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BEYOND SKIN COLOR? WE SHOULD BE

According to conservativebrief.com, NFL star quarterback, Cam Newton, has found himself in hot water over comments he made against President Obama’s race-baiting agenda, indicating that he is beyond skin color.

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In an interview with GQ, a reporter tried to get the Carolina Panther QB to blame racism for the reason why many fans dislike him on and off the field. Cam, however, refused to take the bait. “It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”

Before Super Bowl 50, Cam made the following comment, “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to. I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that as a nation.”

The article on conservativebrief.com goes on to indicate that the GQ reporter continued to try to press Newton about the fact that some fans dislike him. I don’t know if the reporter meant Panthers’ fans or fans of other teams.

Cam responded, “I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”

Cam is right, we’re beyond that. This is not the fifties or sixties, we’re living in the last half of the second decade of the twenty-first century.

A lot of folks don’t like Cam and it’s because he’s good and doesn’t play for their team. I don’t like him. On what I consider one of the worst days of my life, a rainy November 26, 2010, I sat in Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and watched Cam Newton bring his college team back from a 21 point deficit to beat Alabama. Subsequently, the Auburn Tigers, on the arm and legs of Cam Newton won the national championship.

Cam is good, probably the best ever, and when you’re good, many people are not going to like you. The liberals don’t get it, though. They’re rooted in the fifties and sixties, and from all indications, it seems as though they want to remain there. When Carolina played Denver in the Super Bowl this past winter, liberals were attempting to declare that anyone who rooted for Denver over Carolina was a racist. It didn’t matter that you cheered for teams that Cam played against and beat, both college and professional.

With the Obama administration continually pushing to divide us, among other things, along racial lines and the liberals only happy to do what they can to convince minorities that white conservatives hate them because of the color of their skin, I was concerned about the relationship between blacks and whites where I live and in other areas of the south. Thankfully, I can’t tell any difference in the attitudes her and in other places. The blacks don’t seem to have let the liberal rhetoric and lies influence them, thus are beyond skin color.

Business concerns took me to Jackson, Mississippi this past weekend where I stayed in a large hotel in downtown Jackson. Many of the hotel personnel were black and I couldn’t have been treated any nicer, and it seemed to be a “sincere” nice, not a “fake” nice that you see so much of today.

When black NFL head coaches Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy took their teams to the Super Bowl in 2007, one of the gentlemen was asked by the media how it felt to have two black head coaches in the Super Bowl, a first. The coach, not sure which one, replied to the effect that skin color was not important. What was important was that two Christian brothers facing each other.

After an early 2000s’ development in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Church bombing in Birmingham, where, on a Sunday morning, four young girls were killed, Condoleezza Rice, a native of Birmingham and National Security Advisor under George W. Bush, was asked about the developments, in which two of the suspects were finally indicted, tried, and sentenced to life in prison. Ms. Rice, of course, was asked about this because she was black. Like everyone else, in the nation, the National Security Advisor was glad that these monsters had been brought to justice. But she also seemed a little annoyed that she was asked such an obvious question. Yes, she is a black woman, but we’re now living in the twenty-first century and have moved beyond that, beyond skin color.

Cam Newton gets it, Tony Dungy gets it, Lovie Smith gets it, Condoleezza Rice gets it, and millions of conservatives get it. We are happy to say, we’re beyond skin color. Sadly, Barak Obama doesn’t get it, the folks working in his administration don’t get it, Michelle Obama doesn’t get it, Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it, and millions of liberals, including black liberals don’t get it.

Note: Thanks go to conservativebelief.com for information relating to Cam Newton and factmonster.com for facts relating to the Sixteenth Baptist Church bombing.

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ON COMPETITION AND OTHER THINGS

Happy New Year, everyone! I sincerely hope that it is a great one for you and that your successes become large and your troubles stay small. New Year’s Day wasn’t exactly a happy one for me because my beloved football team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, lost their bid to play in the first every college football playoff to determine the national championship. For those of you who watched that game, you know it was a nail biter and Alabama didn’t play its best. In the end someone wins and someone loses. The winner, Ohio State University, will advance to the finals. The looser, Alabama, will go back to Tuscaloosa, its season over.

That’s competition. Alabama quarterback, Blake Sims, has taken responsibility for the loss in which he threw three interceptions, two of them led to points, with one being a momentum killing “pick-six.” Blake will be pondering this game for months and possibly years to come. The story of Blake Sims is remarkable and one I encourage each of you, if you don’t know his story already, to Google it. Blake is not the only player on the Alabama football team who will be pondering the heart breaking loss well into the future.

Fierce competition is rewarding when you win, but devastating when you lose. I guess that’s why liberals don’t like competition and want to award everyone a trophy whether they played the game well or not. According to them, losing creates low self-esteem and may drive the person to continue to down the losers’ road resulting in bad things happening to him or her.

Being competitive often involves “putting yourself out there,” whereas, other folks don’t have the desire to do so. And there is merit in being congratulated for attempting. Trying and failing often shows courage and being congratulated for attempting and encouraged to stay the course is good. Bottom line, you either win or you lose. You’re selected to go to the next level or you stop.

Yes, last night’s game will haunt some of the young men on the Alabama football team for a while. But dare I say, some of them will be worth millions in later this year. Some of them will return to the practice field in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where they will prepare to compete for another national championship. Some of them will go on to get jobs and sadly a few will fail in life.

Yes, liberals are trying to eliminate competition from our culture, in their never-ending quest to make us all equal and ensure that none of us has a bad life. What if our forefathers, the ones who drew up the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution had been anti-competition and chose not to “put themselves out there?” What if all of those men and women who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces chose not to compete? What if all of our athletes, amateur and professional chose not to complete? What if we did things the way liberals want us to do things?

I wouldn’t be sitting here at my computer trying to come up with unique ideas to take this blog to the next level. And a lot of us wouldn’t be doing the things we do. If every child who participates in his or her school’s spelling bee got identical awards with no regard to how well they did in the contest, where would all our scholars go?

Those of us who are Christians and study the Bible know that our world is one of sin and corruption. We also know that Jesus will return to earth one fine day and set up a kingdom where he will rule over all. At that time, the believers will live in a perfect world, but not until then.

Liberals, through the elimination of competition, the redistribution of wealth, rules of political correctness, etc. are attempting to create a perfect world here on earth. They’re failing and will continue to fail. In their efforts, including the efforts of our current administration, quality of life has gone down in this great nation.

They’re continuing to seek and destroy those who don’t “tow their line.” While gas prices may be going down and the stock market going up, the cost of health insurance is on the rise and most of us will not be able to take advantage of lower gas prices and our larger portfolio’s because of having to pay more for health insurance and having to pay additional taxes.

It is my desire for everyone on this planet to prosper. I know that there are some who won’t. Free market capitalism, which liberals also want to do away with, doesn’t guarantee everyone prosperity, but a socialistic system advocated by liberals certainly guarantees that only the very wealthy can continue their plush life styles. A socialistic system will also lift those who are at rock bottom up to somewhere a little higher than rock bottom. For the rest of us, we’re brought down.

Your average liberals who live among us aren’t necessarily bad people. They want everyone to have access to health care and believe that the ACA is one of the most wonderful things to ever come to us. They want a clean planet absent of hunger and disease. They want everyone to own a home and have a job. Furthermore, they believe that the current president is the greatest thing since sliced bread. “Oh how can anyone who cares about humanity be against Obamacare?

Ever heard the phrase, “you can’t judge a book by its cover?”  Your average liberal judges by looking at the shiny package or the pretty pictures on a book cover. He or she doesn’t use that second brain cell to do additional deliberations about what’s inside that shiny package or that colorful book cover.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, an American holiday that originated in this nation’s early years. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for a number of reasons.

It was always a big holiday at home when I was growing up and continued to be a big holiday as long as my Mama and Daddy were alive. Sometimes it was just the three of us for dinner and sometimes we would host family and friends. It was always a cozy, unhurried holiday. All we did was prepare a big meal and eat. There were no presents to buy or no parties to attend. While dressing up was not required, it was always understood that you didn’t go to the table looking like something the cat drug in. A nice sweater, pants, and shoes was the standard wardrobe. For most of my adult life, I had the day after Thanksgiving off, so I didn’t have to rush back from Cullman to be at work in Birmingham the next day.

Except for the years from 1994 to 2006 and a few times when it was played on Thanksgiving Day or on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Iron Bowl, the annual college football game between the University of Alabama and Auburn University took place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Up until 1989, the game was played at Birmingham’s Legion Field and the tickets were divided equally between Alabama and Auburn. Beginning in 1989, the series changed to a home/away series with the first game of this nature was played in Auburn. Until 2000, Alabama continued to play the game when it was the home team at Legion Field. Alabama now plays the game at its home stadium, Bryant Denny Stadium, when Alabama is the home team. So, in addition to Thanksgiving Day, the Thanksgiving weekend also meant the Iron Bowl and it still does. This combination makes the whole weekend very special to most of us residing in the state of Alabama.

Now that Mama and Daddy are gone, I have made new traditions and will be having Thanksgiving dinner at the house of some friends. Because the Iron Bowl will be held this year at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, I will be attending.

Of course, Thanksgiving is a special time to give thanks for all the God has given us. It can also be a time of sadness because death and sickness don’t take a break. This year a friend of mine and his family is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. They have welcomed a great granddaughter into the world and my friend’s daughter has just found out that her cancer is in remission. What a joyous celebration they are going to have.

On the other end of the spectrum, I was shocked to find out about the death of a young woman who I considered an acquaintance. She was way too young to die and is leaving behind a one year old child. Needless to say, this Thanksgiving and many to come will not be celebratory for her family and close friends.

Of course, I miss Mama and Daddy and long for our past Happy Thanksgivings, but I do enjoy the new traditions that I have made and look forward to tomorrow when I can be with friends.

So, tomorrow’s Thanksgiving! Forget that diet, eat until you are miserable! I intend to. And it’s not too early to get in a ROLL TIDE!

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OBAMERIKA – PART TWO

In 2010 after the government took over GM, I posted to a previous blog an article regarding what might happen with such a government takeover. The following is a facsimile of that article after making a few tweaks to make it more pertinent to 2014.

In the year 2014, I get a notice in the mail from GM, Government Motors, telling me that it’s time for a new car because my 2006 Chevy Equinox is getting old and the mileage is creeping up. In fact, I’m ordered to come to the Birmingham office of GM on a certain day and a certain time.

On the designated day I pull up to the building and a security guard checks my identification, waves me through, and directs me to an area for SUVs. I pull into a parking area and am met by another uniformed officer who tells me to take my purse and get out of my car. As soon as I get out of the car, a large crane dips down and picks up my vehicle and transports it to an area where it is immediately crushed. Because I had other stuff in my car, get upset; but the uniformed officers tells me that’s too bad. I should have my stuff out of the car before I arrived at GM.

I’m directed to a holding area where I’m told to wait for another Government Motors representative who will assist me with a new car, a car that is more suited for someone like me. I wait for about 2-1/2 hours before my name is called and I’m escorted to a small office where yet another uniformed person tells me to have a seat in his tiny office. First I’m told that I owe Government a $1,000 fine because I chose to drive an evil SUV for eight years. I reluctantly produce a credit card to pay this. I’m then told to go back to the waiting room and wait for someone else to assist me with a new car.

After about forty-five minutes, my name is again called and I’m taken to see yet another GM bureaucrat. I’m told that the government has been studying my driving habits and of course they know that I’m single and live alone. Government Motors has thus concluded that I do need to drive to and from work, a journey of about 25 miles per day. While I used to travel to Cullman, Alabama about once a month to visit my elderly mother, I won’t be doing that anymore because she passed away three years ago. I won’t be traveling to Tuscaloosa, Alabama anymore to attend Alabama football games because the federal government has decided to completely shut down all competitive sports. Competition is an evil thing, and teams such as the University of Alabama football team had to be stopped from beating up on teams that were not as good as they were. This includes almost every other college football team. You also won’t be driving to the beach anymore. We’ve decided those trips are completely unnecessary for folks like you, and the government knows what is best for you.

Finally I’m shown a picture of the car that the government has picked out for me. It’s orange with blue upholstery. I tell them that I hate orange and pairing it with blue is unacceptable. Why can’t I choose the color of my new car? I’m told that I’m a bully. I’ve been known to look down my nose at Auburn University and even intimidate their fans. The Government has watched me. I post things about Auburn that are not nice on forums, and at football games I do the “Rammer Jammer” cheer. I must be punished and therefore, I will be driving an orange and blue car.

Then I’m told that I can choose between having air conditioning or heating. It’s recommended that I choose air conditioning because this is the South and the summers get mighty brutal. So I choose air conditioning and then I’m told that this will cost me an extra $1,000 because I’m from a red state, a state where a majority of the voters did not vote for our current president in the last election. Also, the car is a two-seater because that’s all I really need.

My new government issued vehicle is a hybrid that will go up to thirty miles with an overnight charge. It will also run on gasoline, but I will have to apply to the federal government for permission to purchase gasoline and I will need to apply to purchase gas at least four weeks in advance. This tank of gas will take me about 150 miles.
When I can’t take anymore, I start screaming all sorts of things about the government and this country’s leaders. I start running through the endless halls sweating profusely and I don’t sweat. What’s happening to me, and what has happened to the United States of America where I grew up? And then I wake up all twisted in the bed covers. When I’ve gained some composure, I get out of bed, run to the kitchen, open the door to the garage and see my gorgeous ruby red Chevrolet Equinox with my Crimson Tide tag and decals. I give it a hug and pray to God (I believe I can still do this), asking him to please bless this country and to give me the strength and energy to do as much as I can to return the United States of America to its rightful place as a super power.

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