Monthly Archives: April 2014

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

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Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability. Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Speaking of Jack Ramsay…

…he was almost as well known for his exuberant plaid pants and jackets as for his coaching ability.Here’s a patch his old team the Portland Trailblazers is wearing in honor of Dr. Jack:

25393017_BG1

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Tweet of the Day

It’s time for a new, and highly derivative, feature here at First Draft. I doubt if I’ll do this on a daily basis but this tweet from MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlincaught my eye:

Adam Silver Is A Mensch

I originally planned to write a Donald Sterling as malaka of the week post today. But since the new NBA Sheriff in town has banned him for life and is urging the owners to force him to sell, I decided to praise the new Commish instead. David Stern tolerated Sterling’s bigotry, slum lordism, and overall creepiness for 30 years so I’m pleased that Silver went nuclear.

Is justice completely satisfied in this case? Of course not. In a just world, Sterling would not profit on the sale of his team but this is more than I expected so I’m a relatively happy camper. The fine imposed on Sterling is a small hit by billionaire standards, but the public humiliation inflicted on him is priceless.

I’m pretty sure that the Commish wouldn’t have gone nuclear if he didn’t have the votes of 3/4 of NBA owners to force the sale. Once Silver told the presser that Sterling had admitted that the voice on the tape was his and had not apologized, it was over. Who wants to endorse that shit? Not even Mavericky Shark Mark Cuban who has gone from skepticism to supporting Silver. Racism is bad for business, y’all.

Now that Adam Silver has dealt with *his* racist owner, the pressure on Roger Goodell to do likewise with Dan Snyder of OAF fame is likely to increase; at least I hope so. For lagniappe, here’s the effigy of Goodell that I have in my living room from the 2013 Krewe du Vieux parade:

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Now that Sterling has been banned for life and the Clippers players showed their disgust with him by doing the inside out jersey thing, it’s time to get back to basketball. The protest, of course, gave me an earworm:

Album Cover Art Wednesday: In The Right Place

Mac Rebbenack was a journeyman musician when he created the persona of Dr. John, the Night Tripper. The character was based on a 19th century voodoo priest. It gave Mac the hook he needed to be noticed. This 1973 LP was his commercial breakthrough and was the time many of us, myself included, had ever heard of him.

The cover painting was by James Flournoy Holmeswho did a bunch of album covers in the early 1970’s including Eat A Peach by the Allman Brothers. His cover for In The Right Place is peachy in its own way:

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Here’s the entire album, which was produced by the eternally dapper Allen Toussaint:

We Don’t Deserve This

Lethal injection halted and inmate dies of heart attack:

One execution stopped midcourse, another postponed.

Oklahoma corrections officials looked for answers Tuesday following the death of inmate Clayton Lockett, who convulsed and writhed on the gurney after drugs to carry out his death sentence were administered.

“His body started to twitch, he mumbled something I couldn’t understand,” said Dean Sanderford, his attorney. “The convulsing got worse, it looked like his whole upper body was trying to lift off the gurney. For a minute, there was chaos.”

He said guards ordered him out of the witness area, and he was never told what had happened to his client.

The execution was halted, but the result was still death.

I’ve seen a lot of comments this morning about how these guys deserve to die painfully, and you know what? They probably do. Lockett was a murderer, rapist, kidnapper. He was scum. But we keep having the same stupid conversation, about capital punishment, because we think capital punishment is about the people we’re punishing. About what they did.

It’s not. It’s about everything, literally everything, but that.

Do these guys deserve to die painfully? Ask the other question: Do we deserve to kill them painfully? Do we deserve to kill them at all? Is that what we deserve to do? Watch a man writhe on a gurney while the prison guards panic and try to get him to die already: Does that sound like something you’d enjoy? Does that sound like something that wouldn’t be a double feature in every dream you ever had after?

Does that sound like something that wouldn’t destroy you from the inside out, no matter who the man you killed had killed? No matter what he’d done?

Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, so get thine own sandbox. Not because you can’t do it. We’re supremely talented at screwing up our lives, ladies and gentlemen, we can do hate and violence better than any other living creature. Vengeance is mine, because you shouldn’t have to carry it. Because being the person who punishes punishes no one more than you.

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Ted Cruz Should Suck It

God, his nonsense is exhausting:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday called on John Kerry to resign after the U.S. secretary of state privately told important world leaders that Israel could become “an apartheid state” if it doesn’t make peace with the Palestinians soon, as reported by The Daily Beast on Sunday.

In a floor speech, Cruz accused his former Senate colleague of displaying a “shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric.”

“Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any further harm is done to our alliance with Israel, he should offer President Obama his resignation and the President should accept it,” said Cruz, who was one of just 3 senators who voted against Kerry’s confirmation to his post last year.

I’m sorry, did John Kerry shut down the government for three weeks and get nothing he wanted out of the deal? Because until John Kerry does that, I think he can stay in his office and continue to say things that are largely true.

Also?

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Ted Cruz Should Suck It

God, his nonsense is exhausting:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday called on John Kerry to resign after the U.S. secretary of state privately told important world leaders that Israel could become “an apartheid state” if it doesn’t make peace with the Palestinians soon, as reported by The Daily Beast on Sunday.

In a floor speech, Cruz accused his former Senate colleague of displaying a “shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric.”

“Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any further harm is done to our alliance with Israel, he should offer President Obama his resignation and the President should accept it,” said Cruz, who was one of just 3 senators who voted against Kerry’s confirmation to his post last year.

I’m sorry, did John Kerry shut down the government for three weeks and get nothing he wanted out of the deal? Because until John Kerry does that, I think he can stay in his office and continue to say things that are largely true.

Also?

John-Kerry-RT-1200

A.

Ted Cruz Should Suck It

God, his nonsense is exhausting:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday called on John Kerry to resign after the U.S. secretary of state privately told important world leaders that Israel could become “an apartheid state” if it doesn’t make peace with the Palestinians soon, as reported by The Daily Beast on Sunday.

In a floor speech, Cruz accused his former Senate colleague of displaying a “shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric.”

“Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any further harm is done to our alliance with Israel, he should offer President Obama his resignation and the President should accept it,” said Cruz, who was one of just 3 senators who voted against Kerry’s confirmation to his post last year.

I’m sorry, did John Kerry shut down the government for three weeks and get nothing he wanted out of the deal? Because until John Kerry does that, I think he can stay in his office and continue to say things that are largely true.

Also?

John-Kerry-RT-1200

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