Road Rage “Crazy”


I’m hooked on those you tube Road Rage Videos. Most of the images are caught on dash cam. The details on some of these are extremely sharp with some of the cameras allowing the driver to capture clear images of the license plates .

What I find fascinating is a lot of the owners of these dash cams are often in the wrong. Giving chase, blocking the other vehicles and putting and  themselves and their passengers in harms way.

The testosterone level is often beyond a million plus. With men and women engaging in reckless violent behavior.    Most acts are unintentional, its a momentary oops, with the driver in the other car overreacting.  One man attacked the car behind him with a baseball bat breaking the windows with a family inside the car BECAUSE he believed the car behind him was following him was following to closely in a 15 mph zone.

 

My advice is to ignore your ego. Turn around and drive in another direction. If they follow you ,call the police. If the traffic comes to a stop, stay in you car. Do not speak. We don’t know his state of mind of if he is carrying any weapons. At the end of the day. Your ego will be fine and you will live another day

This video, contains footage of a man ramming his SUV into a car here in Sacramento near the W X Freeway

Please Be Safe

CityFella

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A teachable moment in blackface?


Three months ago there was a national discussion regarding blackface in America. When NBC host Megyn Kelly said it was OK when she was growing up for white people to dress up as black characters.  Kelly, spoke out against a controversy that erupted last year when Luann de Lesseps appeared to darken her face when she portrayed Diana Ross on “The Real Housewives of New York. Some of de Lesseps cast mates questioned her judgement.

Kelly  believed, “blackface” wasn’t racist. She believed it was okay as long as you were dressing up like a character.

Kelly’s “blackface” comment was discussed on every news channel in America for nearly two weeks. The story was in every Newspaper in America including the Sacramento Bee.  In a tweet, Megan Kelly said the paparazzi have been stationed outside her home.

After apologizing, the National Broadcasting Company cancelled her show.

December 2018, Megan was released from her contract.

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January 2019, Carmichael, California (a suburb of Sacramento)

Elementary Students at the Victory Christian School learned about the works of David Livingstone a British missionary and explorer who worked in Africa in the late 1800’s The guest speaker, wanting to make her role more realistic put on an African garb and darkened her skin to resemble an African woman.

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 This presentation was approved by the school Superintendent John Huffman.

Many parents of this school were outraged. The Superintendent say’s he used poor judgement.

Huffman also issued a statement to FOX40 News which broke the story that reads in part  “I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents. I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.

It’s difficult to believe the Superintendent was “that” tone deaf.   Good parents tell their children not to make fun of others.   As it is often mean and cruel. This is reinforced by our schools and religious communities.

Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers. (whites). These images were often exaggerated and the performances often reinforced stereotypes.   These stereotypes were not just limited to black people, other ethnicities were affected,  Mexicans, Jews, Asians, Native Americans, the list is long.

Megan Kelly, in defense of her statement ,mentioned people in “Whiteface”. No one challenged her.

The parents of the Victory Children’s School will have the final say on the future of Superintendent Huffman.

Not only is it 2019,this is Sacramento, California one of the most racially diverse cities in America, not Selma Alabama or Paris Texas.

CityFella

 

 

Late Saturday Night With Tom La Brie’s on Channel 40


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 Returning home from school, it was just another day.  Hit the fridge for a snack and turn on the TV.    Except on this day there was a box on top of the Magnavox.   My mom said a man came by and said we would get extra channels for six bucks a month.    Before the box, my  world was channel 2, 4, 5,7, 20, the perfect 36 and channel 44.   With the box, we received a few Sacramento Stations and stations from the Central Coast.

Some of the channels were interesting, but most were duplication’s of the Bay Area channels.  After midnight, there weren’t many choices   Westerns ,Creature Features with Bob Wilkins on channel 20.  But one  night channel surfing I stopped on channel 40.

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(This is how we surfed back in the day-No remote ,with our bare fingers)

 A man an a woman were in a loving embrace, there bare shoulders touching.   IN ALL CAPS—OMG!!!    My 13 or 14 year old, loins were on FIRE!   No goodies were on display didn’t need um….  Two shoulders touching, a man and woman wrapped in sheets (with bare shoulder of course) and a vivid imagination was enough for me.

From that moment on…..It was late night comfort theater with Tom La Brie and his La Bries Waterbeds.  As a child, my family rarely visited Sacramento.  In the fifth grade I visited Sutter’s Fort, and one summer my brothers wife passed out from the heat after spending 20 minutes in the State Fair.   After that event ,Sac dropped off the radar for our family.

With cable, I learned a lot about Sacramento.  Sunrise Mall was the place to shop in the area.   Bob Frink was where I going to buy my Chevrolet Corvette once I got my drivers license and of course the only place to buy a waterbed was at La Bries.

At one am, the place to be was my bedroom, watching Night Comfort theater. The films were usually European from England and France.  The films were actually interesting but the ultimate was SEX.  Neckid, Neckid Shoulders

This Saturday night ritual went on for a while until one day, the box was gone.   It was a Thursday.  My mom thought cable was a waste of money.   I couldn’t tell her about my relationship with Tom La Brie. One night out of desperation I thought if I tuned the television to channel 40 and waited long enough, I might be able to see images, after a few minutes of black and white snow.  I turned off the television and the lights and went to sleep in a regular bed.

CityFella

Arden Fair Mayhem (Social Media Edition)


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Some Policemen and Mall owners have said, The 26th of December the day after Christmas seems to be the one of the most violent days in America’s malls. People are pent up from being with their family,”

Closed schools, social media, the mall and juveniles with nothing to do?   Can be  combustible mix.  The victims: the stores mall owners and terrified shoppers.

Shopping malls have long replaced Downtown’s  as a social gathering place for teenagers.   If its often the place where boys and girls meet for the first time.  It is also the place to settle scores.

For two days, shoppers at Arden Fair Mall, one of the largest malls in the Sacramento Area was terrorized by out of control juveniles in and outside the mall resulting in damages inside the mall and patrons cars in the mall parking lots.

There were many violent events involving juveniles last week in shopping malls across the country.

Some malls across the country have instituted a “Parental escort policy” that requires teens under the age of 18 to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter.   Most of the shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week.

The “Parental escort policy” used at Shopping Malls in other states may be at odds with  California’s  Unruh Civil Rights Act that specifically outlaws discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Gen Z

 Generation Z (individuals born between 1995 and 2009) spend nearly 50 billion dollars a year and unlike Millennial’s,Gen Z prefer traditional shopping in stores.   Should Arden Fair place a ban on this group they may simply take their dollars to other area Malls.

Social Media and Pandemonium

Before cell phones and social media. some one would make a couple of calls and tell others there is gonna a fight at 14th and Broadway.  Within minutes, nearly a hundred juvenilles show up at 14th and Broadway to witness the fight.   A prankster might push one juvenile into another juvenile and another fight take place.   A mistaken punch, another fight with spectators becoming participants. 

Today, with social media, a single post can reach hundreds with in minutes.   

By all accounts, the security at Arden Fair was overwhelmed.

Anticipation

One example of a prepared Mall 

Cherry Hills, New Jersey is a suburb of Philadelphia.

On Dec 27 2017, Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, noticed more teenagers in the mall than usual.     A week before, Police Chief William “Bud” Monaghan appealed to parents not to leave their teenage children unattended at the mall.   The Police Department and mall management had jointly prepared for trouble, often sparked by social media organization. that they had seen in previous years at the mall.

The Police and mall owners had several meetings to discuss how to handle such situations.  The police department assigned additional officers to the mall and the mall added additional Security Guards.

Police said between 700 and 1,000 juveniles were milling in the evening near the food court hen disturbances broke out.    One fight became several.    In the past, there had been many disruptions and damage to the mall.  But police and mall security officers, anticipating trouble this time of year, were present in large numbers, and the teens were quickly corralled. There was no widespread vandalism and only minimal disruption for shoppers, authorities said Wednesday as merchants lifted their gates for the start of another day of business.

Security and local police departments in many malls, monitor activity on social media.  Adding extra security and police during holidays.

CityFella

 

 

 

merry STUPID christmas (self inflected wounds)


 

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Its 2018, another year filled with stupid adults who shouldn’t leave their homes without professional supervision.

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Despite all the warnings, every year shoppers fill the cars with gifts and return to the mall to shop.  Once their shopping is completed they return to an empty car with a broken window.   At an Sacramento area mall yesterday.  The victim thought the security camera would protect their belongings.  His wife, wants the mall to replace the items since the crime happen on their property.   Many of the victims will not take responsibility for their stupidly. These crimes will happen in all the best neighborhoods, shopping malls, hotels, parking garages and airports this weekend. With Common Sense missing in action.

Stupid on Parade 

Why brave the crowds at the malls, when people make it so easy for thieves to simply break a window. Everyone at their (the thieves) home will be genuinely surprised at Christmas.

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They broke into my car?  I was just gone a minute!  Yes, I left my purse on the front seat, but I locked the door.  I’m not totally stupid! 

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I think we packed everything, my Camera his meds.  Were so excited we haven’t seen our children in months.   Everything is packed and on the porch so we’ll be ready in the morning.

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I left my car running, I always do  I was just running into the store for some cigs.  Someone just took my car!!!   Its Fucking Christmas, who does that? 

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“This is Ridiculous” (all these people)

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We missed out flight. It wasn’t my fault, NOT ONE PERSON would let our family go ahead of them! 

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We told the hotel,we would arrive at 8:07 where are they?

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Do you mind, if I go in front of you?

I only have two items…….

My family are on their way and I have no food at home….

I have a fear of crowds……

My elderly parents are in the car…………

I just can’t wait in this crazy ass long line….

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There is room over there, to the right, My RIGHT DAMMIT!!!  

This is Crazy, all these people!  

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Be smart this Christmas

CityFella

You can be completely innocent and spend a month here


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Data collected by the Board of State and Community Corrections and analyzed by Sacramento News and Review shows that Sacramento County’s aging jails are glutted with people who are presumed innocent. Through the first six months of this year, 58 percent of the approximately 1,800 people in county lockup on a daily basis had yet to be sentenced. That percentage has remained static for more than two years.

People who are released without charges still spent an average of 32.5 days in jail, the review found. Those who had their cases dismissed in court averaged more than 39 days in custody.

Click on link below for the full story in Sacramento News and Review

https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/inmate-until-proven-guilty/content?oid=27430335

Hotel Confidential: Fake, Fake, Fake, News!


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Civility is getting difficult to find in these Trump times.

 For some, Fox News is the only place where one can find the truth, and for them ANY OTHER  news channels is NOT acceptable.   Arguments and sometime fights are taking place in hospitals lounges, restaurants and hotels over the news channel.

The disagreements aren’t not between, teenagers, Gen Y or even those carefree Millennials.  They are between those snow capped Baby Boomers, who fight over remotes, push plates on the floor, and at times complain because they are forced to watch subversive television or hateful television.

Last week, a woman having early morning breakfast with her four friends between 70-87 (it was her birthday)  complained about CNN being on.  “Its not real news”  she said and wanted the channel changed to Fox News.

The breakfast person refused, as there were others watching the newscast.  The women angrily returned to the table with her friends.   Suddenly, the women and her friends began chanting “Fake News, Fake News, Fake News , this went on for a couple of minutes.

On the television screen was the Thousand Oaks, shooting.

“Fake News 2018”