Saturday Sound Off: Open Thread Just keep it civil, please.
This is your opportunity to have your say on just about anything.
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Got thoughts on anything happening in the news this week? What’s happening in your part of the world? Found a new
restuarant restaurant serving delicious foods? Like a new flavor of coffee or tea? Is your contestant still on Dancing with the Stars? This is your opportunity to have your say on just about anything.
I’ve never referred to the hood on my jackets and coats before as a hoodie. Since it has been mentioned a lot in our nation’s discourse I’ve been compelled to write that I will not let anyone intimidate me into not wearing my hoodie on a jacket or coat that I’ve bought specifically for its use.
Trayvon Martin’s (age 17) death have sprouted all sorts of twisted dialogue about the way he died, the way he lived, and, on the misfortune and defenseless George Zimmerman (age 28), who at the time was armed and in a car (the safest place he could have been, considering all things). Yet Mr. Zimmerman ended up being the guy on the ground yelling help (according to a witness), with a broken nose and a gash on the back of his head, and still able to be in possession of the gun that shot Martin. None of this makes good sense to me. I imagine that I’m not alone.
The left have propelled this tragedy to a level where the vigilante groups have a bounty out on Zimmerman’s head, dead or alive. Radio and TV talk show hosts on the right blames Martin’s death on his hoodie. It seems they are afraid the public outcry will cause the banning of guns.
Still, a young teen-ager is dead. A tragedy that could have been avoided.
I will not let anyone intimidate me into not wearing my hoodie. We’ve all worn them. Ever since our mom’s and dad’s wrapped our stinking butts up and laid us in a cradle.
STOP with the fear and intimidation, please!
I could write more on this but while I was typing this one out I came across readytochangenow‘s post here – “It’s not them – it’s you; how fear is destroying us”. This is a passionate post that ends with a proposal for change. Please take a few minutes to read it.
R.I.P. Trayvon Martin
Years have come and gone. Kathy has made a lot of mistakes along the way. She’s also done a lot of good for herself, and for others.
But today the winds of life are shifting and carrying her to places she isn’t ready to go. Places she had dreamed about could physically be a few miles away, yet in Kathy’s mind are still unreachable. Will she dare herself to reach out and grab the reins and go the way she wants, or will she allow the winds to just carry her along?
One thing for sure, it’s time for Kathy to finally be honest with herself and about the choices she’s making. Little does she know but this thing called honesty won’t be leaving her alone soon and she’ll have to be ready – either way.
by John Bingham
He told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, that he preferred to call himself an agnostic rather than an atheist.
The two men were taking part in a public “dialogue” at Oxford University at the end of a week which has seen bitter debate about the role of religion in public life in Britain.
read more HERE
It was now late and very dark and her steps had become slow, but deliberate. Just as she asked herself how much longer it would take, he drove up beside her. Without hesitation and a smile on her face, she got into his black sports car. If she had kept that pace of walking, Kathy knew it would be daylight before she reached her apartment. Continue Reading