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Fine line between rites of passages and initiations, or bullying By Donald Lee I Messenger

In light of the ongoing bullying controversy in the National Football League surrounding two Miami Dolphins players, it is fitting to write an awareness piece that gives young football players with dreams of one day playing in the NFL information that they’ll need in order to know how to discern what may be seen as a fine line between “rites of passage,� or the initiation practices targeting rookie players, and bullying. I’ve turned to three former (Beaumont) West Brook High School standouts who went on to play in the NFL — Mickey Washington, Earl Dotson and Curtis Ceaser

Jr. — to talk about the recent situation in which Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely from the team for “detrimental conduct� relating to the alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin, a second year player with the Dolphins. Washington, whose eight-year career as a defensive back included playing with the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, also sits on the board of directors for the NFL Players Association, which has insisted “on a fair investigation� for all involved. “At some point, people have to stop blaming the players, and they have to look at organizations,� says Washington, a 1990 draft pick of the Phoenix Cardinals. “If you take a fool and sign a fool to a multimillion-dollar contract, don’t expect him to (behave) any different.� Washington’s point is that the front offices

of football teams must make the workplace safe for their players. But while bullying should never be excused, initiations of rookies into the National Football League have always existed. “The bottom line is you’re going to do something, and it’s all in good fun,� says Ceaser, who was drafted by the New York Jets in 1995 and remained with the team through 1996. “That case there was a bullying situation — for that to happen to a second-year player,� Ceaser says, noting that initiations are generally aimed at first-year players. “It’s no way in hell that a second-year player deals with that.� Dotson, who made a living blocking for Brett Favre with the Green Bay Packers from 1993 to 2003, says he played for an organization that placed a premium on a stress-free working atmosphere.

“As far as my rookie year goes, I never had to deal with hazing,� Dotson says. “The reason behind that is because Green Bay didn’t tolerate that at all. (Then) Coach Mike Holmgren, his philosophy was: ‘How can you concentrate on making this team if you gotta worry about hazing?’ � Dotson says when he was in Green Bay rookie players would have to pay for “2 grand� worth of dinner, but nothing remotely close to the $54,896 bill Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant was pressured into paying in 2010. Asked how a rookie should respond to anything that resembles hazing, Dotson says: “Judge what would be asked of him, when it comes to the hazing. First and foremost, he’s his own man. The last decision is always up to him.�

Donald Lee, a Beaumont, Texas, native living in Dallas, is a free-lance journalist. Contact him at (225) 773-2248. Follow him on Twitter at @donaldj_lee.

What you need to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace Have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace? Here are the answers Hundreds of thousands of Texans are now able to buy health care coverage from private insurance companies through an online marketplace set up by the federal government. Because it’s new, the Health Insurance Marketplace has prompted some questions, so let’s briefly go over the most common ones in hopes of clearing up any confusion about the program.

average, $30,000. Fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7,500. Having health care coverage protects you from those unexpected medical expenses. Can someone with a medical condition buy insurance? Yes. Insurers can’t deny you coverage because you have a medical issue, such as cancer or diabetes. Nor can they charge you more than they would someone who’s in good health. And once you have insurance, the company can’t delay your treatment. Your medical care begins immediately.

Whom does the marketplace help? The uninsured. If you have health insurance through either your employer or a government program like Medicare or Medicaid, you needn’t concern yourself. The marketplace is meant mainly for individuals who want to buy health care coverage on their own for themselves or their families. The marketplace simplifies your shopping for coverage by letting you make side-byside comparisons of health plans. You’ll get a clear picture of what benefits you’d get and what premiums and deductibles you’d pay. Then you can enroll in the plan that best fits your needs and budget. It all can be done online, at http://www. healthcare.gov/. Why would a healthy person need insurance? Though no one plans to become sick or hurt, most people eventually need medical care. Three days in the hospital run, on

What does the marketplace’s health insurance cover? All the health plans provide a package of 10 essential benefits, including emergency services, hospital care, lab services, prescription drugs, doctor visits, preventive care, rehab services and maternity care. Some plans offer additional coverage, such as for dental or vision care. The benefits are similar to what’s typically covered in an employer-provided plan. That’s a significant point. Until now, individual insurance policies haven’t always offered such an array of services. How do the health plans vary in cost? Some marketplace plans have lower monthly premiums but charge you more out-of-pocket when you require care. Other plans charge higher premiums but cover more of your medical expenses. You’ll decide how you want to balance your premium costs with your out-ofpocket costs.

For example, if you see your doctor often and take a number of prescription drugs, a “platinum� or “gold� plan may work better for you. If you don’t, a “silver� or “bronze� plan may be more practical. You’ll see the differences in premiums and out-of-pocket costs when you shop for a plan. How does someone shop for insurance in the marketplace? You’ll fill out an application and find out how much you can save on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Most people who apply will qualify for lower costs of some kind. Specific information about the health plans available in your area is posted at http://www.healthcare. gov/. Where can someone go for help in applying for coverage and enrolling? You can get help online (http://www. healthcare.gov/), by phone (1-800-3182596) or in person. There will be people trained and certified to help you understand your health coverage options. The website and toll-free call center can direct you to the benefit counselors in your area. Insurance agents and brokers can also help you with your application and health plan choices. When can someone shop and enroll, and when does coverage start? Open enrollment runs through March 31, 2014. Coverage starts as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. What if someone doesn’t have coverage

in 2014? The new health care law requires people who can afford it to take responsibility for their health insurance by getting coverage or paying a fee. With insurance, you have peace of mind. Without it, you bear the full brunt of any medical bills, which could land you and your family deep in debt. ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ Health Insurance Marketplace won’t affect Medicare, but ‌ You’ve probably heard a lot over the last month about the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new way to shop for health care coverage. The initial enrollment period kicked off in October and runs through March 31. If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you may think that you’re affected by this new program and that you need to do something in response to everything you’re hearing and reading. Relax. The Marketplace is designed primarily to help people without health insurance. You have insurance through Medicare. No matter how you get Medicare -- whether through the traditional fee-for-service program or a private Medicare Advantage plan -- you won’t have to make any changes. But you also won’t want to turn a deaf ear to all the talk about the Marketplace because you may have family members and friends without health insurance who could benefit. A few words from you could alert them to this new way of buying insurance and persuade them to sign up for health care See MARKETPLACE, page 6


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Nov 22, Friday 12:30 pm – Moment of Silence, Market and Main Streets 2:30 pm – Moment of Silence, Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza

Friday, November 22 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Introductory remarks – John Judge 7:15 – 10:30 pm – KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Cyril Wecht, JD, MD, Passing the Torch Mark Lane, Atty., The Secret Service and the Assassination of President Kennedy Richard Belzer, Hit List: Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination Anthony Summers, Not in Your Lifetime

Saturday, November 23 9:00 – 10:15 am – History, Evidence, Media Robert Groden, Absolute Proof: New Photographic Evidence Dave Starks, 50 Years of US Media Lone Assassin Propaganda Jack Colhoun, Jack Ruby’s Ties to the Tropicana and Gangsterismo in Cuba 10:15 – 11:30 am – Oswald, Plot, Records Ernst Titovets, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? Dick Russell, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” Richard Nagell Revisited Gary Aguilar, Junk Science in the Kennedy Case 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – LUNCH 12:30 – 1:45 pm – Plot and Suspects Danny Sheehan, Rulers of the Realm: “The Wise Men” The Assassins of President Kennedy Bill Simpich, Working Towards the Mexico City Solution Stan Weeber, The Denton Connection: An Update 1:45 – 3:00 pm – Evidence and Suspects Mel Barney, Jack Ruby’s U.S. Government Connection Exposed Gary Aguilar – The by Deal Spy" style="text-decoration: underline; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-topstyle: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: none; outline-color: initial; "Magic Bullet – Even More Magical Than We Knew Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the JFK Assassination 3:00 – 4:15 pm – Historical Context Joan Mellen, Updating “A Farewell To Justice” and the Garrison Investigation Wayne Smith, JAMA Knows Best: Unassailable Facts About the Autopsy William Turner, The Cuban Connection: Nixon, Castro and the Mob 4:15 – 5:30 pm – Plot and Suspects Greg Burnham, Sabotage at the Bay of Pigs: A Revolution of Mind Russ Baker, New Clarity on George HW Bush and Dallas Andrew Kiel, J Edgar Hoover, the FBI, the CIA and the JFK Assassination 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – DINNER 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X Cynthia McKinney, COINTELPRO John Judge, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy – History Repeats Itself Joseph Palermo, Robert F. Kennedy and the Assassination of JFK: A Political Odyssey Baba Zak Kondo, The Assassination of Malcolm X 8:30 – 9:00 pm – A testimonial from a former ARRB staffer David Montague, The importance of the research community in assisting the ARRB

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On Tuesday, November 12, youths were commissioned as Ambassadors to Men and Women by The Men and Ladies of Honor at The Atrium in downtown Garland, at a celebration for the organization’s 10th year of transforming at-risk kids into world-changers. Nearly 400 people attended from various branch locations in the United States, while leadership as far away as South Africa sent video greetings. Ranging in age from 12-18, the boys and girls have personally dedicated many hours studying curriculum, completing charity projects, and making presentations to peer groups, all while striving to achieve personal growth through improved grades, exemplary conduct, and higher accountability. “Being a male is a matter of birth; being a man is a matter of choice!” the boys shouted in cadence, as a key point in the axioms they are required to memorize, recite and exhibit in everything they do. “My attitude is my choice!” echoed loudest among the Ladies of Honor as they delivered their axioms to the attendees. “Throughout the boys’ and girls’ curriculum and instruction, we emphasize choice,” said President and Founder Tony Rorie. “No one is allowed to continue status quo, to be a victim of their circumstances---we teach them that they all have greatness inside them, and they have to make a deliberate daily effort to rise above it all and live a life of excellence.”

In partnership with Google, Mayor Douglas Athas is working with local business on an initiative to get Garland’s businesses online through Google’s Get Your Busines Online program. Although 97% of internet users are now looking online to find local products and services, 58% of American businesses still do not have a website. Through increased participation in the Get Your Business Online program, Mayor Athas hopes to close that gap for Garland businesses. Youths from area Men & Ladies of Honor groups united on stage to recite their axioms for the attendees. These young ladies are the first group in the organization to achieve full commissioning at the second level, as Honor Guards.

representation in Miami, Florida and Grand Rapids, Michigan areas, the organization has stretched south into Honduras and Belize, and, most recently, northward, with a new group emerging in Canada. As it continues through the next decade, organization goals include additional after-school groups on charter and public school campuses and community centers, which means more camps--a critical piece in helping children wipe the slate clean for a new start.

To find out more, visit www.themenofhonor.org or www.honorministries.org. Honorees: Commissioned an Ambassador to Men By The Men of Honor November 12, 2013 Mr. Graham Ashton Garrison Mr. Scott James Menzies Mr. Marcus W. McCloure Mr. Isaiah J. Kelly-King Mr. Troy A. Love Mr. Kenneth D. Armstrong Mr. Timothy L. Cross

Peggy Jones, former First Lady of Garland, says a prayer of blessing over the commissioned girls, holding the shields they just received, each with a proper curtsey.

Young Men of Honor, commissioned at the first level of leadership, raise their daggers in salute, behind the row of fully commissioned men--one as young as 12--who completed the highest level of leadership, raising their swords.

The Men & Ladies of Honor is a character education and leadership development program founded in Dallas area, now based in Rowlett, that has grown to international proportions in the past several years. With strong

Commissioned an Ambassador to Young Men By The Men of Honor November 12, 2013 Mr. Evan Milwee Mr.Jairo A. Villegas Mr.Rodney D. Daniels Jr. Mr.Jonathan S. Joseph Mr.David B. Block Mr.Collin Porter Mr.David V. Block Mr.Cameron Hunter Kurley Mr. Noah Austin Ross Mr. Robert E. Bronston Mr. Ruy G. Amador Mr. Jeremy Brinkley

Commissioned an Ambassador to Women By The Ladies of Honor November 12, 2013 Miss Clementine Bowers Miss Sarah Edwards Miss Jasmine Patterson Miss Rachel Marie Rorie Miss Rachel Staley Miss Jenna Wilson

Get Your Business Online provides small business owners with a custom domain name, web hosting and access to educational resources - all free for one year. Since its debut in July 2011, the program has helped more than 135,000 businesses nationwide successfully get online and start growing. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our community. We are constantly looking at ways to help Garland businesses grow and create jobs; this is an excellent tool to help. For example many shoppers use Google maps to find their destination. This is an opportunity for businesses to be listed and have basic information like business hours, instantly available,” said Mayor Athas. “The success stories from other businesses are why I am proud to launch this initiative in Garland.” Mayor Athas’ announcement adds Garland to a growing list of communities planning to take advantage of Google’s Get Your Business Online program this year. “Businesses have to be where their customers are, and that is online,” said Mayor Athas. Interested business owners can visit www.gybo.com for more information.

Supreme Court Allows State to Block Safe and Legal Abortion for One-Third of Texas Women Austin, TX — A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate a permanent injunction entered by a federal district court last month, which means that safe and legal abortion will continue to be virtually impossible for onethird of Texas women in need to access as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s appeal proceeds. Almost three weeks ago, when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a requirement that physicians who provide abortions obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital to take effect, approximately one-third of the state’s licensed health centers that were providing abortion were forced to stop providing that care immediately. When asked what she will do if she cannot access a safe and legal abortion in Texas, it was reported one woman in Harlingen said, “I think I will have to go through with the pregnancy. I don’t have the finances to travel” to San Antonio, the closest option for a woman in the Rio Grande Valley to access a safe and legal abortion (abortion is illegal in Mexico, which is within miles from Harlingen). Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “While we are deeply disappointed, this isn’t over. We will take every step we can to protect the health of Texas women. This law is blocking women in Texas from getting a safe and legal medical procedure that has been their constitutionallyprotected right for 40 years. This is outrageous and unacceptable – and also demonstrates why we need stronger federal protections for women’s health. Your rights and your ability to make your own medical decisions should not depend on your zip code.” The lawsuit, Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, was jointly filed on September 27 on behalf of more than a dozen Texas health care providers and their patients by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Texas law firm George Brothers Kincaid & Horton. In striking down the measure as unconstitutional after a three-day trial, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said the admitting privileges requirement has “no rational relationship to improved patient care” and also “places an undue burden on a woman seeking an abortion.”


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The Failures of Common Charitable Giving Strategies by Eric Friedman

What would you think if I told you that the decision you made to give to the local hospital or cancer group was actually hurting people? That the charitable choice you thought would make the world a better place was actually doing the opposite? That the causes you felt so good about were contrary to what you thought? There’s a dark side to giving that people rarely discuss. Any time a donor chooses one health care charity over all the others (or makes no donation at all), the donor is literally making a decision that affects who gets sick and who doesn’t, who is cured and who isn’t, and—at the extreme—who lives and who dies. For every person a donor helps, countless others are not helped. Donors who choose an average charity over a great one have failed to do as much good as they could have. Their choice is directly connected to real-life consequences, sometimes half a world away. This issue doesn’t just apply to health care charities. For example, when donors choose one anti-poverty charity over others, their decision affects the life outcomes of those who are helped and those who are ignored. And when donors choose an anti-poverty charity over a health care charity, they are making tradeoffs between health and poverty. More people might die if a donor chooses the anti-poverty charity, but more people might live in poverty if the health charity is selected. That’s not to say that one type of charity is better, but simply that a donor’s charitable choices can make noticeable differences. This predicament isn’t the donor’s fault—it’s impossible to help everyone—but it is reality. These donors certainly don’t hurt people. And yet, just as donors deserve credit for the good deeds they do, the opportunities they decline should be subject to scrutiny. Some donors might avoid making these difficult decisions by splitting their gift among several different causes and organizations to help many people, but spreading resources around doesn’t effectively tackle the broader issue: scarce resources prevent GARLAND

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donors from helping everyone in need. Choices must be made. How should donors make these decisions? As an example, most people would agree that both health care and education are important. If some health care charities are very effective and charities that focus on education have weaker track records, then you may have one preference. But if the reverse were true, you might have the opposite preference. Charitable choices aren’t just philosophical; they’re about evidence. Unfortunately, a study from Hope Consulting found that only 35% of donors do any research before deciding which charities to give to, and only 9% spend more than two hours on research. Most people give to the charities they know and like: the university they attended, the health care charity that touched their lives, the arts organization they appreciate. Donors know these are good organizations by seeing their work firsthand. But donors rarely do a rigorous comparison to other charities. (It doesn’t really count if the research is exclusively from charity rating agencies that focus on the overhead costs of the organization and don’t actually evaluate the quality of the charity’s programs.) Suppose you give to a hospital that can cure one person of a disease for $10,000, but a health care charity you didn’t give to can cure two people of equally horrible illnesses for the same cost. Have you really done a good deed? Yes, compared to the person who gave nothing. But you haven’t done as much good as you could have. That may be fine with you if you think of charity as people giving away their own money—it’s theirs to waste. But it isn’t okay if you view it as a lost opportunity to save lives, reduce suffering, or enhance the human experience. Both perspectives have some truth. So how do you actually identify the best charities? Most people have neither the time nor the expertise to research this on their own, so it makes sense for them to piggyback off someone else’s research—the key is to choose that group wisely. You might want to look to large foundations with professional staff, but most are

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too specialized in niche areas to help with the most important questions for donors. For example, a foundation focused on supporting U.S. primary education typically doesn’t have the expertise to help donors evaluate whether their philanthropy is best directed at U.S. education, malaria prevention, combating global warming, or some other areas. And even among those that do have this expertise, most foundations are too secretive about their evaluation processes and results to be very helpful for others. There are only a few publicly available resources that are genuinely willing to “go anywhere� in their recommendations. One of my favorite sources for information about charities is the charity evaluator GiveWell. It would consider any charity for any cause,

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and only gives its top recommendation to three charities—not because GiveWell thinks all other charities are bad, but because it wants to clearly communicate its view of the best-ofthe-best. Giving to your alma mater, favorite health care charity, or local cultural organization doesn’t actually hurt people. But by choosing a charity for personal reasons instead of evidencebased prioritization, you’re foregoing the opportunity to do all you can to make the biggest impact with the amount you give. And what’s the value in charitable giving if the primary purpose isn’t to help others?

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High school hoops By Roger B. Brown

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This should be another banner year for boys’ high school hoops in the metroplex. And several schools could be embarking on “the road to glory’’ by season’s end next March. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t be a surprise if a local school once again walked away with the state title in each of the top

The area is loaded with a nationally-ranked team (Prime Prep Academy, which is No. 5 in the nation) as well as several other teams such as AAA Academy, DeSoto, Plano West, Kimball, SOC, Madison, Lancaster and Lincoln that are on the verge. Last week’s season-opening battle between AAA Academy and Prime Prep was a real showcase for what’s to come. An overflow, standing-room-only crowd showed up at the MAC (AAA Academy home gymnasium) for the highly anticipated matchup. In fact, the hype and excitement surrounding the game had the crowd wrapped around the building until halftime trying to get inside. By the way, Prime Prep handed AAA Academy its first home loss (82-68) at the MAC. That victory came on the heels of a 6-point road win at highlyrated Houston Yates earlier in the week for Prime Prep, which is led by point-guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who is considered a top five national recruit. “That was a good learning experience for us,’’ said AAA Academy coach Tim Singleton. “Our goal remains the same as it was before that game. We want to win the state championship. And this will only make us better and stronger as the season goes on.’’ That matchup may well have been a glimpse into the future. Charter schools such as AAA Academy and Prime Prep, along with private schools such as Dallas Jesuit and Houston Strake Jesuit could be changing the landscape of future high school hoops in the state. In fact, the top player in the state last season _ Julius Randle _ played for a private school (Prestonwood). And AAA Academy became the first charter school to win a UIL state championship last season. Meanwhile, Prime Prep dropped out of the UIL and plays a national schedule. And at the end of the season, Prime Prep could earn an invitation to a national tournament, which crowns the winner as the mythical national champions. Prime Prep got as far as the semifinal round last season. By the way, UIL schools are not allowed to participate in the event. “We have a game plan…a road map, if you will,’’ said Leroy McClure, CEO/Superintendent at AAA Academy. “We’re in the second stage right now, and we’re sticking to our plans. So, as it goes along, it does give us a sense of accomplishment because we’re succeeding beyond the limits of our hopes and dreams.’’

McClure also pointed out that he doesn’t mind AAA Academy being at the forefront of change in plotting this new course and landscape, while navigating through these unchartered waters in high school basketball. “We have a PDSA model that we live by,’’ McClure said. “We plan, we do, we study and we make adjustments. And this model is not just for basketball, but our entire organization. That model is based on four pillars _ impeccable clarity, unwavering focus, tenacious discipline and deep engagement. “We always keep the end in mind. We’re not just focused on the now. It doesn’t bother me that people think of AAA Academy as a basketball school. We look forward to proving otherwise. We know what we’re about and what we stand for. And it’s not just basketball, it’s our entire concept. At the end of the day, it’s our goal to not only get kids to college, but through college.’’ It’s a concept that is going to change the culture of high school basketball if it hadn’t already. High school basketball continues to evolve and move at a warped speed pace from the traditional old-school days. Part of that change already has occurred with the un-precedented move by AAA Academy from Class 1A to Class 3A in a year before realignment. That once again shows how quickly times are a changing. It should create even more excitement in the area with AAA Academy forging new rivalries with Madison, Wilmer Hutchins and Roosevelt. Heck, maybe one day they’ll even get to play in the DISD Coca Cola Christmas tournament, which could further raise the excitement and anticipation for the continued rise in high school hoops in the metroplex. “We look forward to this new challenge,’’ McClure said. “Our goals haven’t changed. We set out to win the state last year and we did it. That’s our goal again this year. I know we have a target on our back, but we welcome that challenge. “We believe that we’re better than anybody on our schedule, but we’re not going to boast about it. Our goal is to be the best team in the metroplex, which would place us among the best in the state.’’ TOP TEAMS: 1. PRIME PREP 2. DESOTO 3. KIMBALL 4. AAA ACADEMY 5. PLANO WEST 6. MADISON 7. JOHN PAUL II 8. LINCOLN 9. DUNCANVILLE 10. LANCASTER 11. SOC 12. PRESTONWOOD TOP PLAYERS: Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep); Myles Turner (Euless Trinity); King McClure (AAA Academy); D’Angelo Allen (Kimball); Jeremy Combs (Carter); Terry Maston (DeSoto); Elijah Thomas (Lancaster); Admon Gilder (Madison); D.J. Hogg (Plano West) and Alex Robinson (Mansfield Timberview). NFL WEEK 12 PICKS: NO over ATL; NYG over COWBOYS; GB over MINN; HOU over JAX; KC over SD; CHI over SL; PITT over CLE; DET over TB; BALT over NYJ; CAR over MIA; OAK over TENN; IND over ARIZ; DEN over NE; SF over WASH…

Spiritually Speaking

Perspective By James A. Washington

For someone who grew up when I did, the question of Jesus Christ continues to mystify many of my friends, when it comes to my newest hero. I mean if you think of Christianity as some kind of sanitized version of European colonialism, then there is no wonder that many regard this faith as a cop out when compared to the ancient older religions of the world, particularly Africa. However, when you do due diligence and study, then it becomes clear how the religion of Christ has been manipulated down through the ages for political purposes. But isn’t that the case with every religion? Man still kills in the name of God; whatever name that might be. And so it has been and so it is now. Religious conflict is still the single reason most people die at the hands of their fellow man (see Middle East, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan to name a few). Faith seems to be a dangerous commodity in this world. Before I go too far down that road, allow me to merely put forward the life of Christ as one, that has caught and held, not only, my attention but, my admiration, my respect, my praise and my worship. As I’ve said many a time, Jesus was and is and will ever be a bad man. Folk can say whatever they want to but this guy was a man’s man. He was a rebel, a revolutionary and dare I say, probably a socialist, if you take his stance on feeding the poor into consideration. He was definitely anti-establishment. I can’t think of anyone who

was more anti-status quo than Christ. He was outspoken, selfless, self confident, shameless, giving and loving, and who was more committed to their beliefs? This man was a teacher, a provider, an obedient son, respectful of His elders, a blessing to all who would listen and I suppose you could characterize him as, larger than life. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I’m just trying to give you some perspective on why He is my lord and Savior. God or godliness aside, this is a man I’ve come to admire; so much for what He stood for as also for what He said. I mean c’mon, the man died for me. They tell me there is something special about leading men who would die for the cause you represent. I mean who wouldn’t want to change the hearts and minds of people to be more tolerant and accepting of that which makes us all part of the same family known as mankind? Who among us cannot accept the concept of a love so strong that even unto death, it cannot be weakened but yet as a result, is strengthened for all time? People have and continue to die for simply trying to practice what he stood and died for. I just encourage you to read for yourself what has been written about him. Too many would distort His reality to keep you down in order to keep themselves up. There are Jesus Hustlers among us and use His name for their personal gain. I could of course go on for some time but that is not my intent today. I just wanted to give you some of the perspective on why I write this column; where the foundation of this thing came from. Jesus came to be a blessing and I’m just trying to follow His lead. May keep

God bless and you always.

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He won’t let me visit his house Dear Alma, I have been dating “David” for over eight months, but I have never been to his house. Every time I bring it up, he changes the subject or comes up with a lame excuse. I’m not sure what to think. He will stay with me for weeks at a time, so I don’t think he’s involved with someone else. I’m confused. Hello, Confused, This situation occurs more often than you might imagine. I’ve heard it pondered by countless co-workers and plenty of sister-friends. I’m not going to make this long and drawn out. Bottom line: I suspect he doesn’t have a home. You guys are kickin’ it at your house because… No. 1: He might be married. I’m sure you’ve wondered the same thing. Or, he may be separated and still living with the wife. No. 2: He could be living with his mom. Most men would hide this temporary, oh-I’m-just-passing-thru situation. No. 3: He could be homeless. It’s

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Dear can’t wait, Ok, I just slapped you upside the back of your head. Did you feel it? What’s up with you? Are you having a mid-life crisis? Why are you plotting to jump headfirst into the lake of natural-born fools? You’ve been married for more than 30 years. What an amazing blessing. You’ve both worked hard to maintain and establish this life-long commitment. Now you want to destroy it? Although you didn’t say how the conversation went with your wife, I assume you told her about this reconnect and upcoming lunch, since you’re planning to meet your old girlfriend at a local restaurant where the owners know your wife. Trust me, you’ve hurt your wife’s feelings. And if you didn’t tell her, when she finds out her feelings will be hurt. This reconnect is wrong on so many

levels, and worse, it’s disrespectful to your mate. You are not available to meet your old girlfriend for lunch, breakfast, brunch or dinner. You have nothing to offer her that doesn’t also involve your wife, so don’t try. Forget the kiss. I hope you will rethink this MLC. Stop emailing this woman and cancel the lunch. The love and magic you’ve shared with your wife is far more amazing than what’s over the fence – or what would be sitting across from you at that lunch table. Alma EDITOR’S NOTE: Our previous advice columnist, Gwen Baines, stopped writing for health reasons. Beginning with our next package of stories on Monday, Alma Gill will write an advice column titled, “Ask Alma.” She has a strong following on Facebook and Twitter and that social component should provide a broader array of questions.

Dear Alma, I’m a 60-year-old man, married to the same woman for 33 years. I recently reconnected with my high school girlfriend on Facebook. It now turns out that she will soon be visiting in my area, and we are planning to meet at a restaurant we used to go to when we were teenagers. It will be in a public place, and the owners know my wife (who won’t be there). This is not a real “date,” but it’s more than a business lunch or meal with casual friends. My ex-girlfriend is not married, and I’m not likely to leave my wife. My long-term objective is friendship. Obviously, this reunion calls for more than a hearty handshake, but how much more? A hug seems inevitable. But what kind of kiss? A Hollywood-style air kiss? A peck on the cheek? A quick kiss on the lips? Or something longer? I assume we’ll figure it out, but how do I start? Signed, can’t wait

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November 25-27 holiday tradition for Dallas, the annual Behind the Scenes Noontime Performances for Dallas Black Dance Theatre return November 25-27, 2013 at Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s studios located at 2700 Flora Street. Sponsored by Nordstrom, Behind the Scenes provides a sneak peek of the upcoming season of performances of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, as well as an intimate setting between dancer and patron for getting to know more about all five performing ensembles of Dallas Black Dance Theatre

November 29 The D.J. Saved My Life(tm) is a charity-driven, turnkey concept started by Cause 360 Entertainment Group. They are Socially Conscious Movers & Shakers, Professional Socialites, and Philanthropic Trendsetters who have BIG HEARTS WHAT: The DJ Saved My Life(tm) cordially invites you to attend a blend of BUSINESS, PLEASURE & CHARITY benefiting the American Diabetes Association, International House of Blues Foundation, and DJ's 4 Charity Foundation. This event is hosted by the infamous Lynne Haze, The Daytime Diva with the Voice and Smooth R&B 105.7, and features various disk jockeys (DJ's) committed to given back to the Dallas community. 6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Giving Lounge 6pm -10pm) Foundation Room Dallas (inside House of Blues) 2200 N. Lamar Street Dallas, Texas 75202 *********************************** A public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Fort Worth on: Friday, November 29th (Opening Ceremony at 6 pm to 8 pm); Saturday, November 30th,  (10 am to 7 pm); Sunday, December 1st, (10 am to 5 pm) at Unity Fort Worth 5051 Trail Lake Drive Fort Worth, Texas 76133 USA This event is free to attend.

December 2 Board Certified Trichologist Muysoka Muli, IAT from Narobi, Kenya will be joining Dr. Amerson for Holiday Consultations! The first 25 people to respond will take advantage of the special rate of $150.00 per person (savings of $50).  So schedule your Microscopic Consultation now to ensure you have a space.  Mr. Muli is an International Hair & Scalp Specialist, and is excited to come to Texas for the first time, to collaborate with Dr. Amerson.  Limited appointments, so call today to schedule your appointment 817 265-8854!!!

December 4 A Reception for Judge Marty Lowy Democrat - 101st Civil District Court 5:30-7:30pm Andrews Kurth LLP 1717 Main St #3700 Dallas, Texas 75201 South Dallas: What It Takes to Become an Economically Vibrant, Desirable Place to Live, Work, Learn, and Play 11:30 a.m.—Registration 11:45 a.m.—1:15 p.m.—Program Center for Community Cooperation Oak Corner 2900 Live Oak Street Dallas, Texas 75204

******* The annual downtown Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013. The theme for this year’s parade is Songs of Christmas. Beginning at 6 p.m., citizens will be entertained by the festive sounds of the Phoenix School Choir at the historic Hunt County Courthouse. The parade begins at the corner of Bois D’ Arc and Lee Streets and travels westward on Lee Street; south on Wright Street; east on Washington Street and finishes at Stonewall Street, turning south to exit downtown. Marching units, horse entries and all vehicles not legal for normal street traffic will continue east on Washington to Market Square. HCDFW has been selected as the chapter to host the NAHJ regional conference. It will be held on December 6-7 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Reliant will light up a new holiday tradition at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 6.  The Reliant Lights Your Holidays event will feature a dazzling display of lights on the Center’s iconic venues and trees in Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park as well as a snowfilled play area.  Southwest Airlines Holiday Concert and Fireworks Spectacular will headline with country star Jack Ingram and the largest fireworks display ever held at the Center.

December 5 27th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner Dallas Peace Center's 27th  Annual  Peacemaker Awards Dinner  Give Peace A Chance

December 6 Join Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter on First Fridays December 6th - March 7th, as we roll, bounce, and skate for a cause! During our 2nd Annual Skate for Babies campaign we will raise money for stronger, healthier babies in support of the lifesaving work of the March of Dimes. Four evenings full of skating and family fun: December 6th January 3rd February 7th March 7th So come out to Redbird Skateland at: 1206 N Duncanville Road Duncanville, TX 75116. $8 includes admission and skate rental; mention Kappa Zeta chapter and $4 will be donated to the March of Dimes March for Babies.

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December 7 The Alpha Phi Alpha Founders Day Celebration will take place this year on December 7 at Paul Quinn College. We are honored to have General President Brother Mark Tillman as guest speaker. The activities are open to Brothers and Guests and tickets are $35 each. Tickets are available through the chapter or via Online.   Listed below is a link that can be used by Alumni Brothers and Guests for Online purchases.   There is a  $2.92 service fee for each ticket purchased Online. 

December 8 Nicole Collier, State Rep. for District 95, has teamed up with the Tarrant County Democratic Party to present "Show Me The Money: Writing Your Way to College" This afternoon seminar should be helpful for anyone who wants to attend college but is intimidated by the high costs.

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Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Member Appreciation Mixer! Where: LaQuinta Inn 12875 Seagoville Rd., Balch Springs TX 75180   Time:  6:30pm-8:00pm   Refreshments will be provided   Please call office or email mmaldonado@balchspringschamber. org to RSVP no later than Monday, December 2nd  

December 10 Kim Cooks Toy Drive and Campaign Fundraiser 303 Grill located at 303 W. Davis, Dallas, Texas 75208 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser/Toy drive.    New, unwrapped toys for both boys and girls  of all ages is requested.  These toys will benefit children who have entered into CPS foster care and did not have the opportunity to make a wish list.

December 14 1:00pm-4:00pm Where: Shiloh Church, 4702 Saturn Road, Garland, TX 75041   Description:   Having a hard time shopping for the holidays with the kids in tow? Bring your children, ages 3-15 to Shiloh Church for our Holiday Express. For the low cost of $10.00, we'll keep the kids busy with fun-filled activities.  Go enjoy yourself and know your children are safe in the loving arms of Shiloh Volunteers. Please register in advance from November 3rd-December 8th. For more information, call the church at 972-698-0608 or visit our website, www.shilohgarland.org.

Join Author Ann Fields on a literary scavenger hunt at 3:00 pm at Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis, Oak Cliff. Free admission. Games, food, books and more.  Call 214-263-7791 for more information.

December 16 “When in Rome” at AT&T Performing Arts Center! at 8:00pm, Dallas’ hit storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) will continue its buzzy third season at AT&T Performing Arts Center with a lighthearted evening of juicy true stories on the theme “When in Rome.”

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