Made Of Awesome

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The inscription on Greg Maddux's Hall of Fame plaque, below his image, full name and nicknames, and list of teams played for:

ONE OF GAME'S MOST CONSISTENT, COMPOSED AND CELEBRATED STARTING PITCHERS. FIRST TO WIN AT LEAST 15 GAMES IN 17 STRAIGHT SEASONS, EN ROUTE TO 355 CAREER VICTORIES, EIGHTH-MOST ALL-TIME AND THE SECOND HIGHEST TOTAL SINCE THE 1920S. ONLY HURLER WITH 300 WINS, 3,000 STRIKEOUTS, AND LESS THAN 1,000 WALKS. PREPARATION, COMMAND AND STUDY OF BATTERS MADE HIM PART-SCIENTIST, PART-ARTIST, WINNING FOUR STRAIGHT CY YOUNG AWARDS. ALSO CAPTURED 18 GOLD GLOVE AWARDS.

The Bird Dog Doctrine

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Preamble: Recognizing that there is a war being waged by various groups of militant Islamists on multiple fronts, the U.S. has a role in trying to marginalize those groups to the point of insignificance.

Therefore, the Bird Dog Doctrine is articulated as follows:

1. This is as much an information war as a hot war. The U.S. should utilize its resources to assist the Ummah and theological community in discrediting this ideology. This assumes that the Ummah and theological community are willing to do so.

The Roads are Melting in Yellowstone...(but Really!)

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-yellowstone-melted-road-20140711-story.html

 

Rather than the Philippines, I am developing a strong desire to head up to Yellowstone...do some camping with the bears and wolves and bison.

 

Weekend Open Thread

Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.

 

Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:

(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)

Liveblogging the bombing of Gaza.

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I know we all want to live in alternate worlds but this is JPost's official liveblog of the Gaza bombardment.  Some illuminating comments, and some curious parallels which seem to have bypassed OpEds in the JPost.

 

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/LIVE-BLOG-Israels-Operation-Protective-Edge...

Men's Rights Open Thread

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http://time.com/2949435/what-i-learned-as-a-woman-at-a-mens-rights-confe...

 

Tidbits

“Women don’t marry men in unemployment lines,” he said. The audience nodded in agreement.

Weekend Open Thread

Leave any thoughts below, and here's some very chill jazz music for a relaxing summer weekend:

 

Eleven days at the SC

The last week and a half has been very,  very good for those in favor of limited government and a robust Bill of Rights.   We have no "Gloating" category so this diary will have to go under "Politics".

 

Global Temps Continue to Sizzle...Welcome to Hot....Open Thread

 

The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all other Mays before it, since recordkeeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

 

The monthly temperature was 1.33 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average May. That may not seem like much, but on a planetary scale, it’s huge. It ties the highest departure from average for any single month, in weather records that predate electric lights in Manhattan.

 

Summer solstice open thread

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Summer solstice begins tomorrow at 3:58AM PST. In my neck of the woods, sunrise is at 5:12am and sunset is 9:14pm, getting light around 4:30am and getting dark by around 10:00pm. I love this time of year.

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