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Despite vocal protestations and some unkind social media critics, the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes band has accepted an invitation to be part of the Washington inaugural parade of President-elect Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20.

Thus, a wonderful opportunity for a small Alabama college and its enthusiasm about participating in a signature world event has been terribly overshadowed by a single character-killing word: “controversial.”

Why? Because Talladega College is Alabama’s oldest private and historically black liberal arts college, and the critics claim the band has no business supporting a white president who attracts racists and private groups that degrade minorities.

Quite the contrary. By accepting the invitation, Talladega College will be going above and beyond anybody’s expectations to help bridge the nation’s racial divide. It’s a step in the right direction – forward, not backward into cupcake country where the status quo is king.

Ron White, of Atlanta, who graduated in 1977 from another historically black college, has said it best.

“What they should do, in my opinion,” White told The Associated Press, “is play that National Anthem the best way they’ve ever played it in their life, because you’re basically saluting the country.”

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Speaking of cupcake country, we’re already there.

Leadership consultant and author Simon Sinek has noted that many millennials – people born after 1982 – are “entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy.” But he hastily adds that it’s not their fault.

He went on to explain why many people aged 35 and under too often display these undesirable qualities listed by their bosses. Millennials, Sinek said, grew up in an environment in which every child wins a prize, only to find that the real world they enter after they leave school is much different.

Too many millennials are a quart low in self-esteem, cannot compete effectively and learn – often for the first time – that they’re not all that special. Read the full story at:

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/four-main-reasons-for-gen-ys-unhappiness/news-story/360b4eff77c4f0e4d54a0ca65d73d72f

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So, you CAN have it both ways. Or, you CAN carry water on both shoulders. President Barack Obama has proven it once again.

On one hand, the pacifist-in-chief engineered the humanitarian open door that has led so far to the U.S. accommodating tens of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq since 2015, mandating public charity here by making their problems ours.

On the other hand, according to McClatchy News blogger Teresa Welsh, the U.S. commander-in-chief has channeled his hawkish side, being responsible for directing nearly 24,000 bombs to be dropped last year on those same nations in his effort to lead (from behind) the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). That’s an estimated 3,000 more bombs than 2015.

The figures come from an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank.

And you thought the United States was getting out of the region militarily? Think again. We have had a chief executive who falsely fancies himself as staying above the fray without getting blood on his hands or sand on his boots. An ostrich could do better.

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