Book Review message for our times

In today’s NYT Book Review, James Goodman, a Rutgers University professor, reviews Steven Levingston’s Kennedy and King: the President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights. Goodman ends his review with this paragraph:

Kennedy and King will most likely leave readers thinking that what is needed today is not more leaders, a few men and women shaping our destiny, but more followers.  What is needed are ordinary people: alert, informed, engaged, mobilized, idealistic but not naive, critical but not hopeless, confident about who they are and what they want but able and inclined to work with all sorts of others, exercising rights won at enormous cost, starting with the right to vote.  What is needed, in short, are more citizens, prepared to lead our leaders toward a more promising land.”

I am inclined to agree.  I wish I could wave a magic wand and say “Let it be so.”

Once more into the breach

Once more, we must conclude that the s0-called “leader of the free world” is full of shit, to put it in Texas terms.

No one can be produced who can find any evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump during the election, as Trump claimed in three recent tweets.

At what point does his false accusations of criminal activity – made by our nation’s chief law enforcement officer (POTUS) – become an impeachable offense?

Which is worse: total lack of credibility by our President or his alienating all of our historic ally countries?  Or is it the example of his personal spending habits?  Or perhaps his attempts to totally dismantle the Affordable Care Act?

It is hard to know how best to push back against his stupidity, recklessness, and poor judgement without creating further damage for the country and the world.  Yet, still, should there not be a collective filling in of the breach?  The terrible break in at least lip service to the struggle for good public policy?

All I can say is “I protest!” “I am embarrassed!” “Once more into the breach, people for sanity and moderation!”

Politics and Sunday Morning Spirit from Houston, Texas on Super Bowl week

Texans: big enough to be decent, generous, and kind

Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet; welcome the stranger

Trump! Think and seek knowledge and wisdom BEFORE acting

Against these there is no law: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance

Constitution of the United States: alive, relevant, and applicable

Super City; all are welcome

Common Courtesies = High Value

Bear witness

Speak truth to power

Do you like a bully? Don’t be someone who sucks up and kicks down

We are all immigrants on this continent

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

One size does NOT fit all

Life and Liberty is precious – EVERYONE’s life and liberty

Some of the best lawyers in the country work in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government – CONSULT more of them, Mr. President

Former Suspect In The Death of Kendrick Johnson Charged With Assault

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

On January 13, 2013, 17-year old Kendrick Johnson’s body was discovered in a gym mat in Valdosta, GA. Local authorities and a government medical examiner determined that Johnson died of “positional asphyxia” due to an accident.  They described the accident as Kendrick placing his shoes inside the gym mat and while retrieving them, he became stuck in the mat.

In October 2013, Kendrick’s parent had an independent autopsy performed.  The cause of death was determined to be “apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma”.  CNN reported on the independent autopsy.

Thereafter, the Department of Justice opened an investigation.  In June 2016, the DOJ closed their investigation citing insufficient evidence.

During the DOJ’s investigation, two suspects were brothers Brandon and Brian Bell. Brian Bell now attends the University of Akron where he plays linebacker on the football team.

brian-bellBrian Bell

On September 22, 2016, Raycom News Network reported that Brian Bell was charged…

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Some feedback about the book is puzzling

I agree with the author that the telling is important.

The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain

pic-048 Mt. Welby was the home of the DeButts family at the time of Shedrick Thompson’s death. It is now a bed-and-breakfast.

The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia has been out three weeks, long enough for me to get some feedback. As expected, the results are mixed.

I’m delighted when I hear that someone enjoyed the book. “You addressed a very difficult and dark subject very well,” said one reader. “Well done,” said another.

I also was pleased to hear from Daniel DeButts, a descendant of two of the men implicated in Shedrick Thompson’s death. DeButts posted on my Facebook page that he had read the book, and added, “My family was surely part of it, as you say. They made sure he was not on Mt. Welby (the family farm) when they strung him up. Just over the fence on someone else’s land.”

And two of Thompson’s descendants, after hearing…

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Famous Presidential Quotes Compared To Donald Trump’s

This is obviously selective to present a certain political disadvantage, but it’s fun reading and asks an important question: can we live with Donald Trump’s statements as “presidential quotations” in our future history?

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

By Guest Blogger, Racerrodig

I put together quotes from United States Presidents that I remembered and went to the trouble to look them up exactly as spoken, then added a “comparable” Trump quote. It’s fairly long and I know this would take a year to do right, but here it is………..Racerrodig’s take on the Donald’s philosophies.
“….let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – FDR

“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.” – Woodrow Wilson

“I plan to implement stop and frisk in the black communities.” the Donald

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited” RonaldReagan

“When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes…

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