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

 

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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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