NFL Football in Los Angeles? Whatevah!


Los Angeles is the second largest TV market in the nation.   Professional sports want a slice of that lucrative pie.  The LA Rams left town in 1996 after several attempts to get taxpayers to pay for a new stadium.    So they moved East where St Louis gave them everything they wanted and more.  ( Las Vegas, recently  gave the Raider Organization every thing they wanted to move.)   For 10 years Los Angeles was without an NFL team.

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READ: The Citizens of the City of St Louis and State of Missouri on the hook for empty stadium Click the Link below for the rest of the story

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/02/04/suckers-professional-sports-abandons-another-city-leaving-taxpayers-with-mega-debt/

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In 2016, the Rams returned to Los Angeles where they are temporarily playing in the 93,000 seat Memorial Coliseum until their new home opens in 2019 in Inglewood.  Over 83,000 attended last years opener at the Coliseum.  Despite tickets prices as low as $6.00 less than 58,000 Rams fans were in stands yesterday.

Photo: Jorden Heck, Twitter

The news isn’t any better for Los Angeles newest team the Chargers.   Twelve miles southwest  of Memorial Coliseum is Stubhub Center in Carson the temporary home of the LA Chargers.  After over 50 years in San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles  The Chargers will share the Inglewood Stadium with the Rams .  The Chargers share the stadium with LA Galaxy Soccer Team.   Yesterday, in their home opener nearly half the fans supported the  Miami Dolphin in the 27,000 seat stadium.

2016 attendance for the Rams was in the top 10.  However, the team unable to sell out at $6.00 doesn’t bode well for the future, especially when you consider the USC Trojans nearly sold out the huge stadium the night before.

For many, in the LA area there are two teams , The Lakers and The Dodgers.

Its early, fans support winners, in the second week the Rams are 1-1 and the Charges are 0-2.

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Are natural disasters part of God’s retribution?


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Roman Catholic Theologian examines the idea that natural disasters are divine punishment

By: Matthew Schmatz/The Conversation

This piece originally appeared on The Conversation

Seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, conservative Christian pastor John McTernan argued recently that “God is systematically destroying America” out of anger over “the homosexual agenda.”

There were others who disagreed over the reasons for God’s anger, but not necessarily with the assumption that God can be wrathful. Ann Coulter, a conservative political commentator, for example, said jokingly that Houston’s election of a lesbian mayor was a more “credible” cause of the hurricane than global warming. And, from the other side of the political spectrum, a Tampa University professor tweeted that God had punished Texans for voting Republican. He subsequently expressed regret, but was fired.

It is true that many religious traditions, including Judaism and Christianity, have seen natural disasters as divine punishment. But, as a scholar of religion, I would argue that things aren’t that simple.

The Genesis flood

Some of the earliest narratives of divine retribution go back to 2000 B.C. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of a catastrophic flood.

The gods decide to bring rain down to end the “uproar” of humankind. But the god of the waters, Enki, warns the righteous man, Utnapishtim, about the impending disaster.

Utnapishtim saves himself and his family by constructing a boat.

Elements of this story are later echoed in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Genesis. God is angry because the Earth is filled with violence caused by human beings and vows to “destroy both them and the Earth.”
Noah is a “blameless” man, and God tells him to build an ark that would be large enough to hold his family and “two of all living creatures.” Although humanity perishes in a deluge, Noah preserves life on Earth.

It might seem straightforward to say that floods in the Bible are associated with God’s anger, but that means missing the complexity of the text.

In the Genesis account, after the waters subside, God makes a covenant with Noah:

“Never again will I destroy all living creatures.”

This promise not to destroy humankind is also referred to in the Book of Isaiah, the Israelite prophet and seer. In a vision, God says that just as he vowed to Noah that water “would never again cover the Earth,” so too he promises not “to be angry.”

Biblical approaches to suffering

The question of God’s anger is intimately connected to the problem of human suffering. After all, how can a loving God cause indiscriminate human misery?

We first need to look at how suffering is portrayed in the texts. For example, it is also in the Book of Isaiah that we find the story of the “Man of Sorrows” – a man who takes on the sufferings of others and is an image of piety.

While the Bible does speak of humans suffering because of their sins, some of the most moving passages speak about how innocent people suffer as well.

The Book of Job relates the story of a “blameless and upright man,” Job, whom Satan causes to experience all sorts of calamities. The suffering becomes so intense that Job wishes he had never been born. God then speaks from the heavens and explains to Job that God’s ways surpass human understanding.

The Hebrew Bible recognizes that people suffer often through no fault of their own. Most famously, Psalm 42 is an extended lament about suffering that nonetheless concludes by praising God.

The Hebrew Bible’s views on suffering cannot be encapsulated by a single message. Sometimes suffering is caused by God, sometimes by Satan and sometimes by other human beings. But sometimes the purpose behind suffering remains hidden.

The Christian tradition also provides diverse answers to the issue of suffering.

The New Testament does refer to the Genesis flood when talking about God punishing human beings. For example, Paul the Apostle observes that God brought the flood on “the ungodly” people of the world.

But the Epistle of James, a letter in the New Testament often attributed to Jesus’ brother or stepbrother, says that God tests no one. In fact, those who endure trials are eventually rewarded. The early Christian philosopher Origen argued that through suffering we can understand our own weaknesses and dependence on God.

In these views, suffering is not punishment but something that draws human beings to closer God and to one another.

Moving to more contemporary reflections, philosopher Dewi Zephaniah Phillips argues that it is mistaken to attribute to God a human feeling like anger because God lies beyond human reality.

Believing that Hurricane Harvey is “God’s punishment,” reduces the divine to human terms.

God is merciful

Some theologians totally reject the idea of suffering as divine retribution because such an act would be unworthy of a merciful God. From a Christian perspective, God also suffered by being crucified on the cross as Jesus Christ.

And so, as a Roman Catholic scholar, I would argue that God suffers with people in Houston – as well as in Mumbai, which experienced much more extensive flooding recently.

In the words of German theologian Jurgen Moltmann,

“God heals the sicknesses and the griefs by making the sicknesses and the griefs his suffering and his grief.”

So, instead of dwelling on God’s wrath, we need to understand God’s kindness and mercy. And that, in times of crises and distress, it is kindness and mercy that require us to reach out to those who need comfort and assistance.

Mathew Schmalz, Associate Professor of Religion, College of the Holy Cross

No Hillary,No Ma’am!


 

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Mrs Clinton I am a fan.  I was hooked, from the moment you let the world know you weren’t going to be a smiling first lady standing by beside the President.  I have always believed you are one of the great political minds.

I’ve voted for you three times and own most of your books.  But I wont be purchasing your next novel.

Clearly your not over losing the election.

Your understandably Bitter

All of your predictions were spot on.  The world is sitting on the edge of our collective seats  living out this nightmare of a presidency.   “He has the codes”

You want us to re-live your candidacy, to hear the inner workings of your mind.

No Ma’am!

We’ve seen it.  First the the live “debates’ which was on a constant loop on the news cable channels. Then again on Saturday Night Live ( No one plays you better than Kate McKinnon with Alec Baldwin playing your rival) which was repeated on the cable news shows (we’ll maybe not Fox) then repeated again on the morning shows.

The only one who wants to re-live this is you and you want us to pay $29.95 to do so!

No 2 da Ma’am! 

While we’ve heard you blame James Comey and others for damaging your campaign, I still waiting to hear your contribution to the failure of your campaign, that’s a bit Trumpian don’t you think?

 Perhaps a walk with Oprah, a smoke with Snoop or a few sessions withDoctor Phil’s.  Knitting, aroma therapy, what ever it takes to get you off this Bitter Betty Tour.

  Mr’s Clinton you are an undeniable force.  You’ve inspired me to work ,to get more women elected to office.   Your male colleagues have made it clear their erections are more important than women’s health care and this wont happen until more women are elected to office.

Both Political parties are lost.  One party is waiting for poll numbers to drop and the other party is waiting for an impeachment. Meanwhile Americans are force to watch this reality themed shit show. We could use a hero.  Do you know anyone?

 

CityFella

 

 

 

I have a (blank) friend


If you want to quickly change the temperature of a room. Change the topic to race. Especially if  there people of different races in the room.

On Social Media someone recently posted something that said:  Blacks aren’t currently slaves and Whites aren’t slave owners.  My take: He was saying its history, get over it.

The author was immediately called a racist.    He seemed young and his views where simplistic, but I didn’t get a racist vibe from him.  As  the waves were getting stronger and higher, he reached into his wallet and pulled out the “I have a black friend card”   “I chuckled”  “Not the I have a Black friend so that doesn’t make me racist card!    

This is a universal card. Used the world over by people of many hues and backgrounds. Owning it legitimizes you. It says to the world I am an expert because, I know one or more persons who is of a different race or culture.

I grew up during the second wave of integration.  This was the late sixties, black students didn’t need military escorts. (At least in California)  The transition was difficult.   Some black parents didn’t trust white people and some white people told their children to avoid blacks.  The great thing about children is they don’t have the baggage, the history the great unknown fear their parents have.  They simply see another child.

As children we knew which households were off limits. There was never any discussion about it, it was all about our friendships . We protected each other, I had a friend who’s father vowed to beat him if he ever saw him or any of his siblings in the company of niggers, so we dropped him off a mile from his home.  (We recently re-connect on Facebook)

Through the years people would produce their cards.  If someone had a white friend at work the card would make them the authority on white people everywhere. ” I know this Chinese man and they are…….  Unfortunately, these card are still in use.

Not long ago at a suburban mall, I was intrigued by an argument three teenagers (13-15) were having. One kid with bright red hair and freckles was wearing a black do rag, the others were wearing Lakers Jerseys. The argument was about how street they were or the most black (like). They argued about who owned the most rap CD’s, dared each other to rap in the Galleria.  The winner had a card in his pocket. His grandma lives in San Leandro, which is right next to Oakland, they’ve shopped in Oakland in stores filled with black people and no one was sacred. Boo Yaa!

There are often indicators of the number of people you know outside your race by the declarations you make: ” I have an Asian friend” “The Jewish People”  “Lesbians are”  “They are because I know this one… ” Often making sweeping generalizations.

Baby Steps 

I see color, sometimes in HD.  I am blessed with good friends, they come in many different hues and cultures.  Some of us have different political and religious views. We are comfortable talking about race.   Its not a perfect world, and sometimes we misspeak, get angry,  all the normal things human beings do. But we trust and love each other.

I find because of those relationships I have a greater understanding of people in general and I’m not fearful of other human beings.  When refer to my friends, they aren’t my (blank) friends or collectibles,they are simply my friends.

We need to talk about race. You may be sympathetic to other races but it means nothing if you fear them.  If you talking about race to someone who shares your skin color and views your education will be limited.

If you have a friend who is of a different hue and culture, This is where you start, this person has a sense of who you are and knows your intentions.   Set ground rules. ( It wont be necessary in the future)  If either of you say something that makes the other uncomfortable, it was not intentional and just as you would with any other friend, if you sense there are hurt feelings for any reason,don’t bolt for the door, fix it.

 

Racism will always be with us as there are people who have large bolts on their brains. They believe groups of people, cultures who do not look like them, believe what they believe are the enemy.  The good people will always rise above!

CityFella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Didn’t BELIEVE him!


With the exception of CNN’s  Ana Navarro there was shock, tears and awe on cable news yesterday.   Donald Trump is A racist?

 

Let’s step into the Wayback Machine

Not that far…..

June 16, 2015, Trump Tower New York City.  “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

 Nov. 21, 2015, Birmingham Alabama: I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of Muslims were cheering.”   (The story was a bit of Trumps fake news)

Dec. 7, 2015, aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Mount Pleasant South Carolina.   “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” (More fake Statistics)

2016 Primary: A  white supremacist super PAC called the American National Super PAC made robocalls in Minnesota and Vermont.

The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist,’ says William Johnson, the leader of the white nationalist American Freedom Party. He goes on to bemoan “gradual genocide against the white race,” and how few “schools anymore have beautiful white children as the majority.” He signs off by telling recipients, “Don’t vote for a Cuban. Vote for Donald Trump.”

David Duke, the white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, encouraged his radio show listeners to volunteer for Trump’s campaign. “Call Donald Trump’s headquarters [and] volunteer,” he said on the “David Duke Radio Program.” At Trump campaign offices, he said, “you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”

One the news shows ,Trump denied knowing David Duke but he kept getting tripped up on those pesky vintage tapes of him talking about David Duke in detail.   For weeks candidate Trump would not condemn or disavow Dukes endorsement.

Are you still shocked for just forgot?

It sucks being this guy (the man looking down)

General John Kelly The President’s Chief of Staff, General John Kelly looks defeated as his boss goes off script and too the far left.  Kelly role was to keep 45 on the straight and narrow!  

Home General Didn’t Need This!

Kelly has a distinguished career before signing up  for the Trump-O-Coaster

A Marine Corps General the former commander of  United States  Southern Command. Responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Home General was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20, 2017, by President Trump. On July 28, 2017, he was appointed to replace Reince Priebus.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017  Trump Tower New York City 

“The Plan”

Our golden prez would  descend the golden elevators of Trump Tower and step to his golden lobby and there,flanked by his Treasury Secretary, his Transportation Secretary and his top economic adviser. He would highlight the infrastructure executive order he had just signed, and then he’d leave — head back upstairs and deploy his aides to handle any inquiries  slow fade.  Cable News Highlights.

Everything in the Box to the Left

I have a theory.  The Prez was reluctant to criticizes some members of his base.  Under mounting pressure, he was forced to name names.  “White Supremacists” “Klu Klux Klan”  “Nazi’s ”   “Sarah Palin and Kelly Ann Conway”  (Sorry got carried away, not Kelly Ann. )

It’s too late baby now it’s too late! 

After caving in ,the press and members of his own party of went into hypedrive. He was soundly attacked for the timing of his revised speech.   Our Prez has a history of holding a grudge and is unable or unwilling to control his emotions.  What we saw yesterday was an angry Prez who basically said FuckIt !   Dammed if I do Dammed if I don’t.

REPORTER: Why did you wait so long ?

TRUMP: I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. It is a very, very important process to me. It is a very important statement. So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts. If you go back to my statement, I brought it. I brought it

While the Prez, concludes the  driver of the car was  a murderer, he’s not ready to call it a terrorist act. Now if it took place in Europe……………

He believe race relations are better or the same since he has taken office.

There is one areas where I actually agree with the Prez.  There was trouble on both sides.   I’m a veteran of sorts.   Not every White Supremacist and those of the extreme right were violent.  However, their are anarchist on either side. I’ve participated in peaceful marches that turned violent after  someone from our side broke a  large window of a business or threw a rock at a police officer.   Individual’s who are looking for a fight  to cause Chaos.  The right was heavenly armed in Chancellorsville, last weekend.  No one was shot.

The difference between to two sides, one side has historically killed people of color, and called for extreme acts of violence against Gays and other Cultures.  They would like to limit the freedoms of people who don’t look or believe as they do.

While President Trump and the truth are in different parts of the world, never to meet.

There was one thing he has never lied about.  His Racism!

 CityFella

How to stay clean in Prison


I saw new guys avoid the showers because of fear, but that never played out well. You can’t stink in prison

 

Excerpted with permission from “A Day in Prison” by John Fuller. Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

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There are six showerheads available in the small, white-and-mold tiled room, but no guards. Terror is probably turning your bowels to water as you try to decide if you really need to shower. You’ve seen the movies. But you’ve probably also had the nervous sweats and so you’ll literally smell scared. Keeping the towel wrapped around you until the last possible second, you’re going to turn on the water and probably decide against waiting for it to get hot. Bust out your tiny green bottle of Pert shampoo, rinse under the tepid stream, and get dressed without taking the time to dry off. Try not to look freaked out, though the amused faces and hoots from the room full of naked men will let you know if you were unsuccessful.

Keeping clean in prison is a necessity, not a luxury. You need to wear clean clothes and take showers not just because that’s what you’re used to on the outside, or because it’s an administrative policy, but also to make sure you aren’t offending anyone with your body odor. You’ve got a cell mate and he is going to care if you stink.

I saw new guys avoid the showers because of fear, but that never played out well. During my first year inside, two different men were harassed into leaving the television room because they smelled so offensive. One of them had his head dunked in a used toilet to encourage him to get under the shower spray. If an inmate starts to stink, other inmates have the right to ask the guy to leave the shared spaces, or move into another cell. If he still refuses to take a shower, his fellow inmates may give him a time frame to check into Administrative Segregation (Ad Seg) or suffer the consequences later. If he’s smart, he will take his shower, but if he absolutely refuses, the correctional officers can write a disciplinary sanction or throw him in Ad Seg. And he better hope that happens before the prisoners enforce their threats.

Put simply: Don’t stink. Take a shower.

 

To see the full story Click The Link Below

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/07/how-to-stay-clean-in-prison/

 

 

 

 

“In Large Typeface” Bill Maher say’s he’s a House Nigger and the crowd goes wild


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Offensive Date:  June 2, 2017 (A Friday)

Offensive Setting: “Real Time With Bill Maher. on HBO

Guest: Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska who was promoting his book

The offensive banter

Mr. Maher: “I gotta get to Nebraska more.”

Mr. Sasse: “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

Mr Maher : Senator,” he said, throwing up his hands, “I’m a house nigger.

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This black man thought it was funny. 

There are many people, black and white who will disagree with me.

What ya gonna do?

I know my Fellow Americans

For some, it doesn’t matter that he called himself a nigger.

He isn’t a member of the club

In the bylaws of the club there are severe penalties for non members using nigger in any form.

If Mahar, called a black man nigger my opinion would be different.

The world is slowly changing.

Some have remodeled the word

For a generation, “Nigga” Has a different meaning.  Its a greeting, friendship,even love.

Like Nigger, club membership is required. However, membership isn’t reserved to one hue.

I am of Mahar’s, generation nigger and nigga has a sting.

Unlike Mahar, I don’t use the word at any time.

Mahar slipped, he knew better and in the future will do better.

There are some who are unforgiving.

They want him off the air

I know my Fellow Americans

What cha gonna do? 

Carry on!

 

CityFella

 

 

 

My words