Monday, November 04, 2019

MAKING KNOWLEDGE THE NEW SOUL


Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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MAKING KNOWLEDGE THE NEW SOUL

ALL KNOWLEDGE IS VALUABLE, BUT WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT IS KNOWING WHERE YOU CURRENTLY ARE, AND WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

Black people have a long and illustrious history of great kings, queens, and warriors, but in spite of that we still ended up enslaved. The reason for that is simple - instead of dwelling on the past we should have been focused on the future and developing gunpowder, cannons, and armadas to patrol the shores of African. Thus, we were enslaved due to a lack of knowledge, and we’ll only liberate ourselves through the pursuit of knowledge.
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But currently we’re suffering from the very same problem that led to our enslavement in the first place. Far too many of us are focused on partying, getting’ high, throwing our fists in the air when we’re abused, and watching status chase quo. Then we tend to look back on our past to try to gain a sense of self-worth. While it might be good to indulge in that activity during our leisure moments, if we want to move forward, we must spend our time on self-development so we can take pride in who we are NOW, as individuals. Ancestor worship is a feel-good activity, but it's absolutely worthless when it comes to improving our condition. If that weren't the case, we wouldn't currently be trying to dig ourselves out of a hole, because we'd already be on top. In fact, ancestor worship is what's holding us down, because it's causing us to waste time and energy looking in the wrong direction. We should be focusing our time and energy on worshiping the future, not the past. The past is gone.
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To get a clear understanding of our situation we only have to observe what we do in our daily lives. When you pull out of your driveway to go to work, you glance back over your shoulder before you backup to avoid any obstacles that may be in your way. But once you’re out of your driveway, you have to look FORWARD if you want to reach your destination.
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The very same thing is true in life in general. You can’t depend on Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, or Malcolm to gain the sense of self-worth that'll help you to move forward. You can only move forward and gain a true sense of pride by developing YOURSELF as an individual. Just because Malcolm was impressive doesn’t mean that extends to you. You have to make YOURSELF strong, knowledgeable and Black – and sitting around trying to rhyme ain’t gonna do that. How do you expect to spit any wisdom if you're so uneducated you don't know anything about life beyond your hood? All you end up doing is spewing vulgar nursery rhymes behind a drum machine - and all that does is pass on ignorance to the next generation.
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I'm sure a lot of people are going to angrily object to what I'm saying. I expect that, because unvarnished truth can be painful. But that's okay.  I'll take the slings and arrows, because I love my people, I know their potential, and it's killing me to watch them squander it.
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In that regard, I really appreciate the fact that I'm hearing from some of the people I respect most on this subject. We need to all speak up, because I'm hearing a lot of slogans that sound catchy and pro-Black but bare absolutely no relationship to reality. One of those sayings is, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." That sounds cute, but it's pure bullshit. If you get lost, it doesn't matter where you've been. What matters is figuring out where you ARE, and how you can get from there to where you want to go. 

You can be the world's greatest authority on Black history (and I know a lot of them), yet, still be on your ass. The reason for that is they spend so much time looking backwards that they haven't prepared for the future. They're geniuses in Black history, but they don't know a damn thing about business, politics, or efficient thinking. They think the key to life is about quoting Malcolm, but Malcolm's been gone for over 50 years, yet, we're still fighting the same battles. So we must be doing something wrong - and what that something is, is running around saggin' and tryin' to be cool, or tryin' to become entertainers or sports stars, and then throwin' on a dashiki to represent our manhood.
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Now, don't get me wrong, sports can be a good thing if it can help you through college and achieve your goals. But the bottom line is, games are for kids, and it's the Toy Department of life. Donald Trump's a big sports fan, so I guess I can rest my case on that alone. I also like dashikis, but I've long since recognized that a dashiki can't coverup ignorance and a lack of knowledge.

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Our sisters - who have ALWAYS been the true backbone of our culture -
have seen the light, and if brothers don't wake up, we're even gonna lose them. Black women are now the most educated group in America, and no educated sister wants to be dealing with a 32-year-old teenager to help her raise her children - and beyond that, they're not going to be able to put up with our ignorance. Who wants to lay-up in bed with a clueless and illiterate child?
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If we don’t recognize these facts, we're gonna continue to be shot and killed by rogue cops for a broken tail light, or while watching television in our own homes. We need the knowledge and focus to gain political clout. That is the one and ONLY way to deal with White Supremacy, to become a formidable force in society - ask the Jews, they found out the hard way. So we need to pull up our pants and stop trying to play make-believe.

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The very same brilliance that went into the making of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha, can also be applied to science, politics, and engineering. So we need to get it together, and make knowledge the new “soul”.
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WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS KIND OF STUPIDITY



Eric L. Wattree
Ewattree@Gmail.com
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does. 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A BLACK MAN'S RESPONSE TO A CONSERVATIVE BIGOT

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree
EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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A BLACK MAN’S RESPONSE TO A CONSERVATIVE BIGOT


Roberrt, I always tell young Black people that the best defense against your brand of bigotry is excellence. The most effective way to kill a bigot is to deny him his desperate need to embrace an unearned sense of superiority.
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And yes, Roberrt, climbing trees with the monkeys in Africa is undoubtedly a part of my heritage, yet, it’s obviously led to making me intellectually superior to you in spite of all the obstacles I had to overcome. So maybe you should to go to Africa and try it yourself, it just might contribute to your character and intellect.
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So your childish digs don't insult me a bit, because I love everything associated with being Black, climbing trees with the monkeys and all. After all, every bit of my heritage contributed to making me, me, as opposed to being someone like yourself - and there is indeed a big difference between the two of us, and I take great pride in that difference, because it’s the difference Charlie Parker and Boots Randolph, and Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
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Bigots like yourself suffer from the erroneous assumption that Black people yearn to be White, but let me let you in on a secret - while most Black people have the intelligence to know there's nothing inherently wrong with being White and that White people have every right to take pride in their heritage, if most Black people woke up White themselves, they'd want to commit suicide. So your arrogant air of superiority strikes the vast majority of Black people as an idiotic delusion of grandeur.
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Think about it, Roberrt - everything that Black people decide to take seriously, from music and sports, to being President of the United States, they become the very best at it, and you know that. That's why you're such a paranoid bigot in the first place, and that's nothing short of dysfunctional.
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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

The man below was assaulted by a group of White men during the 1960s just because he was on his way to vote. This is the hidden code in MAGA. Make America great again? When was that? You, Donald Trump and your band of conservative bigots yearn to return to the 'Great America' of 'the good old days'.
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WELL, YOU CAN STUFF THAT DREAM
AND KISS MY ASS!



Eric L. Wattree
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does. 


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Sunday, October 27, 2019

A BLACK MAN'S RESPONSE TO THE BIGOTRY OF ROBERRT DILLON

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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A BLACK MAN’S RESPONSE TO THE BIGOTRY OF ROBERRT DILLON
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ONE BLACK MAN’S CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICA
ME AND MY BABY BOY
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Roberrt Dillon tweeted, “Once Black, always Black. You go through life with a chip on your shoulder.”
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Yes, Roberrt, you're right about that – “once a Black, always Black” - and thank God for it! Some people call your kind of bigotry hatred, but this Black man happens to recognize it as fear and insecurity, so I can’t even get angry with you. I’m compassionate, and I have the intellect to understand that you're afraid of being left behind. That’s an unmistakable sign of ignorance, and ignorance and fear should always be pitied, not hated. So I understand you, Roberrt, in spite of yourself.
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HERE’S A BLACK MAN THAT I RAISED



"Protecting teammates in 1996 was just the beginning of a career of security.  Following graduation from Azusa Pacific in May of that year, [Eric]Wattree entered the Air Force where he served for ten years, most notably as a certified Phoenix Raven Anti-Terrorism Specialist.  He was tasked with ensuring the safety of government officials and high-ranking military personnel while providing support on highly classified special operation missions in Afghanistan and other places throughout the world.

"While still with the Air Force, he joined the Drug Enforcement Administration out of the Seattle area, working on complex conspiracy and international investigations.  He stayed with the DEA for 15 years until last year, when he accepted a new position as senior investigator and security specialist with the Arizona Department of Economic Security."



MEMORANDUM FOR OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL SELECTION COMMITTEE

FROM: 92 SFS/SFO

2 E. ARNOLD STREET
FAIRCHILD AFB, WA 99011

SUBJECT: Recommendation for Staff Sergeant Eric L. Wattree


1. I wholeheartedly concur with Staff Sergeant Wattree’s request to attend Officer Training School. He represents the enlisted ranks with the highest standard and will bring that dedication and professionalism to the officer corps.

2. Eric continues to lead a stellar military career; his enlisted performance reports speak for themselves. His leadership and experience, especially in contingency environments, remains a vital asset to our unit and wing. As one of my primary Phoenix Raven team leaders, he’s propelled to the forefront of all major deployments throughout the world. He’s repeatedly secured aircraft and crews, supporting a wide variety of missions, in the most austere and terrorist-ridden environments where security is severely inadequate. The diversity of these missions never limited SSgt Wattree’s capacity to adapt to each situation. For this reason, Eric was selected as our 2000 Outstanding Phoenix Raven Member of the Year and the 2001 Air Force Reserve Component Airman of the Year for the 92d Security Forces Squadron.

3. Whether operating under peacetime or contingency operations, Eric easily assumes control and tackles every situation with meticulous tenacity, a quality highly desired in our Air Force officers. Requested by name, Sergeant Wattree, provided security for presidential Banner missions throughout Greece, Peru and Viet Nam. While deployed to Afghanistan, he flew numerous combat missions in our nation’s pursuit to eradicate terrorism through Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Additionally, he provided round-the-clock force protection for aircraft in other high-threat environments including Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Oman.

4. Sergeant Wattree motivated his personnel during the worst conditions and raised the level of esprit de corps to integrate personnel from other Air Force specialties into a cohesive team. His leadership, integrity and devotion to our Air Force play an integral part in our future leadership. Eric has what it takes to become a commissioned officer and earns my full support to attend Officer Training School.

FRANK HELLSTERN, JR., Captain, USAF
Operations Officer


GRANDSON - ELI WATTREE
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Roberrt, I always tell young Black people that the best defense against your brand of bigotry is excellence. The most effective way to kill a bigot is to deny him his desperate need to embrace an unearned sense of superiority.
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And yes, Roberrt, climbing trees with the monkeys in Africa is undoubtedly a part of my heritage, yet, it’s obviously led to making me intellectually superior to you in spite of all the obstacles I had to overcome. So maybe you should to go to Africa and try it yourself, it may contribute to your character and intellect.
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So your childish digs don't insult me a bit, because I love everything associated with being Black, climbing trees with the monkeys and all. After all, every bit of my heritage contributed to making me, me, as opposed to being someone like yourself - and there is indeed a big difference between the two of us, and I take great pride in that difference, because it's the difference between Charlie Parker and Boots Randolph, and Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
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Bigots like yourself suffer from the erroneous assumption that Black people yearn to be White, but let me let you in on a secret - while most Black people have the intelligence to know there's nothing inherently wrong with being White and that White people have every right to take pride in their heritage, if most Black people woke up White themselves, they'd want to commit suicide. So your arrogant air of superiority strikes the vast majority of Black people as an idiotic delusion of grandeur. 
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Think about it, Roberrt - everything that Black people decide to take seriously, from music and sports, to being President of the United States, they become the very best at it, and you know that. That's why you're such a paranoid bigot in the first place, and that's nothing short of dysfunctional.
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SO ROBERRT, TELL ME,
WHAT HAVE YOU CONTRIBUTED TO AMERICA - OTHER THAN IGNORANCE, HATRED, AND BIGOTRY?
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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
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The man below was assaulted by a group of White men during the 1960s just because he was on his way to vote. This is the hidden code in MAGA. Make America great again? When was that? You, Donald Trump and your band of conservative bigots yearn to return to the 'Great America' of 'the good old days'.

WELL, YOU CAN STUFF THAT DREAM 
AND KISS MY ASS!

Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STORM HEARING ROOM TO PREVENT TESTIMONY


Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STORM HEARING ROOM TO PREVENT TESTIMONY


After an unsuccessful attempt to obstruct congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibility of oversight by trying to block his staff from testifying, President Donald Trump urged the GOP to “get tougher and fight”. He said, “Some GOP lawmakers are great fighters. But they have to get tougher and fight because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party for the (2020) election.” 
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Trump has good reason for wanting the Republicans to fight, because the testimony being laid out against him is devastating, and near certain to lead to his impeachment in the house. One credible witness after another is providing testimony that strongly suggest that Trump was withholding badly needed assistance to the Ukraine that was authorized by congress until they agreed to initiate an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden, his likely political rival in the 2020 election. The picture being painted is that Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in American taxpayer money authorized by congress to help Ukraine defend against a Russian invasion for his own political gain in the 2020 election, and to the benefit of Vladimir Putin. So the testimony strongly suggest that Trump was using our money to benefit himself and Vladimir Putin.
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The
GOP is no longer even trying to dispute the facts; now they’ve resorted to engaging in silly stunts and distractions in an attempt to disrupt the investigative hearing. They claim that the Democrats are holding a secret hearing where Trump is not being allowed due process. That’s a sham. There are Republicans on the committee with equal rights to question the witnesses – but instead of challenging the facts, many of them were involved in the storming of the hearing room to disrupt the proceedings. The committee is merely gathering facts like a grand jury – which Trump tried to obstruct by ordering witnesses not to appear or produce evidentiary documents. After the investigation, the impeachment debate will be public, and if he is impeached by the house, then he’ll also be provided due process in his trial in the senate.
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So the bottom line is, Trump and the GOP are engaging in every disruptive device imaginable to keep the facts from being revealed, and Speaker Pelosi shouldn’t tolerate this blatant assault on our democracy. She should have the Sergeant at Arms arrest these people, put them in jail, fine them each $10,000 a day, and have them striped of their security clearances for Inherent Contempt of Congress. This is deadly serious business. These people mounted a direct assault on the United States Constitution, so it shouldn’t be tolerated for a second.
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This stunt proves that Trump and the GOP are without limits and they’ll do whatever they think they can get away with to save Trump. So this is just the beginning.  Trump is already using language like “coup”, “treason” and implying that the people who informed on him should be executed, so next he’ll have his horde of ignorant bigots rioting in the street.
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Can you even imagine ANY judge in the United States tolerating  these rogue Republicans storming his or her courtroom like they did congress!!!? Absolutely not. They’d all go to jail. Well, congress is a coequal branch of government and deserving of the very same level of respect. 
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Vox reported, “On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard Trump’s appeal of Marrero’s decision. During that hearing, Trump lawyer William Consovoy confirmed just how far his argument goes. In response to a question by appellate Judge Denny Chin, Consovoy argued that Trump is immune from criminal investigation even if he were to shoot someone on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.” And now Trump has the FBI under criminal investigation by his corrupt attorney general, Barr, for investigating him and initiating the Mueller investigation, which also found evidence of his criminality. In addition, he's filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James to prevent her from turning his state tax returns over to congress (He's got his hands full there). 
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Trump envies Putin, and he’s trying his best to turn the United States into Russia. So at best, Trump is an ignorant and uninformed spoiled brat, or at worst, a budding autocratic tyrant, so we’d better start treating him like one - him, and, his Republican storm troopers.

A MESSAGE TO SPEAKER PELOSI
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EITHER DO YOUR JOB BY STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY, OR GET THE HELL OUT THE WAY AND MAKE ROOM FOR SOMEBODY WITH A BACKBONE.  AMERICA IS AT WAR WITH A DOMESTIC ENEMY. THIS IS NO TIME FOR WOBBLY KNEES.
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REPUBLICANS STORM HEARING ROOM




Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does. 

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Monday, October 21, 2019

ARE WHITE EVANGELICALS FOLLOWING THE LORD, OR HATRED, BIGOTRY, AND GREED?

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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82 PERCENT OF WHITE EVANGELICALS SUPPORT TRUMP. ARE THEY FOLLOWING THE LORD, OR HATRED, BIGOTRY AND GREED?



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I’m a passionate believer in God. I pray before every meal, and each night before I go to bed. But God blessed me with enough sense to realize that he communicates with us through common sense, that’s why he gave it to us. So, the so-called "Holy Scriptures” are nothing more than the superstitious rantings of 3000-year-old dead men who didn't know any more about God than we do, which is absolutely nothing. They were the Pat Robertsons of their day.
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You don’t have to have “faith” to believe in God, you have an entire universe to attest to his existence. You only need “faith” to believe in the word of man, who’s created hatred, murder, and mayhem all over the world. There are over 4200 different religions in the world. If God had anything to do with religion there would only be one. Would a loving God subject man to such to such hatred, chaos and misery? I don’t think so. So you must ask yourself, are you worshiping God, or a book? And what do you have the most faith in, God, the common sense that bestowed upon you, or the word of man? I ask you this in the name of God.
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Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ. And do this not only to please them while they are watching, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” EPHESIANS 6:5

The scripture cited above scripture is complete nonsense, and it’s nonsense for a reason, because organized religion – ALL OF THEM – is social manipulation and designed to allow man to control other men. God created you with all that you need to live a Godly life. And God doesn’t make mistakes, so you don’t require a user’s guide written by other men. The user’s guide that’s referred to as “The Holy Scriptures” is nothing more than a device used by man to put his words into God’s mouth. He’s telling you what HE wants, not God. That’s why the scriptures didn’t prevent slavery, the slaughter of over 200 million Native Americans, or White Evangelicals now trying to convince you to worship Donald Trump. God gave you the common sense to know that snakes don’t talk. Listen to him, Black people. Get off your knees and on your job, or you’ll be victims for another 400 years.


LET’S TALK ABOUT GOD AND THE UNIVERSE



Our galaxy has over 200 billion stars, and the Sun is only one of them. It takes the Sun, along with Earth, and it’s other 8 hitchhikers, traveling at 828,000 mph 230 million years to orbit around our galaxy just one time.  Yet, our solar system, with its 9 planets, is only a microscopic dust particle in our galaxy, and our galaxy itself, in terms of the universe, is nothing more than a microscopic dust particle in space.
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To make sense of the distances we’re talking about, on January 19, 2006 we launched the space probe, New Horizon, for the planet Pluto in our own solar system. It was the Fastest man-made object ever launched from Earth.  It sped through space at 36,400 mph. That’s 24 times faster than an AK 47 military rifle bullet. Yet it took New Horizon until July 14, 2015 (9 years, 6 months) to reach Pluto.
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Thus, if the Earth was your house in Los Angeles, Pluto would be a flea in San Diego, and Alpha Centauri, the closest neighboring star to the Sun, would be an elephant in China - and that's just within our galaxy. There are over 200 billion stars, equally as far away from one another, in just our galaxy alone, and there are more galaxies in the universe than there are grains of sand on every beach, every desert, and every ocean floor on the planet Earth – and that’s just in the observable universe that's still expanding in every direction at the speed of light (186,282 miles per second). Yet, man thinks he can tell other men about God.
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Man is way too full of himself.  In terms of the universe, man is trillions of times less significant than a colony of germs under a toilet seat in Uzbekistan. It’s only man’s incredible arrogance that causes him to think that we’re important enough for God to even remember who we are. After all, does God remember every germ that he created?  So every time I hear a preacher preaching “the gospel” I have to laugh. I ask myself, "Will you listen to this fool! I wonder does he actually believe this nonsense!!!?"

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Do you believe that God sent Jesus to all the hundreds of trillions of worlds in the universe? Or do you believe that we're so special that we're the
OUMUAMUA: WHAT IS IT?
only speck of dust in the universe with life on it? Both assumptions are ridiculous. It may seem like we're alone, but the only reason we don’t see other beings is because even if they lived right next door to us (which they do), even traveling at the speed of light, it would take them 137 thousand years to get here, because the next closest star to the Sun, Alpha Centauri, is over 24 trillion miles away.  So, think about that – in order to just drop in for a cup of coffee they would have had to leave home 135 thousand years before Jesus was born, and they won't get here for another 133 thousand years - and again, that’s just our closest neighbor!
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So, whenever I think about the universe that God has created, it helps me to place the concept of God in perspective. The limited intellect of man is much too puny to even conceive of the nature of God, and much less, know what's on his mind - that explains atheism. But that alone gives me more than enough reason to worship him. I worship God for what he’s done, and what I can see, not because of the superstitious rantings of 3000-year-old dead men - and that's exactly who wrote the so-called "Scriptures". They were no closer to God than we are today. They were the Pat Robertsons of their time, and just as clueless. These same men claimed that the universe revolved around the Earth until Galileo proved them wrong - and then they placed him under arrest for educating them.

Thus, for exactly that reason, I feel absolutely no obligation to force myself to believe in walking dead men or talking snakes, nor do I feel any obligation to get all dressed up every Sunday morning and pay to be screamed at for two hours. And there's another important benefit - I don't have to be bothered with Bible-thumping lunatics. 
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So, whenever I want to commune with God – and I do quite regularly - I simply pour myself a drink, sit out in my backyard, and gaze out at the night sky – and I can do that for free, except for the price of a shot of gin. 

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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
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Monday, October 14, 2019

THE PUEBLOS

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

THE PUEBLOS

I was born in Watts – and always kept a foot in that hood because my grandparents, uncles and aunt lived there – but I grew-up in the Pueblos.  5250 Long Beach Ave. I went to Holmes Ave. Elementary School, and as a teenager and young adult my hang was 55th and Long Beach. Everybody knew me because my mother was the head nurse at the 55th St. Medical Center and she took care of them when they were cut, shot, had no insurance, or had any kind of emergency when the clinic was closed, in which case they just came to the house. The Pueblos is where I learned about Bird, Miles and Trane; and learned how not to be a follower, how to think for myself, and I absorbed the most valuable lesson of all - that humanity was full of shit. So yes, everything I know came out of the Pueblos.
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I was taught that the pursuit of knowledge was essential to avoid being manipulated and there was no excuse for failing to attain it, because knowledge was free. So by the time I went to college I already had a working knowledge of both sides of the street. I understood the importance of absorbing knowledge, but I also understood the importance of connecting the dots for myself. I was taught as a teenager that there was a big difference between “education” and cognitive development. Efficient cognition was developing the ability to think, while education, more often than not, was being TOLD what to think – that’s why we have so many fools in congress, and even more fools following them.  
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The Pueblos also taught me that while trying be an intellectual was cool, I should never forget the hood rat that is my nature, because while being an intellectual did come in handy when dealing with pretentious fools, it was the hood rat that would keep me ahead of the game and my intellect in perspective. The hood rat in me helped me to recognize that while it was good to become well versed in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, I should never forget the teachings of “Sweet Willie”, because Willie was about survival. Willie was wise, and he didn’t bullshit, so his teachings would serve to keep my ass intact.
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Thus, some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, and some of the weakest minds I’ve known paraded around university campuses giving credentials priority over knowledge. So I learned early in life to never confuse credentials with either knowledge or intellect. Educated fools are not a myth – the world is full of them.

THE HOOD RAT
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Baby,
I’m sure you know that I love you.
You’re everything I need.
You fit the bill of all my desires,
a perfect match for all of my dreams.
From the moment I first laid eyes on you,
You were everything I craved -
that luscious vision from across the tracks,
that delicate flower, beyond my blade.
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But what you ask is foreign to me.
You need something that I’m not.
You said, just tweak my nature a little bit,
and you’ll give everything you’ve got.
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But that "tweak" you need is who I am -
it’s my essence, can’t you see?
How can you speak of loving my soul, but
not the hood rat that is me?
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While "hood rat" may seem trite to you,
it’s the essence of my being.
So forget about what all the other’s say,
here’s what it means to me:
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I’ve been brutally dragged through the pits of hell,
yet, managed to survive,
well educated and fully functional,
when I came out the other side.
I scrounged the lessons taught at Harvard,
because knowledge, I found, was free.
But they’ll never obtain the lessons I’ve learned,
or the knowledge that makes me, me.
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While the "elite" may have heard a mournful Trane,
or Miles muted in the night,
not in the context of hunger and pain,
or hopelessness, hatred, and blight.
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So while I've lived the life of a hood rat,
I’ve reaped a knowledge that money can't buy;
a knowledge passed on to my son and daughter,
which has greatly enhanced their lives.
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Thus, I wouldn't change a single thing in my life -
I’ve faced Hell and passed the test.
I have a PhD in adversity,
that's made me much more,
rather than less.
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So unlike the people at Harvard and Yale, who
try to buy intellectual clout,
they only study the genius of Miles and Trane,
while I'm who they’re blowin' about.
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So when snobs try to slur me as "just a hood rat,"
I say, "thank you," and don’t take offense.
I take great pride in surviving the travails in my life,
That’s what gives me my confidence.
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The Ivy League degrees of those of means
are only paper compared to mine;
they have only a "receipt" for their knowledge,
while my knowledge is SCORCHED within my mind.
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I can teach philosophy to the Aristotle
with the adversity that I’ve endured,
so any snob who dares to match my wit
will come up short, and that’s for sure.
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Snobs walk about quoting Socrates and such,
through their "education" they’re prone;
but while they’re spewing the thoughts of various dead men,
I'm developing thoughts of my own.
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Never give the thoughts of ANY man, 
priority over the knowledge you're prone;
You must collect the facts, and think for yourself,
that’s where Harvard and Yale has gone wrong.
*
Aristotle was a brilliant man,
of that we can all agree,
but when it comes right down to the bottom line,
he was only a man just like me.
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Preacher, politician, potentate,
whatever their point of view,
God didn't bless them with any knowledge
that he failed to bestow on you.
*
So being seen as a hood rat has its advantages
against racists of limited wit;
I simply quietly wait for their condescension,
and then show ‘em that they ain’t shit.
*
While God made birds to fly and fish to swim,
he gave man thought, and that's the key.
So any man who thinks he's half superior
will have to PROVE his wit to me.
*
Thus, knowledge is the key to set us free,
no matter what the people say,
and there’s nothing more formidable than
a knowledgeable hood rat, and
that’s what you’re looking upon today.
*
Yet, these are the things you want me to purge,
and spurn the life I’ve led,
but I’m sorry, my love,
as much as I love you,
the soul of a hood rat is my edge.

Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

BLACK WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS, AND INDEPENDENT THINKERS
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Religion: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does. 



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