John McCain: Honor at no extra charge


My mother said dont, send me flowers after I’m gone.  For months,I had planned to write about Senator John McCain a man I have admired since 2008.  Being the master procastinator I am, I’ve waitied until what could be his final days.

Perhaps service wasn’t an option for John Sidney McCain III.  His father,   John Sidney McCain jr and his grandfather John McCain Sr were Admirals.   Everyone knows of his heroic service, capture and torture by the Vietnamese.

I became a fan of John McCain in 2008 when he was running against Barack Obama.  After defeating Hillary Clintion in the primaries, I chose to support Obama.

I always loved politics.  Politicians generally play it safe, playing to audience where they have support.  John McCain got my full attention when he visited Memphis Tennessee to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr.      Congressman McCain, voted against establishing a holiday for Dr King, saying it wasn’t nessarary to have another federal holiday, it was too expensive and other “President’s ‘ weren’t recoginized.  In fact, Arizona did not honor the holiday until in 1993.

So there he was in Memphis, courting black voters, having a press conference at the Lorraine Motel where Dr King was killed.   There he was in hostile territory being booed and heckled.  He said he was wrong for voting against the holiday.

Now some may say his trip to Memphis was a desperate attempt to woo black voters, others a photo opt.   But I don’t remember a single politician attending an  event where he knew, he would face an hostile audience.  John McCain did!

   I later learned he often stood alone. This was evident at a rally where one of his supporters said “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him,  he’s an Arab.”  Most politicians would have been silent.   But the Gentleman from Arizona corrected her.  He said his opponate was a decent family man, a citizen that he just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.   “He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as President ,”  “If I didn’t think I’d be one heck of a better President I wouldn’t be running, and that’s the point. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, I will respect him. I want everyone to be respectful, and let’s make sure we are. Because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.   

This wasn’t well received by members of his campaign committee and members of his party. In fact, he was bood by some of his supporters in the audience.

I began following the man who was often a thorn for some in his party.  A man who was well respected on both sides of the aisle.

The Senator, the Gentleman from Arizona, stood alone aganist his party as he was one of the few who challenged our current President.  His loyality to the people outweighed his loyalty to his party.    

Again, some might say its personal.  The candidate said he wasn’t a hero.  But those who know McCain, say’s it isn’t personal, its John McCain.

These are ugly times in the nation, our leaders have openly participated in dividing a nation.  It’s grade school , where if your his friend, he can’t be mine! Leaders of the parties have said you will NOT be seen socializing or talking to members of the other party.

John McCain(Republican) and former Vice President Joe Biden’s(Democrat) friendship has lasted nearly 40 years

A few months ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma a brain tumor.   It was the same tumor that took Biden’s son Drew in 2015.

Biden appeared on ” The View” Wednesday.  McCain daughter Megan is one of the panelist.   Taking her hand he said “One of the things that gave Beau courage was John. You may remember, when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau. Beau talked about your dad’s courage. Not about the illness, but about his courage.”

Vice President Biden,breifly talked about his best friend, the disagreements they’ve had through the years and how solid that friendship is today.

The days have been difficult for the McCain family. After the dianoses, others may have retired, but they aren’t John McCain.   Staffers senses he’s tired, but he smiles and tells jokes.

I have long admired mavericks, individuals who aren’t rubber stamps.  There aren’t enought of them.  It inst easy to stand alone and disagree.  It takes a lot of courage. There are few John McCains in the world.  I hope he survives for personal reasons.  America needs him RIGHT NOW!

I try not to live my life assuming.  Assuming that they know.   Using real words, I tell my family and those in my circle I care for them, I love them.   As my mother said, at the funeral its a bit late.  

This is simply a check list for me, all self serving.   I will never meet Senator McCain and he will never see this blog about him and how much I admire him as an invidudual.   All the best to him and his family.

   Check!

CityFella

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4 out of 5 choosy Former Grand Wizards of the Klu Klux Klan choose Trump


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Crazy Right? 

He’s come unhinged again, but its not the Muslims or the Fake Fake Media or Obama’s birth certificate.   It’s Mikey Flynn and Russia! Russia! Russia!  Who is Mueller and Company gonna call next?  Its the great unknown and he has no control and the Prez is FREAKING OUT!!!    If only he could say, off with their heads!

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The Prez is playing directly to his ever shrinking base. Some Ultra Conservatives who believe immigrants are the downfall of America especially Muslims who are inherently evil and wants to kill Americans.  Anyone named “Obama” cant be an American?

 

Trumpy Hate’s Joe Scarborough

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If there is one name in news Prez Trump mentions over and over with so much venom its Joe Scarborough at MSNBC.   The truth is he wants the former and highly respected Congressman from Florida respect more than any other news personality.

The former conservative republican is highly respected by current and former politicians on both sides on the aisle.    He is less of a fan of his co-anchor and fiance Mika Brezinski who some consider a liberal democrat.

Yesterday the Prez in a tweet, floated a conspiracy theory surrounding the 2001 death of one of the congressional aides who worked for Joe Scarborough.

News at 11

Not Funny

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Most of the world has caught on to the Trump Show and his distractions. What makes some of us nervous is, what lengths will he take to distract us from Russia?

 

CityFella

 

 

The Operating Hours of the Boys Club may change without notice


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If your over 50 and currently employed your nights are a bit restless.   The world you knew changed a few months ago.   Women are coming forward with memories that spanned decades.  Their memories are clear and often detailed.   So you wake up in a small panic, was I inappropriate?  EVER?

The face of 66 year old Minnesota Senator Al Franken best represents a lot of baby boomers.   Did I?  Are there others?  How do you defend a brush or a touch (not grab) that took place 30 years ago ?

As a manager, I can clearly remember two female employees telling me they did not  want to be touched or hugged. I respected their wishes and there was no retaliation. Women rarely came forward in my years in management.  Are there women out there who feel that I was inappropriate in the 90’s or 2000? and what it the appropriate response?

There were members of the Boys Club who abused their power.  Everyone knew who they were and while you may not have been comfortable as they boasted about conquests you remained silent .

Throughout the years if a female staffer had a complaint you took it seriously.  But that was before the fall of 2017.

The question for many is why now?   If there was a problem in 2010 why wasn’t addressed in 2010. 

 

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It was sometime after the Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas hearings.  I was given a directive.  I was to personally spend the next few days speaking directly to employees about the company’s new sexual harassment policy.   There were no real directions, just a box of brochures and business cards.  This was the nineties, there were no smartphones or laptops.

My words brought confusion and concern.   Uttering those words “Sexual Harassment” resulted in many red faces. What do you mean sexual?    Is this from the union ?   No.  Should we contact the union?  You can if you like.   “If you ever feel uncomfortable for any reason by anyone you can call the number on the card 24 hours a day.

No one was quite sure what to do, one thing was clear, the company was serious.    Locations had five days to respond to any complaint and to forward all complaints to headquarters.  Failure to follow the new mandate would result in disciplinary action.

Before the mandate, there really wasn’t an official response to an individual who said he or she was being sexually harassed.  Quite often she was told someone would keep an eye out for her.   Yes, there were outdated guidelines from human resources  but the truth was no one was was equipped to respond to questions of sexual harassment.   It was my experience the victim wasn’t taken seriously.

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It has been a Boys club since the beginning of time.  The club had long resisted female members.   Once  you  became a member you quickly learned when to speak in the meeting and when to simply go along.

While you have never been inappropriate with a female, you know managers and professional who were.  In fact all the managers knew who the perpetrators were as many boasted about their actions.   As a member you may have participated in the banter as your male colleges have made comments about women who work for the company, you have laughed in the presence of female managers who seemed okay with the shenanigans, boys being boys.

A common question is why didn’t women speak up.  Why now?  

I was a black man wanting to move up.  I don’t speak for all black men or women.   When you a minority or a women the dance is very delicate as you move up the ladder.  Most clubs are filled with white men, with an occasional minority or woman. If your objective is an office upstairs, you played the game. You smiled when the boss or the majority of the room is being inappropriate.  Objecting could result in a delay in your ascension or halt it all together.

At a business dinner to honor our clients.    My boss loudly announced they were serving watermelon and which should make me happy!   Many of my colleagues  and clients were embarrassed.   Inside I was hurt and embarrassed, outside I was professional,”oh that guy”

I could have complained , could have sued the company, there were more than one hundred witnesses.   But it would have ended my career.   From that moment on, I would have been branded.   Nice guy, but!    Didn’t he sue? Didn’t he file a complaint?  I’ve been in those meetings,so I knew what the consequences were.

Women know this all too well.  They are outnumbered in the Boys clubs. So when one of the boys comments on the tits on the new girl in the mail room, they may smile uncomfortably or  look away.

Fall 2017

The abuse of power in the Boys Club is well known. Abuse comes in many forms, it is fueled by power.    From the fast food manager asking for  sexual favors in exchange for hours.   To department heads who s access to slush funds to pay for and elected members of our government who have made it very difficult for someone to complain.

The abuse by some of the members of the Boys Club was tolerated  if the member was generating income for the organization.   Beginning with the 100+millions in payouts from the Fox News Corporation followed by the  Weinstein scandal the stakeholders /shareholders declared there weren’t  any sacred cows.  NBC’s  Matt Lauer was being fired today.

Some members of the Boys Club are in shock.  The abuse of power is  so deeply ingrained in the culture.   After Donald Trump infamous Access America tape was released. some of his supporters dismissed it as being simply locker room talk.  His son, Eric, said it’s just what happens when men hang out together.  Its simply, Boys being Boys.

There are many men who believe while these actions against women were wrong.  They view the punishment to severe.

The Mee too movement is a beginning, however real change will not take place until the Boys Clubs becomes the Boys and Girls Club.  The institution has to change.

  There needs to be more than just one or two women setting policy.  One or two women in a sea of men.  This change needs to take place today.  The irons are hot!

CityFella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gobble Gobble Gobble: Texas Congressman Joe Barton Say those are his giblets on social media but he may be a victim of revenge porn


Joe Barton, seen during a 2010 House committee hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill.

 

“Well Hello There” 

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Elected in 1988 he is the most senior Representative in Texas, Dallas area constituents has seen a lot of Congressman Joe Barton in the last few days.   You don’t have to look hard, he’s everywhere on Social Media!  In the last few years he has sent several explicit pictures and messages to a women he was interested in .   Those pictures have made it on to the net.

Embarrassment 

 While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.

Before the grand Reveal?

This women who he was involved with( years before his divorce from his second wife) has received  many explicit photos, videos and messages from him throughout the years

Anger

A woman whom the Washington Post did not identify told the newspaper of Barton’s threat over the sexually explicit photographs, videos and messages he had sent to her. The woman described sexual encounters and contact extending over five years, beginning with her posting a message on Barton’s Facebook page in 2011.

She also shared with the Post a secretly recorded telephone conversation with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the material “in a way that would negatively affect my career”.

Victim?

Texas Rep. Joe Barton may have been the victim of revenge porn, after an anonymous Twitter user posted explicit photos and texts of the longtime congressman.

In a statement Wednesday night, he said that he had suffered “a potential crime.” A Texas law, the so-called revenge pornography law, makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally publicize images or videos of someone’s genitals or sexual activity without consent.

 How many reports has there been on high profile or elected women sending pictures of their genitalia in the last five years? 

Zero

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The 68 year old is up for reelection in 2018

 

 

 

 

The Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)


 

 

We had a lot of great TV last year, which helped mitigate what sometimes felt like a world gone mad (and about to burn). This year feels about the same, but luckily we still have great TV to watch (while it lasts anyway). While the year to come will bring some phenomenal new shows and the return of some of our favorite series, the first few months have delivered some incredible shows featuring breakout performances, genre twists and turns, and the return of some of our favorite characters. Here are the year’s best TV shows (so far).

Click on the Link below for the Full Story

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a52185/best-tv-shows-of-2017/

Having a rough time finding work? or keeping work. Could it be da Ganja? da Weed? da marijuana?


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The US unemployment rate is currently 4.2 percent.  It a very good time for those looking for work?

Are you filling out applications, sending resumes and not getting a call after the interview?

Do you smoke? 

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You may have an Epic resume with stellar references and a Oscar winning smile.  .  An oder can undo the best resume, even with an Oscar winning smile.  That oder could be too much perfume, and over powering body spray and Hygiene.

Occasionally an  interviewer MIGHT suggest the applicant use  less or no cologne or a body spray.  However an applicant smelling of alcohol or marijuana will likely hear, “thank you for applying, we are reviewing several applicants “

Heartbreak: You got the job.  You’ve been working there for several weeks  You love every one there and seem to  get along with everyone and one day without warning or discussion, your let go.

The Nose knows.  You smoked a little weed on the way to work.   Marijuana isn’t any different then any other smoke.  It gets in your hair, your clothes, and perminates your skin.  Like a person who smokes tobacco, the smoker doesn’t smell a thing however non smokers can.  That tobacco or ganja may be front and center during your interview.  Front and center in the workplace.

If you the new guy,  and if you seem to be smiling more than normal your supervisor may walk by or start a random conversation.   If they detect  ganja or alcohol after the first meeting you may be subject to further scrutiny.  If your task include driving, customer service or working with machinery may be viewed as a liability particularly if the Oder is brought to the attention of a manager or supervisors.

 After a few passes within the your first few weeks with the company , a drug test isn’t needed . The company can simply let you go . In most states, your not eligible for unemployment insurance if you have worked less than 90 to 120 days.

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Recreational Marijuana is Legal in my State!

Lets’s dispel with some of the myths.  While it is legal in many states to smoke ganja. Employer can legally fire you for using at work or before work. Not any different from anyone  who drinks on the jobs or coming to work impaired from a Sunday of beer.   They can demand a drug test and terminate you for having it in your system.

What if? 

You were using it for Medical purposes?  

If you think the card you bought at the dispensary will do it? Slap yourself  hard three times.

In 2016, a federal district court in California reaffirmed that an employer, in this case Kohl’s department store, maintains the right to discipline employees even where the marijuana use is recommended by a physician: “It does not violate [California’s laws against workplace discrimination] to terminate an employee based on their use of marijuana, regardless of why they use it,” the ruling said.

I’m not stupid, I would never smoke at work, can they still test me?  

The simple answer is yes: An employer can fire you if weed is found in your system. Doesn’t matter if its in Colorado or Oregon

In 2010, Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic.,was fired from Dish in Colorado after a random drug test. He worked for Dish for three years and smoked at home to help control seizures. In 2015, the Colorado Supreme court says the employee was not protected under the state’s “lawful activities statute.”

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There are a few thing happening here.  Marijuana does impair people from doing many functions.   You may have had a bud an hour before work, and while you may think your in control others around you may not.  A salesman lost a million dollar account because the client said he entered his office smelling like pot and acting funny (smiling).    Yes attitudes toward weed has changed, and at one point small amounts will be legal in all 50 states.

Many professional progressives who support legal marijuana ,are against marijuana in the workplace.  No more that someone smelling of alcohol. 

Showing up smelling of marijuana at an interview with a non smoker can almost guarantee you will not get a follow up interview.

Showing up at the workplace, smelling of marijuana could lead to a random drug test and termination.

Be Smart

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Don’t smoke weed, ganja, marijuana, in your car.  Its get into your headliner, carpet, seats and on to your clothes.   If you have smoked in your car have it deep cleaned and from that day forward make it a non smoking car. 

Don’t smoke in the same room as your clothes.

If you normally smoke before work, smoke before taking a shower.

Don’t smoke on your lunch break

If your communing with a smoker, consider alternative transportation.  Your not a criminal, your simply trying not to bring undue attention to yourself by way of smell and demeanor  and keep your job.

Remember just because no one has asked you to do a random drug test, doesn’t mean it wont happen one day so be smart.

 

CityFella

 

 

 

Puerto Rico Relief: “Here’s my card”


Puerto Rico, Hurricane, Maria, aftermath

 

In a recent poll, 55% of Americans believe our Tweeter in Chief is not fit for the Job.

This morning 3.49 am (TIC)took swipes at Puerto Rico.  The death toll is now at 45 and will continue to rise as desperate Americans drink water from contaminated creeks.

 

As of Wednesday 89% of the island was without electricity and almost 47% had no phone service, over 40% the island’s 313 bank branches is closed.

Some overwhelmed FEMA employees have told desperate Americans in Puerto Rico who are without sufficient amounts of food ,water and shelter, to call them and check FEMA’s Web Site.  “Here’s my card,you can call me”