News Roundup – MLK, Cool Cars, Tammy Duckworth, Atlanta Hawks (Update)

Yesterday was Martin Luther King’s celebrated birthday. MLK was born on January 15th. Almost everyone has something inspirational to say about MLK. I would like to point out two things. First of all, MLK was stabbed in the chest by Izola Curry in 1958. He was taken to emergency surgery by skilled surgeons at Harlem Hospital. If King had died in 1958 there would be no March on Washington in 1963. There would be no Selma. There would have been none of the great achievements. You can read more about Izola Curry here. She is still alive. You can read about the doctors who saved King – here.

One of the things that MLK was fighting for was economic equality for Blacks, women and other Americans.  In some ways, Blacks have made great strides. In other ways, not much has changed in the nearly 50 years since his death.

Median Wealth

I mislabeled this chart in an earlier post. This is median wealth, not income as I had labeled it.

Cool cars at the Detroit Auto Show.

As I mentioned the other day, I’m really tired of Democrats not standing up for what we believe in. It seems that we continue to listen to media gurus who work and craft a message that no one loves. It continually leads to Democrats running stupid lifeless campaigns. I’m hopeful that Veteran Tammy Duckworth runs a real campaign and says outright that she will work for working Americans. It is that simple. Tammy Duckworth is a candidate whom I can support.

The Atlanta Hawks are playing lights out. The Atlanta Hawks. Wow. Who would have thought? They have made no major changes in the offseason. It appears that the Hawks are simply playing great team basketball and team defense. They simply don’t allow opponents to score.


News Roundup – Andrae Couch, Stupid Articles, Oil Prices

The Great Andrae Crouch has died. He injected more soul into gospel in the mid-’70s and his influence can be felt everywhere there is music today.

From CNN: “Crouch was an innovator, a path-finder, a precursor in an industry noted for its conservative, often derivative approach to popular music,” Robert Darden wrote for Christianity Today. “He combined gospel and rock, flavored it with jazz and calypso as the mood struck him and the song called for it.”

Listen to the choir. It is a thing of beauty.

Andrae – RIP.

Under the heading of stupid articles we have this jewel from NYT. This is real breaking news on the relationship between George W Bush and Jeb Bush. Is Jeb going to run? Does GWB have the inside track? Do we care? Look, brothers are brothers. Some are really close and some aren’t. This article is a complete waste of electrons.

DSCC – I got a call from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee the other day. You know the pitch. “We need to fight hard to take back the Senate.” Yak, yak, yak. Guys, I’m so tired of Democrats running around in circles looking for a message, I could just spit. The core principles of the Democratic party have to be that we promote policies which benefit the average working American. It is that simple. Universal Healthcare. Living wage. Marriage equality. Strong Unions. Affordable high quality education. This isn’t rocket science but in this last election cycle Democrats were running away from President Obama and ObamaCare. They had no message for the most part, except vote for us because we ain’t them. Until the Democrats get their act together, they aren’t going to get any money from me. They (we) have to do better.

PTSD is a bear. We need better therapies. We need better access for those who can help. We need to remember that everyday Americans who are in traumatic events can have PTSD also. It is not just those who have been in the military.

The average American should benefit from lower oil prices.

The Catch That Wasn’t – Revisited

I have talked about this catch/uncatch on Twitter and Facebook and here on my blog. First, let me say that I don’t think that Dez Bryant’s fabulous catch changed everything. An NFL game has several critical points. The Dallas Cowboys had several opportunities to beat the Green Bay Packers. In my opinion, not going for it on 4th and 1 late in the second quarter was a huge mistake. This allowed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers an opportunity to march down the field and kick a field goal before the half. Big mistake. The second huge, glaring error was DeMarco Murray’s fumble. This is the play of plays. I have watched this play five or six times. I’m positive that DeMarco Murray is running this play over and over in his head because that was really the game. Murray had a touchdown. The play was blocked up perfectly. There was a safety in the center of the field. There was no one else. Simply heartbreaking.

SB Nation has a great article on the catch. If you simply go through the sequence, Dez Bryant rises up and snatches the ball from the air. He turns away from Sam Shields. Dez takes two steps as he twists toward the goal line. Dez takes another step and lunges toward the goal line. He hits the ground as he stretches the ball toward the goal line. The ball pops up and Dez regains control as he rolls into the end zone.

First, it was a very athletic play. This catch was as beautiful as Lynn Swann’s sliding catch in the Super Bowl against the Cowboys more than four decades ago. Secondly, when does a receiver become a runner? Why does this matter? Because the rules for ball control are different. If Dez were still a receiver, then the ruling was correct. On the other hand, if Dez were a runner, since he had taken three steps and did what I think was a “football move” by twisting toward the end zone, then when Dez hits the ground and the ball pops up, this is a fumble which was recovered by Dez.

I don’t think that the NFL will ever clarify this play. It is what it is. I do not feel sorry for the Cowboys or Dez Bryant. The Cowboys had several other opportunities to win this game. Aaron Rodgers was on one leg and the Packers simply made more plays. Or to misquote John Madden, “The Cowboys lost because when time ran out and the game ended, they didn’t have more points than the Parkers. That’s why they lost. They needed more points.” :-)