Saturday, January 31, 2009
that gets paid by our tax money, want to kill
future tax payers?
Can anyone tell me this? He is allowing the killing of the next generation of people. So, in 20 years or so when there is nobody to pay taxes and no one to take care of the old people, what's gonna happen?
Just a thought
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is my book report for class Wednesday. Yes I got it done before Tuesday. I should probably be discharged for the blogging association for not blogging enough. Well I'm back on Friday. This is a school post. Talk later:0)
Book report by Emma Brodock
The town was Maycomb, an all American town that appeared quiet on the surface but hid a terrible disease. Prejudice. Mr. Tom Robinson was accused of the rape of a Mayella Ewell, a white woman. The charges were pressed by Mr. Ewell, Mayella’s father. He accused Tom of raping and beating his daughter. After a pain staking trial Tom is found guilty by a jury of white men. He later commits suicide. Sad as this story is, it shows us clearly how prejudice works. It works by judging people on skin color instead of character.
Tom was known as a good man, honest and hard-working even when there was no payment involved, he never did anything that would make people think he was capable of cruelty. Mr. Ewell on the other hand, was a drunk, famous for his quick temper and hard hand. But he was white and Tom was black.
Nobody really liked blacks in this town, so it was easy to shove blame for anything on a black man. As the story goes, Atticus Finch is appointed Toms lawyer, Atticus does an excellent job of defending him. All the evidence pointed to innocence, like the uselessness of Tom’s left arm and the placement of the bruises on Mayella’s face and neck. Tom’s story lined up with the evidence, where Mr. Ewell’s story made little sense, such as not calling a doctor after his daughter was badly beaten. Were he judged constitutionally by a jury of his peers, he would have been found innocent. In the court room, you see Mr. Robinson telling his side of the story with honesty, but since he was black and only a handful of white people believed him he was found guilty. Not because of crime, because of color. In the perverted minds of the towns people, being colored was the crime. Prejudice is seen again at the end of the trial in the words of Scout “I shut my eyes, Judge Taylor was polling the jury: Guilty… guilty… guilty.... guilty…”
This was a trial based on color not character, that’s what happens when the color of your skin is judged instead of the color of your heart. Mr. Ewell and really the rest of the town had a hard heart. A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards. – Proverbs 26:11. The bible warns us to stay back from this type people, and yet the jury believed him. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." -James 1:19
The deference between Mr. Ewell and Mr. Robinson is that one walked in integrity and one did not. One had character and one was a fool. In the Constitution all men are to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, the town had decided before the trial began that Tom was guilty, taking his constitutional right as an American. God himself created us in his own image, and all are to be treated as such. Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” should make all of us stop and evaluate our hearts and get rid out of ourselves the one of the worst crimes, prejudice.
Many people throughout history have fought the idea of judging by color instead of character. We still struggle with this in America. We elected a man to be President of the United States because he was black. His character and qualifications were not capable of recommending him, so he used his color and the guilt of Americans to leverage himself into office.
We judged not by character but by color.
Character is so important, back then and now, no matter what color you are.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received
And You've won my heart
Yes You've won my heart
Now I can
Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross
At the foot of the cross
Where I am made complete
You have given me life
Through the death You bore for me
I'm laying every burden down
I'm laying every burden down
Saturday, January 3, 2009
> Before the Internet or the AIM
> Before semi automatics and weed
> Before playstation2 or X-bOX
> Before the 5 hours of homework you put off every night...
> I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
> Red light, Green light.
> Playing kickball & dodgeball until your porch light came on.
> Mother May I?
> Red Rover
> four square
> Hula Hoops
> Running through the sprinkler
> Happy Meals
> Getting the privelage to sit in the front seat of the car
> Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons
> Christmas morning...
> Your first day of school
> Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
> Climbing trees
> Getting an ice cream off the ice cream truck
> A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
> Jumpin' down the steps
> Jumpin' on the bed
> Pillow fights
> Runnin' till you were out of breath
> Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt and you almost peed your pants
> Laughing so hard that you did pee your pants
> Being tired from playin' all day
> Your first crush...
> Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7-Up" in the classroom
I'm not finished yet...
> Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
> Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars or spokes
> Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
> When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
> When getting high was swinging on the swing-set
> When $5 seemed like a million, and another dollar a Miracle.
> When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were so cool.
> When Toys r Us overuled the "mall"
I want to go back to the time when...
> Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"
> Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
> "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
> Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
> Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
> It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
> Saying cuss words were referred to the "F, B or S word" or h-e double hockey sticks.
> Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
> The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
> The only real heart break you had was when your mom wouldnt buy you that toy!
> "A war" was ALWAYS between Boys and Girls...Girls ALWAYS won. ;)
>Mom and Dad were your heroes.
> ANY hurt could always be fixed if "Mama kissed it"
I will always remember..the best times ever...and miss them. :)
~Emma~ Written by a Facebook friend.