Monday, July 15, 2013

Dear George

Trayvon Martin
"These fucking punks always get away."  --George Zimmerman
Dear George (I hope its okay if I skip the formalities and call you George. Seems like we've know each other for years even though its only been a few short months. Mr. Zimmerman sounds soooooo formal.), I believe you are right especially after being acquitted for murdering 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

To avoid doing a rehash of the story we've already heard, Martin was walking through your neighborhood with a bottle of iced tea and a bag of Skittles but the most important thing was he was a black man wearing a  hoodie. In your small mind, any young black man sporting a hoodie must be a hoodlum, thug, criminal or some kind of predator. Evidently the jury of mostly white women thought the same thing too. They bought your story, line by line.

In your world, young black men are suspicious no matter what. None of us will ever know what really went on between you and Trayvon Martin because you were the only one left standing and the story is yours to tell. It's amazing how an unarmed kid can be murdered for no good reason but it really must have been easy for you. In your mind, Trayvon Martin could not have been just a young black man on his way back from the store with a drink and some candy, he had to be one of the "fucking punks" that always get away. You made sure that didn't happen again, didn't you?

Your acquittal means that it's open season on young black men; deemed criminals and suspects on sight. They can be shot and the perpetrator, like you, can claim self defense and escape justice.That's a damn shame. Trayvon Martin wasn't just a young black man in a hoodie, he was someone's son who never made it home that fateful day. He was a brother, a cousin and a friend. He was a man.

For now, you have gotten away with murder but I'm pretty certain your life won't be getting any easier. I heard you have aspirations of becoming a lawyer. (Watch out there, you'd better finish up community college first.) You have no reason to celebrate, this is not a victory, it is travesty.

Now that you've proved you can murder a black man and get away with it. I am convinced that this post racial society they claim we live in does not exist. If the tables had been turned and you had been murdered, I am 100% certain that Trayvon Martin would be sitting on Florida's death row if there is one or serving a life sentence. Nothing post racial about a society that values a person based on their skin color and played out stereotypes.

We have a long way to go in dealing with our racist legacy. American has always had a problem with race and your acquittal last week certainly proves that. Not sure if any of those jurors or you for that matter, tried to put yourself in Trayvon Martin's place. Growing up a black man in America isn't easy.

For now, I surely hope you will go back to living your life quietly and out of the spotlight but I don't think that's happening. Personally I don't want to see you, your attorney or your intellectually challenged brother making the talk show circuit talking about how justice has been served. We both know that's a damned lie. You are a murderer, nothing more, nothing less. You cannot profit from someone else's misery.

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers will be for Trayvon Martin's family and for their terrible loss.
(I'm just as angry as those folks protesting in Los Angeles, New York and Oakland. If you noticed, it isn't just a bunch of angry black folks, the crowds I have seen have been very diverse. Your head is probably exploding at the prospect that other people would be just as outraged by the verdict. The world is a changing. You don't have to be black to see that your acquittal was a miscarriage of justice.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do I Look Suspicious?

It has been a year since 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman. Martin, who was unarmed, was walking home from a deli with a soft drink and a bag of Skittles  when he was spotted by Zimmerman and reported to the police as being suspicious before being shot. Was it the hoodie Martin was wearing or was it the soft drink and bag of Skittles that aroused Zimmerman's suspicion?

Black men wearing hoodies, beware lest you become a victim as well. Racial profiling in this country is alive and well. Black men anywhere can easily become victims by just being black looking 'suspicious' which usually means being somewhere a white person thinks you shouldn't be. A department store, an upscale neighborhood and even a deli. Yes, the world is very small and in spite of having a black President, we have not gotten beyond racial stereotypes and prejudices. This is not post-racial America.

My prayers go out to Trayvon Martin's family, I can't even begin to know what it is like to lose a child under such tragic circumstances.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Have a happy, healthy prosperous 2013!

Here's one of my favorite Buddhist quotes that I'd like to share with everyone. One of my biggest faults is holding on to a grudge like nobody's business. I'm going to do better with that this year. I'm a work in progress but while I work on my anger issues, I try to remind myself of this:

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Be happy, be healthy and be prosperous. Peace and Love.  K.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Of Lies and Pundits

No more photos Mitt Romney on this blog. This time it's the Jain Temple in Ranakpur, India with carvings of the Kama Sutra
I taped Tuesday night's debate hoping to catch it later but from the bits and pieces I saw, I'd rather not.  It seemed obvious President Obama wanted to be somewhere else like celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife Michelle.  Republican candidate Mitt Romney had to put on the performance of his life to stay in the race and he did.

Although the mainstream media (aka the liberal media) declared Romney the winner, I think this declaration deserves more scrutiny.  President Obama was clearly off his game but the lies and fabrications Romney was spouting were absolutely deplorable.  The problem with Romney is you never know which one of his multiple personalities will show up. The man has more positions than the kama sutra.

The Mitt Romney at Tuesday night's debate contradicted himself, lied about his policies and browbeat the 'moderator' Jim Lehrer. Sadly, Obama did not challenge any of Romney's ridiculous assertions.  How can you promise to repeal Obamacare the first day you are in office and then say you are going to keep key pieces of the legislation in place? How's that? How can you claim that your tax cuts will not add to the federal deficit? Claiming to do the impossible while looking and acting presidential does not make it true or win debates in my book. For other lies Mitt told, check here.

Conservative pundits and critics are now embracing the polls that show a surge in Romney's numbers even though they disavowed the same polls that showed him trailing Obama last week.  According to this bunch, those polls were a fabrication of the liberal media but now that things are going their way, they are embracing the same poll numbers. No surprise here, polls are only convenient to Republicans when it shows the numbers they like.  Just like the nation's unemployment numbers dropped below 8% last month for the first time in three years and already there is a cacophony of Republicans claiming that the numbers are fixed. Of course President Obama cooked the books to improve his chances of reelection. He had to have had that up his sleeve since he didn't win the debates, blah, blah, blah. I'm gonna need an original copy of that birth certificate....

And today after doubling down and tripling down on those comments about 47% of Americans being  dependent on government, Mitt Romney now says he was wrong. This man obviously thinks people are stupid and have very short memories. Not surprised that he will say anything and do anything he can to win. He will take the most politically expedient opinion he can in order to get votes. In front of the silver spoon and country club set he expresses disdain for 47% of us who don't pay taxes. In front of working people in the swing state of Virginia, he says his 47% comments were wrong. I'm not looking for the real Mitt Romney to stand up, I just want his ass to go away.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

KitchenAid Weighs In

This tweet was spotted on KitchenAid's twitter account yesterday. Not content to sell $300 mixers, they are now jumping into politics with this foolishness. They have jumped on the 'I don't have to respect the President because he is black' bandwagon. You can best believe I won't be buying anything by Whirlpool or KitchenAid.  Politics don't belong in the kitchen. (Hat tip: Hollywood Street King.)

Yesterday's tweet from the official KitchenAid twitter account

Tax Bracket

From one of my favorite progressive blogs, Jobsanger:

Political cartoon by Nick Anderson from the Houston Chronicle

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lies and Zingers

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney
I am not a fan of Mitt Romney. He is the closest thing to a soulless empty suit that I have ever seen and ranks as one of the worst candidates running for president ever. When I heard that he has been practicing zingers since August in preparation for his debate with President Obama, I just rolled my eyes and sucked my teeth. He simply does not get it.  Debates are not about zingers and one-liners, debates are supposed to be about important issues like foreign policy, the economy and jobs but it would make since that Romney wouldn't want to talk about any of these issues because he doesn't have a plan for important issuing facing the 47% of Americans he doesn't care about. If he did have an opinion about something like abortion, affordable healthcare or immigration, he has changed his mind so many times that you don't know what to believe.

It's amazing that there are still die hard Republicans who are going to vote for him. He's not likable  there's something about him that is arrogant, duplicitous and underhanded that's why I believed his comments about 47% of Americans. He said it, meant it and even doubled down on it. What else is there to say? Regardless, some people are still going to vote for him because he's their guy. The stench of desperation has been hovering over his campaign for quite awhile. It's pathetic and sorry. How are you going to have a budget plan yet not discuss numbers? How are you going to call yourself the grandfather of Obamacare and threaten to repeal it the first day you are in office? How can you lie to the middle class about lowering their taxes when you plan to lower the tax rates for the wealthy? Do you even know basic math? I won't even touch the race-baiting nonsense. All of this is easy for Mitt Romney because he stands for everything and nothing at the same time. These are clearly characteristics that make him unfit to be president.

Tonight's presidential debate is supposed to be a game changer for him, he needs it but he doesn't strike me as person who can rise to the challenge. I don't think he's going to change anyone's mind because most people have made up their minds already. Those few independent voters who claim to be undecided won't be swayed by any of Romney's zingers.  The man just doesn't get it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Am One of the 47 Percent

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
No one should be surprised that Mitt Romney got caught on tape at the $50,000 a plate fundraiser being himself. Back in February when he said he didn't care anything about poor people, he was being honest. For all of the people who doubted where Romney's true affection lies should now be very clear.  He is only concerned about his country club friends and the silver spoon set.  The man doesn't have an ounce of empathy or concern for the rest of us.

How can you be President of the United States and only represent the 1%? Evidently Mitt Romney thinks  this is something he can pull off. He often accuses President Obama of dividing the country but no one has made it so obvious that only rich people (this includes corporations) count; with Mitt it is the rich and the rest of us. He has drawn his line in the sand.

I have to admit, I am one of those people Romney would consider a moocher. I have benefited from various government programs like student loans and Pell grants.  I wasn't expecting the government to pay for my educational expenses but it was the only way I made it through college.  I was raised by a single mother who worked one and often two jobs to make ends meet; there wasn't  much money around for college. Then there was that time I was unemployed for three years from 2008 to 2011. My unemployment check plus help from friends and family got me through. I wouldn't expect someone like Mitt Romney to understand what hard work is or what it's like to be unemployed and not be able to find work except low paying retail jobs. Hard work and sacrifice are two things Mitt Romney knows nothing about.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not envious or jealous of rich people, I just don't think they deserve another tax cut. There is a reason Mitt Romney has only released two years worth of tax returns.  He doesn't want us to know that he either hasn't paid any taxes or paid minimal taxes for those years. Now he knows he and his country club friends have a lower tax rate than someone earning $30,000 a year but somehow it is working people, the poor and some of the middle class who don't pay taxes. I guess this makes sense to him.

It is unfortunate that Romney chose to alienate 47% of us.  The broad brush which he chose to paint us includes people who receive Social Security benefits, Medicare, unemployment benefits, food stamps, student loans and other government benefits. Most of us vote and probably will be looking elsewhere come November but I'm sure there will be some who agree with what Romney said and will vote for him anyway. I don't see how but there are seven weeks left before the election, something great could happen for Romney but short of a divine intervention, I don't see his luck changing. Mitt Romney is done.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Mr Red Pick Up Truck

1966 Dodge Pick Up photo taken from
It's been awhile since I've blogged. Believe me there have plenty of things to blog about but I had to let them slide in favor of more pressing responsibilities. Now that they've been taken care of, I'd like to talk about something I saw a few weeks ago.

I was driving home from an afternoon appointment downtown and noticed this dusty red pick-up (who will be referred to as Mr Red Pick Up Truck) weaving in and out of traffic rather recklessly. He was in front me tailgating the Toyota that happened to be in front of him. After the Toyota changed lanes, Mr Red Pick Up Truck was in front of me. I'm one of those people who always tries to leave enough stopping distance between me and the car in front of me but Mr Red Pick Up Truck wasn't having it. After the Toyota changed lanes, Mr Red Pick Up Truck was tailgating yet another car in front of him. I was annoyed by his aggresive driving but became more incensed when I saw the bumper sticker he had affixed to his back window.

Mr Red Pick Up's bumper sticker said "Make the Liberal Media Tell the Truth." Not only was he a bad driver but he was a chump. He is one of those people gullible enough to believe baseless claims about the  liberal media. Any person with half a brain and a decent amount of common sense should know that it does not exist, Mr Red Pick Up doesn't belong to this group. I wonder what truth he is seeking 'cause I guarantee you he isn't getting the truth from his news channel of choice. I'd like my news to be fair and balanced but I know that will never happen.

Republicans from Sarah Palin to Newt Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh have trotted out their liberal media conspiracies on the regular. Get caught in a lie, blame the liberal media. Can't name one publication you read, blame the liberal media. Someone says something complimentary about President Obama, blame the liberal media. I bet Mr Red Pick Up is in their amen corner nodding and clapping every time they trot out one of their tall tales. Can't trust the liberal media to tell the truth.

I don't trust reckless drivers who tailgate, weave in and out of traffic and have stupid bumper stickers on their cars but you'll never see me put a bumper sticker on my car about it. I don't want people to think I am that petty and small when I really am.