Saturday, April 8, 2017

Strolling thru Twitter

This sounds bad, but if you've ever experienced governmental death-by-PowerPoint, then you already know that this may very well have been a reasonable request.  I remain very, very skeptical of our current President, but I'm going to take him at his actions first and foremost.  As an American, I badly want to see him succeed at his basic functions.

For better or worse, Trump has made some right choices of late.  Who knows why or how?  Regardless, his worst impulses have been checked by the judicial system and by the normal check-and-balances of government.  That's a good thing.

Saying all of this doesn't make me a Trump fanboy.  But I can also see when people have made up their minds before they begin working on a story.  That's not productive, either.

One begins to suspect that the professionals in government are finally learning to communicate with their boss.  That's a good thing.

It's also their job.

Looks like the first team Offense had a good outing, with QB Ahmad Bradshaw and FB Andy Davidson both getting good runs early.  No surprise there, and Interdonato notes that the Defense stepped up in the later periods when the younger guys started seeing the field.  Again, this is about what you'd expect from a Spring Scrimmage.

Interdonato also noted that WR Kjetil Cline caught a 30-yard back-shoulder fade from QB Chris Carter.  That's good to see for a lot of reasons but most especially because it's the first time we've seen Cline, a highly touted recruit, show up in positive news coverage.  It's also interesting to see that Cline is playing receiver and not slotback, especially considering that Army is short on healthy slotbacks as of this writing.  I assume this is because Coach Monken is trying to make the best use of Cline's speed.

The audio is twenty-four minutes, so the odds that you're going to listen to all of it are virtually nil.  Nevertheless, I quite liked the interview, and I think McCain's is a perspective worth hearing in these uncertain times.

Read Snoop Dogg's Emotional Acceptance Speech on Behalf of Tupac Shakur (Rolling Stone)
While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, Tupac really was only good and he represented through his music like no one before. It's the fact that he never shied away from it. He wore it like a badge of honor. With an unapologetic voice, Pac embraced those contradictions that proved we ain't just a character out of someone else's story book. To be human is to be many things at once. Strong and bold. Hard headed and intellectual. Courageous and afraid. Loving and vengeful. Revolutionary and – oh, yeah I'm getting fucked up. 

Everybody likes Tupac, but I've only recently started getting into the West Coast rap scene, and it happened somewhat by accident.  I added NWA to my regular running mix, and since then, I've been getting a primer on Tupac but especially Snoop Dog, and I've really enjoyed it.

For what it's worth, this thing where we try to slot other people into boxes for simpler understanding...  It's the worst thing about humanity, responsible for so much of our suffering by giving permission to casual cruelty.  I've never really thought of Snoop Dog as, like, a deep thinker.  But this his was a great speech, and I probably shouldn't be surprised.  After all, he sold a few records and very clearly touched a couple of folks.

So yeah.  Of course there's more there.

What's awesome about this is how they've refused to glam it up.

That's all I've got.  Happy Saturday!!!

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