Sunday, September 14, 2014

When white privilege can go wrong.

Man the police have really been on a roll lately.


Apparently it's not only black men who get the business from folks who swear "to protect and serve"; it seems that black women have been catching it as well.


Now comes another story from Los Angeles where a sister was profiled and arrested for....wait for it...showing public displays of affection with her white husband.


"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts says she was accosted by police and handcuffed on Thursday in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute.Watts, who played house slave "CoCo" in "Django" and is Martin Lawrence's daughter on the new FX comedy "Partners," shared the news on Facebook.


"Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," she wrote.


Watts also posted a picture of herself sobbing as she stood in front of an office in shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes.


An LAPD public information officer said there was no record of the incident as Watts wasn't arrested or brought into the station for questioning.


According to Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas, Studio City police mistook the couple for a prostitute and john after they showed public displays of affection. Watts refused to show her ID to the cops, and was therefore handcuffed and seated in the back of their car until they could figure out who she was. They let her go quickly afterward." [Source]


The message here is this: Sisters, if you are married to (or dating) a white man, be very careful how you interact with him in public; sadly, you could be mistaken for a prostitute.


Her poor husband got a white privilege reality check. I am not sure that he signed up for this when he linked up with this sister, but now he knows.


Another white person now understands what it feels like to have white privilege go wrong. Like the husband of Daniele Watts, her situation was brought on by her interaction with Negroes.

"SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — A woman has criticized police in the Utah County city of Saratoga Springs over the fatal shooting of her 22-year-old son, saying she believes the outcome would have been different had he not been black.


Susan Hunt of Saratoga Springs said her family wants answers about what happened leading up to Wednesday's shooting by officers of her son, Darrien Hunt.


On Saturday afternoon, law enforcement authorities issued a statement saying that the man lunged at officers with a sword.


The Deseret News reported that police say they were called about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a "suspicious" man walking near businesses along Redwood Road while carrying a "Samurai-type sword."


Before the statement was issued, Susan Hunt told the Deseret News: "They killed my son because he's black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he's running away.


"Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family."


The city on Friday issued a statement saying the shooting was under investigation by the county attorney's office.


"We sympathize with Mr. Hunt's family during this difficult time," the statement says. "Any claim that our officers' actions were a result of Mr. Hunt's race is completely unfounded and speculative. Our officers responded to a call for service and addressed the situation that was presented to them."


Based on the limited information the family has been given, Susan Hunt said, it believes a shot was fired by police during the confrontation and multiple shots were fired after he ran away."


"When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot," Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor said in a statement. [Source]  


Ms. Hunt, welcome to our world. Please keep talking about your experience to white America. Maybe they will understand what it's like a little better if it's coming from you.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

CAPTION SATURDAY.




I need a caption for this pic.


*Pic from rare.us

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brawlers.

I must confess that when I saw this headline: "Sarah Palin: I owe America A Global Apology" , I thought that the conservative Queen was referring to her recent shenanigans up in Alaska.


Of course I was wrong. Sarah was lamenting the fact that she and her running mate did not defeat Barack Obama.


"During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Palin spoke about Obama's long-term strategy for defeating the Islamic State -- a militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL -- that he laid out in a speech Wednesday night.
"As I watched the speech last night, Sean, the thought going through my mind is, 'I owe America a global apology. Because John McCain, through all of this, John McCain should be our president,'"


Sarah, with all due respect, you should be "apologizing" to America and your fans for that brawl you and your family were involved in.


 "Since her ill-fated 2008 run for vice-president, Sarah Palin and her family have been a constant television presence, appearing in their own reality show and, more recently, on her very own Sarah Palin channel.


The most dramatic recent chapter in the Palin story appears, however, to be documented only by witness accounts – and an evolving police report. Alaska authorities are considering filing criminal charges related to a large fistfight said to involve multiple members of the family in the Overview neighbourhood of Anchorage last Saturday night.


Palin family members were present at a party where 20 people ended up in an alcohol-fuelled melee in the front yard, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro told the Alaska Dispatch News.


Sarah Palin herself got in on the action, ABC News reported in an interview with a party attendee, who quoted the former governor as screaming at unknown combatants: “Do you know who I am?!”


Palin was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee and currently is host of Amazing America with Sarah Palin on the Sportsman Channel. She and husband Todd are the parents of five children, at least two of whom were central protagonists in the weekend brawl, according to Alaska politics blogger Amanda Coyne, who wrote:
The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that [daughter] Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly.  
The Anchorage police department confirmed on Thursday that a “verbal and physical altercation” had taken place outside the residence, where a party was being held in part to celebrate Todd Palin’s 50th birthday.


“We are still reviewing the case, along with our municipal attorney’s office to determine whether any charges will be filed,” Castro, the police spokeswoman, told the Alaska paper in an email.


“A preliminary investigation by police revealed that a party had been taking place at a nearby residence and a fight had broken out between multiple subjects outside of the residence,” she added."


Oh lawd! That white trash mojo is strong.


Thank goodness we didn't send these classless benighted hillbillies to Washington.


The good news for Sarah's fans is that she now has her own channel. And, for a small fee, they can watch her until their heart's content.


 "..in which the former vice presidential candidate reportedly screamed, 'Don’t you know who I am?”'


That's the problem Sarah; we know exactly who you are.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Not all eyewitnesses are the same.

I swear I am not making this up. A pundit on CNN was explaining this evening that now that two white witnesses have come forward to say that they saw Michael Brown with his hands raised before he was shot; it could be problematic for Officer Wilson.


The host, Wolf Blitzer, nodded his head in agreement. They went on to admit (and I am paraphrasing here) that these witnesses lend credibility to the other eyewitness accounts because they did not have a dog in the fight.  


Of course we all know the real reason that these two construction workers will be found more credible than the residence of Ferguson. If you guessed the color of their skin please move to the head of the class.


All those Negroes just cannot be trusted with their version of the story. They are too biased, and they are.....well.....Negroes.


"Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he's gunned down by a police officer.
They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was killed.

And the men, who asked not to be identified after CNN contacted them, said they were about 50 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he opened fire.
An exclusive cell phone video captures their reactions during the moments just after the shooting.

 
"He had his f**n hands up, one of the men says in the video.

The man told CNN he heard one gunshot, then another shot about 30 seconds later." [Source]


Thankfully the men have now come forward.


Thank you "Mr. Charlie", for helping to make the wheels of justice turn faster.


Those Negroes in Ferguson could not have done it without you. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An old familiar road.

I feel like we have been down this road before.


The first time it was after commercial airliners loaded with innocent people struck New York City and the Pentagon. And now, it's a monster beheading American journalists on the Internet for the entire world to see.


I can hear the saber- rattling all the way over here. (I see you John McCain.) All that's missing is the American flags in the FOX NEWS studios. Americans, once again, want war.


An all too willing president, who is tanking in his approval ratings, will soon address the nation and tell us that he will do everything in his powers to kill those ISIS people, and that he wants them just as bad as the rest of us.


Over at FOX the screams for blood have reached a fever pitch,
and the usual political suspects , as is expected, will try to score political points.

Of course he will do it (or so he says) without putting boots on the ground. (Because Americans still don't have the stomach to watch all those coffins with our sons and daughters coming into Dover.) We will see if we can win a war from 40,000 feet and by arming our "friends". Friends, of course, being a relative term.


Tomorrow is September 11th. It is 13 years since that horrible day when, as  Americans, we realized that terrorism can come to our shores.


As I write this post the president is giving his address to the nation now about America's future and what will be needed to fight our new found enemy.


I suspect, that like all Americans, he is worried about that terror revisiting us again. Not just from our computer screen, but live on Main Street.


I am listening to the very left leaning Chris Matthews, and he is saying that the president is not doing enough. More is needed he is saying, just merely saying we will hit with air strikes is not enough.


"It’s fear-mongering,” Harkin said. “It’s what happened after 9/11. ‘Oh my god, they’ve got these planes crashing. Now they’re going to take over America.’ That’s nonsense.”

“We overreacted to 9/11,” he continued. “Most of the people that did 9/11 were Saudis. Why the hell didn’t we invade Saudi Arabia? There wasn’t one Iraqi involved in 9/11. We just keep jumping from one mistake to another. I have a feeling we’re going to do the same thing with [ISIS].” [Source]


One thing I did learn is that Barack Obama is sending 475 troops to the Middle East.....


Yep, this road looks familiar.





























Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Bringing back the Black Codes.

I have written about a sort of new post Reconstruction fever sweeping over the United States since the election of Barack Obama in the past. It is now republicans and not democrats, and it is 2014 and not 1877; but the similarities are clear.




I still tend to think of Southern elected republican politicians as Scalawags. The grand deal to elect Rutherford B. Hayes as president meant that Southern whites could go back to treating blacks the way that they did prior to the ending of the Civil War.




Here we are in 2014, but make no mistake; there are quite a few elected officials who would love nothing more than to bring back the Black Codes.




They do a great job of covering it up, but every now and then one of them slips and we are reminded of what we are dealing with.




"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that Georgia state Senator Fran Millar (R) penned an angry response to DeKalb County’s announcement that early voting will be available on Sunday, October 26, and that an early-voting location will be opened at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall. Millar represents part of the county and is Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans.

Millar wrote:
Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state. 

Many predominantly Black churches around the country organize “Souls to the Polls” events that encourage churchgoers to vote after attending Sunday church services. This often relies on carpooling and is perfectly legal, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (which advocates for a strict separation of church and state). While Republicans in places like North Carolina and Ohio have pushed to eliminate Sunday voting hours, it is unusual for a legislator to so candidly admit that this strategy is about reducing African American turnout. 
Millar notes that he is “investigating if there is any way to stop this action” and that he and State Representative Mike Jacobs (R) “we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January,” as it might boost Democratic voter turnout.
 On his Facebook page Tuesday, Millar stood by his comments, writing: “I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters. If you don’t believe this is an efort [SIC] to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple, then you are not a realist. This is a partisan stunt and I hope it can be stopped.” [Source]



Mr. Millar, I don't mean to be picky, but I am guessing that "more educated" voters would know how to spell e-f-f-o-r-t.


But hey, that's just me.




Anyway, I hope that we don't have to bring back the Underground Railroad for you Negroes down in Georgia. 




Finally, the NFL is saying that they tried to get that Ray Rice video of him punching out his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, but they were not "granted that opportunity".




“We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator. We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.”




Yeah right.




If you think, for a minute, that one of the most powerful organizations in America could not have gotten an elevator surveillance video from the casino that involved one of their players, I have a wonderful antique bell with a slight crack on the side from my hometown that I would just love to sell you.




Sorry Roger, I am siding with Harvey Levin on this one.













 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Memo to FOX: There is nothing funny about domestic violence.

I have always said this, but it should be repeated: The folks over at FOX VIEWS consider black people to be less than human.


Do you think, for a moment, if that was Tobey Gerhart and his "All American" girlfriend on that elevator in Atlantic City that night, that FOX VIEWS would be making fun of the incident? It's a rhetorical question. Of course not.


I could give example after example of FOX VIEWS and their Negro problem. So I am sure that no one would be surprised to know that less than 2% of FOX viewers are black.


So anyway, here is the latest example of FOX being FOX that has me posting about them tonight:


"On Monday after video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator.


Without giving many details about the assault, the hosts quickly began comparing the incident to other cases of domestic violence among celebrities. But rather than putting any kind of blame on the abuser, the co-hosts pointed the finger at the women.


"She still married him!" Steve Doocy said of Rice's wife, Janay Palmer.
"Rihanna went back to Chris Brown right after [he assaulted her]," Brian Kilmeade said. "A lot of people thought that was a terrible message."


Doocy compared the video to the elevator incident between Jay Z and Solange. To which Kilmeade then-- you guessed it-- defended Jay Z for not hitting back.
"I think the message is, take the stairs," Kilmeade concluded.


No. That's really not the message.


Doocy then chimed in once more.


"The message is, when you're in an elevator, there's a camera."
Nope. Still not the message." [Source] 


Remember that video of the dog getting abused on an elevator by that CEO?


Well guess what? The folks over at FOX didn't think that was funny. But then, that was a dog; not a black woman.


Finally, I am glad that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens came to their senses and gave Ray Rice the punishment that he deserves. I blogged about this earlier, and I was outraged then.


It should not have taken a video from TMZ to make everyone involved realize what a horrendous act Ray Rice committed with his then fiancé.


"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today," the league said in a statement released to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport."


To be continued.


 










Sunday, September 07, 2014

“I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out."

A white colleague of mine (in a self described of moment of sincerity) wanted to know why most African Americans are so sure that the killing of Michael Brown by the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri was not justified.




"Why are most of them jumping to conclusions before all the facts come out?"




Well maybe it's because over the past few years we have seen that a young black man can be killed by someone in a position of authority while just shopping at Walmart; while going to the corner store to get a pack of skittles; while allegedly jaywalking; or while handcuffed in the backseat of a police cruiser.




But, more importantly, because of these incidents we are starting to see the mindset of those in the majority population who happen to be in law enforcement.




Take for instance this latest case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.




"A police officer in Baton Rouge resigned Thursday after a local news channel revealed that he sent text messages in which he wished that fellow officers “would pull a Ferguson” on a “bunch of monkeys,” The Advocate reports.


Fifteen-year-veteran Michael Elsbury resigned on Thursday after text messages he sent to a female friend were brought to the attention of his superiors. In one message, Officer Elsbury — whose patrol included the area around the historically black Southern University — wrote that blacks are “nothing but a bunch of monkeys,” and that the “only reason they have this job is the nigger, nigger in them.” It is unclear what “job” he is referring to.


In another text, he wrote that “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work…I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.” [Source]




Just wow!




I am sure we will hear his side of the story soon on FOX VIEWS. The poor guy is probably just misunderstood. (Sarcasm off)


Still, you have to wonder how many guys who think just like this belong to police departments all over America. This particular racist was on the force for 15 years.


I have two very good friends who are major prosecutors in the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's office. (I see you Tony and Barry) I will be calling them to see if their office will be reviewing every arrest that this officer ever made. If they don't, it will be disgraceful, and will be just as outrageous as the actions of this racist ignoramus who was masquerading as a police officer.




"Police Chief Carl Dabadie said that “it was gut-wrenching to believe that someone had that much hate in them, especially a police officer who is out there enforcing the law every day. It made me sick to my stomach.” Chief Dabadie said that he understands how an incident like this could “cast a bad light” on the entire department, but hopes the community can appreciate the alacrity with which the incident was handled.


“I believe this is an isolated incident that occurred between the officer and this girl,” he said. “I do not want this to become a direct reflection on our officers. I have 650 officers, and 649 of them work their butts off every day for the city of Baton Rouge.”


It is a "reflection" of your officers, Chief. And we all know that there are plenty more where he came from.







Saturday, September 06, 2014

CAPTION SATURDAY.


I need a caption for this pic.

Play nice.

Friday, September 05, 2014

"Ugly" thoughts.

So I am looking at this conservative writer, and, from the looks of things, his parents doomed him to a life of failure. (This dude ain't dating no super models anytime soon. Just sayin.)


Honestly, if this guy had a billion dollars sitting in the bank it wouldn't help his lot in life, because, at the end of the day, he would still be him.


This might explain why he hates poor and downtrodden people so much.


"Conservative blogger and author Erick Erickson said Thursday that some minimum wage workers have simply “failed at life.”


Erickson made the comment while guest hosting for Rush Limbaugh‘s radio program.


“The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids,” Erickson said. “Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people. … If you’re a 30-something-year-old person and you’re making minimum wage you probably failed at life.”


Erickson dismissed the idea that some of those people may have just been down on their luck. “It is not that life dealt you a bad hand,” he said. “Life does not deal you cards. It’s that you failed at life.”' [Source]


You don't mean to be ugly, but you are. Literally.


This guy better not eat out for the rest of his life. (Spit sauce with just about every meal.) Who does he think is serving him, parking his car, and making his food in some of those fancy restaurants that I am sure he likes to frequent?


Personally, I applaud people who have been down on their luck (for whatever reason) and who are willing to take a minimum wage job --or two--- to try and pull themselves up again by putting in an honest day's work. Operative word being work. That is more than I can say for Erickson and his right- wing buddies who are here on earth sucking up the air that us decent people have to breathe.


But this is where we are with the class war currently going on in America. On one side we have people like Erick Erickson and his buddies. And on the other side we have hard working Americans who are just trying to make it and take care of themselves and their families.


The dope boys are listening to folks like Erick Erickson who demonize hard work for little pay. In fact, like Erickson, they make fun of minimum wage workers all the time. "Man I ain't flipping no burgers for a living. I can make in an hour slinging on the corner what it takes me a week to make working at Mickey D's."


You would think conservatives would encourage hard work. Start off at minimum wage and work your way up. If you work hard you will be rewarded. Isn't that the American way?


That's certainly what Jason Riley seems to be saying in a typical house Negro pull yourself up the bootstrap screed he penned, recently. (Yo Jason, your ideological soul-mate doesn't want anyone to pull themselves up; he says that they are all failures.)


"The minimum wage is mostly people who failed at life and high school kids.... Seriously, look. I don’t mean to be ugly with you people.."


Too late.
  













Thursday, September 04, 2014

Et tu, Bozo?

"Now there's some sad things known to man
But ain't too much sadder than
the tears of a clown When there's no one around..." ~Tears Of A Clown- Smokey Robinson~





I bet that clown in Memphis, Tennessee who lost his job because he let "color arousal" get the better of him is crying.




Not because he was exposed as a racist (heck he might be getting pats on the back from his like minded friends for that), but because he might not be able to get anymore gigs anytime soon.




Who wants to hire a clown that has "color arousal" issues?




Honestly, I never really liked clowns. I always found them to be kind of creepy. (I think they call it coulrophobia)That is, of course, until Homey D. Clown came along. I always liked Homey. Homey was a Field Clown, he didn't take any shit from the man.




I wonder how Homey would feel about the clown in this story.




Still, on some levels I almost feel bad for this clown. I mean clowns don't make a lot of money. Maybe he was forced to take a job as a clown because black folks were taking all the jobs in his area. You know, all that affirmative action and stuff.




Anyway, now he doesn't even have his clown job anymore.  I am sure that his family doesn't think that this is funny.




Finally, the lies and smears against a dead teenager in Ferguson, Missouri continues to unravel.




First it was the lie about Mike Brown having a major felony (or felonies) on his record at the time of his death. This was being spread by the right wing noise machine (I see you FOX VIEWS) to drum up support for officer Wilson and to further demonize the dead youth.




Now another lie has been debunked. This one, led by FOX, had Officer Wilson with a fractured eye socket. There was actually a picture posted of him on facebook to prove it.




There was just one little problem.



"On Tuesday, a Chicago firefighter named Kevin O’Grady posted this photo to Facebook, claiming it showed Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson’s injuries following his shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. He demanded to know why “the media” was not releasing this photo in the aftermath of the shooting. Over the course of two days, the post was shared more than 40,000 times.  
 
The only problem? That man isn’t Officer Darren Wilson. In fact, he doesn’t even look very much like him:


It was a commenter on the site Little Green Footballs that first debunked the hoax, discovering that the photo was actually of freestyle motocross rider Jim McNeil who died in 2011 after he suffered a crash during practice. The photo is from an earlier injury McNeil suffered in 2006.


Media outlets, including Fox News, have been reporting that Wilson sustained a fractured eye socket during his supposed physical confrontation with Brown since shortly after the incident occurred. CNN later disputed that account, citing sources that said Wilson’s x-rays came back negative for any facial fractures." [Source]


I can't wait to read about the next lie.