"Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. made history with
his 'I have a Dream' speech, some say the civil rights movement’s leader
would be deeply disappointed in our society today.
"Poet, author and associate professor Quraysh Ali Lansana is one of those men.
think he would be deeply disappointed in our lack of concern for others
and frustrated with our political apathy and poverty of ideas and
action,' said Lansana, who grew up as Ron Myles in Enid, Okla., and now
teaches English and creative writing at Chicago State University.
will be the guest speaker on Jan. 19 at both services hosted at Olympia
Brown Unitarian Universalist Church. The services are at 9 a.m. and 11
a.m. at 625 College Ave., Racine, and Lansana’s address is titled 'Lost
in the Dream: In Search of Civility.'
"Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 20.
"Lansana quotes King: 'Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.'
explains that 'where there is no civility, there is no exchange of
ideas. We only have to revisit the recent shutdown of the U.S.
government to understand this concept, and that occurred on a very
large, very public scale. Imagine how often we struggle with the lack of
civility in our daily lives, and the manner in which our communities
would benefit if we made civility as important as breathing.'
year, Aug. 28 marked the 50th anniversary of King’s march on
Washington, where he delivered his history-making 'I Have a Dream'
"And 50 years later, Lansana says men and women are
becoming less civil now, although we are more publicly civil than during
the civil rights era.
“'I feel that there was actually a greater
effort to be sincerely politically correct 10 years ago than today,' he
stated. 'The U.S. is more polarized, along race and class lines, now
than a decade ago.'
"However, during the civil rights era, 'there
were also significantly more people, of all ethnicities, engaged in
public activism and political protest. Many young people today are
apathetic and suffer from a narcissistic xenophobia that is debilitating
to the point of being dangerous,' Lansana stated"
"RACINE — Masked, armed subjects robbed one liquor store and
tried to rob another convenience store in a span of about 20 minutes
"The first store hit was Belle City Food Mart and
Laundromat, 522 16th St., where the robbers found that the doors had
been locked by employees. The second store, successfully robbed, was
Colonial Liquors at 2813 Taylor Ave.
"Both incidents occurred
around 7:30 p.m. and no one was injured at either store, according to
Sgt. Tim Koetting of the Racine Police Department, but it is unclear if
the same persons were responsible.
"Belle City Food Mart and
Laundromat was also robbed by two armed, masked men Nov. 26 and Dec. 29.
After the November robbery, owner Mazen Musa said the store had only
been robbed once before in 23 years.
"Employee Osama Abdelkhaleq
was working in the store during the December robbery and believed that
the two men who attempted to rob the store Thursday were the same ones
who robbed it last time.
“'They came up in the exact same way,' he
said, showing surveillance video of the two men attempting to enter the
locked doors, one clearly holding a gun. 'Since the last one, though,
we’ve started getting smart and locking the doors.'
"After the last
robbery, employees began keeping doors locked and manually letting
customers in and out, according to Abdelkhaleq.
admitted that the policy can be tedious as a fellow employee rushed
between the customers at the cash register and customers at the door, he
said the security is worth the inconvenience.
“'I think it’s a lot better than leaving it open and letting someone come in with a gun,' Abdelkhaleq said."
"January 10 (RACINE, WIS.) - The Racine Raiders board of directors held their
annual election of officers for the non-profit, 501c(3) organization, on
Wednesday night. Six positions were voted upon. The positions and elected
President – Matt Nelson
Vice President of Operations – Mike Tingwald
Vice President of Operations – Clyde Freehling
Secretary – Greg Fictum
Treasurer – Connie Jorgensen
General Manager – Bob Marcado
"Matt Nelson is a lifelong Racine
resident, former business owner and former All-American tight end for the team.
Nelson was the team’s offensive coordinator for the least National Championship
“'I am honored to be chosen for this position with the
organization,' Nelson said after the elections. 'We are reaping the rewards of
what others before us have done and all of the hard work that this board, past
presidents, and a plethora of volunteers have accomplished.'
further commented on the goals of the organization.
“'Our goal is to
remain the premiere semi-pro football organization in the United States. We have
something extraordinary here and we want to keep improving,' said Nelson. 'The
Raiders objectives are consistent – to give the great community of Racine a
quality team they can be proud of, promote football through the many youth and
high school programs throughout our community, and give college players an
opportunity to continue to display their talents on the
"Additionally, the Racine Raiders partner with the community by
supporting and helping many other community organizations, hosting the
All-County Football Banquet, and annually awarding four college-bound students
"As a non-profit organization, the Racine Raiders do
not have a single owner, but are run by a board of directors, which currently
consists of 14 members.
"The Racine Raiders, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, begin their
62nd season of operations in 2014. The Raiders won their eighth national
championship in 2012. For more information on the Racine Raiders and their
mission to advance football in Southeastern Wisconsin, please visit http://www.racineraiders.com."
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog.
Or the broad edged silly music the wind
Makes when I run for a bus...
Things have come to that.
And now, each night I count the stars.
And each night I get the same number.
And when they will not come to be counted,
I count the holes they leave.
"Today started like any
other day for me: take the 'terrorist princess' outside, get a cup of coffee,
and sit down to peruse the news while checking email. After seeing
a news post about the Obama administration using two executive orders that
will determine who in this country will or will not be allowed to purchase
guns, I became infuriated and decided to turn to my email. Yesterday, I had
received a tag about an interesting event scheduled for May 16, 2014; however, I had a hard time trying to fathom it so I began
my research. Little did I know that this event is now spreading like wildfire –
being talked about all over less known alternative media sites and some social
"It is known as 'Operation
American Spring.' Released on December 20, 2013, at Patriots of America,
this movement is being covered on the Daily Paul, the Conservative Monster,
American Prepper Nation, American Liberty Riders, the Nutrifarm and the Birther
Report to name a few. Here is the concept to 'Operation American Spring' being
put forth by Harry Riley:
"Phase 1 – Field
millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in a non-violent,
physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving
loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership,
in Washington, D.C., with the mission to bring down the existing leadership. Go
full-bore, no looking back, steadfast in the mission.
"Phase 2 – One million
or more of the assembled 10 million must be prepared to stay in D.C. as long as
it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Attorney
General Holder removed from office. The senior republican in the US House of Representatives will become Speaker of the House
and the US House of Representatives will elect a temporary President
and Vice President of the United States. The U.S. Senate will take action to elect a new majority and
minority leader. "As required, the U.S. Congress will execute appropriate legislation to convene
new elections or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated
consistent with established constitutional requirements.
"Phase 3 – Those with
the principles of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker,
Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, Issa, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of
authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against
politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed
by the new President.
"*All actions in Phase
2 & 3 will be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.
"May 16, 2014
is the date that the event is set to begin with the date of completion to be
Hello, my frozen giblets!How are you?How did you survive
the deep freeze?It’s still early
winter, so we could be in for much more.Oh my.“They” say we’ll be into
the upper 30’s by this weekend.A heat
wave.Winter hardens you.I think I could sleep outside in the 30’s
Oh, the weeping and gnashing of teeth over our Green Bay
Packer’s playoff loss last Sunday!The
lamentations may go on for weeks.The grieving
process takes time.Our once vivacious
Packers are now emasculated.Woe is us.We must mourn our loss.Oh gloom, oh gloom!
Señor Zanza and I took down our Christmas decorations.That is, I took down the interior ones, while
Señor Zanza fell off the roof and dragged down 90% of the outdoor decorations
with him.He’s sore, but OK.Despite Junior’s offer to “blast down” the
remaining 10% of decorations, they can stay up (or fall off) till next year.
Now begins the stretch of year that I dislike the most:
January and February.December can be
very difficult, too, as we well know this year, but the holidays can compensate
for that.The next two months are bleak
and cold.Even though I’ve already seen
the decorations up in stores, Valentine’s Day doesn’t cut it when it comes to
subzero temperatures and major snowstorms.Keep Valentine’s Day and give me heat!
“They” are blaming a “polar vortex” for our frigid
weather.I have no idea what that means,
but it sounds impressive.If there's anything
we can do to “unpolarize” the vortex, or whatever has to be done, would someone
please do it?Something’s out of
whack.We get an ice age while Australia
burns.Or we get a mild winter while
other countries are buried in ice and snow.“They” are “experts,” so use your expertise to help us, please.
Finally, my dears, here’s a winter driving quiz to improve
I don’t drive my car in the winter.I command it.
Thank you for reading my blog today.I love having visitors.I love having friends.You and yours are always welcome here.You are a delight.
CNN) — The Idaho man who slapped a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta flight in February was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison, the man’s lawyer said.
Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty to assault in federal court in October. Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein, said Hundley will report to a yet-to-be determined prison but didn’t say what the date would be. She said she respects the judge’s ruling but called the sentence “disproportionate” to the crime and added that it was two months longer than what prosecutors had recommended.
In February, Hundley was seated next to Jessica Bennett and her 19-month-old son in row 28 when Delta flight 721 from Minneapolis, Minnestoa, began its descent into Atlanta . When the baby began to cry, Hundley allegedly told Bennett to “shut that (N-word) baby up,” according to an FBI affidavit.
“(He) then turned around and slapped (the child) in the face with an open hand, which caused (him) to scream even louder,” the affidavit continued. The boy suffered a scratch below his right eye.
Shein said in a February statement that her client was in distress and grieving during the flight after learning the day before that his son was in a coma, after overdosing on insulin.
Hundley was headed to Atlanta to decide whether or not to take his son — who died the day after the flight — off life support.
Shein said Hundley “had paid a terrible price for his hurtful words but asks only that people understand that he was not doing well that night and spoke hurtful words he would have not otherwise have said.”
got off the phone with a friend who lives in Greenwood, ME
said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and
is still falling. The temperature is 32 below zero and the north wind is
increasing to near gale force. Wind chill is -59. Her husband has done
nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stares.
She says that if it gets much worse, she may have to let him in
The map selection they have is quite extensive, as well as their flags.
I got hooked on the decorating ideas. My basement's theme is thanks to this store! My sister and I stopped in a few years back and I saw a wall sign I just had to have, and that set the tone for all else.
If you've ever stopped in, you know they always have at least one cat roaming around. They are always fosters from Hope Safehouse. They have been able to help place into good homes, many cats over the years. What a neat outreach and way to make a difference.
The store is run by two sisters, JoAnne and Jeanne,
who are very helpful and welcoming.
They can make custom flags for businesses, boats, special occasions, anything. They do that right in-house.
The 3 things Joanne used to describe her store,
Good for browsing,
Great for travel,
and Great for decorating.
The last one I know very well!! Stop in, and enjoy browsing!!
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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