August 4,2019

Both  American cities in El Paso,Texas and Dayton,Ohio had experienced separate mass shootings within a 13 hour period of time. Walmart in El Paso and a local nightclub in Dayton.

Both gunmen are Caucasian, in their early 20’s and preoccupied with killing people. The El Paso gunman has a white nationalist background and expressing rhetoric regarding immigrants. El Paso has a predominantly Hispanic population.He even drove 9 hours to El Paso to carry out his evil plan. (Such premeditation and a deliberate act)Speculations would be ongoing regarding this matter. On the Dayton gunman’s mind, it is still to be determined whether it was a copycat maneuver or not. Ongoing investigations into his mindset is still being explored.One finding came out regarding his writings which focused on being preoccupied with killing people. One thing’s for sure—his own sister was among those killed inside that nightclub.The Dayton gunman was killed in spite of the fact that he wore a bullet-proof vest.(Also premeditated and deliberate on his part).

As far as I can see this situation which is not new, we have 2 men who are mentally ill to even consider going on a killing spree but I wonder if it would also take something like triggers(hateful rhetoric,  political enabling and inaction,etc) to make these 2 men carry their evil plans out. Those who provide such triggers should also be held responsible as well  in my opinion.

The gun debate and political inaction secondary to political self-interests with regards to the NRA will still go on–ad nauseam.

I believe in the 2nd amendment but it has to be responsible gun regulation and ownership.

My heart goes out to the victims(and their families) of these 2 horrible shootings.

If ever change will occur, it will have to start from the top in more ways than one—gun laws, toning down of hateful rhetoric and working for the good of the people.

I guess if such change will occur, it will have to personally affect those officials so as to get a shot of empathy. If not, the best way is to vote them out.

 

Josie

 

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Today, June 19,2019 is Kawhi Leonard’s birthday.

Kawhi who is known here in Canada as the 2019 NBA Championship MVP for bringing the Toronto Raptors team to its first basketball championship.has officially been tagged “King of the North,King of Toronto,etc.

He will forever be part of Canadian sports history whether he reenlists with the Toronto Raptors or not. The city of  Toronto and the rest of Canada will forever be grateful for him elevating Canadian basketball to its highest level.

Whatever his final decision will be for whatever personal reasons he deemed essential in coming to that point, I personally will respect it. He has to do what he has to do.

Enjoy your special day,Kawhi!

Go,Raptors,Go!

Josie

 

May 25,2019 will be a day that every Canadian will remember in the world of basketball. The Toronto Raptors(lone Canadian team in the National Basketball Association,Stateside) had won Game 6 in a best of 7 series vs. the  Milwaukee Bucks—100-92–which by itself is already of historic proportions.

It took the 24 year old basketball franchise for the first time to get the golden ticket to the NBA Finals . Being the first and only Canadian team to do so is also worth noting.

Win or lose in this upcoming NBA Finals, this team already made basketball history in that respect.

It galvanized not only the city of Toronto but also the rest of Canada to root for this team. The Toronto Raptors will be facing this coming May 30th,the defending champions Golden State Warriors(3 time NBA champs ,take note). A David and Goliath scenario indeed. Suddenly, it becomes a Canada vs. USA face–off.

Canada may be known as a hockey crazed nation but it should be known that the sport of basketball was invented in Canada.

Good luck to everybody and I am sure that it will be an exciting series.

I am bringing out the popcorn as well as checking the channels for that fateful day.

 

Josie

 

April 14,2019 will go down in  golf history as the day when pro-golfer  and living legend Tiger Woods finally won his 15th PGA Masters  win amidst an 11 year struggle of dealing with health problems and sex scandals which led to a fallen reputation with the public.

The saying—It takes years to build a good reputation and only a few minutes to destroy it—holds true in Tiger Woods’ case.

Rebuilding that reputation became the start of his resolve to return to pro-golf in fighting form but it took time for him to do so. It was the biggest gap in pro-golf history in terms of winning again .

He showed the utmost perseverance in dealing with his demons to hoping at least to be able to function physically well, realistically thinking at first that he might not be able to return to a fighting pro-golf form anymore. However, as he became more physically able to do so, he became more motivated to next get back to improving his golf game.

In the process, it helped build and improve his character as more humble,grounded and empathetic towards others.

His family and friends had stood by him,cheering him on.

Even his golf fans, corporate sponsors and fellow pro-golfers  did as well,not only  because they all believed in his golf talent but they could see that he made real effort to get back to fighting form and that he had already paid his dues.

His latest win symbolizes THE comeback and redemption in golf and I  suspect, for other aspects in life outside the world of sports.

He is the prodigal son coming home to the world of pro-golf. How timely this situation is since we are all now entering this season of Lent. He practically resurrected from near oblivion and came back with a roar. The proverbial phoenix from the ashes indeed!

He could even write a book about the art of the comeback and redemption. Whatever, as Arnold Schwarzenneger would say—and paraphrasing it—Tiger Woods( The Face of   Golf Of His Time) is back!

I could even hear the musical lyrics—Eye of the Tiger—from the Rocky III movie –humming  inside my head—as I watched on TV—the greatest sport moment in my opinion–of all time or at least one of them in the annals of sports history, not just for golf.

Welcome home,Tiger! You deserved it!

Josie

 

 

The latest remake of the 1941 film “Dumbo” came out this weekend.

I may not be a professional film reviewer but I felt that the lovable pachyderm Dumbo with the big floppy ears had conveyed its message to its audience in spades. It touched the heart and I believe the movie had already done its work in that regard.

The life lessons that were conveyed in the  original movie is also relevant today in the remake. Let me go through it one by one for better understanding and reflection.

First,through no fault of his own, Dumbo was born with a birth defect—big,floppy ears which caused him to be the victim of bullying,even been called a freak and a misfit.

He also had to experience the awful situation of being separated from his mother ,Mrs. Jumbo because of alleged physical violence on her part on a circus staffer.

By pure accident,  the circus staffers around him noticed that he can fly though clumsily.. His birth defect suddenly becomes an asset to the circus owner and unfortunately to another circus owner(from Dreamland) who happens to be evil and greedy.

Dumbo obviously had some insecurities and it took the trainer’s young daughter to give him a feather  to use as a security blanket to help him fly better. of course, by the end of the movie, he did not need it anymore.

When the evil Dreamland owner surmised that Dumbo’s recent reunion with his mother would be distracting for his own bottom line, he began plotting to kill Mrs. Jumbo.

However, the kind-hearted circus staff  found out about the evil plot and decided to help both Dumbo and his mother escape Dreamland from danger,never mind the bottom line, much less knowing that they will miss their dear friend for good if their escape plan  does become successful.

It did and it showed at the end of the film, Dumbo and his mother Mrs. Jumbo safely back in their home country among the other elephants.

For the evil circus owner, his Dreamland circus got burned to the ground through an accident. Karma really caught up with him.

And for the rest of the circus staff who  helped Dumbo and his mother to freedom, their circus career got revived again to great lengths without needing Dumbo as their star attraction. The good deed gets rewarded. They were Dumbo’s real friends in his hour of need.

The film tells us that no one’s perfect but whatever we have been born with and the knowledge acquired throughout our lifetime can become assets for us if we only know how to apply ourselves. It would also be important and fortunate for us if we also have people in our lives who would help us in life’s journey too.

We are here in this life for a reason. Remember that.

Dumbo brings out the child in us. He also represents those who have special needs and limitations in society but who has used whatever God-given talents that he has(in this case, his big,floppy ears) to his advantage.

When I think of Dumbo flying high up in the sky using his big ears, it gives me hope that good things could still come to us in this life.

 

Josie

Yesterday, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally submitted in its completion, his report (regarding his investigation of possible Russian involvement of the 2016 US Presidential Campaign—Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton)to the current US Attorney General  William Barr.

The much awaited Mueller report which was  maligned and praised depending on which US political party was talking about  it during its exhaustive investigating and fact-finding stages  has finally been completed after about almost 2 years and should be presented in its full entirety (without editing) to the people of the US who footed their tax bills on such an endeavor. We should also remember that during the investigation, Mr. Mueller also had  issued a substantial number of indictments regarding possible players being responsible as well.

Expect a lot of analysis,parsing,interpretations and misinterpretations as well as political spinning once that report comes out.

Let the chips fall as it is needed.

If Mr. Mueller so chooses, he can even publish his report in book form and I am sure it will become a runaway best seller. Remember Ken Starr with the  Starr Report regarding former US President Bill Clinton?

Mr. Mueller has been widely known as a very decent ,honest and honorable man. Whatever he says in that report will have to be accepted by the public in respect to him.

Like in the movie “ A Few Good Men“, a famous line was said—“You can’t handle the truth.” Hopefully, we will handle it.

In the meantime, I will get out my popcorn and enjoy the show. This will be very interesting to watch.

It’s Mueller Time!(my apologies to  Miller Beer—lol)

 

Josie

Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210 fame had died at age 52 yesterday due to the effects of a massive stroke which he contracted about  a week before his death.

His accolades as a great actor  and great guy are well-known. I will always remember him as the modern version of the late James Dean. His bad-boy persona on screen was very realistic yet he also portrayed a golden heart beneath that persona. And to think that I had just recently watched 2 Hallmark TV movies with him both starring there as a brooding yet nice guy.

His death due to  a stroke will always remind me that no one is exempted from being hit by it. His legacy in terms of the medical field will be stroke awareness,prevention, treatment and rehabilitation(the latter regrettably he wasn’t able to survive long enough to experience it).

My prayers to his family and friends. A donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his memory would be nice as well.

I find it quite ironic that he died on the day it was announced that a Beverly Hills 90210 reboot will be launched. No doubt his absence will be felt once that reboot becomes a reality. They will have to write in  the memory of his character of Dylan McKay  somehow in the script as part of the story line.

Wherever you are now,(whatever is your new zip code),Luke Perry, may you enjoy whatever new role you have in the afterlife. Be ready for your close-up!

Adieu!

Josie