Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Republicans got it Right! Once

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... "-Abraham Lincoln (the first great leader of the Republican Party)

“If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn’t even begun to pull out the knife.” - El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Republicans, remember your roots. Abandon your right wing racist, join with the American people, and rise to the highest ideals of your Party. Let's heal this nation.

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.

The Civil War erupted in 1861 and lasted four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
How did the Party go from Lincoln to Limbaugh? From light to darkness? From leadership to talk?

It’s time that the Republicans do the work laid out by their first great leader.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ecclesiastes 1 (King James Version)

Ecclesiastes 1

1The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

12I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
14I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
15That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
16I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
17And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
18For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cash for Clunkers Program. No Benefit to Bailed Out Chrysler and GM.

Over 80 percent of the vehicles traded in were trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

The top-selling new cars:

1. Ford Focus

2. Toyota Corolla

3. Honda Civic

4. Toyota Prius

5. Toyota Camry

The government has provided 1 billion dollars for this program. On Friday the House hastily moved to add $2 billion to the program by using money intended for energy loan guarantees. It's a shame that we could not find a way to benefit Chrysler and GM since we have invested so much into their survival. By the way, only 1 of these 5 top sellers was an American brand.

Eugenics Funding In Health Care Legislation?

Huffington Post

Luke 1:39-45 (New King James Version) Mary Visits Elizabeth

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Now THAT's a Community Church

Georgia church selling its nearly paid-off property and using the profits to help the needy in its community. - Ministry Today

This church gets the big picture. I hope that others follow.

Acts 17:24 (New King James Version)
"God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands."

1 Corinthians 6:19 (New King James Version)
" Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"

For The Modern GOP, It's A Return To The "White Voter Strategy"

The Huffington Post

Ugly Donuts

Now that we own a major part of Chrysler and GM it is time for us to make some demands. Forget about fuel efficiency or EPA standards. I am interested in a full sized spare tire. They replaced the full sized spare tire with the donut tire. The donut tire is not meant to be driven long distances and most of them have a maximum speed of 50 mph. Useless. We old guys remember a day when your spare tire matched the tires and wheels that came with the car exactly. When you had a flat, you changed the tire and your car did not look like a misfit until you got your flat fixed. You just left on the spare and repaired the flat tire at your convenience. Let’s demand the return of the full sized spare tire.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Truth About Jesus

Looking at African-American history, is Jesus still relevant for African Americans today? What are the common misconceptions concerning Jesus that have been leveled at the black community?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Galatians 5:13-26 (New American Standard Bible)

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

Matthew 12:1-8 (NKJV)

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Whites Only Restrooms in Philly! Jim Crow Lives!

"If you tried to use the bathroom, you might get suspended," said Leslie Young, a former worker at the facility. Young, along with Gibson Trowery, who still works at the station, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in October 2007..."

"Young said he recalled that a lock was placed on the restroom door, with keys distributed only to white workers..."

"The restroom black workers could use was down five flights of stairs ..."

Anger Has Its Place

"New York City cops make upwards of a half-million stops of private citizens each year, questioning and frequently frisking these men, women and children. The overwhelming majority of those stopped are black or Latino, and the overwhelming majority are innocent of any wrongdoing. A true “teachable moment” would focus a spotlight on such outrages and the urgent need to stop them."

By BOB HERBERT. Op-Ed columnist, New York Times Published: July 31, 2009

A Republican who’s not afraid of Limbaugh

Larry Murphy has strong feelings about Rush Limbaugh.

“Rush Limbaugh is a racist, he’s a cancer to the Republican Party and he should be excised,”

Blessed Are The Innovators

George Washington Carver viewed faith in Jesus as a means to destroying both barriers of racial disharmony and social stratification. He taught his students that knowledge of God through the Bible and devotion to Jesus was paramount over what he could teach them through numbers and formulas. He compiled a list of Eight Cardinal Virtues for his students to emulate and strive toward…

George Washington Carver's Eight Cardinal Virtues:
1. Be clean both inside and out.
2. Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.
3. Lose, if need be, without squealing.
4. Win without bragging.
5. Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
6. Be too brave to lie.
7. Be too generous to cheat.
8. Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.
From a letter to the senior class he taught, dated Jan. 9, 1922.

Eight Beatitudes:
Matthew 5:3-10 describes Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount, which contained what are known as the Beatitudes. Jesus said:

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
6. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Spirit of Innovation."

"Innovation has been essential to our prosperity in the past, and it will be essential to our prosperity in the future," ... "It is only by building a new foundation that we will once again harness that incredible generative capacity of the American people," ... "All it takes are the policies to tap that potential to ignite that spark of creativity and ingenuity which has always been at the heart of who we are and how we succeed." - President Barack Obama
Huffington Post/AP