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Booker T. Washington said . . .

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

Could he possibly have had premonitions about people such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton?

Saturday, December 24, 2005

2005 family Christmas

We had the family Christmas at mom and dad's, as is custom. Mom, dad, Darryl, Debbie, Mikayla, Shirley, Jessica, and me were there, initially. Bronze brought his girlfriend, Angela, by for a few minutes before they had to head over to her grandparent's house for celebration.

The meal was good, and the times were great.

I love the Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas party censoring

Would you believe I actually had someone ask me to remove their picture from the Christmas party entry? There are some things I just don't understand . . . However, it's been removed.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Failed by our local government representatives

Tonight, Indianapolis took a step in the wrong direction. The city-county council passed a 'human rights' bill that equates 'sexual orientation' with religion and race. This is disappointing to me.

I had contacted my representative, Lance Langsford. I had see an article in the newspaper that said that he would vote for the bill. He and I had discussed this before, and I had been led to believe that he would vote against it. His reasoning for turning his vote? He had been deployed to Iraq, and based on what he saw there, he 'felt it was the right thing to do' to vote for it. The right thing to do would have been to do what you were elected to do, Lance, and that is to represent your constituants.

I asked Lance if there were documented instances in which someone had been denied housing or jobs because they were homosexual. He said there had been, and that he would gladly have someone who knew of these occurences to call me. I got no such calls.

I attempted to call Lance after the council adjourned. There was no answer at his phone. Interestingly, his voice mail/answering machine wasn't on, either.

I will continue to try to call him, and will write the results of that conversation in a subsequent entry.

Oh, yeah, the council voted to merge the city police and sheriff's department, too. Another bad move. I will try to get Lance to bring it up for a 3rd vote. Someone got bought off by the mayor's cronies, this time, as it was the 2nd time the proposal had been voted on. The proposal was initially defeated. Maybe it can be redefeated if brought up, again.


We got our Christmas tree. We really like live ones, and except for last year, we've had a live one every Christmas of our lives together.

We don't have anything to put under it, but we have our tree LOL.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Brandywine Community Church

We attended a church new to us, today. It's Brandywine Community Church. It was surprisingly refreshing, and not like other 'community' churches I've seen. This one has about 900 members, and everyone is very friendly. Here are a few shots.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Home Depot's Christmas Party

I just got back from my first Home Depot Christmas party. Here are the pictures, as they were taken, raw and unedited. Some of them are out of focus, but they are here for your taking. Feel free to copy any you wish from THIS post . . .