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This week on the Gut Punch Podcast, I look at the mixed-up world and the crazy people who live in it. Episode #70, Are You Kidding Me, wonders… Where have our values gone? Every week I post clips on my Facebook page and am surprised by what people find important. Maybe we have become so apathetic to the world around us, we would rather look at videos of girls twerking for a living instead of correcting the social injustices in the United States.
Talking about twerking for a living, we have Jessica Vanessa who quit her job as a teaching assistant for a pre-K school in Florida. She decided she could make more money wiggling her ass on camera and posting it to YouTube. The article claims she is making a yearly six-figure income by posting her videos online. During the video clip, Jessica claims she can make as much money in six seconds as she could in four months as a teaching assistant. Research shows she would make about $10,000 every four months. Based on her math she would make $10,000 every six seconds. This means she would make forty-eight million dollars a day. I am glad she is not longer a teaching assistant. The reason I am picking on Jessica is, as of today, tallying all posts on my Facebook page over the last two days, I've had 594 unique hits on the seven links posted. She account for 389 (65.4%) of all hits. Again, our values are misplaced. Oh, and even creepier, her brother is her camera man.
Then, we have Natalie Webb, the mother in Elk City, OK who was allegedly molesting her small children. In the U.S. we have become accustomed to daily reports of child sexual abuse. But, Ms. Webb ratcheted sexual abuse up a notch. It is alleged she abused her children in front of other people who paid to watch the sexual violence. Instead of feeding her children, she used her money to buy meth. Although she has four children, she abused the youngest three. The youngest are two twin girls, who according to reports, may have been abused with broomsticks. The oldest son (12) has stepped forward to put his mother behind bars. Mother of the year she is not, however I do not believe there is a punishment suitable for such a heinous crime. What bothers me most is Natalie's mug shot. Why you ask? She has the biggest shit-eating grin on her face saying, “Go to hell!”
Recently, we have had some bad cop mojo. In South Carolina a state trooper pulled over an African-American man for a seatbelt violation. The trooper asked the man to get out of his car, and then, asked for his license. Like most males, the driver kept his wallet somewhere in the car. When the driver reached back into his car to retrieve his license, the state trooper opened fire shooting the man in his leg. This case has been investigated and the state trooper has been fired and is awaiting a trial date. The sentence for this trooper’s stupidity can be up to 20 years in Federal prison. Did you hear about the Indiana police officers who pulled over an African-American family? Again, it was for a seatbelt violation. The female driver told the officers “If you are going to give me a ticket, please hurry. I am on the way to see my dying mother at the hospital.” Yet, the officers asked to see the license of the male passenger. He reached into his book bag to get his license and the white officers drew their weapons. Some weapons were tasers while others were guns. The father in the passenger seat gave his license to the officers but refused to step out of the car. His reasoning was clear, with all the recent violence between white officers and black men, he did not trust them. After a couple of warnings for him to get out the car, the officers broke the passenger side window and tased him. He had his young children in the backseat of the car and you can hear his little girl uncontrollably sobbing for her father and mother. She didn't understand what they did wrong. Why are we changing our justice system? When did we all become guilty before being proven innocent? Who are these jackasses we are hiring as police officers? The police were always taught to use their heads and understand the situation before using violent force. Those days are over. If I were a black male in today's United States, I would be frightened for my life. A person should never be scared to live their life for just being born!
Footnote: Episode #67 Upside Down, This Side Up focuses on the weirdness of our value system, #68 Guide Dogs Of Texas focuses on my former broadcast partner, Steve, and his new job with a guide dog school. Even the smallest donation of money or time helps blind and visually impaired people recapture life, and #69 To Buy Or Not To Buy focuses on whether or not buying a house is a good proposition for you.
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