December 27, 2006

GFOS – RIP! James Brown Passes.

by @ 1:16 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

Well I guess this is as good a time as any to tell you, I’m a James Brown fan 🙂 .

No he was not a Gospel artist and he had some issues in his personal life, but you’ve got to admit he did try to keep his on stage performance cleaner than these nuts. James Brown had a performance that perhaps outside of songs like “sex machine”, that could be watched by an entire family. The vast majority of his material and what made him famous was good and clean. Not like today where trash rises to the top.

James Brown
James Brown Rest in Peace

James Brown was and always will be the godfather of Soul (GFOS). He was the hardest working man in show business. If you saw any of his older material, you’d see he would dance an entire show, close and then return to dance some more. It was an amazing feat of human endurance. He came up in hard times, but he didn’t allow it to make him bitter. He kept his personal issues to himself as best he could and didn’t use them as a means to up his “street cred”.

When JB sang about women, it was with respect and not with the objectification given to women by many music performers today. He knew a man’s world was nothing without a woman or a girl 😉 .

My personal favorite of his is Living in America. Check it out!

My favorite James Brown tune!

Unlike some of today’s music artist (such as Kanye West) James Brown loved America and didn’t harbor delusions about the American Dream being a farce. He worked hard from conditions that today’s crybaby Liberal artists could never imagine. JB respected the office of the President. Many don’t know he was a Republican, supported Richard Nixon for President and everyone knows he sang at Nixon’s inauguration. He also had dinner with LBJ. When JB wanted to make a political statement, he wrote a song like “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself)”. A bold slap against Liberals, who always cry for “diversity programs” and government handouts. (It will be interesting to see if Liberals attempt to turn JB’s funeral into some kind of political statement when you know the facts.)

People who wanted to see racial matters addressed with violence were upset that they could not pull JB into their nonsense. JB knew that people who work hard and believe in themselves could actually succeed.

He was far from perfect, but if today’s artists were half of what he tried to stand for in public, today’s entertainers might be regarded as great Americans.

I’m just glad I recorded a high-def concert of his recently on my DVR. I had no idea it might be one of his last.

Soul Brother #1! GFOS, RIP!

Freedom Folks linked with James Brown: A Fond Farewell

November 9, 2006

CBS’ Ed Bradley Dies of Leukemia at Age 65

by @ 3:29 pm. Filed under Rest in Peace

Ed Bradley Well of course you all know I’m not the biggest fan of CBS. Not a fan at all. I’m not a big fan of 60 Minutes either, but just the same they always have something that makes the entire nation take notice. When Ed Bradley took over a lead man for 60 Minutes, I figured that was pretty good for him considering his time on the broadcast, but I’m not going to lie to you because you know I didn’t agree with him much on politics and I can’t say I agreed with the slant of some of his reporting. But Ed knew how to sniff out bull and expose it to the light of day. I enjoyed and blogged about when he exposed eco-terrorist, he debunked The Da Vinci Code and he identified the bull in the Duke lacrosse rape case. Just looking back over my posts about 60 Minutes, I found that although I really don’t like 60 Minutes, most of the posts where I say something good about the show were because of his reports. So although I didn’t like much of his slant or the show, I did obviously notice that he was doing better than some of his colleagues. You could say I preferred him out of a bunch I usually disagree with, because he was the one who spun the least.

So I am saddened to hear that he died today.

60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley Dead At 65

(CBS) Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from leukemia.

Bradley joined the staff of the venerable news magazine 26 years ago. His consummate skills as a broadcast journalist and his distinctive body of work were recognized with numerous awards, including 19 Emmys, the latest for a segment that reported the reopening of the 50-year-old racial murder case of Emmett Till.

Bradley grew up in a tough section of Philadelphia, was wounded while covering the Vietnam War and later became the first black White House correspondent for CBS News.

Bradley was raised in a rough section of Philadelphia, where he once recalled that his parents sometimes worked 20-hour days at two jobs apiece.

“I was told, ‘You can be anything you want, kid,'” he once told an interviewer. “When you hear that often enough, you believe it.”

After graduating from Cheney State College with a degree in education, he launched his career as a DJ and news reporter for a Philadelphia radio station in 1963, moving to New York’s WCBS radio four years later.

Bradley’s first job out of college was as a sixth-grade teacher.

He joined CBS News as a stringer in the Paris bureau in 1971, transferring a year later to the Saigon bureau during the Vietnam War; he was wounded while on assignment in Cambodia. Bradley moved to the Washington bureau in June 1974, 14 months after he was named a correspondent.

Notice while he was growing up in a rough part of town in the pre-desegregation days, when northern cities like Philadelphia ran a less formal form of racial segregation than some areas of the south, his parents told him “You can be anything you want, kid”. And he became a heck of a lot more than many kids might ever be.

Again proving the road to success is not going through crying about your skin tone, but getting up off your butt, having a goal and achieving it! If Ed could do so much when starting with so little, how much more can any child coming from any rough part of America do today? I say much more if their parents are willing to believe in them and help them focus on doing well in life, embracing education, faith and not allowing them to feel society is against them.

Ed Bradley you set an example for children, to show them that they can achieve if they put their minds to it and you will be missed.

With Ed gone, will this be the last nice thing I ever say that includes the letters “CBS”? I don’t know, but if more of them do some honest work like Ed it won’t be.

July 18, 2006

Rev. A. Purnell Bailey, Rest in Peace. ‘Our Daily Bread’ writer dies at 88.

by @ 10:48 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

One who worked for the Lord has passed.

‘Our Daily Bread’ writer dies at 88

The Rev. A. Purnell Bailey inspired readers through his column for six decades

The Rev. Amos Purnell Bailey, whose “Our Daily Bread” newspaper column inspired people around the world for 66 years, has died.

Mr. Bailey collapsed in the hall Sunday on his way to church at the Spotsyl- vania retirement community where he lived. The 88-year-old retired United Methodist minister was pronounced dead on arrival at a Fredericksburg hospital.

It was the way he would have preferred to go, said his stepson, Walter Jervis Sheffield of Fredericksburg.

Seven days a week, Mr. Bailey struggled to write his 250-word column, Sheffield said. At its peak, “Our Daily Bread” was syndicated in about 100 newspapers, a number that has dropped to under 50. It began running in The Richmond News Leader in 1951 and continued in the Richmond Times-Dispatch when the papers merged in 1992.

“Purnell affected a lot of people,” Sheffield said. “He received more than 1,500 Christmas cards each year. He wrote 10 letters a day to people by hand. He was a man of letters, a supreme correspondent.”

He also reached out for 17 years with a daily two-minute radio spot broadcast throughout the Southeast.

A native of Grotons on the Eastern Shore, he worked for $7 a week at a grocery store to pay for his studies at Randolph-Macon College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

“He felt the call to the ministry when he was 15, during the singing of ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus,'” Sheffield said.

An Army chaplain during World War II, he was attached to Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Japan. A member of the staff suggested that Mr. Bailey write brief, encouraging articles for the troops. His first column appeared in The Stars and Stripes military newspaper on Oct. 4, 1945.

His format was always biblical verses entwined with stories from life. ” . . . if it’s wrapped up in a story, people will remember it,” he said in a 2005 Times-Dispatch interview.

I pray he rest in peace with the Lord.

July 14, 2006

Viola Elder Rest in Peace

by @ 11:01 am. Filed under Rest in Peace

Expose the Left mentioned that Larry Elder’s mother, Viola Elder has passed away.

I pray she rest in peace with the Lord.

May 22, 2006

When Will Those Who Want “Justice” and “Healing” in Durham, North Carolina Speak Out About This?

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under Evangelicals Under Attack, Nuts on Parade, Rest in Peace

While some people in Durham are having vigils and other demonstrations over an alleged rape by members of the Duke lacrosse team, a worse crime gets far less attention.

Man accused in car lot slaying

DURHAM — Durham police investigators have obtained warrants against a Bahama man they allege is responsible for the death of the owner of a Roxboro Road car lot.

The suspect in the case is Robert Randolf Watson, 34, of 9813 Wilkins Road, Bahama. The warrants accuse him of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police consider him armed and extremely dangerous.

Watson is accused in connection with the death of James P. Morris, a 77-year-old Mebane man who owned Growing Motors, 4416 Roxboro Road. An employee found Morris dead in the car lot’s office the morning of May 12.

Morris was last seen alive at the business at 6:30 p.m. on May 11. Authorities have said he suffered “blunt force trauma.”

Police say Watson is black and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. His criminal record in North Carolina includes a stint in prison on a charge of trafficking in cocaine. N.C. Department of Correction records show he served 5? years of a 14-year sentence, and another year of parole after getting out in October 2000.

Police ask anyone with information about Watson’s whereabouts to call 911 immediately. Durham CrimeStoppers will pay cash for information leading to his arrest. CrimeStoppers can be reached at (919) 683-1200. Callers do not have to identify themselves.

Watson Robert Randolf Watson, 34 years old, suspected of murder and wanted by police.

The man killed was more than just a used car salesman.

Durham police seek suspect in killing of car dealer

In addition to running the business in Durham, Morris hosted a Christian radio show every Sunday in Raleigh for more than 20 years.

Morris James P. Morris, the 77-year old man that was murdered.

More about Mr. Morris’ ministry.

Slain car dealer also dealt in souls

DURHAM – The last time James P. Morris sent God’s praise over the airwaves of the Christian radio station where he hosted a show each Sunday, his words sounded almost like a premonition.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly,” Morris read from the Gospel of John, in a carefully paced drawl.

Every Sunday for more than 20 years, Morris went to the office of WPJL (1240 AM) for his 15-minute program, stopped by a Biscuitville to get a sausage biscuit, then went to First Assembly of God Church where he was a member. Once a month, he took his ministry to the Raleigh jail and preached to inmates.

During the week, Morris focused on his other passion — selling cars. For more than 20 years, Morris ran Growing Motors on North Roxboro Street.

The man’s family, particularly Morris’ daughter, suggested Morris move his business to a safer area. There had been robberies at neighboring businesses, including the 2005 robbery and killing of convenience store clerk Crayton Nelms at the Kangaroo gas station just steps away.

But Morris loved Durham. According to his family, Durham loved him, too.

“For as small as an operation as he had, much of his business relied on repeat customers,” said Morris’ son, Reggie Morris of Nashville, Tenn. He had a solid reputation and the trust of the public, his son said.

“It was very unusual to find a used car salesman who was also a preacher,” Reggie Morris said.

Often, his passions overlapped. Morris would hand out Christian literature at his business. Sometimes, he would pray with customers.

I wonder if Mr. Morris ever ministered to Mr. Watson during one of his visits to minister to prison inmates?

I have much respect for people that minister in prisons. It is something I have not yet done myself, but I feel it is a righteous act. To try and help those imprisoned know that their souls can find hope in Jesus Christ and that their sins can be forgiven.

But I just wonder, with all the calls for “justice” and “healing” in the Duke rape case, that have been made in spite of the shaky evidence. When will these folks that claim to stand for justice say something about the slaying of James P. Morris? I see no record of Mr. Morris withholding ministry of the gospel from Blacks. He even went to the prisons and lets be honest folks, we know plenty of Black folks were there when he went to minister.

A man who could have up and moved his business, kept it in a part of Durham that the most savvy of businessmen would have run away from. His business was helping to keep that area up, instead of bringing it down like the low life thug(s) that killed him. Robert Randolf Watson is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, but whoever killed Mr. Morris is a no good low life and should be brought to justice. At this point it appears Mr. Watson was the killer. When will the rally be held for Mr. Morris and calling for the apprehension of Mr. Watson?

Mr. Morris, you worked for the Lord while here on earth and I am sure the Lord will reward your good deeds. Regardless of how many people here on earth ignore the effort.

update 7/10/2006 1:34PM:
The primary suspect was found and arrested back in June. La Shawn Barber is now asking questions about this racially slanted style of news coverage.

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