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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/21/15

3 Up

1. Max Scherzer - We'll let the Jose Tabata hit-by-pitch slide, although, yes, I believe he could have gotten out of the way. Regardless, Mad Max was super filthy and is probably the best pitcher in the world right now. A one-hitter and a no-hitter on back-to-back starts? Yup, you've earned this top spot.

2. Jay Lethal - Congrats to Lethal, a true grinder and fan of the pro wrestling business who captured his first World Title this week. Lethal is a throwback to the wrestler who truly paid his dues and earned his way to the top in a gradual and organic way. Kudos!

3. Soca River - This Slovenian River is actually really beautiful. Sometimes an uncovering like this is just needed to reinvest us in life.

3 Down

1. Charleston, SC Shooting - So sad. Oh, so sad. I'm not even sure what else to say in regards to this.

2. Racism in Dominican Republic - The issues between Haiti and the Dominican Republic are well known. However, lately, the rampant racism and beating of Haitians in the DR is just another form of racism being brought to the forefront in today's world. Some are linking it to "deportations" and some have gone to the other extreme to call it "racial cleansing", but the truth is somewhere in the middle and it's still wrong.

3. Donald Trump - Wow, dude. That speec...err, rant...err whatever, was so bad it was entertaining. Sadly, Trump has no clue, and probably won't appeal to anyone other than the 1 percent in America.

1 Weird

1. Rachel Dolezal - She needs help. I'm sorry, does anyone want to just be themselves, anymore?

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

3 Up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
3 Down
1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
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Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.