Seeds Of Contention

The recreational use of Marijuana in California continues its long journey to full acceptance by the public in general. Most cities still ban the sale of marijuana legal or not. This practice will continue the sale of the drug on the streets to those who are either underage or looking for local access to the product without having to go out of their way just to get high. California is set to make 1.6 billion dollars in taxes this year because of cannabis sales alone. This being a tourist state where people from all over the world come to visit with plenty of money to spend on whatever they desire. LAX recently gave permission to passengers with less than a gram of weed to legally carry on the planes departing daily.

Donald Trump recently stated that he would consider legalization of marijuana on the federal level. There is one problem for those who want to grow their own plants. That is the total lack of the availability of seeds. One can buy sterilized seeds as food for pet birds so why not non sterilized seeds for people with gardens? The growers do not want to lose any future profits because of home-grown plants. The customer is being locked out of the full use of this plant because of the grower’s desire to have a steady customer base that will be there for now on. The customers should at least have the option to grow their own in a free society such as ours.

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The Red Ball Express

During WWII there was a group of Black American soldiers who drove supply trucks for the military that gave American troops under men like George S. Patton the ability to chase the German troops across France into Germany and total defeat of the Nazi regime under Adolph Hitler. During WWII Blacks were restricted to mostly non-combat roles In the Nave they were mess stewards (cooks) and truck drivers in the Army. The racial attitude of that time in the military was summed up in a statement by the white commander of the 367th Infantry Division he stated. ” As fighting troops, the Negro must be rated as second class material; this is due to primarily to his inferior intelligence and lack of mental and moral qualities.”

141 truck companies and 3000 men were formed into the “Red Ball Express” 75% of the drivers were black. I never saw any black soldiers in the movies and tv shows about WWII. Black men have served in the military of the U.S. since the beginning of this country with little recognition from the public or government of their service to this nation. The movie “Glory” was a wake-up call for me. Then there was the “Red Tails” about the Tuskegee Airmen and what they did to help win the war in Europe. I am proud to have served in the military of my forefathers who gave their all for this country. What they did made America great long before Donald Trump.

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The Crusaders

The situation that now exists in the Middle East that has caused hundreds of thousands of people to leave everything they cannot physically carry behind to seek refuge in the heart of modern Europe. Once again the Muslim and Christian worlds are colliding because of their religious differences. At the beginning of the eleventh century, Pope Urban II gave a sermon telling the people of Europe to travel to Jerusalem to clear the Muslim population from the city and make it Christian again after almost 400 years of Islamic rule.

There were two groups the underclass who were the peasants, and the Knights who were the wealthy landowners as well as fighting men. Pope Urban promised the Crusaders who were afraid of the fires of hell on their souls because of the way they lived in those times. Anyone who would join the Crusades would be given what amounted a holy pardon if they fought for the Holy Roman Church. They made it to the city in June of 1099 and immediately prepared to surround and when ready attack and kill all of the inhabitants of the city. Jews and Muslims women and children were all slaughtered in an in an orgy of bloodlust all in the name of God.

A thousand years later that city is still unable to be a place where all can live together in peace because of the religious beliefs of those who occupy the most important piece of real estate in the Christian world today. Syria, Iran, Iraq are used to the violence that has existed for thousands of years. We in the West should try to learn as much as possible about the history of this part of the world. I believe that at some point in the future all eyes will be on the city of Jerusalem and its continued power to change mankind in ways that cannot be understood at this point in time.

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Pareto Principle

My son and I attended a presentation from a company representing Amazon a business with a net worth of over a trillion dollars. That fact alone got me interested in getting more knowledge about The Amazon mission statement. I could see that they make a lot of money. But I was looking for more. I found it when the speaker spoke about the 80/20 rule or simply stated the Pareto Principle.

This is how it goes: Everything around us follows an interesting pattern. For example, if you have five pairs of shoes you only wear one pair most of the time. 20% of the people in the world control 80% of the wealth. Of ten things you do today will only two will generate most of your desired results. In school, 20% of the content of the class teachings are the core principles. Those principles will make up 80% of the test. The teacher spends 80% of his or her time explaining the 20% core principles.

20% of the people you hang out with take up 80% of your energy, and 20% can make you more confident and motivated. You can solve 80% of your problems by fixing the most important 20%. Once this principle is understood all you need to ask yourself is how can I apply in my life right now. Knowledge is power is a statement I heard repeated often yesterday at that event,

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Missing

The Department of Homeland Security admitted this week that they have no idea where up to 1500 minors who were separated from their parents at the border between Mexico and the United States. Some of the parents have already been deported back to their home countries with no way to be contacted about their children. To make matters worse the government admitted that in most cases the sponsors that were given the children cannot be found either because they are in the country illegally themselves. The Trump administration continues to show nothing but contempt for those of color who are seeking a better life for themselves and most importantly for their kids.

The main concern of the government on this subject is to round-up and deport as many illegals as humanly possible. 200,000 million dollars was recently transferred from FEMA to Homeland Security to investigate naturalized citizens suspected of using false statements and documents to obtain citizenship status. Denaturalization has rarely been used in the past except for those accused of crimes in their home countries. 1500 missing kids is most likely a lower number than the official records show. We as a country have a system of civil rights but we have a long way to go when it comes to the rights we all deserve as human beings.

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Serena

When Serena Williams had what one would call a meltdown during her match with Naomi Osaka for the grand slam title of 2018 in relation to the game of tennis. Serena felt that she was being disrespected not because of her race but her sex. She stated over and over that a male in the same situation would not be penalized. Most of the talking heads who spoke on her behavior agreed with her argument although they kept it to a minimal level of support. The power of this woman of color was phenomenal, to say the least, her body language was over the top the anger and rage and contempt she showed for the referee was not held in check and caused her to lose control and focus of the situation that she found herself in.

When a champion is dethroned it is devastating but the way life is lived the glory is always fleeting. One can only be on top of the world for a short period of time especially in the world of sports. The William sisters will have the ability to inspire and teach many generations of young people of both sexes who want to succeed in the goals that they want to accomplish in life. This story is not about race but sexuality and how women are treated differently than men in the real world. This is the paradigm that will not change any time soon in a male-dominated society we all are brainwashed to accept. Serena may have lost the match but she made a statement about equality of the sexes that cannot be ignored. Equality of the sexes is as old as human history. The story of Serena and the tennis referee and their interactions will be a lesson for future historians to understand and explain. The life lesson here will be interpreted as needed in the future for both sexes.

 

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9-11 Again

Seventeen years ago today the world as we knew it was changed forever because of a terrorist attack on our country by suicidal followers of Osama Bin Ladin. To this day we are reminded of how freedoms we once took for granted continue to be restricted because of government policies that are sometimes seen as over cautious. Metal detectors, bulletproof glass in financial institutions, a restriction of face to face contact  in the business world, an unseen distrust of those who are of the same ethnic groups of the hijackers of those four planes and the innocent souls aboard. Whenever I see a pre 911 movie or television show with the twin towers in the background I am immediately reminded of that “day of infamy” of our modern times. The pain of loss will never go away as this is what Bin Ladin wanted to accomplish that day.

This is a day to remember and reflect on how things have changed including our personal lives, especially our attitudes towards others. The “New World Order” that president George HW Bush spoke of not that long ago. Out of respect for those who lost their lives that fateful day we all need to try to improve our society one person at a time. RIP.

 

 

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