Monday, June 18, 2018

My beloved Pitt "Panthers" and their beloved head coach Pat Narduzzi had a helluva Father's Day. Patt signed 9 scholarly tackle football players on Sunday alone and the "Mountain Cats" climbed
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The day's haul was national (sports) news. Here's USA Today lede:


Pitt somehow lands 9 football commitments during busy Sunday

The Sunday Snare drove the "Panthers" class from the 70's nationally to 29th. And Patt got these scholars from all over, from Alabama, Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina, Maryland, Miami, 3 from Pennsylvania.

Pat Narduzzi and Jeff Capel have got Pitt's two money sports looking at a future so bright you gotta wear shades. Hail to Pitt.




Indonesian Woman Swallowed Whole By 23-Foot Python

-Huffington Post

Enjoy the rest of your even-ing.

Rule Britannia

The eponym Harry Kane scored both White People goals, the winner in stoppage time and the Three Lions devoured the Tunas 2-1. True North.

The Icemen Still Cometh

Sweden beat SOUTH Korea one nil and the Angles are toeing it up against the Tunas as I type.

The Icemen Cometh

Sweden and South Korea kick off in just a few and this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the afternoon Normal Cop Time England and Tunisia. England: do not fuck this up.
Trumpie's pissed that he wasn't hailed upon return from Singapore. And there wasn't much lol.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Setup World Cup

Brazil's World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Geromel (Gremio), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Danilo (Manchester City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Switzerland:

Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig) and Yann Sommer (VfL Borussia M'gladbach)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor AS), Nico Elvedi (Borussia M'gladbach), Michael Lang (FC Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan) and Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Denis Zakaria (Borussia M'gladbach) and Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim).

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia M'gladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke, Mario Gavranovic(Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 FT

Are you kidding me?! This is the World Cup of the Ice People. 
MEXICO beat Germany 1-0 :o So much for Aryan superiority.
Oh, and when Germany beat Brazil like 7-1! (Not that bad but close.) Oh Southies, can't grab your sombreros with both hands.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

remember that time england beat argentina in the falklands lol
Btw, Sergio Aguero scored the Argie's goal and ex-City keeper Willy Cabellero was in net for 'Tina. Reyk Gustafson scored for Iceland.
In fairness, Messi was playing kick ball tag and a soccer game broke out.

ICELAND 1 Argentina 1 FT

ICELAND?! Ho-ho-ho. And Messi messed a PK!πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
When I struggled over the crest onto the downward side I did not want to slide on down.  I wanted to live, not die.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Manafort, Man in Fort

Paul Manafort, former close adviser to former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to the former Soviet Union and is now wanted for treason in Ukraine; former campaign manager to former reality TV personality "Donald" "J" "Clownstick," now wanted for treason in the former United States of America; general supersleaze, wants out of jail. Manafort is now a guest of Fort Club Fed courtesy of an order of a federal judge. Contacting witnesses, Paulie was. Trying to get their "stories straight."

Alamo

Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP, two-time NBA defensive player of the year, perennial all-star, heir to Tim Duncan, general superstar, is asking out of San Antone.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

hi it is 95 degrees in ausin texas im there hi

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interesting contrast with Kim-Trump.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"I do trust him"

Louder, and better, voices of the chattering class are pronouncing the Singapore Summit a...

Trump’s Singapore Summit Was a Bust—for the U.S.

(Daily Beast)

That...

Kim had a great summit. And he didn't even need to give anything away
(CNN)

That...

The Singapore Summit was a Victory for Kim Jong Un
(Washington Post)

And like that.

Now, if you actually read those better judgments, as this squeaky, lesser voice has you will read that Trump still should have gone. And that annoys this lesser voice to a great degree.

Trump gave Kim attention, respect, trust (none of which he should have given) and made concessions he should not have made without getting a "complete, verifiable, denuclearization" agreement out of Kim.

To all of which I ask one question and make more comments. The question:

"Are you better off today than you were 5, 25 or 65 years ago?"

The answer is yes. Closer to peace, further from war.

The comments:

Kim Jong Un gave up more. He committed to complete denuclearization and destroyed his nuclear facility in Pyongan before the summit. He re-committed to complete denuclearization in Singapore. Thereby he courted greater risk, existential risk, than did Trump from his own loud class for having forsaken his family regime's "sacred shield" to which they had been committed for more than a decade. In return Kim got a committment that Trump wouldn't pose an existential threat. 

The stasis had to be broken. The Koreas, Japan, China, and under Kim, the U.S. has lived with the Korean Armistice for 65 years, still at war, not shooting (much) at each other, threatening to! but "eesing" (hostile staring) each other across the DMZ, keeping 35,000 U.S. troops in the South with a "committment" to America, to the South and to Japan and to China that it would sacrifice those 35,000, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans, ditto Japanese, as many Chinese as wish to be like sacrificed, and L.A. and perhaps points further east, in "defense" against a nuclear attack from the North. 

That is a stasis that had to be broken.

Trump and Kim "trust" one another. Naive! Bad! Ridic...! Stop. Trump and Kim trusted each other before the summit--when each was threatening the other with nuclear "fire," hurling personal insults, bragging about the size of their nuclear "buttons;" they trusted that each would "totally destroy" (or attempt to destroy) the other. The threat of each side's fist had to be trusted as real by the other as a condition precedent to the trust in today's handshake.

I conclude with a question:

Would the open hands of today's handshake have been trusted if not unfolded first from fists? No.

Amazing

The amazing Mr. Trump.