Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Spring 2020: The Black Period (Covid19 aka Coronavirus)
So it’s April 23rd, 2020. Everything except essential businesses have shut down. Last day of work was more than a month ago. A deep sadness grips our family at the passing of our father on Easter Sunday. Dad’s now counted among the many deaths attributed to Covid19 aka Coronavirus. He was in a nursing home as well as at high risk for elderly persons who preexisting conditions.
All I can say is when I received the phone call that my dad was rushed to the hospital with shallow breathing I thought he’s been through a lot but God will see him through. I wanted to go check on in at the hospital but due to restrictions because of the Corona virus neither myself or any of my family members was allowed to be there by his side. I hadn’t been able to see him once the nursing home said they had shut down all access to residents because of the pandemic a few days after my last day at work.
Surreal disbelief came over me when less than an hour after hearing my dad was admitted to the hospital my sister calls to give me the horrible news that our father had passed on. Even now it’s so sharp and fresh in my mind I feel like this is all a dream like in the Matrix. How incredible it is that with all of the health issues my dad battled with it was Covid19 that was his undoing according to doctors who tried to resuscitate my dad. The timing of everything as it unfolds is just remarkable.
I won’t belabor the fact of where this pandemic originated. However, I’ll say this is definitely a cyclical judgment falling on the whole world. This “world time out” has caused everyone to stop and reflect and take a very deep breath because of what’s to follow. Daily and systematically we are being tested as citizens, as civilians, as workers, as human beings with what we do when crisis occurs. News outlets we depend on for information are on 24/7 Corona virus reporting. As I start to tune out the white noise and ludicrous statements of the “Joke in chief” sitting in the White House something else comes to mind to focus on while the world has slowed down enough to take a breath albeit with much trepidation. What have we been seeing?
Erosion of the protections of the Constitution continue at break neck speed while the economy is suppressed, big businesses receive the lion share of taxpayer funded bailouts and tens of millions of us file for unemployment. Who would have thunk this just 6 months ago? I think this is a pivotal time period. I say that because in our life time we as a planet have never seen something like this pandemic. We’ve only heard of them in history. Pandemics like the Bubonic Plague, the Spanish Influenza, and numerous others. These are scary and precarious times. Death appears all around us and we’re reminded daily through news briefings and social media about social distancing, masks, face shields, PPE shortages, lack of testing, and total unpreparedness with the douche bag in chief at the White House in charge. Just to think he and his administration willfully dismantled the team of experts whose job it was to plan and prepare for events such as this current pandemic.
Who to believe and what to believe tugs at us daily. I’m hearkened back to a line from the Devil’s Advocate where Al Pacino aka Satan tells his son Kevin played by Keanu Reeves to “consider the source”. The problem is can we believe everything or anything we see on mainstream media these days? Picking out the truth from the lies isn’t as easy as it sounds. You have people spreading misinformation. You have “TV doctors giving advice” as if they’ve ever dealt with a pandemic of this magnitude before. Then you have people who want to just go out and do whatever they want to do in spite of the Covid19 outbreak.
Things I never thought we’d see have happened. Losing one’s livelihood literally overnight is beyond jarring. It’s like being suddenly awakened from a deep sleep where you are dreaming a pretty good dream and then it’s over while you have someone angrily waking you up. It’s a weird feeling not having to get up daily and go to work, or go to a bar, or restaurant or movies, or bowling or anything that we do socially as human beings. NYC still doesn’t sleep but there isn’t much to do these days other than eat, drink, exercise at home or outside briefly these days.
Ordering take out for me is not going to happen. Why? How can anyone trust food from any restaurant that has people working in it where they could potentially have Covid19 and be around food prepping it for others? Even if we assume the highest cleanliness standards, just the thought that I don’t feel it’s worth potentially getting sick from take out is enough to deter that idea especially when I can cook for myself and my family. Having to stay at home and cook daily reminds me of childhood home economics class and household chores I hated doing as a kid with my siblings. Now present day this isn’t anything I can’t adapt to. I’m finding it fun to actually shop for healthy (or in some cases not so healthy) ingredients and make a tasty meal I wouldn’t mind eating more than once.
The question on everyone’s mind is how long will this last and how do we as a world collectively move forward from this pandemic? How much corruption will come out when this is all over? How will the economy recover? Are we going to have to wear respirators to go outside next? Already to even enter a grocery store you must be wearing a mask which I have no objection to but this is today’s new normal. latex gloves, masks and at least six feet of separation when out in public. What I hope never becomes the new normal is a mandatory vaccination or some other way to usurp the 4th amendment using the guise of public safety. I’m hoping for a better tomorrow but trusting in the most high and not man is what is key for me.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Money, Assassinations & War (A Psuedo War Time President)
So with all the craziness of 2019 seemingly behind us and the hopeful excitement of a new decade that is 2020 upon us, the world awoke to the shocking news of yet another malfeasant act by the pretender in chief just 3 days into 2020.
Mainstream news reported that Trump had ordered the drone strike assassination of one Qasem Soleimani the top military general of Iran. Claims of an imminent threat to the U.S was all the explanation we were given as to why this killing was authorized without briefing Congress or any allies to the United States.
While there are a plethora of questions that come to mind. For me one of the most important questions which may not be for some, is the method in which Soleimani was killed. A drone strike to assassinate someone.
Military capability is never lost on me. If this capability can be used on not just military personnel but on political persons without authorization or briefing of Congress, what’s to stop this method from being used against everyday people right here in the U.S.? Posse Commitatus has already been dismantled.
The military has already been allowed to give its excess military weapons to local police departments, so how far fetched is it to think that the ability to use drones to kill people is an option that would or could be used against citizens here in the United States in the near future?
The impeachment hearings last month brought some to hope that this unpresidential fraud in office would be held accountable for acts of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in addition to a second solicitation of foreign countries intervention in our democratic process. All of which are betrayals of his oath of office.
This out of the blue drone strike assassination has many looming implications. Namely, the potential destabilization of the Middle East with an unofficial act of war against a foreign country that is not in the interests of the American people, but which makes the world that much more resentful and hateful towards Americans.
From this vantage point all Trump is doing is more of the same. “Don’t look here look over there.” This action is serving to distract everyone’s attention away from the impeachment of Trump to basically making him a “War time President” in order to help him win re-election where he most likely wouldn’t if not for war.
This is a war Trump has instigated after his many troubling moves to reverse if not outright undermine every progressive act his predecessor made both domestically and internationally. If general Soleimani posed such an imminent threat to the U.S. why can’t they come out and directly state what that threat was and why it was necessary to assassinate him 3 days after New Years?
This provocation they surely had to know would lead to retaliation against the U.S by Iran and any allies they may have. The next question to ask is who stands to gain from the defense contracts, defense budgets, and military deployment of troops to Iraq and Iran now? The clear answer is the Federal Reserve who will loan the U.S. it’s own money to finance an unnecessary war with Iran and the corporations who will supply the weapons.
Biblical prophecies are starting to jump off the pages directly in front of our faces. At present it is a nightmare I wish were nothing more than a fictional story we could all wake from. Even so all these things must happen. There’s nothing new under the sun. They have all the money in the world for wars but can’t feed, house, clothe or educate the poor.
Divine judgments no doubt are coming and for those of us who believe in God and not man we say even so Amen.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: THE VERDICT IS INI!!!!Amber Guyger Murder Trial 2019
First and foremost I want to thank the most high God for this victory and guilty verdict in the Amber Guyger murder trial for the assassination of Botham Jean. We are ecstatic and overjoyed that the jury had clear thinking and reasoning as human beings to see Botham Jean not simply as another “Black” man gunned down unarmed by the police but as a human being with a life ahead of him and a family and community who loved and cared about the person he was. His life was taken prematurely but his impact and the impact of this case will resonate loudly and for everyone around the world to see and hear.
Facts of this case were clear cut despite the devilish racist Guyger and her defense team putting out lie after lie in her defense in order to get her off for murder. I honestly believe had she not been found guilty there would be riots the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country since Watts and Ferguson and Detroit combined. A clear cut line of war would have been drawn where no police officer should feel safe at any time any where FOR REAL. I would expect retaliatory killings of officers similar to what we saw Christopher Dorner mete out and the gunman who killed police officers in Dallas. Why do I say that? I say it because here was a case in its extreme where society is pointing the finger at that supposedly blind lady of justice saying okay you’ve seemingly never seen it in favor of the countless victims of police gun violence when it comes to dark skinned men, women, and children alike.
Here’s your penultimate test case. A law abiding, upstanding young man from Saint Lucia, who has a good job, is not in trouble with the law and is in his own home minding his own business; has the misfortune of having a racist female cop enter his home and shoot him for no justifiable reason. While he lays dying she makes no attempt to render him any aid and her only defense is she thought she was at home even though there were too many signs pointing to the fact that she knew what she was doing when she shot and ultimately killed Botham Jean.
Police officers love to trumpet the “get out of murder charge free card” stating “I feared for my life, or the lives of my fellow officers” whenever they shoot us dead wherever that may be. I liken it to the boy who cried wolf. Sooner or later you have to wake up to what those code words mean. Police get to kill you with impunity if they just say those words while the courts and media and everyone else look the other way so long as it’s not a Caucasian person being gunned down regularly by the police.
Mind you the ones who are constantly being murdered by police aren’t the ones killing the police in retaliation at alarming rates the way one would expect any victimized community to react even when recognizing the only ones who value our lives are us. What would that lead you to think whenever you encountered an officer? In my mind it would mean I immediately fear for my life and the lives of my friends and family if they were with me during any encounter with the police. It would mean given the track record of the police and their use and abuse of power and gun violence against us as a community to react with self preservation should be our first thought.
From the very beginning of the case the truth went out first (as it usually does) then the media and law enforcement and a Coon in law enforcement licking his masters boot got together to change the narrative to help one of their own get out of facing justice. There was no video inside Mr. Jean’s apartment or body cam from Guyger to show us exactly what she did and what he did on that fateful night.
All we had to go on was her word, the 911 call she made after she shot him and the cell phone video of her pacing in the hallway after she shot this man leaving him to die alone on the floor of his own apartment. To add insult to injury there was no toxicology done on Amber Guyger after the shooting. There was no search of her actual apartment but there was a search of the victim Botham Jean’s apartment? Why did they feel the need to search his apartment after he was gunned down? The same reason they handcuff a dead man’s body even after they know they are deceased and no threat. It’s obviously a blatant display of disrespect after the fact.
Too many key points are tied to this case that have a direct correlation to the 1st and 2nd amendments. However, instead of going off on those tangents let me say this. Justice hasn’t yet been fully realized for the Jean family and many of us who have an interest in the final outcome of this case. The presiding judge has allowed the defense to offer the “Castle Doctrine” as a mitigating factor in determining Amber Guyger’s sentence.
In a nutshell the “Castle doctrine” is similar to the “Stand Your Ground” laws in states like Florida and Georgia etc. Basically we all have the right to defend our homes our castles. The fact that Guyger is claiming that she thought she was at home is proffered as justification for the killing which makes no sense. It makes no sense because she was the intruder not the victim Mr. Jean. If we as reasonable human beings use our God given intelligence and look at some basics first we will see as the jury did why her story made no sense.
First, too many of us are hardworking regular grunts who go about the daily business of working hard and very long hours just to make ends meet and maintain whatever standard of living we have. Too many of us have worked a 13 hr shift and come home exhausted but are still lucid enough to know where we live and what floor we live on when we arrive home. How many of us would ignore a big red door mat (Red Flag) in front of our apartment door when we know that we don’t own one? How many of us would forget or ignore signs in our building telling us which floor we were on when the signs are visible to us?
How many of us would claim to put an electronic key into a lock that only recognizes the key programmed for said lock? This was demonstrated on the news shortly after the slaying of Botham Jean. She changed her story from the door was ajar to the door opened when she put her key in (Red Flag #2). They showed that all the doors in that apartment building are first and foremost heavy and are slam locking electronic doors in case of fire. They showed that no matter what you do if you don’t have the right key to a lock in that apartment building the door doesn’t unlock and swing open and even if it did open without you physically holding the door it would close on its own (Red Flag #3).
A neighbor on the floor below said she heard knocking at Botham Jean’s door prior to hearing guns shots where it was reported that they heard someone we presume to be Guyger saying “let me in.” After that gun shots ring out and the neighbor began recording a pacing Amber Guyger in the hallway while on the phone with dispatch. Nowhere on her person or uniform is there any blood from Botham Jean demonstrating that she attempted any life saving measures like CPR (which she had been trained to do) (Red Flag #4).
People in Amber’s corner tried to help cover up for her racist posts on twitter where she boasted that people were lucky that she didn’t blow them away and don’t mess with law enforcement (paraphrasing). So she was itching to shoot someone before she ultimately killed Botham Jean. They scrubbed her Facebook page and twitter account but those statements attributed to her were already viewed.
She texts her police officer lover after the shooting more concerned about covering up for what she did rather than focusing all her efforts on trying to save Botham (Red Flag #5). Her acting was very poor. What do I mean by that? If you listen to her 911 call it sounds like a person who works for law enforcement and knows that her call is being recorded, doing and saying whatever she thinks will garner her sympathy for a situation she is totally culpable for.
Red Flag #6: Who enters their apartment without turning on the lights to see inside when they get home? Who willfully shoots in the dark before allowing a person whom they claim to have “given verbal commands to show hands” a chance to comply? We all know only the police have been shown time and time again to do such things and more often than not get away with it. Stephon Clark was shot and killed in his grandmother’s backyard in the dark of night holding only his cell phone. Amadou Diallo in the 90’s in the Bronx gunned down while holding his wallet. Tamir Rice a 12 year old was gunned down in broad daylight within two seconds by police while playing with a toy gun like most kids do at that age. The fact is no matter how you want to slice it, police officers have been allowed to get away with shedding our blood for any reason under the sun and have faced virtually no repercussions for it other than justification and paid leave and promotions.
When you take it as a whole it all points to her willful desire and actions to kill someone. When the prosecutors asked her did she intend to kill when she shot Botham Jean her answer was yes. Was it reasonable to do so? Not when the police station is 2 blocks away. Not when she could have taken cover outside the apartment and waited for backup and certainly not when she heard the person say “Hey hey hey”.
A sober and rational person would have said who are you? What are you doing in my apartment and cut the lights on while holding the weapon and warning that if the person moves they could be shot. She didn’t do any of the myriad of other things she could have to secure the room because she didn’t want to. She wanted to kill. Now comes the sentencing phase of this saga. Let’s see what she gets and remember the true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government. Those words are etched in stone on the outside edifice of a court building in downtown Manhattan. If she gets off with a slap on the wrist then this trial and verdict will have been in vain. All the talk about building community trust with law enforcement goes right out the window when justice is denied or end run around.
As a foot note while sentencing testimony is underway, evidence of Amber Guyger’s state of mind and attitude toward “black”people will be introduced which wasn’t part of the trial which I don’t understand. Perhaps it would’ve elevated this crime to a hate crime murder which I already suspected it was from the start. It is expected that Guyger’s text messages about an MLK Jr. parade in which she was working security will be released. In the messages she states that the parade goers could be pushed or pepper sprayed to hasten the end of the parade and when asked when it would end she replied when MLK is dead. Apologists for this cowardly demonic devil in blue can say whatever they like to try and spin this but there isn’t a thing they can do to sway a sane rational mind reading her own words and thoughts she so cavalierly expressed. I hope the jury does the right thing again and disregards the “Castle Doctrine” defense during sentencing and gives her the maximum of life in prison.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The Time Is Now (The Rise of Black Owned, Operated & Supported Business)
The other day while riding the train like so many of us New Yorkers do on the daily, a thought popped into my head. Actually it flashed in front of my face literally. I’d been watching numerous videos of the constant struggles, harassment and abuses we suffer as a people living not just here in America but around the world as a whole. I needed to refresh my mindset from being consumed with so much negativity.
A brother happened to come into the sort of half empty train car I was riding in. I’ll admit that like most people when riding the subway I was tempted to just tune out the unwanted distraction of another person begging for my hard earned money. I didn’t have any headphones to drown out the noise of the world going on around me and so even though I didn’t make eye contact I listened to the words of this brother passing by with several boxes of candies taped together.
He gave us the usual spiel about “All candies are $1, anyone care to buy?” I looked around at the train car as this about his business brother walked through the car up and down twice asking if anyone cared to buy. Not a single person was willing to buy anything and I thought to myself in that moment even though I don’t necessarily eat a lot of candy I had some change in my pocket why wouldn’t I help my fellow brother out and buy a candy?
I settled on a bag of M&M’s Peanut and gave the man the dollar he sought for his merchandise and then decided to give him all the change I had as a tip. While it wasn’t much the point in my mind was we all have to start some where. The fact that I work in the service industry and am accustomed to not only receiving tips but paying it forward simply because that is my nature made me feel good to do for this fellow brother. What I do on the regular when buying food to go, or eating out at restaurants or having a drink at a bar should not be rocket science to do for a man who walks in the same skin I do. How many other communities have I supported and sustained simply by patronizing them?
I would often hear Philip Scott from African Diaspora News Channel (as well as other Youtube channels) talk about the need for us to realize as a people we’re all we have in this world. We have no friends and need to unify and support ourselves. The answer to our problems lies within us as a united people. I’m sick and tired of hearing the disparaging comments about my community as a collective as being disorganized, lazy, non unified, & criminals looking for a handout or a way to steal what we want.
This brother only needed one person to show him that his efforts on the straight and narrow (while it wasn’t a Wall Street gig he was working) was worth him doing if only to keep from entering the Prison Industrial Complex aka (The Beast System). In that moment I saw the microcosm of what once was and could be again if only we as a collective people choose to support each other and build our own businesses and communities up like the Black Wall Street of days past. Black Wall Street in Tulsa Oklahoma was so successful the U.S. Government helped destroy it. Let that sink in for a moment. That alone should tell us we must rebuild that lost wealth and paradigm for success and a way to pass on generational wealth.
Why should we look to outsiders and foreigners to come into our communities and set up shop while we give them our hard earned money (which leaves the community almost immediately) yet they give us disrespect, disdain, and in quite a few instances violence (See Nail Salon Owners attacking Black Patrons over $5) in return? Why should we let every other ethnic group capitalize off of our culture and sell us our own culture instead of us doing so? I mean think about it. We are the most influential, copied, and appropriated people on the planet bar none. It only makes sense that we should own and operate the businesses within our communities.
The movie “Black Panther” came out to rave reviews and enormous box office receipts but what has happened since then? The euphoria of that films achievements is over now. The hope that it inspired for the first time in a long time depicting Africa and “Black” African nations as not some third world wastelands or deserts or jungles full of bush people and uncivilized townships but as highly intelligent and capable people who’s brilliance in not only tech but also weapons and self defense made them unrivaled in the world seems to have waned. The world fears the day we as a people wake up and unite because then the system of white supremacy falls. The lies crumble in the face of Truth and ultimately justice prevails.
Everything has a beginning. The point to take away from all this is if nothing else let’s start our own small businesses, support “Black” entrepreneurs men and women alike whether it’s a juice bar, or coffee shop, the candy seller on the train or hair & nail salons or spas or restaurants. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain if we do. We built America and its vast wealth from its inception till now. Also lastly, and probably most importantly, hold onto our money and boycott any business(es) that mistreats or disrespects us individually and collectively. That’s what businesses understand. The power of our spending if we curtail it from those who abuse us we will bring about change in policy and some attitudes over night. Discipline will be the key.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: NYC Congestion Pricing: The Next Money Grab
In early 2019 we New Yorkers had been hearing a pseudo back & forth argument about proposed congestion pricing which ultimately was approved by legislators to go into effect next year but has already been implemented this year on ride sharing services. This latest tax (which is exactly what it is) is the latest unpopular stick it to the residents of NYC move by the Mayor and City Hall. A toll placed on all drivers coming into the city below 59th street as a means to “ease congestion” is a blatant lie. Congestion pricing won’t ease the congestion at all and City Hall and the MTA know this.
All of us grunts continue to complain about the increasing costs of living in modern day Babylon to no avail. Claims of the necessity to find more revenue to fund the MTA, an aging, antiquated, delay, trash, & homeless riddled system for mass transit as well as crumbling infrastructures like the streets and bridges are all red herrings. What’s really going on in the “Rotten Apple?” City governments are a two faced monster that lie to the public day in and day out year in and year out while claiming to be servants of the residents of the city. The elected politicians know that all of this is just the latest money grab hatched and forced down our collective throats with no opposition.
It’s the same when it comes to the never ending fare increases by the MTA which they claim are to fund the updating of the entire transit system. There is never any true accounting for how much the operating budget is for the MTA or it’s top brass. There’s never any true accounting of where the increased fare money goes once it takes effect. Since 2005, when the MTA had it’s last employee strike over plans to increase the fares but not the wages of the MTA employees, the only thing that has worked out is the actual fare increases.
All the pundits in mainstream news parroted the same song and dance. The MTA needs more money while its service remains the same or in many instances got worse with seemingly constant signal problems. When a deal was finally struck between the MTA employee union and the city what they got was guaranteed pay increases to be done incrementally over the years. There was a report of a $250 million budget surplus for the MTA which mysteriously wasn’t mentioned any longer and many of us strap hangers groaned aloud, sucked it up and continued to pay the fares as the cheapest form of transportation to and from work everyday.
The actual money raised from all the taxes we pay as New Yorkers should be more than enough to cover the repair of the roads and streets, bridges, and MTA operations but we’re not told the whole truth. All those tax dollars collected go into accounts that are then immediately invested by big banks lent out and generate interest and profits. What happens to that invested tax dollar?
Why is that money never mentioned to us when it comes to talking about budget deficits and balancing budgets? The answer in short is because the politicians and banks don’t want us to know about it. It makes it all that much easier to steal the money of the people when the people don’t know 1) That their tax dollars are earning huge returns. 2) That as a technicality politicians don’t have to include that invested tax money profit in any discussion when it comes to budgets.
They keep the system going and the people ignorant that we’re being robbed in broad daylight everyday by the same people and banks we have entrusted our money to in order to make sure all the necessities of a thriving large city and nation are met. Ride share services began to surge in service as an alternative to the buses and trains. What did the city do then? Let’s slap surcharges on the ride share vehicles which then pass the tax on to us riders who have found a faster and more affordable way to get around the city without having to constantly deal with delay after mind wracking delay on the subways and buses. All in the name of reducing congestion which they know it will never do.
Yellow cabs already had protections built in to keep them going but that didn’t stop the city from putting a cap on the number of for hire licenses for ride share services because they could see the future coming. An outdated over priced yellow cab industry was being hit by better competition from ride shares that don’t have driver based discrimination built in where they choose who they want to take just by looking at the potential rider.
Fixed preset pricing based on distance to and from destination makes everything clear which is what you want as a consumer. The congestion pricing plan though it met some opposition has passed and so to with it comes another squeeze on all of our collective wallets. Some may say it only applies to those entering the city at 59th street and below except I’ve seen it on my bill no matter where traveling in the city the surcharge for congestion pricing is automatically added to the cost of the ride. Let’s see what the overall impact is once those bridges have electronic tolls added in 2020.