The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The sins of commission (Ryan, McConnell) sit down with the sins of omission (Schumer, Pelosi). In their own ways, these four are equally responsible for a man who despises all four of them ending up the President of the United States. A majority of Americans, the British, the French, the Germans, the Japanese and, yes, the Canadians say fuck you very much.

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

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Shake Your Money Maker

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The title of this post does not come from me. It comes from a song by blues legend Elmore James covered by Paul Butterfield and George Thorogood, both of whom made far more money off the song than Elmore James ever did, but that’s a different old story.

This story is about the “[Portland] Blazer Dancers,” five of whom from an unknown year are pictured above. Every NBA franchise has an exact clone of the Blazer Dancers … well except for one beginning next year. That one franchise is the San Antonio Spurs. From USA Today: “the NBA team is replacing the all-female squad with a “family-friendly” co-ed ‘hype team.’ The move comes as a number of pro sports teams have been embroiled in controversy surrounding their cheerleading squads, some resulting in official complaints or even lawsuits.”

The Spurs have a coach, Greg Popovich, who speaks eloquently of the degradation of American culture and speaks up for black people, who make up the vast majority of NBA rosters. He has not commented on the demise of the Silver Spurs (who actually had a camp for young girls aspiring to shake their money makers some day!) but if he does, it will be right on.

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If what’s going on in the photo above is the only way to fire you up about what’s going on in the photo below then you don’t really appreciate basketball at its finest and you are actually enabling the exploitation of women, especially pretty young ones who find out that shaking their money makers doesn’t actually get them very much money, which is another old story.

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© 2018 Joseph Galligan

Samantha Bee Gets a C

Samantha Bee gets an F for calling Ivanka Trump a cunt in the context of her show (save that for a private conversation). It pushes the envelope offensiveness-wise, plus it’s kind of stupid to call the President’s daughter a cunt the day after the Roseanne Barr Planet of the Apes fiasco. It just creates whataboutism for the Trumpskites. However, she gets an A for her use of the word “feckless,” defined as “lacking initiative or strength of character.” Dictionary gives “feckless mama’s boy” as an example of use of the word, indicating Samantha was right on with her use of this word. So “feckless cunt” is an F plus an A, which averages out to a C.

© 2018 Joseph Galligan

Minor League Parents

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This piece has an interesting cultural take on what kids’ sports used to be about/for and what they have devolved into. There are many parents involved in kids’ sports who don’t confuse what is happening in front of them with the World Series/Super Bowl/Stanley Cup finals/NBA finals or even the outcome of a game between two local high schools. There are many parents who don’t see berating an 8-year-old as a way to get him/her to improve his/her “performance.” But there are also many parents who have no perspective, who live vicariously through their children, who know so little about sports that they think being on a baseball team that defeated another baseball team 20-17 in a game featuring 15 walks ensures some kind of success “at the next level.”

A former colleague of mine was the MVP of his college basketball league one season and became a varsity high school basketball coach. He said the best way to teach kids to play basketball was to play three-on-three half court at several different baskets with one or two adults roaming around to  point out errors such as traveling and double dribbling and to resolve disputes over fouls. He said you can teach them to play full court five-on-five later on. They’re kids. They learn fast.  No score board. No score. No stats. No parents present.

I coached girls’ YMCA basketball for several years and found actual Christian principles alive in this program  thanks to a woman (former Division I college basketball player) who ran an excellent workshop my first year. Later on, my oldest daughter was exposed to Little League softball at its worst. I felt the coach of her team should not be allowed around children at all (and this was not about sexual predation, although it wouldn’t have surprised me to hear that was going on) and the next year he was president of the entire Little League.  Bye bye Little League. During the time I coached basketball, only one parent called me after the season and thanked me for the way I coached and how I dealt with his headstrong daughter. He was the father of a future Hall of Fame athlete who, by the way, came to every one of his sister’s games when he was in high school and didn’t say a word.

I had occasion to be at a party where a lot of men involved in youth sports were present, and the consensus was that the kid who is going to be that Hall of Famer from my hometown  or even the kid who gets a scholarship to a Division I university, does not need super-organized, super-intense youth sports. The reason is that the high level athlete has something a lot of other kids have — talent — but he/she has something else that few other kids have — drive. He/she is the kid who shoots 100 free throws outside in the middle of the winter, who shovels off a patch of ice and shoots pucks into a makeshift goal for hours, who fields ground balls by throwing a tennis ball against a wall all afternoon, who doesn’t leave the putting green until he/she has made 45 out of 50 putts from ten feet, even if it’s getting dark.  The best player on one of my girls’ teams dribbled a basketball everywhere she went at 11 or 12 years old. Turned out to be a really good ball handler in college. This high level of drive is what everyone who is around a Michael Jordan or a LeBron James or a Cal Ripken or a Tom Brady remarks on — they are maybe somewhat more talented than everyone else, but they work way harder than everyone else. And they have been doing that all their lives. Some ignorant, bossy wannabe in youth sports did not instill that in them.

A glimmer of hope has arisen in my world, though, as more people with small children move into my apartment complex. When the weather improves I notice that a lot of them are playing soccer on the largest patch of grass in the complex. There are no adults around. There is no scoreboard. The littlest ones learn a lot by playing with the bigger ones. These are mostly Latino kids. They don’t have uniforms or play in organized leagues or on perfectly groomed fields with referees and parents on the sidelines. But they do have fun. All the time.

©  2018 Joseph Galligan

Ambien Has Its Own Guilt — Just Not for Roseanne

So Roseanne Barr is saying she was in some kind of Ambien-induced altered state when she wrote and sent the Tweet that got her show cancelled. As numerous commenters have pointed out, Ambien does not cause one to have deeply racist beliefs, it just lessens one’s inhibitions about making those beliefs known and/or causing you to not remember that you made those beliefs known.

When I worked in residential addiction treatment, Ambien was the drug we hated the most because it was even more falsely marketed than OxyContin. Sanofi, its manufacturer, stated all over the place that Ambien is not a benzodiazepine. Xanax (the most heavily abused benzo), Valium, Ativan, Klonipin and Librium are all benzodiazepines, which are all sedatives  (anxiety) or hypnotics (insomnia). The chemical names for most benzos end in -am or -pam (alprazolam = Xanax, for instance); the chemical name for Ambien is zolpidem and therein lies the lie Sanfoi tells. According to Wikipedia, “[Ambien] works by increasing GABA effects in the central nervous system by binding to GABAA receptors at the same location as benzodiazepines.” Yes, Ambien is not a benzo, until you put it in your body, and then it has all the same effects as benzos, both good (helps you sleep) and bad (causes tolerance, amnesia and alcohol overdoses).

So if Ambien is not a benzo, why did we treat people for withdrawal from Ambien (and no other drugs) that was just like withdrawal from short- or medium-acting benzos? The problem with this illusion is it causes people to think that Ambien is not a dangerous drug with a high abuse potential and when mixed with other drugs can cause fatal overdoses. But, as Sanofi points out, it cannot cause you to have nasty, racists beliefs; it can only unleash them.

© Joseph Galligan 2018

Reality TV Goes Metastatic

 

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This may be the most grotesque photograph of the entire Donnie reign, even more so than the Kid Rock-Ted Nugent-Sarah Palin puke fest. I can’t find the source, but someone commented about this photograph saying that if you went back 10 years ago and told someone this is a photograph of something that actually will happen, they wouldn’t believe you. Who would? This is how far American culture has fallen. Two people who are famous for being famous and will pretty much do or say anything in public (see other post about how porn star is perfect foil for Donnie) get their picture taken in the White House, and one of them isn’t visiting.