New Roundup – Substitute Teacher, Reparations, Mark Cuban

This is funny. Very funny.

In my opinion, Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most thoughtful and intelligent voices on the Internet. He never fails to enlighten. He has written a long and fantastic piece for the Atlantic. The piece is on reparations. Now, before you roll your eyes and run for the hills, I believe this piece is worth a read.

Mark Cuban did not become a billionaire based on policing the thoughts from his brain that come out of his mouth. Mark Cuban became a billionaire because he was in the right place at the right time with the right technology. During the Donald Sterling blowup, Mark Cuban made some comments which were almost ignored. He basically stated that we shouldn’t be so harsh on Donald Sterling. Less than an hour later he backed away from those comments, but here he is again, stumbling and bumbling his way through a discussion on prejudice and race. First of all, I believe that Mark Cuban is right. We all have prejudices. Yet, he should understand that this is not a subject about which you can simply speak off-the-cuff. Instead, if you truly want to talk about race, sit down, collect your thoughts, figure out how you want to present the subject and then talk about it. The fact that he used, as an example, a black man wearing a hoodie – not only is that insensitive (clearly reflects Trayvon Martin) it’s stupid.

As Sarah Palin fights for relevancy… I’m sorry, it’s hard for me to take Sarah Palin seriously. I have no idea why anybody would continue to put her in front of a camera. I know that Fox News is paying her to be a pundit but she doesn’t even do a modicum of research. So, the reason the VA has the problems that it has now is that “Barack Obama is lazy.” This of course comes from the hard-working half-term governor. What job does she have right now?

College is just too damn expensive. I have no idea how to fix this, but we have to fix it.

If you’re wondering about our two-tiered system in which some people get preferential treatment and others don’t, look at the financial sector. Specifically, look at Credit Suisse. Were you and I to set up a criminal enterprise in which we were helping criminals hide money from the government, we would be crushed by the full weight of the federal government. Yet, Credit Suisse is found guilty of this and not only are they allowed to stay in business, their fine is so miniscule ($2.6 billion) that the CEO of the bank publicly states that it should have no effect on the bottom line. Oh, and they put a cherry on top of the cake. It doesn’t appear that any specific person will be held accountable. Once again, nobody’s going to jail. As Mel Brooks said in History of the World Part Two it is good to be the king! Oh, BTW, this is a fine that was negotiated by the Obama administration. I thought the Obama administration hated big business.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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