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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/6/16

3 Up

1. UFC 196 - What a double main event! I'm pretty sure that Dana White lost lots of money when it came to the endings of both fights, but the fights themselves, and the shocking endings were very, very entertaining. Probably the best double main event I've ever seen in MMA. 

2. Norma - This story is fantastic. A 90 year old woman named Norma who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, decided to skip treatment to take a long road trip across the United States. There is so much to learn from in this story, which makes it all the more awesome. 

3. Peyton Manning Retirement - It's just felt right at this time. It's always terrible watching a great athlete struggle in the latter years of his career. But the fact that Peyton won the big one on his way out, and is leaving on that note, is a nice bow on the end. 

3 Down

1. Presidential Race- I'm not sure what it is, but the Presidential race on both sides have gotten to the point where I am exhausted. The race is now ridiculous, and no longer one of integrity. I actually fear for the options we as Americans will have. Just bloggin'.

2. LeBron Rumors - So here we go again with the rumors of LeBron leaving Cleveland again. And of course, the sporting talking heads are now ALL about speculating his next move. Ugh. 

3. OJ Simpson Trial Revival - It's been that type of week in the shoddy/ridiculous news realm of life. A knife was found, and a 24 year old case may have possibly been turned around? Ummm, yeah, thanks for the loud noise. Of course, NOTHING to see/hear/read here. 

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Unpacking Thoughts on Charlottesville

This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

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. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

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.