The revolution will not be televised… WTF 3/23

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The times they are a changing and we all need to be vigilant… because when push comes to shove  it means we all will have to decide where we stand… but understand this… even in this great electronic age of ours… the revolution will not be televised… it will be live and in living color, but, it will not be commercialized.

This is important stuff so pay attention… please…

We are entering into a period in our reality that I think has the most chance for a major… a tsunami type… of a change in how we exist as a nation and maybe as a people… probably since the 1960’s and the 1970’s… before the ball was dropped by my generation…

It can go either way… we can begin on a path to becoming a society where people are respected and live in a world that is the most humane existence we have ever experienced… or… the chasm between the classes will be so big and wide and deep that an economic schism will occur that will lead us down a thorny path to an oligarchic state where push really will come to shove and to an inevitable revolution and it won’t be pretty or bloodless…

I really do believe one or the other of those two realities can be our destiny… and… I am really fearful that if we aren’t careful in how we start choosing our so-called leaders that…  the revolution won’t be televised…

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and
skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.gil scott-heron
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Mendel Rivers to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie Mays
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
on reports from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting downGil-Scott-Heron-Small-Talk-At-125th-And-Lenox-LP-Back
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the right occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so god damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally screwed
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb or
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash or Englebert Humperdink.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right backside two
after a message about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

Poem by Gil Scott-Heron… written in the late 1960’s and first released on the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox in 1970.

This is our brain on Trump…

joe1I’m gonna run this by ya’ll one more time with a specific and strong emphasis on something that places an exclamation point on my inferences about the Trumpeter of Discourse…

The man is channeling Hitler and he has a bunch of support from all types of peeps… and… especially scary is it seems he is getting support from military type peeps… mostly the grunts and non-coms as far as I can discern right now from what I see in the media reports.

But, with the continued attacks on any type of protestor… attacks that now include stomping and kicking on folks as they lay defenseless on the ground while his minions and other  pro trump peeps holler for more and more abuse to be given to the helpless soul… more blood; more injury; more hurt and pain.

This is straight out of the Hitler playbook…trumperter of discourse

The fact that the Trumpeter does nothing to discourage the hate and physical abuse…

Right out of the Hitler playbook…

The fact that the Trumpeter actually encourages the hate and vitriol and physical abuse… to the point of egging some of his crowd goons on during soem of his rallies…

The Hitler playbook…

The fact that the trumpeter preys upon people’s fears and prejudices…

The Hitler playbook…

The man has growing support… the man is attracting mostly white folks who are seeing a waning economic reality but he also has some Black, as well as other minority folk’s support… and that is scary and while maybe not specifically in line with the Hitler playbook it does coincide with one big tactic of the Hitler strategy… get in touch with peeps’ fears and troubles and then find someone… anyone to blame it on…

That is right out of the Hitler playbook…

Am I being clear enough for ya’ll? Any questions?

No?

Then let me ask one… what the fuck are you doing to make sure a frightening narcissist, misogynist, xenophobic, racist asshole like Trump is not our next president?

Do you got an answer? Well… do ya?

And justice for all?

On March 9 in Fayetteville, five North Carolina North Carolina Sheriff’s deputies were caught-on-camera doing absolutely nothing as John Franklin McGraw, a 78-year-old cowardly schmuck, snuck up and cold cocked a protester that was being escorted out of and was peaceably leaving a Trump rally. The man, Rakeem Jones, then stumbled and the deputies finally sprang into action as they physically grabbed Jones and took him into custody. He was released outside without being busted.trump_protester

The deputies did nothing to the coward who hit Jones… and… he, the coward, was seen being congratulated by his fellow coward goons for having the “balls” to hit an unaware and defenseless man from behind. Jones stumbled up the stairs and was tackled by a cluster of deputies and taken into custody. He was promptly escorted unceremoniously from the building but not arrested.

FYI… Jones happens to be Black and the coward happens to be white…

Afterward, the punkass coward told a media source… “We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”

The dickhead was later busted on March 10 and charged with assault… he was not charged with threatening Jones’ life.

And… surprisingly… to me at least… Sheriff Earl Butler upon announcing the dickhead’s arrest said, that, “No one should be subjected to such a cowardly, unprovoked act as that committed by McGraw. Regardless of political affiliation, speech, race, national origin, color, gender, bad reputation, prior acts, or political demonstration, no other citizen has the right to assault another person or to act in such a way as this defendant did. I hope that the courts will handle this matter with the appropriate severity for McGraw’s severe and gross violation of this victim’s rights.”

So much for my preconceived notions or any subconscious personal bias against cops… especially cops from the South.

Nothing was done to the deputies who neglected to perform their duties on the day Jones was attacked… that is until March 17th. And, I’ll be damned small miracles sometimes do fucking happen…

Sheriff Butler announce on that day that three of the deputies were demoted and suspended without pay for five days and two deputies were suspended without pay for three days. Plus, all five were placed on probation for one year.

Upon announcing the disciplinary action Sheriff Butler said, “The actions of the deputies and their failures to act in situations such as that which occurred during the Trump rally at the Crown Coliseum have never been and will not ever be tolerated under the policies of this office. We regret that any of the circumstances at the Trump rally occurred, and we regret that we have had to investigate all of these matters. “Yet, it is our duty and responsibility to do justice and to carefully examine not only the actions of others, but our own actions to ensure that the law and our policies are justly and fairly enforced based in principle and without other influences.”

Maybe I’m beating on a dead horse or whatever… and… maybe I should accept small victories when I can… but I would’ve liked to have seen McGraw’s ass also busted for performing a hate crime and for acting in a racially discriminatory manner toward Jones. Maybe those specific charges would have eventually been tossed by a judge upon review… but… then again maybe the y would not have been tossed… but the damn book and the brick shithouse shoulda been thrown at the coward. Then, at the minimum, he would have had to deal with all the legal mumbo jumbo and rigmarole and would have had to come up with some big bucks to pay a lawyer to “protect” his unalienable rights that he denied to another person when he assaulted that person who just happened to be Black.

Justice for all… take two…

About a month or so ago I wrote in a previous WTF that there was cop down In Austin (TX) that had shot and killed a naked Black teen who was running around being troublesome and menacing to various people. At the time I posed the question how in the hell did a naked person pose enough of a threat that a cop who had pulled up to the scene in his copmobile… had to draw his weapon… order the teen to cease and desist… and… then ultimately fire a shot into David Joseph’s torso that ended his life?

Per released reports regarding the incident  Freeman, himself, told his dispatcher that the situation involved a “…this guy (who) could either be, he’s 10-86 (subject with mental illness) and losing it or high or something.”

Ex-Austin cop Geoffrey Freeman (left) and David Joseph
Ex-Austin cop Geoffrey Freeman (left) and David Joseph

But knowing this was his assessment… a suspect who was a probable 10-86…  and instead of waiting for additional cops to arrive and assist… which is a Austin Police Department mental directive when dealing with an suspect who displays symptoms of “substance-induced excited delirium.”

After stopping his copmobile about 90 feet from the teen he got out of the car and immediately drew his weapon. The kid started rushing at Freeman and Freeman yelled for him to stop… within the next almost 7 whole fucking seconds Freeman fired his weapon and fatally wounded the teenager.

Backup officers were still about another 90 seconds from being at the scene to assist in taking control of and securing the situation without any probable lethal outcomes being necessary.

A toxicology report also stated that there were no powder burns on Joseph’s body… meaning Joseph was in no way close enough to Freeman to cause him any harm… Joseph after all was naked… was he gonna whip out a fucking Uzi from his ass?

So one more time… what physical threat or imminent danger was Freeman in that he determined the only way he could handle the situation… a naked man running amok but still a 90 feet away for many people he could cause to be harmed… best for all concerned was to draw and fire his weapon?

On Monday (3/21) I got my answer…

Austin cop Geoffrey Freeman was fired…

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo in a memo detailing the causes and reasons for the firing wrote that Freeman had various tools at his disposal to subdue the teen besides his service weapon. Among these tools was his service baton… aka billy club… a stun gun, pepper spray, as well as a bean bag shot gun that was stashed in the trunk of his vehicle… not to mention personal physical force.

In addition Chief Acevedo said that freeman violated the department’s excessive force policies and that “Officer Freeman’s decision to draw his weapon when he exited his vehicle was unwarranted. No one was under a threat of imminent harm or suffering serious bodily injury or death by Mr. David.”

Meaning that lethal force was unnecessary and not required.

The lawyers for Freeman said therewill be an appeal… since there will be an appeal, the firing by the department is not final until an arbitrator upholds the decision.

However, prosecutors are investigating the shooting and are planning to present the case to a grand jury to possibly bring criminal charges against Freeman.

This was one more incident of a cop overreacting with a Black person… another unwarranted death of a Black person at the hands of cop. Another case of a cop once more pulling his gun out and engaging the trigger instead of using the training he got and his understanding of police procedures and engaging his brain to resolve the situation… however… this is not necessarily a case of racism.

Freeman is Black…

rgz david joseph CLO 17It’s a police mentality… a blue mentality problem… a problem of cops thinking it’s us against them. As well as the additional mentality that cops are big bad law enforcers and what they say and do is right and they are immune from any consequences because of the fact of them being cops.

That shit needs to end… cops are supposed to protect us all. They are supposed to do their duty to enforce laws and keep the peace with the least amount of violence possible… not the most or in the easiest way possible for them… by shooting first instead of considering how else can this case be terminated without the termination of somebody’s life.

Maybe, if more cops who violate proper police procedures and cause a person’s death or injury, without there being imminent danger to other folks or their own lives, got disciplined like Freeman… or those North Carolina cops…there might start being a whole lot less incidents of police brutality.  Maybe, cops will stop thinking they can act any damn way they want…. from thinking they are god-like with the authority to dispense street justice any damn way they see fit…

Maybe…

Family values…

Hulk Hogan…aka Terry Bollea… was recently awarded $140 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages against gossip website Gawker and its publisher Nick Denton for posting a sex video he had secretly filmed with a friend’s wife.

During the trial as well as outside of the courtroom his lawyer had said things that were downright comical except that he was dead ass serious when he said them… at least I think he was.

Things like…  “I think that being in a bedroom with your best friend’s wife should be something Terry should expect to be private.”hulkhogan

Or… “He is self-conscious about the size of his head.” Ummm… no idea which head he was making reference to here… but… Seriously?

And… “He is a regular family guy.”

Yeah, a family guy who wanted to screw… literally… around with other folk’s wives… and while he had the “permission’ of the other folk’s wife in this instant… because this particular other folk liked to watch his wife doing it with other men… still…

I mean… that’s some real family values there… right? Mighty damn neighborly of everyone, too. Ya’ll come back, ya hear? Some real sweet and homey downright decent Mayberry and Ozzie and Harriet type stuff there.

Forget about what good old Hulk had to say about Black folks on that same tape… the dude is a real regular family guy… who happens to be a fucking damn racist… who thinks his daughter shouldn’t screw around with Black men unless they are millionaire giants who make their living playing in the NBA.

Ah, hell… Hulk has such a way with words let him speak for himself…  “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to fuck some nigger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall nigger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!” And, “I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking niggers. I am a racist, to a point, fucking niggers. But then when it comes to nice people and shit, and whatever.”

Man what a fine nice upstanding family guy that Huckster… I mean Hulkster is… good gosh almighty!

I can’t stand the morality… or… the bullshit…

Size matters?

Ya know besides the Hulkster trail on whether his privacy rights were violated when Gawker aired his sex tape on the internet, there been a lot of other sexual innuendo type news items in the… well… in the news… as of late… lot of it dick related…

Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian

There was Khloe Kardashian saying just because she splits with a guy doesn’t mean they still can’t be friends… or as she put it… “I don’t need to stay friends with a guy I fucked for two weeks… But if it’s a relationship that served a purpose in my life, like Lamar (Odom), why wouldn’t I want them in my life afterwards?”

Then… Jay Glazer a Fox Sports reporter reputedly went on national radio at one time and said that Mike Francesca…aka the Sports Pope… had a big schwantz… that he had seen it in a men’s room one time…

Glazer (left) was just pulling everyone’s chain
Glazer (left) was just pulling everyone’s chain

But now is saying “No, I didn’t really see it. I just thought it was funny. I told people that looked at his schwantz and said ‘Wow, it’s really impressive’ because, why would I not say that about a guy? Did I really see his schwantz? No, people, I didn’t. I’m sorry, I’m not a dick-watcher.”

Whaaa… these are grown men…professional men and they be talking about a dude’s dick and whether it’s impressive or not? How is that fucking newsworthy? And why are men talking about a fucking guy’s dick size any way.  Women doing it? I could grok that… but… then they’d get broadsided… pun not intended… for being sexists.

And… back to Khloe… that’s not news…  how she feels about men that she screws and what her criteria is for staying  buddies with them after she tosses them aside when she has used them enough. It ain’t newsworthy in the least and no news rag should care about what she thinks about the men she beds down. Keep it to the internet gossip sites where peeps who got time to waste on that shit can do so in the privacy of their little prurient lives.

Facebook moment…

Saw this on Facebook… I liked it… So I liberated it and I’m putting it in WTF…

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… Robert Zimmerman and Cassius Clay…

Another thousand words…

 

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Emmanuelle Chriqui (40) is a Canadian film and television actress…

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  1. Another good one, Joe.

    Your theme this time seems to be the current appeal (if that is the right word) to authoritarianism. It seems to carry the day when social events get too far out of hand for many people to handle. Your reference to “the swan” (Trumpeter, get it? . . . oh, well) reflected the idea of a political analyst interviewed on CNN recently, a call to authoritarianism. This was the call that both Hitler and Mussolini made (both winners of “democratic” elections). This was the call that current Russian President Putin made (also the winner of a “democratic” election).

    I agree we are in deep trouble and have been for over half a century. Our house is burning down and all some seem able to do to put it out is pour gasoline on it.

    No the revolution won’t be televised. TV would react much too slowly. But keep your eyes on Facebook and Twitter.

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