Name Brand is that Common Sense?

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That’s why some of these men run off and leave their children, because of these silly women who make it impossible for men to love us. Black women, single or not, and even some men have got in their heads that the children need brand names, and though it is fine in some instances there should be a limit. I ask, does it make the clothing any less valuable if we save money on somethings.

I mean take for example, shoes. Did you know that the manufacturing of such costs no more to make a lessor brand than a name brand, however, people prefer the more expensive?

Terry Okeefe (2014) wrote:

“Psychologists tell us that there are two main reasons why we buy luxury goods, even when many of us really can’t afford them. The first is called “signaling” — using luxury goods to “show off” and send a clear signal that you measure up to your peers, or to others in your community. Similarly, we often purchase luxury goods to “mark” significant accomplishments in our lives.”

It is therefore the case, that there is an inferiority complex going on when we see parents snubbing their nose at the least expensive pair, and begs the question of what happened to being clean, tidy and comfortable over going broke?

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Speaking of broke and not knowing it. Does anyone even think about the fact that the government is spending millions for people to eat, have a roof over their heads, and for people to be healthy, yet, someone would vie for a more expensive pair of shoes than to have more money to stretch further.

In essence, we must learn to think better about it. I mean really consider this and know that if parents are not together and are doing their best then each has a responsibility. If fathers cannot afford brand names and the mother wants that then she should pay for what she wants, or vice versa if that guy can afford brand names and wants that he should, but certainly no one should go broke trying to be someone they are not. It is the case, that if we want better most definitely we should do what it takes to do it.

Thats my take. What about you?

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Sales Promotions: Don’t get Swept Away

pch Sweepstakes are a way that allow companies to advertise their merchandise while getting customers to participate. One such sweepstake is the Publisher’s Clearing House which gets people involved by playing on their need to get rich. America is great for promoting the American Dream which includes that dream house, the dream care, and the dream family.

So the sweepstakes in their advertising tactics hires a star [Ed McMann] and each year they announce a winner from entries. Sounds simple right? Winning all that money? Limosine at the door? Guess again, because through this sweepstake as with all sweepstakes the idea is to get the public to spend money.
Ogden & Ogden (2014) wrote concerning Sales Promotion:

Sales promotion describes incentive and interest-creating activities that are designed to get customers to buy immediately instead of waiting. Sales promotions are often separated into two distinct types: 1) consumer, and 2) trade (or B2B). There are many different types of sales promotions used by marcom managers to stimulate sales. Sales promotion vehicles include (but aren’t limited to) coupons, contests, sweepstakes, rebates, product demonstrations, product/service sampling, BOGOs (buy one, get one), premiums (free items such as cups and pens), and “price-off” offers [Sales Promotion Section; para.1].

Hence, with in the entry point of the sweepstake potential customers are invited to subscribe to various magazine offers [I,e., publishers] for a percentage off newsstand prices. Therefore, each entry is contingent on each subscription.

Ogden & Ogden (2014) stated that the marketing communications mix consists of (a) advertising, (b) personal selling (c) sales promotion [sweepstakes], (d) public relations/publicity [star endorsement], (e) direct marketing [mail advertisings], (f) electronic/internet marketing [email], and (g) branding. The thing about magazines is that the publishers do not advertise on television so one may see magazines at the checkout in many stores, rather, than on the tv screen.

Creating integration and consistency in communication is a necessary tool to ensure that the brand of the company will be remembered and participation of the public is of essence to ensure that the brand is well known.

Your Sunday Bread: Why do People Dress Up on Pay Day?

1468515_10152111525343352_1742747995_nTrue. It is insecurity that causes this phenomena, that is, the thinking of not having enough so that we try to ‘think’ to mirror those we think are better than ourselves.

So then, if money is how people supposedly ‘think’ to live better, then,  in a person insecure they believe that putting on clothes and showing off, living flamboyantly makes them like those they covet most. If I am making money in this covetous mind then I spend it all on what I covet to look like those I covet. Except for the case that those I covet are thrifty in their thinking, that is, they do not covet that they already possess and as such have no need to spend all looking any kinda way but themselves.

I said, that today as Lynn and I went to do business for our new [needed home] when I saw him dressing up. I had already been meditating on this truth, that is, taking off the pretence. Hence, concerning this house Yahuah said to me he was giving me something to proposition with. Hence, if Yahuah be fore us then who can be against us. It is the case, that I wore tennis shoes and Lynn was dressed up and I had a problem with that, because this is a come as you are type thing. Accept or reject moment and I know that all things work [out] for the good of them who love Yahuah who are the called according to His purpose. Therefore, it doesn’t have anything to do with what I look like, but who I belong to. Subsequently, no make up and dressed down and richer and more wiser in my stance than those who put on a show.

Somebody ought to know that Yahuah runs the show.

In essence, it is the will of Yahuah that we prosper not what we wear. It is how we think.

Today: Restoring the years that the locust ate up.

9th Ward: Minimal Media Help, Maximum Tourism Coverage

Hurricane Katrina, was perhaps, the most devastating and deadly natural occurrence known to the United States at least to those who suffered through it and who lived to tell about it. Who can forget the lines of people waiting for relief to come?

The infants without milk; or the elderly without medical attention, those who died waiting, those who slept in a stadium with without proper sanitation for such a large amount of people, and those relieving themselves wherever and whenever possible; a stench so horrid, the stench of rape, the stench of a people seemingly forgotten.

In my neighborhood even though there are leash laws which protect animals from harm, and while there is protection for these animals facing neglect there is even less help when it comes to media attention on some issues troubling man. Hence, the way I see it; the media is a “Watchdog” chained.

When I say chained; I mean, although they are supposed to put an eye out for wrongdoing in the government which is designed to help the citizens they do for some, but for others they turn a blind eye. Although, Katrina was a national, even worldwide disaster; what people still ask, and what people still wonder is what took the government so long to help those people?

Perhaps, there is something shady going on within the news industry, because one executive said of his station that news is what he says it is. I say, if this thinking is embedded in the industry as a whole it is no wonder; then that, issues go unnoticed, unheard, and ignored by the media.

The media as the Fourth Estate was originally included with the three class statuses: upper, middle and lower. I believe they were originally called the First, Second, and Third Estate; all, which were government intertwined. In other words, the government ran them and decided who got what and where they got it from; if anything during the Medieval Period. Probably, they included the media because they could stir trouble for an ill or poorly run country. With that in mind, the U.S., established the “Fourth Branch” of government and set the media as watchdog to guard them and keep them honest; however, the media is a “watch dog chained.”

New Orleans was hard hit and ravished by what we thought was Hurricane Katrina. However, evidence and eye witnesses have determined that this is not the case. News updates first reported that the levees which held waters to the great Mississippi River collapsed, but someone living nearby called the news stations to report hearing a series of explosions before the flood came, and after the storm had passed.

In the article “Levees Blown Say Eyewitnesses – Media Ignores Them,” Greg Szymanski says this:

“Eye witnesses are starting to come forward, some only a block away from the 17th St Canal levee break, saying they heard a loud, powerful explosion right before water starting gushing in, as they ended up in a matter of minutes floating downstream on their rooftops.”

“Terry Adams, who lives one block away from the 17th St. break, remembers hearing what sounded “like a bomb going off” from where the levee gave-way before rushing water forced him to his rooftop. “Everything was calm, it was late at night, and the storm had passed. I thought we had dodged a bullet and there was no water in my house and I was only a block away from the 17 th St. break,” said Adams, a lower 9th Ward resident, in an extended conversation this week from New Orleans.

“Then I heard what sounded like a bomb go off from the direction of where the levee gave-way and within a matter of minutes I was forced up on my roof where I floated for about a mile into town before somehow getting to safety.”

“Asked if he was sure he heard an explosion, he added: “Water breaking a levee isn’t going to make the noise I heard and besides, the levee should have broke before or during the storm, not afterward. “I heard an explosion and so did a lot of other people. It came right from where the levee broke. What else could it have been but somebody blowing up the levee?”

None of this was ever reported on the news; despite repeated calls to news stations, and it should be noted that today, although some residents still have not been given the call to go home; city officials allow tours through the ruins of what once was someone’s home.

According to the article, “Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators”, a Fox8 News reporter says this: “About 9 million people visit New Orleans each year, mostly to see its stately homes along oak-lined avenues, dine at its renowned restaurants and take in the jazz and ribaldry of Bourbon Street. But Katrina’s devastation in August 2005 unleashed an unexpected cottage tourism industry, drawing a daily parade of rubbernecking tourists for a close-up look at the city’s hard-hit Lower 9th Ward.”

The article states further that officials “Worried that a flood of tour buses and vans would interfere with clean-up efforts, the City Council approved an ordinance in 2006 banning them from crossing the prominent Industrial Canal entering the neighborhood that received Katrina’s fury.” “Now, tour operators are crying foul, claiming the ordinance had been thinly enforced until recently.” They say a business that is bringing them and the city tourist dollars is being hurt.”

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Something Else the Government Can’t Fix, Welfare Reform Starts in the Mind

I want to scream, because of the anguish I feel inside right now for my people; not only in America, but in Africa as well. I often find myself wondering what life would have been like for me had not I been born in America; if my ancestors had not been kidnapped from their homes and villages. What; I think, would be my name?

I would undoubtedly be somebody totally different had I been born there; had slavery never taken place. However, this thought is wishful thinking. Dreams and visions of a forest life, far away from life in a nation which can sometimes be so callous towards their own.

Black people have had a rough time here and still do, but now some of it is our own fault; because we have become beggars in our right. Instead of  kings and queens we have become paupers, beggars and borrowers waiting a on a handout; it is time to move on from that, but some of us are too heavy to carry and too paralyzed to carry ourselves.

Can we continue to blame it on the white people? The answer might surprise those who feel as if they too carry a burden too hard. It is difficult to comprehend when you have not the experience of being there. I cannot remember a time in life that someone I know has not needed help at some point in life; however, it is the thought that although help might be needed, is it really the case that we stay there?

This post is more for my brothers and sisters who want out than for anyone else reading now. It is not the case that all do not need to break free, but that all are not ready yet. There are people, both men and women who are praying for a better way of life other than government issued benefits and those are the ones who need this encouragement.

I want to say that it is not the case that prayers have not been answered, but it is that prayers might have been hindered. I cannot say that help is not available; I cannot say that people don’t care, because they do. Maybe not in the way of taking people by the hand but by offering the programs in the first place, and we must understand that no one is going to do any more than they have already put it out there. It is up to us to go get it.

More than going to get it, because some have gotten and continue to get and are in the same frame of mind as at the start; so, what is the problem?

The problem is that:

1) Someone doesn’t know any better, because their parents lived this way, and so do they; hence there is no exposure to something new.

2) Someone sees this thing as a way to get what they can get “free,” doesn’t matter what it is they want it, and will put in a day’s work to get those things which are free. This includes long lines, the drudgery of monthly forms, people prying into your personal life asking very personal questions about everyone in the house. It is not the case that this person will not lie to get that thing free.

3) Someone is lazy, don’t want anything.

4) Someone wants out, has the exposure, but its taking time so they still receive the help. They are educating themselves and taking advantage of every means available to them to move to another level in their mind and circumstance.

5) Someone works but doesn’t make enough money still, but even here there is a tendency not to reach for better.

Notably, #1, 4, can be helped if they reach out, but sadly, when someone hasn’t gotten up to go seek someone will not find it. In the case of all the above examples the government; along with the benefits offers help for school and daycare, jobs, now phones, but if there is no seeking, no asking then there is no help. In reality it requires an awakening. The fourth individual is at the place in their mind where they take “advantage” of the programs offered with the mind of self-empowerment. It’s all in the mind.

I was on a class field trip once and on the van I was riding with a bunch of guys; not only guys but young white guys, a Hawaiian, and my professor who my age. There were other women, but somehow I was the only female with all these men. At 48 years old, here I was, as old as my instructor and on bus full of kids just out of high school; or not far from it.

Somehow the conversation went to the discussion of women on welfare. I know now that it was the place I needed to be, because I had no clue to what people really thought about the women who receive help. Mind you this was no short trip so what I heard I could not run from it; nor could I turn it off. I was forced to sit there and listen to their version of how  Women on Welfare give me the blues.

The Hawaiian guy was very passionate about his lack of desire to put money in the pot for women who don’t choose carefully their children’s fathers. What he said was an eye opener for me because he felt that these women sleep with bums, losers who have no intention of doing anything; except use the women. Moreover, he asks, why does he have to continue to pay for children who are not his? He goes on to say that it; literally pisses him off when he gets his check and he doesn’t have enough money to buy groceries and he sees women loading their baskets with junk, or the baby daddy, boyfriends putting food in and when they get to the register out comes the old EBT card. Conversely, he stated, that he has to suffer when he is sick because there is little money for doctor’s visits and then he has to pay for children; again, not his.

“It’s not fair,” he added,” that me and my wife have no children but have to pay out for someone else’s”.

Wow! I sat there and could barely breath, what could I say to that; isn’t he right? That some of us, Ladies, just keep having baby after baby without a thought of how we will take care of them. Or with the thought that this is more money on my check? I nearly cried when I heard it from someone else.

Now, the intention of this note is not to bash, but to bring awareness of how this thing looks to some people.

Are you really trying to help yourself out of poverty; or, laying down day after day with no way to feed yourself, no plan of action. If you’re not there yet, haven’t even thought about your life; please consider what this means for you. Ask yourself: What if tomorrow or even a year from now they stop all this; what will I do? This should be a consideration the next time a letter comes from the food stamp office or the welfare office sends you a letter to go to find work, or attend a class. Go to school; learn so that your kids can at least know that they can do better. If you don’t know how to read, learn now.

If you just can’t do better that’s one thing, but if you are manipulating, and lying; nobody will suffer more in the end than you. It’s not too late get up! You can do it!

I hope this has helped someone; at least I am encouraged. I want those who feel bad about what’s being said on the news and who watched that video with the woman excited about the free phone to know that you are more valuable than “250 minutes a month”. At least I think so.

Take courage.

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