Be Nice & Keep your Word

Coach Bear Bryant
Coach Bear Bryant

At a Touchdown Club meeting many years ago, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant told the following story:

I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a pretty good player, and I was having trouble finding the place.

Getting hungry, I spied an old cinder-block building with a small sign out front that simply said “Restaurant.” I pull up, go in, and every head in the place turns to stare at me. Seems I’m the only white fella in the place. But the food smelled good, so I skip a table and go up to a cement bar and sit. A big ole man in a tee shirt and cap comes over and says, “What do you need?”

I told him I needed lunch and what did they have today?

He says, “You probably won’t like it here. Today we’re having chitlins, collard greens and black-eyed peas with cornbread. I’ll bet you don’t even know what chitlins are, do you?”(small intestines of hogs prepared as food in the deep South)

I looked him square in the eye and said, “I’m from Arkansas , and I’ve probably eaten a mile of them. Sounds like I’m in the right place.”

They all smiled as he left to serve me up a big plate. When he comes back he says, “You ain’t from around here then?”

I explain I’m the new football coach up in Tuscaloosa at the University and I’m here to find whatever that boy’s name was, and he says, “Yeah I’ve heard of him, he’s supposed to be pretty good.” And he gives me directions to the school so I can meet him and his coach. As I’m paying up to leave, I remember my manners and leave a tip, not too big to be flashy, but a good one, and he told me lunch was on him, but I told him for a lunch that good, I felt I should pay. The big man asked me if I had a photograph or something he could hang up to show I’d been there. I was so new that I didn’t have any yet. It really wasn’t that big a thing back then to be asked for, but I took a napkin and wrote his name and address on it and told him I’d get him one.

I met the kid I was looking for later that afternoon and I don’t remember his name, but do remember I didn’t think much of him when I met him.

I had wasted a day, or so I thought. When I got back to Tuscaloosa late that night, I took that napkin from my shirt pocket and put it under my keys so I wouldn’t forget it. Back then I was excited that anybody would want a picture of me. The next day we found a picture and I wrote on it, “Thanks for the best lunch I’ve ever had.”

Now let’s go a whole buncha years down the road. Now we have black players at Alabama and I’m back down in that part of the country scouting an offensive lineman we sure needed. Y’all remember, (and I forget the name, but it’s not important to the story), well anyway, he’s got two friends going to Auburn and he tells me he’s got his heart set on Auburn too, so I leave empty handed and go on to see some others while I’m down there.

Two days later, I’m in my office in Tuscaloosa and the phone rings and it’s this kid who just turned me down, and he says, “Coach, do you still want me at Alabama ?”

And I said, “Yes I sure do.” And he says OK, he’ll come.

And I say, “Well son, what changed your mind?”

And he said, “When my grandpa found out that I had a chance to play for you and said no, he pitched a fit and told me I wasn’t going nowhere but Alabama, and wasn’t playing for nobody but you. He thinks a lot of you and has ever since y’all met.”

Well, I didn’t know his granddad from Adam’s housecat so I asked him who his granddaddy was and he said, “You probably don’t remember him, but you ate in his restaurant your first year at Alabama and you sent him a picture that he’s had hung in that place ever since. That picture’s his pride and joy and he still tells everybody about the day that Bear Bryant came in and had chitlins with him…”

“My grandpa said that when you left there, he never expected you to remember him or to send him that picture, but you kept your word to him and to Grandpa, that’s everything. He said you could teach me more than football and I had to play for a man like you, so I guess I’m going to.”

I was floored. But I learned that the lessons my mama taught me were always right. It don’t cost nuthin’ to be nice. It don’t cost nuthin’ to do the right thing most of the time, and it costs a lot to lose your good name by breaking your word to someone.

When I went back to sign that boy, I looked up his Grandpa and he’s still running that place, but it looks a lot better now. And he didn’t have chitlins that day, but he had some ribs that would make Dreamland proud. I made sure I posed for a lot of pictures; and don’t think I didn’t leave some new ones for him, too, along with a signed football.

I made it clear to all my assistants to keep this story and these lessons in mind when they’re out on the road. If you remember anything else from me, remember this. It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable.

Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant


This story was shared on my Facebook wall orginally posted by Bobby Vadnais

The Big Get Bigger

big_governmentWhen Carly Fiorina said both Democrat and Republican policies brought on the financial crisis of 2008, she was absolutely correct. This brought to mind a truism made popular by President Ronald Reagan, “government is not the solution, government is the problem.”

Politicians like to put the blame square on the nose of greedy banks and Wall Street when in fact the housing problem was pure political greed. When congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977 regulators began forcing banks and other financial institutions to make loans they would not ordinarily make. Each President from that time forward desired to leave office touting record home-ownership under their administration. This same political greed led to government sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to be encouraged to take similar risks banks were now taking, and the Federal Reserve, playing it’s part, kept interest rates below their natural market levels.

It has been said; “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Attempting to artificially increase home-ownership, well intentioned or otherwise, was an idea that has created a living hell for many. Whom else but a government bureaucrat— far removed from the real world— would think allowing people to buy homes they could not afford to be a good idea.

In 2003, five years prior to the crash, then ranking member of House Finance and Banking committee, Barney Frank was confronted by the United States Treasury Secretary John Snow and others about concerns they had regarding the solvency of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government sponsored giants at the center of the financial collapse.  Frank responded, the agencies appeared sound and “are not in a crisis” and went on to add they should be encouraged to do even more lending. He added, “the sounding of alarms of crisis were only an attempt to hamper the wonderful job the agencies were doing.” An understanding of these facts makes it easier to see the irony that would become “Dodd-Frank”.

Watch the video Barney Frank wished didn’t exist

After the forewarned collapse of Fannie and Freddie, Mr. Frank, who went on to become the Chairman of the committee, co-sponsored with Chris Todd, former Chairman of the Senate banking committee, The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by the Obama administration in 2010.  Critics rightly point to the fact that the bill places more trust in the same regulators who not only failed to prevent the 2008 crisis, but worse, ignored warnings from others.

As Fiorina correctly explained, the federal government created the problem, and then placed itself in charge of fixing the problem.  What the average citizen fails to realize, is that, politicians do not understand how the financial system works. When they pound themselves on the chest and declare they are going to find a solution, the solutions actually come from leaders in the financial industry. (Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, et al.) These leaders, often their friends, offer meaningless solutions that cripple their competitors (small local banks, and credit unions and mortgage brokers) and allow them to gain market share. This is how the big get bigger.

In a free market, banks and lenders should have been allowed to fail, this would have allowed for the emergence of new smaller local community banks to fill the void left by the big banks who made gross lending errors. Instead, Washington bailed out the banks, and created worthless regulations that have driven the smaller banks out of existence. The Big banks could not have asked for anything more to help their business then what the US government did.

Meanwhile, when speaking at a mortgage bankers association convention in Las Vegas last year, Melvin L. Watt Chief Housing regulator announced plans to make it easier for banks to make riskier loans once again. With the federal government keeping interest rates artificially low, we now have the same ingredients that caused the crisis of 2008. The only question left unanswered is how much bigger will the banks become this time.

It’s OK to support Donald Trump even if he is-“Not Right Enough”

Not sure if you should support Donald Trump?  Don’t think he is Conservative enough? He has too big an donald trump make america greatEgo for you?  Then think about this:

The Trump campaign, met with opposition instead of support from the Republican National Committee (RNC) , continues to poll far ahead of fellow candidates who are supported by the RNC and other establishment interests. A recent CNN poll has Trump at a whopping 39, with Ted Cruz at 18 , Marco Rubio at 10, and Jeb Bush, once considered a shoe in for the nomination, at a mere 3%. Let me be perfectly clear, the RNC has been in the Get Jeb Elected business from day one. Don’t believe me click here: RNC Changes rules to help Jeb.

Trump continues rising in polls, and his favorable numbers are going up as his unfavorable are going down. This in-spite of an onslaught of direct attacks waged by John—I am from Ohio—no one has ever won the Presidency without winning Ohio—I can win Ohio—Kasich and Jeb—Trump is not serious candidate—Bush.

Short of a complete political meltdown, not something entirely out of the question with this amount of time left until the nomination, or more shenanigans by the Republican establishment, Trump would appear to be well on his way to receiving the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.  In fact, the NRSC has already issued directions based on Trump winning the nomination, something no one thought possible just a few months ago.

Read the shocking leaked memo: NRSC-Trump-Memo-From-Ward-Baker

So what is the reason many Republicans are against their own candidate? It is not for what he stands for.

The real reasons he is hated by the establishment and special interests, are the exact same reasons why you should support him.

  1. He will not allow himself to be controlled by the RNC
  2. He will not allow himself to be controlled by special interest or donors
  3. He will not allow himself to be controlled by the media

He is a practical, successful, proud to be an American, business man; who says what is on his mind, albeit often times untactfully. The RNC, and other special interest donors, used to being able to control candidates like puppets, have no use for Donald Trump, no matter what he stands for.

He are six reasons why you can and should support Donald Trump if he is the eventual nominee.

  1. He can not be controlled by the RNC, big donors or any other special interest group. Every other candidate has their pockets lined and will have to answer to those lining their pockets.
  2. He does not take nor want help from the RNC. He has said clearly many times, he only wants to be treated fairly by them.
  3. He is a practical conservative that will undoubtedly become more philosophically conservative as he goes. (Reagan did the same thing)
  4. He is not a politician, he is learning and getting advice from Conservatives, not liberals. He listens to people like to Ted Cruz, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. He respects and will most likely pick Cruz as his VP if he is the nominee. He has sought advice from Jeff Sessions, a darling of the Conservatives in the Senate. Here is what Jeff said about Trumps immigration plan. Click to read
  5. The only reason not to like him is his brashness and ego. But that is exactly why you should like him. Do you really want another nice academic conservative without any backbone? Do you want another Republican who is going to reach across the aisle? Haven’t we had enough of that?  Trump is a negotiator, that wins. Aren’t you tired of being told why we cannot win, instead of how too win? Congress is filled with smart, well spoken conservatives who do little to nothing, except explain why they must work with Obama and fellow Democrats. Does anyone really think we cannot build a wall and reduce illegal immigration? Does anyone really think we cannot negotiate better trade deals with China, Mexico and Japan? Does anyone really think we cannot win against ISIS and al-Qaeda?  Does anyone really think we should not at least attempt to win instead of finding reasons why we can’t?
  6. And last but not least, No one and I mean no one, will take on the Clinton machine like Donald Trump. While everyone else is polite, and listens to supposed experts tell them what they can and cannot say, Trump will call like it is. In short he won’t be nice to her, and it is about time. I predict pay-per view will want to broadcast the debates between the two of them. Trump will quite literally destroy her, that alone should make you want to:

Vote Trump


p.s. If I am wrong about # 3 , it is still a safe bet to think he will give us back enough of our country and show “true” conservatives, however you define them, how to win in the future.

Black Pastor in Harlem Says “Trump is Rapping”

James David Manning  is chief Pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church on 123rd Street in New York City.

Pastor Manning
Pastor James David Manning-Harlem NY

Pastor Manning a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, believes the African-American community is coming around to the idea of supporting the potential Republican Presidential candidate.

Click here to watch Pastor Manning describe Trump as a Rapper