Mar 25 2020

Everyone Needs to Read This Reality

The Real Miami

I was that kid getting those free school lunches you read about on your Twitter timeline. Matter of fact, most of us in my elementary school had lunch cards. We went to school to eat, you know what I’m saying?? Those fish sticks were everything. That little carton of chocolate milk was everything. If you skipped school to f*** around in the streets, you might go hungry that day.

So hell yeah, I want my old life back, too.

But this ain’t about me. It ain’t about you.

This thing is about us.

This virus is going to affect everybody, especially the most vulnerable.

So if you got a nice, stable environment? Keep your ass home.

If you got a roof over your head? Keep your ass home.

If you got a crib with Netflix and a refrigerator full of food? Keep your ass home.

Nov 28 2019

NFL Thanksgiving Picks

My Pick Line Opponent
Lions +5.5 Bears
Cowboys -6.5 Bills
Falcons +7 Saints
Nov 13 2019

We are Doomed

Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers tried their hand at reality television with mixed results on Wednesday as they presented arguments to the American public for the impeachment of a former star of the genre, Donald Trump.

Unlike the best reality TV shows - not to mention the Trump presidency itself - fireworks and explosive moments were scarce, however.

Democrats need the hearings to resonate with the broader American public to gain support for a process that could lead to the impeachment and removal of the Republican commander-in-chief.

Through hours of testimony and questioning that aired live on U.S. broadcast and cable networks, the proceedings were rather staid, with only the occasional raised voice or snippy retort.

To the president’s son, Eric Trump, it was a big yawn.


This is how Reuters covered impeachment. Someone needs to get Adam Schiff on the phone and let him know he needs to get Neil Patrick Harris to do an opening medley for the next hearing as the reality show was getting dull for this poor media member and Eric Trump.

Nov 12 2019

A Match Made in Heaven

Nov 12 2019

The Hate is Running America

Stephen Miller’s Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails | Southern Poverty Law Center

In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch.


Oct 20 2019

2019 - 2020 NBA Predictions

Eastern Conference

1.    Boston Celtics

2.    Milwaukee Bucks

3.    Philadelphia 76ers

4.    Toronto Raptors

5.    Miami Heat

6.    Indiana Pacers

7.    Chicago Bulls

8.    Brooklyn Nets

 

Western Conference

1.    Houston Rockets

2.    Los Angeles Lakers

3.    Denver Nuggets

4.    Los Angeles Clippers

5.    Utah Jazz

6.    Golden State Warriors

7.    Sacramento Kings

8.    Portland Trailblazers

 

2020 NBA Champions

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Oct 12 2019

The Media’s Women Problem

 Warren’s same-sex marriage quip captures what some find exciting — and others distressing — about her 

It’s about telling people who don’t agree with you that they are backward by definition,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist who advised Bill Clinton’s presidential reelection campaign. The line was a stab” to those who don’t agree with her, he said, and it is a battle cry for men to turn out against Elizabeth Warren.”

John Ziegler, an anti-Trump conservative, said Warren’s words conveyed no such generosity. Her message and her body language, he said, telegraphed a dislike of men.

Trump voters in places such as the Florida Panhandle and central Pennsylvania, he said, will think, Oh my God — this woman hates us.’

It plays right into the narrative about her, which is that she’s an out-of-touch liberal from Massachusetts, and this whole obsession with wokeness that the Democratic Party has where the white male is under attack,” Ziegler said.


Let me get this straight. Defending equal rights is now a battle cry for men to turn against Warren? First of all, bigots and homophobes are not just men so this makes no sense. These quotes read as men just looking for another reason to oppose a woman running for president. The Washington Post really went out of their way here to find people to oppose a comment Warren made when it has been pretty clear she supports same sex marriage. This was not some big surprise, they just were looking for the next moment to take a woman down a notch.

Last little note. Before anyone points out that a woman wrote this, it does not change a thing. The New York Times has always found women to do the job of taking down other women, and this is not just a problem in the media.

I edited this post after publishing to add the following tweet, it says it perfectly.

Oct 11 2019

Bernie Supporters are at it Again

Warren’s Plan to Spurn Big Money Donors Has a Catch

Warren’s decision to placate and enmesh herself in these institutions is an indication that she has less interest in revolutionizing the party than in working within its creaky machinery to attain power. But we knew this already: In August, The New York Times reported that Warren was quietly signaling to party leaders that, far from wanting to stage a political revolution’ in the fashion of Mr. [Bernie] Sanders, she wants to revive the beleaguered Democratic National Committee and help recapture the Senate while retaining the House in 2020.” In this context, revive” means raise lots of money for,” which the article made clear: She told donors at a DNC event this summer that she had raised or gave more than $11 million helping get Democrats elected up and down the ballot around the country” and sent contributions to all 50 state parties, the national committees and the redistricting fight.”


It’s really hard to convey how stupid this is. Bernie Sanders has convinced a bunch of people that he is running to be King. In fact it might explain why there is a group that runs in that circle that is not happy with the impeachment proceedings happening now. They don’t like everything about Trump, but they like his immigration policies, his trade policies, and most of all they like that he thinks the president is more of a king than the head of a republic.

Imagine thinking it’s not important to win the house or the senate when running for president? I hope many of you enjoyed 2016 because 2020 is going to be a repeat in many ways. One thing is for sure, we will see Sanders’ supporters burning down the Dem nominee when it’s not their cult hero again.

Oct 1 2019

2019-2020 NHL Predictions

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

  1. Washington Capitals

  2. Carolina Hurricanes

  3. New Jersey Devils

Atlantic Division

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs (President Trophy Winner)

  2. Tampa Bay Lightning

  3. Florida Panthers

Wildcard Winners

  1. Boston Bruins

  2. Buffalo Sabres

Eastern Conference Playoffs

1st Round

Toronto over Buffalo

Boston over Washington

Tampa Bay over Florida

Carolina over New Jersey

2nd Round

Tampa Bay over Toronto

Carolina over Boston

Eastern Conference Finals

Tampa Bay over Carolina

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Nashville Predators

  2. Colorado Avalanche

  3. Dallas Stars

Pacific Division

  1. Las Vegas Golden Knights

  2. San Jose Sharks

  3. Arizona Coyotes

Wildcard Winners

  1. St. Louis Blues

  2. Calgary Flames

Western Conference Playoffs

1st Round

Las Vegas over Calgary

Nashville over St. Louis

San Jose over Arizona

Colorado over Dallas

2nd Round

Las Vegas over San Jose

Colorado over Nashville

Western Conference Finals

Las Vegas over Colorado

Stanley Cup Winner: Las Vegas Golden Knights

Sep 30 2019

Everyone Should Learn to Use Shortcuts on iOS

Announcing my Shortcuts Library, featuring 150 Siri Shortcuts to use with iOS 13 - Matthew Cassinelli

I firmly believe this is the most ambitious update to iOS since perhaps the redesign of iOS 7. However, while that was an overhaul of how iPhone and iPad worked visually, iOS 13 overhauls the entire way users can interact with their devices. Just a few years ago, apps were operating in silos and couldn’t talk to each other; now, every function of every app can be abstracted out from the interface, brought it all into a brand-new programming language that involves absolutely zero actual coding, and—oh yeah—it works across almost every Apple device using only your voice.


You need to follow Matt on Twitter and on YouTube as he continues to show new ways to use this powerful tech that is now in every iPhone and iPad.

Aug 25 2019

The Lasting Legacy of David Koch will be the Burning Planet

Will America’s Least Sustainable City’ vote to kill rail transit? - The Washington Post

Such organized opposition has killed transit projects elsewhere. Donors to Building a Better Phoenix include the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a group with ties to Americans for Prosperity, an influential political advocacy organization funded by oil industry billionaires Charles and David Koch. David Koch died Friday. Americans for Prosperity has campaigned against transit in Arkansas and Utah, and in 2018 the group led a successful door-knocking campaign to defeat a light-rail project on the ballot in Nashville.


Aug 4 2019

Trump is Following in the Footsteps of Wallace, Nixon, and Reagan

Why Donald Trump is just following in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps on race - The Washington Post

Racial issues were central to Reagan’s political success during the 1966 California gubernatorial election. He denounced the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 while running radio ads referring to urban areas as jungles.” Regarding fair housing, he emphasized: If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.” This resonated well with white conservative suburban voters in places such as Orange County, Calif.


Sometimes it’s important to reminded of the obvious.