People might feel like they can get away with violating a traffic law or cheating on their taxes, but God and His laws work much differently. Answer: A Yes, God knows each one of us (every person on earth) better than we know ourselves. Answer: A Because there is only one narrow path that leads to godlikeness, and thus to His kingdom. Answer: A God permits disobedience and sin to continue until all people everywhere are at last fully convinced of God's justice, love, and mercy. Answer: A If I have had no opportunity to learn a certain Bible truth, God does not hold me accountable. Jesus says that He will call them to His true way, and His true sheep will hear and follow (John 10:16, 27). Before leaving the timing issue, leta€™s look at several passages in the Gospels where it plainly states Jesus would rise after 3 daysa€”or the third day. 20121 Kings 8:28 -- But please listen to my prayer and my request, because I am your servant. God sees everything we do, hears everything we say, and He really does care about how we behave. All will finally realize that God, by requiring obedience, is not trying to force His will upon us, but rather is trying to keep us from hurting and destroying ourselves. He promises to keep me from error and lead me safely to all truth if I: (1) pray earnestly for guidance, (2) sincerely study God's Word, and (3) follow truth as soon as I am shown.
But the Bible teaches that I am responsible to God for all the light (knowledge of right) I have and all I can have! Satan, in order to make God's requests appear unreasonable, invented the falsehood that obedience is impossible. We must give God credit for being wise enough to require some things of us we may not understand.
He knows that all disobedience is sin and that sin brings unhappiness, tragedy, alienation from God, and eventual destruction. He promises that just as He worked a miracle to bring us the new birth, He will also continue to work needed miracles in our lives (as we gladly follow Him) until we are safe in His kingdom. Matthew 7:21-23 makes it clear that many who prophesy, cast out devils, and do many wonderful works in Christ's name will be lost but will think they are saved. For example, one species of shrike wings its way 3,500 miles from Central Asia to the Equator of Africa. The Bible even teaches that in some respects, animals are often more in tune with the Lord than humans. Jesus later tells us that the story of that same wayward prophet serves as a bea- con to help the lost find their way home to the Savior.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the eartha€™a€? (Matthew 12:38-40). Sure, it seems too incredible to believe that someone could be swallowed whole by a large fish, much less survive for three days in its belly!
The Star of the East, a whaling ship operating off the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, was in pursuit of a large whale.
He said that he remembered flying through the air when the whale struck the boat with its tail.
Because of a simple misunderstanding, this particular passage in Matthew has managed to cause confusion, frustration and even division among laypersons, clergy and scholars alike. And others attempt to accommodate the a€?three nightsa€? verse by adopting the belief that Jesus died on Wednesday or Thursdaya€”still others reason that Jesus did not really mean three literal nights. As the result of his diligent Bible studies, William Miller, a godly Baptist preacher, believed and taught that Jesus would return in 1844. Many continued refiguring dates, even though the problem lay squarely on the place, not the time. For instance, in the Lorda€™s Prayer we pray, a€?Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.a€? Does this mean wea€™re praying for Goda€™s will to be done in the tomb as it is in heaven? We easily recognize here that a€?in the earth beneatha€? does not mean in the grave, but rather in the world.
When He turned 12, He became aware of His life calling as the Lamb of God and His special relationship with the Father.
During the Last Supper, with the bread and grape juice, Jesus sealed His new covenant to be the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus went through the Jordan when He began his ministry, and He crossed the bloody Kidron when he began his sufferings. Rather, he was like a living captive in a mobile submarine, to go wherever the fish took him. First, these verses are distinct and separate from the a€?three days and three nightsa€? verse wea€™ve already considered. It doesna€™t matter where the ball is on the table, as long as it goes over the net three times. Jews also used sundials to keep time, and on cloudy days it was harder to measure exact time in hours and minutes.
Do you remember that just like Jesus, Jonah was asleep in a boat in the midst of a terrible storm? Then by faith, Jesus reached up into the heavenly temple and prayed, a€?Father, into thy hands I commend [commit] my spirita€? (Luke 23:46). But notice how in the parallel passage found in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus never even mentions the time period. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
For example, Elijah hid for three and one-half years during the famine and then fled for 40 days from Jezebel. Just like Jonah, Jesus came up from the waters of baptism and preached to the Jews for three and one-half years, warning that in one generation (or 40 years), the city and Temple would be destroyed (Matthew 12:41). We are each called to go where God sends usa€”without consulting our fearsa€”and to preach a message of mercy and warning.
For three days and nights, He took the punishment through suffering and the penalty through death. The sailors, the wind and waves, the fish, the Ninevites and their livestock, and even the gourd and the worm all obey God.
A But he promised me on his returnA back to the United States I would be the first media personality to interview him in New York City.A  I never will forget how confident he was that he would return victorious. While the Lord offers forgiveness for our sins, there still are deadly consequences for breaking God's law. The Bible is the map and guidebook with full instructions, warnings, and information on how to safely reach that kingdom.
The sin problem is not settled until even the most cynical and hardened sinners are convinced of God's love and confess that He is just. This being true, surely it is high time to abandon all fuzziness regarding what is right or wrong.
It seems so harmless to wait, but the Bible teaches that unless a person acts immediately upon light, it quickly turns to darkness. When a person knowingly rejects light and continues in disobedience, the light eventually goes out, and he is left in total darkness. The Bible is speaking here not of one single act or sin but of a presumptuous continuation in sin and a refusal to surrender to Christ after one knows better. The longest recorded flight made by a homing pigeon took place in 1931, when the resolute bird flew from Arras, France, to its home in Saigon, Vietnam. How do they unerringly find their way back to the same beach, stream, or feeding grounds that they havena€™t seen since birth?
By first dealing with the popular a€?three days and nightsa€? conundrum regarding the story of Jonah, wea€™ll be able to peacefully proceed through the rest of this wonderful study. The problem springs from our misunderstanding of the phrase a€?in the heart of the earth.a€? Ia€™ll first address this issue, and then explain what a€?heart of the eartha€? means. The Bible never calls the earth the sanctuarya€”therefore, the sanctuary in Daniel 8:14 does not mean the earth, which was the Milleritesa€™ blunder.
Christ also began to cleanse His sanctuary, or church, on earth from the false doctrines that had deeply taken root during the Dark Ages.
Since the term a€?heart of the eartha€? is found only in Matthew 12, and nowhere else in Scripture, we need to find similar verses to reference. It literally means soil, a region, or the solid part or whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application)a€”including country, ground, land, or world. During that week, thousands of sheep were sacrificed in the Temple so that a virtual stream of blood was flowing from the Temple down to the Kidron brook and eventually flowing into the Dead Sea. This was because He was innocent before the Father, and therefore under divine angelic protection.
Likewise, if you rent a car for three days, some rental agencies charge for a car each day, not over a 24-hour period.
If you lived in a big city, guards or watchmen would ring a bell or blow a horn to mark off the hours. When the captain found Jonah sleeping, he awoke the snoozing passenger and said, a€?Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish nota€? (Jonah 1:6).
Yet had he done so, the sailors would not have had to take personal responsibility for him. Rather, the emphasis of Christ is on the way His people rejected His ministry, preaching, and prophecy in contrast to the Ninevites, who received and repented at the preaching of Jonah. As he went preaching, his clothes may still have been covered with bits of dried seaweed, and his skin could very well have been scarred with bleached freckles, raw from the digestive juices of the sea monster. Sadly, there are many in the world today, even in the church, who are turning away from these messages of warning.
God placed the nation of Israel in the Promised Land and located them at the very crossroads of the continents that they might be a beacon of trutha€”a nation of priests pointing the pagans that surrounded them to Jehovah. Everyone and thing obeys but stubborn Jonah, who is supposed to be a prophet of God and yet is the only one who rebels against the Word of the Lord!
Jonah seemed to resent that God heard the prayer of the pagans in Nineveh and forgave them.
The ones who have heard the Word of the Lord are to go east, but they turn from the will of God and head west, thinking they will find some peace from the convicting voice of the Spirit.
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
It may come in the form of financial reverses or a health or family crisis, but a storm will come to get their attention.
But remember, if Jonah could catapult a successful prayer from the lowest and darkest place on earth to the Almighty in His Temple, you can as well! God does not promise eternal life to those who merely make a profession of faith or are church members or are baptized, but rather to those who do His will, which is revealed in Scripture. It will take perhaps a major catastrophe or worse to convince some, but the horrible results of sinful living will finally convince all that God is just and right. People had better stop letting their own foolish whims and egotistical notions guide them and pay attention to God's great book.
Of this group, only two (Caleb and Joshua) fully followed the Lord, and they alone entered Canaan.
Obstacles to obedience are not removed while we stand and wait; instead, they usually increase in size.
No child will fully obey his parents unless he loves them, nor will he love his parents if he does not obey. Simple faith and trust in God will cause us to believe that He knows what is best for us and will never lead us in any wrong path. Those who refuse to obey God will end up believing a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12) and thus think they are saved when instead they are lost. When released, the pigeon flew straight as an arrow for 7,200 miles over unfamiliar territory to its home in only 24 days! Here are some more mind-blowing examples: The Monarch butterfly is known for its extraordinarily long migra- tions. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this?a€? (Job 12:7a€“9).


Vernon McGee, on his Through The Bible radio broadcast, cite three credible examples in modern times in which people were swallowed by some type of large fisha€”and then were later rescued alive! However, in the violence that followed, one of the smaller boats capsized a€” throwing two crewmembers into the sea. This means that whatever modification this creature needed to accommodate Jonaha€™s temporary residence, God prepared it. Rather, it means His will among the people of eartha€”the nations of the eartha€”as it isdone among the angels in heaven. These were part of paying the penalty for sina€”having died on the cross and placed in the tomb, His suffering had ended. From that moment on, Christ had sealed His surrender, fulfilling His destiny as the guilt-bearer for the fallen race. He was dragged from one trial to anothera€”from the high priest to Pilate, from Herod back to Pilate, and then finally to Golgotha. How much Jesus must love us to willingly endure all that to spare us the miserable fate of the lost! It doesna€™t matter how many hours you drive the cara€”if you have possession for any part of a day, you pay for the entire day.
We cana€™t miss the striking similarities in these words and the ones that the fearful disciples spoke to Jesus when they awoke Him! Christ was bearing the incomprehensible guilt and sins of a lost world, and He felt the eternal and abysmal separation from His Father. Likewise, the Jews wanted to kill Jesus when He said that God hears the heathena€™s prayers (Luke 4:25-29). One day, they will awake to find they are in the pig pen and come to their senses and pray. It is folly for us, in our ignorance, to question God's leadership, even when we may not fully understand all His reasons. People who won't accept the plain teachings of the Bible would not be convinced by a sign either. But the Arctic tern has the longest migration of any animal: the tenacious tern wings from its nesting grounds in the Arctic North to the Antarctic and back: a roundtrip journey of nearly 25,000 miles! During the summer months, Monarchs can be found fluttering from Canada and throughout the United States to their winter home in central Mexicoa€”traveling in some cases more than 2,000 miles! Yet even more powerful than these arguments, it should be sufficient for every Christian that Jesus states Jonaha€™s experience was a fact and not a fable (Matthew 12:40). He was in the clutches of this evil world, the clutches of the devil who is the prince of this world (John 16:11). Satan was completely in the control of a demon-crazed mob that took Jesus from place to place, heaping abuse, insult, and physical punishment upon our Redeemer.
The disciples awoke Jesus, as He slept in the stern on a pillow, and asked, a€?Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?a€? (Mark 4:38, 39).
Christ said, a€?If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the deada€? (Luke 16:31). Because of their refusal to preach to the heathen, God visited His people with captivity in Babylon. They will make that journey to the Fathera€™s house, and as soon as He sees them approach, He will run to meet them. He not only gave Jonah another chance, but He had the sea monster beach himself to place Jonah on solid ground. Freedom without obedience is like the false freedom of the drifting balloon or the driverless car.
And the Chinook migrates farther than any other salmon, often traveling up to 2,000 miles inland to spawn in the exact freshwater streams and creeks as did their ancestors. The whale was eventually subdued, and its carcass hoisted onto the ship where the crew began carving it up for blubber.
Even though they had the right timea€”they had the wrong place and, in turn, the wrong event. But after that houra€”Thursday eveninga€”when the past, present, and future sins of the world were placed upon the Lamb of God, then it was time.
When He suffered the punishment and penalty for our sins, He was a€?in the heart,a€? or in the midst, of this lost world. Jesus is not willing that any of us should perish, but we must call upon Him to awake and save us.
The wrath of God was coming upon all those doomed sailors, and Jonah took the wrath by offering himself.
The beggars lay at our gates, longing for a few crumbs of truth while the Church feasts, clad in purple. He said that later he lost consciousness, and the next thing he remembered was the crew caring for him. In the same way, we must take Jesus and offer His blood as our sacrifice to pass from death to life and have that peace that passes understanding.
If the Bible had not been given, people would sooner or later have discovered (by trial and error) that the great principles of the Bible exist and are true.
They doused him with seawater, put him in the captain's cabin to recovera€”and after a few weeks of bed-rest, he was back on the job. So the words of the Bible are not merely advice which we can accept or ignore without consequences. A person cannot live any way he wishes and still become godlike any more than a builder can ignore the blueprints for a house without running into trouble. A My second week at the course I got in early and became bored while waiting for my homeboys. A My teammates and coaches were often challenged by my "Just give me the ball and get the hell out of my way" attitude.
A I was not the best athlete on the field or on the court, but I thought I was.A When the game was on the line I wanted the ball in my hands. A A It was a hot evening and the constant in and out of the woods was not a pleasant undertaking.
What I thought would be a nine-hole outing turned into eighteen holes and a White House visit and a Presidential appointment in 1969. General William Rogers, Hattie, President Nixon and HBA Petey and I would become great friends and in 1965 we would meet again. A The United Planning Organization a self-help community organization was hiring "Neighborhood Workers." A They hired three, me, Petey and H. A Two years later Rap would be named Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. A I would become a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Task Force) for the DC Recreation Department and Petey would find his new home in radio at WOL. A Three UPO "Neighborhood Workers" would go on to establish their own independent idenities.
A Petey would win 2 Emmy Awards and in 2007 there was a feeble attempt to do his life story on the big screen. He is now in jail serving a life sentence for the murder of a black Deputy Sherrif in Fulton County, Georgia.
Brian McIntyre.A  He was sitting almost alone and there was no one waiting in line (compared to today's media circus).
A  I looked down and notice that all the white media were seated on one side of half-court and all the blacks were seated on the other side of the half-court line. He stepped in front of me and said "I got it."A It would be the start of the 4th quarter that Mark returned to the press table table and apologize for his unprofessional actions.
A There were other mistakes like someone thought a black Judy Holland was VP material---far from it. A It took a minute but in the meantime, he was making an effort to bring about change in his own way. A But according veteran (32 years) sports writer Bill Rhoden of the New York Times, progress in sports media pressrooms around the country are on a slow boat to China.A His recent appearance on the widely acclaimed television news show Meet the Press, he said, "the NBA, NFL and MLB are still dragging their feet. Media pressrooms at Deadline are still the last plantations.A A Pioneering broadcaster and former NBA CBS basketball analyst Sonny Hill and now a sports talk show host on WIP Radio in Philadelphia said, "I am not surprised by Rhoden's statement, very little has changed in media pressrooms.
A One of the problems there is no networking among blacks who have moved it up the ladder." A That is an understatement. A  The copy rights for Inside Sports is own by News Week Magazine and it is own by the Washington Post. A A First, there was a a problem with the PR Men from hell, Brian Sereno and Matt Williams. A A It was brought to my attention that Sereno was disrespecting the ladies of The Roundball Report.
A The meeting was set before a Wizard's game in the press louge but Scott Hall was the lead man. A He listened and we disagreed on some points but when we walked away from the table we were on the same page. A The community and everyone in it was a friend, the old and the young, the black and the white and the healthy and the lame. A I was honored to speak at his retirement held at the arena just before the Bullets moved to Washington and changed their name to the Wizards.A Denny Gordon was in ticket sales and it seem like he knew everyone who brought a ticket. A He was made the scapegoat after being sold out by his assisstant coach Bernie Bickerstaff and others.
A The meeting revolved around a charity all-star game scheduled for the Bahamas, the island home of NBA star Mycal Thompson.
A Magic Johnson was one of All-Stars participating.A Representatives from the NBA included VP Ron Thorne, Legal Counsel Gary Bettman and head of security Horace Balmer.
A A Gary Bettman is the Commissioner of the NHL, Thorne is somewhere lurking in the NBA, Balmer has since retired and Magic is a role model for Black America?
A A The short lived existence of basketball legend Michael Jordan as a Wizard's player and Executive in the front office. A After the story broke he and several teammates made light of it during introductions of a game.
A He was eventually suspended for most of the 2009a€“10 season.A The thing that I find disturbing about this Donald Sterling charade is that folks are acting like they were surprised by his rants against blacks.
A A I also notice the same "Old faces and voices" are called on to respond to the racist acts by men like Sterling---when they are a part of the problem .
A He and Sterling were good friends because "Birds of a feather flock together." A  Check Magic's history out and you will discover the two have a lot in common. A Magic's claim to be a minority owner of the LA Dodgers is another sham (token black face).
James Brown (CBS Sports) another mis-guilded brother claiming to be a minority baseball owner and an expert on racism. A He did finally admit on the late George Michael Show (Sports Machine) "I have no say in making baseball decisions as a minority owner." A His role as a minority owner is to be paraded out on Opening Day as the black face to read the starting line-ups. A A This is the same Michael Wilbon that I had at least two recent conversations about the use of the N word as a term of endearment. A I have to give him credit, he will at least talk to me face to face and not behind my back. A I tried to explain that his rationale that his grandfather's use the word as a term of endearment does not make it right today. A I told him he should not go on national television saying it is okay to use the N word among friends and family. A It gives bigots like Donald Sterling the Green Light to do the same among his friends and family.
A Plus, Michael told me he was not going to appear on the ESPN Show Outside the Lines because the white host had no horse in the race!
A A I wish that Magic, James, Michael and the rest of the media experts would defer to black men like Hank Aaron, Dr. A But they wear the battle scars and have been on the front lines of the civil rights movement in real life and in the sports arenas of America.
A In other words, they have been there and done that.A I guess that is wishful thinking, especially when everyone wants to be an expert on television. A In the meantime, they don't know their asses from a hole in the ground but the beat goes on and on.


A Auerbach would go a step further in the 1966-67 NBA season, when he stepped A down after winning nine titles in 11 years, and made Bill Russell player-coach. A A trailblazers, RED AND DOTIE AUERBACHi»? ON INSIDE SPORTSA Russell would eventually be the first black to win an NBA championship. A There are far too many crying "Foul" and playing the victims in this charade, to include some NBA owners.A Let me start with my homeboy, the great Elgin Baylor who was the Clippers GM for over 2 decades. His teams were perennial losers on the court and in attendance, but he picked up his check every two weeks and kept his mouth shut.
A A In his deposition, Elgin spoke about what he called Sterling's 'plantation mentality,' alleging the owner in the late 1990s rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because of race. A Talking about an organization needing a change of name and a face-lift---meet Leon Jenkins.A Jenkins seen above at a press conference trying to explain why the li»?ocal branch was honoring Sterling during the 100th Anniversary of the organization next month. A A He explained the previous award had been approved by the man he replaced and he just went along to get along.
A A Sterling won't be the first to sleep black and think white when it comes to sex, politics and money. Slave owners lived by the credo and in modern day history there was the late Senator Strom Thurmond. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer.
A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval.
The game had been played in the Bahamas the previous year without incident or controversy.A It was obvious that there was a power-play being made by the league office to cancel the game.
Thorn open the meeting by asking who was going to be responsible if one of the players was hurt during the game? A Magic suggested that the topic of conversation just might be centered around an injury to a player. I tried to explain that playing the game was no different then one of the players participating in a pick-up game on a New York City playground in the off season.
A What is this some kind of plantation?"A The room went silent and Horace Balmer the only other black in the room just shook his head and seem to be lost for words.
A Thorn called off the discussion and promised to get back to us but he never did.A In the meantime, Magic Johnson disappeared and changed his number.
A Mycal was a class act but his hands were tied when Magic decided to do his Houdini act.A Gary Bettman now runs the NHL, Ron Thorn is still in the NBA somewhere calling the shots, Horace Balmer has since retired and Magic is the face (black) in the middle of the Donald Sterling charade.
A When all is said and done, the real victim despite all of her baggage is the girlfriend (The Whistle Blower) V.
A NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during his annoucement as it related to the punishment of Donald Sterling apologize to black NBA pioneers Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Magic Johnson.
A He reminds me of the controversial Celebrity Chef Paula Deen who alledgely use The N word to describe her love for black folks. A  How should we expect her to know if she has never walked in our shoes ?A  When it is a part of your DNA it is difficult to rid yourself of the gene.A  A One morning I was watching Ms. This award was longed overdue and I wonder why it took the NAACP so long to finally recognized Mr. Belafonte in accepting the award asked, "Where are today's black leaders?A  Our children's blood is still running in our streets---there is work still to be done. The coalition stated it will urge President Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his state of the Union speech on February 12th----Good luck! Ben Carson of John Hopkins University Hospital.A  His prayer and message was centered around health care, the economy, American debt, and tax reform, thus taking dead aim at President Obama's platform for the nation. Carson spend 25 minutes talking about the nation's ills and solutions with the President sitting less than 5 feet from him.A  When all was said and done, President Obama was not looking so Presidential! Carson set the record straight from the very beginning.A  He made it clear he was not taking any wooden nickels. In 2010, he became that series' youngest driver and the first black driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. A close friend of mine that has been partially paralyzed by strokes, pays for aids to "help". If they show up, they usually just sit and do nothing, root through her jewelry and personal effects, and some have been caught stealing jewelry. One was there when she collapsed with another stroke, and instead of calling for help, she called her boyfriend and left, leaving her patient to manage on her own. It runs M - F from 10am - Noon and starting on Monday July 22 will repeat from 4pm - 6pm each day. My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them. In their prime at theA Washington Post, they were among the best sports writers in the country.
A I was up close and personal with the sports department.A Kindred and Chad were talented writers but you could not trust them, Cornheiser and Feintstein's talent, they easily blended in with the landscape of the paper. A Feinstein called Wilbon the biggest ass kisser in sports media, if that is true he had great teacher in Cornheiser. A When Solomon tried to kick Cornheiser to the curve (fire him) in the 80s he was able to move to the Style section of the paper. A One black female Washington Post columnist wrote a book titled "Plantation on the Potomac." A She was describing her employer.
A Hopefully, they were asked to participate and were of the same mindset as Wilbon not comfortable with Mr.
A Goodell makes more than any player in the NFL and he never has to make a tackle or catch a pass.A The owners recent pay out to the players for injuries suffered on their watch was peanuts compared to the billions they make year in and year out. A When he refused a request by his mother to cease using the word and a similar plea by poet Myra Angelo.
Martin Luther Kinga€™s 1963 march on Washington and 46 years since his assassination in Memphis, Tenn.
With the high-scoring Macauley, elite passer Cousy, and new prodigy Sharman, Auerbach had a core that provided high-octane fast-break basketball. In the next years until 1956, the Celtics would make the playoffs every year, but never won the title.
Brown was desperate to turn around his struggling and financially strapped franchise, which was reeling from a 22a€“46 record.[5]A The still young but already seasoned Auerbach was made coach. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer.A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval.
A He was right on point.A To this day I think Magic had a previous discussion with the league office. James Gholson, Red Auerbach, Biff Carter, Jessie Chase, Morgan Wooten, Everett Cookie Payne Sr., Frank Bolden, Dr.
Leo Hill, Roper McNair, Earl Alfred, Maxwell Honemond, Tilman Sease, William Roundtree, Charlie Baltimore, Jaky Mathews, Ferdinand Day, Nick Turner, Walter Brooks, Ted McIntye, and my saviors, Dave Brown and Bighouse Gaines.A  They knew their Xs and Os, but more important, they were there for our highs and lows.A  Where have all those flowers gone? We never could have made it without them.I have given up on the Pigskin Club, but keeping hope alive for the DC Recreation Department and the Roving Leader Program. BELL 12-25-1940---8-1-2013A A GOOD COP WHO BROKE THE CODE OF SILENCE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC POLICE DEPARTMENT. A The real Serpico is seen leaving the Bronx Courthouse alone after testifying before the Knapp Commission on wide spread police corruption in the department.
A In the old days police A would carry a "drop knife---an inexpensive weapon cops would bring along on patrol to drop onto or next to suspect that they had taken out so that they could say that he had threaten them.
A Today you don't even need to do that; all that you have to do is justify the use of deadly force if you are a police officer is to say that you feared for your life, for whatever reason.
If the victim dies, that just means there will one less witness around to contradict the test-lie. A In the case of Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston police, it appears he was being extra-carefulto cover his tracks. A Probably he could have gotten away with simply declaring, as he did in the radioed report, that Walter Scott "took my taser," and that would have probably have sufficed to exonerate him. A But Slager having shot Scott eight times in the back--as everyone can see in the now famous video--perhaps felt that he needed a little help explaining what he was up to.
A So apparently dropped his Taser next to Scott's body, which would obviously help to make the case that Scott "Took my taster."A If you think that what happen in North Charleston is a unique case, its not. A Only recently, in another case, a policewoman in Pennsylvania first Tasered a black man then shot him twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow.
A Unless honesty is rewarded more often then corruption, the police will lose credibility altogether.
A I wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton in 1994 addressing this very issue, saying that honest cops have never been rewarded, and maybe there ought to be a medal for them, he wrote back but nothing change. A If enough testi-lying is uncovered, then who is going to believe the police even when they are telling the truth? A A Until now the shoot first fear of my life mantra has eliminated any cause for concern in the taking of life by police. A When a civilian committs a crime, every nuance is looked at, the better to "throw the book at" the suspect. A The other day I got a letter from a journalist in Argentina who was complaining about police and judicial corruption there.
A I wrote back to him, there are good cops, even where you live, but if the good cops don't want to be painted with the same broad brush as the bad cops, they need to come forward and expose the guys who are doing bad things. A Take New York City detective who was caught on camera recently abusing an Uber driver with threats and foul language, A This was truly disgusting behavior. Yet predictably enough the detective union leader, Michael Palladino, was out there making excuses for him, suggesting that, well, it was only one incident, and everyone has a bad day.
A Afterward Police Commissioner William Bratton announced he was removing the detective's shield and placing him temporarily on desk duty while an investigation is conducted .
A But this man needs to be demoted to uniform at the very least, or "back in the bag" as we use to say. A Imagine what he is capable of doing under the cover of darkness if he can talk to someone like that in broad daylight.
A There are plenty legitimate incidents where police believe, correctly, that their lives are in danger. A I was in a few of those situations myself during the course of my career.A But unless the police forces and society as a whole take action we're not going to be able to distinguish between the legititimate claims and made-up testimony. A A long time ago Norman Rockwell painted a famous picture of a friendly neighborhood cop bending down to help a little boy. A For example; I could name someone who is a great athlete but a lousy human being or I could name someone who is a great human being but not a great athlete. A Heading the list is Muhammad Ali (The Greatest), Red Auerbach (NBA), Dave Bing (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL), Bert R. Sugar (Boxing), Lee Jones (NBA), Roy Jefferson (NFL) and Harold McLinton (NFL), finding pro athletes like them today are far, few and in-between. A And that is a sad commentary when you think about the hundreds of men and women I have interviewed on Inside Sports and worked with as a youth advocate (Kids In Trouble). Moore, LB Dave Robinson (2013 NFL Hall of Fame inductee) and WR Roy Jefferson host KIT toy party.
A Sam Jones (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL) and Roy Jefferson (NFL) participate in KIT clothing drive for needy children at Union Station.
A Bert Sugar (Boxing) receives KIT Life Time Achievement Award and Dave Bing (NBA) pays tribute to KIT Saturday Program All-Stars.I had the opportunity to hear an interview on Sirius A XM Radio (channel 126) on the Maggie Linton Show recently, her guest was NFL Washington Pro football player, wide receiver Peirre Garcon. A I have not been very impressed with todaya€™s pro athletes and their give back commitment to their family, friends and community.
A He has three older sisters making him the youngest and the only one born in the United States.His father died when he was 4 years old leaving his mother to raise him and his 3 sisters alone. A My background is similar to Peirrea€™s, my mother had to raise 4 boys alone with an assist from Grandma Bell.



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