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Making Sense of The Bible, Politics, and Immigration

They use the Bible.
For any Christian, or any person that believes in the Good Book and trusts in Jesus for faith, for life, for eternity, it always is a point of contention, a source of struggle, and a subject that truly tears the heart apart - using the Bible to justify action. And in this case, specifically cruel and inhumane action. 
By that statement, you already know where I stand. And if you read and follow this blog, you already know where I did. Yet, after Jeff Sessions used Romans 13:1 as a means to justify the removal of immigrant children from their parents at the Southern Border, as a Christian, as someone who believes heavily in that book and in the faith of Christ, I'm left utterly appalled, angry, upset, and disappointed. 
Shockingly enough, much like what was promised in "Making America Great Again", we are seeing this country reverse into some dark times and questionable actions that reflect those specific times. Times that may have been great for any …
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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/17/18

3 Up
1. Father's Day - Always a special day of the year, kudos to all of the men who are engaged and active fathers around the world. I had several wishes of "Happy Father's Day" today, and yes, it was weird. Hoping to officially join the club with my initiation year coming up. 
2. The Incredibles 2 - Honestly, it was was one of the movies I would have picked to end my now decade long-movie-theater-free streak. Yes folks, it's been over ten years now. I should probably put up a countdown on the site. Nonetheless, kudos to I2 for raking in over $180 Million over the weekend. And yes, this sequel is so long overdue. 
3. The World Cup - It's been absolutely incredible since the start. With many upsets and poor outings from some powerhouses, the tournament is already flipped upside down. We saw an epic Ronaldo performance, and a Messi letdown continuing that epic debate. Also, it's pretty interesting to watch those who fancy themselves "BIG" sports …

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Game Night (2018)

What is it about? 
For a group of friends, a game night goes horribly wrong leaving them in the throws of the most intense real-life mystery. 
Who is in it? 
Jason Bateman - Max
Rachel McAdams - Annie
Kyle Chandler - Brooks

Dear Son: Next Weekend!

--38 Weeks (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
This is going to sound absolutely absurd, especially considering the series of posts to you at this juncture, but here it goes: your mother and I had our first jaw-dropping moment in this entire experience called pregnancy. 
We sat there in a doctor's office going through the usual Q&A to close out a typical visit, to which we then heard the following statement, "...with that said, we're looking at next weekend." 
My reaction was exactly as described in my opener - jaw dropped, eyes wide open, thought process halted, with a part of me wondering where the time had gone, and another hoping there was a moment to follow where the doctor said, "just kidding." 
But she was dead serious. Your arrival is indeed next weekend as those guiding your mother's pregnancy have all recommend that you meet us after 39 weeks, instead of the usual 40.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/10/18

3 Up

1. Washington Capitals - For the third year in a row, the Stanley Cup playoffs has captured the keen interest of this super casual hockey fan. The Caps win was awesome, and from what I know (and have read) about Alexander Ovechkin (including his epic celebration on social media), this has been a long time coming.

1b. Golden State Warriors - Another year, another dominating win for the Warriors. It's business as usual as this monster of a dynasty continues to run all over the NBA. Three titles in four years. Dynasty.

2. TJ Oshie - His post game comments were touching. So incredibly touching. And for this guy who has a father who suffers from dementia, it was something I could relate to. I became a fan of this guy after that.

3. Jessica Jones - I FINALLY got around to watching season two of Jessica Jones, and yes, it's even better than the amazing first season. Give it a watch if you haven't yet.

3 Down

1. Deported Pizza Delivery Man - This story is heartbreaking. In the…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Black Panther (2018)

What is it about? 

The King of Wakanda, T'Challa, rises to the throne of King, but runs into a challenge and inner dilemma when he is faced by an outsider and product of his father's mistake.

Who is in it? 

Chadwick Boseman - T'Challa

Michael B. Jordan - Erik Killmonger

Lupita Nyong'o - Nakia

2018 NBA Finals Thoughts and Reactions

So the Golden State Warriors win again. And water is wet, death and taxes are still definite, and yes, us Knicks fans will wait another year for any kind of basketball relevance.

The Warriors winning once again is about as common as everyday coffee and routine. Expected and done. It's not a bad thing. It really isn't, as I'm not one of those people who complains about "competitive balance" or "predictability" in the NBA. This has always been the NBA.

However, I do think what the Golden State Warriors have done should be celebrated. It really should. They built a dynasty the right way - drafting and developing. Sure, they added a big time free agent. But really, can you blame them? If your favorite basketball team had a chance to do the same, would you in your fandom stop and say, "but what about the rest of the league?"!

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/3/18

3 Up 
1. Mamadou Gassama - Gassama thrilled us all this week by scaling a building to save a child in Paris. No words can truly explain he feat, you simply have to watch the video. However, props to France for giving this guy citizenship. However, it is quite interesting that it takes such efforts for some to look upon immigration in a different light. 
2. LeBron James - Is it me, or are you also torn watching LeBron in these NBA Playoffs. Amazed every step of the way by his greatness. However, sort of sad to watch how much he has to do just keep his team competitive. 
3. Karthik Nammani - I've done a few spelling bees in my early education career and they're incredibly hard. Kudos to the 2018 Scrippts Spelling Bee champ! 
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1. Puerto Rico - If the reports are true that over 4,000 fatalities happened, that is very awakening. However, it's still unbelievably sad how little our country has done for the people in Puerto Rico. 
2. Samantha Bee - Stupid comment. Fire her. R…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/27/18

3 Up
1. Jason Seaman - You know what's crazy? Another school shooting happened this week and it barely made a blip in the national news and in our conscience. Is it because there were no fatalities?  That's sad. Regardless, Jason, a teacher at Noblesville West Middle School - yes, folks, middle school - tackled the gun man and pinned him before he was able to do much more damage. This dude deserves so much more than he's receiving right now. 
2. LeBron James - Damn. What else can be said about this dude? Carrying this team to the Finals should definitely be on the list of footnotes many discuss when talking about LeBron. Absolute greatness. 
3. Gareth Bale Bicycle Kick - THIS bicycle kick is easily one of my favorite plays of 2018. Amazing goal. Just tremendous. And yes, Real Madrid wins Champions League once again. 
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1. Noblesville Shooting - As stated above, it's absolutely sickening we're at the point where middle schoolers could potentially be the victim o…

Thoughts on Latest NFL Anthem Policy Change

There is a part of me that didn't even want to EVER touch this topic again. I said what I said in the past on the highly controversial topic, and then followed up a year later, and vowed there was no point. After all, no matter how many times issues of clear social injustice is brought up, there will be those who will look to thwart it, especially by draping themselves in a false sense of "patriotism". 
But, here we are. Another post on the this entire ordeal. I'm at a point where I simply laugh at callers on sports radio, political pundits on air, or even the casual individual who voices their opinion against the situation - thank you random guy at the gym, your commentary and viewpoints keep my grounded in America's pulse. 
And now, the NFL, emboldened it all of it's arrogance, in it's lack of understanding, in it's negligence of player understanding or safety, and yes, it's fear of President Trump and it's supporters has managed to take so…

Dear Son, On Location

--36 Weeks (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
You've been acting up as of late, and really, something tells me that it won't be the last time I have to say that to or about you in the upcoming years. That's parenting, I guess. But you've become quite the active guy inside your mother's belly - kicking, shifting, spinning, and making her uncomfortable in the most random of moments. 
I'll never forget you intentionally blocking your face during the recent sonogram photo. Or even, when they attempted to shift your body, you bending over and showing your butt to the monitor. 
Already, such a proud father. That's my kid. But yeah, you're an active fella.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

What is it about? 
A mother challenges the authorities in town to capture the suspect responsible for her daughter's murder with three controversial billboards that stir up many feelings and a series of events in town. 
Who is in it? 
Frances McDormand - Mildred
Woody Harrelson - Willoughby
Sam Rockwell - Dixon
Favorite Scene: 

After the billboards stir up much controversy in town, the local priest stops by to also attempt to use faith to get Mildred to take down the billboards. She then erupts in an awesome monologue comparing the Catholic church and it's authorities to the Crips and Blood gangs.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/20/18

3 Up
1. JJ Watt - Watt is just a stand-up guy. No other way to say it. An athlete that embraces the city he plays in, in times of good, and when he is needed. Paying for the funerals of all of the victims in the latest school shooting is just another example of the kind of dude Watt really is. So much props. 
2. Sante Fe Admins - So many times in these shootings, the efforts and bravery of the many who help to keep students safe, calm, and diffuse the situation often goes without praise and notice. Once again, much love and praise to those who did so once again. And yes, to those who lost their lives doing so as well. 
3. Las Vegas Golden Knights - In their inaugural season, the Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Finals, and quite frankly, could possibly win the whole damn thing. It's so impressive, and speaks to the parity of the NHL. But really, if you're a fan of a team currently in a drought (say, like my New York Knicks?), this run is absolutely remarkable. 
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1. S…

Sante Fe Thoughts, and More Tired Thoughts on School Shootings

It was too similar to Columbine for me. I still remember as a 13 year old staying home from school sick, then suddenly finding my being sobering up on all illnesses watching in horror that unfolded in Colorado. 
Yesterday, I was home from work, and thus did the same thing. Glued to the couch. Flipping between channels. Refreshing my Twitter feed. Trying to find out details in horror. Once again shocked, angered, frustrated, and saddened. 
We now live in an America where 22 school shootings have occurred in 2018 - a calendar year still young in it's existence. Seriously, let that sink in. And if it take a moment to wrap your head around it, that's because its absurd, and it's also so engrained in our culture, in our everyday realm of societal possibility. School shootings? Wow - unbelievable.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/14/18

3 Up
1. Mother's Day - Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms and women out there that do so much. Oddly, next year's Mother's Day shall be a bit more personal. 
2. James Paxton - ANOTHER no-no in the young MLB season. Paxton, a promising lefty for the Mariners put it all together a dominant effort shutting down the Blue Jays offense. 
3. Avengers: Infinity War - Of course, I haven't seen it yet, but kudos to those involved with the film as it is now one of the Top 5 grossing movies of all-time. I got to work with Disney this past semester in promoting the film, so I feel a bit connected. Though, I haven't seen any of the preceding films. I have some time this summer...
3 Down
1. White People Calling Cops - It amazes me the number of stories in the news, or those that simply went viral, of white people calling the cops on black people for well, doing absolutely nothing. Do a simple Google search this week and take a look at some of those stories. It's quite a…