Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Ok Spotters: thanks for looking at my blog this year. I know many of the things I write may not be for some, but I write these things to tell a story. And also to vote on my reaction. Technically, it’s really giving my voice an extension of what I really want to say away from Facebook, and many other social media sites. Not that I don’t care, it’s just stating my own opinion of certain topics and examples in an more open fourm. 

Thanks for reading. But like last time, you will see more of my hard hitting blog topics in 2014. Including my annual blog of “What I Don’t Want to see” story. Plus since 2014 is an Midterm Election Year, I will be getting my commentary on about why many in America SHOULD VOTE UP in 2014!  No Excuses, America! 

Other than that: Happy New Year!

Dear Milwaukee:

How’s our new year coming along? If you said good, that’s fine. If you say not so well, but managing things to happen, that fine too. If you say not very good, then I’ll ask what happened. No, I’m not going into detail about your spouse or neighbors, or relationships. What I really want to talk about is the fact that since the new year started, the same old violence keeps creeping on us like maggots. Why is it that every single new years day that we have to start it off like this?! WHY?! Are we that short-sighted? What is this?! Already, 5 killings in Milwaukee, in the first five days of 2012. That in my opinion is utter nonsense. Wait, that phrase is last year. I’m using ultimate nonsense because that what this is. ULTIMATE NONSENSE! There is no need for this city that has a prideful past of being an genuine American City has to resort to senseless deaths over these things:

1) Facebook Comments which happened to a 16 year old H.S. junior. Who was a bright student.

2) Activist for Gay Rights

3) Domestic Violence

4) Drugs/Gangs

5) Rap Beats

There is something wrong there. Really Wrong. Stuff like this could have been preventable without taking lives. But that seems to be the motivation, right? Especially resolving things over Facebook Comments and Rap Beats. Which was really dumb.

And as far as Gay Rights: I have some friends that are in the Gay/Lesbian Community that do care about the community such as stopping the violence, and many other community related ideas. And I don’t question their lifestyle nor make a comment about it. We’re all in the same boat trying to make a difference. Yes, many times before I have stated about being part of the United Methodist Church, and yes, the church does comment that according it’s bylaws: We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.

By which means that I shouldn’t hate, lets say “Sally” for being a lesbian person that does work for HIV Prevention. Or let’s say “Jacob” for being part of the Gay Community for his work in presidential voting rights.

But shifting gears here. Milwaukee, it’s been only 5 Days well into 2012 and the same old stuff of shooting folks need to stop. Make that senseless shootings. I remember that it will be 10 years this coming summer that one of my younger cousins was gunned down all because of his car. It will be 2 years this summer that I lost a cousin, whom I got to know for a short amount of time, that was stabbed to death by her boyfriend. Both of my cousins died because of senseless acts, and both accusers had been caught and now serving time.

Some of us had been saying what’s the solution? What can be done? I’ve heard about putting jobs out there. I’ve been hearing about that the community needs to come together and find something to do for these kids and grown folks like church and after school activities. I say enough of the small talk! Get out and do it! Don’t just complain and or wish about it.

For 2012, I want to challenge my city to really stand up and be firm! I want Milwaukee to get out of this “crabs in a bucket mentality” and actually do something to motivate positive things. The government can’t do it alone. Mayor Tom Barrett, the Coggs, and others can’t be called all the time to do the work for us. Don’t forget this not just their city. It’s our city too. Get the churches involved, get the neighborhood schools and “neighbors” involved! Put the pride of the city back into the soul. I’m talking about real pride for standing up for what the city should start doing – like jobs!

Milwaukee is still a prideful city. But it has to be “revised” to stop the killings.


Stephen Spot.