1) Nine months ago Ray Rice punched out a woman in an Atlantic City elevator. Ray Rice met with the NFL… the commissioner… and told what happened. The NFL… the commissioner… suspended Ray Rice two games… and… then the fecal matter hit the oscillating device.
All sorts of blow back over that decision began to erupt in Vesuvius-like power.
The NFL… the commissioner… decided to change Ray Rice’s penalty from two games to an indefinite suspension, effectively, meaning Rice was banned from working in the NFL for the rest of the ongoing season.
Rice appealed that decision by the NFL… the commissioner.
Now nine months later, a former U.S. District Judge, named Barbara Jones, officially ruled Ray Rice never once lied about, or otherwise tried to hide any of, the facts of what he did to a woman in an elevator… he cold cocked her down to the elevator floor, out cold.
And, based on that evidence, the ex-judge said Ray Rice wins his appeal because the NFL’s “… imposition of a second suspension based upon the same incident, and, the same known facts about that incident, was arbitrary.”
And… what that means is that Ray Rice is an out work free agent, and, can work in the NFL providing some team will hire him.
This does not condone what Ray Rice did… beat his girl friend… who is now his wife. Because, it was never about what he did… it was always about what the NFL… the commissioner… did.
Retired judge Barbara Jones’ 17-page decision can be narrowed down to this… “That the league did not realize the severity of the conduct without a visual record also speaks to their admitted failure in the past to sanction this type of conduct more severely… (and)… that Rice did not mislead the commissioner… (and)… any failure on the part of the league to understand the level of violence was not due to Rice’s description of the event, but to the inadequacy of words to convey the seriousness of domestic violence.”
She further stated… “I do not doubt that viewing that video in September evoked horror in Commissioner Goodell. But, this does not change the fact that Rice did not lie or mislead the NFL at the June 16 meeting.”
This categorically contradicts what Roger Goodell said in a September interview with CBS-TV… “… when we met with Ray Rice, and, his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened.”
Jones says… “Rice reported to Commissioner Goodell that he hit Mrs. Rice; and his lifting and dropping of the body was there for all to see in the outside-the-elevator video.”
Me: When the judge said the punishment was arbitrary she should have also said in a more straight forward manner… or, in plain English… you can’t punish a person twice for the same “crime”.
And, since that decision was made, I been hearing a lot about his now wife… Janay.. forgiving Ray over a once in a lifetime “mistake”.
Whether, his wife forgives him or not is no never mind to me… those abused often do forgive, but, then step right back into the same old pattern of abuse. But, I don’t know if this case fits that pattern, or, not, and, frankly, I don’t care about it right now.
What I do care about is that the NFL lied about a person’s honesty regarding the presentation of evidence and the facts, and, then tried to “redo” the punishment assessed because of public perception. Rice’s rep was at a low point and the NFL… the commissioner… was willing to trash it to hell and back, and, then back again, because, the punishment doled out was not seen as fitting enough, and, the NFL… the commissioner… needed to save face.
That is bullshit… and… wrong.
Now… Let me back up and state that when I say don’t care about whether Janay Rice forgives her husband or
not… it’s not that I don’t care whether she fits the profile of a person who is affected by spousal abuse because I certainly do… I would never think that someone deserves to be treated in any violent manner what so ever… including nonphysical abuse. But… that’s not the issue as far as Rice’s suapension, and, what the NFL… the comissioenr… tried to do.
The issue that the judge rendered a decision upon was whether Ray Rice lied to the commissioner… if, not outright lied then whether he hide certain facts of what happened in the elevator… the fact was, and is, he did not.
2) Now… Janay goes on national TV and says that it was an isolated incident and that “everybody makes mistakes.”
That may or may not be… we don’t know if Ray has ever abused Janay in any manner before… physically, or, mentally. We have to take Janay at her word, but, the fact is she was a victim of domestic violence.
According to Liz Roberts (Safe Horizon deputy CEO and chief program officer), “Most survivors give their partners a second chance. Janay has the right to do that, and, it’s our job to support her, and, others. We all need to know that domestic abuse is not only about physical marks or video evidence. Other types of abuse… emotional, financial, sexual… often occur long before physical abuse begins… Calling the incident a mistake minimizes the seriousness of the violence. In our experience at Safe Horizon, violent behavior is purposeful and it establishes power and control. It’s not an accident.” (My italics & emphasis)
3) Over the weekend, prior to Sunday’s Oakland Raider/St. Louis Rams game, five Rams’ players did a pregame “hands-up-don’t-shoot” gesture of solidarity with protesters in nearby Ferguson. The pose has become a symbol of the national protest over the shooting of black teen Michael Brown.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association immediately got royally pissed off, and, issued a statement that said the players “chose to ignore the mountains of evidence” released by the Darren Wilson grand jury and engaged “in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”
The cop shop also called for the players to be disciplined and said that the Rams, and, NFL were hypocrites. They added that it was “way out-of-bounds” for the five players to demonstrate in such a manner while police peeps have been working 12 hour shifts to “defend” their community.
Both the NFL and the team’s head coach said that no such discipline would happen.
Despite what anyone thinks about the Grand Jury decision, and, what evidence was valid or not… specifically that some witnesses said Brown had his hands raised when he was shot to death, but, others, including Darren Wilson, said that Brown was charging after the cop when he was shot… last I heard it was still aright within in America protest peacefully and that such protesting was still a noncriminal act.
Regardless of the fact of whether it offended anyone or not.
As far as cops working 12 hour shifts, or any other schedules, regarding what occurred after the grand jury decision… the cops have a duty to perform their job to protect the community regardless of who does what and for what reason, as well as to make sure that no violence erupted in, or around, Edward Jones Dome.
Because whether the cops like it or not… Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said it best… “They are exercising their right to free speech.”
4) Then there is the other side of the coin… cue Sir Charles…
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has his own take on Ferguson. And, as per usual it is a unique and outspoken opinion, and, not what many folks would probably expect to hear. But… then anything that emanates from the Round Mound of Rebound’s lips should be expected regardless of what words come forth.
About the people who have rioted, looted, pillaged and burned because of the grand jury’s refusal to indict Darren Wilson : “Those aren’t black people, those are scumbags. There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars.”
About the grand jury’s deciding to not indict: “The true story came out from the grand jury testimony… three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop said.”
About the role of the media: “They love this stuff, and, lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.”
And about cops in general: “We have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods. We can’t pick out certain incidents that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad…. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”
And, a lot of what he says is actually spot on… he’s right… all cops are not badasses who just want to go around killing black people BUT there is a real attitude of “us against them” in many communities.
Only it’s not just black communities that it exists within… it’s generally poor communities. You don’t often see cops shooting a lot of peeps on Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue or the Magnificent Mile… or in neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, or, Park Avenue, or, Main Street USA of the finer burbs.
It’s, essentially, a fact that the tough crimes are usually committed in the poor neighborhoods. This leads to another point he makes… which is all the looting and burning targeted mostly black businesses.
In Ferguson it was black businesses that were attacked and robbed and burned. And, at a time when those businesses really depend on doing a big business to essentially make or break their economic year.
The business they lost cannot be recovered, and, for some, livelihoods will be lost or irrevocably changed.
And, that is something I have never understood… black on black… or more to the point… poor on poor crime. Why do folks in these communities target one another… why rob from one another?
Forget for the moment that maybe peeps should just get up off their ass… and… if, the shoe fits… put the pipe and bottle down…. and… simply go get a freaking job. Forget that for now…
Why, if, you got nothing… why you want to go and steal from somebody else who got nothing but works their fingers to the bone to get that nothing? Why you want to hurt that person? Maybe a person who would probably share their meager morsels of food with you, if, you just asked, and, said you was hungry.
So, Sir Charles is right… why in the hell do these so-called protestors go around burning and looting within their own communities?
I mean if you gonna go burn down the mission, then, wouldn’t it make more sense to go pillage the rich folks? Now, don’t get this wrong… I don’t advocate violent overthrow of anything or burning and looting at all… simply, because, its the not theright thing to do, and, I don’t think our society is at that point… but… why hurt those that are already hurting? Seems to me it would make more sense to try to hurt those that gots instead of those that ain’t gots. No?
As far as the grand jury decision… Me? … Personally? … Me and Charles don’t see eye to eye here… I think they shouda indicted.
For two reasons… an unarmed person is dead and there was conflicting grand jury testimony.
And, if, you look at situations where stuff happens… from Rodney King and on down the line where there is no indictment, there tends to be a lot more burning and looting, then, when an indictment is handed down.
Just because someone gets indicted does not mean they are guilty of anything… it just means that the situation needs to be looked at, and, judged in an open and just forum… or at least as open and just a forum as can be found in an open court of law.
Besides… just because three, or so, black peeps happen to agree with the cop’s version of the stuff that went down, is that enough reason to say that the cop was right? There were others who say they saw things diffrently. Those peeps view of things don’t count, now? Those opinions don’t matter?
And his point about the media… their role in aiding and abetting people to rect isnanely isntead of acting sanely… I quote the words of another Charles… “The law is a ass… a idiot…”
So, too is the media at times.
5) Pharrell Williams is on the other side of this life that we be living…
He thinks the Ferguson cop should have been indicted, and, he goes so far as to say, “… (the) Ferguson officer should be punished and serve time.”
But, some other stuff he opined about got some notice on twitter by some peeps…
Check this out…
Williams told Ebony magazine that Michael Brown’s actions inside that convenience store that was caught on video showed a teenager without respect for authority…
“It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with. Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?”
He also adds during the interview… “The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to ‘get the fuck on the sidewalk.’ If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a storeowner, you’re asking for trouble.”
He then says… “But you’re not asking to be killed. Some of these youth feel hunted and preyed upon, and that’s why that officer needs to be punished.”
Then the Twitter outrage began…
Terrell J. Starr tweeted: “Hey white people, y’all want Pharrell Williams?”
Now what part of Williams’ words did they not read?
I don’t agree with Williams seemingly blanket indictment, trial, conviction and sentencing of Darren Wilson, but, he does call out the kid for being a bully.
Hmmm… he pushes around a storekeeper and takes cigarillos… check… sounds like the act of a bully to me.
But, still, in the next sentence Williams says it ain’t the kid he has a problem with, but the why of how the kid… and maybe some kids in general… grow up disrespecting people and things.
And, that is a valid point. So for making a valid point Williams get to be called a coward and worse? On what planet is that logical?
Oh… yeah…. planet earth … I forgot.
6) Chris Rock… “I don’t want to do it if people aren’t pissed off. When I’m working out material, if it doesn’t piss off the square… I know I should like an old man saying that… it’s like what’s the point?”
Have any of ya’ll checked out his New York Magazine interview? You should. Chris Rock makes more sense in that relatively short piece than a whole lot of other folks do in much bigger venues and on more important stages.
His opinions on things that matter make us laugh but what we really laugh at is the absurdity of it all. The reality of things that he adroitly and astutely points out every time he seems to open his mouth.
If, it sounds like I like and respect Chris Rock… it’s because I do… a lot.
He says at one point in the interview tha the would love to be a reporter doing interviews in Ferguson… “I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people… Just white people. We know how black people feel about Ferguson… outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things.”
“Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before… So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, ‘Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.’ It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”
“… But the thing is, we treat racism in this country like it’s a style that America went through. Like flared legs and lava lamps. Oh, that crazy thing we did. We were hanging black people. We treat it like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. You’ve got to get it at a lab, and study it, and see its origins, and see what it’s immune to and what breaks it down.”
I’m sorry… Naw… I ain’t sorry… the fact is… this man is freaking one of the smarter voices I have heard in a very long time.
Go find his interview and read it, and, then sit back and think about what he has to say… it makes sense. A lot of damn sense.
7) I’ve often said it enough… well, if not often, then enough times… that the regular readers of WTF (all three of youse) probably know that I have no issues… well any issues that I’m gonna admit to, or, discuss here anyway… with God, BUT, I do have plenty of issues with organized religion.
Last week I read about how a Texas church refused to hold a life-long member’s funeral because she didn’t pay tithes or attend service…
So? Some churches do that… yeah… they do. Not that I agree with it, but, they do, and, lots of folks is “ok” with it, so… different strokes and all that.
Anyway… regardless of my meanderings… but do they disown a peep from their church because they didn’t pay tithes, or, attend services while the reason was they were either real damn sick, or, maybe, in a coma?
That what Olivia Blair’s daughter, Barbara Day, is claiming.
Ms. Day said Houston’s Fourth Missionary Baptist Church would not bury her 93-year-old mother, Olivia Blair.
Ms. Blair, who started going to Fourth Missionary when she was knee to the proverbial grasshopper and for about another 50 years as a dues paying member of the aforementioned congregation stopped going to the church two years ago because she got sick and was forced into hospice and hospital care. And, then, for the last few months before her demise, was in a coma.
At some point during this time the Church revoked Blair’s membership.
Barbara Day said, “They knew she was ill. They don’t care. All they care about is getting money, money, money, money, money.”
Day told her mother’s story to Pimp Preacher, a watchdog group that keeps tabs on greedy churches, and, when Pimp Preacher went to the Fourth Missionary for their side of the story, the Rev. Walter F. Houston said Blair hadn’t been active in the church for 8 or 9 years. But… if Blair had paid her dues during that time then she would never had had her membership revoked. Rev Houston said, “If the family cared so much then why didn’t one of them at least send a dollar over here to reserve her membership? Membership has its privileges.”
Ms. Day said, her mom, Blair, couldn’t afford to pay more tithes because as her life was nearing its end her medical expenses were so costly. AND… besides the entire family is buried at the church. The meaning being… that should count for something. No?
She added, “My mother gave what she had to that church… what little she had. Where was the concern and compassion for my mother once she fell ill? It was like they threw my mother away once she was no longer a financial contributor to that church. I don’t ever recall reading in my Bible where Jesus turned someone away because they had nothing to give.”
Me… What are they fucking American Express???!!!! Sometimes when peep’s backs are against the wall ya know even a dollar can be too much… but a church… the ideal behind a church, especially when considering the fate of someone who has given to the support of that church for 50 fucking years of their life, is to be merciful not merciless.
Just another reason why I will never belong to a church as long as I live… and… I’ll do my talking with the Guy… or Gal… upstairs directly… no call waiting, and, no intercession by any third parties needed.
8) Wanna know something I hate? Ok… hate’s a sharp and strong emotion… intensely dislike… how’s that?
Wanna know something I intensely dislike?
It’s when I see a post on Facebook, and, it’s all about something that I kinda, sorta agree with… like kids with special needs… or… something to do with being against animal cruelty… or… maybe supporting our folks in the armed forces… or… even something against spousal abuse… and… I’m like… “Ok, I could get behind that.”
And, then the challenge comes… “If you got a heart”… or… “if you got the balls”… then repost this. Ya know if you agree with blah, blah, blah.
Please do not challenge my integrity. And, don’t try freaking guilting me out. It don’t play with me.
So, here’s what I do from now on when I see this stuff on my timeline… I click “I don’t want to see this”.
I don’t ban anyone, or, unfriend anyone, but, I do click on “I don’t want to see this”, and, then I move on with my day.
Ya see the more you try to guilt me, or, make me feel like I have to do something; the less I am inclined to do it.
9) The Taliban thinks women shouldn’t be educated or given equal rights or vote or any of that stuff, for what seems to be the simple thought that women are somehow a lesser degree of people.
Back on November 17th…. A police outpost came under attack in the Balabolok district of western Farah province and Reza Gul rushed to the scene, found her son dead and picked up his gun.
Gul told NBC News, “The Taliban attacked our village and my son’s outpost at dawn. After seeing my young son’s body I picked up his gun and decided to fight off the killers of my son until I die.”
After a 7-hour battle, with up to 400 militants, provincial police, Gul, her daughter and daughter-in-law, eventually drove off the fighters… 25 Taliban were dead and five more wounded.
Now what part of the thinking that women aren’t equal is that again?
Moral of the story: Hell hath no fury like an Afghani mom who’s had her son killed by dumbasses.
10) Monday mornings kinda seem to get you down?
Because, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2013 Mondays just became the most likely day for a co-worker to come and blow you away. And… the data says that people in management positions or, in production and transportation are the most likely to bebumped off. So… you be some sort of manger, or boss or in the production and transportation field, then, maybe ya might wanna think about taking some long weekends off and coming back to work on Tuesdays for awhile.
I mean just until you get the lay of the land, and, see, if, any of your co-workers got any unresolved issues or something.
Just a thought is all.
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