The Deal- What It Means To Be An American

American society changes and sometimes the change is rapid. Generational shifts are the catalyst that drives the change. Just like anything else in America, we progress and go to our center and make things right. We deal with policies that should be dealt with. Some years later we repeat the process. It is in effect how Americans roll. This is the the substance of what it means to be American.

We have a distinct penchant of defining our center, and in the process we learn from this significant responsiblity. It is what makes our country strong, what makes us relevant and what makes us a conscious driven and aware country. On this day, July 4th, we celebrate our freedom. To make the choices that move our country forward, to fix the things that need to be fixed and most of all to care about each other. That, my friends is the substance of being American. We should never take that lightly, especially for those who fought for the freedom that we enjoy. Our freedom did not come lightly and many people gave their lives for the privilege we have to share our thoughts and views. I am thankful for that tremendous sacrifice.

As the film changes and different players enter into the mix, know this, you have a responsiblity to lead responsibly and to administer within that same vein, that is what it means to be an American and we celebrate the brave women and men who made this happen. Defending our country and our right to free speech so that we can enjoy the fruits of what it truly means to be an American.

God Bless America and Happy July 4th!


Clinton Drops in the Polls to Sanders, Leads 52-31 Percent

Bernie Sanders appears to be gaining ground on Hillary Clinton, at the moment in Iowa Clinton leads Sanders by 52-31 percent. This represents a drop in Clinton's lead in June in Iowa which was 60 to 15 percent. Sanders is clearly gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, which with New Hampshire is one of the the two most important primary states.

Listen folks the race is getting interesting. In 2008 Clinton lead Obama In Iowa, but lost the caucus there to Obama. Anything can happen we will be interested in the results.


Bernie Sanders Continues to Draw in Contributions

Bernie Sanders appears to be pushing the right buttons. He has different ideas, yet he is obtaining tremendous amount of endorsement dollars. This cannot be ignored. He believes in the single payer health care system and is a strong backer of charging higher amounts iin taxes for the rich. These two initiatives are enough to warrent consideration for a Bernie Sanders candidacy vs Hilary Clinton. There is no telling how this will play out, but Sanders candidacy will need to be given consideration in his quest for the Presidency. Lets see how this play out.


Bernie Sanders Continues to Speak In Front of Record Crowds

Bernie Sanders has gained on Hillary Clinton in the polls. The reason, he has increased his awareness among voters. His message of change is without a doubt is resonating among voters. Also Sanders is not afraid to spread his message. He has always had an appealing message of change. The problem was no one was willing to listen to his message of change. It is a common sense approach that requires a tell it like it is, no nonsense politician to deliver it. It is people power politics, and Bernie Sanders is the politician who can deliver this message.

Sanders is about income equality for all. This is his game and it is an appealing message. Sanders is speaking before standing room only crowds. This is his message, this is his audience and he is gaining on Hillary Clinton. It is a grassroots audience of Americans in tune and eager to hear it.



Rick Pitino Needs To Step up In order to Reach Coaching Elite

First of all I am a life long Louisville Cardinal basketball fan. I am not a big fan of Rick Pitino. I am right there cheering for the Cardinals each and every game. However, I believe Rick Pitino has definitely worn out his welcome at Louisville. Pitino is not a great bench coach, he is not a great game manager and he has a definite habit of leaning on the wrong players to be leaders on his teams. Yet the athletic Director just gave Pitino a new ten year contract, despite the fact that he is 62 years old.

He is not a great recruiter, nor is he a superior evaluator of talent. This is my biggest problem with Pitino. He is terrible at recruiting the state of Kentucky, preferring to recruit elsewhere. This has been his strategy since he took over as Head Basketball coach at Louisville.

Make no mistake, Pitino is likeable and has achieved nearly all there’s is to achieve, in that respect it is a love hate relationship. I know Pitino has a great relationship with Louisville’s Athletic Director and his charisma level is off the charts. He is funny and can talk his way out of any situation, typical of many New Yorkers. At Louisville Pitino is a big fish in a small pond. And believe me, this characteristic has served him well at Louisville. Pitino has had many off the court incidents, however that is not the focus of this article. The fact is Rick Pitino has a great deal at Louisville and apparently everyone is pleased. Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach.

The trouble with Pitino is that he is not a great recruiter. He settles for mediocre players rather than put in the hard work to recruit the best. I believe he does notenjoy recruiting. In this day and time if you do not enjoy recruiting how can you possibly succeed? Yet Pitino just received a lucrative contract extension. Apparently the Athletic Director is pleased with his performance. One national championship in 12 years is quite enough for Rick Pitino to keep his job.

For the record Pitino has won two national championship. One at Kentucky and one at Louisville. He has coached at seven final fours.