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Update

Hello! I can’t believe you’re still reading this rubbish, but since you are I would like to offer you a heartfelt thanks. Please feel free in replying to any of my blogs (old or new) and letting me know whether you agree or disagree with the truth as I know it. I would also be willing to hear any suggestions you may have for a specific topic you’d like me to cover in a future post. I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging these past three months, even more so than I had envisioned, and I thought now would be a good time to update my readers of any new information regarding prior blogs. Let’s ease into this, before tackling the more complex issues, by freely admitting I still haven’t ridden my bicycle nor do I plan to anytime soon. I am still not at all fond of cheap beer, snakes, or death, but not necessarily in that order.

Likewise, I am still not a fan of Pit bull-type dogs. However, I am willing to concede there have been some cases where Pit bulls have made excellent family pets and lived their entire lives without ever attacking a soul. I am aware once in awhile a breed of dog, other than that of the Pit bull variety, will attack a human being for no apparent reason, but I also know since writing about them in March there have been at least two more Pit bull attacks in Arizona’s Valley alone. The fact is the majority of dog attacks in the United States can be traced back to the Pit bull-type canine more often than any other breed. I did recently learn they do not have the mythical “locking jaw” that so many people perceive them to have, but they do possess a wide mouth, strong jaw, and an uncanny stubborn tendency for not easily letting go of its prey. I have yet to hear of an owner with that type of dog say they expected their family pet to viciously maul their child one day. Common sense dictates Pit bull attacks in the past predicts the probability of Pit bull attacks in the future, so I don’t understand why anyone, especially with small children, would ever take the risk.

The St. Louis Rams of the National Football League, however, did take a risk by drafting Michael Sam. The first openly gay NFL Prospect was chosen in the 7th and final round as the 249th overall pick. Mr. Sam was only eight picks away from not being drafted at all, and I imagine that would have caused even greater speculation as to how much his sexuality figured into this year’s NFL Draft mix. There is no possible way to know for sure if Michael Sam was snubbed, chosen out of pity, or drafted exactly where he should have been. We only have the infinite number of opinions given by sportscasters, columnists, so-called experts, blowhards, those with a personal agenda, and myself who simply tells the truth as I know it.

I would offer that Michael Sam’s initial entrance into the League with the St. Louis Rams does give him the best opportunity for success, at the professional level, because he purportedly already has Missouri’s fan support. The young man was supposedly embraced by the “Show Me State” while playing college football for the Missouri Tigers. Only time will tell how successful Mr. Sam may be in the NFL, but the media shamefully seems much more fixated on the video footage, of him kissing his boyfriend after receiving the anticipated news of being drafted, than anything else. Maybe I was stopping on the wrong networks, when flipping through the channels recently, but the consensus appears to be that most talk show hosts on television thought Sam’s on-air affection was a beautiful thing, and anyone who didn’t agree with that sentiment must be a homophobic. Let me assure you I am neither afraid of nor hateful towards homosexuals, but as a male heterosexual I will continue to be at least a little disturbed every time I see two males engaged in a passionate kiss.

Donald Sterling, a person nobody probably wants to kiss at the moment, is hardly worth mentioning again, but I will. The L.A. Clippers’ Owner, of the National Basketball Association, hasn’t lost his ownership yet, but his chances are increasingly not looking very promising. He made headline news once again by making insensitive remarks, during an interview with Anderson Cooper, about Magic Johnson’s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which the NBA Star contracted over two decades ago. This time Mr. Sterling knew he was being recorded while making public and deliberate comments. Sterling’s granted interview was surely intended as an attempt at public relations damage control, but the embattled Clippers’ Owner’s ensuing rant most likely made matters much worse for him. I still don’t think anyone should ever be fired for their private thoughts, but maybe a “three strikes” rule for a person’s conduct wouldn’t be such a bad idea. An individual who is deemed as detrimental to any league, organization, or business, on at least three separate occasions, could then be justifiably terminated due to their actions. I think if a policy like that would have already been in place then Donald Sterling would’ve lost his NBA ownership position long ago when considering his past behavior.

In contrast, the behavior of Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer, has been surprisingly refreshing as she eventually vetoed Senate Bill 1062. The bill would have allowed for refusing business or service to anyone based on “religious freedom.” I continue to believe a law like that would only encourage discrimination and would be too chaotic to enforce. Governor Brewer also rightfully vetoed some bills in our state’s Legislature that would have increased gun-ownership rights in the Valley Of The Sun. She once again was willing to go against her own political party’s wishes and in doing so probably unseats Senator John McCain as the “Maverick” of the Grand Canyon State. My national campaign for placing all shopping carts into one of the many store provided cart corrals after their use appears to have fallen on deaf ears, or quite possibly my three readers just weren’t enough to make a difference. Maybe one day every shopping cart will have a proper home, and hopefully someday I will finally acquire a fourth reader, but until then I can only dream.


Donald Sterling

I suppose since I am the Truth and Common Sense blogger I should weigh in on the whole Donald Sterling mess, but I tend to sometimes appear racist myself when discussing such matters. Not because I am, but because I have never felt the personal responsibility of trying to atone for any possible racist acts that may or may not have been conducted by my ancestors. I realize that is not the politically correct thing to say, but it is certainly the truth as I know it. Donald Sterling is the National Basketball Association’s Owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who most people now no longer want to be associated with. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, or who simply have had the great pleasure of avoiding all of the non-stop media coverage, the Clippers’ Owner has been labeled a Racist. The unwanted title came after an audio recording (from 2013) was recently released. The so-called private conversation between Mr. Sterling and his then girlfriend, V. Stiviano, depicts him making racist comments to her.

Due to Mr. Sterling’s remarks he has been banned from the League for life, fined 2.5 million dollars, and most likely will be forced out of his ownership when the remaining team owners vote on his future. NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, said he talked with several players before deciding Sterling’s fate, so I was not at all surprised with the sentence handed down since the League is predominantly Black, and the Owner is White. Commissioner Silver really had no choice but to severely punish Sterling with the looming threats, of a boycott and the possible cancellation of this year’s playoffs, coming from the majority of NBA players. It does not take a genius to understand the motivation behind most business decisions is money, and the NBA simply could not afford a shutdown, or rather their greed prevented it from happening.

Outspoken Dallas Mavericks’ Owner, Mark Cuban, conveyed his disgust towards Mr. Sterling, and at this point he feels the League would be better off without him, but he does not think the NBA can legally force him to give up his ownership nor should the League try to because of something Sterling said in private. I think Mr. Cuban was absolutely correct when saying, “I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.” When Donald Sterling inevitably is cast out of the League for good can we then assume there is no longer a racist bone left in the bodies of the remaining 29 team owners? I would guess not. Therefore, if and when another NBA Owner eventually gets caught saying something racist, whether publically or in private, then the exact penalty Mr. Sterling received will have to be enacted against all others since a precedent has now been set.

I’m not much of a gambler (see “Last Vegas” blog), but I do think it’s a safe bet to assume Mr. Sterling is no longer a fan of V. Stiviano – the woman whose voice can be heard on the infamous audio recording. I don’t know if she’s directly responsible for releasing the taped conversation, but I am suspicious as to why the 2013 recording even exists. I am also leery of the authenticity of the couple’s past relationship given the significant age difference, and I do mean grossly different. I suppose Miss Stiviano was a fan of Mr. Sterling’s money, and now she probably doesn’t mind her fifteen minutes of fame. My guess is she’ll take full advantage of the situation and after giving numerous interviews will find herself on some reality show or gracing the pages of Playboy. Regardless, the soon-to-be former Owner of the L.A. Clippers can only blame himself for his bigoted thoughts and remarks.

I for one am not a fan of the NBA, so I really don’t care how the League chooses to run its business, and I also don’t care one way or the other about their continued existence. However, I do believe we are all created equal, and I cannot begin to fathom ever disliking anyone solely based on the color of their skin. I think this country is as close to a racist-free nation as it can ever be. Most of the racism that still exists today, and sadly will continue, is because of those families who knowingly pass down their hatred of others to future generations; therefore, never completely ridding it from our society. There are not only people like Donald Sterling who fuel the racist fire, but there are some people in the minority races who are guilty of fanning the flames as well by not teaching their children and grandchildren to forgive and forget past transgressions committed against them. Believe it or not there are some Blacks who simply dislike Whites because of their skin color. Common sense tells me we should love one another regardless of race, or at the very least keep all ignorant attitudes to ourselves, but when have we ever been or will ever be a nation of common sense.