Sunday, October 1, 2017

From a Hanging to a Kneeling

It was 2:30 AM as the young boy slept on top of a stained and well worn mattress, no covers and the windows opened wide in an attempt to capture just the slightest breeze on this muggy Mississippi evening of August 28.  Just visiting his family, the young boy from Chicago was not used to the heat and humidity.  It was just three days ago that this 14 year old kid had flirted with the beautiful 21 year old young mother in the local grocery store.  He was startled in his sleep by yelling voices outside, voices demanding that the boy be turned over.  He heard his uncle pleading with the men outside but at gun point, they dragged the young boy from his bed and drove him to a nearby shed where they brutally beat the boy, gouged out his eye and tortured him for hours before finally shooting him in the head.  Then, tying a 75 pound cotton gin fan to his neck with barbed wire, they tossed the lifeless child's body in the river.   Less than a month later, the murderers celebrated on the front steps of the court house after being found "not guilty".  The young boy was Emmett Till, he would have turned 76 this year.  His murderers, his 12-man jury were white.  Emmett was black.  This scene unfolded in our country just 62 years ago.

Today our nation is torn apart, polarized and in each others face because a few men are taking a knee during the National Anthem.  Billy Hill was talking about this issue with a friend the other day and discovered that his friend was in great turmoil over this kneeling controversy and is on a journey.  A journey to try and understand. 

Billy Hill's friend said to Billy Hill, "this just does not make sense, why all the emotional explosions over issues that I am sure everyone agrees on: (a) freedom of speech, (b) right to protest, (c) right to be offended.  Why is everyone venomously frothing at each other's throats because we all agree with these rights, right?"  Billy Hill's friend even got involved in a FB argument just to jump into the midst of this controversy.  He admits that he pushed the limits as he engaged in this FB argument with a young lady but he was very careful to never disagree with anything she said.  All Billy Hill's friend would do is state that he had the right to be offended by the actions and that employers had the right to fire employees for not following rules if they chose to do so.  He was sure that the young lady agreed with him, but she was too busy making her points to even realize that nobody was disagreeing with her.  It even resulted in name calling where Billy Hill's friend was straight out called a "disrespectful rude ass".  And honestly speaking, Billy Hill has felt the same way about his friend on more than one occasion.

But after sitting down and taking a moment, Billy Hill's friend pondered a very deep question, a very eloquent question, a haunting question . . . that question is "Huh?".  He did not get it.  Now, his observations were this: Kaepernick took a knee, nobody REALLY knows why, nobody but God really knows his heart, but he did it.  A few followed suit.  A few were outraged that Kaepernick lost his job or did not get resigned.  Then President Trump says that the owners should fire anyone that takes a knee during the National Anthem.  Well, that is when all hell broke loose.  And when I say all hell broke loose I really mean that it was straight from hell.  The people that do not like Trump said he was a racist.  Trump says it was about respect not race.  And just like Kaepernick, lets assume that nobody but God really knows Trumps heart or the heart of the football players taking a knee.  But instead, lets focus on the fact that what Trump said stirred the pot and whole lot of shit floated to the top.

So it happened that Billy Hill's friend ended up spending last Saturday with a group of friends that he loves and respects dearly, regardless of the fact that they are all very politically and sociologically diametrically opposed to how his friend sees life.  But his friend kept asking them the question "what do you feel about the kneeling controversy".  Billy Hill's friend disclosed to some that he felt protesting was intellectually and physically lazy.  It was just saying "hey, here is a problem" but then expecting someone else to fix it.  One dear Irish born friend of his challenged him and said why can only poor people protest.  His friend said she had heard many say that these well paid athletes should just do their job and work at fixing the problem rather than protesting.  But she said why don't they have the right to protest?  And besides, she totally disagreed that protesting was lazy.  She said it is the way the system works.  It is how issues are brought to the surface.  She said it takes a lot of time to get over injustices, and there has not been enough time in America, not close to enough time to get past the racial issues that plagued our country.  Even Billy Hill's friend's young daughter called him out and said "but what about Martin Luther King and what he accomplished with by protesting?"  Billy's friend pondered.

Billy Hill's friend reflected on a FB "discussion" that had included some very close friends of his.  One such friend was a black man that Billy's friend is involved in a ministry with it.  His black friend said some huge things that rocked Billy Hill's friend back on his heels.  From memory, some of these statements were like "the flag does not represent black people in the same way it represents white people", "justice and equality are just words", "there is no equality in this nation".


Then one of Billy's friend's friends posted an article that can be seen on this link:
What you might be missing in the kneeling debate

I strongly encourage you to read it.  Especially the article linked to within that article that can be found here:  Lynching In the United States

The first article listed above made a statement that really sobered up Billy's friend, it was similar to what his Irish friend had said.  That statement simply says:
What you’re seeing on the field before these games is not just about the last few years—it’s about the last 400.

Billy Hill's friend is still on this journey.  He wants to understand it, he wants to get it.  He is not there yet but he is beginning to see things differently.  Will he ever be able to step into the shoes of a black man in America?  Probably not.  But this is his observation as of today:

Have you ever witnessed the frenzy that occurs when a fight breaks out at school?  Two people really trying to hurt each other and everyone standing around cheering.  What the hell is up with that?  Well roll that clock back just a few years and imagine that same spirit, that same frenzy, that mob dragging a young black man or woman to a tree, wrapping a noose around his or her neck and stringing them up.  Or poking them with a hot iron, or slowly burning and torturing that person.  All of this done based on unproven allegations, maybe fabricated lies, with no judge, no jury, just a mob foaming at the mouth and jeering the torture.  Sounds similar?  Sounds a lot like what Jesus of Nazareth also went through.  But things like this happened during some of our lives, like 1955 for the child Emmett Till.  Just shortly before we put a man on the moon, people were being killed in such lynchings. 

What about September 16, 2008?  Remember a young 24 year old kid named Brandon McClelland that was dragged to death beneath a truck by two evil white men in Paris Texas?  Or what about 10 years earlier when James Byrd was dragged behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road, remaining conscious throughout most of the ordeal and only dying when his body hit the edge of a culvert severing his right arm and head.  Yet he was dragged another mile and dumped in an African-American cemetery in Jasper Texas.

Do a google search and read about the lynchings in the United States, these were our fathers, our uncles our families that did these things.  We are outraged by the events of 9-11, but what about 4000 black men, women and children that died at the hands of a lynching mob?  Were these deaths justified?  How will we ever know, they did not get a chance to make their case.  But suppose only 10% were not justified, or even just 1 individual, one little black kid?

Yes, there is a lot of hurt.  People say "it was the Europeans that brought the blacks to America, why don't they protest against them?"  Others say, "if they don't feel equal, let them go back to where they came from".

Wait a dang minute.  There is no "where they came from".  The black people in America today are Americans.  They have fought for this flag.  They have fought for their freedom.  And they have some deep wounds from the past.  Billy Hill's friend is beginning to see that this controversy makes sense.  You see, when another young black man gets shot on the streets without a trial, it rips open these wounds from the past.  It is like after Jesus was beaten until his back was the consistency of hamburger meat, then wrapped in a robe, and then after the wounds began to heal and the scabs were encased within the robe, the soldiers ripped the robe off his back and all those wounds were ripped open again.  Is this what is happening within the hearts of our black Americans?

Here is a hard question to face: what difference is there between how the black people have been treated in America and how Hitler and his army treated the jewish people?  Our nation stood up against that injustice, we chased the perpetrators down, we had the sentenced to prison and death for their war crimes.  How many times has Billy's friend said "hey, the civil war was not about slavery, it was about States rights"?  Shame on him.  What a blinded way to side step the black American holocaust rather than dealing with it.

So Billy Hill's friend is saying this, the heated frenzy that has risen out of the "take a knee" protest is not warranted when you just look at the surface.  So maybe, if you can, take a moment.  Try to look past the event, try not to judge what is in the heart of these men on their knees.  Sure, one may do it to follow the crowd, another may do it because he hates Trump, one may do it because he hates America.  But maybe, just maybe some these Americans are saying we are hurting.  We are afraid.  We know what it is like to be walking home from school and have a car full of white guys drive by and hit us with broom sticks because we are black kids living in an affluent neighborhood, or chasing us home and calling us horrible names. 

There is much division in this UNITED States.  And it seems like the media and the politicians feed on this and use it to bolster their position and jockey for power.  Maybe they throw fuel on the fire to further the division.  But screw the politicians and screw the media.  Lets look at our fellow Americans as humans with hearts and feelings and children and families.  Billy Hill's friend is as WASPy as can be.  He is a disrespectful rude ass but he is hell bent on taking this journey onward.  I hope that maybe you also will join in the journey.  When your child says their stomach hurts, do you tell them to just get over it?  When your child says someone is bullying them at school, do you tell them to toughen up?  When a man is lying in a ditch having been beaten and robbed by hoodlums, do you walk by on the other side of the street like the priest and the Pharisee, or do you have compassion on the man like the Samaritan did in Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan?

My word, what would our country be without our black Americans?  Holy smokes, they make our country laugh, the move our country with songs, they light up the silver screen, they have taken the great American past time to new levels of competition, they govern American cities, states and even our nation, they teach children in schools, they have brought great inventions, they have brought great healing, they have helped to build our roads, grow food to feed this nation and other nations, they have started and run business, they have been shot dead in the streets for speaking out that they are hurting.

One of Billy Hill's friend's favorite movies is What Dreams May Come with the late Robin Williams staring as Chris Nielson.  The quote is:

That's when I realized I'm part of the problem.  
Not because I remind you. But because I couldn't join you.  

Billy Hill's friend has realized you have two options.  Further this controversy by standing in our own self righteousness and telling the other side to stay in their place or, closing our mouths for a moment, and listening, and imaging the hurt, the fear, the helplessness of 400 years of bad people doing bad things.  Don't be offended by this whatever position you may be in today, but "Make America Great Again" and "America First".  Two great concepts but has to start with me and you looking past a protest that we may find offensive, looking past the fact that a black man that does spectacular things on the football field and makes a lot of money for doing it is just one generation away from the atrocities mentioned above.  Lets stop being part of the problem and lets join in with our fellow Americans, extend grace, ask forgiveness, show love and acceptance, LISTEN and then listen some more.  Don't try to win an argument, instead, try to understand.  We cannot fix it, we cannot undo it, but we can embrace our fellow Americans and walk through this together.  That is how we put America First.

Billy Hill Here - I like it neat

Friday, September 22, 2017

Billy Hill Badassery Award 10 - Hair Today, Jong tomorrow

Yes, it appears that this is the decade for world leader swith really bad hair (and you thought the wine stain on the top of Gorbechev's head was bad).  Today, we are focusing on the newest recipient of the Billy Hill Badassery Award and it is awarded to none other than the world leader with the first or at least second most intriguing hair cut - Kim Jong-Un.

It is not about your hair.
But it is not his hair that is earning him this reward, it is the sheer fact that right in the face of certain annihilation of himself, his smoking hot wife, his family, his friends, his dog ranch and then the rest of his rat-eating, city confined, poor, hungry, pathetic citizens that live life behind an electric fence even though they have no electricity for their home, he boldly stands up and says "dotard" to the leader of the most powerful country in the world.

Kim Jong-Un, recently dubbed as The Rocket Man by the world leader with either the second or first most intriguing hair cut, seems to be fearless of the big American bully that takes cruel advantage of the rest of the world while it is feeding it, clothing it, taking care of it medically giving it large amounts of money and protecting it from crazy assess with large bombs, tiny brains and little concern for fellow humans.  If you are worried about global warming but not what Kimberly is up to, then you are basically either the next to the bottom or bottom range of the IQ scale, which means you are either an imbecile or retarded.

Yes, Kimberly thumbed his nose at the big bully we call America and says, and Billy Hill paraphrases here in a very politically incorrect manner, "you can stahv my people, you can drive the poor, hungry and depressed citizens of my country to death by sanctions, but you will only peese me off and drive me to make a bigger and bigger firequacker and brow it up over Pacific Ocean".  I am sure Kimberly, his smoking hot wife, his friends and his dog ranch will be just fine.  I am sure they have stock piles of food and water to last them through any sanctioning that can be thrown at him and quite frankly, I am sure he does not care if his citizens die.  I mean after all, they are just a burden on him anyway, always wanting food, water and clothing, they really don't pay attention to his 24x7 propaganda TV broadcasts and they won't stay put in the city they are supposed to stay in so we watch them on camera.

It is not about your smoking hot wife. 
But holy smokes, it takes some cowboy sized balls to make this move Kimberly.  Because, it will become apparent that the only ones suffering from the sanctions are the kind but unfortunate citizens of North Korea.  And even though we appear to be a divided nation, we will all agree that this is not the solution and the only real solution here is to mess your hair up, with a nicely placed MOAB.  Yes, the hate-filled evil Americans will not put up with your citizens bearing the brunt of your stupidity.  And so, there will be a big target put on your overly fat and bulging cheeks . . . . both sets of them.  You will be taken and you know it, but you just don't have the ability to admit it and so, as Trump so clearly stated to the UN, you are on a suicide mission.  And so, like the guy that walks into a redneck bar and screams "you bunch of retarded hay seeds" or the guy that kicks over the Harley Davidson bikes lined in front of a biker bar like dominoes, you are not very smart but you are fearless.  And because of that Kimberly, you receive the valued Billy Hill Badassary award, and the fact that you have a smoking hot wife has nothing to do with it.  Seriously.


But who wins the worse hair award hair, please comment and leave your vote.  
(a) Trump 
(b) Kimberly 
(c) Angry man.




Billy Hill here, I like it neat.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Billy Hill here - Waiting to Die

Don't panic, this is not a Bible lesson, Billy Hill certainly is not qualified to present one of those.

But check this out, Billy Hill is struggling with something (no, not a ponytailed moron in a parking lot).  You see, Billy Hill's mom is living in a nursing home, actually an Alzheimer's facility, and at this very moment is sitting at a table with 4 other ladies, all of which do not really know where they are and how much longer they will actually be able to hold the spoon in their hand and feed themselves.

The residents there all long for love and affection, which is evident as you walk through the lobby because it feels like a scene from the walking dead sans the sword toting Michonne, as they all stand there or move slowly towards you with out stretched arms.  And Billy Hill does not mean to be rude with that statement but that is the best way to describe it.  These people, from all outward appearances seem to be the walking dead.  Billy Hill's mom seems to recognize him but cannot remember his name, if he has kids, what he does, where he lives or even very intimate details about their life together.  And Billy Hill thinks, what the hell God?

Does God put people on the back burner?

Okay, don't get frightened by the scripture references, I said this is not a Bible lesson.

Psalm 139:16 All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be
Job 14:5-7 A man's days are numbered.  You know the number of his months.  He cannot live longer than the time You have set.  


Alrighty then, Billy Hill says again, what the hell God?  Why?  He wonders why his mom is still here.  This is no life for her.  He does not like her living in that place that smells of urine, has bland food and where his precious mom is subject to being taken care of by strangers that are human just like Billy Hill.  You see, they have bad days, they have arguments at home, they experience road rage and at times they probably get tired of wiping people's butts, cleaning up urine, cleaning a toilet with crap and pee all over the seat, and they may just have a tendency to take their frustrations out on residents in one way or another.  It is human nature unfortunately.

Billy wanted to move his mom to his home but, family and friends said no, not out of meanness but out of concern.  You see, it is believed that each time an Alzheimer's patient moves they get worse.  But Billy Hill thinks "worse, so freaking what?"  Is it not better to have your child supervise your care rather than strangers?  But nonetheless, like so many others, Billy Hill and his siblings do not have the resources to really care for their mom in their home.

And so, she sits there, waiting to die, getting visits from her family and friends and she just sits there in their presence, not able to speak actual thoughts but, apparently she has some from time to time that she tries to get out.

And again, Billy Hill says what the hell God?  Why?

Recently, Billy Hill took his guitar to his mom's place and set up in the lobby.  The residents poured in and Billy Hill stood there for an hour and a half playing every hymn he could think of.  As Billy Hill played the hymns and they all sang along as best they could, or just sat there and smiled, he basked in the beauty of the moment.  It was quite worshipful and sacred.  So, Billy Hill paused and said "you know what, I don't think God puts people on a back burner and just waits for them to die.  I think that when He is done with you, when He has accomplished all that He wants from you, if you are His, He brings you home".  Billy Hill really believes this.  Like Job said, He has set the time for you to live and surly He knew these folks would have dementia or Alzheimer's for a portion of those days.  And so, Billy Hill said "I don't know why you are still here, but don't think for a moment that it is because God has put you on the back burner and forgotten about you.  Because at a minimum, I know He has totally enjoyed hearing you sing today".

So, Billy Hill continues to take the 5.5 hour one way trudge to Tennessee to see his mom whenever he can.  Why is she still here?  Billy Hill does not know.  Maybe He is giving her a period of rest, maybe there is someone that needs to have the opportunity to love on her, maybe someone is harboring a resentment in their heart and He is giving them an opportunity to forgive my mom.  We most likely will never know on this side of eternity but Billy Hill stands by his position, she is not forgotten and not just sitting on the back burner.

Incidentally, the picture here has Billy Hill's mom cookware sitting on the stove top.  Very expensive stainless steel Chef's Ware by Towncraft cookware that his mother purchased years ago upon learning that her aluminum cookware could promote an onset of Alzheimer's.  The plates in the cabinet above, mom's Blue Onion china that Billy Hill narrowly rescued from being sent to Goodwill by the late great Colonel.

Billy Hill Here, I like it neat.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Love Trumps Hate

So, Billy has a bunch a drafts in his posting box that he began drafting but just never finished.  I think what happened is that there is so much political upheaval that he just did not want to post another biased right wing post that all the Trumpeteers would amen and all the others would get spitting mad over.  But Billy has decided it is time to state the obvious.

Not so long ago a group of people were outraged at the crude and mean attitude that they perceived defined Donald Trump.  They chanted "love trumps hate", which I guess was a statement that Trump is mean to people and that they were going to show that they were better than him because they were not crude and mean but rather characterized by "love".  Billy Hill saw alot of these people wearing vagina hats on their heads, in public, that surely is not crude.  But nonetheless, upon the conclusion of an election just like all of our other elections, Donald Trump was transformed into President Trump.  It was then that the Love Trumps Hate people really began to show their love.  It was a love of self, a love of their own ideals, a love of their own beliefs.  It was not love at all because the words that come out of their mouths today seem more like hate to Billy Hill.

Anyway, Billy Hill went to undergraduate school and emerged with three solid friends that have kept in somewhat contact for the last 35 years.  Getting together for golf outings, email and texting, and staying in contact.  Well, it so happened that one of these guys has emerged as a Trump hater to the big surprise of Billy Hill.  And after a few "encounters" Billy Hill has realized that the polarization is so pronounced, that he thinks a future rendezvous would come close to resulting in fist to cuffs and potentially destroying a friendship, which even makes a badass, tough as nails Billy Hill a little bit melon collie.  [Billy Hill would post his favorite picture of a collie wearing a watermelon helmet here but his attorney has advised him he needs to be careful of copyright violations and so, you miss out but, just do a google for "melon collie" and enjoy]

WHAT IS YOUR POINT BILLY HILL?

I am trying to get to it.  OK, here it is.  Quit being mean and fighting mean.  Here are things that you should not say to Billy Hill if you are an upset person because Trump is our president:

(1) Really, you are an educated man and you like Trump? 
C'mon, at least be honest with your statements and say you think Billy Hill is a moron.  But really, if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, would not voting for Hillary qualify as insanity?  Unless of course you think that things were going well the last 8 years and that is a whole different kind of insanity.
(2) Trump is as bad as Hitler.  
Wow, just wow.
(3) Trump is an arrogant, egotistical narcissist.  
Yes, like he ran for president, hello. Show me someone that has run for president that isn't.  Insecure people usually just sit in the back ground and make accusations rather than bearing their souls and lives to public scrutiny and ridicule with the belief that they are the best and no one can do the job better.
(4) Trump has bad hair.
Okay, that is a given but, he pays alot of money for that bad hair and at least he is well groomed.
(5) Trump is a bad man.
Well, Billy Hill has met a few billionaires, and pretty much most of them were assholes in some respect, but usually only when you are asking them for money.  But lets see, he has a wife and grown children that seem to flock around him, and even have different opinions than him but yet show respect for the man so apparently he is a good father.  He has hurt many people's feelings, especially Rosie O'Donnell but, he has also done some incredible stuff for other people.  So, Billy Hill wants to know what the definition of "bad man" is.  Billy Hill, now there is a bad man.  OJ Simpson - bad man.  Ben Affleck, bad actor but probably an okay man.  Bruce Jenner, Billy is not sure at this point.  But Trump, be honest, he may rub you the wrong way, he may not say things in a "presidential" manner but, he is not a bad man.
(6) Trump is crude.
How do you feel about Ashley Judd?  Kathy Griffen before she shaved her head?  Bill Clinton?  Johnny Depp?  must Billy Hill go on?
(7) Trump has low self-esteem. 
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha snort ha guffah ha ha ha ha snort ha ha ha ha Billy Hill can't catch his breath.
(8) Trump is a bully.
Do you want a wimpy president?
(9) He bashes the media, discredits the media and THAT is a very serious problem because we need the media to be able to speak truth and have the freedom of press. 
Billy Hill stands with his mouth open and is a loss for words.
(10) I don't have a problem with his policies, I just hate the man. 
So, you want a president that you love and cherish but you don't care what his policies are, just so long as he is huggable?
(11) He just ran for president because he wanted to bolster his ego.  
Well damn, looks like that backfired didn't it?  But what about the fact that Trump and his staff do not take a salary?  That is kind of cool.  So what about the cruel, in your face, disrespectful treatment of him and his family that he has endured.  Why in the heck would a bad man that was just seeking to bolster his ego put up with that crap.  Billy Hill certainly would not.

But suppose it is just this, Trump is a man that loves this country, wants to do good for this country, is politically incorrect, calls a spade a spade and maybe blunders through life like a bull in a china closet but with the greatest of intentions.  If that is the case, then who is the bully?

But Billy Hill's last conversation with his friend stemmed around the President Trump speech to the Boy Scouts of America.  The anti-Trumpers came out with a list of the "cringe worthy statements" Trump made to the Boy Scouts.  So, Billy Hill finally sat down and listened to the whole 40 minute speech.  Billy Hill thought it was an excellent speech.  The response of the crowd seemed to agree.

And so, Billy Hill is going to shut up and go watch TWD re-runs with his zombie mate but he has one last thing to say:

Just shut up with your anti-Trump talk around Billy Hill because he is not going to put up with your whining crap.  Suck it up and go wipe your tears with a vagina hat with all of your Love Trumps Hate hypocrites.  And don't you dare post any anti-Trump crap on Billy Hills blog because he will insult you with his intellect, bludgeon you with his logic,  and leave you curled up in a fetal position in a pool of your own peepee.  Billy Hill would NEVER EVER say, you voted against Trump, you, an educated and intelligent person.  You freaking commie.  :)

Billy Hill Here
And man does he like it neat