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Dang, Americans. What is up with us? We got all these laws, freedoms, a chance to get a decent health care, infrastructure and all this talk about Freedom of Speech, Expressions and Religion. I’m not hating. But what I am hating is the thought of the influence of having to see on TV today about a senseless shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Here in Milwaukee, I can’t imagine what would happen if my Congresswoman Gwen Moore were to be shot after attending a town hall celebration of her district. Or maybe Rep. Tammy Baldwin out in the Madison area in the same predicament. Or, you know what I’m getting at. Clearly yes, I do like some Democratic values, but I dislike totally Republican values. I dislike the Rookie Governor, Scott Walker of his opinions of canceling High Speed Rail. I dislike the new Senator Ron Johnson, who bought his way into politics, and  in my opinion cheated his way in stealing the seat from Russ Feingold, courtesy of the Tea Party.  And the same can be for Wisconsin Republicans Paul Ryan, Jim Senenbrenner or any known Republican in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Madison, and I dare say the Republican-Controlled House in DC. But that does not mean I’ll go on a shooting spree like Jared Lee Loughner did and do a job on any politician of service.

This is the first month of the year, and in a couple of days in a week, we will be reflecting on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King himself was a disciple of non-violence that wanted to have a chance to spread peace, and to tell America that you’re doing wrong. You need to change.  And violence towards men (and women) should not be the answer to get the point across. And, I hope Arizona continues to use the MLK Holiday now even more. At first they didn’t. I think America had received a reality check after last year’s words of Sarah Palin of “don’t retreat, reload” comments. If you remember the old adage, “you better watch what you say”, it should be one of those reminders to check yourself.  I also think that the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, or any conservative news hack in America, and I dare say Milwaukee’s Right Wing News needs to look in a mirror. All those times that Michelle Malkin screamed or stated “An Angry Mob is coming” may comeback to bite her in the rear end. All of this stuff to me is related to the vote of the Health Care Bill that was introduced last year. The same bill that the Republican majority wants to kill the bill by the request of “their American people”. I ask again,  all because of a bill that Obama signed into law? Is that it?! That’s like planning a beat down on someone who stole someone’s boyfriend. Or touched someones girlfriend. Or losing a round in a Video Game. America, do you understand me?! We tend to lose or get mad at times that are senseless. That don’t mean nothing.

Now that congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords: I think she believed in something. I think she believed in every American should be given a chance in something. I think she believed that no one shouldn’t be turned away for nothing. I think she is doing her part of service to help make things for the better. But obviously, those who oppose her are probably just getting what they want. They just want her out of the way all because of a bill. Wow America. Those of you put the crazies and the Tea Party folks that want to represent you, aren’t doing the same for guys like me. I don’t favor the Tea Party at all. I don’t like them. I don’t respect them. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll challenge them to a weapons fight with Pitchforks and Torches.

I, like many others have probably said or commented things about others needed to be shot or whatever. But I’m taking it back. I’ll say if a so-so character should be condemned for his/her actions, I say put the bum in jail or locked up for a long time. That’s should be the vile solution. Keith Olbermann tonight said” it’s time to put the guns down” in his special comment. And to start making us Americans to recognize that what we display or say, would have an effect on others. One of my college professors at the University of Wisconsin-Stout once stated that “Measurement Drives Behavior”. This is a prime example of that. And I know that it’s related to careers, but it can also transcend to other areas. Do you see what I mean after looking after this? Those of you went to these rallies last year with your Guns, your “Don’t Tread on Me” Flags, your American Revolution Outfits, your “Obama is a Nazi” Signs, Monkeys, and any racist, violent rhetoric against the 44th President. I hate to say this but you had no idea what you’re talking about!  It’s was about confusion and fear. Or you used them in a scare tactic against any opponent of political issue, or anyone that is well…..”not like you”. Yeah, I know it’s a Free Speech/ Freedom of Expression thing. I have that right to. My Freedom of Expression is being expressed now by writing this blog, and to remind us Americans that everything we say, display on Youtube, display on Facebook, display on Twitter and MySpace, display at rallies, marches, school, church, the hood, workplace, district, and yes any politically related needs to have a sense of one word that most of us don’t want to go through. RESPONSIBILITY. One of my uncles told after turning 18 years old, that “Responsibility Goes Up.” And in speaking of that, our Congressmen needs to have the responsibility to have protection set up.

See this is why America needs to get it’s butt together. This is why America has a problem with race, jobs, health, education, crime, poverty, history of admitting slavery, bombing other countries, killing innocent people, an issue of Black History Month being Racist -Which is not! I hear that well we need to teach our children more. Well, America needs to teach it’s self more first!

Finally, as I close this story. In church on Sunday and this week, there might be sermons and prayers lifted for communities across this country. And yes on Sunday there will be NFL Games to see which teams will advance. (Go Packers!) But morely, for the Tucson Arizona Area involving Congresswoman Giffords, and those  lives loss. It’s sickening and stupid. And as an American, an African American, a Citizen, a Christian, a volunteer person, a Midwesterner, and a overall human being, this is beyond sickening. It’s just pathetic that this country has to be reduced to acts like this. America, we have become a country that has been put on notice.  And the dude did the job on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who a family person and public servant, is just an example of why this country needs to reexamine it’s faults.

Despite of our political views in all, there is one thing we can agree on, this crap is unacceptable! And it’s time to check ourselves, or wreck ourselves.

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I got admit. The year of 2011 is starting to become a red nuisance. The reason being because the Republicans have the house of representatives deadlocked for four years. And Scott Walker is now the Governor of Wisconsin. The same Scott Walker that wanted the High Speed Rail canceled in the state, while Ron Johnson is now a Senator overtaking a spot that Russ Feingold had for 18 years. I think this year will see a relapse of 1995 when the red squad took over when Clinton was running the show. I hate to go progressive here but Keith Olbermann warned us that this would happen. And I can hear Bill Maher say that “America is safe again!” (Clapping) NOT!

This 112th Congress is out to repeal everything that President Obama and the Democrats (plus the Democrat Fan Base) has tried to do in his two years in office. Even Health Care Reform. It’s just simply that this House just wants to go back where it was normal for them. NEWSFLASH! This country cannot go back to the same old stuff that got us in the rut in the first place. It reminds me of folks that don’t want nothing new and just keeps everything the same.

Hey Wisconsin, does this remind you of something? Staying behind in all? Refusing to change for the better?

Ed Schultz, like him or not, took it to the next level on his show the other day that he called out the Republicans this past week. Yes, he called them out, and apologized. Well I don’t know about the apology. Maybe he did it for humanity reasons. But for calling out the Republicans in general, he had a right to do it. We know it.

So on the list for scrapping Health Care Reform, what next? Oh, wait. They want to repeal every thing that this administration worked on for two years. Mainly to shoot back at Obama of hate. That’s right I said it! The only reason they, the 112th Congress that is Red Controlled is to tear down this President of prejudice reasons. A black man in the chair at the White House.  In the oval office. And by the way, the Tea Baggers: those crazy flag waving/ Don’t Tread on Me,18th Century dressing/hand gun rally holding/ We want our country Back/asking for an handout quoting folks, had a continuing thought in this. And Wisconsin had to absorb this! Wow. By now, the House will pass their version to repeal the Health Care Bill, but the Senate and White House will scrap it. How is this helping the country to find and create jobs? I dare any Republican (or any Republican Fan) to answer this!

In my last blog in 2010, I asked the same thought of question to the Charlie Sykes Fans, the James T. Harris Fans, the Vicki McKennas, Mark Bellings, Jeff Wagners, all of these so-called considered GODS of Wisconsin’s Conservative radio one simple question: In regarding to the Talgo plant in the inner city of Milwaukee, what should go there? Come on Republican Fans, you got this! What should go there?!  Really?! You guys seem to have the cards. Do you or you don’t? And the Scott Walker Fans, same thing.  – He wants 250,000 jobs, but scraped about 13,000 all because he and those like him think the High Speed Rail thing was a “boondoggle”. Won’t work. No one will ride it. That is a sure sign of laziness and holding back. Talk about getting put on notice.

So I’m going to end this story by saying this. Those of us who didn’t vote for these Red Plaguers, get on their cases EVERYDAY! Monitor there failures, and continue to push forward. It’s been 4 days since Scott Walker took office in Wisconsin, 2 days since the House became a Red Plague.

One last question: Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, John Boehner, Republicans – You talked about jobs. Where are they?


The first Decade of the 2010’s was a harsh one. But also in other ways a good start for the year. I had a chance to get  a new schedule job change, volunteer and work for my Alumni Folks, help my church to “Rethink”, won my case of my Saxophone and getting an unexpected check from Reed vs Dresser Settlement Claims. And like every other year, 2010 and I had some losses. Tough losses.

The Good:

Rethink Church. Especially my church.

Juneteenth Day in Wisconsin became a State Holiday. It’ s real now, not even Scott Walker or the haters can’t touch it.

Milwaukee’s African World Festival returns with a one day festival in August. – Which is my “Favorite Comeback Event of the year”. After being out of the spotlight for two years financially.

Alumni Check ins: Had a chance to return to my High School Reunion, College and University Alumni Functions and workshops. Big ups to Milwaukee’s John Marshall High School Class of 1990-2000 Reunions, the Milwaukee Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Stout Alumni Associations.

Eugene Kane and James Causey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At least they tell some good news.

Wisconsin Badgers Football. 2010 Big Ten Champs.

Wisconsin establishments are now Smoke Free! So I can go to a club and be healthy at the same time. The haters on the other hand don’t think it’s an idea. What’cha been smoking?

Brandon Jennings had a good season with the Bucks.

The Green Bay Packers with or without Aaron Rodgers. And with Clay Matthews!

Milwaukee had received 2 WWE Smackdown Events at the Bradley Center in the year.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikyla Harris became the new Supervisor of Milwaukee’s District 2 area replacing Toni Clark.

For me: I had some good pointers in 2010 in which was personal. My saxophone that I owned for 21 years,  was under siege by a local music shop which they thought it was stolen, but there was no proof of that of being stolen. However it was returned to me no charge. And in October, I was awarded a check over 5 grand with the Reed vs Dresser Settlement Case which had a problem of hiring, training  and taking in Wisconsin African-American Applicants. For all you companies out there, you better be careful of not hiring blacks because it might bite you big!

Health Care Reform! – Good.  And so the haters began to complain.

Shani Davis winning the Gold Medal in Speed-skating – AGAIN!

Mo’Nique winning an Oscar Award. – Don’t Hate!

New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl.

Brett Favre’s Streak of 297 games – Over. And was looking at 2 losses against the Packers.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – IS OVER! Let them serve openly.

Keith Olbermann for attacking the Tea Party, the Shirley Sherrod Case, and the question “Where are the people of color at the Tea Parties?”

Bill Maher – enough said.

In Music: No I didn’t listen to Justin Bieber and other folks. I listened to Cypress Hill, Diddy Dirty Money, Eminem, The Roots, Toni Braxton, Ice Cube, Michael Jackson’s new joint, Faith Evans, and a bunch of Old School stuff that took me back in the day before Lil Wayne’s and TI’s prison terms.

Windows Phone 7

In Movies: Iron Man 2, The A-Team, The Karate Kid (2010 Version), Machete, Get Him to The Greek, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Faster – which has a Milwaukee connection. And for the record: NO SOCIAL NETWORK!

NBA Jam made a comeback. And Call of Duty: Black Ops was a hit!

On TV: Real Milwaukee – that show is hilarious! WWE, Real Time, True Blood, Entourage, Countdown, The Rachel Maddow Show, & The Ed Show.

I also met new folks on Facebook, a local Black fraternity, and sent over 2,000 tweets on twitter.

The NAACP for standing up to the Tea Party and telling them to repudiate (not refudiate) their racist elements.

Milwaukee gained new stations in HD – A country music station, and a retro station that shows nothing but old school shows.

The Bad:

I need to put this on the top of the list: Ron Johnson and Scott Walker. And my opinion, Tom Barrett and Russ Feingold shouldn’t have lost under the so-called Wisconsin Tea Party folks!

The Tea Party. And not to forget the “Don’t Tread on Me” Flags, and those wished that it was the American Revolution all over again.

Michael Steele.

TeaParty365.

TSA.

The Fox 6 Milwaukee Blog site. I’ll  miss that the most.

The blizzard on the East Coast. Hey, we Midwesterner folks know that all too well.

Folks rushing to the stores to buy the Ipad. It’s not that serious!

Andrew Breitbart and his “stories” of Shirley Sherrod footages with the NAACP.

Sarah Palin.

Alveda King. – She needs a reality check of her famous uncle!

Glenn Beck.

Charlie Sykes and any right wing news hack in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers – don’t hate. If they start winning more,  they will be on my good list.

Atlanta Hawks Player Josh Smith of his comment about Milwaukee in general.

Black owned restaurants in Milwaukee of Stella’s, The Bayou, and Manna House all forced to close up shop. This is one example of why the black (and I mean BLACK) businesses is in need of constant support.

When will Nintendo Wii and EA Sports ever get it with Madden?

Brass Bell Music in Glendale, WI. See my For me post.

Dresser Waukesha for not hiring and training African-Americans in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin and the “boondoggle/It will never work/brain-drain syndrome” – and letting go 810 Million Dollars of High Speed Rail and the jobs. That was a waste.  And Talgo is moving out in 2012 leaving a maintenance base. Wow Scott Walker, and Wisconsin Tax-Payers. Thank you morons for making sure that the state stays behind. Disgusted.

A bar in Wisconsin that refused blacks as patrons. Don’t that send us back even more?!

Haiti Earthquake.

BP Oil Spill.

The flood in Milwaukee that the city didn’t had in over 100 years. Crazy. And remember that sinkhole!

Milwaukee is ranked 4th as poorest in the nation, and it’s still segregated. And the crazy JSOnline folks who spend too much time on the columns of Eugene Kane and others still don’t understand. Are they too broke to work or go to school? My God!

Milwaukee is number 1! ( in Drinking).

Crazy and UGLY!!!!:

What is up with Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach and folks of all colors can’t get along? And again, there are those in Milwaukee who see the blacks as thugs? When will I get my chance? When?!  And when will Milwaukee will get out of the 1975/1980’s “all day everyday” syndrome?

Conan O’Brien leaves the Tonight Show and re-enters Jay Leno. Meanwhile months later, Conan goes to TBS.

Back in the spring, when the Milwaukee Bucks were in the playoffs, the term “Fear The Deer” became a reality when a heard of deer crashed a bar in Menomonie during the game.

I became a “hater victim” on Youtube.  If you want to know, well it was about this jobber named superstr5 or whatever his name was, thought I was lying about going to a wrestling match in 1996.  Hello, I got the ticket stub at home to prove this! Let this be a warning to everyone: I’m not here to get cracked on. If you got a bone to pick on, pick on somebody else. One thing for sure, I did reported the incident on youtube. AND I MEAN on YOUTUBE!

The High Speed Rail Project was first halted by Gov. Jim Doyle, then was the setup by Scott Walker to scrap it.  Again: A Waste.

On the lighter side of things time to reflect on those we lost:

Teena Marie – you younger bucks better recognize real music instead of being a pretty face.

Laurie Bembenek

Leslie Neilsen

Lena Horne

Gary Coleman

Barbara Billingsby

George Steinbrenner

Rue McClanahan

Dixie Carter

Teddy Pendergrass

Locally where I’m at: I lost those who were close –

Forrest Rash

Rev. Jodie Joiner

Ethel Richards

Dorothy McGuin

and two I felt were family: Sabrina Junior who was my cousin was murdered in August.  This was a disgusting act of violence that effected my family, my younger cousins who will not see their mother again. And my family had the family dog we called “boo-bear” had be put to sleep because of age illness. We were blessed to have her as a dog. We took her in our home, fed her, played with her and just took her in as family. We thanked God for her 14 years (98 dog years) she has given us.

2010 was a rough start.  But I think 2011 will be an improvement of better beginnings, healing, and outcomes.