Our Tees have arrived. I shall wear mine with defiant happiness.
Xmas came early this year, for Rick. Giving him his giftie in December would have constituted cruelty, because he wouldn’t be able to run right out and use it, aaaand it was on sale this month, so…
Total Length: 24 inch
Blade Length: 17 5/8 inch
Blade Thickness: 1/4 inch
Weight of Machete: 1.35 lbs
Blade Composition: 1075 High Carbon Steel with black powder epoxy finish.
Rick is outside with it now, in shiny, sharp happiness.
Working on a dragon, mostly chain stitch with some straight stitch, some split stitch, done in purple and red. Pattern is from Urban Threads. Click for larger image.
That link goes to the second page of comments, and it’s a long page, link heavy, with lots of reading. Please, just read.
of white people intent on victim blaming and other stupidities. Several days ago, I wrote this in response to one of those people:
Gee, I think I was just ‘those people’d’. I’m honored, thanks.
Of all the people who blow through here, I often take great pains to be patient, clear, and explanatory. Why don’t I do that with you? Because every time I’ve read a post by you, it’s saying something egregiously stupid and wrong. I’m not obligated to be nice to you, or hold your hand while attempting to get victim blaming 101, racism 101, privilege 101, and bias 101 into that brain of yours.
A lot of us have been curating news for 10 days straight. That involves having to read a great deal of racist shit, which is stressful on its own, let alone on top of the stress of shaking, crying, and feeling like we have vomit up our anguish and anger over what is happening to a town full of people who are rightly angry over the murder of an 18 year old, then having their humanity and rights blatantly stripped from them. A lot of us recognize the dire nature of this situation, and that sooner or later, that rumble will mow down our towns. A lot of us recognize our common humanity and the necessity of solidarity. We empathize. We feel their pain. We feel our own pain. We feel the shock and disbelief over events in Ferguson. That shock and disbelief is being shared the world over.
This is Terror, writ large and inflicted on us from those who have set themselves above and beyond people in general, people struggling to live their lives, people who want to love, create, work, educate, and enjoy themselves and others. People who should not have to live in fear every. single. day. of. their. lives. Adults who, every day, know the insidious and horrible fear that someone they love may be summarily executed by one in authority, who will face no consequence. Children who, every day, know the insidious and horrible fear that they may lose a friend, sibling, parent, relative to execution by cop. Young people who, every day, know the insidious and horrible fear that someone might decide to gun them down. People who, every day, know that if they are gunned down, the media will portray them in the worst possible light, and stupid bigots will eat that up with a sage nod of the head. People who, every day of their lives, live with harassment from those in authority. People who cannot gather without mass amounts of bigots, many of them in positions of authority, assuming they are naturally up to no good. People who are always blamed, no. matter. what.
Me? I. Am. So. Damn. Lucky. Y’see, I’m mixed race, but that is not apparent on the outside. On the outside, I’m white, white, white. I can pass, so I get white privilege oozing out the ass. I know how fucking lucky I am, and I know not to presume on other peoples’ experiences. I know it’s better if I listen than pontificate. I know that no matter how much I empathize, I’ll never know the deep every day fear that POC get to live with. I know I’ll always be more accepted and have more opportunities than people who are visibly POC. I know that all those things mean I cannot afford to play dimwitted, clueless white person. I know those things mean I need to listen all the time, I need to read, I need to learn, I need to educate myself and educate others.
You, [redacted], have had absolutely nothing to say about any of that. No, what was important to you was to nitpick and criticize people in an impossible situation. That certainly paints you in a very bad light, and no one is obliged to suffer your foolishness kindly.
There’s more. So much more. Today, though, I’m going to let Jonathan H. Gray speak for me, because he does it so very well: I spent my lunch break drawing this. It was more personal than taking a picture.
#HandsUpFriday #LastWords #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/yMyYcd3my9
FERGUSON OVERNIGHT: – 78 people arrested – 2 people shot – Shots fired at police – 6 journalists arrested. (Photo)
This is a small town in America. Still think something isn’t profoundly wrong here? (Photo Scott Olson of @GettyImages)
The white guy on the left is the one who was trying to incite a riot last night. He came here from Chicago. (Photo)
Stay informed! https://twitter.com/AntonioFrench and https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ferguson?src=hash (You do not need an account to read.) A lot of us have been curating moment to moment news, the latest in this thread: Time to arrest the police.
Please Know, World, Black Lives Do Matter – an excerpt:
In everything we’ve seen from Ferguson, MO, this week, take away this: Black people are not a plague on society. Black people are not an inscrutable waste of time, and black life isn’t negotiable or negligible, but it is endangered. It is at risk. It is in some instances predisposed to be marked for death. Now more than ever before in history, we have got to find a way to indicate to those who would seek to strike black life down, that we are people. We bleed, we die, we have families, we love, we grieve, we have children, we are children, we are men and women, we are here, we matter, we matter. We matter.
This is what we’re doing. We’re watching our brothers and sisters, our fellow countrymen, marched on by a militarized, First-Amendment-breaking attack force, and we’re doing nothing. Because it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t unsettle us. It doesn’t make is imagine that happening in our neighborhood, because our neighborhood doesn’t have dark boys with sagging pants walking to decrepit apartments.
White America–and Asian America, and Latin (U.S.) America, and everyone else–this is the time to get upset. This is the time to find some piece of this insanity and allow yourself to see how wrong this is. Pick a piece. Government and media aren’t doing anything about it. Cops acting as military and disrespecting citizens. Intrusion of private space. Journalists locked up. Breaking the First Amendment. Racist cops. Dead innocent young boys. Whatever it is, let it get you riled up that you actually want to do something.
Get so upset that you start looking at plane tickets to Ferguson. Realize that this is a massive civil rights issue. This is absolutely absurd and both reflects and predicts a broken, evil thing.
And then find every opportunity you have to act on that. Petition. Call. Inform. Donate. Console. Whatever it is you have in your power to fight this.
In my last post I encouraged you to not be That White Person, who, in the face of Black pain, says “Well, technically…”.
This time, I’m encouraging you to be That Other White Person. The one who, in the face of White apathy towards Black pain, acts counter to your culture and stands in solidarity with people whose neighborhoods might not look like yours. Put yourself in their shoes and see how absolutely insane this situation is, and then act accordingly. Don’t let this happen unchallenged.
Read. Stay Informed. Get mad as hell, and don’t take it anymore.
Let’s clear up that whole ‘black on black crime’ business, too. An excerpt (please click and read the whole thing) from White On White Crime:
In 2011, there were more cases of Whites killing Whites than there were Blacks killing Blacks. Now, in the United States, a White person is almost 6 times more likely to be killed by another White person than by a Black person, according to FBI homicide data.
Whites commit the majority of crimes in America. The term “black on black” crime is a destructive concept that perpetuates an idea that blacks are somehow more prone to violence. This is untrue and is supported by FBI, DOJ and census (pdf) data. Yet the fallacy is so fixed that even Blacks have come to believe it.
It seems that the media in general…and white American society in particular prefer to focus on crime committed by Blacks (character assassination) because it is a way to shift blame & serves as a way to relieve them from the responsibility of murder, violence, prejudice and institutionalized discrimination engendered for generations by whites against blacks.
It offers a buffer against their responsibility, a way to deflect cause and effect. But the truth, and numbers, tell an absolute different story…in particular, whites are responsible for the vast majority of violent crimes. With respect to aggravated assault, whites led blacks 2-1 in arrests; in forcible-rape cases, whites led all racial and ethnic groups by more than 2-1. And in larceny theft, whites led blacks, again, more than 2-1.
Photo (Joe Raedle/Getty).
https://twitter.com/AntonioFrench and https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ferguson?src=hash keep bringing the news. There is a flood of racist shit coming in too, highlighting the need for attention, attention, attention to institutionalized racism and every day racism in the States. Things to to read and help with:
An excerpt from that last link:
After leaving the march, they went to the home of one of their aunt’s on Kirk Drive. They were sitting in their parked car in front of the house smoking a cigarette when a swarm of police officers dressed in fatigues and what the arrestees describe as “military garb” rushed the car, put guns in their faces, and began pulling them out of the car. Two young women were pulled out of the car by their hair, and one was dragged through the dirt. All were told they were resisting arrest.
This has got to stop.
They came all the way from India to #Ferguson. Wake Up, America! The world is watching.
And for those of us who have been here before, and asking why in the fuck are we doing this again?
Most importantly, stay informed. Don’t rely on msm reports, who are desperately trying to spin what’s been happening in Ferguson. One thing that’s important for people to understand: THE TIME STAMP ON THE VIDEO IS FROM FUCKING JUNE! THIS WAS NOT THE SAME DAY! BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS! Another thing that’s important to understand is that the DOJ told Chief Jackson to not release the video, as it would increase tensions, and had nothing to do with the murder of Mike Brown, which Jackson has admitted, publicly. Another thing that is very important to understand: a small group of people tried to incite rioting and looting in Ferguson. Yes, they caused damage. Yes, they were wrong. No, they weren’t from Ferguson. Yes, townspeople of Ferguson formed blockades to prevent looting. Yes, townspeople of Ferguson stopped fires and break-ins. Yes, townspeople of Ferguson got up early this morning to clean up.
Please, if you haven’t donated, consider doing so: The Michael Brown Memorial Fund
And for those of you who can’t cope with Twitter, here’s what Antonio French tweeted about last night:
Continuing via #AntonioFrench:
The police w/their assault weapons, tank-like vehicles, and gas bombs, held their line and had not left yet. Only a few people remained.
Then out of nowhere a white Suburban with all it windows down sped quickly up W. Florissant past our line and towards the police…
Police raised their rifles and trained them on the vehicle as it quickly approached and then suddenly stopped just a few yards from police.
“Hey! Hey! Hey! WTF?!” and “Brother, what are you doing?!” could be heard from the crowd. The vehicle began to back up slowly.
As he backed up past me and then began making a U-turn to go back where he came from, I could see a shiny silver handgun in his right hand.
Quick note: My out-of-town followers should know that in the State of Missouri it is legal to drive around with your handgun.
It was nearing 4AM. The street was bare and I had heard a report that indeed they did go to Walmart. Soon police began to leave the area.
I was exhausted. A lot of us exchanged handshakes and hugs. Then I hopped in my car and drove home, saddened by the lost #PeaceInFerguson.
If you’re not up on what’s been happening, lots of details can be found here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/carrier/archives/6317 and here’s an excerpt:
Help the Brown family bring the truth to light and have a fair trial of the facts. They have raised so little so far, barely three grand. For a case like this they will need fifty to a hundred grand. I want to see an outpouring of support. Send what you can to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. Please do this. If not for Brown and his grieving family, do it to show you believe in opposing corruption, abuse and oppression in your own country. Do it to show you are fed up with police getting away with the murder of black men every month. Do it to show this must stop. And the people are now paying attention.
And this is a bit of what I wrote yesterday:
You also think the stomp of boots, rumble of tanks, teargas, rubber bullets, big damn guns and real bullets can’t ever come marching to you. Because you don’t want to understand what happened yesterday. That day when a police force went rogue military and shut down a town is a day I thought I would not see. I didn’t think I’d live to see that happen, but I have. And what I have lived to see is fucking terrifying. It should scare the hell out of every single person in the U.S., regardless of class, colour, or location. Please, Pay Attention.
I STAND WITH FERGUSON. I have been crying. Shaking. In despair over what I thought I would never live to see. We all need to stand up. We all need to shout. We all need to make sure The Revolution Will Not Be Televised doesn’t come true. We all need to get the word out, we all need to spread that word everywhere. Stand with Ferguson. Stand For Humanity. Stand Against A Police State. Be aware. What you are seeing, isn’t Middle East. This is United States, a War Zone in little city. Look at the wound from the rubber bullets! This is terrible.
…and I’m no fan of Lenovo products, either. Finally put in yet another call to them, and they claimed the fan is still back ordered. Yeah. As I have zero confidence that these fans won’t continue to fail, all I’d like to do is purchase at least two. Nope, can’t sell them to you, computer’s under warranty. It was pointed out that we opened up the computer, which generally terminates a warranty, but nope, warranty is still intact, so No Fan For You!
So fuck it, let it burn. I’m in the middle of three thousand things like usual, but I’ll be back to regular blogging in a few days. Godsdamn Lenovo.
that I had to surrender my almost brand new computer for 3.5 weeks to have a fan replaced. I wasn’t pleased. I was less than impressed when a fan started making a death rattle, again. I told Rick I wasn’t going to have it sent off again, just open it up and see what kind of fan is needed. Again. Well, turns out the only place to get one is from the computer manufacturer, and they were understanding about not wanting to send it off, and are going to send one under warranty, which is nice. They won’t be able to send one for 10 days, however, so it’s still a major wait. In the meantime, I can’t keep my computer running, so I’ll be gone for a bit.