Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 11:42 PMI can't vouch for the truth of the story but it really doesn't matter. Wheter it really happened or not in this manner the end result has and awlays will be the same, and the TRUTH.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
The kids came into first period and there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."
They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
"No," she said.
"Maybe it's our behavior."
And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing, third period too. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom.
The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids, for the first time I think perhaps in their lives, understood how they earned those desks.
Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."
Friends, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have are freedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, who loved this country more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for you and me to enjoy this great land we call home, this wonderful nation that we better love enough to protect and preserve with the kind of conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great nation.
"We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave."
Please remember our Troops!
(both past and present!)
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 01:00 PMI can't say how happy I am to finally see the most unlikely American Idol to finally be voted off the show. After so many people tried to keep him in the show and force others that were so much BETTER than him off, Sanjaya is no more. I still don't believe that he actually thought he was that good to be voted through the past few shows. I mean come on,doesn't he know that the only reason people were voting for him wasn't for his so called "singing" talent, but more as signal to other Idol contestants and the shows judges that it's the public at large that decides who stays and who doesn't. And, it doesn't even matter if you are the winner of the show, it still doesn't mean that he/she will be on the charts, let alone all that good.
Thankfully, it's still in the hands of the person themselves as well as the public at large that determines who is good and who isn't. Just look at the past winners of American Idol and see who is actually making a career with their talent and who isn't. You don't see last years winner with any music on the top of the charts, or even 3 of the past 5 Idol winners. What ever happened to Raymond Stoddard, Fantasia, and Taylor Hicks? They managed to sing a few good songs on the show, enough to win the titles of American Idol, but in the real world, they hardly even exist.
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 11:40 PMI just heard on the nightly news show some black lady saying that it's alright for a black person to talk crap about other black people but not for white people to do so. To me that is PREJUDICE! That's more prejudice than what Imus said in his so called comedy routine, which we all know was wrong, disrespectful not only to blacks but women as a whole.
I cannot see how anyone can say that it's not prejudice for one group to talk trash about their "own" kind but it is for others. That's like saying a white restaurant owner can serve his white customers but not the black. Or that it's ok for white kids to go to school in one buildning but blacks aren't allowed to because they don't deserve to be taught the same as the whites. Prejudice is prejudice, it doesn't matter who or what you are, or who "your people" are.
The more people keep sperating races and religions in what they say and do, the more prevelant and hurtful prejudice is going to be and last. They arent "your people", "your brothers and sisters" they are OUR people, OUR brothers and sisters. Until we ALL learn to speak as one, and work as one together, the longer and more deeper the wounds of Prejudice are going to be.
Now that they've taken the step of removing Don Imus for his remarks, they need to keep going and remove all the Rap and other crap that is in stores and on TV and Radio and REMOVE every bit of it as well. If ANY show, be it TV or Radio play any so called music with the same or similar offensive language in it, or do any show or skit/play, they need to be fined and removed no questions asked. Otherwise we are doing nothing more than saying it's wrong for white people, but OK for black people to talk and say things about blacks in an offensive way just because. And that is just fueling the uncontrolled fire of Prejudice. Stop talking crap people, it's time to take a stance, and stand up for whats right for everyone, everywhere.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 03:32 PMIn listening to all the news clips and rhetoric concerning Don Imus and his unexcuseable comment concerning the female basketball players is really pissing me off. What really gets me is the most Prejudice person of all, Al Sharpton. He is no different than those inthe KKK with his attacks and demonstrations agains "white" people ONLY when it comes to prejudice remarks. And Rev Jessie Jackson is no different when it comes down to it.
I totally agree that there is no room in this world of ours for prejudice people or prejudice remarks made by anyone. Whether it is a everyday Joe, a comedian, talk show host, anyone at all period. It's hurtful and degrading and only leads to more problems and chaos. But damn it, if we're going to jump down the throats of the likes of Imus, and the others we better do the same damn thing for EVERYONE! There is no excuse to allow anyone anywhere, be it Free Speech or whatever, for prejudicial remakrs to be made by anyone of any "color", religion, or nationality. And that specifically should but does NOT include blacks talking about other blacks. This is where a real prejudice exists in the world today and no one seems to care. All the black so-called "artists" can write and sing their Rap songs and call each other every name feasable, as well as brothers and sisters, and make tons of money selling it to other blacks, but when it comes to whites or "caucasions" we're called whities and all hell breaks lose because we said the same thing they say, but they make money for doing it.
If they are going to punish Imus then they need to do it across the board period. They need to pull all the Rap music and music video's with any form of disrespectful remark in them, fine and punish ALL the comdedians, black and white for any and all remarks made, this includes Chris Rock, and Bill Crosby and any others that have used or made and reference to blacks that can be taken as disrespectful or prejudice.
Mr. Sharpton and Reverand Jackson need to get on the right track, remember what they've read, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you", and "One nation, under God, indivisible, for Liberty and Justice FOR ALL." Not just for the "whities" or whatever they call others, because if I'm not mistaken, we are all suppose to be Brothers and Sisters, living in One Nation under God.
Thursday, April 5, 2007, 11:22 PMWhat else could it be other than the masses of asses that are keeping the useless, untalented Sanjaya on American Idol? He certainly can't sing, doesn't know how to dance, and seems to have a fetish when it comes to his hair. If his goal was to be famous, he has succeeded. But, it isn't Sanjaya's goal that the jerk Howard Sterns and others are voting for, no, it's for the fun of it, to see how far they can't get a poor untalented person in the competition for nothing but a joke. They think it's funny and everyone is laughing about it, but never think how in the long run it can come back at them when the poor kid hits rock bottom when the show is all done with him and he has to face all the angry people out on the street that will take their anger out on him. Where are all those people going to be then? They won't be standing next to him to protect him. No, once they are done with him they'll toss him aside like he's nothing more than another piece of trash because they've had their fun and don't need him around anymore. What a waste of time, effort and talent. What a shame, period.