Kristaps Porzingis #HotlineZing

You use to boo me on my draft day….

Kristaps Porzingis has taken the NBA by storm in the first half of the season, so be prepared for Porzingis mentions during NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto. Having the 4th most sold jersey in the NBA will get you a lot of love from the media, and apparently it will also make you the feature of a song parody of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’….

As a Knicks fan I am cool with all this attention, just at the end of the day… Stay Focus my man, Stay Focus!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

30th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster

Hard to believe that it has been 30-years since the tragedy of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

I can recall the excitement I had watching the launch with my classmates and then 73 seconds into the launch that excitement turned into despair.

Rest in Peace Michael J Smith, Francis R Scobee, Ronald E McNair, Ellison S Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A Resnik.

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Those 7 souls will forever live amongst the stars

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

What’s Not Being Said About Tyler Sash Being Diagnosed with CTE…

When ex-NY Giant Tyler Sash died of an accidental overdose of pain medication in September 2015. His family donated his brain to Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation for testing. The family was suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Sash death, as he suffered with memory loss and issues with his temper. They wanted to know if he suffered from a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, aka C.T.E.

On Tuesday Boston Univ and the Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that Sash tested positive for an advanced form of CTE. On a scale of 0 to 4, Sash was rated as a stage 2. In comparison Junior Seau who played 20-seasons in the NFL, committed suicide at the age of 43 was also diagnosed as a stage 2.

Sash’s brother confirmed that Tyler had 1 confirmed concussion in college and 2 concussions as a pro. And of course the focus has been on the NFL and their policies on concussions.

What’s missing from the conversation is what is NOT being done at the college level.

Since 2011, the NFL has taken steps to reduce the amount of contact in practice and in the offseason. Youth leagues have followed the NFL and reduced contact as well. The only organized football organization not to regulate contact is the NCAA; as they have decided to instead give out practice recommendations.

It’s time the NFL take the proper steps and stop just recommending and mandating the reduction of contact.

At the NFL level the players association pushed for reduce contact in practice, and with kids parents pushed for change. Unfortunately there’s no one looking out for college athletes. If the NCAA cannot look beyond the almighty dollar and change the rules, we may see more unfortunate situations like Tyler Sash.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: NY Times and Huffington Post

 

Internnational Holocaust Remembrance Day

With so much hate in the world, let us not forget one of the great tragedies in history. Let this be a reminder that an attack on ANY faith is unacceptable and not to let your anxieties affect our better judgment.

With so much hate in the world, let us not forget one of the great tragedies in history. Let this be a reminder that an attack on ANY faith is unacceptable and not to let your anxieties affect our better judgment.

Wednesday, January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Today President Obama spoke at the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Did Jimmy Carter Barr Iranians from the United States?

Yes he did, but….

April 7, 1980 President Jimmy Carter announced sanctions against Iran as a result of the Iran Hostage Crisis.

One of the sanctions….

The Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly. 

Also, soon after the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was taken over; Carter order (Executive Order) all Iranian students in the United States had 30 days to report to immigration officials to verify their visas. Out of over 50,000, there were 15,000 Iranians who were ejected out of the U.S for being in violation of their visas. This would be later upheld by an appeals court.

Now we have Conservatives / Trump supporters using Carter as an example of hypocrisy….. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!

Donald Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims traveling to the U.S. is no comparison to what Carter did during the Iran hostage crisis. For example, Carter was willing to allow Iranians access to the U.S. for “compelling and proven humanitarian reason”. While Trump doesn’t care about the humanitarian reasons a Syrian or let’s say a Nigerian Muslim has for wanting to escape a dire situation.

Nice try!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Credit: The American Presidency Project, MegynKelly.org

What Japan Gets Right about Gun Control….

Just to clear the air, as a Liberal I support Americans’ right to own guns.

I support the 2nd Amendment, but as Justice Scalia once said, “Yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed” to it.

After reading Vox’s article, ‘Its Really Hard to Buy a Gun in Japan. The Country also has almost no Gun Homicides’ I think there are some ideas we can take from the Japanese when it comes to gun control…

To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.

While I would hesitate going as far as providing the police with documentation on specific location of the gun in your home, as well as ammo, and having gun and ammo locked and stored separately.

The mental health check, the shooting range class, and retaking the class and exam are the better points that interest me the most.

It has never made sense to me that someone with no training can purchase a gun as long as they can pass a background check. But we have to go through training when we apply for a driver’s license.

At the end of the day gun control is about common sense, and in my opinion it just doesn’t seem like we have a lot of common sense with our current gun laws.

We are never going to 100% stop crazy people from getting there hands on guns, but there is so much more we can do to make it harder for the nutbags.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit: Vox

The Answer is Not More Guns…..

Another day, another shooting…

This time in San Bernardino, Ca where authorities are searching for 3 possible suspects walked into one of three Inland Regional Center buildings and opened fired on a group of people attending a holiday party. At this time two of the shooting suspects (male and female) were killed by police later as police were following up a tip, and a 3rd suspect has been detained. It is believed that the suspects were carrying assault-style weapons with tactical gear.

As in past mass shooting you will hear Democrats and Republicans talk about , assault-style weapons, gun control, mental health, etc….

And while those are valid points for discussion, what should not be part of the discussion are more guns for people to have access to or for people to be able to carry guns everywhere. I support the right to own a gun but I don’t support the ability to carry a gun anywhere, and I have heard all of the arguments. At the end of the day this is not the wild west or a militarized zone!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!