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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS MOONING COPS DUMB IDEA

In a county here in East Tennessee not to far from my county of Knox, a woman glanced out her front door and saw the cops arresting her brother. She was, to say the least, pissed. After giving the cops a piece of her mind, she shut the front door, turned her rear to the window in the door, and dropped her drawers. For this mooning, the next day she later joined her brother in jail.

Some folks just plain do stupid things. Now I ask you, what did she think mooning the cops would accomplish?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON’S THOUGHTS ON LEAVING 2010

What is going to take to convince those fools in South Carolina that the South lost the “War Between the States?” And secession was no act of bravery, it was an act of stupidity that resulted in the death of whole lotta young men north and south.

To the governor of Mississippi: man, pick up a good history book and find out how it really was for us Black folks in Mississippi, including your hometown. I sure hope he don’t make a run for president of the United States of America cause, baby, he either don’t know his history or he historically blind. I give the dude credit for releasing from prison the two sisters who were given life sentences for their part in an armed robbery that netted $11.00. But consider this: they shoulda never been given such a sentence in the first place.

The President of the United States called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team and congratulated him on giving the felony, Michael Vick, a second chance after he served his time in prison for his participation in dog fighting. I don’t think Vick deserved the attention the President gave him. The President must have more pressing problems to deal with. After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

I also don’t agree with the talking head, a Christian no less, who thinks Vick should be executed.

For the best analysis of the Vick situation read Richard Cohen’s article in the Washington post.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT’S FOOTBALL TIME

I know we in the middle of an election cycle. Them midterm elections coming up is causing a whole lotta lying and jiving.

Man, I say relax and watch some football. Down here in Knoxville, Tennessee, the drama of the University of Tennessee Vols football team continues, and I never tire of reading bout it.

At the end of last season, the newly hired coach just up and left and took his dream job in California coaching the University of Southern California Trojans. Man, a whole lotta folks was sho mad at the guy cause it done us wrong. He only stayed one season and then left us with a team still trying to find its way after the coach who had been here for a long time was fired.

I aint mad at the one season guy cause it just football, you know what I mean. Now with another new coach, I get to watch the drama of rebuilding the team cause, baby, he got a lotta freshmen and sophomores. Watching them Vols takes my mind off Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

I say its time to let all that serious stuff go and ifn you’re a real American, you’ll watch football cause that’s what real Americans do this time of year.

Oh yeah, I’m ready for some football.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SOME POLITICIANS HAVE FOUND A SCAPEGOAT

Blaming immigrants has been a part of our American history from the day the country was born. Only now, we want to get rid of not legal but illegal immigrants. Don’t git me wrong here. I don’t think any individual should be allowed into the United States illegally. I also don’t believe those who are here illegally should be deemed criminals and held responsible for everything that has gone wrong in a state.

Oklahoma, South Carolina (huh!), and Utah already has some legislation against illegal immigrants and are now considering laws similar to Arizona’s during their next legislative sessions. This, despite the fact that the Justice Department has filed a suit against the Arizona law.

Here in my home state of Tennessee, the State Senate passed a bill that requires citizens who register to vote to present proof of citizenship. In the South before the voting rights act, there was the poll tax and some registrars required Black voters to recite portions of the US Constitution or State Constitution or to do some other stupid thing, all in an effort to prevent them from voting. I aint saying that is what them folks in Nashville are doing, but since we aint no border state and the number of illegal immigrants in our state aint very high, why do a perspective voter need to present proof of citizenship, something not required in the past.

Nobody has presented any evidence to show that non-citizens have voted in our elections. As I see it, using my common sense, it’s a way for politicians to show voters they are fighting for their rights by keeping them illegals from voting in Tennessee.

Now to change the subject. I discovered that a non-gay man can sue another non-gay man for sexual harassment. Their is a case in hometown of Knoxville, a Federal judge is deciding whether a non-gay man claiming sexual harassment by another non-gay employee can bring suit against the employee, the city, and his supervisor. It seems the US Supreme Court has okayed such claimants as legitimate under the anti-discrimination laws.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS GIVE THE BLACK REPUBLICANS A BREAK

Growing up in the segregated society of East Tennessee, my friends, classmates, and I were taught that we always had to be on our best behavior in public because any negative behavior would reflect on all Negroes in America. In other words, we were not to express ideas with which the majority of Blacks did not agree.

I have never felt comfortable not being able to express ideas that went against what Black leaders felt was right. Hey, man, you’d be called “uncle Tom” and few other names.

I don’t know if the post-racial society has arrived with the election of a Black President, but certainly this election cycle has seen an increase in Black candidates participating in the Republican primaries. According to the New York Times, at least 32 African Americans are running for congress as Republicans. Three of them are in the south and have won the primaries in South Carolina’s First Congressional District; in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District; and, a real surprise, in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.

The brothers may not win in the general election. No matter, they have proven, as did Obama, White folks will vote for a Black candidate that has some of the same ideas about government, etc as they do.

We don’t have to think in lockstep because we’re Black. Such thinking is defeatist because it means we are unwilling to face different ideas, especially ideas we feel White folks have even when the ideas have nothing to do with race, and may benefit all citizens.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SOME FOLKS HERE IN TENNESSEE DONE GONE CRAZY

I read the following two stories in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Them politicians in Nashville what suppose to pass laws for the people are trying to pass a bill called the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” that says in the House version that residents have the right to refuse to buy health care insurance. The Senate version goes even further. It declares that residents of Tennessee can ignore the Federal law and directs the state attorney to file a lawsuit to stop implementation and defend citizens who refuse to obey the Federal law.

Why the legislators are going through this exercise in futility is beyond my understanding. The State Attorney done told them the law they trying to pass is unconstitutional and has indicated he will not file a suit to prevent implementation or defend citizens who disobey.

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Some crazy dude named Huff came all the way to East Tennessee from Georgia to take over a small town called Sweetwater and free another dude named Walter Fitzpatrick who was on trial for inciting a riot. Walter Fitzpatrick believes Obama has no right to be president. He came to town to execute a citizen’s arrest of public officials who refused to indict President Obama for treason. Huff was armed with three hand guns and an AK-47.

Now here is the kicker: Huff told everybody he talked to including the State trooper who stopped him for a traffic violation and the FBI what he planned to do. So much for the smarts of birthers and militiamen.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT WASN’T THE MOVIES

Man, I like watching movie car chases what have the hero clinging to the hood of a car as it is speeding away from the scene of the crime.

I wouldn’t expect anything like it to happen in real life, but it did right here in Tennessee. They say life is stranger than fiction, and they’re right.

According to my hometown newspaper, The Knoxville News Sentinel, over in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, three teenagers left a Waffle House without paying for their food. An employee ran after them, stood in front of the car, and when he realized the car wasn’t gonna stop, he jumped on the hood and clung to it as the car reached 60 miles per hour.

Most remarkable: while clinging to the hood, he managed to use his cell phone to dial 911.

I’m still trying to figure out if he was brave or just didn’t use common sense at the time, cause common sense surely would’ve told him to git the license number of the car and don’t go jumping on the hood.

I read in the Christian Science Monitor the other day an article that said 19-year-old Bristol Palin is going on the lecture circuit to expand “her message beyond teen pregnancy” and talk about her experiences on the campaign trail and being in the media spotlight. Well, her mama is making a truck full of money, so why can’t little Bristol do it, too?

I aint sure how much wisdom a 19-year-old has.

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