Baltimore Cops Charged

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A medical examiner report ruled Freddie Grays death a homicide leading to six Baltimore Police Officers facing charges ranging from manslaughter to murder. This is good news but not a cause for celebration given the state of the justice system. It is like having a wound that needs stitches and putting  band-aid on it. The people of Baltimore are angry and this move is to quell the unrest.

Here is how this is going to play out. The officers will go and trial and they will have a predominantly white jury. They will say that they followed protocol and tell the jury that the injuries Freddie Gray suffered – which we only see in situations like motor vehicle accident – Freddie did it to himself. They will convince the jury that they did nothing wrong, Freddie Gray crushed his own wind pipe and almost severed his own spine. The jury will find no reasonable cause to believe the officers did any thing wrong and will acquit them. The people of Baltimore will once again cry foul and play the race card.  Maybe the story will end different but I m not holding out much hope.

We have a problem but the problem runs deeper than race. It is about the blatant disregard for human life. It is about people respecting the lives of only those who are popular, wealthy and looked upon in society. They treat people differently because of their social background. There is no fairness in the law and how they execute justice. Until the law ensure that every human being is treated equally regardless of race, color or social standing and those who act contrary to the law while doing their jobs are held accountable there will be no change. We cannot have a peaceful society if law enforcers behave in a manner similar to the people they are trying to police. They must stop the excessive use of force and lead by example.

Thought For Today

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.
Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions–predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”
― Adrienne Rich

Riot in Baltimore

The injustice in the America justice system is becoming unbearable. The death of Freddie Gray under questionable circumstances once again highlights the fact that unnecessary force is often used on people of color and a simple arrest can lead to death. Where there is injustice in a nation often times it can lead to strife. However there is no justification for what happened in Baltimore. The burning and looting was not a show of solidarity for Freddie Gray but rather an excuse for thugs to do what they do best. They were not there for a cause but rather to create mayhem which at the end of the day did not help anyone.

The burning of buildings and cars was senseless and uncalled for. You cannot improve the quality of life in your town by destroying it. What I saw was total madness and the worst part of it all is that many of these acts were carried out by youths. Clearly they need guidance and leadership to change their mindset so do not end up like Freddie Gray. I believe the fight for justice must continue in a peaceful and sensible manner. Behaving like thugs will in no way help anyone.

Thumbs up to the mother who disciplined her son. I hope he listens to her and steer on the right path. Once again the fight for justice must go on but in peaceful, and intelligent manner.

Earthquake Hits Nepal

Tragedy struck Nepal as the country was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8. It shook the nation leaving behind destruction and chaos. Over one thousand four hundred people are presumed dead and they continue to search the rubble for survivors. There were deaths at a Mount Everest based camp which was hit by an avalanche caused by the quake. The death toll is expected to rise. Many will spend the night out door from the fear of after shocks.  Prayers for the people of Nepal tonight.

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Thought For Today

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Thought For Today

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
― Sam Levenson

Jesus is Risen

For God so loved the world that He sent his Son to die for us. He died for our sins and through his resurrection we have the chance of eternal life.

Jesus Christ is risen today,
Alleluia
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia
Who once did upon the cross, Alleluia
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia.

Hymna of praise then let us sing, Alleluia
Unto Christ our heavenly King, Alleluia
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia.

But the pain which He endured, Alleluia
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia.

Good Friday

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On a hill far away stood an Old Rugged Cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the Old Rugged Cross, I will ever be true
It’s shame and reproach, gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where His glory forever I’ll share

And I’ll cherish the Old Rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Yeah, I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Massacre In Kenya

The world is in a turmoil innocent blood is spilling left right and center. Humanity has gone over the edge and there is no understanding the senseless killings. What justification can one man have for taking the life of another. Mankind have made a deal with the devil and he is in control spurring them on to the point where some have become merchants of death.

However let us not underestimate the power of prayer. It is a strong force and with faith it can move mountains. It will take more than just artillery to quell the war of hate and the forces driven by hate whose sole intention is to leave a trail of death in their path. Let us bow down in prayer and have faith that the hand of God will stop them in their tracks.

The forces of evil as we are seeing is strong but with unity the forces of good is stronger and although evil will reign for a will in the end the forces of good will conquer and overcome. Prayers for those who were senselessly killed in Kenya. Prayers for the students who never got a chance to make it to adulthood. Prayer for all who died…all gone too soon. Prayers to the families who are left to mourn.

For those who died in Kenya my tribute to you in this song/
“Gone Too Soon”

Like A Comet
Blazing ‘Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon…May you souls Rest In Peace

A Thought For Today

“Here are some simple habits to help make each day an adventure worth having…..
Begin with intention. Wake up in the morning with a clear idea of who you want to become and where you want to be. After all, what we think, we become.
Be compassionate. Every person you encounter is on a journey, just like you. Be gracious, be humble, and be kind to fellow travelers. At the end of the day we are remembered not by what we did for ourselves, but what we did for others.
Be open to adventure.. Be on the lookout for new opportunities and chances to grow. Learn to say yes to what life has to offer, and greet each sunset with satisfaction.
Be kind to yourself. Each day is another chance to grow in wellness. Make time to nurture and develop your special interests and talents, and try not to be so busy that you don’t have time for the things you love.
Be grateful. When the day is over, look back and remember the small things you are thankful for and yes, there is always something to be thankful for. Remember what made you smile, and what made this day unique….”
 Author Unknown