The momentum for the present church fascination with a€?Leadershipa€™ dates back nearly 20 years.
Throughout this long and very subtle piece of story telling I have been struck by parallels to our present context and at the risk of generalising I offer just a few to invite discussion. This corner of scripture well mined by writers and speakers on a€?Christian leadershipa€™ but the focus is to easily over-personalised and lifted from the complex hinterland that is its context. The unfolding story of Samuel, Saul and David is told against the background of an uncertain nation, competing power groups, issues of Yahweh, faith and theology. It did not start with a proposal from a strategic review group in the way that it might today. In fairly rapid succession the faces of a number of well-known leaders are projected onto the screen.
A community reveals its own face in the image its projects, for good or ill, onto those it asks to lead them.
The task of developing leadership will never be effective unless it sits within the task of developing community. So we should not be surprised if the story struggles to find a theological outcome - which it does throughout. And in any case wasna€™t Israel supposed to be a sign of a different way among the nations?
Leadership theorists have long noted how Western approaches to leadership are essentially a€?Heroica€™ in mode a€“ great men (and just occasionally women) who rise to the fore in times of crisis.
But notice that by definition a€?Heroic Leadershipa€™ actually requires everyone else to be helpless. Here the conviction is that leadership is not something imported from outside but is found within, and is an expression of, the whole community.
These insights feature in the more reflective approaches to clergy leadership training around the country.
It is interesting to note that the only passage in the Torah to mention Kingship in Israel addresses the same concerns and teaches a very similar vision for community based leadership.
Brueggemann suggests that reading the Bible for insights into leadership and ministry involves a continual reflection on the complex and uneven relationship between power, providence and personality (2000) and he uses the Samuel narrative to illustrate this. The Samuel narrative warns us that a€?Leadershipa€™ that pursued for pragmatic outcomes a€“ growth, results, significance - rather than rooted deeply in the utter priority of Yahweh and his ways, is dangerous.
Providence is a€?the hidden, patient, sovereign enactment of Goda€™s overriding purpose beyond the will and choice of human agentsa€™ (1990 p15). Personality and appearance is a recurrent distraction in the Samuel narratives when it comes to choosing leaders.
Popular Christian approaches to leadership find a€?The Heroica€™ as hard to resist as the rest. We find ourselves drawn into a reflective narrative that invites us to circle around what we read, to come to the drama from different angles, to question the text itself - both what it implies or hints at and what it claims. The style is contemplative rather than didactic, reflective rather than prescriptive, participative rather than directive. Robert Alter, The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel, W W Norton, 1999.
Walter Brueggemann Power, Providence and Personality - Biblical insights into life and ministry, Westminster John Knox, 1990b. The momentum for the present church fascination with a€?Leadershipa€™ dates back nearly 20 years.A  It followed revolutions in leadership theory in the business world.
The task of developing leadership will never be effective unless it sits within the task ofA  developing community. Leadership theorists have long noted how Western approaches to leadership are essentially a€?Heroica€™ in modeA  a€“ great men (and just occasionally women) who rise to the fore in times of crisis.
Here the conviction is that leadership is not something imported from outside but is found within, and is an expression of, the whole community.A  So the language is of a€?shared leadershipa€™, a€?leadership in communitya€™, a€?servant leadershipa€™.
These insights feature in the more reflective approaches to clergy leadership training around the country.A  But the widespread frustration expressed on these courses is that diocesan leadership styles have yet to embrace the same insights and all too often remain entrenched in more hierarchy and patronage. Walter Brueggemann Power, Providence and Personality -A  Biblical insights into life and ministry, Westminster John Knox, 1990b.
The subject has moved so firmly to centre place of attention, budgets and programs it is hard to remember. No serious diocese or Regional Training Partnership is without its own a€?Clergy Leadership Coursea€™.
It usurped the place of Torah and undermined the vocation and freedom of Goda€™s people by the near irresistible drift towards the despotism. It is an idea is already embedded in and emerging out of the story and hopes of a community. Part of the cost of leadership is that it is lived out in the shadow of a peoplea€™s unmet needs, unexpressed anxieties, idealized hopes and ambitions.
For a€?Kinga€™ read - a€?CEOsa€™, Appraisal Schemes, HR, a€? best practicea€™, middle managers a€“ a€?like they have gota€™? A significant number of clergy on these leadership courses have had previous careers in business or industry. I reflect how often, after the last candidate has come through, there can be a lingering sense of disappointment in the air that someone we hoped for and needed has not turned up.
Deuteronomy 17.14-20 anticipates a time when the people will ask for a King on almost identical terms as the Samuel narrative. Its strategies will be insufficiently rooted, he says, in the a€?providential presence and absence of Yahweha€™.
Biblical vocation to leadership and the exercising of power starts from a very different place.
We a€?do Goda€™ in the midst of raw and complex human dilemmas, in real and costly engagement within actual history. And in our media driven age, and in declining institutions, a€?personalitya€™ and appearance are criteria harder than ever to resist.
Our reading of the Bible can be heroic too a€“ a text that takes us over, telling us what to do and think. I am grateful to Paul Barrett, friend and former director of SmithKline Beecham for his perspectives on this period of business history. No serious diocese or Regional Training PartnershipA  is without its own a€?Clergy Leadership Coursea€™. Not for the first time the church was thinking the worlda€™s thoughts after it.A  British business had long been structured around families or run on military, hierarchical lines. It may be that an institution that chooses its senior leadership through the archaic and secretive system of a€?prefermenta€™ will always struggle with the consultative, collaborative transparency that post-heroic leadership aspires to.
We a€?do Goda€™ in the midst of raw and complex human dilemmas, in real and costly engagement within actual history.A  Without that context theology becomes a detached piety, a pseudo-innocence feeding on idealized assumptions about God and ourselves.
And in our media driven age, and in declining institutions, a€?personalitya€™ and appearance are criteria harder than ever to resist.A  When leadership is seduced by the search for reputation, status, ambition, or its own needs we will be missing the tough realities of the seductiveness of power and the hidden theology that shapes us and our story. Cutting edge theological training establishments will have their a€?Leadership studies departmenta€™.
Across the scriptures generally, a€?leadershipa€™ is an idea that sits in tension between the Kingship of Yahweh, His Word and His peoplea€™s story. Then, as now, a€?leadershipa€™ does not exist as a pure theory that comes with a universal adaptor for plugging into any organization or business in a€?needa€™. We have strong expectations and requirements of those who lead us and are blunt in our assessment of those who dona€™t match up. One parish priest described the experience as like being required to live a€?by a script I had not writtena€™. They know very well that what a€?The Churcha€™ is drawing on from outside as examples of a€?best practicea€™ is actually very mixed in practice. Leadership a€?like other nationsa€™, as Samuel pointed out (1Sam810ff), was routinely despotic.
This is characterised by a collective abdication from shared responsibility, a culture of blame, fragile relationships and a perversely ambivalent subservience to a€?the powersa€™ while projecting messianic expectations onto those it chooses to a€?rule over thema€™. But beware of coming to narratives such as 1&2 Samuel expecting an unambiguous teaching, with unambiguous characters and unmistakable meaning. Both operated forms of patronage that rewarded loyalty and long service without always a due regard to ability. They know very well that what a€?The Churcha€™ is drawing on from outside as examples of a€?best practicea€™ is actually very mixed in practice.A  Alongside a serious commitment to developing in leadership skills there is a right unease with an institution that feels in thrall to and intimidated by secular business theory and language. 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. And lest all this sounds cynical let me declare that I have benefited from such courses myself and now regularly contribute to their programs.
It is a symptom of the longings and needs of an institution facing enormous pressures and working anxiously but bravely with dwindling resources. In the face of a crisis, The Hero is allowed to suspend all norms of moral behaviour to overcome the problem.
The passage warns against the temptation to identify leadership by outward signs of status (property, wealth, possessions etc).
We have to gloss over those large parts of the Samuel narrative where Yahweh is effectively absent and silent. What we have here is a very different kind of story telling a€“ one that invites us to a different way of reading scripture. Events happen, people (or God) do things, but the narrative is very sparing about telling you their motives and feelings.
And the context and the questions today feel very new.A  These are thoroughly testing times. There are obvious parallels with the institutional church a€“ the church a€?familya€™ governed under the benevolent patronage of a formal, patriarchal hierarchy. Robert Alter describes them as a€?one of the most astounding pieces of narrative that has come down to us from the ancient worlda€™ (1999 pix). There is a discernible lack of theological confidence in this engagement and little conviction that the Christian practice and theology might actually inform this process a€“ both secular and religious a€“ or even transform it.
The style is relational, communal, non-directive, collaborative, negotiated.A  a€?It is not leadership from any one person that is required, it is an aspect of leadership each of us summons from within. Although the challenge before me really wasna€™t so life-shattering, at themoment it seemed huge and mountainous.
They are generally loners, non-consultative and relationally dysfunctional a€“ and of course ruggedly and irresistibly handsome.
Providence is not trust in a certain preferred outcome so much as a faith that a greater purpose and story is being continually woven into our narrative a€“ often unseen and despite all appearances on the surface.
One of the honourable qualities in the Anglican tradition is its willingness to draw widely for its learning. Leadership thus becomes a rather fluid concept focusing on those behaviours which propel the work of the group forward.
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But this does presuppose a confident theological framework within which to test, critique and respond to what we are hearing.A  That is not always apparent in the present context.
The vision for leadership here is of non-heroic, and non-hierarchical exercised among and within the community, without a€?exalting himself above other members of the communitya€™ (vs14-20). Some gained cult status and they were undoubtedly a means for rapid transformation in uncertain economic climates. The vision for leadership here is of non-heroic, and non-hierarchical exercised among and within the community, withoutA  a€?exalting himself above other members of the communitya€™ (vs14-20). It has a way of magnifyingA issues to the point of being ridiculous, but when youa€™re in the midst of the situation, it seemsA so real.
But lest we be tempted to think this is what our Bishops should become we should note that the average life span of these men (as most still are) is around two years (1).
Only after the event has passed do you realize how silly it was to be so worried about somethingA that was so non-eventful.A But at the time Ia€™m telling you about right now, I was consumed with worry. In the church the attraction to a€?leadershipa€™ also coincided with the decision to ordain women as priests. I paced back andA forth, fretting, thinking, and pondering, making myself even more nervous by my anxious behavior.A I was nothing but a bag of nerves. So, whatever the intention, at the very moment women began to minister in full, priestly partnership with men in the church the task was renamed and redefined by a noun borrowed from organizational worlds habitually dominated by men. Realizing how deeply I was sinking into worry, I reached for myA Bible to try to find peace for my troubled soul. Through Philippians 4:6, I could see that God was calling out to me and urging me to lay down my worries and come boldly before Him to make my requests known.
I realized that this verse showed me step by step how to lay down my worries and boldly make my requests known to God.
If I followed the steps laid out in this verse exactly as I understood them, I would be set free from worry and fear! A My second week at the course I got in early and became bored while waiting for my homeboys. I promptly followed these steps, and in a matter of minutes my worry was replaced with a thankful, praising, and peaceful heart!A As the years have passed, I have had many occasions when worry and fear have tried to plague my mind.


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At times, these challenges have simply been enormous.A This is the reason I so entirely identify with the Apostle Paul as he describes the difficulties he encountered in his ministry. Just as Satan regularly tried to disrupt Paula€™s ministry, the enemy has also attempted on many occasions to hinder our work and thwart the advancement of the Gospel. A My teammates and coaches were often challenged by my "Just give me the ball and get the hell out of my way" attitude.
However, none of his attacks have ever succeeded, and the Gospel has gone forth in mighty power!A In moments when worry or fear is trying to wrap its life-draining tentacles around me, I rush back to the truths found in Philippians 4:6. 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.
Just as I followed the steps found in this verse so many years ago, I still carefully follow them whenever I start getting anxious. Every time I do, these steps lead me from worry and fear to a thankful, praising, and peaceful heart. In fact, I have learned that if I faithfully follow these steps, fear will always be eradicated and replaced with the wonderful, dominating peace of God.A So dona€™t let worry wrap its tentacles aroundA you. Instead, listen to Paula€™s advice about how to deal with the problems and concerns that try to assail your mind.
You choose all or any of the product departments (shown in the navigation to the right) that best suit your business needs and goals. This particular word and its variousA forms is used approximately 127 times in the New Testament. A A It was a hot evening and the constant in and out of the woods was not a pleasant undertaking. As shown, your site will include many links and images including catalogs, pricing guides and order forms in .pdf format. By using this word to describe the relationship between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is telling us that theirs is an intimateA relationship. Business cardsWe can design and haveA business cards personalized with your business name, web and contact information.A  Cards are provided at our cost - 1,000 cards minimum. What I thought would be a nine-hole outing turned into eighteen holes and a White House visit and a Presidential appointment in 1969. It was originally used to depict a person who made some kind of vow to God because of a need or desire in his or her life. This individual would vow to give something of great value to God in exchange for a favorable answer to prayer.
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. When you give GodA your problems, in return He gives you His peace.A Perhaps youa€™ve experienced this great exchange at some previous moment in your life. 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. Once you truly committed your problem toA the Lord, did a supernatural peace flood your soul and relieve you from your anxieties?
A Three UPO "Neighborhood Workers" would go on to establish their own independent idenities. The word deisis is translated several ways in the King James Version, including to beseech, to beg, or to earnestly appeal. A Petey would win 2 Emmy Awards and in 2007 there was a feeble attempt to do his life story on the big screen.
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The Greek word a€?aska€? destroys any religious suggestion that you are a lowly worm who has noA right to come into the Presence of God. Browse the right hand navigation column to see the products and tools you can make available to customers in your area. 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.
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Ita€™s time to move from fear to faith, from turmoil to peace, and from defeat to victory!Lord, I thank You for allowing me to come boldly before You in prayer.
A It took a minute but in the meantime, he was making an effort to bring about change in his own way. A In case youa€™re not familiar with the term, a€?drop shippinga€? is the shipping of a product directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler to the customer without requiring the retailer to carry any inventory. 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.
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My temptation is toA worry and fear, but I know that if I will trust You, everything I am concerned about willA turn out all right.
We can ship directly to your customer, including any literature you send us to enclose with your orders. Right now I reject the temptation to worry, and I choose to come beforeA You to boldly make my requests known. 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. I go to God with those things thatA are on my heart, and I clearly articulate what I feel, what I need, and what I expect HeavenA to do on my behalf.
I always match my requests with thanksgiving, letting God know howA grateful I am for everything He does in my life. A  The copy rights for Inside Sports is own by News Week Magazine and it is own by the Washington Post. Do you give in and allow worry and fretfulness to fill your mind, or do you run to the Lord and commit your problems to Him?A 2. In return, did He fill you with supernatural peace, enabling you to overcome the worries that were trying to devour you?A 3.
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. If these truths were helpful to you, can you think of someone else you know who needs this sameA encouragement? If youa€™ve evergenerously given to someone who never took the time to thankyou for the sacrifice you made for him or her, you know howshocking ingratitude can be. 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 Laptop Showroom?By the way, while ita€™s certainly not a requirement, a laptop computer will turn your website into a portable, virtual showroom for potential customers wherever you go. 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. Your pricing, however, is completely at your discretion, providing you understand you'll need to cover your underlying wholesale cost.
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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  1. 22.01.2014 at 18:36:30
    ODINOKIY_VOLK writes:
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    10 writes:
    With no issues of again types of meditation once you do them the vital well being issues previous.
  3. 22.01.2014 at 21:53:15
    starik_iz_baku writes:
    And I'm a teacher, writer consciousness.