Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin Kaepernick is not anti-American

Before their Friday preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew headlines by sitting during the national anthem. Kaepernick later explained his actions, saying:

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

This protest by the Pro Bowl quarterback has generated strong reactions both for and against, with many giving him credit for taking a stand (figuratively speaking) on an important social issue, and others decrying his actions as unpatriotic. Now, while we all have the right to voice our opinions on whether or not we feel Kaepernick was right or wrong in his words and actions, let's get one thing straight - his peaceful protest was anything but anti-American as some suggest.

I find it incredibly troubling that while a majority of NFL spectators are white (men) and a majority of NFL players are black men who make a living by constantly putting their bodies in harm's way, these white spectators seem to consistently tell these black players, "Just shut up and play!" What these spectators seem to fail to realize is that, no matter how rich the players might be, they still face racism much more regularly than whites, such as myself, are accustomed to, and sometimes feel the need to make their voices heard regarding the matter.

Activism is nothing new in the world of sports. Muhammad Ali may be the best example of this, as he publicly stated he wouldn't fight in the Vietnam War. Due to those words of protest, like with Kaepernick, Ali was shunned by many as being un-American. I find this label rather ironic, for isn't it un-American to refer to another as anti-American for utilizing the First Amendment of the Constitution in expressing their opinions, popular or not? If everyone were obligated to hold the same viewpoints, of what value would the First Amendment be?

What's less American, expressing an opinion or telling another to "shut-up" when expressing their opinion?

What's less American, peacefully protesting for a social cause or telling others to stop protesting for this very cause?

What's less American, fighting against oppression or telling others to stop crying about their oppression?

Agree or disagree with Colin Kaepernick's stance on the issues he's openly discussed in recent days, his actions are anything but anti-American. In fact, they're about as American as one could get. He stood tall while sitting, as most of us hid behind our monitors criticizing.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My next appearance on "The Tracy Fort Show" (8/27/16)

My next appearance on The Tracy Fort Show will start in approximately 40 minutes, as Tracy and I will talk about the hot issues of the week from 11 am to 1 pm EST today. To listen to the episode live, go to the link below:

If you're unable to listen to the live broadcast, I'll be certain to post additional links to the show in the days ahead. Enjoy the show and have a great start to the weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Unintentional Irony" by Ann Coulter

On Tuesday, conservative commentator and partial she-male demon, Ann Coulter, released the book, In Trump We Trust. Not long after the release of her book, Donald Trump publicly flip-flopped on immigration, and Ms. Coulter has gone on to imply she no longer trusts Trump. Yes, the book's title got debunked within 24 hours of its release. How's that for unintentional irony? The only way Coulter can top herself next time is if she releases the book President Trump a day after he loses.

Katrina Pierson: "What are these words that are coming out of my mouth?"

From claiming President Obama invaded Afghanistan to her belief that liberal reporters were "literally" beating up Donald Trump supporters, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson has had some issues making sense when in front of the camera. Well, that happened again earlier today, as while on CNN, Ms. Pierson attempted to defend Donald Trump's recent change in stance with regard to immigration by saying, “He hasn’t changed his position. He has changed the words that he is saying.”

So, in other words, he changed his position. With that line of thinking, expect Katrina Pierson to utter the following lines in the future:

- "He hasn't committed adultery. He simply stuck his penis in a vagina that wasn't his wife's."

- "He hasn't lied. He just said something he knew wasn't true."

- "He hasn't been speeding. He was going the speed limit, only much faster."

- "He hasn't lost. When all was said and done, he simply finished with fewer votes than the other person."

- "He hasn't gone bankrupt. He...wait, bankrupt? What's that word mean again?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"The Tracy Fort Show" (8/23/16)

In case you missed it, today's episode of The Tracy Fort Show can be heard here:

It's been a year... (8/22/15)

It's hard for me to believe, but yesterday marked the 1-year anniversary of my friend Gary's passing. After being diagnosed with cancer, he was given 6 months to live, but battled it for over 7 years. It's been a rough year for me on the health front, but Gary continues to be an inspiration to me, as he's taught me, no matter how bleak things might seem today, so long as we're breathing, we can fight for a better tomorrow. Rest in peace, Gary. We miss you, bud.

My next appearance on "The Tracy Fort Show" (today at 3:30 pm)

For avid listeners of The Tracy Fort Show (and/or readers of my written work), I'll be co-hosting the show from 3:30 to 5:30 pm EST today. The live broadcast can be heard here:

If you're unable to listen to the live recording, I'll be sure to post additional links to it in future days. Enjoy!

Info on my Facebook business, Twitter, and Tumblr pages

Here's the URL to my Facebook business page. I update it fairly regularly, but still haven't put forth a great deal of effort yet in researching matters and attempting to make the most out of it. In any case, it can be perused here:

Up next is my Twitter page. I'm still not 100% certain what I'm doing on there yet, but feel I'm gradually getting the hang of it and am up to 45,943 followers. I update it daily with many of my own tweets, but also by retweeting some others'. It can be found here:

Lastly, here's my Tumblr page, which I've neglected quite a bit recently, but if you're at all curious, you can find it at the following link:

Weekly update of my book information

For new readers (and regular ones, I suppose), here's some information pertaining to my books.

All twelve of my books can be purchased in paperback form at the following site (and others):

The ten books I've written and released in the past 4 years (yes, I've been on a roll) can be purchased for much cheaper in Kindle form at the following link:

There's no other way to say it: Donald Trump is in serious electoral trouble

While Hillary Clinton currently leads all the national polls by between 5 and 10 points, that doesn't even begin to show how good of shape she's in when it comes to the electoral college. Donald Trump and his supporters can deny it all they'd like, they're in serious trouble. Let's look at the electoral map for a second. Here are very blue states in which Trump has less chance of winning than I do of beating Usain Bolt in the 100 m after drinking with Ryan Lochte (Keep in mind it takes 270 electoral votes to win the election):

1) Hawaii: 4 electoral votes
2) Washington: 12 electoral votes (16 total)
3) California: 55 electoral votes (71 total)
4) Illinois: 20 electoral votes (91 total)
5) Vermont: 3 electoral votes (94 total)
6) Massachusetts: 11 electoral votes (105 total)
7) Rhode Island: 4 electoral votes (109 total)
8) Connecticut: 7 electoral votes (116 total)
9) Delaware: 3 electoral votes (119 total)
10) Maryland: 10 electoral votes (129 total)
11) Washington, D.C.: 3 electoral votes (132 total)
12) New York: 29 electoral votes (161 total)
13) Oregon: 7 electoral votes (168 total)

Here are states that aren't guarantees for Democratic nominees, but they're pretty close:
14) New Mexico: 5 electoral votes (173 total)
15) Minnesota: 10 electoral votes (183 total)
16) Wisconsin: 10 electoral votes (193 total)
17) Michigan: 16 electoral votes (209 total)
18) Maine: 4 electoral votes (213 total)
19) New Hampshire: 4 electoral votes (217 total)
20) New Jersey: 14 electoral votes (231 total)

Here are states which are supposed to be of the "battleground" variety, but on which Trump has pretty much given up given the wide disparities between he and Clinton:

21) Colorado: 9 electoral votes (240 total)
22) Nevada: 6 electoral votes (246 total)
23) Pennsylvania: 20 electoral votes (266 total)
24) Virginia: 13 electoral votes (279 total)

So, unless something major happens to swing one of these states in Trump's direction before election day, Hillary Clinton is at a comfortable 279 electoral votes, 9 more than what is required to win the election. This isn't even taking into consideration the following states, which polls suggest she could also win:

25) Iowa: 6 electoral votes (285 total)
26) Ohio: 18 electoral votes (303 total)
27) Florida: 29 electoral votes (332 total)
28) North Carolina: 15 electoral votes (347 total)
29) Georgia: 16 electoral votes (363 total)
30) Arizona: 11 electoral votes (374 total)

Things are even close in these states:

31) Indiana: 11 electoral votes (385 total)
32) Utah: 6 electoral votes (391 total)

So, I'm sorry Trumpsters. You may solace in your candidate closing the gap in some national polls, but given our electoral college, The Donald is in serious trouble.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Farewell, "The Nightly Show"

Last Thursday night showcased the final episode of Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show on Comedy Central. While I didn't find The Nightly Show nearly as humorous as its predecessor, The Colbert Report, I still felt it was an incredibly important show - especially at this time in our country's history.

Let's think back to all of the late-night talk show hosts over the past ten years: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, John Oliver, Carson Daly, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel. What do they all have in common? They're all white guys. If it weren't for the recent additions of Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, white guys would have temporarily held a monopoly on late night talk shows. While Ms. Bee is a woman and Mr. Noah is a black man, neither delved into topics pertaining to the African-American community like Mr. Wilmore did. Objective #2 for Larry Wilmore and The Nightly Show was to prompt laughter. Objective #1 was to bring attention to racism in America, and through that increased awareness, decrease racism in this country. Unfortunately, I feel that was both the making and breaking of the show.

It's easy to laugh at slapstick or to even laugh at a politician making a grammatically incorrect statement. However, when it comes to having this country's racism continually displayed before us, it can be a tough pill to swallow, especially when viewing this on a late-night comedy show. With The Nightly Show, that's exactly what happened. Ratings wise, it was a difficult balancing act from the show's inception. Here they were attempting to appeal to a wide audience, yet continually showcasing racist acts committed by whites (65% of the population) against blacks (13% of the population). In the end, denial and the ignorance-is-bliss mentality won out, unfortunately.

The Nightly Show may not have been as humorous as its predecessor, The Colbert Report, but it was still an extremely important late-night show. Only Larry Wilmore continued to shed light on what many black Americans have to go through on a regular basis - from being followed at a grocery store to being assaulted and/or killed by authority while unarmed to being the victims of vandalism and insults all due to the color of their skin and beyond. Larry Wilmore brought to light many issues we've tried hiding under the rug for the past several years and told us loud and clear, "This sh*t is real. This sh*t is happening. We need to deal with it." The Nightly Show and its cancellation I think goes to show where we are as a society with regard to racism: While many of us will admit it still exists, we'd rather pretend it doesn't than deal with it, and instead watch reruns of Full House. Thanks for the all the laughs and bringing attention to some very important issues and causes, Larry. Best of luck with all your future endeavors.

#FakeFlyingFacts and #WhiteLivesMatter

I had some fun with the trending hashtags #FakeFlyingFacts and #WhiteLivesMatter on Twitter yesterday. Here are my posts, ordered from the most to the least popular (all my tweets can be seen here -

1) 94% of autopilots earned their degrees at Trump University
330 Likes, 154 Retweets

2) Whenever a member of Congress flies commercial, every television on board automatically airs the film, "Snakes On A Plane."
132 Likes, 39 Retweets

3) When asked to define "turbulence," Donald Trump said, "It's when ambulances go like bigly fast - with turbos or something."
77 Likes, 21 Retweets

4) White Presidents: Only 43 of 44 (97.7%)
66 Likes, 30 Retweets

5) Whites in Congress: Only 437 of 534 (81.8%)
53 Likes, 24 Retweets

6) The Mile High Club actually started when Cheech, Chong, Willie Nelson, & Snoop Dogg all flew together on 4/20.
42 Likes, 10 Retweets

6) White Fortune 500 CEOs: Only 477 of 500 (95.4%)
42 Likes, 10 Retweets

8) Christopher Columbus once tried (& failed) to merge Northwest & Southwest Airlines, wanting to call it NorthSouth Airlines.
27 Likes, 5 Retweets

9) Donald Trump's initial campaign slogan idea was, "Make Flying High Again."
26 Likes, 4 Retweets

10) Trump started getting cocky at 8-years-old, when he looked out a window while flying & said, "Everything else is so small."
23 Likes, 4 Retweets

11) 19.7% of Delta passengers share this "birthmark" of Clark Griswold's.
25 Likes, 1 Retweet

11) R. Kelly wrote the song "I Believe I Can Fly" after tossing a paper airplane off Bridge Stoned As F**k.
25 Likes, 1 Retweet

13) Darth Vader's piloting career was short-lived, as he kept repeating, "There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you."
16 Likes, 4 Retweets

14) 22.3% of flight attendants don't know how to properly fasten their seat belts.
17 Likes, 0 Retweets

Totals: 901 Likes, 307 Retweets (Averages of 64.4 Likes, 21.9 Retweets)

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I had a lot of fun with the trending hashtag #WheresTrump on Twitter yesterday. Here are my posts, ordered from the most to the least popular (to see all my tweets, including these, as I included pictures with most of them, go to this link -

1) Heading off to Brokeback Mountain
267 Likes, 140 Retweets

2) Starting to build the bigliest, most beautiful wall in the world
172 Likes, 84 Retweets

3) At home with his best friend
176 Likes, 64 Retweets

4) Getting ready to make a speech at a rally
117 Likes, 67 Retweets

5) After the Trump Steaks & Vodka failures, giving things a 2nd try with Trump Swiss cheese & Corona Light
90 Likes, 78 Retweets

6) Studying the world map he's had in his room since he was 7
78 Likes, 44 Retweets

7) Posing for LPM (Little Pecker Magazine)
70 Likes, 28 Retweets

8) Making China great again
55 Likes, 42 Retweets

9) Creeping out the world by writing & singing the song, "If You Weren't My Daughter..." on "The Voice"
55 Likes, 30 Retweets

10) Trying to figure out who his next advisor should be
52 Likes, 24 Retweets

11) Blaming this bird for his missing tax returns: "The bald eagle ate it or something, believe me."
47 Likes, 27 Retweets

12) Inside a barbershop, saying, "I want you to make my hair look like this permanently."
44 Likes, 28 Retweets

13) Searching the planet of Mars for his birth certificate
48 Likes, 22 Retweets

14) Trying to decide who he wants wife #4 to be
51 Likes, 18 Retweets

15) Setting guidelines for "extreme vetting" of his own supporters at his rallies
40 Likes, 28 Retweets

16) Helping write Melania Trump's next speech
50 Likes, 16 Retweets

17) Continuing to hold Chris Christie hostage - asking for Politifact to increase his honesty grade to 20%
41 Likes, 20 Retweets

18) Giving voter outreach a try by telling Muslims, "You don't understand. I said I want to ban museums!"
44 Likes, 15 Retweets

19) Asking other rich fathers for "small loans" of $1 million
36 Likes, 21 Retweets

20) Giving his one-of-a-kind motivational speech, entitled, "You're All About To Die"
39 Likes, 16 Retweets

21) Repeating the word "bigly" into a fan for 45 minutes
36 Likes, 18 Retweets

22) Asking David Duke what he's doing over Labor Day Weekend
37 Likes, 12 Retweets

23) After going through 4+ such occasions, finally learning how to spell the word "bankruptcy."
31 Likes, 17 Retweets

24) Continually asking people, "What's wrong with nukes?" while pointing to his microwave
30 Likes, 16 Retweets

24) Going to the doctor for a handjob
33 Likes, 13 Retweets

24) Writing the long-awaited follow-up to the first two books in the series - this one entitled, "Three Corinthians."
36 Likes, 10 Retweets

27) Auditioning for "America's Next Top Model"
31 Likes, 14 Retweets

27) Getting ready for Taco Tuesday at Trump Tower Grill
36 Likes, 9 Retweets

29) Thinking he's watching the National Geographic Channel
26 Likes, 10 Retweets

30) Studying for a vocabulary test
23 Likes, 12 Retweets

31) Chilling in a freezer to disprove global-warming
22 Likes, 11 Retweets

32) Praying the boy from "Liar, Liar" never makes a wish that he can't lie for 24 consecutive hours
26 Likes, 6 Retweets

33) Asking Ted Cruz where he can find a good carpet-bomber
21 Likes, 10 Retweets

33) Challenging Pinocchio to a liars' duel
24 Likes, 7 Retweets

35) Asking Bill & Ted to take him back to the caveman days so he finally communicate like everyone else
20 Likes, 5 Retweets

Totals: 2,021 Likes, 982 Retweets (Averages of 57.7 Likes, 28.1 Retweets)

Saturday, August 20, 2016


I had some fun with the trending hashtag #TrumpExplainsMoviePlots on Twitter yesterday. Here are my posts, ordered from the most to the least popular (all my tweets can be seen here -

1) "The title is 'True Lies.' That's like my life story, folks. All my lies are true, believe me."
67 Likes, 21 Retweets

2) "This angry lawyer, who says utes a lot, has The Karate Kid behind him, but I don't remember seeing Mr. Miyagi."
36 Likes, 11 Retweets

3) "An American patriot stands up for his 2nd Amendment rights by putting a gun to a guy's head to go on kids rides."
33 Likes, 12 Retweets

4) "This guy throws his fists at other guys, yells 'Adrian,' and big things happen - yugely big things, believe me."
36 Likes, 8 Retweets

5) "This is like the perfect country. I wonder where it is on the map? Let's see... Idiocracy... Huh, can't find it."
32 Likes, 11 Retweets

6) "There's this guy who flies in the air, Neo- maybe named after Neo Armstrong. I really don't know. Hard to follow."
25 Likes, 13 Retweets

7) "This dude named Keyser Soso is like amazingly, incredibly, bigly so-so, like so so-so, he's more than so-so."
28 Likes, 8 Retweets

8) "My favorite song plays as a woman dies in the shower. A mother's name is Norman. Whatever. The end."
28 Likes, 6 Retweets

9) "This rich dude gives a hooker money, but without the sex stuff. I don't get it people. I seriously don't get it."
26 Likes, 6 Retweets

10) "My twin brother, flying cars, Dr. Bernie Sanders, and incest because the gays ruined the sanctity of stuff!"
26 Likes, 5 Retweets

11) "A bigly thing with wings is flown by blow-up dolls & then falls & lands. Oh, & some guy's name is Shirley."
23 Likes, 7 Retweets

11) "Gov. Arnold got pregnant in this one! It changed my life. I'm now gonna get my tubes tied, like pronto, folks!"
26 Likes, 4 Retweets

13) "The biggest loser in the class has sex with a pie. It's disgusting, folks, like really really disgusting."
22 Likes, 7 Retweets

14) "This movie is about that guy who said, 'Sting like a butterfly, fly like a bee.'"
23 Likes, 5 Retweets

14) "This one dude goes to the mountains w/another dude, & things happen - a little bit of this, a little bit of that."
24 Likes, 4 Retweets

16) "These two guys, almost as smartly as me, go on a road trip. I think their names are Doom and Doomer."
22 Likes, 5 Retweets

16) "Brad Pitt asks what's in a box. It's like Halloween - some lady's fake head. Then they count to seven."
23 Likes, 4 Retweets

18) "A big green dude goes on a journey with his talking ass."
20 Likes, 5 Retweets

18) "One guy is like tall & built, the other is short & fat, so yeah, they're identical twins."
22 Likes, 3 Retweets

20) "Some kid wishes to be yuge, becomes yuge, and then becomes not so yuge."
20 Likes, 4 Retweets

20) "When people say this guy's name three times, he comes to life. Sometimes I do that with the thing on my head too."
21 Likes, 3 Retweets

20) "WTF?!? The creators stole my laugh when they created Butthead! I'm taking your asses to court!"
22 Likes, 2 Retweets

23 )"Two words - plastic bags blowing in the wind are more beautiful than paper bags."
17 Likes, 5 Retweets

24) "If I understood this correctly, some ducks put skates on, & moved around on the ice holding big sticks."
18 Likes, 3 Retweets

25) "Governor Arnold fights aliens this one. It's yuge, like really really big, and better yet, it's a true story."
16 Likes, 4 Retweets

25) "Milking cats is very yuge in this movie, very very yuge, believe me, folks."
16 Likes, 4 Retweets

25) "These guys put their balls in holes while some high dude thinks they're in Russia. They're not in Russia, right?"
16 Likes, 4 Retweets

28) "All my kids sing songs at this chocolate factory thingy."
15 Likes, 1 Retweet

29) "I wasn't really paying attention, but I think hair gel comes out of a guy's penis & he makes a business out of it"
12 Likes, 3 Retweets

29) "I fell asleep during this film, but there's some black dude named Red. That's all I remember."
13 Likes, 2 Retweets

31) "This movie was educational. I never knew San Diego was named after whales' vaginas."
14 Likes, 0 Retweets

32) "The movie is about smoking & is very sarcastic, but not really that sarcastic, you know?"
12 Likes, 1 Retweet

33) "This cartoon should be banned! It's about bestiality plain and simple, folks."
10 Likes, 1 Retweet

34) "There's a spinning top, & like, we don't know if it lands on heads or tails. Very frustrating!"
8 Likes, 1 Retweet

Totals: 772 Likes, 183 Retweets (Averages of 22.7 Likes, 5.4 Retweets)

The next "Tracy Fort Show" (in 30+ minutes)

For any readers, listeners, fans, or followers of mine who would like to tune in, I'll be co-hosting The Tracy Fort Show today from 11 am to 1 pm EST (yes, in just 30+ minutes). To hear the live broadcast, go to the following site: