I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.
Over the past week many have been exposed to a number of observances, remembrances, and dedications acknowledging the birth, life, works, accomplishments and subsequent assassination of the iconic Civil Rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Along about last May I had begun to wish the year was already over. This was around the time when most of the media had given Hillary the keys to the kingdom, calling her a sure thing for the White House. Meanwhile, the entrenched Republican elites were making fun of the newcomer, Donald Trump, who was anything but a politician. The professional politicians of the GOP said Trump didn’t “have a snowballs chance in a prairie fire of becoming the nominee of ‘our party’.” So much for their thinking.
If you’ve spent any time in front of the television, on the internet, or virtually anywhere in public over the past week it has been extremely difficult to not be exposed, take part in, or overhear reports and opinions about an incident that transpired in Chicago, IL. In this situation there were three African American eighteen year-olds, two male and one female, as well as a twenty-four year-old African American female who tortured and tormented a mentally challenged Caucasian man, also eighteen.
Bear with me for a brief quarter hour as we turn our heads backwards to last week’s news instead of forward to next week’s. If you were alive and cognizant of the outside world, then you know the basic stories I’m presenting to you already; however, I’d like us to consider them again and from several angles.
By Augusta Chronicle Staff, published December 27, 2016
If an alien came down from outer space and observed the political scene the past few weeks, said alien might think Donald Trump is already president – while the vacationing, golfing Barack Obama was already retired. [Full Story »]
At this juncture, we have just crossed the threshold of the half-way point in the first week of a New Year. No doubt, for those of you who have taken the time and expended the energy to formulate yet another yearly resolution and, perhaps, gone as far as to structure a viable plan; I commend you. Now, before we get too far off into this subject matter, I have one simple question to ask: How far into the year of 2016 did your New Year’s resolution extend prior to the effort being abandoned? Truth be told, in many cases people have a hard time even remembering what their New Year’s resolution was at the beginning of this past year. That’s just a point to ponder for the sake of signifying the direction of this week’s column. [Full Story »]
I hate to admit this, but for 28 years of my life I had a terrible habit. I was a smoker. When I was 16 I picked up a cigarette for the first time at the encouragement of friends. Little did I know that this seemingly minor decision at the time would haunt me for nearly three decades.
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