This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
On Saturday I hosted a cookout for family and some friends. It was a lot of work and my wife and I were tired. Sunday, after church, I came home and was going to take a nap but my daughter came over and spent the afternoon and early part of the evening with us. We all laughed, talked, went down memory lane a little bit, and even discussed a little politics. She's my girl. :) The time Saturday and Sunday is priceless and is really time I'll never forget.
Today is Memorial Day, and I realize there are many family members who are remembering their military loved ones who were killed and are wishing those family members were there with them, today. Today is the day to remember those military people who were killed in the service for our country.
The cookout is fine. The family time is fine, but consider the military who lost their lives.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)
Kasandra Perkins, the mother of a 3 month old girl, was killed by her "boyfriend," who happened to be a football player. Kasandra Perkins, and her daughter, are victims of domestic violence. In this case, the weapon used wasn't her boyfriend's fists, nor a knife, nor a car, but a gun.
I mention the weapon here only for one reason: it doesn't matter what means her boyfriend used to kill her. Kasandra Perkins is dead and her baby no longer has a living mother. And, as I write this, what is now being reported is the murderer has a history of domestic violence against other women.
The killer's occupation is not an issue. The means the killer used to kill Kasandra Perkins is not an issue. The rate of violence for people who have the killer's occupation is not an issue. Domestic violence is the issue and Kasandra Perkins is dead.
I'm really thankful to God for waking me up this morning. In the past few months I've learned that people I know and love have had sicknesses of differing degrees and I've heard about the deaths of others.
Life really is precious and today, but just not today, I give thanks to all who are around me.
When you hear about the sudden death of someone you "know" on superficial level and then see the out pouring of love, support, and encouragement to stay strong in God, it just wells up inside, and again puts things in their proper perspective.
To me, today means doors were unbarred by a lot of people, known and unknown, and people were provided the opportunity to walk through and do their thing. I'm on the broad shoulders of my family and I pray others are able to stand on mine.
The reason why I have some alignment with the Tea Party is because
with all of the government spending, we are destined to burden our
children with the debt being amassed under our watch. For those of us
who have been in serious debt and have worked our way out of it, I
view the use of the word enslavement as being appropriate.
When I had serious credit card debt, and realized that paying what I
thought was a lot, was really paying a few dollars over the credit
card interest and fees, I felt like a slave. What are we doing to our
In Maryland, when O'Malley gained office, the first thing he did was
spend down the rainy day fund to the legal minimum. He then gave
raises to people in his cabinet. This was despite the fact the
outgoing governor said there was a multi-million dollar structural
The next year, O'Malley kept up the spending spree along with the
state assembly. He said he "cut" government by not filling open
positions but filling new positions. They then has a "special session"
to cover the debt where they raised the sales tax and put slots on the
next election ballot. They also used one year inflows into the
government from the federal government to hide the deficit.
This year? No new taxes, but again the budget included one year
inflows from the federal government. Now, ALL state legislators are
saying they are going to have to "revisit" the budget next year --
AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE -- and that "deep cuts" and "revenue
enhancements" will have to be a part of the "discussion." This means,
they are going to raise taxes.
This is happening on the federal level only it is much much worse. And, seriously, I
wonder, and fear, the idea that future tax increases as well as the use of "fees" and other
things, will negatively affect my living standard just because I'm
"wealthy", whatever arbitrary level that is.
The AMT is unfair and will hit the middle class hard. The
congress-criters know it and don't do anything to seriously revamp it
because they depend on the money the AMT brings in.
This CAN'T continue. Greece is our future.
And I haven't even mentioned Social Security going into the red much
sooner than estimates given, or the under funding of pensions, or the
under funding of the government pension insurance, or...
The Archdiocese of Washington's decision to drop its foster care program is
the first casualty of the District of Columbia's pending same-sex marriage law
that will obligate all outside contractors dealing with the city to recognize
Its decision, posted late Tuesday on the archdiocese's Web site, announced
that the archdiocese had ended its 80-year-old program Feb. 1, the day the
city's contract expired with Catholic Charities, the church's social services
"We regret that our efforts to avoid this outcome were not successful,"
Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Ed Orzechowski said in a statement.
"Foster care has been an important ministry for us for many decades. We worked
very hard to be able to continue to provide these services in the District."
And the result is, children suffer, again, for the selfishness of adults.
There are people rushing to adopt children from Haiti, how do the adopting parents know the children they are adopting are really orphans? If you go want to adopt, there are many children in the U.S. waiting to be adopted.
Typically, African-American families have more opportunities for domestic adoptions, experts say.
Black families take in more than 800,000 children in informal
adoption arrangements of extended family members, according to the
National Association of Black Social Workers.
Black families also have more opportunities to adopt an
African-American child in the United States "because the
African-American birth mother will place with an African-American
couple," Osborne said.
The myth that black families do not adopt has been shattered by
research of experts such as Dr. Robert Hill, sociologist and author of
"The Strengths of Black Families," which shows that African-American
families adopt at a rate three to four times that of any other ethnic
In Colorado, African-Americans adopt at about three times the rate
of whites and Latinos, and six times the rate of Asians, according to
the 2006-08 American Community Survey three-year estimates.
I appreciate the lives lost and the work put in to secure the rights that I have to try to reach the American dream, however I define it; or not. I consider the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday a celebration of not just the man, but of all of the people involved in realizing the American ideal and making sure it was for all.
Here's what I think the perfect gift for a REAL FATHER's Day present is, in order:
Respect from his family for doing his best to hold things down. He may not be able to do so all of the time, but showing the man respect for trying his best and maybe giving a little hug from his wife or his children -- boys can give dap -- saying they see he is doing his best, for THEM AND THE FAMILY.
The big chair. If he can't have the man cave, give him the big chair.
Family has to come first, because in the end, they are the people who should have your back.
It's been a rough 5 weeks but things are going to get back to normal as much as they can when a member of your family passes.The point of the "Black men get yourself checked out" has been the death of a family member which may have been prevented if regular checkups were done. The death of Mrs D.S. family member, however, was unexpected and, frankly, the work of evil.
But with the grace of God, both families will prevail and continue to live life.
I haven't been paying close attention to the news of the day but that will start to change now that things are going to "get back to normal." But what I have been paying attention to, I have a lot of thoughts about. That should come out in the next few days.