Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday 9: Lights (2011)


On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…


Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song was inspired by a young Ellie Goulding's fear of the dark. What scared you when you were a kid?
The unexpected.

2) She thinks back to the room where her brother and sister slept and she felt safe. Did you share a room when you were growing up?
Yes, with my sibling.

3) Ellie Goulding grew up in public housing and worked her way through the University of Kent in Canterbury. Back in those days, her favorite job was theater usher because it offered her the perk of seeing plays for free. What's the most recent "freebie" you scored? (This includes a buy one/get one deal, extra points on your credit card, etc.)
Well it isn’t exactly a freebie but it was forty cents off on gas. The local supermarket gives you points for how much you spend and I had 400 points so I got 40 cents off a gallon of gas. One of the advantages of having a plug-in I that you build up a lot of points.

4) Even though today she is an international music star, Ellie still lives modestly. She describes herself as "still in university mode," and limits herself to $10/day for lunch. Where do you economize?
I buy store generic brands

5) Ellie has proclaimed herself "a cat lady" and often posts pictures of her cats to her Instagram account. What's the most recent photo you took?
Oh, gee… I take so many pictures!

Here is the latest photo.


6) Ellie appeared on Sesame Street. She, Elmo and Abby thanked clouds for raindrops, lakes, and the water we drink. Would you be thankful for a little rain this weekend?
Most definitely!
We are in the middle of severe drought.

7) In 2011, the year "Lights" was a hit, Prince William married Kate Middleton. Ellie not only attended the wedding, she sang Elton John's "Your Song" for the couple's first dance. Tell us a song that reminds you of a romance in your life.
The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving




8) Also in 2011, AT&T abandoned their attempt to buy T-Mobile. Which company is your cell phone carrier? Are you happy with them?
Consumer Cellar, most definitely.

9) Random question: What recent experience made you feel old?
My grandniece voted for the first time.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2020

It A Climate Where Hate Is Condoned

In the last couple of weeks 3 more trans people have been killed shattering the record set last year. Yesterday when I wrote about the Marine serving only five years for the cold blooded murder of a trans woman in the Philippines, now this morning I come across this article...
Six Transgender Women Have Been Killed Within the Last Month
Sara Blackwood and Brooklyn DeShauna Smith are the latest reported victims of the trans homicide epidemic in America.
Them
By James Factora
October 19, 2020


The past two weeks saw two additional murders of trans people during what is already the deadliest year for the community on record: Brooklyn DeShauna Smith in Shreveport, Louisiana and Sara Blackwood in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith and Blackwood are the 32nd and 33rd reported trans homicide victims of this year.

Smith was found dead in her apartment in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 7, with police reporting at least one gunshot injury. It is unclear as of yet whether the tragic killing was a hate crime, as local authorities have scheduled an autopsy in order “to determine if gender identification was a factor in her death,” according to Shreveport news station KSLA.

According to the LGBTQ+ website Gay Times, Smith had recently celebrated her 20th birthday and was studying cosmetology at a local community college. Smith is the fourth known Black trans woman to be killed in Louisiana since July, following the deaths of Shaki Peters, Queasha D. Hardy, and Kee Sam.
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Days after Smith’s death, Blackwood was critically wounded in a shooting in Indianapolis. She died in the hospital as a result of her injuries on Sunday, as the local news affiliate WTTV reports.
Hate is running rampant in this country thanks to the leadership (or lack of leadership). The white supremacists and haters have been given a green light to attack those who are different from them.
Last year, the American Medical Association declared violence against Black trans women to be an epidemic.
And Trump is egging on violence.



With the rise in armed white supremacist militias tensions grow.
With militias on the rise, states boost vigilance
Christian Science Monitor
By Patrik Jonsson Staff and Noah Robertson
October 15,2020


Around the time that Sylvia Santana watched armed men pile into the Michigan Capitol in Lansing to protest pandemic restrictions in April, a plot to attack politicians involving at least one of those men, the FBI says, had begun to hatch.

Tempers were stretched. A seemingly fringe idea transformed into an operation.
[…]
Americans, in fact, are watching the rule of law put to severe new tests by the rise of armed and politically engaged civilians on America’s streets in a year of protests, pandemic, and an already divisive election campaign.

Some, like those arrested in the Michigan plot, are members of privately organized militia groups. Others are not. Either way, many experts see a slippery slope along the line from constitutionally protected rights such as gun ownership to political violence that could threaten the nation’s democratic framework.

In Michigan a sheriff with ties to white supremacists organization has refused to obey a lawful order.
Michigan sheriffs and police refuse to enforce state government ban on guns at polling places
World Socialist Web Site
By Eric London
October 19, 2020


[…]
On October 16, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a new guideline prohibiting open carry of assault rifles, long guns and handguns within 100 feet of polling places. The guidance makes clear the state government believes the threat posed by militias for election day violence remains ongoing:

“The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear or intimidation for voters, election workers and others present.”

On Monday afternoon, the head of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police denounced the guidance and said police officers would not follow it.
It is getting scary out there with all the right-wing people coming to the polling places armed.

Very few liberals resort to the armed tactics, it is the conservatives who are showing up with assault rifles and I fear what will happen if they lose the election. I fear what will happen if Justice Barrett is confirmed, Connecticut gun laws has survived a Supreme Court challenge once will it be struck down by Justice Barrett?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Our Lives Are Cheap

A former Marine who murdered the trans woman Jennifer Laude in the Philippines in 2014 and was sentenced to 6 to 20 years was released earlier this year and sent back to the US.
Family, LGBTQ+ group react to release of New Bedford man pardoned for killing transgender woman
South Coast
By Kiernan Dunlop
October 20, 2020


NEW BEDFORD - While members of Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton’s family are happy he’s been released from a Phillippine prison, a local LGBTQ+ group is concerned that the U.S. Marine may choose to resettle on the SouthCoast.
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In September, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pardoned Pemberton, a New Bedford native, saying the Marine was not treated fairly after opponents blocked his early release for good conduct in detention.


“I was happy that he was out and the president from their country gave him the pardon,” Pemberton’s grandfather Joseph Pemberton said Monday, adding that the whole family is happy.
Cold blooded murderer of a trans person only gets 5 years and get a load of what his grandfather said…
When he initially heard about his grandson’s involvement in a homicide, Joseph said he was shocked, because he’s known him since he was born and, “he was such a good good kid I couldn’t fathom him doing anything like this.”
[...]
Pemberton’s grandfather said if he comes back to the SouthCoast, he doesn’t think anyone should fear him.

“He’s not a violent person,” Joseph said. “He would never harm anyone, there is more to the story than what we’ve read.”

Joseph said he’s the type of kid that wouldn’t kill a ladybug, he would just blow it away.
He used a “Trans panic defense.” which is banned here in Connecticut,
Witnesses said Pemberton and Laude had checked into a motel room where Laude, 26, was later found dead, her head slumped in a toilet bowl.

During his trial, Pemberton’s lawyers used a “trans panic” defense.

USA Today reported that Pemberton told the court he acted in self-defense after he discovered that a man, not a woman, was performing a sexual act on him.
The trans community speaks out in Massachusetts…
“He should have stayed in jail,” Joan Stratton, a transgender woman and board member of the South Coast LGTBQ+ Network said. ” I don’t know why they pardoned him, it doesn’t make sense to me.”
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Pemberton’s record of violence against trans people is of concern to the LGBTQ+ community, according to the South Coast LBTQ+ Network’s statement, because while Pemberton’s plans back in the United States are unknown, he may choose to resettle in New Bedford.
Let’s face it. Our lives are cheap, it seems like the most violent murders get light sentences when they kill a trans person.