Hannity is A Tycoon, Racial Bias Training at Starbucks & A Pardon for Jack Johnson – 10 Thoughts for the Week of April 16 to April 22

This week, I had my share of events and I was glad to make it to my Sunday nap. The delay in the publishing of this post comes from working on a sports podcast with my son. Here are my 10 thoughts for this week:

  1. 24-Hour News Cycle Update – The last couple of weeks, I have used this blog to try to help me keep unforgettable things in my mind.
    • Puerto Rico – There was professional baseball played in Puerto Rico. There were quite a few Puerto Ricans were there to represent their teams. There was also a power outage that left more than 50,000 people without electricity.
    • Syria – We bombed Syria last week and then everything is quiet.
    • Ryan Seacrest – All quiet on the Western Front.
  2. Sean Hannity is a Michael Cohen Client – Somehow it is not surprising that Cohen testified that he represented Michael Cohen. Hannity tried to make it sound like its not a big deal. Later it was discovered that Hannity is a mini-Trump who owns hundreds of property.
  3. Racial Bias Training at Starbucks – Bravo to Starbucks for closing all their stores on May 29 for a day of racial bias training. While it took a terrible incident to get there, maybe a fairly nationwide training session will go a long way.
  4. NBA Playoffs – Here are some thoughts from the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs.
    • Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards are going to go seven games and there is a weird chance the Wizards will win.
    • I am pulling for the Greek Freak even though it is cool to see the Young Celtics play some real ball. They are going to be a force for a long time.
    • The Sixers are the new favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Heat are a good team, but they are a star short.
    • Lebron James is playing the best basketball of his life and it is barely enough to beat the Pacers. 
    • James Harden is going to have to play like an MVP for the Rockets to put the Wolves down.
    • The Warriors will have no problem beating the Spurs without Steph Curry. I appreciate Manu Ginobli  balling out at his age. His passion for the game is an inspiration.
    • The Pelicans demolished the Blazers. Playoff Rondo, the Brow and Jrue are playing like their own super team right now.
    • The Jazz are a good team and the Thunder are a smorgasbord of talented parts. As I said in my preview of the 1st Round of NBA Playoffs, Melo is the key and he is a shell of his former self.
  5. NFL Mock Draft- Top 10 – Thursday’s draft is going to be interesting. They say more people watch the draft than watch the final round of the Masters. The Browns have the first pick and they are notorious at picking quarterbacks. Therefore with my latest mock draft, I take the choice out of the Browns hands.
    1. CLE – Saquan Barkley – The best athlete in the draft. A can’t miss prospect.
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb – The Giants always build on their defensive line.
    3. NYJ – Josh Rosen – The Jets get their quarterback of the future.
    4. CLE – Sam Darnold – The Browns get the quarterback they wanted.
    5. BUF – Josh Allen – The Bills move up and get their quarterback.
    6. IND – Quenton Nelson – The can’t miss guy to protect Andrew Luck.
    7. ARI – Lamar Jackson – The Cardinals move up to get a quarterback.
    8. CHI – Derwin James – The Bears get an impact guy for their defense.
    9. SF – Tremaine Edmunds – Niners get a Rueben Foster replacement.
    10. OAK – Roquan Smith – The Raiders get another piece for their defense.
  6. Genesis 11:31 – In my bible study this week, Terah’s, Abraham’s father, gets a chance to take his family to the land of Canaan and he stops short. Then a verse later, one of the most epic verses in the bible, Abram gets his call to go to the land of Canaan. I was wondering if Terah got a similar call and didn’t see it through.
  7. Tennessee House Votes to Withhold Funds From Memphis – The Tennessee House votes to withhold funds from the city of Memphis because they tried to take down two Confederate statues, and when the House refused, the city sold the park to a non-profit that took down the Confederate statues.
  8. Gorsuch Votes With the Good Guys on Immigration – A Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice put a smack down to the administration’s immigration policy because the law was “too vague”.
  9. Trump May Pardon Jack Johnson – After a telephone call with Sylvester Stallone, President Trump is in favor of pardoning Jack Johnson. Knowing how Trump changes his mind, this will not happen. However, after seeing Unforgivable Blackness, I would love to see Jack Johnson pardoned.
  10. What Happened to Harriet Tubman on the $20? – I read an article about what is going on with the Harriet Tubman $20 bill. The bill is supposed to go into circulation in 2020. I doubt that Trump is going to let that happen. He is an Andrew Jackson man.

Paul Ryan Resigns, Cohen’s Office Raid, Wendy Vitter Has Personal Feelings about Brown v. Board of Ed & #Blessed – 10 Thoughts for the Week of April 9th to April 15th

This week was amazing! I had a great time at work. My five year old had a birthday party. Trump bombed Syria. A lot has raced through my head. Here are the 10 thoughts for this week.

  1. 24-Hour News Cycle – This week when I was thinking of the 24-hour news cycle, I thought about Ryan Seacrest. A new season of American Idol is premiering this week and I wonder what happened to the allegation by Seacrest’s former hair dresser that he sexually harassed her. I remember the big kerfuffle about whether the actors would or would not talk to Ryan on the red carpet. Well, the Oscars have come and gone, and I have to admit that I had forgotten what had happened with Ryan. Shortly after the Oscars, the hair dresser, filed a police report. Since then….silcence.
  2. 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs – I already posted 10 thoughts on the weekend of Games 1’s. The Celtics/Bucks and the Rockets/Wolves series look like they are going to be must watch television.
  3. Paul Ryan Resigning – The Speaker of the House submitted his resignation this week. Ryan announced his resignation and said that he had accomplised all he set out to do as Speaker of the House. He’s a fiscal conservative and he is leaving office with the country heading for a deficit that is headed for $1.5 trillion. I am hoping that his resignation will give him the balls to stand up to the President.
  4. NFL Mock Draft Top 10
    1. CLE – Sam Darnold
    2. NYG – Bradley Chubb
    3. NYJ – Josh Allen
    4. BUF – Josh Rosen
    5. DEN – Saquan Barkley
    6. IND – Quenten Nelson
    7. TB – Derwin James
    8. ARI – Baker Mayfield
    9. SF – Roquan Smith
    10. Denzel Ward
  5. Michael Cohen’s Office Raided – The President’s personal attorney/fixer had his office raided by the FBI. The President is complaining about attorney/client privilege. Unless there was something serious going on, the last place an investigator would want to investigate are the records or an attorney because of the attorney/client privilege. Therefore there must be really be something here. There was a criminal investigation be conducted againt Cohen.
  6. Wendy Vitter & Brown v. Board of Ed. – A nominee for a federal judge appointment did not want to share her personal feelings regarding the Brown v. Board of Education case. She did however said she would respect the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. I guess she has personal feelings regarding de-segregation.
  7. Reid & Kap on Kneeling – We are four and a half months from the start of the NFL season and kneeling has become an issue already. Both Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick had negative experiences with teams over kneeling. Reid visited the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the day with the team. When he was asked about the kneeling issue, he declined to comment whether he would or would not kneel during the national anthem. He left the visit with no contract offer. Kaepernick had a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks. When he declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem, his workout was cancelled.
  8. #Blessed – When you look up #blessed on Twitter, you see a lot of people celebrating some great things. However I was listening to a podcast about being blessed and it referred to the Sermon on the Mount. Being blessed on Twitter and being blessed according to the Sermon on the Mount are two very different things.
  9. Dez Bryant Released – The Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday and he is looking for a team in the NFC East so he can have two revenge games a year.
  10. Syria Bombing – So the President bombed Syria on Friday night and Twitter was a rage with tweets from 2013 when Trump gave Obama hell for bombing Syria. There is a lot of madness happening in Syria and I feel for all the people in the refugee camps. I am not sure if bombing was a good thing or a bad thing.