Ohio State sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team was victorious at Saturday’s co-ed dual home meet against Michigan at St. John Arena with a final score of 422.200 against Michigan’s 404.950.After the first rotation on the floor, the Buckeyes already had an advantage over the Wolverines with a score of 68.100, while the Wolverines earned a 67.150.The Buckeyes proved triumphant on the pummel horse, as well, after receiving a score of 72.250 against Michigan’s 66.000. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup received the highest pommel horse score on the team (14.90), the third best in the nation.On the still rings and vault, the Buckeyes received the best overall score of 69.300 and 71.450 respectively, extending their lead over Michigan following the fourth rotation with a running score of 281.100.Similarly, on the parallel and high bars, the Buckeyes received the highest scores of 71.900 and 69.200.Redshirt juniors Sean Melton and Dastrup received first place on floor with a score of 14.4 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.7. Sophomore Tristan Burke placed first on the still rings with a score of 14.150. Redshirt senior captain Jake Martin was awarded first place on the horizontal bars with a score of 14.85.The team’s victory was followed by a ceremony dedicated to the senior athletes. For the seniors, this meet was their last at St. John Arena.“It’s pretty emotional because it’s been a difficult run-through in my college career, so to come out here and be able to do this was amazing,” Martin said. “I mean a year ago, I tore my achilles … a lot of people doubted if I’d be able to even do six events, so to come out here and do six events is the greatest memory I will have at Ohio State.”OSU coach Rustam Sharipov was more than pleased with his team’s performance which yielded a season-high team score.“Some of the scores were high and the guys, they worked for that,” Sharipov said. “The seniors did a good job and it’s always nice to finish your last meet at St. John Arena on a good note with Michigan coming and the rivalry and senior night, so I think it’s good. We had a lot of stakes … I’m proud of the guys for stepping up. Overall I’m happy with their performance because every weekend we keep improving little by little, so I’m happy.”Up next, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in a co-ed dual meet at State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 11.
If the No. 24-ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-6, 2-3) is going to win a seventh straight Big Ten championship, coach Jim Foster knows he’s going to have to make some adjustments. The Buckeyes, who returned all five starters from their 2009-10 Big Ten championship team, have hit an untimely slump as they’ve entered conference play, having lost five of their last eight games. In an attempt to spark the OSU offense, Foster has moved Samantha Prahalis off the ball and away from her customary point guard position, and has given more ball handling duties to sophomore Tayler Hill. “It’s called playing basketball,” Foster said. “We weren’t really shooting the three particularly well, and Sammy right now is probably our best 3-point shooter. So, when you’re off the ball, and you have a penetrator like Tayler in the game and a penetrator like Amber Stokes in the game, we don’t need Sammy to be a penetrator. We need her to be a shooter.” Hill, former OSU men’s point guard P.J. Hill’s sister, is no stranger to the point guard position. When Prahalis was suspended for the first three games of the season for a secondary rules violation, Hill took over the point guard role, playing all 40 minutes of all three games. Hill said the reps she got in those first three games made her more confident in her new role. “The first game, I think I had seven or eight turnovers,” Hill said, “and (my teammates) were still behind me like, ‘You got it. We need you.’” OSU’s leading scorer, Jantel Lavender said there’s a contrast between Hill’s and Prahalis’ styles of play. “Sammy might do something flashy and she can see the open floor,” Lavender said. “Tayler just gets the ball where it needs to go.” Foster agreed. “Tayler’s strength is her strength. She’s a very strong guard that can get into seams and use her strength to get good penetration,” Foster said. “Sammy has got to use deceptiveness and her quickness to get there.” Despite the differences between Hill and Prahalis, Foster insisted his decision to give more point guard duties to Hill is about giving opposing defenses different looks, and is not because of Prahalis’ play. “Prahalis is the best open-floor player in the country, OK?” Foster said. “When we’re in transition, aka the Oklahoma game, what she does is absolutely terrific.” The Buckeyes, who beat Michigan State, 67-53, on Sunday, will look to improve their conference record this week when they take on Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday in Champaign. Foster said he’s tired of using losses as learning lessons for his team. “The only thing you can learn from them is whether or not your effort was what it needed to be,” he said. “That’s the only byproduct.”
Near the end of Thursday’s soccer practice, Ohio State senior defender and team captain David Tiemstra stood with his hands on his knees, trying to catch his breath. His gray practice shirt was soaked with sweat. As associate head coach Frank Speth yelled out instructions for the next conditioning drill, a still winded, Tiemstra stepped up to the line with three of his teammates and begins his sprint: running about 10 yards, stopping on a dime to change direction and then 10 yards back. He crossed the finish line a step ahead of the others. Success hasn’t come easily for the senior. He’s worked toward being a great soccer player since his playing days began between the ages of 5 and 6. “It’s the only thing I’ve done my whole life,” Tiemstra said. “As long as I can remember I’ve been playing soccer and it’s what everything has been centered around.” As a senior at Hinsdale Central High School of Illinois, Tiemstra was named an All-American and all-state twice. Tiemstra said he credits his father for teaching him humility and not letting the accolades go to his head. “(My father) always made sure that I wasn’t getting cocky or anything,” Tiemstra said, laughing. “When I’d talk about upcoming things, he’s always talk to me about how nothing is certain.” Tiemstra’s father seemed prophetic as few Division I schools expressed interest in his son. The decision came down to two schools: Ohio State and Michigan. After a visit to OSU, Tiemstra said the Michigan coach dismissed him from consideration, making the choice a simple one. Coach John Bluem said that Speth, a Chicago native, had been aware of Tiemstra and thought to recruit him. “He came in right from the beginning and played centrally on our defense,” Bluem said. “We knew we were getting a good athlete.” Tiemstra has started all 77 games in his career as a Buckeye. Though a defender by trade, Bluem said Tiemstra’s athleticism has shown in the unlikely form of offense. “He has scored some very timely goals for the program,” Bluem said. “He was a big part of the 2009 regular season and tournament championship for us.” Near the end of his sophomore year in 2009, Tiemstra was able to get some revenge against the coach and team who had snubbed him. On Nov. 7, 2009, Tiemstra fielded a corner kick inside the box and scored with two seconds remaining in the first half to give OSU a 1-0 lead against rival Michigan. That is all the Buckeyes needed as they won the game by the same score and earned the Big Ten regular season championship. “There was definitely some added motivation,” Tiemstra said, smiling. “I think scoring that goal on Michigan to win the Big Ten really was a highlight for me.” Then on Nov. 15, Tiemstra scored in the final minute of the contest on a throw-in to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 victory against Penn State for the Big Ten tournament championship. There were no heroics from Tiemstra on Saturday as the Buckeyes fell to conference foe Indiana in a game that could have locked up a regular season championship for the Buckeyes, but the senior helped hold the Hoosiers to a single goal, fewer than Indiana had scored in its previous five contests. Junior defender Chris Gomez said he benefitted from playing with Tiemstra. “I like to attack a lot, so when I go up I know he’s on my side and he’ll defend for me,” Gomez said. “And just watching him defend one-on-one, I try to see what he does so I can put that in my game too.” “Every time I come out I work my hardest and the guys see that,” Tiemstra said. “I hope they take that away from my game.” As conditioning concluded during Thursday, Tiemstra, visibly tired with his hands on his hips, smiled and put his hand on fellow senior Nick Galiardi’s shoulder. Tiemstra had just bested Galiardi in the last sprint of practice. Coach Bluem smiled too. “He’s not gonna let anybody beat him,” Bluem said.
The CIA provided a holiday gift of the truth with its report stating that the government’s enhanced interrogation techniques, AKA “torture,” didn’t produce any usable intelligence. Dick Cheney, as you would expect, called the report “full of crap,” “deeply flawed,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney has his story and he’s sticking to it, telling Fox News, “I think what needed to be done was done. I think we were perfectly justified in doing it. And I’d do it again in a minute.” Yeah, but Cheney’s boss, George W. Bush, during a 2006 conversation about moving prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, told Katie Couric: The reason why we’re moving them there is we want them to go through a military tribunal. We want them to receive the justice that they denied other people. But the other thing is that we have to have the capacity to interrogate—not torture, but interrogate people to learn information. Couric asked Bush if detainees were being mistreated. “No. Not at all. It’s a tacit acknowledgement that we’re doing smart things to get information to protect the American people,” the president said. “I’ve said to the people that we don’t torture, and we don’t.” When Americans think of torture, we visualize how Hollywood and comic books portray it: bodies stretched on racks, tearing off of fingernails, and the use of thumbscrews and vices. Bush and Cheney would quickly point out that Americans don’t do that sort of thing. Yeah, but what about waterboarding, sleep deprivation, forcing detainees to stand for hours on end with arms above head, threatening family members, rectal feeding, locking prisoners in confining boxes with insects, and in one case, freezing a detainee to death? In his book, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy—The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else, William Blum writes: No one who has gone through the American dungeons in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, or spent time at any of the many secret CIA facilities, and no American who would be subjected to the same, would have any hesitation calling what they experienced “torture.” Whatever Bush and Cheney think, “America’s idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilized nations,” Justice Andrew Collins of the British High Court wrote. Americans pride themselves for living in a country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that make things like torture out of the question. Besides international law, there’s an American law against war crimes, passed in 1996 by a Republican-dominated Congress. Torture is believed to happen only in other countries. Americans know it’s a slippery slope. “If today it’s deemed acceptable to torture the person who has the vital information,” writes Blum, “tomorrow it will be acceptable to torture his colleague who—it’s suspected—may know almost as much.” However, this isn’t your granddad’s America. Those in government protect their own. After all, they’ll need someone to have their backs someday. It was considered a joke when Nazi defendants pleaded, “I was only following orders.” But when CIA Director Leon Panetta was asked about punishment for those who carried out torture in the Middle East, he said, “[T]hose who operated under the rules that were provided by the Attorney General in the interpretation of the law [concerning torture] and followed those rules ought not to be penalized.” Panetta evidently didn’t read the UN’s Convention Against Torture, which states, “An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.” Those giving the orders should be prosecuted as well, but Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama has said he doesn’t want to pursue war crimes charges against George W. and other members of the Bush administration. The president said we should “look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gave the very same excuse for not punishing Khmer Rouge leaders, remembered especially for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. “We should dig a hole and bury the past and look ahead to the 21st century with a clean slate,” Sen said. In America’s Deadliest Export, Blum explains that US officials are inclined to throw past atrocities down the memory hole, because both Democrats (Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski) and Republicans (Ronald Reagan) supported Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge for several years. Common folk are supposed to forget all of that nasty stuff. “America is an exceptional country,” and the facts are fabricated to make its leaders out to be “holier than thou.” Americans have been groomed by government schools to believe in this exceptionalism. It’s no different than America’s Middle East ally, Israel. Israeli columnist Uri Avnery wrote an evocative paragraph about his country’s culture, cited by Blum: This system indoctrinates its pupils with a violent tribal cult, totally ethnocentric, which sees in the whole of world history nothing but an endless story of Jewish victimhood. This is a religion of a Chosen People, indifferent to others, a religion without compassion for anyone who is not Jewish, which glorifies the God-decreed genocide described in the Biblical book of Joshua. Blum makes his point by asking his readers to substitute “American” for “Jewish” and “American exceptionalism” for “a Chosen People.” If America occupies such high ground, how could our leaders, elected by the country’s well-intentioned masses, torture without a thought and lie to our faces about it? Doug Casey explains: People like Obama, Hillary, or Cheney—which is to say most people with real power in Washington and every other government—do what they do because it’s their nature. They’re as cold, unemotional, and predatory as reptiles, even though they look like people. Chaney spent days making the political talk-show rounds defending America’s enhanced interrogation techniques. His defense is illustrated by this exchange with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: Chuck Todd: Let me ask you this, we’ve got Riyadh al-Najjar. He had handcuffing on one or both of his wrists to an overhead bar, would not allow him to lower his arms. Twenty-two hours each day for two consecutive days in order to break his resistance. Al-Najjar was also wearing a diaper and had no access to toilet facility. Was that acknowledged? Was that part of the program that you approved? Dick Cheney: I can’t tell from that specific whether it was or not. Chuck Todd: And then— Dick Cheney: I know we had— Chuck Todd: —page 53 of the report. Dick Cheney: —the report is seriously flawed. They didn’t talk to anybody who knew anything about the program. They didn’t talk to anybody within the program. The best guide for what in fact happened is the one that’s the report that was produced by the three CIA directors and deputy directors of the CIA when this program was undertaken. And, in fact, it lays out in very clear terms what we did and how we did it. And with respect to trying to define that as torture, I come back to the proposition torture was what the al-Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11. There’s no comparison between that and what we did with inspect-enhanced interrogation. With every individual torture scenario Todd asked Cheney about, Bush’s VP defined torture as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center by guys armed with box cutters and airline tickets. Unless 3,000 Americans are killed, it’s not torture. Cheney has unapologetically cast America’s morals to the wind, as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf writes: That is the moral standard Cheney is unabashedly invoking on national television. He doesn’t want the United States to honor norms against torture. He doesn’t want us to abide by the Ten Commandments, or to live up to the values in the Declaration of Independence, or to be restrained by the text of the Constitution. Instead, Cheney would have us take al-Qaeda as our moral and legal measuring stick. Did America torture dozens of innocents? So what. 9/11 was worse. To the idiotic sounding “waging war for peace,” we can now add “torture for our safety.” The beacon on the hill has gone dark. American exceptionalism has been snuffed out by the sociopaths in Washington who claim they are keeping us safe with torture.
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Tucker, senior analyst, Strategic InvestorSo far this year, the S&P 500 is up around 17%. The 15% December plunge last year is already a distant memory.We don’t trust the surge in stock prices so far this year. We see serious trouble brewing.For instance, one important indicator we watch is the difference between the interest rate of the 2-year U.S. Treasury and the 10-year U.S. Treasury. This is a common indicator professionals monitor. It is one of the best indicators of a recession.As you can see in the chart below, the difference between the interest rates on the two Treasuries is almost zero. That means investors flooded into 10-year bonds, sending prices higher and yields plunging.Look back at the last time that happened, in late 2007. Or the time before, in 2000. Or the time before that, in 1989. In all three instances, this indicator was a warning shot for investors. Watch out: trouble ahead.This spread is also an important metric for banks. They borrow money from depositors and lend it to borrowers. When the cost of short-term money (the rate a bank pays on deposits) and the interest rate charged to borrowers is almost the same, banks struggle to turn a profit. That’s the case right now, which explains why the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) fell 14% in March while the overall market sat flat. — Collect “Magic Paychecks” With This Millionaire’s TechniqueOn a sunny afternoon… The multimillionaire you’ll see in this clip took a stroll around Manhattan. Details here The next thing to watch out for is short-term rates going higher than long-term rates. This would mean investors accept a lower interest rate on 10-year Treasuries than 2-year Treasuries. This is an inverted yield. We’re not far from that today, as loaning the Treasury money for 10 years versus two years only returns an additional 0.19%.The Federal Reserve sees the same data. It’s likely the reason it’s stopped raising interest rates. The Fed doesn’t want blood on its hands in a market crash. However, its tricks won’t work forever. We predict that at the first sign of real trouble, it will unleash a new round of fiscal stimulus. And that trouble would send four sectors plummeting in the near term.In today’s essay, I’ll reveal these sectors… and share some specific companies to avoid at all costs.1) Companies that sell “want, not need” luxuries to the lower and middle classesMost people buy products they don’t need – like jewelry – through credit financing. Spending now and paying later is easy. It allows customers to buy more jewelry than they can afford. This is also why these products should rarely be an investment – and why businesses that sell these products are in trouble.Take, for example, Signet Jewelers (SIG). Signet is the parent company of popular jewelry stores like Zales, Kay Jewelers, and Jared. It sells jewelry to the masses. And most of the purchases are financed using credit.During a recession, credit is more difficult to get. Borrowers lose their jobs, burn through savings, and have to choose which bills to pay. The list of priorities usually goes: rent, car payment, power, and cable.Jewelry loans might come in dead last. Naturally, lenders get nervous. This is bad news for companies like Signet that depend on consumer access to credit. Companies with customers who depend on credit see booming sales during times of easy credit. But when the easy money slows down, so do sales. So take a close look at the companies in your portfolio. Do any of them depend heavily on consumer credit?If so, you’ll want to consider reducing your position. Stocks that depend on easy credit make great potential sell candidates when you’re raising cash. When the good times get started again, you can usually buy them back at a fraction of their current price. Recommended Link — 2) Car retailersThe car business is another sector that suffers in a downturn. Most consumers borrow money to buy cars. Even worse, record numbers of cars are now being leased instead of purchased. When the easy credit slows down, people will drive their old cars longer.They will fix these cars instead of trading them in for a new car. This is bad for car dealers. They have tremendous expenses maintaining dealerships, salespeople, and expensive service centers. CarMax (KMX) is one of the country’s largest used car retailers. The company buys cars from consumers, reconditions them, and puts them on the lot for sale.During boom times, it’s a great business. But when trouble shows up on the horizon, it means dark days ahead for all car dealers. During a downturn, most customers have fewer options. They also often have less income. Further, used car retailers like CarMax hold used car inventory as their primary asset. As the massive boom trend of leasing cars slows down and begins to unwind, the used car market will be flooded. The value of used cars will fall. Meanwhile, customers in the market for those cars will have less borrowing power in a recession. It’s a double whammy for used car retailers. And it’s likely to happen at just the wrong time.New car dealers suffer a similar fate. It’s common for car manufacturers to fill dealer lots with new cars on credit. Dealers typically have several months of low-cost financing from manufacturers, allowing them to display and sell cars before actually paying for them. But when sales slow, this amounts to a huge liability for dealers.AutoNation (AN), Penske Automotive Group (PAG), and online used car retailer Carvana (CVNA) are three other good sell candidates. These companies are well-managed… but even the best managers can’t survive when sales dry up. Stay out of these stocks at a time like this.3) HomebuildersHomebuilder stocks are another great sell candidate. Companies like KB Home (KBH) sell homes to customers that normally borrow most of the purchase price through a mortgage. KB Home depends on credit. When easy credit stops and a recession starts, the company’s sales slow dramatically.To make things worse, a homebuilder’s largest asset is its land held for development. This means large tracts of land purchased and prepped for homesites. These companies often invest tens of millions in roads, sewers, and basic utilities preparing new neighborhoods for construction. If the economy slows midway through this process, it can be stuck with expensive lots.After close to 10 years of economic recovery, homebuilder stocks have been flying high. Things can’t get much better. That’s why they make a great candidate for raising cash. Another homebuilder to stay away from at a time like this is William Lyon Homes (WLH). The California-based company may survive a decline in home sales… but its stock may not. These companies have big financial commitments and often heavy debt loads. If sales slow, their stocks often fall in a hurry.4) AirlinesWarren Buffett said it best: “Investors have poured their money into airlines and airline manufacturers for 100 years with terrible results. It’s been a death trap for investors.” The airline business looks great at the end of an economic boom. Finally, planes are full, ticket sales are high, cargo holds are full, and competition is fierce.That’s also when airlines expand fleets, buy back stock, buy competitors, and increase dividends. This is a mistake. When the economy slows down again, airlines desperately need cash. But because they spent it all during the good times, they’re often broke (or close to it). Because of this, airlines have spent the last 100 years in a boom, bust, binge, and purge cycle. Just like Warren Buffett said, they’re a death trap for investors. That’s why right now is a great time to sell airline stocks. Business can’t get much better.But it can get a lot worse. When a downturn comes, airline stocks fall dramatically… and some go bankrupt. Even the survivors have to issue more stock, borrow money, and endure tremendous pain.If you’re holding airline stocks and looking to raise cash, follow Doug Casey’s advice and “hit the bid” before it’s too late.If you have exposure to these sectors, consider selling today. They will be the first to get hit when the market tumbles.Regards, E.B. Tucker Senior Analyst, Strategic InvestorP.S. While we see trouble ahead, that doesn’t mean you can’t profit. In fact, for strategic investors, this is a golden opportunity to buy the right companies that investors are completely overlooking right now.In fact, in my Strategic Investor portfolio, I currently have 21 explosive recommendations set to soar in the months ahead. You can access these picks, and all of our big money-making research, with a risk-free trial subscription today.Go here to learn more.Reader MailbagAre you invested in any of the four dangerous sectors that E.B. mentioned? Are you worried and considering selling, or holding out for the long haul? Let us know at [email protected] Case You Missed It…You’re invited to spend time with your favorite investing masterminds in southern California… the only time this year that all of Casey Research’s gurus will be together on one stage…As a Dispatch reader, you’ve got an exclusive invitation to join us at the second annual Legacy Investment Summit on September 23-25.Join the smartest minds in finance – like the legendary Doug Casey, former hedge fund manager Teeka Tiwari, master trader Jeff Clark, and angel investor Jeff Brown – for their exclusive, in-person insights.And for a limited time, you can secure your tickets for hundreds less than everyone else will pay…