-- The Dark Knight
I live here in the City of Angels.
Once upon a time, I grew up among the dilapidated towers of New York City and I saw DC began it's rise after the Republicans returned to Congress after a break of 40 years (without whining about the process).
Also, a few years back, I dated a nice, smart, pretty girl name Toni (I talked to her before I wrote this piece, so only first names. My Mom is seeing her in August, and I'm seeing her next weekend. How do I know her? She used to be my neighbor -- so do not give me crap about my ex) who went to Pepperdine University, has a few cats, and happens to be African American.
I will date anyone who is beautiful. As a writer, I see beautiful Muses all over Los Angeles. As a Politico, I look for a Muse to join me in my slow journey to World Domination (from the Southland, of course).
The scene is set.
A few days ago, a trial over what happened one night in Sanford, Florida ended with the Spanish guy getting off for killing an African American teenager. Both were Democrats.
The laughter ended for many people in the paragraph above. For others, it gave a chance to build a butcher's bill of grievances and deaths.
I. Charles Pierce's Zombies: The paternalism from a Rich White Guy of Massachusetts
|Liberals all. One of Whom is Pierce's boss.|
Here is Charlie Pierce's hate filled rant on the day of the "Not Guilty," verdict:
"Some night very soon, if he so chooses, George Zimmerman can load his piece, tuck it into the back of his pants, climb into his SUV, and drive around Sanford, Florida looking for assholes and fucking punks who are walking through neighborhoods where he, George Zimmerman, defender of law and order, doesn't think they belong. He can drive around Sanford, Florida and check out anyone who is dressed in such a manner as might frighten the average citizen who has been fed a daily diet of "Scary Black Kids" by their local news and by their favorite radio personalities, and who is dressed in such a manner as might seem inappropriate to their surroundings as determined by George Zimmerman, crimebuster. He can drive around Sanford, Florida until he spots an asshole or a fucking punk and then he can get out of his SUV, his piece tucked into the back of his pants, and he can stalk the asshole or the fucking punk, the one who is in the wrong neighborhood, or who is dressed inappropriately, at least according to George Zimmerman, protector of peace. If the asshole, or the fucking punk, turns around and objects to being stalked -- or, worse, if the asshole, or the fucking punk, decides physically to confront the person stalking him -- then George Zimmerman can whip out the piece from the back of his pants and shoot the asshole, or the fucking punk, dead right there on the spot. This can happen tonight. That is now possible. Hunting licenses are now available and it's open season on assholes, fucking punks, and kids who wear hoodies at night in neighborhoods where they do not belong, at least according to George Zimmerman, defender of law and order, crimebuster, and protector of the peace, because that is what American society has told George Zimmerman, and all the rest of us, is the just outcome of what happened on one dark and rainy night in February of 2012,"
There is a farm in Worchester, Massachusetts and/or a Private Home in Eastern Massachusetts where Pierce lives. It is probably surrounded by "Keep Out," signs. Does he have his own gun as country men are wont to do? Does Pierce invite the poor from Boston to the takings of his home?
No, because protection of property and life is not for the peons according to Pierce's Democratic party.
Ever hear of context?
What was going on in his neighborhood within Sanford, Florida that Zimmerman felt the need to protect his neighbors?
By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.
At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.
In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.
But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.
On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy's bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.
"I said, 'What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'" she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.
Police arrived just as the burglars - who had been trying to disconnect the couple's television - fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.
After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open.
---Prelude to a Shooting by Reuters;
Charles Pierce cares nothing about the rise in Crime at Twin Lakes, Mrs. Bertalan or her infant son.
His commentators cannot abide ideas from anyone else, and like sheep, they all say how much they love Pierce. Even the Zombies in Land of the Dead have more Independence of thought then any of Pierce's intelligentsia.
History Lesson (or how Pierce sees HIMSELF!):
White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.
Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain....
And this is a man who wants to be the savior of African Americans?
To Pierce, crime (especially minority on minority) is fine as long as it is NIMBY from where he writes.
And Pierce is proud of the burning fires.
II. Margaret Prescod, Lover of Dictators, Fans the Flames from North Hollywood
I listen to KPFK because if I want to know what the Left thinks, I go there. (Note to Bernard Duncan: Every member of KPFK has no clue about the differences within the GOP, I suggest your crew start speaking to actual Republicans before placing judgement calls on them...especially Ian Masters).
When I listen to Margaret Prescod, I know I am listening to someone who has no understanding of Power, the American system of Government or the logic of opposition to her causes.
Power (and at every level of American Government, even for the opposition) is about TRADE. You want help for Haiti? You want support for programs by Republicans? What are you offering in return? Because President Obama offers no "face saving" opportunities (or trade), there is no reason for any Republican to support him.
When she spends time cheering the death of PM Thatcher and crying over Hugo Chavez; Prescod cannot lecture to any American who votes Republican because of her chosen alliances.
One of my favorite guests on her show (technically, it should be HIS show since he is on so much) is Dr. Gerald Horne. I disagree on many of his stances, but he doesn't praise dictators and if given a chance would actually try to understand Republicans too.
Prescod takes a rumor and runs with it. Sometimes out into the streets to go against the Institutions. What happens when you push against something? Others will push back.
So, for Dr. Horne and Ms. Prescod, here is a few questions for your show on Friday.
Be brave, discuss it. I'll even discuss it with you as well if you are open minded:
Since 1965 when LBJ (with the help of many Congressional Republicans), created the voting rights act and the Great Society
And then immediately thereafter came the societal fires of 1968,
1) How has voting for Democrats helped the Black community when there is still High Poverty and High Crime compared to other Democratic Areas or even safer Republican districts?
2) By stereotyping (or even straw-manning) Republican figures, ideas and people, how do you expect them to vote your way?
2a) When a Republican official does something in your direction, can they expect votes in return? To quote an old movie Zardoz, "....if there is nothing, then I have nothing to give,"
3) If you can't build a coalition with Republicans in the United States, what would building coalitions with other countries do? Would it win Americans to your cause?
And Ms. Prescod, stop dancing on graves and hoping the fire rises. Karma responds badly to those things.
III. Pray for Rain
"The Fire Rises," -- Bane
When I spoke to Toni earlier this week about the Zimmerman trial, she agreed with me on this statement:
"The moment the President got involved, it was over. Zimmerman would win,"
Now, Mr. Pierce, Ms. Prescod and Dr. Horne are shaking their collective heads. Here is why.....
President Obama is the Power of the state. Mr. Zimmerman was one individual.
In the myth of America, the little guy always wins. If you don't believe me, you forget how much support Disney has.
2013 is not 1965.
|1965 Disk Drive|
|2013: Disk Drive? What's that?|
The South did have the Busing battles in the 70's (I'm looking at you Pierce);
And poverty still reigns in Black communities while continually voting Democrat (and holding new Republicans to impossible standards). Violence still reigns.
And Dr. Horne should note that Charlie Pierce is not offering one iota of platform to Ms. Prescod, I am willing to talk about her in a Los Angeles based blog -- who has your best interests at heart?
Hint: Not the Liberal from Massachusetts.
Please stop lighting fires in my hometown -- Riots means the Goths will sack Rome soon. Guess what? I am a Goth. Keep that in mind.
Now, my question: Why do Liberals like to fan the flames of Rioting to the detriments of others?
Good old KPFK. Nothing like Left Wing conspiracy theories. I remember listening to them back in the nineties and some kook was spouting off about how the KKK was behind the first World Trade Center bombing.ReplyDelete
There are definitely conspiracy theories and wingnuts on the Left but let us not forget some of the All Stars on the Right...Beck, Hannity, Drudge, Breitbart, Bill O, Rush, Michelle Bachmann, etc... Y'all got your share, too.ReplyDelete
I will not defend Charlie Pierce's piece. But keep in mind, as a Partisan, he does exactly what you (as a Republican partisan writer) does; he takes an extreme stance in order to galvanize his base. I disagree with this, but you and others know that this is an effective tactic to energize the base. In my mind, it has the unfortunate byproduct of hardening positions so that true dialogue and cooperation becomes that much harder to achieve.
As far as the Zimmerman case goes, it is one where both sides can claim to be in the right theoretically. I can put myself in the 17 year old Trayvon Martin's shoes; he was going to the store and this older man is following him in a car and on foot, basically stalking him. Hell, I'd probably throw a punch at that guy, too. On the other hand, the law as it is written in Florida states that a person can use deadly force if they believe they are in mortal danger. The prosecution could not prove that in the second he pulled the trigger he was not in fear for his life. What happened before, that the confrontation need not happen if Zimmerman had stopped being a "wannabe" cop, does not matter according to the way the law is drawn up.
I personally would have voted him guilty of manslaughter. I believe Zimmerman's actions were what lead to the fight and that he is ultimately responsible for what happened. The jury, however, weighed the evidence, deliberated, asked for clarification and rendered their verdict. I disagree with it, but can see how they arrived there. It is the statue that is flawed, not the system in this case.
However, looking at most of the commentators on the Right who only put themselves in the shoes of Zimmerman without saying that an innocent Young African American also had the legal right to be where he was, without acknowledging he was also feeling in danger because this older man was following him, and that he also had the right to protect himself are seriously misguided. This whole story is a tragedy; a young 17 year old kid is dead and Zimmerman will never again have a normal life simply because one made a decision about a bag of Skittles and the other made a decision to not follow the instructions of a police dispatcher.
One day we should photobomb KPFK in North Hollywood. These folks have NO sense of humor.
No one will ever really know what happened that night except for Martin and Zimmerman. Both cultures were about standing up, not cooling down.
The context of what was going on before has to figured in, but people like Pierce and Prescod don't care.
Regarding the Radio/TV partisans, they have existed since the begining of our Great Republic in one form or another. Learning how to use them and ignore them is another matter.
If you go into my messy car, the radio is usually at KPFK and at the bookstore I read all the news mags from Left to Right.
But I have yet to see any major Left politco or Establishment tell Lawrence O'Donnell, Andrew Sullivan (over his Palin uterus obsession) and other flame throwers to cool it.
When that happens, I think you might see some movement against the TV/Radio Partisans.
Thanks for visiting!