Late Night SCOTUS Scrotes Open Thread: “Baseball Tickets”…

In Activist Judges!, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, C.R.E.A.M., Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Grifters Gonna Grift, I'm Too Big To Cry/Hurts Too Much To Laugh, Open Thread, Our Failed Political Establishment, Republican Venality, Sports, Vagina Outrage by Anne Laurie

Now that the House Judiciary Committee has established that it's vital to explore in depth the private messages of an investigator, I can't wait to read all of Brett Kavanaugh's emails from his days working for Ken Starr. — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 12, 2018   … Is that what the kidz are calling it, these days? If I’m understanding this, Kavanaugh, who for a dc power player has relatively modest assets and very little accessible cash savings racked up as much as $200k in debt for baseball tickets …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Crossing Jordan, A River of Accusations

In "Lock Her Up!!", Fucked-up-edness, hoocoodanode, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Sports by Anne Laurie

NEW: Exclusive: 4th former Ohio State Univ. wrestler has come forward to contradict Rep. Jim Jordan’s claim that he had no idea the wrestling team doctor was molesting athletes. — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 5, 2018 I believe the Dispatch is Jordan’s ‘hometown’ paper, where his voters live… From Columbus Dispatch, surprise surprise Jim Jordan lies in press release that had not been contacted by investigators and would cooperate. Investigators say made multiple attempts multiple ways with no reply from Jordan. — HuntFerFun (@fer_hunt) July 4, 2018 … “To …

Repub Venality Open Thread: Freedom Caucus Founder Jim Jordan Wrestled With His Conscience, Scored Knockout

In An Unexamined Scandal, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Sports, Teabagger Stupidity by Anne Laurie

'Senior House Republican from the Midwest caught up in sexual abuse scandal involving coaches and student wrestlers' is now a headline that can describe two entirely different politicians. — zeddy (@Zeddary) July 3, 2018 Rep. Jim Jordan, the powerful Republican congressman from Ohio, is being accused by former wrestlers he coached more than two decades ago at Ohio State University of failing to stop the team doctor from molesting them and other students. The university announced in April that it was investigating accusations that Dr. Richard Strauss, who died …

You be the referee

In Sports by David Anderson

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. The England-Belgium game is going to be one hell of a refereeing challenge. Both England and Belgium will be advancing to the knock-out round. The problem is one side of the bracket is far scarier than the other side. The winner of the group goes into the scary bracket. Here is the situation per the Ringer: each side has a goal differential of plus-6, and each has scored eight goals, tied for the most of any team in the …

World Cup Open Thread, Day 7

In Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

Portugal v Morocco at 8am EDT; Uruguay v Saudi Arabia at 11am; Iran v Spain at 2pm. FIFA liveblog et al at the Google link. Travel tales of the host nation, from the Washington Post: … Moscow is the vibrant heart of this soccer celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors — every last one, it seems, stroll the Red Square area as if it were an ocean boardwalk — and inviting outsiders to a world they’ve probably never seen. Languages mix like ingredients in a hearty bowl of borscht: …

World Cup Open Thread, Day 6

In Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

Photo by renowned On-the-Road commentor Otmar. Columbia v Japan at 8am EDT; Poland v Senegal at 11am; Russia v Egypt at 2pm. (Funny how Russia gets the prime viewing time slots, eh? Or is that standard policy for the host country?) FIFA liveblog at the Google link.

World Cup Open Thread: Day Five

In Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

South Korea's manager has admitted that his players have exchanged shirts during training sessions and friendlies in order to mislead the Swedes: "We are using this tactic because I know that for Europeans, it is difficult to distinguish Asians [by face]."#Russia2018 — Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 17, 2018 Sweden v South Korea at 8am EDT. Belgium v Panama at 11am. Tunisia v England at 2pm. FIFA liveblog et al at the Google link. Mexico’s win yesterday seems to have been quite popular, at least in Mexico, per NYMag: Mexico’s …

World Cup Open Thread, Day Four: Afternoon Game

In Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

Brazil v Switzerland, 2pm EDT. FIFA liveblog at the Google link. There aren’t as many Brazilian expats in our MA town as there are in Everett or Framingham, but I’m pretty sure every local eating place with a television will be quite busy… even without factoring in Father’s Day.

Sunday Morning Garden World Cup Chat: Pre-Noon Games

In Black Thumb, Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

(Nobody sent garden pics this week, so y’all are gonna have to share with the futbal fans.) Costa Rica v Serbia at 8am EDT; Germany v Mexico at 11am. FIFA liveblog et al at the Google link. Happy nice time World Cup story from my local paper, the Boston Globe — “In Cambridge, World Cup brings a jubilant reprieve for local Iranians”: The ball was in the back of the net, and in the subsequent moment of pandemonium, no one was talking about President Trump, international sanctions, visa uncertainty, or …

World Cup Open Thread, Day Three: Afternoon Games

In Open Thread, Sports by Anne Laurie

Peru v Denmark at noon, and Croatia v Nigeria at 3pm EDT. FIFA liveblog at the Google link. *********** Mostly because I hate to put up a naked post, Ishaan Tharoor at the Washington Post, “How the World Cup reflects the world”: “Time is that irritating inconvenience between soccer matches.” That’s an almost-certainly apocryphal line, usually attributed to the French Algerian philosopher — and handy schoolboy goalkeeper — Albert Camus. But whatever its provenance, it rings true as the World Cup gets underway in Russia. No event commands as large …

World Cup Thread

In Sports by Cheryl Rofer

I think it’s Spain versus Portugal? I know nothing about this, just responding to a request. Have at it.