Book by Reverend Al Sharpton
Book Review by Kam Williams
“As you read through the following pages and get a sense of my journey and the lessons I’ve learned, I believe you will come to understand why I’ve not been unsettled or slowed down by the attempts over the years to paint me with a broad brush as some kind of troublemaker or self-interested hustler. While those caricatures might have become media shorthand, I was not about to let the world define me…
The America I faced in the 1980s wearing the jogging suit was not the same place as the America I speak to now, yet I still find myself leading marches to protest outrages like the shooting death of Trayvon Martin or the widespread attempts to roll back voting rights. I moved with the times, updated my style and approach so that I never became irrelevant.
-- Excerpted from Chapter One (page 7)
In Chapter 21, Verse 42 of the Book of Matthew, Jesus observed that “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Now, Reverend Al Sharpton paraphrases that parable for the title and theme of “The Rejected Stone,” an enlightening autobiography/how-to tome in which the longtime civil rights leader retraces his path from fiery street activist to international icon.
Besides reflecting on the high points of his controversial career, the outspoken author has 23 lessons to offer ambitious individuals interested in following in his footsteps. He elaborates upon those priceless pearls of wisdom individually in chapters all their own entitled, “Learning from Flawed Leaders,” “Never Rest on Your Laurels,” “Practice What You Preach,” and “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Big,” to name a few.
As interesting as Rev’s sage advice, however, are his personal anecdotes. For he’s ostensibly rubbed shoulders with folks from every station in life. And like a black Forest Gump, the peripatetic Sharpton has not only managed to land at the center of many an historic moment, but he even has a knack for summarizing the event in “Life is like a box of chocolates” fashion.
For example, he talks about having to pinch himself while attending President Obama’s inauguration earlier this year, when he realized that he was sitting up on the same platform with Congress, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court and luminaries like Jay-Z and Beyonce’. Not bad for a poor kid from Brooklyn whose father abandoned the family when Al was just 9.
To order a copy of The Rejected Stone, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1936399474/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
For the first time since 1997, the U.S. government has shut down. This happens when Congress fails to pass authorization to sufficiently fund local and federal government operations. During a shutdown, the government will usually stop providing all services except those that are deemed "essential".
Here are 22 ways that the government shutdown will affect your life:
#1 - If you get the flu: During a shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be receiving funding to support its annual flu vaccination program.
#2 - No pay for military personnel: Members of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, etc) will have their paychecks put on hold while they continue to work.
#3 - Little assistance for troubled boaters: The Coast Guard will cut back on routine patrols and navigation assistance if you have trouble while on the water.
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By Melanie Hicken | CNNMoney.com
Some scammers may offer help navigating the new health insurance marketplace under Obamacare, for a fee. Others will warn that you will need a new Medicare card. And still others may say they are from the government and need your personal information.
These are just a few of the Obamacare-related scams that federal officials have heard about in the months leading up to the opening up of the state-based insurance exchanges, a key component of the Affordable Care Act.
Many of these scammers are seeking to steal your personal information and your money. Some consumers have already contacted the Federal Trade Commission about con artists that have called, texted, sent letters or emailed them, and the FTC is asking for reports of any other potential cons.
The Afro-American Newspapers, News Report, George E. Curry, Posted: Oct 03, 2013
WASHINGTON (NNPA) –- Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, especially under de jure segregation, Blacks, who comprise 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up 17.7 percent of the federal workforce.
Overall, people of color represent 34 percent of the federal workforce. Latinos are 8 percent of government workers, Asians are 5.8 percent, Native Americans are 2.1 percent and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders are .40 percent of federal employees. People of color are 37 percent of the U.S. population, a figure projected to grow to 43.3 percent as soon as 2025 and 57 percent by 2060.
O.J. Simpson got his hands caught in a prison cookie jar, trying to sneak a dozen cookies back to his cell.
September 27, 2013
It’s not often that people can get away with filching in prison, because (a) there aren’t many things to pilfer to begin with, and (b), you’re in prison. But for O.J. Simpson, the cookies just never crumble his way these days. The former star running back, in the midst of serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, was caught absconding with prison-issued oatmeal cookies, reported Fox Sports on Sept. 27.
Simpson left the chow hall at the prison with not just one cookie or a few cookies, but with a stash of at least a dozen cookies shoved under his prison outfit.
Fortunately, a guard at the facility, busily overseeing the behavior of America’s murderers, thugs and thieves, was also keenly aware of the cookie caper, having noticed a bit of a bulge under the 66-year-old’s shirt.
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