Sunday, December 21, 2014

Misplaced blame.

My thoughts go out to the family of the two police officers who were assassinated by that lunatic who posted what he was going to do on social media in the name of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.


Before he got to New York the shooter shot his girlfriend and put her in critical condition.


Anyway, as is to be expected, some of the inmates in this asylum called America have declared that these police officers were shot to death because of the protest movement against police brutality and leaders such as Barack Obama and Al Sharpton.


If the former mayor of New York did not also make such an idiotic declaration, it would not even be worth commenting on. Sadly, though, what Rudy Giuliani said was indicative of the mindset of quite a few people who take the simplistic approach of placing blame for the actions of one lunatic on a just and needed movement.


What Giuliani and the other inmates don't understand, is that by trying to clean up the act of those in law enforcement we can prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future. He blames the actions of Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley on the leaders of the protest movement and the protesters themselves, but what he fails to realize is that if Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo did not act they way they did, this lunatic might just have taken himself out without trying to make a political statement in the process.


But hey, as that Doobie Brothers song says, "what a fool believes he sees."






     



Saturday, December 20, 2014

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Boys To Men.

Here we go again.


Because we all know that black boys cannot be children. They look like grown men. They are a threat.


"The NYPD is investigating the circumstances surrounding an arrest caught on video, in which a plainclothes cop allegedly punched a 12-year-old, already restrained by three cops, repeatedly.


The video, uploaded to Facebook by actress Sarah Doneghy on December 15, depicts a group of officers attempting to restrain two black males, arrested for assaulting a person with a cane. “They had supposedly pushed one of their classmates down,” Doneghy wrote on Facebook. “However when the victim was asked, he said those weren’t the guys.”


Suddenly, a plainclothes officer barrels in from out of nowhere and began striking one of the boys, despite a witness yelling “He’s 12!”
“I can’t believe he just did that after everything that’s happened,” a passerby is heard saying, referring to the recent spate of videotaped assaults by policemen on black males, particularly the recent Eric Garner case.


The NYPD tells New York Daily News that they plan on investigating the incident." {Story with video}


Once again one of our white friends had to come to our rescue.


Thank you Sarah.


You know that if one of us had posted that video they would only say that we are too sensitive and that we look for racism where there is none.


Finally, WTF are they putting in the Vegemite sandwiches in Australia?


They are becoming quite American with the level of barbarism they practice these days.


"An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.


The 37-year-old woman, who is recovering in a hospital from stab wounds, was under guard and speaking with police, Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. She has not yet been charged.

Police haven't said how the children died. But Asnicar said they're examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill them.
The children ranged in age from 18 months to 14 years, Asnicar said. The woman is thought to be the mother of seven of the children. The eighth is believed to be her niece.

Queensland police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies of the children.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was also found in the home with the children, suffering from stab wounds to the chest. Asnicar said she is in stable condition, lucid and talking to police.

"We're not looking for anybody else — we're comfortable that the community at large is safe," Asnicar said.

A coroner was conducting autopsies to determine the causes of death, and police were continuing to comb through the house for evidence.

"They're looking to establish 100 percent what happened in that house when these offenses were committed," Asnicar said.

He dismissed rumors that the house had been the subject of calls from the Department of Social Services.

"It's not a problem house as has been speculated," he said. "This is an ordinary neighborhood — a lot of good people, a lot of kids in the area. This is something that has caught everybody by surprise. It's just an absolutely tragic thing."
Lisa Thaiday, who said she was the injured woman's cousin, said earlier that one of the woman's other sons, a 20-year-old, came home and found his brothers and sisters dead inside the house.

"I'm going to see him now, he needs comforting," Thaiday said. "We're a big family ... I just can't believe it. We just found out (about) those poor babies." {Source}

My Lord! The woman allegedly kills EIGHT children with a knife. Now that's sick.
I thought that Andrea Yates had some issues, but this woman might have her beat.















Thursday, December 18, 2014

Checkmate.

Remember when conservatives were gushing about Putin and telling anyone who would listen that they wanted him to be their president? And, that he was playing "chess while president Obama played checkers"?


Well, sadly for my wingnut friends , it seems that Mr. Putin wasn't such a genius after all.


But you have to wonder where all this Putin love came from. Maybe it was seeing him riding bareback on a horse. All that macho imagery. It must have reminded them of their other hero, Ronald Reagan. Or, maybe it was because he was picking fights with their enemy, Barack Obama, and he seemed to be winning at the time. (Seemed to be.)  


Anyway, things haven't been going so well for Vladi of late.


"A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West. Russia's economy imploded.


The latest news is that Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is down 50 percent on the year against the dollar, from falling any further. It's a desperate move to save Russia's currency that comes at the cost of sacrificing Russia's economy.


But even that wasn't enough. After a brief rally, the ruble resumed its cliff-diving ways on Tuesday, falling another 14 percent to a low of 80 rubles per dollar. It was 60 rubles per dollar just the day before. The problem is simple. Oil is still falling, and ordinary Russians don't want to hold their money in rubles even if they get paid 17 percent interest to do so. In other words, there's a well-justified panic. So now Russia is left with the double whammy of a collapsing currency and exorbitant interest rates. Checkmate.


It's a classic kind of emerging markets crisis. It's only a small simplification, you see, to say that Russia doesn't so much have an economy as it has an oil exporting business that subsidizes everything else. That's why the combination of more supply from the United States, and less demand from Europe, China, and Japan has hit them particularly hard. Cheaper oil means Russian companies have fewer dollars to turn into rubles, which is just another way of saying that there's less demand for rubles—so its price is falling. It hasn't helped, of course, that sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine have already left Russia short on dollars.


Add it all up, and the ruble has fallen something like 22 percent against the dollar the past month, with 11 percent of that coming on Monday alone. As you can see below, the Russian ruble has fallen even further than the Ukrainian hryvnia or Brent oil has this year. The only asset, and I use that word lightly, that's done worse than the ruble's 50 percent fall is Bitcoin, which is a fake currency that techno-utopians insist is the future we don't know we want.


And this is only going to get worse. Russia, you see, is stuck in an economic catch-22. Its economy needs lower interest rates to push up growth, but its companies need higher interest rates to push up the ruble and make all the dollars they borrowed not worth so much. So, to use a technical term, they're screwed no matter what they do. If they had kept interest rates low, then the ruble would have continued to disintegrate, inflation would have spiked, and big corporations would have defaulted—but at least growth wouldn't have fallen quite so much." [Source]


So maybe he isn't the grandmaster wingnuts perceive him to be. Maybe he exposed his Queen and Obama took it with a checkers move. It wouldn't be the first time. Obama has been beating wingnuts at their own game for eight years.






 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Viva La Cuba.

I would like to start this post by saying thank you to O's administration for easing travel restrictions to Cuba. A brother's cigar collection will lose some value, but I can live with that.


I am just looking forward to getting a little R & R in Havana and checking out all those cars from the fifties


Of course, as is to be expected, the Cuban exile community in Miami is upset about the move. To them, Fidel Castro is the closest thing to the devil himself.

I feel their pain. But it's a good political move on O's part. Most (not all) of those Cubans in South Florida are all conservative republicans and would never vote for a democrat if their lives depended on it.


Truth be told, I have more love for my Cuban brothers and sisters who were stuck in Castro's Cuba than for the ones who escaped to sunny South Florida.


"Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo, a Republican whose father was a pilot in the 1996 Brothers to the Rescue mission, called Democratic President Barack Obama a sellout.


"Today will be a sad day for all those who have dedicated their lives for a free Cuba. Our President has sold out freedom," Bovo posted to his Twitter account, @CommBovo.


He followed up with two more posts, directed at the dissident Ladies in White and at the Brothers to the Rescue families, whose relatives were shot down by the Cuban Air Force.


"Damas de Blanco @BarackObama and his accomplices sold you out," he wrote. Then: "Family members of murdered pilots of Brothers to the Rescue @BarackObama Sold you out."


Maggie Khuly, the sister of Armando Alejandre Jr, one of the four Brothers to the Rescue members shot down, said the families of the failed mission's victims were outraged.


'I was expecting this, but I can't believe it,' Khuly said. 'No one (in the federal government) had the decency of telling us anything."'


Ahhhm, excuse me, but who the hell are you?


Maggie, No one in the federal government owes you an explanation for a damn thing.


Still, I hate to say it, but I actually agree with a FOX VIEWS host about some of the bad possibilities of this move.


"Reacting to the news that President Barack Obama intends to loosen restrictions on the U.S. embargo on Cuba, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith wondered whether we’ll “ruin” the island nation with the influx of capitalist goods rather than basic necessities.


“I think the last time I went [to Cuba], I brought back Cuban rum, Havana Gold for like four dollars,” Smith reminisced. “Think of how all of that will shift if this actually happens.”


His guest, Gerri Willis of the Fox Business Network, noted that PepsiCo put out a statement on Wednesday asserting their eagerness to begin trading with Cubans.


'You know the fear among anybody who’s ever been there or who cares at all about the Cuban people, as so many of us do,” Smith continued, “the last thing they need is a Taco Bell or a Lowe’s.'” [Source]


Don't forget Burger King and Wal- Mart.


Finally, please check out this video and tell me what you think.


This is what happens when a black police officer tries to arrest a white man who happens to have a higher rank in the police department than he does.


Oh ohhh. 




Pic from tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com



















Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Use of force.

Now maybe some other people will believe me when I say that we live in a police state.


What the police in Texas (Where else?) did to 76 year old Pete Vasquez was outrageous.


"A Texas cop was recorded on his dash cam video hitting a 76-year-old man with a stun gun over a dispute involving expired car tags. Nathaniel Robinson pulled over Pete Vasquez to ask him about the expired inspection ticket on his car. Vasquez said it was a dealer’s car with special plates, and that’s why he didn’t need a current one.


In reaction, Vasquez says, Robinson got angry and grabbed him, proceeding to put him in handcuffs. And then, after a few seconds of struggling, you see on the video that Robinson tackles Vasquez to the ground, and then gets up and hits him with a stun gun.


Vasquez says he was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the leg. He was not actually charged with anything and says Robinson came to his house to apologize.


Robinson has been placed on administrative duty." [Source]


With all the police officer's being put on "administrative leave" lately, soon there will not be enough cops to put on the street.


Still, if these rogue police officers have folks like Sandra McElroy to get their backs, they will be just fine.


Free to kill 12 year old children playing with a toy gun in a park, and free to kill a Wal- Mart shopper (in an open carry state) who is holding a gun he picked up in the store.   


"The Smoking Gun released a lengthy report revealing that “Witness 40,” whose testimony helped convince a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, completely fabricated her story and has a criminal history marked by mental illness, lying to authorities, and blatant racism.


According to the report, Witness 40 is a 45-year-old woman named Sandra McElroy, and her account that Brown charged at Wilson helped exonerate him (and, as The Smoking Gun points out, became part of the narrative surrounding the events of Ferguson). But a glance at her history throws her credibility into doubt: Though diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 16, McElroy told the grand jury she hasn’t taken any medication for her condition in 25 years, and admitted that a car accident in 2001 left her “struggl[ing] with a faulty memory” ever since.


McElroy first reached out to prosecutors nearly four weeks after Brown’s death, and her account closely matched with the account Wilson gave of the shooting — not surprising, considering that in the weeks leading up to her contacting authorities, she posted statements supporting Wilson on her Facebook wall:
In the weeks after Brown’s shooting–but before she contacted police–McElroy used her Facebook account to comment on the case. On August 15, she “liked’ a Facebook comment reporting that [witness Dorian] Johnson had admitted that he and Brown stole cigars before the confrontation with Wilson. On August 17, a Facebook commenter wrote that Johnson and others should be arrested for inciting riots and giving false statements to police in connection with their claims that Brown had his hands up when shot by Wilson. “The report and autopsy are in so YES they were false,” McElroy wrote of the “hands-up” claims. This appears to be an odd comment from someone who claims to have been present during the shooting. In response to the posting of a news report about a rally in support of Wilson, McElroy wrote on August 17, “Prayers, support God Bless Officer Wilson.”  
…Commenting on a September 12 Riverfront Times story reporting that Ferguson city officials had yet to meet with Brown’s family, McElroy wrote, “But haven’t you heard the news, There great great great grandpa may or may not have been owned by one of our great great great grandpas 200 yrs ago. (Sarcasm).”


I wonder how many other people like Sandra McElroy are out there. I suspect that there are quite a few, and that they are all too willing and ready to let officers like Darren Wilson go free without having to answer to anyone for their actions.




 







Monday, December 15, 2014

Siege Down Under and next door.

An escaping hostage is caught by a policeman in Sydney, 15 DecemberToday, sadly, was a day of sieges.


One was over 16,000 miles from the kid in the land of cricket and kangaroos, and the other was just a few miles from where I sit writing this post in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Of course Americans are more up in arms over the Muslim terrorizing folks in a café in Sydney, Australia. It was all horrific to be sure, and when it was over three people lay dead, including the depraved lunatic who thought it was cool to terrorize innocent people to make a religious point.


Australians aren't used to this. So now, they too have lost their innocence.


The other lunatic was literally a domestic terrorist. Not only is he home grown, but he terrorized family members and loved ones. (That's the domestic part.)


"PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man went to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs before dawn Monday and fatally shot six people, authorities said, including his recently engaged ex-wife, who had told neighbors she feared he would kill her.


Police swarmed from one community to another as they searched for Bradley William Stone but said late Monday they didn't know where he was.


Police earlier had surrounded his home in Pennsburg, where he had been believed to be holed up.


"Bradley, this is the police department!" officers yelled. "Come to the front door with your hands up. You're under arrest."


But Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at an evening news conference investigators were still searching for Stone and didn't know how he's getting around. Ferman said investigators had recovered Stone's cellphone and his car.


The rampage started at ex-wife Nicole Stone's Harleysville apartment, investigators said. Stone broke in through a glass door around 4 a.m., firing multiple rounds and fleeing with their two children, the woman's neighbors said.." [Source]


This guy, unlike the extremist in Australia, is still on the loose. That has to be a terrifying thought for anyone who knows him and got on his bad side.


Just the thought of some Muslim extremist jacking me while a sip coffee in Starbucks is scary, but so is the thought of some random dude with family issues going all Falling Down on the kid while I go about my daily business.


Honestly, I think I will just stay away from public spaces as much as possible in the near future.


Finally, I can't comment too much on the story on this video, but I am just putting it out there to get some feedback.


"Philly's finest" put down a young black man, and his family has some questions.


Thoughts?

















 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The killing of Jack.

So have you all heard about the tragic shooting of a beloved family pet in Questa Verde, California?


It seems that while the family was inside the home, a police officer was investigating a burglary call. He went into the backyard of the home, and the poor dog, who always played with the mailman, suddenly charged him. (The officer's uniform must have fooled him.)


Sadly, officer William Moreland fired three bullets into the family dog killing him instantly.


Now the people of Questa Verde are outraged. The seven year old Welsh corgi named Jack did not have do die this way. Officer Moreland has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a further investigation of the incident.


PETA and various other groups have been picketing the police station and calling for the officer to resign. It is reported that the family is in seclusion and are devastated.


OK, so I just made up that entire story to make a point. Unless you believe that the movie Poltergeist was not based on fiction, you will understand that there is no town called Questa Verde, California. And the last time I checked, detective William Moreland was Wendell Pierce's character in The Wire. Jack? Well I think that was the name of the scruffy little dog on Little House On The Prairie.


But here is the thing, had it all been true, more people in the majority population would be up in arms about the shooting death of Jack the Welsh corgi than they would the shooting death of Tamir Rice , or the choking death of Eric Garner.


No matter how egregious the actions of the police officers were in these cases, we learn that poll after poll shows that most people in the majority population just do not see it that way. To them, their local police are fair to black people.


Again, had the story above been true, I suspect that polls taken about the actions of Officer Moreland would have had a different result than they do about the actions of the police officers in these latest high profile cases where black men were killed. White folks take it to a whole different level when it comes to their pets. When it comes to the lives of young black men, on the other hand, not so much.


The president has dogs. Why isn't he on television saying if he had a Welsh corgi he would look like Jack It's an outrage!


*As far as I know the dog in the pic's name is not Jack and he is doing just fine.


















Saturday, December 13, 2014

Caption Saturday.


I need a caption for this pic.

Holla at me.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Racism isn't just for red states.

I love it when certain folks have an alleged lapse in their "color aroused" judgment.


The latest is this female executive from Sony Entertainment, who, as some folks tend to do when they think that they are alone with like minded people, said some racially insensitive things about Barack Obama.   


But field, she is a Hollywood liberal who supported the president with her own money.


Yes, there is that. But I need you Negroes to understand that it's not just Southern conservatives who have "color arousal" issues.  Some of your so called liberal friends have issues as well.


Of course this executive went to the Priest of all things racial in America for absolution.
 
"Hours after Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement comparing her to disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal revealed in a Q&A interview with Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr. that she has spoken to Sharpton on the phone, saying, “I know I screwed up.”


Sharpton’s condemnation of Pascal came after an email exchange between the Sony exec and movie producer Scott Rudin leaked as part of the larger cyber-attack on Sony Pictures from a possibly-North Korean-connected group. In the conversation, Pascal and Rudin joked about the types of movies President Barack Obama likes, with clear racial overtones.


I’m so disappointed in myself, that I ever would have had such a lapse in my thinking,” Pascal said in her first public comments aside from a short apology statement earlier today, adding that she doesn’t want her 30 year career defined by these leaked emails.


Asked if she has apologized directly to the president, she said, “I don’t know Barack Obama. I worked really hard for him in both of his campaigns. I am inspired by him. I…I’m embarrassed, deeply.”


Yep, I am guessing that after she kissed Rev. Al's ring he gave her communion.


Lady, you are only "embarrassed" because you were exposed.


And you Negroes wonder why black actors can't find work in Hollywood.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Divider- in- Chief"?

I love how all these pundits and pollsters are declaring that race relations are worse than they have ever been in America under Barack Obama.




As if Barack Obama got in the White House and declared that it's open season on whitey.


White folks like to call Obama a divider, but it's hard to divide what has already been split into little pieces.




I suspect that race relations (publicly) might have gotten worse under Barack Obama because angry "color aroused" white people couldn't hold in their racism any longer. And, truth be told, clueless black people thought that having one of their own in the White House would suddenly make racists view them in a different light.




White people who voted for Barack Obama out of some sense of racial absolution for past sins are disappointed that he did not deliver. He did not make them feel any different because racism has actually gotten worse. A stark and sad reminder to them that the shadow of ignorance and bigotry that has long hovered over their beloved country is not going anywhere anytime soon.




Barack Obama, this highly educated and "articulate" politician, was, in the words of Katt Williams, "Nigger light". Finally, a black man white folks could trust with the keys and wrap their arms around.




At least this is what they thought. Unfortunately there were too many white folks who could only see that a black man was driving, and they did not want to be in the back seat.  It is why early on in his presidency you had the opposition party declaring that they were dedicated to making sure that his presidency failed.




So yes, America's racial wounds were reopened with the election of Barack Obama. But the Band- Aid that was covering it was not really healing anything; it was just covering it up.  Barack Obama becoming president just forced us to tear it off. Sadly, what we are seeing now is not pretty.


'"We are more racially fractured and fragmented,' said James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.


'It has exposed more wounds than it has healed,' he said of Obama's election. 'It has exposed how racist our society still is."'




I didn't need some "Africana studies" professor from one of America's finer schools to tell me that. That's what my eyes are for.