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Please, join us as we lift our voices to the Lord in prayer.

“For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Is LeBron James Better Then Michael Jordan?

 From ESPN Chicago

Scottie Pippen had a front-row seat to watch Miami‘s LeBron James help oust the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs, and the Hall of Famer believes James might supplant Pippen’s former running mate Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever.

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game,” Pippen said Friday on “Mike & Mike In The Morning” on ESPN Radio. “But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved.

Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen says Michael Jordan was the greatest scorer ever, but LeBron James could be the greatest NBA player ever.

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“You have to be on your P’s and Q’s on defense. No guy on the basketball court is a threat to score with LeBron James out there. Not only will LeBron dominate from the offensive end as well, but he’s also doing it on the defensive end, which really makes him the complete package. He’s able to get in those passing lanes, shoot those gaps and create transition opportunities where he is pretty much unstoppable.”

Horace Grant, a close friend of Pippen’s who won three titles with Jordan’s Bulls, was shocked to hear of Pippen’s comments.

“Pip is my man, and we will always be close but I totally disagree,” Grant said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “LeBron is going to be one of the top players to ever play the game. But Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who we bumped heads with at times, is I think in my era, the best who ever played the game.

“I’m kind of at a loss for words because Michael Jordan … when you win numerous MVPs and you’ve taken the team to six championships — and probably could have been eight if he didn’t retire those two years — and MVPs in the playoffs … and he made us better.

“Believe me, he made myself, Scottie, B.J. [Armstrong], even Bill Cartwright who I love, he made us better players. He gave us that confidence. But first we had to earn his trust. And once we earned his trust you saw championship after championship.”

Pippen took to Twitter to defend himself later Friday.

“For all of you that don’t know, I played the game you keep watching and cheering,” Pippen tweeted.

Later he tweeted: “Don’t get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday. ”

The Heat closed out the Bulls with an 83-80 victory in Game 5 on Thursday, setting up an NBA Finals matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. A championship in his second career trip to the Finals could help solidify his legacy, but James already has put to rest one knock on his game, in Pippen’s view.

I’m seeing a great player, and a player that we’ve all admired for the last [seven] years of his career, but this [eighth] year here, he has really brought the complete package,” Pippen said. “I’ve never seen a player that can dominate a game the way LeBron James can. He don’t always have to score. He makes plays for other guys. But when the game is on the line and you need a shot to be made, he’s going to make that play. He’s shown that throughout this series that he can make big shots.

“I think there has always been a knock on him that he don’t make the big shots down the stretch. Well, I think they can put that behind him now. He’s a shotmaker. And right now he’s a man on a mission.”

Pippen, who won six NBA titles alongside Jordan in the 1990s, said the Bulls exceeded their talent level to reach the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat.

“They have to keep their head up and realize they had a great season,” said Pippen, who attends most Bulls games in his role as team ambassador. “I think you have to take something positive from this season. I think this team really laid their hearts out on the line and played great basketball all season long, but I think we all know that (the Bulls) were overachieving to some degree.

“I think we realized we really didn’t have the personnel to go all the way through the playoffs and be considered the NBA champions. This Miami Heat team was established to be able to really run through every team in the league, and they have been able to do that thus far.”

Gil Scott Heron Dies at 62

Gil- Scott Heron was the human anthem of social- political change and awareness in the 70’s. Learning of his death brought back memories of a poems that  personify awareness during an otherwise apathetic  decade of live and let live- the seventies.

Gil-Scott Heron touched many lives with his commentary on real events that affected the African-American community.  He was a lone dissenting voice that through his musical poetry touched and inspired African- Americans   on college campuses all across the nation.

Scott-Heron was the voice that spoke  for the largely silent voice in the African- American Community. It was as if his megaphone of poetry, stood in replacement of silent, less committed African Americans. Gill Scott Heron will go down as one of the great African- American poets who influenced social change is an otherwise passive  decade.

Gill Scot Herons most memorable  works

The Revolution Will Not be Televised

The Bottle

Johannesburg

Home is Where  The Hatred  Is

It’s Your World

Rick Carlisle Says Dirk Nowitzki Is the Best Player Of All Time

Miami Heat showed their resolve by winning the Eastern Conference championship. Now they will face the ultimate challenge against the Dallas Mavericks.    Dirk Nowitzki will now prove that he is one of the top 10 NBA players of all time.  This  declaration was made by his coach Rick Carlisle.

How could anyone makes such a dumb statement?  Carlisle did not stop here, he said that  Larry Bird was not as good as Dirk Nowitzki and the only reason that Bird was a good as he was because of the player around him on the Celtics.

Come on. Carlisle, must have a hang over to say Nowitzki is better that Larry Bird. In reality Nowitzki could be perhaps  the top 100th player of all time.  To say that Larry Bird was not as good as Dirk Nowitzki is ludicrous.

Obama Calls Out Republicans On Immigration Reform

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From Associated Press -Today:

EL PASO, Texas – In search of Hispanic votes and a long-shot immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama on Tuesday stood at the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever. He mocked Republican lawmakers for blocking immigration over border security alone, saying they won’t be happy until they get a moat with alligators along the border.

“They’ll never be satisfied,” he said.

Stymied by both chambers of Congress, the president ditched lawmakers in favor of voters who might pressure them, making an appeal to the public on a hot and dusty day far outside Washington. He told a friendly El Paso crowd that it’s up to them to tell Congress to pass legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

The approach also allowed the president to make clear that it’s Republicans — not him — standing in the way of immigration legislation. As his re-election campaign approaches it’s a message he wants broadcast loud and clear to Latino voters who don’t like his administration’s heavy deportations and feel he never made good on his promise to prioritize immigration legislation during his first year in office.

“I am asking you to add your voices to this,” Obama said. “We need Washington to know that there is a movement for reform gathering strength from coast to coast. That’s how we’ll get this done.”

Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama boasted of increasing Border Patrol agents, nearing completion of a border fence and screening more cargo, among other steps.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.”

“Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said derisively to laughter from the crowd. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”

“The question is whether those in Congress who previously walked away in the name of enforcement are now ready to come back to the table and finish the work we’ve started,” he said.

Obama also tailored his argument to the times, making his case for immigration reform in newly sharpened economic terms. He said the middle class would benefit from bringing illegal immigrants out of an underground economy and drawing on the abilities of immigrants educated at American universities. Obama also noted that it’s not just Latinos who want an immigration remake, but also police chiefs, business owners, educators and others.

His speech broke no new policy ground, though, and he declined to offer a bill or call on Congress to send him one by a particular deadline — a bow to political realities on Capitol Hill. Republicans who control the House are hostile to overhaul legislation.

And as if to underscore how faintly his call for immigration reform would resonate in Congress, two key border state Republicans immediately responded with a statement demanding to know: “President Obama speaks about our broken immigration system; but what about our broken borders?” The statement was from Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona, the latter Obama’s 2008 presidential opponent and a one-time supporter of comprehensive overhaul legislation.

Obama’s personal pitch was the latest step in a visible campaign to build support and pressure on Republicans to act. He went so far as to encourage people to sign up to help him at the White House website. He said it was up to the American people to drive the debate and isolate areas where both parties can agree.

Politically, Obama sought to have it both ways.

He said he would lead a “constructive and civil debate” on the issue but publicly questioned the motives of Republicans and their ability to keep their word.

And it remained unclear how mocking Republican calls for border security would get Obama any closer to his goal of bipartisan legislation.

Just across the Rio Grande from the Chamizal National Park, where Obama spoke, the Ciudad Juarez park has been used by criminals to dump the bodies of rivals. A nearby entertainment district, within sight of a major bridge into the United States, has been the scene of numerous shootouts among rival cartels and authorities.

The president made his pitch in a state he lost by more than 10 percentage points in 2008 and is unlikely to pick up in 2012. But Hispanic voters are critical to the president’s re-election. Latinos accounted for more than 7 percent of voters in the 2008 presidential election, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and their numbers are greater in certain swing states like Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.

The trip had a more overtly political component too. From El Paso, the president headed to the relatively liberal bastion of Austin to raise money for the Democratic National Committee at two events. A total of about 800 people paid $44 to $35,800 to attend.

The president wasn’t able to get immigration legislation through Congress last year that would have provided a route to legal status for college students and others who were brought to the country as children. The so-called DREAM Act passed the House, then controlled by Democrats, but was blocked by Senate Republicans.

The Senate is now even more heavily Republican, and Republicans control the House. That means immigration reform can’t happen unless they cooperate. Nonetheless, Senate Democrats plan to reintroduce the DREAM Act on Wednesday, with their counterparts in the House following suit. Given Republican opposition the bills likely won’t get far, but Obama will try to make certain voters know who to blame.

President Obama Will Visit Ground Zero Tomorrow

President Obama  will visit ground zero on Thursday. There will be no triumphant speech but instead he will share a private moment with 9/11 family member and first responders.  The President will lay a wreath at Ground Zero.  Following the ceremony President Obama will meet with relatives of those who perished in the 9/11 attacks.