My favorite classical (as opposed to “realistic”) martial arts fight is the one below. Posting two version of it. The first is the high quality one and one with sub-titles and a little bit more of the context.
The Real Reason Your City Has No Money. There are a lot of things wrong with this article. For one thing, there is no mention of the word pension. But the general point that there is a lot of pressure to build and build (both because that is what the feds and the states typically subsidize and because that is what creates the most short term jobs) regardless of the long term maintenance costs is a point that should be made more often.
Entertainment of the Day
Starts out boring but I got more interested as it went along.
The Fulcrum of the Balance. Since I publish so much bashing liberals for fake news I guess I should post a reminder that there are still people out there wistfully seeing a genius in Donald Trump. But on the plus side, Democrats are still writing things like this in a desperate attempt to save Trump from himself and ensure that he has a second term.
Supreme Court Seems Wary of Hurdles for Refunds of Fines After Exonerations. This country is not completely given up when the Supreme Court can act in a bi-partisan matter and do something right. I guess I should not say that till they rule, but from the comments they are making, I think they are going to rule the right way on this one. The flip side is that in a sane law abiding country, something like this would have never made it to the Supreme Court.
I find it interesting to see how other nations “Hollywood” interprets historical events for their audience. Here is a clip of some South Korean commandos saving the day for MacArthur during the Korean War. It has a very very lose basis in fact, but mostly is just the Korean version of Hollywood trying to make their customers feel good.
Jeff Sessions should have been a tough sell in the Senate, but he’s too nice. This is slander masquerading as news. If you read the article, you will find out that a Kennedy left a young girl to drown and this is likened to Sessions because he made racists comments in the past. Except that you are never told what Sessions actually did. It is always implied that he has this terrible dark past, but we are never given the details even though they had space in the story to recount Ed Kennedy’s most famous misdeed.