So.. he's calling it a career.
Do you care? Did he capture your imagination?
I wish I could say yes.. I used to be really into the Olympics and the events that were key in it.. but.. that fire left me decades ago...
What if we said.. although on the opposite side of the political spectrum really "SWJ"s (in their worst form) and the "Alt-Right" essentially represented the same thing and were, at their core, related?
I mean, if you get so far to the Left that you cant allow free discussion of anything anymore because label everything as offensive.. If you go so far to the Left that your society can no longer protect the institutions that made it safe to be "Left" in the first place..youre probably harming your country.
Some examples of where things just go off the rails -- calls on Israel to be boycotted, as if it is the new South Africa. The disturbing trend these days where people dont even want to HEAR the other side of an issue and march against universities for inviting to campus speakers that are of a different political view point. And we arent talking Nazis.. just mainstream but different view points. Thats a dark road to start down.
Or the trend that looks like Cultural Revolution China where leaders of the Left are suddenly not Left ENOUGH and villain-ized.
The Alt Right is evil..Im not on that side obviously. My concern is that in this conversation is that the Alt Right is being characterized as what it is.. but a straw man is being put up that says those labled "SWJ" are just fairly aggressive PC people.. when often people using that term (which I hate, I should point out) are talking about the Berkeley-Stanford- IVY league type of Left that even many people like myself are just wonky and unhealthy.
Good post Sammy.
I am not much of a believer in the theory of injury prone most of the time (MOST, not all), but Richardson is pushing it, isnt he? Brilliant, brilliant catch and if he can stay healthy he has so much to offer. But an AC sprain means he may miss all 3 remaining preseason games and that would probably just cost him a spot on the roster with the depth they have.
Kasen Williams obviously was the big star and man does he now look NFL ready for real.
It was good to see both back up QBs play adequate to well -- after some bad reports and some even saying our back up QB probably isnt on the roster yet.. I think tonight changes that. I would guess they keep Boykin again and have Austin on speed dial in case someone gets hurt.
I thought Griffin looked the part and expect him to hold on to the job even after Lane comes back, and maybe even Shead. He wasnt perfect but it was preseason game one.
So, everyone drafting Lacy early in Fantasy Football better take notice.. Rawls started and though the numbers look really similar I think he will likely be the starter moving forward. It ALMOST makes you start wondering if Lacy may move down to "bubble" status. Listening to the coaches they LOVE Carson.. and it might be hard to move on from Collins, though to me he looked the least impressive tonight.
Need to rewatch it to get a better idea of the O line and D but it was an entertaining game.
There is a reason they call it "state craft". There is a reason people study it, obsess over, dedicate their life to it.
Foreign policy is a complex, difficult thing. Full of nuance, full of pit falls, full of unintended consequences. Its cross cultural, its cross- lingual..
I know Americans have a cultural distaste for anything that smacks of someone actually being smarter than someone else.. and so they prefer instinctively to have someone who isnt book learned and just gets everything done with homespun "common sense" or whatever.. but that doesnt work.
Today essentially Trump said he would use nuclear weapons if North Korea SAID...not did..SAID a menacing word.. which of course is North Koreas only way of dealing with the world. and by the way, right after they threatened Guam.. Of course no nuclear weapons were launched.
And that is just one more problem with Trump. Drawing a line in the sound that plays cool with certain people..but its not real and undermines credibility. You cant threaten to use force that you literally cant use. We arent going to nuke South Korea's neighbor...
Beyond the fact that hes turned US policy into empty threats there so we dont know when it might be real (and not for the first time..remember when he sent the aircraft carrier there? though the carrier was actually heading to SIngapore..?).. this bluster causes other problems. It puts our friends (and yes, we actually do fucking need friends) in a bad spot, it feeds our enemies ammunition..
You really do reap what you sew... the anti intellectualism of American culture probably made Trump inevitable..
Not sure what the EU can do.. and the most recent UN condemnation even Russia and China joined in.
But they will never back armed response-- a collapsed North Korea on their border isn't something they want and even less do they want a unified Korea where they lose their buffer to a country that hosts US bases. There is literally no incentive for China or Russia to cooperate.
And I really don't know what you do about that fact that 20-25% of South Koreans live in Seoul that is literally within artillery fire range. No initial strike on North Korea would get even a fraction of the artillery pieces aimed at Seoul. Military action is conceding the loss of the South Korean capitol...
I agree someone with Trump's temperament is probably the last person you want making choices now....
Any ideas? Whatever the answer has to at the very least LOOK internal because Seoul is within artillety range of 2500+ conventional artillery pieces and all 30 of the North's nukes..
Ordered off the field after he couldnt break the huddle correctly....twice.
The Jets 2nd round pick last year, ladies and gentlemen.