*Wait! I thought only trained personnel could do things like fight fires…Legally, that is. The California wildfires continue to burn. As of Sunday night it has damaged 270,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 structures and affected more than 100,000 Californians. An alert sent to CNN says the Thomas fire is still only 45% contained and authorities predict that even with the decreasing winds evident today, it won’t be fully contained until January 7.
So far, no rain in the forecast’s sight.
Many of us remain in absolute awe of the first responder’s and firefighters who have so diligently been working around the clock to contain what has been called the state’s third largest fire in history since reliable record-keeping began in 1932. The 2003 Cedar Fire near San Diego was the largest.
But you’d probably be shocked to learn that a great number of these firefighters are actually from the incarcerated population. It’s more than disturbing to know that not only do we have untrained people being placed in such hazardous conditions; because Firefighters are required to go through rigorous training — take classes in EMT; get a paramedics license, be in good physical condition, be of a certain age range — its even more distressing when you learn these untrained people are working more than 72 hours straight, making less than $1 an hour.
*“Donald Trump has brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice, and taken money from foreign governments. We need to impeach this dangerous president.” These are the words of Bay Area Democrat and billionaire, Tom Steyer. You may have seen his ad to impeach Donald Trump (forgive me please, I still can’t write the “P” word in front of his name. I’m trying…) on Fox News.Before it was pulled that is. After Trump saw it and sent him a nasty tweet.
Trump, who obviously has not the least bit of concern for how the public feels about his use of social media; and the lack of respect people have for someone holding the top post in the nation using twitter so ferociously, tweeted:
“Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from the beginning, never wins elections!”
*#Me neither. That’s what a lot of folks will probably be saying when they learn that a Black woman actually created the Movement 10 years ago that today is kicking ass and taking names.
Timing is everything I guess, and race is anything else.
The Movement apparently garnered importance after Caucasian actresses and models came out against sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein.
But when Tarana Burke, an African American woman, created the #MeToo Movement 10 years ago to encourage women of color to speak out against sexual assault sought support, we heard nothing but crickets. Continue reading →
“This is…one of my biggest pet peeves,” Vezmar said. “It was kind of a first date from hell.”
Vezmar claims that the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages.” He also claims that his date ignored his requests to stop texting during the show.
“I said, ‘Listen, your texting is driving me a little nuts’ and she said ‘I can’t not text my friend'” he said. “I said ‘maybe you can take it outside to the lobby, I’ve seen people get kicked out movies for this.'”
Vezmar says the woman left the theatre and never came back, leaving him stranded as they’d driven to the theatre in her car.
So Vezmar is suing his date, for the $17.31 price of his 3D movie ticket.Continue reading →
Coleman Young was Detroit’s first black mayor, and its longest running, serving from 1974 to 1994. He was a hero in metro Detroit’s African American community when I was growing up there. Young was renowned — or infamous, depending on who described him — for not shying away from public debates, be it on the air with prominent television news anchors like the late Bill Bonds, or at town halls with prominent Republican politicians from neighboring counties, like L. Brooks Patterson.
Boy, we could use a “Coleman Young” on the national stage right now, huh?
*President Barack Obama, during his farewell speech, said “If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.”
Detroit’s Myya D. Jones, 22, has taken the president’s sage advice to heart. She’s running for the mayor of her hometown.
“I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told Detroit’s Metro Times. “But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit.”
Now, she hopes to change that narrative, while she changes things in the city she calls home. Continue reading →