Music Musings: Sebastien De La Cruz’s National Anthem

As a singer, I can confess that it’s an honor to sing the National Anthem at any public event. But imagine having to get up and sing on camera, at the NBA Finals in front of Tens of Millions of viewers? The pressure of that situation is enough most adult professional singers, much less anyone born in the 21st century. But 11 year-old Sebastien De La Cruz not only sang the song, he did it about as well as anyone has ever heard… twice in one week. No wonder he’s been given the name El Charro de Oro.

Despite some idiotic racist tweets after his first, little Sebastien was asked back by the Spurs to again take the international spotlight, and once again he gave the crowd a slam dunk.

For those that see fit to pick on an 11-yr old is disgraceful. But here’s the missing part of the story… the hatred is simply a cover-up for fear. Kids like Sebastien are the new face of America, as we become a more diverse, less Anglo nation. Hopefully the hate will die away, and more people can learn to accept, even embrace the changing US population. Either way, it’s going to happen. As for Sebastien’s response to all the hateful tweets??

Another slam dunk. I’ll be looking for more from this talented young Texan!!

Marco Rubio ok with Firing people for being LGBT

Citizens of Florida, meet your distinguished Senator who does NOT share the values of most of his constituents. Thanks to some great journalism at Think Progress, we now know that Senator Marco Rubio is a bigot. Though he’d prefer you not call him that. He apparently thinks that the ability to hold a job is some sort of “special protection”? If that’s the case, is he volunteering to support LGBT while they don’t work?

Anyway, here’s how the conversation went down…

KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?

RUBIO: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.

KEYES: What about on race or gender?

RUBIO: Well that’s established law.

KEYES: But not for sexual orientation?

So when he says “By and large I think all Americans should be protected” it leaves open the question what other groups he’s perfectly fine discriminating against besides the LGBT community? Only time will tell. Well this is all I needed to hear from Senator Rubio. He better enjoy his time in one of our nation’s highest offices, because I suspect it’s just gotten much shorter after this video.