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Hello,

I ran across this picture on the net and was struck by the complete wrongness of it all:

South Carolinian newspaper Rock Hill Herald

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The photograph at the top of this newspaper page (from the South Carolina Rock Hill Herald) is of students fleeing from Shady Hook Elementary School after the tragic shootings that occurred there. The photograph at the bottom of the newspaper page is an advertisement for a Holiday sale at a local gun store. We won’t even go into why Santa is pushing guns this Christmas.

The paper has since offered an apology for this insensitive ad placement, saying that the page layout decision had been made the day before the Shady Hook tragedy took place.

Ah, American capitalism, remember –  those guns represent jobs and those jobs represent money so that people can purchase the good things in life for their children who can go to good schools where those guns….

Hey all,

Through eight years of policy that has left this country devastated and divided, I can’t recall ANYONE talking about Killing George W. Bush. Today we have a (so-called) Pastor calling for the death of our president and a recent Facebook poll about whether it should be done or not – here’s a link: The Political Carnival

How sick are we as a country?

Thank God it’s not all of us. I received this beautiful article from a friend, it’s well worth sharing:

Andrew M. Manis: When Are WE Going to Get Over It?

For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?
Now I want to ask
: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color? Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than ” talk the talk .”

Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.
We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent.
Conservative
whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.

But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to ” assassinate Obama .”
Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, ” How long ?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites? How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?   How long before we start “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that ” red and yellow , black and white ” all are precious in God’s sight?
Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three point plan :
First
, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service ) will protect him and his family from us white people.

Second , I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.
Third
, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can ” in spirit and in truth ” sing of our damnable color prejudice,
We HAVE overcome .”

It (now) takes a Village to protect our President !!!

(Andrew M. Manis is associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia and wrote this for an editorial in the Macon Telegraph.)

See ya

(Thanks Annie)

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

See ya….

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?

MGM Billboard

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….

MGM Billboard5

See ya….

Hey all,

Hard times have come to the “Big 3”, I remember when having a job at one of the auto plants was THE thing….

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Got to be tough when your Corporation is seeking a Bridge.

Funny how life goes, these captains of industry are probably going to have to wait for a Black man to get into the White House before they can receive their welfare….

See ya.

Well, what can I say? It’s all too much, you got to try and find some humor in this thing somewhere – so – try singing this to the tune of “The Beverly Hillbillies”

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Come and listen to a story about a man named ‘John’

a poor city man living under a bond.

Then one day ore’ to Windsor he styles….

and out from the bench comes a bubblin’ Giles….

Ron that is, 36th Court, trial Judge.

*

Well the first thing you know ole ‘John’s a prisoner here

Kinfolks said “Glad the Primary’s gon’ and cleared!”

Wayne county jail is the place he ought to be,

so they loaded up the van and tonight he’s gonna sleep

In jail that is, cement bench, steel bars.

*

Well now it’s time to say good-bye to ‘John’ (and all his kin)

but we would like to thank you folks for kindly droppin in.

You’re all invited back next week to this locality

to watch the trial of ‘John Sixpack’ and Christine Beatty.

Ghetto that is.  Set a spell.  Take your shoes off.  Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear?

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.

See ya.

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