My Brain is full…
The way I feel brings to mind an old Gary Larson cartoon… The Far Side. In the one I am remembering… a child is in a classroom with his hand raised and he is asking the teacher for permission to leave the class. His excuse? My brain is full…
That’s how I kinda feel right about now… my brain is full and all I just can’t find my way out of the morass.
Or… like the song once said… “Well, I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time and I’m wasted and I can’t find my way home.”
With that in mind I am about to give you the year’s last WTF and it is gonna be short and sweet… well maybe not so sweet but it will be relatively short.
This is for Carrie Fisher… I just wanted to let everyone know that the accomplished movie star and author was… “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.”
What’s going on?
At least three instances of blatant racism by three different white peeps came out in the last month or so.
Back around mid-November, Pamela Taylor, who at the time was the executive director of the non-profit Clay County Development Corporation, posted on Facebook, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”
She was suspended shortly after her comments became widely reported through the media. Then word was released that she would be reinstated to her position on December 23rd.
Shortly after Taylor’s comment became known Beverly Whaling, the mayor of Clay (W. Va.) came out publicly with vocal support for Taylor’s words. Whaling eventually resigned from her position.
Now just the other day news reports are saying that according to a statement released by West Virginia Gov. Early Tomblin’s office she has been terminated.
While the scuttlebutt is that her comment is not why she got sacked it was also leaked that “it triggered a lot of things,” including some people being royally pissed off.
Then in an interview with ArtVoice that was published on last Friday Carl Paladino, who is the New York co-chair of President-elect Trumpty Dumpty campaign, when asked what he would like to “go away in 2017”, said that in the coming year the “thing” he would most to disappear is Michelle Obama. Or more to the point he said, “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
When asked to elaborate on what else he would like to see in the new year he added, “(Barack) Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford (sic). He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret (sic… Jarrett is a senior Obama advisor), who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady (sic) cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”
When requests from media outlets came pouring in for verification of what he said, his office released a statement that said, “It has nothing to do with race. That’s the typical stance of the press when they can’t otherwise defend the acts of the person being attacked. It’s about 2 progressive elitist ingrates who have hated their country so badly and destroyed its fabric in so many respects in 8 years.”
Once upon a time Paladino was (still is?) a Tea Party darling and the New York elephant gubernatorial nominee in 2010, but he lost to the present governor of NY… donkey Andrew Cuomo. Paladino has a history of making controversial comments and has landed in hot water before for sending racist and sexist emails.
To their credit Trumpty’s spokespeeps called Paladino’s comments “absolutely reprehensible” and said “they serve no place in our public discourse.”
Now… I do not fucking care one iota if any one of these assholes comes out with the so-called apology that usually states… “I’m sorry if I offended anyone with my words but I in no way meant to be offensive.” Or… some asinine version of this…
And… yes… dumbass Paladino did issue the expected “apology” … let’s call it what it really was… his lame ass excuse… on Tuesday (12/27) when he released a statement that said he had received a survey at an emotional moment, after listening to Mr. Obama speak about the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo, Syria, which “resulted from his failed and cowardly foreign policy.” He added that “I did not mean to send those answers to ArtVoice. Not that it makes any difference because what I wrote was inappropriate under any circumstance. I filled out the survey to send to a couple friends and forwarded it to them not realizing that I didn’t hit ‘forward’ I hit ‘reply.’ All men make mistakes.”
Bullshit… you damn well knew exactly what you were saying and you damn well meant to be offensive. You meant to besmirch someone and besmirch them in either a very sad, sick and deprecating manner… or worse… in a very racist manner.
And, make no mistake… what these wasted sperm specimens uttered when speaking about Michelle Obama were racist words.
And as for Paladino’s excuse? The only mistake he is sorry about is that he let the world know exactly how much of a damn hateful racist he really is. Then the damn coward, in a bullshit after thought, seemed to try to say they weren’t even his words… they were written by his brother-in-law and he accidentally sent them off in an email in response to the survey.
Please… under what cabbage leaf do you think I was found under… what turnip truck did I just fall off of…. what planet… or from under what rock do you think I just came from?
He is fucking racist scum and he meant every damn word that was sent in response to the survey that was given to him.
I personally have a hard time understanding why anyone is so damn stupid that they would publicly utter such cesspool material.
I know they do so because they are goddamn racists but still why say this shit? To what purpose do these words serve? A person has no other way to release their inner turmoil other than wishing hate and harm and disgrace upon someone because they don’t think how he or she thinks?
And, then to speak that way about Michelle Obama… why? In what sense has the woman ever done anything that would merit this type of vituperative language?
I always try to never wish hate back at someone because of the hate that they exude towards others or even to myself… but… ya know what?
Some people just need to go off someplace and simply die and leave the world alone.
This shit don’t stop…
In today’s (12/28) NYDN comes another report of another bigoted ass who thinks its OK to act racist on Facebook. Trent Bennett, a high school instructor in Malvern, (Ark.) posted “Michelle Obummer … America’s First Chimp.” The post has since been deleted. But the shit was still thrown. The News also reported, “When challenged about the remarks, Bennett said ‘Just good to see that nasty chimp and her spider monkey husband gone for good.’”
Calls are being made by the NAACP as well as various others throughout the Malvern area for the teacher to either quit or be fired. The News also reported that the :Malvern School District, which is currently on a holiday break, said in a statement that it had become aware of an employee post “that was inappropriate, insensitive, and used racially charged rhetoric.” And that they would investigate the post and then take action after a review.
Fire the motherfucker’s ass.
How’s that for some damn bigoted opinionated talk?
What’s poverty got to do with it?
Even for Chicago this somewhat beyond the pale as it surpassed the violence of last Christmas that was marked by 30 people who with 6 dead.
Susan Johnson, who runs Chicago Survivors, a group that counsels the families of murder victims, told NPR that “We have a traumatized city.” She also said people were living “hair-trigger” lives with anger issues “as a result of living in trauma and in violence.”
Top Chi-town cop… Superintendent Eddie Johnson… told media folks, “Anyone thinks this is okay or it’s normal, then you’re wrong, because it’s not okay and it’s not normal.” He added that the department believes gang warfare was at the root of most of the shooting when he said, “These were deliberate and planned shootings by one gang against another. (The victims) were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holidays. This was followed by several acts of retaliation.”
A police spokesperson added that 90% of those killed had some sort of a gang affiliation and/or a criminal history.
All in all, 45 guns were taken from either the shooters or the victims or were simply “found” at the scenes of violence by cops. A plea was made by cops… as well as citizens… to enact stricter gun control laws and harsher penalties for repeat gun violence offenders.
The number of homicides in the Chicago is presently at 768. Decidedly higher than the 492 at this same time last year. Gun violence was also decidedly higher than last year …. 4,307 compared to 2,989. Very telling was that most people involved in the violence were usually under 30-years of age.
More telling…. or maybe it’s more a horrific eye opener… is that Chicago is on course to top the gun violence of Los Angeles and New York City combined.
I got none.
I do not even have a suggestion on how we need to stop this shit from going on in our cities as well as our suburbs.
Yes, it is too easy to get a gun in America. Yes, a ban on assault weapons should be enacted and enforced… but… let’s face facts… in this country if you want a damn gun you will be able to get a damn gun.
Yeah… making it harder to get a gun will help a bit… but… in my opinion… it won’t even begin to put a dent into the overall issue of gun violence in America.
It goes deeper than just an issue of accessibility. It goes into our country’s way of thinking into the culture of America… the bad ass attitude of don’t fuck with me. Everybody’s got to be a tough mother. It’s how ya get ahead. If you’re weak… then tough shit.
But, it goes deeper than all of that, too.
It goes into the depravity of the system itself that rules over America.
The depravity of a system that needs to have a poverty class in order for it to succeed. It goes into the absurdity of demanding that a segment of society needs to be impoverished in order for other segments of the society to succeed… or at least have the illusion of success… on some level or another.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to realize the answers don’t have to be very difficult to see. That they are very simplistic… that when people are destitute most thing begin to lose value. And, that can include life itself as well as the respect for life itself.
Simply put… Dylan was right… when you got nothing; you got nothing to lose.
The problem is… just because something is simple to understand, that don’t make it easy to fix or to change.
But, the bottom line is this… if we don’t do something to make sure there is an end to being jobless, to being homeless…being uneducated, being unhealthy… being simply impoverished… then fear and hopelessness will fester and flourish…
And that violence? That violence you see now in Chicago… NYC… LA? That very well may be but a speck of light in the rear view mirror of our existence compared to what may be coming down the pike.
Another thousand words…
In lieu of this week’s gratuitous picture I give you…
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