Thursday, December 18


(Too tired to type...)
Seriously though, when I have time, I plan to excerpt a bit of Paul Theroux's article in one of this summer's Smithsonian magazines, as part of my Hanukkah offering.

I'm calling the series: Shine On You Crazy Diamond. (no link to Syd Barrett).

Someone smart works where I do: leaves their leftover Smithsonian and Audubon magazines in the break room to share...*

Kindness of strangers, indeed.

* I've been reading the article on the bus, coming and going; no bus this weekend or on the 24th or 26th though. Have to drive in for those hours.

Busy, busy, busy... or Ca-ching. Ca-ching.

(Nothing wrong with Honest Work. And where I'm from, you always take the overtime when it comes... I work the hours too, not a clocked-in talker, myself.)

Wednesday, December 17

(more to come).

*Busy, busy, busy...

¡ Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Felicidad !

a nuestros hermanos y hermanas cubanos ...

Tuesday, December 16


*Busy, busy, busy...

Monday, December 15

Eyes on the Road. Hands Upon the Wheel.

Don't Jerk and Drive, People.
Just ... No.

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota is canceling its successful “Don’t Jerk and Drive” ad campaign after complaints that the double entendre is inappropriate.

That public safety campaign, intended to warn winter drivers against jerking the steering wheel on slick roads, has achieved its goal of engaging thousands of people, the Argus Leader reported. More than 16,000 people saw the #DontJerkAndDrive campaign on Twitter in its first week, and page views at the related Facebook page have jumped to almost 30,000 since the campaign launched, outperforming previous public safety campaigns 25 to 1.

However, the Department of Public Safety is killing the campaign after complaints about the possible sexual connotation of the term “jerk.”

“I decided to pull the ad,” DPS secretary Trevor Jones told the newspaper. “This is an important safety message and I don’t want this innuendo to distract from our goal to save lives on the road.”

Earlier, DPS officials behind the campaign had said the double meaning was done on purpose as part of an effort to reach young males — the demographic most likely to crash in icy conditions. Other parts of the campaign included the phrases “Jerking isn’t a joke,” “Think before you jerk,” and “Keep calm and don’t jerk the wheel.”

But in the end, the same boldness that made the campaign so attention-grabbing appears to have doomed it. Republican state Rep. Mike Verchio said he planned to call the campaign’s organizers before the transportation committee to ask what they were thinking.
Don't Knock What Works.
(That's one of the greatest things we'll miss when the skilled working-class is gone. If we think we're a disposable society now... what happens when we lose the people who know to fix things, even if they're not the most politically correct or socially enlightened methods? A lot more broken things, like kids jerking while driving...)

It's About the Guns, People.

I was so glad to read this story this morning.

I do believe, no matter what you think of the basic competency of individual law enforcement officers, the recent fatal police killings are more about the fear of guns (in black hands), than the color of person himself.

The more inclusive the movement, the more likely we will see societal change, led by ... us.

"And just like our hearts were broken and we can't breathe, the hearts of the mothers in Ferguson, in Bridgeport, in Hartford, in Florida, in New Haven, in Danbury, they can't breathe," said Nelba Marquez-Greene, who lost her daughter, Ana Grace, on Dec. 14, 2012.

"And we should care. We should care when our children are lost to gun violence."

Marquez-Greene, speaking at The First Cathedral's church service in Bloomfield, recalled the moment two years ago when she and her husband were in the Newtown firehouse, where officials were informing parents of the 20 children slain along with six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She and her husband found their son, now a fifth-grader, but not their daughter.

"But in that same firehouse," she said, "my husband and I knew Ana was with Jesus and that we would see her again."

A troubled 20-year-old gunman had shot his way into the school. He shot and killed his mother before driving to the school, and he committed suicide as police arrived.

Marquez-Greene asked anyone feeling despair and the desire to commit "a senseless act of violence" to ask for prayer and "to know that we love you." She said she went to Washington to speak out against gun violence but felt that change would come not from the leaders there but "from us."

Greene's husband, Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and composer who has dedicated a new album to their daughter, also spoke and played at the service.

Other churches across Connecticut remembered the victims Sunday as the Newtown community quietly marked the anniversary. At Newtown's St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, bells rang out and the victims' names were read.

The town held no official public memorial events Sunday. Officials said would be for private reflection and remembrance.

Sunday, December 14

"... and I'm sorry it interfered with the fundraisers planned this weekend."

A young Republican on Fox News rips George Will's mentality with, We Get the Government We Deserve.

Saturday, December 13

Banking on Sleep.

Sometimes, Nature says:
Stay Inside. Sleep.
Even on Saturday.

Friday, December 12

The Banks Win!

The bi-partisan bill passes.
This government rolls merrily along...
Nobody's even rioting in the streets yet.

More of the same then.
So long as we're covering news of imaginary rapes, "racist" police officers, and years-old torture porn, the rich ones will do it again and again...

Too big to fail?
Don't you believe it, America.

This is just the fireside sale,
(if you're not doing the selling,
you're being sold out.)

I think I liked it better when the politicians did nothing for their jobs, than serve the lobbyists who've bought them. Ditto the journo's and baiters...

Luckily, we're not all whores.
Still some free men here.


Make it a great Friday,
if you're free of those trappings,
and don't pull a buck off preaching nonsense!

Be ye not a hypocrite, cashing The Man's check
but pretending you are part of the solution.

Better to stick with childish things,
while others keep their eyes on the ball...

Thursday, December 11

Kill the Bill.

Better to eat nothing than to eat shit, I always say...

Break the cycle.
Call their bluff.
Don't reward the same old same-old.

Fight hard -- do you have it in you?
If not you, who?
If not now, when?

Why reward failure?

The Strength in Living Dissent.

They say that what you mock...
will surely overtake you.
And you become a monster...
so the monster will not break you

I stopped working for several years there, so not much of my tax money went to support these wars, weapons, or torture sessions in poor countries like Poland, who once again, went along to get along... Weak like that.

I'm a Christian.
I believe one day, every day will be Judgment Day.

The media will have their heyday now -- now that as an industry they've been reduced to mocking from the sidelines -- before turning their attentions to the latest entertainment of the moment. They'll assume a collective guilt, on behalf of us all.

Collect their paychecks, report in retrospect, now that the action's safely over... (or is it? Funny how the new defense secretary is the man who knows all the toys in our toolbox, and can help best choose the countries and situations to try 'em out on. We're still at war everywhere, don't forget. Dwindling days of American power until economically we're overtaken by our betters.)

But don't you believe that all of us supported the wars, the revenge (against the wrong parties), the patriotic chest beating and the killings. Check the track records. Some of us smarter ones: We knew from the get go Bush was an immature asshole, no life experience but bailed-out failure. We don't forgive him because he's a Grandpa now, painting his toes in the bathtub, and a good old boy.

We forgive him, because there's a greater Judge to come. It's not our place to punish him or the evil Cheney with no working heart of his own. God will see to it: they'll get theirs.

The ones who are still innocent -- who never killed nor supported the killings -- are the winners and one day, the last shall be first.

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
As a shepherd tends his flock
when he finds himself among his scattered sheep,
so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark.
I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out,
the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.


As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.
Was it not enough for you to graze on the best pasture, that you had to trample the rest of your pastures with your hooves? Or to drink the clearest water, that you had to pollute the rest with your hooves?
Thus my flock had to graze on what your hooves had trampled and drink what your hooves had polluted.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will judge between the fat and the lean.
Because you push with flank and shoulder, and butt all the weak sheep with your horns until you drive them off,
I will save my flock so they can no longer be plundered; I will judge between one sheep and another.
I will appoint one shepherd over them to pasture them, my servant David; he shall pasture them and be their shepherd.
I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David will be prince in their midst. I, the LORD, have spoken.

I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the country of wild beasts so they will dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the forests.

I will settle them around my hill and send rain in its season, the blessing of abundant rain.
The trees of the field shall bear their fruits, and the land its crops, and they shall dwell securely on their own soil. They shall know that I am the LORD when I break the bars of their yoke and deliver them from the power of those who enslaved them.

They shall no longer be plundered by the nations nor will wild beasts devour them, but they shall dwell securely, with no one to frighten them.

I will prepare for them peaceful fields for planting so they are never again swept away by famine in the land or bear taunts from the nations.
Thus they shall know that I, the LORD, their God, am with them, and that they are my people, the house of Israel—oracle of the Lord GOD.
Yes, you are my flock: you people are the flock of my pasture, and I am your God—oracle of the Lord GOD.


or, Ah, Precipitation.

It is supposed to be a melting 43 degrees this Saturday, with the wet just hanging in the air...

If -- officially -- the snow cover has to measure one inch to qualify for a white Christmas, we might not make it, the weather forecasters say.

Se la vie.


Wednesday, December 10

We Were Only Fresh Men...

MEXICO CITY -- Nearly 10 weeks after 43 college students in Mexico were kidnapped by police, forensic experts have identified a bone among remains in a trash dump as belonging to one of the missing men, the school and federal officials said Saturday.

This would be a key clue in discovering the fate of the students, last seen Sept. 26 in the city of Iguala, in Guerrero state, after a deadly confrontation with police acting on the orders of the mayor, according to the government.
Argentine forensic investigators, whom the families brought in to inspect remains, notified the father of Alexander Mora, one of the students, that a bone had been identified as the young man's.
The Mexican government has said that garbage bags full of ashes and bone fragments discovered in a trash dump at Cocula, near Iguala, where the students were abducted, were too deteriorated to be identified easily.

Samples were sent to a laboratory in Austria where the identification was apparently made.

Without a definitive identification, many of the students' parents refused to believe their children were dead, despite statements from detainees who described in detail how they killed, dismembered and buried the bodies.
The missing students were freshmen in a rural politicized college that specializes in training the children of poor campesinos to be teachers.

The students' disappearance has galvanized many in this violent country, sending thousands into the streets to protest the killings and the deeply penetrated tentacles of government corruption that the incident exposed.

It has handed PResident Enrique Pena Nicto his most serious crisis in two years of government. He has announced a series of security measures but has largely failed to appease an angry public.

~Terry Wilkinson, LA Times

Tuesday, December 9

Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney...

are Comin' to Town!

(Is this the "Put One Foot in Front of the Other..." special? I love that song...)


You better watch out.
You better not cry.
You better not pout.
I'm telling you why...
Spread the word in Sombertown.
Winter: I really am a mean, and despicable creature at heart you know. It's difficult to [sniff] really change.

Kris: Difficult? [chuckles] Why, why look here, changing from bad to good is as easy as taking your first step.
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor.
You put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking out the door.

You never will get where you're going
if you never get up on your feet...
Come on, there's a good tail wind blowin'
A fast-walking man is hard to beat.

If you want to change your direction,
If your time of life is at hand,
Well, don't be the rule, be the exception
A good way to start is to stand
Winter: If I want to change the reflection
I see in the mirror each morn...
Kris: Oh, you do.
Winter: You mean that it's just my election?
Kris: Just that.
Winter: To vote for a chance to be reborn? Woo-hoo!

Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor.
You put one foot in front of the other
And soon you'll be walking out the door!

"We're Not Caught Up in Your Race Affairs"

The dark clouds are passing, the storm is breaking.
There's been a lot of anger, some focused, some misdirected, in recent days.

The president has it right: "As painful as these incidents are, we can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago, and if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better. Not good, in some cases, but better."

LeBron James is doing his bit, mixing it up with white privilege personified, and hey: it's all good:  "We don't care... We're not caught up in your racial affairs." 

Next stop: Jay-z and Beyonce.
This is how healing happens, people.

Cultural clashes classed up by celebrities. Justice rolls slower, but it's all good. Move along people, nothing to see here.

For example,
How quickly do you think those social media comments rolled off the Obama sisters' backs, for all the needless recounting the words have been given by prominent media? 98 percent of the country loves those two young women; they need not hide their color...

Get over, as the multicultural kids say, understanding there's a mighty complex world well beyond simple black-and-white. These are just the death pangs of the past, still sounding but weaker and weaker each day...

Monday, December 8

Get Up.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me... speaking words of wisdom: Let it be...

Nothing, nothing is impossible with God.

Oh say, does that star spangled banner yet wave...
o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

News You Need to Know.

The 12-member committee seeded Alabama No. 1, Oregon No. 2, Florida State No. 3 and Ohio State No. 4. As the top seed, the Crimson Tide were entitled to home-field advantage, and so they will play Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. This presumably suits Oregon just fine, as it will meet the Seminoles at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

The matchups will not upset ESPN, which has a 12-year, $7.3 billion deal for the playoff. Four brand-name programs from four conferences. Last year’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston of Florida State, versus this year’s likely Heisman-winning quarterback, Marcus Mariota of Oregon. Alabama Coach Nick Saban going up against Urban Meyer, now Ohio State’s coach but previously a Southeastern Conference rival of Saban’s when Meyer won two national titles at Florida.

The winners of the semifinals, an afternoon/evening doubleheader on Jan. 1, will play for the national championship on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.
Baylor and TCU won't get to play for a national championship, but both teams will play in "New Year's Six" bowls.

The Bears will play No. 8 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, while the Horned Frogs will face No. 9 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. No. 7 Mississippi State will play No. 12 Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl. No. 20 Boise State and No. 10 Arizona will meet in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

Las Vegas sports books installed Alabama and Oregon as the betting favorites. The Westgate SuperBook opened the Crimson Tide as 9.5-point favorites over Ohio State. It's the 68th straight game that Alabama has been the favorite. It's only the fifth time the Buckeyes have been an underdog under coach Urban Meyer. For his career, Meyer is 14-8 straight up as an underdog.

Oregon opened as an 8.5-point favorite over the Seminoles at the Westgate. It's the first time Florida State has been an underdog in its last 50 games, a streak that dates back to September 2011 against Clemson.

Monday Morning Life Observations.

A two-day weekend following a four- is a bit like asking a distance runner to sprint 50 yards: you're just starting to get your finishing kick, and the race is already run.

(So pick up the pace already...)

I hear ya. Happy Monday, all!
Keep those lights shining...

Saturday, December 6


Take back the true beauty of the word, kids...
ADDED: Saturday, Saturday... Saturday.
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday.

... in case you have to spell it out for some of the bright, but slow ones. You've got to value book learning, as well as Saturday people, life experience, no?
Life tests on that too.

Friday, December 5

Thank You Then, for Being a Friend...

and Shining Your Light in My Life...

Happy Friday, all!

Thursday, December 4

Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner.

Weren't they the two men alleged to have helped conspire to hide Natalie Woods' murder that night off the boat? Creeps me out, those two...

(Still too soon in our celebrity truth-telling days to acknowledge the facts? Oops.)

Since Then, I Never Look Back...

It's almost like living the Dream...

I've been crossing the Mississippi twice daily since mid-October; yesterday I made the cut when our project's temporary personnel were pared.

The opportunity to work still exists for me -- overtime even, and I am thankful for that, having been without work enough to appreciate the absence of isolation as much as the presence of a decent paycheck.


Wednesday, December 3

The Gift That Keeps On Giving...


The Gift That Keeps Giving
Dating myself here, but that's a phrase copped from a high school health poster, no?


Make it a great Wednesday, all!
whether you're wrapping up,
winding down, hitting 'em hard,
or chugging through a cold day.

Cocoa helps, life warms, and most people and animals really are good at heart. Some just don't operate as well in the dark times.

Son of a Gun!

Sounds like they're hoping to play Civil War II this Christmas over at the Coates place... Sorry, Santa's not bringing that game!
How 'bout a nice book?

Ta-Nehisi Coates retweeted:
Eric Kleefeld @EricKleefeld
The single greatest moment of social progress for black Americans was in a violent, massive war. Worth pondering.

Tuesday, December 2

"Bosnian Lives Matter"

ST. LOUIS • A 17-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant.

Robert Joseph Mitchell, 17,... was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Police say Mitchell along with two other teens attacked 32-year-old Zemir Begic with hammers early Sunday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Mitchell and one of the juveniles are black and the other teen is Hispanic, according to police. It was unclear whether two other suspects in custody, juveniles 15 and 16, will be charged as adults.

Police said they know the identity of a fourth participant, who is sought.
According to court documents, members of the group yelled at Begic, his fiancée and two others as they walked to Begic’s car. As the vehicle drove away, one teen jumped on the back and began beating on it. Begic stopped and got out, and one of the men taunted him to fight before all four attacked — and continued to beat him after he fell to the ground.

“We think it was wrong place, wrong time,” police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said.

Detectives do not believe the attackers took anything but Begic’s life. He died at St. Louis University Hospital, suffering injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth.
Jackson said there was nothing in the suspects’ criminal backgrounds to suggest they would do something of this magnitude.

“There is no evidence that this was a crime occasioned by the race or ethnicity of the victim,” Mayor Francis Slay declared in a formal statement. He added, “Speculation that this attack had anything to do with the Ferguson protests is absolutely unfounded.”

Slay wrote: “I don’t know what happened to them or to their families to lead these young people to commit such a horrific crime. It’s disturbing. We do not know their past. Their futures, though, will be as grim as the judicial system can make it.”
About 300 people gathered Monday afternoon for a two-hour vigil near the scene in the Bevo Mill neighborhood — about three times as many as had gathered Sunday night. Many were worried that racial tension had fueled the killing.

Some demanded more police attention, which Chief Sam Dotson promised Sunday.

Alderman Carol Howard said the community has experienced an uptick in crime since the summer. “I don’t know why,” she said. “This has been a safe, stable neighborhood; we want to keep it that way.”

Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen, wrote a letter Monday to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, asking the budget director to research ways to pay for more police.

Reed wrote: “From what we have seen during the past week, there is no indication that the protests and demonstrations are going to be slowing down any time in the near future. We should not ask the members of our police department to continue to work 12-hour shifts indefinitely. This could lead to morale problems as well as diminishing returns with respect to effective law enforcement.”
Some who gathered at the scene Monday talked of surviving war in their home country and coming to America for a better life, only to be met with a crime like this.

“We need to stop crazy people in the street,” said Dan Movc, a Bosnian who came to St. Louis a decade ago.

The crowd chanted, “Bosnian lives matter!” taking a cue from Ferguson protesters who often rally with the call, “Black lives matter!”
Earlier story:

St. Louis Bosnians outraged about a deadly hammer attack in the city’s Bevo Mill neighborhood spilled into the streets Sunday night to voice frustrations over violence touching their community.

“We’re just angry because we’re trying to protect our community,” said Mirza Nukic, 29, of St. Louis. “We’re just trying to be peaceful.”

Nukic was among at least 50 people, mostly, if not all Bosnians, who briefly blocked Gravois Avenue at Itaska Street on Sunday night to protest the killing. The intersection was near where Zemir Begic, a Bosnian man who moved to St. Louis this year, was attacked by at least three teens with hammers early Sunday.

Police said Begic was in his vehicle about 1:15 a.m. in the 4200 block of Itaska when several juveniles approached and began damaging his car. Police said Begic got out to confront the juveniles, who began yelling at him and hitting him with hammers.

Begic, 32, who lived in the 4200 block of Miami Street, suffered injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth. He died at St. Louis University Hospital.

Some of the demonstrators recalled other recent Bosnian victims of violence, including Haris Gogic, 19, who was fatally shot in May 2013 by a robber in his family’s Bevo Mill convenience store.

St. Louis police Chief Sam Dotson spoke with residents at the street protest Sunday night. He said he was sorry about what happened and sought to reassure people the killing did not appear motivated by race or ethnicity.

“There is no indication that the gentleman last night was targeted because he was Bosnian,” Dotson said. “There’s no indication that they knew each other.”

Dotson said Sunday evening that police have two male juveniles, ages 15 and 16, in custody. A third male, 17, was taken into custody late Sunday night.

Dotson also promised to increase day and night foot patrols in the area.

“The whole idea of standing out in the street is to get our attention,” Dotson told residents. “You got my attention. You absolutely did.”

Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, who attended Sunday night’s protest, said he and Begic were heading home from a bar on Gravois Avenue. Begic was driving and Nuranjkovic was in the passenger seat when a group of at least five teens started banging on the car. Nuranjkovic said he got out of the car and hid in a parking lot across the street during the attack.

“I was afraid that if one of them had a gun, they were going to shoot me, so I didn’t know what to do,” he said.

Nuranjkovic said the attack has made him fearful to live in his own neighborhood.

“The picture is in my head, what I saw,” he said. “I don’t know why this is happening to Bosnians. We could go around and shoot people, too, but we just want peace.”

Seldin Dzananovic, 24, said the teens with the hammers approached him farther north on Gravois about an hour before the attack on Begic. He said he was able to fight them off, suffering only cuts to his hands and neck.

“I’m just lucky,” he said. “God is on my side.”

Begic and his family came to the United States from Bosnia in 1996, moving first to Utica, N.Y., before settling in Waterloo, Iowa, said his sister, Denisa Begic.

She said he moved to Phoenix, where he worked as a moving truck driver before returning briefly to Iowa. He moved to St. Louis several months ago and was engaged to a woman, Arijana, whose family lives in St. Louis.

Singing was one of his passions, and he often performed in public.

“He loved America,” said Denisa Begic, 23, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We come from Bosnia because we were getting killed and our homes and families were getting destroyed. Never in my life did I think he would get murdered.”

She said she knows some Bosnians are upset over her brother’s death because they believe the suspects, who are black and Hispanic, targeted Begic because he was Bosnian. She said she wants people to know her brother would not have judged them because of their race; he had friends of many racial and ethnic backgrounds.

“He loved everybody,” she said. “I don’t know what to think of it. It’s so wrong what they did. They didn’t just hurt Zemir’s family. They also hurt their own family because I’m pretty sure their moms will never see them again.”

Denisa Begic said her brother’s funeral would be in Iowa, and that a fundraising site has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

“I hope justice is served for my brother because he didn’t deserve this at all,” she said.

Friday, November 28


It's What's for Breakfast.

Wednesday, November 26

We Flowered in this Generation... Triumphantly.

Old pirates, yes, they rob I...
Sold I to the merchant ships.
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit...

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
We flowered in this generation...

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever heard:
Redemption songs.
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them can stop the time.

How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fulfill de book.

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

[Guitar break]

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.

Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.

How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?

Yes, some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fulfill the Book.

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?

'Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs.

Won't you help to sing?
These songs of freedom,
Redemption songs

Where is the Love?

What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah

Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practise what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love, the love, the love

It just ain't the same, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace are so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong?

Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone?

So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover...

The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practise what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity?
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality?
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity...

That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive 'til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love?

Sing with me y'all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That's all we got)
One world, one world
And something's wrong with it (Yeah)
Something's wrong with it (Yeah)
Something's wrong with the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That's all we got
(One world, one world)

Tuesday, November 25

Minneapolis Rally.

The rally near the 3rd Precinct and an earlier gathering at the University of Minnesota both drew hundreds of people carrying signs and chanting slogans in an effort to show solidarity with Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson in August. Ferguson erupted in violence Monday night after a grand jury declined to indict the officer.

On the steps of the university’s Coffman Union, demonstrators sat down for 4 ½ minutes of silence to mark the 4 ½ hours that Brown’s body reportedly lay in the street after he was shot. Some carried signs that read, “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace” and speakers called for an end to racial discrimination.

Riot After Math.

Sadly, I think the idea is to scare white people of black people's rage potential, so white people will go along with the whole "pay me for peace" reparations idea. Worked before.

Nobody is scared these days though.
Saddened perhaps, plenty of liberal white isolation and guilt out there, too. But with the weaponry today, nobody is scared by the riot thing.

As a tactic, it's not working this call for reparations as racial justice. Great Republican recruiting tool though, but not out of fear. The bad drives out the good is all.
#STL #Thanksgiving Day Parade Postponed Due To Community Unrest -

Ferguson Little Caesar's vs. the Dublin Post Office.

I'm pretty sure the destruction to the General Post Office during the 1916 Easter Uprising was a byproduct of the fight, not planned destruction as an end in itself.

No body can do the hard work of strategy, and defining goals, for you. Where is the list of demands from the protestors in Ferguson? What was Michael Brown fighting for? A free box of cigarillos? Stolen not from a white man, but an immigrant storekeeper?

There are no black leaders there, and the white media is feeding on these images.

Disadvantaged children will learn to emulate this nonsense, with no end in sight. No generational triumph in sight. That's the saddest thing.

"Mommy, why did they burn the Little Caesar's pizza place down?" *

ADDED: God help the little children if the public schools in the affected areas are closed again today, for the children's safety amidst the community unrest. Who is winning here, and who is losing really?

* A: "Because some people don't want us living here anymore. You'll like the new house too and we'll go out for your birthday there, just someplace else. Wait and see..."