Blood running in the streets… WTF 7/13

Photographer: Jonathan Bachman
Photographer: Jonathan Bachman

There’s blood in the streets it’s up to my ankles,
Blood in the streets it’s up to my knee;
Blood in the streets, the town of Chicago.
Blood on the rise, it’s following me.
Just about the break of day.

She came, then she drove away,
Sunlight in her hair.

Blood on the streets runs a river of sadness.
Blood in the streets, it’s up to my thigh.
The river runs down the legs of the city;
The women are crying red rivers of weeping.

She came in town and then she went away,
Sunlight in her hair.

Indians scattered on dawn’s highway.
Bleeding ghosts crowd the young child’s fragile eggshell mind.

Blood in the streets of the town of New Haven;
Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice.
Blood in my love in the terrible summer;
Bloody red sun of fantastic L. A.
Blood screams her brain as they chop off her fingers.
Blood will be born in the birth of a nation;
Blood is the rose of mysterious union.

There’s blood in the streets it’s up to my ankles,
Blood in the streets it’s up to my knee;
Blood in the streets, the town of Chicago.
Blood on the rise, it’s following me.

(Songwriters:Robbie Krieger; John Densmore; Jim Morrison & Ray Manzarek/Published by Doors Music Co.)

Above is a photo of  Ieshia Evans, 28, (there seems to be varying opinions of her age… some reports say 35; some say 28) a mother and licensed practical nurse from New York who was at her first ever protest and is about to be arrested in Baton Rouge. Natasha Haynes said Evans, a lifelong friend, came to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the shooting of Alton Sterling because she “wanted a better future for her five-year-old son.”

The picture is probably destined (doomed?) to be one of the more iconic photos of this present age of protest against injustice and racism. It brings to mind those photos of a time not that long gone by, if, you really think about the relatively of what time is in the consideration of our historical context…

Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Flower Power

I am a man

Kent State
Kent State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosa Parks just before she is arrested in 1956
Rosa Parks just before she is arrested in 1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

joe1…but, from one generation (mine) to another generation and then another and another to today’s generation, time has elapsed and how far have we really traveled?  What has really changed?

Media… cars… computers… music… movies… social media… technologies of all sorts… a hell of a lot… some impressive… some not so much… and, our lives have changed how?

How much justice and freedom from discrimination has really been gained since them days when Martin, John and Bobby were murdered?

Time for people, who do wrongful and sometimes deadly stuff, to be held accountable… whether it’s fat cat banker cheating poor people out of the hard earned money, mega corporations raping the world for profits…  or… a cop killing a presumed innocent non-combative person… the laws must be applied so that people who break laws are held accountable and do some serious time locked away.sterling

Yeah, we get angry… run around demonstrating and yelling about justice and rights… get somebody’s attention… some speeches are made… some laws maybe are even promised… an  investigation happens, kinda, sorta… and… essentially, in most cases, not one damn blessed thing is done.

And, eventually, except for a few dedicated folks, we all go back to being good little sheep. A bunch of summer soldiers when it’s convenient.

I know… we all go to our own lives and our own problems, but, we eventually… in the end… just don’t give a good fuck… not really. We act like good little sheeple who are waiting for the next time shit happens so we can get our danders up once more and show how caring and concerned we are about our fellow people who are being murdered in the streets… about the blood running in the streets of NYC… Chicago…  Baton Rouge… Charleston…  Baltimore… Minnesota… Ferguson… Orlando… Oklahoma City… and… so many other cities and towns…

Then five cops are murdered… shot by a Black military man…dallas

Flags were flown at half staff… as a show of tears and grief… and… yes, as a show of respect.

Maybe, I’m wrong but I don’t think so…

Why were no flags ever flown at half staff for any Black people who were killed by cops who were unarmed and not resisting arrest?  Why were no flags ever flown at half staff  in a show of grief and respect for any of the Black men and women… and… yes, children… who were killed by cops… ever?

I don’t ever recall anybody ever flying a flag at half staff for any unarmed Black man or child who died at the hands of a police officer.

I agree it’s very sad and tragic… even horrific… that some twisted, demented mind would go out and murder cops… but… are you surprised? In the end, considering what has happened and what has really been done to fix it…

I’m not… not a whole hell of a lot…

This exact scenario happened in the 1960’s and in the 1970’s … activists, including the Panthers et. al. and the Weathermen et. al., participated in activities that were sometimes violent… both in a defensive and an offensive regard…

I expect more of this happening, if, the powers that be don’t finally wake up and stop the white washing of police violence against Blacks and other minorities, as well as the working class.

But, I have fear in my heart…

The fear I have is that maybe no one can ever come close to refuting what I am saying… the fear I have is that maybe I am more right that I can ever think I am…

The time for waiting is over…

Negroes

Sweet and docile,

Meek, humble, and kind

Beware the day

They change their mind

– Langston Hughes

Shaun King, an activist and the Chief Justice Writer for the New York Daily News, recently began one of his op-ed pieces with these words from Hughes…

He followed those words with these…

“Being black in America, from 1619 until today, has always required a painful level of pretending for the sake of survival.

In the face of slave ships, auction blocks and the slaver’s whip, speaking your mind was never a sincere option. Even tears had to be hidden if they made those who claimed to own you uncomfortable. The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War did little to change this. From 1865 until the Civil Rights Movement, speaking your mind openly while black in America could get you killed. The whip of slavery was crafted into the noose of Jim Crow. Racial terror across this country took more lives than 9/11, Oklahoma City and Orlando combined as over 4,000 black men, women and children were brutally murdered not as justice, but as intimidation from white supremacists hell-bent on shaping this country in their own image.

After 250 years of slavery and 150 years of oppression and racial terror, black folk have had enough.

On Wednesday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called for calm in the wake of the investigation into the death of 37 year old Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge Police.

Sir – I say to you respectfully – black folk have bought that line before. We’ve been calm for 400 years.

America and its leaders, cannot, in good faith, continue asking African-Americans to be calm without providing the corresponding justice that our calmness deserves. We’ve made this trade before.” 

He then invokes the names of  Emmett Till… Rodney King…  Trayvon Martin… Tamir Rice… John Crawford… Rekia Boyd… and says that, “In each of those cases, and thousands like them, American police have brutally killed unarmed African-Americans without consequence.”i hope

And, that as Black people took to the streets.. and… yes with other people of many colors… a spectrum of all races… white folks, too… the powers that be are saying “Be calm. Let the system work.”

Shaun King says… “We’ve tried calm. It’s not working.”

His words echos words of another King who was once told to stay calm… stop raising a ruckus… inciting Black folk to demand justice and respect… including many of his own fellow Black ministers.

That King answered them with the letter from the Birmingham Jail…

In it he said…

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was ‘well timed’ in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’

We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait.’ But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: ‘Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?’; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading ‘white’ and ‘colored’; when your first name becomes ‘nigger,’ your middle name becomes ‘boy’ (however old you are) and your last name becomes ‘John,’ and your wife and mother are never given the respected title ‘Mrs.’; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’…then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.”

Shaun King ended his op-ed… We are human beings and we have had enough.”

Amen…

A child will lead them…

Did ya’ll see… or at least hear… any of the  video that Philando Castile’s fiancée shot while the cops were doing everything they could to comfort the cop that shot Castile.. but… not do anything to try and save the shot man bleeding profusely…  or… tried to make sure that a terrified woman and a 4-year child couldn’t attack them in the aftermath of tragedy that had already occurred?video

I have… a few times now… but… the first time I heard it is still the most powerful for me… and, why is for many reasons… the fact that the cop has his weapon pointed inside the car window and tells the woman what to do or rather what not to do. And, the fact that the woman keeps saying in a terrified… shocked…  voice that, yes, she is doing what he tells her…. but… there was one voice that I heard that stole my attention… all of the words heard on that live stream… the voices of tension… fear… terror… shock…

The cop saying things like “Ma’m just keep your hands where they are!”…. Diamond Reynolds saying… “Yes, I will, sir… I’ll keep my hands where they are.”

Diamond Reynolds w/ daughter Dae'Anna
Diamond Reynolds w/ daughter Dae’Anna

Throughout all of this surreal, bizarre, macabre, insane, horror show of reality there is one voice that stood out to me… weirdly and strangely I heard a voice that evoked the essence of of love… of calm in the middle of a torrential hell storm… a four-year child could… Reynold’s daughter Dae’Anna… can be heard saying distinctly with care and love… “Mommy… don’t scared…”

And…then again… “It’s okay, Mommy…”

“…It’s okay, I’m right here with you.”

Yeah… out of all that… that was what struck me as the most powerful… 

A child will lead them…

An answer is required…

In the wake of the tragedy in Dallas… and make no mistake it was a tragedy… where five cops were murdered, the shooting deaths by cop of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the protests that stormed across the country, Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House, moderated a special “Conversation with America” town hall Sunday service that was opened for a national dialogue about the events and the tensions surrounding them. Among those who attended and spoke either in Dallas or by phone lines were… Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and state Senator Royce West as well the mother of Alton Sterling, Saundra Sterling, Quineyetta McMillion, mother of Alton Sterling’s son and Lavish “Diamond” Reynolds, the fiancée of Philando Castile.

Of that group of people who were related to the victims of the being shot by cop, one person… I’m not sure which person it was… said words that were close to the following…

We turn to the police to protect us, but, when the police are the ones who are attacking us, who do we turn to?

Anybody???

Heeeee’s baaaackkkkk…. damn it!

Rudy Giuliani is back in the news and that’s never a good thing…  I won’t go deep into what he said but I will highlight some of his key… and mostly very racist… statements…

He incorrectly… as usual when he tries throwing numbers and statistical information around… said that black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other.giuliani photo NYDN

Appearing on CBS’ “Face The Nation”, he said, “If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police.”  And that’s when he also added the “fact” that “The real danger to them… 99 out of 100 times… is other black kids who are going to kill them. That’s the way they’re gonna die.”  He also said, if he “were a black father,” he would tell his son to “be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99% chance they’re going to kill you… not the police!”

I wonder how the present mayor of NYC… Bill de Blasio… feels about Rudy Katzootie the fool’s words? Ya know… the guy who has  racially mixed children….

The guy who once said that… and took a lot of heat for being honest about it… he has had the “talk’ with his son Dante… the one where he says if a cop confronts you in any way… just comply…don’t make any sudden movements and don’t sass them otherwise you could get hurt very badly… possibly wind up getting shot.

And understand this… that ain’t respect de Blasio is telling his son to have towards the cops rather its compliance. Compliance… because otherwise something bad might happen. Not that I think de Blasio also wouldn’t tell his son to give respect where it is due but lets be real here and just tell like it is…

Here’s the deal… in order to get respect you have to give respect. Too many cops forget that dictum… too many cops don’t respect  folks when they deal with them throughout their everyday interactions with the public. They have this attitude “I’m a cop you have to respect me or else…”

It don’t work hat way… rather it’s… I’ll respect you when you respect me. Will I be rude or confrontational?  No… but… what you get from me will not be respect unless you give me some, too. It’s a mutual thing. You give me respect; I give it you in return.

You give me disrespect… then, I disrespect you back. Again that doesn’t mean I have to be confrontational or insulting  but what I give to you will not be respect.

Fair exchange is no robbery.

He then took on the Black Lives Matter movement…

He called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and “anti-American.”

The fool said… the members of the organization  “… sing rap songs about killing police officers” and “yell it out at rallies.” And… “When you say ‘black lives matter,’ that’s inherently racist. Black lives matter, white lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”

Like many a post/meme, that I’ve been seeing lately, says… Yeah… all lives matter but it’s my Black ass that’s being threatened right now. So, it’s my Black ass that matters at this time.

Well, maybe, I kinda reinterpreted the post a little teensy bit. But… I like my way better…

Kind of gets the point across a tad more pointedly…msnbc

Some facts…

Giuliani’s two terms as mayor were marked by issues of police brutality that… gosh, damn… are the same as the police brutality being debated about today.  And, while he was the NYC mayor, NYPD shot and killed 160 suspects… and that’s per the NYPD’s own stats. While he was mayor there was an average of 10 folks killed by cops each year. Including 30 folks killed by cops in 1996.

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams said… “Giuliani is a failed mayor and presidential candidate desperately trying to remain relevant. His comments exemplify why we remain stagnant. It’s full of ignorance and privilege and devoid of empathy.”

And, in my opinion, Williams is right and makes an excellent point…

Shame on the media for playing into his desire for that relevancy… because they go after him knowing he will spike their ratings with his asinine verbiage that comes out of his mouth like so much sewage that goes through the city every single damn day. Waste and shit sliding down through the pipes to be processed and maybe even recycled into something useful. Only his shit stays as shit and just feeds into more shit… hate and more hate.

NYDN writer, Linda Stasi, wrote in the Sunday edition of the paper that Rudy Katzootie the fool was spewing hate during an appearance on MSNBC by saying “Let’s teach everyone including the children of the black community that most of those police officers are the reason you’re alive. Because the real danger to you is that black kid who is going to shoot you on the street.” She also said he then added, “My father taught me that, when a police officer tells you something, do what he says.”

She then wrote… “Dad must have learned this after he went to Sing Sing for armed robbery. (“Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph W. Giuliani,”’ by Wayne Barrett).

I say… Rudy Giuliani is a joke. A very bad, sad, tired & poor joke. I have roasted him time and again and wish… he, and, many others like him… would just go away.   I ain’t saying he… or anyone… should come to any harm.  I am saying that I just want him to go away. Shut the fuck up and just leave the scene of the “crime” that he commits each and every time he opens his yap.

But, if wishes were horse then beggars would ride…

RESPECT…

Respect is not just a song sung by Aretha Franklin… it’s a word full of meaning, the gist of which is that when two people meet they should treat each other with decency, with truth, with honor and judiciousness.

I keep hearing that word thrown around… that we  the people… especially the Black Lives Matter folks… need to “respect” the cops.

But, how can we respect cops when they don’t really respect themselves?

Huh? What the fuck did he just say?

Right…respect

Listen up… when people start going to jail for criminal acts that they do, then the bad stuff they represent… they do as group… will start to wane. The only way cop violence… brutality against people… citizens… is going to start to ebb is when other cops break the blue wall and start telling their blue brothers and sisters to stop that shit… stop being violent and stop being killers…

And… when cops start testifying against cops who break the law. It ain’t snitching… its doing the job. It’s upholding the law, if cops begin to report cops, and, if, necessary bust cops, who are breaking the law. Especially, if it is by denying a citizen of his or her rights… or… by committing police brutality… or… causing a citizen’s death when investigating an alleged crime or misdemeanor.

I said earlier… respect is given, when respect is gotten.

In my experience… and, I’m a fucking old white dude… right now when I see a badge it is not respect that it gets from me… rather… it’s compliance.  Compliance because I don’t want to do anything that might get me busted… or… maybe beaten… or… worse dead.

That is not the way law and order should be gotten. Fear never has never accomplished anything in the long run. It is doomed to fail. If, by being bullies is the only way that “peace” can be kept, then let’s face facts… that ain’t no peace at all.

The law should, and needs to, apply to everyone… including cops.

If, a cop were ever to witness another cop doing anything wrong… committing a crime… such as brutality… against a citizen and does not report it, then, they too are guilty of the same crime… at least of being an accomplice to he crime… before and after the fact…

Like I said…

Respect is not just a song sung by Aretha Franklin… it’s a powerful word that needs to be adhered to.

What goes on in their heart?

Buffalo billionaire Carl Paladino and 2010 elephant candidate for NY governor is the honorary co-chair of Trumpty Dumpty New York campaign. He also appears as a fill-in for Trumpty on various cable news programs.

In a recent tweet which appeared to be aimed at criticism over the government’s supposed refusal to prosecute Hillary Billary, he said “lynch @LorettaLynch.” He then said that a grand jury should convene to decide the matter.paladino tweet 2

I am putting supposed in there because as far as I know the only thing that has happened is that the FBI says they don’t recommend any charges to be brought against Hillary Billary for what they say is violating classified info rules due to stupidly negligent.. . (yeah,,.  real good prez material).

Any way the tweet was sorta disappeared after a bit.

When Michael Wooten, a reporter for Buffalo’s NBC affiliate WGRZ, caught wind of the tweet and its disappearance, he tweeted at Paladino with “@CarlPaladino Hi Carl. I’m sure you know why I’m tweeting you. Why use ‘lynch’ in that tweet? Do you regret? Why delete? Please let me know.”

He got back a tweet from what seems to be a Paladino minion who said, “@wgrzMichael I work for Carl, I’m new to twitter & tweeted what Carl asked but made mistake of adding Lynch. My bad.”

Be that as it might be… it was still under Paladino’s name. And, that makes it his responsibility.

But, let’s give him the full benefit of the doubt and say it wasn’t him doing the tweeting… still… when your…anyone’s… fingers type that word “lynch” in small case and then Loretta Lynch’s handle after it, don’t ya’ll think that it should make the typist give… at the bare minimum… a  reason to pause… kinda like… “Whoooaaa… what the fuck… that ain’t right.  She’s Black. Hows that gonna look?”

Or… maybe somebody just didn’t… think… that is…… orrrr… maybe somebody thought and said fuck it.

But before I let this lay…

There’s just one thing I want ya’ll to remember…  this is the guy… Paladino and not the minion… who in 2010, was busted for sending bestiality images in various emails, pornographic videos and one video of an African tribal dance with the title “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.”

And, hours after appearing in New York with Trump this past spring… so, sue me, it’s two things I want ya’ll to remember… Paladino was on  NPR to describe Obama as “a man who in every respect looks like he despises America…. people who get on the Trump bus are people that are very, very frustrated with their government as it’s been. It doesn’t matter what kind of person is the exterminator, they want the raccoons out of the basement.”

And, the interviewer then cut his ass off. Rightfully so, in my opinion.

So… it’s either some real damn fucking negligence and somebody needs to issue a real fucking sincere apology… like  two days before the tweet even went out… OR… some racist fuck needs to be fired from the Trumpty Dumpty  campaign staff.

I’ll bet if someone does bites the bullet and loses their “job” it ain’t gonna be Paladino, though…

If, I said that…

Some writer wrote this… the article was attributed to News Wire Services, so I don’t know the person’s name… … “Amid the bloodshed, nationwide protests, shock and heartbreak, some people showed that they just didn’t get it.”

Then added this tweet that was twittered out by some jackass…Walsh+1

“3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

That’s what Joe Walsh wrote… no, not the rock and roller… but… some punkass Tea Party elephant Chicago talk radio host who at one point was an Illinois congressman… for one term and then was booted out of office.

And, that was just the culmination of the shit he was tweeting left and right as the deadly incident down in Dallas was developing…

For instance… He started with the seemingly innocuous tweet… “3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded…”

Then came… “4 Dallas Cops assassinated tonight. Blacks lives matter cheers. LGBT blames Christians. Obama defends Islam.”

Where that came from is anyone’ guess… only in his feeble mind… I guess…

And… “Obama’s words & BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops. ”

Hmmm….

Then before any cop spokesperson even  issued any information on what was transpiring in Dallas… he tweeted that the attack on the police was being done by  “2 uneducated black thugs.”

Just a tad on the racist and ignorant side. No?walsh tweet

Then that final tweet came… the one with the threats of violence on real people…

No matter how you slice this pie… he is threatening the lives…

First and foremost, he is threatening the prez of the United States and that should require a very serious visit from the Secret Service peeps, or, whoever is entailed with busting people who make terrorist threats.

AND… he is threatening anyone who is connected with Black Lives Matter.

So, why ain’t I reading anything about how he got his ass busted?

I bet you dollars to doughnuts there would have been someone knocking on other folks doors, if they dared to go around issuing violent threats… especially, a threat against the prez of the United States.

Of course… He deleted the tweet after some folks bitched about it and then wrote that he “wasn’t calling for violence, against Obama or anyone.”

Yeah…uh huh… only the dick head said it… he issued a threat…

I maintain… that people need to be responsible for what comes forth from their mouths… they need to say what they mean and mean what they say… if, they can’t… then… SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Or, suffer the damn consequences that will (should) result from your own damn words… like… when you threaten people’s lives…

Especially…  people like the Prez.

Another thousand words…

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This weeks gratuitous pictures…

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Cristina Sagnier (age unknown)… model… crsitina sagnier 2

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