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France [Has] to Contend with the Fact That the World Cup Hopes of Les Bleus Rest on the Shoulders of Black African Men: Washington Post writer, Karen Attiah, got that right. France has a huge anti-immigrant movement, elects anti-immigrant politicians, and has anti-immigrant laws. But when France beat Belgium to reach the World Cup final yesterday, a whole lot of white French people celebrated the victory. They filled the streets, they danced, they hugged each other, they even rioted. Now that France is only one game away from winning the biggest prize in football, its citizens are really feeling the national feeling. But nearly 80 percent of the players on the team that's heading to the top of the World Cup have "migrant backgrounds."

France's national team is largely made up of black and brown people from former colonies in Africa. Did white France not notice this? Of course it did, and it did not matter because in France and the rest of Europe, black and brown people really only have two positions in society: one is at the very top and the other at the very bottom. Meaning, you are either a professional something or other (in this case a footballer), or a terrorist. There is no middle for the immigrant. Those working in the kitchens, cleaning hotels, driving Uber, delivering this and that good—these people do not really exist and often do to not have full rights. They are sans papiers.


The Seattle Heat Begins Today: Said the National Weather Service to Seattle Times. The service predicts that it's going to be 81 degrees today (that's hot), 86 tomorrow (that's pretty hot). A little cooler on Friday, warmer on Saturday, and nearly 90 degrees on Sunday (that's very hot). There is more bad news for those who do not like hot summers: We will not experience "cooler weather until September." That's far away. It's enough to make you think about AC. But cast out such thoughts from your head in the way Jesus cast out all of the moneychangers from the temple. You live in Seattle, not Phoenix or Orlando. Stay real.

The Hospital Bill for a Bellevue Woman Bitten by Raccoon: $11,000. She doesn't know if her insurance will cover it. She had to visit the hospital because this wild animal sank its teeth (wild saliva and all) into her flesh. Her dog started the trouble. It attacked a baby raccoon it spotted in the yard. But then the baby's mother came out of a bush and showed the dog what time it is. This is when the human stepped in to protect her pet. "I thought she was going to kill my dog, and I was trying to get her as fast as I could before she got to her neck," said the human to another human who worked for King 5. The mother raccoon also showed the human the time, got her baby, and left the yard.

Trump Calls US's Allies at NATO "Delinquent": He then claimed that Angela Merkel is "captive" to the Russians. This is the kind of tactic Trump learned from the folks at Breitbart: claim that your opponent is exactly what you are. It's gutsy. It's bold. It's bound to work or, at least, confuse matters. (Trump is the one captured by the Russians, of course.) Merkel responded by claiming she once lived under the boot of the Russians, and that she never wants to be under that boot again.

Merkle:

I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.
It's really hard to express how extraordinary all of this is. What does it mean that Trump can insult very close allies so openly? And exactly what does his party stand for, now that its leader is plainly dismantling the US's close relationships with key military allies? What kind of party is this GOP?


Hiphop's Harvey Weinstein? Sure looks like it could be Russell Simmons. Another woman has accused the rap mogul of rape. She alleges it happened about 30 years ago in his Manhattan apartment. "I didn’t want to go further. It was such a fast attack. It was literally an attack. Because he was overweight, I remember thinking it was like being attacked by a flabby walrus," she said to Variety. At present, "over a dozen women have come forward with allegations against Simmons." There is never this much smoke without a fire.