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  1. The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    And you're right to stay patient with Otto. He's growing up and I think he's going to be an All Star caliber player in a year or two. He's really stepped up in Wall's absence, replacing Wall's scoring while continuing to play outstanding defense and make clutch buckets, deflections, and rebounds. And he's doing it even though his hip clearly still hurts and he can't hit threes. I'm proud of him. Him and Sato have been the silver lining in Wall's absence IMO. I think Otto really needed his responsibility load to be dramatically increased in order to bring out the best in him. He only broke double digit shot attempts three times in the ten games before Wall got surgery. Now he's doing it every time and averaging almost 20 PPG. On good efficiency. 30 assists against 11 turnovers. One more thing about a Kawhi--Wall swap: every Wizards fan knows in their heart exactly how that kind of trade would pan out. Kawhi would never come close to being the player he was last year, maybe end up being a solid #2 on Wizards teams that never really challenged any of the top teams, spending a lot of time out with sporadic injuries. Meanwhile Wall would get healthy and become an MVP frontrunner and power the Spurs to 60 win seasons and we'd look like total morons when people looked back on the trade.
  2. The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Everyone is getting antsy about Wall's injury. That is the way when star players get hurt. I am sure they're feeling the same thing about Kawhi in San Antonio and they are stable blue bloods with rock solid fan support. Wall's not going anywhere. The FO has planned everything around him being the franchise player from day one and has never wavered on that plan for even a second. He'll spend all of his good years in DC and, if he doesn't retire here, it'll be because he wants to ring chase for a season or two before retirement. And he's a beast and a worthy franchise player. I'm not going to give up on his future because he banged knees with a guy in a game and had to eventually get surgery.
  3. The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Kawhi is an MVP level player in San Antonio. But that's a very different system and situation. He's a first option in an offense where he doesn't dribble. We'd be getting a very different Kawhi. Also, Kawhi's defense significantly slipped last season. A similar slip happened for LeBron in 2013, and the slip turned out to be permanent. Are we sure that's not what's happening with Kawhi? Finally, PG is a more valuable position than an off ball forward. I am not ready to give Sato the keys to the kingdom. I still don't totally trust him at point. For a Kawhi--Wall swap to work out well, he'd have to get healthy, you'd have to change the offense to run one like San Antonio's, and Sato would have to work out as a full time PG. None of those seem like great bets to me, especially not the second one. Why take the risk when we already have a great situation at small forward? We just need to sit tight, wait for Wall to get healthy, and focus on finding cost effective talent at PF and C. The rest of our team is fantastic as is.
  4. The Gun Control Debate Thread - Say hello to my little thread

    It's just a stupid ass distraction to send the discussion about gun control sideways until the energy for it dissipates once again. And try and sell more guns. It's nonsense. But I don't think this country is over yet because I don't think Generation Z is as ****ing stupid as the rest of us. They see the vile GoP for what it is.
  5. The Gun Control Debate Thread - Say hello to my little thread

    Gun nuts better start dealing. For their own sake. Let them keep stonewalling and advancing their ****tardedly feeble arguments and "solutions" for keeping their toys and build a legion of single issue gun control voters.
  6. Mass Shooting on the Las Vegas Strip

    And the legitimate reason for hunting with a large magazine capacity being that I'm a stupid lazy **** and lousy shot who doesn't feel like reloading.
  7. The Gun Control Debate Thread - Say hello to my little thread

    I am proud to see the Tallahassee protests and to hear the eloquence and passion of the kids from Parkland speaking out for gun control. I am ashamed that it's fallen to children to lead our society towards sanity. The selfishness and the cowardice of the American Right are our universal shame.
  8. ***2017-18 NBA Season Thread***

    Was she twerking during a Today Show performance?
  9. The Official "Marvel" Thread (Movies,Comics etc)

    I was thinking about Black Panther yesterday, and it seems to me that seeing a portrayal of a noble black comic book hero from a vibrant, idyllic African society is just as important for white children as black children. Particularly in this climate where whites are emboldened to embrace white supremacy by the GoP. This country does not value black people or view their potential equitably to whites. Comic books/super hero movies are very influential on children. A movie like Black Panther could be a great vehicle for cultural exposure to white children. Who knows, maybe it will help a whole lot of young people value black lives more than their ****ing Trump-voting parents do.
  10. The Official "Marvel" Thread (Movies,Comics etc)

    It's not like the Middle Ages, but Christianity and Islam are the world's two great expansionist faiths. They've been competing for souls and turf since the 600s and they still are. And Western Christian nations are still warring with Muslim nations Francis is a Catholic multiculturalist liberal with socialist sympathies. He represents the thinking of like 10% of Christians. We're a liberal secular democracy and we're still very hostile to our own Muslim population, not to mention foreign Muslims. And our Muslim population is mostly black Muslims who've been citizens for generations and recent immigrants who've obtained fairly high economic and educational status, not a desperate underclass prone to radicalization and fundamentalism. I have no doubt that a significant portion of Christian conservatives in this country would opt for nuking the Middle East in the wake of terror attacks if they were in charge of pushing the button. To them, the Muslim world is this threatening, unknowable, subhuman other, and war with them is our natural state.
  11. The Official "Marvel" Thread (Movies,Comics etc)

    Very true. As did the African societies to the South of Egypt that the Egyptians had contact with. As did the Mesopotamians and Anatolians and peoples of the Iranian plains like the Persians and Medes and Bactrians. And ultimately the people of the Indus river valleys. Europeans have been a part of a cultural and population exchange with the peoples of Africa and Asia that was of great benefit to them since antiquity. America has stamped out recognition of this heritage. Probably because of how central White Supremacy became to our society, and how it has persisted. And I think the Christian world is still very hostile to the Islamic world (and pre-Islamic middle East and Africa), and that we remain profoundly ignorant of its history.
  12. The Gun Control Debate Thread - Say hello to my little thread

    It's a nonsense solution that will increase incidents of gun violence. It's just meant to obfuscate and distract and ultimately send the public focus sideways so that nothing actually gets done. And sell more guns.
  13. The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    So long as Bobby Portis isn't around, probably.
  14. The Official "Marvel" Thread (Movies,Comics etc)

    Don't let the Euro-centric view of the world that is dominant in this country fool you into believing that African civilizations aren't cosmopolitan and advanced just because they didn't industrialize as quickly as the European great powers. For most of the history of human civilization, African and Southwest Asian civilizations were the most advanced on the planet. And for most of human history, Europe was a parochial backwater. After the fall of Rome, this was certainly true up until the point that Europeans began exploring and settling the Americas. It was contact with Africa and the Americas that allowed European societies to explode into industrialization. Pre-Columbian Europe was relatively poor, had small populations, had spent centuries in ruinous religious conflicts, had poor nutrition, had poor growing climates relative to other African and Asian societies, and had their access to the riches of the East cut off by the fall of Constantinople. That's the reason they turned West. They were shut out of the richest and most cosmopolitan markets of the Old World by the geopolitical supremacy and centrality of the Islamic world. Contact with sub-Saharan Africa and India after the onset of the Age of Discovery opened up tremendous wealth for the Iberians, and subsequently the rest of Europe. It gave them access to super valuable tropical crops like cacao, coffee, rice, chiles, citrus, sugarcane, tea, etc. that helped to improve their nutrition and make them rich. It also gave them access to the mineral wealth of the continent. But just as important, it gave them access to export markets that had huge populations--numbers that dwarfed European societies. European populations exploded because of gaining access to crops and lands with better nutritional value and agricultural efficiency. And this population increase is what enabled their rapid development and eventual geopolitical dominance. Africans have very old and complex multi-ethnic cultures. We're just largely ignorant of them here in the United States. And this despite the fact they're a pillar of our own development. Africans Americans lost so much of their cultural, institutional, and personal historical memory due to the nature of their immigration to the Americas as slaves, and the subsequent subjugation they faced in a society that invented militant White Supremacy. We're poorer for that. Just like we're poorer for the utter destruction of Native American peoples and cultures. What survived was fragmented. And yet it's amazing how big and broad the African influence in American culture is. It's a testament to the vigor of their cultures. Anyway, I'm proud of the way Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created and portrayed Wakanda and the Black Panther in those early Fantastic Four comics. It took real vision to see the value and potential of African civilizations in the early 60's. I love that they envisioned a society that hadn't been stunted by the one-sided exchange of European Colonization. I think it's really cool for black people to have a great comic that reflects and portrays the potential of their ancestral lands in the way that white Americans of European descent have taken for granted with our own. I wouldn't get hung up on the fact that there is no real Wakanda. There is no real Baxter Building. Or Stark Tower. And Norway definitely doesn't look like Asgard.