Orlando Massacre Victims at 49, not 50

I’m still seeing postings from social media users who are saying that fifty (50) men and women were killed in last Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps it’s insignificant but I think details and facts – no matter how minute, are important in situations like this.

Unless any one of the other 53+ people who were wounded or injured in that incident happen to die from their wounds – and I certainly hope each of them survive and has a healthy recovery – although reports say there are a few in that number who remain on the hospital critical condition watch list, the official death count of human victims in that massacre is still at forty-nine (49), not 50!
Orlando massacre victims (49) (14JUN 2016)
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies do not consider the perpetrator or antagonist killed in any crime a victim in their death count. This is why they [the FBI] do not – and neither should we – consider Orlando assassin and domestic terrorist Omar Mateen, a victim in that incident. I say this so that in our social media postings and social discussions we can correctly state the true number of people killed in that massacre.

Now, click here  or click the photo above to link to an interactive website slide of the still photo from the New York Daily News. The slide shows the name, photo and profile of each of the persons who were murdered Sunday June 12, 2016. Lest there being any misunderstanding, the photo and slide show photos of people; human beings of flesh and blood who, regardless of their sexual orientation, had been living members of our society. They were people who had simply been having a good time; enjoying the American freedom of having a good time with friends, acquaintances and strangers… until their lives were suddenly snatch away needlessly and tragically by… a bullet.

– RobFather X

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Prince – Transition Controversy

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As expected, the GoFundMe requests from people to raise money to travel to Prince’s funeral and the “Illuminati” conspiracy theories surrounding the who and the why of his death have already begun. Actually, they began shortly after news of his death saturated social media networks yesterday. The man’s dead body hasn’t been cold a good 48 hours and already people are acting the fool. I’m not surprised. These happenings are simply part of or are in line with the kind of thing I talked about in my previous (and seemingly unpopular) posted article written yesterday regarding the Court of Public Speculation.

Until official toxicology reports are complete and a final cause of death is made to the public, I suppose we can expect about two, perhaps three to four more weeks of what I’m calling “speculation winter” surrounding the death of Prince Rogers Nelson. It’s déjà vu; we’ve been here before with Michael Jackson. Remember?
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If you are, as they say, “feeling some kind of way(Ugh; I’ve always hated that silly-ass phrase) and wish to send money to help someone go to Prince’s funeral – an event which, as of this post, has not yet been determined, I advise that you beware as to whom and where you send your (or someone else’s) money. As for the growing conspiracy theories about how Prince died and who or what caused his death, here’s my position:
Unless you have solid evidence to support your claims or that which “you heard” via Rumor Control, I would ask that you please save us your sloppy and amateurish detective work. And please stop referring to the so-called “Illuminati” as though you know who or what that is all about. Instead of thinking and conducting research of facts, some people read too damn much of the wrong thing and listen much too closely to the wrong people. Geez.

– RobFather X
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The Passing of Prince and the Court of Public Speculation

For most of the day various news media outlets along with social media networks have been putting out slightly different versions of how Prince died and/or what caused his death. Prince- the hits -(just face)Some of the reports from those sources may have some truth but we can’t know for sure, at least not this soon (or as I write this article). There are reports saying Prince had been ill with the flu for several days. Some reports gave reference to a time when Prince admitted to having suffered with bouts of depression, while others are saying that because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, his religious beliefs kept him from getting or accepting medical treatment when it was needed. I saw one post today from someone who thinks Prince may have had a bout of depression that was so serious that he contemplated committing suicide. The person based his assumption on a news story that told of Prince inviting a bunch of people to his house recently. The person said that party was for Prince to say “farewell”, for unbeknownst to his houseguests, he had already planned on checking out from this life.
*sigh* I can’t with people on social media and their ignorant and still-unproven assumptions. Will everyone just shut the fuck up already?

CHECK IT: I think we should not speculate on what we heard, may have heard, are currently hearing, reading, have been told by someone or what we might assume happen (based on the word of someone else), concerning how Prince passed…that is, until a final and official coroner’s report is released and made public. That finding often takes a day or two, sometimes longer. As of this post, no final report has been issued regarding how Prince died. I don’t care what the news media is reporting. I recall similar speculations made and so-called “factual reports” issued years ago when Michael Jackson died. We all learned later what really happened to Michael, didn’t we?

Prince-concert-1I suggest we give it a few days or so and see what the official report is on how Prince died and what, if anything, caused his death. Until then, we need to take everything we read and/or hear this soon after his death with a grain of caution. Everyone – including Prince’s family, close friends and staff are most likely still in a state of shock. I know I am… and I never knew the man on any personal level! We must consider that there are people with certain self-interests who are eager and willing to publish or announce anything to the public simply to get attention and/or perhaps become “the source” of information…information which could be very wrong.

As I do concerning many things read or seen on television, the radio and most especially on the Internet and in social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, I warn against blindly accepting certain news, tabloid reports, rumors and hearsay, and against passing along that which has not yet been shown or proven as fact.

–RobFather X
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‘National Coming Out Day’ Message

NCOD_Should never need this day (Robz Edit)Today, October 11, many of us observe the annual National Coming Out Day (NCOD). Here’s a happy National Coming Out Day to everyone who revealed, plan to reveal or intend to soon reveal their non-heterosexual orientation (aka “coming out”) to people in their lives. It’s always been my hope that one day the world will never need to have or observe such a day for non-heterosexual people; that all people will simply be respected for being who their are and [to borrow and modify a phrase from the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.] that people will be judged by the content of their character and never, ever by their ethnicity or their sexual orientation.

Each year that National Coming Out Day is observed, I remind people who are not “out” with their sexuality [to family members, friends and acquaintances] that they are never under any obligation to reveal their sexual orientation (aka “come out”) on this particular day nor make some major announcement to that affect. I think a person should only reveal his/her non-heterosexuality to those whom he/she knows, can trust, can feel safe with and safe being around. I advise all to follow their instinct when making such an important decision. Each person must carefully consider the pros and cons which such a revelation might have on his/her life and particular livelihood. This especially applies to young teens or young adults who still live at home with parents or guardians who are non-supportive/non-accepting of LGBT people, especially if those parents or guardians provide housing and/or financial support. Do not base a decision to “come out” on what you heard or learned happened to someone else when that person “came out”. There are many good ‘coming out’ stories but are also many bad ‘coming out’ stories! You can watch and listen to a number of them on YouTube. I further advise to never let any person, organization, social media network (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, et al) or public message (and that includes any LGBT organization public message) try to guilt, push or pull you out of “the closet”. There’s nothing wrong with keeping your sexual orientation a secret or made known only to a few selected persons if you so choose. You have your reasons for doing that; just make sure they are good reasons.

Happy-National-Coming-Out-Day-2I can’t argue that in many instances it’s sometimes better (often for many reasons), if people know your sexuality orientation. Sadly though, that is the world we live in because for various reasons, some people just like knowing something sexual about someone else. Being out with your non-heterosexuality means never having to live in misery or shame. It means never having to sneak around and/or hide what you say or do or with whom. It means never having to explain where you go (or came from), who you date or with whom you simply hang around. It means you’re much freer to be the ‘you’ that you were always meant to be. You’ll find that some people won’t give a fuck about your sexuality (a good thing) while others will do all they can to try to change you or to convince you of how “immoral” you are and how “sinful” and/or “disgusting” your life is if it is anything but heterosexual (a bad thing).

Depending on where you live and where you work, public knowledge of your non-heterosexual orientation to certain people or to everyone at your place of employment may affect your job position and/or overall employment with that company. That’s why I warned earlier to be discreet and take care to whom you reveal your sexual orientation. People at your place of employment do not need to know nor do they have to know such personal information about you. No one at the job has a right to ask you about it. Logically, one’s sexual orientation should have no impact on one’s occupation…unless of course, that occupation is working as an actor or producer in the porn industry. Unfortunately, there are people who feel otherwise. Yes, the haters of non-heterosexual conformity are still out there, folks. Live your life, live in your truth but use good judgment. Be with and around people who make you happy. Trust, discretion and use of positive logic and good sense in what you tell/reveal to people are important where this is concerned.
TRUTH & LGBTFinally, contrary to what some people say, one can indeed be “out” sexually and still live a happy and sexually discreet life. I do it as a bisexual man and am still doing it. I’m living in my truth on a discreet level for reasons which are my own. Lots of people are doing the same thing because frankly, there’s never any need or purpose to wear one’s sexual orientation as a sticky label or neon sign on the forehead or arm. There’s a huge difference in one being “in the closet” and one being sexually discreet.
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Anyway…you’ll know when it’s time for you to tell certain people in your life – without any shame or with much hesitation that you’re not heterosexual or straight; that you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, “sexually fluid” or perhaps wish to transgender to satisfy your life-long desire to become and to live your life as a man or woman.

Be you, baby! Happy National Coming Out Day.

(Click here to read my previous article on NCOD.)

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Three of the Most Dangerous White Men in America

I’ll keep this very short:
I consider these White men three of the most dangerous in America.
If I have to explain why they are dangerous then you aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in this country.
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