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St. Louis Police Officers Association calls for discipline of Rams players

Some Rams players entered the field with their hands up, taking the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” posture.  This was done in support of Michael Brown and protesters.

Well.  The St. Louis Police Officers Association isn’t taking too kindly to this.  Because, HOW DARE THEY disagree with the grand jury’s decision!? HOW DARE THEY show support for protesters and HOW DARE THEY show that they see the injustice?

Here’s the official story and statement:

St. Louis, Missouri (November 30, 2014) – The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.

Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the “hands-up-don’t-shoot” pose that has been adopted by protestors who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown. The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood.

SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, “now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson’s account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”

Roorda was incensed that the Rams and the NFL would tolerate such behavior and called it remarkably hypocritical. “All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson. Our officers have been working 12 hour shifts for over a week, they had days off including Thanksgiving cancelled so that they could defend this community from those on the streets that perpetuate this myth that Michael Brown was executed by a brother police officer and then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis’s finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance,” Roorda said.

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

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I am disgusted.

“I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

^This part right here?  It confirms the delusional and out of touch position of the police department.  Seriously? So you’re generalizing protesters as “violent thugs?”  And how do you know who does and doesn’t buy products?

And this is what gets me.  The police (and others) keep spitting this “just protest peacefully!” rhetoric.  Is that not what these players are doing?  Is this not peaceful?  What the message REALLY is, “Just do it so that we can’t see it and we don’t have to be made uncomfortable.”

The audacity of this.  And this little threat? It drips with both racism and classism.

I hope the NFL and the Rams organization doesn’t issue a single word of apology. I hope those men, who were PEACEFULLY protesting, are left alone.

We shall see.

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Updated: December 1, 2014, 11:55am

 

Aw. Poor lil tink tink!

WELP!

Anyway, good job, NFL!

ISIS sends message to Ferguson pledging help…

This is…a bit much…

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Yeah, man. A bit much.

Some are saying that it seems suspect, and it hasn’t been confirmed by any official entity.

I got this from Anonymous.

So yeah.

“What are these rappers doing?” <--- What NOT to say to Talib Kweli

This is what started it:

And now…a little lesson:

Whew.

A couple of things. One, I find that I was guilty of questioning why certain artists hadn’t said anything about what’s going on in Ferguson (and other issues as well). But then, it simply didn’t matter. Yes, I believe those who have the means and the resources to make an impact should, but…that has nothing to do with MY voice.

Second. Talib Kweli is 100% correct about the state of hip hop. We do THEEEEE. MOST. complaining about all of this trash that’s out here. But guess what? The trash is what gets sold. The socially conscious messages aren’t getting played.  The first week J. Cole released his tribute to Michael Brown, the radio was ON IT. Now? I haven’t heard it in at least a month. But “Fight Night” – Migos and “All Me” – Drake (w/ 2 Chainz and Big Sean) STAYS in rotation.

WE, the consumer, BUY and LISTEN TO the trash and mindless music. Executives and decision makers couldn’t be pumping this stuff out if it wasn’t making them money. So yes, Talib is absolutely correct. WE are the problem.

Now. What are we going to do about it?

Or should I ask, ARE WE going to do anything about it?

Darren Wilson’s “Thank You” Letter

Look.

I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. I watched the CNN video we recorded at the rally on Saturday and it brought tears to my eyes.

All of you are simply amazing, and I don’t know how to thank you all enough. I wish I could attend meet you, hug you, and personally thank you for all of your continued support, however, due to my and my families safety I am unable to. Please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it. Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private until the investigation is complete.

I want you all to know that I do get updates on the amount of support. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see all of the comments made through social media, but overall messages are relayed to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know that I would do the same for any of you.

Also please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers, they have all made a sacrifice to their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be.

Thank you,

P.O. Darren Wilson

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ZERO remorse for taking the life of another human being…even though he was (unjustly) found to not need to face any kind of legal consequence.

Standing up for him during this “stressful” time? A time when all of your racist friends from around the country have literally raised half of a million dollars for you?

A time when your “family in blue” have protected you SINCE. DAY. ONE. and got out you of dodge, protected you, and CONTINUED TO PAY YOU?

And “please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it”???? HA! You aren’t fooling anybody, sir.

Disgusting.  That is all that I can say.  Not even a single word of condolence for Mike Brown’s family.  YOU KILLED THEIR UNARMED SON!? Not a single condemnation for some of the racists comments/actions/thoughts that come from his “supporters,” which includes the Ku Klux Klan, might I add.

Just go ahead and give him his commemorative hood. He’s earned it, yes?

My Thoughts: Beyoncé ‘Platinum Edition’ (review of audio tracks)

Let’s go ahead and get the obvious out of the way.

I love Beyoncé. Period. I think she is THE most talented performer alive. Period.  That’s just where I am.

However, I try to be as honest as possible with these reviews…and that’s what I’m going to do here.

So. I initially pre-ordered the $24.99 situation until I found out there was a release with ONLY the new stuff for $8.99. So I canceled the $24.99 situation for the $8.99 situation and all is well.

Let’s go:

7/11

Of course, I heard this in full last week, and saw the video.

The truth of the matter is that this song really isn’t saying anything. LOL. It just isn’t. But I finally played it in my car with the volume turned up (that’s the only way I find out if I really like something) and I’m not mad at it.  It’s one of those songs that’s mindless club music…and I’m cool with that.  And the video? YASSSSS! I loved it.  Just Bey being silly and having fun.

I like this, but I honestly understand why people don’t.

Flawless (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj

Nothing really “new” here. I like it, and I realized that’s the case because I still listened to the full track even though I’ve heard it plenty of times.

“Onika” STILL kills me. Yes ma’am.

Drunk in Love (Remix)

NOPE.

I’ve listened to this ONCE. And that was when it played on the radio. I didn’t even bother listening to it on here. I straight skipped it.

I’m not a fan of Kanye West on here. I realize this entire song is Bey being filthy, but Kanye disgusts me. I can’t explain why. His lyrics are just awful to me. So yeah. NOPE.

Ring Off

MY. FAVORITE. SONG.

I LOVE this track. And I won’t be redundant because I’ve posted about it previously, but this is like a love letter to her mom and I love it.  We’ve been wondering how she felt about the split between her mother and she puts it out through her music. Telling her mom that she understands, and how good she looks, and how happy she is that mama has found love again…yes. I love everything about it.

And Mama Tina’s voice at the end? *grabs chest* EVERYTHING about this song is PERFECT. The lyrics, production, the everything.

Perfect.

Blow Remix feat. Pharrell Williams

Man..

W.T.F. IS PHARRELL DOING, MAN!?

I hate it. HATE.

However, I will say that I’ve only listened to it once (but at the same time I struggled to not turn it OFF during that ONE time). Maybe I should give it another try?

And I hated it even more because I was SO excited for this. “Blow” is one of my favorites off of “Beyonce” so when I saw there was a remix and it was going to include Pharrell? I was like YASSSSS!

This is basically the same exact song, track, and everything….except Pharrell is “singing” the second verse. And no.

DO. NOT. WANT.

Standing on the Sun remix feat. Mr. Vegas

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

This is my other favorite! I heard this on XM a while ago when they accidentally played it (because I NEVER heard it again), and instantly fell in love with it.  So when I heard the entire track I fell in love with it even more.

In fact, this song got put on repeat when I got to it. It’s all I wanted to hear.

Love love love love love it.

You can listen to the entire album streaming here (the new stuff is 15 – 20):

 

My disappointment with this album: WHERE. IS. THE. TRACK. FOR. “GROWN WOMAN”!?!?!?! Come on, Bey. When I heard about the platinum edition I was SO SURE we were gonna get Grown Woman. But. *sigh*

Also, here’s the live performance (unfortunately not all cities got to see it. Houston did tho. *giggles*):

PLEASE GIVE ME AUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What I’m looking forward to: Videos of “Ring Off” <— cause I just KNOW that is going to be epic, and “Standing on the Sun (Remix)” <—- cause I want her to tell me exactly how to dance to this.

 

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