America, Life, Motivation

Who Set The World On Fire

 

 

Music has always been a Great Influence in my Life since my Teen years. I would listen to various Artists speaking about all the Issues facing Society. Their support or disapproval for certain conditions or Ideologies. They have always appealed to me as thei’r counterparts painting Brushstrokes like Picasso, Dali or Monet. Some were Outlandish, some Incomprehensible and some with Dynamic Simplicity.

 

 

 

That is how many Singers and Songwriters presented they’re Messages. I have thought many were Visionaries Messengers and Teachers. Anyone who only Listened for the Beat is missing more than just the Heartache and Pain that goes into creating Cords and Riffs, They also missed the Artist’s Emotional Turmoils. They say that Pain and Sorrows produces Empathy. Feeling an Artist’s pain allows me to deal with my own, especially if they draw Parity. Stick Figure Pose the Question ” Who Set the World on Fire” ? My answer, it was you who set the world on Fire, by never agreeing to disagree, by never respecting anyone else’s Rights but yours. That goes far back to the Israelites and the Philistines, as far back to when the World was first divided and Marrying out of your Sect was Prohibited. It was them who set this World on Fire and it kept Burning until Today. Just look at the Lyrics by Billy Joel. The only way to put this 馃敟 out is with Emotional Intelligence.

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  1. the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
    “emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success”

 

 

We didn’t start the Fire

 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I”, and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, “Bridge on the River Kwai”
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Hemingway, Eichmann, “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
“Lawrence of Arabia”, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK 鈥 blown away, what else do I have to say?
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
“Wheel of Fortune”, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China’s under martial law
Rock and roller, cola wars, I can’t take it anymore
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning, since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it
Source:聽Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joel William M
We Didn’t Start the Fire lyrics 漏 Joelsongs
America, Life, Motivation, Parenting And Relationships, Religion

Bow To Greatness

 

 

Jesus the Beggar

 

Bow to Greatness

If there is anything in Life that I want the most, is to Die gracefully. Sitting up in my Bed comfortable and clean, free of pain grief and Guilt, with a Sifter of my Best Brandy in Hand. Knowing that I have lived this Life in a Fashion that Jesus would have no shame or misgivings about the way I have traveled my Journey. I am not the most Devout of Christians, I don’t go to Church every Sunday and I have deviated the Path many Times. However I have never lost my way or trampled on the Ten Commandments. If all the Biblical teachings are not all just Sculptured Words, meant to shape Consciousness and Behavior, then they do have Body and Weight. For instance, Sins of The Father, The Next Life and Losing my Soul.

Spirituality comes from God, Religion is Manmade and is Susceptible to Corruption and being self-serving. Jesus said that there are many who would profess his Name. Putting your Hand on the Bible and taking an Oath of pure Consciousness, yet your Heart is tarnished with Deceit, makes you a Hypocrite, whose Hand should burn from touching the Bible. At the early age of Fourteen I learned that Honor Nobility and Mortality were only Sculptured Words with no meaning. My Best Friend who came from a Religious Family who went to a Catholic School was totally Disillusioned with Religion and Society, at Twelve years old. He said Pope ( the name he called me) the World is a bad Place. He continued if these Walls could talk they would scream with shame.

He was referring to the Rectory Building that we sat behind, smoking Marijuana with strains so powerful, One hit and we were stoned. Twelve years old and Fourteen years old and we needed to calm our nerves with Cannabis. He told me Stories of young Boys being Emasculated in the Building we sat behind. I decried him and told him that he was playing with my Head. Thirty years later the same Stories he told made Headlines, brought Prosecutions, Lawsuits and Resignations of Clergymen high up in the Hierarchy. Do you still wonder why Two Kids with strong Religious upbringing would seek refuge in Cannabis to cope with Corruption in the Church, Corruption in Government and a Society that had let us down by Casting a Blind Eye.

Letting wrong doers know that they are protected by indifference, the lack of Benevolence and Jurisprudence is a Horrible message for your Children. In retrospect I am amazed that we didn’t commit Suicide from what we knew was going on, yet unable to help the victims. Suicide among Kids is an awful reflection on Society. If we told our Parents with their Tunnel Vision, they would have us laying on a Couch telling a Shrink that we didn’t Hate our Parents. They would have us Kneeling, begging for Repentance. Junior told me that the Victims were told, if you tell anyone, God would punish you. Fifty years Later I learned that The Boys Club of America is Equally Guilty.

Fifty Three years later of living in a Shameless Society that lets wrongdoers skate. I now realize that I am only responsible for my Soul and my Conscience. The Headbanger Heavy Metal Group screams ” Save yourself cause I can’t even save myself ” The Singer Songwriter puts it like this, ” I don’t care what you do, I wouldn’t want to be like you”. That is why all the Mendacity that is going on Today don’t phase me. The Phrase He’ll on Earth, that’s when your Conscience attack you like a Burning Hemorrhoid. When I sit-up in Bed waiting to draw my last Breath, there will be no Hemorrhoid of Conscience. Only the Joy of Knowing that I was here. I was a late pregnancy who dodged the Bullet of being Aborted.I see my Ethereal presence looking down, laughing at those who never figured out the Secret of living this Wonderful thing we call Life.

The Secret is living your Life in a Childlike Wonder in this Garden called Earth. When I am Sixty Miles out in the Gulf and I can’t see the Shores, now I realize how insignificant my Life is, only Equivalent to a Grain of Sand on the Distant Shores. Like R.E.M. said ” Life is bigger than you or I “, ” That’s me in the Corner”. I will never lose my Religion, though a Sinner,聽 my Heart is Pure. People makes the World go round and will always be who they are. I share with you my Original Life’s Quote ” if you have lived long enough to grow Old and there is nothing you have to Offer to the next Generation, in Teaching and Learning, you have not truly lived, only existed. Sometimes I think that the Only reason I write Blogs, is to Vent my Frustrations, which keeps me from Drinking up all my Good Brandy. Parting Words, we are Guilty by Thoughts, Deeds and Actions, or inaction.

Words borrowed from the Emperor Haile Selassie

Today, we look to the future calmly, confidently, and courageously. We look to the vision of America not merely free but united. In facing this new challenge, we can take comfort and encouragement from the lessons of the past. We know that there are differences among us. Americans enjoy different cultures, distinctive values, special attributes. But we also know that unity can be and has been attained among men of the most disparate origins, that differences of race, of religion, of culture, of tradition, are no insuperable obstacles to the coming together of peoples. History teaches us that unity is strength.

America, Life, Motivation, Parenting And Relationships, Religion

History Repeating Itself

 

 

 

 

History Repeating Itself

The FBI have Arrested Two Hundred and Fifty of the Traitors who put Bullshit conspiracies coming from a Man who would throw his Mother under the Bus, if she disagreed with him. The same way he Threw Pence and the US Government to the Wolves that Crashed the Capitol. I never had a Stomach for Politics, but when you live in a Community and a Society that allows themselves to be led like Sheep and are unable to formulate a Logical Opinion all on their own, Righteous minded People are thrown into the Circus Act that is Known as Politics. We are obligated to speak up, the Truth will always be the Truth even if no One believes it.

There was no Steal! 99.9% of Black People who casted a Vote, Voted against White Supremacy, they Voted against the KU Klux Klan, they Voted against Terrorism. Trump Embraced them all. There are good People on both sides he said after the Virginia Klan Rally. We did not like the Idea that his Father was Arrested while marching with the KU Klux Klan in Jamaica Queens 1927 ( Wrong Place wrong Time? so was the Capitol ). Bad Parents live their Children’s Lives. Somewhere around July the Proud Boys were ready to kill. When Mainstream Conservative America asked him to Denounce them, he told them to stand down, meaning that when I need you I will summon you.

Since then the Canadian Government have declared them to be a Terrorist Group. White Educated Suburbanites who voted for him 2016 didn’t want to be associated with Deplorables, so they voted Democrat. Not One Inner City in the entire U.S.A where Black People lived was won by Trump, there are Twenty Five point Eight Million,聽 eligible Black Voters. He needed every One of them to win. ( Message in a Bottle)The only Places he carried were Rural, So-called Heartland. If the entire Election was Scrapped and re- done the Outcomes would be the same( Black People don’t like him) the only way he could win is to Deny the Black Vote from being counted and he tried, Read my Lips ” Black People and White Suburbanites who didn’t want another Civil War in this Country, voted him out.

Blacks and Whites have always had their Differences, but they kept it Civilized. 1948 the German People didn’t keep it Civilized. Their Hatred for Jews Manifested into the Third Reich. Hitler was just the Tool, the Executioner. He was the Puppet Master screaming take our Country back, the German People bears the Guilt. The World will not be Destroyed by those who do Evil, but by those who watch and do nothing – Albert Einstein, from his Mouth to your Ears, been there. The secret of freedom lies in educating People, the secret of Tyranny is keeping them Ignorant- Robespierre.

July 14, 1789 the French People who stormed The Bastille yelled Vive La France ( Patriotic Words ) followed by Guillotine, they were of the same Mindset of those who stormed the Rotunda yelling ” Hang Mike Pence, kill Nancy. My God have we Evolved or what, Twenty First Century Peasants yelling Guillotine, Guillotine. Storming the Capitol is the Handwriting on the Sacred Walls of our Democracy. A Democracy that is Etched in Time for all People the World over who wants to be Free of Tyranny will Imitate. When the First Militia was formed it was to defend against Foreign Forces, not against its own Government. People don’t like when I am Brutality Frank, but Fifty Two years of living this Nightmare that One Day the Ku Klux klan will be in Power is looking so real, With people like Marjorie Taylor and the 150 Lawmakers who would Disenfranchise the Black Vote.

That was just a Dream

The Acid reflux that invaded my Intestines in High School, is still there, going to a School that was 85% White, 10% Black and Five Percent Latinos. I have lived this Daymare for 52 years, this is my Groundhog Life. The Bronx 1972 produced the Bronx Tale, that was my last year in Taft High School. Where I lived I could yell my Order out the Window to the Jewish Deli downstairs. One year out of High School and all the White People had left the Neighborhood, my Deli was gone, all because Black People had moved in the Neighborhood, this is my America. The Bronx was now the Ghetto of Warsaw, how quickly we forget. It was that early in Life that I learned that Hate was stronger than Christianity, and that it was a Religion in America.

Adolf Hitler told the German People that the Aryan People were the Superior Race, they believed him, look at the Outcomes. Trump told his Followers that the Election was Stolen and they believed him,聽 look at the Outcomes. History has repeated itself. My Mother was Homeschooled by a U.S. Army General and his Family while working for him as his Housekeeper. At Nine years old she told me that no One was above me, no One was better than I. She elaborated, if they went to the Bathroom like you did and had the dirty Deed of cleaning themselves, they are no better than you, more Privileged and better Educated, that’s all. While working in a Nursing Home I met a woman Eighty years old, she was of Polish Decent, we grew to Love each other.

I called her Chachi, she called me Chachi ( Grand Mother- Grand Father) she told me that I was wiser than my years, that’s why she called me Grandfather. One Day another Resident who was a Millionaire was acting Superior, they were waiting to get their shower. Chachi told her, if you are so Good, why don’t you go and Lick yourself clean. All the Staff and Residents could not understand why we Bonded like Crazy Glue, they didn’t realize that we were both of the same mindset. My Second Mother who I adopted in the same Nursing Home, an eighty years old Irish Woman from the Old Country. She said Tooney ( Tony ) they are all full of Blarney. This Blog is Dedicated to Liz and Chachi, these were the People who made America Great.

The World's Greatest Daredevil

Liz told me that when she came from Ireland as a young Woman, working as a Housekeeper on Fifth Ave in Manhattan, she had to use the backdoor and the Service Elevator. This is my America, I have invested over One and a Half Million in Taxes and Social Security. Every Month I send IRS a check for Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars above my Biweekly Payroll Taxes. If I tried to leave this Country IRS would Object. I told my Wife a Retired Federal Employee that if I lived to be a Hundred years old, I still would Owe IRS. I have been doing my Own Tax Returns for Forty years, I am good, but not good enough to reduce my out of Pocket to 750 Dollars without Cheating. God Bless America, Home Sweet Home.

Anonyme. Versailles, ch鈥歵eaux de Versailles et de Trianon. MV5517. ( Patriots storming The Bastille )
America, Life, Motivation

Super Bowl

 

 

 

Super Bowl

It’s a Time when the World stops for a period of Time, long enough to forget our worries, to numb our pains, to Socialize not withstanding a Pandemic and forget our Differences and Diversity. A Time when the only Division is among the Two Teams Playing a Game that would make Ancient Gladiators Envious where the Two Best Jousters in the World are Pitted against each other. People come from all over to cheer their Team and Jeer the Opposition. Some wager a few scarced Rubles, win or Lose they are backing their Team. When the Contest is over they Party without Pity, like the Man said ” Get down and Boogie till you just can’t Boogie no more “. What a Joyous Occasion, coming out of a year of Divisive Politics that have Driven a Wedge in the American Spirit that brought this Game together, ( Emotional Intelligence) . if these Guys are Emotionally imbalanced The Game is lost before the First Half.

Back in 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Terrell Owens to pair with franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb and the initial results were dynamic, as McNabb and Owens led the Eagles to a 13-3 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles went on to lose to New England 24-21, with Owens carrying the Birds offense on one leg.聽聽 Fast forward six months later and the relationship between quarterback and wide receiver quickly evaporated. When previously asked about the topic, Owens insinuated that the relationship deteriorated after McNabb allegedly became jealous of the wide receiver, and changed his interactions with him.

鈥淎 lot of people speculate as to what happened but I think over the years now, people see that I wasn鈥檛 really the problem in Philly,鈥 Owens told Adam Schein on Mad Dog Radio. 鈥淧eople said that Donovan and I had some friction. Maybe he had some friction with me, but I didn鈥檛 have any with him. 鈥淔rom my understanding, he had a problem with the way the city embraced me and not the way they embraced him. I am going by what I鈥檝e heard in the streets.鈥 During a January 2020 installment of 鈥淯ntold Stories鈥 with Bleacher Report鈥檚 Master Tesfatsion, the six-time Pro Bowler believes the drama between him and Owens 鈥渂roke up鈥 the Eagles.

鈥淭he offseason goes through and then all of a sudden there鈥檚 turmoil there and (Owens and the Eagles) are in a conversation going back and forth, and we had to answer those questions instead of focusing on what we need to do in order to get back to where we were,鈥 McNabb said. 鈥淚 thought that was a major distraction for us 鈥 That was something that kind of broke us up.鈥 Whether it was by design or just coincidence, Tesfatsion landed an interview with Owens almost a year after McNabb, and the intel is outstanding. Owens, like many players in today鈥檚 NFL, had outplayed his contract and wanted a new deal. It appeared that Owens was bothered by McNabb not endorsing a new deal after the Hall of Fame wide receiver helped McNabb reach new heights in that initial season together.

During his sitdown with 鈥楿ntold Stories鈥, Owens tells a story of a 鈥渉ungover鈥 McNabb, puking in the huddle because he was out drinking before the Super Bowl. 鈥淲hy would somebody lie, there were teammates that said he threw up in the huddle.鈥 鈥淚鈥檝e talked to teammates since then, and 鈥渒now for a fact鈥, that he was out before Super Bowl XXXIX, drinking before the biggest game, pretty much of all our lives.鈥 Owens went on to harp on McNabb鈥檚 conditioning problems, and how the Eagles star quarterback鈥檚 behavior was 鈥渋rresponsible.鈥 If what Owen鈥檚 said is remotely true, McNabb should probably be in the Hall of Fame himself after the quarterback went 31 of 51, for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns. McNabb also tossed 3 interceptions in the contest,聽 and the dual-threat quarterback only carried the ball one time in the loss. If that’s not your Classic Emotional Imbalance which should be in the Handbook for any Team oriented Activities that stresses Cohesivenes, this is it.

The spirit of having Respect for your Opponent is something very Noble, without it, you will be humbled with Defeat. My Friend The Rocket who played for the Cowboys, didn’t respect that his speed came from his small Size. He didn’t respect the Size of the Running Backs that he was Jeering with his Phenomenal catches and returns. On this One play he jumped high in the Air and snatched the pass, One of these Huge Running Backs nailed him on his way down. He left the Game on a Stretcher and never returned to a Field ever again. Disrespecting Democracy while claiming to be Patriotic will bring Ruinous consequences to our Governmental Structure. The Right to Protest to show your Dissatisfaction is Constitutionally protected.

Disrespecting the Hallowed Chambers of Congress is unforgivable, that is not Patriotic, that is Seditious. In the Old Days Punishable by Firing Squad or Guillotine. Thank God we are living in a Kinder Gentler Nation. Look what happened to peaceful Protesters in Russia One Month later. If they had crashed the Kremlin the way they crashed the Capitol you would need Tractor Trailers to remove the Bodies. Yet so called Patriotic Americans spit in the Face of Liberty and Democracy by Decrying the Legitimacy of One of the Fairest Election ever. An Election that went under a Microscope, the Results and Protocols were Dissected by the Administration’s Best and 52 Courts including the Supreme Court packed with his Own Appointees. The Lame Mindedness that this Election was Fixed, is Equivalent to the Kentucky Derby being Fixed for all the other Jockeys to hold back thei’r Horses. Fifty Yards before the finish Line the Crooked Jockey jumps off his Horse. Fixed Elections only happens in Banana Republics. Storming the Capitol is Banana Republics Tactics. Wall Street and the Academic institutions would not Cast a Blind Eye if they saw Fowl, because Capitalism cannot survive without Democracy. We as a People cannot survive without Democracy. So here we are in America Third Down and Ten on the聽 Fifty yards line in the Super Bowl of Democracy, Two minutes remaining, Joe needs a Miracle, the entire world is watching, the Enemies of Democracy world wide聽 is Booing, because America has Boasted the Best Democracy for Four Hundred years. The Neros in Congress are Fiddling while America is Burning.

Life, Motivation

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy, a Shrinking Social Value

Five years ago when I started my first Website, I invited this person to visit my Site, read my first Five Blogs and tell me what they thought. Days later they told me that they liked what they had read, they also told me that they had Dabbled in writing also and asked me to read some of thei’r work. The work consisted of Flower Children mindset Poetry. Not knowing if I could provide enough quality Blogs to Generate an Audience, I invited them to be a Guest Writer on my Website. They produced One Post, then tells me that there would be no more, because they didn’t want to be involved with W.W.W.聽 Publications. I considered their stance queer, considering that the Web was a Great way to Showcase your Skills. A short while later their Posts was popping up on Social Media in Record Numbers. Then it occurred to me that they were nothing but a Social Media Junkie, a Hound for that 30 second of Fame. Someone who had no interest in leaving a Mark on the Literary Media. Someone who didn’t want to work for Notoriety, below you will find their latest Post on my Social Network, you be the Judge, did I get lucky not having them Post on my Website or what. I would like to hear your Thoughts on what Einstein said about a Generation of Idiots.

So my 13 yr old is Th hell raiser out of my 3…always something so not last wk but Th wk b4 sh had it out wit one of her teachers and told Th man stop spitting in her face …he kept fussing and spitting so sh told him聽 sh was gonna get her dad to shoot him…ikr…instead of tellin Th principle so of course sh was sent to Th office and texted me Th whole story…shortly after I get a call frm Th cops telling me Th same story and asked if they could come talk to me after I got off…sure…then they called bac and said is it ok to search for weapons when we get there…馃sure…and is her dad there?…no he鈥檚 not…yu mind giving me his name?…no I dnt mind…they wanted to run his name to see if he had gun charges…thank God he didn鈥檛…so I got off frm wrk and sho nuff here come two officers approaching my house…they came in asked where her room was and was out in 5 mins…she wasn鈥檛 there…I had her wait by her friends house…of course I dnt play wit guns and I defenitely dnt allow them in my house like I told him I鈥檝e never even shot a gun and I鈥檓 not sure why Maliyah said tht bc we dnt believe in guns -we ate none violent…I dnt teach my children to be violent…we pray when something鈥檚 wrong…he was so understanding and said ppl say crazy things when they get mad …even kids…Thank God he didn鈥檛 press charges or suspend her for Th threat …honey I was in disbelief by Th whole incident…her dad was pissed but @ Th same time he always tell her he鈥檒l kill a mf behind her so b careful wht yu tell yur kids…they believe yu