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  • This might be why there are so many bad catchers in MLB right now. Weiters. Sanchez. Gattis. Awful. It used to be the main power position, the strength of the team. Bench. Sanguillen. Munson. Fisk. Ott. Yeager. McCarver. Carter. et al

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  • Why are you so worked up? I just wanted to point out that you didn't get your facts straight when you stated that ESPN punished Jemele Hill for "challenging" Trump, when in reality she called him a white supremacist. If I call you a white supremacist, I am not challenging you. But she wasn't suspended for putting him in the same category as a KKK Grand Wizard. Hill got suspended after she called for a boycott, which is indisputable. When I informed you of your error, you changed the topic to the divide between editorial and business, as a distraction, as anyone reading the above can clearly see. I had not even mentioned this topic, and there was no reason for you to bring it up.Here's a link to show you what actually happened. Try to be more accurate in the future.http://thehill.com/homenews/media/354588-espn-suspends-jemele-hill-for-violation-of-social-media-policy

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  • You're so cute, Beck. "Advocacy and journalism are completely separable, and I, Beck, am the sole arbiter!"// I will now sit and wait for you to dissolve in paroxysms of self-righteous rage that I dared to mildly suggest that you are full of shit.

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  • Also, why don't you just write that Jemele Hill called Trump a white supremacist, instead of saying she challenged him? Why do you pussyfoot around the facts?

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  • As I've already explained, Jamelle Hill calling for a boycott is not journalism, it's advocacy, and therefore not protected by any ethics standards of journalism. She was not "analyzing" the situation, but rather using her substantial platform, which derives from her ESPN position,to promote her personal agenda. I'm so curious what first amendment rights you feel the constitution requires an employer to give to an employee using Twitter, especially when you're not even a proponent of free speech you disagree with.

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  • Editorial is supposed to be separate from business. Analysts analyzing the news aren't supposed to have to tiptoe around the company's business interests. If you punish analysts for offering analysis that threatens your business interests, that's a violation of editorial independence, and yes, it's a violation of journalistic ethics.// Reprimanding Hill for saying trump is a white supremacist is also bullshit kowtowing to power, and raises first amendment issues, imo.

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  • Okay, new subject I guess, because I didn't even address this topic. Calling for a boycott of sponsors is not an expression of opinion, it's activism aimed directly at the employer. Therefore there is no ethical violation of any kind.

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  • Editorial is supposed to have independence from advertising. If ESPN put her on leave in order to propitiate advertisers, that's a breach of journalistic ethics.

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  • ESPN did not punish Jamele Hill for tweeting that the President is a white supremacist, and that he surrounds himself with white supremacists. Or as you put it, "challenging the president." She didn't even delete her tweets in this series. ESPN CEO said that because her feelings were hurt by Trump, he would not punish her. ESPN punished Hill for suggesting Cowboys fans boycott the team's sponsors, some of which are also ESPN sponsors. That's a different matter altogether from what you stated. Directly attacking your employer's revenue stream is a good way to get fired, yet ESPN only suspended her for two weeks.

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  • Russ, don't ever visit Woodstock, NY, unless you like feeling like you wanna jump out the window. (which can be entertaining, I confess) I spent a lot of time around there for awhile some years ago and, I mean, the pictures of Bobby in the bakery, all the tubby ponytails up from the city jostling us tubby rubes for artisanal donuts and free-range coffee. You flash back to your teen-age bedroom, listening to Blonde on Blonde and can't believe its come to this, but course it has, Mr Jones.

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  • Lots of sense here, Jeff. I last saw Dylan five or so years ago with Nicky and Booker in DC. Awful show, awful pony-tailed audience. Dylan gibberish. Much different from Rolling Thunder show I saw in '75 and w/Band in '74. However, and this is interesting: when documentary "No Direction Home" came out a decade or so ago, which was Dylan directing his own legacy, with Scorsese waving his wand over it for cred, Dylan was lucid and articulate in the interviews, enunciating every word. Talking like a normal, very intelligent person.

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  • In a way, who hasn't had a questionable past with Bob Dylan? Maybe not Uncle Skippy close, no cigar on that score, but in the bigger picture how many of us were stuck in that mobile, you know? The records played and played in so many rooms. This went on for years. Until finally some of us asked ourselves, "are we having a good time?" I sure did. Ask, and have the good time, both. Last I saw him was maybe 2006, front row, close to him as maybe those chickens. He sang in a still-funnier voice than he used to and the band was all right. Hardly thought at all about the music, more about Dylan's career. Jeez, I wondered how he did that?

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  • Yep. Trite is past its freshness date. Banal is dopey on the vine.

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  • I think it'd be best if a neutral writer researched and wrote the scandal stories (or better yet, reporters kept political views to themselves). I think we're at a point where the constant injection of politics into stories about bad actions by bad people muddies the water far too much. Who gives a shit if a mass killer in Vegas is left or right? He's a fucking killer. Why people care about what Hillary has to say about Weinstein is beyond me. What about Javanka? They hung out with Weinstein too. Does association really transfer guilt? What about Trump and his transgressions, are they really any better or worse because he calls himself a Republican? See what I just did, I made your well-written article that I thoroughly enjoyed and found informative into a stupid political tit-for-tat.

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  • The US is used to focusing on athletic talent, but not skill so much, as in Europe. European basketball players coming here to play are much more skilled than homegrown players. Soccer is a sport of skill, not pure athleticism. The people who say the problem is that our best athletes don't play soccer have no idea what they are talking about. The US certainly has enough good athletes in the sport that it could never lose to Trinidad, population 1 million, if it were just a matter of athleticism, which cannot be taught.

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  • In answer to the question at the end of the article: Social pressures grounded in religious belief used to keep the id in fetters.

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  • Great piece. I think we're always looking for a force outside of ourselves to blame. Especially today in a world where "sin" is quaint. Fear of God is somehow misunderstood - it really means being humble before God, knowing that we are not the beginning and the end.

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  • I had many, many more great experiences while hitchhiking than feelings of being in danger. It used to be part of the American experience and the thrill and camaraderie of the open road. Now we seem to want to avoid encounters with new people at all costs. Better to see what the phone is saying.

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  • Curious about which portion of the Arab world is colonized by the Jews.

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  • Thanks for the response, Noah! Interesting about the trope, never thought of Woody Allen, it makes sense! And yes, I figured it was a jokey jab! So, what century do you inhabit? haha! :)

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  • Emina, I'm hoping you know this article is a joke.

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  • Jews as emasculated or homosexual or nebbishy weaklings is a very common anti-semitic trope. Woody Allen's persona plays into it; you can also see it most recently in the character of Howard on Big Bang Theory. Here's an article which talks about other examples: https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/.premium-1.536114// and here's a book https://www.amazon.com/Masculinity-Anti-semitism-Modern-English-Literature/dp/0754650456

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  • Interesting...I can think of many stereotypes of Jews, but effeminate? Especially appearance. What are these examples?

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  • LOVED this piece! My husband and I were passing once through same Lumberton you write about, in fact, we stayed the night there, and we kept singing the radio song of Lumberton from Blue Velvet. If you look hard enough, there is always a David Lynch moment in America.

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  • Trump-Schmump. Pennywise, a pound of foolishness. Pence now, there's the rub.

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  • Because you're a strange bird, Feathers. and you better watch out, because I'm feeling muy caliente today. i'm a dancing cactus, you better watch out, you might get pricked.

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  • A Jack & Coke? A 24 year old? Why not just order a Jack & Apple Juice like the other pre-schoolers at the playpen bar?

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  • As usual, you hit the nail on the head. Like you, "I may use Equifax, or perhaps my accountant does, but I’ve never heard of the firm, " As a result, I can't believe that my info may have been hacked with ZERO participation or knowledge on my part. I getting pissed all over again,.

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  • Heard a report that Ms Heyer's mother said she died of a heart attack? Anything new on this?

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  • Russ's mother was born six years before mine, who just died. That is remarkable in itself. She seems to have been a good lady.

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  • Easy, Texan. My favorite was the 1960 red Valiant car she won. We never had "cool" cars, always Dodges, since my dad, through his car wash, got discounts. I don't remember a single jingle; too young I guess.

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  • Of all the contests your mom won, which was your favorite from a "prize" perspective and do you remember your favorite jingle/tag line/ etc. composed by your mom?

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  • They used to sell little packs of three as well. Good idea, because some of us would use that as a limit. The part of this story that gets me is the twenty disclaimers that come after those drug companies. If I were running a radio program, I wouldn't accept any ads that had disclaimers. As far as death goes, life causes death. Or, as my old man used to say while lighting up, "Something will eventually kill you."

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  • A former smoker (although i still sneak one every now and then...shh...) I sympathize, Russ. But it likely will kill you one way or another so consider a vape or something?

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  • That's one hip 5 y.o. to be singing Ringo at his age.

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  • God bless you Russ on the taxi part. SO TRUE!

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