Monday, October 05, 2015

It's Monday, Jerome. We all feel like you today.

"Jose Mourinho says he will leave Chelsea if players want."-SkySports.

Saturday's home defeat to Southampton was the champions' fourth in eight Premier League games and sparked an astonishing seven-minute monologue from Mourinho on Sky Sports after the game.

Lol. Mourinho brought the subject up himself, he was not asked. And then went on a seven-minute lecture.

But as the dust settled Mourinho tempered that claim slightly, in a clear answer to those suggesting tension between the manager and some of his playing staff.

"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players," said Mourinho, who has received the public backing of John Terry.

Right? After Terry comes out it's, "Talk to the players! Talk to the players!" He didn't say "talk to the players" in those seven minutes after the defeat yesterday.

"Get a table at Cobham next week - John Terry doesn't go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn't go, Ramires doesn't go. Ask them.

"If they tell you they don't trust me, that is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table."

In every sport, almost always, any time a coach or manager gets his tit in the wringer players rush to his support. If ownership made decisions based upon what players think--there would never be a coaching change on the planet. All coaches/managers would have lifetime tenure and die in their jobs. Abramovich will make this decision, maybe alone, or with the club's administrators. John Terry will not have a vote. There is a decision to be made here. Mourinho also said that from the club's present 16th place position (Oh, lololol) they will not win the title. That is not necessarily so (see yesterday's post) but in a meaningful sense the facts don't matter here: If the manager is saying "We have no shot at the title" then why wouldn't Abramovich axe Mou now? Bring in someone who did think they could keep the title--Chelsea are the defending champs! They are, in Brit-soccer-speak, the HOLDERS! The manager of the defending champions says, eight games into the season, "We have no chance to repeat." Omg, lol. Facts don't matter: Same thing with Mourinho's blaming the club doctor, blaming the refs, Obviously those aren't true, those aren't facts, but if those are the manager's explanations for the past he is offering no path forward. Facts don't matter: Every manager writes a post-match report, they're then posted on the club's website. Mourinho's match report on the Manchester City loss in the first game of the season was something only seen in Pravda. If you didn't know Chelsea had lost 3-0 you'd never divine it from Mourinho's match report. In all of these ways, Mourinho is not in touch with reality. If Roman Abramovich is rational and, well. If Abramovich's decision here is rational these things will concern him more than Chelsea's two wins, two draws, fours defeats.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Brendan Rodgers has been fired as Liverpool F.C. manager.
I just got done praying.

Hi. It is now Sunday, okay? Enough of this frivolity. That was so, like, yesterday. It is time to be serious. And prayerful. Like St. Jerome. Man, St. Jerome. Are you okay? Your eyes are like rolling back in your head. Rough Saturday night? You are wasted, not drunk-wasted, like wasting away wasted. You're so thin, you have next to no hair. Radiation treatment? And you're resting your hands on a skull, man, are you aware of that? You got Mr. Jesus there dead on that stick and you're resting your hands on a skull. These cannot result in happy thoughts, Jerome. Your environment is not producing positive energy. You are in a cycle of negativity Jerome and you have to break the cycle. Put down the crucifix for a minute, it's not going anywhere! How about we get you an exercise ball instead of that skull? In fact, I'm going to call the Department of Solid Waste right now and get that thing out of there. C'mon, Jerome
strong putting soccer scores above the tackle football scores. 
UPDATE 9:56 pm. Chelsea lost again, 3-1. They have eight points from eight matches and sit 16th in the table. That is shocking. Jose Mourinho said post-match that if Chelsea fire him they will fire the best manager Chelsea has ever had, which is true, but let us ask ourselves W.W.J.D, what would Jose do if he owned and someone else managed? Are you kidding! Mourinho fired the team doctor for rushing onto the pitch to attend to an injured Chelsea player, which meant the player had to come out of the match. Dr. Mourinho fired Dr. Carneiro! Mourinho has blamed everyone including the team doctor for Chelsea's struggles. Today, as it has been also this season, it was the referee. He blames everyone but himself. No idea what ails Chelsea (and with the team doc canned we may never find out) but it is not Eva Carneiro and the zebras. So there is no plausible reason provided by the man in charge for this calamitous start. That's not good for Mourinho! You can make up ground so quickly in the EPL with three points for the win, it's not like college football where you get one "point" for a win and the season is twelve games long. The cognescenti declared the EPL title race over earlier in the season, gave it to Man City! The bird hits the air pump a couple of matches and clubs will catch up and pass you. Chelsea have played eight matches, eight out of thirty-eight, they are in 16th place but only ten points out of first place. If City lose three of its remaining thirty-eight when Chelsea win and tie another that Chelsea wins, Chelsea win the league. So yes, too, too early for Roman Abramovich to sack Mourinho but I'll tell you what, if this was City, I would want Manuel Pellegrini gone NOW. Abramovich ain't known for his patience, neither. Fired Jose once before. The most damning aspect of this for Mourinho is that he is giving Abramovich no way forward and no plausible reasons for what has occurred thus far. What is Abramovich supposed to do?

     West Virginia got creamed.
     Texas...50-7 they lost. Charlie Strong is gone, maybe not now but before next season.
     Iowa won.
     Texas Tech is getting creamed.
     Oh. Georgia. My God, Alabama leads 31-3 and that's at Georgia. Mark Richt, don't think Mark Richt will be fired but this is really bad for him...Make that 38-3. Oh my gosh.
     Iowa State won.
     Pennsylvania Showers held off the entire United States Army.
     Nebraska is winning.
     Pittsburgh won. The three major football schools in Pa., Temple is the third and they beat Penn State, have a combined won-lost record of 11-2. :o

UPDATE, 4:26 pm God, thanks.

UPDATE: 4;23 pm. Kun Aguero has scored FIVE goals, City lead Newcastle 6-1 after being tied 1-1 at the half. We're in the 66'. Kun's five goals scored in 20 minutes of playing time.

Well, it's Saturday. Happy/Sad day. Normal people sports are played today. God's Righteous Angels play at home to Nuevo Castillo. Vinny Kompany is still on the mend, won't play. Swine Chelsea, 15th in the table, play home to Southampton, to whom they are looking up. It's all because Mourinho got rid of Dr. Carneiro. Swine Mou.

In tackle, West Virginia plays at Oklahoma. Let's go Mountaineers! Did I ever tell you I went to Oklahoma to see a football game? Well, I did. My team was behind 31-0 at the half.

Texas plays at Texas Christian. The Horny Toads are 15 point favs. These schools have flipped in recent years. Texas used to be top dog and TCU afterthought. Now TCU is 4th best in the country and Texas is 4th best in Texas. I'm pulling for Texas and Charlie Strong in this one. Hook 'em Horns.

Iowa, 4-0 but unranked, plays at #19 Wisconsin. Wisconsin's coach is new; Iowa's long-time coach has taken a ton of doo-doo in recent years. Go Hawks.

Texas Tech plays at Baylor. That is the coolest mascot. Baylor's mascot is a Rapist. I like the lady on the horse better.

Alabama at Georgia. Georgia's coach, see Iowa's coach. Go Silver Britches.

Old Mississippi at "We are the boys of old Flor-i-da, F-L-O-R-I-D-A, that is the only word we learned to spell, in col-lege at Flor-i-da!" Go Confederate Flags.

Mississippi State at Texas A&M. A maroon study. Both historically underdog programs, too. I want A&M to win to (continue to) stick it to the University of Texas but I want Texas to win today. Tough one. I'll go with the Agathas.

Hairy Boner State at UCLA. Can't stand Boner State's coach; real devil. Go Powder Blue.

Hairy Boner at Stanford. Like Hairy Boner's coach. Dislike the Elitist Trees. Go Hairy Boner.

Notre Dame at Clemson. Catholics vs Inbreds. The Potato Eaters are overrated, injured. I think Clemson's gonna win the football game. I don't really care.

Kansas at Iowa State. Two forlorn programs, one with a first-year coach, the other with an embattled coach. Go Embattleds.

Rutgers doesn't play this week, they have jail arraignments. Army goes to Penn State. I wish the entire Army would go to Penn State and wipe it off the map but they're only bringing their football team. Army's football team can't invade and obliterate anybody.

Nebraska plays at Illinoise. Illinoise's coach was suspended or fired or something, they play in the same league with Rutgers and the Showers so that's par. Nebraska has a new coach and they have fauxpelini. Go Huskers.

Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech. Talk about forlorn programs and underdogs, Pitt is it. If you do a college football heat map of Pennsylvania the entire state is colored Sandusky Blue except for a blob of gold in the southwest corner. They've gone through seventeen coaches in five years, #lolpitt is a hashtag, their best player blew out his knee. Any questions? Go Golden Panthers.

God, see if you can give me a little happiness in these games, okay? 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Do you know they're still playing baseball? It's unbelievable. The season starts in April, the damn World Serious won't be over till Halloween. It's still the regular season. They got the playoffs to come and then the World Serious. Scholars have been playing tackle football for a month, their season is one-quarter over, the pros are into their fourth week, hockey starts next week, they're still playing baseball. When the NBA season opens they'll still be playing baseball, the World Series starts the same day. Bitter nettles.

"Oregon Shooter Targeted His English Class."-Los Angeles Times.

Damn class-ist. Damn anti-English person. Probably an immigrant at heart. 
Oh dearie me, the Washington Post is on a roll.

Flubs happen:A history of Jeb Bush’s eyebrow-raising comments

In that same article by Philip Bump,

The Oregon shooting was indeed among the "stuff" that has "happened" in this formulation, but it's clear that Bush's point was that leaders faced crises and needed to respond, not that a mass shooting was just another dull thing we have to deal with.

That said!
[he-he-he-he]This is somewhat instructive. That's because Bush has an unfortunate habit of saying things that make other people — friend and foe alike — wonder what, precisely, he was thinking as his brain started sending electrical impulses to move his tongue.

A brief history.

1. Iraq

The comment: May 2015. Asked by Fox News's Megyn Kelly if he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq knowing what we know now, Bush replied, "I would've."

The walkback: Later that week, Bush revised his answer, then revised it again and then landed on: "I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq."

(Fun fact! Donald Rumsfeld used "stuff happens," too, also without success.)


5. 'Anchor babies'

The comment: August 2015. Bush was defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a radio broadcast. He tried to explain that he wasn't using a derogatory term and that "frankly, it's more related to Asian people" than to Hispanics.

The walkback: We'll note, first of all, that this was supposed to be the walkback for using the offensive-to-some term in the first place. He seems to have sort of given up on the topic after this one.

Oh, capital work there from the capitol, Mr. Bump, capital work.
Dem Bush's just ain't too good with dem word things, feel me?

Speaking today in Greenville, South Carolina, Hispanic president-wannabe John Ellis Jeb! Bush was talking about the right to bear arms in the context of the Oregon shootings and stepped in deep doo-doo. Says, Jeb:

"We're in a difficult time in our country and I don't think that more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's just, it's very sad to see. But I resist the notion -- and I did, I had this, this challenge as governor, because we have, look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do."

Da Washington Post says,

When a reporter asked Bush whether the remark was a mistake, he replied: "No, it wasn’t a mistake, I said exactly what I said, explain to me what I said wrong."

"You said 'stuff happens,'" the reporter said.

"Things happen all the time," Bush said. "Things -- is that better?"

He later elaborated: "Things happen all the time. A child drowns in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around a pool... The cumulative effect of this is that in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty."

President Obama says,

"I don't even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that 'stuff happening.'"
Oh gosh. Search keyword today:

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lol, lol, lol.

Okay, buddy, hear you go:

This week:

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Countries today:

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Tis Friday night, or nearabouts, when we usually post some pretty, sexy, suggestive image on the header and tonight's image is:
How 'bout that angle? Can never, ever, remember seeing that angle before and it looks like it's an amateur's photo, does not look like a posed professional photo, it's a little over-exposed on the woman's neck, the quality of the film just doesn't seem tip-top to me but that is an awesome photo! An apparently beautiful woman, we don't know for sure 'cause we can't see her face, but beautiful blonde hair, sexy semi-backless black dress, sexy seamed legwear and always sexy Louboutin's, maybe making sexy Friday night plans. It's probably a candid photo taken by the woman's husband, it has that feel to it. Sensational photo.

Remember these?

I did a whole thing on these. Bodies painted with metallic paint. I remember, the woman in silver was
photographed by a professional photographer named Guido-something. I think those are beautiful, I thought others, there was a "fake bake" look that I thought was awful. Anyway, today:

Had to crop it. Whatever, man, whatever floats your boat. Not lead-based I hope.

Oregon Mass Murders.*

What was the motive? Contradictory information on that one full day later. President Obama said the murderer was mentally ill;* one of the surviving victims said he targeted Christians; he is described in some accounts as being anti-religious, which is contradictory with singling out Christians; one, only one, website described him as a terrorist; there are no accounts, not one, of what, if any, religion he was raised under; Oregon's top federal prosecutor said (s)he had heard "rumors" that the murders appeared to be "race-related;" yesterday he was described as bi-racial.

UPDATED, 6:52 pm. I have just watched President Obama's statement on the shootings. Frustrated man; looked like he wanted to punch a wall. The president did NOT say that this guy Mercer was mentally ill, he said it's fair to say anybody who does something like this has mental problems no matter what he thinks his motive is.

Onward Christian Soldiers.

That is sufficient justification for the header image. No matter who Mercer was, or how twisted his motive, he murdered Christians because they were Christian.

There is no power on earth that can defeat the power of the Christian message and the Christian symbol, the Cross. Muslims, Jews, those of other religions, the anti-religious, you have no chance. Those who murder Christians will be murdered themselves.

Oregon Mass Murder Terrorism?

Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians-CNN

"The gunman, while reloading his handgun, asked the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians [shooting woundee Anastasia] Boylan told her family.

"And they would stand up and he said, 'Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second,'" Boylan's father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

"And then he shot and killed them."

There are NO reports that Mercer was of a religion other than Christianity, the motive, at this confusing stage, seems to be that he had a dislike for all organized religion. But then why would he ask the victims if they were of one specific religion and not, "Are you religious?"
What the heck. Ten people were killed today at a community college in Oregon. Another mass shooting. Oh Lord. "Guns don't kill people...mass murderers kill people."

UPDATED, 1:43 AM. This happened very recently apparently. The reports are conflicting. One, from a TV station, has it as 13 dead. That includes the murderer, Chris Harper Mercer, who died in a shootout with police. Another, rawstory, describes Mercer as a "terrorist" in its lede.
                                   -Every time this happens President Obama, quite properly in my view, blames it on a lack of gun control. Tonight he told reporters in the White House press room, "There’s been another mass shooting in America--this time, in a community college in Oregon," The Washington Post describes the president's delivery as "flat," and matter of fact. The Post describes the president as "emotional" and "visibly frustrated." The president continued:  "That means there’s another community stunned with grief, and communities across the country are forced to relive their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families and their children."

"But as I said just a few months ago," he said, his voice rising to a higher pitch, "and I said a few months before that, and I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough."
"It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel," he said, punctuating the word "anger" with added emphasis. "And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted some place else in America."

After noting how the country is willing to devote enormous resources to address other threats to human life, ranging from terrorist strikes to unsafe bridges, Obama questioned why there is a different response when it comes to guns.

"So the notion that gun violence is somehow different? That our freedom, and our Constitution, prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they could do under such regulations," he asked. "doesn’t make sense."
"Somehow this has become routine," he said, looking a bit incredulous at the prospect. "The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine."
...he noted that during an interview in July he bemoaned the fact that the United States was the "one advanced nation on earth" that has not adopted "common-sense gun safety measures" in the fact of multiple mass shootings.

"And later that day there was a mass shooting in a movie theater in Lafayette Louisiana. That day," he said, his voice strained.
"And each time this happens," he vowed, "I’m going to bring this up. Each time this happens I am going to say we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws."

"I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as president," he said, looking grim, "I can’t guarantee that. And that’s terrible to say. And it can change."

And after uttering a prayer for the victims and their families, the president turned and walked out of the room. The press corps sat in their seats, silent.

Terrible event, well addressed by the president, very exasperating and heartbreaking. Oh the writing there by the Post reporter, Juliet Eilperin. Sensational. She captures the moment in the round, the president's reaction and the press corps'.

UPDATED, 2:52 am. The shooting began at 1:37 pm local time, not "very recently." Ten killed according to most reports now, not 13, including the murderer. Not a "terrorist," "mentally ill" according to President Obama.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Man, that looks just like Barnesboro in the Fall. That must be either Lake Convex Plate or the Shit Creek.
September is in the books here at Public Occurrences. The chalk, it was the chalk, 3,016 total pageviews, the standard 100/day. "Russian Military Doctrine," September 5, was the most read post and Russia was, Russia was nowhere in the top ten countries :o. That is not the chalk. Since mid-2009 Russia is number two by almost 2-1 over the third country, almost 2-1, and this month, with that as the number one post, too, not even in the top ten. Weird. Tres weird. Number two this month, third all-time, Germany. Portugal fourth, Ireland 7th, the rest are the chalk. No, Turkey eighth. The rest are the chalk. Second most read post in September, "The Great Philippe Starck," February 12. Search keywords this month, heh-heh-heh-heh:

alec scarlatos
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alexander scarlatos spencer stone
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God bless Alec/Alex, Spencer, and Anthony. I just googled Alec and Spencer to find Anthony's name, I hadn't remembered it, and Google prompted me with "Alec Scarlatos dancing with the stars," Alec is a TV star! Ah, to be young, handsome and a hero. (I'm 0 for 3 there.) Good night heroes, see ya in October.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Neon Green Moon Rising.

In short pants football the University of Oregon, Whoa! No, Manchester City, beat...Borrussia...Borussia Montevideo, Monchengladbach, easy for you to say, 2-1 in the Uefa Champions League. The match was played in...the other club's stadium in the other club's hometown. Munchkin took a 1-nil lead but then Nicolas Otamendi evened it in the 65' and Agueroooo! won it on a penalty kick "at the death." Why neon green?

National Hopeless League.

North America's National Hockey League is the worst run of the four major professional sports groupings. Always has been. Hockey is a distant fourth in popularity in the U.S. but of course is the most popular among our beloved neighbors to the north. The NHL has thirty teams, seven in Canada.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery the saying goes, also of jealousy it says here, and for years the NHL has attempted to imitate professional basketball with the hope that some of the NBA's golden lustre would rub off. The NHL has expanded into warm weather locales and avoided the True North and it has gotten burned but not golden.

Now this exasperating dowager is coyly doing its expansion dance again, flirting outrageously and playing hard to get by setting a fee of $500 million for a mate in hopes of increasing its desirability. Potential suitors became wallflowers instead and the NHL embarrassingly was left with only two live ones, Las Vegas and Quebec City and three choices: Las Vegas, Quebec City, Las Vegas and Quebec City. The NHL would have died for Seattle, requiting its NBA lust, but Seattle wouldn't dance. The NBA has flirted with Vegas in the past and where the NBA flirts, the NHL mates. The Head Office likes Vegas, it givea them a thrill, as did Atlanta, twice, Miami, Tampa Bay, Raleigh, North Carolina and Phoenix, Arizona among failures or near-failures. Las Vegas is in this regard if no other, virgin territory, for professional sport has never set up shop there but with league approval the ownership group has gotten deposits for 13,000 some season tickets.

Quebec City dwarfs Las Vegas in every measure except bikinis and casinos. It's ownership is Quebecor the communications conglomerate that dominates the province, has more money than God, a huge, spanking new arena that is open for business and a fan base lusting after a return of the national pastime. Quebec City had a major professional hockey team from 1972-1995, the first seven of those years in the World Hockey Association, the last sixteen in the NHL. The Nordiques were rabidly supported but fell victim to the declining Canadian dollar and moved to Denver after 1995.

The return of the beloved Nordiques to Quebec is literally a no-brainer, Las Vegas represents a leap of faith and leaps have not been kind to the NHL but they have no brains so Quebec City is getting a sideways glance where Vegas is getting the batting of eyelashes. Mindless.

The league has extracted a $2 million non-refundable expansion deposit from its suitors, chump change for Quebecor, but today "Gary" "Bettman" the non compos mentis "leader" of the NHL, after Vegas and Quebec went through the third stage of the dance, formal presentations to the league, this Bettman guy had the audacity to say after the presentations today,

"We are in the process of gathering information. There have been no deliberations as to whether or not we want to expand, how many teams, or where. There's much work to be done."

No deliberations on whether or not we want to expand. Oh really? So those non-refundable expansion fees, that Las Vegas ticket drive, those are just the price these guys have to pay to buy you a drink, huh Gary? If Bettman weren't so stupid you'd have to admire his gall but he is so you don't.

Bettman, you are down to your last dance, partner. If you don't bring the Nordiques back to Quebec,
prepare for your worst nightmare. Twice before the NHL panic-expanded to head off competing
leagues. In 1967 it doubled in size to block the minor league Western Hockey League, with clubs in major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, from becoming major. That preemptive strike worked. Then two years later it added Buffalo and Vancouver and two years after that put a second team in the New York City area and another in Atlanta, all to corner markets targeted by the incipient World Hockey Association. That attempt at preemption failed and the WHA was born. Nate Silver the statistics guru of fiverhirtyeight estimates that Canada could support five to seven additional NHL clubs, among them Quebec City. Six teams makes a league, six teams was the NHL from 1942-1967. You took too many pucks up side the head Gary and they've knocked some gray matter loose. If you must, knock yourself out further in the desert, buddy, but if you stiff Quebec City and Quebecor that is a decision you will regret but once and that is continuously. Say hello, Gary, to the six-team Canadian Hockey League and good luck in Glendale, Sunrise, Las Vegas and along Tobacco Road, you boob.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oh my gosh, these guys...

It's like a Saturday Night Live skit every time they get together. Rofl, rofl. Oh my God. 

Carpe the diem.

These Are The Good Old Days.

Barack Obama is in the last year and change of his presidency and, I promise you, we are going to miss this president. We will look back at his accomplishments and the way he made his decisions and we will say, "He did a lot." He did a lot against bitter opposition, he was steady and rational, there was always a well-thought reason for his decisions, even those with which we disagree, as I do with JCPOA/UNSCR 2231. There is a compelling case for, maybe not greatness, but "very goodness" for this presidency and I think very good will be the consensus among presidential historians once they have perspective that comes with time. I read that Obama currently is ranked 17th among all presidents in a composite of surveys. I think it likely that ranking will rise with time.

I have wanted to write this for, oh, maybe six months or so. I write it tonight because readers of this site may be surprised and I wanted to be on record while the corpse was still warm and I could not be accused of being nostalgic. I have lambasted Obama when my nature was up and I unsay none of those criticisms now. I am looking at his body of work and I see near greatness in that body of work. I write tonight because, gritting his teeth, the president met with and gave competing speeches against Russian president Vladimir Putin at the United Nations over Syria and because the early instant analyses are that Putin made Obama his bitch at the UN, he won the battle of the dueling speeches.

I unsay none of my suspicions, supported by incident after incident that Barack Obama does not "get" the non-Black world. He is abstracted away from Europe, considers it a jigsaw puzzle. His heart is in Africa and the Pacific. He has few friends internationally and cooperation is the exception. Non-black world leaders do not trust Obama, they do not like him, not Putin, not Xi, not Rousseff, not Merkel, not Netanyahu, not Harper, for godssake not Canada's Steven Harper, and Cameron is wary. All feel Obama is arrogant, condescending, and wrong. These are heads of state themselves, they have pride, they are strong personalities and the writ of the U.S. president's leadership does not run. This is the the glaring failure of the Obama presidency. A very good man and a very good U.S. president has less influence among major world leaders than recent presidents.

I have wondered in print several times about the specific dynamics behind this international dysfunction and I don't know what it is. I know there has been dysfunction. I have looked ever so briefly at the body language today between Putin and Obama, more so at the confrontational rhetoric, and it is as bad as it has ever been. Readers of Public Occurrences know that this is a recurring theme here. I know only that the odds are that when so many world leaders do not have a working relationship with the president of the United States that it is only common sense to conclude that they are in significant measure correct and that our president is not the only right one in the world.

But you ask me a reasonable question when you ask, as I have asked myself, "What specifically would you have had the president do or not do that he did not or did do that would have resulted in a more influential presidency abroad?", and I cannot answer that reasonable question. He has made rational decisions, he has given them forethought and still he is the one who other world leaders are wary of. Take Putin: No, in my opinion the U.S. should not have expanded NATO east and manifestly that has exacerbated Russia's paranoia. But Obama did not expand NATO east, he inherited it, he inherited it and didn't change it, as he inherited the panopticon state from Bush43 and has made some reforms but it is still a panopticon state. We should not have expanded NATO eastward and that fed into Russian paranoia but paranoia is a mental disorder, the Russians have it, the U.S. does not (at least vis-vis Russia) and the inconvenient truth that paranoids do not see is that NATO is not a threat to Russia. That Russia does not see that is Russia behaving irrationally, it is not the U.S. producing what was not there.

Obama deftly got the U.S. and to that extent the world out of the Great Recession. Affordable Care, the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the drone strikes on al Qaeda leaders (some 2,000), the Iran deal, TPP (still to come), the opening to Cuba--these are remarkable doings.

I think presidential historians will see all this when they write their post-mortems on the Obama presidency and I think there is a plausible case for greatness in  that record. He should be in the top ten and may be rated higher than any president in my adult lifetime. Weasly words there, "may be," I will change those to Obama "will be" rated higher than any president since 1976.