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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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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Temp Work

I worked part time for a monthly community newspaper shortly after I moved to Portland.  I always needed a second job, so one winter I did this through a temp employment agency.  The scale was slightly smaller as my crew changed the Memorial Coliseum from hockey arena to basketball venue--and back again repeatedly--overnight. This is Phoenix University Stadium.  The good seats are all temporary and spendy.  From the highest seats Saturday the players in the Final Four will look like tiny ants scurrying around on a minuscule dance floor.  Those tickets are also spendy.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Work to Do

11, 13, 8, 4. Points, rebounds, blocks, assists.

Remember those numbers.  Jordan Bell will have to duplicate or better them if Oregon is to beat North Carolina Saturday in the Final Four.

It'll be tough because UNC is big, the best offensive rebounding team in the country.  Oregon has scraped by without Chris Boucher, thanks to Bell's board work and Tyler Dorsey' shooting.

Can they carry the load again?

As expected, Oregon's women were clobbered today by UConn in the round of eight.



Right before our eyes, we are seeing the transformation of single payer Bernie Sanders into public option Howard Dean.

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sanders took off like a rocket, fueled by the promise of a single payer, Medicare for All single payer system.--RM

Bernie Sanders takes the pragmatists' neoliberal bait--again.  The US is rife with industries that exploit people, none moreso than the health insurance and big pharma scams that control our healthcare system today.

I heard a congressman on NPR early one sleepy morning last week. He blamed American divisiveness on the Russians who poisoned our minds late last year.

The interviewer let it slide in silent agreement.

Among thieves, it is always the other guys' fault, you know?


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Women Advance

Could Oregon have two national champions in basketball this year?

I watched the women play earlier and know Oregon has a few gifted players new to the program, with more on the way.

But this?

Out of blue, the Oregon women are in the Elite Eight after upsetting Maryland today!

Bad news, which means nothing in this instance, they now get U Conn, winners of 110 in a row.

That's the equivalent of having to play Kansas on the men's side of things.

Miracles need to happen for the men and women of Mighty Oregon!


Heart and Soul

My Sweet 16 bracket exploded and now I must revert to the heart.

I'm betting my soul that Oregon beats Kansas today!

I may be a soulless man come sundown.

The truth is Kansas has much better talent than Oregon, and it's not even close.  Had Boucher not been hurt it might have closed the gap, but not by much.

But you cannot say with certainty that Oregon would have landed in the Elite Eight had Boucher been available.  He might have under performed, taken Dorsey's shots and missed...

This is not science, thus fell UCLA and the over-hyped Lonzo Ball. Kentucky had two freshmen on the floor who outplayed him.

But I think Josh Jackson is the best freshman playing now, and if Oregon can't handle him...woe unto the Mighty Ducks.


P.S. Be sure to read the weekend CP.  It's full of leaping, dazzling, clear-headed playmakers who know the score.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Worth a watch.

A companion piece by CJ Hopkins.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dorsey Shoots and Scores!

If Oregon was lucky, as most of the writers say, luck is nailing treys from all over the court in a timely manner.

On to the Sweet 16.

Rhode Island played a physical style, bully ball, knocked the crap out of Oregon.

I think Oregon beats Michigan, but gets bulldozed by Kansas in the Elite Eight.


Saturday, March 18, 2017


I watched Villanova lose.

I watched Gonzaga struggle before pulling out a close one against Northwestern.

I'm watching St. Mary's give Arizona all it can handle.

A great weekend of March Madness.

One day I'll have to shed all this and get back to work.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Finally, Barkley

I have to note this before I forget it.

I normally can't tolerate Charles Barkley's commentary, but he did have a funny quip tonight.

Talking about nobody N. Kentucky's chances of knocking off the University of Kentucky, with its usual array of highly touted freshmen, CB said:

Kentucky has five McDonalds' All-Americans.  N. Kentucky has five guys who eat at McDonalds.

Ha ha!

Well, maybe you had to be there.



If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Donald Trump may have been born in New York City.  He may have grown to manhood amid his hometown’s real estate wars.  He may have gone no further than Atlantic City, New Jersey, to casino-ize the world and create those magical golden letters that would become the essence of his brand.  He may have made an even more magical leap to television without leaving home, turning “You’re fired!” into a household phrase.  Still, his presidency is another matter entirely.  It’s an immigrant.  It arrived, fully radicalized, with its bouffant over-comb and eternal tan, from Iraq.--TE

Couldn't have said it better myself.


Thursday, March 16, 2017


Watching the Madness, I long for the days when America was great, i.e., when the NCAA wasn't so damn greedy as it is now.

It was just several years back when the organization offered a full-viewing package of the NCAA Tournament for a few bucks and fans could stream any of the games in progress.

Now CBS and Turner have taken over and the entire show has made a bad turn off the road to the final four.

CBS still streams its games, but Turner wants the money, leveraging the games with all of the cable providers.  No cable, no stream, and the majority of the games are on TBS, TNT and truTV, the Turner controlled conglomerate.

As has become the norm, everybody makes money except the student/athletes.

Fortunately, the pirate site First Row Sports is still around so I can watch what I want with a little work.


Monday, March 13, 2017

No Boucher, No Title

Oregon's loss of big man Chris Boucher to a season-ending knee injury cost the Ducks a second consecutive PAC Tournament championship Saturday night in Las Vegas where they lost the title to Arizona.

The Ducks fell to a no. 3 seed and were moved into the Midwest Region for the NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks may win a couple in the Big Dance, but Boucher was such a force as a shot blocker and occasional long-range shooter that his loss likely dooms Oregon this season. The loss of his 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game creates a vacuum-like sucking sound around the team.

Oregon's players are saying all the right things going into the tourney, but Boucher's absence is a very real threat to this team's great dream.

Awaiting them, if the Ducks get as far as the Sweet 16, will likely be Louisville.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Oregon Rep. Walden: Idiot Alert!

Oregon's 2nd District Congressman Greg Walden looks like he's about to shit his pants.  His constituents are among Oregon's poorest, and they love him!  Ha ha...


They're about to lose their heath insurance!  Ain't it all fun and fascism?


Abby and Hedges

CL found this and sent along the link.


Friday, March 10, 2017

It's Time

If you like college basketball tonight is your night and the coming days are all yours.

The menu is vast, with Duke and North Carolina set to tip off in Brooklyn at 4 p.m. PT.  I'll be watching that and follow it up with the Oregon vs. Cal semifinal in the PAC.

The nightcap is the UCLA vs. Arizona game, the PAC's other semifinal.  Wow.

The conference playoffs are just the beginning.  Sunday the brackets will be set, followed by the play-in games early next week before the Tournament of Madness begins Thursday with its 64.

Week one is always the best show as the pretenders are cut down.  A surprise usually awaits and the field you've taken is deemed worthless in your bracket, which you dispose early.

But someone always wins, and it's great fun to watch.

Oregon is booked at 12 to 1 to win it all.

I could use 12 bucks.  Or 12K.  Long ago I once picked all the winners in the Sweet 16 for a big-time gambler, who tipped me nicely out of his cash pile.