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Tainted Love

There is a storm brewing
There is a storm brewing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A county of 80,000 people should NOT be having these kinds of big city problems”. Ronnie

If I ever get around to getting that RN, Merrill and I are moving. I’m serious. I was reading some statistic that noted a resident of Danville has a 1 in 4 chance of being the victim of a crime, and when you consider what the crimes are these days, that’s not comforting. So Merrill and I have made the decision to move and go live life on someone else’s Yellow Brick Road, except their road may be tainted too. Tainted Love…I’m not so sure it IS better somewhere else, but DC looks nice.

The people of Danville have a love/hate relationship with their mayor. I am a little biased, because he’s been one of my closest friends for two decades…I do get angry when I read the unintelligent bash him with information that had to come from the Enquirer. The truth is, our mayor is not a crooked man, just an overwhelmed man, with a citizenry ready to storm city hall with pitch forks and torches, but I’m not sure even they KNOW WHY. I suppose many really don’t understand that these problems didn’t simmer over night. Not willing to pay another red cent toward taxes, a decade ago, they demanded Scott pull a rabbit out of his ass with nothing but some shoe string and ear wax…then when he couldn’t, they turned on him and now, his legacy will be nothing more but trying to make it out of office with some of his wits still about him. It’s a thankless job that I don’t envy, but every now and then you gotta wonder who the real assholes in this city are. The crooks, in which nothing is personal, or the uneducated who’ll do all they can to slander the name of a good person? I’m going with the latter over the former, mostly because many of them don’t know what that means….

He wanted a riverboat. Long past the point of financial desperation, he sought to do anything that would bring revenue to the city he loved. Other cities our size have riverboats, and while the statistics are out on the effectiveness of gambling revenue on a city, it may have helped, but crime has now overtaken our city like slow-moving lava from Pompei, and no one wants us. Dig? We need action now….except I’m not sure if anyone knows that Illinois is broke, and there is nothing Scott can do about it. All the citizenry lamenting about the days of GM/GE don’t get that manufacturing is SOUTH of the border, the US border, not the county border, and that decision wasn’t Scott’s to make…get it? Scott cannot bring in manufacturing to Danville, any more than I can bring Gucci to shoot at the mall. The state has a very unfriendly business climate, choosing years ago to serve Satan rather than the voting block of downstate.  If Scott had any choice he’d hire more policemen and firefighters to kick the bad guy’s ass, but the State isn’t giving the city it’s share of the tax pie. Scott is not crooked, did not advertise to Cabrini Green, did not get checks for Section 8 enrollees (that’s just stupid), is not sacrificing cats at midnight, did not offer to sell Danville to the Sheiks, Did not shoot JR, and did not break up the Back Street Boys…..but as long as your God Blessing Christian Heart gets someone to blame it’s all fair. Tainted Love….This didn’t happen overnight, it will not go away overnight, but anyone who thinks they can do better should try. Just don’t be crooked like the last few contenders….you know who you are….the last thing Danville needs is a Chicago mini-me trying to strong-arm the citizens into an opium den for sex and if that offends you…Good. You’re probably stupid anyway. Politics it’s all good, until it isn’t. Personally I’d be firing right back….but that’s just me. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

 

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That’s Rude

Really?
Really?

“You misspelled their names” my SIL

“Yes, but the Spirit of the gift was right”…Ronnie to said SIL.

“I wonder how many friends I’m going to lose over this?”….Ronnie

Editor’s Note: I am not talking about my SIL. Although I can see how you would think that.

It is true though. I have a nasty habit of calling people not by their real name, but by the name I think they should have been called. See, it’s like I look into someone’s face, and think, “Oh no. That name is all wrong”…I once called a girl Kelly like all night. She was pretty, had long, blonde California hair, eyes that were a very pretty blue, she was a Kelly….no she wasn’t. Come to find out her name was Jill, and she was too afraid to tell me her name wasn’t Kelly. Sigh…I gave my MIL a plaque for Christmas with all the grandchildren’s names on it. Ask my friend, Amy, whom made the plaque, just how long it took to make it…there was like a freaking hundred names…my God the family is the population of Champaign/Urbana…so when Mom opened it, my SIL said, “You spelled the names wrong”…well WTH? I got some of them right…and that should be enough…but Yeah, I agree…it’s rude. Know what else is rude? Leaving your freaking husband and children behind while you go do you, don’t call them to tell them you’re safe, and have the entire city and media trying to find you….That’s Rude...and I DGAF who has a problem with this…you don’t want it to be public…don’t make it public….

Let me just write this, if I come up missing it’s because I’m freaking DEAD okay? Two women, in a six-month time span, have willingly left Danville, and their children behind, yet somehow I’m not supposed to judge. First of all, that’s not the commandment..dig? Secondly, if you put your sh*t on Facebook; which is a public forum (some of you act like you’re just finding that out), then I have a right to publicly comment. It is not right…you hip….it is not right, to just walk out on your kids. Your husband? Well whatever…he’s a big boy, but how are two women, going to just up and at em, leaving their heartbroken babies behind? Do you have any idea what you’ve done to them? Abandon much? You have Effed their heads up so much, that not even a therapist could scratch the surface of the mommy issues they’re going to have when they become adults. You’ll be lucky if they don’t talk to themselves the rest of their life….You left your babies, didn’t even bother to contact your husband to say you were still alive and you want me to STHU because somehow this is a private family matter? It was all over the news woman? Don’t leave your babies crying, and I won’t comment….SIMPLE.

The parents… I am a parent, and I am sorry, and I am sure this column is going to piss you off…. but she’s been found, and unfortunately, you’re going to have to put up with loud mouthed individuals, like me, commenting on the case. I am so livid with the same folks that defended the first mommy, jumping in on the second mommy to offer their, “but I KNOW her opinion”…Life Lesson #85, if you’re first words to me are, “She’d never xyz”…I quit listening at “I” because obviously you didn’t know her…because she was found, and told the police she did not want to come home….but I’m just glad she’s safe, but still…to leave your babies, crying…..begging for mommy…makes you a special kind of person, and frankly, I didn’t mean that in the kind way. Step to me if you want…you’d have a hard time defending her behavior. So, That’s Rude….I hope you’re happy. What did you think was going to come of this? You didn’t even call home to let your mother know you were safe…you didn’t call to talk to your babies….you didn’t even have the courtesy to call the police and tell them not to look for you….wasted worry, wasted emotions, and now wasted man hours, and somehow I’m not supposed to judge? Okay…gotta go. I’m done with her “Find her” Facebook page….she didn’t want to be found….this is between her and her God now….But quickly, let me add that I love happy endings, I am grateful that she is safe and alive..and I’ll pray for healing for her and her husband, but we now need to close this chapter, and let the family handle their business…but still I’ll pray for the ones she left behind as well. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE The Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Tuesday.

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Go Wash It Off

Listen to ME....
Listen to ME….

Go Wash It Off. You look like a whore“. Painful memory of being 13, trying makeup on for the first time, then being told to go wash it off because my grandmother disapproved….it’s okay…I now understand why.

NO, the mayor did not go to Chicago umpteen years ago and have a billboard created to tell the residents of Cabrini Greens to move to Danville. I find it humorous, and downright annoying that there are those who’d carry on that rumor, KNOWING they didn’t see it, but like some paranormal activity will SWEAR they knew someone who had…which is impossible…because it didn’t exist. Get it? Look if ghosts, goblins, aliens and Jimmy Hoffa are/were real, don’t you think someone/somewhere would have a photo? This is the Snapshott/Instagram generation….there are pictures out there of body doubles for government, assisinated officials…..Show Me The MONEY….because you’re starting to sound like an idiot. Danville, Go Wash It Off…..you’re not ready to wear make up just yet.

Speaking of the Big Leagues, did you see those Cubs? CHICAGO. Ask any Scanner weary resident of my beloved City and they will tell you the name Chicago is not welcome here…..but this isn’t about Chicago. When the housing in Chicago was closed, residents were given vouchers that were good to use in any downstate neighborhood. People want to complain that Danville is now the Little Chicago of Illinois, but I think St. Louis would beg to differ with that distinction. Truth is, reading the blotter report yesterday, I saw one name from Chicago, all the others were from Danville. We may not yet be a big city, but we sure got big city problems, and a mayor that HAS to be frustrated in finding a solution to the recent uptick in drive-by shootings.

We tried to grow up too fast, but like the 13 yr old Ronnie wearing horrible blue eye shadow, Danville doesn’t have a grandmother whom loves her. We wanted the casino’s, the Ferris Buller parades down Vermillion, the River walk….we wanted all the big city benefits, with little city resources. We’ve had 4 drive by shootings, a murder rate that puts us at number 57 of the “Most Dangerous Places To Live” rankings, schools that no one wants to attend, and a tax weary citizenry whom so help them God will NOT take another step forward….until shown a plan…to make Danville GREAT again. I can’t blame them…but this didn’t happen overnight, and this didn’t happen entirely under one Mayor’s watch. This is a by-product of our society, a Federal Government that somehow always knew what was best….even if they didn’t live here. This isn’t Law and Order, these are real people, scared to death in a community where the daily sounds of gunfire can be heard, and the children are kept inside…..It’s NOT Chicago….this is US.

I have no clue what to do, but I DO know that Trump can help….I’m kidding. We have to stop taking advice from those who do not live here, and start listening to our Elders who won’t tell us what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. Simply washing the make up off this one isn’t enough anymore….This is my city too, these are my children, I drive through those neighborhoods, I don’t want the violence either, but if you’re not willing to stand up and be a part of whatever the solution then you are part of the problem, and you need to SHFU…because you’re in our way….We should not have babies afraid to ride the bus, nor go to school….we NEED to stand our ground with the SHOOTERS, and THE MAYOR…and THAT…is where I end this today. Danville, you wanted to be a big girl…….Now Go Wash It Off. You’re not ready to play in the big leagues just yet…..This isn’t about Chicago, it’s about US…and the society we’ve become….shame on you if all you did was bitch…now your chickens have come home to roost, and you’ll eat em…..and choke. This is some “Untouchable” mess right here, and like the movie say’s, “What are you prepared to do about it? Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Wednesday.

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World Of The Badge

Be Safe Out There
Be Safe Out There

“For those about to WALK, we SALUTE you”  My parodoy of an ACDC song….

It CANNOT be easy being a cop. I don’t even know why one would want to be one, but I’m glad some are. Yep I said it. Speaking up for the #blacklivesmatter movement yesterday, I also have to give much props to the Men in Blue whom walk that beat everyday, every God forsaken day, protecting and serving those whom do NOT WANT to be protected nor served, and defending those whom cannot protect, nor serve themselves. They are the wall between a little bitty, helpless bird, and the big bad cat trying to get to it…. In the world of the badge, there are the good, the bad and the ugly. Let us pray for the former, asking God to guard their souls as they do their job, because God knows, I don’t want to do it.

Love me some Law and Order. I could watch that show, all day every day, but it doesn’t really convey what it must be like being a NY or any city cop. It’s gotta suck. They are on the front line of all the evil that man perpetuates upon man, and friends, there is some evil sh*t out there….sh*t that even Hollywood horror movies won’t touch because it’s too Effed Up! They see the violated, abused children and unlike me, they don’t punch one person in the face, knowing that in this country ALL are innocent until proven guilty, they see the remnants of the dog fights, the sexually assaulted senior citizen, the child left alone with a drug addicted parent, the babies that DIED after being left alone in a hot car…WTF RIGHT?! The Badge gets to see it all…..the problem is they’re not robots….they’re still human…..

We all need Guardians. They take stuff home in a briefcase we can’t even fathom, and yet, we still expect them to show up to work, sans imperfections. Maybe, maybe we need to take a look at the system, and cycle more in and out, maybe we need to do a better job of supporting them, maybe we need to take the time and shake their hand, maybe we need to stop arm-chair quarterbacking so much, and accept that the majority of them are doing the best they can with the society they have. There are answers here, but killing them, is not one of them. Why kill the very person sworn to protect you? That’s lunacy….Our leaders need to step up, before it’s too late, because good may win out over evil, but evil will take a lot of souls with it, and what happens if you need 911….but 911 is no longer there? Well, I hope you can shoot, I can…but I got my own family to worry about…do you FEEL ME? It Can’t Be Easy in the World of the Badge, especially working a beat in some of the most nefarious neighborhoods in this country, so I pray for our Guardians, I ask God grant them all the Beautiful Things of this universe because I’ll admit that I could not do….what they do…on any given basis. We have two movements afoot and they don’t have to be exclusive of each other…..like the Road to Emmaus, we can walk side by side….don’t let THEM convince you otherwise…..we CAN BE for both or we can fall for all….it’s your choice……all we have to do is ask God to grant us the Grace and Wisdom to do both….Be Safe Boys….Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.

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Black Lives Matter

“We don’t WANT your FU**ING help”. Black protester on a CNN News Board.

That’s a profound statement. She was PISSED. I have no idea, NONE, what it’s like to live in a state of fear…from the police. I think we can all agree that there are good police officers putting their lives on the line for our safety, and that not every police officer kills a black citizen at every traffic stop…..but that’s a dismissive statement. “Oh, not every police officer is bad, so we’ll ignore it”…We treat it like an Outlier on the bell curve, as if “these things happen” then wonder why the anger continues….”White America” (as she called us) is aware now…..we believe you….we’re on it….. Please let us help. Black Lives Matter…I get it now.

First of all, understand that I have no idea what I’m talking about, and in that, further pain may be forthcoming. While we were all admonishing the protesters to, “Respect the police” they were screaming back, “Screw you” because even by respecting the police, even by submitting to the authority of the badge, some were still getting killed…I don’t know how to respond to that, so I’ll just be ignorant, yet even in my ignorance, there should show a great deal of willingness to help…I just don’t know what to do. This IS going to get me in trouble, but let me briefly note that until the United States got involved, the holocaust didn’t end either….the world is watching….

Black Lives Matter….Black Lives Matter….Black Lives Matter. YEP…and until we address this issue, I don’t even want to see that All Lives Matter…I mean, of course they do….All Lives Do Matter, but we need to get a grip and deal with the populate living in Fear and I don’t see how we continue to allow that. This SHOULDN’T be a black issue, but it IS a black issue. “Telling a black man to respect the police so he won’t get killed, is like telling a white woman to dress appropriately so she won’t get raped”…”Wow!”? I’m not going to address, fix, nor solve this but at least it show’s that I’m ready to admit….that we need to stand together….because no mother in this country should live in the fear that her child could be killed at any moment….and before I get myself into further trouble let me simply end with, “I’m here and I’m willing to help….how can I serve you?” Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday.

 

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A Homeless Man

HOPE
Hope

It was easily -20 degrees the morning Merrill and I had walked into McDonalds to have our Office routine and am coffee. A Homeless Man, sitting in the corner, is talking to himself, bothering no one. 20 minutes later, on that very cold Feb morn, the cops are called to evict him from the establishment, what happened next, made VP History.

 

2/18/16 11:03 am

Observed three police officers, upon the orders of McDonalds,  evict a homeless individual, with some mental issues. He was just trying to be warm…it’s -20 outside. This is what I overheard from said officers after the man had been forcefully removed from his warm space. Cop One, “We’ve encountered “that” (parenthesis mine not his) guy before. He’s from Forsythe, Illinois. The Champaign police drove him here.” Cop Two, ” Maybe we should drive him to the Indiana State Line and drop him off at the rest area” . I have never been so angry in my life. So now, we’re just moving the homeless from city to city, state to state making them someone’s else PROBLEM!!!!!!!???? Where the HELL is our HUMANITY?????

 

I do know that he was found and offered medical assistance; which he refused. The three officers? Well, they won’t do that again either….. The moral of the story? Well, it could be to watch your mouth, you never know where I am, or it could be, “Don’t be an asshole”. Both are good with me.

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The Countess Hashtag

Our Instagram Debut...
Our Instagram Debut…

Apparently, the hashtag I use for Twitter and Instagram, is the same hashtag used by Lady Gaga for her performance and publicity for AHS-Hotel. Oops, I mean, I had it first, I didn’t know, besides she’s Lady Gaga, let her go buy her own title, but I will say that her followers are really nice people…..LOL…I like them. This country is big enough for us both to use, The Countess Hashtag.

What spices this story up, is that whenever I post the hashtag #countess, or #countesslife, I get Gaga’s followers, then they freaken retweet my photos. For example, there’s a pic (innocent enough) of Duchess and I posted to FB with the caption, “Do you think she’ll ever find out she outranks me?”. Remember, its the one with the “halo” over her head? That photo has been retweeted on Twitter like a dozen times, and all because I used the hashtags #theduchess and #thecountess. It means, I’ve attained a modicum of “respect” from Lady Gaga’s fan, so when I win something prestigious I will have to make it a point to thank HER….One wouldn’t think her fans would be so gracious….and before you throw me some shade….just know…I’m kidding, I’ve found them to be awesome people, but it does prove my point…..

The downside to hashtags, is that they can be very dangerous. Sadly, we’ve become so jaded as a society, that even some police officers do it too. For example, it’s almost been a year since I wrote my article on the homeless man in McDonalds…yep…the one on South Gilbert. Had I known they were kicking him out, I’d have bought him an all-day coffee. It was -30 that day, and he was an unwilling pawn in a pissing match between two cities. He was assigned the hashtags #homeless #crazy, then treated like #garbage. He was harmed, had I not been there to CHECK THEM on it, what do you think would have happened to him? Listen friends, before we assign hashtags can we be sure that the victim of our ire at least has a fighting chance? Punching babies in the face, dropping the homeless off in another city, is not SPORT. I like my fights to be evenly matched, or….how about we just don’t do it….How about we just cause no pain, where pain already exists? Guard your heart, your tongue, and your actions, for you REALLY never know whose watching. Okay gotta go. I’m waiting on Gaga to tell me to stop using the “tag” but I was The Countess first. Why do Countesses always have to be murderous vampires? I think that’s a label…I need to write someone. I don’t like blood…just saying. Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Wednesday.

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