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The things we do to ourselves…

man in black and green camouflage suit holding rifle

Photo:  Alexander Jawfox

Follow up to the Bored Panda post…

The post was about a device men came up with to open doors to get at women.  The comments after the story (on Bored Panda) and some of the comments on my blog were about what the girl did, what her parents did, but that wasn’t the point.  That’s like asking the girl what she was wearing when she was raped.  It’s NOT ABOUT WHAT THE GIRL DID.  It’s about WHAT MEN DO TO GET AT WOMEN.

It’s a cultural manipulation to always place the blame on the female.  No matter what men do, it’s always something the female did that made it happen, or allowed it to happen.  And that is always the way men deflect the violence they do against us.

THERE IS A DEVICE TO OPEN DOORS TO GET INTO ROOMS WHERE WOMEN ARE ALONE.  AND THAT’S THE POINT.  We have to stop asking questions about what the woman did and start to LOOK AT WHAT MEN ARE DOING TO US.

The fact that some people said her parents shouldn’t have left her alone, she shouldn’t have opened the door, and all the rest, are immaterial when it comes to the fact that A MAN WAS BREAKING INTO HER ROOM.

No one said anything about that.  We have been trained to look at what the woman did, whether she has been beaten or murdered.  It’s always something she did.

It’s not.  IT’S BECAUSE MEN BEAT, RAPE AND KILL FEMALES.  PERIOD.  No one asked why he was there, who he was, was he caught, where his parents were, or anything else.  Not a single question ABOUT HIM.

Women are prisoners, needing to be guarded against men at every age, no matter where we are.  Females are NEVER SAFE and they are always blamed for what is DONE TO THEM.

The article was about a device made to open doors.  But everyone talked about the 15 year old girl.

Although one persons said that if anyone sees the wire to pull it and maybe break his finger.

Until our attitudes change and we face the fact that the men who do the violence are never mentioned, blamed or part of the problem, women will continue to be blamed for what men do to them.

Men have developed the perfect system to be violent against women and get away with it by blaming the women.  It’s really sick and evil.



we have to protect black lives
we have to protect women from violence
we have to protect children
we have to protect asian lives
we have to protect immigrants
we have to protect poor and hungry people
we have to protect the imprisoned
we have to protect ourselves from the police
we have to protect ourselves from our government
we have to protect animals
we have to protect the environment







Photo:  Jason Leung



Beauty or terror…

Park, Bench, Night, The Fog

I’m sure it has to do with
where you’re from
or where you live
but the above photo
can either be
being beautiful
doesn’t mean that women
can walk there by themselves
not without
great risk
and that is a
that men do to
the never ending
threat of
men are able to
what women
to do
and how they
are allowed
to live

Chicago and trump…

trump wants war and he’s coming to BLUE state Chicago to start one.

He has hated Chicago since our last mayor wouldn’t let him take undocumented workers, and let their kids die on cement slabs and destroy families.  Chicago is a Sanctuary City and trump wanted that title removed.  Emanuel, told him to try it, and he backed off.  Besides, the FBI was already here.

I believe trump is doing this because of his dislike for the city and because he wants to show how powerful he is, so that people vote for him.  He’s a bully and likes shoving people around.  Guess what?   Chicagoans know how to shove back.

Now hundreds of feds, DEA, SWAT and guys who can beat and spray people are being sent, to stop the violence with more violence and the threat of violence.

There’s a worry that the TOOPS won’t work WITH the CPD but do OTHER things with immigrants and undocumented workers.

What Chicago needs is FEDERAL MONEY to put into poor neighborhoods…but trump WON’T SEND THAT.  Instead, he’ll send violence, so he can get off on the things he loves…power, and being a bully.

Chicago needs a lot of things, but it doesn’t need more guns and guys carrying them.

I hope we don’t have a war in the city.  I have a bad feelings that a lot of people are going to be beaten and killed by the guys they’re sending.  I don’t doubt that some of them might die as well.

Maybe the gangs, and other’s, will beat back the well armed, well trained, people who are being sent here to start that war.  And I do believe that’s their real mission.  The thing is…the well armed guys don’t KNOW THE CITY.  THAT is an important issue that will work for the gangs and other gun carrying Chicagoans.  

I hate the violence in the city.  It needs to end.  Innocent people are dying everyday.  The way it needs to be stopped is by ending racism and poverty.  WE NEED NATIONAL GUN LAWS BUT THE NRA WON’T LET THAT HAPPEN, so no one is going to do anything about that, no matter how many school shootings there are, no matter how many kids march, and no matter how many people die.

The kind of help CHICAGO needs is financial and corporate.  The city needs to build up the neighborhoods that have been decimated by inequality and poverty for generations.  WE DON’T NEED MORE GUNS, the city needs MORE MONEY.  Money to help small businesses stay open.  But the packages go to big rich companies who are friends with the big rich people, not to the poor independent shop owners who are struggling to survive.  The neighborhoods in trouble need food stores and other businesses they need affordable housing, better schools, and more resources for kids and families.

The city has a lot of problems, but more violence isn’t going to help any of them.   How many more people need to disappear off the streets, put into unmarked cars and be taken away, by government guys wearing camouflage uniforms?  Where is the person they arrested?  What’s is going on with that?  They lied and said the men were surrounded, but the video shows that there was no one around them except other than the person trying to ask the guy what his name was.

trump said there will be a lot of arrests and people will be put away “for a very long time.”  He needs to go away for a very long time but, of course, that’s not going to happen, because he has MONEY and the neighborhoods he’s going into are poor and powerless…that’s why they have guns and violence to begin with.

This is a really bad idea.  If the guys being sent here, don’t do as they are told by the city, it’s not going to go well.  I think they’re under orders to do very bad things.

I hope I’m wrong.  I’m not sure what they’re planning on doing.  Arresting gang members?  Drug pushers?  Those who killed people in the street?  Are these guys trained to work with gangs?  Because the gang members, and others who have guns, aren’t the enemy on foreign soil, they’re still Americans, and they live HERE, in NEIGHBORHOODS were regular people live.  I hope more innocent people don’t die.

All of us have to take responsibility for how poverty stricken neighborhoods are left out.  How they have no voice, no opportunities.  How can we be surprised at the violence that erupts in them?  How can we be surprised that gangs flourish in those areas?


And what will we do differently?  WILL THE GOVERNMENT SUDDENLY SEND MONEY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER WHEN THEY LEAVE HERE?  Yeah, I don’t think so either.

trump must be jumping up and down with excitement right now.  I bet he won’t even be able to sleep.

Mayor Lightfood must be freaking out.  If she loses control of these trumped up troops. OMG

Truthfully, I can’t imagine what theses people plan on doing.  Going into neighborhoods and trying to find guys?   If people who live here don’t want to be found…good luck.

This is going to be a summer to remember.   Those troops don’t know what they’re in for.

trump plans on sending troops into other cities as well.   He wants the country to burn and he wants to light the fire. 

Oregon wants the feds gone, since they are making everything WORSE.  trump refuses to take them out.  Why would he?  He’s having fun.

Maybe the gangs from Detroit will drive down here to see if they can help out.  Who knows.  Anything is possible.


each year
around thirteen boxers
die in the ring
more are seriously injured

it seems strange
that some people
spend their lives
hitting and beating up
other people

breaking noses
splitting  lips
and eyes

hitting each other
until someone dies
or has brain damage

and they call it a
I’ve even heard it
called an

in reality
it’s simply
two people
each other
while other people



or even

I don’t understand how
can ever be considered
sport or an art

to me it’s simply

An organization, Life after Hate, that can help people disengage from far right wing violent groups…


A friend of mine just called and said that a shop owner was being interviewed and he said the demonstrators didn’t destroy his shop, others did.  He had noticed earlier, someone piled bricks in front of his store.

Those are the people paid to be violent.  The demonstrators are not the ones who are violent, the goons who are paid to distract everyone are.  They knew what they were doing.  It was not something that was spontaneous, it was PLANNED.  They had their bricks ready and they were paid.

A couple of new PBS shows on gun violence in Chicago…

This is unacceptable.  It has always been unacceptable.  I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life and I’ve never had to live the way the people in these stories live, because I’m white and live in a different neighborhood.  I live on the “other” side of the city.

We grow up where we grow up.  When you’re a kid you don’t even know there IS another side to the city.

There is NO EXCUSE for the way people are forced to live because of injustice, poverty and racism.   Because of the ugly men in power who vote THEMSELVES raises but won’t raise the minimum wage.

Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot is, as I’ve said before, fantastic.  She may be able to do something in spite of the virus.  I think there were plans in the making, but the virus is taking everyone’s time and funding.

Anyone who sees the way people are forced to live, because they are PURPOSELY denied what others have, should be horrified and support those who can do something about it.  Mayors, our governor, and anyone who can vote funds to be spent to the right places.

Poverty is wrong.  It’s ALWAYS wrong.  We, as people, need to band together and fight the isms.

NO ONE DESERVES LESS!  NO ONE.  No one should be born into a place where they barely have a chance to grow.

If you want to look at it another way…look at all the talent and beauty we, as a people, are letting slip through out fingers.  Artists, intelligent people with no where to actualize.

We have become complacent.  About EVERYTHING.

People are suffering and dying needlessly, while the fat power mongers work to get more for themselves.



Okay, so…

Firearm, Handgun, Revolver, Gun, Weapon

We had a warm day, in Chicago, so 21 people were shot, 7 shot to death.


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