Friday, April 30, 2010

Republicans in Florida gone Mad!

Seems to me the Republicans have lost their minds,Governor Charlie Crist has finally reached the point where even he can't stand the smell coming from his party in Florida.
As some of you may know Governor Crist was running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and was told to go pound sand by the party power elite.
To my way of thinking Governor Crist was one of the few Republicans who I had any respect for.
I guess the Republican Party is really hell bent on becoming the party of I don't give damn about anyone that is not rich?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It was all about her

I made a trip early this morning to the post office to mail a few letters,there was  other person there  being waited on ,I said oh wow I'm the  next person.
Usually my trip to our local post office is greeted with long slow and indifferent lines,anytime of the year.
The indifference is coming from both customer and postal clerk,most of the time.
This morning it was the customer,after the postal clerk give the customer in front of me what she came for,she stood there for a few mins. more talking about personal things.
 Usually I'm a little patient with the post office service,but this morning I was a little pissed at the arrongance of this woman to continue a personal conversation while I waited in line.
I said to her yea like a lot of folks,who don't see me!How in the name of Jesus can she miss my Big Black Behind at 6'5 250 pounds?
At that moment folks I felt like Ralph Ellison's Book "The Invisiable Man".

Friday, April 23, 2010

Crazy World Y'all

A couple days ago,here in Pittsburgh the news was all about a sexual predator football player for the Steelers,while here in the hood where I live we were cutting and shooting each other like we were making a cowboy movie on a low budget.
One incident stood out for me,two men in their 40's were arguing about when one was going to be paid the the five dollars that was owed him.
The arguement got so heated and stupid each person pulled out weapons and began to fire wildly at each other striking a ten year old kid in the face.
Ok I'm just so sick and tired of these cowboys who walk and live in my neighborhood,I'm so sick and tired of the sorry excuse of the criminal and social systems that have allowed those folks to live and breath in my neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I want to do business with my folk!

But so many of the Black Businesses that I have called for bids for different services have disappointed me as a consumer.
I called a tree service own by a Black father and son to cut and remove trees and brush from the back yard.
They give me a bid of $375.00 it seem a little over priced for the amount of work involved.
So as a informed consumer I sorted out another bid from another tree service,needless to say it wasn't Black own.
Their bid included not only the trees I wanted  originally removed but trees that I thought would be an additional cost in the future,their price in total $500.00
The bid for our tree removal and clearing went to the second bidder hands down.
What I learned from this experience is when doing business,keep your emotions in check and simply look at the transaction as just business,if the person who happens to be doing the work for me looks like me thats a bonus.
Folks if we are going to be in business we have got to think long term,we have got to start  thinking in terms of repeat business and growing our business.
Charging me the max at one time for a service doesn't endear me to call your business again,second the goal of any business should be extreme customer service,which means give the customer what they expect.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Gender Wars

This post is inspired in part from a post I read this morning at,it got me to thinking how does the gender wars going on effects the community (Pittsburgh)  that I live within.
Personally I don't think many people I come in contact with think that deep about the behavior that goes on between the genders.
That's because for many the roles of the gender have ever really been defined.
When we refer to each other as my babies daddy or my babies momma,then I think you have serious issues with who and what you are.
So people will understand where I'm coming from I will define the people I'm talking about as the Black community I know in Pittsburgh.
The Black community I know is so far out of touch with the reality of economic and social order that to have a discussion on gender is like beating your head againist the wall.
Most people I encounter are comfortable being a zero or maintaining a image of being one.
Most don't make it known that they care about an issue until it smacks them dead in the face,and even then it only an issue until they can get it out of their face.
Most have never traveled or explored anything outside of the Pittsburgh region.
Most people I encounter think a nice night out is going to a bar or club in their lastest clothing that they over paid for.
So for me there is no gender war in my community there is a war for the brain  and it seems to me that Madison Ave. has won, and decides what's important in the Black Community I know in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why are Black People Still Going To Jail?

I know you will say because some of us are committing crimes against society,and yes thats true,because in ever segment of society there are some people who will not hit a lick(work).
But folks are you not sick of going down to the county jail,dragging your children along to visit  skippy and ray-ray?
It's about time we start to raise our children the correct way folks,I mean you made a decison to have this child,now its time for you to put away your child like thinking.
But oh you are just a child your self,so whats happening to our children that today they are having children?
As you can see folks there is a lot of work to be done in our community before we can seriously begin to address the title of this blog post.
So where do we begin?
Where is the leadership in our community?
Where are the Pastors?
Where are the true men who are willing to stand up and be real men and lead?
Where are the true teachers,who really teach?
Oh where oh where have my people gone?
Why have we fallen for the slick Madison Ave hype of this who we are?
Why are so many Black people still self hating?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Money Talked Loud,Roethlisberger Walks!

Look folks I'm a fan of the Steelers and support them,but I can't in good conscious let the decison not to prosecute Roethlisberger for sexual assault pass without commenting.
I'm getting sick and tired of high profile and rich people getting away with crimes in this country.
For me this ideal of smacking high profile and rich people on the hand for crimes Skippy and Ray-Ray go to Jail for many years is just plain wrong.
The DA in Milledgeville,Ga. ought to go to jail also for not at least taking this case to a grand jury,so regular folks can evaluate the evidence in this case.
To make it plain what happen in this case,Roethlisberger and his Lawyer payed off the young girl involved to just go away.
This case stinks to high heavens,it just furthers my belief that the criminal justice system is a joke for poor and working people in this country.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Carry Me Home West Virginia

Life is cheap in West Virginia,when I first heard about the mine explosion last week,my gut reaction was the remaining miners were already dead.
All of this rescue action was just show and tell by the government and that lowdown mine owner Blankenship.
I don't know why I just felt like it was some of my own family who were trapped or killed in that mine explosion.
Maybe because of the stories I heard growing up on how my own grandfather on my father's side was killed  at work in 1935 in Wilmington,NC.
Maybe also because I'm just a working stiff also and desire more for myself and other people in this life.
My heart felt prayers go out to the families of the 29 miners who passed away just trying to do the right thing,going to work!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tiger Woods WHY DAMIT WHY?

Would you allow Nike and the Golf Industry  to PIMP you and your dead father(may he rest in peace) with the latest commerical "welcome back Tiger".
Tiger do you have not a ounce of self respect left?
Tiger do you hate yourself that much that you allow the golf industry and nike to disrespect your dead father?
Tiger someone needs to tell you the truth of this matter,your problem my friend is simple,keep your zipper up and stay focus on your job and family.