"He's on his way, he's moving to Hollywood, hope he gets to Hollywood." - Rufus
rebellion: open, armed, and usually unsuccessful defiance of or resistance to an established government.
riot: a violent public disorder.
Can we be clear that The L.A. Riots were just that, a riot? Monday morning, neighborhood leaders took to podiums in Los Angeles and called the event a rebellion. Yeah, no. There was no attempt to march and take over the court, the city council, or police stations. Nobody organized and took to the streets to attack cops. No. A white truck driver got the piss beat out of him on the corner of Florence and Normandy and then a bunch of folks lost their minds and decided to loot and burn. This revisionist bullshit is not going to fly with me. Running down the street with a 100 pairs of jeans on your shoulder is not the same as The Black Panther Party arming people so that they could patrol Oakland neighborhoods to protect citizens from the cops. Its just not the same. And don't let anybody bullshit you into believing that something political or significant came out of the LA Riots of 92. It didn't. Except that the city council is scared to hire anyone except a black Chief of Police regardless of the fact that neither Willy Williams or Bernard Parks has done a good job as the top cop. And don't come with your pro Parks blather. I love Chief Parks as a person. He's a cool guy, a smart guy, a great cop. But crime is up and new cop hires are down. Those are the two major factors in determining a good police chief. He just isn't able to do it.
Hey kids, next time there's a need for a riot here's a tip. When you say "No Justice, No Peace" take it to somewhere other than your own neighborhood. When Rodney King is beaten down again, can we all caravan to Simi Valley and burn the court down rather than go around the block and burn your 2nd cousin's liqour store down? Doesn't that make a little more sense and make a bigger statement? Then we can call it a rebellion and be all politically proud.
Not look like just a bunch of thugs and hoodlums taking advantage of a serious issue, muddying its relavence in the process.
2 weeks away from home: They cut her. Defiled her face. They broke her latches, scraped her sides. She's a little hurt but she's home. Blackberry Beauty has returned to her lover's embrace. My boy L.A. Steve had to drive me out to the middle of nowhere known as Placentia this morning to Mannheim Autos to pick her up but she's back. I'd been driving stick for so long I kept pressing down the imaginary clutch when I hit the brakes. But blasting Viktor Duplaix on my way back to civilization more than made up for her missed days. I get the police report by the end of the week. I'll have more details then. But the car ordeal is over.
Thanks George. You da man. I might even be able to swing Spider-man tickets this weekend. I bow before thee.
by the way, I couldn't wait for the reboot so a little itsy bitsy redesign of negroplease for you folks. I went about 7 weeks with the other design, that's pretty cool for me. Check out etc. to see stats on the site and see what search phrases are being tossed around. Discussing playboy gets you lots of hits apparently.
and its May 1st somewhere so...