LOL Laughing Out Loud

Checked on STALKED! this morning.  It’s still listed with Stephen King but at least, I moved up. Thank you

 

Click the link to check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?field-keywords=stalked+by+voices&url=search-alias%3Daps

Two things made me laugh this week.

The first thing, maybe not so funny for some, but when I thought of it in terms of my life I literally started laughing out loud (LOL).

It was news that Jesse Jackson Junior’s things were being auctioned off to pay back the $750,000.00 he inappropriately used to pay for his shopping spree.

I had to laugh because if the Feds were to auction off everything I owned, and that includes recently purchased items, I’d come up short by about $650,000.00.

They might get another twenty thousand or so by selling the car, maybe. Then throw in two years of my salary. And finally, the apartment building in which I live, even though technically, I don’t own it and maybe just maybe, if the buyer were drunk enough and therefore feeling quite generous, they might fetch a cool hundred thousand. Who am I kidding? LOL .

 Secondly, I finished book one of the series STALKED! By Voices and got it on Amazon.com. And when I Goggled the book, sure enough there it was, listed under Stephen King’s, ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.’

I danced around with great personal joy, finished my day job, went home and slept like a baby. When I woke the next morning, God did one of those very very very very rare things and spoke to me. He say, “You’re listed under Stephen King because they think your life is a horror story. A well written one, but a horror story none the less.” LOL Trying to get the book moved to the Memoir section.

 But speaking of horror stories, Tuesday night I watched Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z on Comcast On Demand. The street flight through Jerusalem street was so intense I felt like I was part of the battle.

It’s well worth watching even though I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending.

Keep laughing. Keep dreaming. Enough said.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

 

Perception

 

Perception.  No I don’t mean the TV show.  I mean how you see or think about things. 

It’s a Deming Principle that I first heard about while working at Exxon Company, U.S.A that I never really got or understood until years later when I was watching a made for TV movie about a military plane crash in Alaska. 

The General in charge of the base where the plane flew out of kept saying to the News reporter that, “We’re doing all we can to rescue the stranded crash survivors.”  

While the air force was busy trying to rescue the survivors, a severe blizzard blew in right over the crash area.  The General went back in front of the News reporters and this time stated that, “We are doing all we can to get to the stranded survivors but the severe blizzard was hampering their efforts.”

Meanwhile, a search and rescue plan flew over the crash site to confirm its location and make sure that the rescuers were headed in the right direction. 

As anyone who has watched the News lately will tell you, that a rescue mission most often turns into a body recovery mission.  So it went with this effort.  Most of the survivors froze to death while waiting for rescue. 

I was unable to sleep that night after watching this film because I kept thinking why instead of trying to rescue the survivors why hadn’t the Air Force tried saving their lives.

I know that my sound like an oxymoron, but if the Air Force had tried saving their lives instead of rescuing them, that plane that had flown over them earlier would have dropped blankets, and thermos of hot coffee and/or soup.  That way, they would have been alive upon rescue.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I was vehemently opposed to the Chicago school closings.  I truly felt it was a blatant act of racism.  Because is the school board needed to save money, why not close the schools that had all the fancy computer equipment, extra programs, air conditioning and higher paid teachers?

Why close schools that are educating students without all the fancy frills?

And another thing, a while back, the city told us that our Black children were not learning because of the run-down conditions of the schools and over-crowding in the classrooms. 

So, to me, here was the ideal situation for our Black children to get a good education.  Small class sizes meant the teacher would have more control of the class and could be more hands on.  

Now, we’re being told our children will get a better education if we go back to larger class sizes because larger class sizes mean more tax dollars and more bling in the form of computers and ipads. 

My negative perception is that if a teacher can’t teach, it doesn’t matter what the size of the class is and whether or not there are computers or ipads.  

After all, most everyone in a position of power over at the school board and in the city council were educated in a time before computers and ipads. 

My positive perception is that, without sounding like a blatant racist myself, this might just help young black kids learn to get along with each other which is something they can’t seem to do now. 

But let’s just make sure we’re not trying to rescue them when we should be trying to save them.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

 

 

Jesse and Sandy Jackson

 

Yesterday, I had the day off and I was fortunate enough to catch the Jesse and Sandy Jackson sentencing.

I’m going to be very honest here and say that I have met the elder Jesse Jackson a couple of times (he attended my nephew Corey Ankum’s funeral where he comforted me and other family members) and that I hold him in high esteem.  So my opinion is totally biased.  It was difficult watching him go through his family troubles without being able to reach out and comfort him.

I also listened as Jesse Jackson Jr.’s local constituents said time and time again, to a host of different reporters, that they did not think that the two and half years the former Illinois Congressman received and the one year his wife received was too lenient. I beg to disagree. Anytime spent behind bars, or held anywhere, against your will is TOO LONG.

I think his sentence was appropriate, providing, he pays back the money. However, I think Sandy Jackson’s was too harsh. There are thousands of women walking free in this country who have lied to the IRS and are NOT behind bars.

I do think she smiled a bit too much and overdid the putting on a ‘brave face.’ It did not go over well. She should have been coached to remember something I tell the kids all the time, ‘cameras are everywhere these days’, even in Judges’ offices.

I for one can understand how it’s easy to dip into ‘ready money’ that people have given to you for your campaign. The money is there. It’s for your use. Why not use it. It seems to me that he forgot to due his ‘due diligence’, i.e. if you’re going to Costco to spend a couple thousand dollars, make sure you invite some staff members over and have a meeting. And serve them something to eat and drink that you bought at Costco. And he, like the senior George Bush, he should have glanced at that expensive watch during a debate, therefore making it a necessary expense.

All jokes, aside, I definitely remember a time when it was perfectly legal for a candidate to spend campaign money on personal expenses. The law was changed as a Republican maneuver at keeping Bill Clinton out of office. And the states followed suit.

 

The following excerpt is from Wikipedia

Efforts to strengthen campaign finance laws

Main article: Campaign finance reform in the United States

Developments after Buckley

In 1986, several bills were killed in the U.S. Senate by bipartisan maneuvering which did not allow the bills to come up for a vote. The bills would impose strict controls for campaign fund raising. Later in 1988, legislative and legal setbacks on proposals designed to limiting overall campaign spending by candidates were shelved after a Republican filibuster. In addition, a constitutional amendment to override ‘’Buckley’’ failed to get off the ground.

In 1994, Senate Democrats had more bills blocked by Republicans including a bill setting spending limits and authorizing partial public financing of congressional elections. In 1996, bipartisan legislation for voluntary spending limits which rewarded those who comply, and which banned soft money, was killed by a Republican filibuster.   

The Reform Party, founded by Ross Perot,  made campaign finance reform a central issue in its platform,  and when Perot ran for president in 1992 and 1996 he strongly argued for it. Oddly enough, most political scientists believe that campaign finance laws hindered Perot’s efforts to establish the Reform Party on a permanent basis.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

More on Corey Ankum

 

Alderman Deb Mell

 

Well folks former Alderman Mell, made good on his promise, and passed along his job to his daughter, Deb Mell. Enough said.

Click the links below to see what others had to say.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/07/25/how-one-alderman-mell-begat-the-next-alderman-mell

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130724/albany-park/deb-mell-named-new-33rd-ward-alderman

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

 

Michael Jordan Got Married

Last week I got angry, really really angry. Why you ask. Because Michael Jordan the sports icon of all sports icons got married. And YES, he married a White woman.

Ordinarily, this would not have made me angry. I would have fluffed it off as just another white gold digger marrying a rich Black man for his money.

However, I just so happen to have written a little Book, entitled Flight 404 with a Denzel Washington type character married to a white woman. When the movie ‘Flight’ came out, it seemed every Black Woman in America was up in arms because Denzel Washington was having a relationship with a White woman in the film.

So, last week when Michael Jordan married long time girl friend Yvette Prieto, I waited and waited and waited for the angry outcry from Black women around the country. But it never came. Why?

Are we saying movie stars have more influence than sports stars? Is that what you think?

Denzel Washington you might see once or twice a year in a film role, but the Michael Jordan types your husband, lover, son, brother, uncle, or father watches every weekend on TV. And every time that camera pans the audience your husband, lover, son, brother, uncle, or father sees that sports star’s white wife sitting in the audience. So don’t be fooled.

For example, let’s say, you’re going to have some of the top athletes, actors, and musicians and their wives over for a Memorial Day barbeque. Every wife at your table, except for one, will be White. Can you guess which one? The only other sister at your barbeque will be you and you’d be serving.

 Michale Jordan                     

Scottie Pippen                      

Charles Barkley

Colby Bryant                            

Tiger Woods                          

Manny Pacquaio

Alex Rodriguez                     

Ndaumukong Suh              

Jimmy Rolling

BJ Upton                                       

Ryan Howard                       

Ronaldinho

Tim Duncan                                

John Legend                        

Kanye West               

Don Cornelius (posthumously)           

Ice T                                                  

OJ Simpson

Montel Williams                        

Taye Diggs                                

Cuba Gooding

Clarence Thomas        

Even the gay NBA player Jason Collins had a white girlfriend

                                       It seems     Finances    =      White     Fiancée

And you wonder where our power and influence has gone.   And haven’t even mentioned the Senators and Congressmen who are married to White women.

Denzel Washington and Wife

 

 

 

 

Gun Control

Thursday, I attended a breakfast meeting about Gun Control at a local church here in the western suburbs. There was an impressive turn out of influential Chicago politicians. And I must say I was very impressed that they made time to get together and strategize about the epidemic of crime in our streets.

 But I was majorly disappointed that they are determined at continuing with the same old same old, i.e. ‘let’s lock ‘em up.’

 Most of our local politicians are continuing with the same strategy of controlling the aftermath of a crime instead of taking the brave and narrow pathway towards coming up with solutions for preventing crime. And those are two totally different things.

 Controlling the aftermath is

1. Tougher gun laws. Our state’s attorney general is campaigning hard for this. However, I do SUPPORT her idea that guns should be as traceable as cars. Every gun should have the equivalent of a VIN number. And its owner should have to go through the same process to sell it as he does his car!

2. Long prison sentences.

3. And more of the Three Strikes sentencing that unfortunately our beloved former President Clinton got passed a lot of Black leaders at the time.

 Preventing Crime is

1. Jobs, Jobs, and more Jobs

2. A rollback in education to the basics. By that I mean teaching our children to read, write, and do arthrimatic. I guarantee if you ask a young child what arthrimatic is they wouldn’t be able to tell you.

3. Teaching our children Hone Economics — how to read a bus schedule, balance a checkbook, make a grocery list and how to go grocery shopping without a Link Card, and what a budget is and how it can help you get what you want.

4. Teaching shop. (Car repair, computer repair, etc.) I know we don’t repair things anymore. We throw away the old and buy a new whatever.

 But maybe our schools could teach Cashiering (Walmart is the No. 1 employer in the United States) Food Service Workers (McDonalds is the second largest employer), Home Healthcare Workers (a field that is expected to grow as Baby Boomers age), and how to dress to get an Administrative Assistant job in a Downtown office.

 5. Teaching our young men to respect women. (Remember Tipper Gore and her warnings about those music videos.)

 6. Teaching our young women to respect themselves. Women get married and have children. Stop the Baby Daddy bullshit. Marry the man.

 7. Teach respect for one another. That sad old Golden Rule works.

 8. Teach respect for other people’s property.

 

Remember those old television ads

This is your brain on drugs

 

 

This is your brain with a bullet through it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring Back The Factories

Yesterday, I was in the middle of writing my blog post, ‘Old School Chicago Politics,’ when an article about five people being killed, in Chicago, over the weekend (1/25-26/2013) caught my attention.

Chicago politicians give the impression that they are perplexed about how to stop the violence that’s currently raging out of control. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

One simple solution is to bring back the factories!

Remember, the ‘good old days’ when you graduated from High School and that diploma all but guaranteed you a 30 year job in a factory.

You weren’t high rolling but you could at least keep a roof over your head, put food on the table, and send your kids to a good school so that they could get and even better factory job than the one you had. With the right education, they might have even end up being the boss.

But now there are no more factories such as, Illinois Steel, US Steel, John Deere, Caterpillar, Brach Candy Company, Hostess Brands, In. the makers of Twinkies, etc.

Currently, the only companies willing to hire under-educated Black men are The Gangs. And mind you, The Gangs are doing what other companies won’t. They’re actively recruiting young Black men, giving them on the job training, teaching them discipline and loyalty, promoting those who make their sales quotas, and most importantly, they pay well.

For a young Black male on the streets with no other job available to him, ‘slinging drugs’ is the only way he has of taking care of his family. And the best way of making sure that you continue making your sales quota is by eliminate the competition or any threat or hindrance such as a neighbor who threatens to call the Police.

Below is an excerpt from the website, http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/653.html

From the 1940s until the 1970s, the steel industry remained one of the Chicago area’s leading economic sectors. Immediately after World War II, the United States was making over half the world’s steel, and mills in Indiana and Illinois accounted for about 20 percent of total U.S. production capacity. Many of the large open-hearth plants established in the early part of the century continued to make huge amounts of steel. Between 1959 and 1964, Interlake and Wisconsin Steel became two of the first U.S. mills to install basic oxygen furnaces, which were faster and cheaper than the older open-hearth equipment.

Meanwhile, a large new plant was built by Bethlehem Steel at Burns Harbor, Indiana.  The last giant mill constructed in the Chicago region, the Bethlehem plant helped make the Illinois-Indiana region the geographical center of the U.S. steel industry at the end of the 1960s.

During the Cold War, when most Chicago-area steelworkers were represented by the USWA, relatively high wage levels did not prevent labor conflict. Between 1945 and 1959, there were five industry-wide strikes. In 1952, about 80,000 Chicago-area steelworkers walked out for two months. An even more serious work stoppage occurred in 1959, when tens of thousands of workers in the Chicago area joined 500,000 steelworkers nationwide in a four-month strike to win changes in work rules, wage levels, and benefits.

 

During the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. steel industry suffered a sudden collapse that threw thousands out of work. U.S. Steel and other American steel companies that still depended upon large numbers of older, inefficient plants failed to withstand the combination of a decline in demand and the rise of international competition in the 1970s.

The sudden decline of American steel stunned the employees of mills across the Chicago area. Between 1979 and 1986, about 16,000 Chicago-area steelworkers lost their jobs. Wisconsin Steel closed abruptly in 1980 after attempts at a financial bailout failed. South Works endured a prolonged shutdown before closing its doors in 1992. Inland Steel cut thousands of workers. Republic Steel dismissed half its employees. In 1984, it merged with LTV Steel, which declared bankruptcy in 1986. The closures left many steelworkers without jobs or health care and decimated communities in northwest Indiana and the Calumet district.

If you have trouble understanding what this article is saying, simply put the major reason these factories are gone is not so much the decline in orders for steel, but a desire by the steel company owners to bust the Unions.

It appears that the owners were not so receptive to Union leaders coming in and telling them how to run their businesses. So their solution, since their children weren’t interested in taking over for them, was to let the factories fall into decline. International competition finished us off.

For more information, you might want to read the following white paper.

http://www.progressivecities.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/UAA-for-New-Orleans-7-MAR-20111.pdf

America needs to get back to manufacturing goods again instead of importing goods. Therefore, giving some real credence to the term, ‘Made in America.’

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