Monday, January 14, 2008

Hillary the Bigot?

...that's how they want you to see her. Do I think that Hillary's lauding the civil rights record of LBJ (no, not LeBron James, Lyndon B. Johnson) was offensive? No. I just happen to think she's incorrect. But, people are quickly painting her as belittling Dr. King.

Senator Clinton doesn't have the power to step on the legacy of Dr. King and I don't think she was trying to. Many true bigots and hateful people couldn't and I don't think Senator Clinton is a hateful person. I respect her a great deal and I support her...but not for president.

These are the things we DON'T need to be focusing on. We need to be more issues oriented. Barack, John, Hillary and Dennis, let's stick to the issues. Forget all of these people who want to see you all duke it out. They don't matter, I don't care who they are.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Favre 1, Arnold 0 F

Ok, it's over.

The Brett Favre hatefest is officially over.

My boys often harass me for my disdain for Brett Favre. I rooted for him when the Pack was in the Super Bowl but I was turned of by his wishy-washiness about retiring.

But, good is good, and Favre is good...very good.

There, I said it.

But they are still going to lose the Super Bowl to the Jags.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Night the Spark Went Out in Louisiana

"We played a lot tougher teams, mentally tougher. When they got down, they shut it down."
--LSU safety Harry Coleman

When a backup safety says these kinds of things, something's wrong. It's one thing to play hard and fall via a missed field goal or a pass just out of the reach of a receiver's grasp away from victory. This fate befell the Browns. But, over the last 15 games, the Browns went 10-5 and showed considerable heart, even in defeat. Sure, they made mistakes but they showed guts and stayed in the game.

Unlike the Buckeyes.

I have said, get up on a Jim Tressel team, they fold like a poorly constructed house of cards. When you see a team implode like that, you have to look at leadership. College is about building character but folding under pressure runs counter to that end.

Dare I say Fire. Jim. Tressel.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008

reaping and sowing

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a
man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7 KJV)

I am not a biblical scholar but this statement has been proven true way more than it hasn't. (That God, she's pretty smart, you know.)

I thought of that phrase when I heard about the beating of Kevin McDermott of Shaker Heights a few days ago around E 146th and Onaway, near the Shaker - Cleveland border by multiple assailants. Articles such as this one, took a really sad tone, a tone that said "Oh my God, senseless crime in the suburbs? How could that be? This only happens to them...over there". Listen, our world could be a lot safer and many people, like Mr. McDermott, are casualties of miscreant perpetrators. With any issue, we have to find its' source and its' source is... the very suburbs that were supposedly immune to these types of acts.

Why? How? The American suburb, for many, was used as an escape hatch to flee the poor, the less educated and the different, for some. Some people had growing families and didn't have the room to expand in the city, which happens. But many people, didn't run to the suburbs as much as they ran away from the city. Instead of helping to solve the problems, they ran and left it to those that couldn't to solve the problems. Lack of educational opportunities and lack of hope turn hopeful, imaginative children into guys that walk around looking for some guy to beat up in Shaker Heights.

I am sure critics are thinking "Oh sure, blame society. Why couldn't they be more responsible." I think they should be too but it's pretty hard when you were never taught or if you felt like being negative was a better choice than being positive. It's too late for Mr. McDermott's attackers, they must reap the consequences of their violence once they are apprehended. But, as long as people run from neighborhoods instead of working with and respecting the people in them (it's not just about fixing housing stock, people) better, we will continue to get what we get.

Some first post of the year, eh?