ATTITUDE CHECK

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WINNING

This is a song by Charles Jenkins called “Winning”. Check it out and let me know what you think. This song in some strange way reminds me of a website called thedefinitionsite.wordpress.com
The site is by Christopher Bland. It’s something about the style of this song that puts me in the mind of how Chris writes. Go check out the site and his writing style.

ELDERLY ABUSE **CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE**

I’m a bit busy today and don’t have time to give you all of the particulars on this story but I wanted to share it with you for your information. You may want to consider it before you think about allowing someone to care for your elderly parents/relatives/friends. I’ll update this post later. Just know that this FOOL has now been arrested for abusing this elderly lady. To be continued……………..

THEY’RE BACK………..

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams of the USA pose with their winners trophies after winning their Ladies? Doubles final match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams of the USA pose with their winners trophies after winning their Ladies? Doubles final match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

You’d probably have to go to Venus to create a story like this. Well….. that’s exactly what I’m talking about here. Venus….. and Serena Williams. They are the out-of-this–world tennis sensations that have been blazing a trail for the better part of the last two decades.
Both of the Williams sisters won their semifinal matches today at the Australian Open, thereby setting up their historic ninth Grand Slam. The two of them share a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida so both trophies will be housed under the same roof.
Serena will be vying for her 23rd Grand Slam title (more than anyone else in the open era). Venus will be competing for her eighth. The two of them have more titles than any other active women.
Their last final was at Wimbledon in 2009. That was Venus’ last major final. I love both of these women but I’d really love for Serena to win this one so that she can break Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slams. That would put her just one behind the 24 of Margaret Court.
So far Serena has won 6 Australian Open Titles, 3 French Open Titles, 7 Wimbledon Titles, and 6 US Open Titles.
Venus has won 5 Wimbledon Titles and 2 US Open Titles.

JOHN LEWIS- THE “GENTLE GIANT”

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Recently I met civil rights icon John Lewis. This gentleman is not very tall in stature but he could certainly be described as a gentle giant. This U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district who has been serving since 1987, has been on a mission most of his life. His continued legacy to “recognize the dignity and worth of every human being” looms large yet miniscule in comparison to what he has endured throughout the years. Any conversation regarding the struggle for civil rights has to include the name John Lewis. He is mostly known for being on the front lines (along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) of many protests in the ‘60s and certainly one of the key figures in the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. This was the march where state troopers brutally attacked the crowd. Lewis can be prominently seen being beaten by the troopers with a night stick.
Despite the struggle then, Lewis is still continuing the fight for equal rights even to this day.
As of late, Lewis has been a trending name in the news for his public refusal to attend the inauguration of the current President-elect. John Lewis has stated that he does not consider this man to be a legitimate President because of the alleged interference of Russia in the November 8, 2016 election. After hearing of Lewis’ remarks, the current President-elect has made several immature statements about Lewis including a tweet that read in part “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart……..” The President-elect also immaturely tweeted that Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk”………
All talk, talk, talk is not the words that many would use to describe this Gentle Giant who has dedicated his life for the betterment of others. Check out some of the quotes from John Lewis:
“When I was growing up, my mother and father and family members said, ‘Don’t get in trouble. Don’t get in the way.’ I got in trouble. I got in the way. It was necessary trouble.”
“Second-class citizenship is not citizenship at all.”
“Courage is a reflection of the heart—it is a reflection of something deep within the man or woman or even a child who must resist and must defy an authority that is morally wrong. Courage makes us march on despite fear and doubt on the road toward justice. Courage is not heroic but as necessary as birds need wings to fly. Courage is not rooted in reason but rather Courage comes from a divine purpose to make things right.”
“People around the world will not be inspired by our missiles and our guns; they will be inspired by our ideas.”
“I have not accomplished everything I wanted to. I would like to, before I leave this little piece of real estate, do a little more for the cause of peace. To end the violence here at home and violence abroad. We spend so much of our resources killing each other.”
“We were determined not to let any act of violence keep us from our goal. We knew our lives could be threatened, but we had made up our minds not to turn back.”
“When Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, he helped free and liberate all of us.”
“I disagree with the court that the history of discrimination is somehow irrelevant today. The record clearly demonstrates numerous attempts to impede voting rights still exist, and it does not matter that those attempts are not as ‘pervasive, widespread or rampant’ as they were in 1965. One instance of discrimination is too much in a democracy.”
“Imagine that. I was beaten near to death at the Rock Hill Greyhound bus terminal during the Freedom Rides in 1961. Now the police chief is black.”
“We all recognize the fact that if any radical social, political and economic changes are to take place in our society, the people, the masses, must bring them about. In the struggle, we must seek more than civil rights; we must work for the community of love, peace and true brotherhood. Our minds, souls and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all people.”
“I believe in nonviolence as a way of life, as a way of living. I believe that this idea is one of those immutable principles that is nonnegotiable if you’re going to create a world community at peace with itself.”
“I know maybe it won’t happen in my lifetime, but I know somehow in some way we’re going to create the Beloved Community, that we’re going to create a national community, a world community that is at peace.”
“When we were organizing voter-registration drives, going on the Freedom Rides, sitting in, coming here to Washington for the first time, getting arrested, going to jail, being beaten, I never thought—I never dreamed—of the possibility that an African American would one day be elected president of the United States.”
—John Lewis

John Lewis was a part of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and he has continued the fight for people’s rights.
There is now a growing list of Democrats, at least 42, who have indicated that they will boycott the inauguration on Friday to protest this criticism as well as the President-elect’s overall view of humanity. Today I salute this “gentle giant”, Congressman John Lewis.