The Press

So why all of these questions about Brian Williams integrity and reliability?

Every media reporter on this planet should follow his lead. In fact, the biggest liars out there should be going home behind him today. Brian lied, and then told the truth. Good for him!

Now how many of the rest of these story tellers are going to follow suit? Or are they all going to jump on their high horses and point their fingers at him for the rest of their untruthful careers?

The news media needs a complete overhaul just as much as the government does. I trust none of them. They are all simply trying to secure and keep their jobs at the expense of the wondering public.

From NBC to Fox to Russia Today, lies are being spread like butter on a roll, and people are believing it all, like the gospel. (God forbid I would mention God in all this). But I thought that telling the truth is a Godly notion? For those people that claim religion, telling the truth is the first thing you must do, regardless of what your Producer tells you. Even if you are the Producer.

The Jews are not responsible for all the worlds wars. Nor is America, or anywhere else in the West. The media is. They are also currently responsible for the troubles in my personal relationships as well. (Not that I don’t own it. I do. But they are not helping me currently with a woman I love dearly from another country).

And they all lie for the purpose of ratings and to have something else to fill the void in the 24 hour news cycle. These people get paid, and are often paid so well, that they are part of the 1%, or the ruling class as some would call it. Why would they not bend the truth a little just to keep you watching, and us fighting? If I want to make my point, I have to tune in tonight so that I can gather more ammunition in my fight to prove myself right. They count on that, from all of us. From America to the Ukraine and all the way around the globe.

And they are full of shit! Brian Williams was just the first person to say it without being pressed against the wall to do it. I wonder how many of these other folks will have an attack of conscious and admit to it themselves? Dumbass Don Lemon, I’m looking at you. Fox News? Looking squarely in your direction. MSNBC? Somebody speak up. Other than Melissa Harris-Perry.

But if you are telling people every day what is going on, why it’s going on, and who may or may not be the person generating this news, you have an obligation. An obligation to tell the truth. To be honest, whether it’s something you agree with or not. If you loose your job, at least you can do it with dignity. I would rather be homeless and correct; than warm and dry and a liar. And I can tell you, I have been put to that test. I was not homeless, but I wasn’t warm, dry, and comfortable at home either.

What can we do about it? I recently told someone that they had told me enough of what was wrong and who’s fault it was, and now what are we going to do about it?! I eagerly await their answer because I know that whatever it is, it’s going to create a lot of discomfort and sacrifice on the people’s part, and the follow up to that question will be, will everyone want to do it.

If we have to live without news or heat, or Internet, or fast food (Papa John?), or nice clothes, or cheap Chinese made goods…etc. Will we as people, be willing to suffer those things to force the world to tell us the truth. Will we be willing to shed blood, or even die to force governments to treat us with respect, or stop the police from killing our kids?

What will we do to stop ISIS from taking over the Middle East? Is that too huge to assume it won’t happen? If Obama can’t talk to Iran, who will? Will you? Why aren’t we waiting for the Ukraine to ask us for help before we give rebels more reasons to shoot at their citizens?

Why won’t anyone stand up to Congress and force them to work with the President to solve problems, rather than ruining the American people trying to prove that they will not take orders from “that” Commander in Chief? Why won’t we either recognize our entire government or not at all. Not just the parts that look like us.

What very uncomfortable steps will we as human beings take, to give tomorrow’s adults a world that they can live in? It might be easier to do if we knew the entire truth.

Journalists, the ball’s in your court.

Peace

Drugs Are Bad

So how much crack cocaine do you think gets done at Fox News every day? I am pretty sure that it is a lot more that gets done in most of America’s inner cities and a large part of it’s suburbs. Those people are insane! Really. I sometimes tune in to their shows to see what their spin is, and my God! Either they are serious pure bred racists, heavily involved with mind altering drugs, or they all need psychological help that goes way beyond what’s in the books.

I mean, it’s one thing to have a certain political slant. we are used to that in today’s 24 hour news cycle. A certain amount of crap has to be spewed in order to fill all of that time. When I was growing up, the maximum amount of hours for the news cycle, even on a busy day was about 6 hours or so. But now, they have to have something to say all day and night long. So I guess it helps to have a certain bias to give you something to chase.

But sometimes I just sit in disbelief at what I hear and have to wonder if these people actually believe what they are saying. Am I alone in that? I have to hope that they are just trying to get paid like everyone else who works for a living and that they don’t actually buy into the diarrhea that they themselves are spitting out. It just can’t be. Are our own people, our fellow countrypersons truly this evil? Do they feel and talk this way at home, to their friends, neighbors, relatives, and God? That last one, is a horse of another color, so I won’t go into that, but I do hope they are at least correcting themselves in their prayers. And that’s all I have to say about that!

Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do with it. You can’t combat hate with hate, so that’s out. I don’t really desire to hate anyone regardless of how much they hate me and anything I might stand for. But sometimes, I think that’s exactly what they are trying to pull out from within me. That would give them the ammunition they need to call me a racists or better yet, a thug. Fox news loves throwing around that word. Could be the new “nigger” for all that?

I can hear the sound of rolling eyes from all over as anyone might read this, but I have to say that such a canned response is no longer believable. Nor is the “playing the race card” crap, for that matter. It is what it is. When you show me the stats showing the white kids randomly shot buy cops on a daily basis, then maybe I will start to lean in Fox New’s direction. If it’s happening, I’m sure not hearing about it, and I know that I would. We all would. Then, we would have a problem. But as long as it’s just “thugs” being killed by police and random neighborhood watch members, there’s no problem. Just a bunch of animals destroying their own city. Those are not my words, but words Tweeted to me by a nice “non-racist” gentleman from Missouri last week.

Animals? Well, yeah. That’s what we do with animals right? Hunt them and kill them. And I guess it’s hunting season lately. I would love to suggest a hunting season of our own, but then I would be simply another “thug” that would need to be wiped off the face of the earth like any of the other animals correct? Well, worry not my friends; I will think of something else. And the solution will be more painful to some people than anything physical could ever be. This is my warning post.

There are some, cheered on by Fox News and others who seek to exterminate us. And then there are some who are eying you with the intent to make you feel the pain for every single unarmed child that you kill. And you will feel it, I promise. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am tired of asking nicely to be treated with mutual respect, and having that request spit at, and stomped on, and ultimately killed by someone thinking they are some kind of God doing society a favor.

While we, as a country, shake our fingers at everyone else for the way they treat their people, we are still treating an entire segment of our population like the animals that some people trapped in the 1800s still think we are. And these people are teaching their kids the same ideas that were taught to them.

Well, I’m not asking anymore. Stop asking. Start telling. Start showing.

Have a wonderful, rose-colored day.

Keep Asking

I am curious today.  Not that I am surprised at the outcome.  I am becoming surprised at the reaction.  “No peace, no justice. No justice, no peace!”

Fine.  There is still no justice.  Why is there still peace?  When?!  When are we going to decide that we are going to protect our own children?  The justice system is not going to do it.  I think that’s been proven over a much longer history than just the two Florida cases that we have recently observed.  I have posted on this blog before, my observation of what a young black life is worth in this country.  How much more proof do we need?  How many more children will we bury before we decide that this is not acceptable?

Blacks have been asking for decades to be considered human beings.  We have continually accepted breadcrumbs and symbolic gestures, and continue to observe no real changes.  We bury child after child after child, and we observe no real changes.  We elect a black President.  And still, no real changes!  In fact, in my own humble opinion, it has gotten worse since that time.  Try and vote in Texas without your gun permit.  Try and use your student ID.  And yet we keep asking.  Nicely.

I ask again.  How many more children will we bury before we decide that this is unacceptable?  You say it’s already unacceptable, but are you ready to do something about it?  By any means necessary?  Do you have a limit?  What is it?  Are you aware of how the Irish gained respect in this country?  Would you be willing to go that far?

I have some strong feeling about all of this.  Obviously.  But I’m going to stop here.  I want you; the people, to think about it for a while and we can revisit our options.  While you are thinking about it, ask yourself this.  If I had fired my weapon 10 times into a vehicle full of unarmed but tough talking white kids in a claim of self-defense; would I have gotten off as easily as Mr. Dunn last week?

Ask yourself.

Love you guys,

Toby

12 of 14

Twelve days into the year and we have already had 14 homicides around Baltimore.  As someone who lived in D.C. when crack was new and we were the murder capitol as well as the country’s capitol, I had hoped we would never sink to such lows again.

I am wrong of course. Detroit, Chicago, and Baltimore have followed suit, as well as a host of other cities over the years that should not have equal billing. None of these cities should be on any such list. Primarily because it should not be that easy to kill someone.

I am not talking about the firearms debate because it’s not really about that. I understand going after them because it would seem the easiest way to curb the random and not-so-random violence that is striking all of our neighborhoods all at once. However, it goes beyond that.

How does one human being kill another human being in any situation outside true survival. True survival being a more tangible reason than just “fearing for my life.” Perhaps in a fight over what I knew was the last drinkable water on earth, or the last fertile female with whom I might start to re-populate the earth, I could kill quite easily.

But who knows? During a similar discussion with someone in my inner circle, I was told that he wouldn’t even want to kill for those reasons. I am skeptical, but have to take him at his word while hoping we never have to find out.

With all of that said, I find myself feeling flat that one person close to my family had to spend her Christmas having lost her brother about a week before. That homicide remains unsolved of course. He was found shot to death. That’s all we know.

Number 14 was found similarly in a crashed car this morning. Now I wonder what we can do under the circumstances. There are 350 days to go.

Bully Me in Person Please

For as much as I love the Internet, I am beginning to hate it. I am beginning to loathe every news story I read, every tweet about the President, and every hate-filled, racist response to every statement made or question posed on the Internet that involves a person of color. Almost any color. I truly hate that kids are killing themselves because of it and that a lot of people seem to think they are intelligent because they post something, and someone, somewhere agrees with them.

Do you remember the days when the Internet was young? (Back when it was internet instead of the proper noun Internet). We were all so happy to just be able to talk to each other freely that no one said anything mean. If they did, it was just sarcastic humor and we all knew that it wasn’t serious. In other words; no one said anything on the Internet that they wouldn’t say to your face.

Fast forward to today. A day when I can’t go a day without reading some horrible post from someone who’s bitter about something. I don’t know what that would be. A black CITIZEN leading the country? A firm believer in God who’s trying to follow his Commandments? A true patriot who understands that freedom, just like everything else, isn’t free? Guys both black and white who sag their pants? NASCAR drivers who win races but aren’t the children of other famous NASCAR parents and grand-parents? Single moms trying to feed their children. The elderly who are in the same position? LGBT folks who just want to be themselves? I guess I should stop somewhere.

I call these people Internet bullies. These are people who are willing to sit down in front of a computer monitor and type out the most tasteless, vile, insulting, and degrading statements for the entire world to read. And they do it without hesitation anywhere and everywhere they can. What’s worse is that they do it from behind some silly screen name that usually has the number 69 in it or anon, as if they really belong to the group, and some stupid icon that’s either supposed to be intimidating or some little anime girl that really makes you wonder what they’re thinking about when they’re not trashing someone else.

A self-eating country

With a shutdown looming, it is still obvious that destruction of the country is far more important than working together.  It’s obvious that destruction is preferred to affordable healthcare as well.

What I have found interesting from the day it happened, was how even the Supreme Court ruled that the law was legal, and yet, Republicans have blatantly disregarded the ruling of the very court they were counting on to strike it down.

With this in mind, I am considering the broad list of laws I don’t agree with and whether or not I should continue to follow them.  And there are a lot of them.  They are laws, but they don’t make sense to me, and many of them were passed by majorities in political parties that I am not a member of.

I guess then, I shouldn’t have to follow them right?  I defer to Eric Cantor and John Boehner on this one.  I defer to the people!

Do we, as Americans, follow all the laws of this country or just some of them?  And… are we allowed to hurt millions of people because we don’t agree with one of them?

We the people, should decide on that now.