Fighting Fear, Fatigue, and Frustration to create better towns and communities in America. By Minister Jonathan Simmons @MinisterJSimm
Our nation and even our world has been rocked with recent rash of violence. The attacks have been and jarringly televised in real time to our increasingly jaded eyes and ears. We are losing the respect of life, and dignity of our human existence as Social Media and TV shows the graphic brutality of people beaten and killed with out filter, or regard the loved ones of the victims. We are pointing the finger at one another again with racism and misunderstanding devouring our ability to communicate. Well below are some things we can start doing, or do more of to improve and restore decency and eventually prosperity for the nation “Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White-We ALL are precious in God’s sight”
“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will raise up the age-old foundations;
And you will be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Isaiah 58:12
LOCAL POLICE Departments
- Moratorium on racial profiling by Police department
- Harsh Penalties for officers commit police brutality. Especially in cases where suspect is subdued, restrained or presents no clear or present danger. Swift punishment to ensue if violations occur
- Probation, training period of 1 year or more before allowing veterans who have been in combat to have patrol duties on street. Reduces potential for PTSD to affect judgment in tense situations
- Do more psychological screening of new officer candidates
- Be polite, even friendly when possible
- Uniform officers to have neighborhood introduction. Officer should be introduced to community. Possible meet and greets held at churches, schools, restaurants in the officer’s patrol area
- Revamp Citizen review boards to include more police/community strategy sessions to improve areas of concern and jointly develop policies to best the needs of that particular community or precinct area served
- Increase funding of PAL (Police Athletic Leagues) Sports has consistently been a place of ‘common ground’ and could become another way for Police and citizens to become more humanized and less demonized in each other’s eyes
- Respect authority. Like it or not there is always someone who will have some authority over what you can do
- Be polite. Parents remember to have manners and teach your children the same
- Know the Laws! Is there a curfew in your neighborhood? Noise violations? Loitering? Permits needed for what you are trying to do? If you know better, you do better
- Obey the laws. If there is a problem report, complain, contest with your Public officials.
- Get to know those who patrol your neighborhood if possible.
- Parents get involved (time permitting) with community based events with your children
- Single moms if your children father is available and able to be a positive influence in your children’s life let them do so. Fathers get more involved with your children
- Increase neighborhood watch patrols and community policing under guidelines and instructions agreed upon by the community in partnership with police
STATE AND FEDERAL Government
- Help prevent trafficking of guns into poor neighborhoods. Put more emphasis on large operations, eliminating source at the top vs lower level street criminals
- Reduce and eliminate money laundering by banks and other sources. Again focusing attention on, and have harsher penalties for large operations
- Monitor judicial sentencing for fairness and equal treatment. Violators to be penalized, suspended, removed as needed. Reduce or eliminate contracts with private prisons corporations. Monies made from prisoners’ labor should be used of paying those back who they committed crimes against
- Increase funding for more organic crime prevention aids like rec centers, paid clean up campaigns, and overall neighborhood/community improvements
- Increase willingness to create bi-partisan solutions in conjunction with local communities to fund and implement strategies to best serve the people in our towns and cities. Emphasis to be placed on those neighborhoods with the most challenges, and next on helping maintain those where things are doing well or improving
- Tax incentives, assistance for creating jobs in, and employing the people of distressed neighborhoods
- Help rebuild communities through ‘Neighborhood Repatriation and Reclamation’. Give assistance to those looking to stay in neighborhood (especially life long and older residents) who wish to stay and incentives for relatives who left and are willing to come back and help rebuild the neighborhood
- Help maintain organic nature of neighborhood. Transit and green space should balanced against the needs of the community. Avoid destroying Neighborhood connectivity by disrupting neighborhoods with higher speed roadways, barriers and other things to disrupt continuity of the area
Humbly submitted by Minister Jonathan – God Bless
Can #Falcons #LegionOfZoom stop the #Seahawks and #RussellWilson ? #ATLvsSEA
@AtlantaFalcons ‘D’ now has a name -The #LegionOfZoom . Coined by ( )Matt Chernoff of () this morning. This fits the way speedy young Atlanta defenders flew to the ball last week vs Denver last week. This quicker defense setup was needed due to multiple injuries at the LB position. It used SS-Kemal Ishmael () as a LB, and had rookie S Keanu Neal () play close to the line of scrimmage. OLB Vic Beasley was moved around the field more often.. Lined up as DE on some plays. Pass rushed from the inside on stunt moves. Dropped back into coverage at other times. This allowed the ‘DirtyBirds’ to record 6 sacks, 3.5 of them coming from Beasley.
Even when their LB corp is at full strength the Falcons should play more of this quicker nickel package. The numbers and result from last week don’t lie
The #LegionOfZoom will be needed today vs Seattle led by Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson () Although battling injuries, Wilson has shown he is still a dangerous weapon for the Seahawks. Last week he through for 309 yds, and 3 TDs in site on not being 100 percent.
It seems like the Falcons may have started something. The evolution has begun, and it will be televised.
By Minister Jonathan Simmons
When the Falcons drafted Clemson’s Vic Beasley #6 overall in the 2015 NFL they felt they had someone who would finally give them a legitimate pass rusher of the edge. This was something not present since the departure of John Abraham a few years ago. In his 1st season however Beasley had very little impact. He tallied only 4 sacks 2 of them coming in game 15 vs the Panthers. Some of this was due an injury the severity not publicly disclosed until after the season. 2016 seemed to be going the same way. Beasley was constantly stymied by bigger lineman from the teams Atlanta faced. That all changed in Denver.
Check out our Vic Beasley interview
The 2nd year player who been moved to linebacker, finally became the game disruptor the Falcons thought they were getting when they picked him. Beasley had an epic game. He lead the team with 7 tackles, forced 2 fumbles, and most important tallied 3.5 sacks as Atlanta beat the Denver Broncos 23-16. Now people will point out Denver played rookie QB Paxton Lynch, and an injured lineman. But Beasley was in the Broncos backfield all day long making plays. The difference was intensity,placement, and technique. The young LB was unrelenting in his pursuit of the ball carrier on run and pass plays when on the field. As we have advocated for repeatedly, he was moved around. First set up on the edge to rush the QB. Then in the middle on a stunt to create pressure from the middle. Next faking the rush and dropping back into coverage. He used his hands and arms more to create leverage and keep lineman from getting in to his body to block him. All told the Falcons defense registered 6 sacks on the day including the final one by Beasley’s former Clemson teammate Grady Jarrett. Next up is the team the Falcons are trying to model their defense on, the Seattle Seahawks
Matt Ryan has heard the grumbling from fans and the press after last seasons 2nd half collapse. The red zone interceptions. Clear discomfort in Kyle Shanahan’s new offense. The clutch QB play that earned him the nickname ‘Matty Ice’ had been replaced by a hesitant error prone imitation of himself. During his limited work in the 2016 preseason he didn’t look much better.
Ryan stoically handled the criticism as the professional he is and waited to the regular season to unleash the new Matt Ryan aka ‘Matticulous’. Ryan has been unstoppable for the 1st quarter of the new season putting up numbers that lead the NFL. He won player of the month for Sept. That was followed up by throwing for a Falcon record 503 yard, 4 TD performance vs the Panthers. He easily won the duel with reigning league MVP Cam Newton who was actually knocked out of the game with a big hit by Deion Jones.
He has been utilizing the many weapons he has at his disposal connecting with 8 or more players in each of the last 2 games. But in yesterday’s game the main thrust of the aerial assault came by ‘Jet’. Julio ‘Jet’ Jones had a career best 300 yards receiving on just 12 receptions. A stunning 25 yards per catch. His last one was a breathtaking grasp and dash 75 yard TD which sent the Dome into a frenzy. It marked the 1st time in NFL history that a QB threw for 500 or more yards, and a receiver had 300 yards receiving in the same game.
The Falcons offense after 4 games lead the league in scoring, passing yards, and total yards. Ryan also leads QBs in passing, is on a pace to throw for over 5,500 yards and 44 TDs. Of course the season is young, and the NFL unpredictable. But for now Matt Ryan and Falcons can sing to the naysayers – “Turn down for what”
By Minister Jonathan Simmons
Stats from NFL.com
It was a sunny warm day full of sunshine and warm breezes.The Miami crowd covered in orange, was loud and raucous.after the Hurricanes scored a touchdown . A colorful display against the blue sky made it a great picture of a perfect college football Saturday. Then I looked around and remembered I was in Bobby Dodd Stadium in midtown Atlanta ,not Hard Rock stadium in Miami Gardens.
This was the case when Clemson came to town too. Even the Mercer Bears fans made their presence known. Maybe it’s and Orange thing.
There just doesn’t seen to be the same intensity in the Tech fan base.
The buzz(no pun intended) pales in comparison to that which surrounds their arch rivals up the road in Athens. Why? In the last 7 years under Paul Johnson has played for an ACC Championship 3 times, and played in 2 Orange Bowls. In that same span Georgia has played in 1 SEC title game and no major bowls. Ga Tech won a national title in 1990. UGA in 1980.
Maybe it’s the lack of player star power. Georgia consistently gets some of the best high school recruits. When is the last time you heard anticipation about an incoming player at Ga Tech? Because of that, Georgia has put significantly more players in NFL than GA Tech over the last 7 years too
Maybe it’s the competition with all of Atlanta’s attractions. There always is a slew of things one can do in metro Atlanta that may take you away from going to the game.
Whatever the cause the GA Tech may have to think about the goals for their football program. Is the fan base and administration willing to to do what it takes to build a consistent winner that can compete again for a National title. There is more parity in college football than ever before. The upsets of traditional power schools is on the rise. The CFB playoff surely will expand to as many as 8 teams in the not to distant future. They play rising SEC contender Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff in the new Mercedes Benz Atlanta Stadium to start the 2017 season
Georgia Tech has won 4 national championships in their history. Let’s see if they can add another to the trophy case soon.
Picture from TheBleacherReport.com by Matt Bush USA Today Sports
Different coach, same results as #Bulldogs lose big in a key #SEC tilt.
It has been heralded as a change in culture. A new attitude, and sharper focus on winning ways under new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. Smart an assistant under Nick Saban at ‘Bama, and a former Bulldog player has energized the fan base with his approach to the game.Wins in their 1st 3 games stoked the faithful and pundits into thinking UGA would be an SEC title contender now as they prepared to face Ole Miss in the their first big test of the season. Unfortunately Georgia failed, losing big to the Rebels in Oxford 45-14.
Georgia again looked like a team whose players did not show up for a big game. This was the same story under previous coach Mark Richt. Plenty of credit has to be given to Ole Miss though. QB Chad Kelley threw for 2 TDs and ran 41 yds for another. His unstoppable crew of receivers were led by TE Evan Engram and WR Demarkus Lodge. The 2 combined for 8 catches, 168 yards and 2 TDs
Georgia looked like they weren’t in the same class as the Rebels. Freshman QB Jacob Eason was under pressure all day. Like most of this year, the Bulldog receivers continued to drop passes as if the balls were oiled up. This included two huge drops by Isaiah McKenzie, who had the big catch against Mizzou the week before. And sadly RB Nick Chubb had to leave the game with an ankle injury. At the end of the day we were once again treated to an uninspired performance in a big game by the Georgia football team. Can anyone say ‘Overrated’ again?
By Jonathan Simmons
Stats by ESPN.com
Why #GaTech can beat #Clemson in this big #ACC game #CLEMvsGT
Here are reasons why the Yellow Jackets have a great chance to knock off the Tiger of Clemson
- Coach Paul Johnson-Coach Johnson has led to Tech to victory over Coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers many times before before including 2014. Johnson no stranger to big games and his no nonsense approach should have Tech ready to play
- GA Tech Defense-The Tech ‘D; has been good when it needed to be.Also they practice against agile QB Justin Thomas so they should be able to deal with the mobility of All American QB Deshaun Watson
- The improved passing and ball security of Tech star QB Justin Thomas will make the Tech offense even more dangerous than ever.
There are more reason like the big play threat of Qua Searcy both receiving and rushing. Also the increased production by their running backs me Justin Thomas is not the only one you have to contend.Not to mention the game is home at Bobby Dodd stadium.
Should be a great time for Jacket fans at #GTWhiteOut tomorrow night
By Minister Jonathan Simmons
It is tough to write articles that are critical or seem negative.The Real Talk Sports show tries to ‘accentuate the positive’. But life and truth often are harsh and tough to deal with. When we look at this Atlanta Falcons team it seems to always be dealing with injuries to the body and psyche.
Let’s look that physical side. It’s only game 2 and you have several key players already banged up. 2 rookie starters LB DeVondre Campbell and S Keanu Neal out.LB/DE Brooks may be out too. WRs Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, and RB Devonta Frreman have leg injuries. Recently acquired Dwight Freeney only can practice twice per week.And Vic Beasley still doesn’t appear to be 100% either Hopefully a combination of rest and treatment will get all of them back to full speed.
The mental side of things is questionable too. Game 1 had costly procedure penalties, missed assignments, and poor tackling. There still is a disconnect between QB Matt Ryan and OC Kyle Shanahan. Matt had good stats, but timing was off on several throws causing him to throw behind receivers in critical moments. 1st round pick Vic Beasley had NO tackles or sacks. The mild mannered young also seems out of sorts at times and is rumored not to take tough coaching critique well.
Atlanta’s pro sports teams are filled with nice guys. As a licensed minister I believe that’s a good thing in life to be. However, sports especially at the professional level requires passion, intensity and toughness.
At some point the Falcons are going to have to find some guys with “a little dog in ’em” to give this team the confidence and winning edge they need to get them back to playoffs. Just saying.
By-Minister Jonathan Simmons
Tech QB Justin Thomas gets congrats after another TD drive.
It seems like they can’t figure them out. Ga Tech’s 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt is their 3rd in the last 4 tries vs teams from the SEC. Except for their loss at home last year to Georgia, an explosive Tech offense has over 30 in each of the games. It was more of the same at Bobby Dodd Stadium in this Saturday’s win over Vandy. The teams traded TDs in the 1st quarter before the Yellow Jackets scored the last 31 points.
As we mentioned in our previous post, the Jackets would need to take to the air in order to beat the Commodores. They took to the air right away with a 85 yard TD toss and run by Thomas to Marshall. Tech scoring concluded with another big pass play of 77 yards by backup Matthew Jordan to Clinton Lynch. Overall Georgia Tech finished with 511 yards of total offense, including a season high 222 passing. The defense was stout too holding Vanderbilt to just 85 yards rushing.
Tech now faces their stiffest test thus far when #5 Clemson comes to Atlanta just 5 days from now. The prime time national TV Thur night tilt is the #GTWhiteOut game. With this new wrinkle in their offense Georgia Tech may give the Tigers a real run for their money.
It’s ironic that a team named after a flying insect has had one of the best ground attacks in college football the last several years. Since the arrival of Coach Paul Johnson, Ga Tech has consistently been one of the top 5 rushing teams in the nation. This week however Tech needs to attack their opponent from the air. Vanderbilt’s defense has been good against the run this year giving up just over a 100 yards per game. Also their ground attack has done well led by RB Ralph Webb who has rushed for over 300 total yards in their 1st two games including 211 last week vs Middle Tenn.
Ga Tech offense must help their defense by having sustained drives. To do that the Jackets must be able to convert on 3rd down. To that they must be able to throw the football. The Commodores gave up almost 4oo yards passing last week to MTSU. QB Justin Thomas, who was dinged in last week’s game, must have passing efficiency like their opener against BC. Thomas had critical completions including a miraculous 22 yard toss on 4th and 19 pass to Qua Searcy. Searcy and #1 receiver Ricky Jeune must take advantage of 1 on 1 opportunities that certainly will be there.
Of course Tech must do what they do best. Control the clock with their ground game keeping the ball out the hands of Ralph Webb and the Vandy offense.
If they can it would give the Yellow Jackets their 3rd straight win vs an SEC opponent. That’s something few non SEC teams can boast about. Do I hear ‘Flight of the Bumble Bees’ playing?
Backup Matthew Jordan takes the helm late in 1st half
The Yellow Jackets find themselves with a 2 – 0 record after their 1st 2 games of 2016. They started 2015 the same. Except last year the Jackets had 2 blowout wins over HBCU Alcorn State and a mediocre Tulane team. It seemed like a continuation of their magical 2014-15 season which ended win a win over 2 SEC schools: arch rival Univ. of Georgia, and Miss State in the Orange Bowl. As they prepared to take on Notre Dame in So. Bend it seemed the potential for even greater heights for the confident Yellow Jackets were there. Of course we all know what happened. A couple of big plays and injuries cost them against the Irish. Then the injuries mounted along with the losses and Tech would only win 1 more game. An unbelievable last minute win over ACC champ Florida State.
Now in 2016 the record is the same, but the feel is different. The Jackets and their fans begin 2016 with a more subdued and businesslike attitude. Game 1 vs BC in Ireland was a 17-14 thriller. QB Justin Thomas cemented his spot in the Ga Tech Sports Hall of Fame with incredible play including converting a miraculous 4th and 19 in the 4th qtr. Game 2 vs Mercer found GT in a close game early before pulling away to 35-10 win.
Injuries strike again as Thomas gets dinged in 1st half and did not play the rest of the way. But backup QBs nifty #2 Matthew Jordan, and speedy #3 TaQuon Marshall ran the offense without missing a beat. The playing time that Jordan and others got last year will surely play dividends throughout the year.
Now the Jackets prepare for 2 huge games in 11 days which will surely impact how far the boys from the ‘Flats’ will go this. This Sat the “Gold out’ game vs Vanderbilt of the SEC and Thur night, nationally televised game vs defending ACC champs Clemson. Both games are home at the friendly confines of Bobby Dodd stadium. Ga Tech is cautiously optimistic that they have a few ‘Welcome To Atlanta’ moments that will make 2016 a season to remember.
by Minister Jonathan Simmons