Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture Seeks the Gazebo Where Tamir Rice was Shot in Cleveland...

Years from today, we will be asked one question: "How did we tolerate the insanity of yesterday?"

First it was Trayvon Martin's hoodie...

Then it was news of a growing Black Lives Matter collection, complete with relics from the Baltimore Uprising...
Irredeemable: The Smithsonian wants to exhibit the gazebo (pictured above) that Tamir Rice died in front of... of course, he's dead because he pointed a gun at cops

 Now this. [Smithsonian Looks To Reserve Gazebo Where Police Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice, Michigan Chronicle, May 3, 2016]:
The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, set to open later this year, is looking to have the gazebo where a 12-year-old was fatally shot by police in 2014 preserved.
William Pretzer, the museum’s senior History Curator, asked the city to delay demolition of the structure in an email Monday. Tamir Rice was shot by police officer Timothy Loehmann after he and partner Frank Garmback responded to a call about a man in the park with a gun on November 22, 2014. Loehmann hopped out of the police cruiser as it was still moving, shooting Tamir less than two seconds after he arrived on scene.
Tamir was carrying a pellet gun. A grand jury failed to deliver an indictment to either officer involved in his death.
It’s unknown if the gazebo will be relocated to Washington, D.C., where the highly anticipated museum is being built, but the museum “is in talks with Black Lives Matter concerning options for preserving the gazebo, given its importance to African-American history,” reports:
Subodh Chandra, attorney for Tamir’s family, told last week that the family supported the demolition plan, and in place of the gazebo, would like to erect a “tasteful, modest” memorial to Tamir.
In an interview Monday, Chandra said the family also would support the relocation of the gazebo and its display in a museum exhibit. 
“Ms. Rice was interested in seeing the gazebo demolished and gone,” Chandra said. “But when she heard about this proposal, she understood the historic importance of (the gazebo) and was supportive of the concept if the museum is interested in acquiring it and will handle the matter in a tasteful and appropriate way.”
Tamir’s family recently received a $6 million settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city of Cleveland. Demolition of the gazebo was set to begin this week. The museum has asked the city to hold off for 60 days.

There is no other word.

As to the question of how we tolerated the insanity, the only answer we can logically give is: "Because to survive was the only means to eventual, eternal victory."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

One year ago, everybody knew that Donald Trump couldn't win. Six months ago, everybody knew deporting illegal aliens/building wall was political suicide. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that only bigots/racists supported him. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.

America is irredeemable.

This much is true.

But there is another truth, far more important to our future; consequently, it's a fact keeping those in control of our present up late, late at night: large segments of the American people wish to not only survive, but continue a way of life they know is rapidly vanishing.
Liberation from an irredeemable nation: Every time a stereotype is confirmed, another Trump supporter is born.

Regardless of if Donald J. Trump is sincere about his desire to deport the tens of millions of illegal aliens, have a moratorium on Muslim immigration into the country and build a big, beautiful wall on the U.S./Mexican border, these ideas he advocated are exactly why he is now the presumptive Republican nominee for the President of the United States.

To paraphrase Men in Black, "One year ago, everybody knew that Donald Trump couldn't win. Six months ago, everybody knew deporting illegal aliens/building wall was political suicide. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that only bigots/racists supported him. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow."

Trump has changed things.


With the impending election of a Muslim as mayor of London in a few days, the British people will see with their own eyes how their dispossession is complete; it will offer Trump yet another opportunity for a soundbite inevitably ending with his banishment from entering the United Kingdom by the British government.

You are not alone in knowing something is drastically wrong, sick even, with America.

Trump, whether he is serious or not about the ideas that have positioned him only a stones throw from being the leader of the free world, has shown just how many Americans want believe tomorrow doesn't belong to those who have made today possible.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"The board is set, the pieces are moving..."

"Okay, in lab rats, whenever another alpha male comes around, it can spike testosterone, driving up sperm counts." -- Daddy's Home

The other night, I found myself watching the 2015 movie Daddy's Home. Though a comedy, it's the must-see movie of the year, for every reason described here.

No matter how much we try to deny it, human nature can only be suppressed for so long.

It finally dawned on me after watching it what's happening with the Trump Phenomenon sweeping America (and soon, the entire Western world): the alpha male has returned, and with it, a trickle down effect of rising testosterone the consequence of which simply can't be surmised yet.
"Okay, in lab rats, whenever another alpha male comes around, it can spike testosterone, driving up sperm counts." -- Daddy's Home

Sen. Ted Cruz, the evangelical clown tried to absorb the positions Trump took into his own campaign, but the beta facade has become glaringly obvious: it only works in convincing those whose worldview is dominated by apocalyptic visions (of dubious historical veracity peddled), who dub those who dare believe in the practical notion of improving this world without celestial reinforcement "sinners" or "blasphemers."

To paraphrase a great man, "You sit there, and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere. Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16 - Trump 3:16 says, "Because we live here."

The rise of Trump is spiking testosterone nationwide. [Protesters pummel Donald Trump lookalike as the GOP front-runner addresses California Republican Party convention,, April 29, 2016]:
Protesters wreaked havoc outside a Donald Trump event in California Friday — attacking a Donald lookalike who had to hurdle a bush to escape the angry mob.
Decked out in a dark suit and a red "Make America Great Again" hat, Christopher Conway, 51, was heading to the Trump appearance inside a Burlingame hotel when he was surrounded by nearly a dozen demonstrators.
"F--- Trump," the crowd shouted.
Conway was punched in the back of the head and forced into a metal barrier as a female protester hurled repeated insults.
"You're a racist," she yelled. "You don't belong here."
A pair of officers intervened, giving Conway space to clamber over the barrier and hop a bush to safety.
"I was punched and kicked but I'm good," Conway, a mortgage broker, later told a Los Angeles Times reporter. "I walked through and these guys felt free to hit me in my hometown of Burlingame. I don't stand for that."
Trump was in Burlingame to address the California Republican Party convention.
America is irredeemable.

Large portions of the population, however, are not.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the much-maligned, but thankfully Morgan Freeman-free 2010 Robin Hood: "Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions."

The ultimate alpha has arrived, and though there seemed permanent erectile dysfunction in seeing normal Americans "rise" with the courage of their ancestors that once helped build this great nation (sadly, now being stolen from them), testosterone is surging nationwide.

And with this surge in testosterone, comes a healthy surge in nationalism.

The only thing to fear is the awakening of the white man.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Make Indianapolis Great Again: Black People Celebrate 200 Days Without a Homicide!

A community with a surplus of social capital is what we call a high-trust society.

A community with a surplus of blacks? You have to manage expectations for what classifies as a reason to celebrate. [Safety rally and march to mark 200 days without a homicide in Butler Tarkington neighborhood, Indy Star, May 1, 2016]:
Residents in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood are marking a milestone in their fight against crime. The north side area reached 200 days without a homicide Sunday.
A safety rally and march are planned to celebrate peace.
The 200-day streak comes after a violent 2015. People living in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood were forced to deal with a spike in fatal shootings. One of the victims was 10-year-old Deshaun Swanson, who was killed in a drive-by shooting. The numerous cases led to an outcry from the community.
Neighbors joined forces with the Indy Ten Point Coalition to put a stop to the violence. Indianapolis Metro Police also stepped up patrols in the area.
"It’s just been remarkable what has happened in this neighborhood, " said Rev. Charles Harrison, from the Indy Ten Point Coalition. "The residents were saying they were tired of the violence, the drug trafficking in the neighborhood and they were just not going to tolerate that anymore."
One resident says the changing atmosphere on his block is clear.
"Last year, we wouldn’t haven’t been able to stand out on this corner without violent threats," said Wallace Nash.  "As you can see, the neighborhood is definitely quiet, peaceful, getting back to how it should be."
Lowered expectations, anyone?

And just what might the violence in this Indianapolis neighborhood be blamed on?

Blacks, of course, would be the correct answer, but in our world, cutting the Gordian Knot of the problem is far too simple a solution. [Indy neighborhood associations pushing to see “streetlights” campaign promise fulfilled, Indy Star, April 24, 2016]:
Across the city, some neighborhood leaders are concerned that the poorly lit streets they live on are inviting crime.
"Once it gets dark, there are a lot of streets and alleys and they're pretty dark once it becomes nightfall,” former Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association president Ted Feeney says.
He believes poorly lit streets and alleys are partly to blame for the neighborhood's increase in crime over the last several months.
"A couple homicides from last fall were actually in alleyways and it was pitch black dark,” Feeney says.
To solve the problem, Feeney says he and other association members plan to walk every street in the neighborhood every week to show Indianapolis Power and Light and city officials where lighting needs improvement.
"The process right now  is pretty time intensive,” Feeney says. “Is there a way that we can shorten that and fast track this? Because it can help neighborhoods.”
Help would be welcome in many parts of the city. Early Saturday morning, one person was shot and killed near 39th Place and Post Road. Two more people were hurt in a shooting on the southwest side.
While Feeney acknowledges lights won't deter all criminals, he feels certain they will help.
“It takes away the risk for bad things to happen in the neighborhood,” Feeney says.
A community with a surplus of social capital is what we call a high-trust society. An insufficient amount of streetlights would hardly be the catalyst for a crime epidemic, because the necessary ingredient for such criminality would still be absent.

The ingredient, of course, being black people.