Welcome back to another fun-filled week of enlightenment, mayhem, and whatever else might strike our fancy this morning.
If you like a quiet weather day, then today is going to suit you just fine.
Temps are expected to rise into the 40s, got some sun, and maybe a mild breeze now and then, as well as the possibility of late-day showers of flurries (they don't know either) so enjoy it now, because it will only get colder tomorrow.
Anyway, let's drop the green flag and get this race started.
*** Rap "star" Lil Wayne makes music (if you call the garbage he passes off FOR music) history by pissing off Stevie Wonder.
Here's the story:
This is what happens whenever you FAIL at learning your HISTORY. You one STOOPID dawg, yo.
"L'il" referenced civil rights hero Emmett Till, who was only 14 years old when he was brutally tortured and murdered down in Mississippi back in 1955.
Here's HIS WIKI:
Wayne's song "Karate Chop" drew criticism from Wonder, as well as Till's family.
Wayne plans to release 2 more albums before retiring from music, and then looking to films.
(That's 2 too many albums - will someone please just shoot this guy?)
He needs to BE retired...permanently.
*** And when it comes to "arresting" behavior, one can ALWAYS find the ranks or (c)rap music replete with such "personalities".
Here are some examples from the news who were arrested JUST recently.
-- Rapper "2 Chainz" ARRESTED in Maryland on DRUG charges.
Here's the story
-- Rapper "Guerrila Black" ARRESTED on credit card fraud.
Here's THIS story:
-- Rapper "Jim Jones" ARRESTED (didn't he die in that kool-aid gig?) in NJ while flapping his yap to police.
Here's THAT story:
Now, if you're curious as to ALL the rappers who have EVER graced the inside of a jail cell, here 'ya go:
This website provides ALL the lowdown on the lowlifes, and God bless the people who keep this current.
*** Sadly, some music stars choose a route OTHER than outright crime...they choose death.
She was only 37 years old.
Damn shame she had such demons in her head...she was a cute kid, and she could sing.
*** Saw a commercial on WPTA (local channel 21) yesterday regarding GANGS in Ft. Wayne. It is supposed to air at 5PM and 11PM today, so I'll be tuning in to see what that's all about (like I don't see enough already - dunno why they never want to interview me...lol).
$100 a pop per citation (IF he EVER DID get cited by an officer who SHOULD be down here), that adds up to a LOT of folding money!
City kissed AWAY $14K on just THIS one guy...so far.
Now WHO says there's no REAL money to be made down here?
Here is the WIKI for today:
THIS day instead.
I was one of the fortunate ones that grew up in a time when we celebrated both Lincoln's birthday (12 Feb) AND Washington's birthday (22 Feb).
Curiously, we didn't have EITHER day off from school, but we acknowledged it just the same , mostly with guest speakers, a film perhaps, and sometimes plays in the auditorium. Yeah, we ALSO used to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day to the FLAG which was in our classrooms, too.
Today is THE day we celebrate BOTH presidents (and the rest as well) thanks to the UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT in 1971.
It had less to do with politics and more to do with advertisers, so go figure.
Today wasn't called Presidents' Day until well into the 1980s, though. Before that, it was still referred to as Washington's Birthday.
Leave it to our government to overthink the obvious, and overcomplicate the simple.
*** Lastly, today is the day we recognize those who lead our nation, but we need to strip away the veneer of celebration, and understand WHO we really holding in high regard, and more importantly...WHY.
Many say today reflects on ALL our presidents, while I, being the stodgy old fart that I am, maintain that today acknowledges ONLY Washington and Lincoln, mostly because of WHO they were and what they did FOR our country, rather than the charlatan we currently have in office these days and what he's doing TO our country.
MY memory of history is very clear on this, because we were taught by less progressive educators.
These two men were not saints, nor even pretended to be anywhere close to perfect.
They were human, just like us.
But, what they managed to accomplish both in this nation's infancy and during it's worst conflict shows that ordinary men can produce extraordinary results, given their time in history.
They were both the right person at the right time for the right reason.
And THAT alone should be cause for holding both men in such high esteem.
Would we be as fortunate today to have someone with half the ability and one tenth the amount of integrity sitting in the White House.
May we never give up our hope of again having such a person in our midst.
SAFE out there, America.