Monday, August 21, 2017

USC's Title IX Persecution

USC threw out a member of its football team they accused of sexual abuse - except the abuse never happened and now his girlfriend is lashing out at USC.

It's a lesson of what happens when Title IX meets a foul-mouthed SVU-wannabe (named Gretchen Means) with a Roger Goodell-esque contempt for truth - the result is never good.

Japan And The Idiocy Of Multiculturalism

Japan has geographic advantages that isolate it from international issues that bedevil other nations - and it also celebrates what makes it different in the world, at the expense of multiculturalism.

Smearing Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian Gorka is a White House counterterrorism advisor who has come under fire after Steve Bannon's departure, and the criticisms are false - especially yet another Rolling Stone character assassination piece.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NFL Classics - 2003 Titans at Patriots

NFL Classics - Week 5 of 2003 the Titans squared off with the Patriots in a wild affair where fan reaction to Red Sox scores in their concurrent game with the Oakland Athletics made for a bizarre atmosphere.

First half

Second half

Trump Opposition Learns Nothing

Opposition to Donald Trump has become more and more deranged as things are more and more genuinely improving in the US. And the nitpickery is endless.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Criminal

The thievery committed by Democratic Party honcho Debbie Wasserman Shultz of course isn't getting media coverage because media doesn't want to go after someone they support.

Charlottesville Killer - Leftist

The killing of a counter-protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA has touched off sanctimonious anger at "white supremacists" and resultant hypocrisy - and no one notices the killer is apparently a leftist whose Hillary Clinton support was erased from his social media, and apparently his car was attacked first by pole-wielding leftist protesters - this as (of all people) the Southern Poverty Law Center reports Jason Kessler, leader of the white supremacist group, was an Obama supporter. Also worth noting is the ACLU's confirmation that Charlottesville police were told to stand down rather than be present to prevent violence.

The use of such scams is common to leftism, shown when opponents of California's Proposition 209 - banning identify favoritism in hiring, education, etc. - paid David Duke to argue in favor of 209....

The guilt by non-association scheme backfired, repulsing not only even the mainstream media, but the anti-209 debater, the late Joe Hicks, a legendary civil rights leader

In short, leftism creates and begats violence......

The CSUN sorcery was, and remains, a sham - a formula to defame the opponents of race preferences and quotas, racial polarization and Balkanization, bilingual education and multi-language ballots, etc. These issues those Americans of all backgrounds who want a society of goodness and virtue, not graft and vitriol.

The irrelevance of David Duke et al is shown by the nonexistence of dominant cultural sympathy for him; all cultural, media, etc. sympathy goes to the graft-vitriol enablers of Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Party.   David Duke is not the threat - leftism and its variant killer ideologies such as Sharia Supremacism are the threat.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bubba Wallace Steals Michigan Show

NASCAR's Yankee 400 weekend at Michigan International Speedway once again sees off-track issues grabbing attention away from some wild on-track competition.   And when we say wild on-track competition we mean the finish of the 2017 LTI Printing 200, an amazing Camping World Truck Series 200-miler at Michigan.

Darrell Wallace Jr. has gone through an astonishing season, losing his Xfinity Series ride when the money dried up, being loaned out to Richard Petty's Winston Cup car and sparkling at Daytona and Kentucky, and now returning to the Truck Series and pulling off a spectacular surge to win.   What began as a wild Yankee Truck 200 settled into a Kyle Busch show for awhile before Brad Keselowski's Fords surged to the fore and in the final laps all hell broke loose.

Speaking of all hell breaking loose......

Michigan had several hard hits, but for wrecking a slew of cars.................

.......the Xfinity Series at the Mid-Ohio road course topped the Trucks.    Ryan Reid should have stayed in bed after getting into two T-bone melees, while there was an astonishing side by side lap for the lead between Daniel Hemric and race-winner Sam Hornish before Hornish put it away.


What followed in the Michigan 400 was another tranquil affair - surprising given what is advertised as "playoff pressure" - but even with that there was a nasty hit involving Kasey Kahne and another overtime finish.................

...........where Kyle Larson snaked everyone and sang on the radio the last lap because he knew they couldn't draft back around him.   It was something of a first for a driver to trash-talk the field before the checkered flag had flown.

In all it was a weekend where the main feature saw a surprising finish that ultimately was continuation of a driver's recent momentum - the hat trick for Kyle Larson.   After several weeks of surprises, the form chart appears to be reasserting itself for the season, and Bristol beckons thusly.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Truex's NASCAR And Being Along For The Ride

Martin Truex's Watkins Glen runaway despite a late fuel mileage scare has established that 2017 has become Truex's NASCAR and right now everyone else is along for the ride.   Kyle Busch may win the poles and lead laps but it's Truex who figures out how to win.   Busch does nothing but figure out how to blow it, while everyone else is pretty much racing for something other than the win.

The race itself was unremarkable, this after a rather mayhemic preliminary period.

There were several off-track stories coming in, as has become custom for NASCAR.   With Watkins Glen as a road race, Nick Idgalsky of Pocono suggested his track may run its second race on its infield road course, this with Charlotte wanting to run its 2018 National 500 on its infield road course.  

Nothing at Watkins Glen could compete for quality racing with what Pocono produces on its superoval

The idea of running on any road course beyond Sears Point and Watkins Glen of course stems from fan anger at lack of passing on the bigger ovals - but more importantly it stems from lack of understanding, or refusal to understand, why.    By glomming onto road courses, critics of the bigger ovals keep kidding themselves - they're not better than superspeedways and are not the answer - the answer was found in the Xfinity 250 at Indianapolis, which showed what the real issue is regarding passing and lack thereof on the bigger ovals.  

Another issue is the economics of the sport, and the story that Kurt Busch's contract option won't be picked up by SHR has created some confusion, as SHR states he will return to their team in 2018, but the story that Ford was caught off guard by the move has done nothing but feed speculation that SHR in fact will retract by perhaps two teams - the disbanding of Danica Patrick's team or at least her release seems a fait accompli even with several strikingly productive runs in recent races - alas Watkins Glen was reversion to form.  

That SHR might - note the emphasis - retract, this after Ganassi-SABCO will lose Target Stores sponsorship, this atop when Barney Visser suggested he may have to cut back to one car, comes after Andrew Murstein of Richard Petty Motorsports (a disappointing 21st at Watkins Glen after the first lap wreck at Pocono and the encouraging run to 13th at the end at Indianapolis) has now called for a spending cap in NASCAR.   That NASCAR's spendaholism is a fundamental problem has of course been known for decades, and that a team owner hasn't previously stated the need for a cap in spending is surprising given the wholesale loss of teams and the retraction or forced merger of such teams as Petty, Roush, DEI, Ganassi, etc.  

We've heard the dismissal of the idea, that teams will ostensibly cheat around it, yet when critics cite examples of how to cheat around a cap they just give away how enforceable a NASCAR spending cap actually is, and when critics lapse into the "if you aren't cheating you're not trying" cliché they give away their lack of understanding - cheating is self-defeating in sports (see the million-dollar fines to the Broncos and 49ers for cheating the NFL's salary cap), and life in general - it denies the cheater the legitimate improvement in performance needed, and in NASCAR benefit from cheating is never long-term; teams always do fundamentally better when they stick with the rulebook and work within it.

And the critics simply don't get it - the owners can no longer afford not to limit their spending.   The owners have no incentive to cheat a spending cap; the incentive is entirely on making it work, and thus stabilizing the sport's economics so it benefits them.   The fact the Race Team Alliance even exists has shown that team owners have an understanding that they're in this together with NASCAR.  

So the idea that teams will cheat a spending cap is ignorant - they can't afford to, they have to make it work else they too will be bankrupted by fratricidal economics.   The fact the idea of a salary cap, once controversial, is now accepted MO in sports (via a hard NFL-style cap or the "soft" cap of MLB's luxury tax - a sign this works is the refusal of the Boston Red Sox, the league's best revenued team outside of the Yankees, to spend over the tax because they're losing money in the long run by being hit with the tax) should tell NASCAR that the concept works, and is enforceable.

Another issue is NASCAR's new limits on Cup driver participation in the Xfinity and Truck Series - Kyle Busch's petulant threat to shut down his Truck team if he doesn't get his way shows how childish he is and also shows he needs to get it that he is supposed to help the sport, and he can be the face of his team solely by being its owner.   The fact only fifteen drivers a year can run the full Xfinity schedule and has been the case for over fifteen seasons shows most graphically how much Cup drivers have bled the series dry. 

The curious caveat that has gone overlooked, though, is the Lillys 250 at Indianapolis - the restrictor plate-drag duct package used there so equalized the field that Kyle Busch and the other Cup regulars had their hands full fighting for the lead with Xfinity regulars, much as Ryan Newman so often struggles when he runs Modified Tour races at New Hampshire.   The theme cited in defense of Cup participation in lower levels is that the drivers there get valuable experience racing against the Cup guys; this though has not been in evidence in almost every Xfinity companion race to Cup races; that Indianapolis proved an exception shows two things - it is an exception proving the rule, and also that the Xfinity regulars can race with the Cup guys on a playing field that's actually level.   The level of the competition field becomes the true issue.  

So it went at Watkins Glen, and now the Yankee 400 weekend beckons for Cup and the Trucks.