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Welcome to June. The honeymoon with warm weather nears its end. The hell of summer heat is nigh. Sorry to be such a downer, but I detest heat. You'd think I'd be more concerned about global warming.

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Great piece: 15 Freewheelin' Facts About Bob Dylan. Excerpt: "[Johnny] Cash and Dylan hung out together as early as 1962, when Columbia was openly discussing dropping Dylan before he even had the chance to record his famous second album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. John Hammond claimed it was Cash's endorsement of Dylan that helped to convince Columbia not to make a colossal mistake by dumping Dylan. In 1969, Dylan returned the favor by making his first television appearance in three years to perform on the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show."

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I listened to a fair amount of Bob Dylan while growing up and I've long been a fan of album covers, but I don't think I'd ever seen this iconic album cover until I read that article:

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Thank you, Mike Francesa. Sports Illustrated has become a joke and I loathe soccer. "The magazine's May 30 cover screams “SUMMER OF SOCCER” and features Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi. Inside are 11 pages previewing the Copa America tournament. 'Eleven pages on this event,' Francesa said. 'Eleven pages and I can't find anybody who's ever heard of it. Eleven pages! You've got to be kidding me! No wonder they can't give the magazine away. I know I get accused of knowing nothing about soccer because I don't,” he said. “I know absolutely zero about soccer, and that's more than I want to know about soccer. I have no interest. Sorry, I'm just being honest.'"

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Actually, I don't loathe soccer. Not at all. I think it's a fine sport, but I hate the way the media relentlessly promotes it. Women's basketball and soccer are the cultural elite's athletic parallels to global warming and men in girls' restrooms: pet projects that the elites want to ram down an unwilling populace's collective throat.

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And no, I'm not a global warming (or holocaust) denier. As I've stated on previous occasions, I'm agnostic. Polling data, however, indicates the rank-and-file don't buy into it, yet the cultural elites keep pushing it, thereby making it similar to the WNBA and soccer.

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