SASSY MAMAS January 18- February 4, 2018 Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm | Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm BUY TICKETS Dear Blue Paper Patrons: Within our midst is a thriving and homegrown theater company that has been serving South Florida for more than 45 years, with their magnificent performances and brilliantly directed theatrical productions. The M Ensemble Theater Company is one of the oldest African-American theater companies’ in the United States. It may be the longest running company in the State of Florida. On this MLK [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Words are insufficient in describing the debt of gratitude I harbor for those who gathered to celebrate this year’s 242nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. With the passing of my long time Marine Brother and partner, Norm Higgins, along with the destruction associated with Hurricane Irma, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to provide our Marines, their families and the citizens of Monroe County with what has become a “bedrock event”. At first, I doubted my [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Callousness and contempt hinged upon self-absorption, narcissism and an inflated-sense of self; has given rise to indignant and rage filled conversations, some of which have triggered violent attacks in mainstream America. On too many occasions these types of exchanges have led to murder. Unfortunately, this aggressive form of political expression has become an accepted mode of behavior; even a sought after means of communication.
by John Donnelly……. The euphemisms of counter-terrorism have morphed into quaint mellifluous slogans, concealing the savagery and barbarity of their murderous content. The dispositional matrix (America’s kill list), extraordinary rendition (Kidnapping & imprisonment without due process), enhanced interrogation (torture), black sites (disavowed torture chambers) and targeted killings (assassinations); have become widely accepted as appropriate terms and methods for use in combating terrorism. These practices have been described as “legal and justifiable conduct” by our government. Accommodating and consenting to engage in unrestricted violent behavior because [continue reading…]
by John Donnellly……. Seeking medical services for wounds they incurred in combat has brought many veterans to the desk of Xenia Leonteva, a staff assistant for our county’s extraordinary Veterans Service Officer Gary Johnson. Ms. Leonteva’s brilliant handling of their concerns, is representative of her commitment and dedication to serve Monroe County’s veterans and their families. I’ve come to understand that Ms. Leonteva has volunteered to create, organize and participate in a truly spectacular event that will assist and benefit the clients served by our [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. The pulsating life force within all creation reverberates on a continuum at set frequencies. These varying modulations present a vibration that’s delusively manifested in the material world as distinct “solid forms”. This illusion reinforced by our sensory experiences is a compelling optical deception exerting a powerful influence over our lives. This hoax once complete and accepted, sets in motion an alluring and farcical force purporting to be “Reality”. It births every manner of ignorance and misrepresentation. Thus, a precedent setting pattern for [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. “Purple Heart Day” in the United States is celebrated on August 7th. The Purple Heart Medal is awarded under the most adversarial of circumstances. Many recipients are never presented with their award as their next of kin receives it posthumously, because the individual honoree was “Killed In Action”. Other members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart are those “Wounded In Action”. United States Marines were brutally killed and savagely wounded under my watch. Their grotesquely mangled bodies were beyond anything I [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Being scolded and threatened by individuals visiting the Florida Keys with their large vehicles and trailers as they create traffic jams and dangerous driving conditions for the citizens that live here, because we’ve asked our County Commissioners to decrease their destructive impact, via the creation of a “toll road” for entry onto our islands, identifies a certain type of contempt, insensitivity and indifference for the safety and basic needs of Monroe County residents.
by John Donnelly……. Has the United States Government under the tutelage of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan, along with the many thousands of congressmen and women who’ve served under their leadership, had enough time to formulate “comprehensive immigration reform”? Why is it that the leaders of our nation have been unable to develop a plan of action that contains clear, cogent, humane and enforceable immigration laws?
by John Donnelly……. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan had 32 (thirty-two) years to competently address the “disastrous debacle” that has devolved into our nation’s present immigration policy. All of these politicians with their extravagantly paid consultants, advisers and experts specializing in the field of immigration law; failed miserably. Thousands of elected members to congress, along with their extensive and excessively compensated staffers, sat idly by as the immigration crisis worsened; exacerbating the pain and suffering of millions seeking safety, food and shelter for their [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Toxic barbs by design are authored with the intent to weaken and disable their target. Enlightening and illuminating discourse are not sought nor desired by such poltroons. Absent the wisdom and creative genius accrued by Self-Realized and Self-Actualized individuals, these bottom feeders haven’t anything of authenticity to write about. Not dazzling you with brilliance, they shall baffle you with their bullshit. For generations these types of ideologues have given rise to the bureaucracies and ineffective policies proffered to remedy our defective educational [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. The youngest United States Marine killed in action while serving in Vietnam was 15 years old. This teenager doctored his birth certificate at age 14 in order to join the Marines. This courageous African-American Marine from New York City was killed a month after I was wounded, while running to the aid of his heavily outnumbered colleagues with ammunition, so they might prevail in battle and not be killed.
by John Donnelly……. High browed Psychiatrists and Psychologists, along with many credentialed mental health professionals; frequently lack an ability to relate, understand and identify with their disturbed patients. Outside a clinical or classroom setting, their deficiencies are highlighted by an experiential absence and ineptitude, which diminishes their capacity to grasp the underlying realities of mental illness. An understanding that can best be awakened via wounds endured on the firing line of life. Friction generated by the rubber meeting the road, creates the requisite heat for [continue reading…]
FLYIN’ WEST by Pearl Cleage Directed by Jerry Maple, Jr. June 8-25, 2017 Sandrell Rivers Theater At Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village 6101 NW 7th Avenue Miami, Fla. 33127 Dear Readers, Contributors & Friends, As President of the Board of Directors, for The M Ensemble Theater Company, I invite you as my guest, to come and join us for our Opening Night Performance on June 8th at 7:30 PM. After the show we will have a cast party, buffet dinner and dance music for your [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. If people recognize no force superior to their desires; then they must fight when their desires collide. Penetrating an eye socket with one’s fingers, so as to detach said eyeball and disable an opponent, might be the outcome from such collisions. Syrian atrocities and “child murder” have been established as the new normal. Acceptable levels of violence and killing have become “standard operating procedure”, as long as such destruction appears to be occurring at a safe distance. Indifferently disposed leaders and media [continue reading…]