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The UNRWA Road to Terror: Palestinian Classroom Incitement


Institutionalized, Western funded child abuse.

Steve Kerr Q&A: On coaching and appreciating the moment

Steve Kerr never thought the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 72-win record would fall, least of all by a Golden State Warriors squad he coached. But he also didn't think he'd play in the NBA either.

The coach of the best regular-season team in history (and player on the now-second best) sat down before the start of the Western Conference finals to ruminate on coaching, learning from your mistakes and enjoying the moment.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss: In your Coach of the Year press conference you said that you'd always wanted to be a coach. That was interesting to me, because I don't often hear that from former players. Was playing in the NBA almost a means to an end?

Steve Kerr: I didn't think I was going to play in the NBA at all. When I was in college, and I became a good college player, I thought all right maybe I can come back to Arizona as an assistant coach or grad assistant and get my start there. I didn't think I was going to play in the NBA. Once I started playing in the NBA, I was like, all right, maybe I can last a few years. If I play for 3 or 4 years and then I get cut, I'm still thinking go back to Arizona, work under Lute [Olson], learn the ropes, be a college coach. That was always there, but I ended up playing 15 years.

I was always going to play for as long as I could. I mean, there's nothing like playing. Playing is more fun than coaching. Obviously you make good money, and all that. I was always going to play as long as I could. I kind of surprised myself by playing as long as I could, and I was 37 when I retired. By that time, I was really deeply entrenched in the NBA, and the college stuff had sort of gone out the window. I wasn't thinking about college coaching anymore. I was thinking much more about NBA coaching, but I also knew the sacrifices you made. When I retired at 37, my kids were like 9, 7, and 4, or something, or maybe 10, 8, and 5, something like that, and I wanted to be home. That's why I went into broadcasting.

Now at that point, I'm like, I'm going to broadcast for a few years and then get into coaching. The Suns GM stuff kind of fell in my lap. [Robert] Sarver is a U of A person, Lute Olson connected us. I helped him meet David Stern in New York, thinking probably nothing's going to come of this. Then he ends up buying the team, and offers me a consulting position. I'm like, this is perfect. I'll just keep doing TV, but I can kinda get my feet wet on scouting and team-building. That's kind of the path that I took. While I was a GM, I knew I wanted to coach. I had suspected that before, but being a GM sort of confirmed that. I wanted to be on the floor and not upstairs in the office.

Once I left the Suns to go back to TNT, my kids were pretty much in high school, one in junior high. That's when I started preparing to coach and going to different clinics, owner's conferences, being on different panels, and talking to Jeff Van Gundy, and Flip Saunders, different people about preparing, and how to prepare. That's my whole story.



She keeps getting better

The crazy fretwork starts at about 3 minutes in.

68 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Israel

Key & Peele Lose Their Minds Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

Pew has been doing attitude surveys for years now

leftynyc posted one of them, I'm not going to go dig them all up but they have been remarkably consistent over the years which supports the survey's validity. The one she posted is from 2013.


Here are some of the findings:

48% of Palestinians support polygamy (pg 11) Misogyny

89% of Palestinians support Sharia law (pg. 15) Liberal Pluralism

89% of Palestinians think Homosexuality is morally wrong (pg. 81) Homophobia

87% of Palestinians think that women should obey their husbands (pg. 93) Misogyny

40% of Palestinians think suicide bombing is often/sometimes justified (pg. 29) ??

76% of Palestinians support penalties such as whipping or cutting off the hands of thieves (pg. 52)

84% of Palestinians support stoning for adultery (pg. 54) Misogyny

66% of Palestinians support the death penalty for leaving Islam (pg. 55) Democracy, egalitarianism

40% of Palestinians support a strong leader over democracy (pg. 60) democracy

72% of Palestinians think that religious leaders should have a say in politics (pg. 64)

89% of Palestinians think that Islam is the only path to salvation (pg. 101) Religious bigotry, supremacism

And finally:

97% of Palestinians are Antisemites: http://www.pewglobal.org/2010/02/04/chapter-3-views-of-religious-groups/

So you see, I hope, that I'm just stating research results, these are the Palestinians actual opinions not mine. The stuff you posted about Jews are just Antisemitic slurs.

eta: Please note that these odious positions are often expressed by far right wingers, not anyone on the left, especially in regards to the misogyny, homophobia and the role of religion in politics and society.

The Faithful

The Faithful

René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened.

With its decaying two-story homes and grazing cows, Bello looks like just another sleepy suburb of Medellín, Colombia. Thirty years ago, though, it was known as la capital de los sicarios, the capital of the assassins. Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellín cartel, which supplied most of the world’s cocaine, recruited many of his sicarios from Bello, paying them to eliminate his adversaries. Mostly teenagers, they rode motorcycles, prayed to La Virgen María Auxiliadora, and killed their victims in the streets. René Cano grew up in Bello at the height of Escobar’s reign.

Born in 1978, René was the child of a textile factory worker and a housewife, both observant Catholics. At 13, he was so tall and self-possessed that he passed for an 18-year-old and, by his own description, was sexually precocious. He could talk anyone into anything. When his father announced one evening there was no money, nothing for dinner, René ran outside with a chair and came back with cash.

His cousins were sicarios and so were his neighbors; almost everyone he knew was on drugs. His mother understood it was only a matter of time before René would join them, and she feared for his life. “Don’t hang out on the corner,” she told him one day, “because they will come.” Five minutes after she called him into the house, men gunned down seven boys on the spot where he had been standing. The stench of their deaths lingered for weeks.

To keep René off the streets, his mother enrolled him in an after-school music program. He learned to play the saxophone and the clarinet and joined a youth orchestra. But there was too much poverty and hopelessness for jazz to heal. René started to feel an unbearable emptiness, a lack of purpose in just surviving. He had witnessed countless murders, had lost most of his friends. For a brief period, anger propelled him into a revolutionary fervor. He joined leftist protests, burned cars, and threw rocks at the police.

Soon anger was replaced by depression. One desperate night when he was 18 and sickened by his life, by his promiscuity, he heard a voice on the radio: “You who are listening to me, pursue God! He will fill in the void you are feeling.” The next morning, René wandered around Bello until he found himself at the door of the Iglesia Cristiana para la Familia, a Pentecostal church. Then he was inside the meeting hall, among several thousand believers who were singing and shouting, speaking in tongues and fainting, and, all at once, he felt at ease.

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