Feelings bore me

My heart knows it’s weak

Constancy never changes

I long to eat

Miracles, stages, war, delight

Favors, storms illuminate the night

The towering arc of

The limbs

Standing in the way

Of a peaceful sky

Scar on the horizon

Dressed by colors that fade

In it’s blossom scattered over hours

The landscape covered by bark and fallen shade

Upon my concepts

A ray of light

Foster images flowing in a stream

Passing by rainbows decorate the morning sky

Shadowed by morning dew.

Written by Maestro

April 3, 2014

 

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Handguns are increasingly available to criminal and to law abiding citizens. So I suppose the law makers are attempting to make it an even playing field by passing laws which empower individuals to take the law into their own hand. But the systematic skewing of the justice system to favor violence is a major factor which requires some type of discourse to grasp its method.

Let’s take a look back in time for a moment when Rodney King was the focus of media attention. It is safe to say that the events leading up to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, were by and large contributed to the verdict handed down in the case involving the police excessive use of force after detaining  Rodney King.  Even with the undisputed tapes, the jury was able to return an outrages verdict in that case. Then, February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman; a wantta be police officer, in Sanford, Florida. The fatal shooting of the 17-year old African America by then 28 year old “neighborhood watch security guard caused pandemonium and unrest through the United states and abroad in the international community.

The proceedings are the latest in a series of murder cases with claims of self-defense that have roiled Florida and garnered national attention. George Zimmerman, who identifies as Latino, was acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, during a confrontation on Feb. 26, 2012. Another case, involving a former police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater after a dispute over texting, is working its way through the courts. As in the Zimmerman case, race has been a subtext in the Dunn trial. Prosecutors maintained that Dunn repeatedly shot at the black teenagers because they were playing their hip-hop music too loudly.

Most recently a jury has found Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, guilty of four charges, but the jury was unable to reach a decision on the top count, first-degree murder. Dunn, who is white, fired 10 shots into an SUV, killing Jordan Davis, 17, who was black. The shooting in a convenience store parking lot in Jacksonville erupted after Dunn asked the teenagers in the vehicle to turn down their music. Dunn was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle in the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting. The jury couldn’t reach a decision on the first-degree murder charge, but convicted on the other four. Dunn contended he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors suggested that Dunn, 47, was angry because he was being disrespected by a young black man.

As we continue to reflect on the not-guilty verdict in the Travyon Martin case, the controversial law has come to the forefront for discussion. Street Justice has taken the time to deb into the matter a little further. So why don’t you make yourself comfortable as we check out the controversial, “Stand Your Ground Law”. A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. It is law in certain jurisdictions within the United States. The basis may lie in either statutory law or common law precedents or both. One key distinction is whether the concept applies only to defending lawfully occupied locations. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations, and the stand-your-ground law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention, and arrest. A defense, including an affirmative defense, is a fact or set of facts that may avoid or mitigate the adverse legal consequences of the defendant’s otherwise unlawful conduct.

The common law recognized two kinds of self-defense. Justifiable homicide protected a defendant who was, without any fault of his own, attacked by another. The doctrine evolved from questions about the legal guilt of an executioner. After all, the hangman or the axman intentionally takes a life. But he was “justified,” medieval courts held, because the king ordered him to do it. What then of the innocent victim who fights back against an attacker and kills? Well, the fiction grew up that the victim was also the king’s executioner—a “true man” in the legal sense—meaning not a manly man but, in the words of theOxford English Dictionary, “an honest man (as distinguished from a thief or other criminal).”

But there was another offense at common law, called “chance-medley.” That offense occurred when two people got into an avoidable quarrel—in a pub, say—that graduated to violence. These quarrels could easily escalate. If one party to a chance-medley attacked the other, the person attacked might end up with the choice of killing or being killed. When the party attacked killed the attacker, he or she might claim self-defense—but only when the evidence showed that the eventual killer had tried to break off the encounter, or “retreat.” Even then, the killer was not justified but merely “excused.” Sir William Blackstone, writing in the 1770s, explained that “the law sets so high a value upon the life of a man that it always intends some misbehavior in the person who takes it away, unless by the command or express permission of the law.” Under that rule, a defendant who provoked and pursued a quarrel until it became violent couldn’t then claim “self-defense”—that was not being “true” in the legal sense.

Congress finally passed the law in 2005 and gun lobbyist flexed their prowess to show how much influence they have in the political process in this country. The Stand Your Ground Law sometimes referred to as the “Shoot First” law by detractors – singled handedly changed the definition of self-defense throughout the United States.

Before a person had to retreat from what they perceived to be a threat of deadly force. The Stand Your Ground Law removes that stipulation entirely. Which basically means a citizen no longer has to remove himself from a situation or flee for safety before he decides to retaliate. Which on the surface translates to, “You can’t get your ass beat in an altercation that you initiate and then pull out a gun once the other guy gets the upper hand.”

Just think of what would happen if individuals were extended the permission to take the law into their own hand, by virtue of making rash decisions in the heat of rage. I mean in my honest opinion, the streets wouldn’t be safe.  Is this what the United States has become, “A Nation of Executioner’s?”

Article Written by Maestro March 5, 2014

Stand Your Ground Law definition taken from: Wikipedia

Oxford English Dictionary

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Being shot for wearing a hoddie just doesn’t make any sense but I guess it might when the shooter uses the “Stand Your Ground Defense”. The untimely death of a minor should never be based on a wantta be’s resolve or when the actions of a racist is hinged on a judgment call. Riots are the offspring of injustice administered by the law and no matter what someone captures on tape, a jury’s perception can be flawed. images (27)

          There is a pain in my heart as a result of the lies we invent. So I’ll attempt to put this into perspective in light of how the verdict went. What value can be placed on a young man’s life? Now I’m not talking about the case a few years ago involving the pit bull fight. Michael Vick did time on the strength of what his cousin said, now Zimmerman  is promoting a fight. I wonder what’s going through Trayvon’s father head? I think its time for us to re-evaluate some of the laws in place before one of our son’s end up on their back–with a gun in their face.

download (1)Written by Maestro February 20, 2014

I’m reporting to you live from an undisclosed location because the feds have got me bent. So I created Street Justice as a platform in an effort to free my mind when it’s spent. Although my message seems to be fading like a scroll dipped in bleach, I have to maintain constancy in my approach or try to keep it 100 at least. Now, before I images (20)become a target of conjecture draw your attention to the stage. Don’t be consumed by the drama or thrown by the views on this page.  Because I don’t need any of your fancy cliche’s or stupid buzz words to make me hot! So don’t bother placing me in a paradigm and make me out to be something I’m not.

Take a good look into my world, divorce those idle myths. Here alms never taketh and poverty knows gifts. Science is naive for the brother who has faith. Gluttony leads to hunger, to ponder make you wait. Lately, I try desperately to focus on the horizon and bliss but there seems to be too many voices haunting me from my past to forget. An imaginary existence built upon a sheet of thin ice. Lies the remains of a skeleton wrapped in a unique shade of night. It takes a step in the right direction before a destination can be reached and if I keep putting my hand out, I’ll never have what it takes to be free.

Gravity always takes hold of me when I’m struggling at night and every downer I take leaves my head feeling lite. Lost in a cyclone of perceptions spiraling helplessly out of control, denigrated by public opinion because so many lies have been told. Hip hop is expression, you can’t lose sight. A beggar art is madness, a blind man’s delight. Dependency has the tendency of making a young man sway. So discern the difference between the truth and what your local politician has to say. This is a simple point of view from a trouble man’s life. It’s just another story to tell to help me get through the night.

Written by Maestro

February 19, 2014

 

I have been busy in the lab whipping up a little something for you to vibe to. Click on the link to see the first chapter of a book I wrote entitled, “HOTlanta!” It’s an Urban Fiction novel which takes place in Atlanta. Give me some feedback and let me know what you think. The book is scheduled to be out in bookstores and available in e-book for in the fall.

 

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FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, GAWKER MEDIA Nick Denton is taking the media industry by storm. Ten years ago, Nick Denton came up with the idea of capturing gossip that journalists would “secretly” tell one another from his apartment and his estimated net worth is a whopping $320 million dollars. It appears that most American’s spend most of their past time vicariously living through the short-comings and unfortunate mishaps of others. This is especially true when it comes to entertainers and athletics. Superstars are  constantly bombarded by the media and paparazzi for our viewing pleasuring to find out the intricate details of their private lives. Reality shows like “Keeping up with the Kardashians” (a number one rated show on television) is defiantly keeping us in from of our television sets. Gawker.com has a net worth of $100 million and Gawker Media has been valued at somewhere around $300 – $600 million. Not bad for a “Gay” guy from England who started out trying to just be a thorn in celebrity’s side. But public opinion is what sends a blogger’s site to the impressive levels to acquire sponsorship and advertising. But Nick Denton isn’t your typical media mogul. Despite Nick Denton’s sexual orientation he continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of media. The majority of the country supports same-sex marriage, and among people 18 to 29 years old, a demographic that makes up the bulk of Gawker’s audience, polls show that 70 percent believe that gay marriage should be legal. When the Gossip Merchant was asked about his lifestyle he said that his sexual orientation isn’t relevant to his success and that it’s a private matter.

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Gawker is a blog created by Nick Denton and based in the big Apple that proudly considers itself as “the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip”. It solely focuses on celebrities and the media industry. GAWKER MEDIA The Gawker Media Group founded in 2002 by Nick Denton, now produces eight original brands with 47,000,000 monthly US Readers, 2.5-million Facebook fans and over 3-million twitter followers. But Nick Denton didn’t just up and stumble upon his success  before this, Nick founded two internet ventures in the late 1990s which were sold. Among other things, Nick is said to be half-Hungarian and he began his career as a reporter for the Economist and the Financial Times during the fall of the communism in Eastern Europe. So for you who may have been thinking that success comes over night, think again. “But all that glitters ain’t gold”. For instance, in February 2011 the Gawker sites underwent a major design change which was met with serious backlash from the users. Sometimes change can be hard. Especially, in a market where you can be finished at the click of a mouse; or the lack thereof. It appears the users had become accustomed to the old system and due to a lot of technical glitches with the new site it is going to be an eventful year for Gawker and it’s shareholders. But when it rains it pours, earlier this year Tarantino filed a copyrights law suit against Gawker Media for the distribution of a 146 page script called, ” The Hateful Eight”. It seems that Nick and his people may have crossed the line this time by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.” All and all I applaud his efforts but with the strict copyright laws in place it may be an uphill battle for Nick and Gawker Media to pull themselves out of the hole they’ve managed to dig for themselves.  One thing is for sure, he’s not hurting for money.  But you know what they say, “Moe money, moe problems!”  This is Maestro! Article written by Maestro February 16, 2014, Revised February 16, 2014

Recently, Michael Sam, came out publicly and announced he is gay. Even though no active NFL player has ever done this, Michael Sam joins a long list of pro athletes who have made it known about their sexual orientation. From the tennis star “Billy Jean King” to volley player “J.P. Calderon” all of the players felt a sense of liberation once they made it known who they were and didn’t really care about public opinion. So the pressure isn’t on Michael Sam apparently, he knows who he is and what he wants. The question looming is, “what will the NFL do about this newly discovered revelation?”

The talented 6’2″ defensive end from the University of Missouri spoke to ESPN and The New York Times first, saying he wanted to tell his story before rumors about his sexuality got out ahead of him. Sam came out to his Missouri teammates last year, the same year he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Gary Pinkel told ESPN the team was very supportive of Sam’s decision to reveal this news.

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When asked what all of this meant to Micheal Sam he said, “I’m not naive. I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is,” Sam said. “But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the NFL.” So what is the NFL saying about this revolution. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport received the following reaction from a club executive: “The league is in a better place to handle this now than a few years ago given the influx of younger GMs.”

President Obama and the first lady weighted in on the subject and gave their support for the defensive ends decision to have the courage to stand up and be recognized for who he is and not for what others want him to be. I am certain that this story will continue to gain momentum the closer we get to the NFL draft. Just keep in mind before you are quick to pass judgement on someone else, fortify your own crib with something other than glass. Because you never know who might be looking. This is Maestro and I’m out!

Written by Maestro

Comments: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

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SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR “419″

Posted: February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

I was reading though my emails last week and happened to come across one in particularly that caught my eye. 419.SCAMThere are measures in place to limit unsolicited emails and spam, so I want bother boring you with the details associated with blocking emails. When I opened the email it read: “Hello my name is Adam Moore and I have several administrative task in need of serious attention. Due to my industrial schedule, I have very little time to perform certain administrative functions for a non-profit organization, of which I am currently sitting on the board. You will be receiving a cashier’s check within the next few days and I will provide you with the necessary details on how to disburse the funds. For your services, you will be paid $500 dollars a week, which you will be expected to deduct from the cashier’s check in route to your home.”

I laughed a little, closed the email and continued to check my remaining messages. Low and behold, in the next three days, I noticed another email from Adam Moore. Normally, I would simply delete any such solicitation but I just couldn’t help myself. It read:

A payment in form of Cashier’s check of $2960 has been sent to you via United States Postal Service(USPS),the payment is a donation to the charity organization(The Habitat for Humanity) which Adams Moore’s Group is a board member.kindly follow the instruction below in carrying out this  your very 1st assignment as Adams Moore’s personal assistant.This is the first assignment for the week and there are two(2) more assignments coming for this week,you will receive your $500 basic weekly pay .

1.In order for you to receive your $500 initial weekly pay/fee and carry out the donation assignment,get the Check cashed at your bank by depositing in your bank account for 24 hours then the funds would be available the very next business day depending on your bank cashing policy.

2.Deduct $500 as you first weekly pay installment leaving you with a balance of $2460 to carry out the charity donation assignment after cashing the Check.

B.You will have the balance of $2460 forwarded to the representative at the Partnerships for Disaster Reduction Europe/Asia(PDR-EA)/The Habitat for Humanity in Istanbul,Turkey via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER using their Receiver/Representative information you have below,

For Habitat for Humanity istanbul, Turkey,Transfer the sum of $2400 through Western Union Money Transfer(Money in minutes service).You will be paying a certain amount as transfer charges for sending money via Western Union(Money in minutes service),deduct this from the 2460 you are to send.The funds should be sent to the name of their representative below in Turkey,

1.NAME:JOSEPH SAYLORNIGERIAN-LETTER-282x300
ADDRESS: 26 beyoglu st,
CITY: Istanbul,
COUNTRY: Turkey.

Email the details below for the Money transfer to the 2 email addresses below after funds are sent to enable the recipients receive their donation for delivery to their society.
1. Sender’s Name as its written on the WesternUnion form/receipt.
2. Receiver’s Name as its written on the WesternUnion form/receipt.
3. Money Transfer Reference Numbers {10 Digits} on each WesternUnion form/receipt
4. The amount sent after deducting WesternUnion charges for Money in minutes.
Please email all details above to:

adams4moore2014@outlook.com

realadams2moore2014@gmail.com

Warm regards,
Adams Moore Group.

I became familiar with a term “419” when I was living in West Africa,  Ghana. The Nigerians had a lock on the scam game and did everything they could to take as much money from foreigners as they could…me included! The simple fact I was born in the United States was enough for the African’s to place me on their, “to scam list”. It’s a good thing I was raised in the hood and didn’t fall for the “oakee doke”, because the game they were playing—was a serious one. Beside me having to get over the cultural shock, I had to deal with the brothers over there smiling in my face, with their hand in my pocket. Now don’t  get me wrong,  Africa is a beautiful country but if you don’t have your ducks in a row, you’ll be left ass out.

If you have received similar solicitations or other type of scams, I would appreciate it if you would share them with us. Your comments are welcolmed

Be extremely wary of counterfeit check schemes. They are almost impossible to trace, punish and prevent — so consumers must be alert and avoid falling for the scam.

If you are a VICTIM of the Counterfeit Cashier’s Check Scam, contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Office (515-281-5926, or toll-free at 888-777-4590.) We will help you report it to the U.S. Secret Service, the lead agency fighting this fraud. For more information, go to www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org (the Attorney General’s web site), or go to www.scamvictimsunited.com (click on “counterfeit cashier’s checks.”)SCAMS.EXPOSED

HIP HOP IS HERE TO STAY

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

THE AFFECT HIP HOP HAS HAD ON AMERICA

On one faithful August night in 1973, a kid known to his peers as  “Kool Herc”, and his little sister Cindy put on a back to school jam’ in the 1520 SEDGWICK AVE.HIP HOPrecreation room of their apartment complex in the Bronx. There was an entrance cost of 25 cents of the ladies and 50 cents for the fellas. There wasn’t anything in particularly special about the event, but the energy of the small crowd of young black people sent a shock wave throughout the boroughs which sparked a revolution and out of its chars gave birth to an underground urban movement known as HIP HOP.

 

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Recent studies show that HIV is a crisis in the Black community and very little is being done to prevent the epidemic from spreading. HIV is single handily threatening the health and well-being of the African American at an alarming rate. While Blacks represents 14% of the population in the United States, we account for more than half the new cases discovered which accounts for 44% percent of people living with aids. Here are some more alarming facts you might find interesting.

  • One in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with AIDS in their lifetime as well as one in 32 Black women.
  • Black men account for more than 70% of HIV infections.
  • Women account for 30%.
  • Within the Black community, gays and bisexuals are most affected, followed by heterosexual women.

Well I won’t be condescending by telling you to “Just Say No”. AIDS awareness and prevention has to be the topic of discussion at the dinner table of every Black American family household in the United States. An ounce of prevention goes a long way. I realize  It is Black History Month but we can’t always look back and forget about preparing for the future.

Written by Maestro

Statistics released by the CDC