Monthly Archives: March 2012
Craving your body all through the night
Kissing you, rubbing you, holding you tight.
Skin on skin, eye to eye
Tender touch so soft from inside.
Your tongue on my neck, lips on my breasts,
Leaving my body in eager unrest.
Entangled among the sheets, entwined as one
Leave all thoughts behind, let our bodies have fun.
I fit every inch and every curve.
You caress my spot and tickle every nerve.
Slowly whisper softly to me
And guide me to the point of ecstasy.
Hear the moans you can’t ignore,
As I say your name and call for more.
The girl pictured above is Rue, played by the black actress, Amandla Sternburg. You would think the death of her character would spark tears or at least sadness. For some people it did, but for others it sparked anger and racism.
I have never read the book nor have I seen the movie. But I wanted to do a post because it’s no secret that fans are disappointed that some of the characters were played by black actors. I know in movies, some people get upset when a character is supposed to be a certain race but then the directors cast another race or ethnicity to play that part. I mean people got upset that Jennifer Lopez (who is Puerto Rican) played Selena (who was Mexican), regardless of the fact that both were Hispanic. And yes, I was one of those people upset that The Last Airbender was played by a white actor. But I didn’t think that it effected people so much to the point that they wouldn’t want to see a movie or feel less compassion for the death of a character…solely based on the color of their skin. Now I don’t have Twitter so I never saw any of the racial remarks made by upset fans, until I read other blogs. I am shocked at what people are tweeting. I thought people would want to see more diversity in movies, books, music, and entertainment in general. If you haven’t seen these posts, I have pasted some below. I’m sure there were more, but most have been taken down and/or their accounts have been deleted because of the criticism they received on their tweets.
Am I the only one who was actually surprised over these tweets? I guess I don’t want to believe that even in 2012, people can be so upset over the color of an actor’s skin, that they blatantly put their prejudicial views on blast. I have the most precious little niece who is half black and I am a minority female myself, who is now wondering if people would regard our deaths, as less cry worthy, simply because we are not white.
It has been more than a month since, February 26, 2012, the day that George Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin. Despite the fact that Trayvon was unarmed and was simply walking through the neighborhood wearing a hoodie, carrying Skittles and a drink, his killer has still not been arrested. In a tragic story that has gripped the nation, people have shown outrage against the way the police have handled the situation and the fact that Zimmerman is still a free man.
So why is Zimmerman still free? Anyone who has been following this case, is now familiar with Florida’s “stand your ground” law. If you are not, here is the actual statute. The relevant parts are highlighted in blue and underlined.
776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—
(1)A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(a)The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and
(b)The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
(2)The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:
(a)The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or
(b)The person or persons sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used; or
(c)The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or
(d)The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.
(3)A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
(4)A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.
(5)As used in this section, the term:
(a)“Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed to be occupied by people lodging therein at night.
(b)“Residence” means a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as an invited guest.
(c)“Vehicle” means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, which is designed to transport people or property.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2005-27.
776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—
(1)A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s.943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.
(2)A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.
(3)The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).
History.—s. 4, ch. 2005-27.
The fact that this law gives Zimmerman immunity is important because, in most jurisdictions, the defendant has the burden of proving a self-defense claim by 1) showing that a reasonable person in his situation would have felt like his life was in danger and 2) that the defendant actually believed his life was in danger. This is a high standard that is difficult to prove, but as highlighted above the defendant may not even have to face the jury, if he prevails under this statute because immunity is a complete bar against criminal prosecution and civil action. This concept is adequately summed up on the law firm website of “Hessinger &Kilfin Law”, which states that:
“The protection given by the law is the highest protection, immunity from prosecution. No longer must you place your fate in the hands of the jury while pursuing the affirmative defense of self-defense. Your legal team can go proactive to prevent charges from being filed, or dismissed if they have been filed already. With proper legal representation you may be entitled to immunity from prosecution for any harm, even death, which you inflict as a result of your efforts to lawfully defend yourself.”
But would killing an unarmed person be reasonable self-defense? Maybe. Recent reports have now come out stating that even though Zimmerman followed Trayvon on foot, the altercation happened when Zimmerman was returning to his SUV. According to Zimmerman’s account to the police, this is when Trayvon approached Zimmerman from behind, punched him in the nose, which sent him to the ground, where Trayvon continued to beat him and slammed his head into the sidewalk. Joe Oliver, a friend of Zimmerman’s, believes that it was Zimmerman screaming for help on the 911 tapes. Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner, told ABC News that, “George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head” and that this was clearly, “a case of self-defense.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the controversial “stand your ground” law has been questioned. The Miami Herald have mentioned a few cases where this law has been used as a defense and where the killer never went to trial because the complete immunity prevented a criminal prosecution (http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/24/v-fullstory/2710297/stand-your-ground-law-had-a-sad.html ). There are several reasons why the “stand your ground” law has made it so difficult for law enforcement to make an arrest. First of all, under this law, a criminal prosecution doesn’t just mean a trial…it also includes the prohibition of an arrest, detaining the killer, and any charges. Secondly, in most states, usually after a violent act has occurred, the defendant has the burden of proving that his actions were justified because of self-defense. But under Florida’s statute 776.032(2), it states that a police officer “may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.” This means that now, the law enforcement agency has to presume the act was lawful, unless probable cause shows otherwise. Finally, the above statute also states that law enforcement “may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force” which gives the law enforcement agency the initial determination of whether or not immunity applies without first consulting with a prosecutor.
This case will be heard by the grand jury on April 10th, where it will be determined whether or not Zimmerman will be charged.
DISCLAIMER: I am not licensed nor do I practice law in the state of Florida. The above analysis of the statute is simply my opinion.
I look at you and I am reminded of
With their guarding bees
That I tried to taste so expertly.
Yet each drop of honey was not enough
To quench my thirst
Or dry my lust.
So again and again, I would take my chances
Of freeing my aching sweet tooth
With those tempting leaves
Guarded by those stinging bees,
Until I got close to filling my tongue
With that ecstasy,
And I felt the pain of those jealous bees.
And even now, I’ll never know why,
I couldn’t get enough of you,
With your guarded heart
And those frequent lies.
But looking back, I clearly see
You were nothing but a temptation of
Honeysuckle leaves with their guarding bees.
The night was hot as usual, but thankfully there was a slight breeze and the mosquitoes were merciful. James was sleeping soundly in his bed…dreaming about what 8 year olds normally dream about. In the distance, there is a rustling of what sounds like a medium-sized animal creeping towards the village. Suddenly, a scream of alarm breaks the silence, followed by a chorus of other screams…but these screams are no longer of surprise, but rather of terror and cries of anguish. The once peaceful night is no more.
Before he can fully comprehend what is going on, James is roughly pulled out of his slumber. His night of dreaming has suddenly turned into a nightmare. Men with guns are pushing him on his feet and away from his parents. His parents try to go after him, but their efforts are useless. James is helpless as he watches his parents get executed in front of him…first his mother, and then his father.
So…what happens next? The police arrive, right? These men are arrested and sentenced to pay for their horrible murders, right? The answers to both of these questions are “no”…because unfortunately for James, and thousands of other children like him, this did not happen in the United States. This happened in central Africa, where the villages are remote, there is no 911 emergency number, and where there will not be any retribution for the senseless attacks on his village or for the murders of either of his parents.
This is not a post about Joseph Kony, the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), or the Sudanese government…it is about James and the thousands of children like him. The thousands of children who were forced to take arms, to kill their parents, to kill other civilians, and watched as people were mutilated. They lost their homes, their siblings, and their childhoods. These children will no longer dream the same dreams.
I know some of you are thinking…this is “old” news by now but the sad thing is, there are still so many people in this world who have never heard of Joseph Kony or the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army). I was going to let this topic pass me by, but with the recent arrest of George Clooney on March the 16th, during a protest against the Sudanese government (this arrest was unrelated to Kony or the LRA) and after watching the movie, Machine Gun Preacher (2011), starring Gerard Butler, this week…I just could not stop thinking about the atrocities happening half a world away.
Before you shake your head, I already know the criticism that comes with this situation. I know the main argument is, what can the United States do? This is not our battle to fight and the U.S. does not have any interests in Sub-Saharan Africa, except for concerns regarding oil. I agree with that concern, but isn’t the value of human life more important than the value of oil. Are we just supposed to sit back and let the mass killings of innocent civilians go unpunished…especially after we are aware of it.
Another argument is that, the crimes against children have been exaggerated. Invisible Children claims there have been about 30,000 children abducted while Machine Gun Preacher claims there are about 40,000 children abducted. My argument is, isn’t even 1,000 children, just one too many. I’ve heard how Kony is in hiding and how the LRA have dwindled to an army of only a few hundred soldiers, but regardless these men are still responsible, it doesn’t matter if there are only three of them left. And should we now teach war criminals that if they hide long enough, the world will forget about them and no longer pursue them?
The NGOs have also been scrutinized for the way they have been dispersing funds. As an advocate myself, who does work for a non-profit organization, I can tell you first hand, that it is not cheap to travel to D.C. and that funds do have to be allocated for travel and meal expenses. But you don’t have to donate to these organizations to make a difference. Spreading news by word of mouth is free. You can make your own posters and t-shirts. Calling and writing your district representatives and senators costs little in time and money. Yes, the U.S. government is made up of the few, the rich, the elite…but they are always aware of public opinion polls and key word computer searches are always tracked. I do believe there is power in numbers and when the general public act as one voice, there is a better chance that voice will be heard.
I honestly do not think that Kony will be captured in 2012 nor do I think that the U.S. will do more than they already have, which consist of deploying 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to Central Africa in November of 2011. With this being an election year, I also do not think President Obama or the Republican nominee will want to introduce the thought of another foreign war funded by American money and American troops.
But still…I truly do believe in the power of emotions. I believe that stories like James’, Jacobs’ (from the Kony 2010 video), and so many others like them should be heard and acknowledged. While I don’t have the solutions, I know that most people feel that anyone who commits a crime against humanity should be punished and because the heart usually wins over the mind, despite all the concerns I voiced above, I think that with public pressure and awareness, Kony and others like him, will one day answer for all they have done.
If you are unfamiliar with Joseph Kony or the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) please take the time to watch these videos. They provide basic background information.
I don’t claim to know all the facts and I realize that there are so many more complex issues surrounding the crisis of North Uganda and South Sudan. These are just my thoughts on the situation. I love feedback. Please feel free to share your comments on this post below.
DISCLAIMER: I am not promoting nor am I affiliated with the Invisible Children, Machine Gun Preacher, or Amnesty International.
For more information visit:
James’ Story http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/kids-stories/
Machine Gun Preacher http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/
Invisible Children http://www.invisiblechildren.com/
LRA Crisis Tracker http://www.lracrisistracker.com/
The Ugandan Civil War and the LRA http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/lra.htm
Amnesty International http://www.amnestyusa.org/
All Africa http://allafrica.com/
How does it feel, man child
To bring the beasts of the earth down
To watch them fall to their knees
As if begging you to spare their life.
Do you feel powerful, holding a weapon
So deadly that it pierces muscle…
Made for running from predators,
Jaws with a 5,000 pound bite force,
And trunks strong enough to lift trees from their roots.
Do you know that they were once mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters
That they once hunted, fought, loved, and walked the ground with footsteps so heavy
It shook the earth upon which you now stand, aiming your gun.
As these beautiful creatures gave to you their last breath,
Did you notice the color of their eyes,
The curve of the water buffalo’s horns,
Did you count the spots on the civet’s fur coat,
Did you appreciate the width of the elephant’s ears…
Or did you simply cut off it’s tail
And pose for a picture.
Laying beside you, so close, yet so far away.
Lost in each other’s presence, there are no words worthy enough to say
That could break this calmness, that has trapped us in time.
For a moment I am yours, and for now, you are mine.
I savor your breath on my ear…my neck
I anticipate the chills that emerge from the tips of your fingers
And in my mind, I silently lust
For more of your electric touch
To move higher up… to my bra…my breasts
To release these hindered moans
Caught in the walls of my chest.
And I yearn for your lips to misbehave,
For your tongue to follow suit
And for my body to cave in…to our desires of what can be
If we let down our guard and opened our minds
To explore this chemistry
That is hidden from view
Except from my eyes, and it’s only for you.
My heart skips and my cheeks flush
At the thought of what ifs occurring between the two of us.
What if…I pressed my body so close to yours that the rise and fall of our chests became one breath and
What if…I took your face into my hands, brushed your lips with mine, met your tongue halfway until we lost all sense of time and
What if…I let you lick my lips… not the ones on my face, but the ones with a clit…until they pulsated with my wet desire, that overpowered my body and set my soul on fire and
What if…I returned the favor by discovering your weakness in its salty flavor, as I gently suck you dry with strokes so sweet that if your nuts had wings, they would fly and
What if…I rocked my hips to match your beat until you lost control and curled your toes and let out cries of satisfied defeat and
But then my phone interrupts my thoughts
Of you and me and what could be
And I leave your couch to return to this reality.
(TOO BE CONTINUED…)
You know I hate to put myself on blast…but you got me…exactly where I don’t want to be.
I can’t help but to give you props…on convo that keeps me up past midnight,
On lines that got me laughing,
On fingers that make me shiver,
On lips that make me moan
And damn, I want you.
I want you like a foot massage after dancing all night at the club.
I want you like a bubble bath with candles and slow jams, where the water doesn’t get cold after 20 minutes.
I want you like a Victoria’s Secret “Very Sexy” push-up bra that’s on sale for $19.99.
I want you like red ripe strawberries dipped in chocolate syrup chased down with champagne.
I want you like the smoothness of freshly shaved legs wrapped in satin sheets.
I want you like Cold Stone’s birthday cake flavor ice cream on a hot summer day.
You’re almost too good to be true,
I don’t even have to upgrade you.
I’m still trying to find your silver lining
Because you look too damn good, and you’re far too educated, and your money is on point, and you don’t have any mental hang-ups, or baby-mama drama…
So, why are you still single?
If you want me like how I want you
And if you’re feeling me like how I’m feeling you
Then what are you waiting for?
Because tomorrow my phone could break, my computer could crash, I could move to another state, get stung by a horde of bees, fall down and break both my legs, get caught in a house fire, choke on a fish bone, get hit by a stray bullet…or worse, I could fall in love…with someone else.
So if you presented me, with the opportunity to be yours…
Well, you know I hate to put myself on blast, but you got me.