Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Anthem Singer Denasia Lawrence Kneels

Singer Denasia Lawrence kneels during her singing of the national anthem at a recent Sacramento Kings professional basketball game  She said afterward;

“When I took the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Heat game, it was bigger than me. Right now, we’re seeing a war on Black & Brown bodies — we’re being unjustly killed and overly criminalized. I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel; to show that we belong in this country AND that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us. I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel to show that, I too, am America. As a social worker, I’ve worked with youth, families and veterans, and everyday they all teach me the value of fighting against injustice — that all are treated equally no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

I didn’t get paid to sing the national anthem; nor was this moment about any sort of fame. Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it’s a rallying cry. And until our cry is rightfully heard, protests will still happen and demands will still be made!” said Lawrence on her Facebook page.

She left the arena shortly after and did not respond to comment requests.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

It's raining in Los Angeles!!!

I got a few drops on my ride to the beach this morning and more on the way home.  This evening we actually got some real rain with the possibility of more overnight.  

Hockey season is back!!!  Karen and I went to to our first Ontario Reign hockey game Friday evening.  The Reign won 5-4 in overtime. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Beside Me on the Swing

Sit beside me on the swing, and watch
the sun set in the western sky,
relieving you of the stresses and
strains of your busy day.

Sit beside me in my arms, and feel
the warmth of our love surging between us,
reassuring you that you are my gal
and I am your guy.

Sit beside me in warm embrace, and taste
my hungry kiss against your silky lips,
acknowledging and anticipating our want
and passion for one another.

Sit beside me lost in love, and share
our hushed words and intimate sounds,
reminding you that our love will
last forever and forever.

Sit beside me on the swing…

--Ken Ferguson--
Artista di Parole

Mad Magazine's tribute to "Easy Rider."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall colors!!

No.  Racism isn't a problem in this country any longer.  We fought a war to end that shit. 
'Don't wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in." 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Aquarius- The rebellious character, often doing exactly what they have been told not to. They are cerebral, intelligent and eccentric, often adoring shaking things up, especially archaic qualities and systems. May come across as somewhat anarchic and insensitive.

Who me???

Prior to the game, as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ann Killion reported, Buffalo fans “were attacking” him, “with shouts of ‘Get the Muslim,’” while some heady “entrepreneurs were selling T-shirts depicting Kaepernick in the crosshairs of a rifle scope with the words: Wanted: Notorious Disgrace to America.” Other T-shirts read “Shut up and Stand up Kaeperdick.” There were also a group of at least 100 fans that “knelt outside the stadium while the anthem played inside, in support of his message.” And, after the game – in which the 49ers were trounced 45-16 – a handful of Bills players lined up to greet Kaepernick at midfield.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The president of a group representing tens of thousands of law enforcement officers on Monday apologized for historic mistreatment of minorities in the United States, calling it a “dark side of our shared history” that must be acknowledged and overcome.

Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, told officials at the group’s annual conference that police have historically been a face of oppression in enforcing laws that ensure legalized discrimination and denial of basic rights.

While apologizing for past actions, Cunningham said today’s officers are not to blame for those injustices. He did not speak in detail about modern policing, but said events over the past several years have undermined public trust.

“While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future,” said Cunningham. “We must move forward together to build a shared understanding. We must forge a path that allows us to move beyond our history and identify common solutions to better protect our communities.”

He said the first step was for law enforcement to “apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.”

Cunningham, who is police chief of overwhelmingly white Wellesley, Massachusetts, received a standing ovation for his remarks on race relations, which lasted about four minutes and came just before he introduced U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who largely avoided the topic.

Friday, October 14, 2016

A Dodger Scare

My heart has stopped,
Call 9-1-1,
My days on earth are numbered.
The Dodgers threatening,
To flop again,
Like previous years remembered.

We score some runs,
We have the lead,
The bench is up and screaming.
Three more innings,
Left to go,
I surely must be dreaming.

They score two runs,
Our lead has shrunk,
Our future in the balance.
Two more innings
Left to go,
My stress way past my tolerance.

Our closers in,
It’s only the seventh,
Whatever are they thinking?
I close my eyes,
Can’t bear to watch,
My confidence is shrinking.

Now our starter,
What the hell!
Runners on first and second.
Popped up one
Struck out the other,
A hero I must reckon.

Kershaw, Kershaw,
He’s our man!
If he can’t do it no one can.
Keep an ambulance
Standing by
It’s scary bring a Dodger fan.

--Ken Ferguson--
Artista di Parole