TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Comedy Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

COMEDY BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

 4) Sing Street Vs. 8) Hail, Caesar!

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Sing Street

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Sing Street

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

DIRECTING
Advantage: Sing Street

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Sing Street

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Sing Street

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Sing Street

FINAL SCORE

4) Sing Street – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
8) Hail, Caesar! – 9

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11) The Edge of Seventeen Vs. 15) Girl Asleep

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: The Edge of Seventeen

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Girl Asleep

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Girl Asleep

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Girl Asleep

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Girl Asleep

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: The Edge of Seventeen

DIRECTING
Advantage: Girl Asleep

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Girl Asleep

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Girl Asleep

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Girl Asleep

FINAL SCORE

11) The Edge of Seventeen – 5
15) Girl Asleep – 17 (Advances to Quarterfinals)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 QUARTERFINAL

COMEDY BRACKET FINAL

4) Sing Street Vs. 15) Girl Asleep

ACTING
Advantage: Girl Asleep

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Sing Street

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Girl Asleep

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Girl Asleep

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Sing Street

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Girl Asleep

STORY/MEANING
TIE

DIRECTING
Advantage: Girl Asleep

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Girl Asleep

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Sing Street

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Sing Street

FINAL SCORE

4) Sing Street – 9
15) Girl Asleep – 13 (Top Comedy 2016 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Action Movie Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

ACTION MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 3 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Elle Vs. 4) The Accountant

ACTING
Advantage: Elle

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Elle

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: The Accountant

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: The Accountant

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: The Accountant

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Elle

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Elle

DIRECTING
Advantage: Elle

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: The Accountant

LASTABILITY
Advantage: The Accountant

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Elle

FINAL SCORE

1) Elle – 12 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
4) The Accountant – 10

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2) Hacksaw Ridge Vs. 11) Eye in the Sky

ACTING
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Eye in the Sky

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Eye in the Sky

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Eye in the Sky

STORY/MEANING
TIE

DIRECTING
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Eye in the Sky

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

FINAL SCORE

2) Hacksaw Ridge – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
11) Eye in the Sky – 9

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 QUARTERFINAL

ACTION MOVIE BRACKET FINAL

1) Elle Vs. 2) Hacksaw Ridge

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Elle

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Elle

DIRECTING
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hacksaw Ridge

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Elle

FINAL SCORE

1) Elle – 7
2) Hacksaw Ridge – 15 (Top Action Movie 2016 – Advances to Semifinals)

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/23/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE BORDERLAND IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCORCHING HEAT WAVE BUT AT LEAST IT’S NOT PHOENIX.  EVEN HELL IS GRATEFUL THAT IT IS NOT PHOENIX – Summer is upon us and temperatures around El Paso and the greater Mogollon region are expected to get close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in some spots.  Naturally, this has brought up El Paso’s summer pastime of people acting like they’ve never seen high temperatures before even though it happens every fucking year.  This is not to be confused with El Paso’s winter pastime of people acting like they’ve never seen snow even though it also happens every fucking year.  Though this weekend will not see “extreme” record breaking temps, it’s still a typical El Paso summer heat spell and people should take the necessary precautions.  So drink lots of water and don’t do anything stupid that might leave you outside in dangerous conditions during the day.  And let us all marvel at the fact that large corporations choose Phoenix over El Paso to set up shop simply because of “white collar racism” and would rather roast in 120+ degree temperature than set up in a community that has a Hispanic majority.  (kfoxtv.com)

ONCE AGAIN, A DANGEROUS DUST STORM NEAR LORDSBURG HAS CAUSED A MAJOR ACCIDENT ON I-10 AND, ONCE AGAIN, THE AUTHORITIES WILL SHRUG THEIR SHOULDERS AND CLAIM NOTHING CAN BE DONE – Six people lost their lives on Sunday when a massive dust storm west of Lordsburg caused a 25 vehicle pileup on I-10.  Aside from being lucky, there’s really nothing that any of the drivers on the road at that moment could have done to try and prevent a tragedy.  The area where the accident occurred is near the Lordsburg Playa and it consistently is one of the biggest dust storm hot spots in the southwest – a dust storm hot spot that is split in two by a major highway!  Although the government will try to wash their hands of this disaster, this sort of thing has happened for so long that you would think by now they would have a system to try and prevent this.  Maybe have a plan where the freeway is shut down in this area during dust storms, where cars are funneled through a lower speed alternate route that connects with I-10 away from the danger zone.  Or maybe they can stop cattle from eating up necessary vegetation in an area that is already practically devoid of plants.  Or maybe the state or the feds can just buy up the whole playa and surrounding area, turn it into a nature preserve and plant a bunch of trees and plants along I-10 to offer some protection from the dust.  Six people are dead and countless are injured; at what point is the outrage large enough for the government to do something other than trying to “harden the soil” and shrugging their shoulders.  (kvia.com)

A NEW UNDERWEAR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO CAPITALIZE ON FANS OF THE EL PASO CHIHUAHUAS, CHICO AND CHICO’S CROTCH – Russell Athletic’s FreshForce underwear line is launching an advertising campaign that includes Chico the Chihuahua and it’s everything you would expect and more!  For some reason Chico the Chihuahua uses underwear but what is more perplexing is that his crotch is extraordinarily hot and only FreshForce underwear can cool his groin to an acceptable temperature range.  I don’t want to oversell it, but here are some of the magical highlights of this glorious commercial:  dozens of subtle references to Chico’s testicles, scientific evidence that shows that Chico’s crotch is 150 degrees Fahrenheit, shameless El Paso clichés that border on prejudice, a fully nude Chico (with crotch blurred out) getting hosed down at a car wash and Chico and others sniffing his underwear.  Just because of this commercial I will buy at least 2 pairs of red FreshForce underwear so I can be like Chico and have cool balls.  If you love Chico and have ever wanted to sniff his underwear, this is the commercial for you!  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IS THIS THE END OF ISIS? – Iraqi forces have almost full control of Mosul and that has made the daesh cunts of ISIS even more psychotic than they already are.  Many people said that the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri by ISIS would be a sign of the impending end of the group and that is exactly what has happened.  The desperate terrorist organization has lost most of its territory and has nowhere to go and will now do as much damage as possible to whatever territory they still hold.  Add to this the apparent death of their leader as a result of a Russian air attack in Syria and we might just be seeing the complete destruction of ISIS.  Not to be outdone, the group is claiming that American bombs were responsible for the destruction of the mosque in Mosul even though the video clearly shows that it was a controlled explosion with no sign of any attack coming from above.  ISIS might die, but the propaganda war will continue and, sadly, another terrorist group will take its place.  This is the tragic cycle of the War on Terror.  (bbc.com)

LADIES, LADIES DON’T FIGHT.  YOU’RE BOTH EQUALLY HORRIBLE LARGE CORPORATIONS THAT BULLY BUSINESSES AND SUFFOCATE COMPETITION – In news of “pot calling the kettle black”, Amazon this week called Wal-Mart a bully for trying to get its technology suppliers to switch away from Amazon’s cloud computing service if they wanted to keep on doing business with Wal-Mart.  It’s beyond humorous that Amazon is calling Wal-Mart a bully when both companies have a reputation for undercutting competitors and choking out their rivals.  Amazon’s web services division is one of the few areas of the company that actually generates a healthy profit and this might be why they got so bitchy about Wal-Mart asking its suppliers to find another company for their cloud services and online computing needs.  On their end, Wal-Mart said they asked for this move because they don’t want their vital information in the grasp of their competitor’s computer network.  But who are we kidding, both these companies are bitchy bullies who not only want to damage their competition but also come off as victims.  (bbc.com)

SCIENCE HAS NOW PROVEN WHAT NORMAL, RATIONAL PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS; THAT PEOPLE WHO PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR HEADPHONES ARE COMPLETE, FUCKING IDIOTS – A recent scientific study published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America titled “No correlation between headphone frequency response and retail price” has found no objectively measurable difference between headphones regardless of price.  Much like the morons who deny that climate change exists despite all the scientific evidence, people who buy Beats and other overpriced brands of headphones will make up some random statistic or bullshit anecdotal evidence to justify their insufferable commitment to being idiots.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Popcorn Movie Bracket / 2nd Round Results

POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Zootopia Vs. 8) The Jungle Book

ACTING
Advantage: Zootopia

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Zootopia

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: The Jungle Book

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: The Jungle Book

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: The Jungle Book

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Zootopia

STORY/MEANING
TIE

DIRECTING
Advantage: Zootopia

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Zootopia

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Zootopia

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Zootopia

FINAL SCORE

1) Zootopia – 15 (Advances to 3rd Round)
8) The Jungle Book – 7

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Drama Bracket / 2nd Round Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Manchester by the Sea Vs. 8) Hidden Figures

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Hidden Figures

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hidden Figures

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Hidden Figures

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Hidden Figures

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Hidden Figures

DIRECTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Hidden Figures

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hidden Figures

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

FINAL SCORE

1) Manchester by the Sea – 7
8) Hidden Figures – 15 (Advances to 3rd Round)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – COMEDY BRACKET / 2nd Round Results

comedy BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) La La Land Vs. 8) Hail, Caesar!

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: La La Land

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: La La Land

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

DIRECTING
Advantage: La La Land

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: La La Land

FINAL SCORE

1) La La Land – 9
8) Hail, Caesar! – 13 (Advances to 3rd Round)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Action Movie Bracket / 2nd Round Results

action movie BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Elle Vs. 9) A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost Fra P)

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Elle

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Elle

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Elle

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Elle

DIRECTING
Advantage: Elle

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Elle

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Elle

FINAL SCORE

1) Elle – 15 (Advances to 3rd Round)
9) A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost Fra P) – 7

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Drama Bracket / 1st Round Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 1 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Manchester by the Sea Vs. 16) The Fundamentals of Caring

ACTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

DIRECTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

LASTABILITY
TIE

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

FINAL SCORE

1) Manchester by the Sea – 13 (Advances to 2nd Round)
16) The Fundamentals of Caring – 9

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Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/18/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SPECIAL TRAFFIC INVESTIGATIONS UNIT, A.K.A. THE OVERTIME COWBOYS, SHUT DOWN THE FREEWAY FOR OVER SIX HOURS BECAUSE OF AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING ONE(!) MOTORCYCLE.  IF A REAL EMERGENCY LIKE A TERRORIST ATTACK EVER OCCURS, EPPD WILL SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE CITY FOR A MONTH – EPPD’s Traffic Unit shut down ALL westbound lanes on Friday, after a deadly motorcycle accident near Yarbrough, and didn’t open up the freeway until more than 6 hours later.  It’s understandable that they would shut down the area in order to render aid and clean up the mess, but to waste SIX HOURS on an “investigation” in an area surrounded by txdot cameras is just wasteful.  El Paso is the only city in Texas, and perhaps the world, where the policed shuts down an entire freeway to “look for clues”.  More than anything, this sort of thing just comes off looking like blatant overtime fraud with no respect for the taxpayer.  To make matters worse, all the money wasted could be used on the police officers who actually do REAL police work and keep us safe by patrolling and going into rough neighborhoods to stop crime.  At some point, the city and state authorities are going to have to step in and see why these investigations seem to take hours ONLY in El Paso and not anywhere else.  (kvia.com)

CAN WE ALL FINALLY AGREE THAT COHEN STADIUM DOES NOT NEED TO BE A BASEBALL FIELD ANYMORE AND JUST TURN IT INTO AN AMPHITHEATER?  AND LET’S SELL THE LAND AROUND THE AREA AND GET SOME PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT GOING – After years of being put on the back burner, the City of El Paso is seriously starting to look at realistic plans for Cohen Stadium and the surrounding area.  Once City Hall Field was built in downtown, the city had no real use for a baseball field in Northeast El Paso but they were reluctant to proclaim Cohen as a white elephant.  Now it seems the city is looking at logical options for Cohen Stadium and its potential as a performance area are finally being appreciated.  El Paso loses out on many tours because of its lack of an amphitheater and Cohen Stadium is an excellent candidate to be retrofitted for that use.  While the city is just discussing the basic ideas on how to revitalize this property, it’s good to see that they are looking beyond just the canopy repairs and are hinting at some future changes to the venue.  I’m not saying they’re going to turn it into an amphitheater, but the smart and rational move here would be for the City of El Paso to turn Cohen Field into an amphitheater.  (kvia.com)

APPARENTLY GETTING IN THE RIO GRANDE IS DANGEROUS IN EL PASO, BUT IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE TO RIDE FUNNY RAFTS A FEW MILES NORTH IN LAS CRUCES.  AT THIS POINT, THE BORDER PATROL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE JUST MAKING SHIT UP AND NOT EVEN BOTHERING TO BE RATIONAL.  WHEN YOU CAN BLAME TERRORISTS FOR ANYTHING, EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS THE TRUTH – For the 18th year in a row, the Raft the Rio celebration took place in Las Cruces this weekend as people captained a wide variety of boats through the stretch of the Rio Grande the runs through Las Cruces.  This seemed like a very fun event and it’s a real shame that the government has turned the river into a no man’s land once it reaches the Texas border and practically a war zone once it reaches downtown El Paso.  A once lively and life-giving river has been reduced to a concrete canal due to the machinations of morons hundreds of miles away on both sides of the divide.  Well, at least Las Cruces gets to have fun with the river.  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IF TERRORISTS AND BREXIT WEREN’T BAD ENOUGH, NOW LONDON HAS TO WORRY ABOUT KILLER FIRES – It seems the UK just can’t catch a break and now a deadly high rise fire in London is the latest bit of bad news to hit the country.  Dozens are believed dead as a massive fire gutted the Grenfell Tower and destroyed most of the 24-storey building.  Cost cutting measures are blamed for this fire as the building didn’t have a sprinkler system and the protective cladding cover used in recent upgrades was not fire resistant.  The building was mainly used for low income housing, so that might be why the government went with “cost” when it came down to the cost/safety ratio.  Unfortunately, you expect something like this from a developing nation in Africa or the Americas.  But when a tragic fire like this happens in one of the richest cities in the world, it really makes you question the system as a whole.  (bbc.com)

BECAUSE HOLLYWOOD LOVES A GOOD PLOT TWIST, IT TURNS OUT THE PRODUCTION COMPANY BEHIND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET MIGHT BE A HORRIBLE MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION THAT STOLE MONEY FROM THE MALAYSIAN PEOPLE TO CREATE A MASSIVE SCAM OF A COMPANY.  THE RED GRANITE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! – Red Granite was a production company that made some big movies over the years and that is now on the brink of having all its assets seized as the U.S. Government continues with its case against the company.  Red Granite is accused of a massive money laundering scheme that involved pumping tons of money out of Malaysia, reserved for economic development that the country REALLY needed, in order for the relatives of Malaysian government officials to pretend like they were Hollywood big shots.  The case is pretty large and complex, so you should do yourself a favor and read the full report to get all the juicy details on just how far these guys went.  As it stands, the government is seeking to seize assets that include paintings worth millions of dollars and movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Daddy’s Home and Dumb and Dumber To.  As an added bonus, the investigation also involves Leonardo DiCaprio and parties in Las Vegas!  (deadline.com)

GET READY FOR QUANTUM SPY SATELLITES – THE NEW SAFE WAY TO SECURELY TRANSMIT PICTURES OF YOUR DICK TO RANDOM GIRLS! – The Chinese government has successfully tested a new type of satellite communication system that uses the laws of quantum science to create a virtually un-hackable communication network.  The Micius satellite has been working since last August and continues to show positive results.  This all is a bit too hard to explain in a smarmy paragraph, but the system basically uses photon pairs to hold the encryption keys that cease to work if any detection is attempted on the message.  But just read the full report for more information on how this fascinating system works and ignore my half-assed summary.  Not to be outdone, Donald Trump has announced that he will create a coal-powered satellite system that uses coal encryption in order to counter this new spy satellite from China.  Because the only way to advance the country and Make Murica Great Again is by using 19th century technology!  (bbc.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/11/2017

 

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EL PASO’S VOTERS (ALL FIVE OF THEM) HAVE SPOKEN AND THEY HAVE DECIDED TO CHOOSE STABLE, AVERAGE CANDIDATES OVER INCOMPETENT, ILL-INFORMED OUTSIDERS.  AT LEAST EL PASO VOTERS GOT IT RIGHT – The runoff election for El Paso mayor and city council took place on Saturday and Dee Margo, Alexsandra Annello, Cassandra Hernandez and Sam Morgan were some of the major winners in their respective elections for mayor and city council.  While this election didn’t feature any spectacular candidates, the voters elected the most solid choices available and rejected some of the over the top morons that were running in some of the races.  The City Council District 8 race was the only one not decided on Saturday, but the runoff features two decent-ish candidates that won’t (hopefully) do amazingly stupid things at council.  So the upcoming El Paso government should be MUCH better than what we had before.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

IN HINDSIGHT, CHARGING MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO GO INTO ASCARATE PARK FOR A FESTIVAL THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE A COPIOUS AMOUNT OF DRUGS IS A PRETTY STUPID IDEA – El Paso County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Storrie was fired right after the completion of this year’s Sun City Fair and some sources are saying it was because of the lackluster results of the event that many attribute to his poor management.  Regardless of the situation, Eric Storrie is a useful scapegoat for Ascarate’s troubles but the main issue still remains that El Paso County should not be in the “parks” business and should stop wasting taxpayer money on this and merge their few parks with the City of El Paso.  El Paso County charges a fee to enter Ascarate and the Sportsplex and their parks are STILL in worse condition than the City of El Paso parks that are completely free!  Just save everyone’s tax money and create a metropolitan parks and recreation department run by the city that runs all the parks in the area.  Maybe if the parks were free and not run by incompetent El Paso County officials things like this wouldn’t happen.  It says a lot when you can make the City of El Paso government look amazing in comparison.  (cbs4local.com)

CONGRATULATIONS TO UTEP’S TOBI AMUSAN AND EMMANUEL KORIR FOR BRINGING TRACK AND FIELD NATIONAL TITLES BACK TO THE SCHOOL – The 2017 NCAA Track and Field National Championships are in the books and UTEP came back with a pair of major wins.  Emmanuel Korir repeated as 800m national champion and Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles national championship (the first championship for UTEP in that event).  UTEP also had some other athletes with good finishes at the meet and it was a great end to the season for the Men and Women’s Track Team.  Those performances were flashbacks to UTEP’s dominant track teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s that brought multiple national titles to El Paso.  Shine on, UTEP!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IN NEWS OF THE HYPOCRITICAL, SAUDI ARABIA HAS ACCUSED QATAR OF FUNDING TERRORISM.  THE SAME SAUDI ARABIA THAT ENCOURAGES RADICAL MOSQUES ACROSS THE WORLD AND THAT PRODUCED MOST OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS – Because the world is stupid and Donald Trump seems to have emboldened all the dictators of the world, Saudi Arabia has pushed other gulf states to join in on an economic blockade of Qatar because of “terrorist links”.  Nobody is going to point out Saudi Arabia’s hypocrisy because this is obviously just Saudi Arabia bullying Qatar as a way to show dominance in the region and engage in yet another dick measuring contest with Iran.  But just to reinforce the hypocrisy, the very same Saudi Arabia that supports its own weirdo extremist sect of Islam around the world and that is currently driving Yemen to a catastrophe for selfish reasons is accusing another country of having “terrorist links”.  (bbc.com)

THE BRITISH PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN WITH THEIR VOTES AND THEY DON’T TRUST THEIR CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.  THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT HAS RESPONDED BY JOINING FORCES WITH A BORDERLINE RIGHT WING EXTREMIST GROUP TO GET A MAJORITY.  FUN TIMES IN ENGLAND! – Last week the British people went to the polls after Prime Minister Theresa May called for an election and they responded by voting out multiple members of her party from parliament and eliminating their majority in the government.  So it was a borderline disaster for her and her “mandate” going into Brexit.  Not to be outdone, she has joined forces with the Democratic Unionist Party to get enough seats to have a majority government.  Up until a few years ago, DUP was considered a fringe, right wing, extremist party from Northern Ireland.  But now they are partners in Britain’s leadership as they head into Brexit negotiations!  Good show, Theresa May.  That’s leadership straight from Trump University!  (bbc.com)

MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST LET THE BUMBLEBEES TAKE OVER DETROIT.  THEY CAN’T DO A WORSE JOB THAN THE HUMANS – A recent study of bee populations in Michigan by Paul Glum at the University of Michigan found that bees are now being found in higher concentrations in Detroit than have been found in other urban or suburban areas of Michigan.  The main theory is that the urban exodus in Detroit has left pockets of unused lots that are now filled with native overgrowth that provides tons of areas for bumblebees to gather pollen.  Either that or bees would rather chill in Detroit than other cities in Michigan for some reason.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)