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Merry Christmas Al & Jesse


Canada did not have cotton. Canada did not have slavery. Canada did not have blacks. Until the seventies, Canada was, for the most part, a white nation.

That does not make Canada any better or any worse than the United States. It is simply to say that when I moved to Alabama in the nineties, it was without a preconceived opinion – be it positive or negative – about blacks. My every impression came to be through personal experience, watching and listening in the workplace. I found that like every race or nationality, there are some excellent folks and there are some bums.

Before moving to Alabama, the single thing that I knew about the state was the march from the town of Selma. The march from Selma became famous due to the unnecessary heavy-handed tactics of the police and politicians – Democrats, by the way. The march was to have been a peaceful one, following church, from Selma to Montgomery Alabama, a distance of 54 miles.

How far can YOU walk in your church shoes?

It was six blocks from Brown Chapel, where the march began, to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where mounted troopers attacked the marchers and made famous the cause and infamous the police action. Had the troopers allowed the protesters to carry on peacefully, the march would have fizzled out of its own accord, with sore feet and empty stomachs.

Violence never garners sympathy.

In my never-known-to-be-humble opinion, racial tensions should have decreased with the election of a black President. Instead, the opportunity has been squandered, as the President and the Attorney-General have felt the need to intervene when they feel a black man has been wronged. The “Beer Summit”, Trayvon Martin and now Michael Brown’s separate Federal Investigation, the White House is three for three.

Add in Al Sharpton, a professional rabble-rouser who would never dream of letting the truth get in the way of an opportunity to worsen black-white relations.

When the rioting and looting took place in Ferguson, many, many, many whites who had been quiet about their feelings for a long time, are just about ready to combine the movie, “Network” and Clement Moore’s poem, “The Night Before Christmas”.

“Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash,
Yelling, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

The following pictures, I’m afraid, sum up just how fed up many white, tax-paying Americans have become.












Al Sharpton was in Sears.  He was there to protest the fact that most all of the washing machines were white.  So the clerk called the store manager, who asked, “What’s the problem here, Reverend?”  Sharpton pointed at the machines and loudly bemoaned the fact that most of them were white.

The manager replied, “Well, Reverend, it’s true that most of the washing machines are white, but if you’ll open the lids, you’ll see that all the agitators are black.”.


But wait… that’s not all………………

Last weekend, a football player for Alabama’s Auburn University was shot and killed.


Auburn freshman Jakell Mitchell killed

Auburn freshman Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning. He was 18 years old.

 Auburn police responded to a call at the Tiger Lodge apartments at approximately 12:25 a.m. The apartment complex is located close to Auburn University.

From AL.com:

Mitchell was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Lee County Coroner’s Office. He died shortly after arriving at the emergency room. The death is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed in Montgomery. 

The Auburn Police and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences were still working the scene in a parking lot inside the Tiger Lodge apartment complex as of 6 a.m.

Via the Opelika-Auburn News, 22-year-old Markale Hart has been arrested and charged with murder.

“I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon.”

Mitchell redshirted this season. He was a three-star recruit out of Opelika High School as a tight end but was listed at 6-4 and 210 pounds. He was spending the season away from game action to get bigger.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell Mitchell’s family and those who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “This is a very trying time for those close to Jakell, including the student-athletes, coaches, staff and Auburn Family. We will provide counseling and support and do everything we can to help them through the grieving process.”

Per Al.com, the shooting happened at the same apartment complex where former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were shot and killed at a party in 2012.


The loss of any life is sad. What caught my eye was the comments at the end of the article.


“Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson now??? Let’s see the comments from Lebron James and Serena WIlliams. This is the problem: this will get almost no attention and it was a football player at a nationally recognized school. Educate the young black community and maybe these things wouldn’t happen. It’s a tragedy that nobody will pay as much attention to because it wasn’t a white on black shooting.”


“So sad! A young man provided opportunity and it is taken away and NOT by a COP! I will refrain from the TRUTH at this time…but the black community has its priorities backwards!  Let cops do their jobs and parents need to do the same! Raise Human Beings and NOT animals who think the work owes them!”


“So this is a black on black crime, so it’s pushed to the depths of all media coverage. Can’t incite the masses with this.”


“Looking for a suspect? 1) Round up all the white cops within a 100 miles for questioning. 2) Order 5 or 6 autopsies 3) Don’t even think of convening a grand jury. 4) Commence looting and burning the city down. 5) Call Al and Jessie in for gasoline 6) Organize marches around the world.—– this is the new standard procedure.”


“I guess Al and his goonies won’t be attending this one. Black on black crime warrants no demonstrations or news coverage because it happens daily. Al will not receive media coverage that he so desperately wants or needs. That being said, it is sad that human life is taken for granted and these crooks or thugs could not care less about taking a human life.”


“My guess is a black on black crime and the family will want the aid of the police. Sick and tired of the black community’s attitude. “Don’t rat” “Don’t talk to police” etc. etc. Police are bad till you need them and you’re destroying your own communities. If you want change, start by changing yourself!”


“Al, Jesse, where are you? If black lives matter, you should be working to find the killer. I would bet everything I own the killer is NOT white. Why are you ignoring these daily deaths, in this case a seemingly “good” example of the opportunities black America claims to be denied? (As if the sitting President isn’t enough of an example of what anyone can do). If you are going to play the race card with police shootings you also need to apply it to black-on-black crime. You would save many more lives.”


“Thank God no Caucasians were around when he died or else Auburn would be up in flames.”



“Desafinado”, a Portuguese word usually rendered into English as “Out of Tune”, or as “Off Key”, and where our society seems to have arrived at today. Great bossa nova tune, though.

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