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

Baby Accidentally Drinks Alcohol

My son was asking me if I heard about this story this morning and I had not, but then when I logged on to the computer it was one of the top stories on CNN.com. Read the story HERE.

As seen on CNN.com,

(CNN) — A 15-month-old was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee’s restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.

Police were called to the Madison Heights restaurant on Friday evening after the parents of Dominic Wilson Jr. noticed their son acting strange during a family dinner.

“He was saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to the walls,” said Wilson’s mother, Taylor Dill-Reese, 18. “He laid his head down like he was sleepy, then woke up and got really hyper.”

At first, Dill-Reese blamed his odd behavior on lack of sleep. But at the end of the meal, she said Wilson’s father was stunned by what he tasted after taking a sip of his son’s juice.

The juice was an alcoholic concoction that was stored in a mislabeled container, according to a Madison Heights Police Department news release.

“The container was apple juice but it had margarita mix in it,” Dill-Reese said.

Wilson was immediately rushed to the hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.10, Dill-Reese said.

“They said if he had drank that whole cup he would have died,” she said, adding that she and her family will never return to the eatery.

“It was unreal,” she said. “You don’t expect to go to a family restaurant, and your 15-month-old gets served alcohol.”

Dill-Reese said the child is doing OK but they are taking him to see a doctor because he’s “not eating like he used to.”

Dill-Reese said she and her boyfriend — both of whom are under 21 and not legally allowed to drink — were both drinking smoothies during the meal.

“Obviously any situation like this is unacceptable,” Applebee’s officials said in a statement. “We are working with local authorities and conducting our own investigation to assess exactly what happened.”

Police have deemed the incident an accident.

Now I understand that both parents are young, but if it were me I think I would be sitting in a lawyer’s office right about now.  I understand it was an accident but, accidents do not just happen they are caused!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO??

Time Moves On & The News Is Dreary…

Wow, it has been so long since I have updated this blog that it took me about 30 minutes to remember the user name and password!  I have not been here since June, that is about 3 months.

But the news has certainly not slowed down any. There is still death, destruction, crime, lies, and brutality.  I was watching the news with my daughter the other night and she shook her head and said, “How can you watch this all the time, it is so depressing.”.  She is absolutely correct the news is very depressing, but we do not live in a bubble and we can not be ignorant to what goes on around us.

Ignorance is NOT bliss in today’s society. WE NEED TO STAY INFORMED!

Some recent News stories:

Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook will donate $100 Million to Newark New Jersey public schools. Folks are complaining and wondering about his motives. Really?? Who cares! The schools are getting much needed money!

Similac  powdered baby formula removed from store shelves because of tainted formula. Hmmm, so that’s why God made Breasts…

Prominent Atlanta Pastor, Bishop Eddie Long accused of coercion and sexual misconduct by 3 young men. Well, it is what it is, keep praying and let God handle the rest.

Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the UN General Assembly that the U.S. Government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.  Hmmm, I wouldn’t want to be this dude on a dark NYC street…

11 Year old babysitter kills 2-year-old girl. Lots of questions here, starting with, Why the hell is an 11-year-old babysitting a 2-year-old???

Reggie Garret, a Texas high school quarterback collapses and dies after throwing touchdown pass.  Many prayers go out to the family of this young man. Life is short and NO ONE is promised tomorrow.

Denver Broncos wide receiver, Kenny McKinley was found dead in his Colorado home. The investigation is on-going but the reports are saying that a self-inflicted gunshot wound killed him. What could be so bad with your life that at the ripe old age of 23 you want to kill yourself … besides being bored to death in Colorado?

Well, there you have it the news you have been missing!

The one thing I HATE to hear is, “The devil made me do it”.  WOW! OK, Let me be very clear about this folks, THE DEVIL CANNOT MAKE YOU DO A DARN THING!! Any and everything you do is because YOU CHOSE TO DO IT! Even if someone holds a gun to your head YOU make the choice to get shot or not. EVERYTHING WE DO IS A CHOICE!

Another thing… BEFORE you start accusing, judging, agreeing or disagreeing, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, get ALL of the FACTS!

God sits high and looks low, Let GOD judge, NOT YOU!

You don’t have to be Ms Cleo to see troubling times ahead…

Peace & Love



What Is In Store For Our Educational System?

My daughter and I have been having ongoing conversations about the present educational systems.  They clearly ARE NOT WORKING!  But the question is what do we do about them?

My opinion is that the school system is not teaching students anything of value.  Students are in high school for four years, come out with a general diploma and still can not find jobs.  WHY??  Because they have not learned any skills that are employable.  Years ago schools had a little bit of hands on education, they had home economics where they taught cooking skills and sewing skills, they had shop class where you were at least introduced to using power tools or learning how to make some sort of crafts.  Some schools even had drivers education, where they taught you how to drive.  BUT today schools are little more than corrals.  They hold the children like animals for a few hours and then release them into the wild.

After your four years of high school, if your grades are not high enough for college you may be looking at community college or trade school, BOTH of which you have to pay for.  So then why spend the four years in high school is my question?  Why can’t your last two years of high school be spent learning a trade or an employable skill.  That way when you do graduate you can find a job?  High school spends a lot of time on things that you may never even need in life.  I’m sure everyone does not need advanced calculus and trigonometry.   Why can’t your last year or two of high school be spent getting a CDA (Child Development Associate) or a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), or a cosmetologist license, or a Data Entry or Administrative Assistant certificate, or an Air conditioning and Refrigeration certificate?  Or SOMETHING, ANYTHING that will be useful in the job world.

So today I came across this ABC news video that I had not seen previously.  It is supposed to be news but I guess it did not rate high enough on the popularity charts to warrant any major coverage…

Anyway the video is about some schools in some states giving an exit exam after TWO YEARS of High School and if the student passes they graduate BUT get to go on to a trade school for two years!  FREE!  Now maybe we are making some progress…  Click On The Link and Watch the video and please leave your opinions.  Do you think this is a valid option for our educational system?

Skip High School, Start Your Career – ABC News.

15-Year Old Boy Set On Fire By His Peers…

Fifteen year old Michael Brewer escaped death… barely. This 15-year-old boy was the victim of a ruthless attack by other youth which landed Brewer in the hospital where he is expected to stay for 5 months.  A few weeks ago another youth, Derrion Albert was attacked by a group of his peers and Derrion was beaten to death.

art.brewer.wforMichael Brewer was not beaten, he was set on fire!  That’s right, you read it correctly.  15-year-old Michael Brewer of Deerfield Beach, Florida was set on fire by a group of his peers.  Brewer suffered 2nd degree burns over 80% of his body.  Michael Brewer is in critical condition in a hospital and is expected to be there recovering for the next 5 months.  Read the CNN news story about Michael Brewer HERE.

You may wonder what would possess a group of teens to set another teen on fire and then laugh about it.  What was the motive for this heinous crime??  Well the apparent motivation is snitching!  Yes, snitching.  Michael Brewer owed one of the suspects $40 for a video game and had not paid it yet.  So in retaliation the suspect stole Brewer’s father’s bike.  Well Brewer told (or snitched) who stole the bike.  The suspect was arrested and later released.  Then a few days later in the Deerfield Beach, Florida apartment complex where Brewer lived the suspect and four others surrounded Brewer, threw rubbing alcohol on him and then set him on fire.  Nothing justifies setting someone on fire, especially not $40 or snitching!

Our Youth should be declared an endangered species!  Every day I look at the news there are stories of youth being killed, murdered, dying.  It is not just black youth that I am concerned about, but ALL of the youth!  This is an epidemic.  Our youth are leaving this earth in epic proportions!  Our parents are crying oceans of tears and our graveyards are becoming over-crowded with the dead and empty promises of youth stolen away.

What CAN we do?

What SHOULD we do?

What WILL we do?

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