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Chris Lynch's slanted view on sports, politics and entertainment. Please send thoughts or comments to chris.lynch@gmail.com



Updated: 2017-05-29T16:33:46.250-04:00

 



JFK

2017-05-29T01:00:04.799-04:00


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JFK would have turned 100-years old today. No idea how old JKFC would be today.

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HMS Jersey

2017-05-29T00:30:08.808-04:00

On this Memorial Day it is good to remember not just those who have given their last full measure in the past few generations but also the earliest Americans who gave their all. The story of the HMS Jersey is a good place to start:
One of the most gruesome chapters in the story of America’s struggle for independence from Britain occurred in the waters near New York Harbor, near the current location of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. From 1776 to 1783, the British forces occupying New York City used abandoned or decommissioned warships anchored just offshore to hold those soldiers, sailors and private citizens they had captured in battle or arrested on land or at sea (many for refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to the British Crown). Some 11,000 prisoners died aboard the prison ships over the course of the war, many from disease or malnutrition. Many of these were inmates of the notorious HMS Jersey, which earned the nickname “Hell” for its inhumane conditions and the obscenely high death rate of its prisoners.
Abraham Clark of New Jersey was a signatory of  Declaration of Independence. Both of Clark's sons were captured and held prisoner on the HMS Jersey. His eldest son died there of STARVATION! More that twice as many Americans died aboard those British prison ships that actually died in battle during the Revolutionary war.

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Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel

2017-05-28T11:14:29.802-04:00

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Seemed like a good day to post this song.

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George W. Bush

2017-05-27T08:44:25.320-04:00


From the moment he left office, I have long said that history was going to be kind to George W. Bush. And I continue to see no reason to doubt my prediction.

Most people don't know or want to acknowledge just how damn smart George W was and is!

In performance of his duties of President, George W. was closer to Ronald Reagan than his own father. Both Reagan an Bush were called "cowboys" by a mocking media but both Presidents embraced the title as a compliment not an insult.

Nobody did more to end the threat of world communism than Ronald Reagan. Nbody has done more to stem the spread of HIV in Africa than George W. Bush - yet neither was even considered for a Nobel Peace Prize (which are worthless awards at this point).

Yes indeed - history will be very kind to George W. Bush. Both for his accomplishments in office and in comparison to those who followed him in the Office of President.

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88 Lines About 44 Women - The Nails

2017-05-27T08:13:02.016-04:00

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Haven't heard this song in quite some time.

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Top 5 - John Wayne Movies

2017-05-26T00:30:28.562-04:00

Today would have been the Duke's 110th birthday. here are what I consider his top 5 movies.

1. True Grit
2. The Quiet Man
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
4. Red River
5. (tie) Rooster Cogburn (tie) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Missing the list are both The Shootist (a sentimental favorite of mine since it was his last movie) and The Searchers (because I still haven't seen it). 

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Linky Links

2017-05-25T15:19:11.791-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Heh Heh

- I hope Mitt Romney does run for the Senate in Utah. Politics really needs more people like him.

- Heh Heh II

- I know this is cheesy but I love it! Go Preds!

- Heh Heh III

- This is awesome!

- Heh Heh IV

- Interesting metaphor for just how small the Planck Scale actually is

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The Mindset of Seattle vs the Mindset of New England

2017-05-25T11:02:08.296-04:00

Fascinating read about how Richard Sherman can't let go of Malcolm Butler's interception in the Super Bowl two years ago. The story fills in the gaps as to why Sherman was very publicly on the trade block by the Seahawks this past offseason. The story also helps highlight how great the New England Patriots really are.

I could not help but think while reading the article that you'd never hear a player on the Patriots' defense criticize Tom Brady (even in private I assume) the way Richard Sherman rips QB Russell Wilson. I also kept thinking about all those interviews I've seen over the years of veteran players coming to the Patriots and how surprised they are to see coach Bill Belichick rip into Brady as if he was just another player.

Not like that in Seattle. Not by a long shot.

Personally I love Pete Carroll's credo for interviews of "no negatives". That seems to be a great example to emulate for a happier life but for building a football dynasty? Maybe not so much. The Patriots won the Super Bowl in February but as a team they are already on to the season opener vs the Chiefs in their mindset. Meanwhile the Seahawks' mindset seem stuck on the last game from 2015.

The Patriots have the mindset of a dynasty and that makes all the difference.

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Linky Links

2017-05-24T09:45:47.294-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Excellent Roger Moore story

- IT basics - why you sometimes need to reset a router

- Seriously - has anyone seen this guy and Nick Saban in the same room? How cool would it be if there was a drummer who looked just like Bill Belichick?

- The next generation of free over-the-air TV

- Myron Rolle is the man!

- Interesting interview with Jim Al-Khahili about Quantum Physics and Quantum Biology

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Roger Moore RIP

2017-05-23T19:44:22.621-04:00


The always classy Roger Moore has passed away at age 89. To me Moore will always first and foremost be Beau Maverick. As James Bond? In hindsight Moore might have said it best, "Daniel Craig looks like a killer. Whereas I look like a decrepit lover." That wasn't true of course. Moore's Bond was a suave, man of humor and class - just like Moore in real life.

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F Greenpeace

2017-05-22T10:53:08.607-04:00

There's a logging company that is suing Greenpeace and if they are successful there might not be a Greenpeace any longer. I say good! Screw Greenpeace!


The lawsuit in Canada says Greenpeace is an illegal organization whose only goal is to raise money. Spot on! Screw Greenpeace.

And screw you too if you donate money to these assholes.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2017-05-18T21:50:39.521-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

"Not now Gisele - I have a concussion!" Come on - who among us hasn't used that excuse to get out of sex with a supermodel?... George W just wants to say "hey!"... My iPhone has started identifying some unknown calls as "Scam Likely" which I love! Also Scam Likely was my porn name... It's been 25-years since Larry Bird last played for the Celtics. Damn I feel old... Such a great time waster... If you think of it Sam and Frodo basically through-hiked the distance of the Appalachian Trail to get the ring from the Shire to Mount Doom...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Big Bang to Adam Carolla

2017-05-16T09:48:19.611-04:00

Neil: Once there was a single point in the universe that was unimaginatively small and dense. So dense that all the matter in the universe was contained in that single tiny point.

Adam: Whoa, whoa whoa!  How could it be unimaginatively small if you egg-heads imagined it? Sorry but you can't sneak those things by me because of my hyper-vigilance.

Neil: OK! OK! Now suddenly this incredibly small point explodes. Trillions and trillions of atoms burst forth. Atoms of matter and anti-matter. The atoms of matter and anti-matter annihilate each other. For each 400,000 billion atoms of matter and anti-matter just a single atom survives the annihilation. And those surviving atoms are what end up making up the universe - you, me, the planets, the stars, everything.

Adam: So what you're saying is the Big Bang was like if God farted...

Neil: Dude - what?

Adam: Yeah imagine God's unimaginatively small clenched sphincter. Then suddenly boom! The universe's biggest fart. The air outside annihilates the air from the fart and all that is left over is a tiny bit of fecal matter. You, me, the planets, the stars, everything - we're God's leftover fecal matter.

Neil: Well I guess that's one way to look at it but Adam you know I'm an atheist right?

Adam: Me too - but if you can imagine that other shit why not this?

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NFL Draft

2017-05-16T00:30:01.452-04:00

Here's an idea that I've had for some time regarding where the NFL Draft should be held. This year the draft was held in Philadelphia. Why not hold the NFL Draft in the city of the winner of last season's Super Bowl?

I know there would be some logistical challenges since the draft is held at the end of April and the Super Bowl is in early February. I agree that's not much time. But if the league started the process during Conference Championship week there would be almost another month to prepare and just 4 possible cities to worry about.

Getting the NFL Draft would be a great economic boom to the host city. What better way for the NFL to reward success?  Every NFL city has the facilities and the hotel rooms to host the event so why not make the location based upon performance?

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Heh Heh

2017-05-15T22:37:08.156-04:00

In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University . On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
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Linky Links

2017-05-15T11:06:29.967-04:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- But I thought the science was settled? Scientists argue Big Bang vs Big Bounce

- 10 lessons from Tim Ferris

- Charlie Munger: The Psychology of Human Misjudgement

- Interesting kettlebell workout routine

- Another workout routine from Outside Magazine

- While we are talking workouts - the secrets of Tom Brady's personal trainer

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2017-05-14T11:58:26.301-04:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Yesterday was National Hummus Day. This giving a "day" to each little thing has gotten ridiculous... US States renamed for countries with similar GDP's... Quote of the Day: "Death is my exit strategy," - Craig Newmark founder of Craig's List... Who knew? The Flat Earth Society has members around the globe... I thought they were saying after dinner and the movie and I'm like "Why wait?"... Just a reminder but Red Auerbach won just a single NBA Coach of the Year Award. That was for the season in which the Celtics won their eighth  of nine consecutive championships... The media reacting to Trump be like...

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Mr. T and Mother's Day

2017-05-14T00:30:21.264-04:00

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Mr. T says to treat your mother right!

The founder of Mother's Day later tried to have it scrapped. I find the last paragraph ironically funny.

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Sihugo Green

2017-05-11T12:50:34.596-04:00

People talk about Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan as the biggest draft day mistake in history but for my money Sihugo Green was a much bigger mistake.

In the 1956 NBA draft, the Rochester Royals had the first pick and the Boston Celtics had the second pick (via a trade with St. Louis). With the first pick Rochester selected 6'2" Sihugo Green of Duquesne. With the second pick, the Boston Celtics selected Bill Russell of San Francisco.

The rest is history.

In case you never heard of Sihugo - he ended up playing 9 season (his last with the Celtics BTW) and averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.3 assists for his career.

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The Talented Mr. Putin

2017-05-11T09:23:50.584-04:00

You may have seen the video of Vladimir Putin playing hockey (again). I know it is silly but not as silly or vain as that video of Putin trying to sing Blueberry Hill.

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Impressive but not Mitt Romney fighting Evander Holyfield impressive.

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Top 5 - Things That are (Much) Bigger on the Inside

2017-05-10T09:19:49.109-04:00

Finally saw Fantastic Beasts over the weekend and I enjoyed it very much. The movie made me think of this list.

1. The Tardis from Doctor Who (you knew this would be number one)

2. Newt Scamander's suitcase

3. Oscar the Grouch's trashcan

4. Barty Crouch Jr's trunk (where he imprisoned Mad Eye Moody)

5. Madonna's vagina (couldn't resist)

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Just Like You - Ian Brown

2017-05-09T12:56:56.663-04:00

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I really love this song.

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