Tebowing, Praying to God, Through Jesus Christ

Alright, it’s a good thing that people are Tebowing, but it is  better  if people realized exactly how and why Tim Tebow, is Tebowing as the latest internet  viral craze calls it.  He is doing it for a reason, he is thanking the Lord, Jesus Christ in his own way. Christians do it all the time. It good that Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve. What a wonderful ambassador he is for God’s only Son Jesus Christ.  Tim Tebow is giving thanks to the Lord for his success. This is  being humble before the Lord. Try it and you will find your life will have more meaning and be more purposeful.  God gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to save  us all and gave His life for us on Calvary.  Look Jesus had the power to destroy everyone around  Him if he wanted to, but he willingly became a human sacrifice for us all.

He took on all of our human characteristics so that He could experience the same temptations, and calamities that we all experience. The only difference is Jesus did not succumb to the temptation.  He was sinless.  By doing this He gave us a way to   atone for our sins, by giving His life freely on Calvary.  After three days  He returned resurrected and later ascended into heaven.  But He gave us a way to eternal life through Him, as long as we  confess our sins and accept Jesus into our Lives.  Now if you do not know Christ, you are in danger of dying without knowing Him, which means you will  not enter into His kingdom with His Father Almighty God.  The only  alternative, is to be sent to eternal damnation, in hell with satan.

To get right with God, all you have to do is accept His Son Jesus Christ into your life.  You can do this by prayer humbly as Tim Tebow does.  He is not Tebowing, He is praying to God through Jesus Christ. But if you would like to characterize Mr. Tebows act of prayer as Tebowing, then that is  fine.  Tim Tebow is bringing a multitude of people to the Lord, just by the simple act of praying.  Say the “Sinners Prayer” and you will have a place in Paradise along with  His Father Almighty God.

Sinner’s Prayer? That’s Not For Me – I’m Not a Sinner!
“Sinner” is a word that gets a bad rap these days – and well it should. Unfortunately, the bad rap it is getting is for the wrong reasons. Confronted with our shortcomings, we are quick to defend ourselves with words like, “I’m not a sinner! I don’t go around sinning! I’ve never murdered anyone or anything like that!” The problem is, we don’t really know what the word sin means. We think it only applies to some despicable act that repulses “church people” who want to hang big scarlet letters around our necks. But sin simply means to miss the mark; to fall short of the goal. The fact is, we are all sinners, for there is no one, save Christ alone, who has lived a life that did not in some way fall short of the perfection God requires. We all deserve to pay the penalty for that sin, which is to spend eternity in hell.

Sinner’s Prayer – What the Bible Says About Sin
Sin, according to the Bible, is any action that violates the law given by God in the Ten Commandments. The law was given by God to show us what it means to live a life deserving of God’s love. It was also given to show us that none of us can live that kind of life. God knew that in advance, and that is why He sent His Son Jesus to be that perfect life for us. Jesus, God in human flesh, voluntarily laid aside His God-hood to connect with us, to show us He understands us and to give us a way to be reconciled to the Father, since none of us can keep the law to its letter. “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Some say that sin is two letters, “s” and “n”, with “I” in the middle. We elevate ourselves, and certainly we live in a time when that thinking is being promoted. Sin may be something we can’t be free of, but the good news is we can be free of its penalty. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Sinner’s Prayer – Become a Sinner Saved by Grace!
What’s the key to the Sinner’s Prayer? As long as we are content to live in sin, the Bible says we are separated from God. That condition may seem fine for a while, but it ultimately leads to misery and then to eternal separation from God. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16:25). The good news is that God Himself has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him, and He has done this through His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6-15).

What about you? Are you content to live for yourself, get the most toys, and die anyway? Or do you want a life of purpose and hope? God, the One who created you, has a purpose for your life and wants to give you a new beginning. If you are ready to admit your need for a clean slate in life, the God of second chances is waiting to give it to you. All you have to do is start with the Sinner’s Prayer.

Sinner’s Prayer – Recognizing the Need
The “Sinner’s Prayer” is a term that describes the words spoken by a person when he or she has recognized their sin and their need for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It goes something like this:

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”If you decided to repent of your sins and receive Christ today, welcome to God’s family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.

  • Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
  • Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
  • Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
  • Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
  • Find a local church where you can worship God.

Now you are in the body of Christ, you have eternal life through Jesus Christ whether you live or die. You are saved and born again through Christ. It does not stop there.  Get a good study bible, which will help you to understand the Bible verses and continually grow in God’s word, because you accepted His son Jesus as your Savior, you will have eternal life. God in time will reveal the secrets and wisdom of life to you . The more time you spend in the word, the more God will ultimately reveal to you.

There are many benefits in knowing the Lord and accepting His Son Jesus Christ.  Now that you are saved. I recommend that you rent or buy the Movie, “The Passion of The Christ”, an excellent Movie, for more understanding of Christ Sacrifice for you. Rent it today!

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name (Jesus Christ). Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. – John 16:24

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Expressions and Proverbs From My Father

My Father was  an African Methodist Minister and Pastor and  he had  many colorful sayings, here are a few of them.

We will cross that bridge when we get there

It’s No Play Thing

I Got Some Turning to do ( Translation- Lots of errands and stops to make)

You Got to be in the machine (You got to be in the click)

You somebody (translation- congratulations on an accomplishment)

You Got to be Better than everyone else

It’s easy to be a regular person, but it’s not easy to be a man of character

It bad when a man is known by the car he drives, rather than by the man who drives the car.

You got to be better than that

Why not lift somebody up, rather than put them down

If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain

You know a true man of God , by the way he conducts himself

Don’t let no one ever tell you, you can’t  make it

Man you got to be somebody

I’ve been shaken from center to circumference (translation- adversity will  confront us, shocks us and set us back)

I look unto the hills from where  my help comes , my help comes from the Lord

God sometimes does not change the situation, but rather changes the man to  match the situation

God may not get there when you want Him to, but he always right on time

Keep on living long enough and you will face adversity

The Road to McQuaid

The Road to McQuaid

The story of a basketball tradition and a boys dream to play basketball  1997-1999

 
Introduction
 
“If you’ve had a good time playing the game, you’re a winner even if you lose.” Malcolm Forbes.
 
When Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball as a winter diversion, in the early 1900 he probably never dreamed that basketball would escalate to the heights it has achieved. Salaries have escalated for many players in the 1990’s .. It’s no secret that it has become a billion dollar industry and a tremendous television draw. Basketball has created Stars who are larger than life. Michael Jordan, being the most marketable star the game has ever known.
It is a game where a free agent can demand and get a 100 million dollar contract with the blink of an eye. Basketball has spawned a type of new athlete on the heels of Michael Jordan’s success. Young guns who came into the league less that five years ago, but are multi entertainment corporations in their own
right. No one is bigger than Shaquille O’Neal. He has endorsements, is a rap star and a movie star. Dr. Naismith, if he were alive today, would marvel at what this game has become. The final four on the NCAA tournament is one of the biggest sporting event of the year. A marketing extravaganza, that has become a great interlude between the end of winter and the onset of sprint.
The high salaries and nasty turns that characterize the NBA would give Naismith reason to pause. The Latrell Sprewell/PJ. Carlisimo choking incident is one for the ages that speaks volumes about our values.
Basketball is a refection of our times. The game has changed as our world has changed. No one can bear to sit through a slow down run the clock down game. There has to be action and glitter, that’s why players will run up and down the floor at full speed, because we value the entertainment.
Even the Uniform has changed. The fashion mirrors the hip hop, fast paced street vernacular that is so much a part of our society. This is a far cry from the hot pants attire of the 70’s and 80’s.
 
The Modern Athlete
How many times have you tuned into a talk show, read a piece in the newspaper, or stood around at the office cooler discussing the whinny high paid athletes who do not care about anything but themselves.
Athletes who do not respect the fans and who do not work hard for what they achieve? Much of this is true. Many of to day’s athlete could and should take a course in public relations, humility and in some cases self respect. Many are head cases with talent. One thing that we don’t discuss is the tremendous dedication that most professional athletes possess in order to succeed at their profession. Even the ones who are head cases.
It is not easy being an athlete and the road to athletic success is not an easy one, on the contrary it is a grueling regimented process. One has to be tremendously dedicated to the game in order to succeed. By the time an athlete has honed his skills to compete at a professional level he or she has paid their dues.
Devoting constant hours of dedicated practice. This is something many of us non athletes would be hard pressed to endure. Just think about it. My son plays high school basketball for a Catholic High School, McQuaid Jesuit in Western New York. He spends 12 hours a day at school and practice. He must attend practice 6 days per week in addition he must maintain a 75 average in order to remain at the all boys school that he attends. It is not an easy road for him. The school requires that you take college prep courses and admission requirements are stringent at best. Doing the off season he has to discipline himself by undertaking a grueling weight training program in order to pick up more weight, to make himself stronger.
Then there are the basketball camps and team camps that he must attend to insure that he is progressing and constantly making himself better. It is a commitment on his part to be the best that he can be. Often it is a lonely road, there are no fans cheering him on. No agents chasing after him, only his parents who are there to give encouragement when he needs it and a helping hand when he is feeling down. The average fan knows little about this sacrifice, because many have never played the game and probably could not withstand the rigors of the sport if given the same opportunity. It is a full time job. One that starts as early as elementary school.
My son, Trey played CYO basketball starting in the 6 grade and attended the McQuaid summer camp every year since 1993. Today a kid cannot expect to play in a high profile program such as McQuaid and expect to make it. You have to put in the time. You must also constantly hone your basketball skills in order to be the best. The next time you hear someone talk about the whinny high priced athlete, ask that person have they ever played an organized sport? If they have perhaps they should think back on the commitment that they made and realize that the professional athlete does not owe the fan anything. He or she is only accountable to themselves. No fan helped them achieve that. They are only accountable for their behavior which should be respectable at all times.
 
Chapter 1
Kentucky Hoops

“Tradition means handing on all that is of value to the next Generation” … Henry Lewis Bullen

My basketball legacy dates back some 32 years ago to 1965. That year is important for two reasons. It is the year we moved to Louisville, Kentucky and it is also the year that I was formerly introduced to the game of basketball. Prior to living in Louisville, Kentucky, we lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the time I was 6 years old until I celebrated my 11 th birthday. In Chattanooga I barely knew that basketball existed. I knew very little about the game and did not play it regularly.

In November 1965 we moved to Louisville, Kentucky. One thing that struck me as profoundly different about Louisville was the fact that basketball was all over network television. The Missouri Valley Conference Game of the Week. The Southeastern game of the week was the big fare. It was often the Kentucky Wildcats Vs the world. In Chattanooga this was unheard of.
Louisville is the home of Muhammad Ali. When we moved to Louisville, Ali was heavy weight champion of the world. I had the privilege of seeing him in person one spring day in 1966 at a store just up the street from my house. A friend of mine came by to tell me that Ali was on the corner holding court, kissing babies and just fraternizing with the neighborhood crowd. I ran up the street and I was able to see him. At the time Ali was only 23 years old.
In Kentucky everyone follows the basketball religiously .. Adolph Rupp, The University of Kentucky’s colorful coach was an icon in Kentucky. Rupp put Kentucky basketball on the map in terms of notoriety and a solid winning tradition. He coached four teams to national championships by 1960. Rupp was a legend.
 
Kentucky
 
The Kentucky high School basketball championship was televised along with the Indiana High School
Basketball Championship every year. Louisville located south of the Ohio river from Indiana. A trip across
one of 3 bridges would land you in New Albany, Jeffersonville or Clarksville, Indiana. If you lived in
Louisville, you had the best of both worlds. Kentucky High School basketball and Indiana High School
Basketball, both were a sight to behold.
My baptism into basketball came at an exciting time. Desegregation was beginning to take hold all across
the south and the black athlete was beginning to be recruited by traditionally segregated institutions. They
were being recruited everywhere Perry Wallace at Vanderbilt in 1967, Charlie Scott at North Carolina in
1966. They helped to break the color barrier right before my eyes. Perhaps no game did more to break this barrier than the 1966 NCAA Final between Texas Western University (now UTEP) and the Adolph Rupp coached, University of Kentucky Wildcats. That Kentucky team was known as Rupp’s Runts, because they had no starter over 6’5″ inches tall. More significantly, they had no African American on the team. The starting
lineup consisted of Larry Conley, Louie Dampier, Pat Riley, Thad Jaracz and Tommy Kron. Make no
mistake, this was an excellent team.
You may recognize the name Pat Riley, yes he’s the same icon who coached the Los Angeles Lakers to
five NBA Championship and is the current coach of the Miami Heat. Riley came to Kentucky from
Schenectady, New York.Rupp could coach. Fast break basketball was Rupp’s style and his teams played it with a style that was uniquely Kentucky. A tight pressure defense, A great transition game.
The great Kentucky teams had monikers, The Fabulous Five won the title for Kentucky in 1947 and 1949, the team consisted of Wallace ‘Wah, Wah” Jones, Alex Groza, Cliff Barker, Ken Rollins and Ralph Beard. Then there was the Fiddlin Five, and Rupps Runts. In all Rupp won Four National Championships, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1950- 51, and 1957-58. You must understand this was upbeat exciting basketball that put Kentucky on the basketball map. Rupp was a legend in his own time.
The presence of African American players were characteristically absent from Rupp coached teams.
There were plenty however in the state of Kentucky. Western Kentucky in Bowling Green has it share of
African American athletes. Clem Haskins, the highly successful Coach at Minnesota played at Western.
The Smith twins, Greg and Dwight Smith, Jim Rose, Jim McDaniel all broke the color barrier at Western, before Adolph Rupp allowed it to happen at Kentucky.
Kentucky had an arrogance about itself. They refused to schedule any in state schools for a long time.
Rupp simply did not want to play them. Finally in 1969, Rupp recruited his first African American athlete.
His name was Tom Payne, and he was a 7′ I” superstar from Louisville Shawnee High School. Payne
averaged 21 Points and over 10 rebounds per game for the Shawnee Indians who played in the tough
Louisville 6th region. Payne led Louisville Shawnee to an impressive record 23-3 and made the cover of
Sports Illustrated in the spring of 1969 as the top High school player in the nation. Payne played for Rupp
for two years and went hardship in 1971 and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. He later was arrested on a
rape charge and is currently serving a life sentence for a second rape charge.
The 6th region was a particularly tough region for high school basketball in the state of Kentucky.
During the 60’s a kid could travel to any school in the district and play ball for that school needless to say
that some teams were well stocked with excellent basketball players.
Louisville Central, the all black high school, always had good teams, but two of Central’s best ever led them to the 1969 Kentucky State Basketball Championship, Ron King a 6’4″ Guard was all everything in Louisville, he averaged over 20′ points a game and had a deadly outside jump shot. Otto Petty was a 5’7″ playmaking guard who controlled the offense for Central and picked the pocket of many opposing Guards, King and Petty landed scholarships to Florida State University, where Hugh Durham, a Louisville native, was head coach .
Louisville Male High School, was another talent factory, producing Henry Bacon, who went on to attend
the University of Louisville, Bill Buntin, another U of L standout, Harold Snow, another Male Graduate
attended Columbia University in New York City. Louisville Shawnee rose to new heights riding the coat tail’s of Tom Payne.
His supporting cast did not receive scholarship offers, they were Larry Duncan, a 6’2″ forward, Kirk Miles, a 6’5″ forward, Dennis Liver a 6’2″ guard and Denzel Wallace a 6’4″ forward. Shawnee was ranked No.1 in state and on their way to a possible state title when they were defeated by Louisville’s Pleasure Ridge Park High School led by Randy Waddell, a 6″3″ guard who averaged over 20 points a game. Waddell received a scholarship to The University of Alabama.
Louisville was loaded with excellent basketball players. There were a number of high caliber basketball players just walking the streets of Louisville. Playground basketball wizards. In 1970 the Louisville Parks department started a yearly basketball tournament called the Dirt Bowl. This tournament was the essence of summer league basketball. Teams from all over Louisville played in the tournament. High school legends, college legends, like Clem Haskins, Jim Rose, Jim McDaniel of Western Kentucky, Claude Virdon (Kentucky Colonels ABA) George Tinsley, John Duncan (Kentucky Wesleyan College), Henry Bacon, Jim Price, Ron Thomas (University of Louisville), Goose Ligon, Dan IsseI. The list went on and on. These were all excellent ballplayers. It was a sight to behold.
This was an exciting time, I would go to the park about 5:30 The games would start around 6 PM and last until sundown. The dirt bowl would rival the New York City summer league and the summer leagues in Philadelphia. Rumor had it each year that Earl The Pearl Monroe would be in the stands. This never happened, But the excitement the rumor itself generated can’t be over estimated. There were two division; a high school division and a college/pro division.
High school basketball in Louisville was awesome, from 1950 through 1990 Louisville High school
teams won the tournament a total of 16 times. In 1971 a coach they called Honeybee , Robert Gordon,
recruited an entire team from Mezeek High School (formerly know as Jackson Street Junior High in East
Louisville to go to school at Shawnee High School a west end school. This Mezeek team was undefeated in
Junior High Play thought of as good high school players. Wayne Golden, Herbert McCray,
Ronnie Daniels, were the heart and sole of this team. They would go on to win the state championship in
1973.
McCray, Golden and William Gordon of Louisville Male would later attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and take them to the Division II National Championship in 1977. Ron Shumate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,, hired an assistant coach named Ralph Underhill from Louisville Manual High School in the summer of 1972. Underhill later had a stint at Wright State.
Louisville Manual. Led by Phil Bond and Kevin Gray, a pair of 6’3″ inch Guards who both made all State in Kentucky. Gray was also an all state quarterback. Manual also had a 6’9″ center named Louis Simmons, who went on to play for the University of Louisville. Bond went to the University of Louisville where he was an integral part in the final four run of Louisville in 1975, when the Denny Crum led team took UCLA down to the wire only to lose in overtime. Gray was recruited by Underhill at the very last possible moment to play for UTC. Gray would lead UTC in scoring the entire season and become a valuable freshman for the Mocs.
The following year, Wayne Golden, William Gordon, Herbert McCray and Gary Stitch of Louisville Trinity would become the Louisville Connection in Chattanooga. Other Louisville players to later play for the Mocs include Keith Parker, Louisville Central, Darryl Yarbrough, Louisville Central. UTC had a true Louisville Connection.
The Louisville experience was an exciting one in the late sixties and early seventies. Basketball was going through a renaissance of sorts in Kentucky. It was the time of Travis “Machine Gun” Grant, the scoring wizard from Kentucky State University in Frankfort. Grant averaged over 35 Points per game. 50 point outings were the commonplace for Grant. The Kentucky/Indiana High School All-star game a home and home series between the best high school players the state of Indiana against the best players from Kentucky is annually an exciting classic.

Perhaps the most memorable game that I’ve ever witnessed was the 1969 all-star game which featured Indiana’s George McGinnis. McGinnis led a team against a Kentucky squad that featured, Shawnee’s Tom Payne, Central’s Ron King, and Otto Petty. McGinnis scored 51 points in that game literally man handled the Kentucky All Stars. McGinnis went on to a steller career in the American Basketball Association and the National basketball Association.

Nashville, Tennessee To Host AME Church General Conference

The  African Methodist Episcopal Church will Hold it General Conference  in Nashville, Tennessee. The first general conference ever held in Nashville.  This is a great time for African Methodist in the 13th District.  Vashti Murphy McKenzie , was elected the first Female Bishop in the History of the AME Church, and is the leader of the 13th District.  The 13th District has always been a leader and innovator within tthe AME Church and in America.  The conference will be held at Opryland Hotel, a Gaylord Property in late June and early July 2012.

 

Our Travels

Republicans Appear To Care Little About The Poor and Afflicted

Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate. – Proverbs 22:22

Politicians like Ron Paul want to take away Health Insurance Reform and have everyone start over. They want to stop programs for the poor, because it is breaking the government’s back and causing hardship for us Americans who have the means to take care of ourselves.  Somehow, we are missing the point of what Jesus taught, which was to love our fellow-man and be our brothers keeper.  Tell that to a Republican and you get a message of self-reliance.  Funny how we rely on ourselves until no one on this earth can save us, then we conveniently turn to Jesus Christ. But that’s alright he will still accept you into his kingdom. In fact that’s absolutely a good time to do it.  Don’t ever rule out Jesus!

Use see He is a forgiving God, no mater what you done, no matter how big a scoundrel or sinner you are, He’ll forgive you, because he gave you the gift of grace,  eternal life, as long as you acknowledge Jesus Christ the Son of God  is  Lord.  Maybe these Republicans will wake up and see the true word, the word of  eternal life from the Lord.  There is no separation of Church and State, don’t  forget that, it’s the difference between receiving eternal life or eternal misery.

The Transition Of Tim Tebow

It has been a long road  for  Tebow as he transitioned to Professional Football. Despite confronting and understanding adversity Tebow will get his first start this year for the Denver Broncos.   Tebow Was drafted by the Denver Broncos, by a coach that believed in him.  This year that changed. Tebow did not start for Coach Jim Fox, the new Broncos coach who  works with John Elway, who one could say is not exactly endured with Tim Tebow. The thing is Tebow is loved and revered by the Denver fans and fans around the country, this was enough this season, coupled with a terrible start for the Broncos, that Tebow is getting his chance.

Because of providence, Tebow, will probably never give up this opportunity, whether he is with the Broncos or some other NFL team.  Tebow has always been scrutinized, but now he is more scrutinized because of the NFL’s  penchant to changed quarterback mechanics. Because of the their belief an NFL quarterback, must have a muscle memory  attribute of 90 degrees.  Personally, I believe the NFL is too focused on this not only with Tebow, but with other quarterbacks. They literally tried to makeover Tim Tebow.  As the did they did with Michael Vick in Philadelphia. I say let the quarterback, be who he is.

Republicans Block Job Bill For Second Time

The vote to advance the bill was 50 to 50. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

This time, the bill was narrowed to provide $35 billion to state and local governments to prevent layoffs of teachers, police officers and firefighters. To offset the cost, the bill would impose a surtax of 0.5 percent, starting in 2013, on income in excess of $1 million.

Despite the vote Thursday, Democrats said they hoped to gain a political edge, by forcing Republicans to vote on this and other discrete parts of broader legislation proposed by Mr. Obama to create jobs and revive the economy.

Campaigning for his $447 billion jobs package this week in North Carolina and Virginia, Mr. Obama suggested that Republicans could not understand the whole thing all at once, so he said “we’re going to chop it up into some bite-sized pieces.”

The Senate last week blocked consideration of the larger bill, which included a 5.6 percent surtax on income over $1 million.

Republicans objected to the tax and said the bill would be no more successful than the economic stimulus law Mr. Obama signed in February 2009.

The vote late Thursday generally followed party lines. Two Democrats — Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, joined Republicans in voting against immediate consideration of the bill for public employees.

Both parties seized on the smaller bill to draw contrasts in advance of the 2012 elections.

Democrats said the bill would save or create jobs for nearly 400,000 teachers and force millionaires to make a small sacrifice for the benefit of the nation.

“The massive layoffs we have had in America today are rooted in the last administration,” said the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. “It is very clear that private sector jobs have been doing fine. It is the public sector jobs where we have lost huge numbers.”

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, derided the Democrats’ proposal as “a government jobs bill.” He said it would “impose a permanent tax hike on about 300,000 U.S. business owners and then use the money to bail out cities and states that cannot pay their bills.”

The bill would pay for the hiring, rehiring and retention of school employees, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency workers.

Public employees and labor union leaders joined Democrats, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at a rally on Wednesday urging the Senate to pass the bill. Mr. Biden said that because of police layoffs, “murder rates are up, robberies are up, rapes are up” in many cities.

Democrats see an urgent need to aid state and local governments, whose revenues have not fully recovered from the recession. The Congressional Budget Office said that less than one-third of new spending under the bill would occur in the coming year, however. It foresees annual spending of roughly $11 billion in 2012 and 2013, followed by $7 billion in 2014, $5 billion in 2015 and $1 billion in 2016.

Unable to pass the full bill devised by the White House, Senate Democrats hope some of the individual pieces will prove more popular with Republicans. Other smaller bills to be taken up in turn would expand the current payroll tax cut for employees, increase spending on transportation and public works projects, and provide incentives for the hiring of unemployed veterans.

For their part, Senate Republicans pushed Thursday for a bill that would repeal a tax compliance requirement that businesses consider extremely burdensome. The provision, adopted in 2006, requires federal, state and local government agencies to deduct and withhold 3 percent of payments they make to many suppliers of goods and services. The requirement was adopted after federal auditors found that thousands of government contractors had substantial amounts of unpaid federal taxes.

Democrats supported the intent of the bill, but blocked its consideration because it would also require unspecified cuts in spending for domestic programs.

Senator Scott P. Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, said, “We need to repeal once and for all this onerous and costly unfunded mandate.”

WASHINGTON — For the second time in 10 days, the Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by President Obama.

Republicans described their proposal as a jobs bill because, as Mr. Brown said, it would “repeal a part of our tax code that promises to kill jobs.”

Enforcement of the requirement has been delayed several times. As part of his jobs bill, Mr. Obama proposed a further delay, to 2014. Businesses say the withholding will disrupt their cash flow and cause administrative headaches.

President Obama Speaks at Dr. Martin Luther King’s Monument On The Mall In Washington D.C.

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr.s day and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, must be commended for their work in accomplishing the completion of  this great  monument.  Although we in Black fraternities and sororities are competitive, we do come together to celebrate this monument and Omega Psi Phi  Fraternity commends the dedication and commitment of the Alpha Phi Psi Fraternity in honoring their brother and our revered leader, Civil Rights and American Icon, Dr. Martin Luther King.

It is a great day for African-Americans and Americans as a whole who sacrificed much and overcame much because of this great man. We were denied common rights as Americans. The rights to vote, the right to drink at a public fountain, the right to use public parks, the right to attend integrated schools. Dr. King gave his life so these basic rights were available to all.

Now Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a Monument on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This is a great day and as we celebrate our nation’s first African-American President, it is a testament to the sacrifice that Dr. King made. Without Dr. King’s supreme sacrifice, President Barack Obama would not be where he is today.

President Obama, said the Monument was not just for him, but for those who struggled with Dr. King.  Obama mentioned the strength and courage of  those  who march with Dr. King, some living, some have passed on. Those who marched and sang, sit in and stood in. Obama called them foot soldiers for justice.   He talked about the half century that has passed since the March on Washington in 1963.  The day when Martin Luther King gave the “I Have A Dream Speech”.

Martin Luther King, was flawed, he had setbacks, he was a man of flesh and blood, said President Obama.  All of us have fallen short of God’s perfect nature.  He was a man sent by God that tried.  He tried because of what he tried to accomplish. The people he tried to bring together, to bring the detractors and positive people together to come to the table of negotiation.

That is what our challenge is and we must  never forget  the sacrifice and the hope of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Verse of the Day

The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep. There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him. – Ecclesiastes 5:12-14