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Saturday, May 3, 2014

stats stats and more stats!

I try not to miss Real Time with Bill Maher, it is enlightening and comedic for those who might not know. I do like smart people and although I value education, formal education does have it's setbacks. Tonight's Real Time (with Ziggy Marley) had a good panel, there was a young lady that kept placing value on statistic's. Statistic's are for sports. Social and political stats cannot accurately represent any cause, mainly due to incomplete data. A good example of this is unemployment, we know a lot of people are unemployed, unfortunately there is no number that can correctly represent how many. Statistic's can determine how many wage earners have been laid off and rehired but what about homeless and vagabonds. this is an issue that matters, the drug war (including marijuana) is not a stat based issue. The majority of drugs, legal and illegal are bad, there is no debate required, using without understanding is reckless. The 70's have been over for some time, it is necessary to educate, and control any substance that enhances the mind.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Before we get into strategies and schemes, let’s get something straight. Football loyalists have a team, my team is the Raiders (of course) no matter how bad they are or have been and I despise the patriot organization. It is a fact growing up in the 80’s brought a different perspective of the game and with all the changes and health concerns football will never lose its appeal. Money has changed the game whether its lawsuits, merchandising or free agency the business side of the game has deteriorated the pure competitiveness. Still the 11 on 11 contest that takes place between the lines is spectacular and yes today all games should be in domes! As a player that never peaked I can say I do feel cheated, just like the tuck rule game. Football is a fraternity of men where locker rooms should be off limits and players should be beyond reproach within its confines. Straight or not professional athletes are of a special brand, they are not actors, expecting them to behave is absurd. Off the field yes there are rules that pertain to everyone but we all know cash is king, it was decided a long time ago that big dollars should be paid to those that entertain us “average” folks, so complaining and setting examples of the fortunate few is another American tragedy. Every sports league is plagued with a corporate model and though organization is very necessary, sport leagues are not organized. So much money and too much business has infiltrated these games kids can play and with that said, I know it can never again be as pure as it once seemed but I can’t hate the game. I happened to reside in Baltimore for a very brief time, it is a football town and loyal. I wrote a letter to the organization encouraging them to hire me on; I could assist with coaching, conditioning, some of the mental encumbrances all that stuff. It didn’t work but what a good letter it was, a whole 2 pages nicely written to a team I would love see lose for what Siragusa did to Gannon some years back in that championship game in Oakland. I don’t forget much and my love for the game is only surpassed by my knowledge. Before, when it was cool to like players no matter the team (lol), Joe Thiesman was my favorite quarterback, I hated the niners and the cowboys, defense blitzed every down and anyone on the field could be hit the game seemed so easy. Now-a-days it’s all about down and distance, which is still good just a bit harder to grasp for the casual fan, in fact to support the last statement I know more than many who like to play madden but won’t watch football on TV. I can say I am selective but I will blame the networks for limiting access, blackouts are unconstitutional. I am one of those guys that could play before I understood the game, by the time my brain caught up I was well out of high school but very coachable, I have been around a couple good ones and that is important especially through development age. Watching youngsters coached by jerk offs is disturbing especially on TV, it should not be encouraged and a lot of parents should be ashamed. It’s all hypocrisy – social issues like poor education values, kids willing to use steroids, unaware parents of kids using steroids. It is not ok saying “I didn’t know” anymore. In the good ole days it was “ok” to see a pro athlete that could not read but not today, all it means today is someone didn’t care. I care, I won’t let my son play tackle football until high school not because of the concussion risk but because there are a lot of kids out there that just don’t get it, parents think there kiddies look cute running around clueless really aint cute, coaches yelling, fighting, it is all unnecessary. There are plenty of sports kids should play but football is for big boys, always will be, it is a nasty game, gotta love it. In keeping up with the times I am a casual ESPN follower but it used to be much more, it used to be much better. Everything changes and included in change is marketability, everyone wants there hand in the pot and sports is the ticket. It is great to be able to catch game highlights and the ticker is cool when it is relevant but if it is not sports let another entity cover it. The legless jerk, yea the murderer is not sports, golf, bowling, spelling bees. What the fuck, of course it’s my opinion but I am smart, smart enough to know another sports news network could swoop right in and do it right. That is what I am, full of ideas and willing to share. I am a madden junkie in fact I am the madden king (selfappointed) you might know me, even the madden challenge was garbage, watching a bunch of amateurs slumber party state to state was worth watching 1 time, they were all thumbs (lol) on a 2nd rate platform, backstabbing each other, amounted to a soap opera for gamers. I’m a gamer, in fact I consider on-line play the virtual extreme, eliminating hackers/cheaters and design imperfections will surely result in a new age of technology and I hope I’m around to see it. With that said the real game is football, NFL. Keep it domestic and get some referees that are accountable, salaried and committed. The league has used this cop-out for years; it is a full time job for a few months a year. In any sport the object of the game is to score the most points, period! I love to debate the whole defense wins championships bullshit, it is not true and is merely an attempt to balance the game. The job of defense is to stop the offense, period! Stopping a good offense is very hard to do, of course penalties and mental errors play a big part in bad offensive production but these factors affect defenses too. Football is situational, 3rd and 15 is a situation that favors defense unless of course the offense has prepared itself properly, turnovers play a part, drops as well but keep in mind on a level playing field offense always has the upper hand, period! I love football because I understand it, I would like to lead a team to the superbowl (not virtual), strategy and scheme is my niche but some of it is simple. The goal is to win, every player must commit to winning, offense and defense committed to producing good results. The human element overcome by the desire to trust one another and limiting mistakes. The game has evolved, which has made me a game day fan and I am ok with that, I have been to 1 NFL draft and 1 pro game, I want to be in more games and have the skills to manage a team to championships. It is more than ego and determination; I am what is missing from the greatest game on earth. Without selling myself short I am willing to start at the bottom and earning the respect of my peers and fans. For the record, it was a fumble.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yes, real estate!

an investors market for sure, trying to convince buyers to buy has gotten old. besides the least honest have mastered the tactic. my weapon is knowledge and keeping in tune with the trends is O so exciting. fortunate to be in Las Vegas NV, it is easy to identify the hot spots. 2010 bought about new construction as land developers continued to nit pick parcels throughout the valley and though construction never stopped it was easy to see what areas would become popular with investors. it is simple to sell something that looks good but really delivering satisfaction is a talent. beltway construction and highway access continue to burden this wonderful city but there are areas outside of green valley that deserve recognition. that is where the market trend has shifted, investors are purchasing in areas that are appealing and economical, many taxpayers have to take into consideration, gas, shopping, commute even entertainment before deciding on where to reside and renting is very resourceful. 3 years ago i was knee deep in foreclosures, still i am amazed that so many could be losing their house but buyers are evolving. the information is there so i believe a similar situation will never be upon us. i am here and very able to assist in residential rentals and purchases and yes i am in business to get rich but i am focused on making you rich too!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

boys and GIRLS!

what is more important; relationships or politics? if your answer is relationships please continue... I often desire real conversation, most of the time sports is the topic but today it is love. People have basic instincts - instincts define individuals, individuals are defined by characteristics. Love is one of the basics, if love is your base Keith Sweat and Michael Jackson, Kenny G's horn are the goods. Lover's care first, lover's get hurt, boys and girls.

still thinking

there is no comfort in death for those of us that must continue on only able to miss those that have passed on. although it is not a constant depression it is a feeling that comes about often. with whatever happens next i miss all the departed and hope it is not lonely. it is very easy to see the bad in people but we are here and then we are gone and not 1 person can explain any of it. i do not judge and it is not because i don't care, it is because i care too much.

Monday, February 28, 2011

more words yall

Before i knew how smart i was the only thing about politics that bothered me was voting, working class people spit on one another daily, what type of thinking allows an individual to believe his or her vote will be valued and represented properly. Earlier civilizations experienced corruptions and rebellions, today we are smarter with amazing technology and we continue to struggle with the basics. Tax dollars should be the infrastructure of a sturdy and reliable Government that has a clear objective. Holding a group of people responsible for selecting suitable representatives to lead them is the backwards way of running a country.  We do not select the people who "teach" the people we put in power, smart people choose them us. What is most frustrating is there are  zero answers and constant bickering. This is not supposed to be an attempt for everyone to agree but we have tried so many times in the past we should have narrowed down what might actually work in getting some positive growth. Sometime between 02 and 04 i was driving when a motorcycle officer bull horned me to put my seat belt on, something i am clearly against, mandatory seat belts, as i passed the officer i waited for him to instruct the group of youths to pull their pants up, we had all been waiting at the same intersection yet he said nothing to the bad dressers. The seat belt law is in effect, taxpayers have been paying fines for this cause when the big issues have "been on the table" for years, with kids finishing and beginning high school i have real concerns especially when all i hear is debating about what group i need to support.  When politicians behave in the best interest of the people, we will overcome.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

issues February 2011

There is no argument with an audience over 30 that education must have positive outcome year after year. children should be introduced to proper study habits and patterns early, helping a child to determine his or her strong skills is important in igniting independence traits also mastery of basic fundamentals increases reading and math proficiency. observing children that are loud and hard to control versus loud and informative, willing to learn. during a recent supermarket visit my son at 4 years old was very excited everything he said was loud enough for me to remind him after every sentence to "stop yelling", "but dad i want to help you" was his reply which made me laugh over and over again, we were in the store an hour and a half, my interest was focused on how well his descriptions and memory from earlier "conversations" we had at home, my son was reminding me about the, cocoa pebbles, not only buying chicken and not needing ice cream because it is so cold outside, he could very easily be the loud, shelf grabbing, back talker. i make many honest attempts to avoid hypocrisy but temptation is everywhere, sometimes the bigger man is the bigger fool, i challenge myself to be decent hoping my little bit of good does something big down the road. i know i am in this fight alone and it feels i cannot win, i will die trying.
personally the numbers do not bother me, the repair that the school districts around the country need is criminal, let us pretend that the majority of children and young adults want to learn, then we are cheating them out of something they cannot provide for themselves. the American greed has truly funneled into the core of humanity with no remorse. the children that succeed in this defunct system might hold it against us. my biggest argument lies with television, how is entertainment, something with a stranglehold on American culture, able to erase censorship and education cant compete, these kids don't stand a chance. when i was young i only thought i knew everything nowadays confirmation is a smart phone away and who doesn't have a smart phone. kids are realizing much earlier than we did that they don't need parents especially when graduation has not prepared them for what their parents have been trying to hide from them for 10 years. education needs to be retooled to provide students with business and technical skills, not busy work that makes parents look stupid too.  the public school system receives a lot of tax payer money so now you get some tax payer talk.  there is no science involved here, teachers buck up and do the best job you can, complain at the teacher of the year conference, administration needs to remember the big kids driving the cars ain't students so have some respect or ill reincarnate Uncle Buck.