by John Walters
*Happy birthday, Drew!
Trevor Noah on Robert Woodward’s Trump book:
“Obviously, all of this stuff is crazy, but at some point I think we’ve got to stop saying it’s a ‘bombshell.’ I mean, Trump is just doing a lot more Trump than we thought he would. But it’s not a bombshell. The day it comes out that Trump secretly works out and reads Shakespeare and teaches kids how to code, that’s when we can call it a bombshell.”
To Kav and Kav Not
Watching California senator Kamala Harris expose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday was illuminating. He lawyered up when she asked him a question that he realized she obviously knew the answer to, and then he refused to answer her question as to whether there was blame on both sides in the Charlottesville riots.
Behind closed doors, this is the dirtiest of Washington scenes. BK is being advised to stay quiet, play dumb, and then the GOP majority will push you through pronto. Then it’s presidential pardons and what-not. He’s of the “whatever-it-takes” school of fascism, just like the men in power right now. Or alt-right now.
2. Lodestar Power
Did the person who wrote the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times titled “I Am Part of The Resistance Inside The Trump Administration” use the uncommon noun “lodestar” to throw readers off the track? This is a term that V.P. Mike Pence has used often in the past, after all. Or was it actually the Veep?
Spoiler Alert: Bryan Colangelo’s wife wrote the anonymous NYTimes op-ed piece.
— Andrew Goldstein (@AngeGold) September 6, 2018
We think the person above has solved the mystery.
Meanwhile, that op-ed has already generated nearly 9,000 comments.
3. The MH Domin-Eight
- Alabama….I’m not gonna move them off No. 1, so quit asking.
- Clemson….Looking forward to this weekend’s action in College Station, a.k.a. “Dabo V. Jimbo.”
- Ohio State….Urban Who?
- Georgia…The Dawgs are the only school on this list who did not allow a point last weekend.
- Auburn…How many schools have ever played three consecutive games in the same out-of-state dome?
- Oklahoma…No Baker, no problem.
- Wisconsin...Jonathan Taylor-not-Thomas galloped for 145 on just 18 carries.
- Notre Dame…The D looked impressive for the Irish in a signature win.
4. Mighty, Mighty Boston
There were the Sox, playing a matinee getaway game in Atlanta and already fat and happy after two straight wins versus the first-place Braves. Trailing 7-1 to start the eighth inning. Start up the busses.
Not so fast. The Sawx scored sixth in the eighth to tie it, but then it got better. After Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman homered in the bottom of the inning to put the Braves ahead, Boston found itself with two outs, two strikes, one man on and newly acquired veteran Brandon Phillips, an Atlanta native, up at bat. Phillips, wearing “0” and a player so old he was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos, was playing in his first game in The Show this season.
Home run. Boston wins 9-8. The Sawx lead the Yankees by 9 1/2, which is exactly what they led by when New York limped out of Fenway a month ago having been swept four straight. It’s as if the Sawx are a lodestar or something.
5. Here, Li’l Putty Tat….
Man’s new best friend? This extremely friendly lion just wanted some affection from tourists at a Crimean safari park—and climbed right into their car to get it: https://t.co/m1KwNVy70z pic.twitter.com/p2OSvuAwPe
— ABC News (@ABC) September 6, 2018
In our humble domicile, when a member of the feline persuasion begins behaving this way, we say that he is attacking with “Kitty Love Bombs,” or “KLBs.” Who knew that such behavior was rampant all the way up the genetic chain to the alpha of the species?
Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)
On their eponymous 1964 debut album, the Rolling Stones included a dozen tunes, but Mick and Keith only wrote one of them: this one. This was also the Stones’ first single, climbing to No. 24 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Sweden.
Falcons at Eagles
8:20 p.m. NBC
We’re not actually fans of Al Michaels or the NFL, but some of you are, so here’s a reminder that the NFL season kicks off this evening. Come for Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad, stick around to see Carson Wentz standing on the sideline.