Month: November 2013

The Knock Out Game

There is a growing dangerous trend where people are getting hurt in what is known as ‘The Knockout Game’  It is spreading across the Sates and this criminal act is endangering the lives of people. The attackers are walking up to strangers and punch them just for fun. They punch the victim hard enough to knock him or her out.

There have been reports of these attacks  in Brooklyn, Washington DC and New Jersey.  Its been reported that a man in New Jersey had seizures and died after he was punched.

Hurting people is not a game and I hope those perpetrating these acts will come to their senses and stop this dangerous activity. Stop the madness before more people are seriously hurt.

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Save Thanksgiving

On Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the most look forward to holidays in America.  Already many are preparing the holiday menu.  On some tables there will be the traditional turkey, golden brown from the oven, ham, mashed potatoes, or potato salad and for those of Caribbean descent there will probably be jerked chicken, curried goat and goat water, rice and peas, carrot cake and sweet potato pudding. 

It is a day to give thanks to God for his many blessing and to get together with families and celebrate.  Many will travel thousands of miles to be with their loved ones and they will create memories. However there are some people who will not get the chance to enjoy this momentous occasion as their employers require them to be at work on Thanksgiving.  

There are 365 days in a year but giving their workers the day off to celebrate with their families is apparently too much of  a sacrifice for many businesses to make.  Kmart for example open its doors at 6 a. m. on Thanks giving day.  Wal-Mart opens all day but sales begin at 6 p. m.   Toys R Us opens at 5 p.m.  Best Buy 6 p. m.  JCPenny, Macy’s, Target, Sears and Staples all open at 8 p.m.   Thanksgiving is now being termed as Grey Thursday and if we are not careful the true meaning will be lost and sales will become the order of the day.

Maybe it is time to follow the examples of three states which ban shopping of Thanksgiving.  These states are Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts.   As consumers we have the power to stop the growing trend of businesses opening on Thanksgiving day by boycotting those who do.  Consumers going out to shop will force those businesses to stay closed.

A big Thumbs up to  Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Costco, Burlington Coat Factory and Marshall’s who will all remain closed on Thanksgiving.  We respect and appreciate the decision you have all made in remaining closed.  

For each and everyone I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and may the Good Lord bless you all.

‘If You Can’t Prevent Rape, you enjoy it.’

The chief of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation Ranjit Sinha a few days ago made a statement in which he sought to make a comparison between rape and gambling.  He is quoted as saying “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.  He was attempting to make the point that if betting could not be made illegal then the government should make revenue by legalizing it.

Perhaps I am wrong but as far as my mind allows me to I see no similarities between gambling and rape.  Gambling is something you do of your own free will; rape is a violent criminal act  carried out against the will of the victim. It is  unfortunate that the head of a department which investigates rape cases should make such a statement.  Rape is not a joke it is a serious crime and must not be trivialized.

How can women have confidence of ever getting justice  in a system  which allows the head of the Bureau of investigation to make such a statement and still have his job!