Series-Where are They Now? The Cast of Good Times

I grew up watching Good Times. A show that touched on serious issues but brought a lot of laughs as well. Amos was one of my favorite tv dads. You knew when he gave that look, everyone better act right!! Reminded me of my dad. Yup! I knew that look very well! Too well! 😂

“Girls Can’t Play Rock N Roll“

Girls can’t play rock n roll. For some this would end a dream. For others, like Joan Jett, it would be fuel to prove them all wrong.

Thankfully she had the determination to fight through. She had a rocky start. Everything from a horrible band manager to the stereotypical bullshit. She never quit. As we all know she showed the world, girls can play rock n roll! Rock on!

Food For Thought-Be Careful of Those that Protest Too Much!

I’ve watched a lot of videos of so called peaceful “protests”. Most are a lot of white people inciting violence, burning the American flag, vandalizing buildings, setting fire to buildings including occupied ones. Most recent one -the group brought out a guillotine and decapitated teddy bears.

In one video a white man screams racial slurs at a black cop while everyone just stood there. Not a word was said. But he is fighting for black lives? No he is not. He is a bored, spoiled rotten young adult that thinks he is really accomplishing something. Oh he is. He is showing the world his true self. Many of these individuals are.

Don’t scream for justice and equality while in the same breath using racial slurs. Don’t speak about peace and love while calling for the blood of Trump supporters. Don’t talk about free speech when you attack anyone that does not follow your playbook to the t.

In the meantime, the people trying to be heard have been drowned out by the mayhem. Nothing is being accomplished. Why would it? Not when the Democrats have until now given the green light to it all. Including bailing rioters out. Now they’re worried that polls show Trump’s approval rating has skyrocketed. Doh! New strategy!

What I see is a lot of hypocrites using tragedy to create havoc and I do not doubt that receiving a paycheck is just a bonus. These are not the real protestors. These are not the real people scared and wanting to make changes for the better. These are assholes plain and simple. Kids that should have been given less materially and more love and more discipline growing up.

I am so thoroughly disgusted by it all. When are we the people going to hold these elected officials accountable? They’re responsible for the deaths of many. For what? Then stand there and point the finger at Trump. How long has Biden had to do right? Did he help with his crime bill? How long has Pelosi had to bring about positive change? C’mon! You know why they must destroy him and his followers? Because he is not one of them. He’s trying like hell to clean up the shit show they’ve made over the years. He has had to battle one lie after another. One accusation after another. It’s funny, he was an alright guy to hang with until he ran for office.

What do animals do when threatened? They attack. He is a threat to these career politicians that have gotten rich at our expense. He knows everything they’ve been up to. They need him out or watch their worlds crash and burn. Hence the riots. They’d rather create one crisis after another and watch innocent lives lost than face the consequences of their acts.

Antifa is not the only ones that protest too much. We got a hell of a lot of elected officials right there with them. It’s just sad that true issues cannot be addressed. They won’t be. They’ll be used to manipulate us all but never truly addressed. What makes America great is its people. Mostly anyways. It sure as hell is not because of the politicians.

Happy 1st Birthday Clifford!!

Posting this one day early. I have a busy day tomorrow.

My, how he has grown. I saw his pic on FB and those eyes. That was it! Losing my Jazzy girl was horrible. I planned to wait a long time before getting another dog. The next week I became dog mom to Clifford.

He’s rambunctious, tenacious, stubborn, yet loving, a giant baby and how he has changed my life. He’s a sock eating, record thrashing, shoe killing hot mess. He’s my baby. Yes he is.

Heal the World-It Starts with You! Be the Change.

I am not equipped to do many things. All men and women have skills. These skills are not always ones achieved from school. Sometimes we find out we have a gift or a skill in the most unlikely circumstances. Sometimes we find out we lack certain skills in the most unlikely circumstances also.

That being said, everyone knows where I stand on defunding the police. I’m against it. That does not mean that I feel all officers belong in that field. I know due to things I’ve experienced, I could never be a police officer. I would panic in certain circumstances. I already know this. Because all I have to do is read certain situations and feel panicked.

I feel for our officers. It’s not an easy position and the situations they find theirselves in can be extremely dangerous ones. One decision can cost them their lives or their partners life or a citizen’s life. No one really knows until faced with an extraordinary circumstance just how they will act.

I recently watched a video of a Trump Rally where a group of BLM protestors attended. The organizer of the Rally handed the mic over to the organizer of this group of BLM protestors. When this gentleman spoke, he spoke to many things the Trump supporters believe. He spoke of his faith and the bill of rights. One man yelled out-“all lives matter!” To which he responded-“yes all lives do matter, but more times than not when a white person is killed-justice is served.” This gentleman also said, “we don’t want the police defunded. We just want the bad ones out.” By the end of his speech, both groups stood around talking. TALKING.

Yes, there’s radicals to the left and to the right. There are also people just screaming to be heard. People are scared right now. For many reasons. We need those seeking to destroy others-to stop! Those using tragedy as political platforms-to stop! We need those using tragedies as an excuse to spread hate-to stop! We need to stop assuming and start listening. We need to recognize the media has fed the separation.

In closing, when people come together to talk, much can be accomplished. When we destroy others, we destroys ourselves. If you want to make the world a better place, it starts with you.

Massachusetts’ Senate; O’Connor and Markey Political Ads

I thought I’d start sharing ads for different races throughout the country. Knowledge is power. If you want to know more I encourage you to research candidates-always!


Just the Facts-Kevin O’Connor

Kevin is an attorney. His father was a reporter and his mother a school teacher. He wants to get term limits passed. A leader in the Massachusetts legal community for over 30 years. He is on the Boston’s Bar Foundation and the 2020 co-chair of the BFF’s John and Abigail Williams Ball. The largest event for legal aid funding.

Commentary- A newbie.

Massachusetts – D

Just the Facts-Between the house and the senate Markey has served more than four decades.

Chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Dependence and the Green New Deal.

Just sarcasm-After four decades it’s time to start asking what the country can do for you?

Series-Where are They Now? The Facts of Life Cast

Charlotte Raye

Edna Garrett-the loving yet strict house mom. Bless her heart! Charlotte left the show to pursue a career in New York City. She had her own comedy act which featured her singing and dancing in legendary nightclubs of the city. Charlotte passed away at the age of 92 from cancer.

Kim Fields

Kim portrayed the loveable character Tootie. Kim went on to play roles in other sitcoms after TFOL ended. From Martin to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However she was a major player in the sitcom, Living Single, as the character Regine Hunter. Such a sassy character. Loved her in this show. Kim also produced movies for Lifetime and was on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim currently lives in Atlanta with her two kids and husband. Christian Morgan who is a broadway singer.

Lisa Whelchel

Blair! What a snotty princess of a character. But as time went on, she lightened up. Which was refreshing. But she was still Blair. After the series, Lisa went on to become a best selling author. She divorced after 23 years in 2012. She’s currently the host on the Collector’s Call which airs on Sunday nights.

Mindy Cohn

The loveable Natalie. Always smiling! Mindy continued acting after the show ended. She starred in a variety of shows-Charles in Charge, 21 Jump Street, Hot in Cleveland and The Middle. She’s also worked as a voice over actress. She is a breast cancer survivor and is planning on resuming her acting career now that she is cancer free! Go girl!

Nancy McKeon

Joe Polniaczek, what can I say about this character? Loooooved her! She brought a much need breath of fresh air to the show. It wasn’t that the show was bad by any means. It was nice to finally see someone that could handle Blair without missing a beat. A perfect addition! After the show ended, Nancy went on to a more serious series, The Division. Nancy also starred in several made for TV movies. In one she portrayed a woman that survived a brutal attack from her estranged husband. Based on actual events, a Cry for Help, the Tracey Thurman Story. Nancy has two kids with film technician Marc Andrus and resides in Texas. Staying out of the limelight.

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life.

AI-the Future of Law Enforcement

Is this really so hard to see unfolding? In 2017, Forbes published an article on just this. Crimes have been solved using technology we carry with us daily. It’s hard to lie about your whereabouts when your phone or FitBit knows the truth.

Body cameras are the norm. Some squad cars are even equipped with GPS projectiles that can be shot via remote.

Here’s where it gets very Tom Cruise-Minority Reportish. Several agencies have dabbled in predictive policing. Say what? You read that right. The HART system used in England classifies individuals and ranks them by probability to commit another crime in the future. Though the system has a high frequency of getting it right, there are studies that show algorithms and predictive software tools flag minorities as high risk twice as much as white defendants.

In Dubai, by 2030 the plan is to have 25% of the police force made up of….robo cops. One robo cop as of 2017 was already in use. Now it’s not like in the movie. It’s really a surveillance system.

All this technology at the touch of our fingertips. I especially find the robo cop interesting. But I also find it disturbing. Where’s this going? That’s what worries me. I’m also concerned with predictive policing. People can turn over a new leaf. Do we really want to convict people on probabilities? Sure it could save lives but it could take lives also. Something else to think about, if this is allowed, where’s that line going to be drawn?

Just because we have the capabilities to make something come to be, does not mean that we should. I dunno. Maybe I’ve watched too many movies where the computers take over. But at the same time, we seem to be moving towards new horizons that mirror what we see on the big screen. I guess only time will tell.