Morning Reads — Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 7:00 am

by Jessica Szilagyi · 20 comments

On this day in 1945, the U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. Bleh.
AND! Happy Birthday to our darling Charlie!!

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum


NoTeabagging June 26, 2014 at 8:58 am

Ann Coulter’s lame attempts at humor will never match Andy Borowitz.

Bridget Cantrell June 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

Football : Checkers :: Soccer : Chess

…some will never like it. That’s ok.

Brian Sebastian June 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm


Football : Apples :: Soccer : Concrete

Raleigh June 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

Ann Coulter, America’s favorite air head decided to voice her displeasure with all things Metric and Soccer as foreign and anti American. I admit as a US citizen it took me awhile to understand soccer’s appeal in the rest of the world but it has a simple explanation. As with everything it starts with kids. What did you play growing up? Here I played baseball, basketball, football. The rest of the world played soccer. There is a very good reason why. In most countries in the world families can’t afford the extra equipment needed for those other games. Baseball requires a ball, bat, glove, bases, and even a “home plate”. Basketball you need a ball, goal, and a flat court. American football has similar equipment requirements but with soccer all a few kids need is a ball. That’s it just a ball.

Recently in the news there was a story about how kids in extremely poor countries were making their own balls out of scraps. Try that with baseball. It’s not hard to understand if you want to make friends in another country give the kids soccer balls and they will remember it when they become adults. I have no interest at all in professional Basketball besides they try to be too politically correct and they actually allowed a player to take the court in a wedding dress. It’s too bad this “bad as I want to be” “unprofessional player didn’t stay with his number 1 fan in North Korea. With the murderers in professional football and all the new stadiums which taxpayers are forced to subsidies they should rename the Superbowl the John Dillinger Bowl. More people watch the Superbowl for the commercials than anything else. I still like Baseball, Americas past time, although it too has had its share of scandals.

Not to be outdone Ms. Coulter then shows her math skills are not quite up to par by dissing the metric system. She claims our imperial based measurement system is easier to use because as she claims “An inch is the width of a man’s thumb, a foot the length of his foot, a yard the length of his belt.” Her thumb and foot measurement rule can be off by 40% or more but a man’s belt equaling 36 inches! Some I have seen go 54 inches and more! There is just a slight discrepancy there don’t you think. Maybe Ms. Coulter can start using Hogsheads, Furlongs, and Chains for her new measurement standard, after all these are valid measurements in the imperial based system.

I have worked with both metric and imperial measurement systems for many years and found nether are any more accurate or easy to use than any other system. To me they are both the same and nothing more than a method to “Measure” something. The only down side is our mechanics and technicians must maintain 2 sets of tools to carry out maintenance on our cars and other mechanical devices.

I did watch the Superbowl this year. I don’t’ remember who played, or who won, or how many times the teams ran the ball 91.44 meters, or 4.54 chains, or the 0.454 furlongs it takes to score a touchdown. I do remember the Doritos commercials. So what does that really say about us here in the United States?

xdog June 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

“Ann Coulter, America’s favorite air head”

Not while Bachman and Palin are still at large.

Raleigh June 26, 2014 at 10:45 am

Don’t forget Pelosi, Waters, and Boxer.

xdog June 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

I’ve grown to appreciate Boxer. She’s my favorite multi-millionaire senator with the balls to point out Cheney is a joke. Which reminds me, add Liz Cheney to the list.

Jon Lester June 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Resisting the metric system is just stupid. It’s not that hard to get used to, and it comes in very handy when talking to foreign women.

Both sides of my family have been here for centuries, and I’m watching the USA-Germany match now. I also enjoyed watching Univision coverage of Italy-Uruguay on the big screen at my local small-town Mexican restaurant.

Michael Silver June 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

I played varsity soccer in high school but have no interest in watching. Anne’s right:

“I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. ”

There was an even better article about how soccer is Un-American here:

xdog June 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

Coulter loves to decide who’s American and who’s not.

All of my ggf’s were born here and I’ll be watching.

griftdrift June 26, 2014 at 11:18 am

As someone who will be watching and whose great-great-great-great-great grandfather was born here, I can confirm that Ann Coulter’s streak of being cosmically wrong is intact.

David C June 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Can only wonder what would happen if she met a Native American soccer fan.

Raleigh June 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

That article was written by Stephen H. Webb, the “Vegetarian” who occasionally eats meat. Now there is an expert on Americana if there ever wasn’t one.

John Vestal June 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

SCOTUS affirms DC Circuit on recess appointments.

From Tom Goldstein at

“This is a narrow ruling. It gives the President substantial recess appointment power. It says the only problem with the appointments was that the President had to respect the Senate’s pro forma recesses.”
by tgoldstein 10:03 AM

John Vestal June 26, 2014 at 10:32 am

SCOTUS reverses First Circuit on Massachusetts “buffer zones” law. Law violates 1A, mainly focused on fact that zones included public ways and sidewalks (per Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog)

Lea Thrace June 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for the SCOTUS updates!

View from Brookhaven June 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

Coulter should be locked in a room with Luis Suarez.

xdog June 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

Barely enough meat on her to make a decent meal.

Jon Lester June 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Laura Bassett writes as if she’s never seen the BATF’s form 4473.

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Thanks for the news, Ms. S.

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