Brownstone Living

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Brownstone living, especially areas that are a bit – or a bit more than a bit – “hood,” aren’t for everyone. I, however, find a lot to recommend such areas – and over 13 years living in Bedford-Stuyvesant hasn’t come close to changing my mind. 😉

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The Waters Agenda

 
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The Waters Agenda
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The more we’re forced to Hear Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) hoot, holler, jabber, and bleat, the more her agenda becomes crystal clear. It’s all impeach President Trump or, at least, undermine anything and everything he tries to do for the betterment of America and, failing that, blame White people and the “inherent systemic racism of America” for every woe she feels exists.

Then again, she the Representative for a relatively impoverished, high-crime, wildly disproportionately Black, district that has been voting staunchly Democrat for years, and years, and years – so Waters, offensive and stupid as she is, is serving her constituency in exactly the manner that they demand of her.

OK; truth be told this isn’t just the Waters Agenda. It’s also the agenda of Kamala Harris, Al Green, and the Congressional Black Caucus as a whole.

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A Day Without…

A Day Without what exactly?My fellow Americans, in case you didn’t notice it, and you probably didn’t aside from word of it filling up your social media feeds, we recently had #ADayWithoutWomen. This protest reasonably closely followed the equally unremarkable and largely unremarked #ADayWithoutImmigrants. In both cases the response by America at large was a non-response. We, as a nation, weren’t really bothered and neither noticed nor cared.

Not that this should in any way be surprising. In all likelihood they got the idea from the Blacks, who periodically try to have A Day Without Black People – #hashtagged various things like #BoycottBlackFriday, #BlackFridayBlackout, and #NotOneDime – where they try and fail to make an impact by not buying anything from Whites on Black Friday.

Frankly, these attempts reach a pinnacle – or maybe nadir, depending on your outlook – irony that is rarely achieved. In trying to show their worth and power, all they’ve managed to do is show their irrelevance to the nation as a whole.

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