1) On Thursday (3/27) I spied a piece in the NYDN that said Self magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger apologized after a recent issue of the mag mocked Monika Allen, a brain cancer survivor. Danziger told news sources that she was “… personally mortified (and she) had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item.”
Now, I personally have known peeps who have gone through chemo and from what they tell me it ain’t no picnic… some of them usually were pretty ragged from the treatments. So dang ragged that sometimes they couldn’t seem to find the energy to go to the bathroom. But they all managed… it’s what they had to do to get through a day. This lady is out running freaking marathons. Wowzers.
Now… here’s why Self mag took it upon themselves to mock this lady… seems, Allen is a co-founder of Glam Runner, an organization that sells racing tutus to raise money for San Diego’s Girls on the Run, a youth development program. She has made and sold about 2,000 tutus over the past three years and in the process raised thousands of dollars for Girls on the Run. Well, in keeping with the spirit of being a glam runner she ran the LA shindig dressed as Wonder Woman… Wonder woman in a starry blue tutu. A friend ran with her, and, yeppers, she ran in a tutu, too… and, wore a running bib that had the words: “Die Tumor Die!”
But Self didn’t seem to notice that little fact. And, since they didn’t notice that, they never thought to ask why the ladies were running a race dressed in frilly and silly tutus, but, instead, just figured, “Hell, let’s ask these little dizzy ding-a-lings for permission to use a photo of them running and dressed in tutus and talk shit about them.”
Now, innocently, not knowing that, Allen said, “Of course”, because, she figures its great pub for her cause.
Well… lo and behold… Allen sees her picture featured in the magazine’s “The BS Meter” section, which is described as a “guide to what’s legit and what’s lame this month.”
Self placed Allen squarely in the “lame” category.
According to Self: “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”
Now let’s just say Allen is a completely healthy… no cancer, no chemo… just a peep, like say, you or me… relatively speaking any way. Me… I’m old and fat… but that’s another topic… anyway… back to this healthy person running a race. What’s wrong with somebody going out and running around a park, or wherever, dressed in a frilly silly tutu… people can’t have fun doing shit without someone needing to play fashionista police? Get a life and get over with being so damn serious about shit… besides the job your trying to fill is already taken… by Joan Rivers. It’s a damn marathon… not some debutante ball… or a meeting with pope… although Pope Frankie probably couldn’t care less if someone were to meet him in a tutu or cam e to see him buck naked.
I understand having a chuckle over some peeps running around dressed in a comical way… in fact, that’s probably why they dressed like that… to draw attention to themselves and to their cause. But saying they’re lame? Why? Kind of a small cheap hurtful bullying thing to do, if you ask me.
Well, it seems support for the runner and her organization has poured in on Facebook and many of those chiming in have also been posting photos of themselves in racing tutus.
Other posters have announced they would stop their subs to the mag.
Money speaks… In retrospect… Self checked out the condition their condition was in and apologized “For the association of her picture in any way other than to support her efforts to be healthy. Of course if tutus make you run with a smile on your face or with a sense of purpose or community, then they are indeed worth wearing, for any race.”
Should have done that in the first place.
Now, I got a new entry for their Bullshit section… them Self…
2) Also on Thursday I found this piece running around the internet… Fashion brand H&M yanked from its stores a controversial tank top that showed a human skull inside what seems to be a Star of David. And, they said, “We’re sorry.”
Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, Britain’s anti-Semitism watchdog, said, “Fashion statements can work in diverse ways and if you randomly saw somebody wearing this in the street, then you might well believe it to be anti-Semitic and purchased from a neo-Nazi website… It is for H&M to decide if they care about such things, but would they risk such reactions with a Christian crucifix or a Muslim crescent?”
Customer feedback was needed? That H&M needed feedback, at all, is simply insane. It should have never been out there to begin with.
It’s unfortunate that people do stuff without engaging their brains first… I mean in case there are some folks who may ask what the big deal is all about. Well, it’s like this… millions and millions of people were murdered so that a specific ethnic group was almost eradicated from this planet because some Nazi asshole nut jobs… and that’s putting it mildly… decided to blame those people for the economic and political woes of their country and unfortunately the peeps of that country swallowed that load of bullshit and did nothing to stop the attempted genocide of an entire people. This ranks right up there with what Pol Pot did in Cambodia… or with the millions of folks who died due to Stalin’s actions against ethnic Germans after WWII… or what America did to rob a land from an indigenous people… the American Indians… the killing of the Jews by the Nazis was as despicable as any of the other putrid occasions of man’s inhumanity to man as there has ever been.
The Jews weren’t the Nazis’ only victims. They also killed communists and other political opponents, members of resistance groups, homosexuals, opposition Christians, Gypsies, the physically handicapped and mentally retarded, prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anti-Nazi clergy, trade unionists, and psychiatric patients. But, the Jews were the majority of those killed during the Nazi perpetrated hell on earth… about 11 million people perished in the holocaust, and, about 6 million were Jews or of Jewish descent. The Nazis needed a scapegoat…. someone to blame so the German people would be easily convinced that they were the reason for all of Germany’s problems.
So, in what sense could something that resembles a symbol of Judaism… the Star of David… with a damn skull imposed over that image… centered in that Star of David… be a fashion statement? Why would anyone wish to sell… or wear… such an abhorrent article of…. No, it ain’t clothing, sorry… it’s a rag… toilet paper… it is stupid… ignorant… asinine… and as I have already stated… abhorrent.
3) Recently, NPR did an interview with Walter Mosely, an award-winning novelist and playwright. One of the reasons he was interviewed was because he was honored at the National Black Writers Conference which was recently just held from March 27 through March 30 at The Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.
On Thursday (Thursday was a busy day for stuff for some odd reason), some excerpts of that interview were posted on Walter Mosely’s Facebook page. And those excerpts pointed out some that Moseley touched upon some interesting, insightful and original (at least to me they were original) thoughts on color as relates to us people… American society.
Mosely is a black man… now, I need to stop here for a second or two… I italicized the word black here because I’m not quite sure Mosely would accept that designation and it should be clear why I say that in a moment… any way…. Mosely is a black man who writes about how people, especially black people, deal with everyday real life problems in a very excellent expository way… or, if, I say that in American English… he writes some damn good realistic fiction about how people interact in real-life settings from the perspective of a black protagonist.
NPR: I think many people, you know, associate you as portraying the black experience through the perspective of your characters over time in different eras faced with different situations. I was thinking about the essay that you run around the Trayvon Martin case. And you were reflecting on the way that George Zimmerman, the shooter, was described. And you said, you know, he’s identified variously as white, half white, half Hispanic or Hispanic. And you said all of these terms have their roots drenched in the lifeblood of racism. And so race is kind of one of the many things that we get wrong, right? I would say.
MOSLEY: Well, of course. I mean, the truth is, I’ve been giving this talk a lot lately that the big issue about race in America is that there really is no such thing as white people. And, you know, in order to end race in America, all we have to do is recognize that the notion a white person doesn’t really exist on any term and in any way.
NPR: How would you like us to think about this?
MOSLEY: Well, you know, that people think about who they are from culture, not from supposed DNA or color or what continent, you know, somebody came from a long time ago ’cause then you could start talking about European people, you know. My mother’s Jewish, of course, which makes me Jewish. And people say, well, how does it feel to be half white and half black? And I said my mother’s Jewish. That’s not white. And then slowly, I mean, over time, I said, well, nobody’s white. Gypsies aren’t white and Vikings aren’t white and the Greeks aren’t white and the Spaniards aren’t white. You know, they are who they are. You know, and they understand themselves in a certain kind of way that got redefined in America because they had to kill the Native Americans and enslave the Africans. So they had to become white people.
Now, whether you agree with Mosely, or not, about some of his thinking is no never mind as far as I am concerned… what I think is exceptional is the thinking of the fact there is no white… and, for that matter no real black either… and in order to end racism…or in his word per the interview, race… to fully end the concept of judging people from a perspective of race or of color we need to shit-can the concept of people being white. Simply because they don’t exist.
Well, you can just pin the tail on me right now and call me a donkey because that is one of the most simplistic, yet ingenious, ways I have ever heard on how to end the concept of the white versus the other colors thing… it simply does not exist. People are not white. Rather, they are of certain ethnicities, and, the simple fact, as Mosely says, is that none of those ethnicities are white. White is more or less a convention that came along because certain folks needed a conceptual label to describe the who, or what, that was keeping the other races/colors from having an equal say in how things went down in the development of American society.
Now, I am not naïve enough to think that this is the great panacea that we have been searching for to end racial divisions but it clearly is a unique way to think about all of us peeps in this society that we live within… the melting pot of America society.
Hmmph… no white people… who’d a thunk it? Damnnn….
4) On Thursday (3/27) the NYDN headed an article with the line: “Call it an Automatic Treat Machine.”
So what’s it all about, Alfie? And, no, I am not gonna sing, so, stop cringing. Besides I haven’t figured out how to put sound into this damn column… not yet, anyway.
Seems back in 2012 some peep, or peeps, came up with bright idea that what the world needed now were cupcakes to soothe the savage beast within us all and that we needed them 24:7. So, they took the 24 hour ATM cash machine idea and converted it to a dispensary for cupcakes… A junk food junkie’s dreams come true!
Now, whenever the moment… whatever the time of day… be it at the twilights last gleaming, the darkest of the dark night or the earliest break of dawn… cupcakes would be available around the clock. At least in Beverly Hills (CA) they would, anyway.
Then one has to figure they sort of found a niche and were making more than just cupcake dough… or batter as the case would be… because they eventually installed cupcake ATMS in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta .
And, just in case you happen to be jonesing for a cupcake and it has to be a Sprinkles cupcake be advised the bakery is open 12 hours a day… but the ATM is open, as ATMs are wont to be, 24 hours a day. Just make sure you have $4.25… yep $4.25. That much cashish gets you maybe a dozen donuts at Dunkins but only one cupcake at a NYC Sprinkles ATM.
Or, since you are in the city that never sleeps, could you just walk up… or down… the street; find an all night diner and sit right down and get yourself a hot cup o joe with a nice slab of pie?
I mean, ya get to sit down at a counter… or maybe a booth… sip on some coffee, eat some pie and watch all the late night weirdoes who be watching the weirdo eating pie and slurping coffee at 4 in the morning in an all night diner.
It’s freaking NYC… whad’dya ‘pect?
5) I need to change gears here and get serious… real serious, about some real serious stuff…
I am not gonna get into the particulars of a certain HuffPost piece about a crime, and the “justice” that was meted out for that crime that I read about on their website on Monday (3/31) because the particulars of the crime just saddens me… it, also, makes me disturbed… and, it makes me feel frustrated… and, above all, it makes me pissed off to no end… As I write this I am seething with anger… I feel the tension grow in my facial muscles… my pressure is pumping. I am not a happy person right at this moment as I put fingers to the damn keyboard…
A Delaware man… a one-per-center… an heir to DuPont money… sexually abused his three-year old daughter and his infant son back in 2005. Two people… two children… two crimes.
The HuffPost said back when he committed his crimes he entered his daughter’s bedroom at night while she slept and did his bullshit “several times”. And, he, of course, told her to kept it a secret between just themselves… but, in 2007, she told her grandmother, who informed Tracy Richards, her mom. New Castle County police arrested him that December.
Charges were brought against Robert H. Richards IV on two counts of second-degree child rape felonies that should, upon conviction, mean a 10-year mandatory jail sentence per count or 20 years. He was released on $60,000 bail while awaiting his charges.
The dirt bag hired a top lawyer… one of the best that his trust fund money could get… and, of course they went and negotiated a plea deal… one count of fourth-degree rape charges…no mandatory minimum jail time. And, in June 2008 the dickhead accepted and admitted to the new charge.
Now, notice the words “no mandatory minimum jail time”. That means jail time could be given. Fourth-degree rape is a Class C violent felony that under Delaware law can bring a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. However, sentencing guidelines used by judges and lawyers call for up to 30 months in prison… 2 and 1 half years for screwing up a child’s life which, to me, hardly seems a reasonable amount of time for screwing up a kids life. But, still its real jail time.
And, Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden actually sentenced Richards to eight years in prison… then freaking suspended that sentence. She replaced it with Level II probation, which only requires monthly visits with a case officer.
Judge Jurden commuted his sentence to probation and treatment, on the grounds that, in her words, “Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 setting.”
The real reason was because he was a rich soft white man who was a sexual predator and would be a target in prison and the prison system couldn’t protect his ass from that future.
Yep. Prisons are not nice places. Prisons have bad people in them. But, even these bad people have certain rules and one of them rules is that they don’t like peeps who mess with kids… especially, if that messing is sexually molesting them.
But, the thing is that this guy is a bad person who committed an abhorrent crime… in fact twice he committed the crime… or, was charge with the crime twice… who knows how many times he committed the crime. This criminal needs to be doing jail time for his crimes.
And, oh yeah, the judge also ordered him to pay $4,395 to the Delaware Violent Crimes Compensation Board.
Thirty pieces of silver was the price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. Thirty pieces of silver back then is estimated to have been worth about four mounts wages for a skilled laborer. Today, a really skilled worker would get… maybe $30 an hour? So, let’s say almost $20,000. His daughter’s and his son’s ruined lives were not even worth the same price that Judas got for selling out Christ.
And why do we know all of this now? Because, last Tuesday (3/25), Tracy Richards filed a Superior Court lawsuit on behalf of her children seeking compensatory and punitive damages for assault, negligence, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress on his two children.
Time is now for retribution… can’t get his ass in jail then take it out on his wallet. Sad thing is it won’t make a damn bit of difference in the long run because this asshole will still be out there and free. Yeah, he has to register as a sex offender but he is still out there.
Which brings me to the real bullshit here… if you got money in this world you can usually be subjected to a different set of rules… a different criminal justice system… than if you ain’t got money.
Drove DUI; had an accident and killed peeps? You might be able to get a fancy lawyer to say you suffer from “affluenza” and get probation. If , you’re not so rich… definite jail time.
Bankers and Wall-Streeters who rip off people by doing all sorts of crooked money schemes and cause recessions? Their bank, or financial institution, get multibillion dollar fines and they skate.
We need to change the justice system in this country and make sure equal punishment is given for crimes regardless of who you are and how much money you have or don’t have.
Kendall Marlowe, executive director of the National Association for Counsel for Children is quoted in the HuffPost article as saying, “Child protection laws are there to safeguard children, and adults who knowingly harm children should be punished. Our prisons should be more rehabilitative environments, but the prison system’s inadequacies are not a justification for letting a child molester off the hook.”
What else is there to say?
I’m still not happy and still pissed off. And, two children are still dealing with the aftermath of having been sexually preyed upon. Not right and not fair.
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