Ready Or Not, Here She Comes!!!

The World According To Curran

This is gonna sound corny to some, and like a “line” to others, but I… Love… Women! And I think their time is neigh…in the U.S. I mean; According to worldstatesmen.org, there are 22 female heads of state as of this year, with one of them being the fifth most powerful person on this little chunk of rock, but as the U.S. preps itself for the wholesale peddling of flesh that is the General Election, both sides are making it abundantly clear that they are willing to consider “trying new things” if it culminates in them being able to do the “Ickey Shuffle” in the Oval Office. Is She ready… are we? Inquiring minds want to know…

Girl Power

Fifth Most Powerful Person in the World (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel

President of Brasil Dilma Rouseff

Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton

President of S. Korea Park Geun-hye

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FRIENDS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

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Dear Good Cop,

You may remember me, I was the kid who shared his peanut-butter sandwich with you on our first day in kindergarten. Later, in high school, you saved me from being “trashed” by a group of ravenous upper-classmen during our freshman year. It doesn’t surprise me that you chose to become a police officer, there’s always been something of the hero in you, but as I’m sure you know by now, not all police are made of the same stuff.I know you’re busy, so I’d like to keep this letter brief. Lately there have been some disturbing stories circulating on the news and through social media about some of your co-workers, and as a father, a husband-a protector, I am compelled to appeal to you my friend, and my neighbor.   During the discussions I’ve heard debating Michael Brown, Kelly Thomas, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Troy Goode

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Poll: WTF DOES ICE CUBE KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL THEORY?

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Today’s question is the result of an internal struggle that I’ve been having for the last year or so. On one hand, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that an effective policing  force is an absolutely essential part of building a civil society. To deny that society would tear itself apart without one, would reflect an ignorance so complete that it could only be intentional. However, every time I hear about some “innocent” person being strangled out of existence by a “strong-arm” bureaucracy, what can I say… my inner Ice Cube comes out and “F*ck The Police!” becomes the depths and breadth of my civil rationale.

How do we reconcile these two views? Do we continue to turn the other cheek, trust that Lady Justice will eventually reign-in her wayward children, and then start praying that no one we love falls victim to their irrevocable indiscretions OR do we “whoride” on the b*tch, set…

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MENTAL ILLNESS… A VERY INCONVENIENT TRUTH

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WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE

As a child I remembered words like “mentally retarded” being a perfectly ordinary way to describe another human being. No big deal was ever made about those “retards” that never went to school, because “who wanted them there” anyways. In those early years mental illness was an aberration that happened only to people who had done something wrong; like smoking or drinking while pregnant, or God was punishing them for the sins of their parents.

One day, when I was in high school, my mother attempted to commit suicide and my eyes were snatched open to a new type of mental “retardation” called depression. Depression was interesting, because pills could fix it, and no one ever had to know you had it. We found out later that my mother’s depression was the result of trauma, and pills could only hide the depression- not cure it. Over the…

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MENTAL ILLNESS… A VERY INCONVENIENT TRUTH

WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE

As a child I remembered words like “mentally retarded” being a perfectly ordinary way to describe another human being. No big deal was ever made about those “retards” that never went to school, because “who wanted them there” anyways. In those early years mental illness was an aberration that happened only to people who had done something wrong; like smoking or drinking while pregnant, or God was punishing them for the sins of their parents.

One day, when I was in high school, my mother attempted to commit suicide and my eyes were snatched open to a new type of mental “retardation” called depression. Depression was interesting, because pills could fix it, and no one ever had to know you had it. We found out later that my mother’s depression was the result of trauma, and pills could only hide the depression- not cure it. Over the next 30 years I learned that not only does depression make you “sad”, it can also make you angry; cause you to drink, smoke, do drugs or worse.  I also learned that my mother wasn’t the only one suffering from depression.

According to a 2014 Newsweek article, 1 in 5 Americans (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population.) suffer from some sort of mental illness… 42.5 millionMental Illness 25% people struggle with mental illness, and as it turns out, depression is just the tip of the iceberg. Other “illnesses” include bipolar disorder and  schizophrenia. The study shows that another 9.3 million Americans, ages 18 and up, experience “serious mental-illness”- to put it another way, their condition impedes day to day activities. The good news is, with the proliferation of mental illness across all parts of American society, policies are actually being proposed that could potentially help people like my mother get the help they need.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010, for instance, names mental health as an “essential benefit“- meaning that every health insurance policy must cover it in order to meet the governments mandated “minimum requirements.” The bad news is that some states are balking at offering the coverage, and millions of Americans are left to cope with these issues on their own- the results of which are often catastrophic.

WHAT IS APPARENT… 

The proofs are as indisputable as they are indelible: April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech student, Seung- Hui Cho, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before taking his own life; December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza kills 27, including 20 children (ages 5-10) as well as his own mother before turning the gun on himself; July 20,2012, University of Colorado doctoral student, James Holmes, kills 12 people and wounds another 70 before surrendering to the police. Three men… 71 dead… 87 wounded and countless lives destroyed. Three mentally ill men killed 71 Republicans, Democrats, right-wing nut-jobs, bleeding-heart socialist anti-American liberals… and children. Children, unmarked by any desire other than to love, to be loved, to learn, and then go home.

 Seung- Hui was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder when he was in the 8th grade; James Holmes told his therapist that he fantasized about “killing lots of people… to  make up for his failure in science” nearly a month before the shootings; Adam Lanza was described by friends and family members as being “deeply troubled.”

Ultimately, we may never know what compelled them and the truth is (at this point) the “why” doesn’t matter… their acts are inexcusable, and the pain caused by them will take generations to heal.Mental Illness 3 What is apparent is that mental illness is no longer an “issue” effecting a handful of people, easily relegated to outskirts of society and forgotten. It is a crisis, cloaked in denial, quietly passed from generation to generation until someone breaks… and suddenly the delusion is shattered, blood is spilled, and in a flash of light and death it becomes clear that someone, who could have been anyone, needed help.

Poll: WTF DOES ICE CUBE KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL THEORY?

Today’s question is the result of an internal struggle that I’ve been having for the last year or so. On one hand, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that an effective policing  force is an absolutely essential part of building a civil society. To deny that society would tear itself apart without one, would reflect an ignorance so complete that it could only be intentional. However, every time I hear about some “innocent” person being strangled out of existence by a “strong-arm” bureaucracy, what can I say… my inner Ice Cube comes out and “F*ck The Police!” becomes the depths and breadth of my civil rationale.

How do we reconcile these two views? Do we continue to turn the other cheek, trust that Lady Justice will eventually reign-in her wayward children, and then start praying that no one we love falls victim to their irrevocable indiscretions OR do we “whoride” on the b*tch, set her house on fire- along with the murderous rat-bastards she unleashed on our neighborhoods, and then start praying that the fire doesn’t spread … but it will… just like it did in Los Angeles in 1992, and like it continues to do in Ferguson Missouri, and the entire world would watch as all that we loved burned.

Ultimately, a partnership will be established between the civil government, and the citizens, and we will work together to create a peaceful and harmonious society where all life is accounted for and respected. OR  together,we will turn every city block into a battle ground… where it won’t matter if you drive a Crown Vic or a 6-4 Impala; you’re a father of four just doing your job, or a father of four lost in rage. Your communities… our communities… will burn, just like they did in Rodney King’s Los Angeles and continue to do in Michael Brown’s Ferguson, and the world will watch as you call for backup, and we shout “1-8-7 on a muthaf*@kin cop!”, chuckin-up our deuces as the life you knew and the things we love burn… It’s time to decide.

Ice Cube

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FRIENDS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

The Hero

Dear Good Cop,

You may remember me, I was the kid who shared his peanut-butter sandwich with you on our first day in kindergarten. Later, in high school, you saved me from being “trashed” by a group of ravenous upper-classmen during our freshman year. It doesn’t surprise me that you chose to become a police officer, there’s always been something of the hero in you, but as I’m sure you know by now, not all police are made of the same stuff.I know you’re busy, so I’d like to keep this letter brief. Lately there have been some disturbing stories circulating on the news and through social media about some of your co-workers, and as a father, a husband-a protector, I am compelled to appeal to you my friend, and my neighbor.   During the discussions I’ve heard debating Michael Brown, Kelly Thomas, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Troy Goode, and most recently, Sam Dubose, I’ve heard this idea that police officers are just humans under enormous stress trying to do an extremely difficult job under impossible circumstances. I would agree with all of it, but I happened to know you when you were the chubby kid with bad knees, glasses, and a heart so big  he would sooner take a butt-stomping than watch a kid he didn’t even know get tossed down a hill in a trashcan, and because of you I’m a believer. I believe that there are “good cops”; uncommon men and women that are compelled to put their lives on the line everyday in order to “Serve and Protect”, people who would sooner die than betray the sacred endowment of the public trust. My hope is that you, and officers like you, will reach out to your community, and remind those that may have forgotten that  the responsibility they bear is bigger than them, and that choosing to be The Hero is choosing to be something more than human. Remind them before it’s too late that without the public’s trust, America becomes just another police state, no different than any of history’s totalitarian regimes. I don’t want another Ferguson, Watts, Los Angeles, or Baltimore- I’m no revolutionary, but I have a family to protect; a family of fine young men, and beautiful and talented women who all deserve the opportunity to make this world a better place, and I would rather see riots on every corner- from Los Angeles to D.C., before I’d see any of them come to unnecessary harm. In short my friend- be the hero I know you to be, and set the example; hold accountable those that would use The Shield you were born to wear, as a mere prop to mask their cruelty, prejudice, and fear. Be blessed, and be well.

In Service and Friendship

C.