Remember Andrew?

Irma dwarfs Andrew by a considerable margin. The devastation has been horrific and complete for those who have been ravaged by the winds, and Jose is bearing down on those obliterated communities even as Irma turns towards Florida.

It’s going to be a long weekend for many…

Talkin’ Sports: MLB All-Star Game…2017! * UPDATED *

It is the mid-season break for Major League Baseball! The Home Run Derby was yesterday, with New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge taking home the coveted trophy. This dynamite young athlete slammed nearly four miles worth of home runs, according to this article from MLB.com:

All rise. Again, again and again. Aaron Judge lived up to the hype of his remarkable rookie campaign by slamming nearly four miles of home runs on Monday evening at Marlins Park, including four drives of more than 500 feet, crowning the Yankees’ slugger as the newest champion of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

Judge overcame 22 first-round blasts from Justin Bour of the Marlins and a dozen long balls from the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in the second. Judge slammed 11 homers in the finals to defeat Miguel Sano of the Twins, finishing with 1:53 still on the clock. “I had no pressure going into it. I’m a rookie,” Judge said. “This is my first time doing it. For me, I’ve got no expectations. I’m just going to go in there and have some fun and see what we can do tonight. It was a blast. I enjoyed every minute of it — watching the other guys swing, coming here early and talking to the media. Everything about today was fantastic.”

An anticipated matchup between Judge and hometown hero Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins never materialized, as last year’s champion was knocked out in the first round by Gary Sanchez, 17-16.

Some years I’m able to catch the home-run-hitting action; this year I wasn’t able to, and it appears that I missed one hell of a slugfest! Still, I won’t miss out on the All-Star Game, where players in the American League face off against players from the National League. Only two of my Seattle Mariners made the cut this year – Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz – and they are more than deserving of the honour! Injuries to most of the starting pitchers and at least three crucial players on the Mariners lineup hit them hard this season. I can only imagine where they’d be in the standings right now if those injuries hadn’t crippled them. As it is right now, they need to fight just to get back in the wild-card race and be spoilers for other teams, at the very least!

I’ll update this post after the game, with the final score and any highlights of note. I’m rooting for the American League, of course!

😎

*** UPDATED 2105 PDT ***

What a game! I’m thrilled to report that the American League won the Midsummer Classic by a score of 2 – 1 in 10 innings, with most of the game being an epic pitching battle. That’s what happens when the best of the best face off!

I’m even more thrilled to report that the game-winning home run was hit by none other than Robinson Cano, proudly representing my Seattle Mariners and the rest of the American League! Because of that epic blast of the bat, he took home the Most Valuable Player Award, opting for the 2017 Corvette when presented with the choice between a sports car or a pickup truck.

One other noteworthy play, out of many in the game, was a fantastic catch by outfielder Justin Upton of the Detroit Tigers, helping the AL hold onto the lead given by Cano.

Another excellent, well-played game is in the books – on to the second half of the season!

😎

Ah, Orlando…

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

In Memoriam: Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin: 5 February 1995 – 26 February 2012

Today marks the day that, one year ago, a young man named Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a colour-aroused racist named George Zimmerman in a Florida neighbourhood. Trayvon was visiting his father and had gone to a convenience store to purchase some snack foods. As he returned, Zimmerman, a self-described “neighbourhood watchman” (read: trigger-happy vigilante wannabe), followed Trayvon, harassed him, and instigated an altercation which resulted in Trayvon’s murder. It was all needless, of course, but there are some very sick fucks out there who truly feel that Trayvon deserved to die, even going so far as saying that HE was the one who instigated the incident! The Huffington Post reports:

“Today marks the one year anniversary of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the incident that sparked an international conversation about race, gun control and law enforcement.

Martin was headed back to the home of his father’s girlfriend shortly after 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2012, after a trip to the convenience store. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood-watch member, reported Martin to the police and told the 911 dispatcher that the teenager looked “suspicious.” Zimmerman was told by the dispatcher not to follow Martin, but a few minutes after the police call, Martin lay dead from a gunshot to the chest.

Zimmerman admitted to police that he shot Martin, but claimed he acted in self-defense. He was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder, and is currently awaiting trial set for June 10.

The case garnered national attention, with protests and rallies around the country calling for the shooting to be investigated and for Zimmerman to be prosecuted.

However, sentiments surrounding the case have been split. While many have asserted that the former neighborhood watchman racially profiled the teen, others have implied that he was justified in his actions, an opinion that hits home for Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.

It really is disheartening to know that people in general are trying to justify why this adult male went after this teenage, young man. You can’t justify it. You can’t give a reason why. Because he was wearing a hoodie? Because of the color of his skin? Because of what he thought?[I]f this adult had remained in his vehicle, like the police dispatcher advised him to do, then this situation could have been avoided. He chose to follow my son. He chose to pursue my son. He chose to confront my son. And the result is my son’s death. I believe the responsibility lies on him as an adult because my son was not following him. He did not confront him. He did not chase him. And he did not have a weapon.”

The comment below followed that article, and it is the same load of scheisse that every racist, white-trash, inbred asshat out there regurgitates as they try to justify the cold-blooded murder of a 17-year-old who was minding his own business – because, after all, it’s only the racists who are justifying this murder. Check it out:

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“It doesn’t make sense that Zimmerman just shot Trayvon, without Trayvon attacking beforehand. The evidence points in this direction. If you can’t accept that, then you probably have a chip on your shoulder. Mixing your implicit or explicit memories with a case like this is a bad idea.
Everyone sees a cause and effect in this event. Some people jump immediately to the race factor, and others will ask themselves who attacked first. If you are in the latter group, then it makes sense that Zimmerman was provoked, and the evidence shows he was attacked brutally before taking a shot.”

Yeah, sure. Trayvon just attacked Zimmerman with no provocation, right? Newsflash, genius – a person who stalks another, needlessly, deserves to get a fucking beat-down! I’ve been needlessly followed by men on city streets as I walked from my bartending job at the Kingdome to my apartment in Belltown, and you can bet that I didn’t stand for it. By this fucktard’s logic, I would have deserved to die for protecting myself against rape or worse!

Here are the facts:

  • Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his skin colour: he thought he “didn’t belong” in the gated community.
  • Zimmerman stalked Trayvon by following him in his vehicle. He didn’t identify himself as anybody with any genuine authority to Trayvon, but he called 911 and reported Trayvon as being “suspicious.”
  • Zimmerman was told to stop following Trayvon, but he didn’t – he continued his stalking, then exited his vehicle – why?
  • Finally, mere minutes after the 911 call, Trayvon lay dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. That’s up close and personal…

It’s 2013. We’re well into the 21st century, yet there are still places that fly the confederate flag and insist that “It’s history, not racism!!!” Yeah, just look at Mississippi’s state flag, and then let it sink in that they only ratified the 13th Amendment on 7th February of this year – and then, only because of a fictitious movie! Alabama and Florida only recently removed the confederate flag as part of their state banner, but they kept it in aspect – so it was really a meaningless gesture!

Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, has an excellent article on the Huffington Post which asks this question: “What Killed President Kennedy & Trayvon Martin?” Here’s an excerpt:

“Shortly after President Kennedy’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that it was time for our nation to do some soul-searching, and while the question “Who killed President Kennedy?” was important, answering the question “What killed President Kennedy?” was even more critical. Dr. King believed the answer was that “our late president was assassinated by a morally inclement climate”: “It is a climate filled with heavy torrents of false accusation, jostling winds of hatred, and raging storms of violence. It is a climate where men cannot disagree without being disagreeable, and where they express dissent through violence and murder. It is the same climate that murdered Medgar Evers in Mississippi and six innocent Negro children in Birmingham, Alabama.” Dr. King further noted that the undercurrents of hatred and violence that made up this morally inclement climate were fueled by our cultural embrace of guns: “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an atmosphere in which violence and hatred have become popular pastimes.”

This climate is certainly prevalent today, and has been ever since President Obama took office – it isn’t coincidental. One look at the comment section following the article proves this, as most commentators completely missed the point of the article. They have an immediate knee-jerk reaction when the word ‘gun control’ is mentioned, and immediately start spouting off the usual skewed statistics about so-called ‘black-on-black’ violence.

You have people saying inane shit like “I don’t like the way he talks down to me during his appearances and speeches!” when you ask, specifically, what about Obama’s politics and practices they dislike. When I ask about a specific thing and the answer has nothing to do with the question, I pretty much figure that the person doesn’t have a leg to stand on and the conversation is over. I won’t argue or debate with people like that, because they’re not interested in a meaninful exchange of ideas. They’re the same people who will flood your inbox with old, unfounded hoax articles that have long been discounted by sites like Snopes.com. I recently heard two old bags in a grocery store talking about how Michelle, Sasha, and Malia all “inconvenienced a bunch of shoppers” on a “recent trip to France.” Funny thing about that is, the trip was in 2009 – that’s not exactly recent!

* SIGH *

I fear that Trayvon and his family will not get their due justice – hell, this whole incident was buggered from the beginning – and it’s sickening. A young man’s life taken, solely because of the colour of his skin. A young man who could have been my own son. Maybe my nephew. He could have been a younger brother, a student, a family friend. Zimmerman gets to be fat and happy with his hateful family, while Trayvon’s family and friends mourn him. His promising life was cut short – stolen by a racist fuck with festering slag between his ears. And his ilk stand by him, supporting and justifying this unjustifiable act.

“This Isn’t THAT Type Of Neighbourhood!!!”

This was the direct quote, verbatim, made by a local woman following a “home invasion”. She and her husband (or boyfriend, depending on which newscast you choose to believe – the fact discrepancies between two different stations was amazing, to say the least) had returned home from a vacation. She went with her two children to run some errands while the man remained at home. A guy supposedly kicked in the door (or simply walked through it, as it was unlocked), then wrapped the man with duct tape, beat him, then stole items and left. The woman was sitting in her car when reporters spoke with her, and that’s when she blurted the quote which is the title of this post: “This isn’t THAT type of neighbourhood!!!” I wanted to punch her. That instant, visceral reaction I have when a blatantly racist comment is shat from the hateful lips of an inbred, white-trash fucktard who can’t see beyond the privilege granted to them simply for being so. I beg to differ with that spiteful cunt in her ASSumption that Lake Oswego, Oregon, “isn’t THAT type of neighbourhood”…hell, a mere two months ago, a neo-nazi scum murdered a man in his driveway, in front of his horrified wife after they returned home from walking their dogs. Turns out that the murderer had quite the long rap sheet, too – he was under suspicion for another murder two years prior; a camper found stabbed to death in their riverside tent. The man who cut the gas lines in his house in a failed attempt to blow up his family home (with them in it), as well as the guy who raped and murdered his neighbor due to his ‘obsession’ with her, also hail from that area. What’s REALLY interesting is that I’m having the most difficult time finding the video clip on the news stations that aired her racist comment; thankfully, the local FauxNews affiliate kept the transcript in their story – and note that she is listed as “wife” in one and “girlfriend” in the other! Sheesh…

Crack-o-my-ass I mean, CLACKAMAS County, Oregon, is one of the white-trashiest counties in that state, and that’s saying a LOT. Remember Tonya Harding of past Olympic infamy? She who orchestrated the attack on Nancy Kerrigan back in 1988? The self-proclaimed “Queen of White Trash?” She hails from there. You can literally feel your intelligence drop when you cross the county line, even before you see the sign! Milwaukee, Oregon is a foul shithole where you are quite likely to see trucks (and people) sporting confederate flags; then again, you see that even in ‘progressive’ Portland, in the heart of Multnomah County. This is the home of “Portland Wrestling”, ya know? “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the Kilted Screamer? Puh-LEEZE…it’s fucking white-trash central! That shite has recently been resurrected, and no surprise to me, their top-rated “rassler” is a neo-nazi fuck with the moniker of “Warhammer” and he sports a big iron cross tattoo on his elbow! That’s just as an overt symbol as a swastika, the “SS” lighting-bolts, or the spider-web are, but hey – another murdering fuck fought in an MMA match at the Chinook Winds Casino and nobody batted an eyelash at his racist tattoos – they’re that commonplace in my neck of the woods. Case in point: a neo-nazi gang in Pendleton is minimized, but if three Black or Latino people were in a store there at the same time, you can bet that the cops would be called for an ‘impending gang war’! Fucking hypocrites…make me wanna RETCH!!!

No, the fact remains that even the supposedly ritzy-titsy areas of ‘lily-white-ville’ are bastions of criminal activity – activities which largely go ignored and unreported, solely because they ARE lily-white, homogenous ‘burbs! Skewed crime statistics would have you believe that North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods, which are predominantly inhabited by Black people (due to the racist housing laws which remained on the books until the late 1960s), are the crime-ridden areas. Crimes committed in those areas are mainly evenly split between white, Black, and Latino perpetrators, with Asians closing the gap (according to whatever statistics you wish to believe – that is my caveat). In the ‘whites-only’ areas, obviously, the criminals are almost exclusively white as well. Manufacture and sales of methamphetamines are exclusive to white communities, from the lowest trailer-park to the biggest cracker-box ‘McMansion’. From what I observe, they also seem to LOVE their ‘horse’! Whites are the biggest beneficiaries of the current medicinal marijuana laws; with the so-called ‘legalization’ newly passed, there will be wide discrepancies between people jailed for ‘DWS’ – you can bet that those who are always guilty of ‘DWB’ will suffer the most from that, and it just doesn’t sit well with me.

That stupid cunt just annoyed the shit out of me today – that statement is thrown out far too often, and the racist fucks who spout it off the most are in need a serious reality check. The problem is that they are too blinded by their own willful ignorance to acknowledge their hypocrisy. They are convinced that “their own” can do ABSOLUTELY NO wrong, while “the evil other” is the source of ALL troubles in the world, and if “they” would just “go home” then all would be white right again! People who are that close-minded are unreachable, and it’s a waste of time or effort to deal with them in any fashion. When I see others doing this in all corners of the interwebs, I idly wonder why they bother…when you’re “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” in the eyes of another, do you really think that arguing with them to your last breath is accomplishing anything? I wonder how a Jew would respond to the question, “You know, if you people just tried harder, Hitler wouldn’t have felt the need to exterminate so many of you – so why didn’t you just TRY?!?” This is how I feel when I see whites questioning Black people on various blogs with similarly loaded, race-baiting statements. “You know, slavery really was better for you people – your families stayed together more!” Inane comments such as those should expose the lack of intelligence and character of the people who make them, but too many are invested in believing stereotypical bullshite…I guess life is easier that way? I don’t get it. Frankly, I’m glad I don’t!

Here’s a story that is completely unrelated, obviously, but it goes back to the little ways people can protect their ballots and votes. I have written-in votes on my ballot, simply because I couldn’t decide between candidates, or because one ran uncontested and had no competition, or because I don’t agree with their stances, or all of the above. Suffice it to say, I have never turned in an incomplete ballot. Here’s a local incident which illustrates why you should NEVER leave a blank option! I’m surprised that they aren’t charging the woman in the story with mail fraud as well – then again, I guess I shouldn’t be. White woman’s tears, combined with the “I was on medication and didn’t know what I was doing” excuse, will guarantee a slap on the wrist for the scurrilous broad!

Digressing…pardon me while I puke. I can’t say that I’m surprised by the latest shite out of Florida, and there’s nothing more I can add that hasn’t already been said. Another colour-aroused racist has murdered a young Black man in cold blood, after an unnecessary confrontation instigated by the murderer. The so-called ‘news sources’ didn’t broadcast this as loudly as other things are blasted, did they? I didn’t see word one about this incident when it first broke! Yeah, we live in a ‘post-racial society’, don’t we?!?  🙄

Also, what’s going on in the heads of those lottery winners who want EVERYBODY to know who they are? If I ever came into an enormous sum of monies as that, I’d vanish…money can certainly buy privacy if it’s spent well – here is an extreme example of what can happen when you choose to trust the wrong type of person. Unreal…

A Young Man Is Dead.

Trayvon Martin: 5 February 1995 –  26 February 2012
 
Rekia Boyd: (can’t find month/day) 1989 – 21 March 2012

I’m speechless and nauseated right now.  A young man is dead.  This was going to be a long post, but there is so much to say…I try to write and just get overwhelmed with pain.  I’m really sickened over this issue, and am so tired of hearing people justify the cold-blooded, semi-premeditated murder of an unarmed, 17-year old young man.  A modern-day lynching, carried out by a paranoid, racist, wanna-be cop who designated himself judge, jury, end executioner.  A ‘vigilante-type’ who took the law into his own hands.  What’s even sadder is that, as I write this, there have been at least three other, similar murders carried out across the country.  There’s a pathological infection going around, and it seems to getting worse by the day.  People are getting murdered; the main thing that connects them is the color of their skin – and in this country, that can’t be written off as some odd coincidence.  Worse are the race-baiting comments that are landing on news sites and blog pages – pathetic attempts by psychopathic individuals to justify the unjustifiable.  Painting murder victims as criminals: Trayvon Martin.  Rekia Boyd.  Kenneth Chamberlain.  Aaron Campbell.  The list goes on.

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-this-countrys-culture-of-suspicion/#comment-30538

http://abagond.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/rekia-boyd/

From CNN:
Editor’s note: Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is the author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” One of the migrants documented in the book, George Swanson Starling, fled Florida for New York in 1945 after a standoff in the citrus groves, where he sought fairer wages for black pickers from the grove owners for whom they worked. The standoff — in Sanford, Florida — set in motion a plan to lynch him.

(CNN) — Isolated in the moment, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin may seem a singular tragedy: a teenager mistaken for a criminal by an overzealous neighborhood watchman armed with a gun and backed by a state law that gives greater latitude to people to defend themselves when they feel threatened.

But that moment in February in the central Florida town of Sanford was steeped in a history that has haunted the state, the South and the country for generations.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/26/opinion/wilkerson-trayvon/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/opinion/burton-florida-gates/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

The race-baiters, who are fond of believing in skewed, biased, little-researched, ‘race-based’ statistics, are also using this following incident as some sort of ‘proof’ that Trayvon Martin deserved to be gunned down like a rabid animal:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17540508

Here’s a recently updated local news story, which began last year:
http://www.kgw.com/news/Officer-fired-after-Aaron-Campbell-shooting-could-be-reinstated-145236755.html

Also from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17441277

And how about this shite?!?!?  Fuck me…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-17509969

Here’s an excellent song that sums it all up: “Killing In the Name” by Rage Against the Machine.  Here’s a little info about the band and the song; the lyrics will be posted after the link to the song.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_in_the_Name

Rage Against The Machine: “Killing In The Name

Killing in the name of!
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Huh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
Uggh!
Killing in the name of! Killing in the name of…
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control (7 times)
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya, now you’re under control
And now you do what they told ya!
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Come on!
Yeah! Come on!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me! Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!
MOTHEFUCKER!!!!
Uggh!!!

Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe

Lunatic fringe
I know you’re out there
You’re in hiding
And you hold your meetings
We can hear you coming
We know what you’re after
We’re wise to you this time
We won’t let you kill the laughter.

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season
But you won’t get too far
‘coz you’ve got to blame someone
For your own confusion
But we’re on guard this time
Against your FINAL SOLUTION

We can hear you coming
(We can hear you coming)
No you’re not going to win this time
We can hear the footsteps
(We can hear the footsteps)
Hey, out along the walkway
(Out along the walkway)
Lunatic fringe
We know you’re out there
Can you feel the resistance?
Can you feel the thunder?

Updated Saturday, 2012/4/7:

Chaka Khan has always been a singer and entertainer that I admire.  She just released a tribute song to Trayvon Martin…what a class act.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2012/04/chaka_khan_releases_trayvon_ma.php

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Now, if someone can only catch the person or persons who are murdering innocent people in the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, solely for the color of their skin.  The madness is escalating…it’s sickening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17648620

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