Ferguson, Missouri: One Year Later

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It’s been one year since Michael Brown was murdered in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Some pictures of weekend events have been posted below, as people take time to reflect. From the Huffington Post:

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, will be marked with a somber march and a moment of silence.

The march late Sunday morning begins at the site where Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. A grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November, but the shooting touched off a national “Black Lives Matter” movement. After the moment of silence, a service commemorating the anniversary is planned at a Ferguson church. The events are among several this weekend in Ferguson and nearby St. Louis.

Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., led a parade involving several hundred people on Saturday. Brown said his family is still grieving, but he believes his son’s legacy can be seen in the increased awareness of police shootings, and renewed skepticism when officers describe their side of events leading up to those shootings. Some people who marched in the Saturday parade wore T-shirts with likenesses of Brown or messages such as “Please stop killing us” or “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” which became a rallying cry during the sometimes-violent protests that followed the shooting a year ago.

Some carried signs or wore shirts commemorating others who have been killed in confrontations with police. But the focus of the weekend is largely on Brown, who graduated from high school weeks before the shooting and planned to go to trade school to study to become a heating and air conditioning technician.

We all want to be treated decently and with respect. We continue to peacefully call for more to be done in demilitarizing the police force. We still want answers and justice for Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Christian Taylor, and many, many others.

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Sunny Sunday…

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The sun is out now, but it rained overnight – it’s definitely needed!

Just had a few random things on my mind to share on this fine Sunday…a few little things which may or may not be of interest, so here goes!

First off, I know that there has been an official autopsy report in the death of Sandra Bland, who was laid to rest yesterday. I will freely admit that I’m very, very skeptical of it – and I’m not the only one. In light of recent events, it isn’t hard to see why many are skeptical.

The abducted young ladies of Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 468 days now…it’s sad and disheartening. All I can do is hold out hope that they will be freed.

I have an ISTP ‘personality type,’ from what I’ve learned over the years – I think it is what enables me to laugh at myself as loudly as I laugh at anything else that tickles my funny-bone, LOL

Maybe that will give you more insight into who I am…but then again, it probably won’t. This is fine with me, either way!

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Today marks the Procession of the Witches, also called Heksenstoet, in Beselare, Belgium. It’s an interesting local festival, there. From Expatica.com:

“Beselare in West Flanders has been associated with stories about witches for centuries. Its most famous witch is Sefa Bubbles, who according to legend was the witch chief of all the local witches.

You can see her at the local witch festival or Heksenstoet, held on the last Sunday in July, with songs and dances about her, and her children. But she’s certainly not the only important witch in town; in the weeks before the festival, every local household makes its own witch, and enters it in a village competition to win a prize for the best one.

You can see life-sized gnarled old papier mache witches sitting outside every gatepost and every door. The local folklore has it that husbands have been known to sit their unwitting mothers-in-law outside on the judging day of the competition.

Everyone dresses up as a witch for the day. The local people say it never, ever rains for the witch parade. True to form, last Sunday, the day remained gloriously hot and sunny. Sorcery!

Once the Witch horse riders have cleared the road, and the parade gets underway, two marchers carry forward a large sign reading ‘In this village, there is witchcraft!’, and the first of many floats go past (including a vast 17th-century castle which caused hilarity one year by getting stuck on the bunting across the road).”

I’m getting ready to watch a baseball game, so I’ll close with two funny videos and a song…I know that my humour might not be to everyone’s tastes, so feel free to not watch them! You’ve been warned, ROFL

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Random Friday Stuff

I just had a few, random thoughts as we roll into another weekend. Interesting events have occurred but they didn’t miss my radar – I just didn’t mention them as they happened, because I’ve been busy…which is good!

I’m happy to see the Huffington Post take a firm stance on covering Donald Trump’s so-called “presidential campaign.” It took a while, but better late than never! If only other “news” outlets would do the same thing – with the entire election process! At the very least, treat all campaigning this way until corporations aren’t considered ‘people’ any longer.

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James Holmes was found guilty on all counts – so some justice has been handed down, for once. His pathetic excuse of being mentally ill was seen as the horse-hockey excuse it is. He planned his entire course of action, from start to finish. He knew exactly what he was doing…period.

A man in Chattanooga, Tennessee, shot up a couple of military recruiting centers, killing four. People are already claiming that he MUST have ties to ISIL, simply because his given name was Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. I think his senior quote in his yearbook is far more telling about his mindset, IMHO…

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Sandra Bland deserves justice. Her family needs to know what happened to her. Why did she end up dead in a Texas jail cell, after being pulled over for “improper signaling?” Something is foul down that way, and it needs to be exposed immediately.

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The New Horizons spacecraft has flown past the planet Pluto, sending back some fantastic images and pictures, showing it and its moons in closer detail. I have been fascinated by astronomy AND astrology since I was a tot, and absolutely love looking up at the night sky. It’s so hard to see the stars and planets when you live in the city…or, in a place that is overcast more often than not!

That’s it for now, but I’ll be online and off over the weekend…staying close to home is nice.

 

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