The Hero Lit The Match Starting America’s Civil War: JOHN BROWN

To the slave owners, he was a terrorist.  To his friends such as Harriett Tubman, he was a brave man.  History has both considered him a martyr and insane.  Daring men and women who put their lives on the line to change the course of the river of history need to be a bit mentally disturbed.  His life has been written about extensively, including books by the great African American scholar W.E. Du Bois.

Had not Brown taken up weapons and attempted to start a violent overthrow of slavery, one can only speculate how much longer slavery would existed.  Obviously enslaved Africans were not going to go on in that condition forever, so no doubt eventually, with or without the help of abolitionists, they would have risen up to slay all the white slave owners and plantation overseers, and their families.  So the days of the old South were numbered, if only God knew the last days.

In 1859 John Brown had gathered men to his cause, and they attacked the armory at Harper’s Ferry.  While he succeeded, in the end he lost this battle, as he was captured along with a number of his men.  Tried and convicted, he and the men were hung.


But John won the Civil War to which he helped give the incipient momentum.

Vitor Hugo wrote, before the execution:

Politically speaking, the murder of John Brown would be an uncorrectable sin. It would create in the Union a latent fissure that would in the long run dislocate it. Brown’s agony might perhaps consolidate slavery in Virginia, but it would certainly shake the whole American democracy. You save your shame, but you kill your glory. Morally speaking, it seems a part of the human light would put itself out, that the very notion of justice and injustice would hide itself in darkness, on that day where one would see the assassination of Emancipation by Liberty itself. …

Let America know and ponder on this: there is something more frightening than Cain killing Abel, and that is Washington killing Spartacus

What Scares White Cops?

Well, the straightforward #1 answer is:  dealing with Black men.

But now comes #2:  being in a black neighborhood at night.

Imagine this scene in your mind……

It is a nice, cooler autumn night, a welcome change from the overly warm fall days recently.  You are up that night, playing video games with your nephew, in your mother’s home.  Your mother is in the hospital, and so is your sister, the mother of the boy who is beating you on the game.  You have opened the front door to catch some cool breeze through the older house.  It is about 2:30 in the morning, when the boy and you notice a light outside the house, and hear some noise.  You go to peep through the window.  You hear a man’s voice shout “raise your hands.”  Before you can even process this command, you then feel something you never, ever have felt before.  It is the bullet that has just taken your life.

“You” are Ms. Atatiana Jefferson, 28 years old, highly respected by family and the community.  Ms. Jefferson was shot dead by a Fort Worth cop (who never said “this is the police” when he commanded this “threat” to raise hands, then immediately shooting her dead) early this past Saturday morning.  He was a rookie member of a SWAT team sent out to the address, in response to a 311 call.  311, not 911 mind you.  A neighbor across the street had called 311 asking for a wellness check when he saw the door open that night, knowing the resident had been in and out of the hospital.  Now he blames himself, for that good citizen call resulted in this beautiful young lady’s life being taken ……

……for no other reason than FEAR this cop had, because he was in an older inner city, black neighborhood, did he kill Atatiana.

The story is all over the internet if the reader wishes to learn more.

But my post is really about this FEAR that white people, manifesting often violently in white cops, that continues to result in the deaths of black citizens.  It has been clear for decades that there exist in the mass mind of white America a psychosis of FEAR triggered by even the thought of confronting black men, but it extends as we have seen to the FEAR of black boys and black women. Time and time again we see this played out, and time and time again we see police departments hedge, make excuses and protect the Blue regardless of the situation or circumstances or who wearing the badge was involved.  Police are routinely protected by collusion between the PD and the DA, and time and again grand juries (if the case gets even that far) no-bill the defendant cop(s).

White America needs to wake up to the facts, and stop reading blogs and right wing news that attempt to rationalize the systemic racism of police around the Country.

I am in my 70’s, White and have lived in the inner cities of Texas for all my adult life.  I have never had any fear of living in predominantly black/brown areas.

So what I surmise is that white cops have a FEAR of the unknown, and the primary reason Blacks and black neighborhoods are “Unknowns” is because the Whiteness and Racism of the cops creates a false narrative “black unknown” in their minds, predisposing many to react irrationally and go for their guns first.

This particular case, as so many other have, has many questions surrounding it, which deserve a thorough investigation by other than the FWPD, as her family is now demanding.  Why was a SWAT team dispatched?  Why did the team members not just go up to the front door and knock and say “Fort Worth PD. Please come to the door.”  Oh, were afraid of being ambushed right?  This is not an ambush scenario at all.  They had FEAR, were programmed and ill trained to deal with other than the usual SWAT type calls, which impugns the FWPD management and policies in toto. 

But why did this cop shoot the Atatiana?  Oh, he saw somebody inside behind the window curtains, and decided to just shoot.  Out of FEAR.  After all, this was “the hood,” in his mind.

America must change.  See my post, “Change Gonna Come.”

(UPDATE:  The FWPD cop that killed Ms. Jefferson resigned; stay tuned to the story on line for developments.)(UPDATED:  COP ARRESTED, JAILED!)

How I Feel Today

Funny how doggies, cats and well, many of the animal kingdom have features or expressions that we can identify with….or even other people will say “wow, she or he kind of looks like his dog!”  To me this just is a simple example of how the mind creates reality.

Today this is how I feel,


An older guy, wears glasses, a little down in the mouth at staring in dejected wonder at how America is once again taking a dump on the world.  Dumps we never clean up.

And all I can do is just watch, wait with patience and write this dumb blog.  Oh well.

Change Gonna Come!

As we look toward the coming week, the soul sustenance all good folks need is to have faith in the timelessly proven adage, “a change is going to come.”  Nothing in this universe, no phenomenon, even what so many call God, is inherently unchanging.

Our mission this week, as the last and all those ahead, is to put our prayers and shoulders into adding to the slow momentum that carries morality arching toward the positive.  If all good people push at the same time, it does make a difference!

So today let us gather our wisdom, organize our spiritual energy, and recommit to affecting positive change ahead.

All that is happening as a result of those who are ignorant, those who hate, and those who are confused, will move on down the river, albeit slowly, and will be dissolved in the mighty sea.  There is only one ocean, and there is only one humanity.

Best we all began to learn that.

I leave you with Sam Cooke’s immortal song,

The Phantasmagoria of GOP Bullshit

If you could integrate the special effects we see in films depicting what it’s “like” to go through a worm hole in space, with the dancing crystals of an old school kaleidoscope, the total visuals would not even come close to BMT’s hourly stream of bullshit. (BMT…..Bottomless Moral Turpitude, aka that which occupies the Oval Office).  He and his minions have the bullshit down to a truly unique, sparking, effervescent art form, rivaling any of Michaelangelo’s works.  No doubt one day BMT will figure out a way to monetize this as a new revenue stream, bottle it in fake gold vases with his logo on the side, packaged and left bedside at all his hotels.

All we can pray for is that Nancy’s “bull shit busters” are more effective than Ghosts Busters!

Sadly, while I attempt to inject a bit of levity into this stinky smorgasborg he lays out with his Tweets and proclamations, 100’s of times a day, all this manure is contributing to greenhouse gassing that may kill us all if we don’t corral him soon.

The Holocaust Didn’t Happen & Global Warming is Fake News

This scene in Bangladesh will be multiplied by millions over the next few decades:  families living on the edge of starvation, on the edge of the ocean, watching the ocean slowly rise to devour there villages.  These millions will be forced to migrate inland, creating strife and increased competition for resources, adding to the world’s conflict zones.

But right here in the USA we are quite vulnerable, with many areas already seeing increased tides and flooding, again impacting the cost of infrastructure for states and municipalities, decreasing the real estate tax base, and increasing the cost of prime areas.  Then, the effects of rising sea levels combined with unpredictable, violent and increasingly frequent storms changing people’s lives forever.  Take hurricanes Harvey (which I hunkered down during in Houston) on the Texas coast, and just this year 50 inches of rain in East Texas flooding towns to the attics, some just having finished repairs following Harvey two years ago!

Yet there are those who basically scoff at global warming and its effects, and the predictions of scientists.  Sadly, these types have the full backing of BMT (Bottomless Moral Turpitude….aka, that which occupies the Oval Office).  We are at the tipping point for slowing global warming.  BMT MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE!!!

Here are some interesting links:


Drama Over Science? Greta’s Climate Speech and Appeal to Emotion



For my readers who do not know that TRUMP HAS ABANDONED OUR KURDISH ALLIES IN SYRIA, yes he has!  All in the name of keeping a campaign promise (to make up for not building the wall nor getting the great Nation of Mexico to pay for it!).

These Kurds – men and WOMEN fighters – fought, bled and died with our Special Forces over the last years to finally curtail and corral ISIL.  Two days ago TRUMP (once again proving his name of Bottomless Moral Turpitude befits him perfectly) ordered our remaining forces in Syria to pull back, called the strong man Turk Erdogan (Trump loves him, and loves having two Trump towers in Istanbul even better) to give him the green light on entering Kurdish territory.

As you today see on TV and in the media, the Turks, who have the 3rd biggest military in Europe, are attacking civilians.  Hundreds of thousands are fleeing with no where to go.  So this is another humanitarian disaster in the making.  The Kurds have been guarding some 12,000 ISIL fighters who they hold captive, with the UN looking after the 50,000 ISIL family members in refugee camps.  Due to European refusal to assist with the ISIL prisoners and families, these people have just been sitting there waiting to get back into their throat cutting modus operandi.  Trump says they can all go back to Europe for all he cares.  Erdogan threatens Europe with sending all these people to Europe as well.

This is our President.  Double crossing, cowardly piece of shit who would be arrested and court martialled if he was an ordinary soldier.  So now he has created another diversion to distract from the impeachment process, but this time the diversion has global consequences:  potential mass civilian casualties, ethnic cleansing, genocide, freeing and dispersal of ISIL fighters throughout the world, to resume their attacks and promotion of home-radicalized terrorists right here in America once again.

So, the cat is out of the bag now.  I fear all we can do is pray in our own ways.

VOTE 2020!


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