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Rodney King Dead

Rodney King, the man whose beating by Los Angeles Policemen spawned a series of events culminating in days of rioting in Los Angeles is dead at the age of 47 – apparently the victim of drowning.


Rodney King — the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots — was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47.

According to our sources, King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We’re told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR.

Our sources say he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.

Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation.

King became famous in 1991 when he was the victim of police brutality at the hands of the LAPD. The officers involved in the incident were acquitted the following year and the announcement of the verdict led to the Los Angeles riots.


Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Giant Negros


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Teach Your Babies to Swim!

Growing up, I had a particularly hard time learning to swim. Nearly drowned when I was about 7 – so I decided to learn. One of the problems was that during segregation, there were very few pools which allowed black folks. The closest one to us was about 25 miles away in Alexandria, Va., which meant that I only got to work on swimming about twice a year.

When they started integrating facilities n the early 60’s, I decided to take some swim classes – convincing my parents that since a common summer activity for us was fishing  on the York River and Chesapeake Bay, learning to swim was a safety issue.

Didn’t really work for a long time, until I sort of mastered the “Dog Paddle”.

The following summer I spent with cousins on the Ocean. My “half fish” friends and cousins were jumping off a pier into a channel leading from the Yacht Harbor to the sea. So… in typical teenage desire to be one of the group …

Because of body fat, babies can’t sink – and can be taught very quickly to swim.

I jumped in to the 20′ deep channel. First time I had ever tried to swim in salt water. I floated right to the top, and found it easy to keep my head above water due to the increased buoyancy in salt water. The problem was the current was running with the tide out to sea – which rapidly was whipping past the ladder on the side of the pier which everyone was using to get back out. Sink or swim time…

I learned to swim, and would become a good swimmer.

Caught the boat bug – probably from my parents who owned a small runabout. I migrated to larger and larger boats. It is common on the Potomac to anchor your boat at a beach on one side or the other in fairly shallow water (depending on how deep in the water your hull went) and dingy or walk to the shore. One popular spot was called “Sharks Tooth Bay” because along the shore you could find fossils and hundreds of fossilized shark’s teeth. On this particular day, I set the anchor and joined friends. The anchor broke loose – resulting in he boat beginning to drift across the river. Jumping in to swim to the boat, I didn’t realize it was the wind which was pushing it faster than I could swim. The long and short of it is I wound up swimming nearly 3 miles – all the way across the river – to catch the boat in fresh water.

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Inflatable life vest designed to auto-inflate when the wearer hits the water

Another night, on a friend’s boat – the Captain went for a leak on the transom and fell off the boat unbeknownst to the rest of us in the cabin. Since we were a couple of miles offshore -he left the boat in gear at low speed when he decided to take his “break”. When we discovered our missing Captain we had no idea how long he had been gone – so we reversed the course heading and started to search. Fortunately the guy had been a LRP, which was one of the precursors to the SEALS, and knew what to do. He made water wings out of his white pants, which kept him afloat – as well as made it easier for us to spot him with the boat’s powerful spotlight.

I don’t know any long term boat owners who haven’t fallen off their boats at one time or another. One of the hazards of even well designed decks is dew or rain making them slippery. Through the years I have pulled more than one non-swimmer out of the water – and a few swimmers who got caught in the currents. Because of that, I wear  an inflatable life jacket which blows up when you fall in when out on the water fishing or beaching. They are expensive (although the prices are falling) – so not a lot of boaters carry them.

Teach your kids to swim. I started mine as babies in a baby swim class. And for those worried about the effect of water on their hair…

It’s a lot better than drowning.

Swim lessons help minority children break cycle

Wanda Butts dropped the phone and screamed when she heard the news that her son was dead.

Josh had drowned while rafting on a lake with friends. The 16-year-old didn’t know how to swim, and he wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

“I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t want to believe it: that just like that, my son had drowned and he was gone,” she said, recalling the 2006 tragedy.

Butts had worried about her son’s safety when it came to street violence or driving, and she said she had always warned him of those dangers. But water accidents never crossed her mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Giant Negros


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4 More Serially Drown

This is a life-ring or throw ring. It (or something similar) is required equipment (by law) on any boat large enough to have an engine. Large boats are also required to carry other safety equipment, including life vests for every passenger. Smart boaters not uncommonly keep one of these flotation devices with a long line attached aboard, as it is the safest way to rescue someone in unknown waters.

This is the year of the serial drownings. First, there was the tragic case of the 6 kids in Louisiana – now 4 grown men drown, leaving their children stranded on a boat, reportedly while trying to save each other…

This time, 3 of the men were able to swim, but only 1 had the sense to grab a life jacket…

But not enough sense to put it on, or to grab a line before going over – or even to toss the required flotation device on that class of boat (32′).

Why grab a line before going overboard? Most experienced boaters can tell you about unseen currents and the effect of wind. If the boat is not anchored – Dive in, come up immediately – and you can surface 50 or 100 feet or more from the boat. Even in a lake. Swimming to a boat being pushed by the wind, or against a current can be impossible.

Five children — all under the age of nine — also were on the boat.

Sonar to be used in search for 4 presumed drowned in Idaho reservoir

Boats with side-scanning sonar will be used in the search for four men believed to have drowned in a southeastern Idaho reservoir, a sheriff said Monday.

Power County, Idaho, Sheriff Jim Jeffries said he hopes to have the boats in the American Falls Reservoir early Monday afternoon. The boats include one from Elmore County in western Idaho and a Parks and Recreation Department boat from the state capital, Boise. In addition, Jeffries said he has sent a deputy to Salt Lake City, Utah, to purchase a third such boat.

The search began Sunday for the four boaters after authorities received a 911 call from a child on their boat, Jeffries said. The four men were “horsing around,” he said. One man was standing up in the front of the boat and another man pushed him into the water as a joke, not realizing he could not swim, he said.

The man was “immediately in distress,” Jeffries said, and the other men, one at a time, went into the 45-foot-deep water to try to help. The fourth man in the water grabbed a life jacket, but did not put it on, he said.

There were five children on the boat, ranging in age from 9 to 2, Jeffries said. One of the children grabbed a cell phone on the boat and called 911. The sheriff said he thought it was the 9-year-old but wasn’t sure. Marine patrol deputies responded and took the children to safety, he said.

Authorities have a GPS coordinate on the boat from the county’s E-911 mapping system, he said, and divers have set up a buoy line in the search. But “the diving is very difficult,” he said. “… Visibility is poor. You can only see about to the end of your arm.” In addition, the lines keep getting snagged on the reservoir’s bottom, he said.

The men’s names were not released because the families have not authorized the sheriff’s office to do so, Jeffries said. “It’s a little bit subjective of me to say, but I think if they release the names, it’s like they’ve given up all hope.”

He said the families were still attempting to get in touch with relatives and are “having a very difficult time processing all of this. They’re in an extreme state of grief.” Authorities are respecting their privacy, he said, and have set up a place for them on a hill overlooking the reservoir. Jeffries said a lieutenant was assigned to stay with the relatives.

The reservoir is about 180 miles east-southeast of Boise.

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Nawwwwww!


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Another “Black Tax”… Drowning.

OK – I know I’m probably feeding a screed by one or more black conservatives that the reason black kids can’t swim is, pick one – the NAACP, elected black officials, black democrats, shiftless black women, shiftless black men – or some combination of ALL the previous, but…

Why can’t Tyrone and Lakaneishia swim?

I mean it’s been a long time (in most of the country) since all the white kids got out of the pool when a black kid jumped in, afraid the brown was going to come off…

Remember many years ago attending a business luncheon, where a white businessman from Boston quite seriously proposed that the reason for the lack of black swim athletes was denser bone mass in black people, which meant black folks don’t float… And no – the guy wasn’t trying to be vicious or a racist ass, he was just repeating a bit of urban myth he had picked up and adopted as truth for lack of any better understanding of the reasons. That ignorance thing Shirley Sherrod was talking about which may affect us all based on circumstance.

How Many Americans Can’t Swim?

…The Memphis study broke the data down demographically. White children were the most likely to self-report (or have their parents report) strong swimming skills, with 58 percent of those between the ages of 4 and 18 claiming the ability to traverse more than a pool length. Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders came in a close second at 55 percent. Forty-two percent of Hispanic and Latino children are strong swimmers. Asian-American and Native American children came in at 34 percent and 32 percent, respectively. African-Americans reported the fewest strong swimmers at 31 percent. Accident rates largely conform to these data. Black children between 5 and 14 years old are more than three times as likely to drown as their white peers. The six children who died in Louisiana were African-American.

A child’s ability to swim is also strongly correlated with his parents’ income. Sixty-seven percent of poor swimmers have a household income less than $49,999. Only 29 percent of skilled swimmers fall below that income level. In the second phase of the University of Memphis study, researchers looked more closely at income and found that 12 percent of children who participate in a reduced-cost school lunch program—an easier piece of data for a child to report than household income—said they don’t even feel comfortable in the shallow end of a pool, compared with just 6 percent of wealthier children.

More white kids can swim than Pacific Islanders? Somebody is overestimating their skills…


Posted by on August 5, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life


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6 Kids Drown While Families Watch In Louisiana

Add one part water and two parts stupidity, and you have the formula for disaster most any weekend on the lakes, rivers, and seashores of America.

A small (12") flounder I caught this spring and sent back to grow up.

Couple of weeks ago I was fishing in my favorite spot in an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean for Flounder. You typically use light tackle, as the delectable flat fish seldom get over 4-7 lbs and 24″ in length in the near shore waters.  Twice, something hit my line snapping the 17 lb test mono. The first time, I thought I had just hooked a rock, and as a idiot dragging his kid on a wakeboard zoomed by, his wake’s effect on my boat had caused the rod tip to bend double. The second time, I knew it was some sort of fish, and as it broke the 30lb leader on my top hook it was feeding off the bottom…

Had one of my heavy rigs aboard, which I always carry just in case. Heavy Penn Reel, strung with 65lb Spiderwire, and a Tuna Stick Rod capable of bringing in the “big boys” out in the deep water. Baited it up, and over the side in 25′ of water drifting back into 5′. In about 8′ of water, my Tuna Stick went double – with the drag on the reel screaming as the line played out.  By myself on the boat, I knew I couldn’t actually land whatever it was – but I wanted to see what was taking my line. 20 minutes of fighting later, I had my answer as I brought the fish up close enough to the surface to get a look, just before it took another dive and snapped the mono leader on my 65 lb line…

It was an 8′ Bull Shark. A big boy! (Or at least as big as I was likely to bring up on that rig)

This is an 8' Bull Shark. A "Teenager", they get (a lot) bigger to 14'. The guy in the picture is just to give a sense of scale.

Forget what you see in the movies about sharks and Great Whites. The shark which considers swimmers delectable snacks is the Bull Shark, which is responsible for about 90% of shark attacks. They feed in the shallows, sometimes in water only 2 feet deep.

Wake Boarders would be considered a between meal snack.

Then there is this case of stupidity on the water – resulting in 6 kids drowning…

6 La. Teens Drown in River; None Could Swim

Six Louisiana teenagers died tragically Monday after a swimming party turned into a desperate effort to save one another from drowning.

The Shreveport teens from at least two families drowned in the Red River after they were playing in shallow water then stepped off a ledge into an 18-foot sinkhole.

The victims, who ranged from 13 to 18 years old, died while trying to save one another.

“They were out here with some adults. But unfortunately, neither the children nor the adults could swim,” Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders told the Associated Press.

Family react as police and fire officials scour the beach in Shreveport, La. on Monday, in search of teens believed to have drowned while swimming in the Red River.

Family reacts

A seventh teenager, a 14-year-old, was rescued. Authorities said they would hold a news conference on Tuesday to give more details about the deaths.

An emergency crew arrived after police received a call around 6:30 p.m. about one person drowning.

It took officials approximately 10 minutes to find the sinkhole, and that’s when they learned that there were multiple drowning victims.  By 10:30 p.m., all the bodies were recovered.

Marilyn Robinson, a friend of the victims, witnessed as the five males and one female disappeared under the water. She said a big group of friends and family, including 20 kids, had gotten together to have a nice time.

“They were yelling ‘Help me, help me. Somebody please help me,’ Robinson told the Shreveport Times. She added she did not know how to swim. “It was nothing I could do but watch them drown one by one.”

The area is a popular hot-spot to picnic, fish and go wading.

Sanders aid the city had never experienced a tragedy of this magnitude.

“It’s devastating,” he said.

You mean to tell me, you let the whole damn family out in a river…


In Louisiana which is half underwater half the time anyway?

Make that 3 parts stupidity.


Posted by on August 3, 2010 in Nawwwwww!


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