Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kyrie Irving Wants To Leave the Best Job in Basketball for the Wrong Reason


 Kyrie Irving, star Point Guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers requested to be traded away to either the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, or Minnesota Timberwolves because he wants to be "out of Lebron's shadow" and "the offensive vocal point" for a team. The point that should be focused on is the blasphemy of Kyrie Irving's reasoning for wanting to leave Cleveland.

  LeBron James does something on the basketball court that many NBA players will never be able to accomplish, no matter how transformative or talented they are, he makes his team better, just like Micheal Jordan did. When he first came to the NBA, he led a Cleveland Cavaliers team that no one predicted would make the playoffs, to the NBA finals. That Cavs team's best player not named LeBron James was Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was a decent player who added value to his team but not a player who you would think would be the second best player on a playoff contender. LeBron then left Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat where he got veteran players to take pay cuts and stars to join his dynasty where they won 2 NBA Titles. Now more recently, LeBron came back to his hometown and lured more talent to Cleveland as well as elevating many players leading Cleveland to its first NBA Title ever. The message that I am trying to portray is that when you play next to LeBron James, you know that you are going to win consistently and you will become a better player in the process. 

  The part that I find most disgraceful and mind blowing about Kyrie Irving wanting to leave Cleveland is that he says he wants to be the "offensive vocal point" of a team. This doesn't make sense because Kyrie takes more shots than anyone on the Cavaliers including LeBron and when it comes time for the finals, he doesn't even have to guard the best player. Additionally, the teams that are most likely to get him don't necessarily fit this agenda. If he goes to the Spurs, he won't be the offensive star because of Kawhi Leonard, and while he won't be in LeBron's shadow, there is another major shadow in San Antonio owned by Gregg Popovich. In Minnesota, Kyrie would not have as many offensive looks because there are too many offensive weapons including Andrew Wiggins, Karl
Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler who will all be fighting for opportunities on the offensive side of the ball. Plus Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau would make Kyrie actually play defense. In Miami, there is the shadow of Pat Riley which even overshadowed LeBron when he was in Miami. And lastly in New York, while you would probably the offensive star, why in the world would you want to deal with the dysfunction and disaster in New York in the first place. At the end of the day, it doesn't make sense to give up the chance to go to the NBA finals every year, take more shots than any other player on the team and get to have your game elevated by the magic of LeBron James to go to any of the teams Kyrie has on his wish list.

  In conclusion, it doesn't make any sense for Kyrie to leave Cleveland and not even achieve his ridiculous agenda of staying out of someone's shadow and wanting to be the offensive star for a team because LeBron is a shadow that you should want to be in and the teams he wants to go to don't support his agenda while in fact, he would be a less effective and more of a non-existent offensive star on the other teams Kyrie has proposed 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament

Recently I had the honor to compete in the 2017 Speech and Debate Nationals Tournament and came 5th in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking. Speech and Debate is very important. It allows students to share their views about what they see and feel and it gives students confidence. It is essential that students have access to this valuable tool especially in a time where more than anything, we need people to speak out and help communities through activism. Speech and Debate gives the next generation the tools to do so.

Giving these tools to the next generation is exactly what speech and Debate does and whether they understand the magnitude and the long term momentous impact that has or not, it must be recognized and noted as positive . The next generation is the generation that will end global corruption, solve the epidemic of climate change, enhance workers rights, give free access to healthcare and education for all, solve cancer, end police brutality, lead us into a society that is not dominated by industry and ultimately lead the world into a more modernized, equal and fair society and the fact that Speech and Debate is providing an outlet for the next generation to come up with solutions and think critically without any barriers is remarkable. 

I have learned so much from Speech and Debate and skills that I know I will always use. I have seen so many individuals grow in Speech and Debate. I want to thank my parents, coaches, teachers, and fellow students for inspiring me and motivating me and I hope that more schools give students the amazing opportunity I am lucky to have and spectacular people around them to support them. 

This is a message to every middle and high school, if you do not offer Speech and Debate, you are robbing the next generation from a skill that is of immense importance and if you are a school that has Speech and Debate but does not care about the program, than you do not care about the success of your students and country and that in itself is a crime. How can you teach invaluable lessons like the history of Mesopotamia and what an isosceles triangle is but not teach students skills that Speech and Debate teaches you.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Healthcare Plan the Corporate Democrats Should Get Behind

  It is very clear that there are two wings of the Democratic Party. One wing is the corporatist wing that bows down to the lobbyists that fund their campaigns. The other wing is the progressive wing that wants to bring change to the party and is the wing that actually does their job and serves the people, not the lobbyists. The progressive wing of the party has proposed a healthcare plan that the entire party should get behind. There are 5 important individuals who are leading the charge for this plan. The first being Bernie Sanders. Bernie said on an interview on MSNBC,

"We have to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and drug companies and move forward to a medicare for all single payer program and i'll be introducing legislation to do that."

  Bernie Sanders is essentially proposing a healthcare plan that the rest of the developed world already uses and is working for them. Were going to get back to why this is a common sense plan but I want to first discuss the next person who is important in this charge. Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and progressive Congressman said,

"We are in a position to not only fight these people back, not just to get back to the status quo, but to create a whole new reality. Don't just be satisfied with defeating TrumpCare. Set your sights on creating Medicare for All. Think about what America would be like if you could just do something as simple as going to the doctor."

  Congressman Ellison is one of the Co-Sponors for a bill in Congress that is for Medicare for All. This leads me to Congressman John Conyers who is a very progressive Congressman and is considered the Dean of Congress because of his experience. He is the sponsor and the creator of the "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act." I want to point out that these pushes for progressive policies used to be Bernie fighting by himself. Now, others are joining him like Elizabeth Warren indicating she wants to go in that direction

A single-payer national health care system should be at the "top of the list" if there's talk of re-jiggering the nation's health care Warren said. When a reporter asked her about ObamaCare she said, "Obamacare is laden with Republican ideas, she also noted the legislation is based on the health care reform bill passed in Massachusetts under Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican.

  Senator Jeff Merkley, the senator from Oregon who was the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries also spoke about this issue. He said, "There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make healthcare more affordable for working families,  from a public option to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare. I'm happy to work with anyone from either side of the aisle to explore these or any other ideas that would improve healthcare for working Americans." 
(Left to Right) Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman John Conyers, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Deputy DNC Chairman and Congressman Keith Ellison and Senator Bernie Sanders

  This is some good progress from our senators and congressman. So now the question in do the people actually want Medicare for All? I had someone ask me that question recently so let's look at what the people say. The Kaiser Family Foundation did a poll and they found that nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans say they have a positive reaction to the term Medicare for All."

  Lets not mistake ourselves. Two thirds is not a small amount. It's not 51% or 55%, but nearly two thirds of Americans are for Medicare for All. It is preposterous that the Democrats think that is a difficult position to get behind. If your still skeptical about this clear reaction from the people, Pew Research Center says that "60% of Americans say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans."

 This is a clear reaction from the people saying that they want the government to run healthcare because it isn't working in the hands of the insurance and pharmaceutical industry who do everything in their power to make an extra buck. TrumpCare is a disaster and ObamaCare is half of what the people want, so let's go get exactly what the people want. There is a 22% lead on this issue even when you frame it as the government running healthcare which there not, there just replacing the middle man. So I ask the Democratic Party, when are you going to fight for things that are popular amongst the American people? You might be thinking that both parties should be fighting for something that has overwhelming support in a "democracy." That's exactly the problem! The Republicans hate this legislation because they work for their rich donors who are the insurance companies that just want more tax cuts. So what's holding the Democrats up? This is clearly an issue to get behind that has massive support. If you haven't figured it out by now, they both (Democrats and Republicans) have the same donors. The 5 Democrats that I wrote about are on the right side of the issue. The problem is all of the other Democrats aren't.

 Here's the good news, we the people outnumber the donors and the corporate politicians. We have the power to make change and fight the corporatists who influence our government only to make a profit and benifet themselves and not the American people. Our politicians job is to represent you. Lets make sure that happens. Call or email your congressman and senators about this issue, sign petitions and get involved. 
You can click on the underlined words above to find out more information about how you can make a difference.

Lets make sure we're represented

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Raiders Move to Vegas and There Were Lots of Politics Were Involved

  The notion that everything happens in an orderly fashion is outrageous. Politics in involved in almost everything. There is politics in our politics and there is politics in our sports. Today, the NFL scheduled a vote to move the Raiders to Vegas. 31 owners voted "yes" and 1 owner voted "no". That owner was Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner. 

Ross told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, 
“My position today was that we as owners and as a League owe it to fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted” 

  When we look at Miami and the landscape in terms of their market, they are a glamor franchise. Miami is a market where free agents want to come to and I don't think Ross likes the idea of having another glamor franchise in the NFL.

 This leads me to the most powerful individual in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jerry advocated for the Raiders move to Vegas because San Antonio was another rumored destination and many Cowboys fans are in San Antonio so that would take a lot of that fan base away. Plus, the
Cowboys are the most popular team in Texas. Jerry is a businessman so he knows that if the very popular Raiders move to Texas, that is bad for business. 

"I thought it was somebody joking with me when they came out here about the Raiders going to San Antonio," the Cowboys owner told reporters on Tuesday. "So I don't have any comment, other than how valued I feel, and the Cowboys feel about our fans in San Antonio."

"The Cowboys owner called San Antonio "a great city and a great sports town," saying that he's never given a thought to Texas housing three NFL teams. Neither has the NFL, with spokesman Greg Aiello telling the San Antonio Express-News on Tuesday that the league has "received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to."

Jerry Jones tries to bring up the point that it would be crazy to have three teams in Texas.

"I am very pleased that we have the fan base that we have down there and the percentage of fans we have (in San Antonio)," Jones said. "I think it is 97, 98, 99 percent Cowboys fans in the area. But it doesn't surprise me at all."

He also brings up the point that there are many Cowboys fans in that area.

  It is very clear that Jerry does not like the idea of a team moving to San Antonio. This leads me to my next point which makes me start off by stating that Jerry Jones is very good friends with Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams. 

"I’m a real fan of Stan Kroenke,” Jones said, via Steve Wyche of NFL Network. “I’m really a fan of Los Angeles and having the NFL have a major posture relative to the sports scene in Los Angeles.
“Stan is outstanding. He’s been outstanding in the NFL and he's the kind of people you want to be with.”
  When the Rams wanted to move to Los Angelos, Jerry Jones was the first one to say, "Owners should respect Stan Kroenke's right to move"
Clearly, Jerry Jones and Stan Kroenke are very good friends and I think the other reason Jerry wanted the Raiders in Las Vegas is because Stan didn't want another team in L.A. According to the Harris Poll, "Oakland Raiders are a top 15 NFL Team in terms of Popularity" Oakland is a popular team. Right now, the Rams are the most popular team in L.A but if the Raiders came to L.A that would change. I think Stan told Jerry that there is no way he could have another team in L.A after the Chargers just moved there.
  So, Jerry Jones at the end of the day didn't want the Raiders in San Antonio because that is bad for the Cowboys and business in Texas and he didn't want it in L.A because that is bad for his ally Stan Kroenke so he orchestrated a plot to send them to Vegas

  So what was Jerry's response to all of this? NFL Media's Ian Rapaport reported that when Jones was asked about the Raiders moving to Vegas, he said,  It is an exciting day." 
  That wasn't his reaction when the Raiders were going to move to San Antonio so this was definitely a political play on Jerry Jones' part to make sure he and his allies were happy

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