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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

I recently had a dream that I received a double-sided invitation to a birthday party of great significance for a very important entity who was dying (apparently, all Americans were invited).  The invitation was sent by “America’s Moral Fiber” and addressed to me as “One of America’s Citizens since Birth.”  The front side of the invitation announced that the lady would turn 243 years old on July 4th this year.  The invite stated that when she was born, she had been birthed in a magnificent family of fine ideas, but unfortunately, had failed to live up to those ideas, which were causing her very life to be in danger.  The invitation went on to instruct that the birthday party would take place anywhere, anytime on the day of July 4th, and that the menu would consist of picnic food and fireworks.  Attire: comfortable summer wear.

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 212595_600 Bob Englehart, Middletown, CT

 When I flipped the invite over, I noticed the following statement:

PLEASE BRING PRESENTS!  Even though the Lady has everything under the sun (mountains, valleys, rivers, great plains, magnificent cities, bucolic countrysides, tropical islands, a beautiful bouquet of people from every color and gender spectrum, just to name a few), she has lost her way and is in need of specific presents from her guests if she is to recover from the diseases that are consuming her.

Below is the list of presents from which to choose and their definitions in case there is any confusion:

GIFT OF COMPASSION

In my view, the best of humanity is in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It’s when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yours that it’s almost incomprehensible.—Sarah McBride

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 226955_600 Christopher Weyant, The Boston Globe, MA

GIFT OF BROTHERLY LOVE

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.—Martin Luther King, Jr.

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 211084_600 David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star Tucson AZ

GIFT OF MERCY

Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.—Alexander Pope

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 225381_600 David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star Tucson AZ

GIFT OF EMPATHY

It’s hunger. It’s homelessness, often. It’s underfunded, under-resourced schools. It’s abuse beyond the chilling. It’s having overwhelmed parents and caregivers. Those are the things that young people are struggling with beyond our view.—Susan L. Taylor

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 186592_600 Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune UT

GIFT OF GODLY CHARACTER

I don’t believe a champion is the biggest, baddest, meanest dude in the world. I think the champion is like a warrior; it’s like the head knight or lead samurai: humble men of integrity, respect, and honor that treat people kindly.—Jon Jones

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 226873_600 David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star Tucson AZ

GIFT OF TRUTH

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.Hannah Arendt

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 225742_600 Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch, OH

GIFT OF INTELLIGENCE

We should all feel confident in our intelligence. By the way, intelligence to me isn’t just being book-smart or having a college degree; it’s trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it.—Tabatha Coffey

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 224424_600 Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN

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When I awoke from my dream, I was reminded of the high ideals that had once graced the hearts of America’s founding fathers that seduced all the immigrants who had ever come to America in search of a better life.  That wondrous dream and promise that even quickened the hearts of the Africans (my ancestors) who had been stolen from their own countries to build this nation by the sweat of their brows and the brokenness of their blood-whipped backs, who eventually came to believe in the dream—that their children, too, could live in the majestic promise that all men are created equal. I decided that I would attend our nation’s birthday party this July 4th and that I’d bring the “Gift of Hope” wrapped in the birthday paper of the preamble of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”

CARTOON USED BY PERMISSION: 197362_600 Dave Granlund, Minnesota

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Posted by on June 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Everybody Deserves to Go Home

Do you know what I discovered this week?  In the words of a tweet by Charles Blow, the NYTimes columnist—“Everybody deserves to go home.” 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have a heart of stone, you—dear reader—have discovered the same thing as I did.  The cold-blooded murders of two Black men (32-year old Philando Castile and 37-year old Alton Sterling) by White cops who swore to protect and serve our citizens, and the slaughter of the Dallas police officers by a crazed hater of White cops because he was angry about Castile and Sterling’s deaths have made me ill, horrified, sad, broken-hearted, numb, speechless, and frightened for our country’s soul, and the future of my grandson.

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All I could help thinking after seeing Charles Blow’s tweet was none of the people who died in these horrific events deserved to die as they did—they all deserved to go home at the end of the day. Mourning these deaths are not mutually exclusive—any decent human being can do both. They all were somebody’s father, brother, son, husband, fiancé, nephew, or friend.  All of their lives mattered.  And just like Dylann Roof (White man who slaughtered nine Black church attendees in Charleston) does not represent all White people, Micah Xavier Johnson (the Black terrorist who shot and killed 5 Dallas policemen) does not represent the Black Lives Matter group or all African Americans; and just like those two cops in Louisiana and Minnesota who murdered Sterling and Castile do not represent all cops, the fact that 123 African-Americans have been killed by policemen in 2016—not to forget Trayvon Martin walking home with Skittles and an ice tea or 12-year old Tamir Rice playing with a toy gun—does mean we need to take a good hard look at the facts that plague us as a society and fix them. We have it in our power to do so if we just pluck our heads out of the sand.

Lives Matter Nate Beeler The Columbus Dispatch

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Everyone is wringing their hands in America today, most are claiming that we’re near the brink of disaster as a nation, and many are looking for a “hero” to save us.  Well, “we don’t need another hero.” We are America’s heroes!  We—you and I—can save us.  (To those who blame President Obama for failing to “unite us”—get over yourselves—he can’t lead us where we don’t want to go.)

The issues are multi-faceted but we can conquer them:  racism, classism, income inequality, drugs, mental illness, GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, poverty, fear, injustice, hopelessness, and despair.  Shun the haters, turn a deaf ear to the liars and the racists, and fight until the end of your days to change the gun laws and the 2nd Amendment (yes, gun worshippers, you are going to have to give up some of your rights so that we all can have the right to go home at the end of the day).  And we mustn’t forget to fight a war on poverty.  If you have two pieces of bread—share one piece with someone in need, reach out and exude the love of God to all those who cross our paths.  We are not Americans first, Black, White, or Latino second, male or female third; we are human beings first and foremost—all created in the image of God—all who deserve to have enough to eat, a roof over our heads, an education for our children, as well as being able to go home at night.

So when you read that a certain ex-Congressman (Joe Walsh) says: “3 Dallas cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,”—decry him with all your might by standing up as “real Americans” and denouncing his racist shit so boldly and loudly that he has no other recourse but to crawl back into the rat hole from whence he’s come.  When you hear or read that Sarah Palin has gone on a racially-charged rant after all we went through as a country last week and stipulates that the “Black Lives Matter movement is a farce,” take to your Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, and blog accounts to denounce her and her stupidity, and then make sure no one like her ever gets near a governing office again by showing up to vote in every single election from here on out.   Why?  It is the only way we will make sure that all of us will go home at the end of the day.

Hate Bill Day Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission: Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons

In the meantime—until we get our shit together as a country—I’ve got to go and teach my grandson how to survive as a young Black man in America because what the Black Lives Matter movement is protesting is very, very real.  Check out this 10 Rules video from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio—rules I have lived by all my life as a Black woman in America who has been stopped and harassed by White policemen more than I can remember in neighborhoods where they thought I didn’t belong.  Most of them were neighborhoods I lived in, and one of those encounters happened just two years ago at the ripe old age of 66.  (P.S.  Might I add that my husband of 37 years is White, most of my friends are White, and when they get pulled over for a “busted tail light,” it has always been a curtesy notification from the policeman accompanied by a smile and “have a good day!” None of them has ever ended up dead like Philando Castile.  I know this because I’ve been in their cars when it has happened, and I am always stunned at the different realities between the Black and the White world in America.)

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death.”Anne Frank

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Lives Matter Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americas-killing-fields/2016/07/08/7db1ed38-454b-11e6-8856-f26de2537a9d_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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CAN YOU IMAGINE 2016?

Do you know what I discovered today?  It is the last day of 2015, and boy-oh-boy am I glad 2015 is coming to an end, even though it means I’m closer to death’s door now that I am in the last quarter of my life.  2015 has been such a mess that I can’t help but fear it will hijack 2016 and really create even more havoc than we’ve seen heretofore.

Radicalized 2015 Rick McKee The Augusta Chronicle

Cartoon used by permission: Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle/Cagle Cartoons

2016 is going to be an “anything can happen” New Year—I can feel it.  Since I like to be in control at all times, I wish I could get some answers from somebody who knows what’s going on to see if 2016 is going to give me a heart attack or not—thus making 2016 the year I kick the bucket from sheer terror or outright heartbreak.  But God is not answering.  I don’t know why—I certainly nag him enough about everything from here to Zanzibar. My prayers have fallen into one word panic attacks:  God, “Help . . . “See” . . . “Stop” . . . “Destroy” . . . “Rescue” . . . “DO” . . . “SOMETHING!”

Since God isn’t speaking to anyone I trust, I’ve been thinking about visiting a fortune teller to get some answers, so I ran it past my husband (WW—“White and Wonderful”) because he’s the smartest human I know, and I can trust his input to me when I am about to do something crazy.

I came upon WW reading a copy of Time Magazine (the one with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the cover), and as we made eye contact, he said:

WW:      “Hey, Cutie.  I was just catching up on my reading.  I bet you’re glad Time didn’t put Donald Trump on the cover as 2015’s most influential person.  I don’t think your heart could have survived that.”

ME:        “That is exactly what I came here to talk over with you.  2015 almost made me lose my mind.  I want to go see a fortune teller to see what 2016 has in store so that I can handle it better.  Do you think it’s a good idea?”

fortune-teller

Used by permission: Riber Hansson, Sweden/Cagle Cartoons

WW:      “Hum . . . about as good an idea as you riding the zip line in Costa Rica a few years ago and getting stuck 200 feet above the ground over a rain forest.”

ME:        “Hey!  You did the zip line too!”

WW:      “Yeah, but I didn’t get stuck, twirl around like a leaf in a hurricane, start to scream bloody murder, and have to be rescued.”

ME:        “Well, you would have gotten stuck if you had ta-tas the size of Mount Rushmore like I do.  They never test drove that apparatus with anyone who had boobs bigger than 34As.  Anyhow, what do you think of me going to a fortune teller to get a reading on 2016.  I’d do my research and seek out the most credible fortune teller.”

WW:      “I’m pretty certain that credibility and fortune teller used in the same sentence is an oxymoron.  Besides you already know the answer:  man will continue to act the fool on Earth until it is in his best interest not to do so.  But since I’m in a cavalier mood, I’ll humor you.”

ME:  “Fabulous!  What’s your name?  You have to have a name in order for this to seem real.”

WW:  “How about “The Amazing, Outstanding, Great White Wonder”—TAOGWW for short?  Don’t give me that look; if you want me to play this game, I get to pick my name—take it or leave it.”

ME:  “How much do you charge?”

WW:  “One roll in the hay!”

ME:  “You are a riot, old man!  It’s a deal!

“Okay, TAOGWW, will Black Lives ever matter with White policemen in America?  Did you hear that the White dude who slaughtered nine Black worshippers in a Bible study in Charleston in 2015 was asked if he was hungry when they arrested him, and the policemen went to Burger King to get him dinner?  Now contrast that with twelve-year-old Tamar Rice in Cleveland—gunned down by police within twenty seconds upon their arrival on the scene for playing with a toy gun in the playground.  Can you imagine where we’d be today if the Po-Po had asked Tamar Rice if he was hungry?  Tamar would be alive, and I wouldn’t be scared shitless for the life of my grandson.  I’m one phone call away from pleading with his mother to keep our grandson locked in the house until he’s twenty-one, and then sending him to live in the Caribbean as a young man.  So I ask again, oh great one:  will Black lives ever matter in America other than as chattel of old or a prison workforce in 2016—our modern day slavery?

Police shootings I Milt Priggee www miltpriggee com

Used by permission: Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com

Grandson advice Bill Day Cagle Cartoons

Used by permission: Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons

TAOGWW:  “Probably not.”

ME:  “What do you mean, probably not?”

TAOGWW:  “Time will tell.”

ME:  “This is pathetic.  (At this rate, it doesn’t look like you’re going to be knocking boots with me anytime soon, if you don’t start answering my questions, Buddy.)  Let’s try another one.  Bill Cosby just got charged with sexual assault after fifty women accused him throughout 2015 about his nasty-ass behavior against them.  Will he finally get convicted and go to jail in 2016?

TAOGWW:  “Probably not.”

ME:  “What do you mean, probably not?”

TAOGWW:  “Time will tell.”

ME:  “What kind of fortune teller are you?  You aren’t telling me what I want to hear—you aren’t telling me anything!”

TAOGWW:  “I’m telling you what you’ll be wasting your money on if you actually go to a fortune teller.  I’m telling you that if O.J. got away with killing his wife and her friend, I don’t hold out much hope that Cosby will be convicted.  He’s rich and he’s famous—need I say more?”

bill-cosby

Used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star/Cagle Cartoons

ME:  “Stop it!  You’re not taking this seriously.  One more question, and you better get it right or my “honey-pot” goes on lock down.  Will Donald Trump be our next president in 2016?  You know this is one of my biggest fears.  If this happens, we’re going to have to move to Canada and take our grandson with us.”

TAOGWW:  “Probably not . . . only time will tell—specifically the morning of November 5th.”

ME:  “AUUUUUUGH!”

Trump as President John Darkow Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri

Used by permission:  John Darkow, Columbia Daily-Tribune, Missouri/Cagle Cartoons

TAOGWW:  “You’re getting the answers you’re getting because the answers lie within us as citizens and human beings—not in a crystal ball.  I tell you what, instead of spending your hard-earned money on fortune tellers who don’t know squat, how about donating some of your time and energy getting people to the polls in November to vote (especially the young and the poor), keep using your voice to unclog the ears of our cell phone, reality show addicted populace to care about more than the immediate tweet, message, or selfie, and keep sounding the alarm along with all good people across social media that things are rotten in some of our police departments and across much of our country.   In time things will change.  How’s that for fortune telling?

“So . . . do I get my payment in installments or one lump sum?”

2016 Wake up and Pay Attention Osama Hajjaj Jordan

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ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (AHA) MOMENTS ABOUT 2016

I am discovering that if we don’t wake up as Americans and make some serious resolutions about how we think, what we think, and who we let influence our thinking, 2016 is going to make 2015 look like 1933 all over again—when Hitler became chancellor of Germany and a twelve-year reign of terror began.  May 2016 be the year my fellow Americans wake up and push back the tides of darkness:  politically, racially, spiritually, and educationally.  Come on, my brothers and sisters:  we can do this!  And if we do, we won’t need a fortune teller to tell us the outcome—it will be obvious, and our nation will truly be great again!

New Year's Resolution I John Darko, Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri

Cartoon used by permission: John Darko, Columbia Daily-Tribune, Missouri/Cagle Cartoons

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MEDITATIVE QUOTES ABOUT THE NEW YEAR

 “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”—Goran Persson

“Ring out the false, ring in the true.”—Alfred Lord Tennyson

“My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.”—Nia Vardalos

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REFERENCES

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/30/the-brave-woman-and-unlikely-heroes-who-brought-down-bill-cosby.html

http://www.snopes.com/2015/06/22/dylann-roof-burger-king/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-donald-trump-is-destroying-the-republican-party/2015/12/28/747668f6-ad9e-11e5-9ab0-884d1cc4b33e_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-conservative-party-jeopardized-by-trump/2015/12/23/3335339c-a8e2-11e5-8058-480b572b4aae_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/us/affluenza-teen-ethan-couch-detained-in-mexico/index.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nora-dunn/tamir-rice-and-the-nation_b_8891018.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/28/us/tamir-rice-shooting/

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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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