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NewsJReview (NJR) Today while I exercised in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, to exercise in sunlight and rejuvenate my body, mind and spirit, I was greeted by Buddhists, who asked me my name and what country I was from. I asked if I could take this picture….It is not my first encounter with Buddhists.  That story to come later. Stay tuned.

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NewsJReview (NJR) Presents Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, at Jazz Baltica, in 2011. Ready to Rock, Ready to Re-energize to the sounds of the instrument that adds the swing to a band; the mighty, mighty Trombone.

Trombone Shorty is truly an ambassador for New Orleans. He was the late night featured artist at the 2014 Atlanta Jazz Festival.  Which reminds me another ambassador hailing from New Orleans will be at Symphony Hall to open the Atlanta Black Arts Festival, July 25th; Wynton Marsalis…Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis to be more precise at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.

Here’s an update that I am happy to report.  Valerie and I attended Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis concert Friday night.  It was superb…the contributions…the history…the collaboration between a mother and son on two songs…and more…and of course Mr. Marsalis wowed the crowd, with his compositions, story telling and history lessons on Jazz, and his memoir, in the roomy and sold out three-tiered Symphony Hall.  It was a grand slam opening for the National Black Arts Festival.  Did I say Black.  Every color in Gods Rainbow was in the Audience and On Stage…The atmosphere, balanced…The music piece on Kermit the Frog, was so appropriate…everyone very cool in their skin…How green is that?   Freshly green and Very cool!

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These children cannot be legally deported without first going through the courts because of 2008 legislation designed to prevent child-trafficking.That law was signed by George W Bush, but Republicans blame the recent surge on the practice of placing minors with relatives in the US pending deportation hearings – a process that usually takes more than a year.

Excerpt From The Guardian - ‘Flee or die’: violence drives Central America’s child migrants to US border”

July 9, 2014

NewsJReview (NJR) No matter the theatre, this is a legal issue, caused by a previous Congress and a previous President, in an attempt to solve a different issue; dare I say lust.  Congress must change the legislation and the President must sign the new legislation, or nothing much will legally change.  Do not get it twisted. Apparently the Coyotes and the Governments infused in orchestrating this mass surge on the Texas border, know our laws, and sentiments as well as we…. From where I sit this is a sorry strategy of  baiting unsuspecting moms to bring their kids en mass to the Texas border, and it serves as a weapon in their arsenal to keep this particular area in chaos.  Why? What optics are they trying to achieve? That’s the real question. Now is not the time to get distracted or to give a pep talk on the border.  Where are the in-depth reports on what is really going on in the Central American countries.  Where are those pictures and stories. Time to focus the light on where the light needs to be focused and solve the crisis legally.  This is  a legal matter, not a military matter.

Maybe time to consider the situation on the border as an opportunity, for the Americas to work in tandem to better the lives of their sisters and brothers. This is for sure an Americas issue, and beyond borders and boundaries. The below information comes from the CIA only as way to illustrate that it is much too easy to say these moms and kids have fled to TEXAS because of some bad guys. No they are fleeing because those in charge of health, education, welfare, housing sanitation, business, financial and economics, and yes SECURITY have failed them, not just this year, but for many years. This is an Americas issue, which requires an Americas solution. Consider those who have arrived as tiny candles…they are the light….for us all to see…it’s time to help, not hurt, and certainly not blame. Do not miss the opportunity to be human. Facts: Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. Poverty rates are higher among rural and indigenous people and in the south, west, and along the eastern border than in the north and central areas where most of Honduras’ industries and infrastructure are concentrated. The increased productivity needed to break Honduras’ persistent high poverty rate depends, in part, on further improvements in educational attainment. Although primary-school enrollment is near 100%, educational quality is poor, the drop-out rate and grade repetition remain high, and teacher and school accountability is low. El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. It is well into its demographic transition, experiencing slower population growth, a decline in its number of youths, and the gradual aging of its population. The increased use of family planning has substantially lowered El Salvador’s fertility rate, from approximately 6 children per woman in the 1970s to replacement level today. A 2008 national family planning survey showed that female sterilization remained the most common contraception method in El Salvador - its sterilization rate is among the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean - but that the use of injectable contraceptives is growing. Fertility differences between rich and poor and urban and rural women are narrowing. Guatemalans have a history of emigrating legally and illegally to Mexico, the United States, and Canada because of a lack of economic opportunity, political instability, and natural disasters. Emigration, primarily to the United States, escalated during the 1960 to 1996 civil war and accelerated after a peace agreement was signed. Thousands of Guatemalans who fled to Mexico returned after the war, but labor migration to southern Mexico continues.

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NewsJReview (NJR) Five Goals in eighteen-minutes, might we be here as this animation suggests…Germany 7-1 over Brazil? Unbelievable? Has Dr. Strangelove made his appearance at the doorstep of the Mecca of Soccer?

Join the conversation soccer fans.  The team that meets Germany next will have to be full of razzle-dazzle and skills plus, or add robotics to there strategy at the next CUP four years from now.

Should be interesting….Stay tuned.

Germany versus Argentina Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00 PM on ABC • Final Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro