Blind Justice

A quote from the The New Yorker article, “Whom Does Kobe Bryant Represent?”, about their interview of Kobe Bryant and his response to questions about the Trayvon Martin case:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

I couldn’t agree more with Kobe.  It doesn’t matter what color, nationality, region, gender, etc. you are, just blindly jumping to someone’s defense without know the facts isn’t any more helpful than persecuting someone without knowing the facts. This is one of the biggest problems perpetrated on our society by the 24 hour news media. “This just in…we don’t know all the facts…” Spewing forth information without facts, without ALL of the facts, causes tension and tempers to flare, and people leaping to defend or persecute blindly, or worse… completely misinformed.

Oftentimes, even after a case (when we’re talking about criminal proceedings) has gone through trial, we, the non-jurors, don’t know all the facts that were disclosed and the instructions given to the jury. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual juror interpreting what they heard, with all of their prejudices and beliefs, and voting for or against a conviction.

In almost every instance, it is better to learn the facts, what’s really going on, who’s really done what, and why before deciding to defend someone…or to yell and scream for another to be punished.

Hours after his interview hit the street and he’d been bashed in the media by folks who questioned his understanding of “being African American”, Bryant tweeted:

“Travon (sic) Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts.”

It would be interesting to know if that’s truly what Kobe believes or if he caved to pressure and was trying to save his image. I hope it’s really his feelings on the subject, because if they are, agree with them or not, he’s come to them after listening to the facts of the case and made his decision.

Recipe: Zucchini Torpedoes

Zucchini TorpedoesWith just a little bit of time management, this main dish is easily put together with the rest of the meal for a total prep and cook time of thirty to forty-five minutes. My wife initially found a recipe for filling and baking zucchini in some “weekly recipe” magazine insert. I used it to get the cooking temp and times for the zucchini. The meat mixture is completely mine. Improvise it as you desire. I think the first time I made it, I used 1 lb. ground beef.
The Ingredients

zucchini (cut in half lengthwise and seeded)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. ground chicken
onion, minced (I used half of a not-quite-large yellow)
garlic, minced (five or six cloves)
ginger, minced (about 3/4 inch of medium sized piece)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
turmeric
basil
parsley
olive oil (I used extra virgin)
1 cup red wine
sea salt
pepper
shredded cheese

Prep and Cooking

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Prep zucchini (cut and seed), place in a casserole dish with 1/2 cup water, cover with foil, and put in the oven for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, prep and start the rice.
4. Saute’ the minced onion, garlic, and ginger until onion is soft and garlic is beginning to brown.
5. Add ground poultry to the onion mixture and cook until the meat is browned.
6. Add red wine, tomatoes, basil, parsley, turmeric, and pepper to mixture and continue to cook on medium-high heat to reduce the sauce a bit.
7. When the zucchini is done with the first fifteen minutes of cooking, remove from oven, take zucchini from dish, and dump any excess water from dish.
8. Fill zucchini with meat mixture and spread the rest of the mixture evenly across the bottom of the casserole dish.
9. Press the filled zucchini down into the meat mixture in the casserole dish and cover with cheese.
10. Put back into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
11. Serve with rice.

I used 2 pounds of meat so that I’d have plenty of extra meat mixture to put over top of the rice. One pound of meat would have been sufficient for six torpedoes, maybe eight, depending on how large the zucchini are.

Link: “Just Poem It!”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemJust Poem It!, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 18 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

It’s National Poetry month.  Check out the prompt and share a poem or a story about a poemized well-known saying.

Write Something!

Link: “The Tide Is High”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

Archipelago (2014) by Digital BlasphemyThe Tide Is High, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 4 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

What happened here?  High tide?  Flood?  Float on over and share a story about how the ground became covered by the sea.

Write Something!

Link: “Thaw Her Soul”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

Thaw Her SoulThaw Her Soul, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 7 March 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

What caused her frozen heart?  More importantly, how does one thaw it?  Head on over and share the tale.

Write Something!

Link: “Contemplation”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

ContemplationContemplation, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 28 February 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Take a few minutes to observe the scene then click on over and share a little story about what you feel or about what may have inspired the artist.

Write Something!

Music Monday – It’s [likely] the End of These Posts as We Know It

I’ve been making my weekly Music Monday posts for over a year and a half now.  In that time, some of them were hours to a number of days late, but it was very rare that I missed a post completely.  My interest in music hasn’t waned a bit, but my “free” time in the evenings to write these posts is getting less.  I understand that most of the posts aren’t chock full of ground-breaking information that anyone interested couldn’t find on their own, and I’ve enjoyed putting them together, but I rarely get comments or likes on them.  According to Word Press, I have followers…but maybe no one reads these posts.

So, here’s the deal:  If I get any comments back about how much emptier your lives will be without Music Monday, about how much you love the videos I embed, or about how you simply enjoy the weekly posts, I’ll continue on with Music Monday.  I have to be honest, though, and mention that it may become a bi-weekly posting.

 

It’s The End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M

(released 1987; peaked #69 US Hot 100, #16 US Mainstream Rock, #22 Ireland, #39 UK)

It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

Cool, jammin’, rappish song.

 

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