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
The 2016-17 season started out with great promise for the #Hawks as they jumped out to a 9-2 start. This opening stretch included back to wins vs the Rockets at home, and the Cavs on the road. Coach Bud seemed to have the perfect setup. The first team liked to get the ball inside with alley oops to Dwight Howard or sometimes pick and rolls with Paul Millsap. The 2nd unit led by the explosive scoring of Tim Hardaway Jr. and efficiency of Mike Muscala, or Ersan Ilasova would give Atlanta to change the tempo of the game when needed, and keep the starters fresh.
Since then Atlanta lineups have at time seemed to be tossed together at random. Players seem at times to be ill at ease with one another on the court. The good ball movement which had been a Hawks trademark under Coach Bud, now constantly deteriorates in dribble fests ending in bad passes and missed shots.
They must choose whether they are a primarily a half court team using more pick an drolls with Millsap and inside out game with Howard. Or play more small ball with Millsap, Ilyasova, and Hardaway running more of an up tempo game. You can include Dwight Howard in this style too by having him operate as a ‘trigger man’ with outlet passes to ignite fast breaks like Bill Russell did with Celtics, Kareem with the Lakers, and even Tim Duncan late in his career at San Antonio
This team needs an identity if they want to be consistent winners. The question is do they have the will and patience to do it.
The #AtlHawks looked like they were on their way to a hard fought victory over the Indiana Pacers. They had a 96-90 lead with less the 2 minutes to go, a 96-94 lead AND the ball with about 30 seconds. But it was all for nought as the Pacers Glenn Robinson III hit a 3 pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give them a stunning 97-96 victory over the Hawks.
This game marked the return of former Hawks PG Jeff Teaugue for the first time since he had been traded to the Pacers for a second round pick after the 2016 season.
Atlanta took an early 30-19 lead, then Indiana’s All Star G Paul George took over. George scored 24 of his game high 34 in the 1st half to help the Pacers take the lead before Atlanta came back to tie the game at 50 to end the 1st half.
The Hawks continued to have problems with George until they placed Paul Millsap on him in 3rd quarter. He did not score after that. By that time however they had forged a 7 point lead going to the 4th quarter.
The Hawks defense, and the offensive punch by Tim Hardaway, Jr (THJ) finally allowed Atlanta to overtake the Pacers and take a 6 point lead in the clising minutes. That’s when things went horribly wrong.
Paul Millsap has been the Hawks best offensive player all year and over the last 2 months Tim Hardaway Jr has been right behind him. Last night was no different. Millsap had 24 to lead all Hawks, and THJ scored 10 of his 23 in the final period. But when the Hawks looked to seal the win late, both men came up short. AMillsap missed shot, then turnover on consecutive possesion allowed the Pacers to cut the lead to 96-94. Then an ill advised 3 pt attempt by Hardaway set the stage for Robinson’s game winner. (Click here to see video)
This has been a recurring theme for this team. An inability to get consistent clutch baskets/plays from their best players. Until this changes the Atlanta Hawks and their fans will continue to deal with more frustrating losses.
The final score from the pitch at Bobby Dodd stadium on the Ga Tech campus was NY Red Bull 2 Atlanta 1. But in every other way the Atlanta United Football Club (@ATLUTD) inaugural game was a huge success.
The game was a sellout. ‘Fan Village’ set up in front of historic Bobby Stadium was filled with a diverse group of fans in full party mode. Some fans waited as long as an hour to buy their official ATLUTD garb at the store in Atlantic Station. Is that the hum of the money machine we hear?
Once again the genius of ‘Uncle Arthur’ Blank was displayed in another successful sports business endeavor. Hats off to him and ATLUTD for their smashing debut
(Goal by Yasef Asad pic above – AccessWDUN )
The #AtlHawks may have in #TimHardawayJr , the next great #NBA Sixth man. His improved play has been outstading the last two months He’s been red hot in the Hawks last 10 games, averaging over 17 Pts per contest. This includes 33 in a big road win vs the Rockets and 36 in a tough loss at home to the Cavs. His recent stats compare favorably to 3 time 6th man of the year Jamal Crawford of the Clippers in the years he won. In fact hs current pace of 19 pts per 36 minutes is the same as Crawford when he won last season.
Unfortunately for Atlanta there are 2 problems.
- Hardaway wants to start. He mentioned in a Detroit Free Press article ‘he hopes to become a full time starter’ The numbers seem to agree according to ESPN.com In the 17 games he started he’s averaging 17.2 points per game. In the 42 coming off the bench he has averaged 11.8 . In fairness, this is due more to minutes played per game. 33 per as starter, 22 per coming in off the bench. For Hardaway and the Hawks he is at his best when he plays between 30-36 minutes a game. This year he sits at a bifty 19 pts per 36 minutes played That is the same as the teams leading scorer Paul Millsap He also averages 3 more points per game than starter Kent Bazemore who the Hawks just signed to big deal after last season
- MONEY. Hardaway will bcome a restricted free agent next year. His vastly improved play surely has caught the eye of several teams around the league. Hawks mangement may have erred in not signing him to an extension when they had chance earlier in year. Although the team has right to match any offer, Atlanta faces the prospect of paying a lot more for his sevices. This may pur him above the threshold of what Atlanta wants to pay to keep him especialy with having All Star Paul Millsap contract also coming due for a hefty increase
Several years ago the Hawks had an exciting player coming off the bench. and a multi time All Star on the team becoming free agents. They said they could only pay out one big contract not two. They resigned their All Star guard at the time Joe Johnson, the other player was allowed to be a free agent and he signed with the LA Clippers. That player was Jamal Crawford. He has gone on to win 2 of his 3 Sixth Man of the Year awards since his time there. He won his 1st one in Atlanta the year before he left in free agency.
Being in just his 3rd year, and 24 years old it seems like the career of Tim Hardaway, Jr is certainly on the rise. Hopefully Atlanta will find a way to keep him here.
Step aside, Chris Johnson. Possibly. Washington receiver John Ross unofficially ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. If that number stands, it becomes the fastest 40 time in the history of the Indianapolis gathering of incoming prospects. Nine years ago, Johnson (who has played running back for the Titans, Jets, and Cardinals) cranked…
Check out this #NFLCombine update from @ProFootballTalk via John Ross sets Combine speed record, unofficially — ProFootballTalk
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The trade for 76ers big man Ersan Ilyasova for injured Tiago Splitter and two 2nd round draft picks got ho hums from most of Atlanta sports talk radio. Looking a little closer though it seems like Atlanta may have made a decent deal.
When the Hawks were reshaping the team for 2016-17 the thought was to pair free agent C Dwight Howard with Horford to give them a potent inside/outside duo of big men that could help them be a factor in the playoffs. When Horford decided to sign with the Boston Celtics it left them without a big man with the versatile scoring punch Horford had.
With Ilyasova they get a player who is similar in size 6’10/235 lbs vs Horford 6’10/245 lbs and style. His stats with Philadelphia are similar to Horford’s with Boston this year. The former 2nd round pick averaged 14.8 pts, 5.9 rebs in 53 games for the 76ers. Horford averages 14.6 pts, 6.6 rebs this year for the Celtics.
Hawks have very little chance to get by the Cavs in the East until Lebron slows down in the next 3-4 years. This move allows to them to remain a playoff contender as they renovate Philips Arena for the 207-18 season. They will continue to strike the balance of having a decent product, while they continue to craft a team that can challenge for a title in 2 or 3 years. New hashtag #Hawks2020
By Jonathan Simmons
Throughout the 2016-17 season Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s main theme was that the team would play fast and be aggressive. For the first two and half quarters of Super Bowl 51 it worked to perfection. The upstart Falcons defense sacked Patriots QB Tom Brady and harassed into throwing his 1st playoffs ‘pick 6’ interception. Rookie MLB Deion Jones caused a fumble which led to an Atlanta score. By midway throughout the 3rd quarter the Falcons had a seemingly insurmountable 28-3 lead. At this point the goal should be to use the runn take time off the clock and put points on the board when you have opportunity.
Instead the Falcons coaches continued to the throw the ball and blew two chances inside the Patriots 25 to get a least a field goal. Twice Matt Ryan was sacked. One of those sacks caused a fumble to set a Patriot score. The next a sack and penalty wrecked the other chance to score. If Atlanta had gotten points on either drive they would be Super Bowl champs. Instead they will be considered Sports historical chumps who blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history
#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…
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@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.
Click here for Josh Pastner press conference highlight on the Ga Tech page on our website