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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
24 February 2016

I. Greetings from FL

The SEVEN is coming from Kissimmee, FL, where I am speaking to the African Heritage Cultural Club Page Turners Book Club about WWII Diary. Visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/wwiidiary.

II. All-Star Saturday

From Steph v. Klay – Batman v. Superman – in the three-point contest to the otherworldly dunk contest finals between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine, Toronto’s NBA All-Star Saturday had to be the best ever. And speaking of All-Star participants, All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook has got to be the most athletic point guard of all time. Not saying he’s the best…there is still a guy named Magic in the history of the league…but Russell is in a class of his own in terms of athleticism.

III. Justice Scalia

I wish death on no one and celebrate the passing of no one. I also know of the old adage that stated that if you have nothing good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. Therefore I will say nothing about Justice Antonin Scalia’s tenure on the bench…except for the fact that he was known as one who wanted to adhere to the wishes of the framers of the constitution.

Funny how people that allegedly seek to honor his legacy now want to leave his seat empty for well over a year…which is absolutely not what the constitution states. They say the election should provide a forum for the American people to weigh on the choice of a justice through their selection of the next president…but how did Barack Obama become president? He was elected to carry out the duties of the president from 1/20/2013 through 1/20/2017, one of which being the nomination of a Supreme Court justice should a vacancy arise. So the American people have already weighed in.

IV. Hold That Trip

I’d love to see the pyramids and the Sphinx, but if the Egyptian government is mistakenly charging three-year-olds, I’ll hold off on that trip for now. Hate to be a case of mistaken identity!

V. Pinocchio Wins

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Another state, another win for Donald Trump, even as it turns out that a bunch of his supporters are either flat-out racists or just didn’t understand the questions posed to them.

Let’s assume the latter…which would lead one to question the intelligence of these individuals. Meanwhile, the Republican establishment has used state advantages to suppress the minority vote. So you want less Black votes and more of these?

VI. Black History Month

Came across something where a noted conservative posted a video which allegedly proved his point that there should be no Black History Month. As it turns out, I wish there had been no need for Black History Month.

I also wish there had been no slavery for 250 years, no subsequent economic barriers, no political disenfranchisement, no Jim Crow, no lynchings, no segregation, no whitewashed history, etc. Since all of the above has happened, let’s go with Black History Month…but going forward, let’s not restrict Black history to a month.

VII. Shining Star


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As someone who plays at a lot of funerals, all I can say about this is what a great send-off this was for one of the all-time musical greats. There will never be another Maurice White…which is not to say there will never be another great musician. There will be even more if we keep the arts funded in schools.

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
1 February 2016

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I. Half-Term Governor

By the time you read this the results of the Iowa caucuses may be in, but with that said, no matter what the results are, if Donald Trump thinks that an endorsement by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is an asset, he’s not as smart as I thought he was.

II. Megyn Kelly

Just about everyone knows that Trump refused to participate in the last Republican debate because he could not cajole his love/hate dance partner FOX News into removing Megyn Kelly as a moderator…which, of course, might lead someone to ask the following:

If you can’t handle questions from Megyn Kelly, how are you going to handle conflicts with the leaders of the world should you happen to win?

While Kelly is known to MSNBC viewers as one whose commentary earned her spots on Keith Olbermann’s Worst Persons in the World segment, this little controversy is the best thing in the world that could have happened to her. And networks, it’s 2016 already. We need Keith back on-air.

III. Off The Wall

If Trump intends to build a wall along the Mexican border, how will he get the Mexican government to pay for it – as he claims will happen – if the Mexicans who are entering this country illegally from Mexico are the rapists and criminals he says they are? If they are rapists and criminals, Mexico would want them out if at all possible, and certainly will not want to pay for a wall that would keep such miscreants in.

IV. King James

As of right now, if you should see King James written somewhere, know that it refers to a 17th century translation of the Bible, and not to a 21st century Cleveland basketball player. LeBron’s reign as the best in the NBA is over, and the crown has been snatched away by Steph Curry.

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Even Carmelo Anthony’s new form of hand checking is to no avail when trying to prevent Curry from “dishing and swishing.”

V. North Star(s)


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If…and that can be a big if in the NBA on occasion…the Minnesota Timberwolves can keep their young nucleus of Ricky Rubio (25), Karl-Anthony Towns (20), Zach LaVine (20), Andrew Wiggins (20), Shabazz Muhammad (23) and Gorgui Dieng (26) together, they will be a force in the Western Conference before long.

VI. Setting of the Sun

After getting dismissed from a public TV sales job prior to the third day on the job for no reason at all, I have always hated to see people fired unjustly.

“I was hoping to catch you before work…”
“I’m getting ready to leave for work now.”
“We’re going to have to let you go…”
“For what reason?”
“You weren’t successful in getting pledges yesterday..”
“But that’s not what I was assigned to do yesterday.”
“I’m sorry.”
Click.

Nothing at all against Earl Watson, the interim coach of the Phoenix Suns who is replacing the fired Jeff Hornacek, but if management had handled the roster better and not totally ticked off one of their best players, perhaps they would not have felt the need to turn around and scapegoat Hornacek.

VII. Best There Is, Best There Was

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Prayers and best wishes are going up from all over for Bret Hart, former professional wrestler who announced that he is battling what may be his toughest opponent, prostate cancer. If you’re a guy and you’re in or around the 50-ish area, it’s time to get tested.