Archive for June 3, 2017

Keep calm and drink cider

June 3, 2017


Picture is from about a year and a half ago at Borough Market.  Three Americans, two Brits.  We were strangers but bonded around closing time at New Forest Cider, where they ended up letting us buy an extra pint.  And we spent an hour teaching each other British and American slang equivalents.  Most memorably deciding that “wanker” equaled “douchebag.”    I’d go back tomorrow if I could.


If US is “the land of the free & the home of the brave” how come English are so much more defiant & less afraid after terrorist acts?

As Americans send our thoughts and prayers to London…our President’s initial reaction “We need the travel ban.”  Or the whole tweet  – “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”

But apparently “extra level of safety” doesn’t include sensible gun regulations?

Today’s “crooks are stupid” story: In Northern California, two people were arrested for allegedly stealing computer equipment including 18 GPS devices. Guess how police found them.


Pence said today that Trump “is more concerned with Des Moines than Denmark” Uh, Hillary won Des Moines as well as Pittsburgh.



There are clearly more important things in the world, but the #StanleyCup finals aren’t even on network TV in the US? #WTF?

So many punches thrown tonight in Stanley Cup finals game between #Predators and Penguins you’d have thought Hunter  Strickland & Bryce  Harper were involved.


Marlins #EdinsonVolquez threw the first no-hitter of the year today. Amazingly, it wasn’t against the #SFGiants.

Jerry Colangelo: “I think (Lonzo) Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future. Think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him…”
“People.” Right.

Thinking free speech means Bill Maher has a right to use the “N” word. It also means we have a right to say it was f*cking stupid.

You cannot make this stuff up: Today’s (small) “Pittsburgh not Paris” rally by Trump supporters in Wash. DC was held in Lafayette Park.


Nikki Haley “President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation.”.. But “we’ll do it under our own terms” So pulling out of Paris really just was a middle finger to the rest of the world. #Becausehecan


Trump trying to privatize air traffic control. So if planes don’t move fast enough on the runways, ATC can just start dragging them off?



In Texas, a man who got a “Jesus is my Life” tattoo, and was warned to avoid sun and swimming for 10 days, promptly went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, got an infection, and died.

Even God is going “Jesus Christ!”

From Marc Ragovin “Some advice for all those going nutso over Trumps decision to pull out of the Paris Accord: sit back, relax, take a deep breath …. oh wait, we can’t do that anymore:”


Between games.

June 3, 2017

While we wait for game 2 of the NBA finals, sometime in the next week….


If you’re not a sports fan you may not know about Enes Kanter. He is Turkish, the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and an outspoken critic of President Erdogan. The government revoked his passport recent, and today he tweeted ” MY DAD HAS BEEN ARRESTED by Turkish government and the Hitler of our century He is potentially to get tortured as thousand others.”
So where’s the outraged tweet from Trump on this one? #terrorcomesinmanyforms.


Hackers apparently broke into “OneLogin,” a centralized password manager. Which reminds me why I don’t use password managers, and of an old joke. A guy visits his son at college, where the young man tells him he is working in a lab trying to create a universal solvent. Dad’s response “When you find it, what are you going to keep it in?”

Give the man credit for putting his money where his mouth was: ESPN via reports Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar, suspended 2-games for an anti-gay slur, will donate his forfeited salary Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations.
“It’s not lip service. It’s easy to come out and make your apologies and hope people forget, but I meant what I said when I said hopefully I’ll be made an example of.”



So clearly  Austin Slater was needed to ignite SF Giants offense. #NerdNation #GoStanford


As much as  SF GIants miss Madbum,  his replacement Ty Blach might be their best pitcher.

Would if have helped if instead of using the phrase “pull out” world leaders had begged Trump not to abort the Paris Accord? #prolifemyass

Happy #NationalDonutDay. Just think, had we only elected Chris Christie, today would be a national holiday.

Well, if we have to go for ex-TV stars as President, thinking we could do worse than #AlFranken in 2020


Kellyanne Conway says Trump might use executive privilege to keep Comey from testifying. Somewhere Nixon is going “You can do that?” #WTF

Putin to Megyn Kelly “even children could hack an election.” So that’s what Russia does with their child labor?

Disney CEO Robert Iger has resigned over Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Accord  Guess he  can’t compete w/ White House as Mickey Mouse organization.

Dear Kathy Griffin – In this case, if at first you don’t succeed. STFU.

From Marc Ragovin ” Some advice for all those going nutso over Trumps decision to pull out of the Paris Accord: sit back, relax, take a deep breath …. oh wait, we can’t do that anymore.”