03/19/2015 archive

2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 1 Evening

Meta note- The Razorbacks’ site is a useless piece of crap!  Video (none for the Tournament of course) and no schedule.

There are others that are difficult (looking at you Harvard and you NC State) but at least it’s there somewhere.  I hope you and your non-standard impossible to find anything IT crew get booted quickly you losers!

This Evening’s Matchups-

Time Channel Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
6:50 pm TBS 1 Villanova 32-2 16 Lafayette 20-12 East
7:10 pm CBS 8 Cincinnati 22-10 9 Purdue 21-12 Mid-West
7:20 pm TNT 4 North Carolina 24-11 13 Harvard 22-7 West
7:27 pm CBS 5 Utah 24-8 12 Steph. F. Austin 29-4 South
9:20 pm TBS 8 NC State 20-13 9 LSU 22-10 East
9:40 pm CBS 1 Kentucky 34-0 16 Hampton 17-17 Mid-West
9:50 pm TNT 5 Arkansas 26-8 12 Wofford 28-6 West
9:57 pm True 4 Georgetown 21-10 13 Eastern Wash. 26-8 South

Punting the Pundits

“Punting the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

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Trevor Timm: Obama wants us to believe he’s been transparent. But don’t look behind the curtain

The Obama administration publicly patted itself on the back this week for their supposed unmatched commitment to openness and accountability. But if you want to understand the White House’s actual commitment to transparency, don’t listen to their speeches or press releases – look at what they were doing quietly, off stage.

On the very same day as the administration was hailing its non-existent transparency achievements during an event for Sunshine Week, it was also permanently shielding a key White House office from the Freedom of Information Act (Foia). The White House Office of Administration, which is in charge of archiving White House emails, had accepted Foia requests for 30 years, until the Bush administration convinced a court they didn’t have to in 2007. Open government groups are up in arms that the Obama White House is making Bush’s secrecy policy permanent and declaring the entire office off-limits to the public. (This week, in another event that also shows their true colors, the administration threatened to prosecute any members of Congress who reveal details of a controversial trade deal draft that many public interest groups want to be made public.) [..]

More and more people want information on what their government is doing on their behalf. Ignoring those requests won’t make them go away. Nor will the government’s self-congratulation on “transparency” fool anyone. So why not do something actually meaningful and pass Foia reform.

New York Times Editorial Board: The House Budget Disaster

If the budget resolution released on Tuesday by House Republicans is a road map to a “Stronger America,” as its title proclaims, it’s hard to imagine what the path to a diminished America would look like.

The plan’s deep cuts land squarely on the people who most need help: the poor and the working class. The plan also would turn Medicare into a system of unspecified subsidies to buy private insurance by the time Americans who are now 56 years old become eligible. And it would strip 16.4 million people of health insurance by repealing the Affordable Care Act (the umpteenth attempt by Republicans to do so since the law was enacted in 2010). [..]

House Republicans are sticking to their tired themes of spending cuts, no matter the need or consequences, and tax cuts above all. Senate Republicans, whose budget resolution is scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday, are not expected to challenge the House approach in any major way.

Dean Baker: Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

You probably missed this one, after all most news coverage told people that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a “right to work” bill. According to the accounts, this bill means that workers will no longer be forced to pay a fee to the union that represents them. This was presented as a victory for workers’ rights over the power of unions. In fact, it was about denying the people of Wisconsin the freedom of contract.

This is not just a question of the best slogan for a marketing campaign; it’s a question of how we think about workers’ rights. Walker and his supporters want people to believe that a basic right of workers is being denied if they are forced to pay a union representation fee. This is nonsense if we think about the issue in its full context.

The problem is supposed to be that some workers dislike unions in general, or the union at a specific workplace, and don’t think they should have to pay a representation fee to the union to hold a job. But there are often many things about a job that workers don’t like.

Dave Johnson: Why Is SEC Refusing To Follow The Law And Issue CEO Pay-Ratio Rules?

One part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to set up rules requiring companies to disclose the median annual total compensation of all employees, the total annual compensation of the chief executive officer, and the ratio of the median employee pay to the CEO’s pay. It’s 2015 and the agency still has not done so.

In December, 16 Senators sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White asking for the SEC to vote on the final pay-ratio rule before the end of the first quarter of 2015. [..]

The end of the first quarter is two weeks away. There’s still no CEO Pay-Ratio rule.

Alexa Van Brunt: Adult interrogation tactics in schools turns principals into police officers

Adult interrogation methods do not belong in the classroom, so why are school administrators throughout the United States being trained to use them on their students in order to extract confessions? [..]

Subjecting children to coercive interrogations by school officials serves no other purpose than to escalate the flow of our nation’s youth into the school-to-prison pipeline, a phenomenon by which violations of school rules become criminalized and children – particularly poor, LGBTQ, black and hispanic children – are funneled out of schools and into jails and prisons. Not only does the pipeline lead to higher rates of incarceration but it also results in economic insecurity.

Rather than training principals to interrogate, schools should focus on non-punitive approaches like in-school behavior modification, mentorship, and diversion tactics. That is the more ethical and community-centered approach.

Melissa Jacobs: Ashley Judd isn’t alone: most women who talk about sport on Twitter face abuse

I write professionally about American football, and I tweet a lot on a variety of football-related topics. So I get that many male National Football League fans who don’t know that I’ve been covering the league for almost a decade might assume that I have no clue what a Cover 3 defensive scheme is. I don’t get being told “my face looks like a football” after tweeting a joke about the Jacksonville Jaguars possibly moving to London, getting called a “cunt” in response to football analysis or receiving the most untempting sexual invitations imaginable. [..]

When it comes to women writing about sports, the harassment is not only there, it comes with a special brand of archaic machismo and frequent and disgusting trolling. While sexism gotten much better for us within the industry, women in sports often still need a very thick skin when it comes to interacting with the public.

2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 1 Afternoon

Some meta notes-

During the Rounds of 64 and 32, especially tomorrow when both the Men and Women have 16 games each, it is very difficult to provide in game updates and I don’t generally try unless it’s of particular interest.

You are free of course to post your own commentary if you wish.

Also during at least the early rounds there will be one consolidated Afternoon and one consolidated Evening diary for the Men’s Tournament and the same for the Women.

I’m going to try and keep up enough that I can provide all the previous day’s results in the Afternoon diary as sometimes teams change between Afternoon and Evening starts.  Until the later rounds they never change days in the two day rotation so if I get behind I’ll slip the results so they appear the same day the team plays next.

The links in the tables take you to the college’s main basketball page and to it’s schedule and record against every team it played during the season.

Enjoy the Tournament!

Last Night’s Results

Score Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Region
77 16 North Florida 23 – 12 81 16 * Robert Morris 18 – 17 South
56 11 * Dayton 26 – 8 55 11 Boise State 25 – 9 East

This Afternoon’s Matchups-

Time Channel Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
12:15 pm CBS 3 Notre Dame 29 – 5 14 Northeastern 23 – 11 Mid-West
12:40 pm True 3 Iowa State 25 – 8 14 UAB 19 – 15 South
1:40 pm TBS 3 Baylor 24 – 9 14 Georgia State 24 – 9 West
2:10 pm TNT 2 Arizona 31 – 3 15 Texas Southern 22 – 12 West
2:45 pm CBS 6 Butler 22 – 10 11 Texas 20 – 13 Mid-West
3:10 pm True 6 SMU 27 – 6 11 UCLA 20 – 13 South
4:10 pm TBS 6 Xavier 21 – 13 11 Mississippi 21 – 12 West
4:40 pm TBS 7 VCU 26 – 9 10 Ohio State 23 – 10 West

On This Day In History March 19

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

March 19 is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 287 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the Army Air Corp, is activated.

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to racist Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. Although the 477th Bombardment Group “worked up” on North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat; the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then in action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe where they were particularly successful in their missions.

The Tuskegee Airmen initially were equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks fighter-bomber aircraft, briefly with Bell P-39 Airacobras (March 1944), later with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts (June-July 1944), and finally the fighter group acquired the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944). When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47’s red, the nickname “Red Tails” was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive “Red-Tail Angels” sobriquet.


Before the Tuskegee Airmen, no African American had become a U.S. military pilot. In 1917, African-American men had tried to become aerial observers, but were rejected, however, African American Eugene Bullard served as one of the members of the Franco-American Lafayette Escadrille. Nonetheless, he was denied the opportunity to transfer to American military units as a pilot when the other American pilots in the unit were offered the chance. Instead, Bullard returned to infantry duty with the French.

The racially motivated rejections of World War I African-American recruits sparked over two decades of advocacy by African-Americans who wished to enlist and train as military aviators. The effort was led by such prominent civil rights leaders as Walter White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, labor union leader A. Philip Randolph, and Judge William H. Hastie. Finally, on 3 April 1939, Appropriations Bill Public Law 18 was passed by Congress containing an amendment designating funds for training African-American pilots. The War Department managed to deflect the monies into funding civilian flight schools willing to train black Americans.

War Department tradition and policy mandated the segregation of African-Americans into separate military units staffed by white officers, as had been done previously with the 9th Cavalry, 10th Cavalry, 24th Infantry Regiment and 25th Infantry Regiment. When the appropriation of funds for aviation training created opportunities for pilot cadets, their numbers diminished the rosters of these older units. A further series of legislative moves by the United States Congress in 1941 forced the Army Air Corps to form an all-black combat unit, despite the War Department’s reluctance.

Due to the restrictive nature of selection policies, the situation did not seem promising for African-Americans since, in 1940, the U.S. Census Bureau reported only 124 African-American pilots in the nation. The exclusionary policies failed dramatically when the Air Corps received an abundance of applications from men who qualified, even under the restrictive requirements. Many of the applicants already had participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, in which the historically black Tuskegee Institute had participated since 1939.

The Breakfast Club (Daft Punk – Get Lucky)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Breakfast Tune: Daft Punk – Get Lucky – solo banjo by Charles Butler

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The Daily/Nightly Show (Did I mention Basketball?)

Especially during the Rounds of 64 and 32 it’s difficult for me to concentrate on anything else because the set up is tricky.  I try to keep up, but I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire.

Green about the O’Gills

Hey, at least tonight we have a Panel- Bradley Whitford, Kurt Metzger, Alexander Bullock, and Shenaz Treasury (Nightly Show regular).  We still don’t have a clue as to the topic.

C’mon Larry, I’m trying to help you out here.

I will say the show is much funnier now that he’s mostly doing a monologue and a bit before the panel, but they need to be tighter, 3 minutes each tops so you have 8 minutes for the panel and 2 for Keep it 100.

And throw me a bone will yah?

Your Popeye is spot on.  You really ought to do a show in character dare or not.


If you can’t make it at Arby’s there’s always CSPAN2

This Week’s Guests-

Kevin Hart is one of the Real Husbands of Hollywood which probably explains why I’ve never heard of him.  He’s probably on to talk about either The Wedding Ringer or the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.

The real news below.