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Sun May 24, 2015 at 01:00 PM PDT

License To Kill

by Ticorules

And yet another one...

I know it's difficult to keep track of all of the brown people dying at the hands of various law enforcement officers all over America and vigilantes from Florida. But this one evokes an emotion that is almost indescribable. It all began with a car chase, but I'll let Vox.com set the scene: Spoiler Alert: No one pays for this crime.

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Sun Feb 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM PST

Personal Responsibility for Idiots

by Ticorules

We're going to try something new here on The Non Blogosphere. I' m something of a fan of advice columnist Dan Savage. I tend to agree with him and his advice nine times out of ten. However, every so often I feel like he either misses something or is flat-out wrong. In any event, I'm not usually in the business of second-guessing the experts, but one recent letter really seems to demand a better answer -- so I'm having a go at it. The letter in question comes from acronym-challenged "No Catchy Name Here" (NCNH) and goes through a bizarre tale of woe in which 1) he can no longer trust his wife, because she got pregnant against his wishes, although they seemed to be using no birth control other than the rhythm method (actual quote: "she lied about the time frame of 'being safe'"), and 2) she "demanded" that he get a vasectomy afterward. Apparently this guy is having some post vasectomy-complications, which truly does suck, but mostly this is about his huge mad/sad feels about his wife -- the phrase "which of course makes me hate her even more" actually makes an appearance. So with that in mind, it's on those two points that I really feel the need to give my unsolicited second opinion, because that, my friends, is what the Internet is for.

So, here we go:

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Fri Nov 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM PST

Top 5 Black Super Powers

by Ticorules

And away we go again. Yet another Black person gets shot for dubious reasons and his slaying isn't seen to be much of an issue by our judicial system. The trial to indict Officer Darren Wilson went very much like the trial of George Zimmerman, which went very much like the trial to indict the officers who killed that cosplaying kid in Utah. This stuff reads less like a series of bad verdicts and more like an episode of ABC'™s How to Get Away with Murder. Step one: Establish fear for one's life by pointing at black person. Step two: Jazz hands.

However, rather than sift through the clearly made up and mostly ridiculous testimony like Ezra Klein at Vox did or talk about how colossally screwed up the trial was like Salon did, I wanted to point out a different thread running through all of these various incidents of seemingly senseless violence and totally nonsensical testimony. Black people apparently have superpowers -- and we now have enough jury-accepted testimony to prove it.

That's right: using contemporary news reports, and eyewitness accounts, I can prove that Blacks in America aren't actually human beings. We are jive-talking, shit starting, members of a race of Meta-Humans whose powers are as vast as they are varied. Some powers are subtle while others are so obvious it'™s a wonder how the mainstream media hasn't clued you into this. But here are the Top 5 Super Powers possessed by Black people.

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Sun Nov 23, 2014 at 08:00 AM PST

Link Round-Up November 2014

by Ticorules

So I'm going to do a series of irregular posts where I'll point out some interesting stories or provide some quick commentary to news events without delving into a full-fledged blog post. This is a brand new idea that has never happened before on the Non Blogosphere. OK, it may have happened previously. But that was in the before time, in the long long ago. Anyway, without further ado or more Star Trek references, here we go.
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We seem to be on the eve of the Grand Jury decision on whether they are going to indict Officer Wilson in the murder of the Michael Brown. If I were a betting man, I'd say the jury will choose to not have Officer Wilson stand trial. The entire proceeding, from the shooting, to the leaks specifically designed to tarnish Michael Brown's reputation, to what I assume will be a jury decision not to indict all seem way too familiar. It truly feels like we're headed towards yet another Florida Style Justice type of ruling. And I'm not the only one who thinks so since Missouri state officials are gearing up for riots.
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Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 02:18 PM PDT

Danny Ferry Must Go

by Ticorules

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays TV anchorman Ron Burgundy, stays in character during a news conference at Emerson College in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The school has changed the name of its School of Communication for one day to honor the fictitious television anchorman. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) ** Usable by LA and DC Only **
By now most of you have heard of yet another National Basketball Association owner being caught making some racially charged comments resulting in being forced to sell his team. Apparently, Donald Sterling was quite the trailblazer. But I'm not here to talk about Atlanta Hawks owner, Bruce Levinson. I'm here to talk about their General Manager, Mr. Danny Ferry. I'd argue that what Mr. Ferry did was much worse than what his team owner or Donald Sterling did. For those of you who haven't heard about this issue among all the others, it all starts with Ferry's comments on a potential free agent and man of African descent, Luol Deng.
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So by now most of you have read my post about how the entire situation in Ferguson Missouri reminded me of a particularly stressful interaction with the police of my own. With the murder of Michael Brown, many people have been detailing their interactions with police officers. This has been mostly from the perspective of people of color. But I think it would be useful to look at the issue from another vantage point. That is how it is to deal with police officers when you're a person of privilege. Like Mr. Joseph Houseman; an elderly white man from Kalamazoo Michigan.
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Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 01:30 PM PDT

Ferguson Feels Like...

by Ticorules

I've been trying to reconcile my emotions about this incident since the story first broke. Beyond the anger, there's such an intense and overarching sense of ennui that's it really difficult to describe.

Here's the thing: in order to exist in America and go about my life, I need to basically forget that things like this happen with an alarming frequency. I need to forget that they tend to happen to people who look a lot like me. I need to forget that if the worst does happen, people are going to try to reverse-engineer my life so that it's my fault I got shot by a cop. I try to tell myself that I'm different. I've got a good education, I'm firmly entrenched in the middle class and I'm married to boot. But I'm not different. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Micheal Brown. The fact that I pretend I'm not is just a useful fiction to get me through the day. Because to really sit and think about what these incidents mean in a larger context makes me want to draw the blinds and never leave my house. Of course if you ask the Chamberlain family from White Plains New York, even that isn't enough to keep you safe. The point is none of my privileges, which are many, mean much when people run up on you with a gun. Case in point:

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Paul Ryan. I keep trying to figure out why people take this guy seriously. Just a couple of months ago he was talking about fighting poverty through what appears to be a combination of Beatles lyrics and the theme from My Little Pony. Other than that, he's just your typical conservative politician. Haven't we seen this movie before? Tax cuts for the wealthy, check. Shredding the social safety net, double-check. And of course the philosophical love affair with Ayn Rand. In Ryan's case, he is supposed to be the serious policy wonk when it comes to budgetary matters. But his numbers never add up. All of his budgets are based on fantastical projections like even more tax cuts resulting in enough economic growth to push the unemployment rate to 2.8%.  That would be a rate we haven't seen since the Korean war, which, by the way, had way higher tax rates. But I digress. But I've finally figured out what his deal is. Or at least what our collective deal with him is.
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Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:27 PM PDT

The Supreme Court vs. Women

by Ticorules

There are so many fucking problems with this Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores case I don’t know where to begin. The least of which is the Supreme Court’s forwarded of this corporate personhood nonsense. Oh, to be a corporation. Think about it, because of the malfeasance of the General Motors Corporation, no less than thirteen people have died in fiery wrecks. If you or I were responsible for that, they’d bury us under the jail. But since it’s a corporation, they get a fine and some bad press. So besides being protected from liability, being able to give unlimited amounts of cash to political parties through Super PAC's, they can now exercise religious views. Corporations aren’t just people. They’re superpeople.

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So I read an article on the The Grio a little while ago that left me a bit perplexed. Apparently there's some confusion in the Black community as to whether or not Senator Rand Paul, a.k.a. the GOP Emissary to Black People, is actually on the side of angels (hint: he isn't). The article is entitled Black leaders divided on whether to view Rand Paul as friend or foe. I have my own theory as to why this is happening but for now I'll let the Grio start things off:
Sen. Rand Paul'€™s (R-Ky.) aggressive outreach to the black community over the last several months is dividing African-American leaders, as some are excited that a prominent conservative Republican is embracing their causes, while others argue that working with the Kentucky senator and a likely 2016 presidential candidate is a mistake...
Among those in the excited camp is the NAACP who seem to have lost their way sometime around the Donald Sterling fiasco. But we'll circle back around to them a little later.The Story in the Grio continues:
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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush courted some of Wall Street’s most powerful political donors Monda
Apparently the Beatles were right. All you need is love. At least according to Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush. Well, not exactly. It's the love you can find that only resides within the confines traditional marriage. That and a host other warm feelings that surely drowns out any hunger pains brought about by abject poverty. During a black-tie awards dinner hosted by the right-wing think-tank the Manhattan Institute, the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and former Governor of Florida had plenty to say on the best way to fight poverty. Let's let the Huffington Post start off the festivities with Congressman Ryan:
Having toured the country in recent months focusing on the nation's poor, Ryan declared that "the best way to turn from a vicious cycle of despair and learned hopelessness to a virtuous cycle of hope and flourishing is by embracing the attributes of friendship, accountability and love."

"That's how you fight poverty," Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, told a crowd of roughly 750 dressed in tuxedos and gowns.

 
Or to put it another way...
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