At the end of the day …. “The ugly history of the Star-Spangled Banner …. did you know?”!!


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~~September 4, 2016~~ 

HISTORY BEHIND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

I find it very interesting how, when any event takes place, I like to go back and look for the history behind it.

Why did the event take place?

Colin Kaepernick’s statement is such a situation for me.

I’m not a football fan. I’d never heard of Kaepernick.

I sure know about him now!

I have been following the stories about excessive force in law enforcement events since Trayvon Martin’s death. It really came to my full attention with Michael Brown’s death.

Since then, I’ve been up on follow up events, situations and details.

I followed Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile … many  more in between and many after.

I consider myself to be a fair, balanced individual.

There’s no doubt in my mind that these are instances of excessive police force.

Rather than de-escalation, it’s escalation.

It’s more prevalent within the African-American population.

This is the message that Keapernick is trying to bring to the forefront.

Seems to me he’s done a good job at calling attention to this matter.

Here’s some history behind that national anthem.

Did you know?

I didn’t.

HortyRex©

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The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Do you know all the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

Many people have difficulty memorizing the lyrics of the first verse of this song, which is commonly performed at sports events and other public gatherings. But did you know that there are three additional verses that we almost never hear?

In 1814, the poet and lyricist Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” originally known as “Defense of Fort M’Henry.” During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the attacks on Baltimore and wrote the words based on his experiences this night. These lyrics were printed in local newspapers and set to the tune of an existing song called “Anacreon in Heaven,” and then officially arranged by John Philip Sousa. Key’s famous lyrics entered the world as a broadside ballad, or a song written on a topical subject, and printed for wide distribution.

More than a century later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order designating “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem, and in 1931, the US Congress confirmed the decision. The tune has kicked off ceremonies of national importance and athletic events ever since.

While the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is widely known by the American public, the last three verses are generally omitted in performances.

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For full read and lyrics

http://blog.dictionary.com/star-spangled-banner/

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~Nine Things You May Not Know About “The Star-Spangled Banner”~

Francis Scott Key intended his verses to be song lyrics, not poetry

Key was not imprisoned on a British warship when he penned his verses

The flag Key “hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming” did not fly “through the perilous fight”

The song was not originally entitled “The Star-Spangled Banner”

(“Defense of Fort M’Henry”)

It did not become the national anthem until more than a century after it was written

The national anthem has four verses

Key opposed American entry into the War of 1812

Key was a consummate Washington insider

Key was a one-hit wonder who might have been tone deaf

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http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-star-spangled-banner

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~Colin Kaepernick and the ugly history of the Star-Spangled Banner~

~Published on Aug 30, 2016~

A new National Anthem is really needed

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A picture says a thousand words …. This one, a cartoon, screams!! #12 ….


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~~May 19, 2016~~~ 

THE “GIFT” THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

There are no words.

In my humble opinion, the cartoon says it all.

MANURE

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George Zimmerman sold the gun that he used to kill Trayvon Martin for more than $120K

George Zimmerman has been making headlines for auctioning off the gun he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin.

Now the weapon has sold for more than $120,000 on UnitedGunGroup.com.

TMZ reported that seven verified users were bidding for the gun. The identity of the winning bidder remains unknown, as is the exact final selling price.

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http://www.aol.com/article/2016/05/18/george-zimmerman-sold-the-gun-that-he-used-to-kill-trayvon-marti/21379713/

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Andy Marlette, Cartoonist

He lives and works in Pensacola, FL

Born and raised by underpaid public school teachers in Sanford, Fla., Andy Marlette graduated from the University of Florida and became staff editorial cartoonist at the Pensacola News Journal in 2007.

Andy’s editorial cartoons have become both hated and adored by daily readers. His work has been awarded by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for best editorial cartoons on state issues.

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https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008504012338&fref=ts

https://www.creators.com/editorialcartoons/andy-marlette-about.html

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To start the day …. “Trayvon Martin: Remembering his birthday …. “!!


TrayvonM

~~February 6, 2016~~

TRAYVON MARTIN’S BIRTHDAY

I have been following this incredibly wonderful blogger for almost three years. I started blogging around that time. I feel blessed to have found her and honored to call her my friend: Xena.

Yesterday, February 5, would have been Trayvon Marrtin’s 21st birthday.

A beautiful post was entered to remind readers about this life that was taken too soon.

A clear-cut murder which never received justice.

I would like to write my own simple commentary and use the video she used.

It’s an incredible song written in honor of Trayvon 18th birthday.

Remembering him, one who should never be forgotten.

We need to spread the word and keep his memory alive!

Joining his family in their pain and tremendous loss.

Not a thing can bring Trayvon back …. yet we will always remember him.

HortyRex©

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He was 17 years old on February 5, 2012.

George Zimmerman took his life 21 days later, on February 26, 2012.

Today would have been Trayvon’s 21st birthday.

We shall not forget.

His life mattered.

Full post here

https://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/happy-birthday-trayvon-martin/

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Google Images

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https://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com

I do not own these images.

No intention of taking credit.

If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.

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~SIMPLISTIC ACCOUNT~

Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida.

Martin, who was serving a school suspension, had gone with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. On the evening of February 26, Martin went to a convenience store and purchased candy and a canned drink.

As Martin returned from the store, he walked through a neighborhood that had been victimized by robberies several times that year. Zimmerman, a member of the community watch, spotted him and called the Sanford Police to report him for suspicious behavior. Moments later, there was an altercation between the two individuals in which Martin was shot in the chest.

…. the rest is sad history!! 

“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trayvon_Martin

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~”18″ Song – Dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin~

~Published on Apr 5, 2012~

This song was written, arranged & produced by veteran music producer Darryl Duncan. It’s dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and ALL the young lives cut short by violence.

The OFFICIAL WEBSITE for this song is http://www.18song.net.

There you will find a lot more information on the song as well as purchase links. This song is available on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and other music sites. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CeaseFire.org. If you like this song, please show your support for a good cause by purchasing it and sharing the website link with your family & friends.

Thank you.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Zimmerman …. “It would be such a pleasure to see you fade, fade, fade away”!!


TrayvonM

~~September 38, 2015~~ 

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN RETWEETS PHOTO OF TRAYVON MARTIN’S BODY POSTED BY ADMIRER

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Recently, I learned that George Zimmerman decided it would be fun to retweet Trayvon Martin’s dead body. Soulless.

Carla – on this page – suggested that whenever Zimmerman does that …. And he does it a lot because he seems to be a sociopath, the reply should be this.

A picture of the life he took. On his timeline. For all to see.

What he did then … COUPLED WITH WHO HE IS NOW … should be enough for everybody realize this isn’t a hero, this isn’t some guy with any remorse … he’s vile.

Support for this man should be a societal litmus test that you either pass or fail.

I do not wish him harm. I just wish him obscurity.

But until that happens – or until social media companies hold him to some sort of standard – he needs to be checked.

I thought this was a good idea.

~Steve Marmel~

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https://www.facebook.com/TheMarmelPage?fref=ts

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Responding on Friday, September 18, 2015, to a fan on Twitter who called him a “one man army”, George Zimmerman retweeted out a picture of the body of Trayvon Martin as lay in the grass.

Twitter user @SeriousSlav tweeted out the photo, writing, “@TheRealGeorgeZ Z-Man is a one man army”

Since being acquitted by a jury in the slaying of Martin in 2012, Zimmerman’s life has been a series of run-ins with the police and altercations with his ex-wife and girlfriends who have accused him of assaulting them.

Zimmerman’s profile has been reduced lately to trolling people on Twitter and attempting to sell his artwork online.

“As it appears in .. full read/full credit”

https://colouredjustice.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/george-zimmerman-retweets-photo-of-trayvon-martins-body-posted-by-admirer/

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Something to think about …. “Do you see the problem?”


Problem

~~May 13, 2015~~ 

Black Lives Matter is a primarily American movement and hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) that started after the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It received fresh impetus from the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown.

The movement has received worldwide media attention due to its massive scope and ongoing existence.

Protesters and protest organizers have met with President Barack Obama and other prominent leaders to demand an end to what they view as police brutality, mass incarceration of African-Americans, and militarization of many U.S. police departments.

It was co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

The shooting of Walter Scott by a white policeman was recorded by bystander Feidin Santana, who contacted a local activist involved with Black Lives Matter; they contacted Scott’s family to receive the video. This led to the police officer’s arrest.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives_Matter

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https://www.facebook.com/whoisfreestyle

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http://blacklivesmatter.com/

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From Upworthy ….. Here Are 10 Images!!


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~~August 26, 2014~~ 

I subscribe to “Upworthy“. I receive their updates, videos and emails. I received this one recently. In view of the vital information presented and the time in history that we are living, I feel very strongly that it needs to be shared. I take no personal credit for this information. It was all gathered, compiled and presented by their staff. 

“As it appears in …..”

http://www.upworthy.com/here-are-10-images-by-the-time-i-reached-the-third-one-i-was-crying-by-the-10th-i-was-furious?g=2&c=upw1

I’m merely providing another forum for dissemination. All graphics in the slideshow were prepared and presented by Upworthy. All images in the slideshow and all information are the intellectual property of the original presenter. 

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John Crawford was holding a toy gun as he stood in the toy section of a Walmart. Before the police shot him to death in that same aisle, John managed to say, “It’s not real.” But it was too late for John.

Sean Bell was going to get married. One night, he was driving away from his bachelor party with his friends, Joseph and Trent. Suddenly, he hit a minivan. Four undercover police officers from the minivan began to shoot at them without warning, firing a total of 50 bullets at the three unarmed men. A wounded Joseph turned to Sean and said, “S, I love you, son.” Sean’s reply: “I love you, too.” Joseph and Trent survived, but their best friend, Sean, didn’t make it.

One of the witnesses in the Trayvon Martin trial, Rachel Jeantel, was on the phone with Trayvon moments before the scuffle with George Zimmerman that ended his life. One of the last things she heard the unarmed Trayvon say to the man who was following him with a gun that fateful night: “Why are you following me for?

Michael Brown died August 2014. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot him at least six times, twice in the head. Michael was not armed. His friend and eyewitness reported that Michael said: “I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.” Minutes later, he was on the ground, bleeding. Dr. Michael M. Baden, the man who did Michael’s autopsy, told the New York Times, “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.'”

Amadou Diallo died right outside his own apartment in the Bronx. He was unarmed. Four police officers shot 41 bullets, hitting Amadou 19 times. Later, they claimed that they had mistaken Amadou for a serial rapist. That same day, some of the last words he said to his mother as he spoke over the phone were, “Mom, I’m going to college.

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Eric Garner died July 2014. He was unarmed. Police officers were trying to arrest him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Eric suffered from asthma, and as a police officer put his arm around Eric’s neck during the arrest, he managed to gasp, “I can’t breathe!” The New York City medical examiner’s office ruled Eric’s death a homicide, pointing out that the officer’s chokehold might have been a big factor.

Jonathan Ferrell had been in a traffic accident and was knocking on a homeowner’s door for help. He was unarmed. A video later used at the trial showed that when police officers approached him, Jonathan held his hands out in a non-threatening manner. The police officers never identified themselves. They fired 12 times, and 10 of those bullets hit him. Even as Jonathan lay on the ground, bleeding and dying from 10 gunshot wounds, the officers handcuffed him. Jonathan’s dead body remained handcuffed all the way to the medical examiner’s office.

Oscar Grant was on a subway train in Oakland when a police officer forced him out of the car and onto the subway platform. Oscar was lying down when a second police officer shot a bullet into his back. “You shot me! You shot me!” Oscar yelled before he died. That officer later testified that he meant to use his Taser on Oscar instead of his handgun. A court later ruled that the two had no legal reason to get Oscar — who was unarmed — off the train.

Kimani Gray was standing on a street in Brooklyn when police officers approached him. The officers claimed that when they approached Kimani, he pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at them. But one eyewitness, Tishana King, said Kimani never pointed a gun. She also said the police officers didn’t identify themselves when they approached. Police officers shot Kimani at least seven times, even though Kimani hadn’t shot a single bullet. One witness said some of Kimani’s last words were, “Please don’t let me die.”

Kendrec McDade died after a man called Oscar Carillo made a phony 911 call, telling police officers that he had just been the victim of an armed robbery. He later admitted that he had lied about the guns. The two officers eventually found Kendrec in an alleyway. They began shooting after Kendrec apparently moved his hands to his waistband. But Kendrec didn’t have a gun on him. All he had was a cellphone in his pocket. Court documents show that Kendrec’s last words were, “Why did you shoot me?”

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I have no words. I think these description of events speak for themselves. I do know that there is a load of evidence regarding a total lack of disregard for black human life. 

BLACK LIVES MATTER!! 

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