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I'm angry...

I could post something said in anger right now, but I usually take time to calm down, think about what I want to say and write it very, very carefully, simply because I don't want any misunderstandings about what I've just said.

Things have been going on, against members that I regard as friends and I feel that I haven't said enough about that.

Time for a change.

Check this out everybody.


Have to post this from my iPod. Hopefully it'll show up.

Time again for the Wednesday Git Down!

Greatest Caption Ever...

Retired US Army General who singled-handedly stopped another Korean war abused by NC police….

Retired 84-year-old U.S. Army General “Ashamed To Be An American” After Police Violently Handcuffed Him Over Chinese Food Delivery Dispute

William “Bill” Livsey, 84, of Fayetteville, Georgia is a retired four-star U.S. Army general and Silver Star recipient for heroism.

On August 15, Livsey ordered Chinese food delivery to his home and got into a dispute with the driver over the $80.60 order when the general’s debit card was declined. The restaurant refused to take a personal check. And here is where the details become hazy.

Delivery driver Ryan Irvin claims the 84-year-old Livsey put his left hand on the driver’s neck and pushed him against the refrigerator. The police were called, and neighbors then witnessed a brutal arrest.

When the police arrived, officers claimed Livsey refused to willingly sit in the back of a police car and had to be forced in by three officers, and also claim Livsey “constrict his muscles and refuse to put his hands behind his back while being placed under arrest for robbery.”

The Rest: http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/retired-84-year-old-u-s-army-general-ashamed-to-be-an-american-after-police-violently-handcuffed-him-over-chinese-food-delivery-dispute/

My Story:

He commanded all US Forces in South Korea when I was stationed at Osan AB back in the mid-eighties. Most people aren't aware of this, but he single-handedly prevented all-out war from breaking out on the Korean peninsula. While I was stationed there, right before the Asian Games in 1986, a bomb exploded at Seoul's Kimpo Airport, which killed five people and injured several others. http://articles.latimes.com/1986-09-15/news/mn-11820_1_north-korea

After the bombing, in which the South Koreans blamed North Korea, the ROK forces informed the General that they were going to INVADE North Korea. This was something which had the potential of starting another world war. Remember, that back during the Cold War there were a lot of itchy trigger fingers on this planet.

Anyway, General Livsey told the ROK military that there was no way that they were going to invade North Korea on his watch. After some tense moments, the General threatened to remove ALL US Forces from South Korea and told the ROKs that, if they were going to invade North Korea, they were going to do that without our help. The ROKs eventually got the message and backed down.

I only found out about this after reading an interview he gave to Stars And Stripes prior to his end of tour as Commanding General of US Forces in South Korea, when they asked him what was the most interesting thing that happened during his time. Needless to say, I was pretty much shocked to find out that we almost went to war. If you've ever been stationed in Korea, you'd know that a war there these days would kill just about everybody. Even in the time before the North had nukes.

Anyway, I own this man my life and the lives of just about everyone on the Korean Peninsula.

I'm appalled to find out that after he served this country to keep the peace, he's been treated so horribly by the police over a muffed up Chinese food delivery.

Where'd he go? Where'd he go?

Why Mom never lets Dad go shopping by himself...

How Ghanaian Artist Azizaa Is Challenging Christianity's Grip On Ghana

"How can anyone of African descent be worshiping the same tool used to uselessly murder their ancestors?"

According to a 2012 Gallup International survey about religiosity and atheism, Ghana is one of the most religious countries in the world. At first glance, there is some evidence for this: when you land in Accra, you’ll notice churches everywhere you go. If you look even closer, you’ll see Mormon missionaries on their bikes throughout the country.

But are Ghanaians very religious or are they a very spiritual people invaded by highly organized, predatory religious structures? A quick Google search will give you countless links to Methodist, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Latter Day Saints (Mormons), and many other churches, many of them based in America or funded by Americans. If you do a search for pastors in Ghana, every single result on the first page is a link to list of the richest pastors. Where that information comes from is not as clear as what it expresses: Christianity is big business in Ghana. Going to church means many things to many people, but one fundamental aspect of the majority of Sunday masses in Ghana is people with very little income giving away a substantial amount of their salary to their pastors.

What's also disturbing about churches and missionaries spreading their gospel in Ghana is that Christianity fundamentally rejects any other religious customs. For Ghanaians, that means any spiritual practices which preceded colonizers—spiritual practices that are often misunderstood and grouped into the animist and polytheist boxes. Given the big role that religion plays in Ghana, this rejection creates a cycle of self-hatred that arises from the conflict of adoring a foreign deity that demands the rejection of elements of local culture and tradition.

Music artist Azizaa and rapper/video director Wanlov the Kubolor recently tackled this issue head-on with the video for Azizaa’s “Black Magic Woman” (watch it above). Growing up between Accra and New York, Azizaa is a rising voice in Ghana. She speaks and occasionally sings in her native Ewe tongue, and has managed to always stay in touch with her Ghanaian roots. Wanlov—who featured in the very first Lungu Lungu column—is one of the most vocal rappers on the continent, using humor and parody to bring up difficult issues, both in his solo work and as one half of Ghanaian rap duo FOKN Bois. In 2014, he co-directed the pidgin musical Coz ov Moni 2 and has continued to play a role behind the camera ever since, as he did for Azizaa's video. The FADER caught up with the pair to ask them about “Black Magic Woman” and their take on religion in Ghana.


Here's the Conservative Playbook for Tearing Down Black Lives Matter

—By Brandon Ellington Patterson | Fri Sep. 4, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

In the wake of last Friday's murder of a Harris County, Texas, police deputy, Fox News pundits have bent over backward to find a way to connect the killing to the Black Lives Matter movement. A guest on the Fox talk show The Five on Monday called the movement a "criminal organization," and several hosts, including Bill O'Reilly, described it as a "hate group."

Harris County law enforcement officials have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, and suspect Shannon Miles had been found mentally incompetent to stand trial on a felony assault charge in 2012. But that hasn't stopped Fox News from showing a recent clip of protesters at the Minnesota State Fair chanting, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon," as pundits discussed the Texas killing, or from running inflammatory on-screen banners that read "Murder Movement" and "Black Lives Matter Taunts Cop Killings."

But this is not a new tactic from the right. Conservatives have long attempted to discredit black social movements by casting them as criminal. In fact, the law-and-order rhetoric they've espoused since the civil rights movement was invented to do just that.

In the 1950s, for example, Southern conservative lawmakers and law enforcement officials argued that acts of civil disobedience by black civil rights activists violated the law, and they criticized support for civil rights legislation as rewarding lawbreakers. Federal courts that struck down Jim Crow laws, they chided, were soft on crime.

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