The Golden State Warriors are the 2018 NBA Champions and the Whole Country Should Celebrate

Full disclosure here; I’ve been a Warriors fan since I first moved to San Francisco in 2008. As a basketball lover form an Upstate New York cow town, having an NBA team just a train ride away who always had affordable nosebleed seats available meant that I was hooked and pulling for the Dubs. It didn’t matter to me that they sucked. And boy did they suck.

Now, after winning their third NBA championship in four years, people are talking about this Warriors team as one of the best NBA squads ever assembled. They are deserving of the high praise. What they are able to do on the court is special, a joy to watch for anybody who loves the game of basketball. But what strikes me more, and is the most deserving of praise, is the attitude they entire team maintains to their own success.  Continue reading “The Golden State Warriors are the 2018 NBA Champions and the Whole Country Should Celebrate”

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NBA Finals 2018: Is Lebron the MVP?

Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination tonight in game four of the NBA Finals. Thus far the series has looked a lot like the 2007 Finals, with James carrying the load for an overachieving Cavs team against a powerhouse stocked with future Hall of Fame talent. That year the Cavs were swept by San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker was awarded the Finals MVP award. This year it looks like James and company will be swept by the Golden State Warriors. But this year the MVP award may go to King James.

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Successful Human Beings

We have already been labeled a lost generation. An Economist story from April said that the global “financial crisis and its aftermath” has had an “unusually big effect” on young people the world over. Meanwhile, the United States, they say, is feverish from a toxic mixture of low growth, clogged labor markets, and a class of over educated and over skilled young people entering the job market via unskilled positions in retail and the foodservice industry.

Due to “scarring,” they say young people who begin their professional lives in low skill, low wage jobs, (or no jobs at all), will have lower lifetime wages and a greater chance of joblessness in the future. Continue reading “Successful Human Beings”

On Martin Luther King’s 89th Birthday

Last night my fiance and I went to see Phantom Thread at a movie theater on E Street here in Washington D.C. Afterwards we walked home talking about the movie, as you do after you’ve seen something you like. We turned left up 10th Street. About halfway up the block I stopped and stopped her so we could take a minute to see where we were standing.

To our right, across the street was Ford’s Theater, where President Lincoln was shot in the head. To our left was the brick home where he was carried and where he eventually died. Today the site is flanked by a souvenir store, a Sephora. There is a McDonald’s on the next block. But still, the plague on the wall says this is where America’s great leader died. Murdered after the Civil War had ended and after signing the Emancipation Proclamation, right when the nation needed his leadership most. Continue reading “On Martin Luther King’s 89th Birthday”

Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working

Steve Kerr recently crowned the Boston Celtics Eastern Conference team of the future. But if I may quote former Slam Dunk Champion Brent Barry, I’ll say there are a few people in Philadelphia that may disagree with Kerr’s prediction.

So I guess that’s less of a quote, and more a paraphrase. Either way, Brent Barry is right about Philadelphia. When discussing the rising suns in the east, while the shadow of Lebron still looms large, there are a few bright spots, players that could burst into superstars, superstars that could explode into supernovas and carry their team to the championship. Right now it’s hard to know which team will come rise after the sunset of Cleveland. Anything can happen in the NBA. Players get hurt. Players start to dislike each other. Players start a modeling career than lose their jump shot. Iggy Azalea. Sorry Nick young. (I thought for a second that Nick Young had had a 50 point game, but no. Only 43 in 2011.) Continue reading “Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working”

Roy Moore’s Amore: Reading The News and Lolita on Election Day

Alabama’s Coosa River Valley is the home of Judge Roy Moore, leading Republican candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate. Looking at the valley on Google maps, the back waterways branch away from the winding Coosa River running from Weiss Lake to the Gulf of Mexico. Tucked among two Willis Creeks and a Black Creek is Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County, an all American burgh of short brown and gray buildings, streets of Chestnut and Broad. Gliding through them in Google street view, green hills pimple the distance

If you click your way down a side street you see the neglected sidewalks have sunk into the concrete. The whole town seems vaguely neglected and sunken. The population has dropped in the last 30 years. After 19th-century trading glory, the place declined like most American river towns have. Industries left in the 1970’s and by the late 80’s Gadsden was listed as one of the worst places in the country to live. The pictures you see now show cold leftovers from the set it and forget it American days. Other than a graphic design and photography shop in what must have been an old mechanics garage, nothing looks to have changed much from the Carter years. Nestled beside the photo shops new white paint job is a barn colored wall with an old sign printed on it. It reads Mater’s Pizza and Pasta Emporium, in big carnival script.   Continue reading “Roy Moore’s Amore: Reading The News and Lolita on Election Day”

Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.

A letter from Capitol Hill

Senate

Monday morning began with the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, who served on the president’s inauguration committee. The two have been charged with “conspiracy against America,” and other forms of tax evasion, also failing to register as a foreign agent related to work they did in Ukraine for ousted President, and Putin ally, Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. This came as no surprise to anyone. However the news that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with a Russian linked professor in London about organizing a meeting between candidate Trump and Vladimir Putin, was a surprise. This revelation has caused Democrats to question the validity of Attorney General Jeff Sessions original testimony on attempts at collusion between the campaign and Russia, with some Senators demanding the nation’s top lawyer come back to the Senate Intelligence Committee and explain himself. Continue reading “Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.”