Midweek Quick Takes

Al Gore trying to stay relevant, the NBA’s flexibility and a surprise endorsement in the race for President, all in this edition of Quick Takes.

Al Gore can’t help himself.

He has made so much money talking about global warming that he apparently just wants to keep it going and needs to find a way to stay in the news. He now is attributing the coronavirus to global warming.

In a wide raging interview, Gore gave his latest take on current natural disasters in the news and also commented on the pandemic. One of the consequences of the climate warming is that it “…shifts the balance with higher temperatures in the relationship between humans and microbes,” he said.

There you have it. Climate warming is pretty much the cause of everything, including viruses.

NBA Has A Certain….Moral Flexibility

Much like it’s refusal to condemn China’s persecution and widespread imprisonment of ethnic minorities  (because they have a big marketing campaign in China), the NBA has again shown that it has a high degree of latitude when it comes to principles.

The NBA has started its season with a particular sensitivity to racial issues within society. They have allowed players to wear slogans promoting justice and equality on their jerseys (where their names would normally be), they have ‘Black lives matter’ painted on the courts, and similar actions.

Last weekend, LA Clippers took on Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of their playoff series.  The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell and the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic got into a heated argument exchanging some abusive comments between the two. Harrell was caught on tape calling Doncic a “b**h ass white boy”.

Despite the racial slur, not a word from the league. Not a word from any of the players. As far as we know, no media member asked any NBA starts for their reaction.  Yet, imagine if the situation were reversed, and Doncic had said the reverse to Harrell-do you think there would be silence, or do you think Doncic would be facing a suspension, at a minimum?

Racial intolerance should be treated the same, regardless of who is involved. To look the other way, just encourages others to do the same because it points out the hypocrisy involved. We will never heal as a society until we apply the same standards across the board. After all, isn’t that what the current NBA protests are about—racial equality?

Former RNC Head Backs DNC Candidate

The Democrats held their nominating convention last week and the Republicans are doing theirs this week.

Among the most interesting things to come out of the last week and a half came from Michael Steele. Steele was the first African-American to hold statewide elective office in Maryland when he won election as Lt. Governor. He then went on to become the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Steele announced that he is not supporting President Trump for re-election and will vote for the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.

This may be the first time in history that a former head of a major party has come out against his party’s nominee.


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