by John Walters

Tweet du Jour

“Core.” What a maroon.


Starting Five

From Exxon to RexGone*

*The judges wish we had thought of this

As someone tweeted yesterday, “Rex Tillerson successfuly led one of the largest U.S. companies (Exxon), you asked him to leave and come work for you, he bought a house in D.C., moved his family, & you don’t have the decency to call him before you tweet that he’s fired?”

On the same day that Secretary of State Tillerson learned that he’d been fired via tweet, President Trump spoke to a group of Marines and said that his administration is “stacked with Marines because Marines are the kinda people you want at your side — and trust me, you don’t ever want to be on the other side of a fighting Marine; it’s trouble.”

Special prosecutor Bob Mueller is an ex-Marine.

I guess what we’re trying to say is, Is Donald Trump completely immune from karma? Or will it one day bite him in the tush harder than anyone has ever been bitten? The Trump existence/presidency is a litmus test for the Buddhist and Hindu principle and to this point the Eastern religions are getting whacked.


There was that, however. The reporter who asked was Kaitlan Collins of CNN.

2. We Are All Made Of Stars

Rest in peace, physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at the age of 76. Long ago we purchased A Brief History of Time and some day we may even read into the second chapter. Or maybe we’ll just rent The Theory of Everything (or own it on Blu-Ray!).

For the last few decades of his life Hawking, who had a rare early-onset and slow-progressing form of ALS, was able to communicate via one cheek muscle that was attached to a speech-generating device.

If you believe in such things, today he is no longer a prisoner of his body and he is playing among the stars he knew so well.

3.  Pass Over

Cousins is one of four QBs signing big deals this week who is not headed to Canton

It’s the first day of NFL free agency, which means quarterbacks are on the move:

Sam Bradford….headed to the Arizona Cardinals.

Case Keenum…off to the Denver Broncos.

Both of those guys began last season with Minnesota, who almost certainly will sign Kirk Cousins, since his latest team, the Washington Redskins, signed Alex Smith.

None of these four have ever taken a snap in a Super Bowl, and yet none is signing for less than a guaranteed $20 million. Times change, of course, but Terry Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships in the Seventies and 1980 and never earned more than $470,000 in a season.

4. Incog-Neato!

That woman (are we sure it’s a woman?) in New Hampshire who won $550 million in the Powerball lottery will not be compelled to reveal her identity, a judge ruled. But if you happen to see a woman at a Shaw’s in Laconia or Meredith pay for a Slim Jim with a $100 bill, you may be on to her.

5. Hero In The Darkness

While craven villains such as Devin Nunes get a lot of pub, it’s nice to know that there are people in public service who are willing to pay for truth with their jobs. James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, resigned, saying that he no longer wished to bear the burden “of spreading falsehoods” for the Trump administration.

You may read the details here. Basically, Schwab disagreed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Here’s hoping James Schwab gets a gig with Charles Schwab, or better yet, is a relative.


Thomas Welsh, who had 17 points and 17 boards against Arizona on Friday night, had 15 boards but only 2 points vs. the Bonnies

See UCLAter

The Bruins, who came within a makeable three at the buzzer of beating Arizona in the Pac-12 semis Friday night, are ousted in the play-in game by St. Bonaventure. UCLA are the rightful blue bloods of college hoops, with 11 national championships and at least one visit to the Final Four in every decade from the 1960s until…last decade.

With one season left, this would be UCLA’s first Final Four-free decade since the Fifties. On the plus-side, they’re Ball-free forever.

The Bonnies, meanwhile, win their first NCAA tournament game since 1970.


Peak Kornacki


MSNBC’s resident election-tallying whiz kid and reputed older brother of Harry Potter, Steve Kornacki, was in peak form running the numbers last night during the Pennsylvania special election.


Music 101

Last Song

There’s acid rock, and then there’s flaccid rock. This 1972 soft-rock tune by Canadian one-hit wonder Edward Bear (a group, not a dude) shot to No. 1 in the Great White North and went to No. 3 in the States, while also going gold (1 million in sales).

Remote Patrol



Ricky Gervais is back with his first special in seven years.

3 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. One could spend a lifetime pondering Hawking’s discoveries about the nature of gravity, specifically how that cosmic force related to the beginning of the universe, and what that might mean in terms of a supreme being.

    Wrote Hawking: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

    The most influential scientist ever on the study of gravity was Galileo. Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942 — 300 years to the day after Galileo’s death.

  2. Where are you located this week? Someplace that is 12 hours behind eastern Daylight Savings Time? Or is this your form of protest against DST by posting with the previous day’s date?

    One of the great things about MD is that when *I* (or any resident of MD) win the lottery, we can be anonymous & not have to go to court to do so! Which means the only sign of MY winning will be a “mystery” payment to someone’s, ahem, Paypal account & there will be a new subscriber to The Athletic. Well, that plus I’ll be Scrooge McDuckin’ it in a huge pool filled with cash. 🙂 🙂

    Hey, Lindsey won #82 today! The final DH of the season in Sweden. She’s now just 4 from tying Stenmark & 5 from passing & if she stays healthy next season, I see it happening. And I don’t know if you saw over the weekend but Mikaela locked up her 2 overall World Cup title & her 6th (!) Slalom title. Whoo-hoo for both girls! I also viewed Jessi Diggins get 2nd in a 30k Cross-country skiing race, which is not even her specialty. I’d never watched a non-Olympic or World Championship XC race on TV before, but tuned in when I found out Jessi was competing. Which reminds me – I don’t know if Jessi is married but if not & she does one day, her march up the aisle should NOT be to the traditional Wedding March but to the TV commentary of the final 20 seconds of her Olympic relay triumph – “HERE COMES DIGGINS! HERE COMES DIGGINS! YES! YES! YES! YES! GOOOOLLLDDD! GOOOLLLDDD!” It makes me laugh & tear up every time I hear it. 🙂

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