Saturday, November 21, 2015

sports predictions

2016 nba finals:  WARRIORS  vs Cavaliers  again!

2016 NCAA  football finals;  ALABAMA   vs Clemson

2016 NCAA basketball finals:  KENTUCKY vs Duke

looking ahead...

Washington Nationals will win World Series!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Beauty of American Democracy: divided government

The Democratic Party's election results have been a disaster during the Obama years. On all levels, the Republicans have dominated.  But before you listen to deep theories specific to this President or the current situation, take a look just a few years ago to 2008:

After Geoorge W Bush dominated politics for 8 years he left office with:

Democrats 29 governorships (had 19 in 2000)
Democrats 59 Senate seats (had 50 in 2000, 44 in 2004)

Same thing happened in the states

Democrats ended the Bush years with full control of
of 23 states snd one part of 13 more up from 17 and 11.

It's clear why this happened in 2008 and now over the past years to Obama.  The winning presidential side gets to the business of governing, and compromising to get what they can.  The losing side gets to obstruct and criticize with no accountability.  At election time it is much easier to run against something real or perceived than to promote a record.  Take healthcare, many liberals wanted single payer, and are disappointed with the private sector role in Obamacare.  So on one side Obamacare is. attacked as a radical liberal law.  On the other side it's not defended vigorously because it's not s radical liberal law.

Disappointed winners lead to lower turnout and enthusiasm and the rise of an opposition which wants to vent anger.

This is healthy in our system. It keeps our politics non-violent and the system working.
Along the way as we go back and forth the losing parties change to pick up and subtract different voters, and eventually the American people get the politics they want.

This is America.  I love it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Democrats to watch

Let's say Hillary won't be the 2016 Democratic nominee, who are the Democrats to watch for?

Andrew Cuomo (58) New York governor.  He's from a famous family; knows how to play hardball, and would be tough for any Democrat in the primary or Republican in the general election.

Jerry Brown (77) Governor of California.  He's worn that office 4 times!  He'd be a consensus choice in an emergency, who wouldn't threaten anybody's political future.

Claire McCaskill (62)  Missouri Senator.  She has a well-won moderate reputation but acceptable to the left.  She'd be a great vice-presidential choice this year, and clearly Presidential if somehow the party needed her. 

Tim Kaine (58)  Virginia Senator.  He is a good vice-presidential pick this year.  He would be a great candidate for President were he needed.  Former governor, former DNC chairperson, and current Senator with a good repuation across the political spectrum.

Furthermore, in 2020 or 2024, who are the Democrats to watch for in any case?

Corey Booker (46) - New Jersey Senator. If he can win an impressive re-election in 2020, and keep building his moderate image, at age 55, he'd be prime to run for President in 2024.  He'd also probably be on the vice-presidential short list in 2020.

Kamala Harris (51) - California Attorney General.  She is running for US Senate in 2016.  If she wins that race, she instantly becomes a national superstar.  She'd definitely be on the vice-presidential short list in 2020; and if she won an impressive re-election in 2022, prime to run for President in 2024.

Amy Klobuchar (55) Minnesota Senator.  She is ready now to burst onto the national scene for real!  She should be on short list for vice-president right now, and a cabinet pick if a Democrat wins the 2016 White House race.  If Democrats lose in 2016, she'd be ready for 2020, assuming she wins re-election in 2018.

Tim Kaine (58)  see above.  He needs to watch out for what happened to his colleague Mark Warner, who almost lost re-election to a political novice who outworked him.  (Even though his opponent was a former GOP chairman, no one expected a razor close race)

flashback 2007: Time 5 Democrats to watch; they went 0-5!

This shows how wrong the media can be:

The five up and coming Democrats to watch in 2007, just eight years ago:

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (lost)
Patrick Murphy (running for Senate in Florida - low profile)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DNC - bad reputation w/no natl future)
Artur Davis (lost Dem primary for governor, became a Republican)
Gavin Newson (stuck as California Lt Gov w/no natl buzz)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

love and Hip Hop is good for black community

You might think how a ratchet franchise such as Love and Hip Hop can actually be good for the black community?  Well first you have to acknowledge that the left wingers who control television are determined to transform America (including the black community) in a secular progressive way that is very destructive. They want to feminine and emasculate men while empowering women in limited ways.  They seek to delegitimize religion, and generally promote a society with less judgement of bad behavior.  Yes, Love and Hip Hop furthers these goals on the surface, that's how it's on VH1.  If the show openly  promoted traditional marriage and high standards, it wouldn't be on tv.  But in a twisted way it actually does!  The people on these shows aspire to healthy relationships,   They constantly try to better themselves, and a couple have even went from the show to the top of the music charts (Omarion and K Michelle).  In today's world  a tv show is actually a step up to hold high standards at ANY time.  That these "characters" routinely fall WAY short of their ideals, and wind up arguing and fighting and plotting regularly is entertaining and deplorable at the same.damn time.  But there's a positive under current that can be received,  one that is pro traditional marriage, anti gay rights, and supporting the  slur of hard work.  Whether it's how Kirk and Rasheda have stayed married through all of their drama. How Jim Jones and Chrissy live as a family.  How all the girls fight for their men.  How Stevie J or Rich Dollarz or Ray J are The Men, and are the dominant people in their relationships and businesses.  How no one takes the female homosexuality seriously. Erica Mena is now engaged  to Bow Wow, even though last year she supposedly loved Cyn.  Or how Nikko was rumored to be gay and if was an insult.  Or how many fights on the show came from perceived disrespect, a masculine trait.

It's up to people who want to restore and improve on traditional values and logical truisms to build on these slight greenshoots in creative ways.  Otherwise they'll be used against us.