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Sports is back, baby

Posted: 3/20/2019 8:13 AM PDT

As a sports fan and a human being, I can't think of a worse time of the year than early February to mid-March. Football season is over. (Disturbingly, that was the title of Hunter S. Thompson's suicide note in February 2005. He suffered from chronic pain and apparently some level of mental illness and/or seasonal affective disorder.) Baseball season has not yet begun. Regular season basketball just doesn't do it for me. The nights are long, the days are too cold (February this year in Oregon was especially nasty). And similar to a dementor attack, sometimes it feels as if all the hope has gone out of the world.

But it starts to turn today. Major league baseball officially kicks off with its Japan Series today and tomorrow, and then all teams begin play in eight days. Tomorrow is the first round of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. If you're a golf fan (which I am, marginally, such that I only really pay attention to the majors), the Masters starts in three weeks - right about the time it'll become obvious that my baseball team "just doesn't have it this year." Let the good times roll! Starting ... now.

Categories: Sports

Disturbing traits to see in anyone, horrifying to see in a President

Posted: 3/20/2019 7:44 AM PDT Updated: 3/20/2019 7:51 AM PDT

I honestly cannot understand how otherwise sensible conservatives can support someone who acts so clearly deranged. Peter Wehner sums up what they're standing for:

  • Narcissism
  • Lack of empathy
  • Vindictiveness
  • Pathological lying
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Callousness
  • Rejection of norms
  • Shamelessness

Conservatives, how can you support someone like this? Would you be proud if your children grew up to act like this? This is the person who represents your country to the rest of the world, and who has more power than anyone else to affect the lives of those who live here.

Decent people would never tolerate this without being fed a steady diet of lies from right-wing media outlets. I can only hope that someday the nation wakes up.

Categories: Politics

Beginning of the end of Trump's presidency?

Posted: 4/14/2018 4:56 PM PDT

Oh, that it could only be true. Please let it be true! Adam Davidson of the New Yorker says that the events of the past week have marked a turning point in this nightmare we politely refer to as "the Trump presidency."

I feel the same way. The feds, most of whom are probably Republicans but are legitimate law enforcement officials more than sycophants like your average Republican these days, have gotten their hands on EVERYTHING that lying sack of feces has been up to. Just imagine what someone who lies and profiteers so shamelessly in public might be up to when he thinks nobody's looking.

Categories: Politics

An insider's take on how poisonous the right-wing media flagship has become

Posted: 3/30/2018 11:21 PM PDT

A former Fox News regular sums it up nicely: "Today’s Fox prime-time lineup preaches paranoia, attacking processes and institutions vital to our republic and challenging the rule of law."
Categories: Politics

What happens when people get their news from poisonous sources

Posted: 3/30/2018 11:15 PM PDT

Seems that a certain segment of American society lives in a bizarro world, which probably suits their lying, thieving leader just fine:
Categories: Politics

Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse details

Posted: 7/7/2017 6:10 PM PDT Updated: 7/8/2017 11:48 PM PDT

Stumbled across this today while trying to figure out if my "eclipse glasses" are worth the paper they're made out of (verdict: TBD). NASA has produced a wonderful interactive map with begin and end times for the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse wherever you click on the map:

NASA Interactive Eclipse Map

How cool is that?!

Our family will be in Salem. (We think. We're spending the night just outside the north edge of the path of totality, and expecting to drive south the morning of the Big Day. Traffic may be ... a challenge. We'll see.) Looks like we should be in the dark about 10:17 a.m. (and 29 seconds) PDT, then the roosters will crow (or so I've heard) one minute and 53 seconds later.

Can't wait!

Categories: Science

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