Suarez to FIFA: In your FACE! FIFA to Suarez: Shrug
Suarez gets ready for a flying elbow drop to sportsmanship
The decision of FIFA to limit Suarez' ban to one match would be perplexing enough, if Suarez wasn't rubbing all our noses in it:
The 'Hand of God' now belongs to me. Mine is the real 'Hand Of God'.
"I made the best save of the tournament. Sometimes in training, I play as a goalkeeper so it was worth it.
"There was no alternative but for me to do that and when they missed the penalty I thought 'it is a miracle and we are alive in the tournament'.
Suarez admits that his only alternative was to engage in what the Laws of the Game calls "unacceptable and unfair intervention", claims that it was God's will that he do such a thing, sets a dangerous precedent (I can't have been the only one who thought to myself, "why didn't the Paraguay defender jump and grab the ball?" today) brags about it and gets the minimum ban?
June 12th is shaping up to be a clash of unconvincing defense vs. extremely unconvincing offense
Sky says this is Lampard taking a penalty. If so, I think I know why he missed
From Football 365's front page:
United's Star Player Masks Glaring England Deficiencies
Manchester United did very well out of scoring-machine 'Own Goal' last season, and it looks like he's earned a call-up for England.
And considering that the USA played in the match with the most Own Goals in WC history, that could lead to hijinks.
There is literally nothing about Sarah Palin that's genuine
Sarah Palin's FOX News career was set to start with a bang:
Sarah Palin's media domination continues this week with the debut Thursday of "Real American Stories," a new series on Fox News hosted by the former Alaska governor about people with "real-life tales of overcoming adversity..."
The premiere episode also boasts an eclectic trio of celebrity guests. Country music star Toby Keith will discuss his song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," while rapper LL Cool J and former General Electric Chief Executive Jack Welch will discuss their professional successes in a segment called "In Their Own Words."
The first I heard of this story was when the Future of the Funk called foul (via):
Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW
At first I thought Mr. Smith simply was objecting to use of stock footage to promote his upcoming appearance, but visiting his Twitter feed showed that he was responding to any and all mentions of his appearance with a link back to the tweet, making me think that the G.O.A.T. really was denying such an appearance. So I tracked down the FOX promo in question, and something struck me:
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The promo never says that Palin interviews Keith, Welch, or Uncle L - never even says she "profiles" them. Unless I miss my guess, "Real American Stories" (or at least the segment involving these famous people) is going to consist entirely of previously existing footage, cut together with America's sweetheart giving folksy interstitials in front of a bluescreen. It's extremely lazy television, and happens all the time - just not usually with this much fanfare.
Call your congressperson
Especially if he or she is on this list, and tell them to vote no on Stupak.
We may have to lower the cost of med school
At least, that's the conclusion I draw from this article by Ezra, which shows that we pay American doctors way too fucking much. I knew that already, but as Ezra says, you don't usually see prices written down during the health-care debate. And now that I have...well, damn. Are American doctors so personable that they're worth ten times as much as doctors in Spain?
As a couple of Ezra's commenters point out, there's only one real solution to the out-of-control pricing of health care services, and that's single-payer, which we aren't going to get, which is why even after whatever reform bill we get passes, nobody should stop agitating for more (shhhh...don't tell Republicans that little secret.) But for whatever reason, I'm always struck by the little things, and dammit, I'm not going to be able to abide listening to a bunch of MD's lobbyists crying about their crushing student loans.
In a just world, Rep. Grayson would be a dime a dozen. As it is, well...
...he's a fucking genius and populist hero on the scale of Joe Hill. Relative to the times, naturally.
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No transcript yet. I'll post one when I can find one.
UPDATE: Transcript in comments here. Thanks, judybrowni!
It's time to put the insurance companies out of their misery
If I were on trial for robbing a house, the last thing in the world I would do is give a series of public lectures on cat burglary techniques. "I'm completely innocent," I'd say, as the sample lock clicked open. "I've lived a clean life. Any questions about the order in which to rifle dresser drawers?"
The health insurance companies, admittedly with the help of a few journalists and bloggers, seem intent on demonstrating just how good they are at heisting TVs and jewelry. They're denying babies for being too fat. They're denying babies for being too skinny. They're denying women for having been raped. They're charging women 84% more than men, although that last one may be par for the American course.
That's seriously audacious. They claim they're fighting for their lives, that health care reform is going to make it impossible for insurers to stay in business, that the public option would be the death knell of private insurance companies. And you could say that this is crazy, or this is arrogant; that they're less like a housebreaker than like a depression-area bank robber, lauded in the press while stealing from the poor to give to the rich; Robin Hood in reverse. But in truth, they're not crazy. These denials and "dumb moves" are so inherent in the system that it actually surprises me that Rocky Mountain Health Plans changed anything at all.
The Democrats seem to have gotten that message. "It is absolutely clear that it is an unsustainable situation as we go forward, and it is well known to the public that the health insurance companies are the problem." Nancy Pelosi, especially, seems to have shifted into gear.
Obama mocked the insurance companies and those who would bow to them in his speech yesterday. "Oh this is actually harder than expected, the insurance companies don't like health reform, I guess we'll just pack up and go home."
I'm convinced that at least part of the reason for this hardening of rhetoric is a sense in Washington that the American people have finally started to wake up - or at least make their voices heard - about the abuses of the health insurance industry. Good. I'm not enjoying the thought of what will happen to the lower-level employees of the health insurance companies if we finally manage to deliver the coup de grace, but when I weigh them against the now-estimated 45,000 deaths a year , I have to conclude that I'm just happy that they'd have health care while they're looking for other work.
Get Well Soon, Charlie Davies
Obviously we've been dark for a while, and I hate to reawaken this with such bad news, but Charlie Davies, US and Sochaux forward, was injured in a car accident today. Grant Wahl tweets that he's likely to require 6-12 months to recover, and that his future in competitive soccer is in doubt. There was a death in the accident - Davies was a passenger - and our thoughts have to be with that victim and her family, as well as Davies and his.
It's almost as if I dusted off an earlier half-post and shoved it into the frame of current events
It's not that I get blocked, really, so much as I don't always take the time to apply the correct kind of thought to this or that article or blog post to decide whether I can sustain enough opinion to write a blog post about it.
And then every once in awhile, an article - or in this case, an e-mail - grabs me by the collar and says "you have an opinion about this! YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY."
And about this e-mail, I certainly do.
Why does the President want to continue to hide illegal Thought Reading activities by the government under the ruse of ‘State Secrets?
Did we - the e-mailer, and I - just blow your tiny little mind? I thought so. You sit there, all comfy in your big glass-and-ivory tower, and you don't ask yourself these rhetorical questions. But we - the e-mailer, and I - we do. We think about it all the time. And we have some further questions.
Why did Obama hire so many Clinton employees in his White House, including Eric Holder who was in the Clinton Admin in when I was first abused by this technology? Why is Obama’s Admin so against holding government personnel responsible for crimes that they commit in office? [ed. note: Okay, this is actually a pretty good question.] Doesn’t a man who ran for President partly on the recommendation of his resume as a Constitutional Scholar KNOW that Thought Reading technology is anti-Constitutional against unlawful search and seizures?
You know what this is, don't you? Obama is an original intent scholar in disguise! There is no direct mention of thought-reading technology in the Bill of Rights, and therefore he doesn't believe that this is unconstitutional. If only there was some way we could have known that he felt this way prior to voting for him. It's too bad we can't read mi-oh ho ho, I see what you did there, sneaky.
I write as a U.S. citizen who has been subjected to thought reading technology & other tortures since 1994..I have been a victim for fifteen years. I have been remotely broadcast to, thought read, sleep deprived, had my heart palpitated and other techniques that I have heard fell under non-lethal microwave weapons programs. I believe that this technology supplies the intelligence that Attorney Mann reported to Michael Isikoff as being supplied to the D.O.J. under Attorney General-only approval and being back-doored through warrantless wiretaps; what Atty. Mann says some members of the D.O.J. have said is illegal.
Okay, look. The e-mailer was not shy about sharing hir personal data with this e-mail, including address and home phone number. This strikes me as an odd move for someone who has "no privacy, [and received] physical and verbal abuse and other threats." I'm most definitely not going to provide those identifying details, because it's quite clear to this layperson that ze is in very serious need of professional help. That's not going to stop me from publishing a post mocking several passages from it, however.
And here's the thing: I would still rather spend an afternoon ice-skating and/or shooting skeet with this e-mailer than spend five minutes with Andrew Breitbart.
Breitbart.tv -- published by Matt Drudge protégé Andrew Breitbart -- embedded a video with the headline "Shock Discovery: Community Organizers Pray TO President-Elect Obama"...
"Editor's note: We've updated this post with the longer version of the original event. As you'll see in the comments and related links there is a debate over what is actually being said. Does the crowd say, "Hear our cry, Obama" and "Deliver us Obama?" Or are they saying "Oh God?" In the longer version the first two repetitions seem to have a distinct "uh" sound at the end that resonates as "Obama." The later repetitions are a little fuzzier. Did some of the religious leaders present become uneasy? Or was there a mix of what was being said? Read some of the blogger analysis below. What do you think?"
I'm really not sure you want to know what I think, Editor.
Meet your investigative team that must be smoking crack...er, crack investigative team
I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS HOW THEY WERE DRESSED.
The right's newest poster children, James O'Keefe III and Hannah Giles, are getting a lot of publicity these days. A comment on this story says that O'Keefe was partly responsible for the Rutgers affirmative action bake sale - the one where cookies cost different amounts depending on your ethnicity. And Hannah Giles, well...she's a young, conventionally attractive woman who's embraced Republican ideology. It's pretty easy to guess what the reaction might be in the right blogosphere.
But seriously, having seen the picture of how they were dressed, I can't imagine how anyone ever took them seriously enough to not laugh them out of the office. What's next - will ACORN be caught aiding an escaped fugitive? Offering advice to a serial killer? Or tax shelters to a giant rabbit? Until absolutely proven otherwise, I say that every ACORN employee including the ones in the "most damning" video were, at worst, trying not to upset the crazy people.
Random observation that may or may not mean anything
By my count, there have been only three draws in the Premier League so far this season, out of approximately 47 matches.
Some guys from London v. Manchester United
Notwithstanding the new guy's jumping the gun, this is the real liveblog for the Spurs-United match. [A] is Auguste, and [AM] is Ape Man, our new Spurs supporter. Except when we forget to label ourselves, and then you'll just have to use context.
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And I'm humble as hell, too
I flatter myself that I'd laugh as heartily at this story if it were a United player saying it, and lord knows Drogba's earned some bragging rights so far this season, but oh my:
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba feels his unselfish attitude does not receive the credit it deserves...
"I often sacrifice myself for the good of the team," Drogba declared.
"I don't look at my scoring statistics. Have you ever seen any other great striker do as much defending as I do?
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