High Speed Pursuits and Showers

Yesterday, I had to make a run to our local post office to pick up a couple of packages they had attempted to deliver while I was gone over the holidays. Our post office isn’t very far away. I’d guess maybe a mile or just slightly over that. Anyway, I live on a street with two schools on it, and our apartment complex is basically sandwiched between them. I was pulling out of the driveway, and I stopped at the street to check for traffic before pulling out when a silver Honda CR-V flew past me followed by at least six police cruisers – lights, sirens, the whole nine yards. At first it didn’t dawn on me that a police chase was happening right in front of me, because my very first thought was, “Wow! Those cops must have an urgent call to be flying down THIS street that fast!” which was followed not even a second later by, “Oh holy shit! They’re chasing that guy!” I checked again to make sure no one was coming and made my right turn into the street, going the same direction the maniac and police cruisers had gone, and when I got to the stop light at the corner, I noticed the idiot in the CR-V had plowed down all of the signs and shrubbery in front of the school there. They were all laying out in the street. Three more police cruisers quickly flew past me while I was waiting at the light, driving balls the walls down the street in front of me. At that point, I decided it may be a good idea to turn off my radio and crack my windows so I can listen for them in case that imbecile decides to come back in my direction.

Luckily for me, that was the last I saw of them, but after I stopped at the post office I had to run to the bank, which is a few miles away in a different city. As I was driving down the main road to get there, I started seeing small chunks of tires and car body, a headlight, and other debris strewn across the lanes I was in. Needless to say, this shook me up quite a bit, because I usually observe this sort of Southern California insanity from the comfort and safety of my own living room, rather than physically in person. Had I been even thirty seconds faster in leaving my apartment complex, this jackass could very well have hit me on the street while I was driving. I definitely consider myself quite lucky.

One of the packages I got at the post office was the Christmas present my husband’s aunt sent us. I love this! It’s the coolest idea ever, because we will use it the entire year, and she knew it. I was so excited when I opened the envelope and saw it, because I love looking at scenery photos.
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How awesome is that?! We have a Swiss calendar, in French and German, to use this year. What’s really cool about it is that I had told myself yesterday morning, before heading out to run these errands, that I should really stop at the store and buy a new 2016 calendar. Now, I don’t need to.

El Niño has finally arrived here in Southern California, and I’m so stinkin’ excited about the rain, you have no idea! I planned this week’s meals around the weather, and today it finally decided to rain on us, so I’ll be making split pea and ham soup in my Crock Pot. I’ve mostly held off on my soups and chili this year, because I didn’t want us to get tired of them before the rain came. Now, it’s here, and I’m taking full advantage of it!

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WTF Friday – 6/5/2015

A lot has gone on since my last WTF Friday, so I’m trying to cull my selection down a little bit, and keep it mostly current. I’ve got a lot of things to choose from, though, but I want to keep it to just a handful.

1) The fucking Duggars!
I believe I’ve mentioned that I grew up in an ultra-fundamentalist background, right? Most people have seen the Duggars. Pretty much all of their beliefs were how I was raised. One of my sisters was also molested by someone in our church. So, it comes as no surprise, to me at least, that Josh can’t keep his hands to himself! I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard about men who seem to think women are their objects, to molest and degrade as they please. It comes with the territory! When you have a super-patriarchal mindset, one where women are seen as subservient and should be submissive at all times, it just breeds rapists, child molesters, and general creepsters!

I’m not going to post videos of the Duggars. I don’t like them and I won’t give them any sort of platform on my blog. They are everything they claim they aren’t, and I despise them. What floors me the most, though, is how they go around the country condemning LGBTQ+ people for wanting to be themselves, when those LGBTQ+ are hurting NO ONE, and then we find out that Josh has wandering hands that he can’t keep out of his own sisters’ skirts. I can’t be the only person who sees something majorly wrong here! And don’t get me started on Ma and Pa Duggar, who seem to think it’s more important to protect their criminal, child-molester son than it is to protect their daughters who he victimized. Don’t leave me alone in a room with those two pieces of shit! What the fuck is wrong with these people?!


2) Donald Trump

This waste of skin seems to think he deserves to be president because he owns a Gucci store worth more than Mitt Romney. I’m being totally serious! He’s just about the worst person on this planet, but hey! He owns a Gucci store, so that totally qualifies him to be “leader of the free world”, whatever that means, nowadays! I can’t stand Donald Trump. Every time I see his picture, I wish someone would super-glue his lips shut. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard. If he disappeared tomorrow, you wouldn’t catch me shedding a solitary tear for him. Seriously! WTF Donald?


3) This…

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There’s actually a news story to go with this picture, though. I just happened to find myself pretty much in the middle of it, last night. Dumbass flashed his handgun at police and then tried to run from them. Thankfully, this all pretty much happened at the shopping center across the street from where I was standing when I took this photo, or I’d have never been able to get in there! It was hard enough, as it was, because they had 2 streets closed down, and I ended up having to turn around and take a back street into the rear of the shopping center.

But, what the fuck possessed this guy?! You have to be a complete moron to think that brandishing your gun in front of a cop is a smart thing to do! Knowing how trigger-happy our cops are, you should drive like a sweet old lady every time you spot one.

WTF Friday – 1/16/2015

This week’s WTF moments are inspired by and because of recent current events. I’ve curated a few things I found more than slightly ironic, and I’d love to share them with all of you. So, let’s get started, shall we?


1) Le Petit Journal vs. Fox News

This past week, the French version of our John Stewart took Fox News to task over their lies about “no-go zones” inside Paris. He had contacted the American faux news channel regarding this dubious information, and they had the audacity to tell him he didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about. Yea, Americans told a Frenchman he didn’t have a clue about his own country! What. the. fuuuuuuuck?! Needless to say, I laughed my ass off at this. I found it extremely hilarious!


2) Why is it a big deal when people come out as homosexual?

I commend these young men. They were very brave to post this video, as it was very personal and looked extremely difficult. With that being said, I’d just like to know why we as a culture can’t get to a point where kids no longer feel they will be abandoned if they let people know they aren’t straight. I know this is a rhetorical question, but why do kids have such a fear they will be abandoned by their parents when they tell them about this part of them? I don’t understand why we are so anti-homosexuals as a nation, that kids are abandoned, abused, and mistreated because they don’t fit the heterosexual mold we think they should squeeze themselves into. To each their own, right?


3) White guy shoots black police chief three times and doesn’t get arrested.

Have you seen this gem from Oklahoma?! I just have no words to describe how flabbergasted I am regarding this.

 

 

 

When Will They Learn?

I’m back! And I’m not only back, but I’m pissed as all hell! For the record, I try to wait a few days after a major and controversial news story has broken before speaking my mind, because I want to get as many facts as possible before I launch into a tirade. This time is no exception, and holy crap! I’m so hot I could slap a bitch!

A couple of evenings ago, an off-duty St. Louis police officer shot a teenager and killed him. Again, St. Louis County? Will you never learn?! I’m so upset by this, I’m finding it rather difficult to properly write this post. Of course, as is always the case, the police claim the victim started the altercation, but I have a hard time believing anything these two-bit asshats have to say after the colossal fuckup that was and is the Michael Brown killing and subsequent protests. And, I’m not referring to the protestors here, I’m referring to these wanna-be Call of Duty cops.

Something must be done. How is it that one county can continue to slaughter their people simply because of the color of their skin and get away with it? Why have we as Americans not stepped in and done something to make sure these people are safe from their police force? The wheels of motherfucking justice are moving too freakin’ slow here, if you ask me, because people are dying.

I don’t believe this young man had a gun. I don’t trust these police forces in this county. Why the hell would a kid have a gun when he went with his friends to buy a goddamn sandwich? Something smells fishy here, and I’m pretty damn sure that kid’s sandwich wasn’t tuna. Also, if this cop was on his way to his next job, which is a private security job, why the hell was he stopping a group of kids walking home from a sandwich shop? They looked suspicious because of the color of their skin. Brandishing a weapon my big white ass! It’s a little hard to brandish a handgun while you’re busy chowing down on a sub sandwich. Let’s call it what it is – that stupid cop targeted them simply because their skin has a higher melanin content than his. Apparently, in St. Louis Co., walking while black makes you a criminal and you can be shot on the spot.

I want to hit something! I’m so ticked! I keep reading all of these news articles that repeat the police’s claim he shot at the officer first, and I want to scream. I’m livid. I wish just one major news outlet would come out and stand up and say to these police forces that they refuse to be their propaganda machines any longer. Just because someone with a badge makes a claim doesn’t make it fact and doesn’t mean it should be taken as such and printed by every newspaper, e-magazine, and cable news channel in the country.

There is a family grieving today. Another young black man in St. Louis County who hadn’t even started his life yet has been taken from those he loves, and we’re still waiting for the asinine D.A. to bring charges against the last killer cop there. I have no faith in that D.A. by the way. He’s as crooked as those cops that killed those two kids. I know that what he wants is to just sweep all of this under the rug like it never happened, and I’m very happy that the people he is supposed to serve are standing up and making their voices heard to make sure this whole situation doesn’t just go away.

St. Louis County needs to get their act together and remove all of these police from duty, fire this shady D.A., revamp their city councils, and clean up this corruption. It’s sad to say, but it’s all up to them, and as far as all of this is concerned, there’s not much anyone in the rest of America can do beyond showing them the utmost support while they do so. I’m not saying this because I have no faith in these protestors, but rather because I feel if the rest of America were allowed to help remove the corruption, it would get done a lot faster. If I could, I’d clean house for them, but it’s their town and their county, and they must do it for themselves. What we, who are not in St. Louis, can do is support these protestors by donating to one of these funds for those in this area. This will be a long, drawn out event that will continue for the foreseeable future, until something is done to change things, and these people need our help!

Dear America:

I never intended for my blog to become political in any way. When I started this blog, it was going to be a personal blog full of posts about my life and recipes and things I know. Then this past week happened. This past week changed everything.

We’ve got to wake up as a nation. We’ve been pacifists for far too long. We’ve been spoonfed information that’s been twisted to reflect the values of a few, at the expense of the masses. We’ve sat by quietly instead of rising en mass with Occupy Wall Street while corporate America continues to dismantle our economy and wreak havoc on our finances and those of our neighbors. We’ve looked the other way as police officers have brutally beaten and killed our neighbors, our brothers, our coworkers, and we’ve been silent instead of all rising up and demanding justice. We’ve allowed extremist religious fanatics to take control of our politics and strong arm our legislative process in Washington.

America is not the great nation it once was. America is no better than Russia or Iran, when we can have members of law enforcement kill citizens and walk away without so much as even being required to answer to that community for the pain that was caused. We’re no better than those we consider a “threat” when we allow the same people who destroyed our economy to continue to be in control of our economy without being held accountable for the damage they’ve done. We’re no better than Russia or Iran when the same leaders who sullied our good name by slaughtering millions of innocent people halfway across the world are still idolized and are not imprisoned for war crimes.

We need to make a change. We need to rise up with one voice and condemn EVERY wrong action done by the powers that be. We need to demand accountability and continue to demand it until we get it. Making one demand and going silent will not get answered. An old proverb goes like this, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” We’ve got to become the loudest, squeakiest wheel in human history and start demanding change from our leaders. No one wants to be “that guy” or “that woman” that nags continuously, but we must forget that and focus on the end goal.

Ferguson is just one of many recent events, and we cannot stay silent any longer. Within days of Michael Brown being gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, one young black man had been beaten nearly to death and another one killed here in the Los Angeles area by police officers. If these two events occurred here, how many have occurred elsewhere across America that we are not hearing about because Ferguson is currently grabbing the headlines?

This is why I’ve taken a stand behind the petition on Whitehouse.gov demanding a Mike Brown Law. I’ve also taken the time to write to my Senator and my two US Representatives asking them to draft this legislation as well as backing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. If you’ve taken the time to read this post, please take the time to do the same. It’s not difficult, and it could end up making a huge difference for our country and our world.

Why I Cannot be Silent About Ferguson

I’m very upset today. Upset isn’t really the word, though. Outraged? Pissed? None of those truly convey how I feel about what is going on in Missouri. I don’t think the English language even has a word to clearly convey the emotions I feel as I read about the riots in Missouri, about the destruction of property and callous disregard for others that has been shown there. I just don’t really have a word to accurately portray the depth of anger and horror I feel as I read the news stories and watch the videos and even read through comments sections on these protests. Read these beauties from the blaze.com.

Wow! Stay classy folks! I’ll let those comments speak for themselves. I don’t think there’s much I need to add to that hatred and racism. And yet they want to sit there and claim there’s a “war on whites?” Seriously? FUCKING SERIOUSLY?!

It’s a sad day when I, as a white woman, will say I’m thankful I’m white. It’s upsetting and disturbing on every level to watch these heinous actions by cops dressed to the teeth in military gear stomping all over fellow citizens’ constitutional rights just because they have no one there to physically stop them. For instance, last night two journalists, an alderman, and a state senator got arrested for merely being at the protests.

I found an excellent live feed by an independent radio station, KARG, broadcasting from the protests, so I was able to form my own opinions regarding what occurred last night before reading any news stories about it. News reports from certain outlets (read Fox News and their lying ilk) declared protestors were shooting at the police and throwing molotov cocktails. I never saw that in the live broadcast I watched and neither did reputable reporters there, either. I only witnessed a protestor return a smoke canister back to the police line. One even went so far as to tweet regarding these allegations.

If the police in Ferguson, Missouri, really want a de-escalation of tensions in that city, instead of showing force and dressing in military gear and pointing guns at peaceful protestors, they should apologize to the family and community for Michael Brown’s unnecessary death, release the identity of their killer officer, provide support to the protestors instead of resistance, and show through actions how they will work to change their policies so this never happens again.

But, they don’t really want a de-escalation. These cops believe the angry citizens are “animals” and that Ferguson is a “war zone.” This is not the way they “serve and protect” their citizens. This is the way they continue to abuse those citizens and cause them more anger. Is it any wonder that these people in Ferguson are only getting angrier and more upset. NOTHING is changing. These people are only seeing more of the same from their abusive police force and have had enough of it.

This morning both the President and the Chief of Police held press conferences regarding the protests.

(I can only find this clip at this moment, but I will hopefully be able to find a more complete video and will update when I do so.)

Meanwhile, on Twitter, users from Gaza are advising the people in Ferguson as to how to handle to police and tear gas being shot at them. I find it slightly ironic but very heartwarming to read these tweets. It reaffirms the idea in me that at the end of the day, the whole world over, we are still all one big human family and that human compassion still exists. Read some of the tweets from Palestinians to Americans:

So, if you want to do something about what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, please sign this Whitehouse.Gov petition demanding the “Mike Brown Law”, in addition to calling your state and federal Senators and Representatives and demanding they introduce/stand behind this law in Congress. Also there are solidarity protests happening around America and a National Moment of Silence scheduled.