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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.'”


-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.

More madness.

March 18, 2017


Normally when #FloridaState‘s athletic program is this embarrassed, the police are involved.

California teams doing surprisingly well in NCAA tournament.  Will Trump accuse refs of fake scoring?


NCAA admits missing goaltending against Gonzaga, leading to Northwestern technical. 4 pt swing in 79-32 game. What about electoral college?

But of course, with calls against Northwestern, figure the NCAA may pay for it in future decisions involving alumni law school graduates.

Two Jupiter police sergeants, Amy Walling and Sgt. Jason VanSteenburgh, were fired for having sex with each other while they were on duty and he apparently sexted her a partially nude picture while wearing his uniform. Back on your game, Florida

rrassed, the police are involved. #marchmadness

Ah for the days when the worst embarassment Americans had with their President and Angela Merkel was a quick back rub.

Dorothy Parker used to open door and ask “What fresh hell could this be?” Now millions of Americans feel the same about Trump’s twitter feed

The Secret Service tonight stopped a man trying to climb over the White House fence who claimed he wanted to give a letter to the President. Well, the guy was clearly crazy. What sane person would think Trump stays in Washington for the weekend?

Sad. #ChuckBerry, 90, has passed away. Can we blame Trump?

Reports are that when he was fired, after being first asked to stay on by Trump, Preet Bharara was investigating Tom Price’s trading of health care stocks while he was involved in health care legislation in the House – a total of over $300,000 in shares.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

Yeah, we’re  definitely in an alternative universe. China now urging United States to remain “coolheaded” over North Korea



Donna Brazile just admitted that she tipped off the Clinton campaign on potential questions about the death penalty at one debate and the Flint, Michigan water crisis. And how would Hillary have ever thunk otherwise that those questions might come up?

Amateur hour

March 17, 2017


29-38 Mavericks vs 24-43 76ers tonight. Talk about ratings disaster. Fans of amateur basketball have so many other #marchmadness options.

SMU blew a 10 point lead with 11 minutes to play to lose to USC, who had already survived a play-in game. Normally for this much embarrassment, SMU relies on their football team.

Michigan not making friends in Las Vegas. They won 92-91 over Oklahoma State. But the Cowboys’ buzzer beater 3 point shot meant the Wolverines didn’t cover the 2.5 point spread. The horror.

Pregnant client landing in London was asked by customs both when she was due, and if the baby was insured. Expecting US Trumpcare refugees?

So in honor of #StPatricksDay wonder why Trump didn’t order ICE to round up and deport some Irish illegals?

We weren’t supposed to vote for Hillary Clinton since she didn’t have enough stamina for the job? She never came home early as Secretary of State.

So now Trump is tweeting against North Korea, and Tillerson is saying a pre-emptive strike is possible. What could possibly go wrong?

So who had England in Trump insult bingo?

Sean Spicer “We are sorry.” You can say that again.

The Hill reports GOP-led House today passed a bill allowing VA employees to be fired more quickly “if they are found to be incompetent or engaging in wrongdoing.”
Damn, can we have legislation like that for members of Congress? And the executive branch? #wecandream


Trump ignored Angela Merkel’s request today for handshake during White House photo op. Assuming because she has bigger hands than he does.

Rick Santorum, on Trumps wire tap allegations “We’re not in an election anymore, who he’s hurting is not a rival, he’s hurting himself.”
Another incredible Trump accomplishment.- turning Rick Santorum into a voice of reason.

After Britain demanded an apology for Sean Spicer’s claim they had colluded with Obama to wiretap Trump Tower, Trump today responded “You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox,.” Uh, is there any difference?



From T.C.  “The new Disney film Beauty and the Beast has been banned in places like Alabama and Malaysia due to one of its characters being gay. But Donald Duck can run around  “commando”, and also not wear any pants at all; without controversy. “


Happy St Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2017

My favorite toast.  May your troubles last as long as your perfect brackets.

Northwestern on when Vandy player mistakenly fouled on purpose to allow Wildcats to take lead on FTs. And Vanderbilt is supposed to be the SMART SEC team?

Anyone really chortling over Middle Tennessee bracket win should have to prove themselves by finding the school on a map.    Or simply naming the city where it is.

Or naming one player on the team.

Wonder how many people know where Xavier is for that matter, without Google.  (Hint, there are at least two in the U.S.  It’s not the one in New Orleans.)

SNL has decided to broadcast live even on West Coast for the remainder of the season. Who says Trump hasn’t accomplished anything? @Nbcsnl

Can someone explain to @realDonaldTrump that #MealsonWheels does not just refer to airline catering?

Trumpers are saying #BoycottHawaii Liberal Hawaii thinking “cool, this was easier than building a wall.”

Trump’s new budget proposes privatizing Air Traffic Control. Great, so we can bring the same efficiency and great management to ATC as they have at the airlines themselves. #WTF?

So Trump administration needs “evidence” to fund Meals on Wheels & school meals, but not to accuse Obama of wiretapping.

PBS cut completely in new #TrumpBudget. $445 million. But hey, what does US really need, Big Bird, or “Winter White House” at Mar-A-Lago?

There is a certain logic in cutting Sesame Street & Education. What’s the point in having children learn to read if you think it’s #FakeNews

Trump said last night in an interview he made the wiretapping claim because “Well, I’ve been reading about things,” And he cited among other things both a Fox News report and a NY Times article.
Yes, the NY Times. #FakeNews
Who needs solar, we could power the USA if someone could figure out how to harness head-spinning.

A tweet that appeared briefly on McDonald’s feed today “@RealDonaldTrump”You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.”
The tweet was taken down after 20 minutes. And McDonald’s says they were hacked. Meanwhile, millions of liberal Americans actually thought about buying a Big Mac.

Budget director Mulvaney when asked about cutting after-school programs and school meals, said they weren’t worth taxing people to fund -“there’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results — helping kids do better in school.”
At least he didn’t say hungry kids are more focused. #SMH


Website asks “Prove your humanity” by answering “1 + 10 = ?” Suppose would be tacky to say some Trump voters think that’s tough question.


Trump direct quote in Nashville “And by the way, aren’t our borders getting extremely strong? … We’ve already experienced an unprecedented 40 % in illegal immigration on our southern border, 61% — 61% percent since Inauguration Day. 61% Think about it. And now people are saying we’re not going to go there anymore ’cause we can’t get in, so it’s going to get better and better.”
Well, okay then, so Trump wants us to believe him. Fine, let’s scrap the now unnecessary wall and put the funds back for social programs and the environment.

If you’re reading this…

March 15, 2017

Are you sure you’re finished with your brackets?

Warriors almost lose to 76ers, Wizards lose to Mavericks, and Spurs with Aldridge back lose to TrailBlazers.  WTF?  Can we blame Trump?

The Los Angeles Lakers are shutting down Luol Deng & Timofey Mozgov for the rest of the NBA season. Which means Deng & Mozgov will be contributing about as much as they have so far in the season.

This is a good thing, not just for @Spurs fans. Glad he’s OK –
“Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge cleared to return after minor heart arrhythmia.”

(but based on tonight’s game against Portland, maybe  the team celebrated a bit too much in the afternoon?)

Joint joke with Roberta K.  Israel was eliminated today from the World Baseball Classic after they lost to Japan 8-3.   Had they won, however, the team was probably going to be tested for PEB – Performance Enhancing Bagels.


Jeff Sessions speaking in Richmond “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
Wonder if his speech was followed by a cocktail party.

Ryan says President had a hand in #Trumpcare bill. But we all know Trump has really small hands

Hawaii judge strikes down Muslim Ban 2.0. Waiting for Trump to decry a foreign state meddling in US affairs.


Trump promising ‘some very interesting items’ about Obama wiretap claim. Like his “very interesting” facts about Obama’s birth certificate?

Paul Ryan on if #Trumpcare would pass today-“that’s kind of a goofy question” Prompting immediate demands for apology. From Goofy. And Pluto.

Trump wannabe Geert Wilders apparently is losing bigly in Dutch elections. Does this mean Netherlands get added to travel ban?

The CDC Monday said the Zika virus might be present in Florida sperm donations. But hey, so glad Trump is going to be doing away with all those pesky government agencies and regulations:



After Rand Paul blocked a treaty that would have allowed Montengro into NATO, something Russia opposes, John McCain stated “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
Uh, only the senator from Kentucky?