Heading towards the July 5th weekend…

President Obama ordered flags at federal offices to be flown at half staff for Robert Byrd. And to make the honor more fitting for the longest-serving U.S. Senator, Obama has also asked that the ones be used with 13 stars on them.

Senator Byrd’s body is lying in repose in the Capitol Rotunda, after a public procession through the streets of Washington, D.C. The elegant horse-drawn carriage did of course travel the entire way with its left blinker on.

There’s about as much chance of hearing anything new and interesting at the Elena Kagan hearings as there is of watching a high scoring World Cup match this weekend.

When former President George W. Bush was asked if he thought Elena Kagan was qualified to sit on the Supreme Court, he allegedly responded. “Well, I’m not sure about the Court, but I’m impressed that as a lady she built such a successful chain of auto parts stores.”

Is it just me, or is it somehow easier to imagine Sarah Palin as President than to imagine Al Gore as a “crazed sex poodle?”

And somewhere Bill Clinton is thinking “Crazed sex poodle, Hey, that’s MY job.”

And why airlines get a bad reputation. American Airlines is touting the fact that they are upgrading their 737s, with a spokesman saying they are “reinvesting in their product and services to enhance the travel experience for our loyal customers.”

It’s true, they are putting in new seats, data ports, larger overhead bins, and new entertainment systems. And oh yeah, 12 more seats in every plane, an average of an inch of legroom less per passenger.

The Red Sox just placed Jason Varitek on the disabled list, joining Victor Martinez, Dustin Pedroia, Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, Jeremy Hermida and Jed Lowrie. New Boston motto? “Survivor – Fenway.”

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Mike Garrett, USC athletic director, made more than $1-million in 2008-9 while his Trojans were under investigation by the NCAA. But give the guy a break, the school probably has players who made more than that.

For Canadian readers, Happy Belated Canada Day. Why Canadian men like Canada Day better than U.S. men like the 4th of July? It’s not all about the family picnics and BBQs – in Canada today is the opening of Football season.

From reader Gary Morton regarding that $750 million Tiger is reputedly paying Elin. “$750-million? Tiger just became Sweden’s top gross national product.”

And from Bill Littlejohn, especially maybe for San Francisco Giants fans who remember days when their team had an offense – “Luke Scott of the Orioles is on the DH after he pulled a hamstring during a home run trot.They’re referring to his trot as ‘Dumb Flap Down'”

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One Comment on “Heading towards the July 5th weekend…”

  1. Gary Morton Says:

    I’ll see if I can nail one before Marc does…The LA Clippers officially entered the LeBron James derby, offering the King something that no other NBA team can: anonymity.

    From Dwight Perry’s column in today’s Seattle Times:

    • Ex-NFL lineman Conrad Dobler, to the L.A. Times, on fellow Wyoming alumnus Dick Cheney: “When he was there, he wrote a book; when I was there, I read one.”
    More than likely, when Cheney was there, HE read a book (I, Claudius); Dobler just ate one.

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