Mayweather-Pacquiao Memes on A New Level of Ridiculous

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St. Louis: Remove the Confederate Memorial from Forest Park

And change the street name. Move the memorial to somewhere more appropriate like Jeff Roorda’s house.  Forest Park is a beautiful place for all people. Not a place for a memorial to slavery and terror.

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Confederate Statue in Forest Park

Kudos to Mayor Slay and St. Louis magazine and others for bringing up the issue of the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. Recognize our history. Don’t glorify it. The statue should be moved to somewhere more appropriate like Jeff Roorda’s house. This is also a time to reflect on our Missouri History of slavery. Don’t forget it is against Missourians the Shahid John Brown did jihad.

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My Thoughts on May 2: Mayweather – Pacquiao Part 1

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I may write something more in-depth later. Right now I’m swamped so let me just jot down these bullet points regarding the fight.

Too late? : Some will say these fight is happening too late. The fight should’ve happened 4, 5 or 6 years ago. I agree, but it didn’t,  and I’m just thankful we’re getting it now. Floyd Mayweather is still pound-for-pound the number one fighter in the world and undefeated and Manny Pacquiao is coming off three consecutive dominant wins ( two against undefeated opponents). These are still two very elite fighters. 

Why the Wait: There are many reasons.  The poor relationship between Bob Arum and Mayweather/ Al Haymon,  the drug-testing issue,  egos, money,  etc. . However,  I think Mayweather was pulling a Sugar Ray Leonard move.  Leonard finally signed to fight Marvin Hagler after seeing him lose a step or town against John “the Beast” Mugabe.  My hunch is Mayweather was waiting for Pacquiao to slow down before taking the fight.

The Fans: I find the language and behavior of both Mayweather and Pacquiao fans to be disgusting.  Here is a news flash- this fight is not an affirmation or battle of conquest for any race. Whoever wins it will not be due to their race. Newsflash two- neither fighter gives a fuck about you or even knows who you are. Fans are taking this fight way too damn personal.  Comment sections are full of racial vitriol I think we should all find disgusting. 

The Personalities: I find the person of Floyd Mayweather to be pretty disturbing.  Domestic violence complaints involving 5 different women. That’s a pattern.  The media can sugar-coat and everyone can line their pockets: but that doesn’t erase the fact that despite being a great-fighter Floyd appears to be a deeply-flawed man.

Almost as disgusting as his record with women is Mayweather’s grotesque glorification of conspicuous-consumption.  His idiotic spending habits along with his gambling addiction leads me to believe Floyd will one day be broke.

The fact Mayweather has the nerve to claim he’s better than Muhammad Ali I find utterly repulsive.  Ali gave up the heavyweight championship of the world and went to jail over his opposition to the Vietnam War.  Ali became a global superstar just as known for his commitment to Black Liberation as he was for boxing.  Floyd provides no such inspiration. 

Manny Pacquiao has a great back story. Rising from the grinding poverty of the Philippines to a hall of fame boxing career, a seat in the Filipino Congress, and becoming the most beloved person in his nation. Although at the end of the day Manny is human with his own complexities as this article points out.

My Prediction: I cannot see Manny Pacquiao winning this fight. This fight isn’t about personalities,  race, religion,  politics or who is a better person.  The fight is about boxing.  I see Floyd as just having too much defense for Manny which will lead to him getting reckless and Floyd counter-punching and pot-shoting all night. I only give Pacquiao a puncher’s chance within the first three rounds. If Pacquiao doesn’t stop Mayweather early,  or at least hurt him badly,  it will be a long night for the Filipino. My prediction is 116-112 Mayweather. 

Future of Boxing: Big fights are good for boxing.  My only criticisms are having the fight in a small-venue instead of a stadium thus out pricing hardcore fans and a weak undercard. I’m cautiously optimistic about PBC and happy to see the return of boxing to free TV.  The sport needs this kind of exposure.  However,  if PBC fighters can’t fight HBO/ Top Rank/ Golden Boy fighters then we all lose out. Regardless 2015 looks like a very good year for boxing. 

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Maplewood: Take The Lead Say No to Airbnb

It appears that the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood may be taking a close look at the room-renting service Airbnb. I say it’s about time. 

For those outside of the St. Louis area Maplewood is a sort of trendy inner-ring suburb west of the city. The city has a bar district,  historical homes, it’s own school district,  and a diverse population according to St. Louis standards. I have always got the feeling Maplewood was a place where hipsters with kids landed. Families who had kids and knew better than putting them in St. Louis Public Schools.  Or those who wanted the urban-feel but weren’t adventurous enough to land on Cherokee Street.  My sister lives in Dogtown in the city, which borders Maplewood,  and shops there a lot. My little brother used to get sent to Maplewood to live with an aunt because my mother thought the area was safe and he would stay out of trouble.  He referred to Maplewood as Mayberry. 

Now that you have a little background on Mayberry let’s get to Airbnb.  I first learned about Airbnb from a French academic interviewing me while visiting St. Louis. On a trip to Chicago I decided to try Airbnb.  I found a place next to the Mexican Museum of Art in the Pilsen neighborhood.  A cool location.  I did the Art Walk. The place I rented was occupied by a really hot French woman,  a Greek woman who gave me the flu,  and a kinda free-spirited white dude.

I saved a lot of money on my trip to Chicago to hear a lecture by Dr. Sherman Jackson: but I wouldn’t say I really had a positive Airbnb experience.  Back in St. Louis I decided to rent out my place in Old North St Louis.  All I got was dudes coming to town for a ninja competition and I declined them all not wanting fucking ninjas in my living room. 

I began to think about Airbnb and study up on the issue.  Today I can tell you I am definitely opposed to Airbnb.  Here is why:

-Safety.  Hotels have security and are designed to protect the safety of guests.  There are no such safety mechanisms with Airbnb.  There is also the safety factor for the community not knowing who is coming in and out of their neighborhoods. 

-Zoning. People buy their homes for quality of life reasons.  Few will choose to live next to a boarding house or cheap motel which is exactly what Airbnb is flying in under regulations. 

-Economy.  Airbnb is bad for the economy.  Hotels and motels employ housekeepers, kitchen workers, maintenance staff, front desk clerks, security and others. Airbnb threatens all of these working-class often union jobs. 

-Taxation.  Cities have hospitality taxes. Airbnb basically operates as tax cheats depriving cities of needed tax-revenue.

-Race. In a segregated America we should celebrate any opportunity Americans of different races, religions and ethnicities get to interact with one another.  Airbnb is a service where you can be rejected by those renting places for any reason.  How much do you wanna bet the reason is often race? Gender? Religion?  Or sexuality? All forbidden for hotels or motels to do. 

-the Share Economy.  If you haven’t noticed by now the share economy is about the rich getting richer. First of all the title share is bullshit.  If it’s sharing I get to use something for free.  That’s not the case. Couched in the hipster feel-good language Airbnb is just a big corporation skirting regulations looking to pull in the big bucks by cutting corners.

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Kansas City: Say No to Uber! A Message From St. Louis

Kansas City is currently in a legal and regulatory battle with the multi-national taxi-chain Uber. Uber is attempting to enter Kansas City by not playing by the rules in an effort to drive locally-owned cab companies out of business.  Last year St. Louis faced these same issues and I defended our local drivers and companies in here .

Here are some bullet points that apply to both cities:

– much of the criticism of cabbies is based on anti-immigrant, anti-black and anti-Muslim attitudes

-much of the criticism of cabbies also stems from an anti working-class bias

-Uber will only benefit the affluent hip neighborhoods of Kansas City and will harm business in the hood

-Hipsters claim to love indie business and pride themselves on being locavores.  Yet when it comes to cabs they throw that all out the window.

Thus far I commend the strong leadership of the Honorable Mayor Sly James. God – willing Mayor James will continue his strong leadership and advocacy for all.

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