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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dear White People



Anybody watch that show on Netflix? You know, that show that sent white people into an uproar and threatened to cancel their Netflix subscriptions, because it was a show with an all African American cast that made white people think they were going to be ridiculed. Peak whiteness baby, peak whiteness.

I heard about the movie which I have yet to watch, and wasn't sure about the show until I actually watched it. It is a smart and funny show. Not necessarily making fun of white people (only), but addressing interactions between white folks and black folks at a fictional ivy league university. But it is also just as much about interactions among black students with differing ideologies. See: bourgeoise blacks versus power to the people blacks. It addresses race, gender, sexuality and inter-ethnic ideological conflicts. An ethnic studies scholar's wet dream.

A couple of my favorite episodes from the two seasons released so far, have been the episode that focuses on the "woke" white guy that is the boyfriend Samantha, where you get into his head, and see him laugh along as the African American students he spends time with, make fun of white people, yet there's a moment where he wants to yell out what he really thinks, but goes along with what they're saying, because he's "woke" and doesn't want to seem like an insensitive racist white male. Another is the episode with the Hotep character. There's also an episode where the African American students attend a white party that ends up in a fight between Reggie and someone he thought to be a white friend, but the climax of that episode comes when campus police show up, and the white officer points a gun at Reggie. Peak real life.

There are many great moments in the series, and I will say that Coco is my favorite character so far.

Anyhow, it's worth a watch even for white people who initially thought it was going to be 13 episodes about them being made fun or called out, for you know, being white n'stuff.




Sunday, July 1, 2018

How Bad Do You think Things Are Going To Get?

"Bad."

I asked one of my friends the question in the title of this post, and her answer is just above this sentence. There was more, which I might get into later. But really, "Bad," is all that really needed to be said.

"Bad."

I was watching Real Time with Bill Maher, and his panel that day, which included Michael Moore made it sound like we were spiraling toward fascist dystopia. They brought up points about comments made by the orange guy, such as saying that his voters might take to the streets if he lost the election or if he is pushed out of office prematurely. Maher and Moore then talked about how many conservatives might own guns, which they might take onto the streets with them. This week there were reporters killed, by what appears to be a drumpf supporter. The orange guy did incite violence at his campaigns against reporters, regardless of how much he might want to deny that. So yeah, things are bad. If he loses the next election is it possible we'll see rioting or maybe even him refusing to leave the position?

"Bad."

It sounds like that could not possibly happen. But we thought a lot of other things couldn't happen once this guy became prez. I remember on Snapchat someone talking about how a lot of bad shit could and would happen because people thought there is no way he can just say he wants a ban on immigrants and have it become a reality. I think we thought the government would make him jump through hoops and prolong anything extreme he wanted to do. Welp, some executive orders later, I think we know better now. And she was speaking as a undergrad student that was about to pursue a law degree. She showed many of us how truly naive we were, myself included.

"Bad."

So yeah, things are bad and are going to get worst, not just for people but for the environment. Possibly headed toward a dictatorship? Possibly. I want to believe that this is America and that we would never allow a person to become a dictator/king. I want to believe that the government or military would make sure to oust this person if he refuses to leave. And by removing him, we would return a semblance of order. All of this chaos is leading to a major awakening for some people though. Don't take for granted that we have lived in a very flawed democracy, but one where we generally knew, the person in power was going to leave after 4 or 8 years. There's something different happening here, and it might not just take votes to get this person out of power. It doesn't help that he has a base that has bought into his bullshit, and are more than likely willing to let him stay in power as long as he wants. It's bleak and it's chilling.

"Bad."

There is hope though. People have been engaging in civil disobedience, by protesting against members of this administration out in public and outside their homes. There was the win of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Hopefully, there will be more like her. But it's going to take people who identify as Democrats to vote in large numbers, and there's also the whole electorate shit show that needs to be won. Yeah, hoping won't do much for anyone. I'm already planning on having a meeting with my family members who are of voting age so that they actually vote in November and a couple of years from now. I've become more interested in local politics/ians since all of this happened, and I'm going to make sure I cast my vote for every election from now on. And I'm going to make sure that many of my family members do the same.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

One Last Thing About the Angry Comic Book Fans

I was going to use this post to basically write a follow-up on comicsgate, because I thought all I did was summarize the whole pedo. Which I did, but I also wanted to offer my own opinion, which was mainly what I was trying to do.

Comicsgate Worst Nightmare

Comic books fans are an interesting lot. I can say, that if I were younger, I would probably take issue with the Peter Parker being rebooted as an ethnic minority. And this is me as a Chicanx, saying this. And my issue would have been, that Peter Parker was always the dorky white kid that got these awesome spider powers. And I probably wouldn't have seen the error in my ways, which is why I try to give some comic book fans the benefit of the doubt.

But I've grown out of that stubborn mentality and would look forward to the day when we'd have a Chicanx Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I would also like to think that maybe I would be happy for a Chicanx Peter Parker, Diana Prince, or Clark Kent, even as a teen. Most of the characters I read were Anglo. I never took issue with that, but I definitely gravitated toward characters that were ethnic minorities, because I knew I was an ethnic minority too. Look, mom, a superhero that looks like me!

I would like to give myself the benefit of the doubt, now as a grown ass man, I know diversity and representation matters. I knew to a certain extent even back then that it mattered, so as a comic book fan it disappoints me to see the toxicity and negativity exhibited by comic book readers who are pissed that Blue Beetle released an all Spanish language issue or GASP, that DC made the character wearing the costume, a Mexican-American! Or that Ms. Marvel was a white lady and is now a Muslim teenager. Or that a character has been revealed as part of the LGBTQ community.

Regardless of the effect that it might be having on Marvel's or any other company's bottom line, I'm glad they are making a push for the representation of diversity not just in their titles, but for the people who actually write, draw, color, letter, and edit them too.

You know what's funny? A lot of the people complaining about the diversity are grown ass men too. It's hard to give the benefit of the doubt to grown ass comic book fans that not only complain about the quality, but also about too many marginalized people in and on their books. Or the fact that they feel the storylines have too many liberal themes. No need to point out the X-Men to me, because plenty of people pointed this out to the comicsgaters on Twitter, but they really didn't care, and just found some way to defend their opinion and their hate as "concerned fans."

Anyhow, I can go on, but that's my opinion. In the meantime: Dear Marvel Comics, please make one of your characters in the main titles, a Mexican-American. If not to appease your Mexican-American fanbase, at least to piss off the comicsgaters. Thank you. Your loyal comic book reader, Xicano X.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Gate to Comics

I wanted to and at the same time didn't want to write a post about comicsgate. As it might already be known I'm a big fan of comic books. Read them since I was in elementary school. I didn't want to write about it, because it's really toxic. I also wanted to write about it to show just how toxic it is. Then I realized that last week, after I wrote about the people who were successful in getting Arellano fired, and compared them to comicsgate, that I made it seem like I was in support of comicsgate, not only that, but I compared Latinxs who are socially conscious about the LGBTQ to comicsgaters, but they are really nothing like many of them, other than they both used boycotting a company as a tool to get a person fired. Below is what I wrote last time, which made me make the decision to write about comicsgate:
But here's the thing, I don't know what it is about creative types that makes them feel they need to respond to every shitty comment and attack. I've seen this in comicsgate. Creators are criticized for their writing or artwork, and then they attack the person. It's a fine line to tread. Because the creators begin to look bad, and not only do they alienate their customers/fans, that mob of critics then becomes a mob of trolls that get a joy out of trash talking creative professionals that they know will respond. Then those critics organize a campaign to get the creator fired from his/her job by @ing the company they work for. Comicsgate has been successful in getting at least one or two creators fired. 
From what I understand comicsgate was something that was started by comic book readers who felt that diversity was being shoved down their throat, which in turn led to subpar storytelling and artwork. I can't remember the name/twitter handle of the person who claims to have started comicsgate, but she basically says that it was to criticize the quality of comicbooks coming out mostly from Marvel. However, it didn't take long for other comic book fans to voice their own prejudices about diversity in the content of the comic books, and the diversity of creators, some of whom are trans. They also publicly criticized any creators they deemed SJW's (Social Justice Warriors). Some of the comic book creators have a history of taking offense to any public criticism and will, in turn, have public exchanges with their critics, usually on Twitter. So part of the comicsgate rallying cry, is that creators should stay in their lane, because comic book readers that criticize their work are customers that can easily stop buying their work. They insist that comic book creators work for them and should basically shut up when critics are criticizing/attacking them.

But, comicsgaters don't only criticize the quality of the work, they will also reem a storyline they don't care for. Last year, Captain America was exposed as an agent of Hydra, and many fans were pissed, arguing that Marvel had turned the character into a Nazi. The outcry seemed to come from a lot of fans who considered themselves patriotic Americans. But not all fanboys are patriotic white nationalists, some of them are just stubborn and don't want to see the status quo changed. They also argue that Marvel does a lot of things to appease their "SJW fanbase", which makes it difficult to not assume they're white nationalists or conservative jerks.

At one point, there were some female Marvel editors that tweeted a picture of themselves going to get a milkshake in honor of another long-time female editor, Flo Steinberg. These women were criticized/attacked for that tweet. I still don't understand why comicsgaters attacked them for this. Smh. But there is a lot of misogyny and anti-feminist attitudes in the comicsgate community.



Marvel Remembers Flo Steinberg

There are some Youtubers who made their channels specifically about criticizing comic books, usually the work of minority creators. They have continuously argued about the downfall of Marvel due to their SJW creators and characters. They get pissed when an artist gets called out for oversexualizing female characters, or when female characters are drawn with masculine features.

They also become very vocal when creators who identify as Republican/Conservative are attacked by (what they believe to be liberal-minded) fans. There have been Republican creators who were criticized for voting for Drumpf or for supporting the GOP. A few months ago, Jon Malin, an artist that worked at Marvel, talked about how he feels ostracized in the comic book industry because he identifies as a conservative. He later went as far as calling SJW's, Nazis. There was plenty of backlash over this comment. Ethan Van Sciver an artist that voted for Drumpf, would later have Malin on his Youtube channel, and then received his own healthy amount of backlash after he tried to get Darryl Ayo to engage them in a debate. Ayo had referred to Van Sciver as a Nazi plenty of times. Van Sciver is also considered a homophobe. He would later make a statement in support of the LGBTQ community. Van Sciver worked for DC comics, but according to him, he has chosen to walk away to focus on an independent comic book. Depending on who you talk to, he chose to walk away, but other people online have been saying "insiders" have said that DC wasn't planning on letting him renew his contract. Oh yeah, currently Van Sciver is going out of his way to criticize the Star Wars franchise because he believes it went full on SJW. He refers to liberal men as "soy boys" and has begun referring to Star Wars as "Soy Wars." All of those attacks on Rose Tico, he's a part of that corner of Star Wars fans. Not that he went directly to the actress's Instagram to critique her, but he does his criticism through his Twitter account and Youtube channel.

It's messy I know. But what really captures my attention is how comicsgaters refer to themselves as "normies" or normal. They usually say something along the lines of "Us normal comic book fans . . ."
And this is usually in reference to any trans comic book creators or fans. Well, not only people from the trans community but they seem to not consider liberals normal.

If you know about the tactics of gamergate then you know the tactics of comicsgate. Anyone who disagrees with them is swarmed by fans of the conservative comic book creators and Youtube personalities. Sometimes the creators will screen cap an image and share it or do a retweet with a mention, which is of course seen by there many followers, who then go out of their to attack that person on Twitter, and even in person. A couple of comic book stores that have decided not to support the comic book of one of the Youtube personalities have had incidents with comicsgaters.

You also get a lot of anger from the white comic book fans who feel they are facing prejudice and racism for being white. If someone makes a claim about white privilege, some of the comicsgate community will claim it's a racist statement, and it's just another signal for them to gang up and attack the person that made the statement.

They even started a campaign called #movetheneedle, wherein comic book fans purchase comic books and take pictures of their comic books and their receipt to show that they are indeed comic book readers who read & purchase quality comic books. They did this to show that they were moving the comic book industry needle in the right financial direction.

Like I said it's messy and exhausting. When I clicked on #comicsgate I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I didn't follow the gamergate drama, but I caught some things here and there. I knew that if it had the word "gate" at the end of it, chances were that it was going to be toxic. And it turns out it was. Whatever comicsgate was intended to be, even if it was supposed to be a valid criticism about the quality of comic books, it's spiraled into a toxic place rife with homophobia and misogyny.

I might write on this some more next time, but this is plenty long already. So fuck it, if you don't want to read through my dribble, here are some articles on the topic:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/comicsgate?utm_term=.fpG8yM5zQ#.xv6NYdGPr

https://www.cosmicbooknews.com/op-ed-divorce-comicsgate

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/02/comicsgate-101-save-comics-equality/

http://capelesscrusader.org/brief-tragic-history-comicsgate/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/comicsgate-how-an-anti-diversity-harassment-campaign-in-comics-got-uglyand-profitable

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/02/02/ethan-van-sciver-dc-comics/

http://doyouevencomicbook.com/2018/06/btq-ethan-van-sciver-leaves-dc/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/news/female-marvel-comics-editor-harassed-online-milkshake-selfie/

You can also jump into the abyss by following the hashtag on Twitter: #comicsgate.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

#Chicanogate

You ever try eating anything while it's hot, but you can't eat because it's too hot? So you continue to try taking a bite out of it but it's too hot, but you're hungry so you keep trying to bite said hot food? I'm looking at you microwaveable burritos. #NoMames

Did you know there was a campaign to boycott Gustavo Arellano? The guy that used to write Ask a Mexican for the O.C. Weekly. There's a book published on the column, and he has a couple of other books published too. He does a whole lot of other stuff. He's currently working for Pocho.com. Well he's at Pocho.com by way of the boycott, he was supposed to work at Remezcla but was released after a hoopla raised over some tweets he made in the past, that were labeled homophobic, while some of his other tweets were labeled insulting because of the way he responded to a couple of Latinos that are Salvadoran.

There was even a tweet where he dropped the n-word. I read it, and I can understand how it was taken out of context.


Below is how he responded to complaints:



The person who posted the original screenshot of Arellano using the n-word got some slack for possibly triggering others and causing unnecessary trauma.


The tweet about the trauma is a whole other discussion of its own.

So anyway, some of the people that work at Remezcla did not care very much for Arellano and his offensive sense of humor and he was released, after the successful #BoycottGustavoArellano campaign. Dear Cesar Chavez, you taught us that boycotts do work.

So many things to unpack here.  

So the use of the n-word. I've struggled with this as an English student when I'd hear any American lit professor read from Huck Finn and say the word repeatedly in the context of the novel. I wondered what I would do if I was an American lit professor and I had the class read that novel. The struggle would be about the context of the word within the lit classroom where we don't always read things that make us comfortable. Fortunately, I've never been placed in that position. But I think we've evolved to the point, where trauma and microaggressions are part of regular discussions amongst progressive people, and therefore we must take society as a whole into consideration, and therefore it is probably never okay to read the word out loud in a lit classroom, or risk a backlash supported by everyone on social media. So even as a writer, Arellano should have probably taken that into consideration.

The owner of Broken Sword Publications wrote a good piece on the debacle ( A Case of Latinx Crabs and Gustavo Arellano ).

He makes some good points about Arellano, mainly that the guy can be a jerk. Since joining Twitter back in 2012 I've seen Arellano have back and forths with people. At least one of those exchanges I saw began with a comment that was taken out of context. Arellano was commenting about some riots that took place in Orange County after a young man was shot by police. He began tweeting about cleaning up the city. A person on Twitter assumed he meant that they should literally go out and pick up debris from the riots to clean up what happened which was part of what he meant. If the person that went off on Arellano would have scrolled through Arellano's timeline, he would have seen that Arellano wasn't just talking about literally cleaning up the city, but also politically. Arellano had written some pieces on some of the shitty politicians in Orange County. So, by cleaning up the city he also meant voting out some of the dirty politicos. 

Nonetheless, Arellano has had a tendency of defending himself by attacking people who attack him. Santino Rivera mentions an incident between him Arellano. I saw it unfold on twitter too. Rivera was simply calling out other prominent Chicano creators who didn't uplift the work of others. One of these people was Lalo Alcaraz. Being good friends with Alcaraz, Arellano jumped into the fray to defend his friend, going so far as to add Alcaraz to the conversation. So from there it became a shit storm of exchanges between the three of them, give or take one or two other people who had Rivera's back. 

I've seen both Alcaraz and Arellano get a lot of shit on social media, but also give it back just as well. They get shit from white people they piss off, but they also get just as much shit from their own raza who feel they are exploiting the culture or making of mockery of it through their content.

Arellano called someone I follow and respect on Twitter, a pendeja over her criticism of him. I thought that was harsh, these are of the sort of things that leave a bad taste in the mouth of the other people on social media.

But here's the thing, I don't know what it is about creative types that makes them feel they need to respond to every shitty comment and attack. I've seen this in comicsgate. Creators are criticized for their writing or artwork, and then they attack the person. It's a fine line to tread. Because the creators begin to look bad, and not only do they alienate their customers/fans, that mob of critics then becomes a mob of trolls that get a joy out of trash talking creative professionals that they know will respond. Then those critics organize a campaign to get the creator fired from his/her job by @ing the company they work for. Comicsgate been successful in getting at least one or two creators fired. 

I've seen Alcaraz and Arellano get criticism for Bordertown and Coco. What'd they do? They criticized their critics. Then their critics began trolling them. Everyone on social media who follows them can see how Alcaraz and Arellano treat your average Joe with an opinion. So I'm not really surprised that there was a boycott against Arellano. I am surprised that it cost him a job. 

I never really took an issue with Alcaraz and Arellano defending themselves, that's their right, but how much easier would it be to just ignore the haters and continue to create without having to later deal with a boycott of your work? To an outsider looking in, they might see how Arellano and Alcaraz respond, and think to themselves, "wow these guys are really arrogant, and don't care about their own people." It's great that they defend themselves, but personally, I think that just adds fuel to the fire.

Here's an isolated example. I had a friend who once told us he hated being called, "morro." That was his pet peeve. Guess what? In no less than five minutes a couple of the other guys kept calling him "morro" for the fuck of it, regardless of how pissed it made him. They called him morro the rest of the time they were in college. They did not give a flying chorizo that it annoyed him. Yeah, that's not criticizing his creative work, but that's what I see when I look at Alcaraz and Arellano. They defend themselves, and the more they talk shit to people who criticize them, the more those people seem to get a kick out of pissing them off and talking more shit to them.

Shit, they got Arellano fired! I didn't see Arellano do a whole lot of clapping back during the boycott, and that was surprising. I thought that was a great choice because any other trash talking he would have done would have been used against him. It's not to say that the people who wanted him fired didn't have valid points. They definitely had some ground to stand on. We live in a time where anyone can get fired for their stream of thought on social media. We have to be CONSIDERATE of EVERYONE. 

There's a younger generation of Chicanxs and Latinxs out there who are highly intelligent and are demanding some very important and substantial things. Even "Latinx" is something that Arellano mocked, which I'm guessing was another strike against him. Smh.

The whole thing was just really interesting for me, because this was around the same time comicsgate was at its peak, hence the title of this post.

I will be honest, I still read Arellano's work. I like his style of writing. I read "Ask a Mexican" (the full-length book) while I was an English grad student. I thought the writer was funny as hell and smart. His work got me through many moments of relaxation on the toilet. I wanted to be like him when I grew up (even though I was already grown up). He was one of my inspirations at the time. I hadn't read anything like his book before. I wasn't offended, even after I read something that I personally disagreed with. I had even more respect for him after I read some of his columns on police brutality and the Orange County political scene. Then after following him on Twitter for a while, I lost respect for him. I still enjoy his writing, but I can't really say I feel the same way about him as a person. Not that he would care about my opinion one way or another. 

If you want to read more about the incident: Remezcla Drops Gustavo Arellano After Two Days

Or type #BoycottGustavoArellano in the Twitter search, and just follow the drama.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

White Girl Tears & EStarbucks Culeros

I looked at how far apart my posts were on this blog, and was just like whoa.

When I first started this blog at one point I even thought about converting it into a place for comic strips. I even looked up drawing and create your own comic strip tutorials on Youtube. But I was ashamed of my drawing skills, so this never came to be. But now I'm thinking I might still do that, drawing skills be damned. If not here then maybe in a new blog or maybe even a newletter type deal.

I just ate a couple of breakfast corn dogs. It's sausage covered by a blueberry pancake. It's actually pretty good. Apparently, I want to add to the American obesity epidemic. Yay processed foods and heart attacks. Murica, fuck yeA! Now let me go get a membership for the NRA. Fucken-A.

In the background, Bob Ross is doing a painting tutorial. It's so soothing to hear his voice as I write this.

Anyway, some more scattered thoughts n'things.

How about those comicsgate folks, amirite-amirite.

You hear the news about Junot Diaz?

I saw an Italian-American girl on twitter who listens to rap music, who got upset over some of the African-American people she followed on Twitter, who were being critical of white people. This was some time ago, but it lingers. It was interesting to me, because she would not only listen to rap music and would even joke about some of the rappers being her future husband. But then would call a Black person an asshole for critiquing white privilege. Smh. See: White people tears. I don't get it I just don't.

Dear Rachel Dolezal, you've made many mistakes, but . . .

Which reminds me has anybody watched that documentary about her on Netflix? See: Smh.

Anyway. So I was having coffee with my mom the other day and I was telling her about the controversy about Starbucks and the two black men they had arrested. I also informed her about the incident at the Starbucks in LA that wrote "Beaner" where the name should have been for one of the Mexican customers. AND guess what? It turns my mom had a similar incident. Her eyes widened after I told her about what happened, and she then told me about her own experience. Apparently, she stops by a Starbucks in Gilroy (CA) once in a while. She said that last year she noticed that her cup had the word "Beaner" on it. She said she was confused but that she didn't really know what to make of it, first because she wasn't wearing her glasses, but then she figured it had something to do with the "coffee beans." She double-checked to make sure her order was correct on the label, a venti Pike roast. Yep. So she left without making a fuzz. But she was quite upset when she realized that it was done intentionally. She even wondered what would have happened if she would have complained. She was thinking they would have probably just tried to explain it away.

To be honest, I think this would have happened too, and I think they wouldn't have even offered an apology let alone a gift certificate like they did for those guys in LA. Mainly because her incident went down last year long before the two African-American men were cuffed and escorted out by the police. The incident that happened to the guys in LA happened not long after the Seattle incident, so it had that behind it. But maybe if she would have posted on social media what happened would have gotten attention. But at this point who knows. I told her that they were doing diversity training, which she was happy to hear but was still annoyed about what they had done to her.

I remember seeing on social media that it hadn't only happened to the guys in LA, it happened to some other people too, they shared photos online. Don't know how many might have been photoshopped, but I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Then this made me wonder, do the Starbucks employees have this like secret online forum a la 4 Chan where they go to talk shit about their customers? And maybe they strategize about subversive things they can do to customers they think are ignorant and don't pay attention. Because if it happened to the guys in LA, to my mom in Gilroy, there's no doubt that it's happening in a bunch of other Starbucks locations. But now it will probably stop because customers are catching on, and employees know corporate is cracking down. Also, yay diversity training.

My shoulder feels like it keeps popping out of place. Anybody know anything about that? Probably not, should probably just go get checked.

Anyhow, I'm going to excuse myself so I can have my third iced coffee (homemade of course) of the day, because yay heart attacks.

Oh yeah, in case anyone still reads this thing, you might also want to check out this episode from NPR's This American life about LaDonna, a woman who worked as airport security and faced many horrible things from her male peers.

LaDonna

Murica! Fuck yea-A!


x

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Some More Stuff on Law Enforcement

I'm not finished yet. The end for me on this blog is near, but just not yet. Should probably shut it down since I don't post as often. But I know I'm not finished yet. I know what my final post will be, but I'm not at that point yet.

That being said . . .



Also an Alabama sheriff pockets leftover jail food funds LEGALLY:




In relation to the deputy that killed the boy, according to some reports, the deputy shoved the boy's mother. The boy decided to protect his mother, the sheriff then killed the boy. Again, what comes to mind is that law enforcement officers don't seem to stop and think how they would like their own mothers or others close to them to be treated. I'm sure they wouldn't want their own mothers mistreated by anyone, yet they don't give much of a fuck about civilians or their family. I don't know what I would do if I was there when an officer was yelling at my mother, let alone shoving her. I would probably end up dead like that kid, because I imagine it would be difficult to keep your cool in that type of situation. I've known cops to show up yelling and accusing people of things right off the bat just to get a reaction out of the person, or to intimidate. Heard about someone in my old neighborhood, who had said he and a friend were stopped by cops who immediately accused them about threateing to burn a house down. This person responded with something the lines of what the fuck or fuck no. Right away one of the cops accused him about being guilty of something. No idea what. The threats to burn a house down? Cuffed him, ran his ID, saw that he was on probation and took him to jail. Yeah.

And in the Alabama situation, there's a lot more to get into about not only about the money, but about the meals for inmates. Like for example the nutrition, especially for those who might have health issus that are only kept in check through healthier food choices. Not that you get much of a choice while in your in jail or prison. I'm wondering there has been an investigation on the cost of phone calls, adding money to an inmate's account and the charge for adding money to an account, and for that matter, the cost of "care packages" that you buy through certain websites. Having had family incarcerated, I know the that cost for many of these things are outrageous. A few years ago I looked up the cost of care packages, and it was ridiculous. A deeper investigation of these would probably reveal a lot of fucked up things about class and capitalism. Things that I've heard people talking about on social media lately, but have yet to see in relation to a deeper investigation about the families and inmates and the cost of these things. 

That's not even citing some of the more recent stuff in the headlines lately.

More investigations like these are needed: Buzzfeed: Secret NYPD Files

Monterey County Jail started letting inmates borrow an iPad, but their families need to put money in their accounts. More money and profit for the jail and for their power tripping deputies. Also for their bureaucracy that likes to give families the run around and neglect the health of inmates.

Don't know when I'll post again.

I'm out for now.