Is It Really Such A Shame?


Oh, I care, indeed I do.
But I don’t give a fuck what happens to you.

I care only about me and you taught me well.
As far as I’m concerned, you can go to hell!

When things were looking up,
you drank from the golden cup.

But a lot has changed and all for the worse.
It’s like you’re a victim of a witch’s curse.

Look in the mirror; you’re the one to blame.
What you did unto others; you’re getting the same.

It’s no fun when the shit’s hitting your face.
The sad truth is, this needn’t have been the case.

As I look around, ‘temping’ is the new norm.
You’ll never get to fill out a real application form.

There’ll be no 401K to get you through the golden years.
At night, you’re shaking; you’ve got so many fears.

Whatever the future holds, it don’t look good.
You’ll end up dirt poor, in all likelihood.

Don’t say you didn’t see this coming, you were caught by surprise.
It’s been going on for years and you could never sympathize.

Oh, but you do now and it’s much too late.
Is it really such a shame, what is now your fate?

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.

With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans.

“It seems to be the new norm in the working world,” said Kelly Sibla, 54. The computer systems engineer has been looking for a full-time job for four years now, but the Amherst, Ohio, resident said she has to take whatever she can find.

“I know a lot of people who are doing this temping. It seems to be the way this is going,” she said.

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I remember many years ago when I first heard about ‘temp’ jobs and I thought, “Oh shit, this ain’t good! The abject poor are going to get hit by this, especially Black people” But what was done about this when it was just beginning to come down the pike? Not a goddamn thing! Many just figured that it couldn’t and wouldn’t affect them, but now that the shit has hit the fan for those who thought they were immune, it ain’t such a distant memory any more. It’s here to stay and it’s the new way of doing business and it ain’t going nowhere! Isn’t it just fun to ignore the plight of others until the shit is all up in YOUR face? Anybody up for another heaping helping of apathy, complacency and “I just don’t give a damn until it’s impacting me, pie?” Yep, right in your face! Step right up! Next!

I did say,

Get ready for what’s coming!
Look lively there and all.
Think not of what you had,
into that gutter, won’t you crawl?



Blessed are the rich for they are ever so evil.
Blessed are the poor for they are left bereft.
Blessed are the silent for they are so complicit.
Blessed are the weak for they simply gave up.
Blessed are the apathetic for they are such fools.
Blessed are the humble for they are cringing and subservient.
Blessed are not the meek for they shall inherit this shit.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

Don’t Worry, We Got This!

economic doom

All around the internet, I see people wondering if Americans will wake up before it is too late. Save your breath because no matter what you say, it will fall on deaf ears. Americans cannot nor will they see that their situation is already beyond help. Even when millions cannot find a job and when food stamps have been cut for millions of Americans, Justin Bieber would have to tell them that the U.S. government tried to fuck up Ukraine and spent $5 billion doing it and still, it wouldn’t even register. The fact that Americans are lied to every single time a politician opens up his or her mouth is of no consequence when they tell Americans that there is no money to fund needed programs and that we must deal with austerity because of the deficit and yet, money can be found to initiate a coup in another country. Americans respond with, “oh dear me, another trip to the food shelf.” When Americans are told that cutbacks in education are necessary, this is met with, “damn, uze gist gawn be dum Jawny!” Translation, “you are going to be a dumb motherfucker Johnny and with no goddamn skills other than burger flipping, so get at it!”

Americans are hung out to dry by their representatives every single damn day and all they do is, “yawn.” You see, it’s just another bright, sunny day in this here fool’s paradise, in this rich man’s dream, in this poor man’s swamp where the needs of the needy are of no consequence and the desires of the rich are catered to. Let me put it this way, homelessness has become so damn much of a norm here that we just make up laws in order to feed them to the for profit prison industrial complex and then we forget about them. You know the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind, problem solved.” That is our solution to everything that we don’t want to deal with. Keep it out of my sight. Do whatever you have to do, but just get it out of my sight. Lock it up. Throw it away. Hide it. Make it disappear. Give me the illusion of Utopia. If I don’t see it, then I cannot become it. Fill my vision with glitter and glamour and all things bright and beautiful. Keep the ugliness at bay. I don’t want to deal with it. Give me a pill to keep me happy. Give me a pill to take away the pain of reality. I don’t want to deal with it, see ‘cause it ain’t hardly no fun. And that’s what it’s all about; fun, good times, laughter, high living, the surreal and not the reality. You see, Americans don’t do reality real well, oh not at all. The real deal, they can’t stomach. So, they must be continuously intravenously fed if need be, lies, half-truths, disinformation and they will eat that shit up and sit down and belch it out and still manage to produce a rose. That is how good Americans are at ignoring what they don’t want to know. Oh, Americans ignore quite a lot of shit. On a good day, Americans couldn’t even tell you what color the sky is, not on their own, that is. They must first check an app and please don’t confuse them by asking them for change. You’d only get a blank stare. And if a remote control can’t get it done, chances are, it ain’t happenin’.

So people, please stop wondering when Americans are going to realize that something is really rotten in America because they never will. Nothing is wrong. It is all in your mind. The lights are on in the gated communities and the lights are on in the prison industrial complex and therefore, all is good! We got this! We’re in control of our own destiny and never you doubt us good old Americans, not for a minute. You outsiders, pfft!, whaddayou know?

Like I said, “don’t worry. We got this!” Uh…on second thought, you might want to worry just a teensy weensy bit!

Be Me Day After Day!

Is he less than YOUR pet? Yeah, he is! That's why HE is homeless!

Is he less than YOUR pet?
Yeah, he is! That’s why HE is homeless!

I long for warmth and a touch
from another human being.
I’ve been alone for far too long
and my humanity is fleeing.

I’ll soon be like an animal.
I’m headed down that route.
I’ve seen so many lose their mind
there go I, without a doubt.

But, I live just like an animal,
when I forage around for food,
and settle down in doorways.
In my pants, the shit has oozed.

I’ve not the niceties of life.
This is my reality.
Can you stomach what I do?
I’ve got no time for pleasantry.

Did you think I’d stay the same,
when I’m outdoors, night and day?
How would you feel if you were me,
just what would people say?

If I’m not human, neither are you,
when your pets are cared for more.
They’re not put out on the streets.
Nor are they ever shown the door.

Will you stop and just consider
that I shouldn’t live this way?
Can you imagine what it’s like
to be me, day after day?

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

Now, go and walk your dog, who is dressed to the nines in a cashmere sweater and with a cashmere scarf and ear muffs. And don’t forget to get your cat’s favorite food, Fancy Feast while some homeless ‘human’ is living worse than your pet! Ain’t we just the fucking bees knees????!!!!! By golly, we got our fucking priorities, oh yes we do!!!! Fifi must have the very best. Fuck the poor homeless ‘human’ souls! Oh, they’ll get by! For the love of …..!!!!!!!

As I Kick 2013’s Ass To The Curb…

"Vive la Champagne, France!...uh, I mean, Happy New Year!"

“Vive la Champagne, France!…uh, I mean, Happy New Year!”

I want to take this opportunity to say that I started blogging in February and as this is a relatively new blog, it has seen a lot of action; some good, some not so good. But after the dust settles from dust-ups, set-backs, moves(criss-crossing the country and almost into Canada)tears, laughter, anger(a damn helluva lot of anger), frustration, screams, moans, groans, 50 million “I quits!,” and that’s just the GOOD! Just kidding. It ain’t ALL been bad! This ‘good’ girl gone bad nevertheless! Hell ya!

I would like to say that there are so many great people on WordPress that I have ‘virtually’ met and no, I did not say, “virtuously” because most of you know that you’re not ‘virtuous’. Don’t even try it! My bullshitometer is working on overdrive. But be that as it may, you guys are the best of the best. We’ve created our own press releases, our own hot-off-the-presses, our own awards and ceremonies We’ve recognized the creative genius in each other and we’ve had no problem sharing the fact that we’ve all learned and been inspired by one another. In this crazy, wacked-out cyber world we have here, we’ve somehow managed to find a little corner where we all come to connect and see what each of us are up to; what our hopes and thoughts are for a better world for everyone. We’ve had some fun many times because without humor, seriously…how would we make it through these hard times.

Mainstream media’s lies, half-truths and flat out contempt for the truth is what is spurring most of us to continue into 2014. If they refuse to be a voice for the voiceless; for the innocents who are slaughtered on a daily basis, for those who are detained without due process, for those who commit no crimes, but are incarcerated, for those who are homeless, jobless and lacking food and healthcare, then we will. Mainstream media has turned its collective back on the poor souls who are fucked and fucked up. We will not let their plight go unnoticed. We will continue to point out the disparities in income, education and incarceration. We will continue to shed light on corruption. We will continue to call bullshit, “bullshit!” We’re not slackers, we’re attackers of the lies. We want the goddamn truth! And by god, we’ll stomp a mud hole in some lying politician’s ass; quick, fast and in a hurry to get at the truth. Hell no! We don’t half-step, not a bit of it!

And so, as we head into 2014, we are all aware that the battle is not over. This year is going to be a pivotal one as this is the year for mid-term elections in god awful US of Amurderer. Guantanamo is still open, drones are still raining on the heads of innocents, our rights have fled the building and we are under assault, every day. Yet, we have not given up. Yes, we are fucked(I am SO eloquent, not to mention..nice)but even as we acknowledge this, we also acknowledge the fact that though we may be fucked, we’ve still got some semblance of fight in us and with what little we have, we will strive to push the fuckers back!

Get your pitchforks ready, sharpen your pencils, put your helmet on and let’s go get ’em!

Love and power to the peons!!!

Every voice counts and is needed and guillotine the motherfuckers!!!

Happy productive New Year!!!!

(Oh, and just call me “Madame Shabela!” I tell fortunes and give advice to the lovelorn and the fucked up) and business is booming, ‘doncha’ know!

How Low Do We Have To Go?

wallsteet and mainstreet


The gap between the rich and poor
increased by leaps and bounds.
Those who make up Wall Street
are winning all the rounds.

The knockout blow is yet to come,
for millions aren’t awake.
They fail to hear the cry,
“just let them go eat cake!”

What will it take to wake them up?
How low do they have to go?
And what about the jobless,
who’ve just run clean out of dough?

The thugs that represent us,
don’t give a damn at all.
They gladly kick the peons,
on whom they’ve dropped the ball.

Oh say can you see,
the fact that we are screwed?
When empty bellies rumble,
and the cupboards hold no food.

Don’t cry because you’re broke.
Just suck it up and learn.
Hard times, we’re meant to face,
and sadly, it’s your turn.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2013 Shelby I. Courtland

….and we are asleep! Jobless, ‘benefitless’, hopeless with nothing to lose and again, asleep.

What A Wonderful Holiday!

what wonderful holiday

The NSA is shuttered.
And the drone strikes have ceased.
Peace doth fill the land.
The CIA has left the East.

Snowden is not in exile,
and Manning is free to go.
No war crimes are committed.
Obama closed Guantanamo!

Sequestration’s off the table.
and no benefits are cut.
On the homeless and the poor,
No door is to be shut.

Corporations pay a living wage.
They love their employees.
Weary workers take vacation,
and get sick time when they sneeze.

We need clean air and water,
so they put an end to fracking.
Fukushima never happened.
And the glaciers are not cracking.

Netanyahu grew a heart.
and so the Gaza Strip is fine
US soldiers left Afghanistan,
and Iran is now in line.

Bush and Cheney are in prison.
They are tortured every day.
‘Twas a miracle of Christmas.
What a wonderful holiday!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

Yeah, I fucking wish!!!

You Filthy Corporate Scum!

corporate scum

You cannot be human.
You are metal; a machine.
You’re not a living creature.
You are gross and so obscene.

Not one to pay a decent wage,
no concern do you ever show.
You’re an assembly line prototype.
You were never an embryo.

You’re a stinking piece of shit,
and a pimply, pompous ass.
You waste the air you breathe,
though you think you’ve got some class.

The pitiful and the poor,
who struggle everyday
must never cross your path.
To you, they’re just a stray.

They say that karma is a bitch.
What goes around doth come.
Too bad you’ll never get your due,
you filthy corporate scum!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

I wrote this one because the rank and file workers are having a bitch of a time trying to make ends meet and yet the heads of corporations are raking in the dough and then have the nerve to wonder why so many people are not shopping or eating out! Seriously? They’ve got no damn money because wages are stagnant and unemployment for many is due to run out! Yet corporate scum never miss a beat even when they break the law as in Wall Street fraud and other criminal acts. Would that I could get rewarded for being a criminal, get away with it and get millions in compensation for being a damn criminal and what with taxpayers having to pick up the tab(food stamps and medical assistance) for the employees of Wal-Mart and other low wage employers! For the love of …..!!!!!!

Making The Case For ‘Povertenza’

rich vs poor

I must thank Robert once again for bringing this to my attention.

Why the sudden onset of ‘fluenzas’? Oh of course, to keep young white asses out of jail!!!

We are all familiar with·flu·en·za
1.a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics.

Now, we have quite another ‘fluenza’.·flu·en·za
1.a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy ‘white’ young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.

When I tried to look up ‘povertenza’, this is what appeared.

povertenza – did not match any documents.

•Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
•Try different keywords.
•Try more general keywords.
•Try fewer keywords.

Surprised? Not a chance! You see ‘povertenza’ could be used as a ‘get-out-of jail’ and into therapy card for Black youth who live in poverty stricken inner cities. Of course, there will be no medical terminology associated with ‘povertenza’ because poverty in the Black community has been criminalized and so, povertenza will never be considered a medical condition unlike affluenza, that shit just cannot happen. I mean, who would we get to fill up all the jails and prisons, if not for criminalizing poverty in Black communities all across this country. We must have free slave convict labor and since rich white kids have affluenza, young Black kids have ‘criminalenza’ and therefore, must be put on lockdown, for their own good, of course. That is the ‘therapy’ for poor Black youth.

So, when a rich white kid commits a crime, he has a medical condition and it would be even more detrimental to his rich white ass if he was locked up with those who suffer from ‘povertenza’ and thus, he should just sit down with a psychologist who will offer him support and hope that he can somehow cope with being a poor little rich white kid who is just so isolated that he has no concept of right and wrong and when he does wrong, he must not be allowed to suffer the consequences of his actions, oh no! Not like the poor Black youth who suffer from povertenza. Affluenza is much more of a serious condition that needs treatment, not incarceration. We must have standards, you know! If we must invent medical terms to keep little badass rich white kids out of jail, then by all means, we will. However, this will not apply to those little Black kids in inner cities, who because they have been infected with povertenza, uh…well…there is just no excuse. They must suffer the consequences of their actions. This is Amerikkka you know.

Affluenza? Seriously? That is the most stupid shit that I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot. White people never cease to amaze me with the making up of shit just to excuse their offsprings criminal behavior. They will make shit up and sling it until it sticks. This is a new fucking low even for this shithole called Amerikkka! More goddamn bullshit nonsense!

Public defenders all across Amerikkka, I double dare you to use this defense the next time a Black youth is standing beside you in criminal court on charges of stealing a loaf of bread. Cite povertenza as the cause and demand that povertenza be treated as a psychological malaise affecting ‘poor’ Black young people; symptoms of which include a lack of a quality education, feelings of low self-worth caused by racism, bigotry and prejudice and is a type of condition that needs therapy, not imprisonment and that if affluenza can be applied to rich white kids, then apply povertenza as opposed to criminalenza to poor Black youth. If that doesn’t work, tell the judge the Black kid stole the bread to sell for Nyquil because he had influenza. Hell! Try every fluenza in the book and out of it except for affluenza(we already know that one isn’t going to work)and see what happens. And get back to me on how well THAT defense goes over with the judge. Not that I don’t already know! I’m not that naïve! For the love of …!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Into Hell, You Shall Descend!’

Jesus shunned

Jesus so loved man that he went and packed his bags.
He came back to earth with a rucksack and some rags.

He thought to preach the gospel and so stopped right by a church.
They thought he was a homeless man and took up sticks of birch.

He was beaten by the christians because he was not rich.
They ridiculed and cursed him, then threw him in a ditch.

A homeless man they’d shunned did offer him some water.
He took a cloth, wiped Jesus’ face and gave him his last quarter.

Jesus thanked him kindly; said his Father would reward him.
He sought to save the world, but his hopes began to dim.

The sinners were in church proudly showing off their greed.
There were poor folk in the streets, so obviously in need.

Hate did rule the day and on this he shook his head.
Those christians and their like would never rise when they drop dead.

Their souls were torched and burned as Jesus turned his back.
He blessed the meek and poor; there’d be nothing they would lack.

There is a moral to this story as it relates to hypocrites.
The ones who think they’re ‘good’ are the actual counterfeits.

“Though you sit in pews of palaces, believing you’ve been saved.
No paradise awaits you; your road to hell’s been paved.

Jesus told his Father that on earth, the poor are scorned.
His Father said to him, “In heaven, they’ll be adorned.”

So, you christian peacocks prance as soon your life will end.
And when you look around you; into hell, you shall descend.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

To the ‘christians’, I hope you enjoy this one! Better stock up on some ‘ice’.

The ‘good’ bishop was shunned by his own church! Good thing, the ‘good’ bishop wasn’t Jesus, eh christians? But then, he’d get the same treatment, so it’s all ‘good’. Oh, and I just opened an ‘ice’ store! Come and get it. Special price for christians and seeing as how you hypocrites are so rich, $35,000 for a 5lb bag and it comes with a guarantee NOT to melt in Hell! You can’t beat that with a ‘birch stick’ now can ya? Damn! I can’t keep up with the demand!

Job posting: Ice store employees needed. Apply here!