Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to Handle a Roach Problem

How to Handle a Cockroach Problem

Today I'd like to discuss a topic no one wants to discuss, and no it's not gay marriage. Roaches! It's an embarrassing subject because people feel it's their fault. While some might say it is your fault, I'm here to tell you, the average man's habits in his home, shouldn't be attracting roaches.

One fact or myth I need to dispel right off the top. Roaches are not super insects. They're not going to survive Armageddon any more than you are. The stuff that kills roaches, kills them.

To get rid of roaches, even if you're in an apartment situation is to not present such a warm and welcoming environment to roaches. Even if you have the filthiest neighbors on the planet, if you follow my instructions, you can live a peaceful, roach-free lifestyle. The list I present is in the order of importance. If you take care of the first things, by the time you get to the last part of the list, they should be gone already anyway. I also present a "drastic meausre". This is for someone that is truly sick and tired of infestations and wants to really declare war. I have lived in situations where the drastic measures were present, so I am not telling you something that is impossible.

Six Things to Get Rid of Roaches

OK here's my list:

1. Roaches need water - did you know roaches drink? I didn't know that. It never dawned on me that they drink water. So, keep your place bone dry. If you spill water, wipe it up. No more soaking dishes in the sink. After washing dishes in the sink, clean the sink and counter and dry it all with a paper towel. Leave no standing water, whatsoever in your home. Fix any leaks in your home, immediately. Roaches can go without food for a long time, but not so much without water. So thirst them out of your home.

Drastic measure: turn off the water to your home, including the toilet. You can pour enough water in your commode to fill the bowl and it will flush by itself, it's a very simple mechanism. [I used to live overseas where we had to do this as a normal day to day thing, there was no running water, we simply got a bucket, went to the toilet, used it, and poured the bucket of water in it.] Stock up on wetnaps to sanitize your hands and face in the morning. Shower at the gym daily. [ and yes I've done this too. ]

2. Roaches need food - everyone knows this one. No more leaving pizza boxes on the floor. As soon as you're done eating, throw the box away and empty the trash so that it's outside of the home: in a dumpster; trash can at least 10 yards away from the house. Wash every dish and fork immediately after eating out of it. And, of course, dry them. No sense in even having a dish wrack to dry them, dry them immediately [see step #1].

Drastic measure: remove all food from your house for 6 months. Eat out all day, everyday for 6 months. [since I am a horrible, know-nothing cook, this is easy for me]

3. Roaches need warmth - this might be hard for some, who can't adjust their thermostat, but for those who can, freeze them out. You can lower the temperature on your thermostat for 6 months, to get rid of a potential health hazard. I say, pay the extra expense on a light bill, instead of hiring an exterminator.

Drastic measure: open all cabinets, stove, drawers and turn the thermostat to the lowest possible and leave the house empty a lot. [I used to go out every night, including going from the club to work, so this would have been easy for me too]

4. Roaches can see what you can't see - make sure you keep your counters clean and your carpet / floor clean. That means: sanitize your counters, including bathroom; vacuum your carpet daily; sanitize your flooring, if you don't have carpet. By sanitize I mean, wipe it down with either a cleaner or dish washing liquid, then go over it with bleach. For carpet, vacuum every day and make sure there are no crumbs whatsoever, move furniture if necessary.

Drastic measure: shampoo your carpet once or twice a month. You can get those shampooers from the grocery store. They're quite cheap.

5. Roaches like the dark - sometimes you might be clean and you still have a roach problem. If you've done 1-4 and still see roaches, it might be simply they are hiding out in your place, from what, I don't know. While for the most part this is impossible to fix, it might be that you have a lot of clutter in your home. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to part with our clutter. Get rid of the clutter in your home and present a nice clean, open area where light can shine on nearly everything.

Another solution is that you have a very dark kitchen that invites roaches. By dark I mean, you have solid wood [or for you cheap people "woodlike"] cabinet doors. This might be the time for you to redecorate your kitchen and get the glass cabinet doors, or even open cabinets. If you've already removed the clutter from your kitchen you might want to go all out and buy new dishes and stemware [glasses for those that don't know what stemware is] and simply remove the cabinet doors and make it look nice and presentable. You might also think about buying a spice rack as well to remove the 1 billion jars of spices you have of all shapes and sizes.

Drastic measure: remove all items from your home and take a month vacation. Or. Only keep one set of dishes and utensils; get rid of all excess items; get rid of excess furniture; get rid of excess junk drawers. [ once i lived with 3 roommates and they refused to clean the kitchen up after themselves, and we had a roach infestation. I threatened to throw away all the dishes, pots and pans. They shaped up quick, and we got rid of the roaches, nearly overnight ] It might be that you're keeping odd mugs, jars, plastic containers, throw them all out.

6. How to kill off Roaches - OK, so far 1-5 has been how to make your home complete roach anathema. That means, should a roach be there, or come there, they would so dislike your home, they would pack their bags and seek somewhere else to live. Be that as it may, there may be some roaches that are just stubborn. First off, understand that roaches don't live that long. If you buy spray, you are simply killing off the roaches you see. You could have thousands in your home that you never see. The best thing to do is to kill off the entire life cycle. This means, instead of buying roach spray, which does nothing [ it's as same as using a shoe to kill them ] you need to purchase roach feeders. Boric acid [boracic acid or orthoboric acid or acidum boricum] is cheap and available at the dollar store. You can use it in a couple of ways. In fact, follow all of these options for optimal roach attack. The boric acid will kill the roach internally. It is not a shoe or a spray, so give it some time to work. When you lay out the boric acid they will ingest it. Also, it will get on their shell and, believe it or not, when they clean themselves, because they are actually clean creatures, they will ingest it. Also they will take the boric acid back to the colony and kill it off. So be patient.

First, use boric acid along known roach trails. You know your home and know where they congregate. Puff the boric acid in that area.

Next, use the boric acid as a dust. Dust gets into cracks and crevices. So dust along base boards, under cabinets, in between kitchen appliances, not on eating or food preparation surfaces.

Lastly, make a boric acid cocktail: boric acid, sugar and water. Place this cocktail in a saucer or container the roach can get to. [ignore this if you have small children (or husbands) that crawl into your cabinets]

The only thing you need an exterminator for would be bed bugs. Bed bugs necessitate the use of DDT. But, since DDT is now outlawed, because environmentalist whined it was killing animals, we can no longer buy it. With DDT, this entire list would be moot. You could spray DDT and be done with the roach problem, bed bugs, and anything else bothering you. With the ban of DDT, the bed bug is now making a resurgence.

Follow those instructions, to the letter, for 6 months before calling an exterminator. I guarantee you will end your roach problem. Keep in mind, if you live in an apartment complex and someone next to you moves out, the apartment manager will have that place sprayed. If that happens, always have them spray your apartment as well. What will happen is, any roaches that apartment had will migrate to yours. Imagine a big empty, sprayed apartment, it's what's roaches hate [ see #1 - #5 ]. They will come over to your nice, warm, cluttered, food, moist apartment. If your apartment is already #1 - #5 then simply have them spray yours as well to insure they don't show up to your apartment.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Top 10 Reasons Black Men Won't Date / Marry a Black Woman

Black Women the Most Alone

So many Black women are alone. The Black American woman is the single most, unpartnered person on the planet. [this is not unwed mothers, this is single women] Is there a rift between black women and black men? At first blush you would think that there would be no reason why a black man would not want to date a black woman. But, as in business, since we are in modern times and for the most part black people are not considered 2nd class citizens any more, the dating pool for black men is wide open. Black women now have to compete with all races to date black men. It might seem strange to the average reader that I would couch those words in that way, i.e. women competing for a man. However, that is exactly how the gender work. It is not the man that primps and preens himself, it is the woman. The woman primps and preens herself to attract the best possible man, not the other way around. If I were concerned about people's feelings, I'd try to beat around the bush, but seriously, there's a multi-billion dollar beauty industry. Do you really want me to kid around with you?

[UPDATE: I am taking applications for dating, Dark Black educated women to the front of the line, the rest, I'll get to you, if I don't find my love at first site first. ] [yes I got jokes]

Activision to Pull Their Titles from PS3

Kotick Threatens

Bobby Kotick and a partner bought the once-struggling Activision for $440,000 in 1991, at a time when it was losing $30 million on $10 million in revenues. Now the world's biggest independent computer games company, it has a market value of $16 billion (£10 billion) and operating profits of $179 million in the first quarter on sales of $981 million.

Activision overtook Electronic Arts last July when it was in effect taken over by Vivendi of France in a deal where Vivendi injected World of Warcraft into the company for a 56 per cent stake.

In an interview with the London Times, Activision / Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has some strong advice for Sony and threatened to pull its support for the console. “I'm getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it easy for me to support the platform. It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation,” he says. "They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates (the number of games each console owner buys) are likely to slow," Kotick said. "If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony." As for the timing on that, he adds: "When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console--and the PSP (portable) too."

For its part, Sony, which is mired in third place behind Nintendo and Microsoft in the next-gen game-console wars, keeps saying it won't be pressured into trimming the price of the PS3.

Sony Dismisses Activision

Sony Corp. CEO Sir Howard Stringer responded directly--and dismissively--to Kotick's comments. "He likes to make a lot of noise," the Welsh-born executive told Reuters at a tech conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, which Kotick is also attending. "He's putting pressure on me, and I'm putting pressure on him. That's the nature of business. … [But] I lose money on every PlayStation I make--how's that for logic?"

Speaking of the PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton deflected questions that a widely rumored reduction in the console's cost could come as early as next month. "We feel that we're sacrificing the short term to pay dividends in the long term," he told Silicon Valley magazine Fast Company. "People are having short-term thinking--the platform is not even three years old…. It costs a lot to invest in rolling out new technology, and if the consumer walks away before the life cycle is over--you can talk about the install base of hardware, but how many of those machines are still active, how many people are still playing them?"

"In 2008, we had a 38 percent increase in sales and we hit our 10-million-units-worldwide goal for PS3 sales," he explained. "We had $6.4 billion in revenue in US alone on the PlayStation brand, and a 116 percent increase in software sales. At the worst possible time, if you're hitting numbers and delivering success... my hope is that as our production efficiencies improve and more great games come to market, the horizon has got to be better for 2009 and 2010."

Bioware Wants Attention

Now, Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk, has talked about the statement war, “I don't think it's really fair to poke fun at Sony,” Zeschuk says. “Certainly the Wii's been a massive success and Sony's probably not going as fast as they thought it would be but I think that they're starting to make the right moves and the software's coming along. I think it's silly to be saying you're not going to support Sony. The brand itself is still huge and there are millions of users out there.” Keep in mind bioware scared Sony witless when they threatened to not bring their title Mass Effect to the PS3. Also bioware is not in the number #1 spot for 3rd party developers as the giant Activision is.

My Take on the Situation

First of all Activision is right. Sony has priced probably 50% of the gaming market right out. The Nintendo Wii can be found for $126. The XBOX 360 can be found for $183. There is no way that at a price point of $400.00 can a PS3 even compete. For all those nay sayers, saying Activision is goofy or some other stupidity, follow the money.

Secondly developing for the platform is expensive. Again, follow the money, if the platform is far more expensive to develop for and it's in 3rd place behind two consoles that are A) selling more and B) cheaper to develop for... It's a no brainer.

Lastly the "too big to fail", doesn't apply in real business, unlike banks. People are saying that Activision would be giving up a huge platform if they didn't support PS3 any longer. "More bang for your buck"! Ever heard of that? If they drop PS3 and target exclusively XBOX and Wii, and they get a much higher return for every development dollar? Who cares how large PS3 is, they are going to go where the money is.

I think Sony introd the market at a whopping $799.99 price point simply because their name is Playstation and they thought people would buy it regardless of the price. It is ridiculous. You could buy a car for that much, and get yourself a job delivering pizza. And, it would make you money, unlike the PS3.

I vote Activision follow through with the threat. Who's to stop them? For all this sabre rattling, no one is taking them seriously.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

War On Black America: Are Black Men Being Targeted

Are Black Men Being Targeted

After the Professor Gates fiasco by the police, White America has begun rattling their sabers, over this non-issue. Perusing around the nets I ran across many idiots, but one idiot proposed to present hard evidence and statistics to show and prove that Black men being 60% of the prison population, although Black people, as a whole, only comprise 10% of the population in America, was somehow justified. I read over the 50 comments and quickly realized, that I had ventured into klan territory. Yes, the KKK is on the net. Who taught them to read, ... your guess is as good as mine.

Not being one to back down for a fight, and also being insulted that he head idiot in charge would use numbers, I have used in previous articles and thesis, was compelled to pose a comment. And here it is, in its entirety.

"It's always refreshing to happen to wander in a den of vipers. It's ironic that the leader would use the very numbers and statistics that I use and other scholars use to prove the state of emergency on the war on Black America would be attempted to show that Black America 10% of the population, needs to be incarcerated by some 60% of the prison population.

It is a statistical impossibility for 10% of the population... oh sorry, let me correct that. It is a statistical impossibility for 0.001% of the population to commit so many crimes as to warrant representing 60% of prison population. For those not following the numbers here's a brief lesson:

- There are only 10% of
Americans that are Black.
- of those 10% only 1 per 100,000 commit crimes [ this is called crime per capita ]

- this makes up 0.001% of the general American Population

- they not only arrest this group, but tend to incarcerate each and every on
- whites commit the same crimes, [ in far greater numbers since they make up 50% of the population ]
- whites do no receive incarceration, perhaps only 1% of the time.

So if a white person is caught dealing drugs, 1 in 100 goes to jail. If a Black person is caught dealing drugs, all 100 go to jail. Those are facts, not opinions. Some judges have been removed off the bench because they do this. But getting a judge removed for this is terribly hard to do."

First Hand Knowledge

As a law school student, I was required to go down to the city court house and listen to cases. It was such and infuriating process and here's why.

I sat in court and two cases came up, back to back.

Case #1:
Black man accused of loitering outside a convenience store. Suspect was arrested by police. Apparently this was his 3rd time being arrested.

Accused said he suffers from some heart condition or something and often takes medicine which leaves him in a daze. Does not have a history of drinking, nor does he beg for money.

Conviction and Sentence:
30 days in jail

Case #2:
White man arrested for over 1 kilo of cocaine in his possession.

The accused had so many priors the judge sat for 4 minutes reading them off.

The accused told the judge he had a problem, but instead of going to jail, he could go to his brother's farm in Arkansas [ trial is in Louisiana ] and thereby sober up.

Conviction and Sentence:
Judge sentenced accused to go to his brother's farm in Arkansas.

The Marginalization of Blacks in Public

Turn on any Fox News type station and what do you hear about Blacks in America: "There are more Blacks behind bars than in school." Blacks have been constantly marginalized since the emancipation proclamation. However, here are the real numbers. There is a total of 1,216,000 young African Americans in college, ages 18-24, as opposed to 189,000 in custody. That is nearly 10 times the difference.

Turn on any Fox News type station and you will see Michael Vick demonized for giving money to his friends in a dog fighting scandal. You will not see a financial interview of countless CEO who oversee the elite companies that run this country, and that are Black.

You will continue to hear stories that the president of the United States had to show his birth certificate to the press, to prove he was American and not a Black Muslim, to the racist quotient of the population. Why is this so ridiculous? To even run his credentials are checked.

You will continue to have record companies, pay people to write the most derogatory, degrading, vile lyrics and hoist them on rap singers to rap in their songs. Oh, maybe you all didn't know that's what's going on. Over 50% of rappers didn't grow up "hard", otherwise they wouldn't be able to fit into corporate America so easily and be readily marketable. The company then hires lyricist to write about raping women, murdering other Black men, glorifying crime and infidelity. The rapper plays little part in the process from what I'm told. But, he's in a catch 22. That's how he makes his money.

My conclusion

This is not an isolated incident. All across America, in court rooms in every town and municipality, white people are not being incarcerated and Black people are. Where a white person might get the most lenient possible sentence, a Black person gets the maximum.

We need to clean up the system, but we must focus on one city and state at one time. We need an appellate court to get their heads out of their hind parts and do their job, and have some integrity about the situation.

We need some lawyers who can dedicate their life's work to freeing Black men. We need some lawyers who can dedicate their life's work to giving Black men representation. I'm sure in 90% of the cases, had the Black man had representation, we would not be in this sad state of affairs.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Erin Andrews and the Right to Privacy

Do You Have a Constitutional Right to Privacy?

Senator Rick Santorum caused a brouhaha when, during an Associated Press interview, he defended laws against sodomy — saying that permitting sodomy is as good as saying polygamy, incest, and adultery should be permitted.

This provoked a firestorm — and that caused a far more troubling Santorum statement to be overlooked. He said:

It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution . . .

Is there a right to privacy in the Constitution?

The U. S. Constitution contains no express right to privacy. The Bill of Rights, however, reflects the concern of James Madison and other framers for protecting specific aspects of privacy, such as the privacy of beliefs (1st Amendment), privacy of the home against demands that it be used to house soldiers (3rd Amendment), privacy of the person and possessions as against unreasonable searches (4th Amendment), and the 5th Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination, which provides protection for the privacy of personal information. In addition, the Ninth Amendment states that the "enumeration of certain rights" in the Bill of Rights "shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people." The meaning of the Ninth Amendment is elusive, but some persons (including Justice Goldberg in his Griswold concurrence) have interpreted the Ninth Amendment as justification for broadly reading the Bill of Rights to protect privacy in ways not specifically provided in the first eight amendments.

Erin Andrews and the Peephole Peeping Tom

In show business people overstep the bounds of privacy all the time. But, as some court cases have said, there remains some modicum of expectations of areas that are still not crossed. Normally these are a right to not be filmed at a persons home with long range cameras, or pictures taken in the privacy of a person's home with a telephoto lens, or even flying over someone's yard and doing such. The courts have strongly drawn a boundary line, where children of famous people, are concerned .

For ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, some have continued to overstep such boundaries. It was reported over the weekend that someone recorded a video through the peep hole of Andrews’ hotel room without her consent or knowledge, of her unclothed. The video was removed from the internet shortly after it was posted, but cached video clips remain widely available.

A statement has been made by her legal team. This morning, Marshall B. Grossman of Bingham McCutchen LLP issued the following statement:
"While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material. We request respect of Erin's privacy at this time, while she and her representatives are working with the authorities."

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UPDATE: Do not try and download the video. It is now a huge virus. By the end of the first hour of the video release and being taken off by Erin's legal team, the hackers had made the residual videos into a virus and mass produced it on all "those" type of sites. You have been warned. Oh but here you got, here's something good to look at.

Monday, July 13, 2009

WoW Enchanting / Tailoring Guide Part I

Enchanting and Tailoring Guide

I am an avid World of Warcraft player. This guide will have you level up your enchanting while leveling up your tailoring as well. I take the position that you can be completely independent of others while leveling your enchanting and tailoring. I don't assume you are any certain level, nor rich by any stretch of the imagination. I have yet to have a rich character, that means a character with over 10,000 gold at any one point. So, if I can do this, so can you.

I'm going to present tailoring as a way to level up your enchanting. You will be disenchanting your tailored items, to get the component materials for your enchanting. In doing so, you will be making 10s if not 30s of a single item. More than likely, that item will go grey and you will receive all possible points for that item while tailoring.

I am going to make one assumption, that you are farming like crazy for the cloth. Not only is farming for the cloth profitable in that you get other items as well, but you also gain experience while doing it. [assuming you are around the level of the mob]

* Always keep in mind you are tailoring for disenchanting purposes. You may need to tailor more or tailor less items depending on your results. Disenchanting is not exact. It has a random amount of materials that result after disenchanting. So instead of following an exact number for tailoring, disenchant every 10 items as you go. This way you can gauge how many more tailored items you need. Also keep in mind that, should your disenchant mats result in more mats than you need to level your enchanting, you can always put them on the Auction House [A.H.] for pure profits.

As mentioned above the amounts will vary due to the variable nature of disenchanting.

Enchanting / Tailoring Guide

- train Enchanting
- train Tailoring

You will immediately gain one point in each profession.

1 - 50

1 Enchanting: create 1 x rune copper rod 1 Copper Rod, 1 Strange Dust, 1 Lesser Magic Essence

- Tailoring: create 100 x bolt of linen cloth [ if you reach 50 skill then immediately train journeyman tailoring ]
- Tailoring: create 50 x brown linen pants [ for disenchanting, they will go gray at 90 skill]*
*** Strange Dust - best item to disenchant Heavy Woolen Pants
2-50 Enchanting: disenchant 50 x brown linen pants [this may in fact bring you to 50 skill already]
2-50 Enchanting: enchant bracer: Minor Health - strange dust [ just enchant the same bracer] [enchant the bracer until you reach 50]

50 - 135

- train Enchanting Journeyman
- train Tailoring Journeyman
- Tailoring: create 5 x reinforced linen cape.* [which brings you to 75 skill]
- Tailoring: create bolt of woolen cloth [ it goes gray at 105 skill]
- Tailoring: create 5 x gray woolen shirt [which brings you to 110 skill]
- Tailoring: create heavy woolen pants [from here on out if you need strange dust, this is the item you will make to disenchant] [ it goes gray at 170 skill, so there's a lot we can skip][ however stop at 125 skill to take advantage of some tailoring efficiency]
- Tailoring: Learn Tailoring Expert at 125 skill
- Tailoring: 200 bolt of silk cloth [this goes gray at only 145 skill]
- Enchanting: disenchant reinforced linen cap; heavy woolen pants

50 - 90
- Enchanting: 40 x enchant bracer: Minor Health [ enchant until you reach 90 skill points] [enchant the same bracer or offer to enchant bracers in a newbie zone to create good will]

90 - 100
- Enchanting: 30 x enchant bracer: minor stamina [enchant the same bracer or offer to enchant bracers in a newbie zone to create good will]

100 - 101
- Enchanting: create 1 x runed silver rod

101 - 110
- Enchanting: create 9 greater magic wand [ requires a greater magic essence this is can be acquired from enchanting supply vendors in rare quantities i.e. just 1 or 2, plan ahead for this part and just purchase the lesser magic essence from the vendor when you see it available ] [The single best way to get greater magic essence is to go to the A.H. and search for weapons 16-20th level and under 10s and disenchant them] [This technique will also give you good profit even if you're not leveling your enchanting]

- Tailoring: create 100 x azure silk hood [although it only has a 21% chance of disenchanting to astral essence, you will need the soul dust anyway] [ this will go gray at 165 skill ]

- Go to Stonetalon Mountains if you are Horde [ yes that's pink for the horde girlies ] and find Kulwia,
- Go to Ashenvale if you're Alliance players and find Dalria.
- Buy these two recipe: [Enchant Cloak: Minor Agility] and [Enchant Bracer - Lesser Strength]

- Enchanting: disenchant 100 x azure silk hood

*** Lesser Astral Essence
- The single best way to get lesser astral essence is to go to the A.H. and search for weapons 21-25th level and disenchant them]
110 - 135 - Enchanting: 25 x enchant cloak: Minor agility

- Enchanting: Learn Enchanting Expert

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I Did It for the “lulz”: Wal-Mart Gang Initiation Hoax

Wal-Mart Gang

Lately there's been a disconnect between younger users of the internet and other communication technology and reality. Everyone hollers about freedom of speech, but no one uses it to say anything worth saying. These young people are now teaching us the error of our ways i.e. that freedom of speech has consequences. Every time you read a story about something seemingly serious, it comes from some kid that says "I did it for the lulz", meaning it was all just a joke, regardless of how demented, vile, horrific, life threatening it was. Also, you never hear of that same juvenile getting any penalization for it, nor their parents going to jail for it.

I draw your attention to the latest "lulz". An internet
hoax dating back to 2005 has caused drama in Thomasville, Georgia including media coverage and public warnings. Apparently several people received text messages that spoke about a gang initiation. The “Walmart gang initiation” hoax takes several forms, but usually involves gang members planning to kill black women at a local Walmart as an initiation for new gang members. These text messages were actually received across the country. One t.v. station however, not researching what it was about, not only ran with the story as true, but contacted local police, who responded in kind, without checking any sources.

The News Media Rarely Checks Their Sources

They all figured out that it was a hoax later, however there is no mention of anyone being punished for a real public threat. Also, the fact that the potential victim were Black women and no retribution was had, speaks volumes as well.

No action is ever taken. No action is taken against the kids [or even adults who do this also]. No action is taken against the parents.

What if, one of these "lulz" were so horrific that people were dying of heart attacks from the sheer terror of the hoax? What then? Oh it was just a joke? Meanwhile Black kids are thrown in adult prisons for even less than these horrible practical jokes and no one bats an eyelash. In fact, black kids, as young as 13, are being sentenced to life in prison without possibility for parole. I'm sure there are some horrible kids out there, but i'm sure at 13, life imprisonment is not the answer. I am willing to bet all I own on that fact.

What's good for the goose, is good for the gander. Throw the "lulz" in adult prison along with their parents.

Freedom of speech has consequences. We need to teach that to our children and.... apparently our citizens.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What Women Really Want

What Do Women Want?

"He grabbed her by the waist, his strong hands pressing her body against his. He gently kissed her lips, slowly, gently at first, then with more passion with each passing second. Unbridled passion welled up inside her and...."

Do women still read this? Is this what women really want? Why do I ask? Oh, because that's not what I hear on t.v.. That's not what i see in magazines. I don't see passion and burning desire for each other. There's no perfect man for a perfect woman portrayed in the media. Let's see what the magazines would have you think women want.

"He sat meekly in the corner of the bar, adjusting the glasses that kept sliding down his nose. He wore a tacky jacket with plaid pants and smelled of garlic. He had a cute nerdy appeal to him though. She saddled next to him and nodded toward him. He blushed but didn't say anything. She took him home, bathed him and taught him how to dress and act. He now makes a 6 figure salary and gives her all the shopping money she could hope for."

Oh yes, this is what Cosmo prints weekly. They would have you believe that your man was nothing before you came and you are the one that can change him. You must believe it, because you buy it every week.

But wait, that's for the 30 something year old. What about the teen to 20 something year old? Oh here we go, the MTV crowd.

"He walked through the door, his Mexican mustache looking like a raccoon had a fight with a gerbil. His tattoos looked like oil stains and he smelled of patchouli and cheep must. She saddled up next to him and said they should go to the free concert together. He nodded. Three months later she was on teen pregnant show. Two years later she was famous for doing absolutely nothing."

If you think I'm being harsh, then you haven't watched MTV for 2 seconds. I've seen stuff on there that would make Ron Jeremy blush. You may want to discount that as just entertainment, but young adults see it and think it's OK, because it's on national t.v..

What do I think women really want?

Here's my scenario of what I think, a sane woman should want.

"She walked into the lounge wearing a pink chiffon dress with a slight train to it. A tall chiseled Black man asked to take her stole. She gave it to him and he smiled. 'I'm sorry we have no more empty tables available, but If you like you can sit with Alexander Washington. I hear he's a bachelor.' She looked at him amused. Alexander Washington, Atlanta's most eligible bachelor. She was seated in no time. At first he fidgeted across from her and kept checking his watch. She struck up small talk with him and he became engrossed in her conversation. He left her his card, and she gave him her number. He called 2 days later. They've been happily married now for 10 years with 3 beautiful kids."

What's the difference? No one is promiscuous; there are no escapades; there's no lack of education; obviously he's interested in her for her; there's no changing him and visa versa. While the media tries to get you to buy into the whole notion that normal is boring, you're steadily looking for Mr. Wrong. Mister Wrong is oh so very wrong. And he or she, will lead you down a path of destruction that you'll wake up from one day and realize that you have no escape routes.

I say don't buy Cosmo, unless you're doing a collage from the pictures. I say don't watch MTV because surely, as the old grandpa says, it will rot your brain.

You want a good man? Find a good man. And, if you don't find a good man for you, don't belittle him. Because, the man that might not be good for you, might be good for some other woman. And, now you ruined it for her, because you crushed his ego. Also, it might be the case that you found the good man, but the problem is with you not recognizing it. Clean yourself up first, then go look for the good man.

And, from my favorite line delivered by the Oracle in The Matrix, "you'll be right as rain". I'm sad she died, but I love that line.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Gangs of New... uh Florida? Top 6 Gang

Top 6 Gang: oooooh be scared America

Tonight on T.V. the history channel will air an episode delving into the Top 6 gang of Lake Worth and Boynton Beach. If the media is to be believed, the Top 6 gang is a Haitian-American gang, known for it's ruthlessness and violence. The palm beach county police will be feature in the Op Ed piece, along with their gang unit.

If the numbers are to be believed, the Haitian gang has over 350 members and are responsible for over 16 homicides [some reports say 20] and over 100 shootings [again other reports have different numbers. One such notorious shooting was at the Boyton Beach Mall and a triple-homicide at a Lake Worth Home, back in 2007.

According to police, the gang started from a group of rappers. [ hold the phone: is it a coincidence he said rappers? I don't listen to rap personally, but is he taking a jab at rap music AGAIN? ]

The police of Palm Beach County formed a Violent Crimes Task Force in 2006. [ I wonder if they have a report card and can they show that these tax dollars have been well spent and reduced violence on the streets? Could the allocation of extra money to form this unit be justified? Can regular police not handle crime? ] Allegedly, the violent crimes task force will be shown to have suppressed gang activities since its formation.

"Top 6 was the most violent gang we had in the history of Palm Beach County," Lt Michael Wallace, head of the task force, says. "We went through this horrible most violent stage that we ever had." [ other than his complete lack of control of the English language the lieutenant obviously is oblivious to the history of the country and his county. ] [ and i quote ] "According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, there are nine known gangs operating in Boca Raton. Boca Raton has a connection to the Mafia. Although not known for violent crime, it's a popular hangout spot for many suspected Mafia members. According to a number of US Federal indictments, as of June 2004, the Gambino family continues to operate in Boca Raton. The Television show, The Sopranos has featured the city in its plot, and Mafia Wife author Lynda Milito resides in Boca Raton." [ also according to the FBI ]

Murders and nonnegligent manslaughters 3
Forcible rapes 13
Robberies 72
Aggravated assaults 150
Total violent crimes 238
Burglaries 799
Larceny-thefts 2,232
Motor vehicle thefts 170
Arson 2
Total property crimes 2,956
Estimated population 88,093

When questioned about the last call they responded to in connection to the Top 6 gang, Lt Wallace couldn't remember, and thought it had been more than a year ago. [ doesn't sound very violent to me ] Out of a dozen Top 6 gang leaders that were apprehended by police only 2 have been convicted of racketeering.

[ could it be this isn't a gang at all? Or that there is no evidence to convict the other 10 leaders? You have to take what the police and the media does with a grain of salt. They are always out to scare you. "ooooh the big bad... HAITIANS? Come on, really? ]

Do these people look scary too you? In fact, looks like a place I'd like to visit myself.

Kevin Cardinale of Boundless Enterprise
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