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first_imgOf course, when Pierce speaks of the lack of justice in his case, he doesn’t mean the way he fleeced the taxpayers of Los Angeles. He’s feeling sorry for himself. He thinks that – in his seven-figure settlement – he somehow got a bad deal. If that’s so, he should have taken his case to trial, where a jury would have laughed it out of town. Tennie, you’ve got your money. Do yourself a favor, and disappear from the scene. Don’t hang around and kvetch about how badly you have it. That’s just doggone poor form. Savage intolerance In the battle of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vs. Michael Savage, it’s hard to know whom to root for. For the uninitiated, Michael Savage is the living, breathing embodiment of liberals’ worst nightmares about talk radio. The guy is a vitriolic bomb-thrower, mean-spirited and vicious. That he said some pro-immigration activists on a hunger strike should “fast until they starve to death” may be outrageous, but it’s pretty much par for the course in the Savage Nation. So it’s curious that this particular comment should be the one to arouse such consternation. And one wonders whether the San Fran supes, who last week passed a resolution condemning Savage’s remark, really have nothing better to do than denounce a talk-radio host. Worse, though, is the language of the supervisors’ pious anti-Savage resolution, which boasts of how San Francisco “values the dignity of all its residents,” and brags of its “tolerance.” Oh, please. This is the same city that subsidizes the grotesque Folsom Street Fair – a public S&M display that’s a grandiose insult to human dignity, and which, this year, ran an ad mocking Christ and the Last Supper. Plus, just 18 months ago, these same self-righteous politicians condemned a Christian youth rally in their city as “fascist.” So much for tolerance. Savage deserves a condemnation, but then, the San Francisco supervisors do, too. Truth be told, Savage and the supes really deserve each other. L.A. County seal, SCOTUS-bound? The valiant souls who have been fighting for the restoration of the original Los Angeles County seal think they might get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. I wish them well, but I’m not optimistic their effort would succeed. Had the county not caved in to the ACLU – that is, had it kept the original seal – and had the ACLU taken the matter to trial, the county would have won handily. The seal never conferred any kind of religious endorsement; it merely acknowledged that Christian missionaries settled the Los Angeles area. Like the name “Los Angeles,” the old seal pointed to our region’s religious heritage without establishing anything close to a state religion. But the county didn’t fight, opting to surrender to the ACLU, and that has created a much more complicated case. Anti-religious thinking likely influenced the supes’ decision to remove the seal, but short of reading minds, how could that ever be proven in a court of law? And while the Constitution doesn’t preclude the county from including a cross on its seal, it certainly doesn’t require one, either. The irony is that when the supes voted to kill the cross, they said they were saving the taxpayers’ money – never mind that changing the insignia on every county vehicle, form, letterhead, etc., would cost $700,000. That was a pittance, they said, compared with what it would have cost in legal expenses to defend the old seal. But now they find themselves spending untold millions – they refuse to disclose how much – to protect their new, politically correct seal. So they’ve saved the taxpayers nothing, while creating needless controversy and insulting the intelligence of every one of us forced to foot the bill. Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Getting past the GOP’s hucksters Newt Gingrich may be out of the 2008 presidential race, but another Republican Southerner is picking up where he left off – trying to give the GOP a clean break from the Bush administration. That would be Mike Huckabee, the second-most famous native of Hope, Ark., and a long-shot candidate in the GOP primary. Huckabee probably lacks the resources and the name recognition to get elected, but unlike the front-runners, he seems to understand that running on the Bush legacy (and Bush foreign policy) is no way to win the general election. In a recent speech, Huckabee said the Bush administration ignores peaceful options to resolve problems with Iran, trusts the Saudis too much, and has allowed Pakistan to go soft in the War on Terror. This is pretty tame stuff, but the fact that it seems controversial points to how little the front-runners have sought to separate themselves from the president. Meanwhile, the front-runner (Rudy Giuliani) has so separated himself from Christian conservatives that they’re making noise about running a third-party alternative – a Naderlike vote-grabber who would all but assure a Hillary Clinton presidency. But if the GOP runs on Bush foreign policy and liberal social policy, it’s destined for a well-deserved landslide, anyway. It’s hard to imagine that Huckabee has the wherewithal to save the party this time around, but he does have the right idea. Tennie Pierce, time to move on The Daily News headline was one most of us could agree with: “Tennie Pierce: `Justice wasn’t done.”‘ Indeed, justice was not done in the Tennie Pierce case. A prankster walked off with $1.4 million plus a pension as the result of a prank no more harmful than the ones he routinely played on his fellow firefighters. All because Pierce, who liked to call himself “the big dog,” was treated to a few bites of dog food. last_img

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Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final

first_imgCroatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after beating Sam Querrey of the United States at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON  — The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday on Centre Court. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, used their powerful serves to dominate most of the match. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsQuerrey took lead after a brief delay late in the opening tiebreaker. With the score 6-6, stewards entered the stands to attend to a woman who needed assistance. The break only lasted a couple of minutes, but Querrey won both points when play resumed, with Cilic missing a pair of backhands.Cilic finally managed the first break of serve in the second set, and then went up another break in the third. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cilic is the second Croat to reach the Wimbledon final, following Goran Ivanisevic’s victory in 2001.Federer is going for an eighth Wimbledon title and was playing Berdych next on Centre Court. Federer is 18-6 against Berdych, but the 11th-seeded Czech beat Federer in the quarterfinals during his run to the Wimbledon final in 2010. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In the fourth set, it was Querrey who got an early break. But Cilic bounced back and then broke for the fourth time in the final game.“After that (first tiebreaker), I was just a little bit better on the return games,” Cilic said. “I was making him (play more) on his service games.”He finished with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve. Cilic also had 70 winners and only 21 unforced errors. Querrey had 46 winners and 26 unforced errors to go with 13 aces.“I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” Querrey said. “I had that break in the fourth. When he broke me back, he just played a great game. You know, kind of deflated me a little bit.”Cilic is now 5-0 against Querrey and 3-0 against the American at Wimbledon. Their last match at the All England Club, in 2012, went five sets and Cilic won 17-15 in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

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India Today Editorial Director M J Akbar on London Olympics 2012 and politics

first_imgIndia Today Editorial Director M J Akbar.When propaganda works, it becomes conventional wisdom fairly quickly. As the Olympic torch fleets from hand to heroic hand on its way to the London Games, we offer it the aura of a tradition stretching back to that hoary past when this event was,India Today Editorial Director M J Akbar.When propaganda works, it becomes conventional wisdom fairly quickly. As the Olympic torch fleets from hand to heroic hand on its way to the London Games, we offer it the aura of a tradition stretching back to that hoary past when this event was restricted to a few nude Greek men.There is certainly a very pre-electricity touch to this torch which conjures up visions of an olden golden age. A bit of reflection suggests that a torch could not have been much use, since the sports were held during daylight. In fact, this wheeze was dreamt up by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin extravaganza as part of a publicity drive for Hitler’s pseudo-white Aryan maniac delusions. The world destroyed Nazis, but kept the torch.Nor did the logo, of five interlinked circles, originate in some great architectural symbol of ancient Greece. It was born in the intelligent imagination of the man who reinvented the Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, when he saw a magazine advertisement for Dunlop bicycle tyres with a similar display. It might however be the most significant contribution made by an ad agency to world history.This logo was first revealed in 1914, so in two years it will reach its centenary moment. Surely this is sufficient cause for the advertising and sports industries to pool their considerable talents, and raise sufficient funds to celebrate in the manner to which they are accustomed. 1914 also saw the advent of the First World War, but no one seems particularly eager to recall that first instance of organised, relentless and often pointless carnage on a multinational scale.Baron Coubertin became convinced that sport was a better option than war, and who can blame him. But, to succeed, he argued, sport had to be organised on the lines of religion, with its own church, dogma and ritual. This profound insight is the basis of the commercial success of all contemporary sport.Each sport has its own Pope, who is infallible as long as he is in office. His support system is a cluster of cardinals and a structured order of bishops. This should end all questions about why politicians want to be at the command centre. It is not the sport that they love, but the infallibility that they crave.There is nothing democratic about sports management. Its culture is that of an opaque cabal, and woe behold any heretic who attempts to disturb its secret society methods of insider trading, as the current Sports Minister Ajay Maken discovered when he thought that the Government of India was more important than the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The chorus that silenced him was a formidable all-party alliance.If the alliance that squashed Maken formed a coalition government in Delhi, it would be the strongest, most stable, policy-focused ruling partnership in Indian history. Perhaps Rahul Gandhi should, when he takes effective charge of Congress in September, hire Lalit Modi as consultant to decipher the BCCI code of management. If Modi is held up in London, there is always Jagmohan Dalmiya waiting to serve in Calcutta.Politics, far more than sport, needs the glue of symbols. The BJP revived from a near-death experience in the 1984 General Elections by turning a brick into a magnet during its campaign for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya. The Gandhi cap has rather lost its adhesive quality for the Congress. When its leaders are forced by protocol to wear them, they look faintly ridiculous. Moreover, Anna Hazare has co-opted the cap into his own brand image.A torch could be a good substitute. One can visualise the excitement created by Youth Congress volunteers holding aloft the Torch of Reform, as they race from village to village, behind a bus with dancing and music on the upper deck. This in turn would ensure TV coverage, as news channels need the barest excuse to show free footage of Hindi film songs. TV would also encourage sponsors to jump in with free packets of sweets for children among the spectators. Every PCC would send one torch to an AICC session; all of them would be used to ignite one giant flame to inaugurate a fiery start.Sceptics will always dismiss any revolutionary idea. When Baron Coubertin persuaded a few countries to throw a javelin, did he know that one day, more than a century later, a blond mayor of London called Boris Johnson would aspire to become Prime Minister of a Great Power on the strength of his Olympic skills? A sneer is the privilege of a pessimist.The Congress is in obvious need of a strong dose of optimism. The Olympic spirit is in the air. It should breathe deeply.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoMarcos Llorente: My future at Real Madrid…?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente: My future at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Llorente insists he’s not thinking about his options at Real Madrid.The midfielder was all set to leave next month, only to force his way into coach Santiago Solari’s plans in recent games.Asked about his situation in Abu Dhabi, Llorente replied: “I do not have that in mind. “Now we have the Club World Club – which is very important for us. “We want to win it anyway, that’s what I think about and nothing else.” last_img read more

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Podcast Blatters Out Womens World Cup NBA Finals And The Astros Turnaround

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 2, 2015), we discuss the announcement by FIFA’s Sepp Blatter that he will step down, and preview the Women’s World Cup, which kicks off Saturday. We also preview the NBA Finals and look at how the Astros and Twins got so good after being so bad. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on a bold decision by Florida in the Women’s College World Series to hand the ball to two untested pitchers.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:Adam Silver writes us a letter about our anti-tanking proposal.The FiveThirtyEight staff takes a crack at fixing FIFA after Blatter’s announcement.We’re doing Women’s World Cup predictions, and our tournament preview lays out how the U.S. team is favored, but just barely.Neil Paine writes that this is the second weakest team that LeBron James has carried to the NBA Finals.The Astros are making a historic turnaround.Significant Digit: Zero innings. In the Women’s College World Series finals, Florida handed the ball to two pitchers who hadn’t pitched in weeks. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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FIFA files a complaint against Viagogo over World Cup illegal ticket

first_imgFIFA have filed an unauthorized sale of World Cup tickets complaint against secondary ticketing firm Viagogo.FIFA revealed they have gathered several complaints over the past few months about the “opaque and deceptive business conduct” ticketing firm Viagogo, and took action after consulting with other stakeholders who are dissatisfied by the criminal act.They also warned fans to desist from firms that ask them to buy from them as they haven’t authorized any firm to sale World Cup. They stressed that only the FIFA website should be used as the official and legitimate place to buy World Cup tickets and anyone with a ticket that can be traced to an unauthorised resale site will not be allowed entry to World Cup matches, according to Sky Sports.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“As part of its efforts to protect the fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA filed a criminal complaint on 4 June 2018 based on a breach of the law on unfair competition against Viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva,” world football’s governing body said in a statement.“Over the past months, FIFA has received numerous complaints from individuals, consumer protection bodies and other market players over the opaque and deceptive business conduct of Viagogo AG,” it added.last_img read more

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Hazard is better than Ronaldo – Rudiger

first_imgThe only player better than Eden Hazard is Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, claims Chelsea teammate Antonio RudigerThe 27-year-old winger has carried over his strong form with Belgium at this summer’s World Cup to Chelsea in their opening games of the 2018/19 season.Hazard has contributed four goals in as many Premier League games.But, despite his consistent displays for Chelsea over the years, Hazard has been consistently overlooked for the Ballon d’Or award by both Messi and Ronaldo.Although Rudiger now believes that Hazard has surpassed the latter in terms of all-round game.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Asked about Kylian Mbappe following Germany’s goalless draw with France last week, Rudiger said on the Daily Mail: “He is unbelievably fast, really good.“To stop him, you have to do it as a team, because alone … good luck! But for me, the best in the world is Messi, then Hazard.”Hazard will be hoping that his strong displays this year will enable him to end Messi and Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.The Belgium captain had been linked as a possible replacement for Ronaldo at Real Madrid this summer before Mariano Diaz was signed from Lyon.last_img read more

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Babbel Klopp must now deliver trophies at Liverpool

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Markus Babbel reckons that the pressure is now on Jurgen Klopp to deliver silverware at AnfieldThe Reds are chasing their first trophy since the EFL Cup in the 2011/12 season and are amongst the favourites for the Premier League and Champions League this term.Following some significant investment in the summer transfer window and Liverpool’s Champions League final appearance last season, expectations haven’t been so high at Merseyside for quite some time.And Babbel, who played at Liverpool between 2000 to 2004, insists that the time has come for Klopp to deliver his first piece of silverware for the club.The German has lost three finals at Liverpool through the EFL Cup, Europa League and the Champions League.“The club decided they have to do something. I was listening to [Manchester United manager Jose] Mourinho, he wanted to have Van Dijk. He cost this money. This is the price and market,” Babbel told SportsMax.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“For me, [Van Dijk and Alisson are] top signings. Now we can say he’s not too expensive.“The business is crazy. If you have the feeling there’s a problem in a position, you have to get the best player in that position and Klopp found it in Van Dijk and Alisson.“They are doing well, especially Van Dijk. The defence is different now – much better with quality there. Now they have a big chance to win trophies.“Klopp knows he doesn’t have 10 years to win a trophy. He has to win now. At the beginning, believe in him. The performances have been getting better. Now it’s time to win something.“It’s nice to finish second, third or fourth but Liverpool needs trophies. This is what you’re looking for as a club like Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester United … not to finish second or third, this isn’t good enough anymore.”last_img read more

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