Magician: LOOK HERE! Not Here


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He got us!   A good Magician distracts the audience, he gets the audience to look right as he is working left.   Several major stories broke the day, he attacked Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter  The administration was aware of the stories. These stories would have normally dominated the news. Especially the additional 10 million Americans affected by proposed GOP health care law.   The other bombshell is possibly a first connection in the Russia investigation.    Good Job 45!

LOOK HERE:

Defiant Trump resumes attacks on ‘Morning Joe’ hosts, despite bipartisan criticism

Trump blasts states for refusing to hand over voter data

 

Not Here:

32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/news/economy/obamacare-repeal-trump/index.html

GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

Peter W. Smith portrayed the former general as an ally in an effort, independent of the Trump campaign, to find personal emails deleted by Hillary Clinton

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-from-hackers-implied-a-connection-to-flynn-1498770851

Trump move to repeal Obama water pollution rule draws praise, criticism

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/local/story/2017/jul/02/trump-move-repeal-obamwater-pollutirule-draws/436334/

Long anticipated Trump-Putin meeting raises worries

Russia hawks and national security experts worry talk of friendship, unclear agenda might make Trump too eager to please.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/trump-putin-raises-worries-240124

CityFella

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Just Another Woman Bullied by the President of the United States


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No surprises nothing new to see, its just another women under attack by the 45th President of the United States.  As a candidate he attacked women and made fun of a person with a disability.  As a citizen he often objectified women and made crude comments about women in public.

As bullies go, our President is your basic male chauvinistic bully.  Thinned skinned, insecure and paranoid. An individual who rarely directly attacks an equal.  Women are ornaments is his world, their role is to stand and look pretty.

A women below his standard of beauty would never enter his orbit.

He will never be challenged by a woman.  Our President would never choose to appear on a national talk show featuring a woman or women.  Losing debates to Hillary Clinton was devastating.  Winning the election was bittersweet as he will go to the grave before conceding he lost the popular vote to a woman.

Despite his words and criticism, our President regularly watches  MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough was a four term member of The House of Representatives  representing Florida’s first district.  Scarborough is well respected and watched by other politicians.

A Republican, he has been critical of his party and the President .  No more than other news pundits.  He has been more critical of the President than his co-host Mika Brzezinski

On their show, Scarborough said that he was concerned about the very personal attacks on Brzezinski. He noted that he will insult the president and call him a racist. “And for some reason, he always goes after Mika,” he said.

Scarborough elaborated during Morning Joe: “He attacks women because he fears women.”

“The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us,” Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote, adding that they “believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to ‘Fox & Friends.'”

Americans should not  be shocked, by the actions of our president.  He long told us who he is.  Supporters say, she and other news people had it coming . He is human and should be allowed to hit back !

But isn’t that counter to what we teach our children?  Sticks and stones.   Criticism is often the price that comes with being a public person. Before Trump, there was Obama, Bush. Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and 35 other President who were criticized.  At 71, the cement is cast.  Its unlikely that the President will change.

Bullies are neutralized by calling them out. Saying this is unacceptable. The impact is greater when its amongst your peers.  Yesterday, many GOP women came forward and denounced his actions, some male leader came forward. While the women were more direct in their criticism of the President, the men were less so.

           Paul Ryan: “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment.” “What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.”    Sen. Ben Sasse “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski “do you want to be remembered for your tweets or your accomplishments?” Sen. Lindsey Graham, “Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.”Rep. Lynn Jenkins,”This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women.”  Sen. Orrin Hatch: “It’s incumbent on all of us, then — from the President to Congress on down — to be responsible for our speech.”Sen. Susan Collins “This has to stop — we all have a job — 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.”

The male dominated members of his party must speak forcefully not just for the country, but for  their mothers, grandmother’s ,aunt’s, sisters and the daughter’s they love.   This form of bullying is not acceptable at anytime by anyone.

 

CityFella

 

 

 

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Sheep in Reverse


Fuck it, like it or not most of us are like sheep.  You see it everyday in many forms. We drive in packs, walk in packs and travel in packs.  At Costco, people wait in the long center lines often 20 deep on weekends.  I heard people waiting in line say, maybe we should look and see if there are shorter lines-then to hear them sigh and stay put..  For me it a win win, at the far sides of check out there are fewer people, saving me a half hour in line. “I COMMAND YOU TO STAY IN YOUR STUPIDITY”    

 At one point in popular music you realize that everything sounds the same. This isn’t new, throughout the ages someone said, sound like her or them, because this is popular!  But every now and then an Adele or Louis Armstrong appears, breaking the mold of what a performer should look or sound like. 

We copy each other.  If someone else is doing it, then we should too.  From clothing, to music, we copy each other, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as we are doing what others do.

Dah, its the rage, “Your nothing, your nobody until you’ve adopted a pet rock”

Remember that insane shit? and why couldn’t I have invented it?   Can you imagine, just walking down the street picking up various rocks -giving them names and packaging um for say $2.99,within a year, you could lunched with Gail King ( Oprah’s bff)

MY KINGDOM FOR A ONE HUNDRED LIKES!

Let’s take a picture of our Feta Cheeseburger- OMG,We are so cosmopolitan

Here we are standing in the line at the movie theater (LET’S GO LIVE)

Oh man, lets bore people into suicide at my sisters graduations (ooh she is soo cute)

I am sooo proud of myself, I’ve lost 6 ounces this week, I feel so slim! 

Facebook, Snapchat allows everyone a few seconds of fame. “Look at Me”

There are some of us who color outside the lines.  We march by the sounds of our own drums.  Our style isn’t conventional or trendy and not determined by a 30 second commercial, a picture in magazine or moved by what a celebrity is wearing or tweeting about.

I’ve always been attracted to those people.  I’m drawn to Mavericks, regular people who defy convention.  The person on the street with his or her own style.  I saw man in his mid twenties getting out of  a clean 63 Ford Galaxy sedan it was nothing special, no 20 inch wheels, no custom paint just a well preserved car  He said he put more then 8 grand in this old car.  His parents was born in the sixties and he likes this era. He looked as if he was an extra on Mad Men.  He dress ,was from the sixties. I wanted to know more.  Who are his friends, what do they say about is style?  but he was late for a meeting.

With the exception of bell bottoms.  I wasn’t that person to walk the line.   I didn’t listen exclusively to “black music”  it was controversial (I’m still known in my family for listening to white folks music) there is some insane unwritten rule out there that says if you are of a certain hue you MUST exclusively listen to music assigned to that hue or religion. Failure to follow the rule could mean expulsion.   I was that sheep who always strayed.  At five years old, I was banned from Church events without my mom. They said I was lost for hours.  I didn’t think I was lost, I even bought myself a hat at the San Francisco Zoo, AND I found them.

Playing it safe and doing what others do is boring.  I’m that single man who dreams of the Chrysler Pacifica Minivan.  I would have it tricked out with fat wheels and custom paint.  I cant imagine being part of the herd, driving some ungainly SUV.  There is a huge world out there, but there are people, when faced with 31 choices of ice cream ,will choose chocolate or vanilla.

Straying comes with its own set of problems.   To go it alone means your open to ridicule, why isn’t he or she just going along, they’re troublemakers. Why don’t  they simply just follow the path.  Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Clint Eastwood, Adele and the late James Garner,  Joan Rivers, Bette David and Prince.  These people collectively say “Fuck it and Fuck You” should I fall flat on my face, I did so being my own person.

CityFella

 

 

removing the KING! an unhinged unpredictable TRUMP making the world uneasy


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As  cable news pundits are shaking their collective groomed HD heads.  An anxiety ridden Trump is reportedly attacking his own, undermining his own programs through a series of tweets.    The Commander and Chief finds comfort in tweeting, however there is Huge difference when your tweeting as a private citizen.  As the Commander and Chief those insomniac words could cause an international incident.

Anxiety is the key word ,as the nation awaits to hear Former FBI Director James Comey testimony on Thursday.  Not since John Dean testified at Watergate in hearings has their been so much attention focused on one individual.  The testimony from the hearings has Trump off center.

President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son in law Jared Kushner have long been said to be a calming influence on him.   Where are they?  Kushner is under fire for reportedly asking for a back channel to speak to the Russians.  The issue may be related to real estate.  A 27 year old Kushner took a bath on 666 Fifth Avenue paying a record 1.8 billion dollars for a troubled property that reportedly has a balloon payment due in a couple years.   Kushner has sought Chinese and Russian investors. There are some who believe without a proper suitor the Kushner Empire may crash.  Jared and Ivanka supported the Paris Climate Accord. Ivana Trump and Jared Kushner, were not present during the Rose Garden ceremony.

The Republican Party is at a loss. How do the navigate around the President who was elected because he was outsider?  The insiders could face voter backlash for criticizing the outsider.   The outsider who have abandoned the insiders with a proposed budget and change to the health care plan that will undoubtedly damage them in he election cycles.      Meanwhile the Democrats, are the Democrats a fractured bunch.   Mavericks who are screaming impeachment before the facts are revealed.  Meanwhile, seasoned Democrats are calmly asking for patience know they are powerless to the shell shocked Republican dominated House and Senate.   However, the mavericks make good TV!

Our allies don’t trust our Commander and Chief.  In short order, he has shared classified information with our mutual enemies.  He has leaked intelligence and failed to reassure Nato countries that America has their support.

The hearings could go on for months or longer.

The president’s approval rating dipped from nearly 42 percent to just 36 percent over the weekend, according to a Gallup daily tracking poll published Monday. Trump’s declining popularity is inching closer toward his all-time low of 35 percent as president in March, when Gallup had the president’s approval at just 35 percent. What’s more, nearly 43 percent of American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.

 

How to Impeach a Republican President, with an Republican House and Senate?

(An Idea in Progress)

The Beginning

  1. Actively court the nearly 40% of Republicans who have grown uneasy with the President in their districts . The focus must be limited to areas where all sides agree.  Paris Climate Accord, Russia, Relationship with Allies, Credibility etc
  2. Reject Democratic Involvement, No leaders or Speakers from Democratic Party!
  3. All  meetings, Demonstrations should be focused in Republican Districts.

 

To be continued

 

CityFella

 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Entitled: Jaden Smith


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Now this is a story all about how

His life got flipped-turned upside down

And I’d like to take a second
So sit right tight pronto

This was Jaden’s weekend  in a town called Toronto

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 Jaden Smith, the eighteen year old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

Was in Toronto making a film.

Young Mr Smith was staying at the swanky  Five Star

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Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto wouldn’t extend his stay.

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He was not HAPPY! 

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And went on a 45ish twitter Tirade!

A vegan, he accused the hotel of spiking his pancakes with cheese

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Toronto is a BEAUTIFUL city, but one suspects,a four or dare I say a three star hotel wouldn’t do.

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Jaden, we almost, not quite ,feel your pain……

“Not really”

Your Just being too 

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So, Boo 2 da hoo!

 

CityFella

Policing: Its not just Black and White


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Tone

  1. a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. “the piano tone appears monochrome or lacking in warmth”

synonyms: timbre,sound,sound quality, voice, voice quality,color tonality “tone             of the tuba”

  1. the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation,etc. “trust            her to lower the tone of the conversation”

synonyms: mood, air,spirit, feel ,sound,flavor, note, attitude, character, nature,              manner, temper;

 

The Tale of Two Communities

A large backyard barbecue, the crowd overflowing into the garage and the front yard. The homeowners are in their late forties.  Alcohol fueled aggression and loud talking resulted into a complaint call by someone in the neighborhood.   Two Sacramento County Sheriff Cars Arrived with lights flashing, a few minutes later a third car arrived.

One man in the garage is agitated by the presence of the officers. The homeowner and a women attempt  to calm him.  As they were talking to him, others ,seeing the flashing lights came out of the backyard.    As one family was leaving, an officer yelled at them and told to stand near the fence.   The women said they were going home.  Another women in the crowd screamed at the officer, ” they ani’t doing nothing why cant they go home? Another officer calmly asked  them to wait.    This irritated some  of the people watching.  Some of them said, the first officer had an attitude and was unnecessarily aggressive.  Within a couple of minutes other Sheriff cars appeared.    While some members of the party were quietly leaving,others were angrily talking to the officers.  One young man, fueled by alcohol began shouting at the officers and two officers restrained him. They eventually released him.   After 30 minutes, it was all over.

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In another community,  Homeowners in the mid fifties.  A wedding party went later than planned.  Late night alcohol fueled aggression and excessive noise party resulted into a complaint call by one of the neighbors.

My friend said their were no flashing lights as the police car arrived. The officer asked to speak to the homeowner.     There was a lot of loud music in the backyard.  As the officer passed me, he said good evening.   He and the owner asked people to quiet down in the backyard,the music was turned off.    One man, who could barely stand, swore at the officer. Another attendee, started yelling at a young man who was siting at a table threatening him.    As I was watching this unfold,another officer arrived, he was very pleasant and stood silently in the backyard  as the other officer unsuccessfully attempted to calm the yelling man down.    He then spoke to the out of control man, he wasn’t loud or threatening but he was firm.  It seemed to work.

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There is a different approach, a different tone used by officers in  lower income areas. Some of the officers are aggressive and often disrespectful to members of the community.  As a result, members of that community are often hostile to the officers.

There are some officers who are intimidated by people of color. Some are predisposed to believe they will face hostility in these neighborhoods.  Its not uncommon to see police officers with the guns drawn in these neighborhoods, in front of women and children.

If your a resident of an upper middle income neighborhoods, you cant relate to citizens in lower middle class neighborhood.   You may even assume  those people are predisposed to violence and perhaps the police are justified in their actions.

If you live in a low or middle income community. If you haven’t experienced an negative interaction with law enforcement, there is a good chance you’ve heard or know someone who has.

 Adding fuel to the mistrust of police officers are the constant reports of unarmed black ,latino and poor whites being shot and killed by the police.

There some white officers who fear or mistrust people of color.   The tone and body language is aggressive.  In Sacramento, the makeup of the police and sheriff departments do not reflect the community they serve.

  Also missing is education, people often fear the things and people they don’t understand.  Members of nearly all police department across the country. Could benefit from education about various minority groups.  For example, many groups, cultures, talk loudly and aggressively. For some, outside the culture may find this intimidating.

One would think with multi million dollar payouts to citizens.  Cities leaders would be actively looking for a solution.  But this isn’t happening.    Most cities are reactive, putting out destructive wild fires.   Community meeting are short lived, fading within months.

Change is difficult, our world is changing, a compromised is needed.  But the tone has to change. It is in the best interest of the cities to encourage and support ongoing dialogue bridging not only in law enforcement and the people they serve but cities leadership. As there are some elected officials who are out of touch with segments of their community.

EVERY member of law enforcement (not just department heads) should be required to attend an community meeting twice a year to meet interested citizens.  Public Notices of these meetings should be in all forms of  media to encourage participation.

Yes, there is a cost to this.  The City of Sacramento and other cities across the country pay over a billion dollars a year settling claims and the amount are increasing each year.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are struggling.  Some cities are struggling to recruit officers. Others are struggling to retain officers.  Many officers and police unions believe they’re being asked too much and  feel they are under attack.

The solution is daunting.

CityFella

The REAL housewives of Atlanta Sp9 Reunion pt 4 “She is a low down unremorseful liar!”


 

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Todd said ” Drag her Porsha”

Porsha, missed an opportunity to drag Phaedra Parks ass across the stage out the building and down the block.  It would have been sanctioned by Andy Cohen and all the housewives as Phaedra told the BIGGEST MOST HEINOUS LIE IN THE HISTORY OF ALL THE HOUSEWIVES FRANCHISES!

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Now there have been various housewives lies about ,home ownership, random lies about people places and things, having cancer, and our favorite, fidelity.    BUT, no one to my knowledge ,in any of the franchisees have told a lie that could not only damage their brand and reputation, but a lie that could send a housewife and her husband to jail. 

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Bravo made us wait for this drama.  This all could have fit in a two part reunion, but four?  Let’s hope this isn’t a trend.   Having said that I enjoyed nearly every minute. I especially loved that they allowed us to follow the housewives behind the scenes.

Busted Bitch!

In part three, the world learned Phaedra was the source of the ” Kandi and Todd planned to drug and kidnap, Porsha to have sex with her”   Phaedra told Porsha, Kandi confirmed the story. Phaedra was also the source of the “Marvin” story. (Todd was telling random women in New York his name was Marvin)   Phaedra was stoic as her girlfriend was falling apart.  Well, seemingly falling apart, we saw the tissue, we didn’t see the tears.  Not lost on Kenya and Todd.

“You know damn well the day you told me that, two days before I sat with Kandi, you said she told you firsthand! Then two days ago we talked on the phone and you told me that she said it firsthand. Now, what I’m not gonna do is go back in text messages and reveal that, because we don’t need no motherfucking receipts.” (Porsha Williams)

(Porsha off the sofa)

  Porsha, found a few tears and begged for her sister Lauren.  Meanwhile, while she was waiting for her sis, Shamea comes in, not to tell her, she told her so about Phaedra, but basically she did just that (tell her so).  Meanwhile her sister comes in and was genuinely surprised to here what Phaedra said.

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Todd reminds his wife she’s been vindicated. For Kandi the pain and the rage was there. She talks about people hash tagging #KandiAKABillCosby under her business’ photos.    Cynthia and Sheree are confused and in shock!  Cynthia say’s she has never seen anything like it!  The three housewives talk in the ladies room, Andy joins them as to check the temperature, he is also in shock!

Kenya Please! (off the sofa)

Kenya is on the phone with her friends Brandon.  She has never evah, liked Porsha and wanted a friendship with Phaedra until Phaedra turned.  Now is off with their heads, she wants them both fired!

Phaedra (off the sofa)

Okay, I’m gonna give Phaedra one.  While she is surrounded by emotional chaos ,caused by her, we see her calmly being groom.  Bad and mean editing 3Bravo!.

Porsha (on the sofa)

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Her buddy, threw her under the bus and Phaedra, didn’t look a bit more bothered, of course until she was busted.   However, when Andy asked her why would she believe  Kandi and Todd would drug her and take her back to their house? she replied, “this is what I was told”

 But I don’t have pity for Porsha.  Phaedra supplied her with the bullets, but it was Porsha who pulled the trigger.  She had ample opportunity to contact Kandi, a person she called a good friend, to verify the story.   Porsha isn’t dumb, anyone who has seen her on the Celebrity Apprentice can attest to that.  So Porsha, your no innocent.  Porsha, apologized to her old friend, but that fell on to closed ears. it was wayy too late!

Kandi, Cynthia, Kenya, Sheree and Todd (on the sofa)

There were few words.   Kandi said she was numb.  Kandi said she would have never done that to Phaedra.  With regard to her ex employee Johnny, who’s attorney is suing her for over $168,000.  Kandi said,  she wouldn’t sit down on television and speak with Angela Stanton, the woman who wrote the tell-all book about Phaedra.

Phaedra could have let her faith allow her to come clean in her restoration services, but the holy and ghost wasn’t with her.   Phaedra  had several opportunities  in Hawaii to come clean, Phaedra enjoyed her Champagne instead.

Andy and Phaedra  (on the sofa)

Andy gave Phaedra a lifeline.  Phaedra pushed it away. ” You know I made a rash decision.”  He asked Phaedra if she was mad at Kandi?  She says no.  At first it was something she was told. When Andy asked Porsha she say’s  Phaedra was adamant she understand she heard Kandi say she wanted to drug her firsthand.  Then Phaedra changed,“I was repeating something. I shouldn’t have repeated it.”   Then she gives the Shaedra apology, I’m sorry! I’m Sorry!  Phaedra was cold and emotionless

 

Put a big ass fork in Andy, he’s done!

I listen to Radio Andy on SiriusXM.  Phaedra Parks was one of his early guest when the show launched in 2015.   The two have a history which predates the housewives.  He was done last night.  In the last few minutes, after giving Phaedra every opportunities to help herself, she tells her, “You got caught in a pretty megawatt lie. I don’t know that you’ve completely copped to it…”

No Reply.

Andy says it’s impossible to tell what she’s feeling, and Phaedra says,

“All I can do is apologize. I can’t change that it happened.”

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Typically there are hugs after a reunion and what did you learn from the season?

Last night, there were no group hugs in Atlanta. No what you learned from the season?  Only a cake for Cynthia Bailey’s 50th and forced smiles.

CityFella

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