"Looting and Rioting"

First, people need to understand something about the “riots” in Ferguson: I get the feeling that a lot of White people are somehow thinking “Wow, those Black people just stood up in their living rooms and basically set fires to their own residences”

Not the way it works…

You know what neighborhood businesses typically get burned? The ones that aren’t Black owned. You’ve seen them — the pawn shops, the quick-marts, the pay-day loan stores, the liquor stores, the third tier rent-to-own stores…you know, the kind of stores you rarely see on every other corner in middle class White neighborhoods. In short, all the businesses endemic of profiteering and structural poverty…the same businesses that like to follow innocent Black people around in stores for no reason. The businesses that won’t hire many of the Black people living in the neighborhoods they’re profiting off of. The businesses that charge twice as much for the same goods & services that are half as expensive in White neighborhoods

THOSE are the businesses that typically get burned in impoverished neighborhoods. Now, while I’m not necessarily advocating riots, I will repeat the words of Martin Luther King Jr, I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard

Second, Other than corporate media outlets repeating what the police are telling them, I haven’t seen much hard evidence of honest to God unprovoked “rioting”…but what I have seen is lots of white police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters. I’ve seen militarized police aim guns, tanks and sound cannons at unarmed civilians in their own neighborhoods. I’ve seen police not interviewing, but arresting key witnesses. I’ve seen people getting gassed in their homes—THEIR HOMES—for committing the crime of what, being Black at home?

The media goes on and on about “looting and rioting” without focusing too much on the police’s strong-arm tactics, they’re complicit in furthering the ratings meme of “unreasonably angry Black people” 

False media narratives: do the words match the facts?

The "Teach Men Not to Rape" Narrative
  1. Falsely assumes that every man is a rapist unless taught otherwise.
  2. Teaches people not to defend themselves from predators.
  3. Forces male rape victims to be “taught” not to rape.
  4. Erases female rapists and abusers.
  5. Assumes that rapists will change when they’re reminded it’s illegal to rape, which they already know.
  6. Blames all men for rape.
  7. Enforces an idea of paranoia and hysteria in women.
  8. Teaches women to look down upon men.
True Blood: Reading Between the Lines of a Twisted Tale, Part 4

Bill forced Jessica to murder her parents and little sister. [and many others besides]

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During the opening scene of Scratches, Bill is throwing a massive road rage fit while Jessica is literally hysterical. Sobbing, screaming, cursing Bill. “I’M A MONSTER AND I’M GONNA BE ALONE FOREVER BECAUSE OF YOU

Really now Jessica, don’t you think this is a bit of an over-reaction to Bill glamouring your parents to forget your little visit within an inch of their sanity? This is her face btw when Bill hands Sookie that load:

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Yes yes, I remember Chip from Bible Study who stumbled into Merlotte’s one night and exclaimed to Jessica that her parents were going to be ‘so happy’ she’s alive, but you have to remember the ‘Glamour Squads’. What’s a triple murder when the bombing of a whole city block can be so thoroughly covered up it’s never mentioned in the news? Come to think of it, the Tolerance Rally massacre didn’t get any coverage either. Boy, those guys are GOOD.

What else are they hiding?

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Hey, social justice advocates!  

My comrades in my activist/1 in 3 circles have told me that anti-choicers are trying to shame and silence people on the #1in3Speaks hashtag on Twitter.

I did a quick look through and saw a lot of false narratives and tons of misinformation.  People who have had abortions and want to share their stories need your help.

If you have a Twitter and are comfortable and able, please use your voices to help amplify others’.

True Blood: Reading Between the Lines of a Twisted Tale, Part 3

Bill is some kind of weird hybrid horror creature like Ted, the Imp Shaloop from the comic books.

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I can’t find a cap of it but this same piggish effect is evident in 3.07 when Bill begins attacking Sookie in the back of the truck.

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Which means we’re free to assume Bill could have been, probably was, the Bull MAN who attacked Sookie, which allowed Bill to ‘overcook’ Sookie and turn her ‘halfway to vampire’- aka Renfield.

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8chan is a hate site! ... but I've never been there

Wow do made up claims spread. I have not once visited 8chan. Until today. 8chan is now synonymous with hate. Is it? From what I saw, not really. In fact everyone claiming 8chan is hate also admits to never having seen it.

That would be like saying “Texas sucks because it’s filled with drunk fat cowboys , but I’ve never been there”. Texas isn’t and 8chan isn’t hate.

What is 8chan? Well, weird. Convoluted. Messy. Lastly just not worth talking about. Some of the top forums include my little pony, comics, sports, history and… Argentina? Well anyway most of what I found was random and confusing to read just because of the formatting of 8chan. Was there hate? Here and there but it was rarely a primary focus.

So 8chan strikes me as mostly harmless and not worth anybody’s time. It wasn’t the monster everyone said. I largely expected to see waterfalls of hate and rage streaming down the pages but it wasn’t there. So yet again, the public believes a narrative.

Why should we believe journalists? Because they said so.

george bush: wmds ‘nstuff…i guess

media pundits: good enuf for us!

george bush: mission accomplished…maybe

media pundits: hell yeah! ‘murica!

george bush: good job brownie

media pundits: yeah thx brownie!

barack obama: um, you can keep your crappy junk insurance if you want?

media pundits: OMGGG!1!! LIAR!! obama told teh biggest lie in the history of 4eva!! totally lost ALL credibility  :(

corporate media has long since lost the ability to objectively report the news without engaging in excessive hype and hyperbole. pretty sure I don’t remember the press calling GWB an outright liar—then or now—even when it was painfully obvious & far more costly

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worse still, the legacy media outlets (CBS for example) appear more afraid of being labeled “liberals” or “biased” for simply reporting the truth than they are of getting the facts wrong. it almost seems like ever since the press got the drop on Nixon, they have gone out of their way to be extra gentle with Republican presidents, but balls to the wall with Democratic presidents…all to “prove” there’s no bias. SMDH 

and talk about lazy journalism…the corp media headlines essentially validate or legitimize (by even mentioning them) one crazy Republican talking point after another…no big surprise there tho

no disrespect intended for those who lost their lives in the Libya attacks, but if there were any serious integrity in the legacy media outlets, this would be the background on every news report about Benghazi investigations 

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True Blood: Reading Between the Lines of a Twisted Tale, Part 6

Contrary to popular opinion The Authority episodes from season 5 were a goldmine of information.

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From our short visit to AHQ we came to understand that vampires were in league with the good old US of A gov’t well before vampires came out of the coffin.

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You can be sure any ‘testing’ of vampire ‘psychology, physiology, biology’ was underway or possibly concluded well before the so-called ‘Vamp’ camp., which was actually a human/fairy blood farm and ‘reeducation’ camp.

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We can also deduce that in the fictional world of TB, with real history to back us up, that our government uses vampires much like the Nazis used werewolves: Terror campaigns, manipulation of populace, glamour squads, Super Soldiers; V can be used to produce drugged, hypnotized, human Renfield ‘subjects’ for assassinations, spying, prostitution, drug couriers, you name it. Sookie was one of them before Eric turned her. Terry and his marine buddies were as well. [more on Terry later]

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READ IT HERE

V is the ultimate Psychic Drug, the ‘Holy Grail’ drug MK Ultra spychiatrists are always after. With it, they can make anybody do anything.

Read Phillip Coppens on The Stargate Conundrum.The US Government’s secret pursuit of the psychic drug

Simplicity.

My mornings begin similarly each day. Make coffee and oatmeal. Walk my dog Bella. Read.

I don’t read much. I might read a little Scripture. I might read a few paragraphs from a book I’m working through. I don’t read novels. I read in the morning to set my thoughts and heart on God.

This morning, I read like I always do. I love James Bryan Smith. After reading his trilogy of sorts: The Good and…

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National Corrections - Respect The Cleve!

National Corrections – Respect The Cleve!

I have been reading lots of national writers take on the Lebron returns to Cleveland story, and I have been reading the same mistakes and incorrect assumptions in many of them. Allow me to correct most of them at once:

  1. The industrial base of Cleveland at one point drove it to be the 6th largest city in America. It’s industrial barons built lavish arts and cultural institutions and amazing…

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New media meme detected: John Boehner...the "moderate"

Shh! Shh…just forget about those 46 times he lead symbolic (yet costly) votes attempting to repeal Obamacare…and ignore how he opposed the Violence Against Women Act…and forget how he fought to protect “normal” marriage against marriage equality…forget all about how he is STILL fighting Obamacare so that the uninsured stay that way…and forget how Boehner is currently blocking a vote on The DREAM Act & immigration reform…and ignore how he’s still fighting access to safe any abortions and women’s reproductive rights…ignore how he isn’t doing ANYTHING to restore the Voting Rights Act…and let’s completely ignore how he’s still against even basic background checks to buy a gun

Hey, you just forget about all that stuff. Ignore it all…because it messes up the media’s new false narrative. Because John Boehner is a “moderate” now. He’s nothing like those “crazy” Tea Party politicians. The media said so. And they have an upcoming midterm election to sell -er, I mean cover

Ok so check this out, #gamergate has been going at it with Gawker because they are unethical douchebags and further the false narrative that we exist to harass women. There is a group called WAM ( women action media) that developed a tool to report harassment against women and Twitter hired them. Now here’s where it gets interesting, Anna Holmes is a board member on WAM and is the founder of Jezebel, which is a part of Gawker Media. They are working with a group that has a misandrist on the board that is associated with a company that #gamergate is against. In a surprise to no one a lot of pro gg twitter accounts have been false flagged to hell, Roguestar stands out, while anti gg has unfettered access to Twitter. Geordie Tait still has a Twitter account but Rogue gets banned every 2 days.

But ya, no corruption going on at all, just a group of angry white dudes

Sunday Sermon Preview: Created: To Create A Life - Week 4

This Sunday is week 4 in the “Created” series and Fathers Day. We have discussed that life in itself is our most creative act. 

Sermon: “The Art of Hearing: Discovering the Voice That Tells Your Story”

Scripture Focus: Job 2:11-3:26; Job 42

"Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. I had heard of YOU by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees YOU …" Job 42:3,5 ESV

Scripture Readings: OT - Ps. 5  NT - Gal. 2:15-21

So often we think life is not defined by us, but simply by the experiences that surround us. It’s a stretch at times to believe that life is something we create when so many things that surround us are uncontrollable. We don’t control when our kids get sick, they just get sick. We don’t control when our tire goes flat, it just goes flat at the worst time. We don’t control how people perceive us, treat us, or talk about us, but most the time our assumptions of their perceptions are not good. Life can be viewed through so many tainted assumptions. If you let those assumptions define you, you will build false expressions of who you are.

God’s perspective of you is not an assumption.

God’s perspective of you is reality. He thinks higher of you than your greatest fan in life. 

When you let your experiences, failures, and misfortunes define you, you are relinquishing your identity to a lesser and more limited version of you. When you let your experiences, failures, and misfortunes guide you to a narrative that is saturated with God’s love for you, it is there you will find who you really are. Your most creative self. The person our community and world needs.

Job was defined not by his experiences, but by his unrelenting resolve to translate those experiences into a God-like expression. Job’s life was hard, yet beautiful because of his response to tragedy and pain. Suffering defined Job as a worshipper of God.

"Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. I had heard of YOU by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees YOU …" Job 42:3,5 ESV

God’s perspective of us is greater than our carnal minds can even understand. 

If you ask a person how their spiritual life is going, get ready to hear something like this:

"Well, I’m not [fill in the blank: patient, loving , generous] enough; and I wish I were doing more [fill in the blank: praying, serving, and giving]; and last night I slipped up and [fill in the blank: got tipsy, cussed, lusted, lied and kicked the cat]; and that was a mistake, and I haven’t [fill in the blank: confessed, repented, or forgave myself] yet."

We tend to equate loss of spiritual vitality with the “bad” things we keep doing or the bad things that happen to us. We keep doing all the things we don’t want to do and the things we want to do, we simply can’t find the willpower to do. This was the Apostle Paul’s dilemma in Romans 7.

We are too often defining ourselves by the “bad” things we do, or the bad things that happen to us, and not defining ourselves by the “good” things we are made of. If your focus is to eliminate all the failures and misfortunes in your life, too often you will find yourself avoiding life and doing nothing. Consider this statement: “I didn’t mess up much today, so I’m improving. Honestly, I hardly did a thing all day.” How is that progress?  Artistic? No, just depressing. 

Could avoiding being bad be our worst enemy of doing good?

Could viewing your misfortunes as God’s punishment be robbing you of God’s love and God’s mission for you in life?

Life is defined by how you express yourself in any circumstance? How you express yourself becomes the definition of good and bad art.

We will be looking at the life of Job this Sunday. Chapter 1 starts with a narrative we like to call the “American Dream”. A life of wealth, health, and prosperity. Chapter 2 and 3 is where the narrative of that dream slips and begins to take many different turns. Chapter 42 is the revelation of Job’s life, his most artistic expression of life. How was it defined? By the goodness of God in the reality of tough times.

See you Sunday! I love who we are becoming!

Pastor Donnie

True Blood: Reading Between the Lines of a Twisted Tale, Part 1

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The ease with which we can be manipulated and misdirected is the point of True Blood. Tara was reading about it in the pilot episode. …True Blood isn’t just telling the audience that it’s easy to manipulate people, it’s demonstrating that fact. The Ancient Pythoness, 2010

Every suppression of truth requires a false narrative to hide it

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The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense do not play tricks with time, but instead with plot. Apparently conventional, linear narratives, their [narrative] distortion lies in last-minute plot twists that completely change our understanding of what we have been watching…Twisted Tales
Cognitivism and Narrative Distortion

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Godric’s Original Death Scene a Clever Ruse to Divert His Would-be Murderer

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Full of Bill’s Blood, Sookie was just his little flesh and blood periscope.

Godric did not die on the roof in Dallas. The Manner of his ‘death’ was more akin to Fairies shown ‘teleporting’. Godric truly died—sacrificed for his ‘valuable’ blood- at Authority HQ.

Godric’s blood is the reason Bill and Lorena tried to kill Godric at the nest, [watch Luke arrive at the nest. Almost to suggest they drove up in the same vehicle, you can see Lorena’s cherry-red dress walking up the path in front of him] which in turn is why Godric, who looked very ill,[infected at FoTS with Hep D?]  had to ‘go away’.

Eric and Nora react to an illusion? Eric was much too savvy about being ‘high as a kite’ on the blood [as he well knew it was Faery, not ‘Lilith’] to fall this hard for a drug induced hallucination.

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Further,  Eric’s first scene [with his progeny] in the wake of Godric’s season 2 ‘death scene’ was dominated by joking/sarcasm.

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vs. his first scene [with his progeny?] following the season 5 death scene. dominated by anger and grief. [see this post for an explanation of why Nora needed forgiveness]

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More to come

Who could have predicted that the perfect mainstream media narrative, that 2013 was the “worst year” of President Barack Obama‘s presidency, would arrive under the media’s Christmas tree in such a perfectly gift-wrapped box? The confluence of events that led to that assessment were so perfectly constructed, you’d have thought they planned it all themselves. As it turns out, it looks a lot like they did.

This irresistible narrative seemed to spring up organically at President Obama’s end-of-year press conference, the result of a sober assessment by completely objective journalists. “When you look back at this year, very little of what you outlined has been achieved, and your ratings from the public are near historic lows for you,” Associated Press reporter Julie Pace said, and asked “Has his been the worst year of your presidency?”

The same media that gets to decide if this was the worst year of Obama’s presidency, however, also had a hand in shaping that year, and before this year even began, they telegraphed their intention to put their collective thumb on the scale to make that worst year happen. The votes from the 2012 election were barely counted before CNN, among others, began speculating about a scandal-plagued second term for the President. That talk dominated the holiday news dead zone, fueled by the now-forgotten David Petraeus scandal. By itself, this would just be another Beltway media time-killer, but it didn’t stop there.

As 2013 rolled around, evidence began to emerge that the mainstream media was looking for ways to fulfill that prophecy. In January, ABC News’ Nightline joked that “Already days into his new term, Barack Obama has his first scandal: Beyoncé,” a reference to the pop superstar’s lip-synced performance at the Super Bowl. That joke wasn’t just revealing of the media’s scandal-hunting mindset, it was foreshadowing. Within months, the media would try to concoct a White House scandal around Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z.

Later in January, the mainstream media chased the right-wing blogosphere’s tail for over a week trying to decide if President Obama was a big fat liar when he said he enjoys skeet-shooting. The Washington Post ran a series of “fact-checks” so deranged, even Orly Taitz had to look away. In February, mainstream media golden calf Bob Woodward ignited weeks of outrage with his accusation thatsomeone at the White House “threatened” him, and even though the story turned out to be complete bullshit, the media held fast to the narrative it created.

Concurrent to all of this scandal spaghetti-throwing, the mainstream press was also busy preemptively dooming President Obama’s attempts to push for gun regulation, which in turn helped to provide cover for Republicans, who ignored overwhelming public support to block it.
—  Mainstream Media Conjured President Obama’s ‘Worst Year Ever
Unpopular Opinion

People today play victim just so they can push their interests and shut up whoever combats them. You want to criminalize free speech because you feel harassed on the street, you support countries that oppress people by using their skin color as a way to whitewash that country wrong doings, you like to pull the race card so you won’t have to be put on the same playing field as someone else who you deem privileged.

All these things come from leftists on this site and in this country. You guys are full of shit and sickens me to no end to see innocent law abiding people suffering under your so called “equality” because you are afraid of the truth, you are afraid of dealing with the real world, you are afraid to break your narrative of false history and false expectations of people that was told to you by the left.

anonymous asked:

It's my choice to acknowledge how this show works, from a writer's perspective. Creating a significant moment but revealing it as a memory is consistent with how DE has been built all along. It's also a far more interesting way to add layers and weight to their story. It's no different from other flashbacks that are used to impart information or to break down false constructs in the narrative. It's a classic technique, but you go ahead and call it to lazy, fanservice, catering to misogyny, etc.

What layers did the rain kiss add to the Damon/Elena relationship, exactly?