TRANSITIONS: Dick Gregory

_Dick Gregory (RFXP edit for Real Time article)

Dick Gregory was an American civil rights activist and icon, social critic, author, entrepreneur, stand-up comedian, and actor. He was born Richard Claxton Gregory in St. Louis, Missouri on October 12, 1932. Gregory was 84 when he transitioned in Washington, D.C. of heart failure.
(Click The New York Times to read article.)

– RobFather X

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Acts of Patriotic Defiance

Yesterday, [August 14, 2017] protesters in Durham, North Carolina [U.S.] toppled a 100-year-old statue dedicated to the [then] Confederate States of America (commonly referred to as the Confederacy). Things like that shown in the video (which has gone viral on social media) will be happening by many brave people in other parts of the southern United States and in a number of public places in the U.S. where statues or monuments sit that represent, symbolize or give honor to ideas or advocates of racism, bigotry and other forms of hatred. Watch the video clip:

As an American citizen but more importantly as a person who detests all images, symbols and/or messages of social hatred and bigotry in my country (as well as those in other places around the world), I’m completely in support of legally (but safely) bringing down and having destroyed, any statue, sculpture, monument and/or building sitting on American pubic soil which represents, symbolizes, honors, advocates and/or sends a message of racial hatred and bigotry – or the history of that sort. Future generations of Americans can read about the record of racial hatred and bigotry in the United States; we don’t need to erect, keep or maintain physical monuments to it. Still, while watching the video clip showing a few brave American citizens toppling a statue that was dedicated to the then-Confederate States of America, I couldn’t help but chuckle (not mock, but simply chuckle) at the scene of those persons who did just a little more than that to the inanimate object. (Watch the video again.)

You see, I wouldn’t waste my saliva nor risk hurting or breaking my foot (nor any other body part) on a thing made of materials like metal, marble, plaster, cement or resin, et al; particularly not on a thing which never received life and attacked me. I understand the significance of one spitting on and kicking and hitting a statue. However, those particular acts neither mean anything much nor will they do any more damage than that which has already been done by bird droppings (aka feces or shit), the harsh heat of the sun, acid rain, and winter’s cold and ice during the statue’s existence.

Here’s the point of my message: When tearing down and/or destroying an object whose existence or presence either symbolizes, represents or honors a social and/or moral wrong – or the history of such wrong, I think one should perform those acts of sociopolitical defiance by using good mindful sense and by taking a personally safe and healthy approach. Few things in this world – such as statue and/or building vandalism or destruction, are ever worth hurting, seriously injuring or possibly killing oneself in the process. History rarely remembers martyrs of sociopolitical causes, especially none who haven’t been identified. And remember: the town or city where one has hurt/injured or killed him or herself while in the act of doing those patriotic things of defiance isn’t necessarily obligated to cover that person’s medical, funeral and burial or cremation expenses. Just a little something to think about.
Carry on, patriot!

– RobFather X

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TRANSITIONS: Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell (b_Christopher John Boyle)Chris Cornell, American musician, singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist transitioned last night, May 17, 2017.  He was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington on July 20, 1964. Cornell was a key figure in the grunge rock movement of the 1990s as the primary songwriter, lead vocalist/frontman and rhythm guitarist of Seattle-based grunge/heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands Sound Garden. Soundgarden, founded in 1984, became the first grunge music band to sign to a major recording label. Soundgarden’s success would help usher in a new genre of music and pave the way for acceptance and success of other grunge/alternative heavy metal/alternative rock/hard rock bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains (all three which are personal favorites)  and others. In 1990, Cornell would found and serve as lead vocalist to the Seattle-based grunge/alternative rock band Temple of the Dog. In 2001 Cornell, with a few members from the rap metal/funk metal/alternative metal band Rage Against the Machine (RATM) founded the now-defunct (?) hard rock/alternative rock/post-grunge, “supergroupAudioslave, based in Glendale (Los Angeles County), California. For more than three decades, in between band hiatuses and/or break-ups, musician Chris Cornell had been known for his numerous solo works, collaborations with other rock bands and music artists, and soundtrack contributions.

As of this writing, details regarding the sudden and tragic death of musician Chris Cornell continue to come in to news and music entertainment sources. Main sources like the Washington Post, the Associate Press, and Variety have reported that Cornell died Wednesday night, May 17th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan while in the middle of a national tour. He was 52.

(NOTE: Details of this transition biography were retrieved from multiple sources for informational purposes and for posting to this blog and to my social media pages.)

RobFather X

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TRANSITIONS: Carrie Fisher, ‘Star Wars’ actress

carrie-fisher-actress-in-star-wars-rfxp-prodCarrie Fisher, American actress known famously for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars films and who was an author, screenwriter, producer and public speaker, transitioned on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She was the daughter of famed Hollywood actress/entertainer Debbie Reynolds and American entertainer Eddie Fisher.

Fisher was born Carrie Frances Fisher on October 21, 1956. She died in Los Angeles, California following a massive heart attack. Carrie Fisher was 60 years old.

– RobFather X

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Election Fight Night 2016

Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I voted earlier this afternoon. Mind you, I had planned not to be like many other people and brag about performing an expected civic duty of every American citizen. However, since I have a few other things to say, why not make an exception and blog about it? And so, here it is.

hillary-clinton-donald-trump-presidential-nomineesFrankly, I couldn’t care less to learn whether Person X voted. So fuckin’ what? As far as I’m concerned, if you’re age 18 or older (especially if you’re a person of color), are not serving time in prison, not tied up in a basement, not in a coma, not living the last few hours of precious life on your death-bed, and… if you have a sound mind to understand certain things of this American  country (and in the world) and can read and write, then I say that if you call yourself an American, you’re expected to vote – either by absentee ballot or in person at your assigned polling place. There’s simply no other excuse for any American not to vote in any election.

I was happy to see many fathers bring their school-aged kids with them to the polling place in my neighborhood so they could watch their fathers exercise their constitutional right to vote. However, I’m still unhappy about the fact that my polling place has always been in a church. UGH! I’ve never liked that sort of thing nor do I think it’s appropriate, especially considering that churches do not pay taxes into the community or the federal government. As an American and as a former Christian-turned-agnostic-turned-atheist, I’d like to see that shit changed and changed immediately. Until the Johnson Amendment is repealed or done away with, religious places of worship and schooling have absolutely no place in anything political. None whatsoever! Government leaders and civil service department appointees who are responsible for choosing polling places need to change that shit. Places like public schools, public libraries, school gyms, municipal administrative buildings and courts – each which are public places that is funded and supported by tax-payer money are the only and the most appropriate places to place public voting booths.

ANYWAY…
Aside from the internet, both radio and television stations and networks are delivering the expected minute by minute/hourly election updates. It’s become a bit annoying, if not stressful, to watch and listen to news correspondents and political experts sound a bit overly excited – not just about the electoral votes of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and about the happenings in congressional races but about [what I consider] certain insignificant things. For example, the comparing of the election results of 2016 with that of four years ago and how White college-educated women voted versus how White non-college women voted. Is it me or has anyone else ever noticed that the media never measures how college-educated women – or men of color vote in elections? I suppose people in my ethnicity and those in other non-White ethnic groups aren’t believed to be college-educated or something. I dunno. I think that sort of measuring is racially and gender biased. Another annoying thing for me is getting constant text message updates on my phone from the Associated Press and from other news sites to which I subscribe.

I’m turning it all off!

CHECK IT: Doctors often sedate or put you to sleep when performing a colonoscopy…at least that’s what the doctors at the Veterans Administrative hospital did to me when I had one a few years ago. During that procedure I don’t recall ever dreaming or feeling anything being stuck up my sexy brown ass; I just remember waking up in a room different from the one in which I was put to sleep. By choosing to ignore the presidential election results…. at least until after midnight (EST) tonight, I’m putting myself to “sleep” or in an election fight night “blackout mode”. After having to endure this awful election year of watching several presidential candidates (none of whom I ever cared for to be the next president of the United States) just insult, lie and hate on each other and, in the process of all that happening, also watch my beloved country become further divided on so many levels, I can say with complete certainty that Campaign/Election 2016 was the worse presidential campaign election period I have ever witnessed to date. I could use a few hours break from this present political reality.

Wake me when it’s all fuckin’ over.

– RobFather X

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