10 Seconds of Near Lucidity

Five years ago, even Donald J. Trump had been able to muster a fleeting moment of lucidity re the Stars and Bars… even though, in my book, his chosen word “respect”, belongs nowhere near a discussion of the confederate flag.

With that in mind, I’ve expanded on this timely, related issue…

The early colonists / citizens of America, who had the audacity to enslave people of color should never escape history’s harsh judgment… be they American military geniuses, presidents, framers of constitutional passages or Confederate generals, plantation owners and secessionists.

Considering how enslavement is a crime against humanity, let’s all take the following one question multiple choice quiz…

What would be sufficient posthumous punishment for those who enslaved humanity?

a. scrubbing their names / stories from our history books
b. toppling and melting down their monuments
c. stripping their names off our maps / military bases
d. laundering paper currency to wash off their mugshots
e. all of the above

Hmm… let’s factor in the following wisdom…

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – – – George Santayana

With that in mind…

Let’s promptly expose the inhumane within unflattering, tell-all history books, rebrand their statues “Monuments To Stupidity” and move them into Halls of Shame museums. As for maps, bases and currency, there’s no shortage of virtuous people, who’ve graced society throughout history. Let’s commemorate and venerate them, instead.

Re that aforementioned currency issue, let’s see what happens when fake prez Trump (who idolizes Andrew Jackson), experiences one of his all too frequent fits of bigotry and misogyny… so much so that he delayed the Treasury Department’s redesign of the $20 bill. Their original plan had been to replace slave owner Jackson’s mug with slave abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s countenance by 2020. Oh, btw, Trump believes the $2 bill would be more appropriate for Tubman. That suggests what? That Klansman Donald devalues her / deems her a 10% person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brutal Honesty re Police Brutality

Let’s deconstruct the phrases “police force” and “law enforcer”. Could the overemphasis of “force”, at least to some small degree, be subliminally suggesting to law enforcers that police brutality is “just” part of their job description? Could classifying law enforcers by military rank (e.g. sergeant, lieutenant, captain, etc.) be aiding and abetting their militancy, too?

We already know that federal militarization of America’s state and local police forces is tantamount to overkill. Could that practice, simultaneously, be suggesting to law enforcers that becoming brutal killing machines is, somehow, expected of them? Even playing into their mucked up rationale that, since they’ve already got the army armaments and vehicles, anyway, why not do what?

Shoot first, ask questions later? Declare war? Mutate America’s streetscapes into war zones? Kneel on their prisoners throats to suffocate them? Sadistically jump up and down on their victims’ dead bodies until they smash their atoms into the asphalt?

Sorry for such graphic descriptions. However, except for that bit about the atoms, that damn near well sums up what’s actually happening out there.

Of course, as most of us already know, police brutality’s primary cause is deeply rooted in North America’s 401-year-old history, namely, the enslavement of people of color, which predates the birth of America by more than a century and a half. Those bygone, backward slave owners made damned sure that oppressive, reprehensible racism would be omnipresent, and, to this very day, too damned many law enforcers still buy into maintaining that mindset.

• That’s why unarmed, tackled to the ground, handcuffed and not resisting arrest people of color (such as George Floyd), suspected of committing minor, non-violent crimes, are winding up awaiting their wings instead of awaiting their trials. Which begs the question:  What ever happened to their 6th Amendment protections, which (to paraphrase) guarantee a defendant’s rights to a speedy public trial by an impartial jury (instead of the trial by judge, jury and executioner cops).

• That’s why non-violent people (of all races), who are protesting the incidents of deadly police brutality are, ironically, falling victim to police brutality, too. Which begs the question: What ever happened to their 1st Amendment protections, which (to paraphrase) establish their freedom of speech and right to peaceably assemble to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As of late, we’ve been finding no shortage of “experts”, who’ve been touting the notion of sensitivity training for cops… mind you… murderous cops who, deep down, would rather be sporting their KKK white than their police department blue. If their commanding officers actually believe a crash course in common decency is the panacea that’ll end police brutality, they are dead wrong.

If police officers do not harbor egalitarianism and humanitarianism within their heads, hearts and souls, to begin with… if they have not patterned their entire lives to those ideals, then, they do not possess the right stuff and do not belong anywhere near a police department. If they, instead, find authoritarianism and barbarism preferable, that would prove them beyond redemption and better suited for a police department’s jail cell.

Those who hire cops must learn how to better vet cop wannabes… make damned sure that only humankind’s finest get badges pinned to their new uniforms. Additionally, a from the attic to the basement, police department house cleaning is in order. If law enforcers’ modus operandi is police brutality, their immediate outing and ousting is already long overdue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Ain’t Wonderland

 

• Wonder Bread is produced by an established in 1921 bakery, which is indigenous to the North American continent. Each loaded with bleached flour, lily white slice is so devoid of nutrients, flavor and overall character that one has to wonder…

How could such bland bread remain some consumers’ much sought after brand?

• Wonder Bread is also an Americanism. Each stateside statement is used to describe predominantly lily white communities so devoid of racial diversity, that one has to wonder…

How could such tastelessness ever become some inhabitants’ much sought after milieu?

• Wonder Bread also describes the way I recall the early decades of my lifelong hometown… a locale where some of the bygone realtors’ collective attitude had been abundantly bigoted. Why else did our one and only African-American family wind up dwelling right next to the well traveled by freight trains, railroad tracks?

Even as a young boy, I could sense the wrongness of expecting someone to live right next to such unbearable noise. As an adolescent, I finally identified this as racism’s stench. I also realized that, when Wonder Bread communities have few victims to target, some of the locals can and will “think up” new prejudices… albeit not much brain power goes into their “think up” process.

I first became the target of the narrow-minded, when elementary school bullies singled me out as a nine-year-young boy. To this very day, I still have absolutely no inkling as to what I could’ve ever done to trigger their hostility. In fact, in some instances, I did not even know my tormentors’ names! But, none of that mattered to them. From grades 4 thru 9 (inclusive) they did their damnedest to assault me… mostly verbally / sometimes physically. To cite a couple examples…

• Thoughtless Kenny’s mouth incessantly spewed his hateful, hurtful thoughts at me. One morning, he went over to a drinking fountain to, momentarily, water down his message… albeit, not in a good way. Doing an about face, at point blank range, he next punched his bulging cheeks to geyser forth his foul spit / water mixture right in my face.

• In a playground incident, bully Bob roughed me up, held my arms behind my back so his accomplice, James, could punch me in the stomach… so hard that I nearly puked.

Worse yet, no amount of my parents’ written and phoned complaints could ever convince my school’s principal that [1] his raging out of control, unpunished pals were not only denying me my education but also killing my spirit, [2] his always allying with bullies rendered his school no better than an overflowing with discrimination cesspool and [3] left unchecked, his toxic environment could even devolve into something far more grave.

In retrospect, I’ve got to wonder, what would’ve happened had I not skipped school? Had my absence denied my tormentors their chance? “Chance to do what?” you ask? Well let’s just say…

It’s likely a wonder that I lived to tell about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to StrangeLand Dwellers ~ Vid of the Day

Leon Russell and Don Preston’s Stranger in a Strange Land, is our Vid of the Day. Ever since this song’s May 1971 release, I’ve deemed their lyrical masterpiece akin to an anthem dedicated, especially, to the world’s extraordinary, ordinary people.

Who, among us, has not experienced varying degrees of stranger-in-a-strange-land alienation… i.e., been at the mercy of merciless, ego and power tripping ideologues who sadistically weaponize poverty, isolation, racism, sexism and every other nasty “ism” under the sun.

On a more musical note… it’s a foregone conclusion that not every one of you will share my graying musical tastes. Therefore, to more than halve the 4:02 playback time…

I’ve cued up this clip to the 2:25 index… i.e., the point where Russell / Preston and YouTube videographer Tim Wozny team up to drive home their message in earnest. Obviously, by rewinding to 0:00, you can still opt for the complete playback, too.

OR, for another time saver option, check out this song’s wisdom in text format…

“Well, I don’t exactly know what’s going on in the world today. Don’t know what there is to say about the way the people are treating each other, not like brothers. Leaders take us far away from ecology with mythology and astrology. Has got some words to say about the way we live today. Why can’t we learn to love each other. It’s time to turn a new face to the whole world wide human race; stop the money chase. Lay back, relax; get back on the human track. Stop racing toward oblivion. Oh, such a sad, sad state we’re in. And that’s a thing. Do you recognize the bells of truth when you hear them ring? Won’t you stop and listen to the children sing?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donny CrappleSeed ~ 1 Quick Limerick #090

 

Dense Donny CrappleSeed, sows hatred’s seeds,
That germinate into invasive weeds,
Barbed with antisemitism,
Thorned with white supremacism,
Which choke out human and equal rights needs!

 

 

 

A Physical and Fiscal Hematological Study?

 

The Trumpian plan / plot to Make America Great / Grate Again likely entails arming (to the teeth), virtually anyone who can fog up a dentist’s mirror shoved beneath their nostrils. No brain establishing med-tech’s CT scan and no rationality establishing headshrinker’s evaluation required. Indeed, about the only restriction would be passing Donny’s nationality / WASP test.

OMG… were he to ever see such a reckless scheme to fruition, consider the costly impact upon the estimated 330 million souls presently dwelling within the U.S. borders!

Think of all the spilt red blood!

Hmm… to figure out where the alleged prez’s alleged mind might meander off to next, the following “enhancement” of Sir Isaac Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion could come in handy…

For every absurd action there is an equal and opposite absurd reaction.

To elaborate, WHAT IF the Trumpian counter-terrorism plan involved providing suits of armor and round-the-clock Secret Service protection to all law abiding WASPs dwelling within the United States?

OMG… were he to actually trot out such a boondoggle, consider the costly impact upon the estimated 330 million souls presently dwelling within the U.S. borders!

Think of all the spilt red ink!

While my above commentary is totally fake news… when we factor in the Trumpian proclivity for mindlessly pissing away multiple billions of tax dollars on hair-brained schemes…

Today’s absurd WP post could easily become tomorrow’s absurd DC policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Political Expediency & NRA A+ Grades Trump Public Safety

 

Considering how 2019 has been averaging more than one incident of domestic terrorism per day… most recently in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH… it defies belief that the powers-that-be are doing nothing… absolutely nothing to rein in these reigns of terror. To date, their tough talk of restoring and keeping the peace has gone flaccid. Indeed, their promises made / promises broken record remains unbroken… and society remains broken.

Just how can that Oval Office Occupant and U.S. Senate Majority “Leader” Mitch McConnell even claim to represent the will of the people, when they whip their middle digits at…

• 60 percent of Americans, who favor stricter gun laws
• 97 percent of gun owners… gun owners mind you… who support universal background checks

• How is it that the National Rifle Association (NRA) always gets to call all the shots (oft literally)?
• What ever happened to representative government and majority rules?
• How the hell did we ever wind up with such a dysfunctional government?

Such present-day woes can be traced, in part, to two recent betrayals…

• The Electoral College dropouts failed to do their patriotic and Constitutional duty to prevent an amoral, autocratic, corrupt tycoon from getting sworn in on Inauguration Day 2017.

• The U.S. Senate remains loaded with right-wing extremists who shamelessly prioritize partisanship, political expediency and their NRA “A+” report cards over public safety. Compromised and co-opted, they, too, flat out refuse do their patriotic and Constitutional duty to remove the fake prez.

Ergo, here we stand by, helplessly, as we watch the unchecked, brown-shirted, white robed and white hooded ersatz prez galloping off on his high horse… going off an his rampaging racist crusade… sowing the seeds that can only sprout into a crop of unfit for human consumption hatred… i.e., the KKK and Nazi magnitude hatred that can only breed domestic terrorism.

So there he stoops… the soft on domestic terrorism “prez” who muddies the collective American conscience… who rips the heart and soul out of a once-upon-a-time great nation.

Election Day 2020 does seem to be America’s last chance to restore respectability and accountability to the Oval Office and U.S. Senate… but… seeing how an unregistered, un-American, “voter”… one Vladimir Putin… remains unchecked, too…

OH GAWD… CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE WAKE ME UP FROM THIS RECURRING NIGHTMARE?

 

 

 

 

Taking Their Cues ~ 1 Quick Limerick #089

 

Wretched Trump’s racism, fuels hate’s flame,
Taking their cue, gun nuts murder and maim,
Next, real survivors’ heartache,
Cues Trump’s thoughts and prayers, fake,
Mourners get played like pawns in his vile game.

 

 

 

 

Intolerance / Incontinence Issues ~ 1 Quick Limerick #088

 

Kluxer Don defecates his racist tune,
Via the Tweetstorm, mouthed hot air typhoon,
Promptly, his devotee species,
Eagerly eats up such feces,
Sure as “sheet”, he won’t be wiping soon!

 

 

 

The Boneheaded Base (1 Quick Limerick #087)

The Head Bone’s Connected to the Tailbone

 

The Trumpster’s base, boasts odd bigoted mix,
His white hooded image, he doth spin to fix,
“There’s not one racist bone,
in my bod”, Don will drone,
No bones about it! There are Two Hundred Six!