Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working

Steve Kerr recently crowned the Boston Celtics Eastern Conference team of the future. But if I may quote former Slam Dunk Champion Brent Barry, I’ll say there are a few people in Philadelphia that may disagree with Kerr’s prediction.

So I guess that’s less of a quote, and more a paraphrase. Either way, Brent Barry is right about Philadelphia. When discussing the rising suns in the east, while the shadow of Lebron still looms large, there are a few bright spots, players that could burst into superstars, superstars that could explode into supernovas and carry their team to the championship. Right now it’s hard to know which team will come rise after the sunset of Cleveland. Anything can happen in the NBA. Players get hurt. Players start to dislike each other. Players start a modeling career than lose their jump shot. Iggy Azalea. Sorry Nick young. (I thought for a second that Nick Young had had a 50 point game, but no. Only 43 in 2011.) Continue reading “Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working”

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Roy Moore’s Amore: Reading The News and Lolita on Election Day

Alabama’s Coosa River Valley is the home of Judge Roy Moore, leading Republican candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate. Looking at the valley on Google maps, the back waterways branch away from the winding Coosa River running from Weiss Lake to the Gulf of Mexico. Tucked among  two Willis Creeks and a Black Greek is Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County, an all American burgh of short buildings, brown and gray, streets of Chestnut and Broad. Gliding through them in Google street view, green hills pimple the distance

Turn down a strip of  alley. The neglected sidewalks have sunk into the concrete. The whole town seems vaguely neglected. The population has dropped in the last 30 years. After 19th century trading glory the place declined, like most river towns have. In the 70’s industries left and by the late 80’s Gadsden was listed as one of the worst places in the country to live. The pictures one finds now online show cold left overs from the set it and forget it American days. Other than a graphic design and photography shop in what must have been an old mechanics garage, nothing looks to have changed much from the Carter years. Nestled beside the photo shops new white paint job is a barn colored wall with an old sign printed on it. It reads Mater’s Pizza and Pasta Emporium, in big carnival script.   Continue reading “Roy Moore’s Amore: Reading The News and Lolita on Election Day”

Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.

A letter from Capitol Hill

Senate

Monday morning began with the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, who served on the president’s inauguration committee. The two have been charged with “conspiracy against America,” and other forms of tax evasion, also failing to register as a foreign agent related to work they did in Ukraine for ousted President, and Putin ally, Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions. This came as no surprise to anyone. However the news that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with a Russian linked professor in London about organizing a meeting between candidate Trump and Vladimir Putin, was a surprise. This revelation has caused Democrats to question the validity of Attorney General Jeff Sessions original testimony on attempts at collusion between the campaign and Russia, with some Senators demanding the nation’s top lawyer come back to the Senate Intelligence Committee and explain himself. Continue reading “Catholic Dogma, Electric Shock and Cuts, Cuts, Cuts-The Week In Congress.”

Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA

In September the House and Senate passed different version of a $700 plus billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 and are now preparing to head to conference to hammer out the specifics before sending it to the White House for signature.

Conference committees are designed to reach a bicameral compromise on a piece of legislation. A few steps need to be taken before going to conference, such as nominating the members who will sit on the committee. Continue reading “Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA”

Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name

With more than 80% of Puerto Rico still without power and the Children’s Health Insurance Program still left unrenewed, leaving close to 9 million American children without access to health insurance, the House of Representatives met today to rename a handful of post offices. Continue reading “Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name”

That Old Facebookian Rag

There is that old Facebook anxiety. My account has only be reactivated for a few minutes but already I’m slightly sick thinking of how much of my personal life should I give away, who I should friend request, is my picture kind of basic. That old Facebook anxiety feels like eating too much junk food. It turns a stomach. But I’m back to try and form a healthier relationship with the service and use it as a tool to specifically share my writing with the world. Nothing more than that. Continue reading “That Old Facebookian Rag”

Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai will serve five years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after the Senate confirmed his nomination today on a 52-41 vote.

While FCC chairman is not a position that usually garners much public attention, Pai has become one of the more controversial Chairman’s in decades, in part because of late night television host John Oliver’s public burning of the Kansas native on the HBO show Last Week Tonight.

Oliver’s concerns revolved around Pai’s position on net neutrality, and in the two days of debate on the Senate floor, that opinion was echoed by some Democratic Senators. Continue reading “Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman”