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The Whitehurst Blog - Politics, Racism, Military, Marijuana Legalization & More
Saturday, 3 June 2017
WHO IS THE DEADLIER WARRIOR: African Zande vs. Aztec Jaquar
Topic: Visual Media
Many times I've found myself wondering how warriors from various time periods and/or geographical areas would perform against each other.  The tv show "Deadliest Warrior" attempted to answer these questions. 

After watching the video you have the chance to voice your opinion right here in a WHITEHURST BLOG OPINION POLL Below:
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 8:46 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2017 8:48 PM CDT
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WONDER WOMAN POLL: Who Is The Sexiest Wonder Woman?
Topic: Visual Media

Who is the sexiestWonder Woman:
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 3:03 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2017 3:04 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Marijuana Majority: Trump's Coming Crackdown On Weed!
Topic: Marijuana Legalization


A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana or allowing medical cannabis, but federal prohibition remains in effect. The only thing stopping Attorney General Jeff Sessions from launching a crackdown is a budget rider passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress that protects people following state medical cannabis laws from DEA harassment.

But now the Trump administration wants to eliminate that protection.

The proposed budget released yesterday by the White House omits any mention of the marijuana provision. This comes on the heels of President Trump issuing a statement this month claiming the right to ignore Congress's previously-enacted clear directive.

We need to step up the pressure, right now.

Please, write your representative and senators today and ask for renewal of the medical marijuana amendment in the spending bills that Congress will debate this summer.

The measure's impact was best summed up by a federal court last year: “Congress currently restricts the government from spending certain funds to prosecute certain individuals. But Congress could restore funding tomorrow…”

If this section of law goes away, there will be nothing but public opinion standing in the way of more attacks on medical marijuana patients and their providers.

But medical marijuana is way more popular than the president is, and we can do this -- with your help.

Plus, thanks to growing support for ending marijuana prohibition altogether, we also have an opportunity this year to broaden the budget protections to cover all state marijuana laws, not just medical cannabis ones.

Write to the people who represent you today and tell them to stand up for the right of states to set their own marijuana laws without federal interference. 

Tell Your Reps:

Protect State Marijuana Laws

Thanks for making your voice heard,

Aaron R. Houston
Board Member
Marijuana Majority

P.S. After you take action can you make a gift to support Marijuana Majority's ongoing work? We can't keep amplifying the support of the majority of voters like you who support legalization without the resources it takes to keep our action tools online. Please make a donation today.

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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 1:12 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 1:20 PM CDT
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Sunday, 7 May 2017
Chicago Ghost Stories: The Green Ghost of 47th Street
Topic: Paranormal/Occult


Some tales are not repeated out of pure fear. One such story originated on Chicago's Southside. The old-timers in the area won't tell, and those that don't know prefer not to.

On Chicago's Southeast side, in the 1960's and 70's, there was a secluded bus stop on 47th St. Many in the area thought it was an evil place. A place where the world of the living pressed against that of the dead. For those who didn't believe or refused to heed the wa...rnings, the truth would be learned at great cost. These people had all used the bus stop, sitting on the bench at night, waiting for the next scheduled stop. In each case, while sitting on the bench, a man wearing green, with an odd complexion, silently appeared next to them. The man in green refused to speak, but always gave a cold stare. When the bus would finally arrive the person would turn only to see that the man in green had vanished. In each case those who met the Green Ghost of 47 St. died within a week. Many were dismembered.

Some say he's a demon. Some say he's The Devil himself. Only his victims know the answer...



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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 11:16 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2017 11:17 PM CDT
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Monday, 1 May 2017
Great Military Programming: POW or AWOL?
Topic: Visual Media

Russian SU-50

Let me begin by saying that I love all things to do with military history and hardware!  This love was developed early in life.  It was fed, in my adult years, through the military programming from the History and Discovery Channels; and to a lesser extent, G4.  I'm writing this because my frustration with today's military televised offerings has reached boiling point!  I've written numerous emails to these networks, but they keep running the same OLD STALE shows!  What exactly do I mean?  Well Let me explain:

In America we live in an educational bubble, partly driven by patriotism.  When it comes to patriotism in programming it can become propaganda!  The History Channel (now Military History Channel, since History Channel has become a reality show vehicle); and Discovery's Wings Channel, then Military Channel, (before becoming the theme-confused American Heroes Channel). have always run shows on military history.  The problem is:  IT'S THE SAME OLD STUFF NOW!  I understand that defeating Germany/Hitler was paramount to our current democracy existing...but hasn't anything else happened since then worth EDUCATING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ON???  Keep in mind that every so often, news anchors bring up how lost American students and adults are in world history and basic geography.  We constantly hear about the United States' superpower rivalries with China and Russia.  But, how many Americans even know the history between those two countries since the Korean War?  How many can even find either country on a map!!!  History & Discovery, why haven't you ever run a show on the battles between the Soviets & Chinese in the late 20th Century?  Hmmmm, how many American's even know that after our Vietnam War (another subject that has been focused heavily on), there was ANOTHER VIETNAM WAR involving VIETNAM AND CHINA IN 1979???  If you want to expand beyond the post-WWII era -- why are the only wars worth visually documenting for Americans American wars???  There was a whole world before -- AND AFTER -- the formation of the American Colonies.  Might be nice to have a real documentary focusing on the Great Northern War, or the Japanese military activity in ancient Korea (Korea is always in the news -- Hint)!  Oh, I forgot, you love to focus on the Romans & Greeks too!  Somehow the episodes on Roman or Greek conquest always say that their efforts covered the "known world."  Now that's just White Supremacist cultural and historical propaganda!  Neither empire covered the whole earth; and the boundaries of said empires "Were Known!"  If you lose battles of expansion on your borders, or are intimidated (in Alexander the Great's case by Indian armies) into pulling back those borders, then it's obvious that you see the land/people yonder who just thwarted your ambitions!  All of that wealth in deepest Black Africa and the GREAT Romans and their expansion extended only to the northern parts of Africa.  yet they conquered the "Known World."  If you're going to "Teach" facts then at least be honest and factual without cultural or racial bias!

Secondly:  Military Hardware. Can you please update thses old tired shows!  There are still episodes running  talking about the future of the EFV; and that program was cancelled long ago!  Running shows on the P-51 Mustang; when our future warfighters watching those shows will be facing Mig-35's, Su-35's,Su-47/50's (PAK=FA), J-20's and J-31's.  The Russians have gone beyond the T-90, but OUR programs are THREE GENERATIONS BEHIND on enemy armor, still basking in the defeat of T-72's in Iraq.  Are you TV Execs afraid that showing modern enemy military hardware will hurt military recruitment?  

Thirdly, to the American Heroes Channel:  "American Heroes" would make one think that the subject matter  focuses on "American Heroes!" With that being the case, why is so much of the media there focused squarely on Hitler and the Nazis; and Jesus and the Bible?  None of that fits the definition gleaned from YOUR OWN NAME!  Are you trying to raise a generation of bible thumping Nazis???

If you want better military and military history programming from these networks -- CONTACT THEM LIKE I HAVETweet itShare itWrite emails!  Let them know that unless they give you something worth watching, you will switch channels -- or simply turn off the tv like I often doMILITARY ENTHUSIASTS, FUTURE MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS -- MAKE THEM HEAR YOUR VOICES!!!




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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 5:27 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, 1 May 2017 7:26 AM CDT
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Friday, 28 April 2017
Author Steven Whitehurst Now On Twitter!
Topic: Social Media
I finally took another step into the 21st Century this week by opening a Twitter account.  You can find me at:

Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 12:41 PM CDT
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Monday, 24 April 2017
North Korea Unveils Stealth Ship To Answer Trump Threat
Topic: Military

photo: NK News

With an U.S. aircraft carrier battle group heading its way, North Korea has unveiled it's own naval threat:  Stealth!  The North Korean Nongo Class  is what's known as a Surface Effect Ship.  Besides having stealthy features, the "Surface Effect" means that it has an ability to essentially ride over waves rather than through them (similar to a hovercraft in some respects, but much faster).  The Nongo is capable of reaching 50kts.  It carries anti-aircraft guns, a main gun, and anti-ship missiles capable of hitting vessels 130km away. 
North Korean Anti-Ship Missiles Include:
Kh-35 (Russian)
C-802 (Chinese)
KN-09 (North Korean)
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 3:15 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 24 April 2017 3:31 PM CDT
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Sunday, 23 April 2017
Sunday Suburban Shooting: At Least 1 Wounded
Topic: Personal Stories

Calumet City, Illinois:  At Approximately 3:15p.m. a young man was shot on Yates Ave. near the intersection with State St. 
I was watching the NBA Playoffs when 2 loud gunshots rang out!  The blasts were so close to my building that I heard the echoes reverberating off of the brickwork.  I got up to look outside, and I saw a young man bleeding, and rolling prone into the street.  He was screamng for help, and trying to get cars to stop -- and no one would!  They all just drove right by him!  I screamed for my daughter!  She got on the phone to call 911; while I threw on my clothes to go help.  After seeing that callous shit from those car drivers, there was no way in hell that I was going to sit back and do nothing while he died!  I ran outside with the intention of applying direct pressure until an ambulance could arrive.  When I got to the young man he'd  rolled all the way across the street, and into a busy stripmall parking lot.   Officer Dimitroff of the Calumet City Police Department was on scene when I got there.  A bloodtrail led from the lawn on my side to the victim's eventual ending spot.  No suspects are in custody. 
Because I was there the police wanted a statement from me.  My daughter is so scared about gang retaliation because I went to help; and, because people saw me talking to the law.  I'm not thinking about that!  Firstly, I don't know anything about what happened, who did it or why.  Secondly, I'M NOT GOING TO STOP TRYING TO BE BETTER THAN HUMAN BECAUSE OTHERS WANT TO ACT WORSE THAN ANIMALS!!!  If I see someone needing help, I'm going to help if I can. 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 4:18 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 23 April 2017 4:58 PM CDT
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Saturday, 22 April 2017
Happy Birthday Princess:  My Greatest Honor Is Being Your Father!
Topic: Personal Stories

In the vastness of the cosmos stars are born constantly.  I've never been much of a stargazer, but I understood the awe of such an occurrence  on April 22, 1998 at 2:21 a.m.  That was the moment a star was born in my personal galaxy!  From that moment on, I've felt nothing but love and gratitude towards my daughter:  Love just for being my daughter...and gratitude for the opportunity to have a daughter like her.  Don't get me wrong, she's not perfect!  However, she's definitely a young lady that I can be proud of...AND I AM!

FATHERLY PLAN A:  With today being her 19th birthday, I wanted to do something nice.  I'd planned to make breakfast this morning (blueberry waffles, sausage links and hash browns), but by the time I woke up she was already gone!  TIME FOR FATHERLY PLAN B!!! 

FATHERLY PLAN B:  When she got home this afternoon  I casually gave her some money.  She said that she didn't need it, but I slid it under her bedroom door anyway!  I played it cool for the rest of the day -- UNTIL DINNER!  Knock-Knock (at her door)!!  When she opened it I was standing there (in complete darkness) holding a flame.  I told her to come with me, and I led her to our pitch-dark kitchen.  Suddenly the lights came on...and VOILA!!!  I was making her favorite --Pork Hotlinks in bbq sauce!  Next to that:  A bag of her favorite chips!  Next to that:  A large order of something else she loves -- JJ's French fries topped in lemon pepper and mild sauce!  Lastly, I turned my back on her!  When I turned back around, I was handing her Red Velvet Cake while singing "Happy Birthday." I can't sing worth a damn, but it's the thought that counts!  The look on her face was priceless!

Every year she sees her birthday like most young people do:  A time to celebrate and further spread ones wings.  What she doesn't know is that I celebrate her birthday just like it's my own.  I don't go out and party or anything, but I celebrate nonetheless!    When April 22nd rolls around it's a yearly reminder of the best day of my life! It's the day that MY STAR WAS BORN!   Funny thing is, before she was even conceived, I actually had a star named after her mother.  In the personage of my daughter, Bajani Whitehurst, I got my own star in return.  Happy Birthday Princess!  I LOVE YOU!!! 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 10:09 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 April 2017 10:31 PM CDT
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Bad Airline Service: New Light Shines On Old Problem
Topic: Personal Stories

The treatment of airline passengers is in the news right now.  United Airlines' treatment of Dr. David Dao -- the passenger who was dragged off of a plane, and sustained injuries at the hands of airline personnel in the process -- has been all over the news.  Now, another story of passenger mistreatment has surfaced.  The sad fact of the matter is customer service is definitely an issue on planes -- and elsewhere.  Even sadder is the fact that it's nothing new!  Just as with the flood of video showing police murders of African-Americans hitting the airwaves, this too is a long existing problem that has only been acknowledged because of the omnipresence of the cellphone camera.
When I was in my twenties I vacationed in Las Vegas with my then fiance'.  We stayed at a place called Bob Stupak's Vegas World, and had a really nice time; that is -- UNTIL THE RETURN FLIGHT HOME on America West Airlines.  I was really sick and needed to use a restroom.  We were flying coach, and the bathrooms weren't working.  As a result, a number of passengers asked to use the restrooms in First Class.  There was no problem, that is until I asked to use it.  My fiance' and I were both denied access to the toilets in First Class -- and it just so happens that we were the only Black people asking for access!  In other words the stewardess let White passengers use the toilets but not us!  We didn't have ubiquitous cellphone cameras back then to prove what happened.  I complained once I got back to Chicago, but nothing ever happened.
All I can say is -- relative to airline service:  Keep the number to a good lawyer close, and a cellphone camera even closer.  Make Them Pay!!! 
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Posted by Steven Whitehurst at 7:05 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 22 April 2017 7:33 PM CDT
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