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In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.-- George Orwell

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ugh

I've been kind of sick and knocked low by life lately.

I'll get back to this in the future.




TS

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bad Read, Good Read

So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, real author of “It Takes a Village?” You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway.--JSC

The editor of CP doesn't approve of HRC's new book.

The consensus among reviewers nationwide seems to be that HRC has written (or had ghost-written) the year's worst book thus far, a real stinker.

No big surprise there.  Anyone with half a brain would agree, if the excerpts I've read are indicative of the whole book, which they apparently are.

While HRC's new book is selling like peanuts at a ball game, this one by Nancy MacLean, who happens to be a lot brighter than the failed pol, is also doing well.  I'm reading it, and I recommend you do as well.

Many of HRC's ideological pals are featured in it, though there is not a word about Bernie, Comey, Putin or the "deplorables" in it as far as I've read.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Team Identity

The Oregon Ducks are a sensational story now in the college football world as pundits and ordinary fans attempt to figure the team out after two wins--an expected blowout of Southern Utah, and a bizarre victory over an evenly matched Nebraska team.

The Nebraska game was bizarre because of the way it played out in two halves of vastly different styles of football--fast and sluggish.

A first half that conjured memories of the hyper-frenetic Ducks under Chip Kelly, when the team's explosive offense scored quickly and often. And a second half that prompted memories of recent ignominy--namely last season when Oregon finished 4-8 and had the worst defense in all of college football.

That last year's team actually won four games and came close in a couple of others was a testament to the talent level of the Ducks' young offensive players.

That talent was demonstrated again on Saturday--at least in the first half--and Oregon will have a chance again to win more than they lose.

But they need to play fast both halves, which they did not do against Nebraska. Kelly seldom slowed his teams down, unless he was nursing a lead in the fourth quarter, or didn't want to embarrass the other team.

Oregon played the second half to not lose--which is as old-fashioned as an offensive huddle.

Oregon's defense is only slightly better this year but has some nice new parts, with the addition of some beef up front and a couple of mega-talents in the secondary.

Oregon's "gonna have to score a ton," as ex-Oregon coach Mark Helfrich might say, because the defense is being rebuilt from the ground up.

I think you'll see more close games this year, and fewer blowouts like last year's Washington game at Autzen when the Huskies slapped 70 on a Duck team that quit, thus starting the countdown to a coaching change.

The Ducks have good to great talent scattered throughout their roster. They're looking for identity and cohesiveness and the next step forward.

Willie Taggart is the man now, and he's going to have his coaching chops tested in a very powerful league for the first time in his career.

We'll see how it goes.

(Photo by the Oregonian)

And now for something completely different.


TS

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lunacy

The greatest football play of all time happened yesterday in a college game.  See it here.





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Friday, September 8, 2017

Charlottesville

Open carry?

Walden's pond.  The dickhead supported the armed takeover of Malheur.

Think about that.

Is he a fascist or a Republican?  Is there a difference?


TS

Eagle Creek Fire



Prosecute the parents of the 15 year-old whom witnesses said started this massive fire?  Highly unlikely, lawyers claim.


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Hanging Out with Street and Levine

So primary challengers aren’t supposed to challenge at all.  They are supposed to be thoroughly cowed patsies for the front-runners.  No, they are supposed to act out the same role The Washington Generals played vis-a-vis The Harlem Globetrotters: perpetually failed props. As one correspondent wrote me last Tuesday, reflecting on Mrs. Clinton’s cold ingratitude: “How dare [Bernie] have acted like a primary was meant to be anything other than a foregone conclusion? Really, Hillary Clinton is giving the strongest support for the concept of ‘sheepdog candidate’ that I’ve ever seen, and she’s offering it willingly.”--PS

Putting a bad book in its proper place, Paul Street mocks Clinton.

The 2018 midterm elections are still more than a year away, but, according to press reports, Democratic “hopefuls” are already courting “the donor class” in anticipation of the presidential election in 2020.

It is the same old same old that got us a Trump-Clinton election in 2016 and, worse, that stifled or derailed many of the most promising progressive initiatives of the preceding years.--AL

The always feisty Andrew Levine takes the reader on a joy ride.

This stuff is too good to ignore, so don't. And then there is me, lollygagging around behind the good stuff.

Enjoy your football this weekend, and be sure to kneel during the national anthem.


TS

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Smoke No Smoke

The wind has shifted, blowing east.  The smoke is gone for now.  I can see blue sky again.  This is a welcome respite.  How long will it last?








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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Go CoCo!

When Kiki Vandeweghe played for the Trail Blazers in the 1980s he was my neighbor for a time on Hoyt Street in Northwest Portland.

Kiki, like Bill Walton before him, was one of a handful of Blazers who opted for urban living accommodations during their Portland careers, calling the old neighborhood home before the mobile nature of the business sent them on to their next addresses.

This was well before the old neighborhood gentrified and turned into the boring, sterile shopping mall it is today.  In the 70s and 80s the neighborhood was rough and diverse.  Now it's overrun, like America in general, with money and idiocy.

Kiki, like Walton, went to school at UCLA.  Maybe they learned something there?

Most pro ballers in Portland back in the day headed for the suburbs and their mansion/cribs in gated terrain, just as they do now.

Kiki's niece, CoCo Vandeweghe, is making a run at the U.S. Open tennis championship.

Go CoCo go!


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Crying Game


The woman is so goddamned delusional she needs to be hospitalized and put on reality-based drugs to help her come to her senses.

I had people call me sexist and a misogynist simply because I didn't support her.  I am neither, but I can tell you that the level of political discourse throughout 2016 was at its lowest ebb in my lifetime.

What an insufferable and miserable human being she has become, and her supporters are in lockstep.

I'm really, really happy she's not our president.  She offered absolutely nothing in her campaign and wonders why she lost?

Sanders and the Russians did it!  Well, inept people do often blame everyone but themselves.  Her enablers are as deplorable as Trump's, albeit more arrogant, self-serving, privileged and entitled.

Trump is awful obviously, but much of the population has a better understanding now of what has been happening since Reagan, who was senile when he took office, fucked America over.

A pol like Clinton wouldn't have changed anything for the better--that's the unacceptable reality. This country needs to change, and both political parties are unwilling to address our problems. They would rather gloss them over with the fantasies--in variant and sick lies--that Clinton and Trump both want you to believe.

Ever heard of a two-headed coin?  Every time you call tails, you'll lose.


TS

Monday, September 4, 2017

Epitome

Oregon is on fire, and what a drag it is.

A kid has been fingered for setting the Eagle Creek blaze--a dumb shit playing with fireworks in the forest.

Really...


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

divide et impera

Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” about white nativism and protecting American traditions, history and Christian values is the lust for violence. Behind the rhetoric of antifa, the Black Bloc and the so-called “alt-left” about capitalism, racism, state repression and corporate power is the same lust for violence.--CH

Chris Hedges on corporate power and the great divide.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Survival

My Houston friend CP messaged me this morning.  An evacuation has been ordered in his Missouri City neighborhood.

The full loss hasn't been counted yet.  A lot of missing people, possibly drowned.  Five confirmed dead, a number that will surely go up while not being as devastating as Katrina's toll.

CP and his wife are in survival mode.

Good luck, guys!


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer Going Fast

Happy weekend.  Please don't put off reading CounterPunch while you're lolling around the next couple of days with your mobile device, wondering what the hell you're living for.

What the hell, start with my piece before working your way through the good stuff.

I'm serious, happy weekend if you get one.

TS

Wednesday, August 23, 2017