Archive for September, 2011

Troy Davis

I haven’t written in a few days because I was debating as to if I was going to write this particular post or not.  The execution of Troy Davis has once again reaffirmed that not only is the American Justice system broken, but that (in my opinion) racism is still alive and well and that that Law Enforcement Club will take care of its own even when there is enough doubt out there to question the original verdict in this case.  This execution really pissed me off.  It was just another example of the HUMONGOUS GAP in what justice is and isn’t and the fact that “justice” is definitely biased in this nation and not blind like people try to present it to be.  What is my basis for saying this some may ask….well let’s examine a few things:

  • As of weeks before the execution, 7 of the 9 witnesses in the original had recanted their testimony, some of them saying that they were coerced by police to say they saw Troy Davis kill Officer MacPhail.
  • There was NO physical evidence, NO Gun recovered, NO DNA linking Troy Davis to the murder scene.
  • Troy Davis maintained his innocence the whole time.
  • There were character witnesses that were never interviewed by the prosecution that could have aided Troy Davis’ case.
  • There were witnesses that came forth to say that after Troy Davis was convicted that another man confessed to the killing of Officer MacPhail.
The Georgia Parole Board at the very least could’ve commuted the death sentence and changed it to life in prison but they didn’t.  Well I can only assume that they wouldn’t do that for a convicted murderer and that’s why it didn’ t happen for Troy Davis.  But wait, they did do that for a convicted murderer who admitted that he murdered the people, and that there was rock solid evidence for.  Don’t believe it, try reading this and do some additional research on Samuel David Crowe and this case, like Troy Davis’ case, was in Georgia and went before the same Georgia Parole Board.  Maybe it’s nothing, Mr. Crowe is a white man while Mr. Davis was a black man.
Well then if that’s not enough, a judge in Tennessee granted bail 25 year old Lindsay Lowe, the woman who hid her pregnancy from her family, had her twin boys, and then proceeded to kill them because she didn’t want her family to find out.  So it’s okay for this 25 year old white woman to kill her twins, and then be granted a low bail because according to all of the people who came to support her during her bond hearing Lindsay is, “A sweet and humble person who is widely loved and respected. Lindsey is a model daughter and we love her very much. She’s as good as it gets.”  I wonder if the judge would’ve been lenient in Tennessee if the person who did this didn’t come from an upper middle class white family with all of the support that was there for her in court.
Bottom line for me is that I don’t know if Troy Davis was innocent or not.  What I do know is that there was enough doubt to warrant a re-trial no matter what any judge had to say because I know, coming from a family stacked with Law Enforcement officials, that those in charge of enforcing the law are always going to be tougher on those that actually or are accused of harming one of their own.  Now addressing the issue of justice for the MacPhail family, I believe that they are 100% in the right of seeking justice, however what happens if this case is pursued and proven that Troy Davis was innocent, will the MacPhail family that is 100% positive that Troy Davis did it now apologize to Troy’s family, will the State of Georgia unveil some kind of “Undo the Death Penalty Button”?  Will the DA, State, Federal, and Supreme Court Judges, apologize to the Davis family?  Probably not, and then they will all have to realize that not only were they wrong but that their stubbornness and error caused an innocent man his life.
WAKE UP PEOPLE AND GET THE PICTURE!  JUSTICE AND LIBERTY ARE NOT EQUAL FOR ALL!  IF IT GETS PROVEN THAT TROY DAVIS WAS INNOCENT I’LL BE EXPECTING THE STATE OF GEORGIA TO ARREST ALL OF THE JUDGES (INCLUDING SUPREME COURT JUSTICES), THE DA’S, THE POLICE INVOLVED, THE MEMBERS OF THE GEORGIA PAROLE BOARD INVOLVED IN MAKING THE DECISION TO UPHOLD THE DEATH SENTENCE OF TROY DAVIS, AS WELL AS ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED TO BE ARRESTED FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER AT BEST, FIRST DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER AT THE WORST AND FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY ALLOWED UNDER THE LAW, AFTER ALL IF WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES WITHOUT PENALTY OF THE LAW, NEITHER SHOULD THE JUDGES, POLICE, LAWYERS, CORRECTIONS AND ANYONE ELSE INVOLVED BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH A POTENTIAL MISTAKE IF IT’S PROVEN THAT MR. DAVIS WAS INNOCENT.
I’m going to leave it at that now.

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Checking In

For all of my regular readers, I apologize for not writing sooner  but I needed to take a break from writing blog posts last week.  The break was needed in part because I’ve been writing a lot of music in the past few weeks (at least a lot for me), 6 new pieces of music in the past 3 weeks and counting.  While I love writing these posts, in a sense I had to refresh my creativity for writing these posts and writing music has been that refresh activity that I needed.  If you remember I said in the post Remember What Helps You that we need to remember the people and things that help us along the way, and for me music is one of those things.  But now lets get down to business.

We are already at just about the end of September and the year is coming to a close faster than I would have imagined, so how close are you to fulfilling your goals for this year?  Are there any goals that you had at the beginning of this year that you know at this time will not be filled?   Have you already fulfilled all of your goals?  I can tell you that there are a few of my goals that I have already fulfilled, a few that I’m close to reaching, and a few that seem like they may not happen before this year is out, but the bottom line for me is that I’ve been pursuing them.  There are a lot of “schools of thought” when it comes to realizing your dreams and goals.

I can tell you that from my personal standpoint, if you don’t reach all of your dreams and goals this year, don’t get sad or angry about it.  Instead, evaluate why you didn’t meet these goals, see if the goals are still valid for you, and pursue them until you have accomplished them.  Also realize that some dreams and goals take years to achieve so don’t be discouraged if you don’t achieve them all this year, just stay focused and steadfast in your pursuit of them, make any necessary course corrections that you may need and keep going, don’t stop until you achieve your dreams and goals!!!!!

I’ll check in with all of you about this topic again at the end of this year and the beginning of next year.  I’ll even post my 2011 goals letting you know which ones I achieved, which ones I didn’t and my evaluation as to why I didn’t (if I didn’t) and my next steps for these goals.  And for 2012 I will be posting my dreams and goals for all of you to see and progress with me.  I encourage you to do the same as the chief reason why most people don’t achieve their dreams and goals is because they don’t have anyone to hold them accountable.

So here’s to achieving all that you can for the rest of 2011 and keeping the momentum going into the new year!!!!!

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Critics

“Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” -Jean Sibelius

I started to get a little annoyed this morning as I was reading a few articles on Yahoo Sports this morning.  I was getting annoyed at reading what some of these “sports writers” as well as some of the people who were leaving comments had to say in their criticisms of 3 particular athletes; Tito Ortiz (MMA), Antonio Rogerio Nogueria (MMA), and Serena Williams (Tennis).  I was getting annoyed because I can pretty much guarantee that neither Chris Chase, the author of the of the article bashing Serena Williams as well as the 2 unnamed commentators that were talking trash about Ortiz and Lil Nog have ever played Tennis or MMA on a professional level if any level at all yet they felt free to talk as much trash as they felt was necessary about 3 athletes whom they will never compare to, but isn’t that like the critics in your life as well?

I mean they will talk all the trash about you they want but will never try to “walk in your shoes” and see where you are coming from.  In researching some of the “professional” critics I have found that some of them are people that weren’t successful in the same endeavor that they are now getting paid to criticize.  When it comes right down to it, you shouldn’t pay any attention to your critics nor should you validate them because in the end, what they say doesn’t really matter. For some this will be an easy lesson to learn while for others it may not be as easy.  The only thing I have left to say about this is specifically addressed to all those out there that would be critics; if you want to criticize others in what they do without trying to walk a mile in their shoes, then you should be very comfortable with other people doing the same to you and not complain when it happens (as so many of you currently do).

 

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Untitled

I purposely took a few days away from writing on my blog so that I can continue to enjoy this natural high of musical creativity.  The past few days have seen me writing music, making headway on bettering myself on my trumpet as well as being a better musician overall and the thing that really triggered all of this for me was just one simple decision.  This decision was that I decided that I was once again going to the control of my life back from the people, places, and tings that I had not even realized that I resigned control over to.  How does one resign control of their life?  Well there are many ways, some of which include:

  • worrying about the things that you can’t control and allowing the worry to govern your life
  • allowing other people and institutions to make decisions for/about your life for you without your input
  • trying to be someone that you are not instead of being either happy to be who you are or working on those things about you that don’t make you happy with who you are.
As a result of this one decision that I made, I have felt and actually experienced real freedom again, the kind of freedom that allows you to see the best in people instead of always seeing the worst; the kind of freedom that says that it’s okay for you to be a priority in your life (this doesn’t mean that you become selfish, self-centered, or anything else like that); the kind of freedom that says that you CAN and WILL cutoff or cut out unproductive people in your life that are more concerned with keeping you trapped in the prison of their opinions and expectations because they don’t want to see you grow and achieve.  This has been a very good week for me and I hope that you will make the decision to take control over your life if you have resigned it over to other people, places, and things.

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Thoughts about a Recent and Past Church Experience

(BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER I NEED TO SAY UPFRONT THAT THIS POST IS NOT AN ATTACK ON ANYONE OR THE PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION REFERENCED IN IT NOR IS IT MY NORMAL TYPE OF POST GEARED TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE ISSUES THAT MOST OF US ENCOUNTER EITHER IN ACHIEVING OUR DREAMS, GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, ETC.  THIS POST IS VERY PERSONAL TO ME AND CONTAINS MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ON MY EXPERIENCE THIS PAST SUNDAY AS WELL AS SOME OF THE HISTORY I HAVE WITH THE ORGANIZATION REFERENCED, SO IF YOU CHOOSE TO READ THIS I HOPE PLEASE READ IT WITH AN OPEN MIND AND NOT A CLOSED HEART)

On Sunday I visited a church I used to be a member of for the first time in a very long time.  While it was nice to be there for the visit at the same time it was also sad.  It was nice because I saw that there are still some people that are passionate in their worship and praise of God.  It was nice in that some of the people that I haven’t seen or spoken to in years seemed very happy to see me, including a few of the people that I didn’t get along with too well while I was there.  It was also nice in seeing some of the children that I used to help, teach, or just play with during various church activities growing up.  But at the same time it was sad because I saw a lot of untapped potential and a lot of unfulfilled dreams amongst some of the members of this particular church and with the ministry of the church overall.  It was also sad because there is much that is still the same since I left this church over 3 years ago and the one constant thing in this world is change.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you are never changing, you are not growing and that is sad.  In fact, the message that was preached on Sunday morning was titled Chosen for Change and it spoke about God’s people being chosen for change, the kind of change that will revolutionize their lives and the lives of the people of the world around them.

Please don’t misunderstand this post, this is not me trying to speak ill against this church or the people in it, this is just me voicing how I felt there on Sunday and trying to get one single solitary point across, if you are continually doing the same things, and expecting different results you are living the definition of insanity.  As much as I still love this church and its members I know why the growth is stagnant, I know that very few if any would listen to what I have to say about it and do something with what I have to say, and that is the crux of why it saddened me.  At the same time, it’s because I still love this church and its members that I’m not afraid to say what I have to say.  If you are a member of this church and you are reading this post, know this, I don’t apologize for the content of this post but if this has offended you, please call, email, Facebook, whatever you need to do to contact me and I will apologize for the offense it may have caused.  If you are a member of this church and you are reading this and you’re ready to “run and tell or show the pastor what I wrote”, then I have this much to say to you, you are being more of the problem and less of the solution and regardless of if you go and run to the pastor or not, I stand by what I’m saying here because it is true and you wouldn’t be running to him if it wasn’t for the fact that you’re looking to gain some type of favor with him.  For if your concern was truly about what I’ve said and how you feel about it, you’d come to me and not him.

The bottom line for me, is that I’m continually learning to put all of my trust and reliance on God the Father, God the Son (my Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, and the way I wrote His name is not a typo), and God the Holy Spirit because as much as we like to sing songs saying that we surrender all or make such proclamations during times of worship, we don’t surrender all to Him.  I’m also a person that will continue to search the scriptures and not except everything that I hear as being the Gospel Truth until it can be confirmed by either the spoken, written, or revealed Word of God.  Once again, I’m not her trying to attack anyone, I’m just stating the truth of the situation that I’ve seen and experienced 1st hand, and it’s because I have this experience that I can say what I’ve said today.

With all of that being said, I think I’ll end this post with one final thought, if God is truly God and you truly believe that the Bible is his inspired Word, then learn to study His Word so that you can be what the Apostle Paul said we are all supposed to be in 2Timothy 2:15:

-Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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