39 Responses to Frog Gravy: Ruthie’s Mother and the Picture

  1. biznesschic1959@yahoo.com says:

    Professor Leatherman. I knew what the verdict in this trial would be, after jury selection. 5 white woman, and one of undermined race is what doomed this trial. Coupled with the fact that the prosecution should have had a seasoned black male prosecutor, who would have insisted that at least one African American jurist, determined the outcome of the trial, and would have represented the face of Trayvon Martin. Do you really believe that jurist 37, would have gotten away with jury intimidation, looking into the face of an actual jurist who looked like the family of the murdered kid? It doesn’t matter if the prosecution had a video of Zimmerman murdering Trayvon, 5 white women would have acquitted the child murderer.

    You had at least 5 white women and one timid women of unknown race, who are afraid of a black man in a hoodie, even if that black man was the future president of the United States. The prosecution failed to take into account the racist nature of this country, and that jury selection never should have been allowed, if Trayvon were to have any sort of justice.

    That is why a federal hate crime trial must take place. The Justice department need not prove that Zimmerman is a racist, only that Trayvon would still be alive, if he were white. On those terms, Zimmerman will be convicted of a federal hate crime.

  2. My Forehead Tho says:

    Apparently the sheriff’s office has opened the door for a mistrial in the Fogen case by admitting to possible jury tampering. According to him, jurors were allowed unsupervised visits.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/20/new-accusations-against-zimmerman-jurors-as-sheriffs-office-admits-it-allowed-unsupervised-access/

  3. acemayo says:

    There are some people who wants to buy GZ a gun
    They want to make him a national hero for shooting a black Kid
    Again are writing about black people being so evil

  4. Xena says:

    @Crane-Station. I so enjoy your writings. Have a question and hope you don’t think I’m stupid, but what does “Frog Gravy” symbolize? TYIA.

  5. colin black says:

    People don’t understand how prison is just a microsystem of society in genral

    They think that when your sent down some how your in suspended annimation.

    Ive had some of the best times im my life whilst incarserated an met some great people.

    On the flip side the inhumanity is also heightened.

    The very worst thing about prison is not the loss of freedom or dignity its not the gaurds or being seperatedfrom loved ones.

    The worst thing is the other prisoners .

    You have to associate with people whom normally you would never in a million years give the time of day.

    Not only that you have to continualy run a mantra through your head whilst dealing with thease people

    When they talk about obsence sexuall acts or desires or aceist comments.

    You cant just say s t f u you piece of shit.

    Or you can but then youd be fighting every day an spend time down the hole an lose good time an accesssnto toiletries books ect.

    So you have to just let it go in one ear an out the other nod or grunt at apprppriate times.

    That’s why freindships genuine freindships in prison are to be cherished.

    It also lets you apreaciate the simple pleasures in life that people on the out take for granted.

    Soft toilet paper being able to use the toilet in private.

    A ccup of tea sunlight on your face.

    Ive met lifers in prison whom have been incaserated for thirty years .
    An maybe in there 60 s an yet look like they are 35 or so.

    Because theve never had to stress over bills over Family issues or event stress about getting out as they never will.

    There doing easy time.

    Then Ive met guys doing ten years an maybe in there mid thirtys an yet look 70.

    Because they have a wife an children outside.

    An the wife stops visiting an the kids stop writing an all they do is fret n worry an drive themselves demented with worry an stress.

    There doing hard time .

    Funny enough apart from your first week an your last week time in prison flies past.

    You get into a routine an become slightly instituinilised .

    You have to to cope an the weeks an months just zoom past.

    That’s if you have a d o r date of release.

    Time on remand is different though awaiting for trial is different type of challenge.

    • chills101 says:

      Colin are you human? Man i wish you were my celly, when i did my time. You and Malisha are truly appreciated by me. If dey had more of yall this world would b a better place.

  6. http://www.justice.gov/usao/briefing_room/crt/prosecutions_hate_crimes.html

    Excellent breif on what could await. The second succesful case they cite has some parallels. The Fed investigator found a pattern and the defendent ended up pleading guilty. Be well.

    Nice work Crane. Elijah

  7. My Forehead Tho says:

    “Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours”

    ~Sybrina Fulton, at Trayvon Martin rally today.

  8. lakechar says:

    Love everything you write , my very favorites are your wonderful stories as told by Letty Owings, .I came across them months ago while searching for something else .They would make a great short story book .

  9. Two sides to a story says:

    Hey Crane – maybe you can get a scholarship to this conference.

    Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
    Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
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    The weekend will conclude with editor and publisher Sy Safransky reading from his Notebook.

    Of course, the best part of a Sun gathering is getting to meet everyone: writers, staff, and other people who love the magazine and share its compassionate, unflinching view of the world. We hope you’ll join us.

    The Sun is offering two full scholarships to writers who can make a strong case that they would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it. Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the weekend.

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  10. Trained Observer says:

    Extraordinary, Crane-Station. Truly a primer for the naive, because none of us know when such knowlege might come in handy.

  11. Two sides to a story says:

    In California, hundreds of prisoners have been held in solitary for more than a decade – some for infractions as trivial as reading Machiavelli’s “The Prince.”
    https://www.aclu.org/secure/ca-hunger-strike?sid=1297353

    • Thank you for bringing this up. The solitary confinement issue is so awful. It is an egregious form of torture. It is misused and overused and abused in this country. And hardly anyone speaks of it. It is as if we have completely lost all humanity.

      • Two sides to a story says:

        People either figure “eh, prison’s not supposed to be easy,” or they’re entirely ignorant of the abuses that happen in America.

        • So true. Plus, since the vast majority of inmates will be released back into the community, common sense would tell us, hey…job preparation, education, training of some sort, work experience, treatment, just basic rehabilitation, but it is not that way at all. It is designed for profit, and the poor and the mentally ill are easy pickings. County jails are being misused as prisons, and people are being warehoused, because the state gives money to the jail for each state inmate in the jail.

  12. Valerie says:

    I am fancinated by your writings. I feel as if I’m sitting beside you. A silent observer of
    Humanity at it’s worst.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    @fauxmccoy “on my 3 day binge read”
    I’m so glad you said that because me too!
    Hey pssss, I’m at Frog Gravy 42.
    @ Crane Station, How is your burn? I know you won’t do anything
    you don’t want to, to that wound, but here’s something you could do when it’s driving you nuts. Pour cooled of camomile thee over it.
    Its is a mild disinfectant. It will not sting. Without the leaves, they might stick to the wound.
    Cooled from the fridge, pour sloooowly.
    Take care,
    Elizabeth

  14. J4TMinATL says:

    Morning Crane. Headed to TM rally today. See everyone when I get back.

    J4TM

  15. crazy1946 says:

    Good morning America!

  16. fauxmccoy says:

    crane, you know my love for frog gravy, i left comments throughout on my 3 day binge read. not much i can say here that i have not before. i do wish you the best of luck towards publication.

    blessings,

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