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America’s Fascist Brew; Will America Fail? – the Sneak Peek

If America Fails?

“America’s Fascist Brew; Will America Fail?” is an introduction to the “If America Fails? The Coming Tyranny” webcast series. It features a two-hour online panel discussion where we will share videos from “The Handmaid’s Tale” Hulu TV series and summarize the first four seasons of the show, while exploring key themes. The panel discussion is followed by a one-hour open chat with the audience.

This panel features Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Professor, Department…

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A California Thug in the People’s House! l Commentaries On the Times

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A California Thug in the People’s House!

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Thug Life: Yo you talkin to me?

 Daryll Issa is a Menace to America

Why wasn’t I surprised to discover that before he became a Congressman Daryll Issa was a car thief, a liar and a repeat offender?   Because he is still a liar, a bully and runs his committee like a gangster.  The way he conducts his committee is so outrageous that Attorney General Eric Holder, a mild mannered gentleman not given to hyperbole, called his behavior “shameful” to his face.  And he is still a thief; now he is trying to steal the last election by misusing the investigative powers of his committee to nullify the Democratic victory by tying up key components of the government in an attempt to make it impossible for President Obama to govern; to do the job the people elected him twice to do.

Instead Issa…

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Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Womanist Theologian

Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University (retired).. She holds the Juris Doctor (LAW), PhD (RELIGIOUS STUDIES) and Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) degrees and is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate in Theology (Catholic University of Louvain). Hayes is the author/editor of 7 books: Trouble Don’t Last Always: Soul Prayers; And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology; Hagars Daughtser: Womanist Ways of Being in the World; Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States (co-edited by Cyprian Davis) Wre You There: Stations of the Cross; Many Faces of the Church (co-edited with Peter Phan) and her most recent book “Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist Theology as well as over 85 articles and book chapters. Her next book…

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Sharing the Fire As It Grows

S P I R I T   M A T T E R S

Spirit Matters Journal

Host, Soul AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson

Spirit Matters Journal

March 9, 2013

Where are you?

“And the Lord called unto Adam, and said, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9)

Although we sometimes individualize the story of Adam and Eve, it is clear on any sensible reading that the story is addressing all of us. “Where are you?” is the perennial question addressed to each of us and the collective race of human beings. “Where are you?” We get lost in our activities, plans and daily routine. We drift through the reeds on life’s river but unlike Moses we have no particular direction or destination. We fail to orient ourselves with definite purpose and consequently end up like Saul hidden in our own baggage when God would…

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SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson

“Chris Donner and the Perils of a Misplaced Faith”


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February 13, 2013              10 pm ET
“Spirit Matters Talk Radio”

dornergunFrom Christopher Donner’s Manifesto . . .

” . . . The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a n****r. He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a f***ing Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a n****r. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as a equal human being. That day I made a life decision that i will not…

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Davey D's Hip Hop Corner

Davey-D-brown-frameAll eyes are on Christopher Dorner the fired LAPD officer who is the subject on a massive manhunt that involves more than 1000 cops up and down the state of California and in Nevada. He’s accused of gunning down three people including Monica Quan, a popular basketball coach and the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance Keith Lawrence who is described as mentor to many and recently graduated from a police academy. ..

Dorner’s also accused of shooting 3 police officers killing one in Riverside California…In an 11 page manifesto that he posted on-line, Dorner lays out the reasons he’s on the rampage and why he’s down to take out his fellow officers and their family members. He feels they are racist, unfair and done him dirty by tarnishing  his name and reputation.  In this manifesto which is an epic read, he describes in great…

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“A More Perfect Union: Choosing Our Better History”

January 23, 2013

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Stanley Crouch and percussionist James Mtume on the evolution of modern jazz

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

Reflections on the Stanley Crouch, Mtume Debate on Modern Jazz

I recently watched the debate between columnist Stanley Crouch and percussionist James Mtume on the evolution of modern jazz with great interest. Crouch, the steadfast jazz purist, essentially took the position that much of what’s passing for jazz today is actually a corruption of the art form, while Mtume took the position that Crouch was simply out of touch with the new face of jazz.
In my opinion, Stanley Crouch was right, and James Mtume was simply remaining consistent with what his musical philosophy seems to advocate – playing to the audience and giving applause priority over substance. But Crouch made the mistake of not framing the issue in a way that would allow him to sieze the bottom line. It’s not about the new versus the old; what the discussion is actually about is quality versus lesser quality, and that can be measured.
First, just because something is new doesn’t mean that it’s better. The problem with a lot of electronic music is electronics is being used to camouflage a lack of technical competence. There’s so much noise and electronic distortion going on that it gives the musicians the “freedom” to play bad notes, be less than melodic, and play musical nonsense. Where, on the other hand, acoustic music is intimate. It’s purely about the musician and his technical ability. Period. If Bud Powell played a bad note, or played the wrong chord progression, it would stick out like a soar thumb. But if he was playing electronic music there’s so much chaos and distortion going on that nobody would notice.

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