Dismantling Capitalism: Strategy for Ending Veteran Suicide

There is a real easy solution to ending this epidemic of suicide among U.S. service members. Will you take it?

Zone of Non-being

Images of flag-draped coffins are often attributed to wars fought abroad. A seldom acknowledged internal battle, however, also poses a danger to U.S. service members. In 2014, twenty veterans took their lives every day. The risk for suicide among veterans was 21% higher than the general population, with women having a significantly higher prevalence. Continuing reading here.


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Donald Trump is Moving His Love Affair with Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists into the White House

The facts as noted here sicken me beyond all reason and I had to take the longest shower in history to try and rid myself of its stench, but I feel I must share it. So expect to read complete and utter vileness, but there is most definitely nothing of ‘supremacy’ about it.

United States Hypocrisy

Philadelphia Daily News cover Donald Trump

The nightmare reality of a Donald Trump presidency is getting off to a horrifying start. While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are urging everyone, not least of all disaffected Democrats, to “give the President-elect a chance”, the cold hard truth of what his election means is setting in with Trump’s naming of white nationalist Stephen Bannon – CEO of Breitbart “News” – as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor to the POTUS. What Bannon’s selection demonstrates above all is what many in the corporate media failed to properly understand during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign cycle. What they so often chalked up to being major campaign “gaffes” on the part of Trump – his retweeting of “white genocide” memes, slandering of a judge’s Mexican ancestry, etc. – were not actually gaffes at all but were implicit, bordering on the explicit, appeals to the white supremacists and…

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We Are Voiceless!

I threw myself into the fray.
I said, “I will persevere, come what may.”
Little did I know that I was to throw in the towel
so soon as I exit this stage with a scowl.

I added my voice to the billions who yearn
for a change to take place, but we never learn.
We are voiceless in the midst of this screaming crowd,
speaking to no one though our voices are loud.

Oh, how little and insignificant we are,
though we hate to admit this truth by far.
I talk at you while you talk back at me,
and nothing gets done in this virtuality.

I am part of a chorus that will never be heard.
I exit this stage, distance myself from the herd.
What language I speak, gets lost in translation.
 And with that being said, I tender my resignation.

I never had anything of significance to say.
And so into my pillow, at night I shall bray.
It will do just as well as what is said to you now.
We’re all preaching to the choir and it don’t matter no how.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

I wrote this poem because a fellow blogger I used to ‘follow’ decided that he was not doing anything of significance by blogging and that he was only adding to the problem. I, myself, have felt this way so often, there are poems to that effect all over this blog. When I first started blogging, I was full of inspiration and enthusiasm because I was mostly blogging to bring awareness of those who are also voiceless; the homeless. I thought I had something of significance to say and I also thought, “Oh what the hell? I shall add my voice to countless other voices out there!” But I also  wonder, “What is it all for?” Am I wasting my time? Yes, I’m pretty much wasting my time. Although, I will admit that I have learned a few things from blogging. I have also taken away from it, that people can often be close-minded, uninformed or simply misinformed and even outright stubborn and stuck in their ways. By reading the stories of others, I have in essence, changed in some ways and in other ways, I don’t think I ever will. It is human nature, I guess to want to be right and to also not want to believe that you could be wrong and that because you could be wrong, that maybe you should take a look deep into why you think you could be wrong and either rationalize it or consider that you are not as open-minded as you would like to believe you are; that you are not as willing to accept people for who and what they are as you think you are. I have condemned people based solely on my own narrow way of thinking and that is wrong. I was taught that unless a person does something to hurt me personally, I have no right to judge that person by my so-called moral code or to hold them up to what I deem to be right and good and decent and cut them down for not thinking or living the way I do.

There is much that I can work on and I intend to. But I would also like to think that through this blog, I have given folks an inkling into what makes me, me. And that good or bad, I try in many ways to become a better person. Will I succeed? I can but try.

Real News!

 

President Donald J. Trump stunned Twitter today when he tweeted, “I would like to host Kim Jong Un at Mar-a-Lago soon.” Right on cue, Dennis Rodman tweeted, “Invite me and I will translate for you!” Not to be outdone, Trump tweeted, “No need for you Rodman, I speak Asian!” The staff at Mar-a-Lago has been instructed to ready the Oriental Room for Kim Jong Un. Special instructions have also been given to the chef. Special food items requested by Kim Jong Un include the Mar-a-Lago chef’s version of the Whopper, the Grand Big Mac, the Wendy’s Double Burger and two Sonic styled corn dogs. Kim Jong Un stated that due to sanctions against North Korea, he is unable to acquire these treats and he has always wanted to sample  American fast food. The poor man knows not what he is in for. And after eating these American ‘treats’, war WILL soon follow.

Now this is quite a turnaround from, “Kim Jong Un is a very, very bad hombre and North Korea has got to go ‘boom-boom’,” was Donald Trump’s response when questioned about what he intended to do with North Korea’s rogue leader before heading to a rally in Pennsylvania this past Saturday. Trump told his supporters that North Korea was a very real nuclear threat and that if diplomacy fails, a nuclear confrontation will ensue since all options are on the table. It has been reported that the North Koreans were keeping tabs on Trump’s whereabouts on Saturday via a spy satellite installed in space by the Syrians as the spy satellite was behind the Syrian regime’s victorious offensive against the 59 missile barrage leveled at them by the U.S. military. Only two missiles actually struck close to their targets. All others struck a nearby junkyard containing old Toyota pickup trucks that were discarded by ISIS members.

In other news, officials in Afghanistan changed their initial reports that 94 insurgents had been killed by the MOAB(Mother of All Bombs) to only 2 and that Trump ordered the MOAB to be dropped on camel corrals and chicken coops in the northern province of Nangarhar. Two shepherds; one who was in charge of herding the camels and one who was feeding the chickens were killed. Animal rights watch groups are crying “Fowl!” since this was in clear violation of the “Do Not Bomb Camel Corrals And Chicken Coops Agreement.” The ICC is expected to take the matter up next May. However, no one in Afghanistan is said to be holding their breath that anything will come out of this other than that more MOABs will be dropped on innocent animal targets.

A spokesperson for the Taliban announced that the U.S. military was in violation of its policies to end the drug trade in America by refusing to help them destroy the poppy fields in Afghanistan. The Taliban has accused the U.S. military of lying about its mission in Afghanistan. The Pentagon weighed in on this and was quoted as saying, “We are in no way attempting to stop the flow of opium from Afghanistan. Our mission is to see to it that not one Afghan citizen becomes addicted to opioids and the only way to insure this is to assign U.S military soldiers to guard the poppy plants and to make sure that when they are harvested, they are sent directly to the United States whereupon they will be burned immediately.” Meanwhile, a fierce battle is raging between the Taliban and U.S. soldiers over a Monopoly board game that was destroyed while both were fighting over the poppy fields in Bang-a-tart. A Clue game was flown in from Saudi Arabia in an attempt to get the two sides to forget about the destroyed Monopoly board game and to instead, focus on solving a centuries old crime of “Who shot the butler?”

Meanwhile, on the home front, malls and retails stores have been in the news recently for shuttering their doors by the thousands. The store closures are on pace to set a new record and this phenomenon has been blamed on Amazondotcom. It has been suggested by multiple economists that Amazon is simply stealing sales from brick and mortar stores since there are no poor people in America and rents have been on the decline for decades. However, a new problem has emerged; one that has upset Donald Trump, greatly. GM announced to Trump this morning via Twitter that “Big summer shutdowns loom for US auto plants as sales sputter.” As many of us had heard, Trump took the credit for keeping automakers in the U.S. But now, Trump is accusing GM of trying to make him look bad by claiming that sales are sputtering and plants are going to close for weeks on end this summer. Trump had this to say to GM a few minutes ago. “GM is trying to steal my thunder and I wont have it. Sell those cars!” GM had no further comment in response to Trump’s latest tweet. But a leading economist, Herbert Wreck told Real News that the car sales sputter is not really a sputter since people have been buying their cars on Amazondotcom and that Amazondotcom posted revenue in the billions last quarter on car sales alone. And thanks to Amazondotcom, the American economy is gaining traction and this will counter any suggestions of an upcoming economic downturn.

On another note, Pepsi is in the spotlight again. It would appear that on May Day, there were multiple protests all across the U.S. But in Portland, Oregon where protesters tried their best to mimic Kendall Jenner’s role in a recent Pepsi ad by attempting to hand the cops a can of Pepsi, the reaction that Kendall Jenner received from cops was not quite what happened to the protesters in Portland. One protester, who was dressed just like Jenner, extended a can of Pepsi to a police officer, who just completely ignored the ‘olive branch’ that was extended to him. Upon realizing that the police would not accept a heartfelt gift from the Kendall Jenner lookalike, the protester then threw the can of Pepsi at the police and a riot ensued whereas multiple cans of Pepsi were sent flying towards the police line in front of the protesters. Several people pulled out their smartphones in an attempt to reach Kendall Jenner to beg her to come to the protest and hand a can of Pepsi to the cops since it wasn’t working when others tried to follow her lead. Jenner was unavailable and sent Caitlyn Jenner in her stead. This switch appeared not to go over well with the police either and several arrests were made. Since the police had no idea which holding cell to place Caitlyn Jenner in, Jenner was released after receiving an admonishment from the police to refrain from participating in any future protests. Jenner agreed and left the scene in an unmarked Hummer.

Meanwhile, Pepsi protesters were loaded into police vans and hauled off to jail, charged with inciting a riot by insisting on giving cops Pepsi and for refusing to disburse when ordered to do so and for causing damage to a patrol car and several police uniforms. The protesters are calling on the Pepsi Company to pay their bail and for the damages caused by the Pepsi cans that were used in their attempts to befriend the police by asking them to enjoy a Pepsi with them instead of getting beaten and arrested by them while they were exercising their right to peacefully protest. Apparently, people do not understand that commercials do not reflect reality; especially Pepsi commercials featuring Kendall Jenner. No word as yet on whether or not the protesters bail and damages will be paid for by the Pepsi Company.

In local news, a new and daring act that would rival anything done by daredevil, Evel Knievel, two fools in Baltimore, Maryland hitched a ride on the back of an MTA bus and rode it around town and residents when questioned what they thought of this,  were aghast while others laughed and said, “It’s what I intend to do whenever I don’t have bus fare.” A police spokesperson weighed in stating, “We are still looking for these two and when we find them, they will be charged with being stupid, it carries a fine of $20.00 and two months probation. This should discourage others from attempting this foolish stunt.”

And so that, folks, is the ‘Real News’ for today. Stay tuned for upcoming segments of ‘Real News’ brought to you weekly.

A Peaceful Protester Disrespected The Military? What About An Accused Marine Killer?

Yes indeed, let us know!

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Hello everyone. Chuquestaquenumber1 here.

In 2016 NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a peaceful protest against police brutality and criminality of Black people. Especially the unjust killings of unarmed non threatening Black males. His peaceful protest consisted of not standing for the national anthem. Once he started, he was accused of harming our LEOs and disrespecting the US military. He was subjected to massive outrage from people of all backgrounds, especially from military personnel.

Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins

Fast forward to April 2017. April 23,2017 was the last day for Marine Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins. On Sunday April 23, 2017 at 1:19 am, 25 yr old Marine Sgt. Justin Noah Lampkins was at a McDonald’s Drive thru in Bedford, ,Indiana. Several vehicles were ahead of Sgt. Lampkins’ vehicle when he honked a horn in the drive thru. At this point, Evan Schaffer, 22 yr old criminal who had…

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Friendly Fire In Afghanistan

 

Was it ‘friendly fire’ or the MOAB(Mother Of All Bombs)that killed two service men in Afghanistan?

Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in AfghanistanThe Defense Department on Friday released the names of two Army Rangers who died during a raid on a compound in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed by small arms fire during an operation targeting the emir of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon is investigating whether the soldiers died as a result of friendly fire.

Excuse me, but why is the U.S. military even in Afghanistan? What useful purpose is being served there? What is our business with Afghanistan? And what the hell is ‘friendly fire’?

So many questions, but are there any answers that sound truthful. We have heard that the U.S. is in Afghanistan because of 9/11 saying that Osama bin Laden, my darling, was the mastermind behind 9/11. So, if bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, why is the U.S. military still bombing Afghanistan over a decade later? And why are we concerned that, and this is according to the Pentagon, Afghan soldiers cannot contain the Taliban? The Taliban is not here in America and so what business is it of ours if the Afghan government is having some problems with some folks in their own country? We are having problems with homegrown terrorists here in America, namely skinhead groups and such like but we would not stand for Afghanistan to send soldiers over here to ‘take care of our terrorist problem’ and we all know this. They can spin the hell out of the truth, but the truth of the matter is the U.S. military is in Afghanistan to protect those poppy plants to make sure that opioids make it to the U.S. since opium is big business here. Our economy is actually propped up by the drug trade. Just ask the big banks that were kept afloat in the 2008 economic meltdown. You didn’t seriously think a paltry little stimulus package bolstered the economy and since we are broke, what taxpayer funds did the government come up with to prop up the banks? With over $16 trillion dollars of U.S. debt floating around out there, how in the hell did the U.S. government come up with the funds to prop up the banks with our so-called tax dollars when we are flat broke and skint?

Aw hell! I’ve not answered one question, I’ve only added more to what I’ve already asked. But maybe in a roundabout way, I did indeed answer the question of what the hell the U.S. military is still doing in Afghanistan and why we are dropping the MOAB and reading about U.S. soldiers getting killed via ‘friendly fire’, the kind of fire power that you, apparently, shouldn’t mind dying by since a ‘friend’ filled your ass with lead unlike if it was someone you didn’t know. It’s kind of like that ‘collateral damage’ thing whereas you get yourself unintentionally killed because you just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and you find yourself dead, but died knowing that you weren’t meant to be dead, it was all just accidental like. Damn! Shit happens, ya know.

What we have here is yet another Vietnam; an unwinnable war. We are sending our young people into yet another quagmire that is just an endless assembly line leading to death; both of soldiers abroad and of citizens in the homeland thanks to opioid addiction which is the real and true reason our soldiers are in Afghanistan. There is nothing honorable about what we are fighting for in Afghanistan. We are not attempting to aid the Afghan forces in their conquering of the Taliban. Those lies are as transparent as glass. If there was nothing to be gained, we would not even know that Afghanistan exists. We’re not over in Haiti, are we? There’s nothing to be pillaged and stolen from Haiti because since the last hurricane and the subsequent fundraising that was done on a massive scale and was promptly consigned to the coffers of The Clinton Foundation, Haiti has largely been forgotten. But not so much Afghanistan.

And just as with what is going down in North Korea, Trump is not concerned about nuclear bombs in North Korea, the concern is geopolitical and that is why China has amassed troops at the border and so has Russia. It is all about ‘the pivot to Asia’ and whoever controls the Korean Peninsular has great influence in that area, hence why all sides are attempting to negotiate a way out of the North Korean dilemma. So once more, U.S. military personnel and aircraft carriers are sitting at the ready to make sure that America does not lose out on the vast untapped resource that is Southeast Asia. The United States is defunct. The dollar is being abandoned, worldwide and the U.S. is no longer being regarded as top dog, just A dog. There is no world power left that is respectful of the U.S. That ship has sailed and the behind the scenes puppet masters that control the U.S. government are well aware of this and there is no longer any pretense that we matter. Just look at what happened the other day, Trump just cut taxes on corporations AGAIN while saddling America’s poor with that fallout and more debt; including those in his base who voted most enthusiastically for him. But they are too stupid to even understand the impact that Trump’s tax laws are going to have on them. As long as they think Trump just stands for “Keep minorities in their place,” that is all they care about, for now. But even they will eventually feel the effects of what is coming down the pike.

The global elites are just working themselves around this entire globe sucking the life and resources out of every country they encounter until all is just a barren wasteland because you see, quite honestly, riches don’t make for happiness because if it did, we’d have some happy elites just enjoying being rich but that is not enough for them and since money can only buy things and people, it cannot buy happiness or contentment, it would seem and so boredom sets in and there’s nothing to live for because worms like that don’t love. They don’t care about life and would have no problem with ordering the nuclear annihilation of us all. They’ve made it so that the vast majority of Americans are obese, sick and stupid and unfortunately, this is spreading, worldwide, hence the reason we are sitting somewhere with a needle in our arm but are still believing every word that’s uttered out of the lying mouths of our politicians who are mere stooges for the puppet masters.

But as usual, I digress.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed in action in Afghanistan on April 27, 2017 CloseDefense Department
Rodgers was from Bloomington, Illinois, and Thomas was from Kettering, Ohio. Both were on their third deployments to Afghanistan.

Can you believe that? A 22-year old and a 23-year old are dead and both were on their THIRD deployment to Afghanistan. I just cannot wrap my head around that. So, they left boot camp, was sent into Afghanistan, came home, went back to Afghanistan, came home, went back to Afghanistan and then was killed, presumably, by ‘friendly fire’. Don’t that beat all! They were somewhere where they had no business being in the first place, three times and then was killed by their fellow soldiers. So, who did the Mother Of All Bombs kill? Because if the MOAB did what it was intended to do then why weren’t these two packed and waiting on a plane to carry them back to the states? Because just like in Vietnam, the so-called ‘enemy’ is not so easy to get at. What happens when you are in unfamiliar territory? You are at a distinct disadvantage and all the military equipment you can carry is not going to give you an advantage over people who can navigate the terrain in their sleep while the only thing you can do is remember to duck like you were taught in boot camp, but quite apparently, you cannot duck enough when it’s your own men shooting at you.

And so, our youth will continue to suit up, protect poppy plants, get shot by ‘friendly fire’, drop some more MOABs on Afghanistan and there will be no exit strategy so long as there is one poppy left to be harvested in a field. And we say we care about the serious epidemic of opioid addiction. If we did, then there would be not one U.S. soldier still stationed in Afghanistan, much less dying by ‘friendly fire’ there.

Race Relations Are Deteriorating

 

Nooooo! Say it ain’t so!

A majority of the nearly two dozen poll respondents reached by Reuters, including Cartagena, Mami and Dees, said they have recently sensed an unsettling rise in racial hostility – or at least a greater willingness by some Americans to express it.

It’s not just minorities who say they’re feeling unnerved. Dees, the painting contractor from Many, Louisiana, a town of about 2,700 people, said he sensed rising anger among black residents after Trump’s unexpected victory.

It did not take the election of Donald Trump to get me to speak out on race relations. I have been speaking on race relations for years. When you drag people from a continent, enslave them, supposedly ‘free’ them only to make sure that there is no way for them to compete on a level playing field for jobs, housing; the whole nine yards and you systematically incarcerate them by the millions, thus ensuring that this country will always have slave labor, what did you think was going to happen?

When nothing has been done to reign in hate groups by at least calling them ‘terror organizations’, what did you think was going to happen? When you display only racism, bigotry and prejudice to a group of people who are in AmeriKKKa through no fault of their own, did you think that they would grow to love their oppressors? Let me clear up one thing, white folks, the majority of us hate you with a passion that words cannot do justice to and each and every single day we long for your death and we hope that you die in the most horrible way possible. That’s the truth. As much as you hate us for being here thanks to your lazy ass ancestors who had no work ethic at all and hence, that is the reason we are here, your hatred for us pales in comparison to ours for you. Just because some coonhead sellouts will lie down with you, wed with you and give you accolades does not mean that the vast majority of us fall into that category. The vast majority of us despise and loathe you with every fiber of our being. Yeah! Let that sink in. Let it marinate because you see, we have been seething for over 400 years now and like a kettle that’s brought to boil, we’re likely to boil over like this dude did.

Fresno shooting rampage: Suspect who shot dead 3 wanted to kill as many [white] people as possible, police say.

Police said the man who killed three people on a shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California, on Tuesday while shouting “Allahu Akbar” wanted to kill as many [white] people as possible after a warrant was released for his arrest in the murder of a motel security guard last week.

Muhammad went by the nickname “Black Jesus” and has made posts against white people and the government on his Facebook page.

On what appeared to be Muhammad’s Facebook page, he repeatedly posted “#LetBlackPeopleGo” and encouraged “black warriors” to “mount up.” A flurry of posts emerged in the past day.

And another Black warrior did ‘mount up’ and shot dead 5 KKKops in Dallas, TX.

DALLAS — The heavily armed sniper who gunned down police officers in downtown Dallas, leaving five of them dead, specifically set out to kill as many white officers as he could, officials said Friday. He was a military veteran who had served in Afghanistan, and he kept an arsenal in his home that included bomb-making materials.

Sound familiar? You bet it does! What is with these Black men who set out to kill ‘white’ people and only ‘white’ people? What could they possibly have against those who constantly speak of freedom, rights, justice and humanitarianism? White folks, shut the fuck up because you are the worst hypocrites slithering and crawling across this planet spreading your vileness and your atrocities with relish. You have managed to fuck up an entire planet and yet, you think your shit don’t stink and that it’s such an atrocity when someone turns around and does to you what you are doing to an entire planet. Keep sitting back and thinking that the chickens are not going to come home to roost all up your depraved asses. What you have read here is only the beginning because believe me, people with nothing left to lose are some dangerous motherfuckers and you have made sure that millions of people have nothing left to lose while you sit back and pour salt into the wounds of those you have enslaved, made poverty stricken and homeless but who are here through no fault of their own. What god you lay claim to is no god because you’ve made yourselves, god and you use a non-existent god to keep every other group pliable to what you’re doing to them. On some of us, it is no longer working and this is fast catching on.

You can no longer lull us into believing in your fictional lord and savior because how in the world is the likes of you heading to some paradise after you croak what with all that foul shit smeared on your funky asses for all the world to see? There ain’t enough prayers or psalms in the Bible to get you through even your fake ass pearly gates because the evil that is you would have long since singed any precious metal or glow right off a pearl and off of anything else you’ve managed to vomit up. Death is finally stalking your ass and you don’t know when it’s coming, but it’s coming. So, go right ahead and continue wreaking havoc across this shithole and the world and what you give is most definitely what you are going to receive! It’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving. And just so you don’t forget, re-read these block quoted words. And just keep in mind that “rising anger among black residents!”

Dees, the painting contractor from Many, Louisiana, a town of about 2,700 people, said he sensed rising anger among black residents after Trump’s unexpected victory.

A “rising anger” indeed! Yeah! We’re goddamn tired of printing signs and wearing out the soles of our shoes waiting on you to get something you’ve never had and never will get; a heart, compassion, empathy, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, humanity, love and mercy. Not one of those words is synonymous with ‘whites’. ‘Christian love and charity’, my goddamn ass! You don’t even believe your own lies. So why should we?  But it’s quite obvious that we’re not standing for your shit anymore! This is war! Ain’t no goddamn peace! You’ve seen to that!

The Anti-Blackness of American “Love”

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A most excellent piece Darryl!

Zone of Non-being

I hate the way American society conceptualizes romantic relationships. The concept of “love” is typically framed as a progress narrative – whereby “marriage” is the highest form and product. Intimate connections are reduced to linear equations. Whenever people speak of love, I imagine a bunch of CEOs in a boardroom pointing at a graph with a sharp incline. For Americans, love always needs a goal. It cannot just be. This partially explains why 50% of marriages end in divorce: once couples tie the knot, ending the relationship is the only destination.

From the typical American perspective, married couples are the most qualified to speak about “real love” – while unmarried couples lack the credentials to do so. Married couples are seen as more experienced, matured, and developed; while unmarried couples are seen as less experienced, immature, and undeveloped. This entire frame of mind mirrors a racist discourse…

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War Never Takes A Holiday

Another government shutdown looms
and with it clouds of mushroom plumes.
Can you smell the toxic fumes
that reek of death, mankind it dooms?

Bombs away! Look lively there!
Behold the rocket’s bright red glare,
as soldiers stand, salute and stare,
no thought for a mother or child she’d bear.

Duty calls and they obey.
War never takes a holiday.
My child, your child; both will pay
for peace will always to war, give way.

And though we think we are immune
here at home, war will come soon.
You’ll pay the piper for this tune.
No Star Spangled Banner will you croon.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

Here in the land of the stupid and the brain dead, and it should go without saying that I am speaking of America, we go about our business as usual. Government shutdowns are threatened as congress plays the same tired old game of supposedly shutting down a government that doesn’t work anyway. So what’s to shut down? I don’t know because nothing that is ever good comes out of the halls of congress or the White House. And inside both chambers sits the useless, the deranged and the greedy bastards who are owned; lock stock and barrel by the very corporations that also run our lives. We have certainly given up on any pretense that we have a say over any aspect of our lives. What we eat is owned by nine corporations. What entertainment we still thirst for is owned by a handful of corporations who feed us what we see and hear.

I read just the other day that Trump’s poll numbers soared after he gave the order to launch 59 missiles at Syria and when he also ordered the MOAB(Mother Of All Bombs)to be dropped on Afghanistan. And now, we anxiously await his orders to drop bombs on North Korea. Well, just sit back and think that this will have no impact on US and you’re in for a rude awakening. Regardless of whether or not you think that Kim Jong Un is crazy has no relevance on what is going down. Donald Trump is just as crazy and yet, this nutcase has his finger on the ‘red boom-boom’ button. The war chickens are coming home to roost up your ass, AmeriKKKans and I sure hope you like it hot; hot and funky ’cause you’re going to smell the fallout from your living rooms and from your spa hideaways and your luxurious hotel suites. The claim is that when you fly for 7 hours, you are subjected to what amounts to an x-ray. Well, that’ll be the least of your worries, but then you’ve never considered how much radiation you’re subjecting your body to when before you are even allowed to board a plane, you must first be radiated and those of you who are frequent flyers, well…let’s just say that you are already a cancer ticking time bomb. But no worries for you because just as soon as your son and your husband, cousin, father, brother and nephew start sending nuclear missiles to North Korea, you can thank them for what they’re about to set off up your ass because you’ve been lucky thus far but your luck is about to run out. And about time, I’d say.

So, you thank Donald Trump, you damn warmongers for killing your ass via your own sons and husbands, but the last thing you will be applauding is Trump’s rising poll numbers as you watch AmeriKKKa get what she has so long been begging for, war at our front door! I’m placing big bets on this and my money is backing Kim Jong Un! Bring it!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, A Review

This brought tears to my eyes. I am turning into a weeping willow. For the love of !!!!

Whispers of a Womanist

The story of Henrietta Lacks is the narrative of black femininity. Lacks mirrors the exposed and dismembered Saartje Baartman in life and death exploitation, embodying the dehumanization and carelessness faced by countless black female bodies in traditional and contemporary settings.

Yet, to some, the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a resounding work of non-fiction that reveals a hidden truth. However, this read proves challenging in the ambivalence it provokes. On one hand, the book paints a portrait all too familiar to the black collective. It validates  theories that have blossomed in our minds, homes and communities for centuries, stories commonly labeled “crazed conspiracy theories.”  Simultaneously, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks seizes a prevalent story from the black collective and renders it an American secret. The film proved equally as problematic, to the extent that I was unaware if the hot tears that stained my cheeks…

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