2017 NFL: Week 7

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Will Massive Tax Cuts Lead to a Business Boom That Will Replace Lost Government Revenue?

This is a key principle for Republicans. Cut taxes and the economic activity will increase, if not explode. What about the loss of government revenue from these tax cuts? Don’t worry, conservatives say, the economic boom that results from the tax cuts will be so large that it will cover most, if not all of the lost revenue from taxes. My understanding is that this idea has little merit, and there’s an interesting story from NPR’s Planet Money podcast that reinforces this. The podcast is about the Governor Brownback’s attempt to implement tax cuts based on this principle in Kansas.

Short answer: it didn’t work. Indeed, The Atlantic has an article with Kansas Republicans warning that the GOP tax plan for the federal government, based on a similar principle, won’t work either.

Here are two interesting things I got out of the article. Continue reading ‘Will Massive Tax Cuts Lead to a Business Boom That Will Replace Lost Government Revenue?’

NFL 2017: Week 6


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I Would Really Like to Know (Part 2)

They say the point
demons guard is
an ocean grave
for all the brave.
Was it you who said
How long?
How long?
How long
to the Point of Know Return?

NFL 2017: Week 5


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Gun Violence

Thread to post articles on gun violence and gun control, as well a place to discuss the topic.

I Used to Think Gun Control Was the Answer My Research Told Me Otherwise is a somewhat surprising op-ed from a former writer from FiveThirtyEight. Continue reading ‘Gun Violence’

2017 NFL: Week 4


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The Football Death Spiral, a Way of Understanding Football Games

I can’t remember if I talked about this before, but my understanding of football games and also my analysis of football teams comes down to which team can avoid getting into a death spiral in a game. Before I go into an explanation, let me say a few things. First, I don’t think what I’m saying is all that revolutionary or new, not in terms of the concepts. I suspect what I’m about to say will sound obvious and banal to many of you. However, in all my years of watching and reading about football, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone articulate or organize some of the concepts into what I’m about to say, which is a little surprising if true. So what do I mean by the death spiral? Continue reading ‘The Football Death Spiral, a Way of Understanding Football Games’

Why Are NFL Ratings Down?

I heard someone mention this, and I was a bit surprised. (I understand Trump made some comments about this and other NFL topics, but I didn’t bother reading them.) I have no idea if this is true, but if this is, why do you guys think this is the case?

I actually feel my enthusiasm for the NFL diminishing a bit, but I have no idea if this is the same reason others aren’t watching the NFL as much. Indeed, if I had to guess, I’d say the reason(s) is probably different. For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the number of injuries, particularly season-ending injuries that seem to occur before the the first regular season! The frequency seems so high that I feel like any key player or players could go down at any time. By the end, many of the teams that make it will likely be missing several important players. To me, this is a big turn off, and I must confess it’s mostly for selfish and superficial reasons: namely, it ruins the quality of competition, and even legitimacy of some of the games, if that’s the right way to describe it. If a team is missing several starters, one or two of them really important players, if a team beats them is that a legitimate victory? Injuries are part of the game, but if there are two many injuries, to too many key players, it weakens the meaningfulness of the games. Or at least I start feeling that way.

And maybe I wouldn’t if the quality of the play seemed high. That leads to the other issue for me–the quality of the offensive line (OL) play and how that affects the quality of play overall. To me, terrible OL play makes the game almost unwatchable.

By the way, I don’t think the officiating is much of a problem (although the way I watch games in condensed version and sometimes I don’t pay much attention to the penalties). I actually think the officiating is a lot better than a few years ago, when they seemed to call every defensive hold or pass interference. It’s a lot better since them. But I wonder if scoring is down. I don’t notice as many defensive holding calls that bail out offenses, so maybe that has lead to less scoring. If so, that might explain why TV ratings are down.

Any thoughts? Is the NFL less appealing to watch for you? If so, why?

2017 NFL: Week 3

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NFL Hall of Fame: Class of 2018 Modern Nominees

The 2018 nominees of the modern era for the NFL are out. I thought it would be fun to go by position and discuss who we think is worthy, unworthy, the best of the group, etc. Let’s start with the QBs: Continue reading ‘NFL Hall of Fame: Class of 2018 Modern Nominees’

2017 NFL: Week 2


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2017 NFL: Week 1

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2017-2018 NFL Season

What are your thoughts and predictions on the upcoming NFL season, particularly with regard to who you think will be the best teams, specifically relating to who has the best chance of winning the Super Bowl. Here are some of my thoughts off the top of my head.

As always, I first think about the team’s that follow what I think is a winning blueprint for a Super Bowl team: a really good defense, strong running game, and a QB that can protect the football, play well under pressure, including making a handful of plays in critical moments, particularly when a play breaks down. Any team like that fit the bill this year? Which teams come the closest? Continue reading ‘2017-2018 NFL Season’

5Qs: Consolidated Theaters

It’s the 100th anniversary of Consolidated Theaters. I saw a trailer with some local celebrities talking about their fondest memories of going to those theaters. That’s the inspiration for this thread:

1. What was the first movie you saw in a Consolidated Theater and which theater was it?
2. What was your favorite memory?
3. What was the funniest experience?
4. What is a favorite snack that they no longer sell?
5. What was your favorite theater?


In recent years we’ve seen some interesting changes at the movie theater. In addition to bigger screens, larger and more comfortable seats, huge sound systems, and reserved seating, newer theaters have reclining seats, increased spacing, fold-out tables, and alcoholic beverages. Menu choices have gotten more interesting as well: I recently had okonomiyaki fries at the Ward theaters. They were basically fries with okonomiyaki kinds of toppings, such as cabbage, imitation crab, okonomiyaki sauce and even Kewpie Mayonnaise. While they weren’t amazing, they were a nice alternative to the stuff we’ve been getting our whole lives.

You know how they have special screenings for open-captioned viewing, and for parents with young kids so nobody feels pressured to leave the theater if their kids start making noise? I think they’re great ideas, and I would like to see special text-all-you-like screenings for those of us who like to live-tweet what we’re watching. I think this might encourage hardcore texters to go to these screenings, leaving the regular screenings with far fewer annoying talkers or texters.

We’ve seen a few sing-along films (Frozen and Beauty and the Beast recently), but what about a quote-along screenings, where viewers may feel free to recite dialogue along with the films? This would be great for films like Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, and Casablanca.

What have your experiences with the new amenities been like, and what do you think? Is there something you’d like to see local theaters introduce that they haven’t yet tried?

World War II in Colour (2009) (TV)

This is a streaming TV documentary series on World War II, with, as the title suggested, colorized video and images from WWII. The colorization is not what drew me to this. Instead, I’m watching this just to get an overview of WWII. This thread will be a repository for my notes and thoughts on what I’m learning. As a general point, I’m watching the series through with the present in mind, particularly in Europe. Also, my notes are based on memory, so take them with a grain of salt, as I may not have remembered all the details accurately. Continue reading ‘World War II in Colour (2009) (TV)’

Hell or High Water (2016)


Hell or High Water (2016)
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham. Written by Taylor Sheridan. Directed by David Mackenzie. Continue reading ‘Hell or High Water (2016)’

Top 5 Favorite Athletes of All Time

Not necessarily best. Just athletes you really love, for whatever reason. Here’s mine off the top of my head: Continue reading ‘Top 5 Favorite Athletes of All Time’

Journal in the Trump Era

My Trump regime threads are mostly repositories for articles, tweets, etc., which I’ve tried to organize by categories (e.g., Russia scandal, corruption, etc.). I’m starting this thread to post responses I have for certain events, articles, etc. I could start separate threads, but I’ve been overwhelming the site with political posts, and I don’t want to do that. I’m hoping that I can post most of my thoughts and comments in this one thread, and that should not flood the site with politics.

For my first post, I want to comment on this remark: Continue reading ‘Journal in the Trump Era’