NY Mets Campaigning Hard for Jacob DeGrom for NL Cy Young

About a month ago I mentioned to a fellow Mets‘ fan that it would be nice to see the Mets push the narrative that Jacob deGrom should win the 2018 NL Cy Young regardless of his record.

Respect to the Mets (and because they are my squad do or die), they have capping real hard for deGrom over the past month or so. Constant discussion from the broadcast team, they pushed the agenda on their social media with the hashtag #48forCy

The Mets also put together a cool lil video…

I am often very critical of the Mets organization, but I have to give them their props for getting something right. Now if they can just operate like a team in one of the largest media markets… 

As always….

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

Even Testing an Alert System Triggers Pres Trump Haters… This Is A Test (beeeep)

We have all received those AMBER Alerts and Flood Warnings on our cell phones. This afternoon (Wednesday) at 2:18pm (Eastern), FEMA and the FCC performed the first test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. 

And soon after the alert came out, social media blew up with folks criticizing the alert.

Come on people, are y’all that triggered by President Trump that you have to clown EVERYTHING associated with him or show displeasure?!?

People couldn’t help themselves and tweet the hacky joke, “Can I block this…” Or ask if this meant that Trump use the system the same way he uses Twitter?

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the facts as reported by Vox.com

  • Approximately 100 mobile carriers, including all major wireless companies, participated in the testing. A second test that put messages on TV and radio, known as the Emergency Alert System, took place a couple of minutes later
  • The alert was transmitted in English and Spanish. Cell towers broadcast the test for about half an hour, during which time most cell phones that were switched on and within range of an active cell tower got the test message
  • The TV and radio system has been tested three times before; the texting system hasn’t. The test was initially scheduled for September but was postponed because of Hurricane Florence (Smart Move)
  • The system is the same one that’s used to warn the public about dangerous weather or missing children, such as tornado warnings and Amber Alerts. Users can’t opt out of texts, a requirement from a 2006 law passed by Congress called the Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act. Congress requires the system be tested every three years
  • The national warning system predates Trump and has been under development for years, and officials say there are some pretty specific guardrails in place to make sure it’s always used correctly
  • According to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, the system “shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety.”

This is ultimately a good thing, but I will say it is still important for the people to know/understand how the system works. For example, how the system will be triggered? What’s the chain of approval for an alert to go out? What kind of a follow-up will we receive; instructions, etc…?

As always….

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

Philly Mayor will not renew contract to share data with ICE

On Friday Mayor Kenney decided not to renew the city’s contract of data-sharing with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue,” – Mayor Kenney

PARS is a real-time computer arrest database. While it does not collect immigrant status, it does house country of origin and social security numbers.

Kenney based his decision on growing concern that ICE was inappropriately using the data to conduct investigations into undocumented immigrants who had not broken any other laws.

ICE has admitted that use of PARS could result in immigration enforcement against residents who have not committed a crime. In response to the end of data-sharing in Philly ICE and the Department of Homeland Security have called the decision “irresponsible”, but said they will “continue to remove illegal immigrants and uphold public safety.”

While I agree with not targeting illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes (other than entering the country illegally), I do believe the non-sharing of data is also an issue.

The problem is until there’s immigration reform, there’s no reason to trust this administration and its immigration policies.

 

As always….

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

Source: The Inquirer

Trump Embarrasses Himself and the US on the International Stage

I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.  And what he did is an incredible offer; he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people.  I think that’s an incredible offer. –President Donald Trump

And with that statement President Donald Trump chose Vladamir Putin over the United States Intelligence apparatus.

In response to Trump’s Helsinki moment, a former Trump National Security Council official said the following,

Dude. This is a total [effing] disgrace. The President has lost his mind.

Stunned Republicans lawmakers and allies are backing US intelligence, but have been “gentle” in their criticism of the president.

SMH, can you imagine if this was 2011 and President Obama showed the same kind of love to Putin?!?!

As always….

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

NYC Subway Dancers

If you are a frequent rider of the NYC Subway system, at some point you have seen the NYC Subway Dancers do their thing.

In a short film directed/produced by Grad student Merve Karaman, we get a peek into the world of these performers.

Shout out to the all the dancers; @i_lyve, @yaffi_live, @arnstar, @moeblack_, yaloopyguyzer, @waffle_bj, @yahya_finesse

If you have time, you should also checkout, The Bboy Rebels – Angel Documentary (NYC Original Subway Dancers)

As always….

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

 

With Trump Pulling the US out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Where Does that Leave North Korea?

With President Donald Trump announcing today (Tuesday May 7th) that the United States will pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), this move reaches beyond Iran.

I never read Trump’s book ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal’ so I don’t know if this is his idea of deal making 101. If it is then we may be in BIG trouble!

Trump has not only possibly pushed Iran back on a path of a nuclear weapons program, but he may have also killed any type of deal that could have been made with North Korea before negotiations have even started.

Instead of trying to fix whatever “flaws” there was with the Iran Deal, Trump has decided that re-instituting US sanctions was the way to bring Iran back to the negotiation table. But if you are Iran, why would you come back to negotiate any deal if it can be ripped up?

And if you are Kim Jong Un why would you agree to any deal from Trump?

Or, if you are Kim Jong Un, do you now believe you have the advantage/leverage?

Trump is desperate to leave his mark on the presidency of the United States. The Iran Deal was called historic (not by Republicans but still), and now he has taken that apart. With North Korea and Kim Jong Un Trump may believe he can make history in making a deal, but in his thirst for making history will Trump make a deal for the sake of making a deal? And will Kim Jong Un use that to his advantage?

As always….

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

Source: Washington Post

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