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Drake, Lebron and the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States has an open seat, Drake dropped a new album at midnight, and Lebron declared for free agency this morning.

It’s been a crazy week.

Let’s get the more serious stuff out of the way first…

Trump gets another seat on the SCOTUS

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this week from the Supreme Court after serving for 30 years. Fun fact, he was appointed on February 18, 1988, the day before my 5th birthday. Kennedy has been considered the “swing vote” of the Court. He sometimes sided with the left and he sometimes sided with the right. Every attorney who ever wrote a brief for the SCOTUS, during Kennedy’s tenurewrote their arguments with Kennedy in mind. Appointed by Reagan in the late 80s, he’s been the 5-4 deciding vote 92 times.

Kennedy’s legacy will long be remembered for his deciding vote in Obergefell v. Hodges which gave the constitutional right for same-sex marriage.

Liberals took the news of Kennedy’s retirement incredibly hard this week, and some might argue, rightfully so, from their perspective.

The reality is that now, barring any legal woes, President Trump will be appointing a second judge to the SCOTUS, having appointed Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

Conservatives see Trump’s ability to nominate a 2nd judge as a win for their agenda. They believe that Trump will appoint a like-minded judge with the hopes they will overturn Roe vs. Wade. And therein lies the pain-point for liberals.

If we have learned nothing else in this Presidency, one must always remember that this President is a wild card. You really have no idea what he will do, why he will do it, when he will do it or how he will do it. I would think, from an opinion standpoint, he will side with conservatives and appoint a judge they will adore, but with his liberal leaning past you just really never know.

I’ve wondered “aloud” on Twitter this week why some of the aging-liberal judges didn’t retire under Obama to make way for younger judges of the same mindset to solidify their spots on the Court. Ginsburg is 85 and Beyer is 79, both thankfully in seemingly good health, but still, the clock is ticking. IF, and that’s a big if, Trump were re-elected he could have a chance to fill their seats as well. I believe the Court should always stay balanced, and it’s in a precarious state now.

Now for some lighter stuff…

Drake’s “Scorpion” album dropped

At midnight, Drake dropped his new album entitled, “Scorpion.” I’ve had one full listen (while at the gym) and I’d have to say, I like it. So far, I’m a big fan of “Emotionless” and “Sandra’s Rose.”

I want to start my review by thanking Drake for putting out a 90-minute, 25 track album. The trend lately has been less than 10 songs and that feels cheap to me. Give us the music Kanye! That being said, this album could have been cut down to 16 in my mind. There’s some Jay Z, Ty Dolla $ign, Static and posthumous vocals of Michael Jackson. “Don’t Matter to Me” features previously unused vocals from the King of Pop himself. The beat was very much reminiscent of The Weekend, which works for me, because I’m a fan. Lil Wayne appears in the song “In My Feelings” which is a fun track, I love drums and it’s got a great beat. “Blue Tint” features Future, and is a lot of fun to listen as well. “Nice for What” features one of my all time favorites, Miss Lauryn Hill. It’s crazy to me that XXXTentacion was killed 11 days ago, and Jay Z raps about his death on this album in the song “Talk Up.” Jay also takes the time to dis Trump, shocker, and his pal Kayne by rapping, “I got your President tweetin’. I won’t even meet with him.”

All in all, I like it. I’d give it a solid 7.5-8. I do worry, if he ever settles down with a woman, will he have anything left to rap about? His music has become one solemn, heartbroken ballad after another.

Of the rap albums this summer, I’d put this ever so slightly ahead of Nas and leaps and bounds ahead of Kanye, which pains me to say.

Lebron is a free agent, again

As of this morning, Lebron James has declined his player option and has become an unrestricted free agent, again.

I think we all knew this was coming. I wonder if the jersey burning rituals have begun in Cleveland yet, as their favorite son has decided to leave them yet again.

My money is on the Lakers getting the superstar. All signs point to the fact that Lebron wants another big name there with him and with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard available, I’d say one of the two will land there with him. I think the Lakers will have to trade some folks to land all three, but man, what a powerhouse that would be. And the spiteful side of me that can’t stand Lavar Ball hopes that Lonzo is on the trading block for the blockbuster move.

I guess the Rockets still have a chance to land the star, and as a Houstonian, I’m here for that! The combination of Lebron, James Harden and CP3 could finally topple the Warriors. But we shall see. Speaking of the Warriors, there were rumors that Lebron texted Kevin Durant and asked if he was interested in joining him in LA. Rumors are that KD said he’s good at Golden State. Who really knows…

Heartbreak strikes Arkansas

My Hogs made it to the National Championship Game at the College World Series. And we lost. We were one strike away from the Championship in Game 2. There was a fly ball that our 2nd baseman came out of position to chase down. He said he didn’t hear anyone call him off. And he over ran it. And we ended up losing Game 2, forcing a Game 3; that we just didn’t show up for. Our bats never made it to the CWS. It was rough. Blaine Knight kept his perfect record ending his Razorback career at 14-0, and gosh we needed help in game 3.

My Dad always called the Razorbacks the “heartbreak kids.” He was right back then when he was alive, and he’s right today.

It’s amazing to make it to the National Championship Game. This series loss is not just the fault of our 2nd baseman botching that play. Baseball is a team sport, a team wins together and a team loses together.

Dave Van Horn will get a massive extension out of the CWS.

And those kids will learn from this and grow as individuals, and as players.

There’s a lot more important things going on in the world than baseball, but having a team to root for sure is fun.

That’s it for this week’s edition of “The Happy Hour!” Check back next week for some new blogs about politics, sports, entertainment and style!

Happy Friday y’all!

Be Kind to Everyone…

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