Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Democratic National Convention

Aiden's Mom forwarded this email to me from her BFF Jewel (future President), who works on Capital Hill for the governor of Boston:

I got here on Thursday night and have been working with the Democratic Convention Committee on handling the speakers and their movements backstage. This year, there are a lot more people on the podium operations team which has freed me up to enjoy the rest of the convention activities and take it all in. I vowed to myself that for this convention, this historic convention, I would experience it all - the parties, the hall, my friends, the speakers, etc.

Ladies and Gents, I have a confession to make...hold on to your seats...Jewel James actually cried. As I watched the video of Michelle and her family I was moved by the similarity of her story to all of our stories. Here was a black family, struggling to make it, who poured everything that they had into their children so that they'd have bigger and better opportunities than
the parents could ever dream. And here was Michelle...the manifistation of that investment. As I looked around the hall, and saw the the entire place was full of other people who could also relate to that same story, I was profoundly touched. I was also moved by the fact that here you had all of these people, thousands of people, waiting with baited breath to hear from this woman - this black woman - about what she and her husband working in concert hope to unite all of us to achieve. Win, lose, or draw in November, this was already one of the most moving displays of national unity that I've ever seen. I really was just overwhelmed by it all and as Michelle spoke, I pulled out a notebook and wrote this (this is exactly as I wrote it last night in the middle of her speech no editing)...

"The only limit to your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your
willingness to work hard for them" - Michelle Obama

This is a truly amazing moment. My chin is quivering and I can feel the tears on the brims of my eyelids. This entire coliseum is packed to the rafters (literally) with men & women, white men & black men, hispanics & asians - people of all ethnicities & backgrounds - all here cheering, whistling, screaming, smiling, for Michelle

I am utterly moved. Michelle's story is so similar to that of many black women and families. And here we all are, relating to that story united by its similarity to our own stories and inspired by what our shared inspiration means for our country. This is an amazing day, and amazing moment, and I am thankful to be present - alive - to witness it.

After the speech was over, I just d
idn't quite know how to process all that I was feeling. I ran into Congressman Elijah Cummings, who many of you know is a mentor and spiritual uplifter of mine. When I saw him, we began to talk about what all of that meant and he could relate...he felt it too. Some of you know that Congressman Cummings is the son of a preacher. It doesn't take long for the two of us to start having church once we get together. Looking back on it, I think it was providence that he was one of the first people that I saw. As we talked, I began to cry. Those of you who know me know that I don't just break out crying in public very often so of course, I tried to get it together and I walked away. Then, I ran into Michael Moore, Congresswoman Maxine Waters Chief of Staff. Mikael and I are the same age so we get each other. We talked about it for a minute and I couldn't hold it in any more. I literally broke down crying in his arms. Me...crying...in an arena filled with thousands of people. All I can say is God is good and this is an awesome country. ~ Jewel

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Life is Pain

My greatest analogy for tattoos is that life is pain. The new challenges you encounter in life present a type of pain that could make a person give up. The moment you feel the discomfort, you divert to what's comfortable and less painful. But a tattoo makes it all mental. Separating the mind from body and focusing on the outcome of the challenge. The pain never lasts forever -- it's just temporary. In life, going through bad times also means good times are soon to follow. The moment you decide not to fight the bad times, everything turns around for you. And the outcome is more satisfying then ever.

That's the same with a tattoo. It hurts like hell the moment that needle touches your skin. And it continues to hurt until its done. And even a couple days after. But, just as with life's trials and tribulations, the pain subsides and the outcome is everlasting. There is nothing like a fresh tattoo. The look of it. The feel of it. Knowing that it hurt so bad, and you wanted to quit.

Just like life. When all goes bad, you just wanna quit. But the moment you decide it's not so bad, that if you just take the pain everything will be fine, is the moment you realize life isn't so bad. You can say to yourself, I'll never get another tattoo. Then your second one comes. You had already sat through one tattoo. And you know you can sit through another. One becomes three. Three becomes six.... Then you become mentally invincible to pain on the skin.

-Rashad McCants

China aim to end the American dream and conquer the world

Xiang Liu
(the most famous athlete in China)


Terrence Trammell
(from Decata where it's Greata)

Liu recognizes pressure but denies its effect. He has gone so far as to say, “I don’t have set goals before competitions. My coaches probably have goals for me, but I’m just responsible for resting well, practicing well, and doing well in races.”

Trammell’s take on high-pressure situations is: “Ultimately, that’s where legends are made. I feed off it.”

The importance of Liu to China cannot be overestimated.

China loves Liu with a passion. He is revered not only for being an Olympic champion, but for being one in a power-and-speed event, thus debunking an ingrained racial stereotype. The final on August 21 is for many Chinese the moment of reckoning when they can declare whether or not the Games have been a success.

Monday, August 11, 2008


EVOLUTION: Webster’s defines it as a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage. The sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or group.

To me it’s a way of life. It’s the abhorrence of complacency or the drive to always be better tomorrow than I am today.  It’s what separates the legendary from the greats.  When I achieve you celebrate in the here and now while I am already competing with the future.

Evolution, it’s why I wake up each day inspired by the promise of achieving the impossible. It’s the eternal flame that burns inside.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

US OBLITERATES host China 101-70 in Olympic Opener

These dudes are ballin'...
They're going to destroy anyone 
who steps in their path....

Rogue Ass Dubya Kickin' It in Beijing

Bush said that he "doesn't need the Olympics to express my concerns" about China's human rights record, something he said he has consistently done in past meetings with Chinese leaders. In Beijing, he intends to cheer on U.S. athletes. "It's an athletic event," he said.

President Bush had a pre-game meeting with the U.S. men's basketball team in a corridor of the stadium, posing for pictures and joining the players in a cheer -- "One, two, three, U.S.A. go!" (I couldn't make this bullshit up if I wanted to).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Brothas givin' praises like it was an idol..."

Whipped in the lot and your heart just stopped
These brothers got to give my props

My chevy sittin', looking like a title
Brothers giving praises like it was an idol

-Pastor Troy

2Pac - Picture Me Rollin'

Monday, August 4, 2008

Do the Interstate Ramp Stop Lights Work?

Do these things really work or is it another waste of our precious tax dollars? They either make you stop for no reason when there is NO traffic on the highway or they're pointless when there is traffic because everything is damn near at a standstill to begin with.  And why two lights per lane?  Who got the kickback on that one? Am I missing the logic?? GA DOT had a $1.2 BILLION shortfall this year, our bridges are collapsing and the GDOT is burning our hard earned tax dollars on ramp red lights, red light ticketing cameras and new road construction galore!!

What's going on?  And these dang red light cameras popping up at intersections are some bullshit. It's illegal and has proven to actually increase intersection accidents (as people slam on their brakes so the gov't wont rob them). Could there be a more wasteful approach to highway management than this? What moran in charge keeps approving these plans!!??

We do not need ramp meters. This is nothing more than another shining example of what our bloated government bodies do best, waste our tax dollars. Heads should be rolling over these meters. In fact, the whole freakin' GDOT management should be rolling since they can’t see the obvious waste.