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Just like Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D., Almost Human was touted as the next best thing since sliced bread for the scifi genre in television. Well I took a look, and, like SHIELD, it is nothing of the sort. #SorryNotSorry.
This isn’t some hipster review that aims to pee in every one’s cornflakes and diss on a new TV show just because. I’m writing this because American scifi television has a problem, and Almost Human is just another example.
It could be that I’d just come off of a binge-watch of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and had some solid new scifi episodes of Sleepy Hollow under my belt that might have colored my perceptions of Almost Human: But really that is my point exactly.
The bar has been raised. Almost Human is almost slapdash in it’s laziness and seems purposeful in it’s unwillingness to be better. Let’s discuss a few of the issues shall we?
This is huge. I’m getting tired of everything being made from a book. But that’s fine and all, and some excellent television shows and movies have come from that, but dammit I’d just love to see more “written and directed by” and “original screenplay by”. Yeah remember those? Screenplays.
Seems like directors and producers are shopping for best selling books instead of original screenplays. Maybe that’s passe, a thing of the past. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but there is a difference between adapting an already completed work in another field for the screen, and bringing to life a screenplay <—- yes look at that word: An idea, a concept – written specifically for the screen.
Here is the premise for Almost Human:
The series is set thirty-five years in the future when humans in the Los Angeles Police Department are paired up with lifelike androids; a detective who has a dislike for robot partners is paired up with an android capable of emotion.
The first thing that popped into my head was Isaac Asimov’s novel Caves of Steel:
Set roughly three millenia in Earth’s future, Elijah Baley a detective, must work with a partber, a highly advanced robot named R. Daneel Olivaw who is visually identical to a human, even though Elijah, like many Earth residents, has a low opinion of robots. (Or as the back of my copy says “hated and feared robots deeply, bitterly and pathologically” ).
Together, they must solve a murder and try to avert an interstellar diplomatic incident. One interesting aspect of the book is the contrast between Elijah, the human detective, and Daneel, the humanoid robot. Asimov uses the “mechanical” robot to inquire about human nature.
The original copyright date is 1953. <—yeah, ok see what I mean? This woo! giddiness about Almost Human and really this is nothing new at all. Not by a long shot.
A few of the reviews I’ve read have also talked about the lack of originality, and mention the movie I, Robot which of course is taken from the book of short stories by that same name – again written by Asimov. Because, let us be real here: You can’t do robots without harking back to and at least giving a nod to Asimov.
As Asimov himself said, “…that science fiction is a flavor that can be applied to any literary genre, rather than a limited genre itself.” So yes, by all means have a cop show and make it scifi by making it take place in the future and add in some robots.
But for goonnessakes do it well. You can do it with some originality. With panache and style. I suggest watching the second segment of the 3-part anthology movie Doomsday Book:
A young technician employed by a robotics corporation, is called out to check a robot employed at a Buddhist monastery. The Robot has become Buddhist and claims to have achieved enlightenment. The monks want to know whether he really is enlightened or is just a robot with a technical glitch.
Now that’s what I’m talking about. The other two segments are a delight as well. Enjoy. And You’re Welcome.
Not Really The Future
This is something that I’ve seen as a big fail in the scifi genre time and time again. And it is really a human failing. The inability to extend our imaginations towards something that hasn’t happened yet. The mores, prejudices and societal norms and customs of the present day, always leak through, are always there.
It is a pity.
The biggest turn-off for me was when – and how – that happened in Almost Human. I’d gotten through the pilot episode, and was doggedly going through the second episode. So yeah, sexbots. Not surprised this showed up, only disappointed they decided to go there so early in the series.
I made it through the part where due to the really gross and misogynistic dialogue at the police station we are shown that all the sexbots are female sexbots, and cater exclusively to heterosexual men. Seriously? I managed to make it 10 minutes more, and then I turned it off. Sorry, not taking one for the team in this one.
Granted it is only 35 years in the future. I have a good chance of still being alive by then. That is only a decade less than I’ve been alive already, and you are telling me that in what is basically the equivalent of half the average human lifetime we will still be having the same horrible sexist, bullshit going on?
We’re supposed to believe that an entrepreneur would limit his profits by not having sexbots available in all genders and for all sexual orientations? These are heterosexual men writing these stories, and as I’ve pointed out so many times before, what they are comfortable with, and what they want on our screens is what we get.
Also, I bet I wasn’t the only female viewer disgusted and turned off by that episode. A lot of money was spent on hyping up the beauty and sexiness of the leads. Both Michael Ealy and Karl Urban are easy on the eyes and without a doubt were a draw for female viewers. Or should I say lure.
For them to then immediately fall back on they boys will be boys trope, and the female cops have to deal with sexual harassment from their fellow cops thing was an affront, and disrespectful. And also lazy, and unimaginative. Not a future I’m interested in tuning into every week at all. I’m again, probably not the only one who felt this way.
You risk losing those female viewers you reeled in. You certainly lost me. It is a very unwise move to make. Television is a numbers game, and there are 4.8 million more females than males in the US with the numbers rising all the time. But go on ahead and continue.
I can go watch stuff that Ealy and Urban have already been in, or GooglePic to my heart’s content if I want my pretty boy fix.
I don’t need to subject myself to boring, tropey, mediocre television at the same time. And if by some miracle that episode did end up having male sexbots or sexbots for every orientation – not gonna watch it to find out – still, sorry, NO. The sexist cop shop banter ruined it for me irreparably.
When you have series like Torchwood that play around with the fluidity of human sexual orientation and has strong, complex female characters to boot – well, like I said, the bar has been done been raised, and Almost Human failed miserably.
This ties into the concept of the Invisible Black Woman that I’ve written about time and time and time again. I also speak about scifi in particular in juxtaposition with diversity. This post HERE illustrates the formula that I’ve seen happen over and over again in this genre, especially in American television and film.
Why couldn’t Ealy be the lead and Urban the “almost human” robot? Why not have a Black woman starring as the moody detective who has issues with robots? Hey, we could even keep the Black girlfriend and have her be a lesbian! No, that would just be too much. Gotta have the white (straight) male lead that everyone can relate to, because like in my indicated post that is what the formula calls for.
(Never mind Scandal or Sleepy Hollow tho, or those amazing sitcoms, movies and shows from yesteryear – ok the 90s – that had truly diverse casting and managed to be smash hits even so)
I’m not saying the BBC and thems have their ish together perfectly on the subject by any stretch of the imagination – whoops! there’s that word again! – but at least they can imagine POCs in the future and especially Black Women so much more often than the US.
Basically US creators of scifi content for television and film are still patting themselves on the back because of Gene Roddenberry’s casting of Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura over 45 years ago, and ain’t really bothered to make any moves like that since.
I’ll also make a bet that most Trekkies have no idea that Uhuru is the Swahili word for Freedom. Just putting that out there. Purposeful casting of Black women in roles unusual for them, and making a serious societal point by doing so are rare, so very rare.
Why couldn’t the Captain Sandra Maldonado character in Almost Human have been a Black woman? Or at the very least an actual Latina. Are we supposed to buy Lily Taylor as a Latina? Or is she married to one? What are we supposed to infer by the “diverse” last name the character has? WHY are you making me think so hard when you all you had to do was just simply cast a WOC????
Star Trek uses that naming trope thing a lot too. Having starships and shuttles with culturally diverse names, unseen or non-speaking roled people mentioned or referred to having “ethnic” names etc. It gets really tiring. Why is it so damn hard just to cast main and leading – and supporting – roles with POC?
The only Black woman we see on Almost Human – and that only in some recorded video message and memory flashback – is Urban’s ex-girlfriend. And woo! She’s Evil Bad. Really people?
I won’t be watching, but I bet it turns out that she was undercover or something and so not really bad, and so everything is ok. But it won’t be ok, even if that happens – which, actually, I’d be surprised if it does. I won’t be watching, so I won’t know unless someone tells me how it all turns out on the “evil Black ex-girlfriend” front.
Like I said, I was pretty much done by the time the pilot was over. If they hadn’t put out both the first and second episodes back to back, and thus were both there for me to watch streaming – I really wouldn’t have bothered to wait a week and see if the 2nd one was any better.
And why don’t I give this show a chance? Why don’t I watch a few more episodes? Because look. Sleepy Hollow came out the corner swinging. The pilot rocked, each episode has rocked since. Black women in main cast. POC actors everywhere. There have been a few issues here and there, as no nascent TV show is perfect, but there were no deal-breakers. And it is 2013 people. DAYUM.
Evil Black Ex-Girlfriend on a show with no other Black female characters as balance or contrast: deal-breaker.
Disgusting old-school, locker room, misogynistic subject matter, dialogue and concepts on a supposedly futuristic show: deal-breaker.
Agents of the SHIELD wasn’t so much a deal breaker as a snoozefest. I have wandered back to watch subsequent episodes on streaming since I viewed the pilot. It basically kills with boredom. For so much hype, well, it just fell short.
And their lack of diversity notwithstanding. They do the lets have POC show up as guest stars now and then thing, but damned if we are going to main cast say a Black woman anywhere. But I know my American scifi, and I know not to expect to see myself on the screen
You have to be pretty awesome in order for me to take that hit to get my scifi fix.
And when you have other shows that are doing their thing WHILE INCLUDING ME ON THEIR SCREEN – well why in heaven’s name am I bothering to watch your boring, tropey, unoriginal, homogeneous, unimaginative offering?
I stopped betting on what TV shows would last and which ones would get canceled, decades ago when I lived in Hollywood. I was always wrong. Especially in the scifi genre. These days those decisions are done even more by the numbers – case in point Sleepy Hollow being renewed for a second season well early before any cancel or keep deadlines – so we shall see what happens with Almost Human.
But I will point out that a scifi series with hardly any diversity, starring two (white male) cuties and chock-a-block with misogynistic overtones is starting it’s 9th season. So despite this long drawn out post and my feelie-feels on the subject, Almost Human stands a chance to be a success.
Damn shame. Throw in some fancy CGI, futuristic tech, rehash an old storyline, hire mediocre writers, cast some pretty boys and call it cutting edge scifi.
As I tweeted out the other day: It’s just not interesting.
Now her killer can be named. Now that he is charged with committing an actual crime or something.
Here Is His Face. What He Looks Like. If you are curious. I refuse to download his mug and sully my precious hard drive with his likeness.
Sad to see Think Progress using the “homeowner” moniker. Yet. Even. And STILL.
The charges include murder in the second degree, which carries a term of up to life in prison; a manslaughter charge with a maximum term of 15 years in prison; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony or attempted commission, which carries a term of two years in prison.
Now I want you to look at the language carefully, before you start rejoicing.
Murder in the second degree: UP TO life in prison
Manslaughter: MAXIMUM 15 years in prison
Possession of a firearm blah blah etc: TWO YEARS IN PRISON
What I’m interested in is the minimum term for murder in the second degree, and also the minimum for manslaughter. If you ignore all the other laws I’m about to touch on, and should Theodore P. Wafer actually get sentenced (which is another whole can of worms) it looks like the only solid length of time he could spend for killing 19 year old Renisha McBride is:
Unless the minimums for either 2nd degree murder and manslaughter are higher that two years, which I don’t know, and don’t feel like researching right now. And I’m TIRED to the bone. WEARY of all of this, and we’re just getting started.
Not to mention lazy journalism. Hey, I’m just a blogger, not getting paid to like research and write articles, but the first thing I thought about was ok what are the minimums in this case? But Oh WELL.
Now for all the other pesky stuff you don’t want to think about:
It is now clear that Michigan’s Stand Your Ground-like laws did not stop prosecutors from charging Wafer. Wafer may, however, still seek immunity from charges at trial.
Ok so he can still use SYG to get immunity from charges? That’s how awesome those laws are trigger-happy murderers.
He could also use the state’s Stand Your Ground law to show that he reasonably believed force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.
How are they going to prove a 19 year old, injured and unarmed young woman at his front door = death or great bodily harm? Quite easily, because we’ve seen it all done before, over and over. They’ll start with the color of her skin and go from there.
I won’t mention the toxicology report they did on that dead young woman, but not on her killer, I won’t. But you think about that.
…when his lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter, spoke to the press, she said the shooting was “justified” and invoked the language of Michigan’s “Shoot First” laws that could immunize the homeowner from prosecution if he was acting in self-defense.
It was also mentioned in that articled that the “knocking” on the door sounded more like “banging”.
Hmm ok like that is supposed to mean anything. If I shot and killed everyone who banged on my front door…..
You see it is all these needling, little details that they toss out into the Universe. Those evil little words that don’t at first look to mean much. Why would they bother?
Because, like George Zimmerman’s lawyers, they are gearing up to paint a picture that would make anyone chosen on a jury think: Well OF COURSE he had to shoot her. He was well within his rights. He was terrified of the ravening beast banging at his door late at night and after all he was protecting his property too wasn’t he? This brave noble Homeowner!
Brief interlude for some thoughts:
Trayvon Martin was painted as a thug.
A few weeks before he was murdered, he was celebrating his mother’s birthday – riding horses. There is a picture of him on horseback, you just Google it on up if you don’t believe me. There is also a picture of him participating in some sort of Space Camp type dealy.
How many of you reading this rode horses on the regular? Is the horse riding activity part of your family’s lifestyle? Horse riding is a skill attained over time, with lessons and practice. Also, it ain’t cheap. How many have the access and wherewithal to expose your kids to extras like space camp?
Well I rode horses as a kid, and all of us siblings knew how to ride. Space camp wasn’t on the menu, but specialized (ie expensive), focused extracurriculars certainly were. I’d say, a solid middle class upbringing, with solid middle class educated parents who wanted to best for their kids. Just like Trayvon Martin.
But he was a thug and deserved to be murdered.
Remember that gated community that GZ was so hell-bent on protecting? All those well-to-do Americans living in safety and comfort in their big houses? Well Trayvon might have been visiting, but his father LIVED THERE. In that secure, comfortable gated community for the well-to-do.
But he was a thug. Millions of people to this very day see him as such, and not as a typical teen from a middle class family walking down the street.
And I won’t mention the tox screen done on GZ that was suppressed. He was hopped up on pharmaceuticals that night, freshly dumped by his wife, coming from an argument and spoiling for a fight. Won’t mention those things at all.
I also won’t mention that farce of a trial, the months he scampered around free from charges (sound familiar?), and how everyone was connected: From GZ’s retired judge father, the police, the lawyers on both sides, the trial judge – it was a joke. The only satisfaction I get right now, is oopsies! GZ isn’t paying his lawyers. They haven’t seen one thin dime for the performance they put on and I hope they never will.
There is one ray of sunshine in this whole Renisha McBride murder case – now that it is a murder case, only took two weeks this time – and it goes a little something like this:
There were no signs forced entry into the home. Prosecutor Worthy said during the press conference Friday that McBride had not attempted to forcibly enter the home.
For Wafer to successfully invoke immunity under what is known as the “Castle Doctrine,” which authorizes deadly force without a duty to retreat in one’s home, he would have to show that McBride was “in the process of breaking and entering a dwelling.”
However, if things are as connected up as they were in the Zimmerman trial, it won’t matter a lick. Because look at this headline as well:
Renisha McBride Update: Theodore Wafer, Mich. homeowner, charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter in teen’s shooting death
That is from CBS News. They, like Think Progress and pretty much all of the other “news” outlets, keep sending that byte out over and over:
Homeowner, homeowner, homeowner.
Oh but not:
Killer, killer, killer or murderer, murderer, murderer – not even when he’s been charged with it.
Like I said before, I watched that man change from being called shooter, and gunman to householder (how archaic!) and homeowner. Right. Before. My. Eyes. (I bet you did too)
Pictures painted in the press.
Here’s my headline:
Renisha McBride Update: Theodore Wafer, of Michigan, charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter in teen’s shooting death
Here’s Think Progress’ headline:
BREAKING: Homeowner Who Shot Girl Seeking Help At His Door Charged With Murder
BREAKING: Man Who Shot Young Woman Seeking Help At His Door Charged With Murder
It is very sad, yet very predictable, that this murderer might go down – if he even ends up getting sentenced at all – for the two year felony weapons charge and not murder or manslaughter.
My outrage about this case continues.
Let us see what happens.
Theodore P. Wafer Murdered Renisha McBride
Something amazing happened the other day.
Yes, click that link and settle down for a good listen. The video won’t start until you click on it, so do go ahead and click.
In my pain, my sorrow, my anger and my fear surrounding recent events I didn’t know what to do and then there was this amazing thing and the words I heard helped me not give in to the despair.
Feminist Imagination and Daring To Dream. A really great article in response to video.
Please reblog this post and/or share that video link your own spaces, your blog, your FB, your Twitter, your email, your networks both off and online.
I may have my own blog post response to this video, but I may not.
The healing I needed has already occurred, and really: I share this so you too can Hear The Words You Need To Hear.
Still reading my words? Scroll back up and click that link!
I’d sure like to know.
Peep this from the above link:
Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Mary Mazur said McBride suffered a shotgun wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office refused to issue a warrant earlier this week.
I see. Here is the definition of homicide:
Homicide is an act of a human killing another human.
Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter)
Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder.
The law generally differentiates between levels of criminal culpability based on the mens rea, or state of mind; or the circumstances under which the killing occurred (mitigating factors).
But all of those things fly out of the legal window when you commit murder, or a homicide in one of the 47 states that have Stand Your Ground laws. Which is why there is all this stalling and balking and refusal to issue a warrant for Renisha McBride’s killer.
I find something singularly abhorrent about the concept that you can end the life of another human being and not have to take one ounce of responsibility. For ending the life of a person. For killing someone dead.
All you have to say is:
“I was afraid for my life”
“I was scared”
“I was protecting myself, my property, my family”
“I felt threatened”
“Oopsies! It was an accident”
And you can skip merrily on about your life as if nothing happened. You don’t even have to stand in front of a court of law and explain yourself and your actions. You don’t have to spend one minute behind bars.
That over and over and over again these laws are invoked when a white person kills a Black person or a POC is also something worthy of noting. When a Black person or a POC tries to invoke those same laws, suddenly they don’t apply to the situation.
Suddenly you have to serve 20 years in jail for not aiming your gun at and murdering someone, while someone who actually killed another human being is sitting at home munching on hot pockets and watching their favorite TV show.
Ironically there was a hearing about the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida today. Disappointing, but unsurprisingly they decided to keep those laws on the books, not even amend them and make them more clear – less wiggle room for murderers – but decided to expand them. Which I guess means adding even more wiggle room, I dunno, I was too disgusted to research further.
Also, why did it take two days for officials to contact the family? I must watch too many crime shows because I thought the family is notified right away especially when the dead person has her ID, was driving a car registered in her name etc.
Yes, I’m still calling out for the identity of this murderer to be released, leaked, doxxed, hacked, and spread out all over the world for everyone to know. Because he until he is charged with something, ie is within the legal system, they can’t/won’t.
I don’t care.
He didn’t care about Renisha’s life, so I’m not caring all that much about his.
Here is some more info on this person taken from Abagond’s post on Renisha McBride:
Maybe where she was killed: A house on the 16000 block of Outer Drive near Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights(?)
I read elsewhere that he is a 54 year old white male and lives alone in his home he was so fiercely protecting.
Hacktivists do your thing.
Here is my First Post About Renisha McBride’s Murder in case you missed it and want to read how I write when I’m pissed off and have no fucks left to give.
I am reading articles about about how broken up and upset the killer is about what happened. All being told through his attorney who will not release his name.
How he thought someone was breaking into his home (giving reason for grabbing his shotgun instead of the phone, I guess), and that the gun fired accidentally.
1. I’ve been woken up with sounds of someone trying to break into my home. Twice in fact. Those sounds are never coming from the front door. Always the back or side entrances, or a side or back window.
2. I don’t own a gun. I am also a Black person in America, so I am leery of calling the police. But both times I heard someone trying to break into my home I called 911 with a quickness.
That one time I was woken up by my neighbor’s screams, I tossed my BF the phone and told him to start dialing while I ran out to see if I could help her.
Yeah, I know, but I never was one to follow the Hollywood script. Also, blame my brief experience in law enforcement. Half the time my initial reaction is to run toward danger.
3. He had to have the door open to have shot Renisha, accidentally or otherwise. There are no reports that he shot through his front door. If he was so afraid, why didn’t he keep the door shut?
Did he speak to Renisha at all? Did he just charge out his door shooting? Did he ask her any questions? Did he mean to hold her at gunpoint until the police came? The police he didn’t call, because he was so busy aiming his headshot at this supposed burglar?
If it was an accident, guns just don’t shoot themselves. He had to have had his finger on the trigger. He had to have had the weapon aimed at her head.
A simple “who are you, and what are you doing, what do you want” yelled through the door or window would have sufficed. He then could have decided to render aid, or tell her to move along.
Why all the gun pointing? The finger on the trigger? I know why. Do you?
If you shoot someone accidentally, you call the police, and paramedics and anyone and everyone who can help you and help the victim of your accident.
He didn’t do that. There is a fuzziness about when he “volunarily went to the police”. And then there are the initial reports about the body being moved, or him or the police saying she was shot in nearby Detroit and mysteriously dumped on this man’s porch.
You behave like a guilty, shifty, murdering killer, or an irresponsible trigger-happy, lying to the police gunowner: I’m going to go with that.
And besides. Lest we forget. He took the life of another human being. On purpose. By accident. It doesn’t negate the fact that he took a life. He should be punished. Pay the price. Do the time.
But in America, we have the most guns, and the most laws that allow for murder and homicide to not be considered a crime. Especially if the killer is white and the victim is not.
Welcome to America.
I generally try to keep the titles of my posts short and sweet and to the point. Today the point is not short nor is it sweet, and you reading this will have to deal with it or take a fucking hike because right now I am THIS close to doing something I’m going to regret.
But INSTEAD, I’m writing this post because for the last 24 hours or so since I heard about what how Renisha McBride was shot and killed – MURDERED – in cold blood for no other reason than the color of her skin, I have been at the boiling point.
And people ask me why I’m leaving this country.
The racism here is so personal, the hate is so intensely deep and personal. The bigotry is bone deep and so inherently personal. You can cut it with a knife this particular American brand of White Supremacy, this racism this that makes white people comfortable enough to shoot me down like a dog.
Oh and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell is why you are thinking this current incident sounds so familiar. Another Black person shot and killed because they were asking for help after an auto accident. Welcome to America.
THIS MURDERER WAS NOT CHARGED WITH ANYTHING. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
When I first read THIS ARTICLE about what happened, I thought it could get no worse. There were scant details, as it was breaking news. A woman hurt in a car accident goes to a house to ask for help, she gets shot in the head and killed. Initially her death gets reported as a body dump – attempt at covering up, by the killer or police or both it wasn’t clear – and we read that the name of the murdering son of a bitch is not released.
RENISHA MCBRIDE WAS 19 YEARS OLD. In case you were wondering.
I thought this story could not get any worse. Log into my Twitter feed this morning and come to find out the head shot was from BEHIND. Renisha was turning away from the door – because her pleas for help had obviously been ignored and that’s when the cowardly killing murderer decided it was fine and dandy to take his shot and put a bullet in Renisha’s brain as she was TURNED AWAY FROM HIM AND LEAVING.
Despite the headline of this article: SELF DEFENSE IS NOT SHOOTING SOMEONE WHEN THEY ARE WALKING AWAY FROM YOU. When you are defending yourself from something, that something is usually coming at you, attacking you, prompting you to find and use a defense against them.
You know, like in SPORTS – football and soccer for example. When the opposing team is comin at ya, you use defense to guard your goal. You are on the offense when you take the ball into their territory and challenge their goal.
Hell, even I know these basic “man rules”: Never shoot someone in the back, and never kick a person when they are down. But see Black people aren’t human beings. We aren’t people. Those rules don’t apply to us. We are beasts to be exterminated whenever you get a chance.
There are laws already been in place for CENTURIES that will protect you and certainly aren’t written for that animal you just killed, so go ahead and pull that trigger.
American Racism History Moment: Those Voor Trekkers in South Africa thought our system of Jim Crow was so amazing and excellent that they copied it and used it as a base for their system of racial separation, hatred and oppression (white supremacy). they called theirs APARTHEID. Did you know that????
But Woo! Threat! I was afeared for my life! I stood my ground! It was late at night and Black people – especially 19 year old hurt Black women pleading for help – are SO SCARY AND DANGEROUS! Of course I gunned it down, that horrible, life-threatening… Black… THING!
You have to understand that ignoring your front door being knocked on, or a 2am doorbell ring is one thing. And getting your shotgun, waiting until that person is turned away and leaving, then opening your door and shooting them in the head is quite another.
Steps were taken. Choices were made. He chose to end that young woman’s life. Just like that nice white woman chose to call the police on Jonathan Ferrell instead of calling the paramedics.
Remember when I said “comfortable shooting Black people down like dogs”? See this is the part of RACISM that so many white people just don’t get. They whine about not having a white TV channel, or white history month, or a white student union, and consistently equate the NAACP with the Ku Klux Klan.
This person felt comfortable shooting this Black person down like a dog – murdering her, killing her – because there is a SYSTEM that is endemic to this country that will protect him from harm.
Look at it at work already. He has yet to be charged with anything. Not even – what’s that term for “accidentally” killing someone – manslaughter? His name is not released. He remains comfortably anonymous, and is chilling at home with his family.
While the McBride family mourns.
I really wish I could say that if I did the exact same thing, I’d get the same treatment. And before you speak remember Marissa Alexander who fired a gun INTO THE AIR to scare off her attacker and was slapped into jail with a 20 year sentence.
When yet another murderer of a promising young Black person walks around free, uncharged. Sound familiar?
SO SHUT THE FUCK UP because while you embarrass yourself with the counter-hashtag #WhiteGirlsRock because a two hour annual program celebrating #BlackGirlsRock is so offensive to you and seems so UNFAIR
WE ARE BEING MURDERED BECAUSE WE ARE BLACK GIRLS.
I made this appeal on twitter yesterday, and I’m making it here now. I’m hiring a hacker. Or I hope they would, like Anonymous donate their skills and their time to the cause.
I want Renisha McBride’s muderer’s name to be released, leaked, doxxed – whatever you call it nowadays.
Posted on websites, tumblrs, FB, tweeted all around the world, painted on subway walls, posted up on a billboard. Along with their address the scene of the CRIME. So we can all get a good look.
So local people can drop by and visit and lookyloo and trample their flower beds. So human rights activists can stand out front and call for justice – because until people do that, shades of Trayvon Martin and the struggle his family had towards getting GZ even arrested or charged.
OMG it is illegal to leak the name—Is it?? I don’t give a fuck. I believe it is also illegal to shoot a human being in the back of the head for no reason. So yeah. Contact me.
Or just go on ahead and get it done. You have the skills. You know what to do. I’m hoping to read about a name and the address in the next 24 hours. It will happen.
How’s this for a blog post title: Who Killed Renisha McBride?
And media, stop calling him “the gunman” or “the shooter”. He is The Murderer. The Killer. The Cowardly Killer of you want a nice catchy phrase for your news segments and articles.
You murder me, you don’t get to sit comfy in your home all anonymous and go on about your life. You. Do. NOT. Get. To. Do. That.
UPDATE: It is now being said that the murderer shot 19 year old Renisha McBride in the FACE instead of what was reported at first, him shooting the back of her head.
I love that this is being bandied about now. If only to bolster up his claim of self defense or stand your ground or whatever else he might wish to cloak himself with to get away with cold blooded murder.
I don’t care if he did shoot that young woman in the face. I hear that he is also claiming the shotgun “went off accidentally”. I asked this question on twitter when I heard this latest
line of bullshit update:
Doesn’t a weapon have to be aimed at the head in order for the bullet to enter the head/face region of the body?
So whether or not the gun “went off accidentally” this man had his weapon pointed at this young woman’s head, with his finger on the trigger AND well within what is considered point blank range.
Again, I talk about choices.
I have lived alone for most of my life. I prefer it that way. But I also know the realities of the world. I don’t open my door to just anyone, if I am able, I take a look at who is at the door, and try to see if they are armed or not.
Usually I have a conversation through the closed door, or from a side or above window or what have you. Especially when you are not expecting visitor and/or it’s after midnight etc.
I can usually verbally deter an unwanted visitor from continuing to hang by my front door, stay on my property etc. I’m not a gun owner, but if I was, I’d be trying the verbal thing first, (and a couple two three other choices) before putting my finger on the trigger and aiming my weapon at that person’s head.
He had a shotgun. She was unarmed and asking for help. He either shot her in the face, or in the back of the head. The autopsy and other forensics will be able to officially determine that. Even if his weapon was discharged “by accident”, he for sure had a bead on her, like she was an armed assassin coming for him.
So either way, this murderer was In The Wrong, and he needs to be charged with something. He needs to spend some time behind bars for taking the life of an innocent, unarmed, fellow civilian who was simply seeking his help.
Also. How are you being threatened when you not only are the only person armed in this situation AND you have your big sturdy house with all its locks and doors AND phones that work should you need to call for help from this deadly threat embodied by an injured woman asking for help?
Also Of Note: The media went from referring to this murderer as “shooter” or “gunman” to “homeowner” and “householder” in a matter of hours. I watched it happen right before my eyes. Inferring that he was protecting his SACRED PROPERTY from a threat and was well withing his rights to gun down that young woman in cold blood.
And at the same time, there was speculation about some “missing hours” that Renisha had allegedly spent between when her accident occurred and when she knocked on that door for help.
Interesting, isn’t it?
I’m beginning to think that white people get this little pamphlet handout with each gun they purchase. In this pamphlet it clearly outlines what stand your ground, no duty to retreat and self defense laws are in extant in the area in which you live. At the end of the pamphlet it highlights that you can, by invoking these laws, kill a nigger and never get charged or spend a day in jail or prison, so happy shootin, hoss!
So how are we doing with RELEASING THE NAME OF THIS COWARDLY LYING MURDER?
I won’t apologize for my tone and my language in this post. I am at my breaking point and I often vent on this blog to help me work things out.
Like I said at the beginning, feel free to ditch the fuck on out, but I hope you stick around with me and let’s fight this True American Horror Story with all our might, our hearts and our souls.
This cannot keep happening. I won’t stand for it. I won’t.
Out him. Dox him. I want that murdering coward known to EVERYONE.
Please take a few minutes of your time to watch the following news clip about someone who got caught up in the Obamacare horror story media frenzy.
This could happen to you. Don’t let it.
There is a lot to unpack here, but most of it is very simple. The type of reporting that was being discussed has for some time now become the norm. I do more research for my blog posts than some of these reporters do for their television segments.
Obamacare is just the latest thing to fall into the hands of these so-called professional journalists, and news outlets. And who ends up losing when things like this happen? The everyday American people, that’s who. People like you and me and people like the woman in the news clip.
Although everything turned out alright for this person in the end, it was sad to see how she had been misled. And not only that, the ignorance she had about the ACA could so easily had been relieved if television news, reporting and journalists had actually been doing their jobs.
Don’t let that happen to you.
One reporter made one phone call and asked the right questions, and took the time to find out what was really happening. Doing his job the way you are supposed to do it – investigating journalist.
The rest of us are going to be so fortunate as to have someone make that call for us. We have to self advocate and do these things for ourselves. My Obamacare posts have been put out there to help you with that.
The only quibble I had with that clip, was the guy who said how hard it was to do comparisons between health insurance plans. And he is right. Because in the past, it was indeed awful. I know about it first hand.
However, now we have the exchange system set up, with easy to follow directions and you can compare all kinds of plans with the one you have now, compare them with each other if you are trying to find that magical fit between what you can afford vs. what you need.
That is the one single thing I urge everyone to do. If you are being told by anyone – including your current health insurance provider – that you have to pay more, or they have to drop you or whatever:
Find out for yourself what the truth is for you and your family.
I also learned the term “Junk Insurance” from that news clip. And I absolutely love it! It is the perfect description for all those godawful plans that I kept getting in those rare moments when I was able to afford coverage.
Like that woman found out, you will also find out when you start to compare what you had with how insurance is now under the ACA, that you are going to get more bang for your buck.
What I also have learned on my journey into understanding the ACA and the exchanges, and what was touched upon briefly in that clip, is that what you get for your premiums is vastly different from before.
I’ve listed what many of those benefits, rights and protections are under the ACA, and provided links to even more detailed information in my Previous Obamacare Post if you want to check that info out for yourself.
There are other costs to consider besides the premiums. What is the cost going to be should you get sick, injured or contract a debilitating illness? Those are the things to compare and contrast when you get on those websites or talk in person with people when you go to shop for coverage.
And the funny thing is, we Americans already know how to shop like this. We do it all the time. We compare items of similar price and see what each has to offer. That DVD player, that computer, that phone.
Or maybe it’s just me. But I don’t think it is, when you have sites like Best Buy and Amazon that have the compare feature right there at your fingertips. Because that’s what consumers do. How many test drives did you go on before you decided which car was the one?
Some of you have shopped around for the best deal on auto insurance, home owner’s insurance, life insurance, renter’s insurance – you name it. There’s even a huge industry for life insurance for your pets.
So you can fall victim to the hype, drama and fake stories of horror about doing something you do every day: comparison shopping for the best deal – or you can ignore it and get you and your loved ones covered.
Lastly, I’d like to talk about this vested interest that some of my fellow Americans have in making sure that you don’t get covered. And by fellow Americans I don’t mean politicians, I mean everyday people like you and me. I already know why certain politicians and public office holders don’t want the rest of us to get covered. It is the everyday people working so hard against the ACA that have me flummoxed.
I’m not seeing what the advantage is to their lives if they prevent you from getting affordable healthcare coverage. I can see the disadvantages to you, if you don’t self advocate and get what you need to make an informed decision.
Those are the key words: Informed Decision.
Watching a news program by “uninformed and incurious news reporters” is not being informed. You are watching what someone has chosen for you to see.
Not to mention each individual, each family has it’s own unique healthcare needs. Find out if the needs of your family can be met with coverage under the ACA.
Go find out what you will get for what you can pay. Go find out if you, like that woman in the clip are eligible for subsidies.
She was eligible for a $200 subsidy which put her paying only $40 more for the plan closest to what she was paying before. That is: Only paying $333 for a $533 plan, when she was paying $293 for a junk plan with none of the ACA benefits.
Or she could go down to the next tier and pay around $190. Still with more benefits than the plan she has now. She can stay with her plan, or go with any of the other ACA options. It will be up to her to decide. But at least she now has the information she needed in order to make that decision. You should get it too.
I’ve lived most of my life without health insurance. I’ve used emergency rooms as my primary care. I’ve gone to free or low cost clinics. I’ve paid out of pocket – cash – for care. I’ve gone without because I didn’t have the money. I’ve had junk insurance plans, that I always ended up not being able to afford, because the out of pocket expenses were too high – so much wasn’t even covered.
Right now, I have three back molars missing from my head. Yeah, they cracked off and fell out. I have one that is on its last legs because while I was able to at that time have my parents cover part of the root canal I needed, I wasn’t able to afford the final procedure to get the enamel covering.
Goodness knows what’s going on with my ladyparts and my other plumbing, because I haven’t been able to get my yearly pelvic exams, or see a GP on the regular at all. Now that I have insurance, I’m going to go get my stuff attended to.
But I know there are somethings that have been permanently damaged, or will take years of rehabilitating and fixing, due to the decades I was only saw a doctor when it was an emergency. When I had to pay for preventative care – like dental upkeep visits, pap smears, breast exams, yearly physicals etc – I couldn’t afford it, so I went without.
Now preventative care is free under the ACA. That alone is worth the price of the ticket for me.
I think Obamacare is fine and dandy. Others think it isn’t. You don’t have to listen to me or them. Go find out for yourself.
You don’t let your fellow Americans deter you from buying that new laptop. I certainly didn’t let them deter me from saving $20/month on my auto insurance when I went comparison shopping last month. I suggest not letting them deter you from getting affordable healthcare coverage either.
They won’t be around when your child gets sick. They won’t be there when you get ill or injured. They won’t be there when you have to deal with a mental illness. They won’t be there.
And ask yourself why they are here now attempting to block you from even checking things out? What is in it for them? I certainly have no idea.
It costs you nothing but a little bit of your time to check out the exchanges and find things out for yourself. Then you can decide – for yourself – what you are going to do.
Don’t know where to start? CLICK HERE.
Good health to you and yours. Live long, and prosper.
Nobody has been able to tell me why having every American covered is a bad thing.
I’ve spent a good part of nearly every day since 2010 – when the ACA was signed into law – reading everything I could get my hands on about Obamacare and healthcare reform in this country.
I’ve browsed the website, I’ve checked out the state run exchange websites, I’ve called the phone number. I’ve asked questions, I’ve read the parts of the actual Affordable Care Act document that pertain to me, an individual seeking coverage etc. etc. etc.
Are you as informed?
Or are you taking it on blind faith and a broadcast that the ACA is not for you. Go. Find. Out. Make an informed decision.
Love your current health plan? Keep it!
For those Americans who already have health insurance, the only changes you will see under the law are new benefits, better protections from insurance company abuses, and more value for every dollar you spend on health care.
If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.
Consumer Rights and Protections. (It’s now against the law for health insurance companies to eff with your health & your wallet).
In the past, insurance companies could take advantage of you. They could deny coverage to children who had asthma or were born with a heart defect, put a lifetime cap on the amount of care they would pay for, or cancel your coverage when you got sick just by finding an accidental mistake in your paperwork.
The Affordable Care Act creates a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that protects you from these and other abusive practices.
-End to pre-existing condition discrimination
-End to limits on Care
-End to coverage cancellations
More Affordable Coverage
The law helps you by bringing down health care costs and making sure your health care dollars are spent wisely.
Insurance companies will now be accountable to their customers for how they are spending premium dollars, and how much they are raising rates.
Plus, the new law will help lower costs through new tax credits and new marketplaces where insurers will have to compete for your business.
-Value for your premium dollar: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule, if insurance companies don’t spend at least 80 percent of your premium dollar on medical care and quality improvements rather than advertising, overhead and bonuses for executives, they will have to provide you a rebate.
In 2012, 8.5 million people received half a billion dollars in refunds.
-Stopping unreasonable rate increases
-Small business tax credits
Better Access to Care
-Free prevention benefits
-Coverage for young adults: Under the law, most young adults who can’t get coverage through their jobs can stay on their parents’ plans until age 26 – a change that has already allowed 3.1 million young adults to get health coverage and given their families peace of mind.
-Affordable Insurance Exchanges
You have until March 31st, 2014 to get coverage. If you can’t afford coverage, there are fee waivers and subsidies to help you get covered.
If you are in Dire Straights and need to be covered ASAP: Make sure to get insured by December 15th, 2013. Your coverage will kick in on January 1st, 2014.
Around a year from now the penalty for not having coverage will be $95.00. Put aside $8.00/month for twelve months and you have your penalty fee if for some strange reason you don’t wish to have healthcare coverage.
If you are low-income, will have hardship etc in paying for health insurance, as I said, you can qualify for waivers and/or subsidies. Ask about that when you sign up/apply.
4 Ways To Get Covered:
1. By Phone: Call 1-800-318-2596. Remember to ask about ways to pay for coverage/get covered if you have financial hardships.
2. The Healthcare Dot Gov website. Follow the easy directions. There is also a Live Chat feature if you need help.
States that have their own exchanges/websites:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
Scroll down THIS LINK and find the chart that has your state’s website link, if you live in any of the above listed states. Use that link to apply and get covered. In Utah if you are a small business owner there is a link for you to use as well.
3. In Person. You can use Local Help Dot Healthcare Dot Gov site to find inperson help in your area. Your local Walgreens, RiteAid and CVS pharmacies can give in person help to you as well.
Truly Scary Story:
The other day one of my neighbors mentioned how he didn’t want to go to jail because of Obamacare. He was a tad incoherent, but I’m patient when it comes to these sort of things, so I finally was able to coax out of him what on earth he meant.
I believe he was referring to the everyone must have coverage or suffer the $95.00 penalty thing. Which doesn’t even kick in until somewhere in 2015. And also, nobody is going to be put in jail if they don’t have coverage.
I’ve owed the government (The IRS) $75.00 for the past oh five or six years I think it is. They once or twice a year (around April usually) send out a snail mail bill asking me to pony up the cash.
I haven’t paid due to that wonderful mix of being too broke, not paying on principle (H&R Block did my taxes so IRS is in error according to me), forgetting to pay or appeal, last on my list of stuff that needs paying or dealing with etc.
I haven’t been jailed yet, and that’s the IRS!
I calmed my neighbor’s fears and told him the facts of the matter, and it is funny because, he, like me already has healthcare – Medicare – which in AZ they automatically give you when you qualify for disability.
The scariest thing is to not have health insurance. The scariest thing is to have a medical emergency and not be insured. The scariest thing is to let misinformation and outright lies deter you from getting you and your family affordable awesome coverage and healthcare.
Especially now when it is in your grasp if you haven’t been able to afford it before, been unable to get covered due to pre-existing, or simply want to cover your family without going broke doing it.
BOO! EEK!! AHHH!!
Recommended: Obamacare FACTS.
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You know, for The Zombie Apocalypse expert and fan that I am, it is to be noted how I kept forgetting to put World War Z in my Netflix DVD queue. Well I finally got around to doing it and I watched it last night.
I’m STILL trying to get over it LOL! I think I had nightmares about those damn zombies, I dunno. I woke up feeling like I’d just survived a plane ride full of those “zekes”, I tells ya.
I thought I was a G. But I was NOT prepared for these particular zombies, no ma’am and so sir! I’m pretty good at insulating myself from spoilers. I don’t do TV so any trailers I have to go find and/or click on myself to view. I also never read reviews of movies. Sometimes I read them after I’ve seen the movie in question, but really, I like to decide for myself if I’m gonna go see something.
And yeah, like I said, I’m pretty much an expert on zombies and whatnot. Or. So. I. THOUGHT! Like any zombie aficionado, I’ve seen dang hear ALL the movies and shows with ALL the different kinds of zombies. I’ve never really been freaked out by the zombies I’ve seen. Grossed out on occasion, but never actually FREAKED THE FUCK OUT.
While these fine specimens got in a lot of teeth chomping closeups it didn’t really look like they were there for the human buffet. Noooo what was driving them had No Time To Stop For Snacks. The way they went after people it was like they had to bite em and move on to the next person lickety split in order to spread the disease as fast as possible else explode or something.
They didn’t care if you were behind glass, a three story wall, flying in a helicopter. Newp such trivial barriers had no chance against these zombies. They would just dive in or at headlong towards their target. I really loved watching their body language – in between me screaming and throwing things at my screen that is.
As I said. I was murked. DONE.
Now I have to add in a whole new chapter to my Zombie Apocalypse Survival Handbook. Maybe three new chapters. Just in case we get these types of deaders. Because OMG you didn’t even get those graceful two or three minutes to make a decision that you got going on in The Walking Dead. You have about 10 seconds if you happen to be alone with someone who turns.
Good luck when you are in a crowd with people turning every other heartbeat. Really the only thing you can do is RUN LIKE HELL and chuck grenades everywhere. And I’m pretty miffed I won’t be able to gallop around on a horse and swinging my samurai sword. It will not be that kind of apocalypse. Darn it!
I also must give style and creepy and freak out points for the WAY in which people turned and those fricken SOUNDS they made once zombiefied. All that bone crackling and crunching, and I swear I heard some of that eerie Grudge-movie clicking thrown in there for extra extraness.
I live in an old place. Ish be clicking and creaking on occasion. Yes, I jump about three feet every time I hear something creak. I need help. I am unable to can.