The Sunday Message

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week the lives of 17 people were taken in a mass shooting. There were 14 students and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There are several others who were injured.

Families are now making plans for the funerals of those who died.

I think in regard to mass shootings my heart broke after hearing about the gunman killing 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That was in 2012. How could anyone do this to these sweet children?

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The Sunday Message

Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.Proverbs 31:9 (ERV)

I like a good peaceful protest. That’s one of the great things about living in the United States – we have the right to protest things in which we don’t agree.

On Saturday I did a quick check of Google News to see what I could find about protests.

  • There were protests for and against Planned Parenthood.
  • There were protests in several locations about immigration enforcement raids.
  • There were anti-Trump protests in several places
  • There were protests at U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ (R-Mont.) offices last week.

I have been on both ends of protests – from attending rallies against or for an issue to working in a local senate field office where protesters showed up. Just as you would imagine there were people at both events who wanted to scream, swear, threaten, and show their anger. That’s not the way to go about it, in my opinion. There were also people who peacefully protested and gave their opinion about the issue.

If you are passionate about an issue – attend a protest and let your elected officials know about it – just be peaceful.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Monday – and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Great quotes from a great man!

To learn more about this great American, you can read his bio HERE.

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University HERE.

Have a great Monday!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Monday – and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Great quotes from a great man!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Happy Monday – and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Great quotes from a great man!

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35 years ago…

Get the hell out of my store and don’t ever come back.”

I am white. In many ways because of that I am treated differently than blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, etc.

Some people just don’t get that. Somebody somewhere is reading this and saying it’s the white people who are looked down upon these days.

That’s baloney.

One time in my life I was discriminated against for the way I looked and because of that I was refused service. One time! By the way, that was during my motorcycle days of long hair, road trips, few showers, and no razor.

I can’t imagine feeling that way every day, but some people do.

In the 1970s I was the new kid in Midwestern junior high school. I became very good friends with another kid who happened to be black. We hung out and walked home from school together about every day. One day we stopped at a little mom and pop store to get some candy. The owner saw us and yelled at my friend, “Get the hell out of my store and don’t ever come back.” I think he threw a couple racial slurs his way, too. We hurried out of the store, and I asked my friend what happened. He said it was because he was black and the store owner hated black people.

Although I was young and it happened about 35-40 years ago, that store owner’s actions have stuck in my mind to this day.   (more…)

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of April! If you are a new visitor, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. You are hereby warned.

This week I write about the Michael Jackson family lawsuit, finding Kony, a unique stimulus study, unemployment, Martin Luther King, Jr., Daines listens, Women in Montana, the cell phone at 40, jury duty in Los Angeles, highest paid NFL players, Obama giving back, Cebull moving on, my latest book, and much more! (more…)