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Warning: what I am about write is not for the thinking at heart. I’m going there.

“A Riot is the language of the unheard”.

These last few days since Memorial Day, most of us Americans have had reality hit in the face. It’s all due to those getting assaulting and after the killing of 46 year old, George Floyd. A black man if you will. Now for those who are not so squeamish, you already know over and over again about the Police Officer putting his knee on the back of the neck of George Floyd and he is face down handcuffed. Can’t Breathe. Or in his lasting words: “I Can’t Breathe!” That sounded VERY FAMILIAR out of Staten Island when Eric Garner was killed. Yes I’m saying killed! All because of suspicion and yet I’ll say this: BLACK. Let’s call it what it was and is: those dudes were killed and targeted because of their black skin tone! If anyone of us African-Americans living and breathing knows the feeling of being “hunted” by those who don’t like us that much, we’ll be on someone’s hit list to get buried. Nothing to do with the jobs, the house, the cars or any other earning thing. But nothing that matters. It’s all about ONE THING! And that one thing is being black. I wrote on my Facebook page the words that many hear too often.

And I heard this in the late 1990’s and I’m saying this now in 2020: It’s hard to be a Black Man in America!

I’ve been saying that then and now. Even in a year that many of us were hoping to see in our lifetime to say, we made it. But like any other year, any other decade, there will be dark times to go through. What has transpired in Minneapolis is no different of what happened here in Milwaukee 4 years ago when a Milwaukee Police Officer killed Sylville Smith, and the area of Sherman Park of the Gas Station, a Red Snapper Fish Restaurant and nearby, the former building that housed BMO Harris Bank were engulfed in flames! Even a freaking Jet Beauty Store, a O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store and other shops along the 35th St, Fond Du Lac and Sherman Boulevard areas. And yet, Milwaukee remains a segregated city. And this was in the last election year of 2016. Previously, we Milwaukeeans had to deal with deaths of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Jay Anderson, and Derek Williams, whom like George Floyd and Eric Garner had uttered the words, “I Can’t Breathe” before he died in police custody.

Here we are in another election year of 2020 and we still have problems. The problems of Racism, White Supremacy, 45 acting a da*n fool on Twitter saying that the thugs will be shot, and oh, Blue Lives Matter is acting as a fraud! Blue Lives Matter couldn’t save a BURNING POLICE STATION! Blue Lives Matter can’t even save Target, Best Buy, Cub Foods, 3M or any other Minnesota related firm or company! All those stores and companies I mentioned, they are all from the state. For all you Blue Lives Matter Maniacs out there backing up Cops with your Thin Blue Line Flags, Attire, and other forms of support, where is your loyalty now?! Huh? Where is it now?! You got a white cop in freaking Minnesota that laid his knee on the back of a Black Man’s neck face down and dies in about 9 minutes! And you have another cop just stood there and did nothing! And two others were just as doing the job in a guilt manner. Deer caught in the headlights. Remember when Colin Kaepernick was doing the kneeling, and many of the overly patriotic folks got all upset because it was about him dissing the Flag, the Anthem, and the Military? But when he said that it was about Police Brutality? Come to think that his act led to the truth. Somebody must be saying the words, “I Told You So”. Matter of fact it was the truth that justify the means.

Speaking of us blacks being “hunted” we need to be part of another group besides the NAAGA Gun Group. We need to be our own response team. When I was looking at those idiot protesters that hounded against Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home Order, some of them had on these shirts that had these words: “Tyranny Response Team”. I’m like, who is doing the tyranny? Those idiots were protesting in those shirts were just silly and fake!

But if anyone really deserves to be apart of the “Tyranny Response Team” is an obvious one: African Americans. It makes sense because if anyone knows more about being Tyrannized, Oppressed, Persecuted, and many other inhumane acts of concern like Slavery, it’s US! US as in BLACK PEOPLE! None of the folks we know don’t have a shirt like that to wear. But dress it up in a Red Black Green and make it our own. Others I would say would be Native Americans. Excuse me for saying in a more appropriate way of American Indian. Knowingly they too sufferer being tyrannized, persecuted, and having their land STOLEN by those we know that claim it’s theirs. So for all you white folks who like to be all Americanized, when you put on that “Tyranny Response Team” clothing, you are acting like idiots for an inappropriate racial cause.

When a Black Man dies in a act of racism/police brutality, many of you said nothing and did nothing like cowards! Hiding behind the keyboards. Let’s be honest, many of you probably have black friends. When was the last time in this hour of need per se that you called, emailed, texted, social media DM, Video Called or Messaged your black friend or family member that is married inter-racially to see if they are doing well? Out of danger, Out of harm? Black folks we know us! And keep in mind, were still in a pandemic like the Coronavirus! This is the OT version, not the warning level.

Just now as of today: And I know that many of you are looking at the protests. Not just in Minneapolis, but in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Louisville, Staten Island, DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and yes Milwaukee. All of the cities even those across the globe like London, Brussels, Berlin, Tokyo, Iran, Paris, and even Hong Kong, were in fact protesting the cause. And it’s not a joke. There are folks EVERYWHERE that are protesting this cause after a man that many didn’t know about. Even though George Floyd is not well known, the fact remains that certain policing practicing that is unfairly just must be called out. Minneapolis’ Police Department is being called out after many realize that they had negative ratings or work points that 44% of the African-American Residents of the State were effected by this unfairly. And like Wisconsin as well as any other state dealing with race, Minnesota from what we now have learned, is no comparison of the unfair police practices are being summarized. In other words, the land of 10,000 lakes and the home of Prince has problems too. And yes, its bigger than the Vikings not SKOLing in the NFL.

So what is needed after this that White America needs to start listening to black folks. White America whom are so “gung ho” about being an American, standing up for the flag, get all patriotic, telling us black folks to “get over Slavery”, and pulling yourself by the bootstraps, that has NOTHING TO DO WITH Blacks in general! What they need to do is to hush up, and be quiet. Let us have our say! We were born in this country too! And of course, they have black friends. But their black friends need to speak the hell up and tell them to listen to the concerns and what is needed to say. Remember I used to blog years ago about the same folks you work with or hang out at the games, or get a beer after work, then they fellowship for a good time? And are they like that when they go home to be with their families? Ask that if you dare.

So depending of this, it has garnered attention. But the fact of the matter is this needs to be addressed more openly when the issue of white cops, black victims or cops and black folks need to have a level of understanding. I’ll bet you when looking at the protesters may of them wanted to let the cops and military know that they are not about disruptions. They wanted to them to listen of what is really going on regarding white supremacy, racism, fascism, discrimination and many other harboring things that black folks know VERY VERY WELL! And those whom perpetrate the groups are just wannabes. All they care about is trouble and don’t really call for the cause of Black Lives Matter or any other anti-racist group. They don’t! Do not ASSUME that they associate with the Peaceful Protesters. The protester groups need to weed out the wicked like in Church.

Already, George Floyd is being remembered. From Minnesota, to North Carolina and soon to be his home state of Texas. Leaving behind his family especially his six year old daughter, his son, and a host of brothers, sisters, parent, and many other folks that are survivors. Look, George Floyd was 46 years old! He was apart of my generation that many looked upon as slackers. Yes I’m talking about Generation X. He had a good life, kept up with his faith, business, family-life, etc. But we all know that the Golden Casket we saw at his memorial service was the lasting thing of him. Many stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Those numbers are familiar. Reference 9/11. But we’re not talking 9/11 in general, however we’re talking the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of a black man that the police thought had problems with $20.00 died on the street. Over a $20.00 payment from a store! REALLY?!

Make no mistake: this issue will not go away! We all know by now that ALL of the 4 officers have been arrested. And well all know that the AG Keith Ellison is doing a sweeping of the cases that the Minneapolis Police got away with in years past, is now coming into light. And we all know VERY WELL that chokeholds that Police used previously will be banned. EXPECT THAT to happen in all Police Departments in America. Mark my words!

So yes I will say this WITHOUT DEFLECTION: Black Lives Matter! And my black life matters just as those who work, volunteer, attend church, give back to donate, graduated from college and high school, and many other needs that I do like everyone else. No I didn’t serve in the Military, but I serve my community! Let that sink in. No this will not go away. And I don’t care how many individuals are so “All Lives Matter” and those love to bring up “black on black crime” for deflection. When individuals says that, it’s more a say of saying “I don’t want to hear that, talk about you.” Umm….To the Caucasians who say this, believe it or not, you will hear this. You will see color. If we are sick and tired about hearing about your predecessors came to America as Immigrants to Ellis Island and couldn’t speak the language, and had to work really hard, defending America in the World Wars for freedom and many others you brag about with no disrespect, then guess what: YOU WILL HEAR US whether you like it not. Again, we’re citizens too. After all, just like Tamika Mallory said about America’s issues of looting, we learned it from you! I’m just saying.

There will be a part two. Stay tuned.

The Memorial Service of George Floyd – June, 2020.


Well fellow Sagittarius folks, it seems that our Season of the Centaur is about to end for another year. Yes, I know. But I have a feeling that it’s going to be alright! Yes, I know you Capricorns and other Zodiacs are about to take over that Zodiac Ball in all. AGAIN. But before you take over as well as any other zodiac takes over being the best:

One advice, never EVER overlook a Sagittarius! NEVER OVERLOOK a Centaur! We stay loyal to the game 365 (sometimes 366 counting Leap Years) ALL DAY every day. We always have the bows and arrows on lockdown! All the time. Even when the other zodiacs are being highlighted.

So with that: here is my “closing” that I like to call, Ode to Sagittarius: ONWARD!

And by the way, it’s been 6 years since I’ve done this.

Spoiler Alert: There are haters and doubters of those of us whom are centaurs roaming, let them all hate but we all know that joy comes in the morning.

Many of you already know that on December 5th, I turned #43, That I know. But for you still latecomers, it might be so wild and free like centaur stunning to a tee.

Those of us in the game acting, and those of us whom we aspire, like Bryshere Grey whom still make moves like Hakeem on Empire.

Sags like us are always on point even those who think we are that slacker. They should be more focused and relaxed, like my December 5th birthday twin: Amy Acker.

We Archer folks love to bounce back. Even those who think we are dead and able. Kindly ask Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard, Rashan Gary, and Jimmy Graham, who like the rest of the Packers had a decent season and will again next to change the level for another run the table!

Us Sag folk can be direct and cool, that has the ability to soar to new heavens and exciting. But like Hal Williams back in his Lester Jenkins days, we can be more direct and serious like on 227. Or even like now Nafeesa Williams that does black girl magic wonders of Thunder and Blackbird on Black Lightning!

We bust those beats in the game on the fly with our music say, like Shelia E, Lala Hathaway, Tori Kelly, Dionne Warrick, Nikki Stixx, Sia, Taylor Swift, Ozzy Osbourne, Jermaine Jackson, Betty Wright, Angie Stone, DJ Yella, Mos Def, Flo-rida, my December 5th birthday twins of Michel’le , Keri Hilson and Little Richard. Plus: Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, and even Morris Day.

Sagittarius folks, we love the freedom that we know. And embrace the look abounds that is united in force worldwide, just ask the 2016 Miss America Champ and U.S. Army Soldier Deshauna Barber that received that the full source! And even Portia Simpson Miller, and French leader Emmanuel Macron that knows their political angles they confide!

When that time to fight for our freedoms or that personal stuff, we really settle the score through and through, we get gritty like the Wrestlers such as Elias, Jon Moxley, Dana Brooke, Naomi, Trinity, Rob Van Dam and even Hall of Famers like Jerry Lawler, Sunny, Rey Mysterio, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trish Stratus and Kurt Angle. Oh, it’s true! it’s d**n True!

When us in the centaur nation roams like the stampede in the game, just take notes for all: study my December 5th birthday twin Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich, and another Sagittarius like Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is “Built to Stay” with Milwaukee Bucks Basketball.

Even when we are ourselves, we Sagittarius folk are so revolutionary. So conscious. So empowered with objectives to create and maintain the cause: Please continue to review the work of Ella Baker, Mark Lamont Hill, Adam Clayton Powell, Fred Gray, and even Dr. Carter Woodson, the father of Black History Month that NEVER stays on pause.

We might be fun, but can sassy with a brain: Just a reminder yet, Nene Leakes as well as Nicki Minaj appears to be good, but can drive you insane!

We remember the centaurs of yesterday, that are no longer here: Let’s always remember famous folks from Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, Reggie White, Patty Duke, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis Jr, Charles Wesley (brother of John Wesley), Dynamite Kid, Frank Sinatra, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Clarke Duncan, and others of our Sag Nation, that their work lives without fear!

When the source of fun is still going, and we are at the peak of success, we summarize also the work of those of that are doing it big, thanks to us being the best. Additionally, those like Wendie Malick, Joy Reid, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Barker, Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, JB Smoove, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Larry Bird, Jennifer Connolly, Rita Moreno, Monique, Jermaine Jackson, Bill Cunningham, Teri Hatcher, Nia Peeples, Judi Dench, Jeffery Wright, Kim Basinger (aka Vicky Vale) and additionally the now 103 year old Kirk Douglas of working and passing that test!

So yes, Sagittarius folks: we should be thankful and still be needed by the work of others with insight, we know it’s love and hate, and still, we must fight.

As this poem closes out another Sag year, on to the Holidays, on to 2020, and let’s hit that reset button to our fiery zodiac cause to cheer!

We are still the archers with Human Intelligence and Thoroughbred Strength of fire. Bows and Arrows on lock with insight.

We are indeed representing the ninth house of philosophical Purple elements and a blue purpose to thrive.

We are indeed the Sagittarius! A 9th house zodiac sign that will not give up without a fight!

Fight onward and ride with fiery breakthroughs, goals, talents plus heart Archers and Centaurs. The struggle continues and the game goes on!


What up, Sagittarius folks! Our season is back for another year. Another chance to celebrate us even if we are November born or December Born. Oh yes, it’s our time to shine up. Me however, it’s #43 for my December 5th Birthday and another turning point that is willing to grasp.

This Sagittarius Season we are in, it’s the almost last one of the 2010’s. The questions for us archers what were the best Sag-Related Seasons we had since the beginning of the 2010’s? What were the best ones you think that stuck out for us in the Archer Nation that we can still shoot the target all day everyday? Yes, we are at the end of the year and many are going to be reflecting about the times what got in, what sucked and what was the things that made the year overall. Plus also many of us will be asking what was the best moments that you will take into the next year, and what will be left behind in the soon to be previous year and never to be seen or heard or talked about ANYMORE! So yes, SagNation we need to ask what will be the best to take with us into the next decade and what will be dead to us in this soon to be almost close to the 2010’s decade. While shooting the arrows with our bows and keep that horse-style confidence in all seasons. Yes, the Capricorns are next. We know that. But technically, what about it Sags?

The art of rest can take a chance on us archers. But here is a video segment on why it’s important to do so. Listen up:

You just heard it here . The keyword is rest. Amber Khan aka The Quietest Revolution put the nail on the head in concerns that the keyword for us Archers is REST! I had a pastor to tell me to take ONE DAY of rest, and drink one bottle of water. Why? Because at the time, I was back and forth with my sister from the hospital and her home. This was in 2016, several months before my father passed. Actually it was about October 2016. However the pastor was right, it worked. We all get in all high gear in sense of doing work for others and yes it wears us out. I don’t know how that us Archer folks get tired of meaningful work, but like any other sign out there, we need to check ourselves at times to gain some rest and get rejuvenated for the day after. So in a sense, while we are shooting our arrows like crazy all day every day against the common enemy or problem, we need to take a serious one day break. It ain’t gonna hurt. But we need to. They say us Sags have a power within the hips and thighs. And our arrow shooting techniques rely on our thinking and intelligence, along with our philosophical ideals of truth seeking and great fire of vengeance, we also need to take a real rest and get recharged for the second time around. Oh yes, we know the Capricorns are coming. They got next. But this is not about them, yet.

Hold up: straight from the novel, “The Little Book of Self-Care for Sagittarius” the author and astrologer, Constance Stellas had two examples of tips to keep our Sag minds and physicals stuff on point, all day, everyday. By the way, you need this in your libraries and bookshelves at home:

AVOID BURNOUT!
Source: “The Little Book of Self-Care for Sagittarius” Constance Stellas
2019

So yes Sags, between now and the next time we turn up, take some rest. Take a break. If someone has a common goal to fix or to take over the missions you individually or a group sense to command, have that Sag Member or Members to take over until you reclaim your main target shooting. Oh yes, it can happen. And yes, it will allow you to have a balance of what you need to do and want to do. After all, we are a balanced zodiac sign, right? Half human and Half Horse? All them other signs are all animals and humans. We got the balance, archer folks. Let’s use them everyday between now and the next Sag Season to close out for real, the 2010’s. Actually the 2010’s really end on December 31st, 2020. And the 2020’s start on January 1st, 2021.

From : “The Little Book of Self-Care for Sagittarius” by author and astrologer, Constance Stellas .

So anyway, I hope many of us SagNation folks had partied up, turned up, shot our arrows like crazy with the purple and blue all the 30 days between Nov. 22 and soon to be, December 21st. But yet, keep the fire lit, stoke the flames, reflect on this Sag Season that was, and sometime next year in November, start again to roam with the rest of the Centaurs.

We got this, Sagittarius folks. Keep riding, keep shooting with intelligence and strength. But also, get some rest!

Happy Birthday to Us!


By now, Veterans Day weekend has come and gone, and yet we still appreciate. This Veterans Day marked the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion. That’s 1919 you know. Likewise like many, there are Veterans that are or were not appreciated for their service being skipped over or whatever. Regardless of the dilemmas and the regardless of opinionated thoughts, Veterans you are still appreciated! So in the ongoing honor of this Veterans Day, here is a blog letter for you.

And if you are a Veteran that likes what I write here or the comments on the Stephen’s Spot on WordPress Facebook Page or the Stephen’s Spot Twitter Page, I thank you. It’s only the beginning. Again!

Dear Veterans (and Veteran families) of the United States of America:

It’s me Stephen, a son of a late Vietnam Veteran that served proudly.

Yes, this weekend was and is your weekend. I have 4 words to share for this holiday weekend of yours: Reclaim your Veterans Day! Christmas maybe coming real quick, and Thanksgiving is next to come, but still reclaim your time! I sampled again that from the infamous Congresswoman Maxine Waters who kept constantly saying, “reclaiming my time” over and over again. But seriously, Vets it’s your time again to reclaim the holiday that is meant for you. This is your time to take the heart of this occasion to summarize all of the war stories, the valor, the parades, service stories, lectures, and also experiences that many of you endured in uniform. Those of us that haven’t done the job, we go around that having the opinionated thought about wars and many others. Of course, we have that. But however, without the will of God and you guys, that would not be very possible. Many of you have your say of what you did and yes, your commentary is still and always valid.

But the game doesn’t stop there. Matter of fact, it goes on until the wheels fall off. Even it goes on every day at work, school, church, and leisure. Speaking of the challenges, last year it was an ongoing concern about our so-called president lagging behind when it becomes the statuses of our Veterans. And it’s related to the Department of the Veterans Affairs that many of them are not getting their VA cash due to the fact that it’s an IT issue. This year’s challenge is an everyday challenge in regards to your health, education, job search and most of all, the communities. Why do I say this? every week or month, I hear from Veterans all the time, especially African American Veterans that the issues of Jobs has been a concern. Matter of fact, it’s always been a concern either as a Veteran and as a non-veteran. Homelessness is also a concern, that no one wants to be homeless on any day. In Milwaukee today, there was an idea to build tiny homes that homeless vets can get into to get fed, clothed, and yes to get a new fresh start. The first time I’ve seen the Tiny Homes was in Racine County. But now I’m glad that the Homeless vets here the city can get that chance to reclaim their obligation to get back on their feet again to get going. Speaking of getting back on the feet again: I need to address a concern. Yes, this event is coming up in Milwaukee and it’s an annual tradition, the Milwaukee Veteran’s Day Parade is on November 16th, which is ahead of Thanksgiving and yet it’s in financial trouble. Yep another Milwaukee long traditional parade is in financial trouble due to lack of funding, and further more lack of interest. According to the Milwaukee Independent Website, this question popped up in a gasping thought:

What does it say about the patriotism of Milwaukee and Waukesha corporations, and the general public interest, to actually honor its hometown veterans and active duty members, when a foreign company has to fund our local Veteran’s Day Parade to keep a half century tradition alive?

Let me stop you right there: Heard of the company called “TransCanada?” This is the company that is out of CANADA that helped funded the Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade back in 2017, sometime after the Flag Protesting took place across the country. Way after Colin Kaepernick (who was born in Milwaukee) made his stance with the kneeling when the National Anthem was playing in the background. Note to those who may have forgotten, it was against police brutality. Not against the flag, the military, the veterans, or any thing other thing that utilizing the thought of expressing the ideal of patriotism. Also in the article: this was mentionted in regarding those complaining about high ticket prices, and expressing interests but didn’t show up:

That was the question Milwaukee Independent asked in late October of 2017, during the NFL flag kneeling controversy. It came from the observation that members of the local community were willing buy expensive tickets and travel far to attend an outdoor entertainment event, and in an incidental moment show the measure of their patriotism by standing for a song that barely lasted a minute. However, those same people failed to make any time for a free event in their hometown to actually honor American heroes by simply showing up to wave and smile.

Wait, so folks who had complained about expensive prices for a ticket per say and not showing up to a free event , kind of shows that there is cheapness in the observation. Does this remind you of something? Read this portion that supports the above statements:

Milwaukee Independent: What factors have you seen affect interest and attendance in Milwaukee’s Veterans Day Parade since you first started attending?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: That is a very difficult question – we have always struggled with getting people to attend the event. We have tried to get the word out as best we could – press releases, posters, e-mail, Facebook, and such, but it was never enough. The first year we took over the event was 2001 and it was just post 9/11, so everyone was very patriotic and we had a huge crowd. In the 18 years since, we have seen less and less attend every year. I have heard many reasons from people for not attending, like ‘it is too cold, I take my kids to the Christmas parade instead, I don’t have any veterans in my family, I donate money to the veterans,’ and the list goes on. I don’t think people realize how much it means to many of our veterans to have a show of public support. When no one is on the street watching the parade it makes them feel as though they are forgotten.

Milwaukee Independent: Has the elderly condition of World War II veterans altered plans for the 2019 parade, and what will the new format look like?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: Yes, 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and many other major battles in WWII. Consequently the WWII veterans are our Special Guests of Honor for this year’s event. All veterans will be honored and participate, however the WWII vets are our featured guests. In the traditional parade format – veterans are outside for almost 4 hours and the last several years the weather has been less than favorable. That lead us to plan an event that was warmer and drier with more indoor time for our veterans.

The agenda for the day is as follows, this is open to the public: November 16 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. 0900: Displays – military related groups and a special WWII display and performances by some of our favorite parade units. 1030 – Memorial Service. Veterans Day Parade will consist of an Honor Walk and Motorcade, it will not be the traditional 1.5 mile parade route. 1100 – Honor Walk to let our veterans know how much we appreciate them as they parade from the War Memorial over the Mason Street Bridge to Prospect Avenue. 1200 – Veterans Motorcade leaves the War Memorial to take our veterans to a reception at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Motorcade Route – leaves Prospect and Mason and heads west down Wisconsin Avenue to 6th Street, south on 6th Street to Canal Street, west on Canal Street to Potawatomi.

The veterans will have their coffee and donuts indoors at the War Memorial and can watch the performances from inside the building. The reception and luncheon for veteran participating in the Honor Walk will be at Potawatomi this year, so that we can have a sit down lunch where there is more room. Also, everyone can watch a documentary we are putting together profiling some of our local WWII veterans.

Milwaukee Independent: For the veterans who participate in the parade each year, what do they enjoy most about the experience?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: The general consensus is the camaraderie of everyone being together – whether at the breakfast, parade, or luncheon. I do know, however, it has been very disappointing for them to see less and less people coming to the parade to cheer them on.

Ok, let’s stop right there. What you just saw is a portion of the interview that the Milwaukee Independent did with organizer, Mary Ann D’Acquitsto who has held the event in the city for the last 18 years. The organization is overseen by the company called, “Honor Our Military, Inc”. Which has been the nucleus of keeping things in order in the traditional Veterans Day Parade. This parade, or celebration has been going on for nearly 56 years. Which is almost a long time of honoring veterans here in Milwaukee. No matter which war campaign or era. But now in the area, and after this news hitting the fan, guess what? This parade will be on the list like the City of Festivals Parade, Milwaukee Christmas Parade, and The Great Circus Parade all faded out because of lack of money. And to think about it, when the parades was making money in all, guess what? there were more folks in the Milwaukee Area! But overtime, many folks left Milwaukee. The businesses that used to be supporters of the parade, also left Milwaukee. But a few came back. As far as financial support, guess what again, that ties into the businesses. And many also don’t know how the parade process works in terms of money! You got to have sponsors, company backers, a route, the participants, permits, and etc. That’s what it takes. And sadly a lot of folks here in Milwaukee as sad as I hate to say: THEY DON’T KNOW MUCH! They don’t! Oh, when I was reading the comments about this story, specifically from one commenter on Facebook who is “still serving” puts the blame on Tom Barrett in regarding the Streetcar, the DNC Convention and many others that are deemed “liberal”. That’s kind of false. I think the writing was on the wall that had nothing to do with the streetcar nor the convention. Blame it on the lack of knowledge and financial backing that the city encountered in the last 18 years. Blame it on that! There is your reason! Or many might say, oh it’s because Milwaukee is “hyper-segregated”. The only parades left in Milwaukee are the Memorial Day Parade, Juneteenth Day Parade, the Milwaukee LGBT Parade, a Labor Day Parade, and that’s it. No other parades not on the radar. Many of you reading this might be shocked nor surprised. It’s the truth! Matter of fact, continue to read the story and see for yourself.

Now many might say after reading this, “Oh Milwaukee doesn’t care about it’s Veterans. They might support a Trolley or a DNC Convention, or that new Bucks Playhouse called the Fiserv Forum, but won’t lift a finger or pulling the level to acknowledge our Veterans that gave so much to service.” To quote Daniel Bryan: FICKLE! How many here in Milwaukee ACTUALLY acknowledges our Veterans in the City? Even if you do support the Streetcar, Lead Water Prevention talks, Jobs, Black Lives, Health Stats of the Flu, combating racism, Men’s Movember, or the DNC Convention? How many here in Milwaukee ACTUALLY has organizations or local churches that supports and appreciates the valor of Veterans annually? What about everyday? Do you realize that there is void in the city that African-American Veterans aren’t acknowledged enough like the white counterparts that served? Come on now! I know this is Veterans Day respecting the Vets in all, but this stuff is EVERYDAY when many are not organizing. My home church, just recently just celebrated it’s 14th Anniversary in Milwaukee in honoring veterans in the congregation and it’s a BLACK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH! IN MILWAUKEE! Somebody say AMEN! I’m just keeping it real! Veterans, I love y’all but I’m just saying!

Veterans: yes your day and weekend of appreciation will be concluded, but your ongoing ideas and services on this side, will still continue. Like last year, I hinted again that you need to connect with the younger veterans who are currently starting out and settling in after their service. Many of you probably have that idea in mind. Continue to do so! Direct some ideas for them to get started through programs like the American Legion, the VA or any other organization that attracts them to support and get involved.

And one more thing: Young Vets: I need to say this again, you need to respect the OG’s that came before you. It may not be pretty, but like I always suggest that it takes respect to get respect. They are the Military Elders and been in the game longer than you! I’m just saying. As always yes, the non-vets can hear and receive advice from you about your ideas to continue our cause as we move forward. No matter if it’s a job, community time in the church, health, wellness, counseling, or any other idea that is able to do, hey we would welcome and respect it. If I were running a company or a division in a company, yes I would hire veterans in a heartbeat. Why you ask? Since many of you been in places that many of us have seen on TV, why not you? Just asking. No need to go further!

And finally, I realized that the entire month of November is “National Military Veterans and Families Month”. Or National Veterans Month. And it should be. Matter of fact that should have been on Obama’s watch. I know, it was 45’s crazy thing. But however that’s not the case. What is the case that this gives us a chance to have more appreciations, admiration of valor, celebrations and more ways to do Outreach to all of you. Regardless of your service and past duties.

So……To all the Veterans that got the welcome treatment: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that never got the welcome treatment but got it in small appreciative tokens of appreciations later on: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans who are homeless and still keeping hope alive for the better: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that were forgotten or being left out: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that were never acknowledged for their service of any kind, but got acknowledged later on: Never Forget.

To all the WWII Vets: Never Forget.

To all the Korean War Vets: Never Forget.

To the families of WWI: Never Forget.

To the Vietnam Veterans and families: Never Forget.

To the Veterans of Grenada, Beirut, & the Cold War, and Families: Never Forget.

To the Veterans of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Families: Never Forget.

And yes….to the upcoming Veterans and families of Current war on Terror/Iraqi Freedom/etc. – Never Forget!

Additionally: To all the Women Veterans that blazed new paths and set new tones: Never Forget.

To all the Male Veterans: even though you have long historical experiences in the war in uniform, still never forget!

To all of my African-American Veterans: Historically, African-Americans have been in every conflict of wars since the beginning. Even when fighting for the flag and the country that didn’t want them due to race. These are facts, not alternative opinions altered by anyone political. Even with all this: I say NEVER FORGET!

And to all those of other ethnic Veterans ranging from the Indigenous to the European and all: yes, you too should Never Forget!

Never forget your time, Veterans. You have earned the stripes and flowers. Reclaim your Veterans Day!

Thanks to you of all what you accomplished.

Sincerely,

Stephen


Today as we know is Labor Day in which for many is the last blast of the Summer Solstice Vacation Season of 2019. And yet it’s the last of the Unofficial end of Summer of the 2010’s. Let’s be honest, the season in many was a quick one in which it went so fast. And yet, I needed a break to get away from the blogging to concentrate on the mindful of things to write something new. Oh yes, I’ve been taking notes and looking at the crazy footage of our so-called president making a fool of himself thinking he’s the chosen one. OH REALLY?! SINCE WHEN? Enough of this, with all the mess of Education, Crime, Black Folks voting up with White Supremacy, another year without Colin Kaepernick, Jay-Z setting up the Inspire Change in the NFL’s 100th Season, Packers got a new Head Coach that would let loose like crazy, Jonathan Taylor is a Heisman Chaser, and……lets get this over with. I’m scratching my head again.

If you have a fake job that harasses folks, does that make you make “Labor Day material?”

I’m looking at highlights of the Milwaukee Rally of 2019. It’s like a mini-Harley Davidson festival of five days of Motorcycles humming all over the city of Milwaukee. BUT……..As far as the stages of music, will it not hurt if the rally folks look for Black Entertainers that can perform at the rallies? No offense.

What was the Summer Blockbuster Action Movie of 2019?

After 20 plus years in the game, Missy Elliott earned a MTV VMA Vanguard Award. Hold up, you know it’s still the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, right?

So the NFL’s 100th Season will feature the theme of Inspire Change by Jay-Z. Exactly what will be the overall idea of this concerning police brutality? And about Kaepernick?

Marcellus Wiley was literally off his high horse on FS1 taking about Kaepernick’s protest and other concerns that he’s not black enough and all this other things not worthwhile. OK, Colin was biracial born in my home-state of Wisconsin, in my home city of MILWAUKEE and raised in California. So what. Bottom line is the fairness of him is not being projected in terms of him playing. Colin has been warming up for 3 years in the hope of being signed to a NFL Team. So why is Marcellus Wiley tripping like the GOP? And let Roland Martin “deconstruct”the method of this subject!

Since when did our So-Called President wanted to call himself “the chosen one?”

It appears that Milwaukee’s EScooters Pilot Program is a big tryout. From Lime Scooters, to Bird and Spin. And safety is not in play?

How did the Milwaukee Streetcar do with the Hip Hop Week?

A Hip Hop Concert on the Milwaukee Streetcar, August 2019.

With Summerfest is in the rear view for another year, any take on the high and low points of the festivals?

I know I’m not the only one, is it not a shock to see Halloween stuff in the stores already?

With many of the schools starting up for the 2019-2020 semester, this needs to be stated: if you are apart of an Alumni Association that meets once a month and you get yelled at or called out of spite, can all of your former schools chill out?!!! DANG!

For all the football predictors, is it possible that the New England Patriots can actually lose the Super Bowl Title in this year’s season, and yet, can the Green Bay Packers win BACK the NFL North Championship?

Speaking of redemption seasons, it is time for the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team to get back to dominate ways. Now since Qunintez Cephus is back on the scene,along with Jonathan Taylor, I want him to have a redemption season to get back on winning ways to show that hard grit for the Cardinal and White. Who’s down for that? And it should be a REDEMPTION SEASON after all that mess getting Qunitez suspended from the school!

CALLOUT: Why do folks who get mad at class reunions just suddenly ask about publicizing? And what does publicized ACTUALLY mean?!

SECOND CALLOUT: If you just planned a wedding this year and advertise among those a few, but mainly FORGOT those who backed you for YEARS, why is that possible to sell them short?

Taking a vacation is not a one day thing. That is vacationing one day in a city, and going back home the next. Who does that?! And can many folks actually REST for a couple of days to visit? Jeez!

Has anyone seen this Millenials vs Baby Boomers Video?

And…….Gen X and Gen Z is left out. It’s time for a Fatal Four Way. And who agrees?

In August, we observed officially 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Had many of us actually got the gist of why Slavery is still a problem in America?

So on the video game side of things, Madden 20 will NOT be on the Nintendo Switch, but……is it safe to say that MFL (as in the Mutant Football League) is an alternate to get more teams to play?

It seems that some in Milwaukee want to be mayor for the 2020 Election. And still, does Tom Barrett still want the City Hall Chair for a 5th Term?

For all those Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich fans, if you packed the restaurant in 2019 for a darn sandwich, how come many of you can’t pack a Church Sanctuary on Sundays? And Voting lines, and specifically Parent Teacher Conferences at your child’s school? SPOILER ALERT many of you will fail!

Men: we got 2 more months until International Men’s Day of 2019. Have we NOT had any mistakes planning this?

Hold up: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. How come there are those companies like the WWE or others are not promoting this? Wear the light blue before pink, men and get your prostates checked up like your sports stats.

When October comes, WWE’s Smackdown will move to Fox, to kick off it’s 20th Anniversary. And just to add, will this give AEW Wrestling a run for it’s money? Or maybe will NXT on USA do it?

So far, the Fiserv. Forum is good after a year. Now the arena’s lettering will be on top of the building with an Orange Glow. Look for it. You know you want to see it. Right?

Who still misses the Bradley Center? Let this video rehash some good memories.

Which WWE Title is most fun right now? I say it’s the 24/7 title. With R-Truth leading the champion changes.

Speaking of WWE Championships, 2019 is the 40th Anniversary of the WWE’s Intercontinential Championship. Who did not know this?

If you graduated from high school in 1995, you know that next year is your 25th Anniversary of your Reunion, right? We’re talking 2020.

The NFL begins it’s 100th Birthday/Anniversary/Season with the old school rivals between the Packers and Bears, instead of the SuperBowl Champion Patriots and their scheduled opponents of whoever they are. For all you Bears fans, you got the SNL superfans and their fake version of Alexa/Google Mini stating they won more titles than the Packers and all that. Are you sure that thing is not rigged?! Good rivalry in all, but unfinished business. And by the way: The Packers STILL OWN MORE NFL TITLES THAN Da Bears! And the rest of the league. 13 championships. Don’t come for Green Bay!

Here is to think about on Labor Day, when it comes looking for work for real paying jobs, why is it always these temp services calling folks the most?! Even if you got a good resume that has been sitting the most all this time with a Bachelor’s Degree?!! We don’t want that!

Here is another thing on Labor Day, what is it about this day with all the hiring discrimination crap that plagues our society all the time?! And you know what I’m talking about. And folks need JOBS!

Is Tales on BET really the new Alfred Hitchcock of the 21st Century for black folks?

September 4th, is the first anniversary of Roland Martin’s show, Roland Martin Unfiltered. After it’s first year of keeping it black and real to a point is this is what we’ve been waiting for in regarding telling our black stories? By the way, support the cause!

Should we chase after folks who uses grammar incorrectly while on Social Media? Especially on Facebook?

Attention Cord Cutters: Which device on the market is good to purchase between Roku, Apple TV, Jetstream TV, Amazon FireStick, and others that don’t require DirecTV Now or should I say now: AT&T TV Now? Many of us want to follow the ditch the dish/high price for cable trend.

Milwaukee Intersection: N. 60th Street and W. Capitol Drive.

In Milwaukee, we have several intersections like this one is perceived as dangerous with all the drivers running red lights. Should these “Grand Theft Auto” wannabes be ticketed and have their licences taken away? And their cars repossessed? Don’t be shocked if this happens!

And the last question: when Labor Day 2020 comes next year, how often should many folks all the time instead of being snobbish of not working?

Pave the way for the Fall Season, we coming!


For all the Women of the world, whom are still in celebration mode for March, yes Happy Women’s History Month and yes, Happy International Women’s Day. Of course your timelines on Social Media were flooded with reminders and of course messages that yes ladies: you matter. For the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, grannys, cousins, neighbors, and all yes you all matter. And I’m a man that was raised with strong black women has to acknowledge that. I’m being nice of course.

But: like last year, and the year before that, and so forth, there has been the dreading question on the day for the females that many still ask, and usually the men ask this question the most: “When is International Men’s Day?” Hold on: It’s not just men asking this question, guess what? Females have been asking also! And the usual answer that many will respond that “it’s November 19th.” Of course, November 19th. This year’s International Men’s Day will be before Thanksgiving 2019 and also it will mark 20 years since the official reboot of the day that many still think that the United Nations should add on the calendar with World Toilet Day, which is also November 19th!

Why the questioning of this notion? Why this question on this day? Is it a dumb question to ask? Well, it seems like a dumb question, but hardly it’s not a dumb question. How many female readers of the blog actually heard about the quote: “no question is a dumb question?” How many men heard that same question? The first time I’ve heard that was in 1995. I was in a college setting studying Computer Drafting at ITT Tech Institute and yes during our lectures, I’ve heard that quote for the first time. Of course it was about 25 years ago, but that still lingers. If many men keep asking year after year about “When is International Men’s Day” on International Women’s Day, of course it’s a dumb question. But on the other hand, it’s really not much a dumb question. Folks forget anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, days of work anniversaries, and even class year anniversaries for reunions! Oh I’m going there today! So if many feel that asking a when’s international men’s day question is dumb and getting a famed negative reaction, well guess what? Asking a man about his shirt size or jacket size for Christmas is dumb also! Or asking when an anniversary is or a certain day of celebration. And for the record, I don’t go all “gaga” about a certain date! So yes dudes partially, you’re off the hook on this one.

So yes, we are now 8 months away from International Men’s Day and us dudes, we got plenty of time to organize, plan, review, summarize, party, and organize again about how to make International Men’s Day different from last year and yet to ask after this one is done: What’s next?

Look here guys, you all know by now that the #November19th date is noted. Mark it down. Write it on the calendar! Put it somewhere you can find it and bookmark it! Put on your electric calendars and store it up. Females: grab your man’s calendar, flip it to November, write “International Men’s Day” on the 19th, close it and put it back. Now listen: between December 19th to October 19th annually, you should be planning something now (right now) that might be different from the previous year! About May 19th of this year 6th Month: you should be in preplanning mode for International Men’s Day by then. You should think about organizing, promoting the events, etc. In June, which is Men’s Health Month, you should be active in getting engaged with your health and wellness. And this goes for your Sons, Grandsons, Male cousins, and Nephews too! This should be about June 19th, or known as Juneteenth Day for us African-Americans. And within those four months remaining, things should be set, and good to go by November 19th. And since International Men’s Day will be on a Tuesday yes you can have it, matter of fact celebrate it all week at work or school! It ain’t hard!

CALLOUT: Instead of many (both men and women) asking the “dumb question” on social media every year, you should be plotting the ideas everyday! Staying ahead of the game and staying ahead of the curve.

Of course that many will forget, after all we’re all human. We got all the fast paced society that many things go quick from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds. And we do live in a mobile based society that many of us are on the go all the time. And yes, we forget YET again! Just to think that 4 months ago in November of 2018, many of us got it right when we celebrated International Men’s Day ON TIME! And it was the right date. Not March 8th! And it was the right timing, and it was good. So I don’t know what all this is when someone new comes along and asks, and yet folks go postal with the common phrase “ITS NOVEMBER 19th!” comment. Here’s the thing that many of you must understand: For the women who say that, and conversely men who say it also, not everyone will not Google. Nor Yahoo, or MSN and definitely not use Social Media. Let me be clear, of course folks will ask about it, but clearly and this can be fair for both sides that you can’t please folks all the time. HELLO! Even my mother said this once. All it matters that it does exists. And according to the history books, International Men’s Day, or the idea of a creation of a International Men’s Day goes back to the 1960’s when men were beginning to be in terms of “feeling downsized”. And yes, the women were on the upswing of the movement. So yes, guys if you had done your homework, we’ve been thinking about a International Men’s Day since then, and look where we at now based on our health concerns, mental concerns, families, communities, jobs, financial, and many other man things we hold dear today! Even though half of what we used to do and have done has been changed slightly.

So in the next 8 months: Men if you really want to have a recognizable International Men’s Day to show it: first can we please STOP using March 8th as a spring board in asking the question? We know it’s dumb. Whoops, no question is dumb question. Even the ladies know this. They better and should! And second, just don’t display about International Men’s Day, express it! But express it in a positive way. Many of us have sons and nephews and grandsons to raise and they are looking at us! If many of us don’t have children and not thinking of being a parent, we should not be counted out. Period! You single/married women with sons, you need to be careful of what you say to your boys and don’t take away their dignity as males to generate some feminization thing to be like you. Of course, you have heard the term “don’t let them take away their manhood”. And not only promote International Men’s Day, show ideas of what you’re doing in the communities. Volunteerism, working at the job, your male groups meetings and outings, donations, etc. I think every male in this world needs to see what it needs to see what other men are doing to make positive moves in the world we are living in. Not just all the negative moves we see in scandals and deceptions! Such as Harvey Weinstein, 45, gangs, other dudes impregnating females, and other folks whom locked up in jail because of armed robbery or not paying child support and definitely not having a checkered past of child abuse, pedophiles, and others. And many feel with these examples that shouldn’t be a International Men’s Day. I call that BS. Women (not all but some) commit crimes of scandals and deceptions much as men, and guess what: they got a International Women’s Day and a Women’s History Month. Question to ponder: where is the fairness in that?!

But for now: I hope all of you ladies had a blessed Women’s History Month and a blessed International Women’s Day!


With Black History Month 2019 in full swing in all, of course, it’s a time to represent and summarize our black achievements and stories to get things going again. Yes, it’s also a time to celebrate our black folks EVERYWHERE in which already had the recognition and willing to get a recognition shoutout. But yet, of course, you’ll find many that remind us that we have to summarize our people every day besides the second month of the year, in which partially many of us don’t. Other than that, the issues of Blackface, Black Lives Matter in Schools, and much more that will yet again…..I’m scratching my head again.

Oh, let’s start with this? Are we really acting upon the notion of Black History Month begins January 1st to December 31st? Be real honest!


CALLOUT FROM FACEBOOK/TWITTER: If we really want to celebrate Black History Month all year, we better act like it. Partially, at times we say it, but hardly never acknowledge that notion!  True or False?

Who were the real “Dark Horses” in Black History that many still overlook to this day?

Now since Gladys Knight got passed the National Anthem, and after many signs of discontent of her singing it, will that notion be passed?
And…..for all those asking Gladys Knight to sing the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner, why don’t you sing it?!

In contrast, who is a dark horse on the rise right now in Black History Month 2019?

More recently in Port Washington, WI there was an incident of an act of stupidity regarding Blackface. Now didn’t I say that this can happen anytime besides Halloween? And yet, it’s not a joke! Even in Black History Month! We need to stay woke!

Which organizations in Milwaukee, as well as Wisconsin, can be supported in regarding the legality of African-Americans?

White folks: why are you just now unearthing YOUR Blackface images and ideas that many know are offensive? And here’s thought of them being “part of American History?!”

When many feel about Black Churches being all about the money and houses, do some forget that some Black Churches give back?

Oh let me count the ways of this: why do many folks who fault 45’s mess, had to reverse back to Barack Obama? He’s NOT THE PRESIDENT ANYMORE!

True or Nah? So I’m assuming that many will not acknowledge the 400 years that many will bring up during Black History Month?

With all due respect to Jennifer Lopez, why was she singing the Motown Tributes at the Grammy’s? And yes, we know that the Record Label was open to everyone.

I’m hearing that the AAF is here. That’s the Alliance of American Football. Well, what about it? Rock it or drop it?

Ever heard of the “Syracuse 8?” But they have one thing in common with Colin Kaepernick being blackballed. But the thing is, it was due to racial discrimination. Do any see some comparisons or shades of the angles here?

In the near 100 years of the American Legion, how will they honor Black Veterans and Military Personnel in Black History Month?

You still buying Gucci and or Prada after their Blackface products were displayed, then pulled off?!

Many do realize (Should realize) that Karl Kani, Maurice Malone, and Cross Colours are still ALIVE right? Go support those products. And to those of us missed them, let’s also support them, YET AGAIN!

What was up with those Katy Perry “blackface” Shoes?!! Seriously?!!

For those of us who are Dark Horses in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Don’t say at our Funerals! Give us the flowers NOW!

For those of us who are Unsung in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Again, don’t just say Funerals!

Does anyone think that Joy Villa is just starving for the attention of being pro-45?

This needs to be asked, just now in Wisconsin, the GOP overall in a 19-14 vote to not approve the idea of Colin Kaepernick being added to the list of achievements for Black History Month in the state. All because he’s “too controversial” due to the activism. BUT…….The city of Milwaukee recently honored him on their website and is published. My question to the GOP idiots in Madison: who’s salty now? And who gives them the authority to select whom we want to celebrate and highlight for our black folks?!

And finally to be asked in Black History Month in 2019: in the same year of the 400th year of the last slave ship arrived here in America, what will our folks in the future think that the mistakes and consequences we endured, so it won’t be a factor, in the next era of history to overtake the ability to getting the opportunities in the future? And yet, what will it take for the bonehead racists to admit the fault of America that racism is a factor of their drive and background of denying black folks of getting ahead?

Happy Black History Month! 4 Life.


Oh you know I’m about to go in. 2018 had me crazy! It had me on point, it had me on rotation, and it had me bugged out. But at the end of me asking these crazy questions we might understand it better. But…since this is the last Scratching my Head all this time of the year, but it’s not the last! So as we countdown to the last ticks of 2018, and we prepare for our Watch Night Services, All Night parties, and family gathering to usher in 2019, and yes to get our resolutions out of what we want to do in all: you’ve guessed it, I’m scratching my head YET AGAIN!

Alright, who remembers any of my blog posts from 10 years ago?

Did anyone really pay attention to the fact that the 45 Administration is getting punked with all the Government Shutdowns in all?

What’s up with the Bird Box?

How will the Governor-Elect Tony Evers Crew really will tame the still Republican Legislature in the first term?

Why is White Supremacy still a maximum problem? Even if it’s a problem among black people in 2018?

What will be next for the Green Bay Packers that got knocked the “F” out of the playoffs, knowing that the team will rebuild and reform for the 2019-2020 Season?

You know that the Milwaukee Bucks are for real, right?

So Milwaukee, has anyone really benefited from riding the streetcar thus far in its free year?

Will the Fiserv Forum be that new guard changing of the now “soon to be dust” Bradley Center?

When Stan Lee passed away, did Bill Maher actually checked him to see he served in the Military? Mainly WWII?! Many need answers!

How many folks outside of Wisconsin never knew anything about the late great Vel Phillips?

What was the best car in 2018?

What were the worst jobs of 2018 that many will NEVER DO AGAIN?

Why did the black websites and Facebook Pages kept repeatedly on rotation published the same story about Pastor John Gray and that Lamborghini gift to his wife?

Level with me OWN viewers, what was the real reason why Love Is was canceled?

For all the black women that watched this show and I know you did: Why BET’s Mancave?

Was this the first year that many REALLY recognized International Men’s Day in November?!

For all of the Becky’s and other white folks that called the police on black folks doing civilized stuff this year and you know you did, where were your conscious minds at doing that foolishness?

Did the #MeToo Movement reach its breaking point in a sense of things that backfired?

If you smelled like Marijuana all through 2018, and you’re in the store or were in a store, did you remember to wash up before leaving the house?

For all those hated Introverts, especially BLACK Introverts, why you picked on them? Like seriously.

Will anymore Black Pastors meet with 45 in 2019 that embarrassed themselves in 2018?

So, Mutant Football League on the Nintendo Switch is making a good impression. What will it actually take for EA to get a Madden game on the system?

Most recently, I’ve seen black authors publish their books on Amazon about their Introvert experience in 2018. I need to see more. Can that happen?

Was Diablo III for the Nintendo Switch really good?

Oh, this needs to be asked, Wolfenstein II was HOT in 2018. Will it be a sequel for the Nintendo Switch?

Which jobs or careers were or are beneficial for the introverted crowd in Wisconsin in 2018?

In 2018, did many benefited using bitcoins?

In this year of stock investing, who bought a share of the Nike Stock or yet, Marijuana stock?

When the Grads of 2018 had their moment of commencements, why were some were being touched by those after dancing on stage?

Who has or is really learning from Roland Martin’s show online?

What was the worst interview this country has ever seen in 2018?

Was Black Panther that darn good this year at the movies and on DVD?

Black Church folks, are you ready for the Watch Night Services?

Was not getting the flu shot that worst in 2018?!

Black Milwaukee, what was better in 2018: WNOV 860AM between 9am-12pm or 1510AM WRRD between 9am-12pm?

So now the WWE will be getting the Women’s Tag Team Belts in 2019. But…………….what about a title that is a mid-carder for the women’s squad? For Raw, Smackdown, and NXT?

Black folks, why are we still saying the N-Word?

In 2018: who got promoted?

In 2018: who actually voted? Not just one time during the midterm election!

In 2018: Did many actually went to the doctor?

In 2018: Did any of you retained your resolutions?

In 2018: Milwaukee, did you enjoyed the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary? As well as Summerfest?

In 2018: Black folks, especially in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, I know this was reported, why all the “underground pledging” that sends your pledging member in the ER?!!!

In 2018: Have any of you saved up financially for that nest egg?

In 2018: level with me, how many times that many of you DID NOT support your Alumni groups?

In 2018: Who did the most work in your community?

In 2018: Who did no work in the community? They need to be called out.

In 2018: Who was the “Dark Horse” in your family, church, organizations, etc?

In 2018: who has a job lined up for 2019 that will be even MORE SECURE?

In 2018: Who wanted a job lined up that no one wanted but applied anyway?

In 2018: How many churches you prayed to, in order to be the best they can?

In 2018: What influenced you to vote against the Republicans that many despised?

If you are a Veteran or related to a Veteran, did you call out a Veteran that protested in support of the Wall in 2018?

The American Legion will be 100 years old in 2019, right? I want to know how many African-Americans will join up and also, how many Sons of Black Veterans will join the Sons of the American Legion? Even Black Daughters the same with the Auxillary?

How many liked Black Lightning this year?

In Milwaukee, many of us have seen the sample of Light the Hoan. Who made a donation in 2018?

Black Methodists in Wisconsin, guess what? BMCR made a comeback this year. What did you think?

United Methodist Men in Wisconsin, there is a metro men’s group in town looking for “Men at Work”. Have you checked out any the meetings this year? If so, what did you think?

Who was this Jacquees dude, and why is claiming to be the King of R&B? Like in 2018?!

So I have heard that some of the GM cars might be on the chopping block in the year ahead, Which of those cars will be less to buy in the future?

Was it really a downer that Luke Cage was canceled on Netflix?

I need to ask also, who missed Scandal?

With all the retirees retired this year, who is next to go in 2019?

Many of us watched the Pinstripe Bowl when the Badgers beat Miami. A good game of course. So many questions like where were this Badgers team all year?!

If many still did blackface in 2018 which was shameful, can many not do it in 2019?

Who actually “migrated” out if Milwaukee that moved to Atlanta or Texas just to get away from the racism but only to realize that racism is everywhere?

Was it really necessary that 45 pulled the troops out of Syria?

If you hated Church folks so much in 2018, why keep talking about it?!

If many did this in 2018: Resumes. Did many kill it for job interviews?

Can someone explain the bad connection between buying Christmas gifts and Tax Time?

In all of the 1,000 posts so far, what wasn’t mentioned?

In all of the 1,000 posts what was learned from you?

In all of the 1,000 posts did anyone ever to follow what else I had to say?

Which Wisconsin teams surprised many in 2018? Brewers or Bucks?

Of all the folks who passed away this year, who was the main person that didn’t receive much recognition?

Of all the folks who were honored this year for their hard work, who didn’t get any recognition after their hard work?

Anyone lost their job unfairly in 2018?

Who was EMBARRASSED HARSHLY in 2018 that will not go away? And will it take to heal?

And this is the last question before the ball drops and clocks out for 2018: What will you carry into 2019 that you learned in 2018? And also, what will you NOT take into 2019 that you went through hellfire and brimstone in 2018?

Now: let’s go party.

Happy New Year!


Well, folks, it seems that the Season of the Centaur is about to end for another year. Yes, I know. But It’s going to be alright! Yes, I know you Capricorns are about to take over that Zodiac Baton in all. AGAIN. But before you take over as well as any other zodiac takes over being the best:

One advice, never EVER overlook a Sagittarius! NEVER OVERLOOK a Centaur! We stay loyal 365 ALL DAY every day we have the bows and arrows on lockdown!

So with that: here is my “closing” that I like to call, Ode to Sagittarius: the next level fiery breakthrough.

And by the way, it’s been 5 years since I’ve done this. 

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There are haters and doubters of those of us who are centaurs roaming, let them hate but we all know that joy comes in the morning.

Many of you already know that on December 5th, I turned #42, That I know. But for you still latecomers, it might be a better breakthrough!

Those of us in the game acting, and those of us whom we aspire, like Bryshere Grey whom still make moves like Hakeem on Empire.

Sags like us are always on point even those who think we are that slacker. They should be more focused and relaxed, like my December 5th birthday twin: Amy Acker.

We Archer folks love to bounce back. Even those who think we are dead and able. Kindly ask Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Jimmy Graham, who like the rest of the Packers had a lopsided season and will again next to change for another run the table!

 

Us Sag folk can be direct and cool, that has the ability to soar to new heavens and exciting. But like Hal Williams back in his Lester Jenkins days, we can be more direct and serious like on 227. Or even like now Nafeesa Williams that does black girl magic wonders of Thunder on Black Lightning!

We bust those beats in the game on the fly with our music say, like Shelia E, Lala Hathaway, Tori Kelly, Dionne Warrick, Nikki Stixx,  Sia, Taylor Swift, Ozzy Osbourne, Jermaine Jackson, Betty Wright, Angie Stone, DJ Yella, Mos Def, Flo-rida, my December 5th birthday twins of Michel’le , Keri Hilson and Little Richard. Plus: Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, and even Morris Day.

Sagittarius folks, we love the freedom that we know. And embrace the look abounds that is united in force worldwide, just ask the 2016 Miss America Champ and U.S. Army Soldier Deshauna Barber that received that the full source! And even Portia Simpson Miller, and French leader Emmanuel Macron that knows their political angles they confide!

When that time to fight for our freedoms or that personal stuff, we really settle the score through and through, we get gritty like the Wrestlers such as  Elias, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Dana Brooke, Naomi, Trinity, Rob Van Dam and even Hall of Famers like Jerry Lawler,  Sunny, Rey Mysterio,  Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trish Stratus and Kurt Angle. Oh, it’s true! it’s d**n True!

When us in the centaur nation roams like the stampede in the game, just take notes for all: study a Sagittarius like Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is “Built to Stay” with Milwaukee Bucks Basketball.

Even when we are ourselves, we Sagittarius folk are so revolutionary. So conscious. So empowered with objectives to create and maintain the cause: Please continue to review the work of Ella Baker, Mark Lamont Hill, Adam Clayton Powell, Fred Gray, and even Dr. Carter Woodson, the father of Black History Month that NEVER stays on pause.

We might be fun, but can sassy with a brain: Just a reminder yet, Nene Leakes as well as Nicki Minaj appears to be good, but can drive you insane!

We remember the centaurs of yesterday, that are no longer here: Let’s always remember famous folks like Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, Reggie White, Patty Duke, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis Jr, Dynamite Kid, Frank Sinatra, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Clarke Duncan, and others of our Sag Nation, that their work lives without fear!

When the source of fun is still going, and we are at the peak of success, we summarize also the work of those of that are doing it big, thanks to us being the best. Additionally, those like Wendie Malick, Joy Reid, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Barker, Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, JB Smoove, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Larry Bird, Jennifer Connolly, Rita Moreno, Monique, Jermaine Jackson, Bill Cunningham, Teri Hatcher, Nia Peeples, Judi Dench, Jeffery Wright, Kim Basinger (aka Vicky Vale) and additionally the now 102 year old Kirk Douglas of working and passing that test!

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So yes, Sagittarius folks: we should be thankful and still be needed by the work of others with insight, we know it’s love and hate, and still, we must fight. As this poem closes out another Sag year, on to the Holidays, on to 2019, and let’s hit that reset button to our fiery zodiac cause to cheer!

We are the archers with Human Intelligence and Thoroughbred Strength of fire.

Bows and Arrows on lock with insight.

We are indeed representing the ninth house of philosophical Purple elements.

We are indeed the Sagittarius!

A 9th house zodiac sign that will not give up without a fight!

Fight on with breakthroughs, Archers and Centaurs.

 

 


Oh yes, its still Sagittarius Season and with all the news of the weird taking place, I must write another 3-way dance thing here. With the updated mess of high sensitive crap centered around old idioms that didn’t hurt nobody, a familiar Christmas song that seemed innocent and another school official in freaking Nebraska had to get all hypersensitive about teachers can’t display Christmas decors in their classrooms.

Like a centaur and an archer, I’m about to fire up my bows and arrows on this. I’m not messing around. Time to go to work!

First Dance Card: PETA, shut your mouth!

Yeah, I said it. So PETA has a problem with idioms. The very same idioms that many of us grew up hearing and using without any bother to no one. None! Oh let me see what you think is bad for animals:

“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon,”

And this mess you said:

Instead of “kill two birds with one stone” say “feed two birds with one scone,” and instead of “being the guinea pig,” say “be the test tube,”

“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” it added.

And this list you provided is just wacky. Many of you must be drunk!

PETA I have to ask one question: What made you think you can change this around?! Do any of you have any idea what an idiom is? I’m sure many of you probably got that good education from school somewhere. Let me enlighten you on something: The definition of an idiom is this via Dictionary.com:

  1. an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket or hang one’s head, or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round for the round table, and that is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics.
  2. a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.
  3. a construction or expression of one language whose parts correspond to elements in another language but whose total structure or meaning is not matched in the same way in the second language.

Other Definitions:

  1. the peculiar character or genius of a language.
  2. a distinct style or character, in music, art, etc.:

What you have seen, PETA is 5 definitions of the word called, IDIOM! That is what many of us have been studying in English class way before many of you new generation PETA followers and workers was even thought about. So your so-called feelings of “Grab The BULL by the horns, or skin a cat” really hurts animals?! THAT MUCH?! Personally, nobody really gives a rats carcass what you think! NOBODY! All this crap you displayed here is nothing but attention! I’ll bet many of your followers will fail YOU! Do I say these idioms, yes I do! And I better not see any of your anti-animal saying sentences near me! If I wanted to hear or to say an animal -like idiom that does mean nothing, I’ll hear it! You do not, under any circumstances tell me what to say in the ongoing effort of your so-called treatment in protecting animals. My advice PETA: Grow the HELL up! Folks will continue to use idioms no matter what YOU or anyone else thinks! This is not about abusing animals, it’s a form of English language as many of us OLDER folks know very well. It’s not an attack on animals! Get your life!

Second Dance on the Card: “Baby, It’s cold outside.”

Ok. It’s Christmas time in the city and many radio stations around the country, and you, as well as many others heard the jingles of Christmas Carols. No matter if it’s traditional or the modern upbeat remixes, or yes the remakes that many are redoing like forever. No matter if it’s I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, or Sleigh Ride, Carol of the Bells, or Joy To the World. Good songs, right? Well if those are good songs to listen in all, what’s up with the song that many are banning across the country of Baby, It’s Cold Outside?! It all started at a radio station in Cleveland that some hypersensitive stupid listeners who claim that the song, “Baby it’s Cold Outside” had some strange lyrics, or the male singer didn’t want the woman to leave since it’s cold outside begging her to stay overnight. When I heard that this classic Christmas song from the 1940s is under fire NOW in the era of the Me Too Movement, I beg to wonder, what is the real problem here? What is the real problem of this song being in an uproar that you ALREADY KNOW that there are other genres of music uses crude lyrics and content almost EVERYTIME?! Does Gangsta Rap get a pass talking about B words and Whore words? Even with rock music? Or hell, even the late Miles Davis had a song in his music list called B***ch’s Brew. The late John Elroy Sanford, aka Redd Foxx had a record out called “You Better Wash Your A**” Or some blues artists (not saying many) had lyrics with crude lyrics to make your head spin! Oh, nobody talks about those! But seriously, Baby, it’s cold outside: I had to laugh at these so-called feminists who felt offended about a harmless Christmas song when our parents, grandparents and yet Great Great Grandparents were running the game! And I’ll bet many of the feminists who felt offended had to go full tilt on the song that many don’t understand! And I’ll bet many are younger, Millennial/Generation-Z groups that don’t do their homework. Or just took their version of the #MeToo Movement and threw it in the trash further. Keep in mind, the movement was started by a Black Woman, Tarana Burke. This is why we don’t study! We don’t study, we just assume that a song is bad and the feelings get hurt and don’t take the time to examine the song of what it is the most. Am I a fan of Baby It’s Cold Outside? No. You know what, I would rather play Baby It’s Cold Outside than hearing the mess out of the mouth of our so-called President messing up the country like Scott Walker did to Wisconsin! I would rather listen to that song than all the mush-mouth rap music that will get no play on my playlist for my Birthday. Still: Happy December Birthday Month to Me! I would rather listen to the song than hearing about some fools going into the malls and snag up Air Jordans. If those same folks can get in crazed lines about a pair of sneakers, what would happen if they pack the church on a Sunday? EVERY SUNDAY?! Yeah, I said it! Folks, if you want to play the song, go ahead. Download it to your playlist, no matter which version you like and play the heck out of it! Crank it up. Go postal on it (legally) to listen at your desk for the Christmas Parties. Oh, yes, you will play it at the Christmas Parties full of Ugly Christmas Sweaters, candies, food, drinks, and posting the pics on Social Media. In the words of Paul Heyman, “This is not a prediction, this is a spoiler!” You know it’s gonna happen. Don’t front!

And the third dance on the card: Another attack on Christmas – IN A ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

Oh, let me count the ways. For a long time, there was and is this “War on Christmas.” This war on Christmas has been about against the Birth of Jesus, and of course, Santa Claus. This so-called stupid war is just that: DUMB! Ok, so not everyone doesn’t follow the Christmas mantra of the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Decorations, Santa Claus, or wearing the ugly Christmas Sweaters or Santa Claus hats. So what.

But in recent news, in Nebraska, there has been this backlash of an elementary school that has been under fire about what the classrooms can display and can’t display due to in their words: “be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all students.” Wow really! Oh, the displays that the classrooms couldn’t set up happened to be candy canes, Santa items like Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, Christmas Music, and Elf on the Shelf. For the candy canes: a mixed concern about Jesus Christ. For all those who haven’t been to a Christmas Church Play in a while, and for those of you have the hate on it, let me enlighten you on something; the Candy Cane thing that many of us hang or will hang on our trees, actually has a shepherd connection. The Candy Cane with the hook represents a staff: a shepherd’s staff. And when you turn the Candy Cane upside down, it represents the letter J – As in Jesus Christ. The Red Stripe curving around the Candy Cane represents the blood of Jesus. Gosh, I’ve known this since those Christmas Plays I’ve been in growing up in Church. As a matter of fact, MANY FOLKS KNOWS ABOUT THIS!

Whether you still like church, or hated it since you left and got woke and conscious, many had to get the message. You can hate all you want, but the fact of the matter is, this is like robbing your kids’ childhood. You are robbing a joy that your kids may not get again all because of a certain ignorance that you developed since many have made the exodus OUT OF CHURCH! The beliefs have stopped. And all the fun that has stopped all because of the lame adults that got mixed up with a “mumbo jumbo propaganda hate mentality”. And oh, this leads to racism, sexism, and any other “ism” that you produced and poisoned the children after they’re BORN! And you wonder, “what’s wrong with the kids?” The fault of the kids’ attitudes is squarely on one particular group of folks: ADULTS! PARENTS! Yeah you so-called grown folks, you are the problem. If we want our kids to change, WE NEED TO CHANGE FIRST! It starts with us and ends with us.

Rant over. Now the arrows and bows are still deadlocked!