Put Down The Guns

Put Down The Guns!

elizabooks stands with v103 – Put the guns DOWN.

Killing someone is NOT the way to solve a problem. The problem doesn’t go away or end with

that person’s death. No, it only serves to complicate the problem even more.

 And just like Beyonce and Solange ‘Blessed be the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons (daughters) of God.’ Matthew 5:9

P.S.  I heard something the other night during the ‘Spoken Word’ festival that shook me to my core.  And it was, “that half of the kids doing the violence can’t even spell the word violence.” 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Photo courtesy of Muhahaha on Photobucket

By Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices

 

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

 

DC Naval Yard Shooting

Hear we are again with yet another shooting.  It seems we are no longer safe anywhere these days, not in our work places, definately not in our schools, and not even in our homes.   And not because of any foreign terrorists acts like the one conducted by Syria President Bashar al-Assad.   We are not safe from ourselves.

The honest truth is aside from war, most Americans are killed by other Americans with guns that were purchased for safety reasons.  

It’s about time we woke up to the fact that we need to get the guns off the streets, out of the back closet, and out of the hands of people who might find another way of expressing their anger if they hadn’t had access to a gun.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

 

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.’

elizabooks