This past February THEJNSREPORT was blessed with the opportunity to visit our beloved mother in Florida and celebrate her milestone 70th Birthday. What a special blessing it was to see the greatest example in our lives of perseverance, selflessness, sacrifice, discipline, dedication, wisdom, intelligence, love and strength reach her 70th year.
Sitting at her breakfast table eating meals she prepared for us while listening to mom recount moments in life in which God answered prayers and helped her lead our family through some tremendously difficult times left us in awe of the woman we know as our mother. I mean I could have been a total stranger listening to the various stories she had for us from times in our childhood we may or may not have remembered and still would be in awe of her. We were just amazed at how far she came to where she is now and how strong of a person she is to hold our family together.If you are fortunate enough to have your family especially your parents, tell them that you love them and how much they mean to you as often as you can. Save the most precious memories of the times spent together to reminisce on as time goes by. We love you mom and are so grateful to God that he gave us you as our mother. Long live the Queen!
It’s hard to believe that 13 years have past since the worst terrorist attack in U.S history took place. Us New Yorkers are especially aware of it when we think back to that awful day.
Everyone remembers where they were. I awoke that morning thinking I was watching a movie it was so surreal.
I remember my sister and I waking to the local news channels because the signal for the other stations were knocked out due to their broadcast coming from the antenna at the World Trade Towers.
My thoughts immediately turned from shock to horror when I saw the Towers fall. Psychologically, it was a devastating blow to see those massive buildings and all those lives lost in one moment.
Retribution was called for and in the blindness of people’s rage and desire for someone to pay, we the American people were deceived into waging two wars in two different countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) simultaneously.
A non substantiated link was fostered by the media utilizing public outrage to invade a sovereign country in Iraq. It seemed “2 birds with 1 stone” was the strategy of the day. To this day no “Weapons of Mass Destruction” were ever found in Iraq. Government apologists stepped forward to say what we “did and didn’t know at the time” in the aftermath.
All we kept hearing initially, was Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist organization Al Qaeda did it. Then it became Al Qaeda is Iraq too. “Let’s go get em in Iraq”. Those of us who said hold on, wait a minute, let’s think this through were vilified and labeled as anti-American or non patriotic.
This is the danger when we surrender our ability to think and process information rationally and logically. Information is power and those who control the information have the power.
Misinformation allowed the U.S to go further into debt to oppress other people in the name of “freedom” and at the same time weaken the protections of the citizens rights here at home.
Since then we have seen the widespread abuses of our government against us the U.S people it is supposed to serve and protect. We are no longer secure in our persons.
We have no expectation of privacy when all of our communications are sifted, screened, and stored by our very own government intelligence agencies.
Eric Snowden’s exposure of this widespread surveillance proves that. His having to flee from the supposed “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” tells us what’s really happening when the perpetrators of abuses into our privacy and lives can make him the bad guy for revealing the evil they are doing in the dark.
A steady disarm the public campaign has been underway leading to increased purchases for guns and ammunition. Problem, Reaction, Solution has not stopped it is continuing and getting stronger each day. We now live in Orwellian times.
The foot prints of the two World Trade Towers are visual and visceral reminders of a horrible day in American history. The new “Freedom Tower” erected in their place gives others a sense that we have built back better and stronger than before the attacks.
In my mind I see two towers symbolic of world financial power destroyed as the precursor to the unveiling of really what it has been all along, one power source. The design of the building shows this if you look at it closely. The two buildings are merged together as pieces forming one structure.
Today Isis or “The Islamic State” is emerging as the new most dangerous enemy and “face of terror” on the world stage.
The destruction of ideology today is at the forefront on the news. You can’t kill an idea or can you? Bombing people breeds a self defense ideology, it breeds those who would quickly join up with an extremist group to exact retribution.
Indiscriminent bombings overseas don’t get as much notice as it should. Many of us citizens are unaware of what our troops are doing overseas. Many of us don’t see the cost of war, we’re comfortable, and as long as we are safe, generally we don’t care.
Since 9/11 a massive war on the American people has steadily been waged. Our civil liberties have been chipped away at and disregarded as relics of an ancient and primitive people.
We are being conditioned to accept whatever “authority” tells us simply because they are in a position of power. The narrative as to whom the enemy is constantly changes. There’s an ever present atmosphere of fear permeating throughout the world (not unlike that in the film The Lord of THe Rings).
I’ve heard people say they believe we the people should “give up our liberty for freedom”. That in an off itself is repugnant and dumb at best because liberty is synonymous with freedom. America today in only a few ways resembles the great country/nation the founding fathers envisioned.
I pray to God to guide our leaders going forward. I pray for the families of the victims of 9/11 and I pray for us human beings in the world as a whole. We are lost without God. Proof is in the pudding. Look at what is happening everyday all around us.
Still believe the Devil isn’t real or that God doesn’t exist? Think again.
Initially, the day began with Grey clouds, snow falling lightly, almost whimsical through a frost chilled air. I dragged myself from bed earlier than normal and embraced the dreary day ahead.
Checking my cell I saw I had a full hour of sleep to have before my alarm went off. I blinked several times at my flat screen still on but in sleep mode. My local cable provider’s logo bouncing from diagonal to diagonal.
I reached for my cell and texted my baby I’d be over soon. After breakfast and morning exercise, I was set on staying in all day. That all changed when the sun beamed into the room at high noon. We decided then and there to be adventurous and embrace the day and weather.
The snow-covered sidewalks yielded some melting and clear paths as the sun shone in its strength. Pausing to take in the glory of God, I snapped these shots.
To be able to actually capture these fleeting moments for posterity, I felt truly blessed to be alive. Best day had in a long time.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Thanksgiving Day 2013 – The Spread
Giving thanks to God for many of the blessings we’ve had during the past year my family and I sat down to Thanksgiving Dinner with some friends who graciously accepted and invitation to spend Thanksgiving with us.
Lucky and grateful to be able to gather together and enjoy a meal while communing with each other was an awesome experience that I often took for granted growing up as a kid.
In these latter days and years in life I’m appreciating the blessing of family and what it means to be close, in addition to valuing the time we have with one another.
I’m grateful for the brief moments in life that we are fortunate enough to have together and thank God for his blessings, his mercy and for family & friends far and near.
Without further ado we present Thanksgiving 2013 – The Spread. Here’s a look at the bounty we were fortunate enough to share amongst friends and family.
So we had the basics Turkey with stuffing, Gravy, Ham, Roasted Vegetables (including, Yams, Squash, Edoes, Brussel Sprouts, and herbs), Mac N Cheese with bread crumb topping, Vegetarian Loaf, Collard Greens, Lasagne, Cranberry Sauce, Rice & Peas, Salad and Cornbread. Desert had to wait a while as room was being made for it after the main course.
Mom was the star of the evening for having cooked almost all of the dishes, while I was responsible for the Mac N Cheese with a slight amount of char on it due to placement in a cramped oven lol. It came out tasting pretty good if I do say so myself. Till next time this has been Thanksgiving 2013 – The Spread by THEJNSREPORT. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Things to be Thankful for: Thanksgiving 2013
We’re all preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving the American traditional holiday we’re all taught as kids celebrates the Pilgrims and the relationship they established with Native Americans back in the 1600’s. We know it as the first Thanksgiving feast. We learned that Abraham Lincoln declared a national “Thanksgiving Day” held every November in 1863.
Yet thinking about this tradition of giving thanks and what it means, I find myself not caught up in the commercial mania that is “Black Friday” but rather in celebrating being alive. Being able to share a meal while thanking God, for our blessings, our friends, our families far and near. Thanking God for his love, his patience, his mercy and this incredible gift of life.
Even in the midst of hardships and tough times there is always something to be thankful for. I’m thankful that I was born and live in this great city to the family that I have and for all the amazing people God has put in my life. I’m even thankful for the haters because without them I wouldn’t be driven to succeed and to do all that I’m meant to do.
I speak for my sister and myself when I say we’re both thankful for all the followers of THEJNSREPORT. I know on Thursday I’ll be thankful to be eating some Turkey and all the fixin’s with family and friends.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Family & It’s importance : A personal reflection
Recently, while out one night with friends reminiscing on our childhood upbringings one by one, I began to realize something I was told many times by my parents. It was in the end of a family meeting after attending church. the topic of conversation was the importance of family. At the time I just wanted to be a kid and play video games or watch TV, not sit in a “family meeting”. Now looking back I’m truly blessed to have the family that I have.
The social fabric and foundation of a sound and healthily functioning society starts with family. Family in all it’s variants is a bond beyond anything material or temporal. I’ve often taken mine for granted and as I’ve aged, begun to realize and understand that the time given to us isn’t to be taken for granted.
It is for this reason I feel for friends of mine who have none or have lost all the family they had. The sadness and emptiness gets channeled often times into vices that are harmful, depressing, and cyclical/habitual. However, I’ve also met people who have negative vices because of their family. Even still I’m grateful to God for my family and all its imperfections.
This goes out to all my family far and near and those I don’t know who are my family. At the end of the day all of us Human Beings are “Family”. What happens when family is broken? Youths go out and join gangs in search of the familial bond. Morals and values get twisted and construed to whatever associations people from broken families and homes can find or conjure up on their own.