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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Bishop Keith Butler, spoke about: “YOU HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST” When the Holy Ghost anoints your mind, you acquire His view and His solution for every situation.
I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want – God’s solution and not my mind’s solution.
You may say, “I solve my own problems.” Yeah, but how many people get hurt in the process? Think about it!

HELLO MORENO VALLEY
Where Dreams Soar

Moreno Valley the Lord has called another one of his roses to finish his bouquet.
Longtime resident of this City, Mrs. Pearl E. Rayfield was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and neighbor. Pearl loved her family. Her homegoing service was great. To the family be blessed and remember the good times always. This past Thursday, the Lord called another angel home at about 2:20 p.m. another longtime resident Mr. Louis Eason.

More on him after the service.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. Cathedral Of Praise International Ministries, celebrated the homegoing services of it’s first Elder, Elder Lena Andrews. What a spirit filled woman of God. After many years of preaching, teaching, evangelizing and prophesizng, Elder Andrews joined Cathedral of Praise under the leadership of Bishop Craig W. Johnson after being elevated as the first female elder of the church. Elder Andrews for me was a lifesaver.

She ministered, spoke softly to me but gave me the word of God. She said, “you know who God has called you to be now take the staff and run with it. Remove the self pity out of your way and go to work.” I could go on, and on about the teachings of Elder Andrews but I think
you get the message and I have been running ever since. To the family, thank you for sharing
your mother, grandmother and great grandmother with us.

A few weeks ago I read a story about twin brothers and how they are making adjustments in their new life. It brought back memories of my children and the many moves they had to make.

My late husband was in the air force and they hated moving and leaving their friends. My boys adjusted easy because they  played sports, but for the girls it was a little different. To Donald and Dominique put your mind on what is important to you and stay focused, love one another, help each other, but most of all do whatever you can to help your wonderful mother. Mom will always be there keep your faith, eat healthy and always keep good memories.

Well Moreno Valley I think we have arrived, we already have our own CSI: Moreno Valley. Moreno Valley has hired its first forensic technicians so that investigations can be done more quickly. Moreno Valley is the first in the county of Riverside county.

Be Blessed
JB

Obama Serves As An Example To Minors And Their Single Parents

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Richard O. Jones
Since the presidential election of Senator Barack Obama, many Black parents,
especially urban single parents, have acquired restored hope for their children that cannot be disputed not even by the most cynical flame-fanning Black leaders.

Sixty or seventy years ago, many felt they’ve done their job if their child got through high school, entered adulthood without a criminal record, and secured a regular paycheck. They acknowledged that working on a good job, even though you were limited and underpaid, was a great improvement over their not too distant ancestors.

Black youths several decades ago were discouraged and possessed little hope of achieving the proverbial American dream.

Even when they landed a good job, they were seldom were given an equal opportunity for advancement. This lead many Blacks to drop out of school and turn to a road promising faster and more profitable hustling lifestyle as depicted in the Black exploitation movies of the 60s and 70s.

Others sought the coveted and lucrative field of entertainment and sports but ever decreasing number sought higher education primarily because of engrained paranoia of racial discrimination.

The trend of discouragement went from one generation to the next with parents at their wits end to get their children to appreciate the value of education before they become adults and snared by the mindset trap of hopelessness.

I echo what Michelle Obama when she said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country.” I too am finally and totally proud of America; although I’m glad nobody blasted SAY IT LOUD, I’M BLACK AND PROUD by James Brown during Obama victory speech.

President-elect Barak Obama has given parents a new tool to fight inherited racial paranoia that lures youths away from developing to their fullest potential. Black children can now see good education and high moral standards, and not street life, as a path to greatness. Although there have been and are thousands of past and present examples of Black high achievers, none is
more indisputable that the platform of our 44th president. Many Blacks found excuses
to belittle or flatly not acknowledge the success of other Blacks because of their political views, religion, and/or Black on Black bigotry. Unfortunately, such lack of appropriate acknowledgements might have caused younger Blacks not to admire certain top-level Black government officials, professionals, scholars, and CEOs, as role models but sought celebrities with more artistic talent and/or brawn as opposed to intellect.

Perhaps the example of Obama would make it less taxing for parents to encourage their children to dress appropriately, study harder, flee negativity, unprepared parenthood, and other social detriments that compromise their acceptance into the real world of power and leadership.

Email: richardojones1@verizon.net

The Dominance Of African "Classics"

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ImageSince Europeans teach to all cultures of the world that works of Art from different cultures and historical periods can be ranked in order of superiority and value, to arrogantly state classical Greek to be “superior” is foolishness. A work judged by European experts to be of the highest nature (i.e.approximating the perfection of the classical Greeks and Romans) becomes a classic of Western civilization (Kohl, A to Z p6, 7).

Knowledge of Western Classics—to the exclusion of African or Asiatic works—is considered by Europeans to be a necessity for an educated person. Hence, their almost exclusive inclusion in educational curriculums is automatic. By being exposed to Western literary composition standards, as if they are the best, delusions are generated in Colored and White people of all cultures who attend Western ‘educational’ classes.

These standards are imitated in subject-matter (e.g. Greek legends) and in form (by the adoption of genres like tragedy, epic, ode, or verse satire) and thereby encage minds.

Particularly influential in generating worldwide delusions about European Classics were the writings of Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835), a Prussian minister of education.

He falsely portrayed ancient Greece as a miraculous fount of creativity that was not influenced at all by Asiatic and African superior to all other prior human expressions.

But to illustrate the fallacy of these lies and the esteem that Renaissance European males had for the brilliance of Ancient African “Classics” let us pick up the story when Cosimo, the ruler of Florence, Italy discovered the lost works of Plato in 1438.

He assigned the Greek scholar Ficino to translate these into Latin. But in 1460, when Cosimo was handed the lost works of the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus (?5500 BC), he believed he had the words of the most ancient and the greatest sage of them all.

Immediately, Cosimo ordered Ficino to switch over to translating Hermes’ works.

Thereafter Hermes’ concepts sparked the emergence of a glorious new culture named the “Renaissance”-- meaning “Rebirth because to be “spiritually reborn” (following was foundational in African Tradition to reaching the Afterlife. During the Renaissance—the period when Europeans were converting from an inferiority complex to a superiority complex by means of the
Gun—there was the rewriting of history to claim that the highest of Western European culture was rooted solely in ancient Greek culture, as opposed to its true origins in Ancient Africa.

Ancient Africans’ influence on world history is unequaled!!

Humboldt’s ridiculous assumption as well as the proclaiming of Western Classics as the ultimate best has played a very strong role in defining European, Asian, and Black people’s worldview. Such egocentricEuropean propaganda is particularly powerful in impressing the minds of the naïve and those unaware of what is behind the façade presented by Europeans—a fantasy cleverly attempt to justify imperialism, colonialism, and racism. Of course, both indoctrinations influence how students throughout the world think and feel and what they say and do as well as what they spread to the gullible.

Have you ever heard or read in Western literature about the tremendous role Ancient African played in Western “Classics?”; Or, the role of Asians? (consult Asian scholars, literature, and Art for details). To blindly accept European propaganda is to be deluded.

Even if you do not know the truth about the deception used in the educational system against Colored peoples, Critical Thinking demands that you ask: “Who or what qualifies Europeans to be judges and standard setters of anything outside of their own world?”
website: www.jablifeskills.com

Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanita Barnes
Bishop E. Earl Jenkins spoke on MIND MANAGEMENT. When we become preoccupied
with a thought, eventually we want to act on it. Adolescents, who have a higher exposure
level to violence, had reduced levels of cognitive function. The more violence they saw the less thinking, learning, reasoning and emotional stamina they had. The garbage they fed their minds affected what came out.

Their computer stored the wrong information – now they could only retrieve the wrong
stuff. “THINK ABOUT IT” Gal. 6:7 (NIV) “A man reaps what he sows.”


HELLO MORENO VALLEY
Where Dreams Soar

Moreno Valley again I start with some very sad news, a long time resident Charles Cedric Lewis went to be with the Lord. He was the loving husband, father and son–inlaw of Ruth Brown, Michael and Charles and Mr. Frank Brown. His loving family and many of us will miss Lewis. Lewis after retiring from the Air Force gave back to the community and helped in many areas of Moreno Valley. To the family you have our deepest sympathy.

This past Saturday, November 1, 2008, The Bethune Recognition Program held at the Hap Arnold Club, was a great success.

Members and guests give yourselves a hand, congratulations to the new Life Members
Carrie Knight, Aleksandra Norris, Jeannie Walls, Kendra Stewart. Bethune Achievers
were Mattie B. Grant, Carol Washington, Mattie McHenry, Lois J. Stewart, Matilda S.
Perry, Donn Ann Mabry, Barbara Washington–Knight, and Claudette Norris.

To Mattie McHenry and all the volunteers, a job well done.

Moreno Valley in our City for the last fourteen months is a very blessed and loving church Chapel of Faith Church of God in Christ located at 14940 Perris Blvd. Ste. E. at the corner of Perris and John F. Kennedy, (951) 334–0565 and pastored by Supt. D. K. Jackson. Their vision is to save the unsaved, to build a facility, whereby the unsaved soul can be nurtured and developed. Supt. Jackson and family welcome to the community.

Moreno Valley if you are looking for a church home to be renewed and blessed stop by.

Starting November 5, 2008 thru Saturday November 8, 2008 will be the grand opening of the new Stater Bros. Market located at 14425 Moreno Beach Dr. See you there.

While I was reading, I came upon this old poem, “YOU TELL ON YOURSELF.” You tell on yourself by the friends you seek, By the very manner in which you speak, By the
way you employ your leisure time, By the use you make of dollars and dimes. You tell on
yourself by the things you wear, By the spirit in which your burdens you bear, By the type
of things at which you laugh, By the records you play on your phonograph. You tell what
you are by the way you walk, By the things of which you delight to talk, By the manner in
which you can bear defeat, By so simple a thing as how you eat. By the books you choose from the library shelf, By these things and more, you tell on yourself.

Be Blessed

After Historic Victory, Obama Will Face Limitations

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By George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist
Now that Barack Obama has defeated John McCain, Joe the Plumber and a barrage of negative
television commercials, he will now strive to balance the high expectations of African Americans and other progressives with the reality of an anemic economy and supersized budget deficits.

Like McCain, the president-elect promised that shrinking finances will not deter him from
keeping his central campaign promises. In Obama’s case, it means extending tax cuts to
to college students and revamping health care.

However, after he is inaugurated, Obama and a Democratically-controlled House and Senate will inherit a batch of red ink, though huge, that does not fully capture the scope of the problem.

Consider this: When George W. Bush assumed office in 2001, Bill Clinton left him with a budget surplus of $128 billion. On the other hand, Bush has posted a budget deficit every year in office; by 2009, it is expected to reach $482 billion. And that does not include another $80 billion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After a $700 billion financial services bailout – or what should be called “No Bank Left Behind” – Obama has already stated that a second bailout will be needed, this one for middle class families and those with troubled home mortgages. This will come while the jury is still out on whether the initial $700 billion will be effective.

An article in the New York Times indicates that banks intend to use the bailout money to
acquire other banks, not to make new loans as had been promised by Treasury Secretary
Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Times reporter Joe Nocera said he listened to an Oct. 17 conference call between a JPMorganChase executive and company employees. This was four days after the company
agreed to take $25 billion in federal funding as part of the bailout program.

“What we do think it will help us do is perhaps be a little more active on the acquisition
side ...” the executive said. As for making more loans to consumers, the official said: “We
would think that loan volume will continue to go down as we continue to tighten credit to
fully reflect the high cost of pricing on the loan side.”

After listening to the conversation, Nocera wrote: “It is starting to appear as if one of the
Treasury’s key rationales for the recapitalization program – namely, that it will cause banks
to start lending again – is a fig leaf, the Treasury’s version of the weapons of mass destruction.”

Had Obama not been elected, it would have been a major setback for the Supreme Court.
However, his victory is not expected to change the 5-4 edge that centrists are barely hold. At
least, it is unlikely to change during Obama’s first term. The two oldest Supreme Court justices
– John Paul Stevens, 88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75 --- are liberals. If they are the first
to leave the court, Obama will get a chance to replace a liberal with a liberal, which won’t
change the court’s present balance. If McCain had been elected, he could have tilted the court
to the far right by replacing a liberal with yet another conservative, thus impacting the court
for several generations.

Perhaps even more important than the Supreme Court, which hears only 0.1 percent of the cases appealed each year, Obama should be able to restore some balance in the lower
courts.

According to the National Journal, 54 percent of District Court judges were appointed
by Republican presidents and 56 percent of all appeals judges. It would probably take a second
Obama term to shift the balance in both the Supreme Court and the district and appeals levels.
Obama will be able to make an immediate imprint on how the country treats the leastamong us and deliver what George W. Bush only promised – compassion. Sure, there will
be pressure on Obama to shift more toward the center-right and he has done this on some
issues, such as the death penalty. However, he has a straight-A voting record on issues important to African-Americans, according to the NAACP Legislative Report Card. And
throughout his campaign, he did not back away from supporting affirmative action or equal justice.

Unlike the past eight years, we’ll be able to go to bed at night knowing that the president of
the United States is not hostile to our concerns.

This is the change that not only have we been waiting for, the world has been waiting with us.
It has been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service,
is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site,
www.georgecurry.com.

 

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