10 Thoughts for the Week of February 14, 2021 – The Museum of Dreams and Thick Partisan Politics

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1. TRUMP ACQUITTED

Former president Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday. I watched the trial and the videos and I found myself wondering who could ignore what was being portrayed. I knew how thick partisan politics runs in our country, but if there were a moment for our government to have a conscience, this was the time.

The Senate has never convicted an impeached president; this is the most bi-partisan vote in the history of impeachments.

What is irksome is Mitch McConnell saying one thing and voting another. His statements had some thick partisan politics spread all over it. Sorry not sorry.

I am concerned about how our government spent four years not holding Trump accountable for his actions. I am concerned about the video of the guys saying “next time we’ll bring our guns”.

2. WEEKLY REPARATIONS UPDATE

The Virginia House passes a bill for colleges to make reparations for their role in slavery.

This week the US House of Representatives will vote on exploring reparations.

3. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE APOLOGIZES…FINALLY

The #FreeBritneySpears movement has made its way to Justin Timberlake’s door. Almost twenty years later, Justin apologized for using Britney to propel his solo career. He also decided to apologize to Janet Jackson as well for the whole Super Bowl incident.

After eighteen years, these sorts of apologies always overflow with insincerity. Very Mitch McConnell.

4. MUSEUM OF DREAMS

I made a trip to the Museum of Dreams in Beverly Hills with my family. The museum is a small installation of three rooms which were breathtaking to see. It would have been nice to have a bench here and there to sit and take everything in. I feel like the trip was a missed opportunity. There were too many people there and the museum is pure bait for people who are looking for something cool to put on Instagram. There were a lot of people taking pics; which takes away from taking things in. There was also one woman who refused to keep her mask on. I understand she wants her pics, but we are all in rooms with more people than she should and this one lady will not keep her mask on.

5. ART OF THE WEEK

Michael Jackson Tears by Dr. WASH blew my mind. It made me wonder who would be in my tears.

6. JUSTIN TURNER WITH THE DODGERS

The Dodgers have made their moves and, with Justin Turner back, they are ready to defend their World Series title. It took a long time with a lot of back and forth for Turner and the Dodger to find the right amount of time on his contract. The Dodgers had all the cards in this game. The loss of Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez, Turner add the chemistry piece needed for a championship team.

7. BEST THING I READ THIS WEEK

One of the coolest things I read this week was an article about a lake that turns living things to stone.

8. REPUBLICANS TURN ON REASONABLE SENATORS

Last week I was outraged about Wyoming Republicans censuring Liz Cheney for voting to impeach Donald Trump. This week Republicans are censuring Bobby Cassidy of Louisiana for voting to convict Donald Trump of incitement. Thick with partisanship.

9. NBA TRADE DEADLINE BUZZ

I haven’t been able to be all in on the NBA season so far. One of my favorite times of the year is the trade deadline. There is still a month to go until the big day; but there is already buzz. Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are going to sit out until they are traded.

10. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” ― Benjamin Franklin

10 Thoughts for the Week of the Week of February 7, 2021 – Super Bowl and the Cape Man

1. SUPER BOWL

What I take away from the Super Bowl is Tom Brady may be a Super GOAT. Seven championships is something that you have to tip your hat to. In the end, I have become convinced that Tom Brady sold his soul to the devil.

On a straight up positive note, this is an amazing Super Bowl to think about. There was a black quarterback and three black coordinators representing the participants. Now all we need is some more black coaches. It’s a shame there are no more coaching vacancies this year.

2. BACK TO SCHOOL

My second-grader has gone back to school on a hybrid-basis. There was a certain amount of freedom that made me think this whole pandemic thing may be moving in the right direction.

3. WEEKLY REPARATIONS STUFF

Good news on the reparations front…The Virginia house will vote for colleges to make reparations for their role in slavery. It was slaves who built these schools, it makes sense that the colleges should give back to the ancestors of these slaves.

4. NEW COLSON WHITEHEAD BOOK

I am excited about a new book coming out in September. Yes! I am a Colson Whitehead fanboy. I am unapologetic and very eager to read this book.

5. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KYLE RITTENHOUSE

In a moment that took me back to the Capitol Coup attempt, Kyle Rittenhouse is in hiding from the Kenosha Wisconsin prosecutors. Rittenhouse claimed he was attacked by protesters and shot them in the name of protecting a friend’s store. His attorneys claim to know his location but will not reveal it at this time. Like the Capitol Coup attempt, can you imagine if Kyle Rittenhouse was black and his attorneys pulled this kind of stuff? Have you ever heard of someone black who is convicted of crime to be released on bail to take a trip to Mexico?

6. COUP CONVICTIONS

This is how the convictions for Capitol Coup breakdown at the present time. Seems like it there is still a lot of work to do.

7. BLM NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PRIZE

For all the drama and political theater surrounding the Black Lives Matter group. What cannot be denied is BLM is movement of peace. So much so they were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Bravo!

8. RIP CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

We lost a great one. Christopher Plummer had the depth and talent to play Claus Von-Trapp in The Sound of Music and Arthur Case in The Inside Man.

9. MARGARET TAYLOR-GREENE STRIPPED FROM HER COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT

The House of Representatives voted to strip Margaret Taylor-Greene’s committee assignments. There are those who say this is some kind of partisan move. If you believe that, watch the videos and the things she has promoted and it all makes sense.

Ironically as Republicans back MTG and her foolishness, Liz Cheney was censured by the Wyoming GOP for voting to impeach Donald Trump.

How would one even define a Republican nowadays.

10 JAMES BROWN’S CAPE MAN DIES

Classic material…that all I can say.

10 Thoughts for the Week of January 3, 2021 – New Year, MF Doom & Reparations

1. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Many people celebrated the end of 2020 and welcomed in 2021. I have to confess that 2018 was much worse than in 2020 in my life. There was no pandemic but I felt like there was a plague in my life.

My transition to the new year was lame. I blame the pandemic and my old age. I really wanted to bring in the New Year at 9 PM PST. I knew I would have a hard time staying up to midnight. My wife has the tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She started the movies and I fell asleep during The Two Towers. I woke up at 9:30. I was bummed I missed the New Year, but I wanted to go back to sleep.

Fortunately, my wife woke up at 11:45 to bring in the New Year properly. I made it until 12:30 am and went back to sleep.

I brought in the New Year in Edinburgh a few years ago and it was amazing. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

2. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Last year, I complained about Oklahoma getting into the College Football Playoff. This year, my gripe is against Notre Dame.

Last week I complained about their resume. I predicted it because Notre Dame was one of the four teams that did not have enough “Dudes”. Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State bring more and more “Dudes every year.

Alabama dominated Notre Dame gave themselves to play for year another national championship. It was like watching a varsity team dominate a junior varsity team.

The game I most looked forward to was the rematch of last year’s playoff game between Ohio State and Clemson. Both teams had “Dudes” but Ohio State used the chip on their shoulder to dominate the Tigers.

The whole playoff was not a good showing for the ACC. I am not saying Oklahoma should be there. I am more upset about Texas A&M, Georgia, and Cincinnati.

3. TRUMP CALL BEGGING FOR VOTES

The release of the Trump call begging the Secretary of State of Georgia for more votes is the last gasp to save what has long been the end of the Trump presidency. I guess Trump called eighteen times before the Secretary of State took and recorded the call.

4. RIP MF DOOM

Hip-hop lost a legend this week. MF Doom passed away at the young age of 48. Hip-hop is young enough to have some martyrs but very few artists have died of old age. Forty-eight is not old but you cannot consider MF Doom a martyr.

5. NBA WEEK 2

Week 2 of the NBA season can only be filed away as too early to tell. Teams I expect to be good have started slow. Teams I didn’t expect to be good are excelling. There are 50 point blowouts. Steph Curry is finding his shot and dropping 60 on teams. Everybody has forgotten how to play defense.

6. NEW STRAIN OF COVID

A new and more contagious strain of COVID-19 has been discovered so keep your mask on.

7. PRINCE ESTATE INTENTIONALLY UNDERVALUED

Prince’s relatives undervalue the assets of his estate to the IRS to avoid paying taxes to the government, There was an $82 million discrepancy between the true value of the assets and the value listed by the family. I can’t blame them for trying to avoid paying $30 million in taxes.

8. NFL PLAYOFFS

The NFL playoffs are set and it is the first time the Patriots are not in the playoffs since 2003. Tom Brady is still in and he gets to take his shot at the Washington Football Team. The matchups feel like a toss-up. They could be really good games and or they could be blowouts.

9. RUSSELL WILSON IS A STAND-UP GUY

Russell Wilson takes care of his guys. David Moore had 34 catches and needed 35 for a $350,000 bonus. Russell Wilson made sure to find him with less than two minutes in the game when he should have been running the clock out. He was not the poster boy for the Legion of Boom, but he is the guy you want on your team.

 

10. REPARATIONS

Two weeks ago, I talked about an English PM being sued for reparations. This week Representative Sheila Jackson from Texas introduced reparations legislation before the House of Representatives. This follows Barbara Lee 2020 introduction of reparations legislation. We will see where it goes

10 Thoughts For The Week of December 20, 2020 – Black Cowboys and Reparations

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1. BIDEN ELECTION AFFIRMED BY ELECTORAL COLLEGE

The election drama is almost over. The Electoral College affirmed President Biden’s election. There was suspense building up to this event with Republicans not admitting that Biden won the election and lining up to join hopeless election lawsuits.

The drama may have continued after the vote but Mitch McConnell fell on his sword. I never thought he would be the voice of reason in all of this. I think the drama would continue if there was not a Senate run-off in Georgia. McConnell knows they have to put away the crazy to save his job.

2. WILLIAM BARR IS OUT

The president announced that attorney general William Barr will be resigning. Barr’s usefulness to the president has run its course since he won’t pursue false election claims and he will not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden.

3. RIP – JOHN LeCARRE

The master spy-novelist passed away this week. I was fortunate to read a number of his novels this year. I highly recommend The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.

4. ENGLISH PM SUED FOR REPARATIONS

Member of Parliament Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax is being sued for reparations by residents from Barbados. The Drax family has owned a sugar plantation there since 1650. This includes when they had slaves. When slavery ended, the British government paid the Drax family what is equivalent of $3 million to compensate for the loss of slaves. To this day, the Drax family has profited from the sugar plantation and manages to pay its workers half the national average of wages. The PM has said these claims are false.

Normally, when I think of reparations, I get overwhelmed with all the details and minutiae. This case makes a lot of sense for reparations.

5. SELF MUST DIE

An art exhibit worth checking out is Self Must Die by Derek Fordjour. His work is life-giving.

6. COWBOYS IN HARLEM

20201215-120233I read an interesting article about the first black rodeo in Harlem in 1971. The cowboys wanted black kids to know there was such a thing as a “black cowboy”. Muhammad Ali even made an appearance. I am sure a black cowboy was the unicorn of westerns when they were en vogue.

The only black cowboys in my memory are Cleavon Little’s character in Blazing Saddles, Danny Glover’s character in Silverado, and Mario Van Peebles’ character in Posse. Just recently, there was Django Unchained and Denzel Washington lead the Magnificent Seven.

I am sure it is a culture that deserves more discovery.

7. STIMULUS PACKAGE APPROVED

Congress passed a stimulus bill that would give everyone $600 in aid. There are numerous other benefits of the package. Both President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden say $600 is not enough. Some countries are giving their citizens $600 a month. Hopefully, this is the beginning and not just a hollow token that doesn’t help all that much.

8. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

2020 College Football Playoff bowl games: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State,  Notre Dame make four-team field - CBSSports.comThe. College Football Playoff teams have been announced. Clemson and Ohio State will have a rematch from a very competitive game in last year’s playoff. Alabama is back and will play Notre Dame.

I am not sure if Notre Dame belongs in the playoff. Their signature win was beating Clemson without Trevor Lawrence in double overtime. Last week, with Trevor Lawrence, Clemson smoked Notre Dame by twenty-four points.

It would have been nice to see a rematch between Texas A&M and Alabama.

9. WORLD’S BIGGEST AFRO

The world record for the biggest Afro was broken. The record Afro means four feet ten inches in circumference. The record was broken by six more than six inches.

10. USC OPTS OUT OF BOWL GAME

After losing a game they should have won to Oregon in the PAC-12 Championship Game, USC opted out of playing in the Alamo Bowl. There are mixed reviews about the Trojans’ 5-1 season.

Once again, Clay Helton is on the hot seat. In a regular season, most teams like having the bowl prep time to get some more practice time with their players. Maybe they just want to put this season behind them.

I feel bad for Clay Helton. He is never going to get the love of a “big name” coach. He is a blue-collar guy who does a great job recruiting. He hasn’t done himself any favors with the lackluster results.