Yesterday was a setback. The day started off normal enough, then came the call, “Snow day!”... because it’s cold.
It’s too cold to go to school... in Wisconsin.
What has happened to us? I mean as a people, as Wisconsinites, as a generation? How can we go from celebrating the “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” one week to canceling school due to cold the next? Isn’t this the state that hosted the Ice Bowl? When did Wisconsinites become North Carolinians?
Yesterday, Milwaukee Public Schools almost got it right. They kept schools open, but gave parents the choice to send their little darlings if they could brave the wind chill. The problem is that they offered an out, an excused absence if kids decided not to show up.
Nice. 50% chose to forgo their education.
I took my son to a Packers game a few years ago. It was cold, similar to yesterday's temps, plus the Packers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s a Florida team, people, which made the already cold night fridget. We spent three hours in the cold. I spent half the time in the bathroom huddling near the urinals. Not my boy though. He loved every minute of his time in the freezing confines of Lambeau Field. But yesterday, it was too cold for him and his classmates to go to school.
It looks like it was too cold for Brett Favre and the rest of the Packers when they played the Giants a few weeks ago. I understand why now.
They live in Wisconsin.
I have a solution. Because we are now a generation of wimps, the citizens of Wisconsin need to put a retractable roof over Lambeau. If, after the second quarter of a frigid game, the Pack are playing like bunch of cold schoolgirls... close the roof.
In the mean time, let's drop all of this talk about “The Frozen Tundra.” The Green Bay Packers are no longer a cold weather team and this generation of Wisconsinites are no longer worthy to speak the words.
I never saw this coming. No one in America did. At this juncture, when you strip away party politics, ideology and race, Americans are faced with an unprecedented decision: The choice for President of the United States will ultimately come from one of three distinct and different generations.
Granted, Super Tuesday will go a long way to determine the nominees from each party, but please allow me to look ahead a bit. (McCain, Clinton and Obama are essentially the three choices left.)
If Americans choose Sen. John McCain, he will become the first of his generation (the “Silent” generation, 1925 - 1942) to be Commander in Chief. Wow. This is so exciting, kind of like Bob Dole’s “Family Values” vs. Bill Clinton’s “Bridge to the 21st century”…We know how that turned out.
If we choose Hillary Clinton, she will of course become the first woman to hold the office and the first wife of a president, but she will be the third Baby Boomer (1943-1960) in that position. (Clinton and Bush Jr. being the other two.)
Another Baby Boomer. “Sigh.”
And last but not least, there is Barack (Mr. Hope and Change) Obama, the real Chocolate Jesus, who is the first member of Generation X (1961-1981) to be in contention for the presidency. If he were to win, he would be not only the first African American (literally) president, but also the first Gen X President in the history of the United States. (He would also be the first man more handsome than myself to win the presidency – though Monroe had some style.)
So here it is, we have the Silent past, the Boomer present, and a chocolate future to choose from.
The generational wheel is turning and the season of the boomer is starting to fade. As David Brooks from the New York Times said in column today, “the Kennedy [Silent Generation] endorsement of Obama (against the Clintons): "The grandparents and children united against the parents."
Wait a minute, is Brooks calling Generation X children?
Here's what I think:
If Obama defeats Hillary in the Democratic primary, the 2008 Election will mirror the 1996 election between Clinton and Dole. Only this time the mantra will be "Hope in a better future" vs. "Virtues of a crusty past."
May God bless the family of Lodewikus "Vic" Milford in their time of tragic grief. I can’t even imagine their pain even though living where I live, pain and loss is something that I have observed often.
Yet, something isn’t right about this story.
Here’s the rub. All men and women may have been created equal, but they are certainly not treated equally, even in death.
Forgive me for thinking “out loud.” It’s just that the tone of this story is discombobulating. It doesn’t read like other Metro Milwaukee crime stories. Why? My guess is because Mr. Lodewikus Milford was not your average Milwaukeean, now was he. He was a wealthy foreign executive, and his killers were Hispanic.
Not your everyday Milwaukee murder story.
I am not playing the race card, but when I first read the story on TMJ’s website and in the Journal Sentinel, it was obvious that this wasn’t a black thing (primarily because I read it in the Journal and it led on the TMJ website -- both news sources that have stopped making murder in black Milwaukee a prominent story).
Why are some lives worth front page stories, while others don’t even warrant a mention?
South-side residents reacted last night. They are outraged! They should be. The mayor is angry. Miller Brewing is all over this story. Mr. Milford belonged to a powerful community.
And that’s a good thing.
Here’s my prediction:
The two killers will be caught, Walker’s Point will be cleaned up, and the family members of Milwaukee’s central city murder victims, if they are lucky, might find the names of their loved ones in News and Briefs.
The woman who crowned Bill Clinton “The first black president” (because he is a womanizing, saxophone playing, son of a single mother), has just endorsed Barack Obama.
Well. Is this sort of like Paul on the road to Damascus? “Toni, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Chocolate?”
“I am Barack Obama, a real black man and I am running for president. Now get thy butt up, repent and support my campaign.”
I doubt that it really went down like that, but there had to be a “Come to Jesus” moment for Ms. Morrison. Years ago, Morrison debased all black men by attributing the lowest common denominators in black culture to the celebratory rise and popularity of Bill Clinton.
Barack Obama is none of these things. Does that make him white? Of course not. It just illustrates the foolishness of Toni Morrison’s world view.
But, she has repented... and with her endorsement of the Chocolate Jesus, all is forgiven. Unless Billary wins the nomination that is. If that happens don't be surprised if Ms. Morrison does a little back sliding!
I saw the Packer game while on vacation... Enough said. I guess I completely checked out after that because now it seems like I’m in bizarro world. Give me a day or two. I need to absorb.
The first thing a friend told me upon my return from vacation was, “the world has changed.” Wow. That seemed a bit dramatic?
But wait a minute...
She was referring of course to Brett, Hillary, Bill, Barack, Fred and the ghastly sub zero temperatures that I managed to miss.
Was it really sub zero here last week? (he he he)
As we strolled through the airport on Saturday night, all the TV monitors were showing a smiling Barack Obama. He must have won I surmised... no surprise there. What I totally missed were the “hows and whys.” Hence my good friend’s comment, “the world has changed."
She is right. This is seismic.
Did Bill Clinton, the first black president, really say all of the asinine crap that my friend said he did? Did he single-handedly destroy Hillary’s campaign in South Carolina?
I see now that Ted Kennedy is on the Barack band wagon and that Caroline Kennedy is singing the praises of the Chocolate Jesus, too!
Dude! I was only out for a week and a half!!! The Democrats are now uniting behind Obama?
While I am getting up to speed, I would like to say to all my AA (American of African descent) friends, who have forever voted democrat... HAAAAA! I TOLD YOU SO! Democrats don’t respect you, they just want your vote. If nothing else, Barack Obama has helped black folks out by once again exposing the real Bill Clinton and the modus operandi of the Democratic Party!
Black folks of America, now that the Chocolate Jesus has set you free, go... and sin no more!
Just so you know, it’s still the baby boomers world, the rest of us are just trying to get along. Speaking of just getting along…
Civil war has broken out in the Democrat party and this time the war really is over race. Clinton, Inc. represents the old south -- Blacks are all right as long as they know their place, don’t get to uppity, follow, never lead, got it? The lion share of AAD’s (Americans of African descent) that support all things Clinton, are the old guard of the civil rights generation, those born before 1960. i.e. Al Sharp ton, SC Johnson and almost all of the old AAD’s that are in congress.
Obama represents the north – the fighting 54th, fighting for the freedom of a generation enslaved by group think politics. Obama represents the post civil rights generation, those of us who never experienced “the struggle” and are thereby beholding to the old guard of the antiquated movement.
This is a generational conflict and it is fueled by power, resentment, greed and good old racism. The old guard, who refuses to embrace the future for fear of losing the memory of their past, has entered into a Faustian deal with the Democratic machine, a deal that Obama threatens to destroy. To them...
Race is power.
Pay attention to who is saying what. Racism and sexism are alive and well IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. It’s black on black, it’s ugly and the Clinton's love it.
So do I. This war illustrates the hypocrisy of the left. Obama is trying to make a name for himself and the next generation. The old guard is determined to hold on to what has been GIVEN to them, even if it cost Obama the nomination.
The old guard is ready for a black Pres as long as he or she is down with the struggle. Obama isn't, nor can he be.
The civil rights boom generation may win this round but the clock is ticking…