Sunday, May 8, 2016

If You See Something Say Something

She Said Something

What if the colleagues and residents of the San Bernardino, Ca. terrorists,  Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, said something to authorities when they suspected something wasn't quite right with their neighbors? The lives that would have been saved, had residents felt comfortable enough to speak up and not fear being labeled racists. 

Because no one spoke up prior to December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Now fast forward to last Thursday, May 5. A female passenger on board an American Airline flight from Philadelphia noticed something she deemed strange and reported it. 

She saw something, and she said something. 

She had no idea that the person sitting next to her was Guido Menzio, and Ivy League professor. Nor did she know the uproar her action of being a concerned citizen and speaking up after seeing something would cause. Yes, Mr. Menzio might have been inconvenienced along with other passengers on the  delayed plan, but the passenger who spoke up was concerned for her safety and theirs.

We are told not to blame the victims of a crime. Well,  nor she would blame a person for reporting what is thought to be something unusual or strange. What this passenger did took courage and guts. 

Thankfully her intuition was wrong, but what if it hadn't been?  It is easy to say she was wrong and naive, but better to be safe then not. These are no ordinary times and we must accept this fact and do our best to protect our citizens. 

Let Bernie Be!

Bernie Should Stay...

For better or worse Sen. Bernie Sanders should remain in the democratic race and not because he is moving Hillary Clinton toward the left. He should stay in the race, as Clinton herself did in 2008, until all the votes were cast.

If you will recall, 2008 was another contentious political year pitting two senators Clinton and Barack Obama, the experience and not so experience, against one another.  After the first two contest, many felt Clinton should concede and drop out of the race and allow Obama to take up the mantle. After all he would be the first black president.

The call for Clinton to drop out of the race got so loud and ugly that the race card was played against Clinton and her husband, the beloved former President Bill Clinton, who many had at one point anointed as being the first black president.  That anointing dissipated once reality set in and people saw that a "real" black could possibly become the first black president.

Contrary to popular belief, Sanders remaining in the race will not disrupt or cause a rift in the party.  Many (mainly the media) thought Clinton remaining in the race would create a chasm at the 2008 convention. It didn't all media hype.

That all said, a Clinton indictment over this whole "Damn email" matter could derail her candidacy though unlikely.

So have at it Sanders. You will not win the race or get the nomination, but voters are entitled to vote for you as long as you are there.

And the winner is...

Accept the inevitable.

And the presumptive nominee as chosen by the people and for the people and without the help of the establishment or money from special interest groups is... New York billionaire and non-politician Donald J. Trump.

Must to the chagrin of many on the right and left Trump beat out 16 well established politicians in what many are calling the roughest, meanest and nastiest political race _ so far.

To say the least, Trump's win was no small fete. He had millions of dollars working against him including insiders of his own republican party to the "Never Trump" and "Stop Donald Trump" super pacs. One cannot forget the gotcha moments by the media who thought Trump was an overnight candidate who would eventually self destruct by his own doing. It didn't happen.  

To be honest, the moment Trump threw his hat in the ring to run for the nations highest office the fate of the party (republican and democrat) was possibly sealed.  Supporters of the business man had long since decided they were feed up with the establishment and its political correctness driven by a biased gatekeeper pretending to be the media. The empty promises from both parties that delivered the same rhetoric year after year  and non-stop blame games.

What Trump managed to do and is doing is unprecedented.  If this wave of Trump continues the political system as we have known it to be will change forever.  The end of big money, special interest groups and party favorites entering the primaries and winning it all will end. The endless ridiculous gladiator fights stage by the media to be debates will be over.

Future races will be on substance and what the people want.  Those entering the race will be able to speak truth to power and all others be damned. As for those media code words: Racism, Sexism, War on Women, War on the poor, just to name a few will hopefully be buried.

We could be standing on a major political shift in this nation.  Now some will compare the Trump effect to that of democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Which is a fair assessment, if you are in favor of socialism; other than that nothing else compares.

Only time will tell if Trump will be able to continue his raw style of politics. Until then, pols of his party should fall in line and accept him as the party head and embrace the change he is bringing.

All Due Respect...

Ahem...all due respect Mr. President

I am a fan of President Barack Obama.  He is after all the first black president.  That said, I am not drinking from the fountain that keeps me from being critical of him and his policies are lack of polices.

Recently the POTUS came out and chided the media and its coverage of the presumptive republican nominee Donald J. Trump.  He said the media should do a thorough vetting of the presumptive republican nominee. The POTUS even made reference to Trump and reality TV.

"We are in serious times, and this is a really serious job.  This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States." The POTUS went on to say, "As a general rule, I don't pay attention of Mr. Trump's tweet."

Ahem...Mr. President it wasn't too long ago when you were running for the current office you now hold that your campaign with the media in tow had you overseas at the Berlin Wall reminiscence of John F. Kennedy at the wall in the 60's.  What the Berlin Wall had to do with American politics in 2008 is anyones guess other than that being a celebrity rock star affect to garnish publicity.  Surely, this had nothing to do with being vetted, as many then and now felt there wasn't a true vetting at the time.

Nevertheless, it was good than to be treated like a rock star and a media darling but not so now?  Continuing along the same lines it was the POTUS and campaign who ushered in savviness against then Senator Hillary Clinton with the use of social media. Funny how times change and what was good for some then doesn't seem to apply to others now.  Could it be Trump is simply taking a page from the Obama playbook on all fronts?


Ahem...all due respect Mr. President. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Who's Bad?

We Bad!

Did he call the President a Nigga?

Who You Calling a Nigga...Nigga

Did comedian Larry Wilmore go over the line when he used referred to the leader of the free world "my nigga'? 
At the end of the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night the M.C. Gilmore ended the dinner which aired lived on some cable news stations saying the following:  
“When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people could not accept a black quarterback. Now think about that, a black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world. Yo Barry, you did it my nigga.”