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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fond Memories of Tailgating with Aaron--a truly biblical Guy

The Green Pastures (1936) widely available for streaming including on Amazon Video Prime.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thank You Guys For Liberating Me

I address this to all those boys and girls, youth, men and women of the faith that have the heart of Christ and are--to boot--my black soul brothers and sisters (and Eddie Murphy this of course includes you). You helped free me for God’s service by clearing the air of religiosity which can too often be a symptom of white folks’ religion. You will notice in The Golden Child that the child is surrounded on all sides during captivity with prison bars symbolically amplified with clouds of incense and murmuring incantations. In many white churches one senses cloying constraint the minute one enters the sanctuary--or should I say the inner sanctum of authoritarian repression. So I would like to thank the Black Race and Culture for bringing true liberty to the American banquet table and sharing spiritual freedom in all kinds of miraculous and generous ways.  Truly--though it costs you many sacrifices--you emancipated American culture for God’s good and creative works.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

My Chosen Running Mate

I want to have as my vice-president Eddie Murphy.  Yet, if he insists on playing around only with flamboyant thespians, I guess I’m flat out of luck.

You see, he will be my way to rig the election ON BEHALF OF THE HOLY GHOST.  God feels it’s way past time that ALL OF US have a little fun laughing at ourselves.  There’s all kinds of illumination--but to be spiritually free we need lots of charitable laughter.

There’s only one talent alive fully up to this task.  (I intend to make Beverly Hill Cops required viewing for all those that give a shit about our country.)  Come on Eddie, you knew all along that you were gifted with comic genius for far more than writhing within sweaty sheets while passionately sidling up to a grossly obscene bank account.  You are called upon now to save our country with laughter…besides I need a running mate with demonstrated skill in love’s promiscuous abandon to share my personal presidential intimacy....with the whole goddamn world….Trust me!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Businesses Leaders Can Be Our Leaders--But NEVER our God!!

Personal Note:  One day (circa 1964) out of the blue I was advised by a counselor “Don’t be a Calvin Coolidge” (30th U.S. President).

......A little about that guy and his famous quote
(All following contiguous text quoted from this link: Source)

President Coolidge made his famous remark [the business of America is business……….yet read his context remarks below] in an address to the Society of American Newspaper Editors on January 17, 1925 in Washington, D.C.

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.”

It’s hard to dispute the notion that most Americans are concerned about the economy and personal prosperity. And, Coolidge made it clear that he didn't simply mean “greed is good.”

“Of course, the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence,” he said. “But we are compelled to recognize it as a means to well-nigh every desirable achievement. So long as wealth is made the means and not the end, we need not greatly fear it...But it calls for additional effort to avoid even the appearance of the evil of selfishness. In every worthy profession, of course, there will always be a minority who will appeal to the baser instinct. There always have been, probably always will be, some who will feel that their own temporary interest may be furthered by betraying the interest of others.”

It’s true that Coolidge was generally a pro-business, small-government type politician; sort of a Ronald Reagan without charisma.

But, in my opinion, the spin that is often put on his famous quote about the business of America is clearly overly simplistic and unfair.


Now, All Together friends of my Ilk.......Who's our Boss?

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Getting the Show on the Road


First steps must be in addressing the huge external and internal costs of alcohol--a historical curse afflicting humanity in ways not even now fully appreciated.  In America we should look to initial steps taken to effect change in tobacco consumption--immediately limit advertising and other gratuitous forms of propaganda (placement in films, sports events, etc.) Limit product placement in stores--place behind counters in restricted areas--we adults have a huge responsibility to help children understand that alcohol is a vicious destroyer of cellular structure and processes and to be avoided--not as ads used to say--”Beer Belongs” Which has now been extended to pop-like chillers and TV ads selling liquor to attract youth and the eyes of children.

As to capitalism you by now understand I view it as essential for authentic earnest effort in production and creativity and the pursuit of truth--for example in sports, how are we to truly and earnestly know who is the fastest runner without comparing and contrasting performance?…cloak it as you will, sooner or later we must come to see the divine function of competition in motivating the search for and the finding of Truth even in the most practical sense. But as President Lincoln far too long ago made clear, the human resource as a partner with God in creativity is the organic soul, soil, and source of abundance.  Therefore, we must get to work and protect the most humble of employees with due respect and regard for due process and third-party review.  No society can claim to be just who excludes due respect and regard for human capital in the quintessential divine occupation of creativity.

As is obvious, our biggest challenge will be to find the tools necessary to handle obsolescence of certain types of product and services. An often used example--no society can afford to prop-up a buggy whip industry when there is virtually no demand for buggy whips. The small Mom and Pop enterprises present challenges of risk vulnerability regarding enterprises less subject to entry barriers. For example, car detailing (cleaning and polishing cars at the customer’s location) has a relatively small number of entry costs and competition can be fierce and demand weak when disposable income is low.  Often, a new business will hire friends and family members with a full understanding that the business will not be able to ensure consistency or longevity. As a society we must not allow such situations to divert us from the goal of eliminating cannon-fodder employment practices for the vast majority of businesses.  We simply must face the fact that unions have provided great assistance to many human resource challenges, but for many smaller businesses it is not clear to me that money is sufficiently available in-house for a union solution.  Yet, if there are structural designs incorporating unions that are plausibly doable, they should certainly be explored.   


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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Of Deep Ruts and Shooting Stars

Do we pretend before our great Creator to ascertain the limits of time and space or what we humans shall view as impossible the day after tomorrow?  It is for us to diligently strive with earnest effort to exercise trust and faith and through God’s assistance resolve to concede (as Isaiah once did) the guiding hand of the potter may know a tad more than the pot. 


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