There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed.
You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley
Much of Oregon's fan base is in a bitching mood. The win wasn't good enough. That places Oregon in new territory for sure. I can't recall the last time, if ever, the Ducks started a season at 5-3 and had so many clamoring for a hatchet job on the program.
It's sad, not my cup of tea. I enjoyed the game and would gladly watch more like it. Well, in fact I do every Saturday throughout the college season.
Talk about misplaced priorities. The fans more so than the team are turning into a joke. The sense of entitlement is off the charts, a Nike-induced miasma.
When people can't accept change it makes for a lot of misery. The whole blame-it-on-the-coaches mentality that prevails right now is, frankly, stupid. Central to that is the misguided notion that Oregon's talent is superior to all others.
Reality doesn't suggest as much. The inability to understand that Oregon is not beyond the beyond is sort of funny.
George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the institutions that were once meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect the public from the excesses of the market have been either weakened or abolished. With the withering, if not evisceration, of the social contract, the discourse of social responsibility has been removed from the principles of democratic reform.
I don't link to articles here often, but when I do I prefer to link to Henry Giroux.
Quite simply, the tastiest link in the world. Stay thirsty my friends.
Looking forward to UCLA v. Stanford tonight. Somebody needs to beat Stanford or they'll walk off with another PAC title eventually, unless...
Unless the dreaded Utes of Utah take them out in Santa Clara, Dec. 5 in the PACCG.
Lots of football left though, including Alabama and A&M in the SEC.
Notre Dame and USC will be interesting for obvious reasons.
Washington will be sky high for Oregon Sat. night, savoring a realistic shot at beating the Ducks for the first time in twelve tries. Washington is favored, so maybe struggling Oregon will play better as the disrespected underdog...
Or, if a guy had a few extra bucks and a yen for live ball, PSU hosts Montana State Sat. at the perfectly reasonable 12:30 hour. PSU is playing well this season and a nice crowd will likely materialize at Providence Park.
Much else, including more baseball is on tap as well...all of it more enticing than televised "debates" or their inane cousins, the television sitcom.
Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop. Bill Bigelow's annual reminder.
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