commented on Move, Bitch. Get Out the Way. My Final Philosophy
What? No way. 2004? How is it possible that 12 years have gone by?
Well, I always wanted to tell you, but never got around to it - so I better say so now, how much I loved much of the work of the Mizell Bros. particularly their work with The Rance Allen Group. "Reason to Survive" is a big favorite - so uplifting and encouraging. First time I heard it, somewhere around LACC, it brought a tear to my eyes. That's how beautiful it was (is).
Very best wishes, L.
commented on I, Anonymous
All the way around, this is what happens when having a little class is no longer a valued attribute.
commented on Remembering the Black Central District, Part One: Two Small Dogs and a Great Fire
A sad, tragic tale to be sure. but I don't think you can be a mean, inconsiderate, imperious fuck and not expect something really bad happening to you eventually. However, you run the risk, Cholly, of calling up an unpleasant fate as well when you're take away from this tragedy is, "Wow, isn't this street nicer without that old bastard and those little yappy-assed dogs?" Even if seems that way.
commented on The Coming Death of One of Seattle's Few Black-Loved Supermarkets
Welcome to my world. Think of all the different supermarkets there used to be in Seattle: QFC, Larry's, Safeway, Treadwell, etc. And all of them slightly different serving a different market/neighborhood. In Los Angeles, there used to be Alpha Beta, Hughes, Vons, Ralphs, Market Basket, Safeway, etc. Again, each with its own personality. Many grocers have disappeared. The remaining ones are all Kroger-owned or Safeway-Albertsons-owned, and they are all pretty much alike. You probably can't find pig's feet or chitterlings anywhere outside of the South short of a special order. In point of fact, many neighborhoods have lost their friendly, local grocer.
commented on Thomas Piketty and the Zombie of Trickle Down Economics
My takeaway from John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society was that the rich and the leaders who are in the rich folk's pockets always scream that as a society we cannot afford this and we cannot afford that. It would bankrupt the country. Of course, it's all bullshit. The arc of wealth almost always ends up bending towards greed. CEOs don't want just three mansions anymore. They want twenty-four. It's a macho thing to them. To suggest that they could get by with, say, sixteen infuriates them.
Within reason of course, there's all kinds of money for many worthy social programs. It's just that the rich don't want to help pay for them. Billionaires worry into the deep of the night that some woman has had ten children by eight different men, and they are financing it! Meanwhile, schools crumble, infrastructure rots, children go hungry, hopelessness prevails.
Since this is Elvis Week. let's take a look at him. Back in the 50s, the government took 90-cents of every dollar he made. Did he ever go without? Did he ever have to skip dinner? Well if he did, it was because he was flying back to Memphis on his own jet to buy Cadillacs for his entourage.
So I snicker now instead of getting mad when I hear a successful small businessman rail against a decent minimum wage. I'm not so sure $15/hr is all that decent. That's still a pretty challenging living wage. It's just that $7-and- whatever/hr was criminal, really, and being that for so long while at the same time there were more and more billionaires created. Something very wrong there.
And I know the arguments of rewarding hard work and creativity and free markets must prevail. Fine. But you must know that so many of those billionaires simply had the right name at the right place at the right time. Additionally, the middle-class (what's left of it) has to pay its fair share, too. We all do. It's the price of living in a civilized nation. Ultimately, my question is this: What kind of society, what kind of country do you want to live in?