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
#Celtics Al Horford returns to #Atlanta and leaves with win over #Hawks 103-101. Horford did not have his best night stat wise. He had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. But teammates Kely Olynyk and Isaiah Thomas had 26 and 28 points respectively. Thomas getting his last with 2.4 seconds left to get the win.
The Hawks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Milsap each with 23 points. Malcolm Delaney came off the bench with 17 points. Newest Hawk Mike Dunleavy, Jr had 2 big 2nd half 3 pointers in his debut.
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In order to be the champions, you had to beat the champions. Mission accomplished for Clemson. A historic rematch for the ages lived up to the hype thanks to a wild and career-defining fourth quarter that saw the Tigers win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in dramatic fashion 35-31 over Alabama. The two…
via Rematch revenge! Clemson knocks off Alabama to win the 2017 National Championship Game — CollegeFootballTalk
@GTMBB stuns 9th ranked #UNC 75-63 to start the @GTJoshPastner era with huge #ACC win.
Josh Pastner arrived on the Ga Tech campus in Atlanta to mixed reviews. Some who followed his career at Memphis felt his teams under performed while he was there. Many here in Atlanta however felt the young former Arizona star would bring the energy and youth needed to help revitalize the once storied basketball program.
If the first half of the season is an indicator, the Yellow Jackets may have found their man. The GT men are 9-4, 1-0 in the ACC after their New Year’s Eve victory over the Tar Heels. Josh Okogie lead the way with 26 points, and bruising big man Ben Lammers posted a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Heath and Quentin Jackson also were in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively.
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The #ATLHawks get a much needed win over #Knicks 102-98 in OT. It was a physical game that both teams went after each from the start. The chippy play caused an early ejection of the Knicks Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo was tossed after an elbow/chop to the neck of Hawks SF Thabo Sefolosha late in the 1st quarter. He already had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists when he left the game.
The Knicks turned to Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingas who scored 26 and 24 respectively. Rose dished out 6 assists and Porzingas had 8 rebounds.
The Hawks were led by mercurial G Denis Schroder who led all scorers with 27 points, and Dwight Howard who had 16 points and 22 rebounds. The Hawks are back to .500 at 16-16 and just 2 games out of 4th place in the Eastern conference.
Their next game is Dec. 30th vs Detroit at home. Place should be rocking because it includes a concert by ATL based rapper 2 Chainz
Great article by @ProFootballTalk about bowl win by #Miami Congrats #MarkRicht #RealTalkSports
Mark Richt returned to his alma mater this year to win national championships but his first task in the postseason was to end Miami’s decade-long drought of frustration when it came to bowl games. After Wednesday’s 31-14 Russell Athletic Bowl triumph over West Virginia, you can cross that one off the list for the head…
via Miami captures first bowl win in a decade thanks to victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl — CollegeFootballTalk
The #AtlantaFalcons can go to and even win the Super Bowl this year. That’s right the Atlanta Falcons can win it all. This sentiment seems mostly to be held by die hard Falcon fans and the team itself. But based on the numbers, and looking at the playoff landscape, these Dirty Birds have a good a chance of any to win it all. (Click picture above to play Falcons Head Coach Dec. 26th Press Conference)
This team has remained on point during the highs of breaking several team and league offensive records, and the lows of a mid season losing streak when many people jumped off the bandwagon.
If the Falcons win their last game vs the Saints, they will be the # 2 seed in the NFC. This would earn them a 1st round bye and at least one home game. It may be more advantageous for them to be on the road considering their excellent 6-2 road record. The Falcons have 6 Pro Bowlers and great depth at the skill positions. Atlanta’s other theme for the rest of the season should be – ‘Why not us, why not now’
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By Jonathan Simmons
The Hawks season overall was seen in the way this game played out tonight. They scored a total of 51 points in the 1st and 3rd quarters. In the those quarters the ball movement, good decision making and shooting were there.
In the 2nd, and the critical 4th quarter. Atlanta scored 16 and 15 respectively. Their 3 pt shooting woes also continued this game. once again less than 30 % (7-26 = 26.9%)
Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points/18 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins led the T-Wolves with 19. For the Hawks Dennis Schroder had 21 points to lead all scorers. He also dished out 7 assists. Paul Millsap had another double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds
Dwight Howard missed his 2nd game with a back sprain. He is schedule to return shortly, but it is a worrisome sign for a player whose skill sets have been diminished due to back problems.
Even when Dwight returns, this team has to look itself in the eye and determine what type of team it is. Are they willing to play hard and fast the entire game? Consistently make the extra pass? Dive for the loose balls on the floor?
This season is only about 1/3 in so the Hawks have time to right the ship But not much time. They currently are 14-15 in 10th place but just 3 games out 4th place in the Eastern Division. Stay tuned!
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The #CFBplayoffs committee have a problem. There are six teams with compelling reasons, using THEIR criteria, to be part of playoff that consists of only four teams. Of those teams, Penn State looks to have the most compelling case to be in.
Penn State had only 1 reg season Big 10 loss, and won on the field the Big 10 championship arguably the best conference in football this year. Their Sagarin strength of schedule ranking is better than #3 Clemson or #4 Washington. They beat #2 Ohio State. They have won 9 straight games. These are all the things the committee says are reasons to be in the CFB playoffs. It would appear that Penn State should be in ahead of Washington, Clemson or Ohio State even though they have 2 losses and the rest have have 1.
The problem is that the Nittany Lions are not a exciting pick. They don’t have the media popularity and fan notoriety of Ohio State or Michigan. Plus their may be some lingering dislike of the program because of the past sex abuse/molestation scandal. This could impact revenue generated by the game which we believe is as important to those in charge than getting the champion that did best in competition on the field.
To find out more about the committee and the process click HERE to go to CFB playoffs page. We shall see how the committee proceeds in the process. Is it business at usual for behind the scene power brokers? Is more money the mission, or producing a true on the field champion. We shall soon find out.
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By: Minister Jonathan Simmons
On Sept. 24, Penn State was 2-2 on the season, 0-1 in Big Ten play after a 49-10 undressing by Michigan in Ann Arbor. Their Big Ten title hopes were left for dead. As we know, they managed to rally and win the Big Ten East. And then, with 5:15 left in the second quarter,…
via No. 7 Penn State completes comeback for the ages to claim B1G title — CollegeFootballTalk
The #AtlantaFalcons defense needs to be cut loose to flourish. The #Falcons statistically have gone backwards from 2015 when they were 16th overall to 27th. In 2016, Atlanta allows opponents on average almost 400 yards and 28 points per game. The numbers in 2015 were 348 yards and 22 points per game.
The irony is as a fan this years Falcons ‘D’ is much more fun to watch. Sacks are up. They already have 24 vs 19 all of last year. 12 forced fumbles equaling what they had in all of 2015. This team plays best when it is in attack mode. That fits the skills of the players you have.
The Falcons are team that features speed at linebacker, big hitting at defensive back and youth, starting 4 rookies. Those attributes in the primary scheme they run also is the reason why they have problems stopping anybody. Players are at times out of position and seem confused as plays develop.
Coach Dan Quinn and his defensive coaches need to adjust their game plan to take better advantage of the personnel they put in place. Get the DBs up a little closer to line of scrimmage to eliminate some of the short to mid range passes. The defensive backs have enough closing speed if a receiver gets a step on them. Beasley, Campbell, and Jones are one of the fastest group of linebackers in the NFL. Use more blitzes and stunts to utilize that speed.
During this year’s summer camp the Falcons invited the press to take part in film sessions and hear a little from the coaches regarding the thought concept behind of the defensive scheme. It seemed simple limit explosive plays, decrease yards after contact through sure initial tackling, and force plays to middle of the field. A ‘strike zone’ where hard hits and strip techniques could create turnovers. Seems as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Find the ball and who has it
- Attack the area where it is
- Deliver a clean blow with greatest force possible
‘Freebird’ was a hit song in the 70’s by Southern Rock band Lynard Skynard. The song starts as mournful ballad but midway ramps up and turns loose one of the best rock guitar jams ever.
If the Falcons can do a bit better job of putting their players in a position to succeed, the Falcons ‘D’ may be more like the dominant Seahawks defense he led in Seattle. And that would make the Dirty Birds a Super Bowl contender. Turn ’em loose and let them be Freebirds of prey on the NFL.
By Jonathan Simmons