IT”S BLACK, BABY.

It’s coal, a hole, charcoal or your soul,

It’s your boots, your roots, or what makes you whole,

It’s your life, the strife, a knife in the back,

It’s not winning or losing but staying on track,

It’s Black, Baby.

 

It’s a currant or berry, an orchid but no rose,

It’s a lucky cat, a panther or the path that you chose,

That leads to evolution not for all but just those,

Who aren’t too passive to withstand the blows,

It’s Black, Baby.

 

We win all the medals and most of the prizes,

We’re faster and stronger and full of surprises,

We’re peaceful and tranquil when the occasion arises,

But call our homes ‘shitholes’ and you’ll create a crisis,

It’s Black Baby.

 

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All you need to know about Alzheimer’s.

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I just published a new e-book on Kindle, it will be available on Friday. It is non-fiction and a complete guide to understanding Alzheimer’s disease. My portion of the proceeds will go to Alzheimer Research Foundation. If you know someone who has this terrible disease or someone who is trying to care for a loved one with the disease, this book may be helpful. Part of the book is devoted to the most recent scientific research and does give some hope for future.

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This is ‘Trump’s’ great America!

nixonA United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

“I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees.” said Philip Alston, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, earlier this week as he toured a community in Butler County where raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits.

The tour through Alabama’s rural communities is part of a two-week investigation by the U.N. on poverty and human rights abuses in the United States Of particular concern to Alston are specific poverty-related issues that have surfaced across the country in recent years, such as an outbreak of hookworm in Alabama in 2017—a disease typically found in nations with substandard sanitary conditions in South Asia and Subsaharan Africa.

The U.N. investigation aims to study the effects of systemic poverty in a prosperous nation like the United States. By many accounts, poverty in the U.S. is worse than in most developed nations, despite rhetoric espoused by President Donald Trump and others who claim that the U.S. is the “best country in the world.”

According to the Census Bureau, nearly 41 million people in the U.S. live in poverty. That’s the highest rate of poverty among rich countries, as measured by the percentage of people earning less than half the national median income.

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Just an average day? When will it stop?

Enlightened lawmakers are renewing their calls for gun control, following the largest mass shooting in Texas history, as The Great Wizard of Oz (a.k.a. President Donald Trump) and local lawmakers insisted firearms are not the problem.

The renewed guns debate came after 26 people were killed and 19 more were injured during a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Victims ranged in age from 5 years old to 72 years old, officials said.

In the United States, the death rate from gun homicides is about 31 per million people — the equivalent of 27 people shot dead every day of the year.

Sen. Chris Murphy, led the charge demanding stricter gun control laws with a scathing and lengthy statement.

“As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets,” Murphy said.

The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic. The time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something,” he added.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, piled on.

“How many more people must die at churches or concerts or schools before we stop letting the @NRA control this country’s gun policies?” she tweeted.

Sen. Kamala Harris, posted, “Senseless gun violence has torn apart another community — this time in a house of worship.”

“When do we say enough is enough?” she added.

Several Republicans, however, including Trump, said guns weren’t to blame, with some suggesting that more guns may have helped bring the tragedy to a quicker end. The Great Wizard with all his insightful wisdom, called the suspect in the shooting a “very deranged individual,” adding that “we have a lot of mental health problems in our country.”

He should know!

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Out of the mouths of ‘old’ babes!

41zTut24meL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has an annual event called ‘Storyteller Night’, where local residents are asked to tell a story from their pasts. The stories can be true or made up and can be funny, sad or inspirational.

I saw it as a chance to sell a few copies of my book ‘The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Anthology’ which is in fact a collection of short funny, sad and inspirational stories.

Rehearsal night was on Thursday where the host of the show introduced the storytellers and we each told an eight minute story. Ten storytellers were chosen, I was one of them, and we were instructed to appear on the following Wednesday for the ‘live’ performance.

I asked where I could set up a place to sell my books and was told that selling books or anything else was not allowed on Town Hall property.

I was crushed. My only motivation to participate was to sell books. I decided right then and there that I wouldn’t bother to attend. But when Wednesday came around I did the right thing and showed up to tell my story. I had received permission to give out business cards and to provide the information to the audience as to where they could but my book. It was satisfactory compromise.

The audience had been bused in from several assisted living establishments and old folk’s homes. Of the eighty attendees half were in wheelchairs, all were partially deaf and many had no idea where they were, or even cared where they were. I was storyteller number nine out of ten, and with few exceptions the audience was asleep or bored to death. When I finished my story there was a very limited amount of polite applause, mostly from the other storytellers.

I had a prepared thirty second commercial to announce, so I plunged right ahead saying,

“If you enjoyed my story you can read many more just like it in my latest book The Lauderdale-by-the Sea Anthology. It is available online at Amazon.com.”

As soon as the words were out of my mouth I knew that nobody would go online to buy it and most of the audience had no idea what I meant, but I continued on, “if you would like to talk with me after the show is finished I will give you a link!”

There was a moment of silence that was broken by a single very loud male voice telling this news to his wife, “He’s gonna give us a link.”

I think he thought he was going to receive a free gift of some kind.

The wife responded in an equally loud voice that resonated throughout the auditorium by asking, “What the fuck is a link?”

It was the funniest moment of the whole evening. I still chuckle to myself whenever I think about it.

 

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