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I'm definitely going to miss this guy....
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/01/19/377286482/to-play-mlk-in-selma-british-actor-had-to-learn-what-it-s-like-to-be-black-in-us

During interview he presents from an outsider perspective, an insight that  is something I don't think, we as white person's in this country can or ever will truly appropriate or understand..

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....On what it's like to grow up black in Western countries?
The truth of the matter is, what living in the West unfortunately does for you as a black person is it engenders in you a minority mentality. You are a minority and so therefore you live in a world where subliminally you are being told, or you are taking on, the fact that not every opportunity afforded within that society is open to you.
Whereas when I lived in Nigeria [from the age of 5 to 13] the notion of the color of my skin, the notion of opportunities afforded to me as a result, never occurred to me. And it does affect how you bounce out of bed. It does affect your ambition. It does affect your outlook on life.
I call it the [Bahamian-American actor] Sidney Poitier syndrome in that I think the reason he achieved what he did, the way he did, the time he did is because he grew up in a different society where he wasn't a minority. And so therefore when he came to this country he just couldn't understand the notion that everything on the plate wasn't his to eat. And he approached his career, he approached his ambition, he approached his work in that way and it was so undeniable that you just had get out of his way.
I think that if you are brought up in a culture whereby that is not the case you have a stance of combat, and that invariably means that you are spending more energy trying to bust through than be you. And I was a huge beneficiary of those years in Nigeria.....
David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film Selma — as well as the LBJ controversy, slavery and how he learned about what it's like to be black in America.
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I often say that, if you want to vastly overestimate your own capabilities, you need only do one of two things: (a) get coked out of your mind, or (b) get behind the wheel of a car. But what if the problem runs deeper in humanity than that?
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Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins
1 Politics without principles.
2 Wealth without work.
3 Pleasure without conscience.
4 Knowledge without character.
5 Commerce without morality.
6 Science without humanity.
7 Worship without sacrifice.
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Did the weather have anything to do with those balls deflating in New England during the AFC championship game? It's unlikely, very unlikely. Bill Nye explains why with science, but not without putting the hyped controversy into perspective first. Take it away Bill. Related Content:
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its not policy its politics..
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/debating-the-implications-if-obama-acts-on-immigration/

Frank'y tells it how it is and then Blackman open his moth and confirms!  
excerpt.....FRANK SHARRY:There is nothing extraordinary about this. It’s quite similar to what George Herbert Walker Bush did in 1990. There was no controversy there. Ronald Reagan protected hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans. No controversy there. This is, I think, a bit of a smokescreen designed to obfuscate the fact that people don’t want immigrants to be integrated into America.

JOSH BLACKMAN: Well, simply because the president doesn’t get what he wants doesn’t mean he can do it anyway. We had an election. His party didn’t do very well. He had legislation. It didn’t go anywhere. He lost.
President Obama will give a prime-time address to announce his plan to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation, setting up a potential confrontation with the Republican-led Congress over immigration reform and executive authority. Gwen Ifill gets debate on the president’s action from Frank Sharry of America's Voice and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law. Continue reading →
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this was share with me ..now Ill share with you..

Two Choices

What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?


At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its

Dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'


The audience was stilled by the query.


The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:


Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.


I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'


Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.


At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.


However, as Shay stepped up to the

Plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.


The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.


Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.


Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.


All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'


Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay, run to third!'


As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team


'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.


Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.   
IN MEMORY OF SHAY..............
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Introduction

“World as we know it....The End of Days..” 

Will come to fruition not because ancient society tea leaf reading prophesy’s, or some biblical wrath of God. It is in our nature as humans to be self destructive. Cultures, religions and governments are reflections of our selves, manifesting, nurturing this condition. As a species with the intellect to change our world and the ability to experience the euphoria of love, with such promise still will to its end, by it's nature, self for-fill it's demise... 

In spite of our nature, there are those among us whom seem to be enlighten to our plight, seen a promised land, vision for humanity. 

Their words “I have a Dream”, “Imagine” give hope to this pessimist, the hope Dreams come true and Imagination can becomes reality

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credits:Dr Martin Luther King, John Lennon



If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then STOP saying you want a country based on christian values..because you don't.....!

...Jimmy Carter



Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins
1 Politics without principles.
2 Wealth without work.
3 Pleasure without conscience.
4 Knowledge without character.
5 Commerce without morality.
6 Science without humanity.
7 Worship without sacrifice.
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Took a hobby that I love and made a living out of it. Married to the same woman (isn't so much bragging right for me as it is for her - specially living with me)
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    Client Server App Dev.
  • Greater Lawrence Vocational HS
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