Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Depraved killers or suffering from mental issues?

Image result for christy sheats imagesWhat is up with folks taking out their own family members, lately? And to hear some folks tell it it's not the type of people you would suspect of doing such things.

Let's start with "All American" looking Christy Sheats. All she did was....well here, I will just to a cut and paste job and let the article speak for itself.

" On Friday,  police in Texas responded to a home in the small town of Katy, where they found the bodies of two young women lying in the street.

According to investigators, the two victims – Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17 – were killed by their own mother, 42-year-old Christy Sheats, who was fatally shot by a responding officer.

Authorities allege Sheats started shooting her daughters inside the home, and continued firing bullets at them as they fled. Sheats was killed by police after refusing to drop her weapon during a brief standoff. Investigators have not released a motive, but they say the violence was preceded by a verbal argument between the three.

Here are five things to know about Friday’s fatal shooting in Katy, Texas:

Police tell PEOPLE they had been called to the Sheats home prior to Friday’s violence, and that the killer mother allegedly had a history of mental illness.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office had been to Sheats’s home “for previous altercations” involving her “mental crisis,” a sheriff’s spokeswoman tells PEOPLE, declining to elaborate on those incidents. " [Source]

There it is: "mental crisis", because someone like Christy Sheats couldn't just be a vicious depraved killer. (Kind of reminds me of another Texas woman who killed five of her children by drowning them one by one and was found to be insane by a jury of her peers.) That's for poor people living in inner city, America. Unfortunately they don't have the luxury of being able to go to therapy and be clinically diagnosed as mentally ill. They don't get prescribed drugs to treat whatever type of mental issues they may be suffering from.

We will soon be hearing that Grayden Denham has mental issues as well, and that what he did was not really his fault.

"PLATTE CITY, Mo.— A 25-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday with four counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of four family members whose bodies were found outside a home he shared with them, including a 3-month-old nephew.

The charges against Grayden Denham were the result of a grand jury indictment handed down Friday, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said at a news conference. Denham is also charged with four counts of armed criminal action, and one count each of animal abuse, second-degree arson, tampering with evidence and stealing a motor vehicle. He is being held on $4 million cash-only bond.

Denham was found walking naked in northern Arizona on Feb. 21, two days after the bodies of his grandparents, sister and her infant son were found near Edgerton, 30 miles north of Kansas City. Denham was returned to Missouri earlier this month after being held in Arizona on suspicion of theft and displaying a fictitious license plate.

Zahnd said it would be at least a month before he decides whether to seek the death penalty against Denham.

"This is a devastating thing to happen to a family and happen to a community. Our goal has been and will continue to be to do justice for everyone involved in this case," he said.

Missouri investigators had considered him a "person of interest" in the quadruple homicide but had been held only on a theft charge accusing him of stealing his grandparents' car to drive to Arizona.
Denham's attorney, John P. O'Connor, declined to comment Monday other than to say his client would plead not guilty.

Authorities found the body of Russell Denham, 82, was found near a small shed, while the bodies of Shirley Denham, 81; Heather Ager, 31; and her son, Mason Schiavoni, were found near the home, which also had been set on fire. A dog also was killed and burned. All four victims had been shot in the head, and a gas container was found near a body." [Source]

He was found "walking naked".

Let the insanity talk begin.   





 



   



   

Monday, June 27, 2016

The "white privilege" dilemma.

Image result for white privilege images Sometimes this "white privilege" thing can go to a whole different level.

Take the following story for example:

When Paul Kuzan stood naked in the doorway of his Northeast Philadelphia home after allegedly shooting his new wife to death with a high-velocity crossbow Sunday night, it was not the first time he'd exposed himself to the neighborhood lately, according to police and residents.

About a week earlier, Kuzan, 41, walked naked to the business plaza across the street from his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road and caused a disturbance inside a mixed martial arts gym, neighbors said. He then walked next door to Anointed Hands Child Development Center and tried to get in there too, said the day care center's owner, Christina Humphrey.

"He said he was going to kill everyone and not even the kids would be safe," Humphrey said. "I was horrified."

Kuzan's newlywed, Pamela Nightlinger, got him back into their house before police arrived, Humphrey said, but that did not ebb her fears.

"When that happened, I thought, 'If they don't get this guy, something will happen,' " Humphrey said.
On Sunday night, something did.

According to police, around 9:20 p.m., following an argument between Kuzan and Nightlinger at their home, Kuzan retrieved a crossbow and shot his wife - whom he had married nine days earlier, on June 17 - once in the chest.

"She was sitting in a chair, the [arrow] actually went through her body, through the chair, and got stuck into the wall," Homicide Capt. James Clark said. "It was a very high-velocity bow."
Following the shooting, Nightlinger, 42, stumbled next door to the house of her neighbor, Margie Maldonado.

Maldonado's 24-year-old son was in the kitchen eating chicken wings when he heard Nightlinger pounding at the kitchen door. Maldonado was upstairs in bed and went rushing down just in time to see her son open the door and Nightlinger collapse into his arms.
"She was gasping for air," Maldonado said. "It was terrible because there was this blood pool all over the place."

When Maldonado looked outside, she said, she saw Nightlinger's husband standing naked in his own doorway. [More]

As my twitter fam, @jeff_deeney (a white guy), stated:  "Can't even get arrested if you're a naked white guy trying to break into a daycare threatening to kill all the kids!"

So true. A black guy in a similar situation would be singing in that big Baptist church in the sky right  about now.

911.

What is the emergency?

There is a naked black guy in front a  day- care threatening to kill the children.

Tell everyone to stay calm, a SWAT team is on the way.

*Pic from youtube.com.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

When talking gets real.

The Jesse Williams (Not Jackson) acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards was all that.

The Field Negro education series continues.

This award is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country, the activist, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kinda basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mobilize.

“This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves -- we can and will do better for you.
 
“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

“I got more, y’all. Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich.

“Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner, Sandra Bland.

“The thing is though, all of us here are getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back to put someone’s brand on our body -- when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies?
 
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There is no job we haven’t done, there is no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we have paid all of them.
“But freedom is always conditional here. ‘You’re free!’ they keeping telling us. ‘But she would be alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.’  Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but the hereafter is a hustle: We want it now.

“Let’s get a couple of things straight. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander -- that’s not our job so let’s stop with all that. If you have a critique for our resistance then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression.

“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down.

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil -- black gold! -- ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.

“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.” [Source]

No sir, thank you.

*Pic from billboard.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: How did that guy get in here?

*Pic from rawstory.com

Friday, June 24, 2016

Open thread Friday.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Friday, y'all.

Please tell me what you think of topics such as "white rage" and Britain leaving the EU.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

While Democrats "hold the floor", the NRA keeps writing the checks.

Image result for john lewis nra images I am watching the democrats protest on the House floor down in Washington, and I have to wonder what republicans are thinking.

They refuse to even give a bill that would prevent people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns a vote. A vote! This means that the bill could still fail in the House, but the democratic members want a chance to at least vote on it.

Seems a reasonable thing to ask for, right? Well not if you are owned by the NRA. They put a lot of dollars into making sure the politricksters that they own vote the right way, and right now it seems to be working.

Most Americans (including a vast majority of republicans) want these types of measures taken, because they understand the importance of sensible gun legislation in this country. But the NRA continues to enforce their will on all of us because of a few greedy politicians who rely on their money. 

"Hang on, hang on,” Mr. Lewis urged Democrats who encircled him on the House floor late Wednesday night, urging them to hold their ground.

John Lewis says stay after the votes, and we will stay,” said Mrs. Pelosi, triggering Democratic chants of “stay, stay.” The cries of protesters from outside urging Democrats to “hold the floor” filled the hallways outside the chamber. Protesters also thronged outside the Capitol in support of the House Democrats.

Republicans said they didn’t want to simply give on the gun votes and reward Democrats for flouting the chamber’s rules to demand votes.

“We are going to do the people’s work,” said Rep. Ann Wagner (R., Mo.) earlier in the evening. “We are going to conduct the will of the people, and conduct ourselves, in an adult Congress that is actually going to uphold, I think, the norms, the customs, the rules of the House.”

At about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans voted to adjourn and begin a new legislative day at 2:30 a.m., when they planned to vote on a spending bill that includes money to combat the Zika virus. The move appeared to have the dual goals of wearing the Democrats down and moving toward adjourning the House after completing some work leaders had planned for later this week.

Democrats said their protest had succeeded in raising awareness of their quest to put new gun restrictions in place."

If John Lewis thinks that the racist police departments and local town sheriffs he had to fight during the civil rights era were tough, wait until he has to deal with the full force of the NRA. They are relentless, and they have the best politicians that money can buy.  

*Pic from mediamatters.org.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More madness.

Image result for mad men images I really thought that the following article was from The Onion.

"Donald Trump's latest campaign finance filing contains the names of dozens of companies that were paid for services, but one really stands out: Draper Sterling, a play on the name of the fictional ad agency from the cable TV series "Mad Men."

The firm that collected $35,000 from Trump for "web advertising" in late April isn't headquartered in Madison Avenue offices filled with mid-century modern furniture and stylish secretaries; it traces back to a private home in suburban New Hampshire that's about a 15-minute drive from the home of ousted Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Unraveling what it is and how it wound up getting a big chunk of Trump change is a bit like trying to figure out Don Draper's true identity.

Draper Sterling was only incorporated in March, and the registered agent, according to New Hampshire public records, is a man named Jon Adkins — who separately was paid $3,000 in May for "field consulting" by the Trump campaign.

Another man using Adkins' New Hampshire address, former Navy SEAL Paul Holzer, also pocketed $3,000 for field consulting on the same day, the filing shows.

Holzer and Adkins are listed as co-founders of a Boston-based medical non-profit startup called Xeno Therapeutics, and Holzer has other political connections, having worked on GOP gubernatorial campaigns in Massachusetts and Missouri.

Another man using Adkins' New Hampshire address, former Navy SEAL Paul Holzer,also pocketed $3,000 for field consulting on the same day, the filing shows.

Holzer and Adkins are listed as co-founders of a Boston-based medical non-profit startup called Xeno Therapeutics, and Holzer has other political connections, having worked on GOP gubernatorial campaigns in Massachusetts and Missouri.

As ThinkProgress reported, Holzer is the brother of Adam McLain, who runs the super-PAC Patriots for America. The super-PAC's filing show it owes more than $56,000 to a firm called — you guessed it — Draper Sterling.
That Draper Sterling is located in Delaware, not New Hampshire, though. Delaware records don't show who runs it, and it's not clear if it's the same entity.

Patriots for America's filings list a phone number that answers with a message that says, "This is Grace's Grantham Cafe" — a name of a cafe that was slated to open last weekend in Grantham, New Hampshire. Corporation records show the registered agent for the cafe is Adkins, but it was Holzer who made a presentation before the Grantham planning board about the business in February.

Efforts to reach Holzer, McLain and Adkins by phone and social media were unsuccessful. Holzer told Fortune that there was "nothing untoward" about Draper Sterling but would not talk about the Trump campaign. " [Source]

Holzer won't talk about it, but I will: That campaign is in some serious trouble.

*Pic from wikepedia.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

To shave or not to shave: that is the question.

Image result for amite andrew jones image Yesterday was Father's Day, and I would like to give a big shout out to all those fathers out there who celebrated it with their families and who can close their eyes at night and be proud of the job that they did raising their child or children.

I don't have any children, but I thought about a young man from Amite, Louisiana, who was by all accounts an excellent student, on his way to becoming his class valedictorian, but sadly was denied a chance to graduate with his peers because he wouldn't shave his beard.

"The valedictorian at Amite High School wasn't allowed to participate in his graduation because he had a goatee, according to a report.

Andrew Jones, a 4.0 student and standout athlete, missed out on walking with his classmates for graduation on Thursday, WWL-TV reported.

The night of graduation, Jones and 13 other students were given the ultimatum to go to the bathroom and shave or not participate in the ceremony. Jones was the only one to refuse, saying he had never been told to shave prior, according to the report.

The school has a policy of having no facial hair on male students, and Superintendent Mark Kolwe said Jones was informed three times he had to shave.

"Eventually they took my gown," Jones told WWL. Jones had shaved his beard down to a simple goatee for the graduation ceremony. "They told me they had to take my gown from me."

Following the ceremony, a rally has been planned for Monday at 2 p.m. outside the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Office. The Tangipahoa chapter of the NCAAP is planning the rally — Jones is African-American — and the chapter discovered photos of white students with facial hair participating in graduation in previous Amite High ceremonies....

...The story has gained national attention the last few days, with even The Roots' drummer Questlove commenting on it on Twitter:" [Source]

So if I was that young man's father, what would I tell him? I would certainly be proud of him for taking a principled stance by defying what is, in my opinion, a silly rule given the nature of the school and the age of the kids it was meant for.

On the other hand, shouldn't I teach him that there are always going to be obstacles in life, and that he should choose his battles, wisely? There are always going to be rules that we consider silly, but should we always break them? 

This is a tough call for me, because I also suspect that there is an element of racism in this story. (Sorry, I know  that it's 2016, but I also know a little bit about Louisiana.) I am not living in this young man's shoes and there is no telling what he has had to endure to get to this point in his life.

The good news is that this is obviously a smart and focused young man, so whatever his parents decided to tell him will not just go in one ear and out the other.

The problem is, as a parent, I am not sure just what the hell I would have told him.

Thoughts?  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fear and anxiety in Cleveland.

I am getting ready to watch what I hope is an epic showdown and battle on television. Game Of Thrones. Psyche!

I, like most other sane people, will be watching game seven of the NBA finals. I can watch GOT via on demand, later.

Good luck to the people of Believeland. Fifty plus years is a long time to wait for a single championship of any kind in your city. (And I thought what we were championship starved here in  Philly. Thank you, Phillies.)

The republicans will be in your city this summer for their convention, and, from the looks of things, their wait will have reached at least 12 years before their candidate occupies the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It's not your fault, Cleveland. I am pretty sure that this would have been the case if they were in Los Angeles or New York this summer. It doesn't really matter. We can put this one on the candidate himself, not the city. 

I come to this conclusion because of essays like the following:

"In this past week of mass murder and meanness, we may actually have seen the beginning of the political end for Donald Trump, candidate for president.

Trump is not the man for this job, though he seems in no way to understand why, and that is part of the problem.

When it comes to facts about our dangerous world, Trump seems unmoored, unschooled and unwitting. He has demonstrated none of the preparation, restraint, nuance and cool that the world needs from a U.S. president. He keeps declaring “America First” because that’s all he knows to say.
It’s not only that way he has of making everyone else feel demeaned as irrelevant and inferior to himself. Nor is it just the constant anger and condescension in his eyes.

The real trouble with Trump is not his tin ear, his boastful rudeness, his self-aggrandizing ridicule of people and process. He seems no more capable of changing his arrogant tone than he can change his own thin skin.

On a surface level, Trump’s message and behavior are simplistic, crude, amateurish, childish. The casualness of his comments about nuclear weapons is heedless and frightening. He seems not to grasp what the fuss is about.

No, what worries me most of all is how this troubled man — in his mortal fear of losing — has been setting the wrong things free. By his smug racial epithets and his easy stereotyping, Trump has unleashed demons that should have remained buried.

It matters what our leaders say. When enough people hear Trump’s isolating brand of rhetoric — pounded into them by ceaseless, repetitive TV coverage — you can bet someone somewhere will get the message that it’s OK again to smear a whole ethnicity, banish an entire religion and demean all women.
 
The world learned this style, too late, in the 1930s. It didn’t help Trump, in my estimation, that when he kicked off his campaign a year ago, I was finishing Erik Larson’s "In the Garden of Beasts," the story of Hitler’s rise. All of it was fueled by ruthlessness and the stirring up of nativist fear.

Many regular German citizens, at first, were amused by the odd-looking man and his screaming. Politicians might have thwarted disaster by speaking up but didn’t. Then, in 1934, came the Rohm Putsch — the “Night of the Long Knives” — and the world went upside down.

Trump is not Hitler, but, for me, Trump’s campaign is also no longer about policy or party but personal power. The impact of his reckless words threatens public safety — from the gun zealots his words inflame to the listeners who resent anyone who does not look or live or love like they do.
Trump emboldens them all, and social progress is lost step by step. I had thought in 60 years of racial progress we had moved past this.

No question there is frustration in our country, anger toward the establishment and all that, but these are not reasons to install a demagogue in the highest office and put our nation’s well-being at the mercy of his latest tantrum.
 
The speculation that Trump might ask Sen. Bob Corker to be his running mate was actually chilling news. I admire Corker. His Senate service has been noble, and he is deeply qualified. His name on a Trump ticket would help Trump win, and that is the wrong outcome for our country. First of all, Trump is not qualified, and it would be Trump (not Corker) who would be in charge.

Now, Trump’s attacks on a U.S.-born judge of Mexican descent (the same judge trying the Trump University case) and opportunistic response to the Pulse murders in Orlando last weekend all seem to have brought about a tipping point of public disgust. Some national Republicans, whose collective silence has sustained and advanced Trump so far, are feeling the heat of outrage.

Some are beginning to speak out. Corker is one. We should be grateful.

Where are the rest? Where did you stand, back in 2016, when you had a choice in the face of a reckless menace?" [Source]

I could be wrong, but I think the author, Keel Hunt, is a conservative. In either case I thought that it was a well written essay. It kind of captured the angst that many of the people ---from the left and the right---are feeling when it comes to the thought of a trump presidency. 

It also gives the rest of us in America an idea of what the people of Cleveland have to be feeling right now. 

*Pic from onetravelsource.com

  





 



Saturday, June 18, 2016

CAPTION SATURDAY.

Image result for christie trump mcdonalds images

I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Did he say that he wanted fries with his cheeseburger?

*Pic from winningdemocrats.com

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mr. "shucky ducky" and his "boss".

Image result for herman cain imagesNow that racism has gone mainstream and it's cool to disparage black folks and claim "political correctness" when we try to respond to said racism, I have to wonder how certain Negroes who claim that we are living in post-racial America feel about all of this.

We certainly know how Herman Cain feels.

"Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has resurfaced to give a ringing endorsement of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has shown outstanding leadership skills in operating his chain of companies for several decades. He can translate that into running the White House,” said Cain, in an interview with the Conservative Chronicle. “I would be proud to call him boss.”

Cain recently gave a clownish performance at a Donald Trump rally in Atlanta on Wednesday. According to Raw Story, he opened his comments by proclaiming, “Aw, shucky ducky! This sounds like a shucky ducky kind of crowd on a shucky ducky kind of day, here to support an aw, shucky ducky kind of candidate!”

He then launched into a passionate defense of Donald Trump, who has made, anti-Muslim and anti-Latino comments.

“Allow me to set the record straight about one of the biggest lies out there about Donald Trump — and I hope the liberals and the liberal media is listening — Donald Trump is not a racist!” he said."

Is there a bigger Steppin Fetchit  type Negro on the political scene than Herman? (Wait, I apologize to Steppin Fetchit, he looks like Malcolm X next to this clown.) I am embarrassed for him if he is not embarrassed for himself. "I am proud to call him boss"?!

Negro, please!

Finally, tomorrow will be a year since those horrific shootings in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a horrific and vicious crime which grabbed national headlines because of where it took place and the motivations of the murderer.

Now, ironically, in spite of all these promises of "change", race relations has actually gotten worse in this country since the election of one Barack Obama. And one candidate for president is wisely using the rise of white supremacist to bolster his chances of winning the entire thing.

The sad thing is that so far his political calculations have proven to be spot on.

*Pic from motherjones.com