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Most of you were correct in your assumption of where I stood this year, and I can’t imagine anyone who is politically aware being undecided one way or another at this point, so I’ll try to keep this short.

I’ll go ahead and say his name now.  Given several opportunities to walk back his insulting comments to the Muslim community as a whole, Trump keeps doubling down (and going after the Khan family he seems to be tripling down) on the Islamophobia.  I’m past anger or resentment; I’m not ignoring that he’s giving voice to what his base thinks and feels.  I have reached that fatigue point where I don’t need to see, hear or step foot in any building with his name on it ever again.  Who else gets away with insulting the parents of a soldier who died for this country?  The word that comes to mind that describes this whole charade is ‘privilege’.  Let’s leave it at that for now.

Cynical as I’ve become over the years, the Democratic Convention last week was an ‘event.’  It’s already been lost in the shuffle, but you have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out here cracking jokes?!?  Am I taking crazy pills?!?

Seriously, going in most of us looked at that lineup of speakers and figured Hillary on her best day would still be third (behind the two former Presidents).  Depending on who you felt personally attached to, she might have been seventh (Khan, Biden, Bill, both Obamas, Bernie).  And saying that, I still think she gave the best and most presidential speech I’ve personally ever heard her give.

Whether your problems with Hillary are valid (DNC corruption, Clinton fatigue) or invalid (you’re uncomfortable with the idea of any woman being the leader of the free world), this election she’s the better choice.  For the third presidential election in a row, there is a historical precedent in play, but somewhat unbelievably, the gap that separates the better major party choice is infinitely wider this year than it was in 2008 and 2012.

#ImWithHer

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Today I cede the floor to Kareem, who sums it up quite well.

We’re all welcome to our opinions, we all probably care too much about what celebrities think, but when you’re a public figure who (in theory) are trying to serve the greater good, putting a bullseye on entire communities of American citizens isn’t just politically incorrect, it’s dangerous.

Enjoy.

http://time.com/4052923/kareem-abdul-jabbar-hate-crimes/?xid=homepage

More than the other major leagues, the NBA as we know it today is known as ‘the black league.’  ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ is one of the recent documentaries that takes us back to the time when blacks weren’t allowed to play professional basketball.  The story revolves around the Harlem Rens, a black owned, black coached team based out of Harlem that is (cleverly) marketed as ‘the best team that no one ever talks about’.  With insight and perspective provided by former Rens players, opponents (such as future coaching legend John Wooden), and contemporaries, the story of the Rens is an insightful 75 minute film that speaks as much about the time they lived in as it does about the team itself.  If you’re like me and have the preconception that there’s nothing negative to say about the Harlem Globetrotters (they were on Scooby Doo, how bad can they be?), this film provides an interesting perspective.

This film is on Netflix Instant, and as noted above, is about as short as a ‘feature length film’ can be.