30 years since the Dream Team. I swear this was already on my writing calendar. Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a sports fan and all, but when I saw today's headline about the dream team my thoughts went to OJ Simpson's lawyers. They were also called the dream team just must shorter.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s happening in the US. I’ve also been reading a lot about the stoics and stoicism. In those readings, there is a lot of discussion about the nature of humans, the ups and down of not just politics, but also of an individual in life.
Has anyone had a life that hasn’t had times of an emotional roller coaster? Where others drag you into something you don’t want to do? When you make a colossal error and are paying for it later? I remember thinking Nixon was such a great President....until the Watergate hearings. Then I was devastated and had to change my whole paradigm on politics. What’s happening now is the same pendulum swing.
Remember what Monte Python said “No one expected the Spanish Inquisition!”
As Donkey said to Shrek,
You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait."? Parfaits are delicious!
Huff Post is far, far left and National Review is far, far right as I am sure was your point. Makes me think of FB which is far, far, far towards whatever you want it to be.
In 1980 when the first US dream team won (I watched the last three games they played…wow) there were (still) legitimate news papers and three TV networks with news. That’s it. And sure, newspapers have always leaned one way or the other but they did typically have a real editor and fact-checked with multiple sources before printing. They might have slanted the news but did not completely rewrite the news. Moreover, they had a distinct editorial section and it was obvious which of the few were more sensationalistic. The WSJ was actually a financial newspaper with only two sections that maintained the format until they decided to compete with USA Today in the 90s.
Everything changed on June 1, 1980 when CNN took to the airwaves with 24 hours a day to fill. CNN was fun with the Headline News repeating every 30 minutes. It was also one thing you could watch when in a foreign country (you only had the WSJ and the International Herald Tribune for news when outside the US) that closed its doors in 2013.
High school,students desperately need a civics class on how to recognize legitimate new but sadly that will never happen in today’s divided America.
Chocolate is the answer........doesn't matter what the question is.
Maybe, just maybe, we could all agree we are in a fine kettle of fish in this country at this time.
Whatever happened to agree to disagree and then move on to working out some sort of solution that works for as many as possible? Now it's like two jackasses harnessed to each other rear end to rear end and digging in their hooves, pulling like mad against the other.
Perhaps 2024 could be the first year an independent candidate would have a good chance of winning. Majority of folks are fed up with the same old bs and things just keep going south.
Someone in this land of 330,000,000 +/- must be qualified and also a decent person who would put the nation first. Not having to defend a party, they could move the country forward.
Maybe set a precedent for other pols. Elect someone for their qualifications and decency instead of for their affiliation. Yeah, I know, it's time I woke up from my dream. But it sure was nice while it lasted. Now, I'm going to go have that chocolate, bon Appétit 😋
Bill I LOVE today's newsletter. If you ever have the chance to see either story called, "The Dream Team" on ESPN or the 1980 Men's Olympic Hockey team, titled, "Do You Believe in Miracles?", they're really, really fun to watch. Also, there's one called, "I Hate Christian Laettner" (I think its' a 30 for 30 episode) that is great too and has a segment on his selection to the dream team as the only college player selected.
I opted out of reading the 7 Other Things today because I didn't want to ruin my good mood after the main story. I'll be back at it tomorrow.
I do believe in miracles, they happen every single day. And as with many things, of all of us who do believe in miracles, too many of us take them for granted. And as for one thing we can all agree on? I think we can all agree that each and every one of us could do a little more for other people. I think, deep down if you asked every person, they would know in their shriveled little hearts that we can better align ourselves with our true purpose here on earth and we can help each other out a little more. Let’s just start asking all of those around us. See if we can start something. Who knows?
I was 24 years old when we landed on the moon and I remember watching it on TV with a bunch a friends. We were disgusted! Why? Because we were so angry and cynical about Vietnam. It was only years later that I could proudly embrace the moon landing and watch everything about it on TV and in the movies. Sometimes, when I was younger, I could be such an asshole.
We live in a tough time, but there have been tough times in our country before. I’m a Pastor, and I shed no tears for the overturning of Roe v Wade for a number of moral as well as procedural/evidence related issues. But as I’ve told my congregation, we should not be given to gloating for any reason. Rather, we should be work all the harder to demonstrate and live out God’s love towards those who were already heaping all sorts of trash talk at us. I thank God the Supreme Court’s Dredd Scott case was eventually shown to be wrong, and while the 14th and 15th Amendments needed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s to have some teeth, I believe God hasn’t given up on us yet.
And yes, I realize this is definitely NOT one of those things everyone will agree on.
According to Pew, well over 70% of American voters--85%--think abortion should be legal in _at least some_ circumstances. (Only 8 percent say it should always be illegal, no exceptions; 19% say it should always be legal, no exceptions.)
So the answer is right in front of our faces. The Roe standard, which allowed broad freedoms for pregnant people to make their own choices during roughly the first half of pregnancy, was already a compromise that worked for most of us, even if not all.
Some people will not be satisfied until their wishes are the law for everyone, no exceptions. As it happens, those people have a lot of power thanks to the way the US founders configured the nation's structures to favor the few over the many.
Essentially, The Court should get it Right the First time,,,,,should not be based on politics
Here Is ONE thing all Americans can certainly agree on regardless of race , politics, gender, sexual preference or age and that is all Robo Callers should be identified, hunted down and immediately thrown in prison.
Could most of us agree that the Sun rises every day to warm our planet? (Maybe the Earth rises)
I am in Alaska, so that’s sayin’ something, lol
Back in the day, brave people fought a revolution against Great Britain for our freedom. When our founders came together to build the foundation for the USA, one bedrock principle was the separation of church and state. Republicans have built their current platform on the back of religious conservativism. No than you. I do love chocolate, but I prefer the taste of freedom.
I believe that deep inside we would agree that in the end, Americans will band together to do what's right and find common ground, because as Americans, that's what we do in time of crisis.
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