When “Enough is Enough” Becomes What The People Cry-out to the Politicos

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Trivia: Who’s been named the host of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards? (Answer below)

Imagine Apple or Google having the same software defect affect their users over and over again? If it’s not fixed, someone would get fired or the company might see a drop in business. But it seems that’s not true across the board. Even when “enough is enough” becomes what the people cry-out to the politicos.

In the space of a few weeks we’ve seen senseless violence in Charleston SC, then Chattanooga TN and more recently in Lafayette LA. After a few days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media, the stories tend to disappear from headlines. Maybe more attention is given to ‘breaking news’ than given to ‘broken news.’

Some say certain laws in the country are broken. For example, there’re those who point to the issue of illegal crossing at the border. They want to close those loopholes. But not much is heard from those same people when it comes to closing the loopholes for weapons falling into the wrong hands. How come?

We joined together after 9-11 to address loopholes in air travel. We tightened things up at airports and across airlines. But with this spate of senseless violence it seems there’s no similar sense of urgency. So, if there’s a no-fly list, would it help to have a ‘no-buy’ list related to firearms as we do with cigarettes?

Every software company has a process for handling what’s known as a ‘severity 1’ problem. It involves a rapid response on the front-end and a root cause analysis on the back-end. This means getting past the immediate loss (downtime) in service, then correcting any programming defect in a future system update.

It seems after we get past the immediate loss of life in a tragedy, we return to the regularly scheduled programming. This means the system defect remains in place. Then after a while, it flairs up again and we repeat the same old broken cycle. That approach is often described as a stepping stone to insanity.

Citizen groups and many politicos have said repeatedly that we’re in a ‘severity 1’ and that something’s broken. But not much seems to change. It’s unacceptable to keep seeing innocent lives taken whether due to negligence, neglect or just ‘gaming the system.’ It’s unreal to be playing games with people’s lives.

Answer: Miley Cyrus

Groove-tracks: Mary J. Blige ft U2 – “One” – https://youtu.be/ZpDQJnI4OhU

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Julianne Hough’s Halloween Costume Went Up In Smokes

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Trivia: What’s the name of the actress who plays “Crazy Eyes” in a Netflix series? (Answer below)

Halloween is in the air with lots of costumes to judge. The early favorite seems to be a Miley Cyrus flashback to the VMAs. Of-course, there are the usual suspects of a more tame variety. This is a time when ghosts and goblins might show up in jokes. Well, Julianne Hough’s costume went up in smokes.

She attended a L.A. party in blackface dressed as “Crazy Eyes.” That’s a Character from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” The show is set in an environment with orange jumpsuits and the like. The costume backlash blew-up on social media. Hough has since apologized for offending others.

The history of Halloween and blackface makes this an interesting situation. One evolved out of a Christian-influenced tradition rooted in remembering the dead. The latter one deals with a 19th century social practice of demeaning black people. For Hough to bring them together might make secular sense.

But let’s flip the scrip and look at a different combination related to spiritual sense. Whether you dress-up or not, it’s important to play-up one’s anointing and covering. Your anointing is that special gifting that makes you rock. Your covering is that special authority that instructs and protects how you rock and roll.

It seems Hough had the idea to show-up in a costume that would be seen as popular. But instead she was received in a way that was controversial. How people feel about “Orange is the New Black” is for another day. But every day there’s a true calling that’s trying to get out of many an inner prison.

Tip: Your true calling might start out as spiritual and end up as secular or social but can keep its original intent if it contributes a benefit that has soul-force popularity.

Answer: Uzo Aduba