Timothy Caughman: Victim of Domestic Terrorism

This is Timothy Caughman, the 66-year-old Black man who was brutally murdered in New York City on 20 March. His killer, James Harris Jackson, is a self-described “white supremacist” who harbored intense hatred for Black people in general, but Black men in particular. He turned himself in to the local authorities in the wee hours of 22 March, after stabbing Mr. Caughman multiple times with a 24-inch, double-edged sword:

On his Twitter page, 66-year-old Timothy Caughman described himself as a “can and bottle recycler” as well as an “autograph collector.” He hoped to visit California one day and expressed his deep love for this country on Election Day by standing in line and taking part in the democratic process. However, Caughman lived in a country where everyone did not love him back. Since the election of Donald Trump as president, the nation has seen a rise in hate crimes and bigotry. On Monday, Caughman became a victim of one of those hate crimes.

On March 17, Army veteran James Harris Jackson, 28, took the Bolt Bus from Baltimore to New York City with an extremely disgusting plan in mind: to kill Black men. Days later, Jackson crossed paths with Caughman as he collected bottles close to the Midtown homeless shelter where he lived. The altercation turned deadly when Jackson pulled out a sword and stabbed Caughman multiple times in the torso.

After the brutal attack, Caughman stumbled into a nearby police precinct with wounds to his back and chest, said Assistant Chief William Aubry, the commander of Manhattan South detectives, as reported by the New York Times. Caughman was then transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

A quiet man who was minding his own business became a victim of domestic terrorism, yet no buildings will dim their lights for him. Only the people who knew and cared about Mr. Caughman will be holding a candlelight vigil, or placing flowers near the place where his life was taken. The standard, ridiculous excuses of “insanity” are already being bandied about by heartless lawyers. They offer up that lame defense as if it were a valid excuse, but there is no defense or excuse for the inbred cretin who murdered Mr. Caughman in a most up-close-and-personal way.

I lit a candle for Mr. Caughman – it’s the least I can do. Doing a little bit, sometimes, is better than doing nothing at all. Many people don’t seem to understand or respect that. It’s a shame.

Funny Sunday Memes: 5 March 2017!

I was inspired to do this post due to some recent conversations with others, both online and IRL. It amuses me when a person says something sarcastic to me, so I respond in kind – and their response is, “Why are you so offended?” I would ask this: Why do you assume that I’m offended when I treat you in the same way that you chose to treat me? If you say something sarcastic, then expect a sarcastic response – right? If you come at me foaming-at-the-mouth mad over nothing, then expect a big “FUCK YOU” in response. That isn’t being offended, that is me ridding myself of your psychotic presence as quickly and efficiently as I know how. If you’re trying to offend me with sarcasm for some reason, then that’s on you. Incidentally, it takes a hell of a lot more than a snarky / barbed / insulting comment to offend me…just sayin’.

On that note, enjoy these funny memes – I have an excellent Monday post in mind, now!

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#NotMyPresident

Re-blogging one of my own posts, since it is just as deserving of more views as the posts of others that I re-blog! Also, I included a link that is worthy of reading…no re-blog option, so this is the next best thing.
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Well, the day has arrived. Here in the states, some groups of people are elated. They give their ‘white-power’ salutes as they goose-step along, waving their confederate flags and nazi banners, screaming “Sieg Heil!” and “Heil Drumpf!” They are tickled pinker than they already are, now that their “chosen one” has been sworn in. I’m surprised that the bible didn’t burst into flames and turn into a heap of ashes when the tiny, baby-like hand of the illegitimate one was placed on it.

My thoughts on this matter haven’t changed one iota. I will give that thing the same respect and honour that he and the Rethuglikkkans gave President Obama. I will treat him the same way that his supporters treated Hillary and the entire Obama family. He will get all of the support from me that he’s earned: ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NONE. It’s going to be a very long four…

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As the World Turns…

So, I was busy last month with the NaNoWriMo challenge – anyone who actually reads my blog knows this, and doesn’t hold my temporary absence from their blogs against me. My writing and the occasional family event, though, didn’t keep me from being aware of goings-on in my country or around the world. Even the insanity of the general election and its continuing aftermath wasn’t, and isn’t, lost on me. I’m fascinated at how emboldened certain people have become since the Drumpf became president-elect! Amazing to me that people have lost the ability to apply critical thought when it comes to doing basic research – that is, if they ever had that ability to begin with. I used to give people the benefit of the doubt regarding intelligence, basic social skills, and etiquette, but that is changing drastically – especially now that an internet troll will be sworn in as POTUS on January 20th. I generally do my best to be respectful when commenting on other people’s blogs, and hoped that the same courtesy would be extended in return. Some out in cyberspace, unfortunately, are incapable of common courtesy and seem to lack basic common sense. I won’t stoop to their level, but neither will I let those types pollute my blog with their mental and verbal diarrhea. I have expressed my feelings in my ‘About’ page, and on the ‘Open Thread / Comment Policy’ section of my blog, so it isn’t a mystery how I feel about trolls, catfishers, and phonies in general.

With that out of the way, onto the goings-on in the real world! First off, in my tiny corner of the world, it’s freaking COLD today. There is a fur of frost covering the grass and roof-tops, the friendly doe is bedded-down in the back yard, and a squirrel is having at the seeds in the bird-feeder outside of my window. Funny to watch his acrobatics – I call him “Half-Tail” because his tail is a bit shorter than it should be! He escaped from a cat, a dog, or some other predator back when he was a kit, I’d say.

There was a mistrial in the murder trial of that racist cop down in South Carolina, the scumbag who shot Walter Scott in the back multiple times, and then attempted to plant evidence near his dead body. This is one reason why I have no faith in the intellectual capabilities of my fellow humanoids. If you’re threatened by someone running away from you, then you have serious mental issues and shouldn’t be in possession of anything sharper than a Nerf ball. 11 of the 12 people on that jury panel didn’t want to be late for their Klan rally, or needed to get to the speech that Richard Spencer is giving today. White sheets freshly starched and ironed, I’m guessing!

In Charleston, West Virginia, a 62-year-old man shot 15-year-old James Means in the stomach, twice, after supposedly being ‘mocked’ by James and two of his young friends. William R. Pulliam is another George Zimmerman who chose to escalate something minor so that he could use his gun on another human being and feel like a ‘big man’ or something. Pulliam is another guy who shouldn’t have owned a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction.

Just like that scumbag in Louisiana, who escalated a road-rage incident and murdered 28-year-old Joe McKnight last Thursday. Ronald Gasser is another guy who shouldn’t have been able to own a gun, given the fact that he was involved in another road-rage incident AT THAT VERY SAME INTERSECTION a decade ago. He shot Joe McKnight, and wasn’t even arrested that day – he was held momentarily, and then released. Only yesterday was he FINALLY arrested on manslaughter charges, but we all know how that will play out. I guess the local authorities have to pretend that they’re actually doing their jobs.

People with fragile egos are falling out of the woodwork lately, causing scenes in stores, coffee-shops, and on airplanes for no reason that any normal person can see. This is what happens when people have no clue of what it’s really like to be genuinely discriminated against, harassed, threatened, or marginalized. Imagine the horror of – *GASP* – being asked if you want to buy a re-usable shopping bag! ERMEHGERD!!! Are you fucking KIDDING ME?!? THAT is what some woman went on a 45-minute tirade about, apparently! Some ‘special snowflake’ got her Tenas in a twist and decided to freak out, have a shit-fit, and call the store employee an “animal,” among other things. That’s just so beyond FUBAR I can’t even wrap my mind around it. The freak-show has begun, folks…myself and a few other bloggers have already been getting pushed at by people with nazi sympathies, with those feeble-minded asshats claiming that we are ‘promoting racism’ with posts that we’ve re-blogged. Pretty pathetic, if you ask me!

WTF Friday…

I’ve been trying to think of something good for the past few days. Something fun, funny, and light-hearted. Something to shed a tiny, positive light on the travesty that occurred earlier this week…but it’s damned difficult! My thoughts have been in a whirl. I’m a realist and a cynic – I have been since junior high school. Words are failing me, because there just aren’t enough to describe the depths of my anger. There aren’t enough words to describe how loathsome, foul, disgusting and sick the supporters of the Drumpf are. On that note, I can say this with complete honesty:

Hate won. There’s no way around it. Hate won. The things that are happening to kids in school, and people at workplaces, tell the tale. Fucking racist bullies are saying and doing unspeakable things to their fellow classmates. Racist sacks of shit are going out of their way to harass, harangue, and harry their coworkers. We get it. Hate won, and you racist, fucked-in-the-head freaks are happy. Oh, and quit being all butt-hurt over being called what you are, you inbred, white-trash, cross-burning, murdering sacks of shit. I find it hilarious that there are some people out there who get all upset over being called, or thought of as being racist – but they are unconcerned about the existence of racism itself. Being called a racist makes them madder than the existence of racism itself. Go figure that one out.

Yes, hate won the day. This country can go back to the “glory days” of the 1940s and 1950s…what a grand notion, eh? People with some twisted sense of nostalgia are delighted. The bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be removed by the Drumpf – I’m betting that a bust of Stalin, Lenin, or Hitler will soon grace the Oval Office; perhaps all three will be present, with the confederate flag as a backdrop. The White House might even get the ‘gold finish’ treatment that the soon-to-be narcissist-in-chief will be demanding.

In the midst of this, though, there are still a few things that I can be glad for:

1. I didn’t vote for the Drumpf, so I’m not part of the problem. Blame the RethugliKKKans and the Tea-Baggers, the party who welcomed him and his sick, hate-filled ideologies with open arms. Put the blame where it belongs: on the psychotic whites who couldn’t stand the fact that a Black man is in the White House. Hell, they can’t stand the fact that Black people walk around free – but that will change. Get ready for nationwide “Stop & Frisk” laws…

2. I don’t work in an office – I work from home. I’m glad that I didn’t have to look with shock and disgust at my fellow co-workers, as many of you did on Wednesday morning. I’m glad that I don’t have to listen to political bullshit being spewed at the water-cooler or the break-room. Thank the gods and goddesses for small favours.

3. My son’s place of employment is more relaxed and casual than most, so he is safer than most other people are. My niece and nephews, though, are still in school. Since ice-skating is now possible in hell, I believe that I’m going to open a Facebook account, for the sole purpose of family support. I’ll be able to help them with bullies if I know exactly what happens at their school.

4. I live in one of the saner states in the union; the beautiful state of Washington – the Evergreen State. “West Coast = Best Coast.” I’ve been proud to see people demonstrating in Seattle, Portland, OR; Tempe, and Oakland. If I still lived in Vancouver or Seattle, you can bet that I’d be out with the others waving a sign and wielding a bullhorn. I haven’t been at a demonstration since WTO. Who knows? I just might attend a few more during the next four years.

5. It’s Friday. Happy Friday to my friends and acquaintances in the blog-o-sphere. We’ll get through this shit-storm together, I hope. It’s also Veterans Day, so I honour those who served – especially my father, my deceased uncle, my brother, my brother-in-law, and every member of my family that I don’t even know about yet. I come from a line of warriors and fighters who have bled and died for this country. What happened this week is an insult to them, their service, and their memory. I honour them more than ever, today.

Enjoy these three songs. I’m going to do some gaming for a bit – time to take out some aggression in a harmless way in my virtual world. No matter what, I’m always going to “Keep it 100%” – take that any way you wish.

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Russian photographer, surprised by racism in Brazil, decides to capture the beauty of black Brazilian women

If only more photographers would do this! It would be much easier for me to find one who knows how to work with proper lighting…
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Well it seems that Brazil’s ‘dirty little secret’ is becoming known by more and more citizens of other countries. And by ‘dirty little secret’, I speak here of how the nation treats and thinks of its black population and this population’s invisibility in so many areas of Brazilian life. Of course, this is not only the doing of a little blog like BW of Brazil, but also due to the entrance of many foreigners residing in the country for whatever reason. In the past, we’ve covered the experiences of African immigrants, Haitian immigrants, as well a few black foreigners from Europe or the United States. And while the experiences are not always exactly the same, each revelation informs us of the myriad of manners in which Brazilian racism re-produces itself. Below,  a Russian photographer shares her experiences as well as uses…

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Are white terrorists not terrorists?

This post is pertinent…excellent question.
Something to think about.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

Why Isn’t There Wall-to-Wall Coverage of The Kansas Crusaders?

17 October 2016

Thom compares the media coverage of the arrest of three men in Kansas who were plotting to harm immigrants with coverage of previous events perpetrated by Muslims. Is the difference in coverage a reflection of the media’s views on race?

By Chauncey DeVega of Salon in the USA:

The Right Wing

White Privilege Wages Jihad: Kansas ‘Militia Members’ Aren’t Considered ‘Terrorists’ Because They’re Not Muslim

The three white men planned to unleash a killing spree and to bomb a house of worship—what should we call them?

October 19, 2016

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it had arrested three white men, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein, who as part of a militia group called the Crusaders planned to bomb a housing complex and mosque

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3 Saturday Songs…

Just some songs for Saturday…these are where my thoughts turn when I hear some ignorant asshole saying “take my country back” and “make America great again” – these and other travesties are what they seem to desire.

Meanwhile, I’m going to catch up on reading some blogs…and, I was just nominated for another award! I’ll be busy for a few hours – see you all later!

“Next time, be born white! You have a complex because of being born mulata with hard hair!” Woman is verbally assaulted on Rio beach by middle-aged white woman, a Hitler supporter

Ignorance, bigotry, and mindless hatred towards people of color still abound in the Americas, Europe, and beyond – it’s shameful.
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: More from the land of “we Brazilians aren’t racists!” Today’s latest example of unbridled, in your face racism is not at all shocking to me as I have always been on the side of the fence that says both subtle and blatant racism have ALWAYS existed in Brazil! Today’s case, once again, reveals so much about race relations in Brazil, much of which has been covered in numerous previous posts. Before we get into the analysis, let me first share with you the latest racial incident from the ‘racial paradise’.

“Next time, be born white! You have a complex because of being born mulata with hard hair!” Woman is verbally assaulted on Rio beach by middle-aged white woman, a Hitler supporter who didn’t agree with her presence

Courtesy of Metropoles, Pensador Anônimo, O Dia and R7

It was supposed to be a Sunday of…

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41 Days To Go…

The first debate is in the books…and, to my knowledge, there are two more to come in these final 41 days of this election fever for the next POTUS. Me, I look for the humorous side to it all – because laughter is the best medicine! Enjoy this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – he has an excellent take on all this, as well!

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Jordan Klepper Talks To Trump Supporters

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Donald Trump’s Post-Debate Spin

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