Wall Street Journal Notes for 9/16

Your The Wall Street Journal Notes for today!

1. Facebook is planning “something akin to a dislike button!!” The point is to find a way to express sympathy… makes sense.

2. Taco Bell will be opening “Cantinas.” These will be Taco Bells + alcohol and Tapas.

3. HP is splitting into two separate businesses and slashing 25-30k jobs. Pray for the people who will lose their jobs. Just think… CEO Meg Whitman was almost governor!

4. The US and China will work together to address climate change. Hope they have a prophet on the committee.

5. Twitter launched a service to allow political campaigners to raise cash from users.

6. IOS 9 = better batter life and efficiency. Your going to get 40 more minutes of batter life on baseline and low power mode and 3.5 hours “with sacrifices.”

7. A new report found that too much technology in the classroom negatively affects learning.

8. Who knew Walmart had a grocery pickup plan? Dont want to leave your car? Walmart got you! You just have to live in Northwest Arkansas unless your in San Jose or Denver!

9. Comcast will now be selling Internet and phone service to businesses nationwide. Hope their service to business is better than their service to regular folks.

10. Toys R Us is doing a major restructuring but experience narrower loss than expected. People are still buying toys. Their newer CEO was previous Dominoes Pizza CEO. Fascinating.

11. Snapchat has started charging to replay messages. Yesterdays update will let you replay three times for 99 cents.

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Wall Street Jornal Tibbits and stuff…

I keep thinking today is Friday. This weekend I am going to be kind to myself.

1. McDonalds is really suffering. So… They plan to offer all day breakfast! Hash browns for diner!!!

2. Uber is in trouble. A judge granted a class action status to a suit claiming Uber treats driver like employees but ain’t offerin nary benefit!

3. A survey found that marijuana is the “new” cigarette for college students.

4. California may be releasing a whole heap of prisoners in solitary confinement due to hang participation. More than half of the 2858 in solitary confinement could be released to general population.

5. 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles?

6. The Pope says this is the “year of mercy” and he’s offering “abortion mercy.” Praise God? I’m not sure. 

 

Who is Noah? + Wall Street Jornal Tidbits for the Day

  
I’m not sure if I’m a morning person by I never have a drowsy demeanor. No dragging for me! You? God is good.

I have my coffee and my newspaper and my life! The barista knows my name is not Noah but she decided to name me that. She will be fixing that.

Anyway, here are your Wallstreet Jornal Tidbits for the day!

  1. Samsung will release a new Smartwatch this week. They are coming for you, Apple! Probably not.
  2. Walmart is cutting worker hours. Pray for the employees and their families.
  3. The State Department released 7,000 of Hilary Clintons emails. Yall  still tripping?
  4. A court ruled that parents of public school kids do not have a constitutional right to decide where to send their children to school.
  5. California approved a bill to ensure equal pay for women. Head to HR and request an equity review!
  6. Blue Bell Ice cream will be back next Monday!
  7. Does it surprise you that somebody has to fight bias against minorities in changing the way car loans are priced? Look for stats from the Consumer financial Protection Bureau.
  8. Retailer Forever 21 is aiming to downsize larger stores. Don’t be surprised when they move to a smaller location at your local mall!

Lessons from Cleaning out my Car

Yesterday, I had the misfortune of losing my keys at a local restaurant. After hours of searching, I conceded. Kind and friends from church made it possible for my car to be towed to my place. It takes about 24 hours to recover, get new keys, change locks, etc. The last 24 hour hours certainly slowed my life down by about 70%. But, I learned some wonderful lessons today as I spent several hours cleaning out my car, reflecting and talking to the Lord. Continue reading “Lessons from Cleaning out my Car”

Lessons from Grandma: Do the Work…

I vividly recall being the kid with a lot of follow-up questions. I think I may be the reason my grandmother had little tolerance for my quick rebuttals. I had such a passionate belief that asking for clarification was the way to prove I was listening. Grandmother didn’t quite see it that way. Aside from the cautionary reminder not to talk back, her encouragement was more about wanting me to know when I needed to “figure it out” and when clarification was necessary.

As a result, I learned that when a person gives you information, it’s just as much your responsibility to learn more as it is theirs to be clear… but expecting folks to be clear is unrealistic. When we are presented with an opportunity, expect to have to work for it. Don’t be afraid to go in the bathroom stall and Google or take the time to figure what the right questions to ask might be. It always makes me feel good when I thoughtfully pursue clarification and the person responds with “that’s a great question” or “no one has ever asked that.”

Do the work it takes to be great!

#Life #Love #Family #Music

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What’s a holiday without real, wholesome and heartfelt music? Whenever possible,  I pay tribute to my mother for birthing in me the love for music. I had a Fisher Price record player that I got for Christmas when I was around 5 or 6 years old. There was no difference between my album collection and my mom’s. Eventually her record player would break and even my Fisher Price player belonged to the family! To me, it was the best gift I ever got as a child. The bikes and game consoles all broke and went out of style, but that record player birthed a lifelong passion for music! Thank you Mommy!

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Our Daily Commitment

This evening, my spiritual leader taught about a Christian’s daily commitment. The focal point of his message is that wearing our cross requires us to offer ourselves to the service of the master, no matter the cost. It’s not a matter of submitting to a inferior midget, but the divine plan of God… Which is a plan for salvation, liberty from sin and the pursuit of Holiness.

  
A few quotes from my spiritual leader, Dr. Bennie L. Toliver:

“When you die, you don’t do your own thing.” 

“The cross is intended to put you to death for the glory of God.”

“Everyday there is something you can get rid of! I die daily.”

He doesn’t expect you to wait until your in the glorified body to be like him… If you aren’t like him down here you won’t be like him up there”

“You are the only bible people will read!”

“It costs to committ. It’s not a time of convenience. You don’t do it because it’s convenient. You do it because it’s right.”

Scriptures used for tonight’s teaching:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23-24‬ KJV)

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (‭Luke‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ KJV)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (‭Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭24‬ KJV)
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭31‬ KJV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ KJV)

What’s so Bad about wanting to be Black? The Case for Rachel Dolezal

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I’m not mad at Rachel for wanting to identify as Black and wanting to help Black people. I applaud her courage and… tenacity. At the very least, she should be categorized as a strong ally.

She could have chose to do much worse with her whiteness. I am not attempting to bring legitimacy to her claim. I just want to bring to everyone’s attention the fact  that Black is beautiful and that allies are beautiful and that if

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a women we would categorize as White is willing to take a leadership role with the NAACP, some of “us” can afford to do more.

Oh… and they call Bill Clinton Black because he plays an instrument and likes basketball. He hasnt raised Black children, isn’t married to a Black woman, etc. Non-white performaning artist have been given the opportunity to be “honorary Black” because of their appeal to certain genres… none of them work at the NAACP.

So Rachel, you dont have to lie. When they ask, tell them this:

Black is  beautiful enough and worthy of being and I love the culture enough to adopt it and the people enough to formally serve as an ally, activist and educator. What are you doing?

I Watched “Preach” on Lifetime

  I like to know what things are about. I feel better confidently challenging things when I have all the details. That’s why I felt convicted when I re-posted the petition being circulated that seeks to eliminate the show from television. 

Well, I watched and would liken my feelings to tasting a bad pot of gumbo. What? Gumbo? How are they related? Well, Gumbo is a conglomerate of good things. Most of the content stands along on its own merit. Hot links… Shrimp… Crab… Only to be polluted by a bad cook.

This group of well-intentioned women all appear to be compassionate, committed and well-versed but they are performing at the pleasure of a television network, not God. 

From my humble perspective, the plot brings glory to things that do not magnify God. Self-entitlement, egotistical behavior, division among the body of Christ and the idea that you can be taught to do what God has not ordained…. These are Strong contradictions. 

It’s certainly not unbiblical to have an understudy who you are mentoring. Elisha had Elijah. Jesus had 12 disciples. Ruth had Naomi. Just to name a few. But… The scripture reminds us that the product of our “light” is not to bring attention to ourselves, but to bring glory to our Father in heaven.

In summary… Lifetime can’t make good gumbo.