Roger Crockett NW Legend

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I talked to 32 year old Roger Crockett who hails from the Upper Northwest Wednesday evening and have decided to pitch his racing program while at the same time bringing more light to a very important cause.   Being a veteran of the Air Force and losing a close friend to ALS,  I think we can spread this message because ALD (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is dehumanizing and it kills a person.

For me,  finding out Floyd was kind of bitter sweet.   You see he was found out to have this dreadful disease for a few months.    Sadly,   I remember when he fell outside going to a Doctor’s appointment.     It was too long after that that his arms were gone too and before you knew it he could no longer hardly talk and died peacefully a few weeks later.

Was this a coincidence finding him in that way?   If it was one then it was a good thing.   Although the bitter pill of death had swallowed him up and he now sings the angels,  together in peace with heavenly bodies.

His family and especially Bim his wife and daughter Wendy.   Wendy told him how he always made time for her and misses him so much.   Bim also invited me to stay if I became incapacitated.     But my problems are not so important to this dialogue.

For more information about this disease and Floyd please go to my ‘about me’.  Even the site itself is named after a song,  from an artist he liked.

 

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Crystal Chandaliers – A word about abuse.

Is there any singular victim in this crime?   Is a woman any more credible than a man?  Especially one who spent most of their childhood protecting his mom?    Some women (Belle Jar) thinks she is the only victim and that men can not  be a part of that abuse?    But what is the point to all of this?

She lives the part of a perpetual victim.    Her aim is not to rectify the problems but to show how brave she is.    To marginalize men ad hoc is to deny a powerfully ally.    Besides her voice rings no louder than any other woman’s.   That is bold and disrespectful to my mom,  her three boys and her two girls.

We were taught to respect women even if those around us did not.  Some young lady with a chip on her shoulder treats us as if we are Hitler and that her understanding transcends all men,   women and children.    She is a self-indulgent child with a victim’s mindset.  One that she will not let go of.

As a five-year old I saw my mom abused.    The death threat she suffered still resonates today but because Miss Jar thinks she is special she marginalizes my pain and says I do not understand.    She has a cadre of acolytes who enable her dysfunctional behavior.    Like a petulant child with candy-rotted teeth she hurls acrimony as if she was the Queen of Misery.    And weak men who are at best subservient play along.   All I can say, is beware of them.   They are the frog on a scorpion’s backside.

I do believe I have a story and it’s theme is inclusive.    This Belle Jar entity insults all men and puts all men in her narrowly defined sphere.      I do not support man-hate anymore than misogyny.   But hers is to make herself the mouth piece of abused women everywhere.  

I cannot say that my abuse was any worse than her own,  because that would be at best, presumptuous. 

 

Blinded by the Peaceful Soldiers

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Foghorn The IKonoclast:

An awesome writer and pays well for good comments. Ooops. But seriously well-written.

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

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“Thank you for your beautifully written piece, your humility in presentation, your willingness to be open to all voices….thank you for the respect.” inkandshade

Brian Spence: Scapes &emdash; Crash Out To Sea

Crash Out To Sea

On January 2, 2007, a man named Wesley Autrey would earn his wings. Underground, with his two young daughters in a Manhattan subway station, he would witness a stranger fall, landing three feet down on train tracks. The stranger had a name, Cameron Hollopeter, landed on his back and while no bones were broke upon the fall, he was suffering from an epileptic seizure, and unable to stand up. And to the rising horror of the crowd, it was at that moment, things went from bad to worse, for on the approach, and right on time, was the Broadway – Seventh Avenue train, with no time to slow down. Wesley Autrey, who would come to be affectionately known…

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Weather Report 3/1/2014

Here is North Carolina the skies are generally fair at this hour for the Piedmont (Greensboro-Winston-Salem).    Radar indicates some precipitation near W-S but as this area approaches our area expect perhaps freezing rain and perhaps a mixture.    Any precipitation will be minimal because a relative lack of moisture (50%),   Weakening Low Pressure and Adiabatic drying on the Leeside of the mountains west of W-S.

What looked to be a very vigorous Low over the Missouri is now hardly a disturbance although surface observations reveal a low circulation.  It is possible that a trof may develop but without significant moisture moving in it is doubtful.   The weekend over Central NC should be pretty nice with a few significant wind gusts and chill factors making outside activities brisk and cold.

Currently our Temperatures are just below freezing at 31 degrees F.

The next system will find it’s way into our area by Monday sometime but because winds will be warmer the humidity will increase and with FROPA (Frontal Passage) there may be enough upward vertical motion to induce some precipitation.   Rain chances of 60% might be overstating the precipital water of this Airmass.    So this forecast has a lot of uncertainty and the MOS Computer Model is a little higher on precip at 80% and usually matters.  At East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa showed moisture moving in from the south but there was no rain and the Daytona Beach Radar indicated clear skies.

The next day was uneventful because the airmass was cold and dry.  The day before the best I can figure was a temperature inversion caused subrefraction which caused a false echo.  This is best illustrated with the MARFA front in Texas commonly a dry line.

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/%28Gl%29/guides/mtr/fcst/sfc/dfrnt.rxml

Continental US (NHEM) Sector Infrared

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/basicwx/92f.gif

Will watch that area as it moves into the area around 10am Eastern Time on Saturday.  Let the games begin.

It’s Not Just a Black Thing – Bingo Long’s Travelling All-Stars

The above movie was made in 1976 and it was a semi-historical look at the Negro Major Leagues of the 1930′s.    It starred Billy Dee Williams as a charismatic star pitcher in a league of undiscovered talent.   Also manning his team was James Earl Jones,  being one of the Negro Leagues most prolific homerun hitters.  And lastly and who can forget Richard Pryor trying to pass himself off as Cuban.   Talk about fuzzy math…

Below is that movie and I think,  it should be understood the context of the times the true greatness and soul of a people starving for their own heroes,  on their own terms.   Rather than do something construction it becomes all about you.  It is political correctness run amok.  It

http://youtu.be/bCJ_INhdW9M

The movie is comic ‘gold’ and with it gives us an impression of a world largely unknown to whites.    And for the people who talk about Blaxploitation go take another bong hit.   It is criticism with no object except self-aggrandizement.   It is not about you.   It is about Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays,   Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson and many more.   People who suffered Jim Crowe and have to listen to white people playing politics with all our lives.

We are all human and all have the potential for good.   We can try and make a difference  finding a way to unite us and break down stereotypes from all sides.   It is looking for good and turning over rocks to find things that make us shout in one voice about harmony than discord.

A good series about how things are changing from the heartbreak of the 60s both from the black and white perspectives is ‘The 60s’.    Julia Stiles goes through a lot as does her brother who comes back broken because of the Vietnam War.

I have ties to the Tuskegee Airman and I have a project in mind that could ultimately make a difference for all.   We can make a difference and I promise to make an impact where mainly people just rant,  trying to score points and kiss up.

I want MLK Day to be more than a holiday.   What does it do for anyone in the way it is celebrated?  This is all about inclusiveness and what Martin Luther King had in mind.

 

 

Black History Month and Bob Gibson.

I think much of America lives in a dream world.   It is kind of like fast food and they get their news in a drive-through window.    It is also Black History Month and that is a noble cause for sure.

But nothing is really changing.   People live in their glass houses and throw stones but never entertaining the notion of actually changing.  Then to justify their odd behavior,   they watch the news and that news and agree with their favorite pop view of what is going on.

In this case,  we have the same ole recipe.   We name streets MLK or a Newscasters who feign concern over the plights of the poor.   But like Scrooge they hoard emotions and follow carefully nuance scripts full of hyperbole and the kinds of generalizations that make no sense.

Don’t get me wrong,  we should change but those changes are to investigate stories of minorities and whites.   Expand our lexicon to include people who have done well for their own community.

I am white and male and I am not intimidated by stupid people who do only what is expected and no more.  We become a reflection of what we despise.   I live close to Greensboro, NC.    The place where four black men decided to do their own part in integration and they are heroes and rightly recognized in that very building where Jim Crowe’s spirit thrived.

That building is now the Cultural Center and I had the opportunity to visit that place and came away with a further appreciation for history that is often overlooked.  So it is my intention to bring my own appreciation and it concerns a baseball player.   An unique player and he did not wear the number 42 or was he named Robinson.

My childhood hero was black.   I wanted to be him.   I practiced my high leg kick and pitched for hours on a makeshift mound and rubber.    I had a bucket full of balls.  These green and brown balls were stained by dirt and other grime and eventually the seams would break until they were not any longer serviceable.   These flights of fancy put in the front of adoring fans.

I was Bob Gibson.   A flame-throwing right-hander with an attitude.    The real Mr. Gibson dealt with a childhood that was dangerous,  growing up in the projects of Cabrini Green. (A notoriously violent ghetto).  He fought daily and commonly they were racial in nature and sometimes he had white friends fighting along side him.     There was also twice as many whites as there were blacks (Negroes back then).   Even as a kid,  I hated that term and the larger N-Bomb I heard from my own father.   He said,  “they smell among other things”.

One day at the supper table we rebelled at our own risk and pointed out dropping that word was offensive and it was all five of us kids.    It was a seminal moment and we didn’t have  cue,  we got it and made the point that that kind of bigotry was unacceptable!

Bob Gibson was an All-American basketball player at Creighton University and then the Harlem Globetrotters.   He also signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and stopped playing basketball at the insistence of Bing Devine,  the Cardinals General Manager.

As Gibson matured into one of the greatest right-handed pitchers ever.  I used to listen to the games on K-M-O-X in St. Louis, a very famous radio station that aired all the games and I almost always heard  their games.

In one season he had 12 shutouts and an ERA of 1.12.   Both of those are exceptional and legendary especially the ERA.   Gibson said the pitcher mounds were lowered just because he was black.   And he is probably right.

In spite of the racial hubris,  Gibson was loved in the City of the Arch but the same hospitality was not afforded him or the other black Cardinal players.    They had to live in segregated housing in Sarasota,  Florida instead of the hotel in St. Petersburg.

The next year,  the Cardinal’s owner August Busch bought the motel,   declaring that all his players  were equal and would be treated the same no matter their race.

This was also a great selling point for me.    Not only that but many players of that age named Gibson as the greatest pitcher ever.

April 15th of every years all teams and all players wear the #42 of Jackie Robinson.   I wish that only one player would wear that number and preferably a team’s best player.   I  believe that the Cardinals do the same thing each year.   A living memorial to players who clawed through the hell that players suffered through back then.

It will be a sad day for me when he dies.  A part of me will die with him and there are other teammates who were black that also inspired me, such as Lou Brock,  Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee.   I would adopt their personas playing baseball and softball.

In high school I made an unassisted triple play which is a legacy that is still recognized today and that was many passes around the sun by the 3rd Rock from the Sun.

All I know is this is the day that we can make a difference.   Let us get outside of our comfort zone and look for redeeming qualities and I am sure we can.  I would hope that all peoples recognize the inherent beauty of each other and let’s not hate on each other for our race,  political party or skin color.

‘Wow, that’s disturbing!’ Did you see Donna Brazile’s ‘chilling’ tweet to @BarackObama?

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Foghorn The IKonoclast:

Oh well. This is how HCR came about. dirty dealing fascists.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Dude. Seriously, Ms. Brazile? Donna Brazile often tweets ludicrous hackery . But is this her most shameless and disturbing tweet yet? Guys, Congress is in recess. You know what that means: Time for “lawless” Obama to whip out his pen for some executive orders! Action and stuff. Remember when he objected to those? Totally kidding! LOL, America.

Citizens are beyond disgusted and horrified.

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