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Conservative Women: Waiting to Exhale October 13, 2010

When it comes to women, Democrats leave.

When it comes to Democrats, women stay.

Which makes feminism a battered wife in an abusive relationship.

Looking back on what so- called feminists allowed to happen to Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton prove that.

It is not speaking out against women whose political ideas you don’t believe in that bothers me.  It is the use of words such as “cunt” and “whore” to describe women and liberal feminists acceptance of it as endorsement worthy behavior  that does.

I would not vote for Nancy Pelosi and she is a woman.  I can speak out against her policies but still support women in politics.  If Rush Limbaugh called her a whore, I would speak out against it and I have told conservative friends when they are getting out of hand. You do not have to support Meg Whitman or Sarah Palin but you should not support the use of profane, vile insults hurled at them or any other woman during a campaign.

So far we have on the Republican side of the story -a cunt (Sarah Palin, R-AK), a witch (Christine O’Donnell, R-DE) and a whore (Meg Whitman R-CA).  Now all we need to do is hold open auditions for a bitch and a slut and that pretty much completes our cast for the new play “Adventures in Misogyny Land: But it’s okay because these women are Republicans”.

With the uncovering of Jerry Brown’s audio tape where one of his staff members calls his gubernatorial challenger a “whore”, conservatives held their collective breath waiting for the feminist mother ship NOW to speak out.  Sorry conservatives, it did not work when you tried it on your mothers in the toy department and it won’t t work now.  Blue is not a very good color on you so you might as well exhale.

Hmmm, wonder if he thinks the “whore” is articulate and does not speak Negro dialect?

Gee, that was dismissive. Sure whore, sorry whore.  He also thinks that whores should not have mammograms.

Yes a mammogram does hurt, but as a Republican woman AKA “whore,” I think I am entitled to one.

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AFROCITY

 

Jerry Brown Camp Calls Meg Whitman a “Whore” October 8, 2010

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As usual, the political party that claims to be all for women proves that it is NOT.

Democrats…No class…all ass.

 

September 11th- Nine Years Later September 11, 2010

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I almost did not author a post today- it is very difficult for me.  I lived in New York City during 9/11 and vividly recall the events of the day.  I could not get home that day but I was fortunate. Many would go to their ultimate home in heaven.  Later, their faces were plastered all over the city as if the Twin Towers were one giant milk carton of missing children- God’s children.

When I reflect on what was probably one of  the worst days of my life, anger overcomes me.  Anger at the actual attack, anger that this vile act was committed in the name of religion, and anger at the staggering amount of “truther” moonbats who attempt to violate our feelings with such rubbish.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

While watching the FOX News Timeline broadcast of the events, my body shuddered.  It was impossible for me to watch the recap without feeling in the moment.

Barack Obama wants me to be tolerant.  He wants me to accept that the Ground Zero Mosque will be built- that my support of it will show that I respect all religious views. That my support of Islam  will reveal that  I am a true American- that is staying true to my American traditions in Obama’s view.

I say to President Barack Obama, you have no right to tell me what my actions as a “traditional American” should be.  You did not live in New York City as I did.

You were never there physically or spiritually.

After 9/11 2001,  I had a American flag pin and wore it to show my support for America.  I always had American paraphernalia even before 9/11.  Yes, it slightly troubled me that it took an event as horrific as the destruction of the World Trade Center to move many Americans to wear a flag pin or place a flag in the long forgotten flag base on their Brooklyn brownstone.  But at least the event made them aware of the need for unity…AMONG AMERICANS.

Americans know where their loyalties lie. Do you Mr. President?

Understand, that I do not care what religion our president is be it Christian, Jewish, Buddhist …But he or she had better serve this country by making it clear that they are on the American side. I am tolerant of other religions. I consider myself spiritual. I do not have a church home but I pray daily and attempt to lead a Christian life.  I respect others and try to bring a positive contribution to my country by being a law abiding and productive citizen.

America makes my freedom possible.  The least I can do is support the constitution, espouse to American values and wear a flag pin.

The people who lived through September 11th, did not say this about the American flag as Obama did:

That was enough for me to see.

God Bless America and keep us safe.  Never forget the people who were lost on that day.  Never forget who our enemies are and God bless our troops.

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AFROCITY

 

Liberal Summer Film Fest : Eat Lobster, Love, Pray August 31, 2010

Luncheon in Fur

In a recent post, I wrote about my intense dislike for bullshit. My writings also described the obviously millions of Americans who revel in its sustenance when it comes to any fantasy fulfilling pill to swallow from President Barack Obama.

I am mindful that the president is well liked.

I am mindful that for many, this man represents what was previously thought to be unobtainable.The forty acres and a mule has arrived. Rejoice! The African American standard has been raised.   We can all eat lobster now- that is if you can afford it.

From this post at the White House Dossier:

Obamas Depleting U.S. Lobster Supply

Keith Koffler 

August 25, 2010

So how much lobster are you having during these precarious economic times? What? You’ve had to cut back? No longer ordering it stuffed with crab meat, at least?

Well, if you happen to be the President of the United States or the First Lady, your lobster consumption is continuing at a robust pace.

Yes, the economy is still getting battered. And Tuesday night,  so was President Obama’s lobster.

According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, the president  savored some lobster tempura  at the trendy State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, just the thought of it. If he brings some back to the White House for me, I’ll write whatever he wants.

Monday night at The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard it was the lobster pasta appetizer for the president and a surf and turf entrée – the “surf” being a lobster tail – for Mrs. Obama.

And what would the vacation to Maine in July have been without a taste of everyone’s favorite crustacean. The president did it in a little less genteel fashion that time, heading over to something called Stewman’s Downtown restaurant where he was served the “Lobster Experience” dinner – just regular lobster, corn and slaw.

But the Obamas’ lobster experience is not confined to these shores. Michelle Obama was barely off the plane during her voyage early this month to the Spanish Riviera when, according to the Spanish press, she dived into a feast of sea bass tartare, strawberry gazpacho and sardines, and a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto.

Michelle enjoyed the repast so much that she was right back at it on  August 14 during the Obamas’ two-day Panama City, Fla photo-op vacation. There, at the Firefly restaurant, it was more lobster for Michelle.

Let Them Eat Lobster!!!

Yes again, congratulations  Mr. and Mrs. President on raising the cuisine bar for blacks. We have finally made it to the top.

African Americans and seafood is an inside joke among us brothers and sisters.   When I was in college for a date if a guy really wants to impress a woman he would take her to Red Lobster.  Shrimp, crab, lobster, are all pretty expensive for a family on a budget- even more so if you are a struggling black college student.

Hearing language in the vein of  “Man, I ain’t taking her all out to get no lobster or anything…she ain’t all that!”

Or if you are a young woman like one classmate of mine :

” Shoot as good as I looking tonight that negro had better take me to get some snow crab and lobster. I just got my hair did and looking tight… “

was not uncommon.

Red Lobster is like the pleasure dome of culinary venues for many.  Cheddar biscuit and all you can eat heaven.

From Urban Dictionary:

red lobster

Often reffered[sic] to as “ghetto seafood”.

A place where rednecks, uneducated, ghetto, and often illiterate people go on special occasions, birthdays, aniversarries [sic], weddings. Redlobster is a restaurant which specializes in serving food to the lower portion of society which is why they serve what customers reffer to as, “fried skrimps” with “smashed pertaters”. If fathers day is the most confusing holiday for you, or if your entire extended family consists of five people which live in the same double-wide, your favorite restaurant is most likely red lobster.
“Hey hunny happy aniverarry were going to red lobster!!!”

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File

Because dining out is a cultural event in some circles, I was not one bit shocked to hear the following on a Chicago bus recently:

“Obama is all up in that White House mutha eating lobster and steaks, brutha eating good like a black boy should,” laughed the older African American male in his mid to late fifties.

His companion also a black male, of about the same age chuckled along with him and added,  “Man I’d be eating lobster all damn day too if I was president…Ni–ga will kill for some lobster now…gotta wait for someone to die n’ shit before you can get some lobster…”

After this important  topic, the men then began a conversation about  a subject that was more serious and pertinent to the woes of African Americans in Chicago.  Apparently  they knew  a friend’s son  that was killed by random gunfire.  Not surpising seeing as how 300 people were shot in Chicago during the month of July:

From this story in the Chicago Tribune

303 people shot in July

By Annie Sweeney, Jeremy Gorner and Joe Germuska  August 21, 2010

…More than 300 people were shot in Chicago last month. At least 33 of them have died.

Some victims made headlines, like 13-year-old Robert Freeman Jr., who was fatally shot on his block while hanging out with friends. The city paused when two Chicago police officers — Michael Bailey and Thor Soderberg — were gunned down in uniform within weeks of each other.

But many more victims of shootings in July — historically among the city’s most dangerous months — suffered unnoticed by the rest of the city.

Crime has been holding steady in Chicago in recent years. Through July, there have been 1,089 shootings in the city, a 2.4 percent decrease over last year. This July, police counted 221 shooting incidents, compared with 229 in July 2009. A review of seven years worth of shootings showed similar numbers.

In other words, this was a typical July.

The Chicago Police Department declined to provide the number of shooting victims in July or comment about the month’s shooting tally. But a Tribune analysis of reported shootings, based on logs kept by police and reporting by the Tribune, counted 303 people who were injured in shootings last month.

The Tribune’s analysis showed that shootings occurred in predictable places — the Far South Side and West Side, for instance, where violence has been a pervasive problem for decades. It also showed how a bullet — even one that doesn’t kill — pierced a path of destruction in victims, families and the neighborhoods where they live.

So great! President Obama and his First Lady can live the Great American Lobster Fest!!

Now does this mean that his supporters must continue remain totally blind to the incompetency of the Obama administration?

Do you have to aid and abet an empty suit government?  Can you continue to ignore the complete and utterly blatant absence of checks and balances when it comes to the passage of” Obamalawz ” ?  Healthcare …executive orders,  immigration? Does this mean that you have not checked your bank balances recently?

Is there a lobster in every pot or just water stew with a few leaves of arugula floating around in it?

And yes in full disclosure- I have dined on lobster this summer. Jewel Foodstore had a sale on lobster tails at $6.99 each.  I bought two lobster tails.  $14 splurge for Afrocity and the next day I ate spaghetti with Ragu sauce for dinner and Beenie Weenies for lunch  to make up for it.

For liberals, the rich and  Christian conservatives are the wrongdoers.

I mentioned in many of my posts that liberals adore being victims and I will admit here that some are.  However, the people doing the fighting for the victims, are far from being victims and many of them never were victims. Not then, not when you voted for them because they “got you” and certainly not now.  They need victims in order to be elected. Once elected,  you stay a victim while they spoon our tax dollars down their throats.

They eat lobster while you eat that Hope n’ Change cake.

Mmmmm good huh?  Tastes like air.

Of all political ideologies liberalism, according to Democrats, is the most caring.

Really?

Did you know that in 2007  Sarah Palin gave more to charity than Obama and Joe Biden combined?  She also made less money than the then DNC high office nominees.  Much fodder was made out of Sarah Palin’s RNC bought wardrobe.  Debate encircled the Alaskan VP candidate and her choice of make-up, clothes, shoes, Kmart pampers.

“Sarah is so out of touch with American people,” a liberal acquaintance told me. ” She is so provincial. Big house, all of these kids…In Huffpo it was reported that she cost the state of Alaska millions in travel fees to cart around those brats and her snow ski bunny husband…They say she has a tanning bed in her house. IN HER HOUSE!!!”

You are probably wondering what Afrocity was doing at this point in the conversation.

Nothing.

My friend’s Palin hate was on autopilot. There was no stopping her and in fact, I took some sort of sick twisted tingle up my leg joy while watching her.

While bemoaning Sarah’s tanning bed, my friend never once mentioned Barack Obama’s discounted mob assisted mansion-ish purchase.  Not one word about First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Lanvin $565 tennis shoes, or her shopping sprees at Ikram (an upscale Chicago designer boutique).

Michelle Obama in her groovy $500 plus Lanvin shoes

$500 shoes worn to a charity event during a recession?

But somehow  in the eye’s of his adoring supporters,  the Obama’s are in touch with the American People.  Sure they are in touch with the American people…All of the American people  who attended Ivy League schools and were raised in Hawaii, and now live in mansions.  Class warfare on the part of liberals is like Wag the Dog.  Outsiders to limousine liberals do not understand this.  In contrast to Republicans  who don’t openly preach disdain for those who have, the liberal power brokers preach sacrifice and cry victim while secretly going home to maids, private schooling for their children, and obviously lobster, lobster and more lobster.

The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more. ” —Michelle Obama

I will give up my piece of the pie Michelle,  but only if you promise to give up your lobster.
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AFROCITY
 

Weekend Soliloquy: Civil Rights and Triumph Over Mistake August 28, 2010

Emmett Til

All over mainstream media, the story today is focused on the Glenn Beck “Restoring  Honor” rally; the strongest reactions coming from the political left.

“Tea Partiers are having a rally on Martin Luther King’s Washington March Anniversary!!!”

But today August 28th is also another anniversary which marks a historic moment in the quest for equality–the death of Emmett Till.

Emmet was a young boy of 14 years, from Chicago, Illinois.  One summer in 1955,  Emmett’s mother Mamie Carthan Till,  allowed him to visit his uncle Moses Wright, in Money, Mississippi a small southern town.   This was a customary tradition among African Americans in many northern cities.  We migrated from the delta,  Alabama,Memphis, whatever southern state you were from  but during the summers you send the kids back “down south”.

Emmett arrived in Mississippi on August 21, 1955.  For several days the young black boy visited with his southern relatives without incident.  Known for being “sassy”,  his mother had warned him of the consequences of his behavior in the south which was nothing like Chicago.  The black code of acceptable behavior in the Black Metropolis was restricted in southern regions where lynchings took place.  For this very reason, a black man could not say the same things to whites and get away with it as he might would in the north.

Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Cartham Till

But Emmett was just a child and did not heed his mother’s warnings.  Fifty-five years ago today, Emmett Till was brutally murdered because of an innocent mistake.  What ensued was a media and civil rights sensation.

Sensation is one sure way to bring attention to a cause, especially on the anniversary of a historic event such as one commemorating the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  But today is also Emmett’s day.

And it is a day to think of mistakes and what we can transform them into.  What do you have left once a mistake is made?

“We should have told my father,” said the man about Emmett Till. But they were just boys being boys.  After a day of picking cotton, they went to Bryant’s Store to buy candy with their hard earned pennies.  What if they had not gone to the store? What if Emmett had not whistled at the white woman?

When Emmett’s body arrived in Chicago on September 2, 1955, Mamie Till saw the horror of what “they” did to her son.  She insisted on an open casket public funeral.

“I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby,”  she would say.

“Emmett never should have whistled at that white woman,”  my mother would tell me. “Never make the mistake of speaking out of turn to whites…we all knew that. Heck you almost did not get away with it in Chicago but you know black boys have to see the white girls and get something they don’t have…Just like your brother over in Germany dating every white woman he can get his hands on. “

I wondered why did the adults let Emmet be taken away.

“Couldn’t someone stop them?” I asked. Why do black people always seem so helpless?  Here I was  eleven years old and all I ever heard was stories about black men being killed.  Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr. , now this Emmett Till boy.

Mother laughed at the ignorance of my question.  Dumb girl growing up in the 1980′s who benefits from the struggles of her forefathers. What does Afrocity know?

“Afrocity that is down south…Black folks down there let whites do whatever the hell they want to them and that woman never should have let her son go down there.  Why go back down south when you worked so hard to get here?”

African American Quilt- "Sold Down South"

“Momma did people get hanged here like in Roots ?”

“Not like that,” mother answered. “That thing only happens in the south where rednecks live. They tried to kill your grandfather for dating a white girl in Mississippi…Backwards is the south- no place for a black boy to be.”

By now you probably think my mother was a racist.  You may be correct on some level but please understand that for my mother, the story of Emmet Till was too close to home.  Like us,  Emmett was a Chicagoan. He was two years younger than my mother. The tragedy occurred only several months after she had given birth to her first child, a son.

She was sixteen years old and a mother who had a made a mistake and gotten pregnant.

No one congratulates mothers who are sixteen.  She lay there in the hospital under the stares of nurses and her siblings- the ostracism of her preacher father.

She was humiliated and alone.

My mother did not know Mamie Till though I am sure they crossed paths on the bus or some point during the course of a busy day in the Black Metropolis.  Mamie like, my mother would raise her new son as a single woman. But mother would see her son become a man and Mamie would not.  After the birth of her mistake, mother would pick up Jet magazine and read the story of the boy who was murdered on August 28th, 1955.

In my brother’s newborn face she saw the face of Emmett Till; a young African American male who faced the obstacles of racism.  She did not want her son to end up in someone’s river.

I whined,  “What about me? Why can’t I go down south for the summer like Teresa and everyone else?   I am always left here and my friends-”

Mother gave me that turned up- pursed lip look.  “Do you want to go pick cotton and live like a slave?”

“No.”

I did not believe that would happen because my friends always came back from down south with freshly cornrowed hair, tanned skin  and new clothes.  Jealousy over their having someplace to go other than Chicago made me want to travel down south too. “…but Teresa says she has lots of fun-”

“Fun doing what?” mother mocked. ” Fun being afraid of what to do and say in front of white people? You know about those kids being murdered like water in Atlanta! Teresa is gonna end up tied to a tree with panties stuffed in her mouth like that girl Angel.  She was 11 years old just like you. Ronald Reagan is trying ti hush those folks up with money- knowing damn well that some crazy white redneck is killing those kids.”

Mother was referring to the Atlanta Child Murders which were taking place at the time.

“You better be appreciative of what you have in Chicago,” she lectured on ” You are in a place that is free from slavery and stupid backwards white people. They all voted for Ronald Reagan… He said he wants to make America what it once was. You know what that means don’t cha?”

I shook my head.

“He wants America to be for whites again. A place where blacks have no power like we did in the 40′s and 50′s.  That’s what Ronald Reagan means when he talks about America being what it used to be.”

Afrocity never went down south.

We would not make make the same mistakes.

Reportedly Martin Luther King was told that he was making a mistake by marching on Washington… but he did it anyway.

This makes me wonder about mistakes and where they position us in life after they take place.

What happens if all of the bad, senseless, stupid  things in life never happened?

What if man never made mistakes?

Was it a mistake for Martin Luther King Jr. to walk out on that Memphis motel  balcony in 1968?  Did Jesse Jackson ever think afterwards “why did we let Martin do that?”

Let’s suppose that Jackson, had said to MLK “You know what Martin, I do not think that is a good idea…tensions are high…you had better be careful?”

So King did not walk onto the balcony and was never assassinated.

Where would we be today had King not been murdered? Would African Americans have been even better with his continued counsel?  Would liberals still argue with Glenn Beck over his right to restore honor?

Would there still be a President Obama had Dr. King lived?

What if someone had intervened on 9/11 before those planes crashed into the World Trade Center?

Had someone at Boston’s Logan Airport  said “You know what , something is not right about that guy and I am going to report it.”     And very near the plane’s departure a flight attendant tapped a would be hijacker’s shoulder and said “Sir come with me…”

Would there not be a fight over a mosque being built in NYC today?

Like lots of people, I always ask myself where would I be if I had not made mistakes in life.  What if I acted sooner?  Some mistakes have a greater impact than others.   I should have studied harder in high school so I could have attended a better college thus allowing myself more opportunities.  That was a somewhat minor mistake.  I did go to college albeit not an Ivy League but I did get my bachelors, and subsequently a Masters Degree.  My career is fulfilling and I live a fairly comfortable life.  Does this gloss over the mistake?

Do you fall off track and somehow get back on at other stages in your life?

Sometimes, you can’t recover. Some mistakes have greater consequences and involve life and death.

What if I had went to visit my mother sooner? Would she be alive today?

What if  a mother never let her son visit his uncle in Mississippi in August of 1955?

Would there still be an Emmett Till today?

Would Bob Dylan have written a wonderful tribute to the little black boy killed by racism and ignorance in Mississippi?

The Death Of Emmett Till

Lyrics by Bob Dylan

Twas down in Mississippi not so long ago,
When a young boy from Chicago walked through a
Southern door.
This boy’s fateful tragedy you should all remember well,
The color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till.

Some men they dragged him to a barn and there they beat him up.
They said they had a reason, but I disremember what.
They tortured him and did some things too evil to
repeat.
There was screaming sounds inside the barn, there was
laughing sounds out on the street.

Then they rolled his body down a gulf amidst a blood-red rain
And they threw him in the waters wide to cease his
screaming pain.
The reason that they killed him there, and I’m sure it
was no lie,
He was a Black skin boy so he was born to die
And then to stop the United States of yelling for a trial,
Two brothers they confessed that they had killed poor
Emmett Till.
But on the jury there were men who helped the brothers
commit this awful crime,
And so this trial was a mockery, but nobody seemed to mind.

I saw the morning papers but I could not bear to see
The smiling brothers walkin’ down the courthouse stairs.
For the jury found them innocent and the brothers they went free,
While Emmett’s body floats the foam of a Jim Crow southern sea.

If you can’t speak out against this kind of thing, a crime
that’s so unjust,
Your eyes are filled with dead men’s dirt, your mind is
filled with dust.
Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains, and
your blood it must refuse to flow,
For you let this human race fall down so God-awful low!

This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man
That this kind of thing still lives today in that
ghost-robed Ku Klux Klan.
But if all us folks that thinks alike, if we gave all we
could give,
We could make this great land of ours a greater place to live.

Would we still have been able to learn the lessons we have from Emmett’s death?

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY


Emmett Louis Till

(July 25, 1941-August 28, 1955)


(Here is nice interpretation of the Till story by Bob Dylan)

 

Mr. Beck’s Blackboard Jungle Goes To Washington…With MLK August 27, 2010

Welcome to the return of ALS Diversity Fatigue Friday!

This being ALS Diversity Fatigue Friday, is the perfect day to post about an upcoming event tomorrow which has become a rather heated matter of debate for those of divergent political backgrounds.

On Saturday, August 28th at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,  there will be a “Million Tea Bag March” to commemorate the gathering of Dr. Martin Luther King JR.’s historic  march on Washington on the very same day in 1963.

Yes, on “I Have A Dream Day”  millions of Tea Partiers will march on Washington in order to promote civil and First Amendment rights and recognize the service of our veterans.  The sponsor of this event- Glenn Beck.

Yes I said Glenn Beck.

And by now you have just spit your Vitamin Water and realized why this rally has become a spectacle for debate.

As a matter of full disclosure,  I  am only jesting in my use of the title “Million Tea bag March “.

Actually the rally is entitled  “Restoring Honor” . Glenn Beck’s sponsorship of the event remains in the not jesting category.  This is very real and making liberals of the Rev. Al Sharpton ilk very angry.


And I do not understand why the left is angry.

I do not understand why self-professed tolerant liberals who argue for things such as a mosque near Ground Zero would be upset that Glenn Beck is marching on Washington on the MLK’s anniversary. ..

Oh what did you say? Okay, now I get it…Because Glenn Beck works for Fox News, he must be a conservative, therefore not worthy of commemorating a historic event in our nation’s history which marks an accolade during the Civil Rights era.

Which is why liberals have mocked Glenn’s original poster with this im-poster (pun intended):

By the way, in the first clip of Glenn Beck , he is talking about Barack Obama – not Martin Luther King Jr.!  I love the way that was juxtaposed and taken out of context.

Hmm, MLK and Glenn Beck….

Listen up liberals, there is no doubt that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  occupies a position of importance in American History, especially for African Americans and Democrats.  Dr. King is the Moses of the Civil Rights era, he led his people to the promised land.

But you are not MLK’s only people.

Do you think that MLK only represented people who hold your views?

Is his memory shared among those with whom he dissented?

Do you believe that only African American’s were included in his vision?

Dr. King wanted people to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin…I will carry it further and add… or the lever they pull in the voting booth.   Civil Rights affected everyone, even racists such as segregationists.  It was up to them whether or not they benefited from King’s sacrifices in a positive manner.

My above statement is by no means an implication that Glenn Beck is a racist.


He is not.  Whacky in a very Howard Beale ala Peter Finch /Network way he is.


My support of Glenn Beck is tepid.

He started off with a great message but I became lost in the minutia of the blackboard, scented chalk, venn diagrams and finger puppets.  Beck is the Romper Room of Fox News and I find myself wanting to run for graham crackers and a juice box whenever I see him.

“What is this dude talking about?”  I ask.

But there are Beck fans that “get” him and I respect that.   I just don’t do blackboards.

Afrocity is more of a Sean Hannity girl.  I like my pundits straight and without a lot of visual stimulation.   Seldom is Beck on my tele-radar.  Having said that, the show has been seen enough by me to know that he is not a racist.  I also admire his courage to cry on camera and discuss his mother’s  suicide and his battle with alcoholism.

Whatever Glenn Beck is …Martin Luther King,  he is not.

He never said he was.

Did anyone ever hear Glenn Beck say he was Martin Luther King?  Has anyone seen Glenn Beck’s face next to MLK’s on some Hypercolor tee-shirts or thongs like someone we all know?

But obviously you were okay with Barack Obama appropriating the memory of MLK for his own political gain because…Obama is black and one of Dr. King’s people.

Whatever Barack Obama is…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , he is not.

The man above needs a doctor.

But according to liberals, it is okay to climb up to the Tower of Liberal Fable–  otherwise known as “Kool Aid Mountain” and create the DNC golden calf-ish lobster eating, Martha’s Vineyard vacationing Obama in Martin Luther King’s image.  A wrongful death of logic it is,  to believe that liberals and only liberals have claim to the memory of MLK.

It does not matter to the Beck rally critics that some of the Tea Partiers who attend may be African Americans or folks who were involved in the Civil Rights movement directly and positively.

What happens when you worship a golden calf? Time wears the gold off the feet of all idols and Styrofoam Greek temples, if their feet be made of clay.

The King legacy is yours to pimp.

Do you really believe that the Tea Party has nothing to do with the dream of equal rights?

Unlike Obama, King was a unifying force.

He was not divisive or arrogant. He was humble.

King was a fierce proponent of peaceful protest and non violence .  He worked across the political and cultural aisle with Democrats and Republicans , blacks and whites in order to advance the Civil Rights Movement.  On October 10, 1963 after his great march, the FBI wiretapped King’s home -under the orders of US Attorney General Robert  Kennedy.  Suspicious of King, Kennedy believed that this preacher man from Alabama had ties to the communist party.

So much for civil rights from the Democrats.

So much for looking beyond fear and paranoia and into the content of  Dr. King’s character.  And this is a benign version of the incident.  Dr. King’s relationships with the Kennedy’s and many Democrats were laced with tension and mistrust.   Democrats voted against Civil Rights legislation in large numbers- Republican votes helped pass the bill.  Even JFK voted against civil rights measures as a senator.

Martin Luther King Sr. was actually a Republican and there is a significant amount of proof that MLK was as well…that is until they switched parties.

There is much speculation as to why the father and son switched from Republican to Democrat.   There are some historians who believe that Kennedy’s assistance when King was imprisoned, served as an impetus for gaining the Kings’ support. Others believe the Democrats offered King hope for the future of African Americans by outlining programs to promote self-reliance and success– also known as  “the Great Society” under the Johnson administration.  Left to itself without true structure or aims,  the Great Society led to nothing but dependence upon the Federal Government and the break up of the black family.   I will never allow myself to believe that MLK knew this would happen.

After King’s assassination in 1968,  with African Americans delivered on a platter to the Democrats,  President Lyndon B. Johnson’s got his wish;  “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years, ” he said.

Perhaps. It is possible that African Americans will always be 95% Democrat as a race. However, you cannot have your MLK cake and eat it too.

During the 1980′s liberals rallied President Reagan for a national holiday commemorating King’s birthday. and they got it.

NATIONAL HOLIDAY. No mail. Stay at home.

That is everyone’s holiday and King’s memory belongs to ALL.

Your King day is my King Day is Glenn Beck’s King Day.

Upon leaving Washington DC two weeks ago, I felt secure in knowing that a museum dedicated to African American history would finally reside on the Washington Mall in the year 2015. Being a curator and an avid museum goer, I have wanted this for some time in my life.  Seeing the beginnings of African American themed  exhibits at the Smithsonian bring me closer to the reality of a museum which shares MY heritage with my fellow Americans.

Me looking at an exhibit on The Apollo Theatre at the Smithsonian

For years, I have been secretly jealous of a particular museum which has nothing to do with my heritage directly but rather captures my heart and the attention of so many others who pass through its doors.  Of course I am speaking of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

One museum is a reality, the other is just a design.

Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup is the architectural team who will design the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall near the Washington Monument.

As a study in memory and trauma, the Holocaust extends to every American whether they wish to admit it or not. The evidence and ugliness of genocide went beyond traditional boundaries of race or creed.  There were crimes –genocide- the extermination of thousands of Jews which yielded victims.

There was punishment for war crimes which yielded villains.  There were those who served as intervention, as rescuers , – Great Britain, Russia, and the United States.  There were massive relief efforts to refugees by American organizations such as the Joint Distribution Committee. Food, money clothing sent to Poland, Germany, France.

This was everyone’s story and everyone can remember that story either personally through photographs and spoken word or publicly remembered at spaces such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.  You may ask, why is there a museum placed within our US capital solely dedicated to an event which did not take place on American soil.  The answer is simple.

Because the Holocaust did not end in the concentration camps; it did not end with the suicide of Adolph Hitler.  What was left behind was the scars of trauma and the triumph of survival –all crystallized as memory.  If one were to survive the Holocaust and come to the United States, those memories and the need to remember or forget came with them. As Americans we are all included in the process of holocaust remembrance because Jewish immigrants are Americans.  The museum is in America because we all either directly or through collective memory have a claim on the event. It is ours.

Every visitor, even African American non-Jewish Afrocity brings some sense of self and understanding to the commemorative space. What does the Holocaust mean to me as a black woman?   Looking at the seemingly millions of Jewish faces – portraits of life and legacy which were extinguished,  I only have one comparison to make- the trauma of slavery and the triumph of the Civil Rights Act.

Permanent Exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Wall of faces

I take inspiration from the Jewish community in knowing that despite a horrific event, they overcame.

I want that for African Americans and I want everyone to commemorate the loss, pain and struggles of slavery publicly in a safe space for everyone without judgment.

African American history is American history.

Our museum will be your museum.

The march that Dr. King took on August 28, 1968 is everyone’s march.

There are no special claims.

Go march on Washington Mr. Beck

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Media Come Lately: The Cult of Personality Vs. The Cult of Constitutionality August 24, 2010

During a recent Fox News report, I noticed Juan Williams aka FOX NEWS LIBERAL IN CHIEF  warning the Republicans that the American people have no faith in them despite the tanking support for Democrats.

It should go without saying that the blame merchants that are the DNC, have again stuck their donkey heads in the sand when it comes to knowing what the American people want.

Welcome to the new mainstream media liberal spin on their impending ass kicking in November.   We are going to lose but we will a) let you conservatives know that the American public hates you while being unsure of us and b) try to offer you advice on how to win in November so it can look like you won because you actually listened to us hence we do not look as in the tank for Obama as we really are.

Some liberal commentators avoid the trap by admitting that the Democrats are screwed.  I respect this.  If the GOP was doing things that I disagreed with, I would say so.   According to Dr. Phil, in his bestseller  Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters

Life Law #4

” YOU CANNOT CHANGE WHAT YOU DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE”.

Regardless of your opinion of Dr. Phil,  the Texan is right.   The Democrats should look themselves in the face and say “We suck. The people do not like our policies. They want moderation. We need to change.”

But instead they look in the mirror and see greatness. They see poor Americans who do know what they need so the Democrats know what is best for these aimless citizens.  Green propaganda is shoved down our throats. We are over-stimulated and under paid.

Unchallenged by the media and his supporters, Obama and his liberal marinated Congress continue to drive the Democratic Party into a ditch that gets deeper and deeper by the month.  The party of free speech and open protest located the Tea Party as the crazy racist in this piece.  What happened to “get in their faces” ?   What happened to “get angry”?  It did not apply to the Tea Party movement.

Photo from the Cincinnati Tea Party

As the anti-tax party moved forward, they were mocked by the mainstream media and President Obama.  The protesters were misguided Americans who were resistant to the “hope” that Obama offered.

Cartoon by Lisa Benson

In the world according to the media, Democrats are never at fault.


YOU are the problem and the Republicans cannot offer YOU anything better but since YOU may vote for them anyway lets say some stuff to make US feel better about our predicament.

From CNN:

10 things Republicans must do in 10 weeks

By Ed Hornick, CNN

August 24, 2010 9:04 a.m.

Washington (CNN) — With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, analysts expect big wins for Republicans.

But strategists and analysts say there are some key things the GOP must do to win over the American people and have a chance of taking back control of Congress.

1. Focus on jobs, jobs, jobs

Ron Christie, a Republican strategist who worked for former President George W. Bush, said that Republicans must play up how Democrats have focused too much energy on issues other than jobs.

“I think Republicans are poised to make significant gains in the House, if not outright control, and bolster their significant minority status in the Senate by talking about one thing, and that’s jobs,” he added. “And within the jobs mantra, it’s how they would strengthen the economy.”

Christie said that it’s incumbent upon Republicans to make the case why they should be trusted with the “keys to the car” and why they should be “given the chance to drive the cars of government once again.”

2. Become the party of solutions, not “no”

Democrats have argued throughout policy debates in Congress that Republicans are the “party of no” and the “party of obstruction” — standing firm against important legislation simply to undermine Democrats. Republicans argue they are trying to stop the Democrats’ radical agenda from becoming law.

“One of the biggest challenges for Republicans heading into November is that they need to be the party of ideas,” said Mark Preston, CNN senior political editor. “They just can’t be the party of obstruction … but to also offer solutions to some of the problems that are facing the nation.”

Christie added that in order to win over voters, his party needs to “rebuild the breach of trust” they’ve lost in articulating their vision and ideas to fix kitchen table issues.

3. Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow

Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist, noted it’s important for Republicans to look forward as they campaign.

“Fundamentally, every midterm election is a contest about the future, what you’re going to do, what the next day’s going to look like,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And whether or not the voters want to see a relitigation of the past at a time where they are obviously very angry about the present and not too hopeful about the future is a very big mistake.”

Christie said that health care policy is a case in point:

“Just saying no to health insurance is not the way forward for Republicans in this election,” he said.

4. Offense is the best defense

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the first to admit his party is on the offense this election cycle and is confident his party will prevail in November.

“The American public has taken a look at this administration,” he said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday. “They think it’s spending too much, borrowing too much, taking over too much of the private sector and now raising taxes on top of it. … There are 70 some odd days between now and the election. I’m optimistic.”

The Republican Party by most accounts was left for dead in 2009, with no real leader and a party apparatus in disarray, Preston said. But things quickly changed.

House Republicans, he said, were the “first glue to try to pull the party back together and that was their opposition to the stimulus. And from there, they were able to build upon that.”

5. Offer a “Contract with a America” Part II

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been credited with Republicans taking back control of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections. His “Contract with America” — a set of party principles and policy solutions — resonated with voters.

It’s something Republicans should use once again to drive home their message to the electorate, Christie said.

“Republicans need to articulate why they should be given the trust and the responsibility to drive the course of the nation,” he said. “I think if there are five or 10 specific areas that, if given the trust, the Republicans would do and would enact within an amount of time, I think that would be very strong because people could look very clearly and delineate what the Republican message and what the Republicans platform is expressed to be.”

6) Embrace tea party support with caution

While the tea party is not an official political party, it is a visible and vocal movement. It’s concerned about government spending and a growing deficit, which are traditional conservative issues.

McConnell noted on Sunday that the movement has been “extremely helpful” and has “produced a lot of energy in our primaries and I think it’s going to produce victories in November.”

But Preston warned that Republicans should proceed with caution, because the tea party movement “really prides itself on being very independent and not tied to Washington.”

“While Republicans need to embrace them, they can’t try to pull them in into their wings and have them be their soldiers heading into November,” he added.

7. Avoid social issues

In a year when the economy is issue No. 1, observers argue Republicans don’t need to bring up hot-button issues such as same-sex marriage, which normally revs up the base. This year, they say, the base is energized and ready to take back control.

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay and lesbian group, said that Republicans should be “consistently maintaining a general drumbeat of messaging on core conservative principles of individual liberty, individual responsibility, free-market economy, tax reform, strong national defense and a confident foreign policy” rather than weighing in on same-sex marriage.

8. Appeal to independents

Independents are widely credited for helping Barack Obama win office in 2008. But a lot has changed since then. Polls show that independents have drifted away from the president and his party.

Courting independents, then, is vital.

“The Republicans know that independents were an absolutely critical partner to Obama in the presidential election in 2008,” said Jacqueline Salit, president of independentvoting.org, a national strategy and organizing center for independents. “So there’s a lot of energy going into trying to peel independents away and turn them back to center-right.”

9. Channel Bill Clinton (yes, Bill Clinton)

Perhaps surprisingly, Christie said Republicans should channel former President Bill Clinton’s optimism and love of country when on the campaign trail.

“President Clinton was very much a strong supporter of this country. He loved this country. He clearly connected with the constituents that elected him,” he said. “You contrast that with a president who seems self-pitying; who seems to loathe political opposition; who seems to be in a position that ‘I’m somehow above the fray and that these are my policies, take ‘em or leave ‘em.’ “

10. Turn the Bush blame game around

Obama has recently begun to blast Bush and his administration for causing the country’s current economic conditions. Republicans jumped on that criticism, saying it shows a party that is afraid to run on its legislative record.

While polls show that Bush is still unpopular with most Americans, Republicans may be able use the Bush blame game against Democrats.

“I think rather than Republicans playing defense or speaking about President Bush or President Bush’s record, they need to say that Democrats aren’t willing to talk about moving forward. And we are,” Christie said. “And the longer that they dwell on the past, it shows that they are not up to the task of leading us forward in these difficult times.”

At risk of sounding like a panderer I will admit that there may be some truth to the “voters do not trust Republicans either”  theory.   However as I have stated in other posts, when it comes to food on the table, people don’t care if the food comes from the jackass or the elephant as long as there is food.

Juan Williams can blame Bush all he likes.  He can even call the Republicans racist.  If the Democrats continue to practice the persistence of stupidity and spending, they will lose.  As the liberal voice of Fox News, you would think Juan would get a clue when he can no longer come up with plausible rebuttals to the arguments and insights of his conservative colleagues.

It was sad to see Juan argue that blaming Bush is a reasonable campaign strategy for Democrats in November 2010.   Any fifth grader can see that it is not working.  Is confronting the real problem in your party really that terrifying? Can anyone fully articulate why the Democrats do not own the current situation or at least why working solutions are not being executed?

Hmmm tea or Kool-aid?

How about a tall glass of  truth?

More and more voters  are becoming “independent”  at the ballot box.   While the skeptic in me will always believe that you are more so inclined towards one party or the other, I believe that party loyalty will fly out the window if the party in majority is not competent of doing its job.

We saw this with the number of Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan many elections ago.  This trend was also witnessed during the 2008 elections when some Republicans actually voted for Obama over McCain ala Colin Powell.

Also, beware of the “protest voter”.   Here the mindset is “I am voting for the other party which is against you because I love what you once were and hope to see you return”  and/or “stop taking my support for granted”.

2008 was the year of the candidate.

Faces, names, rhetoric- the cult of personality. But not so fast this time Democrats.

2010 will be the year of the voter.

Feelings, anger, American values , protest- the cult of constitutionality.

We want our country back.

We want to restore our economy.

We want to feel safe from terrorism.

We want energy independence.

We want our government to look like a body of sane individuals and not like a space ship full of spend psycho aliens landed.

We want America.

We the people got the memo long before the mainstream media.

So take your Monday morning quarterback advice and shove it.

We are taking our country back one voter at a time.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Vacation Soliloquy: Afrocity Gets Sandbagged in DC August 15, 2010

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I am addressing you from our nation’s capital today.  A short break from Chicago was necessary in order to recharge my batteries and take in some of the sights.  I missed so many when I was last in Washington.

The Holocaust Museum was on my list along with the Air and Space Museum and the DC- Zoo.    Upon checking into my hotel, I realized that as usual, I left some much needed toiletries at home.  No problem- I would just skip through the lobby and find the nearest drugstore.  The Adams Morgan neighborhood was very  trendy- very Afrocity. Upscale boutiques, 12 Starbucks, an apothecary.  Everything a conservative girl with liberal shopping attitudes would want.   But at the moment, I needed some talc powder for those humid days and body lotion.   Hmmm, I saw a CVS store that would fit the bill.   Nail polish no.  Tampons no…Ah Caress Body wash, Nivea, and Shower to Shower.    Dreadful was the wait in line for  the register but finally when I made it, all I wanted was to pay for my items.  I did not anticipate a conservative meltdown.

“Do you want a bag?” asked the cashier hesitantly.

Big Afrocity smile, “yes, thank you.”

“That will be five cents extra…is that okay with you?”

Ummm. Did he just ask me to pay for a bag?  Yes he did.

“Are you serious?”  I asked.  WTF?

“DC bag fee…Or you can carry your items.”

Sure me and all of my toiletries walking through the hotel lobby. Nivea shoved under my armpit while maneuvering the passkey.

I never knew about the law. I was after all a visitor in a foreign country.

From NBC NEWS last January:

D.C. Bag Fee Still Creating Confusion

Businesses unsure if they have to charge

By MATTHEW STAWARZ
Updated 10:15 AM EDT, Tue, Jan 26, 2010

It didn’t take long for the D.C. bag fee to raise a more difficult question than “paper or plastic?”  How about, “Is edible body frosting really food?”

A little more than three weeks in, there is still a lot of confusion about which businesses are subject to charging the 5-cent fee. The city council’s intention in passing the law was green. They wanted to both reduce waste and raise money.
However, the wording of the law leaves some interpretation about who needs to charge customers. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, many local businesses still cannot figure it out. The law applies to any store that sells food. But what constitutes food?
One example in the paper’s report is a business where most people would not go to eat: Pleasure Palace. It’s an adult store that happens to sell edible body frosting. Sure, you can eat it, but is it food?
“I’m not sure if it applies to me,” the owner, Cecilia Colglazier, told the Journal.
So for the moment, Pleasure Palace is not charging the fee.
Sell food outdoors, and the law gets even more confusing. The Web site The Slow Cook witnessed vendors at a local farmers market in Dupont Circle doling out their goods in plastic bags, with no added fees.

Picture from my trip to the Smithsonian. Can I just click my slippers and go back to life before Obama?

The big question of the moment is did I pay the five cent bag fee…Yes I did.  What choice did I have?  You may say Afrocity it was only a nickel. But it was my nickel.  I thought the system goes something like this: you buy something- store puts it in a bag – FOR FREE.  When will a nickel turn into a dime or a dollar?  I get the logic behind this: be green or you will pay.  To avoid the fee, you will bring your own bags just like we bring our own food on airplanes today. What’s next?  Paying extra for the white creamy center of an Oreo cookie?
Government interference, liberal idealism= less money in your pocket.  PERIOD. I am sold.  Never a Democrat again.
The conservatives have Afrocity in the bag.

Autographed Letter Signed,
AFROCITY
 

Sunday Soliloquy: Afrocity- An Accidental Study in Sustainable Design July 11, 2010

Only by the most elaborate maneuvers of denial could I pretend that I am not getting older.  Whether it is the cellulite that is taking up residence in my thighs or the pain in my left hand from ever so worsening arthritis,  Afrocity is no spring chicken.

Last Saturday, I went for sushi with a friend.  Proud of the eel and uni delectables I consumed over white rice,   I eagerly opened my fortune cookie and read something ghastly:

YOU ARE NOT OLD BUT YOU ARE NO LONGER YOUNG EITHER.

Great. Thanks for the losing lotto numbers too.

Forty-one year’s old I will be in just under a month.  I feel as though I have lived at least another twenty.  In my avoidance of aging, I have purchased a used bicycle,  bought lots and lots of creams for my face, ass, and thighs and invested in mega Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Middle age is knocking tap, tap, tap.  I look out of my peep hole…Oh nobody’s home go away.  What mother’s death in 2007 taught me was that I needed her alive to feel young.  Now that she is gone, I am left behind with her memories and orange-peel prone hips.  “Fat Girl Slim” is the $47 cream, I purchased from Sephora to help with cellulite.  Every night I rub the caffeine laced concoction into my skin after a vigorous dry brushing.  Night time prep has gone from 5 minutes as an 18 year old, to now nearly 45 minutes.  The days of splashing cold water on my face and washing with Phisoderm are over.  My ritual is quite eventful. First wash with Perricone MD, Nutritive Cleanser,  then tone, then my eye serum to combat dark circles, then my pre-moisturizing night time treatment, followed my retinol A moisturizing treatment, and of course my vitamin C/Ester eye cream.  Pretty pathetic huh?  To end the night perfectly, I drink mint tea and soy milk. This should be the last thing that goes into my stomach at night but I am a cheater and keep a bag of Kettle chips underneath the bed.   In light of the prison which is my beauty regimen, I am actually pretty low key in other areas of my life well most areas unless you count politics.

Whereas most normal women can walk into a store and see tote bags as only tote bags, I look at the ones with 100% GREEN and SEXY plastered all over and want to barf.   I see government intrusion and crazy far left moon bat political agendas. Can’t a girl,  I mean middle aged woman just find a simple tote bag and carrying it to the market without advertising an agenda or Japanese anime sex symbols?   I get it, we all must embrace internationalism and green technology.  I see it everywhere when I shop for my make-up and “war on Afrocity aging products”  .   Green make-up had quite a different meaning when I was a teenager. Then it was that awful tacky mood lipstick. Green in the tube but changed to an irritating pink on your lips and the lips of your friends. Every friend!!! They lied, no matter what mood you where in, that mood lipstick was the same shade of pink on everyone’s lips.    Now “green cosmetics” make resounding claims to keep you looking young and beautiful while being healthy for the environment but not your pocket book.   Look, I am not an incorrigible conservative that hates anything pro-environment.  I actually care about trees and rain forests.  I have seen the IMax movies at the museum.   However, “in-your face”  propaganda and legislation just does not sit well with me.    Rushing from store to store, “going green”  is like a painful stalking form of lifestyle.  You either succumb or just die.

Walking to the fridge for a bottle of water one night, my cat was whining for a wet food refill.  I grabbed the $1.70 a can premium grain free can of food made with spring water (filtered).  As I dumped its contents into his bowl, I looked around at my laundry supplies which reside in the utility room where the cats whine and dine.  Tide liquid detergent, 100% GREEN formula.  Biodegradable fabric sheets by Arm and Hammer.  Hmmmmm. Arm and Hammer…back in the day, I used baking soda just for brushing my teeth and deodorant when mom and I were low on cash.

Now the famous muscular arm and rusty hammer are on my kitty litter, sanitary napkins and dryer sheets.    Continuing to the fridge, there was the box of baking soda sitting on the top shelf next to my green tea ginger ale .  I grabbed a bottle of spring water.  Something looked different; the bottle seemed thinner almost flimsy.

Picture of me taken on the Forth of July, last weekend. Knee length hemlines are in my future. No more short shorts or mini-skirts.

Still, I was somewhat groggy and could not really identify what it was.  That is until I tried to twist off the cap.  My right hand has trouble with small caps on aspirin bottles due to my arthritis.  Now I could add bottled water to the list.

From Bezinga.com

Pro Mach Receives 2010 Green Award for Sustainable Packaging Machinery Solutions

June 16, 2010

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Pro Mach was awarded the first ever 2010 Manny Green Award from Cincy Magazine this month for manufacturing initiatives and product innovations that helped customers improve package sustainability.

Three examples were highlighted during the award process. In the first example, Pro Mach’s Fowler division, which manufactures capping equipment, collaborated with several major bottled water companies and multiple material vendors in a solution to package water using lightweight, thinner, smaller containers and caps. Fowler set up test packaging lines and engineered the capping machinery solution that allowed them to greatly reduce packaging material and maintain line speeds. One of these companies estimates they are using 1/3 less plastic, a reduction of more than 95 million pounds at a cost savings of more than $60 million. Comparable savings are also being achieved by the other producers.

In the second example, Pro Mach’s Roberts PolyPro division was noted for producing 100% recyclable single and multi-pack handles for the beverage industry that average 5 to 35 percent less resin than alternative processes. In the third example, Pro Mach’s Orion division developed a customized solution to help a fresh produce customer significantly reduce food product loss and damage during transit.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from Cincy Magazine,” said Jack Aguero, Pro Mach Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development. “All of these sustainable initiatives have taken a team effort from customers, material suppliers, and our staff. Without the commitment of everyone involved we wouldn’t have been successful.”

Finally I took off the water bottle cap and looked at it.  It was hardly a cap at all.  The bottle label read “Our Caps are smaller that means less plastic for a greener you”….  But now my arthritic right hand was hurting and the city of Chicago taxed me a dollar for the case of water because bottle water is supposedly not green at all.  Can I get a refund?

I closed the door to my stainless steel , energy efficient refrigerator and walked across my bamboo engineered floor to my bed covered in organic cotton sheets.  My green life was not planned.  I did not orchestrate the environmentally friendly cat litter or the strange shaped light bulb in the lamp next to my bed.   It all sort of just happened over night without my permission.  Just like the cellulite on my thighs and no matter how many creams I use, it is here to stay whether I like it or not.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Technical Difficulties June 28, 2010

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Guys I have been trying to post for three days now but ALS or WordPress is experiencing technical difficulties.

:-(

 

 
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