Mid-Week Memoriam: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today marks the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a rabid racist at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a year to the day that he gave a speech that is lesser-known, but infinitely more powerful than, the often-mentioned but woefully mis-quoted “I Have a Dream” speech. The “Beyond Vietnam” speech, given at Riverside Church on 4 April 1967, caused his relationship with the Johnson administration to deteriorate:

King had been a solid supporter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society, but he became increasingly concerned about U.S. involvement in Vietnam and, as his concerns became more public, his relationship with the Johnson administration deteriorated. King came to view U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia as little more than imperialism. Additionally, he believed that the Vietnam War diverted money and attention from domestic programs created to aid the black poor. Furthermore, he said, ‘the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home…We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.’” King maintained his antiwar stance and supported peace movements until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, one year to the day after delivering his Beyond Vietnam speech.”

That deterioration is prime evidence of the way white people expect Black people to toe the line of “respectability politics” by “taking the high road” while demanding that we “know our place.” If we dare speak out about our personal experiences in an open, honest fashion, whites close their ears, turn their backs, and accuse us of being “unreasonable” and “racially charged” – the same accusations which were levied against Dr. King during even the most peaceful marches he organized.

Dr. King was instrumental in advancing the cause for equality, even in the face of segregation, Jim Crow laws, and personal attacks on both himself and his family. He accomplished much in just under 13 years:

Some of Dr. King’s most important achievements include:

~ In 1955, he was recruited to serve as spokesman for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a campaign by the African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama to force integration of the city’s bus lines. After 381 days of nearly universal participation by citizens of the black community, many of whom had to walk miles to work each day as a result, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in transportation was unconstitutional.

~ In 1957, Dr. King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization designed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. He would serve as head of the SCLC until his assassination in 1968, a period during which he would emerge as the most important social leader of the modern American civil rights movement.

~ In 1963, he led a coalition of numerous civil rights groups in a nonviolent campaign aimed at Birmingham, Alabama, which at the time was described as the “most segregated city in America.” The subsequent brutality of the city’s police, illustrated most vividly by television images of young blacks being assaulted by dogs and water hoses, led to a national outrage resulting in a push for unprecedented civil rights legislation. It was during this campaign that Dr. King drafted the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the manifesto of Dr. King’s philosophy and tactics, which is today required-reading in universities worldwide.

~ Later in 1963, Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the March for Jobs and Freedom, more commonly known as the “March on Washington,” which drew over a quarter-million people to the national mall. It was at this march that Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which cemented his status as a social change leader and helped inspire the nation to act on civil rights. Dr. King was later named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.”

~ In 1964, at 35 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech in Oslo is thought by many to be among the most powerful remarks ever delivered at the event, climaxing at one point with the oft-quoted phrase “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

~ Also in 1964, partly due to the March on Washington, Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, essentially eliminating legalized racial segregation in the United States. The legislation made it illegal to discriminate against blacks or other minorities in hiring, public accommodations, education or transportation, areas which at the time were still very segregated in many places.

~ The next year, 1965, Congress went on to pass the Voting Rights Act, which was an equally-important set of laws that eliminated the remaining barriers to voting for African-Americans, who in some locales had been almost completely disenfranchised. This legislation resulted directly from the Selma to Montgomery, AL March for Voting Rights lead by Dr. King.

~ Between 1965 and 1968, Dr. King shifted his focus toward economic justice – which he highlighted by leading several campaigns in Chicago, Illinois – and international peace – which he championed by speaking out strongly against the Vietnam War. His work in these years culminated in the “Poor Peoples Campaign,” which was a broad effort to assemble a multiracial coalition of impoverished Americans who would advocate for economic change.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s less than thirteen years of nonviolent leadership ended abruptly and tragically on April 4th, 1968, when he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King’s body was returned to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where his funeral ceremony was attended by high-level leaders of all races and political stripes.”

It’s a shame that the political landscape has returned to those days. The Voting Rights Act has been virtually stripped by the same people who most likely cheered and celebrated Dr. King’s assassination. People tell themselves the lie that racism is over, simply because the U.S. had a Black president, and use that as an excuse to denigrate the Civil Rights Act and claim that discrimination simply doesn’t happen to non-white people anymore.

That is a load of rubbish that raises huge red flags to me whenever I see or hear it claimed anywhere, by anyone. I look at his words and actions as a whole and in context. Cherry-picking two quotes from one speech, as many are prone to do, is limiting and insulting. It is the modus operandi of the covert racist, a group that has come out of the woodwork and become blatantly overt over the past couple of years. They have been emboldened and empowered as of late, and their senseless, baseless white grievances encourage them to escalate and blast their coded and thinly-veiled racist gaslighting everywhere they go.

Tribute Post: Bianca Roberson

I wish that I didn’t have to do these types of posts. It saddens me greatly to see this useless hatred, which explodes in violence and takes innocent lives. Another promising future snuffed out at the hands of a hate-filled, inbred, racist piece of filth. For what? Some imagined slight from a young girl in a car?

I’m speaking, of course, about the senseless, brutal murder of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson, who was shot and killed in an incident of “road rage” on (date). From the BBC:

A 28-year-old man has turned himself in to police investigating a suspected road rage attack on a teenager shot dead in Pennsylvania last week. David Andrew Desper surrendered to authorities on Sunday, accompanied by a lawyer, and was charged with first-degree murder.

Bianca Roberson, 18, sustained a fatal gunshot to the head in the attack.

The suspect is also charged with third-degree murder, possessing an instrument of crime and and reckless endangering. Gunfire rang out last Wednesday during evening rush hour as Mr Desper’s red Chevrolet truck attempted to merge on to a lane in Chester County at the same time as Ms Roberson’s car, say officials.

Yes, the white-trash cretin finally turned himself in for the deed, but not out of any sense of responsibility or morality. He only did it so that he can get a lighter sentence by appearing contrite – and he’ll only get a slap on the wrist for this reprehensible deed, if he gets any punishment at all.

My heart hurt too much to post about this immediately. I’m tired of seeing these incidents. I’m tired of mourning the senseless loss of another young life who had hopes, dreams, and goals. Losing another who would have done so much good for her family and community. Murdered by a racist fuck who only saw the colour of her skin…and promptly saw red.



Tragic, Senseless Losses…

I was planning to post my “Five for Friday” fun facts, but decided to put it off until next week. Two tragic, senseless events occurred this week, but there has been little reported about them. Most outlets, everywhere I look, are fawning over the Drumpf and how “presidential” he’s suddenly become because he knows how to launch missiles and drop bombs. That is supposed to be the last resort, when all other things have failed – but this jackass is determined to do anything to distract from the scandals and valid questions surrounding his administration, and it appears to be working.

The two events I’m referring to are, first, the shooting in San Bernardino. Karen Smith, a teacher, was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Monday, 10 April. One of her students, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, also died after being caught in the crossfire; another student, aged nine, was wounded. Karen hadn’t been married to her husband very long, and it was apparently troubled. She was staying at the homes of relatives in order to hide from him, yet he showed up at her place of employment – a school – and took her life, then his own. From NBC News:

Out of fear of her estranged husband, Karen Smith began staying at the homes of relatives in order to hide from him, family sources told NBC 4 Los Angeles. Adam Smith said her death came as a surprise, and that his mother and her husband had problems but he never imagined Anderson was capable of this.

The four adult children declined to discuss Karen Smith’s relationship with Anderson further, but they opened up about their mother’s love for her work. Karen Smith, a grandmother of three, home-schooled her children for eight years before she pursued her career as a special education teacher. As both mother and educator, she formed a tight-knit bond with her children.

“Personally, she was my rock, my best friend and my world,” Jennifer Smith, Karen Smith’s daughter, said. Jennifer Smith, who became a teacher like her mother, said Karen Smith’s impact last long after her students left her classroom. “Oftentimes former students would contact her and thank her for helping them graduate from high school,” Jennifer said. “Children were the light of her world and their success was hers.”

Adam Smith agreed, saying that during his mother’s 10-year career, she enjoyed seeing her students succeed and excel in their work. After their mother’s death on Monday, Karen Smith’s children were still reeling from the loss. “She didn’t deserve to die like this,” Adam Smith said, his voice catching.”

The sickness and evil of people like Cedric Anderson cannot be overstated enough. Psychos and sociopaths, for whatever reason, become obsessed with the person they feel has “wronged” them. Their desperate attention-seeking becomes more and more dangerous, to the point of stalking, baiting, bullying, and other types of harassment. They can’t accept it when another doesn’t want them in their lives, and take the rejection so personally that they blame the other person instead of looking at themselves to see where the issue lies. Everything is the fault of someone else, in their twisted, broken little minds.

The loss of a caring, loving teacher is such a shame, as is the death of a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him. Two lives tragically cut short, because some damaged-beyond-repair cretin couldn’t handle the fact that his marriage was over, and his actions were the cause of it. Domestic violence affects many, and the most dangerous time for a person escaping an abusive relationship is when they’ve physically left it; this shooting shows that fact in a glaring light.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam: 14 March 1952 – 12 April 2017

The second event is the mysterious death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman, and the first Muslim, to serve on New York’s highest court. Her fully-clothed body was pulled out of the Hudson River on Wednesday, 12 April, a day after she was reported missing. No cause of death has been announced, and the results of an autopsy conducted yesterday were inconclusive, but her death is being treated as a suicide – and that irks me to no end. From Al-Jazeera:

Tributes were paid on Thursday to Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court. Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the Hudson River on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. The 65-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. No cause of death has been announced.

There were no signs a crime had been committed in her death, a police spokesman said on Thursday. Law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity told US media that investigators were treating the death as a suicide. One of the officials said both the judge’s mother and brother had died in recent years around Easter, the brother by suicide.

Results of an autopsy conducted on Thursday were inconclusive. “The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following today’s examination,” Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner, said in a statement. Abdus-Salaam was widely reported to have been the country’s first female Muslim judge. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed Abdus-Salaam as “a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all”.

“As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer,” Cuomo said. “Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said her colleague will be “missed deeply”. “Her personal warmth, uncompromising sense of fairness and bright legal mind were an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her,” DiFiore said. Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said her example and work on civil rights issues were inspiring to women, Muslims, and African Americans. “Her story was a story of success, empowerment and inspiration,” he said.

The president of the New York State Bar Association, Claire P Gutekunst, noted Abdus-Salaam grew up poor in a family of seven children in Washington, DC, and “rose to become one of the seven judges in New York’s highest court, where her intellect, judicial temperament and wisdom earned her wide respect”.

Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She became a public defender in Brooklyn after law school, the New York Times said, representing people who could not afford lawyers. She went on to serve as a lawyer for New York state government and city’s office of labour services. In one of her first cases, she won an anti-discrimination suit for more than 30 female New York City bus drivers who had been denied promotions.”

Is it possible that she committed suicide? Sure. Do I believe that it was a suicide? Not really. It’s difficult for me to believe that, especially in light of this recent assault on another Muslim woman, which happened on Monday in Milwaukee. From the Huffington Post:

Police are investigating the vicious assault Monday of a Muslim woman in Milwaukee in what the local community is calling a hate crime. The 58-year-old woman, who does not want to be identified, told Fox6Now a man armed with a knife attacked her while she was walking home from her mosque early Monday. She said a car pulled up alongside her and he hopped out, demanding that she remove her hijab. “I tried to fight him,” she told the local news channel. “‘Don’t take my hijab,’ you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal.”

“Before he hurt me, I said ‘today I gonna die,” she recounted to WISN. “I gonna die.’” The council of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, where the woman attends mosque, described the assault in a letter to its members this week: He then grabbed her head and removed her hijab and began to attack her. She is a petite woman in her late 50s. She tried to resist. Her nose began to bleed from the hits she suffered. Besides punching and kicking our sister in the head and back while she was on the ground, he also had a knife. The jacket she was wearing has a long vertical cut in the back and also a cut on the arm of the jacket. Our sister suffered a cut on her arm that, alhamdulillah [praise God], was not serious. As expected, she was terrified. The attacker did not ask for money nor did he take her phone. The attacker then returned to his car and sped off.

The woman managed to walk home, where she then suffered a seizure, her lawyer, Munjed Ahmad, told The Huffington Post. Ahmad said the woman is epileptic and the attack likely induced the seizure. A friend later arrived at the woman’s home and called 911. She was transported to a local hospital where she was sedated and released the following day. Ahmad told HuffPost the woman suffered a bloody nose, a laceration on her arm, a bloodied face, a black eye, and bruising on her face. Her hijab and a copy of the Quran she was carrying were both bloodied during the attack.”

This is just one of many hate-driven assaults perpetrated upon Muslim people. The ignorant, racist hate-mongers out there think that anyone wearing a head-covering, such as the turbans worn by Sikhs, are Muslim. A Sikh gentleman was shot in his own driveway here in Washington state, in the city of Kent, back at the beginning of March. Attacks such as these are just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately. Denying the amount of vitriol and hate that has surfaced since the selection of the Drumpf is being blindly, willfully ignorant – and in some ways, being so is the worst crime of all. Unfortunately, Sheila Abdus-Salaam might not get the due justice deserved, even though she did much good for a lot of people. It’s entirely possible that her religion and her career made her a target for multiple reasons, and a crime of opportunity can look like a suicide if it isn’t investigated thoroughly. The fact that her death has barely made a ripple on the news or across the interwebs shows how little people care about the death of Black people in general, and Black women in particular…and that’s a shame.

Good Night, Sweet Prince…

Prince Rogers Nelson: 7 June 1958 – 21 April 2016

Ah, me…an icon from my high-school days passed away. The artist known as Prince was found dead in an elevator in his Minnesota home, Paisley Park. From ABC News:

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park.” The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator late Thursday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn’t revive him.

No details about what may have caused his death have been released. Prince postponed a concert in Atlanta on April 7, saying he had fallen ill with the flu, and he apologized to fans during a makeup concert last week.

President Barack Obama, for whom Prince was a White House guest last year, said he and his wife “joined millions of fans from around the world” in mourning Prince’s sudden death.

“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” Obama said in a statement. ” ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”

The dazzlingly talented and charismatic singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist drew upon musicians ranging from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, creating a gender- and genre-defying blend of rock, funk and soul.

He broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.” The title song from “1999,” his funky and flippant anthem about an oncoming nuclear holocaust, includes one of the most quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”

Another name to add to the list of artist I won’t get to see live and in concert…what a shame. He only stood 5′ 2″ – but was a giant on the stage. When he picked up that guitar, it became just as much a part of his body as his own limbs, and he made it talk. I would list him as one of the guitar greats, right up there with Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, and many, noted others. I can’t really say anything else except through his music…enjoy.

R.I.P., Bobbi Kristina…

Bobbi Kristina Brown: 4 March 1993 – 26 July 2015

It’s a shame…I knew that it was an eventuality, but my heart still goes out to this young girl. Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer and actress Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, passed away yesterday at the age of 22 after being in a comatose state. From the Huffington Post:

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday, according to Entertainment Tonight. She was 22 years old.

Brown was hospitalized on Jan. 31 after she was found unresponsive by her boyfriend Nick Gordon and her friend, Max Lomas, in a bathtub at the couple’s home in Roswell, Georgia.

Multiple outlets reported that Brown had been placed in a medically induced coma and was breathing with the help of a ventilator. Brown was then transported to Emory University Hospital’s neurological department in Atlanta on Feb. 5, before being transferred again in March to Dekalb Medical’s rehab facility in Atlanta.

Things were looking more hopeful for the family in April, when a lawyer for Brown’s father told the press in a statement that the 22-year-old had “opened her eyes,” and went on to say “there has been improvement” in her condition.

However, on June 24, Brown’s aunt Pat Houston announced that Brown’s “condition has continued to deteriorate” and Brown was moved to hospice care. Additionally, the statement went on to say that the Houston family thanks “everyone for their support and prayers. [Bobbi Kristina] is in God’s hands now.”

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances that led the then-21-year-old to become unresponsive.

Brown was the only child of Houston, who died on Feb. 11, 2012, and one of singer Bobby Brown’s six children.”

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Poor Bobbi…it seems that her own days were numbered when her mother died of an overdose on 11 February 2012. Her father apparently couldn’t spare time for her, before or after her mother’s death. Sad to grow up in a seemingly privileged home – yet having to witness, and live with, the dysfunctions of drug abuse and physical violence. I never watched the reality show about her father; it saddened me when Whitney was obviously involved with drugs, yet denied it to the world when questioned about it. One can’t get help if they deny that they have a problem. Whatever issues Bobbi Kristina was dealing with, it seems that she ignored and avoided them…to her detriment, unfortunately. I don’t know much about her own husband, so I can’t say anything good or bad about him; he’s an unknown entity, to me. If there is suspicion around her death, then it should be investigated. It is definitely a tragic story…a promising young life cut short – why? There might never be an answer to that question…

Longform: The Hunting of Billie Holiday

This is powerful…it brought tears to my eyes.

Michael Brown’s Murder: 10 Days Later

It’s been 10 days since 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood. On Saturday, 9 August, he was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson just after noon and left in the street for hours afterwards. Justifiable anger has grown with each passing day, especially since the name of the officer wasn’t released until Friday, 15 August. On top of that, the racist police chief of Ferguson decided to release a surveillance video from a convenience store the day the officer’s name was made public, which allegedly shows Mike Brown shove an employee of that store before walking out. The release of the video was a pathetic and obvious attempt to distract people from the fact that a cop shot an unarmed youth for no reason. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been a visible presence since Monday, 11 August, after being brought in by local authorities to be “the face” of law enforcement – at the same time, any good he has tried to do has been undermined by the same local authorities who called for his aid in the first place.
An independent autopsy, which was requested by Mike Brown’s parents, shows that he was shot six times – the four body shots could have been survivable, but the two shots to his head were the fatal ones. From Al-Jazeera:

“An autopsy conducted on behalf of Brown’s family showed he was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. The path of one bullet indicates he may have been lowering his head in surrender when the fatal shot hit, according to Brown family attorney Daryl Parks.

Parks told a news conference one bullet hit Brown in the very top of his head and another shattered his right eye.

“His head was in a downward position,” Parks said. “Given those kind of facts, this officer should have been arrested.”

There were no signs of struggle with the officer and no gunshot residue on the body.”

Protests during the day have been peaceful, yet escalate into chaos after dark – more so after curfews were enacted and SWAT team storm-troopers began their patrols. Citizens and journalists have been tear-gassed and sprayed with rubber bullets. Supposed “criminal elements” in the crowds are being blamed for the after-dark violence. The curfew was lifted yesterday and the Missouri National Guard has been deployed. Approximately ten members of Amnesty International are now in Ferguson, as are 40 or so FBI agents. The investigation continues, even though the identity of the murderer is known. The killer cop is on “paid administrative leave,” meaning that he sits on his arse at home and draws a paycheck – meanwhile, the KKK is collecting ‘bounty money’ to reward him further…how sickening.

The amount of news coverage varies by source: The Huffington Post and Al-Jazeera have been fairly detailed from the beginning. International sites such as BBC News and Oslo-based NRK actually have reporters in Ferguson, while Tokyo-based NHK had one tiny blurb on their site – you can read it here.

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This makes the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown so powerful. It’s sad that some people have taken it to another level. pic.twitter.com/oZnLDRRDhN — Sammie. ™ (@LordSWVP) August 11, 2014

As expected, some people are blaming the victim for his death – this happens time and time again when the murder victim has brown skin. It happened with Trayvon Martin. It happened with Eric Garner. It happened with Oscar Grant. It happens all. The. Fucking. TIME. Justice won’t be served until the murderer in arrested. Will the grand jury findings make any difference? Time will tell…but I’m not holding my breath. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. are still asking what more needs to be done before their son’s killer is arrested. I’d like to know as well – and so does anyone with any shred of intelligence and sanity. We shall see what transpires in the next few days…we shall see.

AP Photo: Charlie Riedel, posted on The Huffington Post

Sickened & Angered

Hadiya Pendleton: 1997 – 2013

I am speechless, sickened, angered and overwhelmed today. A beautiful young lady, an honor student who performed at President Obama’s inauguration, was senselessly gunned down in cold blood at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th. Hadiya Pendleton was amongst a group of teenagers who were taking shelter from the rain in a local park, when a gunman jumped over a nearby fence and, without warning, opened fire. She was struck by the bullets, as were two 17-year-old boys. Recent reports add that she had appeared in a PSA denouncing gang violence, approximately 4 years ago. This should dispel the lies and false reports that she was in a gang, which I’m certain have been propagated by whites who are determined to criminalize a Black victim of violence – it happened with Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, and countless other murdered Black youths…it won’t stop anytime soon. At any rate, she wasn’t in a gang, but was gunned down by a gangbanger who mistook the huddled youths as members of a rival gang – a sad case of “wrong place, wrong time”.

Another thing that angers me is how the media is going overboard with their focus on the paranoid fucktard in Alabama who, not surprisingly, is unofficially being labeled “nuttier than squirrel shit” by his neighbours and the local law enforcement. He’s is holding an innocent, young autistic boy hostage, and that’s the irrational act of a psychotic freak – but he’s doing it in a bunker that everybody around him knew he had built the moment he moved into the area. He is a Vietnam War veteran with severe, well-known mental issues – but that didn’t prevent him from obtaining firearms, which are supposedly not allowed in the possession of the mentally ill. I’m still wondering why he demanded two young boys…I can’t imagine what the child is going through. Murdering another in front of 22 terrified children, all for some sick need? The Field Negro put it succinctly:

“If hearing about the Newtown tragedies was the saddest day of Mr. Obama’s presidency, hearing about this little girl should be the second saddest. Actually, given the fact that she was shot just a mile from his home in Chicago, and that she actually performed at his “coronation” ,you could argue that this little girl’s death should hit home even more. He has a beautiful daughter who is almost her age. From all appearances this poor child represented everything that was good about being a young teenager: Honor student, volley ball player, and a majorette in the King College Prep High School band. Sadly, though, she is no longer with us.
“Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made.” [Source] “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” Mr. President, you have a daughter, and she looks just like Hadiya.

And the beat goes on. Not only in a hood near you, but in all of Americana. In Phoenix, Arizona today, some old dude shot up an office complex and is still on the loose. In Midland, Alabama, some nut case went on a school bus, took a six year old child, and shot the school bus driver to death. (The NRA now calling for armed school bus drivers in 5…4…3..2..) That genius is still hiding out in a Glenn Beck style survival bunker.”

Fuck-all…some people seriously need to be locked away for the safety and well-being of others. Speaking of “Glenn Beck-style survival bunker”, this link shows what that dystopia would be like!

I’ll close this post with some final thoughts from Brotha Wolf’s blog – there are links to a couple of petitions that I’m compelled to sign, even if doing so is considered as empty a gesture as voting. Still, keeping the topic open for discussion is crucial, no matter how many try to silence us by shouting us down or censoring our thoughts and statements.

Free-running Thoughts…

My thoughts have been all over the place due to recent events in the country, so I’m just going to let them roam as they may.

First off, my thoughts are on the tragedy involving Kansas City linebacker, Javon Belcher. He engaged in the graphic, public murder of his girlfriend, who was also the mother of his 3-month-old child. Then, he committed suicide in the parking lot of the stadium, in front of the general manager and the coach. I’m saddened that a child has been stripped of her parents. It’s tragic that a talented young man felt the need to take two lives, giving no thought to the effects that would have on the new life that they (may have) created together. Let’s be honest about that, at least; we know that there are women who claim false paternity – and no, that’s no excuse either, money can punish parasitic people in the courts! Domestic violence is a beast. Men who kill in this manner are certainly suffering from a major mental malfunction, there’s no denying that. But I get annoyed at the ghoulish ‘friends’ who come out of the wood-work after the fact, claiming that they “always knew that something was wrong.” They probably couldn’t have prevented the murder, but do they need to make money by selling an embellished story to the highest bidder? My so-called friends would never listen to me when I was in an abusive relationship long ago; they knew the asshole was cheating on me, yet did nothing but ASSume that I already knew! People aren’t always as well-meaning as they claim to be, and those who are quick to shove in front of a camera following a tragic event like this are narcissist ghouls riding the bloody coattails for some sort of notoriety – it’s sickening.

This incident reminds me of a similar one years ago, but the other incident is worse in a way. It involved a police chief in Tacoma, Washington, David Brame, who did a similar thing on April 26, 2003. He killed his estranged wife and then himself after meeting her in a public area to transfer their children, as they had a custody and visitation order in place. Their two children were ages 8 and 5 at the time. You can bet that they vividly recall what their father did! Why did the pre-employment psych screen not eject him from police work? How is it that many people were aware of his mental instability, yet covered up his madness so he could have a meteoric rise to the top of the cop shit-hill? There were many red flags in his screening, yet he was a shoo-in. A person who is supposedly going to ‘protect and serve’ should be of sound mental faculties, no? The facts are otherwise, unfortunately – that organization was never really formed to ‘protect and serve’…

I mention this because, sadly, there are too many brothers and sisters out there who are needlessly suffering from depression and anxiety. Untreated, these disorders lead to paranoia, isolation, and self-destruction – they also instigate debilitating physical effects; high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and addictions can be directly linked to untreated anxiety or depression. My series on mental illnesses is trying to separate the real maladies that many suffer, from the ones that have been created and invented to benefit a select few. I’m changing up the order of subsequent topics on that, so bear with me!

Last week marked the birth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix, and the birthday of the phenomenal, incomparable Tina Turner – both are fantastic musicians and I’m pleased to have a number of their albums in my massive music collection! True talent, there. Sad that Jimi left this world far too soon…he would have been 70.

I was laughing hard at the trailers for Red Dawn, a movie that was B-grade at best, when it first came out in the 1980s, but the remake is positively laughable – as are most though, so it’s not like I expect much from it. Hell, I’m not even going to watch it, it just strikes me funny that there is so little talent in Hollywood – nothing but re-hashed, regurgitated slop left and right. I’d recommend people watch the original; that way you can see the awesome anti-Russian propaganda of the times at its paranoid best! I’m thinking that Willard Romney was watching it with Paul Ryan before their respective debates in a pathetic attempt to brush up of foreign policy! Mmmmmm…makes me want to go guzzle some fresh deer blood, LMFAO

The trailers for The Hobbit look decent – we’ll see if they can do the book justice. Speaking of books, we’ll see how well MY books do, as none of them have protagonists of the caucasian persuasion! I’m not a white person pretending to be a PoC, so I haven’t been able to get proper publicity for it as others seem to be able to do…still, I will persevere – it’s what I do best! Sad that even the top Black producers refuse to promote other Black people – they’re far too invested to investing in and promoting whites. Go figure…

I saw a guest post on another blog, recently, which discussed makeup and beauty products. The main focus was on Fashion Fair, the beauty line for Black women. I used to buy it at the Bon Marche department store in Seattle, as well as Nordstrom’s. Nordstrom’s stopped carrying it, and the Bon Marche was taken over by Macy’s, which immediately stopped selling it as well – Clinique seemed to have taken over overnight, and I was not impressed with the products I saw, nor did the so-called ‘beauty consultants’ fill me with any confidence. Those pasty bitches were rude if they deigned to speak to me at all – customer service was non-existent. Completely unlike the women at the Fashion Fair counter, who were quite friendly and helpful; and, best of all, they knew my skin and undertones! They didn’t have to guess at a shade, they picked out a perfect color and within a half-hour had given me three wonderful palettes to work with. I was disappointed when I couldn’t get my favorite skin-care line over the counter anymore, so I resorted to what I did in Alaska: mail-order. I called and requested a catalogue so I could continue to support a company that I really believed in.

I discovered their website and have bookmarked it, but am sad to see that many of the things I used to buy have been discontinued – the oil-free liquid foundation, for one, is no longer carried in my shade (Bare Bronze). The souffle foundation is in my shade (Bronze), but I never liked the way it felt on my skin. I see that they have a new ‘liquid mineral’ foundation; I wonder how it will compare to the beauty line I currently use? I don’t even know which shade to use –  Powerful Bronze, Honest Chocolate, or Enduring Ebony? I’ll have to buy all three, it would seem. I’m going to do a product comparison and blog the results as I go, so stay tuned if you’re interested in me talking about girly-girl shit once in a while. Hey, I never said that I wasn’t vain! I’m just not overtly so…at least, I try not to be. I wasn’t encouraged to indulge in shallow behaviours in my youth! I see what people turn into when shit like that is valued, and want no part of it.

Time to play Skyrim! Yes, I still play on a daily basis – and we finally got the ‘Dawnguard’ expansion, as well as a fun little one called ‘Hearthfire’, which allows you to build your own manor and furnish it as you see fit. It’s the perfect land-steading, befitting a Thane of the realm! I’ll post some new pics soon; got my PhotoBucket crap finally sorted out.

Reflections on Whitney Houston

As I write this, award-winning singer Whitney Houston has been laid to rest.  On February 11, 2012, she was found dead in the bathtub of a hotel room she was sharing with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.  She was going to be attending the Grammy Awards that upcoming weekend, and was seen out with her sister and daughter, singing at clubs, dancing, and having a great time.  Her career had hit a nadir, but the 48-year-old superstar was making a comeback.

I wasn’t always a hair-flinging, head-banging lover of metal music; in my youth I enjoyed songs of a kinder, gentler nature.  My tastes simply expanded as I grew older and my tastes and mindset changed and matured.  I remember seeing Whitney’s face on magazine covers and on posters in the record store.  I would feel complimented when people compared my looks to hers; as a gangly, gawky, nerdy pre-teen, it felt good to think that I had a pretty face!  She had so much glamour and talent.  Remember her role in The Bodyguard, with Kevin Costner?  I can’t say it was a great movie, but it wasn’t that horrible either, IMHO.  It was nice to see a dark-skinned woman with a white, male love interest, without the rapey-ness of a piece of shit like Monster’s Ball; still, the stereotypes in it were annoying.  Digressing…for once, ‘the girl next door’ wasn’t a blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan princess – she was a ‘black’ girl from New Jersey, and radiated class!  The uptown girl married ‘bad boy’ Bobby Brown and it seemed like a match made in heaven.  She was one of the few celebrities that I idolized, and I felt bad when her marriage to Bobby Brown collapsed – drugs and abuse were suspected and blamed, as well as the fact that her career overshadowed his.  Would things have been easier if Bobby hadn’t been threatened by this, and not seen their respective careers as a competition?  Sadly, some men sabotage the careers of their wives or lovers, simply because they can’t handle someone being more successful than they…again, I digress.

I hope that Bobbi Kristina has all of the love, support, and care she needs during this difficult time in her life.  To lose a fairly young parent at a young age is devastating.  I hope she takes inspiration from who her mother was and builds on that to launch a successful career of her own.  I uderstand that there’s some trash-talking going on about her, something to do with wanting to marry her ADOPTED (read: NOT blood-related) brother.  I find this funny, because I can bet dollars to donuts that the people who are criticizing her are the VERY SAME people who defended Woody Allen when he engaged in statutory rape (and near-incest) with Soon-Yi!!
Why, incidentally, do people have to add insult to injury when a non-white person, famous or non, dies?  Amy Winehouse was a bigger trainwreck than Whitney was, and at a far earlier age, yet her issues with drugs and alcohol, among other things, are conveniently being forgotten.  Slanderous shit is being said about Whitney and her daughter, and it’s downright pathetic.  Get a fucking life, losers.

R.I.P., Whitney.  You were one of the best, and you shall be missed.  Love and peace to you, dear soul.

Here are my two favorite songs by Whitney Houston – enjoy.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody


The Greatest Love of All


Updated Saturday, 2012/03/24:

The coroner’s report found cocaine metabolites in Whitney’s system, and it was a contributing factor in her death.  That’s a shame – I guess she couldn’t fight that addiction, and it finally killed her.  Sad.

Queen Of the Night

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