I know I published a post with a similar headline on April Fool’s, but this one’s not a joke.
I’ll be taking a hiatus from the site because I need to sort a few personal things out. I’ll still be active on Facebook and Twitter, though much less often. I’ll also not be posting Youtube videos for a while.
I honestly have no idea when I’ll return, but I’m hopeful it will be soon. In the meantime, I’ll also be re-posting some old stories and articles, and I’ll certainly keep you all updated on Charcoal Streets and its release date, which is right around the corner.
I’d ask that you keep telling people about the site, share stories, and be patient with me.
Trayvon Martin’s death and the subsequent stall of justice and prosecution of his killer has made national news in the past few days. Florida’s gun laws and the ability to Florida citizens to seemingly kill with less oversight and consequences than police officers is under scrutiny. But we have to remember something. As much as people are arguing over the gun laws and as much as people are wondering why we haven’t done more towards Zimmerman, there is something more vicious going on.
Some are actually blaming Trayvon for his own murder.
Just when you thought the Right Wing noise machine couldn’t get more despicable, Gerardo Rivera, a man famous for being ordered to leave Iraq after divulging troop positions, went ahead and said one of the worst things I’ve ever heard.
Among other things, Geraldo thinks there’s nothing wrong with crossing the street when you see a black or Latino youth because we’ve all seen punks rob convenience stores wearing hoodies. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie, so Zimmerman may have been partially justified in his reaction to shoot an unarmed teen in his own neighborhood.
This is the same kind of mentality as blaming rape victims.
“Oh, you went out with make-up and a skirt, and you had a drink at the bar? Well, you just looked like the type of woman men would assume wanted to get laid. You were probably asking for it.”
The rape justification is horrible. Blaming a teen for his own murder because he was wearing a hoodie, you know, an article of clothing for cool weather, is downright disgusting.
Then you have Glenn Beck’s website, The Blaze. After Captain Blackboard got the boot from Fox and was dropped from several radio stations, this became his little haven. And boy, he may not have written it, but he’s not said anything about it, either.
Mytheos Holt, an associate editor at the Blaze, wrote an article claiming we didn’t have all the facts yet. For example, did you know that Trayvon was suspended from school? We don’t know why, but the list includes:
Harassment (non-sexual or isolated)
Petty theft (under $300.00)
Assault/Threat against a non-staff member
Breaking and Entering/Burglary
Bullying (repeated harassment)*
Grand theft (over $300.00)
Sex offenses (other) (including possession and/or distribution of obscene or lewd materials)
Is The Blaze implying Trayvon was a promiscuous murderer who liked to set fires and steal? They just put the list out there as if to say, “You decide, America!”
Well, we have. It’s why Beck lost his show and why people like Holt and Rivera are horrible human beings. We have plenty of facts on the case. It’s become such a national story specifically because we know so much about the case and nothing’s been done about it. If it had been a murder and Zimmerman had been arrested on the spot, it would have still been a tragedy and would likely have garnered some national attention and started a conversation on Florida gun laws.
And even IF Trayvon had been a homicidal pyromaniac, when he was killed, he posed no threat to anyone, especially someone with a loaded gun. Unless, of course, The Blaze is advocating killing people on the basis that they MIGHT have done something wrong.
This just goes to show just how disconnected from reality some people can get. Here we have a case of an overzealous man who shot and murdered an unarmed teen and while most people are trying to figure out the legal implications of the state’s gun laws and how this Zimmerman has not yet been arrested, we have Geraldo and Beck’s cronies wondering how Trayvon himself caused his own murder by being black and wearing clothing.
If anyone asks me why I write these articles and why I keep making videos, I point to things like this. If we don’t actively go after these self-righteous bastards and their insane semblance of “logic,” others might follow suit. It’s why education is important. It’s why we need to learn proper critical thinking skills.
If you look at this case and wonder how Trayvon Martin went so long without getting shot, you should be sterilized for the good of humanity. And set on fire. Also for the good of humanity.
To help wash away the hate and usher in the weekend, here’s the full trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
One of the projects I’ve been working on is a gaming supplement for 4th Edition D&D. It features alternate rules for using firearms in a campaign, new magic items, feats, equipment, and original artwork. I’ll include text and image samples here, previews, and see if I can offer a discount price for my readers. Randomology Games will also be selling just the artwork, or you can buy the bundle for a discount price.
It’s been fun, but I’d like your help. I’m setting up the merchant account and have a logo design. I like it, but I’d like to tweak it. At the same time, I’ve got no name for the supplement. It’s fantasy with revolvers, flintlocks, blunderbusses, cannons, and elves going John Woo. I was going to go with Dungeons and Dragoons, but I’m sure Wizards would veto that one QUICK. I’m also leaning towards Elves with Shotguns, but I’m not married to it.
Anyway, I’d love some feedback on the logo for Randomology Games and any suggestions on possible titles. Here’s the logo. Thoughts?
I’ve been working on some freelance projects the last few weeks, so you may have noticed the TOTAL lack of updates. This will change soon! I promise. The heavy work is out of the way and I’m energized and ready to go. I need to do some site clean-up, but regular updates should resume tomorrow or Wednesday.
Keep the faith, subscribe to the Youtube channel, and I’ll see you soon!
With the freelance work I’m doing (which includes some grant writing, an RPG publication, and a fund-raising video), I’m going to have to go light on the site. I’ll still post 3 times a week, but articles will be shorter and will lack the top images. Every minute counts right now.
That being said, I will also keep active on the Youtube Channel. The videos take only a few minutes to put out and still let me say what I need to say.
With that, thanks to everyone who’s been sharing links and videos the last week. You’re awesome! Keep it up!
I’ll be posting another video later today, so keep an eye out, and subscribe if you haven’t.
It’s been a long, hard month. Well, it’s been a hard year. Far too tough sometimes. This week I really did feel like just curling into a ball and just crying for a week. I felt like everything that has happened in the last 12 months hit me at once and I could feel all the doubt and frustration push me back and say, “Just go back to bed.”
Well, I’m feeling a little better, enough to at least pull myself up and write this.
I have big plans. Weekly Muse kind of fell through, but get ready for some changes around here.
First of all, Divine by Zero will now be a weekly feature on Fridays as I catch up with all the news and weirdness I don’t address in the regular articles.
Expect articles every day on Monday through Thursday. They’ll be shorter, but hopefully sharper.
I want to bring back Weekly Muse, maybe using a random generator for the results, and will invite other artists (writers, photographers, painters, whatever) to participate as well. It will be a good way to keep creativity going. I’ll feature your work if you do join in, and I may splurge on prizes if I get some more capital coming my way.
Once I finish teaching in three weeks, I’ll get going on finishing the last few stories for Charcoal Streets. I may even release some of them as e-novellas as a special offer.
Also, once I figure out how to do this properly, I will be asking fellow bloggers to do a weekly podcast that will accompany Divine by Zero. The short interviews and convos will get more opinions from the wide world of the interweb straight to you, the reader! For now, I just have to figure out how to record Skype conversations…
I’ll also be doing some clean-up on the site, mostly aesthetic stuff. If you have any suggestions for what else I could do, feel free to comment away! In the meantime, please enjoy this video of clothing in a can.
I was going to put together Divine by Zero for today, but let me tell you a little story.
My sister has been out of town for a week, and Mary and I have been left alone with her faithful pup, Lucky. Lucky is a very sweet dog once she gets to know you and realizes you aren’t a threat. She’s all of 18 inches tall but has a powerful set of lungs. I love this dog. I really do…
And I wish she’d let me sleep!
This will be the third day I get less than three hours of sleep a night because Lucky barks, whines, and cries because she misses my sister. She gets on the bed, wanders between Mary and I, and generally keeps us up. I get it. Lucky’s young. She’s very attached and protective of my sister.
But I have class to teach! I need sleep! I can’t teach with one blood-shot eye!
So, while I’ll finally get some shut-eye tonight, I can’t even gather the energy to put together a picture for this post. In place of satire and righteous anger, please enjoy autotunning… for science!