What is North Korea’s Definition of Denuclearization?

When the news broke that North Korea would suspend their nuclear missile test program ahead of peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump took to Twitter and tweeted the following…

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While it is true that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is suspending their testing program, this is still far from North Korea giving up their nuclear program. Any confusion going into the summit between Kim and Trump can prove to be disastrous.

For North Korea, the suspension of their nuclear missile testing is not a concession to the United States. They have completed all the testing they feel is necessary

“We no longer need any nuclear test or test launches of intermediate and intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and because of this the northern nuclear test site has finished its mission,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.

Yeah, that sounds like someone who has no plans on denuclearization, instead it sounds as if Kim is looking to negotiate from a position of strength. If North Korea truly has a functional nuclear missile program, we may very well see Kim Jong Un attempt to look for concessions from the United States that could include a reduction of military presence in South Korea. If that is the case we may not see anything big come from the upcoming summit.

Without a doubt Trump has to be eyeing this summit as something historic. If can manage to get North Korea to give up their nukes (highly unlikely), his presidency will go down in history for something other than Russian interference in US elections

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Washington Post

 

 

Matt Harvey’s Spot in the Mets Rotation in Question

Matt Harvey formerly known as The Dark Knight is going thru some dark days, as he continues to struggle to start the 2018 season. In his last start against the Atlanta Braves, Harvey was hit hard and often to start the game, giving up 6 runs in 6 innings.

After the game Mets manager Mickey Callaway was non-committal about Harvey making his next start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

‘We’re not really sure what’s going to happen with our rotation once Vargas gets back,’

‘We haven’t even thought about that. We haven’t thought that far. We’re not going to react on one outing. We’ll have to wait and see.’ – Mickey Callaway 

Before this start many said Harvey’s spot in the rotation was dependent on this performance. With Zack Wheeler performing since coming back from the minors, and Jason Vargas putting up impressive innings in his rehab starts. The pressure is on Callaway to make a move.

It doesn’t look good for Harvey right now, but if there is anything good to take away from last night’s game, it might be Harvey’s response to questions about the possibility of him being demoted to the bullpen.

“I am a starting pitcher,

I’ve always been a starting pitcher. I think I showed in the fifth and sixth inning I can get people out still when my pitch count gets up, so I am a starting pitcher.”

When Harvey struggled last season, he looked lost and had no confidence. I know I am a Harvey fan (maybe the last) but this Harvey is different and he is correct that he was able to battle and gave the Mets 6 innings last night, and keep the Braves scoreless in his last 3 innings.

“I am a starting pitcher, that’s how my mindset is,” Harvey said. “That’s how I am going to prepare and how I get ready, that’s my reaction.”

“I think there is a lot still to prove,

I believe I took a step in the right direction. I am ready to get out of the hole and show what I can do.”

Call it a hunch but I believe Harvey will bounce back, I refuse to believe he’s done as a pitcher. There are too many ups and downs in a baseball season, and you can never have enough pitching. At this time the Mets seem to have too much pitching, but a couple of weeks from who knows what will happen.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: NY Daily News

Cincinnati Bengals Discuss Kneeling with Eric Reid During Visit

Eric Reid is arguably one of the top-10 strong safeties in the NFL, and this offseason he is having a hard time finding a new home.

Reid is one of the most versatile safeties in the NFL and only 26-years old. So how is he still a free agent?

Well, Reid was one of the first players to openly support Colin Kaepernick (ex-teammate) in kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Reid continued his protest 2017 and watched how the league blacked-balled Kaepernick, while mediocre QBs like Scott Tolzien was signed.

Now that Reid is a free-agent he’s facing the backlash of kneeling during the national anthem. The Cincinnati Bengals of ALL teams, have decided that Reid’s protest is too much for them. During his visit with Cincy it has been reported that Bengals’ owner Mike Brown discussed with Reid that he has plans on prohibiting players from kneeling during the national anthem; with Brown asking Reid for his thoughts.

Reid could have easily said he will not protest, but he would not commit to not protesting at that time.

As the visit continued Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis gave Reid a chance to clarify his stance. Reid chose not to clarify or change what he said to Brown. At that point the visit ended with Reid leaving without a contract offer.

So the same Bengals that was willing to give running back Joe Mixon a chance even after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, draw the line at a peaceful protest during the national anthem, OK!

Eric Reid is too good to pass up on, and the Bengals are a joke of an organization if they decide to go in another direction. As for Marvin Lewis he might want to look at himself as well and what he is willing to compromise as a leader of men.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Pro Football Talk

 

Someone Get Ray Lewis…

SMH, I need someone to get Ray Lewis, what’s going on with this brother that he is so “hurt” that Odell Beckham Jr doesn’t want to deal with him and his methods?

For the past couple of days Ray has been on repeat talking about Odell’s “foundation”, as well as rambling about other people he has helped.

And don’t get me wrong, if Ray is able to help people get on the right path that’s great. I will never hate on someone getting their life together, but Ray is out here on FS-1’s ‘Undisputed’ talking about Odell as if the man’s life is in danger.

Odell has had his fair share of issues, but in listening to Ray you would think Odell was someone frequently mentioned on NYPD’s police blotter.

Ray Lewis needs to RELAX, if this is about Odell, why has the story turned into how hurt he is?

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Vladimir Guerrrero Jr a Chip off the old Block with a Walk-Off Homer in Montreal #MLBSeason2018 #OpeningDay

It has been 15-years since a Guerrero stood at the plate and brought fans to their feet in Montreal. As he took the field at Olympic Stadium he received a standing ovation from the Montreal crowd.

Stepping to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, Vladimir Guerrero Jr channeled his Hall of Fame father Vlad Guerrero, hitting a walk-off homer for the Toronto Blue Jays in an annual exhibition game before the start of the 2018 MLB Season. Wearing his father’s number 27, Guerrero took 1-0 pitch deep over the left-centerfield wall.

What a magical moment to lead us into the 2018 season, here’s to hoping for more magical moments throughout the season.

PLAY BALL!!

By the way, for those of you who never saw Vlad Sr play, check the highlights

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

President Donald Trump is Trolling Us….

President Donald Trump is trolling us!

Plain and simple, and this is something I have been telling people since he became President of the United States. Unfortunately way too many of you out there still don’t get it, and fall for it EVERY time Trump sends out a tweet, or says something off-the-cuff during photo-ops.

Example, Donald Trump says the following this past Monday

“You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too,”

Social media went nuts with all types of memes and mentioning how Trump avoided the draft with deferments.

Whhhyyyyyyy????

Any sane person knows Trump is full of shit, and yes there are Trump supporters who believe it, but who cares? You are never going to convince a Trump Supporter that Trump is full of shit, so why waste the energy? Why give this story ANY energy at all?

It never fails as my social media feeds still goes nuts, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And this is causing serious issues with people’s mental states…

In September 2017 The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote about this,

“Since the start of Trump’s rise to power,” Aibel writes, analysts “have become acutely attuned to traumatic arousals” in patients from the political environment. “Several colleagues have shared that many formerly eating disordered patients were retriggered to bulimic episodes that hadn’t occurred in many years until Trump’s candidacy. . . . In the run-up to the election, mental health providers of all stripes were reporting ‘a striking number of anxious and depressed clients who are fixated on the election, primarily fearful of Trump.’ Since Election Day, such colloquialisms as Trump Slump, Trump Anxiety and Trump Affective Disorder achieved cultural and perhaps even clinical currency (in an informally diagnostic sense, of course) along with increases in reported incidents of bullying” and the like.

Those on the right might label this “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” much as I and others detected an “Obama Derangement Syndrome” previously. But the mental trauma caused by politics has reached a point, Aibel argues, where psychoanalysts must rethink how they do things.

As mentioned by Milbank, conservatives definitely had anxiety over Barack Obama, but this seems different. And maybe I notice it more because I am a Democrat and I have more friends who are Democrats. Whatever it is people have to relax a lil bit.

I am no Trump fan, I have despised the man since the 80s (Central Park 5), but I refuse to let this man affect my day-to-day quality of life. And this is coming from someone who loves politics. For those who no me I was that person that debate politics for hours on Twitter and Facebook. I would go to sleep debating and then I would continue that debate first thing in the morning.

And what did I gain from that?

Nothing, absolutely nothing!

Well, not completely nothing, but nothing of substance that would help me going forward. I had to learn that not everyone on Twitter is was worth my energy.

In all honesty I am way too smart to waste time on some lame with 15 followers… I know that sounds so bad, but what’s worse is that people are hyperventilating on their Facebook and Instagram feeds, where more than likely they are screaming to people who think like them.

It’s amazing that people/media still react to Trump, by now we know this guys story. This is the same man who felt the need to lie about the size of his inauguration crowd, and thought it was necessary to have his Press Secretary (Sean Spicer) lie about it as well.

Everything Trump does is not a four-alarm fire, relax…

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Credit: The Washington Post

 

 

The Surya Bonaly ‘Backflip’ #WinterOlympics #IceSkating #BlackHistoryMonth

Who remembers Surya Bonaly hitting her ‘Backflip’ during her performance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics???

Yoooo, that is crazy!

I recall Bonaly and thinking she’s not American but proud to see another Black figure skater after Debie Thomas.  Unlike Thomas and other skaters during that time Bonaly was very athletic from a gymnastic background. She had a combination of speed and power, but she did not fit the typical mold of the “Ice Princess” skater, and it hurt her scores at times. This all came to a head in 1994 at the Ladies World Championship.

For the judges Bonaly was just a jumper and the judges from the ISU went with the Ice Princess. Bonaly in defiance, refused to stand on the podium for 2nd place and even took off the medal during the ceremony.

That moment basically set the stage for the 1998 Olympics. The odds were already against Bonaly as she was recovering from an Achilles injury going into 98 Olympics, but she wanted to leave her mark as she was closing out her ice-skating career.

In her final performance, Bonaly struggled thru her short program and a slow start to her free skate put any chance for a medal out of reach.

“That was my last Olympics, and pretty much my last competition ever,”

“I wanted to leave a trademark.”

“I wanted to do something to please the crowd, not the judges,”

“The judges are not pleased no matter what I do, and I knew I couldn’t go forward anyway, because everybody was skating so good.”

Props to Bonaly, for standing up for herself and for being a damn good figure skater that deserves more props for what she accomplished in the world of figure skating.

If you get a chance, checkout the ESPN short ‘Rebel On Ice’

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!