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New Racial assault on former Cardinals player
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/former-cardinal-curt-ford-punched-in-face-at-st-louis-county-gas-station/

"When Ford got out of his vehicle, the other driver started yelling racial slurs at him. Ford tried to avoid the confrontation, but when he approached the store to pay for the gas, the suspect walked up and punched him in the face."

What the news story doesn't say, is that the man yelled at Ford to "Go back to Ferguson!"

Such is the current atmosphere I'm living in. Nothing and nowhere feels very safe from these random incidents.

Brenda
(edited the man's quote because it was incorrect).
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Expand Edited by Nightowl March 26, 2015, 11:03:35 PM EDT
New powderkeg indeed
Any opinions expressed by me are mine alone, posted from my home computer, on my own time as a free American and do not reflect the opinions of any person or company that I have had professional relations with in the past 59 years. meep
New Re: powderkeg indeed
Yep.

And once again, we're in the national news for yet another racial event.

It doesn't feel like it's ever going to stop.

Brenda
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I feel like a melted-down owl between two slices of parent!
New Well since I travel thru that general area 4 times a year
when I go by the ferguson exit on I70 I will wave in your general direction, For those not familiar with the area, when crossing the missouri river on I64 from east St louis Indiana and getting on I 70 towards the airport you are leaving an industrial graveyard. After crossing into St Louis and proceeding North towards the airport you will be greeted by an Industrial miasma on the right and wonderful looking mansions on the left that were cut into multifamily apartments years ago, then destroyed by graffiti, gang wars until finally today it looks like a piece of a city in Iraq after the airforce and marine corp went thru it except not as clean. Very heartbreaking to look at. Once thru that area you will see smaller homes, still in the hood as there are bars on every entrance and window but kept up. On the edge of that you see the Ferguson exit. A few miles later you will get to the airport, and west of the airport you fimally get the impression it might be safe to stop to get gas or eat without a reconnaissance in force with heavy weapons in hand. Now I know from prior experiences in many parts of the country that the areas that look bad are safe as long as one is aware, just trying to describe what it looks like during a drive by.
Any opinions expressed by me are mine alone, posted from my home computer, on my own time as a free American and do not reflect the opinions of any person or company that I have had professional relations with in the past 59 years. meep
New Re: Waving at Owl ...(fixed quoting issue).
Boxley wrote:
when I go by the ferguson exit on I70 I will wave in your general direction...


Actually, we're a lot closer to the airport, which is a relief, but not far enough away to have the area completely untouched. They looted and vandalized businesses all the way from the Canfield Drive area to New Hallsferry which is quite a ways down West Florissant, the main "Ground Zero" area.

At one point, out of four entrance directions in to the subdivision where mom lived only one was untouched. I was really getting concerned because the unrest and damage was starting to surround her.

And they have appeared at Malls from North County to South County to West County. You never know when a group of them will block a highway or show up somewhere, so I wear my panic anxiety alert card ALL the time now, in case something happens and I can't handle it. Large crowds really trigger it.

Boxley wrote:
For those not familiar with the area, when crossing the missouri river on I64 from east St louis Indiana and getting on I 70 towards the airport you are leaving an industrial graveyard. After crossing into St Louis and proceeding North towards the airport you will be greeted by an Industrial miasma on the right and wonderful looking mansions on the left that were cut into multifamily apartments years ago, then destroyed by graffiti, gang wars until finally today it looks like a piece of a city in Iraq after the airforce and marine corp went thru it except not as clean. Very heartbreaking to look at. Once thru that area you will see smaller homes, still in the hood as there are bars on every entrance and window but kept up. On the edge of that you see the Ferguson exit. A few miles later you will get to the airport, and west of the airport you fimally get the impression it might be safe to stop to get gas or eat without a reconnaissance in force with heavy weapons in hand. Now I know from prior experiences in many parts of the country that the areas that look bad are safe as long as one is aware, just trying to describe what it looks like during a drive by.


You pretty much nailed the description down. And if you actually were to exit on Airport Road into Ferguson, you would see more desolate areas just like it. All of this unrest caused me to do some research, and I discovered that Kinloch, a ways down from Ferguson, had a similar rioting incident in the 60's:

"An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962
As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.

This story about riots in Kinloch, Mo., appeared in The New York Times on Sept. 27, 1962, days after a police officer shot and killed a black teenager.

Amid the flurry of coverage about Michael Brown's death and the reaction in Ferguson, Mo., journalists have been unpacking St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest. In some of these stories, the parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks are striking."...

The AP headline "8 Fires Set In Negro Suburb Of St. Louis After Shooting" stood out. Not just because of the story's physical proximity to what we're watching unfold today, but also because of its brevity. It was followed by four short paragraphs about a string of fires and violence in Kinloch, perhaps triggered by the death of a black teen.

(The AP wrote, as if explanation enough, that "The Negro community has been the scene of violence since an elderly policeman killed a young man Sunday.")"

You can read the entire article here: http://www.ideastream.org/news/npr/341417443

What is so sad, is that a lot of Kinloch never recovered from it. There are still areas of desolation to this day. That is what worries me about all of this. Can Ferguson really recover, with everyone fleeing in fear from the area??

And in the St. Louis news coverage, very little mention of the riots and arson in Kinloch in 1962 have even been mentioned. It's almost like they want to pretend it never happened...

(Shaking my head)People just seem to never learn, do they?
Heartbreaking is exactly the right word.

Brenda

(Edited to fix blockquotes. Sorry.)
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I feel like a melted-down owl between two slices of parent!
Expand Edited by Nightowl March 28, 2015, 03:06:54 AM EDT
Expand Edited by Nightowl March 28, 2015, 03:08:27 AM EDT
New You do seem to be in the thick of "it".
Sorry, Brenda.. you've certainly been care-taking for a lengthy period and it just doesn't seem fair that you should be the Poster-girl for {..the French always have the Best sayings}
Let no good deed go unpunished. We're each fragmented, here in the dis-USA; our local scene we often take to be representative of the entire discordant mess.
In a few oases of quietude, there must be many who have no idea why strife permeates (whatever today's meeja happens to photo-op in livid-HD.) You know the drill.

Cheer up! things will soon get better! ... nahhh, you've been lied-to enough already, right?
You're already engaged in one of the better escapes from the boring awfulness of the epidemic of hate-speech. Family chores might seem more like an obligation, often?/no choice, and like that, but it's still about 'rescuing' in some form. Makes endorphins in the jelloware sometimes, no?

Your routine may be all you get for a while, as nobody can guess what next craziness will emanate from the new crop of dysfunctionals, in DC and elsewhere. (I tend to focus on older abandoned cats/nobody wants them.. vet bills, maybe not a long life ahead: so just when you come to appreciate one? well, you know..)
Still, for that one: it's life/death and such an event erases the whole festering madness.. for many days, sometimes.

Cheaper than a shrink, and you're already doing your own version. That seems to make you smarter than a few millions, doesn't it? It always helps to just tune-out the comm'l car-crash meeja too; it's important not to get sucked-in to the endless verbiage from so many new techno-sources, I wot.

Luck.


New That's an understatement! ;)
It's so refreshing to read your posts again, Ashton!

Ashton wrote:
Sorry, Brenda.. you've certainly been care-taking for a lengthy period and it just doesn't seem fair that you should be the Poster-girl for {..the French always have the Best sayings} Let no good deed go unpunished.


Well, you will be proud to know that I have stopped taking unwarranted "hassle and guilt" from my family members. Mom still tries hard to heap it on, but I'm doing better to not allow it to affect me as much. :)

Ashton wrote:
You're already engaged in one of the better escapes from the boring awfulness of the epidemic of hate-speech. Family chores might seem more like an obligation, often?/no choice, and like that, but it's still about 'rescuing' in some form. Makes endorphins in the jelloware sometimes, no?


Well, for the most part yes, but when the family and Ferguson issues cross paths, as they do when I drive towards Mom's direction, then it's less of an escape. As for "rescuing", you and I know that's what it is, for the most part, but I think even if my mom were drowning and I was trying to save her, she would be criticizing my method!

Still and all, I strive towards that magic word, ...communication... with every effort I can make. Even to the point of buying a book called "The Lost Art Of Listening." To be honest, no one in my family ever learned to listen in the first place, so it's like a new adventure.

Course I still melt down between parental pressures on occasion, and yell, and revert to those "tried and true and totally wrong" responses, but the difference now is that I put that event behind me and move forward to approach the next one with a new attitude to make it better.

Hardest part is dealing with the fact that Mom interrupts every other word I'm trying to say, and in turn, that makes me interrupt others without meaning to. That is something I'm trying to stop as much as possible, both with her and others. But a fascinating fact I discovered in the book was that not being listened to, i.e. being interrupted every time you try and speak, erodes your self worth and your value of yourself.

I may not be able to fix my childhood and dysfunctional family-growing-up period, but maybe I can fix me now, and give myself the permission to have such self worth and value about myself. Worth a try, anyway?

Ashton wrote:
Cheaper than a shrink, and you're already doing your own version. That seems to make you smarter than a few millions, doesn't it? It always helps to just tune-out the comm'l car-crash meeja too; it's important not to get sucked-in to the endless verbiage from so many new techno-sources, I wot.


Coming from you, that's high praise. Having had over 22 years of therapy and counseling, I feel that I'm able to draw from those years of learning and as you sort of stated, "counsel myself". At times it is a comfort to know that I am able to stay that rational, even when things aren't rational around me.

As for the Meeja, (I assume you mean media), I rely on it to tell me where the protesters are today. And that in turn, helps me decide where it's safe to go and not. So I don't really want to tune it out, at least not locally. But as for the endless twisted opinions of meeja, and their endless arguments about who is right and wrong, nah...I have no use for that!

Wonderful to "read you again" Ashton!

Brenda

(edited to fix blockquotes. Sorry)
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Expand Edited by Nightowl March 27, 2015, 10:02:25 PM EDT
Expand Edited by Nightowl March 27, 2015, 10:05:17 PM EDT
Expand Edited by Nightowl March 28, 2015, 03:10:53 AM EDT
New Nice you're self-correcting better.
Have to remember that I ain't no oracle, either. Just like those people 6 miles up in the sky: when one goes all TeaParty-asinine (all training-to-date dismissed from jelloware) ... the people around have to improvise. If they *can* see a crack in an actor who seems ..merely normal.

So a few days ago, one deadly-actor still passed the sniff-test. And everyone died. Sounds like, in Ferguson, keep that sniffer pointed into the local scents, eh? (Loonies may lurk in my bucolic environs too, but thus far they seem genteeel ..all pretending to be Gentry..)


Break a leg, (It's All show bizness now)
     Racial assault on former Cardinals player - (Nightowl) - (7)
         powderkeg indeed -NT - (boxley) - (3)
             Re: powderkeg indeed - (Nightowl) - (2)
                 Well since I travel thru that general area 4 times a year - (boxley) - (1)
                     Re: Waving at Owl ...(fixed quoting issue). - (Nightowl)
         You do seem to be in the thick of "it". - (Ashton) - (2)
             That's an understatement! ;) - (Nightowl) - (1)
                 Nice you're self-correcting better. - (Ashton)

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... The Index Book?
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... or would that belong in the Meta-Index..
... or The List of Lists...
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... which Cannot be placed In The Library.....!
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