Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Cold Can You Get???

Urban Outfitters (where I never shop, way overpriced) is selling "Vintage" Kent State sweatshirts complete with blood and bullet holes .

I was a sophomore in high school when the Kent State shootings (AKA the May 4 massacre) occurred.
The National Guard had been called out to an anti-Cambodia protest and fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis..

I'm hoping that the kids buying these shirts are unaware of the history of Kent State shootings and just think the blood and bullet holes are "cool". Me, I'm sick.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Police Brutality

I used to do scuzzbuckets of the week, which focused on regular citizens doing ugly things. Now with all the stories about Police Brutality, I just may start a series taken from the treasure trove of horrific actions of the nations police force on a regular basis.

from Addictinginfo.org, the story of police brutally arresting a terminally ill man

From the above link, here is the story:
Jeffery Brian Bane, 39, was arrested Saturday, Sept. 6, and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and battery on an officer.

This is actually a story about police harassing and assaulting a terminally-ill man. They simply confused his symptoms for intoxication.

A statement to the Free Thought Project by his nephew, Josh Banes explains that he actually suffers from Huntington’s Disease, which he described as being “very similar to Parkinson’s.”

“Assuming because of his appearance he was high on narcotics with out reason they began to sub due him, macing and beating him in the head as he fell to his face were he was then held with a great amount of force by two officers double his size as a third one landed on his torso,” the statement read. “For the the next ten minutes as my cousins watch unattended, my uncle pleads and cries out in pain for the lack of breath and agony being applied to him.”

According to the Huntington Disease Society of America, (HDSA) the disease, which is hereditary and incurable, prompts deterioration of nerve cells in the brain.

“As the disease progresses, concentration and short-term memory diminish and involuntary movements of the head, trunk and limbs increase,” the HDSA states on its website. “Walking, speaking and swallowing abilities deteriorate. Eventually the person is unable to care for him or herself. Death follows from complications such as choking, infection or heart failure.”

A female bystander came upon the arrest and was so disturbed by what she saw that she called an ambulance and started filming with her mobile phone. After a short while she is approached by an officer and herself threatened with arrest.

“How are you involved with this guy?” he asks.

“I just was driving by,” she replies. “This is insane. I’m not doing anything wrong, either, and I’m on private property,”

She demands to know why the officers are refusing to handcuff the suspect even though he is bleeding and gurgling.

“He is choking on his own blood,” she says. “I can hear it from my car.”

“Okay, but these aren’t your kids and you don’t know –” the officer says. But she cuts him off with:

“No, I don’t,” she says. “But this is wrong.”

“If you want to continue filming, that’s okay,” the officer says. “If you continue to be loud and boisterous, I will arrest you for obstructing, okay?”

“Just leave me alone,” she replies.

The Bane’s family have launched an online campaign to have the charges against him dropped.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


linking from Slate.com, this is the story of Danny Lewin, the first victim of September 11, 2001.

Danny was the founder of
, one of the world's largest distributed-computing platforms, responsible for serving between 15 and 30 percent of all web traffic.

Rather than paste the details of his death here (which is easier for the reader), I'm posting a teaser here, with the link to the rest of the story.

Until now, Lewin’s story has remained untold—mainly out of respect for friends and family who closely guarded their memories of the brilliant commando turned computer scientist. In addition, the official reports of what happened on Flight 11 were, for some time, conflicting and confusing. A memo mistakenly released by the Federal Aviation Administration stated that terrorist Satam al-Suqami shot and killed Lewin with a single bullet around 9:20 a.m. (obviously inaccurate, as the plane crashed at 8:46 a.m.). But almost as soon as the memo was leaked, FAA officials claimed it was written in error and that Lewin had been stabbed, not shot. The 9/11 Commission concurred in its final report, issued four years later, offering a more detailed summary: Based on dozens of interviews with those who spoke with two of the plane’s flight attendants during the hijacking, the commission determined that al-Suqami most likely killed Lewin by slashing his throat from behind as he attempted, single-handedly, to try to stop the hijacking. The time of his death was reported to be somewhere between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m.

“He was the first victim of the first war of the 21st century,” says Marco Greenberg, Lewin’s best friend.

But that act of heroism was not the only way Lewin made his presence felt on that terrible, unique, awful day. In a tragic twist of irony, the algorithms he helped develop, and the company he co-founded—Akamai Technologies—helped the Internet survive that day’s crush of traffic— the Web equivalent of a 100-year flood.
Born in Denver, Lewin moved to Israel with his family in 1984. The move happened totally against his will; his father, Charles, had become an ardent Zionist and relocated his family to “make aliyah,” a term used to describe the repatriation of Jews to Israel. Lewin was just 14 years old, and he was furious at his family’s sudden uprooting. During his first few months in Israel he struggled to learn the language and make friends. Instead of rebelling, however, Lewin turned to his two greatest assets—his physical strength and superior intellect. Sailing through his classes at a Jerusalem technology school and spending all his spare time at a local gym, Lewin fought to fit in with the tough sabras, and in time he succeeded. By age 18 he was signing up for military service in the IDF, where he joined the ranks of the country’s most elite counterterrorism unit, Sayeret Mat’kal.

Here is the

Even if you're not religious, please have positive thoughts for the 2000+ victims and their families.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Payback, Bitches

Justice moves slowly, but in one week two rulings have been against the BP and Halliburton

from Reuters)
- A U.S. judge has decided that BP Plc (BP.L) was “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago, a ruling that could add nearly $18 billion in fines to more than $42 billion in charges the company took for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history.

BP said it would appeal Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, Louisiana, who held a trial without a jury last year to determine who was responsible for the April 20, 2010 rig explosion and spill that killed 11 workers and spewed oil for nearly three months onto the shorelines of several states.
There you go, BP. Keep whining about people being mean to you

Photo courtesty of Reuters

This comes on the heels of Halliburton being ordered to pay $1.1 billion to Gulf Coast residents, local governments and businesses affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, moving to limit its liabilities ahead of a court ruling that could have increased its costs.

The settlement announced Tuesday by the company and plaintiffs' lawyers includes claims for punitive damages brought by the commercial fishing industry and others affected by the spilled crude.

The amount is less than the $1.3 billion Halliburton has set aside for its costs stemming from the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Some legal analysts say the settlement will eliminate most of the oil-field-services company's liability from the incident. (source WSJ http://online.wsj.com/articles/halliburton-to-settle-deepwater-horizon-claims-for-1-1-billion-1409664524)

Four years after that horrific accident there are still signs that the Gulf still isn't right. From" MNN.com:

Findings from the NWF's report include the following:

More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the area of the spill since April 2010, which is more than scientists have seen in the past decade. Area dolphins are also underweight and anemic and show signs of liver and lung diseases.

About 500 dead sea turtles have been found in the region annually since 2011. All five species of sea turtles in the Gulf are listed as threatened or endangered.

Nearly 1,000 brown pelicans have been collected since the spill and half of them have died.

Other coastal birds have increased concentrations of toxic oil compounds in their blood.

Sperm whales that swam near the spill have higher levels of DNA-damaging metals, such as nickel and chromium, in their bodies than they did before the spill.

Despite these findings, BP, the British oil company responsible for the spill, says the report "is a piece of political advocacy — not science."

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/4-years-after-gulf-oil-spill-wildlife-still-dying#ixzz3COFzmYX0

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Hero

"Stuck on Stupid". I have that bumpersticker still on my car.

Highlights on Honore's time in NOLA

Honore looks back

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Police Brutality in Minnesota

A black man, sitting on a bench waiting to pick up his kids, is harrassed by St. Paul police. This is disturbing. The cops are acting like they're good guys, but are real turds.

Here is an excerpt from tcplanet.net

"According to the police report, St. Paul police officers Michael Johnson and Bruce Schmidt “were called to the First National Bank Building on a report of uncooperative male refusing to leave.” The third female officer in the video has still not been identified. The name of the security guard that Lollie claims made the call was omitted from the police report “due to safety concerns.” Lollie was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process."

The charges were subsequently dropped.

K plus 9

Nine years ago Hurricane Katrina visited the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and wreaked havoc in so many ways and so many places.

The final death toll was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). More than half of these victims were senior citizens.

New Orleans was the major story on most news broadcasts. That's when I decided to create this website to share the storm's affect on the Northshore and Gulf Coast

There have been great strides made during the last 9 years, but some areas are still ghost towns. Parts of St. Bernard Parish there are still empty lots where subdivisions used to be. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was completely flattened as Katrina came ashore from the storm, but it has rebounded quite nicely.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we stayed for the storm. Our observations are at this link.

I have many memories from the storms documented throughout this blog. Just put Katrina in the search box located on the top left of the page.

NOLA dot com has put together an article that talks about population change, economic upturns and "lingering challenges" in the 9 years at this link

Recommended reading and films about the storm and the aftermath can be found here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Police Brutality in the age of cell phones

It's the age of instantly sharing stories via cell phone cameras, something that can be a good thing in these days of police brutality.

This story comes from a Walmart (of course) in Greenville, South Carolina.

Someone called 911 to report a man acting erratically outside of the Walmart. When the deputies arrived, the intoxicated individuals told them "I'm the 911". He then enters the store. In this video, you can see that excessive force was used to "subdue" the man. One deputy punches the suspect seventeen times in the head, while onlookers record the scene and scream at the cops to stop. Finally, a level headed deputy gets the testosterone filled cop to stop beating the suspect:

What ever happened to cuffing the drunk and taking him to jail?

Racists Stupidity

I am over the top in amazement at the stupid, racial things that people in America are saying.

So, I decided to compile a list of the lastest I have run across: (each story is linked to the facts)

Iowa Republican: Immigrant Children May Be “Highly Trained” Muslim Terrorists

Actor Kevin Sorbo (who???): Ferguson unrest let black protesters be the ‘animals’ they ‘truly are’
By David Edwards
Thursday, August 21, 2014 13:38 EDT

Pat Robertson On Ferguson Incident: Maybe Michael Brown Was On PCP

Fox host: Obama staged Michael Brown tragedy, 'in cahoots' with Al Sharpton

Insane GOP Rep. Trent Franks: ‘Obama Signaled Terrorists to Execute James Foley’
Insane GOP Rep. Trent Franks: ‘Obama Signaled Terrorists to Execute James Foley’

I will be posting more as I find them.