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THE FIRE NEXT TIME: FERGUSON, MISSOURI, AFTER THE GRAND JURY

Posted in CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE with tags , on 25/11/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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“I know what the world has done to my brother and how narrowly he has survived it. And I know, which is much worse, and this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it. One can be, indeed one must strive to become, tough and philosophical concerning destruction and death, for this is what most of mankind has been best at since we have heard of man. (But remember: most of mankind is not all of mankind.) But it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

I place that quote at the beginning of this post because America is now different. The country has changed in ways that no longer can be hidden while it remains shackled by the hatred and debts owed from a past rife with injustice. The most recent injustice, the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this past August, has been met with yet another injustice, no true bill of indictment against Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson, to be certain isn’t a singular manifestation of the disease afflicting America this police officer is simply a symptom of what keeps America from being healthy.

Fifty years ago had a black citizen hit a police officer he would have been killed and the answer the white officer would have given would have been peppered with racial epithets and the opprobrium would have flown out of “civilized” white society against the black community as if it were a monolith. This morning as I watch the coverage on Fox News and CNN, I see the hyperbole but for a different reason. I can feel the undertones of the bigotry but this fire is not life the fires of the past.

This time the violence manifested from the frustrations of people of color and their white and brown and yellow allies across America is not limited to slums and ghettos and redlining communities where bigotry has sought to cage them. People marched in Beverly Hills. People marched and rioted and burned in Dellwood, Missouri which is more suburban than Ferguson. The police commissioner of New York City had fake blood thrown on him. This all because the announcement was made in the night when the chaos was guaranteed.

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In Hindsight

This is not simply a mob scene, people. This isn’t as one commenter to the blog called it “a chimpout.” That odious description of the frustration of a people left to a second class existence in a city where they are the majority is deplorable but it does make sense when you consider the depth of the bigotry within the Ferguson Police Department. Those that are destroying property in Ferguson are not burning their own homes they are attacking police cars and businesses because Darren Wilson, a man who has married Barbara Spradling recently a conformation of his ties to elements of the KKK has said in the Grand Jury that he feared for his life. The pictures of his face after the shooting do not bear out that he was injured to a point where he was in imminent threat of death but I was not there and cannot be inside the officer’s mind at the time. In the end this will become a victory for those like me who support equal justice. The question remains however where the fire will go next.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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HOLD ALL TRANSMISSIONS FOR A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE FROM FERGUSON MISSOURI

Posted in RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA with tags on 21/11/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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I have been told that there will be a news report on the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury in the next few minutes. I have been called in with Cavalor Epthith and Majordomo Pain to the Consiliul for a brief discussion on how to handle this breaking news. Pain will have the full details in the next hour.

Pax Terra!

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THE MEDITATORS DESPERATELY PLEA FOR PEACE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI, AMERICA AND THE WORLD

Posted in FERGUSON, FERGUSON MISSOURI GRAND JURY, MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING, MISSOURI, PEACE, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, RATIONAL THINKING, THE MEDITATORS with tags , , on 18/11/2014 by Majordomo Pain

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We, Ourselves, of The Collective and The Meditators on all matters metaphysical find it incumbent upon Us to dictate these words to the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The dynamics of what happened between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown many months ago that resulted in the the death of not only a young man but the Death of Peace cannot be fully understood by anyone save for the two Souls that were there. Here in Hell the citizens know the Truth. There was anger and resentment on both sides. There was irrationality on both sides. There was retreat and then an evil blossoming of anger that resulted in the firing of a weapon and the death of a Human Being.

These facts have been muddied by politics, by race by class and by the Media doing its work to make ratings vice reporting the facts as they are known in Truth. The black citizens and white citizens in the region are angry that their version of Justice and Order has been corrupted by the other. This irrational manner of thinking must cease. There are no victors in this situation because there is no means by which We know to reverse the wheels of time and give both men, both Human Beings a chance to defuse the situation they found themselves in and come away among the Living.

Now, as a Grand Jury debates whether Officer Wilson should be indicted for the shooting of Michael Brown certain elements on both sides seek to escalate in chaos an already deplorable situation. We ourselves, of The Collective and Meditators, with a clear desire for Peace, and a disdain for the base nature of those who seek a hollow victory in blood and fire, call on all of those in the region to seek a path that leads to Peace. Put aside your anger, your bigotry and the myriad slights and offenses you feel the other have committed and give thought to what is really important in this matter–Justice.

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Nos ipsi, et in collegium Meditators et incumbit nobis ordinare de omnibus eiusmodi verba invenire metaphysica populo Fergusonus Hab. Quid factum est motus inter multos menses Officer Michael Brown Wilson Example mortem ut in medio non solum pax iuuenem mortem non possint nisi ab aliquo, qui erant ibi duae animae. In inferno ubi cives cognoverunt veritatem. Cum ira utrinque fuit. Utrimque fuit inconveniens. Et male receptus fuit in medio effecit accendi ira telum Hominis et mortem.

Ex his patet quod politics turbabit eas, et in genere per genus Media peragit officium facere ratings vice renuntianda quae, quia nota facta in veritate. Nigrum et album civium regionis civibus in ordinem iustitiae, iratus est corrupta per litteram alia. Hoc modo cogitandi ratione cessare. Non est in hoc casu, per quae victoribus Scimus rotas atque novis hominibus, tam ab homine in se non habet potestatem et veni defuse inter vivos.

Quorum quidem, ut a iuratis disputet num Officer Wilson ne reus dirigentes Michael Brown elementa ex utraque parte quaerere escalate in chaos, iam prope deploratis. Nos Meditators et collectivum, pacem cum clara, et qui mane vigilant ad naturam basis contemptus victoriam cava sanguinem, in omnes partes vocare viam ad quaerere pacem. Pone irae tuae et multiplices iniurias bigotry alia commissa crimina et recogita quid sentias in re magni momenti est – Iustitia.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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FAITH VERSUS FRUSTRATION, OR, THE HUBRIS OF . . .

Posted in CIVIL UNREST IN AMERICA, CLASS WARFARE, CLIVEN BUNDY, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, COURAGE, CRAZY MISSOURI, FEARSPEAK, FERGUSON MISSOURI, FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IN HINDSIGHT, MICHAEL BROWN MURDER with tags , , , , , on 19/08/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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I puzzled over the word that should end the title for so long that I’ll leave the answer up to you, the reader. Watching events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri has taught me a very valuable lesson over the last week. That lesson is that I cannot understand the situation unless I was actually there. I can draw parallels to many of the missteps taken in the small community to the kidnapping last week of two Amish girls in upstate New York.

Errors are constantly made in situations where a person is confronted with violent crime. The need to make a victim of a crime, as I still believe Michael brown was, appear perfect by his family and horribly flawed to the point of deserving the consequences of their victimhood by others is chief among those errors. Michael Brown, clearly wasn’t a saint, but who among you there on Terra or I here in Hell is? There was something written in a great book about casting the first stone that applies to everyone. There was the narrative of a good kid who was going to college which furled the outrage among progressive bloggers and tweeters which was rekindled by the gleeful “I told you so” chorus from those on the Right after the videotape was released of Brown stealing cigars and shoving a store owner as he and his accomplice fled.

As I watched the video, which matched what we here know happened in the final minutes of Michael Brown’s life, in the conference room with my editor-in-chief, Cavalor Epthith and editorial page editor Diane Valencen, I wondered out loud just what was the purpose of releasing that video. As it stands in 2014 in the United States of America is it simply okay for law enforcement to kill a person because they walked down the street? And if not is it acceptable for the police to release previous actions of the victim to engender sympathy by creating a “thuggish” persona around him or her?

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These questions bother me because it goes back to the way Americans today deal with the everyday effects that crime and death have on thousands of Americans every day. I saw on Twitter a link to a story that showed how the Aurora, Colorado theater shooter was portrayed the first time the media showed a picture of him. He looked like any other geeky white kid. The first photo I saw of Mike Brown looked terribly imposing. Double standard? I would have to say so.

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And this finally brings me to the two little Amish girls in New York state. I am glad they are home again with their family. I read where the parents have forgiven their kidnappers and I have also learned where the girls were tragically sexually abused during their 23 hour ordeal. The mother of the 12 and 7 year old said that while she was glad to have her girls back things are not the same as they were. But if these parents who have had their little girls’ lives brutally changed forever have not lost their faith why is it so easy for the the citizens of Ferguson to be vilified for being so frustrated that their native son? To understand how I am looking at this now you have a question to answer. What would your reaction be if the Progressive blogosphere were calling the two girls little whores who really wanted to go off on a sexual escapade in a car with two strangers? Yes, even for me to say such a thing would be pretty shocking. In the end that’s what the conservatives have done with the Mike Brown case over and over again.

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In Hindsight
Even now, having read to this point the conservatives that come here are saying to themselves, well the Amish didn’t burn their town to the ground or target every car they saw driving by until their girls were returned. That is almost a fair analysis if you value property over people and lucre over life. And here we go again that sentence will turn every conservative mind to the “holocaust of abortion.” And so it goes in 2014 in America the time you have all been waiting for when the tipping point in society was passed and you see the face of who cause the eventual decline into chaos. It is going to be surprising when conservatives see not Rush Limbaugh looking back at them or even some conservative gun loving Oathkeeper who has assassinated a prominent politician. No that person is you right wing “law and order” fanatic. This is your failure and the solution to the problem that has gripped America for the past thirty years, yes another question, “What happens when the peace is breached in an age when the police have the equipment of the military but not the training to deal with a frustrated American public?” Every 2nd amendment and New Testament clinging TEA Party freak ought to be at the barricades with the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, but of course to those bitter clingers this cause is not their cause as Cliven Bundy’s was for reasons to them that are as plain as the nose on your face.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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GAZA IN THE MIDWEST

Posted in MICHAEL BROWN MURDER, POLICE BRUTALITY with tags , , , , on 14/08/2014 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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The rights of American citizens are being ripped to shreds in Ferguson, Missouri.

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It didn’t take too many future predictive powers to figure out that St Louis County would eventually devolve, or escalate, into the situation that was seen on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last night. The frustrated citizenry barricaded into their communities by an iron ring of police officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets struck back with anger that took many forms. Some of the people threw bottles and Molotov cocktails. Others stood in peaceful protest until the gas and rubber bullets drove them from the streets. A few actually fired weapons but no one was struck by bullets mercifully.

However, the most powerful weapon the citizens of Ferguson, who simply want answers to the question that is being lost, “What were the circumstances of Mike Brown’s death?”, have was the primary target of the police last night–the media. Two journalists, Ryan J Reilly and Wesley Lowery were arrested at a local McDonald’s restaurant and an alderman who has chronicled the chaos each night in the hope of protecting citizens from police brutality, Antonio French was arrested nearly 12 hours ago. The charges against French have not been made public. As if these unconstitutional acts were not enough, tear gas was shot at the Al Jazeera US crew who were setting up on a public sidewalk last night. After the reporters and cameraman fled the scene, police officers dismantled their lights and tripods.

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The officers engaged in this action against American citizens have called the protesters and residents “animals” and are indeed treating them as such. After one night of looting and vandalism, the police in St Louis County have made it clear that they will not tolerate that sort of action again. Their tactics and silence on the issue of the Michael Brown shooting creating a brownshirted wall between the people and the police who are sworn to protect and serve does nothing but escalate the anger of people who are unheard, unserved and now no longer seen as Human Beings in Ferguson, Missouri. The only difference between what is happening in Gaza and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri is the level of force being applied.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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BREAKING NEWS: FAA DECLARES AIRSPACE OVER FERGUSON MISSOURI A NO FLY ZONE

Posted in MICHAEL BROWN MURDER with tags , , , on 12/08/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Citing 14 CFR 91.137, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Notice to Airmen [NOTAM] declaring the airspace over Ferguson, Missouri a no fly zone. The reason given is, “To provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” This follows the media being ordered away from Ferguson last night as tear gas was fired into the yards of people and across public roads.

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I’ve seen many police states try to use tactics similar to this in the past. Egypt, Iran, East germany all places where it wasn’t safe to be a journalist. Law enforcement is granted many powers in the United States not in the name of protecting themselves from harm or even public safety but to ensure that they don’t allow anyone to see them doing anything improper. This is another of those cases. Who would fly over Ferguson? Media helicopters for sure but also possibly journalists who want to use drones with GoPro cameras to get better angles that cannot be achieved on the ground. The NOTAM remains in effect through 18 August 2014.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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BREAKING NEWS: POLICE USE TEAR GAS RUBBER BULLETS AGAINST UNARMED CIVILIANS IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI; POLICE CONVERGING ON DELLWOOD MARKET ON CHAMBERS ROAD

Posted in FERGUSON MISSOURI, MICHAEL BROWN MURDER, POLICE BRUTALITY with tags , , , on 11/08/2014 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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Reports from Twitter and from police scanner calls confirm that the police are using brute force to clear the streets of Ferguson, Missouri tonight. A call three minutes ago from police noted that they “we’re afraid they would lose the area” at 1620 Chambers Road which is the location of Dellwood Market. Antonio French posted on Twitter over an hour ago that police were firing tear gas into the street as traffic moved in the direction of Florissant. Also the police are firing rubber bullets into the protesters and journalists.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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