Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Yesterday, the NPR show Fresh Air featured the legendary spy novelist, John Le Carre. Over the course of the interview, Le Carre offered some interesting perspectives on the current investigations of the Trump campaign. If nothing else, the interview is worth a listen solely for the opportunity to hear a cultured and authoritative English . . . → Read More: Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

My recent NFL post included the following:

Speaking of which, NFL owners made a very short-sighted decision with their blacklist, informal or otherwise. Somehow, they appear to have forgotten that 75% of NFL players are black, with many of them having likely experienced firsthand the issues with law enforcement that Kap had protested.

Two . . . → Read More: Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

The West Is Burning, by Chuck Strom

Photos posted today in The Atlantic of wildfires in the West. Portland residents may be particularly interested in those of the Eagle Creek fire along the Columbia River. The first two, taken from the Washington side of the river across from Cascade Locks, are quite dramatic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/09/wildfires-rage-across-the-american-west/538977/

– Chuck Strom

A Sad Liver Story

“Service with a smile,” the customer said sarcastically as I opened the taxicab door for him.

“Two months to live. Liver is gone,” he continued, apparently referring to himself.

“I’m sorry to hear that,” I said, not knowing what else to say.

“Once you get to know me, you won’t be sorry.” He chuckled . . . → Read More: A Sad Liver Story

Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav

My Facebook friend Sharry Debolt (nee Konopski) left this earth August 25 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was a really nice, cool gal who said very lovely things to me before and after my wife died last year. Though we had little in common besides cancer and living in the same . . . → Read More: Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav

More Photos of Houston Amid Cataclysmic Storm

Photos of Houston posted this morning. Lots more rain to come.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/08/hurricane-harvey-leaves-houston-under-water/538215/

– Chuck Strom

Hurricane Harvey and Its Aftermath, by Chuck Strom

The Atlantic’s photo section just posted these pics of the damage from Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/08/photos-the-aftermath-of-hurricane-harvey/538143/

Reported casualties were minimal after the first day, but it’s usually in the days and weeks following that we get a true indication of the scale of the disaster. In this case, the critical . . . → Read More: Hurricane Harvey and Its Aftermath, by Chuck Strom

ANY MATH OR NAVAL EXPERTS OUT THERE? by Davin Michael Stedman

What are the mathematical chances of 4 Navy ships suffering nearly unheard of collisions in one year?

Before this most recent deadly incident with the USS John McCain killed at least ten sailors, the previous collision was a direct hit to the Captain. His sailors had to use kettle bells from the ship’s gym . . . → Read More: ANY MATH OR NAVAL EXPERTS OUT THERE? by Davin Michael Stedman

Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

In July 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Charlottesville, VA to see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia. I remember the visit fondly, but now my memory has to take into account the events of this past weekend. I attach these photos to remind myself that, in more peaceful times, it . . . → Read More: Images Of Charlottesville From A More Peaceful Time, by Chuck Strom

Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Trump unveiled his budget in May. As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised to protect entitlement programs, claiming he has a “big heart.” Guess what? Trump’s budget is irresponsible and unethical . . . → Read More: Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, by Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans were finally granted a reprieve in 2016. The Cubs’ World Series victory — considered by many baseball watchers as one of the greatest World Series ever played — was the sweetest gift that the beautiful but troubled City of Big Shoulders could have received last year. As a life-long Cubs . . . → Read More: The Mystery of the Mediocre Cubs, by Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Thomas Ricks followed up his Fresh Air interview with some choice words about Trump in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/28/general-mcmaster-step-downand-let-trump-be-trump-215199

For those unfamiliar with Ricks, he has been one of the leading writers on the American military for the last two decades. His book Fiasco is the definitive work on the Iraq War, and his influence is . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Tom Ricks was on Fresh Air this week. (The podcast may be heard below.) I’ve always enjoyed his interviews, but this portion of it, when the subject of Fox News came up, made me sit up and take notice:

GROSS: You must be wondering what’s going to happen at Fox News now, especially after . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Wait Until Next Year: Looking Forward For The Blazers, by Chuck Strom

As expected, the Golden State Warriors rolled over the Portland Trail Blazers with such confidence that a concert was scheduled at Oracle Arena on the same night that a Game 5 would have taken place. The handwriting on the wall was evident after Game 1, when Portland guards Damon Lillard and CJ McCollum shot . . . → Read More: Wait Until Next Year: Looking Forward For The Blazers, by Chuck Strom

Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

Aeschylus

In the months prior to America’s illegal invasion into Iraq on March 20, 2003, Americans were told by 43 that the war was necessary to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Hussein was a threat to the U.S, and 43 implied that Mr. Hussein was responsible for the September 11, 2001, attack on . . . → Read More: Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

Remains of Penn State’s Joe Paterno statue post-scandal.

On March 13, 2017, two former administrators from Pedophilia State University pled guilty to child endangerment after years of maintaining their innocence. Tim Curley, the former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a former vice president, apparently thought the plea deal and their testimony at the upcoming . . . → Read More: The Final Chapter, by Mark Erickson

California’s Snowpack, 2015 and Now, by Chuck Strom

The Gray Lady, otherwise known as the New York Times, posted a photo comparison between the current Sierra Nevada snowpack and that of two years ago:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/22/us/california-measuring-snowpack.html

The difference is striking. Not that California’s out of the woods yet. The state used a lot of its groundwater to make up the shortfall two years . . . → Read More: California’s Snowpack, 2015 and Now, by Chuck Strom

A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

One of the noticeable characteristics of the NBA nowadays is the constant din of music, promotions, giveaways, and dance routines during a game. Hardly a moment, even during time-outs, is allowed to go empty, possibly out of the fear that if fans’ attention is allowed to lapse for even a second, they will lose . . . → Read More: A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

Last Sunday I visited the new arena for the Sacramento Kings, the Golden One Center, and what I found made every other NBA venue look like a D League gym. On the outside, the building resembled with its aluminum skin an alien spaceship that happened to land downtown—the roof has enough solar panels . . . → Read More: Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

Greetings From Waterlogged CA, by Chuck Strom

Those of you who have heard about the problems at Oroville Dam in northern California may wonder if I am among the 180,000 people that have had to be evacuated. Fortunately, I live about 50 miles north of the affected area, so I have been able to stay put. It was reported that . . . → Read More: Greetings From Waterlogged CA, by Chuck Strom