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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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Michael Cohen is testifying in the Trump business fraud case in NYC. So far, Cohen said that Trump doesn't have an email because he didn't want a paper trail going back to him when he committed crimes.

https://twitter.com/AnnaBower/status/1789984634874241189

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in case anyone thought it was going to be easy for Biden .. my wife is convinced that Trump's support will erode if the hush money trial goes against him. i am skeptical it will make any difference either way.

Trump Leads in 5 Key States, as Young and Nonwhite Voters Express Discontent With Biden

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/13/us/politics/biden-trump-battleground-poll.html

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I remain convinced that the NYT methodology for polls is "what gets anxious liberals to click through," never mind their rather petty irritation with Biden.

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I have learned to despise the New York Times with their concern trolling and their focus on disaffected white voters who end up voting for Trump, as if solving their problems would relegate Trump to permanent private citizen status.

I remain doubtful of the NYT's supposed liberalism. I am more inclined to believe that they are actually trying to sabotage the Democratic party.

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I am similarly skeptical, but it may have an effect on voters in the middle: those who see a criminal conviction as disqualifying. The problem is we don't know who those folks are and if they move the needle as a group.

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PRO

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I've heard of games getting delayed for all kinds of animal pest reasons, but this is a first for me

https://www.mlb.com/news/turtle-interrupts-single-a-game-makes-mad-dash-across-outfield

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It really was awful announcing.

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The turtle moves surprisingly quickly.

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Not sports related, but the WaPo review of last weekend’s National Symphony Orchestra concert begins with an appreciation of the audience restraint when a mouse was running about on the floor.

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The 21 year old Pittsburg rookie who is dating Livvy Dunne made his major league debut. He threw 84 pitches for 54 strikes over 4 innings, but surrendered 6 hits, 2 BB, 3 ER (one HR), and beaned a batter - but he struck out 7 and 17 of those pitches were over 100 mph. The Pirates then put in three relievers that surrendered 7 runs on 7 batters including 6 bases loaded walks. And the Pirates still won.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/playbyplay/_/gameId/401569056

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I'm too lazy to Google. Who is Livvy Dunne?

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The LSU gymnast/IG(?). Some sort of social media darling.

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He is nasty. We watched his first start and his stuff is legit.

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Filthy

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He also has the body type to hopefully be able to handle throwing 100+ without injury. See Nolan Ryan.

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Well, so did Prior and Strasburg…Ryan Express may have just been a freak, because he could roll out there now and shut out the Giants.

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True. But Prior wasn't that big. It seems like he's more like Kerry Wood. Strasburg seemed to be larger than Prior.

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Djokovic gets beaned in the melon with a water bottle, suffers a shock defeat

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/articles/c51n4jej3g7o

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Patriot's HC has non complimentary words for 1st round pick QB

https://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/2910495/patriots-mayo-maye-has-a-lot-to-work-on

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Bronco's HC has complimentary words for 1st round pick QB

https://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/2910644

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Weekly PGA update. Three Bears in the top sixteen with combined earnings of 2.5 million. Could have been more but Morikawa went bogey, double bogey on 16 and 17.

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Knicks pulverized. that is the word the commentator used in the first half when they were down 30.

headed back to MSG tied 2-2

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CAL

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May 13Liked by SGBear

I got a Go Bears at the airport while flying out to SD on Sunday.

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May 13Liked by SGBear

I was flying out of Nashville so that was unexpected.

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I saw a young woman wearing a faded Cal basketball t-shirt the other morning. Instead of leading off with Go Bears, I asked if she had gone to Cal. She hadn’t. Before I had a chance to ask why she was wearing the shirt the friend she was helping move called to her and she went off to help.

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I saw a guy on Columbus & 68th wearing a Berkeley sweatshirt. He got a "GO BEARS". I got no reaction.

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i am close .. 57th and 7th.

GO BEARS

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I had to move the kiddo out of the dorms, which is no fun because cops don't me stopping the car. Instead, I slid my car onto the film set of Sex in the City next door, who were already wrapped from filming so they were cool about it.

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Go Bears!!! (We've got the Axe.)

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[SB] Bears back in the NCAA Championship via the Baton Rouge bracket that contains LSU

https://twitter.com/CalSB/status/1789826698625655265

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womens water polo loses NCAA championship to UCLA.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/story/2024-05-12/ucla-womens-water-polo

After coaching the UCLA men’s team to four NCAA championships, Wright led the women to their first national crown since 2009 and completed the program’s first undefeated season since 2008. The Bruins (26-0) are the first team since USC in 2016 to complete a perfect season and just the fifth team in NCAA women’s water polo history.

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RIP pac 12

that brings UCLA to something like 122 total NCCA championships. Stanford has 134.

Cal has 43

Pac-12 members have won 555 NCAA national championships, which is 256 more than the next closest conference,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pac-12_Conference_national_championships

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What is something you’ve rebounded from quickly?

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Five years ago I was told I couldn't run anymore. I'd been a runner for decades. I surprised myself by accepting it quickly and being glad I could still get on a stair master or elliptical machine.

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for the last 2 years after my last accident, i am exclusively riding indoors these days. it is not quite the same, enjoyable in its own special way.

that being said, my wife and i went on a short Mothers Days ride this weekend. it was my first time riding outdoors since the last accident. it was good in the sense that it was nice to be outside and the short easy ride was good for my wife to get out of the way since she had a lot of nervousness about it.

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my string of semi-major injuries in the last 10-ish years ... 2x torn Achilles and 2x broken collarbone.

rehab from those injuries is when i have been the most diligent about PT and recovery despite the pain and effort required.

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DBD AV CLUB

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ELSEWHERE IN COLLEGE

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Kaylin Moore transfers to Southern Branch

https://twitter.com/KaylinMoore11/status/1790074624295710848

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[HS] There are senior pranks and then there are crimes against humanity

https://twitter.com/WMBDNews/status/1789060385934364826

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Not a fan of the drone, are ya?

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trampoline

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My orthopedists says that trampolines keep him in wine and roses

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we own one but i never go on it mostly because it gives me a motion sickness feeling. the kids seemed to like it for a while. now mostly neighbor children use it.

my wife seems to get some unreasonable amount of joy in having it despite how expensive it was and how much of a liability it is. and then is unreasonably conservative with risks that are much less risky ...

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