Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Philadelphia Starbucks incident)

At first when I read about this story I wasn’t sure of how to react. On the surface it had all the look of a racial bias incident. For those who don’t know the story, 2 Black men were waiting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia for another man to come in and have a meeting. While they were there someone had asked them if they wanted anything and they declined the offer. One of the men understood when he was told that he couldn’t use the bathroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. If you would like to read the full story here is the link:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-starbucks-arrest-20180419-story.html

Let’s examine the facts of this case. First, a lot of places will tell you that if you are not a paying customer then you cannot use the bathroom. That makes sense to me. Normally places like this want you to purchase something from them because they are a business designed to make money. If you are occupying their space it detracts from others who might want to buy their products or services. I understand all of that. Now let’s look at the other side. For many, Starbucks has been a place where a LOT of people meet up for meetings. In fact, I can’t think of any other place where more private business meetings have been held. I, myself, have had meetings there (and no, I don’t like coffee). Since these men weren’t buying anything, should they have been arrested and escorted out by policemen? On the surface, this looks very bad because the men arrested were Black. One of those men had been a long time patron of this establishment. Just because both men were Black I don’t necessarily like to call it a racial issue, but then you have to ask yourself, “Would this have happened if the men had not been Black?” Because of the heightened awareness of racial issues in our society it is difficult to ignore the impact of this case. There may be other parts of this story that have not yet been divulged as well. I do know that if Starbucks is going to be one of those places for meetings then it may need to revise the policy of having people pay for services in order to congregate there. I am not calling for any type of boycott against Starbucks… at least not yet… I would like to see what results they can come up with to help rectify this situation and go from there. Every place needs to check it’s policies to make sure you don’t violate the rights of your customers. Hopefully this situation can find a solution that is amicable to all. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Comedian Kris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Watch out for the scammers)

Scammers are still heavy on the prowl, and they collect a lot of money from people who are unaware. They will call you and tell you that your account is overdrawn or that you can take advantage of a lower interest rate. They called me and told me that my Visa was in bad standing and that I needed to pay them to catch up. I immediately smelled a rat and I asked them which Visa they were referring to (In other words, I wanted to see if they knew my number). They told me that I already knew which account was in bad standing and they demanded that I pay immediately. I told them, “If you don’t know my number, then how can you possibly know if I am delinquent in payment or not?” They then told me to give them my account number (because they don’t like to mention it over the phone) and then they will tell me just how much money I owe. For the record, I already knew that ALL of my accounts were in good standing, so I just wanted to see how far these guys were willing to go before I busted them. I then asked them what bank they represented and they said “The one for your Visa.” That was the wrong answer. I then told them that I was going to report this number to the authorities for fraud, and as soon as I said that they hung up. When I tried to call them back the number was amazingly “not in service.” Scammers will now call your cell phone. Scammers will do and say anything to get your information. If they call you and you are not sure, then tell them  you will call them right back after you “check your information.” Then call the number on the back of your card. Right after I talked to these people I called all of my cards to check and found I was not delinquent on “any” of them. When people call you for money make sure they have all the information needed. They need to know your name, your bank  name and they need to know your account number already (at least the last 4 numbers). Even if they do have this information, make sure to call them right back after you “check” your account. Scammers collect a lot of money from unsuspecting people all the time. Don’t be one of them. Put them on the defensive and see how they react. Know your accounts well enough to be able to question them (without giving them any personal information). Don’t become a victim. Hopefully this message will help someone. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What if?)

Today’s Daily Thought may anger some people and it might confuse others, but I would like to bring out some hypothetical possibilities that many would not consider. How would you feel if most of what you have been taught was not exactly accurate or true? What if we had NEVER landed on the moon? What if JFK had been killed by someone else other than Lee Harvey Oswald? What if Michael Jackson and Tupac were still alive? What if Jesus Christ didn’t look anything like the pictures we have seen? It is tough relying on the facts and observations of others because their depictions may not have been precise at all. If we had not been there then “the only thing we have is what others tell us.” Does that make them right? Our history is often augmented to make certain things look good (even if they weren’t that good to start with). I would strongly suggest you Google the “real” story of Christopher Columbus to see if he “really did discover America” or if it was discovered by a person (or people) other then him. The real story might well surprise you. There have been several different philosophies on whether or not we landed on the moon. If you go to WWW.Youtube.com and search you might be
“shocked” at what you find. There are videos that show proof that we “never” landed on the moon as they say we did. There is even video footage of a flag that seems to “blow in the wind” (of course, that can’t happen because there is NO wind on the moon). There are now newer theories about who killed JFK and while someone knows the real truth it has still not been revealed it yet. Speculation about Michael Jackson and Tupac have been rampant for a long time about both of them actually still being alive. I find interesting the fact that history doesn’t make a lot of mention about what Jesus Christ actually looked like. He was from the Egypt area where most people had darker color skin (however this would not necessarily make him Black or African American). The current pictures we all see of him tend to give him certain physical features that may not be accurate at all. In fact, here is an article I found in regards to his appearance:

https://www.livescience.com/61875-what-did-jesus-look-like.html

Based of the image portrayed by others, if Christ did come back probably no one would recognize him. We have history to rely upon, but we all need to remember what history is: “His-story.” It is what others have said, based on the truth that they “think” they know. I am not telling anyone that what they have learned is a lie, but there is nothing wrong with digging deeper into knowledge to learn more. Sometimes having that extra knowledge can make the biggest difference in your life. You can spend your life depending on others, or you can find out for yourself. There is nothing wrong with being self taught. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Bonnie Raitt in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Being there for a friend)

Sometimes when you look at things on the surface  your views can get very tainted. I don’t judge books by their covers. I could not post a Daily Thought yesterday because I was busy supporting a friend. Without going into a lot of details (or saying the name of this friend) I will simply say that he had been accused of a very heinous crime. I was not there when the crime happened, but I believe in my friend so I went to be there for him. Don’t get me wrong, my friend was not  perfect in any regard. He had 16 years of priors for smaller offenses already on his record. That came out yesterday. In fact, that was the main reason he was already incarcerated. However, the big charge that they currently have against him just doesn’t feel right (In my own opinion). Other than testimony  from the alleged victim I don’t think they have any evidence against him. Most people would probably look at the charges alone and formulate a very negative opinion against him. I don’t work that way. Innocent people have been incarcerated before (some for many years before they were finally exonerated). Just as easily as they could find against him they could do the same for you and me. I am not trying to say that my friend is innocent. I was not there to know for sure, but I do believe in my heart that he truly is innocent. How far would you go to support a friend? To a fault I like to believe in people. I will go to bat for them whenever necessary. Am I always right? No… but that still doesn’t stop me from caring. You may have a situation very similar when it comes to a friend of yours. The easiest thing to do is formulate a negative opinion about someone (or something) without getting all the facts. That’s not my way… This case was postponed until another day. I will try to go back for him when the new date arrives. That is what caring is really about for me. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory and Brett Jolly

Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A favorite classic song that I like)

The guy who is affiliated with this album is someone whose name I recognize even though I have no idea what he looks like. He has produced some songs with great quality and I love his work. He has an international flavor that (in my opinion) should be accepted by genres the world over. I have no idea if he is alive or not today, but I always considered his music “exceptional.” His name is Sergio Mendes and this is “just one” of his songs that I like. I hope you do too. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Waiting for the warmer weather here in Philly)

To be honest, it has not been a bad winter here in Philly at all. We had only a couple of snowstorms, some very frigid temperatures (not many) but this past winter was “livable” for us. It is now April 10 and the warmer Spring weather should be on the way soon. I did not officially check the weather forecast, but I heard that we might even make 80 degrees by this weekend. Yesterday it was drizzling and cool. There is a peacefulness about the winters here. There is not much activity going on outside when it’s cold. However, the Spring time will allow me to take more walks and enjoy the air more. The warmer weather also involves more people walking around outside. There is nothing wrong with that, but when things get really hot then there is a tendency for more crimes to be committed. Regardless, I think we have had enough of the winter weather, and I am more than ready for the change. Each year I like to take my kids to Atlantic City just so that we can wake up to the ocean. If you can go there during certain days you can get rooms there “dirt cheap.” It is time, and I am “so ready” to go. I realize that the weather in my area doesn’t have to be the same as people who live elsewhere. Wherever you are, I hope you manage to make the most of the circumstances around where you live. Have fun, and enjoy life… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Vintage shot with Johnny Gil, Brett Jolly and Bobby Brown

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