-American History.’  This country was founded in 1776 after the decimation of the First Nations peoples by invading Europeans, who declared ‘divine right’ and ‘manifest destiny’ as valid reasons for slaughter. These Europeans then enslaved peoples from many countries of the African continent by means of deception and brutality, and brought them to ‘the New World’ to re-create the separatist ideals and suppression they claimed to be escaping in their mother countries. Slavery was eventually recognized as a repugnant travesty (although some believe that it wasn’t, and desire a return to those foul times) and supposedly abolished, but freed slaves and their descendants weren’t granted the same freedoms handed down in the Declaration of Independence – because slaves weren’t considered ‘people’ or ‘human.’ That inequality resulted in many injustices against the descendants of slaves, which still continue in this day and age, the year 2014, 151 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Yes, it is 2014. We are well into the 21st century. I look around and see that this nation has come a long way since those horrific times – but in many ways, nothing has really changed. ‘Black History Month’ is a prime example of this. For instance, cable television channels have certain target audiences – this relates to marketing and advertising revenues and other boring shit. Channels such as BET, Centric, and UPN are geared towards the ‘urban’ audience. ‘Urban’ is code for ‘Blacks’ – people such as myself are referred to as such by RethugliKKKans, DemoKKKraps, Teabaggers, talking heads on FauxNews, and pretty much any and every media outlet in this nation. Anyway, brief mention is given on these channels about historical African-Americans, and not just the ones that are briefly mentioned in high-school classes when they give 5-minutes due to that little bump in the road known as slavery. Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Crispus Attucks, and Mary McLeod Bethune are the ones that immediately spring to mind – the Google doodle on February 1st, for example, was a tribute to Harriet Tubman. She is one of very few Black people to be honored with a Google doodle, from what I’ve seen – Ella Fitzgerald was, and so was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are many notable Black men and women who deserve recognition, but they have been overlooked by many.

The movie Roots was shown in class during my sophomore year – that was the teacher’s way of talking about slavery without saying a word. This is why I cringe when I see Roots marathons on BET and Centric…that movie was forced down my throat, but the true atrocities of slavery were never discussed: the movie was pretty much used as a diversion. Slavery is the main reason that the Civil War was fought, but revisionists would have one believe that it was a silly little battle over tariffs! We’re also taught that the Underground Railroad was the sole means of helping people escape slavery, but no mention is ever given of the Black people who went West in wagon trains – there were Black cowboys and frontierswomen, but you wouldn’t know it.

Yes, the history of the U.S. is intrinsically tied with slavery, no doubt about it. However, there is far more to our history in this country – and the world – than slavery. Sadly, the shameful, whitewashed rewriting of ALL history has marginalized us and minimized our contributions, while exalting those who raped, murdered, pillaged and plundered. For instance, February happens to be the month containing the birthdays of two U.S. presidents – George Washington, the first president, and Abraham Lincoln, the ‘Great Emancipator.’ Their birthdays used to be separate paid holidays, but at some point an arbitrary Monday in-between those dates was chosen as ‘President’s Day,’ and that is advertised more than ‘Black History Month’ pretty much everywhere you look. The Hitler History Channel devoted some time to all of the white presidents, while elementary schools go on and on about Washington crossing the Delaware River. Slave-owning presidents such as Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, or racists like Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and both G.H.W. and G.W. Bush are praised and lauded while their faults are swept under the carpet.

No, one month out of the year is not adequate. It’s an insult – a veritable, collective slap in the face. There are many layers to our rich history; why are we satisfied with a thin, dried-out crust?

Up next, I’ll examine how Black people are defined and categorized by others. When, how, and why did we give up control of our images? Or, better yet – why do whites feel that they still own us?

Random February Ramblings…February 2014

It’s a nice, relaxing day – I was doing some work around the house and took a break, so I figured I’d jot down some random thoughts and upcoming topics. It is high noon and “beer-thirty,” so wander with me a while, won’t you?

First off, it is February, which has been designated as “African-American History Month” or just “Black History Month.” I am working on a long post about that, which will be published by the end of the month since I’m still doing some research – but it will be worth the wait!

February means that spring is just around the corner…well, actually, that depends on your location! Here in the Pacific Northwestern corner of the USA, it’s been positively balmy and mild. Sure, we’ve had a little bit of blustery weather and a couple of decent snowfalls (snow on the coastal beaches is beautiful, by the way), but nothing compared to the deep freeze back east and in the deep south, or the storms hammering the UK and other parts of Europe! We have some clouds moving in at the moment, due to a system coming in off of the Pacific Ocean, but the sun was shining beautifully this morning and flowers are starting to bloom on some of the bushes. I love it when the wind kicks up and I can hear the ocean roaring when I open the windows or doors! It will be a wet spring and a beautiful summer, from what I can see. If the wind and rain keep kicking up, I have a feeling that March will roar in like a lion!

Injustice, again, in the state of Florida – isn’t it sad to not be surprised by bullshit like that? A panel of stupid people deadlocked on whether or not Michael Dunn of Jacksonville, Florida, acted in self-defense when he murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Remember, Mr. Dunn was the instigator when he walked up to that Dodge Durango in that parking area and demanded that the teenagers inside turn down their music. Mr. Dunn lied when he said that the youths had a gun. He fired 10 rounds in all, 9 directly into the vehicle – the 10th shot was fired AFTER HE STEPPED OUT OF HIS OWN CAR AS THE SUV WAS IN MOTION. There should have been no question that he was guilty on all five counts, but morons in this country believe that when a Black person is murdered, that person must have brought it on themselves – regardless of the situation. Just like Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant III, Renisha McBride, Marshall Coulter…the list goes on. It is virtually impossible for Black people to get true justice in this country. We are constantly and consistently vilified, dehumanized, minimized, and marginalized – it’s disgusting. This idiotic comment from this Al-Jazeera article says it all:

“Clay Hickman
NEW
5 days ago
 
Michael Dunn is another idiot that has abused the right to self-defense. I will use deadly force when my family is threatened but I KNOW what a real threat is. A bunch of wanna be teenage thugs with their ground pounding thug music is NOT a threat. I’m white and listen to rap and hip-hop but I don’t turn it up loud enough to piss off everybody in the area. Teach young black men to respect everybody, white, black, men, women, and themselves.”

…note how the commenter states that only “young black men” need to “respect everybody” but no other group is given the same directive – also, the telling usage of the term ‘thug’ illustrates the hateful stereotypes the ‘concern troll’ has chosen to use to demonstrate how ‘inclusive’ and ‘progressive’ they are…FUCK that racist nonsense!

More needs to be done about addressing that issue, not spouting off ridiculous, phony statistics about crime rates and so-called “Black-on-white crimes.” In fact, there is some new online movement of whites who claim that there is an upsurge in ‘retaliatory crimes’ where Black people are randomly attacking whites anywhere and everywhere. There is some WordPress site called ‘Violence Against Whites – the fallen’, which I have no intention of linking here whatsoever, but it is easy to find! Talk about recycled bullshit – there is plenty there.

No, I see the reality so I see otherwise – I mean, the white guy who got shot in the movie theatre in Florida was murdered by another white guy, who happened to be a retired police captain, over a fucking TEXT MESSAGE and THROWN POPCORN. I’m shaking my fucking head over that one…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On a side note, I’ve been working on a post about guns and concealed weapons permits, since I recently obtained my CPLs. Stay tuned for that one to be published!

I’ll be glad when Putin’s Bazaar of Bigotry the Olympics is over – the Winter Olympics might as well be called the “All-White Games” or “Nazis on Ice,” no? Oh, sure, there is a smattering of darker-hued individuals this time around, including the ever-present Jamaican bobsled team that inspired the crappy movie “Cool Runnings.” Remember the sister from France who was a dynamite figure skater? Reports on her always had a negative tone to them – she would be described as “arrogant” or “cold” on a regular basis, while her talent was minimized. The women’s U.S. bobsled team has some Black female participants, and one of the male U.S. speed-skaters is Black. Funny how people find a reason to dismiss Black athletes who participate in cold-weather sports! Speaking of the Olympics, everyone knows that these games were bought and paid for by Putin. Russian corruption is notorious, so why are people acting surprised over the shoddy conditions of hotels and other facilities? Newsflash, people: just because a country is all-white, doesn’t mean that it’s superior, progressive, or ‘safe’ – Eastern Europe and a majority of the former S.S.R.s are some of the most backwards, crime-ridden, dangerous places on earth. I mean, all you have to do is take a look at what’s going on in Kiev, Ukraine right now to see what those people are like!

Winged Twilight in Morrowind

Subject switch: My husband and I purchased The Elder Scrolls: Anthology; it contains all of the Elder Scrolls games, including Skyrim, and all expansions of all of them. I love the maps that came with the set! They’re always nicely detailed, making it easy to follow the roads between the towns. I always like taking the scenic route so I can get my skills up by fighting monsters or assisting NPCs, and oftentimes, you can find interesting things along the way. Anyway, trying to play the first two installments was tedious at best – they are Arena and Daggerfall, respectively. After fumbling around with them and getting killed by rats, we have been pleasantly surprised by Morrowind, which is Elder Scrolls III. Even though the graphics are dated (similar to Half-Life), the game has enough challenges and puzzles to keep us as entertained as Skyrim has – it will be interesting to see what Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is like! I’d forgotten how intensively and extensively detailed certain things were, particularly in the spellcasting department – needing to have certain reagents and equipment on your person for alchemical needs, for example. Gamewise, the graphics made a quantum leap between Daggerfall and Morrowind, so seeing the shift between Oblivion and Skyrim will be the final comparison. On a final note, I’m pleased to see that the Redguard character has been dark-skinned from the beginning of the series…it is definitely the first game I’ve played that has the option of being a darker-skinned person, with realistic skin-tones. It would be nice to have more variety of hairstyles, though – especially longer dreadlocks or Afros for the women!

Trophy Room screenshot from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire

I’m looking forward to seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting the new Cosmos – I used to watch it back when Carl Sagan hosted it on PBS; I hope that it doesn’t get bastardized by FOX, but I’m certain that Mr. Tyson will do an excellent job…he’s brilliant!

Last but not least, I was saddened to hear of the death of yet another DEVO member, Mr. Bob Casale. He joins fellow bandmate Alan Meyers, who passed away in June of 2013. Rest in peace, good sir…the music you made kept me moderately sane during my ‘teens-ages.’ The link about Mr. Meyers has my five favourite DEVO songs in it, so enjoy them while you research the band and their contributions to the socio-political music scene.

Bob Casale: 14 July 1952 – 17 February 2014

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