Some stories making the news lately about life and justice…
First, do no harm…
A.J. Burgess was born without functioning kidneys. A.J., who weighs just 25 pounds, was born a month early and spent 10 months in a neonatal intensive care unit. He needs a kidney transplant in order to have a chance at having a life.
A.J.’s dad, Anthony, happens to be a perfect match to donate a kidney to his son, but after a probation violation, hospital administrators are denying him the chance.
A.J. was supposed to have the surgery on October 3rd, but on the day of the scheduled transplant operation the hospital canceled, saying “we need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you.”
Carmellia Burgess, A.J.’s mother, said if the transplant is put off until January, it might be too late. She said some of her son’s organs are starting to fail, and he needs bladder surgery
According to AJC.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)…
Anthony Dickerson, 26, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been in and out of jail on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge since 2011, according to Gwinnett County jail records. Just this month, he was released on a $2,600 bond on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of attempted felonies.
But Dickerson promised that his son would be the one thing he did right in his life, the child’s mother, Carmellia Burgess, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
So, when he found out he was a match to donate his kidney to Anthony Jr., he jumped at the chance to help.
The family was “hysterical” when they found out the day of the planned surgery Oct. 3 that Emory University Hospital had changed the plan.
“They’re making this about dad,” Burgess said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”
Oh… by the way… did I mention that Anthony and AJ are Black people?
I ain’t definitively saying that if Anthony and A.J. were white that the decision Emory Hospital would make would be the exact opposite of what they said in the present case, but If I were a betting man I would give you dollars to doughnuts that, yeah, the decision to transplant the damn organ would be a lot different.
But, I am gonna say regardless of the skin tone of the people involved…
This is pure bullshit. Once the kidney is removed and placed into another body the original owner of the kidney has relinquished possession and it belongs to the person it has been transplanted into. It’s damn common sense. If I own something and I give it away I no longer own it, Jesus Christi almighty, already!
In fact, let me take this a step further… I sincerely believe that what Emory Hospital is doing is in fact criminal and if AJ dies when he could have been saved through the transplanting of his dad’s healthy kidney, then Emory Hospital should be libel for malpractice and the administrators of Emory should be fucking arrested for manslaughter.
This is tantamount to a criminal offense in my mind. The father’s criminal history and the fact he may or not go to jail again has nothing to do with the transplant. Once inserted into his son they will not remove the kidney and place it back into the father so it can go to jail with him. That is the logic Emory is claiming and that is an absurdity.
There is a website called ColorOfChange it is publicizing this story and has a petition… ColorOfChange says “We all have a duty to help push Emory University Hospital to save this boy’s life and do the right thing now… This is the message we’ll send to Emory University Hospital:
Emory University Hospital must prioritize a 2-year-old boy’s life now. It is cruel and unfair that you are using a man’s criminal background to punish a child and the entire family. The family cannot wait until January and there is no reason to wait. Saving a young boy’s life should matter first and foremost. We believe in the right to medical care and no person should be denied, regardless of a person’s status. Make the right decision today.
Sign the petition…”
Here is the link… https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/emory-do-the-surgery/
It’s your choice I made mine. I signed.
It’s all about the Benjamins…
Wanna know the real reason the owners… the NFL… was caving into Trumpty Dumpty’s desire to fire all the sons of bitches who dared to kneel in protest of police violence against we the people… especially the Black portion of we the people? At least the showing of the beginning of the cracks in the owners of the teams so-called solidarity, that only a few weeks prior to this column saw some billionaire owners actually kneeling down with the players… yes, some (but not all) of the millionaires that have been protesting… on the fields of play and held their hands as if to say fuck off Trumpty… and have some respect for someone else’s opinion regardless of how you think.
But that was all a blind… bull shit in reality.
It is all about the ratings… all about the money… the dough reign on me.
And here is why I think… in fact… I know this…
On October 17, 11 NFL owners and 13 players met at NFL HQ in NYC. Why? The so-called anthem protests were why.
Rumors abounded that the owners would create a new rule that would require… mandate… that from hence forth of its being proclamated all the players would have to stand when the national anthem was being performed.
But, when it all came down, what happened was no such damn thing happened at all. Rather what resulted was the owners… the NFL… said it would endeavor to work with the NFLPA… the players union on how to move forward.
And, here is why
Various reports came out that said the owners felt “respecting the flag” was important… especially to all those peeps who were getting overly distressed, if not outright pissed off, that some goddamn Black athletes (and a smattering of white ones, too) would have the audacity to kneel before the anthem and the flag being presented… but… so was addressing players’ concerns about social inequality, which was the reason Colin Kaepernick … remember him? … began the protest during the anthem back in August 2016.
According to an extensive story by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN the Magazine …
At one point in the meetings, Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner… by the way, this is the dude, who on September 25 took a knee in prayer with his team before “The Star-Spangled Banner” after Trump called any NFL player who kneels for the anthem a “son of a bitch,” who then had the chutzpah to say he would bench anyone who did not stand while the national anthem was played and then when pushed by reporters trebled down and said, “The policy and my actions are going to be if you don’t honor and stand for the flag in a way that a lot of our fans feel that you should, if that’s not the case, then you won’t play.” When pushed further he said, “It’s not in the best interest of the Cowboys to be in this debate. It’s not in the best interest of the Cowboys whether it’s right or wrong to imply that we don’t respect the flag.” Translation don’t you players dare fuck up my money-making gold mine I got going here by charging all these fools oodles and oodles of money for tickets, food and drink and souvenirs.
Anyway, Jones told the rest of those at the meeting that they seriously needed to consider the impact the anthem issue was having on the league’s bottom line which to some in the room interpreted as Jones wanting to create a rule that would require players to stand during the anthem, similar to NBA‘s rule.
After Jones said his piece, Dan Snyder the Washington Reskins owner, said, “See, Jones gets it … 96 percent of Americans are for guys standing.”
Which to be nice… was a gross overstatement of any reality that was going on in America.
One… because I have yet to hear of any extensive and significant polling of Americans of how they feel about the players standing or keeling. And, two… because all the news reports, I have read or heard, say that while there may be a significant portion of America that feels the players are unpatriotic dipshits because of their protest, there are also a fair amount, if not a similarly significant portion, of Americans that feel the players have a right to protest what they see as a gross injustice to Black people, especially at the hand of the various police forces in America. I would say at best it could be 50-50 or split right down the middle of how America feels about the issue.
But, what came next from one member of this very elite and sacrosanct the billionaires club was this… The Dallas Texans owner, Bob Mc Nair, said… “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
After the owners had spoken, NFL executive, and former NFL player, Troy Vincent stood up. And said he was offended by McNair’s “inmates” comments.
And according to Wickersham and Van Natta, “Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL … during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word … he never felt like an ‘inmate.'”
Later, McNair pulled Vincent aside to apologize … saying he felt horrible and this his words weren’t to be taken literally. Vincent reportedly appreciated McNair’s apology.
He really said this!!!!!?????
To use that analogy is beyond the pale, in my opinion. and speaks volumes of how the owners look at their players/employees… many, if not most, who are Black…
And to be truthful… this is how the owners really look upon the NFL athletes…. as property or as people they can control regardless of what they… the players… think or want. As if they were back in the good old days of the plantations… the good old South of the pre-Civil War days… or… the sweatshops of the 19th century and early 20th centuries before the unions came into being and changed how employers could treat employees.
The owners view is… as do most employers of we the people… their employees are theirs to do with as they wish… or… they certainly would like it to be that way. Do what we say or fuck off and get the hell out. Go broke and starve for all we care.
McNair did go up to Vincent privately and apologized, saying he didn’t intend his words to be taken literally, which Vincent reportedly accepted.
And McNair, who by the by is a multi-million dollar Trump campaign contributor, has also released a public apology that said:
“I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”
First. Allow me to say something I have said many times before… Say what you mean and mean what you say. Simply put, think before you open your damn pie hole to utter some insanity or inanity.
Beyond that pithy piece of advice… Mr. McNair exactly who the fuck were you talking about if not the players?
He has since come out and said…
“As I said [Friday], I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meeting last week. I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.”
Ya know what?
That statement is even more full of bull shit than his first one. The first one followed standard apology protocol. I am sorry for what I said (as if) and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by it. Which is not a real apology at all. Just a cheap ass way of trying to save some face and pretend you are sorry, so you can extricate yourself from a piss poor situation in the hopes of not severely and seriously harming your bottom line… your reputation, job, money making deal or whatever it is you hold most sacred. It is not.. I was wrong. I am sorry. I will never do it again.
But he was referring to the relationship between the league office and the owners? The league office are the inmates? How is that even a reasonable statement to make? Sorry… I don’t buy it and if McNair wants my advice… shut the fuck up you are just digging your ass deeper and deeper into the big muddy that you have created.
In reality he meant what he said… people don’t just spout out certain words unless there is the thought in their minds that is what they believe… at least on some level. And, I believe he really views the players as nothing more than inmates… cattle… commodities… in his personal looney bin of wealth who should just shut the fuck up and step an fetch it. In fact, many of his team’s players feel similar and are more or less pissed off that an owner would ever think the way McNair thinks … or say it aloud anyway.
Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown said, “It sickened me. It’s horrible, it’s frustrating. … I’m not surprised by it.”
Rookie cornerback Treston Decoud tweeted, “I don’t believe he is the only owner that feel that way… smh,”
And then there is Brian Banks.
Banks is a former Southern California high school football star who served six years in prison for a rape he did not commit. And Banks said via twitter…
6:19 PM – Oct 27, 2017
Banks has been outspoken about his treatment at the hands of the criminal justice system as compared to white folks… white athletes in particular… such as Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was sentenced to just six months in jail despite being found guilty of three felonies, including penetration of an unconscious person… rape…who have received slaps on the wrist for their real criminal acts… in particular of sexual predation.
And I just gotta say… Mr. Banks… I concur wholeheartedly with your opinion…
Part of a conspiracy?
Braden Matejka barely escaped the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas with his life after some white terrorist fired a barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the outdoor concert below. The 64-year-old murderer killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, Matejka was among them that got shot and lived.
Matejka had come from Canada with girlfriend Amanda Homulos to celebrate his 30th birthday and have some damn fun while doing it listening to music that they loved. But then hell broke loose and gunfire rained down from above. Matejka was struck him the head and fell to the ground. Homulos, who was not injured, was able to make it inside the car of another concertgoer, who drove them to the hospital. Obviously, he was lucky to be one of the survivors. In an on-camera interview the Associated Press they recounted their harrowing experience and the escape and a tearful Homulos said at one point, “I’m just so grateful that we’re still here, and I can’t express how sorry I am for the people that didn’t make it.”
Yet, in the after math, here is what some people said… and I use the word people with great trepidation in regards to these “people” …
One person posted on Facebook page, “You are a lying piece of shit and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head.”
Another wrote: “Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will Pay for the consequences.”
Matejka’s family also say that some of the posts have included memes with Braden’s photos and pairing them with crude captions. Braden eventually closed down his social media accounts, but that didn’t stop the assholes from spouting out their messages of hate and stupidity. They just went from Braden to his family and loved ones instead with their sick vitriol.
His brother, Taylor Matejka, told one media outlet, “There are all these families dealing with likely the most horrific thing they’ll ever experience, and they are also met with hate and anger and are being attacked online about being part of some conspiracy. It’s madness I can’t imagine the thought process of these people. Do they know that we are actual people?”
Taylor said he tried responding to some of the posts, but that the result was nothing but death ears to hearing any form of rational thought or reason.
What the fuck is wrong with some people????
I mean… honestly… how can these conspiracy dupes believe the stuff they believe and then say the shit they say?
I really have a hard time wrapping my brain around this.
All the blood and horror and death and destruction there is when shit like this happens and some peeps think the government… or some other agency… actually goes out and stages it?
It is called terrorism… it is festering hate that comes out in terror and murder.
It is real and no amount of stupidity or insanity will change what it is. Some people need to take some pills for what truly ails them.
I am serious they got pills for these people who cannot get a grasp on reality.
If that don’t work… a good swift kick in the balls or cherries might.
Maybe it won’t change a damn thing but at least that is something they know is not any government conspiracy. It would be real and live and very, very, very painful.
Conspiracy that, mutherfuckers!
Another thousand words…
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