About Us

 

Hello!  My name is Xena.  I’m administrator for this blog.  We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident believes in diversity, love, kindness and equality for all, regardless of religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

On this blog, you will find that we follow trials; encourage people to be kind to each other; joke a little; report on some current events; and other things.

Thanks for visiting this page.  Please follow me on Twitter, @XenaBb7.

History

On February 26, 2012, a 17 year old’s life was brutally taken in Sanford, Florida.  His name is Trayvon Martin.  The man who killed him, George M. Zimmerman, claimed self-defense under Florida’s stand your ground statute.  He was not arrested until April, 2012, after the governor of Florida appointed a special investigating State’s Attorney to the case.

A few of us met in the comment section of Yahoo articles.  As discovery was released, we thought it would be good to have one place to upload it for convenient retrieval.  We started a Yahoo Group titled Blackbutterfly768.  As time went on, online comment sections on news sources became places of hate-speech, mean-spirited, game playing places for trolls.  That is how the thought of starting a blog came about.  The title “Blackbutterfly” was already taken on Word Press.  We added “7” to the title, and in August 2012, Blackbutterfly7 was launched.

My interests in the case centered on stand your ground law.  I soon discovered that the majority of others on social media centered on race.  I thought the days of using racial slurs and statistics in effort to support white supremacist ideologies had ended long ago.   It hurt my heart deeply to realize that people did not stop to think of those things that effect all humans that do not discriminate; things such as hunger, grief, and yes — death.

Death does not care about the color of skin; financial status; gender; age; I.Q; education or any of the things that mankind uses to categorize others.   We’re all residents of this planet called Earth. We can come together when there are natural catastrophes, and do not seem to care about the color, gender, religion or gender preferences of those who help.  We should be able and willing to carry forth that respect for everyone, every day, all day.

As of September 2017

I’ve had the humbling honor of finding that several of my posts have been cited in professional publications.

The book titled New Mexico 2050, published in 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press, contains a footnote to this blog.  They cited a post that I wrote in March 2014 about the death of Jonathan Mitchell.  It was to support the writer’s opinion that New Mexico needs to hire more Black police officers to “… help build a culture of understanding …” and “… put an end to cases like the one involving the death of Iraq War veteran Jonathan Mitchell …”

Printed in 2016 is a paper written by John R. Rickford and Sharese King of Stanford University titled “Language and Linguistics On Trial: Hearing Rachel Jeantel (And Other Vernacular Speakers In the Courtroom and Beyond.”   On page 977 is a footnote to a blog post I wrote in June 2013 titled, “Frank Taaffe and the Butterfly Effect of Precious.”

Other writers have linked to this blog in support of their articles.  Amanda Tullos of Ranker included links to my blog post, The Jeffrey Dahmer Victim Who Did Not Have To Die.

Along with the citations, I’ve been blessed with being nominated for numerous peer-to-peer awards and have accepted thirty-three nominations.  Blog awards are becoming more difficult now to pay forward because many bloggers are no longer accepting awards.  Some blog themes are not designed to have borders to display awards.

When this blog was opened in August 2012, I had no idea what would happen – no idea how it would grow – no idea how many others I would be acquainted with.   I thank everyone who has participated here making this possible.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Devout Player Hater

    Zimmerman brought about any of his alleged injuries when he decided to ‘run’ after Trayvon. Zimmerman already had in his mind before he ‘ran’ after Trayvon that Trayvon was ‘suspicious’, ‘up to no good’ and ‘had his hands in his waistband’ but despite believing all of that, he gets out of his truck, and over the advice of the dispatcher, proceeds to ‘run’ after Trayvon.Under those circumstances, Zimmerman could never hope to claim self-defense when, after all, he placed himself into the circumstances that led to any of his purported injuries. Nobody told him to go ‘running’ after Trayvon, he chose to do that at his own free-will and at his own risk, and he can not now complain that he was in fear for his life when he claimed to have been ‘attacked’ by the very person that he ‘ran’ behind. That doesn’t make sense at all. It would be fool-hearted to suggest that Zimmerman should be entitled to self-defense when he knowingly and willfully took the assumption of risk, Volenti Non Fit Injuria when he chose to ‘run’ behind Trayvon.

    Similarily, if a person crosses a barrier into a leopard cage to retrieve a smouldering cigarette gets mauled by the leopard, under the law, he would be prevented from suing based on the volenti maxim doctrine.

    Assumption of Risk, Volenti Non Fit Injuria or Volentix Maxim are legal doctrines that bar Zimmerman from claiming self-defense under the circumstances that led to him shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

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    • Welcome! You make very good legal sense. When I first heard of this case, I considered that contributory negligence applied. But then, most of my experience with law is in civil and not criminal. There are Florida Appellate Court case decisions reviewing circuit court denials of immunity. What you describe as the leopard cage explains the essence of those case decisions. I’m unfamiliar with the doctrines you cite but will research them. Thanks.

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  2. Xena have you had a chance to read a blog By Eric Gallagher…..Red Yankee Press. I would love to hear your thoughts on his views of this case. His article is very thorough and also disturbing.

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    • Yes. Actually, I provided links to that blog and referenced it on other blogs. Like many other articles, it was written before discovery was released to the public and there is some speculation in it. However, the first part is very interesting. When considered with statements by Taaffe and that his house was in foreclosure, and the fact that Taaffe contacted Dorvial about “renters,” that part does appear to be very credible; i.e., there was a plan to violate the Federal Fair Housing Act by harassing Black residents to move out of the area in hopes of increasing property values.

      Also, in one of his interviews, Taaffe conveys that the SPD was not doing its job. In GZ’s NEN call, he conveyed the same when saying “These assholes. They always get away.” I can see Taaffe having an agenda, and GZ taking opportunity to create a paid job for himself, (because the HOA was paying the SPD to patrol the area but they were not accomplishing what they hoped for, so why not pay GZ to do it, right?)

      His description of Trayvon’s actions in the NEN is a classic police setup to justify a “good shoot.” “He’s got his hand in his waistband,” “He’s got something in his hand,” “He’s on drugs or something,” “He’s coming to check me out,” “Something’s wrong with him” painted a picture of an armed, confrontational kid, and intending to have the arriving office approach Trayvon ready to shoot. Had that happened, the arriving officer would be investigated for killing an unarmed teen. Thus, GZ was willing to throw a SPD officer under the bus because they “always get away.”

      I wish that Gallagher would update his blog to address Taaffe’s media comments as they apply to what he wrote about the HOA.

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  3. Dear Xena,

    Great work. Here I am. 😀 😎

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  4. blushedbrown

    Here I am too too.

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  5. It’s me, Rachael

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  6. I’m here too
    just signed up

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    • It good seeing all of you. Looney, I’ll add you to the email list for the special project team. Thanks!!!

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    • New petition up:
      http://wh.gov/52B2

      we petition the obama administration to:
      Constitutionally Ban “Stand Your Ground” Laws.

      Since the Stand Your Ground laws have been passed in many states, there have been many shootings that appear to have been inspired by these laws. While many of these shootings are not, in fact, covered by these laws, there are likely also some that were not prosecuted, because law enforcement authorities felt, that they lacked the resources to meet the higher standards required to win convictions. It being too easy to concoct a claim of fear for ones own life, while their claimed assailant/opponent is likely to have expired and be unable to testify otherwise.

      Making investigations heavily time and resource consuming exercises that not every jurisdiction can shoulder. Potentially letting criminals go free.

      Created: Nov 29, 2012
      Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Firearms
      http://wh.gov/52B2

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    • Great. We need to open notepad, write a line or two and add the url. Then copy it to the clipboard. Go to places like alternet, Crooks and Liars, Truthout.org and other big blog sites. Then paste it into the comments boards. Each paste will probably bring 5 to 10 votes per day for a day or two. Even more it some readers there spread it too. This law is hugely unpopular with everyone except the gun nuts. The number of tragedies in the news is mounting fast as well. Someone counted 130 stories just this month.

      If we don’t get something moving, we won’t have a society where people can even walk the streets without fear of being mistaken for a danger and shot.

      Meanwhile the few petitions that make the 25k on the White house site, only clear by just a few hundred to a couple of thousand votes. We should be clearing by millions, but only if we get the word out enough for it to catch fire on it’s own. Thanks for all that you do!

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  7. Fan out and spread the word, this is a word of mouth campaign. Let’s show just how unpopular SYG really is to our lawmakers. We need 150 votes to go live on the site and we need 25k to get a response. Can we do it? Well… I’m gonna try!!!

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  8. hi xena – does my posting here leave you my email? looking for top secret codes you mentioned for embedding videos on blogs. thanks for the help!

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  9. Jeff Nguyen

    Good stuff. Laws are passed to benefit the lawmakers. Stand your ground provides a legal shield for hate crimes as the perp merely needs to claim “self defense”.

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    • Hello Jeff and thanks for commenting. I made a short visit to your blog (http://deconstructingmyths.com) and have to make a return visit. Your articles are deep and deserve more than the drive-through I just conducted.

      Too often, laws are passed to benefit the lobbyists and contributors to politicians. Conceal carry encourages gun sells. The States, apparently, did not consider changing qualifications for conceal carry licenses. IMO, self-defense does not acquaint with driving to the store, walking from the parking lot to the store and back. Neither should conceal carry and SYG give people courage to physically go into areas where they do not feel safe.

      SYG has indeed given people of questionable background, beliefs and temperament, ability to kill at will. Maybe — just maybe, once the States realize how much money is being spent prosecuting cases such as Zimmerman’s, they will reconsider the can of worms they opened with SYG.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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      • Jeff Nguyen

        Stop by any time, I do tend to be a bit wordy. I admire your advocacy and agree that Trayvon’s killing should have never happened. I’m surprised the Zimmerman defense isn’t claiming Trayvon was part of a terrorist sleeper cell which Zimmerman single handedly broke up.

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        • Now, now Jeff. Don’t give GZ’s supporters any more conspiracy theories, please. LOL!!

          About being wordy — I see it as detailed, which I appreciate. Even when I can’t complete reading in one setting, at least I can return later.

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  10. Xena,
    Very well written post! You nailed it.
    Here’s some sites that are streaming today’s hearings.
    George Zimmerman: How TV will cover Tuesday’s hearing
    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2012/12/george-zimmerman-how-tv-will-cover-tuesdays-hearing.html

    Where to watch Tuesday’s hearing in the George Zimmerman case?
    Central Florida News 13 plans to carry the entire hearing, which starts at 9 a.m.
    WOFL-Channel 35 said live coverage starts on “Good Day” at 9 a.m. The station also will stream the hearing on its website.
    WESH-Channel 2, WKMG-Channel 6 and WFTV-Channel 9 said they will stream the hearing on their websites.

    Central Florida News 13 – live streaming video powered by Livestream
    http://www.livestream.com/cfnews13

    Here’s O’Mara’s latest motion.
    http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_Releases/Motion%20To%20Modify%20Conditions%20of%20Release%2012%207%2012.pdf

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  11. Beautifully done site…. This is in re; Christmas card for the Fulton/Martin Family. Is there a special place to leave a Holiday message?

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  12. Thanks Xena…. I know for the most part I haven’t made myself known on the Professor’s Blog; most of the time I’m more of an observer however if you’re interested in verifying who I am you can check my posts on Huffington Post under Lady2Soothe.

    It’s nice to meet you, I’ve been enjoying your posts for several months.

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    • Welcome Lady2Soothe. I have heard others talk about Huffington Post, but the site is massive and I’ve not taken time to check out where the things reported are happening. It’s nice meeting you too. Glad you found Leatherman’s blog also. Please don’t be a stranger.

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  13. They are now saying trayvon was arrested for drug dealing and theft. Where do they come up with such crap?

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    • Kelly, it’s anger and desperation. Notice, each time news comes out that is not beneficial to George Zimmerman, the bigots respond by making up lies, or some conspiracy theory about Trayvon, or his parents, or their attorneys, and all the way up to the President of the United States. What happened most recently regarding GZ? He is being sued by the security firm. The current lie about Trayvon is in response to the embarrassment and having no defense for GZ.

      Now, there are two other things that you should also keep in mind. One, Trayvon was a juvenile. Juvenile records are sealed and cannot be unsealed without an order of the court. I didn’t hear O’Mara ask Judge Nelson for that. Secondly, if GZ’s defense decides to dig into Trayvon’s juvenile records, that gives the state right to dig into GZ’s juvenile records. GZ is the one with a gang tattoo. If I were a betting person I would bet that he has a very intense juvenile record, which is why when he turned 18, his parents shipped him out of Virginia to Florida in effort to get him away from his gang activity. His MySpace page also provides good reason to believe that GZ was involved in gangs.

      The malicious responses from GZ’s camp is due to their ill-informed, uneducated, and ignorant belief that if they can intimate, bully, humiliate, and demean enough, that the State will dismiss the case. GZ does not want to go to court for an immunity hearing. GZ does not want to go to trial. GZ does not want to go to prison. He knows that is the outcome if his case goes to trial, so he posts lies about Trayvon on the internet, and uses his henchmen to do likewise.

      Think about this — our justice system does not place different values on human life. When prisoners are killed in prison, perpetrators are identified, charged, and given opportunity to plea or go to trial. That the victim was a prisoner is no defense for killing him or her.

      GZ is desperate. His supporters have let him down. He is financially broke, sued for over $27,000, and come tax time, potentially owes the IRS $70,000 on the $340,000 he received in donations because he asked for that money, thereby disqualifying it as a gift. The GPS prevents him from fleeing. The FBI and DOJ have an ongoing investigation into his possible violation of Trayvon’s civil rights, and there are other crimes and violations involved as well. The lies you are reading about Trayvon is a response to his anger and hate. The chickens are coming home to roost, and GZ doesn’t like that wake-up call.

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  14. towerflower

    Xena: There were several stories back in March confirming that TM did not have a juvenile record. The AP went looking for it and the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice confirmed that he did not have one, sealed or otherwise. Here are a couple of links

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/27/new-claims-cast-trayvon-martin-as-aggressor/

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57404664/pot-traces-behind-trayvon-martin-suspension/

    GZ supporters tend to ignore this and MOM knows it will be a dead end since the Department has gone on record about it.

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    • This from the CBS report:
      “Also Monday, state Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed that Martin does not have a juvenile offender record. The information came after a public records request by The Associated Press.”

      You are correct. Had Trayvon had a juvenile record, the State Dept. would have said so. The deflections of the Zidiots are just that. They immediately jump on the “thug” train and want some evidence to prove they are right. Finding no evidence, they lie about it. Mudslinging as a defense for defendants charged with murder and/or rape when the victim was unknown to them have never been successful. I remember that John Wayne Gacy tried raising a defense that his victims were male prostitutes or rebellious against parents and run-a-ways. Gacy still got the needle in the end.

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  15. towerflower

    They are birds of a feather aren’t they? Just like GZ, they see crimes where no crime exists, comments made by a 3rd party are taken as fact regardless that no proof exists (bus driver). They jump on every assumption and then condemn those who make assumptions about GZ.

    Keep up the good work, Xena.

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  16. Xena
    I’m new here too,but I do post on the professor’s blog and also on Dave’s. Far as I know I’ve only been banned from one blog,and that was for saying something that was completely misunderstood. Any way I’ll look around here and I promise to behave myself,use my inside voice,my napkin and the litter box when necessary.

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    • Welcome TommysMom! I’ve seen your fonts over on Dave’s blog. You’ll find that Blackbutterfly7 has a tone where contributors are peaceful and at times, we vent out of our compassion for Trayvon and his family. Thanks for joining us.

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  17. Thank you for the gracious welcome. I try not to vent and never in anger. I’n pretty easy going maining because I’ve lived a pretty long time and understand if you sweat the small stuff all you get is a small pile of sweaty stuff.
    I do believe in the hereafter,as many times I walk into a room and wonder “what am I hereafter”.

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  18. Here are the lyrics to “Listen to His Love” If only people would remove the malice in their hearts and just take this advice

    LISTEN TO HIS LOVE

    1st Verse ( Male Voice )
    FLOATING DOWN THE RIVER LOOKING AT THE STARS ABOVE

    RIV – ER CALM AND STILL LISTEN TO HIS LOVE

    2ND Verse ( Female Voice )
    WINDS PICK UP FROM THE NORTH HEARING OUR GOD WHISPERING

    SLOW DOWN YOU MOVE TOO FAST LISTEN TO HIS LOVE

    CHORUS

    LISTEN TO HIS LOVE LISTEN TO HIS LOVE

    LISTEN TO HIS LOVE IT’S ALL AROUND YOUR HEART

    3RD Verse ( Male Voice )
    HOLY SPIRIT OF LOVE MOLD ME AND FILL MY HEART

    REACH OUT FOR A BRAND NEW START LISTEN TO HIS LOVE

    4TH Verse (Female Voice )
    SPEAK TO ME MIGHTY GOD YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE

    CAST DOWN TO ALL OF US YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LOVE

    CHORUS 2 X

    REPEAT 3rd & 4th VERSE

    CHORUS 2 X & END W/ CHORD PROG. ON Bm7

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    • @racerrodig. Thank you for posting those beautiful lyrics. Communion with our Creator!!! Awesome. Faith, hope and love, and the greater of these is love.
      Agape,
      Xena

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  19. Hi Xena, Last week you (I think it was you) posted a link to a really evil looking photo of fogen (I thought I’d saved the link). I know it’s here somewhere but I can’t remember where. Will you please repost it/or send it to me. Thank you

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  20. Oh my!!! I’m so honored! Left you a comment and questions. 🙂

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  21. Got it! And again, thanks so much. Thanks also for your wonderful work. (I just read your “About”.) It’s an honor making your acquaintance.

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    • @Horty. I’m humbled. Will have to think about this one because I don’t see Blackbutterfly7 as a “versatile” blog. I pretty much stay to one subject — justice for all. Hmmm. Will take this weekend and think about it.

      And, congratulations on your nomination. Now YOUR blog is indeed versatile.

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      • TY!! As you say, even if it’s one subject or topic …. there is so much you cover. So many stories you bring out to light, different like stories … that’s having versatility! 🙂

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  22. Hey Horty!! You are so sweet!!! Okay, you are convincing me. I wish that we could nominate those bloggers who nominate us, but if I’m thinking correctly, that would require them to repeat the process of nominating more blogs. For instance, if I nominated your blog, would you have to nominate another 15 blogs?

    I’ll make a decision by Sunday night.

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    • Horty! Congratulations on your award.

      You just keep blessing me and knocking my socks off. I am so humbled, accept the award, and will start working on answering the questions and nominating others.

      This is such a humbling experience.

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  23. Please, accept this, my dear friend: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/blog-of-the-year-award-2013-2/
    Read the parameters I used!!!

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  24. My dear friend, Xena!!! Please, accept this one too!! I’ve earned 5 … I have one more to go to achieve this incredible goal!! TY ….. 🙂 .. Now you have two stars …. proudly display them!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/update-on-the-blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

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  25. prayingforoneday

    Please accept “Blog of the year” 2013
    If you need more that one star..PLEASE GO HERE!
    http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

    To the Awarded, well done, and please accept!
    http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/blog-of-the-year-2013-x3-nominations/

    Thank you ! x
    Shaun

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    • Oh Shaun. Thank you so much. Your nomination gives Blackbutterfly7 4 stars. I have to get busy and pass the nominations on. Thanks again and the best to you!

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  26. I’m back!!! Please, accept this. It’s Shaun’s special award. I think you are truly deserving!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/the-shauny-award-blogging-excellence/

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  27. Horty, you continue knocking my socks off. Thank you!!! I am honored. I will start working on paying it forward. Shaun is a dear.

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  28. My dear friend … how can I have a pack of wolves w/o you!!??
    Please, accept this!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/semper-fidelis-award-from-shaun-gibson/

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  29. Please, accept this newly created award. It’s send to you with love and admiration!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/peace-and-justice-award-nominated-by-idealistic-rebel/

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    • Horty, thank you very much. 🙂

      I still have to comply with the rules for some other awards. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.

      It’s an honor and I really appreciate getting to know the Word Press family of others that share our same interests.

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  30. prayingforoneday

    Please accept the “Versatile Blogger Award”
    Rules are easy. Say 7 thing about YOU, and nominate 15 friends.
    Please accept: http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/versatile-blogger-award-4/
    Shaun.
    ps: If you have this, in Widgets,”Caption” put Awarded x2

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  31. Please, accept this. It’s a very important and newly created award for unique bloggers:
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/humanitarian-award-in-rememberance-of-nelson-mandela/

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  32. Horty, If you right click on the image, a menu should come up that includes “save image as.” I don’t have one of those accounts for saving photos. If you do and if you think it’s more convenient, let me know and I’ll email the jpg version to you.

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  33. I know about the Rt click. But when I out the URL into the sidebar of the blog, it doesn’t “take” …. 😦
    My email …..

    Could you, would you …. send the jpg version?? I would love it if you would!!!
    Luv ya! X …

    (Administrator’s note. I edited to remove your email. Wouldn’t want you swamped with hate mail from haters who lurk here.)

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  34. I think I got it!! TY … let me check the blog!!!

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  35. Got it!!! You da bomb!! TY, TY, TY …… forever in your debt!! LOL …. Thank you!

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  36. Horty,
    HA!!! I’m so much of a bomb today, that I forgot to put a heading on the “open thread” post before I published it and had to go back and change it. LOL!!

    Some days I’m slow, and some days I’m slower. 🙂

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  37. Hi there, X!! How u be?? Would like to get in touch with you …. privately!
    Can this happen??? 🙂

    I think you warned me!!

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    • Mornin’ Horty! Oh, oh. Is he telling you that I’m a fraud? How many “real” names has he given me this time? LOL!!

      You have my email address, but I’ll email you again.

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  38. Ok …. TY. Good morning …. I wasn’t sure that I had your email. Could you sent it again, please. Will update you then.
    Always ….. from the heart!! 🙂

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  39. Horty, just sent you an email. I am so sorry that you have come under attack. They laid off others after I posted the following in September. They wait hoping that people forget or weren’t here to know about it, then they regurgitate the same ploys and harassment.

    https://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/a-message-to-re-bloggers-friends-and-supporters/

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  41. A new award has been created. Please accept this … I believe you are a beacon of light!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the-lighthouse-award-created-by-coach/

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  42. Horty, bless your heart!!! I plan on working on following rules of acceptance this weekend for several nominations. It is a humbling honor to be recognized by peers.

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  43. Horty, when I became aware of D.P., he already had a reputation for being obnoxious, and hateful. I didn’t spend time on blogs that are contrary to my interests, so paid him no attention.

    Apparently, he felt no need to attack me until he realized that Blackbutterfly7 has a sister Youtube channel. D.P. then opened his own Youtube channel and posted videos that infringed copyrights. Because his subscribers were low, and views low (some of his videos had no views), he began sending filthy comments to this blog denigrating our Youtube channel.

    Youtube terminated his channel. He opened another. Youtube terminated that one for bullying and copyright infringement. He opened another one. Youtube terminated that one for violation of their Community Rules. He is now posting videos to a channel in his name where some time ago, he posted videos with the wife he filed divorce against. With all his desire to be popular, that channel has 4 subscribers.

    D.P. has several blogs; no subscribers, no comments. He has started numerous petitions on change.org that average 16 signatures and by the same people. Some of his petitions had about 3 signatures.

    His harassment is because he is an envious person, so much so that it eats him up inside. Anyone who takes the time to find proxy IP address websites to hide behind cannot be confident in their actions.

    I reject his evil in the nature of love. I refuse to return evil for evil and in that rejection, his evil returns to him.

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  44. On another note …. Please, accept this …. http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/blog-of-the-year-award-2013-4/

    Add another one!! And salt to “that” wound ……

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  45. Great and admirable work you’re doing. Justice 4 Trayvon, and all the lives stolen by law enforcement and their wannabees (whom the Black Panthers correctly called “pigs”). Take care 🙂

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    • humanwritesblog. Welcome to Blackbutterfly7. Thanks for your comment and visiting. I came by your blog and will be back to subscribe.

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  46. “It Is What It Is” has received this … I need to pay it forward. If you can, please, accept!! TY ..
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/it-is-what-it-is-off-to-a-good-start-in-2014/

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  47. Nominated you for A bouquet of 7 Awards!
    Check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/awards-and-lots-of-them/
    Of course you don’t have to accept an award, just know you’re appreciated!
    Lots of love,
    Patty

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    • Patty, thank you so very, very much. I accept. I visited your blog to see the rules for acceptance and not seeing them, are there any?

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  48. Thank you for sharing and greetings 🙂 🙂

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  49. “It Is What It Is” … has been nominated. We are paying it forward!! Please, accept ….
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/sunshine-award-blog-award-for-it-is-what-it-is/ …… With lots of hugs!!!

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  50. Paying it forward … It Is What It Is …. Acknowledges your awesome blog:
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/award-for-love-and-kindness-it-is-what-it-is/

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    • My dear Horty, thank you so much. I accept the nominations and promise to do what is required as soon as possible. It’s so great having your friendship and your respect.

      ((((((((Hugs))))))))

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      • My dear Xena … know that the feeling is mutual!! Yay ….. Tight Latin hugs back!!!

        Be well and warm … luv ya!! From the heart.
        No rush …. 🙂

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  51. “It Is What It Is” has been nominated for a blogging award. We are paying it forward. You don’t have to accept. Just know that you are recognized/admired for your work:
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/being-a-light-in-the-world-blog-award/

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    • Horty,
      Thank you for your wonderful recognition, your friendship, and the love we share for the issues that we blog, and our love of blogging. I am grateful and appreciate your kindness and for taking the time to nominate Blackbutterfly7 for awards. That means so much to me.

      I accept. Just this week, I said that I was going to make it a goal to comply with acceptance rules for each award at least once a week until I catch-up.

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  52. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

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    • Gede Prama,
      Thank you for your kind words. I launched this blog in August 2012 and am still learning and figuring things out.

      I wish that the days were longer so I could read more blogs. Your blog is light, love, and life.
      Peace,
      Xena

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  53. Dearest friend!!! It Is What It Is has been nominated for this new award. We are paying it forward!!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/the-howler-award-from-mavadelos-mindscape/

    This has your name written all over it!!!

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  54. I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/

    With love,
    Joe

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  55. “It Is What It Is” has been recognized. We are paying it forward!! http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/award-showers-for-it-is-what-it-is/

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  56. I would be delighted if you accept the “I am part of the Word Press Family Award”
    http://mavadelo.wordpress.com/awards-and-other-tokens-of-appreciation/i-am-part-of-the-wordpress-family-award/
    This is a VERY EASY Award, just pick 10 people. I ask you keep the quote in.
    Should you not accept could you PLEASE pass it onto a friend who will…

    More love, less hate
    Mavadelo

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    • Mavadelo,
      Thank you so much for the nomination. Blackbutterfly7 already accepted that award, but I think when there’s another nomination, we can add on a +2 or the year to the award. Thank you again. I love our Word Press Family.

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  57. Horty,
    I LOVE that one — might start off with it and work my way back. You ARE an angel.

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  58. Great news my friend!!! I nominated you for the “Wonderful Team Readership Award!” I really do enjoy your blog and thought that you should get some recognition for the tremendous job you do! Thanks for being an encouragement to me and others. Have a GREAT day!!
    http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/wonderful-team-readership-award/

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  59. Coach!!!

    I am so very honored!! You know, we feel the same about each other’s blogs. Your blog is like fresh air and sunshine. It encourages me to see the good — and be the good. Thank you so much.

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  60. Very comprehensive blog on important topics.

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  61. Hello there my friend!! I wanted to thank you for nominating me for the “Butterfly Light Award”. I posted the award and gave your blog credit and a good storyline. You and check it out on my blog “Good Time Stories” http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/the-butterfly-light-award/
    Thanks again my friend. I wish you all the best!!!

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  62. I have nominated you for The Community of Bloggers Award
    Check http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/a-wonderful-waterfall-of-awards/
    Of course you never have to accept an award, just know that you are appreciated!
    Lots of Love
    Patty

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  63. Patty,
    I was just selecting 14 blogs to accept another award. 🙂

    Thank you so very much for the nomination. I accept, and will check the rules. It’s an honor and I am truly grateful.

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  64. On another note … “It Is What It Is” has been honored. We are paying it forward. Know that your work is honored and valued!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/the-most-influential-blogger-award-from-just-patty/

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    • My dear Horty,
      Love you. I’m so far behind in award acceptance that I’m ashamed of myself. Thanks so much and hopefully, after Thursday, I’ll be able to concentrate better. Thursday I go to the hospital for a procedure.

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  65. My dearest friend!! No rush …. take all the time you need. Know that you are loved and appreciated!!

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    • Horty,
      A big hug to you. I just saw that there are no rules. That saves some time and I already have in mind who I want to pay it forward to. Thanks again. (Love ya!)

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    • Horty, it’s always an honor. I feel embarrassed for not moving faster to accept nominations. Please do not let my delay reflect negatively on my appreciation.

      Come to think about it, I’m not moving fast on anything right now. LOL! However, I am feeling better now and hope to gain back energy.

      Thanks again. Love you!

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  66. @xena, thank you for liking my post, http://courtsandsportsradio.com/2013/02/15/in-the-line-of-fire-how-dangerous-is-the-legal-profession/

    You might like this one too, on the horrifying ability to PRINT a gun at home: http://www.knowthelawyer.com/click-print-gun/

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    • Hi Sam and welcome to Blackbutterfly7. I enjoy reading courtsandsports, but have a problem accessing “knowthelawyer” because my virus program warns me “There is a higher than average probability that you will be exposed to malicious links or payloads.”

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  67. Congratulations, Xena!

    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/very-inspiring-blogger-award-thank-you-nikkif181/

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  68. Well deserved 🙂 All the best for you and the blog!

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  69. Good news!! I nominated you and your blog page for the “Power of Words Award”! Thank you for your fun page. I like it and I wanted to share your page with some of the viewers on my site. Congratulations and have a GREAT day!!
    Link: https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/the-power-of-words-award/

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  70. Hey Coach! I’ve already received that award, but your nomination gives me a chance to pass it forward to other bloggers who I missed the first time around. Thanks so much and thanks also for doing what you do.

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  71. You followed me on sdloopy for WP but I mostly use this one. Feel free to follow me on this one as well if you like. 🙂 Thanks for the follow! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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  72. Thanks so much for you nomination! I want to show you what I did with it!! Hugs ….
    https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/hearts-as-one-drum-beat-award-nominated-by-blackbutterfly7/

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  73. You’ve Bean tagged: http://cafebookbean.com/youve-bean-tagged/ Season’s Greadings 🙂

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  74. My dear friend…thank yo so much for nominating me for The Dedicated Blogger Award 2016. I posted the award on my site, “Good Time Stories” https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/the-dedicated-blogger-award-2016/
    I hope that I did it right. It is also nice to encourage others with their blogs, etc. Have a great day and thank yo again 🙂

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    • Coach,
      Thanks for accepting the nomination and paying it forward. Only one SMALL thing — I’m Xena; not blackbutterfly7. I do understand that my name and blog title is associated to distinguish me from the many others who share the same name and handle on the internet. 🙂

      You deserve the award and so much more. I enjoy your blog.

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      • Ahhhh crap!! I am sooooo sorry my friend. I think I got the names totally confused. We have known each other since way back and always have enjoyed your blog. Please keep up the good work and again, please forgive my stupidity 🙂

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  75. On another note …. “It Is What It Is” has been nominated for the “Respect Award” … we’d like to pay it forward. Take a look: https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/respect-award-nominated-by-dear-kitty-some-blog/ …. Hugs!! ❤

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  76. Your latest award awaits your attention….

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  77. hello I have a very serious question to ask you and I don’t want to ask you here I would rather ask you in a private message can you please follow my account I sent you a request @yomamasthebomb

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    • Duffy,
      I paid a visit to your blog, but you haven’t blogged anything since October of last year, so I didn’t want to leave a comment there because I don’t know if you’re still monitoring that blog. Your request to follow me on Twitter was declined because your timeline, compared to your blog, appeared to be opposite each other. It doesn’t appear that we share the same interests. I could be wrong.

      If you have a very serious question to ask of me, then it must be related to the blog because that is the only way you would know about me?????

      I cannot fathom what your very serious question can be, and if it’s so serious that you have to privately engage me, then maybe I’m not the person you should seek out for an answer. I’m sorry, but if you really believe that I am the person to answer your very serious question, then you will have to post that question here, on the blog. If I can and choose to answer you, I can post it here without posting the question.

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      • Hello I read one of your blogs and my question was about the comments. Are people saying that Hood and Santiago were the same person? I got confused because I assumed Hood and Tommy Tampon were the same person and the Tommy Tampon account had posted pictures of my daughter. I deleted a lot of blogs of mine because some had shown me to be the harasser so I felt it was best to delete them to avoid any more fights and drama with the person they were mostly about. I only came on today to edit my blog on transitioning because I realized it still mentioned the person. My question was were the commenters suggesting that Hood and Santiago were the same person. I’m not asking for disruptive reasons I just wanted to know

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        • duffy,
          As I understand it, David Piercy has retweeted some of your tweets. That makes your question suspicious. It’s also suspicious why you would post your question here on this blog when the post you reference is on another blog. You could have posted your question directly to those on that blog. By the way, I’m not familiar with Tommy Tampon.

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      • I’m trying my hardest to keep out of drama but it seems like trouble keeps finding me 😦

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        • Well Duffy, if you’re communicating with David Piercy to deliver messages/questions here, then you voluntarily put yourself into his drama. You might want to think about how far you want to go in it and why before going further.

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          • No he was the one who sent me the blog and told me that but I wanted to actually see it for myself not that I’m going to tweet about it or talk about it I just wanted to know. And for the most part David is nice to me but on the cases such as Kendrick and Trayvon we totally disagree. He used to troll me like hell but Ive tried to teach him to respect others opinions but u have my word what we discuss on here will go no further because it will only create more unnecessary drama. I’m in the process of cleaning up my timeline just so I can avoid drama. I’m trying but it seems drama always finds me but a lot of it is my fault so I’m just trying to be a better person

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            • Duffy, when you say “HE was the one who sent me the blog,” are you talking about David Piercy? Are you aware that Santiago has a restraining order against David, and they are currently in proceedings to determine whether Piercy violated the restraining order? In other words, if Piercy tells you anything about Santiago and points you in my direction, I would question his motivation.

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            • Yes he was the one but he has never really said anything bad to me about santiago I only knew about that by reading hoods timeline. He only mentioned him about a week or so ago and he said turns out hood was Santiago and mentioned they had a restraining order. I asked him are u sure and he sent me the blog and told me to read the whole thing and the comments so I did and I told him I didn’t really see where that was mentioned I only saw one comment that could have been perceived as them being the same. I just wanted to know for myself. I wasnt planning on doing anything with the info because hood scares me

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            • Duffy,
              In some of your other comments that are in moderation, you name people who I have no clue who you’re talking about. Not to worry — others have assumed that because I have a Twitter account, that I know everyone they know.

              Since you were pointed in my direction by David Piercy, I’m having nothing to do with this.

              The best to you.

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            • I totally understand and respect that. I understand that he has done a lot oftrolling to your side

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            • Honestly and this is embarrassing but if he was also The troll trapper account its super messed up because the troll trapper account posted some VERY personal photos of me. It’s my own fault for sending them but it was totally degrading

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            • Navy dad knows this to be true because he was mentioned in the convo when they were posted of course he didnt want any part of that because he asked troll trapper to untag him and I totally respected that. Navy dad is actually a really nice guy

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            • so now do you understand my reasons for wanting to know David had absolutely nothing to do with my reasoning for wanting to know

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            • Duffy,
              It’s clear that your curiosity was peeked by David Piercy. I’m not getting involved.

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            • I highly respect that and I will honor your wishes I don’t blame you at all

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            • Ive seen david troll people pniretty bad before so I know not to even try to play peacemaker with him. Im trying to teach him and others that while people might not agree with each other to always respect peoples opinions

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          • U don’t have to worry about me talking to david about this because I know he will just go crazy and I don’t think hes ever read my blogs but I’m going to try and figure how to delete our conversation anyway so it doesn’t show up. He doesn’t even know that I contacted u on here

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          • I think I got mad at hood because he accused me of playing both sides and posted our direct messages. I was not playing anyone I was only trying to br ing peace between tommy hood and tonya but Tonya and I had major problems. Thats always been my thing. I always think I can bring peace between people and I have learned my peace making skills totally suck and it usually backfires so i dont even try to do It anymore. Sometimes it works but other times it doesnt

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  78. Love your words and passion. I hope you can take a few moments and share with the listeners at Bobby Eaton’s blog radio in Tulsa. He will have a community broadcast tonight about the Terrence Crutcher shooting and trial. Info below, thanks for what you do…

    After the verdict was announced,The hearts of so many where saddened. Did the system let Betty Shelby walk free shooting an unarmed Terrence Crutcher. What do you think. Tune in this Monday 6pm cst and voice your opinion abot this much needed discussion. Dial 646 716 5525 and press the 1 button to talk on the air. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wfunk

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