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Black Men: the Race Needs You to Lead, Now!

God ordained the man to “walk into the teeth of the wind and bear the brunt of the gale.”

Recite: ‘I have the strength of kings and the gentleness of lambs. I am a lover of self, not possessed of self-hatred, and I am endued with a measure of greatness foreordained by God, and now I stand ready to reassume my rightful place in God’s earthly order as a sparkling jewel, for he has favored me to be many wonders for my people who cry for the leadership of the men.’

From “Sable Man Wind Breaker” © 1992 by Jarrette Fellows, Jr.

It is time to dry up and lament no more. Facts are the reality. Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America. Battles are won and lost. The political campaign could have gone either way, and there was no guarantee that either candidate had our back. Our only assurance is that God is our protector and  benefactor, and under Him, we are our brother’s keeper.

For American-Americans decrying hardship to come, bridle such misspeak. The tongue is a powerful little member with the power to induce defeat or triumph. Take stock of what we are – an enduring people endued with greatness. Speak conquest. Speak triumph. Speak deliverance. We are endowed with strength and endurance by Almighty God to withstand the storm.

We have dreams and visions to bring about, thereafter to celebrate. Now is not the time to fall limp and wither. To the men, stand up, lead the women and children. God ordained you to “walk in the teeth of the wind and bear the brunt of the gale.” We govern ourselves and chart our own course – not leave it to government or to those who rule under the government without concern for our designs.

Our dreams and visions are left to us!

Let us become the mighty rushing river surging onward forever shaping valleys, carving canyons, unceasingly, eternally, full of life and vitality, brimming with Peaceful Rage!

Real-to-life ‘ice Station Zebra’ Signals Us Cold War Drama Unfolding

Cold war scenario intensifying in Iceland akin to fictional ‘Ice Station Zebra’

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – So, the U.S. wants to upgrade its strategic military base at the top of the world to snoop on Russia’s nuclear submarines, eh? The cold war – the state of political hostility that existed between the Soviet bloc countries and the US-led Western powers from 1945 to 1990 – is supposed to be extinguished. But the Pentagon’s allocation of $21.4 million in refurbishments to the base says anything but, “the end.” The cold war rages on – of sorts.

Ice Station Zebra original promo poster. Wikipedia/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The Christian Science Monitor first reported that the fresh allocation to renew hanger facilities and restore infrastructure at the base is for the 2017 fiscal budget. The planned upgrades are for basing a squadron of sophisticated submarine-hunting P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance planes there to help patrol the North Atlantic – and to counterbalance Russia’s flexing of military might in the region.

If this isn’t a re-engagement of the Cold War – what is?

Kind of recalls the 1968 cold war era suspense thriller, “Ice Station Zebra,” a film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and ex-pro gridiron star Jim Brown. Espionage took center stage between the two superpowers at the top of the world in the sub-zero Arctic.

A similar action spy thriller, 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October,” an action spy thriller directed by John McTiernan, and starring Sean Connery, and Alec Baldwin, infuses the submarine component into the real story.

In the current 2016 real-life scenario, the U.S. shuttered the Keflavik Naval Air Station in Iceland in 2006. It caught military analysts in both nations by surprise because it was a menacing Russian military agenda that spurred the genesis of the base in 1951, in the first place, not to mention, Keflavik was still a strategic lookout post.

“Having eyes and ears in Iceland brings tremendous strategic value and provides a listening post for the US and NATO allies in terms of tracking Russian movement, especially in the Arctic,” Carl Hvenmark Nilsson, a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told the Monitor.

A squadron of sophisticated submarine-hunting P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance planes will help patrol the North Atlantic and counterbalance Russia’s flexing of military might in the region. Photo: Boeing.

Furthermore, Nilsson says, Moscow’s revanchist foreign policy, as seen in Ukraine, helps explain its intensified military activity in the North Atlantic and Arctic. Russia has conducted three major military exercises in the region in the past three years: They include an operational-strategic exercise of more than 100,000 soldiers in 2014 and a snap military drill last March that was made up of 45,000 servicemen, 15 submarines, and 41 warships “displaying full combat readiness,” says Nilsson.

It would hardly seem prudent to ignore Russia in light of this, hence the $21 million dash back to Keflavik.

Iceland has been a stronghold for military strategists since World War II when Allied forces used it to track German submarines in waters stretching from Greenland to Britain.

NATO members, including the U.S., signed a bilateral agreement with Iceland in 1951 to operate the base. It became crucial for tracking Soviet submarines that were easier to detect as they navigated narrow underwater recesses off Iceland.

At its peak during the cold war, about 5,000 U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel and their families were stationed at Keflavik.