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It’s been four long years since I written a blog letter to our Veterans around Veterans Day. With all of what’s going on with the protests of the NFL, the disconnect of Veterans taking knees for guys like Colin Kaepernick, or many of the same ideals that still being reminded of what you have achieved, but also getting called out by some keyboard gangsters on social media whom think they are woke and conscious in a sense of false knowledge of getting the word out. But never had the experience but only in the streets. And also remembering active military personal whom had the ability to serve only to be killed in action. And remembering Veterans whom have passed on and leaving behind a mark.

Veterans, it’s your day. And in this now Month of National Veterans and Military Families Month, (originally started by President Obama) we take this time on this day to celebrate you, your accomplishments and your appreciation. While we non-veterans may not like the war stuff per se, many of us do respect what you did. Even if we are Veteran Family Members. So let’s kick this thing in high gear one more time.

Dear Veterans of America:

It’s me Stephen. A black blogger and a proud veterans son that doesn’t get paid to do this.

Your day is here: THANK YOU! Again your day is here, thanks again. As many of you are embarking on another day celebrating your valor achievements, it to me is very vital that I encourage you to keep up with your accomplishments. Why I say this you asked? I believe that many of us non-veterans need to hear the stories that many get confused or twisted. Many of us non-veterans had heard and said about not serving the nation for various reasons. But many of us who didn’t serve had family members indicated that “We served enough!” And many had family members whom were concerned about war or warzones and coming back safe here. And you veterans must also realize that there are problems are being talked about here!

We see you with your medals, jackets, and hats signifying your branch of service and war campaigns but we still say “Thank you for your service.” I know many of you hate that, but many of us mean this! “Thank you for YOUR service!”

Now I want to shift gears for a moment. Kneeling during the national anthem. The same national anthem that many of you kind of hated. Almost. When we all saw Colin Kaepernick kneeling last year in protest, many of us were asking what up with this?! And many of us went in on him and said he’s disrespecting the flag! Other NFL players sat, linked in arms, raised fists, and even some fans sat in the seats while some took offense to say of the “disrespect of our flag at Ford Field!” But here me out Veterans, it wasn’t about the flag, the military or you guys. It’s about the injustice of innocent lives being taken away unceremoniously! That’s what is it about. Nothing against you. And I say this as a Veteran Son. Many of you fought and served – I get that. Really I do. But this fight in injustice of innocent lives here in America, is another war everyday. Every single time when a black man or black woman gets killed for no reason as an example,  this is the type of injustice we are talking about. Black Lives Matter. Always. And furthermore, when that footage is displayed on the news or online, it’s a sign most that the person gets disrespected, usually through social media. And by many other cultures whom don’t understand what’s it like to be a black man in America. Veterans, this is a whole new fight. And for you black veterans, you should know regarding this scenario. But getting back to this kneeling, guess what? I saw some of you kneeling in support of Colin. And some of you supported and continued to support the cause! And this is the cause that many of you fought for.

Continue to shift, I want to comment your groups. There was an article that was published on the Washington Post in 2014 about a young veteran, asked about joining a local VFW and the American Legion. The Veteran, Kate Hoit served 8 years in the Army and she didn’t go for the opportunity to be apart of it. She didn’t want to be in the mix of those at least older than her to be with the “old guys” per se having a whiskey or smoke. She like many others her age wanted to be in the community doing various activities with families and non-military members in a active different angle. But she’s not alone. As I read the article, other veterans like her are doing the same thing. But how is the veterans groups like the American Legion, or the VFW are catering to young veterans, whom alot of them are Millennials?

Just like any other group: Alumni Associations, Church Groups, Neighborhood Groups, and others, there are groups that have a hard time finding young folks. Why is this you ask? What is it that you want the young vets to follow after you step down? And what is the young vets should be looking for in getting into the clubs and organizations that you created, or founded? There is also a sense of a disconnect in communication. In terms of being confused or misunderstood about a connection of communication. Many of the younger folks go to Social Media to get their news on what is taking place. Even creating groups of Cyberpages of Posts to keep communications open of what is going on.  The older guys as we know, most of them don’t go to Social Media. They get it from word of mouth. And the phones, and the letters, and the paper and partially email. For you older Vets who feel that, you need to reach the younger vets. I think you may need to reach to them of where they are. We know the College Campuses. But what about the hangouts that they go to or organize? Or the Service Projects that they know very well around the community? This is what you need to do I think to reach out. Location! Location! Location! Just my opinion. Even though I’m a Gen-X’er, I’m sampling this from a Millennial that I met recently.

And yes if a young person feels left out after joining up with a club, yes we need to be reminded to them about the issue of being the change. For example, when I was 19 years old (and in college) I joined my Church’s United Methodist Men’s Group. And I was uncomfortable because I didn’t have enough knowledge to understand what does it take to be in the United Methodist Men’s group. I’ve heard about “Since you have been 6 years old, you are already involved with the United Methodist Men.” What kind of ish is that? Technically that didn’t make any sense. And this is was coming from one of the women in the Church! But years later I got the chance to feel comfortable with the men’s group with the right kind of message, goals, and fundraising ideas. Plus my gifts and talents! What I did for the Church, I also did for the United Methodist Men’s group. And now I’m becoming a senior co-chairperson of a secretary for a combined United Methodist Church group. And I’m almost 41. Now I’m telling the group that the need of young folks are in need like your Veterans groups. But I want to warn you Vets: If you want your groups to survive, and I know you want to, YOU need young folks! You many not like all that Texting, or all that Facebook on the Smartphones. Or spending too much time on a Smartphone than a book, or Video Games. But the fact of the matter is, they might be taking over your posts when they get older doing that. Without young folks, Vets the posts that you contribute or donate your time right now,  will die out! And many would be asking, why did this Veterans Club die out? Besides the memberships? Did it have or had youth or young folks being involved? Did the young people or younger members had their concerns at the table? You want that to happen? I’m just saying, is talk to the young vets. Make them feel comfortable about coming into your clubs! You need to do it! And also while you’re doing that give them a reason. Provide some receipts! Just don’t hand them the keys so quick before you check out. Give them the real reason why this is necessary for them to carry on the missions. Young Vets, please get involved with these groups mixed with your own ideas. Be the change! And don’t be afraid to tell them what’s going. Older vets, listen to them what they have to say.  And nowadays, folks need to know what they get themselves into. They need to see EVERY DETAILED INFORMATION of why this is! This is the normal thing right now, and I learned this from my Alumni Groups several years ago of going to a Class Reunion. It’s not just about memories, and it’s not catering to a particular crowd. Just suggesting.

All in all, Veterans this is your day to shine. Enjoy all of the Veterans Days/Occasions as you can. After all, it’s about you! And I say this as a Veteran’s Son! Or should I say, a Vietnam Veteran’s Son.

Once again: THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Stephen

SSP_Thank You Veterans Sign

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By now, many of us have had our Halloween Decorations looking so-so scary. We decorated our houses and community centers so spooky that we need to change the game for next year in Halloween 2018. Which we have to do before we vote in the Midterms. And yes, we had to put up our costumes on wax to think again about next year as well. Plus I had a costume that I had to sample from my father’s work wear to pay tribute to him.

BUT………I have to address my black Kings and Queens in regarding this thing of Halloween, Christians, Ebony Magazine, and certain thing about “Pagan Holidays”. Let me go in on my people. Even though I love my blackness, honor my ancestors and also fly the red, black and green in the heart like the red white and blue. I’m reading the article online from Ebony Magazine (via Facebook)  the latest one that had an article with Meagan Good dressed like Catwoman. Oh, by now that everyone knows, she married a pastor earlier this year per se and many questioned about her choice celebrating All Hallow’s Eve in a FREAKING COSTUME! Really?!

Then I went to this BallersAlert Instagram Page. And when I was view the page in term of Meagan Good doing her, all these comments mainly coming from those whom are considered “Christian” and being black and proud had this remorse of shaming her just because she’s a Christian celebrating this “so-called” scary evil holiday known as Halloween.

For all of my black readers whom think they know everything about Halloween or having this negative stat of pagan holidays: SPELL IT! Spell Pagan. Let me school you on this: Do you know what Halloween really means? It really means Comes from the adage of All Hallow’s Eve in which leads into a holiday called All Saint’s Day. Heard of All Saint’s Day? You should! If you called out a name, or remembered a person that recently passed, that is part of it! If you go to church, you have should have heard the thought about All Saints Day, PERIOD! But what does that have to do with Halloween? Part of that is another meaning that you probably never got the knowledge of: Holy Evening.  THAT IS WHAT HALLOWEEN REALLY MEANS! It’s a HOLY EVENING.

According to Wikipedia: As you should know –

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.

Oh wait, there’s more for you Christians:

Christian influence (via Wikipedia)

Today’s Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows’ Day).[69] Since the time of the early Church,[70] major feasts in Christianity (such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost) had vigils that began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’.[71] These three days are collectively called Allhallowtide and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. Commemorations of all saints and martyrs were held by several churches on various dates, mostly in springtime.[72] In 609, Pope Boniface IV re-dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to “St Mary and all martyrs” on 13 May. This was the same date as Lemuria, an ancient Roman festival of the dead, and the same date as the commemoration of all saints in Edessa in the time of Ephrem.[73]
The feast of All Hallows’, on its current date in the Western Church, may be traced to Pope Gregory III’s (731–741) founding of an oratory in St Peter’s for the relics “of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors”.[74][75] In 835, All Hallows’ Day was officially switched to 1 November, the same date as Samhain, at the behest of Pope Gregory IV.[76] Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea,[76] although it is claimed that both Germanic and Celtic-speaking peoples commemorated the dead at the beginning of winter.[77] They may have seen it as the most fitting time to do so, as it is a time of ‘dying’ in nature.[76][77] It is also suggested that the change was made on the “practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it”, and perhaps because of public health considerations regarding Roman Fever – a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region.[78]

By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing church bells for the souls in purgatory. In addition, “it was customary for criers dressed in black to parade the streets, ringing a bell of mournful sound and calling on all good Christians to remember the poor souls.”[80] “Souling”, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls,[81] has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating.[82] The custom dates back at least as far as the 15th century[83] and was found in parts of England, Flanders, Germany and Austria.[53] Groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door during Allhallowtide, collecting soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the dead, especially the souls of the givers’ friends and relatives.[83][84][85] Soul cakes would also be offered for the souls themselves to eat,[53] or the ‘soulers’ would act as their representatives.[86] As with the Lenten tradition of hot cross buns, Allhallowtide soul cakes were often marked with a cross, indicating that they were baked as alms.[87] Shakespeare mentions souling in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593).[88] On the custom of wearing costumes, Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote: “It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints’ Day, and All Hallows’ Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities”.[89]
It is claimed that in the Middle Ages, churches that were too poor to display the relics of martyred saints at Allhallowtide let parishioners dress up as saints instead.[90][91] Some Christians continue to observe this custom at Halloween today.[92] Lesley Bannatyne believes this could have been a Christianization of an earlier pagan custom.[93] While souling, Christians would carry with them “lanterns made of hollowed-out turnips”.[94] It has been suggested that the carved jack-o’-lantern, a popular symbol of Halloween, originally represented the souls of the dead.[95] On Halloween, in medieval Europe, fires served a dual purpose, being lit to guide returning souls to the homes of their families, as well as to deflect demons from haunting sincere Christian folk.[96][97] Households in Austria, England and Ireland often had “candles burning in every room to guide the souls back to visit their earthly homes”. These were known as “soul lights”.[98][99][100] Many Christians in mainland Europe, especially in France, believed “that once a year, on Hallowe’en, the dead of the churchyards rose for one wild, hideous carnival” known as the danse macabre, which has often been depicted in church decoration.[101]
Christopher Allmand and Rosamond McKitterick write in The New Cambridge Medieval History that “Christians were moved by the sight of the Infant Jesus playing on his mother’s knee; their hearts were touched by the Pietà; and patron saints reassured them by their presence. But, all the while, the danse macabre urged them not to forget the end of all earthly things.”[102] This danse macabre was enacted at village pageants and at court masques, with people “dressing up as corpses from various strata of society”, and may have been the origin of modern-day Halloween costume parties.[94][103][91][104]
In parts of Britain, these customs came under attack during the Reformation as some Protestants berated purgatory as a “popish” doctrine incompatible with their notion of predestination. Thus, for some Nonconformist Protestants, the theology of All Hallows’ Eve was redefined; without the doctrine of purgatory, “the returning souls cannot be journeying from Purgatory on their way to Heaven, as Catholics frequently believe and assert. Instead, the so-called ghosts are thought to be in actuality evil spirits. As such they are threatening.”[99] Other Protestants maintained belief in an intermediate state, known as Hades (Bosom of Abraham),[105] and continued to observe the original customs, especially souling, candlelit processions and the ringing of church bells in memory of the dead.[69][106]
Mark Donnelly, a professor of medieval archæology, and historian Daniel Diehl, with regard to the evil spirits, on Halloween, write that “barns and homes were blessed to protect people and livestock from the effect of witches, who were believed to accompany the malignant spirits as they traveled the earth.”[107] In the 19th century, in some rural parts of England, families gathered on hills on the night of All Hallows’ Eve. One held a bunch of burning straw on a pitchfork while the rest knelt around him in a circle, praying for the souls of relatives and friends until the flames went out. This was known as teen’lay.[108] The rising popularity of Guy Fawkes Night (5 November) from 1605 onward, saw many Halloween traditions appropriated by that holiday instead, and Halloween’s popularity waned in Britain, with the noteworthy exception of Scotland.[109] There and in Ireland, they had been celebrating Samhain and Halloween since at least the early Middle Ages, and the Scottish kirk took a more pragmatic approach to Halloween, seeing it as important to the life cycle and rites of passage of communities and thus ensuring its survival in the country.[109]
In France, some Christian families, on the night of All Hallows’ Eve, prayed beside the graves of their loved ones, setting down dishes full of milk for them.[98] On Halloween, in Italy, some families left a large meal out for ghosts of their passed relatives, before they departed for church services.[110] In Spain, on this night, special pastries are baked, known as “bones of the holy” (Spanish: Huesos de Santo) and put them on the graves of the churchyard, a practice that continues to this day.[111]

 

 

Makes sense now? Keywords: HOLY EVENING!

Now from my understanding that the Holy Evening Holiday may have some pagan roots. Halloween has some pagan connections but it’s not entirely EVIL! When folk think of “Pagan Holidays” they think it’s something that is demonic or trickery. REALLY? Not all holidays are “Pagan Holidays.” If your wedding or a loved ones funeral is considered a “Pagan Holiday” filled with evil or demonic implications, then I guess you haven’t been to one. Or you don’t know enough! That is the problem today, why do many feel (espcially in the black community) that pagan holidays are evil, knowing that there are some “Pagan Holidays” are good? You got Christmas coming up in celebrating the Birth of Jesus, and many folks are calling that being a “Pagan Holiday”: Many of you got it all twisted. Not all Pagan Holidays are evil .

CALLOUT:  Is Juneteenth Day a Pagan Holiday?

Is many of our holidays that we started (KWANZAA) is considered a Pagan Holiday?

Is waving the Red Black and Green on Marcus Garvey’s Birthday or any BLACK HOLIDAY is considered a Pagan Holiday? Oh, you don’t hear me.

Why I am saying this? Why I am calling out the gossiperes to this manner? Real simple, LACK OF KNOWLEDGE! That is what this is. All that so called opinons that man of you spilled on Social Media makes no sense at all. And I’m assuming that BallerAlert wanted your reaction. They really don’t care about it. Just to make money and hurt your feelings.

Despite what Meagan Good does in her spare time should not be a concern on anyone. Even Black Christians! Now I’m a Black Christian myself and I do celebrate and decorate the Holy Evening thing of Halloween on my house. And don’t come at me with all that “pagan holiday opinionized mess” that black christians shouldn’t be celebrating this holiday. That goes double for the non-church folk! If any christian celebrates Halloween without any harm or concern, it shouldn’t be a problem! Many of us need to reread the Lord’s Prayer featuring the words: Hallowed be thy name. The Keyword is Hallowed. That word again.

Learn it.

Black Folks, it’s just Halloween. Chill out!


Oh yes.…….(In my Paul Bearer voice) Many of you probably had or will have a Halloween thing between now and the 31st. But of course there will be many whom have an attitude about church or the clubs being drunk might come in. However since the theme of Halloween is all about fear, and sometimes fun, we know everyday. But of course, I’m scratching my head again.

So you still hate the Church, huh?What about them clubs though?

Is #45 so far the worst president to come out of the gate?

What is up with all the culture that ain’t for the cause?

Wait a minute? Elvira is retiring?!!

Which is more fearful to Men? Commitment or Doctors?

Which is more fearful to women? I’m allow you women to answer that.

Is Halloween really that spooky holiday that most religious folks fear and with all the goblins?

What is fearful for Milwaukee: Crime, not enough jobs, or the Streetcar?

What is really fearful: no flu shots or that awareness of Movember?

Men, you know that International Men’s Month is coming up in November, right?

Just a thought in asking, I go to church every Sunday. Do you hate me?

Why do certain heels like Elias and Gulak in wrestling talk smack about the Green Bay Packers, and then lose their matches? Explain, WWE.

Will the Minnesota Vikings’ Anthony Barr be a target for a soon to be returning Aaron Rodgers? Expect that to come Vikings Fans.

How bout them Wisconsin Badgers?

Will anyone of the NBA actually “Fear The Deer” from the Bucks?

Ready to reapply for the medical insurance?

Does anyone actually care about the World Series? No offense to the Dodgers and Astros.

Which is more fearful: Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence or Bullying?

Is UW-Stout or could UW-Stout bring in a group that can start a Black Alumni Chapter?

Milwaukee, remember this Halloween Commerical? 35 years ago?

United Methodist Men, should you bring in young male folks?

For the record: you know that Halloween means “All Hallows Eve” or “Holy Evening” leading to “All Hallows Day” or “All Saint’s Day”? #HallowedMemories

For the record, why do folks DON’T trick or treat in their OWN neighborhoods?

For the record: if you are a teenager with no costume, why are you still getting candy?

For the record: why are some of the Caucasians are still black facing around Halloween?

For the record: why do those who had the moniker “White Lives Matter” had to get an attitude?

For the record: what is the fear of disconnect with one group and several seats with communication?

For the record: what is your fear (Human Resources) of not hiring people of color (mostly black) who are still waiting in the wings for a job? With degrees, experience……

For the record, what is the real deal of discrimination?

For the record, black folks we see the Cosby Shows, Family Matters, etc. But yet we somewhat complain about shows (positive ones) not being shown because of the “reality TV”. Why are we not doing the shows we want? Hello! Education!

For the record: when younger folks see all these groups – VFW, American Legion, Mason’s, Elks, Church Organizations, Alumni Boards, they have this attitude that they’ll won’t join because they’re are young or no knowledge. Or just being thrown into the fire, just because. Well does the phrase, “be the change” ring a bell? If you are a young veteran maybe you need to have a voice at the table in the American Legion or another Veterans group to address YOUR concerns and be the change. And this goes for the church, Alumni Committees, etc. If a young person comes to the table about a sermon and they are not mentioned at all then you young folks need to speak to your pastors about including you in their sermons! In 1990, my former youth group, was talking to my former pastor about his sermons. We felt at the time that the sermons weren’t reaching us. We didn’t complain, piss or moan like many do now. And we certainly, talked smack about it. We talked. And we talked the reasons why! And it was a good suggestion! So all you younger folks who feel left out, come to the table and bring your concerns in all, join the group and BE THE CHANGE! Period! Sure you might feel left out but still, be the change.

And the last thing: what was or is your costume? And your movies or traditional things for the 31st of October?

Happy Halloween!


We might want to wait to see what being “woke” really is. Many of us need to really know. It’s not what it seems. Wanna be really woke? Act like it! By the way you might have seen this on Facebook.

Rachel Maddow: “While we are all sidetracked by Trump/Pence and the NFL, Trump vs. Puerto Rico, Harvey Weinstein & the Sexual Predation of All Hollywood, the Russian Hacking of the election, or the MLB American League Division Playoffs this week, it’s worth noting that the following bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives”:

1. HR 861 to Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (Like to breathe? This one is not for you.)

2. HR 610 – Vouchers for Public Education (which may end free public education as we know it)

3. HR 899 to Terminate the Department of Education (which may lead to greater disparity between states but nobody who uses public education ever moves so it’s all good)

4. HR 69 to Repeal the Rule Protecting Wildlife (nobody likes nature anyway, right?)

5. HR 370 to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (didn’t we already try this umpteen times?)

6. HR 354 to De-fund Planned Parenthood (because exactly none of your tax dollars go toward abortion services)

7. HR 785 – National “Right to Work” (this one is actually a ‘Right to fire you whenever your boss feels like it” law, and it would effectively end unions)

8. HR 83 – Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill (California should just secede now and take all its money)

9. HR 147 to Criminalize Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) (because these private decisions should be made by your legislator and employer)

10. HR 808 to Impose Sanctions Against Iran (even though they are in compliance with the agreement according to those in the know)

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Again, review of being woke.


 

We all know that the month of October is an awareness of three concerns: Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence and Bully Awareness. Everytime we flip the calendar to the 10th month of Halloween we tend to remind ourselves that the issues and concerns of these items are still out there to be informed and also summarized. We get it. Hopefully. But in the recent acts of Sexual Assault discovered by Harvey Weinstein and many others whom did the act, many women are speaking out on the issue that many know very well. As they should. And even a black woman, Tarana Burke whom was a victim of Sexual Assault years ago formed the slogan “Me Too” 10 years ago is now continuing her message of the concerns and lessons she endured. And by the way for you Caucasian hashtaggers , you must know that the Me Too thing actually started by Tarana Burke, a black woman so don’t assumed you “just now” invented it.

Now I’m going to talk about a male’s point of view of being assaulted sexually and bullied. About three years ago, I attended my church’s Love Is event in the subject that dealth with domestic violence in relationships. One of the panelist was by the name of , from the Alma Center in Milwaukee. He was at the time gave a discussion about Domestic Violence from a Man’s Point of View. He talked about the subject called the Manbox. It was about in purpose about in certain times Men don’t get all emotional like women. Like crying. Or instead having you not cry to make sure you’re not weak. Or you have to hit women just because….When I was in the 9th grade at John Marshall High School, apparently I was in a school fight with another freshman at the time. The year was 1991 and it was in December, a week after my 15th birthday hard to believe. We were suspended for about two days since certain words were on repeat. When we were reinstated, a conversation was instilled about being ribbed on shouldn’t lead to fights. Even though that was so-called neutral, but I remember when my mother said that I was at a point where I was provoked. To the then VP of the school. So yes, I was provoked. And folks had to trip about who won the fight. So Ive been more defensive minded since my teen years which expands to this day! It seems that all this goes back to upbringings. Broken homes. The father was not at home or mother was always tripping. Or lack of self-esteem. Or when the pranks or the class clown thing will get his or hers a beat down after all the crap. Most of my MPS years I dealt with bullies. Even those on a sexual assault level that had almost gropped me back in Middle School! And the dude was “messing around.” Plus a female did that almost in the 9th grade as I was walking to class. And I’m like, no she didn’t! It seems like fun and games but it’s a freaking crime! This is not a joke. None. And for you females think it’s a joke and funny that a dude like me went through that, sorry it’s not funny. It’s not.

Why am I telling you this? Many must be like: really?! And what does all of this have to do with bulling and sexual assault? It kind of hit me: When you bully someone, it’s like sexual assault. You’re bullying someone that doesn’t want to be toyed with. Nor ribbed on. If you want that, you’re asking for trouble! Serious trouble. And you best believe that many who have been in that position, will speak out, blog it, or whatever in getting that message that it’s not cool!

If you are in high school or middle school (and I know you’ve been reading my blogs) and had this done to you, get a grown up to talk to. With all this going on with the Cyber bulling on Social Media, and the Sexting on smartphones and those that you can’t stand in a negative fashion in person, it’s time to not talk about it but also defend yourself! It’s time. Stop letting these fools and stupid dumb girls who bully you or sexually assault you to get away with murder! Men, we too have to stand up and declare that this is DEAD WRONG! Many of us Men probably had been gropped, or bullied or both at a time long ago, and many of us didn’t have answers. Now many of us whom have kids, or around kids we best believe that we have to do the protection thing more serious now.

And I should point out that there are “grown bullies” we have to deal with. Like Donald Trump. Yes I’m putting him in this. They are also called haters, racists, sextists, pacifists, all that and very evil. We have to put up with them everyday at work, church, the mall, the club, college rooms, and many other places of establishment. Even when you are looking for a job. And I know because I remember what I went through with the reaction of The Milwaukee Urban League did with me was very bully like from Betty Speed. She was indeed a bully attacking me for my content of my character and education in getting my degree from UW-Stout. Oh heck yes. So many times in Milwaukee I had to DEFEND my education from UW-Stout in a way that I have to tell the truth of what I was doing and having a balance. Manpower, Spherion, and other folks and goons both black and white all hating on a black man like me getting a college degree, by using Distance Education! Talk about being bullied.

And then when I had to go to Alumni functions for UW-Stout in Milwaukee,I felt that I need to “apologize” for not coming to the campus during my 4 years. But wait a minute: Something told me to say this. “Stephen, stop apologizing! Stop it right now. Yes you could have gone on Stout’s campus and completed your degree, but YOU opted to complete it by using Distance Education and getting it done in Milwaukee! You did it your way. Not their way!” End of story.

I know that the previous part had nothing to do with bulling or sexual assault. But partially it does matter in a sense that it will not hinder me to not fall for the “Okie Doke” that might spell Doom for me. They didn’t knew “jack squat” of my objective and goals. None. And that is so sad even in today’s era. Just like bullying.

Yep: Bullies suck! Just like those doing sexual assulting they will get caught and learn! Game over.


There are a lot of observers who think they know what they are talking about, and those that don’t. And apparently there is a guy in Madison, Wisconsin who has been added to the list about when it comes to the flag, the anthem and also the protests. That person is Governor Scott Walker. Who doesn’t know much because due to him being a dropout.

Earlier today, this is what he thinks about the protests of the flag and anthem via the Journal Sentinel:

“My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe,” Walker said. “That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”

Also in the Madison Times, he mentioned this statement to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell: ,” but “disrespecting our flag, and the men and women who have fought to protect and defend our country, is not American in the slightest.”

Let me stop right here. First of all, does governor numb nuts actually just heard himself? How is this statement in his case is disrespecting the country in terms of the protests of the injustice? Let me put this like real work in the classroom in which obviously he DROPPED OUT! This is not about the flag. This is not about the anthem and this is not about the armed forces and veterans! I had folks in my family (MY BLACK FAMILY) that fought and served under the same flag that many decorate every American patrotic holiday every year! Since when Scott Walker actually cares about black people anyway? I know I might get less likes on this, but Walker doesn’t seem to care about black folks in the areas he doesn’t care in which folks of color are dying unceremoniously by the police. If his sons were black and were driving in a nice neighborhood and a cop pulls them over with the guns drawn, what will be his reaction? Or trying to get a job with a well known company and getting dissed all because of their skin color. What will be the reaction? Oh getting dissed is a crime huh?

Obviously Walker thinks he knows, but he doesn’t. When was the last time he got to visit or talk to Wisconsin African-Americans about the concerns of the Anthem Protest in which started by former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Oh he’s the same Colin that was born in Milwaukee. The same Colin that torched the Packers twice to get to the SuperBowl. And the same Colin that is trying to get a job in the NFL again in his words of being blackballed by the league. Walker fans, stop being stupid. You and like the current President of 45land are just way out of bounds. You think that the NFL Players are hating on the Anthem and Flag? This is way bigger than this! It’s about injustice against African-Americans that we know very well. Ranging from Racism to Police Brutality. Again, when was the last time Scott Walker mentioned this? When was the last time he reached out to those same black pastors or black supporters who labeled them as being his black friends?! Oh let me go there! That white supremacy is a deadly drug! Oh and course when was the last time he actually helped out IN the Black Community on jobs, healthcare, education, financial and even transportation? It’s ironic that he has a slogan called “Open For Business” while not giving a darn about the black community.

Of course we stand up against Domestic Violence. Duh!!!!! Has he visited The Asha Project in Milwaukee? Which is a black owned organization? We know that the answer is no. But what is he doing about curbing violence against black folks in Wisconsin in which there are approximately 8% African-Americans living in the state!

Everyone who feels Walker is utterly clueless about this subject: kneel. Kneel at the Capitol. Kneel where he makes his functions. Kneel at his house in Wauwatosa. Kneel at the mansion in Dane County. And I dare kneel at his office in the State Capitol. If this dropout needs an education on why all this kneeling is common, and the reasons behind it, take freaking notes!

Even if you still have a high school diploma and no college degree and a dropout!

Grow up, Scott.


Well, here it is. After I sat in my chair, I have to ask these annoying questions to the confused minds of Americans. And the world. Oh, I’m scratching my head again. 

Why is Puerto Rico is being dissed by 45?

Are the Cigma Commercials about the Doctors really getting their messages out, or is it just seeing the TV Doctors or Scrubs?

So it seems that the “Tiki Torch” brigade wants to protest again. About what now?

Recently: the Family Matters cast got reunited on Entertainment Weekly. But what about Jaimee Foxworth?

 

It’s funny though, it seems that many run to the American Red Cross to help fundraise but still sleep on UMCOR. You know what UMCOR is right? Hint it’s a church organization!

What about that Blackish Juneteenth episode?

 

Or this from Blackish?

 

About time: Those of us in the United Methodist Men are actually talking about Domestic Violence. But are there any more black males in the United Methodist Men and the BMCR are speaking out?

 

October is also the month of Bully Awareness. Why are we not talking more about this?

The NFL is devoting it’s Crucial Catch for all types of diseases and symptoms for October. Just to think, is every month an awareness month?

It’s interesting that many feel that Colin Kaepernick is blackballed. Do you think that many in the employment game are being blackballed for jobs whom are black? Where are the voices for them? Come on, woke folks. Why aren’t you in this?! Where are the Black Fists for this?! Hmmm……

Foxconn is still the jury out in question. What about those whom are in the black community that have a voice?

So Milwaukee: what about that Streetcar, eh? With the endorsement of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino being “The Hop?” And no, the funds can’t be spent on Fire and Police.

You think churches are bad? What about those club shootings? And those mall fights? Let that sink in.

For you young folks and college kids: What the heck is “HOCO?” Is this the new thing of Homecoming?

Can black folks be of Men and Women of God and be patriotic and be woke of consciousness of social injustice?

Racial overtones still strike America. And yes we still know it. Even the Air Force Academy needs to recognize it. Do they?

Why were folks tripping when Hugh Hefner passed on with the “Playboy checkered past” of his indifference plus also MISSED having a page of Civil Rights?

Matter of fact, why wasn’t Dick Gregory’s Military Life wasn’t summarized besides him of being a Comedian, fraternity member of Alpha Phi Alpha, and a Activist?

You know Baba means father in Swahili, right?

Will the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team ever get to a major bowl championship and win it?

Since David Clarke resigned as Sheriff, why is he still talking mess on Twitter?

So Freedom of Speech is and has been under attack. Really? Reference Jemele Hill.

Let’s be honest: Trump is a hater of Obama’s success. Do we know the real reason besides his undoing of the ideas?

Can all Alumni Associations whom don’t have Black or African-American Alumni Chapters start one? And no it’s not racist!

Will local radio stations invite Alumni Associations to talk about the ideas positive in the community among Alums?

All that talk about being woke on Facebook could get you fired. Or maybe not?

Is Larry Flynt really doing the idea of paying someone whom can impeach the land of 45 leader?

When single men are mentioned alot, especially on male forums about each other, why do the women chime in? Ladies it’s not always about you. Let us men have our moment!

When looking for work, why do these companies assume that you should work in the insurance, temp service, or office fields? Um…no!

Why do folks in Milwaukee talk jack about Milwaukee Public Schools, but offer NO SOLUTIONS?!!!

Are men (and sometimes women) really afraid of doctors, or is it a psychological thing? Or what you hear from other men (and sometimes women) that they are lying?

So what was the best concerts, sporting events, wrestling matches or any other event at the Soon-to-be-gone Bradley Center?

Is the AT&T Blade Spark Prepaid Phone is a good phone?

You know that Milwaukee Public Schools has it’s Alumni Hub and Events to have, right?

Why can’t Pontiac comeback as it’s own brand? Let them go, GM!

Can Amazon really make it in Milwaukee?

So all the mess that Donald Trump 45 is making, who is the blame? The Jill Stein voters, Black Voters whom stayed home, the Millennials who didn’t vote enough, or those whom are the 53% that actually voted for you know who? Prepared to get screwed!

CALLOUT:  13 years ago this month, I got attacked by workers of the The Milwaukee Urban League, and Manpower in Milwaukee and yes I laid a piece of my mind on them about 7 months later. And I never forget them hating on my distance education with UW-Stout. Why do these folks still exist in their organizations? Does this spell “doom” in Milwaukee and in certain parts of America?

If folks in Milwaukee hate or don’t understand Telepresence so much, why is it being taught now in the MPS High Schools? Maybe the Milwaukee Urban League and Manpower need to research more before attacking folks.

Is Harvey Weinstein fired yet?

Is Russia really guilty about about the “warning news” about the 2016 Election?

See we know that when folks mess up, we think they’re not good enough. Why?

Hate to ask: why are so many folks think they have this attitude from High School? Stuff like that will get you nowhere.

Will Scott Walker be out of the Governor’s chair in 2018?

Can any job wipe away Student Loan Debt?

Terry Crews just revealed to the world that he was groped a year ago infront of his family. Now I know that men will probably laugh or scoff off the subject like it meant nothing. Um….Men and I do mean MEN: STOP LAUGHING AND JOKING! This incident is not a joke, it’s a crime. I know that when women go through this they don’t forget it and they tell their groups about it. But for us when we stay silent or having this “MANBOX” of being tough and can’t show emotion, were are weak in a sense of not being real about it. MEN stop the manbox mentality and actually get the talking about with our young boys, our men’s groups, etc. Like Domestic Violence, we can be victims of this as well. It’s not a joke. Do I need to go back to this again? I think we need to.

 

Last thing on the menu: Why is this black woman mad at this? A Service Dog in a restaurant? Really?! Warning Graphic Content.

 

This is so silly! Really it is. Everywhere I see restaurants that have notices or signs about “Service Dogs are welcome” and it’s legal. So why is this woman is ranting about that it’s a bad thing? And the Dog’s handler in the video is a Veteran that has PTSD!  And she noted that her husband’s father served also. Here is the thing, this is so very stupid of her this, Ciara Miller going into a restaurant and doing this rant. Of course she stated her opinion of about the subject. But however in the end, she lost. And yes she is probably being labeled as a “Angry Black Woman” that black women are tired of hearing. But this is a prime example of NOT READING THE RULES about the subject of seeing Service Dogs in public places! Several months ago, I saw a Service Dog at a Red Lobster and his handler was a Veteran. I didn’t pop off like this lady did. I saw service dogs at Run/Walk events, Bus Stops, even back in my day when riding the Bus. Even my old Technical College where I graduated had SERVICE DOGS! Even Summerfest, even places I know that have needs! So what is this chick is talking about? All because of a Service Dog in a restaurant. Good Lord!

And the VERY last thing to ask: Have we missed Obama? Be honest. You know you do.

 

 

 

 


For the second time, I had to sit in my chair and looking at all the upgraded mess in the land of 45. Believe me, I like many of you are still watching football and also being woke in a sense to counteractive with the nonsense that Ol’ Donnie has done.

Oh, what has Ol’ Donnie done now you ask? Same B.S. Everyday! We know it. Most recently another Hurricane struck Puerto Rico. I’m looking at this footage of 45 doing this crazy stunt. Look at this:

This is so stupid! Really. 45 tossing paper towels to the folks in Puerto Rico. Almost like shooting hoops. Um…this is not a basketball game!  It’s not a game, 45! You know better than this. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t know. And YOU the 50% plus percent, it’s your fault. You picked him. Let that sink in. And the rest of world would be like, “whelp those Americans are at it again. You had a great president like Barack Obama that did so well, but then elected a MORON like Donald J. Trump”. I know that many in the world doesn’t think that many of us Americans doesn’t think like him. OH NO! But many have this assumption that this is what America is about. We got the land of opportunity in all of that, but when it comes to NOT holding up the ideals, that is when we fall flat on our stomachs. We’ve been flopping for about 241 years since the declaration has been signed. And consequently, over 150 since the birth of Juneteenth Day. That’s right I said it!

But really, who in their right minds would do this and get away with this like murder? That is what this really is. Getting away with murder. And 45 is off to a bad start doing it. The irony of all this is, Donald Trump or the leader of the land of 45 in squeamish is getting away with this from trying to undo the ACA, in which many Americans need to keep up with the Health thing, and many of the things that Obama had, Trump is trying to undo! THAT IS WRONG! And last November that was the straw that broke the camel’s back! And now he wants to build a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border. Ironically, there is wall built on the border anyway. Investigate that!

In speaking of getting away with murder, “Forced Patriotism” is heck of a drug. And it seems that this MORONIC LEADER is still at it when it comes to the NFL. It’s a bunch of nonsense. Again: for all the veterans and servicemen and any other patriotic waving folks whom seem to be on the fence when it comes to the Anthem and Flag and the NFL Players kneeling, let me say this again as a veteran’s son: it’s not about the Flag nor about the National Anthem! Again it’s not about those. It’s about the ongoing concerns and problems whom blacks are the victims being killed for no reason. And it goes many years of being covered up and no one said this or that. Until we get old and gray. And further more, if the kneeling is such a hateful gesture, explain this to me:

 

We’ve seen it at Committal Services. Heck I’ve seen it this year at my Dad’s Funeral! And this is supposed to be disrespectful?!

Give me a break!

Literally.

Part IV is coming: Scratching my head all this time!


I had to set back for a few days listening to all the hoopla about the use of the NFL with ratings going down, folks burning jerseys and merchandise. And cancelling the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket or any NFL whatever all because many of you (you as in overly patriotic) being butt hurt about all the kneeling in protest of what Colin Kaepernick started with the protest last year. And also, a lot of you are just mad all because of a flag. Or in essence with the National Anthem being referenced with that third stanza featuring no refuge for a slave. Ok. But the fact of the matter is, many will watch football and be aware about the issues that continues to plague the nation and our lives every single day. And of course I’m one of them.

Now for those whom are black and love my blog: don’t get mad a me saying that I will watch my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers for the rest of the season no matter what and still be concerned about the ongoing concerns about black men and women getting killed unceremoniously by the badge of the police, or any other form of racism that plagues America. Now many probably asked, “You boycotting the NFL?!” “No I’m boycotting the devil!” The devils need to be boycotted everytime when you get up in the morning, wash up, clothes and shoes on, breakfast, off the school or work, taking breaks, going to classes, lunch, more work and classes, going back home, chilling, doing homework, cook dinner, get your TV show up, and going to bed and do the same routine the next day. And while all that is going on: THE DEVIL still walks! That’s what I see in this protest and hating on the flag and anthem.

When I was listening to my black radio station, WNOV in Milwaukee, there a spot in the broadcast about the Anthem with the third stanza of the slave lyric. Part of that what was summarized that many didn’t know was the meaning behind the lyric was dealing with the disdain out of Francis Scott Key being upstaged by black power! You conscious black folks waving the Red Black and Green NEED to pay attention! Of course you can think all you want, but there is always another side of the lyric that probably fueled anger out of feelings of being upstaged. That to me was behind that third stanza! Other black folks didn’t hear this angle. If you lead the NewsOne News on cable or satellite, you will keep missing the boat alot. Why? Because you didn’t research it.

Now what is it about that FLAG? The red, white and blue. The same Red White & Blue that many have on our houses, walls and folded in a triangle from a committal service. And also the same flag that was carried during the Civil Rights era when Martin Luther King was still alive. And the same flag that our ancestors whom fought in wars with the time of discrimination. It’s been said when the Delany sisters used to say: “We loved our country, even though it didn’t love us back.” Again, does that sound familiar? I’m going to say that even though that the flag maybe is “this problem”, but it’s not THE problem! It’s really how the flag was used to distract negatively or dismiss any thought of any so-called thing of getting over a thing like racism or being oppressed. The flag is not in my view, a symbol of oppression. But nooses are. Calling a black person the N word or displaying the word on a person or house is a symbol of oppression. Discriminating a person based on their sex, background, church viewpoints, financial or economic status, or being not with the cause and being called a sellout just because you come from a family that is all that with work and you’re not – SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION! I’m going there today!

For anyone who is pro-black: look it’s fine to be pro-black. In really its great to be pro-black to reflect, summarize and also recognize our ethnicity. But it is also NOT to say that if you’re pro-black you are a racist. Also sometimes, when we in our pro-blackness, we may run into problems and concerns of what we say and do. I’m not talking about the slogans, fists, clothing, headwraps, the full Red Black and Green in all. Recognizing the quotes of Malcolm X and countless others that remind us about the struggle in all. We do it everyday. HOWEVER we got to get the stories right! We got to get the words RIGHT! We got to get the training RIGHT! People will say many things, but here’s what I know: You got your side, you got their side and in the middle: THE TRUTH. And I’ll go further with Black Lives Matter that the movement is NOT RACIST! Just because I see or say or display Black Lives Matter, I’m not advocating racism. I’m advocating concerns about the news that doesn’t get much exposure that normal news doesn’t show.  Bad cops doing bad shootings on African Americans. HR doing a disservice on applicants of color MAINLY BLACKS. I know because I went through it 7 years ago being dissed by Dresser Waukesha due to my skin color. True story.  I’m advocating about black news stories that get covered up and doesn’t get shown like MSNBC or CNN. I’m using this as an example. And black folks, many are saying that we’re not patriotic. Oh yes we are. In a sense, we are patriotic in our own way based on labor, activism, and many others. Either you wave the Red Black and Green or Red White and Blue, it’s really in your heart! Not what you wore last night! You probably thought about the men and women who wear the uniform or Veterans that wore the uniform. If you wear a simple shirt and pants and basketball shoes volunteering for a shelter or advocating a job opportunity, voting, health concerns and ideas, banking, making a statement of opinion (as we know) or giving back to your Alma Mater that you loved so much, guess what? Part of that is Patriotism! It’s a belief. It’s a goal. It’s a purpose we seek. POSITIVELY! Not being forced!

Last year when our “Russian friends” were looking at our elections for a new President, many felt that Social Media was the harm in which fake accounts or pictures or stories were used inappropriately to divide and conquer. And also to continue to scare and spill the blood about our politics that portions of it is very stupid! And we see this mess spilled in our backyards! Lot of you are saying, “Why are you saying all of this? We know this already” Many of us DON’T KNOW! We don’t pay attention. We miss the boat on this so much. But the fact of matter is some are going to this blog or any other story that will get the info and many will ask, why wasn’t I told about this? Uh-huh, just like the things you missed in Church.

In regarding the NFL, and the issues being spilled like blood this is a mess. And it will take alot of us (ALOT OF US) to clean it up!

Part III is coming. Be ready.


For all you 45 land dwellers that got him elected last November, I hope you have rescind your thoughts today. I heard that this was supposed to be the day that the world was supposed to end, but nope it’s still here like those Cigma medical commercials about getting annual check ups from TV Doctors and Nurses.

Yeah, about the Orange head leader and his SOB comments on Colin Kaepernick. Let’s review again (NSFW or in this case, graphic words are mentioned):

Oh, Ol’ Donnie. Really? You want to see the NFL players fired all becasue of taking knees or having heads down, or just standing without the hands of the hearts during the National Anthem? Are you and the so-called supporters forgot about the use of the 1st Amendment Rights of this nation. Those same rights are found in our U.S. Constitution that celebrated another year since this past Sunday. Oh, it’s 230 years old now.. No fronting!

For you orange trump fans here: when Colin Kaepernick was doing all that kneeling last year, he was exercising his first amendment rights AS AN AMERICAN to express his disdain about the ongoing and unceremoniously getting killed for no reason by those behind the badge. And that majority are African-American. We should know this by now. This is not playing around the toy box here. It’s real serious! And you again jumped the gun about the rights. Many of you don’t have to like it, but is he obligated to state that yes he has a right to demonstrate while many of you act like idiots? Heck, my late father served this country and defended rights just like yours that did the job.

Many today had their commentary about what this so-called leader said about the “firing” of the NFL players who go against the flag. Here’s the thing folks: It wasn’t about the flag, nor about the military that served or is currently serving. It’s about the ongoing concerns about AGAIN black folks getting killed unceremoniously in the streets of the country. So what is problem with that? It’s an awareness. Period.

Also today, the Green Bay Packers had a statement to say about this so-called idea to fire those whom opppose the Anthem/Flag per se: ”

“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

Read more: http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-press-release/article-1/Statement-from-Packers-PresidentCEO-Mark-Murphy/77a7005c-17a9-4a30-88af-bf2c19d5cb39#ixzz4tYWbR55U

This is coming from the President/CEO Mark Murphy who written this statement today. And with good conviction!

Now many don’t like the Packers and can’t stand the 13 time world champs of the NFL, but Mark Murphy shut it down. And I’ll bet many of your teams that you follow (or some what follow) are probably doing the same thing.

Even the NBA and also the MLB are taking notice like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Bruce Maxwell whom comes from a military family servings is getting noticed as well.

So guess what Americans? Better be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it! Just like Election Night when choosing the Orange Head over Hillary. Oh you know this. So yes 45 supporters in all, be warned! If the word gets out for impeachment don’t say I didn’t warn you!

There will be a part II. Just wait for it.