The following is a quote from today’s episode of Meet The Press

…France’s 9-11

How in the hell does Amerikkkan media manage to interject this nation into another country’s misfortune? Maybe I should I ask why. I didn’t really want to type anything in regards to what happened this past Friday. I don’t have anything insightful or new to add. But, here I am…typing about this shit. I personally feel like it was an extreme act of violence more-so than terrorism. But, for the sake of this entry, I won’t rock that boat. Merriam-Webster defines terror as violence that is committed by a person, group, or government in order to frighten people and achieve a political goal or a very strong feeling of fear. It defines terrorism as the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. I’m going to run with that, as getting into the etymology of terror will take me very far off course. Friday’s incident was an act of acute terror. I came across the theory of acute acts of violence in this book titled Mind Fist. It was speaking on acute bullying. It also spoke on chronic bullying. Acute and chronic — the former being brief, and the latter being long standing. If Friday’s incident was acute terrorism, then are there acts of chronic terrorism?

I live in Baltimore. The 301st homicide was recorded last night. What that last sentence doesn’t include is the non-fatal shootings/stabbings/assaults. It also doesn’t include that crazy shit that doesn’t get reported to the police and/or (occasionally) by local news stations. I’m not exaggerating when I say that living in a city like this can invoke terror — terror of the chronic kind. People can become numb to chronic pains though. People live with chronic injuries everyday, right? So chronic acts of terror tend to be treated as an extreme nuisance, at best. It’s especially true when the chronic terror is happening to the ignored, underappreciated, (sometimes) unwanted members of society — both locally and globally. There was, and will be, no nationally televised week long “how do we recover from this” mourning period for McKenzie Elliot, the 3 year old girl killed in North Baltimore last year. Nor will there be one for Tyshawn Lee, the 9 year old boy killed due to modern day tribalism in Chicago. Yet, a random act of (extreme) violence happens in the post-happy hour hustle and bustle of a prosperous metropolis, and the entire world gasps at the horror for 168 straight hours. Then the usual follow-up of what-ifs, who done its, how can we prevents and whys. If we were to judge by the amount of coverage these incidents receive, compassion would seem to be a conditional thing in today’s world. I don’t say that to “downgrade” what happened in France. My intent is the opposite. But is it psychologically feasible to process every violent death the same? Why does the quantity, and quality, of the life taken still seem to factor into where the world’s compassion lays, and for how long? Remember the almost 150 people murdered at Garissa University College back in April? Yeah, I didn’t either. Is the fact that it happened in the African nation of Kenya — a place people consider 3rd world — the reason it was so quickly forgotten? I feel safe in saying I think most Amerikkkans think all of Africa is either fucking war-torn or a jungle, and any violence that happens is just their way of life. Chronic terror. Trivializing death here because it happens more than it does there doesn’t make the death here more bearable and less tragic.

Don’t put chronic pains in the back of your mind. Every “ouch” deserves the same amount of attention. Take care of your body. Take care of every body.

Land of the Phony, Home of the Hypocrite

I typed this earlier today on my phone, while I was at work, and saved it in my drafts. Instead of editing it and changing the subject/verb tenses(?), I’m just going to leave it as is. My feelings haven’t changed over the course of 5 hours.

CNN is on, as it often is while I’m at work. Fareed Zakaria is discussing two topics with the anchor: guns in america and education. Here’s my summary of what I gathered from the closed caption. Americans are dumb and trigger happy. I’m kidding. Buuuuut, I’m willing to bet a good portion of the world has a view very similar to that. Apparently, the quality of education is not so good in lower income areas of the country. I am totally shocked by that. I mean, who would think that if you combine underpaid instructors, crappy facilities, inefficient/outdated learning tools and a boring curriculum, you would end up with an educational system that basically pumps out shit product. Not that I’m trying to dehumanize kids by referring to them as product but “hey look, a spade.” Then, there are the external factors, as opposed to the actual schools, like the living situation, the kid’s diet, medical issues, parental guidance and so on.

My take on guns in America is pretty straight forward. I think if one person is allowed to, then all people should at the least, be presented with the opportunity to own a gun. Now, if one person can’t, then no one should. That includes cops, doctors, dudes who drive bank deposit trucks, the man behind the thick glass at the halal market, Rusty who lives out in the sticks, whomever. What I find amusing, although not entirely humorous, is the things that this country does contradicts how it wants its citizens to live. There’s the heavy anti-bullying campaign that has been happening recently. That’s laughable since our armed forces are peppered all over the global, flexing muscle unnecessarily (drone strikes on huts and shit). Mrs Obama was spearheading a movement against childhood obesity, if I’m not mistaken, yet there are additives and chemicals in our food that other countries have banned because they directly affect the health of their citizens (i.e high fructose corn syrup). BANNED SON. If you turn on the news, they constantly run segments about terror and terrorist, both domestic and foreign. They will dig into reasons behind mass murders. Ask yourself, how many times in an hour did they show the planes crashing into the towers? That shit was on a fucking infinite loop. It is clear-as-day fear mongering. So, you’ve basically made guns seem like the most powerful tool for defense, then through media programming try to make your citizens feel like there is always a chance we will be attacked (“BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR…” aka be on the defense) and then say “Well, we’re gonna have to ask you guys to start handing over your tools for defense.” How can a person feel safe if they can’t properly defend themselves? Everybody doesn’t have time for Krav Maga. I’m not a “gun nut”. Honestly, I don’t really like guns but I think they are useful tools. I feel like the topic of gun control is as stupid as the war on drugs. They both are things invented by some people inside a power structure that play on a person’s need to feel safe and then in turn, end up fucking over those same people.

Also, Max B is a political prisoner.

Captain Save’a Ho

With no Sunday game last night, and due to my 30 day no drinking policy, I was stuck in the house with nothing really entertaining to do. Of course, I could have gone the bang bros route but it was far too early in the evening to jack. Luckily, the premier of The Cape came on NBC. The commericals for the show didn’t really make me anxious to see it. But hey, what the hell, what else was I gonna do? Clean up? Do laundry? Pssh whatever. The show is cheesy. I don’t want to call it corny so I guess cheesy is the right word. But it’s a show about a costume wearing crime fighter so I guess cheesy is almost expected, to some extent. It’s sorta like the movie Spawn, but just not written as badly…so far. That oddly attractive chick from The Sara Connor Chronicles is in it. They haven’t gone deep into exactly who she is yet though. I’m willing to bet it’s on some Bruce Wayne shit: wealthy parents die at the hands of evil, kid grows up and uses money to take down scum. Does it sound like I’m shitting on the show? I’m not. At the most, I’m letting out a silent fart.

Then there is the Showtime newcomer, Shameless, which isn’t actually new at all. I only found out last night after watching the pilot that it’s another UK show that American television has decided to “re-work” and make its own. BOOOOO. I had such high hopes. But that’s not to say I wasn’t entertained. I do like it. I’ll probably like the UK version more. Sidebar I also watched Californication for the first time. One word: TITS.

I really really really suck at reviews.

VROOOOOM went the hog.

The Wire is my all time favorite drama. I didn’t have cable in my house until the end of the final season, so I had a lot of catching up to do. I literally watched the first 4 seasons in 3 days. I did very little at work and absolutely nothing at home during that time. After I watched every episode and the series ended, a void formed in the ‘entertain me’ portion of my mind. Then came Sons Of Anarchy. Void filled. I started watching it last year, about 2 or 3 shows into season 2. I have no idea what drew me to it. I never watched anything on FX, aside from a few movies (which weren’t commerical free BLAH!). I never had any fascination with gangs of any sorts, gun smuggling or grimey white guys. But, whatever shoved me in it’s path, I’m glad it did. It’s one of the best shows on tv right now. I’ve read where it’s been compared to Sopranos, and considering all the nominations and awards that show received, I’m going to assume thats a good thing (never seen an episode of The Sopranos myself).  Season 2’s ending can only be described as a heart wrenching cliff hanger. I know it’s cliche but it is Hawkeye accurate. Seeing the commerical for the season 3 premier made my night. It didn’t hurt that it came on the same night as the 30 for 30 about Tyson and Tupac ,which was excellent.  And not surprisingly, the season opener was good. The body count is already at 2 (it’s no way the sheriff survived getting bulldosed by that van),  Gemma, the old lady(as in wife) of all old ladies, poked some dude in the nuts and Clay threatened to butt fuck a fed with a pistol and “blow away her black heart”.  No amount of vamp sex is going to top that. None. And because I’m so kind to the universe, Best Buy has Season 1 on sale and I’ve got coupons so I’ll be picking that up for sure. I’d advise everyone else to do the same. LETS RIDE.