Photo post by @thebabblerpress.
Over the pass few years small businesses in Philadelphia have came up with time tested but smart ways to advertist across the city. Benches promoting different small businesses begin to pop up everywhere, mostly at bus stops. This year almost out of the blue the city told the promoting small business that they’ll have to remove them. ‘Why?’ 1. The street department has received complaints from the public. ‘Why that’s B.S’ Most of the benches are at bus stops and always more than not at any time occupied. ‘Why?’ 2. The benches could create legal liablility problems for property owners. ‘Why that’s B.S’ Not one such property owner spoke up about the benches. And bus stops are not owned by anyone bus the city, being that it’s a public street corner. ‘Why?’ 3. The benches adds to the city’s blight. This is coming from acting Streets Commissioner David Perri (who stated that on 5/11/2013 that his department will confiscate illegal benches.) ‘Why that’s B.S’ If you ever saw one of the benches in question you’ll beaware that with the well thought out and professional designs that they would not fall under blight. And maybe if the City worried more about real blight and not benches maybe the blight problems in the City would improve.
There are a few other reasons but the truth is the city is looking at some point to pursue an advertising campaign near transit locations as part of a way to generate revenue. And folks that is the main and only real reason why the city waged war agaisnt the small business person who thur taxes help bring revenue to this city. This is a meanless battle and a waste and evil thing to do to part of the city’s infastructer of small businesses.
And the winners are . . . .
The Oscars are a big deal to some and just another awards show to others. To the Babbler it’s kind of a big deal. So watched the movies that mattered. It wasn’t a hard task because we like films. The only drawback was watching Les Misérables. Too many close ups and raw singing for us, which was a bummer because the book was so great. Below is who we think may win and who we would like to see cry and give awkward speeches for that gold little man. Can any one say Hushpuppy.
in a Leading Role
Who may win:
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Denzel Washington Flight
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook
in a Leading Role
Who may win:
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild
in a Supporting Role
Who may win:
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Robert De Niro Silver Linings Playbook
in a Supporting Role
Who may win:
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables
Amy Adams The Master
Who may win:
Lincoln Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi Ang Lee
Who may win:
Silver Linings Playbook Written by David O. Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Silver Linings Playbook Written by David O. Russell
Who may win:
Zero Dark Thirty Written by Mark Boal
Django Unchained Written by Quentin Tarantino
A Chapter by Christopher Reel
Sisyphus, quietly I stood before my rock, fingers apart, palms pressed upon its rough surface, my bare feet lightly agitated by the gravel beneath them. I pushed. I’m dressed, on the opposite side of cool, in a cloak; heavy, bothersome, and long, dragging across the ground. I, insignificant among others whom were stretched across a wasteland dressed the same, as I was, behind rocks of their own. They too pushed.
Our habitat was devoid of color; the primary hue was boredom. No one had any idea why we were there. Still we pushed, imagining the mountain top somewhere off in our distance dreams and hope. We pushed. All of us were aware of the darkness from nightmares and despair gaining ground behind us. We pushed.
Up a hill, we rested atop a plateau. Our rocks roll away from us, returning back down the hill. If one paid close enough attention while watching your rock move slowly in the opposite direction of your desire, there is a moment of consciousness. Most are not aware of it while others for go it and hurry behind their rocks immediately beginning anew. Others enjoyed that moment, or did not like it, or couldn’t understand it, or simply were indifferent to it. However the vast majority of us eventually returned down the hillside to begin anew. We pushed.
Sometimes rocks became too much to handle, too heavy, and rolled over the pusher. The rock disappears into history, as does its pusher whom decomposes into the gravel under foot. We pushed.
We talked. There is an overabundance of conversations; to others, to one’s self, to one’s rock, to hope. Some preferred to scream. Others never said a word. We pushed.
There were rocks far away from where we believed the mountain had been, while others assumed that they were at its foot or in its valley. The closer the better was a popular belief. Some strived to get closer. Many believed that they had obtained their goal. Others failed outright. Most simply accepted their positions. We pushed.
Some of us helped our neighbors when their rocks became too much for them. Others were apathetic or purposely hindered each other. There was hate, war and peace, and love. Many pushed in groups; easier, safe, some would forget about their own rock dissolving into crowds. A few didn’t push as hard as they could. Others over exerted themselves. We pushed.
There were good rocks and there were bad rocks. You could change your rock. Some didn’t know how to. Others changed their rocks so much that they became dazed and confused. A few stared at their rock and did nothing. Others would get intoxicated and repeatedly run face first into their rock screaming and laughing with gaity or wailing and crying with misery or sober and reckless with lucidity. Many loved their rock. They believed it to be beautiful and divine. Others despised their rock. They thought the rocks were ugly and devoid of meaning, making them sick. They would abandon their rocks and run into the darkness behind us; collapsing onto the bathroom floor after shooting herself in the head; divorcing existence with aggressive free will, leaving a 12 years old son to face his rock alone.
Sisyphus, quietly I stand before my rock in the kitchen area of my work place. Holding a rectangular pan in my hands, I stood before a 3 basin industrial sink. Dirty pots and pans soaked in the 1st basin, soapy water for the wash in the middle, the 3rd was empty, for rinsing. My boredom sat at the bottom of each of them. Smiling, I stared at Adam, the 1stshift manager. He was helping me by rinsing the pots and pans. He was short and round, with a round dull face that was easily forgettable. He was married with 2 children, worked at the same job for the past 10 years and never missed a day. He was friendly, well liked, well behaved, and happy or, at the least, content with his rock. Whatever it was, he enjoyed it and I disliked him for it.
‘I’m going to be you in a few years.’ I spoke slow, staring at an unwanted future, nervously smiling.
‘Then you would be a good man.’ He replied. The sincerity stuck its tongue out at me, and then went pssbttt! He smiled. It was honest and hold some. I wanted to smack him across the face with the pan.
After rinsing a pot and placing it with the others to dry Adam’s eyes returned back to my weak stare. Although his mouth opened a little as if to speak, it slowly shut. Inquisitive but patient was his expression. The kitchen was silent. It was small and generic and didn’t consist of much other than the sink and shelves and Adam and I standing before our individual rocks pushing from opposite inclinations.
I could never become him. I could never allow myself to think as he did, or how I assumed he thought. One who lived and let live, one apart of many, pushing the same rock as others, following obediently; indistinguishable sleepwalkers whom are snuggled softly in the safe and accepting arms of society, of their religion; never pondering. The meaning of life was already told to them; complaining and fighting frivolously against whatever struck their fancy at any giving moment with feigned seriousness when in truth they had already accepted it. Maybe they are the smart people. Who knows? Definitely they are the majority. They are in rule. The democracy. The herd. I hated them. I was jealous of them. I was afraid of them. They made me nervous, simply because there was a great possibility that they were right, living life the way it was suppose to be lived.
At times I wondered why I felt as if I was on the outside, pushing my rock off in the solitude distance never fitting in, living mainly inside of myself, inside of my head. Was it because I was the creative type, an author, a writer, who found safety in fiction, who found fiction more real than reality. Was it because I was cursed being weird, inheriting my mother’s existential rebellious nature and loneliness.
I, Archibald Johnson, am of the confused, the lonely, the skeptical, the lost, the exiled, the sick, the stupid, the ironic, the. . . .
I allowed the pan to fall from my hands. Adam’s eyes followed it to the floor. It clattered. I smiled, then turned and left.
© 2010 Christopher Reel
A child being killed is not a new trend. It’s always been around but it’s something that with every new case rips a little at your soul. We ask ourselves what could drive a person to such madness. Well, in one particular case which occurred yesterday in the Tacony section of Philadelphia a woman identified by neighbors as Stacey Newkirk, smothered one of her 18-month-old twins and drowned the other in a jealous rage over an affair her husband was having with a family member. The woman also attempted to poison her 4-year-old daughter and then tried to kill herself. The husband found the dead babies with a note next to the bodies that said ‘This is why I killed your kids,’ followed by her detailing her allegations of her husbands affair.
So she killed her own off-springs because their father was having an affair. I have one thing to say to her ‘You’re a dumb bitch.’ (For those in the politically correct communities that have a problem with me calling the woman (I refuse to ever write her name again) a bitch you too are bitches if you don’t think she deserves too be called a bitch. Oh and I think she should die today.) She stripped the world of two human beings and messed up the mind of the 4-year old that survived the poisoning. Who knows or really care if the husband was having an affair, because the dead of one’s children is not a suitable punishment for that crime.
We all know that it’s wrong to take alive but a child’s? . . . . Wow . . . just give me a moment . . .
One would ponder that it had to be more to the story that would lead a person to do such acts. The faith-base would say the devil or whom ever is the opposite personification of good, which is evil. Or others would want to know the lady’s race, social status, if she was on drugs or other bullshit. There is one person to blame for this tragic event and that is the woman. It’s simple as that. People do not know how to control their emotions and mask sadness with anger and or maybe drugs which are formulas for bad shit to happen. But it happened and nothing could bring those children back.
What a sad world we make it.
The internet is a wonderful place. Freedom of speech is live and well here. There are sites you could go to for news and money, to porn and fat chicks. My favorite part of the www. is the comments. Randomly go to a site and read the comments threads and I’ll bet you’ll laugh or get mad or just shake your head in dismay. So below are 36 responses to The Babbler #11 where I talk about the travon Martin case. This first appeared on christopherreel.wordpress.com (the babbler still appears there even though it has it’s own site.)
Reblogged this on The Genius Papers.
Your facts are dead wrong. You should be ashamed of yourself, there’s a 911 call made by a neighbor and the person screaming in horror is a tormented boy after being overpowered by an over sized grown ass man. Travon screamed before George shot him execution style. Being suspended is a normal part of being a teenage. I was suspended when I was in high school, if something happens to me will someone bring that up. Travon was a lite weigth kid, Goerge or what ever his name is an overgrown man. You really think that there was a real shuffle? Why would a kid scream like that if he wasn’t in pain? He shot Travon after he screamed in horror. George’s life wasn’t in danger. He had full control and power. He had power over a black kid and there’s nothing anyone could do about it. He thought that he would walk.
I’m not sure if your talking about the Babbler or 1 of the comments but if you are talking about the Babbler you need to re-read the post. and yes I thing it could have been a fight and travon could of won that fight especially if he was scared. Fear makes one fight better.
Your so called lite weight kid weighed 175 lbs and was over 6 feet tall. You are confusing the picture of a 12 year old to a 17 year old.
Great post! It would be great if they’d focus on Zimmerman’s tact and approach,-which was uncalled for and led to Martin acting more suspiciously- than the race issue.
So what if he had even burglarized a local residence? Had he been polite, then he could have followed him longer and known for sure what he was doing there. He wasn’t carry a large bag of stuff from what he could see at the current time.
Making someone act suspiciously could endanger their life.
That’s a pretty smart way to look at it.
Didn’t anybody read about the white, young, clean cut couple that in 2007 inKnoxville,Tennesseewere carjacked by 4 Negro males and 1 Negro female. Took them to a house, raped them both all night, poured bleach down her throat, cut her breasts off, inserted large objects in her mouth, vagina and anus. After raping him, they cut his privates off, drug him down to a railroad track, poured lighter fluid on him and set him on fire. They finally dumped her upside down in a garbage can. They said the ” they cooked a big breakfast at dawn.” Hardly anyone has heard about this….why?? No one is marching for these college kids…..why not???? I am getting very sick of this.. Am I the only one? Yvonne
The outrage and the protest was for the fact that Zimmerman wasn’t even arrested, put your racial bias aside and have a little compassion for a dead kid whose parents are still greiving because he was an articulate charming kid with a bright future. What you said about Travon’s case, would you be happy if you were in there situation? Good souls only happens to good people!
Mrs. St. Clair
I 1st like to thank you for reading The Babbler. And I must ask you, are you from the past? I mean, like did you get into a time machine or something? Because no one use the term Negro anymore.
To be honest I believe you missed the part in the latest Babbler when I said take race out of situation for a moment and let’s look at this as right or wrong. But since you want to bring race up I could go back and forth with you about hate crimes against, as you said, the Negro. However I will not because wrong is wrong no matter the race, gender, or any other pointless reason to hate someone that’s different than you.
The reason why the case with the college students may have not went viral as the did the Travon Martin case, because (although those 4 or 5 people were wrong with what they had done) they were arrested.
I am sick of a lot of things but I will never get sick of speaking and writing against injustice no matter the race of the right or the wrong.
- 5. Hammerhead7
Zimmerman opened up a can of worms the moment he engaged after he was told not to.
This was completely preventable.
You know them well that he went after that boy because he saw an opportunity to kill a black kid. He thought that he was going to walk because he probably behaved racially before and he got away with it. I am glad that his parents spoke up and fought for answers. Some people don’t speak up, police officers are engaging in the same behavior young black kids; just like Zimmerman.
- 6. bradford Reed
911 Operators are not police officers and you have no obligation to obey them. So Mr Zimmerman did not violate the law when he decided to follow Trayvon through his neighborhood. He as a law abiding citizen is allowed to carry a handgun if he wanted to. You don’t have to be in the Neighborhood watch to watch your neighborhood! We as citizens have every right to protect our communities it is the criminal element that wants us to cower in fear and do nothing.
Reality check sir, a neighbor’s 911 call reveals that Travon screamed in horror. The smaller size kid could not hurt that oversize grown man. Travon was not acting suspeciously, he was walking to go see his Dad. Like every other kid, he a bag filled with candy and juice in his hand on his way to see his Dad, very innocent right. As a black person, I know that there’s certain neighborhood that I might be in danger if I go to because of the racial issue. This could happen to me too, bcause it happened to someone so young. He was not a juvenal like the previous comment almost pointed out. He got suspended from school big deal, it happened to all of us.
No amount of law can make bad tactics and bad tactical decision-making good.
So you put the shoe on the other foot and your child was gun down like he was even if it was self defense would you be talking that bullshit that you are saying now be honest or a cousin or freind would it be the same word that you are saying now. I dont understand the things that we as People think that we have a right to take anyone’s life at all we are not GOD and this tragedy is the issue that needs to be brought to justiceand not only that we as black sisters and brothers need to stop killing one another and pull together as one so I wonder would that hot ass air come out of your mouth if it was one of your love one’s.
He can not call it self defense if his life wasn’t in any danger. He hunted the kid like a dog because he was walking through a neighborhood so he could go see his dad. The neighborhood isn’t a private gated community, Trayvon had every right to be there. You are a piece of shit for saying that he didn’t have a right to be there. He didn’t break the law by not listening to the 911 operator but sure did broke the law by killing an innocent kid. I don’t care if he was suspended from school. He was going to see his father and his father was going to deal with him. I come across some of the most racist whites and hispanics. I know how they operate. You most be one too, so is Geraldo Revera. He was denfending hispanics because Zimmerman guy is hispanics. Very selfish and lack of compassion for another human being. His opology was fake and calculated. I find that very disrespectful to the greiving parents.
again, Missbellenoire, I say: look up a picture of Travon at 17. He is a much larger boy than the press is showing in his picture as a 12 year old. (And I am not saying he should have been killed – I leave that to the courts). His father also stated that it was not Travon that was screaming that night. It was not his voice on the tape.
The both of you are missing the point. it doesn’t matter what size the kid was. This would not had happened if the guy had stopped following Travon when the 9-1-1 operator told him.
- common sense
A 911 operator is not a police officer, nor did or could he tell Zimmerman to stop following Trayvon. The narrative of Trayvon being some lovable innocent pre k child that the wackadoo missbelle and her ilk has bought hook line and sinker, has been pretty much debunked. If, and one again I say if all ofZimmerman’s accounts of what happened are as true as they appear, I know why Trayvon is dead. While beating on Zimmerman, Trayvon put his hand over his mouth with one hand and went after his gun with another telling Zimmerman that he was going to die tonight.
Both missbelle and the people who disagree with her are all part of the worse part of americawhich is the people who still think in black and white.
@common sense we know that a 911 operator is not a police officer but the conversation was aired on tv and the world heard the operator tell him to stop following the other guy. So please shut up. thank you.
- 7. shauna
Now I find some of these comments very interesting! The fact that George Zimmerman. Is being referenced as a white is ridiculous! This man clearly has African heritage! I felt the need to state this because Americans are big on race. While I love my Hispanic brow and sis they have just as many issues with gang violence and teenage pregnancy
Girl please, he does not look African American. He look like the type of Hispanics who think they’re white, some do think they’re white even if they are dark skin. You can’t argue with that. I want to appologize for my behave and my language online because I let my emotions get the best of me. Some of the replies to my comments were nasty so I fired back. I will not say aything else except that I think that Zimmerman should pay for what he did. Adios mi Amigas!
- 8. shauna
Lets keep it real! The Hispanic population has serious community issues just like the black community!
So are you saying this is why he had a right to do what he did or why he did what he did?
I respect all of the feed back but people are still looking at this only as a race thing when really it’s right v.s wrong. If Travon did not have a gun but was shot to dead the shooter was wrong. And the witness that heard the the two said that they could not tell whom was the one screaming. I do not care as much as everyone else seems to care about the two race. I could go on and on about this but I said what I needed to in the Babbler.
I agree with you cause you take away the race and he still has no paapers or anything at all to take anyones life
- 10. Walt
very interesting perspective
- 11. Mr. Kleeeen
I am glad to see that freedom of speech is still alive in this country courtesy of “The Constitution of theUnited States”. This document upon which all US law is benchmarked is extremely important in this case. I am glad we have trained lawyers, courts, and judges that will determine justice based on facts of the case and not emotion. I am not faulting anyone in this forum, to the contrary, we are all human and thus cannot escape emotion. However, without our justice system, people would be “lynched” at the whim of the “MOB” or those who can control or influence the “MOB”. What is clear is that a child has died and that is always tragic. What is unlcear here is everything else that happened that night. When a complete timeline of events of the night in question have been reported by the lead investigators (theUSJustice Department now I believe), we will then have the facts put before us in a coherent manner in which to determine, according to Florida Law, whether or not this man should be charged with a crime. If he is not charged, then justice may perhaps take the form of a challenge to the constitutionality ofFlorida’s “Stand your ground law”. But, for now, as it stands, that is the law that this man is using for his defense.
As for those who say “take race out of this scenario for a moment”. I am of the opinion that when a black person is part of the scenario, you cannot take race out because it is inherent and the scenario would be entireley different with other races or skin color. If it was a chinese boy, perhaps Zimmerman may not even think he was suspicous and none of this would have even happened, or maybe it would have. Either way race is inherent, and we should not try and fool ourselves to think otherwise. That said, if you took out other factors for a moment what would be the outcome. For example, take age out of the equation. Let’s say that it was a 70 year old man and not a youth, what may have happened? Let’s take gender out, what if it was a girl, what may have happened? The point here is that you cannot take anything that happened here out of the equation, because they are part of the facts of the case and are, indeed, inherent.
I beg of people to be concerned, pay attention, demand justice, but reserve judgement until the whole, unfiltered story is present in a factually based and coherent manner.
- 12. Shoney
Very well said,we all should be concerned and pay attention and reserve judgement until the whole unfiltered story is presented, but it is hard when you have listened to those tapes. The tapes alone are just so graphic. Zimmerman was so aggresive.
He wasn’t just agressive, he performed an execution. He killed an unarmed kid because he wanted. He said the boy looked black to the 911 operator. Obviously the fact that the kid was black, was an issue for his racist punk ass.
- common sense
You are obviously an ignorant moron. NBC edited the 911 call to make it seem like it was all about race. Secondly, he said effin cold, not coon, CNN broke that story. George was in constant contact with 911, hardly what someone wanting to kill someone would want. According to his girlfriend Tray outran the out of shape Zimmerman. I don’t see how the 17 yr old 6’3 160 lb football player could have been caught by a portly asthmatic 28 yr old. Tray followed him back to the car to pick a fight for following him and got himself killed. The fact that reverend Al is involved proves Zimmerman will be found innocent, he is the most vile racist person on the planet who is a magnet to faux controversy.
Realy so if he went back to the car how in the world was he shot 70 feet away from his car if Travon followed him and why was there no mark found on him why did he reject assistance from the meds but know its the meds had time to clean him up but he didnt go to the meds why did he not follow what the dispatch said don’t follow him the 911 tape show that he didnt stop but he went back to his car LMAO you will loose this conversation you do the math of the situation in your head did you forget that he was on the phone with his girlfriend they did not put this into evidence until recently why when its evidence come on keep it coming.
You should be his rep, cause you are okay with an overgrown man killing an unarmed teen. He made sure he was in contact with the 911 operator so he could cover his track. He thought that would get him off the hook, but self defense doesn’t work that frakin idiot. You burn in hell with George, you freakin cold ass racist bastards from a female dog. You are the moron, you weren’t there and a kid is dead; that is all I care about. This freakin George guy thought that he would get away with because he had the 911 operator on the phone. That was his dirty little cover. He will fry. I will be waiting to see it happen. I will have popcorn.
Your nasty language says alot about who you are and it says that you are a worthless human being who doesn’t care about hurting someone else’s feelings. You don’t have a soul, thats probably why you are in favor of what Zimmerman did. What you said is cruel and you should take it back. Bash the killer not the innocent civillians, I’ve never killed anyone, have you?
- 13. missbellenoire
George Zimmerman fled the state Of Florida according to his Lawyers. They can not contact him and he is not returning their phone calls or text messages. His probably hearing voices because he is paranoid about going to jail. The man has lost his damm mind.
- 14. Anonymous
opinions are like assholes everyones has one,only god can take care of him,his judgement day will come…
Crazy. Insane. Human.
We all are surprise about the news that Miami resident, Rudy Eugene, was shot dead by the police who tried to plead with him to stop eating the face of another man. (The victim was Ronald Poppo a homeless man living under a causeway; he’s in critical condition as of this Babbler.)
I’m sorry to all that are close to the incident because as I type this up I am laughing. It’s not really funny because someone was killed (to be honest I would say that he was wrongly killed because the officers had to know that he was high off of something by the way he growled when the officers tried to tell him to stop. I’m no punk ass but if I see a man eating another’s face and when told to stop all he did was growl and continued on with his meal I would had dropped my gun and police I.D on the spot, jumped into the patrol car, and then drove home leaving my partner and all.)
To turn on a more serious note, the man was high off of bath salt. I never for the life of me understand way people continue to search for stuff to get them high and it’s already so much stupid shit to lose your mind from there’s LSD, PCP, Reality shows, etc., etc., etc. Give me weed a drink of something that’s not beer and a cigarette. That’s it. I don’t need any crazy shit to farther fuck up my mind from its natural messed up state.
Bathsalt is a problem if you ask Armando Aguilar, president ofMiami’s Order of Police or the man whose face was snacked on. But the craziest thing is that this act of drug induce violence doesn’t shock me. It’s weird but anything is capable to happen in the human condition. Don’t believe me just check the news, the internet, or where ever you get your news from. Adding drugs to situation only make humans crazier. That’s why Aliens from other planets don’t come here; they don’t want to deal with our crazy messed race.
I almost forgot. Rudy Eugene is now know as the ‘Miami Zombie’ which is both sad and very funny.
The 99% who occupied many cities for, I think to um . . fight or . .really I don’t know or should I say, that I’m not sure, because I do know that, although they used big corporations’ produces such as Facebook or Nike, they did not like rich people or the 1%.
I would think that all of the occupiers are democrats and most blacks are democrats and Diddy is black and Diddy and probably most of his friends are rich and the rich are the 1% . So according to the 99% or occupiers what should I think about Diddy’s child getting a scholarship.
This is what I think, You go Justin Combs. Get it.
My answer is so simple right? Sure it is because it’s nonsense for Diddy to tell that boy to not take the scholarship and ruin him forever. If he would have declined the scholarship because his daddy has it is disrespecting his own accomplishment. He earned it. So what his father is rich or black or democrat or what ever reason why people don’t think Justin needed the scholarship,
Sure it makes sense what people are saying about him coming from money and that money should pay for it so another less Diddy son than he is to get the free ride. But don’t forget the child involve. That kid was a good student (3.70 gpa) and good football player (the scholarship is for UCLA to play cornerback.).
I wish when I have children that my son or daughter earn some type of scholarship to pay for college. And I won’t care if I was rich or not. Free is free no matter what your tax bracket is. Earning the free stuff yourself is even better. Who don’t like free stuff. I like free stuff.
Oh, I almost forgot, Shut up Bill O’Reilly! You talk too fucking much.