Evil is the New Black


(photo: Alexandra Panyukova)

Orange is no longer the New Black
Evil has trumped it

with gun-slaughter
domestic terrorismus
unlawful law enforcers
sniper attacks

blood splatter
media porn king pins and queens
luxuriating in the horror
like a bubble bath
after a hard day

thoughts and prayers
thoughts and prayers
thoughts and prayers

another funeral
interviews on wide screen TV
24-7 news cycle
weeping mothers and children

it’s so banal
it’s all the rage
to be enraged

Congress on vacation
needing a break
from truth

how hard it is to see
when you won’t believe

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I want to thank Terri Webster Schrandt who writes “Perspectives On . . .” for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. I humbly accept. To pay it forward, I’m going to nominate some fellow bloggers as well.

I started blogging on Word Press in September 2014, and it has been a great source of creative comfort to me; actually, it’s kept me sane (whatever that is). Having spent 2012 and 2013 developing and performing a play about my mom who has Alzheimer’s disease, I needed another venue to explore new ideas and stories, and found it here. Yay!

I have been inspired and supported by other writers on Word Press, and their colorful, unique perspectives on the world and their personal corners of it, whether domestic or international.

It’s been mostly a good year, and a challenging one, both personally and in the community (New York / New Jersey). Citizens have taken to the streets to protest police brutality, and specifically, the murder of innocent black men and boys. Two innocent police officers were assassinated in their squad car by a mentally ill man. The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio continue to struggle to find a common cause. I am inspired by the protesters (not those calling for violence against the police), and I hope for a continued dialogue and progress towards justice for all.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the dear friends (will not name names) who are going through very trying times who inspire me daily with their strength and courage.


Here are the rules for accepting this award (purely voluntary):

1.  Thank the person who nominated you by including a link to his/her blog in your response, and display the award logo on your site.

2.  Nominate 15 other blogs (more or less). Include links to their blogs on your post, and inform them about the nomination.

3.  Mention three things that inspired you the most this week (you can talk about last week’s inspiration too or before that).

My nominations for the VIB award are as follows:

















Please check out their blogs when you have a moment, and see if they inspire you too.

Happy New Year to all!

How the Anarchists Stole Christmas

Haymarket Riot

Haymarket Riot, 1886 (Granger)

“Anarchism: a philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made laws; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.”
–Emma Goldman

Did you know that bands of “anarchists” have been running riot in the streets of NYC and all across the U.S.? Well, that’s what the New York Post says. Apparently, they started their dastardly plan to destroy the holidays prior to Thanksgiving. By golly, they are worse than the Grinch!

“Anarchists plotted on Wednesday to disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade – feeling emboldened after cops allowed them to run free on major roadways like the FDR Drive and the West Side Highway . . .  .”

But they were no match for blow-up Snoopy and Woodstock—the parade continued as planned. Phew! I chalk it up to the journalistic integrity of the Post, owned by Fox News CEO, Rupert Murdoch. Thank you, Rupert!

Call me old-fashioned, but when I think “anarchist,” I think Haymarket Riot, bombs, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman.

Chicago’s famed Haymarket Riot of May 4, 1886 was a direct response to police brutality during a strike for 8-hour workdays at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company the previous day. On May 4, several of the better-known labor leaders and anarchists addressed a crowd of sympathizers from the back of a wagon pulled into an alley near the Haymarket, a popular meeting place and square. August Spies spoke, followed by Albert Parsons, who also spoke almost an hour denouncing the capitalist system, and quoting statistics, as he had on numerous other occasions. Parsons’ speech was followed by a speech by Samuel Fielden, another well-known activist. As Fielden was concluding his address, Inspector Bonfield and more than 170 armed other police officers ordered the crowd to disperse. An unknown person threw a bomb into the crowd. Seven policemen and an unknown number of civilians were killed during the confrontation; eight anarchist labor leaders, the “Haymarket Martyrs,” were arrested and convicted of inciting violence and conspiring to commit murder. Four of the eight were hanged as a result of their involvement in the riot.

“The public and the mainstream press called for vengeance, the anarchists claimed sabotage, and a wave of popular sentiment against anarchists and labor organizers swept through the city and the country. In Chicago a secret organization of prominent businessmen and employers was formed to counteract the labor activism. Many were arrested, illegal searches were conducted, and rights of free speech and assembly were drastically curtailed. Some labor organizations and activists also protested the violence and supported the government’s response to the bomb throwing. In the meantime, no one knew who threw the bomb or if it had originated in Chicago.

In short order a specially constituted grand jury indicted ten defendants, most of whom were prominent labor organizers and activists, as accessories before the fact to the murder of Officer Matthias Degan by the bomb.”

Radio City protest

December 3, 2014 New York City (Nathan Congleton)

Protests in response to the grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner have been mostly peaceful; no bombs were involved. 20 people were arrested for blocking the FDR Drive and for disorderly conduct. “Die-ins” were staged at Grand Central Terminal, an Apple store on Fifth Avenue and in Macy’s at Herald Square.

You might believe the protests were quite violent if you read the Post’s interpretation, however:

“Protesters chanting ‘No justice, no tree!’ tried to storm Rockefeller Center on Wednesday to disrupt the annual lighting ceremony following a grand jury’s decision not to indict an NYPD cop in the death of Eric Garner. 

‘F**k the tree!’ the mob bellowed as cops held them at bay along Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music Hall.

Hundreds of frustrated anarchists then trekked to the West Side Highway, where they vaulted barricades and clashed with cops in riot gear.”

After reading this report, I’m wondering why the “anarchists” are so “frustrated.” Any thoughts? As we have observed, nothing can stop the tree lighting, not even the death of an unarmed man selling loose cigarettes on the streets of Staten Island. 

Only time will tell if the “anarchists” can truly stop Christmas from coming.

*For clarity’s sake, please be advised that I do not believe the protesters to be anarchists.