Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The news goes on...

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...twenty-four hours a day, as Charles Foster Kane advised his editor when he barged into the New York Inquirer.  Does it ever.

But our heritage! our history!  Jefferson Davis Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, is being renamed -- for Barack Obama.  Vandalism will commence in five...four...three...

Jesus Campos, the hotel security guard who was the first casualty of Stephen Paddock's Second Amendment jamboree on October 1...has disappeared!  Conspiracy theories abound, but basically, Hillary killed him and buried him in the desert to cover up the Seth Rich-WikiLeaks connection and -- no, wait, there he is.  He was in Ellen DeGeneres's green room, waiting to appear on her show.  Never mind.  For now.

It appears the NFL will have its own Curt Flood (that's the gentleman above, in a Cardinals uniform which is barely changed today).  Flood was a three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove center fielder seven straight years, batting over .300 in six seasons.  In other words, not chopped liver.  But that was in the days of the reserve clause, which essentially made players chattel.  In 1969 Flood refused to accept a trade to another team and his career was over.  His case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, which upheld baseball's exception to anti-trust laws; however, the case laid the groundwork for the Players' Association (and Marvin Miller, who should be in Cooperstown) to challenge, successfully, the old system and institute free agency.  The players' contract with the owners specifically outlaws collusion.  Now the NFL faces charges of doing just that.  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is probably out for the season with a broken collarbone, and his replacements are, to be polite, lackluster.  Colin Kaepernick would seem to be the answer to their prayers, if only they had the guts to sign him.  Whaddaya say, Packers?  Got the guts?  Or will you collude with the other owners in shutting him out?  Some of the fans may complain, not to mention a certain orange slob in DC, but to paraphrase Jeffrey Cordova, there's nothing quite as soothing as a trip to the Superbowl.

A bipartisan solution to the health care impasse was cobbled together by two senators.  Yesterday Trump pronounced it "very good," and today he has denounced it.  Loath as I am to quote Bill Maher, I think he (and his writers) nailed it:  He's not bipartisan, he's bipolar.

Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) has shattered the old record for quick departure from Trumpenland, set by Anthony Scaramucci.  Marino was appointed "drug czar" and quit the same day, after he was outed as the sponsor of the law which makes it harder for the DEA to stop rogue opioid shipments.  He will be replaced by someone with less obvious connections to the drug industry.  "But I thought Kushner was going to handle the opioid problem, right after he reorganizes the federal government and straightens out the Middle East!" you cry.  Yeah, well, stuff he forgot to mention on his security clearance application keeps bubbling up from the Trump family septic tank.  Can't be everywhere.

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