Sen Rand Paul Blocks 9/11 Victim Compensation from being Fast-Tracked for Pres Trump Signature

Senator Rand Paul is blocking Senator Kristen Gillibrand‘s attempt to fast-track the 9/11 Victims Compensation bill‘s approval in congress. Stating that the $10B price tag for the bill is too hefty of a price for something that is unpaid for.

“It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,”

“And therefore any new spending …  should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate.”

The Hill

“As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation,”

Spokesperson for Rand Paul

Some have noted that Rand Paul didn’t seem to mind adding to the nation’s massive debt when he voted ‘yes’ for President Trump’s Tax Reform bill. Paul did fight for changes to the bill, and admitted he did not get everything he wanted, but the main thing for him was that the people would be able to keep more of their money and less would be going to the federal gov’t.

The 9/11 Victims Compensation bill will pass, it will just continue to take a lil more hand wringing. I don’t foresee Paul will hold out for it to be 100% paid for but it is something he can hang his libertarian hat on.



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NFL Voluntary OTAs are just that VOLUNTARY!

I hate that y’all make me do this, lol.

As a Giants’ fan I don’t want to defend Odell Beckham Jr because he’s no longer a GIANT!

New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said the following during voluntary OTAs when asked about Beckham’s absence

“I just want to see him”

What did he miss?

“A lot — the offense”

Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

Last week Kitchens downplayed Beckham’s absence from voluntary OTAs

“I have never disputed the fact that it’s not important for him to be here, but it’s also also important for him to be mentally ready to be here,’’ said Kitchens. “I’m not giving him an out by any stretch of imagination, and nobody here knows the conversations that Odell and I have. I’m just saying it is better for him to be here when he can present his best self – emotionally, physically, everything.’’

It never fails when summer rolls around and NFL teams start their voluntary OTA programs; the media, fans and coaches talk about players who don’t participate in voluntary workouts. And it’s the fans that trip me out the most. These fans should take a look at themselves in the mirror and ask the question, would you go into work voluntarily if given the choice?

Of all the criticisms of Odell, there is no disputing his work ethic when it comes to practice and knowing the offense. Browns’ receiver coach Adam Henry stated

“He’s a worker,”

“He’s a guy who works hard. He’s always in condition. You’ve got to save him from himself when he’s practicing because he’ll just go and go and go. He’s like the young person with the ball. If there’s a ball being thrown or kicked, he wants it. He wants to play. So even in the course of practice, the offense may not be going, the defense is going, he’s doing something. He’s a busybody that way.”

Cleveland.com

So Cleveland relax, stop the shaming, and enjoy the show Odell and Baker Mayfield about to put on for you.

According to Merriam-Webster



As always….

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



Happy Bornday Carmelo Anthony!!!

Happy Bornday Melo!

Those who know me, know I have definitely caped for Melo over the years. He’s a Cuse guy who brought a National Championship to Syracuse, and he took on the challenge of trying to bring a NBA chip back to NYC.

Even though he fell way short in NYC, I still appreciate he wanted the challenge. I can only hope he will now get another shot to end his career on a higher note than where it is now.

Billie

Do You Care Now?

I had planned on writing about something different this week, however, I have to touch on the Billie Eilish video. Aria sang that song, Hostage, by Billie Eilish on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Four days before she passed. I posted a video of that performance on my Instagram. Along with a paragraph explaining how proud I was of her professionalism when the events of the day did not turn out exactly as planned. That performance was supposed to be a duet. Her friend got the flu and couldn’t perform. Aria forgot her keys and couldn’t get into the house to get her Ukulele. I was already at work, so I couldn’t help. She had an hour to change her song choice and prepare. STILL with all the chaos, SHE DELIVERED. I was so proud, still am. Not only of her beautiful performance but mostly how she rose to…

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US AG William Barr Believes You’re Stupid…

When Robert Mueller completed his investigation into possible Russian interference during the 2016 elections, and/or coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Mueller submitted ‘The Mueller Report’ to United States Attorney General William Barr, for his review.

Barr took all of 48 hours to put together a 4-page document that stated Mueller’s investigation,

“does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'”

NBC News

48-hours to review a report that took about 2-years to complete didn’t make sense, especially when it’s being reported that Mueller’s report is over 300 pages long.

After a week of criticism Bar wants you to believe that his initial 4-page document was never meant to be a summation of Mueller’s Report. Barr is now saying that he wants Congress and the American people to have the opportunity to read the Mueller Report, but there is sensitive information that has to be redacted. The plan is to work with Mueller’s team to properly redact the report, and have it ready for release by mid-April.

“Our progress is such that I anticipate we will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner,”

NBC News

“Although the president would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review,”

NBC News

IF that was the case, why not say that from beginning, and rush a response 48-hours after the investigation was completed?

Well we know the answer to that question, it’s because Barr thinks we are stupid, and he’s partly right…

Conservatives, Trump Supporters, and Trump jumped on Barr’s summation and went ham on Twitter touting the presidents innocents and damning the ‘witch hunt’ (Mueller’s Investigation). Trump called out the media that pushed the Mueller Report / collusion story. Trump was taking his victory lap.

But the criticism grew and with public support growing for the release of the full report, Barr has to try to save some face. The release of the full Mueller Report may reach the anticipation level of Drake dropping a new album, lol. Well, at least in the political world.

As always….

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

Rex Chapman Compares Zion Williamson to Rodney Rogers… and it’s a Good Comparison!

Ever since Zion Williamson‘s 1st collegiate game with the Duke Blue Devils, people have been obsessed with making him the undisputed #1 NBA Draft pick in 2019. This has led to struggling Knicks’ fans to dream about Zion wearing a Knicks uniform playing next to Kristaps Porzingis

I am not one of those Knicks fans clamoring for Zion, don’t get me wrong he is an athletic freak that can jump out of the gym. He’s dominating college kids with his 6’7′ (or 6’6”), 285 lb frame, but I’m hesitant how his game will translate from college to the pros. And I discussed my apprehension on Twitter, which led to a nice back and forth with fellow Knicks fan @PauliePancakes5 and Brooklyn Nets lover @AdamOrecchio 

As I went thru listing what I believe are Zion’s negatives, Adam replied with positives that made sense. And then Paulie said the following…

At that time I believe I replied with, good comparison but I think Rogers had a better jumper and post-up game then Zion. I didn’t think much of the comparison after that until today, when Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) retweeted former NBA player Rex Chapman‘s (@rexrex_chapman) tweet

I definitely needed the video to remind me how much of a beast Rodney Rogers was in college, DAMN!!!! Zions outweighs Rogers by approximately 50 lbs but the height, athleticism and ferocious finishes at the rim compares favorably.

So shout out to Rex and I guess [sigh] props to Paulie for the Zion / Rogers comparison, but at the end of the day I still wouldn’t take Zion #1

As always….

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



Photo Credit: Sporting News

House Democrats Plan for Ending the Government Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer warned President Trump about shutting down the government over funding for his wall. Democrats in the House and Senate knew that Trump didn’t have the votes for funding the wall, and they knew they had the leverage with Dems taking over the House in 2019.

With Trump’s Government Shutdown heading into its 2nd week, House Democrats are putting together a spending bill to re-open the gov’t without funding for the wall.

As reported by the Washington Post House Dems will look to pass a stopgap spending bill that will fund the Department of Homeland at existing spending levels through February 8th. This will not include funding for the wall

The bill will also include funding for the following depts through September 30th:


Department of Commerce
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Interior
Department of Justice
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Programs related to science, financial services, and other agencies
The National Flood Insurance Program
The Violence Against Women Act
The Pesticide Registration Improvement Act
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Immigration extensions (EB-5, E-Verify, Conrad 30 program for international medical school graduates, Special Immigrant Religious Workers program, and H2B returning worker authority for DHS)
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act
Two expiring provisions of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act
Medicaid Money-Follows-the-Person and Spousal Impoverishment, through March 31

Action Institute

Pres Trump severely overplayed his hand with this government shutdown, lack of public support (outside of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter) and he let his ego guide him instead of common sense.

Right now Trump has the protection of the holidays to hide behind as people have been more focused on Christmas and celebrating the New Year. Once the holiday hangover has passed all the focus will be on this shutdown; and I don’t see Trump being able to handle the scrutiny. This is a lonely hill for Trump to die on, it’s time to end the shutdown!

As always….

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

Milwaukee Bucks Website Clowns the NY Knicks

What’s that old saying?

To the Victors Belong the Spoils

New York Senator William L Marcy (1831)

Well the Bucks website is straight shootin’ at the Knicks with no regard, as the Bucks have pretty much owned the Knicks over their last 15 games against each other. Calling Giannis Antetokounmpo The King of New York, mentioning Giannis play against the Knicks being similar to how Michael Jordan would put in work at Madison Square Garden. Stating that New York and the Knicks is just a stage for superstars to show out.

Anyway, as Jordan showed in the 90s, the optimal function of the Knicks in the NBA is to provide a cinematic setting for an opponent to beat them both routinely and savagely. Our pal Giannis, with his thousands of fans waiting for him outside MSG after beating the Knicks, has stepped into this role nicely, and we thank him for it.

Mil Bucks

And that was only the beginning…

While complimenting Kristaps Porzingis, they managed to still take a shot at the Knicks

Genuinely it is too bad that Porzingis is hurt because these games are way more fun when he — the only worthy foe to Giannis — is in there.


Next up…

Lance Thomas. The poor fella guarded Giannis on his step-back game-winner in the Garden. When people think of Lance Thomas (and I am not sure they do!), they should probably think of this.

And of course they left the most fire for Mario Hezonja who dunked on and stepped over Giannis in their last meeting…

Mario Hezonja. Arguably the worst player on a dreadful Knicks team, Hezonja was most recently seen getting a DNP-CD in a loss in a “battle” between perhaps the two worst teams in basketball (Knicks, Hawks). Hezonja, who has fewer dunks this season (8) than Giannis has had in individual games this season, will go down in NBA history as the person whose **** were put on warning by Giannis. Happy Holidays!

WOW!

Man listen, Giannis is a beast on the court and the Bucks are a good team, and these are not Giannis words in disrespecting the Knicks, but every man on the Knicks have to take this personal and send a message Christmas Day. Not looking for a brawl or anything but the Knicks have to come out with fire and passion on the court.

The Knicks may lose the game but you can’t get blown out, leaving the court with your head down. Time to not only stand-up for yourself but also the Knicks fans that pack MSG nightly. The Knicks will not make the playoffs, but here’s a chance to give real Knicks fans something to cheer for the rest of this season.

As always….

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



Trump Will Not Sign Current Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown


Trump has until the 21st to sign the CR, and it would seem as though he is backed into a corner. But this egomaniac has already proven he is not the typical politician. You never know what type of audible he may call, I doubt he won’t sign the CR but you never know.

Its On Broadway

President Trump has decided that he needs to save face and get something for his Wall in a spending bill that will keep the government open. As he told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, he is willing to own shutting down the govt.

After threatening shutdown, and then backing down from that threat, Trump is now back to threatening again. He met with House Republicans around noon today and made it clear that he wants $5 billion in funding for The Wall. House Republicans will oblige Trump, but the likelihood of a spending bill passing, including $5B for a wall is low.

Even if Republicans attempt to just add money for Border Security, and not the wall; Democrats have already said they will not vote for that.

I believe Dems will take a compromise of funding more Border Security (not money to build the wall), which would be significantly less than the $5B Trump wants. This way both Democrats and Trump can claim some kind of victory.

Some have floated the idea that congress could just send the spending bill aka CR as is, without funding for the Wall to the president. If Trump vetoes the bill, congress could override the president’s veto with a 2/3rd vote in each chamber to pass the spending bill.

Yes, congress could override the veto. The House passed the CR with 361 votes and the Senate passed it unanimously, but that would be asking Republicans in this congress to really stand-up to Trump. I just can’t see that happening as these Republicans still fear Trump and his core supporters.

Trump seems to love chaos, he has handled this poorly and this cannot be part of the strategy for the “Art of the Deal”

As always….

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