Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ATHEISTS LACK INSIGHT

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

ATHEISTS LACK INSIGHT

Atheists take the position that God doesn’t exist because they lack insight. They're basing their opinion regarding the existence of God on a preconceived idea of what God has to be to exist. So the bottom line is, they can't find God because their thinking is so limited that they don’t know where to look. They’re looking for a humanoid-like entity, but who says God has to look like them or share their nature? Atheists completely fail to consider the fact that existence itself is a form of existence. So instead of falling all over one another trying to come up with condescending little witticisms like “The great Houdini in the sky”, they should take the time to expand their minds.

And no, I’m not a religious fanatic.  I'm a firm believer in God but I have absolutely no time for religion. God blessed us with common sense to guide our lives, and then man came along and created religion in order to claim that he speaks for God. But there are over 4200 different religions on Earth, and if God had anything to do with any of them, there’d only be one. 

Religions are designed to allow man to control other men. That’s why you’ll find that the most highly religious people in the world are also the most undereducated and gullible. If you can get a person to believe in walking dead men and talkin' snakes, you can get him to believe anything, including everything in Heaven is White. That’s why in spite of the many rumors that Black people also go to Heaven, you’ll never see one depicted (as clearly shown in the attached depiction). That alone speaks volumes. It clearly demonstrates that religions are a reflection of what their followers want to believe, as opposed to a message from God.

So to answer the question that theists agnostics, and atheists endlessly debate, "Does God exist?", yes, there is a God. God is existence itself, or to put it quite simply, God is what "is" is.

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Eric L. Wattree

Http://wattree.blogspot.com

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

TO A FRIEND WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A TRUMP SUPPORTER

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

TO A FRIEND WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A TRUMP SUPPORTER
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I recently met a guy online by the name of Howard, and we rapidly became friends. I won’t give his last name as I’d planned because we had also planned to write this piece together, but it turned out that, that wasn’t meant to be. 
Howard and I are both widowers and we both loved and currently miss our late wives desperately, so it wasn’t a bit unusual that we immediately connected. I liked this guy upon first contact, and with the pain of our mutual loss in common, when we first spoke over the phone I felt like I was talking to a fellow traveler and someone I had known for years. 
It turned out that we were also both passionate in our political views as well - I, a passionate progressive, and he’s just as passionate in his support of Donald Trump. Once we recognized our unusual situation, we decided to not only try to navigate it, but to try to turn it to our advantage by using our unique connection to get a better understanding of what motivates the political opposition. We recognized that we had an excellent opportunity to address the differences in our political philosophies without having to deal with the attendant hostility. We even spoke of collaborating on this article together, so I sent him these first three paragraphs in an attempt to try set the tone. 
But it turned out that, that wasn’t as easy as it sounded. When I asked Howard to explain to me why he supported Donald Trump, he asked me to give him a couple of days to think about it, but he never got back with me with a response. So I decided to turn it around and I started writing him about some of the many things I found wrong with Trump, and asked him how he could possibly ignore them. I also sent him the video below, and evidence of alleged Trump and Russian collusion reported by a Trump administration whistleblower: 
TRUMP LIED AND AMERICANS DIED https://twitter.com/i/status/1303834571176378376 
FURTHER EVIDENCE OF TRUMP-RUSSIAN COLLUSION
On 9/11/20 the Washington Post reported that “Last week, the director of national intelligence, Trump loyalist John Ratcliffe, told Congress that he would suspend in-person briefings on foreign election interference. This week, Brian Murphy, who until recently was a senior intelligence official at DHS, came forward with a whistleblower’s complaint alleging that senior department officials told him to falsify intelligence to play down Russian attacks and play up the purported threat from China and Iran. Murphy quotes acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf telling him that those instructions came straight from the White House.” 
In response, Howard posted the following: 
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“To all my friends here, I sit in a brown recliner and have my computer on my lap. It is quiet and I marvel at the sense of community I feel here. The sense of quiet confidence with a driving goal. To reelect the President. It is lovely. I have not belonged like this in a while.”
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That told me two things – first, that Howard couldn’t tell me why he supported Trump, and second, that he had decided to ignore Trump's flaws - even his possible treason. 
Prior to getting to know Howard I would have simply written someone like him off as just an ignorant fascist. But now I’m left with a dilemma – I know that’s not the case. I wish it were, because then I would have been able to simply dismiss him and move on. But now I can’t dismiss him – at least, not without knowing that I was being remiss. Because I know for a fact that Howard is not the least bit ignorant, and I’m confident that he’s not a bigoted fascist. So how then do I explain his seeming blind loyalty to Donald Trump?
People like Howard, who are ordinarily intelligent and insightful people, yet, for some reason have a visceral attachment to a self-serving, bigoted, and corrupt politician like Donald Trump can’t simply be ignored, because they represent an insidious element within our body politic, and also a serious threat to our democracy. It’s not the people themselves that’s the problem, but the conditions that continue to create such people that represent a threat to our way of life. So to simply ignore what I’ve found to be the case here without examination would not only be reckless, but dangerously remiss, because it would be like ignoring a cancer that's quietly eating away at our society. 
I’ve come to the conclusion that while many of the people who support Trump are indeed simply bigots, there are many, like Howard, who may not be consciously racist at all, but they’ve simply become accustomed to the relative comfort of a racist America. In the past, as they struggled through their lives they had the comfort of knowing that regardless to how challenging life became, they would always be protected from being at the bottom of the barrel. But that’s no longer the case. Now that they’ve seen a Black man become one of our most honored Presidents, a Black woman running for Vice President, and hordes of non-White individuals moving to the very top of our society, they feel both insecure, and under an intense threat for their own survival. 
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And I can understand how they feel. It was one thing to see a young Black man like myself coming up back in the day, because I wasn't a threat, but it's completely another to see brilliant young, highly educated Black people like my grandkids coming up, because they are indeed more than capable of leaving many White folks behind. They have the confidence, education, and creativity to do it. Because they realize what we call "soul" is nothing less than creative brilliance straining to be unleashed, and it can be applied to much more than just music.
That’s why “Make America Great Again” is such a popular slogan - because it recalls a time when America was great for White people and they were relatively secure. But the fact is, America has never been great in the sense that it’s been propagandized, and highly educated young Black people clearly recognize that fact, so now the chickens are coming home to roost. 
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As I pointed out in a previous article, during the "Manifest Destiney" era (when Europeans came here and claimed that "God wants us to have this land"), and after being welcomed here by the Native Americans, they responded by presenting hosts with disease-infected blankets, and then brought in their army to eradicate them. So while we condemn the Nazis for killing 6 million Jews, American settlers killed as many as 10 generations of Native Americans in order to rob them of their land – and Trump is still robbing them of their natural resources as we speak. 
MAKE AMERICA GREAT
AGAIN

In addition, they moved on to either kill or make the lives of millions of African 
slaves miserable. Then after slavery, there was the Jim Crow era in which millions of African-Americans were discriminated against, brutalized, and in many cases murdered. And during that same time, the nation was also involved in WWII where Japanese-American citizens had their property seized and entire families were placed in concentration camps. In addition, the United States dropped not one, but TWO atomic bombs on the innocent men, women and children of Japan - and since they were noncombatants, that made it THE MOST horrendous act of terrorism in ALL of human history. 
But even then, “America the Beautiful” still wasn’t done - it went on to kill 3.1 million Vietnamese (2 million of which were innocent civilian men, women, and children), and then they did the very same thing to the people of Iraq (they were more compassionate with Iraqis, however - they only killed a million of them), and for no reason whatsoever, other than they didn’t like the cut of their jib. 
So American history is the most blatant lie ever told in the history of mankind. In America's short 244-years of existence America has undoubtedly been THE most brutally evil nation in human history. While some enlightened Americans - both Christian and non-Christian - are still willing to fight for what America COULD be, the Trumplodytes are waging Holy Hell against even that - and ironically, the so-called “Evangelical Christians” are screaming the loudest, which speaks volumes about who they really are. 
This is why Howard can’t tell me what he likes about Trump. While he craves the security that our brutal past provided White people, on a subconscious level he recognizes the price that was paid for White security in terms of injustice and immorality. That makes it impossible for Howard to explain what he likes about Trump without also embracing the truth about our past and what Trump actually represents, and right-wing Christians have the exact same problem. So instead of clearly stating what they really like about Trump, MAGA fans embrace their ambiguous slogan, “Make America Great Again”. That allows them to embrace White supremacy with a wink, but without actually having to claim it as their philosophy. But that’s exactly what America has always been, a hell-hole of White supremacy since its very inception.
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But what Howard and his cohorts don't understand is, they're being bamboozled. As Trump's recklessly self-centered response to the Coronavirus clearly demonstrates, Trump and the GOP don't care any more about poor White folks than they do Blacks. Trump sees the poor, unwashed White masses as merely useful idiots to be used in his pursuit of self-aggrandizement, bigotry, and greed, and his all-inclusive bigotry also frowns upon poor White people of their motley breed.


So there you have it, Howard. Tell me where I’m wrong.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE AIDE SAYS TRUMP 
DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE,
HE ONLY CARES ABOUT BEING RE-ELECTED


Eric L. Wattree

Http://wattree.blogspot.com

Ewattree@Gmail.com

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

THE PROBLEM WITH BLACK HISTORY

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

THE PROBLEM WITH BLACK HISTORY

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Looking backwards allows us to sit on our asses and brag about our greatness, but it doesn’t answer the following question – if we were so great, how did we end up as slaves?

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There’s a very simple and obvious answer to that question. The answer is, because we’re the people of the future, not the past. We were enslaved because we were in the cradle of our development, and our enslavement contributed to who we are today, and who we are developing into as the people of tomorrow.

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Yes, being enslaved was a painful and degrading experience, but that’s nature’s way. It’s called natural selection. Nature selects certain lifeforms to thrive above their immediate environment by introducing adversity that they must overcome to grow. By managing to overcome that adversity, they become stronger and more viable as a lifeform. 

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When man was placed here on Earth he wasn’t as strong as the elephant, as ferocious as the lion, and he couldn’t fly about danger like the eagle, so nature provided him with a brain to meet that challenge. As a result, man can now build machines that can crush any elephant, destroy any lion, and fly far beyond the eagle’s domain. Thus, the experience of surviving adversity was, and is, a source of knowledge and intellectual development, and if recognized as such, will make us much more, rather than less. It will help us to meet our destiny, and should always serve as a constant reminder that our greatness lies before us, not in our past.

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Trumplodytes know this. 

That's why they bring so much passion to their struggle.

So don't look back, 

Because WE

are the ancestors of greatness.

And WE

are the foundation that greatness will look back upon.

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Thus, we should never be ashamed of the Black experience. We should recognize it as a force that has served to make us strong and unique as a people, and therefore, embraced it with reverence and pride.

Eric L. Wattree

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

DADDY'S BABY BOY

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

DADDY’S BABY BOY
ERIC L. WATTREE, JR


"DADDY, MOMMIE SAID YOU BEAT UP THE BOGEYMAN.

DID YOU REALLY BEAT HIM UP?"
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"YEAH, TWICE. THAT'S WHY HE'S SCARED TO COME

IN OUR HOUSE."

HOWLING WINDS
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As I watched my son, dapper as they come, walk down our walkway and into manhood,

what I remember most was the howling winds. I'd seen such winds before, but never like this - my old foe was pulling up trees by the roots,

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So I watched, but I watched alone.

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As the winds raged on and the mighty palms bowed, a single leaf from our Winter-bare ficus tree

held tough against the ferocious storm. It fought valiantly against the angry gale, as though hanging tough Just to witness the changing of the guard,

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So I stood, but I stood alone.

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Like that solitary leaf, all my life I've fought the ferocious winds, and now they’ve returned, this mighty foe, poised to seize the hopes and dreams of my only son,

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So I cringed, but I cringed alone.

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Then, posterity glanced back, squared its shoulders, and beat back hopelessness as it

trudged through fields of ivy. Then it spread its wings and rode those howling winds

over yonder mountaintop,

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So I wept, but I wept with a crowd . . .


AZUSA, Calif. – In a tense, high stakes, pressure situation, where only two options exist and just one that is favorable, there is no man better the moment and no one better to protect your interests than Eric  Wattree.  And that's not just in sports but in real life too.

Wattree, the burly 6-foot-6 former college basketball standout, is cool, calm, and collected.  He always has been and probably always will be.  It's just the way he is.

Thus, when he takes the stage Oct. 26 for induction into Azusa Pacific's Athletics Hall of Fame, the former DEA agent and Air Force officer will do so with little fanfare or personal reaction.  It's the Wattree way … cool at all times.

Bill Odell, an APU Hall of Famer himself after a 16-year coaching career for the Cougars, knows firsthand how composed Wattree can be.  He handed Wattree nearly every must-come-through situation during Eric's 57-game at Azusa Pacific, and Wattree delivered repeatedly.

"Eric was one of the most respected players I ever coached," said Odell who served as a head coach for 36 years on the college and high school levels.  "He was a humble, quiet leader who led with his work ethic and personal demand for excellence."

A former standout at nearby Northview High School in Covina, Calif., Wattree played for former Odell pupil Ron Rice before transferring to Fremont High in Los Angeles.  He opened his college career at the University of Wyoming, playing two years for the Cowboys before Rice alerted Odell that Eric was returning home to Southern California.  In the summer of 1994, he transferred to Azusa Pacific. Wattree's demand for excellence led him to averaging 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds during his two seasons at Azusa Pacific, leading the Cougars to back-to-back Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) championships and a pair of NAIA Tournament appearances.  As a 1996 senior, he averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting at an impressive .634 (201-for-317) clip from the floor.  Justifiably, he was named the GSAC Player of the Year.

The Cougars entered the final week of Wattree's 1996 senior season with just a one-game lead in the GSAC race over rival Westmont College.  Wins were a must for Azusa Pacific, and adding to the tension of the situation was the fact that the Cougars opened that final week with a visit to Westmont in Santa Barbara.  The Warriors needed the win to pull even with APU with one game left.  The Cougars, on the other hand, needed the victory to put away the pesky Warriors and collect yet another conference title. 

In a raucous Murchison Gym, with the score tied at 64-64 and less than 30 seconds to play and the ball in the hands of the Cougars, Odell called a timeout, and designed a play to go to Tim Sebek for the final shot.  However, the Warriors smothered Sebek, and his attempt at a game-winning shot was off the mark, wide right.  Wattree saw the trajectory of the shot and realizing it was not going in, charged the hoop, jumped up, gathered the air ball, and laid it back in for the game winner with just 2 seconds to play.

"A Westmont player turned to me and said 'you think the game is over?' Wattree recalled, "and I answered, 'it's definitely over!'"

Protecting teammates in 1996 was just the beginning of a career of security.  Following graduation from Azusa Pacific in May of that year, 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.

"I am so proud of Eric and how he has served our country with honor and protected some of our most important people." Said Odell.  "He has been in some extremely dangerous situations, and just as he had proven to us on the basketball court, he was trustworthy in all situations.  Simply put, he is unflappable."

Wattree's Cougar career will be enshrined forever at Azusa Pacific when he joins nine other former Cougar athletes for induction into the Azusa Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Felix Event Center.  The ceremony is open to the public at $25/person .

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23 April 2002

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

AND THE BEAT GOES ON WITH YOUR SONS

ELIJAH WATTREE

SAILOR OF THE QUARTER

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD


ERIC L. WATTREE III

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I recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BBA - Economics (Minor in Marketing).

While at OCU I obtained many certifications, an example being the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Certification. I've also been a member of the Investment Club where we managed a portfolio of actual securities initially worth $100,000 - profits going towards OCU scholarships. Throughout my 4 years, my ability to establish and maintain relationships has been my biggest asset. Being able to think critically, analyze data and relay information effectively have been critical to my success.

I also had the pleasure of being a 4-year student-athlete, spending two years as Team Captain. As a captain, the importance of taking necessary sacrifices for overall team success as well as effective time management as it relates to workload efficiencies are vital. I served 4 years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in which we created a vehicle for student-athlete representation, organized community service efforts and promoted a positive student-athlete image on campus. I was selected on numerous occasions to speak publicly at various high schools, as well as at OCU's Sports Spectacular, the end-of-year sports banquet.

I love to learn, build relationships and WIN!

YOU'VE DONE WELL, BABY BOY.

YOU AND MY GRANDSONS HAVE BROUGHT THIS 

OLE HOOD RAT GREAT PRIDE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

AUGUST 19, 1974


Eric L. Wattree, Sr.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

I PLACE MY FAITH IN COMMON SENSE

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

I PLACE MY FAITH IN COMMON SENSE

There’s been a debate raging over the race of Jesus for as long as I can remember.  But it never really interested me, because as far as I’m concerned, it really doesn't matter, because regardless to what  race Jesus was, he was just another man. The only reason there’s a debate at all is the Bible claims that Jesus was the son of God. But unless we consider us all the sons and daughters of God, that’s complete nonsense.
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The people who wrote the Bible and other religious books didn't know any more about God than we do today, so we really shouldn’t take them so seriously. They were simply the Pat Robertsons of their time, so the Bible merely constitutes the superstitious rantings of 3000-year-old dead men, and not, as we’ve been told, “the word of God”. It’s the word of man, regarding God, and that’s it.
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What makes many assume that the people who wrote the Bible were any closer to God than we are today has always eluded me. I suspect that the primary reason that many believe that is because they’ve reasoned that since the people who wrote the Bible lived 3000 years ago, they might have been on a more friendly terms with God. But 3000 years is only the blink of an eye in terms of cosmic time, so it’s not like they met God while he was at work. But based on the way some people place all of their faith in the Bible, you would think the book was actually dictated by God to the people in real time. Well, it wasn’t. The Bible only reflects what people believed about God, but they had absolutely no evidence that what they believed was true.
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The universe is 13.8 billion years old, so 3000 years is just a drop in the bucket in terms of the age of the universe.  So all those 3000 years really mean is that the people back then lacked the education that we have today. Today, if we see a man walking along the beach on the wet sand as the Sun is going down, we see it for what it is, a man walking on wet sand. But 3000 years ago the people would mistake the illusion of the wet sand as part of the ocean and think the man was walking on water. Or, if a person passed out in the public square and Jesus sprinkles water in his face to bring him around, 3000 years ago people would have thought Jesus brought him back from the dead. So one of the reasons they reported so many “miracles” back in those days was due to their ignorance and lack of education.  
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So we have to be careful what we accept from the Bible, because those people lacked knowledge and sophistication. As a result, when you follow the Bible, you’re following people who lacked the understanding that we have today. So don’t let man mislead you. There’s nothing un-Godly about questioning the word of man. God expects it of us. That’s why God gave everyone their very own brain and the capacity for logical manipulation, to prevent us from being the mindless victims of stupidity.
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Man uses the Bible to try to get other men to think that he speaks for God. But a literal belief in the Bible is like trying to rely on somebody who rode around on a donkey all their life to teach you how to operate your brand-new Cadillac. If you turn on the radio they’ll think it’s God talking to them. So you can’t base the decisions in your life on the attitudes of people who lived 3000 years ago. You must always think for yourself. That’s God’s will – the fact that he gave you your very own private brain attests to that fact.
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Think about it. I wonder who taught Black people that “God’s only begotten son” was a White man with blue eyes and flowing blond hair who could walk on water and never die? And who taught us that God gave White folks a book that told them exactly what he wants us to do, and that should replace all manner of common sense? Think about it. Who taught us that, and what makes us big enough damn fools to believe it?

I recognized as a here teen that one of the biggest mistakes that a person can make in life is to listen to other people instead of connecting the dots yourself. Even the most intelligent people have a tendency to cherry-pick facts and bend reality to fit what they want to believe. So once you get the facts, you should ALWAYS connect the dots for yourself. So I learned early in life that anything I can't figure out for myself should simply go unanswered until I can. Because man has a proven record of being stupid, and I didn’t want to go through life following stupidity. That's why we have so many problems, and it’s also why we have people like Donald Trump running our government.
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Washington, D.C. is filled to the brim with some of the most pronounced idiots in America. They’re self-serving lunatics who are more interested in influence and personal power than they are the American people. That’s why Donald Trump is trying to get America to sacrifice it’s children to the Coronavirus just so he can be re-elected. But, of course, that’s just a completely selfish man acting in his own self-interest. There’s nothing unusual about that. But what’s frightening about is the number of people stupid enough to sacrifice their children for him.  

THE CONGNIVIST

So for all of the reasons above, I’ve become what I call a devout Cognivist. That is, I’m a firm believer in logical cognition. I don’t believe in walking dead men, talking snakes, or any human messengers from God, because God doesn’t need messengers. I believe in one thing - the holy power of common sense - because common sense is our one, and only, connection with the creator.
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Having “faith” has absolutely nothing to do with God. Having faith simply means that you “have faith” in what you’ve been told by other men. And since I have absolutely no confidence in anything either written or said by man, faith is not my thing. I only have “faith” in one thing - common sense - because common sense was bestowed upon me by God himself, so I don’t have to worry about the credibility of any self-serving preacher, politician, or middle-man. 

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Eric L. Wattree
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

TRAITOR TRUMP

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY

TRAITOR TRUMP

ATTENTION CHRISTIANS AND AMERICAN PATRIOTS:

IF YOU THINK JESUS WOULD CONDONE TRUMP’S BEHAVIOR, WHATELSE ARE YOU LYING TO YOURSELVES ABOUT?

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TRUMP CLAIMS TO LOVE AMERICA,

 NOW THAT IT’S CONVENIENT . . .

BUT HE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T FEEL THAT WAY WHEN IT WAS HIS TURN TO PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE TO DEFEND IT . . .

OR WHEN HE STOOD BY AND ALLOWED PUTIN TO PLACE A BOUNTY ON THE LIVES OF AMERICAN TROOPS WITHOUT UTTERING A WORD . . .

OR WHEN HE SENT SECRET POLICE TO ATTACK PEACEFUL AMERICAN CITIZENS EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

WHAT A CREEP!

A Former Marine
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Eric L. Wattree

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Monday, July 27, 2020

DONALD TRUMP: STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS

Beneath the Spin*Eric L. Wattree

EXCELLENCE IS THE KEY TO BLACK EQUALITY
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DONALD TRUMP:
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Donald Trump announced that he wouldn't be paying respect to Rep. John Lewis who is currently lying in state in the capitol. But that could have been predicted, just like his taking down White House portraits of former Presidents who don't support him could have been predicted. President Ronald Reagan's portrait will probably come down next, since the Reagan Foundation contacted the Trump campaign and asked them to stop using Reagan's name and image in their fund-raising efforts. 
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You see, Donald Trump has the petty mentality of an 8-year-old child. So he'll do - or NOT do - anything he thinks will get the attention, and/or irritate, the people who don't support him. He's vindictive,  and literally, a geriatric child. For him, everything is about payback and getting even. If you don't join him in raving over how wonderful he is, you're the enemy, and he'll eventually get even for your lack of support. Trump has been given everything throughout his entire life. He's never had to earn anything. So he thinks the world "owes" him it's undying loyalty. 
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But that's quite alright by me, because it allows me to read him. Trump has a stupid propensity to telegraph his every thought and feeling, so just observing his behavior is the next best thing to being able to read his mind. A perfect example of that principle at work is how he just wished accused child molester Ghislaine Maxwell well. Based on the way he treats more accomplished women, that speaks volumes. It tells me that Maxwell probably has something on him, and based on a 2016 court filing that's almost certainly the case: 

Rape Allegations Refiled Against Trump 

"MANHATTAN (CN) – A woman who says Donald Trump raped her at a private sex party when she was 13 years old refiled a lawsuit against him Friday, two weeks after voluntarily dismissing a suit based on the same claims.

     "The new complaint, filed in the federal court in Manhattan, restates plaintiff Jane Doe’s claims of the earlier lawsuit. Namely, that she was lured by a recruiter to summer parties hosted by co-defendant Jeffrey Epstein at an Upper East Side mansion on East 71st St., tied to a bed and forcibly raped by Trump, who slapped her with an open hand and told her he would do whatever he pleased with her.

     "Jane Does goes on to claim that after Epstein also forcibly raped her, he and Trump bickered over who should have taken the minor plaintiff’s virginity."

So Trump's pettiness brings me comfort, because it assures me that he's not feeling a second's worth of relief over the pain of being a miserable outcast. It gives me the comforting assurance of knowing how horrible it must be to be Donald Trump, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person.  Just imagine having to go through life knowing that you're so despicable that your own wife probably hates your guts, and your children may only be putting up with you for monetary reward. That’s what Donnie’s got to live with. And he also has to live with the fact that no matter how much he postures, the entire world looks upon him as a disgusting loser - and a dumb one with no class, at that. That's karma working at its very best.

Trump is literally dying inside, because what he’s wanted more than anything else all his life has always been just beyond his grasp - the admiration and respect of others. He's always had money, but he's never had the respect of others - and after all, that's primarily why we want money in the first place, in order to get the admiration and respect of the people around us. While a person can buy a 30-room mansion, they can only live in one room at a time, and while they might be able to buy an expensive Rolls Royce, it can't take them anywhere that they can't get to in a Volkswagen Beetle. So the primary reason we want money is to impress others. We want money so people will say, "Look at that big house and expensive car! He must be special." But  Donald Trump's money is not doing that for him. Instead, people are saying, "How long can an idiot like this continue to get way with this fraud!!!?" So all of Donald's money is not doing him a bit of good - and worse, truly self-made billionaires look down on him as a joke. They see him for what he is, and he doesn't fit into their club.

Ordinarily I would feel sorry for a person like Trump, but in his case I went out and bought a case of popcorn to watch him suffer, because there's a reason for it, and he richly deserves all the pain he's suffering. The bottom line is, if you don't deal with poverty properly it can stunt your growth. The same is truth of wealth. Some people deal with wealth well, and live long and happy lives, but Trump has used his wealth to step on others and try to squeak through life without having to pay any dues. Now he's paying the price.

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Donnie’s father, Fred, paved the way for him all of his life. As a result, unlike most of us, Donnie didn’t have to develop the intellect and character to get by in the world. Everything was bought and paid for on his behalf. According to his niece, Mary Trump, author of the tell-all book,
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The Most Dangerous Man In The World", instead of studying for the SAT to earn his way into college, for example, Donnie simply paid someone else to take the test for him, and instead of developing the character to make and develop friendships, he simply used his money to buy superficial friendships. As a result, he’s left today with an underdeveloped intellect, and he lacks the character to be a good person and loyal friend. Thus, all he is today is an empty shell of a man completely motivated by the need get whatever it is he wants through hook or crook, and to hide his many flaws and weaknesses at any and all costs - and often, at the expense of others.
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That’s why he’s such a profuse liar. He has such a flawed and weak personality that he has to bend reality to accommodate all of his shortcomings to maintain his self-esteem. Donald Trump is much like Mr. Wizard, a little midget of a man hiding behind a huge fake image. His entire persona is fake. That’s why he's so enamored with the word – everything  he doesn't like is “fake”, according to Trump. That’s because he uses himself as a standard by which to judge the rest of the world, and he's a fake human being.
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BECOMING PRESIDENT

When Hillary lost the 2016 election and Donnie found himself standing in the wings, he didn’t know what to do with himself, because, yet again, he hadn't earned what had been dropped in his lap. He didn't win the presidency, Hillary lost it, and Putin saw to it that Trump got it - and Putin had a good reason for wanting Trump to win; he had two reasons, actually. First, he had Trump in his pocket; and secondly,  because Trump is so flawed as n individual, his success became a liability for America and a win for Russia. And just as Putin had anticipated, Trump was completely unprepared to be President, or anything else other than an incompetent blowhard. So on the one hand, while his dream of finally getting the recognition and respect that he's always sought had finally come true, on the other, now he'd have to actually perform. But in his arrogance, and his inability to think beyond the moment he's living in, he thought, "Now I’ll show em!"
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What Donnie failed to recognize was, becoming president was the worst thing that could have ever happened to him, because now he could no longer posture and contort reality to make himself look good, and being President would bring the kind of scrutiny into his abilities that he's never had to deal with before. So now he would have to actually perform and demonstrate his competence, instead of just brag bout it. That was an immediate problem for a man who'd gone bankrupt 6 (SIX!) times, had been propped up by his father’s wealth all his life, and had failed at everything he'd ever attempted other than selling his father's name. In addition, it would also bring along with it a close examination of his level of competence and his personal life.
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Any other man, who had even a smidgeon of intelligence, could have worked around that. He would simply surround himself with the nation's most brilliant minds to help him run the government. But due to Trump’s flawed character, that was out of the question. First, he’s so insecure that having people around him who could actually think was a direct threat to the image he’d spent his life trying to forge, since it would be far too easy for them to figure out that he was an idiot and a fraud. And secondly, he resented having to share the spotlight with anyone else. As a result, he’s built an administration made up of fellow idiots and some of the biggest frauds in the country. That’s why his administration is a revolving door.  After all,  any  person who could be loyal to Trump and not feel a responsibility to warn the nation of what a danger he is to society would, by definition, have to be either an idiot him or herself, or completely corrupt and self-serving. Bill Barr is a perfect case in point.
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So what we now have, is not a president who tries to live up to, and build upon the accomplishments of previous administrations, but one who slanders and tries to sabotage the accomplishments of previous administrations so he can either bring attention to himself, or distract from his other acts of stupidity that betray his incompetence. His gutting of the Iran nuclear agreement is a perfect example of that.
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It is for precisely that reason that we must rid ourselves of this man. America simply cannot afford to place our future in the hands of a self-serving lunatic. Let me explain why:
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It has been reported that Black conservative, Herman Cain, has recently died of the Coronavirus a mere few weeks after attending one of Trump’s rallies. While it’s always sad to hear about anyone’s death, the needless death of many conservatives is an act of God and a perfect metaphor for life under Donald Trump – or, make that, death under Donald Trump.
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Nature sees to it that excellence is always given the best chance to survive and reproduce. It’s called survival of the fittest. That’s how nature continues to improve itself. But many of Trump’s conservative supporters are proving that they lack the common sense necessary to contribute to the betterment of humanity, so nature is using their poor judgment regarding the Coronavirus (among other things) to weed them out. So what we’re witnessing under Trump is, essentially, the final gasp of the Neanderthals. So it is essential that we utilize every bit of our common sense so we won't perish along with them – and they’re trying mightily to take us along for the ride.
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As a direct result of Trump’s fixation on placing his personal interest over and above what’s in the best interest of the nation, the United States has not only lost 150,000 citizens, but has also lost much of our standing in the world among friends and foes alike. In the three and a half years that Trump has been in office we’ve gone from one crisis or food fight after another on nearly a daily basis.  And what has he accomplished? He’s only succeeded in making the United States the laughingstock of the world, and making himself look like the complete idiot and incompetent fool that indeed he is.
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But in spite of his glaring idiocy, now he wants us to completely ignore one of the worst pandemics the world has ever experienced, and put our children's lives in danger by sending them back to school where they can become infected by this deadly disease, and in many cases die, or in other cases continue to spread it throughout the nation. And why is he asking us to make this horrific sacrifice? - for no other reason than to hide his incompetent and improve his chances of being re-elected. The man is completely mindless. But just as horrifying as he is, is the number of people who can’t see through his mindless idiocy. Look at the fix that Florida and the state of Texas are in by trying to follow his dysfunctional lead.
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So, no, it’s not surprising that Trump won’t be paying his respect to Rep. John Lewis. It’s far too humiliating for him. This entire episode started with one deluded dream of Trump's incompetent mind.  If Donald Trump - with all his money, bigotry, and GOP support - could be granted his most passionate desire, it would be to get the kind of admiration and respect that seems to be the exclusive domain of just one man - a Black man -  Barack Hussein Obama. Due to Donnie's irrational need to feel superior President Obama has become the object of Donnie's obsession, and the bane of his existence. So, no, it is not the least bit surprising that Donald wouldn't want to honor another Black man as he lies in state. The symbolism is far too painful for a small, envious, and bigoted mind to endure.
 
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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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