Art as metaphor. Whither the UN?

salome-john-baptist-head I wonder if outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay who gave her final speech this week to the UN Security Council would have made more impact if she had held James head in front of them. I’ll return to Ms Pillay below. I find I grieve for James and his family is several ways. As a fellow Catholic, as a photo-journalist unlucky twice, and as a metaphor for the ongoing senseless barbarity that never ceases.
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Jukebox: In Light Of What’s Happening

In light of the what’s happening here:
Will the Circle be Unbroken

In light of what’s happening on the border:
La Bamba – Richie Valens

In light of the return of the Cold War of 1950s
   Ain’t That A Shame
   Cry Me A River
   Shake, Rattle & Roll

Saving Yazidis, and…?

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Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk – What Responsibility to Protect?

U.S. takes little responsibility, offers little protection

Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk bleed all the time these days and the United States does nothing very useful for any of them. Not in our “national interest.” Simpler and easier to blame the victims. Can’t waste our precious resources.

Ferguson, Gaza, and Luhansk have been bleeding for days, for weeks, for years, forever in current and chronic crisis, and what does the United States do to help any of them?

Faced with these and other huge humanitarian challenges, the United States puts its big-hearted humanitarian effort into a renewed war in Iraq, acting as if it was only a mission to rescue Yazidis. To be sure, it’s a good thing to rescue Yazidis, even if the true U.S. motivation is only to prop up a quasi-legitimate Iraqi government that will still only pretend to love us a little for just a few more years, while continuing to oppress its own other minorities.
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Friday Catblogging: Agonist cats time travel!

The wish….

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Black Open Carry in Dallas

Here’s my tweet with the link to the story:

I happen to think anyone, black, white, Hindu, Cherokee, Chinese, Maori, Indigenous Australians or whomever else you can think of walking around carrying a loaded weapon out in the open in public is a fool and asking for trouble, but hey, what the fuck do I know? I’m just a dirty fucking hippie (who grew up hunting).

Quick Rundown

What’s Ferguson taught us?

The police can shoot young African-American men with impunity.

The police can pretty much do whatever they want to whomever they want whenever they want. It’s your fault. 

The militarization of police forces across the nation is almost complete.

Militarized behavior by the police is now pretty much an accepted and normalized fact of life, especially after the Boston Marathon Bomber Manhunt.

We’re passed “free-speech zones” now. Remember how quaint those were? If you’re protesting, peacefully or not, the police are going to bust you up. Furthermore, the police can raid the places where peaceful protestors gather and confiscate their supplies. Due process is not necessary.

Reporters and journalists can and will be arbitrarily detained and/or tossed in jail. This began during the BP oil spill, increased with Occupy in New York and now is intensifying in Ferguson. The police will shoot journalists in the back with bean-bags and rubber bullets even if the journalists have complied with police demands.

The airspace above the affected areas can be completely closed to the media even when there is no risk.

Have I missed anything?

How’s that freedom taste?


What we have here . . .

. . . is the epitome of bad policing. 

It’s like Gov. Nixon called Eric Cartman on the phone and said, “hey, you’re in charge of the police effort in Ferguson now.”

UPDATE: the officer in the video has been fired. 

“Begging Your Pardon, Chaps, No Blog Today”

From the Onion archives:

Pip Dawkins, 19th Century Street Urchin

“I’ve gone and eaten me very last piece of paper to stop the rumblings in me gullet,
so I’m afraid I’ve nothin’ what to write on…”

Open Thread on anything worth/not worth posting ! :-)

Wherein I Have . . .

. . . random thoughts on post-modernism. 

Random Comment on the State of the Nation

I was gone for more than six weeks and in that time did not read or watch any American news, even once. 

As Alejandro the Brazilian Spanish teacher from Los Angeles said to me in El Salvador, “there’s bullshit everywhere, it’s just different bullshit.”

But this place? This place is fucking insane, like rubber-room, straight jacket bonkers.

Ferguson pic of the day

@ryanreilly : ‘Cops telling people to keep moving
outside the restaurant where @aterkel and I are eating’
WaPo liveblogging

We have a race for NY Gov

   Stirling Newberry has a right-on post on the NY Governor race.

   As a NYer, I admit to having voted for Cuomo, mostly on the expectation he would follow in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately, this apple fell far from the tree and Andrew Cuomo has proven to be just another politician more concerned with catering to power and wealth than the welfare of the general citizenry.

When last we spoke, it seemed a quixotic quest to overthrow the sitting elected governor. But since then something happened, the New York State Gov.’s quest for an unplanned exit, backfired, and now he will have to defend his record. This is still not even fight, but the odds are evening, and this is not good for the governor, who wanted to have a clean slate, shown everybody that there was no getting away from him. From D-New York down to the smallest parties that they could vote for, their was no choice at all. It would be Cuomo, wherever you looked to vote. Because the Republican was a non-starter.

      Thank you, Stirling.

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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

New York Times, By Manny Fernandez, August 15

Austin, TX – A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.

The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback.
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Weekend Jukebox : Uncertainty- “Take it or Leave it?” Songs

A big subject – post away! If you are uncertain what to post, give us some song that’s been running through your head this wacko week.

1. Billie  Holiday: Don’t Explain


2. The Clash  – Should I stay or Should I go?

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Friday Catblogging: “A cat may look at a king” (even in Ferguson)

Feline gazes, any kind, welcome here this week…

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