Monday, December 23, 2013

Which Penalty Flag I'm Only Throwing On Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson!

After multiple seasons of not watching the reality tv show, I recently started watching the show during this current season after seeing multiple reports about the Robertson family's faith and organic evangelism.

The recently interview for GQ has gotten Phil Robertson in hot water due to comments being made about his faith regarding homosexuality predominantly and there has been pure media neglect and omission over other comments made during the same interview.

Anyone's faith or lack of it is not my place to attack or defend unless it seeks to have an undue influence upon my family, neighborhood, and government and every American adult basically feels this same way.

Mr. Robertson's comments about his past life and history with African-American's in Louisiana are not upon my radar as well.  But within his comments about either those he had contact with or those he believes that request and receive governmental assistance, I found an area that warranted a penalty in my opinion.

Per the GQ article itself, Mr. Robertson is reported to have said, "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson#ixzz2o4HdbxfP

Any comments that give the impression that people have a sense of entitlement about government assistance based only upon race is extremely nearsighted and undermines the fact that Mr. Robertson has a graduate degree in education and was a star quarterback whose quitting football opened the door for Terry Bradshaw to eventually become a hall of fame quarterback.

Based upon the revelation of his young adult accomplishments and exposure to the larger world through attending college, I am throwing the flag that only a sincere apology will overcome although I will not wait for one.

Never while watching the show did I ever feel that the family is racist in any way although the number of African-Americans that have been seen within camera shots is virtually nonexistent.  I have seen no more than 4 African-Americans within all the episodes I have seen.

Yet I do feel that Mr. Robertson's comments are more politically driven than anything else based upon his southern lifestyle.

Any southern resident that likely votes for the GOP will share his political views regardless of appearing on television regularly or not.  My belief that Mr. Robertson generally votes for the GOP is suddenly confirmed to me by the same GQ article mentioning that a tv within his home is tuned to Fox News while being muted.

The simple truth about governmental assistance is that there are more non African-Americans that receive governmental assistance while the pure percentage of the group by race within American is clearly potentially higher for African-Americans.

There is indeed an eventual addiction beyond a sense of entitlement by any and all individuals and corporations alike receiving government assistance over multiple years.  Still again, his statement remains politically or economically ignorant at best.

Bottom line, I did not begin watching "Duck Dynasty" for its political comments and until I am led to believe there is hostility towards African-Americans, I will most likely continue to watch it.

Quite frankly upon hearing about the brewing controversy, I was more inclined to ask what did Uncle Si have to say about race given that he is a Vietnam War veteran and has traveled more as a result.  The patriarch's comments about politics and/or race did not seem to make sense to me then and I am still trying to find the logic within his words.

But it is par for the course as most people on any reality tv show will eventually say something that makes you shake your head in astonishment and simply have a smh moment.

I am simply waiting for an apology Mr. Robertson and willing to remain a viewer based upon my own faith that attracted me initially to watch the show!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm Thankful For Only Being Born in Jersey City, NJ!


An appreciated teammate from NJ as well told me Tuesday night, "You were born in a ghetto" about Jersey City, NJ.

My entire view of my life, resume, and achievements immediately transformed into a greater appreciation for my late mother's decision to move back to Nichols, SC.

The Hudson River is the railroad track between JC and global financial district Manhattan in NYC.

Environment is able to fully suppress or advance one's DNA and pedigree more than believed possible.

Even though I already was eternally grateful about growing up in Nichols, SC versus Jersey City, imagine my shock and awe at both hearing the statement last week as well as the stunning volume of my household's "Amen" seconds ago!

There is something about being the last to know:)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Seed of the Day: Isaiah 55 *-http://bg4.me/18NP6BN

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit 

ISBN 0595262260

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 4:37 *-http://bg4.me/17Oco98

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #164

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

God always provides a seed to accompany His children out of Egypt. The seed is not to remain planted there, but to move into the Promised Land.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 3:19 *-http://bg4.me/11bbtka

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #163

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 3:19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;

God really likes blessing us with assets (instruments of wealth).  Whether the asset is a wife, children, cattle, or cities, God is in the empowerment business for His glory and will to be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 2:5 *-http://bg4.me/11Cc7DS

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #162

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

You need to know and understand that there are some people, places, things, or ideas that God does not desire for you to sow into and multiply.

God desires to become God of their lives and through your potential participation outside the will of God, you may be viewed as their God when God wanted their hearts to be turned to Him and Him alone.

Allow God to direct your sowing and continuously order your steps.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:25 *-http://bg4.me/17IyDeW

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #160

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 1:25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.

A good land is a land for multiplication of the good things to occur and the division from the negative things to occur as well. Enjoy the good land and seek to expand its boundaries and blessings.