Category Archives: Social issues

“Hall of Justice:” Fuck Their System

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Injustice happens everyday to people of all colors and backgrounds, not just to Black people and when it makes the news. 

The way the Justice system works is to take advantage of the people it is meant to serve.

At any business, retail store, or restaurant, bad service is absolutely unacceptable.
In American courtrooms of law its absolutely accepted and expected.  Read the rest of this entry

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The Gritz On… Bill Cosby Allegations

Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz” | Opinion

Bill_cosby_1969I apologize to women that may have been in any way sexually abused, for what may convey as any of my own insensitivity.

But I also apologize to women that may have been sexually abused, for the women and media that have used such a horrific experience as leverage for their own personal gain towards relevancy.

As many of the columnist whom have chimed in on the scorching topic of Bill Cosby and the 16 claims of drugging and sexual assault; I do not know Mr. Bill Cosby personally and have no clue if these claims are legitimate or completely false.

My opinion only concerns the fact that these claims are ten, twenty, and thirty years seasoned and lack a moral message.
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Letterz 2… Rita Clay

Rita Clay made a comment on fb that i read. She recently had a ride along with a young Black male for community service. She talked to him, helped him, encouraged him, and believed in him.

The young man in turn stole and passed along her credit cards for usage and abuse. She commented that she was hurt and confused and no one responded. This what I wrote her:

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Homeless Awarness : “Thankz & Giving”

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The Gritz on… Mike Brown

I have to state how much I resent having or giving opinions on “pop news” as I call it. So my opinion is based around the resentment that peoples lives and dire situations can become a channel of entertainment news to be considered as current events for people who have no relative relationship nor sincere interest in the subject being illicited by media.

So with that as my disclaimer and respect to Mike and his family… I think that Mike Brown and his unjustified murder by Ferguson Police department is being exploited beyond any sincere concern for Mike Brown and his family’s situation.

I believe classism is much more predominant of a vice in our society and it systematically uses rascism as a irrelevant front to distract it’s victims into perpetuating itself further.

I think that Mike Brown is surely a victim of one man’s rascism that maybe shared by many others within Policing Departments throughout America; But I think Mike Brown has come to represent a much larger victimization of the poor and working class.

I don’t believe the truest issue represented by the death of Michael Brown is rascism in America at all. I resent and find disappointment in the illusion that it is. Classism is what enables Police departments,Government legislation, and the Judicial system to ensure Mike Brown will continue to happen again and again in America with consequence. 

And that’s what should be inspiring outrage…. Not racism.

A Five Year Bull Run | RCC Viewpoints

A Five Year Bull Run | RCC Viewpoints

By Mark Anthony Howard

 

The cliche “What goes up, must come down” is no bull. But a five year bull run sure is fun.

The use of “bull” to describe  a market comes from the way the animal attacks its opponents.

Bull Market by Mark Anthony HowardWhen attacking a bull is known to forcibly thrust its horns up into the air. This action is a metaphor for the movement of a market. If the trend is up, it’s a bull market.
The term “bull market” is most often used to refer to the stock market, but can also be applied to anything that is publicly traded, such as bonds, currencies and commodities.

Investopedia’s dictionary tool defines a bull market as a financial market of a group of securities in which prices are rising, or are expected to rise.
The particular market usually occurs when those group of securities prices rise faster than the overall average rate.

The average duration of a bull market lasts about 4.5 years. This March, 2014 marked the start of the 5th fiscal year of  wall streets 12th historical bull market.

Since the stock market on March 8, 1817.  Only three of the 11 previous bull markets have gone on into a 6th year.
The key to capitalizing upon a bull market is optimism among investors and economic growth periods.

As the market rates return securities of higher and higher,  we’ll see if which investors and traders greedy will incline them to try to defy physics, gravity and history by riding this wild bull into a 6th year.

 

Commercial Real Estate | RCC Viewpoints

Commercial Real Estate | RCC Viewpoints

by Mark Anthony Howard

 

Adam Smith noted that there was an “invisible hand” turning the wheels of the economy. That invisible hand serves as market force that keeps the economy functioning.

I would say the hand that belongs to the consumer is definitely a visible force in the economy. A healthy consumer promotes a healthy economy and a sustainable business Market.
A healthy economy and a healthy business climate promote opportunities for healthy housing, stock and global markets.

But a hand the forces the market that is truly invisible is Commercial real estate.

Commercial real estate is property that is used solely for business purposes.

Adam Smith was definitely not referring to commercial property rates when he theorized the invisible hand but it is surely a relevant consideration.

Examples of commercial real estate include malls, office parks, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores and office towers.  When these type of businesses struggle; they close.

The 2007 recession was devastating to the commercial tenant. Small business and nonprofit corporations defaulted on loans and were force to closed doors.

In San Bernardino and Riverside county commercial business vacancies have mirrored the struggling economy.

According to a report by Voit, a Riverside commercial Real Estate service, the vacancy rate for offices in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have now declined to 22 percent since 2007.

 

The homie Donald Sterling

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A sketch of Donald Sterling by Mark Anthony Howard “the gritz”

 

 

 

The Gritz on…. Inland Prostitution

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“The Most deleterious effect” by Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz” is an opinions article previously  published in the  Riverside Viewpoints newspaper on the worst effect of prostitution within low income communities.

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A Success! Greyland Youth Organization -Food and Clothe drive

Greyland Youth Organizations second food drive was a great success.  In spite of  terrible storm weather the commitment of Greylands community members shined bright.

13 Greyland community members from ages 5 to 55 sacrificed there warm homes for a cold and wet tent over a bench in San Bernardino Meadow Brook Park.

The tent talk was an encouraging action plan of Greylands agenda to help its community and make a positive difference.

Each volunteer did exactly that as they provide hot meals and warm (dry) clothing to over 30 homeless and needing neighbors.

The group was able to socialize personally with some of the communities poorest members and put a name to those whom actually live within the Meadow Brook parks  parameters.

Mr. Ivory was an especially touching case being 65 years old, fully native American, world traveled and amongst the humblest of spiritual men one could ever meet. Mr. Ivoryvwho calls the parks eastern most bench his home spends ever night with only a blue 8×5 tarp as his shelter.

Greylands Community members where able to trade Mr. Ivory’s as well as about 15 others wet clothing, soaked from lastnights unsheltered sleep, for new socks, new shoes, new pants, new shirts, new sweaters, new jackets, and a new blanket for tonight’s unsheltered sleep.

The warming feeling of helping others in the truest of need seem to bring the sun out through the days storming rain.

We thank all those that donated and especially thank those Greyland  participants. Our grey hearts blessings to those who we were able to serve, feed, and encourage.

We look forward to further influence within the inland  community for years to come.

“I may be broke… but I’m God’s child I can’t be broken” – Mr. Ivory

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Greyland Youth Organization’s San Bernardino Homeless Awarness Food and Clothe Drive

Last week –

In a effort to revitalize San Bernardino. Police and K9 units conducted a sweep of The Meadow Brook Park. Police officers issued 38 citations to homeless men and women, and made 50 arrest including 4 veterans.

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This week –

Saturday March 1st, 2014. We would like to invite back all those and as many others that have been displaced, homeless,  and unfortunate to a free meal and free clothing.

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No shirt, No shoes, No Homo

Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

A grey agenda

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I payed 280 for that fuckin jacket but I never felt as warm as when I gave it away in 35 degrees. She bowed her blonde head  as I wrapped her shoulders. “Don’t Fuckin freeze out here baby.”  “Thanks” she said softly. “Fasho.”

The Gritz on… Minimum Wage

Minimum wage should be the minimum wage… not the highest shit possible.  Back in my day minimum wage was 6.75. lol

What tf is Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.

Immigration At your Own Risk | by Mark Anthony Howard

Immigration At your Own Risk | Mark Anthony Howard

If 11 people moved into a single story house, some serious rules and regulation would be in order. Wouldn’t it?

The US Congress doesn’t think so.

The US census bureau reports 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States and “The House” (Congress) has made no laws concerning it.

Each of these undocumented persons has immigrated into America under outdated and unfair immigration laws— subject to each states own discernment.

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(Arkansas Abortion Laws)

A Human Heart-beat -(Arkansas Abortion Laws)

In the midst of a new pope, mass murders, Chris Dorner, and gun control – Abortion has taken a back-seat in the ordering of social issues. This month the issue has resurfaced with an eruption. Arkansas legislature has passed bill to revise and toughen the already strict “deadline” for the abortion of a child fetus.  The law will prohibit most abortions after about 12 weeks of pregnancy and is the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. The bill and its passing have marked Arkansas as a sort of ground zero in the battle over women’s/abortion rights in the country.

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Under the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which is scheduled to go into effect later this summer, women seeking an abortion who are at least 12 weeks pregnant will be required to undergo an ultrasound. If a heartbeat is detected, the abortion would not be permitted.  In addition to signing   legislature banning insurers who participate in an exchange created under the federal health care law from covering abortions in February, Arkansas’ Gov. Mike Beebe, despite great opposition, issued veto of the controversial Human Heartbeat Protection Act this march. Gov. Beebe and the bills lobbyist have claim that their vote revolves around the states’ consequent attempts to protect and save lives, particularly the unborn life. Read the rest of this entry