Gratitude Is . . .

Happy Friday, I say to each of you! We have so much more to be grateful for than we are often willing to admit.  It’s that “ego” thing (easing God out) that has us, humans, in competition with God.  As for me, TGIF!!  What sayeth you?!?

Well, the racial underbelly of the fabric of American society reared its ugly head again .. this time at a synagogue in Texas, Colleyville to be exact.  The Congregation Beth Israel synagogue was the scene of a ten-hour standoff last weekend caused by a British Asian.  This misdirected Muslim chose that synagogue because of its proximity to a prison where a convicted female Muslim terrorist is being held.  So, this character seemed to come from England to the USA to die at the hands of the FBI.  The tangled web of racial tensions and disinformation have entrapped yet another seemingly feeble-minded human …  Peace be still …  I argue again that the racial hatred being displayed not only in the States but worldwide was created … again by “man” (humans ourselves).  As “he” sought to use race as a determinant in a hierarchy of power associated with imperialism, colonialism again, which seems to omit the Native American existence altogether, and the expansion of capitalism, “race” has become a determining factor in “who” is attacked, by whom and why!  Now understand that the attackers choose senior citizen Asians in San Francisco or NYC, not any Asians at a gym or martial arts studio …

Interestingly sad as well, one of the survivors of the botched hostage situation had taken a course offered by the Anti Defamation League and/or FBI that he, Jeffrey Cohen, said he credits for helping to save his life.  One of the other four survivors had only one thing to say … “I am so grateful, I’m just so grateful …”  Imagine …  Mr. Cohen said he believes that Akram, the attacker, was mentally ill as his family mentioned in an apology to the hostages.  He added that he did not think Akram was “your typical attacker” who wanted to kill Jewish people but that he had “bought into these tropes.”  This is another indication of how closely tied mental illness is to racism.

In closing, I wanted to mention how difficult it is to watch the American political system fail the actual people that it was designed to serve.  Watching these suit-wearing law school-educated buffoons argue and bicker like children while they line their pockets with money from the lobbyist(s) is so disheartening in one of the last strongholds of democracy in the world.  So, help spread the good news, encourage people to vote, don’t allow yourself to be complicit in that low-level racist behavior!  Blessings!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

ps. Thanks for reading!

Please … Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Happy Friday, Y’all!

How are we holding up today in this world full of precarious situations?  Think positive … TGIF, even!  It can’t hurt!

So, first of all, I want to thank the readers of the e-mails/blog posts from me.  Educational Excellence has become a viable platform for me to send out some grassroots messages and vibrations to help make the world a better place.  I was raised by my parents and the “universe”, often in the form of God and friends, with “tough love”.  It’s something I not only had to come to grips with as well as its’ lessons, I have also learned to employ it on myself.  I try to make these pieces have some universal appeal and relevance.  I mean, I am an African American male.  I don’t want to change that and I accept the challenge!  And if you think it’s not a challenge, keep reading and hanging around.  There are a lot of people like me in the world.  We’re not so “bad”.  In fact, we are good for the world!

So, my experiences often begin with someone else’s notion of what an African American man should be treated like, defined even.  Now, we ALL know the historical premises that this “identity” was based on, and, unfortunately, some folks still hold those or similar ideas about the aforementioned.  Can you imagine how many different ideas are floating around?!?  So, I am tough in my love … and that means if you “love” or care about me and my kind, you will accept the mission of what it means to be “my friend”.  That includes mutual respect and basic human intelligence.  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Several Oath Keepers have been charged with sedition.  The leader of them, Mr. Rhodes, has been charged with seditious conspiracy.  They promised “Civil War 2.0” … if the attempt to “steal” the election by bullying FORCE failed.  Which side will you be on?!?  Freakin’ ridiculous moronic bs!!  As I watched some news clips of the “tourist insurrection” (OMG!), I saw a guy holding a sign that read: “Blacks for Trump”.  I thought to myself, “What will happen to them during Civil War 2.0?”  But, cut to the chase, THAT’s the logic that keeps me away from the States … Civil War 2.0 …wtf!!  Even as I traveled to a few European countries four years ago, most people I met from Paris or Amsterdam, Valencia, Barcelona .. even Hamburg … shook their heads when I told them that I wanted to retire outside of the States.  I think that they understood why and felt sorry for me!!  Just in case “you” didn’t know, more people have retired outside of the States due to the political and social instability.

So, my pieces and my attitude, as well as my work in general, seek to clarify some social ills and misconceptions, false information and disinformation, that might make someone “choose sides” in “CW 2.0”.  Right now, I have got to say: “You know I am joking and that nobody I know better not choose any side to sacrifice you and your loved ones lives for in CW2!!”  Can you imagine how close the USA’s Capitol came to being another mass murder scene?  It hurts to think people allow themselves to get so worked up … mostly over lies or misunderstandings.  The “Beacon of Hope” or the “Shining City on the Hill” almost became an overthrown democracy turned “citizen coup”.  Some folks sit around listening to hate speech by people like Bannon who said: “There will be blood in the streets …” or Rhodes who continued to plan the violent overthrow of the US government AFTER January 6th …  So exciting, right?!?  WRONG!!  #45 nor Rhodes was at the Capitol that day …  They as hate “leaders” simply riled up “the fools” and sent them into mayhem to cause chaos.

Be a good person because it’s more fulfilling and constructive than hateful, misdirected violence.  It’s not important to look for differences between ourselves.  Be smart enough to NOT be used by negative destructive energies.  Wake up if you’ve been misled by the leader(s) you choose to support and reclaim your natural loving, peaceful, cooperative self.  It’s okay … WE ARE ONE!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

TRUTH … A Shared Experience

Happy Friday, All!

So, in keeping with my practice, let’s do a hearty TGIF!  Whoop whoop! TGIF!!

What’s in a word?  It depends, right?!  Everybody “loves” everything … I love my Mom.  Or, I love my money.  Is there a similar meaning in both cases?!  Not hardly!!  In creating “truth”, we must share a similar reality … like … “All people are created equal.”  If we can start with that premise, we can find some truths that will make it possible to coexist on the Planet!  From there, “leaders” will naturally rise to the top, or such leader types can be identified, based on a global truth of what leadership looks like, and groomed accordingly. In a democratically formed government in which each person’s vote is equally counted, “we” have the best chances of having every voice be heard.  And as is commonly believed and seen, especially in “The American Experiment”, while not perfect it is the best of our “choices” to select from forms of government.

Most people, let alone Americans, don’t know their own nation’s history.  These people may fall prey to greedy and overzealous “leaders”, even on local levels of leadership.  This is where corruption in leadership needs to be thwarted and leadership kept “precious” as it is necessary to achieve a good outcome for the people following these leaders.  You know, once a person latches on to a lie that “makes them feel better”, they hold on to that “leader” and lies that make them feel good.  Intelligence AND education are extremely important for the citizens of any territory.  If a “citizen” doesn’t know what the shared truths are in a given society, they may be frightened into supporting a lousy leader … just so that they “feel good” even if that feeling is based on lies!  Educate YOURSELVES!  Reading is fundamental!!  (Don’t be a moron, nor be led by one!)

Critical race theory IS important.  Why?  Because if you are smart enough … yeah, I said it … one can easily ascertain that this is ONLY a means to understanding the entangled modern human history.  To understand the role that the concept of “race”(sometimes synonymous with “skin color”) plays and is “critical” in understanding modern human history and the challenges we face today, one needs to simply examine the words, not your “feelings”.  Why would one race consider “itself” superior to ALL others?  Is that possible?  Does that make one “feel good”?  Sure!  It should because that is the description of entitlement.  In other words, you “do” nothing … you just happen to be the right “color”, and “you win” in every situation.  Can you say “primitive thinking”?!?  Now, let’s interject a situation in which certain “people” didn’t (don’t) feel good … little African American girls and boys playing in a Baptist church until it is blown up by “people” who “think” or believe that the children’s race or “color” renders them inferior!!  How do you think “they” felt?  How do you think their parents felt?  Or don’t you give a FUNK?!?  To understand how “race” plays a critical role in studying American History (world history, too!), one has to stop looking to “feel good” but instead consider others and the critical role that their “race” plays (-ed).  As I was told throughout my education which occurred in some highfaluting places, “be an intellectual”!  Now that I have become an intellectual, some folks want to harm, fight or kill me … because I am smarter than they are.  I freaking studied (still do!) my a$$ off.  Check yourself before I do … intellectually!

In closing, I wanted to share and thank so many of my “former students” and colleagues that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years.  They gave me the most beautiful compliments on social media for being their teacher after I had posted a picture taken by a student in one of the classes circa 1980’s I taught at White Plains High School. I was seated and evaluating my students’ presentations which were their homework assignments EVERY Friday based on current events!!  I was also teaching my a$$ off!  I mean, it’s okay to be an intellectual in understanding human history.  It’s “our” job now as we are tasked with grooming and making a way for the young people to inherit THEIR WORLD!

Peace,

John I. Cook

Thanks for reading!

Collaboration, Cooperation … Not So Much Competition!

Happy Friday … and the last one of this year … 2021!  When we’ve had every kind of challenge this year, we’re often ready to turn the page!!  So, TGIF with me if you’re feeling it!!  “TGIF!”  Boom!!

Here at Educational Excellence, I occasionally offer up some “lite” anecdotes.  Then, other times I challenge readers to the heavy stuff … the deep stuff that one cannot find the solutions to on the mere surface.  This is where the real work begins … on yourself!!  This is when we lose many humans as they dare to face themselves, their own truth … be it good or not so good!  This type of personal cowardice affects many of us, especially if the coward is supposed to be a leader!

Each day of my life, I try to do better than the day before.  I’m not trying to make as much money, nor acquire as much power as anyone.  Once we’ve passed a certain age, we should have learned right from wrong, the difference between disrespect and hatred versus respect and love!  They aren’t that difficult to understand.  Some people like to play you for a fool and are so dishonest with themselves that I prefer not to be around a quagmire of volatile, negative, hostile energy.  When I stay in my lane, I work hard on myself.  Some folks like to “switch” lanes, so to speak, and “get into” your lane (life) without paying attention to their own lane or issues.  So, then I have to deal with ones’ negative energy coupled with my own issues!  This type of unwarranted intervention is what I didn’t come here to retire for since it is not aligned with my own healing.  I mean, after all, this is pretty much my life to develop and recover my own peace and happiness.  In addition, I try to share my love, peace, and understanding with whomever I meet, if possible.  Yes, it is a tough job … but someone has to do it!!

A while back this year maybe a few months or so ago, the CEO of Whole Foods mentioned in an interview that “we” need to stop using hurtful, hateful language toward each other as we each find ourselves struggling to keep our natural human competitiveness healthy.  While competition has its benefits, its limit(s) should be clearly identified so “it” (the competitive edge) does not lose its purpose and destroy the fabric of our human civilization.  Unfortunately, some of us don’t think far enough ahead to determine the negative repercussions of our actions.  In the animal kingdom, of which we are a part, their lives are not based on the color of the animal nor who one animal decides with whom to take up company!  They are not so primitive!  Imagine that!!

In closing, I would like to add that for the new year, may we reconsider being one human family.  Our continuation as a species depends on it!  “We are one!”

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

Pure Gratitude

Happy Friday, All!

I am truly feeling grateful … blessed … or, whatever word(s) you would like to use to describe that elevated state of happiness!  I’ll do a “TGIF” right about now … just because!

Christmas Day will make four years for me living in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.  It’s been a journey, too!  I took my “plans” to retire abroad and followed the strong loving flow pretty much to where it led me!  So, I am currently living in a nice resort-style hotel, with a swimming pool, a spacious outdoor kitchen, and clean air-conditioned rooms with cable television.  Not too shabby for me … just me!  While I had been renting in Puerto Viejo, I decided to move to Cocles on Tucan Road to get out of town and finish the manuscript.  Between the ever-present hummingbirds (Colibri), howling monkeys with their relatively small stature, and of course the Toucans adorning every tree while singing and snacking, I am good … for now!  (I always say that – for now!  It’s the nomad/gypsy nature of my mission.)

Things and projects I have had are still moving along smoothly with a couple of “tight curves”.  I have gotten my teeth repaired by a dentist in Puerto, picked up 2 nice pairs of prescription glasses in Limon, and simultaneously self-published my third manuscript – Cookin’ With Life!: CookBook III.  I am still working on natural healing for my arthritis and even added to my yoga and meditation practices by working out at a good friend’s gym a few times a week.  I was able to get an electric motorbike to make getting around easier and more timely, not to mention less expensive over the long haul.  While I have been contemplating another project, I think that I should just retire before I kill myself!  Learning how to enjoy retirement is a “job” in itself!  I am grateful for this job, too!  As well, I am learning how to enjoy every minute of it.

Spiritually, I am feeling very well.  I don’t allow myself to be pulled away from who I “am”.  As we emphasize here in EE, “Know Thyself”.  It’s a really important beginning … and end … to a happy life.  Shucks, I have all of this positive energy and love to “share” and have become even more skillful at sharing those sentiments, too.  I’ve had “people” write back to me telling me to stop writing about Blacks who have been killed, but write about those who make it …  I am choosing to do BOTH!!  All in all, my gratitude propels me to mystical places that most people seldom visit – the heart.  That’s where we imagine that our love, peace, joy, and happiness flow from …  Be sure to be the best that YOU can be.  Try not to worry about everybody else unless you’re offering some genuinely positive input to them to help make their journey more pleasant.  “Say NO to hate!”

Happy Holy Days!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

ps. – Thank you for reading!!

How’s Your Health (Mental & Physical) These Holy Days?

Happy Friday, All!

If we can manage a TGIF, I’d appreciate it!  TGIF!!  Thank you very kindly!!

It’s the Holy Days y’all, and there’s a lot going down.  First, I want to thank Derek Chauvin … in a sense … for finally admitting that he KNEW that he was violating George Floyd’s civil rights as he squeezed the life out of Mr. Floyd. You see, “bad cops” know that they are “bad cops”.  They KNOW that they are “not well” and should NOT be in a uniform that says they “protect and serve”.  Why don’t the superiors who hire them know?!?  Now, there’s a situation where a Louisiana Judge (Odinet) has been “caught” with a soundtrack that included calling African Americans the “n-word” and comparing them to cockroaches!!  Wt@!!?  You see, many people of color have to deal with attitudes like this MULTIPLE times a day!!  Educate yourselves and cut that crap out!!  Lives are at stake!!  At least don’t encourage or be complicit with ignorance.

So, I am sure most of us know how challenging “holy days” can be for folks.  We all know that there are those of us who can have everything in the world and still be unhappy.  Meanwhile, there are those among us who have very little but know how to be appreciative of those “things” and STILL be kind to others.  Why is that?

Well, Thursday, I served as “Caribbean Claus” down by the “boat area” in Puerto Viejo!  It was my second year posing as Mr. Claus for the population here in Puerto Viejo.  The desire to see people smile when they see my version of “Santa”, Caribbean colors and Bob Marley gear is priceless!  The organizer of the event, “Erin”, whom I thought was Mrs. Claus said, “No, I’m dressed as your helper – an Elf!”  There were vendors out by what is called “Chino Beach”, there was a DJ set up on the deck of Puerto Pirata, and throngs of folks from all over the world!  I felt blessed and extremely appreciated by all the guests who wanted pictures with Santa!  It brought smiles to my face to see folks happy and vibing positively out there!

Those of “us” who have it all should be happy and share, according to The Season.  Some of us need to be grateful for what we have, no matter how small it is!  During these Holy Days, I still get nostalgic remembering how Mom and Dad played Christmas songs, both religious and popular, to enhance the ambiance of our tiny three-bedroom apartment in The Winbrook Apartments, White Plains, NY to be exact!  The little kitchen was filled with aromas of Mom’s fine “holiday” foods.  The music flowed from the old stereo console in the living room with Mahalia Jackson (Mom’s favorite) and the popular Christmas carols by Frank Sinatra or Lou Rawls.  It was Christmas at the Cook’s home as indicated by the “angel hair” and colored lights adorning the tiny star-topped pine tree that Big Ike had put his touch on near the little living room window …  Ahhh, thanks for those memories Mom and Dad!

Check on each other over these holy days.  The festivities yesterday included donations of dry foods for the people in the community and were organized by a few different humanitarian groups out here in Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Limon … Costa Rica!  It’s the simple things that one needs to appreciate in life, including each other!

Peace and Holy Day Blessings,

John I. Cook, Director

Thanks for reading! Visit the website, http://www.excelwitheducationalexcellence.wordpress.com, click on “Publications”, and select your “Cook Book” to read for the Season! Namaste

A Quick Take of the Inside

Happy Friday, yeah, yeah, yeahh!  Can I interest youse in a hearty TGIF!?  Okay, then … Hit it!  TGIF!

How often do “we” consider the way another person might be feeling?  Maybe wonder what kind of day they may have had?  Not too often, right?!  The “dog eat dog” rat race that we often find ourselves in is usually not conducive to one’s ability to “feel for others”!  In our world communities where capitalism has taken root, there is little or no time to “think about others”.  Capitalism is a selfish game.  (Consider how much MORE profits have been made by members of that “1%” if you will, during the pandemic!)  It seems that, once again, there are “problems” with getting vaccines to many members of the South African countries.  It has been called an “apartheid” approach to getting poorer countries there vaccinated.

I wanted to mention something about myself that may help you understand “my” point of view based on my experiences as an African American male.  I’ve had racially prejudiced people actually get in my face with the biggest bunch of malarkey ever.  They don’t understand that I not only “know myself” better than they could EVER know me, I know them better than they know themselves!  I’ve been “the only chocolate chip” in the cookie MANY times.  I can sniff out a racist person in seconds by listening to their words as they address me!  Once, I was invited to an “educational” meeting, so I was told, and I was the only chocolate chip in the cookie there.  So, within minutes, the hostess made a corny assed statement like, “John, are you over there somewhere?  We can’t see you!  Smile more!”  No one laughed and there was a brief silence from those who overheard the hostess’s remark!  Needless to say, in my four years here, I have NEVER gone back to that “educational” meeting.  My point?!?  I am a hopeless romantic about life … my life … even yours!  I think “we” can overcome whatever obstacles that we face together!  Please stop letting the greedy corrupt leaders worldwide DIVIDE us by religion, sexual persuasion, skin color, or culture.  We are playing into the “1%”‘s hands!!

Let me introduce a quick lesson in closing.  Here in Costa Rica, I was teaching an American History portion of the GED exam to prepare a small group of homeschooled students for the test.  I was recounting the story of Emmett Till to them, the young African American child who was shot in the back of his head by several white men after being dragged from someone’s home, beaten, and mutilated by gouging his eyes out.  Who does that?!?  Can you say a mentally ill person?!?  As I was telling them the story, my eyes welled up and I asked to be excused for a minute or two.  Young Emmett was killed in Mississippi in 1955 and … his mother requested that his casket be opened in October 2020 so that the world could see “what they did to my baby”.  All of this took place after a white woman who later recanted her story said that 15-year-old Emmett “flirted with or whistled at her” – Mrs. Bryant.  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.”  Fast forward to Louisville, KY … a Kroeger’s store where people are shopping in 2018.  Gregory Alan Bush approached an African American man from behind who was walking down an aisle holding a black child’s hand.  Unbeknownst to the shopper, Bush rapidly approached, pressed a pistol to the back of his head, and fired!  Again, who does that?!?  As he was led away after shooting an unsuspecting African American woman, Bush yelled: “Dylan Roof!”  (Note:  Do your homework before having a conversation about my thoughts …)

What I am doing here is seeking to plant seeds of competent leadership in the youth of our world.  Yes, I know it’s a tough job … but someone caring and loving HAS to do it!  Join me!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

Let’s Not Talk About That … It Makes Me Uncomfortable!

Happy Friday, All!

I am still a little corny sometimes because it lets me act childish or silly without any serious repercussions.  So, let’s do a cheer or a thought of gratitude or whatever you want … or not!  Yet for me, a simple TGIF suffices.  Do your thing!

As events from the USA begin to make more international news like trials involving racial injustice, and as more youngsters (white ones, too!) are getting guns and committing horrific gun crimes … at another school in Michigan even, it’s becoming more challenging for other countries to consider requests from the American government seriously.  There are problems with racial injustices in China regarding the treatment of the Uyghurs.  The Chinese point out the injustices that have been committed on the African American community (and others) in the US.  One representative stated that the US needs to handle its own problems before getting involved in pointing fingers at other countries with social justice issues.  The Chinese state that what happened in the US Capitol would NEVER happen in China due to communism and its dictates.  Still to this day, Russia’s Putin ignores anything that the US criticizes him about as he did relentlessly during #45’s administration.  People disappear in and around Russia and there are human rights violation issues there, too.  In fact, Russia seems to be threatening Ukraine and lying about their aggression, just as they did both times in Crimea!

I write about things in the USA because that’s where I was born and raised as we have been known to say!  To sit by and watch is NOT an option for me.  In these pieces, I attempt to share the good words about us being “one” humankind, not races of people as we have been trained to think by former colonial and imperialist practices that divided the world into areas where their colonization practices would take place and their imperial control would be imposed upon others.  This is why it’s important to know the “history” of capitalism as it was spread during the European “Age of Discovery”.  The Native Americans were already here when Columbus came.  A good example of this is understanding the concept of how the “sun never set on the British Empire”.  India was colonized by England as the British also carved up the then “13 colonies” for “settlement” as well as France, Spain … even the Dutch in “New York”.  This is where keen insight and an intellectual understanding are both required and necessary to see how the roots of racism were bestowed upon “their” New World!  (Aren’t Native Americans entitled to THEIR OWN land?!)!  Or, don’t “we” want to talk about that?!?

The world is on edge to see how the more recently evolved “Super Powers” are handling the growing problems around the Planet.  If you look at Afghanistan today, we see the conflict in and over THEIR land and culture.  As some of them are permitted to enter the USA and receive “diplomatic treatment”, there are “Americans” (not Native) who don’t want the government to help these people even after these workers helped the USA.  In fact, even one female Muslim representative in Congress, Ilhan Omar, received a racist death threat in a voicemail.  She was referred to as a “sand ni**er” and it was emphasized that “they” would like to kill her or see her be killed!  So now, we can notice how comments like these reflect the thinking of some Americans.  If you know the history of the USA, including the treatment of African slaves and Native Americans being forced off of their land onto reservations by the imperialist colonizers, one can see the cultural mess that has been put in place by the colonizers.  In order to understand the developments of racial tensions in the USA today and worldwide (as we witnessed the English citizenry owning up to their historically disruptive behavior by bringing down statues of those who benefitted from the slave trade), we need to know the history and origins of colonization and imperialism.  If one cannot be intelligent enough to come to grips with the fact that many wrongs have been committed and need to be acknowledged there in the States and worldwide, one can never solve “the problems”.  It takes not only maturity but humanity as well!

In closing, I just want to say that we as humans owe it to the people who have been exploited throughout our recent history.  It cannot be uncomfortable to simply talk about how other humans have been and are still being forced to live today.  Show some humanity, and if necessary, come down off of your high horse built on the backs of and at the expense of other humans!  Truth, unity, and respect are the required ingredients.

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

ps. – Thanks for reading!

“We’ve Got To Be REAL!”

Happy Friday, All!

I’m hoping that you are up for a “TGIF” today … so … Let’s Do It!!  TGIF!!!

Things get so muddled when one tries to determine the TRUTH.  Now, we’ve got Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kyle to spread MORE hatred, division, racism, and disrespect for the current president!!  I had roasted Kyle for trying to shift the blame of his murders onto the murdered!  Tucker wanted to help spread this mental illness by getting a mere child to comment on the President’s dislike of vigilantes!  Now, this kid doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he tells the President to watch the trial!!  (Kyle has never been president and doesn’t know that white supremacy groups are at the top of the terrorist groups …) Then, after this kid killed 2 people, he has the NERVE to pretend to know what he had just done!  WE saw it … he left his original assignment to get into “the streets” with his cool AR-15 slung over his shoulder!!  WHY????  Admit it … he was bored and wanted “real action”!!  He even said it before when he saw “looters” and replied, “I wish I had an AR-15 to shoot them!”  His victims weren’t looters but … were damn surprised to see a kid on “their streets” with a military-style rifle!  HE frightened them!! Remember, uncle judge forbade the use of that statement by prosecutors during the trial and clearly demonstrated his appreciation for what Kyle had done!!  I’m glad he didn’t get incarcerated … he’d never make it there …

Now, Kyle realizes that those “streets” ain’t no joke and that one can get mixed up in a mess in a New York second!!!  NOW he says, if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t do it!!  At least, he knows that!  Now, he will have to avoid being used by the gun advocates and racists who seek to use him as a pawn in their game of hatred.  As the mother of one of his victims said, “He’s going to have to man up real quick!”  Even the former president invited him and his mother to the resort in Florida to set him up to be used in his campaigns against democracy and his fundraising. (Have you become aware of the fact that the Republican Party is now paying #45’s legal fees?!?)  Did you know that a “private group” paid Rittenhouse’s legal fees? (The kind of thing that makes one go “Hmmmm …”)

Well, at least the jurors in the Ahmaud Arbery lynching got it right!  Despite the defense attorney asking to bar more “black pastors” from the courtroom, and the manner in which the disrespectful “hussy” racist defense attorney described Mr. Arbery’s toes which she has NEVER seen, the jurors got it right!  The proceedings in Charlottesville were also able to find the white nationalists culpable for millions of dollars in damages and the death of one and injuries of multiple others who had peacefully protested the white supremacy rally in their city.  Many people in the States are able to see these attempts for what they are … hateful rallies against democracy and against equality under the law.  Be a part of the solution or … become a part of the problem  Be REAL, y’all!  We’ve got to be real.

Happy Holy Days!

John I. Cook, Director

ps. Thank you for reading!

America: On Trial

Happy Friday, All …

I say that loosely because for the families that lost loved ones in the Charlottesville white nationalist rally, or a son/father like Ahmaud … or the two young white men killed by Kyle … it might not be such a nice day …  So, let’s give a super “TGIF” to reach those hurting from losses …  Thank you!

Over the past few days, I have been pondering something that my Father had banged into my head on a few occasions, but with words: “Don’t lie, boy!  The only thing people have to go on are the words that come out of your mouth!”    Now, he had just asked me if I had “borrowed” his Volkswagen station wagon-styled vehicle.  He had rebuilt it for my Mom’s use with her domestic engineering work, volunteer activities, and shopping.  And yes … I had borrowed it without asking permission to drive my friends to Playland one Sunday afternoon while my Dad napped.  I had a learner’s permit (not a license) … and my Dad was extremely calm about this and I was extremely surprised, yet very grateful.  I had driven the German-made vehicle with a few friends in it … with the hand brake on … Big Ike knew his cars and he knew someone ELSE had driven Mom’s car!  He gave me a huge break … for telling the truth!

Now, in this little town in Georgia, there was a father-son team who went out hunting … Mr. Arbery.  Why were they hunting a fellow human being?!  The answer is clear!  You may remember a hypothesis I have proposed about racism being a mental illness … self-induced and maybe even taught by someone’s “dad”  or another family member …  This is what I was talking about – The McMichaels!!  Then, to watch the “courtroom performances” by defense counselors who are stuck in a time warp … in the USA … land of the free, home of the brave … is utterly reprehensible.  I mean, these morons have no shame!!  

Meanwhile back in Charlottesville, there are self confirmed white nationalists from all the far-right groups in the States facing trials for attacking peaceful protestors and killing one woman while wounding many others.  Has America become known as the country that tried to root out racial hatred promoted by the Ku Klux Klan but nowadays allows rallies where people chant: “Jews shall not replace us!”?  If the courts let these slugs off of the hook, it won’t be the last time we hear from “them”.

Then we have the then 17year old kid who has become for some “mentally ill” supporters of his who view him as their hero!  There is even a Congressional representative, Matt Goetz (R) of FL (still facing a sex trafficking investigation!) who demonstrated his mental illness by offering Kyle a job with him in Congress!!  “Hardy har har harrr!”  As he tells his story of how he went from his boring assignment (unofficial) to protect a used car lot from looters to flashing his “cool looking” AR 15 long gun down the streets in ANOTHER CITY in another state, Kyle also breaks down as he spins his story of why he HAD to kill two young men and wound another!  Is anyone else in “America” embarrassed at these displays of human hypocrisy?!?  Or, are you mentally ill, too?!?

Now, we live in a world where many “leaders” lie.  These leaders demonstrate to their constituents their lack of respect for THEM as they lie to them daily!  I mean, this country has become so much of a corrupt business opportunity that a twice impeached ex-president can still fundraise from idiots willing to believe that “it” won the election which it LOST!  This creature is raking in millions of dollars a day fundraising from still promoting “the big lie”!!!  Believe it … or not!!

Okay, so in closing, I want to thank all of the enlightened truth-seeking humans who promote harmony, dignity, and respect for ourselves and the Planet!  It requires outstanding people to take important positions during a time of human crises that threaten OUR survival.  There is ONLY ONE side in this situation … TRUTH!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

ps. Thanks for reading!

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