Chapter 17 of I Samuel in The Hebrew Bible tells the account of David’s killing GOLIATH. The story has it that David as a shepherd boy volunteered to meet the Philistine giant in a valley between Socoh and Azekah. David is armed with five smooth stones and a powerful slingshot. Everyone knows what I Samuel 17:48-50 reports: “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”

The story continues with David’s using Goliath’s sword to decapitate the nine foot giant. The shepherd then raises the dead head in a gesture of gleeful victory. Imagine if you will a different version with a completely different ending.

David gathers five smooth stones from the brook and places one of them in his powerful slingshot. The shepherd boy approaches the battle line to meet the champion. Suddenly to David’s right, a spear-carrying Israelite soldier runs toward him at top speed. It’s Jonathan, David’s closest and most trusted friend. Jonathan shouts, “I’ve come to help.” David thinks, “What courage, what a man, what a friend!” Jonathan lifts his spear and thrusts it through David’s heart. The loaded slingshot and the shepherd’s bag in minutes become drenched in David’s blood. Not unlike Pontius Pilate and Lady Macbeth, Jonathan for the rest of his days cannot wash David’s blood from his hands.

It is learned immediately that someone, somehow from GOLIATH’S army had gotten to Jonathan with threats that he could not withstand. The Jonathan version above did not occur in the Hebrew Bible. However, this sorry saga is business as usual in the real world where “friends” are no strangers to treason and where sometime friends know well the craft of betrayal. Others in David’s camp believed that Jonathan for unknown reasons simply had taken leave of his senses.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
January 28, 2014

Next Sunday, February 2, 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII (48) will be played at the Metlife Stadium in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. This stadium is the home field of the New York Giants. Some people believe that the late Teamster Jimmy Hoffa is buried in concrete in one of the end zones. This playing field is not too far from the much talked about George Washington Bridge that spans the mighty Hudson River. Weather vultures are speaking of a blizzard for that day; other media goons are talking traffic snarls.

Residents of the Peachtree Pine Community watch with great interest all Super Bowls. Some 300 plus homeless African American men at Peachtree Pine watched Super Bowl XLV (45) played on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Few of those men remember who won that game or where it was played. However, many of them remember a sermon preached that day at All Saints Episcopal Church at the corner of North Avenue and West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. The sermon was delivered on Super Bowl Sunday, February 6, 2011. It carries the title, “Doing Justice,” and it was delivered by All Saints’ CEO, Rector Geoffrey Hoare, that’s Hoare with an “H.” All Saints Episcopal Church’s website published Rector Hoare’s diatribe. I assume the sermon can be read still. It may have been removed.

My blog posted a response to some of the Hoare lies about Peachtree-Pine Community on March 23, 2011. The men who live now at the Peachtree-Pine Community watch like Jeremiah’s almond tree in chapter one to see if Rector Hoare might give a repeat performance next Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII (48). The men who polish the floors and clean the toilets and showers and scrub the sinks and empty the trash and case manage hundreds of women and children weekly want to know if he will say again that we live there in squalor and that their living quarters are filthy and unkempt. Hoare stated that the place is unsafe and dangerous. He’s right about that: that’s true some of the time of the outside, not inside, where drug dealers and pimps and whores, (that’s whores with a “W”) operate most of the time without any police interference. Our security volunteers say that for every Atlanta Police arrest there are fifteen drug deals in the open broad light of the day.

But one long block away, down the street at Renaissance Park there are no such shenanigans now because the neighbors around that park have DEMANDED that all drug users and dealers and prostitutes and pimps be arrested. The Community at Peachtree Pine has no such protection. I’ll bet a six pack of RC Cola that Woodruff Park and The Hurt, home of Central Atlanta Progress and ADID IT has that protection. Another six pack says that CEO Hoare’s business has police protection, business community protection, Peachtree Corridor Churches’ protection, Chamber of Commerce protection, United Way protection, Atlanta Regional Council protection, Atlanta City Council Protection, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team protection and Farmers’ Insurance protection. One must ponder if Rector Hoare has the protection of THE EVERLASTING ARMS.

Read my March 23, 2011 piece and Hoare’s February 6, 2011, sermon preached from a Christian pulpit in an Episcopal church. Then wait for Super Bowl sermon next Sunday to see if Cicero delivers again.

James Wilson Beaty
January 25, 2014
Jeremiah 22:16

An astute lawyer told me once that law schools train future attorneys in the art of asking questions. Plato shows the aim of the Socratic Method to be getting to the truth and to examine the nature of justice. Socrates’ method consisted primarily of asking questions. In the spirit of Socrates let us pose inquiries begging to be asked. Downtown power players CAP (Central Atlanta Progress) and ADID (Atlanta Downtown Improvement Districts) are accused of tortious interference and racketeering. The victims of these alleged crimes are the poor people huddled in downtown Atlanta. The first trial was set for November 24, 2013, in the Superior Court of Fulton County. The Honorable Craig Schwall is the presiding judge. At the request of the accused, the trial was moved to February 17, 2014.

Attorneys for the plaintiff learned on January 23, 2014, that the trial set for February 17, 2014, has been postponed, indefinitely. This postponement comes some 24 days before the defendants faced trial. A few questions, please!

1. Does the Troutman Sanders Law Firm represent either defendants CAP or ADID?
2. Is Judge Schwall up for reelection in November 2014?
3. Does Judge Schwall have a campaign manager?
4. If so, what is that person’s name?
5. Is that person in any way affiliated with the Troutman Sanders Law Firm?
6. Could the indefinite postponement have any remote connection to the Troutman Sanders Law Firm?
7. Is there any legal maneuver that could enable CAP and ADID to escape going to trial?
8. Does Lady Justice reside in the courtroom? Or do we look elsewhere?
9. Is Lady Justice blindfolded or does she take a peek from time to time?
10. Is the good ole boy buddy system at work in low places?
11. Are members of THE CLUB pitted against each other in a manner that brings serious discomfort?
12. Is there “a scintilla of evidence” that supports the charge that CAP and ADID committed tortious interference and racketeering? Or is that “a boatload of evidence”?
13. Has somebody gotten to somebody?
14. Is rottenness confined to Denmark?
Charles Dickens wrote in 1844, “It is better to suffer a great wrong than to have recourse to the much greater wrong of the law.” Socrates fearlessly asked questions that left him dead. Several of my children and some of my friends have lovingly cited to me the treachery that could be inflicted by Atlanta’s deadly power elite. Not unlike power lords everywhere, those elites have the capacity to assassinate character as well as life.

How could I betray my family, my loved ones, my heart and my God by not asking questions that I pray will ease some of the pain of poor people whom I am honored to engage daily. I would rather offend the imperial sensibilities of these elites than to be numbered among the trimmers who are “loud with conniving silence.” (Father Daniel Berrigan, ISAIAH,SPIRIT OF COURAGE, GIFT OF TEARS, p. 14.) Please, after me, ask questions. There will be many.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
January 25, 2014

And Justice For All, UNLESS

January 24, 2014

In our great homeland there is justice for all unless…. You finish the sentence. The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. learned on January 23, 2014, that its lawsuit against conspirators Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and developer Emanuel (God with us) Fialkow set for February 17 has been postponed, indefinitely. No reason was given for the postponement. It is not known who needs more time.

Charles Dickens’ knowledge of the system of law gives “a certain slant of light” in the direction of understanding such mischief. At age 32 Dickens wrote to a friend, “It is better to suffer a great wrong than to have recourse to the much greater wrong of the law.” Dickens slams the door on any hope of justice in the law.

Father Daniel Berrigan opens that door but only slightly. On page 12 of his NO GOD BUT ONE, he writes, “The God of the oppressed is nearly in eclipse in favor of a god of the oppressor. All however is not lost. Indeed, the worst times beget breakthrough.”

Our hope must be in the Rock of Ages and not in any system locked into the principalities and powers.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22:16
January 24, 2014