Olympics: Hope Solo

I have the utmost respect for Hope Solo. She’s awesome goalie for women’s soccer in the U.S. as is clear by her being the goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team since 2000 and being a World Cup & Olympic medalist; that’s 16 years. Never one to not speak her mind, Solo pretty much says what she means and almost always means what she says; she also does not mince words. Case in point, what she said of the Swedish team after the U.S’ lost to them in the Olympics; essentially calling the them cowards. I get that she may not have liked the loss, but calling the other team “cowards” (and I realize there was a lot more said in her statement) is being a bit of a poor sport and not in keeping with the comradery that epitomizes the Olympic Games. Sometimes I think Hope needs to use her inside voice, but Hope wouldn’t be Hope if she didn’t speak her mind; raw and uncut.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari wrote an Anti-Trump op-ed in the NY Times about his disgust over Trump’s feeling towards Muslims (and basically anyone who is of color). I agree with Ansari’s take on Trump and, myself, view Trump as a despicable human being on many levels (Hillary Clinton is a very close second, and, sometimes, tied). Aziz Ansari can do that I suppose because he’s an elitist multi-millionaire and therefore knows more than us underlings that work for a living. Plus it’s in the NY Times, so there’s that. What I don’t agree with Aziz Ansari on is his clear hypocrisy. He goes out of his way to [rightly] slam Trump for his views, but says nothing about those that commandeered the Islāmic religion that wreak terror across the globe. As a matter of fact, no one, not the media, so-called Muslim leader, political parties, celebrities nor any other group denounces those terrorist organizations. Are they afraid? Another thing I’d like to point out: Aziz Ansari states that he is not a religious person, but identifies himself as a Muslim American. By definition, a Muslim is someone who follows and practices the Islāmic faith; since Ansari does not practice religion, then he is just an American; his parents are Muslim American, but, given that he was born in South Carolina, Ansari is just an American.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

It’s Not About Guns

The tragedy that occurred in Orlando, June 12, 2016 was not about guns, it was about terrorism. Yes, the coward that perpetrated this act was apparently able to buy an AR-15 assault riffle without issue. However, up to that point, he had not broken any laws nor had he been convicted of any crimes and, again, at that time, was not on a watch list. He was on a watch list in 2014 (for the second time; twice as much as 99.999% of the rest of the population), but when he obtained his weapons of destruction, he was not. And even if he was, that would not precluded him from purchasing a gun; there apparently is not tie between the background check (if you can call it that) and a terror watch list and/or no-fly list. Should there be? Yes. Would it have prevented what occurred on this past Sunday? Sadly, no. The assailant had planned this for a while (just ask his wife) and would have found another way.

This was about an weak-minded, brainwashed coward who had known ties to an equally cowardly terrorist group and connection with the U.S. suicide bomber in Syria. He also had a bit of hero-worship with Boston Marathon bombers.

I get that certain religions (Islam is not alone) may have objections to some people’s proclivities or different beliefs, but that does not give them the freedom to assassinate innocent people because of that. People are different, think differently, have different opinions, beliefs and are not always going to agree with everyone elses; just deal with that and move on.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Dear Media

Please stop. Please stop making martyrs out of these weak-minded, cowards who cause wanton death and destruction of innocent people. Don’t even show their face or mention their name. Doing so only emboldens some other sick individual (or groups) to do the same thing, because they know you will shine a spotlight on them and whatever misguided belief system they may have. Just put up a silhouette with the caption “Unknown Assailant” underneath it. Don’t delve into their past, their family, claimed associations or whatever you think will give you better ratings. What you should do instead is do a story a day for the number of victims that had their lives cut short by some spineless caitiff; in other words, so that you can understand, if there were 49 victims, a story for 49 days covering each victim. Celebrate them.

I’m not saying don’t report the tragedy. What I’m saying is that you should maybe use a little discretion when reporting, instead of the shock and awe you typically do to get higher ratings.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Opinion

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I could use the excuse of being busy, but the more likely reason is that I’ve been lazy. Anyway, I’m writing today about an opinion I have with the 2016 presidential election, and it’s this: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made some sort of deal where he would commandeer the Republican party, act like an ass (not really an act; just being his true self), forcing people to pick the lesser of the apparent two evils and elect Hillary; getting what she thinks she’s entitled to because of her last name. I say this because I find it hard to believe that someone, even if that someone’s Donald Trump, can spew that vomit on an almost daily basis and not consciously think it may not be the right thing to say out loud, or, at the very least, publicly. Everyone’s got a filter and doesn’t say everything that may be going on in their head.

Donald Trump is no more a Republican than I’m a billionaire. His just another elitist, looking to get attention by saying anything into an open mic or in front of a camera, and the media just eats it up because it gives them good ratings. He has no desire to be President of the United States and don’t believe he has the attention span or, most importantly, the temperament and aptitude to do the job; I don’t think Hillary does either, but at least has some experience with governing and knows how to read a teleprompter.

It says something when even members of his own party (not really his party, but we’ll pretend) denounce his venomous garbage. Hopefully the Republicans will get their act together an pick someone more capable in their convention, or their worst nightmare will come true. Or maybe, just maybe, an independent will gain some traction and not be beholden to either of the two parties (who are really just two sides of the same double-headed coin). In my opinion, the President should not be affiliated with any political party as they represent the whole country, not a small segment of the population in some district in some state.

And that’s all I have to say about that.