Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

AZ Tidbits

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pope Francis

"The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the problem of poverty."

"We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Elizabeth Warren

"There is nobody in this country that got rich on their own. Nobody. You build a factory out there-good for you.  But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of use paid to educate.  You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory-and hire someone to protect against this-because of the work the rest of us did.  Now look. You build a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea-God Bless!  Keep a hunk of it.  But part of the underlying social contract is that you take a hunk of that and pay it forward for the next kid who comes along."  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Vikings Open Camp!

You can smell the football in the air!!!  NFL training camps have opened!!!  At least for the Vikings and Steelers, the rest of the NFL will open next week.  I couldn't be happier, the NFL is my favorite sport by far.  I'm optimistic about the Vikings chances too, they improved by 2 wins last year and I fully expect they can improve by at least 2 wins this year too.  If they can do that, that would be a 9-7 record and playoff contention.  The big key for the Vikings will be the continued development of Teddy Bridgewater.  He struggled a bit early last season when force into the starters role but his improvement as the season progressed was really encouraging.  There's really no reason to believe that he will regress this season, he's more familiar with the offense, he's more familiar with the speed of the game, he's got a new weapon in Mike Wallace and he's got Adrian Peterson coming back to open up the running game.  Defensively, the Vikings improved immensely under Mike Zimmer and with all the good young defenders that Rick Speilman has acquired over the past few seasons, I fully expect them to continue to improve.  I'm looking for big things this season, I really believe that the Vikings can be that sleeper team that jumps up every year and surprises people!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

POTpourri

Friday, July 24, 2015

2016 Presidential Field Update

John Kasich is in as he has finally officially declared for the 2016 Presidential race.  That increases the Republican field to 16, with the Democratic field remaining at 5.  There are still a couple more stragglers who are deciding, but for the most part the field appears to be set.

Here's how they rank in my opinion (as far as their chances):

Democrats:
  1. Hillary Clinton
  2. Bernie Sanders
  3. Martin O'Malley
  4. Jim Webb
  5. Lincoln Chafee

Republicans
  1. Jeb Bush
  2. Scott Walker 
  3. Marco Rubio 
  4. Rand Paul
  5. John Kasich
  6. Ben Carson
  7. Mike Huckabee
  8. Rick Perry
  9. Chris Christie
  10. Lindsey Graham
  11. Donald Trump
  12. Rick Santorum
  13. Carly Fiorina
  14. Ted Cruz
  15. Bobby Jindal
  16. George Pataki

Kasich is trying to sell himself as a centrist with a strong track record in an important swing state.  That may appeal to some, not to those on the far right or on the left though.  The far right wants someone who is more ideologically pure, and the left see his record as being far from center of the aisle.  He's way down in the polls, he's got his work cut out for him.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AZ Tidbits

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bernie Sanders on the Issues

I don't care what side of the aisle that you're on, if what he says is not resonating with you, you may need to do some introspection.  

Income Inequality: 
"There is far too little discussion in Washington about the collapse of the middle class , almost no discussion at all about the incredible income inequality and wealth inequality in this country, and the fact that we're moving toward an oligarch form of society."
"A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little."

Climate Change: 
"The United States must lead the world in tackling climate change to make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from polluting fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency and sustainability. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized and we need to greatly accelerate technological progress in wind and solar power generation.
Unless we take bold action to address climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn’t the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?"
Education: 
"Education should be a right, not a privilege. We need a revolution in the way that the United States funds higher education."
“We must fundamentally restructure our student loan program. It makes no sense that students and their parents are forced to pay interest rates for higher education loans that are much higher than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages.”

Minimum Wage: 
“What America is supposed to be about is if you work 40 hours a week, you earn enough money to take care of your kids and your family,” he said. “You can’t do that on seven-and-a-quarter-an-hour and you can’t do it on nine bucks-an-hour,  you can’t do it on $10 an hour.”

Campaign Finance: 
“You’re looking at a nation with a grotesquely unequal distribution of wealth and income, tremendous economic power on Wall Street and now added to all of that is big money interests — the billionaires and corporations now buying elections, I fear very much that if we don’t turn this around, we’re heading toward an oligarchic form of society.” 
Unless the campaign financing system is reformed, the U.S. Congress will become paid employees of the people who pay for their campaigns -- the billionaire class.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lindsey Graham on Late Night

He talks some sense, on a few topics anyways.  Too bad he's a warmonger.




Saturday, July 18, 2015

TPSG 100 Most Influential People

It's time to update my Most Influential People list, it's still a bit Arizona/Minnesota/Sports-centric, but I'm going to post anyways.  

TPSG Top 100 Most Admired People:
  1. Pope Francis - only the best Pope ever!  
  2. Barack Obama - historians will look upon him very kindly
  3. Elon Musk - the most innovative mind out there. 
  4. Dan Price - I wish he was my boss
  5. Bernie Sanders - in an ideal world, he's the next POTUS
  6. Elizabeth Warren - the progressives strongest voice.  
  7. Jon Stewart - I can't wait to see what his next move is. 
  8. Hillary Clinton - odds on favorite to be the next POTUS
  9. Thomas Piketty - his book is a blue print for a new economy
  10. Mark Dayton - in my mind, the best Governor in the U.S. 
  11. Robert Reich - we need him back at the Department of Labor
  12. Amy Van Dyken-Rouen - her spirit in the face of adversity amazes me.
  13. Nick Hanauer - a rare billionaire willing to speak out against the system.
  14. Bill Gates - he and his foundation are doing lots of good works!
  15. Warren Buffett - it's time to implement the Buffett Rule.  
  16. Aung San Suu Kyi - a true force for change in the Asia Pacific rim.
  17. Malala Yousafzai - a true inspiration and role model for all women. 
  18. Paul Goldschmidt - he's not called America's first baseman for nothing.
  19. Al Franken - he has turned into an excellent U.S. Senator
  20. Chris Matthews - the best host on MSNBC.  
  21. Larry Fitzgerald - future Hall of Famer and a legend in Arizona
  22. Derrick Hall - a true leader and all around good guy.   
  23. Bill Maher - his show is one of the best things about HBO. 
  24. Mike Trout - the best baseball player in the game. 
  25. Bruce Arians - he has worked wonders with the Arizona Cardinals. 
  26. Rachel Maddow - a much needed liberal voice on the MSM. 
  27. Mike Zimmer - I've been extremely impressed so far. 
  28. Michelle Obama - she's been a tremendous first lady. 
  29. Bill Clinton - the Clinton Global Initiative does a ton of good work
  30. Bill de Blasio - one of the rising stars of the populist movement. 
  31. King Abdullah II - he should be the model for all Arab leaders. 
  32. Ryan Carson - I like the way this guy thinks
  33. Charles Barkley - the best sports broadcaster in the business.  
  34. J.J. Watt - in my opinion, he's the best football player in the NFL
  35. Andrew Wiggins - my hopes for the Timberwolves future rests with him. 
  36. LeBron James - still the best player in the NBA. 
  37. John Oliver - "Last Week Tonight" gives a fresh look at the news. 
  38. Jerry Kill - he's a great coach who is also hard to root against.  
  39. Jimmy Kimmel - forget Fallon, it's about Kimmel
  40. Paul Krugman - a much needed voice for liberal economics.   
  41. Amy Klobuchar - a rising star of the Democratic party. 
  42. Joe Biden - a strong liberal voice and a great Vice President
  43. Lionel Messi - perhaps the greatest soccer player ever.
  44. Miguel Sano - Sano & Buxton are the future of the Twins, if not all of MLB.  
  45. Gabrielle Giffords - she keeps fighting and pushing on.   
  46. Steve Keim - perhaps the best sports executive in professional football.  
  47. Carli Lloyd - the best women's soccer player on the best women's soccer team.  
  48. Dali Lama - a true warrior for peacehuman rights & freedom
  49. Cristiano Ronaldo - 1B to Messi's 1A as best soccer player in the world. 
  50. Tim Cook - outspoken and charitable, we need more like him.
  51. Will Ferrrell - he never fails to make me laugh
  52. Jerry Brown - he pulled California back from the brink
  53. Julian Castro - a strong Hispanic voice, and future VP
  54. Howard Stern - there's a reason he's called the King of All Media
  55. Dave Grohl - one of my all time favorite musicians.  
  56. George Clooney - great actor with a social conscience
  57. Oprah Winfrey - a true humanitarian
  58. Angelina Jolie - beautiful inside and out.  
  59. Neil deGrasse Tyson - a much needed and respected voice for science.
  60. Glenn Perkins - the Twins best player once again. 
  61. Jordan Spieth - the new Tiger Woods?  Perhaps!
  62. Kendall Jenner - she has really blossomed into quite the stunner
  63. Rhonda Rousey - the most dominant MMA fighter in the world.
  64. Clint Dempsey - the best American soccer player alive.  
  65. Paul Molitor - he's been a breath of fresh air to Twins fans
  66. James Harden - the Beard has done Arizona State proud
  67. Svetlana Bilyalova - perhaps the hottest woman on the planet
  68. Jerry Colangelo - the Suns haven't been the same since he left. 
  69. Teddy Bridgewater - only the key to the Minnesota Vikings future.
  70. Byron Buxton - Buxton & Sano are the future of the Twins, if not all of MLB.
  71. Angela Merkel - the most powerful person in Europe. 
  72. Chris Hayes - he's making wonkishness cool.
  73. Bill Nye - a strong voice on the dangers of climate change
  74. John Kerry - we'd be in a much better place had he won the 2004 election
  75. Stephen Colbert - I'm eagerly anticipating his new show
  76. Serena Williams - she just keeps getting better with age. 
  77. Shane Doan - easily my favorite Arizona Coyote player.  
  78. Daniel Hudson - it's amazing the amount of adversity he has overcome.  
  79. Karl-Anthony Towns - I can't wait to see him team with Andrew Wiggins. 
  80. Richard Engel - this guy must has to have balls of steel
  81. Katharine Hayhoe - she's doing her part to educate on climate change
  82. Matt Damon - another great actor with a social conscience
  83. Lawrence O'Donnell - another strong progressive voice on MSNBC. 
  84. Rick Speilman - he's building a nice looking Vikings team
  85. David Corn - one of the best journalists in the business. 
  86. Thom Hartmann - a much needed progressive voice on the radio airwaves.
  87. Tony LaRussa - I have full faith that he will right the Diamondbacks ship.
  88. Ray Anderson - I like what I've seen from the ASU Athletic Director. 
  89. Russell Brand - he will not pull any punches.  
  90. Eddie Vedder - one of the great lead singers of all time. 
  91. Trevor Noah - I have high hopes he can continue "The Daily Show" success.
  92. Al Gore - the world would be a different place had he won the 2000 Presidential election.
  93. Ed Begley Jr - he talks the talk, and walks the walk. 
  94. Nancy Pelosi - she's been a great champion of the liberal agenda.
  95. Bassem Youssef - the John Stewart of the Arab world
  96. Al McCoy - I love listening to him call Phoenix Suns games. 
  97. Keith Olbermann - it's time he return to MSNBC
  98. Neil Allen - he has done wonders with the Twins pitching staff. 
  99. Nate Silver - he has mainstreamed statistical analysis
  100. Mat Fraser - perhaps the fittest man alive.  
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