SMITH: Oh, they took it. Beat the Soviets. And journalists love this story so much that here in Sochi at the press conferences for hockey there is one question after another about the 1980 match. Rousseff’s removal sent shock waves throughout Latin America, where Brazil was once viewed as an emerging economic power and the model for a new form of leftist rule, matching support for big business with muscular social welfare programs to alleviate poverty and nurture a new middle class. That project has come crashing down, and Rousseff paid the price Thursday. She faces impeachment proceedings that could last six months.
“Even as the number of our wars expands, however, they seem to grow less real to us here in the United States. So it becomes ever more important that we, in whose name those wars are being pursued, make the effort to grasp their grim reality. It’s important to remind ourselves that war is the worst possible way of settling human disagreements, focused as it is upon injuring human flesh (and ravaging the basics of human life) until one side can no longer withstand the pain.
The funny thing about public life is that people say, well, you’ve got to make sure that no special treatment is given. And in my daughter’s case, she got the benefit of no special treatment. She got extra treatment. Small success: I was able to get US Open tickets via the Amex presale for some family members who are tennis buffs (helped with Amex biz spend as well). Booked 3 nights at Sheraton Tribeca 12k/night and flying some family members out on a combo of AA and Jetblue (via Chase UR). I be platinum in the new Stariott or whatever, so I hoping for lounge access/breakfast at the Sheraton, but tbd.
In Florida, his companies have exploited lax state oversight while leaning on powerful allies inside the government to keep the contracts flowing. Slattery, his wife, Diane, and other executives have been prodigious political rainmakers in Florida, donating more than $400,000 to state candidates and committees over the last 15 years, according to HuffPost review. The recipient of the largest share of those dollars was the Florida Republican Party, which took in more than $276,000 in that time.
But he makes reference to the characteristic of the gig that few people know abuot: the paucity of people actually attending. Dave Smitham again: “Valleys punks and the curious gathered themselves in the cinema’s seven front rows. Row upon row of empty seats tiered to the back of the unheated, seedy auditorium.