The Tone of Self-Sacrifice

You know the ABC television reality series, What Would You Do? well I’m not a big fan of the show.  It’s not that I dislike it; I don’t really.  It intrigues me on the one hand but troubles me on the other.  I mean, the premise is keen; prompting people to do the right thing, always, every day as ordinary, and extraordinary, circumstances dictate.  And we’ve seen some harrowing, albeit fabricated, situations unfold.  And I think that’s where my trouble lies.

That it forces people to consider whether their actions are proper or not is a good thing and God knows the world needs more of such prodding.  But manipulating the mind of society isn’t as easy as all that.  Who’s to say that people, watching it every week and knowing the show exists aren’t reacting a certain way when given the chance with expectations of being a star for a few seconds.  Keep in mind that everyone wants to be the good person who does the proper, Christian thing.

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An Inability to Tell Time

I heard this morning that the Twittersphere was all agog at what occurred in a small town in Texas.  A Muslim teen no, a gifted Muslim teen, created his own proto-type clock from scratch and took it to school to show his teacher.  The teacher took one look at it, and let’s be real, probably looked at the bearer of the academic gift, his background, and immediately erred on the side of caution and thought, terrorist, bomb, help!

Ahmed Mohamed was initially arrested but subsequently released when authorities discovered that what he had was, effectively, a clock, for real.    And now, everyone feels a certain way about the teacher, the police and the manner that authorities dealt with the situation. They shouldn’t be judged so harshly.  I’m of a mind that while little Ahmed might be ingenious enough to build a clock; he, nor his parents, nevertheless don’t know what time it is. Continue reading

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A Palm Sunday, of Sorts

In less than two weeks, a man of God is coming to town and all Hell is breaking loose in

2014 Pastoral visit of Pope Francis to Korea at Haemi Castle for closing Mass of Asian Youth Day by / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

2014 Pastoral visit of Pope Francis to Korea at Haemi Castle for closing Mass of Asian Youth Day by / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

anticipation.  Pope Francis is coming to America, particularly to Philadelphia and his pending arrival has set the entire region into a frenzy of planning and anticipation.  I wonder if it was like that thousands of years ago in a small town in the Middle East.

Probably not, I’m thinking.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem on that fateful Sunday, many at the time heralded him as a revolutionary figure to right the wrongs perpetrated by Roman authority.  His arrival wasn’t planned for or anticipated by that authority but rather was

celebrated by the downtrodden.  Here in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, the differences are stark as it appears by all accounts that the “Romans” of today are in charge. Continue reading

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What would’ve happened had James Blake resisted?

Like others, I’ve seen the video and I don’t know; I can’t say with 100% certainty that with things being what they are in today’s society I would’ve had the wherewithal to not resist like James Blake did.  On the one hand, you have a stocky, bald white guy charging at you, assaulting you, throwing you to the ground, all the while not identifying himself as a police officer or his reasons for doing so. Who can say but for many of us, the road to the sidewalk might have been a lot messier.   Continue reading

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Trump Trying Hard to Look Super-Duper


A few weeks ago, soon after the first prime-time Republican debate, Rachel Maddow alluded that the then-relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News was much like the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his monster.  You’ll recall this was around the time Trump was going berserk, attacking Megan Kelly and generally being combative to practically everyone while he separated himself from the elephant pack.

Since then, Donald has softened; on the one hand I’m sure in attempts to try to look more presidential but also in efforts to refrain from biting the hand that will ultimately feed him.  Trump, like the monster of legend, recognizes his ‘father’ which explains his early attacks on the network.

Had he continued, and especially if he continues along that path then yes, he truly is the embodiment of the creepy creature.  These days though as he mellows and woos, Trump is more like Peter Boyle than Boris Karloff.

Putting On the Ritz

These days Trump is a top-hatted and tuxedoed man about town courting many to gain acceptance.  He’s backed off attacking his fellow constituents, except Jeb who he feels is his most likely opponent, in hopes of assimilating into the conservative mindset more than he already is.

He sees himself, just like the Brook’s comedic conception, as a veritable god amongst men (he’s rich-something he reminds us of all the time), particularly after being propped up for so many years by papa Fox.  It’s only after daddy, in the form of Fox News president Roger Ailes publicly chastised him for his rampage that he regrouped, reconsidered and began taking steps to re-assimilate into the fold.

No matter; Trump is still dramatically more dangerous than his other party hopefuls, just like the round-headed creation of Brooks, if taken in real life, is ultimately more dangerous than flat-topped Frankie.  That’s because Young Trump is assimilating into the nation’s consciousness; he’s stirring the pot and gaining allies.  And just like the Boyle character, in due course he’ll begin to sire others in his party, creating little Donald-like clones with equal delusions of grandeur and intolerant thinking.

The best hope for America is that like both tragic creations, Trump will fail because when all is said and done, we won’t appreciate his difference; and it’s the difference that Donald wants us to recognize, and the difference the only true reason he sees himself as presidential fodder.

It’s a difference made up purely of dollars and cents and nothing that amounts to anything substantially significant when it comes to staking a claim on being ready and able to handle the role of President of the United States. Once America sees that they’ll recognize finally that Trump’s no Gary Cooper.  Looks nothing like him.

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