The Travesty That Is The Trayvon Martin Case

**Deep Sigh**

I have come back to this blog spot to report some news that is tragic or stupid and in most cases, tragically stupid.  But the news for the past few weeks has been a tragic travesty.  I am referring to the Trayvon Martin case.  Unless you have been under a rock or in a bomb shelter someplace you must have already heard about this case.

17-year-old African-American, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed inside a gated community by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman who was part of a neighborhood watch.  Trayvon was on his way from the store and had a pack of skittles, a can of iced tea and was talking on the cellphone at the time.  Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend and told her that some guy was watching him.  I will not review the entire story because I am sure that you have heard much of it already.  But I will say that the shooter STILL HAS NOT BEEN ARRESTED!  Trayvon was wearing a hoodie HOWEVER please be advised that he put the hoodie up after he realized he was being watched.

The shooter, Zimmerman has said that Trayvon looked suspicious… really???  This story has inspired the Million Hoodie March for justice.

This story is sad, disturbing, and disgusting on so many levels.  Is this the POST-RACIAL America we live in?

Please take a moment to review the links.  The links review the Trayvon Martin case, The Million Hoodie March, and The Stand Your Ground Law.

  1. ABC News : Trayvon Martin Case: Timeline of Events
  2. CBS News : Twin Investigations Open in Trayvon Martin Case
  3. US News/MSNBC : Trayvon Martin’s Final Phone Call
  4. FOX News : Trayvon Martin’s Alleged Attacker Not Covered Under Law
  5. LA Tines : Self Defense? Trayvon Martin Was Using A Cellphone
  6. CNN : Lawyer: Girl On Phone With Trayvon Martin
  7. NY Daily News : Million Hoodie March Takes Union Square In Protest
  8. NBC New York : Trayvon Martin’s Parents Attend NYC Million Hoodie March
  9. CBS New York : Million Hoodie March Held In Union Square
  10. Chicago Tribune : An Invitation To Murder?

Be informed, be educated.  Trayvon Martin’s family deserves justice.  Trayvon did not have to die…

Skittles and Tea is NOT a weapon…

Regina

Jakadrien Turner leaves Dallas and Lands in Colombia??

I hope you saw the news article about the Dallas teenager who has been missing since 2010 but was actually deported to Colombia.  It has been all over the internet today, so I decided to post about it after the crowd died down!  If not you can read it HERE and HERE.  Now you may be thinking, “OK, this is Texas, they have an abundance of illegal residents, so what, one of them got sent back”!  BUT, this was a 14-year-old AFRICAN-AMERICAN teenager, who DOES NOT EVEN SPEAK SPANISH!  So you may be scratching your head (Much like I was doing when I first heard this mess!) and wondering how the heck does something like this happen??

Well it starts with a teenager who is distraught over the loss of a grandfather.   Then you add the tragedy of divorcing parents.  And on top of all of that you add a dash of obvious discontent (since she was running away I assume the discontent part).  You can also add that she obviously had no adult she thought she could talk to about her issues and mental state.  The story goes like this….

Jakadrien Turner ran away from her home in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas in November, 2010.  The reason she ran away is being indirectly attributed to the loss of her grandfather and the divorce of her parents.  (But I of course believe there is something missing from this portion of the story).  Jakadrien ran as far as Houston, Texas.  In Houston, Texas in April 2011, Jakadrien Turner was caught shoplifting.  Jakadrien gave the police a phony name and when that name was run it came back as belonging to a 22-year-old, illegal immigrant from Colombia.  Here is where the story gets asinine…. evidently her finger prints were taken but there was no follow through.  Despite the physical differences between a 14-year-old and a 22-year-old, despite the fact that this African-American girl spoke no Spanish (Uh, coming from Colombia, yes I expect that you should be able to speak spanish!), and despite the fact that no follow through on the fingerprints or paper work was completed, Jakadrien was deported to Colombia (Yes, SOUTH AMERICA!) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  This young lady even had her information posted on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s website, See posting HERE.  But no one bothered to check for that.

So after all of that, I wonder who will be demoted behind this fiasco.  Yes I said demoted because since this is a young African-American girl I do not think anyone will loose his or her job over this but someone will likely be demoted. (Sad, but true, This IS America…).  Jakadrien’s grandmother found her through Facebook.  Jakadrien is now being detained in a Colombian “facility” by Colombian officials despite American authorities from the U.S. Embassy trying to retrieve her. (Maybe someone should call Tom Cruise and his Mission Impossible crew, they seem to get results!).

So as a parent and a grandparent I have some questions/concerns about this story… (Yea, besides the obvious question about the OBVIOUS INCOMPETENCE of the U.S. Immigration officials…)

  1. Where are Jakadrien Turner’s parents?
  2. Why is the grandmother the only one looking for her?
  3. Why did she REALLY run away?
  4. Did she have a mentor, teacher, confidant, or ANYONE that she could have talked to?
  5. Why is this 15-year-old girl now pregnant?
  6. Who was Jakadrien living with in Houston?
  7. Is she hurt? Was she damaged in ANY way?
  8. And lastly, we need to address her running away and her lying about her identity which helped land her behind in Colombia, South America in the first place.

But all the madness and questions aside… I pray that baby girl is returned home safely.  I pray that she receives the counseling, healing, and restoration that she needs.  I pray that her and her family are restored and mended to wholeness.

Smooches!

Regina

2011 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Join me in 2012!

Blessings, Regina

Angel Food Ministries Founders, Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo Indicted

More and more signs that point to the inevitable conclusion that we are indeed in the LAST DAYS.  Organizations which were designed and purposed to do good are wavering and falling.  Case in point, the ANGEL FOOD Ministries Organization is out of business and key personnel are being indited on criminal charges.  If you have never heard of the ANGEL FOOD Ministries Organization let me explain.  Angel Food Ministries was a 501 c 3, non-profit, non-denominational, Christian organization, which was dedicated to providing food relief to communities throughout the United States.  The program offered food at extremely low prices to elderly, disadvantaged, or anyone who need bulk food for low prices.  The program operated largely out of warehouses (due to the nature of the bulk food items and the space needed to serve hundreds of people) and churches and serviced thousands of church communities.  The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Georgia and grew to serve over 500,000 families across the United States monthly.  The program was extremely useful to elderly individuals who live on a fixed income and to those struggling to make ends meet.  Angel Food provided a supplement to the ever shrinking dollar.

Unfortunately in September the organization announced that it would not be able to fulfill the September orders and was going out of business.  Soon there after the company closed it’s doors for good.  In September 2011, Rob Kerby, Senior Editor at Belief Net published this post about the Angel Food debacle,

Angel Food Ministries cancels September deliveries, suspends refunds

The posting was VERY enlightening!  The post talked about the shady past and financial dealings of Pastor Joe Wingo, his wife Linda Wingo and several of their family members. Pastor Joe Wingo was also the pastor of Emmanuel Praise Church.

While surfing the internet today I read articles that said an indictment for multiple federal charges against the founders of the now defunct Angel Food Ministries were handed down.  Pastors Joe Wingo, his wife Linda, son Andy and business associate Harry Michaels reportedly were charged in the indictment.  According to the Washington Post, “Authorities say a federal indictment charges three officials associated with Angel Food Ministries and an employee with dozens of counts including fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and others.”  The 71 page indictment outlines 49 criminal counts.  The Wingos are to appear in a Macon County court today to answer charges which include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, witness tampering and transporting stolen property across state lines.

Bottom line hundreds of people lost jobs who faithfully worked with the organization across the country and HUNDREDS of people who actually utilized the service may go hungry or be forced to find other way to supplement their grocery bills.

Walking on the backs of the Elderly, the Poor, the Downtrodden, and the Disenfranchised, I would not want to be them on Judgement day (and I DO NOT mean in the court of THIS world)  It appears that the Wingos have a lot of explaining to do.

When Will Folks Stop Pissing On The Little Guy?

Be Blessed All!

Regina

Seagrams Gin Shows Love For Ethnic Communities

I was on the internet this morning and saw a posting about Seagram’s Gin selling DU-RAGS with special edition bottles of Seagram’s Gin.  Yes, you read it correctly… DU-RAGS!  Buy a bottle of special edition Seagram’s Gin and get a free DU-RAG!  So here is the link to where I read it and here is the link to the Detroit, Michigan post where it was first seen!

I am sure that the super Intelligent, Fashion Forward, man about town will be rushing to the nearest liquor store to grab his gin and du-rag!  I am not suggesting that intelligent , fashion forward men do not wear du-rags, I am simply trying to get the public to focus on the marketing techniques of Seagram’s Gin.

I went to the Seagram’s Gin website in efforts to prove, disprove, corroborate or shoot down this possible Facebook hoax.  Interestingly enough I first found the 2011 Seagram’s Calendar models.  You might be interested to know that 11 of the models are African-American and 1 is Asian, all are female.  I guess Seagram’s strongly believes that only men (and lesbians) look at calendars.  I guess they also believe that African-American females are the best choice for the Seagram’s Gin Calendar!  The Seagram’s Gin website had no mention of the infamous Gin and Du-Rag collaboration (Of Course they would not put such inflammatory and racist nonsense on their very reputable website….) so I will just have to leave this one up to the people to prove or disprove!

What do YOU think about this???

I will close with this, If you are tired of being targeted, STOP making yourself a Mark! ... Think about it…

Peace & Love All

Regina

President Obama, Student Loans and Me…

WOW!  It has been 6 months since I posted here.  I would love to tell you about all the FABULOUS things I have been doing and why I have not been posting on this blog but frankly the reason I have not posted in 6 months is….. I forgot my password.  Yep, that is it, I simply could not remember my password or user name.  It has taken me a while but things are back in order now!

However I have been slowly but surely closing in on that Bachelor Degree of Human Services Management that I have been working towards.  July 2012 is when I will be done and my degree will be official.  My youngest daughter is a high school senior and is set to graduate in June 2012.  Of course this means student loans.  So not only will I be liable for my student loans but I will also be entering the realm of her student loans. Yaayyy.

I pray that the news article I read on MSNBC.com helps me when I need it.

According to MSNBC.com, “Obama said it’s never been more important to get a college education, but it’s also never been more expensive. Obama said his plan will help not just individuals, but the nation, because graduates will have more money to spend on things like buying homes” (MSNBC.com).  Read the article in its entirety HERE.

Let Us Pray…

Regina

Happy Blogoversary! Four Years Already?


HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY TO ME!!! Actually yesterday was Regina’s Family Seasons 4 year Blogoversary! 4 years ago yesterday I started this blog! This is my spot to share with the world my thoughts, views, and rants about whatever is on my mind at the moment. It does not feel like it has been FOUR YEARS!!
In honor of my 4 years of Blogging I have picked 4 of my favorite blog posts to share with you! Click on the links below to read 4 of my favorite posts!

1- 7 Shocking Things About Me! (This is my ALL TIME favorite post because GOD IS GOOD!)
2- Troy Davis Is Dead … Now What?
3- Christian Teens And Sex… Before Marriage.
4- Fear Or Respect? Democracy Or Dictatorship?

Well, there you have it 4 of my favorite posts! Enjoy!! And stick around to see what is on my mind next!!

Thanks for reading and sharing this moment in time with Regina’s Family Seasons!!

Peace & Love
Regina

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