I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me.


13653430_1070638483027630_2650636656912865440_o-1 This morning The Love Life of an Asian Guy posted this picture on facebook with the following commentary:

This is one of the most powerful images I’ve seen in years.

You’re peeking directly into the laboratory of white supremacy. A system that will send TWO men in full riot gear to arrest ONE Black woman for one purpose: give her a criminal record.

If she is charged (most Black protestors are) for participating in a peaceful protest, she’ll be forced to disclose her new criminal record on ALL job applications and applications for rent.

That one small change can limit where she works, how much she can get paid, and where she can rent.

The implications are LIFE CHANGING. This act of arresting peaceful Black protestors is SYSTEMATIC RACISM AT WORK, BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES.

“You’re a Harvard Law graduate? 7 years of experience? Nice! Ooh, it looks like…

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The Lemons part two

This is BEEYOND. Just beyond. Beyond description. This is like some kind of dreamscape. And I was getting that waaaaaay before Prince walked in! I’m “hearing” it with a WEIRD (but, it FITS) vacuum-like audio treatment. My mind’s camera is catching this whole thing at the WACKIEST of angles. I just CAN’T EVEN. This is FANTASTIC fan-fiction!


WAIT. DID YOU READ PART ONE OF “the lemons”? If not, you should .


Taraji: How the FUCK you just come out here alive and then turn around and walk back in

Prince: Its simple. Watch.

*Prince slowly does a 180 and strolls back into the house*

Jay: I think Ava is having a heart attack

Ava: No I-I ju-I-Im ju-I

Ava: I was cumming I’m sorry

Taraji: Just…

*She darts her eyes at Bey*

Taraji: Bitch, explain

Bey: Beg your pardon

Taraji: I’m sorry

Taraji: Bitch, please explain

Mama T: Please

Bey: That’s for him to explain

Taraji: Well Queen of Dragging Me Into Bullshit, may I follow him into the house?

Bey: He lives in the underground complex, so good luck finding him

Solo: What’s going on? What if TMZ or somebody gets a picture of this?

Jay: They stopped trying to get past the komodo dragons years…

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On Peggy Hubbard and Black Lives Matter

Black law-abiding citizens do NOT have to answer to crimes being committed by black criminals BEFORE they can seek justice for traffic-stop deaths and roadside vaginal probes at the dirty hands of dirty cops ANY MORE THAN WHITE PEOPLE have to answer for “white crimes” before THEY can seek justice for crimes committed against THEM.  This is a nonsensical and RACIST DOUBLE STANDARD being perpetuated by Peggy Hubbard and many before her, most of them from a distant and tone-deaf white perspective. But, just as the black community suffers the few black supporters of the confederate flag, we have a few that choose to play their sorry part in advancing the narrative being spewed in Hubbard’s video.

There have been movements and organizations to address gun and gang violence FOR DECADES NOW, WELL BEFORE #BlackLivesMatter. Have these movements curbed gang violence? If so, I can hardly tell. But, somehow, in Crazytown, USA, that’s supposed to mean that POLICE OFFICERS can now get in on the kill-action, too, and we have to just shut up about it because we haven’t stamped out gangs from the black community?  Really?

First of all, we PROTEST against police BRUTALITY because law ENFORCEMENT personnel should NOT be committing the same crimes that gang members commit. They, actually shouldn’t be committing crimes, PERIOD. But, that’s a topic for another day.  We PROTEST against them in order to APPEAL to their PROFESSIONAL code of ETHICS and STANDARDS. Gangbangers do not HAVE the necessary ethics and standards available for a protestor to appeal to. So PROTESTING against gangbangers is NOT the same thing and, frankly, a waste of time. Who among you thinks that a gangbanger is going to listen to protest marchers, really? Picket-signs and chants are going to miraculously do what the current LAWS AND THREATS OF JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT (AND the anti-gang organizations) haven’t been able to do?

Of course, they won’t — and pushing such a ridiculous narrative is DANGEROUS. What The Peggy Hubbards are doing is NOT HELPING — at least not the side of the black community. But, yeah, they’re probably helping the “OTHER” side that ABSOLUTELY ADORES hearing crap like this (especially from a BLACK MOUTH) to validate their murderous actions and the nonsense that RACISTS spew at their kitchen tables. On facebook she has hundreds praising her wisdom and bravery and blessing her on God’s behalf.  I disagree. I’ll even say that the blood of the next Police Overreach Victim is on their hands.

Black on black crime is apples. Police brutality against blacks is oranges. Two DIFFERENT and SEPARATE atrocities that the black. community has to deal with, and they can BOTH be dealt with at the same time. The one does not have to wait for the other to be resolved first, so just STOP it already, Peggies.

Secondly, more of a curious “sidebar” question to ponder rather than a point to be made, if the “alledged” good reason for such excessive policing is the enormity of black on black crime, WHY are all these police brutality victims guilty of traffic violations, child support non-payment, making eye contact and running while carrying a legal pocket knife, and neeeeervr an actual murdering gangbanger that has taken black lives? You know…the ones that The Peggies IRRATIONALLY want the WHOLE of the black community to answer for? Symbolically holding my breath.

Third, Men commit 99.9999% [I’m paraphrasing] of all crimes. Do THEY have to answer to THAT as a card-carrying-man before they can…saaaaay….. seek justice for the rape and murder of a female family member?  No?  Why not?  By The Peggies logic, they should HAVE to.  Sightings of men being stopped and frisked and made to state their intentions should be COMMONplace, if we’re going to keep this “fear” argument real, that is. But, if not….if we’re going to keep faking it, at the expense of black lives, and pretending that black crime stats, black music, black this, and black that are worthy of freaking out, then maybe women should start giving lessons to the fearful on how to bravely go about their “day to day” and still function properly.

Valencia McNeill

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Body Shaming Black Female Athletes Is Not Just About Race


Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon this month. This marks the 17th time in a row that she has defeated Maria Sharapova. Yet Williams, who has earned more prize money than any female player in tennis history, is continually overshadowed by the woman whom she consistently beats. In 2013, Sharapova earned $29 million, $23 million of that from endorsements. That same year, Williams earned $20.5 million, only $12 million of that from endorsements. How’s that possible? Because endorsements don’t always reward the best athlete. They often reward the most presentable according to the Western cultural ideal of beauty.

I know, you think this article is about racism. It’s not.

Misty Copeland just became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. But when she was 13, she was rejected from a ballet academy for having the wrong body type…

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On The Killing of Freddie Gray


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On The Kiling of Freddie Gray

Amazing how so many just don’t get it.  Freddie Gray would be alive right now and none of this would be happening in the first place if the Baltimore police had done their jobs properly.  This is not the slave era where black people are chased and put to death for making eye contact with whites.  Nor is it illegal to run away from a deranged cop’s presence.  And even if the running was deemed suspicious, once the capture ONLY resulted in turning up a PERFECTLY LEGAL pocket knife, the cops should have put their ENORMOUS egos, bravados, and prejudices aside and RELEASED THEIR VICTIM.  You don’t get to cuff him and kill him and “have a nice (white) day” at the expense of someone’s LIFE.

“Thugs” with badges started this nasty ball rolling when they ILLEGALLY arrested Freddie Gray.  If he had NOT been placed in their unlawful custody, he would be alive today.  Looting/destroyng property are ONE thing.  KILLING someone is quite another. Shoudn’t we all consider ourselves lucky that Batimore’s riotous “thugs” know that difference and OBVIOUSLY have more self-control than those KILLER COPS.

What are these accused Baltimore cops going to do?…prove that Gray’s perfectly legal pocket knife was actually illegal?  Prove that they DID strap him into the department’s Monthly Arrest-Quota Transportation Wagon safely?  Prove that they DID make several attempts to seek medical attention for Gray?  Prove that the Medical Examiner’s finding of HOMICIDE is in error?  Prove that Freddie Gray is alive and well and NOT DEAD after all? What do they have to refute the facts as they were laid out in States Attorney Mosby’s Statement of Charges?

And what the HELL is up with that vehicle being referred to as a “wagon”, anyway? Surely a relic term from America’s racist policing origins.  The force was originally created to patrol and capture run away slaves, and wagons were the convenient transport of that day.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.


On Pamela Gellar


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On Pamela Gellar

She uses the old “Blame the Hypothetical Scantily Clad Woman for Her Rape” defense, but that’s being highly disingenuous, in my opinion.  If she wears her booty-shorts with full realization that such  wardrobe events are KNOWN to DIRECTLY result in mass rapes of all femailes within a room’s reach of her, said woman would CERTAINLY be held morally responsible, if not TECHNICALLY for their rapes.  She had the right to show her ass and inflame ass-haters, thereby invoking the resulting violence, but, as has been said ad nauseam, just because you have the right to a thing, doesn’t mean you should HAVE the thing.

If you KNOW that you and your actions could (hypothetically speaking) be used in a sting operation to aid in luring certain criminal types, bringing them out into the open for possible capture, then you EVIDENTLY know EXACTLY what you are doing and what’s at stake.  You completely understand the dangers involved and risk of life.  On one hand, this hypothetical scenario would be for a great cause.  It would likely result in removing anti-matter from the pool of society, and if such an operation were carried out professionally, there would be zero harm and loss of innocent life.  However, to (selfishly?) execute an operation of artistic expression and interpretation, while knowing that past precedence DICTATES the inherent REAL LIFE grave potential for a LITERAL life and death COUNTER-interpretation, is morally irresponsible and stretches free speech rights to ethical limits.

Did any of the artists/cartoonist participants bother to depict radical and extremist aftermath death scenes?  No?  They didn’t wish to take their art there, huh?  Sure, they were exercising their American-given right to “stick it” to Islam’s radical extremist types from the “safety” of their bubble of privilege and rights.  Good for them.  But, what of Islam’s peaceful billions and that same stick?  Must be nice, privilege.  But, it’s HARDLY used by Miss Booty-Shorts to purposefully incite deadly wrath against herself and her fully-clothed sisters.


On The Charles Smith Shooting

Assuming that they frisked him as well as cuffed him, how did they miss that he had a BIG GUN on him?

Why be so desperate to exit a cop car KNOWING that you won’t ACTUALLY get away with it because you’re HANDCUFFED and you’re trying to exit through the car WINDOW? The cop is just going to stand there and patiently WATCH and then let you get to your feet and run off with his cuffs on you? No.

So, you KNOW it won’t play out that way, yet you do it anyway.

Sounds like a damned if I do, and damned if I don’t type of situation….but, the damned if I don’t part is missing. Why would Smith feel a damned-if-I-don’t type of desperation in that situation? That’s like thinking, “I may as well do this, because I’m a dead man either way.”

But, why think THAT?

Would you think that way if you knew you didn’t have a BIG GUN, or ANY gun on you BEFORE this interaction with the police? But, within seconds of sitting in the cop car you FIND that you DO have one? You know it’s not yours, so your first thought is…they planted a gun on me. Your second thought is…why? Your next thoughts are ALL about escaping.

If it turns out that Smith wasn’t making desperate moves before or during his arrest, and didn’t freak out and resist his arrest UNTIL AFTER sitting in the car, he must have THEN heard, saw, felt, or realized that something life-threatening was going down.

Good question: Is a cop’s failure to FIND a “big gun” during an arrest just as bad as PLANTING a “big gun” during an arrest.

The Tree of Life — Quick! What Would You Do?


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This is totally open to individual interpretation, and individuals will surely bring their own experiences and understandings into the mix-and-stir.  That only makes sense. But, should debate and argument ensue?  You wouldn’t think so, right?  I’ve seen it happen, though!

Take a look at this art piece and carefully form your own interpretation before reading mine.  I read dozens that were nothing at ALL like mine, and that’s the fun of it. I also think that something can be gleaned about the interpreter from his or her perspective. Sort of along the lines of a psychiatrist’s inkblot test, no?

Here’s what I see.  I see a brave and smart woman that would rather let go and trust in her own ability to unlock her own shackle and potentially save them both rather than gamble on this man’s ability and morals and desire to unlock his shackle and then jump in and save her life.

She knows why he’s holding on to her….she holds the key, afterall. It behooves him to hold on to her.  Worst case scenario, he’s stuck either way, whether she goes down and fails, or if they stay in a position of limbo eternally.  His situation is the same either way, and he lives on.  And, of course, if she is successful, he not only lives, but he is also set free.

She, on the other hand, is holding onto him for what?  No good reason as far as I can tell.  She holds the key/solution to both their problems, and it requires no trust in anything but herself and her own abilities. If she’s successful, they both survive and are both free.  If she fails, only he survives.

His trust of her is irrelevelant since he is stuck to that tree, regardless. He could argue with her that he’s the better choice to save them both, but she’s the only one looking Death in the face, so it should be her decision, and I see her making the better one and letting go.

In order for her to give him the key, she would need to have trust in him that he will dive in, swim to the bottom, unlock her shackle, take her back up to shore and clear the water from her lungs!  Instead of all that, she chooses to go with what she knows of herself, rather than what she can only guess at about him, especially since she’s the one that could DIE either way.

It may be “proper protocol” for her to give him the key and play out the whole damsel-in-distress and “Myyyyyy-Heeerooooo!!!” thing, but ego and misogyny be damned in a my-life-or-death situation.  I mean, isn’t that Survival 101, Lesson I?….Save yourself first so that you can save another?

[sidebar]:  I have been REPEATEDLY-OMG seeing “tree of life” references All.Over.The.Place.com!!! I hope that this post was the reason for all of it, so that I can be FREED, because I’m starting to be more than a little freaked out. If this purge inadventently passes the “cooties” onto you, I’m so (not really) sorry. 🙂

I have no idea whom the artist is, nor the title of the artwork.

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say


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On CeeLo Green’s seemingly outrageous tweets about rape.

I don’t know. He may have been taken out of context.

Green wrote: “if someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.”

So, if he’d expounded a bit more, he would/could have added: …so if she’s unconscious and therefore NOT with you, then there is NO consent.

And not sure what he said about breaking into a home, but it’s OBVIOUSLY a wrongful act, just as rape is, so unless he was advocating breaking and entering as a GOOD thing, his comment there was probably taken out of context, too.  The tweets have since been deleted….

But, yeah, still a sleaze if he did slip somebody a rape drug. Why didn’t he plead “NOT GUILTY” to that? He plead “NO CONTEST” which means you are not admitting guilt, but will not fight the allegations.

This guy. An odd one. He gives off a lot of mixed messages! 

…..walks off singing…….
Why don’t they do what you say?
Say what you mean
oh, babe
One thing leads to another
You told me something wrong
I know I listen too long
but then one thing leads to another….

…you run for cover from the heat.
-The Fixx


Shortly after, Green deleted the tweets and apologized via Twitter:

“Let me 1st praise god for exoneration fairness & freedom! Secondly I sincerely apologize for my comments being taken so far out of context.” Then he added: “I only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this. Please forgive me as it was your support that got me thru this to begin with. I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”

It’s The Law


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When we see shady folk constantly basking in the Glow of Favor, while good folk suffer through no fault of their own….why do you think that is?

‪‬I think that if said shady character THINKS about their shadiness, whether they’re gloating about it and reveling in it, or are remorseful or even fearful about consequences…I think that makes all the difference in whether or not they eventually get what’s coming to them.

The ill-gotten-gains type that we see getting away with “blessings” are thinking happy thoughts and are proud of what they have and how they got it. On the flip-side of that nasty joke, people that have their shade come back at them are the ones that don’t sleep well at night and refuse to sit with their backs to the door at a restaurant! A Cheaters montage just flew by….with guest host, Bernie Almost Madeoff.

And when you’re suffering ……well, it’s an uphill battle on oily ice to think of anything else. Starving countries and crime-ridden slums come to mind.‪