Happy Thanksgiving!

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Seahawk Distress

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Mayday.

My Seahawks looked mortal today. The were beaten by the San Diego Chargers 30 to 21. They didn’t perform like the same team. The defense was clearly shocked by the heat (it was 97 degrees) and the ferociousness of the Charger offense. They didn’t let up. It seems like the Seattle offense barely got a chance to play, and I don’t think Marshawn Lynch had a dozen carries. It wasn’t our day.

Worried? Maybe. It’s hard to have two championship seasons back to back. Not many teams are capable of it. Playoffs? For sure. I won’t say today that I expect the Seahawks to be back in the Superbowl this year.

Time to regroup. Next week its Denver, at home in CenturyLink Field. Peyton Manning knows what it’s like to play in the midst of the 12th Man. After today’s performance though, I take nothing for granted anymore.

U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

At first I thought the album sucked. I listened again. I was wrong. It’s a masterpiece.

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I’ve never been “into” U2 for their politics, or social commentary. I could really do without Bono’s preaching in-between songs during shows. Sure, he does more than just talk, he goes out there and gets stuff done, stays informed, etc., but so do millions of other smart people. Big deal. What I like about U2 is the music. It’s always been about the music. And for that I thank The Edge. I’m convinced it’s all him. Adam Clayton is a great bass player, and he’s getting better with each record. Larry Mullen Jr., is capable enough. Not the best drummer in the world, but he gets it done. The Mullen/Clayton combo is impressive; always has been. Bono is “the voice”. If you’ve wondered what God given talent sounds like, look no further. He’s got it. But, The Edge, he’s something else. He plays guitar like no one else. He didn’t start imitating anyone. And now everyone tries to imitate his sound; his technique. The melodies. The solos. The layers. It’s a little of what heaven will be like.

If you listened to the album once, or even twice, and you though, “ho hum, moving on now”, stop. Give it another listen. It’s amazing.

Rolling Stone 5 star review

9/11

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Never forget.

I Don’t Want An Apple Watch, and You Shouldn’t Either

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I could easily point to this article on Engadget and be done. Go ahead an read it, because many of the arguments made there resonate with me. My honest thoughts are these:

  • Apple Watch needs a separate charging plug. That’s just another I need to carry with me.
  • The device requires an iPhone. Do you have to have it in your pocket? In proximity? Why wouldn’t I just pull out my phone instead of looking at my wrist?
  • Aside from my wife, why would I want to send my heartbeat to anyone? And even with my wife, wouldn’t that get old after awhile? “Yeah, honey, love you too…ok, right…now, shut that heart beat off…I’m busy.”
  • Won’t my arm start to ache after holding it up for long periods of time? Isn’t that the beauty of a wrist watch? You only have to raise your arm for a split second to see what time it is, then you’re done. Now, I’m going to be holding my arm up for how long? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? If it’s only a minute or two, that’s an expensive device for a quick look. Again, I should just take out my phone.
  • Since when does anybody want a version 1.0 of ANYTHING Apple releases? Early adopters, that’s who. In a year, that watch is going to be half as thick. And you won’t need an iPhone either. And it will do more.
  • I stopped wearing a watch 8 years ago. Why will Apple Watch make me want to wear one again? I really can’t think of a reason.

So, there you have it. My blog, my feelings. I’ll be in line for Apple Watch 2. Or…maybe 3.

Obama Concedes to 2014 Dems; Won’t Force Immigration Action

Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications.

President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Saturday.

The decision to postpone means any political repercussions for trying to reform the immigration system by himself would come after the congressional midterm contests.

I think I’d rather know the obvious than to read political spin.

Obama has been weighing executive action on immigration — including moves that could allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in the country — after congressional action on the issue stalled. The options could include expanding a deferred deportation program for children of immigrants.

But he decided to delay any move to “take this issue away from those who would use it to score points as a kind of grandstanding issue,” the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It’s too big of an issue to allow it to be used as a tool for people trying to get votes,” the official said. “It isn’t about votes for any particular candidate; it’s about dealing with this issue in an environment that avoids the grandstanding we’ve seen in the past.”

No matter where you fall on the immigration issue, politicians want to stay in power. Obama knows this is a political time-bomb for many Democrats seeking reelection in November.If there wasn’t pressure being put on him from others in the party, he wouldn’t even hesitate to go his own way and bypass congress yet again.  He’s got a fuse in one hand and a match in the other, and for now, enough Dems have convinced him to hold off until they can be sure they wont’ have to move out of their cushy office on the hill.

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