Friday, July 23, 2021

Change up


I am told that this is Pharaonic structure is a Guardian of Traffic, one of four in the great city of Cleveland.  The city's major league baseball team has announced it will become the Guardians after the 2021 season.  See, Washington?  It's not hard at all.  Just think of all the fans buying new caps, shirts and other team merchandise.

We live and learn.  If you want to learn a little too much about equine anatomy, the Ottawa Citizen has you covered.  I love "It's not what it looks like."

The Republican response to covid from the beginning has been to blame someone:  China, Democrats, immigrants, incubi, Dr. Fauci, local governments' facemask rules, the media, Big Tech.  Now Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama says it's time to blame the unvaccinated for "letting us down."  "Folks are supposed to have common sense," she adds, despite their having elected her.  Call me when she blames Trump.

Should I put on Fox News and see if they've got the scary music out?  Investigative reporter Martin Pengelly has done the digging and says Joe Biden could not have played rugby in law school as he claims.  There go all my illusions about that guy.  All aboard the impeachment train!

It's a shame, because everywhere he goes some reporter seems to bring up "defund the police."  Wednesday he had to say "no" again but the guy persisted:  "Are there people in the Democratic Party who want to defund the police?"  Biden had had enough:  "Are there people in the Republican Party who think we're sucking the blood out of kids?"  Getting no response he dropped the metaphorical mic and boarded Marine One.  I'll be honest -- most days I need a cognitive check more than he does.*

I was kidding!  When I said you should pick your spot if you wanted to lift your gunplay above the ordinary I was kidding.  Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia is a legend among cheesesteak connoisseurs and that's where a dispute arose about the relative merits of the Eagles and New York football.  One fan shot the other in the torso and killed him before fleeing in a van.  And here we are talking about it.  

In other football news, can we all agree that Tom Brady is a creep?  When Trump was president (ugh, tasting vomit), Brady was happy to play golf with him and keep a MAGA hat in his locker.  When Brady and other Tampa Bay players celebrated their championship at the White House this week he cracked a joke about how "forty percent of the people still don't think we won."  It's a good thing you don't need a moral compass to find a receiver.

You also don't need brains to be an athlete.  Over six hundred Americans are in Tokyo, currently experiencing its fourth covid wave, to compete in the Olympics, and at least a hundred are not vaccinated.  I guess we'll find out if that evil virus is tough enough to survive in a chlorinated pool and on wooden surfaces like parallel bars.  As Red Smith wrote wearily in 1972 after the Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered, "Again the sandbox."  Smith thought common decency required the cancellation of the rest of the games.  Avery Brundage did not agree.

*I am not conflating Q Qrazies with people like AOC who sincerely believe police have too much money, power, military equipment, etc.  I believe Biden's point was that differences of opinion can coexist within political parties, as opposed to Leader cults.  The Lincoln Project consider themselves Republicans, too.




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