See you at the next funeral

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Ain’t no drama, like family drama, cause family drama, don’t stop!

Color me hopeful.

My father died when I was six years old and my brother is nearly a generation older and didn’t appreciate my existence. There was one man in the family who took me under his wing, my Uncle. He would take me fishing and camping and include me in his family events.

This was nine billion years ago when fake wood Station Wagons roamed the earth. It was back in the day, when department stores had a husky department for chubbinel or fat boys. My uncle had a bushel of kids all near my age. They were like my sisters and brothers. I would take the bus, some 17 miles away to his home, a place I felt welcome. My cousins and I would dance to the latest 45’s records on their Sears Silvertone Stereo.

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He was the most important male in my life. I wanted to be like him, have a house full of loving children. I think my love for station wagons and minivans today is due to my admiration of this man . As I grew older, cracks appears in the relationship with my uncle.

Whisper’s from family members hundreds of miles away. He would interview me about the cost of my clothes and this news made its way to the Pacific Northwest. I learned that I was spoiled,took advantage of my mother. At thirteen, I was larger and taller than my uncle. When I was 18, he did something unthinkable to my side of the family. When I challenged him, he hit me in the chest. (my body didn’t move) I didn’t hit him, but I think this scared him.

From this moment forward, I became a pariah.

All contract between me and my grown cousins ended. It was like a death. Then the rumors began…….. My uncle created a number of false stories about my life. It didn’t matter he didn’t know I where I lived or what was actually happening in my life.

From that point forward, my cousins and I only saw each others at funerals. At the meetings, I always felt a spark of days gone by at the sad events, leaving me hopeful . But it wasn’t meant to be.

Days, years, decades. Marriages, Divorces, Children, Grand Children.and of course Death. None of our parents are alive.

Last summer, I learned about the death of one my cousins. The last time we’ve seen each other was at the funeral of her mother. I called her older sister to get the date and time of the funeral. She said, she didn’t know. Other relatives from out of state asked if I had information, because they wanted to attend. After a couple of un-returned calls, I Googled her name.

I learned the services was being held at Funeral home less than three miles from where I live. We actually lived an hour from each other. The downside, the services was taking place the very next day. I contacted my niece and and asked her if she would join me. A grandmother, she was a teenager the last time she’d seen this side of the family.

While it was a sad occasion, I was actually looking forward to seeing this side of my family, my niece brought her son.

Entering the building, I noticed the elder sibling. As children she and I were close and I was greeted with a smile. From there it was downhill. Our reception was chilly. Nice to see you and why are you here!

Although, the services began at two. Most of the people arrived after three. I could feel the divisions within the family. Children, and Grandchildren. Not the loving family, I remembered. Perhaps it was all in my mind back then or perhaps we all too young to develop resentments. Even though I was an unwanted guest, I was happy being with my family.

Forever hopeful, I exchanged telephone numbers with the family and announced that we should make an attempt to stay in touch. I could feel my niece and her son giving me the side eye, like please!! The two of them teased me in the car! A couple of weeks later, I contacted a couple of the cousins and Melba Toast had more moisture than the conversation. It takes two people to have a relationship so…….

Guess, I’ll see you next funeral.

I think its normal to hold on to those special times/memories. However, those memories, moments in time that can cloud our realities. Forever hopeful, we sometines stay in fruitless and sometimes painful relationships too long because of a memory .

If my uncle was alive, I would tell him about the positive impact he had on my life. Those memories make me smile today. At the end of day, we have to accept what is. Not what could be. It takes two to build a relationship. Angry, I’m not and resentments are a waste of time.

My uncle was highly regarded by his children which is to be expected. What he said about me may have irreparably damaged any possibility of relationship with my cousins. My love for them is there and that has to be enough.


Colton Underwood, the First Gay ‘Bachelor,’ Confronts His Controversial Coming Out

By: Elizabeth Wagmeister/Variety

Colton Underwood didn’t plan on ever telling the world that he was gay. After all, he’d starred as “The Bachelor” in 2019 to scout for a wife on national television, searching for love among 30 aspiring brides-to-be. The television personality was convinced he’d spend his entire life pretending to be a straight man — pushed into that direction by his church and small-town, conservative upbringing in Illinois.

But last month, Underwood made national headlines by coming out to Robin Roberts in a bombshell “Good Morning America” interview, shattering the heteronormative conventions of ABC’s top-rated reality dating juggernaut franchise. After hiding his attraction to men since his early teens, the 29-year-old former NFL player initially disclosed his sexuality to someone else a year ago: his publicist

The confession was prompted not by liberation but out of fear. “I’ll just say it,” Underwood reveals on a recent afternoon, still adjusting to his new life as an openly gay man. “I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed. Nobody knows I was blackmailed.”

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Underwood takes a deep breath, as he tells this story for the first time. According to him, last year, while living in Los Angeles, he secretly visited a spa known for catering to gay clientele. Shortly thereafter, he received an anonymous email, which has been reviewed by Variety, from someone claiming to have taken his nude photos at the venue. Underwood never saw the alleged photos and explains he was at the spa “just to look,” saying he “should have never been there.” The unidentified sender threatened to “out” him in the press, and in a panic of paranoia, Underwood forwarded the email to his publicist, Alex Spieller, which forced him to finally have an honest conversation about his sexual orientation.

“I knew that out of anybody in my world, my publicist wasn’t going to ruin me,” Underwood explains.

Television — especially reality TV — has revolutionized how LGBTQ people are represented in popular culture. At one time, coming out of the closet was deemed a career killer, but shows like “The Real World,” “Survivor” and the original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” now rebooted on Netflix, led to a profound, positive transformation in how gay people are perceived, and helped bring about progressive changes to LGBTQ civil rights. As new generations of millennials and Gen Zers have grown up with LGBTQ friends and role models, gay Americans have attained the right to marry, and queerness has become more mainstream in media, as proven in shows like HBO’s high school hit “Euphoria” and essentially half of the characters in the Ryan Murphy universe.

A gay “Bachelor,” though? Underwood’s coming out, so soon after he’d entered into millions of viewers’ homes as the poster boy of fairy-tale heterosexuality — the Ken doll-like star of a major dating franchise — touched a nerve.

Seen through the prism of reality TV, social media, sports and faith, and as someone who was raised with conservative values, he suddenly found himself mired in controversy. His announcement that he was gay coincided with news that he was filming a Netflix reality show about his new life.

Social media lit up with accusations that Underwood was monetizing his coming-out story. And others legitimately argued that as a hunky white gay man, he was benefiting from privilege, taking a platform that other members of the queer community deserved more than he did. Some critics wondered: Was his entire season of “The Bachelor ” an act for fame, as he strung along women with rose petals and romantic kisses?

Underwood’s larger spotlight brought attention to the details of his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph, whom he dated for a year and a half after meeting her on “The Bachelor.” In court documents, she filed a restraining order in September 2020, alleging that he stalked her and placed a tracking device on her car.

Raffy Ermac, the editor-in-chief of Pride, a pop culture and entertainment website for LGBTQ millennials, says Underwood coming out publicly was brave. “But at the same time, we shouldn’t be glorifying someone who has this history of allegedly stalking a woman.”

A petition on Change.org, signed by 35,000 people so far, is pressuring Netflix to cancel the upcoming Underwood series because of those allegations.

Despite receiving death threats, Underwood says that speaking his truth was the right thing to do. After his “GMA” interview aired on April 14, he was also inundated with congratulatory messages. “I’m happy for @colton,” tweeted Billy Eichner. “If you’re gay, be gay!” And Andy Cohen chimed in on Twitter: “You’re free now, @colton. A toaster is on its way.”

Over a two-hour interview with Variety, Underwood is still processing his new life. On this day, before filming a scene for his reality show, he’s dressed in casual attire: joggers, a black baseball cap and red Nikes. At one point, he picks up his iPhone and scrolls through DMs from strangers, admitting he’s most touched by those who write to tell him he’s made them feel less alone by coming out.

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“I know people are saying that this story has been told, but I grew up in Central Illinois,” Underwood says. “I had never seen a football player that had made it to the NFL that had been gay, growing up Catholic.” He points to some of the more touching messages he’s received. “I’ve had hundreds of gay Christian men and women who are confused in their walk with Jesus say, ‘I felt closer to God when I came out.’”

As our conversation continues, Underwood addresses the media coverage of his “Bachelor” breakup. Randolph, who declined to comment for this story, dropped the restraining order against him with prejudice two months after she filed last year.

Due to a joint agreement with Randolph, Underwood is limited in what he can say. But he talks about the situation in greater detail than he has before. First, he wants to clear the air, because he’s seen the word “abuse” next to his name in press reports. “I did not physically touch or physically abuse Cassie in any way, shape or form,” he says.

“I never want people to think that I’m coming out to change the narrative, or to brush over and not take responsibility for my actions, and now that I have this gay life that I don’t have to address my past as a straight man,” Underwood says. “Controlling situations to try to grasp at any part of the straight fantasy that I was trying to live out was so wrong.”

Underwood says that after Randolph broke up with him, he was in “such a dark place” because he knew, in his heart, his last straight relationship was over and he’d finally have to face his true reality. He apologizes for his behavior toward her and her family. “It’s not who I am as a human being, and it’s not how I carry myself,” Underwood says. “If there was anything I could do to take more ownership, I would. But also, out of respect to her, I don’t want to get into the details. I want this interview to be the last time I address her, because it’s not fair for her to have her name in articles every time I talk. I’m sorry, and I want her to know that I hope she has the best, most beautiful life.”

After they split, Underwood and Randolph were filming a new reality show together in the summer of 2020 with Jeff Jenkins Productions, Variety has learned. The show, which was developed, but never formally pitched, would have followed the exes’ life as friends in L.A., but the project collapsed with the restraining order and police investigation, which Randolph requested was dropped in November 2020. Later, as Underwood’s very small inner circle came to learn about his sexuality, the production company pitched him on the idea of a show about his journey coming out, and after five months of therapy and meeting with a psychiatrist, Underwood decided his story could help others. The show ultimately sold to Netflix, and is slated to premiere later this year.

As for “The Bachelor,” Underwood’s coming out has arrived during a turbulent year for the franchise. The dating series, which launched in 2002, is still a major revenue generator for ABC and the network’s top-rated unscripted series, attracting an average of more than 5 million viewers for its most recent, 25th season. And while a 30-minute spot on “The Bachelor” still fetches an average of $154,886, according to Ad Age, the show has come under fire for a lack of diversity. The recent casting of its first Black Bachelor, Matt James, did little to quiet the criticism. The franchise’s longtime host, Chris Harrison, stepped aside after he defended winning contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, embroiled in scandal when photos resurfaced of her at an Antebellum plantation-themed fraternity party.

As “The Bachelor” pledges to be more inclusive, Underwood’s story only highlights the lack of diversity within the franchise’s depiction of love. With the exception of one queer female couple on “Bachelor in Paradise” — the franchise’s first and only same-sex pairing — the show exists in a world populated solely by straight people.

“It’s hard to change the format that has been done the same way — a man and a woman — for so many years,” says Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD’s head of talent. “But I definitely hope that we get to see more LGBTQ representation. If people are able to see an LGBTQ person on ‘The Bachelor’ or ‘The Bachelorette,’ there is a lot of potential for impact.”

ABC and Warner Bros. declined to comment for this story, or answer questions about whether there have been discussions about developing a gay season of “The Bachelor.”

Underwood would be all for it. “I think they should discuss it,” he says. “It should be a conversation.” Asked if he’d want to return to the series to find a potential male mate, he shrugs. “I don’t like speaking in definitives, but I’m not in a position to be in a show like that. I’m at a crossroads in my life right now.” On some days, he imagines himself disappearing from the industry completely, living a quiet life in Denver, where he recently bought his first home, permanently away from TV cameras.

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Reality TV has the power to change minds, showcasing underrepresented communities to sections of the country who might not come across gay, bisexual or transgender people in their everyday lives.

But in Hollywood, progress has still been slow. The number of high-profile gay love stories at the movies — among them, the Hulu romantic comedy “Happiest Season” and 2017 Sundance darling “Call Me by Your Name” — remains small. But while reality TV has a good track record of including LGBTQ people in casts of everything from competition to docu-series, there’s still one last taboo in the genre. It’s rare to see a full-fledged gay love story, or hints of gay romance, on a reality TV show. Even on “Dancing With the Stars,” there has yet to be a same-sex dance couple. When Lance Bass, who is openly gay, appeared on the program in 2008, he was paired with a female partner.

Underwood’s faced demons as a closeted gay man. It got so dark that he took pills one night last summer, hoping he’d never wake up. “I tried to end my life, and it didn’t work,” he says. “That was the saddest and most confused and most hurt” he could remember himself feeling.

According to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest nonprofit for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, in the past year, 40% of LGBTQ youth have reported they seriously considered attempting suicide; 80% said that out-and-proud celebrities positively impact how they feel about being LGBTQ.

“Folks who are in positions to share their story — and not everyone has that opportunity — also have the opportunity to lift others up,” says Kevin Wong, vice president of communications at The Trevor Project. For Underwood, growing up in Washington, Ill., with a population of 15,000, there were no gay role models. “We had one gay person in my entire town,” Underwood says. “And he was the butt of every joke.”

Though he felt that he was different at the age of 6, Underwood never got the chance to interact with gay people. “I would have done anything to see a gay football player,” he says, getting choked up. “The closest person I ever could look at was like Ricky Martin because I love music.”

He recalls the lengths he went to one day to watch “Brokeback Mountain,” the groundbreaking 2005 romance directed by Ang Lee, as a teenager. He used a friend’s Blockbuster card to rent the movie, so that no one in his family would suspect him of being gay. “That was very authentic to who I was, growing up in the Midwest,” says Underwood. “I wasn’t a cowboy, by any means, but I grew up on a farm in Illinois.”

Around the eighth grade, Underwood’s father saw something on his son’s computer that raised a flag. “Gay porn was sort of what I gravitated towards,” Underwood admits, clenching his jaw.

At the time, Underwood denied being gay to his father. “I just said that I was curious and I was exploring and just looking,” Underwood says. “I remember having that conversation with him and being like, ‘Just don’t tell Mom.’”

After college football, Underwood entered the NFL draft, being signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers, then joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad and the Oakland Raiders. He remembers that when Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL in 2014, no one in the locker room supported the idea. Their homophobia only drove him deeper into the closet.

“Growing up in sports, I was taught that gay is wrong and gay is bad and football players are not gay,” Underwood says. “By the time I realized that I was gay, I didn’t want to be gay. It was easy for me to hide in plain sight behind a football mask and hunting and fishing and the things that this world tells us is ‘masculine’ and ‘manly.’”

After leaving the NFL in 2016, Underwood stumbled upon a random casting call in Denver for the “Bachelor” franchise. Producers took a quick liking to him. Within a few months, he was on a plane to Los Angeles, as a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season of “The Bachelorette,” which aired in 2018. He became a fan favorite, appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” and eventually landed the starring role on Season 23 of “The Bachelor” in 2019. Part of his appeal was his innocence: He became known as “the Virgin Bachelor,” and marketing materials plastered his face on a poster similar to Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

Underwood says he didn’t initially offer any information about his virginity. But when he didn’t engage in “locker room banter” with male contestants in the house in 2018, that led to a series of questions.

“The producers, as good as they are, probably picked up on how uncomfortable I was getting,” Underwood says. He never felt comfortable with the promotional material for his season of “The Bachelor,” but he doesn’t hold a grudge. “I mean, they had to do what they had to do,” he says.

Over the years, Underwood has repeatedly slammed “The Bachelor” in the press for overplaying his virginity. Now, he offers an olive branch.

“I was always looking for somebody to blame,” he says of his anger. “I was passive-aggressive to the franchise after it was done. But all of a sudden, as I was coming out, everything started to make so much more sense. I was a miserable person living as a shell of a human being, and being who the world wanted to see. I finally had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘You’ve got to fix this.’”

Prior to “The Bachelor,” in his mid-20s, Underwood had a few sexual experiences with men, he reveals. “I’ll say this,” he starts with a long pause. “I was ‘the Virgin Bachelor,’ but I did experiment with men prior to being on ‘The Bachelorette.’”

He confirms he was, in fact, a virgin when he was on the ABC show. “When I say ‘hookups,’ not sex,” Underwood says. “I want to make that very clear that I did not have sex with a man, prior to that.” He reveals that he joined the dating app Grindr under an alias in 2016 or 2017. (He’s currently single, but no longer on the app.)

When he ended up finding fame and becoming a household name, Underwood was constantly worried that one of the men he’d hooked up with might sell him out to the tabloids. “I remember feeling so guilty, like ‘What the hell am I doing?’” Underwood says of his gay encounters. “It was my first time letting myself even go there, so much so that I was like, ‘I need “The Bachelorette” in my life, so I could be straight.’”

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Underwood’s next act in reality TV couldn’t be more different from “The Bachelor.” The upcoming Netflix docu-series about his life sounds less like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and more like “I Am Cait,” the E! show that followed Caitlyn Jenner as she transitioned into a woman and created a new life for herself, taking viewers on a journey of learning and acceptance.

Underwood says the purpose of his Netflix show is to share a multitude of LGBTQ stories, not just his own. Olympian Gus Kenworthy, a close friend, will appear on the series. But producers have made sure not to just focus on white privileged gay men.

In the series, Underwood will explore his position of privilege, partly thanks to Kenworthy, who is featured by his side as someone who can relate to Underwood’s experience, as a gay athlete who came out in the spotlight.

“He’s been somebody that I’ve not only learned so much from, but he’s held me accountable and he’s allowed me to see the privilege of being a straight-presenting gay, white man,” Underwood says of Kenworthy. “He pointed out how my path has been, compared to other people.”

Despite controversy, Netflix is standing behind the series, in hopes of building greater understanding of the LGBTQ community through Underwood’s journey.

“One person’s experience will not fill the void of queer stories on TV. We have to do better as an industry to highlight more kinds of lives and love. That said, we hope the show will help challenge outdated notions of what kind of stories can or should be at the center of entertainment,” says Brandon Riegg, vice president of unscripted and documentary series at Netflix.

When asked about the petition calling to cancel the yet-to-be-launched series, the Netflix executive says: “Colton has been public about his past and the bad choices he’s made and this will be part of the show, too. While there is tension with providing a platform, we think his complicated story, which includes him taking accountability, is one others can learn from, and we trust Colton and the producers to address it in a thoughtful way.”

Nicole M. Garcia, a transgender Latina pastor, appears in the series discussing faith with Underwood. “Here he is, a cisgender white man who comes out as gay, and he gets a show,” says Garcia. “Is it the way things should be? Probably not. The whole system is rigged so that Colton could get a docu-series about him. But we can either just rail completely against it, or we can try to use it to raise visibility.”

“How many times have you interviewed a transgender Latina pastor?” Garcia adds, in a recent interview over the phone. “I’m honestly riding on Colton’s coattails. I believe Colton really wants to try to use his voice to raise the voice of the marginalized community.”

Garcia, who has an inclusive congregation in Boulder, Co., where she hangs a pride flag in the sanctuary, only agreed to sign onto the Netflix show if she could represent the wider scope of the community, especially with transgender people under attack. The pastor did not come out until she was 43 years old. Now, 61, she began transitioning in 2003 and was ordained in 2019. Raised in the Roman Catholic church in a large Latino family, she lived a life married to a woman and worked as a parole officer, hiding behind a uniform and alcoholism, which led to divorce.

“Both Colton and I have something in common in that growing up, we felt we had to live into a stereotype. We both had to live in the toxic masculinity that is prevalent in our world,” Garcia says. “We would both hope that younger people don’t have to go through that and don’t have to lose so much time trying to be somebody else.”

Netflix will air Underwood coming out for the first time to his family and friends, including his father, who tells Variety his son’s sexuality did not shock him, and he actually tried to broach the subject with him in high school, when he had suspicions.

“First, I put that on myself — what was I doing that he felt he couldn’t open up to me?” Scott Underwood says. “But Colton said, ‘I didn’t know what I was yet. I was still struggling.’”

“I understood that. He was still trying to figure himself out,” his father says. He wishes his son wouldn’t live his entire life in the public eye, but he sees the impact his Netflix series may have on families who abandon their children for being gay.

“If it just helps a few young men and women come out and be proud of themselves and understand that all parents aren’t going to be upset, it can save lives,” he says.

As for the younger Underwood, the reality star is hoping his new show will bring greater understanding and shatter certain pre-conceived identity politics.

“My dad is proud to say that he is a conservative Republican, and he is also proud to say, I have a gay son,” Underwood says. “I think it’s important for America to hear that and see that. Right now, the media makes it seem like there is no middle ground.”

NRA’s Wayne Lapierre Doesn’t buy his $39,000 work suits at Sears

Why The NRA and Wayne LaPierre's Next Foe is One of Their Own - The New  York Times

OOOOOOOOh Wee, there are questions, questions, QUESTIONS in New York! New York wants to know how the National Rifle Association has been SPENDING its CHARITABLE funds?

BIG QUESTIONS? There are rules, not just any kind of just put the dolla in the jar rules, but RULES! They want to know, how its spent and what its spent on. This is what New York’s Attorney General Letitia James wants to know!

What she does know……….

Wayne LaPierre has been the Exective Vice President and the NRA’s CEO for nearly 3 decades. What we have learned from his testimony, he is not a coupon kinda guy. He doesn’t have assistants scowering newspapers, looking for deals and he’s not a mall, or a Costco kinda man. He has spent THIRTY NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS for one suit in liberal Beverly Hills, a city that doesn’t like guns, unless its being carried by a security guard, outside their opulent homes.

While millions of Americans pay and donate to this organization, to preserve their rights to own a gun. LaPierre is living the high life. Attorney James, has accused the NRA of fraud, financial misconduct and misuse of charitable funds and wants to shut it down, to say bye, sayonara, adios, chow, to the NRA!

Now just wait a darn minute!

James maybe just a little unfair, to good ole Wayne. Two weeks ago, Wayne testified for two whole days. New York claimed that some of the gifts he received, represent undisclosed conflicts of interest. To defend himself, he told the folks in New York, he needed to get away after the Sandy Hook Shooting and that why he took the trip on the Hollywood producers ,108 foot yacht (called the Illusion). Well yeah, wasn’t his first time, he’s been on the yacht several times before, taking trips to the Bahamas, but I’m sure it they would have waited long enough, he would have had a real legitimate response.

Same thing about flying on a private charter jet, its for security. Imagine him on a Spirit flight, someone could get shot! Oh, and the suits. Italian Suits! $300,000 in Italian suits from a Zegna Mens Fashion in Beverley Hills. Ackerman McQueen his long time public relations person bought him for television appearances. You have to look your best on Fox!

New York says, LaPierre surrounded himself with yes men. Who’s job was to say YES, to the expenditures. Who didn’t really care what he did with the organzations mo-nay as long as their checks cleared.

One man did, former CFO, Craig Spray. When LaPierre, announced the NRA was filing for bankruptcy, Spray said, he was blindsided, and he wasn’t alone. General NRA counsel John Frazier and board member Phillip Journey were also in the dark. They weren’t aware, LaPierre created a new company and was planning to move the NRA to the great state of Texas.

Spray, questioned how the organization was handling its money. In Jan, LaPierre sent the NRA’s staff and board a letter claiming that Spray resigned due to medical issues. Not sure Spray was aware, HE WAS SICK!

Run, Wayne Run!

To the naked eye, it looks like LaPierre belived he could escape the mean people in New York by moving to Texas. After all, things have been just fine for decades and the NRAwas in GOOD financial health.

Sooooooooooooooo, how can you file bankruptcy if your organization was in good financial health?

Yesterday, the Texas Judge, said hey Wayne! Y’all got to go back to New York City and deal with Miss James. Now once she’s done with y’all, up in NEW YORK CITY. Y’all, more than welcome to move down here to TEX-US (What’s left of y’all -wink!) But chu cant come, until Miss James is done!

So, Wayne got some mo splanin, to do in New York City!



Kissing the hand

Trump's Awful Middle East Policies Are Coming Back to Haunt Him | The New  Yorker

Currently ,32% of Americans approve of Former President Donald Trump, this includes 81% of Republicans.

Love him or loathe him, If your a Republican, you may need to kiss the hand of Donald J Trump to survive the primary. The former Preisdent has a history, of campaiging against those who speak against him, even to the demtriment of his party.

He punished Georgia, encourged Republicans to avoid a flawed voting system. More Republicans loathe him, then love him, many resent what he has done to the Grand Old Party. The current Republican Party is the Trump party. There isn’t a current party platform, official direction, or an overall goal. Their sole purpose is to please Trump, tocpraise Trump, to humor Trump, even if it destroys the Party.

If he feels threatened by the establishment of the party, he threatens to form his own party. The Republicans are coming apart at the seams. The establishment is losing control to the fringe members of the party.

With a 32% approval rating, how well would a Trump endorced candidate fare in the general election in the large suburban areas where the former president struggled in the last election.

Liz Cheney’s fight for the integrity of the party is making waves. On Sunday, some members openly expressed support. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan condemned the centrality of Trump to the party on NBC News’ “Meet the Press”: “It just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to ‘Dear Leader’ or you get kicked out of the party.” He called the fight to replace Cheney “sort of a circular firing squad where we’re just attacking our own party.

On CBS ‘Face the Nation” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of the few House Republicans to vote for Trump’s second impeachment said, “It’s incredible. Liz Cheney is saying exactly what Kevin McCarthy said the day of the insurrection. She’s just consistently been saying it. And a few weeks later, Kevin McCarthy changed to attacking other people,” I think the reality is that we as a party need to have an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to January 6. I mean, right now it’s basically like we’re the Titanic. We’re in the middle of this slow sink, there’s a band on deck telling everyone it’s fine, meanwhile Donald Trump is looking for women’s clothing trying to get on the first life boat,” 

Holding on to Trump could back fire. Many believe it was Trump that brought people to the ballot box. The Gop tent has a narrow opening, you have to know the hand shake and have a hat and a sign. The Republicans may have overplayed their hand in an attempt to suppress the vote. Will Republican voters remember the new requirments ? These new laws are mobiling Democrats and the new voting changes could dissuade older Republican voters.

On Wedesday, the question is will the vote for Cheney’s outster be private or public, and will Trump punish those Republicans who voted to retain Cheney?


THE MASK: 103 years between Pandemics

The mask wars of the 1918 flu pandemic | Crosscut

Historians tells us 103 years ago, during the flu pandemic, Americans wore masks. In most of the states mask wearing was not manditory. Many cities in the United States (particularly on the West Coast ) created ordinances requiring citizens to wear masks.

Throughout the country most people complied, as schools, theaters, public places were closed. With the United States involved in World War 1, many believed mask wearing was patriotic.

Not everyone, after the war ended there was a sense that there wasn’t a reason to keep wearing masks. An anti-mask wearing group formed in San Francisco in 1919.

The Anti-Mask League of 1919: The Cultural Battle of an Enduring Pandemic -  Untapped New York

Desite the dissenters, the majority of Americans continued to wear masks..

Years after the spanish flu pandemic, people wore masks. There are images in New York and other cities on the East Coast where those with means would wear fashional masks that matched their suits and dresses.

History of Face-Masks during 1918-1919 Spanish flu - annaphillips.style
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Worldwide, 50 million people died during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and 1919 one third of the worlds population. In 1918, there were 105 million Americans. 675,000 people succumbed to the pandemic.

Parellels: Spanish Flu and Covid 19

Like the Spanish Flu,the first wave of the Covid 19 occurred in the spring and was generally mild. A second, highly contagious wave appeared with a vengeance in the fall of that same year.

The Spanish flu was also detrimental to the economy. In the United States, businesses were forced to shut down because so many employees were sick.

In 1918, Cailfornia and the Western states were the first states to make mask wearing manditory. Last spring, California was the first state to issue “A Stay at home order”


The largest wave of immigration to the United States took place between 1880 to 1920. Many of the nations hospitals did not want to treat Immigrants and blacks.

Between 1915 and 1960, nearly five million black people migrated from the south to the north. The majority of migrants moved to major northern cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadephia and New York. To work for the railroads, the Auto Industry and steel industry.

Many whites, struggled with the change. Labor Unions would not let blacks join. However some employers would hire blacks who worked for less. Blacks were accused of undermining the Unions. In 1919, Blacks were attacked in many cities their homes were burned. In many of the nation’s newspapers, black were the instigators. By the fall their were race riots in many industrial cities in the Midwest and the East Coast.

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This is where the paralels end

Like the Spanish Flu, there are people who dont believe in masks.

Unlike 1918, there weren’t vaccines to treat the Flu, in fact it was twenty years later before a flu vaccine was developed. There are and have been vaccines to treat the different strains of the Corona Virus, and like the flu, scientists will have to create new versions of the vaccine to adjust to the various strains. Just as they created different vaccines for the swine flu and the Hong Kong flu.

While there is a shortage of the vaccine in India, Countries in Africa and South America there is a surplus of the vaccine in the United States

The issue is political. Nearly 50% of Republicans says they dont trust the goverment or the vaccine.

The majority of these individuals live in rural areas where there are fewer medical services.

With summer approaching, and fewer new cases and hospitalizations. Even Fewer Americans will be vaccinated.

Many scientist believe annual Covid shots will be a necessary.

There is a global and economic interest in controlling the virus.

If India or another large economy isn’t controlled by late summer. The world could see an significant increase in new cases of Covid19 in the fall.

In 2020, with the virus out of control. Citizens bought fewer cars, appliances, Cameras. As a result,semiconductors chip makers made fewer chips.

Currently, there is global shortage of these computer chips. That runs everything from your washer, smartphones, thermostat to the safety devises in your car.

Detroit has thousands of vehicles waiting for these chips. Resulting in an auto shortage and layoffs. This has trickled down to Car Rentals now averaging $100 a day. This shortage could cost Detroit billions.

The makers of these vital computer chips say they do not see a return to normal, until the second quarter of 2022.


The Global Chip Shortage is Starting to have Major Real World Consequences

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  • As technology has advanced, semiconductor chips have spread from computers and cars to toothbrushes and tumble dryers — they now lurk beneath the hood of a surprising number of products.
  • But demand for chips is continuing to outstrip supply, and car makers are no longer the only companies feeling the pinch.
  • Many companies — particularly those in China who have been hit by sanctions — are boosting their stockpiles of in-demand chips to try to ride out the storm, but that’s making chips even harder to get hold of for other firms.

The Epyc 2nd generation chip, manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is arranged for a photograph during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

The Epyc 2nd generation chip, manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is arranged for a photograph during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The severity of the global chip shortage has gone up a notch over the last few weeks and it’s now looking as though millions of people will be impacted. 

As technology has advanced, semiconductor chips have spread from computers and cars to toothbrushes and tumble dryers — they now lurk beneath the hood of a surprising number of products.

But demand for chips is continuing to outstrip supply, and car makers are no longer the only companies feeling the pinch.

Alan Priestley, an analyst at Gartner, told CNBC that the average person on the street is bound to be impacted by the chip shortage in one form or another.

“What it will mean is they can’t get something, or prices are slightly higher,” Priestley said during an interview on Thursday.

South Korean tech giant Samsung said last week that the chip shortage is hitting television and appliance production, while LG admitted the shortage is a risk.   

“Due to the global semiconductor shortage, we are also experiencing some effects especially around certain set products and display production,” said Ben Suh, head of Samsung’s investor relations, on a call with analysts.

“We are discussing with retailers and major channels about supply plans so that we are able to allocate the components to the products that have more urgency or higher priority in terms of supply.”

Samsung’s co-chief executive and mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, said at a shareholders meeting in March  that there’s a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector. At the time, the company said it might skip the launch of the next Galaxy Note smartphone.

LG said it is “closely monitoring the situation as no manufacturer can be free of the problem if it gets prolonged,” according to The Financial Times. LG did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

Everyday appliances at risk

Production of low-margin processors, such as those used to weigh clothes in a washing machine or toast bread in a smart toaster, has also been hit. While most retailers are still able to get their hands on these products at the moment, they may face issues in the months ahead.

Even dog-washing businesses are suffering, according to The Washington Post. CCSI, which makes electronic dog-washing booths in the Illinois village of Garden Prairie, was recently told by its circuit board supplier that the usual chips weren’t available, according to the report.

The business, which did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment, was reportedly offered a different chip, but that required the company to adjust its circuit boards, raising costs in the process.

“This particular problem affects all aspects of manufacturing, from little people to big conglomerates,” President Russell Caldwell reportedly said. “Literally we have corn fields around us … there’s not a lot here.”

Many companies — particularly those in China who have been hit by sanctions — are boosting their stockpiles of in-demand chips to try to ride out the storm, but that’s making chips even harder to get hold of for other firms.

Auto industry remains worst hit

The automotive sector, which relies on chips for everything from the computer management of engines to driver assistance systems, is still the hardest hit. Companies like Ford, Volkswagen and Jaguar Land Rover have shut down factories, laid off workers and slashed vehicle production.

Stellantis, the world’s fourth biggest car maker, said on Wednesday that the chip shortage had gotten worse in the last quarter. Richard Palmer, the chief financial officer of the firm that was created through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA, warned the disruption could last into 2022.

Some carmakers are now leaving out high-end features as a result of the chip shortage, according to a Bloomberg report on Thursday.

Nissan is reportedly leaving navigation systems out of cars that would normally have them, while Ram Trucks has stopped equipping its 1500 pickups with a standard “intelligent” rearview mirror that monitors for blind spots.

“Ram have stopped including (the) option on all Tradesman, Bighorn, Rebel and Laramie models at present due to limited supply of electronic components used in this option,” a Ram spokesperson told CNBC, adding that the company plans to resume offering the option later this year.

Elsewhere, Renault is no longer putting an oversized digital screen behind the steering wheel of certain models. Nissan and Renault did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. 

Rental car companies are also feeling the effects as they’re unable to buy the new vehicles they want, according to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday. Hertz and Enterprise, which have traditionally profited from buying new vehicles in bulk and renting them out, have reportedly resorted to buying used cars at auction instead.

“The global microchip shortage has impacted the entire car rental industry’s ability to receive new vehicle orders as quickly as we would like,” a Hertz spokesperson told CNBC.

Hertz said it is “supplementing” its fleet “by purchasing low-mileage, preowned vehicles” from auctions and dealerships.

An Enterprise spokesperson said the global chip shortage “has impacted new vehicle availability and deliveries across the industry at a time when demand is already high.”

Complex issue involving many moving components

The world’s largest chip manufacturer, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), said on Sunday, that it thinks it will be able to catch up with automotive demand by June.

But Patrick Armstrong, CIO of Plurimi Investment Managers, told CNBC “Street Signs Europe” on Tuesday, that the timeline is highly ambitious.

The chief executive of German chipmaker Infineon said Tuesday that the semiconductor industry is in unchartered territory.

“The current situation, where all verticals are booming, I have never seen before,” Reinhard Ploss told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe.”

Ploss said it is “very clear it will take time” until supply and demand are rebalanced. “I think two years is too long, but we will definitely see it reaching out to 2022,” he said. “I think additional capacity is going to come … I expect a more balanced situation in the next calendar year.”

Ramping up production takes time. “You can’t suddenly go to a chip vendor and say, ‘give me a million new chips’ if you haven’t got the order in place because there’s a throughput time,” said Priestley, who works in Gartner’s technology and service provider research team. “If I put an order in today, and there’s capacity available, it may take me three months or more to get the chip.”

He added that most consumer products have extended supply chains and “we haven’t started to see the impact” of the chip shortage in some areas. “If Apple builds a new phone today, they may not ship until end of the year,” said Priestley.

Meanwhile, the issue in the automotive industry is being compounded because the car manufacturers don’t use the most advanced — or bleeding edge — chips, according to Priestley.

“They tend to use chips that are made on older manufacturing processes and the chip companies are obviously moving towards using the higher-revenue bleeding edge products, and they’re not investing in your capacity on the older processes,” he said.

Tech sovereignty

Nations are now being forced to think about how they can increase the number of chips they produce. The vast majority of the world’s chips are made in China, while the U.S. is the second biggest producer. 

The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, has said it wants to build up chip manufacturing capacity in Europe as part of an effort to become more self-reliant on what it sees as a critical technology.

Europe currently accounts for less than 10% of global chip production, although that is up from 6% five years ago. It wants to boost that figure to 20% and is exploring investing 20-30 billion euros ($24-36 billion) to make it happen.

U.S. tech giant Intel has offered to help but it reportedly wants 8 billion euros in public subsidies toward building a semiconductor factory in Europe.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO, met with two EU commissioners in Brussels including Thierry Breton last Friday after meeting with German ministers the day before.

“What we’re asking from both the U.S. and the European governments is to make it competitive for us to do it here compared to in Asia,” Gelsinger told Politico Europe in an interview, where he was cited saying that he was seeking roughly 8 billion euros in subsidies.

Intel also announced in March that it intends to spend 20 billion on two new chip plants in Arizona.

“It’s going take two or three years before we start to see that,” said Gartner’s Priestley. “But that’s really looking to meet future demand.”

Is my face mask making my ears larger?

While millions across the world, can’t wait to toss their face masks. I think mine will be my world for life.

It has served me well in the last year, as I come in contact with hundreds on a weekly basic. While I’m not quite ready yet, it will eventually come off outside.

I see maks being a part of my life, in late fall and winter from this time forward. Its not uncommon to see people wearing masks in some of the larger cities.

Its been more than a year, I’m no longer feeling the basic black masks, with the strings that pull on your ears. I think they are making my ears bigger. Now, that I have cut off my hair, I’m pulling in radio stations from Chico and the Bay Area a hundred miles away on my fm radio app on my cell phone.

Ok it the hair, but I’m looking for other options. My goal for this year is to step up my mask game.

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23 year old-Branden Michael Wolfe, Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence and $12 Million Bill for Torching Minneapolis Police Station

From:  Duluth News Tribune

A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to repay $12 million after pleading guilty to helping torch a Minneapolis police station during George Floyd protests. Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, had pushed a wooden barrel into a fire started at the entrance of the building, which had been started by others during the protests in May 2020, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk said Wolfe “literally added fuel to the fire.” He admitted to entering the police station and stealing gear, including ammo, handcuffs, a knife, and a police vest that he was still wearing when he was arrested.

Two other men, Bryce Michael Williams and Davon De-Andre Turner, have also pleaded guilty to the burning of the police station, but have yet to be sentenced. Separately,23- year old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson was sentenced to four years and ordered to pay $12 million last month for his role in helping start the fire at the Third Precinct building.

The Minneapolis Third Police Precinct is set on fire during a third night of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
The Minneapolis Third Police Precinct is set on fire during a third night of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

“Whopper Serious”

Look at this face! Don’t play with her, and especially when it comes to her food! Don’t play with anyone who has an expression on her face like Mrs Judith Ann Black.

Friday evening, Judith,ordered a WHOPPER at the Burger King in Wildwood Florida.

Witness says she lost her shit, after examining her burger. A worker at the resturant tried to help. But she needed the seventy seven year old Black, to be a lady ( I wasn’t there just-making up as you read along) calm down.

After all, this was Burger King, they pride themselves for making things your way. As the BK clerk turned around, Mr’s Black thru the WHOPPER at her! hitting her in the neck. As she and her husband where leaving the resturant, the clerk followed them. The clerk and her collegue heard her say ” Shut up black Bitch”! Her co worker heard Mrs Black call her a “nigger”


Real Witnesses, keeping it raw at BK!

Several witnesses, the store manager and customers in resturant told the Wildwood Police Department. They saw the WHOPPA attack and heard Mrs Black call the clerk a “Black Nigger” and said “Fuck You” as she stormed away.

Oh no! Oh no! Oh no no no no! Its on Video!

There it was, the WHOPPA attack in HD. They were also able to capture the License Plate on the couples white Ram Pickup.

That was enough for the police. They ran the plate and arrested her at her home. Mr and Mrs Black lives in that giant retirement community called The Villages, billed as the Sunshine State’s “friendliest hometown.”

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If she’d just hit her with the WHOPPA and left, Mrs Black would have been charged with a Misdemeanor.

But, suga pie, honey bunch, “couldn’t help herself”. She just had to say Nigger! Nigger, Nigger!

Florida, don’t play dat! Because she used the “N” word while committing an offence (hitting the clerk with a WHOPPA, WHOPPA WHOPPA) her Misdemeanor (Elliot) became a Felony!

Trading Down

If she would have stilled her tounge, she could have chilled in the Villages, driving those Electric Golf Carts. Cruzin with her Golden Homies having cocktails. Instead spending time in jail. They say, she was relased early SATURDAY morning after making a $2500 bond.

Next stop court……….

All because of a Tomato. No one knows, if she wanted a Thicker Tomato or a Thinner Tomato? She was at Burger King, if she could have waited, she could have had it HER WAY!


A Woman of Courage

What is Liz Cheney trying to do?
Liz Cheney

Courage is rare. In our personal circles there are many people who profess their loyalty to us. They say they will be by our side ,when the going gets rough. The reality is , when the chips are down and after the dust settles, we are lucky to have that one person, standing by our side.

Lifelong Republicans, long believed Donald Trump could destroy the Republican Party. He wasn’t a conservative. Through the years he has changed his party affiliation several times, he had publicly stated ,his positions were more in line with the Democratic Party.

Donald Trump was very popular with Republicans. Despite his lies, many Republicans believe he cared about them and are fiercely loyal to him. Its is this loyalty that strikes fear in many elected Republicans. Unlike other Republicans, President Trump would actively campaign against a popular Republican candidate who spoke out against him, even if it cost the party a seat.

Few, members of his party publicly disagreed with him. Many like Jeff Flake became critical after announcing they were not seeking re-election. Only, Arizona Senator John McCain routinely disagreed with the President /

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Currently, she is the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership.

Cheney along with nine other members of the house voted for President Trump Impeachment. Trump supporters were angered by Cheney’s vote to impeach, and on February 3, 2021, the House Republican Conference held a closed-door, secret-ballot vote on whether to remove her from her position in the Republican House leadership. She held her position by a 145–61 vote, with one member voting present. After the vote, Cheney said, “we’re not going to be divided and that we’re not going to be in a situation where people can pick off any member of leadership.

Liz Cheney is a vocal critic of former President Trump. Today she is a party of one, she is fighting for her party in an attempt to redirect the Republican Party.

70% of Republicans believe Donald Trump won the election. In a tweet, Cheney said “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”

Last weekend, Former President Trump reinforced THE BIG LIE, in Florida. telling his supporters the recount in Arizona, could result in thousands of ballots in his favor.

Earlier today, speaking behind closed doors at a conference in Sea Island, Georgia Liz Cheney said ,her party cannot accept the “poison” of the idea that the 2020 election was stolen and should not “whitewash” the January 6 Capitol riot — and Donald Trump’s role in fomenting it. “We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” “We can’t whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

This has placed a HUGE target on her back. The Trump forces are mobilizing and there is speculation his friends will attempt to stripped her position as the House Republican Conference Chair.

Congresswoman Cheney unlike her male colleagues, who after returning to public life, fade into the background and become occasional pundents on the Cable News Shows. Liz Cheney seems to be preparing for the long fight, that may continue through her public life, as she is fighting for the soul of the Republican Party.

During his tenure as President, Trump has had problems with women. Politicians, news reporters, strippers etc.

Liz Cheney, on her own, is attempting to bring real courage back to the Grand Ole Party.


Pollution by Design

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Natomas Creek

Realtor.com predicts Sacramento will be the strongest housing market in the nation this year.  

In the last few years Sacramento, has been the fastest growing large city in the state. Cailfornians are moving to the central part of the state where home prices are considerablely lower than the coastal areas of the state.  In Southern Cailfornia, people are migrating from Los Angeles and San Diego counties to Riverside and San Bernadino counties . The largest percentage of Sacramento’s new residents is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where its not uncommon for basic home to cost well over a million dollars.

In Sacramento, the average price for a home is $450K. 

Downtown San Francisco is eighty five miles from Downtown Sacramento.

Begining 2035, all the cars and trucks sold in the State of California will be zero polluting. The California Air Resources Board the 2035 target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide,  This doesn’t mean the state is coming for your car, it simply means beginning in 2035, all new cars and trucks sold in the state will be Zero polluting. 

The largest single source of pollutants in the Sacramento area is automobile exhaust. Air quality in Sacramento County is regulated by several agencies including: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) California Air Resources Board (ARB)

Current projections show Sacramento could add another 165,000 residents by 2035.

Master Planned CommunitiesPollution By Design

Master planned communities, date back to early 1900’s. Many believe, some of our greatest cities were designed during this time period.   Neighborhoods were self contained and walkable.  Residents could walk from their homes to nearby shops, post offices and banks. Most residents did not own cars as Street cars and Public buses provided reliable transportation from the neighborhoods to the central city and employment centers.

In Sacramento, some of Sacramento’s most beloved neighborhoods are less than three miles of downtown.  Many of these were largely abandoned during 50’s and 60’s as many new developments were built east of downtown.

In Alkali Flats, most of the homes are more than 100 years old. Overtime ,many of the grand homes, fell into at state of disreapair. Many of the homes were demolished . Today, some homes in Alkali Flats command more than a  million dollars. 

In the last twenty years many neighborhoods near the downtown has seen a resurgence all cities over America. A combination of empty nesters and Millennials choosing to live in the central city. Where they are closeto Resturants, Museums and the Art districts.

Downtown and midtown Sacramento, is the site of hundreds of new Apartments and Condominiums. Following these new residents are new shops and restaurants within a few blocks of their home.

What made the old neighborhoods attractive to home owners 100 years ago, is true today. Convience, and location. (most of the neighborhoods East Sacramento, Curtis Park, Land Park, are less than three miles from downtown), walkable, and accessible by Public Transit. Two neighborhoods, Oak Park and North Sacramento is seeing a resurgence, with new buildings along broadway.

Oak Park Line to SP Depot

Pacific Gas and Electric operated Sacramento’s Street Car lines from 1900 to 1943.

Sacramento most popular parks are more than 100 years old. Sacramento’s magnificent William Land Regional Park, is home to the Sacramento Zoo, Funderlandand and Fairytale Park opened in 1918, East Sacramento’s McKinley park opened in 1871.

Bye, Bye, Public Transportation. Hello Urban Sprawl and dirty air

Prior to 1950, Public Transportation played a major role in cities. The suburbs were built further away from the central cities. lower land costs allowed familes to afford larger homes, the trade off was property owners needed a car.

The typical design of these Master Planneed communities are winding streets, small parks, schools and a shopping center with a Supermarkets serving as the anchor borders, a large roadway.

This basic concept is more than seventy years old. The design can be fragile as it relys on a single Supermarket as its anchor. Should the supermarket close, businesses in the shopping center relying on spillover will follow. Which will have a negetive affect on property values and crime in the surrounding neighberhoods.

Older neighberhoods were developed before Supermarkets, and Big Box Stores. If a grocery store closed, the building could be repurposed as another business. Grocery stores were supported by smaller stores in the neighborhood.

Master planned neighberhoods can be found all over the United States. Most are designed without a transit componet. Some developers and home owners have resisted Public Transit (Buses) in their communities as some developers resist Public Tranist (buses) is not a positive image. Buses represent a lower class.

Many suburbs surrounding Metro Atlanta rejected public transit. Some believed Public Transit could bring a questional elements to their communities.

A household of five may eventually need five separate vehicles. Developments by design, producing auto emissions, that contributes to global warming.

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The Cove, Sacramento (400K)

All over America,sprawl have contributed air pollution. Overtime, nearly every person living in the homes above will need a vehicle for transportation.

Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas. About five pounds comes from the extraction, production, and delivery of the fuel, while the great bulk of heat-trapping emissions—more than 19 pounds per gallon—comes right out of a car’s tailpipe. Union of Concerned Scientists 

The New Normal

Covid has changed the how we work and where we work. All over the world, millions are working at home and many predict, the longer people are required to work at home, the greater the adoption as the dust settles. This new normal, allows talented workers who once had to live in America’s large metro areas. Now have the option of living outside, densily populated cites. As a result there is a slow and steady mirgration from some of our larger metro areas.

Bring Back the Corner Store

Automobiles weren’t required in many of America’s older neigherhoods. In addition to banks, post office and shops there were movies theaters and resturants. It exists today in Sacramento’s Oak Park. There were small markets and cleaners within walking distance of the average home. Today, its not uncommon, for home owners to drive over a mile for a carton of milk or a soda.

Below is Northlake, one of Sacramento’s largest Master Planned Communities North Natomas just south of the Airport. The pink area is the retail zone. New home owners will need to drive more than a mile for a loaf a bread.

Northlake development planning map, via Wood Rodgers
Northlake Development beside the Sacramento International Airport, image via Google Satellite
Sacamento International is less than two miles away from Northlake

In 2035, all the new Cars and Trucks sold in California will be non polluting. However, the vast majority of the vehicles will contine to produce harmful emissions.

It time for concern citizens to insist Public Transit be part housing developments.

The world’s new master plan communities must be designed to reduce dependence on motor vechicles.

Planners and developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They simply need to go back in time. What worked one hundred years ago, works today. All over the world.

Sacramento and other cities say they are committed to reducing pollution. Developments like Northlake are being approved all over the nation, add to the nations pollution by design.

After January 2035, all the vechicles sold in California and other states will be electric. However, 75% of the cars on the road in 2035, will release polluntents into the enviroment.

Climate change is real. Electric vechicles is only the start. design Every community has to look at ways to reduce pollutents in their there cities and town. We must insist on change.

The Clock is ticking




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