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I Wont Close My Eyes (V)

I won`t close my eyes
To the sufferers plight.
In a world full of sadness
I won`t turn off my light.

Our cries for justice are shots in the dark
But our strength`s in our bite
And not in our bark
It`s time to stand
And shout it out loud
And the louder we scream
The sweeter the sound.


I won`t close my eyes
When I know that i`m right
When i`m drowning in tears
I won`t turn off my light.

We`re shown no respect
But that can`t break our pride,
When our backs to the wall
We won`t run and we won`t hide
It`s time to stand, face the oncoming crowd
And the louder we scream
The sweeter the sound.


I wont`t close my eyes
When the future don`t look bright
Though the road seems too long
I won`t turn off my light
In a world full of darkness,
I won`t turn off my light

Can't Stand Losing You (V)

The Police - So Lonely (V)

Voices Inside My Head (V)

Pet Buzz

I have this strange craving for fruit cake, sugar cookies and egg nog...

What does this all mean?

It's not about cigarette taxes...

You know what's funny?

When I was in my late teens and earlier twenties, I didn't have such the negative opinion of cops in general that I do today as a man in my fifties.

In my late teens and twenties I was never harassed by cops for no reason, the ones that I did interact... (with the exception of two racist suburban white cop motherfuckers who tried to arrest me for "stealing" my own bike) weren't insulting or abusive to me.

My opinion of the police began to change in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident and the exposť surround more suburban (Maryland) cops, this time around DC.

Then I went to Germany for four years. I considered it a palate cleanser. When I got back in 1999, I watched the TV show "COPS" with new eyes. I asked, "Why are these cops fucking with people for no good reason at all?"

Then the incidents with absusive police killings all over the country started pouring in. To the point today, where misconduct seems to be all too common and expected.

The kicker was checking out the PoliceOne.com website, where cops talk amongst themselves.

Today my opinion of the police in general has been completely poisoned. And I totally blame the police for this.

I know that this isn't about me. It never had to be about me. However, I do have empathy for others, for the victims of police abuse. I don't fear for myself today, as a man in my fifties. But I do fear for those young people in their teens and twenties today, who only know of the police as abusive and violent.

Sometime ya gotta go there...

Words have certain meaning, power, implication and even consequence.

Slurs (racist/sexist/abelist/etc) are particularly empowering for some and de-powering for others.

If you think that it's a good idea to use them in MIXED company, perhaps it's a time for a little self-awareness of your surroundings.

Just never forget that the words you use say more about your own character and state of mind than anything else.

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