Alan here. Clifford was unable to do this week’s post so I’m filling in at the helm. There’s a lot I want to cover, so in lieu of the usual couple items plus commentary I’m just going to barrage you with news and hope you take something away from one of the stories.
Let’s get started:
Haterade is a vile, bitter substance that we all imbibe from time to time in the same way we do alcohol: We know it’s bad for us, we know that it usually tastes awful, but God damnit it feels so good! My own personal favorite flavor of haterade is the extremely tart, but extra smooth, Kobe Bryant*. But by far the best selling flavor of haterade over the past 2 years has been none other than LeBronamade** As the resident Po Life NBA expert and passionate LeBron lover, I feel the need to stick up to those cyber bullies that like to take the proverbial haterade shower like they just won the Douchebag Olympics. I feel the need to come to the defense of the Greatest Basketball Player in The World, who actually did just win an NBA championship and deserves a real Gatorade shower.
So when my future brother-in-law and fellow Po Life blogger Clifford showed me this article, which is literally titled, “LeBron James: World Champion Cocksucker,” I knew that I had a new soapbox to stand upon. I didn’t even want to link the article on this post because Drew Magary doesn’t deserve a single hit and is probably the WFG in absolutely everything that he has ever, or will ever, partake in. But I actually have some integrity and want to provide my dear readers with some context to my ensuing rant, so I begrudingly linked his article above. Also, maybe we will get some actual hits that way.
The international economic slow down seems to be continuing as Eurozone member Spain apparently requires 65 billion euros to shore up their banking sector. Spain has stated they believe 100 billion euros should do the trick, but CNN Money Ben Rooney really hits the nail on the head here when he says, ” It is also unclear exactly where the money will come from.” I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel like I’ve been brainwashed over the past 5 years to basically believe any astronomical amount of money can just be created straight out of thin air, especially when it’s for the banking sector.
A shocking video of a New York state bus monitor named Karen Klein was released on youtube and proved two things. 1) Yes, kids really do go Lord of the Flies on the school bus and 2) the internet can coalesce people around a completely wacky theme. As of the writing of this post over $600k had been raised through a viral campaign to send her on a vacation. According to mashable she won’t even have to pay taxes on this money.
Gas prices have continued to drop to an average below $80 a barrel due to a continued slow down in demand. Foreign Policy online did a solid piece on the effects of the coming oil crash on international autocrats, and Vladimir Putin in particular. The article also gives some good perspective on Saudi Arabia’s long economic plan and answers the question of why they would continue to pump so much oil and contribute to the falling price of petrol. Speaking of Saudi Arabia, the death of Crown Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz brings to light many questions of succession in the Kingdom that will be interesting to watch as the original sons of Saudi founder Abdul-Aziz bin Saud are all getting really old.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress this week for essentially refusing to share documents pertaining to the ATF program called “Fast and Furious.” Reuters gives a good explanation here of exactly what Contempt of Congress really means. Being held in Contempt of Congress seems slightly ironic when Congress is in fact held in contempt by the American people, due to its inability to come to a resolution pretty much anything. As a side note I feel the media needs to stop asking the question if a decision made in a Presidential election year was made “for political reasons” or because it was the right thing to do. The answer is always “both.” For instance, the Republicans’ shameful smear job on Brett McGurk and the President’s decision to use a new legal framework to essentially give amnesty (though Dems have tried to say it isn’t Amnesty) to 800,000 illegal immigrants are both prime examples. Everything until the election will have some level of political motivation.
Looks like fellow polife writer Joey got his wish this week as Lebron James won his first NBA title. Though I too was pulling for Lebron I have to say I’m most pleased about what the NBA Finals meant for ESPN First Take and Skip Bayless. Mark Cuban and Skip went back and forth on Twitter about the NBA Finals and Mr. Cuban decided to fly out to Miami to crush Skip’s soul. Mark calls Skip out for his massive generalizing, his egocentric outlook on sports, and his utter lack of basketball knowledge. It’s the worst public thrashing since the Nixon vs. Kennedy debates of 1960, and when Mark asks Skip questions about basketball that he has no idea how to respond to, it’s more awkward than The Office and twice as entertaining.
President Obama, showing the ever growing power of the executive branch, has decided to allow illegal immigrants to stay legally in the United States. This was seen by many as a ploy to woo Hispanic voters in the upcoming election, where the Hispanic vote looks ever more critical. It also shows the President’s incredible frustration with a Congress that has been unable to do ANYTHING. Romney called Obama’s decision politically motivated (do politicians make decisions that aren’t politically motivated?) but he too may be looking at his own way to entice Hispanic voters in the conservative wonder boy Marco Rubio. Yet, reaction from the Hispanic community on his credentials remain a bit cloudy.
Drake and Chris Brown were involved in some type of scuffle where a lot of people were hurt, at a night club called W.i.P.- work in progress- which begs the question; why were Drake and Chris Brown hanging out somewhere that Yelp! gives less than 2.5 stars . Furthermore, perusing the Yelp reviews, apparently there was a Stern LGBT sponsored event here back in May which W.i.P. sold 400 tickets to and then only let in 100 people. (Pretty exclusive place when you only let in 25% of people who paid to get in). Which takes me logically to the biggest question, why do Drake and Chris Brown hate the LGBT community?
The Heat have won 2 straight games to take a 2-1 lead over the OKC Thunder in the NBA finals. LeBron James is averaging 30 points a game and is proving to everyone that he is the best player in the world. Will this finally be the year that LeBron gets over the hump and wins his first championship? One blogger here at Po Life certainly hopes so.
The US Open concluded on Friday in thrilling fashion, where Webb Simpson took down some of the titans of the game, including Graeme McDowell, Michael Thompson, and Jason Duffner. And by thrilling fashion, I mean Webb Simpson had already posted his score and was chilling in the club house when Jim Furyk was crapping his pants and handing Webb a victory. And by titans I mean three dudes you have never heard of. Honestly, did any of you watch on Sunday? Of course not, because you were too busy doing important things like spending time with family and watching the NBA. I am not even going to dignify any of these guys with a link. If you are so interested, Google them.
Apple has basically pimp slapped google by announcing they’re going to do their own maps on the iPhone. This is a slightly unique foray into application design for Apple who have let google handle this for years now. Still, Apple doesn’t usually take things lightly and I’d imagine they’ve had this in the works for quite some time. Google has a huge head start with street view and probably oodles and oodles of data already into their maps, but my gut tells me Apple has a trick up their sleeves. Also, this more aggressive approach towards google as a competitor makes me wonder if Apple will get into search? Apple also announced they would be selling iPhones without data packages.
A lot has been said recently about LeBron James, whether it be about his inability to win the big game, his general attitude towards life, or simply people’s general disdain for his existence. He went from one of the most universally loved athletes of our time to one of the most universally loathed athletes in the world, almost overnight. The majority of the haterade being poured all over LeBron is due to the two most dreaded words in the LeBronacular*: The Decision. Let me preface this whole post by saying that not only am I a huge NBA fan, but an overwhelmingly supportive fan of LeBron. But I am going to do my best to create a balanced, and hopefully rational, argument as to why LeBron is very undeserving of all of the hate.