Day: 2014.12.10

An American Priority

Detail of cartoon by Matt Bors, 10 December 2014, via The Nib.Something about priorities goes here. And in our experience the underlying sentiment is not uncommon, yet many people do not like to admit it.

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Bors, Matt. “White People Problems”. The Nib. 10 December 2014.

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A Title in Lieu of a Really Awful Pun

Read. Chuckle. Laugh, groan, cry, rage, whatever.

Jessie Opoien of The Capital Times explains the soul-cringing punch line:

WisconsinIn an undated letter unearthed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now during the August release of documents from the first of two John Doe investigations related to the governor, [Wisconsin Gov. Scott] Walker responded to a letter from Milwaukee attorney and chairman of the Wisconsin Center District Franklyn Gimbel.

Walker told Gimbel his office would be happy to display a menorah celebrating “The Eight Days of Chanukah” at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and asked Gimbel to have a representative from Lubavitch of Wisconsin contact Walker’s secretary, Dorothy Moore, to set it up.

The letter is signed, “Thank you again and Molotov.”

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Opoien, Jessie. “The political pitfalls of cultural crossover: Scott Walker edition”. The Capital Times. 10 December 2014.

See Also:

Walker, Scott. “Letter to Franklyn Gimbel”. (n.d.) Madison.com. 10 December 2014.

A Fare-Thee-Well and Welcome (MLS Expansion Draft Mix)

Jalil Anibaba will play next season with Orlando City SC. Oh, wait, no he won’t. Make that Sporting KC.

Let us just turn to Jacob Sweeny-Samuelson of Sounder at Heart:

Sounders FC, Orlando City SC, and Sporting KC, of MLS.In the MLS Expansion Draft today, Orlando City SC used their third choice of available players to snag Anibaba from the Sounders.

In response, the Sounders added Zach Scott to the protected list. Though many doubted that Scott would be picked in this draft, the Sounders clearly didn’t want to risk losing two center back options from the roster.

The Sounders made it through the rest of the draft unscathed ....

.... It looks like Anibaba may remain in the Western Conference after all. Sporting KC reporter Sam McDowell reports that Anibaba has immediately been traded to Kansas City as part of a deal to ship Aurelien Collin to Orlando ....

First: Thank you, Jalil, and good luck in Kansas City. We’ll be seeing you again, soon.

Also: Good luck to OCSC, and also NYCFC. Welcome to the show; we look forward to greeting your colors with rave green.

USA vs China PR: International Tournament of Brasilia 2014

Game On.

Over the next ninety minutes or so, U.S. Women’s National Team will proceed to bury China PR in the first round of the International Tournament of Brasilia.

However, it is a women’s game, so it would appear that American fans not pirating an international television feed from somewhere or other will just have to follow the livetweets.

And as we write this, the present score is USA 1-0 CHN (Lloyd 23′, Rapinoe assist).

The available Twitter feeds are in English and Spanish.

Unfortunately Requisite

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Walking through the filth in the streets made me want to retch, but I hid it. Anyway, we all know Easterners are filthy, right? Look at how they live. Never mind that they can’t use sorcery to keep their neighborhoods clean the way Dragaerans do. If they want to use sorcery, they can become citizens of the Empire by moving into the country and becoming Teckla, or buying titles in the Jhereg. Don’t want to be serfs? They’re stubborn, too, aren’t they? Don’t have the money to buy titles? Of course not! Who’d give them a good job, seeing how filthy they are?

―Steven Brust, Yendi

Every once in a while, our friends show their (ahem!) “true colors”. Today it took the form of a post coming across a social media feed, one of those whining articles about, “Look! A black person committed a crime! And the victim was white! Where’s the racist Obama! What’s the matter with that racist Al Sharpton! Waaaaaaah!”

And no, we are not impressed. The following is a list of questions these people are skipping:

• Were the suspects arrested? (Yes.)

• Were the suspects charged with a crime? (Yes.)

• Were the suspects charged by a prosecutor directly or through grand jury indictment? (Prosecutor.)

• Why were the suspects not indicted by a grand jury?

• Why did the prosecutor not call them to testify on their own behalf at the grand jury investigation?

• Why did the prosecutor not call a string of witnesses with the intention of undermining his own case?

• Why did the prosecutor not falsely inform the jury of what the law says?

• Where are the lines of “law-abiding” people demanding due process for the accused?

And, certes, we might note that some questions can be answered according to the circumstance described in other answers. Why did the prosecutor not do this or that at the grand jury hearing? Because there was none. Why was there none? Because the prosecutor has the discretion to file charges on his own. Why did he do that? Because, under the circumstances, he could.

And, actually, that’s what it looks like for the vast majority of people accused of crimes, even those indicted by grand juries.

And that, in turn, is why the federal government is involved.

But wait … there’s more!

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