by Mack Williams
8 July 2016
I. #Do All Lives Matter?
In George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” which was published in 1945, what started out as a very “all for one, one for all” situation with the various animals on the farm transitioned over time into “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” Now in 2016, when people say Black Lives Matter, the response by some – including some very well-meaning people – is All Lives Matter.
Of course all lives matter. Theoretically that does not need to be said. But the reason people are emphasizing that Black Lives Matter is that too often incidents have occurred – from the killings of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham and Philando Castile and Sean Bell and so many others – which have led some people to believe that just like in Animal Farm when “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others,” Black lives are valued less and don’t matter quite as much . This point is made plain in the wake of the horrific killing of five Dallas police officers last night, an act that addressed none of the issues people have, and was not done in the name of anyone who sincerely wants these issues addressed. Yet there is public outrage over these deaths that was absent when these various Blacks were killed, some of the worst coming in tweets from racist of the month ex-congressman Joe Walsh, @WalshFreedom, who managed to blame and threaten President Obama.
Saying Black Lives Matter is neither racist nor a declaration that Black lives are more important than any others – but it is meant to be a notification that we want everyone to realize that Black lives are a part of the All Lives that do matter.
II. Getting Guns Away Matters
the conscience of the House, who marched on the bridge in Selma in 1965 and sat down this year on the floor of the House this year. And a gas face to Paul Ryan, who I sense knows what is right but seemingly lacks the courage to act on it, whether in the case of #NeverTrump or sensible gun safety measures.
III. Construction Costs
That wall will have to be really high to keep out all the Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, and the disabled.
IV. Road to FiveThirtyEight
As in the 2012 election season, political junkies (like me) are following Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site daily…largely because he has proven to be so on point. In a volatile election season with two candidates like never before, anything can happen, but I do believe the fat lady is at least deciding on her outfit.
V. Memo to NBA/USA Basketball
If we’re going to continue to use NBA players to compete in the Olympics and other international tournaments, we may have to cut a few games off of the NBA regular season. After an 82-game regular season and up to four rounds and two months of playoffs, guys that go deep into the playoffs are beat, which is why so many superstars have asked out…which is not to say that we won’t have a great team, but it’s something to think about. Plus, a slightly shorter regular season might eliminate the need for some of the days of rest for star players, which are necessary from a player/team standpoint but must be aggravating to the person that picks a certain night to attend a game, only to get there to find the star is on the bench in a suit.
VI. Merry Go Round
If you had told me, three short weeks ago, that:
Kevin Durant would be joining Golden State
Dwyane Wade would be leaving Miami-Wade County for the Chicago Bulls
The Knicks, with the additions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings, would be eastern conference relevant again,
I would have thought you to be seriously crazy.
VII. Free Madison
Someone please let Madison Bumgarner take part in the Home Run Derby.