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Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 75

Most of my brain power since I was born in West Baltimore (or Chicago west end) was directed to preserve my black body from being destroyed, annihilated, broken down… by police force, gang members, drug addicts.. in a fraction of a second.
Le dispositive idéologique et culturel de USA  est de faire croire qu’ils sont l’oeuvre de Dieu. Tous ces Noirs qui circulent encore prouvent que c’est la creation de l’homme.
Dans ce pays construit sur le racism, j’ai rejetté toute form de pensée magique et douté de la gloire predestine’ de USA. Non mon fils, ne prend pas pour acquis son innocence du mal fait partout.
Comment vivre avec un corps noir dans un pays perdu dans ses Rêves? Rêve de cabane dans les arbres, barbecue du Memorial Day, allées privées…
On rigolait de ceux qu’on craignaient leur fouet le plus: ceux qui nous aimaient le plus et avaient toujours peur, pour nous sauver de la destruction de nos corps noirs.
Black people in the USA live in constant fear since childhood, everyone of them, learning that their black body is meant to be destroyed by the white laws and the scared gang members on drugs.
Beware of these pronouncements such as Eleanor Roosevelt’s: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She was a white privileged person who blew much fumes on individual responsibility while the system was built to destroy every black or colored person.
La disculpation á grande échelle: les erreurs criminelles en chaines sont le résultat du manque de responsabilité individuel, bien que les intentions etaient peut-etre bonnes
Chaque fois qu’on se pose une question, elle devient plus clair: ce sont les comments qui génerent et clarifient les pourquoi.
La conscience politique est un questionnement permanent du comment qui aboutit á répondre au pourquoi des situations et conditions.
In the early 1990, the rap singers borrowed heavily on Malcolm X speeches and recording. “N’abandonne pas ta vie, preserve-lá. Si tu es forcé á l’abandonné, donner le change” par la facon qu’ils usent. “Le bulletin de vote ou le fusil”.
Black is Beautiful was meant to deter blacks from emulating the beauty stereotype of the white monopoly. No whitening of your skin, no surgeries for your mouth, lips and nose, keep your hair Afro…
Le system en Amerique est parvenu á fourvoyer les noirs de leur résistance originelle des 60’s dans des chemins obscures, dead ends. Plus de Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Nanny, Cudjoe ou Malcolm X. Les Black Flights des classes moyennes ont abandonnés les rues aux gangs and aux drug dealers.
Lebanese Expatriate Contractor Class ( arriving from the Gulf, Saudi Kingdom and Africa) are managing our contracted national debt that keeps increasing every years by leaps and bounds

Justice only means that someone will have to pay for the crime. Not necessarily the criminal.

Hundreds dead beneath the rubble in Mosul: A very few are rising from the dead. Over 50,000 civilians dead and 12,000 from the Iraqi fighters of Hashd sha3bi

Mind you that any new pedagogical method attracts only the highly motivated teachers: Not every teacher can be passionately above average

Blacks and Latinos, these minorities soon to become majority, do Not enjoy same job and financial opportunities wherever they decide to settle down in different cities. their dynamic mobility rate is low and remain in their respective ghettos

In 1973, Fidel Castro said: USA will talk to us when it has a Black president and a Pope from Latin America. The two combination opened the door

Using several accounts under various pseudonyms and feeling free to express everything that comes to mind is virtual reality. It is these virtual communications in social media that excite the prospective potential racists and extremist jihadists to bloom and expand

If you are Not angry, how do you live?

If Islam is to be held accountable for gangs of Muslim criminals Not elected as their representative, why should Western liberal democracies Not hold accountable for mass murderers like Tony Blair and George W Bush?

If you don’t have the courage to express your anger, raw and confusing, why anyone should read you?

So busy doing my job, I can’t get any work done. Just keep running away from home.

Stimulating choices among opportunities is different from stimulating desires. Choices is a stabilizing factor in a society. While stimulating desires can have a counter productive effects that bring chaos

What you do? I read, take notes and write. Why you do that? I know I’m No Coward

Every one, who considers himself a minority in a State, trying to comprehend the confusion in his emotions through investigating his ethnicity, is worth reading.

 

 

Memorial Day? Coincides with Liberation Day from Israel occupation of Lebanon

Remember the dead or Remembering the martyrs?

Memorial and Veterans Days come with mixed feelings for veterans like me, especially as we witness how most Americans ‘celebrate’ these holidays.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember the dead. Some choose to only honor service members.  Others, like me, choose to honor all lives lost due to war. This includes the countless veterans who have died by suicide, or by disease stemming from Agent Orange, depleted uranium and other war related poisons, as well as those who died from addiction or self-destructive behaviors driven by the haunting ghosts of war.

I also honor the civilians who have perished in the crossfire of war, and who endure the same conditions in the aftermath that kill veterans. And yes, I honor the enemies who sought to kill me and my brothers and sisters in arms, because I know that the gods of war revel in all sacrifices, making no distinction between the good and bad guys, or civilians and combatants. They drink the blood of all wounded by the chaos, suffering, hate and broken bodies and minds. Make no mistake, we are all victims of this  bottomless hunger.

While the public honors the millions of faceless and nameless service members lost, veterans remember comrades who died beside them in their arms, at a distance blown up by an IED, on hospital beds, and here at home after the wars supposedly end. Families and friends mourn loved ones who left them walking to return in a box, body bag or not at all. This is the essence of Memorial Day. And while mourners will laugh between tears as they remember the beauty, kindness and humanity of a comrade and loved one, the pain stays and happiness, at least for this day, remains elusive.

While I am not against having fun at BBQs with family and friends as people enjoy the freedoms service members supposedly died to protect, I ask that people dedicate time to reflect on the meaning of the day. We owe it to those we claim to honor to think about how to end the scourge of war, and starve the beast that demands more blood and death.

I walked into the Rayburn Congress building in D.C. last week to visit House members and found myself surrounded by walls in the entranceway displaying the names of U.S. service members who have fallen in the wars conducted by my country since September 11, 2001.

For a time I was overwhelmed with grief. While I know I am suppose to be grateful, complacent and satisfied that veterans and current military serve to keep us all safe, and those who died made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, it simply does not ring true. In the middle of 22 veterans committing suicide a day, thousands homeless, a broken V.A. system and veterans who want jobs out of work, its hard to accept my service has been for the people.

I no longer believe that my well-being and prosperity depends on a frenzy of organized killing and mass scale violence. I do not accept that children in foreign lands must die so that my grandchildren will not face horrors here at home.

War profiteering and the greed and pursuit of power that drives war policies directly undermines the economic security on which true freedom depends. In the face of the growing disparity between rich and poor, with millions without healthcare or jobs, caught in poverty and under fear of domestic state violence, it seems like a lie that I served for freedom. All the while, we spend trillions on wars that displace millions of men, women and children.

And, we have killed a conservative estimate of tens of thousands of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. Much of the world is on fire, with possibly more war on the horizon.

While I know that war will not end tomorrow, and that there are people in the world who wish me harm, I will honor the dead by struggling for peace in an effort to protect the living. The best way to ensure a prosperous, bright and peaceful future is to work to abolish war. Yes, we have a rough and steep road to travel, but I would rather die honoring life than devaluing it.

This is what I rededicate myself to this Memorial Day.

Michael McPhearson is Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, based in St. Louis, MO, and co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition. Don’t Shoot formed in the direct aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson. McPhearson is a former Field Artillery Captain in the United States Army. He served in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield /Desert Storm, also known as Gulf War I. He is a Distinguished Military ROTC graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina with a B.S. degree in Sociology.

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“The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember the dead. Some choose to only honor service members.

Others, like me, choose to honor all lives lost due to war.

This includes the countless veterans who have died by suicide, or by disease stemming from Agent Orange, depleted uranium and other war related poisons, as well as those who died from addiction or self-destructive behaviors driven by the haunting ghosts of war.
I also honor the civilians who have perished in the crossfire of war, and who endure the same conditions in the aftermath that kill veterans.

And yes, I honor the enemies who sought to kill me and my brothers and sisters in arms, because I know that the gods of war revel in all sacrifices, making no distinction between the good and bad guys, or civilians and combatants.

They drink the blood of all wounded by the chaos, suffering, hate and broken bodies and minds. Make no mistake, we are all victims of this bottomless hunger.”
http://www.theroot.com/…/we_should_think_about_how_to_end_t…

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Some veterans have mixed feelings about Memorial Day celebrations, and a global hunger for war.
theroot.com|By Michael T. McPhearson

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