Iâm sure that the death of more young black males will occur at the hands of the police, but racism may not be the total story. As I watched a couple of businesses burning in Ferguson, Mo., I couldnât help but reflect on the Black Panther Movement, the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King beating and now the unfortunate death of Michael Brown. What did those riots accomplish in the long run?
Terrorism must be fought on the ground by infiltrating enemy lines based on intelligence which drones and air assaults wonât necessarily give. Once a target is defined, precision surgical strikes must be done to cut out the human cancers while minimizing other collateral damage.
If boys are to be saved and the nature of men truly appreciated, it is up to women to help positively define civilized standards of behavior at all levels and quit making heroes of those who have wronged us.Â It is also incumbent on women to quit jerking menâs chains and sending out mixed messages of wanting equality and demanding that men share the load while we hold back on our own potential and contributions to society other than through fashion, media talk or other inane venues.
The service sector is the largest growing segment of workers and the hospitality industry isnât letting most work more than 29.5 hours in NC to avoid paying benefits. Burger King has moved its headquarters to Canada to avoid paying $50 billion in taxes yet folks donât appreciate the deals with the rich corporations are unfortunately being crafted of necessity to allow those few jobs to stay here.
The alleged taping of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling's private talk is being used to blackball him from the NBA and take a team from him which he paid for with his own money.Â The US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of association and protections of personal property.Â All seem to have been violated here as Mark Cuban so aptly noted in the case of Donald Sterling who has the right to be a moron.
It strikes me thatÂ professional athletesÂ often fit the description of slaves on a plantationÂ engaging in gamesÂ for the attention of their masters/owners and audience, only here they are well paid and often overÂ paid for playing a game.Â When you listen in on their trash talk or the rap lyrics so laden with ethnic insults and debasements of human character, the difference between this and some of the mindless insulting humor of Tyler Perryâs characters based on color, body size and stupidity borders on much the same. The lines of distinction between this and Sterlingâs conversations are becoming more and more blurred.
The indigenous people of North America, erroneously termed Indians, proved their generosity and willingness to share with the Pilgrims (53) and joined as Wampanoag Native Americans (90) in celebrating the first Thanksgiving in the late fall of 1621 at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Present new age philosophy says work only if you make what you think you are worth via a livable wage not what the market bears; donât bother to save for education or houses for the government will bail you out making your debts go away; and indulge your fantasies of self-oriented pleasure or decadence because others should be willing to come to your rescue.Â Â Â We are fast moving away from a democratic republic based on individual responsibility with personal initiativeÂ and going warp speed in creating a time when everything is relative though not all that are relative are kin.
Help America Vote Act is the name of a federal 2002 law not unique to North Carolina.Â Â HAVA was instituted to insure that only citizens vote per the US Constitutionâs mandate as well as that the voter is who he/she says he/she is.Â Â NC has termed a part of its supportive similar legislation Voter Information Verification Act or âVIVAâ (S.L. 2013-381) with photo ID required except for those over 70, having religious objections, in cases of natural disasters or those needing curbside assistance.Â Â Public opinion polls suggest 70% support for this.
It is the National Debt which sits at the heart of this and every future economic debate in America as it fast approaches 20 trillion dollars. Again the federal budget glosses over the magnitude of our economic mess in denial while continually printing money which has no backing via gold or anything else. Trying to feed the masses a debtorâs pabulum with more than a spoonful of sugar to make it go down is like hoping that as in Psalm 23 the debt as well as the debtor will be forgiven. The continuance of the full faith and credit of this nation does not solely depend upon the government being open.