There’s always a question in the White House

20180220 150153I am a proud member of the profession of journalism, or, as one resident of the White House more commonly refers to it, “the fake, fake disgusting news!”
The First Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is first for a reason.
As Thomas Jefferson so appropriately stated, if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press is not, as the current president would have you believe, the “enemy of the people;” the press is the people. It is the primary mechanism for the people to receive information; it is the tool to hold government officials accountable for their actions.
All this is to say, simply, that I take my role as a journalist quite seriously even if I find some of the people about whom I write quite comical, if not an absolute joke.


About The Free Press

constitutionThe United States has been a curious experiment in government from its inception.
Highly influenced by the Magna Carta, our forefathers sought to govern themselves. No King. No despot. No Tyrant. A nation of ordinary people making decisions for their own lives and working together to help each other – that was the ideal upon which our government was founded.
The bedrock to this experiment was and has been a well-informed electorate. That free flow of information has been instrumental in exposing the evils of slavery, the hopes of a Civil Rights movement, the dreams that landed man on the moon and giving parents a thrill at seeing their son and daughter in print. Sometimes, when first published, those facts were contested and called false - though they later turned out to be true. The struggle then boils down to writing things with which the government disagrees versus the government's spin on events. Because of this, and much more, an independent press is specifically protected in the First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution.


480 Club produces top DMV gridiron talent with top training

480 Club logoEarlier this summer, Jordan Addison received his first scholarship offer from the University of Maryland.
Addison, a rising junior at Tuscarora High School in Frederick County, is among a growing list of local student-athletes that have participated in the 480 Club, the brainchild of Watkins Mill High School graduate Joseph Hooks.
The 480 Club, established four years ago, offers training for student-athletes and the 480 Club Elite, which has been in existence for the past two years, features Montgomery County’s top players crisscrossing the country to compete in seven-on-seven tournaments.
“I’m the only Montgomery County team ranked top 15 in the country,” Hooks admitted.


Holding three of a kind

MC DC Kill the Music Cancel the Victory Dance“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”
Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”
New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.
Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.
That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.
Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.
The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.
One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.


President’s analyst is definitely missing

James Coburn in The Presidents AnalystI will readily admit that I am not a trained, certified psychiatrist. I haven’t even played one on TV, although I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express not to mention my car insurance is with GEICO.
However, when it comes to psychoanalyzing one Donald J. Trump, it’s not that difficult a task. The only question, really, is whether to use the term “psychoanalysis” or “analysis of a psycho.”
To quote Mitt Romney, something I never thought I would ever do, “Donald Trump is a fraud, a phony.”
That he is, but now for the psychoanalysis.


Wootton’s Lewis hopes to follow in his father’s NFL footsteps

Ralin Lewis hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of FameRalin Lewis hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. COURTESY PHOTO  Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is scheduled to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
Lewis, a Florida native, spent 17 years in the NFL and the fruits of his labor will be rewarded on Saturday with the ultimate prize.
Ralin Lewis, a rising Wootton High School senior, is among those who plan to be in attendance at his father’s induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
“I’m proud to see that my father finally made it after all his years of hard work,” said the 17-year-old. “It’s just great.”


The basic lessons need to be remembered

PCF90Despite the best efforts of Congressional Republicans to call for an investigation into the “Hillary Clinton Administration,” the reality is that there is no Hillary Clinton Administration.
Hillary Clinton was not elected president on November 8, 2016. Hillary Clinton, to the detriment of America and its ideals, lost the election and Donald J. Trump sits in the Oval Office of the White House. I am made eminently aware of this sad fact every time I attend the daily White House press briefings and, at times, witness Trump attempting to read from the teleprompters at a ridiculously embarrassing third-grade reading level.
His reading level, though, is the least important of all of the embarrassments he brings to the presidency. Our descent from the world stage and the loss of status as the leader of the free world along with the loss of respect by our allies is quite a bit higher on the embarrassment list.
So how do we fix this catastrophe? How do we learn, or rather re-learn, the lessons of the 2016 presidential election as we approach the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election?
Let's start with something we learned in the two elections of Barack Obama as president of the United States: “If all minorities band together and vote, they become the majority.”


Summer proves to be the best time for high school hoops action

Outdoor Basketball in HoopThere’s nothing like summer league basketball in the DMV.
Arguably the nation’s No. 1 hoops hotbed, the basketball culture in our area is perhaps second to none.
I was born in Oakland which boasts the distinction of producing scores of great NBA players including Bill Russell, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard among others.
However, when it comes to producing NBA talent per capita, the DMV rises to the top of the list.
Ricky Goings, founder of Everyone Deserves A Shot (EDAS), a non-profit that helps kids find basketball scholarships, can certainly attest to that notion.
“I think our area really took basketball seriously before the nation did,” said Goings.


And remember - that was the week that was

images 1FBI Agent Peter Strzok. COURTESY PHOTO The week of July 9th or thereabouts was just another week in the Trump administration. The good news for the current president is that he finally drew a crowd of mammoth proportions, a crowd size far exceeding the crowd size of his inauguration. Regrettable for him, however, the crowd consisted of protesters as he descended on London and they converged to send him a message of their outrage.
The week consisted of the president portraying our NATO allies as “foes” just as he prepared for his summit with Vladimir Putin. At that meeting Trump, never learning from the past, repeated that disastrous phrase “both sides” when deciding to blame both Russia AND the United States for the current contentious relationship between the two countries. The President of the United States also used the shared podium with Vladimir Putin to portray Putin's denial of Russian meddling in our elections as “strong and powerful” even though in direct contradiction of the findings of Trump's own intelligence community. One can almost hear O.J. Simpson asking “What about me?”


Sportsman from Georgetown Prep nominated for Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh.  COURTESY PHOTOSupreme Court nominee and Georgetown Prep alum Brett Kavanaugh.   COURTESY PHOTO  Georgetown Prep – widely known for producing nationally-ranked boys’ lacrosse teams over the years – is on the verge of having yet another monumental distinction.
The North Bethesda private school could soon boast two United States Supreme Court Justices.
Brett Kavanaugh, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983, was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9. If he’s confirmed by the United States Senate, Kavanaugh would join fellow Georgetown Prep graduate Neil Gorsuch on the nation’s highest court.
Gorsuch, who graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1985, was sworn into office last year.
Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Bethesda native, has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.
“I would like to congratulate Judge Kavanaugh on his nomination to serve on the nation’s highest court, said Rev. James R. Van Dyke, S.J., president of Georgetown Prep. “I had the opportunity to meet Judge Kavanaugh at Georgetown Prep’s alumni business network event in May 2018; he is a proud Prep alumnus and holds the school in the highest regard. Judge Kavanaugh has Georgetown Prep’s prayers and support as he faces the confirmation process.”

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