Hey all,

I know you have all heard about our President’s latest accomplishment:

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Today he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize which according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee is given “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

He joins the only two other African-American men to recieve this award – Ralph J. Bunche in 1950, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. Not shabby company, and a truly Noble accomplishment!

Fraternity between nations – abolition or reduction of standing armies – holding and promotion of peace congresses, let’s pray that Nobel’s little gold coin encourages our President’s resolve to live out the principles this honor stands for.

May God bless you Mr. President.

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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.)

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(Thanks Annie)

Hey all,

Take a drive through the inner city here in Detroit and you’ll soon find areas that appear deserted. Whole blocks with only one or two houses. Burnt out structures and overgrown vacant lots, just blocks from thriving communities.

In the last mayoral debate both candidates seemed open to shrinking Detroit by fencing off unused portions of the city. Can you imagine what would go on in these “fenced off” areas? Who will stop the dumping and who will maintain those areas?

Now businessman John Hantz of Detroit has a proposal for some of the vast areas of decline – Urban Commercial Farming….

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Is it just me or does this look like a 21st century plantation? Insert a “Big House” and put up the necessary fences (and anybody who has farmed in the city knows about crop theft) it would be hard to tell the difference.

It’s not a bad idea really, but I just don’t see the future of Detroit as the center for northern “farm hands” and when a dedicated workforce can’t be found, how long would it be before someone would figure out that cheap labor could be had from say Ryan Correctional, Wayne County Jail, Scott Correctional and others?

Put up six or seven of these ten square block farms and we’d soon become prison wonderland (why get your GED? there’s always work at the farm).

Who wants to visit a city that is surrounded by penal colony farms? As if it isn’t unsafe enough here already.

We have a void in this city in property and employment, but I don’t see the answer in creating thousands of low paying jobs. Sure, any job is a good job – but why is it that the ones who tell you that usually are being paid a lot more than you?

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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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See ya….

My brothers and sisters:

President Barack H. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!

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What a blessing to live to see the day….