Closing Thought–16Jan18

I am not what most would call a sports addict….I like some sports but not to the point of abandoning everything else….but with that said….I have been a New Orleans Saints fan for 40+ years and when they make the playoffs it is time for me to watch them…..once a Saints fan…always a fan…..

This past season  they made the playoffs first they had to beat arch rival Carolina Panthers in a wild card game…. and then had to take on the Minnesota Vikings……

It’s a play Minnesota Vikings fans won’t soon forget—nor Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings won the NFL’s divisional playoff game 29-24 over the Saints on Sunday in the last 10 seconds, with Stefon Diggs scoring a jaw-dropping 61-yard touchdown that sent the Vikings to the NFC championship. Williams, the Saints’ 21-year-old rookie safety, had likely been told not to commit pass interference and risk a flag, a source tells NBC Sports, and so Williams dived to try to keep Diggs inside the line and keep the clock running. But it looks like Williams went too early and missed his mark, taking out one of his own teammates and giving Diggs a free lane to the end zone—effectively ending the Saints’ season.

The Times-Picayune noted a “red-eyed” Williams faced reporters afterward, his teammates by his side to say their loss could’ve happened in one of many ways. NBC notes the whole fiasco may have been the fault of the Saints’ defensive coordinator for a bad play setup, and the New Orleans Advocate points out Williams had a game-altering interception earlier on. But what’s impressing most is Williams’ resiliency and determination. He noted at the presser he’d “do all that I can to never let that happen again,” and tweeted on Monday that, “No the season didn’t end as planned but one thing for sure I won’t let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!

My season is over…..better luck next season…..

See you guys tomorrow…..chuq

America’s Most Hated President

It is that time again…a history lesson from the old professor….(pause here and wait for the moans and groans to die down)

As it stands today the title could be in reference to the president we have now, one Donald Trump…..but wishful thinking aside this post is about Woodrow Wilson the 28th president of the United States of America.

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1856. He was the son of a Reverend and traveled quite a bit as a child with his family. He attended college at what is now Princeton University, studied law at the University of Virginia, and earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He later taught at Princeton, and became president of the university in 1902. He became governor of New Jersey in 1910. He ran for president in 1912 and won, making Wilson the 28th U.S. president. A few items he worked on were the Federal Reserve Act, The Clayton Antitrust Act, The Federal Farm Loan Act, Federal Trade Commission Act and income tax. He was responsible for an agenda that was large and unmatched until the New Deal.

During his presidency, Wilson was an advocate for farmers and small businesses. He tried to remain neutral when World War I began in Europe in 1914, but finally had Congress make a declaration of war in 1917. Wilson proposed his famous 14 points as part of the Treaty of Versailles; his final point was the creation of the League of Nations. Wilson was awarded a Noble Peace Prize for his attempts at solidifying world peace. After a series of debilitating strokes, his wife, Edith, was believed to have made many important decisions for Wilson while he convalesced; he never permanently recovered. Woodrow Wilson died in 1924, just three years after leaving office.

Little is known about Wilson’s wife after his strokes….it is said that she became the first female president…..

Your history is over….you may relax now.

Is American Democracy Ending?

We hear a lot of people saying that democracy in the US is dying……but then we heard the same type of stuff when America elected a black man as president… the question remains….is American Democracy Dying?

Newsweek touched on this topic…….

Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on the Trump administration’s tax policy is a given. But President Donald Trump’s attacks on the pillars of U.S. democracy is something every American should fight, says Brian Klaas, an academic who studies authoritarian regimes.

“I don’t mind that people agree or disagree on tax policy, health care, foreign affairs,” Klaas, a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics, tells Newsweek. “But there are certain aspects of Donald Trump that go outside of what’s acceptable in all Western politics—our basic values.”