First, let me offer my condolences to the families and friends in Boston today. As we all know there was an explosion that occurred that left 3 people dead and 100 plus injured. It’s a freaking shame that another safe haven of a marathon has to be added to the list of things that has to be beefed up with additional security for future references.

Also yesterday, most of us in America were just getting our taxes done. Hopefully. But I don’t want to talk about 1040’s or W2’s. I want to know is, what is up with the month of April that has been full of violent angles? We know Columbine, Virginia Tech, The Waco Compound, and also Oklahoma City. All during the week of April 15th. Plus the Titanic sunk this week in 1912.  I want to know, what is up with this? It seems that we’ve dealt with this stuff before, and now with this explosion in Boston just escalated the stakes of just wanting to make those who want to enjoy life, to bring the moral down. They say in church and especially mine that “the devil is always busy”. Well apparently that is a devil we know. In church meeting in which my Wisconsin Conference UMC Bishop, I had to think of a quote that may caught deaf ears of saying “What?” But I’m here to tell and share, that quote is ringing true now: “I rather deal with the devil with I know, than the devil that I don’t know.” That quote has been a constant reminder. Now I know I can hear the folks blowing up about this quote being borrowed off of WWE. BUT, that quote is really a idiom. Folks been using that for years. Probably way before WWE picked it up.

Now what about “this devil” in this story: This story is really centered around the April Violence we know. Many of you older than me were around when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in April, 1968. We all read about Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination and death in April 1865. Fast forward yet again to the recent acts of violence in April, we know them to well. That’s the devil we know. But the devil we don’t, is really the unknown. Which is also like having to keep evil at bay. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Another quote I remember in church was that “Life is one big battle”. Which is true.

Now what does that mean here? Matter of fact, here’s a switch up: Where’s the safety net? Remember that?

Churches: No.

Movie Theaters: No.

Schools: No.

Colleges/Universities: No.

The Workplace: No.

A Marathon: No.

Local Malls: No.

Where’s the safety net? I’m just asking!

Now in the future we have to beef up security at Marathons. Shameful. And to top it off, expect to see security screenings, before entering the area, checking in, before warming up, all of that. Most of us know that this act, is a home grown incident. It had to be. The last time there as a homegrown act of bombing, in the month of April: Oklahoma City in 1995. That is what I remember the most, this week. But this was no assault at a Federal Building. This was at a well – known Marathon. Now I know that some might ask why would someone would set off a bomb at a Marathon? Really?! Really?!! We are going to learn TODAY!

President Obama commented that those responsible in his quote: “Those responsible will feel ‘weight of justice’. Well, I’m going to agree.  If this country held Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and those responsible to American Soil Violence, then this individual or individuals will be dealt with swiftly. We don’t know exactly who did this, but he, she, or they will be caught. SWIFTLY!

Now I want us Americans to lay down all of our so-called politics, those who think Obama sold out, those who think like militant stuff in protest stance: STOP! Just stop! And those who are members of the Westboro Baptist holding those “God Hates F**gs” posters and those “God Sent The Bombs Posters”, I’m calling you out! ENOUGH! Oh, did I mention that one of those who died was a 8 year boy? Yep. Very sad. 

Go and donate some money to Boston and let them know that YOU care. You don’t have to be from Boston to do this. Makes a good tax write off to charity.

Oh, I can hear this now: What happened in Boston was tragic, but what about my neighborhood? What about my son or daughter that got shot in a Black Neighborhood or a School Yard in an urban-like neighborhood, or a suburban school playground? You know what’s funny about that? It sort of reminded me about the Trayvon Martin killing, and those of us in Milwaukee for example had to make an argument about Jasmine Owens, Lauren Donaldson, or finding Alexis Patterson? May I reference Blowradio.com? But what happened after that Greater Milwaukee Area? A shooting at a Sikh Temple, A shooting at Azana Salon, Jennifer Sebena was murdered by her husband, and in between: Derek Williams died in a back of a Milwaukee Police Department Squad Car in trying to breathe after being arrested, a black woman, Jeanine Tracy was beaten by MPD Officer after being arrested, and some guy on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel commented on the JSOnline.com story that the officer “should have punched her harder.” How juvenile. Really? Just like some of the Facebook folks who like to bash folks in a sense of humility. We got our wish after we hear about national concerns over a local concerns. Time to learn TODAY!

The bombing at the Boston Marathon was to me a “national concern.” The incidents of Derek Williams and Jeanine Tracy was more of a “local concern”.  The national concern like 9/11, and Voter ID’s are well known. The issue of getting 250,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin is a “local concern”.  The National Debt when most of the George W. Bush 8 years with the Iraq War was a “National Concern”.  The “Local Concern” try using Milwaukee’s status as a Segregated City, not having an African Community Center due to an absent minded politics like not having a High Speed Rail System,  or having Charlie Sykes saying racist comments about Blacks and EBT’s on WTMJ, or Vicki McKenna or Mark Belling.  A mixture of National/Local Concerns: Black Owned Businesses and the issue of thriving. Speaking of that, we hear about Black Radio Stations like 1290 WMCS fading out, but a black radio station in Chicago that is independent and is thriving for 50 years! It’s time to steal that playbook. Seriously.

And speaking of stealing playbooks, we need to steal the playbooks of these terrorism acts and keep them at Bay!

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