During the process for writing my new book I had the privileged and opportunity to speak with hundreds of diverse people. I spoke to many immigrants illegal and naturalized.  I had numerous conversations with many Hispanics on the issue of immigration, but more importantly on the issue of  illegal immigration. What these many individuals imparted to me, for my book, was enlightening to say the least. I won’t say that the Arizona Bill is right or wrong, but here is what I will say. The Media has been all over this topic reporting this, investigating that, showing numbers and stats. And we, the masses,  are tuning in and posting. Even our “leaders” and elected officials, who haven’t done anything of note in their city and who we haven’t seen or heard from in months, have also chimed in with their own share of face time about SB 1070. Even Los Angeles’ misguided Mayor Antonio Villarigosa convinced the city of Los Angeles to have all businesses boycott Arizona, but somehow the boycott didn’t extend to businesses, colleges or professional sports teams.

There is so much misinformation on both sides of this issue. Are illegal immigrants employed in the low tedious work that a lot of Americans don’t want to do? Yeap. Is there a difference between illegal immigrant and an immigrant? Yeap. Why does the media and spokespeople seem to put them all in the same barrel? Coalition politics. The fact of the matter is that America, like it or not, is a nation of immigrants. And what that means is that the person next to you, the person you call friend, the person you know and love maybe an immigrant. However, the immigrants who have legally come to the U.S. do have a problem with the illegal immigrants from the Western border…and rightly so.

Many immigrants that have come to the U.S. by boat or by plane and they had to wait in line, or they had a work/school visa. Many of them have taken naturalization classes and fulfilled all of the necessary steps to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. The fact is that most immigrants are white collar workers and and thus pay a large amount of taxes.

The majority of American’s either supported the Arizona bill or something legislation close to it. There have been many assertions concerning potential police abuse, but doesn’t every law have the same potential? If you don’t trust law enforcement officials, then why trust them on anything. Why pass a bill at all? Why not just make the federal government enforce what is already the law? They are elected by us, so that means that they work for us. We don’t want them on television, we don’t want the sound bites and we damn sure don’t want the politics. What Americans want, not let me rephrase that, what Americans demand is action. Politicians will use the public emotions to get elected and then do nothing about the issue.  Arizona appears to simply be one of the many battle grounds for a much larger American issue.

What if the Arizona Legislature were to pass a law saying that Arizona would be an “English Only State”? And by English only no non-English store signs, no DMV with 11 languages printed forms, no banks using your money to print things in who knows how many languages, would that be divisive or unifying? President Bush sent 6,000 troops to the border and the problem became worse, so why is President Obama is sending 1200 troops to the border? Politics, and  to generate good headlines that galvanize the base and Hispanic voter incase of a low voter turn out election.  The United States deports over 1000 people per day, so even if immigration reform were done, it would only be part of the solution. The DREAM act, would provide amnesty for many illegal immigrants living in this country, has been tabled by congress. As other states follow Arizona’s lead the federal government waste tax payer monies by filing a lawsuit against Arizona. The bill wont solve Arizona’s problem, if anything SB 1070 is a cry for help.

Now here is the Truth. The border and immigration issue will nver be properly addressed because many non-latino illegal immigrants, who are in America have families with deep pockets. This is especially true on the East Coast, which enjoys a healthly amount of illegal immigrants from Europe. Also many illegal immigrants come from Asian countries and now live hear with their well-to-do children. The media chooses to focus on the Hispanic community because they have the least amount of in-country power. There are many illegal immigrants in America and only 70% of them are hispanic. The most important reason the border issues with not be resolved is because the FAA does not track airplane flights below a certain height. This means that if your airplane is below that height you are not tracked, don’t need to have a flight log and do not have to register your flight with the FAA. This is how the majority of human trafficking and drugs gets into the country. This is one of America’s dirty little secrets… The Border Issue extends to the sky. As long as the powers that be can keep the citizens and congress focused on what is happening on the ground, the skies are and have been wide open. The FAA has admitted that they have not been about to track 120,000 planes in the United States, but somehow news agencies always reports the one commerical flight that has a problem. I don’t think that the people we see being  arrested on T.V. and running through fields own a single plane, do you?  While Home Land Security puts out warning and squeezes the average traveller putting them through invasive pat downs, making them wait in long lines, scanning them with radiation and repeated questions and searches, they have been letting those who own planes come and go as they please. I was shocked when I discovered this fact during the course of research for my book It Ain’t Just the Size. Furthermore, all of the immigrants legal and not that I honestly spoked to advocated Closing the Western Border, for a limited time period, “it’s chaos, if they don’t vote to close it then you know who they really work for”.

There are many coaches in the NBA, some you may know and others you may not. There are a few outstanding candidates for this years Coach of the Year honors. In this article you can cast your vote for who you think the Coach of the Year should be. Here are the leading candidates for the prestigious award.

Jerry Sloan: The Jazz front man. He has coached for 25 years and has never won the award. His team shook off the dictracting trade rumors surrounding Carlos Boozer and are playing as the team to beat going into the playoffs.

Scott Skiles:  He has done a great job of coaching but an even better on of understanding and allowing his rookie Brandon Jennings develop, which has in turn allowed the once thought bust lottery pick Andrew Bogut (now injured) to finally start to shine. He has the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoff and looking dangerous.

Scott Brooks:  He has the young Oklahoma Thunder running and gunning. This team has taken on the top teams in the league and they have held their own without a big man in the middle. He has this team beliving. This is the team is where no one thought they would be, except for yours truly of course.

Nate McMillian: The Portland Trailblaziers have made the playoffs after having the most injuries than any other coach candidate. With injuries to Centers, Guards and wingmen it would have been easy for this team to write off this season, but they haven’t quit yet.

Stan Van Gundy: After a trade to add Vince Carter the Orlando Magic team make up is completely different from last year’s Easter Conference Championship squad, but amid the injuries and upheaval Stan has them threatening to repeat as champions.

Cast Your Vote


Scott Brooks won!

In this poll Jerry Sloan won

Interesting.

There have been some in the media and even in the blogs who have had Lebron James’ name of the tip of their fingers ever since the season started. They are even those who feel that Lebron might be the first could be the NBA’s first unanimous pick for MVP.  Aside from Lebron James there has been almost no mention of another other candidate for MVP  that could possibly win the award this year.  The fans don’t get to vote, well the NBA has come up with this gimmick, presented by Kia, which allows fans to vote, with the combined fans’ choice counting for one vote on the official ballot, when Shaquille O’Neal received 1207 votes in 2000, that one vote that the millions of fans cast really doesn’t amount to much. Will Lebron James win the award for a second time, or will someone else steal his thunder?

The results are in…

Lebron James: The Cleveland Cavaliers have the most wins. He is having a dominating season. He is a living breathing highlight. He has been dominate and he captivates every single night.

Knock:  For all of his dominance Lebron is not making his teammates better especially All-Star veterans like Antonie Jamison, and Shaq.  He is doing himself a disservice by the nightly high fly highlights.  It will just make it that much easier to notice when he has lost a step.

Kobe Bryant: The Los Angeles Lakers have the most wins in the west and at times they have looked unbeatable and for those other times there is Number 24 saving the game yet again.

Knock: He can shoot his team into a game just as quickly as he can shoot them out of it. When he is not happy he tends not to pass to wide open teammates.

Dwight Howard: For the Orlando Magic he has been unstoppable in the paint, whether he is throwing down dunks or blocking shots.

Knock: Push him out past 6 or 7 feet and he’s just body count. Shot arsenal and block shot control are his kryptonite.

Kevin Durant: He is a scoring machine and has not been contained in a game yet. He has challenged Lebron all year for the scoring title and he does whatever the team needs to win even if that means not scoring 3o points a night.  He has all of the younger players following his lead.

Knock:  No edge. How will he respond to the pressure of the big stage?

Stephen Jackson: Not a joke, but because of the famous “Brawl”  he may never get an award, but the fact remains that he is equally solid on both ends of the court. In the half court he will guard the smallest guard to the tallest foward equally effectively.  He is the glue and the sole reason the Charlotte Bobcats are in the playoffs this year.

Knock:  Needs a better publicist.

All of these player deserve the award, but only one will win it. Now remember before you cast your vote, that the MVP award is awarded to the player who is the Most Valuable Player, not the most popular, not the home town favorite. It is awarded to the player that makes his teammates better.

Surprising Results:

Stephen Jackson wins with 43%

Kevin Durant 21%

Lebron James 14%

These results are very interesting indeed. Now I am glad I included Stephen Jackson in this poll.  He does deserve more credit than he has been given maybe this little poll might help.


Every year the NBA gives out an award for Rookie of the Year, for the most outstanding rookie player.  Members of the media are allowed to vote on who the award should go to. Since the fans who watch the games are not members of the media they do not get to vote, and no it doesn’t matter how many games you have watched.  So I decided to let everybody vote right here. Here are the three front runners for the award: Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, and (cough) MG Hardie… I was just joking about that I am not really  in the running.

The results are in…

Tyreke Evans (6-6)- He is a natural scorer with a potent combination of strength, quickness, body control and footwork. Excels at getting into the lane and making plays for himself and others. Terrific ball-handler with good vision.

PPG 20.3, RPG 5.20, APG 5.6

Evans was named MVP of the Rookie All-Star game. His first year numbers easily compare with the likes of  Lebron James, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson as rookies. However, his team the Sacramento Kings will not make the playoffs.

Stephen Curry (6-2)– He can flat out score. He has a high basketball I.Q. He understands how to move with the ball to shake his defender.  Has great range on his jump shot. Good vision. A capable rebounder.

PPG 17.9, RPG 4.30, APG 5.6

He has a triple double and has been unflappable in close games. He seems to get stronger as the year has progressed. He has shown the poise that very few pros posses. However, his team the Golden State Warriors will not make the playoffs this year.

Brandon Jennings (6-1)- He is quick and has great leaping ability. He can consistently create his own shot. Very good ball-handler. Excellent court vision.

PPG 16.0, RPG 3.50, APG 6.0

He dropped a Double Nickle on the Golden State Warrior and ever since then to many he has been the leading candidate. He has powered the Milwaukee Bucks into the playoffs, where they haven’t been in 5 years.

This award is usually given based on where the candidates team finished, team impact,  scoring, but it really depends on what the voter values in a rookie.  Each of these rookies brings something unique to the table, regardless of the official results these rookie and and a lot of other one have made this year’s entire rookie class one of the best.

What Does MG Think?

(Three-Way Tie) Give the award to all three of these talented young men, because they all deserve it.

Results:

Stephen Curry 52%

Tyreke Evans 24%

Brandon Jennings 24%

These results are not at all what I expected. Curry had more votes than Evans and Jennings combined. Lets see what the official results will be.

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Hopefully by now you have all heard the President’s call to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy. This is a policy was enacted 1993, and since then a number of gay men and women have been kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Sen. John McCain is one of DADT biggest supporters. After President Obama asked for the repeal of DADT, Sen. McCain said that he would be for the repeal if the Military Leadership was also for it. Senator McCain, has frequently stated that his staunch opposition to allowing openly gay men and women in the armed forces is based on a recommendation by General Colin Powell in 1993. This week General Colin Powell said, “DADT should repealed”. Followed by our nations two top Military leaders Admiral Mike Mullen chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates who both stated that they backed a repeal of this policy.

John McCain– “I am disappointed in the testimony.”

MG– Okay how about Wednesday when more than 100 retired generals and admirals called for repeal of this policy.

JM– “Why repeal it, I think the policy has been effective.”

MG– Hmmmm. Senator this sounds a little shady. You agree that I have complied a pretty impressive list of Military Officials that back the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

JM– “There has to be a determination from our military leaders that they think it is a good idea to change the policy; then, of course, I will listen to them.”

MG– Then you will Listen, wait a minute that is not what you said in 2006. Play the tape! [MG plays tape of John McCain circa 2006, “The day that all the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.”

MG– And?

JM– And what?  

MG– And they are coming to you.  

JM– Not All of them.

MG– What do you mean?  

JM– Yes, to the untrained professional your list of names would seem impressive. However, upon further examination there are some very important and high ranking names are missing from your list.  

MG– Like who?  

JM– I happen to have another list [unfolds some paper]. Now, let me know once these military leaders have reversed their stance on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. [clears throat, Begins listing names]

Col. Sherman Potter

Lt. Col. Andy Tanner

Capt. Jonas Grumby

Lt. Cmdr. Worf

Col. Nathan R. Jessep 

Col. Robert Hogan

Cmdr. Adama

Col. Sanders

Lt. Uhura

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gen. Grievous

Capt. Hook

Sgt. Slaughter

Capt. Morgan

Capt. Jack Sparrow

Capt. Crunch

Capt. Kangaroo

Capt. Kirk

Capt. Stubing

Capt. America

And then I will listen.

 

Regardless of McCain’s opposition and the opposition of many others the House voted to allow the Senate Arms Committee to repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Democrats and Republicans alike are playing politics on this this issue in order to serve their election needs. The republicans say that military rules are unique and are not to be tied to social issues. The democrats support this repeal move but only to advance their agenda. However, the Senate Arms Committee is now waffeling on how much of the act to repeal.

November 2010 The Pentagon released a DADT military survey:

“the results of a survey sent to troops this summer and cited in the report, 69 percent of respondents said they had served with someone in their unit who they believed to be gay or lesbian. Of those who did, 92 percent stated that their unit’s ability to work together was very good, good, or neither good nor poor, according to the report.”

December 15 , 2010

The House voted for the second time this year to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

225-177


On December 17th 2010

In a stunning turn of events the U.S. Congress in a “lame duck session” voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ending a 17 year old ban on homosexuals in the military. Apparently even the fictional military leaders have agree that the policy was wrong. This changing of the law begins the process of ending discrimination. Yes the commanders on the military branches are still not on board with repeal, as we all know Change has it’s enemies. I just wonder if those that opposed DADT’s repeal will apologize, what do you think?