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There's a reason why I haven't said anything about the Evo Morales incident...

I simply don't have enough information to make a judgment one way or the other.

The same goes for judgment about Morales himself one way or the other.

I'm not prone to make flying leaps at conspiracies one way or the other, or even ruminate over those who would or wouldn't make them.

All I have to say is... Let's wait and see, shall we?

I'll never forget the look in their eyes, they were terrified of me...

This happened to me many years ago and I'll never forget it... And it explains to me why some are prone to believe Z's story that he was attacked by Trayvon Martin and not the other way around.

Let me start at the beginning: When I was around 18 years old, not much older than Trayvon himself, I used ride my bike to and from Downtown Detroit on the weekends to visit the Ethnic Festivals of the time. My route consisted of riding towards Downtown on Gratiot Ave and returning home on Jefferson Ave. Those of you who understand the layout of the city will understand why this is important.

Well, one day after spending my time at the festival, I took off on my return trip, heading east on Jefferson as I usually did. At some point I was passed on my left by a car, which pulled over to the side and stopped. Just as I was about to pass that stopped car to my right, the driver opened his door right in front of me. I quickly avoided the door for the most part, but clipped the edge with my right pedal. Now, my first reaction wasn't anger that this person almost took me out with his car door... I mean, here I am.. I'm alright and I hadn't bothered to look down at my pedal, which I discovered later was smashed. I was a bit in shock at this, the first thing out of my mouth was, "Are you alright?"

Well, the person who opened his car door in front of me was this older white man and in the passenger seat of the car was his older white wife. Now as I stood there, not angry mind you... not even being loud, without one word to me, he got out of his car and walked over to the newspaper stand that he parked next to, bought a paper and still without saying one word to me, he got back into his car and sped off... Heading east on Jefferson, ostensibly to the safe, White People confines of one the Grosse Pointes or whatever.

Once he did that, I took a moment to reflect on what just happened. Living in Detroit most of my life, I hadn't had much experience in dealing with strange White suburbanites... But to me, this was really telling.

That man and his wife were scared shitless that I was about to do something to them... Harm them in some way. I saw it in their EYES, which spoke to me louder than any words. Committing an act of violence was the furthest thing from my mind, as I said my first reaction was to express concern about them. I was raised to respect my elders and all that and I wasn't harmed. I would have at least liked an apology for almost side-swiping me... But I didn't even get a whoop tie-doo out of these people.

I thought, "How rude," as I saw them drive off.

But not just how rude they were, but genuinely frightened that I would harm them. Perhaps they were feeling guilty for being in the wrong for almost side-swiping me... But, then I thought, if they felt that way one of them would at least had bothered to tell me that they were sorry for doing that. Again, their EYES and their SILENCE spoke volumes.

Living out there in The Pointes, I would hazard a guess that any time they went into the city, their first concern would be to be on the look out for any darkies who would accost them out of the blue. Now just to let you know, I'd known plenty of Whites who lived IN the City and never once had any of these people ever imparted to me that they were scared to walk around Detroit while White. This was the early Eighties and crossing the suburban borders was then a tricky exercise.

But here I was, looking at a couple of scared White Suburbanites leave me flabbergasted in their exhaust.

The thing is that struck me later, in thought, is that I realized that, in the isolation of their bleached Suburban lifestyle, they hadn't had the opportunity to interact with the dazzling array of young Black males of Detroit , such as myself at the time. Instead they were conditioned to fear us and to be scared shitless of us instead of showing us the common fucking courtesy of even talking to us or offering us an apology for almost wiping us out on our bikes while they stopped for a copy of the local paper.

Perhaps, they were under the belief that we young Black males are predisposed to committing acts of violence upon their frail White bodies at the drop of the hat? That fear, of course, impelled them to be the silent assholes that they were.

Which brings us to today.

Earlier today, as I said, I had the misfortune of reading and even writing back and forth with the Z defenders in some of the news sites covering the trial.

And one theme seemed to run through most of their justifications of Z gunning down Martin. In their minds, they are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Martin attacked Z without provocation. You couldn't convince these people otherwise. They are rock-solidly certain that Martin was a violent perp who got what he deserved when Z shot him down.

After all, aren't ALL young Black males just itching to attack any unsuspecting White citizen at the drop of a hat? It happens all of the time, they say. We Black males are dangerous, even more so when in the presence of White people... Z was all too fortunate that he was armed for his own safety, that dark and rainy night.

Now, I have my own theory about Z, which I will leave for another time. This bit of writing is about his defenders and exchanges like the one I had on HuffPo with them:

Commented 3 hours ago in Black Voices (I have a distinct impression that this person is anything other than the owner of a Black Voice)

“If the recorded shouting was not "get off me cracker" then it was not the angel TM.”
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Mr Scorpio
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3 hours ago ( 1:27 PM)
You know, if folks like yourself enjoyed the fact that Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death, it would really be nice for all of you to just come out and say it.

That would be a lot more honest than the poorly attempted tries at sarcasm, such as your own.

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2 hours ago ( 2:15 PM)
It's quite sad Trayvon died, and I very much wish he hadn't chosen to beat Zimmerman up and it wouldn't have resulted

Mr Scorpio
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1 hour ago ( 2:56 PM)
Apparently, you're taking Z's side in this argument. Do you also feel that he was justified in leaving his vehicle to follow Martin with a loaded weapon?

I'm still waiting for his answer, by the way.

But anyway, if anything is clear, it's that fear blinds people to a lot of things around them.

Just wasted my time wading through the morass of garbage that passes for comments about the Z. trial

On different news sites.

Just once, I'd like the Z. defenders to just admit that they've enjoyed the fact that he shot Trayvon Martin to death... And they'd probably love to see more of the same.

At least THAT would be a hellavah lot more honest than all of the crappy sarcasm, offhanded racist cracks at Trayvon's family and friends, racist cracks about the President... Shoot, racist cracks at Black people in general, encoded and otherwise.

It's no secret that these people are pretty damned racist and loving it... Even if the worst thing in the world for them is to point that very fact out to their faces.


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Our economies are built to encourage criminal behavior and our govts. are the crooks' gatekeepers...


It's official: I made the switch to Bing as my default

Google has just gone waaay downhill over this last year.

They better get their shit together if they ever want to be my default again.

Happy 4th from the Overlook Hotel...

What 33 million protesting Egyptians would look like if seen from orbit...

And now a word from The President on Independence Day...

Understanding America is understanding the difference between "owning" and "owned"...

You, just about everyone you know and just about everyone you will ever know are in the "owned" category.

Now, I could say that freedom is an illusion. But at some level, that freedom only extends to your ability to determine who owns you and how... If you can.

Work for a paycheck and your employer owns you.

Mortgage your home and the bank owns you.

Send your kids to college and whoever holds the student loan that you co-signed with your kid for owns you.

Your vehicle, your health, whoever provides the food you buy, your faith, the utilities that are available, even the very access to the web which allows you to read these very words... They all own you in one way or the other. Whoever these people are, they're all keeping tabs on you. And they have every right to, because after all, they own you. Some do it by direct observation, others do it by convincing you that you're always under some kind of scrutiny even by mystical-magical means.

Now, of course, this is price we all pay for living in a connected society. There's simply no getting around being observed.

It's something that we ultimately do to ourselves. Of course, there's a better way... But we really have no control over the rules because we refuse to change the rules. If we did, we would all work in employee owned businesses, build and operate a single payer health care system, subsidize our entire education system through university, guarantee housing for all, not let big oil and big coal determine how our energy is produced, eliminate all forms of discrimination, ensure that wages are fair and livable, create social safety net for times when Capitalism fails to provide basic needs, force banks and corporations to honor the public trust and to do no harm as a condition for doing business, on and on and on.

Instead, we allow them to own us and we call that "Freedom" if we get access to enough weapons to slaughter each other every single day.

No... I'm not a happy camper.

Which brings me to a reiteration of this NSA scandal.

Again, I want to clarify that the fact that I'm not defending it. Also, that I think that it's excessive and intrusive and highly immoral. However, when I read most of the OPs about this thing, I have to say to myself that most of those OPs are getting this wrong.

For one, blaming the President... ANY president for running NSA surveillance against anyone is missing the big picture. For another, this issue is much bigger than The White House and it's far from being a partisan issue. It has to do, instead, with the very nature of how our government operates and EVERY level, as well as how the government interacts with the private sector.

The nexus by which this surveillance process is hinged upon is based on simple CAPACITY. The creation, growth, maintenance of, ownership and ultimately access to capacity determines everything their is to know about it. This is one thing that's key to understand, it's not that is was created to BE a bad thing , it's a bad thing merely because it exists. Even after the leader of this country felt compelled to not allow this country to be attacked again, what they did instead was to open a Pandora's Box.

If you want to start somewhere, start with Congress, because they're the ones who ordered this thing up and they're the one who are paying for it. They're also the ones who determine what it does, who does it, they wrote the guidelines on all of that, plus they are beholden to the private sector for building and running this behemoth in the name of the NSA. In spite of all that, Congress has also abdicated it's responsibility to oversee the process. What they created was a massive rubber stamp process.

That's all the FISA courts are, they know that.

Going back to the issue of capacity, that in itself creates the impetus for how the surveillance state operates and justifies its very own existence and so-called necessity.

What it is, quite simply, is an entity that's looking from something to do and what THAT is is something that is made up as it goes along. It's function is to create reasons to follow people and the ability to follow them. What Congress has done is that it gave the government a readymade meal ticket to an entire private surveillance industry. It's a huge tax-payer funded handout to watch the entire planet. Of course, the rest of the planet has even built their own capacity to watch us back. It's by no means a one way street.

Any President, who ever that person is, would never turn any degree and scope of power down. It's the very essence of taking care in the creation of precedents. They are supremely dangerous things. We don't elect saints, you know.

By allowing Congress to create this massive surveillance state, ostensibly for our own protection, but ultimately it's another tool for all of owners to tighten their grips around our necks, we simply paying for our own constrictions through ownership. The surveillance state, the bureaucracy and the private-public partnership that it created, very quickly determined that it's very first duty was to maintain, perpetuate and expand itself. Protect itself through the creation of it's own necessity of existence.

As a matter of fact, that's how ownership works all the way around... It exists because it owns and it owns to exist.

Which is why it's such a dangerous thing. It's going to do what ever it can to prevent it's own demise.

However, the only way that it can be dispensed with is through a concerted effort by the people to coerce Congress to bring it under control. Forget about Executive and Judicial branches, their jobs are merely to be functionaries. Which is basically a demonstration of how bad this thing really is. It's the antithesis of democratic government when this country basically created a self-oiling spy network, ready to classify constitutional rights and the rule of international law as nothing but amorphous clay to be shaped in order to achieve its own means.

All-in-all, Snowden, Greenwald and even the President are all nothing more than distractions. The more you focus on this thing as a personality driven issue, the more you lose sight on how bad the problem really is. It goes to the core of government function and the reliance on private enterprise. The devil is in the contracts.

Signed in your red American blood, of course.

What to do:

Agitate, agitate, agitate.

Organize and focus like a laser on getting Congress to tame this obnoxious and dangerous beast of a surveillance state. It's not going to be an overnight process and simply embarrassing the government through Snowden's travails won't do the deed. The more people are focused on him, the less they're focused on solving the problem. He is a distraction. The people who are engaged in running the surveillance state are depending on Snowden to remain being a distraction, because no matter what country they're in, either here in America or abroad, they really don't need the people to start focusing on who's running the show and who's getting paid.


Pay yourselves instead.

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