Feelin’ The Bern?

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
28 November 2015

I. And The Winner Is…

The chances are great that one of these individuals pictured here will be our next president. I certainly hope it is not one of the candidates from the Bobby Jindal-named Stupid Party…but that said, here’s hoping their nominee will be John Kasich – because the possibility exists that that candidate could win. Of course, that possibility diminishes each day Donald Trump remains in the race and insults another group of people, but the possibility still remains, and since Gov. Kasich seems to have the most sense of that misfit crew of candidates, I hope Kasich can pull himself off the polling mat.

II. And The Loser Is…image

No Philadelphia 76ers fan during any of the years that Cheeks, Iverson, Moses, Dr. J, and Barkley were rocking the house in South Philly would have believed that the 2015 iteration of the Sixers would be winless at 0-17 now. But take heart, Sixers fans…there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Noel and Okafor are promising young players, the hill isn’t as steep in the eastern conference, and as pointed out by my son, several teams that have enjoyed recent success – such as the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, and the Golden State Warriors – had had lean years previously. So keep your heads up – good things may be on the horizon.

III. Watch Where You’re Going

Glad to have read an article in which Bishop Hezekiah Walker indicated he may not attend the Monday meeting in which 100 Black ministers were allegedly going to endorse Donald Trump. One wonders if they forgot that birth certificate mess.

As for Bishop Hezekiah, endorsing Trump might take “Souled Out” to a whole nother place.

IV. Watch Out image

For the record, I am much more afraid of terrorists like this than ISIS/ISIL, Syrian refugees, or Muslims.

V. For That Young Person You Know…image

You don’t have to fight the crowds at the mall…get that young kid in your life a copy of my book, “Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues.” Visit the book’s page at Facebook.com/JackieNegroLeagues.

VI. For The Slightly Older Ones…image

You still don’t have to fight the crowds…get them a copy of my mother’s memoir, “WWII Diary.” Visit Facebook.com/wwiidiary.

VII. Giving Thanks

As we see people literally fighting over Black Friday deals…as is the case each year…let’s remember that some people are fighting not for deals but just to keep it all together. Give thanks for having a meal to eat, and family and friends to sit down with this holiday season.

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Prayers for Paris

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
18 November 2015

I. Prayers for Paris

Paris was on the minds of people all over the world this past weekend after the horrific attacks that left hundreds dead. New York Knick Kevin Seraphin – a French native – had Paris on his mind and his head.

What a difference a decade makes…it wasn’t all that long ago that the right wingers hated France for not taking part in the invasion of Iraq – which, in retrospect, helped create ISIS. Yeah, Republicans, you built it!

II. Team Leader

It’s tough to be the player that takes over for a legend. Shout out to Didi Gregorius, who stepped into the shortstop position of the New York Yankees upon the retirement of Derek Jeter and did an excellent job once he got acclimated to the landscape. Obviously he wasn’t the sole reason, but the Yanks made the playoffs for the first time in three years, and probably wouldn’t have had Gregorius not stepped up in the manner that he did.

In Green Bay, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a similarly tough job of replacing Brett Favre – and has done quite well through the years. That said, for me as good as or better than any play he has made on the field was when he called out the fan that shouted “Muslims suck” during a moment of silence for the deceased in Paris.

III. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…

I find it amazing that some African-Americans who are outraged when racists negatively lump all African-Americans together when a few Blacks do something bad are so quick to want to put up a Trump wall to keep all Syrian refugees out as a result of the actions of a few people.

IV. Just So You Know…

All police are not bad. Most are doing and trying to do a difficult job to the best of their abilities. We just want the bad apples to suffer consequences for their actions.

http://wtvr.com/2015/11/05/georgia-state-trooper-children-halloween-parents-death-fundraiser/

V.  U. of Missouri

When African-American athetes – most specifically football and basketball players – became welcome at some of the powerhouse D1 schools that had previously excluded them, many smaller HBCU programs suffered. I’m sure the feeling was that you can’t get there – NFL, NBA – from these schools. But now in the internet age, you can be found anywhere. Perhaps this can be an argument that the HBCUs can use when recruiting top flight talent going forward. It can’t hurt.

VI. Down Goes Rousey

The air of invincibility is gone from Ronda Rousey, at least temporarily. And sometimes when it goes, it is hard to get back. Just ask Mike Tyson.

VII. Down Goes Jindal

Bobby Jindal has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race. Meanwhile, Donald Trump speaks of closing mosques, Chris Christie wouldn’t let Syrian children in, and Ben Carson said a Muslim shouldn’t be president.

If only the other 14 candidates would follow suit.