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This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day. It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit. Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem.. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🤷🏻‍♀️ also. Just so everyone’s clear.. I’m not stoked on my appearance BUT I am appreciative of it and sometimes that’s the best I can do. I hope to inspire someone to appreciate their body today too. 💗 #nationalcelulliteday #celluLIT 🔥🔥🔥

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From another thread:

This has nothing to do with the the Joe Biden story. It has to do with Uncle Scoopy’s post in another thread:

“Potential Democratic voters are definitely split into two camps – those who want to return the USA to some kind of normality and business-as-usual, and those that desire a bold break from America’s past.

I am in the former camp: ex-Republican who would support Biden just because he’s a normal human being and is running against a monster. I just don’t know which way I would go in a Warren-Trump match-up. I’m ashamed to type that, but it is true, sadly. Warren is obviously a better human being (who isn’t?), but she’ll get no support from me until I know EXACTLY what my new tax bill is going to look like. Will I have to pay for everyone’s medical care and education? If she can pay for all of her pie-in-the-sky by her wealth tax, corporate taxes, closing tax loopholes and asking the top 1% to do more, then I’m all in, but if it’s all about fucking the middle class once again, then she can return to her wigwam.”

I think you need to think about this. I think you need to think about how much damage a re-election of Trump – essentially saying that the majority of the US should support Trump – would do to the future of the United States. I did not know Americans were so poor that they would put their tax bills ahead of that.

Maybe I am wrong. is there really not much at stake? Scoopy has always been more intelligent, better informed, and just a much clearer thinker than I am. On the other hand. I think that even if far left Democrats sweep Congress, they will know that the surest way to lose Congress and revive the Republican Party would be big tax increases on the majority of voting Americans.

I don’t know what to think about this. Except that Trump is vile, and should never have been President, and should not be President for four more years. NO ONE who has any chance of being nominated by the Democrats could be as bad as Trump. Are Americans really in such dire straits, financially, that their taxes matter more than that? Then Republican policies really have triumphed.

Scoop’s response:

I understand your argument completely, and I sympathize with it, but …

You asked another commenter why he thought it was a poor idea for Democrats to go left. I answered you honestly. I trust that Joe Biden would be fiscally responsible. I don’t feel the same about Sanders and Warren. I’ve seen the rough math on Medicare for All, and it is frightening. I’m willing to sift patiently through all the details to see how all the medical care and education will be paid for, and I have not done that yet, so I can be persuaded that it is feasible, but if it is another “fuck the middle class” scheme, I won’t get on that bandwagon.

The reason I used to be a Republican is that I believe the federal government, especially the executive branch, should stay relatively small. The fact that Trump is an evil entity doesn’t change that. In fact the possibility that a Trump-like character can be elected is all the more reason to restrict executive power. Do you want independents and disgruntled former Republicans to come over to your side? Then don’t make us choose between two radical ideologues who want to break the system, albeit in different ways.

Plus you have to understand that I am still a moderate traditionalist, and there are many like me who hate Trump, and hate the Republicans’ disregard for truth and common sense, but that doesn’t mean our basic ideas have changed. We are not suddenly going to turn into Trotskyites or start singing “L’Internationale” side-by-side with Bernie.

What happened this week?

  • The Jets had their best week of the year – they drew a bye.
  • We learned that the Bills and Lions may actually be pretty good. They didn’t beat the Patriots and Chiefs, but it came down to the wire in both cases.
  • The Eagles got some of their mojo back on Thursday, beating the Pack at Lambeau.
  • The Rams now seem very vulnerable, having allowed 55 points at home to Tampa Bay. That is the most points the Rams have ever given up at home. Jared Goff passed for 517 yards – and lost! (Throwing three INTs and losing a fumble did not help his cause.)
  • The Browns showed some serious offense, scoring 40 points and accumulating 500 yards from scrimmage against the vaunted Ravens’ defense.
  • It appears that Washington sucks deeply. We’re talkin’ Dolphins depth. In two weeks we will all be able to find out for sure in the dream game: Washington at Miami. They will both almost surely go into that game with no wins, since the Dolphins have a bye next week and Washington plays the Patriots.
  • Hey, the ‘Phins are improving every week. In week one they lost by 49, then 43, then 25 … and only 20 this week! At this rate they may win a game by 2022. It’s not going to be easy for them to pull off a perfect season, because they have two games against the Jets and one against Washington, but I have faith in my boys!
  • I fell asleep during the Cowboys-Saints game. One of them must have won eventually. I don’t care which.

Still with no losses: the Patriots, Chiefs and (surprise!) 49ers.

Still with no wins: seven different teams. (Miami, the Jets, Washington, Arizona, Denver, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati). Unless there is a tie, the size of that group will be reduced by one tomorrow, when the Steelers and Bengals go head-to-head. (It has been a sad year for Monday Night Football. If you care, the Steelers are favored by three.)

“I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”

“Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!”

“What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?”

Henry II, referring to ol’ Tommy Becket

It’s sad and scary that the President of the United States seems completely unhinged

Continue reading “Trump says making fun of him is treason!”

It appears that Christian Yelich “backed into” the batting average crown by missing the last three weeks. He edged Ketel Marte .3292 to .3286. ESPN’s stats are not MLB’s official ones, but MLB.com has the same info. Yelich also led the NL in OBP and slugging. In fact, he led the majors in slugging.

Mike Trout led the AL in both OBP and slugging.

Pete Alonso did achieve the undisputed rookie HR record with 53.

Eugenio Suarez hit 49 homers, thus improving his HR total for the fifth consecutive year. In every year since his rookie season, he has hit least five homers more than the previous year. Unless he suddenly turns into Barry Bonds, he has just about run out of room to improve. (4-13-21-26-34-49)

The Houston Astros had the only 20-game winners in baseball. It is an impossible choice between Verlander and Cole for the Cy Young:

Verlander 21-6, 2.58 ERA, .80 WHIP, 300K
Cole 20-5, 2.50 ERA, .89 WHIP, 326K

They finished 1-2 in the league in wins, ERA, WHIP and Ks

Jorge Soler led the AL with 48 dingers. In his previous five years he hit 5-10-12-2-9. I won’t start calling him “Brady” unless he falls back to 9 next year.

Freak home run years:
Brady Anderson, three successive years (1995-1997): 16-50-18
Ned Williamson, three successive years (1883-1885): 2-27-3 *
Jorge Soler: 9-48-?? **

Asterisks explained in (excruciating) depth after the jump.

Continue reading “Final major league stats”

Informative, comprehensive, multi-dimensional report by the WaPo

On the one hand, neither Hunter Biden nor Joe did anything wrong.

On the other hand, it’s complicated. Why didn’t Joe make an effort to avoid the appearance of impropriety?

I can’t answer that question, but I have four grown children, and they decide how to spend their own lives, even when their actions might be strongly contrary to what I would or did advise. The key point is this – they ignore my advice based on what they perceive to be best for THEM, so I rarely bother offering it. Backing off is one of the most important things you have to learn to do as your children become adults. In this case, however, I tend to side with Bill Maher, who said Biden should just have told his kid to get a real job. Of course, the son may not have paid any attention, as was his right as an adult, but at least Joe could have made that effort, and he did not.

As far as I can see, only one interesting thing happened in college football this Saturday.

North Carolina came into the Clemson game as four-touchdown underdogs, but they could have won the game by making a two-point conversion with about a minute to play. They failed and had to settle for a near miss (21-20).

Actually it’s not that surprising that North Carolina scored 21, but their defense gets a big round of applause for holding Clemson to 20! Based on the spread and the over/under, the bookies expected Clemson to score about 44.

Here is the complete recap of the games involving the top 25 teams.

Trine Dyrholm in the Sundance darling, “Queen of Hearts” (2019)

The premise: “A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.”

Trine is a distinguished, mainstream Danish actress who has appeared in more than 40 feature films, and 100+ TV shows.

I don’t know who that is, but I want to bear her children.

Apparently she is famous in the UK and to genre aficionados. Wikipedia says:

Ella McMahon (born 1 April 1994), known by her stage name Ella Eyre, is an English singer and songwriter. She is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number one single “Waiting All Night” (2013), which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the Year, with DJ Fresh on his single “Gravity” (2015), and with Sigala on their singles “Came Here for Love” (2017), and “Just Got Paid” (2018).

52 dingers. Not a bad rookie season, eh? (With two more to play.)

Alonso had a bit of a slump in July when he batted .177 with “only” six homers, but he battled right back in the following two months. There’s really no knock on the kid. His clutch stats are excellent: he actually batted better in the late innings of close games. His splits are non-existent: he hits right handers as well as southpaws. And he’s as strong as an ox.

In other MLB news, the ten playoff teams have now been determined, but there is one matter still unresolved. The Brewers and Cardinals are both in the post-season, but one of them will go in as a division champ, while the other will have to participate in the much-despised play-in game. The Cards are more likely to win the division. As I type this, they have a one-game edge and have the easier schedule. They will finish the season with two home games. The Brewers have two on the road, and to make it worse, the games are at Coors, where the Rockies are quite competent. (The Rocks are over .500 at home, but finished a pathetic 28-53 on the road.) At the risk of being drummed out of Wisconsin, I have to opine that the Cards deserve it. They have a better team even when the Brewers’ star, Christian Yelich, is healthy, which he currently is not. You do have to tip your cap to the way that the Brew-crew finished the season. Yelich is currently the NL leader in both OBP and slugging, so it was a big loss when he went down, but going into Friday’s game, they had won 13 of 15 without him, leaving the Cubs in the dust.

Condolences go to the Cleveland Indians, who have a better record than THREE of the National League’s post-season teams, but will be watching the playoffs on TV.

As of this moment, the Astros, Dodgers and Yankees are more or less co-favorites to win the World Series, according to Vegas. I have no horse in the race, but I am impressed by Houston’s formidible pitching staff. As I type this, their four regular starters are 61-18, a winning percentage of .772.

President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries.”

What makes this particularly noteworthy and confusing is that Trump was publicly denying that such interference had ever happened. Looking back on it through the prism of this revelation, we see that he obviously realized that it had happened, and by his statements to the Russians, he invited its continuance.