Can Someone Tell Me WTF Normal Is?

I think one of the hardest things to accept in life, besides death, is trying to find out what normal is.  The Hot-shot Wall Street executive who chooses to neglect his wife and kids by working 95 hours a week can somehow justify his long work hours as normal.  Because he is using that time to make a high income to provide for all the creature comforts of his family.  That same guy can look at someone who has just recently retired at the age of 52 years old and think that person is a lazy bum.  Lazy bums are not normal, but he doesn’t care enough to realize that “Lazy Bum” just spent the last 30 years serving their Country, or that “Lazy Bum” just spent the last 30 years teaching high school students the basic fundamentals of learning.

We live in a World that is populated by over seven billion people.  Seven billion people of different faiths, skin tones, languages, cultures and on and on.  However, the one universal constant is that it is normal for people on Earth to fall in love, get married and have kids.  I’m sorry, but I didn’t get the memo.

Throughout my whole life, I have had people ask me the same series of questions over and over.  “Are you married?”.  “Do you have a girlfriend?”  “Do you have any kids?”  And in almost every instance my answer is no, no, no.  I have no idea what their motive is in asking me these questions.  Are they trying to get to know me?  Are they trying to find a common ground?  Do they think I’m gay?  To be honest, I don’t care and I couldn’t give a shit.

However, claiming that not being married and having kids is not normal is just plain stupid.  I choose not to be in a relationship, because 75% of all relationships end in some form of bitterness.  I choose not to get married, because 57% of all marriages end in a divorce, and the average person will be married 2.7 times in their life.  For men, divorce does not come cheap.  I choose not to have kids because, as a person of color, 72% of black kids are raised by a single parent.  Is that normal?  Is it normal for a police officer to follow around a person of color enough times to send them to the brink?…Well, yeah, that’s normal.  However, none of these things have to be.

Being normal is a state of mind.  Some people reading this will be shaking their heads saying that the writer doesn’t get it.  The writer hasn’t been in a 40 year marriage like “this reader”.  This writer knows that 40 year marriages are not normal, but normal marriages don’t last 40 years.  It is not normal to bring harmless children into a hate-filled world.  It is not normal to bring a black child into this world when statistics say 25% will spend some in the prison system.  Also, another 25% will live in Poverty.  Over 90% will be involved in racism, whether it’s inadvertent or overt.  Some will say that statistics are due to poor parenting, and I have found that it is totally normal to blame the victim for the mess that they were born into.


I started with the simple premise of trying to find out what being normal is, and after listing some of the things people claim to be normal I have chosen to be abnormal.  I guess I’ll have to march to the beat of a deaf drummer, because you people scare the living shit out of me.

Trump Is The Last Hope For America

I’m trying to think of a time when The United States of America was full of the dumbest pieces of shit–that would fall to the deepest, pithiest, bowels of Mother Earth and think that electing the human bloviator–Donald Trump –would be the greatest thing for all living human beings.  If that dumbest piece of shit is you…well, you’re the reason why this Country is the laughing stock of the World.

July 28, 1914 marked the first day of  World War I.  It was a war that involved most, if not all the Nations in Europe.  It was a war primarily against Germany, and it was also a war that lasted four years, involved over seventy million soldiers, and killed over nine million people.  At the end of the War, the German empire no longer existed.  Also, the Russian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire ceased to exist.  The German people felt so humiliated.  They were so humiliated that they decided to look to a charismatic leader who promised to restore their credibility in the World, and that charismatic leader was Adolf Hitler.   Adolf Hitler told the German people everything they wanted to hear.  Once he was chosen by the German people he enacted a total dictatorship and imposed Nazi rule.  He decided to take back what was rightfully theirs, and more.  This is what was to lead to World War II.  It is clear to everyone now that Hitler took things a few steps too far, to say the least.  However, in the beginning, the people loved his rhetoric.  He was a man to be feared, and at the same time loved.  The smart people around the World knew that he had to be stopped, and eventually he was.  World War II was supposed to be the war to end all wars…that was not the case.

Since the birth of The United States of America, we have been locked in perpetual war.  Since the birth of The United States, white people have always exploited the rights of minorities,  even when those “minorities” were the majority in this once small nation.  Donald Trump knows this and is doing his best to exploit an opening for his own personal gain.  There will come a time in America when the minorities will be Caucasians.  This is due to the rising of the Hispanics.  This leads to fear and fear leads to radicalism.  Donald Trump is a radical for the radicals.

In 2008, I thought that Sarah Palin would be dangerous to serve in the second highest office in this Country.  In 2012, I thought that Mitt Romney would be too dangerous to serve in the highest office in this Country, and in 2016 I think that all the republican candidates running are all dangerous.  In fact, I would go further on to say that all of them have the same qualities as Hitler.

I’m trying to think just what would make people think that this Country is so fucked up that they feel the need to elect a totally fucked up person like Donald Trump?  Is it their fear of radical Islam infiltrating this Country?  It can’t be that because there are more acts of terror in this Country committed on a daily basis by white people.  Don’t believe me?  Just wait until next week when some right wing extremist thinking that Obama is going to take their guns away walks into a mall, a school or a movie theater fully armed and decides to execute people, before taking his own life.

Could this fear come out of a crumbling economy?  I don’t know about you, but unemployment is at an all time low, gas prices are at all time lows, the stock market is at all time highs, the housing market is on the rise, mortgage rates as well as housing prices are at all time lows, restaurants are packed, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were booming, people are spending money to watch “Star Wars”.  So, what is it?  Is it the massive influx of Mexicans entering this Country stealing American jobs?  Net Mexican immigration is at zero.

The only thing that I can think of that would lead bat shit fucks to go on to support Donald Trump is that they resent the fact that we have a Black Muslim foreigner as The President of The United States, because if that is the case I will prefer him over that orange faced, fucked up hair, Nazi loving, Hitler wanna-be…and you should too!


Black Lives Don’t Matter

I’m trying to think of a time in the history of this Country in which Black lives mattered.  In the year 1619? Nah.  In the years 1776, 1787, and 1860? No, no and no.  Now, Black lives started to matter in 1865, but the guy who freed the slaves was killed.  He was killed by a guy who didn’t think Black lives mattered.  Did black lives matter in 1917, 1945 and 1964? No, no and no.  The Civil Rights Amendment passed in 1965, but did Black lives matter then?  Black people have fought valiantly in every war in this Country’s history, and do you think the white power structure gave a shit?  The reason why America beat the British in the Revolutionary War had all to do with the actions of a black indentured servant who gave George Washington information on what the British Troops were going to do.  How many fine young black men had to die in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq to make white people think that Black lives mattered?  Do you think that the United States Central Intelligence Agency gave a shit about Black lives when they introduced crack cocaine to the black neighborhoods in South Central Los Angeles?

It’s not just the White power structure that doesn’t give a shit about Black lives.  It’s a fact that Blacks don’t think Black lives matter.  Just ask the Blacks in Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.  How many young black teens have to die at the hands of other black teens?  And for what?  An iphone?  A couple dime bags of weed? A TV, stereo?  So now we are to make others think that Black lives matter when they die at the hands of a racist bully cop?  It’s laughable.

The only people who think black lives matter are the ones that like to use Black people to serve their purposes.  All you have to do is yell really loud that Black lives matter and the money will pour in, and all that money isn’t going to do shit to solve all the economic conditions plaguing the black neighborhoods from New York to Los Angeles.

When are we going to stop asking White people for our equality?  I’ve said this time, and time, and time, and time again.  We need to truly take care of our own people.  We need to do the things we need to do so we can thrive as a people.  We need to start thriving outside of the U.S. prison system and prove once and for all that Black lives matter.  If we don’t do that than you can yell all you want.  In the end, you’ll be known as a person who is good at yelling.

A Call To Arms: The New Civil Rights Movement

It’s hard to believe that in the year 2014 minorities are still fighting for a seat at the table when it comes to racial equality, and that is the problem. The biggest problem, that I have found, with the civil rights movement was blacks begging to be equal to whites. History has shown that whites have been violent savages, at the expense of blacks and Native Americans. However, whites have been successful in shifting the narrative to make black people violent. The local news airs thousands of stories involving blacks committing crimes. This week we have seen thousands of blacks take to the streets to protest the grand jury verdict in the Darren Wilson case in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests in New York, Rhode Island, The District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and California in support of Michael Brown are not helping the cause for equality. All of these protests are making whites pissed off, and who can blame them. Looting and rioting in your own neighborhoods accomplishes only one thing. It makes the black race look stupid.

There’s a major scapegoating of blacks in this Country. Blacks will criticize whites for not providing loans to the black community to buy homes; whites respond by making high-interest loans to blacks, and when the economy melts down blacks get the bulk of the blame. When blacks protest a senseless shooting of one of their own by white police officers blacks respond by burning down their neighborhoods and black owned businesses. Whites respond by saying, “look at them. They are savages, and I can’t support savage behavior.”

The biggest problem with race in this Country is that the actions of just one “bad apple” refelcts on the whole race. That is only unique to blacks. A white guy can kill 50 women and it is not expected that all whites are savages. It is simply an exception. However, one black person robs a convenience store and it is expected that all blacks are robbers. To that I say, enough.

If we want to be equal we need to rise up and own this Country. We need to be the titans of capitalism. If whites want us to live in the ghetto we must clean up the ghetto’s. If whites don’t want to employ us we need to employ ourselves. If whites expect us to live on welfare and food stamps we must force them to live on welfare and food stamps. If whites feel the need to tell us that we need to pull up our pants we must pull down theirs and see what life is really about.

The road to economic freedom is actually quite easy. Blacks are already seen as drug dealers and criminals, and with all the legalization of pot why can’t we find one black person, or a group of black people to seize the opportunity in ownership. Why is it easy for a young black person to peddle illegal drugs on a street corner, but can’t find the legal means to own a legitimate pot shop?

There are ample amounts of opportunity in this Country for all races to make it. Nothing frustrates me more when I am lumped into a race that is viewed as inferior. When are we going to stand up for ourselves? When are we going to pull ourselves up from our bootstraps? When are we going to stand up against inequality? When are we going to stand up to the big corporations that are fucking up our lively hoods? When are we going to support black owned businesses, instead of burning them down? When are successful blacks going to reinvest in our neighborhoods?

Let’s face it, white people don’t want us in their neighborhoods. White people don’t want us working next to them. White people don’t want us next to them…period. Enough is enough. If we want equality we need to raise ourselves to a higher level in which whites will be begging to be equal to blacks, and in my world that is easy to do.

Bill Maher Is Right

Three years ago, I wrote a post claiming that I’m a proud liberal. Yeah, I’m a fucking liberal. And, in that post, I listed all the hypocrisies of the republican party. You can’t claim to be “pro-life” while advocating the death penalty. You can’t claim to be a “patriot” while you fought for 5 deferments during the Vietnam War. You can’t claim to be a “good Christian” while advocating the killing of doctors who perform abortions….but I digress.

The loyal readers of my blog know that I’m a black man. They know that I moved from Rhode Island to California, and they know that I look like Osama bin Laden’s brother. They also know that I watch “Real Time with Bill Maher”. A month or so ago Bill Maher, along with Sam Harris, got into a heated argument with Ben Affleck over the fundamental values of the Muslim Religion. The out-coming result of this argument was that somehow, Bill Maher (the champion of gay rights, minority rights and true religious freedom) is a racist. Bill Maher is a bigoted racist because of his views on the Muslim religion? In my World, calling Bill Maher a racist just proves how stupid the people in this Country truly are. As far as I’m concerned, Bill Maher is right. And, believe it or not, he is always right.

Last night on “Real Time With Bill Maher” Bill, once again, had to bring up the controversy. And, once again, he was called a racist for his views that Muslims believe in violence.

The person who called Bill Maher a racist was Rula Jebreal. By all accounts, Rula would be classified as a liberal. She is also a Muslim, so she has to feel the need to defend her religion. Bill Maher also stated the fact that you can’t be called a racist for hating a religion.

What the stupid fucks in this Country don’t get is that the same liberals who call Bill Maher a racist for hating Muslims are the same people that wouldn’t say hi to me if they saw me walking on the same sidewalk as them.

When I tell people that I live in California, they automatically assume that California is this liberal utopia. Nothing can be further from the truth. Los Angeles, like Chicago, Miami and New York City, is one of the most racially segregated cities. The neighborhoods are either a majority of Mexican, Armenian or white. The white neighborhoods, naturally, are beautiful. In contrast, The Mexican neighborhoods are dirty and neglected. However, this isn’t a reflection on the people that live in the neighborhoods. This is a reflection of the heavy institutional racism that exists in this Country. The white neighborhoods are priced well out of reach for Mexicans and other minorities. The City of Santa Monica, is priced well out of reach for people like me. The people in Santa Monica claim to be liberal, yet every time I walk in Palisades Park they don’t acknowledge me. And who can blame them? They don’t have neighbors that look like me. They never went to school with people like me. They probably never interacted with Muslims, but they feel the need to say they support blacks and Muslims…because they are not racists?

Bill Maher is calling out all the so-called “liberals”. Liberals love to slam republicans for not supporting equality. Liberals love to claim that republicans are waging a war on women, and these are the same liberals that are running away from President Obama. A president who has done more for women, gays and minorities than any other president.

I think the most fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is that conservatives fight for the shit they want while liberals shit on the people who do all the fighting for the things they want. You can call Bill Maher many things, but calling him a racist or a bigot shouldn’t be on the list. And if you’re a woman who thinks that Muslims are not violent just try planning your next vacation to Saudi Arabia, and don’t forget to cover your face and body…or you will get stoned to death.

Trickle Down Immigration

The media will lead one to believe that the United States immigration system is broke. However, nothing can be further from the truth. The United States immigration policy is the way it is by design. Believe it or not, politicians on both sides of the aisle love the system we have in place. In fact, it is a system that heavily benefits big business while killing the middle-class.

Both liberals and conservatives know about the income inequality crisis plaguing this nation. Statistics show that the inequality started to happen in the early to mid 80’s. Hmmm…I wonder who was president at that time? Oh yeah, it was the saint, Ronald Reagan. Besides issuing the biggest tax cuts to the rich, Saint Ronnie also granted millions of undocumented immigrants amnesty. This was not controversial at the time. After-all, it was the Saint Ronnie Reagan.

The millions of undocumented immigrants that were given amnesty were already assimilated in America. They were working. They were contributing to the economy, and they were living in our neighborhoods. They were also working in jobs for far less money.

Just to put things in perspective, the average salary for a machinist living in Los Angeles, CA (with 3 years experience) is about $22 an hour. However, a non-English speaking immigrant will make half that. So, the immigrant makes $11 an hour while upper-management steals the other $11 an hour. And there is a reason for this. If an immigrant were payed the fair wage than that would mean that they can afford to live in a decent neighborhood. They can afford to send their kids to good schools, universities. However, life is not fair. And fair wages are non-existent.

This rule doesn’t just apply to immigrants. This rule (by design) also applies to other minorities. It’s hard for a black person to find a blue collar job in the Los Angeles area without the ability to speak Spanish. However, that is not the case for whites in California because most whites work in the offices in which English is the predominant language. This is not conjecture or ideology on my part. This is from my own personal experience. I have been in Los Angeles for over four years and I have never seen a more racially segregated system in place.

The one thing about California that most people who live outside the State will know is that there is a high cost of living here. However, what most people don’t know is that is also by design. The immigrant or the ethnic minority will never be able to live in a good neighborhood in Los Angeles. The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the desirable Santa Monica, Ca is $1,800 a month while the average rent for an apartment in The San Fernando Valley is $900 a month. Santa Monica is 90% white while The San Fernando Valley is 90% Latino.

Now, people will lead one to believe that there is a crisis going on the Mexican border. Republicans are quick to say that we should deport all of the thousands of women and children entering the border. However, do they really care?

President George W. Bush was in office for 8 years, and in those 8 years he had a majority in the U.S. Congress and Senate. He could’ve put up that border fence that so many republicans claim they want, but they didn’t. They only want a border fence when a democrat is in the office. The same can be said for wanting a balanced budget, and fiscal responsibility.

I can truly understand both sides of the immigration debate. This is an issue in which both conservatives and liberals are right. Immigrants are stealing American jobs. However, Americans are culpable of this.

If we truly want immigration reform we must ask ourselves, “Do I want to live next door to them?” If you answered yes then we must put an end to the slave labor wages that exist today. If you answered “No!”…then I know you’re a right-wing nutjob.

Who Cares About Iraq

They are at it again.  The warmongers and profiteers of the egregious “military complex” want Americans to think that the violence going on in Iraq is worth our sympathy.  And worth the blood of more Americans to enter combat in a Country that is going through a religious civil war.  What strikes me as totally amazing is how the media scrambles to get the opinions of the same people who got it all wrong in Iraq.  The opinions from the ilk minded dipshits like John McCain, Dick Cheney, Lindsey Graham, William Krystal and Mitt Romney. All of these assholes thought that the war in Iraq would just be a “cakewalk”.  “It’s not going to be an occupation”, said William Krystal.  “It will only take a few days, if not a month”, from the mouth of Dick Cheney.  The war in Iraq lasted eight years.  The war in Iraq killed 4,457 soldiers.  The war in Iraq killed over 100,000 Iraqi citizens. The war in Iraq cost over two trillion dollars.  

Just think about how two trillion dollars can affect the people in this Country.  Just think about how many jobs and how many lives could be changed by that money being pumped into revitalizing our neighborhoods.  Think about how many after-school programs could be created.  After-school programs that can take the troubled inner city kids off the streets.  Think about how many children who suffer from mental conditions could be treated, instead of having them shoot up innocent civilians in one of our schools, movie theaters, and shopping malls.  Instead of the politicians focusing on their constituents, they are turning that concern to a region that has been strife with violence and conflict for centuries.

So, I ask…why should we care?


Has the events of 9/11 scared us, as a Nation, to the point that we feel the need to kill as many of “them” as humanly possible?  Because, if that’s what you feel then they have won.  Osama bin Laden’s dream was to egg America into entering a conflict that will bankrupt us as a nation…mission accomplished.  Due to these ongoing acts of aggression we have more people around the World who hate us.

Violence in Baghdad is nothing new.  The streets of Chicago and Detroit and Miami and Los Angeles experience their fair share of violence, but the violence that gets the attention are the ones that happen in Columbine, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Phoenix, and Newtown.  However, why isn’t John McCain jumping up and down for President Obama to act on solving America’s problem of the gun? 

It sickens me when I hear some jack-off politician who thinks the answer to solving violence is with a “good guy with a gun”.  It sickens me when I hear a politician deny the existence of climate change.  It sickens me when politicians push the notion that the Earth is 6,000 years old.  It sickens me to hear some piece of shit politician talk about how great a pregnancy from a violent act of rape is. It sickens me when the media gives these jackwagons the platform to spew their ridiculous ideology. However, what sickens me more is that YOU voted for them.