A Mass for the Dead


For the dead, we say, “Amen”. And for the living.
There are too many dead, and the living are riven.

Every day, a new horror, a new loss of innocence,
And the night-dimmed tide swallows us.

There is no innocence; this is a fallen world,
And men of evil revel in destruction.

When is it enough? It’s never enough.
Violence has an army of reasons,

And peace seems to be an idea
Honored more in the breach than the observance.

This is not your heritage; it is evil.
This is not your freedom; it is slavery.

Do that which you would have done unto you;
Flee from that which is harmful to all.

The answer is there, to be teased out
Of life, hard life, the only life we have.

Remember the dead, for they speak from the earth,
Pleading, “Let us not be in vain.”





131 Responses to “A Mass for the Dead”

  1. 1 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Thank you, LL. Beautiful

  2. 2 FoxfireTX
    June 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Good morning TOD. All I can think of the last couple of days is you reap what you sow. The Rs have preached hatred and violence for years against this President and every non-white person in this country. This is the result. I did not see one commentator who will acknowledge this fact. The morning of this tragedy, Trump specifically talked about the “criminals” here from Mexico. His language was nearly identical to that of the shooter. Coincidence? I think not. Until the rhetoric changes the violence will continue. My heart is heavy.

    • 3 arapaho415
      June 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

      GM Foxfire.

      Few believe that Trump is a serious candidate, including Trump himself:

      Also, anyone with eyes knows that Trump is all wet about “Mexicans.”

      Here in SoCal, the hardest working (in the literal, back-breaking sense) are many people whose first language is Spanish. The “Mexican criminals” exist only in RWNJ minds — but if it’s Spanish-speaking criminals they want, deny children of Latin American immigrants free Community College, in-state 4-year college tuition, driver’s licenses, enlistment in US military, etc. — unemployable youth are surely more likely to be involved in criminal/gang activities than those who can get a job, enroll in college, drive legally, etc.

  3. June 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Just beautiful LL, thank you.

  4. June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    STILL looking for that OTHER Senator from South Carolina…where is Senator Slave Catching Scott? Why haven’t I seen any video with him

  5. June 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Thank you, TOD, for your wonderful, sensitive coverage of this terrorist attack.

  6. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    June 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

    LL, thank you for this beautiful post. We need to remember the people who were murdered–not simply ‘victims,’ but real, flesh and blood human beings with families who loved them, feelings, faith, memories, history. In one act of ferocious hatred, one evil creature destroyed all that was living and wonderful about these human beings. He took away everything they had and left us all bereft. We need to remember and never forget.

  7. 9 amk for obama
    June 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

    nikki fucking haley – hang him (in a vile, blatant attempt to taint the jury pool and get the fucker off the death row)

    Teenage children of the victim Sharonda Singleton – “We already forgive him for what he’s done, there’s nothing but love from our side of the family. Love is stronger than hate.”


    • 10 57andfemale
      June 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

      For which they will get absolutely no credit. This is effing nuts.

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Nikki Haley is stupid, vapid, utterly insensitive and morally repulsive. That she is still governor of SC tells you all you need to know about that state.

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      June 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

      So, I’m not missing Haley’s agenda? I was coming down to post my observation from her ’emotional’ presser, only to see that you have issues with the dog whistles in her speeches too. 😦

      Has anyone else noticed Haley’s wording in that presser was somewhat ‘off’? I’m not taking issue with the ‘tears’ (which *I* found questionable). Look at it for yourself and tell me some of her wording doesn’t strike you as odd.
      Here are some of the sections that had me going ‘Huh? What?’
      “I want you to know the outpouring of emotion from across this country has been overwhelming. From presidential *candidates* to ………’ [@approx 1:03]
      Her top line was telling for me. She starts with the candidates – no mention of the president?
      ‘We are so thankful for everybody that came together that *refused to allow this to happen* [~ 1:52] Huh?
      She has never in her law enforcement people and others involved…. *such passion and personal willingness to make sure they brought this person **home**. [~ 2:00] 😕

      • 14 99ts
        June 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

        I haven’t watched it vc, but is that a picture of the perp on display – how seriously disgusting if that is what it is.

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          June 19, 2015 at 10:58 am

          It is, and though she did mention the 9 families more than once, she left me with the feeling she identified more with the shooter and was impressed so many worked together to bring him ‘home’ (I could almost add ‘safely’. ) Makes me wonder at the kind of coronation he will get. After all, wasn’t he sporting a bullet-proof vest in his custody pic. Wonder if that was his own?

          • 16 99ts
            June 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

            No – the police gave him that for protection – white privilege in action

            • 17 vcprezofan2
              June 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

              Any idea who they were protecting him from? 🙄 The bias is so, so blatant it leaves me speechless!

          • 18 99ts
            June 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

            should have added – as far as I know – think I read somewhere that the police provided it

            • 19 vcprezofan2
              June 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

              I don’t know, TS, but I really would hate to think they did. I can’t remember them providing that kind of protection for any suspected felon, yet I can’t imagine him running with a bullet proof vest on as that would surely draw attention to himself. Also, it makes me wonder about these killer types who are angry for blood, but not their own.

              • 20 99ts
                June 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

                Pretty sure it was given him by the police – I can’t find a picture where I can read the writing on it – but he has the same vest when arrested and when in prison gear on his way back to SC – so I’d think it is police provided.

                • 21 vcprezofan2
                  June 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

                  I’m biased I know, TS, but I’ve been getting this sense that Haley, and SC law enforcement are somewhat protective of this guy. The idea of her being eager to bring him *home* (and them doing that with him in protective gear) struck a negative chord with me.

        • 24 sabreen60
          June 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

          Are forced tears were playing-acting bullshit as she condones the flying of the Confederate rag over the state Capitol.

  8. 25 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Move On petition to remove confederate flag if you’d like to sign:


  9. June 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Thank you LL. it is a beautiful post. I am 65 years old and never would have predicted we would still live in a country filled with racism. When will we learn? When will it stop? Such beautiful lives snuffed out in seconds.

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Jackie, I shared similar thoughts on the last post. I’m a few years older than you are and had high hopes in my youth that things would change. That we are still going through the same racist nightmares in 2015 as we did in my youth just sears my soul.

      • 30 FoxfireTX
        June 19, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Actually, I think in some ways it is worse. The overt racism was out there and could be dealt with, while the hateful rhetoric and institutional racism of today is more difficult to deal with because of its subtlety. It allows the Rs to say that racism is dead when in fact it is rampant. And we simply did not have the guns in the past that we do today. It makes it difficult to remain hopeful that it will ever change. The same is true with sexism. I simply cannot believe where we are as country today compared to the 60’s and 70’s. We’ve lost so much through the state legislatures.

  10. June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thank you, LL. So choked up.

  11. June 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

    • 33 amk for obama
      June 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

      which is exactly what all the ‘presidential candidates’, including hillary, did. all effing cowards.

  12. 34 0388jojothecat
    June 19, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Thank you LL for giving us a snapshot of the nine beautiful lives that were taken too soon. Even the grandmother in her eighties had many many many more years to enjoy life doing what she loved, going to church and bible study. I read on another site, don’t know if it is true, but it said the monster that murdered them almost did not do it because they treated him so nice. I truly believe someone put him up to this. This was an execution of the Rev/Senator and mass murder carried out by one of their racist soldiers.

  13. 47 amk for obama
    June 19, 2015 at 10:15 am

    bennett nailed it long time ago.

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  14. 49 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    This kid bought that gun himself? I thought that he had a felony conviction or pending one….

  15. 51 criquet
    June 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    All the armchair Monday morning quarterbacks in MSM who whine that PBO never does enough, he’s done ALL HE CAN on this.

    June 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

    GM all.


    Thanks for your tweet on this.

    Please tweet this to that absolute moron Piers Morgan who claimed that Pres Obama lied to the Sandy Hook parents and has done nothing on gun violence.

    He really needs to be STFU.

    • 52 criquet
      June 19, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Sorry Meta, I meant to include the link you had provided:

      Click to access november_exec_actions_progress_report_final.pdf

    • June 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you, criquet. Morgan is the reason I tweeted that. He disgusted and infuriated me with the claim that PBO lied.

    • June 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Coming home yesterday, I heard Karen Hunter going on and on about “This President could do more, blah, blah, blah.” Over and over….kept saying same thing. Woman who was co-hosting with her kept agreeing. By the time I got home, I was yelling at the radio. I know, should have turned off or changed channel so my fault. I control my actions, right? Anyway, I was furious!!

      • 55 donna dem 4 obama
        June 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Karen always seems so angry and honestly rather ignorant. She reminds me of a black version of Chris Matthews. She is not very informed at all!

        • June 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

          Agree. Don’t listen to her often, but usually end up frustrated or angry when I do. Lesson to self: DON’T! (She was subbing for someone yesterday.)

    • 57 sabreen60
      June 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Michael Eric Dyson was on Twitter talking about what PBO should have said. He can be a real ahole. Someone called him an anklebitter. Someone else reminded him or rather informed him that Nixon almost caused the mass murderer, Manson, to walk because of statements Nixon made in public prior to the trial. POTUS knows exactly what he should or should not say. Nothing PBO does or says is ever good enough for these wannabe so-called intellectuals.

  16. 58 99ts
    June 19, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Thank you LL – what a wonderful collection of people they were. I’m not of a religious bent, although I have many past links to my church – but until she became ill (a month before she died) my mother attended bible class every week for years. She rarely went to a church service but always went to bible study. The thought that something like this could happen to such a group has never before entered my thoughts.

    I am still somewhat reeling from reports that the shooter told the police he “wanted to start a race war”. The RW media seems to be for the most part, ignoring his words.

  17. June 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

    with regards to the DOMESTIC TERRORIST:

    WHY haven’t we seen his FAMILY on tv?

    WHY aren’t we getting stories about THEM?

    WHY aren’t we seeing everything on HIS social media?

    Uh huh.

    Uh huh.

    • 69 Linda
      June 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

      His father told CNN to get away or he will call the police when they tried to knock on his door.

    • June 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

      His parents said they will never ever give an interview but that doesn’t mean the press can’t investigate their background, talk to neighbors, friends, other family. But they wont.

      • June 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

        They don’t want to get on tv and it be shown that it doesn’t bother them what their son did.

      • 74 99ts
        June 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

        Given what he has reportedly said to the police, his lawyer may go looking for background as to where the racism came from – although the lawyer from his current charges has spoken about the “lovely family”!

        June 19, 2015 at 11:27 am


      • 77 sabreen60
        June 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        THIS! The media had everything it wanted about the black families and the person the cops killed in hours.

    • June 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

      They were digging in Tamir Rice’s father’s background to justify why Tamir deserved to die..
      and these folks raise a DOMESTIC TERRORIST, yet, we know nothing about them?
      UH HUH
      UH HUH

    • 79 arapaho415
      June 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

  18. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning TOD

    This week has reminded me of a scene in the movie “42”. The Jackie Robinson Story was so telling but the one scene that will forever stay with me is when the white father and son are at the ball game and the father is yelling the n-word at Jackie when he is at the plate. The son looks confused that his father is doing this but after a few minutes of watching his father he chimes in and starts calling Jackie the n-word as well. In that moment he taught that young, innocent child to be a racist. It makes you wonder when this killer was taught to be the racist that he has grown into today…

    Yes, THEY HAVE A NAME: and they were all beautiful people who put their indelible mark on this world. They will be missed & mourned but never forgotten. They have their place in history. Just like Addie, Denise, Carole and Cynthia the four school age girls in Alabama who lost their lives in that horrendous bombing. No one remembers their killers just as we won’t remember this one but years from now we will forever remember Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Susie Jackson, Rev. DePayne Middleton, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Ethel Lee Lance, Myra Thompson,Tywanza Sanders and Rev Clementa Pinckney. The nine lives that were taken in 2015 because someone was taught to feel threatened by the color of their skin.

  19. 82 57andfemale
    June 19, 2015 at 11:19 am

  20. 83 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

  21. 86 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 11:24 am


    How The Charleston Shooting Is Linked To The Confederate Flag, According To A South Carolinian

  22. 88 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Posted this at the end of the last thread, after this one had opened…

    The white stars on the confederate flag are atop the “Southern Cross,” and were designed to endorse white supremacy.

  23. 90 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

    More from SC.

    IMHO, Lindsey Graham is the sanest of the GOP lot, but would not vote for him because he’s all-in for “bomb-bomb-Iran” as his BFF McCain says.

    • June 19, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Sen. Graham gets no credit from me, because a idiot knows this was a racists hate crime. Those people on the right knows it was too, most of them will not admit it.

      • 92 Jeff
        June 19, 2015 at 11:46 am

        because they are racist themselves and have many racists that vote for them.

        • 93 sabreen60
          June 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

          Graham helped BUILD THAT!

          • June 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

            And yes Graham and all those Republican politicians who would not speak up against the racists hate is just as much to blame. The last six years alot of them join in with the racists hate or they remain silent and that’s just as bad. They allow themselves to be taken over by those extreme radical right wing racists.

          • 95 0388jojothecat
            June 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

            Lindsey Graham is NO friend to the AA community. The only thing that made him cry was that this was done in a church, that these people welcomed this monster into a place where EVERYONE (even black folks) should be safe from senseless gun violence. If these people were gunned down shopping or walking there would not be the same outpouring of shame from some of the people in SC. These are the same people who feel it is OK to prevent AA’s from voting. This is my opinion, I may be wrong but I am so sick and tired of these Southerners wanting to call this a “Christian Nation, built on Christian Values” when the hold a Bible in one hand and a gun in another. I am waiting for the NRA to say if only Jesus had a gun he would not have been killed on the cross, that is how sick these people are.

    • 96 Nena20409
      June 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Yesterday on the View, and on TV, he was not sure.
      When did this LIGHT shine on his despicable soul?

  24. 97 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Wow, look at the scale on y-axis of this chart (measured at 100K intervals):

  25. 106 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Hello TOD.

  26. 107 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    How did the SC Terrorist radicalize? Who are his parents? Who are his friends?
    No difference here with the Boston Bombers and their friends.
    When his act deadly acts are called Terrorism………that is when how he bought his gun, who paid for it and the roommates knowing of his plan for 6 months become Germane to Terror charges.
    I hope that AG Lynch would lean this way.

  27. 108 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  28. 109 Nena20409
    June 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  29. June 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Morning, all.

    Thanks for posting and enhancing the post with tweets, Chips.

    I was trying to write an essay last night, and realized only poetry would do. Glad it hit a chord.

  30. June 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  31. 113 arapaho415
    June 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  32. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  33. 121 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  34. 123 Linda
    June 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    The coalition of progressive groups that tried to draft Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016 has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for President.


    No comment

    • June 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Linda, they endorse the man who said that racism was gone. Makes me wonder about this progressive group. Maybe all the racism isn’t on the right.

  35. June 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    This is laughable.

  36. June 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  37. 130 57andfemale
    June 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    A news alert on my phone just said the domestic terrorist told authorities that he almost didn’t shoot those people because “they were so nice to him.”

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