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Hey all,

Today in East Lansing Michigan the State Championship in Boys Class A was held at the Breslin Center.

Detroit’s Pershing High played against Kalamazoo’s Central High School, it was a spectacular game! Pershing won 90 – 73!

I’ve written about Keith Appling, one of Pershing’s star athletes before, but today he REALLY shined.

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I’m not discounting the rest of his hard playing teammates, it’s just that Keith broke the record today for most points scored in a Finals Game (49).

My heart is filled with pride for all those behind this young man. His mother and his grandmother and grandfather – his uncles and aunts, his siblings, all of his family!

And though we all love and support him, I know that it wasn’t us out there on the court today – it was you – so Keith I’m very, very Proud of YOU! Keep going and never forget your foundation….

State Champions!

Sooo much bad news around. Thank God for some GOOD NEWS!!!

Congratulations!

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Hey all,

Today we learn a word from the dictionary.

Prodigal

[prod-i-guhl]

–noun

a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance; spendthrift.

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.”
(Luke 15:13-14)

Michael Jackson

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Hey all.

Lately there’s been some buzz about the new billboard that MGM Grand has up in Detroit. Some say that it looks satanic, what do you think?

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I think that it’s simply “truth in advertising”. If it offends you, then I think that ought to be a signal to you to stay out! As a matter of fact I think this could start a trend in advertising, maybe bars could use this fellow on their billboards….

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dope houses could use this fine fellow….

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I mean you ought to know what to expect from the services rendered. Although this might be a truer example of the average experience….

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Hey all,

With sooo much bad news coming out of Detroit (especially about our youth) it’s good to hear some good news now and then.

Here’s what hard work, a family’s love, God-given skills and much prayer can produce:

Keith

Meet Keith Appling, number 32 for Pershing High in Detroit. He’s a point guard/shooting guard rising star and headed for Michigan State (MSU) soon.

Keith has been rated a 4-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, and here’s a portion from his ESPN evaluation:

July, 2008: “Appling is a good athlete who has good size and strength with long arms. He has a scorer’s mentality but is unselfish enough to also log minutes at the point guard position.”

and from June, 2008 – “He is known for his over 30 point outbursts both in High School and during the summer circuit.”

Appling

From a “Ballers Network” interview:
My basketball moment: “I scored 50 points one time at an AAU tournament in Ohio. It was against King James’ team. A lot of people were there and the gym was crazy.”

Pride – I’m proud of Keith. I’m proud of his family’s support and guidance (especially his MOM – she takes no stuff!) and his grandmother and grandfather, Fred and Annie Cook.

Ah yes, there ARE good things going on in Detroit and Keith is one of them.

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Hey all,

Well the Vice Presidential debate was last night, and I’m glad there will only be ONE.

Gov. Palin survived, and Senator Biden handled himself well.

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There were a lot of things that were said by Gov. Palin that I disagreed with (and her winks got annoying). But there was one exchange that gave me insight into the danger of this candidate.

She was asked about the office of Vice President being part of the Executive Branch of government or the Legislative Branch. Now, that may not sound like a big deal – except that Vice President Dick Cheney is involved in a law suit to prevent him from withholding or destroying records from his time in office (you can read about that HERE.) his Chief of Staff claims that the Vice President “belongs to neither the executive nor legislative branch of government, but rather is attached by the Constitution to Congress.”

So, if Vice President Cheney can successfully argue his way out of the Executive Branch of government, he can do what ever he likes with his papers….

Gov. Palin walked into the midst of this daunting question like a deer caught in the headlights.

Here is a transcript from that portion of last night’s debate:

Gwen Ifill: “Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?”

Gov. Palin: “Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.”

Now of course she missed the true point of the question and went into some lame reasoning about why she would be a good executive, but it’s just that kind of issue – that she’s clueless about – that could someday wind us up in some serious trouble.

The McCain camp has a saying about Barack Obama but it really applies to Gov. Palin:

NOT READY TO LEAD!

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Hey all,

Just read an article about former track star Tim Montgomery being indicted on heroin distribution charges.

It took me back to a simpler time in my life, when Saturdays meant spending some time watching ABC’s “Wide World Of Sports”.

Boxing was the thing I liked to watch the most, but you could count on the occasional skiing accident, and that show helped me to appreciate track and field events at the pro level.

I remember Tim Montgomery

Above is a picture of him after he broke the world record in the 100 meter run.

At one time he was half of an impressive sports couple – Marion Jones being the other half.

Two college educated, talented, personable young people with what looked like bright futures. But things even then weren’t as they seemed.

Marion, whose first husband (who was also her coach) C. J. Hunter had been caught up in illegal use of performance enhancing drugs, was herself using steroids to enhance her performance. In the 2000 Summer Olympics, Jones won five medals. It should have been an inspiration and triumphing moment, but it was tainted.

Shortly after winning her first medal it was announced by the International Olympic Committee that her coach/husband C. J. Hunter had failed four pre-Olympic drug tests, and despite the squeaky clean appearance and the great victory, all was not right.

The couple divorced in 2002. Enter Tim Montgomery.

Although Marion denied any use of prohibited drugs, truth caught up with her in 2007 and she was stripped of her records and medals and recieved a six month prison sentence for her involvement in the doping case and a money laundering scheme.

In 2006 Tim was indicted in the same money laundering scheme. Both have since lost their medals, their careers, and their credibility.

What went wrong?

And now the heroin charges against Tim Montgomery…. from the top of the world to the bottom.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

On May 16, 2008 Tim Montgomery was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his part in the check fraud scheme. He still faces the heroin charges.

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Hey all,

When I was young, I thought that the Grammy Awards were given in recognition of outstanding musical achievement, and for a while I found that to be true.

Then something happened, and suddenly it seemed just about anybody could win a Grammy with the right amount of sales and publicity. The Nielsen ratings of the Grammy Award Show became more important than the content and merit.

After Stevie Wonder’s justly earned Grammy streak, the “Machine” took over and the major record labels began to pump money all over the place near Grammy time.

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Well last night things took a step backwards and forwards at the same time…. Herbie Hancock won the Grammy for Album of the Year! That was a step back to the days of recognizing true artistry, and a step forward from the folly of trying to increase over-all record sales by pandering to the lowest common denominator.

If you haven’t heard “River: the joni letters” CD you can go to Download.com and hear ten tracks from it.

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It was a great choice that the Academy made when they chose to honor this CD, Joni Mitchell is an extraordinary artist – so is Herbie (and Wayne Shorter who provides his virtuosity throughout).

Then there is Tina Turner with her take of “Edith and the Kingpin”, one of my favorite Joni tunes. Nora Jones is also there.

There may still be hope for this industry after all…. “Yes we can!”

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