I Have a Dream. Make Them Suffer. Next Sunday’s Games.
- In the United States, a federal holiday is an authorized holiday which has been recognized and designated by the US government. Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday that was instituted by the federal government thirty one years ago. In my view, the States of the Union share their sovereignty with the federal government including following guidelines and statutes of designated federal holidays. Martin Luther King, Jr., incredibly strong by most and controversial by some, was honored by the U.S. Federal government for his work to combat racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tomorrow, as designated 31 years ago by the federal government, all fifty states are mandated to honor MLK day. Then there is the state of Mississippi and specifically the city of Biloxi, where MLK day is also called “Great Americans Day” incredibly honoring General Robert E. Lee on the same day as the designated federal holiday. The same Robert E. Lee who held the black race in bondage, proud of his legacy as a racist. Shameful and outrageous, you would think that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant would step in to stop this ridiculous practice of dovetailing MLK Day with this so-called “Great Americans Day”. Dr. King must have had great insight as his famous “I have a dream” speech included this excerpt: “…..I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice….”. Maybe we should suggest to President-Elect Donald Trump that his infamous wall should be moved a bit north and east to sanction off the shameful state of Mississippi?
- She spent seventeen years as an Orlando police officer and was decorated and honored numerous times during her career. Last Monday, Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was gunned down pursuing a murder suspect. While police in many states have come under scrutiny for unnecessary tactics, the police in this country, as well as firefighters and emergency response personnel, need to be honored for their dedication to protecting and serving as well as putting their lives on the line day in and day out. I am not sure how to solve this trend of cop killers but people who kill police officers need to suffer the most dire of consequences. Putting these types of criminals in regular prisons does not work as they are often glorified by their fellow prisoners. Maybe the idea of a “special” prison could send a message to these vicious criminals who have no regard for human life. A friend of mine has told me about “ADX Florence”, a super-maximum security prison located in rural Colorado. I had no idea something like this existed in the United States, until he told me that the likes of Zacharias Moussaoui (9/11) and Richard Reid (shoe bomber) are held here. Each inmate is in solitary confinement and spends 23 hours a day in their cell. With little to no human contact or conversation and only a skylight in each cell, these prisoners are completely cut off from interaction and reality. Cop killers, like the one who killed Debra Clayton, should be sent here to deal with the consequences of their actions.
- There have been exciting Super Bowls but next Sunday’s National and American Conference championship games are usually way more compelling to watch than the Super Bowl. The anxiety and complexity of winning one more game to reach the Super Bowl leads to the anticipation of these two games, to be played next Sunday afternoon and evening. The Atlanta Falcons, with their beat down of Seattle yesterday, face the winner of today’s Green Bay – Dallas game. Matt Ryan, with yesterday’s performance, has locked up the MVP award and hopefully will duplicate his performance next Sunday and in February 5th’s Super Bowl. And if anyone knows a great podiatrist (a.k.a. Dr. Joel Schancupp) can you please have them fix Julio Jones’ big toe once and for all?
- Updates: The presidential inauguration is Friday so can all you politicos just shut up. Atlanta United’s college super draft went very well….twenty-three players signed and the opening game seven weeks away. Thankfully, daylight savings time is right around the corner starting March 12. The high in Alanta today, in the middle of January, will be 76…..where is Al Gore?
Adios and have a Funday Sunday!!