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Empire is a fantasy…let’s just enjoy the ride and stop the analysis

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There are not a lot of shows starring black people on network television. That is why when we get one we have such high expectations. We want to be portrayed in a possible “Cosbylike manner” (pre the allegations). Empire takes a look at success from a different lens. It takes you on a trip to the other side of the street. Where deals are cut and people are too. So when we get a show like Empire we have the need to analyze each and every character and try to line that character up with reality. Empire is not based in reality. It is simply a diversion. Sure it takes on topical discussions, but in the final analysis it is simply television. Over the last four weeks I have seen dozens of black pundits screaming how bad this show is for black people. The show is no worse than The Good Wife which I love. Let’s be serious television is designed to get ratings. Good ratings make everyone happy: advertisers make money, actors make money and keep their jobs, and the viewers are treated to good stories. This show bridges the generational divide. My college aged daughters calls me after the show for us to discuss what we just watched. It’s simply a fun show that gives you a needed chuckle in the midst of facing our real world problems. Some people hate it, and that’s fine too. Just don’t watch it but please spare me the analysis.

Who is advising Ben Carson?


Dr. Ben Carson has been described as brilliant, but that is when he is operating in his lane. Politics is a new lane for this prominent surgeon and he is stumbling out of the gate. He has to learn how to command the conversation and not be defined by one issue. CNN Chris Cuomo had an agenda and Carson fell right into place. CNN got its soundbite and Carson is again labeled by one issue.

Hillary Clinton and the emails…she is far too smart to play dumb

Something is funny about this email story.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/04/you-better-believe-hillary-clinton-s-emails-matter.html

Dr. Ben Carson launches an Exploratory Committee

Did a nasty campaign strategy drive Tom Schweich to suicide?

Politics is a dirty game but is it deadly? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/fivepoints/tom-schweich-suicide-political-attacks?utm_content=buffer07988&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

What do we expect from the police?

We hire the police to serve and protect. What do want them to do? The latest police shooting in LA puts the police front and center in the midst of controversy. The police say the man “African” was reaching for one of the policeman’s weapon, and the police killed him. Who is at fault here? We also have to ask when did it become acceptable to fight with the police? Policeman want to go home at the end of the day and they will subdue any threat to that outcome Does this mean every time a policeman shoots he is justified? No, but we have to look at the facts of each case before we indict either party.

Martin O’Malley passes on running for Senate seat, but should he?

Barbara Milkulski announced that she is retiring. that means there is an open Senate seat in Maryland. Martin O’Malley former governor has announced he is not interested. He wants to be president, but this might be a better fit. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/168867880bd048a9bd6300fa84ce1b2a/omalley-now-has-2016-option-run-president-or-senate

Curt Schilling’s Brilliant Takedown of Twitter Trolls

Read linked story and share your thoughts.

https://38pitches.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/the-world-we-live-in-man-has-it-changed/

Isis is No Joke

Last night Saturday Night Live decided to take a poke at Isis. Yes, Isis that hilarious group of beheaders. Who can forget that funny moment they brought to us when they set the Jordanian soldier on fire while he was encaged. Yes, they have given us some truly thigh slapping moments. Not! They are not funny on any level. They are frightening and they show no mercy. Have we become de-sensitized to human suffering? Is everything fodder for humor? How do you think the family of James Foley took the joke? Do you think they were doubled over with laughter? Who is in the room when these ideas are pitched? Does anyone ever say no? Well maybe it’s time to hire that guy-Mr. No.

SNL Isis Skit…funny or depraved?

Last night SNL took a “funny” look at Isis recruitment. Did they go too far? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974087/Dad-s-just-ISIS-Saturday-Night-Live-Dakota-Johnson-join-ISIS-parody-Army-commercial.html

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