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An ill wind

March 26, 2017

The #1 seed Jayhawks, who’d breezed through their first three games,  were upset in basically a home game in Kansas City by Oregon.  Last time things were so unexpectedly turned around for Kansas, a tornado and witches were involved.

So two of the Final Four men’s basketball teams  are from the West Coast. Are we sure this result can’t be negated by the electoral college?

Xavier vs Gonzaga and Kansas vs Oregon for berths in Final Four and the games were on… TBS?   This is the same television brilliance MLB uses to grow their fan base.

Another disappointing night for NBA fans, the #Knicks weren’t resting their starters

Knicks center Joakim Noah, who hasn’t played in over a month, was suspended 20 games by the NBA for a banned supplement. Well, Barnum & Bailey Ringling Bros may be gone, but the circus is alive and well at Madison Square Garden..

 

(and then after the Knicks outscored the Spurs by 14 in the 3rd to cut the lead to 4…. well, anyone but me want to hear what Popovich really said to his team during the break?)

Roger Goodell in a letter to Oakland’s mayor said he thinks the city has yet to find “a viable solution” to keeping the Raiders. And then no doubt when the 3rd NFL team moves in the last two years Goodell will no doubt proclaim the importance of fan loyalty.

Oops, ads congratulating GOP on repealing Obamacare actually aired last night. Did they also congratulate Super Bowl Champ Atlanta Falcons?

Kris Jenner is apparently shopping a new Kardashian cartoon. Wait, aren’t the Kardashians already a cartoon?

A man was taken into custody after shooting two people, one fatally, on a bus in Las Vegas today, shutting down the Strip for hours. Police say it was not terrorism. But the horror, thousands of people couldn’t get to their sports books and slot machines.

Trump tweet “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”
Just wondering, now that he’s in charge, why didn’t Trump offer that “great healthcare plan” the first time?

Dems & GOP now both realizing, it’s a lot easier to be united against legislation than it is actually to craft such legislation.

Trump “we learned a lot about loyalty.” Yep, Amazing thing, when you throw people under buses they don’t usually recover & bring you flowers.

As Ivanka moves into White House office wonder again how many voted against Hillary thinking  one family shouldn’t have that much power.

Joe Biden, on his decision not to run:, “I regret not being President right now.”

And millions of Americans are thinking “Not as much as WE regret you not being President right now.”

 

Mike Pence said today Trump “won’t rest” until Obamacare is dismantled. Right and Trump’s time on the golf course will be as helpful as OJ’s was in his search for the real killers.

Trump loves celebrities and social media. But maybe he shouldn’t have used Charlie Sheen as a role model for #Winning?

Healthcare bridge, one no Trump?

March 24, 2017

Lonzo says he is one-and-done at UCLA. In related news, Trumpcare never had a realistic chance and water is wet.

Meanwhile, the only exciting game out of Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen matchups – Wisconsin vs Florida – finished after midnight on the east coast.  So maybe NCAA with basketball really is considering themselves a major professional sport.

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang may miss the 2017 MLB season due to his being denied a US visa, possibly due to a DUI arrest. Yep, if you want to be a star athlete who drinks and drives, you better be born here in the USA.

Today is #NationalCheesesteakDay To be followed tomorrow by National EKG day?

USA Today reports that Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff now has his own cruise will host a five-night “fan cruise” this Fall on Costa Cruises. Think someone could manage to push him into a lifeboat?

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted today of one count of child endangerment. He had chosen not to report Sandusky to the state Department of Public Welfare, despite the report from Mike McQueary about seeing him in the showers with a young boy. Apparently Spanier plans to appeal. On what grounds? That he thought he was running a Catholic university?

CNN reports Trump aide says President “agitated” by Trumpcare bill process which he thinks is all “political.”   Hello…it’s politics.

GOP just changed their Trumpcare Facebook status to “It’s complicated.”

Is even Paul Ryan starting to think he might have been better off with Hillary in the White House

 

If GOP willing to eliminate all gender based healthcare from coverage with Trumpcare we could talk. Prostrate exams & ED drugs to start.

Curiously enough, pulling out is also the GOP’s new birth control strategy. #KilltheBill

Sean Spicer  “If you’re an older man, you can generally say you’re not going to need maternity care.” So how old was Trump when Barron was born?

Right about now, Obama might be forgiven a small smirk.

Paul Ryan “We’re going to be living w/ Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Well, better than dying w/ Trumpcare in the foreseeable future.

While Dems celebrate, if some party leaders or wannabe leaders have ideas to tweak Obamacare, it  would be excellent time to put them forward.

Amazing that Trump just didn’t rename #Obamacare & take the credit. Though no doubt that’s his plan B.

 

Trump today “when you get no votes from the other side, it’s a very difficult situation.” And how big is @BarackObama’s smile right now?

You’d think with such small hands Trump wouldn’t be so quick to point his small fingers?

 

Thinking Ryan had a lot more fun when he could blame all the GOP failures on Obama.

Latest leak #fakenews CNN reports Trump is upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week.” (Jared and family were skiing in Aspen.)
Actually this one has the ring of truth, if Trump is angry, it wouldn’t be at himself, or heaven forbid his perfect daughter.

Trump now to a Wash Post reporter “As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal.”

So if that’s the best thing, why have wasted all this precious time and effort trying to get Trumpcare through? Why not have used the HUGE power of the Presidency to tell Ryan to stand down weeks ago? #alternativerationalizations

Long time

March 23, 2017

San Antonio Spurs tonight paid tribute to WWII vet Richard Overton, who at 110 years old is the oldest living veteran. And one of the few men alive who remembers Tim Duncan’s rookie year.

A five minute plus instant replay stoppage w/ 1:59 left in #WestVirginia #Gonzaga game making fans long for crisp speed of MLB instant replay

The Oakland As are offering a free cap to any fan who trades in any SF Giants cap. Well, if someone wants a hat in better condition – .A’s caps ARE less likely to be worn out from being worn through the playoffs.

 

When you do not score in the last 2:52 of the 2nd half, it’s pretty hard to win a Sweet Sixteen game. #Arizona #Xavier #marchmadness

#ESPN allowing people who regret their #MarchMadness choices to do a “Second Chance Bracket.” Any way we can do that for the US election?

Matt Barnes, now with the Warriors about playing his former team the Sacramento Kings Friday. “I’m trying to kill them Plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there.”
Great statement from a player with an arrest history now facing a 2017 trial for domestic violence.

Patriots to visit White House on April 19. Wouldn’t it be simpler to invite Kraft, Brady & anyone else who wants to attend to Maralago?

Theresa May opens parliament as usual. #WeAreNotAfraid trending. Well played London, well played.

Fortune magazine names  Theo Epstein greatest leader in world. So is everyone connected with 3-time WS Champion @SFGiants chopped liver?

Trumpcare did not come to a vote today due to lack of GOP support. Can’t wait to see how they’re going to blame this on Obama.

New poll showed today only 17% of Americans support  Trumpcare. Wow. Didn’t know that many people worked for insurance companies.

#NYTimes – Trump says privately he regrets going along w/ Ryan for quick healthcare reform. Because nothing EVER is @realDonaldTrump’s fault

 

Fox News headline says Trumpcare is “on life support.” Well, life support no doubt won’t be covered going forward either.

Trumpcare to exclude preventive care maternity care & pediatric care. While GOP defunds Planned Parenthood. Again 4 words -Pro life my ass.

More populism at its finest. The House today just voted to strike down privacy rules that kept internet providers like AT&T and Comcast from selling your web browsing history without permission.
Make Advertisers Great Again?! #SMH

In Kentucky, a 4-year old is dead after he accidentally shot himself with a gun that the boy’s uncle, a police officer, had left in his truck. #Ifonlyhewerearmed

 

Washington Post reports that the OMB turned down the Secret Service request for an additional $60 million this year to handle security for Trump & his family. Which means per the Post “the agency will likely have to divert other spending to handle the additional burden..
No worries, the only other duties of the agency involve things like cyber crime, credit card/identity fraud. and cases involving missing/exploited minors. Do we feel great again yet?

 

Whatever Happened To … waking up in the morning and not saying “Our President said WHAT?”

From Marc Ragovin, one more on Chuck Barris – “RIP Chuck Barris: Gong but not forgotten.”

Keep calm and f*ck terrorism

March 22, 2017

lego

 

 

My favorite city in the world. And yes I would go back tomorrow. If we stop traveling the bad guys win.

This mural, btw,  is made completely out of Lego, in the London store – Leicester Square.

Wow. A reasonable and measured response. Maybe the rumors that Tillerson won’t last long as Secretary of State in this administration are true. “We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference,”

It’s always awful when innocent people are hurt. But Britain has very tight gun laws, at least London assailant wasn’t armed.

 

Four murdered, including a police officer, until the suspect himself was shot by police. Not just London, but today in Wisconsin. The suspect is an American man with a gun. Move along, nothing to see here.

CNN reports FBI has information indicating Trump campaign associates communicated “with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
#Fakenews tweet from Donald in 3.2.1….

Ghanaian Soccer player Mohammed Anas, who made headlines when he thanked his wife AND girlfriend during an interview now says “My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That’s what I was talking about. I don’t have a girlfriend.”
Is Anas trying for a post in the Trump administration?

Trumpcare will not have a requirement to cover mental health. While Congress also reduces gun regulations. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Puerto Rico has seen enough of Brandon Crawford.  Late in tonight’s game what they really wanted to see is the 2016 SF Giants’ bullpen. #WBC

Just guessing  Ian Kinsler, who hit a home run after bashing Puerto Rico’s style of play, might want to plan his next Caribbean vacation somewhere other than San Juan?

Almost didn’t recognize Dodger Stadium for #WBC championship tonight. Stands were basically full in first inning. @espn

#BeckyHammon is apparently a finalist for the head coaching job at Florida. Alas it’s the women’s team. She can coach men. @Spurs

Roger Goodell says that the NFL will address when a commercial is followed by a kickoff and then followed by another commercial. “I hate that, too. Our goal is to eliminate it.”
By just running longer commercials after kickoffs?

 

Bases and balls

March 22, 2017

Now that #TeamUSA is in the Word Baseball Classic final will Americans actually start caring? USA ! USA! USA! #WBC

Wonder if the #WorldBaseballClassic would be more popular if there was a way to put teams into brackets and bet on them in office pools?

Gregg Popovich on the NBA rest debate “Luckily all the participants are sane people and care about the same thing and want to get it right.”
Right, $ane people and the $ame thing. Anyone heard a complaint yet when a “rest” game wasn’t being televised.

CKE Restaurants, owners of Carl’s Jr, said today that CEO Andrew Puzder. Trump’s first pick for Labor Secretary. who withdrew after negative publicity, will be replaced by Jason Marker in April. Well, that’s one job Trump can take credit for creating.

Supreme Court hearings seem to have devolved into situations where nominees won’t opine on what color they think the sky is.

Barry Bonds is back with the #SFGiants as a special assistant to the CEO. Let’s hope he doesn’t get a swelled head about it.

In a memo to team owners Adam Silver called the practice of teams resting star players “a extremely significant issue for our league.” Lakers fans are going “What star players?”

Trump’s latest “It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick (your San Francisco quarterback) him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”
Kind of makes you want some team to sign Kap.

Trump of all people should know that saying outrageous things wouldn’t stop you getting a job if people think you are competent.

Headline “Republicans change health care bill in search for votes.” Maybe they could just change the name and keep Obamacare?

British PM Theresa May will be featured in US Vogue magazine. Waiting for Trump to claim in a tweet that Vogue asked him first.

Dow fell by about 238 points today. Waiting for the Trump tweet saying this is Obama’s fault.

For years, smart travel agents have warned travelers NOT to put laptops and iPads in checked luggage. New rule may be good for security but also open season for thieves. #unintendedconsequences

Remember all those people worried that Hillary’s election would make Bill a top WH advisor? Somehow I’m missing the outrage on Ivanka.

#TheNewsin4Words. “What’s Trump done now?”

 

 

This laptop ban really makes airlines like Turkish, Emirates & Ethiad less attractive to US fliers. Add UAE & Turkey to Trump insult bingo

Major budget cuts for the DOJ and a “Memorandum for all Federal Prosecutors” from new AG Jeff Sessions, directing prosecutors to focus not on corporate crime, but on violent crime.
But hey, I am sure under Trump now all potential white-collar crooks are now on their very best behavior.

 

Trump’s company, now managed by his sons, is starting a new hotel change, Scion,  and talking to about 20 developers around the country, with 50-100 hotels planned within the next three years.

Move along, nothing to see here. No one I am sure would mind if Chelsea Clinton and her husband had done the same thing if Hillary were elected.

 

The wrong kind of hits.

March 20, 2017

Really sad about Dwight Clark having ALS. And the ties to traumatic brain injury and CTE are getting more and more obvious. A little-known fact about Lou Gehrig is that he went to Columbia on a football scholarship. It’s getting harder and harder to watch football, seriously.

Tom Brady’s quarterback’s game-worn jersey from Super Bowl LI  has apparently been found in Mexico.

Deflate that wall?

 

#Duke is out of the tournament. So Grayson Allen won’t have anyone to kick around any more. #marchmadness

 

Actually a shame  for Duke being out of the tournament.  Until the  Yankees start playing baseball for real there’s no one for most Americans to united against as a diversion frojm politics.

And Allen was one of the few recognizable players in a 1 and one NCAA.

 

That moment when you actually sympathize for Tomi Lahren for getting fired when she says ‘You know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.'”
#comeovertothedarksideTomiwehavecookiesandchoice

 

-RIP, David Rockefeller, 101. So Trump finally killed him?

 

 

Sean Spicer said today that Trump’s $3 million a week Mar-a-Lago trips are just “part of being president.” Uh, but what about money for museums and the arts being “part of being Americans.

So anyone get that sense if that if the House actually voted to impeach Trump he’d just decry it as “Fake News?”

And the madness just keeps on coming.

March 19, 2017

That moment when you haven’t been following NCAA basketball but saw 10 min of Mich-Wisc & thought “darn they look good”. #GoBlue #brackets

The NCAA seeding committee did such a good job with Wisconsin and Wichita State they’ve been named honorary Presidential pollsters.

Now Germany on the Trump insult list. How many more people have Bingo?

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast made $170 million at the box office this weekend. With this much success wonder if someone will suggest a cartoon sequel.

 

Uber President Jeff Jones is quitting, less than a year after joining the company, after multiple controversies. An example to those in the Trump cabinet??

Trump today said North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was ‘acting very, very badly’ “Back at ya” said most of the Western World.

A California waiter was fired after he refused to serve several Latina women until they showed him “proof of residency.” Well, no doubt if he wants to move he might be offered a position at a Trump Hotel.

Fox + Friends’ Brian Kilmeade “We keep marrying other species + other ethnics…” What punchline could possibly top this?

George Conway, Kellyanne’s husband, will reportedly be chosen as head of the Justice Dept’s civil division, the office that will handle legal challenges to Trump’s policies. For all those who were worried that the only nepotism in DC now benefited the Trump family.

Paul  Ryan tweeted “Another one heads to President Trump’s desk. This legislation allows states to have drug testing to receive federal unemployment benefits.”

So can we have the same bill apply to members of Congress?

Former U.S. NATO representative Ivo Daalde responded to Trump’s tweets about Germany needing to pay more money “Sorry, Mr President, that’s not how NATO works. Adding “The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. This is not a financial transaction, where NATO countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.”
“Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not how NATO works.” Substitute any other word for NATO and you’ve basically got a description of the last two months.