Love people, use things.

Love people, use things. The opposite never really works.

Garrard quotes Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus on Windy City Live. As the protests continue for justice of Derek Chauvin’s brutal and wickedly cowardice slaying and lynching of George Floyd, we embark on police reform, society reform, and the return of the social contract. When will we again, love people, and use things? The Minimalists have the answer.

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard in the Divided States of America

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard in the Divided States of America by Garrard McClendon, Ph.D.

Why riot, tear up, and destroy stores, cars, banks, and property? Because a riot is the language of the unheard. King knew and he was prescient. Former police officer, Derek Chauvin, asphyxiated, tortured, lynched, and homicidally humiliated George Floyd, American citizen, in Minneapolis, MN. A man is dead and we are admonished to just let it go.

Derek Chauvin killed a man who begged for his breath, his life, his liberty, and his pursuit of happiness. Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao have no respect for life. And neither does the average person. Love, honor, respect, and reverence for the sacred creation and existence of human minds, bodies, and souls have gone to the dark side. The side of Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno. We are no longer deserving of a relationship with God when just 1 precious person’s miracle is taken by an 11-minute knee to the neck. A police officer’s unrelenting, cowardice, Gestapo-styled killing, assisted by fellow henchmen, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and the jelly-spine bystanding of Tou Thao. Where were the good cops this country brags about? Nowhere near George Floyd.

We live in the United States of Shame – a country riddled with the schizophrenia of loyalty masquerading as good policing and American citizens who care more for dogs and phony twenty dollar bills than humans. Hundreds of nations know that this country claims to be real, and true, honest and free, but verily, America is a sham.

A riot is the language of the unheard, in a bird sanctuary, in your living room, in a suburb, or in the streets of Minneapolis. King was right, and the unheard will continue to speak.

God bless the soul of George Floyd. #GeorgeFloyd

Donda West was a brilliant example for son, Kanye

Donda’s Rules, the book by Garrard McClendon, focuses on the scholarly works of Donda West. It is clear that her prowess as a professor became a mainline to Kanye. The definitive works of the professor and scholar, Donda West, are included in Donda’s Rules. Chapters include her systems theory on composition and rhetoric, a resolution on ebonics, a community-based economic development plan, and her studies on Alexander Pushkin.

Dow Jones loses all gains since Trump inauguration

The Dow Jones was dealt a serious blow as Covid-19 continues to blanket the landscape of the United States and the world. The hubris of Donald Trump has disappeared as the near 30,000 point Dow dwindles into a 10,000 point free fall. The Corona Virus Disease humbles everyone and with quarantine protocol as the new normal, we must all adjust to the social contract. The Feds should minimally call for nation-wide quarantine and a $5000 payment each month to every family in the U.S. for the next 6 months.

Be kind. Be humble. Be good. Be encouraged.

Jason Van Dyke Found GUILTY of 2nd Degree Murder

Jason Van Dyke found “guilty” of 2nd degree murder, “guilty” of aggravated battery with a fire arm on all 16 shots and counts of shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. He was found “not guilty” of official misconduct. Justice is served.

Shame on the Chicago Police Department, defense attorneys, the mayor’s office, and the FOP for trying to superimpose a fictitious narrative of what happened by creating a Grand Theft Auto stylized video game simulation to demonize Laquan McDonald.

Jason Van Dyke and Attorney Dan Herbert during the verdict.

Laquan McDonald is a martyr now. William Calloway and journalist Brandon Smith, filed a Freedom of Information Act  which released the video of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 fatal shots at Laquan McDonald.  Without these two citizens and muckraking journalists, the cover up probably would have succeeded. The day has finally come when justice has been served.

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Video Game Re-enactment of Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald.

The FOP is still backing and defending Jason Van Dyke’s actions. The president of the Chicago FOP, Kevin Graham, blames the verdict on politicians, the courts, the jury, the judge, the public, and the news media.

Attorney Dan Herbert said that this, “is a sad day for law enforcement.” He likened the case to being in a boxing match with Mike Tyson. He felt that the odds were stacked against the officer. The video simply didn’t lie. Clearly it was 16 shots and a cover up. Jason Van Dyke is found guilty on 2nd degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Brandon Smith and William Calloway – The heroes who made the Jason Van Dyke shooting of Laquan McDonald visible through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

Will Truth Be Respected Again?

Sometimes I wonder if facts really matter. Does the truth matter when we live in a world of lies? I watched several TV newscasts and just getting to an empirical version of the truth is a minefield. Fox, CNN, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, RT, ABC, CBS, NBC, and so on. All purveyors of news with subtleties that aren’t always so subtle.

Breaking news is a joke. The term was once meaningful when a devastating event occurred. But now the term is used to attract attention even when the story isn’t something worth breaking.

Writing with a Neo 2 is liberating…

Writing with a Neo 2 is liberating. No internet distraction, no email, no Google searches, and no interruptions. With this device, you just write. It is surprising how much you can get done when you aren’t a slave to alerts. And when you finish typing, you can plug into your computer with a USB cable and the Neo 2 will upload everything into a new Word file. For $25 bucks on eBay, try it out. Truly liberating.