I have never been into MMA, but some of my friends are, and every single one of them gets super fired up when clueless, non-MMA watching people have opinions about the sport.
So I hesitate to say this (fired up people who are fascinated by the best way to break someone’s arm or kick someone in the head make me nervous), but… UFC reminds me of Uber in that it seems like something hyper-successful that’s run by seriously flawed, unaware people who we eventually be the end of it.
In his tweet, Jackson referenced Michael Graham, a talented player from Georgetown whom Jackson coached in the Continental Basketball Association. Graham and Jackson got into an argument in the middle of a game on New Year’s Eve in 1986, according to a profile of Graham in The Washingtonian. Days after the incident, Jackson’s team, the Albany Patroons, released Graham.
Gee Phil, that’s great. Tell us another story while you sign a broken-down Joakim Noah for eighty-bazillion dollars.
Carmelo is pretty worthless around the league at this point, but he’s a lot better at his job than Jackson is.
I’ll probably disagree with almost everything this guy does (I am of the school of thought that Jeffersonian-principles stopped being a useful judicial north star about seventy years ago, but that’s just me), but at least he’s a real nominee, and not some Trump buddy.
Still, the fact remains, the way the system is supposed to work, this pick shouldn’t even exist. The GOP made up this ridiculous “run out the clock” strategy back in March of last year to avoid confirming (or even talking about) a much more centrist pick in Merrick Garland. So I don’t really care what crazy resistance tactics the Democrats come up with (even though they won’t work) – the Republicans haven’t operated in good faith, as a group, in years. So do whatever you want. I’m not interested in defending behavioral norms for one side of a two-sided debate.
My point is only this: Trump is governing almost exactly how he said he would during a campaign that he won. No one should be surprised.
I don’t think people are surprised Trump wants to do these things. I think they’re a little surprised he’s just going ahead and doing them despite earning only the most technical kind of electoral victory, and not only lacking a real mandate, but actually becoming President with three million fewer votes than his opponent. So while he was clear about what he wanted to do, I think there’s some surprise he really thinks it’s the right time, as President of the entire country, to do any of it, particularly in this manner.
The rest of the reaction isn’t surprise at all. It’s just dissent, and its intensity is simply matching the intensity of the actions it’s opposing. Most people hate these policies, and they’re going to stand up and make noise about it.
Can a free society sustain this kind of rallying and resistance long enough to get us through this? I don’t know. It’s likely to take years, but I’m heartened we aren’t just rolling over. For all the crap we give millennials, this is the kind of fight they’re built for – they’re disproportionately smart, hard-working, interested in the well-being of others, resistant to being told what to do without a good reason. All of that can make them extremely challenging to work with, but it equips them (and society) well for this era.
FWIW, I’m now a dues-paying member of the ACLU. Godspeed, folks.
This is what’s particularly infuriating about our unique flavor of 21st century plutocracy. The owners – basically a high council of billionaires who can make the league do anything they want with no oversight – voted to enable something they actively think is a terrible idea, simply because they opposed the idea of one of their own ever having their actions restricted for the league’s greater good.
And now? They want some purple elephant to fall out of the sky and give them that exact greater good. They had every ability – and the only ability – to stop an outcome that is just as undesirable for them as it is for the regular people with no such ability at all. But they couldn’t be bothered.
Power without leadership or responsibility. That’s why people have lost faith in “elites”, whether they aim their rage accurately or not.
This is such bizarre analysis from Chris Cillizza.
Trump is just not introspective. A question about heroes by its very nature necessitates some level of introspection from the person to whom it is asked. What makes a hero? What are the traits you most admire in a person? Who are the sorts of people that you model yourself after? Trump simply doesn’t open up. Ever. He is constantly moving forward. He doesn’t look back. He doesn’t second guess. He assumes he has always done the right thing. In a way, it’s a remarkable personality trait and one that as someone who constantly second guesses himself, I sort of admire. The point is that Trump doesn’t engage in navel-gazing in public — and, my guess is, in private either.
This goes on and on, attempting to build a complex psychological profile for someone who is – clearly, if you read the actual, in-context question and answer session – a big, babbling idiot.
Trump is an idiot. His success, such as it is, is due to luck, a lack of decency, and the ability to cater to people’s worst qualities, like their fascination with attention and conflict. I don’t even think he has a plan, or has ever really had a plan – he’s just completely devoid of any complex, multi-stage thinking, and that (along with his inherited wealth and ability to say insane things with no shame) has made him the perfect famous person to accidentally take over our dumb, fractured, nihilistic society.
All of that is true, and the incredible success – again, such as it is – that he’s had co-opting the world’s greatest political experiment, the United States, is very real. But… the man is still an idiot. He just is. Don’t try to map him onto the profiles of guys like freaking Dwight Eisenhower.