Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor

Gun power or child abuse
The following very tragic story epitomizes the reckless and feckless nature of far too many gun enthusiast.

The absurdity of a nine year old handling a high power weapon -- a WMD -- with not only parental consent but with parental urging is beyond crazy.

This is why we have the term gun nuts.

A 9-year-old girl vacationing with her family accidentally shot and killed an instructor at a shooting range, authorities said.

The shooting happened at 10 a.m. Monday at Arizona Last Stop, a tourist spot southeast of Las Vegas.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the instructor – identified as Charles Vacca, 39 – was standing next to the girl, teaching her how to use an automatic Uzi. The girl’s parents stood nearby, capturing video of the experience.

As the girl pulled the trigger, the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun, with Vacca accidentally shot in the head, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. Vacca was flown to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. source

This tragedy is not about 2nd Amendment rights: it's about the absence of good ole fashion commonsense, parental neglect and range owner irresponsibility.

As a result of this collective act of stupidity, we have the friends and family of the victim suffering from an unspeakable accident; and not to mention, a young child that will most likely be scarred for life.

All this for a family selfie?

These are the same folks (both the family and the gun range management) that clamor the loudest about their rights to own and use WMD. They decry any and all commonsense gun regulations as government tyranny.

Well we see why these folks oppose commonsense gun laws, they are severely commonsense challenged.

Point blank.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NFL: Pop artist should pay to play Super Bowl halftime show?

Destiny's Child doing the halftime bounce
The NFL definitely has chutzpah.

As America's number one pastime, and still growing in popularity, the NFL rules the USA sports market big time.

How big?

So big that not only can they demand and receive $4 million for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial and a whopping $8 million for a 60 second one: They are now so large and in charge -- according to reports -- they are asking pop music superstars would they pay for the privilege of playing the halftime show.

Yea, that's some fly gangster ish. But hey let's do the math from the NFL's perspective:

To be fair, though, the unpaid acts don't get a raw deal. Though they might not see a penny from the actual halftime performance, they tend to make up for it in spades immediately afterward thanks to a major sales boost; for instance, Beyonce and Destiny's Child album sales rocketed up by 40 percent the week following the 2013 Super Bowl.

Indeed, playing the show usually generates heaps of income for performers via exposure alone. It can reinvigorate stagnating careers (see Madonna's 2012 performance, which drew 112.5 million viewers) and get people buzzing about semi-lower-profile acts like February's Bruno Mars, who played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and earned 115.3 million viewers—that's more eyeballs than on the game itself. Plus, there's the glory factor: The halftime show is one of the most coveted gigs on the planet, on the biggest professional stage most artists could ever conceive of playing.  source

Apparently, to the NFL number crunchers, the NFL 1/2 hour halftime show is one long commercial for the artist and they (NFL) should collect their fees for providing a career boosting platform.

Can you see the day when players, with their plethora of cross-promotions and brand building opportunities (remember Tiger, Magic, Michael, Peyton et al all made vastly more $$$'s from endorsements than on field contracts) will be asked to cut the NFL a check?

Soccer anyone?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Missouri Unrest: Justice for Michael Brown

You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.  
Malcolm X

In regards to the sad and tragic series of events in Ferguson, Missouri, let's adhere to the words of Michael Brown's father:

“I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way. No violence.”

And as Al Sharpton stated:

“To become violent in Michael Brown’s name is to betray the gentle giant that he was."

No doubt: looting and rioting by opportunistic and anti-social individuals does not help bring justice to Michael Brown, his parents or the community.

This is not to say the community does not have the right to be pissed off and angry as hell.

 I mean, come on, yet another unarmed black kid killed because a heavily armed  white male adult claims to be "scared, threatened" and wants Dirty Harry street justice.

We must respond with purposeful restraint and intelligence. As we learned from the 1960's and the Rodney King 1990's riot, wanton looting and rioting are counter-productive. These destructive acts makes thing worse not better.

After the dust settles, the war-zone looking communities are abandoned by what little business ventures existed prior. The poverty, isolation  and deprivation become more entrenched.

On the other hand, peaceful rallies, civil marches, organized protests, targeted boycotts, political mobilization all have long track records of being effective tools to bringing justice. The anger needs to be constructively channeled.

To the Ferguson police.

We need full transparent accountability now not later. This does not mean you have all the answers of the investigation immediately. It means treat the Brown family and the community as integral parts of the process and not hostile occupied people to be subdued.

Ferguson officials should be accessible to community leaders, church ministers and local political leaders. Circling the wagons, meeting peaceful protest in full riot gear and denying freedom of the press is akin to pouring gasoline of a raging fire.

The optics are very disturbing. A police/SWAT military like deployment from an almost all white department attacking a predominately all-black community. This is not the answer.

As President Obama responded:

In concluding his remarks about Ferguson on Thursday, Obama said that while “emotions are raw right now” in the suburb and accounts of the tragedy differ, “let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family.”

“Now is the time for healing,” Obama said. “Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson. Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done. And I’ve asked the attorney general and the U.S. attorney on the scene to continue to work with local officials to move that process forward.”  source

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pitching Phenom Mo'Ne Davis leads her team to the Little League World Series

Are you hip to the new pitching phenom hailing from the City of Brotherly Love?

Hint: This young pitcher does not play for the Phillies.

No, she -- yes, I said she -- pitches for her Little League team called the Taney Dragons of Philly. And this Dragon has slayed many batters (I know cheesy pun, I couldn't resist lol).

She is: 13 year old Mo'Ne Davis. Like I said, Girlfriend brings the heat. Her fastball has been clocked at the unfathomable speed of 70 MPH.

In fact, Mo'Ne has pitched her team (a three hit shut-out) into the Little League World Series.

The charismatic young lady does not just compete with, she dominates boys her age.

Additionally, if you catch her interview (see link), Miss Davis is poised beyond her age.

I gotta say, it's refreshing to see baseball re-capture the hearts of young urban America. Miss Davis -- in her Little League run to the World Series -- has also captured the attention of ESPN nation:

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Female pitcher Mo'ne Davis led her team into the Little League World Series, throwing a three-hitter Sunday to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory over a squad from Delaware.

Davis struck out six in the six-inning game in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.
The 13-year-old will become the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. It starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, Emma March of South Vancouver Little League in  British Columbia, Canada, qualified. It will be the third time that two girls will be part of the same Little League World Series. read more

Last note: Maybe she can teach rapper 50 Cent how to throw like a girl.

John McCain: American War Deity

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Big Five conferences get autonomy: Will college athletes reap the benefits?

Pay to Play?
The NCAA board of directors have voted (16-2) to grant autonomy to the Big Five college football conferences.

The Big 12, ACC, Pac 12, SEC and Big 10 are now empowered to govern themselves and push through rules changes as they see fit.

Make no doubt about it, this is a huge seismic shift in college sports as we know it -- and not just football. The three R's -- repercussions, reverberations and ramifications are epic.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Coming to America: 2014 American-African Summit

A wise man once stated: Better late than never.

African countries, with 6 out the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world, has finally come on the American radar.

But, late to the party, USA has to play catch-up to China, Russian, India, Japan, Brazil and the European Union.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Economy’s growth rate surges to 4 percent in second quarter And George Zimmerman is back, again

Indubitably, this is more news Fox News would prefer to lose.

The reality of a growingly more robust USA economy, increased consumer confidence, lowest unemployment (230,000 new jobs a month) since W crashed our economy does not fit the Fox narrative.

And now this announcement:

After suffering the sharpest contraction since the recession ended, the U.S. economy rebounded this spring, growing at a solid 4 percent annual rate, according to new government data released Wednesday.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Joakim Noah & Lebron James: Giant Steps

On-court and Off-court leaders
First things first, we would like to give mega props to Joakim Noah for stepping up to the plate and addressing Chicago's explosion of youth gun violence.

And let's not forget Lebron James, whose continued support of urban youth is vastly under-reported. The sports world is obsessed with comparing LBJ to MJ: Is he the heir apparent?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ACC Football Kickoff Day 1: The Jameis Winston Show

Meet the Press
(GREENSBORO N.C.) — As the 43rd ACC Media Day 1 commenced, it was apparent – fast, quick and in a hurry – whose star shined brightest.

No doubt, Florida State’s QB and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston was must see TV. However, I digress; more on Winston later. read entire article :  Coach&