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Nate Silver:
After losing 2-1 to Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. men’s national team will be left to contemplate its future; after years of steady improvement, there are hints U.S. men’s soccer has hit a plateau. But one American left the tournament with a strong argument for his international quality: Goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Howard was FIFA’s Man of the Match despite conceding Belgium’s two goals — both in extra time. The award is deserved. In fact, Howard’s game probably was the best by a goalkeeper in the World Cup to date.

Benjamin Morris:
By now I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level: his shooting and scoring production; where he shoots from; how often he sets up his own shots; what kind of kicks he uses to make those shots; his ability to take on defenders; how accurate his passes are; the kind of passes he makes; how often he creates scoring chances; how often those chances lead to goals; even how his defensive playmaking compares to other high-volume shooters.

And that’s just the stuff that made it into this article. I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.

More politics and policy below the fold.

Danny Vinik:

A majority of Americans support the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. That’s true whether or not the survey mentions specifically the possibility of exempting for-profit corporations with religious exemptions, although support declines somewhat with that caveat.

But it’s the breakdown of those numbers by age that should alarm conservatives. Younger people are much more likely to support the mandate than older people are, as you can see in the graph above. As Americans get older, it’s likely the conservative position will become less and less popular.

The pattern should be familiar. It’s the problem that conservatives face more generally: The base of the GOP, the party that champions conservative value, consists disproportionately of older voters who are shrinking as a portion of the electorate.

Amanda Cox:
For a slightly more nuanced look, we’ve moved to two dimensions. In the accompanying chart, the distance between a pair of justices represents roughly how often they disagreed this term. It’s impossible to get all 36 of the distances exactly right — you’d need more than four dimensions to do that — so we’ve also included curvy lines showing the exact distance between some of the pairs. The justices are placed so all 36 lines are as straight as possible. This includes the lines connecting the liberal and conservative wings, which we haven’t shown.
Damon Linker:
If I owned and ran a business, I would gladly conform to the ACA's contraception mandate and provide coverage for my female employees. That's undoubtedly the liberal position.

But it's also a liberal position to accept that not everyone agrees with the liberal position on every issue — and that those who dissent remain our neighbors and fellow citizens. This is their country, too. Until liberals begin taking that vision of tolerant generosity to heart, they will fall short of what liberalism at its best demands and requires.

Ho-hum. Yeah, I like respecting everyone involved. Good idea. I also like basing SCOTUS decisions on facts and science, not "this is the outcome I want" decided by five older males of a single religion. And the outcome they wanted was to make it harder to obtain contraception. Let's see how that plays with the public.

Robert Barnes:

Supreme Court experts have been looking for the right word to describe the term’s record ­number of agree-not-to-disagree unanimous decisions: Faux-nimity? Un-unanimous?

The number of rulings without dissent skyrocketed to rates not seen since the 1940s, and the court’s percentage of closely divided decisions dropped to a modern low.

Such cases can mask deeper conflicts, and those were on display in the term’s finale this week. The decisions announced Monday showed that stark divisions — conservative opposed to liberal; Republican appointees on one side, Democratic ones on the other; even women vs. men — exist on the court beneath a frequent veneer of 9-to-0 comity.

“The court is still deeply divided on fundamental issues,” said Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ben Hubbard:
As Syria’s civil war raged, a Kuwaiti Islamist, Ghanim al-Mteiri, funneled cash from wealthy donors in the Persian Gulf to Syria’s affiliate of Al Qaeda in hopes that it would overthrow the government and lay the foundations of an Islamic state.

So Mr. Mteiri watched in dismay as another, even more violent jihadist organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, seized a chunk of Syria, stormed into Iraq and not only declared itself an Islamic state, but also demanded that all Muslims swear allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

For the first time since its emergence more than two decades ago, the Qaeda of Osama bin Laden finds itself facing a rival jihadist organization with the resources and influence to threaten its status as the flagship movement of violent extremism. For the moment, Al Qaeda has lost ground, but the question remains: Will this new group, which now calls itself simply the Islamic State, endure?

Juan Cole:
The Debacle of the Caliphates: Why al-Baghdadi’s Grandiosity doesn’t Matter
Must read history lesson of the day.

Want a long read? Sam Tanenhaus gives a sympathetic look at reformicons Yuval Levin and Ramesh Punnuru.

Can the G.O.P. Be a Party of Ideas?
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  •  The costs of immigration inaction......"They will (11+ / 0-)

    have to promise to undo what Obama has done."

    http://nymag.com/...

  •  I tried to follow Ron Howard in Twitter (7+ / 0-)

    but I was blocked.

  •  Howard was awesome, however... (11+ / 0-)

    ...the future for US Soccer should make the rest of the planet just a tad nervous. Green (who scored yesterday on his first ever WC touch at age 19), Brooks, Yedlin and Altidore are all under age 25.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:43:06 AM PDT

    •  Whoa, Altidore is only 24? (1+ / 0-)
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      mayim

      Seems like he's been around forever.

      Don't forget Jon Brooks, who got the late header against Ghana in our opening game.

      Interesting that almost all of these players are from Germany who grew up on military bases (so I've heard).

      "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

      by mconvente on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:07:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  USA Soccer (1+ / 0-)
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      mayim

      What is the USA track record at U - 23 levels? Have the men gotten 2
      Final Four?

    •  I liked the description of Yedlin (5+ / 0-)

      when he came into the game, on the CNN live-feed: an all-American kid -- one-quarter African-American, one-quarter Native American, one-half Latvian.

      In soccer, at least, being multi-ethnic / "it's complicated" is considered a plus and grounds for pride in our country.

    •  What is the age limit for Junior play? (0+ / 0-)

      Has the USA made the final four at Junior levels?

      I don't see the big deal. We are a sports crazed country of 300M people and our national team just went 1-2-1 at TWC. Including the tie where we absolutely choked away the lead on the last play of the game.

      We got dominated by a country of about 10 million people and needed our goalie to prevent getting blown out. It reminded me of Jonathan Quick at The Winter Olympics. I don't see outside of Howard what the US has to be proud about. I think they underachieved big time.

  •  Tim Howard, Sec of Defense you say... (13+ / 0-)

    according to the Queen of Mean, your column is "a sign of moral decay"  :-)

    At least she's been getting her due.  Ann Coulter gets red-carded

    Americans swept up by World Cup fever didn’t take kindly to her sentiments — including many of Coulter’s fellow conservatives and Fox News regulars.

    Fox News host Steve Doocy brought up the column on “Fox & Friends,” joking that fellow host Brian Kilmeade might become “agitated.”

    “Right,” Kilmeade said. “I will outline what she said and try to find anything factual in it. That will be an interesting little exercise.”

    “I’m told it’s a sign of moral decay,” Fox News host Shep Smith said of soccer after celebrating the U.S. advancing in the World Cup on Thursday after its match against Germany. “It’s not.”

    Honey, when you've lost Fox news -- well just ask Glenn Beck if he's got an occasional spot for you on his show.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:45:47 AM PDT

    •  Coulter was just being a Level 9000 troll (4+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, mattc129, Stude Dude, codairem

      Yeah, she writes a lot of hateful garbage, but her anti-soccer article was entirely trolling click bait.  And it worked beautifully.  Heh.

      "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

      by mconvente on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:09:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Good lord yes (2+ / 0-)
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        JaxDem, mconvente

        I was berating people on Twitter for tweeting out her article. She's good at it, but less and less people are paying attention.
        It's kind of fun that she got both the Fox News soccer mom contingent and the Fox News male sports fan contingent pissed at her too, though.

        If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

        by skohayes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:36:11 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The more liberal sup ct justices often seem to be (0+ / 0-)

    just going along to get along.

  •  Caliphates-sounds like a molecular structure (9+ / 0-)

    Sodium Caliphate
    Magnesium Caliphate

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:47:41 AM PDT

  •  Nate Silver reporting from the Rain Forest: (3+ / 0-)
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    feloneouscat, JML9999, JaxDem

    Tim Howard 2
    Global Warming Nil

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:50:08 AM PDT

  •  Talk about "not as close as the score suggests"! (1+ / 0-)
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    LI Mike

    Everything that was easy for Belgium was hard for the US.  And I didn't get the sense that Belgium was some kind of juggernaut.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 04:58:26 AM PDT

    •  they were better than us (4+ / 0-)
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      Egalitare, Wee Mama, tarminian, zestyann

      but we were pluckier. And Tim Howard, or the score would have been 18-1.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:05:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No it wouldn't! (0+ / 0-)

        the US goal was scored in overtime. With 18 goals to nil they would not have been overtime and there for no US goal. Not to be nitpicking.....:)

        It was a great game! US really surprised me, great players on that team, but I could do without that whiny coach.

        El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

        by mint julep on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:54:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  All the goals were in overtime. (0+ / 0-)

          That's why they call it overtime.  Because the score was tied at 0-0.  How hard is that to understand?  Therefore the thought of "would not have" is moot.  Nevertheless, it was Howard who shined and the U.S. never played defense.

    •  They are one of 8 teams left (0+ / 0-)

      None of which is a "juggernaut."

      Every team left has an exploitable flaw and the eventual winner is going to be the least flawed team.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:28:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Chess Grandmaster Savielly Tartakover (0+ / 0-)
        The winner in a game of chess is the player who makes the next-to-the-last blunder.

        The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.

        Football is different on the first point, since blunders are cumulative, although the second is equally applicable to the soccer pitch. The US made the last blunder against Portugal, allowing a tie, and late blunders against Germany and Belgium, allowing them wins. Those goals were not merely the products of US team blunders, however. Each was in its own way astonishing in the skill required to exploit the blunder.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:56:13 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Anti-Kay Hagan ad on the teevee....'Obamacare (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Egalitare, skohayes, LI Mike, Stude Dude

    is strangling North Carolina business.'

    Come on guys....you can do better than that.

  •  Highway repair/construction?......can't afford it. (0+ / 0-)
  •  wave of children immigrants hurts immi reform (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Heart of the Rockies

    I fear that the current unusually large wave of underage immigrants from Central America crossing into the USA harms the cause of comprehensive immigration reform.

    It feeds into the meme of those who oppose comprehensive immigration reform - that Obama's and the Democrats' desire to address comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, is a lure to even more people's crossing the border illegally.  

    It may have helped kill any chance GOP members of Congress will support comprehensive immigration reform this year or the next two years.  

    •  eh (11+ / 0-)

      everything feeds into the meme of those who oppose comprehensive immigration reform, if you're opposed. You don't really need an excuse.

      But is reform popular?Why, yes it is.

      Immigration reform is super popular. Here’s why Congress isn’t listening. http://t.co/...
      @sfcpoll

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:34:26 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The GOP House (7+ / 0-)

      was never, ever going to pass the Senate immigration bill. What they might have gotten passed would never have passed the Senate.
      Boehner can't afford to piss off the base right before the election, so it's easier for him to do what he's always done and fail to lead.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:45:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You forgot... (2+ / 0-)
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        Stude Dude, skohayes

        He also likes to suck on his false teeth and whine about everything that he is not doing and should be.

        Where are the jobs?  Yes, even without Boehner's actions/assistance, I have been seeing people go back to work on a fairly steady basis.

        •  Today's job report (0+ / 0-)
          Out Wednesday, ADP’s June National Employment Report shows private payrolls adding 281,000 jobs last month, well above economists’ expectations. While not perfectly correlated, the ADP report will likely raise hopes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics will reveal a strong June jobs number Thursday. The BLS report, typically released on the first Friday of the month, will come out a day early due to the Fourth of July holiday.

          Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, which collaborates with the payroll company on the report, noted in a statement on the results, “The job market is steadily improving. Job gains are broad based across all industries and company sizes. Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum.”

          http://www.forbes.com/...

          If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

          by skohayes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:08:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  So when is Alito going to name himself Caliphate? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    I Love Lucy

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:31:14 AM PDT

  •  People need to vote (1+ / 0-)
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    hooper

    You can moan about the Supreme Court all you want, but the simple fact is that most people (and I would assume that means most people who visit Daily Kos) don't regularly vote. You get what you settle for. Most of you have settled for a mediocre to lousy government by allowing to be elected and then re-electing the same slime over and over.

    You want activism?  Get out and vote.

  •  Oh really? Linker (sort of): (6+ / 0-)
    But it's also a herbivore position to accept that not everyone agrees with the prey position on every issue — and that those who want to rip our throats out remain our neighbors and fellow creatures. This is their country, too. Until we lambs begin taking that vision of tolerant generosity to heart, they will fall short of what dead meat at its best demands and requires.
    Nah. Though I'd be damn hard pressed, I can see someone else of the more gentle "liberal" bent accepting that a sincere fellow citizen meekly meeting a woman on the public sidewalk outside a health clinic to beg her to reconsider, offer to pray is worthy of some respect. That some religious bigot should be respected for devoutly wanting to impose their beliefs on the people willing exchange work to their profit for a small piece of the pie, i.e., sell their souls as well as sweat.

    Nah again! That last one is unacceptable. The religious want to profit in the public square then they compete on level public terms. The SCOTUS position on that is despicable as it is a recipe for religious strife in an arena we and our founders rightly want to avoid and discourage seeing it enter.

    I am very weary of the liberal=lie down and beat me thing. I'm extremely "liberal" about other peaceful and non-harmful to others life styles and cultures—to a point. The one complete shattering point comes when those try to enforce peculiar intolerance upon others. Then warewolf sounds nice.

    I just wish my fellows would take the hard line I have for decades now. Anyone wearing the GOP badge is tainted fatally with association with bigotry. Wonderful as they might be personally their ascent to elective office, particularly in legislatures, gives voice and force to ideas I find un American and harmful to others. Despite any merit they have as a person, they enable downright hateful action in our government and culture. They should be the prey at polls, even if the other option is a rat.

    Being silent little lambs hoping their backers and fellows will be nice is idiocy. So turn out and eliminate them from hope of success in our politics.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:39:22 AM PDT

    •  Let's advocate for muscular fellowship (1+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal

      I live in a small town, and know lots of Republicans.  I volunteer with them, fish with them, see them at the Post Office and talk fishing and young partridge sightings, etc.  I know that they are Republicans, for example, because when we count votes, pairing a Democrat with a Republican, they're on the other side of the table.  I should add that I am as often surprised by who is on my side of the table as I am about who is over there.  There are two morning coffee and gossip venues, and generally those who go to the other one are the mostly Republican good old boys, so there's a clue.  But one of them asked me to drop by and join in, and my liberal leanings are not hidden.  

      I'm well aware that there are monsters in politics (our governor LePage being a prime example), but at the grass roots level, most of us think our party label is not our most significant attribute.  Life is short; friends are scarce.  A hard line would mean missing so much that is worthwhile.  

      •  Ah, but "party label" is way too shallow a (0+ / 0-)

        description. A very significant attribute is whether one thinks at a gut level that they have the right, mission and need to go beyond setting an example, gentle observation and presenting facts in order to get someone else living their way.

        When I run into someone determined to push their religion, lifestyle and culture on those of different persuasions I turn a bit wolfish. When I run into the same types wanting to legislate their views, give them force of civil law, then the fangs come out. When I run into some ass railing about government incompetence, government "feeding trough" for the unworthy and they are retired military or a government contractor, or on Social Security and Medicare and "worthy" then . . . oh I do wish I could change at will!

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:03:31 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Looks REcumbent to me... (0+ / 0-)

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:45:37 AM PDT

  •  26 Important Reminders (4+ / 0-)
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    mint julep, Samer, skillet, Stude Dude

    of why birth control exists:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/...

     photo ilovesatankid_zps83e90f08.jpg

    If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

    by skohayes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:52:45 AM PDT

  •  Unlike Nate Silver I actually play scoccer (6+ / 0-)

    Just watching the matches one can see the improvement in the game played by the U.S. team.  Further the younger talent is coming along as they should by playing in the world's top leagues.  

    There has been a considered effort to improve the coaching at the local level as well as bringing talent into MLS team academies.  

    Just because one crunches numbers on politics doesn't make them an expert on the beautiful game.  

    •  Silver started out crunching numbers on (1+ / 0-)
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      Mishima

      baseball (and poker, which he plays seriously). I have noticed that he often gives too much credence to current numbers, and does not seek out leading indicators.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 12:19:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just found this GEM (6+ / 0-)

    at New York magazine:

    Yesterday, as Twitter erupted in the wake of the decision, conservative blogger Erick Erickson gleefully tweeted, "My religion trumps your ‘right’ to employer subsidized consequence free sex.” Though we couldn’t disagree more on the merits, no other tweet captured my feelings on the Hobby Lobby case so clearly. My rights feel very much scare-quoted — not rights at all, but a veneer of choice. The medical care that is critical to my ability to live and work — and, yeah, have consequence-free sex — was dismissed by the Supreme Court as relatively unimportant.

    Erickson’s use of the phrase “consequence free” was familiar. I heard variations on this theme many times over the course of my Catholic upbringing. "I'm pro-choice,” my dad would say. “You have a choice whether or not to have sex. Then you have to deal with the consequences." Of course, unless you have no desire for sex or a strong desire for dozens of children, that’s not a choice at all. Which is why socially conservative columnists like Ross Douthat beat the drum about the need to attach consequences to sex again. You made your bed, now lie in it. Ideally, with your husband and children.

    http://nymag.com/...

    If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

    by skohayes on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 06:51:19 AM PDT

    •  So where are they on consequences-free banking (5+ / 0-)

      crashes? or consequences-free invasion of other countries? Or, for that matter, consequences-free abuse of altar boys? or any of the other moral choices that arguably should have put a lot of wealthy powerful people in jail?

      But no, it's only sex that is required to have consequences, and then only for women. Soon we'll be back into the nineteenth century when prominent respected people argued that it was positively immoral to give women any kind of pain relief during childbirth, because the Bible says God told Eve that it was supposed to hurt.  

    •  Consequences to Protected Sex (1+ / 0-)
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      skohayes

      Of course there are consequences to sex even when using perfectly effective birth control.

      But I wouldn't expect Conservatives to notice that. They're either sexless, or emotionless, or too stupid to notice consequences of any kind. They certainly don't notice the consequences of sex once the baby is born, except to notice its race in assigning some privilege.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:40:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I admit it! I'm an intolerant liberal (6+ / 0-)

    hiding my hatefulness behind support for LGBTQ rights, voting rights, peace not war.  Under that facade is a volcano of intolerance.  I will not tolerate your arrogant assumption that I'm not capable of making decisions about my body and my fertility, that I'm asking to be raped, that I'm too emotional to serve in high office, that some asshole male needs to guide my thinking because I'm female.  

    It's on.  Never declare war on women, we will hurt you bad.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 06:57:40 AM PDT

  •  Damon Linker is blessedly unrestrained by logic (2+ / 0-)
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    Teiresias70, Stude Dude

    The lack of rigor in that one paragraph led me to his other scribblings and mental dribblings. The constant themes that come out are:

    A. Liberals are foolish because they are liberal
    B. Atheists are fools, and god will know who they are.
    C. I have a platform, so I can spew shit and no one can call me on it.

    This latest article is so irrational, that one wonders how he . . . . No, I won't go there.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 07:02:41 AM PDT

  •  New to soccer (3+ / 0-)
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    eparrot, SoCalSal, JanetT in MD

    I gotta admit I am a new soccer fan.  I NEVER thought those words would ever be uttered or written by me, a Die Hard Packer fan, but this World Cup has blown me away.  I watched the opening game kind of as a lark, just to see, and then the second game, because the first one was pretty darn good.  Now, I'm Hooked!  I've watched every game no matter which country is playing, and Lionel Messi is absolutely amazing.  I now can understand what my soccer friends have been saying about him for the last five years or so.  
    Good luck to US soccer in the future, but the present belongs to Messi.

  •  And to think, Ann Coulter was cheering against (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, DocGonzo

    America's team from her perch in gay Paree.

  •  Pentagon Needs Howard (0+ / 0-)

    The Pentagon has lost every war (and "police action" or whatever their lawyers call it) since 1945. They could use Howard tending their goal, since all it really wants is to protect its budget and power to do whatever it wants, especially retroactively.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:35:03 AM PDT

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