Monthly Archives: June 2019

Happy Monday!

Two wins, a +16 goal differential, zero goals against and six points. I’d say the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has kicked off the 2019 Women’s World Cup with the right stuff with an astronomical first two games in Group F that began with a 13-nil win against Thailand.

The USWNT defeated Chile 3-nil yesterday. Here are the highlights from that game.

(Because FOX Soccer has decided to be difficult regarding seamless video playback on websites other than YouTube, please click play and then click the link for the video to pop-up in another window. Then return to Jimmy’s Daily Planet!

The third and final game in Group F for the USWNT will be against Sweden — a team that’s also earned six points — this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Both teams have already advanced to the knockout round, but the third game is still of consequence because it will determine potentially favorable or unfavorable matchups for the USWNT and Sweden in the knockout round.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

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Permanent Legacy as Defined by the Ebb & Flow of Success & Failure

Winston Churchill is universally regarded as the greatest Prime Minister of Great Britain, with Margaret Thatcher in the second position. Those two Prime Ministers were significant players in defining the 20th century for the better, separated by just roughly 40 years. Simply incredible.

And while Mr. Churchill was a passionate and determined leader — who played a direct role in the Allied Forces success during World War II — his talents while off-the-clock included painting and writing literature. Perhaps he was an unanticipated Renaissance Man of his time, but he was one by definition and his wide-ranging talent.

As a matter of fact, Mr. Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

As a matter of more fact, Mr. Churchill’s legacy as Great Britain’s necessary Prime Minister in the darkest hour of its existence — 1940-1945 and later in peacetime from 1950-1955 — was cemented, in part, because of his inspirational words regarding not only the hellish nature of war but also the aspirational nature of life itself.

It’s always a good time to revisit such an enduring giant of world history. Today, this flashback is a reminder of his words on a variety of worthy subjects that are inspirational in the very least and life-altering at best.

Winston Churchill certainly succeeded in historic fashion with a lasting consequence felt today, but it’s also known that he had his fair share of consequential failure (#4). And I cannot think of a better quote by Mr. Churchill that better defines Mr. Churchill, whether he was being admired in the brightest spotlight by the public while facing down the darkest evils of the world in the 1940s or whether he was merely sitting in a chair in the corner of some room pondering his next thought.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
–Winston Churchill

Harrison Ford’s Friars Supper Club Joke

For this edition of Throwback Thursday: Harrison Ford told a funny cannibal joke (that’s right) on the old ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’

Happy Throwback Thursday! 

Mr. Stewart Went to Washington for a 9/11 Call to Action

Comedian and 9/11 first responders activist Jon Stewart spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Sometimes a video says everything.

As reported by Rebecca Morin of USA TODAY earlier this afternoon.

One day after former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart gave tearful and impassioned testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the panel unanimously passed the bill.

Thank you to all of the heroic 9/11 first responders who were in Congress yesterday, who have been struggling with health issues directly related to 9/11 and to all those who risked their lives to save their fellow American on that tragic September morning 18 years ago. We will never forget your bravery and sacrifice.

On the one hand, we’re all glad that Jon Stewart said what he did. But on the other hand, Jon Stewart never should have had to say what he did yesterday with 9/11 first responders quietly sitting behind him, waiting for Congress to fulfill their pledge to never forget.