A lot has been said about the state of race relations and the Civil Rights movement in America lately. The advent of the #BlackLivesMatter movement after the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon More »
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly premiered the new, politically charged video for the acoustic recording of Twisted Sister’s classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Dee Snider‘s acoustic rendition was first introduced earlier this year and More »
A lot has been said about the state of race relations and the Civil Rights movement in America lately. The advent of the #BlackLivesMatter movement after the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012 has brought into the spotlight the way this country’s criminal justice system treats black Americans. If not for the murder of Trayvon Martin, we may not have been paying attention at all when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed another unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, under questionable circumstances in August 2014. Since then, anyone with an internet connection has been flooded with video footage of unarmed blacks being killed without hesitation by American police officers.
After watching the first Presidential debate in it’s entirety, I felt we needed some new title to convey what it was that I’d just watched. It seemed more like a bad reality TV show than a forum for ideas. Perhaps someone more clever than I can find a fitting name for this type of political “edutainment.” Because I left with no more education on the candidates’ positions than I had going into it, so it certainly wasn’t informative and it wasn’t terribly entertaining either — though it did seem like it wanted to be.
Like Jon Snow standing atop the Wall, I’ve spent all summer long staring north into the wilderness of a world without NHL hockey. Last night, the St. Louis Blues opened up the NHL preseason with a split-squad sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets while most of the hockey world’s attention was focused on Team Europe’s overtime upset of King Henrik’s Team Sweden. As impressive as that was, my eyes are actually locked on Rogers Place and the Edmonton Oilers.
In The Odyssey, Homer wrote: “The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.” Think about that. As far back as 650 B.C., maybe even earlier, one of literature’s founding fathers observed of mankind that the mere presence of a weapon close at hand will effect us mentally, emotionally, so that this weapon and the violence that we could do with it features more prominently in our problem solving process than weapons and violence otherwise would.
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly premiered the new, politically charged video for the acoustic recording of Twisted Sister’s classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Dee Snider‘s acoustic rendition was first introduced earlier this year and will be included on his upcoming solo release, titled We Are The Ones, scheduled for release in October 2016. It is also being employed as the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. But of course, Snider’s performance of the new rendition at the GRAMMYs on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., this past April was not his first foray into political activism.
Over the past several weeks, as Trump clinched the GOP nomination by an incredible margin and Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton sent millions of young Americans who were ‘Feeling the Bern’ (such a stupid slogan, by the way) into a tizzy, the Libertarian Party‘s Johnson-Weld ticket has gotten a lot more attention. And a lot more support. But who are Gary Johnson and Bill Weld? Who is the Libertarian Party? What is this 3rd Party mess all about?
In a speech delivered in Camden, New Jersey, yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that his administration is “releasing new policies on the military-style equipment” that the federal government has in the past provided to local police forces across the country. Last year, the world watched as local police responded to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, with military-grade equipment of the sort seen throughout CNN and other news networks’ coverage of U.S. and allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ferguson had become a war zone where unruly citizens threw stones at a militarized police force riding in armored personnel carriers and wielding fully automatic rifles.
May 11th, a Twitter account and a GoFundMe fundraiser were established by a New England Patriots fan named Michael J. Whitman of Spokane, Washington, with the stated goal of raising $1,000,000.00 to pay the fine imposed by the NFL on the Foxborough-based team for the Deflategate scandal.
The verdict is finally in. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that Roger Goodell has decided to authorize the suspension of NFL superstar Tom Brady for 4 games without pay for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal (based on his salary this year, that equates to a loss of $2,000,000 in wages), and further to fine the New England Patriots football team $1,000,000 as well as their 1st round pick in next year’s NFL Draft and their 4th round pick in the 2017 Draft.
It’s been all over the news, word from the NFL is that Roger Goodell will suspend Tom Brady for his role in the Deflategate scandal. By now, everybody knows what that is and has formed their own opinions, but as we wait for Goodell to announce the punishment let’s take a look at what we feel are certain key factors that should influence the final decision.