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UPDATE: Quadruple bypass went well. Still in recovery but expecting a normal and uneventful recovery. Thanks for the prayers!
Sitting in a surgical waiting room, praying for Grandad Outlaw and I thought I'd share the words David recently penned about his dad... It's long, but worth it.
My Father’s Influence
Every boy thinks that he is destined to be Superman. As this reasoning plays out one must figure, “If I’m Superman, and my dad is bigger and stronger than me, then he must be Superman too.” Such reasoning results in theoretical super bouts through the shrill voices of 2nd grade boys yelling, “My dad can beat your dad.” Obviously, somebody is overestimating their paternal heritage.
My Superman is Dr. Stanley Outlaw. My image of him, however, is less Clark Kent and more Andy Griffith with a Ph.D. His easy smile and personable manner reflect the values of the family farm in southeast Alabama. As the youngest of 4 siblings he spent many hours behind a mule and bent over in a cotton field. His brothers were almost old enough to be his dad, and did not quite know what to think when their baby brother headed to college in Nashville. When he travelled to Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1960, it was the furthest north he had ever travelled. He arrived as a married student, studied hard, left for his M.A. and Ph.D. and returned as a teacher. After teaching at the college for more than 30 years his students span the nation and the generations. It is uncommon that I speak in the denomination where no one in the area was ever his student. In fact, I was his student, but, then again, I was special.
I was not special because of superior intelligence, but because I have sat at his feet for 48 years. He taught me to throw, hit, and catch. He taught me to drive (though we nearly didn’t make it through that experience). He taught me the Greek alphabet and discussed Scripture with me from my earliest memories. Sitting in his office, I would marvel at his books, reading the titles and imagining what they might mean. I can hear his voice in the church as farmers, businessmen, housewives, and teenagers listened to his clear explanation of Scripture. I can still smell the brown leather of his Bible and feel the pages that I turned while scanning the red pencil underlining from his many readings of the Sacred Text. I do not ever remember deciding to be like my dad, I just was/am. Like him, I am easy going and do not hold a grudge. Like him, I care deeply about people and prefer to go into the bank rather than the drive thru. Like him, I devoted my life to Scripture and married a red head.
His ministry was in Nashville, Tn. but there was always an undercurrent of unquestioned obedience to God. If God told him to go, he would go. If God told him to stay, he would do that as well. No fuss. While he modeled Christian living and grace-filled dealings with others, he also honored missionary heroes. Miss Barnard, the Cronks, and the Mileys were held as heroes and the work of missions was honored. I consider those ideas of honor and unquestioning obedience to be the 2 most important influences that led me into missions.
After I finished my doctorate my mom relished the academic achievement of her family. Occasionally, as we ate with them, someone would call the house. When hearing, “May I please speak with Dr. Outlaw?” mom would smile proudly and ask, “Which one?” Dad and I would carry it a little further by addressing each other as Dr. Outlaw. But my high minded self-assurance was given a rude awakening when I was a pastor. Dad preached at our church one evening and after the service my secretary needed to get some information from him. Stepping from the office she asked if anyone had seen Dr. Outlaw. I was standing right there in the hall so I asked, “What do you need?” She shook her head in frustration and responded, “I mean the real Dr. Outlaw!”
Last week my hero heard a doctor tell him that he needed open-heart surgery. This 77-year old country boy has spent a total of 1 night in the hospital in all his life, but will soon go under the knife. Uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty crowd my thoughts, but his calm demeanor gracefully considers the future and the sovereign hand that guides it. Our family will circle the wagons and take care of our own, but will welcome the presence and prayers of friends. This man is the greatest influence in my life so I ask you to pray for “The Real Dr. Outlaw.”
If you side with someone who isn't black, in discussions about anti-blackness, you're garbage juice. Too many of y'all woke folk are sniffing Tiffany's pale ass.
Ask that ho why she's blocking the same black women she thinks she's protecting. Then ask those black women calling us mammies, how calling out racism is mammying? Y'all are desperate for approval.
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I need one thing and want two things.
THE NEED. I need a cleaning service groupon. We are man down in my house and I'm essentially useless when comes to bending and reaching. The coupon I want is 100.
THE WANT- I want to buy a domain. I've been helping black folx raise money for months. Some days are better than others. After talking to a few black women, I need to find a sustainable way to help black women and kids meet their needs. Shavonda gave me a great idea and I am very grateful for her willingness to phone chat with me about this. Domain is cheap hosting isn't.
My other want-- to start paying writers again. I haven't published submitted work because I refuse to allow black women to write for free.
I'm asking because I deserve it. Dassit.
I never knew the full history of Fatburgers.. Y'all be out in these streets chasing down In and Out Burgers..talking about u want a Tarzan style burger.. But Fatburgers is the joint..started by a sister.. Only thing better than Fat Burgers is White Castle....Can I get an A-Men??
where are all my LA Folks.. Fatburgers over In and Out? Right? Lawrence Ross Robert Otis Keli Raymond Abby O'Neill Alex Mejia Javier Gonzalez Lasana Hotep Tina Bell Wright
So for the past couple of months I've allowed the huge spider to take residence up in my kitchen... For the most part we've gotten along.. Good ole spidety spun these elaborate webs in the window plane above my sink.. and as for me, I would keep paper plates handy. When I had fruit flies or some other insect bothering me I'd close the kitchen door and wave the plates which created a wind storm that would causes the fruit flies to be tossed in the web.. Good ole spidey would rush out and wrap em up and chow down..It was a beautiful symbiotic relationship
Wifey wasn't too thrilled about the spider hanging out in the kitchen.. She didn't like the web which was collecting dust to be all up in our mix..Also she told me the spider was too big.. She said it looked pregnant..and its gonna lay eggs...
I know wifey is from Texas, but last I checked she wasn't from National Geographic and thus has no expertise in Arachnidas... I told her she ain't know what she was talking about.. I capped hard for the spider who was allowed to remain in our kitchen..
'Let the spider live.. He/she is big because of all the fruit flies I been fanning to his/her web not because of pregnacy.', I said...
Well this morning I woke up and that big spider looked like it went on a slim fast diet.. Spider is all skinny.. And I'm like what the heck happen to the big bulge?
I'm like; 'I know this damn spider didn't lay eggs somewhere in the house".
I looked all up in the window seal.. I didn't see no eggs and now I have concerns.. Are we about to get invaded? Do spiders lay eggs outside the house? Do I need to get some Raid? I feel like a bomb was dropped and its gonna explode with a spider infestation.. Anyone know where to find these hundreds of baby spiders if in fact our resident spider was pregnant??
Asking for a friend..
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Jamil Al-Amin, (formerly known as H.Rap Brown)Muslim Africans in America missing Imam, resides in the Hearts, and spirit of us all, muslim and non-muslim alike. His voice, and his courage are integral part of our resistance to the dehumanization of white supremacy, and the Black Radical tradition in America..... "O ye who believe, let there arise from among you those who will enjoin the right and forbid the wrong".... Holy Qur'an
Here's another voice blowing up the hypocritical delusional debate on "gun control" that arises after each mass shooting done by White men and white youth in America. America and Israel are the foremost purveyors of weapons of mass destruction and lethality in the world. As pointed out by Dr. Dabashi the NRA is second only to the pro-Israeli Zionist AIPAC in influence on Capital Hill. What Dabashi does't emphasize is the close relationship between U.S. militarized Law Enforcement and Israel's Shin Bet and Israel's Police Establishment that kills as many Palestinians as racist America's Police kill Black people each year. Jared BallHakim GreenAllen Kwabena Frimpong
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What's going on here? Did they not say they saw Stephen Paddocks girlfriend Marilou Danley w/ him inside the hotel that night? In fact I recall specifically it being announced she was in custody?? Now they are saying Marilou who is an Australian citizen, has been out the country for more than a week?? Whats the story behind this?
Shame on Free State Taoíseach Leo Varadkar for not recognising the Democratic rights of the people Catalonia..The people of Catalonia voted democratically for Independence and that should be recognised by all who claim to be democrats ..It would suit Free Stater Leo Varadkar better to speak out against the inhumane actions and brutality of the Spanish Cops against the Democratic people of Catalonia..From Ireland to Catalonia Unity and Solidarity with Liberty,Equality and Fraternity..
Shaun King civil rights and Black lives matter activist only in America is a thought for today..In my view after yesterday's disgusting terror attacks in Las Vegas ..Reactionary and hypocrisy must not cause fear and division yesterday was a terror attack carried out by a white a American man don't let right wing Reactionaries use it as division to cause Racism ,Homophobia and sectarianism..Revisionism must not cover up terror..
Finally received my plane tickets for Myanmar. No turning back now, and myanmar travel packages http://myanmardiscovery.com/trip-ideas/ ready
Bucket of water shower and "light trekking up 3767 stone steps" here I come.
I'm sooooo going to need a spa day when I get back home in Bordeaux...
What happen in Las Vegas is terrible and heartbreaking
...My deepest sympathy to the victims of the mass terror attack in Vegas and a very speedy recovery to them injured..This is not the first act of mass murder in the United States as the revisionist media would have us believe in the 18th century 250 native Americans where murdered by the U.S military ..The hypocrisy of Trump around this is reactionary as he supports American gun law any one can buy a gun in the U.S.A and Trump supports American citizens to freely hold weapons in the U.S ..The American gun lobby supported his presidency..The reactionary right can't blame this latest act of terror on people of colour are refugees.. The right wing across the united states must not be allowed to use this horrible act of terror as an excuse to promote their Racist ,Homophobic, sectarian agenda..Reactionary politics does not stop terror it encourages its..
And all it took was being in the midst of the worst shooting in modern history! Not the one where a bunch of kids died, but when HE almost did.
The wolf is a noble creature. It kills to eat, to survive, to support the survival of its family, its pack. It attacks directly, in your face, openly, out of biological necessity, chasing and taking down game that is often larger and stronger than itself.
There was no such necessity for the killings of the Las Vegas killer, there was no nobility in his life, in his final act. He may, as he fondled his weapons, have imagined himself a bold, brave warrior, a righteous soldier in a war against an undefined enemy formed somewhere in his mind. He wasn't a warrior. With his arsenal of twenty three weapons he faced no enemies. He sat sniveling in a hotel suite, plotting and preparing his crime.
Sniveling, while he carried luggage, suitcase after suitcase from his vehicle into a hotel, past some of the most elaborate and sophisticated yet ineffective surveillance devices, past the most suspicious yet unsuspecting security people to his hotel suite.
He sniveled while he set up his crime, preparing tripods, mounting rifles and scopes, sniveled while he loaded magazines and attached ammunition belts. He set his weapons well back from the windows so that he would remain unseen, hidden from view, three hundred feet above and out of sight of his quarry.
His quarry? Any random member of the crowd of twenty thousand innocent, unsuspecting people spread out before him in a fairgrounds, five hundred yards away and three hundred feet below him. He didn't know them and they didn't know him. They were there to dance and drink and laugh and enjoy an evening of music. They didn't know he existed, they had no awareness of him at all. He sat sniveling in the dark, fully aware of the crowd. Until he smashed the window and began firing they had no idea of the danger, of his presence among them, no understanding of the pain and death that was raining down upon them.
He sniveled as he fired, a thousand times, perhaps many more, as they ran in terror and confusion, as they tried to protect each other, to cover the wounded with their own bodies while struggling to make sense of the carnage around them. Finally, confronted by police, by someone with the ability to resist, he shot himself, sniveling as he died.
This was not a lone wolf. There is only one species in which this creature appears. This was a solitary sniveling coward and not the only one that lurks in the shadows of our world.
Why did we allow him to be armed?
Prayers and silence are not the solution, they're the problem.
“The so-called leaders with the power to schedule that vote are too busy lining their pockets with cash from the gun lobby to notice the blood on their hands.” Katherine Clark