Last Week Tonight: NRA-TV

In this edition of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver educates us on a little-known internet channel called “NRA Television.” I’d only heard about it over the past couple of days.

I used to be a member of the National Rifle Association. I had a 3-year membership 20 years ago. Propaganda delivered to my mailbox on a weekly basis. I had a three-inch stack of their ridiculous bumper-stickers by the time I quit, which I donated to the local Army National Guard office.

This bears repeating: The NRA is not a gun-rights organization, looking out for the interests of gun owners in America. Colion Noir, their token Black representative, should really take a closer look at the history of the NRA. He won’t because they pay him too well. Paid shills tend to ignore the obvious facts, much like Omarosa did.

Full Frontal Thursday: John Kelly, Gun Loopholes, & Voting Machines

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Samantha reveals what many of us already knew about John KKKelly. Basically, he isn’t the fair-minded “adult in the room” that he pretended to be when he first landed on the scene!

Sam also discusses the “Boyfriend Loophole,” which is one of those interesting gun laws that few people are aware of, but read about the end results of same on a regular basis. Don’t miss the special “ThunderCub” patch she awards to Ames Mayfield, a kid who was kicked out of his Scout troop for standing up to a senator who was backing down on gun legislation.

Finally, she sits down with a dreamy-looking nerd who explains how voting machines, like anything else hooked up to the internet, are susceptible to being hacked.

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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Bombs In Boston…

As I type this, the “breaking news” is splashing across the television screen…two bombs have exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Footage shows athletes running and then you see smoke billowing from the left side of the screen and some of the runners collapse. From the camera’s perspective, you see the smoke from the second explosion a little ways down the street from the first, on the same side of the street. Two people were confirmed dead at that time, and bits and pieces of the reports of the blasts were beginning to scroll across the bottom of the screen. Some mentioned a fire at the JFK Library, which is located a few miles away from where the bombs were detonated. A witness said that he “saw a garbage can explode.” Also, some reports were stating that officials weren’t certain if these were “acts of domestic or foreign terrorism.” To me, it has all of the earmarks of a domestic attack – the supremacist fuck in Spokane, Washington, was going to set off a bomb at a parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a couple of years ago – this attack is too similar to the other which, fortunately, was caught in time. The sick bastard had loaded a backpack with ball-bearings and other metallic objects in order to do a lot of damage to innocent people, just like what happened today. Crazy, crazy shit…so much seems to be going on when it comes to these mindless, violent acts which are occurring on a daily basis as of late.

Some dude shot himself at an NRA-sponsored NASCAR racing event – how fitting! I just SMDH at that…it’s fucking karma from my viewpoint.

A number of white children have killed – or been killed – by senseless, preventable incidents involving morons with guns, but nobody is screeching about “white-on-white” violence and holding all whites responsible for every mass shooting, meth-lab explosion, DUII incident, or act of paedophilia or bestiality…again, it all boils down to karma. Shit like this happens all the time, and it has been happening in this country (and many others) for centuries – blaming non-white people for those acts is ridiculous, especially in those countries which are exclusively white – yes, they exist, and they aren’t violence-free utopias! People seriously need to get over themselves. Man is a violent beast and we do vicious things to each other, then pathetically attempt to justify those sick, reprehensible acts. We aren’t civil, yet pretend to be so! Ye gawds…

Now it seems that “a man of Arabian descent,” who was seen “running from the scene of the bombing with burns,” is being questioned in hospital. Interesting, but not surprising, that he was targeted for questioning. It’s exactly what happens to Black people when we go to any store with white proprietors: we are stalked, harassed, and questioned as if we’re born criminals, while whites with sticky fingers walk free. Shades of Oklahoma City, no? Disgusting racial profiling…Timothy McVeigh wasn’t automatically questioned outright! It will be interesting to see who claims responsibility for this, if anyone. * SIGH *

I’m waiting for the reports to be shown on the international news-sites that I read – the local and national ‘rags’ are just too predictable, anymore…

One final interesting note; today is a state holiday in Massachusetts: it is Patriots Day, celebrating and commemorating the first battles of the AmeriKKKan Revolution in 1775. I smell Teabaggers and the stench of so-called ‘patriotism,’ combined with the thinly-veiled racism of those who foment sedition and secession via sub rosa rhetoric and propaganda.

Let’s see what develops…

It’s Not Going to Stop, Is It?

Wow…just – wow…I’m speechless, but again – not surprised. I plug in the news this morning, and this gawdawful story smacks me in the face. Some freak in Alabama boards a school bus, takes a 6-year-old boy hostage, then kills the bus driver who tries to rescue the boy. The child is also medically fragile and requires daily medication to manage his condition – this is not good. The thing more disturbing than the incident itself, however, are the comments. We can assume that the perpetrator is white because of the nature of the crime, and that is evidenced in the comments minimizing the actions of the perp – I listed a few below and marked some points in bold, just for the hell of it:

Amber18922 hours ago

He is just crazy.. I am from Ozark/Midland City area and this man has many mental problems… The shooter called the police after he shot the bus driver and told them where he could be found in his bunker. He is communicating with the police thru a PVC pipe he made sticking out of the shelter.

HS99an hour ago

He is a veteran. He owns guns, just like many of us down here in the South. He is just a sick, sick man. But guns arent the problem. PEOPLE are the problem. We need more regulations on WHO is capable of owning a gun. I have a gun, but you don’t see me acting crazy and shooting innocent kids or anyone of that matter. Its just a sad situation. Keep Ethan in your prayers, and also the heroic efforts of Mr. Pollard who saved more kids by being a HERO.

Anthony ryanan hour ago

It’s being perpetuated because we’ve done our homework:

To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. -George Mason

That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms… -Samuel Adams

A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. -George Washington

I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. -George Mason

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms -James Madison

What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. — Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith

I could go on with these accounts for days…

The ironic thing about the quotes in the last comment is that they were made by white slaveowners who had instigated war with the indigenous tribes of this country. Obviously, the only “rights” they gave a shit about were their own – the mentality of the gun fetishists is the same. Racist white fucktards with a superiority complex based solely on the color of their skin demand that they be allowed the “right to keep and bear arms,” while demanding in the same breath that Black people give up their guns to “buy-back programs” because of the “violent culture of hip-hop that glorifies guns and has 14-year-old kids packing Glocks”. Bob Costas completely lost it when he uttered those words on The Daily Show the other night; he made a couple of valid points before he jumped right onto the racist, “blame Blacks” bandwagon. Listen to the interview and see what you think; the link is above.

See, blaming some supposed “hip-hop culture” as the sole reason and cause for the gun violence in this country is fucking moronic, to put it bluntly. The area of the country that I live in is not filled with Black people listening to “gangsta rap” or “hip-hop”, it is filled with whites who listen to country music and drive trucks with big tires. There are the odd pockets of white hipsters who drive mopeds, recumbent bikes, and skateboards, but they listen to country music or “hatecore” nazi metal – nothing that they feel is directly “Black-influenced”, by any means! Don’t let the name of the Waterfront Blues Festival fool you, either…it’s whitewashed blues at a whites-only venue in a whites-only city! No, the gun culture is directly related to how this country was founded, and the desperate need for whites to “take their country back” from a president who doesn’t have paper-white skin. That’s an obvious fact, and denying it essentially cuts out a huge part of the debate about guns. The footage you see of the lily-white crowds at gun shows is no accident; that is exactly how they are populated. Another whites-only venue intended to keep non-whites, especially Blacks, outside and excluded. My personal thought on this is that we need more powerful, strong political leaders. We need our own gun-rights organization – the NRA is not for us, it’s for neo-nazis and the other racist, paranoid whites with ‘Final Solution’ ideologies. Case in point – following are the links to two news stories; one in Utah, one in Oregon. Read the articles and the comments following them. The disparity in the reactions and responses to the gun-toting men are obvious and speak volumes about how divided this country is, in many ways.

Portland man arrested for an Uzi in a barber shop

Utah man shops at JC Penney with an AR-15

Speaking of this, here’s an update about the early-morning murder of a so-called “prowler” in a Vancouver neighbourhood. I’m not surprised to see that the murderer and the victim are both white, nor am I surprised to see the tone of the comments following the article. If the victim had been Black, you can bet that people would be screaming that he “deserved what he got” for “being in the wrong neighbourhood”! The first comment says it all (and Furuno USA seriously needs to fire that racist cunt of a bookkeeper they have working for them – but that won’t happen!):

Yvonne Brown McKim · Top Commenter · Full Charge Bookkeeper at Furuno USA

You have the right to protect your life, property & family.  If this person was prowling outside & the homeowner went out to get him to leave and became threatened physically  – he was within his rights to shot.  BTW-don’t prowl where you shouldn’t be (i.e. on others property) and you won’t have to worry about getting shot!  ALSO – still no proof that Treavon was an innocent victim!
Talk about “playing the race card”…whites do this ALL THE FUCKING TIME!!!

…and, this just in from Arizona – isn’t it nice to know that, in some states, your co-worker could be carrying a CCW and decide to drop you in the lobby simply because they “didn’t like the way you looked at them”? Yeah…how comforting.

Gun Appreciation Day? REALLY?!?

So today has been named ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ by some guy named Larry Ward, and has (unsurprisingly) been sanctioned by various white supremacist groups, including the A3P, American Third Position. It appears that the ‘fear factor’ has been ramped up in the NRA’s propaganda: “The gun-grabbers are a-comin’ fer our GUNS!!!!!” Interesting to note; this is two days before the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday, which also happens to be the date of Barack Obama’s second inaugural ball – Monday, January 21st. These events are not coincidental…it’s frightening, in a way. Here’s an interesting side-note: the state of Virginia honors two Confederate generals on January 21st, in a direct slap to the murdered civil-rights leader; it’s called “Lee-Jackson Day” down in that backwater place.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see the bully of the block, the National Rifle Association, wailing loudly about rough play after getting his nose bloodied for the first time, ever! Due to the “Newtown Massacre”, laws about gun sales are finally being seriously discussed. These discussions don’t sit well with the whites-only, Teabagger-filled, Nazi-influenced cult of the gun-worshipper which the NRA is. I know this because I used to be a member, and I can guarantee you that I would have been treated in a hostile manner if I’d ever attended any of their meetings in person – this is why mail-order memberships are so popular; you have some semblance of anonymity.

Anyway, the knee-jerk reaction of the NRA is not surprising. I find it laughable that they jumped on the bandwagon of blaming violent video games and movies for what happened in Connecticut, Colorado, and Oregon last year. Yeah, whenever I play Skyrim or Ultima, I whip out my Bushmaster Special and those dragons don’t know what hit ’em! I’m surprised that they didn’t trot out the ancient chestnut of “It’s violence in rap and heavy metal lyrics that are instigating the wave of violence!” – yeah, that’s what it is…it’s the music, stupid! Even if they did mention music, they wouldn’t talk about the neo-nazi ‘hatecore’ groups now, would they?

They don’t ask logical, reasonable questions such as “why are young, white men violently murdering people in public places?” or “why do whites feel the need to arm themselves after a Black man was elected president of the U.S.A., yet demand in the same breath that Black people give their guns to ‘buy-back programs’?” No, they blame the lack of a nationwide mental-health registry, but screech to the skies about “personal privacy” and demand that there should NOT be a national (or international) registry of lawful gun owners who happen to own military-grade ‘assault’ rifles. They recite the Second Amendment over and over, conveniently overlooking the fact that there was no national military at the time. Residents needed to protect themselves because there was no militia to do so – the “armed militia” being fought at the time was the British Army.

Yes, people are blindingly stupid at times. Gun Appreciation Day Chairman Larry Ward had some interesting comments in defense of his racist, nazi-backed ‘holiday’. I guess he’s to be forgiven for his insanely stupid comments, though; when one is the sort who needs to name a day to appreciate a mere tool, you have to question their mental faculties! I’m a gun owner and, while I like my guns, I’m more appreciative of my skill with them, and the fact that I’m responsible with them.

This brings me to the latest cult-in-the-making, which is supposed to be built in Idaho or Montana (the two whitest states in the northern U.S. and they just happen to abut each other). The new cult is called “The Citadel” and is a planned, walled-off community of roughly 7,000 people crammed onto 3,000 acres in the name of ‘exercising personal freedoms’. Some novel requirements of living in this whites-only utopia include owning an AR-15 assault rifle with five magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. or being able to hit a man-sized target at a distance of 25 yards with standard open-sights. Benefits include not being forced to join an HOA (understandable), recycle, or have your children read ‘filth’ like Fahrenheit 451 or Animal Farm in schools. “Our children will be educated, not indocrinated!” – that quote right there shows that their version of a ‘school’ will turn out children who will make Honey Boo Boo look like a genius! A telling question on the online application is this: “Have you ever been a member of, or associated with, any white supremacist or anti-government organization which advocates sedition or succession? If so, please elaborate.” Yeah – that’s a standard question on any residential application form! The states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming (to name a few) seem to be grand havens for white separatist cults in particular, and racist cults of that sort have exploded everywhere in AmeriKKKa ever since Barack Obama was elected president. They multiplied like rabbits during his first term; they have done so exponentially since the beginning of his second term – again, this is not coincidental.

The mentality behind violent, paranoid, racist whites is being discussed in a number of excellent blogs and online articles – Brotha Wolf listed three in a post on his blog; I listed it here so the three links are easier to find. I’m just shaking my head at all of this nonsense…people are rushing for the Kool-Aid stand in droves, it appears!

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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