Things everyone else is afraid to say or talk about, but not me

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Things in the news that annoy and irritate me

Well the government is now back open for business.  The troubling part is that it never should have been shut down in the first place.  A small group of Republicans (the Tea Party faction) basically threw a temper tantrum that’s going to cost America $25 billion.  I don’t know about you but when my child behaves badly there is always some type of consequences. As a parent, I don’t reward bad behavior.  If they want to behave like spoiled children I say we treat them as such.  I have heard the word sedition (1) thrown around.  At the very least, these folks should be required to repay the money. These idiotic, racist “tea baggers” hijacked the entire federal government and caused needless human suffering and now have nothing to show for it.  I think Ted Cruz’s name should be at the top of the list.
In their efforts to make President Obama look bad, they have made America the laughing stock of the entire world.  Let’s be perfectly clear.  The reason these idiots are so upset has very little to do with the Affordable Care Act a.k.a Obamacare.  It has everything to do with the fact that a black man is the President of the United States and they cannot stand that idea.  Anybody who would rally around the Confederate flag has some serious race relations issues going on…  That flag that these folks seem to love so much is a symbol of racism and a horrible history of division and suffering in this country.  Also of note is the “grassroots” movement that is being called the Tea Party is being largely funded by those criminals the Koch brothers. Their motivation is mostly monetary but I have little doubt there are racist undertones as well.
I am so grateful and thankful that the women of the U.S. Senate stepped in and came together to end this mess.  With the men in their “pissing contest” there is no telling how long it would have taken…  Gentlemen, do us all a favor.  In the future, you can save us all a lot of needless anguish if you just get the ruler out and measure them.  That way once it’s settled, we can be about the business of running our great country instead of acting like spoiled, arrogant teenagers.
Sedition: the inciting of hostility towards the government.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Monogamy, Obamacare and Marissa Alexander

Does that seem like an odd title for a blog?  Perhaps but I am on serious information overload today!  You see, I was perusing Facebook as I often do to get material for my blog and I come across this post by Michael Baisden.  He posted a link for a video where there is a sociologist discussing the merits of sex outside of marriage.  Of course this piqued my interest but I couldn't get the damn thing to open....  Anyway, I began to ponder this concept and I touched on it briefly in my book (shameless plug you'll have to read the book).  Should we become more open-minded about the whole concept of monogamy?  How many marriages and families are destroyed by cheating, perhaps unnecessarily?  What if spicing things up meant having sex with someone who isn't your spouse or significant other?  Now this will not work for everyone but what if it works for some couples?  There needs to be open and honest dialogue between the parties involved.  The ground rules need to be established and everyone has to be on one accord.  What if the Swingers are on to something?  I need some statistics on the divorce rates among swinger couples versus couples who claim to be monogamous.  Come now folks, let's face the facts, not everyone who claims to be faithful actually is practicing monogamy.  However, it might be kind of difficult to get most people to admit to their cheating even if they would suffer no dire consequences because of their admission.

Speaking of dire consequences....  If these Republican idiots don't get their crap together the government is going to shut down.  These idiots hate President Obama so much they are more than willing to let that happen.  They are trying to tie the stop gap funding for the government to de-funding Obamacare.  If you are not wealthy and white, you probably have no business being a Republican.  NEWSFLASH: They do not care about poor people! They do not care about minorities!  So how do you think they feel about you if you are poor and a minority?  Millions of Americans will be helped by the Affordable Heath Care Act a.k.a Obamacare but there is so much hatred of the President that they are willing to send the whole country over the cliff just to make him look bad.  Hate is terribly destructive folks.

Speaking of hate... Marissa Alexander was granted a new trial by the Court of Appeals.  That's nice but she never should have been in jail in the first place, dammit.  This poor, unfortunate soul thought that the Stand Your Ground Law applied to everyone in Florida.  She didn't even shoot or kill anyone and they sent her to prison.  George Zimmerman's fat azz killed Trayvon and he's walking around free and picking up side chicks.  NEWSFLASH: Stand Your Ground does not apply to anyone else but those with influence and money.  I pray the new trial brings #JUSTICEFORMARRISA but alas I am not confident...

Now that I have that out of my system, have a pleasant evening and enjoy the rest of your night.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Countdown to the Weekend

You can actually start your weekend early this Wednesday evening with Cocktails and Conversations.  This weekly event takes place at Ember.  This is a lovely venue and the atmosphere is chic and relaxing.  Are you looking for something a little more serious?  Well, Michael Baisden is going to be at Draft for a grown folks conversation.  Doors open at 5:00pm for both events.
Tomorrow, Thursday, you can head out to the Gaylord Palms Resort for the kick-off of The Tom Joiner Family Reunion.  Janelle Monet will be starting the weekend off right with a free welcome concert.  If you still have any energy left, you can go downtown to the One80 Grey Goose Lounge for Cl9ud.  This is a beautiful venue with a breath taking view of the Orlando nighttime skyline.
Besides the concert associated with the Tom Joiner Family Reunion, there is the Grand Opening of Ono downtown; Orlando’s newest nightspot for the grown and sexy.  Lance Gross will be in the building so ladies, you definitely want to be dressed to impress.
Tomorrow I will have more details.  This is just to give you an idea of how to plan your weekend.  Sincerely, The Ultimate Party Animal f.k.a. your Orlando Club Scene Examiner

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Soooo…what are we going to do now?

I hear old George is in Texas.  It seems he got stopped for speeding the other day, had a weapon in his car and was let go with a warning.  Hmmm…?  Show of hands – how many know that if a black man was stopped for speeding in Texas and had a weapon in his vehicle his “black azz” would have been on his way to jail? Screw the ticket.  He would be face down on the pavement surrounded by law enforcement officers.  But I have wasted enough ink on “ole fat azz George” for now.
I’m hearing a lot of prominent folks say that a boycott is not the way to go.  I’m hearing that it will hurt the wrong people and that it probably won’t be very effective.  Hmmm…?  I’m hearing we need to vote the wrong people out of office and vote the right people into office.  Assuming we are speaking of Republicans versus Democrats, it seems that several Democrats voted for the “Stand Your Ground Law” in its present form.  Hmmm…?  So this begs the question, how do we actually know who “the wrong people are?”
And this whole voting thing, I have been voting since I was eligible to vote.  Many, if not most of the people I associate with vote in every election.  However, laws are being made every day to try and suppress minority votes.  How are we going to vote the wrong people out of office if they are the ones making the voting laws?
 I said all this to say, I need to fully understand how a targeted boycott of the very powerful industries that have the lobbyists would not be at least somewhat effective?  These very rich people pay the lobbyist to influence the lawmakers to write and pass the laws that are suppressing the minority vote and making evil laws, like the “Stand Your Ground” Law.   If they are not making as much money, it is going to get their attention.  They are going to notice that they are  going into their own pockets to pay these people off and granted they have deep pockets but eventually that is going to get old.  I’m not wealthy, yet but if I notice a pattern that is causing me to miss out on income, I correct it very quickly.  If I do it, I’m quite sure wealthy people do it.  Isn’t that how they stay wealthy?  Marching got us the arrest and the trail but they still let the murdering coward go free….supposedly because of the law.  Give me a little credit folks, I notice patterns and I am seeing one in this vicious cycle.
I’m going to wrap it up now but I’m going to leave you with this thought.  We held marches and rallies.  We were able to get them to arrest and put George Zimmerman on trial but they never had any intention of putting him in prison.  They figured they would placate “the angry black folks” and shut us up.  They already knew the laws were written in their favor, hell THEY WROTE THEM!

So now we are marching and rallying again and the brave, young Dream Defenders are camped outside Rick Scott’s office.  We will get attention and we will get some closure, perhaps but will it prevent anyone else’s child from ending up dead at the hands of some overzealous idiot?  Will it get the law changed?  So I ask again, what are we going to do now?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Justice for Trayvon? Justice for Everyone?

Today I went to a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Orlando.  It was a Vigil to honor the life of Trayvon Benjamin Martin.  Today was “The Justice 4 Trayvon 100 City Vigil.”  As I stood there and listened to the speakers and the prayers, I began to wonder why are we are still having to go through this in 2013?  As a matter of fact, one of the speakers made mention of the fact that “I thought we had already done this…”  My mother was a high school class sponsor in the 1960s.  She supported and comforted her students as they protested for our civil rights… That was nearly 50 years ago!  I did not have the opportunity to participate then because I was not born until the mid-60s…and an infant for the remainder…  Today I was proud and pleased to be able to step up and lift my voice in protest of the injustices that still exist 50 years after “I thought we had already done this…”   

The name of Emmitt Till was invoked…  Is Trayvon Martin a 2013 version of Emmitt Till?  I was happy to see Black folks get together and lift a collective voice in protest.  I was also beyond happy to see the diversity in the crowd.  I forgot to mention the lone wing nut out there with his "Cracker Attacker" sign. Although he desperately needed an "azz whoopin," nobody really paid him much attention...  Hey, this is still America. You have a right to voice your opinion NO MATTER HOW F'N STUPID IT IS!!   But there needs to also be action with the protests.  It occurs to me as I have heard on several occasions, “No politician or person in a position of power is going to pay any attention to us unless there is an economic impact.”  We can sing and march “until the cows come home.” But until some of the “fat cats” start losing money no one will care…

So I say again, tell your friends and relatives to take their vacations and their family reunions ELSWHERE.  Call or write to your State Legislators and tell them they need to repeal this “Stand Your Ground Law!”
If enough big dollar conventions and conferences go elsewhere, someone will take notice.  If enough big name entertainers pledge to not do any performances here in the State of Florida until the “Stand Your Ground Law” is repealed, someone will take notice.  Sign the petition encouraging the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into the violation of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. 

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

So…George Zimmerman is Not Guilty, huh?

Well George, how does it feel to get away with murder? There are quite a few of us out here that would like to know.  Be honest with me now, you know there are folks walking around out here right now that are only still breathing because you don’t want to go to prison…right?  I know the certainty of my black azz going to PRISON is keeping more than a few folks breathing.  I’m just kidding everybody…sort of.  We can all use a little humor right now.

The thing is though, this is really quite serious.  Because of this “Stand Your Ground Law,” any jackass with a gun can say he felt threatened and bust a cap in your child’s behind because he’s having a bad day.  Let’s be clear, Trayvon Martin was not looking for trouble.  He was simply walking home from the store.  “Billy Bad Azz” decided he wanted to “play cop” and pursue the “suspect.”  Walking home in the rain wearing a “hoodie” and being a young black male makes you look suspicious, huh George?    You did your part George, you called the cops.  You were told not to follow the young man.  Neighborhood Watch does not mean “get yo, fat, soft, p***y a$$ out of your truck and run down and kill someone who “looks suspicious.”  You killed the only other person who can tell us what really happened George, smooth move dude.  To add insult to injury, the “good ole boys” at Sanford PD decided killing an innocent child was a non- issue. You know, one less dead Negro we have to worry about arresting…right?

So how did you do it George?  You played upon the sympathies of all those racists bastards out there who feed into the negative stereotypes about young black males perpetuated in the media.  You raised a butt load of money to hire a whiz bang attorney who figured out a way to use that “Stand Your Ground Law” to help you get away with killing an innocent child.  Was it worth it?

George, you do realize that you now have a bulls-eye on your fat ass, right?  Any idiot out there with nothing to lose can now finance his/her retirement by “busting a cap” in your fat ass…or go straight to jail.  I don’t think they care dude.  Just something for you to think about George while you’re walking down the street looking over your shoulder to see who is following you.

There is definitely plenty of blame to go around but sadly Florida seems to have a history of letting child murderers go free.  Take a look at how Casey Anthony’s life is going now George.  If she comes out of hiding, she’s a moving target.  Welcome to your freedom in HELL!

What can you do going forward?  You can call your lawmakers and tell them the “Stand Your Ground Law” needs to be repealed.  How are we going to get them to pay attention you say? If enough big conventions go elsewhere and the tourists stop coming, I guarantee you there will be attention paid.  You know that old saying:  “Money talks BS walks!”

Talk to your relatives that are out of state encourage them to take their vacations in another state.  Take your family reunions elsewhere.  I know there are other states where they have “Stand Your Ground Laws” but this is the state where Trayvon was gunned down without fear of repercussions and consequences…we have to start somewhere dammit.

I do not want my two sons walking around as target practice for some drunken, redneck. Yeah, I said it! And yeah, I meant it!