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These Days: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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US: Sandra Bland died in a jail cell and why? because of changing lanes without using her indicator. According to Reuters: “Bland was pulled over on July 10 near Prairie View, Texas, northwest of Houston, for failing to signal a lane change. After the incident escalated into an altercation between her and the trooper, Bland was taken into custody and charged with assaulting an officer. She was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13 with a plastic trash bag around her neck.” There is something so dulling about this, it is like “here we go again”.

Live: A$AP Rock and Vic Mensa at Best Buy, and this is the first of an avalance of gigs I’m missing because of my spendthrift ways (and the 2009 recession) finally caught up with. Plenty more to come. But on the bright side: I really don’t have the energy to hang around to midnight.

Recorded: Finally, the week is over. It sure feels like it is taking longer and longer to get through too new stuff. I think it is because of the weekend, you have all that new stuff on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, by the time you reach Monday you are ready for a new load. PS otherwise, listening to a bit of Sam Cooke.

Sports: Yanks beat the O’s… so that was a biggie… now if they can just win tonight. Tex and A-Rod having a great year by the way… so far so good.

Death: Wayne  Carson,  composer of both “The Letter” and “Always On My Mind”, dead at the age of 72. The latter? Forget Willie, hold out for the Elvis Presley version.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Dick Destiny on July 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Numbing, but in the most horrifying way, maybe. Like looking down and realizing that if we can’t feel anything below the knees, it’s because we’ve somehow been able to overlook that gangrene’s been on the march for some time and half of what’s left is rotten and can’t be saved.

    So what are our rights? If in contact with the police, particularly if you’re African American, you don’t have any because the police have been made enforcers. You have the right to be beaten, tased, tear-gassed, maimed, throttled or executed by gunfire on the spot. And it will probably be on some camera footage which millions will see and still nothing, really, will change except the person who’s been wiped, their family may get some blood money. Also, a little under half of the white majority who see it will be of the belief that the person who has been expunged had it coming.

    But, look at the bright side. Free music, smartphones and Uber.

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