Friday Motes For Contemplation

A really good read: Just finished “Neither Wolf Not Dog. Written 25 years ago by Kent Nerburn it is appropriate to many different indigenous people and should be widely read. I didn’t exactly enjoy it, but I did appreciate what it had to say. This is not a “read a few pages before I go to sleep” book. This is a sit down and dedicate an hour type of book. Actually, this would be a wonderful book for you to read along with several others, then spend time discussing. A real book club type of book.

Sad good-bye: Sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Laurinaitis , better known by his wrestling persona “Road Warrior Animal”. He was 60.The WWE Hall of Famer’s death was confirmed by his family on his official Twitter account. “At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. The family is planning to release a statement later today. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. #OhWhatARush,”. I met Laurinaitis when I was ring announcer for Lia Maivia’s Polynesian Big Time Wrestling. I was introduced to him by Mark Lewin and Kevin Sullivan, a couple of the greatest wrestlers in their own rights. I remember him as great guy with big laughs and gentle heart. He will be missed.

If it weren’t cheap, they wouldn’t make it: Recently read a story about a “CEO” that was observed by his “building doorman” treating his “puppy” rather harshly. Okay, he was beating the poor thing. I don’t have to tell anyone how I feel about animal abuse, physically or otherwise. What griped me about this article, is about half way through the “doorman’s” description was the line,” I’ve seen him (the CEO) wearing a red MAGA hat”. What the hell does that have to do with anything? Just a cheap shot. Period.

Good luck with this: The governor of Calipornia has said they will bad gasoline and diesel engines by 2035. Yeah, that’ll work out well.

It’s a circle: A former Black Panther who has been in prison for almost half a century has finally won his decades-long battle for freedom after a New York parole board ordered his release. Jalil Muntaqim, AKA Anthony Bottom, has been in unbroken custody for more than 49 years having been arrested and later convicted of the 1971 murders of two police officers in Harlem. Muntaqim expressed his remorse for the killings of Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones. “The officers had answered what they believed was a domestic dispute call but were then ambushed and shot.” Sounds like what is happening now. IMHO,  He spent 49 years behind bars, and the 2 cops are still dead and their families still grieve. Life in prison should be just that, life. You go in, you don’t come out.

Okay, in Honolulu this weekend. Probably spending time with my buddy Evan Williams. Enjoy the Saturday story and the Sunday rant.

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