It’s OFFICIAL: 5000 hits!!

IT’S OFFICIAL!!

This blog, Keepin’ It…Real! has today, December 26, 2012,  hit – and passed-the 5000th hit mark!!! Congratulations to me!

Thanks to you, the visitors and readers who visited this, my first blog, and  who took time to read (and sometimes comment on) that which is my mind, my unique sense of humor, my point of view on various issues and, in some cases, if you read carefully… my life!

A VERY SPECIAL thanks and brotherly hug to Corey Jarrell-Williams, blogger at I’ll Keep You Posted whose words, almost a year ago to me were: “You should have been bloggin’ yesterday!”  He also said, “Be yourself.” Thank you my brutha! Because of your encouragement and support, I have come to love and enjoy blogging (tedious as it sometimes is). I love you for that!

I started this blog in August 2012. It is still a work in progress. It is a labor of love for me! Writing is – and has been – therapeutic for me, too! Until I get the blog completely the way I want it, you may or may not notice occasional changes. Bear with me. Some things will remain as is while others will be a trial or experiment to see to see if I like the ideas formed in my head made into reality. I also have tons of drafted writings which I’ve yet to complete, review, edit and/or update before posting here. And I still have the major project of posting stories and pictures from my Navy career. I’m only five months behind my self-imposed schedule but… who’s counting!

In the year 2013,  you will begin to see postings here which will be drawn from a more deeply personal aspect of my life  and experiences. I’ve only hinted at some of that in5000 hits at my blog previous postings. If you read carefully, you would have found that on certain issues I chose to be a bit subtle for reasons known only to me and a select few. Now it’s time to throw off the satin sheet of comfort and turn up the heat, so to speak.  I warn you though; I sleep in the nude so once that sheet is off…. well, you get the idea!

Again, thanks for your support and readership. I appreciate it so very much. I look forward to the next 5000 hits! Let’s go!

Keepin’ It…REAL,

~ RobFather-X!

Over…in a Matter of Minutes!

The period of December 21-23 is when “the shit” is supposed to happen. You all know what “the shit” is. The end of the world prophecy as based on the ancient Mayan calendar.

This Friday, December 21, in the late afternoon into the evening, the TV network FX will ease the pain of the last days of Earth’s existence. The 1998 movie ‘Armageddon’ and 2009 movie‘2012’ will air. ‘Armageddon’ airs at 5:00pm; ‘2012’ airs at both 8:00pm and 11:30pm.

Depending on when “the shit” starts, FX might not get to air the entire film(s). Just the same, I suggest people just remain calm, eat popcorn, pizza, or whatever their favorite movie snack is, and have a few beers while watching these movies. I also suggest giving some beer to the kids too, if you want. It might calm their nerves. No, wait: most of the kids will be so engrossed in playing their video games that they probably won’t notice a thing happening around them until electric power is cut! Never mind. Save the beer for yourselves.

Now of course there are other “destruction of Earth” films around and I’ll bet TV networks or some local movie house will be showing them. In various places on this planet, “end-of-the-world” parties will be going on strong in somebody’s house or neighborhood, or in some pub or bar near you. With all the festivities, one might think it was New Year’s Eve! Many people will be having a grand old time drinking, smoking weed, getting shitfaced, and in plain sight, you’ll not only see people hugging and kissing passionately but also engaged in oral and coital sex. Yes, I mean people will be openly sucking and fucking! You’re bound to see at least lots of oral sex and…why not? Ha! Ha!  Yeah, it will be sexual debauchery run amok! I’m not going to deny that this all sounds like fun to me! I told you long ago that unashamedly, I’m an extremely sexual person, so this would be right in line with my nature! In fact, it makes my dick hard just imagining all this sex going on! And nobody should have to be alone, at home, masturbating during those final days of the expected destruction of Earth – not with all the “suddenly available” pussy and ass being given up so freely! I say, get out that house, apartment, dorm or hotel room and go get laid! Sex takes your mind off things! Right? Guys, remember to have with you plenty of condoms….you know… in case the world does not end. You will thank me later for saving you – and your precious dick – from a life of sexually related regrets!

Meanwhile, somewhere else, will be people in their homes or gathered in some house of religion cowering in fear and/or praying to their Creator. Nothing at all wrong with that but…BORING! And let’s be very real: Tragically, expect there to be a few wackos who will use the “last days” to take some inhumane action against an innocent and helpless man, woman, child or animal. If you see this happen, please…kill the muthafucka! The world will be ending anyway so any laws governing acts of heroic vigilantism will be void. Just because the world is ending does not mean people or animals shouldn’t go out with dignity!

Whatever humanity chooses to do in the final hours, every minute should be a period of contentment for all. When or if “the shit” happens, it’ll be all over in a matter of mere minutes. However, there is ONE consolation: For the first time in Man’s history, EVERYBODY will be fucked at the same time, so smile!

See you in the after-earth life, fuckers!


Keepin’ It…
REAL!

Superhero Icon Series: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

This is Luke Cage, Hero for Hire aka Power Man!

I bought and – still own – the first comic book issue of this series.  Issue No. 1 premiered in June 1972!  In that year, I’d just turn 12 years old the month before and had been reading and collecting comic books for seven years. Wow. Today, seven years seems like such a short time!  Anyway, this comic cost me only two dimes which is nothing today but back in 1972, it was sometimes hard for a kid to earn money to buy comic books! I would come to own several more issues under this series tittle.

Luke Cage is one of the few Black male comic book characters I’d like to see a motion picture made for in the near future! Why? Because America’s young Black men need to see Black MALE superheroes on the big screen!  Actor Chad Coleman (from HBO’s series “The Wire“) comes to mind right now, along with a few others, who’d be damn good, if not perfect, to play the role of Cage!

I’ve absolutely nothing against White male superheroes. In fact, I admire and have collected many comics featuring such characters in my time! But over my lifetime, and being a Black person, I’ve always more easily identified with almost any Black male superhero more than I ever have with White superheroes from any of the comic book publishing groups. I want to see, and I do enjoy seeing characters that look more like me. It’s just the way things have been… and still are.

Keepin’ it….REAL!

December Holiday Salutations

*Another presentation in the KIR continuing series of articles of the Steppin’ On The Feet Jesus Washed (SOTFJW) Project-Mission!
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What’s wrong with saying Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings instead of Merry Christmas? Nothing at all! If you know history or bother to research the reasons for why some people prefer to use Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings in their verbal holiday salutations or greeting cards then perhaps you too, will understand and appreciate the terms much more. Some of the religious readers of this blog need to do the same research. It’ll save them from copping an attitude or getting their panties in a bunch whenever they say or hear Merry Christmas spoken to someone and then hear the return reply of Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings.

I know it makes many christians upset when they don’t hear Merry Christmas used as much anymore, particularly in the media. They feel that Christ, the so-called “reason for the season” has been taken out of Christmas. Nothing could be further from the truth! Christmas is still…CHRISTmas! Never mind the term “X-mas” either! Neither the word ‘X-mas’ or the holiday salutation ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Season’s Greetings’ or variations of these, is necessarily meant to rob anyone of their beliefs in Jesus Christ, Christmas or anything associated with the two. If Jesus himself had a problem with Holiday Greetings-1it I think He would have done something about it long before now! The problem many christians have with Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings is that they tend to believe that the entire month of December is all about them – and of course, the birth of Jesus Christ. Well, this is true for the most part – and perhaps true to the majority of people who live in other nations practicing christian religions. However to many others, it isn’t just about the christian religion or just about Jesus Christ – and therein is the problem where once again, we have a case of religious selfishness by the Christian right!

For years, people have been saying a variation of holiday salutations and even singing songs with the words ‘happy holidays’ or ‘season’s greetings’ in the lyrics. Giving holiday salutations without having the name Christ or the word “Christmas” implies no disrespectful tone against Jesus Christ, Christianity, or the Christian religion. It’s use is neither disparaging of the (formerly pagan) date of December 25 chosen to observed the birth of Jesus Christ, nor does it take away from Christmas itself.

Season's Greetings-1Many people often prefer to say Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings instead of Merry Christmas not necessarily because they might not believe in Jesus Christ or Christmas (which is a person’s choice!) but because many are aware that saying Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings is being mindful and respectful of those other spiritually significant days in December where both religious and interfaith holy periods occur beginning the first week in December through to January 1 worldwide. These holiday salutations encompasses all of those days because many people do not celebrate Christmas (again, their choice!), many people are not Jewish and many others happened to be Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans and even Zoroastrians. Of course, people who use these salutations may have other reasons for their preference of holiday salutations but really, that’s irrelevant as it has no bearing on christians, Christianity or Christmas whatsoever!

Here is a sample list of spiritually significant days in December for this year:

  • Sunday, December 2, 2012
    Advent (First Sunday) (Christian)
    The Christian Church year begins with advent (meaning coming or arrival), which is also a time when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.
  • Sunday, December 8, 2012
    Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) (Buddhism)
    This day commemorates the date of Siddhartha Gautama’s realization and presentation of the Four Noble Truths.
  • Sunday, December 9-Sunday, December 16, 2012
    Hanukkah (Fest of Lights) (Jewish)
    In approximately 164 B.C, the Maccabees, a small group of Jews fighting for religious freedom, won victory over the Syrians. Upon returningHappy Hanukkah to the Temple, they found only one jar of oil to light the eternal light. In spite of the shortage of oil, the eternal light stayed lit for eight days. A special eight-branched candelabrum known as a menorah is lit over this period to celebrate the eight-day miracle.
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Christmas Day (Christian)
    On this day, Christians honor the birth of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. This is the most widely observed Christian festival of the year. People celebrate it by exchanging gifts, decorating homes and communities with lights and ornaments, and attending parties and meals.
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)
    Members of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on this day.
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to Thursday, January 1, 2013
    Kwanzaa (African/Interfaith)
    Wanting to encourage African-Americans to celebrate and honor their rich heritage, Professor Maulana Karenga founded Kwanzaa in 1966. The holiday, which means ‘first fruit’ in Swahili, is made up of seven principles: unity, self-determination, working together, sharing, purpose, creativity, and faith. Seven basic symbols and two supplemental ones: mazao (crops), mkeka (mat), kinara (candle holder), muhindi (corn), mishumaa Saba (seven candles), kikombe cha umoja (unity cup), zawadi (gifts), bendera (flag), nguzo saba poster (poster of the seven principles) communicate these values. Candles are lit on each consecutive night in a seven-branched candelabrum. The lighting of each candle represents the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Black, red and green symbolize Kwanzaa. Black represents the people, red signifies their struggle, and green stands for the future and the hope that emanates from the struggle.

Let’s get educated, stop being so sensitive and trying to make people feel guilty for the holiday salutation they prefer to use!

Keepin’ It…REAL!

Get Over Sports “Wardrobe/Uniform Malfunctions”!

A few years ago, a “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl  game caused a national uproar. For those who don’t quite remember, on February 1, 2004, during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (38), a game that is always broadcasted live, R&B/Pop music superstar Janet Jackson‘s breast, decorated with a nipple shield, was exposed by Pop music star Justin Timberlake for about half a second while they were performing on stage together.  The jury is out, so to speak, as to whether or not Jackson and Timberlake planned that little act. (Both are also actors so it wouldn’t surprise me if their “look of surprise” was feigned.) Regardless of any intent, both stars and their handlers claimed that the breast exposure was a “wardrobe malfunction”.  Because the Super Bowl is an annual football game watched by thousands of people – many who are youngsters – demand for some type of punitive action was made against both the music stars and the television network CBS, which covered the game. The rest, as they say, is history which you can research for yourselves.

DeMarco Murray gets ass-tackled at Steelers vs Cowboys game (16DEC2012)During yesterday’s (Dec. 16, 2012) Pittsburgh Steelers – Dallas Cowboys game, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray had a “uniform malfunction” when he was tackled late in the game by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu. Murray’s pants ended up sliding down and exposing his rear end. Polamalu got more than he expected in that tackle! (Well, nobody ever denies that football isn’t homoerotic!) Anyway, it looks like that network’s “5-second delay” thing didn’t work either! Surely, somebody is going to have some heartburn over this so here’s what I say to the naysayers:

Shit happens in sports! If you’ve ever played in or participated in sports in any way – as a player, cheerleader or as an entertainer, or if you have ever been to any sports game, you know this all too well! Get over it! Here’s another thought: Let’s keep the helmets, cleats, shoulder pads/guards, jock straps and cups and even the gloves and just let football players play semi-nude if they want. We can allow the same for the cheerleaders, too! Imagine breasts bouncing up and down!  At least there would be no more “wardrobe malfunctions” which some people are so afraid of and it sure would make any football game much more interesting, if not hot!

Keepin’ In…REAL!