Taylor Swift Becomes Just Another “Dixie Chick”

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PROLOGUE (2003)

The Dixie Chicks are drawing harsh words from country music fans for remarks singer Natalie Maines made about President George W. Bush during a recent performance in London. Maines told the audience earlier this week, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” 
 
Angry phone calls flooded Nashville radio station WKDF-FM on Thursday, some calling for a boycott of the Texas trio’s music.

The group released a statement Thursday saying they have been overseas for several weeks and “the anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost.”

In a separate statement Thursday, Maines said, “I feel the president is ignoring the opinion of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration, and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view.”

The Dixie Chicks will kick off a U.S. tour in support of their multi-platinum album Home on May 1 in Greenville, South Carolina. The group’s hits include “Wide Open Spaces,” “Ready to Run” and “Landslide.”- FoxNews.com

And, after that, their popularity sank like the Titanic.

That was then. This is now.

FoxNews.com reports that

Taylor Swift — the pop star who notably has strayed from politics — broke that silence on Sunday, writing on Instagram that she’ll be voting for Tennessee Democrats in the midterm elections. 

Swift, 28, slammed Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in an Instagram post.

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift told her 112 million Instagram followers. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

Swift said the congresswoman “voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.”

“These are not MY Tennessee values,” the “Fearless” singer said online.

Swift concluded she’ll be voting for Democrat Phil Bredesen for the Senate, and also for Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who’s running for re-election.

Bredesen quickly thanked Swift for her support on Twitter, writing he’s “honored” by support from her and “that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”

Blackburn’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. A recent Fox News Poll found Blackburn was ahead of Bredesen 48 percent-43 percent, which was inside the poll’s margin of error.

Many fans of Swift, who reportedly owns two properties in Nashville, in addition to several other homes throughout the U.S., have urged the international star to voice her political views — particularly to denounce President Trump.

She’s long stayed quiet on her beliefs, but, in March, Swift wrote in an Instagram post that she donated to the March for Our Lives campaign in support of gun reform.

In July, it was rumored on Capitol Hill that Swift was scheduled to make an appearance at the Russell Senate Office Building, but she didn’t show.

In her post Sunday, Swift acknowledged that many people “may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

“So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count,” she wrote, urging her followers to “educate” themselves on the upcoming elections.

Guess what, Taylor? Nobody cares.

At least no one who used to listen to you when you were a teenage country music sensation.

Of course, you left all of us ignorant hicks behind with your 2014 album tiled “1984”, when you made the switch over to pop music, officially leaving those who believe in “God and Country” for “The Smartest People in the Room”.

As a former Tennessean now living across the border in the Northwest corner of the Magnolia State. please allow me to clue you in on something: Bredesen’s attempt at still portraying himself as a “Moderate” is fooling no one.

THERE ARE NO MODERATES LEFT IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

Oh, and about “your Tennessee”…Tennessee does not embrace the values of the East and Left Coasts. In fact, the overwhelming majority of those living in “Flyover Country” do not. Otherwise, Hillary Clinton would be the current President of the United States of America.

I remember the summer after I graduated college in December 1980. I bought a brand new 1981 Mazda GLC, had a Pioneer Tape Deck installed to play in all four hidden door speakers (a big thing back then), bought a cassette tape of “The Beatles Love Songs”, and played it until the tape broke.

Music has always affected my life and played a major part. I sang in church choirs, leading services, singing in quartets, and solo, for over 30 years and have played acoustic rhythm guitar since the age of 19…a long time ago.

Music can indeed soothe us. It can inspire us…in both good ways and in bad.

It has the power to bring us to our knees in worship of the Living God…or make our hands “clench in fisteous rage” (American Pie, Don Mclean)

It can advise us to “treat her like a lady” or find us hanging out, “down on Main Street”.

At this time in our country’s history, when morality has become relative, ethics situational and a nation fractured through racial division and poor losers still upset over the 2016 Presidential Election’s Outcome, we find our souls crying out for soothing Music. Positive music which will lift up our spirits and bring a smile to our faces as we drive to work, giving us an earworm for the rest of the day,

Instead, we find Pop Music and “so-called” Country Music, actually manufactured in New York City (pronounced like they do in the Pace Salsa Commercials), advocating meaningless one-night stands and encouraging the debasement of the human soul, instead of its ability to rise above any obstacle in its path that might hinder individual achievement.

And, with Taylor Swift’s proudly proclaiming her embracing of political philosophy of the  Far Left Democratic Party, like the rest of the “Cool Kids”, we bear witness to another “Dixie Chicks” moment, in which Taylor Swift has evolved from a fresh-faced country music ingénue into a young lady with a cause, a political sister of the young blonde seen this past weekend at the Kavanaugh Protests dancing around, getting in the face of, and generally harassing a 71-year old man holding up homemade signs in support of Brett Kavanaugh.

Taylor, if that disrespectful heathen is your idea of a fellow “Tennessean”, you either need to come home more often or leave Tennessee completely.

…Because you do not have a clue.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

Memphis City Council Sells Parks, Removes Confederate Statues Under Cover of Night, and Yet, the City’s Problems Remain – A KJ Analysis

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“Walking in Memphis.

Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale.

Walking in Memphis.

But, do I really feel the way I feel?” – Marc Cohen, 1991

Personally, I feel like I’m gonna hurl.

In the grand tradition of the Barbarians of ISIS and the Communist Revolution of 1918, the Memphis City Council, relying on the cover of the dark of night, simply removed historical monuments which “offended” them.

Memphis’s CBS Affiliate, WREG, reports that

The statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest was hoisted off its platform and lowered to a truck at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday, 112 years after the Confederate general and former Memphis resident was memorialized in a city park.Memphis City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to remove two controversial Confederate statues in Memphis, those of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. They immediately approved the minutes.

Almost immediately, a heavy police presence surrounded the park and a crane rolled into Health Sciences Park on Union Avenue within minutes of the decision.

According to a tweet from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, the public parks have been sold to a private entity. He says the removal will be conducted by a private entity and will be compliant with the law.

Strickland is supposed to make a public comment at City Hall tonight.

The park property was transferred to a nonprofit called Memphis Greenspace. The group’s website lists its director as Van Turner, a former Shelby County commissioner.

Lee Millar with Sons of Confederate Veterans responded, “It is a deliberate attempt to avoid the state law and the city is breaking the law.”

The group in a Facebook post called the nonprofit the parks were sold to a “sham” and accused the city of desecrating Forrest’s gravesite.

The NAACP Memphis Branch said in a statement that history was made Wednesday. “The Memphis City Council and Mayor Jim Strickland heard the voices of the people who wanted these removed and legally made it happen.”

“We know we have more work to do, but it’s always nice to get a win,” said pastor Earle Fisher, who credited the work of Tami Sawyer with the group Takeemdown901 with pushing the issue. “I think it’s fair to say we would not be where we are today without her leadership.”

Fisher said the group would continue to fight for other issues such as pay and poverty.

City officials have said for some time that are unanimous in wanting Memphis’ Confederate statues removed before the 50th anniversary next year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in April 1968.

Forrest, a Confederate general and slave trader in Memphis, was originally buried in Elmwood Cemetery. His grave was moved to Union Avenue and the equestrian statue built there in 1905.

Davis’ monument was placed Downtown in 1965.

As a 59-year-old resident of the Memphis Area, I have borne witness to the governmental mismanagement and resulting decay and degeneration of what was once one of the friendliest places in the country to live.

There are still friendly people in Memphis, but, chances are, they work in Memphis and are living in the suburbs, as I do.

The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started when Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who occupied that office from 1991-2008, told taxpayers of a Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.

So, they did.

Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.

On February 6, 2013, the Majority-Black-Democrat Memphis City Council renamed three Confederate-themed parks to prevent some State Legislators from blocking such name changes.

The council passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members abstaining.

And now, they have decided that because an era of American History is offensive to some, it is their job to censor history and remove any sort of reminder of that turbulent time.

Meanwhile, the black-on-black homicidal genocide continues in what was once the “City of Good Abode”, now #2 on the FBI’s Most Dangerous Cities List for 2017.

It must have been those Confederate Statues’ fault…it just HAS to have been the fault of the General and his wife…maybe even, his horse.

It has to have been.

Otherwise, the people who have been responsible for the descent of “The City of Good Abode” into Detroit South, where black Americans are being murdered every night of the week, would have to be held responsible for their own actions.

And we can’t have that, now…

Can we?

By the way, what those who moved the General don’t want you to dwell on is the fact that the General and his wife were buried beside the statue and therefore now have to be “relocated”.

Does this mean that we can dig up their relatives who have passed away and “relocate” them, too, if we find them to be “offensive”?

Just asking.

But, I digress…

It is time for the Memphis City Council to quite worrying about offending somebody or not be seen as being “politically correct” and to start worrying about the fact that Memphis has too much violent crime, which is affecting the city’s revenue in innumerable ways.

For instance, Memphis has no big conventions, such as the Annual Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, coming to it anymore because of inadequate convention space, which cannot be renovated and expanded because no big conventions will come to the Bluff City. Meanwhile, the Occupancy Rate of Memphis Hotels remains at a constant, stagnant 52%.

But, by gosh, by golly, now that the Memphis City Council has gotten rid of the General and ol’ Jeff Davis, decades of poor Democratic Stewardship will magically disappear and all of Memphis’ problems will be solved.

…And, I’m actually a blonde 22-year old Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader named “Buffy”.

If the City Council actually believes that Confederate Statues are the reason that Memphis, Tennessee has regressed from being an annual “City Beautiful Award” Winner to a city where the Homicide Rate finished #7 in the entire nation last year, I believe that they have their heads lodged firmly up a dark and lonely place.

At this rate, they might as well leave their heads where they are, because they are certainly not using them to think.

Will the last taxpayer in Memphis please turn off the lights?

Until He Comes.

KJ

How Can a Confederate General’s Statue Be Responsible for All of Memphis’ Problems? Here’s a Hint: It Isn’t.

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“Walking in Memphis.

Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale.

Walking in Memphis.

But, do I really feel the way I feel?” – Marc Cohen, 1991

Personally, I feel a little nauseous.

US News and World Report recently filed the following story…

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A city council in Tennessee plans to consider four different ways to deal with the growing uproar over the existence of two statues of Confederate leaders at city parks.

Council members in Memphis agreed Tuesday to discuss a resolution listing steps it can take to remove or board up statues of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Davis was the president of the Confederate States, while Forrest was a slave trader, Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. Both statues have been the target of protests by activists who say the monuments represent racism and hate. Seven people were arrested after clashing with police during a protest at the location of the Forrest statue on Saturday.

Criticism of Confederate monuments has been intensifying since a rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when white nationalists opposed to the city’s plan to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protesters.

Council member Martavius Jones compared having the statues in public parks to erecting monuments to former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and others who organized attacks on the United States.

“It would be no different than having a monument to Osama bin Laden,” said Jones, who is black.

Supporters of keeping the statues in place believe they represent an important part of history. The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Memphis has said the statues do not represent white supremacy and it would be a mistake to remove the monuments.

The council voted in 2015 to relocate the Forrest statue. But the Tennessee Historical Commission blocked the move under the Heritage Protection Act, which bars removing or disturbing war memorials on public property. A request by the city to waive criteria for the statue’s removal was denied in 2016 by the commission.
 
The statue is at a park where the Sons of Confederate Veterans celebrate Forrest’s birthday each year, with men and women dressed in Civil War-era garb and waving Confederate flags. The remains of Forrest and his wife are buried under the statue. The city has said it wants to move the remains to a cemetery.

Attorney Allan Wade presented the four steps to the council. The first was the immediate removal of the statues by the city, which would violate state law.

“I don’t think we should go out and yank them down tomorrow without some due process,” Wade said.

The second option would be to sell the statues to private entities, such as museums, and remove them from the parks. But that move also would violate the law, unless the city gets a waiver from the commission, Wade said.

The third step would be to petition the state historical commission for a waiver to its rules. But that is a complicated, lengthy process that has little chance of succeeding, partly because two-thirds of the commission needs to approve the waiver and some members do not want the statues removed.

“It is probably easier to have someone executed by lethal injection than to get a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission,” Wade said.

The fourth option would be to board up the monuments in order to guard them from vandalism or destruction and reduce the chance they would attract protests that would threaten the safety of the public and police.

Some Memphis city council members agreed that too much money is being spent on guarding the statues and dealing with protests — and police could use those resources on their regular duties.
 
Tami Sawyer, a Memphis activist who is leading the movement to remove the monuments, said she was pleased with the council’s decision to consider the four options.

A Tennessee Historical Commission spokesman did not immediately return a call placed after working hours on Tuesday.

The council plans to discuss the resolution at its next meeting on Sept. 5.

As a 58-year-old resident of the Memphis Area, I have borne witness to the governmental mismanagement and resulting decay and degeneration of what was once of the friendliest places in the country to live.

There are still friendly people in Memphis, but, chances are, they work in Memphis and are living in the suburbs, like I do.

The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started when Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who occupied that office from 1991-2008, told taxpayers of a Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.

So, they did.

Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.

On February 6, 2013, the Majority-Black-Democrat Memphis City Council renamed three Confederate-themed parks to prevent some State legislators from blocking such name changes.

The council passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members abstaining.

And now, once again, they are going after someone who cannot fight back…because he’s dead.

Meanwhile, the black-on-black homicidal genocide continues in what was once the “City of Good Abode”, now #2 on the FBI’s Most Dangerous Cities List for 2017.

It must be those Confederate Statues’ fault…it just HAS to be the fault of the General and his wife…maybe even, his horse.

It has to be. Otherwise, the people who have been responsible for the descent of “The City of Good Abode” into Detroit South, where black Americans are being murdered every night of the week, would have to be held responsible for their own actions.

And we can’t have that, now…

Can we?

By the way, what those who want to move the General don’t want you to know is the fact that the General and his Wife are buried beside the statue and therefore would have to be dug up and “relocated”.

If the City Council goes ahead and does something stupid like that, does that mean that we can dig up their relatives who have passed away and “relocate” them, too?

Just asking.

But, I digress…

It is time for the Memphis City Council to quite worrying about the latest “Squirrel!”, specifically designed by the democrats to derail Trump’s Presidency and to start worrying about the fact that Memphis has too much violent crime which is affecting the city’s revenue in innumerable ways.

For instance, Memphis has no big conventions, such as the Annual Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, coming to it anymore because of inadequate convention space, which cannot be renovated and expanded because no big conventions will come to the Bluff City. Meanwhile, the Occupancy Rate of Memphis Hotels remains at a constant, stagnant 52%.

But, by gosh, by golly, if the City Council can just get rid of the General and the other statues, decades of poor Democratic Stewardship will magically disappear and all of Memphis’ problems will be solved.

…And, I’m actually a blonde 22-year old Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader named “Buffy”.

If the City Council actually believes that Confederate Statues are the reason that Memphis, Tennessee has regressed from being an annual “City Beautiful Award” Winner to a city where the Homicide Rate finished #7 in the entire nation last year, I believe that they have their heads lodged firmly up a dark and lonely place.

At this rate, they might as well leave their heads where they are, because they are certainly not using them to think.

Until He Comes.

KJ

 

BLM Protestors Not Allowed to Enter Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil. Perhaps They Should Have Tried Working It.

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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a 57-year old resident of the Memphis Area, I have borne witness to the governmental mismanagement and resulting decay and degeneration of what was once of the friendliest places in the country to live.

There are still friendly people in Memphis, but, chances are, they work in Memphis and are living in the suburbs, like I do.

The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started during the reign of  “King” Willie Herenton, whom while Mayor from 1991 – 2008, told taxpayers of the Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.

So, they did.

Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.

The most recent Mayor, Jim Strickland, seems to be working hard to revitalize Downtown Memphis.

Unfortunately, for those who are seeking to bring the city of Memphis back to its former prestige, and restore its title of the “City of Good Abode”, there are those who want everyone to share is their own self-inflicted misery…

…and, they want to get paid for it.

The Commercial Appeal, The Memphis Area Newspaper, filed the following story…

While thousands of fans gathered outside the gates of Graceland on a rainy and steamy Monday night, about 100 protesters congregated on Elvis Presley Boulevard during the city’s signature international tourist event, the annual Candelight Vigil in recognition of the death of Elvis Presley.

Affiliated with Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, the protesters rallied just south of the mansion, isolated from the tourists by a significant police presence, several squad cars and specially erected concrete and metal barricades.

“We’ve already said this is the most police we’ve ever seen around Elvis Week, and we’re glad for it,” said Frances Forbus, 51, of Cartersville, Georgia, who said she was making her tenth trip to Graceland.

“I think everybody has a right to protest and say what they believe is on their mind, but today is about Elvis,” Forbus added. “To use an event that’s already established to call attention to yourself, I think it’s rude.”

Initially, about 20 protesters showed up in the early evening, and were told by police to remain within a fenced area on the south side of the Graceland shops. As the group increased in size, it moved out to the street, waving placards and occasionally chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and other slogans.

Police arrested at least two people who attempted to work their way around the barricades, but it was unclear Monday night whether charges would be filed.

Meanwhile, police were permitting people identified as Elvis fans to pass through the barriers.

“One would wonder what information the police officer has to determine who is an Elvis fan and who is the protester. And that’s a question only the officer can answer,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

She said that, in general, protesters have a fundamental right to assemble on public land but private property owners can determine who is allowed on their property.

City Council member Berlin Boyd, who spent time talking to the protesters Monday night, said that it was a Graceland official telling Memphis police which people to allow through the barricades and which to keep back.

Antonio Blair, who said he used to work at Graceland, said police wouldn’t let him through the barricade, thinking he was one of the protesters. “It was very racial profiling that they wouldn’t let us in to see Graceland,” he said.

At the same time, a small group of protesters — almost all white — came walking toward the barricades from the opposite direction. One of them, Larry Geater, said the group had no trouble getting past the barricades. “They weren’t stopping the white people. They were just stopping the black people,” he said.

Elvis fans mostly ignored or were puzzled by the protests. International fans in particular said they did not understand the message of the protesters. “Elvis is singing for them,” said Sylvain Vertez of Zwijndrecht, Belgium, making his 25th trip to Graceland, as Elvis’ version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” played over the Graceland sound system.

Wearing a handmade Elvis dress, Memphian Sybil Presley, 69, (no relation) posed for pictures holding a hand-lettered “Elvis Lives Matter” sign. She said her intention was “to promote peace. We’re trying to have our vigil here. We matter, too.”

Protests aside, Monday’s Candlelight Vigil marked the end of what Graceland public relations director Kevin Kern called “an average Elvis Week, per se.” In comparison, next year’s Elvis Week, which will mark the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death as well as the opening of a new $45 milllion Elvis entertainment complex, should be “massive.”

“I always look at Elvis Week as Memphis’ version of the Olympics,” Kern said. “Except we’ve got to do it every year. We welcome the world to the city.”

Among the world travelers were Jose Gil Ruiz, 46, and Isabel Domenech, 39, newlyweds from Malaga, Spain, who were at Graceland for their honeymoon.

Ruiz wore a sky-high rooster’s comb of a black pompadour, but, more significantly, he and his bride wore matching gold wedding bands inscribed with the bars and notes of the sheet music for “Love Me Tender.”

Neither Ruiz nor Domenech spoke fluent English, but the groom — an Elvis fan since age 5, he said — shared a wedding photo: During the ceremony, he wore a white rhinestone jumpsuit.

Another international visitor was Robert Pooran, 68, an “Elvis tribute artist” from Guyana in South America who now lives in Toronto. He said the protesters didn’t understand that “no matter what your color or background, or if you were in a wheelchair, Elvis was there for you. That’s what he was all about. That’s why he was so loved around the world.”

However, on Facebook last week, the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens — one of the groups that announced it would participate in the Graceland protest — posted that it had “no issue with Elvis nor his fans.”

“Our issue is with the money hoarders in this city who make millions and pay poverty wages to their workers,” the coalition posted. “Memphis is consistently at the top of the list of poorest cities in the United States of America.”

The vigil, marking the 39th anniversary of Elvis’ death on Aug. 16, 1977, started at 8:30 p.m. Following the opening ceremony at the main gate, fans were allowed to walk along the house’s driveway to Elvis’ gravesite. Graceland officials said about 10,000 fans were expected to come through the gates.

“Money hoarders”?

Since the Church of God in Christ took their annual Convocation to St. Louis , Missouri, Elvis Week is the sole money-making annual event that Memphis Leaders can count on to bring solid Hospitality Revenue into the Bluff City.

When a big event like Elvis Week occurs in a city like Memphis, all those who work in the Hospitality Industry, Restaurant Industry, Transportation Industry, and Retail Merchandise Industry make money.

The catch is: you have to work for it.

Just like those of the BLM Protestors who burned down their own neighborhoods in Milwaukee during their two nonsensical nights of rioting over a black career criminal who was shot by a black police officer while resisting arrest, the actions of those trying to protest at and enter the Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil last night continue to make no sense to me, whatsoever.

These “protestors'” sole purpose for existence is disruption for the purpose of gaining attention and the humiliation and degradation of Municipalities, who are trying to recover from decades of poor stewardship by Democratic Party Government Officials. Police Departments.

Their actions spring from their innate belief in the words of Karl Marx in explaining the premise of his Marxist Theory:

From each according to his ability to each according to his need.

The codicil to that statement always has been that someone has to make money with their ability, first, in order to give it to someone “in their need”.

These “Black Lives Matter” “Protestors” are, indeed, the “New Bolsheviks”.

As I have reported in earlier articles, The Open Society Institute, financed by Billionaire Puppet Master and Nazi Collaborator, George Soros, is providing the funds for Black Lives Matter to travel to hot spots around the country.

During the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin rose to power during a time of economic plight in Russia, which was perceived as being the result of a greedy upper class. In order to depose the Czar and his government, Lenin had to solidify the “have-nots”, the Mentsheviks and the Bolsheviks, into his own private army, designed to usher in his “Glorious Revolution”.

He got them on his side by promising them a better, more prosperous life, in which the benevolent “Nanny-State” Government, would supply all of their needs.

By ginning up the dependent base already in cities across the United States of America…and growing…due to the influx of illegals…Black Lives Matter, acting with the passive (at least, publicly) support of the White House and the Democratic Party and all of their Liberal Minions have already infiltrated America’s College Campuses, promising “Free Tuition”, “Empowering Students”,  “Power to the People” and all that jazz, creating their own “Revolutionary Army”.

Now, their actions, including shutting down National Highways and marching through municipalities, in supposed defense of those who were killed in altercations with police across the nation, and “inequality” may succeed in allowing Obama’s quest for a “National Police Force” to become a reality.

“Brown Shirts”, anyone?

Far fetched? Perhaps.

However, Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968) six-time U.S. Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, infamously said,

The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.

How do we stop this?

The greatest President in my lifetime, Ronald Wilson Reagan, once said,

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. 

Instead of attacking those who do the hiring, the perpetually aggrieved BLM Protestors would be better served by attempting to clean up their own neighborhoods, ridding themselves of the pushers and the prostitutes, trying to make a dent in the 74% illegitimate birth rate in the black community, and stopping their neighbors from killing one another is record numbers.

But…that would require PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

And, evidently, that’s just too difficult a concept for some people to grasp.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

A KJ Sunday Morning Reflection: The Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams of the Class of 1976

th7VYM1V3QPROLOGUE: “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, hosted by Robin Leach, was a nationally-syndicated television program, which  ran from 1984 to 1995. It led to a new era of celebrity-worship, spotlighting the eccentricities and excesses of a different member of the “rich and famous” each week. The program always gave special attention to the prices paid for the various luxuries with which the perceived “upper crust” enhanced their daily lives, ranging from spacious seaside villas, to classic cars, to gold-plated bathroom fixtures.

“Everybody Has a Dream” – Billy Joel – “The Stranger” Album, released September 29, 1977

According to infoplease.com, the following significant events occurred  in 1976…

  • Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority (March 24).
  • Ford signs Federal Election Campaign Act (May 11).
  • Supreme Court rules that death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual and is a constitutionally acceptable form of punishment (July 3).
  • Nation celebrates bicentennial (July 4).
  • Israeli airborne commandos attack Uganda’s Entebbe Airport and free 103 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers of Air France plane; one Israeli and several Ugandan soldiers killed in raid (July 4).
  • Mysterious disease that eventually claims 29 lives strikes American Legion convention in Philadelphia (Aug. 4).
  • Jimmy Carter elected U.S. president (Nov. 2).

Additionally, of no less significance than these other world-altering events, in Memphis, Tennessee, 360 teenagers sat in their high school gymnasium on a hot May evening, in blue caps and gowns, as their lives changed forever.

By now, you are probably saying, so what?

Well, boys and girls, this graduating class was different.

Brought together by a court order requiring students to be forcibly bussed across town to other schools, in full swing by their Sophomore Year, these adolescents ( as their American Literature teacher would call them) warily gravitated toward each other as other fellow classmates left them as their parents placed them in newly-formed private schools.

As their time together in that high school rolled on, something quite remarkable happened.

These students began to realize that they were not so different from one another, after all.

You see, these were the days when a broken home was an abnormality, instead of an accepted fact of life, and a time when success was not measured by the size of the money clip in your pocket, but rather, the strength of your family ties.

While school discipline was something to be feared, it didn’t hold a candle to what you would face from your parents when you got home.

School fights happened after school and were accomplished with poorly-aimed fists, not firearms, leaving little damage to the combatants, except wounded prides and backsides, when they got home.

Teachers were the subject of awe and legend…and ruled their classrooms, educating and encouraging their charges to take what they had learned and to make a good life for themselves.

The social lives of these teenagers, were no less educational, filled with learning about how to actually talk to and get along with one another and getting to know themselves as well.

Why am I waxing nostalgic about this long ago high school graduating class?

I was one of them.

Over the last two evenings, I have been experiencing a flood of memories and emotions as I attended my 40th High School Reunion.

Masterfully planned and executed, the event went off with a hitch, with old friends reuniting, filling each other in on the highs and lows of the journey upon which God had taken them during the last 40 years.

Prestige and our economic and societal status took a back seat to demonstrations of affection, understanding, and laughter as we shared remembrances of our time together as “crazy” teenagers, “caught up” with one another’s lives and families, and told stories about beloved friends who were no longer with us.

The “Rich and Famous” are paupers compared to us.

For the past two nights, this disparate collection of former Memphis Teenagers once again discovered how blessed we truly were…and are.

So, this Sunday Morning, I congratulate the Bicentennial Graduating Class of 1976.

We survived.

I love y’all.

I wish to finish this reflection with the words of an old Irish toast, turned into a benediction, that I used to sing in my home church’s choir.

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you, HOLD YOU, in the Hollow of His hand.

Amen.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

#BlueLivesMatter: Police Officer Killed in Hit-and-Run By Murder Suspect in Downtown Memphis. It Doesn’t “Take a Village”. It Takes a Father.

CkKoGGCVAAExTRLAmid the renewed drive to revitalize Downtown Memphis, the unfathomable number of homicides continues to throw up roadblocks.

The Commercial Appeal reports that

An 18-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department died Saturday night after being struck downtown by the vehicle of a fleeing shooting suspect.

Verdell Smith, 46, died at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, making him the latest casualty in a brutal year that’s seen 95 homicides so far — possibly more if the death of a woman whose body was found in Frayser earlier Saturday evening is ruled a homicide or if any of three other victims in the crime that claimed Smith die.

“This highlights the dangers officers face every day,” MPD Director Michael Rallings said during a press conference outside Regional Medical Center shortly before 2 a.m. 

In a strongly-worded statement released at 2:30 a.m., Mayor Jim Strickland called on Memphians to remember Smith’s family in prayer on Sunday.

“My family joins all of Memphis in mourning the loss of Officer Verdell Smith, who gave his life in service to our city.  I call on every Memphian to remember Officer Smith’s family in prayer and reflection today and in the coming days — and to be grateful for the dangerous, important work our men and women of MPD perform every day.

“I am angry this morning — angry at the senseless loss of a dedicated public servant, and angry at the absolutely unacceptable level of violence in our city,” Strickland added. “We must not accept this as our norm. I most certainly will not, and I will continue to act to make our city safer.”

Rallings said no charges have been filed yet against the suspect who felled Smith, who left a father, fiance and children.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee sent this tweet shortly before Rallings spoke:

Smith was struck after the unidentified suspect, who was taken into custody and transported to the Regional Medical Center in noncritical condition, shot three people during a spree that began in the Pinch District at Westy’s Restaurant and Bar and spilled over to Bass Pro Shops before ending near Beale and Third streets.

Rallings said police at Main and Exchange heard shots at 9:55 p.m. and found two male victims at Westy’s. They were transported to Regional Medical Center and remained in critical condition.

At 10:02 p.m., Rallings said police got a call to the nearby Bass Pro, where a male employee had been shot. He was taken to Regional Medical Center in noncritical condition.

The suspect fled in a silver vehicle and was spotted on Riverside Drive before officers lost sight near the interstate.

Rallings said police weren’t sure what route the suspect took next, but he ended up at Beale and Third as officers were working to clear the area. That’s where Smith was struck.

The suspect was taken into custody after a foot chase.

Martin Norris and Jake Schorr IV, employees of Westy’s, said a man walked up from the south on Main Street, talking loudly to himself, pulled a handgun and shot two customers who were sitting at a picnic table in front of the restaurant.

Norris and Schorr chased the man down the block, but he crossed Front Street and jumped a fence, heading toward the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

There, truck driver Luis Cortez of Laredo, Texas, was exiting Bass Pro with his family when he heard gunshots in the parking lot. Cortez said the victim appeared to be a store employee who had been collecting shopping carts.

Cortez said he saw a car near the victim, but couldn’t see inside it because of dark-tinted windows. The car sped away and the victim ran to the store entrance, Cortez said.

Memphis resident Tina Jamison said she was on Beale when the crash occurred, and she approached officers on the street.

“We heard on the scanner, ‘officer down,’ Jamison said.

She said when she heard commotion, she initially thought there had been a fight on Beale.

“They told us to go inside one of the restaurants,” she said.

This murder is just one example of a horrifying trend which has been happening for a while now, in my City of Birth.

As a 57-year old resident of the Memphis Area, I have borne witness to the governmental mismanagement and resulting decay and degeneration of what was once of the friendliest places in the country to live.

There are still friendly people in Memphis, but, chances are, they work in Memphis and are living in the suburbs, like I do.

The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started during the reign of  “King” Willie Herenton, whom while Mayor from 1991 – 2008, told taxpayers of the Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.

So, they did.

Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.

The most recent Mayor, Jim Strickland, seems to be working hard to revitalize Downtown Memphis.

The big news this past weekend, was that Service master will relocate their Headquarters from East Memphis  to Downtown, as Peabody Pleace, adjacent to the Historic Peabody Hotel.

That’s the good news.

The bad news , before the tragic murder of Office Smith, was crime on Memphis’ most famous street, was hurting business…

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

The Beale Street Merchants Association and other organizations are considering Beale Street Bucks as a way to tighten admission. Visitors would have to pay a $5 or $10 admission fee to access the street.

Other options include more tightly controlling admission when the street becomes dangerously crowded, or stopping people from entering until the crowd thins out.

The Beale Street Development Corporation says they don’t agree with the Beale Street Bucks proposal, saying any fee would deny equal access to the historic area.

On Resurrection Sunday Afternoon, back in 2014, I was sitting beside my then-30-year old step son, watching “Avatar”, as my then-6 year old grandson came over and crawled up between us, putting his head on his Daddy’s chest. He was worn out from attending church with us that morning, followed by a lunch of ham, au gratin potatoes, and deviled eggs, which Grandma cooked, finished off by a dessert of all the chocolate that the Easter Bunny brought.

Of course, that darn rabbit had made a stop over here.

As I watched my grandson laying there, I thought about what a difference having a father makes in a boy’s life.

My father certainly made an everlasting difference in mine. He is the one who led me to Christ, counseling and supporting me, and loving me until he passed away after Christmas in 1997.

I think of him and thank God for him often.

I have had the privilege of being the step-father of 3 very different boys, now grown into young men. The first one works as an account executive with a major company. The second one is a seminary student who is planting a church in Midtown Memphis. And the last one, who I mentioned earlier, is an over the road truck driver, who is home every weekend.

I think often about all three of these young men often and pray that I have made a difference in their lives.

What got me thinking about the role that fathers play in the lives of young men, is all of the gang-related violence  and black-on-black homicides, that are going on in our American Cities, like my Hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

In today’s modern culture, the stigma of having a baby out of wedlock is quite frankly no longer a stigma. In some corners, especially the Liberal ones, It is actually considered a sign of Feminine Independence.

Among a lot of the young black male population, it is a sign of prestige to be a player, or, as we used to call it, a “ladies’ man”.

This practice has become so popular, that now 75 percent of America’s black population is being born out of wedlock and being raised without a father.

Grandfathers, uncles, clergy, and school coaches and principals try to fill in the gap and help these boys as they grow up, but a boy needs a man around every day of their life.

They need a consistent role model to teach them right from wrong, how to treat women, and how to be a man.

Regardless of what all of the Liberal experts say, a male father figure is essential in building a young man’s self- image.

So, what’s the answer?

A song that Elton John came out with during his comeback in the 1980s goes,

Mama don’t want you
Daddy don’t want you
Give it up baby, baby
Mama can’t buy you love

Municipal and Federal Governments can throw as much money at the problem of gang-related violence as they want to, but, until this Cycle of Irresponsibility, i.e., irresponsible parents creating irresponsible kids, somehow gets broken, through prayer, education, and community/church involvement, crime will continue to escalate in America’s Cities.

Because, if the parents do not want to love, care for, and raise their children in the way that they should go, the gangs and the other criminals in the ‘Hood sure will.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

The War Against Christianity: From Walmart to the Classroom

American Christianity 2For the last couple of weeks, I have been attempting to find a particular Christian Poster, to place in my study/music room/man cave, which my bride has given me in our new house.

In my search, I found out that Walmart no longer carries Christian Posters. So, I had a friend who runs a local sign company to make me one from an image on the Internet.

Between my personal experience and the story recently about a High School Band getting in trouble for playing a Christian Hymn at half-time of a football game, it brought to my attention, once again, that there is a concerted effort to minimize America’s Christian Heritage in our day-to-day lives.

This effort is getting more overt every day…

As a Christian American Grandfather, I worry about what my 7-year old grandson is exposed to, while attending a public school.

Given the nature of Modern American Society, and a Liberal-run Federal Department of Education, with Modern American Liberals interspersed among America’s hard-working, underpaid professional teachers, from time to time, outrageous things can be presented to our young people as “factual information”.

For example…

This past week, The Christian Post reported that

Middle school parents in Tennessee are voicing concern with the Maury County School District after they discovered that their students were instructed to write “Allah is the only god” in order to translate the Islamic pillar of creed for a world history project.

After Brandee Porterfield’s seventh-grade daughter brought home her Five Pillars of Islam project that she completed for her history class, which included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” Porterfield complained to officials at Spring Hill Middle School.

Although Porterfield does not object to her child being taught details on the Islamic religion, she does oppose the fact that her daughter’s history unit has not yet taught her about theological components of Christianity or Judaism. Porterfield believes that the state mandated history curriculum’s overexposure to Islam is tantamount to state sponsorship of Islam.

“It really did bother me that they skipped the whole chapter on the rise of Christianity and they spent three weeks just studying Islam,” Porterfield told Fox News.

“But what really did bother me, because I understand that Islam needs to be discussed in history, was that they did this assignment where they wrote out the Five Pillars of Islam, including having the children learn and write the Shahada, which is the Islamic conversion creed.”

“I don’t know if I would consider it an attack on Christianity, but they don’t study any other religion to this extent,” Porterfield continued. “I spoke with the teacher and the principal. They are not going to learn any other religion, doctrines or creeds and they are not going back over this chapter. Even though they discuss Christianity a little bit during the Middle Ages, they are not ever going to have this basis for Judaism or Christianity later.”

After Porterfield’s daughter told her teacher that she did not want to recite the Shahada or anything resembling “Allah is the only god,” Porterfield told the Spring Hill Home Page that the teacher told her daughter that she would no longer have to recite or write the phrase.

Although Porterfield claims that the history unit spent all of three weeks going over Islam, Jan Hanvey, Maury County Public Schools’ middle school supervisor, told the Columbia Daily Herald that most of the three-week unit discussed things like government, culture, geography and economics, not theology. Hanvey also stated that the chapters on Christianity and Judaism are scheduled to be taught at the end of the year with the “Age of Exploration” unit. They were not “skipped” over like Porterfield claimed.

Porterfield and other concerned Springhill parents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about the state’s history curriculum as a meeting with teachers and administrators is set for Sept. 17.

Joy Ellis, another parent of a seventh grader at Spring Hill, asserts that Christian children should not be instructed to write the Shahada.

“This is a seventh grade state standard, and will be on the TCAP,” Ellis told the Spring Hill Home Page. “I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.”

Maury County Director of Schools, Chris Marczak, defended the curriculum in a statement, saying that the school system is in no way endorsing Islam over other religions or trying to “indoctrinate” students.

“Our teachers work together to make sure that our students are learning what is expected through the Tennessee academic standards. For this last section on the Islamic world this past week, our educators had students complete an assignment that had an emphasis on Islamic faith,” Marczak said.

“The assignment covered some sensitive topics that are of importance to Islamic religion and caused some confusion around whether we are asking students to believe in or simply understand the religion. It is our job as a public school system to educate our students on world history in order to be ready to compete in a global society, not to endorse one religion over another or indoctrinate.”

Despite Marczak’s assertion that the curriculum is not endorsing Islam, Porterfield is still not convinced.

“I do think that because they are not doing any other religion studies. I do think it is the state sponsoring religion in schools. They are not going over anything else. So for the students to have to memorize this prayer, it does seem like it is indoctrination,” Porterfield said. “Later on, I reviewed the state standards and the pacing guide for this class. They do have some studies on Hinduism, Buddhism and things like that, but they are not learning any other doctrines or creeds and that is what my concern was.”

First off…while I have met some very nice American Muslims, I have also been inside a mosque where I was looked at as if they wanted to take a scimitar to my neck.

If Moderate Muslims are not behind their radical brethren’s eternal jihad against us infidels, they need to get their mugs in front of the cable news networks’ TV cameras and say so…because all I see representing them when I turn on the news, are the abrasive members of CAIR, blaming America for all the world’s troubles.

Now, I am not saying that every Muslim is on a jihad against “the infidels”.

However…

When Christians become “radicalized”, we want to share the testimony of what God has done for us through His love, with everyone we meet. We get involved in our local church and we become better fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, and American Citizens.

When Muslims become “radicalized”, they want to “kill the Infidels” in the name of “Allah the Merciful”.

In the case of the Chechen Muslim brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon, their immersion into Radical Islam led them to “kill the infidels” that horrendous day.

In the case of the barbarians of ISIS, it has turned them into doppelgangers of the Nazi Butchers of Dachau.

Islam and Christianity present two very different Deities, who may share some similarities, but who have different identities and ultimately different standards. To pretend they are the same is not only to be clueless of the faith of 76% of the citizens of this nation, but, to be ignorant of an integral part of our American Heritage, the legacy of Christian Faith, which our Founding Fathers bequeathed us.

For Liberals to deny that, is disingenuous at best, and just plain out-and-out lying at worst.

The Father of our Country, our First President, George Washington, once delivered the following mighty words to a fledgling nation:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.

The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.

I now make it my earnest prayer that God would… most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of the mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion.

Please notice that the words, “ACCEPT CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR OR DIE” were nowhere in this transcript.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

A Country Purposefully Divided

th (23)You know, I was asked by an NPR reporter once why don’t I talk about race that often. I said, “It’s because I’m a neurosurgeon.” And she thought that was a strange response . . . I said, “You see, when I take someone to the operating room, I’m actually operating on the thing that makes them who they are. The skin doesn’t make them who they are. The hair doesn’t make them who they are. And it’s time for us to move beyond that because . . . our strength as a nation comes in our unity. – Dr. Ben Carson, Closing Statement, GOP Presidential Candidate Debate, Fox News, August 6, 2015

Thursday night, 24 million Americans tuned in to Fox News to watch a multitude of Republican Presidential Candidate Hopefuls attempt to distinguish themselves from one another.

Some are saying that it was the biggest audience ever for a Prime Time Television Program.

Why were Americans so anxious to watch a bunch of professional politicians (with two noteworthy exceptions) preen and pontificate in front of the cameras, reiterating political stances, which they have already taken?

I believe that the answer to that question is a simple one:

The overwhelming majority of Americans are concerned about the future existence of the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free.

The same day that a political game of one-upmanship was being played out in front of that huge national audience, a much more serious event was being played out in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis police officer Sean Bolton was remembered Thursday as a man of compassion but “bold as a lion” when it came to the community he swore to protect.

The Marine who excelled in wrestling and football at White Station High School and equally embraced a love of languages and books, was shot and killed Saturday while on duty.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told mourners inside Bellevue Baptist Church during Bolton’s memorial service that this was the third one of his officers to die in the line of duty over the last four years, and this grim statistic has “devastated” him.

“We all have our relationship with God, and so I talked to God and asked him, ‘Why me, God?’ What are you trying to tell me?’

“And just as clearly as I am talking to you, God said, ‘Son, this has nothing to do with you.’”

Armstrong said he continued to have a “pity party” for himself until he heeded God’s words and thought about Bolton and the other officers in his department.

“I was going to write a speech, but I realized that Sean deserved so much more from me than a speech,” Armstrong said.

He said God told him to deliver a message instead to the Bolton family and the citizens of Memphis.

“I have the awesome responsibility of your public safety. There are 2,000 officers under my command that I demand the best of from each of them every day,” Armstrong said. “Let me make it clear to each and every citizen: We are not your enemy. When most people run away, we run to.”

Armstrong’s words garnered a standing ovation from the officer’s who filled the lower half of the Cordova church that seats 6,500.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was the first speaker during the 11 a.m. service. Wharton said “Officer’s Bolton’s death was an offense to God, his family and each of us.” As the mayor spoke, some officers walked out.

One officer, who did not want to be identified, said they left because they are upset with cuts by the city to the pension and benefits, which caused several officers to leave the force.

“We have had so many officers leave because of the cuts,” the officer said. “We are not at full complement. We are angry because we feel if we were at full complement then these young guys like Officer Bolton would not have had to ride alone.”

Last Saturday, while checking an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz on a residential street in Parkway Village, Bolton was shot multiple times and later died from the wounds at the hospital.

After two days on the run, Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, the man accused of killing Bolton, surrendered to authorities in downtown Memphis Monday.

Wilbourn, charged with first-degree murder, is in jail on a $10 million bond.

Bolton, who would have turned 34 on Friday, was with the department five years, joining the force in October, 2010. He worked on the “D” Shift at Mt. Moriah station.

His colleagues from Mt. Moriah spoke at the service, comparing Bolton’s dedication and high-energy to that of the “Tasmanian devil” and the “Energizer Bunny.”

Some two hour before his service began, officers locally and from far away as New York filled the parking lot at the church.

Dressed in their starched uniforms, wearing white gloves and with black tape or cloth over their badges to honor Bolton, they came to say goodbye to one of their own.

“This hits home for us,” said Officer Raul Dallas with the North Little Rock Police Department. “Officer Bolton was someone’s child, someone’s brother. He was our brother. We are here to support the Memphis Police Department and the officer’s family to let them know we stand behind them.”

Officer Bolton is survived by his mother and three siblings as well as thousands of brothers and sisters in blue, said Rev. Don Riley, a friend of the Bolton family, who delivered the eulogy.

Riley wore pink socks in Bolton’s memory because the officer often wore the socks to church — part of Bolton’s character as a practical joker. Riley told the officers not to be angry about Bolton’s death.

“Jesus was not on vacation last Saturday when he called Sean home,” Riley said. “We are here to honor Sean’s name. His name should be etched in the memory of every supporter.”

During the past several years, there has been an undeniable escalation of the Rhetoric of Racial Animus and Class Warfare, the origin of which can be traced, with very little effort, to the President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, the “one”, who was supposed to unite us as a nation and make the oceans “rise and fall”

Suffice it to say, neither one of those predictions came to pass.

Instead, we got garbage like this, posted on WashingtonPost.com on March 6th:

In his first comments since the Justice Department released a report earlier this week detailing racial bias in the Ferguson, Mo., police department, President Obama called Friday for “collective action and mobilization” to resolve tensions between minority communities and law enforcement.

“I think that there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure that they’re protecting and serving all people and not just some,” he said on the Joe Madison Radio Show on Sirius XM Friday. “…I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country, but it’s not an isolated incident.”

Since then, violence has erupted in New York City and Baltimore.

Why do we have so many out there who are calling for “dead cops”, while protesting over the deaths of criminals?

Even in Memphis, family and friends of the “alleged” cop killer have started a “GoFundMe”-style fundraising account for his defense, claiming that the cold-blooded murder of Office Sean Bolton was a case of self-defense.

How did we get to this point?

By the time President Johnson came into office, after the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the majority of Americans totally believed that our government always had our best interest at heart.

President Johnson came into office and immediately started his push for the Great Society. These programs were designed to make Americans even more dependent on the Federal Government for their very survival.

As the Vietnam War grew more and more and unpopular, Americans’ trust in the government became more and more compromised.  Protests against the Federal Government became more and more common and it became cool to be a rebel or “hippie”.

Time passed, and while rebellious Americans calmed down, Americans’ dependence upon government programs became generational, as multiple family members from one generation to the next, relied on Uncle Sugar for their daily existence.

Meanwhile, the rebels of the 1960’s got older and began to work within the system, taking jobs within the private and public sectors.

Eventually, they moved into positions of power, becoming heads of corporations and local and national politicians.

It is not really necessary to tell you what the political ideology of these rebels was, is it?

As the last century ended and the new one began, these hippies and their offspring, solidly in place in the halls of power, began to pass more legislation designed to keep generations of Americans enslaved to Uncle Sugar.

In this present situation, what we are seeing is the result of anti-establishment rhetoric, spewed forth by those who are now actually “the Establishment”, taking hold, and spreading Class Envy and Racial Animus in such a way as to inspire violent retaliation for perceived “grievances”, by a fictional “White Establishment”, which is actually no longer in power, and the Police, who are seen as the emissaries of “The Man”.

Meanwhile, the Community Organizer-in-Chief is on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS.

It’s reminiscent of Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

Look it up, y’all.

In conclusion, I believe that the popularity of entrepreneur and showman Donald J. Trump and Dr. Ben Carson’s Closing Statement, which has gone “viral”, are a result of an American Citizenry who are fed up with watching our “House” being divided against itself for the sake of Political Expediency.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Black Youth Mob Vandalizes Walmart, Causes $2,000 in Damage…Just For the Heck of It

2A1DE7B100000578-3144505-image-a-69_1435682880161As the country’s attention was fixed this past weekend on the Supreme Court’s ruling, which redefined marriage and created a new “right”, a problem that began with a National “Social Program” in the 1960s, has mushroomed into an unmitigated mess of an out-of-control societal problem, that Obama and the rest of the Democrat leadership, seem perfectly content to ignore.

The Macon (GA) Telegraph reports that

Surveillance video of a wee-hours ruckus at a Macon Wal-Mart on Sunday shows a teenager race inside flashing gang signs ahead of a mob of four dozen or so people who burst in and smashed merchandise.

The commotion, which caused an estimated $2,000 in damage, appears to have been planned.

Some in the crowd also snatched a man, apparently a shopper at the Zebulon Road store, from a motorized shopping cart and dragged him to the floor, Bibb County sheriff’s officials said Monday.

The vandals, said to number between 40 and 50, sprinted down the store’s main aisle about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, “destroying merchandise displays and items,” a sheriff’s deputy’s report of the incident noted.

Floors in parts of the store were “coated with broken merchandise,” the report added. “The length of the store from front to rear was lined with items which had been shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about.”

When sheriff’s deputies got there, the crowd “began to flee into many different vehicles and leave the scene,” the report said.

The store, next to Lowe’s, is just east of Interstate 475 in one of the area’s most frequented shopping districts.

The teenager seen leading the rushing horde of young men and women told a Wal-Mart employee “that this was a planned event … to see how much damage they could cause,” the sheriff’s report said.

The teen, identified as 17-year-old Kharron Nathan Green, of Ashton Drive in northwest Bibb County, was arrested when he returned to the store to retrieve his cellphone.

Green was jailed and later released on bond after being charged with inciting a riot and second-degree damage to property.

Green, according to the sheriff’s report, first told cops that “he did not know anything about what had happened in the store and that he did not know anyone involved.”

But when his mother and father arrived and watched the surveillance footage with sheriff’s deputies, the report said “Green admitted to his parents that the male in the video was indeed him.”

He refused to name others in the crowd, but according to the report said they had all come from a party on the city’s south side.

“Hopefully we can identify the others,” Sheriff David Davis said Monday. “Hopefully it’s not a pattern of behavior.”

Davis wondered about the parental supervision of the young people involved.

“Due to the lateness of the hour,” he said, “I don’t know that they were going to be going to church the next morning.”

This “incident” reminds me of the same kind of trouble that we have been experiencing in my hometown of Memphis, since last year.  There have now been several instances of these sort of attacks, beginning with the now-infamous “Flash Mob Attack” at the Kroger Grocery Story, located in the heart of East Memphis, on the busy thoroughfare of Poplar Avenue.

In that instance, a mob of kids, for no apparent reason at all, attacked a couple of innocent people, smashing a huge pumpkin over a teenage store clerk’s head, resulting in hospitalization.

There have been several instances since then, with the Memphis Mayor and the City Council deciding that the solution to these barbaric mobs behavior was to reward them by opening up Youth Basketball Centers, which will stay open until after Midnight, in order to attempt to keep the little angels off the streets of my hometown.

The only problem with Mayor AC Wharton’s ingenious plan, is the fact that it would only work if these kids were raised right to begin with, and respected authority enough to go play basketball, instead of roaming the streets like a bunch of feral cats.

As I have written in the past, the trouble which American Society is now experiencing, regarding the Black Youth Subculture, begins at home.

With a history of 74% of Black Americans being born out of wedlock, the problem of Black “Yutes” growing up without strong role models has now become generational…and, a vicious cycle. 

Here’s an idea, you idiots:

How about raising your children in the way in which they should go?

As a 55 year old product of the Former Memphis City Schools and Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis), I can remember a time when the majority of young Memphians, regardless of their race, were raised to be respectful of their elders, and to recognize the fact that there are absolutes in the concepts of right versus wrong, and that wrong behavior has consequences.

We were also raised knowing the concept of personal responsibility for our actions.

And, if we had a problem understanding those concepts, an adult, whether it be a parent, a friend’s parent, a teacher, a principal, a church leader, as policeman, or a judge, would explain those concepts to us in no uncertain terms.

And, you could bet your last Hot Wheels that, if you got in trouble in school or after school while hanging out in the neighborhood, that we would pay for our transgressions when we got home.

Nowadays, we are experiencing the results of LBJ’s “Great Society”, in which the Almighty Federal Government has eliminated both the concept of moral absolutes and individual responsibility.

These “yutes” who are acting like wild animals have been raised as such. literally abandoned by irresponsible parents to fend for themselves and to make up their own rules as they go along.

What we are witnessing, boys and girls, is a Generation of Sociopaths, with no concept of morality, ethics, or personal responsibility.

They are doing what feels good to them…and what popular culture, which has become both their “god” and their “parental authority figure” has told them is cool.

Until America’s Black (and White) Community and Civic leaders show these young savages that they will face SEVERE consequences for their barbaric behavior, these mob attacks will continue…until one of these young people are shot dea, when they pick a victim with a Concealed Carry Permit.

And, then “the community” will have no one to blame, but themselves.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Obama Speaks to Black Caucus on Ferguson, Blames Cops, While Memphis Experiences More Youth Mob Violence

policeline9292014President Barack Hussein Obama addressed the Congressional Black Caucus this past weekend. And, of course, our National Community Organizer spoke about the Ferguson Riots, from the viewpoint that you would expect a Community Organizer to have…

The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.

“It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them,” he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.

“And the worst part of it is it scars the hearts of our children,” Obama said, adding that it leads some youngsters to unnecessarily fear people who do not look like them and others to constantly feel under suspicion no matter what they do.

“That is not the society we want,” he said. “It’s not the society that our children deserve.”

Obama addressed the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown carefully but firmly, saying his death and the raw emotion it produced had reawakened the country to the fact that “a gulf of mistrust” exists between residents and police in too many communities.

The shooting sparked days of violent protests and racial unrest in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The police officer who shot Brown was white.

“Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement – guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness,” said Obama, who has spoken of enduring similar treatment as a younger man.

He said significant racial disparities remain in the enforcement of law, from drug sentencing to application of the death penalty, and that a majority of Americans think the justice system treats people of different races unequally.

Now, I realize that, in Obama’s world, it is much more politically expedient to blame those trying to uphold the law, instead of those breaking it.

But, it takes two to tango.

Take my Hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, for example…

TheBlaze.com reports that

Another teenage mob went wild Friday, WREG-TV reported, allegedly flooding streets, damaging cars and beating an elderly man:

Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m.

“Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night,” Sharon Mourning said.

Mourning said she would have done whatever she needed to protect herself.

“So we just driving and all of a sudden all of the kids ran into the middle of the street,” Mourning explained.

Mourning and her daughter Princess were driving on Bellevue Friday evening.

“It was like a whole group of kids coming from the game,” Princess Onwibiko said.

“All of a sudden just bout 20 kids are on top of my car with about 40 more kids around my car and they kicking, they stomping, they jumping, you know they hitting the windows,” Mourning said. […]

Police reported another man was attacked in his car after honking his horn at the teenagers to move out of the way.

“They had done bricked his car, stomped his car, did the same thing,” Mourning explained.

Mourning reported seeing the teenagers beat an elderly man and another teenager.

“I actually looked at the child. His face was bleeding. You know they had done beat him,” Mourning said.

Did police lay down the law?

Not exactly; WREG reported that two 17-year-old were given juvenile summons and sent home.

Mourning said law enforcement’s response was insufficient.

“Memphis is going to burn if they don’t control these children,” she said.

Memphis’ sky-high levels of violent crime helped make Tennessee the most dangerous state in America in 2012, and while the city’s schools have improved somewhat since the “dropout factory” days of 2002, Memphis students’ high school graduation rate was barely above 70 percent in 2013 — leaving a depressingly large chunk of the city’s youth with days (and nights) free for mob outings.

So, how does Memphis’ Leadership plan on combating youth violence?

By rewarding it.

Back on September 25th, Mayor A.C Wharton announced his plan to stop these mobs of “poor, impoverished” youth (carrying the latest in cell phones) from vandalizing businesses and attacking innocent people.

Promising more still to come: Thursday night Mayor A C Wharton revealed part of his battle plan to fight youth violence.

For the first time since his youth violence forum three weeks ago, Mayor Wharton told WREG community centers and youth programs may be a part of the answer.

Mayor Wharton said his plan will be ready by the end of the year, so if more money is needed, it can be worked into the budget.

In the meantime, he’s got a few ideas in the works, like keeping community centers open on the weekends.

“We are now keeping those centers open on Friday and Saturday nights for basketball and fun things,” said Wharton

Each of the four centers attracts one hundred kids, and it will cost the city $80,000 to keep them open for the rest of the year.

“If there are one hundred boys in a community center on a Friday night, at 8:30 and 9 p.m., they are not getting shot and not shooting anybody,” said Wharton. “Then maybe when the churches will see the city is keeping its community centers open, and then the churches will maybe open their gyms on Friday and Saturday nights.”

He said he got word Thursday that Memphis was accepted to ‘My Brother’s Keeper.’ It’s a federal program for boys and young men of color that offers mentoring and skills to help them succeed.

Wharton applied to the program, and has the next 120 days to create a plan of action.

Wharton said he’s also expanding the Memphis Ambassadors‘ program from 400 kids to 1,000.

Right now, 2,000 kids apply for the program.

“They are required to adopt community service programs, maintain good character, stay in school , stay out of trouble and they get a stipend,” he said.

Wharton said he is also working on creating programs that offer career guidance and character building.

He activated a Youth City Council, which was created in 2007 but never formed.

Wharton said, “by the end of this year,” he will have a concrete plan, so if more money is needed, he can work that into the budget.

Wharton said he talks to Director Toney Armstrong every day, and doesn’t think more cops need to be hired to stop youth violence.

However, he said MPD is creating their own plan like cracking down on hot spots where youth violence is happening.

“For those who for whatever reason are beyond a reach of these programs, we have stepped up enforcement,” Wharton added.

In a related story, posted by local NBC Affiliate, WMC-TV, on September 24th,

With more than a month into the school year, thousands of students have not shown up for class.

Shelby County Schools officials put the number of no shows this year at 9,052. That data comes from the board of education’s Tuesday meeting.

Educators say the report doesn’t necessarily mean that all 9,000 plus kids are truant. Some may have moved away, changed schools, or registered privately.

“In this age and era of kids having multiple options: charter Schools, ASD, municipality districts,” William White with SCS Planning and Accountability said. “It gets a little more complicated trying to get these numbers.”

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says this is still a big problem. He says one complicating factor is the lack of a shared student data between districts.

School board members offered suggestions. They suggested moving up registration to start the process sooner or being proactive about recruiting. Others suggested working with individuals schools and principals, as well as community leaders to track down students.

“I don’t want the headline to be that the numbers don’t support truancy, because we have a truancy problem here that we need to figured it out,” Hopson said.

Hopson says right now they have no way to cross reference other school districts and figure out whether the no shows are registered at municipal schools.

Whether through truancy or miscalculations, SCS predicted a total number of students around 117,000. At a cost of about $8,000 per student, only having 108,000 could cost the district money to use in the classroom.

My beloved hometown of Memphis, Tennessee has been gutted by decades of poor financial stewardship and corrupt Black Democratic Leadership, who never saw a dollar they couldn’t spend, or a relative or friend that they couldn’t give a job with the city to.

And now, Memphis’ chickens have come home… to roost…brought about by a failed school system which turned in its charter in a successful scheme to take over the more affluent county school system, only to see the county municipalities start their own individual systems, Memphis’ black citizens murdering each other every night, and gangs of black teenagers beatomg the snot out of innocent people, simply because they’re bored, they have no parental guidance, and they know, as “juvenile offenders”, that nothing will happen to them.

There will be very little national news coverage about what happened to this lady and her child, just around the corner from historic Crump Stadium, just as the beat-down at the Kroger Parking Lot has faded from the National Scene .

President Obama will not address Memphis’ problem.

And, Outgoing (Praise the Lord) Attorney General Eric Holder is noticeably silent as well as are the Justice Brothers, Revs. Jackson and Sharpton.

For, boys and girls, the harsh reality of  an out-of-control populace of a Democratically-ran city, well on its way to becoming another Detroit, must be ignored at all costs…due to political expediencies.

Because, for these self-serving Democrat Liberal Politicians, as President Barack Hussein Obama himself has conceded, it is not about the content of the character of those who break the law, but rather, the color of their skin.

Until He Comes,

KJ